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Defence gets $38.7 billion in 2019 budget

The Morrison Government’s number one priority is keeping Australians safe and secure. The 2019–20 Budget sees continued strong investment in Australia’s national security, with a particular focus on enhancing our regional security, building defence capability and supporting Australia’s sovereign defence industry.

The Budget maintains the Government’s commitment to grow the Defence budget to two per cent of GDP by 2020–21. The Government will allocate Defence $38.7 billion in 2019-20 and $175.8 billion to 2022-23.

REGIONAL AND GLOBAL SECURITY

As our security environment evolves, we are increasing Australia’s commitment to regional and global security to protect our interests at home and abroad.

Australia currently has around 2,300 Defence personnel deployed around the world, including on operations across the Middle East Region and Afghanistan.

Australia will continue to make a meaningful contribution to the US-led international Counter-Daesh coalition in Iraq. For this reason, Australia has around 400 personnel deployed as part of Operation OKRA.

The Government is committed to assisting the Government of Afghanistan to control its security and to make sure the nation never again becomes a safe-haven for terrorist networks. Operation HIGHROAD will continue to provide security, development assistance and capability building for Afghan institutions.

Defence will also continue to support other Government agencies to keep our borders safe and maintain the capability to support Australians affected by flooding, cyclones and other natural disasters.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) contributes to the whole-of-government effort to protect our borders through Operation RESOLUTE. At any one time, up to 600 personnel at sea, in the air and on the land, are working to protect Australia’s borders and offshore maritime interests.

Defence is also playing a crucial part of the Morrison Government’s Pacific step-up. This includes:

  • building Fiji’s Blackrock Peacekeeping Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Camp into a regional hub for police and peacekeeping training;
  • working with the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to increase security cooperation; and
  • helping to develop the Papua New Guinea Defence Force’s Lombrum Naval Base in Manus Province and increase the inter-operability between our defence forces.

Defence will also increase the level of support to Southeast Asian countries including:

  • increased frequency of visits and training opportunities for regional countries;
  • supporting the training of regional military forces in Australia, including the
    $2.25 billion Australia–Singapore Military Training Initiative in Central and North Queensland;
  • continuing to work cooperatively with regional countries to support their security, including through the Five Power Defence Arrangement; and
  • assisting the Armed Forces of the Philippines with counter-terrorism training to counter Daesh’s influence in the Southern Philippines.

DELIVERING THE INTEGRATED INVESTMENT PROGRAM

The Government is increasing investment in advanced Defence capabilities, while boosting Australia’s sovereign defence industry and creating Australian jobs.

Over the next decade to 2028-29, the Government is investing more than $200 billion in Defence capabilities including:

  • the continuous naval shipbuilding program, which is investing around
    $90 billion to build world class vessels, while also building a strong and viable Australian naval shipbuilding industry;
  • continuing the purchase of the 5th generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and
    P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft to provide Australia with regionally superior combat and maritime surveillance capabilities;
  • continuing to upgrade our EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft and
    E-7A Wedgetail battlespace management aircraft; and
  • building our policy and intelligence capabilities to ensure Australia has a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

DEFENCE CAPABILITY INVESTMENT

Since the release of the 2018-19 Budget, the Government has committed around
$47.5 billion to new capabilities including:

  • signing the Strategic Partnering Agreement for the $50 billion Attack class submarine program, which will see 12 regionally superior submarines designed and built in Australia;
  • nine Hunter class frigates, valued at $35 billion, to replace the Anzac class frigates from the late 2020s. The Hunter class will be a highly capable and lethal surface combat capability;
  • a fleet of 211 new advanced Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles to protect our troops, with the majority to be manufactured by Australian workers in Queensland, using Australian steel;
  • unmanned maritime patrol aircraft, with an initial investment valued at
    $1.4 billion to acquire the MQ-4C Triton through a cooperative program with the United States Navy;
  • Integrated Soldier Systems, valued at up to $1 billion, that will deliver a broad range of equipment to ensure ADF personnel continue to meet emerging threats and that are less detectable, less susceptible to enemy attacks and able to fight longer and more effectively in challenging conditions; and
  • the first tranche of the $1.1 billion Defence Fuel Transformation Program to deliver a safer, simpler and more assured Defence fuel network in partnership with industry.

NAVAL SHIPBUILDING PROGRAM

The Government’s $90 billion investment in continuous ship and submarine building is the largest regeneration of the Navy since the Second World War. Fifty-four naval ships will be built in Australia using Australian steel. This commitment will create thousands of jobs for decades to come.

Development of the Osborne North Shipyard in South Australia is continuing in preparation for the construction of the 12 new Attack class submarines.

The $535 million infrastructure redevelopment at Osborne South is on track to be completed in early 2020, in time for the start of Hunter class frigate prototyping. Nine Hunter class frigates will be built at the shipyard.

The first two Arafura class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) are being built in existing facilities at Osborne South. Twelve OPVs will be built as part of the $3.6 billion investment to protect our borders and replace the existing patrol boat fleet. Ten OPVs will be built at Henderson in Western Australia. This project will also help sustain critical skills in Australia’s naval shipbuilding workforce.

Plans for the upgrade and development of facilities in WA to support the Hunter class frigates and the Arafura class offshore patrol vessels are progressing. Around $1.5 billion dollars will be spent on infrastructure in WA to support our new fleet.

Twenty-one Guardian class patrol boats are being built in WA to help our Pacific neighbours and Timor-Leste. Our $504 million investment will improve the security and prosperity of the region.

