Budget cash splash- what’s in it for Geelong?

Deputy Opposition Leader and Labor Member for Corio, Richard Marles said there was nothing to help Deakin University as it struggles to emerge from the pandemic. “Deakin University has been going through enormous difficulties with COVID-19”, he said. “Hundreds of jobs have been lost (and) there’s really nothing in the budget to really help Deakin in this moment”.

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Typical Labor response: the ALP always thinks spending is a solution.

The solution to Deakin’s problem doesn’t require any spending:

Open the border to International students:

  1. Students must pass a Corona test before flying
  2. Students would then quarantine in a University residence
  3. After quarantine, they start the semester as usual.

“Hundreds of jobs” would be saved – for no cost – the University bears the cost of quarantine.

How about it, Mr Morrison?

Source: Budget cash splash- what’s in it for us? – bay 93.9 Geelong

Picture: https://www.diplomates.show/richard-marles/

 

ALP commits to new policies

End the ALP post-mortem and start fighting PM, Marles urges

Richard Marles says his party has done enough soul searching about its surprise election defeat and should turn the focus on defeating Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government. Marles told the Victorian Labor conference on Saturday that Labor needed ‘credible’ economic policies based around wages and jobs and should build an agenda that ‘would tell the story’ to the electorate.

Source: SMH.com.au

Daniel Andrews “Belt-and-road” MOU favours China

Does Daniel Andrews know what he’s getting into?

April 2019: Daniel Andrews in hock to China?

Daniel Andrews will attend Chinese president Xi Jinping’s forum to promote its controversial Belt and Road Initiative

Hmmm…

Bank of China expansion raises disclosure questions

Bank of China emerges as the fifth largest lender to the Australian government sector behind the Big Four domestic banks. Disclosures in APRA’s monthly banking statistics show that a government customer borrowed A$100 million from the Bank of China in October 2018. It is rare for Australian governments or their agencies to borrow directly from state-owned foreign banks given the potential for such arrangements to create conflicts of interest for domestic governments.

Source: MacroBusiness

Source: Banking Day


Daniel Andrews and China

By some estimates, more than half the 61 countries committed to BRI projects have credit ratings below investment grades. Many of them have poor governance, unstable economies and are riddled with corruption. So why China’s risky strategy, dubbed as ‘debtbook diplomacy’? As Harvard Kennedy School scholar Sam Parker told the Australian Financial Review this May, ‘China is loaning hundreds of billions to countries that often can’t afford to pay it back, and it is going to want something in return for that money”. You guessed it: the collateral for these loans is not physical assets, but sovereignty itself.

Source: Rite-ON!

For example:


Andrews won’t budge on Belt and Road deal

Mr Andrews broke ranks with the federal government last year when he signed a memorandum of understanding with Beijing on the BRI, which is viewed in Canberra as a vehicle for Chinese regional and global expansion. The four-page MOU signed in October said Victoria and China would work together to promote the ‘connectivity’ of policy, infrastructure, trade, finance and people­, while acknowledging Victoria was ‘welcoming and supporting’ of the BRI.

Source: The Australian

At first Andrews refused to release details of the agreement but after being pressured, he released *some* details:

Daniel Andrews releases details of Belt and Road agreement with China

The four-page document, signed by Premier Daniel Andrews and Lifeng He, chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, binds Victoria and China to no specific commitments [but] states that Victoria and China will agree to co-operate on ‘facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial co-operation, people-to-people bond[s], and promote Digital Silkroad co-operation’. Co-operation will occur in the form of dialogue, joint research, pilot programs, knowledge sharing and capacity building, the memorandum states.

Labor signed the agreement with the Chinese government in early October but kept its details under wraps for weeks, arguing it was standard practice to keep such MOUs confidential.

In a statement, the Andrews government said on Sunday that the MOU was not legally binding.

So if it was not binding, then why sign it?

“As it always does, the government will consider both the Victorian and national interest before agreeing to be involved in any specific activity”.

As if they are capable of determining the national interest.

