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And then I recalled all the gossip about all the prime ministers since Ive been a journalistPaul Keating he and Annita would divorce because he was secretly gay.
Sydney Morning Herald article below
In 1993 I received my Australian citizenship from then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating at the Sydney Town Hall in front of thousands of people at a special commemoration citizenship ceremony.
I was chosen because I was a New Zealand emigrant businessman whod done well in Australia. I was the only Anglo-Saxon and the other candidates for citizenship came from all over the world. The Australian government was illustrating the multiculturalism of Australia.
Paul Keating arrived with a large entourage and fanfare. Assistants and media, the whole shebang. He was quite something in those days and knew how to play the game, maintain the invincibility and aura.
Paul Keating made a total mess of the Australian economy.
When Paul Keating was Australian Federal Treasurer in the late 1980s, under his economic governance, and as a direct result of him dismantling Australian tariffs on imports carte blanche, the Australian economy went into a major recession. It was all Pauls fault and yet to this day Paul sees himself as an economic hero.
Paul Keatings gayness
I really dont give a toss about whether Paul Keating is gay or not.
Paul lives with his boyfriend in Potts Point so he must be gay....
India could see its first ever biofuel flight on Monday with SpiceJet planning to operate a turboprop, Q-400, from Dehradun to Delhi using this sustainable alternative.
While some advanced countries like US and Australia have tested commercial flights on biofuel, India is among the first developing nations to make such an attempt. Sources say the plan is that the biofuel-powered Bombardier Q-400 will take off from Dehradun, fly over the city for 10 minutes and then return there. If the test goes well, then the plane will take off again and this time head to Delhi.
Officials from several regulatory agencies, including the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), will be on board to see the result of this flight.
This January, Australian carrier Qantas flew a Dreamliner Boeing 787-9 between Los Angeles and Melbourne. The fuel for this 15-hour flight was a blended one that was 10 per cent derived from an industrial type of mustard seed. In 2011, Alaska Airlines operated some flights using biofuel made of 50 per cent used cooking oil. And KLM had operated a few biofuel flights between New York and Amsterdam in 2013. The blending is capped for aviation biofuel.
India is also trying to promote biofuels to reduce dependence on fossil fuel. On August 10, World Biofuel Day 2018 was organised in Delhi where Prime Minister Modi released the National Policy on Biofuels 2018. This policy describes biofuel as being produced from renewable resources and used in place of or in blend with, diesel, petrol or other fossil fuels for transport, stationary, portable and other applications.
Renewable resources are the biodegradable fraction of products, wastes and residues from agriculture, forestry, tree based oil....
Malcolm Turnbull may just have been replaced as Australian Prime Minister by Scott Morrison a man with blood on his hands over his disgraceful treatment of refugees many years ago but this publicly-released letter that Ive signed still stands:
An alliance of organisations and individuals have formed the Unite Against Trump Alliance to begin coordinating a protest against US President Donald Trump when he visits Australia in November. The following statement, initiated by outgoing NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, is being circulated for sign-ons in the lead up to the protests that are being organised across the country including in Cairns, Canberra and Brisbane.
To sign on to the statement, visit the Unite Against Trump Sydney page.
Disgracefully, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has invited US President Donald Trump to visit Australia. This is likely to occur after the APEC summit in PNG in November.
Donald Trump is a racist, misogynist, lying billionaire who is trying to drag global politics to the far right. His brand of extreme nationalism, Islamophobia, greed, anti-refugee, anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-LGBTI, anti-union and anti-environment rhetoric and policies are abhorrent to the majority of the Australian public.
The Turnbull government has aligned with Trumps bigoted and militaristic global agenda at every opportunity. We want to see Australia distanced from Trumps values. His values do not represent the interests of most people on the planet or the planet itself.
More than ever we need to join together in Australia and across borders to struggle for a world that respects the equal rights and wonderful diversity of humanity, protects our fragile environment and equitably shares the enormous wealth all around us.
We call on Malcolm Turnbull to rescind Trumps invitation to Australia and for the parliament to prohibit him from speaking if his visit goes ahead.
