AustraliaDutton approved, condemned Border Force cuts
Encryption laws helping terror cops, says Dutton
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says changes to national security laws giving authorities more power to access encrypted messages have been reaping dividends. “We now know 100 per cent of people involved in organised crime, paedophile rings and terrorism activity are all using encrypted apps and phones so it makes it incredibly difficult for ASIO authorities and law enforcement authorities to have an eye on what bad people are doing,” he told Today. “[However, these new laws] have played a role, and a very positive role, in a number of investigations.” require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
MAKE UP YOUR MIND
Home Affairs Minister Peter Duttonapproved department cuts which he then publicly condemned, The Age/SMH reports.
After the papers revealed cuts to border patrols in December, Dutton said the savings had not been sanctioned by him, stating, “I’ve given very specific direction to the Australian Border Force commissioner that we won’t be reducing those patrols at all.”
Documents obtained under freedom of information laws reveal, however, that Dutton signed off on the budget measures the day before, despite warnings the changes would affect the performance of the department.
Border Force working to stop Malaysians in 'orchestrated scam' to stay in Australia
Border officials are refusing entry to 20 Malaysians at Australian airports every week, to address what has been dubbed an "orchestrated scam" to gain access to the country. Recent years have seen a surge in the numbers of Malaysian visitors coming to Australia on electronic visitor visas, and then going on to apply for protection visas in a bid to stay longer. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
Retirees are demanding a permanent fix to pension “trickery” as the government prepares to make a decision on deeming rates, The Age/SMH report.
Seniors Australia is demanding a new, independent mechanism for setting the rate, used to work out the income made from financial assets to assess pension payments, as pressure mounts to reduce the rate from 3.25% to closer to the official interest rate of 1%. Seniors Australia advocate Ian Henschke told The New Daily that the government was short-changing pensioners: “How can you go to an election accusing Labor of having a retirees tax, when you’ve been running your own pensioner tax?”
New analysis by Labor shows that part-pensioners stand to gain between $62 and $3875 a year, depending on the size of their assets, if the government cuts the rate by 1.25%.
Government's $158b tax cuts pass Parliament, giving Coalition first win since election
Bulked-up tax returns will start flowing as soon as next week after the Coalition's much touted $158 billion income tax plan passed Parliament. Crossbenchers Jacqui Lambie and Centre Alliance offered the final crucial votes the Federal Government needed to pass the legislation, which retrospectively offers tax cuts for the last financial year. Labor, having failed to amend the tax plan, ultimately supported the passage of the plan in the Senate, while the Greens voted against it. The legislation passed 56 to 9, with One Nation abstaining and crossbencher Cory Bernardi absent.
CLIMATE CRISIS ARRIVES
The UN has warned that climate change disasters are now occurring at a rate of once per week, with work urgently needed to prepare developing countries for the impacts, The Guardian reports.
The UN special representative on disaster risk reduction Mami Mizutori said that large numbers of “lower impact events” that aren’t grabbing headlines are nevertheless causing death, displacement and suffering weekly, with the cost of such disasters estimated at $520 billion per year. Mizutori emphasised the need for investing in “adaptation and resilience”, such as building global warming resistant infrastructure, with the window for mitigating many of these disasters behind us.
THEY REALLY SAID THAT?
We obviously went to the election saying that we wanted to review it, (but) we lost the election. We’re three years away again from another election and being able to do something about it.
Four men charged after police seize $400 million worth of ice in Sydney
Four men have been charged after police found millions of dollars worth of ice in a container declared to contain clothes.
Labor’s infrastructure spokesperson tells Insiders that Newstart payment levels are unlivable, but fails to justify voting against their increase.
