WWWalker's Government Legislation Changes
'Have your say', Central Western Daily, 4 May 2006 - re new WorkCover agency structure being swamped due to lack of choice for small businesses with their insurer and a bulk swap to one new insurer - page gone
As of 30/6/06, the NSW State Government has forced small businesses with under $200,000 wages per year to change to a new agency for workers compensation insurance chosen by WorkCover NSW, not the company being insured. After 1 year they can change to one of their own choice.
This will introduce a degree of non-competitiveness with fulfilling insurance claims and managing clients instead of rewarding better performing insurers.
This will lead to higher overheads in keeping our workers safe and cared for due to bureaucratic choices rather than market driven choices for a company like ours in a very competitive industry.
The massive swapping of small businesses with wages under $200,000 per year to new players in the workers compensation field has caused huge backlogs. In May 2006, the company we deal through was getting 800 calls/day and had to move to bigger premises. Phones were ringing out and not being answered due to the overload.
Who knows how Cambridge Australia (now
Xchanging now part of DXC Technology a merger of CSC and HPE Enterprise Services 4/17) won the tender when they were so under-resourced? It turns out they were moving premises in April/May and upgrading their computer systems, all with no information to their customers. Email is the best way to get through to them.
This is what happened due to a bulk movement of customers to a new player and no resources being available to cope with the demand. Small businesses are left waiting for hours or days to get through by phone. It would have been wiser to use the Internet to allow customers to update
their contact details or upload forms such as wage declarations or pay their workers compensation premium via secure payment over the Internet using BPay, direct transfer or credit card. American outsourcing companies that have entered the NSW workers compensation market are seizing on opportunities to make a quick buck but are not investing in the local economy.
The NSW Minister for Small Business does not have control over this. The NSW Minister for Commerce does but seems to be pushing small businesses through the hoops to recoup costs from workers compensation rorting by tricky workers. Small businesses are paying for bigger companies' inefficiences.
Luckily Campbell resigned from NSW Cabinet in 2010 to free the position up for a better person.
Write to your local paper if this affects you. This does more good than going through politicians or bureaucrats that have vested interests in maintaining the status quo.
On 19 April 2007, we swapped back to
QBE after the year expired and how happy we are now! All the dead wood is behind us now and no more badgering by a difficult department like WorkCover NSW to wear us down any more to fit in and put up with a pathetic company like Cambridge because the law said so!! 'The Law is an ass.' Freedom is a great feeling in a business. Cambridge as usual made things difficult by sending requests for actual wages twice due to a computer stuff up. We are glad not to deal any more with Cambridge. In May 2016, QBE no longer offers Workers Compensation Insurance.
Many others have left Cambridge for a better resourced insurer due to the badly handled tender to Cambridge by WorkCover NSW. WorkCover NSW and Cambridge were very difficult to get any answer from - stoney silence. This is very poor management in my opinion, ignoring the problem and hoping it will go away rather than reacting and overcoming it.
The current ALP NSW Government was not kicked out in the latest election on 24/3/07 but was in March 2011 and this kind of bungling not removed or remedied yet (2011) so it is up to individual businesses to adjust the best they can by changing insurers after the first year of hell. Cambridge did not have the resources for a massive swap and WorkCover NSW did not want to acknowledge the problem so we the little companies suffered. We fight back by moving back to a better resourced company like QBE and stop this nightmare of bungled tenders.
This is the one of the biggest rorts I've seen and smacks of complete arrogance of the NSW State Government over its citizens, the attitude of 'we know better' and 'take your medicine'. No way, not this little brown duck! We believe in choice and a listening ear or we punish the supplier by taking our business elsewhere.
From 30.06.2008, Workcover NSW has a $7500 wages threshold for taking out a workers compensation policy. Policies taken out in error cannot get a refund. We are cancelling QBE from December 2009.
Minimum premium is $175.
In March 2012, I met Yasmin King, the new NSW Small Business Commissioner, at Orange at DPI offices - very level-headed government official.
In May 2013, NSW Government has legislated Small Business Commissioner Bill 2013 No 22. This forces government and big busineses not to crush small businesses.
For premiums 2013-14, NSW Government also gave
incentives for paying Icare Workers Insurance (ex WorkCover) ontime (5% discount) and keeping injuries down and return to work under 13 weeks (10% discount) and reduced premiums by 7.5% in 2013, all good news!
letter from Small Business Commissioner, Yasmin King, dated 2 May 2013.
In May 2017, NSW Small Business Commissioner did an
SME policy framework survey to find out better ways to get SMEs to tender to state government. I gave information re fickleness of NSW state department dealing direct with me without giving any commitment of ongoing work which led to expense of incorporation to cover WorkCover to save department going through agency and loss of other business in Melbourne from being on call for no real benefit. Better time and budget management needed to be done by department. I had to adapt my Terms to handle these overheads to stop them making me go broke. Also expensive tender document fee from local council and expensive security certification requirement for local council tender blocked me tendering and were brought up with them.
labour hire in agriculture (contract picking)
On 27/3/06, the Australian Government introduced legislation that will force incorporated entities (Pty Ltd) to:
pay a minimum hourly rate of $12.75
have a maximum working week of 38 hours averaged over a year
Following its 2012 Annual Wage Review, Fair Work Australia has increased minimum weekly wages by 2.9%. This increases the national minimum wage to $606.40 per week, or $15.96 per hour for employees not covered by an award or agreement.
In 1 July 2015, national minimum wage increased by 2.5%. The new national minimum wage will now be $656.90 per week or $17.29 per hour.
This will put pressure on small companies like ours to tighten controls through our
project management system on bad customers trying to get lower prices, use smarter technology and outsource non-essential jobs. Managing labour costs will be essential to remain competitive.
If you run a company as working director, obviously you cannot make a claim against yourself as it would be self-defeating so this is a special case. The company must be profitable to survive.
Contractors, which is what we are, are special as they work for an amount for a specified result to be delivered at an agreed deadline using their own tools and being required to repair any problems instead of for wages so they can earn large amounts. The trade-off is there are gaps between jobs where the money has to last. As a result hourly rate and hours per week worked are averaged over a year to smooth out the peaks and troughs that come about from such unpredictable work.
So there are inherent risks as well as rewards in contracting.
To reduce overheads and risks, we never hired anyone but outsource nearly everything. Australia has such a bad reputation for industrial disputes that I avoided it altogether by not hiring anyone but myself in the company
making us very nimble and not bogged down by wage disputes. There are no layoffs in bad times. Being the owner, we never sack ourselves, so there is job security while profitable. We just relocate, change product or service and use technology to cope, making us very nimble, agile and able to survive better.
On 28 March 2008, the
Rudd Labor Government rescinded the WorkChoices legislation and stopped further Australian Workplace Agreements from being created ( more).
On 1 June 2018,
minimum wage was increased 3.5% to $18.93/hr or $719.20/week.
In May 2018, freelancer.com forced Australian Web developers like me to bid at Australian minimum wage levels ($19 USD/hr) which is double the Indian rates of about $11USD/hr so Indians get all the work. Unions have moved all Internet development offshore by enforcing minimum wage.
award pay rates
UK Backpacker getting very sick with infection labouring on a dodgy banana farm in Innisfail North Queensland 10/23 (video)
he ended up in NZ much better off after operations in Melbourne hospital from all the infections and diseases ( cellulitis, golden Staph, MSRA) he caught in Australia working in tough conditions on banana farm and from bed bugs in Melbourne backpacker hostel causing abscesses from low immunity from earlier cellulitis
OH&S is not enforced on farmers so they get away with poor treatment of backpackers doing their 3 months to get extension of their visa
cowboy farmers in North Queensland
3 month farm work requirement for an extra year visa is a rort that farmers exploit to their advantage
Australian farmers' reliance on illegal labour as exploitation is readily accepted, report says 3/19 ABC
Uni of Adelaide research
labour hire worker exploitation
modern slavery - $0 wages for forced labour
criminal Asian syndicates
farm visa to fill shortage of farm workers?
Migrant Workers Taskforce Aust Govt 3/19
Latrobe Tasmania strawberry farm had too many PALM (Pacific Islander) and Timor Leste workers staying in property with not enough toilets
40 seasonal workers evacuated from Shearwater property after inspection alleges 'high risk to health and wellbeing' of occupants 2/23
Dozens of (70) farm workers found living in five-bedroom building in Latrobe in Tasmania's north 2/20
Loophole: DFAT did not inspect property to see it if had enough toilets before permitting workers to come
Mayor protested and PM moved them to better accommodation
this has happened twice in same property with same farmer: 40 workers and 70 workers
they needed 20 per house so 2 houses for 40 or 3 houses for 70 not 1 house with 8 per room on double decker bunks or 14 per room on double decker and triple decker bunks
very cheap farmer who maximised his profit with minimal expense on housing and labour - he should have had maximum 20 foreign workers (4 per room x 5 rooms) and hired 20 locals on normal wages not low wages like foreigners get
housing was provided by labour hire firm (probably Asian) who tried to maximise profit by saving on housing and squeezing all 40 into a 5 bedroom house
labour hire should use some of his commission to pay for another house to spread them over 2 houses not pack them into 1 house
This is not a job for cry babies 1/17 NSW fruitpicking company draconian rules
Growers call for Centrelink changes to help fruit pickers 1/16 Coco Farm Elimbah QLD
The Ugly Side of Farm Work in Australia diary of backpacker woman picking fruit in Australia but hardly making minimum wages due to poor conditions
Is fruit picking hard? story of backpacker saying to watch out for unscrupulous farmers overworking and underpaying (ebook)
417 visa extension program exploited by farmers
Long Way from Home Part 1 mother of Mia visits Home Hill to find out how to stop abuse of backpackers from 417 visa extension program
Long Way from Home Part 2 - Transcript - Australian Story 7/17 - mother of Mia who was murdered at Home Hill Backpackers visits site and leaves memorial and tries to stop further abuse of backpackers
Government rolls out red tape on Super Guarantee 7/17 shortchanging workers their super
Horticulture Code of Conduct ACCC 6/17
Cattle farm near Gympie QLD fined $130,000 after UK backpackers worked 88 days straight and were underpaid $38,254 5/17 job advertised via gumtree.com.au (no checks of quality of farmer), caught by Fair Work Ombudsman after several warnings
Labour exploitation, slave-like conditions found on farms supplying biggest supermarkets 5/15
Seasonal farm workers receiving less than $10 a week after deductions, investigation reveals 2/16
Exploited farm workers owed thousands despite government promise 3/16 - CNC Labour Hire
Strawberry pickers claim they were paid as little as $4 an hour in 'labour camp' conditions - Bullsbrook, WA - 8/16
Caboolture strawberry pickers wages ripped off 8/13 and 7/15
See also WWWalker SA Business re Loxton SA rip offs
Slaving away - ABC 4 Corners 4/5/15
labour hire companies ripping off wages of migrant workers in Hinkler (Bundaberg) Qld and Robinvale and Longford, Victoria
companies using dodgy labour hire contractors who rip the wages of workers under them: Divine Ripe, Covino Farms, Baiada
Asians are most vulnerable as they don't fight back
no inspectors, no fines, no dobbing in, sexual and exploitative practices to get 2nd year extension of 417 Visa
Asian labour hire companies are very exploitative to their own race (Asian)
Asian bosses always push wages down to Indian levels (IT industry $10/hr) - worker has to fight back or quit
National Union of Workers is whistleblower on these rorts - being paid $13/hr instead of $21/hr, skimming $8/hr * 200 = $1600/hr * 35 = $56,000/wk * 52 = $2912000/yr tax free
government does not use surveillance to catch them (AFP or ASIO or local Police)
labour hire companies use white minivans to ferry workers to jobs and provide crowded substandard housing for which they charge transport and rent at a profit so worker makes $3.95/hr
if visiting Australia, check farm does not rip you off
do due diligence ( check ABN, check company on ASIC, record events and pay in diary, talk to others, Google company)
Australian small business is full of fraud and cheating (see Finance)
Harvest trail campaign - Fair Work Ombudsman - minimum hourly rate 6/18
Working holiday visa (sublcass 417 Visa) and Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)
Before 2011, Labour Hire Contractors in Riverland, South Australia were using a loophole on
Harvest Trail to list unvetted dodgy jobs where the staff, usually backpackers, were not paid or paid very little plus the dodgy labour hire contractors received Australian Government subsidies for bringing workers into the area. This was shutdown by the Government by vetting all ads on Harvest Trail to make sure the labour hire contractors were legitimate and were paying their staff before allowing ads to be listed. These dodgy labour hire companies were preying on people from outside the area and backpackers and ripping their pay off and not providing group certificates to allow the workers to claim their tax back except through a statutory declaration. The labour hire contractors survived because farmers liked the low rates and did not vet them to see if they were paying their staff or not.
