The Immigration Department has denied reports that Australian guards contracted by the Department to escort a prisoner who escaped whilst in transit in Bangkok were asleep when the man escaped.
The Department’s denial contradicts reports in the Bangkok Post that the man fled from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand after disarming a security system while his Australian guards took a nap.
Senate Estimates has revealed that not a single overseas investor has taken up the offer of Labor’s much trumpeted “Significant Investor Visa” program in Tasmania.
Labor’s scheme was designed to attract migrant investors to Australia but despite there being some interest in other States there has been not one single application to invest in Tasmania out of the 435 applications to the 30th of April 2013.
Victorian CFMEU Secretary John Setka's comments today that the CFMEU will remain a "militant union" and continue to "break a law a little bit" must be condemned in the strongest terms by Labor and the ACTU.
This comes days after links between the CFMEU and the Comanchero Bikie Gang were established and the Supreme Court making 5 findings of contempt against the CFMEU.
The Victorian Supreme Court's decision on the CFMEU's contempt of court orders relating to the Grocon dispute is welcome.
The Court found the CFMEU guilty on all 5 charges of contempt.
The Coalition today released its Discussion Paper: Building a Strong, Prosperous Tasmania.
The Discussion Paper has identified 12 possible policy measures to strengthen the Tasmanian economy that are in addition to those already announced as part of the Coalition’s Real Solutions Plan.
Reports today that members of the Comanchero Bikie Gang have deep links with the CFMEU in Victoria are of very deep concern.
“The mounting evidence that the CFMEU has links to bikie gangs and underworld figures confirms the need for the Australian Building and Construction Commission,” Senator Abetz said today.
Labor must come clean on the secretive AWU slush-fund Industry 2010 that is controlled by former AWU boss and new Labor MP Cesar Melham.
“This fund is seemingly being used to gain power both within the union movement and the Victorian Division of the Australian Labor Party and it’s time that ALP figures including Julia Gillard, Bill Shorten, Daniel Andrews and Cesar Melhem come clean about their involvement,” Senator Abetz said today.
Julia Gillard made more dishonest statements in Hobart today about the GST.
The Coalition’s position on the distribution of the GST to the states is clear: we will not support or implement any proposal that disadvantages Tasmania.