CARLINGFORD: Kingsdene Estate could have Higher Density HOUSING under GPOP Plan

RECALL a couple of years back we visited Carlingford … it was patently obvious then that the Chinese community had a stranglehold on the real estate sector … almost every agency was owned and operated by this community and/or all the signage was in either Mandarin or Cantonese

THE TRUMBULL GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION has produced a report that has earmarked the family-friendly Kingsdene Estate in Carlingford for higher density … having shifted the boundaries for multi-storey housing in the Kingsdene Estate, a quiet R2 area away from the Parramatta Light Rail …

THIS, of course, would have nothing to do with even more foreign investment … and laundering of ‘hot money’ in Sydney’s Casinos?

With the lure of a ‘Permanent Resident Visa’ … a ‘Family Visa’ … a ‘Guardian Visa’ and various investment Visas? And Medicare Benefits for the Parents, and Grandparents too?

DESPITE this Liberal MP Geoff Lee was not aware of the boundary changes … yet he is a Member of the NSW Liberal Coalition Government Cabinet

IT appears that this falls into line with the expansion of Chatswood which is being built by the Chinese Communist Party. All the money has come from China. It’s not from Hong Kong people …(they speak Mandarin in Chatswood now … previously it was Cantonese)

-Chatswood described by GeoPolitical Stratagist David Lee as the city being built by the CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY

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Carlingford: Kingsdene estate could have higher density housing under GPOP plan

A northwest Sydney suburb choking with overflowing schools could soon buckle under more pressure and inadequate infrastructure because of a flawed government document.

Joanne Vella,

Parramatta Advertiser

December 16, 2019

The Kingsdene estate at Bettington Rd, Carlingford. Picture: Carmela Roche
The Kingsdene estate at Bettington Rd, Carlingford. Picture: Carmela Roche

*A family-friendly Carlingford neighbourhood is earmarked to morph into a multi-storey enclave.

*According to Parramatta Councillor Andrew Jefferies this is because of an “unnecessary layer of bureaucracy” forced on to a council that already has the highest number of housing approving rates in NSW.

*Plans for more higher density housing in the Carlingford’s Kingsdene estate have been highlighted under the Greater Sydney Commission’s recent report into development along the Greater Parramatta and Olympic Peninsula (GPOP).

There are fears high density living could encroach in areas of Carlingford with single dwellings. Picture: Carmela Roche
There are fears high density living could encroach in areas of Carlingford with single dwellings. Picture: Carmela Roche

The commission, which was created by the State Government, produced the report, called the Place-based Infrastructure Compact, to manage growth in the 13km GPOP site from Westmead to Strathfield and Carlingford to Lidcombe.

The original site was 3500 hectares in 2017 but the updated version almost doubled to 6000ha and takes in Carlingford from west of Baker St to Bettington Rd.

*The expansion has prompted Cr Jefferies to attack his own party’s plan because shifted boundaries will build multi-storey dwellings in a quiet area away from public transport in an R2 (low residential area) away from where the Parramatta Light Rail will stop at Carlingford when it opens in 2023.

Bettington Rd at Carlingford is zoned as low residential. Picture: Carmela Roche
Bettington Rd at Carlingford is zoned as low residential. Picture: Carmela Roche

“All that area in Kingsdene is 99 per cent, single dwelling R2=zoned,” he said.

People buy in the Kingsdene estate because they want to send their kids to Carlingford West and James Ruse High instead of buy an apartment.

“I’ve got no problem with densities when you’re looking at homes being within walking distance of the future light rail.

“At the end of the day, the homes in that area and the lot sizes have always been R2 housing, family-friendly living.”

Carlingford’s units are concentrated near the train station.

Apartments around the train station at Carlingford. Picture: Carmela Roche
Apartments around the train station at Carlingford. Picture: Carmela Roche

Cr Jefferies slammed the GPOP report and treatment towards Parramatta Council after a recent meeting it had with commission staff over the plans.

*“Essentially speaking, it’s not a credible document, particularly when their own staff can’t even provide a reason why that area was touched,’’ he said.

He said the commission’s plan showed it failed to understand Carlingford and the Parramatta council area.

Apartments around the train station at Carlingford. Picture: Carmela Roche
Apartments around the train station at Carlingford. Picture: Carmela Roche

By 2023, an extra 22,100 homes are forecast to be built in the local government area – the highest in NSW.

Parramatta also topped the state for extra dwellings from 2013 to 2018 when 16,450 homes were built.

“You can’t argue that there hasn’t been an effort by council to increase density close to significant public transport and what those guys (the commission) is saying is that we haven’t done enough,’’ Cr Jefferies said.

“They’re unelected bureaucrats and they think they know better.

“Essentially, I think it’s an additional layer of bureaucracy that I don’t think is necessary.’’

He said Carlingford West Public School was already at capacity with 1400 students and there were no plans to add classrooms.

Parramatta state Liberal MP Geoff Lee said he was not aware of the boundary changes to affect Carlingford but opposed higher densities in Kingsdene.

“It surprises me that they would consider those areas to be higher density where they don’t have proper transport,” he said.

“Without sewing the details, it would be wrong of me to comment but places like Kingsdene should not have higher densities.”

Submissions to the GPOP report close today and the council is due to discuss the matter at tonight’s meeting. (16 DECEMBER 2019)

SOURCE: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/carlingford-kingsdene-estate-could-have-higher-density-housing-under-gpop-plan/news-story/7ff7f95aefd5f29b4805f48ac5c705a5

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CHINA denies Forced Labour accusations after Plea found in Christmas Card

Qingpu Prison – which has both domestic and international prisonerssays on its website that holding foreign inmates from 40 nationalities “offers a lawful platform for cultural exchange”.

SO much so that on 1 December 2019 it was reported that torture fears grow for Australian writer and citizen, Yang Hengjun who was first detained in January and formally arrested in August.

Mr Yang is now being shackled by his wrists and ankles and authorities are now subjecting him to daily interrogations.

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DESPITE this Beijing rebuffs the claims with this …
Shanghai Qingpu prison does not at all have … forced labour by foreign convicts.’

Sadly ‘Business’ across the Globe has been lured by cheap labour to make large profits …

China denies forced labour accusations after plea found in Christmas card

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British supermarket Tesco has suspended a Chinese supplier after a customer allegedly found a message from a prisoner written inside a charity card.

UPDATED 23 DECEMBER 2019

China on Monday denied allegations that prisoners were being used for forced labour, after a British newspaper reported that a London schoolgirl found a message in a Christmas card claiming to be from inmates at Shanghai’s Qingpu Prison.

Supermarket giant Tesco said at the weekend it had stopped production at a factory in China after one of its charity cards was found to contain a cry for help from a prisoner who made it, according to the Sunday Times newspaper.