 

SUPPORTING DEFENCE INDUSTRY

The Government is making additional investments in our national sovereign industrial capacity, which will ensure we can respond to changes to Australia’s future security situation. The Government’s actions include:

  • implementing the Defence Industry Skilling and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Strategy, released by the Government in February 2019, which outlines support to help our defence industry to meet anticipated workforce and skills demand over the next decade;
  • establishing the Defence Global Competitiveness Grant program, an initiative of the Defence Export Strategy (launched in January 2018), investing up to $4.1 million a year to support small to medium enterprises to overcome barriers in accessing export opportunities;
  • establishing the Sovereign Industrial Capability Grant program, a key initiative of the Defence Industrial Capability Plan (launched in November 2018) to invest up to
    $17 million per year in grants to build the capacity and capability of Australian small to medium-sized enterprises to deliver operationally critical capability for Defence;
  • providing advisory and facilitation services through the Centre for Defence Industry Capability for 550 small and medium enterprises, issuing over $3 million in grants and conducted stakeholder outreach events which have been delivered to more than 5,000 participants; and
  • administering the Defence Innovation Hub which has received over 800 innovation proposals and awarded around $100 million in contracts and an additional 12 Special Notice contracts worth around $10 million focused on specific capability challenges.

ENHANCING CYBER SECURITY

The Government continues to invest in the Australian Signals Directorate, including the Australian Cyber Security Centre, to deliver intelligence, cyber security and offensive operations in support of the Australian Government and ADF.

As part of our continued investment to protect Government networks from hostile cyber compromise, and ensure the integrity of the 2019 Federal Election, the Government is investing in the creation of cyber security ‘SPRINT teams’ and a Cyber Security Response Fund.

LOCAL JOBS SUPPORTING THE DEFENCE ESTATE

The Government continues to invest in upgrading and expanding the Defence estate, comprising hundreds of bases, facilities and other sites right across Australia, particularly in regional communities.

The Government has commenced pilots of Local Industry Capability Plans for major Defence infrastructure projects to ensure local industry has the best opportunity to be involved in our unprecedented investment in Defence capability. Pilot projects include:

  • the HMAS Cerberus Redevelopment Project in Victoria, a $465.6 million project;
  • the Explosive Ordnance Logistics Reform Program, a $230.9 million project covering 12 Defence sites across Australia;
  • the Shoalwater Bay Training Area Redevelopment in Queensland, an approximately $135 million infrastructure upgrade project; and
  • a program of works worth approximately $112 million comprising the Townsville Field Training Area Mid-Term Refresh, RAAF Base Townsville Mid-Term Refresh and the HMAS Cairns Mid-Term Refresh in Queensland,

All of these investments and initiatives continue to ensure that we remain on track to implement the plans as set out in the 2016 Defence White Paper to keep Australia safe and secure, while maximising the involvement of Australian industry in our unprecedented capability investment.

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First dam funding for 30 years in federal budget

2 April 2019: KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has commented on the 2019/20 budget.

  • Budget surplus of $7.1 bn

General Budget comments:

“For the first time in 30 years our Government has committed to building dams and we praise all of the people that have fought the great battle to secure this wonderful breakthrough”.

Government is reduced to arguing that some people should get more, some should get less. 

“KAP we want to make the cake bigger so everyone gets more,” Mr Katter said.

Water

  • NQ Water Infrastructure Authority – establish 12 March 2019 (roll out Hells Gates Dam, HIPCO, Big Rocks Weir)

“This authority streamlines and overrides hurdles we’ve been made to jump through for the past 30 years.”

  • $11.6m Mareeba Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme

“This is much needed and long overdue but we must go after with aggression.  The North Australia Development Fund for the North Johnstone Transfer, the Upper Mitchell Dam, realignment of the Tully Hydro Penstock. Hell’s Gates Dam will supply almost all of North Qld’s baseload power, the Tully hydro realignment will provide all of North Qld’s peak load requirements.”

  • $54m for Big Rocks Weir and Hell’s Gates
  • $180m for Hughenden Irrigation Scheme (HIPCO)

“This is the culmination of a journey which started when my father took me, at the age of 18, to Charlie Phillott’s keyline irrigation scheme.

“The great battle for Bradfield, which we won, but then we watched within a year both the much maligned and greatest ever Bjelke Petersen Qld Government and the Malcolm Fraser Government both go down 11 months later.

“Hughenden will change the world as we know it. It is a template for 17 other schemes in North Qld and five in Northern Territory’s Western Gulf”

Infrastructure

  • $100bn over next decade
  • $380m Townsville area
    • Constructing stadium
    • Port Channel Capacity Upgrade
    • Preserving the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor

“My great grandfather paid for the original two cranes which created Port of Townsville. He did get repaid later. This is a welcome initiative and will mostly benefit the North West area.

“The upgrades to the railway line – that line is there to service Mt Isa – fertiliser, copper, silver, lead and zinc. The major beneficiary is my homeland.”

  • Roads of Strategic Importance – $50m Cairns to Northern Territory border, $200m Tennant Creek to Townsville
  • $2.2bn for Safer Roads

“The notorious Feluga intersection and the Silkwood Kurrimine intersections on the Bruce Highway are in urgent need of funding.  Whilst it is not notorious, the Mareeba bypass is vital. 

“We are going after these projects with super aggression.”

  • $1bn to improve freight routes and access to ports

 “I’m thinking very strongly in terms of Normanton, which is out for 1-2 months of the year at the present moment with flooding; and which will become over the next three years the major live cattle port export terminal in Australia.

  • $100m over four years to 2022-23 for regional airports

“Innisfail’s Mundoo Airport must be shortlisted for assistance. Through cyclones and flooding, it’s the only all-weather airport for the 80,000 people between Townsville and Cairns”.

  • $2.2bn to fix blackspots, ageing bridges and funding to Councils for roads.

“It’s absolutely vital. I deeply regret that, except for the Mulgrave River Bridge, almost every bridge in Kennedy would fit into this category”.

  • Another $200m for the fourth round of Building Betters Regions Fund

“We have got money under this fund before.  It is the ‘big key’ to the water development in Georgetown, Normanton and the Mid-West, Cloncurry and back to Hughenden which we vitally need.”