Report of Local Government Reform Commission July 2007 Volume 1 - Qld Parliament
list of reasons behind amalgamation of 156 councils in 2008 by Qld Local Government Reform Commission
very useful document
most councils required to amalgamate were weak on their own
Local Government Act 2009 - Change Commission
a request from the local communities affected by the proposed change
resolutions supporting the proposed change from the affected local government(s)
assessments demonstrating the future financial sustainability of both the proposed new local government areas, including an agreement on the transfer of assets, liabilities and the impacts on existing employees of the council(s) concerned if the proposal was to proceed
a successful referendum of all residents affected by the proposed change
LGAQ - search for Amalgamation to find all 197 articles e.g.:
axing of 457 visas
Computer reseller Hallmark Comptuers fined $500k for underpaying 457 workers from India and Philippines in Darwin NT 6/16 - he forced them to pay back part of their wage to trick Immigration Dept
China Free Trade Agreement 457 visa terms to protect wages and jobs of Australians 10/15
Immigration audits reveal large scale visa fraud by Indians 7/13 50% rate of identity fraud due to low-tech Indian passport system - General Skilled Migration visa class, from 23,767 visa lodgements there was a 46.9 per cent fraud rate for 2008/2009 (51.6% in 3rd qtr), Indian student visas, the DIAC documents show a 37 per cent fraud rate from 41,636 lodgements 2008/09
Indian Passport, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India - dodgy system leading to 50% fraud rate of identity based on poor documentation
by Peter Mares in Tech sector use of 457 visas up 75pc in 2 years AFR 9/7/13 1/20 IT firms are using 457 visas to cut costs and find experienced staff overseas instead of Australia depleting Australia of vital hands-on experience in IT
Govt's 457 visa crackdown becomes law 28/6/13 (Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill) - amendments by Katter and Greens - block IT agencies from profting by hiring via 457 instead of local first
Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013; Second Reading 24/6/13 Bob Katter - in 2012, 125,000 457 visa holders impact on jobs for locals
457 visa bill passed by House of Reps 27/6/13 - maybe delayed in Senate if Parliament closes for election due to PM Rudd getting back into power on 26/6/13 through coup
Fact Sheet 26 - State Specific Regional Migration
Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
Labour shortage costing farmers $150M a year The Age 6/1/12 - shortage of 96,000 fulltime skilled workers and 10,000 casual workers
National Farmers Federation (NFF)
Seasonal migrant labour: a boon for Australian country towns? , Edited by Maureen F Rogers and David R Jones, 2nd Future of Australia's Country Towns Conference, Bendigo, 11,12,13 July, 2005, The changing nature of country towns Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Vic., VURRN Press, Inc., Ballarat, Vic. Oct 2006, ISBN 1876851236 - ( order) - very good paper with dozens of good references and links - Peter Mares won award - Swinburne Institute of Social Research
US Citizenship and Immigration Services - Green Card (Permanent Residence)
In AFR 10-11 March 2012, the Australian Government streamlined 457 Visa holders seeking permanent residency by not having them resit tests.
This will lead to more immigrants and more competition for jobs. Locals stand to lose unless they rise to the occasion and create their own jobs.
This supports big business who only want to hire but not train new staff. Big business want the ceiling for 457 visas raised to 190,000 per year which would put pressure on local businesses. We are small and have to invest in our training to remain viable.
USA has tougher laws blocking migrants becoming permanent residents to protect jobs. We need to follow USA on this and not bow to big business who want quick profits rather than long term education and building up Australian workers. Australia
for too long has cut corners on education and brought immigrant workers in rather than train locals which takes longer but is better for the country.
The alternative is a Banana Repubic where we use our resources to pay for immigrants to service our country. This is not healthy but with Australian Governments not willing to get the education system right, there will be a huge opportunity for skilled
immigrants to take well paying jobs from less-trained locals.
The Government has released for public consultation exposure draft legislation establishing the Ombudsman and outlining the role's functions and powers as a:
Commonwealth-wide advocate for small businesses and family enterprises;
concierge for dispute resolution (including providing its own, limited dispute resolution service); and
contributor to the development of small business friendly Commonwealth laws and regulations.
responses due 7 Apr 2015
If you are a company, you can have your books inspected to see if you meet the pay/time data requirements. Paying PAYG creates data for pay. Time records are collected from timesheets. It is hard for contractors who work for a set amount and have to monitor their own hours. Often contractors are confused with self-employed people who are sole-traders. A company, even if it has 1 staff and 1 director (the same person), must comply. It is legal to have a company with 1 director. It is a microbusiness. That requires a lot of logging and data entry to collect all the pay/time data and keep it available at the fingertips for sudden government inspection. Bookkeeping is an increasing cost for small businesses and contractors like ourselves.
We just do it ourselves to save employing an accountant or bookkeeper but it is tedious and detailed work that pulls us away from doing our job. It must be done though.
"Generally, company directors are not considered employees for the purposes of the
Workplace Relations Act 1996 and its Regulations 2006, therefore as an employer you have an obligation to ensure you are complying with the act in relation to those who would (under the Act) be regarded as employees (but not for yourself)." (19/1/07)
This was a complete fizzer.
Workplace Relations Regulations 2006 repeal and replace the Workplace Relations Regulations 1996 to accommodate the WorkChoices amendments to the Workplace Relations Act 1996 introduced on 27 March 2006. In May 2016, this legislation is no longer in force.
On 30 May 2011, the then Australian Assistant Treasurer
the Hon Bill Shorten MP, Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, released a Consultation Paper into Reporting of Taxable Payments for Contractors in the Building and Construction Industry (27/6/2011 Master Builders Association). This would create more paperwork for contractors which would require them to modernise and use Web-based accounting systems to remain viable and to comply with ATO tax law re paying tax due, like we did in 2010 due to a computer crash and allows us to do our ATO BAS and Company Tax anywhere there is internet access.
In July 2013, after Rudd coup in June, David Bradbury was Assistant Treasurer.
In December 2014, Josh Frydenberg is
Since about 2005, ATO requires businesses to call up with registered office change of address as bp.ato.gov.au does not allow for registered office to be changed online although everything else is able to be changed online. I complained in August 2013 to Ross Vasta MP but ATO rang back asking for details over phone and did not fix problem with Website processes. ATO could update registered office via SBR Web service with ASIC using Auskey authentication but won't. ATO is prehistoric. I contacted ATO SILU and got an email. My local member contacted ATO SILU and I got a phone call saying SBR ELS Gateway would be implemented in 2015.
State and Federal Contracts require $10,000,000 public liability cover which costs $7500 to $10,000 per annum, despite if we got the tender or not. This is way out of the reach of a small business like ours.
To afford this, we would have to have $50,000 turnover or more per year, a long way to go. This allows multinationals to blossom and small Australian companies to waste away. Another solution is to form a consortium to group together risks and have one umbrella insurance policy. The amount of administration to achieve these kind of government contracts bogs down our business pushing us away.
AIIA is pushing for limited liability on smaller jobs rather than unlimited liabilitiy which costs so much to insure, to make going for such tenders viable. Our government badly needs overhauling in its dealing with small business contracts.
In July 2015, we increased public liability insurance with
Allianz to $20,000,000 for same premium as $10,000,000 so we could setup a stall in Caboolture Square who required that level of public liability insurance.
In April 2018, person was injured by accident of tripping on Brisbane City Council Cavendish Rd Coorparoo footpath due to lack of warning on uneven surface. Council sent them to their insurance broker to lay claim. Council also put yellow stripe on uneven footpath to highlight it and were going to grind down uneven surface with contractor to make it safe.
This puts pressure on injured person to cover expenses and get reimbursed which is not good due to impact on their livelihood due to injury making it hard to work if standing for length of time or climb or descend stairs if lift was not working to get to and from public transport. Self employed person loses money if they take time off work to get well so this is a tricky situation financially. The injury loses them money as they work less to stop pain and it is a long procedure to get some medical treatment and reimbursement to get well. It favours heavily the defendant not the plaintiff.
Other cities like Orange NSW already mark all the tree roots and uneven areas on footpaths with yellow stripes to warn pedestrians of tripping hazards. Brisbane City Council waits for complaints before they fix their footpaths so the damage has been done to the person by the time it is fixed causing more poverty and extending the injury.
If you put in a Statement of Liquidated Claim and the Defendant seeks to pay by instalments, they can pay any amount per week, fortnight or month so it can get down to $25/fortnight for up to 2 years. This will wear the plaintiff down till they give in and enter notice of discontinuance letting the defendant off and the plaintiff paying all the costs - a dead loss - instead of banking endless small cheques to get paid a small amount. Administration kills these kind of claims. Cutting losses stops the rorting and keeps the business still viable instead of being bogged down by administration for little value to the business.
We are giving up on country clients as they are generally slow payers and difficult to get to pay and try to do more than they can afford so tend to bring down the creditor who is subcontracting to them unless the creditor kicks the debtor off by writing off the loss.
We decided in January 2008 to not pursue claims against slow payers or bad debtors through the courts as most times the person owing money never pays or gets off on a loophole just holding up valuable resources. So I just ring them up and eventually get money that way. The law is an ass. It pays the government not to close its loopholes as the more debtors there are, the more fees the courts make chasing them down and they get the fees no matter if the money is retrieved or not. The system is a complete failure for small businesses in my opinion. Don't waste your time in the courts pursuing small businesses. It is 99% a waste of time and money.
The Rudd (now Gillard) Labor Government in 2009 is giving more power to the debtor than the creditor by allowing more leniency on repaying bad debts which leaves the creditor scrambling for other sources of income while they wait for the debtor to come good!
This ridiculous notion that a company's liabilities are a director's assets made Centrelink deem my company's liabilities as an asset to me earning a few dollars a fortnight in March 2013. This runs in the face of the fact that the money used for the liability was in fact a liability to the director so the so-called money being earned was in fact a loss due to incoming bank interest on the director's loans that fed the company's loans. This is akin to
Lehman Brothers bank debacle in USA in 2008 where toxic loans ( subprime mortgage crisis) created so-called wealth but when the loans were called in the company collapsed as no-one would bail them out and the loans were not being repaid just going round in circles on minimum monthly repayments with inadequate repayments to get principal down and making borrowers pay off highest interest last causing more to be paid as interest instead of principal perpetuating impossible odds of ever paying off the loans and making the creditors huge profits over many years and impoverishing the debtor who can never catch up and buy assets just service debt.
In 2013, this made it difficult to get a bond loan because the Qld Dept of Communities thought I had cash when it was a liability to the company which was not realised as an asset to me due to cashflow difficulties.
In 2012, the Australian Government forced banks to publish the period of time a credit card loan would take to pay off with minimum monthly repayments and the amount of extra interest paid compared with paying off the loan in 2 years with much higher monthly repayments. It also stopped banks being able to solicit customers to increase their credit card limits.
In 2010, it cost $80/3 years to have a Working with Children Check via the NSW Police as a one-person business is classified as self-employed, making teaching violin to children on my own unviable. A company of 2 or more staff has a free check. This is way too expensive. Working through a local school requires being hired as a casual teacher.
This group is a source of government IT equipment procurement contracts and industrial relations information.
In February 2012, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, John Cobb, gives feedback as to why antidumping laws will protect agricultural jobs and the Australian economy from predatory companies offshore who drop prices to get market share then raise them when local companies have gone bust.
The same holds true for cheap IT developers offshore, e.g. in India, who undercut local developers sending them broke or crippling them. Internet development is very competitive and other countries undercut each other to win business using exchange rate, local wages and opensource software and operating systems to reduce costs and be more agile like we do.
Australian ALP Government got the 30% minerals resource rent tax (MRRT) through Senate in 19 March 2012 which will start on 1 July 2012 (Hansard 15/3/2012). Mining companies (BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata have been making huge profits in the past 2 or 3 years from the huge growth in China of mineral processing plants and middle class economy (cars, houses, gadgets).
This will aid small business (under $5M/yr turnover) with company tax of 29% (down %1).
ALP Government is doing strides to help the underdog. Liberal Party blocks anything where money is redistributed to the rest of the economy from a select few very wealthy individuals and companies. As Obama said, the trickle down effect of rich people passing on wealth is a myth. They just hoard the money so government intervention in the form of a resources tax was necessary to make Australia more equitable.
In March 2012, Exetel Pty Ltd announced it would unilaterally reduce agents' commission from 7.5% to 3% from 1 May 2012. ISP Agents Talk Forum was setup by agents to fight back against the injustice of Exetel underpricing its products so taking an axe to commission to pay for it.
Mention was made of a 1987 High Court decision with NSW Coal Association that showed management could not cut basic rights of a worker:
No doubt our traditional system of industrial conciliation and arbitration has itself contributed to a growing recognition that management and labour have a mutual interest in many aspects of the operation of a business enterprise.
Many management decisions, once viewed as the sole prerogative of management, are now correctly seen as directly affecting the relationship of employer and employee and constituting an "industrial matter".
In April 2012, Exetel Pty Ltd made agents get bigger orders and also improved commission for 1 short-term service.
After much debate in 2011, the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program is being extended by the ALP Government in 2012. This is a breakthrough for commonsense and will help the mental and social health of teenagers when they are most vulnerable and prevent suicides.
In November 2014, Commonwealth reached agreement with states and territories whereby scheme will be funded by Commonwealth and delivered by states and territories. This was due to High Court challenge in June 2014 in which it was found that previous program was unconstitutional for Commonwealth to deliver so now it is delivered by states and territories.
