Tag: Victoria

Victoria hotel quarantine inquiry: systemic issues more urgent than individual blame | Australia news | The Guardian

Daniel Andrews and Jenny Mikakos

Will this finally shut O’Brien up no way!

We have learned a lot from the judicial inquiry into hotel quarantine in Victoria, and the lessons should not be obscured by the fact that the failures were systemic and cultural, rather than the result of people acting corruptly or in bad faith.

Victoria hotel quarantine inquiry: systemic issues more urgent than individual blame | Australia news | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- There is no progress without criticism but not all criticism is progressive

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Has Scott Morrison forgotten that he’s Victoria’s Prime Minister, too?

Daniel Andrews and Scott Morrison.

Murmours of Andrews being a model of what a PM should look like has set Morrison and Frydenberg off against not just Andrews but Victoria blaming the State for everything they haven’t done. (ODT)

They need him to succeed on their behalf. The Prime Minister might find that destabilising the state government during a recession and a pandemic might not please as many Victorians as he thinks.

Has Scott Morrison forgotten that he’s Victoria’s Prime Minister, too?

Parliament lets Scott Morrison know who his tribe is – and it isn’t the premiers and chief ministers | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison

 

Frydenberg has stepped in front and center to try to deflect all the blame onto Victoria after all if The Commonwealth is found to be responsible for the outbreak of Covid in aged-care due to poorly regulated providers then they too are to blame for the crippling of the economy and not as Frydenberg would prefer it to be Andrews work. It seems Andrews doesn’t even need to buy into what’s patently obvious. (ODT)

Morrison has accepted some accountability for what’s happened, but he’s also kept Andrews squarely in the frame as I mentioned a moment ago. I’ve said before it is reasonable to point out that states have a role in managing outbreaks during the pandemic, and there are some overlapping responsibilities in aged care – but this offensive should also be called for what it is: a patent prime ministerial effort to sidestep blame. The prime ministerial sidestep is obviously effective, though, if our Guardian Essential poll is a reliable guide. When asked in the latest survey to identify who was to blame for the outbreaks in aged care during the pandemic, slightly more respondents identified the state government (30%) than the federal government (28%) – but more people blamed the providers (42%).

Parliament lets Scott Morrison know who his tribe is – and it isn’t the premiers and chief ministers | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Grattan on Friday: COVID divides the nation and isolates MPs from Victoria

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It wasn’t so long ago Morrison was warding off Australia’s crisis with the success of Victoria’s Economy he didn’t emphasize that then. Now they are ready to blame Australia’s Economy on Victoria. (LNP

But while we are living as two Australias, we are one country. That means the huge whack the virus is inflicting on Victoria is dragging down the rest of the nation, holding back recovery.

The dire turn of events is affecting political leaders’ responses. Risk averse premiers are running their states as gated communities.

Morrison maintains a level of public solidarity with Andrews but the PM may find himself under mounting pressure from those within his party and its base who want the economy given a much higher priority.

via Grattan on Friday: COVID divides the nation and isolates MPs from Victoria

After the Bushfires and Amid the Pandemic, Australia’s Fossil Fuel Industry Is Gaining Steam

The trouble is The LNP aren’t about to kick up a shitstorm about that (ODT)

The Labor Party in Australia speaks a progressive language on climate change that it rarely enacts in policy. Now, under cover of the health crisis, the Victorian branch is expanding deforestation projects and onshore gas exploration.

via After the Bushfires and Amid the Pandemic, Australia’s Fossil Fuel Industry Is Gaining Steam

Victory for Andrews Labor Government as anti-wage theft law is passed

Anyone feel there’s a concerted effort to “Get Andrews” maybe because he’s doing a real job. (ODT)

The Wage Theft Bill, was viewed as a cornerstone promise in Premier Daniel Andrews’s state re-election campaign in 2018. It now sees guilty parties – such as business owners, managers, shopkeepers and accountants, or anyone connected to a business enterprise – who deliberately withhold award wages and related entitlements established under the Fair Work Act (2009) from their workers risk prison sentences up to ten years and face fines upwards of $198,264 for individuals and $991,320 for companies.

via Victory for Andrews Labor Government as anti-wage theft law is passed

Andrews signs new belt-and-road deal with China: ‘the right thing to do’

Premier Daniel Andrews signed the agreement with China on Wednesday night.

Victoria has signed a fresh deal with the Chinese government and its global ‘Belt and Road’ infrastructure project with Premier Daniel Andrew urging other Australian governments to follow suit.

The agreement, signed in Beijing on Wednesday evening, will deepen cooperation between the state and the Communist-ruled country in the key areas of infrastructure, innovation, ageing and trade development.

Wednesday’s deal was signed only a few hours after federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton questioned whether the Premier’s trade efforts in China were in the “national interest”.

via Andrews signs new belt-and-road deal with China: ‘the right thing to do’

Liberal candidate for marginal Yan Yean gone after anti-Muslim video surfaces

Meralyn Klein, second from right, during the 2016 Nillumbik Council elections.

The Liberal Party’s candidate for the marginal seat of Yan Yean has quit as the endorsed candidate after a video surfaced that appeared to show her making allegations against Muslims.

Source: Liberal candidate for marginal Yan Yean gone after anti-Muslim video surfaces

Liberal president donates $100k to campaign as donor dispute drags on

They aren’t what they used to be (ODT)

Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger is donating more than $100,000 of his own money to the election campaign as the bitter dispute with the Cormack Foundation, once the party’s most generous donor, drags on.

via Liberal president donates $100k to campaign as donor dispute drags on

What is Melbourne’s population?

Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne said people were drawn to Melbourne due to its “booming economy and lots of jobs”.

“We’re building for growth with game-changing projects like the Metro Tunnel and the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, and we’re planning for the future with the Suburban Rail Loop, as well as pouring billions into hospital upgrades and new schools,” he said.

“The Liberals did nothing but cut crucial services for four years and Matthew Guy has promised to send a million extra people into the outer suburbs.”

via What is Melbourne’s population?

A chequered history: Matthew Guy’s most controversial decisions

Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy has been caught up in a string of controversies involving Liberal party figures, donors or donations, notably in his time as planning minister in the Baillieu and Napthine governments between 2010 and 2014.

 A chequered history: Matthew Guy’s most controversial decisions

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As planning minister, the Liberal Opposition Leader signed a multimillion-dollar settlement with taxpayers’ money to avoid a date in court.

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‘Dark times’: Expert predicts few safe places for Victoria’s Liberal

Abbott’s Legacy (ODT)

The Liberal Party could be left with just two safe federal seats in all of Victoria if it cannot improve its performance in the polls, a leading Melbourne political scientist has warned.

‘Dark times’: Expert predicts few safe places for Victoria’s Liberal

Labor refers Liberal, National MPs to police in new rorting claim

The Labor Party has referred a number of Liberal and National Party MPs to Victoria Police for investigation, claiming they inappropriately used electorate office staff for political campaigning during normal business hours.

“It’s clear that a significant number of ministerial advisors did not take leave during the caretaker period and instead worked at the direction of then Liberal Party state director, and now convicted criminal, Damien Mantach.

“This allowed the Liberal Party to access taxpayer-funded expenditure in the order of $2 million for the Liberals’ re-election campaign.

“The Liberal Party and National Party refused to have the behaviour of their own MPs investigated by the Ombudsman – they can no longer hide from that scrutiny.”

Victoria Police confirmed it had received a letter from Mr Merlino requesting police investigate payment of government ministerial staff during the election campaign period of 2014.

via Labor refers Liberal, National MPs to police in new rorting claim

Victorian ReachTEL poll: 51-49 to Labor, and time running out for upper house reform

A Victorian ReachTEL poll for The Age, conducted July 5 from a sample of 1,500, gave Labor a 51-49 lead. Primary votes were 39.4% Coalition, 35.4% Labor, 10.5% Greens, 3.6% One Nation, 2.8% Shooters and 3.5% undecided. The Victorian election will be held on November 24.

via Victorian ReachTEL poll: 51-49 to Labor, and time running out for upper house reform

Court ruling a resounding defeat for the Liberal Party

Forget the spin, this was a resounding defeat for the Liberal Party and its president, Michael Kroger.

After launching adventurous legal action, the Liberal Party and Kroger had wanted to seize complete control of a $70 million investment fund, the Cormack Foundation.

via Court ruling a resounding defeat for the Liberal Party

Victorian Parliament to vote on negotiating Australia’s first Aboriginal treaty – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Thirty years since former prime minister Bob Hawke promised a treaty, Aboriginal leaders urged the Federal Government to reignite the idea.

The Lower House of Victoria’s Parliament is scheduled to vote in favour of negotiating Australia’s first Aboriginal treaty today.

via Victorian Parliament to vote on negotiating Australia’s first Aboriginal treaty – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The religious minority seizing power in the Liberal Party

This amounts to nearly 13 per cent of all those now in key positions within the Liberals’ organisational wing, compared to just 0.3 per cent of all Australians who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Combined with conservative Catholics, evangelical Christians from churches such as Victory Faith Centre and City Builders, the religious right-wing now has unprecedented sway in Liberal Party politics.
committee – is their most influential figure.

via The religious minority seizing power in the Liberal Party

Guy under pressure to allow gay ‘conversion’ therapy for kids

Other motions to be debated at state council include:

Calls for the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act to re-insert “man” and “woman” in the place of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”. The aim is that a person will define their gender as either male or female, according to their biological and reproductive function.
Calls to ban the Safe Schools program from Victorian schools and any other curriculum teaching a person’s gender may be different from their biological sex or that people can transition.

Guy under pressure to allow gay ‘conversion’ therapy for kids

‘Core group’ of repeat offenders behind home invasions, top cop says

“That happens, certain kids get out of custody and back to offending,” he said. ”We have got a core group of offenders who we have to work on all the time,” he said.

”When they are not in custody, they are offending. That’s what can happen.”

He added that social media helped offenders to gather and organise.

”You are talking about some core offenders putting a bad name to that whole community … they just see that as the way they are going to make money and get on with life for some reason,” Mr Ashton said.

via ‘Core group’ of repeat offenders behind home invasions, top cop says

Euthanasia deaths to be permitted in Victoria by 2019 under committee proposal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A medically assisted death could be available in Victoria from 2019 for people with an advanced and incurable illness or medical condition, under a model to be considered by State Parliament.

Source: Euthanasia deaths to be permitted in Victoria by 2019 under committee proposal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Victoria signs over $500m in public housing stock to Aboriginal organisation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In a landmark move, the Victoria Government is handing over social housing assets worth $500 million to Aboriginal Housing Victoria to own, manage and develop on behalf of the state’s fast-growing Indigenous community.

Source: Victoria signs over $500m in public housing stock to Aboriginal organisation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)