  • $150,000 for Kennedy through the Stronger Community Program
  • $272m over four years for the Regional Growth Fund

.Disaster recovery

  • $6.3bn drought support
  • $3.3bn flood support
  • Establishing the Future Drought Fund
  • NQ Livestock Industry Recovery Agency – providing long-term assistance, including $1.7bn low-interest loans.
  • $3.9bn Emergency Response Fund
  • Income tax exemption for qualifying grants made to producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations affected by NQ floods
  • $4.3m from 2019-20 to improve and maintain National Drought Map
  • Funding for schools in flood-affected areas
  • Additional $3m mental health services for flood-affected people in North and Western Queensland
  • One-off payment of $1,000 to students who between 25 January and 14 February 2019 received a qualifying payment and whose parental home is in the local government areas of Burdekin, Burke, Carpentaria, Cloncurry, Douglas, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, McKinlay, Richmond, Townsville or Winton. NB Qualifying payments are Assistance for Isolated Children Basic Boarding Allowance, Assistance for Isolated Children Second Home Allowance, Assistance for Isolated Children Distance Education Allowance, Abstudy school fees. This will be paid by 23 April 2019.
  • $300m for two grant programs for restocking where farmers can access up to $400,000 to rebuild and restock.
  • $5m over five years as part of $10m joint funded program with Queensland Government to tackle prickly acacia.
  • $5m grant to the CWA to provide financial assistance’

“The prickly acacia has taken over one million of the five million hectares in the Mid-Western Gulf plains country. There’s controversy as to whether it’s an advantage or a weed and I’ve got to say that the ubiquitous nature of the tree, with no leaves for most of the year, I’m afraid on the other side of the fence, and I’m tremendously pleased at this money.

“Low Interest Loans– my rage at the current proposal, and I don’t want to pre-empt further discussions with Shane Stone, CEO of the NQ Livestock Industry Recovery Agency, but currently the scheme rescued the banks from their bad debt and imposes extra debt burden upon farmers.

“Banks wrote off their bad debts; under the current proposal, the banks’ bad debts have been removed and the farmers have been given an extra debt burden. That was no solution except for the banks.

$300m restocking: “This is much better – actual grants.”

First Australians

  • No Queensland funding for remote housing.

“The removal of the housing scheme is disastrous. Probably ¾ of the houses have an occupancy of 10-15 people in a house designed for 4-5 people. Desperately we need to recreate the housing scheme of the 80s utilising work for dole labour, exclusively local Indigenous labour, and give title deeds.

Bureau of Meteorology

  • $77.2m over 23 years from 2019-20 to improve radar coverage in regional areas (including between Charters Towers and Hughenden, Burdekin and Flinders region rain gauges)

“This is vital because we did not have detailed rain gauges in 74-75 floods, in the upper flinders we were caught totally ambushed.  Massive flooding did untold destruction; we didn’t know it was coming.”

Biosecurity

  • $137.8m over five years additional biosecurity funding
  • $9.2m for yellow crazy ant

“Fantastically good news because we’ve raised repeatedly the issue of crazy ants.

“Biosecurity is essential, we have had constant breakdowns in quarantine, while most attributable to ‘free market’ policies, that just makes our case stronger for quarantine bolstering up. 

Jobs and skills

  • $525m skills package
    • Create 80,000 new apprenticeships
    • Double incentive payments to employers to $8,000 per placement
    • New apprentices receive $2,000 incentive payment
    • Ten new training hubs
    • $62m to boost literacy, numeracy and digital skills

“We desperately need that (the $8,000 for employers for placements).  We have numerous people in the mining industry at Mt Isa where the training skills have disappeared. Where there were 720 apprenticeships at MIMs there would be flat out being 2-3 dozen now (not entirely MIM’s fault).   We would plead that the slipways, auto electricians, sugar mills, most of all our mining operations and Councils – they will benefit from this and we plead with them to take this money for NQ.

 

Science

  • $9bn for science research technology
  • $20bn Medical Research Future Fund (previously announced)

“Medical research is one of the areas in Australia that is almost holding its own.  I think it’s laudable that the government is concentrating on it.

Health

  • $80bn spend on healthcare
  • $160m to improve Indigenous health
  • $60m for James Cook University Tropical Enterprise Centre in Queensland to become Centre of Excellence in Tropical Medicine
  • Upgrading Townsville Hospital
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule, including diagnostic imaging for breast cancer and heart health checks
  • $461m for youth mental health and suicide prevention
    • 30 new Headspace centres
    • Increased support for Indigenous youth
    • Treatment for early psychosis
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Extra counselling for communities that have suffered natural disasters
  • Increasing Breast Screen Australia from women aged 50-69 to 50-74
  • $21.7m in 2019-20 for dental services  in Queensland
  • Heart of Australia, $12m three-year partnership providing mobile cardiology services.  Heart of Australia will have two ‘Heart Buses’ on the road providing a number of health services on a fortnightly basis including gynaecology, neurology and endocrinology to residents of 16 towns including Dalby, Goondiwindi, Stanthorpe, St George, Charleville, Quilpie, Roma, Cloncurry, Emerald, Barcaldine, Blackall, Longreach, Winton, Hughenden, Charters Towers, Moranbah, Richmond, Weipa, Cooktown, Sarina, Palm island, Biloela, Childers, Proserpine and Ayr.

“This service saves the lives of those in the bush who would not otherwise access heart related services.

“You are twice as likely to die of heart issues if you live in the bush. The work that this organisation is doing could be described as work by the Good Lord himself.”

  • $550m over five years from 2017-18 to strengthen rural, regional and remote health outcomes, in particular creating a new junior training doctor program to support training in rural settings
  • Additional $84.1m over four years from 2018-19 for the RFDS to increase dental care, mental health and emergency aeromedical services.
  • $8.2m over four years from 2018-19 to improve access to maternity services for women in rural and remote areas.
  • $793.9m over four years from 2018-19 for the rural health and multidisciplinary health program to encourage recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural and remote Australia.

