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Tony Abbott defends controversial 2014 spending budget measures

Posted December 09, 2015 00:40:07

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says he will continue to defend some of the most controversial measures from the 2014 federal spending budget, which put forward billions of dollars reduce from health, education and foreign help.

The Abbott Government slumped in opinion polls right after announcing its first price range.

Speaking on Sky News, Mr Abbott stated he would continue to stand by budget policies including the $ 7 GP co-payment and generating unemployed men and women under 30 wait six months for the dole, along with university fee deregulation and pension indexation modifications.

“Now all of these issues, I think, were justifiable and proper,” Mr Abbott stated.

“Certainly, in the situations of the aftermath of that spending budget, they struggled, but nonetheless they were all extremely defensible policies and I am content to continue to defend them.”

Mr Abbott described the Opposition and Senate crossbench as “obdurate”, and said they needed to ask themselves why they did not pass the measures.

“What was so incorrect with allowing our universities the freedom that they want to be the greatest in the globe?” he said.

“What was so wrong with seeking a modest copayment for visits to the GP?

“What was so wrong with saying that we are going to adjust the indexation technique for pensions beyond the subsequent election?”

Abbott on Islam: ‘All cultures are not equal’

In a wide-ranging interview, the conservative MP said there necessary to be a “religious revolution” inside Islam and declared “all cultures are not equal”.

“We’ve got to function closely with live-and-let-reside Muslims simply because there demands to be, as president [Abdel Fattah] Al-Sisi of Egypt has mentioned, a religious revolution inside Islam,” he mentioned.

A culture that believes in decency and tolerance is considerably to be preferred to a single which thinks that you can kill in the name of God.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott

“All of these issues that Islam has never ever had — a Reformation, an Enlightenment, a effectively-created notion of the separation of church and state — that needs to come about.

“But we cannot do it Muslims have got to do this for themselves. But we need to perform with those who are pushing in that direction.

“All cultures are not equal and, frankly, a culture that believes in decency and tolerance is a lot to be preferred to a single which thinks that you can kill in the name of God, and we’ve got to be ready to say that.”

Mr Abbott will make a speech in Singapore tonight and will further talk about Islam and extremism.

He will also meet Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong.

Voters ‘overwhelmingly’ want Abbott to keep in public life

The Member for Warringah was ousted by Malcolm Turnbull in September and has given that sat on the backbench.

Tony Abbott mentioned voters “overwhelmingly” wanted him to stay in public life, and gave no indication he desires to retire from politics.

“I’ve had literally thousands and thousands of messages of assistance and encouragement since mid-September,” Mr Abbott stated.

“I’ve had a lot of men and women speak to me as I get around the electorate and nonetheless to some extent about the nation and the message that I’m obtaining from them, overwhelmingly, is that I nevertheless have a contribution to make to our public life.”

The ABC understands no pre-selection date has been settled for Mr Abbott’s Sydney seat of Warringah.

Mr Abbott mentioned he hoped future prime ministers continue to invest a week each and every year in remote Indigenous communities, adding he intended to in 2016.

Topics: abbott-tony, federal-government, federal-parliament, budget, government-and-politics, australia

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Jack Hale defends 100m All Schools title

Updated December 05, 2015 16:58:02

Teenage sprint sensation Jack Hale has defended his under-18 100 metres title at the Australian All Schools championships.

Hale, 17, had been hoping to better his national age group record of 10.42 seconds set last year in Adelaide – the same meet where he also clocked a flying wind-assisted time of 10.13 – but despite favourable sunny conditions and a slight tailwind at Lakeside Stadium on Saturday he could only clock 10.56, with New South Wales runner Anthony Gale second in 10.76.

Hale will get one more shot at bettering his under-18 mark later this month on home soil in Hobart.

His focus will then shift to the Australian junior titles in March and the world juniors later in the year.

He has also left the door ajar to tackle the Olympic trials in Sydney in early April.

“The senior nationals really aren’t a big thing at the moment for me,” he said.

“The Australian juniors is what I really need to push for and then have a bit of a break after it.

“But it could potentially happen.”

There was more hoopla surrounding Hale last year at the All Schools as he was up against three other runners who had bettered 10.60.

“It was a little bit different this year,” he acknowledged.

“The hype wasn’t that big but the field was still amazing … If everything went right I was aiming to break the 10.42 national record.

“It didn’t happen today but I’ve got one more comp to do it and so hopefully I’ll push for it there.”

National under-18 record holder Darcy Roper won the long jump with 7.66 metres, with Hale third with a best leap of 7m.


Topics: athletics, sport, melbourne-3000, vic, australia, tas

First posted December 05, 2015 16:37:31

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Writer Clementine Ford defends response to offensive Facebook message

Posted December 01, 2015 21:34:46

Writer Clementine Ford has defended her actions right after a man who left an abusive comment on one particular of her Facebook posts was fired from his job with a hotel chain more than the message.

On November 24, Ford, a freelance writer who lists her interests as “feminism, pop culture and social troubles”, shared a screenshot of a sexually explicit comment she had received.

Michael Nolan, whose Facebook profile listed his employer as Meriton Apartments, commented on that post with the word “slut”.

External Hyperlink: Clementine Ford reports Mr Nolan’s comment to Meriton

On November 27, Ford posted a gallery of screenshots of that comment along with posts from Mr Nolan’s Facebook page, linking to Meriton’s Facebook web page and asking if they have been aware of his behaviour.

