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Sunday, 12 November

09:54

Qld Greens policies would increase State Govt spending by $8-9BN p.a. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queenslands Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is under threat of losing her seat of South Brisbane to the Greens candidate Amy MacMahon, who is benefiting politically from a range of utopian policies disconnected from economic reality (see Fridays Courier-Mail on the political situation in South Brisbane). I first heard about the Greens proposed $1 public transport fares policy while waiting in the green room of ABC Studios at the same time Ms MacMahon was on air discussing the policy with Steve Austin, who would interview me later that morning. Obviously this would be a very costly policy and one without economic merit, especially given the large subsidies already provided to public transport by the Queensland Government. But the $1 public transport fares policy would represent just a fraction of the total cost that Greens policies would impose on Queensland taxpayers.

Based on my interpretation of the policies currently presented, Greens policies could increase total annual Queensland Government expenditure by an incredible $8-9 billion or 13-14% (see chart below). Of course, this is unlikely to ever happen, given the Greens couldnt possibly win government in their own right, but it is interesting to consider what a Greens budget would look like.

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00:27

Heres Where Marriage Equality Parties Are Being Held Next Wednesday QNEWS

The announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey is now just days away. At 9am Queensland time on Wednesday morning (November 15), the Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the result. Free-to-air channels ABC News and SBS have confirmed theyll broadcast the outcome live that morning. Regardless of the result, yes campaigners ...

The post Heres Where Marriage Equality Parties Are Being Held Next Wednesday appeared first on QNEWS.

00:18

The growing list of federal parliamentarians found to have been ineligible to stand due to breaches of Sec 44 of the Australian Constitution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



1. Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlum first elected 2007, resigned from parliament admitting dual citizenship 14.7.2017, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.17

2. Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Joy Waters first elected 2010, resigned from parliament admitting dual citizenship 18.7.17, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.17

3. Liberal MP for New England Barnaby Thomas Gerard Joyce first elected 2004, refused to resign from parliament, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.27

4. Liberal Senator for NSW Fiona Joy Nash first elected 2004, refused to resign from parliament, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.27

5. One Nation Senator Malcolm Ieuen Roberts first elected 2016, refused to resign from parliament, High Court ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship 27.10.17

6. Liberal Senator for Tasmania Stephen Shane Parry first elected 2004, resigned from parliament admitting dual citizenship on or about 2.11.17

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Saturday, 11 November

22:39

David Leyonhjelm guest post on Red Tape "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The crippling effects of red tape on the economy are unfortunately not restricted to the NSW housing sector.

As chair of the Senate Select Committee on Red Tape, I have so far introduced three interim reports on the sale, supply and taxation of alcohol; the sale and use of tobacco and nicotine products; and environmental regulation, sometimes called green tape.

Unless you are a smoker or drinker, the first two might not be of interest. However, environmental over-regulation should be of vital concern to us all. The actual and opportunity cost runs into many hundreds of millions of dollars in lost or delayed investment. And that means a lot of employment opportunities for our fellow Australians.

The origin of the term red tape is generally attributed to the 16th century administrative system of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, which used red tape for priority documents that required immediate action.

Given that red tape has now come to mean pernicious, corrosive and difficult-to-eradicate regulation, it seems highly appropriate that Charles V is today more remembered for his army spreading syphilis across Europe and thence to the rest of the world.

Like its venereal legacy, the red tape legacy of Emperor Charles V continues to be spread through the incautious infatuations of his Australian political successors.

The Institute of Public Affairs calculates that red tape reduces Australias economic output by $176 billion each year, equivalent to 11 per cent of GDP. This cost is reflected in businesses that are never started, jobs never created, and the time lost adhering to bureaucratic requirements.

Throughout our inquiry, we heard again and again that environmental red tape has turned many project approval processes into a bureaucratic nightmare.

A prime example is the Roy Hill iron ore project in the Pilbara that required more than 4,000 licences, approvals and permits for its pre-construction phase, needlessly delaying the project and raising the cost. Likewise, the Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland spent seven years in the approvals process, fighting more than 10 legal challenges and requiring an Environmental Impact Statement running to 22,000 pages.

We have the means to eradicate some of this green tape scourge from our lives.

As we recommended, the Federal Government could bring forward its review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, avoid duplicating state laws and create a One Stop Shop something the Productivity Commission also supports.

It could start focusing on the risks associated with non-compliance with legal rules, rather than the legal rules themselves, a risk-based approach that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is a...

21:17

George Takei Denies Allegations He Sexually Assaulted A Male Model QNEWS

Star Trek star George Takei has strongly denied allegations he sexually assaulted a man in the 1980s. Scott R. Brunton alleged in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the 80-year-old gay actor and activist took advantage of him in 1981. The alleged incident occurred in Hollywood when Brunton, aged 23, was working as a ...

The post George Takei Denies Allegations He Sexually Assaulted A Male Model appeared first on QNEWS.

16:43

Wheres the money coming from? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

In the Courier-Mail, Stephen Wardill responds to my observation that LNPs campaign promises dont add up, and must imply large unnannounced cuts to services, by suggesting that they may instead imply large unnannounced cuts in infrastructure, specifically the Cross-River rail tunnel project. There is a simple way to resolve this: the LNP could say where they plan to cut, and by how much. This idea doesnt seem to have occurred to Wardill however.

Its also easy to check that cutting the Cross-River project will go nowhere near filling the gap in the LNPs promises. The commitment in the last budget was $2 billion, and the total (assuming no Commonwealth funding) is about $5.4 billion over 7 years, with a target completion date of 2024. Scrapping the current budget allocation of $2 billion would barely be enough to pay for the reintroduced Royalties for Regions program, let alone the many other ideas that have been floated. And none of that goes anywhere near achieving the promise of a surplus on fiscal balance.

So, as Robert Menzies famously asked, Wheres the money coming from?

Wardill does make one fair point: the practice of providing costings at the last possible moment is not new and was done by Labor last time around. As with compulsory preferential voting, this is a piece of cleverness that has come back to bite them. Indeed, looking at this article on Labors costings release, the symmetry is amusing, and goes both ways.

From the LNP

At the last gasp, at almost the very last day of an election campaign they produce a three-page document that doesnt add up, Mr Nicholls said

And from Labor, a promise to this article on Labors costings release>cut government advertising expenditure, just as Nicholls is doing today. As I said in my previous post

As for government advertising, not only are the sums involved relatively modest, but this is a promise routinely made and broken by Opposition parties in just about every election. Nicholls may not like government advertising when Labor does it, but, in office, he was happy to spend $70 million on the Strong Choices asset sales campaign.

12:34

Ellen Page Accuses Director Brett Ratner Of Homophobic Harassment QNEWS

Ellen Page has accused film director Brett Ratner of homophobic and abusive behaviour In a lengthy Facebook post, Page said Ratner made the comments to her while working with him on the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand. I was eighteen years old, she wrote. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten ...

The post Ellen Page Accuses Director Brett Ratner Of Homophobic Harassment appeared first on QNEWS.

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Wednesday, 01 March

07:07

Australians lead worldwide support for political donations reform "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Transparency Internationals Global Corruption Barometer (GCB), the worlds largest survey on public experience of corruption, has revealed that Australians biggest concerns are about secret backroom deals between business and government and that theyre the strongest proponents of banning corporate political donations. Click here for detailed GCB results for Australia.

These clear-cut results from Transparency Internationals 2016-2017 Global Corruption Barometer come the day Queenslands new online donation disclosure system went live an Australian first and two weeks ahead of the National Integrity 2017 Conference.

Read detailed commentary in TI Australias media release.

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