Federal Government extends O/S travel ban & other 'emergency' measures for another 3 months to 17 June

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The human biosecurity emergency period under the Biosecurity Act 2015, which has been in place since 17 March 2020 will be extended by an additional three months until 17 June 2021.

The Governor General has today declared the extension of the human biosecurity emergency period, which will ensure the Australian Government has the powers to take any necessary measures to continue to prevent and control COVID-19.

The extension of the emergency period is informed by specialist medical and epidemiological advice provided by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer.

The AHPPC has advised the Australian Government the COVID-19 situation overseas continues to pose an unacceptable public health risk to Australia, including the emergence of more highly transmissible variants.

The extension of the emergency period for a further three months is about mitigating that risk for everyone’s health and safety.

These powers have been used on a limited basis on expert medical advice.

This will extend existing emergency determinations including:

    • pre-departure testing and mask wearing for international flights;
    • restrictions on the entry of cruise vessels within Australian territory;
    • restrictions on outbound international travel for Australians; and
    • restrictions on trade of retail outlets at international airports.

These restrictions can be amended or repealed if no longer needed.

In particular, the Australian Government continues to work closely with state and territory agencies, national health committees and the cruise industry to develop a framework for the staged resumption of cruise ships in a manner that is proportionate to the public health risk.

ENDS

Also from Greg Hunt's Department - this latest daily report showing

1 person in intensive care in the whole of Australia

24 people in hospital.

No deaths this year.

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Crumlin/Noonan statement on CFMMEU Mining divison split

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CFMEU Construction & General, MUA
The Construction and General Division and Maritime Divisions of the Union note the resolution of the Mining and Energy Delegates convention with disappointment.
We strongly believe that it is apparent from the resolution that the leadership of the Mining and Energy Division failed to put the facts in front of the delegates, as the text of the resolution contains numerous false or misleading statements and allegations.
The resolution comes after the Mining and Energy Division leadership failed to declare its intention to seek a demerger to the broader union in the democratic forums of the union.
Instead, they negotiated a secret arrangement with Minister Christian Porter behind the backs of the CFMMEU, the ACTU and the Australian trade union movement. This arrangement has led to legislation which potentially affects all unions and the working men and women who rely on their protection against enormous political and industrial attacks.
It is astonishing that the Mining and Energy leadership would negotiate a deal to split the union with the same Minister who is trying to lock in the permanent casual rort in Australian workplaces, particularly in the coal mining industry. And that they would do so without any reference or consultation within the CFMMEU and most importantly within the wider trade union movement through the ACTU.

It is our strong view that the focus of the union must be on organising, membership growth and the defence of our members jobs and communities.
CFMMEU members in all the industries we cover have stood together through many tough times over many decades, particularly in recent years during constant political and industrial attacks on our members. We have stood shoulder to shoulder on major campaigns like at the Gordonstone mine, on the Patrick picket line, at Oakey Creek, against the destruction of mining communities by FIFO arrangements, for industrial manslaughter laws, and in the Your Rights At Work campaign.
We continue to support and will fight for mineworkers’ rights to safe and secure jobs, a future in the coal industry, and in mining communities everywhere.
We believe we need to make this unabridged and absolute commitment to Mining and Energy members as we can only conclude this was not communicated to the members at the convention.
We strongly believe that miners are stronger in a union of 110,000 members than in a union of less than 20,000.

Whatever conclusion mining and energy workers ultimately reach about their future, we intend to ensure that they are provided with facts upon which to make decisions and will continue to fight for justice at work, job security, and safe and decent jobs for all members of the CFMMEU and their divisions, along with all Australian working men and women and their trade unions.
Just as we have always done.
Dave Noonan – National Secretary CFMEU Construction & General
Paddy Crumlin – National Secretary Maritime Union of Australia

CFMEU Construction & General, MUA

The Construction and General Division and Maritime Divisions of the Union note the resolution of the Mining and Energy Delegates convention with disappointment.

We strongly believe that it is apparent from the resolution that the leadership of the Mining and Energy Division failed to put the facts in front of the delegates, as the text of the resolution contains numerous false or misleading statements and allegations.

