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The Conservation Council of WA launched Supreme Court action earlier this month to challenge the Barnett Government's decision to approve Cameco's proposed mine at Yeelirrie, 1,079km north east of Perth…. The mine is one of four proposed uranium mines the McGowan Government will allow to proceed, despite reinstating a ban on any further development or exploration in Western Australia
FEDERAL Labor is calling on Environment Minister Melissa Price to explain why she approved a controversial uranium mine in Western Australia the day before the national election was called. “I want to find out what on earth has happened,” Labor’s environment spokesman Tony Burke told ABC radio on Friday. The Canadian-owned Yeelirrie uranium mine, about 500km north of Kalgoorlie, was given the tick of approval by Ms. Price on April 10, according to an Environment Department document…. State approval was given just weeks before the WA election in 2016. The federal government had previously indicated it wouldn’t make a decision until the WA appeal was complete
After pressure from her Cabinet colleagues from Queensland, Ms. Price gave a tick to the Adani's groundwater-related management plan on April 8. The decision is one her Queensland counterpart — Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch — said "reeks of political interference"
If the plan was approved during the caretaker period, the government would have been forced to consult Labor before granting permission. Queensland MPs in the Morrison government have been pressuring Ms. Price to approve the plan before the election to appease voters who want the mine to proceed.
“effectively guaranteeing new laws on espionage will pass Parliament before the end of the year.
The bill would introduce harsher penalties for both sabotage and espionage.
It would also make it illegal for foreign agents to steal trade secrets, or to interfere in Australia's political system through covert or threatening conduct.”
But the Government and Labor have now agreed to water down elements of the proposed laws, which have been fiercely criticized by civil society groups, universities and media organizations.
The maximum jail time for some of those convicted under the proposed new laws will be reduced from 10 to seven years — and the Attorney-General will have to sign off on any prosecutions.”
Students must visit Parliament House, The Museum of Australian Democracy and/or The National Electoral Education Centre and the Australian War Memorial. They also have the opportunity to visit a number of other sites of cultural and historical interest while in Canberra.
All PACER approved national institutions provide educational programs that directly align with the Australian Curriculum.
display large items such as helicopters and jet fighters...
The redevelopment will also include a live feed of current defence activities
He's suggested on Twitter that Downer is an operative of MI6, the British secret intelligence service, and that Downer's companion at drinks was a member of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.
Their meeting at Kensington Wine Rooms in May 2016 has become practically folkloric. It triggered a series of events that is now the subject of the Robert Mueller investigation that began two months later.
So what did happen?
"Alexander Downer did not randomly reach out to me," Papadopoulos told conservative commentator Sean Hannity on his nationally syndicated radio show in the US this week…
But the cable came back to Canberra about an aide to Trump saying the Russians had some dirt on Hillary Clinton and were prepared to use it.
The Americans weren't informed immediately about what Papadopoulos had said to Downer, but when it became known that the FBI suspected a Russian hack of Clinton emails, the information was shared with the Five Eyes intelligence partner
Role The Senate is a house of review and a powerful check on the government of the day. The proportional representation system of voting used to elect senators makes it easier for independents and the candidates of the smaller parties to be elected.
In recent decades this has meant that the government party usually does not have a majority of votes in the Senate and the non–government senators are able to use their combined voting power to reject or amend government legislation.
The Senate's large and active committee system also enables senators to inquire into policy issues in depth and to scrutinise the way laws and policies are administered by ministers and public servants.
So with all that you must have an endorsement for who to vote for,spill it.
Australia’s Scary New Bank Bail-in Laws Brad Matthews March 11, 2018 12 Entrepreneurship I am not a financial advisor, but I do believe I have an obligation to at least make people aware of an incredibly pernicious act that the Australian government has quietly perpetrated against all Australians. It was sneakily pushed through parliament on the 14th of February 2018, with just 7 senators present.
Passed on a voice vote, it bears the Orwellian title: Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution Powers And Other Measures) Bill 2017.
Few would know that very quietly on 14 February 2018, with just 7 senators present, the Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution Powers And Other Measures) Bill 2017 was passed into law on a voice vote. You likely saw no press on the matter and yet the ramifications for all Australians are potentially huge.
This is a very long and complicated piece of legislation but at its very core it brings Australia into line with the ‘Bail In’ agenda of the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) as agreed at the G20 here in Brisbane in 2014. ‘Bail In’ is about government not bailing out distressed institutions as we saw in the GFC using tax payer’s money, rather using the creditors of the bank to bail itself out.
The legislation allows our banking regulator APRA ‘crisis powers’ to secretly step in and run distressed banks. It allows APRA to then confiscate and write off certain types of bonds and hybrid securities and allows them to confiscate cash savings of SMSF’s. Whereas elsewhere around the world, including our neighbours New Zealand, they specifically include the confiscation of depositors’ funds (savings), the Aussie version just cleverly doesn’t specifically exclude that….
We’ve written many times of the fact that as a cash depositor in a bank you are simply an unsecured creditor of the bank. The government tries to make us all relaxed about that through their depositor guarantee scheme up to $250,000 per ADI (Authorise Deposit-taking Institution). There are traps within as one ADI includes all subsidiaries (like St George to Westpac or Bank West to CBA etc). There is also a $20b cap per ADI and that may not be enough to cover everyone in that ADI. The bigger the better is hence counterintuitive as there are more mouths to feed with that $20b. Timing is another thing. PPP’s Vern Gowdie wrote just this week about the fact that 90% of deposits are held by just 10% of our financial institutions, or 9 banks in number. They are the ‘too big to fail’s’ and leave 75 other institutions that wouldn’t cause the chaos of the big guys if it took a while to resolve. That is where the Financial Claims Scheme (FCS) comes in to play. From the RBA:
Government sneaks through APRA ‘bail-in’ law, but fuels anti-bank revolt
Under siege from erupting public opposition, the Turnbull government whisked its APRA crisis resolution bill through the Senate and into law on 14 February. Of Australia’s 76 senators, only seven were present when the government rushed the bill to a vote, which passed “on the voices”, with no opposition from the Labor or Greens senators present. The process was hurried to ensure that senators who planned to move an amendment, to stipulate that the bill’s “bail-in” provisions must not apply to bank deposits, did not have the chance, and weren’t even present when it passed.