“We are deeply appreciative but I don’t think that is going to get us where we need to be. There is an extra 100 places at JCU Medical School and we need an extra $150,000 to be paid to doctors serving in private practice in towns in NQ, and public-private practice in these towns as well.

“But the government’s efforts are laudable but we just need change of direction.

Aged care

  • 10,000 new home care packages
  • Additional financial support for residential care (capital works with a focus on regions)

“There are 2,500 people that need to go into aged care centres and we probably have less than 200 beds – an appalling shortfall.

“The home care program actually came out of the Mid-West.  The pilot program started in Richmond and Hughenden and we pay those great pioneers a tribute today, as we see the full flowering of their work.

“Meals on Wheels needs assistance – less regulation and more assistance.

Carers

  • $84m for carer respite

“One of best initiatives by Government in the last 30 years.

Energy

  • One-off energy assistance payment (for pensioners) – $75/singles, $125/couples
  • $10m detailed evaluation feasibility projects in North and Central Queensland

“All we want is the freedom to revert to use our balance of power to secure ‘operating cost only’ for electricity. Currently $2,500 per year per household, will be reduced to under $700.

“The silly nature of solar panels and subsidies and the ‘save the planet brigade’ and the most outrageous profiteering by the State Government – takes it up to costs of $3000m a year in what is just a secret tax and falls part heavily on families young families and our retirees. These are the last people on the planet that you should be taxing.

Education

  • $300bn to schools, an increase of 63 per cent
  • Local school community program
  • New scholarship program – 1,000 students a year to study in regional Australia
  • $453m to extend pre-school education
  • $9.8m over four years for non-government distance education schools

Tax cuts

Two initiatives:

  1. Tax cuts for low and middle income-earners:
    • For taxpayers earning up to $126,000/year (better off each year – single income $1,080, families with dual income $2,160).
    • More than 10 million Australians will benefit. 4.5m will receive the full tax cut. To start 1 July 2019.
  1. Decreasing tax rate 32.5 per cent to 30 per cent from 1 July 2024 – 94 per cent of taxpayers will pay no more than 30 cents in the dollar.

Government is reduced to arguing that some people should get more, some should get less. 

“KAP we want to make the cake bigger so everyone gets more.

Small business

  • Cut tax to 25 per cent
  • New $2bn fund
  • Instant asset write-off increased and expanded from $25,000 to $30,000 for businesses with turnover of up to $50 million

“Don’t want to denigrate benefits but it’s not about micro rearrangements.  The emphasis is shallow to say the least.

Banking royal commission

  • $600 million for ASIC and APRA to implement royal commission findings

I am sickened by that proposal.  They are two of the most disgraceful institutions I have ever dealt with in my 50 years of political life.  I can give case after case where they have failed to act.

“What they do with their time nobody knows.

“To think they’re still there and getting money I find sickening.

  • Banning excessive credit card surcharges
  • Protecting retirement savings from undue erosion from inappropriate insurance premiums and excessive fees
  • Establishing the Australian Financial Complaints Authority
  • Establishing a compensation scheme of last resort
  • Significantly broadening and increasing civil penalties
  • Increasing ASIC’s and APRA’s powers
  • Requiring mortgage brokers to work in best interests of their clients
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Mistreatment of people with a disability royal commission

  • Half a billion dollars for royal commission into the mistreatment of people with a disability

Export

  • $60m increase to export marketing development grants
  • $29.4m over four years to enhance agricultural exports and trade

Multinational tax avoidance

  • Crackdown to raise $12bn.

That the government would crack down on multinationals: “I believe in the tooth fairy and that the abominable snowman comes from Bedourie.”

Environment

  • $3.5bn Climate Solutions package ($2bn to go to working with farmers and Indigenous communities)
  • $100m Environmental Restoration Fund to improve water quality and erosion
  • $3.1m in 2019-20 in Queensland for critical threats such as feral animals and weeds in world heritage areas
  • $150,000 for Kennedy for the Communities Environment Program for community-based groups

“Pig numbers in North Queensland are currently at 10.5 million. This figure explodes to 25 million within six years without adequate management.

“The cassowary, the symbol of NQ, is doomed; the eggs are taken by the pigs. The turtles are doomed; eggs laid on the beach are now being totally taken by the pigs. The Julia Creek dunnart, Australia’s most endangered species, cannot survive the pigs. In part or overwhelmingly the turbidity impacting the Great Barrier Reef has to be coming from the pigs.

“Nothing is being done by the Government to oppress the pigs at all.

“There has to be serious money put forward here, although with proper licencing, we don’t need much money at all. The young blokes will go out hunting, but I will be the first to say it has to be tightly controlled in terms of days and areas, so we have complete security,”

Communities

  • $328 m for women’s safety
    • $82.2m for frontline services for women and children
    • $78.4m to provide safe places for people impacted by family and domestic violence
    • $68.3m for domestic and family violence prevention
    • $64m for counselling services
    • $35m for support and prevention strategies for First Australians
  • Safer Communities Fund for religious organisations
  • Funding to prevent bullying
  • Expanding the cashless debit card
  • $337m for drug strategy
  • $20.1m over four years from 1 July 2020 to expand no-interest loans of up to $1,500 for women experiencing family and domestic violence.

Defence

  • $680m to support service men and women deployed overseas.
  • Joint agreement on a comprehensive strategic partnership between Australia and Singapore through the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative – 14,000 Singapore armed forces unilateral training for up to 18 weeks annually. One of the two sites in Greenvale. Singapore Government will provide $2.25bn, providing an estimated $50m spent in Queensland annually during construction. Construction will commence in third quarter of 2019.