The resolution comes after the Mining and Energy Division leadership failed to declare its intention to seek a demerger to the broader union in the democratic forums of the union.

Instead, they negotiated a secret arrangement with Minister Christian Porter behind the backs of the CFMMEU, the ACTU and the Australian trade union movement. This arrangement has led to legislation which potentially affects all unions and the working men and women who rely on their protection against enormous political and industrial attacks.

It is astonishing that the Mining and Energy leadership would negotiate a deal to split the union with the same Minister who is trying to lock in the permanent casual rort in Australian workplaces, particularly in the coal mining industry. And that they would do so without any reference or consultation within the CFMMEU and most importantly within the wider trade union movement through the ACTU.

It is our strong view that the focus of the union must be on organising, membership growth and the defence of our members jobs and communities.

CFMMEU members in all the industries we cover have stood together through many tough times over many decades, particularly in recent years during constant political and industrial attacks on our members. We have stood shoulder to shoulder on major campaigns like at the Gordonstone mine, on the Patrick picket line, at Oakey Creek, against the destruction of mining communities by FIFO arrangements, for industrial manslaughter laws, and in the Your Rights At Work campaign.

We continue to support and will fight for mineworkers’ rights to safe and secure jobs, a future in the coal industry, and in mining communities everywhere.

We believe we need to make this unabridged and absolute commitment to Mining and Energy members as we can only conclude this was not communicated to the members at the convention.

We strongly believe that miners are stronger in a union of 110,000 members than in a union of less than 20,000.

Whatever conclusion mining and energy workers ultimately reach about their future, we intend to ensure that they are provided with facts upon which to make decisions and will continue to fight for justice at work, job security, and safe and decent jobs for all members of the CFMMEU and their divisions, along with all Australian working men and women and their trade unions.

Just as we have always done.

Dave Noonan – National Secretary CFMEU Construction & General

Paddy Crumlin – National Secretary Maritime Union of Australia


Full letter from SHORTEN rape complainant Kathy Sherriff to Senator Sarah Henderson - now referred to AFP

Kathy is a real, live person who very much wants her complaint against Bill Shorten brought to justice.

If you think the matter is closed, read Kathy's letter.

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(Close up on Young Labor Party Conference attendees Bill Shorten and 16 year old Kathy Sherriff)

Dear Senator Henderson, 
 
I am writing to you in the hope you can assist me with my pursuit of justice. 
 
My case has received a lot of publicity over the years - however very few people have actually taken the time to listen to what happened and understand how the criminal justice system has failed me. This has compounded the hurt, pain, distress and helplessness that the original assault caused me. 
 
Despite the media interest, no one in public life has ever sought to help me, including many of the Labor party figures now piously condemning the government. They are complete hypocrites. I implore you to be different to them. 
 
The media have also used my story at times, sensationalising my claims but with no regard for my welfare or conviction to see that my claims are supported or properly followed up. 
 
My case is simple. I was raped by Bill Shorten in 1986. 
 
As a member of the Labor vanguard movement, Bill had personally invited me to the young labor 3 day workshop, as he wanted to take control of young labor and my branch was crucial in delivering him much needed votes in a tight contest. As it turns out, It was the first time labor right took control of the executive from labor left. 
 
Bill personally arranged our travel details, including a bus trip from Melbourne to the venue. He also personally oversaw the sleeping arrangements and I was surprised to learn he had separated me from my younger sister and put me in a cabin with two other girls known to him, but whom I had never met. 
 
Bill was lecherous towards me pretty much from the start. He kept trying to touch me and always found a way to be sitting close or standing next to me and touching me. My Facebook page has one such instance recorded in a photo on my cover page. 
 
When I repeatedly refused his advances he tried another tact. He started to ply me with alcohol at the Friday night party, despite knowing I was under age. As I got more drunk he became lecherous again. I took an offer from a friend to go for a drive to escape him. At the last second, Bill jumped in the front passenger seat and made me sit on his lap. I felt him start to touch me and could feel him getting aroused. I asked to be let out and so the driver turned the car around after only a few minutes and returned to the campsite. When I left the car I was crying - my sister called out after me concerned but I went back to my room. 
 
