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    Melbourne is most liveable city for gang members and bully unionists
    The Australian12:00AM January 6, 2018
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    GRACE COLLIER
    ColumnistMelbourne
    @MsGraceCollier

    Melbourne has no Gold Coast-style beaches, no Sydney-style harbour and no opera house; it only has everything else. Presumably this is why Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city for seven years in a row.

    Unfortunately, it also has African crime gangs — you know the ones, the ones that for so long, ­apparently, didn’t exist.

    In this town, many people ­regard Victoria Police as a ­pathetic disgrace. Our state politicians are no better. Victorians are caught between the organised criminals and the disorganised wimps. Crime is a useful weapon in the war between the two sides, and in the middle lies the innocent citizen, often dressed in all black.

    People who take their shoes off at the cricket or say something stupid and racist to someone on public transport will be arrested quick smart. Then the police are likely to leak the story to the media so the perpetrator can be publicly humiliated as well.

    The police media team loves to tweet and brag about the arrests of ordinary people committing petty crimes.

    Meanwhile real criminals, such as violent gang members and union-affiliated “community activists” (people who sit in the middle of the road blocking the driveway of a business) don’t seem to get ­arrested at all. And if they do, the judges don’t impose sentences on them that are in line with community expectations.

    Too soon they are back on the street, making nuisances of themselves, disrupting people’s lives and commerce.

    The existence of the African gangs has been denied for years while the evidence grew and grew. The definition of a gang has been debated and, bizarrely, this debate is ongoing even now. For the typical nanny state dunderhead, it as though there is a formal registered list of gangs somewhere, in some government department, and the African crime gang is not on it.

    The African gang members haven’t completed their certificate three in accredited crime gang training, they don’t have their gang licences, they haven’t paid their gang registration fee, don’t hold their gang blue cards, their gang photo ID, therefore it cannot be comprehended that they are a gang carrying out gang activity.

    If it weren’t so serious, you’d die laughing. Still, better to die laughing than be cut in half by a ­machete in the middle of the night, I suppose.

    Road blockades by “concerned community members” receive police sanction, no matter how much economic damage they cause. There was one just before Christmas that went on for two weeks. A casual worker on the waterfront couldn’t achieve the ­legally required security clearance and was refused any further shifts. Soon after a car was parked across the driveway of the business ­concerned. No one could get in or out, produce sat there, business was suspended.

    Police simply took a comfortable seat close by and observed the blockade, which consisted of a half-dozen men sitting on plastic chairs, staring at their phones and chatting.

    As long as the people conducting blockades are not violent and don’t say anything racist, the police sit by and watch. Instead of clearing the road so there is safe passage for business, the police allow people to illegally block the road indefinitely, until the company involved pays the ­required bribe to the designated person, while the police look the other way.

    This is what happened in the blockade before Christmas. To end the picket, the company ­involved is paying an undisclosed sum to the man so he can sit at home until his discrimination claim is decided in court. This will take at least three years.

    Perhaps the African gang members should subcontract their services to the criminal elements of the union movement. Sitting in the middle of the road is pretty easy work.

    There is absolutely no risk of getting arrested and, in the longer term, one could end up on the board of an industry superannuation fund or even become prime minister.

    Every time the police fail the people, confidence in public order diminishes. Sure, we are still going out to restaurants, but many of us don’t feel safe in the shops, the beach, at public events and even in our own homes. No one is immune from the threat, however remote, of spontaneous violent assault. The elderly, children, heavily pregnant women; we’ve seen them run down in broad daylight and ­viciously beaten.

    It is past time that someone says this: Victoria is failing its citizens.

    Australians love their big government so much. We’ve been sold on the idea that someone else will pay loads of tax so we can take the benefits. Well, where is your big government now, Melbourne, when your driveway is blocked and you can’t run your business, or when you’re at home at night, lying nervously in bed?

    To be thankful for small mercies, at least we don’t have the draconian and idiotic anti-drinking laws that exist in NSW — our ­organised crime bosses would never allow it.

