Alliance of MPs want Assange brought home
A quirky grouping of federal politicians have joined forces to demand WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be brought back to Australia from the United Kingdom. An unlikely alliance of federal politicians have joined forces to demand WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be brought back to Australia.The group, which includes Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie and Queensland conservative George Christensen, are concerned about Assange's health and potential extradition from the UK to America.The pair described his treatment as a direct attack on journalists.
Coalition refuses to say how much Scott Cam is being paid as 'national careers ambassador '. In 2009 the Labor government paid ,250 to SWC Contractors for “representational services by Mr In October, Cash described Cam ’s role as “to work with us to really get [the] message out” about the
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Celebrity builder Scott Cam will be paid more than $300,000 by the Federal Government for his role as national careers ambassador.
The Channel Nine presenter of The Block and Gold Logie winner was appointed to the role in October to encourage young people to take up trades.
Deputy Secretary for Skills and Training Nadine Williams confirmed to Senate estimates on Thursday that Mr Cam would be paid $345,000 over two years.
She said the value of his contract for the first financial year is $260,000 and $85,000 for next financial year, excluding GST.
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Ms Williams could not confirm if an additional travel budget had been allocated.
"Mr Cam will do a range of activities on behalf of the government as part of his role and that may include for example attending events or meeting with various stakeholders and schools, if travel is involved in that the travel budget would accommodate that sort of thing," she said.
Mr Cam also held a taxpayer-funded position when Labor was in government in 2009.
Minister for Skills Michaelia Cash said Mr Cam will be involved in a range of activities over the next 15 months, including high-profile events.
"As Ambassador, Scott Cam will promote careers and the VET system and help direct people to the right career advice at the right time," she said.
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"He will also make sure individuals and businesses can take advantage of the pathways on offer.
"This builds on the work that Scott has done as an Australian Apprenticeships ambassador under both Labor and Coalition governments."
Shadow Minister for Education Tanya Plibersek said hiring ambassadors to promote skills "makes no sense at all" while claiming the Government has cut millions from TAFE and training in one year.
"This is nothing against Scott Cam, he is a good bloke," Ms Plibersek said.
"If we had a truly excellent TAFE and training system properly supported by our government, they wouldn't need commissioners and ambassadors and a whole range of taxpayer-funded advertising."
In announcing Mr Cam's appointment earlier this year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he wanted more Australians to "become plumbers, electricians and bakers than lawyers and consultants".
"Scott Cam is proof that undertaking a trade can be a very valuable, rewarding and successful career choice, and there are plenty more who can tell a similar story to Scott," he said.
Desperate calls for unity in Qld drought .
Drought gripping almost 70 per cent of Queensland has prompted the body representing the state's local governments to call for unity on water security. Local Government Association Queensland boss Greg Hallam urged the prime minister and Queensland premier on Tuesday to work together on water security after eight additional areas in the state were drought declared. Mr Hallam said the drought should be at the top of the agenda for both federal and state governments and urged Scott Morrison and Annastacia Palaszczuk to consider their drought and water security strategies.