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Postby deja vu on Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:01 pm

Bitter pill to halt recession

THE Treasurer has declared the budget falling into deficit to be "the medicine the country needs" to fight the global financial crisis - a prescription strongly endorsed by the International Monetary Fund.

Wayne Swan revealed yesterday a deeper than expected global recession had caused the nation's finances to plunge into the red for the first time since 2001, and that company tax revenue alone would be down by $50 billion over the next four years.

The division chief of the IMF's Asia and Pacific Department, Ray Brooks, told the Herald he backed sending the budget into deficit to stimulate the economy.


http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/bitter-pill-for-recession/2009/02/01/1233423045473.html
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby no1home on Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:23 pm

Greens attack MP on jailer donation

THE LABOR MP Paul McLeay is under pressure to stand down as chairman of a parliamentary committee after it emerged that he accepted a donation from the company that runs the state's only private prison.

When he accepted the donation from the GEO Group the committee was reviewing the company's $26 million contract.

GEO donated $2000 to Mr McLeay's personal campaign on August 28, 2005 when the member for Heathcote was vice-chairman of the Public Accounts Committee that was looking into whether the private Junee prison was providing value for money compared to public jails.


http://www.smh.com.au/national/greens-attack-mp-on-jailer-donation-20090304-8okv.html
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby deja vu on Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:48 pm

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Re: Australian Politics

Postby Speak2 on Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:38 pm

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Re: Australian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Fri May 08, 2009 2:16 pm

May 8, 2009

Australian PM 'chucked a wobbly' over hairdryer
(Gary Ramage, Daily Telegraph)

Lucy Bennett in Sydney
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd "chucked a wobbly" because he couldn't blow-dry his hair before a photo shoot during a visit to frontline troops in Afghanistan, an opposition MP claims.

Mr Rudd's office has labelled the allegations "laughable, ridiculous and completely untrue" but National Party MP John Cobb, who recently returned from Tarin Kowt, said rumours about the incident were rife among Defence Force personnel. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article6246369.ece

Found at the end of the article:
Mr Rudd has already earned a reputation as a cranky-pants after he was accused of shouting at a Royal Australian Air Force crew member until she cried for serving the wrong meal on a VIP flight in January.

Mr Rudd apologised to the woman last month after the incident became public.

Last year, Mr Rudd ordered one of his own backbenchers to undergo anger management counselling over a "pattern of unacceptable behaviour" after she and her state minister husband were involved in a nightclub altercation.


The apology to the woman only came after the public mention of it. Whatever prevented him from presenting an apology at the time of the incident?
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby smitty on Fri May 08, 2009 2:38 pm

I know basically beans all about Australia & its Govt. Mind you all on has to do is look at our Federal minority party in control to what is going on AND tack on the B.C. Provincial vote to come up in just a few days with so many about to apply for this riding ONLY something backfires. Mind you I must go back to the MPs of different parties to one woman is fighting her way out of trouble if she can.

I was sitting with a couple, the other evening out for a good home cooked supper, & we got to talking about this Provincial election & where we might vote. It was rather intereisting to note all three of us will be aiming at one party & NO I am not going to tell any of you for some of you might also be in B.C.
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby dragonfly on Sun May 31, 2009 7:57 pm

he Australian government has admitted that cash hand-outs aimed at stimulating the economy have been sent to thousands of people who are dead.

The money was part of a multi-billion dollar package under which every taxpayer was entitled to a payment of up to A$900 ($700, £440).About A$14m of the money went to dead people, ministers said, and A$25m to Australians living overseas.

Local media have dubbed the deceased recipients "the grateful dead". Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner said that the money would still help Australia's economy.

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Re: Australian Politics

Postby burnt fare on Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:45 pm

I read the BBC link on the Arctic Sea story and scoped out other story links that seemed interesting. One I found is about PM Kevin Rudd. He gave a public apology to the Aborigines about how they were treated by colonial powers.

However, he has a skeleton inherited from another politician--an act that discriminates against Aboriginal people and violates Australia's agreement to honour a couple of other pieces of legislation. http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8223881.stm

Now, I'd want the Aboriginal leaders to explain how the home lives of many children that is putting them in danger is happening and how the leaders intend to make the homes better. Something's wrong when adults pick on kids.
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:48 am

Losing the prop: Parliament reviews stunts
DAN HARRISON
October 21, 2009
IT IS FINE for pollies to brandish a gold nugget, a pair of ugh boots, a heroin cap or even a gynaecological instrument in Parliament.

But to play a tape recorder or display an oversized chart is out of order, according to a House of Representatives procedure committee report on the distinction between ''legitimate visual aids'' and ''stunts''.

The speaker, Harry Jenkins, initiated the inquiry after a particularly theatrical week in the chamber in May.

It was a week in which the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and the Infrastructure Minister, Anthony Albanese, were cautioned by Mr Jenkins after displaying large photographs relating to infrastructure projects and the Opposition countered with a depiction of an oversized credit card and a multi-page chart so large that it had to be held up by several MPs.http://www.smh.com.au/national/losing-the-prop-parliament-reviews-stunts-20091020-h6z1.html

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Clockwise from far left ... Government MPs screamed when Julia Gillard spotted a Work Choices mousepad, but not before they responded in uproar to a life-size cut-out of the Prime Minister. In May, Julie Bishop, showed her liking for a hard hat. Photo: Glen McCurtayne, Andrew Taylor, Andrew Meare

I think there is logic in putting a limit on how large objects can be, as Parliament is a discussion chamber, not a trade show hall. Besides, would assistants be stuck all day in carting those objects to and fro?
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Re: Australian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:26 am

Newsagents refuse to sell MyZone tickets
HEATH ASTON
April 18, 2010
TRANSPORT Minister David Campbell faces a new commuter backlash over the introduction of the MyZone public transport ticket, with some suburban newsagents refusing to sell the ticket due to the ''paltry'' commission paid by the government.

Newsagents predict there will be ''black holes'' in the MyZone network when it begins today, with some bus passengers expected to struggle to find outlets selling the ticket. Such difficulties will anger commuters, many of whom stand to save $17 a week by moving on to MyZone.

More than 1300 shops are selling the tickets across Sydney but analysis by The Sun-Herald found distribution was heavily skewed to the city, the eastern suburbs and the inner west, where shops have stocked TravelTen tickets for years.http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/newsagents-refuse-to-sell-myzone-tickets-20100417-slhd.html
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