Multi-level companies that pay commission to agents then feed back money into a common pool to grow company bigger. These companies do not pay their bills on time.
Review recommends axing cross-media laws - Simon Lauder, ABC, 15 Dec 2011
Fairfax rings major changes at the top - AFR, 25 June 2012, Crikey 18/6/12 - 1900 staff sacked, printing plants closed
Fairfax spearheads digital future AFR 18 June 2012, AdNews 23/8/12 - mini newspapers, digital only, sacking 1900 staff, closing large printing plants in Sydney and Melbourne, Gina Rinehart 18% stake, only 51% stake in TradeMe
Fairfax sells down TradeMe shares AFR, 18 June 2012 - NZ online auction site
In June 2012, newspaper owners like Fairfax are closing paper publication units and going totally online with paywalls to generate revenue to counter falling paper sales. Australian Government is heralding tightening up laws for cross media ownership including digital media making publishers panic that the Government is restricting freedom of speech.
Since about 2005, traditional newspapers have lost heavily in classifieds to Google, other search engines and Facebook social media online advertising.
Amazon Web Services and other cloud providers are heralding a major move to the Web for online publications and ebooks so that small bloggers can compete head on with large newspaper empires for journalistic content.
Since the advent of the Apple iPad in 2010, online newspapers have taken off over paper editions.
Telcos have to warn customers when they are nearing their cap to avoid unaffordable cost blowouts.
Indian power savings telemarketer "Great Offer" in Melbourne called me 6 times in 3 weeks in Feb-Mar 2023 and would not stop even when I asked them
so I lodged a complaint to ACMA on
Do Not Call Register site:
his business name
date and time last called and
times when he called me before
to get ACMA to take action and fine his business heavily for breaching
Industry Standards i.e. Telecommunications (Telemarketing and Research Calls) Industry Standard 2017:
Because of these problems, NSW Government is not keen to invest in mobile technology. ERG has created the usual fear and loathing about hitech projects.
The mining sector is growing much stronger than manufacturing which needs to replace old staid work practices with agile and lean methodology.
In 2011, Australian Government banned live export of cattle from Australia to Indonesia due to cruelty to animals which grossly affected cattle farms' sales forcing them to leave cattle ready for slaughter in Australia losing money as stock died. Greens influenced ALP to block live exports till Indonesia caught up with stunning pre-slaughter.
This should lead to Canberra directly funding Local Governments on infrastructure projects but not block state-local government relations. This would be a huge breakthrough as state governments usually favour capital cities and ignore country areas but with Canberra funding local government country and city councils would be supported equally by Canberra not lopsided like currently via state governments who favour where the most votes are and not the obvious need of country areas over city areas.
The 7 September 2013 federal election was held 1 week too early to allow the local government referendum to be held with it so it will be held in 2014 at higher expense with another referendum.
Aboriginal issues are going to be central in 2013 election.
Deposit or withdraw small amounts to keep accounts active or Government will take it from May 2013.
Scott Morrison MP: 14 boats detained Oct-Dec 2013 QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: Asylum Seekers Hansard 9/12/13 p 50 - ABC Question Time 10/12/13 - 14 down from 97 boats a year earlier under ALP - secrecy of Operation Sovereign Borders via Defence to cut information for people smugglers
MOTIONS: Asylum Seekers 14/11/13 p65 Scott Morrison - secrecy
Migration Legislation Amendment 14/8/2012 - reopening of Nauru processing facility by ALP Government to cut demand for people smuggling
Nauru Regional Processing Centre - opened 2001 by Australian Immigration Dept - mainly Tamils
List of Australian immigration detention facilities - 21 (ex 22) centres - 8 (ex 17) open, 13 (ex 5) closed, capacity 6518 - Immigration 5 (ex 9), Australian Correctional Management 4, Serco Australia Ltd 9 (ex 8), Global Solutions Ltd 1, Transfield Services 2 - SA 4 (ex 5), Qld 1 (ex 2), Christmas Island 1, Cocos Islands 1, WA 4 (ex 5), Victoria 1 (ex 2), Tas 1, Nauru 1, NT 3, NSW 2, PNG 1 - Maximum 15 (ex 16), Medium 6
Australian puts asylum seekers in Nauru for offshore processing instead of letting them land on Australia where they have more rights. This is supposedly to stop people smugglers.
In Canberra in 2012 I heard an Immigration Dept officer speak at Dickson Baptist Church before moving to Perth WA.
In July 2013, Australian Government moved to setup 3000 person detention centre on Manus Island to stop people being drowned off Christmas Island. The Australian Government still won't negotiate with originating countries to sort out mess that generates these asylum seekers.
In 2012, I suggested to John Cobb MP to move Christmas Island detention centre to Derby WA as it is remote and has a good aboriginal population to assimilate them but got no response.
This problem has dragged on from 2002.
Road traffic accidents in New Cleveland Rd Gumdale need more roundabouts.
In Queensland, only engineers with RPEQ may work. This means software engineers like me with a BSc not a BEE have to be recertified with Engineers Australia at a cost of $600. This makes Queensland engineering a closed shop and anticompetitive. This stopped me tendering for a TMR contract in 2012 where they only wanted professional advice from a civil engineer.
In August 2019, ABC 4Corners (
Cracking up) covered construction industry shoddy workmanship due to no registration of engineers. Only Queensland registered engineers leading to many cowboys getting in and wrecking everything.
4 year drought in NSW, Queensland and SA due to climate change global warming 2016-2019 - $2Bn support for farmers including dams and handouts 12/19
massive fires in Southeast Australia in Dec 2019-Jan 2020 due to drying out caused by increase in temperature caused by climate change from CO2 warming atmosphere
climate change deniers
PM Scott Morrison denies climate change (Charismatic)
Australian Government refuses to admit use of coal in Australia will lead to Pacific island nations sinking below the sea with rising sea levels from climate change (2019)
Australian Government only supports business not fighting of climate change problem
National Party is climate change denier in order to keep power prices down
Coalition believes renewables are not adequate for baseload power compared to coal so support coal rather than climate change prevention by reducing coal to save environment
Coalition want to save economy by continuing to use coal for baseload power despite it ruining environment by global warming
Pauline Hanson's One Nation is a climate change denier
many Christian denominations are climate change deniers (Presbyterian, AOG, Baptist, Anglican) except Uniting Church in Australia
most Christians are anti-science e.g. evolution vs creation debate so support coal over renewables and infer humanists are seeking to save planet by reducing CO2 emission so it is anti-God to be in support of environment by reducing coal
Federal Govt scraps Climate Commission and will stymie Clean Energy Finance Corp 19/9/13
New PM Abbott sacks 3 public service bosses as first act 19/9/13
Coalition will abolish the Carbon Tax if elected in 2013 - any clean energy supplement to pensions or benefits from Centrelink will be axed (archive 8/13)
Clean Energy Finance Corp - solar industry - to be axed by LNP if they get in
Clean Energy Finance Corp Expert Review 3/12 PDF
pro climate change
In December 2015, I could not revise the postage on 2 items I was selling on eBay to be a Courier because my browser was old and I could not upgrade it. I kept getting redirected to add new item page not edit page of item
end auction items then relist in advanced mode and change postage in there to freight so person contacts seller for price of shipping
once bid is made seller cannot revise their item unless they have the latest browser
eBay only works on latest browsers
I could not register as eBay Developer because I had an old browser
I cannot run Android eBay app because I am on Android 3.2 which is too old
Seller did not register email address with PayPal
In December 2015, seller did not register their correct email address with PayPal so payment was taken out of my savings account, even though it was overdrawn and did not use backup credit card, but was not claimed because seller's email address was unregistered with PayPal
Seller has to register their email address with PayPal for payment to be claimed
eBay and PayPal are no longer connected as companies which makes it twice as hard to do business via eBay if seller uses the wrong PayPal email address as it is not caught before the order goes through but sits in limbo land at PayPal end
Use eBay to message seller to fix their email address with PayPal
Buyer can cancel the payment and hopefully reverse the debit from their account over 3-4 days and redo it again via eBay this time with the right email address for seller's PayPal and the right account as primary account for buyer's PayPal or credit card via eBay
CBA bank charged overdraft fee of $10 on savings account if overdraft goes over $10 but does not block transfers from savings account. If block is put on by customer there is a $5 decline fee on every transaction that goes into overdraft. It is best not to link savings account to PayPal just credit card.
eBay charges via PayPal's default account so if it is setup as savings as default and there is no money in there fees will ensue from bank overdraft.
Do not setup default account as savings on PayPal only credit card or make sure PayPal account has money in it before paying.
It takes 3-4 days to get funds from savings account in bank to PayPal or vice versa. Credit card is instantaneous but charges interest and CBA bank charges overlimit fee of $10 and blocks account till below limit. Consumer does not win on either count.
Troublesome seller was from Brisbane.
It is best to wait 3-4 days till funds are transferred from savings account into PayPal account before paying so customer can pick which account is transferred into PayPal account and to make sure there is enough money to transfer. Don't trust system to stop transferring funds that result in an overdraft. It is all in banks' and PayPal's favour.
Paying direct via credit card on eBay seems to avoid PayPal but eBay still uses PayPal underneath to process payment as per bank statement so there may be some holdups if the seller has registered their wrong email address with PayPal.
eBay favouring seller
In August 2013 when a purchase of a battery went wrong due to payment not going through, the seller would not cancel the order and I had to wait till unpaid ticket expired. eBay terms and conditions are draconian and give all power to the seller. Only payments via PayPal using credit card are OK as direct transfers and PayPal via savings account are too risky or impossible to setup if battery of mobile for Netbank SMS is flat. I had to buy battery from Local Batteries in Capalaba in end at 5 times price to stop hell but still paperwork ground on for another week till unpaid ticket expired because seller would not cancel order.
Seller was from Malaysia with Melbourne shipping address and was as tight as hell and did not allow for error. Malaysia does not charge GST. Malaysian would not provide tax invoice only PayPal receipt making whole mess start as I then asked for the product as I had started PayPal purchase and Malaysian tried to back out because they could not provide tax invoice.
Now I cannot get order cancelled and am in deadlock with seller as they say their PayPal email address was accurate despite me sending it there and them not receiving it as I believe they gave me the wrong email address or they checked the wrong email account. There is english barrier and culture shock here.
Later at my complaint re outstanding open ticket past expiration date, eBay retrieved PayPal transaction ID to prove to seller item had been paid and to get seller to close open unpaid item case and ship item.
The stalled transaction was cancelled by eBay at my persistence and product not shipped. End of hell.
Information about Crazy Domains Pty Ltd's breach of Registrar Agreement auDA 7/13 - toothless tiger, all risk remains with customer
Dreamscape Networks does not put their name or address in Dubai in the Crazy Domains invoices tricking people into thinking it is still the company in Perth
Dreamscape Networks does not charge GST and price gouges
change registrar to avoid Crazy Domains owner's poor practices
Rent via Electronic Transfer
Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (QLD) section 86 (2):
"Payment is taken to be received by the lessor or lessor's agent on the day the tenant effects the electronic transaction."
This means if the tenant paid their rent via electronic transfer on the day in the Lease Item 10 e.g. Wednesday then it is deemed paid not when the real estate agent receives it. This stops the real estate requiring a tenant to pay up to 3 days earlier to cater for slowness in the banking network.
Payment of Bond to RTA
Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (QLD):
"116 Duty to pay rental bond
(1) A person receiving a rental bond must, within 10 days of receiving it--
(a) pay it to the authority; and
(b) give the authority a notice, in the approved form, about the rental bond.
Maximum penalty--40 penalty units."
Lessors who don't pay bond to RTA are operating an unregistered residential service.
Residential Services Registration (Rooming)
In April 2016, Government did not remove negative gearing from investment properites on eve of May budget.
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research reports
NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics: fraud up 20.7% in NSW (Greater Sydney 22.5%, Illawarra 16.9% , Coffs Harbour-Grafton 35.5%, Richmond-Tweed 30.1%), robbery with a weapon not a firearm New England-North West up 64% in Sep Qtr 2013 12/13 - all rich areas had fraud and steal from retail store - Northern Beaches, Ryde, Parramatta, South West, Outer West and Blue Mountains, Inner West, City and Inner South (on average up 25%) - massive housing loans reduce money for food, Holroyd had 177% up steal from retail store, Moree Plains 40.9% up break and enter dwelling and 26.8% up overall in 24 mths, Auburn 61.1% up robbery without weapon, Armidale-Dumaresq 84.9% up steal from motor vehicle and 40.5% up steal from dwelling
In December 2013 at Brisbane GPO, to move a company post office box, I had to have:
letter authorizing closure of PO Box on company letterhead
I rang 131318 who had my company documents used in opening the PO Box posted to my address in Brisbane so I could formalise the closure without having to go back down to get the papers or contacting ASIC for a new copy.
This needs to be digital using Web services between ASIC and Australia Post like ATO are doing in 2015.
Many NBN connections are failing in Caboolture no doubt because of pyramid structure of NBN contractors where all the money goes in admin not field workers or training of field workers. NBN should deal direct wtih field workers instead of primary contractors who take all the money.
