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PM flags crackdown on 'selfish' activists

NSW Police Force Let Down by Serious Misconduct Actions of Two Officers

LNP vow to beat drought with $15 billion dam proposal

PM warns range of 'hostile actors' pose threat to Australia's democracy

Aged care system a 'shocking tale of neglect'

First Look at Western Sydney International Terminal

Sydney’s South on the Move with the new M6

More international students to head to WA

First home buyer scheme to work under ‘first in, best dressed’ model

Keating urges govt to abandon plans to deliver a budget surplus

Migrants help build a better Australia for all of us, says PM Morrison welcome

Sydney's air quality reaches 'hazardous' as bushfires burn across the state

First Cash to Flow to Help Fix Local Roads




PM flags crackdown on 'selfish' activists

2/11/2019

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Brisbane - M E Times Int'l: Scott Morrison has signalled a crackdown on "selfish, indulgent and apocalyptic" environmental activists.

In a speech to the Queensland Resources Council on Friday, the prime minister will urge companies to ignore rowdy protesters waging "economic sabotage".

Instead, Mr Morrison wants businesses to listen to their "quiet shareholders".

After a week of anti-coal demonstrations in Melbourne that were marred by violence, the prime minister will warn activists are "testing the limits" of their right to protest.

"Let me assure you this is not something my government intends to allow to go unchecked," Mr Morrison will say.

"Together with the attorney-general, we are working to identify mechanisms that can successfully outlaw these indulgent and selfish practices that threaten the livelihoods of fellow Australians."

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NSW Police Force Let Down by Serious Misconduct Actions of Two Officers

The actions of two NSW Police Officers found to have engaged in serious misconduct after being investigated by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission for racially abusing and belittling two Afghan Australian women in Western Sydney have undermined the hard work done by the NSW Police Force and its 17,000 officers across New South Wales.

People throughout the Afghan Australian community and throughout other multicultural communities are rightly distressed and deeply disappointed by the footage of the incident in question that has aired in the media.

Labor Shadow Minister for Police Lynda Voltz has contacted NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller to emphasise the distress this incident had caused, particularly to multicultural communities across NSW.

The NSW Police Commissioner has expressed his disappointment to Ms Voltz and acknowledged community concerns about the incident.

NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay said: “This is not good enough. These officers have let the police force down badly.”

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“We need to maintain the trust of the police within our multicultural communities and frankly behaviour like this undermines the good work done by Police Officers across NSW”

“People who come to Australia to live do so because they know we are a country of respect and tolerance. Let's make sure we keep it that way” Ms McKay said.

NSW Labor Shadow Minister for Police Lynda Voltz said: “Unfortunately the actions of these two police officers have the potential to undermine confidence in the hard work NSW police officers do every day.”

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“However, the community should have full confidence that any allegations of misconduct by police officers will be independently investigated by both the NSW Police and by the LECC.”

Labor Assistant Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism Jihad Dib said: “Our Police have a tough enough job as it is without being undermined by the actions of these particular officers.”

“This was a frightening and humiliating experience for these two women from officers who are entrusted to do better than they did.”

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LNP vow to beat drought with $15 billion dam proposal

Queensland's opposition leader Deb Frecklington has announced a multi-billion dollar water scheme to drought-proof the state. The Hell’s Gate Dam proposal is estimated to cost $15 billion over the next 10 years. “Under the LNP’s plan, the height of the Hell’s Gate Dam would be almost doubled,” Ms Frecklington told the Courier Mail. Ms Frecklington said the proposal would be the beginning of the “New Bradfield Scheme”.

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PM warns range of 'hostile actors' pose threat to Australia's democracy

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned a range of ''hostile actors'' are intent on undermining our democracy, particularly when it comes to terrorism and online threats. Speaking on Wednesday, the prime minister was met with applause as he outlined the work of Australia's law enforcement agencies, particularly when it came to combating terrorism. Mr Morrison said while terrorism could not be eliminated, it could be mitigated by identifying home-grown terror cells, lone wolves and foreign fighters. In his speech at the annual Tom Hughes Oration, Mr Morrison said "our security agencies have disrupted 16 major terrorist plots on our soil". To bolster cyber security, the government said it intended to introduce legislation early next year, intending to stop the live-streaming of child abuse or torture on the dark web, as well as protect critical infrastructure like banks and the stock exchange against cyber attacks from foreign state actors.

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Aged care system a 'shocking tale of neglect'

Australia's aged care system tells a "shocking tale of neglect", according to an interim report from the Royal Commission. Shocking cases of mistreatment have been uncovered so far, with the commission demanding urgent action to support vulnerable Australians. Royal commissioners said aged care services are underfunded, mostly poorly-managed, and fail to meet the needs of older citizens in the delivery of safe and quality care. The scathing report also found Australia is unkind and uncaring towards older people.

