Catch-Up on the Morrison Government from Michael Pascoe and Others at The New Daily!

Exit Mathias Cormann, the facilitator

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Beware the government punishing the poor for earning more

How to win an Australian election with one weapon: Memes

A NSW TAX Shake-Up to benefit Guess Who?? Ha ha … THE PROPERTY MARKET

CAAN Photo: Are these the sort of ‘homes’ and terraces, townhouses … etc that are proposed?

IT appears the next step following many by the Reps in Macquarie Street is to replace STAMP DUTY with a broad-based LAND TAX

AND what lies behind yet another manoeuvre is to entice people to sell their homes open up opportunities for developers to build more ‘homes’ (boxes/cells) and allegedly to make the NSW Guvmnt budget more manageable as spun in a draft on this government’s inquiry of federal financial relations

Included among 15 recommendations are a swap for LAND TAX, SCRAPPING STAMP DUTIES and GST changes

In 2018-19 the Berejiklian Government gained some $7 BILLION from ‘transfer duty’ but according to this inquiry it was an unstable derivation of income from raising 28% of tax revenue from transfer duty to fall by 14% a year later …

For those esp. ‘investors’ who buy and sell homes more frequently it is put that ‘they’ are paying for essential services and infrastructure … cough … cough …


In 2018 in NSW some 2.8 million properties yet less than 200,000 home owners contributed through ‘transfer duty’

Because most stayed in their homes for decades … is this a move to encourage (or force) people to sell out and somehow improve housing affordability …



IS this Inquiry put together by the same guy that … when he was at Telstra he thought it was okay to insist all clients agree to pay their accounts by automatic deductions to retain their Telstra phone connection?

SHOULD we be wary of these ‘appointed’ persons telling us they have better ideas about collecting taxes?

CAN anyone ever remember not paying more tax?

DO these reviews ever result in us paying less tax?

WHY didn’t they put the same amount of energy into anomalies like:

-the cash economy  (aka ‘hot money’ or ‘black money’)

-tax havens like so-called  ‘Trusts’ (e.g. Family Trusts)

tax loopholes like so-called ‘deductions’

sham contracting

THE LIST goes on …

WHAT about doing something about:

money laundering in real estate (by implementing and enforcing the second tranche of the Anti-money laundering laws by removing the Real Estate gatekeepers exemption of Oct 2018)

proxy buying in real estate?  (ditto)

AND all the other tax evasion and tax avoidance happening across the economy?

DOES anyone believe these measures are no more than another BIG FAT TAX?


TO enlighten others … by Facebook … share in an email to contacts … and raise this with others to enlighten them … unless you do …. and unless we kick up a Stink … nothing can change for the better!

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Statement from Sutherland Shire Environment Centre – Woronora petition parliamentary debate, 4 June, 2020

FROM: Sutherland Shire Environment Centre

(Copied with the Permission of SSEC) 


Regarding last week’s parliamentary debate to protect our water at Woronora, to all the people who took the time to gather petition signatures, to send us the completed petitions, to speak to other people about the issue, call and email the politicians – we thank you again. It’s understandable we might all be feeling cynical about our democratic parliamentary process.

We have drafted a longer statement with outstanding questions we would like our politicians to answer… the first page is on our post here. The longer version can be accessed at

Statement – Woronora petition parliamentary debate, 4 June, 2020

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is an independent, not-for-profit, community organisation. We have consistently stated that water security is a matter that goes beyond politics – no matter what anyone’s political leanings, or position on coal. Woronora Reservoir, our water supply, is a critical public asset that is simply too important to jeopardise.

The petition to protect our water supply was started in good faith with the hope that the democratic process would allow community voices to be heard. We do not believe the recent parliamentary debate applied proper scrutiny to this matter, and we do not accept the government’s assurances that the damage occurring in the Woronora Reservoir catchment is insignificant.

To all the people who took the time to gather petition signatures, to send us the completed petitions, to speak to other people about the issue, call and email the politicians – we thank you, and are so very sorry that you have been ignored.

It would be understandable if you are now feeling cynical about our democratic parliamentary process.

The positive aspect of our efforts – on your part and ours – is that so many more people now realise what is taking place at Woronora Reservoir. The alternative to voicing our concerns is to say nothing, and allow the mining to proceed with no opposition whatsoever.