Only Telcos and access providers who have signed a wholesale agreement with a wholesaler of NBNCo have login access to roll out data on portal sent via email on Telco and Access Provider mailing list. If you are not in that category, unsubscribe from NBNCo Telco and Access Provider mailing list. NBNCo will not provide you with information re this hassle. I worked it out myself.
Rail flagfall is $10 on Translink gocard. Correct fare will be adjusted when customer tags off.
Bus flagfall is $5 till tag off when it is adjusted. I had to work this out myself via calls to Call Centre.
PM cut tax on employee share schemes allowing small IT companies to hire staff when competing with large software companies - The Australian 16/9/14
This was due to successful lobbying by Dwight Walker with Wyatt Roy MP for IT company tax improvements in 9/14.
first steel from Whyalla in Parkes for Inland Rail hub 1/18 Barnaby Joyce
Inland Rail Nation Building 12/17
Inland rail: Here's what you need to know about the $10 billion project 12/17
Inland rail consultation process a complete farce, Queensland farmers say 9/17
Government expected to commit more than $1 billion to building inland rail 4/17
Inland Rail between Melbourne-Brisbane via Central West NSW is underway after Dwight Walker's lobbying in 2007, 3/10/14
This will be a great improvement in efficiency and open up inland NSW to more trading routes with Parkes as interchange for freight forwarding.
Melbourne - Brisbane Inland Railway - Dept of Infrastructure and Regional Development National Projects
Inland Rail-a New Rail Connection Between Melbourne and Brisbane - Dept of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Address to the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Symposium 2014: Corridor of Opportunity, Warren Truss MP, Moree NSW, 7 Mar 2014
Keynote Address: National Farmers' Federation Agricultural Infrastructure and Logistics Forum, Warren Truss MP, Canberra, 18/8/14
AusRAIL 2013 Conference: Driving the Costs out of Rail, Warren Truss MP, Sydney, 28/11/13
Governments have 'dropped the ball' on VET skills 11/18 - less VET FEE HELP means less fraudulent RTOs, Govt clamped down on fraudulent RTOs leading to less enrolments, it will regrow with honest RTOs
Training rorts continue to hurt as thousands turn to federal watchdog 8/18
Sage Institute of Massage Brisbane closed as courses no longer funded by VET FEE-HELP 2/17
AIAS (massage) Stones Corner relocated as courses no longer funded by VET FEE-HELP 3/17
There were scandalous RTOs that ripped off VET FEE HELP and made millions of dollars on false pretenses getting students to enroll who never finished and rorting the system. This made it very tough to get money for training when I was long term unemployed. I am glad they stopped all this rorting though they did cut some good courses to stop the rorts. You can blame me for this. I lobbied Wyatt Roy to stop the rorts when I could not get $300 for training for Cert IV TAE online. They cleaned out all the rotten RTOs whose excesses made it very hard to get money to do a course as most of the courses were total rubbish and not fit for purpose and Centrelink/JobActive would not pay for them leading to people retiring early or being on dole till retirement like me. Now there are more good courses that will be paid for as they do create a job. What a mess!
VET Student Loans Bill 2016; Second Reading 13/10/16 Hansard - new VET FEE HELP scheme being introduced to stop rorting of unscrupulous RTOs
University student HECS debt to explode to $11Bn by 2026 10/16
Government reveals 478 VET courses that won't be eligible for student loans 10/16 to stop rorting - those who have low chance of repaying loans won't be given loans
Collapsed training college owners always planned to cut and run 3/16 $20M pulled out of company - Global Intellectual Holdings (ex NZ company directors) - closed in Feb 2016 during Govt crackdowns on rorts - made $35M in 2014 and $80M in 2015 with VET FEE-HELP for poorly chosen students who failed or did not complete their studies - scammers and spruikers drumming up business outside Centrelink
Private training college Unique International College Pty Ltd lured students with false promises of free iPads, ACCC alleges 10/15
Private training college Vocation faces class action 8/15
Careers Australia salespeople accused of dubious sales tactics to vulnerable people 2/16 VET FEE HELP rorts
Australian Careers Network collapses leaving 15000 students in limbo 3/16 - Govt provided $160 million in funding to ACN over 2015 through VET FEE HELP loans - funds pulled as unscrupulous targetting of vulnerable people
Australian Careers Network burned through $10M in the December Quarter 2015 2/16 - closed 3/16 - part of Phoenix Institute debacle - closed when Federal Govt cut training funds in 8/15 - 15000 students stranded
Phoenix Institute closes after government crackdown, students devastated 12/15 - $4Bn in RTOs mostly wasted, very few educated, companies cashing in on VET FEE HELP loans to poorly chosen students
Phoenix Institute student forcibly enrolled from Broadmeadows poverty zone in Struggle Street SBS documentary was left with $60,000 FEE-HELP debt despite company closing so stuck with under $54k salary for rest of life to avoid repaying it back reinforcing poverty 11/17
ACCC launches proceedings against private training college Phoenix Institute of Australia, cites 'problems' with VET FEE-HELP system 11/15
ACCC takes action against Phoenix RTO following joint investigation with NSW Fair Trading - low-income low educated students were defrauded into taking courses they could not finish for which Phoenix Institute of Australia Pty Ltd (Phoenix) and Community Training Initiatives Pty Ltd (CTI) received $100M from Australian Government 24/11/15
Closing rorting of VET FEE-HELP - Hansard - Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015; In Committee - 2/12/15
Reforms target VET FEE-HELP scammers 12 Mar 2015 - no more free laptops or incentives to sign up for courses people don't need racking up debts that affect people's credit ratings
Evocca College closes 17 campuses, slashes 200 jobs 3/16 VET FEE HELP rorts - had received $200M from Govt in 2015, 2nd only to Careers Australia, only 32.6% had graduated in 2014 who had enrolled in 2011
Evocca College - very low percentage of students pass so far (2058/38213 (5%), 16567 cancelled (43%), 3897 timed out (10%), 15691 due to graduate (41%) @ $10,000/course) 3/15 ABC 7.30 report - $131M funding from Govt loans
income from hopeless students via government loan is like a huge Ponzi Scheme
fake colleges do not have enough students or resources to hold courses
fake colleges get students to enrol who have poor chances of completing leaving student with debt and college with money
fake colleges make finding right course very difficult for long-term unemployed increasing their unemployment
ABC 4 Corners Jobs Game 23/2/2015
Government recovers over $41M worth of false claims after rorting of Job Services Australia scheme 2/15 - later changed with Jobactive in 7/15
dead employment areas with 3 generations of unemployed (Elizabeth SA) being propped up by dole rather than moving them to another area and closing dead area down
Job Services Australia (JSA) agencies fudging work details to get payment from Dept of Employment as people do not sign off when they get a job
people with injuries getting jobs themselves in new industry like cafes as old industry like building is impossible to work in with injuries
parking people who have no chance of getting a job (losing their details, not updating records) to reduce costs on dead loss
signing up people who will not be able to get training so Dept of Employment will pay JSA for training that will not work (lazy accounting by Dept) (signing up for more people than can fit into a room)
in May 2017, Pocketbooks say they cannot guarantee a free listing so will charge for listing in next book
in May 2017, Yellow Pages listing in Caboolture book is now $231 for Web design so charged is back again
in April 2017, Yellow Pages book listing was free for my business, so free is back again for 1 line listing
Pocketbooks lists Web developers in Caboolture and other areas for free (1 line listing), display ad is expensive 3/17
Business Consideration of Legislation Hansard 25/6/13 subsidiary of Telstra - staff being outsourced to India and Philippines
Telecommunications Amendment (Integrated Public Number Database) Bill 2006 Second Reading Hansard 30/11/06 not part of IPND database of names and addresses
2016/17 book still does not have Web developers in Sunshine Coast, Hinterland and Caboolture District so hard to get local business except online where there are 748 competitors breathing down my neck 5/16 ('web dev' in '4510')
From 2015/16 book, Sensis charge Web developers $287.40/yr for a one line listing in book or they only have an online listing.
Sensis did not notify Web developers of this change via email even though they had their email addresses. Slack.
Tradesman and retail shops are not charged for a one line listing.
This smacks of monopoly and violation of Trade Practices Act 46(1) - using market power to damage competition.
Queensland has 40% only on broadband so not having a book listing will detrimentally cut sales.
NBN is coming to Caboolture-Bribie Island area so not being found except by Google will reduce sales.
Queensland is laid back and low-tech so hard to sell IT services into so this will make it twice as hard to make IT or Web sales in this area.
Sensis does not have a notifications mailing list or blog to keep its customers in the know of policy changes.
From November 2015 to May 2016, I tried via TPG Internet to have my residential listing inserted into White Pages. White Pages will not list it direct only via a telephone company. TPG Internet vowed they had sent the request but White Pages never received it. I fought TPG Internet for about a month to fix this but they refused and said keep waiting. Instead I cancelled my TPG Internet connection due to the stuff up with White Pages listing. TPG Internet are incompetent re listing a residential number in White Pages and would not troubleshoot the message not being received by White Pages re inserting a listing. White Pages would have nothing to do with my residential listing as they only list businesses direct now to make money.
Eventually in July 2016, White Pages informed me that TPG Internet did list my number with them after line had been disconnected back in May 2016 so I had to contact White Pages to delist the disconnected number which they did. How stupid that TPG Internet only listed my number after it was disconnected by them! TIO did not want to do anything as the number had been delisted but just wanted to know the number had been delisted. So the dumb punter is left fixing everything themselves the hard way.
Turning router off and on could have preventeded census outage 10/16
Reset router could have saved census 10/16
Census outage to cost ABS $30M 10/16
Bitter feud between partners as IBM deflects eCensus blame - Vocus, NextGen, DDOS and router config stuffup 10/16
ABS blames IBM for Census fail in damning report 9/16
Census: 30 Aug 2016: Senate Debates Hansard - Scott Ludlam Greens MP re privacy concerns, Census fail ABS inquiry, fines for non-completion due to Census fail or boycotting over privacy concerns
In 7 September 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics did not receive my Census form posted on 8/9/16 as it was lost in mail so they are coming back in 2 weeks to fill it in with me at my home or I get a fine over $100 for being late. Caboolture has dreadful postal service losing mail or not delivering mail. Poor are disenfranchised. Australian Bureau of Statistics call centre is congested and not taking calls. Their census.abs.gov.au site is only accessible via modern browser so I used Firefox with User Agent Switcher to send in enquiry form re lost form and visit by Census staff. Susan Lamb MP for Longman had new number and address in Caboolture I found by ringing Canberra and seeing her Website susanlambmp.com. I complained to her re ABS poor Census delivery.
Later on 7 September 2016, I then went to a relative's house and did the Census online via a Windows 10 browser by the deadline which stopped the fine and ABS coming back in 2 weeks to do paper form with me in my flat. Luckily I kept my Census ID from paper form so I could do the online Census on someone else's computer. Libraries or churches should have been setup to allow people to do their Census online if they didn't have a modern PC or internet access.
ABS Website was not attacked or hacked: McCormack 8/16 (Govt)
just overloaded from poor IT architecture
MS Azure or AWS would have been better than IBM Web hosting and 1M/hr was not high enough a load to cater for (M Stephenson)
Australian Bureau of Statistics says census website was hacked 8/16
Census 2016 online only operates on modern browsers or Android 4.2+ or iOS 7.0+
nothing re this requirement on form till I tried to open www.census.gov.au
census.gov.au had 500 internal server error
hosted at IBM Web Hosting at Baulkham Hills NSW - ABS outsourced - hence 500 internal server error
have to do paper form and mail it in
ABS calls CSC IT pros for $250M overhaul 6/16 - I won this $250M but got nil, instead CSC my previous employer got $7.4M of the money. Why lobby? Australia goes better with statistics.
Project Archer to upgrade ABS IT systems, 1/3 failing - CBA CIO 10/15 on board
Government Investment in the ABS 5/15 PR of ABS re $250M funds I lobbied for
ABS get $250M to upgrade ageing IT 5/15 - this was a result of my lobbying due to inside IT knowledge
Federal budget 2015: Census saved, $250m investment in Bureau of Statistics 5/15
ABS chief David Kalisch: Don't take the employment numbers too seriously 2/15
ABS is behind controversial proposal to axe the 2016 census, not the Abbott government 2/15
Abbott government considers axing the Australian census to save money 2/15
ABS confirms census under review amid concern it may be axed to cut costs, sparking outrage from demographers 2/15
In March 2015, Dwight Walker lobbied Wyatt Roy MP for Longman re upgrading ABS IT systems which had not been done since 1980s when he worked at ABS in Brisbane. Facom mainframe still in use was fit for museum! ABS was thinking of cancelling 5 yearly censuses and only doing 10 yearly censuses to pay for the IT upgrade because there was barely enough money in ABS to keep IT systems working. There were frequent breakdowns leading to statistical errors. There was no Australian Statistician for over a year from January 2014 til March 2015.
In May 2015, the Australian Treasurer allocated $250M in the Budget for the ABS IT upgrade which has led to a 5 year renovation and growth program. 3 systems were upgraded:
In July 2015, ABS is hiring Deputy Australian Statistician - Statistical Services Group to guide the ABS through its growth phase over the next 5 years! Dwight's efforts paid off!
