Wednesday, June 29, 2016
An interesting email below from a fellow Queenslander
After eight years of my investigating, speaking out publicly, and holding members of parliament accountable, Pauline Hanson invited me to join her on the Queensland senate ticket for the federal election on 2 July.
After doing my due diligence with people who’ve known her for 20 years and after a 12 hour chat with Pauline I’m proud to be standing with her
She is not as the media and political opponents have portrayed. Pauline is intelligent, quick, honest, courageous and persistent. We are passionate about bringing back our country.
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Economics and Tax policy: http://www.onenation.com.au/policies/economics
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If you’re a Queenslander please vote for us. If you have Queensland friends or family please forward this email.
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Please help us to speak out on the floor of parliament and to restore integrity to parliament.
Regards and thanks,
Global cooling hits Sydney
Sydneysiders felt the chill on Monday as temperatures plummeted to their coolest in two decades as New South Wales experiences the most powerful cold front in three years.
The maximum temperature reached was just 11.7 degrees but remained mostly in the single digit range all day.
The cold temperatures make it the coolest day for any month in 20 years, said Brett Dutschke, senior meteorologist with Weatherzone.
He told the Sydney Morning Herald that temperatures have averaged just 10.4 degrees over the past three days, the coldest June period in six years.
An overnight low of eight degrees was met with rain in Sydney on Monday morning with a top of just 13 degrees expected throughout the day.
Peter Zmijewski, a senior forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology said: 'The temperature is a bit colder than it normally is at this time of year.'
'There's a lot of cloud moving through the east coast. We do expect rainfall to continue throughout Monday,' he told Daily mail Australia.
After experiencing the coldest morning of the year on Sunday there will be no let up for Sydneysiders during the week, with damp and chilly weather forecast for the early part of the seven day period.
Over the weekend, temperatures dropped to just above five degrees in the CBD on Sunday and although Monday will not be as chilly, rain is forecast to set in.
Brexit could make it easier for Australians to live and work in the UK
AUSTRALIA’S high commissioner to the UK says Brexit could provide an opportunity to renegotiate visa arrangements and make it easier for Australians to live and work in Britain.
Alexander Downer has been a vocal critic of restrictions introduced on working visas for Australians who travel to and live in the UK, describing its policies as “discriminatory”.
But while Europeans scramble to get their hands on British passports and uncertainty reigns, the Australian diplomat is taking a positive approach to the impending split, pledging to try to negotiate a better deal for Aussies moving to the mother country.
Speaking on ABC radio on Tuesday morning, Mr Downer said, as a representative of the Australian government in the UK, his job was to seek opportunities amid the Brexit fallout.
And while the implications of the eurozone breakup for Australia remain to be seen, he pledged to seize on the transition as an opportunity to address restrictions on working visas.
“We’ve been critical of the arrangements that have been put in place,” he said.
“There are all sorts of restrictions on Australians right now and whether there’ll be opportunities to change that when the new arrangements come into place, we simply don’t know. But we should try in any case, and that’s what we’ll do.”
The number of Australians working in the UK has declined by 40 per cent since 2008, and while Mr Downer concedes the shift can partly be attributed to economic forces, there are also restrictions in place preventing Australians from becoming employed that the British government has refused to budge on.
In 2011, the UK cut off entry routes for Australian skilled workers and capped employer-sponsored visas at just 20,000 places a year. The British government cited requirements by the European Union to prioritise workers within the zone.
In April this year, further restrictions were introduced including a minimum income requirement.
The number of Australians obtaining work visas from the UK Home Office has halved in the past decade, and now sits at less than 15,000.
The Australian government’s protest to the visa crackdown, led by Mr Downer, resulted in an extraordinary, while ultimately futile, debate at Westminster earlier this year.
Mr Downer has continued his call for changes to the Tier 2 visa system to ensure Australians don’t have to travel home in order to change jobs and make it easier for them to gain employment in the UK in the first place.
