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CP
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Posted - 07 Mar 2018 :  10:03:22  Show Profile  Visit CP's Homepage Send CP a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Despite the rooting, possible reproduction from the rooting, the very close friendship between him and Gina, and everything else, they have no choice but to keep Barnaby as they don't want to go for another by election as they don't want to lose a seat. The Nationals have no other candidates for the New England seat, but he has probably killed the Nats popularity for that anyway.

The coalition have another issue. They are at breaking point with Malcolm staring down the barrel at 30 losses in the opinion polls. The leadership spill to remove Tony from his PM role was because of the same thing. So, who is our next PM?

Meanwhile, closer to home, it's not just federal politicians that have the same brain power as a potato, our state ones share the same brain.

We've bought new Cityrail trains that are too wide for the current rail lines.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/safety-standards-to-be-relaxed-for-trains-that-are-too-wide-for-tunnels-20180228-p4z23h.html" target="_blank"> https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/safety-standards-to-be-relaxed-for-trains-that-are-too-wide-for-tunnels-20180228-p4z23h.html

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After the problems QLD had with cheap imported trains that Newman and the LNP signed off on, I can't believe that NSW would go and do exactly the same thing.

These fleas all talk about jobs but can't wait to buy cheap **** from overseas.

Newman bought these cheap pieces of crap from Bombardier that were made in India. The list of problems is huge as well not even meeting disability requirements to having blind spots for the signals.
Newman sold QLD out. The original and most reliable Electric trains in Brisbane were the original rolling stock made in Maryborough and this place is still open for business and should have built these new trains

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Downer (Maryborough) pulled out of the tender while the Bligh government was still in office. They cited onerous contract conditions as the reason, but some suspect that they were bleeding money on the Waratah project and couldn't meet the delivery rate required. So Newman couldn't build them there if he had wanted to.

Sadly a lot of the problems with the new trains are design issues, and it was designed in Brisbane. Three successive governments have had their hand in the disaster that is NGR.

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Posted - 08 Mar 2018 :  20:56:54  Show Profile Send Zac a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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Meanwhile, closer to home, it's not just federal politicians that have the same brain power as a potato, our state ones share the same brain.

We've bought new Cityrail trains that are too wide for the current rail lines.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/safety-standards-to-be-relaxed-for-trains-that-are-too-wide-for-tunnels-20180228-p4z23h.html" target="_blank"> https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/safety-standards-to-be-relaxed-for-trains-that-are-too-wide-for-tunnels-20180228-p4z23h.html



I don't know why this has popped up again. It was news when it was first announced in 2014, and this latest "news" sounds like Luke Foley regurgitating old news on a quiet news day. The decision to purchase these trains was made in 2014 when Gladys was the Transport Minister, and we were told then about some lines, tunnels and stations needing to be upgraded. It then resurfaced in 2016, and now here it comes again in 2018.

Here we are back in 2016: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/new-intercity-trains-too-wide-for-rail-line-to-stations-in-blue-mountains-20161005-grvmns.html

IIRC, when the Opposition first jumped on the news that the new trains were too wide for some stations on the Blue Mountains and Central Coast lines, the Transport Minister said that they were well aware of that, and upgrading some tunnels and stations on those lines (some of which are well over 100 years old) was all part of the upgrading that Transport NSW is continually doing. He added that when the new trains were brought into service, they would be used on other lines until the upgrading was completed. Sounds fair enough to me.

(For those really into trains, here is the main problem area for the new trains: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Tunnels_Deviation
These 'Ten Tunnels' are approximately 130kms from Central Station, and meanwhile,I'm sure these new trains will be well utilised elsewhere.)

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Posted - 15 Mar 2018 :  10:10:43  Show Profile  Visit CP's Homepage Send CP a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
A government implemented idea that kinda sorta hasn't done what it was aimed to do.

Contractors dealing directly with National Disability Insurance Scheme applicants were untrained and not equipped to deal with complex and emotional cases, an insider has revealed.

New figures show nearly 1,000 labour hire employees are working for the NDIS.

Third-party companies are being thrown tens of millions of dollars to employ these staff.

But the public sector union claims some of the workers have no background in disability services, and are paid "significantly less than the public servant sitting next to them".

One former labour hire employee said their team conducted assessments that "angered participants" and left employees "in tears".

"We had no training in these tasks, apart from some short scripts provided to introduce assessments," they said.
The assessments, done by phone and face-to-face, feed directly into how much funding and support a person receives.

The well-placed source said many of the people had mental health concerns, including "complex and severe" psychosocial disabilities.

They said questions to participants included whether they had friends, while carers were quizzed about children's menstrual cycles.

"During an in-person assessment, a participants' carer became very upset by the questions and told me that she already felt suicidal and 'these questions aren't helping'."
The person worked for recruiting company Hays until the end of 2016 but did not raise the concerns with the company's management, saying contractors "can so easily be let go"

A Hays spokeswoman said the federal department in charge of the NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), was responsible for training.

"If any employee was to raise with Hays a concern about a lack of training for a specific role, we would contact our clients to discuss what additional training they might need," she said.
"If any temporary worker was to advise Hays that they required any assistance or counselling due to the nature of their role, we offer access to an employee assistance program."

'Just churning through labour hire contractors'

The NDIA last year conceded that other external employees, known as Local Area Coordinators, were creating plans before being rubber-stamped by bureaucrats.

Community and Public Sector Union secretary Nadine Flood said participants "aren't getting the service they deserve".

