‘Safer, cleaner and on time’ : More staff on stations, fewer cancelled trains and improved punctuality is promised by the Brumby Government and the new consortium appointed to operate Melbourne’s trains.
Connex Melbourne — a subsidiary of French TNC Veolia Environnement — was awarded a franchise to operate the then government owned Hillside Trains rail services in Melbourne’s eastern and north-east suburbs in August 1999. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide in the 15–44 year age group (Rådbo et al. 2005). In Australia, railway suicides and suicide attempts in 1999 cost approximately $53 million (BTRE 2006).
‘Easy life on pension for John HoWARd’ : Mr HoWARd will retire on a pension worth up to $330,000 a year. Alternatively, he could take a $1.5 million lump sum payout and an annual pension of about $165,000 a year. As a former prime minister, Mr HoWARd will be entitled to free travel, a free car and driver and an office. In retirement, he would be in demand to sit on corporate boards, act as a consultant and join the international lecture circuit.
‘John Howard wins American Enterprise Institute award’ : JOHN Howard has made his first major speech since losing the election, while receiving an award from a US conservative think tank.
‘Howard wins $54,000 prize for governing’ : A US financial services firm has honoured John HoWARd with a $US50,000 ($A54,300) award, citing Australia’s economic strength during his time as prime minister.
‘Macklin recalls US trip, 12 years later’ : Federal MPs have been showered with gifts such as cigars, bottles of Grange, helicopter flights and expensive video cameras.
Psychopathy is a personality disorder manifested in people who use a mixture of charm, manipulation, intimidation, and occasionally violence to control others, in order to satisfy their own selfish needs… Interpersonal traits include glibness, superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth, pathological lying, and the manipulation of others. The affective traits include a lack of remorse and/or guilt, shallow affect, a lack of empathy, and failure to accept responsibility. The lifestyle behaviors include stimulation-seeking behavior, impulsivity, irresponsibility, parasitic orientation, and a lack of realistic life goals… What doesn’t go unnoticed is the fact that some of the character traits exhibited by serial killers or criminals may be observed in many within the political arena. While not exhibiting physical violence, many political leaders display varying degrees of anger, feigned outrage and other behaviors. They also lack what most consider a “shame” mechanism. Quite simply, most serial killers and many professional politicians must mimic what they believe, are appropriate responses to situations they face such as sadness, empathy, sympathy, and other human responses to outside stimuli.
‘Refugee debate stirs the emotions’ : AN UPRISING over refugee debts began in the lower house yesterday with calls to end a “dark chapter” in Australian history… The debt repayment scheme was introduced by Labor in 1992. Liberal Petro Georgiou was close to tears as he argued for the “dehumanising” charges to be dropped. “No advanced society should allow on its statutes a law which so degrades and humiliates fellow human beings who are legitimately calling on our protection,” he said.
- The policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers was introduced by the previous ALP Government in 1992, under then Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Gerry Hand:
I believe it is crucial that all persons who come to Australia without prior authorisation not be released into the community. Their release would undermine the Government’s strategy for determining their refugee claims or entry claims. Indeed, I believe it is vital to Australia that this be prevented as far as possible. The Government is determined that a clear signal be sent that migration to Australia may not be achieved by simply arriving in this country and expecting to be allowed into the community.
Yeah: kill ’em first.
Like quite a number of his former colleagues, since retiring from Parliament in 1993, Gerry has managed to avoid joining the dole queue and carried on protecting Australia’s vital interests by going into business. Currently, Gerry is Chairman of Great Earth Limited, “an Australian Public Company based in Australia with a prime objective to advance projects into income generating investment entities”. In December 2007, Great Earth secured its “prime objective to advance projects into income generating investment entities” by purchasing two coal tenements in Monto and Proserpine, Queensland, for the measly sum of $100 million.
‘New laws aim to keep renters safe as houses’ (Bianca Hall, The Melbourne Times, June 24, 2009) : Real Estate Institute of Victoria chief executive Enzo Raimondo issued a media release stating… “Further, tenants can give notice to vacate should the premises be unfit for human habitation”.
‘Slumlord millionaires cash in on hard times’ : SLUMLORD John Pisani has two simple rules when it comes to business: be discreet and never let anything get in the way of making a profit — rules that have made him a very rich man.
‘Men scream for lives after waking up in rubbish truck’ : Two men screamed for their lives after waking up in a garbage truck compacting rubbish in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs last night.
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