States of Destruction II

The Liberal states are destroying themselves at such a rapid rate that we now need a new discussion page.

197 comments on “States of Destruction II

  1. No mention of Carbon Price or Mining Tax just Campbell Newman and his Royalties.

    “Coal companies to cut jobs due to royalty increase

    An industry survey shows Queensland’s top coal producers all plan to cut jobs and costs in response to the recently announced increase in State Government royalties.

    The Queensland Resources Council conducted the survey of the state’s coal company chief executives.
    “We were also concerned that people who weren’t hit by the budget – metals and gas producers – are now worrying about when might be their turn for a royalty increase.

    “This uncertainty is not good for investment.”

    He says the royalty hike came at a time when the industry was already under stress from the high Australian dollar, rising labour and material costs and falling commodity prices. ”
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-14/coal-companies-to-cut-jobs-due-to-qld-royalty-increase/4312232

  2. It will be interesting to see how O’Farrell responds to this request for re-instatement of funding

    “Mr Jurd has lent his support to the re-establishment of a government-funded child sexual abuse counselling service for the Armidale region.

    A proposal is currently before Community Services Minister Pru Goward to bring back the service which was closed last year when its funding was discontinued.”
    http://www.armidaleexpress.com.au/story/406782/family-tells-of-relief-as-former-priest-faces-court/?cs=471

    How many other NSW regions had funding stopped for sexual abuse counselling?

  3. Wow
    This one didn’t last long…”The Liberal states are destroying themselves at such a rapid rate….

    Could this be a reflection of true delusion?

  4. meanwhile in QUEENSLAND

    An Extraordinary Queensland Government Gazette1 released on Monday 8 October immediately suspended the State Planning Policy for Coastal Protection and replaced it with a new regulation2 which will be consulted on – but only after it is being used to make development decisions.

    The changes remove legislative protections in the Coastal Zone and allow developments to proceed within areas that have been identified as having High Ecological Significance, including many locations in areas like the Wet Tropics and the Fraser Coast.

    given the absolutely vital ecological roles in many of these areas, it appears that the ideological rejection of science as a basis for informed management continues among the far right zealots.

  5. Campbell Newman backflip on uranium mining, another broken promise. And the broken promises just keep on rolling

    The Australian Conservation Foundation says it received a letter from Queensland Premier Campbell Newman just days ago that stated the Queensland Government had no plans to approve uranium mining.

    The State Government today lifted a decades-old ban on uranium mining and a three-member panel is set to make recommendations on how the change will be implemented.

    But in a letter dated October 11, 2012, and sent to the head of the ACF, Don Henry, the Premier reaffirmed statements he made before the Queensland election saying there were no plans to lift the uranium ban.

    ACF spokesman Dave Sweeney says it is hard to understand how Mr Newman’s view reversed in less than a fortnight.

    “The Premier announces that the door is now open for uranium mining in Queensland so it is deeply disappointing and deeply disturbing,” he said.

    But Mr Newman says he only changed his mind after Prime Minister Julia Gillard began negotiating uranium sales to India last week.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-22/letter-shows-newman-uranium-backflip/4327902

  6. State funding will no longer be guaranteed for all TAFE courses under new reforms aligning training with skills shortages in the industry.

    Some people are calling it a shake-up of the TAFE system to make it more competitive.
    Others are saying the NSW government is gutting the training system.
    Whichever way you look at it, Education Minister Adrian Piccoli’s announcement today of major changes to the way TAFEs are funded and the courses that are on offer will see a huge change in further education and training in this state.
    Minister Piccoli joined Adam Spencer this morning before the official announcement, and outlined to him what was in store.
    “Students will now for skills shortage areas be able to choose their provider – so either TAFE or an approved non-government provider.”
    The TAFE reforms will also see students pay a fee per course – rather than annual charges – and the list of subsidised courses will be reduced.
    “The student will pay the same fee whether they go to TAFE or a non-government provider, and the provider will get the same government subsidy.”
    The Minister says that this will not undermine TAFE’s ability to offer courses, but instead give them the chance to be more competitive and offer better service.
    However, for the non-skills shortage courses currently on offer, the future is less certain.
    “I think taxpayers expect that their funds, their money and their training dollars will go into areas where there are skills shortages, and where people want to do other courses for other reasons, I think that it’s only fair that in the majority of cases, they should pay the appropriate fee for it.”
    The Minister denied that the changes to be announced later today will mimic the ones made in Victoria recently, under the watch of Chris Eccles, who is now the NSW government’s most senior bureacrat.
    “Victoria went down the path that they thought was the right thing to do several years ago, and it’s not, and they’ve had big problems. And we’re not doing that,” Minister Piccoli said.
    “What this reform is really about is making sure we take those skill shortage areas, we identify them, and we put our taxpayer dollars predominately into those.”
    “For the sack of students being trained in areas they will mostly like get a job, and for those businessees that require those skills, I think it’s critical that whatever dollars we spend in training are spent in the right places.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/10/23/3616516.htm

    Heard the minister say this morning, the government is not obligated to provide skill training. To ensure that this new scheme works, he has the man who puts the disastrous Victorian scheme, to put it in place in NSW.

    He also said, that the fine arts have nothing to do with getting employment, and is only self development.

    http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/local/sydney/201210/r1022976_11623426.mp3

  7. STUDENTS will end up with less education and fewer skills because of NSW government plans to cut funding for TAFE courses, the Greens say.
    TAFE courses that don’t fill skills shortages and directly lead to jobs will no longer receive state funding, NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli is expected to announce on Tuesday.
    The government will only fund courses that are approved by a skills list that will be developed in consultation with industry and labour market research.
    Greens NSW MP John Kaye warned the reforms will see TAFE thrown into competition against “low fee, low quality private providers”.
    “The losers will be the students who will end up with less education and fewer skills and the state’s future which will be denied the economic and cultural benefits of public vocational educational and training,” Dr Kaye said in a statement.
    Dr Kaye said TAFE in NSW could now face the same “disastrous fate” as it did in Victoria, where a remodelled funding system led to a blowout in student fees.

    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/nsw-tafe-reforms-disastrous-greens/story-e6frfku9-1226501274507#ixzz2A5LsXXrP

  8. “given the absolutely vital ecological roles in many of these areas, it appears that the ideological rejection of science as a basis for informed management continues among the far right zealots.”

    Perhaps it has something to do with a dose of reality…

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379112003423
    A new paper published in Quaternary Science Reviews is the “First synthesis of post-glacial sea level data around Australia in over 25 years,” and shows that sea levels around Australia were from about 1 to 2.5 meters higher than the present 7000 years ago during the Holocene Thermal Maximum [which lasted 4000 years between 9000 to 5000 years ago]. The authors note that Australia is relatively stable techtonically and thus sea level data is not complicated by post-glacial isostatic and other adjustments, which would add considerable uncertainty to sea level reconstructions.

  9. Pterosaur1
    http://www.bookshop.qld.gov.au/documents/08.10.12Extra32.pdf

    The draft SPRP will take effect immediately from 8 October 2012 under section 73(2)(a) of the Act, for up to 12 months.
    Area where the instrument applies
    The draft SPRP applies to the coastal zone as defined by the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995 .
    Instrument suspends previous instruments
    The draft SPRP, in accordance with section 19(2) of the Act suspends the operation of:
    • State Planning Policy 3/11: Coastal Protection
    • Part 1.2 of the Far North Queensland Regional Plan
    • Part 3.3 of the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Regional Plan
    • Part 2.2 of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan
    • Part 1.4.3 and 2.4 of the South East Queensland Regional Plan.
    Inspecting or obtaining copies of the instrument
    Further information and copies of the draft SPRP are available, free of charge, from the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning:
    • online at http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au
    • email info@dsdip.qld.gov.au
    • phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
    • Brisbane office, 63 George Street, Brisbane
    • regional offices across Queensland – see list of regional
    contacts: http://www.dsdip.qld.gov.au/contact-us/regional- contacts.html
    Invitation for written submissions
    Written submissions on the draft SPRP may be made by any person to the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, from 8 October 2012.

    How is this ideological rejection of science as a basis for informed management ?

  10. There is a bill before the NSW parliament, increasing the margins of difference between electorates from 2 to 3 percent, I believe to 20 percent, or more. This would mean that country electors would have fewer people, while those in western Sydney more.

    This would mean the country voter carries more weight than his city cousins.

    Shades of Petersen and his famous gerrymanders.

    The NSW Constitution requires that all electorates be drawn with enrolments within 10% of the state average. On current enrolments only three electorates lie outside this quota, the north-western rural seat of Barwon being 13% under quota, while the north-west Sydney seat of Riverstone is 17% over-quota and inner-city Sydney 16% over-quota.

    However, a second quota in the Parliamentary Electorates and Elections Act specifies that all electorates must be within 3% variation of a projected quota set for April 2015. Applying some simple trend estimates to the enrolment growth in each electorates since 2007, I estimate that 36 of the state’s 93 electorates will be outside the permitted 3% variation by April 2015.

    http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2012/05/prospects-for-the-nsw-state-redistribution.html

  11. And it looks like the first Liberal State is going to fall not long after it was elected, and aren’t the Liberals savaging their own on this poll. It’s like watching a bunch of seagulls in a frenzy over a chip.

    After preferences 55:45 to Labor
    Primary: 41:37 Labor

    Wonder how much Newman is influencing this substantial move away from the Liberals.

  12. And look what’s happening in Newman land.
    This story revolves around the appointment of a Minister’s son, whose previous work experience was as a shop assistant with toyrus, to a job of $108, 000 plus.

    “CAMPBELL Newman’s most controversial public servant, Michael Caltabiano is facing potential criminal charges for allegedly misleading State Parliament about his work history.

    Mr Caltabiano told estimates last week, he had “no previous professional working knowledge or experience” of his departmental liaison officers in the past.

    In his letter, Mr Emerson cited evidence put forward by The Courier-Mail as raising a “prima facie case that Mr Caltabiano may have misinformed the committee”.

    “Reports have indicated that Mr Caltabiano was listed on a website for lobbying firm Entree Vous along with Mr Gommers in the past,” he wrote.
    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/transport-and-main-roads-dg-michael-caltabiano-referred-to-ethics-committee-over-claims-made-before-estimates-hearing/story-e6freon6-1226503315937

  13. The best bit about Newman land latest is that the now stood aside Caltabiano was hand picked by Cando himself.
    “a Liberal powerbroker and also a former state MP who was once touted as a future premier but lost his seat in 2006.

    After the election in March, Premier Campbell Newman hand-picked Mr Caltabiano to become director-general of the Transport Department.

    The appointment was criticised by prominent QC Tony Fitzgerald, who said “the jobs-for-the-boys gravy train has already started”.

    But Mr Newman defended his decision.

    “He has been a political player but he is totally qualified to do this job,” he said.

    “The point is he will build roads, he will fix the public transport system with whoever the new minister is.

    “He will deliver and I am taking this political risk by making this appointment.”
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-25/michael-caltabiano-ethics-committee/4334202

  14. ……..threads on this site get archived once they get a too big – makes it easier for those using mobile devices…

    I don’t think trolls have the wit to understand that sort of technical stuff, Baccy.

    “The point is he will build roads, he will fix the public transport system with whoever the new minister is

    Geez, looks like he won’t even be able to build a Russ Hinze Road, let alone plug Can’tdo’s multiple stuff ups.

  15. O’Farrell continues the slide of relatively new Liberal governments who won in landslides, and that’s the only thing propping them up.

    Latest NSW State polling has the LNP going back -6.1% and The TPP -4.5% for the LNP and +4.5% for the ALP.

    If the State Libs are following Kennett’s lead in savage slash and burns for no sound reason and then throw in a few sweetners at election times then they are in for the same fate as Kennett but it seems the tide is turning against them earlier than it did for Kennett.

  16. You have to laugh at the Newman mess, for his mate Caltabiano.
    Caltabiano appoints a ministers son to a cushy well paid job, as others are sacked.
    the minister and the son both ran a company with Caltabiano.
    Caltabiano apparently lies to a parliamentary committee, that although he knew the youg man , they hadn’t worked together.
    Then someone points out to Caltabiano that Newman had changed the laws so that if you lied to a parliamentary committee you could end up in gaol.
    Panic button activated, Caltabiano stands side on full pay, while matter is investigated.
    Thhe Minister, takes annual leave, so that ALP cannot question her about her business, Caltabano and her son.

    Major PANIC. Who has heard of a Minister taking annual leave while a Qld parliament is sitting? They don’t sit that often or that long.
    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/mp-ros-bates-takes-leave-as-michael-caltabiano-scandal-widens/story-e6freoof-1226504218444

  17. That’s the second one for Newman. One of other ministers in the very early days after the election sacked three PS and replaced them with a relative of on hers as a consultant equivalent in pay to two the PS she sacked yet only producing a fraction of the output.

    Yep no money for social services, health programs, youth programs, heritage buildings and the like plus sacking thousands, but plenty of money for gambling, horse racing, nepotism, jobs for mates and a new parliament building.

  18. A sign of the times maybe.

    Over 50% of the vote counted for Clover Moore’s seat in the Sydney by-election and a 6.5% swing against the Liberal, a 5% swing to the Greens and 12% to the independent.

    Labor did not field a candidate.

  19. The only party to record a negative swing in the Sydney by-election was the Liberals. The final TCP result was Alex Greenwich IND +11.8% Shayne Mallard LIB -11.8%.

    If we go on the nonsense Zed Seselja said in Canberra then this is a rejection of the LIberals and an endorsement for the Indies and Greens.

    Talking of Zed Seselja. Before the final election result when he thought he would win, and he’s still talking as though he won and should be in government, he said he would never deal with the Greens.

    He’s now changed his tune and done a 180 degree back flip saying he’s willing to change policy and direction in negotiating with the Greens to form government.