The debate did not achieve the outcome we were hoping, but community opposition to the mine is clear, and this opposition crosses all sides of the political spectrum, despite the failure of both major parties to take any effective political action.

The question we now have to consider is what action can be taken that will be effective. We’d like to be able to offer an immediate solution, but we are dealing with a multinational mining company that has political access and influence – more than we anticipated. As we’ve learnt over the last few months this company has decades of experience combating community opposition.

We understand the Nature Conservation Council are considering legal action. At the moment that seems the best avenue, and we will keep you posted as this progresses.

We are also considering organising a larger rally once social distancing restrictions are lifted. In terms of the content of the debate, for people who watched this in full, you would have seen that Lee Evans was the only local Sutherland Shire State MP who spoke – and he spoke in support of the mining company, Peabody, not local residents.

At the end of his three minute speech, Mr Evans stated that it would not answer all of our questions. He is correct. Our two other local State MPs, Mark Speakman MP and Eleni Petinos MP did not appear to be in the Chamber when the debate was taking place. They ignored the requests of thousands of local residents who asked them to speak up to protect our water.

For Mr Evans, Mr Speakman and Ms Petinos, yes, there are more questions we would like answered.

We have listed these below. 2 Woronora petition parliamentary debate – Questions for our local State MPs

Why was a Nationals MP from the upper Hunter Nationals with two Peabody mines in his electorate chosen to speak instead of our local representatives? The Nationals MP, Michael Johnsen, did not contact Sutherland Shire Environment Centre prior to the debate to discuss any of our concerns.

• We would like to know why the politicians who spoke made no mention of issues raised by over 20 independent scientists, who have called for greater scrutiny about the mining taking place in our Special Area catchments? These scientists have questioned the ‘science’ that has been applied to justify the mining taking place, and have called for mining in our water catchments to be suspended “until the cumulative impacts and consequences of mining to date can be reliably assessed and quantified.” They have noted the government’s “dependence on assessment reports prepared by consultants selected and funded by mining companies”, and have stated that “such reports cannot be regarded as independent”.

• We would like to know why our locals State MPs and the Department of Planning have been sending letters to constituents advising the mining is being ‘independently’ monitored by the ‘Woronora Reservoir Impact Strategy Panel’ without disclosing that this Panel is ‘engaged’ by Peabody?

• Several speakers claimed there were negligible water losses from the Reservoir. We note the Department of Planning has rejected requests by WaterNSW for a more detailed water balance study that might determine the accuracy of this claim.

We would like clarification as to why the Department of Planning has rejected the request for a more detailed water balance study by WaterNSW, and has instead taken the advice of consultants who receive grants, and continuing employment, consultancies from the mining industry?

We would like to know why the Water Minister and Shadow Water Minister did not mention the Water Act and its requirement “to protect and enhance the quality and quantity of water in declared catchment areas”?

We do not believe there is any ‘enhancement’ taking place at Woronora, and we do not accept the government’s assurances that the damage occurring in the Woronora Reservoir catchment is negligible.

We note WaterNSW’s Submission to the recent Independent Expert Panel looking into mining in the catchment which states – “An issue which particularly concerns WaterNSW is that it is anticipated that any additional increases in iron, manganese and possibly aluminum and other species dissolved from undermined catchments will impact on raw water quality delivered to Sydney Water and other customers…metals transported to reservoirs in particulate and/or dissolved forms are more likely to be precipitated and build up in the lake sediments over time.”

We would like to know why the Water Minister and Shadow Water Minister drew on the Independent Expert Panel report to claim there is no damage – and did not mention that this report also states that water returning to the surface from mine workings can ‘leach metals’, and this ‘needs increased attention in mining proposals, especially in the Special Areas where cumulative impacts could have serious negative consequences for reservoir water quality’. 3

We would like to know why none of the speakers in the debate mentioned the 25 local community groups and environmental conservation organisations that have called for the mining to be stopped?

• We would like to know why the speakers in the debate referred to the history of the Metropolitan mine without once mentioning that it was bought by the Peabody in 2007? Why did only one of the speakers mention Peabody by name, once, obscuring references to the company from the parliamentary Hansard record?

Why was Peabody’s environmental record not mentioned?

Why did the speakers talk of the contribution this mining makes to the economy but not mention that over the last 5 years Peabody made $16.5 billion dollars while paying no tax?

