Tears, Queensland Nickel and the ‘moral hazard’: Analysis – @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol

Parliamentary records show how in 2014 the Abbott Government attempted to erode the remuneration component of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee. Queensland Coalition MP Ewan Jones teared up on Friday as he spoke of the hardship facing workers in his electorate of Herbert after the collapse of Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel refinery near Townsville. “This is a tough day,” he blubbed before being consoled with reassuring pats from Senator Michaelia Cash. Cash spruiked her government’s commitment to the workers through the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme. “I have exercised discretion under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme so that former Queensland Nickel workers can access a contribution towards their unpaid entitlements,” she said. However, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace […]

Abbott handshake not enough to bring optical fibre to the bush: @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol

Out in Western Queensland a handshake is a done deal. In May 2015, the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott toured the shires of Barcoo and Diamantina in Western Queensland and inadvertently committed the Federal Government to a $16 million fibre optic project. It was sealed through a handshake with Diamantina Mayor Geoff Morton and Barcoo Mayor Julie Groves. Also present were local Federal Liberal National Party member for Maranoa Bruce Scott and LNP Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss. Now, in that part of Queensland a handshake is considered as good as a signature on a contract. Both mayors had been campaigning for an upgrade to the region’s ailing telecommunications network for ten years. According to Queensland Country […]

The collected rage of Chris Kenny post-Abyan interview – @Qldaah #auspol

Analysis The Australian’s associate editor and former chief of staff to Malcolm Turnbull, Chris Kenny was the first and only journalist to be granted a visa to visit and report on the Australian asylum seeker detention centres located on the island nation of Nauru. Neither the paper or Kenny would confirm if the $8,000 application fee was paid. A storm of criticism hit Kenny when he filed a report on alleged rape victim Abyan. As abortion is illegal on Nauru, the pregnant mother had been flown to Australia for the procedure. It did not take place and Abyan was returned to Nauru. The Australian Government maintained that she told officials on Australian soil that she […]

Gold Coast light rail is go! – The Queensland Weekly Blogazine: @Qldaah #qldpol

Blogging the week in Queensland politics and news. Check back for updates. Table of contents (October 17, 2015) – Smoking bans to be widened. (October 16, 2015) – CSG, drought: tough times for farmers. (October 15, 2015) – Far North Qld local council allegations. (October 14, 2015) – Coding and robotics for schools. (October 13, 2015) – Can Do back in the House. (October 12, 2015) – Billy Gordon back in the news. (October 11, 2015) – Gold Coast light rail. . (October 17, 2015) – Smoking bans to be widened Speaker Peter Wellington labels The Courier Mail’s Des Houghton a liar Speaker @pwellingtonmp calls for @couriermail retraction over inaccurate @DesHoughton […]

#SeaLevelRise comment engulfs Dutton, Abbott in #Auspol #Pacific #climate storm – @takvera

Australia’s Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has made a joke of Pacific Nations facing rising sea levels due to climate change. The Australian Prime Minister, recently returned from meeting with Pacific Island Nations in Port Moresby, laughed at the joke, before Social Services Minister Scott Morrison pointed out the boom microphone overhead. [View the story “#SeaLevelRise comment engulfs Dutton, Abbott in Pacific #climate storm” on Storify]

Compassionistas Vs Christianistas: Choosing refugees based on religion highly unusual – @Qldaah #auspol

The Australian’s Chris Kenny has used the word “compassionistas” to decry people of “moral vanity” who responded to the current Syrian refugee crisis yet seemingly ignored the deaths at sea under the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Government. Kenny wrote, “The moral poseurs – or compassionistas as I have called them – are at pains to show us their compassionate virtue but they offer no practical solutions to a difficult policy issue.” Read more. Much of the debate over Twitter in recent days has been around how compassionate a nation Australia is. The Refugee Council of Australia agreed with The Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine that Australia was the most generous but only if you precluded from […]

Local #IndiTalks media slams @MirabellaSophie’s “playground politics”: @Jansant reports

Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) and Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) have been accused of “playground politics” during the Spirit Of Anzac launch in Wodonga on Friday, by snubbing “people’s choice” independent, Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy) and using the event to promote their party for the next federal election. The Border Mail (@bordermail) editorial said: respect for the people’s decision got a bit of a whack in Wodonga on Friday………as the people’s choice, the current member for Indi deserved a bit more respect during the official proceedings. McGowan, who the people of Indi elected as their representative at the 2013 federal election, was left out of the official party: forced to sit […]

#MarriageEquality on the never never: @burgewords on the politics of hope

It’s clear marriage equality will remain just a high hope TONY Abbott has knocked Australian progressives and moderate Liberals into motionless disappointment on marriage equality. The biggest political football of his government has been booted around by parliament again. There’ll be a few free kicks when the cross-party marriage equality bill comes before parliament, but Abbott’s moved the goalposts already, so none of the players will score. The Australian with the highest hope for the Liberals on this issue – and at the greatest risk of being disappointed by her party – is Tony’s sister Christine Forster, a Liberal councillor for the City of Sydney. She optimistically submits to interviews […]

Australian #climate targets half of what is needed say scientists – @takvera #Auspol

Australia’s post 2020 climate targets were approved in cabinet last night ahead of a Liberal and National Party room caucus meeting today. The post 2020 climate targets were announced at a press conference (See transcript and media release) today and amount to 26 to 28 per cent emissions reduction on 2005 levels by 2030. In comparison, the Climate Change Authority which has investigated both the science and comparative international action, called for a 40 to 60 per cent cut on 2000 levels by 2030. Other reputable organisations have also called for higher targets. The Australian Academy of Science called for emissions cuts of 30 to 40 per cent for the […]

Labor’s 50 percent #renewables policy bare minimum for staying under 2 degrees. #Auspol says @takvera

Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s advocacy of a 50 per cent renewables target at Labor’s National conference in Melbourne has effectively made action on climate change a policy point of difference from the Abbott government for the next election. But the target has been assessed as the bare minimum renewables target for staying on a decarbonisation path of limiting global warming to 2 degrees as agreed by the United Nations. On thursday Bill Shorten visited the University of New South Wales inspecting the world class solar research facilities, where several significant breakthroughs in solar technology have been made, including the first photovoltaic system to achieve over 20 per cent efficiency […]