  20. WA premier not amused by cake gift

    Another Liberal Premier nose deep in the trough.

    Newman is also spending millions of tax payers money on a new palace for himself.

    When State Labor governments did anything remotely like this the outrage from the wingnuts and right win media was deafening and vicious.

    Now they are silent, thus condoning the behaviour they once condemned the hypocrites.

  21. This appears to be the difference between women in parliament. The one who looks adoringly at her leader, the other who sets out to lead.

    THERE are two types of females in this world: the “woman’s woman” and the “man’s woman”.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/gillard-sexism-card-has-failed-to-trump-abbott/story-e6frezz0-1226506940073

    Pity Miranda is still sticking to the myth that when a woman stands up against sexism and sexual abuse, she is using the sexist card.

    It takes a strong woman to clearly identify what is being aimed at her, stating clearly that enough is enough.

    The days of women taking such behaviour silently, I hope has been discarded to the dust bins of history.

    Miranda and the media are wrong. The PM’s speech has hit A CHORD IN MANY WOMAN,

    I do believe that Mr. Abbott does love his women. Why not, he sees them as belonging to him.

    He loves all those women around him, as they are there to serve him.

    Does he like women who are his superior, or above him, I say not.

    Mr. Abbott like many men, most who have remained back in early last century, believes there is a place for women, and that is where they should stay.

    The problem for these men, women in general do not agree with them.

    The PM is neither a man’s or woman’s woman. The PM is her own woman. That is what I believe most women desire to be.

    No one should be judged by their gender.

    It is not the PM that is continuing this silly debate. The PM said her piece and moved on. Time for the media to do the same.

  22. Errors are “totally unacceptable” … Peter Achterstraat. Photo: Bob Pearce
    NSW has moved from deficit to surplus due to “totally unacceptable” errors in its accounts, the Auditor-General says.
    The government had allowed the budget deficit to bounce around “like a pinball machine”, said Peter Achterstraat as he announced a budget result that was $1 billion better than predicted in the 2012-13 budget papers published in June 2012.
    An expected deficit of $337 million in the middle of June became a surplus of $680 million by the end of June.
    The total revenue was $6 million over budget.
    Mr Achterstraat was critical of government departments, saying they needed to tighten up their budget predictions and financial reporting. He said he was not satisfied with the quality of financial accounts, saying they were “all over the shop”

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/1b-error-nsw-swings-from-deficit-to-surplus-20121031-28j8s.html#ixzz2AqIhCiFc

  23. Red Tape Cut For Packer

    O’Farrell does it again, for his wealthy mates of course and not for the good people of NSW.

    NSW has had a long history of corruption through the gambling history, which is why over time it has built up tough anti-gambling laws and oversights.

    Not anymore under O’Farrell.

    To help his very rich mate James Packer get a second casino O’Farrell is set to cut the red tape and gambling oversights to stop criminal activity through casinos.

    This on the back drop of the corrupt and criminal activities going on at Star Casino that was under the stricter regulations.

    And the Liberal supporters are deafening in their silence when they were so loud during the State Labor years.

    We said the Liberal State governments would be no better than the Labor ones they replace and not only is that turning out to be true in spades, they are worse. Won’t be long until we see another lot of State to State long term Labor governments.

  24. NSW Treasurer Mike Baird says the government will not reconsider billions in cuts to education and health despite the auditor-general finding the state’s budget is actually in surplus.

    The NSW budget is $1 billion better off than announced in June with massive data and accounting errors largely to blame, the NSW Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat’s latest report has revealed.

    The deficit of $337 million announced by Mr Baird in June should in fact be a surplus of $680 million, in an embarrassing blunder for the government.

    Mr Achterstraat found 37 errors greater than $20 million in his examination of the 2011/12 accounts, including two worth more than $1 billion each.

    Mr Baird acknowledged the state’s financial reporting standards needed to be improved, and said steps were being taken to do this.

    However, he dismissed the suggestion that NSW was now in surplus, saying once federal grants were taken out of the mix, the state was suffering an underlying deficit.

    ‘It (the surplus) is not there. The underlying position of NSW remains in deficit,’ Mr Baird told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

    ‘I wish that we were in surplus, I wish there was a sustainable surplus, but the truth of the matter is we remain in deficit.’

    Asked if the government would now reconsider billions in education and health cuts, as called for by the Labor opposition and unions, Mr Baird said, ‘They will pretend that NSW is in a sustainable surplus position, it is not’.

    ‘The underlying position, when you take away the federal government grants, we are in deficit,’ he said.

    ‘That’s what we are faced with, and we are taking action to address that.’

    http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=811401

  25. What a heap of utter crock, they found a billion because of accounting errors.

    Come on Liberal supporters where’s your outrage over this? This Liberal government has lied and in a manner worse than anything the previous Labor government did. If Labor had done anything near as devious and corrupt you would have been all over the place shouting what a terrible government of liars yet notice how silent they all are on the miserably failing State Liberal governments and note the blind eye to the devious and corrupt activities by them.

    They haven’t got a few hundreds thousand or a million for the treatment of heartbreaking illnesses, workers compensation, carers, disadvantaged eduction, the needy and hurting, but hey, a few tens of millions for their own palaces and a hundred million here and there for horse racing and casinos, no worries, blank public money cheques all round.

    It’s the Liberals who the great liars and their supporters the great hypocrites.

    The budget was tabled and the figures given by Labor when they lost power but just like Queensland the Liberals made up this bullshit story of missing billions and woe is the State.

    The Labor figures were always correct as given and detailed by an independent auditor, not a Liberal hack like Costello who can’t manage a 5c a week piggy bank.

  26. HE state’s industrial umpire has attacked the Newman Government for the “unfair” way it has gone about its public service jobs purge.

    Workers earned a temporary reprieve when the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission reprimanded the LNP administration for being too quick to swing the axe.

    QBuild and Sunshine Coast health workers won orders to suspend organisational changes for 28 days, in a clear warning to other departments to play fair.

    In issuing his orders, QIRC deputy president Adrian Bloomfield criticised a lack of consultation with workers and the procedures being followed.

    “The processes adopted were unfair, and the selection process not transparent,” he found in the case of the QBuild workers.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/watchdog-blasts-newman-government-sackings/story-e6frg6n6-1226507897907

  27. Tough laws regulate gambling in NSW – and they’re about to be bypassed to help James Packer build his casino. The independence of casino regulation is being challenged. Wendy Bacon reports

    Back in the early 1990s when NSW government decided to set up a large casino in Sydney, parliament passed a tough act to regulate the industry. Two decades later, the O’Farrell government is about to bypass this law and NSW’s Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority in favour of giving James Packer the go-ahead for his Barangaroo casino. Wendy Bacon reports.

    Casinos have a tendency to attract corruption and crime. They are supposed to be tightly regulated for this reason. The purpose of the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) is stated clearly in the NSW Casino Control Act: to protect NSW’s Star casino from “falling under criminal influence or exploitation”, to ensure gambling is “conducted honestly” and to control the potential of the casino to harm individuals and the public interest.

    Under the Act, the Minister, currently George Souris, can direct the ILGA to call for expressions of interest for a casino. After a short list is developed, the full tender process begins. Selection criteria can include economic concerns. To get a license, proprietors need to undergo lengthy probity investigations, and if successful, any significant new employee has to be cleared too. No company can take up more than 10 per cent of shares without an investigation. Every five years, there must be a renewal process which involves more checks. A team of government inspectors are employed to manage breaches of the Act or crime at Star Casino. Processes can always become corrupted or ineffective, but at least there is a process.

    Packer is very familiar with this process, which is similar to that in other states. As we reported last week, he and his father were outbid for the Sydney license in 1994. He was reported to be close to getting a second casino without a tender in 2007 but Premier Iemma pulled the plug, announcing he was in favour of tenders. This time Packer sees no need for a tender — as he told a business dinner last week, he believes he would get it anyway.

    He also knows, but does not acknowledge, that if his proposition for a high roller casino hotel and resort on the edge of Sydney Harbour is a sound one, other big international players could well be interested — including those who beat Packer and his partner Lawrence Ho in bids in Singapore. An independent process would also hold his economic claims up to scrutiny.

    When operating cleanly, tenders give taxpayers best value and lessen the risk of corruption. Many, including the NSW Greens, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, ex-premier Morris Iemma and ex-Federal Opposition Leader John Hewson believe there should be a tender if NSW parliament changes the law to allow for a second casino.

    When in opposition, Souris urged Labor to hold a tender when it looked like granting a second license to Packer in 2007. Now they’re governing, the O’Farrell government says it will get independent advice; it has at any rate already waived the casino proposal through to Stage 2 of its new “unsolicited proposals” legislation. This is the sort of approach Packer likes. He was encouraged by the way O’Farrell said ” let’s just go for it”. Packer added that it was a three stage process and he still have to pass stages two and three. He welcomed the way Labor and Liberals for approaching the issue in a bipartisan way.

    Office politics — ILGA fights for its independence

    Chris Sidoti is the Chair of the ILGA. His appointment by the Iemma government was unexpected, as he was known as a long-term activist in NGOs and official human rights organisations and had no previous experience in the gambling industry. His appointment was reported to be part of the Labor government’s effort to downplay its reputation for being soft on gambling interests. His job is a big one. The Authority is now responsible for some aspects of liquor licensing as well as poker machine licences. One of Sidoti’s latest decisions was to reject Woolworth’s subsidiary Dan Murphy’s a license in Byron Bay on the grounds that the company’s claims that it would not increase amount of alcohol consumed in the community could not be sustained.

    http://newmatilda.com/2012/10/31/red-tape-cut-packer

  28. Queensland Premier Campbell Newman knew weeks ago that the Liberal National Party was worried about a political donation to his transport chief.

    But Mr Newman kept silent about his party’s concerns, even as his government forced Michael Caltabiano to step aside amid claims he misled parliament on another issue.

    The LNP has referred to police concerns about past political donations to Mr Caltabiano and federal Liberal Party vice president and lobbyist Santo Santoro.

    On Friday, the premier said he learned of his party’s concerns some time ago, before Mr Caltabiano was forced to step aside over a separate matter.

    ‘I have been made aware of their (the LNP’s) sort of concerns a couple of weeks ago and they’ve taken it to police,’ he told reporters.

    Mr Caltabiano stood aside last week from his job as the director-general of transport and main roads.

    The Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) is investigating possible official misconduct relating to the appointment of Arts Minister Ros Bates’s son Ben Gommers as a liaison officer in Mr Caltabiano’s department.

    Meanwhile, the parliament’s ethics committee is considering if Mr Caltabiano misled a budget estimates hearing about whether he had a previous professional relationship with Mr Gommers.

    http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=812185

  29. It is clear now that the NSW’s Coalition’s cutbacks in services have nothing to do with budget deficits or lack of money.

    It is clear that it is an ideology that is driving these changes.

    In Queensland, they have bought Costello in with his dubious accountancy practices to create a deficit. NSW, they just cannot enter the data.

    …Alas though, those hoping that the cuts to public education and hospitals won’t occur now can think again. Any hope of this Coalition caving in to the needs of people and showing some respect for those who voted them in is clearly hope misplaced. The Coalition, who used the “Claytons” deficit to get away with cutting so many services people rely on, have already announced that they are not going to take back any of the pain and suffering they have caused by inflicting these cuts on NSW…

    http://wixxyleaks.com/2012/11/02/billion-dollar-babies/

  30. The public could be ”fleeced” of up to $120 million if the O’Farrell government approves James Packer’s casino resort without demanding an increased payment to develop harbour-front Barangaroo.
    Infrastructure industry sources said taxpayers were likely to be short-changed in the emerging deal between the government and construction giant Lend Lease and James Packer’s Crown Ltd.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/packers-casino-fleeces-taxpayer-20121103-28qtl.html#ixzz2BDwSb1jh

  31. No money for police compensation, health and education but hundreds of millions to spare for Packer and a casino.

    And where are all the outcries from the right wingers here as O’Farrell undertakes the same practices and worse they constantly where bashing the previous State Labor government over?

  32. And where are all the outcries from the right wingers here as O’Farrell undertakes the same practices and worse they constantly where bashing the previous State Labor government over?

    Simple ME. If an ALP government does the same thing it’s incompetent and corrupt, but if it’s the Liars Party does the same thing, it’s good business practice. Simple, see?

    Just like Phonecard’s embezzlement; completely justifiable.

  33. TAFE training in “need to have” job areas of mining, construction and tourism will receive public funding while training for “nice to have” jobs such as fitness instruction will be slashed under a plan to reorganise Queensland’s vocational-education sector.

    The Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce’s final report on the future of the state’s vocational-education sector, to be released today, recommends pursuing training in areas of skills shortages and will cut the number of TAFE campuses from 82 to 44.

    The report, which was handed to the Newman government yesterday, recommends restructuring the sector so it becomes more commercially focused and more accountable to government.

    The report found funding for school-based apprentices in entertainment courses had exploded 876 per cent over the past two years, while funding for fitness courses had increased 310 per cent…………………………..
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/skills-focus-returns-to-must-have-sectors/story-e6frgcjx-1226511091457

    So fitness trainers are not necessary in our modern society. It is more important to provide training fore industries, that in my opinion are wealthy enough to train many of their own.

    What makes one job more important than another.

    Suggest that governments are responsible for providing training for all.

  34. My niece did a TAFE course in fitness that led her to at first get a menial job in a gym, then move up to a more renowned gym franchise with several regular clients under her belt to finally being where she is now as a sectional manager of a bigger gym whilst still having many regular clients under her for fitness training.

    She did this as a single mum after moving from one shit job to another and having several major medical and mental problems.

    Newman, as do the other State Liberals, want to throw this type of benefit to not only individuals but society on the scrap heap along with the self esteem and well being of those people it helps, not just the individual again, but their families, friends, workmates and the reduction on society in attempting to care for them. Even in that the State governments fail as they cut the health and social services that do just that job.