Florence Widdicombe, 6, was writing cards to school friends when she found the note.

Florence Widdicombe, 6, was writing cards to school friends when she found the note.AAP

Beijing has rebuffed the claims, which it said were “made up”.

“I can tell you responsibly that, after seeking clarification from relevant departments, Shanghai Qingpu prison does not at all have … forced labour by foreign convicts,” said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

Mr Geng also attacked former journalist Peter Humphrey who wrote the article – who was himself detained in Qinqpu prison until his release in 2015 – and said he had invented a “farce” to “hype himself up”.

A Tesco Christmas card from the same pack as one found to contain a message from a Chinese prisoner.

A Tesco Christmas card from the same pack as one found to contain a message from a Chinese prisoner.SBS News

The note written in the card asked the person who found it to contact Mr Humphrey, who then took the story to the Sunday Times.

We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu Prison China,” said the message, in a charity card featuring a kitten in a Santa hat.

“Forced to work against our will. Please help us and notify human rights organisation.”

Prison labour 

Mr Humphrey wrote in the Sunday Times that he was jailed on “bogus charges that were never heard in court”, and said the note-writers were certainly “Qingpu prisoners who knew me before my release”.

*Qingpu Prison – which has both domestic and international prisonerssays on its website that holding foreign inmates from 40 nationalities “offers a lawful platform for cultural exchange”.

Tesco said it had a comprehensive auditing process in place.

Tesco said it had a comprehensive auditing process in place.AAP

The website shows several modern buildings, one with a glass facade, behind a green lawn and a blue sky and says it offers inmates

“lessons on general law, morals, culture, skills and other basic education.”

But this is in stark contrast to what former inmates say of their experiences in China’s notoriously opaque prison system.

Mr Humphrey said he contacted fellow ex-prisoners after being contacted by the girl’s family.

One of them said that for at least two years inmates in the foreign prisoner unit had picked designs and then packaged the Tesco cards, sealing the boxes and putting them into shipping cartons.

Opinion is divided over whether stickers on supermarket trolleys depicting women are sexist.

Tesco in gender bias row over trolley signage

International companies are coming under mounting pressure to ensure their business in China does not involve any abuse of human rights.

Tesco – which is Britain’s largest retailer and the world’s third-biggest supermarket chain – said Sunday it “would never allow [prison labour] in our supply chain”.

The message urged the reader to contact Peter Humphrey, a former journalist who spent 23 months imprisoned in China.

The message urged the reader to contact Peter Humphrey, a former journalist who spent 23 months imprisoned in China.AP

And separately the head of fund manager Fidelity International defended her firm’s investment in Hikvision, a Chinese surveillance company accused of contributing to human rights abuses, in a BBC radio interview on Monday.

Hikvision’s technology has allegedly been used to monitor the Uighur Muslim minority in China’s Xinjiang region.

Additional reporting: ReutersSOURCE AFP – SBS

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WE thought it was a prank: London schoolgirl discovers CHINA prisoner plea in TESCO Christmas card

“We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu Prison China …

“Forced to work against our will. Please help us and notify human rights organisation.”

With Tesco stopping the card production … will prisoner conditions deteriorate further?

From another source …

“We work 15 hours per day and the food we eat wouldn’t even be given to dogs or pigs.”

Much of Australian business went offshore to China with firm owners here making very large profits … at the expense of job losses for their Australian employees … the consequences are many including slave conditions for prisoner workers in China, inferior imported products that rapidly become landfill in Australia,…

*with CCP member Visa holders flying into Australia to become ‘home owners and Permanent Residents’ … locking out our Families … *

This dates back to the Howard Government from 1996 with “Flexible Citizenship’ for Middle Class Chinese investing in real estate and education …

NOTE … we went back to obtain the source link to find this article has been updated!

‘We thought it was a prank’: London schoolgirl discovers China prisoner plea in Tesco Christmas card

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British supermarket Tesco has suspended a Chinese supplier after a customer allegedly found a message from a prisoner written inside a charity card.

UPDATED 23 DECEMBER 2019

Supermarket giant Tesco has stopped production at a factory in China after one of its Christmas cards was found to contain a cry for help from a prisoner who made it.

The Sunday Times newspaper reported that a London schoolgirl had opened a card last weekend to find a message inside claiming to be from inmates at Shanghai’s Qingpu Prison.

Florence Widdicombe, 6, was writing cards to school friends when she found the note.

Florence Widdicombe, 6, was writing cards to school friends when she found the note.AAP

“We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu Prison China,” said the message, in a Tesco charity card featuring a kitten in a Santa hat.

“Forced to work against our will. Please help us and notify human rights organisation.”

A Tesco Christmas card from the same pack as one found to contain a message from a Chinese prisoner.

A Tesco Christmas card from the same pack as one found to contain a message from a Chinese prisoner.

Tesco is Britain’s largest retailer and the world’s third-biggest supermarket chain with global operations that include China, India and Ireland.

A spokeswoman said it was “shocked” at the revelation.

It had “immediately halted production at the factory where these cards are produced” and withdrawn the cards from sale pending an investigation.

“We abhor the use of prison labour and would never allow it in our supply chain,” she said.

Tesco said it had a comprehensive auditing process in place.

Tesco said it had a comprehensive auditing process in place.AAP

The company said the card involved was produced at Zheijiang Yunguang Printing, where an independent audit was carried out as recently as November 2019.

Tesco in gender bias row over trolley signage

“If evidence is found we will permanently de-list the supplier.”

The firm added that it had 35 full-time sourcing managers working across Asia, who visited factories to ensure good working conditions.

‘Ask for Peter’

According to media reports, it is not the first such case.

In 2017, a message in Chinese characters was found in a box of Christmas cards from retailer Sainsbury’s in Essex, southeastern England. 

When translated, it reportedly said: “Wishing you luck and happiness” and was signed “Third Product Shop, Guangzhou Prison, No 6 District.”

In 2014, a woman in Northern Ireland found a note on a pair of trousers from low-cost shop Primark saying: “We work 15 hours per day and the food we eat wouldn’t even be given to dogs or pigs.”

The family who found a message from a Chinese prisoner in a Christmas card said they thought it was a "prank".

The family who found a message from a Chinese prisoner in a Christmas card said they thought it was a “prank”.AAP

After the latest note was found by six-year-old Florence Widdicombe, her father admitted that he initially thought it was a prank.

“On reflection, we realised it was actually potentially quite a serious thing, so I felt very shocked,” Ben Widdicombe told reporters.

According to the Sunday Times, the message asked whoever received it to contact “Mr Peter Humphrey”. 

Ben Widdicombe searched for Humphrey online and discovered that he was a former journalist who had spent nine months in Qingpu.

*He got in touch and Humphrey contacted some other ex-prisoners, who confirmed that foreign inmates had been packing cards for Tesco.

