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Old 28-11-2010, 04:38 AM   #3141
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So, on top of North/South Korea issues at the moment
AND on top of I-don't-know-what's-going-on-with-our-military.


Victoria facing constitutional crisis with hung parliament likely Brumby refuses to concede defeat

Victorian Premier John Brumby tells the Labor Party faithful on election night that it might be a hung parliament. Sky News

Big swing to Coalition in Victorian pollVICTORIAN Premier John Brumby has conceded it is "extremely unlikely" Labor can win a majority of votes but insisted a hung parliament is still the most likely result of yesterday's state election.

His comments come as Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott claimed yesterday's result in Victoria had national implications, suggesting Labor had become "toxic".

Addressing the media today, Mr Brumby described the voter backlash that decimated Labor's majority as "wear and tear" after 11 years in power, the Herald Sun reported.

He said “in his heart” he had hoped for, at best, a three to five-seat victory.

Asked repeatedly what went wrong in the campaign, Mr Brumby would not comment on hypotheticals, The Australian reported.

He confirmed he had taken legal advice about what happens in the event of a hung parliament.
“I always said this would be tight ... it was always going to be tight. I was always hopeful that we would get back in with a three or five-seat majority,” he said.
“It was never going to be easy.”

Mr Brumby's press conference occurred shortly after Nationals leader Peter Ryan declared that Coalition had won the popular vote in the state election and called on Mr Brumby to “leave quietly and close the door as you go”.

Brand Labor 'toxic', says Abbott
Mr Brumby's comments come as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said his Victorian counterpart Ted Baillieu and his team had done brilliantly due to their hard work.

"There are national ramifications though. Brand Labor is becoming toxic," Mr Abbott said.

"People are sick of government that is more talk than action, more spin than substance, all announcement and very little delivery.

"The Victorian result shows that hard work and sound policies can beat a government that is expected to win."

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Old 28-11-2010, 07:58 AM   #3142
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Default Amazing truth video - please spread it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuStsFW4EmQ - Oddball - Kelly's Heroes; negative waves

"He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions." — Confucius

"Life is full of obstacle illusions" ... Grant Frazier. Be wary of those who need to discredit you ...
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Old 28-11-2010, 09:07 AM   #3143
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The "NWO", is NOT COMING...



That "Fourth Kingdom" age
described by DANIEL
that 'Conspiracy Theorists' keep 'predicting',
was already established BEFORE ROME.

That LAST WORLDLY Kingdom,
of "toes of IRON and MIRY CLAY"
describes THIS 'christian' AGE
faithLESS Doctrines of BETRAYAL.

The Toes, what the WORLDLY Kingdoms stand on,
are NOT FIRM though of IRON, they're POORLY CAST
CONTAMINATED with Miry CLAY, and the whole lot



They LIED that ORANGES were
"pomegranates", then built that
BLOODY GREAT WALL so neighbours
would forget they ARE related,
and shifted the whole,
to a BACKWARD, WESTERN corner.
As Vera Susa said, it is the end age of the beast

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Old 28-11-2010, 09:14 AM   #3144
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Mt Clear church land may be re-zoned for housing

26 Nov, 2010 01:00 AM

VACANT church-owned land in Mt Clear could be re-zoned for housing.

The 4.5 hectare parcel of land borders Emmaus Primary School on Geelong Road. It is part of a larger holding of 20 hectares which has been owned by the Ballarat Catholic Diocese for the past 50 years.

At present, the 4.5 hectares is zoned for farmland, while the rest of the holding is zoned residential one.

Ballarat City Council this week voted to seek approval from the planning minister to prepare an amendment to re-zone the 4.5 hectares as residential one.

Ballarat Catholic Diocese business manager Mark Bromley said pending the land being re-zoned, the church would look to develop it for housing.

How soon that happens would only be decided after a decision was received from the minister.

"(But) I imagine it would be reasonably soon because of the demand for land in Ballarat," Mr Bromley said.

"We're very pleased they've sent it off to the minister and we'll now let the rest of the process run its course."

A report considered by the council said the land had been historically used for stock grazing and was being increasingly affected by gorse.

In 2005, an independent panel which considered the Canadian Valley Outline Development Plan, said the future of the land was urban.

The panel said: "We do not think that the land can be considered 'rural' in any real sense. It simply lacks the feeling of space and rural land use that typifies 'rural' land."

The amendment will be placed on exhibition for public comment.

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Old 01-12-2010, 11:26 PM   #3145
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The Oh Really? bird says: I smells a United Fart Odour


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Old 01-12-2010, 11:31 PM   #3146
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So when Bono turned on the lights at the opera house the other night he actually said "Down under my arse. I feel like I'm on top of the world"
But they didnt print it.


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Old 01-12-2010, 11:51 PM   #3147
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Water down the drain, again


Sydney drenched as summer starts with a whimper


THERE'S no end in sight to Melbourne's wet conditions with rain set to soak our Christmas.

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Tax breaks to boost shipping
THE Gillard government has offered lucrative tax incentives to promote Australia's domestic shipping industry.

