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Kevin Andrews criticises Marise Payne for denying US request for more troops | Australia news | The Guardian

Former defence minister says Australia should have given ‘favourable consideration’ to US plea for more troops to fight Isis in the Middle East

Source: Kevin Andrews criticises Marise Payne for denying US request for more troops | Australia news | The Guardian

Submarine program: Japan, France, Germany to compete for build process; Government promises hundreds of local jobs

Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews

Japan, France and Germany will compete to build Australia’s next submarines as the Federal Government continues its search for a potential partner, the Defence Minister says.

Kevin Andrews said the Defence Department would seek proposals from potential partners looking at options to either design and build overseas, in Australia or a hybrid approach through a “competitive evaluation process”.

But there were no guarantees the submarines would be built or designed in Australia.

Mr Andrews ruled out Swedish defence company Saab, which has a presence in Adelaide and had expressed an interest in building the vessels in South Australia.

But the Minister said he expected significant work would be undertaken in Australia, particularly during the build phase leading to the creation of at least 500 new, high-skilled jobs.

He said many of the 500 jobs would be in South Australia and would focus on significant works ranging from combat-system integration to land-based testing.

It is particularly good news for Australian jobs and can I say to anybody in South Australia who may be listening or watching, this is particularly good news for South Australia.

Defence Minister, Kevin Andrews

“The Government expects that significant work will be undertaken in Australia as part of the build phase of the future submarine including, but not necessarily limited to, combat-system integration, design assurance and land-based testing,” Mr Andrews said.

“This will result in the creation of at least 500 new, high-skilled jobs in Australia for the life of the program, the majority of which will be in South Australia.

“So this is good news for Australian industry, it is good news for the Australian economy, it is particularly good news for Australian jobs and can I say to anybody in South Australia who may be listening or watching, this is particularly good news for South Australia.”

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said he believed the Government wanted the submarines built in Japan.

He said he was disappointed Sweden had been ruled out of the “competitive evaluation process”.

“It tells you all you need to know about the process,” Mr Weatherill said.

“Sweden say they can build submarines for the right price, on time, here in South Australia, and they get ruled out of the process.”

The Future Submarine Program is the largest Defence procurement program in Australia’s history and represents an investment in the order of $50 billion, the Government said.

Mr Andrews said France, Germany and Japan had proven submarine design and build capabilities, and currently produce submarines.

Defence welfare group questions whether Kevin Andrews up to task of driving defence portfolio

Kevin Andrews

The Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA) has expressed doubts over whether Kevin Andrews will be the sort of “energetic, capable, and competent” minister the Defence Department needs.

The appointment of Mr Andrews to the senior and complex role of Defence Minister was one of the biggest shocks in the Prime Minister’s pre-Christmas reshuffle.

Tony Abbott said Mr Andrews was “a very safe pair of hands” who had his utmost respect.

But the DFWA said that sounded like the Prime Minister wanted defence to be “out of sight and out of mind”.

“If the Prime Minister himself describes Kevin Andrews as a safe pair of hands, it raises question marks in my own mind, ” DFWA national president David Jamison told the ABC’s AM program.

“We’re looking for an energetic, capable, competent minister who can get a grip of the department, who can develop and manage defence policy and defence industry policy for the good of the country, and to make sure that the money that we’re spending on defence is actually producing a good capability, and is being used to ensure the conditions for our service men and women are the best that they can be.”

Cost of living pressures up for discussion

Mr Jamison said the DFWA would be pressing Mr Andrews to review a decision taken in December to increase charges like rent, accommodation and meals.

For some Australian Defence Force (ADF) members charges have gone up by between 2.5 per cent and 4.2 per cent, while their annual pay increase was 1.5 per cent.

“We cannot let that stand, we need to ensure the Government treats our defence people with the respect and consideration that being a member of the ADF should attract, and at the moment we’re not getting that,” Mr Jamison said.

The DWFA plans to meet Mr Andrews in the new year.

“He’ll be going through a series of briefings, when we get to see him we need him to have an understanding of the department, the issues and the challenges he’s got, because we’ll be asking him to address a range of those from our perspective, and to ensure he brings the department into the 21st century,” Mr Jamison said.

The DFWA urged the new minister to develop an overall strategy for updating weapons and security, rather than focusing on individual projects in isolation.

New minister will not change defence direction: analyst

The Government is developing a new, long-term strategic document, known as a defence white paper, and one analyst does not believe the change of minister will drive a different direction.

“Defence white papers tend to be the products of governments, and it’s not unusual, for conservative governments in particular, that the Prime Minister takes a very deep interest in the development of a defence white paper,” Andrew Davies, the senior analyst for military capability at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, told AM.

He has been closely monitoring the Government’s project to procure a fleet of new submarines, and does not expect dramatic changes there either.

“I wouldn’t have thought a change of minister would have a big impact on the future submarine project because I think the Government has its preferred option anyway, which is a deal with Japan,” Mr Davies said.

“The most likely reason that we haven’t seen an announcement yet is that all of the issues that need to be resolved to lock in a deal with Japan, or alternatively to run a competition between the European suppliers, just haven’t been resolved yet.

“And I think the snap election that was called in Japan towards the end of the year probably put that process on hold, so I think it’s more likely external rather than internal factors.”

Family doctors to be banned from assessing DSP welfare claims: The policing of the disabled and mentally ill begins with the Abbott government with Kevin Andrews the martinette

GP at work
Kevin Andrews has ordered the reassessment of all disability claims made by people under 35. Photograph: Martin Godwin

Kevin Andrews says government-appointed doctors will review disability support pension claims from January under a plan to reduce welfare abuse

Family doctors will no longer be able to assess their patients’ disability claims, in a new policy aimed at cracking down on the misuse of welfare payments.

