Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Homosexuals a privileged class again -- legally free to discriminate against normal people

We can't discriminate against them but they can discriminate against us! And it's taxpayers' money they are using to do it

A CO-OPERATIVE of gay men has won the right to continue leasing their properties exclusively to homosexual tenants. The District Court's Equal Opportunity Tribunal yesterday granted House-One Co-operative Inc an exemption from the state's Equal Rights Act.

The exemption allows the group to provide secure, long-term, affordable accommodation to gay men who have experienced difficulty finding private rental properties.

Outside court, House-One chairman Darren Webb said it was a "positive move" for the group. "We're a community, we can talk to each other, help each other and support each other," he said. "Most people think gay men are rich ... that's not the case."

In court yesterday, Mr Webb said many gay men had negative experiences in the private rental market and most felt their sexuality was a factor.

House-One treasurer Bill Dell told the court he had once been evicted by a private landlord because a distant relative was returning to Adelaide who required the accommodation. Later checks by Mr Dell revealed that was not the case and that new tenants - a young, straight couple - had moved in after him.

The co-operative said gay men seeking accommodation with their partner found it especially tough. Some were encouraged to pretend to have a girlfriend or wife when applying for a lease.

House-One manages 16 Housing Trust SA homes, predominantly in the CBD. Under yesterday's ruling, the co-operative is now exempt from accepting any non-gay applicants via the register for their properties. Men who rent the properties can do so for renewable periods of six months, provided they become a member of the co-operative.

Judge Jack Costello said the wider public interest had prompted the tribunal to grant the exemption.


Qld. Police to be banned from investigating misconduct in their own ranks

QUEENSLAND police will be banned from investigating serious misconduct in their own ranks with private investigators or interstate officers to be used instead, under new State Government policy.

It is one of 57 recommendations from a three-person independent panel into the police complaints, discipline and misconduct system and was adopted by State Cabinet this week.

But Premier Anna Bligh has been accused of being "secretive" by sitting on the decision and not telling police or the public immediately.

The Queensland Police Union also said it was "payback" for last week's wage win in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, which will cost the Government an extra $87 million. "For the State Cabinet to secretly endorse changes to the Queensland Police Service and not tell anyone about it smacks of underhandedness of the highest order," QPU president Ian Leavers said.

"The Queensland Government should have had the honesty and the integrity to inform police of all the changes they had made when they actually made them."

Currently, the Crime and Misconduct Commission seconds QPS officers to investigate serious complaints.

The other recommendations, which are also expected to be implemented, include:

* Additional power for the CMC to change disciplinary decisions by the QPS if they deem them too lenient.

* New timeframes for reporting.

* Limited tenure for police and CMC officers in the Ethical Standards Command.

* Creating a joint CMC and QPS "ethical health scorecard" .

* Development of a business case for targeted drug and alcohol testing for police.

A spokeswoman for Ms Bligh denied there was anything secret about the initiatives, which were part of the Simple Effective Transparent Strong report, tabled in Parliament in May.

However, she would not say why an announcement on their adoption had not been forthcoming and did not deny a decision had been made.

The Premier said last night, in a statement, the Government was committed to releasing its response by the end of August. "There are 57 recommendations and we are giving our consideration to all of them," she said. "What's more I have asked for more work to be done around a number of them, and the Government is on track to release its full response as promised by the end of August."

Mr Leavers said the new system would "add significant costs and expenditure to the Queensland Budget at a time when we need to be spending every government dollar on frontline services not more pointless bureaucracy".


Girl, 13, gives birth on tarmac amid maternity ward crisis

NSW can afford an army of bureaucrats but forget about real services to people who need it

A 13-year-old girl was forced to give birth on the tarmac at a cold and windy rural airport in an appalling indictment of the state of NSW's maternity services.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, went into labour as she boarded a Royal Flying Doctor Service plane at desolate Bourke Airport last month.

A paramedic and RFDS doctor assisted in the baby's delivery before transporting the terrified teenager to Dubbo Hospital.

"I am appalled that someone in my community, a young girl, had to go through such a horrible birth," said Elizabeth Lawrence, who spent two weeks living in a caravan in Dubbo before the birth of her daughter on Tuesday. "Does someone need to die before they make a change?"