    And does it make things better for the State. No it makes them much worse, but as always with Liberals they have their portfolio of blame shifting excuses at hand for when the shit hits the fan. In the end they expose themselves for the crook governments they are, and decade plus Labor governments get voted in.

  35. State of destruction…what better place to pst this pearl…

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/investigations/gillard-call-would-have-led-to-fund-inquiry/story-fng5kxvh-1226511057960

    ONE telephone call from Julia Gillard or law firm Slater & Gordon would have led to confirmation that a union slush fund she had helped set up was a mystery to its own branch and almost certainly fraudulent, says a former Australian Workers Union boss….In an internal review of Ms Gillard’s conduct, her partners at Slater & Gordon in August-September 1995 discovered she had given legal advice to help Mr Wilson and Mr Blewitt set up the slush fund in 1992, leading to its incorporation. However, she had told neither the AWU nor the firm about this work until fraud concerns were raised in 1995. She left the firm soon afterwards.

  36. Mobius, and look at the money she is now saving the government with the tax she pays. Also I suspect she can choose the hours she works, making life better for her kids.

    I went to Uni at forty, with the aid of TEAS and supporting parent allowance. There was an anomaly at the time that allowed me to collect both. It was later plugged.

    The point is, without that anomaly, I would not be able to complete Uni.

    Every penny of the money was returned many times over, in the extra taxes I paid for the rest of my working life.

    Liberals are so short sighted.

    In NSW, they see fine arts as being recreational, not a way of earning money. So wrong are they. The artwork does sell.

    Governments are there to provide the necessary environment for business to succeed. A trained workforce is a part of that, It is not a matter of whether the state can afford it. It is a matter of they cannot afford to spend the money. It will be returned many times. There is no better investment for them to make.

    Tree, ask yourself why the MSM is not taking up your challenge. Could be that there is nothing in your story, but allegations and guilt by association. It is very boring. Bolt, the Austarlian, the Opposition and trolls have been trying now, I believe for at least three months. No progress. No one cares.

  37. Tree, I believe the PM did answer those questions today very clearly. The PM took the time to point out the time line. Took the time to reinforce that she only acted as a solicitor

    Did not hold any office within the union ot anywhere else.

    Sounded real to me.

    Of course the questions will not stop.

  38. A senior police investigator has publicly challenged NSW Premier Barry to launch a royal commission into child sex abuse by clergy, saying the premier is lucky his own children haven’t become victims too.

    Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, who’s investigated clergy abuse around Newcastle for decades, wrote an open letter to the premier, then criticised the state government’s continued failure to launch a judicial inquiry on national television.

    The detective chief inspector has told ABC Lateline last night Mr O’Farrell has two boys and is lucky they were never abused, but has to turn his position around if he has any compassion and humanity for some of the victims.

    The comments came after the senior officer published an open letter stating that there are so many NSW sex abuse cases that he’s actually lost count.

    http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=814593

  39. What a laugh, not a funny laugh though.

    Origin Energy shares have plunged on the announcement of a profit downgrade.

    Carbon tax or Gillard government mishandling of the economy?

    No, and not something the right wing media are splashing across their headlines, especially in Queensland.

    Origin lays the blame squarely at regulatory changes by the Queensland government.

    So with big mining turning against Newman now big energy follows.

    Has the wheels ever fallen off a government as quickly as they are for Newman’s LNP?

  40. Dempsey ABC 21 7.30 a look at how t5ghis government is destroying the NSW TAFE system.

    It is nothing short of criminal.

    This government seems to believe that fine arts, is something one does for relaxation. This is not true. It is used in many different industries, all growing ones.

    As I say, Labor builds, Liberals demolish.

  41. Maybe a big mouth, but on this issue, I believe he may be on the money.

    …He said another member of the LNP had lodged a complaint against Mr Seeney seeking his expulsion from the party “on a number of very serious disturbing grounds”.

    “First of all Queensland does not have $65 billion worth of debt. The public take that to mean we owe $65 billion and that’s not the case,” Mr Palmer said.

    “These books have been cooked by the biggest crooks who’ve ever occupied office in the State of Queensland and they need to be accountable.”

    He said the real size of Queensland’s debt was about $11 billion.

    LNP state director Brad Henderson said Mr Palmer’s statements about the government had been referred to the next meeting of the party executive on November 23……

    http://www.news.com.au/national/billionaire-clive-palmer-blasts-lnp-book-cookers-in-extraordinary-attack/story-fndo4ckr-1226513711803

  42. A one-term government? It’s rapidly strting to look that way :D

    For the second time in a week, Queensland Housing and Public Works Minister Bruce Flegg has dumped a senior staffer.

    The second – his senior media adviser – is planning to fight back tomorrow morning at a press conference designed to tell why his boss shouldn’t be minister.

    Mr Hallett, who has served in the role since shortly after the March election, said he would front the media on Tuesday morning to discuss “aspects of Dr Flegg’s behaviour that makes him not fit to be a minister”.

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/flegg-sacks-second-senior-staffer-opening-can-of-worms-20121112-297ov.html

  43. States believe it is OK to let education lag behind. Do you. is it not the states responsibility to provider adequate education. Is that happening or is Liberal ideology getting in the way.

    AUSTRALIA is failing to meet crucial targets in Julia Gillard’s education plan, as state governments struggle to improve their performance just as they negotiate new funding deals worth billions of dollars.

    Reports to be released today reveal the states are losing ground in their plans to halve the proportion of adults without tertiary qualifications and increase the number of students finishing Year 12. They also show schoolchildren are falling behind in some key literacy and numeracy benchmarks.

    The agency that monitors federal-state reform will issue the findings with a warning that more must be done to get the education reforms back on track to deliver the promised results.

    The Prime Minister has made education policy the cornerstone of her leadership but is relying on the states to implement reforms agreed by the Council of Australian Governments….
    …School Education Minister Peter Garrett said the report was promising and showed the need for the government’s National Plan for School Improvement, as devised on the back of the Gonski school funding review.

    “We are determined to push ahead with our school improvement plan, because we know that our future economic security depends on a great education system,” he said.

    “Our National Plan for School Improvement is the biggest reform to the education system this country has ever seen and the latest review by COAG tells us, quite clearly, that we need to get these reforms moving.”……………..

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/nation-falling-behind-education-targets/story-fn59nlz9-1226516221882

  44. Queensland Housing Minister Bruce Flegg has resigned, amid allegations he mislead parliament over contact he had with his lobbyist son.

    An emotional Dr Flegg today told parliament that there has been a number of administrative failures in his office, and he will take full responsibility for them.

    But he did say that he wasn’t aware of the mistakes, and at all times he had done the right thing.

    Dr Flegg’s former media adviser yesterday alleged the minister misled parliament by failing to disclose on his lobbyist register over 30 points of contact he or his office had with his lobbyist son Jonathon, who works for communications business advisory firm Rowland.

    Dr Flegg is also accused of lying in his diary several times to say he was working in his Brisbane electorate, when he was actually working as a doctor……………..

    http://www.skynews.com.au/politics/article.aspx?id=816311

    Just as well they have a huge majority, otherwise they would be quickly running out of ministers.

  45. The Victorian government’s strategy of relying on hundreds of millions of dollars in dividends to prop up its surplus is a risky business, the auditor-general says.

    The state posted a $571 million surplus for 2011/12 but this was underpinned by $490 million in revenue from dividends from agencies outside the general government sector and one-off transactions.

    Auditor-General Des Pearson said relying on dividends to prop up general government sector revenue may mean that waste and poor decision-making were not addressed.

    ‘Relying on agencies outside the GGS (general government sector) to pay dividends to support GGS revenue is a risky strategy,’ Mr Pearson said in a report tabled to parliament on Wednesday.

    ‘It is dependent on the capacity on the non-GGS agencies to either generate surpluses or raise borrowings to pay the dividend, and could potentially risk the financial sustainability of those agencies.’

    An extra $204 million in dividends from water retailers and Melbourne Water was poured into government coffers in 2011/12.

    The Victorian Workcover Authority paid a dividend for the first time in 2011/12, handing over $147 million, while an additional $40 million from the Transport Accident Commission was also paid to the government.

    A liability from the Department of Health was transferred to the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, which operates outside the general government sector, creating $100 million in one-off net revenue………

    http://www.skynews.com.au/politics/article.aspx?id=816290

  46. I wonder if Dr Flegg charged his patients, while claiming his ministerial salary and supposedly doing electorate work?

  47. Catching up @ 7:09 am

    WIN News had two shocking stories on the failings of the O’Farrell government. One was on education where the latest figures for NSW show that since O’Farrell took office and especially after the education cuts a greater number of students are failing to move onto further education and a more are dropping out of high school.

    This is exactly what the Liberals want, a nation of low educated low skilled labour for industry. Bring in WorkChoices and remove the minimum wage and they will be in low wage no condition heaven.

    The second story of O’Farrell cuts even though he “found” a billion dollars and could give hundreds of millions to the gambling industry was of cuts to a community centre that helped victims of child abuse. The gall of this after O’Farrell made a lot of mileage out of lambasting the Catholic Church protecting their paedophiles through the confessional. Obviously that spray was just for the media and his actions to help the victims tell a different story.

    The story ended that other community centres around NSW are also facing the chop under O’Farrell’s totally unnecessary cuts.

  48. ME, I believe it has nothing to do with money or budgets. It is all to do with ideology, and making the PM look bad.

    Headlines at next election. PM fails in her quest to improve education. Money wasted.

    It is about the ideology of small government.

    If one believes this is the way to go, they need to look at the USA.

  49. While reading in the Brisbane times the comments rgearding Flegg and his now resignation, one blogger was stating even before Flegg had resigned that this was a conspiracy as follows.
    1) Flegg occupies one of the safest LNP seats in QLD parliament.
    2) Newman occupies one of the least safest and polls are going against him.
    3) More evidence will be dug up against Flegg and he will resign from ministry.
    4) Even more evidence will be revealed and in the end Flegg will retire before the next election.
    5) Newman will be parachuted into Fleggs electorate to save him at the next election.
    6) This has all be preplanned since this government started getting on the nose.

    Now the rusted on LNP (must be employees) bloggers derided it as rubbish and demanded the blogger admit he is the biggest dickhead if it doesnt eventuate.

    Well the forecast strategy has progressed form stage 1 to stage 3 with amazing speed and seems stage 4 being started possibly by the emails suddenly provided to the Courier Mail (funny it is the courier mail, are they in cahoots).

    I have watched with amazement how this blogger seems 100% correct and look with interest to see what unfolds closer to the next state election.

  50. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has fielded questing focusing on the Newman government’s budget cuts at a cabinet meeting in Queensland.

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard and 15 cabinet ministers were warmly applauded at both ends of the 37th community cabinet meeting – and the eighth in Queensland – at the Hercules Road State School in Kippa-Ring, in northern Brisbane.

    She fielded questions about school capital works funding, educations and training, and TAFE and nursing homes home closures.

    But almost all were seeking assistance from the Newman government’s cuts rather than challenging the federal government.

    Ms Gillard assured the crowd the federal government would do all it could to help.

    ‘We are holding the Newman government to account,’ Ms Gillard said.

    ‘We have a plan for the future of this country.

    ‘Premier Newman’s got to play his part.’

    Treasurer Wayne Swan joined in with the Newman-bashing, saying the closures of nursing homes was unacceptable.

    ‘It’s cruel and unjustified,’ he said.

    ‘Right across the state, people are appalled by these decisions.’………..

    http://www.skynews.com.au/politics/article.aspx?id=816543

  51. Echo Entertainment Group Ltd has said the New South Wales government stands to lose $25 million a year in tax revenue if it awards Crown Ltd a casino licence to operate in Sydney, The Australian Financial Review reports.

    According to the newspaper, Echo’s internal analysis projected Crown would likely generate $85 million in revenue and pay a tax rate of 27 per cent, well below the top tax rate of 50 per cent levied on earnings above $790 million.

    “The tax rates payable by Crown and the gaming tax implications to the NSW economy are crucial in the assessment of Crown’s casino proposal,” Echo chief financial officer Matt Bekier said.

    According to the newspaper, a spokesman for the New South Wales government said ‘Taxation issues will be considered as part of the rigorous stage two assessment process chaired by respected businessman David Murray.”

    Crown has said it anticipates paying $114 million in tax to the New South Wales government based on Allen Consulting analysis it commissioned.

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/NSW-set-for-tax-loss-on-possible-Crown-licence-Ech-pd20121116-23QUY?OpenDocument&src=rab

  52. The federal government’s plan to create the world’s largest network of marine parks will destroy hundreds of businesses along Queensland’s coast, the Newman government says.

    Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke says the plan entails six marine regions covering more than 2.3 million square kilometres of Australian waters.

    The government proposes to allocate $100 million to assist fishers and businesses impacted by the decision.

    Queensland’s Fisheries Minister John McVeigh says the plan, which will lock up huge areas off central and north Queensland’s coast, is ‘madness’.

    ‘Labor’s dance to the Greens in the run-up to the federal election will destroy Queensland jobs and local businesses,’ Mr McVeigh said in a statement…
    http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=817000

    Will the alleged job lost be noticed in this state. I suspect they will not be anywhere near the number that have occurred under his rule,

    In fact, I suspect the new parks will create more jobs, than any lost. History has shown that when parks are created, the fish numbers grow. The fish do move out of the parks, I believe.

    If I was a fisherman in those waters, I would be more concerned about the numbers of species moving south, all the way down to Tasmanian waters, it seems.

  53. This really shows the conservative mindset at work – close down accommodation for the elderly and create a $300K pa job for your mates :roll:

  54. They just cannot help themselves.

    State Liberal MP David Southwick has apologised for misleading personal information on his website, including false claims he was an “adjunct professor” at RMIT and had obtained a graduate diploma from Monash University.