Humphrey, a fraud investigator who had previously worked for news agency Reuters, then wrote up the story for The Times.

The message urged the reader to contact Peter Humphrey, a former journalist who spent 23 months imprisoned in China.

The message urged the reader to contact Peter Humphrey, a former journalist who spent 23 months imprisoned in China.AP

He and his wife Yu Yingzeng, a naturalised US citizen, ran an investigative firm hired by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which faced a bribery investigation in China.

They were charged in 2013 with illegally obtaining personal information, were convicted in August 2014 and deported the following year.

Charity Christmas cards are popular in Britain and multi-pack boxes can be bought from supermarkets at low cost.

Tesco said it donates £300,000 (AU$575,795) a year to three health charities from its Christmas card sales

SOURCE AFP – SBS

Also reported by The New Daily and the ABC

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Lucy Turnbull warns Parramatta Precinct must avoid Green Square and Leppington Mistakes

Greater Sydney Commission boss and former Sydney lord mayor Lucy Turnbull.

Greater Sydney Commission boss and former Sydney lord mayor Lucy Turnbull.CREDIT:LOUISE KENNERLEY

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE … Instead of running around with the same old chooks with their heads cut off, halve immigration and take the pressure off everything

HAS Lucy Turnbull left the office to view Leppington? Because here is an update for Mrs T from a Commentator:

‘It draws plenty of traffic from massive developments at Austral to the north and south of Camden Valley Way. It won’t be long until the station is more than fully utilised.

Further, why would anybody … look to make Olympic Park a major residential centre? It is a peninsular so is inherently transit restricted (ask the Commonwealth Bank who are bailing from the district to go to Redfern because staff hate working there).

Learn from the cluster that is Rhodes before you repeat the mistake all over again (but with the added challenge of hosting major events multiple times a year)’

At CAAN we agree! Already Ryde Road is in gridlock for much of the day. The Parramatta River is tidal so the ferries cannot run 24/7, and Sydney Olympic Park is already largely redeveloped!

Yes, GREEN SQUARE is choking … back in December 2018 …

‘When News Local visited the station last week, it was standing room only on the trains, with some passengers unable to board. … Mr Hoenig said development had got out of control with little thought for the supporting infrastructure. Green Square is nowhere near finished. “There are hundreds more buildings yet to be finished and tens of thousands more residents to come, some in the very near future.”

View: Mirvac is squeezing in another 316 apartments and terraces … into Green Square!

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Urban wrecking ball, Lucy Turnbull, swings again

23 DECEMBER 2019

By David Llewellyn-Smith in Australian Economy

She is the human wrecking ball for the former Eden turned smoking crater called Sydney:

Greater Sydney Commission boss Lucy Turnbull has warned governments must avoid the mistakes of Green Square and Leppington in a massive redevelopment of Parramatta and Olympic Park over the coming decade.

The commission has developed a draft “Place-based Infrastructure Compact” for the area, which it describes as a world-leading attempt to unite 20 government agencies and align population growth with infrastructure and service delivery.

The GSC estimates the Parramatta and Olympic Park precinct could add up to 95,000 new dwellings and 122,000 new jobs by 2036 under what it calls a “visionary” growth scenario.

Speaking to The Sun-Herald after feedback on the plan closed, Ms Turnbull said the area needed to avoid the pitfalls of Green Square, where homes had come before infrastructure, and Leppington in the south-west, which had trains but no residents.

“Our core mantra is to align infrastructure and growth,” she said.

Passengers were standing throughout the carriages, including on the stairs, when we visited the station last week.

Passengers were standing throughout the carriages, including on the stairs, when we visited the station last week. December 2018: News Local

Oh genius. How much is Turnbull paid to offer this gem after fifteen years of failed development and crush-loading?

Why should the public have any faith in Turnbull or the Growth Lobby or the planning authorities?

To wit, another hairbrained scheme: ‘Multiple Sydney Harbours Plan to drought proof NSW with lakes’

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/multiple-sydney-harbours-plan-to-drought-proof-nsw-with-lakes-20191217-p53knb.html

Are you suspicious? 

Could this be very convenient for the Mining Sector and the Developer Lobby?  To boost population growth in Newcastle?

And it would save Miners huge sums for rehabilitation of the sites ….

Is this an exercise in playing wedge politics with both the pro and anti coal groups?

The Upper Lusatian Biosphere Reserve in Germany has been created from disused coal mines.

The Upper Lusatian Biosphere Reserve in Germany has been created from disused coal mines.CREDIT:GETTY IMAGES

The Berejiklian government is investigating an ambitious plan to convert open-cut coal mine pits into a vast lake system the size of “multiple Sydney Harbours” to drought-proof parts of NSW.

Three pits in the Hunter Valley are ready to be turned into artificial lakes and, as more mining operations end over the next 10 to 20 years, more voids will become available.

The proposal is modelled on Europe’s largest artificial lake system in eastern Germany, where old coal mine pits have been turned into recreational lakes, with cycling paths and watersports.

….”This project can be the modern day Snowy River hydro scheme underpinning economic, social and environmental progress for northern NSW,” he said.

One key concern of the government is understood to be the higher evaporation rates in NSW than in the lakes system in Germany.

I don’t want to say that it won’t work. I hope it does. But it’s hardly an answer when Sydney is going run out of water in a year.

How did it ever come to that?

The first principle answer is simple: stop doing harm. Instead of running around with the same old chooks with their heads cut off, halve immigration and take the pressure off everything.

David Llewellyn-Smith

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.

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TAXPAYERS to foot security bill for PM’s Hawaii holiday

Previous Prime Ministers … stayed close to home over the summer break when the threat of bushfires, cyclones are imminent …

-the worst drought has been happening over 3 years; the bushfires began early; months ago

BUT our leader was MIA …

AUSTRALIAN TOURISM would have enjoyed a like splurge … FIJI in June and HAWAII in December …

PM delivers his Sermonhe said

-the time for discussion is over

it is time to be kind to each other

-this is not a time for division

it is not a time for argument

-it is not a time for partisanship

-it is not a time for point-scoring

Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese in summing up his observations of the PM has been proven to be correct …

“It is part of Mr Morrison’s character, that when asked a question … he dismisses it, or he prevaricates, he speaks about ‘the bubble’, or he says it’s just gossip, and he won’t provide answers to a simple question whether it’s in Parliament or from the media.”

Taxpayers to foot security bill for PM’s Hawaii holiday

PM Scott Morrison hams it up with holidaymakers in Hawaii. Photo: Ben Downie/Twitter

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Scott Morrison has declared his Hawaiian holiday “over”, but it’s taxpayers who will pick up the tab for a team of Australian Federal Police officers providing round-the-clock security on his family adventure.

