Friday, March 1, 2024

Dutton fiery in Ferguson conflict

WARRING WORDS

Opposition Chief Peter Dutton snapped at ABC 7.30 host Sarah Ferguson in a slightly tense interview final evening, information.com.au studies, accusing her and the broadcaster of left-wing bias. Ferguson had requested him if his political momentum was slipping away, prompting the Liberal chief’s well-worn raving about lefty bias. She went on to say Dutton asking journalists in the event that they thought he was a thug, as former PM Malcolm Turnbull had described him on Nemesis, was an “astonishing query for an opposition chief to ask the press”. Dutton tried to justify it by saying he’d recognized the journalist he’d requested for a very long time and that Turnbull’s remark was “a fabrication and a self-serving remark” anyway.

In the meantime, Defence Minister Richard Marles has been “bickering” with Secretary Greg Moriarty and Chief of the Defence Pressure Angus Campbell, the AFR studies. They’d a gathering final 12 months to debate the army asking for more cash for brand new weapons — one senior bureaucrat instructed the Fin “He doesn’t respect them they usually positive as hell as don’t respect him”. Yikes. Marles urged Defence to embrace a “tradition of excellence” yesterday, however some sources instructed the paper he doesn’t even do his paperwork quick sufficient. From criticism to recognition and opposition spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs Jacinta Nampijinpa Worth has been shortlisted for a nationwide prize for excellent political management, the NT Information studies. It’s an unbiased award that assesses imaginative and prescient, collaboration, moral behaviour, braveness and influence — Worth was nominated within the federal class for “talking ‘to’ and never ‘at’ undecided voters” within the Voice to Parliament referendum, chair Michael Brennan stated.

WORK-WEARY

You’ll shortly have the authorized proper to disregard after-hours emails and calls out of your boss after Office Relations Minister Tony Burke secured a cope with the crossbench and the Greens. The person has been busy! The AFR studies unbiased Senator David Pocock confirmed final evening he’d again the invoice after he wrangled some wider adjustments to the IR reforms (e.g. you’ll be able to’t be compelled to turn into an worker in the event you make greater than $167,000 as a contractor). To be clear, Burke certified as The Age studies, your boss can nonetheless contact you, however in the event you don’t reply you’ll be able to’t be punished. Colleges are warning dad and mom even academics have the precise to disconnect after 3.45pm, The West ($) provides. To no-one’s shock, the Australian Chamber of Commerce known as the precise to disconnect “ridiculous,” Sky Information Australia provides, although France and Germany launched it ages in the past.

In the meantime, the federal government owes $15.9 million in refunds to Australians who obtained their passports late, the SMH studies. The Australian Nationwide Audit Workplace discovered that individuals who paid a precedence payment and nonetheless obtained a passport late had no method to apply for a refund, and that the passport workplace hadn’t ready for the post-pandemic growth of functions although it was warned. In 2022, it price $308 to get a 10-year passport and one other $225 to get it inside two days. From passports to planes now and Qantas has apologised, 7News studies, after a baggage handler appeared to jot down the phrase “c**t” on a heavy baggage tag on her bag. Qantas stated the employees member, employed by third-party Menzies, gained’t work for them once more. Illegally sacking 1,700 loyal baggage handlers within the pandemic ain’t wanting like such a good suggestion now…

TAKING A STAND

Twelve employees from the Australian Human Rights Fee (HRC) wrote to its president about their “frustration” about their office’s stance on “Israeli warfare crimes and crimes towards humanity perpetrated towards Palestinians in Gaza and the West Financial institution,” Guardian Australia studies. The letter in contrast it to stronger statements from the human rights commissioner Lorraine Finlay about Ukraine’s invasion and from different worldwide organisations. Employees stated the HRC ought to name for a direct everlasting ceasefire and an finish to occupations, and for our authorities to watch the Geneva Conventions after the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice discovered Israel is “plausibly committing genocide in Gaza,” because the paper worded it.

