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    Education boss earning $355K despite suspension that cost Trad her job
    December 9, 2020

    The purpose of the meeting was to see if Ms Cook could “hold her own” because Ms Trad was “not the easiest personality”.

    Neither Ms Trad nor Ms Cook knew the purpose of the meeting, but a different candidate was offered the job after the meeting.

    Ms Trad, who lost her seat in Parliament at the October election, did not commit a crime or show “dishonest or corrupt intent”, the CCC concluded.

    The 175-page report was scathing of Education Department public servants’ actions, revealing poor record-keeping, falsified documents and misinformation provided to the media.

    It was referred to Queensland’s public sector watchdog, which outsourced the investigation into the public servants who falsified and deleted documents as part of the botched…

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    Education boss earning $355K despite suspension that cost Trad her job

    The Age Wednesday, 9 December 2020 (about an hour ago)
    Jeff Hunt was stood aside in May but has continued to be paid while he is investigated.

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    and who is surprised ???

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    the pack of sooks are over here

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    CFMEU accused of obscene rant at female adviser
    David Marin-Guzman
    David Marin-Guzman
    Workplace correspondent
    Dec 10, 2020 – 4.40pm


    The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union faces court action after one of its officials allegedly called a female safety adviser a "f---ing dog c--t" and then barked at her while blocking a concrete pour at a Gold Coast apartment project.

    The Australian Building and Construction Commission has accused two Queensland officials, Luke Gibson and Andrew Blakely, of unlawfully entering RawCorp's $6 million apartment site at Labrador in April and physically blocking concrete trucks and delaying pours for hours.

    CFMEU Queensland organiser Luke Gibson allegedly engaged in "obscene and derogatory abuse". Supplied

    The legal action comes as the Morrison government passed laws on Wednesday, with Labor backing, that will allow the CFMEU's mining and manufacturing divisions to split on grounds the rest of the union is breaching workplace laws.

    At the Gold Coast apartment block, in response to some concrete workers asking him to move, Mr Gibson allegedly told them "hit me. F----g hit me. Come on, f-----g hit me, you weak c---ts."

    When the site's female health and safety consultant approached the head of RawCorp to say she would go to meet the police, Mr Gibson heard the conversation and allegedly told her "Go on, off you go, you f---ing dog c---t, go get your police". He then allegedly made a sound like a dog barking.

    He called her a "f---ing dog c---t" at least two more times that day, according to court documents.

    When police arrived both officials immediately left the site. But after the police left Mr Gibson returned and continued to block the concrete trucks for another 30 minutes.

    Before the officials moved to block the concrete pour Mr Gibson had been in a discussion with the safety consultant about the static line set up to feed concrete from street level to the first floor of the project.

    He was allegedly "loud and aggressive" and told her that RawCorp was a "f---ing disgrace" and "does not care for its workers".

    The officials face claims of hindering and obstructing persons on site in breach of the Fair Work Act.

    The ABCC also alleges that Mr Gibson engaged in "obscene and derogatory abuse" towards the safety consultant and so acted in an "improper manner" in breach of right of entry requirements.

    The CFMEU, which is accused of being liable for the officials' conduct, could face fines of up to $63,000 per breach and its organisers $12,600 per breach.

    The ABCC has also sought personal payment orders against the officials so that the CFMEU cannot reimburse them directly or indirectly for any fines.

    Even after the builder called police the officials continued to stand behind the trucks, the Federal Circuit Court claim says.

    The CFMEU is engulfed in a civil war, with heads of mining and manufacturing, Tony Maher, and Michael O'Connor, accusing the construction division of bullying and seeking to dominate the smaller divisions.

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    In November, Mr Maher, from the mining and energy division, resigned as national president saying that the CFMEU was "impossibly divided."

    Mr O'Connor, from the manufacturing division, also quit in November as national secretary declaring that the union was now "totally dysfunctional."

    The government's bill to allow the demerger of unions was a product of talks between Mr Maher and federal Attorney-General Christian Porter, who is also industrial relations minister.

    The bill promises to further isolate CFMEU unionist John Setka and his construction union.

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    *** "does not care for its workers".***

    having been trying to tell folks that for more than 15 years

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    That is sad, you should all care for your workers

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    Annastacia Palaszczuk in taxpayer-funded ad blitz before election
    Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk spokesperson said it was ‘absolutely vital for us to ensure Queenslanders have up-to-date health advice and clear information about restrictions’. Picture: Alix Sweeney
    Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk spokesperson said it was ‘absolutely vital for us to ensure Queenslanders have up-to-date health advice and clear information about restrictions’. Picture: Alix Sweeney
    10:30PM JANUARY 1, 2021214 COMMENTS
    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s department paid an advertising agency $6.9m to spruik the government’s economic recovery plan and spread COVID-19 health messages in the two months before the October election.