    The Member for Caulfield has now removed the claims from his website, which had appeared as late as yesterday.

    In a statement released late on Friday evening, Mr Southwick said he had undertaken a number of teaching positions at RMIT including being the university’s first “Entrepreneur in Residence.”………..

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/mp-sorry-for-padding-his-resume-20121116-29hop.html#ixzz2CQNN6kVB

  55. Baccus. the election of Newman signals that it’s fair game for the spivs. Santoro, for example, increased the number of his ‘clients’ from 11 to 27, including an Italian railway company whose technical expertise lies with ‘signalling’.

    Guess what, The new DG of the Transport Department (the now suspended Michael Caltabiano) raised his ‘concerns’ re ‘signalling’ at his first meeting with QR heads.

    Anyone prepared to argue that ‘signalling’ is/was a priority issue with those who actually run the syste?

    The truth is that it’s now snouts in the trough time here in QLD.

  56. This is exactly what the Liberals want, a nation of low educated low skilled labour for industry. Bring in WorkChoices and remove the minimum wage and they will be in low wage no condition heaven.

    I maintain that politically-aware RWFs deliberately, and with full knowledge, vote for the conservatives, knowing that so doing will help to bring about a situation of Third World working conditions and standard of living for their own descendents.

    RWF: “SerfChoice my grandkids!!”

  57. Of course the auditor got it wrong. pigs might also fly.

    ………….NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli says a protest in Sydney over education cuts will do nothing to change the government’s mind.

    Premier Barry O’Farrell is slashing the state’s education spending by $1.7 billion, impacting on schools, public and private, as well as TAFEs.

    The government has remained firm since it made the announcement in September, despite criticism from teachers and the risk of industrial action.

    “Of course we have heard the message,” Mr Piccoli told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.

    Advertisement “We are in difficult budget times and I think the responsible thing to do is to take measures in the back office, in the bureaucracy, to make sure we’ve got those dollars to invest in the front line,” he said.

    “This year we’ve got more than 500 more teachers than we had last year.”

    Mr Piccoli said reports of an extra billion dollars in the NSW budget because of accounting errors were inaccurate and the restructure within the education department was already underway………….

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-government-remains-firm-on-education-cuts-20121118-29jwc.html#ixzz2CXheQvbk

  58. “The rollout of a planned 1800 job cuts in education has begun, with school learning support officers among the first to lose their jobs or have work hours cut,” the Public Service Association of NSW said in a statement.

    “The loss of hundreds of policy and support roles from the Education Department in suburban and regional areas will follow.”

    Protesters will gather near the entrance to the Chinese Gardens at Darling Harbour and march together to enter Tumbalong Park.

    Opposition Leader John Robertson and opposition education spokeswoman Carmel Tebbutt will address the crowd.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-government-remains-firm-on-education-cuts-20121118-29jwc.html#ixzz2CXiRQowf

  59. Cu, I was reading that NSW is already behind in numeracy and science which O’Farrell has tackled by decreasing teacher numbers..plus heaven help the skills shortage..tackled by cuts to TAFE.

  60. Elections Go Private In NSW

    Are private election companies the way of the future? A recent experiment with privatisation in NSW local council elections could be the start of a disturbing trend, writes Tally Room’s Ben Raue……

    http://newmatilda.com/2012/11/20/elections-private-nsw

    NSW has already changed the rules, making it hard for Labor to get support from the unions.

  61. here has been a long history of government neglect and underfunding, leaving older heritage properties expensive to maintain. Maintenance has been ignored, homes left vacant to deteriorate and be vandalised, and there’s a large backlog of repairs.

    Alarmingly, it seems the O’Farrell Government intends to sell occupied homes and move tenants, many of whom have been there for years — some for five generations. Selling homes and removing low income tenants will have a major impact on this community. It will reduce housing for key workers close to the city, and push more tenants with health and welfare problems to the fringes of the city without transport, jobs or support services.

    http://newmatilda.com/2012/11/16/communities-versus-casinos

  62. NSW education cuts remain, even though O’farrel was out by a billion dollars in his budget.
    “Premier Barry O’Farrell has refused to restore $1.7 billion over four years to the education budget, provoking a likely voter backlash – a coalition of public, independent and Catholic schools has warned.

    The coalition, representing 12 groups including the NSW Teachers Federation, school principals from all sectors, and Catholic and independent school parents, met the Premier and the Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, on Thursday to demand the education funds be restored.

    The representatives, who form the NSW Education Alliance, said they left the meeting “astounded” the Premier would not retreat from the biggest cuts to education since the late 1980s, under the Greiner Government.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/backdown-or-backlash-premier-warned-on-school-cuts-20121123-29x5y.html#ixzz2D09hM5S4

  63. The latest salary increase granted to the top bureaucrats in New South Wales has angered the State Opposition.

    Under a Remuneration Tribunal determination that has just been posted on the Government Gazette, the salary of an executive office holder at the top level has risen by nearly $12,000.

    The heads of the Premier’s Department, Trade and Infrastructure NSW are now all being paid well in excess of $500,000.

    The salary increases are in line with the Government’s wages cap of 2.5 per cent for all public servants, but Labor’s Walt Secord says it is too much.

    “The Director-General of Premier and Cabinet now will earn $545,000. That’s substantially more than the Premier,” he said..

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-24/anger-as-nsw-bureaucrats-get-pay-rise/4389988

  64. …………The dramatic plunge in the Queensland government’s popularity is unprecedented for a newly elected government with such a mandate, says one of the state’s leading political scientists.
    Advertisement

    Dr Paul Williams, a senior lecturer in politics and journalism with Griffith University, who has studied Australian politics over the past three decades, said he was “hard pressed” to think of any government, state or federal, where the honeymoon period had soured so quickly.

    Dr Williams said the unpopularity of the Campbell Newman government’s public service austerity measures and to a lesser extent the same issues with his coalition counterparts in Victoria and New South Wales had put federal Labor back in the game.

    His comments followed the resignation from the party of one of the LNP’s biggest backers, Queensland’s richest man, Clive Palmer, who launched a blistering attack on the state government on Friday.

    Labelling Mr Newman “Caesar”, Mr Palmer previously one of the premier’s biggest supporters, said he had quit the party “due to an arrogant disregard for accountability which has made the LNP organisation redundant” and opined that the rights of citizens “were never so much in danger as they are at the current time”………….

    Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/lnps-plunge-in-popularity-unprecedented-expert-20121124-2a0nk.html#ixzz2DAxHxQPS

  65. And now Newman has been accused of lying to parliament, by his own team

    “A GOVERNMENT MP says the Queensland premier must explain misleading advice he gave to parliament about his removal from an ethics committee.

    Alex Douglas says he’ll make a statement in parliament on Wednesday, outlining very grave concerns he has about his removal as chairman of the committee.

    He said Mr Newman’s statement to parliament on Tuesday – that Dr Douglas was happy to move out of the role – “is untrue”.

    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/newman-statement-to-parly-was-untrue-mp/story-e6frfku9-1226525506968#ixzz2DSzy0x4q

  66. I suppose Barry O’Farrell can say they won’t have to fly-in fly-out for work

    “UP TO 66 coal seam gas wells (CSG) would be drilled in south-west Sydney under a revised proposal being considered by the state’s Planning Assessment Commission.

    The gas company AGL wants clusters of six wells each at 11 sites between Campbelltown and Liverpool, many of them within a few hundred metres of suburban streets in Currans Hill, Varroville, Kearns, Eschol Park and Denham Court.

    It is the first major coal seam gas plan assessed under new ”state significant development” planning rules, and represents the first expansion of gas drilling into suburban Sydney. ”
    http://theland.farmonline.com.au/news/state/agribusiness/general-news/csg-plans-for-66-wells-in-southwest-sydney/2633602.aspx?storypage=0

  67. The shameful LNP government of QLD rushed through legislation to make sure any party that did not have 3 members actually elected at the previous election will not receive official party status. This was to ensure Katters Australian Party and any party created by Clive Plamer with defections, will also not be recognised. The sad thing is, just to ensure they can also shore up their own side in the future, the just as shameful ALP, sided with this legislation. I am so sick of the two major parties simply siding with each other to destroy our democracy by destroying any opposition ot the two party state we live in. It seems to be the only time they join foces. To protect their duopoly and for pay rises to MPs. Despicable.

  68. I agree with you on that one shane.

    The two majors only every side 100% in bipartisanship when it comes to pay and entitlement increases and in legislation that diddles any minor parties and indies.

    It is something I’ve always hated about our system that can be fixed but again in a show of bipartisanship the two major parties always knock down reform to fix it.

  69. …..”It’s quite clear the LNP is acting in a most disgraceful manner which will have major repercussions at a federal level unless Tony Abbott shows some leadership,” Mr Palmer said in a statement on Sunday.
    “Tony Abbott must intervene and clean up the LNP mess or (Prime Minister) Julia Gillard will be re-elected as a result of the disgraceful antics of the Newman government.”
    But Mr Abbott last week rejected similar claims, saying Premier Campbell Newman and his team were doing an “outstanding job” and facing tough challenges.
    Meanwhile, John Bjelke-Petersen, son of former premier Sir Joh, is being lined up as a federal election candidate as the likelihood of billionaire businessman Clive Palmer launching his own political party gathers momentum. …..

    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/news/sir-johs-son-and-clive-palmer-a-big-worry-for-lnp-government/story-fnehlez2-1226528392563#ixzz2DvRhXTNA

  70. “This wasn’t flagged before the election”
    Or another day in beautiful Newman’s Qld

    “Around 300 positions across Children’s Health Queensland and Queensland Health northside to go in job cuts
    Most cuts will be of clerical and administration staff, although some positions filled by nurses and doctors may be among the redundancies
    Queensland Nurses Union secretary Beth Mohle said the cuts were “another blow” to the health sector, and the government was intent on withdrawing from providing preventative and community health services.

    “It’s devastating for our members but it’s devastating for the community as well,” she said.

    “This wasn’t flagged before the election.”

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/around-300-positions-across-childrens-health-queensland-and-queensland-health-northside-to-go-in-job-cuts/story-e6freoof-1226529157460

  71. Should we be scared. Yes we should. This is not only happening in Queensland abut NSW as well.

    It should be easy for anyone to stand for elections, To do this, one needs fund. There should not be laws that make this impossible.

    Labor should be ashamed to be a party to this action.

    ……The last sitting week of Queensland Parliament was certainly one of theatrics, tension and drama.

    The LNP government’s response was not dignified, but it was also a dangerous attack on democracy in Queensland.

    By changing the law to prevent parliamentary recognition of Katter’s Australian Party, the LNP government created a dangerous precedent. Effectively, Queensland members of parliament are now greatly limited in their ability to build parliamentary groupings or parties as they best see fit to represent their electorates………
    and

    .The laws are so draconian that they make it much more difficult for two parties to merge and gain parliamentary recognition. It would be a useful thing for the newly united LNP to ponder this.

    The argument presented by the LNP government for this action is that members are elected to represent their party.

    This is not how the Westminster system of government works, but considering that all conventions about party leadership were broken prior to the last election, it is not surprising this fact has been overlooked.

    Members are not elected to represent a political party. It is a member’s right to leave their party if they wish, especially if they feel they can better represent their constituents by doing so.

    Members sit in parliament to represent their electorate and, at each election, the public cast judgment on their performance. Voters decide whether actions to change political allegiance should be rewarded or punished. But the Queensland government now thinks it should play judge and jury on a parliamentarian’s loyalty to a political banner – specifically that of the LNP which has now lost six sitting members in under three years….

    http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=14430.

  72. “Former LNP MP Alex Douglas plans to run 700 television advertisements across Queensland accusing Premier Campbell Newman of lying to parliament.

    ‘‘(As ethics chairman) I have to be guaranteed that one, you accept my word and two, you accept that I have to keep all matters confidential, the whole system fails when anyone, and I mean from the Premier down, when anyone does not abide by the ethics committee chair,’’ he said.

    ‘‘To remove the chair and invent an excuse is tantamount to interference in the process.’’

    Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/mp-to-run-hundreds-of-ads-against-government-20121204-2as2p.html#ixzz2E2WEJpXv

  73. I hope Newmann backed down on his cuts to local bushfire brigades.

    Shame he is out of the country today othetrise he could have seen first hand their value.

  74. When the going got tough during Queensland’s floods they were lucky to have Anna Bligh to step up.
    Now most of the State is burning and they have Newman, the man who wanted to cut Bushfire Fighting resources. Of course Brisbane is not under threat so Campbell does not need to do anything.

  75. Sue, sadly as in NSW their value is only if fires or other emergencies happen during regular working hours, and where they threaten their own patch.

    Wixxy wrote a piece a week or so ago about the cut backs to overtime for the emergency services, by O’Farrell, and I am sure that Shambles Screwman will do the same if he gets half a chance. (if he hasn’t already) :evil: :evil:

    Cheers

  76. TruthSeeker
    Yes I am a fan of Wixxy’s .
    i had read that Newmann had cut the regional bushfire monies, but received so many complaints that even he couldn’t withstand it. I think he quietly reversed it by saying that everyone had misread what he meant about funding cuts.

  77. COUNCILS would be run like ”multimillion-dollar companies” with a highly paid mayor and a cabinet-style board under key ideas in a review of local government in NSW.
    A panel appointed by the government is investigating whether the state could copy Britain’s ”super councils”, which are headed by a mayor and cabinet – a small group of highly paid executives responsible for strategy. They would be supported by a ”backbench” of as many as 50 councillors who would be out in the community meeting residents.
    The review has been established to tackle the escalating problems of councils. NSW has 152 councils, which most experts say is too many to work efficiently. For many councils, debts are mounting and so is the backlog of unbuilt infrastructure.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/push-for-super-councils-to-be-run-by-executives-20121204-2ataf.html#ixzz2E8KUGwRR

    They are also talking about merging councils, which they promised not to do before the election.