Shortly after I went inside, I heard a knocking at the door. Thinking it was my sister I opened the door only to be confronted by Bill, who pushed me backwards into the bathroom touching me and pulling me down and then raping me. I fought back, my arms ached for days later, but he was too strong. I remember him making derogatory remarks and in anger I responded by commenting on his lack of sexual ability. He left shortly after and I spent the night on the bathroom toilet crying and trying to wipe away the smell he left inside me. I left as soon as I could , which wasn't until very early Sunday morning, I spent Saturday in bed in the same little room I shared with the two strangers. I left with my sister and did not travel back to Melbourne with everyone else. My life began to unravel from that point on. 
 
Many witnesses saw Bill with me and I recounted with absolute clarity the details surrounding the actions to the police, whose subsequent investigations affirmed the many details of my account. 
 
The police interviewed many people who attended the conference, however they failed to interview my best friend or any of my friends from the Wodonga branch at the time, the ones who actually knew something happened to me. 
 
There are many supporting evidentiary points to my claim which the police acknowledge, which I now understand are similar to other rape victims. This includes me dropping out of high school shortly after the assault, my admission to Albury's Mercy Hospital for treatment when I had a miscarriage about 5 weeks later, and my subsequent battle with depression and PTSD. The police also confirmed the details of my cabin matched my description. 
 
Contrary to public assertions, Bill Shorten was never cleared of my rape. The police turned up to arrest Bill Shorten but he avoided that by “voluntarily” accompanying them to police headquarters. The police prepared a brief of evidence against Bill Shorten which they believe justified charges. It was the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions that determined that no conviction was likely and therefore no charges should be brought against him. This was on the basis of it being one witness testimony in a historical rape case without any physical evidence. What possible chance does any rape victim have of getting justice if that is the approach of our judicial system. I note this is analogous to Brittany Higgins - the same circumstantial evidence exists in my case as it does in hers. 
 
I have applied under FOI legislation to receive a copy of the brief of evidence but that request has been repeatedly denied by Victorian police, which denies me the right to seek my own action against Bill Shorten. 
 
The distress caused to me has robbed me of much. It has affected my health and ruined every aspect of my life. I was a fit and engaged school student involved in labor politics and with an ambition to change the world. Bill Shorten robbed me of this and you can imagine the repeated pain I feel to see him not only get away with his crime against me, but to thrive and be protected by the very same people now  pretending to stand up for victims of rape. Senator Wong herself stated in parliament that every woman who alleges rape should be believed, but she obviously has a hypocritical carve out for colleagues on her side of politics. 
 
I have written to Anthony Albanese, Tanya Plibersek, Penny Wong and Sarah Hanson-Young. To date the only one to respond is Tanya Plibersek, who provided a condescending response referring me to 1800 RESPECT. An action she herself condemned only last week in Senator Simon Birmingham. 
 
Issues of rape should be above party politics. The entrenched bias against rape victims is magnified when someone is in a position of far greater power as is the case with Bill Shorten. It’s incumbent on those who say they oppose it, to work to level that power imbalance, not to further perpetuate it by dismissing my case as the ravings of a scorned woman or incorrectly stating the claims having being adequately investigated and found to be baseless. These falsehoods must be challenged and corrected by those in positions of power. It is people’s lives we are dealing with and if we are serious about changing the culture around rape, then everyone’s voice must be heard and properly supported - so that other women have the courage to come forward, providing the only real chance of stamping out such behaviour once and for all. 
 
I ask you to give a voice to my claim. To assist me in getting my FOI claim fairly considered and to hold those to account who just this last week condemned the government for the exact same behaviour they exhibited in 2014 when they stood beside Bill Shorten against me and have continued to support him over me ever since. 
 
I would be happy to meet with you to show you some of the evidentiary information I have. But most of all I ask you for your help. 
 
 
Kathy Sheriff.