Coal Hansard 29/5/17 North Queensland jobs
Mark Ryan MP for Morayfield required a gift to ALP Queensland Morayfield Branch to attend a Queensland Budget Breakfast in July 2015. It turns out only individuals are allowed to donate so my business will just put it to general expenses and not be allowed tax deduction.
Netregistry notice re consolidation of resellers under TPP Wholesale about 2013 Netregistry stopped offering reseller accounts and transferred them to TPP Wholesale
retail customers go through Netregistry or a TPP Wholesale reseller not direct to TPP Wholesale
this can be quite complex if the reseller requires ID or auth code for transfers and customer is too computer illiterate to retrieve auth code or send ID via email to reseller
Domain Names is a TPP Wholesale reseller who is quite complex to deal with due to poor support and Website which caused blockages re updating details for domain or getting auth code for domain due to customer not being able to work out what email to read or what to do due to computer illiteracy.
Netregistry were useless re this whole domain reseller business.
TPP Wholesale were last resort to sort this muddle of auth code and contact emails for domains.
when TPP Wholesale was bought, Netregistry shafted their domain resellers in 2013 who were not performing well enough without notifying said resellers like me - ticked me off 7/15
Melbourne IT bought TPP Wholesale and Netregistry and stuffed them up with business cludge and redtape
every time I respond to survey after dealing with TPP Wholesale or Netregistry I get into storm of them trying to fix up & making it worse
Smartyhost placed order for renewal of domain without my permission on 31/7/16 a few days early from expiry despite no auto renewal being on for any of my domains and no payment option being used for auto renewal.
there is no ledger in financial documents in customer account to show balance just a list of transactions so there is no real knowledge of status of each account
BPAY is via biller code and biller reference in payment options
same BPAY biller reference is used in all invoices from above fake order
do not follow knowledgebase article on smartyhost.com.au customer account area re BPAY that says to use Netregistry Console to pay BPAY with separate biller reference for each invoice
in payment options, I deleted credit card and only had BPAY and disabled auto renewal on all domains and on BPAY as payment source
Smartyhost takes 24-48 hours to respond to tickets
the only way to stop Smartyhost taking money out of accounts to renew domains is to cancel domain or transfer it to another registrar as they are so aggressive in taking payment without permission
Smartyhost uses Filipino call centre
I had to email support and feedback at uber.com.au to try to resolve this mess on 1/8/16.
Smartyhost Terms and Conditions 10.7 allows them to charge credit card for any fees or charges if used initially
"10.7 Upon registration of a credit card account, you give us authorisation to debit your credit card for all charges. If you are billed on a monthly basis, the billing cycle begins from the date you register."
I paid 2 domains with credit card but 1 was suspect and was rejected so I paid that with BPAY a few days later after arguing the fact the domain was not paid for despite domain being 'renewed' when credit card bounced - there is a bug in their system that allows a payment to not be received but the domain to be renewed but then they keep sending reminders to pay or be suspended
only if domain has expired does option come up of BPAY. Credit card is always available via console.
add new credit card before doing renewal or suspect credit card error may come up and then person will have to pay again later with credit card or BPAY or cancel domain or transfer domain
on smartyhost.com.au console person can only renew domain using credit card which has been added in payment options beforehand not at renewal stage using add credit card
if person wants to renew with BPAY wait till expiry notice comes in email then use the BPAY information to renew
BPAY takes 3 days to be reconciled by UberGlobal/Smartyhost
by 2/2017 all accounts will be migrated to Netregistry Console as Melbourne IT who owns Netregistry also owns Smartyhost/UberGlobal - this should be a lot better for online billing than Smartyhost Parallels system as Smartyhost are not going to fix any bugs in Parallels before migration
8/16 and 10/16
for manual domain renewal, credit card transaction did not go through because it was labeled as suspect when I submitted payment in their online dashboard
bank said it was vendor that labeled credit card suspect not them
domain was said to be renewed but payment had not gone through as there was no receipt in financial documents that matched bill
staff argued domain had been renewed because it said it was registered for another year but payment had not been received so it was not renewed properly
I paid again via BPAY and payment went through and receipt was issued after a day or 2
this happened twice for different domains but same suspect credit card
I deleted suspect credit card from payment methods and only use BPAY to pay renewal of domain to stop this endless saga
system should not say domain is renewed or registered for another year until payment is received so this is a phony transaction until BPAY balances accounts
I worked out paying via BPAY when credit card was suspect was the only way to balance accounts when staff denied problem and no receipt was received via suspect credit card transaction and only via BPAY payment method
the only way to find BPAY biller code and reference number to pay invoice is to go into payment methods and click on BPAY or wait for expiry notice
suspect credit card worked fine paying other vendors' bills online
Netregistry took over Smartyhost so smartyhost.com.au redirects to netregistry.com.au
smartyhost old console can be accessed via my.uber.com.au
once domains are transferred to Netregistry they will issue new login and payment details
registrar will become Netregistry on domains
domain transfer will be quick
domains can be delegated in my.uber.com.au till that time then in Netregistry console
redirection of domains not working after transfer from smartyhost to netregistry
login to theconsole.netregistry.com.au
click on domain
click on zone manager
remove A records (smartyhost)
click on domain redirector
switch off and on
go to zone manager
see new A record (netregistry)
wait 2 hours to propagate
click on domain delegation where it is impossible to delete uber NS (name servers) and only leave netregistry NS
remove old uber NS and only leave netregistry NS via calling Netregistry to escalate to admin
redirection works for domains on netregistry
reseller in whois record of ICANN still has uber global Pty Ltd
there is no way on Netregistry console to update whois record to have reseller as Netregistry Pty Ltd
domain can be cancelled by ICANN if whois data is inaccurate
I can't update reseller using manage.opensrs.net as login does not work and password reset does not work
I can transfer domains out to update reseller field and satisfy ICANN
Netregistry want me to do an internal transfer but the domains are already in Netregistry
Netregistry manual update needs to be done on records if software won't allow me to do it
Netregistry and Uber Global are both resellers of Tucows for .info domains
all of my .info domains on Netregistry have Tucows as registrar on ICANN WHOIS
getting Uber Global ICANN domain reminders for .info domains still as still listed as reseller of my .info domains despite Netregistry buying Uber Global in 4/2017
asked Tucows to correct reseller of my domains to Netregistry so I get ICANN domain reminders from Netregistry not Uber Global
as Uber Global has closed I cannot update ICANN records for my .info domains
opensrs.com would not help me update reseller to active one for .info domains but referred me to Tucows compliance
reseller on Tucows Domains reseller search for .info domains is closed down (Uber Global)
I contacted ICANN re Netregistry Tucows reseller not doing the job as per legal agreement:
1.24 A "Reseller" is a person or entity that participates in Registrar's distribution channel for domain name registrations (a) pursuant to an agreement, arrangement or understanding with Registrar or (b) with Registrar's actual knowledge, provides some or all Registrar Services, including collecting registration data about Registered Name Holders, submitting that data to Registrar, or facilitating the entry of the registration agreement between the Registrar and the Registered Name Holder.
transfer .info domains to another registrar by paying additional year
got email from ICANN re .info domains in limbo at uber global reseller of Tucows Domains saying get auth codes and transfer from TUCOWS to Netregistry
I transferred nearly all my .info domains to another registry in USA and got rid of Tucows and Netregistry, end of long saga
Netregistry still tried to get me to renew after I had transferred my domains away their registry was so broken but they removed the reminders manually
Netregistry still had my .com.au domain under Uber Global T/A AussieHQ years after they acquired Uber Global
by 4/19 Netregistry wanted to transfer my domain to Netregistry from Uber Global instead of doing it back when they acquired Uber Global
I transferred my .com.au to another registry to stop this stuffing round of Netregistry but caused more stuffing round of Tucows reseller:
transfer to another registry was done more than 90 days before expiry so not renewed immediately due to ICANN rule
on transfer of .com.au, Tucows verified data usage consent due to GDPR
email and address are updated differently on .au than .info
it was transferred to another reseller of Tucows because of lack of transparency of new registrar who did transfer via chat window not console
EPP/Auth code from new registrar takes 30-60 mins to be emailed to owner which is very slow so I am stuck with new registrar till I get EPP for transfer
EPP expires in indeterminate time so it is pot luck if transfer goes through to yet another registrar or not
if registry is not updated after company is purchased then domain records cannot be updated as the old registry contact is gone
2004-04 - .au Domain Name Suppliers' Code of Practice auDA
2013-02 - Transfers (Change of Registrar of Record) Policy auDA
NAB app blocking gambling transactions
a club with 150 poker machines is being built near Burpengary Station - it passed Moreton Bay Regional Council - it is owned by Hervey Bay club - disgrace 2/20
Gambling Harm - Wyndham City Council - Werribee VIC
Wyndham Gaming Venues and massive losses 2017-18 (PDF)
significant venues ripping $105M/yr from losses from economy by problem gamblers in low income area
working class area very vulnerable to excessive gambling destroying money and creating poverty, debt and family breakdown
Enough Pokies - campaign against pokies in vulnerable communities
Crikey founder anti-gambling campaigner
Golden Square Bendigo Victoria big gambling problem area (working class) 1/19
ALH Group and Woolworths - Channel 7 20/8/18
New gambling advertising rules during live sports - ACMA 3/18 - TV, pay TV, radio
OUR SAY: $33,000 fed through Orange NSW pokies every hour ... is it too late? 7/17
Bright lights, big losses: how poker machines create addicts and rob them blind 10/15
Media Release: Pioneering research to re-define online gambling safeguards Tudge, Minister for Human Services 7/17
Pokie-Leaks: Australians urged to leak gambling industry secrets to politicians 9/16
New push for poker machine ban in Tasmanian pubs and clubs 24/8/16 2014/15 $114M/yr gambled, $773/head gambled
Problem Gambling - SA Govt - facts
The facts about gambling - Communities and Vulnerable People DSS
Gambling Help Online
often only very poor people gamble so they become even poorer and more prone to gambling and white collar crime
Senator Nick Xenophon, SA, $1 bet reform
allow poker machine to accept $1 bets instead of only larger amounts like $10 or $100 which bankrupt many problem gamblers thinking they will win in the next gamble which they rarely ever do
Poker Machine Harm Reduction ($1 bet) 5/12/13 Hansard
Productivity Commission Gambling Enquiry (2010) on poker machine and online gambling reform
80,000-160,000 problem gamblers in Australia (120,000 average, 19% problem gamblers)
4% adults gamble = 633000 gamble
40% to 60% gambling from problem gamblers
$5Bn/yr by problem gamblers on poker machines
200,000 EGMs in 5700 venues in Australia (av 35/venue)
50% of EGMs in NSW (100,000) => 0.5 * 120,000 = 60,000 problem gambers in NSW => 60,000 problem gamblers in NSW *$41,000 gambled/problem gambler = $2.46Bn/yr gambled by problem gamblers in NSW
$3Bn to upgrade EGM to $1 bets
AU has 5 times EGMs per capita compared to USA
4% of 15.8M adults (0.66 * 24M pop) = 633,500 gamblers
$5Bn/120,000 problem gamblers = $41,000/y/problem gambler
45000 EGM in QLD/200000 EGM in AU * 120,000 problem gamblers/AU = 27,000 problem gamblers in QLD => 27000 problem gamblers in QLD * $41,000/gambled/problem gambler = $1.107Bn/yr gambled by problem gamblers in QLD
3500 EGM in MBRC/45000 EGM in QLD * 27,000 = 2100 problem gamblers in MBRC
666 EGM in Caboolture/3500 EGM in MBRC * 2100 = 400 problem gamblers in Caboolture
400 problem gamblers in Caboolture * $41,000 gambled/problem gambler = $16M gambled by problem gamblers in Caboolture per year
KACHING: gamblers lose $831M in 12 years on Ipswich poker machines 8/16
323000 pop 2015, 2/3 adults 213000, $323/adult, 7.54% unemployed 24000, $2875/unemployed person
1704 EGM in Ipswich/45000 EGM in QLD * 27000 problem gamblers in QLD = 1000 problem gamblers in Ipswich
$69M/yr gambled * 50% gambled/problem gamblers in Ipswich/1000 problem gamblers = $35000 gambled/yr/problem gambler in Ipswich
Where your dollars go after the pokies Caboolture News 25/9/16
Is this the end for Australia's powerful gambling lobby? | Four Corners 13/3/23
Record NSW pokie profits fuelled by people desperate to buy food and pay the rent, advocates say ABC 5/23 NSW pokies record profits in Western Sydney working class area
Western Sydney people are deluded into thinking they can win on pokies and pay their bills and debts but in fact lose more money and get further into debt and less able to pay their bills
ALP won NSW Election 3/23
ALP were softer on gambling reform than Liberals so Western Sydney seats switched from Liberals to ALP to stop changes in pokies laws in NSW so they could continue to gamble with cash and fritter away their living in vain hope of winning back their losses
more pokies addiction and losses in NSW Western Sydney
pokies are mixed up in politics to keep their stranglehold on society
cashless limits per day
clubs' pokies are used for money laundering by criminals
monster clubs are built on back of gambling money from poor communities
clubs gloss over misery by giving a small amount of NSW government money back to community in form of community grants like football jumpers or buses for transporting poor people round
clubs send buses to collect inveterate gamblers to spend all their money at their club
ClubsNSW lobbied to remove Victor Dominello Gambling Minister because he dared to go against their excesses and corruption
John Barilaro ex NP MP supported ClubsNSW and wanted to be CEO (2/23) when John Landis CEO was sacked after going up against Premier Dominic Perrotet because he was a Catholic and wanted to block greed of clubs - Barilaro stuck up for greed of clubs to gain votes
NT Intervention by Howard Government 2007
limit alcohol in remote aboriginal communities
COAG was closed and replaced by National Cabinet due to COVID-19 epidemic response March 2020 so no oversight on alcohol laws in NT
Voice to Parliament
state premiers and chief ministers of territories with PM as chair
managed by Dept of Prime Minister and Cabinet
no controls over alcohol in states and territories
Commonwealth Intervention Laws ended in July 2022 which allowed alcohol access to NT remote communities leading to high levels of crime and vandalism and alcoholism in Alice Springs NT 2/23
fetal alcohol syndrome: mother drinks during pregnancy leading to baby with mental retardation and learning difficulties so child drops out of school and commits crime for thrill seeking (brain is addicted to pleasure)
domestic violence: alcoholic father drinks so repeatedly beats wife for many years till he dies so children go onto street vandalising and committing crime and stealing food because all money is spent on alcohol and drugs
schooling deteriorates because child does not sleep due to violence in home and has little support in studies so unemployment increases and poverty increases so they steal to get goods and are incarcerated repeatedly leading to criminal life of child, young adult and adult then they marry and are alcoholics and beat their wife and their children don't get educated and fall into crime and incarceration in vicious cycle
