May 14, 2019 – Table of contents
‘Business as usual’ killing communities: Border Doctors’ letter to Indi and Farrer
Margo Kingston reports, “A group of medical practitioners known as Border Doctors have made a direct call for funding to end metropolitan/regional health disparities in the communities of the NSW-Victorian border electorates of Farrer and Indi.” ‘Business as usual’ killing communities: Border Doctors’ letter to Indi and Farrer.
Peter Dutton “mean-spirited”, says Paul Keating
The political conflict between Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and former Prime Minister Paul Keating has escalated today. Mr Keating described Mr Dutton as “mean-spirited” and voters in Dickson now had “a chance to drive a political stake through his dark political heart.”
A the Labor campaign launch in Brisbane on May 5, Mr Keating had commented on Australia’s declining relationship with China and the scare campaign from Australia’s security agencies. He indicated that a Labor government would need to “clean them out”.
“When the security agencies are running foreign policy, the nutters are in charge,” he said.
Mr Dutton seized on the comments to deride opposition leader
Bill Shorten over national security.
Today Mr Keating fired back saying his “nutters” comment was code. “The foreign policy of Australia should be made in relation to the tectonic plates of power in our world and not some sort of university dormitory chit-chat, which intelligence agencies pick up in their signals intelligence and then that goes into the cabinet room informing foreign policy.”
Mr Dutton reacted shortly after using Twitter to blame Mr Keating for his father almost losing his small business and accused him of economic mismanagement.
Asked for his reaction to Mr Keating, Mr Shorten responded with, “Dutton is Dutton, and I think that everyone knows that.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he did not wish to be distracted by Mr Keating today.
A Labor government would make a new submission to FWC on increasing wages
Opposition leader Bill Shorten says the current government submission on wages to the Fair Workplace Commission (FWC) would be removed under a Labor government and a new one submitted to tackle what he labeled as, “chronic wage stagnation.”
Scott Morrison campaigns in the marginal seat of Boothby
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has campaigned on housing again in the marginal seat of Boothby where he talked up the Coalition’s first home buyer’s scheme and talked down Labor’s negative gearing changes.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg yesterday admitted that the first home buyers scheme had not been costed by treasury.
Incumbent Boothby MP Nicole Flint didn’t want to stop to chat to the media.
CSIRO was only given hours to approve Adani water plan
In the final days before the election date was called, the CSIRO was given an afternoon to give federal approval to the water plan for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.
Michael Slezak reported, “Internal CSIRO correspondence reveals the science agency was pushed to formally accept the federal government’s approval of Adani’s water plans in a single afternoon.” Adani water plan ticked off within hours despite lack of detail, internal CSIRO emails reveal.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison dismissed the report saying both the CSIRO and Geoscience had performed the work in an earlier report.
Clive Palmer pays for Qld LNP election ad
Christopher Knaus and Nick Evershed reported, “A Facebook account linked to Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party paid to disseminate an ad for the Queensland LNP. On Sunday, a UAP-linked Facebook account named Australia Watch Now spread an ad championing rival candidate, Brad Carswell, who is standing for the LNP in the Brisbane seat of Lilley.” Facebook account linked to Clive Palmer pays for Queensland LNP election ad.
Liberal MP Steve Irons has a meltdown
Footage has emerged of the incumbent Liberal Party MP for Swan in Western Australia bursting into an outrage after being repeatedly asked why he voted to cut penalty rates.
“Hey, I’ll tell you what. I didn’t vote for pedophiles, sex offenders and rapists like the Labor Party did!” he yelled in a slur against the Medivac Bill designed to allow refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to access medical treatment in Australia.