  78. Yes, Mr. Bradbury Lyndal Curtis yesterday, saying that people forget about technology when talking productivity. He said that most of the gains have come from that area. It appears they also forget about having a clever and trained workforce.

    The cuts in the States is criminal. Will have the same results as Mr Abbott, under Mr. Howard, cutting the number of training places for doctors.

    A massive shortfall in the number of doctors, leading to importing from overseas.

    Yes, it does not make any sense. It is a waste of resources. What’s more they are destroying what is now in place.

  79. Look what can be achieved through TAFE or before the Qld TAFE cuts have taken hold

    “Queensland design students have created a new clothing collection designed specifically for people in wheelchairs.

    Many disabled people have a hard time finding clothes that are comfortable, look good and are practical.

    But students from Brisbane’s Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE have teamed up with the Spinal Injuries Association to create designs that are eye-catching and fit properly.”
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-05/fashion-students-help-empower-wheelchair-users/4410168

  80. Barry promised to fix it but

    ‘THE NSW government has come under fire after a report revealed a record number of complaints against Railcorp and a drop in the overall number of on-time trains.

    The Auditor-General’s NSW transport report, released on Wednesday, found complaints about on-time running were up almost 18 per cent on 2011.

    On the roads, the report also shows there’s little joy for Sydney’s road commuters, as average speeds slowed on five of the city’s seven major roads.

    Auditor-general Peter Archterstraat said only nine of the state’s 16 rail networks achieved 92 per cent the on-time running target, down from 14 previously

    Complaints about hygiene have increased by 26 per cent, with 35 complaints lodged every week”

    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/sydney-train-complaints-rise-in-report/story-e6frfku9-1226530482245#ixzz2EAeMRCoE

  81. Cuppa
    It’s logical. LNP has to drive Qld into recession now, so that the voters will have tin 2 years and then Newman can rescue Qld. Well as long as no qlders need hospital, schools, old age care, ndis, public services in the bush etc etc.

  82. Cuppa
    Headlines in Qld spruiking the fall in unemployment from 6.1% to 6%. Headline writers must think Qlders trust them to report honestly.

  83. This article is misleading. It is not until you get to the middle of the article that you realise, Canberra Health ie that provided by the ACT is not to blame for the change for specialist oncology services so it must be NSW health, although NSW is not mentioned.
    This is how it starts

    “Cancer patients in the Young district say they are devastated by the looming end of regular visits from Canberra Hospital oncologists.

    Two ACT oncologists visit the Young Oncology Centre each month but patients were told this week the visits would cease due to service demands in the ACT”

    Then half way through, after concerned statement from a patient, we read this

    ” The ACT government said the Territory’s Health Directorate did not directly provide health services to Young.

    ”The Murrumbidgee Local Health District contracts the two doctors that are from the ACT as visiting medical officers and they work under their rights to private practice,” a Health Directorate spokeswoman said.

    ”They may be Canberra-based but they are not working at Young as employees of ACT Health Directorate. It is important to note that this decision is not as a result of a directive from the Health Directorate.”

    Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/cancer-patients-battle-cuts-20121206-2ayna.html#ixzz2EKgHK5hz

  84. Dear

    Right now there are more children in child care than ever before, but child care places have not kept up with demand.

    This means there is a shortage of child care places in New South Wales.

    This morning Premier Barry O’Farrell and the NSW Liberal Government voted against national action to remove barriers to new child care centres opening up, and to create more child care places for families on waiting lists.

    Sign our petition and join me in telling Barry O’Farrell that this isn’t good enough – NSW deserves more child care places.

    Over the last year there has been a massive 9.1% increase of children in long day care, yet in that time the number of centres grew by only 0.7%.

    This impacts on parents’ ability to work, particularly for women. If you can’t find a child care place, it’s harder to return to work. Plus, you can’t claim the increased Child Care Rebate from the Federal Government.

    Thanks for your support,

    Kate Ellis
    Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare

    PS. This is an important issue for NSW families. Can you share it with three people and ask them to give their support too?

    http://campaigniq.communityengine.com/em/mail/view.php?id=1792119484&a=26848&k=9d9d350#twitter

  85. Just what is Bailleau’s majority in Vic? I bet the ATO will investigate as well.

    “BAILLIEU government MP Geoff Shaw is under police investigation over allegations of misconduct in public office.

    The Victoria Police investigation follows an opposition complaint made about Mr Shaw. The complaint came in the wake of a damning Ombudsman’s report in October into the Frankston MP’s conduct.”

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/police-investigate-liberals-shaw-20121207-2b0w4.html#ixzz2EPKTsEqI

    The MP who used his parliamentary car for his business. Yes the MP who runs a hardware business had his employees drive the car and use the fuel card.

  86. The MP who used his parliamentary car for his business. Yes the MP who runs a hardware business had his employees drive the car and use the fuel card.

    He doesn’t have a phonecard and a son with a lot of mates, by any chance, Sue?

  87. Are we heading back to the days, when Howard, Costello and Abbott were in control of health. Are the states pulling their weight.

    …………It’s being labelled the National Internship Crisis, and James Churchill, the president of the Australian Medical Students’ Association says it’s a significant problem over the long term.

    “There’s a lot of money that goes into training. It’s a waste of an investment the public makes. A waste of medical professionals to meet our future needs.”

    These future doctors are particularly crucial for providing desperately needed healthcare in rural regions. Mr Churchill points out that the rural system is almost in crisis mode itself.

    Dr Sean Fabri is International Medical Graduates Subcommittee Chair at the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria. He agrees that rural doctoring is important, but is concerned that the flood of students and a lack of appropriate mechanisms to process them is increasing the strain.

    “One potential way it could affect patients is the dilution of training. If we just have to find more places for this large number of interns – and the numbers are just going to go up and up with the current government policy – we might end up sharing the jobs or workload against a larger number of people. While some will get the sufficient amount of experience, there’s going to be gaps.”

    Dr Fabri and Mr Churchill both say the solution is, like a lot of complex issues that involve state, federal and local co-operation, a long-term, consistent approach. The fact that a cycle of medical education transcends a politician’s elected term doesn’t help.

    The breakthrough 116 positions that have been produced by planning between federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek, and Health Ministers from Western Australia, Queensland, the ACT and the Northern Territory are useful for now, but it’s the lack of plans for further training that makes Dr Fabri and Mr Churchill’s AMSA concerned.

    Dr Fabri says there is good data on providing solutions. “There’s actually a World Health Organisation recommendation that was made in 2010 which suggested that first world countries like Australia need to develop a sustainable workforce in medicine, and as part of that we have an organisation called Health Workforce Australia. They’ve released a document called Health Workforce 2025.”

    Mr Churchill says that Health Workforce 2025 “is the best workforce planning data we have.” The difficulty to overcome is implementing the data, requiring “coordination of different arms of the medical training pipeline. No one body is clearly responsible for that aspect.”

    Mr Churchill suggests that using the Health Workforce 2025 data to estimate numbers is key, making sure the students who enter courses have relatively assured internships ready at the end. An understanding between the public and private hospitals, and universities that supply them with students is necessary to make such numbers useful.

    “Hospitals are now inundated with applications, by people desperate for positions,” Dr Fabri admits. His role as part of the team processing these applications has put him in the eye of the storm. “You’d think that initially that would be a good thing, but in fact it’s created a tremendous burden of sorting and shortlisting applicants. When you have nine hundred people who’ve applied, that’s just not a number you can realistically interview. Especially given the short timeframe.”

    A study in Queensland has identified a shortfall in ongoing training and positions for doctors, with reports that as many as 400 doctors in postgraduate years will not be offered work in the state in 2013. Meanwhile, the Australian Nursing Federation predicts a “shortage of more than 109,000 nurses by 2025.” (Link) Clearly, Australia’s medical community is in trouble….http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/a-hoard-of-untrained-doctors-is-no-good-for-our-health/

  88. Queensland, clueless on day, toothless the next.

    MORE than a third of Newman Government MPs are behind a push to rid the state’s water supply of fluoride, according to its main opponent.

    First-term Nudgee LNP MP Jason Woodforth claims he has secured the backing of 31 MPs who “don’t agree with mass medicating people” and want the “brain-altering poison” removed.

    The Newman Government handed councils the power to decide whether fluoride is added to water supplies under law changes passed last week.

    At least four regional councils, Cassowary Coast, Blackhall-Tambo, Balonne and Tablelands, will opt out of introducing fluoride.

    Queensland, the portent to an Abbott government.

  89. ME. Problem it is not medicating, mass or otherwise.

    It is just replacing a mineral or element that is missing from our soils because of the age of this continent.

    It is found naturally in the waters of most other countries, that are found on new continents..

    It is like saying, adding super to the soil to grow vegetables is also medicating.

    How stupid can people be. So they do not care about the teeth of their kids.

  90. ME, people shudder at minority governments.

    The stupid people should fear those with great majorities more.

    They are a law unto themselves, where ratbags seem to reign.

  91. ME, Is the state government going to pick up the cost of repairing the kids teeth,

    Painful procedures that are unnecessary.

  92. ” want the “brain-altering poison” removed.”

    As it is found naturally in the waters of Europe. That must be because all its populaces have their brains altered.

  93. So they do not care about the teeth of their kids.

    They will when the dental bills start rolling in and they’ll care even more when their kids give them a boot up the fundamentals for allowing their teeth to be ruined.

    And I’ll bet a silk pyjama that Newman will ensure that public dental care will be non-existent.

    Just as well Labor will introduce a dental scheme so that we all have access to affordable dental care. Once again, the Liars are proving that they don’t give a toss about health care for low income earners, the disadvantaged and the disabled.

  94. If states opt out of fluoride, then the cost of free dental provided by the federal government should become a component of the health funding.

  95. I was born in London in the mid fifties, where fluoridated water was the norm and milk was supplied by the schools.
    I still have most of my own teeth, which seem to thrive despite an insatiable appetite for lollies and a visit to the dentist once every decade or two.
    The last time I visited a dentist, sometime last century he looked disappointed that he couldn’t charge me thousands for work, as there was bugger all to do.

    It may be a mind altering chemical though as I turned out to be a tradesman, small business owner, leadlight artist, lover of reading, a singer songwriter, musician, poet and author, not to mention a looney lefty.

    So in the minds of the rabid right there is reason enough to have it banned.

    What a shocker? :evil:

    Cheers :grin:

  96. TS, I wish my parents and I had had access to fluoridated water. I would probably still have a head full of decent fangs.

  97. Tell Barry O’Farrell you care about TAFE
    TAFE is vital to giving NSW a skilled workforce that can deliver for the needs of our community.

    Barry O’Farrell and the NSW Liberal Government are making dramatic and cruel cuts to NSW TAFEs that will damage skills and jobs in NSW.

    These cruel cuts will be bad for students, see teachers lose their job and make it harder for those still teaching to meet the educational needs of their students.

    Let Barry O’Farrell know this isn’t good enough. Show your support for the future of NSW TAFEs below.

    Authorised by G Wright, Australian Labor, 5/9 Sydney Avenue Barton ACT, 2600
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    Check All That Apply

    Stay up to date

    https://australianlabor.wufoo.eu/forms/tell-barry-ofarrell-you-care-about-tafe/

  98. Virgin is threatening to pull out 1200 workers from Queensland to Sydney.

    Makes a lie out of Newman’s claim he is motoring their economy along and getting new investment into the State.

  99. TS @1.49pm 11/12, water was fluoridated in Adelaide for a while in an effort to improve dental health, but was discontinued after a scare campaign, conducted by dentists, no doubt. :(

    A slightly younger friend of mine who lived in the city was part of a group of primary school children who took part in a fluoridation study in the fifties. Hasn’t got a filling in her head.

    I suppose i should say that a lot of my current dental issues are due in greater part to loss of bone in my jaw. Quite common, I’ve been told. However, if country children had also been part of that stud, i may still have better quality fangs than I currently do.

    ME, nice to see Newman doing what all tory governments do so well-slash and burn.

  100. Jane, yes apart from regular cleaning( with Sensodine) mine seem to thrive on neglect, including what some would consider a terminal passion for lollies.
    I can only put it down to the fluoride in the water and the compulsory milk we had as kids.

    Cheers :grin:

  101. In an unprecedented for any Australian leader almost vertical plunge of approval the impossible is happening to Newman, his approval has plunged further in the latest polls.

    As the wingnuts have been constantly calling for Gillard to be dumped because of her low approval numbers, though still better than Abbott’s by a long shot most of the time, where are their cries for Newman to be sacked?

    Let’s not forget Abbott states that Newman is doing a great job and will do much the same if he becomes PM.

  102. Half of Queenslanders are less likely to vote for the LNP in the federal election next year because of the performance of the Newman Government, new polling shows.
    The ReachTEL poll, commissoned by Channel 7, surveyed 1134 people on Friday night and asked, ‘‘Has the performance of the Newman State Government made you more or less likely to vote for the LNP at the upcoming Federal election?’’
    It found 50.5 per cent of people were less likely to vote for the LNP federally, while 31 per cent were more likely and 18.5 per cent said it would not affect their vote.
    In October, when asked the same question, 45.1 per cent of people said they would likely not vote for the LNP federally because of the performance of the state government.

    Support for Katter’s Australian Party has also climbed from 8.9 per cent to 12.1 per cent a few weeks after their ranks were bolstered by MP Ray Hopper, who defected from the LNP last month.
    KAP does not seem to be chipping away at LNP support,……

    Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/half-of-state-less-likely-to-vote-lnp-poll-20121216-2bhfp.html#ixzz2FHWPiKan

  103. backflip by the NSW premier on workers’ compensation promises is disgraceful and has ruined holidays for thousands across the state, a union says.

    Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon said under laws introduced this year injured workers would only receive compensation for two and a half years. after which they would be cut off from payments regardless of the injury’s severity.

    He said Premier Barry O’Farrell had promised not to apply the law retrospectively, meaning those who were already on compensation payments would be dealt with under the old legislation.

    ‘This promise has now been broken,’ Mr Lennon said in a statement.

    ‘These laws rip money from our society’s most vulnerable and effectively hand the difference to big insurance companies.’

    Injured workers will begin to be lose compensation payments from early in 2013, Mr Lennon said.

    ‘Under Mr O’Farrell’s rule, NSW is no longer a place where injured workers are treated with dignity.

    ‘Less than a week out from Christmas, Mr O’Farrell has ruined thousands of holidays around the state.’

    Comment was being sought from the government.

    http://www.skynews.com.au/politics/article.aspx?id=827654

  104. NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has slammed the premier for tendering contracts to refurbish his offices after slashing $4.7 billion from schools and hospitals.

    A tender was issued earlier in December to refurbish the two levels of Macquarie Tower, the central Sydney building where Premier Barry O’Farrell and his ministers are based, Mr Robertson said in a statement.

    He said the money should be used to fix classrooms, not repaint offices the premier and his staff are due to move from in 2014.

    ‘Barry O’Farrell has got his priorities wrong,’ Mr Robertson said.

    ‘This is a colossal waste of money at a time when schools and hospitals are being told to tighten their belts.’

    Earlier in the year, the O’Farrell government cut $1.7 billion from the state’s education budget and $3 billion from health, Mr Robertson said.

    A spokeswoman for Mr Robertson was unable to tell AAP how much would be spent on the refurbishments, but Mr Robertson argues the money should be used to improve the 4950 demountable buildings in NSW public schools.

    ‘Fixing these classrooms should be much higher on the priority list than redesigning the premier’s department,’ he said.

    A spokesman for Mr O’Farrell said the refurbishments were needed to ensure the offices complied with building codes and occupational health and safety laws.

    He said the government had been consolidating its CBD office space ‘to ensure taxpayer’s interests are protected’.

    http://www.skynews.com.au/politics/article.aspx?id=827655

  105. Campbell Newman canvasses business for break from federal IR law
    BY: EWIN HANNAN, INDUSTRIAL EDITOR From: The Australian December 18,
    THE Queensland government is seeking business support for a contentious proposal to withdraw up to 380,000 small business employees from the federal industrial relations system and re-employ them under state awards.

    Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will today release an issues paper that highlights business concern with the federal workplace laws, and calls for submissions on whether the state’s referral of industrial relations powers to the commonwealth in 2009 should be terminated or maintained………………

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/industrial-relations/campbell-newman-canvasses-business-for-break-from-federal-ir-law/story-fn59noo3-1226538690172

  106. SYDNEY’S proposed floating helipad will be in the middle of the harbour, servicing up to eight flights an hour, it was revealed at an explosive meeting in North Sydney on Monday night.
    The barge, which will carry two helipads, has already been approved by the state government and has a 12-month licence. It will be 37 metres long and 12 metres wide and be situated about 500 metres east of Fort Denison and 600 metres from the closest residence, the meeting heard.
    Each helipad has the capability to service four ”quiet technology” helicopters an hour, the owner of Newcastle Helicopters, James Guest, told the packed meeting at the North Sydney Council chambers.

    An artist’s impression of the proposed helipad for Sydney Harbour.
    But residents were irate. They demanded to be told why they had not been consulted and how it would affect their suburbs.
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    The mayor of North Sydney, Jilly Gibson, told the jeering audience she had only been informed of the plan three weeks ago, while many of the residents had only been told in recent days.
    There were calls for government inquiries and noise demonstrations, other residents saying the helipad would only service ”cashed-up clients of the casino” and that ”it would destroy the livability of Sydney”.
    One resident, Leigh Fincke, from Cremorne, asked what they could do to stop the helipad, saying the harbour had enough tourist attractions. Kirribilli resident John Molyneux, a former pilot, said it would be impossible to reduce the helicopter noise to an acceptable level.
    Mr Guest said it was a ”very difficult” meeting.
    ”We were expecting them to be angry but they were not taking on the factual information we were providing,” he said.
    Promoted as a tourism opportunity by the Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner, the audacious idea has made it through several loopholes because the heliport sits on the water instead of land.
    ”These pontoons will be landing areas, not aerodromes, which is why they don’t need approval,” a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Peter Gibson, said.
    The state government took two months to approve the heliport, after receiving the application from Newcastle Helicopters on September 11.
    There are no limits on how many helicopters can fly in and out of the harbour every day, the Office of the Environment and Heritage confirmed.
    Newcastle Helicopters says it wants to run as many as 20 flights a day and other operators will be using the heliport too.
    The government has not prepared an environmental impact statement for the heliport despite concerns about noise and the impact on protected species around the harbour.
    The government did not consult with any of the harbourside councils whose residents may be affected by helicopter noise.
    Mr Guest said earlier his company would abide by the standard noise regulations applied to helicopters on Sydney Harbour and that all the helicopters based at the heliport would have noise reduction technology.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/outrage-as-floating-helipad-gives-harbour-suburbs-sinking-feeling-20121217-2bjpn.html#ixzz2FLsC4r2G

  107. It appears that ambulances are going to ne replaced with Health taxis. They will dump you off in the out patience waiting room. Anything to save money. Good news, ambulance fees will not rise. It matters not, that you will not get an ambulance for your money.

    Yep, one gets more for your money under a coalition government.

  108. Newman refuses to anti up to the ant- ant program. Will fire ant defenders get same response as volunteer firies?

    Will the c/wealth and other states cut funding in response?

    “The Newman government has cut funding and jobs from the Queensland arm of the national program aimed at eradicating fire ants.

    But Mr McVeigh said the downsizing would not hamper the state’s ability to fight the introduced species, however the program would focus on achieving “greater efficiencies”.

    the state’s contribution to the program was $1.125 million this financial year, less than half the amount spent by the Bligh administration in the previous two budgets.

    Mr McVeigh told Fairfax Media the total number of budgeted positions in the program had reduced from 181 in 2011-12 to 126 in 2012-13.

    Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/fire-ant-eradication-faces-funding-cut-20121218-2bl8s.html#ixzz2FRMecvpX

    ‘However he outlined a need to continue to negotiate more support from other levels of government.

    “The Newman government will continue to work with its national partners to secure ongoing funding for the eradication program for future years,” he said in a statement.

    Funding for the national program, which was introduced in 2001 as an emergency response to the discovery of Solenopsis invicta fire ants, is drawn from Australian states and territories as well as the commonwealth government.

    Annual allocations are negotiated through a national cost shared framework with the shared Australian budget for fire ants currently standing at $15 million – the same as it was in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

    Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/fire-ant-eradication-faces-funding-cut-20121218-2bl8s.html#ixzz2FRNAaDBr

  109. Sue & CU, I can sense the Liars on SA licking their lips at this latest attack on the most vulnerable in our society. What next? Babies with disabilities put out on hills to die?

    O’Farrell and Newman should be chucked out asap as this pair suck up to the wealthiest at the expense of the least well off. Typical Tories-bleed the poor white to prop up their millionaire mates. They couldn’t give a toss about the welfare of their state or the country.

  110. Qld beautiful one day, the next……..well Cando won govt and let the facts speak for them self

    ” OPPONENTS have leapt on bad news released by the Queensland Treasurer to land some blows over widespread cost-cutting which included the sacking of 14,000 workers.

    The latest data showed unemployment at 0.25% higher than forecast in the September budget figures, rising to 6.25% as growth fell from 4% to 3.75%.

    Both the Queensland Labor Party and public service union Together Queensland attributed both to what they described as the State Government’s attacks on workers, frontline services and its own negativity about government debt.

    These cuts were not enough to stop the government going deeper into debt – $11.2 billion from the September prediction of $10.7 billion. ‘
    http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/unemployment-rate-attributed-qld-govt-cost-cutting/1693308/

  111. TO UNDERSTAND just how close the relationship between the O’Farrell government and the balance-of-power parties has become, look no further than the final parliamentary speech of the year by the Roads Minister, Duncan Gay.
    ”I thank all honourable members … On behalf of the Christian Democratic Party and the Shooters and Fishers Party, who make up our team in the House, I wish you all the best for Christmas.”
    Yes, you read correctly – a senior government minister who counts the Shooters and Fred Nile’s Christian Democrats as ”part of the team”.
    The Shooters cop a lot of flak for pursuing their gun-loving agenda.
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    But you cannot blame them for the way they operate.
    They are an unashamed single-issue outfit. By a quirk of the Westminster system, they just happen to have been landed with the balance of power in Parliament and hence the opportunity to deliver for that constituency…………………………………….

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/dissension-in-ranks-as-the-coalition-sticks-to-its-guns-20121222-2bsg2.html#ixzz2FohnVRXC

  112. O’Farrell hits turbulence over airport

    Haha. According to the right wing media O’Farrell was going to wedge the Gillard government over a second airport for Sydney. Instead he’s wedged himself. He can’t even get that right in a display of another State Liberal government failing on all levels.

    And the right wingers lamely attempt to infer the Gillard government as a failure. Methinks they should look in their own backyard at the State Liberals. And if they want to project as is their want then project the failings of the State Liberals multiplied many times onto Abbott and the current Federal L&NP and you have a projection of a balls up Coalition government.

  113. And the Queensland LNP has nose dived even further in the latest polls, which The Australian has ignored.

    If you thought it wasn’t possible then think again as we are in territory never experienced by a political leader in this country. Newman’s personal rating has gone down even more.

    I will repeat it for it’s worth repeating. When you look at Newman you are looking at Abbott lite. Abbott has praised Newman and has stated he will do the things Newman is doing, that despite the fact Newman is sending Queensland backwards as the latest economic figures for the State show.

    The rabid right here could not come up with any lucid reasons why Abbott should be PM, well here is one massive reason why he shouldn’t. He will be Newman magnified.

  114. Abbott today in the AFR:

    “Because what normally happens is that a government comes in, they’ve got all these policies and they rely for the implementation on the public service,’’ he said.

    “There’s nothing wrong with that as such, but what I’d like to be able to say to the public service is, ‘Look, this is how we think it needs to be done.’ Rather than relying on them to tell us, I’d like to be in a position to tell them on day one.”

    No wonder they call him Idiot Boy.

  115. I don’t think I’ve said this here, but OMFG.

    I’ve heard some say that Abbott really isn’t stupid but only appears that way or he plays at it.

    After that I’m telling you he’s a fucking idiot.

  116. Mo, can you imagine that mob of incompetent buffoons trying to tell Treasury what to do?

    I actually think he’s playing simple, populist politics. Public Service bashing has always been popular among the electorate. Abbott’s cashing in. A bit early though, me thinks.

  117. Miglo, most new ministers learn very quickly why their brain farts have not been introduced previously. Mainly because similar things are already in place, or their ideas have been tried and failed.

    An prudent minister will take the time to look at what is working, before throwing anything out.

    One thing I do know, if a minister does not earn the \trust of the PS, nothing will be achieved.

    It is hard to believe, that a man who has been a minister would make such stupid statements.

    One wonders how this man ever became a Rhodes Scholar. I have read, it could be about knowing the right people, getting the right backing.

    It appears not to be about what one has achieved. The right references are the key that open the door. I believe that Abbott was supported by Jesuit priests and studied some theology while at Oxford. Maybe people were the key that opened that door, or could have been Santamaria.

    Cannot see any evidence outstanding academia that would have led him to go to Oxford. Surely, it could not have been his boxing skills, which I believe are more those as a slugger, not a boxer.

  118. Infrastructure the NSW. Barry O’Farrel way: the north-west rail link’

    ” When it opens, single-deck trains will run on the new line from Rouse Hill to Epping, and then to Chatswood on the existing Epping to Chatswood line.

    Running the line as a stand-alone shuttle means people who use the northern line between Epping and Hornsby will have to use at least three trains to get to the city when, at the moment, they get a direct run into town.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/minister-faces-resident-backlash-over-changes-to-train-services-20121227-2bxur.html#ixzz2GHoiMwFa

    Now doesn’t that sound a winner, the commuter gets to get on and off 3 times instead of once. But then this could be the reason Barry and the Liberals prefer this

    “Running the trains as a shuttle between Rouse Hill and Chatswood makes it easier to privatise the line, rather than have it run by RailCorp.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/minister-faces-resident-backlash-over-changes-to-train-services-20121227-2bxur.html#ixzz2GHpBhbmr

  119. The latest deal between O’Farrell and the Shooters’ Party involved privatizing the electricity operators in exchange for privatizing culling animals within National Parks. Most commentators complained about the stupidity of the National Parks side of the deal, but failed to comment on the stupidity behind the whole concept of privatization.

  120. If you get a chance have a look at O’Farrell’s 20 year transport plan. It’s almost totally about cars and building billions on tollways with a secondary plan of getting buses off the roads and into tunnels within the city area.

    There is precious little on rail or other public transport.

    When the transport minister was quizzed on this he said there’s plenty on public transport, buses. He stated that a large number of commuters are moved around by bus and they had a plan to help that. But buses are only used because the rail system in NSW is so shit, something O’Farrell promised many time to fix when he was in opposition, and again something he constantly attacked the Labor government for not addressing. Now he’s not going to address it.

    And no that 20 year plan did not included putting more and better buses on the road, it meant getting the existing ones off the road but only in the Sydney city areas.

    Welcome to the Liberals short sighted look at strategic planning that will screw Sydney for many more decades to come.

  121. More Liberal incompetence…

    Places Victoria in turmoil

    The Age, 28 December 2012

    Places Victoria, the Baillieu government’s urban development authority, is in turmoil after just 18 months of operation following the resignation of its deputy chairwoman amid reports of tears and swearing in the boardroom.

