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Originally posted by Silver Shadow
Don't really know mazzroth.
As a Liberal voter, I did not vote for Rudd, but must admit he has on the balance done quite well, and am pretty satisfied with his performance as our Prime Minister..
The whole world of politics and spooking is a very dark and murky area.
I know nothing about ASIS, but have slightly more personal knowledge of ASIO and how it works.
Anyhow, Rudd stands pretty tall compared to a huge number of conspicuously corrupt and immoral leaders of other nations. So for us Aussies it ain't all that bad.
Kevin Rudd, the prime minister of this country...his wife...how did she become a multi-multi millionaire ?
Phone-In to Report Job Network Scams
Date: 22 February 2002
On Friday March 1, 2002 StandUp! will hold a phone-in to hear from jobseekers who have been misled or exploited by fake 'jobs' or 'training' organised by some Job Network Providers (JNP)'s and/or their labour hire companies.
In 2001, JNP Leonie Green and Associates was reported for placing jobseekers into fake temporary 'jobs, such as bogus 'market research' so that the agency could obtain placement payments of up to $400 per jobseeker from the government.
Over $200 000 was improperly obtained by this company in the scam and although monies have been repaid, Leonie Green and Associates continues to practice as a Job Network Provider.
StandUp! wishes to hear from jobseekers who have been offered fake jobs, promised training which turned out to be bogus, or experienced other unethical treatment from any Job Network Provider.
Many individuals who have been burnt by Job Network Providers are afraid to come forward and complain, as the JNP may still have the power to recommend them for a punitive breach by Centrelink which can reduce or stop their income.
PM Archive - Tuesday, 24 July , 2001 00:00:00
Reporter: Alexandra Kirk
MARK COLVIN: The Federal Government has commissioned an independent inquiry into its $3 billion part-privatised job network, and moved to stop employment agencies claiming fees for so called 'phantom jobs'. All job agency contracts are being changed to improve the scheme's integrity after a departmental inquiry uncovered some questionable practices and urged contract conditions be tightened.
The Employment Minister, Tony Abbott, says the government is moving expeditiously to ensure the public has confidence in the system but the Opposition says it's an admission that the job network's been open to rorting. Alexandra Kirk reports from Canberra.
Jul 25, 2001 (The Courier-Mail
ABIX via COMTEX) -- The Australian Government has announced a major overhaul of its $A3bn Job Network labour market program. On 24 July 2001, Australian Employment Services Minister, Mal Brough, said Job Network members will no longer be paid if they place job seekers in their own organisations, or "split" a job to create several short-term jobs. The changes come after claims Job Network members abused the system to earn lucrative returns. Under the alleged scheme, Job Network members hired employees for the minimum 15 hours needed to receive government funds.
In 1988 she founded Thérèse Rein and Associates, later Ingeus. This international employment services agency assists jobseekers, in particular long-term unemployed people, enter the workforce. Along with many others, Ingeus has taken on the role after the Howard Government abolished Commonwealth Employment Service (CES), whose functions passed into the private sector.
In 2005 Ingeus had revenues of $175 million and employed 1300 people in 66 offices in Australia, Britain, France and Germany. It was the third-largest provider of services to the Australian federal Government's Job Network agency.
For some reason, the Government is keen to see
overseas employment agencies, without a track record here, displace proven high performing operators. Many of the sacked localProviders are charities and not for profit organisations such as Wesley Mission which used it's surplus to fund services to the homeless and other marganlised groups.
My understanding is that she no longer has Job Network bussiness in Australia so should be unaffected by the JobNetwork tender. I gather she's seeking to expand into the U.K and Europe.
Conversely, UK firms are seeking to do JN work here in Australia and are said to have won significant business under the new tender.