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(Rape complainant then 16 year old Kathy Sherriff with former Victorian Premier John Cain)

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NSW Police - Case Closed on latest Louise Milligan smear job. Neither family nor the victim wanted the matter disclosed.

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Strike Force Wyndarra (Reports of an allegation of sexual violence) 
Tuesday, 02 March 2021 01:31:34 PM 

In November 2019, a woman then aged 48, attended an Adelaide (South Australia) police station seeking advice about reporting historical sexual offences, which allegedly occurred in 1988 in Sydney (New South Wales).

The matter was then referred to the NSW Police Force and an investigation by the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced under Strike Force Wyndarra.

NSW Police Force has been the lead agency in respect to this investigation since February 2020.

For various reasons, the woman did not detail her allegations in a formal statement to NSW Police.

The woman passed away in June 2020.

Following the woman’s death, NSW Police came into possession of a personal document purportedly made by the woman previously.

NSW Police have since sought legal advice in relation to these matters.

Based on information provided to NSW Police, there is insufficient admissible evidence to proceed.

As such, NSW Police Force has determined the matter is now closed.


25 years today since John Howard won the 1996 Federal Election

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Dear Michael,

Today marks 25 years since we won the 1996 election. 

Over the next eleven and a half years, our Coalition Government worked to deliver security, prosperity and opportunity, in the interests of all Australians.  

With responsible financial management, we reversed Labor’s deficits, restored Australia’s AAA credit rating, repaid $96 billion in debt, and established Australia’s Future Fund. The strong economy inherited by the Rudd Labor Government was a major reason why Australia avoided the worst consequences of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008.

Our tax reforms replaced outdated indirect taxes with a broad based GST. Substantial income tax relief provided workers with real incentive and reward for effort. 

Compulsory unionism was abolished and workers were provided with more choice. 

Waterfront reforms lifted crane rates by around 60 per cent. The establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission tackled lawlessness on building sites. 

With a more modern workplace relations system, industrial disputes were reduced to their lowest level in over three decades. 

From 1996 to 2007, over 2.2 million jobs were created. We halved average inflation and saw interest rates reduced to the levels of the 1960s.

Although strong economic management is part of the Liberal Party’s DNA, we know a strong economy is not an end in itself. 

Rather, a strong economy is the means to delivering more opportunities, security and happiness for the Australian people. 

With a stronger economy, our government was able to substantially increase funding for services Australians rely on, such as health and education. 

We also struck a sensible balance, by supporting and expanding the choices of families who seek private health insurance, or for their children to be educated at independent schools.

To keep Australians safe, we invested heavily in our Defence and security capability and worked with allies to meet the challenges following September 11 and the Bali bombings. 

Following a great Australian tradition, our Defence and security personnel brought peace and independence to East Timor and delivered greater stability within our region.

Following the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, we took action with the National Firearms Agreement. Since then, the rate of gun deaths and homicides has fallen by around two-thirds. 

After eleven and a half years in government, we left Australia more prosperous, secure and confident in its future. 

Enormous credit belongs to our team, including Peter Costello as Treasurer, Alexander Downer as Foreign Minister, and Tim Fischer, John Anderson and Mark Vaile as Deputy Prime Ministers. 

I am also incredibly grateful to Liberal supporters across the country. 

For everything I have achieved in politics, I owe a great debt to the Liberal Party of Australia. 

Ours is a great cause. We are a broad church, as custodians of both the liberal and conservative traditions. 

We tackle the challenges of our time, while defending traditions and institutions that have stood the test of time. 

Our approach to government is both principled and pragmatic. 

This approach can also be seen in the outstanding way Scott Morrison and his team have led Australia through this global pandemic.

With both health and economic outcomes, Australia has performed better than almost any country in the world. 

While there is still a long road ahead on our path to recovery, I am confident Australia will, to use the Prime Minister’s words, emerge “stronger, safer and together”. 

Thank you once again for your support of the Liberal Party. It has made – and will continue to make – a very real difference to Australia’s future. 

Kind regards,

John Howard