In the meantime, Opposition Chief Peter Dutton blamed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for a Greens movement in a rare show of argumentative gymnastics. Dutton’s rationale was that the PM ought to’ve been within the decrease home to sentence it as a result of the movement was “anti-Semitic”, The Australian ($) studies. To be clear, Greens Chief Adam Bandt famous the Palestinian demise toll (27,500 folks have been killed since October 7, a lot of them simply children) and known as for the Albanese authorities to cease supporting Israel’s invasion. Assistant Overseas Minister Tim Watts retorted that the Greens and Coalition have been seeking to divide the neighborhood, as Guardian Australia studies, and famous Hamas nonetheless has 130 hostages. Lastly, a quantity plate studying OCT7TH was registered in December final 12 months, information.com.au studies, prompting Highway Minister John Graham to name for an investigation.

ON A LIGHTER NOTE

It was a standard work day for Vanessa Austin when a stranger turned up at her workplace in Canada with one thing that will transfer her to tears. I’ve been looking for you, company investigator Andrew Medley instructed her, to provide you this. He handed her an aged pockets, which she instinctively opened, peering on the contents. That’s when Austin pulled out her personal beginning certificates, a doc the El Salvadoran girl thought was misplaced eternally. She’d come to Canada when she was only a baby, and right here have been the paperwork that obtained her there, stashed on this pockets that she realised had belonged to her mom. Tearing up, she promptly introduced the leather-based as much as her nostril to breathe within the household historical past.

Medley had been looking out a rest room for clues when he dug out the pockets jammed into the wall. He took it again to his lodge room and started a facet quest to seek out the proprietor, reaching out to Austin and her mom on Fb to no avail. The US man had to return to Detroit however figured he’d make one final effort, noticing Austin’s office was listed on her LinkedIn profile. Her mom had saved these mementoes for a purpose, Medley shrugged to the CBC, and he figured it was well worth the effort to return it. Austin was moved. Immigrants typically depart all these necessary issues behind, she stated, and to have a “piece of our historical past again” was lovely. She applauded Medley too, saying it’s a reminder that “individuals are nonetheless ok” to do one thing for nothing, simply because the individual will respect it.

Hoping you are able to do likewise as we speak.

SAY WHAT?

I assumed there was one thing uniquely sick in Germany’s tradition for that nation to fall for the Nazis. Now I see our Greens and really feel disgrace.

Andrew Bolt

The conservative columnist dabbles in a spot of Godwin’s Regulation, a corollary of which states that if you must invoke Hitler and the Nazis, you’ve misplaced the argument.

CRIKEY RECAP

Profiteering is driving inflation, says former ACCC head. And right here’s the onerous proof

Professor Allan Fels in 2012 (Picture: AAP/Alan Porritt)

“What have been the worst sectors? Aviation (most likely the one business the place even revenue denialists admit gouging has pushed inflation), banking, baby care, electrical energy (underneath the failed current regulatory regime that permits gouging to happen) and meals and groceries.

“All of these sectors are marked by excessive ranges of focus, which Fels argues should be addressed by way of substantial reforms to competitors regulation — which permits worth gouging if it doesn’t fall into particular classes of anti-competitive conduct — and extra powers for the ACCC to research, title and disgrace, and prosecute worth gougers.”

Might the Supreme Courtroom deflate the Donald?

“Nonetheless, it doesn’t specify what rebellion is, and that leaves a whole lot of wiggle room. Trump wasn’t really on the head of the January 6 mob — that will have meant strolling someplace — and he didn’t explicitly urge them to try to violently cease the method of presidency.

“There’s no proof both that he actively conspired with the well-developed if addled plans by teams such because the Proud Boys to grab Congress and name for wider rebellion.”

An Aussie popstar’s Liz Truss fail-fest cameo, and a shock push for governor-general

Liz Truss, who will go down in historical past as a girl who held on to the workplace of UK prime minister for a interval that was dwarfed by the shelf lifetime of a head of lettuce, has launched a brand new group to reinvigorate conservative politics — and that’s not even the humorous half.

