from CEC, Melbourne
After ramming his $10,000 cash ban law through the House of Representatives last week, Scott Morrison is now trying to pretend he has responded to concerns about his cash ban, by releasing a set of “rules” that exempt many activities from the ban.
(This legislation is yet to clear the senate.Ed)
Shane Wright reported in the 28 October Sydney Morning Herald: “The Morrison government has sought to head off internal and crossbench anger over plans to forbid cash payments of $10,000 or more, outlining a string of exclusions it says will protect those who still want to use notes and cents.
“Rules governing new laws around large cash payments make it clear they will exclude gifts, private transactions such as used car sales and situations where people have no other way to pay but via cash.”
It is not true that Morrison is softening the law with these rules. They were always planned to be attached to the law, as a ploy to make the ban initially more acceptable.
The problem is that all the rules providing exemptions to the cash ban are in a separate legislative instrument, and not in the bill itself. This means that the Minister can change the rules at any time, without a vote in Parliament. While the Parliament can disallow the Minister’s changes, it has a strict time limit on doing so, which limits the ability of the public to have a say in the changes and gives the Minister the advantage in making changes.
In other words, the rules are not real protections at all, but exemptions that can be temporary, and easily removed to make the ban more draconian.
The bill itself, which does require a parliamentary vote to change, is an absolute ban on all transactions over $10,000.
Even the ‘myths’ are lies
Demonstrating how disingenuous the government is being over this law, Treasury has issued a “Fact Sheet—addressing the myths about the cash payment limit”.
The so-called “myths” listed in the fact sheet have nothing to do with the main objections to the law.
The Government’s “myths” are:
- Cash cannot be used for everyday transactions.
- Family members cannot give cash gifts.
- Private individuals cannot buy or sell second-hand goods using cash.
- People are required to store money in the bank.
- People are no longer able to deposit or withdraw cash from their bank account.
- The Government can amend the Bill for the cash limit without scrutiny by the Senate.
In denying all these claims, the government fails to mention that they are only false because they are exempted under the rules, which can be changed at any time. They are not exempted in the legislation, which requires a Parliamentary vote to change. As independent researcher Melissa Harrison from exposingtheblackeconomyreport.com asked: “Why is the government not being upfront about this?”
The government’s fact sheet doesn’t address the main objections to the law, because the government cannot answer them. They prove the government’s excuses for this law to be false.
The government claims the cash ban is necessary to eliminate the black economy and reduce tax evasion.
In truth, as proven by studies of the global black economy by Leandro Medina and Friedrich Schneider published by the IMF, Australia doesn’t have a serious black economy problem; the black economy we do have is already shrinking without any cash ban, having halved since 1991; and comparable countries with cash restrictions have much bigger black economies.
As for tax evasion, it is false to blame tax evasion on individuals using cash. Real tax evasion is perpetrated on a massive scale by multinational corporations and banks, and ultra-rich individuals, using the Big Four global accounting firms and the global network of offshore tax havens. This is how Netflix can pay less than $500,000 tax in Australia, on revenue of almost a billion dollars. It is especially outrageous that this cash ban was recommended by a former global boss of one of the Big Four accounting firms, KPMG, which is up to its ears in real tax evasion, and that KPMG is already lobbying to reduce the limit from $10,000 to $2,000.
It is now proven that the real reason for the cash ban, which the government doesn’t want to acknowledge, is not a “conspiracy theory”, but is a recommendation from the IMF which can be read in black and white: cash must be restricted to make negative interest rates work. Countries all over the world are either at negative interest rates or close to, and the IMF has recommended cash restrictions to trap people in banks so they are forced to pay the banks to look after their money.
Another reason to trap people in banks is so they cannot escape “bail-in”, which is when deposits are seized to prop up failing banks.
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie cited this evidence, including the need to ban cash to make negative interest rates work, in his speech in Parliament on 24 October opposing the cash ban. He also proved that the government is not interested in really eliminating money laundering, as it has ignored Wilkie’s evidence of money laundering at Crown Casino. Most importantly, Wilkie made the point that the government has all the laws it needs to crack down on the real black economy, it just doesn’t enforce them.
