Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Youth crims are smarter than our pollies, know they’ll get away with anything

The time has come for mandatory IQ testing of our Queensland politicians. Don’t laugh. I’m deadly serious. Any potential MP who comes in under the national average of 99 should be disqualified from running for, and holding, any form of public office.

These are the people who guide our future, debate major laws and put in place policy that is supposed to reflect community expectations. It is a huge responsibility but some of our MPs – and Cabinet Ministers for that matter – are way out of their depth.

When it comes to the Left faction of the Labor Party, many of these politicians wouldn’t hold down a job in the private sector. They do not represent the views of the majority of Queenslanders. Instead, they are a cabal of incompetent, mostly ex-union hacks, who have an ideology that makes Queensland unsafe and less attractive as a place to live and invest.

Now, there may be some people reading this who believe my IQ testing proposal is done with tongue planted firmly in cheek. But it makes sense. Why let dumb politicians ruin our lives? I have no doubt some of the Left faction of the ALP would not score an IQ over 100. How could they possibly be more intelligent than the average Queenslander when they advocate youth justice laws that not only fail miserably, but put innocent people in hospital.

The Toutai Kefu home invasion is just the tip of the iceberg. Nobody should be surprised that the three alleged attackers were on bail, two aged 15 and another 13. Yet the Palaszczuk Government persists with this revolving door policy on youth crime, believing that Nirvana awaits in some form of misguided rehabilitation that will take these little bludgers off the streets. The kids are smarter than the pollies. They know they can get away with just about anything.

It’s madness. Last week, it was reported that not one teen criminal had been fitted with a GPS tracker months into a Gold Coast trial to tackle youth crime. Kids accused of home break ins and car theft are roaming the streets freely on bail. Police are at their wit’s end.

Let’s be clear. The Palaszczuk Government is not fair dinkum about trying to bring youth crime under control. They know voters don’t care, unless of course you are the target of youth crime and then it gets your attention. The government has research – paid for by taxpayers – which shows that all people care about these days is that they keep them safe from a Covid-19 outbreak.

Nothing else matters. So while we can jump up and down as much as we like about youth crime, it’s not an issue for the government. They know it does not change voter intentions. Then there’s the Left’s links to the unions, who run Queensland.

Their latest ploy is to secure a six-day weekend for their members when the Ekka public holiday is moved to Friday, October 29. The CFMEU, plumbers and electrical unions have secured Monday November 1, Tuesday November 2 (Melbourne Cup Day) and Wednesday November 3 as rostered days off.

All in the middle of a pandemic when small business and tourism operators are closing down in droves because of border closures, lockdowns and a lack of certainty around opening hours. We are left with a moribund, fiscally reckless Cabinet with the combined intelligence of a hamster.


High school captain and classmates 'fight back' against woke 'orthodoxy'

Student Aiden Brennan has spoken to Sky News Australia about his fight as school captain against an "orthodoxy" that's telling young boys they are "oppressors" and are "guilty of sins" that happened well before they were born.

Mr Brennan said his classmates voted for him to be captain because he "wanted to stand up against that".

He said the school unusually made his cohort have multiple votes on school captain despite the outcome being the same each time.

"They sort of kept making us vote and they kept getting the same answer so eventually they had to accept me," Mr Brennan said.

According to Mr Brennan, the school's apparent apprehension over his captaincy was due to his "controversial" push to reinstate things like the "national anthem at assemblies".

"That I wanted to go in and change that became very controversial somehow, but it was the voice of the students that fought back," he said.


New agriculture visa is set to be introduced

Migrant farm workers from Asian nations will be offered a path to permanent residency under a long-awaited agriculture visa.

The category, which will be in place from September 30, will apply to skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers according to new details released on Monday.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the government would negotiate with individual countries to join the scheme.

Vietnam, Thailand, The Philippines, South Korea and other Asian nations are expected to be among the first included.

"Ones that we have already got very close and long-lasting immigration arrangements with will be the easiest for us to sign up as quickly as we can," Mr Littleproud told the ABC.

The agriculture visa will initially be created under a tweak to regulations around another category while legislation is drafted.

Mr Littleproud said it would exist alongside Pacific farm labour schemes.

"This is the biggest structural reform to Australian agricultural labour in our nation's history," he said.

"It's also about bringing the next generation of migrants to rural Australia, to grow agriculture and grow regional Australia."

The program will offer a path to settle in regional Australia for migrant farm workers who enter on the visa.

It will include meat processing, fisheries and forestry sectors, as well as fruit and vegetable picking and other farm jobs.

While there is no cap on agriculture visa places, coronavirus travel restrictions could prevent large numbers of people entering under the category.

Mr Littleproud urged state governments to make more quarantine places available for farm employees.

"If it wasn't for resources and agriculture, our economy would be buggered during COVID-19," he said. "They were the ones that kept on going when everyone else was put under the doona.

"They kept on making a quid for this nation and we just need to repay that now with some courage and conviction."

The Nationals are claiming the visa category as a major win after years of coalition in-fighting.

Liberals relented after Australia agreed to scrap the requirement for UK backpackers to do an 88-day work stint in regional areas to extend working holidays.

National Farmers' Federation president Fiona Simson said workforce shortages were putting a handbrake on regional economies.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus, farmers' reliance on an international workforce, particularly during the peak seasonal work periods," she said.

"The onus is now on state and territory governments and their chief health officers to approve quarantine arrangements to safely house incoming foreign workers."

Ms Simson urged all sides of politics to back the legislation when it comes before parliament.

Australian Fresh Produce Alliance chair Anthony Di Pietro said all states should follow the lead of Queensland and Tasmania in quarantining overseas farm workers.

"Now that we have an agriculture visa and expansion of the Pacific programs, we need all states and territory governments to work with industry to develop quarantine solutions," he said.


No jab, no placement: Charles Sturt University mandates COVID vaccinations for health students

Australia's largest regional university, Charles Sturt University (CSU), has announced from next year it will be mandatory for all health students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

CSU said students who had not received both doses of a COVID vaccine would not be allocated a placement in 2022.

The university's executive dean of health and science, Professor Megan Smith, said there were about 4,000 students studying health, and at any one time about two-thirds were doing placements in hospitals and other health services.

"We already have that requirement for vaccines like hepatitis B and the flu vax.

"Ultimately for some students if they don't really want to be vaccinated, we'll have a conversation about whether or not there will be availability of placements and positions for them. If they're not vaccinated it may become difficult," she said.

Professor Smith said health students are part of phase 1A of the federal government's COVID vaccination rollout.

"They are going into environments where they're working with people that are in hospitals where people are unwell and vulnerable, so it's really important they are vaccinated," she said.

Professor Smith said despite the pandemic, most students had been keen to continue doing their placements.

"I think they know they're part of the future health workforce and it's really important the contribution they're making.

"Not surprisingly though they have the same anxieties that others do about the risks that are associated with COVID in their environment, but generally they're positive and are wanting to contribute as much as possible."


Also see my other blogs. Main ones below:

http://dissectleft.blogspot.com (DISSECTING LEFTISM -- daily)

http://antigreen.blogspot.com (GREENIE WATCH)

http://pcwatch.blogspot.com (POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH)

http://edwatch.blogspot.com (EDUCATION WATCH)


1 comment:

Paul said...

The high IQ politicians worry me a lot more.