Legend Confronts Tony Abbott - SHAME TONY SHAME
Published on 5 Mar 2013
What a legend…. Bringing up real points.. NOT losing his cool…. did NOT swear once.. and got back to point EVERYTIME !!
On Thursday February 13 Greens Senator, Dr Richard Di Natale, moved a motion in the Senate to stop opening the parliament each day with the Lord’s Prayer and to replace it with a minute’s silent reflection or prayer.
Senator Di Natale debated Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi about the issue on The Project.
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Attorney-General George Brandis considers copyright law changes to target internet piracy.
Senator Brandis is considering asking internet service providers (ISPs) to warn customers who illegally download, or block sites where content can be downloaded illegally.
“This may include looking carefully at the merits of a scheme whereby ISPs are required to issue graduated warnings to consumers who are using websites to facilitate piracy,” he said.
“Another option that some stakeholders have raised with me is to provide the Federal Court with explicit powers to provide for third party injunctions against ISPs, which will ultimately require ISPs to ‘take down’ websites hosting infringing content.”
The Attorney-General says he recognises it is a complex reform and there are issues about how the costs of such a scheme are shared between rights holders and ISPs.
John Stanton, head of the Communications Alliance, which represents ISPs, says blocking sites is possible but raises questions.
“It raises all sorts of questions about the freedom of the internet and access to sites, but the Attorney-General talked about the potential for court injunctions requiring ISPs to block access and certainly ISPs will always respond to court orders and comply with them,” he said.
“Certainly [there is a] risk, firstly that you end up blocking things that oughtn’t be blocked, that you reduce the utility of the internet, and so it’s by no means a simple fix.
“There can be unintended consequences by moving in that direction.”
ISPs say studies show such schemes where customers are given increasingly severe warnings do not work.
Seems that Toyota have decided to leave Australia MAINLY based on the fact that Australia is about to sign up to the TPP.
Is this why we have lost our auto manufacturing?
I fear so… Look at what Toyota have said:
Toyota has dismissed the claim by Treasurer Joe Hockey that its decision to stop manufacturing in Australia by 2017 was caused by inflexible union demands.
“The fact is they were very concerned about the conditions that existed at Toyota in Australia,” he told Fairfax radio, adding that this included union “militancy”.
However, in a statement Toyota said that it has never blamed the union for its decision, neither publicly or in private discussions with any stakeholders.
Comment: Sounds to me like another union beatup by the Liberal/National Party. What I take from this is that Toyota knows the TPP agreement is GOING TO BE SIGNED! (and they are getting out while they can!)
Twitter, Facebook out of bounds for Coalition staff under strict controls
The Abbott government has quietly introduced a hardline code of conduct for ministerial staff, banning political commentary on social media sites including Twitter and Facebook.
The ban also extends to current Coalition staff writing books and newspaper articles and staff seeking “further guidance” on the new rules are referred directly to Tony Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin.
“The Prime Minister’s chief of staff should be consulted for further guidance.”
The move comes after the Prime Minister’s office last year cracked down on media appearances by the Coalition frontbench, issuing an edict that all media requests for interviews be approved by the Prime Minister’s staff.
The tight controls from the prime minister’s office have, however, also attracted attention to Ms Credlin, with Mr Abbott’s chief of staff accused of being a “control freak”.