The government is trying to dodge the issue because of the huge backlash it has received against this law, which has sparked a mutiny even within its own Liberal Party ranks. We must keep the heat on!
What you can do:
by Gil Hanrahan
The State Government had secret plans to create a city of 60,000 people at Port Stewart, along the east coast of Cape York Peninsula, east of the township of Coen, according to a deep-state ALP source.
It also planned to mine much of Cape York, in deference to demands by the Greens and conservation bodies to nominate the Peninsula for World Heritage.
In 2003 the World Bank chartered a specially equipped aircraft from the US to survey a vast area north from Townsville to the Torres Strait for all valuable natural resources which included minerals and timber.
Subsequent research by former Senator Len Harris’ Mareeba office revealed the survey had calculated the value of Far North Queensland mineral reserves to be in the vicinity of half a trillion US dollars.
Another plan according to Traditional Owners is to kick-start the National Party-era space station at former cattle properties Bromley and Shelburne Bay, on the east coast.
Indigenous inhabitants of Cape York however, have no knowledge of former Premier Anna Bligh’s secret city plan, believed to be devised in conjunction with Rothschild Bank as principal mortgagee of Queensland Incorporated.
The ALP source said the Cabinet in 2010 had proposed to turn Cape York Peninsula into “one big coal seam gas field.”
A new city built on the old Port Stewart site presumably would be the base for the intended mining fields to the west.
Such a proposition would revile the eco-terrorists of the Greens, World Wildlife Fund and the more sedate Australian Conservation Foundation. These pseudo-conservation bodies have been propping up the ALP for decades.
The Labor Party does not have much option with Rothschild Bank to which it owes at best estimates $60 billion, having it origins with the Goss government of 25 years ago.
Premiers Beattie and Bligh were quick to jump onto the bank bandwagon, reportedly from which they received millions of dollars in fees. Indeed who would have thought the former, incapable Labor Premier Bligh would have made it to the position of CEO for the nefarious Australian Bankers Association?
Depopulation of the Peninsula continues under the Labor Government as indigenous people are pushed from their traditional home lands with dodgy deals done by the Environment and Natural Resources Departments preventing traditional owner groups from utilising their vast cattle properties.
Only a few cattle properties remain after others have been either purchased or resumed by the State Government ostensibly to hand back to Traditional Owners.
Most white ownership has already gone.
The government cunningly selects an appropriate representative of an indigenous Prescribed Body Corporation to negotiate hand-over conditions, mostly not in favour of indigenous beneficiaries.
After the deal has been done, as in the case of the Olkola PBC, the group discovered the government had pulled a swifty by handing over five former viable, destocked cattle properties totalling 633,630 hectares or 1,565,066 acres of which only a fraction could be utilised for grazing cattle. The five properties once carried a total herd of 14,000 head.
A large portion of the holdings had been gazetted as national park, nature reserve or environmental research.
The Peninsula’s 15 PBC’s have less control over so-called Aboriginal freehold than they did with DOGIT or native title parcels.
Thus the government calls the shots when it comes to land use, in particular mining which can occur with all titles.
Shelburne Bay silica reserves
An indigenous group, the Wuthati clan, reputedly a front for Cape York Partnerships founder Noel Pearson, in the Federal Court two years ago was handed native title over Shelburne Bay Pastoral Holding and its silica sand deposits, the largest and purest deposit in the world with an estimated value of more than $3 billion.
The inaccessible Shelburne Bay lies 150 klm south of the Tip of Cape York nestled in along the eastern coastline and is a favourite haunt for illegal dugong and turtle fishermen.
The silica sand dunes extend 100 klm south from the bay.
Twenty years ago a prominent politician was accused of trafficking valuable parrots and other birdlife from a helipad near the towering dunes.
According to documents filed in the Federal Court in 2016 by another TO group which opposed the claim, the Wuthati totem is a stingray and there are no living persons with an attachment to the land.
