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President Trump praises Australia's border control - congrats to Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison and Jim Molan

Well done Jim, Tony, Scott and Peter - and the thousands of soldiers, sailors, Border-Force and Air-Force members who've kept Australia safe.

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Trump sticks it right up MSNBC & The Democrat Circus


Welcome home to soldiers of The Australian Army's 7th Combat Brigade

It was great to welcome home soldiers from the 7th Combat Brigade today, who have been deployed in Iraq for the last 8 months. Amongst them were our own soldiers from the 1st Regiment Royal Australian Artillery.

A combined acoustic group from the Band of the 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery and Australian Army Band Brisbane set the mood for emotional family reunions as our troops filed into the arrival hall. A huge thank you to all who served.

UBIQUE

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A few pages of complete crap from the UN Secretary General

Fair dinkum!  Why do we contribute to this mob?

Could be worse though - it could be Rudd!

 

From: Julia Dean <dean@un.org>

Date: 26 June 2019 at 12:28:33 pm GMT-7

To:XXXXXX

Subject: UN Secretary-General's letter to G20 leaders

 

Excellency,

I write on the eve of the Osaka Summit to share some thoughts about our shared challenges and work.  The world has made progress towards addressing some of our most pressing challenges in recent years.  However, advances are not happening fast enough, nor are they evenly spread across countries and communities.

Four years after the landmark agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we have to accelerate efforts towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and address our changing climate.  The Osaka Summit should underscore the need for transformational changes so that economies and societies prosper, but also become more inclusive and sustainable.

The Osaka Update on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda should demonstrate clearly the ambition of G20 members and your commitment to deliver on the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda.  We have the vision, the frameworks and the plans.  What we need is accelerated actions, not more deliberations.  To that end, I call on G20 leaders to exercise their individual and collective leadership in three areas.

First, I encourage G20 members to take the lead in implementing policies that promote not only rapid and robust, but also equitable growth. This includes ensuring that those living in the “rust belts” of the world are not left behind, including through social protection, and better leveraging new technologies.

It also includes shaping an international financial system that is fit for the purpose of achieving sustainable development for all. And with a rules-based multilateral trading system in crisis, G20 countries must take the lead in advancing the necessary reforms of the World Trade Organization.

Inclusive growth needs to empower communities and provide equal pay and employment opportunities and decent work for women.  I welcome the progress made on the “25 by 25” commitments.  G20 countries should further lead the way to implement the “25 by 25”, including by integrating the commitments into national sustainable development strategies.

Equitable growth also implies less economic volatility, given the sharp human costs associated with economic crises. G20 countries, thus, should lead efforts to strengthen the global financial safety net and increase its resilience to systemic risks.  I call on G20 countries to undertake the regulatory and other policy changes that will make our financial systems sustainable and facilitate the mobilization of longer-term investments on which sustainable development depends.

Second, we need to increase the flow of public and private finance towards investments that are aligned with the SDGs, in part by shaping incentives so that private capital flows towards sustainable development.To this end, I have accelerated actions by the United Nations system aimed at galvanizing support from the public and private sector to mobilize finance
for the Sustainable Development Goals and have launched a Strategy for Financing the 2030 Agenda on 24 September 2018. 

Third, we need to seize the opportunities of the digital revolution, which is advancing rapidly, with great promise for increased efficiency, and with already profound impacts on our economies and societies.  But digital divides can also grow rapidly, and the rules of the game – from data to taxation – that will shape opportunities need to be designed in an inclusive manner.  I have established the Task Force on Digital Financing of Sustainable Development Goals to elaborate concrete policy recommendations to fully realize the potential of financial technology.  I also urge the G20 members to continue to promote policies that bridges the digital divide.  

In my letter to you dated 23 May 2019, I expressed my expectations for the Climate Action Summit.  I strongly encourage you to come to the Summit with bold and realistic plans.  The United Nations High-level week in September 2019 provides a unique opportunity to show your determination to realize the 2030 Agenda.  By participating at the highest political level and bringing concrete actions to the table, G20 members can help lead us on the path to achieve our shared goal of a safe and prosperous future for people and the planet.

By acting collectively and with urgency to manage global risks, we can pave the way to achieving our vision for the future.  The G20 must play a central role.  A role that can drive real change.  Your decisions impact the lives of almost eight billion people around the world.  I urge you to lead the way in ensuring that no one is left behind. 

