Wednesday 11th January 2017 - 12:38 pm
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The news:Wednesday January 11

by Alan Thornhill

Total job vacancies in November 2016 were 181,000, an increase of 2.3% from August 2016.(more later)

 

 

Julie Bishop defends her decision to accept public money for  expenses she incurred while attending a private function, even tho former health minister Sussan Ley was forced to resign over a similar offence ABC

 

Grain farmers in Southern NSW reporting near record crops ABC

 

 

Retail sales growth falls sharply in November ABS

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Tuesday 10th January 2017 - 3:18 pm
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Retail growth flattens

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Australia’s retail growth rose by just 0.2 per cent in November, following a 0.5 per cent rise the previous month.

 

The Bureau of Statistics, which published this disappointing figure today ; also said that:-

  • The trend estimate rose 0.4 per cent in November 2016.
  • This had followed a rise of 0.5 per cent in October 2016 and a rise of 0.6 per cent followed  a rise of 0.4 per cent in September.

 

  • The trend estimate rose 0.4 per cent in November.
  • This followed  a rise of 0.4 percent in October 2016 and a rise of004 per cent in September 2016.

 

  • The trend estimate rose 0.4  per cent in November 2016.
  •  This followed a rise of 0.4 p er cent in October 2016 and a rise of 0.4  per cent in September 2016.

 

 

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate rose per  cent 0.2 in November 2016. This follows a rise of 0.5 per cent  in October 2016 and a rise of 0.6 per cent  in September 2016.

 

  • In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 3.4  per crent in November 2016 compared with November 2015 per cent

 

  • The seasonally adjusted estimate rose 0.2 per cent Household goods retailing (0.9 per cent), Food retailing 0.4 per ccnt, restaurants and takeaway food services 0.5 per cent.
  • ,Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing
  • Department stores 0.0 per cent were relatively unchanged.

 

  • The following states and territories rose in trend terms in November 2016: New South Wales (0.4 per cent, Queensland 0.6 per cent Victoria 0.4 per cent, the Australian Capital Territory 0.5 per cent Western Australia 0.1 per cent), Tasmania 0.3 p;er cent and the Northern Territory 0.4 per cent South Australia 0.0 per cent was relatively unchanged.
  • In trend terms, Australian turnover rose 3.4% in November 2016 compared with November 2015
  • The following states and territories rose in trend terms in November 2016: New South Wales 0.4 per cent Queensland 0.6per cent Victoria 0.4 per cent the Australian Capital Territory 0.5 per cent, Western Australia 0.1per cent, Tasmania 0.3%centand the Northern Territory (0.4%).
  •  South Australia 0.0 per cent was relatively unchanged.

 

 

 

Tuesday 10th January 2017 - 7:21 am
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The news:Tuesday January 10

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US President-elect Donald Trump has hit back at Meryl Streep’s criticism of him as she received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.BBC

 

 

 

Michael Chamberlain, who fought for years to clear his family’s name after his baby daughter Azaria was killed by a dingo, has died at the age of 72.BBC

 

 

 

 

Rolf  Harris facing court on child sex charges  ABC

Monday 9th January 2017 - 12:23 pm
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Health Minister Sussan Ley quits after being criticised in in several newspapers today for purchasing private properties while travelling at the taxpayers’ expense ABC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump “will do everything in his power” to halt the refugee deal between Australia and the US, according to a hardline Texan congressman who is confident no resettlements will ever take place from Manus Island or Nauru.

Sunday 8th January 2017 - 7:16 am
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The news: Sunday January 8

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At least 43 people have been killed in a car bomb blast in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz, near the Turkish border, reports say.bbc

 

 

 

 

 

US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a series of tweets condemning those who oppose good relations with Russia as “‘stupid’ people, or fools”.BBC

Friday 6th January 2017 - 7:03 pm
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by Alan Thornhill

Don’t come the raw prawn with us:Barnaby

Australia is suspending green prawn imports because it believes that some firms involved in the lucrative trade have been deliberately avoiding measures designed to protect the Australian trade from the effects of white spot disease are being deliberately avoided.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, who announced the decision appealed to Australians not to eat raw prawns from those countries.
He said Australia is cracking down on green prawn imports following suspected deliberate contravening of the nation’s strict biosecurity controls.
Criminal charges are being pursued against one importer, with another four under investigation.
 