Former owners of Shelburne Bay, Dal and Eileen Nixon maintained their research, beginning in the 1960’s when the family took up the lease, found there were no living people with any connection to Shelburne Bay or were there any traceable descendants of the traditional people from the area.
As a Native Title researcher for Agforce the late Mrs Nixon proved there was only one possible legitimate living claimant to her 1 million acre grazing lease, which was resumed by the notorious Labor Government of Peter Beattie in 2003.
At the time she said the only living, legitimate claimant could have been her former long-time employee, Meun Lifu, now the senior TO of Yadaikana Tribal Council of Elders at Cowal Creek.
An examination of the board members for Cape York Partnerships reveals the line-up resembles any bank board in Australia.
A number of CYP board members have bank connections including Westpac, National Bank of Australia, various merchant banks, a Secretary of the Department of Treasury, Macquarie Bank, a former private Secretary to the infamous PM Bob Hawke, P&O Cruiseships, Bank of Melbourne (owned by the Jewish fraternity), ANZ, an advisor to the nearby ALP sanctuary of Wattle Hill holding, mining contractors, a Wik representative, Aboriginal company Bama Services and not forgetting the lawyers.
This avaricious mob will have its corporate fingers well into any future development of the vast silica reserve.
If the Labor Government, pushed by the banks to repay principal and not just interest on its published, actual debt of at least $115 billion, has the political will to mine the scattered, known, substantial coal gas reserves on Cape York then it can do just that.
Some TO’s believe the reason for Cape York Land Council and CYP pursuing the disputed Number 1 Claim over all unclaimed or unallocated land on Cape York is the final part of the jigsaw to allow large-scale mining of the Peninsula.
The widely disputed Number 1 claim also will enable the State Government to nominate parts of the Peninsula for World Heritage in an effort to appease the by now, frothing-at-the-mouth spokesmen for conservation bodies.
Another Cairns ALP source said the recently announced $2.4 billion agricultural project for Cape York community Aurukun would not ever occur under the present State Government.
However it could be utilised in the future to feed the population of the proposed new City at Port Stewart.
Mining giant BHP at present is trawling among the multitude of indigenous groups, committees, PBC’s and NGO’s servicing the Peninsula, offering vast riches for ‘worthwhile’ indigenous community projects.
A line-up of Cape York Partnerships board members:
Police and Civil Liberties Council at a loss in how to deal with rampant indigenous youth crime:
Petford Farm program should be reinstated, demands Federal Member Warren Entsch
by Casey Briggs, ABC and Cairns News
A police operation to photograph and question unsupervised children on the streets of Mount Isa is illegal and should be stopped, according to civil libertarians.
Queensland’s Civil Liberties Council will ask the state’s privacy commissioner to investigate the operation, as politicians suggest the initiative could be expanded to other regional cities.
As part of Operation Tucson, children wandering the streets in the north-west Queensland mining town are being stopped, photographed, and in some cases driven home by Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers.
Officers record the child’s name, address, clothing and where they are going.
Queensland Civil Liberties Council vice-president Terry O’Gorman said he will send a submission to the Privacy Commissioner tomorrow morning, asking them to investigate.
“Police do not have the power, and should not have the power, to willy-nilly walk down the street, take photographs of people and put them on the major Queensland Police Service database,” Mr O’Gorman said.
“Stopping children, particularly Aboriginal juveniles, in the street at 2 o’clock in the afternoon simply to ask them what they’re doing is beyond the law, it’s illegal and it should be stopped.
“It’s also very bad for juvenile and police community relations.”
Mr O’Gorman is concerned about how the photographs will be used by the QPS.
“They must be being put on a police database: that’s the equivalent of these youths, many of whom have never committed a criminal offence, having a criminal record,” he said.
In the three weeks the operation has been running, officers have stopped children 500 times.
Queensland Police said the photographs will be kept confidential, and won’t be shared with other agencies or bodies.
“We respect the rights of individuals, and most times people are very supportive and cooperative of what we do,” said Acting Assistant Commissioner Kev Guteridge.
