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    Juliar Gillard

    Did this lady learn her two faced politics at the same school as Tony Bliar Gillard lies again about green tax | Herald Sun
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    Gillard = IDIOT

    Can you believe the Rudd / Gillard pantomine, they dismantle the Howards immigration process that had stopped the boats, now she cant stop the boats comming and blames the opposition. She introduces a new tax on questionable theories, she is desperately trying to lose her job, what a joke she is.
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    Gillard to face the axe?

    Long before Rudd felt the noose I predicted Gillard would be next to be PM Now no matter what some are saying the noose is closing round her neck and the gallows are ready!!!! Penny 'frightening pussycat' Wong is my hot tip (within 12 weeks) as Wayne 'Swanny' Swan won't in my opinion step up or should I say be allowed to by the union controlled labor power brokers! Gillards appointment had so much promise but I feel that her original plans were completely scuppered or watered down by those really pulling the strings in the Labor party Both sides in AU politics to be honest are absolutely unelectable they are such a useless bunch they are a joke what with a greed driven slightly watered down right wing party in the Liberals Then there are the very dubious 'Unions' lending support to Labor and lobbying over certain policies There is no representation of the people by the 2 parties as the policies put forward are so unpopular that the politicians make it up as they go along with a who cares what the public think attitude!!!! Anyway take a look at the big pre election manifesto policies from labor and look what has been implemented you will laugh! But unfortunately in reply the opposition just sling mud and nothing else a party without policy is the Liberals here! Rant over!
  4. After driving around mainland Europe for 2 weeks and seeing the efforts our neighbors on the continent have made with Solar water heating, Photo-voltaic panels and wind power I have realised how pathetic the UK's attempts have been, purely lip service:cry:. So it is great to see that Australia's controversial Carbon Tax seems to have already begun to pay dividends. (Maybe the UK can learn from OZ) Australia Gets Ten Times Bigger Solar farm Following Carbon Tax In its first solar investment in Australia, GE Energy and Financial Services has partnered with US thin-film producer First Solar and local state-owned energy firm Verve Energy to build a solar farm ten times larger than any yet built in the country. It will supply electricity for a desalination plant in Western Australia, which has a mandate to use renewable power for all new desalination projects. Australia – resource-cursed by plentiful coal – has seen a sharp uptick in international interest from renewable energy firms following this summer’s passage of carbon legislation by the Gillard government, which now puts a price ($23 per tonne) on CO2 emissions. State legislation helps too. Now, all new desalination plants in Western Australia must use power generated from renewable sources. The Southern Seawater Desalination Plant has contracted to buy 100% of the power from the Greenough River Solar Farm, which will produce energy when it is most needed during the day, and eliminating 25,000 tonnes per year of greenhouse gas emissions. Source: Clean Technicahttp://cleantechnica.com/2011/09/01/australia-gets-ten-times-bigger-solar-farm-following-carbon-tax/
  5. Nick and sez

    Julia Gillard At Royal wedding.

