Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Liberal Party branch president calls for a complete ban on immigration in Australia - and says new arrivals are 'b***ards' and 'criminals'
A Liberal Party branch president has called for an end to all immigration into Australia because new arrivals are 'b***ards' and 'criminals'.
George Popowski, president of the Carlingford branch in north-west Sydney, has accused migrants of rorting the system with forged documents, degrees and visas while slacking on welfare at the same time as taking jobs, according to a motion obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald.
Mr Popowski will pressure the Turnbull government to 'shut the door now' at a party conference on Thursday, his preamble attached to the motion revealed.
'The last thing we need is foreign workers. Get the b***ards who are here, off their backsides,' he wrote in the preamble.
The hard-right branch president cited U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump warning migrants could be terrorists.
'Who wants criminals? As THE Donald said: ''We don't know who these people are!" And we don't! Today, when they can forge $100 notes, any documents can be bought,' he wrote.
'Also, all the jihadists here! Surely, this crap must stop! Shut the door NOW! Do we NEED these people??????'
Mr Popowski's motion called for an investigation into the 'risks and benefits' of immigration and refugee intakes on the country.
His surname is of Polish background, according to Ancestry.com.
Mr Popowski runs Lisbon Engineering, a fan and blower manufacturing business, in St Mary's in western Sydney.
The motion, which will be put forward at Parramatta RSL to about 400 division members, represents 'what everybody's thinking', he told Sydney Morning Herald.
An Essential Research poll released in September found 49 per cent of Australians want to ban Muslim immigration.
A similar poll by Roy Morgan released late October showed different results, with 58 per cent of Australians in support of Muslim migration and 33 per cent opposed.
In his motion, Mr Popowski said 'all the convicted jihadists were on benefits'.
He claimed 80 per cent of new arrivals were on welfare, and simultaneously complained of there being no work in Sydney and appeared to take issue with those studying training courses or university degrees.
'Simple: compulsory work for the dole – plus, prison for all the crooked quacks who've signed them up for the DSP [Disability Support Pension]!' he said.
About 26,000 asylum seekers in Australia have been denied the right to work and forced onto Centrelink to survive while they are slowly granted the right to work, The Conversation FactCheck reported.
A 2013 study of new migrants, most of whom had been in Australia for less than one year, found high rates of engagement in English language classes and other studies.
A longer-term study of refugees showed about a 33 per cent unemployment rate, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Mr Popowski also accused 'single parents and carers' of taking welfare 'freebies' instead of working.
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi says he is perfectly comfortable with a broad-ranging parliamentary inquiry looking at free speech
Late last week, Malcolm Turnbull said the government would consider a proposal from Liberal senator Dean Smith to have freedom of expression looked at by parliament’s joint committee on human rights.
Smith told Guardian Australia last Friday he believed that inquiry should examine all dimensions of free speech, not just the curbs on expression imposed by section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Bernardi has led the push within the Coalition since the election to reopen the debate on watering down the act, which the government abandoned after a politically disastrous effort spearheaded by Tony Abbott when he was prime minister.
In August, Bernardi brought forward a private member’s bill that would remove the words “insult” and “offend” from the act.
In the normal course of events, the Bernardi bill, which is narrowly focused, could go to a Senate committee for examination, but the Smith proposal would broaden the issue to ventilate debate about other restrictions on free speech, and would push consideration to a joint committee made up of lower house MPs and senators.
Smith said last week 18C was only one element of what should be a broad debate about free expression.
Some Coalition MPs believe the Smith proposal gives the prime minister a way to mollify the right faction of the party, which has been campaigning vociferously on the question, along with the Australian newspaper, but would broaden the issue beyond watering down the racial protections, which galvanised a significant community backlash during the Abbott attempt.
Speaking from New York, where he is on a parliamentary excursion to the United Nations, Bernardi told Guardian Australia he was comfortable with the Smith proposition.
“If this inquiry is what it takes to get the government and Nick Xenophon to accept that 18C needs to be reformed, it will be an important inquiry for the country,” Bernardi said on Tuesday.
“Reform of 18C is a no-brainer and an increasing number of Australians are coming to that conclusion,” he said.
How the GAMSAT is Raising the Bar on Aussie Talent in the Scientific Field
The GAMSAT was originally designed to aid the selection process for students looking to enrol in graduate-entry courses in Australia. Split into three sections, the test evaluates students on Reasoning in Humanities & Social Sciences, Written Communications, and Reasoning in Biological & Physical Sciences.
All of this will ultimately determine a candidate’s capacity to commence a high-level intellectual course in either a medical or health professional related field. By effectively serving as the gate-keeper for high level graduate-entry courses, the GAMSAT is maintaining a minimum level of competency across the board and acting as a quality control measure for the scientific field as a whole.
Mayank Nagory, owner of Acamedica Coaching, said that the GAMSAT ensures hopeful applicants are kept accountable and work hard to get into the courses they’re passionate about.
“Many students spend countless hours studying and expanding their knowledgebase in preparation for the GAMSAT,” said Mr Nagory. “Majority will seek out specialised preparation courses to make sure they’ve truly mastered their skills and filled any knowledge gaps.”
This, in turn, has a direct impact on the quality of applicants sitting for the exam and will inevitably lead to an influx of highly skilled, and qualified professionals in the health and medical industries.
GAMSAT is not exclusive to those who have previously completed scientific-based fields of study. Candidates who have attained academy excellence in social and humanities sciences are also encouraged to apply.
“While a certain level of knowledge on biological and physical sciences is a big component of the exam, it is not the only consideration candidates should be worried about,” said Mr Nagory. “Successful applicants also need to possess a firm grasp of critical thinking, problem solving and writing ability.”
The exam will ultimately evaluate candidates’ knowledge and skills acquired via prior learning and experience. Preparation for the exam typically involves individuals reading widely and seeking professional guidance from a specialised tutor who understands the level of preparation necessary to excel.
“The exam can pose as a challenging endeavour for any prospective student, but it plays a big role in determining the overall standard for Australia’s science-based fields,” said Mr Nagory.
To be required to provide an explanation or, worse, an apology for your opinion, however repellent, insults all the principles of free speech
Let me make two completely irrelevant points in relation to Leak’s cartoon about dysfunction in some Aboriginal communities: first, I have known Bill as a colleague and good friend for more than 20 years, and have never seen the slightest hint of racism in him; second, I have been to Wilcannia, Halls Creek and other, worse, places and seen tiny Aboriginal children wandering the streets in the middle of the night whose parents would seem unaware of their existence, let alone their names.
Though I hope those observations provide some small balance to the vicious attacks Leak has suffered, I say they are irrelevant because no defence should be offered to Section 18C.
It is a dreadful, ill-conceived piece of legislation and needs to go. To be required to provide an explanation or, worse, an apology for your opinion, however repellent, insults all the principles of free speech.
And in their hearts everyone, including the members of the HRC and the anonymous snipers on the internet, knows that. How many people have given their lives to demand and defend our right to free expression, and how meekly have we allowed it to be erased by meddling social engineers?
History and common sense show you do not defeat bad ideas by forbidding their expression; you destroy them with better ideas and vigorous debate. Unless that debate overflows into the clearly marked territory of defamation or criminal incitement, roar away. People may give offence, but no one is obliged to take it.
If I had Leak’s talent I’d create an image to highlight the sinister absurdity of this attempt to bully him into silence — indeed it’s a pity so few of his fellow artists have done so
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