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Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:02 am
by HiTouch
I don't mind this prime minister. He's a lot nicer than Shuz.

Bill Shorten doesn't deserve to be Prime Minister. He's a horrible person who did a "Barnaby" and got away with it.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:50 am
by SRW
Federal Labor will seek to extend for another 5 years the stay of Adelaide Zoo's pandas, who are due to return to China this year. The man waiting to be taking out with the trash, ScumMo, thought it was clever to slam the opposition for making the proposal while Queensland recovers from floods even though he is in Tasmania and, more importantly, government is not and should not be a zero sum game. It's able chew gum and walk at the same time.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... labor-plan

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:50 pm
by claybro
SRW wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:50 am
Federal Labor will seek to extend for another 5 years the stay of Adelaide Zoo's pandas, who are due to return to China this year. The man waiting to be taking out with the trash, ScumMo, thought it was clever to slam the opposition for making the proposal while Queensland recovers from floods even though he is in Tasmania and, more importantly, government is not and should not be a zero sum game. It's able chew gum and walk at the same time.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... labor-plan
Why would a FEDERAL government of any persuasion be involved with what exhibits any cities Zoo has on offer? Morrisons response may as usual be OTT but he has a point.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:13 pm
by SRW
claybro wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:50 pm
SRW wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:50 am
Federal Labor will seek to extend for another 5 years the stay of Adelaide Zoo's pandas, who are due to return to China this year. The man waiting to be taking out with the trash, ScumMo, thought it was clever to slam the opposition for making the proposal while Queensland recovers from floods even though he is in Tasmania and, more importantly, government is not and should not be a zero sum game. It's able chew gum and walk at the same time.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... labor-plan
Why would a FEDERAL government of any persuasion be involved with what exhibits any cities Zoo has on offer? Morrisons response may as usual be OTT but he has a point.
Because it's panda diplomacy. They are a gift/loan of the Chinese government and were negotiated to be brought here by the Howard Government to symbolise the relationship. The only reason they ended up in Adelaide is because Alexander Downer was foreign minister at the time the deal was struck.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:04 am
by Llessur2002
There's some good elements to this but I still think a trick has been missed in choosing the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Gallery over a potentially more popular and tourist-attracting contemporary gallery (ideally we'd have both, but I think the latter would be the bigger drawcard, although I'd be happy to be proved wrong). It's also disappointing that there is no money here for public transport, specifically tram, funding. Whilst he has said all existing deals will be honoured, it will be interesting to see what changes Shorten makes to the city deals scheme if/when Labor is elected in May.
Adelaide’s landmark City Deal to be finalised on Tuesday, ensuring millions for future technology projects

Technologies such as smart parking and CCTV, as well as an indigenous business hub, are the final pieces of Adelaide’s $551 million City Deal.

The landmark agreement, uniting all three levels of government on a vision for Adelaide over the next decade, will be signed on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the deal meant “more jobs and more opportunities” because it focused on growing Adelaide’s population, the innovation economy and its global reputation in culture and the arts.

“Our combined investment and co-operation across the federal and state Liberal governments and local councils highlights that we all believe in Adelaide and SA and how we can make it an even better place to live,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Morrison, Cities Minister Alan Tudge and Technology Minister Karen Andrews will join Premier Steven Marshall and Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor in Adelaide on Tuesday to sign the deal.

The Federal Government’s commitment also includes a further $10 million for smart technologies initiatives for residents, businesses and visitors in the CBD, alongside a $12.6 million commitment by the city council to investigate initiatives including smart parking and CCTV.

The Government will also provide $3 million for an indigenous business hub that will be designed with local consultation to promote innovation, incubation and start-ups.

The Advertiser this week revealed that more than $100 million was committed by the Federal Government for several projects at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, including a new Mission Control Centre at the Australian Space Agency and funding for an Aboriginal art gallery.

However, the deal also includes piloting a new visa program in Greater Adelaide over the next three years to attract talented and skilled overseas workers.