no work for aboriginal man due to racial prejudice or no education due to alcoholic father who drove him out of home through domestic violence against his mother when at school and used money for alcohol not food so he drinks and becomes alcoholic beating wife and stopping children getting education causing vicious cycle of poverty and abuse
alcoholism leads to all sorts of immoral sexual behaviour (adultery, fornication, concupiscence, incest) leading to broken families through divorce or separation or illegitimate children having no parents or foster parents who are tough on them when they are growing up and getting educated leading to more dysfunction and vicious cycle
bad environment leads to bad outcomes for children raised in those conditions unless the situation is remedied or they are moved to a better environment or foster care
uneducated aboriginals in cities usually become alcoholics and get involved in crime whereas on country in dry remote communities they are usually safe from alcoholism but have no jobs and rely on welfare
getting aboriginal educated in city boarding school away from parental alcoholism breaks cycle of disadvantage and alcoholism
if child is separated from alcoholic parents they will say they are Stolen Generation so they will be let live with alcoholic parents and vicious cycle of poverty and abuse will begin and never end till all aboriginals are dead from alcoholism
if alcoholic parents do Alcoholics Anonymous course and are no longer alcoholics having their children will mean no Stolen Generation and education and feeding of children will be done and their community will be healthy and survive but with no jobs only Centrelink welfare payments
if child finishes education and moves to city to get a job they will fall into alcoholism unless they have friends who are not alcoholics and defend and keep each other safe from alcoholism
aboriginals are easily led astray and do not have leaders and often backslide
law and order
high aboriginal population in youth detention centres in NT and WA leading to suicides
GPS tracking does not stop crime or domestic violence of rogue aboriginals from dysfunctional alcoholic homes
got to get to root cause of freedom of alcohol and major disruption alcohol causes or crime will continue unabated
aboriginal parents in remote communities don't want their criminal children locked up in city jail but they are powerless to stop them reoffending if they are let out of jail due to dysfunction of alcoholism in community which needs to be stemmed
Sorry Day apology to Stolen Generation
Royal Commission into Deaths in Custody
dispute in parliament over use of Indue Welfare Card for purchasing to stop purchasing of alcohol by aboriginals as limiting freedoms so Indue Welfare Card was cancelled and all money given to aboriginals to buy what they wanted including too much alcohol but freedom of alcohol purchase led to crime, vandalism and violence so freedom led to misery due to lack of controls over those with poor self-discipline or addicted or prone to addiction so more NT and Federal laws were introduced to stop alcohol abuse again so preventing whole communities purchasing alcohol and making them dry to stop abuse caused by opening up door by removing Indue Welfare Card and giving them freedom and hoping they would have self-control to not buy too much alcohol and stop crime, vandalism and domestic violence so all aboriginals are locked away from alcohol to stop terrible toll of alcoholics wreaking havoc on communities by buying too much alcohol and destroying everything round them and locking them up only stopping them destroying till they are released and offend repeatedly till they die
dispute in parliament over alcohol bans in remote aboriginal communities in Howard Era but then when it was released in 2022 aboriginal alcoholism and crime escalated so NT and Federal laws to limit alcohol in remote communities were reintroduced
in 1800s, colonisation by British of Australia caused aboriginals to have no roots or land or income or livelihood and put them on missions with controlled movements and marriage and association and travel and nearly wiping them out through neglect and killing them for land and expansion and saying they were a dying race and substandard compared to whites so not worth helping just jailing and keeping away from whites
alcohol was introduced by whites to aboriginals who are destroyed by alcoholism more than whites so whites are destroying aboriginals by introducing alcohol which has bad ramifications socially and mentally and physically and emotionally on all aboriginals even those who do not drink
whites should be stopped from introducing alcohol to aboriginals who are very susceptible to being destroyed by alcoholism and all its bad ramifications
there is a black market of alcohol bootlegging to remote aboriginal communities by bad whites who don't care about the damage just the high profits because aboriginals can buy huge quanities using Centrelink benefits
early white drovers and government officers etc used to illegally have sex with aboriginal women making them pregnant and not supporting the half-castes leading to Stolen Generation problem of missions
when aboriginal stockmen were given higher wages they were fired and put on dole which led to alcoholism using Centrelink payments and domestic violence and crime and jailing
took self off dole as no prospect of getting a job over 50 leading to hardship and lack of work
social injustice through easy sourcing of younger workers replacing older workers
retirement used to be at 65, but now it is at 50 or 55 with no source of income for that 10 years before retirement
Australia Post Ahmed Fahour slammed for complaining about his over 50s workers 10/16
Willing to Work Inquiry - Human Rights Commission - over 50s and disabled workers prejudicial treatment by employers who won't employ them
Older Workers Job Board - over 50 years old who suffer from long-term unemployment in Australia
Job Placement Fees for JobActive agencies for long-term unemployed $1500 or higher! - rip off
From 1/7/15 JobActive replaced Job Services Australia for Centrelink NewStart (unemployed) recipients
JobActive agencies are paid for placement not just to hold client like before so all is used to get a job very quickly even if a very simple job like fruitpicking which leads nowhere for a career
No training will be paid for unless it leads to a job which is very rare (bus driver) even for long-term unemployed which is total cruelty
In August 2015, I left JobActive voluntarily and ramped up my business to live off because no JobActive agency would pay for training of $300 (Cert IV Training and Assessment) which is vital as over 50 it is very hard to get an interview unless recent training is completed. I will pay for my own training like I did with QUT robotics MOOC which gave me focus and skills when Government gave me nothing but clothing and bicycle but no training.
Staying on JobActive is like Dentention Centre on Manus Island - no hope of escape till I retire or die leading to suicidal thoughts or running away from system or depression - welfare poison.
In August 2015, I met another over 50 person at QUT Caboolture who said they got sick of Centrelink people putting her into an endless cycle of nil work so she quit NewStart and did a course at QUT and became a teacher.
This was reaction to cutting all funding for RTOs due to some RTOs ripping off system.
We need science and R&D to bring us out of the recession quicker otherwise it will be a slow recovery. Science gives big bang for the buck. Anti-science is very popular.
When I was in Canberra, I heard
18 Sep 2012 Bandt (Greens) (later in 29 October 2012 too) ask the Govt what it was going to do about research spending, with scientists from a conference in the peanut gallery. The Govt cut spending and University of Melbourne asked its graduates for money in 2013 to fill the gap created by moving money from tertiary education to secondary education.
Health Minister concerned GP services 'won't be sustainable' | ABC News 10/22
poor pay due to low rebate from Medicare
1 in 8 of doctor graduates are GPs instead of 4 in 8 in 2000
Doing Uber Eats delivery on bicycle, I had accident on 6/1/17 9pm at Hawthorne Rd Hawthorne QLD near Cineplex. I ran into driver's door of parked car as he got out when I was riding down hill to deliver food for Uber Eats.
This shook me up.
Police only want to know an injury accident via their form above.
Uber will not pay for business bicycle insurance so I have to. This should have been upfront when I started subcontracting to Uber but it had to take an accident to unearth this problem.
Uber does not pay for any insurance for any Uber Eats subcontractor despite them having flat tyres, bald tyres, buckled front wheel truing, violin and phone dropped and accident all delivering Uber Eats.
On 7/1/17, I was kicked out of their office in Fortitude Valley because I dared to confront them about their lousy attitude to subcontractors.
On 8/1/16, I discovered Uber had disabled my Uber driver account so I cannot do any Uber deliveries till this legal matter is resolved.
Uber rang me on 8/1/17 to work out protocol of why I was kicked out of office. Uber disables accounts of drivers in a dispute.
AAMI, NRMA and Allianz do not insure Uber drivers or riders.
I contacted TMR Qld. Only personal injury is covered by compulsory third party insurance. Property damage is covered by private insurance.
Legal Aid put me into contact with
Bond Law Clinic for small business legal advice. Bond Law Clinic would not handle it so I did not pursue action.
I lost Uber job.
It took 17 days to get a refund on backpack deposit due to difficulties communicating with Uber - they rang me, I could not ring them, the Brisbane hub was difficult to visit, the Sydney manager took up to a week to send emails.
Queensland Mental Health Act 2016
come in as voluntary patient than are switched to involuntary patient
jurisdiction in Queensland not interstate
psychiatric confinement is like a jail
involuntary confinement if:
in danger to himself (suicide) or others
Independent Patient Rights Adviser (does not work for Queensland Health)
tribunal appeal to overturn treatment authority
Caboolture Court is only area prospering due to high crime levels; most businesses are closed due to crime 3/20
4513.0 Criminal Courts, Australia, 2018-19 - ABS statistics - domestic violence, drug offences
Methamphetamine use in Australia drug addicts: 41087 (2009/10), 50854 (2013/14) increase of 25%
Summer special: This meth we're in ABC Background briefing podcast 3/19 - meth contamination in buildings used for meth labs
Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles calls for immediate action on chroming 10/19
bad problem in Caboolture - deodorant aerosol cans and socks in parks - akin to petrol sniffing
3000 arrested in Southwest Queensland for ice drug dealing 7/19 ABC
Mental Health Commission WA - factsheets on drugs and rehab, drying out and mental health shelters
Fusion Geraldton WA CSRU - mental health shelter
music drives away drug dealers
The Power of Music: A Drug Deterrent violist in Lombardy Italy stopped drug dealers 10/18
she played Benedetto Marcello, his Viola Concerto in G
busking by me on violin playing Irish folk music drives away bad people form Caboolture shops and brings peace and stops fighting 10/18
Drug Info - SLNSW
drug testing Centrelink clients
Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018; Second Reading Hansard 10/5/18 long list of medical societies are opposed to drug trial for Centrelink clients but drugs wreck individuals and community
Drug testing trial for the dole 5/18
'It's unfair and it sucks': Sydney welfare users slam plans for random drug test trial Centrelink drug users required to take drug test to get them off drugs and into work 8/17
societies opposed to trial:
Australian Medical Association, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, St Vincent's Health Australia, the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Harm Reduction Australia, the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, the Penington Institute, the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales, the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association, the Australian Council of Social Service, UnitingCare Australia, Homelessness Australia, St Vincent de Paul Society, the Wayside Chapel, Anglicare, Catholic Social Services Australia, the National Social Security Rights Network, Odyssey House, Jobs Australia, Community Mental Health Australia, the Public Health Association of Australia, and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
Harm Reduction Australia
Community Mental Health Australia
St George Southwest Queensland to 'breathe a collective sigh of relief' after 170 charges laid on 25 people following ice raids 10/17
Australian Government Centrelink doing drug testing to reduce unemployment and not turning up for interviews and long-term unemployment in Caboolture and other high long-term unemployment areas in Australia 6/17
Qld Police has 'unacceptable' amount of dodgy crime data 4/17 22% incomplete data especially on Gold Coast where people are asked to withdraw complaint to reduce workload
Ice Fight - Moreton Bay Region, QLD
Kids in crisis: 33% of children in care have Ice-addicted parent - Caboolture Herald 6/2/20
Ice-addicts are very aggressive in Hasking St Caboolture 2/20
Qld needs more ice rehab centres: premier 10/18
Help on the way for Caboolture families affected by ice and other drugs 7/18
Action on Ice Qld Premier 8/18
Breakthrough for families 7/18 Qld Govt anti-ice support: Cape York, Townsville, Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Logan, Caboolture, Mackay, Darling Downs, West Moreton and South West and Wide Bay
Queensland Health Care Longman byelection - drugs and alcohol funds from LNP for Caboolture Hospital, 28/6/18 Hansard
Ice a 'primary drug of concern' in Caboolture and Bribie region, says support service 6/18 $11M for Lives Lived Well rehab support services in Caboolture and Bribie Island; $7550/person healed; 26 centres from Cairns to Beenleigh; Moreton Bay has 4 (most in Queensland)
Lives Lived Well welcomes funding boost to Caboolture region 6/18 referrals for detox: 1457 from Moreton Bay Region and 532 from Caboolture (36% of demand for 8% of population = 4 times the average), 4 times expected demand for detox services
QNADA (Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies Inc)
IUIH (Institute of Urban Indigenous Health - Caboolture area - people for whom I got $1M from Queensland Govt to heal drug addicts
Brisbane North PHN (Primary Health Network) - Australian Govt - supporting GPs e.g. drug addicts, opened in 2/17, only found out in 6/18
Brisbane North PHN Alcohol And Other Drug Treatment Services 6/18
Brisbane North PHN only deals with doctors not direct with public
$5M over 3 years funding boost for local drug treatment services in Caboolture to treat Ice 2/17 - Peter Dutton MP
Brisbane North population health snapshot 2018 - high disadvantage affecting health
Brisbane North Stepped Care approach animation -
mental health support
Mia's experience of youth services from Media QMHC on Vimeo - mental health Methamphetamine (ice)
WA Labor promises to create meth border force but Liberals say it's a waste of money 2/17 - Mark McGowan won election 3/17
Qld Police Service Report a Drug Dealer form 1/17 Mark Ryan MP Police Minister
Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse - but the rest of the world isn't listening 1/17 replace drugs with something to do (arts, sports)
Poverty, social inequality and mental health, Vijaya Murali, Femi Oyebode, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment May 2004, 10 (3) 216-224; DOI: 10.1192/apt.10.3.216 - lower skilled had more visceral mental illness, higher skilled had more anxiety mental illness
French backpacker chef caught with drugs at Gordonvale and jailed for 3 years in Cairns 7/16
Crime stats provide reality check in Queensland's bikie crackdown 9/14 VLAD, drug dealers etc
Driver jailed for role in $45m meth haul 5/16 Taiwanese gang in Perth caught importing Ice
3000 pills seized in drug raids at Ocean View via Dayboro QLD on alleged Bandidos associates 5/16 bikie gangs peddling drugs
Perth man with Ice in Broome WA jailed 4/16
How meth addiction is destroying the next generation of Australians 4/16
Operation Mike Apex sees more than 60 people arrested on variety of charges - drug bust at Burpengary - Caboolture News 12/15
Metro North Mental Health Services, Caboolture QLD - drugs and mental health often go together
A Review of Enablers and Barriers of Indigenous Drug Users Accessing Needle and Syringe Programs - Australian Dept of Health medical research - 10/15
Volatile Substance Misuse a review of interventions 11/15
A Better Future for Indigenous Australians - continuing the National Illicit Drug Strategy - Indigenous Communities Initiative 5/2007
Indigenous Health Service (Moreton Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service) in Caboolture got $1.2M grant from Queensland Government after my lobbying against drugs and getting a rehab centre. 24% of aboriginals are on drugs much higher than other parts of the community. See Caboolture Herald or Caboolture News this week 29/10/15.
Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids Drug Overdose Deaths USA 2016 synthetic opioids (fentanyl) deaths: 3007 (2010) to 19413 (2016) deaths (91%pa increase)
includes (percent synthetic drugs, overdose deaths, percent overdose deaths in USA in 2016)
any opioid (45.9%) 42248 38.04%
prescription opioid (23.7%) 17087 15.38% (addictive painkillers)
heroin (37.4%) 15489 13.95%
cocaine (40.3%) 10375 9.34%
psychostimulants (13.8%) 7542 6.79%
benzodiazepines (31.0%) 10684 9.62% (tranquilisers)
antidepressants (20.8%) 4812 4.33%
antipsychotics and neuroleptics (20.5%) 1877 1.69% (schizophrenia and bipolar treatment)
barbiturates (21.5%) 409 0.37% (sleep inducing, anxiety reduction)
other illicit drugs (26.5%) 543 0.49%
high unemployment in mid West for unskilled labourers due to decline in manufacturing industry led to high opioid deaths
Planet America: Opioid Explainer (April 2017)
Oxycontin (Oxycodone) addictive opioid painkiller - mainly older whites dying
US Opioid Deaths - The Commercial Appeal - higher than wars
Opioid, USA - The Small Town Fight Against Big Pharma - Everett, WA, USA - homelessness
Purdue Pharma distributed Oxycontin and was sued re illegal distribution into blackmarket
National Institute on Drug Abuse, USA - advancing addiction science
Battered woman syndrome and intimate partner violence 12/18 - psychological abuse
Domestic Violence and the Law: Achievements and Future Directions, Professor Heather Douglas, Emmanuel Papers No 26, Emmanuel College, University of Queensland, Aug 2018 ( PDF) - excellent paper 7/19
The economic costs of child abuse and neglect AIFS
Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: continuing the national story 2019 AIHW 6/19 - very good report with quality statistics to help win war
Scott Morrison says tackling disrespect key to reducing violence against women $328M 3/19
Family and Domestic Violence 28/6/28 Hansard
Domestic violence and abuse of children - One Nation policy Susan Lamb ALP 10/17
UQ EAIT students combatting domestic violence with smart home technology 9/17
The Characteristics of Spiritual Abuse
Domestic violence in the church 7/17 Creek Rd Presbyterian Church Brisbane QLD
Enhancing Online Safety for Children Amendment Bill 2017; Second Reading Hansard 19/6/17 cyberbullying, trolling, pornography
low income areas prone to domestic violence
Western Melbourne Vic
Logan City QLD
Police launch blitz on youth crime in Caboolture 5/17
Bigger police station in Caboolture by 2019 4/17
Domestic Violence mobile app for Victorian DHHS and Victorian Police 3/17
Rizeup Australia - support for domestic violence victims - ads on trains in Brisbane
Tragic bungle before toddlers death in Caboolture QLD 7/16 QLD Health has slowest processing time (3 mths) and longest queue (1000) in Australia for child abuse cases
Caboolture Against Domestic Abuse, Inc
Kimberly James activist and MBRC Div 3 candidate for 3/16 local government election - lost election
1800Respect $100M from Australian Govt towards domestic violence shelters 1/16
In December 2015 due to my lobbying, Moreton Bay Regional Council is upgrading park in Rowe St Caboolture opposite me to discourage domestic violence and littering due to large numbers of low socioeconomic groups (aboriginals and whites) in Dept of Housing housing in McKean St flats who present at Caboolture court.
Mark Ryan MP has formed Family & Domestic Violence Working Group Local Action Plan with Schools and Police 12/15
Family and Domestic Violence - WA Police - used by Qld Govt
high rate of domestic violence in Caboolture QLD area due to dysfunctional social area 12/15
aborigines have higher rate of domestic violence compared to mainstream
Queensland Premier action plan against domestic violence 2/15
Dispatches from Australia's Domestic Violence Crisis - ABC The Drum 2015 - 29 stories of domestic violence incidents mostly alcohol related
Treasury fair tax - diverted profits tax - multinations moving profits offshore to avoid tax will be taxed from 1/7/17
In February 2021, due to report by ACCC into digital media dominance by large search engines and social media in April 2020, legislation is being drafted to force Google to pay publishers for republishing their content. Google said it is not fair to be asked to pay for indexing of content that makes publisher money.
Google is threatening not to index Australian websites any more and having no search facilities in Australia if this code goes ahead. This would put Australian small business back 20 years as Bing as in inferior search engine and many sites are not indexed compared to Google.
Google never stopped indexing Australian content but they are paying publishers for content or paying them for content if they are listed in Google News Showcase to boost their sales. So publishers and Google are intertwined through a private arrangement before laws to force them to do this.
On 17/2/21 on ABC TV, Josh Frydenberg said media bargaining law if passed will make Google pay news publishers for original content. Goodbye Google.
Google News app combines news feeds from news worldwide. This is what this whole debate is about. Publishers' content gets listed in this Google News app then they get money for their content so publishers will sell content to Google who give it to users so indirectly they are using Google to publish. Google makes money out of all the profile data of users using their app and using that to show ads to them and make money advertising.
Channel 9 get $30M/y for Google publishing their original content. Publishers went after Google because users would not pay for content using paywalls. There are many News Ltd sites that will not let anyone read their news online unless they pay via paywall.
Facebook removed all Australian news pages rather than pay publishers for content as they get nothing for publishing the news pages in 2/21. Publishers were angry but said to use their own Website instead of Facebook to get news. Parliament condemned Facebook for blanket ban in response to media bargaining laws. It is a tussle between private sector and government over who controls access to news. Some publishers said to uninstall Facebook app or close account but others said just go to their own website and not close Facebook account or remove app.
Publishers are going broke because no one will pay for content online and paper copy sales are declining. Many thousands of newspapers have gone broke since Internet started in 1995 onwards. All classified ads have moved to internet and papers have lost all that revenue and are struggling to survive. Paper size has shrunk, e.g. Courier Mail, to save money.
Publishers never caught up on the internet so are selling their content now via Google.
Facebook refused to publish news by licensing it from publishers and blanket banned all news on their Website from Australia so all hell broke loose from publishers who were banned and users who seem to think Facebook is a public service not a private company.
The papers/news outlets/authorities/groups that are against Facebook blocking content due to their reaction to media bargaining laws making them pay for content from publishers:
Australian Financial Review
Australian Federal Government
Bureau of Meterology
Australian State Governments
Sydney Morning Herald
Newspapers with paywalls/subscriptions/donations (more will be added as they come to light):
The Courier Mail
Australian Financial Review
New York Times
Sydney Morning Herald
In April 2016, Australian LNP Government is trying to close down RSRT but is blocked in the cross benches in the Senate. RSRT is for truck drivers road safety ensuring they are paid adequately and not have road traffic accidents due to falling asleep to achieve shipping deadlines. The LNP is trying to cut corners but will lead to poorer work conditions for owner drivers.
In May 2016, Moreton Bay Regional Council redeveloped their business directory using an interstate developer so I tried to find out how much they paid or if it was free. It was paid. I found that out via contacting the supplier. MBRC was very difficult to get anything out of.
In 2015 and onwards, the Mayor of Moreton Bay Regional Council still complains that there are not enough local businesses hiring and 60% of workers travel outside the area to find work but MBRC still outsources large chunks of IT spend outside the area because they are so huge and want a very high level of expertise and strong finance balance sheet to deal with them. It is a no-win situation to run a small IT business in Moreton Bay.
The only way to do business as a small developer with MBRC or other state or federal governments is to use open data and write the apps at own expense and sell downloads. Nothing else works due to their gargantuan tendering systems that favour bigger companies usually based interstate, in a capital city or overseas. So rich get richer and poor get poorer.
Moreton Bay Regional Council suffers from nepotism in DAs in Redcliffe since 2011 or so.
see CDDS (Chronic Disease Dental Scheme) - Dental
Health Care Card - Centrelink for those on dole and pension
Low Income Health Care Card if under $4800 income/8 weeks
busking is classified as a business which is very hard to document
get tax return for businesses person runs - Form Mod F for sole trader, Form Mod PC for companies
then apply for Low Income Health Care Card
otherwise 2 week timeout will mean claim is rejected and person will have to appeal
this is mean when person is barely surviving and has little time to fill in forms
it forces people to go on dole to get Health Care Card and then apply for hundreds of jobs they will not get because they are over 50 and that sends them mad because they will not pay for training
NSW Politicians Implicated by ICAC in 2014-2016 for Donations from Property Developers
In June 2018, once Emma Husar MP for Lindsay opposes draconian way Western Sydney Airport is being built, she is mysteriously implicated that she is bullying staff and her career is on line in August 2018. One has to wonder if property developers found her in the way so removed her. She was not on side with Labor Right Faction (builders).
SPC Ardmona Shepparton VIC $25M 2/14
General Motors Holden, South Australia 2/14
Toyota, Victoria 2/14
Nabalco, Gove NT 12/13
Since December 2018, solar rebates have fueled a large growth in installations. I keep getting rung up about solar installations by Indian subcontractors.