The PM’s close personal protection (CPP) officers must travel with him at all times and Mr Morrison has no choice but to take them with him if he chooses to holiday overseas.

Equally, the AFP has no alternative but to send police to protect him if he chooses to holiday overseas, which is highly unusual and was not the common practice of former prime ministers John Howard, Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.

PM’s security team flew to Fiji and Hawaii

The New Daily has confirmed that the Prime Minister’s CPP officers were required to fly overseas for two Morrison family holidays in the past six months – Fiji in June and now Hawaii in December.

The Prime Minister’s office confirmed the Morrison family will pay for their flights and accommodation for the trip.

A spokesman for the PM confirmed the security detail sent was “small” but would not comment on the size or the cost, as is normal practice.

Flights and luxury accommodation for a two-person security team in Fiji and Hawaii could easily cost an estimated $20,000 for both trips combined.

If a larger security team was involved, the costs could be even higher.

Those costs would not be incurred if Mr Morrison chose to holiday at home.

Could the gentlemen in the background be part of the PM’s security team? Photo: Ben Parsons/Twitter

Five years ago, the cost of the CPP program for the PM and Governor-General was estimated at $10 million a year.

During official overseas trips, the PM travels with a team of four or more AFP officers.

Two remain with him at all times while another team sets up live CCTV vision of the hotel floor he is staying on and watches everyone entering the floor, which is generally locked off from other guests.

Even with a smaller team on the Hawaiian trip, the security team must prepare a Standard Tactical Plan (STP) and Post Visit Report (PVR) every time the PM goes overseas.

Free Fiji upgrades for the Morrison family 

Under parliamentary rules, the Prime Minister must declare any gifts and flight upgrades to Parliament.

Those records confirm his family secured flight and accommodation upgrades worth thousands of dollars during the family’s recent trip to Fiji in June.

The family’s economy flights were upgraded for free to business class by Qantas and Fiji Air on both legs of the journey.

The Turtle Island resort upgraded the Morrison family to more luxurious accommodation free of charge after they paid for the initial booking.

According to documents signed by the Prime Minister, Qantas also provided Mr and Mrs Morrison with free membership of the Chairman’s Lounge, the airline’s elite, invitation-only airport lounge where politicians, celebrities and business leaders mingle and enjoy free first-class meals designed by celebrity chef Neil Perry.

PM’s mea culpa

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Mr Morrison apologised again on Sunday for jetting off to Hawaii during the bushfires and said lessons had been learned over the secrecy surrounding the trip.

*“The time for that discussion is over,” Mr Morrison said.

“We need to focus on what is going out there today.

“Let me finish by saying this, it is time to be kind to each other.
“This is not a time for division. It is not a time for argument. It is not a time for partisanship. It is not a time for point-scoring.

“If we had our time over again and the benefit of hindsight we would have made different decisions.

“I accept the criticism and that is why Jenny and I agreed it was important that I returned, particularly after the tragedies we saw late this week.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes a back seat to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at the Wollondilly Emergency Control Centre in Sydney on Sunday. Photo: AAP

*But one woman who lost her home in the bushfires told ABC News said his overseas holiday was a failure of leadership.

*“You actually have to lead from the front. And no, I don’t expect him on the hose, he’s pathetic at everything,” Susan Alexander said.

*“He would be useless at it. I don’t expect him on the comms, but I do expect him to lead.”

Threat of bushfires kept other former PMs at home

Australian prime ministers have traditionally stayed close to home over the summer break when the threat of bushfires, cyclones, and even tsunamis overseas that tragically killed Australian tourists, have forced political leaders to return to work.

The last PM known to have travelled overseas during summer was six years ago when Tony Abbott announced he would travel to Paris to spend time with his one of his daughters who was based overseas for work.

He flew economy and took two AFP officers with him.

It was a trip his staff said he was prepared to cancel at “a moment’s notice” if there was a natural disaster.

For years, Mr Abbott enjoyed a modest break at his family’s favourite Jervis Bay caravan park on the NSW south coast.

When he was PM, his AFP security joined him at the caravan park.

Former PM John Howard liked to holiday at Hawks Nest until media attention became a problem. After he left office he returned to his favourite holiday spot.

*Labor leader Anthony Albanese offered his strongest criticism to date, suggesting Mr Morrison never should have fled overseas during the bushfires.

“Well, I wouldn’t have made the decision that he made to go,” Mr Albanese said.

*“He chose to leave. He chose also to do it in a way that I think created a major issue of secrecy.

*“This government has a real problem with being accountable.

*“It is part of Mr Morrison’s character, that when asked a question … he dismisses it, or he prevaricates, he speaks about ‘the bubble’, or he says it’s just gossip, and he won’t provide answers to a simple question whether it’s in Parliament or from the media.”

As for his holidays, Mr Albanese added, “I will not be going overseas”.

No change on climate change policy 

Greta Thunberg@GretaThunberg

Not even catastrophes like these seem to bring any political action. How is this possible?
Because we still fail to make the connection between the climate crisis and increased extreme weather events and nature disasters like the #AustraliaFires
That’s what has to change.
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*The Prime Minister said there was no need to change his policy on climate change.

“People can expect my government to do what it promised to do, what we took to the last election,” Mr Morrison said.

“I know there are some who’ve tried to make political points and score points in the midst of these disasters, and that’s disappointing.

“I will do what I said I would do because that is how I am with the Australian people.

“I have always acknowledged the connection between these weather events and these bushfires.”

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A working-class family finds fresh hell in the GIG Economy in Sorry We Missed You

KEN LOACH …. a British Film Director says the film was prompted by conversations with GIG Economy Workers at Food Banks

THIS FILM says it all!

The ‘Characters’ are very real …


AND should be compulsory viewing.

A working-class family finds fresh hell in the gig economy in Sorry We Missed You

ABC Arts by Jason di Rosso for The Screen Show

Updated 23 DECEMBER 2019

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In late capitalism, at least according to Ken Loach, the gig economy is like Kool-Aid for people struggling in an increasingly cutthroat labour market.

In the case of unemployed father of two Ricky (Kris Hitchen), the individualist rhetoric of ‘working for yourself’ is certainly a potent lure after years of hard grafting in manual jobs with meagre rewards.

He finds work as a courier in Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, a title inspired by the calling cards left when packages can’t be delivered.

The film begins in a job interview where he is trying to impress his future boss — depot manager and self-proclaimed “patron saint of nasty bastards” Maloney. He describes spending years working with blokes who were either lazier or less skilled than he is, and welcomes the opportunity to work at his own, presumably superior pace.

Little does he know.

A man standing among white vans

PHOTO: Ricky thinks he’ll be his own boss — but the system is really in charge. (Supplied: Icon/Joss Barratt)

No sooner does Maloney take him on, than Ricky has the sobering realisation that, although the company takes a large cut of his profits, he is individually liable for any mishaps and has to fork out for start-up costs — including a new van he can barely afford.