Mr Tudge said it would lift Adelaide and South Australia to new economic heights.

“It will directly focus on growing Adelaide’s innovation economy, supporting population growth in the city and across the state, and boosting Adelaide’s burgeoning cultural and tourism economy,” Mr Tudge said.

Mr Marshall said it was “fantastic” that the Federal Government had continued to back his plan to improve South Australia. “Our combined investment is a great example of what happens when governments work together to deliver productive infrastructure and more opportunities,” Mr Marshall said.

Ms Verschoor said it was a historic pledge and “a once-in-a-generation deal to increase employment, tourism and economic activity in our city”.

Funding for the $551 million deal will be delivered over the next decade to meet project milestones.

The Advertiser understands that projects such as the Australian Space Agency will be allocated funding in the April 2 Federal Budget.

A spokesman for Opposition infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese said that if elected, Labor would honour “any budgeted element” of a City Deal, and would build on it under its “city partnership model”.

What’s in the City Deal

Lot Fourteen Development

$364 million from the State Government

Innovation Hub

Up to $20m from the Federal Government

Aboriginal Art and Cultures Gallery

Up to $85m (Federal)

International Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Food Studies

$30m (Federal)

Australian Space Agency Headquarters

$26m (Federal), $2m (State) for the agency, as well as $4.2m towards a Space Innovation Fund, $2.2 million on supporting initiatives

Australian Space Discovery Centre

$6m (Federal)

Mission Control Facility

$6m (Federal), $2.5m (State)

Smart technology

$10m (Federal Government), $12.6m from Adelaide City Council

Indigenous innovation and incubation

$3m (Federal)

The Heysens at Hahndorf

$9m (Federal)

Carrick Hill House

$3m (Federal)

The Mitcham Hills Trail and Glenthorne Trail

$2m (Federal)
From: https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/sou ... e27ebda808

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:42 am
by SRW
Funding for Heysen gallery at The Cedars is interesting - a lot of powerful patrons have been lobbying for funding. From memory, the plans are quite grand, so we could gain a significant tourist attraction for the Hills.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:13 am
by SRW
Here's the glossy brochure for the Adelaide City Deal. I wonder if it's worth starting a new thread for it, given it's supposedly a 10-year endeavour?
https://citydeals.infrastructure.gov.au ... %20WEB.pdf

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:57 pm
by crawf
After last year's dismal Federal Budget, it's look much more rosey for SA.

Quite few surprises...... especially the level crossing removals for Torrens Road and Brighton Road

SA TRANSPORT SPENDING
Major projects underway

North-South Road Corridor, $3 billion

Gawler Rail Line electrification, $220 million

Joy Baluch Bridge, $160 million

SA Regional Roads Package — $260 million, including:

Victor Harbor Rd duplication, $73.6 million

Horrocks Highway Corridor, $44 million

SA Supplementary Local Roads Funding, $40 million

SA Metro Intersection Upgrade Program — $244 million, including:

Torrens Rd (Ovingham) level crossing upgrade, $116 million

Brighton Rd (Hove) level crossing upgrade, $85.5 million

Main North Rd/Nottage Tce upgrade, $9.5 million

Main North Rd/McIntyre Rd/Kings Rd upgrade, $6.5 million

Grand Junction Rd/Hampstead Rd, $9.5 million

Glen Osmond Rd/Fullarton Rd upgrade, $17.5 million

$97 million for various projects, including:

Cross Rd Fullarton Rd intersection, $30.5 million

Goodwood, Springbank and Daws roads intersection, $17.5 million

Portrush and Magill roads intersection, $49 million

Roads of Strategic Importance Program

North-South Corridor: Future priorities, additional $1.5 billion

Princes Highway: $200 million

Renmark to Gawler: $70 million

Port Augusta to Perth: $100 million

Cockburn to Burra: $50 million

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:57 pm
by crawf
SA has done pretty well this Federal Budget