  122. This is the sort of outcome you can expect if CONNED into voting CONservative…

    Cutbacks to pathology services cause grave concern for patients with blood poisoning

    Courier Mail, 28 December 2012

    Queensland doctors fear patient deaths from septicaemia (blood poisoning) after budget cuts to pathology services.

    The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia has written to Health Minister Lawrence Springborg saying pathology services are critical to health care.

    In the past few weeks, patients from the Princess Alexandra Hospital have had their blood cultures sent to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital following budget cuts to pathology departments.

    A medical worker claims blood cultures have been sitting in reception areas – without incubation – while assistants package them up and wait for a courier who picks up samples every two to three hours.

    The worker, who asked to remain anonymous, said there was widespread concern within the Queensland medical fraternity about cutbacks to pathology services.

  123. ME, Liealot really is that stupid. Are NSW voters waking up to the appalling failure that is the O’Farrell government? It seems Qlders have well and truly had their rude awakening courtesy of the Newman government.

    I just hope voters in SA will heed the message about the folly of electing a Liars government. I already know how bad they are, I don’t need 4 years to have my nose rubbed in it.

    One wonders how this man ever became a Rhodes Scholar.

    Weeties packet, CU.

  124. Jane, it’s probably a ROADS scholarship, a piece of paper found in the gutter of one of the roads he happened to be riding his pushie down.
    I heard he also has an economics degree, it’s amazing what you can buy if you’ve got the money! :wink: :wink: say no more.

    which just goes to prove these qualifications aren’t necessarily worth the paper they’re written on.

    Cheers :grin:

  125. Truth Seeker, :lol:. He probably got Sloppy to do the economics exams. He no doubt figured that Sloppy would bamboozled the poor sod reading his papers that he got a pass to prevent a nervous breakdown!

  126. A maverick Queensland MP says he’ll start his own political party to take on the Newman government and even make a push for federal parliament.

    Alex Douglas, who holds the Gold Coast-based seat of Gaven, quit the Liberal National Party (LNP) in November after accusing Premier Campbell Newman of lying to parliament over why he was removed as chair of parliament’s ethics committee.

    Dr Douglas says he expects disgruntled LNP MPs to join his party and fellow defector Carl Judge has already agreed to sign up.

    However, Dr Douglas insists the party’s aim is to adopt the same policy values the LNP would if it weren’t for Mr Newman’s ‘dictatorial’ reign, not to poach government MPs.

    ‘Essentially the core values of this party would represent all the sorts of things the LNP itself believes in, not the CNP, which is the Campbell Newman Party, which is running the state currently,’ he told AAP.

    Dr Douglas said he would also rely on support from billionaire Clive Palmer to make a push into the federal sphere, with an aim to run candidates at this year’s election…

    http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=832151.

  127. NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has asked federal politicians to show him the money if they are so keen on a second airport for Sydney.

    The premier has ruled out another airport in Sydney, instead backing an upgrade of Canberra airport and linking it to Sydney by a high-speed rail line.

    Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey have both signalled support for a second Sydney airport.

    Mr O’Farrell told Macquarie Radio on Wednesday that airports were federal projects and were federally controlled.

    ‘It’s about federal dollars; an airport would cost $7 billion to $11 billion,’ he said.

    ‘I don’t have that money. The money that I have will go into roads, railways, hospitals, schools; the infrastructure that people in this state elect us for.’

    The premier said he heard Mr Albanese and Mr Hockey constantly talking about the need for a second Sydney airport.

    ‘But what I never hear from Joe Hockey, what I never hear from Anthony Albanese, is a commitment to put a single dollar towards building a project that in the next breath they claim is critical for Sydney and Australia.

    ‘To quote Tom Cruise, ‘Show me the money.’

    Mr O’Farrell said his government’s approach was to make better use of Sydney Airport within the existing curfew to get more planes in and out.

    He said if there were fast trains between Sydney and Canberra, it would open up more slots for flights at Kingsford Smith.

    http://www.skynews.com.au/local/article.aspx?id=832140

  128. Möbius Ecko
    DECEMBER 23, 2012 @ 8:10 AM
    Leaked report warns against national park hunting

    O’Farrell promised many times before he was elected he would not be like the previous government by being secrative and non-transparent.

    Just add this to his very long list of broken tenets with the NSW people as O’Farrell’s is turning into one of the least transparent governments NSW has seen.

    Meanwhile the Gillard administration winds transparency back…

    Labor accused of giving up on ideal of open government
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/foi/labor-accused-of-giving-up-on-ideal-of-open-government/story-fn8r0e18-1226545903908

    “THE information watchdog has called on the Gillard government to recommit itself to transparency and allow greater public scrutiny, declaring Labor has lost the drive for open government.

    The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner wants the government to push for the cultural change Labor promised following the freedom of information reforms it introduced last term. “A great deal has been done across government in the last two years to embed those reforms in government practice,” the OAIC states. “However, there has not since been the same explicit promotion of open government reform and cultural change by government as occurred in 2009-10.”

    The OAIC made the comments in its submission to a review of the FOI Act by former bureaucrat Allan Hawke. In announcing the review, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon made specific reference to the cost of administering FOI and the need to ensure public servants and third parties were not dissuaded from providing “frank and fearless advice”.

    Having itself been the victim of government cost-cutting, the OAIC used its submission to plead for an exemption from the public sector efficiency dividend, warning further cuts would cause delays in processing external FOI reviews. It also called on the government to focus on releasing more information, ideally without the need for FOI, and to take a vow of commitment to openness and transparency.

    “An ideal context . . . would be the adoption by government of a national plan that restated the government’s commitment to open government, identified the key agencies with responsibility in this area and their relationship to each other, and selected key projects to be undertaken across government,” its submission says.

    While FOI was a key issue at the 2007 election, it has since drifted off the political agenda, with Ms Roxon now tipped to wind the reforms back and make FOI more expensive for applicants. The opposition’s spokesman on FOI, George Brandis, has shown little interest in the issue, leaving only the Greens campaigning for improvements.

    The OAIC has recommended changes to the appeal mechanisms and reiterated its support for a 40-hour cap on processing time and changes to the fees and charges that apply for non-personal requests.

    Three parliamentary departments have criticised the OAIC for finding they were within the scope of the FOI Act.

    Ms Roxon blamed the situation on a legal “anomoly” that would need to be corrected, but the departments argued in a joint submission that the law should “reflect the intention of the parliament, which is subject to interpretation by the courts”. The OAIC, however, wants them to remain within the full scope of the FOI Act, which should also be extended to intelligence agencies.

    The review coincides with two recent decisions that have drawn attention to the limitations of FOI: the Full Court of the Federal Court ruled documents about the Australian system of honours were not subject to the act, while the Administrative Appeals Tribunal found the ABC had applied its program material and data-casting content exemption too broadly”

  129. So Scramble Screwman wants to do away with compulsory voting in QLD!

    I am sure that all RW governments would like to do the same, including Abbott given half a chance, as I know that they have already talked about it.

    Instead, lets do away with Scramble and his RW nutjob mates! :evil:

  130. Newman’s latest, he wants to disband the very successful cadet Emergency Services program and make cuts to Emergency Services.

    Yep more disadvantaged kids on the streets and people in peril.

    Note all the things that Newman is attacking, things that help the disadvantaged and payback in the future for the State. So both socially and environmentally he is destroying Queensland whilst sending it backwards economically.

    Now think on this. Abbott has openly praised everything Newman is doing and has indicated he would do much the same.

    So whilst Newman is only stuffing up Queensland in a big way with some spill over Nationally, Abbott will well and truly stuff up everything.

  131. Does one get the impression, those from the right seem to know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

    The money they believe they saved, amounts to very little.

    It just seems to be all about cutting. No sense of the consequences of their actions.

  132. Yet Cu they really don’t even know the price of things either. They may be able to quote you the current money amount but they are so short sighted they can never tell you the long term cost.

    It’s the closed minded short sightedness predicated on their immediate greediness that’s the problem with the Right.

  133. This Labor government knows the value of good polling.

    ‘THE Gillard government spent a record $35 million on market research last financial year as it tried to read – and bend – the public mood on issues such as the carbon tax, broadband, smoking and private health insurance.

    ‘Analysis by The Australian of taxpayer-funded opinion polling, focus groups and customer surveys by federal government departments and agencies found Labor had racked up a bill of $126m over the past four years trying to finesse its political and policy messages.’

    Tom Dusevic in the Oz

  134. ‘But federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has said he has no plans, if elected, to build an airport at Badgerys Creek and may even not back a second airport at another site.

    ‘Premier Barry O’Farrell, after initially saying a second airport should be at Canberra with high-speed rail to support it, now says Mr Albanese and Mr Hockey need to stump up the $7 billion to $11 billion to build a second airport before the issue can be seriously considered.’

    Andrew Clennell in the Daily Telegraph

  135. Quoting The Australian, tch tch, and not even a link to the full article so we can see the full article and what his actual data is.

    I very much doubt that the government spent $35 million trying to read “and bend” the public mood, something Ltd News does all the time in putting out false reports and headlines that don’t match the story.

    Unless you can supply to us a break down of that money and what departments spent it, like Defence etc. then it’s just more piss in the wind from the right wing media and you posted it in the wrong thread.

    On topic for the thread.

    O’Farrell might be “travelling well” according to a right wing opinion from the last Newspoll but buried in it was that already up to that poll O’Farrell will lose nine seats with more reducing their margins, and the Coalition members of those seats are not happy. Grumblings and fractures appearing like those in Queensland, only in NSW O’Farrell is doing it in slow time, but in the end the result will be the same for both States.

  136. and what his actual data is.

    hahahahahha

    data :shock: It’s the oo ME, data is a swear word there ;)

  137. Well we all know the right have written a new dictionary. They have evolved new meanings for many words. So many new meanings, that they now speak a language we do not understand. Gets around being accused of lying.

    Funny this person accepts the alleged accusations of one man, while at the same time rejecting similar data and facts of the majority that talk about carbon emission and the effect it has on climate.

    Whatever this government spends, it would be small in comparison to the Howard years, who took this to heights never dreamt of by previous PM’s.

    I use public transport a lot. In fact, it is all I used. I can get people to talk about O’Farrel easily, and none complementary. Get blank stares if I mention the PM.

    No, the actions of the NSW government are not being ignored or liked by many.

  138. If the MSM done its job and reported on the legislation this government has put in place, market research would not be needed in getting the message out to the public.

    Suspect record level of new legislation requires extra spending.

    Just a thought.

  139. ‘Whatever this government spends, it would be small in comparison to the Howard years…’

    Where’s nil when yer need him?

  140. …………As Christopher Stone concludes, TAFE has the ‘ability to work for everyone’ and does so. Echoing Chomsky, he observes that the role played by TAFE for disadvantaged groups ‘is a challenge to … state governments that are implementing or considering large cuts to TAFE funding …’ Why, he says, are cuts ‘being made to education providers that are clearly using these public funds to provide opportunities to all’? Why are governments ‘choosing not to make this investment when everyone wins?’

    Preventing TAFE from continuing as premier VET provider, down-grading it and its achievements and, along with this, those of its teachers, trainers and students, is destructive of not only of the institution in itself, but of a key part of and contributor to Australian infrastructure. Yet perhaps the answer is that not ‘everyone winning’ is the aim of governments intent on undoing TAFE, its standing and its role…………..

    http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=14540&page=2

  141. As O’Farrell was in front of the news cameras today going on about how this will probably be the worst bushfire season in the States history not once did he mention his cuts to emergency services and the closing of fire stations around the State, some in the worst fire prone areas.

    He didn’t mention the $300 insurance levy he put on us all that was to pay for the emergency services he cut but most probably went into his and his ministers pay rises and refurbished offices.

    I bet if there are devastating fires in NSW, with some areas already burning, the MSM will not hold O’Farrell to task for his failure to the people of NSW, not even introducing a local SMS warning service that was a recommendation, instead they will show O’Farrell as a brave leader giving the people of NSW strength in a time of great tragedy.

    And so the Conservative snow jobs continue where they directly or indirectly through lack of action and cut back cause or tumefy disasters they then spin how great they are in coming to the aid of the people in need.

  142. “O’Farrell was in front of the news cameras today going on about how this will probably be the worst bushfire season in the States history not once did he mention his cuts to emergency services and the closing of fire stations around the State, some in the worst fire prone areas.”

    An no-one here will admit that green madness has contributed greatly to increased combustible biomass…not bloody likely. The left never accepts any part of the blame and the green left that holds the balance of power today should be dying of shame!

  143. MO. I wonder if Mr. O’Farrell realise he has scared the wits out of many tonight. Even those not in fire areas.

    One lady, in a region where it is unlikely ever to be in danger of fire, is demanding the dog trailer be hooked up, so they can get out quickly. In real panic mode. Warning is one thing, scaring people is another.

  144. Oh c’mon off it Treeman that furphy has been debunked long ago and many times.

    Another Right Wing say it often enough it makes it true.

    What about Tasmania where forest clearing has helped increase the dryness of the remaining pockets and forests. That’s a known and measurable, it happens in the Amazon, Indonesia and other normally wet areas forests as well.

    But of course you will never blame industry who support your beloved Liberals for doing anything wrong, it’s all the Greens fault. What a dunce.

  145. Just what is needed in this region. More liquor outlets, opening longer hours.

    A FREEZE on new liquor licences in the southern part of the CBD has been lifted by the NSW government for the first time since 2009 to trial a new method of assessing the risk to the community from alcohol-related violence.
    The decision paves the way for new hotels, clubs and bars in an area stretching from Town Hall to Haymarket and for owners of existing venues to apply for increases in capacity and trading hours.
    The move has received cautious support from the lord mayor, Clover Moore, but has been criticised as ”irresponsible” by a coalition of emergency services workers……

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/move-to-lift-freeze-on-liquor-licences-comes-under-fire-20130107-2ccsb.html#ixzz2HLtuUFgj

  146. Was this a Cando election promise?

    Or is Cando just saying, you, the police, are no different to the other 14000 public servants!