    Watching the royal wedding today, i saw Aussie PM Julia Gillard, she looked great in her out fit and i think did Australia proud as their representitive.. many people may not have liked the wedding but i think Will and kate have done more PR today for a stuffy outdated monarchy than in 30 years..... Love them or hate them, the new Royal couple are a breath of fresh air amd maybe will be the key to the commonwealth staying together.... Hopefully the Queen will pass it straight over to Prince William and not Charles... William will make a good KING, I did not see anyone else in OZ after the floods apart from Wills, forget the pomp and pangentry, today was a good day your PM Julia Gillard did Australia Proud..:yes:
  6. Sounds more like a post-election speech than Xmas message.
  7. Hi all With the Australian Federal election having been called today, I thought it might be interesting to compare the parties' recent comments about immigration policy. To access the full document, please click on the highlighted links below. Best regards Susan _________________________________________ THE GILLARD GOVERNMENT Extract from presentation by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, at the Population Australia 2050 Summit, 28 June 2010. · We are moving from the ‘Australia needs skills’ to ‘Skills Australia needs’ approach · A program that is shaped by employers' needs rather than by the desire of prospective migrants to come to Australia. · We are also reviewing our migrant selection process. · We are reviewing the Points Test scheme to ensure that it is not heavily distorted towards a handful of occupations—a problem that has been addressed through our recent changes to Skilled Occupations List. · But there is still further work to be done. We need to ensure that our points test enables us to select highly innovative and well trained migrants to ensure we have a solid human capital base for Australia's longer term prosperity. · My department is contemplating a new migrant selection model. · Under this model, prospective immigrants will be invited to lodge an expression of interest to emigrate to Australia, and will be selected for migration as and when the need arises. · Australia's net migration levels should be driven by permanent migration not temporary. · Thanks to recent reform measures, it is expected that the net overseas migration figure will return to a sustainable long-term average THE ALTERNATIVE GOVERNMENT: Extract from Coalition Policy Directions Paper · The primary purpose of a nation’s migration programme is economic, namely to supplement natural increase to create critical market mass in the domestic economy and service the skills needs of a growing economy. · The migration programme run by the Coalition will once again have the primary focus on providing skilled migration on both a permanent and temporary basis and supporting the viability of rural and regional communities around Australia. · Key features of the Coalition policy will include: reinstatement of a genuine critical skills list designed to reflect genuine occupational skills needs of industry liberalisation of arrangements for temporary business visas (457s)subject to clear standards, to make them more accessible to business, especially small businesses, and business in regional areas, with proven skills shortage needs ensuring at least two thirds of our permanent intake is for skills migration encouraging settlement on either a temporary or permanent basis in regional and rural areas. · Further details of the Coalition skilled and regional migration policies will be contained in the Coalition immigration and citizenship policy.
  8. Hi all With the Australian Federal election having been called today, I thought it might be interesting to compare the parties' recent comments about immigration policy. To access the full document, please click on the highlighted links below. Best regards Susan _________________________________________ THE GILLARD GOVERNMENT Extract from presentation by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, at the Population Australia 2050 Summit, 28 June 2010. · We are moving from the ‘Australia needs skills’ to ‘Skills Australia needs’ approach · A program that is shaped by employers' needs rather than by the desire of prospective migrants to come to Australia. · We are also reviewing our migrant selection process. · We are reviewing the Points Test scheme to ensure that it is not heavily distorted towards a handful of occupations—a problem that has been addressed through our recent changes to Skilled Occupations List. · But there is still further work to be done. We need to ensure that our points test enables us to select highly innovative and well trained migrants to ensure we have a solid human capital base for Australia's longer term prosperity. · My department is contemplating a new migrant selection model. · Under this model, prospective immigrants will be invited to lodge an expression of interest to emigrate to Australia, and will be selected for migration as and when the need arises. · Australia's net migration levels should be driven by permanent migration not temporary. · Thanks to recent reform measures, it is expected that the net overseas migration figure will return to a sustainable long-term average THE ALTERNATIVE GOVERNMENT: Extract from Coalition Policy Directions Paper · The primary purpose of a nation’s migration programme is economic, namely to supplement natural increase to create critical market mass in the domestic economy and service the skills needs of a growing economy. · The migration programme run by the Coalition will once again have the primary focus on providing skilled migration on both a permanent and temporary basis and supporting the viability of rural and regional communities around Australia. · Key features of the Coalition policy will include: reinstatement of a genuine critical skills list designed to reflect genuine occupational skills needs of industry liberalisation of arrangements for temporary business visas (457s)subject to clear standards, to make them more accessible to business, especially small businesses, and business in regional areas, with proven skills shortage needs ensuring at least two thirds of our permanent intake is for skills migration encouraging settlement on either a temporary or permanent basis in regional and rural areas. · Further details of the Coalition skilled and regional migration policies will be contained in the Coalition immigration and citizenship policy.
