Daily News - Monday 16 February 2015

Posted 16 February 2015 4:23pm



Kirstie Parker, Mick Gooda say enough of ‘fine words’ – Close the Gap, a big fat lie

Gerry Georgatos - Independent News

Before everyone else jumped on the bandwagon, a couple of years ago I first revealed the lie of $25 billion spent on Indigenous disadvantage, now touted at $30 billion. Mainstream media continued to portray the worst of the extreme poverty of First Peoples and did not pickup on what I exposed in The National Indigenous Times and in The Stringer despite the Government stating I was correct. Several weeks after that story, I revealed that 1000 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders died from suicide throughout Australia between 2001 to 2010, but that I estimated this national epidemic is probably twice the reported numbers. It took two years and decent journalists in the mainstream media to start engaging in this tragedy.  After exposing that there was no $25 billion spend to address Indigenous disadvantage, a shameful indictment on our 76 Australian Senators in their so-called House of Review, weeks later I tore into that big fat lie, the Close the Gap campaign as an untold tragedy of misinformation, poor tracking, skewed data and that now, some of the statistics are worse than ever. It is a national disgrace and governments stand condemned.

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Labor criticises Scott Morrison for 'misleading statement' on part-pension increase

Judith Ireland - SMH

An Abbott government decision to give part-pensioners a $200 million funding boost has been attacked as "misleading" by Labor and "extremely disappointing" by the country's peak community body.

On Monday, Mr Morrison announced that more than 770,000 part-pensioners - who do not qualify for the full pension due to the value of assets - would receive an average increase of $3.20 a fortnight or $83.20 a year.

This is through a lowering of the deeming rate, which affects people who have financial investments and comes on top of a routine twice-yearly indexation increase, which is due on March 20.

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Deeming rates reflect the rates of return that people receiving income support payments can earn from their investments and are used for the age and disability support pensions, as well as the parenting payment and Newstart.


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Asylum seekers without documentation to be rejected: Tony Abbott


ASYLUM seekers without documentation face being rejected almost instantly following Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s pledge to no longer give them “the benefit of the doubt”.
And successful immigrants caught using dodgy documents could lose their citizenship — with no right of appeal.
Labor could be forced to relent on its rejection of the measures in a pumped up debate on national security.
The two controversial policies — rejected by the Senate — today have renewed priority following the Prime Minister’s pledge to backbenchers and the electorate to get tough on security matters.
On Sunday he pointed at “bad people” who “for too long we’ve given those who might be a threat to our country the benefit of the doubt”.
The Prime Minister will release a national security statement next Monday but there are indications of the measures he will be considering.
Today he said: “We need to ensure that the system is at least as focused on Australia’s national interests as it is on the interests of people from overseas who (want) to come here.”
Former Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, now Social Services Minister, today pointedly referred to one of the stalled measures, the Migration Amendment Protection and other Measures Bill.

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‘Drought-proofing’ Perth: the long view of Western Australian water

The Conversation

When he visited Perth in 2012, Arizona water specialist Robert Glennon remarked: “I expected a dry city on the driest continent would be at the cutting edge of water conservation and instead I’m hearing stories about groundwater wells in everyone’s backyard and everyone has a lush lawn.” Had he known the state’s water history, he might not have been so surprised.

What Glennon observed in Perth is the persistence of what historian Jay Arthur describes as “the default country”, a settler Australian ideal of a green, well-watered landscape against which the continent does not measure up.

It was an ideal that inspired generations of “water dreamers”, to use Michael Cathcart’s term, to search for an inland sea in the continent’s dead heart. And when water was found to be wanting, they designed schemes to turn the rivers inland and to make the deserts bloom.

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