There’s only one way to deal with drugs to make Australia safer – Antony Loewenstein (The Age/SMH): “After a horrific summer that saw the death of many young Australians ingesting dangerous pills, the NSW coronial inquest into the tragedies begins this week. Pill testing could have saved these lives. The process is proven from countless trials in Australia, the US and Britain. I’ve spent the last four years reporting in countries that are being destroyed by the Washington-inspired drug war. From Honduras to Guinea-Bissau, the Philippines to Australia and the US to Britain, I’ve investigated how drug policy is used to marginalise minorities and the poor. Regulating and legalising drugs has the potential to fundamentally rewrite the narrative for a fairer and healthier world.”
Let’s give the public a taste of how a republic might work ($) – George Williams (The Australian): “Republicans should look for ways to resolve their differences and advance their cause before moving to a second referendum. They should look for ways to test different options and to remove links to the monarchy wherever possible. This has already occurred in some areas, such as through changing titles or oaths to make clear that public officials owe their allegiance to the Australian people rather than to the British monarchy. The next focus should be on how we appoint the governor-general and state governors. These representatives of the Queen are not subject to any form of public selection, and are appointed after nomination by federal and state leaders. This is inconsistent with how other public officials are chosen, and is at odds with the significance of these roles to the community.”
Here's what the government's tax cuts will mean for you
If passed, the government's tax package will bring up to $1080 in tax relief to low and middle-income earners when they lodge their tax returns in coming months. Australians earning between $48,000 and $90,000, who have lodged a tax return already, could get the money by next week if the package is passed by the Senate. Nine finance editor Ross Greenwood said the government is hoping people will be spending the extra money once it hits their bank accounts. “People should be using this money and spending it, because remember people have big bills,” he told Today.
Money, votes and the ‘pendulum’ ($) – Richard Denniss (The Saturday Paper): “So if $53 million can’t buy a single seat, why do ministers debase themselves and sup with those willing to pay a few grand for the privilege of watching them eat? And why do political parties find it so hard to refuse donations from the tobacco, coal and gambling industries, even though in doing so they risk the wrath of voters by taking such tainted funds?”
NAIDOC Week runs from July 7 to July 14, celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. A full list of events can be found here.
La Trobe University will host a panel on Australia’s asylum seeker deterrence policy, with Julian Burnside and Frank Brennan joined by Kurdish-Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani from Manus Island.
The coronial inquest inquest into the suspected drug overdoses of young people at NSW music festivals begins.
The Sydney Environment Institute will host “Culture in Conversation: Creating Inclusive Food Communities” as part of NAIDOC Week, with Aunty Jennifer Quinlin, Aunty Agnus Ware and Catherine Jackson working with USU chefs to cook up soups, Johnny cakes, damper and more.
The University of Sydney will launch the Warburton Arts and Knowledge Project, showcasing the astonishing body of work by the Ngaanyatjarra people has been collected over the past 30 years in Warburton.
More tax cuts may be needed to kickstart Australian economy
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is hoping the newly-passed tax cuts will give the economy the shot in the arm it sorely needs. Low and middle-income Australians can expect a $1080 cash injection starting from Friday. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
The Aged Care Royal Commission will hold five days of hearings at the NT Supreme Court.
The City of Adelaide will host a NAIDOC Morning Tea and NAIDOC SA Awards with Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor.
The South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute will host a discussion on the Uluru Statement from the Heart, with panellists including deputy chair of APY Lands Executive Board Sally Scales, director of Aboriginal Services: Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Melissa Clarke, Ngarrindjeri Elder and cultural director Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group Uncle Major-Moogy Sumner, and Torres Strait Islander Elder and musician Uncle Eddie Peters.
Celebrations will kick off 2019 NAIDOC Week, including a civic reception, official flag raising ceremony, local guest speakers and musical performances.
Queensland treasurer Jackie Trad will lead a panel discussion, “The Federal Election and Climate Change”, discussing how Queensland can take action on climate change without marginalising the regions.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin to retire.
Commissioner Andrew Colvin says leaving is the "hardest decision" of his 30-year career, but it is right move for his family and the AFP.
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"Peter Dutton is a very effective minister," says Mathias Cormann
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