You feel like yelling at the screen “Get out!”.

But this being late-career Loach, he’s soon completely trapped — beholden to a carrot on a stick that never gets any closer.

The 83-year-old British director’s last film, the 2014 Cannes Palm d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake, took aim at an overburdened welfare state clogged in red tape and administered by staff spouting the managerial rhetoric of denial and buck-passing.

The director with one hand balled in a fist, a camera and crew behind him

PHOTO: Ken Loach says the film was prompted by conversations with gig economy workers at food banks. (Supplied: Icon/Joss Barratt)

Sorry We Missed You would make for a fascinating double feature. It’s a horrific postcard from a private sector where spin and double speak are also rife.

To call it Orwellian would be kind.

Early on, Maloney goes out of his way to avoid using any language that suggests the company might be responsible for its workers — “You don’t get hired here”, he says, “you come on board. We call it on-boarding. You don’t work for us. You work with us.”

It’s one of several scenes in the film that have a darkly comic dimension, that all rely on an impeccable performance from semi-professional actor and real-life policeman Ross Brewster.

As the depot boss, his muscular frame and shaven head cut an intimidating figure. But it’s not his physical stature that emanates authority, so much as the power of his argument. At least initially.

A man aggressively points his fingers toward another man

PHOTO: Depot boss Maloney (Ross Brewster) does not want to hear complaints. (Supplied: Icon/Joss Barratt.)

Loach’s longtime screenwriter Paul Laverty has written a slippery, memorable antagonist in Maloney, who reacts to Ricky’s increasingly desperate trajectory in reasonable, even empathetic tones.

He gets a monologue that resembles a rousing vision statement, too, in which he uses evocative, vaguely magical language to explain why his depot is more successful than any other in the city, painting a picture of the place as a citadel of discipline and infallibility.

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The reality, of course, is pretty straightforward exploitation.

While racing around the city on his delivery run, Ricky carries a plastic bottle for toilet breaks and uses a scanner dubbed “the gun” that constantly monitors his progress. It’s a Taylorist dystopia of never-ending surveillance.

At home in his cramped terrace house, meanwhile, there are other pressures. Son Seb (Rhys Stone) is skipping school and doing graffiti, completely uninspired by any conventional future open to him.

Ricky responds to the boy’s nihilism by parroting the same optimistic jargon he’s heard at work, but Seb sees through it.

A woman in an apron assisting an elderly woman with her meal at a table in front of a window

PHOTO: Abbie (Debbie Honeywood) is also under increasing pressure in her work as a carer. (Supplied: Icon/Joss Barratt)

Ricky’s wife Abbie (Debbie Honeywood) is doing her best to shoulder the parenting, but she’s also facing stress in her work life as a home carer grappling with shrinking budgets and tighter schedules.

Her industrial isolation is highlighted in a scene where a regular patient tells her about her past as a trade unionist, showing photos of miners’ strikes that offer a glimpse of working-class solidarity.

For her and Ricky, such experiences of collective support are almost non-existent.

The family unit is perhaps the only collective buffer from the pressures of the outside world, which makes Seb’s rebellion so poignant.

But even a sunny day where Ricky takes his young daughter out in the van ends on a disheartening note, with a reprimand for disobeying company regulations.

A man and girl sit in the back of a van parked in a paddock

PHOTO: Newcastle local Katie Proctor was chosen to play Liza Jane after the casting team visited her school. (Supplied: Icon/Joss Barratt)

It’s a gloomy picture, but the film’s criticism of economic injustice is not the only take away. Laverty’s script contains a touch of humanist moralism, too. Ricky is not a bad man, but he’s deluded, and the source of that delusion is his sense of superiority.

While his wife suffers at her work through no fault of her own, Ricky might have avoided some of his woes had he been less conceited and less ambitious.

In a different film, he might have been painted as a heroic optimist defying the odds, but Loach’s is a cautionary tale of overreach.

The powerful climax — which arrives with roller-coaster momentum — underlines Ricky’s demise with visceral physicality. It’s not a spoiler to say his body bleeds and his nerve endings scream pain, but for the system, his humanity is irrelevant. He is a cog in the machine.

Sorry We Missed You is in cinemas from December 26.

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NSW bushfire ravages town of Balmoral during devastating day of blazes

The home of the Clarence/Dargan’s RFS captain was lost.

Susan Alexander said there was nothing her husband could do to save their home.

Mrs Alexander has said what we are all thinking …

“I find it appalling what our prime minister has done, his lack of leadership. There’s no empathy.  …

“You actually have to lead from the front. And no, I don’t expect
him on the hose, he’s pathetic at everything,”
Susan Alexander said.

“He would be useless at it. I don’t expect him on the comms, but I
do expect him to lead.”

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NSW bushfire ravages town of Balmoral during devastating day of blazes

Updated 22 DECEMBER 2019

VIDEO: The devastation at Balmoral from the Green Wattle Creek blaze (ABC News)

RELATED STORY: NSW devastated by bushfires, with dozens of homes lost and a man missing

RELATED STORY: Scott Morrison returns home to face bushfire crisis after cutting holiday short

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says “there isn’t much left” of Balmoral in the NSW Southern Highlands, with the devastating Green Wattle Creek bushfire destroying most of the village.

Key points:

  • Temperatures in NSW are set to drop significantly, leaving firefighters hopeful they can bring some fires under control
  • Several homes were lost on Saturday on a day of carnage across the state
  • New South Wales is not expected to receive significant rain for up to a month

Ms Berejiklian said residents were still unable to return to see if anything could be salvaged because of the continued fire danger.

“We have received bad news. There isn’t much left [in Balmoral],” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Even if people have lost their properties, they still want to go back to see what’s left and if there is anything they can salvage.

“We know that’s part of the recovery. We want people to have access to their land, to their property, as soon as they can, but it has to be safe.”

The NSW Rural Fire Service said as an early assessment about 20 structures had been destroyed across Balmoral, which is about 120 kilometres south-west of Sydney.

A completely destroyed building.

PHOTO: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “there isn’t much left” of Balmoral. (ABC News)

Elsewhere, two bushfires in the Blue Mountains have joined together and the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is not ruling out the blazes connecting with the huge Gospers Mountain “mega fire”.

Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said this morning the fires at Green Wattle Creek and Ruined Castle had joined together.

The two massive blazes now all but encircle Sydney to the west, only separated by a narrow 12km strip north of Katoomba.

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Earlier, there had been concerns over a man missing from a remote rural property in Bell and another missing from the Dargan area, both near Lithgow.

The RFS said on Sunday night both men had been accounted for.

EMBED: Balmoral is a town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

Efforts across the state have been bolstered by the Australian Defence Force, with support including airlifting people out of at-risk areas in the South Coast and Blue Mountains on Saturday.

