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85yo found dead in nursing property bed ‘with head stuck’

Posted December 14, 2015 11:56:56

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An 85-year-old resident of a Hobart nursing residence was identified dead in her bed in 2012 with her head stuck amongst a mattress and a bed pole, a coronial inquest has heard.

The inquest was told Barbara Westcott was located by employees at Hobart’s Vaucluse Gardens about 11:30pm in March 2012.

Her head was trapped among a mattress and a removable pole utilised to aid residents get in and out of bed.

The inquest heard Ms Westcott had restricted mobility.

She also suffered from Parkinson’s and Addison’s illnesses, dementia and hypertension, and essential half-hourly checks.

Employees told police Ms Westcott was last checked about 8:30pm or 9:00pm that evening.

Patient charts examined by police indicated she had final been checked at two:30pm in the afternoon.

The inquest heard that warnings had been issued by distributors of bed poles about their use by people with limited mobility.

Subjects: courts-and-trials, aged-care, hobart-7000

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Australian tax method ‘resembles 1950s’: Australian Public Service head

Posted December 08, 2015 21:13:58

Australian living standards are slipping, the tax technique resembles the 1950s and an “adult” debate over tax reform is needed, Australia’s subsequent prime public servant has stated.

Martin Parkinson, the incoming secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, told a organization lunch in Sydney the tax program was nevertheless heavily reliant on revenue and corporate taxes.

“Our tax system these days looks remarkably like it did in 1950/51,” Dr Parkinson mentioned.

Tax reform will be high on the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agenda on Friday, such as a proposal to raise the GST to 15 per cent to cover a shortfall in Federal overall health and education funding to the states.

Dr Parkinson told the McKell Institute function in Sydney that tax reform was necessary to keep living requirements.

“Living requirements have currently began to fall, you can see that in the national accounts,” he stated.

“The falls are modest, so most people haven’t really recognised it however.”

The former federal treasury secretary mentioned in order to gain support for tax reform, politicians would need to have to treat the public “as adults” and explain the case for alter.

“All of us have to be far better at explaining the ‘why’ which genuinely comes down to what kind of Australia do we want to have?” Dr Parkinson mentioned.

“Do we want to have higher growth, higher-top quality jobs … solutions that our citizenry anticipate … and the capacity for safety nets to make certain we’re safeguarding the actually needy in our economy?”

Dr Parkinson said his comments should not be interpreted as an “insight into Government pondering” because he accepted the invitation to speak just before being appointed to his new part.

Subjects: government-and-politics, intergovernmental-organisations, public-sector, organization-economics-and-finance, australia

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PFL certainty essential for Fremantle Port sale, says asset sales head

Posted December 08, 2015 15:47:55

Certainty over the Perth Freight Hyperlink is essential to the sale of the Fremantle Port, the head of the West Australian Government’s asset sales plan says.

The Government has committed to constructing Roe 8, the 1st stage of the controversial Perth Freight Link, but Premier Colin Barnett has put stage two of the project to Fremantle on the back burner.

Mr Barnett cited the complexity and expense of the project as reasons along with the government’s want to concentrate on priority projects like Roe 8, the Forrestfield Airport rail link and the Swan Valley bypass.

Speaking to a crowd of organization leaders, WA Treasury executive director of strategic projects and asset sales Richard Mann said the Government needed to confirm the technique and timing of the project, which would turn into a strategic transport route to the port.

“We count on those choices to be created over the coming months and they will obviously be factored into our transaction,” he mentioned.

He said the Government might provide possible purchasers of the port a lease longer than 49 years, despite previously stating that would be the time period set on the sale.

“There is undoubtedly been no choice on a 49-year lease for Fremantle,” Mr Mann mentioned.

“The lease term is fundamental to dealing with the quantity factors you happen to be talking about, expansion and growth in particular.

“That will be a important policy decision for the Government and you’d be conscious that the majority of port transactions in Australia, the lease term has been drastically longer than 49 years.

“If you happen to be speaking about expansion and development over time and return on investment, then a quick lease term can make that pretty hard, so the quantity one particular consideration for government is, how extended is the lease term in order to facilitate those objectives?” Mr Mann said.