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    Yes, Melbourne gets the medal for accepting African violence....But even in Perth we have a fair share of their animal antics. I am all for them being taken to half-way across the Indian ocean and handing out a few GPS's....so they know where the murderous sand-dump is where they came from..and they can start swimming.....No sympathy from me or anyone else I know....The sooner this issue leaves our shores the better.....Pauline Hanson and Bernardi should remember that simple fact. We citizens have had enough of this despicable cultural experiment gone very very bad.....and we want it ended - NOW. We know the two major parties will play their way out of traitorous conduct. What we need is conservative parties to fix it. That would be you - Pauline and Cory.....If you won't - you will lose many many thousand of votes......Simple as that. The problem is not yours - but the solution is....and we want a permanent solution......we the people....the voters. Want real Australian politicians - to fix this nightmare that Labor and the Liberals created.

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    garbonzo, I know plenty of Africans who are educated hardworking decent people , the marijuana war that our generation wrongly supported is the reason why there are high levels of rampant out of control criminal activity . Criminals are all the same regardless of race or skin colour . LMFAO i find it amusing that inbred cowardly liberals that imported these people to undermine Australians rights to be employed are now shit scared of a handful of African gang members.

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    I know plenty to Krueger but what Gabonzo is saying is kick out the ones making trouble and you will fix the problem and deter others from doing the same.
    the problem is a lot worse then the media is allowing us to hear.
    The town of Tamworth kicked out 14 Sudanese Family's for causing problems including rape , break enters ,
    so the towns people ran them out...and also attacked Tony Windsor's electoral office because of it,
    Black Africans wont assimilate anywhere except Africa because all they know is Violence.
    THEY COME FROM SHIT HOLES TO TRY AND CREATE ANOTHER SHIT HOLE.

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    I have heard that solicitors are successfully arguing not to deport foreign criminals who are in Australia on visas ?? the government are very adept at ignoring the law when it suits them, it is simple lose their paperwork and deport them.

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    why would they kick out the ones they allowed in ...makes them look silly....like allowing 41 ISSL Fighters back in after they went to the middle east to shoot at our soldiers....I mean really This country is a Fucking Joke and the Cunts running it need court marshalling they are scum.

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    Unions are what shaped our nation.. picket lines, blood and guts...when a workers rights meant something.
    u could walk in any direction and find a job. we were once proud and mateship was strong. I was born in Ballarat where a clip on the ears and a kick up the arse meant something. Well, those days are long gone... Fuck the World....I'm sure that when my time comes it will be a far better place I go to than the one I leave behind.

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    ld budget: Treasurer Jackie Trad vows to 'borrow to build' as debt tops $83b
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    Jackie Trad: "We are borrowing to build the infrastructure we need. We are limiting our borrowing to the things that are ...
    Jackie Trad: "We are borrowing to build the infrastructure we need. We are limiting our borrowing to the things that are critical." Robert Shakespeare
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    Queensland's total debt is set to increase by $13.6 billion over the next four years to a staggering $83.1 billion as the Palaszczuk Labor government borrows to fund its election commitments and to cater for a growing population which last month topped 5 million.

    In a move similar to federal Treasurer Scott Morrison and escalating Commonwealth debt, Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad has pushed aside any serious attempt to tackle Queensland's burgeoning debt – which is the worst of any state or territory – and is banking on Queenslanders being comfortable with the choice to borrow more to build roads, bridges and hospitals for the fast-growing state.

    "Our budget and debt needs to be considered in the overall context of building the infrastructure and creating jobs and driving economic growth for the future. That's what we're focused on," Ms Trad said in a wide-ranging interview with AFR Weekend ahead of Tuesday's budget.

    "We are borrowing to build the infrastructure we need. We are limiting our borrowing to the things that are critical. You can't consider debt outside of the context of our economy generally. That $83 billion has to be seen in the context of how big our economy is going to be in 2021-22. We know that unless we actually make the investment in infrastructure, the programs and the services, that growth isn't going to be there."

    Queensland is borrowing to build its big-ticket infrastructure programs like the upgrade to the M1 to the Gold Coast
    Queensland is borrowing to build its big-ticket infrastructure programs like the upgrade to the M1 to the Gold Coast 7 News Queensland
    Ahead of handing down her first budget, Ms Trad also ruled out any new taxes, saying the four new taxes announced days before last November's state election campaign – which hits foreign buyers of property, wealthy car owners and gaming companies – as well as the reintroduced waste levy would be the only ones featured in the 2018-19 budget.