• Why did none of the speakers mention that Peabody dismissed 150 workers from the mine the week prior to the debate, and that the mine is now employing around 200 workers, or less?

We note some of the speakers made reference to 3,500 jobs being jeopardised, claiming that Bluescope is dependent on Peabody’s Metropolitan mine to continue its operations – this is incorrect.

BlueScope Steelworks sources coal from several South Coast mines. Much of the coal from these mines is exported via the Port Kembla Coal Terminal. The same terminal could be used to import coal from the Bowen Basin in QLD.

It does not have to come from beneath the Special Areas of Greater Sydney Water Catchment.

 • We ask why the debate was re-scheduled at a time the public gallery in parliament was closed and public gatherings were still not permitted due to social distancing restrictions?

Was this intended to prevent the possibility of community protests?

Why was the debate rescheduled immediately prior to a long weekend when people were allowed to leave Sydney for the first time in months? Mr Evans, Mr Speakman, and Ms Petinos – this is an open letter, and we would like a response to these questions and the issues we have raised here. Our water supply should not look like this.

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charged Taxpayers $38,000 for his own internet usage

accepted a $40,000 Rolex watch from a Chinese businessman

breached Ministerial Standards by having shares in a Trust linked to the mining company of a generous Liberal Party donor

created the impression that he was in China in an official capacity for a signing ceremony between a Chinese business and a mining company whose Executive Chairman was a generous Liberal Party donor

made his 80 year-old father a Company Director; named his parents’ home address as the company’s principal place of business which looked after tens of Millions of worth of Government contracts

-he was responsible for ROBODEBT

-and in charge of MY GOV Website which crashed a few weeks ago which he mistakenly blamed on a denial of service attack

SHE SAID ‘WHAT’S YOUR POINT?’ !!! !!!!!!!!!!

Here he is explaining how our information will be kept private!

It’s all on his phone, and he deletes it and presumably blows it away with one of Bridget McKenzie’s shotguns!


WHY is the Morrison Government having an Extended Shutdown?

In the Sydney Morning Herald today, 2 April 2020 Peter Hartcher writes, ‘Calls for greater scrutiny of government during shutdown‘:

‘A group of former judges is urging Australia’s parliament to set up a bipartisan committee to scrutinise the government’s epidemic responses as it faces one of the longest shutdowns on record.’

For 125 days!!


In comments provided for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Ms Gaudron said:

“We have a national cabinet with no statutory or constitutional foundation, making decisions affecting us all now, and it seems, for many months and perhaps years into the future.

In the present circumstances that body is fulfilling a vital national role.

But the circumstances are not such as to require that its decisions are free of oversight, particularly as new and wide discretionary powers have been conferred on ministers of the Commonwealth.”

The group of judges includes two former judges of the Victorian Court of Appeal, David Harper and Stephen Charles, a former judge of the NSW Court of Appeal, Anthony Whealy, and a former judge of the Queensland Court of Appeal, Margaret White.

The executive director of the Australia Institute, Ben Oquist, who convened the judges’ group, said that Australia was already in a health crisis and an economic crisis “and we’d like to see if we can avoid a crisis of democracy as well”.

The president of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, former NSW director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery, made a similar call on Wednesday: “Even the darkest days of the World Wars did not force parliament to close for extended periods.”

He called on the federal and NSW parliaments to make use of their committee processes for “more democracy and accountability in these difficult months, not less”.

An Australian Senate committee on Wednesday came to a bipartisan agreement to continue to meet by video link to exercise its powers to oversee the government.

The Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation said that it would monitor laws delegated to it to screen them for any infringements of personal liberty. This committee has a relatively narrow remit that excludes spending matters, for instance.


Parliament is heading for an unusually long recess of about 125 days.
Parliament is heading for an unusually long recess of about 125 days.CREDIT:ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

LINKS concerning the consequences of the closing of Australian car manufacturing industry

A nurse speaks with patients at a coronavirus clinic in Adelaide

 A nurse at a coronavirus clinic in Adelaide. The federal government is talking with the carmaker Ford about whether it can help in boosting the number of ventilators available for treating patients with Covid-19. Photograph: Reuters


Decimation of Australia’s car industry could literally cost lives

The federal government’s short-sighted decision to allow Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry to close has left the nation desperately short of ventilators, placing lives at risk:

THE GUARDIAN: Coronavirus ventilators australian government asks carmaker Ford for help in boosting production


During times of war – be it with other nations or a virus – a nation needs to have its own manufacturing capability.