Agriculture

  • Extending the Farm Household Allowance (forced sale of livestock will be exempt from the income test)
  • $8.7m over 11 years to set up mandatory code of conduct for dairy industry
  • $1.9m to develop national agriculture workforce strategy
  • $24.6m 2019-20 in Queensland for improving cattle supply chain
  • $71.7m 2019-20 for northern Australia roads – Queensland component
  • $2.9m 2019-20 for national leadership for agriculture innovation
  • $15m for wild dog fencing

“I can’t believe that the LNP and the Nationals not only voted against a minimum price scheme for milk but argued against it.  Using arguments that would oppose any survival program for rural industries. 

“Farmers everywhere else in world get 41% of their income from the government. Our farmers get nothing from the government. 

“We have an artificially high dollar, propped up to nearly twice its value.

“Beef and sugar industries have been cheated out of half their incomes because of an inflated dollar.  Finally on the home market you only have 2 places to sell agriculture produce to – the supermarket duopoly.  And the LNP and Nationals are running around talking about codes of conduct!

Telecommunications

  • $160m for two additional rounds of the Mobile Blackspot Funding Program.

Liberals end Medicare freeze

Labor is clearly a medi-fraud with their latest claims today.

Labor started the freeze and we ended it. Labor stopped listing medicines whereas we have guaranteed the listing of medicines.

Embarrassingly for Mr Shorten we ended the Medicare freeze which Labor introduced. Labor introduced the Medicare indexation freeze in 2013; the Liberal National Government ended it in the 2017 Budget.

This indexation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, which the Government reintroduced in the 2017-18 Budget, is delivering an additional $1.7 billion (including 90% of diagnostic imaging items) for Medicare services through to 2021-22.

Labor entirely refused to index a single diagnostic imaging item. By contrast we are the first Government to have indexed imaging including x-rays ultrasounds, CT Scans and mammography among other items.

Medicare funding is up from $19 billion per year under Labor to $25 billion in 18-19, $26 billion in 19-20, $27 billion in 2020-21 and $29 billion in 2021-22 under the Coalition Government.

Our stronger economy has enabled the Coalition Government to deliver record federal funding for public hospital services, increasing from $13.3 billion in 2012-13 when Labor left office to a record $21.1 billion this year (a 54 percent increase).

Under a new national hospitals agreement, the Government has committed an extra $30 billion in public hospital funding from 2020-21 to 2024-25, taking overall funding during this period to $130 billion.

Bulk billing is up nearly 4% from 82.2% under Labor to a record 86.1% under the Coalition Government. This means more patients are visiting their local GP without having to pay an out of pocket cost.

The simple fact is Labor and Shorten cannot be trusted. They can’t manage the economy and they can’t manage health.

Three questions for Mr Shorten:

  • Why did Mr Shorten stop listing medicines in his 2011 Budget as Assistant Treasurer and will he now apologise?
  • Why did he not index one single X-ray, ultrasound or diagnostic imaging item in Labor’s six years in Government?
  • Why is he ripping the Private Health Insurance Rebate away from 65,000 mostly regional and older Australians?

These questions must be answered.

International news warns New Zealand shootings are a ‘false flag’

Former CIA Officer: Christchurch Shooting Smells like a ‘False Flag’

GreekNewsOnDemand.com comments: This like all the other “shootings,” was, indeed,…FAKE, it was a FALSE FLAG meant to serve as…YET ANOTHER PRETEXT by which to…DISARM GOOD, LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS!!! Click HERE and HERE for more from us at GreekNewsOnDemand.com.

Former CIA officer Robert David Steele warns that the Christchurch mosque shooting bears the hallmarks of a classic ‘false flag’ operation.

Go here for more disturbing international analysis:  https://off-guardian.org/2019/03/27/lone-wolf-myth-covers-up-possible-mossad-role-in-new-zealand-terrorist-attack/#comments

In an interview with Tehran Times, Steele claims the shooting was orchestrated by the shadow government as part of a plan to disarm the general population and ignite World War III.

Tehrantimes.com reports:

  1. You are well known as a former spy, and you have also said many times on the public record that you managed a false flag operation for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). You have also written three books and two chapters on specific false flag operations – False Flag Attacks – Tool of the Deep State,9/11 TruthSandy Hook Truth,  Orlando Atrocity, andParis 11/13. In brief, what is a false flag attack?
  2. The term originated in maritime warfare, where pirates as well as countries such as Spain and France, would fly the flag of their prey so they could sail closer and mount a surprise attack.  The term today means nothing more or less than “not as it appears.” This means that the event did not happen the way the government says it did; it was not carried out for the reasons the government says it was; and both the attacker and the victims are not as they appear.  In the USA most attackers are patsies, some mind-controlled, and most victims are crisis actors or paid locals who are then sworn to secrecy using national security warrants that threaten them with life in prison if they tell the truth about the event.
  3. The attack on a mosque in New Zealand by an alleged white supremacist appears to have many questionable aspects. In broad terms, what do you think happened?
  4. A careful analysis of all available information, including a complete technical as well as military analytic review of the full video tape, suggests that this was a false flag event. We need Muslim and US white nationalist investigators on the ground to determine if anyone actually died, all indications are that no one died, this appears to have been a completely staged event managed by the Mossad in complicity with corrupt New Zealand police and national authorities, and corrupt Freemasons. Let me point out that most Freemasons are honest decent people.  I believe the Chinese Freemasons particularly are intent on the future of Freemasonry to be about the good of all, and this apparent crime against humanity by New Zealand Freemasons should see them cast out of the international order.
  5. Before I ask for specific reasons why you challenge the official narrative – that a lone white man killed at least fifty Muslims and wounded at least 50 more mostly Muslims – let me ask about motive. Assuming you are correct and this was a staged event followed by immediate global censorship to block common sense challenges, what was the purpose of this event?
  6. I am so glad you asked that, because my answer could help to unite Muslims everywhere with white nationalists in the USA and perhaps in other countries. This event was designed with two objectives. The first is to demonize white nationalists who support President Donald Trump, and to set the stage for disarming them in violation of the US Constitution by using a flood of new “red flag” laws that the Deep State is attempting to push through in the USA. Just as the Zionists assassinated John F. Kennedy Junior to clear the way for Hillary Clinton to buy her Senate seat in New York, they are seeking here to help the Democrats defeat President Trump in 2020. My colleague Scott Bennett, a former US Army psychological warfare officer, has published a useful analysis of objectives and tactics for this event.

