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#1213682 - 15/10/2013 12:38 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-15/ex-hsu-union-boss-williamson-admits-fraud-offences/5022842

Former HSU boss Michael Williamson admits fraud offences

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Former Australian Labor Party president Michael Williamson has pleaded guilty to funnelling almost $1 million from the Health Services Union (HSU) to businesses he had an interest in.

Williamson was arrested when detectives raided his Maroubra home, in Sydney's east, in October last year.

The police investigation probed allegations of corruption during his time at the HSU, which were aired by the union's national secretary, Kathy Jackson.

He was accused of dozens of offences, including money laundering, dealing with the proceeds of crime, and dishonestly dealing with hundreds of thousands of dollars of union funds.

Williamson appeared in Sydney's Downing Centre Local court this morning with his solicitor Vivian Evans.

The prosecutor told Chief Magistrate Graham Henson that several offences had been folded into four formal charges that Williamson would plead guilty to.

Williamson admitted funnelling nearly $340,000 into a business called Canme Services, which was registered in his wife Julieanne's name.

Dozens of cheques were made out to Canme for services that were never provided to the union.

He also admitted to defrauding the union out of $600,000 through a consulting company called Access Focus.

It is believed Williamson received a massive windfall from the company, due to inflated fees billed to the HSU.

The former unionist also pleaded guilty to fabricating invoices to cover his tracks in returns to the union in February last year.
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#1213685 - 15/10/2013 12:58 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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"Electorate of Herbert - Safe Liberal seat yet it has a huge population of miners and heavy industry, construction, tourism, shipping, rail, logistics and allied industries as well as around 3500 defence members, not all of which vote Libs/Nationals.

Based on Townsville (population 150000+) it encompasses both a large regional city as well as several smaller towns and some cane and cattle farmers. You would think that with such a large worker based population that we would be a safe Labor seat, yet the seat has been solid Liberal for many years.

So why is it so? By some peoples theories we should be wall to wall Labor after all we have a huge population of red neck bogans as well as your usual no hoper dole bludgers and so they must be solid Labor supporters.

I wonder if we must be a little better informed that other electorates and based our voting on facts not hype? Hmm just a theory."

Spot on SBT.
Looks like we all have to embrace our inner Bogan.
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#1213691 - 15/10/2013 14:22 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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not arguing your point at all SBT but just to clarify that herbert actually only covers the inner and western parts of townsville. southern populated area of townsville is in the mackay seat of dawson along with the burdekin and bowen region. ingham to the north is hinchinbrook and west is kennedy.
so the herbert seat doesnt encompass the regional towns around townsville.
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#1213696 - 15/10/2013 15:23 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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Actually the Division of Herbert and Townsville in general, is considered marginal, which is almost typical of lot of the federal electorates in Qld. Herbert is not at all a safe seat. The 2013 margin of Herbert is 6% to LNP and in 2010 it was only 2%. Anything under a margin of around 10% or lower is considered marginal, though some will argue 15%. Saying that though, Herbert is an interesting marginal seat in that over history the seat is held by the same party for a prolonged period. The Liberals held the seat from 1966-1983, followed by Labor from 1983-1996 and now back to Liberal/LNP since 1996.

The demographics of marginals are far more diverse than any safe seat. They are often made up different pockets that may include strong Labor and Liberal voters with a smaller number in between the two.

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#1213771 - 15/10/2013 23:44 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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#1213835 - 16/10/2013 15:21 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: ColdFront]
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Oh they are coming thick and fast now....

Don Randall dodges questions over expense claims for trip to Cairns

A Liberal MP and member of the parliamentary committee that oversees MPs’ privileges and interests has spent more than $10,000 on questionable travel and billed taxpayers for about $2500 on books that bear no obvious relation to his job, Fairfax Media can reveal.



Full story.
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#1213838 - 16/10/2013 15:56 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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Yes, yet another pig with its nose deep in the public taxpayer funded trough.

It happens on both sides, and some union bosses are even worse. The only difference is most offenders probably realise its a crime, but the Libs seem to think it is a right as they come from a world were moral vs legal is fuzzy (such Blue Asbestos Bishop).

We are all been taken for ride. For me, forty years of solid work (and still working), paying taxes with NO perks and no dole periods, and to think what I have been funding - that is what riles me.

..and the people most fit to pay tasxes, do not, or minimise it to such small percentages of their true income.
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#1213857 - 16/10/2013 18:08 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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Thats just wrong madfreeloaders
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#1213896 - 16/10/2013 22:07 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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#1213918 - 17/10/2013 07:55 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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And for those that want to do something about these scammers..

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-...1009-2v7i8.html

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#1213925 - 17/10/2013 08:59 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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got to admit, i had a good laugh at nicola roxon's speech last night on Rudd.
http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politic...1016-2vmyn.html
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#1213929 - 17/10/2013 09:20 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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Lower bills won't happen, say experts

Experts have rejected claims by the federal government that household expenses would be significantly smaller after a repeal of the carbon tax.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday average households would be $550 a year better off with the scrapping of the tax.