Claims for the disability support pension (DSP) must now be assessed by commonwealth-appointed doctors, the social services minister, Kevin Andrews, announced on Friday.

The move will apply to new DSP claims, starting from 1 January.

“This will lead to more efficiency and more consistency, more equity in terms of granting the DSP,” Andrews said on Friday. He said the policy would encourage more people into work.

The government received about 2,000 DSP claims a week, Andrews said.

In the past financial year, 411 people were found to have dishonestly claimed disability benefits, worth $9.5m.

Andrews has ordered the reassessment of all disability claims made by people under 35. Of the 16,000 under-35s who receive the payment, half were deemed able either to work for more than eight hours a week, or to engage in work-for-the-dole programs or work experience.

“We believe that having work is meaningful for people, important for them and their families,” Andrews said. “There’s the whole network of services through the job network and that’s aimed at helping people get back into work.”

Doctors’ groups said accurate assessments of disability could be made only by people who knew the patient’s medical history.

Dr Stephen Parnis, the vice-president of the Australian Medical Association, said there were advantages to having continuity of care.

Parnis said the AMA was broadly supportive of the government’s intent to make sure taxpayer dollars were not wasted, but has warned against introducing more red tape for medical providers.

He wanted the government to ensure the commonwealth-appointed doctors communicated and collaborated with patients’ family doctors to fully understand their medical history and to “minimise adverse decision-making”.

The shadow treasurer, Chris Bowen, called the new assessment scheme “a thought bubble” and said the government should release the cost of the policy in next week’s mid-year economic forecast.

“Every couple of months when the government is in need of a distraction, [Andrews] trots out a thought bubble about the disability pension,” Bowen said.

“Of course, everybody wants to see anybody who can work in the workforce, but Australia does not need to demonise those on the disability pension, but to assist anybody who can work back into work with full measures.”

The president of People with Disability, Craig Wallace, said assessing disabilities could be complex. “Conditions can present fine on one day, and people may be unable to work on another day,” he said.

Wallace said he was concerned people who were forced into work might not be able to perform due to their condition, and could then lose their jobs and be pushed onto the Newstart allowance, which is lower than DSP payments.

He questioned the timing of Andrews’ announcement. “[It is] frightening vulnerable people in the lead-up to Christmas,” he said.

A wide-ranging review of the welfare system, the McClure report, would be released to the government in the next fortnight, Andrews said.

The UK implemented a similar scheme in 2008 under which government-appointed doctors assessed a claimant’s fitness for work. The policy was panned by a committee of MPs as “crude” and “inaccurate”, and critics said it locked out genuine claimants by making benefits even harder to get.

On Friday the Australian Press Council ruled that the front-page treatment of a story on DSP recipients in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph breached its standards on accuracy and fairness and was offensive in its implication that DSP claimants were “slackers”.

The story, published on 22 May, was headlined “Slackers & slouch hats” and said disability support pensioners in New South Wales “now outnumber Australia’s total war wounded by more than 44,000”.

The council ruled the treatment implied that a high proportion of DSP recipients were not entitled to the benefit. The implication that they were slackers was “offensive to an extent not justified by the public interest”, its ruling said.

Government sponsored Crime… Welfare Fraud

Training colleges securing thousands in Government funds by targeting people with disabilities

“You’re selling them a lie because they don’t have the capacity to get that job.”

“They’ll never get that diploma so they’ll never get that job. But they’ll always have that debt.” – NSW Teachers Federation’s Maxine Sharkey

Unscrupulous training colleges are targeting people with disabilities and the homeless in order to cash in on government education funding.

Updated 47 minutes agoSat 18 Oct 2014, 10:18am

Unscrupulous training colleges are targeting people with disabilities and the homeless in order to cash in on government education funding.

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Kevin Andrews Kept Secrets Dr Muhamed Haneef 2007. Mr Azzari will not be afforded those rights today this government has removed them

Mohammed Haneef sues ex-immigration minister Kevin Andrews for defamation

Muhamed Haneef

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dr
Muhamed Haneef
Born 29 September 1979 (age 34)
India
Citizenship Indian
Occupation Doctor of Medicine
Known for Accused of terrorism, and subsequent detention
Home town Mudigere
Religion Islam
Criminal charge
Terrorism
Spouse(s) Firdous Arshiya
Parents Shami Khaleel (father)

Muhamed Haneef (born 29 September 1979) is an Indian doctor who was accused of aiding terrorists, and left Australia upon cancellation of his visa amid great political controversy.

Haneef was arrested on 2 July 2007 at Brisbane Airport, Brisbane, Australia on suspicion of terror-related activities. He is the second cousin once removed of Kafeel Ahmed and Sabeel Ahmed, the operatives in the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack. Haneef’s ensuing detention became the longest without charge in recent Australian history, which caused great controversy in Australia and India.

Haneef was released when the Director of Public Prosecutions withdrew its charge on 27 July 2007,[1][2] whereby his passport was returned and he departed Australia voluntarily on 29 July 2007. Hannef’s visa cancellation was overturned by the Federal Court on 21 August 2007, with the decision being reiterated by the full bench of the court on 21 December 2007, resulting in Haneef having his Australian visa returned.[3][4]

In December 2010, Haneef returned to Australia to seek damages for loss of income, interruption of his professional work, and emotional distress. He was awarded compensation from the Australian government. The amount of compensation awarded was not disclosed, but was described by sources as “substantial”.[5]

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