However, by letting the car industry fold, the government has left Australia highly reliant on imports at a time of global shortage.

LOOK No Further! Who's to Blame for CoronaVirus in Australia?

CAAN has found a letter which reveals that the Morrison Government had been notified by the CSIRO about the CoronaVirus as early as November 2019

THE CSIRO learnt of the emergence of the CoronaVirus in late November 2019 … they were alert to its likely consequences … but were hindered by China’s obsession with secrecy … was this ‘to save face’?

Following which the offices of the Health Minister and the Prime Minister were provided with the issues and specifics to safeguard Australia

DECEMBER 2019 Australian scientists were able to cultivate the CoronaVirus with the aim of developing a vaccine

MEANWHILE the CSIRO like many government agencies and departments has been pulled apart by Liberal Governments through both budget and job cuts, and their privatisation policy!

-many Scientists forced to leave Australia

Rather the Morrison Government refrained from acting and it appears this allowed the disease to develop unchecked.

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Was the Morrison Government preoccupied with its obsession of ensuring business interests over and above its Constituents?

Among the CSIRO’s proposals for the best course of action was to stop travellers and to stop the airlines!

-the Morrison Government prioritized the feasibility of the airlines

-along with the mining industry

AND dare we at CAAN say the Property Sector of developers, real estate gatekeepers, and their overseas money laundering clients?

The forecast is that it will be six months before it comes to an end!


two Million Australians face unemployment; to hit 11% by June; the second Great Depression

-bank profits smashed; bad debts growing

-businesses forced to close; retail bust; hospitality bust

-scaling up social distancing; isolation; mental health issues etc, etc!


‘Hunt and Morrison were Warned about CoronaVirus in Late November and did Nothing’


In case this disappears … copies of the original letter to ‘The Bulletin’ have been made!

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Photo: MacroBusiness



AN EPA Accredited Auditor has been Outraged by the Plan to dig up Sydney Harbour’s toxic sludge


WESTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL: Source: Environmental Impact Statement

From local commentators

-mirrors community concerns in St Peters when Westconnex trashed the joint there

-The State Govt has also ignored the old coal mines under the sludge. The proposed pipes may well be placed over unstable “ground” and crack.

FROM Carrie Fellner’s report in the SMH about the expansion of the privately owned Hong Kong Consortium MTR Metro … and its twin tunnels linking Rozelle with the Warringah Freeway in North Sydney


It looks like more of the same from NSW INC with this project running roughshod over communities in their path … this time dredging toxic sludge, and tunnelling …

‘Thousands of tonnes of toxic sludge containing cancer-causing chemicals is set to be dug up from the bed of Sydney Harbour, under plans for the Western Harbour Tunnel that one of the state’s leading contamination experts fears do not protect the public, including fishermen and families who swim in harbour pools.

It comes amid revelations the exact concentrations of the chemicals in the sludge will remain secret after the NSW government ruled that a report containing the information was “commercial in confidence” and should not be released to the public.

Dr Bill Ryall, a leading environmental consultant, has raised the alarm bells over a plan to dredge up part of Sydney Harbour to put in place a new Western Harbour tunnel.
Dr Bill Ryall, a leading environmental consultant, has raised the alarm bells over a plan to dredge up part of Sydney Harbour to put in place a new Western Harbour tunnel. CREDIT:DEAN SEWELL

Dr Bill Ryall, who worked as an EPA accredited auditor and has been involved in some of the city’s most significant contamination clean up efforts at Homebush and Barangaroo, has now decided to speak out, slamming the decision to withhold the “critical” report.

BECAUSE Dr Ryall is unable to assess the risk to human health or the marine environment with dangerous toxins from industrial activity and storm water built up over 150 years on the harbour floor

-past studies have shown the tracts of sediment are worse than Tokyo Bay or New York Harbour

chemicals include dioxins, hydrocarbons, tributylin, polychlorinated biphenyls, pesticides, heavy metals and PFAS

-under an EIS the sludge will be dredged for tunnels to be laid along the bed of the harbour

-workers would have to dig up a heavily polluted layer of sediment 1.5 metres deep

.using two pre-fabricated tube tunnels lowered onto the sea floor between Birchgrove and Waverton

SINCE the report remains ‘commercial in confidence’ how can the community be assured that some 760,000 cubic metres of sediment would not be affected by contamination?