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

António Guterres

 

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Former defence minister Pyne now consulting in $200Billion Pyne-inspired contract bonanza

Today's surprise announcement* is that Christopher Pyne has been employed to look after Ernst & Young's defence business - ie advising on how to get the biggest bite out of the $200 Billion investment program he presided over as a minister.

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If this isn't corrupt, could someone please explain why?

Here's a piece I published last year in anticipation of precisely this sort of self-interested bullshit.

Pyne, Payne and Turnbull - their murky links to defence

This is the Australian Army's announcement about the Chief of Army's Land Forces Conference:

Australian Army @AustralianArmy
 

is proud to partner with Industry Defence & Security Australia Limited to present .

Make sure you follow @LandForces2018 and @CALFSAusArmy to join the discussion. https://www.landforces.com.au/index.asp 

27 people are talking about this
 
 

 

So the Chief of Army is having a conference - presumably to discuss military matters with our partners.

But our partners aren't our military allies.

A direct quote from the above

AusArmy is proud to partner with Industry Defence & Security Australia Limited

Before we get to to Industry Defence & Security Australia Ltd - have a quick look at the Twitter account of Chief of Army Land Forces Seminar -Australian Army

It's chocka with Christopher Pyne and Marise Payne - either flogging weapons/equipment or inviting tenders.

And most of the acquisition stuff points to the private website www.pyneonline.com.au

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Do you want a copy of the tender documents for our multi million taxpayer funded splurges?

Go to PyneOnline.com.au for all the details!

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Or follow the Chief of Army Seminar - he's out there pumping Christopher up too!

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And old mate Marise gets plenty of action there as well.


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Now to the Australian Army's proud presenting "partner"

It's a charity that pays no tax..... 

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...but earned $2.2M on $5M turnover in the only year for which a financial report is available, doing among other things, the pumping up of politicians tyres!

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The friendly folk at the Government's charities commission have decided the mates at ADSA Ltd don't need to furnish us with any more financial reports.......

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So the financial extract above comes from the only financial document I could find on them.

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This entity might have started out with all good intentions.

But its constitution has recently been updated.

And it seems to me with its involvement in "partnership" with the Australian Army and it clear cut role in promoting Pyne and others - it's descended into some murky depths.

Note that its conference is being held in Adelaide.

And I for one am disgusted at the same Rising Sun badge that our Anzacs fought and died for  being displayed on the same level as this tawdry bunch of commercial and political carpetbaggers.

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No wonder Pyne wanted Defence - look at the business names this "charity" is involved with:

registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) External site as follows:
ACNC registration From
Registered as a charity view ACNC registration External site 07 Jan 2013
Business name(s) help
Business name From
LAND FORCES 2022 External site 19 Jun 2018
LAND FORCES 2024 External site 19 Jun 2018
PACIFIC 2023 External site 19 Jun 2018
PACIFIC 2024 External site 19 Jun 2018
PACIFIC 2019 External site 14 Jun 2018
PACIFIC 2020 External site 14 Jun 2018
PACIFIC 2021 External site 14 Jun 2018
PACIFIC 2022 External site 14 Jun 2018
Rotortalk External site 12 Jun 2018
PARTNERSHIP AEROSPACE AUSTRALIA External site 23 Oct 2017
PARTNERSHIP AEROSPACE INDUSTRY AUSTRALIA External site 23 Oct 2017
TEAM AEROSPACE INDUSTRY AUSTRALIA External site 23 Oct 2017
Littoral 2018 External site 05 Oct 2017
Littoral 2019 External site 05 Oct 2017
Littoral Marine External site 05 Oct 2017
Littoral Security External site 05 Oct 2017
Team Aerospace Australia External site 26 Jul 2017
Team Careers Australia External site 26 Jul 2017
Team Maritime Australia External site 26 Jul 2017
Team Security Australia External site 26 Jul 2017
Land Defence Australia External site 31 Oct 2016
CIVIL SECURITY AUSTRALIA External site 19 Aug 2016
Indo Asia Pacific External site 17 Jun 2016
MARITIME AUSTRALIA External site 16 Mar 2016
LAND DEFENCE External site 23 Feb 2016
Land Forces 2016 External site 23 Feb 2016
Land Forces 2018 External site 23 Feb 2016
Land Forces 2020 External site 23 Feb 2016
LANDDEFENCE DOWNUNDER External site 23 Feb 2016
LANDEF External site 23 Feb 2016

LEST WE FORGET

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$$$MILLIONS in defence contracts out now on www.PyneOnline.com.au tender showroom

www.pyneonline.com.au

Tired of navigating the defence bureaucracy?

