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LNP members vote to assistance Ian Macfarlane’s defection

Posted December 12, 2015 15:53:23

Grassroots members of the Liberal National Party (LNP) in Queensland have backed the former federal sector minister Ian Macfarlane’s defection from the Liberals to the Nationals.

Members of Mr Macfarlane’s regional LNP branch, the Groom federal divisional council, expressed robust assistance for his decision with 102 voting in support and 35 against at a meeting in Toowoomba today.

It signifies he will now be in a position to sit in the Nationals party area in Canberra if it is passed by means of LNP executive on Monday.

Mr Macfarlane made headlines in early December when he announced his intention to join the National Celebration and admitted he was disappointed to be demoted from the frontbench when Malcolm Turnbull took workplace as Prime Minister.

However, the Member for Groom denied there was any rift with the newly-minted PM.

“I am a huge fan of Malcolm’s, we’ve worked with each other for a extremely long time and no one particular was far more delighted than me to see him turn into Prime Minister,” he mentioned at the time.

“It is in fact a large vote of self-assurance in Malcolm Turnbull, simply because the alternative was to leave Parliament.”

Queensland Liberal Lawyer-General George Brandis had cautioned there could be upset that Mr Macfarlane did not reveal his planned defection when he was endorsed for the 2016 election.

Subjects: government-and-politics, political-parties, nationals, liberal-national-celebration-queensland, australia

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Russian royal buried in Darwin in plot owned by NT’s richest family members

By Elliana Lawford

Posted December 08, 2015 21:42:34

Russian royal buried in Darwin Photo: Russian royal Leonid Gurevich Kulikovsky has been buried in Darwin. (ABC News: Elliana Lawford)
Associated Story: Russian royal farewelled in Darwin after dying alone in Katherine
Map: Darwin 0800

A Russian royal who died alone in the Top Finish town of Katherine has been buried alongside members of the Northern Territory’s richest family members, the Paspaleys.

Leonid Gurevich Kulikovsky was the fantastic grandson of Tsar Alexander III, who reigned in Russia in the 1800s.

Mr Kulikovsky emigrated to Australia in 1967 to discover “greener pastures” and reside “incognito”.

He died a pauper in September, below a tree in Katherine, accompanied only by his faithful dog.

After his death the Paspaleys, themselves immigrants from Greece who fled World War I for Australia and created their fortune in pearling, approached the Russian representative in the Northern Territory, Simon Andropov.

They presented to bury Mr Kulikovsky in their private family burial ground.

Mr Andropov stated it was fitting that Mr Kulikovsky was buried in a Greek cemetery.

“It’s good that he’s gone to a Greek cemetery, because his grandfather escaped from Russia through the Islands of Greece and the Greeks showed them all the courtesy and hospitality, and it really is just good that his grandson is now buried in a Greek plot in Darwin,” Mr Andropov mentioned.

Russian royals may possibly pay a visit to NT

Mr Andropov said members of the royal household would like to pay a visit to his grave.

“The grand duchess has expressed a wish to come and see Darwin,” Mr Andropov stated.

“She expressed that wish via father Michael, who did [Mr Kulikovsky’s] service at the Serbian Church.

She’s really grand and she’s got very an entourage, so hopefully she may come out.

“His grave might turn out to be a tourist spot.”

Mr Kulikovsky completed his education in Denmark ahead of moving to Australia.

Mr Andropov confirmed the royal had worked in Sydney, living “incognito, no-one knew of his royal heritage”, before travelling around Australia on retirement.

Mr Kulikovsky lived in a caravan park in Katherine and was identified dead, having suffered a heart attack, Mr Andropov said.

Police confirmed he died on September 27.

Subjects: death, darwin-0800

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CFMEU members protest outdoors Melbourne court ahead of look by senior officials

Posted December 08, 2015 09:10:18

A huge contingent of police has gathered outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court ahead of an look by union heavyweights John Setka and Shaun Reardon.

Police have been out in force which includes on horseback, outside the court as dozens of CFMEU members gathered to show their support for the state secretary Setka and his deputy Reardon who have been each charged with blackmail on the weekend.

CFMEU members marched outside the court shouting: “Johnny Setka, here to remain! Shaun Reardon, here to keep!”

The charges are linked to a long-operating dispute with concrete firm Boral.

The men had been arrested and charged by a taskforce set up to investigate matters arising from the royal commission into trade union corruption.

The men are expected to seem in court shortly.

Subjects: courts-and-trials, law-crime-and-justice, unions, melbourne-3000

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Anti-Islamic State fighter Ashley Dyball’s family members prepare for his return

By Lexy Hamilton-Smith and Emma Blackwood

Updated December 06, 2015 20:23:36

The family of Australian anti-Islamic State fighter Ashley Dyball are flying to Melbourne to welcome him home this evening, where he will face the threat of prosecution for his activities in the Middle East.

His father, Scott Dyball — who felt hopeful that his son’s arrest in Germany would bring him home — appealed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull not to proceed with prosecution.

“This is wrong, what the Government is trying to do to him is wrong,” Mr Dyball said.

“The charges are just so ridiculous, they should be dropped.

“The law was unclear at the time, if they were clear the boys would not have gone.

“All we are asking is just an amnesty.”

Julia Dyball is also concerned for her son’s future.

“It is difficult and we are happy as well — happy we can go and tell him it is all OK — we are all here for him,” Ms Dyball said.

