Australia

Why is Fairfax protecting the identity of an ISIS hugging scumbag?

Why is Fairfax protecting a terrorist enabler?

A  New Zealand woman who travelled to Syria last year for what were believed to be humanitarian reasons is understood to be trying to negotiate with Australian officials to return to Sydney.

The woman, who has dual New Zealand-Australian citizenship, was said to be offering to help authorities with information about networks in the region.

The woman, who Fairfax has chosen not to name over fear for her safety, lives in Sydney’s Bankstown and was previously married to a man from the city.

She is the latest in a string of people who have travelled to the troubled region who now want to return home. One member of Islamic State (IS), a former health worker from Victoria, has reportedly told Australian authorities he wanted to return and warn would-be jihadists against joining the terror group.    Read more »

We are in the top ten for minimum wages in the world

 

CNN reports:

Low wage workers in Australia have it better than most.

The country has the most generous national minimum wage in the developed world, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The report ranked 27 countries that have laws setting a nationwide minimum rate of pay.

Australia’s minimum wage workers — aged 21 and over — make 15.96 Australian dollars per hour. After tax and other deductions, that’s equivalent to $9.54, once the difference in the cost of living is taken into account.

“They have a high minimum wage. And interestingly they have a low tax burden,” said Herwig Immervoll, the author of the OECD report. “[Australians] recognize that supporting low wage earners through the tax system is important.”

Other countries have set higher hourly rates but they also tax minimum wage workers more, leaving them with less in their pockets.   Read more »

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Australia to hold inquiry into halal certification

The Australian Senate is going to inquire into halal certification:

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi won Senate support today for a six-month inquiry into all certification schemes, including those for organic, kosher, halal and genetically modified foods.

Senator Bernardi wants the investigation to also inquire whether the public is provided enough information about certifiers’ financial records.

The Government lent support to Senator Bernardi’s motion and it passed 34-30.

“I haven’t been able to ascertain what the cost of this religious tax is to individual companies or the overall cost to the Australian consumer,” Senator Bernardi said earlier this year

“No one has been able to explain why water, milk and cat food need halal certification.  Read more »

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So, CER was really just only mostly for Australia, wasn’t it?

It’s always bugged me that we signed the CER agreement with Australia, but they kept our apples out under some pretty nebulous pest threat.

But now this

The review of the Wine Equalisation Tax is a result of lobbying from the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia.

Last year Australian wine label Wolf Blass said New Zealand companies claimed about $25 million in rebates.

Federation chief executive Paul Evans wants New Zealand winemakers subject to the same terms and conditions as Australian producers. Read more »

Andrew Little playing fast and loose with our safety

I think John Key needs to conduct remedial SIS briefings for Andrew Little.

He also needs to look a bit further that the NZ Herald for his information sources, and in particular read Australian news outlets where a Mother’s Day massacre by Islamic terrorists has just been thwarted.

Right now he is falling into the “Clark Trap”, thinking and believing that we living in an “incredibly benign strategic environment”.

New Zealand doesn’t need to be worried about terror threats, despite a number of foiled plots across the Tasman recently.

Labour leader Andrew Little says our authorities are just as competent as their Australian counterparts, and argues we don’t face the same challenges.

“Some of those communities come out to Australia and bring those tensions with them. We don’t have the same problems here. Our security threat is pretty low so I don’t think we have to be too concerned about it.”

He’s attributing that to New Zealand’s different makeup of migrant communities.

“The Australian population is more diverse and has a different makeup to New Zealand in terms of other ethnicities, in particular the Middle East and Muslim countries and other parts of the world.”    Read more »

Sympathy can be found in the dictionary…

…between shit and syphilis.

I really don’t know why criminal run to the media to bleat about how hard done by they are, and I really don’t know why the media cuddle up to them.

Take the case of this stabby woman being deported from Australia for her crimes and how upset she is she won’t be able to see her kids.

More than 4000 kilometres from her children and with no idea when she will see them again, Kelly Bradnam sits in limbo.

The mother of five, who moved to Australia from Christchurch as a 16-year-old and is now 43, has spent more than three months detained at the Yongah Hill Detention Centre near Perth.

Before being sent to jail on a charge of unlawful wounding, Bradnam lived in Brisbane with her children, three under 18, and extended family.

Kelly Bradnam with her family, who were all born in Australia. Bradnam is facing deportation back to New Zealand after spending time in an Australian prison.

She served 10 months of her three-year sentence, before being released on parole. She breached her conditions after being caught drinking alcohol, and was sent back to jail to serve a further sanction period.