We pledge that if Trump does visit we will meet him with mass demonstrations to show our opposition to everything his Presidency stands for.
Lee Rhiannon Greens Sena...
Scott Morrison the new Australian Prime Minister and former NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione attend Hillsong Church regularly and are friends of the pedophile protector Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"
Hillsong Insider speaks:
Ive seen Andrew Scipione in Hillsong churches many times.
Ive seen Andrew chatting to head pastor Brian Houston.
Ive seen Andrew Scipione in the Hillsong City Church and Hillsong headquarters church in Baulkham Hills.
Ive seen Andrew in the pastors lounges of these two Hillsong churches.
Andrew has been at Hillsong on many occasions.
I have had coffee with him and chatted to Andrew privately.
I gave the training manual for Hillsongs security to detectives and told them if there...
Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Church: If you drive a bomb of a car then dont put a I love C3 Churchsticker on the back window because its a bad witness for C3 Church and a bad witness for Jesus "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"
A friend of mine went to C3 Church headquarters in Oxford Falls, Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia for seven years.
He shared how at one Sunday morning service, C3 head pastor Phil Pringle said to the congregation, I just saw a bomb of a car in the car park outside with a I love C3 Church sticker on the back window. If you drive a bomb of a car, dont put a I love C3 Church sticker on the back window- its a bad witness for C3 Church and a bad witness for Jesus. Buy a new car and put a I love C3 sticker on it- or remove the C3 sticker off your bomb car.
My friend is an affluent man but he drove a $4,000 bomb of a Honda to church and left his vintage Porche and other smart car at home.
After Phil Pringles tell-off to the congregation about bomb cars, C3 stickers and Jesus, my friend made sure he always drove his bomb of a car to church. He went to accompany his wife to church, who likes C3 Church. My friend, a wealthy lawyer, thinks Phil Pringle is a fake and con-man and stopped going there and attends an Anglican Church where he feels it is less lively but more down to earth and since...
We can hardly wait to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day for the 12th year running!
This year, our national celebration will be held on Wednesday 5 September, with events across the entire country. And were hoping to raise more than $300,000 to provide over 30,000 books to remote Indigenous communities nation-wide.
Two of our biggest events will be at Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne and at the Sydney Opera House.
In Melbourne, students from Victorian schools will be joined by our Lifetime Ambassadors and ever-popular authors Andy Griffiths and Anita Heiss, ILF Ambassador Shelley Ware (from the Marngrook Footy Show on NITV), artist/storyteller Gregg Dreise and Aunty Joy Murphy.
The celebrations will feature performances by a group of students from Worawa College, who have just published a new book, Deadly Sisters of Worowa. Anita and Shelley worked with these talented young women to develop their pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Meanwhile, at Sydney Opera House, two more Lifetime Ambassadors, the renowned childrens author Alison Lester and musician Josh Pyke, along with Justine Clarke (of Playschool fame) and Natalie Ahmat (from NITV) will be performing alongside a group of remarkable women from the Binjari community near Katherine in the NT to celebrate their new books.
At the end of each of these celebrations, therell be a GREAT BOOK SWAP, where the students attending, swap a favourite book and make a gold coin donation to help boost the funds that support our literacy programs.
You can help close the literacy gap too! Find out how you can partcipate on Indigenous Literacy Day.
When: 2-5pm, Sunday 26th August Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here Whoever becomes the new Prime Minister RAC will call a protest on the first Sunday after that at 2pm State Library calling for Racists Out! and Refugees In! Turnbull, Dutton,Morrison and Bishop are all forever stained by the(...)
Earlier this month, an Aussie family sold their former apple orchard in Wantirna South, a suburb in Melbourne. Its been with the same owners since 1922.
The selling price? Reportedly close to $100 million.
The buyer is a Chinese property developer.
This is a perfect example of the stupidity of the Australian tax system and why Australias latest bout of political instability is mostly irrelevant in the long term.
It also has important investment implications.