Source: The Age


Andrews won’t budge on Belt and Road deal

Mr Andrews said he did not see China as simply a ‘customer’ for Australian exports, ‘it is a partnership’. ‘Our biggest export in this state is international education, and we’ve seen the number of Chinese students grow from about 60,000 when I was first elected to almost 90,000 today. ‘We’ve seen our exports go from about $6.5 billion to close to $11bn’.

Source: The Australian

As a matter of fact, the development of the Higher Education export sector was started by the major Universities under John Howard’s leadership. Growth is led by university rankings, led by Melbourne Uni. For Daniel Andrews to claim credit for this achievement is a measure of his character – and without any attempt to give credit to the people who really did grow the sector.

Victoria’s trade with China:

Exports Imports Deficit
2014-15 $4.3b $16.1b $7.8b
2017-18 $6.5b $20.2b $13.7b
Growth $2.2b $4.1b $5.9b

Source: DFAT
No wonder Andrews only talks about exports. While he claims to have grown exports by $4.5b (his numbers are fake), in fact China has grown imports into Victoria by $4.1b and the trade deficit with China has grown in China’s favour.

The rest of Australia has an enormous *positive* trade balance with China. But Victoria has a negative trade balance of $13.7b and refuses to exploit its significant onshore gas reserves.


Inset:IOL.co.za

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, president of Zimbabwe, during their meeting in Beijing, China.

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, president of Zimbabwe scored a photo-op with
Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Andrews wasn’t considered important enough. Maybe if he lifts the ban on gas exploration, then Victorian exports might look more attractive.

Murray-Darling Basin Plan signed into law at last

22 November, 2012: Federal Water Minister Tony Burke signed the Basin Plan into law today, less than 24 hours after receiving the latest draft from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

The final plan contained everything that Mr Burke asked the Authority to include when he sent it his final changes at the beginning of November.

Under the watchful eye of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Burke signed the Basin Plan into law at lunchtime on Thursday.

In a speech at the National Press Club, Burke said “The environment, when it turned up to the negotiating table, turned out to be more ruthless and less compromising than any of the states; the environment turned up at the negotiating table and said, ‘if you’re going to manage the rivers this way then none of you can have the water’

“Effectively the rivers decided that if we were going to manage the water as if it stopped at state boundaries, then the water was willing to stop”.

Funny guy.

“Today, under the Gillard Government, a century late but hopefully just in time, Australia has its first Murray-Darling Basin Plan”.

Source: ABC Rural

Why the Dam plan is doomed

Labor MP, Susan Templeman’s Warragamba Dam Speech – May 09, 2019

“Heritage isn’t just a block of sandstone in Macquarie Street. In the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury, it is all around us and it is disappearing. The Aboriginal heritage that will be flooded if the Warragamba wall goes higher is part of who we all are, and deserves a strong voice to protect it”.

Source: Susan Templeman – Federal Member for Macquarie


Springwood candidates forum, April 15 2019

Templeman, “We know raising the wall has significant environmental impacts for the Blue Mountains that need proper consideration but have been totally ignored by the NSW government. Nor have we been given transparency around the other options and the main focus appears to be to justify increases in housing across the flood plains of the Hawkesbury Nepean”

Greens candidate, Kingsley Liu described the proposal to raise the dam wall as “reckless and ignorant”.

“We should not be building on Sydney’s best farmland, destroying our food bowl and the natural flood controls provided by wetlands, bush and farms”, he said.

Liberal candidate Sarah Richards was MIA.

Source: Blue Mountains Gazette

In May 2017, the NSW Government released the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Risk Management Strategy – ‘Resilient Valley, Resilient Communities’.

In the report, WaterNSW concluded that:

“No other mitigation measures can achieve the same risk reduction as the Warragamba Dam Raising Proposal”.