The former foreign minister has previously told news.com.au it was “too hypothetical” to tell whether Australians would have greater visa access under a Brexit scenario where EU migrants could be limited, but has spoken with optimism on the topic since the historical ballot closed.
University of Adelaide UK politics expert Clement Macintyre told news.com.au the referendum result left room for negotiations that couldn’t have happened before.
“The opposition to high levels of immigration in the UK that lay at the centre of some of the Brexit campaigning was making it harder for Australians in some respects to land visas and secure work arrangement because there was increasing pressure for the government to crack down across the board,” he said.
The UK economy used to rely on European workers to fill many skilled and unskilled jobs.
Prof Macintyre said it was now likely those jobs would be open to people from other parts of the world, particularly Commonwealth countries.
“Under the old prospect, what we were confident about was that as long as the UK was part of the EU there was unlikely to be any change for the visa requirements for Australians in the UK,” he said.
“This vote at least opens the door to negotiation that could lead to outcomes that are favourable for Australian people who want to spend some time in and live and work in the UK.”
He said while it was too early to speculate on Britain’s negotiations out of the EU or its leadership, the possibility of a government led by Boris Johnson was good news for Australians.
The former London mayor and prime ministerial hopeful, who is tipped to take over the top job after David Cameron’s Brexit-induced departure in October, has previously advocated for a “free mobility labour zone” between Commonwealth countries.
“He is on the record as talking about wanting warmer relations with Australia, and while we don’t know that Johnson will be prime minister, and we’ve got no idea on what terms of negotiations the exit will happen, what is true is that if the UK wants access to the single market, it’s going to have to accept some freedom of movement,” Prof Macintyre said.
In 2015 Johnson proposed an Australia-UK agreement to allow greater movement of skilled people between both countries.
“He believes that Commonwealth citizens should be given more freedom to contribute to London’s economy, culture and communities, particularly given the strong cultural connections between our countries,” a spokeswoman for the then-mayor told news.com.au.
“As a start, the mayor has proposed an agreement between Australia and the United Kingdom that allows greater movement of skilled people between both countries in order to address skills shortages. This could be extended further to other Commonwealth countries, if successful.”
With the shock outcome only five days old, uncertainty remains the key word in discussion of all things Brexit.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday revealed Australia and New Zealand could work together on joint free trade and visa agreements to steer the region through the shock waves of Britain’s exit.
“If my government is re-elected on Saturday, (NZ Prime Minister) John Key and I will meet shortly thereafter with our officials and set up a co-operative framework in which Australia and New Zealand will work together to ensure that we maximise any opportunities that arise out of these changes, but also ensure above all that the interests of Australians and New Zealanders and Australian and New Zealand businesses are protected,” he said.
Triggs, HRC accused of ‘shameful conduct’ in 18c students case
She's an evil Leftist old bag
Human Rights Commission staff and president Gillian Triggs were accused in a racial hatred case yesterday of “stooping” to a regrettable low in a desperate attempt to “avoid scrutiny of their shameful conduct” against university students.
In an escalating row between the students, indigenous staff member Cindy Prior, who ejected them from their Queensland University of Technology’s “culturally safe” computer lab because they were white, and the commission, the human rights body is coming under unprecedented scrutiny.
Disclosures of the commission’s internal workings in dozens of pages of documents, obtained under Freedom of Information and showing the handling of Ms Prior’s Racial Discrimination Act complaint against the students, were cited by Brisbane barrister Tony Morris QC in a scathing legal attack launched yesterday.
Professor Triggs last week urged independent barrister Angus Stewart SC to stop investigations into the complaints by students Calum Thwaites, Jackson Powell and Alex Wood that their human rights had been “flagrantly” breached by the commission.
Professor Triggs in a 30-page legal rebuttal described the formal complaints of the students, who allege that the human rights body has botched the case, as “purely speculative”, “lacking in substance” and “misconceived”.
The students are accused of racial hatred for writing Facebook posts which caused offence to Ms Prior after she had turned them away from the computer lab in the Oodgeroo Unit in May 2013. Ms Prior went on stress leave and is seeking more than $250,000 damages after not working for almost all of the past three years.