  9. It's on the front page of Australian Financial Review today (5th July 2010) that Gillard is looking to reduce the number of SKILLED migrants (not to be confused with the current asylum seeker debate) by toughening the education requirements for prospective immigrants. I looked up the article online but you can't read the full article until you have paid! :mad: Gillard gets tough on migration Anyone with AFR membership can help?
  10. Leaders at odds on growth. The ACT must populate or stagnate, according to Chief Minister Jon Stanhope who has signalled his opposition to any attempt to cut skilled migration to Australia. Immigration policies expected to change as high-growth target goes. SUSTAINABLE Population Minister Tony Burke says the government will adjust immigration policies so populated regions are not stretched. But the policies would ensure skills shortages were filled. Playing politics on population. JULIA Gillard's rejection of Kevin Rudd's "Big Australia" goes dangerously close to cornering her into a low-growth economy. The momentum from the strongest population growth since the 1960s was one of the chief reasons Australia sailed through the global financial crisis. West desperate for workers, say business. WESTERN Australia's peak business body has warned Julia Gillard the state is desperate for workers and migration has to increase. WA Chamber of Commerce & Industry chief executive James Pearson said unlike parts of the eastern states, where there were issues of overcrowding and congestion, West Australian employers needed workers.
  11. PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has declared she does not believe in a ''big Australia'', signalling a major shift in policy on the nation's burgeoning population growth. In her first significant policy break from the Rudd-era, Ms Gillard said the nation should not ''hurtle down the track towards a big population''. ''I don't support the idea of a big Australia with arbitrary targets of, say, a 40 million-strong Australia or a 36 million-strong Australia. We need to stop, take a breath and develop policies for a sustainable Australia. ''I support a population that our environment, our water, our soil, our roads and freeways, our busses, our trains and our services can sustain.'' Australia's growing population has become a politically sensitive issue, and Ms Gillard pointedly targeted her comments to marginal voters in outer suburban seats. ''If you spoke to the people of Western Sydney, for example, about a big Australia,'' she said, ''they would laugh at you and ask you a very simple question: where will these 40 million people go?'' Treasury's Intergenerational Report earlier this year predicted Australia's population would rise from about 22 million to 35.9 million in 2050 if current trends in overseas migration and fertility continued, with immigration by far the biggest contributor. Melbourne was predicted to hit 7 million people, and Sydney would grow to more than 7.5 million. The report caused widespread unease about whether big cities, now straining under inadequate infrastructure, could cope. Then prime minister Kevin Rudd backed away from his earlier comment that he favoured a ''big Australia'' by appointing Tony Burke as Population Minister to develop a strategy. Ms Gillard said Mr Burke's job description would now change to ''send a very clear message about this new direction''. He would now be known as the Minister for Sustainable Population. Although Ms Gillard stressed her belief that population growth should be limited was ''not about bringing down the shutters in immigration'', any move to lower current rates would involve taking in significantly fewer immigrants. Last year, overseas migration added almost 300,000 people - about double the rate of natural increase accounted for by births and deaths. Australia's population has been growing faster than some developing countries, including the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. ''It is a debate about planning affected by many factors, water supply, open space, infrastructure, ensuring the appropriate tax base to support our ageing population … the need for skills and the need to preserve a good quality of life,'' the new PM said. The opposition has no clear policy on immigration levels, but immigration spokesman Scott Morrison has suggested 300,000 a year is too high. It has also tried to link the population debate to a rise in the number of boats carrying asylum seekers. Ms Gillard will face new scrutiny over the government's policies after another boatload was intercepted near Christmas Island last night. Ninety-six asylum seekers and three crew were aboard. Earlier, Ms Gillard suggested the government could pursue different immigration policies for different parts of the country. ''Australia has this very difficult problem - parts of Australia are desperate for workers, but other parts are desperate for jobs. ''Having a smart and sustainable population, coupled with the right skills strategy, will help improve this imbalance.'' Any move to cut significantly Australia's migration intake would anger business groups, which support strong population growth to keep the economy growing and fix skills shortages. Gillard rejects 'big Australia'
  12. Breaking news - Kevin Rudd has tonight been challenged for the leadership of the Labor Party. Whatever the result tomorrow - could they have just determined the result of the next election?? Interesting times ahead! Rudd faces party challenge number-crunch | Adelaide Now Cheers, Kazza
  13. FEDERAL Education Minister Julia Gillard will press ahead with plans for a national vocational education regulator, despite the refusal of Victoria and Western Australia to sign over their powers. The Government will legislate next year to create the regulator, which will accredit colleges, including those offering courses for international students. Finally, though WA probably wants to retain control re. mining industry training etc., Victoria because they are incompetent in regulating dodgy colleges....
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