At the same time it is cracking down on foreign ships operating on Australia's coast.

But business groups immediately warned that the cost of shipping cargo could skyrocket, while others slammed the plan as protectionism.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese yesterday released a discussion paper outlining reforms designed to reverse the decline of the merchant shipping fleet, which has plunged to just 30 ships carrying less than half of 1 per cent of the export trade.

As well as a more favourable tax system for companies operating Australian-registered ships, Australian residents working as international seafarers would receive income tax breaks.

Mr Albanese said there was a "big threat" that Australia had reached "a tipping point, whereby you lose the critical mass to have an industry at all".

"We're at that point," he told The Australian late yesterday. "It reaches a point where you literally don't have an industry."

In the past decade, foreign-flagged vessels, with the ability to offer cheaper cargo rates due to lower costs such as wages, have dominated the coastal trade between Australia's major ports.

Business groups fear some of the proposals unveiled yesterday will make it harder for businesses to use cheaper foreign-flagged ships.

A spokesman for the bulk commodities industry, Dale Cole, said there were "some serious concerns" about the proposals and companies would push the matter with the government.

Shipping Australia chief executive Llew Russell - whose members include the local arms of big foreign-owned lines such as Maersk and Hamburg Sud - accused the government of being "very protectionist".

Labor vowed to strengthen Australia's shipping industry during the election campaign, but the detail of the plan has stunned business groups.

The discussion paper flags sweeping changes to the system of permits for foreign vessels.

Under the proposals, the Navigation Act would be amended to include two basic forms of licence to participate in the coastal trade.
Unrestricted licences could be available for Australian-operated and crewed vessels.

A new type of temporary licence could be available for foreign-flag ships, but they would have to prove that it was "in the long-term interests of a sustainable and competitive Australian shipping industry".

The government is also considering abolishing continuing voyage permits and restricting the use of single-voyage permits to urgent circumstances.

Domestic freight is regulated under "cabotage" that preserves freight routes from one Australian port to another for Australian-flagged ships, but the Howard government wound back the system by liberalising the issue of permits.

Labor was fiercely critical of this, saying the Howard government's use of the permit system allowed for tax avoidance and undermined workplace standards.
But Mr Cole said that some small manufacturers and suppliers were "almost commercially bound" to use either vessels operating under the permits and their costs would "undoubtedly" rise if they could not use these vessels.

"This is the driver of it. We did some research and the difference in the wage structure for a permit vessel against the wage structure of a licensed or registered vessel is on average about $3.8 million a year."
He said that such companies were "priced out of the Australian market" and that it was impossible to hold back competition from cheaper offshore shippers.
Mr Russell said while he was keen to work with government, he thought the proposed changes to the licence and permit system were heading in the "absolutely wrong direction".

"It's very protectionist, in our view," he said. "It looks to us as if it's heading to provide further restrictions on the coast."

Bur Mr Albanese insisted the policy was not protectionist. "It certainly can't be classified as a protectionist model," he said.
He said the government's proposals were based on the existing cabotage system.

"The problem is now there's a system that isn't implemented. There's a system that says our coastal shipping should be done by Australian ships unless there's a reason why it can't be done by an Australian ship . . . That system is in place now. But what happens is these continuing permits are like a continuing non-implementation of the system," Mr Albanese said.
He said it was a "false economy" to say the proposed tax measures would be a drain on the budget. "The current system leads to a loss of revenue due to either registering of ships outside Australia or people basing themselves outside of Australia."

Other countries such as the US had a stricter cabotage regime and Australia was moving into line with the traditional maritime countries of Europe.

The Australian Shipowners Association welcomed the reforms, saying there was no time to waste because the existing fleet was getting smaller and older. "A revitalised Australian shipping industry equals more Australian jobs," said executive director Teresa Hatch.
Other changes canvassed include the establishment of a "second register" for Australian ships in global trade. The system would allow them to use foreign seafarers on international routes.

The proposals also include ensuring seafarers are covered by Australia's broader industrial relations framework, rather than just the Fair Work Act.

Business has already complained of an explosion in costs after the Fair Work Act was extended to apply to certain foreign-flag ships.

Mr Russell said: "You can only draw the conclusion they are trying to drive the foreign ships off the coast, they are trying to raise the cost of coastal shipping."
He said he feared there was a "whole-of-government policy to effectively restrict the coast to ships that cover a strong Australian presence . . . that's very similar to a tariff".

Nationals leader Warren Truss said he supported some of the proposals on tax reforms and the second register but other parts "are just a pay-off to the maritime unions".
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:39 AM   #3149
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Well I sure hope that none of them are any of the super-slut bitches that helped make the USA what it is today.


Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey's visit to Australia will encourage other wealthy American women to visit the country, the head of tourism marketing says.
Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy says publicity about her Australian adventure is delivering a "cut-through" message to cashed-up potential visitors.

Oprah Winfrey Show viewers are typically women aged 25 to 54 with above-average incomes, he says.