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    The Left factional heavyweight has also promised to keep a lid on employee expenses which have grown steadily under the Labor administration, saying it would be kept in line with population growth at 1.7 per cent.

    But the spiralling debt is expected to raise further questions about the economic credentials of the Palaszczuk Labor government, which has been hampered by its decision to rule out any asset sales to help fund much-needed infrastructure programs, which is what happened in NSW.

    Queensland is borrowing to build its big-ticket infrastructure programs like the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail and upgrades to the M1 to the Gold Coast, as part of a $43 billion infrastructure program over the next four years.

    In December after the mid-year budget update, Ms Trad said she would deliver "strong measures" to reduce overall debt which had been heading towards the $80 billion mark under successive Labor and Liberal National Party governments. But the figures to be released in next week's budget show the state's total debt burden is set to escalate to $83.1 billion by 2021-22.

    This is $2.3 billion higher than the $80.8 billion forecast in the mid-year budget update in December. The interest bill alone by 2021-22 will be $3.7 billion, including $1.5 billion in the general government sector.

    Ms Trad, who took control of the economic portfolio from former treasurer Curtis Pitt in December to reshape the state's economic narrative, played down the higher debt, saying Queensland's borrowings compared to economic growth was only 10 per cent, which was much lower than the federal government (30 per cent) and total debt was lower than projections under the former Newman Liberal National Party government.

    "The choice we have made is to manage debt responsibly, or do what the LNP did in 2012 and 2015 which is cut, sack and sell to lessen debt. We choose to manage it responsibly within the overall context of growing the economy and creating jobs," she said.

    "The debt is growing because our economy is continuing to grow. The debt levels have stabilised and are sustainable. Our repayments in terms of our borrowing are 3 per cent [in the general government sector] and I think that's pretty competitive and it's certainly comparable to other jurisdictions".

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    UMMMmmmm ! there is a state election due in less than 4 years

    if they have spent money unwisely in the last few years , why should one feel confident about future expenditure ??

    please send cattle dogs , cane toads and fire ants, almost anything is better than the two major QLD parties

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    ueensland Budget 2018: Jackie Trad leaves a burden for future Queenslanders
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    Make no mistake, this is a big spending, big taxing and a big borrowing budget by Trad.
    Make no mistake, this is a big spending, big taxing and a big borrowing budget by Trad.
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    It's official. Queensland has given up on paying back its debt – either in the short, medium or long-term.

    Mirroring the same decision taken by federal Treasurer Scott Morrison and escalating Commonwealth debt, Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad has banked on the average Queenslander not giving a stuff about increasing debt as long as the roads, schools and hospitals are being built for a fast-growing population.

    But waving the white flag will leave a debt bomb that will come back to bite future governments and residents – a fact willingly offered by a taxi driver en route to Parliament House on Tuesday morning.

    Make no mistake, this is a big-spending, big-taxing and a big-borrowing budget.

    Jackie Trad has banked on the average voter not giving a stuff about increasing debt.
    Jackie Trad has banked on the average voter not giving a stuff about increasing debt. Robert Shakespeare
    The four new taxes dropped in a last-minute frenzy before the November election – plus the re-introduced waste levy – will raise $1.8 billion over the next four years.

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    In a blatant political decision, Trad and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk have targeted foreign property owners, wealthy car owners and gaming companies who they figure will never vote for Labor anyway.

    If the five – that's right, five – new taxes being introduced in the 2018-19 budget isn't enough to set the alarm bells ringing, the state's corporate credit card has also been hit up, with an extra $13 billion to be borrowing over the next four years, taking total debt to $83 billion by 2021-22.

    The so-called pyschological $80 billion debt mark which had loomed ominously over successive Labor and Liberal National Party governments has well and truly been smashed through by Trad.

    Complete baloney
    Trad and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk have targeted those they figure will never vote for Labor anyway.
    Trad and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk have targeted those they figure will never vote for Labor anyway.
    There has even been a $2.3 billion increase in total debt forecast in the mid-year budget update in December – just after November's election victory.

