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    qld is a Greece all over imo

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    Even has Islands.

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    Public servants’ $1250 bonus ‘morally wrong’
    Queensland Treasurer and Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad at Partliament. Picture: Annette Dew
    Queensland Treasurer and Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad at Partliament. Picture: Annette Dew
    SARAH ELKS
    QUEENSLAND POLITICAL REPORTER
    @sarahelks

    12:00AM SEPTEMBER 23, 2019
    76 COMMENTS
    Queensland’s small business lobby has labelled Treasurer Jackie Trad’s decision to give public servants a one-off $1250 bonus, in an estimated $250m hit to the state budget bottom line, “fiscally reckless and morally wrong”.

    Ms Trad made the major announcemen­t in a press release issued on Saturday, after a full parliamentary sitting week, drawing criticism from the Liberal National­ Party opposition that the Palaszczuk government lacked courage.

    Ms Trad, also the Deputy Premier, confirmed that the government would retain its 2.5 per cent wage cap, but would offer the one-off $1250 payment for new public service industrial agreements, backdated from March 31 last year, to March 30, 2021.

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    “The governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia last month called for all levels of government to provide additional support above existing caps on wages growth to drive economic growth,” Ms Trad said in the statement.

    “The offer of a one-off payment will provide this additional economic support while maintaining the budget balance.”

    The government had already offered the one-off cash bonus to teachers and firefighters, to get those unions across the line to sign new deals.

    But Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland spokesman Dan Petrie said the plan was “fiscally reckless and morally wrong” when many of the state’s small businesses, families and farmers were battling drought.

    Mr Petrie said a better way for the state government to provide economic stimulus in line with the RBA governor’s recommenda­tion would be to fast-track spending on shovel-ready infrastruc­ture projects.

    “There’s 10 other ways you can spend $250m in Queensland, and get a much better economic outcome­, than giving it to the public service workforce, who are among the highest-paid in the OECD,” Mr Petrie said.

    Queensland public service costs are the state government’s biggest expense.

    The latest budget papers confirm that, in 2019-20, public service­ employee expenses are expected to be $25.4bn, $1.3bn or 5.4 per cent higher than in 2018-19. Employee expenses, excluding­ superannuation, account for more than 42 per cent of all state government expenses.

    Treasury warned that “a general 1 per cent increase in wage outcomes in one year would increas­e expenses by around $254m in that year”, and would compound after that.

    University of Queensland economist John Mangan told AAP that the bonus was likely to be used to pay bills and reduce credit­ card debt.

    “People will pay debt off; it’ll do nothing at all,” Professor Mangan said.

    “That’s what always happens when you get these one-off incom­e jolts. If it were a permanent pay rise, that would be a completely different thing.”

    Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mander said the government was using a “taxpayer-funded handout” to secure the public service­ vote, and criticised the timing of the announcement.

    “This is typical of the state governme­nt,” Mr Mander said. “They bring out announcements that they know may not be popular on a Saturday, and this time in the school holidays as well.

    “They need to have the ­courage to come out and back their policies if they think they’re so effective.”

    But a spokesman for Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the announcement was made “once the policy was finalised”, and was in line with recommend­ations from the RBA governor.

    He said the government had committed an extra $75m for drought assistance in this year’s budget, part of $670m Queensland had spent in drought-affect­ed communities since 2013.

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    Builder fined for refusing to engage non-union firm

    EWIN HANNAN
    WORKPLACE EDITOR
    AN HOUR AGO SEPTEMBER 25, 2019
    A Queensland construction company, its general manager and a senior employee have been penalised $38,000 for refusing to engage a steel fabrication firm because it did not have a CFMEU enterprise agreement.

    Federal Circuit Court judge Michael Jarrett imposed a $32,000 penalty on Devine Constructions for taking adverse action against Craig’s Engineering. Devine’s general manager Michael Tucker and its contracts administrator Andrew Blore were penalised $3000 each.

    Judge Jarrett ordered $19,000 of the penalties be paid to Craig’s Engineering.

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    Devine Constructions was the head contractor for the Double One 3 Apartments project in the Brisbane suburb of Teneriffe in 2013.