“We have no idea what is going to happen.

“We are going down to Melbourne because we know he is coming in at a certain time, and we will wait and see.”

Mother of fellow Australian YPG fighter supporting Dyball family

Gold Coast man Reece Harding, 23, was killed in June fighting for the Kurdish forces in Syria, when he stepped on a landmine.

His father Keith Harding said it was of some comfort to see Ashley Dyball return home.

“That was always our fear — that Ashley would come back like Reece — so it is a relief that he is home in one piece, that is for sure,” Mr Harding said.

Scott and Julia Dyball with Michelle Harding Photo: Ashley Dyball’s parents Scott and Julia Dyball (L) with Michelle Harding (R) — mother of Reece Harding who was killed when he stepped on a landmine in Syria. (ABC: Lexy Hamilton Smith)

Michelle Harding, Reece’s mother, has formed a bond with the Dyballs and recently travelled to Syria to help them try to bring their son home alive.

“I don’t want anyone else to be in our position [of losing a son],” Ms Harding said.

“When they went over there they knew the laws were in place but thought they were for [IS] terrorists.

“But, because the Government was very wishy-washy on it, people had gone over in the role our boys had gone over, and came back — they weren’t prosecuted.

“There was no indication they were going to apply it to people fighting against [IS].”

She said she wanted the Prime Minister to “do the right thing”.

“Don’t make him a scapegoat because you do not want to lose face,” Ms Harding said.

The 23-year-old Queensland man was deported from Germany on Saturday night after being detained while taking a break from the battlefield.

It is understood he was held by German authorities on the basis of his links to a Kurdish militia group fighting against IS in northern Syria.

Mr Dyball — also known as Mitchell Scott — will touch down in Melbourne, where it is expected he will be greeted by Australian Federal Police officers.

He has been fighting against IS forces with a Kurdish militia called the YPG in northern Syria and risks prosecution under Australian foreign fighter laws, which forbid entering a foreign country with the intention of taking up arms.

Topics: unrest-conflict-and-war, government-and-politics, world-politics, federal-government, terrorism, australia

First posted December 06, 2015 20:20:29

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Porter reaches out to Senate crossbench on family members tax modifications

Updated December 01, 2015 01:01:16

The Federal Government says it is willing to additional compromise with the Senate crossbench in order to pass the remainder of its planned alterations to family members tax advantages.

The Senate final night passed a bill to scrap Loved ones Tax Benefit (FTB) Portion B for couples, once their youngest kid turns 13.

The current age limit is 18 for these teenagers who finish higher school, and 16 for these who do not.

Labor supported the bill, but opposes the remainder of the Government’s strategy.

Nonetheless, Social Services Minister Christian Porter will reintroduce over $ 4 billion of other savings to Parliament on Wednesday, and is hunting to the crossbench for help.

“We’re in the art of the achievable right here,” Mr Porter told AM.

I’ve listened and engaged and attempted to function out what approaches we can modify items, and other factors we’ve got on our books to try and secure passage by means of the Senate

Social Solutions Minister Christian Porter

“I’d rather have a save compromised but actually have a prospect of passing by way of Parliament, which signifies we really get reforms to kid care, than be doctrinaire about it all and be unwilling to compromise, so compromise it is.”

The Government will drop about $ 70 million in savings by exempting grandparent and wonderful-grandparent carers, and single parents more than the age of 60 from modifications to FTB Component B.

Mr Porter stated those exemptions had been getting proposed following initial discussions with some senators.

“In my conversations with the crossbench, I’ve not put the heavy on and tried to get an answer ‘yes or no’ proper now,” Mr Porter told AM.

“But I’ve listened and engaged and tried to work out what techniques we can modify things, and other issues we’ve got on our books to try and secure passage via the Senate.”

Contact for other kinship carers to be integrated in revised legislation

The bulk of the proposed savings come from phasing out supplement payments to loved ones tax benefit recipients, which the Minister argued were no longer required.

“These payments have been meant to let folks to spend off debts that were becoming occasioned back in 2004 when we had been in huge surplus,” Mr Porter mentioned.

“Debts have stabilised and we are now paying income, in circumstances where we are in deficit, to families, to pay debts which, overwhelmingly, they no longer accrue.”

But Labor’s spokeswoman for communities and carers, Claire Moore, told the Senate that the further payments have been essential to low revenue families’ budgets.

“These amounts of cash truly make a actual difference in the survival budgets of men and women raising young children,” Senator Moore mentioned.

The Greens have also opposed the modifications, and have stated they will not be voting for the revised legislation.

Spokeswoman Rachel Siewert told the Senate that the Government must also exclude other loved ones-primarily based carers from the proposed changes.

“Even though I’m genuinely pleased that they’re lastly paying attention to grandparent carers — simply because for so extended they have ignored them — they now look to neglect there is kinship carers, foster carers, but in specific kinship carers,” she mentioned.

“Grandparent carers are really fewer in number than other kinship carers.”

Mr Porter told AM it had not been raised with him before, but he would contemplate Senator Siewert’s concerns.

“I’m not positive how many individuals identify as kinship carers, or indeed no matter whether there’s a great measure of formally identifying by way of the system. I am happy to look at any suggestion,” he said.

Topics: federal-government, government-and-politics, welfare, neighborhood-and-society, australia

Initial posted December 01, 2015 00:56:07

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