“It’s known as PopCon, quick for Standard Conservatism and it splintered on the *first* occasion it held, with two of the billed audio system merely not exhibiting up. That’s sort of the humorous half, exhibiting Truss is in some way nonetheless enhancing her expertise in self-destruction, a kind of Novak Djokovic of failure.”

READ ALL ABOUT IT

EU launches authorized motion towards Hungary’s ‘sovereignty’ regulation (Al Jazeera)

Israel-Gaza warfare: Hamas responds to ceasefire supply with 135-day truce plan (BBC)

How a botched impeachment laid naked a GOP Home that can’t perform (CNN)

Haley vows to remain in race following embarrassing Nevada defeat (Reuters)

Taylor Swift is threatening authorized motion towards a pupil monitoring her non-public jet (euronews)

Cameron Ortis, ex-[Royal Canadian Mounted Police] official responsible of leaking secrets and techniques, sentenced to 14 years in jail (CBC)

For first time in 20 years, U.S. buys extra from Mexico than China (The New York Instances) ($)

THE COMMENTARIAT

Girls have been gaslit for thus lengthy they now not consider their very own acheKaty Corridor (The SMH): “Ask any girl, and both they or somebody they know has skilled this. They current to medical professionals with the hope of getting their ache recognized and handled, solely to be despatched away with a way of uncertainty and confusion. Typically it’s huge — having interval ache so extreme it feels as in the event you may black out being described as ‘simply a part of being a girl’, solely to be recognized as endometriosis years later. However it may be small, too — a pharmacist recommending you strive yoga to deal with migraines as an alternative of taking the medication prescribed by a physician, or a nurse asking in the event you’ve tried taking Panadol while you current to a hospital emergency division in searing agony.

“Via all of this, we’re good sports activities. We get blood checks and take out non-public medical health insurance protection we will barely afford. We stare on the ceiling whereas mendacity on examination tables and undergo being poked and prodded, hoping that the reply to why our physique has chosen to betray us or to be disobedient will be simply discovered. We enrol in yoga lessons and stifle the urge to scream when requested silly questions. We are saying thanks and settle for what we’re instructed (or not instructed), e book within the follow-up appointment and stroll again into the world as if none of it has occurred.”

How wage rises will change tremendous guidelines — once moreJames Kirby (The Australian) ($): “A raft of wage rises throughout the financial system is about to alter tremendous settings once more, and wage earners are lastly going to get a break with the annual quantity you’ll be able to put into tremendous pre-tax set to elevate for the primary time in three years. After stronger wage inflation figures this monetary 12 months, business analysts now calculate on July 1 the annual pre-tax (concessional) tremendous cap will rise from $27,500 to $30,000. The change is because of inflation indexing. The brand new setting will carry the quantity a wage earner can put into tremendous earlier than tax again the place it was eight years in the past when the Coalition minimize tremendous contribution tax breaks.

“Individually, the upper tremendous ‘contributions cap’ may have a knock-on impact on so-called submit tax (or non-concessional) contribution caps, which can routinely elevate on the identical time — the brand new cap is anticipated to be $120,000 a 12 months, up from $110,000. For as soon as, the change means youthful salary-earning Australians get an improved tremendous setting. Nevertheless, it’s anticipated latest CPI actions suggest there can be no change for older Australians hoping for expansions within the quantity you’ll be able to have underpinning a tax-free earnings in tremendous. That cap is anticipated to stay unchanged at $1.9 million. Why a elevate in contribution caps however not within the tax-free thresholds? The reply is linked to the over-engineered tax preparations in tremendous the place contributions caps are linked to wage inflation, particularly the AWOTE (Common Weekly Atypical Time Earnings) and tax-free thresholds are linked to the extra extensively used Shopper Worth Inflation measure…”

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