Source: Warragamba Dam Raising – WaterNSW

Liu and Templeman are disconnected from reality
  1. Liu’s claim that there are “natural flood controls” is ridiculous. The Flood risk management strategy shows that the dam wall raising is the best option.
  2. Liu’s claim that “natural flood controls” can be provided by farms is silly.
  3. The Warragamba dam stretches into National park. Anyone’s guess where Liu sees the “wetlands, bush and farms“.
  4. This is 2019, when we are in the middle of a drought. Liu is talking about ‘flood controls’ in the middle of a drought.
  5. Templeman’s claim that “Nor have we been given transparency around the other options” is also false.


Templeman only won the seat with the help of the 8,870 votes flowing from Greens preferences:

Candidate Party Votes
RICHARDS, Sarah Liberal 43,487
TEMPLEMAN, Susan Labor 37,106
LIU, Kingsley Greens 8,870
PETTITT, Tony Bryan UAP 3,877
KEIGHTLEY, Greg Animal Justice Party 3,611

Source: AEC Tally Room

If Sarah Richards had attended the forum, the readers of the Blue Mountains Gazette might have seen SOME challenge to the fiction from the ALP and Greens candidates.

For instance, if the dam wall is NOT raised:

  1. What will happen to insurance premiums of residents downstream?
  2. Who will pay for expensive desalinated water?

How many of those Labor, Greens and AJP voters live downstream from the dam? Don’t they care what will happen if the dam overflows?


The Leftist Guardian joins the ‘Porkie Party’ with this article:

‘So much that will be lost’: concerns grow over plan to raise Warragamba dam wall

Kazan Brown is a ‘Gundungurra woman’, a ‘traditional custodian of the land’. “What could be lost?” she says. “We’ve got burials, art sites. Ceremony sites, camp sites, you name it. It’s all there. It’s our culture – that’s what will be lost”.

Source: The Guardian

Here is a map of Heritage sites in Warragamba and Sydney:

  • Did The Guardian make any attempt to check the claims of Kazan Brown?
  • If there are Aboriginal heritage sites in the National park, why are they not listed on the heritage register?

You can’t govern a state of 7.5 million people (5 million living in Greater Sydney) when the official opposition simply ignores statutory information such as the Heritage register and makes up information on-the-fly.

“Brown’s daughter, Taylor Clarke is a university student who spends her free time with her mother on the campaign, Clarke just wrapped up six months working in the office of the former Greens NSW upper house MP Justin Field“.

There you go.

Clarke: “I think part of the problem is that we don’t know the full breadth of what will be lost. When the dam was made, a lot of people moved out of the area, and they took with them their knowledge and custodianship of these areas”.

The area is National park!

“Mum spent her whole life researching it and finding family members again, and neighbours to figure it all out again. If the dam wall goes ahead there is so much that will be lost that we don’t even know”.

In other words: Nothing

Clarke gets to the point:

Brown and Clarke say there are alternatives to raising the dam wall. A September 2018 report, from Jamie Pittock (ANU) recommends lowering the storage level of the dam instead – which would provide space for floodwater. Desalination plants and other water saving measures would then make up the shortfall.

Source: The Guardian

The point:

  • The Greens are using ‘Aboriginal Heritage’ to block the dam wall raising
  • Lowering the ‘storage level’ is a book entry. It means less water for Sydney – and Sydney’s population is increasing by 100,000 per annum.
  • In other words, the Greens want us to build Desalination plants instead of dams:
    • Desalinated water is 6-7 times the cost of dam water
    • Desalination plants require lots of energy
    • So-called “renewables” take up even more space than dams.
    • Limiting water storage will also limit population growth…
    • …but Labor wants to increase immigration

They found a bone:

Call for identification of mystery bone found in burial ground near Warragamba Dam

“The ABC has seen photos of the bone but has agreed not to publish them for cultural reasons”.

Ms Brown said ‘I have asked repeatedly for an update on the bones and nothing has been forthcoming’,

‘As far as we’re aware no one’s actually investigated what type of bones they are’.

‘They could be animal but there’s a high chance they’re [human] because of the location — we know of at least 14 burials on Big Flat’.

Archaeologist Wayne Brennan said … a forensic anthropologist or similar expert would need to go to the site to see the bone in situ to confirm its origin, and then if it was human the police would need to be called in to establish a crime scene.