“We’ll try and link [the data] back to other offences that may have been reported to identify those people as either offenders in other offences, or more importantly clear their name if they weren’t responsible.”
“We’re out there trying to protect the community — if there was anything sinister involved we certainly wouldn’t be involved in that.”
Meanwhile the Member for Leichardt, Warren Entsch has called on the State Government to reinstate the highly successful Petford Farm program which operated west of Cairns for three decades.
Petford Farm program developer Geoff Guest OAM, over 30 years has successfully rehabilitated more than 3000 youths and older visitors with his ground breaking program which breaks the substance abuse cycle.
Former Labor Premier Anna Bligh withdrew funding for the Petford facility 10 years ago because she believed Mr Guest and wife Norma’s methods were too harsh.
The Petford program has long been supported by Professor Ernest Hunter, former head of the Indigenous Mental Health faculty at James Cook University because of its effectiveness, which does not rely on the use of prescription drugs such as Ritalin or other behavioural suppressants.
Member for Kennedy Bob Katter and Mt Isa MP Robbie Katter have both called for relocation sentencing incorporating the Petford program.
On the weekend Mr Guest said he would be prepared to advise any new rehabilitation facility about adopting his program.
Calls to expand Mt Isa operation
It comes as two far north Queensland MPs back the idea of running an interception operation in Cairns similar to that of Mt Isa.
Federal Government Liberal MP Warren Entsch said the operation in Mount Isa “makes a lot of sense”.
“I don’t know how you can justify children as young as eight years old roaming the streets at 10 o’clock at night … other than they’re there for mischief, or their parents can’t control them,” he said.
There is growing community concern in Cairns over car thefts, with a record 767 cars stolen in the past year.
LNP VOTE WITH LABOR TO KILL RURAL DEBT REFORM
State Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter has slammed the LNP for supporting Labor to vote against a real solution to address rural debt.
In a parliamentary session that went into the early hours of Wednesday morning the KAP’s Rural and Regional Adjustment (Development Assistance) Amendment Bill was denied a vote in the House through the blocking of a motion put forward by Robbie Katter.
“The motion was put forward to enable the Parliament to adequately consider and vote on a solution that would’ve seen a new lending mechanism established to address the shortcomings in QRAA’s current activities”
“Each member of the crossbench voted to allow the motion to be heard but it was the major parties who didn’t allow it. It’s unbelievable that they would so blatantly work together to stifle a minor party Bill.”
“With so much public disappointment in partisan politics it’s ironic that the only thing the major parties can agree on is limiting consideration of minor party Bills”
Mr Katter highlighted the amount of consultation and analysis that went into the KAP’s Bill and expressed his disappointment at the behaviour of the major parties.
“The LNP not only supported Labor’s Bill over the KAP alternative, they actively worked to restrict debate and consideration of the KAP Bill”
“The LNP and Government used every excuse in the book to avoid undertaking a difficult reform. They even used banking regulations as an excuse. Do they forget where here to change laws and regulations? If I told my constituents that I wasn’t prepared to undertake legislative reform because of a regulation I wouldn’t deserve to represent them”
“For me, the genesis of this Bill was during the term of the Newman Government, which shows that this has taken years of stakeholder discussions, industry forums, community and local leader’s input,” Mr Katter said.
“Through the Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce that I chaired in this parliament it was clear that the debt problem is massive and that a significant response from the Government was required to address it”
“However what the Parliament has achieved is an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. A farm debt mediation mechanism doesn’t solve the debt problem it just ensures that when the problem has finally caught up with a producer they can shut their business efficiently”
KAP’s legislation was designed to address not only the cattle industry, but also the viability of our rural towns.
“We need ways of stimulating the economies of the rural towns that rely on agriculture. Rather than using blunt funding programs to create short term employment, why not invest in reconstructing the core industry so longer term organic growth can be delivered”
Mr Katter expressed disappointment at the Government and Opposition’s “hands-off” approach to supporting a key Queensland industry.