Where the boom-bust nature of the economy comes from
The reason that this land is receiving such an enormous asking price is because of its desirable location on the city fringe and the fact it has Commercial 1 zoning approval, which removes permit requirements among other things. That means housing lots are sure to follow soon.
Germany has a far superior system. It freezes the value of land at the agricultural price when land is zoned for residential development.
The subsequent uplift in value of the land can then be used to fund local infrastructure and spending. Inferred from this is that taxes can be reduced and not even required.
Here in Australia we hand the windfall to whoever owns the land. Unproductive taxes make up for the forgone revenue.
A myriad of consequences spring from this.
One is the Australian preoccupation with speculating on property and using unproductive credit creation from the banks to do so.
This is where the instability, fragility and boom-bust nature of the economy and its sensitivity to higher interest rates springs from.
For a superb overview of this, the central role land plays in the economy and the myriad consequences that spring from this, I urge you to read a called Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing by Josh Ryan-Collins, Toby Lloyd and Laurie Macfarlane.
Its not a snappy title, but the book is an excellent introduction to this vital issue, making reference to the UK primarily.
If you were blindsided by 2008, youll know why after reading it. Youll also be armed for the next housing collapse, which could be due sometime next decade if current trends persist.
The trends that drive the economy mostly land rent and bank credit are not new. In fact, theyve been running riot since the end of the Second World War. The book shows this quite clearly.
Whether Malcolm Turnbull or Peter Dutton is in office will change nothing about this unless genuine tax reform is enacted. Yet its reasonable to assume this wont happen.
The Henry Tax Review, commissioned last decade, arg...
Queensland Police are calling for information about an incident in which a rider was robbed of his Kawasaki Ninja 250R by two men armed with a shotgun at 2am today in Crestmead, south of Brisbane.
The rider had pulled over to check map directions on his mobile phone when he was approached by two unknown men who threatened him with a sawn-off shotgun.
The men demanded his grey Nike back pack and mobile phone and forced him off his motorbike.
Both men then rode off along Geaney Boulevarde on the Kawasaki.
The men are described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 30 years of age and wearing dark tracksuit style clothing. Their faces were covered at the time of the robbery.
The motorcycle is a black 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, Queensland Rego 518RB (similar model to that pictured at the top of this page.)
The motorcyclist was not physically injured.
Police are appealing for anyone in the area who may have CCTV footage or may have witnessed the men riding the motorcycle.
Investigations are continuing.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.
Quote this reference number: QP1801561804
As the implosion of the Liberal Party continues, three ministers have now put up their hand for the top job. Scott Morrison threw his hat in the ring on Wednesday night and Julie Bishop put up her hand belatedly on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a shadow hangs over Peter Dutton, the MP who started it all, as the solicitor-general considers whether he is even eligible to be sitting in parliament after Malcolm Turnbull claimed he has breached section 44 of the constitution.
A defiant Malcolm Turnbull, is hanging on until the bitter end while Dutton, Morrison and Bishop are all working the phones to drum up support ahead of an expected leadership showdown in Canberra on Friday.
The prime minister says he will only call the meeting if he receives a petition signed by a majority of his MPs calling for a leadership spill.
Mr Duttons troops claim they have reached the 43 signatories required to force the meeting.
Queensland Liberal MP Scott Buchholz a staunch Turnbull supporter wants the prime minister to call the spill regardless of the petition.
I am being pressured beyond any comprehension I am being pressured to put my name on that list so it can bring the party room to a meeting, he said.
Senior minister Christopher Pyne said none of his colleagues should tell Mr Turnbull what to do.
I think some people of the caucus should have considered the greater good of the people of Australia and the government rather than their self-interested ambition, he told reporters outside Parliament House.
Dutton supporter Eric Abetz said the need for 43 public signatures was a complete fabrication, labelling it a bullying and intimidation tactic.
This sort of behaviour by a leader has never been witnessed before by any of us, Senator Abetz told ABC radio.
He welcomed an intervention by federal Liberal president Nick Greiner, who has called on the crisis to be resolved on Friday.
Mr Turnbull also wants to wait for legal advice from the solicitor-general about Mr Duttons eligibility to sit in parliament.
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