 

“Australia’s $358 million prawn industry must be protected and not put at risk by the careless and selfish acts of a few,” Mr Joyce said.
 

 

“I welcome advice by the Director of Biosecurity that he will be suspending importation of raw prawns from White-Spot affected countries.
 

 

“We will not be taking any chances.

 

“Five farms on Queensland’s Logan and Albert River area have been decontaminated, while another two are under quarantine. Welfare of Australian farmers must always be front of mind.”

Don’t come
The source of the outbreak is still being investigated, however one possible cause is White Spot infected raw prawns sold only for human consumption being used as bait.
 

 

“Please do not use raw imported prawns as bait,” Mr Joyce said.
“There is no risk to human health from White Spot – but it poses a serious risk to our farmers.
 

 

“This is the first use of the suspension power since the new <em>Biosecurity Act 2015</em> came into force, which was part of the Coalition Government’s stronger border policies to ensure better targeted and rapid responses to biosecurity threats.”
Mr Joyce also said: “Australia imported around 48 thousand tonnes of prawn products (including fresh frozen and processed prawns) at a value of around $620 million in 2015/16.
 

 

He said   these were imported from 27 countries – the top five countries by volume were Vietnam, China, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Mr Joyce said almost 12,000 consignments of raw prawns imported over the past three years (as at the 30 June 2016)
 

All had been inspected and tested.

Friday 6th January 2017 - 9:08 am
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The news: Friday January 6

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Military relations between Australia and Indonesia are “back on track”  ABC

 

Russian hacking claims:US spy chief promises Putin motive BBC

 


Thursday 5th January 2017 - 6:33 pm
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PM says he wants more breast care nurses, but…

by Alan Thornhill

The Prime Minister, MalcolmTurnbull, says his government wants more “wonderful” breast care nurses.

 

He was speaking at the McGrath Foundation’s Pink Day High Tea, during Day 3 of ther Commonwealth Bank’s Test Series,  between Australia and Pakistan.

 

“Whether you are at home or here at the cricket, this is a time to make that commitment, show that love and support for these wonderful Breast Care Nurses,” Mr Turnbull said.

“ We want more of them,” he added.

 

He said he had met the Foundation in Hobart not so long ago and announced:  “… our re-commitment of a further $20.5 million to support 57 Breast Care Nurses over the next five years.

 

“That’s the Commonwealth Government’s continuing commitment.”

 

Meanwhile he encouraged private citizens in Australia to be as generous as possible in this cause.

 

He noted that kids were collecting money, in buckets, at the stadium yesterday, while more was being collected through the internet.

 

Meanwhile the acting opposition leader and shadow shadow treasurer, Chris Bowen, said even a former Liberal Treasurer, Peter Costello, now recognises that the government is on the wrong path with its tax policies.

 

He said the:  “ Turnbull Government’s company tax cuts – a $50 billion ram raid on the Budget – have taken a major hit with former Liberal Treasurer Peter Costello now arguing it’s more important to pursue personal income tax cuts.

“Mr Costello’s intervention makes a mockery of Scott Morrison’s argument that the company tax cuts are desperately needed to generate ‘jobs and growth’.

“Mr Costello has previously criticised the company tax cut plan for not being properly funded.

“The $50 billion tax cuts for big business were the centre piece of Scott Morrison’s 2016 Budget and the Government’s election campaign.

 

“But the Government hasn’t tried to pass the legislation through the Parliament,” Mr Bowen said.

“The fact is, the $50 billion tax cut for big business is keeping the Budget under pressure at the exact time Standard & Poor’s have Australia’s AAA rating on negative watch,” he added.

“Scott Morrison is simply clueless as Treasurer.

 

Previously he argued strongly for personal income tax cuts himself before being rolled by Malcolm Turnbull on increasing the GST

 

“And then he settled for a unfounded $50 billion tax cut for big business,”  Mr Bowen said.

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