    Contract disclosures reveal the Department of Premier and Cabinet spent a total of $11.8m with MediaCom on COVID-related advertising between late March and September.

    Seven separate contracts worth almost $7m were awarded to the Queensland company in July, August and early September, ahead of Ms Palaszczuk’s October 31 re-election.


    Three new Vic cases as Sydney masks up
    After her victory, she said the result was proof that Queenslanders had endorsed her tough border closures and ability to keep them safe during the pandemic.

    The most lucrative contracts included $1.2m for “media services for stage two of economic recovery” advertisements in June, and $4.7m for MediaCom on August 16 for “media services for public health messaging and to inform Queenslanders of the state’s recovery plan”.

    It followed $54,000 paid to MediaCom in mid-July to develop print media advertisements to “inform Queenslanders on the plan for economic recovery”.

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    After Treasurer Cameron Dick launched the economic recovery plan in September – and announced the government would borrow an extra $4bn to pay for its election promises – he brandished the document regularly, rarely appearing without it at press conferences and media appearances.

    Queensland has strict rules against spending taxpayer money on electioneering.

    Asked how Queenslanders could be confident that the advertising was purely for public health purposes, and not for political benefit in an election year, a spokesman for Ms Palaszczuk said it was “absolutely vital for us to ensure Queenslanders have up-to-date health advice and clear information about restrictions”.

    “Our ability to communicate effectively to Queenslanders has been crucial to our health response to COVID-19,” he said.

    “Ensuring Queenslanders know about the support available from the government will continue to be an important part of our economic recovery.”

    He said the federal government spent $128m on advertising in 2019-20 and the former Newman LNP state government had spent $100m on advertising, scoping studies, and other costs for its Strong Choices asset sales program between 2012 and 2015.

    But LNP Opposition deputy leader David Janetzki said Labor had used Queensland taxpayers as a “cash cow” during the election campaign.

    “Spending millions for political gain disguised as public health spending is profoundly cynical,” he said. “Other political parties were forced to follow strict election spending caps but Labor bent the rules to suit themselves.”

    New electoral expenditure rules, which came into effect at the October election, capped spending for political parties standing in all 93 electorates at $8.6m, with $58,000 extra for each endorsed candidate.

    In August, The Australian revealed the government had quietly relaxed rules banning most government advertising within six months of an election.

    Under new guidelines published in late 2019, advertising “should cease when caretaker period commences” unless there is an urgent emerging issue, the material addresses a social-education issue (such as road safety or health), or it communicates information such as train timetable changes.

    Government advertising campaigns ahead of the election focused heavily on the government’s signature infrastructure project, the $5.4bn Cross River Rail public transport tunnel, which is under construction and featured on highway billboards, glossy letterbox drops, and in other ads.

    There was also a surge in advertisements promoting the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, and social media material – circulated by Ms Palaszczuk and branded with just her name – disseminating COVID-19 messaging.

    Sarah Elks is the Queensland political reporter for The Australian, and has worked for the paper in Sydney, Cairns – as north Queensland correspondent – and now Brisbane. Sarah has covered natural disasters, th... Read more

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    ' care-taker period' surely you jest

    the period the government started caring was the 12th of never and immediately was postponed indefinitely

    remember the ALP is the mouthpiece of the union officials .. so apart from prompt payment of fees they don't care about much except power and themselves

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    bring back campbell fix the qld bankrupt state up..

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    Vote One Nation. The only party that actually cares.....about Australians.

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    Newman would be crazy to do anything with the LNP again would Newman join another group

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    Australias future has never been more bleak including the dark days of the depression and WW2 , youth unemployment is well over 60% and most home loans and debts will never be repaid , federal debt is totally out of control last year it already required half of our total GDP just to service interest repayments . In a few months time the corporate welfare and dole money will run out and unemployment in Australia will spiral out of control .

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    just print more money

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    Queensland's $5.6b Future Fund might just be interest-only
    Mark Ludlow
    Mark LudlowQueensland bureau chief
    Jan 11, 2021 – 12.01am


    The Palaszczuk government's $5.6 billion Future Fund – established to tackle Queensland's debt which is due to top $130 billion over the next four years – will be mostly used to pay the $3 billion annual interest bill.

    While Treasurer Cameron Dick has promised the long-awaited fund will be created by the end of this financial year, it remains unclear how much debt the fund will actually pay off.