    All the talk during the election campaign by former treasurer Curtis Pitt and Palaszczuk about a comprehensive "debt reduction strategy" has been shown up for what it really was – complete baloney.

    Yes, borrowing in the general government sector has been brought under control – thanks to Under-Treasurer Jim Murphy's experienced hand – with a debt to revenue ratio of 54 per cent, down from a high of 91 per cent in 2012-13.

    But that's because all the debt has been put onto the government-owned corporations who also have to deliver $600 million a year in dividends into state coffers.

    Even Treasury officials privately note the debt situation remains "challenging".
    Even Treasury officials privately note the debt situation remains "challenging". Yongyuan Dai/IStock
    Trad points to the fact that the state-owned companies are run like commercial entities and can service the debt, but she glosses over the fact that the total debt and interest payments is still left hanging over for Queenslanders and future generations to pay back.

    Even Treasury officials privately note the debt situation in Queensland remains "challenging".

    Trad's mantra in her first budget is "borrow to build", but senior Treasury officials believe it's more like "borrow to invest", hoping a big infrastructure spend will encourage the private sector to follow suit.

    Business investment, which fell in 2016-17, has bounced back this financial year, with Treasury officials saying they noted a turnaround as soon as the Palaszczuk government announced they would go it alone on funding the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project – the state's number one infrastructure project – in Brisbane.

    The ambitious Trad was more than happy to roll the hapless Pitt as treasurer in the December reshuffle – reinforcing her and the left faction's hold on this Labor government. The PR spin was it was about ensuring the state's economic message cut through.

    But the only message to come through from Trad's first budget – one which pumps up debt and increases taxes – mirrors the former Nationals premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen catch phrase: "Don't you worry about that".

    But Queenslanders should be worried.

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    Labor building more rail infrastructure ???

    sounds like a wreck waiting happen .... or is that just more jobs for the CFMEU ( extorting the contractors )

    how is the Redcliffe line going ... running efficiently yet ???

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    Let’s just hope it’s jobs for the CFMEU at least the money will stay in this Country and at least the Contractors will be paid the award rate, and at least we won’t be giving those taxes earned to China or ASian Countries.
    Time to create jobs for our own people. Not for 547 visa workers who send 75% of all their money home and we lose all that GST revenue .

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    Shane what about letting the 457 visa holders stay? Eminates the leakage

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    Adds, don't be greedy.
    Your mates are already given a free ride , but if you've got a million or three, its a completely free ride, No Worries,
    No wonder you think we're stupid,
    I wonder how many State operatives are part of that group. I'd have a guess and say its north of 99%

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    Better Idea adds let them stay and prevent them from sending their money offshore , the same as China does to foreign workers ,that is those few they allow to work ...we need to practice what China Practices .....Protectionism ....dirty word for those who live outside. China...Thailand....Vietnam.....but great word for them.
    I agree let them stay they obviously are of good character and contributing something and they would save here if they knew they could live here...

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    I see no problem in trying to protect jobs for locals, and using foreign workers when need be. I was part of the refugee program, and so am alot different to people buying there way into Australia.

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    A better solution would be to stop 457 visas the system is corrupted and out of touch with reality.
    I know of hundreds of girls here on them working in brothels , for Asian owners .
    It’s got that far out of hand we do not even have enough immigration officers to check on them.
    Also these 457 visa applicants are processed off sure at VFS centres run by Asians ....you can buy 457 visas it’s a complete joke and insult to the Australian Tax payers.

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    The 457 visa has always been a joke, all you need to do is advertise the job in some of the top papers, you then go to the Govt and say no one suitable applied, you then get your 457, its very simple.

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    My Name is Pilots

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    RIP australia if kill bill gets in the cfmeu will run this place into the ground we are heading down the greece path

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    the LNP are doing everything in their power to ensure that Australians cant be employed , 457 visas should only apply to skill shortages all violations should be subject to harsh criminal penalties . Employing Australians created the tax base and the superannuation pool the incompetent unproductive LNP are eager to steal .

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