What: March in August Sydney
When: 1pm this Sunday 31 August
Where: Hyde Park link
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On Sunday, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said unless spending was brought under control, it was inevitable that taxes would have to rise if the budget were to be balanced.
This was perceived as a threat by Labor, the Greens and the Senate crossbenchers.
The Palmer Unite Party, the support of which is critical, had met on Sunday and leader Clive Palmer told The Australian Financial Review it has not changed its mind on the many budget measures it opposed.
PUP senator Glenn Lazarus confirmed this with a statement lashing out at Senator Cormann and the government, saying he “would not be bullied into agreeing to budget measures which are unfair, cruel and unnecessary”.
“This is simply another hollow and desperate threat on the part of a very arrogant and out-of-touch Abbott government to push through harsh budget measures so they can fund their own pet programs,” Senator Lazarus said.
“I was voted in to look after the people of Australia, not to take basic support away from pensioners and hard-working Australians.
“I think it would be political suicide for the Abbott government if they did try and introduce more taxes to the Australian public and I can’t see that happening.”
Like Mr Palmer before him, Senator Lazarus said Australians did not vote for the more harsh budget measures last year and “if the Abbott government wants proof of this, they should go back to the polls”.
He advocated income tax cuts to stimulate the economy and singled out for specific disdain the proposals to apply a Medicare co-payment and deregulate the university sector, which would cause the cost of a degree to spiral. “Education is one of the most important assets in our society and we should be making it more accessible to our people, not making it more expensive and difficult to access,” Senator Lazarus said. more
The issue came to a head when LNP senator Ian Macdonald, who has been a frequent critic of his own side since he was demoted from the frontbench after the election, told Mr Abbott his priority should have been the regular party room meeting, which is held every Tuesday morning when Parliament is sitting.Age of entitlement over eh?
But Senator Macdonald was swiftly rebuked by colleagues including backbencher Ewen Jones, who said Senator Macdonald's constant criticism of his own team had "overstepped the mark".
"I have the highest regard for Ian as a man but the direction he has taken is unfortunate," Mr Jones said.
Several government sources told Fairfax Media they were stunned to hear the Prime Minister respond to Senator Macdonald's complaint by saying he had to schedule an official function on Tuesday morning so he could justify being in Melbourne for a fund-raiser the night before under entitlements. Read more
Coalition sources have told the ABC that in explaining the delay Mr Abbott said he scheduled the morning media event at the cancer clinic to ensure the travel costs could be claimed.
A statement from the Prime Minister's office confirmed Mr Abbott attended a private function on Monday night, but said all travel was undertaken within the parliamentary entitlements rules. more
The controversial World Congress of Families conservative Christian conference is in chaos only days before its scheduled start, after four Melbourne venues backed out of hosting the event.
High profile speakers have agreed to speak at the congress on Saturday, including the anti-abortion campaigner and Victorian upper house Liberal member Bernie Finn, and the federal government social services minister, Kevin Andrews.
The line-up of anti-euthanasia, anti-divorce and anti-gay speakers from around the world has drawn condemnation from civil rights groups.
“It’s a mess,” Margaret Butts, one of the organisers told Guardian Australia. “We have no venue at the moment – the police are telling us it’s a safety risk because of planned protests and demonstrations.
“We are frantic at the moment trying to organise something else, we’ve had four venue cancellations. I can’t talk to you because we are just too busy right now.”
Guardian Australia understands that despite the prominent speakers and hundreds of people expected to attend on Saturday, organisers had not planned event security or liability insurance. more
Joyce said on Monday that if the finances of the nation aren’t turned around, “we’ll be closing hospitals, we won’t have an ABC, we won’t be able to defend ourselves because we will have run out of money”.Are Barnaby and SSJoe smoking the same shit? "What is the alternative"? How about not getting pensioners to cough up to go to a doctor? How's that sound? How about raising taxes then, getting the big end of town to pay their way. How about stop sucking up to Miss Piggy? This idiot expects us to believe there are no alternatives?
“Now the only way you can fix it is to fix it early, this is our first budget, I understand the concerns people have, I fully understand them, but what is our alternative?,” Joyce told ABC radio. more
Since it was announced a few weeks ago, the conference has been besieged by drama caused by concerned members of the community who don’t want it to go ahead.
Minister for Employment Eric Abetz was originally on the speakers’ line-up but has pulled out, though the Federal Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews is still scheduled to give the opening address, and also involved is virulently anti-gay and anti-abortion parliamentary crusaders Bernie Finn, Fred Nile and Cory Bernardi. Victoria’s right wing Attorney-General Robert Clark is also on board.
After two venue changes so far, the Conference is now scheduled to happen at Brunswick’s Aurora Receptions on Saturday 30 August, though Same Same understands that the management of the venue is now considering cancelling the booking. more
And, unfortunately for the World Congress of Families, Brunswick’s Aurora Receptions just canceled on them too. moreNow the WCF's has written a letter to all Australians, wanting us to stop cancelling on them.
International Pro - Family Leadership Open Letter to the People of Australia
In the name of fairness, and in response to unremitting and grossly misleading attacks on an August 30 conference in Melbourne, t he undersigned pro - family leaders worldwide wish to bring the following to your attention: more