    A project manager emailed Devine Constructions employees, telling them not to engage contractors unless they had an agreement with the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union.

    After Craig’s Engineering submitted a tender for the structural steel works, Mr Blore told the company: “We would like you to do the job but you don’t have an EBA agreement.”

    Another company Steel Construct was invited to tender for the project and was told they “would be an easier option for us” if they had an EBA with the CFMEU.

    Another company said Steel Construct submitted a revised quotation that included extra costs “with regards to the EBA with CFMEU”. Devine awarded the contract to Steel Construct and told Craig’s Engineering it would need a signed EBA to work on the site.

    Judge Jarrett said there was no doubt Devine was faced with a difficult situation arising from the conduct of the CFMEU.

    “Mr Blore and Mr Tucker both had difficult situations facing them. The relevant conduct took place in an environment in which the CFMEU were making threats of delay and disruption and engaging in coercive conduct,’’ he said.

    “I accept…that the respondents’ conduct against Craig’s Engineering has the potential to perpetuate a culture of submission in the building and construction industry where economic duress is able to be applied to sub−contractors to force them to become covered by an enterprise agreement that also covers a union.

    “If that potential is realised, the freedom of association provisions in the Fair Work Act will be subverted.”

    In a separate judgment last week, Judge Jarrett imposed penalties totalling $35,000 on Forest Meiers Construction and its construction manager William Munro for refusing to engage tiling subcontractor C&K Tiling because it did not have an enterprise agreement with the CFMEU.

    The construction firm’s decision to discriminate against the subcontractor following a threat by the CFMEU cost the company $575,000.

    Australian Building and Construction Commissioner Stephen McBurney said the Court had reaffirmed the protections in the Fair Work Act designed to level the playing field and which recognise the choice that employers and employees have to engage with unions.

    “The offending conduct in this case prevented a tender from being considered on its merits,’’ he said. “For this project, Devine paid an increased rate to structural Steel so it could meet the rates payable under the CFMEU agreement.

    “The court concluded that such behaviour is detrimental to the industry and the community at large. It is significant that the court has ordered half the penalties be paid to the victim. This is an important measure to address discrimination and hold those who break the law to account for their unlawful conduct.”

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    FAT cats are earning up to $1.2 million a year to run Queensland’s ballooning bureaucracy, with more than a dozen departmental heads now paid more than the Premier.

    The top-paid public servant is Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) chief executive Philip Noble, who earned a $1.22 million pay package — including a $699,000 base salary and a $469,000 bonus — in 2017/18.

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    Queensland Rail boss Nick Easy earned a $755,000 salary package including base pay of $666,000 — more than Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who earns $538,460 a year.

    Police Commissioner Ian Stewart pocketed a $39,000 pay rise to earn a $508,000 base salary as part of a $614,000 package that included superannuation, a car and long service leave benefits.

    Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, Queensland Treasury Corporation chief executive Philip Noble and Queensland Rail boss Nick Easy are among the top earners.
    Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, Queensland Treasury Corporation chief executive Philip Noble and Queensland Rail boss Nick Easy are among the top earners.
    The Courier Mail’s analysis of financial records, from a document dump of 72 government reports released over the long weekend, reveals that more than a dozen public servant mandarins pocketed more than the Premier’s $400,000 base salary last financial year.

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    Dave Stewart, the director-general of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, was paid a $654,000 base salary — $254,000 more than his boss, Annastacia Palaszczuk.

    Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young scored a $67,000 pay rise to earn a $622,000 pay package, including base pay of $534,000.

    Dr Young earned even more than her boss, Health Department director-general Michael Walsh, whose $607,000 pay package included a $557,000 salary.

    Transport and Main Roads director-general Neil Scales earned a base salary of $556,000 with a $632,000 pay package — $67,000 more than his predecessor pocketed the previous year.

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    Under-Treasurer Jim Murphy.
    Under-Treasurer Jim Murphy.
    Under-Treasurer Jim Murphy was paid a $612,000 salary to run the state’s Treasury, as part of a $700,000 package.

    Housing and Public Works director-general Liza Carroll scored a $40,000 pay rise, with a $439,000 base salary within a package worth $513,000.