The Warragamba Special Area is not open to the public and permission is needed to gain access.

Labor candidate for Wollondilly, Jo-Ann Davidson said Labor opposed the plan to raise the wall

Source: ABC News

Getup! denies that it’s a front for the ALP

This week: GetUp decides to go easy on pro-coal Labor MPs

“Left-wing activist group GetUp has admitted it will not campaign against pro-coal Labor MPs like Joel Fitzgibbon over climate change policy and  instead remain focused on the Coalition despite insisting it is a non-partisan organisation”.

Source: AFR.com


August 2017: Shorten was a founding board member of GetUp!

Bill Shorten was a big union donor to GetUp! when it was ­established, giving about $100,000, possibly more, to the left-leaning activist group. The revelation follows the [former] federal Labor leader’s persistent refusal to make any comment over what support he provided to GetUp! when he was in charge of the Australian Workers Union. Mr Shorten was a founding board member of GetUp! when it was launched in August 2005 as an ‘independent, grassroots, community advocacy organisation’ to campaign on progressive issues.

Senior sources from GetUp! and Mr Shorten’s former union have ­confirmed he was personally behind an AWU donation of about $100,000 and “the only union” to provide seed funding among four big donors when GetUp!’s co-founders sought start-up capital.

Source: The Australian


In the Federal 2019 election, Templeman (pictured), won by only 0.4%.

Two candidate preferred (TCP) for Macquarie (NSW)
Candidate Party Votes Margin Status
RICHARDS, Sarah Liberal 48,290     -371 49.81%
TEMPLEMAN, Susan Labor 48,661       371 50.19% Elected

Templeman only won on Greens preferences:

Candidate Party Votes
RICHARDS, Sarah Liberal 43,487
LIU, Kingsley Greens 8,870
TEMPLEMAN, Susan Labor 37,106
KEIGHTLEY, Greg Animal Justice Party 3,611
PETTITT, Tony Bryan UAP 3,877

Source: AEC Tally Room


In April, Candidates spoke at a forum in Springwood to discuss the Warragamba dam. Liberal candidate Sarah Richards was MIA.

New environmental laws promised at Macquarie candidates forum in Springwood

Both Labor and Greens candidates promised a new Australian Environment Act and establishing a federal environmental protection agency.

Templeman said:
“We know raising the wall has significant environmental impacts for the Blue Mountains that need proper consideration but have been totally ignored by the NSW government. Nor have we been given transparency around the other options and the main focus appears to be to justify increases in housing across the flood plains of the Hawkesbury Nepean”.

Mr Liu described the proposal to raise the dam wall as “reckless and ignorant”.

“We should not be building on Sydney’s best farmland, destroying our food bowl and the natural flood controls provided by wetlands, bush and farms”, he said.

Source: Blue Mountains Gazette

The map shows the Warragamba dam, which is mostly located in National park.


Comment:

  • The Labor party must choose sides – they are either in favour of coalmines and dams or they are not.
  • Officially supporting mining in public while funding Getup! behind the scenes is hypocrisy
  • The ALP consistently tries to centralise control. The Environment is a state responsibility

Victoria: Pro-bono Police Protection for Marxist protesters

Victoria: Some protesters are more equal than others

Not that anyone is attacking THEM or disrupting THEM. THEY are disrupting the public – just like their Comrades disrupted Milo Yiannopolos and Lara Southern.

Climate change protests will cost taxpayers ‘hundreds of thousands’ in overtime for police officers

Victoria Police Commander Tim Hansen said the force was still totalling the cost of the Extinction Rebellion protests in the city, but overtime was already high.

‘The overtime budget is in the hundreds of thousands already… 16,000 patrol hours have been deployed’, adding that 111 people had been arrested. ‘It has had a huge impact on our resourcing out in the regions and out in the suburbs’.

Commander Hansen slammed the organisers for keeping police in the dark about their movements during the ‘spring rebellion’, which meant officers had to be taken off other duties. The commander ruled out making the protesters pay for the costs incurred during their activities, as that would only be applicable if there is a ‘level of commerciality’.