Residents were evacuated from Fishermans Paradise and Sassafras on the South Coast by helicopters operating out of HMAS Albatross naval base at Nowra.

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VIDEO: RFS forced to retreat while battling Blackheath bushfire (ABC News)

Aircraft are also working to do aerial mapping of the fires and check on homes cut off by the blazes.

The fires at Green Wattle Creek, Ruined Castle and the adjoining Three Mile fire have burned through nearly 1 million hectares alone.

“The Gospers fire is likely to be brought closer and connected with the northern side of the Great Western Highway and the communities of the Blue Mountains region as we work to protect those communities,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

The ADF helping an elderly man out of a helicopter.

PHOTO: The ADF helped evacuate people from areas on the South Coast on Saturday. (ADF: Kelvin Hockey )

“We need to be reminded that the Creek fire and the Ruined Castle fire, they have already joined up. There is potential for connectedness, but we are not expecting them to join.”

The fire at Grose Valley was again upgraded to emergency level this morning but was moved down to watch and act this afternoon.

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Fire crews are looking to make headway in bringing several blazes under control as temperatures ease across New South Wales.

Temperatures were only expected to reach the mid-20s, a drop of as much as 20 degrees Celsius from Saturday in some parts of the state, where catastrophic fire conditions wreaked havoc and saw several properties lost as southerly winds caused unpredictable fire conditions.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons warned people to remain vigilant despite the easing of conditions.

He said he was hopeful fire crews would be able to wrest back some control amid the cooler temperatures and added firefighters had a battle plan ready that included backburning where possible.

“There’ll be a whole lot of things,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said on Saturday.

Destroyed home

PHOTO: The chimneys were the only thing left standing at a home in McKellars Park. (ABC News: James Carmody)

“We’re looking at trying to consolidate and establish containment lines across as many fire lines as we can.

“We have significant fire spread south of the Bells Line of Road and through the valley system, such as the Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains region.

“There will be a detailed assessment of the potential threat and the likely threat in coming days or weeks to the Blue Mountains region.”

Scott Morrison returns from holiday to visit fire services

Scott Morrison

PHOTO: Prime Minister Scott Morrison is given a tour of the RFS headquarters in Sydney (AAP Images: Joel Carrett)

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrived at RFS headquarters in Sydney to meet with fire commissioners and emergency service personnel for a briefing on the fire situation in NSW.

Mr Morrison conceded he caused “great anxiety in Australia” by taking a family holiday in Hawaii as bushfires burned across the country, saying with the benefit of hindsight he would have made a different decision.

“I get it that people would have been upset to know that I was holidaying with my family while their families were under great stress,” Mr Morrison said.

“I am not a trained firefighter nor am I an expert like those in the next room doing an amazing job, but I am comforted by the fact that Australians would like me to be here simply so I can be here alongside them as they go through this terrible time.

“And so to those Australians who [I] … caused upset to … I apologise for that.”

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PHOTO: Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets with evacuees at Picton Bowling Club. (ABC News: Sarah Hawke)

Mr Morrison acknowledged firefighters were “fatigued” and people were scared.

“No-one wants to be out there fighting these fires, no-one wants these fires to be happening at this time. They’re getting tired and they’re getting fatigued,” Mr Morrison said.

“I know people are anxious and I know people in some place are rightly fearful of what is literally at their door.”

While light rain is forecast in Sydney around Christmas Day, it is feared it will not make an impact and extremely hot conditions will return at the end of the week.

It will likely be a month before significant rain arrives in NSW.

Fires still burning out of control

The Gospers Mountain “mega fire”, which burned through 484,000 hectares, was downgraded to watch and act level at 1:15am, while nearby fires at Kerry Ridge and Upper Turon Road at Palmers Oaky were also downgraded.

The Currowan fire on the South Coast was also downgraded to watch and act status.

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PHOTO: A property is lost as The Gospers Mountain Fire impacts, at Bilpin on Saturday. (AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

Saturday saw temperatures north of 40 degrees Celsius and dozens of buildings were destroyed during a disastrous day for the state.

The RFS said 20 buildings, including homes and businesses, had been affected along the Bells Line of Road, stretching from Lithgow to Bilpin.

The home of the Clarence/Dargan’s RFS captain was lost.

His wife Susan Alexander said there was nothing her husband could do to save their home.

Susan Alexander

PHOTO: Susan Alexander says her husband’s fire crew could do nothing to save their home. (ABC News: James Carmody)

“He drove down our driveway and it’s all gone. His sheds are melted. It’s all gone and we can’t get back in to see. It’s a bit morbid but I want to go see my home,” she said.

Mrs Alexander also criticised the leadership of Mr Morrison.

“I find it appalling what our prime minister has done, his lack of leadership. There’s no empathy. Somebody who makes Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott look good.”

Four firefighters were also injured, with one hit by a car on the Bells Line of Road. Paramedics treated the firefighter, who was not seriously injured.

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HOW PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT BECAME GODs WORK!

OPPORTUNITY knocks in Wahroonga, Parramatta, Burwood, and the Sydney CBD … for Churches acting like HOUSING Developer Corporations …

-privatising the benefits of assets subsidised by the public through favourable tax arrangements

-with little, if any, regard for the rights and amenity of their congregation residing in low-rise low density residential areas

DESPITE the Seventh-Day Adventist Church protestations …

-churches may be exempt from local infrastructure contributions levied by councils for projects such as ‘affordable housing’, childcare facilities and libraries

.will the church be eligible for this exemption if it provides as little as 5% or 10% of ‘affordable housing’?

.despite a whole cohort of Australians locked out of the housing market

.190,000 on the Public Housing Waiting List

.more than 116,000 HOMELESS People in Australia

.will up to 95% of the ‘new homes’ be sold to foreign buyers particularly from China as has been the practice? All members of the CCP!

.to support the growth of Global SYNDEY … and its Casino industry …

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‘A beacon of hope’: How property development became God’s work

Andrew Taylor
By Andrew Taylor

Churches are embarking on large-scale residential and office developments across Sydney worth hundreds of millions of dollars, prompting questions about whether religious organisations are paying their fair share of taxes and other property levies.

The churches say their wheeling and dealing in real estate is designed to provide community services such as affordable housing and minister to their congregations.

The Anglican Church has unveiled plans to build a 46-storey tower next to St John's Anglican Cathedral in Parramatta.
The Anglican Church has unveiled plans to build a 46-storey tower next to St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Parramatta.CREDIT:JANIE BARRETT

But projects such as a residential development proposed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Wahroonga have provoked opposition from residents and church members.

The NSW Greens planning spokesman Jamie Parker said churches were behaving more like corporations than charities when it came to redeveloping property.