    Treasurer Cameron Dick said Queensland's debt was not as bad as NSW or Victoria. Attila Csaszar

    But a Queensland Treasury spokesman has confirmed the returns from the investments – which will be made by the state-owned Queensland Investment Corporation – will be high enough to pay for the "cost of the state's debt".

    Queensland avoided a credit rating downgrade after December's state budget, despite the sharp rise in debt which was mirrored by a similar rise in NSW, Victoria and the Morrison government following the recession caused by the pandemic.

    The Queensland Future Fund was announced in December 2019 by former treasurer Jackie Trad as a vehicle to help reduce the state's debt which was rapidly climbing before COVID-19.

    The fund will be managed by QIC, which already manages the state's defined-benefits superannuation scheme for its public servants.

    The Future Fund – touted as a way to invest money which would then be used to pay debt – was due to start with initial funding of $5 billion. This would include $2 billion from the government's existing debt retirement plan and $1 billion from the surplus in the defined-benefits scheme.

    It will also include the Palazczuk government's equity stake in Virgin Australia as well as the Titles Registry Office.

    Complicated transfer
    In budget estimates in December, Mr Dick dodged questions from Liberal National Party deputy leader and shadow treasurer David Janetzki on the expected rate of return from the Future Fund.

    The Treasurer said the delay in the creation of the fund was due to the "complicated" transfer of the Titles Registry, but he said he had full confidence in QIC being able to deliver the "best possible returns for Queenslanders".

    QIC chief executive Damien Frawley told budget estimates any projected returns from the Future Fund, which would invest in a "diversified portfolio" of assets, was commercial-in-confidence.

    "We do not disclose the negotiations or the expected returns for our clients at all, be that government clients or non-government clients," Mr Frawley said.

    Amid growing concerns about the level of secrecy about the Future Fund, a Queensland Treasury spokesman said the fund would be used to help pay the interest costs from state debt which is due to reach $3 billion a year.

    "The fund will target a long-term rate of return that exceeds the state’s cost of debt," the spokesman said.

    "Fund performance will be reported in Queensland Treasury’s annual report. Once established the fund will be managed independently by QIC and they will invest in a diversified portfolio. Any further asset transfers are a matter for future government consideration."

    Appease ratings agencies
    The move to create the Future Fund was partly due to appease credit ratings agencies that were keeping a close eye on the state's deteriorating finances.

    Queensland lost its AAA credit rating in 2009, but with escalating debt and falling revenue, Mr Dick warned when handing down the December budget a further downgrade was not out of the question.

    Moody's and Standard & Poor's subsequently reaffirmed their stable outlook for the Queensland budget.

    The Treasury spokesman said ratings agencies had been consulted over the development of the fund.

    "The Queensland Future Fund is a clear demonstration to ratings agencies that Queensland has a measured and responsible plan to address state debt," the spokesman said.

    The State Actuary confirmed that as of June 2020 the defined benefits scheme had an accrued surplus of $3.573 billion, with the Palaszczuk government committing to not taking out more than surplus funds for the Future Fund.

    In a statement to The Australian Financial Review, Mr Dick said Queensland was in a much better position than NSW and Victoria when it came to debt.

    "The latest report from the State Actuary demonstrates, under the Palaszczuk government, Queensland is the only state in Australia with a fully funded defined benefit superannuation liability, as well as having much lower debt than New South Wales and Victoria, and lower state taxes," he said.

    "In their recent budget, the Berejiklian government delayed their plans to fully fund the NSW superannuation liability by another decade to 2040, at the same time as increasing debt levels well beyond the level of Queensland."

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    The day the Chinese add iron ore and LNG to the list of banned Australian exports the Australian economy is cooked , the only upside i can see is Australia is no longer wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on Chinese immigration and educating Chinese students. .

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    unlikely the Chinese will do a blanket ban on Australian iron ore

    look at the major holders in GRR and MGX , i suspect they might get (nit) picky and make life difficult to some , but India might buy if the prices are cheaper , Mexico is doing some manufacturing as well if Brazil doesn't bounce back soon , they might want soon iron ore as well

    China might try a strategic limit on iron purchases , but would that be a disaster , we need more trading partners and needed them 10 years ago

    there MIGHT be other listed ( and unlisted ) miners where Chinese holders have a big slice ( or hold a significant amount of company debt )

    last i heard Ms Rinehart ships mainly to South Korea , but other players might be worried

    now LNG could be an entirely different target , last i heard Qatar had plenty of gas and was willing to sell it

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    now Chinese avoiding our universities and colleges THAT may hit us in the knee-caps

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    the Chinese will be the biggest economy on earth in a few years time , Australia is a fly on one of their many turds.

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    but India is liable to overtake them within 50 years and Australia will miss that alliance as well

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