“In 2015, I thought the Palaszczuk Government was serious about identifying solutions to address rural debt issues with the formation of a Rural Debt and Drought Taskforce. I was wrong. Just like the Opposition they prefer to leave it to the “market”. This approach has delivered a declining sugar industry, a decimated dairy industry and some of the most expensive gas and electricity in the world.”
“Government’s “intervene” in markets all the time. Between the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency there’s about $5 billion worth of low interest loans to help stimulate the industry. However when it comes to supporting agriculture, and particularly family enterprises, the Government doesn’t want to touch it”.
“The rural community right throughout the State should be angry that a significant proposal to benefit people doing it tough and earning a living in regional Queensland would be stymied and watered down by both major parties.”
KAP Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter has called on Australians to contact their local politicians and give them ‘The Request’- to support the Banking Royal Commission/Commission of Inquiry.
A Newspoll released today shows that sitting member for Dawson, LNP George Christensen is neck to neck with One Nation, which places him on a suicide mission if he does not cross the floor to support Katters bill for a Royal Commission.
Although 68 per cent of voters in Dawson support the Royal Commission, they haven’t yet realised One Nation is now another branch of the Liberal Party and will not support the inquiry.
George would be best placed for his longevity in Parliament to support Katter and join his party.
PM Malcolm Turnbull and his Cabinet, including Barnaby Joyce have been instructed by the Australian Bankers Association new chairman, Anna Bligh (ex Qld ALP Premier), to prevent a Royal Commission from going ahead.
Bligh is simply reinforcing a long-held policy of the ABA and the Liberals.
Only the executive arm of Government can call for a Royal Commission, so a Commission of Inquiry is being pursued with all the powers of a Royal Commission, but it will report to the Parliament, instead of the executive arm of Government.
To become law the Commission of Inquiry will require two members of the Government in the lower house to cross the floor. The Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen has publicly stated he will support a Commission of Inquiry – so one more Government MP’s vote is required for the bill to pass.
“So we just need one more. There is only one language politicians understand and that is ‘we are going to get you, we are going to get rid of you at the next election’,” Mr Katter said.
“We have had 100s of people from all over Australia ringing my office and demanding a Royal Commission into the banks – which we already support and we introduced Commission of Inquiry legislation last year.
“So from now on we are telling them to put ‘The Request’ to their local Federal Member of Parliament and get three people to do the same. Those three people are then asked to get another three people each, who then get another three people….and so it continues.
“I’m telling Australians to contact their local Federal Member of Parliament and say ‘are you voting to support this?’ If the Local Federal Member is not supporting the Royal Commission into the Banks then say, ‘we officially inform you that we are working to get rid of you at the next election’. It is not about saying we support someone else, it is just that we are getting rid of you.
“80% of the Australian people want a Royal Commission into the banks. It is a litmus test really on whether you are there to represent and protect the established order, or if you are there to represent the people. This could not be a more clear cut case.
“It is quite clear to me that George Christensen is a man of integrity and will cross the floor, as he has done before. He is a Lone Ranger. Not another soul from the ALP or LNP has crossed the floor in the last 20 years.
“Depending on definition there has been between 15 and 38 inquiries since 2010. But the savagery of a Royal Commission and its powers can’t be ignored. I never regretted the Royal Commission in QLD, even though it cost me and my Country Party greatly and many innocents were burned. Even though we never put the bad guys in gaol, we did remove their protection and destroyed the corruption. This is what a Royal Commission brings.
Australians can find out who their local Federal Member of Parliament is on the following website which has a search function to search by electorate, postcode or politicians name: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members
It was decided today that Katter’s Australian Party will not be allowed to use our legally registered name. We will be forced to use “The Australian Party” which the Federal Electoral Commission has determined is illegal. Since it does not differentiate out or delineate, it is an indeterminate appellation. In simple language the Australian Electoral Commission says “the people” will have no idea who The Australia Party is, nor what it stands for. This is not our opinion but that of the Federal Electoral Commission’s formal ruling.
We do not resolve from stating clearly that this is a most damaging blow to our electoral chances.
We must hope and pray for the famous “Wally Lewis effect” when he was disgracefully sent off the field and the injustice so enraged the team that they played with such righteous rage that they actually went ahead.