‘This is clearly a public community protest in public space. We are resourced and financed to deploy in those circumstances’, he said.

Source: 7NEWS.com.au

Get that? So they were already resourced for 16,000 additional patrol hours of overtime.


In December 2017, Milo Yiannopolos received a bill of $50,000 from the Victorian police:

Victoria is sending right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos a $50,000 bill for the police dealing with protests at his talk

Right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos is facing a bill of more than $50,000 for 300 police turning up to deal with protests during a speaking engagement in Melbourne this week.

His talk at the Melbourne Pavilion on Monday night saw around 500 protestors and 50 right-wing supporters clash. Riot police intervened, charging the crowd when violence broke out and using capsicum spray. Five police officers were injured when rocks and bottles were thrown at them. Two people were arrested.

500 (ten times as many) left-wing protesters try to disrupt a peaceful gathering of 50 people and the organisers of the peaceful gathering get the bill?

Victorian police minister Lisa Neville told Melbourne’s 3AW last night that ‘they will certainly be getting a bill for it’.

‘There is a definable cost to this, Victoria Police have some costings per officer, depending on the seniority officers’, she said.

Source: Business Insider

July 2018: ‘He hasn’t paid it’, Ms Neville told radio station 3AW. ‘He was presented with a bill and he hasn’t yet paid it. I know there is discussions going on at the moment with… our government solicitors’. Ms Neville added it was common practice for organisers of large-scale or controversial events to be billed if large numbers of police resources were required. ‘I remember at the time people said ‘why are we charging for protests because he’s got a different view?” Ms Neville said.

Source: The Age

So why didn’t she send a bill to Extinction rebellion?


Organisers of the Lara Southern tour explained who should get the bill:

Lauren Southern: Tour organiser refuses to pay $68K police bill

Axiomatic Events was sent an invoice for $68,000 for ‘police services’ after violent left-wing protesters targeted the Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux Live event in Melbourne on July 20, closing roads and assaulting officers.

In a statement, Axiomatic Events director Dave Pellowe said he was concerned paying the ‘crippling’ bill would create a dangerous precedent. ‘The Andrews Government has the gall to call this ‘user pays’ policing, but the reality is that it’s victim-blaming’, Mr Pellowe said.

‘Our event was a normal-sized crowd in a venue that routinely hosts such crowds. We broke no laws and went above and beyond to co-operate with police, and greatly appreciate the work they do’.

‘But if Police Minister Lisa Neville is looking for creative ways to fundraise for Victoria Police she can keep looking’.

‘The fair and just way to go about it would be to issue a $1000 fine to every thug who blocked the highway, who abused and intimidated the mums, dads and kids who came along, who damaged private property and turned Melbourne into a Berkeley war zone’.

‘Sending us the bill for their lawlessness appears to be simply enabling the thugs’ veto’.

Axiomatic Events said members of Antifa-associated groups ‘spat, screamed and uttered abuse at the men and women boarding and alighting from the buses’ and that ‘a number of male members of the … groups displayed their genitals to people boarding and alighting the buses’.

Source: News.com.au


Estimate:
If the Yiannopolos and Southern events were charged at $100 per hour for (say) 10 hours and 50 or 68 police respectively – these were just a single event – then 16,000 overtime hours in the case of Exctinction Rebellion should be charged around $1.6 million dollars. At least.

But they are Marxists, so despite the fact that THEY are the ones doing the disrupting, there is no ‘level of commerciality’.

Chalmers: “the RBA has been doing all the heavy lifting”

Aust ‘big winner’ in trade war: economist

“The report also highlights that the RBA has been doing all the heavy lifting, and faces an increasingly difficult balancing act of trying to support the economy while preserving flexibility should global downside risks materialise” – Chalmers

Source: 9News


In the Rudd-era it was a personal trainer…

Swan’s Time Warp: “It’s just a jump to the left…”

Take big stick to banks: Swan

ALP national president and ­former treasurer Wayne Swan wants Scott Morrison’s ‘big stick’ powers aimed at breaking up ­energy companies to be applied to the banking ‘cartel’. Declaring the financial services royal commission a failure, Mr Swan said competition problems in banking were similar to those in the energy sector. ‘With energy the problems are government-created, whereas in banking the problems are caused by the abject greed of the banks themselves’, he said. ‘The government is carrying on about ‘big sticks’ but where is one when you need it?’