    “Queensland’s Acting Premier says the State Government could change the law to force senior police out of the service.

    Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has announced a restructure of the service, with up to 110 commissioned officers to take voluntary redundancies.

    Jeff Seeney says the Government would consider changing the law if they will not go”
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-08/queensland-police-could-be-forced-into-redundancy/4456970?section=qld

  147. There comes a time when one has to take their head out of the sand. Good governance is ensuring the infrastructure is in place to support industry.

    …………………Sydney Airport faces 2025 deadline, according to CBA report
    BY: ADAM CREIGHTON From: The Australian January 09, 2013 1:26PM

    SYDNEY airport will reach capacity 20 years earlier than its management expects, a new report claims, fanning the fractious debate about the need for a second airport in Sydney.

    In a report titled ‘Sydney versus the world’, Commonwealth Bank infrastructure analysts have calculated that Sydney airport will become “capacity constrained” by 2025, by which time it will be handling about 60 million passengers a year. To cope with any more passengers, a new runway, terminal or a second site would be required…….

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/aviation/sydney-airport-faces-2025-deadline-according-to-cba-report/story-e6frg95x-1226550382030

  148. The Victorian government is under fire for providing millions of dollars to private hospitals for surgery as public hospitals close beds and plan to sack hundreds of staff due to budget cuts.
    Nine private hospitals are being given more than $4 million to collaborate with public hospitals to perform about 2100 elective surgery procedures over the next five months.
    The move has angered the opposition and worried private health insurers, which fear it could undermine the value of private health insurance because public patients will be operated on in private hospitals.

    The nine private hospitals, which include Epworth Eastern and Melbourne Private, successfully pitched for their share of $9 million on offer under the government’s Competitive Elective Surgery Funding Initiative.
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    The scheme, which also includes $35 million for public hospitals, invited all health services to tender for the work so the government could test how efficiently surgery could be done for the lowest price.
    Victorian Health Minister David Davis told Fairfax Media that the first $35 million had been allocated to public hospitals to provide about 8300 operations for about 5 per cent less than standard surgery costs. The private hospitals’ involvement was saving the government about $1.3 million, he said.
    It means hundreds of public patients waiting for surgery will be operated on in private hospitals between now and June. They will not be able to choose their surgeon or the time of their procedures, but may get access to better facilities such as private rooms.
    While Australian Private Hospitals Association chief executive Michael Roff applauded the initiative, saying private hospitals were well placed to help governments cut elective surgery waiting lists, private health insurers are concerned it could undermine perceptions of the value of private health insurance.
    A spokesman for Private Healthcare Australia said that although the scheme acknowledged the efficiency of the private sector, it would be concerned if access to beds and treatment for people with private health insurance was diminished in any way. A spokeswoman for Medibank echoed this view.
    In the past, surgeons have criticised governments for funding private hospitals for public patients because they also wanted to maintain the exclusivity of private hospitals. However, the chair of the Victorian regional committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Robert Stunden, said he personally supported the Victorian project.
    Dr Stunden said that although some surgeons would still baulk at the idea of public patients being treated in private hospitals, any effort to get the most out of limited health funding was a good idea.
    It comes as the state government is trying to pressure the Commonwealth into overturning an unexpected cut of $107 million for Victoria’s health system this year. This coincides with the state government cutting $616 million from its last two health budgets.
    Victorian hospital chiefs say the recent federal government cuts are forcing them to close beds and operating theatres and sack staff. About 200 positions are expected to go.
    On Tuesday, St Vincent’s Hospital became the latest to reveal the affect on its services, saying about 30 beds would be closed until June.
    While the previous Labor state government paid private hospitals for elective surgery at times, opposition health spokesman Gavin Jennings said it was ”bizarre” for the Coalition to be giving private hospitals money over public hospitals this year.
    ”Public hospitals need every single cent they can lay their hands on at the minute,” he said.
    Mr Jennings said the state government should invest $66 million of the GST revenue it recently received from the Commonwealth into Victoria’s health system to protect it from further service cuts and job losses.
    ”They should use any money available to them to support public hospitals, which are clearly in crisis,” he said.
    When asked if the state government would invest more money into the system to prevent services being cut, Mr Davis did not answer the question and said he was focused on trying to get the Commonwealth to reconsider its funding cuts.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/outcry-over-surgery-cash-20130108-2cexc.html#ixzz2HTk08dPT

  149. Did the 2 qld police unions openly support cando at the election?

    If they did than these comments seem remarkable less than a year into the cando govt. Then again for Cando, sycophants is probably the level of commitment required.

    “The QPUE (Queensland Police Union of Employees) will never tolerate or cop any type of legislation change to force redundancy upon sworn police,” Mr Sycz wrote.
    “The Commissioner’s got rocks in his head if he thinks police will take this lying down. He seems to be gunning for frontline police.”
    The union initially gave cautious support to a service restructure, putting it at odds with commissioned officers who condemned the cuts as “catastrophic”.

    Upping its opposition to the cuts, the separate Commissioned Officers’ Union warned the service’s independence would be lost if police could be forced out of their jobs.
    “It means the only people you are left with are sycophants and ‘yes people’ who are prepared to do whatever the government or department bids for fear of getting the sack,” president Superintendent John Pointing said.”
    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/we-wont-cop-redundancies/story-e6freoof-1226550712974

  150. More Cando promises in action

    ” A BATTLE is looming over the closure or loss of services at Moura Hospital.

    A group of community members, led by Jim Pearce, held a meeting on Wednesday to plan its strategy in a campaign against the cuts.
    The Queensland Government has unleashed a stinging response to Mr Pearce’s role in the campaign.

    Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said the government would support the health board as it “worked to ensure sustainable health services for the region”.

    “The hospital and health board is a true representative of the community in contrast to so-called, self-appointed advocates such as former Labor MP Jim Pearce,” Mr Seeney said.

    Rural doctors are concerned the possible closure of Moura Hospital is just the start of moves to shut down a string of small rural hospitals across Queensland.

    The hospital services a town of 3000 people but Rural Doctors Association of Queensland president Adam Coltzau told News Ltd that was expected to double in the next decade with energy sector growth. ”
    “If a township the size of Moura is vulnerable to having services withdrawn, we hold that no small hospital in Queensland is safe,” Dr Coltzau said.
    http://www.cqnews.com.au/news/battle-over-the-hospital/1712164/

  151. While in Ted Baileau’s Victoria,

    BUDGET cuts will close 45 to 50 beds at Eastern Health, which includes the Box Hill and Maroondah hospitals, however it is unclear how many jobs could go as a result.

    The new cuts follow the closure of a 32-bed surgical ward at Box Hill Hospital just over a year ago due to a lack of funding for its services at the time.

    It comes as hospital chiefs meet Victorian Health Minister David Davis on Thursday to discuss how they are managing a sudden cut of $107 million this financial year. The reduction is the result of a federal government adjustment to Victoria’s health funding based on changing population data, which the Victorian government has rejected.

    However, it also coincides with the state government slashing $616 million from its last two health budgets.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/eastern-health-closes-more-beds-20130109-2ch53.html#ixzz2HW5Zasyc

  152. AUSTRALIA’S supply of vacant jobs is dwindling, making it harder to find work than it has been in years. New results from the only comprehensive national survey of vacancies show they have slid 8 per cent in the past year, undoing most of the gains since the global financial crisis.
    Australia had only 166,000 vacant jobs in November, down from 193,000 two years earlier. More than 600,000 Australians were looking for work.
    The most dramatic slide has been in public sector vacancies. There were just 12,300 government or semi-government jobs on offer during November, down from 17,500 a year earlier. In the public service capital of Canberra, the Bureau of Statistics found just 800 vacant jobs, the least since the early years of the Howard government in 1998.
    Recently elected state governments have also cut public service employment to long-term lows. There were just 3100 public vacancies in NSW – the fewest at that time of year since 1996. There were just 2900 in Victoria, the weakest since 2003 and just 2100 in Queensland, the weakest since 1999.
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    Queensland has 29 per cent fewer vacancies than it had a year ago and 65 per cent fewer public service vacancies.
    The results suggest the public sector will be closed to many of the graduates who traditionally find work at the beginning of each year, forcing them into the private sector or pushing up unemployment.
    Private sector vacancies have slid 9 per cent in the past year. The biggest slides are in tourism, where there are 9100 fewer jobs on offer, transport, down 6800 jobs, and mining and manufacturing, each with 2000 fewer vacancies. There are fewer manufacturing jobs on offer than at any time in the past decade.
    The most recent National Australia Bank business confidence survey, released last month, showed business confidence at its weakest since 2009. More businesses planned to cut employment rather than increase it.
    Separately released retail figures show weak spending before Christmas. Spending slipped 0.1 per cent in November, disappointing economists who had expected a 0.3 per cent increase.
    “There is no good news in either the retail spending or the vacancies data,” said the BT Financial Group chief economist, Chris Caton. “If the consumer is cheered by the interest rate cuts, she’s still keeping it to herself.”
    The dollar slipped more than a quarter of a cent to US104.9¢, as financial markets’ expectations of a Reserve Bank rate cut next month climbed marginally from 36 per cent to 38 per cent.
    The ABS job vacancy survey is regarded as more reliable than the private sector advertisement surveys because it seeks details of all vacancies, whether or not they are advertised.
    It shows Tasmanians are in the worse state in which to search for a job. It has eight unemployed people competing for each vacant job. The West Australian and Northern Territory labour markets remain Australia’s healthiest with only 1.5 and 1.3 people competing for each vacant job.
    In Victoria there are 3.9 people competing for each vacant job, in NSW the figure is 4, and in Queensland it is 4.3.
    The national unemployment rate has remained in a narrow band of 5 per cent to 5.4 per cent for two years. The government is forecasting only a small move beyond that band to 5.5 per cent by June. The figures will be updated next week.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/job-vacancies-plunge-as-confidence-slides-20130109-2cguy.html#ixzz2HWJzIkuy

  153. It could not be more Orwellian. Barry O’Farrell’s government has triumphed in reducing funding for legal aid, community legal centres and the Environmental Defenders Office.
    Miraculously it has badged this initiative as ”greater access to justice for the disadvantaged”.
    Behind it all is a carefully concocted scheme to get rid of legal challenges to ministerial decisions approving new mining ventures, in particular coal mines and coal-seam gas projects.

    Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/politics/cuts-aim-to-put-mining-critics-out-of-business-20130110-2cixd.html#ixzz2Hep8qStv

    Does one recall that all of Mr. Howard’s funding to NGO’s included an undertaking that they would not launch or join in any protest again the Howard government.

  154. Bligh pledged, Newman cut , Gillard choses not to forget.

    “Last year, the Queensland Government promised to spend a modest amount to build a statue in honour of the Mud Army – a promise that didn’t survive the change of government.

    I’m proud to say on the second anniversary of the Brisbane floods the Federal Government will deliver this project, not to score a political point but to ensure the story of the Mud Army is told to future generations. I look forward to working with Premier Campbell Newman and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to find a suitable location for what I believe will become an important symbol of generosity and spirit.

    Time passes but the Mud Army – and what it symbolises – must never be forgotten.

    As a nation, we kept our promise to stand with the people of Queensland through the rebuilding. Australians paid $6 billion partly through the Flood Levy so Queenslanders weren’t left to foot the massive bill alone. It’s hard to imagine anyone regretting a single cent.”
    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/mud-army-a-symbol-of-the-best-of-humankind-says-prime-minister-julia-gillard/story-e6freoof-1226552344389

    50/50 whether Newman will work with the PM, but as the Federal govt is paying he may turn up for the photo op.

  155. EXCLUSIVE

    A SENIOR executive at James Packer’s Crown Limited was allowed to rewrite a media release before it was issued by the Premier, Barry O’Farrell, announcing initial government backing of the company’s plans for a $1 billion hotel and casino at Barangaroo.
    The chief executive of Crown, Rowen Craigie, was emailed a draft media release by the head of Mr O’Farrell’s department, Chris Eccles, on October 24, the night before Mr O’Farrell publicly announced Crown’s proposal would move to the next stage of the government’s assessment process.
    Documents released under freedom of information reveal Mr Craigie suggested a number of changes, including to the section dealing with the likelihood of Crown being awarded a casino licence and a description of how the government would further assess the plan.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/ofarrell-decides-but-packers-man-has-last-word-20130111-2clc7.html#ixzz2HkJoUszI

  156. So much for O’Farrell’s promise of being open and transparent. There goes his number one attack when in opposition that business was telling the government what to do and calling the shots.

    Of course the difference here is that when discovered under the previous government it was splashed across the headlines for weeks denigrating the government on how underhanded it is. O’Farrell with get another free kick or even praise.

  157. Mobius ecko

    Its simple really , Packer is Lachlan Murdoch’s mate. Murdoch press will never criticise a Packer or Packer interests.

  158. A new fire tax on NSW homeowners will be fairer than the current system which exempts people without home insurance from helping fund fire and emergency services, the state government says.

    The proposed blanket tax could see all homeowners and landowners billed to fund the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), NSW Fire Rescue and the State Emergency Services (SES).

    But volunteer firefighters are gearing up to fight the proposed tax which they say would see funding for emergency services fall as community donations dried up.

    The government has not decided on a funding formula yet but under one proposed model, a household with a land value of $250,000 would be charged $267 annually.

    The government’s funding overhaul would replace the current system under which households that have taken out insurance pay a levy added onto their insurance premium……………………….
    http://www.skynews.com.au/national/article.aspx?id=835193

  159. This thread will soon be archived. So far it has received great comments but it’s probably time to absorb talk of the Liberal state failings into Café Talk.

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