    The fattest salaries went to finance boffins at the QTC, where five managers were paid a total of $4 million during 2017/18 — including a $1 million pay package for Grant Bush, the managing director of funding and markets.

    The QTC annual report states that most QTC employees are sourced from financial markets so “it is crucial that QTC’s employment practices are competitive’’.

    It paid lucrative bonuses “to differentiate and reward outstanding organisational, group and individual performance’’.

    The QTC funded the state government’s $7 billion borrowing program and delivered a $94 million operating profit in 2017/18.

    But it lost $194 million managing public servants’ defined benefit superannuation scheme, which had delivered a $224 million profit the previous year.

    QTC had guaranteed Treasury an annual return of $2.1 billion on the superannuation assets under a long-term administrative arrangement, but only delivered a $1.9 billion return.

    The Palaszczuk government has hired an extra 27,500 public servants since winning power in 2015, with 267,895 workers now on the public payroll.

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    nick easy earns more than the PM the lunatics have taken over the asylum

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    Bargaining bonus: Palaszczuk offers public servants an extra $1250 on top of capped pay rise
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    The Queensland government has put a one-off $1250 bonus on the table in pay negotiations with public sector workers but is holding firm on its policy to limit pay rises to 2.5% per year.

    Senior executives will miss out on the bonus; it is only for employees up to and including Administrative Officer level 8 (AO8) or equivalent. The Palaszczuk government has decided to include it in offers across the board after it helped secure recent agreements with firefighters and teachers.

    Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace jointly announced it would be “available for new agreements finalised between 31 March 2018 and 30 March 2021” and said it was part of efforts to provide “certainty and stability in wage outcomes” with respect to the public sector.

    The ministers said the bonus would be “extended to the majority of certified agreements already settled in this bargaining round” including those covering nurses and midwives, teacher aides, school cleaners and medical officers.

    Trad, who is also Treasurer, said the one-off payment was a response to comments by Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe, who caused a stir last month when he said strict limits on public sector pay rises across the nation were a factor in the very low wage growth seen across the economy.

    “The Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia last month called for all levels of government to provide additional support above existing caps on wages growth to drive economic growth,” Trad said in a statement.

    “The offer of a one-off payment will provide this additional economic support while maintaining the budget balance.”

    University of Queensland economics professor John Mangan has been widely quoted saying the bonuses will do “nothing at all” for the economy because he thinks public servants are likely to use the money to pay off loans and credit cards. “If it were a permanent pay rise, that would be a completely different thing,” he told the Australian Associated Press. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland has called the plan fiscally reckless, deeply offensive and morally wrong in a time of drought.

    The two ministers note that over a dozen agreements are currently under negotiation, with more bargaining to begin soon, and their strict wages policy is making enterprise bargaining a struggle, much like similar strict policies in other jurisdictions.

    Negotiations over the core enterprise agreement, covering over 30,000 employees, have been referred to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission for arbitration, along with three other public sector agreements. Grace Grace still holds out hope that unions will come back to the table.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is hopeful of finalising the four matters before the QIRC without the need for an arbitrated outcome,” said the Industrial Relations Minister. “Our door remains open and we will be happy to resume negotiations with all parties.”

    Grace said the government decided the bonus payments were a winning strategy after they helped get deals with teachers and firefighters over the line.

    “The positive response to the payment in those negotiations has prompted the government to extend the offer to other agreements in the current bargaining round,” she said. “I am sure the Government’s enhanced offer will be welcomed in bargaining across the public service, especially by those on the lower pay scales.”

    The government also plans to give its employees “gender equitable access” to paid parental leave and amend public sector awards “to remove the hours-based barrier to [pay] increment progression for part-time employees”, the Deputy Premier added.

    “The changes to implement these important gender equity improvements will be made as soon as practicable,” Trad said.

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    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s crackdown on protesters upsets her comrades
    Activists from the Extinction Rebellion movement stage a mock funeral at a protest in Brisbane on Thursday. Picture: AAP
    Activists from the Extinction Rebellion movement stage a mock funeral at a protest in Brisbane on Thursday. Picture: AAP
    SARAH ELKS
    QUEENSLAND POLITICAL REPORTER
    @sarahelks

    12:00AM OCTOBER 11, 2019
    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk faces a backlash from grassroots Labor members and unions after fast-tracking a legal crackdown on protesters.