ACCC welcomes government action on electricity prices 2/19 - retailers must advise customer of discounts when standing offers end
Energy Made Easy
power plan comparison tool of Govt to find right price and flexibility for consumer 10/18
very good at finding gems in system to help person - I used it!
what Malcolm Turnbull setup with NEG before he was kicked out in 8/18 over power prices of country people being too high (my guess)
Turnbull unveils new energy plan - national energy guarantee RET and CET canned 10/17
We have enough cheap easy to extra gas to last 100 years - there is just one problem 10/17 selling all gas overseas to make massive profit but leaving none for Australians - this has to stop - all gas being exported via Gladstone Port QLD 2009-
Gas crisis 'three times bigger' than thought, Malcolm Turnbull says 9/17
Everyone has a different excuse for the electricity stuff-up 9/17
AGL Liddell Power Station (coal) to be kept going till 2022 due to power shortfall due to planning stuffup when Hazelwood closed down 9/17
Energy Made Easy power comparison (Govt)
Hells Gate Dam Burdekin, Kennedy Energy Park Hughenden, Kidston Pumped Hydro Einasleigh North Queensland Hansard 16/8/17
Tesla installing world's largest battery at South Australian wind farm 7/17 100MWh Li ion battery for wind farm
AEMO gas estimates Hansard 19/6/17
VIC and NSW not mining for gas (fracking)
QLD fracking in Channel Country on table 9/17 tenplay.com.au/theproject 9/17
Katter on renewable energy Hansard 20/6/17
China Light and Power Group (CLP Group) - owns EnergyAustralia plus power stations in Australia, India, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand
Aussie Renewables renewable energy directory
EnergyAustralia was sold by NSW Govt to TRUenergy a Hong Kong company in 2011 who also bought Yallourn Power Station from Victorian Govt and assets and retail from Singapore Power power megagenerator company that owns generators in SA (Waterloo and Cathedral Rocks Wind Farms, Hallett Power Station), Vic (Yallourn Power Station) and NSW (Mt Piper, Wallerawang and Tallawarra power stations, Pine Dale Mine)
Hydro Tasmania and China Light and Power joint venture in renewable energy Hansard 21/6/10, RET (Renewable Energy Targets)
Energy policy in Australia
Clean Energy Council Policy
Climate Strategies UK think tank
Energy: Gas export licences Hansard 20/6/17
Why you're about to pay through the nose for power 6/17 shortage of gas, no price on carbon
limiting gas exports has led to lower local gas prices Hansard 13/6/17
Power Failure ABC 4 Corners 5/17 - lack of energy policy direction leading to higher energy prices and blackouts
Turnbull will restrict gas exports to guarantee domestic supply 27/4/17
Gas export plants one third owned by foreign governments 18/4/17
shortage of gas on east coast but high prices for exporters 4/17
no reserve gas for domestic market 4/17
foreign oil companies profiting and shoring up demand in Asia by exporting Australian gas to their markets 4/17
Gladstone QLD used to export gas from Victoria (Jeremy Buckingham Greens NSW) 4/17
Elon Musk of Tesla says he can fix power shortage in Australia in 100 days by installing 100 to 300 megawatt-hours of batteries 3/17
Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Petroleum Pools and Other Measures) Bill 2016; In Committee 8/2/17 Hansard - domestic LNG shortage despite Gorgon large LNG exporter
On 4/10/16 when Redcliffe Line opened, there were not enough drivers so up to 100 services on a Friday or 30 services other days were cancelled. Drivers were cannibalized from Caboolture line for Redcliffe line throwing network into chaos. The lack of drivers was due to very poor planning by central bureaucrats. Trains were running 10 mins late constantly because train could not get back in time to keep on time. Drivers could not keep up. Trains would stop all over the network and have the drivers swap to another service in complete chaos. Translink refused to admit lack of drivers. Queensland Rail knew of lack of drivers back in January 2016. Premier and Transport Minister did not know of lack of drivers till October 2016. CEO resigned in October 2016 after debacle of lack of drivers. Drivers were doing 11 day shifts and working overtime on old timetable before Redcliffe Line was opened.
Redcliffe Line should not have opened till there were enough drivers rather than put network into chaos and stuff up everyone's life. They should have rolled back to the old timetable and closed Redcliffe Line till they had the drivers.
Caboolture line now is express from Petrie to Bowen Hills stopping only at Northgate and Eagle Junction. People on in between stops have to change at Petrie to Redcliffe Line meaning crossing lines. This is very inefficient for passengers. The logic was it was easier to move trains round network if they ran Caboolture line express from Petrie to Bowen Hills unlike the all stops before. Redcliffe Line took the all stops from Bowen Hills to Petrie. During debacle, Caboolture line is doing some of those stops on random occasions such as weekends.
In October 2016, I wrote to MP for Pumicestone and Morayfield re getting new timetable to allow for lack of drivers so passengers knew what was happening. Rick Williams MP for Pumicestone said he would pass it onto minister. I also wrote in November 2016 to MPs re using sensors and transponders to track cancellation of trains so Minister would know what was happening and which lines had lack of crews. Queensland Rail were not providing minister with live data for cancellations. Translink said they could not track live data for cancellations in their MyTranslink app or translink.com.au. A new timetable was uploaded to their Website so passengers would know of cancellations rather than scanning a long page of changes on their Website.
A new timetable will start 7/11/16 which allows for less drivers. New drivers are being fast tracked and trained.
If minister does not fix this by Christmas with this new timetable he will be kicked out.
To stop parliamentry expenses rorts, Malcolm Turnbull setup Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority by 1/7/17.
In April 2017, King George Square has many smokers. Since 1 Sep 2016, Brisbane City Council classified King George Square and Anzac Square as parks so can get away with allowing smokers despite Queensland Government outlawing smoking in public spaces since December 2016. This is not healthy. This loophole should be closed by collaboration between Brisbane City Council and Queensland Government.
In 2019 smokers refused to leave outside Caboolture Square driving away buskers. They also break law at Caboolture station in non-smoking zone. Passive smoking affects others as well as smoker. Working class and unemployed are main smokers.
Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017
Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 No. , 2017 (PDF) - passed
(1) The *GST law applies in relation to you as if another entity was not
a *consumer of a supply if you reasonably believe that the other
entity is not a consumer of the supply.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), your belief is reasonable only if:
(a) the other entity's *ABN, or the other identifying information
prescribed under subsection (3) relating to the other entity,
has been disclosed to you; and
(b) the other entity has provided to you a declaration or
information that indicates that the other entity is *registered.
(3) The Commissioner may, by legislative instrument, make a
determination prescribing identifying information for the purposes
of paragraph (2)(a).
BILLS DIGEST NO. 107, 2016-17 13 JUNE 2017
Item 64 inserts proposed section 288-46 into the TAA, to penalise offshore suppliers of low value goods who do
not provide the information required under proposed section 84-93 of the GST Act, at item 38 of the Bill. (The
required information is the supplier's registration number, the recipient's ABN (if relevant) and the extent to
which the supply is being treated as taxable.)
Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017 - Second Reading - Hansard 16/2/17 ( Hansard 16/2/17 openaustralia.org.au)
Under these new arrangements, imported goods with a customs value of $1,000 or under will have GST collected at the point of sale, using a vendor registration model. Under this model, overseas vendors that have an Australian turnover of $75,000 or more will be required to register for, collect and remit GST on low-value goods supplied to consumers in Australia as well as any other taxable supplies they make.
Unfair foreign tax advantage cut 6/17
Online retailers Amazon, eBay, ASOS, Alibaba in GST standoff 4/17
The Government Is Clueless About eBay And Online Retail 4/17
eBay could shut down or reduce sales in Australia if GST is applied to importers 3/17
Harvey Norman wants overseas online companies to charge GST 1/15
TREASURY LAWS AMENDMENT (GST LOW VALUE GOODS) BILL 2017 Explantory Memorandum (PDF)
Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017; Consideration of Senate Message Hansard 21/6/17
Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017; In Committee Hansard 19/6/17
Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017; Second Reading Hansard 19/6/17
Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017; Second Reading Hansard 15/6/17
Australian Government will expect overseas companies like Amazon and eBay to charge consumers GST on low value goods from 1/7/17 so that local retailers are protected from competition instead of investing in a good Website and hosting and beating overseas competition.
Local IT industry is too expensive or of poor quality through cheap businessmen wanting lowest price which causes all sorts of technical stuffups for Web developers like ourselves.
Apart from Australian Government supporting STEM and Startup Economy they generally do not support IT industry but instead support blue collar industry like mining. This needs to reverse to stop Australians having to import high levels of skills, goods and services or moving offshore to remain competitive in hitech economy.
Poor business management decisions to use poor quality hosting or do Web design inhouse to save money has sullied IT reputation in Australia causing people to import from overseas.
Big retailers want to tax people into buying local.
Overseas retailers can block Australian IP addresses to stop having to charge GST to consumers. This happens with overseas online videos that are blocked for Australian IP addresses to save bandwidth. So there will be less choice and higher prices making it harder to run a business in Australia if people shop overseas all the time.
This will not affect me as I use overseas hosting and have a registered business. The new law gave me loophole of not paying GST as I run a registered business when using overseas supplies. Supplier must request ABN of business to see if it is registered and so not be liable for GST.
This is aimed at killing negative impacts of globalisation via the Internet but does not destroy IT businesses like mine only consumers who buy overseas.
After much research on 27/6/17 I found the GST on low value goods only applies to consumers not registered businesses.
For overseas transactions, in June 2017 Amazon Web Services and Uber EATS collected ABN of businesses it sells to.
In April 2018, Google Pay allows business profile to be created in which ABN of business is registered when business purchases a Google Domain. More than one profile is attached to Gmail account, individual or business. My original Google Payment profile attached to my gmail was for individual for Google Play purchases.
No departments of Google connect to each other very well except using gmail account:
Google My Business
Google Payment Center
They will push you from one to the other to try and resolve issues and in end the online help is all they use anyway. Google has become too big to manage itself.
Those overpaid welfare have to repay money to Centrelink. Centrelink is finding those responsible via data matching and sending out letters to repay money.
You can see why I got off dole. It is hell and does not work as I never got a job and never got trained for 2.5 years.
Queensland Govt milks telcos instead of encouraging them to rollout by fair lease. This hold back Queensland in technology and is a quick cash grab. Only 40% in Queensland have ADSL showing low technology uptake and slack attitude to technology in Queensland.
5 ALP MPs resigned 5/18 including Susan Lamb MP Longman, Katy Gallagher, Keay, Wilson, Sharkie
Dual citizenship laws rule out half the population, lawyers say 9/17 Greece, Vietnam, Ireland, Lebanon
David Feeney (ALP, Batman, UK) quit - byelection 3/18
Citizenship Seven: Here's how the High Court ruled on each of the cases 10/17
Citizenship Seven: Here's how things played out 10/17 lost: Joyce (by-election) (NZ, AU), Roberts (UK, AU), Nash (UK, AU), Ludlum (NZ, AU) (resigned), Waters (Canada, AU) (resigned), gained: Canavan (Italy, AU), Xenophon (Cyprus, AU) (moved to SA politics)
Dual citizenship: It looks like we could've avoided this mess 120 years ago 8/17
Susan Lamb (Longman) UK and AU - affected
Barnaby Joyce - NZ and AU
Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Section 44
resignations: 2 Greens senators (NZ, Canada), 1 One Nation Senator (UK), 1 LNP Minister (Italy) 7/17
Treasurer Scott Morrison rejects $67 billion GST reform 7/18 GST reform
Secession plan: State Liberal Party votes in favour of WAxit 9/17 over low share of GST
WA population dropped so GST share dropped
iron ore mining went down in 2012-13 to 2015-16 15% in Australia and population stayed same in WA
royalties went down $2Bn 2013-14 to 2015-16 ( WA State Budget 2015-16) due to 60% drop in iron ore price and slow in China steelworks demand
Australian mining royalties
WA mines pay for other states but not itself
if state or territory makes more money itself via property tax or mining royalties or payroll tax it gets less share of GST
Commonwealth pays state or territory so much per capita so population is vital (ABS Census)
if state or territory growth slows, GST share slows and compounds slow growth (inequitable)
if road repairs slow, GST share slows
if national disasters slow, GST share slows
if post-secondary education slows, GST share slows
housing boom and jobs boom in NSW and Victoria leads to population growth and higher share of GST
lame states/territories like QLD, SA, TAS, NT get higher share of GST despite low income levels (propped up)
more remote and indigenous areas get more GST share especially NT
TAS low wages increased GST share
GST reform would give WA $10 billion, Premier says, amid warning Liberal seats are in jeopardy 6/17
GST carve-up inquiry announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison following WA anger 4/17 34% of GST raised in WA paid to WA
New WA Government, old GST fight as odds stacked against Ben Wyatt 3/17 2016-17: NSW 0.9, VIC 0.91, QLD 1.17. WA 0.3, SA 1.42, TAS 1.78, ACT 1.16, NT 5.28
Commonwealth Grants Commission - recommends how the revenues raised from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) should be distributed to the States and Territories to achieve horizontal fiscal equalisation (HFE) 7/17
Commonwealth Grants Commission 2017 Update Report
In 2016, when person pointed out nepotism or bullying when working in AEC at local government election near Caboolture Queensland, that person was then not hired in future. Person is fearful of reporting maladministration for fear of losing job in a place where it is very hard to get work or business.
Public officials can divulge facts to media as a whistleblower with legal protections otherwise rank maladministration will continue for years to come with the public suffering.
Joseph Pulitzer once said:
There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.
Since new smoke alarm law enacted on 1/1/2017,
Qld Dept of Housing and Public Works social housing has to have smoke alarms replaced by 1 Jan 2020.
Caboolture social housing was done in May 2018.
EU enforced privacy laws from 25 May 2018.
In May 2018, we setup SSL certificate on our server on AWS to comply.
Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) analyzed Defence and found out IT contractors were doing undocumented changes from 2014-15 to 2017-18 and not been remedied.
Defence is very bureaucratic. Project management and metadata need to be used to find information re projects.