DESPITE a risk assessment finding that buried contaminants posed a high risk. What management actions would render them low risk?

HOW is it acceptable that up to 1300 cubic metres of contaminated sediment particles would be lost to the harbour waters … to be ingested by fish, crustaceans and oysters?

WHY is the NSW Government not ensuring adherence to its legislation requiring developers to report contamination to the EPA?

-carry out a detailed investigation

-have remediation action plans signed off before releasing an EIS to the public

IS the secrecy about eliminating the costs in excess of $100M for treating sediments and disposing of the contaminated wastewater?

AND … inevitable odours of ‘rotten egg gas’ from wet acid sulfate soils during removal of the sludge!

Dr Bill Ryall has concerns over contamination.
Dr Bill Ryall has concerns over contamination.CREDIT:DEAN SEWELL

UNEMPLOYED … have they again been overlooked by Government … ?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce about $8 billion in stimulus payments and other tax breaks to support businesses.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce about $8 billion in stimulus payments and other tax breaks to support businesses.CREDIT:ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

From a commentator …

‘But, but Scotty from Marketing was talking the other day about Team Straya, albeit to a meeting of businesspeople?’


‘So, the Morrison Government has announced an $18 billion stimulus package to combat the coronavirus (see David’s earlier post).

While the unemployed languishing on Newstart will receive tiny one-off payments of $500, they once again were largely overlooked by the federal government, which sees pensioners, small businesses, and tradies as more worthy of report.

Let me explain, once again, why the Morrison Government should have included a large ($75-plus a week) lift to Newstart in its stimulus package.

First, the equity considerations.

The rate of Newstart is pathetically low and has not received a real increase since the early-1990s.

It has fallen well below the Aged Pension and wage growth, including the minimum wage

Newstart is now around 30% below the poverty line

-Australia’s unemployment benefits are the equal lowest in the developed world

lifting Newstart would be the strongest from of demand-side stimulus

-could be implemented within the fortnightly welfare payment cycle

WHY is the Morrison Government so wedded to its ideology?

READ the full report from Leith Van Onselen, Macro Business:

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a multi billion coronavirus stimulus package.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a multi billion coronavirus stimulus package. CREDIT:ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

Macro Business: The rich feast while Aussie households famine

CAAN: Where have Australia’s ultra-high-net-worth- and high-net-worth-individuals come from?

Are they all home-grown? Or have their numbers grown substantially due to the high influx of ‘Permanent Residents’ seeking a bolt hole from mainland China with a UHNWI Visa specially for investment in Australian housing, commercial property and business, and agricultural property?

IS this in addition to Australian property developers rising up the AFR and Forbes Rich Lists? Cough … cough …

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The rich feast while Aussie households famine

Leith van Onselen

By Leith van Onselen in Australian Economy

March 11, 2020 | 16 comments

While ordinary Australian households tread water financially, experiencing zero growth in household disposable income over more than seven years:

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Australia’s ultra-wealthy population is projected to balloon further over the next five years, according to the Knight Frank Wealth Report:

The data shows Australia’s ultra-high-net-worth-individual (UHNWI) population will rise to 4,881 by 2024, up from 3,796 in 2019, with more than 200 new ultra-wealthy people being created in Australia each year.

Australia’s ultra-wealthy population grew by 5% in 2019 and by 35% over the past five years.

At the same time, Australia’s high-net-worth-individuals (HNWI) are expected to grow by 34% over the next five years to reach close to 2.1 million. Currently, 50 million people globally are considered millionaires, with wealth of US$1 million or more.

According to Knight Frank’s Head of Residential Research, Australia Michelle Ciesielski, Australia is forecast to have one of the highest rates of growth in UHNWI populations globally over the next five years…

Knight Frank’s Joint National Head of Private Office Sarah Harding said: “On average 80% of Australian UHNWIs saw an increase in wealth in 2019, well above the global average response of 63% in the Knight Frank Attitudes Survey.

“Looking ahead to 2020, 63% of Australian UHNWIs believe their wealth portfolios will continue to grow, which is optimistic when compared to the global average of 55%.

Major growth in high net worth individuals at the same time zero real income growth for households sounds like a country running off the rails.

Leith Van OnselenLeith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.


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