You can be sure that when vast amounts of money move in a particular direction, somewhere, somehow, a powerful person, or group of powerful people, have made an important decision about something :: Read the full article »»»»
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has used a speech in London to call on European leaders to close their borders to asylum seekers or risk imperilling their nations.
Abbott used the occasion to promote the Coalition’s hardline asylum seeker policies as a solution to Europe’s migrant crisis, which has seen hundreds of thousands of people, mainly from the Middle East, cross into the continent.
The former PM urged regional leaders to act by “turning around boats and denying entry at the border for people with no right to come” :: Read the full article »»»»
Health Minister Sussan Ley says the Government wants to give people suffering from debilitating illnesses access to all of the most effective medical treatments, including medical cannabis.
The minister said she had been moved by stories of people who get relief from the currently restricted drug, sometimes legally imported but not always. However, Ms Ley said the legalisation was only about medicinal cannabis, not recreational use.
“This is not a debate about legalisation of cannabis. This is not about illicit drugs. This is not a product you smoke. This has nothing to do with that,” Ms Ley said. “Most commonly the product is an oil or a tincture that you put on your skin.”
A progressive government in Victoria looks to have that state as the nation’s first onboard, the state Government plans to embark on a cannabis cultivation trial, based on the recommendations of a report by the Victorian Law Reform Commission :: Read the full article »»»»
In its hunt for savings, the Australian Government is “seriously considering” a proposal to tighten the assets test for retirees, shaving hundred of millions off the ballooning cost of the pension system.
At the moment, retired couples who own their home, and with other assets up to $1.1 million still qualify for a part pension, a position many consider untenable. The Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has strongly indicated he will look at scaling back access to the pension for wealthy Australians as an alternative to the Government’s current plan to change the rate of indexation.
In the backflip – the government pledged, via last years budget, to decouple pension rises from the ‘average (male) earnings’, instead linking them to the rate of inflation, saving the government almost $450 million a year – cutting into pension payments by as much as $80 a week – might get the boot?
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said last week that he wanted “modest, incremental change” to the pension system, though he is still standing by last year’s budget measure and an attempt to raise the pension age to 70 – which has also stalled in the Senate :: Read the full article »»»»
Fairfax Radio has manned up and sacked shockjock Howard Sattler for his belittling questions to Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard. After more than a year of abysmal behaviour toward our first female Prime Minister however, is this likely to make a difference to the sad attitude this nation has toward women, or will the personal, sexist attack continue?
During an interview on his Drive program, presenter Howard Sattler pursued a line of questioning with Prime Minister Julia Gillard that was disrespectful to the office and the person of the Prime Minister, it was entirely inappropriate, indefensible. Radio Station 6PR apologised unreservedly to Ms Gillard and Mr Mathieson.
In the wake of Mr Sattler’s interview, Radio 6PR suspended Mr Sattler from broadcasting pending a review of the matter today. The station has now decided to terminate Mr Sattler’s engagement. Ms Gillard refused to take questions on the controversy, but echoed comments from Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick that the treatment of high-profile women could send a damaging message to the next generation
Australian politics requires a solid, stoic and resilient personality, debate is often heated, tirades in our parliament have been historically brutal. Until Ms Gillard however, they’ve rarely been ignorant or personally biased. Our parliamentary debates have often contained personal slurs, but rarely have they been so narrowly prejudiced, it’s hard to recall another – male or female – politician who’s had to put up with such a prolonged personal attack :: Read the full article »»»»
The Australian Federal Government is calling for tenders of concept designs for Australia’s first radioactive nuclear waste dump. The Government had previously announced a preferred site for the dump at Muckaty Station, Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.
The tender says the concept design will be appropriate for a site in arid to semi-arid areas of Australia.
The tender outlines say that the proposed facility should be designed to accommodate waste for at least 100 years, and equipment at the site may be required to repackage and retransport any radioactive waste stored at the facility.