Want the inside running on multi-million-dollar contracts?

Don't have the time for official channels?

Do we have a deal for you!

Bypass probity, governance and security concerns and deal directly with Chris!

Check out the all new W-W-W DOT PYNEONLINE DOT COM

That's right!  

You'll deal directly with the Minister on his private and personal webspace!

There are millions and millions of dollars in contracts being promoted at WWW DOT PYNEONLINE DOT COM right now!

And the Minister's already done all the hard work for you!

You don't know what contracts are coming up - but the Minister does!

And where do you think the Minister puts all the helpful details?

WWW DOT PYNEONLINE DOT COM of course!

Why, you'd almost swear WWW DOT PYNEONLINE DOT COM was a ready-made platform just aching to be put to work for private sector profit!

Here's a taste of just a few of the commercial opportunities in Chris's online showroom now!

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YOUR SEARCH RETURNED 58 MEDIA CENTRE RESULTS:
 
Defence is seeking input from Australian industry on the proposed tender timeline for LAND 400 Phase 3. The acquisition of mounted close combat vehicle capabilit...
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The multi-billion dollar project to replace Army’s M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers has taken another step forward with the formal release of the Request for...
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The $35 billion Future Frigate project reached a significant milestone today with the release of the ...
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Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, welcomed the industry briefing on the Naval Shipbuilding College Request for Proposal, held in Canberra today...
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The new Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has today announced the completion of the review of opportunities to improve Australian...
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The multi-billion dollar Offshore Patrol Vessel project has reached a significant milestone with the release of the Request for Tender to the three shortlisted designers.
 
ENDS
 
But get in quick while the getting's good!
 
ENDS - now with the sarcasm turned off.
 
This is a link to the Australian Government's Statement of Ministerial Standards.
 
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FOREWORD

Ministers and Assistant Ministers are entrusted with the conduct of public business and must act in a manner that is consistent with the highest standards of integrity and propriety.

They are required to act in accordance with the law, their oath of office and their obligations to the Parliament.

In addition to those requirements, it is vital that Ministers and Assistant Ministers conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure public confidence in them and in the government.

Forget the private websites lads.

The government has plenty of websites and people to manage them.

Taxpayers were taken for a ride by Turnbull who saw his "public service" through the lens of www.malcolmturnbull.com.au.

Even the hint of taxpayer funded stuff being promoted in private forums is tawdry and cheap.

Ministers wouldn't get away with running a consultancy on the side - with that consultancy out there 'helping' guide tenderers to the juiciest contracts.

A minister's personal website isn't that much different.

Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's please chaps.

Keep the personal websites for photos of the wife and kids.

 


Labor, the CFMEU and a safe seat for SETKA's wife/victim Emma Walters

We first published this report in the midst of the Trade Union Royal Commission into CFMEU corruption.

More on CFMEU boss John Setka's partner and her search for a a parliamentary seat

Slater and Gordon and the CFMEU appear to be very close.

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Here's Emma Walters:

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And here is a report published in the Herald Sun last night - the CFMEU will be under the Royal Commission's microscope from Monday morning in Melbourne.

Labor plays politics on deal for CFMEU boss John Setka’s partner Emma Walters

  • 15 HOURS AGO JULY 03, 2014 7:19PM

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LABOR insiders say the partner of CFMEU boss John Setka is still on track for a seat in State Parliament.

Late last year Emma Walters, a lawyer and former CFMEU organiser, backed away from a Socialist-Left faction plan that she contest the Lower House seat of Werribee.

Her decision came after the Herald Sun revealed the move would be fought by Labor’s Right faction.

Ms Walters later decided not to run for a seat in the Upper House at November’s state election, a decision she is understood to have reached on her own.

But Labor sources say the Socialist-Left faction, which includes the CFMEU, is eager to find Ms Walters a seat.

Speculation on where Ms Walters might stand has been tied to the future of Labor’s higher education spokesman, Steve Herbert, who is vacating the Lower House seat of Eltham for a slot in the Legislative Council at this year’s election.

The widespread belief among sources is that if

the ALP loses this year, Mr Herbert will retire midterm to be replaced by Ms Walters, without the need for a by-election.

But Labor figures say the plan is unlikely to come to fruition if Labor wins.

“It will be much harder to find a place for her if she we are in government,” a source said. “He (Mr Herbert) will be a minister — why would he want to leave?”