"Churning through short-term, profit-based contracts, with minimum training and experience, is just not good enough, either for the people doing the work, or the people relying on the service," Ms Flood said.

"They are just churning through labour hire contractors, getting staff who have no background in doing public service work, no background in the disability sector necessarily," she said.
"The labour hire workers are not getting the full pay and conditions they should be getting, because that's also going into profit.

"The community expects better than that from the Commonwealth Government."

Labour hire firms paid $7.7 million in a few months

From July to September 2017, $7.7 million was paid to 13 labour hire firms, a Senate Committee was recently told.

Hays Personnel Services collected $3.5 million during the period, Chandler Macleod pocketed $1.5 million, while DFP Recruitment Services earned $1.2 million.

During the 2016-17 financial year, $19 million was spent on labour hire.

The disability agency employed 902 labour hire employees at the end of September 2017 up from 842 at the end of June.

The NDIA itself employed 2,329 public servants at the end of 2017.

The agency argues this mix of public servants and external contractors is vital, with the scheme set to grow rapidly over coming years.

"This has provided the NDIA with both the flexibility and skills required to deliver the significant national reform, the first of its kind," a NDIA spokeswoman said.
"The NDIA provides contractors access to the same training and development as APS (Australian Public Service) staff fulfilling similar roles.

"Labour hire contractors complete induction, role-specific training, and mandatory training packages, as required."
The agency acknowledges that pay rates for labour hire employees can be lower than its own staff.

But the spokeswoman said the hourly rate for contractors "on average, is comparable to the equivalent APS employee hourly rate".

The NDIA announced late last year it was working to overhaul the planning process, and would move to scrap over-the-phone planning meetings.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-15/ndis-contractors-not-equipped-for-complex-cases-insider-says/9549084
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Nick Xenaphone has crashed and burned badly in SA state election...a few months ago he was tipped to be the next premier, now he's out of a job

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Posted - 18 Mar 2018 :  15:32:52  Show Profile Send Legendary Gerry a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Obviously he's not as popular as he was in his own head.
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Posted - 18 Mar 2018 :  16:45:10  Show Profile  Visit CP's Homepage Send CP a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
SA Best was more SA Optimistic?
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Posted - 19 Mar 2018 :  17:28:17  Show Profile Send Zac a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
There were two new parties contesting the SA elections for the first time: Nick Xenophon's 'SA Best' party (dumb name) and Cory Bernardi's 'Australian Conservatives' party. SA Best got 13.7% of the vote, and Australian Conservatives got 3.1%. I guess Cory's party crashed and burned too, but it wasn't flying as high as Nick's. Sort of fluttered and stalled before it got airborne.
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Daniel Andrews has already spent $1000000 of taxpayer's money trying to stop this action.
I wonder how much more it will cost?

https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/03/21/09/42/victoria-labor-rorts-for-votes-scandal-report-released
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My prediction:
If the Libs don't have a leadership shake-up before the next fed election, Labor will govern, potentially as a minority.
Bill Shorten ousted for Anthony Albanese should ALP not win.
If the Libs lose the next election, Peter Dutton will become leader.

Whilst Libs/Nats/LNP are losing votes to the likes of One Nation, Labor is also losing some of it's 'blue collar' would never vote liberal working base to One Nation.
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Originally posted by V8SC For Townsville

My prediction:
If the Libs don't have a leadership shake-up before the next fed election, Labor will govern, potentially as a minority.
Bill Shorten ousted for Anthony Albanese should ALP not win.
If the Libs lose the next election, Peter Dutton will become leader.

Whilst Libs/Nats/LNP are losing votes to the likes of One Nation, Labor is also losing some of it's 'blue collar' would never vote liberal working base to One Nation.



Every non LNP voter would be hoping that Dutton becomes LNP leader...Abbott almost looks sane and reasoned by comparison......for my money....if LNP change leaders now...they are even deader....but look for the rise of Bowen and Morrison respectively....

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If any election ever is an example of governments being voted out rather than voted in, the next one should be a perfect example. It's not impossible that Mal might somehow sneak back in, but it's so unlikely to happen, that Bill will win without having anything going for him whatsoever. Despite minor parties being generally on the nose with voters atm, I think they might do OK in the next federal election when voters have a look at the lousy choice between Mal's Coalition and Bill's Opposition. Two policy vacuums with little talent in either. Even the minor parties might start looking attractive.
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quote:
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If any election ever is an example of governments being voted out rather than voted in, the next one should be a perfect example. It's not impossible that Mal might somehow sneak back in, but it's so unlikely to happen, that Bill will win without having anything going for him whatsoever. Despite minor parties being generally on the nose with voters atm, I think they might do OK in the next federal election when voters have a look at the lousy choice between Mal's Coalition and Bill's Opposition. Two policy vacuums with little talent in either. Even the minor parties might start looking attractive.



Sadly, I think you are spot on Zac, we are in a political vacuum, neither side deserves our votes!

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Posted - 06 Apr 2018 :  02:13:08  Show Profile  Visit CP's Homepage Send CP a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
There is something weird about the water in Lake Burley Griffin. It's not often a National Party member, especially a National Party member that is the current Agriculture Minister speaks out about the cons of live exporting.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-05/agriculture-minister-david-littleproud-live-export-sheep-deaths/9623202

EDIT: The Greens have been smoking theirs rather than eating them and have suggested that it should be legalised, taxed and regulated as it's safer to get stoned.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-16/greens-call-for-cannabis-to-be-legalised/9664952?section=politics

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