About $280 of the predicted $550 savings for the final year of the carbon tax - due under current legislation to revert in mid-2015 to a floating price about a third of the present level - would require businesses to pass on lower costs.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission would ''have additional powers to monitor prices to ensure that businesses pass on the benefits from the repeal of the carbon tax'', a spokesman for Mr Hunt said.

Hugh Saddler, a principal consultant for energy analysts Pitt & Sherry, said it had been ''almost impossible'' to see the carbon price footprint when it was introduced, and it would be no easier if it was removed. The Australian Bureau of Statistics agreed.

''The ABS is not able to quantify the impact of the introduction of carbon pricing, compensation or other government incentives and cannot produce estimates of price change exclusive of the carbon price,'' the ABS said in a statement.

''Similarly, the ABS will not be able to quantify the impact of removing the carbon price [if that were to occur].''

While consumers would have lower electricity prices if the carbon price was eliminated, the benefit was likely to be dwarfed by other changes in energy prices, the director of the Grattan Institute's energy program Tony Wood said.

Meanwhile, Mr Abbott might have a more pressing challenge than convincing Labor to abandon its carbon price: keeping his own senators in line over issues such as his paid parental leave scheme.

Simmering resentment within the Coalition over both policy and personnel within the government, including anger at what one called ''the iron fist approach'' of Mr Abbott's office, has increased the possibility of an outbreak of ill-discipline as early as the new year.

Some MPs blamed Mr Abbott's chief of staff Peta Credlin, alleging she had exercised excessive influence over everything from policy priorities to public appearances by senior ministers.

While the parental leave scheme would not start until July 1, 2015, Liberals said Mr Abbott planned to introduce legislation to establish it as early as February, raising the prospect of negotiations with the Greens in the Senate.

The policy would mean some high-earning women, on salaries of $150,000 and above, would be paid up to $75,000 over six months following the birth of their baby.

But the ''gold-plated'' $5.5 billion-a-year scheme was bitterly opposed in sections of the Coalition who admitted to having ''bitten our lips'' in the lead-up to the election.

Nationals were most hostile, arguing the policy favoured already well-off city women.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/lower-bills-wont-happen-say-experts-20131016-2vn3r.html
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#1214032 - 17/10/2013 22:06 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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Power price rises were happening (in NSW at any rate) long before the carbon tax, and repealing the tax won't fix that. We're paying for the NSW power companies beefing up capacity and range, to deal with all the new citizens and their air conditioners. The carbon tax's effect was negligable.

That mat leave scheme is disgusting. What happened to "ending the age of entitlement"?

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#1214036 - 17/10/2013 22:18 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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Not as disgusting as this Ant. It merely serves to reinforce how Australians were so foolish as to buy into Abbott's tripe.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-17/koukoulas-budget-emergency-fiction/5028770
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#1214038 - 17/10/2013 22:25 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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Biggest load of tripe and spin!

Yeah, okay, power is still going to go up, after all inflation will do its job if anything, but you still will be paying for a cheaper bill without the carbon tax. It is a tax that will always be added on top of any extra increases. Period.

Now the argument that the carbon tax effect is just "negligible" against the other increases, is moronic to put it bluntly. See, the increasing power rises to cover the building of new power infrastructure is a cost that is actually going to towards something. For every dollar that is raised and it is put towards buying a pole, wires and a substation, we will end up with a pole, some wires and a substation. It is something at least worthwhile. For every dollar you will pay in the carbon tax, society will end up with nothing (no it will NOT save the country from floods, droughts and bushfires like some delusional nutbags will argue).

Further more, lets not forget that the carbon tax is not just about our power bills. It is also about the massive strain it puts on industry like manufacturing.

Senseless tax. Get rid of it.

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#1214040 - 17/10/2013 22:31 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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Tony Abbott has wisely left Australia's fiscal settings exactly as they were under Labor, putting the lie to his hysterical pre-election economic rhetoric, writes Stephen Koukoulas.

Almost two months after a thumping election victory, there is not one hint of any economic policy change from the Abbott Government that will deal with the budget bottom line. Yet until the day before the election, this was painted by the Coalition as an "emergency" or "crisis".

The reason is obvious. The budget is in triple-A shape and in the complete opposite of an emergency.

If there were a budget emergency, Treasurer Joe Hockey and the Government would have acted with the same speed on spending and revenue measures as they have shown over abolishing the carbon price and implementing their boats policy.

Which goes back to the main point.

The six years of Labor Party government through to September 2013 were characterised by pragmatic, prudent and ultimately successful management of the economy. While some of the politics was astray, Australia's economy is in tip-top shape as a result of this record of first class economic management.

The economic runs on the board delivered by Labor include six extra years of unbroken economic and employment growth, a halving of the inflation rate, further solid increases in per capita GDP, and ongoing prosperity. If Tony Abbott can maintain the same record as Labor in his term in government, even without the negative shocks from the global economy, he will have done well.

This strong economic performance between 2007 and 2013 was despite the world economy crashing to its weakest point since the Great Depression of the 1930s, when financial market ructions threatened to completely undermine the functioning of global trade and the world economy.