Forrner CIA officer David Steele tells Tehran Times the New Zealand shooting was a false flag

In New Zealand, where the government is a mix of good – criticizing Zionist Israel – and bad – seeking to confiscate weapons – this false flag event is clearly being used as a deception to justify the disarming of the public.

The second objective is to set the stage for World War III. I will predict right now that at least two Muslim mind-control patsies will murder – for real – at least 20 kindergarten children in the USA immediately before Syria launches its promised attack to remove the Zionists from the Golan Heights where oil has been discovered.  The Zionists are desperate to keep the Golan Heights and to draw the USA into a Middle Eastern general war. False flag operations as well as the bribery and blackmail of most US Members of Congress and key Senior Executive Service officials is how they get their way.

Let me say very clearly that I believe that this event, for the first time in modern history, gives white nationalists in the USA, and Muslims world-wide, a foundation for coming together against Zionist Israel. I want to see a Muslim investigative team in New Zealand immediately, and I want the exposure of this atrocity to bring down the government of New Zealand and force President Donald Trump to honor his campaign promise to fully disclose the who, how, what, and why of 9/11, which will end the reign of terror by Zionists in the USA. If invited, I would be honored to donate my time and join the team, I am quite certain I can extract the truth from the alleged shooter within 24 hours. Sadly, I would not be surprised to see the alleged shooter die in the next few days, allegedly by his own hand, to silence him forever.

  1. What is a “red flag” law?
  2. Thank you for asking. A “red flag” law is a very unconstitutional law that is being passed by US states that do not believe in the US Constitution and the right to bear arms. In Maryland a man was assassinated by police recently when they went to confiscate his weapons without notice.  A red flag law allows anyone – someone you owe money to, for example – to tell the police that they feel “threatened” by you, and this – without due process, without a judge, without a hearing – allows the police to demand your guns. If someone wanted to assassinate me, arranging for a “red flag” report so that I am disarmed first by the police, without actual just cause, would be the perfect preamble.
  3. Isn’t it far-fetched to think that Muslims themselves would participate in a false flag event desecrating their own mosque?
  4. You raise a very important point, and this is one of the reasons I want a Muslim investigative team on the ground as soon as possible.  In my experience most Muslims are very eager to accommodate the authorities and demonstrate that they have assimilated and are loyal to their adopted country. I strongly suspect the participants were given incentives they could not refuse and their participation was demanded as a condition of their continuing to enjoy unencumbered residency in New Zealand.
  5. List for us the anomalies – the clear indications that this was a false flag event.
  6. My list is drawn from both my own viewing of the movie, which is clearly full of special effects such as bullet casings that “disappear” and do not hit the ground, and the works of Gordon Duff, Kevin Barrett,  James Fetzer as well as Baldrmedia and William Craddick.  I will divide my list into event anomalies and contextual anomalies.

Event Anomalies

  1. These are clearly toy guns firing air and not ejecting casings or firing real bullets. In the video the bullet casings were added after the fact as a special effect.
  2. With the exception of the alleged dead by the front door, who appear to have been staged beforehand, none of those allegedly killed in the video fall in spastic shock as real wounded do, and there are no blood splatters. Some of those lying dead are not actually shot in the video. Indeed, the shooter exits the mosque and then returns, this time we see some rather amateurish blood evidence, as if he had to leave so the special effects crew could come in.
  3. The piles of bodies appear to have been there prior to the gunman entering. They are all in very unnatural positions, and interestingly, not a single one is face up, useful if you want to conceal all their identities.
  4. Shots fired from a shotgun inside the car do not blow out the front windshield.
  5. All traffic is blocked from the street during the event, as if the police had roadblocks set up.
  6. The police do not arrive officially until 36 minutes after the first shot, never mind that their nearest station is two minutes away from the first mosque.
  7. The video shows clear signs of having been technically altered, including the addition of bullet casings, after the fact, never mind the reality that the shooter was quickly arrested and had no time to edit anything.

Contextual Anomalies

  1. The individual either is not who they say he is, or he is much older than they claim. Gordon Duff has documented his family history and it leads back to Zionist Israel in multiple ways.
  2. The individual received an “inheritance” when he lost his family, a common Mossad technique for picking up promising orphaned males for mind-control projects, and spent years traveling including North Korea, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Syria and in training in Zionist Israel.
  3. The shooter allegedly drove past at least two police stations enroute from the first to the second mosque.
  4. Video exists of at least two others shooters, and evidence exists of at least four women in a tour group that appear to have been a Mossad support cell.
  5. Government claims that this individual was not on their radar are a clear lie.  He was a known shooter in the Brice Rifle Club catering to military shooters and is known to have visited countries of concern including North Korea.
  6. He is known by Turkey to have entered that country intent on carry out an assassination or some form of terror attack. Alone among all Muslim nations, Turkey has a team on the way to New Zealand where I expect they will be denied access to the prisoner and the mosques in fear of their quickly seeing this for what it is – a false flag provocation.
  7. The government of New Zealand has entered into a censorship panic, and in the USA the Zionist- controlled social media notably Facebook and Twitter, are actively censoring the video particularly, and skeptical comments generally. The video, intended by its originators to defame white nationalists and anger Muslims, has clearly become a liability because watching it one is quickly convinced this is a false flag event – not what the government claims it to be.

If 50 people prove to be dead and another 50 wounded, which I do not believe, this makes it certain that there were multiple shooters and raises the possibility of dead being brought in from morgues around the country to build up the body count. One man with several magazines cannot, under any possible circumstances, do the claimed damages.