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Old 02-12-2010, 03:27 AM   #3150
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SA has best water inflows over December

Updated: 12:25, Wednesday December 1, 2010

The best water inflows in more than a decade are continuing to improve the River Murray system in South Australia.
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Time to deal with Richard Pithouse
  • From: Sunday Herald Sun
  • December 05, 2010 12:01AM

CHIEF Magistrate Ian Gray has made a significant admission about the courtroom behaviour of one of his magistrates.

Mr Gray has acknowledged to family members of a young bullying victim that the actions of Magistrate Richard Pithouse they had described as "unacceptable" may genuinely have upset them.

The family claimed the bullied schoolboy, whose tormenters made a sick DVD depicting him being shot, was bashed by bullies after Mr Pithouse overturned an order for his protection.

"We feel let down by the school, by police but most of all by Mr Pithouse. He lifted the order and then my son got bashed," the mother of the victim, who cannot be identified, said.

The family claimed Magistrate Pithouse raised his voice and slammed down objects in court, described their request for an intervention order as bordering on "abuse of process" and pressured their lawyer to drop it.

The mother of the boy complained to Mr Gray.
"I accept that there were times in the hearing where Magistrate Pithouse was frustrated with counsel and did these things, and while this was not directed at you or your son I do appreciate that behaviour of this kind may be upsetting," Mr Gray said in a reply dated in October.
This is the most recent in at least four cases we have highlighted about Mr Pithouse in recent months.
If this was an isolated case, perhaps a rap on the knuckles for Magistrate Pithouse would be appropriate. But it is the second time an applicant for an intervention order refused by Mr Pithouse has later been assaulted.

In another case, Mr Pithouse scrapped a heartfelt impact statement by a sexual abuse victim because he was running late, having gone to the wrong court.
In yet another case a woman was viciously attacked by her sister-in-law, but Mr Pithouse refused to hear her evidence. Instead of convicting the attacker, he ordered her to pay $250 to the RSPCA.

It would seem there is a pattern of insensitive behaviour being exhibited by Mr Pithouse. The Sunday Herald Sun calls on newly elected Attorney-General Robert Clark to deal with this issue once and for all.
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And all of our flooded towns - imagine if we sunk deep, small surface area=minimal evaporation dams and cannals around them, like covered UNDER the roads that get WASHED AWAY Now, but would collect and store water in the wet, to use in the dry, rather than BEING A DESTRUCTIVE FLOOD, WASTED STRAIGHT INTO THE SEA! Oh but we CAN AND DO dig MASSIVE tunnels UNDER WATER FOR CARS and to collect water from out at SEA (that we PISS OUT FRESH WATER INTO, UNused) to DESALT AT GREAT EXPENSE.


Army boosts NSW flood evacuation effort
SOLDIERS have joined SES workers doorknocking homes as floodwaters rise around Wagga Wagga today.
The Murrumbidgee is not expected to peak until Monday morning but parts of Wagga Wagga are being evacuated as the river and swollen creeks around it threaten the town, the Daily Telegraph reports.

SES officers said an industrial area in the city's east was expected to be first under water as more than 700 residents are evacuated from homes in Gumly Gumly and areas of east and north Wagga.

The evacuees were being told they can stay with family or friends or make their way to north Wagga Wagga, where they can register with police before being given emergency accommodation at the public school.

Under blue skies and a hot sun, the floodwaters were indundating outlying areas around the city and authorities were appealing to people not to drive, ride or walk through the floodwaters.

The SES, which said flooding is also expected in the Namoi, Macquarie and Bogan river catchments, had responded to more than 60 flood rescue calls my midday Sunday and that number was expected to rise during the day.

All roads into Wagga Wagga were likely to be closed by 4pm and authorities appealed to visitors and locals to make any necessary journeys in our or out of town as soon as possible.

The Castlereagh river at Gilgandra was at 6.2 metres at around 6am on Sunday and is close to peaking, a weather bureau spokesman said.

Thousands of residents have already been evacuated and at least $500 million worth of crops destroyed as torrential rains caused widespread flooding across the Central West region of NSW.

While water levels in rivers across the state are expected to reach their peak today, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned there would be little respite from the rain, with the downpours to resume next week.

About 720 residents had been issued with evacuation orders in Wagga Wagga yesterday and were expected to leave their homes by midday, the State Emergency Services says.

"The water is rising steadily and we expect access to roads to be cut by noon," SES spokesman Phil Campbell said.
"People need to leave their homes now before the roads are cut off and people become trapped in the area."
Disaster zones have already been declared in Mudgee, Weddin, Wellington, Warrumbungle, Cootamundra, Coonamble, Harden and Young shires, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning at least another 100mm will hit the area by Wednesday.

In a bitter blow for farmers after years of drought, the sustained and widespread rains are expected to damage or downgrade 60 per cent of the state's harvest, which is still in the ground. The main crops hit include wheat, barley, canola, chickpeas and lupins.

Further damage is expected because it could be weeks before the ground is hard enough for machinery to be used. About half the state's chickpea crop is so badly affected it may not be harvested.

In Mudgee, the Mid-West- ern Regional Council estimated there had been more than $12 million damage with a further $1 million required for a clean-up.
Read more at the Daily Telegraph.
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