Mr Morris, in a damning reply yesterday, revealed that Mr Thwaites had recently abandoned his study to become a schoolteacher because he was concerned the taint on his reputation from being accused of racial hatred under the controversial section 18c would make him unemployable. The lawyer described a “besetting irony” in Professor Triggs’s reasons for seeking to terminate the students’ complaints that their human rights were breached, given the commission had permitted to advance to the Federal Circuit what he described as the “hopeless” case of Ms Prior.
Mr Morris said it was wrong and unjust that an “utterly unmeritorious complaint” by Ms Prior had attracted from the Human Rights Commission “greater forbearance and leniency than the grave and serious complaints by the (students)”. The students were “not permitted to enjoy the same substantive rights as those which the Human Rights Commission now insists should be applied in its favour”.
He said the commission had “applied more time, effort and resources — all paid for by the taxpayer — in scrutinising and criticising the present complaints (by the students), all in the space of less than two months, than it applied to the Prior complaint in the period of roughly 15 months”.
“The nature of the allegations made by Ms Prior, even if those allegations were ultimately to be dismissed, had the capacity to inflict long-term and devastating injury to the reputations of seven young tertiary students, and the very real potential to jeopardise their future employment prospects,” Mr Morris said.
The three students still in the case have refused to pay Ms Prior any of the money her lawyers were demanding, while four others who were named in her original litigation made private settlements.
Mr Powell is being sued because after being told by Ms Prior to leave the computer lab he posted on Facebook “I wonder where the white supremacist computer lab is”. Mr Wood is being sued because he wrote: “Just got kicked out of the unsigned indigenous computer room. QUT stopping segregation with segregation.” Mr Thwaites has insisted since 2013 that he was a victim of identity theft with a false Facebook account in his name and the post: “ITT niggers.’’
Professor Triggs and the commission are now accused of fearing “a risk of embarrassment” that they will be found to have breached the students’ human rights.
Sydney Muslim charged over alleged kidnap and rape of schoolgirl
A man arrested after a police pursuit in the beachside Sydney suburb of Bondi has been charged over two alleged sexual assaults, including the kidnapping and rape of a schoolgirl.
Mustafa Kayirici, 26, was arrested yesterday after a wild chase that began when he allegedly attempted to evade police investigating the assaults.
Police allege a 22-year-old woman was allegedly sexually assaulted and robbed by a man armed with a gun at a CBD motel on June 19.
Meanwhile, a 13-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped in Parramatta on Friday morning and later sexually assaulted at various locations around Sydney. Her attacker was allegedly armed with a knife.
Appearing in court today via video link with his blackened eyes swollen shut after yesterday's arrest, Mr Kayirici denied assaulting the women.
"They're making me out to be some pedophile, some rapist, a predator," he told the magistrate.
"I did not know this person was 13. She lied about her age and everything was consensual.
"I have it all on tape. Cameras don't lie."
Mr Kayirici faces a string of charges, including sexual assault, indecent assault, detaining for advantage, kidnapping, acts of indecency, police pursuit, and resisting an officer.
He didn't use a lawyer in court today, instead choosing to represent himself.
Police prosecutors pleaded with the magistrate not to give Mr Kayirici bail, calling his alleged crimes "unthinkable" and "extreme".
The magistrate moved swiftly to deny bail, saying it would place female members of the community in "extreme danger".
Police searching for Mr Kayirici attempted to stop his silver Ford sedan on Bondi Road just after 11.30am yesterday.
When he allegedly failed to stop for officers, a pursuit was initiated. His Ford travelled through a park before crashing into parked cars on Old South Head Road.
The car finally came to a halt on the footpath behind a bus stop.
Witnesses described the violent clash between the driver and police.
"It was just 'get out, get out, get out, get on the floor'," James Dimovski, who was driving nearby when the crash happened, said.
"I don't think he wanted to get out so they pulled him out and just bashed him, basically bashed him."