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Perth SWAT police storm home repossessing it for bank – owner dies in hospital

from Channel 9

A woman who was yesterday involved in a five-hour siege at a Perth property has died in hospital.

Perth SWAT police at it again, acting as debt collectors for the avaricious banks. This time one of the home owners,  Janice Croft, passed away in hospital. It has not yet been confirmed if she was hit by a ‘non-lethal’ bullet fired by police during a five hour siege. (what is a non-lethal bullet? Ed)

Officers were called to a home on Douglas Road in Martin, in the city’s south-east, about 9am yesterday following reports a couple in a home made threats after the sheriff’s office came knocking to repossess their home. 

WA Labor Police Minister Michelle Roberts should be conducting an independent inquiry into a possible police shooting of a bank repossession victim

Police fired a single non-lethal shot as the siege came to an end at about 2.30pm.

The home is owned by Rodney and Janice Croft, who were arrested by police.

Soon after, Mrs Croft was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital in cardiac arrest and in a critical condition. Her husband remains under police guard in hospital.

It’s not clear when she suffered the cardiac arrest or if she was hit by the non-lethal police round.

Mr Croft was the former Deputy Mayor of Gosnells but in recent years the couple had battled long running and costly legal troubles.

It is understood they owed close to a million dollars.

No charges have yet been laid. (Against the police? Ed)

 

Labor’s Lima Agreement betrayed Australia

Letter to the Editor

Dear Prime Minister,

 I write with concern and trepidation, with regard to the published “Lima Agreement” signed off on by Australia in 1975 by (the late) Labor senator and Foreign Affairs Minister Don Willesee and successive governments on both sides of the house have been complicit in betraying Australia. Yes betraying Australia, until we are at the point where our economy will implode. We have appeasers soothing over our questions and calling us nay-sayers.

(Television personality Mike Willesee is a son of Don Willesee-Editor)

ALP Foreign Affairs Minister Don Willesee signed the notorious Lima Agreement in 1975 which stripped Australia of its manufacturing ability and handed it to third world countries. Neither the ALP nor the Liberals have made any attempt since to repeal this treacherous law.

Well Winston Churchill once said, an appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. How true.

Currently, I see no voter having any respect for politicians, you have shown yourselves to be self serving time servers. Yet again today we see and read of another tawdry episode by a politician.

But will they charge the national politician ? Will they  hell, no doubt he will be quietly given a promotion and hidden from sight.

PM, your whole rotten morass can sink no lower, the many folks I have spoken to just won’t waste their time even discussing politicians.

 It is easily seen now that Australia is slave to the UN, to Agenda 21(now 30) and the Lima Agreement.

 Thank you very much for selling out our great land, you are traitors all.  

Karl Walsh

Royal Australian Navy veteran and TPI

Buggered with Asbestos (Navy) but still willing to fight for my country.

(this letter was originally sent to the Prime Minister)

 

Port Arthur shooting witness dies before eventually exposing the Port Arthur psyop

contributed…

The despicable and persistent hounding of Wendy Scurr by government enforcers terrified this hero and most other credible eye witness who publicly exposed the cover-up which made intellectually challenged Martin Bryant the patsy for the shooting at Port Arthur 28th April 1996.

The following article published in Gumshoe News by Malcolm Hughes  is a befitting tribute to a great Australian taking on  Goliath’s lies and relentless persecution of Wendy. Living in total fear this witness could not achieve her goal of bringing John Howard and his cartel to justice….

 

A courageous Australian passes —vale Wendy Scurr

Today Australians have lost a brave, patriotic lady, Mrs Wendy Scurr. We repost Mal’s article from The Great Australians: Wendy Scurr in 2016.

by Malcolm R Hughes (4 December, 2016)

This great Australian, Wendy Scurr, became an unplanned heroine during and after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.  For those who have not previously seen the purposely lost word “heroine,” the meaning is female hero.

Wendy is happily married to Graeme Scurr and they reside on the mainland of Australia. Why the mainland? Because they were driven out of their home state of Tasmania. Why driven out ? For doing the right thing. You know how it goes these days – but Wendy was ahead of her time, having stuck up for the truth about Port Arthur 20 years ago.

The Port Arthur Massacre was a Federal and Tasmanian government-planned event whereby several people were to be shot dead, at the Port Arthur Historic Site on the island state of Tasmania in Australia.

The reasoning behind this plan (I think) was that the population would then accept the Commonwealth Government’s implementation of the United Nations wish to disarm this part of the World’s public. (See Terry Shulze’s 3-part article here.)

Unfortunately, to fulfill this plan, a dupe was required. Martin Bryant, an intellectually handicapped man, was framed as the gunman and has, until now been imprisoned for 20 years. The killing of 35 people took place on April 28, 1996.

It is now widely accepted that Bryant did not shoot anyone, and could not have been the gunman.

The most evil part of the situation is that many politicians, public servants, lawyers and investigative bodies, have had the proof of this thrust in their faces but will not do anything to rectify the situation.

Wendy Scurr, a survivor of that April 28, 1996 massacre, had been an ambulance driver for several years and a first-aid instructor. Very selfless occupations.

Wendy was a tour guide for the Port Arthur Historic Site until after the massacre, when, owing to events that took place that day, she like others were overtaken by post trauma stress disorder or P.T.S.D.

During the killings, Wendy was nearly hit by a bullet fired from the cafe as she went to investigate the noise coming from within. She had heard the whiz of the bullet right past her but did not realise what it was. Upon visiting the scene two days later, husband Graeme pointed out the hole in the window that indicated what a near miss she had had.

After the tremendous amount of shooting in the historic site’s café, it was Wendy who phoned the police to report the noise – this was at 1.32pm on that infamous Sunday.  She had to hold the telephone outside of the office so the person on the receiving end of the call would believe that shots were being fired.