On November 30, Ford shared the text of a message she says she received from the Meriton Group, announcing that the incident had been investigated and that Mr Nolan “no longer operates for the Meriton Group”.

“Meriton Group does not condone this variety of behaviour,” the message stated.

In the same post, Ford defended herself against accusations she had “triggered a man to shed his job”.

“He is accountable for his actions,” she wrote.

“He is accountable for the items he writes and the attitudes he holds.”

Ford stated it was not her duty to “hold his hand and coddle him” since behaving in an abusive manner may possibly have consequences for him.

She said that females are usually told to stay silent about harassment in case it ruins a man’s career, but asked “Why is their behaviour our duty? Sufficient.”

In a column for Fairfax Media’s Day-to-day Life site, Ford said that “Facebook’s techniques for responding to abuse are useless” and that females “ritually targeted by gendered harassment” have to choose amongst removing themselves from the on the web globe, or to try and produce consequences for men and women in their everyday lives.

Ford had already edited her first post about the comment to say “There are fundamentally no consequences for males who behave like this, so we have to commence creating consequences for them.”

External Hyperlink: Clementine Ford Facebook post announcing Mr Nolan’s termination

Topics: social-media, data-and-communication, community-and-society, feminism, australia

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Skills training watchdog defends decision not to investigate complaints against Sage Institute

Posted November 27, 2015 21:49:51

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Australia’s abilities coaching watchdog has been forced to defend its choice not to investigate fresh complaints against a private college it was preparing to give the all-clear in an audit.

Final month, the Australian Abilities Good quality Authority (ASQA) identified the Australian Careers Institute, which trades as The Sage Institute of Education, was compliant with the Federal Government’s coaching standards.

But in July, as ASQA was preparing to provide its findings, former Sage Institute teacher Shane Harvey lodged a complaint with regulator detailing a variety of allegations about the college.

Mr Harvey claimed that students paying thousands of dollars for courses at the Sage Institute of Fitness in Sydney turned up to their initial day of class in Could to discover no fitness center equipment in their coaching room.

“[They] didn’t even have dumbbells, which is a simple point that anyone would have. It was terrible,” he told 7.30.

Mr Harvey has also shown 7.30 instruction slides and textbooks that incorrectly labelled muscle tissues.

“If you do not know where the muscles are, how can you design and style an physical exercise that is going to target that muscle, if you do not know which joints it crosses?” he stated.

His complaint also alleged that students had been enrolled with out the required prerequisite qualifications.

But even even though ASQA was investigating the college at the time of the complaint, the regulator told Mr Harvey his concerns could not be followed up unless he provided proof.

“When the auditor asked Mr Harvey for more details, no response was received,” ASQA said in a statement.

“Had further proof been supplied, ASQA would have been in a position to use to investigate additional.”

Mr Harvey went on anxiety leave after putting his complaints to Sage Institute management.

In a statement, the college defended its training and equipment standards.

“As with anything, there is often an element of human error,” it mentioned.

“Sage employees are needed to log any errors they uncover or have brought to their attention in continuous improvement registers.”

Subjects: education, university-and-additional-education, physical exercise-and-fitness, neighborhood-and-society, australia, sydney-2000

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‘I don’t give a damn’: Minister defends demerit point rise for mobile use

Posted November 25, 2015 16:35:52

Gay raising penalties for drivers who use mobiles Photo: Drivers who use their mobiles behind the wheel are set to face harsher penalties. (AAP: Nikki Quick)

NSW Road Minister Duncan Gay has said he is being “deliberately difficult” in raising demerit points for drivers caught using mobile phones.

And this year, for the initial time, the State Government will incorporate mobile telephone offences in the double-demerit penalty period over Christmas and New Year.

Individuals caught speaking on a mobile telephone or texting while driving from the December 24 to January three will shed six points.

From subsequent year, the regular penalty for mobile phone offences will improve from 3 to four demerit points.

“Subsequent year, when it jumps to four points, it’ll be eight points when you happen to be caught (throughout the double-demerit period),” Mr Gay stated.

“Now you might feel this is a bit tough, I don’t give a damn. We’re deliberately generating it challenging.”

Get Your Hand Off It a accomplishment: Gay

Mr Gay stated the Get Your Hand Off It campaign had been a accomplishment.

Police figures showed the quantity of fines issued had dropped from 52,000 to 32,000 since the campaign started along with a fine boost to $ 319.

“That is why we’re going to the subsequent step – 32,000 is nevertheless as well many, and as we drive around we nonetheless see as well many carrying out the wrong issue.”

Bernard Carlon from the Centre for Road Safety mentioned a driver was 20 times far more probably to crash if they had been texting whilst driving.

“Travelling at 60kph, you can travel 33 metres in two seconds blind if you are searching at your phone,” he mentioned.

“At one hundred kilometres per hour if you have your eyes off the road, you travel the length of an Olympic swimming pool.”

He reminded L-platers and P1 drivers that they could not use a telephone while behind the wheel.

Mr Carlon mentioned the road toll had lowered by one particular-third over previous double-demerit point periods.

There have been 317 deaths on the road this year, which is 34 far more than at the identical time last year.

Subjects: road, state-parliament, nsw, australia

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