Less emotional Labor members are calling for a shift to the centre…

Mr Swan’s push for a new round of regulatory action against the banks comes as senior Labor figures — including Treasury spokesman Jim Chalmers and NSW Right frontbenchers Joel Fitzgibbon and ­Michelle Rowland — call for the party to reclaim the ­political centre, including dumping the tax-and-spend polices that Labor took to the May election.

Deputy leader Richard Marles this week said the party should ‘stake out the political centre’ and offer ‘hope rather than handouts’ in a bid to appeal to the working-class and aspirational voters that deserted it.

Source: The Australian

His position is closer to the Greens:

2013: “Greens call for super tax on big four banks”

Source: SMH


Victoria: A state of dysphoria

August 19, 2019: The Australian Professional Association for Trans Health (AusPATH) … has DISMISSED concerns expressed by a group of Australian clinicians and researchers about the ethics and evidence for medical treatment that can leave young people suffering side effects including infertility. Health Minister Greg Hunt referred the concerns … to an expert body, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, for a national inquiry.

AusPATH did not mention RISING OVERSEAS CONCERN about the safety of giving young people puberty-blocker drugs and irreversible cross-sex hormones. Sources of concern are the UK Royal College of GPs, The Times, a breakaway US paediatricians’ body, ex-staff from the UK Tavistock gender clinic, free-speech ­academics and feminists, The Observer, US groups for sceptical parents and young people who regret going trans, and the BBC’s Newsnight.

In defence of its clinicians, AusPATH pointed to its endorsement of treatment standards issued last year by the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Badged ‘Australian standards’, this document … has been hailed as ‘the world’s most progressive’ by Victoria’s Andrews government.

Source: The Australian


RCH: Gender Service

Children and Adolescents 8-16 years

Treatment provided by the Gender Service involves …

Once puberty starts, options for medical treatment are divided into two stages:

Stage 1
Puberty blockers – [which] suppress the development of secondary sex characteristics whilst providing time for cognitive and emotional development. As they are reversible in their effects, should an adolescent wish to stop taking them at any time, puberty will resume in the biological sex.

Stage 2
Gender affirming hormones (oestrogen or testosterone) – [which] initiate puberty in the ‘affirmed gender’ and may be commenced around the age of 15 to 16 years. A transgender female would be commenced on oestrogen and a transgender male would start testosterone. These are only partially reversible in their effects.

Guidelines
The RCH Gender Service provides care that is consistent with the Australian Standards of Care and Treatment Guidelines for Trans and Gender Diverse Children and Adolescents (2017).

Source: Adolescent Medicine : Gender Service

The ‘Australian Standards’ were written by the RCH Authors!


Hospital’s trans guidelines ‘not at all cautious’

The 2018 ‘Australian standards’ issued by Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital gender clinic have been hailed by the Andrews government as ‘the most stringent safety standards’ for children and adolescents, as well as ‘the world’s most progressive’.

Yet the RCH standards, published as a peer-reviewed paper in the Medical Journal of Australia and praised by The Lancet, make no mention of a 2015 Dutch study showing a worrying level of medical uncertainty and polar disagreement among 36 gender clinicians in in 10 countries.

The Dutch study stresses a lack of consensus on the safety, ethics and benefit of the global trend to give puberty-blocker drugs to ever younger patients on the grounds that putting puberty on hold buys time for them to sort out identity and reduces suicide risk.

The Dutch study calls for systematic long-term multi-clinic research, without which there will be ‘no consensus on treatment’.

Source: The Australian


Dysphoria

Dysphoria (from Greek: δύσφορος (dysphoros), δυσ-, difficult, and φέρειν, to bear) is a profound state of unease or dissatisfaction.

Source: Wikipedia