Once the killer had left the Broad Arrow Café  (remember: it’s not Martin Bryant as we were brainwashed to believe), Wendy then entered to check on and help the victims. Although she did not see it – no mirror there —  she became covered with blood and human tissue. The worst anxiety for all the survivors was not knowing if the gunman was going to return.

She, along with the remaining hundreds of people had to continue in a stressful state as police did not arrive in sufficient numbers until six hours after the first report of the shootings to police headquarters. That deliberate delay was, of course, planned, and is unforgivable.

Months after, Wendy had to cope with a letter she received from the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions of Tasmania, Damian Bugg) telling her that she would not be required in court to give evidence.  That was despite her having been one of the main witnesses to the Port Arthur massacre!

Wendy soon realised the event had been a Federal and State conspiracy.  Thus she travelled the east coast of Australia lecturing on her experiences and that of co-workers on the day of the massacre.

By this time, private investigating citizens had unearthed many troubling events of that day and these were spoken about by these investigators at Wendy’s talks. One who shared the podium with her was retired Victorian cop Andrew MacGregor.

Wendy’s contact with a later generation of Aussies has manly been by Youtube. One of her Youtube videos has had 166,000 hits. She is a very loved and admired figure – and a modest one.

Wendy wanted the public to know what really happened on Sunday 28th April, 1996 and to force the release from custody of the entirely innocent man, Martin Bryant.

For this, she was terrorised in her home by the Tasmanian Police to such an extent that the Scurrs were forced to sell up their property and move. She still has health and mental problems related to that pre-planned event.

When “the people” take no notice of what good people like Wendy Scurr tell us, and allow evil employees in Government to get away with their perverted schemes such as the Port Arthur massacre, more of the same will follow. Next time, and there will be many other next times, unless the vile evil-doers are stopped, you and your family members may be the victims either directly or as collateral damage.

I see Wendy as a very courageous woman who deserved a better fate than that dished up by Australian society. It takes an exceptionally brave person to take a stand against the Government and its agents, knowing that at any time, they may arrest you on false charges, to have you thrown in jail.

I consider Wendy Scurr a truly great Australian and am hoping that the Australian public will give Wendy the recognition that she so justly deserves, at some time in the near future.

Commonwealth mortgaged your assets to cover their debt

Letter to the editor

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not a lawfully binding Treaty, so it does not directly create legal obligations for countries to provide these universally agreed human rights to their inhabitants or citizens and at the time of this universal Declaration some governments, including the government of the Commonwealth of Australia were already taking advantage of the ignorance of our parents and they were already securitising one of the declared human rights and trespassing on our parents personal property before and when they were adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on the 10 December 1948.

 Australia has ratified almost all of the major international human rights instruments and it declares that human rights are universal – to be enjoyed by all people, no matter who they are or where they live EXCEPT those human beings who live or are born to the land in Australia as the Government is going to get the beneficial use of your universally accepted human right to the “security of person” in Article 3 as we have been doing that since 1934.

 Motivated by the experiences of the preceding world wars, the Universal Declaration was the first time that countries agreed on a comprehensive statement of inalienable human rights but with the help of the Roman Civil administrative law that commenced in Australia after 1934, when the government of the Commonwealth of Australia signed up a juristic person and legal entity, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA registered as an American company with the United States and Securities and Exchange Commission, to be bound by the statutory provisions of the Securities Act 1933 US and the Securities and Exchange Act 1934, we were then allegedly able to abandon this particular inalienable human right, our equitable share of the wealth in the land we were born to that provides for the “security of our person” of which the governments were already securitising and using and investing these securities and getting the beneficial use of as collateral for the debts of the government’s commercial entity, the COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA and State commercial entities that were registered in a foreign jurisdiction, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the securities and our financial assets were deposited in the Federal Reserve System without our knowledge or consent.

G J Tudehope

Cairns

 

Burke Development Rd unsafe and should be closed

The dangerous state of the Burke Development Road west of Chillagoe in Far North Queensland has prompted calls from local truck drivers to close the road until it can be repaired.

In the past week there have been two motor vehicle accidents, one a roll over resulting in serious injuries requiring the Cairns rescue chopper to evacuate the victims to hospital.

Local truck drivers are warning tourists not to venture west of the Lynd River on the Burke Development Road because of kilometre long stretches of almost bottomless bulldust across the entire road width and now churned up side tracks across claypans have all but shut down access to Kowanyama.

The Transport and Main Roads Department in Cairns and Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch were notified three days ago about  the dangerous condition of a 40 klm section of the main arterial road to Kowanyama and Normanton yet no action has been taken.

Mareeba Shire Council says it has no funds to upgrade the road, however a maintenance crew was working on the Wrotham Park end of the road and heading west.

NO ACTION TAKEN BY TRANSPORT AND MAIN ROADS DEPT OR MEMBER FOR LEICHARDT, WARREN ENTSCH

Triple road trains have been carting gravel to Kowanyama completely destroying  long sections of the Burke Development Rd which local transport operators believe should be closed until repaired

Katters Australian Party Member for Leichardt Dan McCarthy said he had driven on the road several times in the past and it had always been in need of repair.

“This road is disgraceful and trucks are getting wrecked trying to drive over it. I know of a transport operator at Dimbulah who refuses to use it. I have been advised the side tracks through the bush are now getting cut up and it really is unsafe to use,” Mr McCarthy said.

“Like the gravel sections of the Peninsula Development Road, the TMR just refuses to fix it. I will be ensuring federal money is forthcoming to have a major upgrade so the Kowanyama people and locals can use it.”

Triple road trains carrying gravel to Kowanyama from a local quarry over the past month have destroyed the soft clay loam road surface.

Chillagoe transport operator Karyl Struber said the road should be closed until it is repaired, but the deep dust holes were beyond a grader and water truck. She said it would need major works before reopening.

“It is disgusting and not safe. It is not right and little money ever gets spent on it,” Ms Struber said.

“Tourist buses and people from Kowanyama use this road and if a bus load of kids had an accident there would be big trouble.” –contributed