    Extinction Rebellion climate change activists again disrupted traffic in central Brisbane on Thursday, with serial protester Eric Serge Herbert locking himself onto a car and another group fastening themselves to a pink boat, blocking city streets.

    Mr Herbert was arrested for the 11th time and was expected to spend the night in Brisbane’s police watchhouse, while the four boat protesters were granted bail after being charged with breaching bail conditions and obstructing pedestrians.

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    In Melbourne, 41 people were arrested after similar protests: 22 were given penalty notices for failing to abide by a police traffic direction, while 19 were charged with intentionally obstructing an emergency services worker.

    Ms Palaszczuk announced this week she would accelerate the introduction of new laws to more harshly punish protesters who use “lock on” devices, such as pipes or 44-gallon drums full of concrete, to fix their bodies to roads and mining infrastructure.

    The move means the legislation will be passed this month, instead of early next year, and drastically shortens the parliamentary committee process that scrutinises the legislation in the state’s single-house parliament.

    Queensland Council of Unions acting general secretary and Labor member Michael Clifford — who will give evidence to the committee on Friday — told The Australian the laws could stop peaceful protests. Mr Clifford said that, if applied overzealously, the new police search powers meant tradies carrying pipes in utes could be targeted on suspicion of transporting the lock-on devices.

    “One of the reasons why it would generate a lot of heat in the Labor Party, there’s a history of protests in this party … we should be very careful when we’re talking about laws like this, we’re concerned about any laws that impinge peaceful protest,” he said.

    “It’s clearly a concern for unions (protesting) and that affiliates of ours have been raising, it’s the thin end of the wedge, once you open the door to these things, they can get worse.”

    It comes as inner-Brisbane ALP branches on social media appeared to express their discontent with the anti-protest laws.

    Annerley Labor’s Facebook page last month published the text of a resolution passed by the branch, describing as “chilling” recent mass arrests of protesters. The branch’s resolution also likens the extra police search powers included in the bill as “eerily reminiscent of the powers given to police during the (former Nationals premier Joh) Bjelke-Petersen era”.

    Ms Palaszczuk, who this week said she protested as a university student, has denied the laws would impinge on the rights of protesters to peacefully assemble, and were necessary to protect police who needed to cut activists out of the lock-on devices.

    SARAH ELKSQUEENSLAND POLITICAL REPORTER
    Sarah Elks is the Queensland political reporter for The Australian. She began her career working for the newspaper in Sydney, before moving back to her home state of Queensland. After a stint in Cairns as the N... Read more

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    Who voted liberals......🤔

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    Sack the boss....

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    *** Who voted liberals....***

    probably half the ALP

    especially those with a SMSF

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    *** Who voted liberals....***

    EVERY one who's held a SMSF.

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    I did pilots

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    ** I did pilots **

    O_O

    hopefully all your assets are in offshore accounts ( like Malcolm Turnbull )

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    No I pay tax in Aussie. My superfund has a lot of assets

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    Trump loses the mandate of heaven.....

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    not for long if Labour gets in

    Bill and associates have already fired a warning shot , if Albo doesn't win the next election he will be dropped like a school-case ( otherwise he would have been ALP leader before Rudd , Gillard and Shorten , he has been sitting on the reserve bench for over decade )

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    Here in WA neither Labor or the Liberals can get water down here from up north......Excuses are like assholes, and nearly every member of state and federal parliament - has two. We just can't seem to do it.

    I want to show you what one Japanese did in Afghanistan - with lots of help from the locals.....

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/2058552/

    Hmmm....now imagine a large canal system running from the Kimberley down thru the Mid-West, Perth, and into the deep south of WA.....and that system splitting off to turn the desert into viable farmlands.....along the way.....But we are too dumb and stupid to do that.....Much easier to let the Chinese and everyone else dig big holes in the ground.....

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    Reminds me of Lordi.....But you are right mental dwarfs....and I raise you - traitors....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwQ2naf5wl0

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