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First Look at Western Sydney International Terminal

Australia has been given its first look at Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport with today’s release of the first design images.

The design is the next step in Western Sydney International taking shape, with major earthworks set to commence next year that will lead to the construction of runways, roads, rail and the terminal.

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Successful architectural team Zaha Hadid Architects, and Australian architects, Cox Architecture won the honour to design the terminal precinct following a competitive process which generated more than 40 design entrants. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the designs showed the once-in-a-generation infrastructure project coming to life.

“This is set to be the largest gateway to Australia and these designs are another step to making it a reality,” the Prime Minister said.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said designing and constructing a terminal capable of catering for 10 million passengers annually was a significant challenge.

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Sydney’s South on the Move with the new M6

Connecting one of the missing links in Sydney’s motorway network is a step closer to delivering benefits to the residents and businesses of Sydney’s south and the Illawarra.

Companies starts vying to build the underground motorway from Arncliffe to Kogarah, now known as M6 Stage 1, can express their interest in a project expected to create 5,300 jobs throughout its life.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the M6 Stage 1 would make journeys easier and safer by avoiding roads such as President Avenue and The Grand Parade – and save motorists up to 15 minutes in traffic.

 “Once complete, the new M6 will provide significant time travel savings for Sydney’s south and the Illawarra. More than 2,000 trucks a day will be removed from local streets and 23 sets of traffic lights bypassed,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Roads Minister Andrew Constance said the M6 Stage 1 would provide relief for  motorists around Kogarah and Brighton-le-Sands.

It is expected that a contract will be awarded in December 2020, construction will begin by early 2022 and open to motorists by the end of 2025.

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More international students to head to WA

Western Australia is set to become a more attractive destination for international students after changes to visa and migration settings.

The federal government has reinstated Perth's status as a 'region' for international students, coming into effect on November 16.

The change allows international students to access incentives to undertake their studies in Perth.

"Perth will be an option for international students, as they will now be eligible for an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa," Federal Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said.

"That additional year of post-study work will not only benefit students with work experience, income, and post-study financial stability, but also help drive stronger economic growth."

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First home buyer scheme to work under ‘first in, best dressed’ model

The Coalition’s scheme to inject more first home buyers into the property market will operate under a “first in, best dressed” model, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says. The “specifically targeted” plan — which guarantees mortgages for up to 10,000 first home buyers per year who have only saved five per cent of the purchase price — will be on offer to singles with an income of up to $125,000 and couples raking in up to $200,000. Mr Cormann said the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation will be managing the process set to begin in January.

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Keating urges govt to abandon plans to deliver a budget surplus

A former Labor prime minister is publicly calling on the federal government to abandon plans to deliver a budget surplus. Paul Keating believes 'monetary policy has run its course' and there's no more the Reserve Bank can do to fire-up the economy. Mr Keating - who delivered four budget surpluses during his time as Treasurer - said the nation needs a bold new infrastructure investment scheme.

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Migrants help build a better Australia for all of us, says PM Morrison welcome

Excerpts of the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s address to the Australian Migration and Settlement Awards in Canberra, ACT. His address follows a commitment to regional Australia by ensuring skilled migrants to live and work in smaller cities and regions. In March, the Government announced it would reduce the permanent migration cap from 190,000 to 160,000 places, and within that set aside 23,000 places for regional visas. Following unprecedented growth (124 per cent) in regional visas granted in the first quarter of this program year, the Government is increasing the total number of regional places to 25,000. Perth and the Gold Coast will no longer be classified as major cities, ensuring they remain an attractive destination for skilled migrants and international students. The new definition takes effect on November 16.

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Sydney's air quality reaches 'hazardous' as bushfires burn across the state

Firefighters in NSW hope forecast rain will be meaningful and not a hindrance, as more than 70 blazes continue to burn across the state. A slow-moving front will bring rain to parts of western and southern NSW from Saturday, but won’t be reaching fire ground until Monday. Very high fire danger warnings are in place on Friday, which is likely to continue into the weekend as about 70 bush and grass fires are burning across the state. At least 40 of those fires are still uncontained, although they are all at advice level.

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First Cash to Flow to Help Fix Local Roads

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole today opened the first round of the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Local Roads program.

Mr Barilaro said the funding was a key election commitment and removes the need for local roads in regional NSW to meet a benefit cost ratio to receive funding.  

“Country roads in regional NSW are the corridors that keep us connected to our family, friends and local businesses and their reliability should not be determined by an accounting formula developed in Sydney,” Mr Barilaro said. 

“The Fixing Local Roads program is a partnership with local government to keep our local roads and back roads in good shape.

“We recognise that regional councils have large road networks but less financial capacity compared to larger metropolitan councils to maintain them.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said funding was available to councils to repair, maintain or seal local roads in a bid to help reduce the backlog.

Mr Toole said projects will need to be delivered within two years of receiving funding. 


 














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