This decision does serious damage to the peoples’ faith in democracy. It would be naïve in the extreme to see this decision in isolation. It comes after the jailing of Bjelke-Petersen and his attempt to secure real change. Also the subsequent jailing of Pauline Hanson when she attempted to secure real change.
The two major parties preach competition but they are the arch proponents of a “Woolworths & Coles” political firmament. The colossal damage done to peoples faith in democracy by this decision will be ongoing and the rise of a very dangerous cynicism in a State where may be a quarter of the entire population is on struggle street.
The overriding principal above all else is that the voter knows who they are voting for. If they don’t an election cannot provide a truthful outcome. The Australian Electoral Commission says it can’t.
For further information, contact Scott Barrett on 0434 740 698 or Bernard Gaynor on 0413 722 995
How financial terrorists are stealing from us via asset sales ie deregulated power and water
Max Keiser video exposes ….
Stacey Herbert: Houston consumers were supposed to get lower electricity rates from deregulation instead Max, they pay some of the nations highest prices, partly because of bonds Goldman Sachs Group recently sold for a local utility. (the utility became a paper asset represented by bonds) The Wall Street bank marketed $1.7billion of securities for Houston-based Centerpoint Energy they sold a triple-A utility like a B-aaa deal.
Max Keiser: They are taking utilities, which for the longest time were regulated as a way of keeping to keep the cost of business cheap. Look, the Chamber of Commerce in America would want the cost of energy for a utility to be as cheap as possible to keep business growing. But allowing the deregulated financial terrorists from Wall Street to come in an deregulate the energy business now means the cost of energy is going to skyrocket. This is why the United States (AND QUEENSLAND) is being bled like a stuffed pig just like Greece is.
Bloomberg news service: The sale by Goldman Sachs in Texas showed how deregulation backfired, driving up costs for those promised savings. Texans paid some of the lowest rates in the country before the changes, according to the US Energy Administration. Now they pay the fifth highest electricity prices. The shift towards competition has also misfires in other states including California.
The Queensland Electoral Commission, long tainted with corruption allegations has again shown its true colours by dropping the Katter name from Katters Australian Party on two million ballot papers..
An application has been made to the Supreme Court to have the Katter name reinstated.
Last year, amid some controversy the Australian Party applied to have the name registered as a political party. The Electoral Commission refused saying the Australian Party name was too similar to other registered parties.
As a result Katters Australian Party was registered by the Commission.
The Electoral Commissioner David Kerslake, insiders claim, in collusion with the Australian Labor Party, decided to drop the Katter name from ballot papers.
Two weeks ago, Katter said he was coming after the two party duopoly. The ALP Premier Anna Bligh, the LNPs non-parliamentary leader Campbell Newman and their big-end -of- town controllers are terrified.
The QEC works closely with the Australian Electoral Commission and the QEC uses the AEC electoral roll.
Well known crime writer Bob Bottom OAM, of Bribie Island north of Brisbane has long condemned the QEC for its close ties to the Labor Party and for producing dodgy election results.
Last year the Courier Mail newspaper reported how a Queensland Union hacked into the electoral commissions data bank to alter the results of a QEC managed union election.
Democracy in Queensland is a complete sham and election results since 1987 have rarely reflected the intentions of voters. The two-party preferred result is another QEC scam that electoral returning officers apply when counting preferences.
The returning officer gets his instructions from a sealed envelope issued to all polling booths from none other than the Governments man, Electoral Commissioner David Kerslake.
No doubt when KAP gets control of the Queensland Parliament, provided the voting scams allow it, the Electoral Commission will be the first department to get the cleaners put through it.
Robert J Lee
The following emails may be a revelation to the few but confirms what the majority of Australians have thought of our electoral system.
The South Australian recent election revealed 77,000 names were missing from the electoral roll. With queenslanders hitting the polling booth on March 24, and the irrefutable record of government corruption, Bob Katters Australian Party will have to fight on two fronts and against loaded dice.
Read these emails, spread the message wide and far to the Queensland people…
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