Local vet Mary-Jane Stutsel, 39, was travelling from Bourke to Broken Hill last month when she went in to labour.

With no mobile phone reception on the drive she decided to pull in to Cobar Hospital, where nurses ordered a plane to transport her to Dubbo.

But before the plane arrived Ms Stutsel gave birth to Toby without any proper examinations or family support.

"We travelled by plane to Dubbo, but it was too foggy to land and I had to go to Sydney. It was a circus, my poor husband, daughters and mother-in-law were waiting for me at Dubbo Hospital in the car."

It was 17 hours before she was reunited with her family, who were then able to meet Toby. "It makes me shudder when I think about all the resources I wasted on a healthy baby."

Karlie Cole, 21, said every town should have a birthing unit. "Pregnancy is a natural event and it is pathetic that my community doesn't have a maternity ward," she said.

Korina Ivatt, head of the Bourke Birthing Action Group, said many women in Bourke can't afford the trip to Dubbo. "Financially and emotionally it's a nightmare," she said.


Too much TV has same health effects as smoking and lack of exercise, Australian research finds

This sounds absurd: "every hour of watching shortened the viewer's life expectancy by about 22 minutes". This is "campaigning" research, I think.

WATCHING TV for six hours a day could shave five years off your life. New Australian-based research has found growing roots on the couch could do as much damage as smoking and lack of exercise.

Experts have previously linked sedentary behaviour with a higher risk of death from heart attack or stroke.

The latest research published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine is the first, however, to study the impact of watching too much TV on life expectancy.

Experts used previously published data on the link between TV viewing time and death from analysis of the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study. This was combined with Australian national population and mortality figures for 2008, to construct a "lifetime risk framework".

Three years ago, Australians aged over 25 watched an estimated 9.8 billion hours of TV. Researchers calculated every hour of watching shortened the viewer's life expectancy by about 22 minutes.

Based on these figures and expected deaths from all causes, the authors calculated an individual who watched an average six hours of TV a day over the course of their life, could expect to die five years earlier than someone who watched no TV.

Separate research has shown lifelong smoking can shorten life expectancy by four years for those aged over 50. Using the same risk framework designed to monitor the impact of too much TV, the study calculated just one cigarette could cut 11 minutes from smokers lives - equal to watching 30 minutes of TV.

"These findings suggest that substantial loss of life may be associated with prolonged TV viewing time among Australian adults," the reports authors found. "Because TV viewing is a ubiquitous behaviour that occupies significant portions of adults leisure time, it's effects are significant for overall population health."

VicHealth acting executive manager Irene Venins said the latest research came as no surprise. She said the negative impacts of prolonged periods sitting at a desk at work were well documented and the would be no different at home.

"The proliferation of computers around the office have contributed to prolonged sitting , which in turn is a key contributor to chronic heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis."

Ms Venins said Australians should engage in a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity a day, or face the consequences down the track. "It's time to stand up for our health," she said.



Paul said...

I have a rental property which is the house next door. I even have a normal person living there. Actually she's an ardent Christian-Zionist, but we smile sweetly and talk about other things, and she's the happiest I've seen her since we've been here. We actually bought the house from her to ensure that any future tenants would be of our choosing. Priority 1. pay the rent. 2. take reasonable care of it. 3. sensible pets (no blanket ban) 4. no skankiness/loud parties/revving engines/drunken fights....and so on.. She's there as long as she wants to be there. I don't really want Gay men next door either (thumping techno music all the time) but I might consider Lesbians as long as they kickbox quietly and don't keep too many chickens. I'll tell you this though, I won't consider indigenous or Islanders (see priority 4) under any circumstance. I'd leave it vacant before I did that. Most Landlords in Cairns feel that way, which is one reason the Commission is the defacto Landlord for indigenous Australia. We prefer our properties standing at the end of a tenancy.

Paul said...

Of course the girl of 13 giving birth represents a scandal of its own. Lets just say that if its anything like up here in the North then she'd be a crime scene from the waist down were she white, but if not then she's just another round of welfare handouts, and when her next sister turns 13 (or close enough) it'll be her turn.