Quite few surprises...... especially the level crossing removals for Torrens Road and Brighton Road
SA TRANSPORT SPENDING
Major projects underway

North-South Road Corridor, $3 billion

Gawler Rail Line electrification, $220 million

Joy Baluch Bridge, $160 million

SA Regional Roads Package — $260 million, including:

Victor Harbor Rd duplication, $73.6 million

Horrocks Highway Corridor, $44 million

SA Supplementary Local Roads Funding, $40 million

SA Metro Intersection Upgrade Program — $244 million, including:

Torrens Rd (Ovingham) level crossing upgrade, $116 million

Brighton Rd (Hove) level crossing upgrade, $85.5 million

Main North Rd/Nottage Tce upgrade, $9.5 million

Main North Rd/McIntyre Rd/Kings Rd upgrade, $6.5 million

Grand Junction Rd/Hampstead Rd, $9.5 million

Glen Osmond Rd/Fullarton Rd upgrade, $17.5 million

$97 million for various projects, including:

Cross Rd Fullarton Rd intersection, $30.5 million

Goodwood, Springbank and Daws roads intersection, $17.5 million

Portrush and Magill roads intersection, $49 million

Roads of Strategic Importance Program

North-South Corridor: Future priorities, additional $1.5 billion

Princes Highway: $200 million

Renmark to Gawler: $70 million

Port Augusta to Perth: $100 million

Cockburn to Burra: $50 million

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:11 pm
by rev
Hopefully the removal of the Torrens Road crossing means Hawker street crossing will be removed as well, and hopefully most of the crossings from Ovingham northwards up to say Pym Street.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:50 pm
by [Shuz]
The Torrens Road crossing will be road over rail, as the the land has already been reserved on the northern side of the road for an overpass, so unfortunately I don't see Hawker being removed.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:54 pm
by rev
With the talk of tax cuts and all sorts of other bullshit spin about super they put out to get votes, that usually amounts to jack shit in real terms of impact on most peoples lives...
I'd like to see which party, if any (probably none, and I doubt any candidate will ever talk about it or raise it), will put a stop to companies declaring bankruptcy (when they're not) and continuing on without interruption to their operations under a new name, in order to avoid paying their employees their superannuation entitlements.

It's something that affects a lot of people, especially casual workers.
Now that is something that will actually have a positive impact on people. I know of a few people who are owned $20,000+ in superannuation that previous employers haven't paid because they'd done the dirty thing and declared bankruptcy under one name and continued on under a new name..and the response from the ATO and other government bodies and agencies is....we can't do anything about it, sorry.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:50 pm
by ghs
I also worked for a contractor that put there business into liquidation and continued on under another ABN.
Not only can they save money in superannuation by doing this, they can also avoid their GST obligations.

The irony of this situation is that a contractor could potentially save $100,000 by doing this and they get away with
it. If someone robs $100,000 from a bank and gets caught then he will get put in jail for 20 years.

The ATO are a joke. Fairwork are pretty soft as well.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:14 am
by Waewick
ghs wrote:I also worked for a contractor that put there business into liquidation and continued on under another ABN.
Not only can they save money in superannuation by doing this, they can also avoid their GST obligations.

The irony of this situation is that a contractor could potentially save $100,000 by doing this and they get away with
it. If someone robs $100,000 from a bank and gets caught then he will get put in jail for 20 years.

The ATO are a joke. Fairwork are pretty soft as well.
It is actually illegal. It's called Phoenixing.

Ive had to stop dealing with people because we've caught them out.

The problem is usually the cost of getting then it weighs the benefit (yep sound cruel).

They need to toughen up the laws, make it criminal offense if that helps.

Re: The Federal Politics Thread

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:06 am
by Eurostar
Gawler Line electrification needs to be fast tracked, Stephen Marshall should be consulting with Bill and Scott to get some federal funding.