“They are privatising the benefits of assets that have been subsidised by the public for decades through favourable tax arrangements,” he said.

“The public expects that church properties should be used for good works, not inappropriate overdevelopments.”

The Anglican Church plans to build a 46-storey commercial tower and eight-storey residential building next to St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Parramatta at an estimated cost of $400 million.

An artist's impression of the Anglican Church's development plans for St John's Anglican Cathedral in Parramatta.
An artist’s impression of the Anglican Church’s development plans for St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Parramatta.

Bruce Morrison, the Cathedral’s senior minister, said the project also includes a civic square that will create a new setting for the historic cathedral.

“We will have new parish facilities in the podium of the new northern building and the tower will be set back from the edge of the building,” he said.

Mr Morrison said existing facilities were inadequate for the growing and diverse church congregation.

However, the plan also includes demolishing a heritage-listed church hall, which has triggered concerns from the National Trust.

An artist's impression of the Uniting Church's $108 million property development in Burwood.
An artist’s impression of the Uniting Church’s $108 million property development in Burwood.

The Uniting Church has unveiled a $108 million development proposal for three buildings, including a 27-storey tower, in Burwood.

A church spokesman said the development would also include a seven-storey residential building for student and affordable housing, with shops on the ground floor and a new church hall.

“The Spire redevelopment will help the Uniting Church to continue to be a beacon of hope,” he said.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney submitted plans last year for a 70-storey residential tower in Sydney’s CBD, but a spokesman said there were no plans for the building in “the short or medium term”.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s plan to build apartment towers around the Wahroonga Adventist School has also proven contentious, with church members, Ku-ring-gai council and parents raising concerns about the residential development.

The Independent Planning Commission, which will decide the fate of the proposal, was told the apartment buildings would have a “destructive” impact on the school at a public meeting last month.

One resident, Avona Butterfield, raised concerns about the bushfire risks posed by the proposal.

“We do not need bulky blocks of units which are visually toxic and incompatible with our zoned low rise, low density area,” she said.

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A church spokeswoman said the plans had been amended in response to community concerns, with “deep consideration” given to privacy, security and access to sunlight for students and future apartment residents.

“It is also important to note that land in the Wahroonga Estate is not tax exempt,” she said. “We are paying rates and taxes on the land as per the relevant zonings.”

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment said in September the project was acceptable.

A DPIE spokesman said planning authorities considered the impacts of a development when assessing projects, not the identity of the developer.

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*Yet churches may be exempt from local infrastructure contributions levied by councils for projects such as affordable housing, childcare facilities and libraries – commercial developments are generally not exempt.

*Some charitable and religious institutions are also eligible to receive a land tax exemption.

*Tom Forrest, the chief executive of developer’s lobby group the Urban Taskforce, said all developers involved in commercial projects should be subject to the same tax arrangements.

*Mr Parker said the money raised by churches from selling off or developing land should be used to deliver community services and compensate survivors of clerical abuse.

*“It is one thing for a charitable development to get a tax concession, but many of these developments are large mixed-use projects with a minority of the project having a charitable aim while the whole lot gets tax-free status,” he said.

Former Brisbane Lord Mayor Jim Soorley told The Courier-Mail in 2014 that all churches should pay rates and taxes, with some of the money raised directed to victims of child abuse by the clergy.

Mr Parker said: “Church attendance has been in decline since the 1960s and given the cover-ups of child rape and abuse that have occurred recently, a growing number of people believe that the tax system should treat churches the same as it does every other business and citizen.”

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is a Senior Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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IT could be …

It could be that

Australia might be part of a raft of social experiments that have some facets not immediately obvious …

We have heard, for instance, that Australia is used as a testing ground for new products.

A leaked image of what the iPhone 11’s new camera could look like.

A leaked image of what the iPhone 11’s new camera could look like.Source:News Regional Media

Well, we know

-Australia is quite advanced when it comes to electronic retailing and the online marketplace

ecommerce australia statistics

View: https://www.webalive.com.au/ecommerce-statistics-australia/

Australians use of smart cards and electronic banking is overtaking cash

All of this is sold to us as benign and convenient. However, we all know it is now so easy for those who wish to … to track our tastes and purchasing … data mining is alive and well!

Data Mining: How You’re Revealing More Than You Think’

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH3bp5335IU

Along with all of this it seems Australia’s changing society has never been so engaged with distractions, or captured by a cycle of trying to get by, so much so there is little time for much else.

Could it be this new form of disengagement has led a lot of us to be in a spectrum that covers the ground from disinterest to ignorance?

The persuasive influences of the new consumerism has ‘benefits’ for others with agendas that have wide-ranging consequences.

Indeed, it may have occurred to some observers that fewer of us are committed to ideas … the effects of this seen in lesser numbers of people

-joining political parties
showing strong support or opposition to political policies
participating in community activism

Thus opportunists and those with the capacity to push the marketplace agenda are able to exploit these circumstances firmly in the grip of the mindset of the ‘trickle down’ economy.

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These trends are also observed in a tendency for volunteer groups to struggle in maintaining their memberships, the non-marketplace society has been under stress.

It has been influenced by …

-separation
-individualist ideas
-detached singularity and
insufficient time

And so on, the message is there … maybe it’s not a bright one, it has been bleak!

AND …

Has there been something sinister in this new marketplace environment?

Well it maybe …

Could it be a cohort of willing participants, for each having their own reasons to actively or passively adding, aiding and/or cooperating to alter, and gain what they can in manipulated/contrived circumstances?

Have we been witnessing passive and active coercive undertakings to not only disrupt past practices and societal arrangements, but also wide-ranging ideas shaping on a scale unimaginable less than 2 decades ago?

Are we foolish enough to dismiss ideas such as the role media manipulation has had in all of this? AKA …

-Limited News

-Daily Liargraph

-Daily Terror

-The UnAustralian

Are we now getting the message?

Protesters react after police threaten to arrest them during a protest outside of Kirribilli House in Sydney, Thursday, December 19, 2019.

Protesters react after police threaten to arrest them during a protest outside of Kirribilli House in Sydney, Thursday, December 19, 2019. (AAP)

NOTE … their Message: ‘Look at What You’ve Left Us … Watch us fight it … Watch us WIN!’

Climate Change Protests Continue

Tim Flannery’s Climate Council is funding the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action group. Picture: Damien Pleming

Climate activist Tim Flannery is the force behind a band of former state fire and emergency chiefs accusing Scott Morrison of abandoning­ bushfires across the nation and demanding an immediat­e end to the burning of fossil fuels.

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THE SAME CAN HAPPEN with Australians uniting to object and DEMAND

-implementation and enforcement of the Second Tranche of the Anti-Money Laundering Laws (AML L) for the Real Estate Gatekeepers … who were made EXEMPT in October 2018 by the Morrison Government!