It was truly extraordinary that Australia, in these circumstances, managed to dodge a recession and at the same time hold the unemployment rate below 6 per cent for whole period where unemployment rate hit double digits in most other advanced economies.

The reasons for this remarkable economic performance are simple: policy pragmatism and foresight. The fiscal stimulus measures, which saw the budget balance move by 6 per cent of GDP, was vital to supporting economic growth.

Builders were employed and retailers stayed afloat as the government pumped temporary, timely and targeted spending into the economy. Aiding the growth-enhancing policies was the easing in monetary policy, which saw the RBA cut the official cash rate by 425 basis points in a few months. This saved mortgage holders and business alike many tens of billions of dollars in interest costs - money that was at least partly directed to spending and investment. The Australian dollar fell by over 30 per cent and traded at 60 US cents, which helped to support many exporters.

Complementing this policy brilliance was some good luck. In the period from 2008 to 2010, the Chinese authorities stimulated their economy which not only saw Chinese GDP growth bounce back to above 10 per cent, but also reversed the commodity price slump and boosted demand for Australia's exports.

After the depths of the crisis had passed, the prudent policy settings from the Labor government continued.

In its budget settings, the Labor government implemented the largest tightening in fiscal policy ever recorded. The budget tightened by 3 per cent of GDP in a couple of years and 2012-13 saw the largest cut in real government spending ever.

This fiscal policy tightening was aimed at replenishing the budget, and there would have been a budget surplus were it not for the post-stimulus slowing in the Chinese economy, and the decline in the terms of trade that hit tax revenue hard over the past couple of years.

It has not been widely reported that over the past two years, the Australian economy confronted a 20-year low for Chinese economic growth. This bad luck (for Australia) obviously dragged the terms of trade lower and the Labor government had to deal with this unfortunate turn of events. In late 2012, it made the prudent decision to let the budget automatic stabilisers to work which of course meant less revenue and a budget deficit, but it kept the economy growing at around a 2.5 per cent pace and as we saw last week, the unemployment rate in September was just 5.6 per cent.

From a perspective of maintaining economic growth, this again highlighted the prudent and pragmatic nature of policy makers interested in sustaining economic growth and job creation.

It is interesting to note that the fiscal tightening allowed the RBA to ease monetary policy over the past two years, with interest rates for mortgages and the business sector falling to the lowest level in around 50 years.

The Labor Government knew that if it delivered tight fiscal settings, it would give room to the RBA to ease monetary policy which in turn would help trim the Australian dollar strength.

The RBA rose to the challenge and the recent fall in the dollar from levels constantly around 105 US cents to levels under 95 US cents has given exporters and firms competing with importers a clear shot in the arm.

At a macroeconomic level, it is difficult to find what the Labor government could have done differently or better. Less fiscal stimulus during the GFC may have seen the economy dive into recession. More stimulus was not needed given the economic outcomes delivered. It was about as right as these things can be in an economy that is now around $1.6 trillion a year.

To be sure, some of the rhetoric from the Labor ministers around the budget was misplaced, such as promises to return to surplus in 2012-13 come hell or high water, but the actual runs of the board and the bottom line policy settings were almost always right.

The fact that Mr Abbott and his team have seen fit to hold fiscal settings exactly as they were under Labor - with no mini-budget and no policy changes to alter the path of government spending or to change the momentum on economic growth - speaks loudly about the economy that Labor managed over their term of office, and draws into question the hysterical electioneering claims of economic incompetency and budget emergency.

Stephen Koukoulas is a Research Fellow at Per Capita, a progressive think tank. View his full profile here.
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#1214065 - 18/10/2013 09:20 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: ColdFront]
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Originally Posted By: Rime
Now the argument that the carbon tax effect is just "negligible" against the other increases, is moronic to put it bluntly.


Yet you have your idol Mr Abcess previously saying from opposition "now if i was in Guvment, the fairest thing would be to have a Carbon Tax"....."simplest thing to do is put a price on carbon" ...."if you put a Carbon tax on Energy consumption"......"if you put a Carbon Tax on Fuel consumption" ......"if you raise the price of Carbon then rebate it you have avoided raising taxes"..The Fairest thing would be to have a Carbon Tax

I guess he is just one of those bogan types that will Lie and say anything that people want to hear just so the gullible masses vote for him!
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#1214066 - 18/10/2013 09:24 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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The above post can only be described as complete denial as evidenced by the line 'Stephen Koukoulas is a Research Fellow at Per Capita, a progressive think tank.'.

The thing with progressives is that they are blinded from the facts and the truth. Recently, when discussing community health and wellbeing, I was informed that physical activity had no impact upon mental focus, outlook or attitude according to a couple of progressives. Their big idea to improve community health and wellbeing was to propose an idea that stopped fast food companies from sponsoring elite athletes and sporting teams.

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#1214081 - 18/10/2013 11:41 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: Andy Double U]
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Thinking of closing this thread and starting up another one as this was for the September Election. Any objections ? Might name it Australian Politics or something along this line. If someone wants to start up a new thread please go ahead and do it.

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#1214125 - 18/10/2013 15:20 Re: Federal Election Sept 07 2013 [Re: boomer]
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Australian politics. Good idea Lindsay.
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