Prospect of longer lease welcomed

Chamber of Commerce and Sector chief executive Deirdre Willmot stated certainty about stage two was required for organizations and welcomed recommendations a longer lease would be supplied to possible purchasers.

“If that offers opportunities for a wider range of investors to place proposals to the government … that is very good news,” she stated.

“There’s been a commitment to Roe 8, we’re nonetheless waiting for the particulars on what the final access to the port will be and that is critical for long term users and potential owners of the port.

“The time has genuinely come where we require those new plans to be finalised so there is that certainty.”

The Government announced the sale of the port in the May possibly spending budget but it is anticipated any final decision on the contract would need to be regarded by Cabinet.

Topics: public-sector, sea-transport, government-and-politics, fremantle-6160

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Severed pig’s head left close to university mosque in Perth

Posted December 07, 2015 10:04:44

A severed pig’s head has been dumped near a mosque at the University of Western Australia (UWA), sparking condemnation from students and the university.

The pig’s head was identified in a toilet subsequent to the Muslim prayer room at the University of Western Australia’s Nedlands campus.

Majdi Faleh, a PhD student from Tunisia, was preparing for his daily prayers yesterday when he discovered the head.

“The first feeling was the feeling of someone who’s getting threatened. I did not count on to see that,” Mr Faleh stated.

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He stated the pig’s head had been left inside a standard toilet identified as a Turkish, Muslim or Arabic toilet.

“It was not the best start to the day,” he stated.

“It really is not due to the fact it was a pig’s head – it can be something, any other animal – it was the message that was clear.

“There clearly is motivation of these people trying to say you’re not welcome right here, or some equivalent message.

“The fact that it occurred at university, that is truly degrading and genuinely shocking to me.”

UWA described it as a deplorable act, adding it was saddened.

“It is regarding that folks employing the UWA Muslim prayer space have been targeted in this way,” a university spokesman said.

“The matter has been reported to police.

“We would like to reinforce that UWA strives to support a culturally inclusive and tolerant campus neighborhood and the university will offer you help and assistance to our Muslim students at this time.”

The UWA Student Guild also condemned the act.

“The UWA neighborhood has knowledgeable an unprecedented show of Islamophobia on campus,” the guild stated.

“The UWA Student Guild strongly condemns this deeply damaging and offensive incident which is totally unacceptable.

“Acts like this are designed only to incite religious and racial hatred.”

Mr Faleh stated the support he had received considering that posting his encounter on Facebook had been overwhelmingly good.

“There was really a lot of optimistic help from Australian men and women around the nation and it actually makes us really feel safe and welcomed in this country,” he stated.

“In each and every society you have a minority of folks – call them bigots – who do not necessarily comprehend what people’s beliefs are about.

“We just need to have to be united and tolerant as considerably as feasible so our community – as a entire – can thrive and prosper.”

Topics: religion-and-beliefs, university-and-additional-education, nedlands-6009, perth-6000

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Times Names Alex MacCallum to Head Video Unit

The New York Times mentioned on Monday that Alex MacCallum, an assistant managing editor presently overseeing audience development, would take manage of its video department.

Ms. MacCallum, 35, will assume the position when she returns from maternity leave in January, the company said. Her new title will be assistant editor, and senior vice president, video. She will continue to supervise the audience improvement group, the organization said.

The appointment signals the end of an uncertain period for the video division, which has been with out a complete-time leader given that the paper announced a broad revamping of the unit in July. That was followed by an announcement of buyouts with the prospects of layoffs there earlier this month.

In a note to employees on Monday, The Times’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, and the company’s chief executive, Mark Thompson, described video as a “key editorial and commercial priority” and described Ms. MacCallum as “a sturdy leader who has a deep appreciation for the mission of The Times and embodies the spirit of collaboration that we are working to extend all through the company.”

Mr. Baquet and Mr. Thompson mentioned they anticipated Ms. MacCallum “to step in and continue to shape a new vision for each our video journalism and our video business on all platforms.”

They said that Justin Bank would take over the day-to-day responsibility for audience development and report to Ms. MacCallum, who would give strategic oversight of the unit.

She will report to both the enterprise side and the newsroom, they mentioned.

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