.that alone will return the Housing Market to the Cohort of Australians locked out!

.by the enormous competition from foreign buyers

.it will rid us of Proxy Buyers

.improve the lifestyle and living conditions for Australians

.less demand on infrastructure, healthcare, our environment from new ‘Permanent Residents’

Enforcement of the AML Laws (Second Tranche) will improve our economy because Hot/Black Money is bad for the Australian Economy

In 2018, an Australian study found that $72 billion of illegal activities used Bitcoin.

  1. Deposit funds into a financial system. They don’t attract federal attention for cash deposits less than $10,000. For larger sums, they comingle the illegal gains with funds from a cash-heavy legal business.
  2. The layering of transactions to disguise the source, ownership, and location of the funds. They may create overseas shell companies that are only used to launder the cash.
  3. Integrate the funds into society in the form of holdings that appear legitimate. Many use funds to buy real estate.

View: https://www.thebalance.com/black-economy-4173517

.the black economy refers to people who operate entirely outside the tax and regulatory system

.it encompasses: understatement of takings, cash wages off the books, welfare fraud, sharing economy contractors not declaring their income, moonlighting and phoenixing, and money laundering

.those in the formal economy to be faced with higher tax burdens

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Should Volunteer Firefighters get paid?

DESPITE NSW being on fire for months … this was reported on 10 December 2019 prior to the PM leaving for a family holiday in Hawaii

Scott Morrison rejects calls for more bushfire help, saying volunteer firefighters ‘want to be there’

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NSW bushfires join together as homes destroyed and man missing”

Currently the threat appears to be worsening! Apart from a brief reprieve with lower temperatures today Sunday 22 December 2019

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OBVIOUSLY Australia being the driest continent on Earth and due to obvious climate change conditions the Smoco Government urgently needs to recruit more Permanent FireFighters!

And invest in more equipment, planes and helicopters to drop ‘Fire Retardant’ … the pink stuff!

AND our governments urgently need to recruit people/volunteers to back up the FireFighters to serve their needs! Providing some respite with meals and drinks …

Should volunteer firefighters get paid?

By political reporter Stephanie Dalzell

Updated Sat 21 December 2019

A firefighter sits exhausted on a grassy slope with a truck in the background

PHOTO: Exhausted firefighters have been battling dozens of blazes across NSW amid a heatwave. (ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

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For weeks, exhausted volunteer fire crews have been crucial in the fight against unprecedented bushfires burning across the country.

Their efforts have sparked widespread calls for compensation.

But just what exactly would — or could — that look like?

What entitlements do volunteer firefighters currently get?

The answer is not much.

While volunteer firefighters are entitled to compensation if they’re injured while on the ground, they otherwise receive very little assistance.

Some workers are eligible for up to five days of special leave from work every year to assist volunteer organisations, and that can be increased in a declared emergency.

But for longer bouts of leave, it’s entirely up to individual employers as to whether they grant time away from work, and how that’s processedas fully paid, time in lieu, partly paid or leave without pay.

Raging flames in a bushfire setting.

PHOTO: Firefighters at work on the Currowan fire between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla earlier this week. (AAP: Dean Lewins )

Volunteer Firefighters Association President Mick Holton said government agencies and larger companies were typically more able and willing to afford to lose staff for days at a time.

But he said smaller businesses often struggled to pay staff who were volunteering — and it wasn’t fair to expect them to.

Some of the states provide a payroll tax exemption for wages paid to workers attending emergencies during rostered hours.

But Mr Holton said many volunteers weren’t even compensated for out-of-pocket expenses like fuel, food and equipment.

He said that left them trying to raise money through crowdfunding campaigns or chook raffles.

“To me they shouldn’t need that, they shouldn’t need to be wanting for anything. They volunteer their time, so they cost us no money in wages. The very least we could do is cover their out-of-pocket expenses.”

What have they given up?

Thousands of volunteer firefighters have lost part of their incomes, work, sleep and time with their families.

And tragically, in the case of two young fathers from New South Wales — they have even sacrificed their lives.

Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O'Dwyer, holding babies

PHOTO: Deputy Captain Geoffrey Keaton (left) and firefighter Andrew O’Dwyer died fighting fires in New South Wales. (Supplied: NSW RFS)

Rural volunteer firefighter Steve Baily lost thousands of dollars worth of equipment while fighting a blaze near his home just north of Tamworth.

He returned home to discover that while he was protecting other people’s properties, part of his had been destroyed.

A crowdfunding campaign has been set up to replace his equipment which was destroyed by the blaze.

a burnt tracker in front of trees burnt by a fire

PHOTO: Steve Baily’s friend is trying to raise money to replace equipment the rural fire fighter lost in a fire. (Gofundme.com)

Labor leader Anthony Albanese has been ramping up calls for volunteers to be paid for their work, saying their sacrifices need to be acknowledged.

“Firefighters deserve our praise, they deserve our thanks,” Mr Albanese said while touring a fireground in western Sydney on Friday.

“But they also deserve a bit more too.

“They deserve for Government and for all of us, businesses are certainly kicking in, to do whatever we can to make sure that they can continue to do this.”

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So what could they get?

There are various ways volunteer firefighters could be compensated.

Leave entitlements, a one-off payment or tax breaks are all ideas that have been floated.

Mick Holton said while the idea of financially compensating volunteers was noble, it would be hard to implement.

“It’s a challenging one because there are volunteers that tell me that paying volunteers would damage the volunteer ethos,” Mr Holton said.

“But there are others that say while I am happy to volunteer, I can only do this for so long.”

Mr Holton said the issue should at least be explored.

And in the interim, he said the first priority of all levels of government should be ensuring volunteers don’t have to fork out their own money while battling blazes.

“If a volunteer could produce evidence they had spent money on fuel or food, they should be compensated for that.

“That would be a good start.”

What happens next?

Volunteer firefighting services are managed by the states and territories, and the ABC has been told none of them have raised the issue of compensation with the Commonwealth.

VIDEO: Lobethal threatened by SA’s Cudlee Creek bushfire. (ABC News)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously rejected calls to pay volunteers, in the face of increasing pressure.

“We are constantly looking at ways to better facilitate the volunteer effort, but to professionalise that at that scale is not a matter that has previously been accepted and it’s not a matter that is currently under consideration by the Government,” he said earlier this month.

But the deaths of two young fathers have shown the sacrifice can be much more than financial.

Mick Holton said serious change was needed after this fire season, with many volunteers battling blazes on and off for months.

He said overall, all levels of government needed to work together to better manage the battle against bushfires.

“We’re putting the cart before the horse here,” Mr Holton said.

“Rather than have solutions about how we manage overworked volunteers, it would be better if they weren’t overworked.”

SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-21/volunteer-firefighters-deserve-compensation/11820016

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