But four days before her release date earlier this year, she was told she would be sent to the Perth detention centre and likely deported back to New Zealand.

Bradnam is one of scores of Kiwis caught by a December amendment to the Australian Migration Act  that will make it more likely non-citizens will have their visas cancelled if they are sentenced to jail for 12 months or more, or found guilty of child sex offences.

Figures provided by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection reveal that since the law change, 175 New Zealanders’ visas had been cancelled. Of those, 35 had been sent back home.

Out of the 175 Kiwi scumbags being deported they pick this stabby tart as their poster girl?

No sympathy for her, about the only place other than the Sunday Star-Times that she will find it is in the dictionary between shit and syphilis.

 

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Plain packaging an abject failure in Australia, consumption and illicit tobacco increases

Anti-tobacco advocates here are still pushing for Sam Lotu Iiga to implement a plain packaging regime like Australia. This is despite the fact that there is still an ongoing WTO court case and worse that there is no evidence to suggest it is working.

In fact the evidence, produced by KPMG, suggests the opposite, that plain packaging is contributing to an increase in consumption and illicit trade.

THE BILLION dollar illicit tobacco black market has hit a record high as Australian smokers baulk at the price of legal cigarettes.

Criminals are exploiting the high price of legal smokes to make massive profits by smuggling in cheap tobacco from overseas.

Last year 14.5 per cent of all tobacco consumed was illegal, according to a new report.

The Illicit Tobacco in Australia 2014 report states nearly 2.6 million kilograms of illegal tobacco was consumed last year alone with the tobacco black market rocketing by 30 per cent since 2013.

The report by KPMG, commissioned by the world’s biggest tobacco companies, concludes the black market costs the Federal Government $1.35 billion in lost taxes.

The black market boomed during a period when the government increased tobacco excise by 25 per cent.

Legal cigarettes in Australia are among the most expensive in the Asia Pacific region, costing about seven times more than in countries such as China or South Korea.

John Gledhill, managing director of tobacco giant Philip Morris Limited, said: “The government’s excessive tobacco regulations are providing incentives for the black market.

“As cigarette smuggling continues to grow in Australia the government must enforce the law and prosecute people caught selling illicit tobacco.”

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Blunt talk by Bainimarama

I have long said that Fiji won’t take an active part in the Pacific Islands Forum.

After the way the Forum, at the behest of Australia and New Zealand, treated Fiji it isn’t surprising.

Murray McCully and John Key though think otherwise.

Well a speech yesterday at the Novotel at Lami by Fiji PM Frank Bainimarama should disabuse them of that notion.

Firstly he makes a comment about bureaucracies.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: we are not in the business of creating fat cat bureaucracies that waste our precious tax dollars. That is not the Pacific way. Our mantra must always be to do more for less, to create an organisation that is lean and efficient and that because of its integrity, enjoys the confidence and support of our development partners.

I know I don’t have to lecture you on this point. Because so many of you have always operated with scarce resources and know that this is no impediment to being effective. My own mantra in Fiji is that Government exists to deliver and to serve. And I urge you all to embrace the same values in the PIDF.

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This is what happens when you bash wogs, abos, and boat people

Tony Abbott has had a dramatic turn around in the polls after he launched into wogs, abos, boat people and bludgers.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made up ground against Opposition Leader Bill Shorten but Labor continues to be ahead of the Coalition ahead of the next week’s critical federal budget.

A Newspoll, published by The Australian on Tuesday, shows Mr Abbott and Mr Shorten are now equally preferred PM by 38 per cent of voters each.

This is a large improvement for Mr Abbott who trailed Mr Shorten by 11 points in March.   Read more »

They pimp the poor in Australia too, but a bogan mayor has sledged the media back

Fairfax, the NZ Herald and John Campbell all love to pimp the poor.

In Australia they have been doing it too, but one resident plus the local mayor have gone feral on the media.

SBS has been slammed for offending Mt Druitt residents and making fun of a man with dementia in a new show.

The three-part taxpayer-funded series Struggle Street — produced at an estimated cost of $350,000 an episode — has been described as “publicly funded poverty porn”.

One of the promo clips for the series features Ashley Kennedy, 53, who was diagnosed with dementia during the filming, passing wind on the front step of his house and shouting and swearing.

“When I saw that promo I was shocked and horrified. They showed my husband farting on national TV,” Mr Kennedy’s wife, community leader Peta Kennedy, 55, said yesterday.

“When we signed up for it we thought it was supposed to be about people’s struggles and going through their problems and getting back on their feet, but this is awful.”

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