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Nationals at War Again with the Liberals Over Koalas

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Nationals at War Again with the Liberals Over Koalas

In the final week of parliament Liberals threaten to cross the floor because the Nationals are attempting to remove protection of koala habitat and are reviving the so-called koala wars which almost tore apart the Liberal National Coalition two years ago.

Labor Candidate for Clarence Dr Leon Ankersmit said “The Nationals have introduced a bill that seeks to remove the role of local government and therefore local residents, to have a say about proposed clearing of private native forests. This will make it easier for landholders to carry out these works through a state government approval process only”.

“By removing the role of local government in the approval process, the Nationals are removing the opportunity for local residents who know where koala habitats are, to have local input in the approval process. It appears that the Nationals do not value local knowledge or the role of regions in decision making. This bill takes away the right for locals to influence what happens in their community and destroys any claim by the Nationals that they represent the regions.

“There must be a balanced approach that recognises the importance of the timber industry here in the Clarence Electorate, as well as protecting koala habitat on privately owned land.”

“The bill appears likely to be defeated and this suggests that the Nationals are either not serious about this matter or out of their depth because they can’t manage to draft a bill that is supported by their own side of politics let alone the community.” Said Dr Ankersmit

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Australians say January 26 should be known as ‘Australia Day’, (68.5%) and say the date of Australia Day should stay on January 26 (58.5%)

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Australians say January 26 should be known as ‘Australia Day’, (68.5%) and say the date of Australia Day should stay on January 26 (58.5%)

 

A special Roy Morgan SMS Poll on Australia Day, January 26, shows more than two-thirds of Australians (68.5%) now say the date should stay as ‘Australia Day’ – up 4.5% from a year ago. Only 31.5% (down 4.5%) say January 26 should be called ‘Invasion Day’.

Australians are more evenly split on keeping Australia Day on January 26 with 58.5% saying the date of Australia Day should stay the same while just over two-fifths, 41.5%, say the date should be moved – according to a special Roy Morgan SMS Poll conducted with an Australia-wide cross-section of 1,111 Australians aged 18+ from Wednesday January 17 – Friday January 19, 2024.

People surveyed were told “On January 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip landed at Sydney Cove,” and asked “In your opinion should January 26 be known as Australia Day or Invasion Day?” and “Do you think the date of Australia Day should be moved?”

Over three-quarters of men favour ‘Australia Day’ on January 26; Women are more evenly split

A large majority of men favour January 26 staying as ‘Australia Day’ rather than ‘Invasion Day’ by a margin of over 3:1 (76.5% cf. 23.5%) a significant change from a year ago (69% cf. 31%).

In contrast, Australia’s women are more evenly split with a majority of 61.5% (up 3.5% points from a year ago) in favour of January 26 being known as ‘Australia Day’ compared to 38.5% (down 3.5% points) saying it should be known as ‘Invasion Day.

In contrast, a large majority of men (67.5%) say the date of Australia Day ‘should not be moved’ and only 32.5% say the date ‘should be moved’. A razor-thin majority of women (50.5%) say the date of Australia Day ‘should be moved’ whereas 49.5% oppose moving the date.

Australians of all ages say January 26 should be known as ‘Australia Day’

Although young people are less likely than their older counterparts to support January 26 staying as ‘Australia Day’, and keeping the date, a majority of Australians of all ages say January 26 should be known as ‘Australia Day’.

Support for saying January 26 should be known as ‘Australia Day’ by age:

  • 18-34: 56% ‘Australia Day’ cf. 44% ‘Invasion Day’;
  • 35-49: 63.5% ‘Australia Day’ cf. 36.5% ‘Invasion Day’;
  • 50-64: 78.5% ‘Australia Day’ cf. 21.5% ‘Invasion Day’;
  • 65+: 82.5% ‘Australia Day’ cf. 17.5% ‘Invasion Day’.

A majority of Australians under 50 say the date of Australia Day ‘should be moved’:

  • 18-34: 51% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 49% ‘Move the date’;
  • 35-49: 52.5% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 47.5% ‘Move the date’;
  • 50-64: 63.5% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 36.5% ‘Move the date’;
  • 65+: 70% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 30% ‘Move the date’.

Opinions about ‘Australia Day’ divide along political lines: L-NP voters favour ‘Australia Day’, ALP voters are split down the middle and Greens strongly favour ‘Invasion Day’

A large majority of L-NP supporters 90% (up 16% points from a year ago) favour January 26 being known as ‘Australia Day’ compared to only 10% (down 16% points) who say it should be known as ‘Invasion Day’.

ALP supporters are split down the middle on the issue with 50% (down 13% points from a year ago) who favour January 26 being known as ‘Australia Day’ compared to 50% (up 13% points) who say it should be known as ‘Invasion Day’.

In contrast, an increasing majority of Greens supporters are in favour of January 26 being known as ‘Invasion Day’ 89.5% (up 26.5% points from a year ago) rather than ‘Australia Day’ 10.5% (down 26.5% points).

L-NP supporters don’t want to ‘move the date’ while large majorities of ALP & Greens supporters do

Only 18.5% of L-NP supporters want to ‘move the date’ of Australia Day while large majorities of ALP supporters (61%) and Greens supporters (94%) want to ‘move the date’ of Australia Day.

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A special Roy Morgan SMS Poll on Australia Day, January 26, shows more than two-thirds of Australians (68.5%) now say the date should stay as ‘Australia Day’.

Should the date of Australia Day ‘be moved’ by party support:

  • L-NP supporters: 81.5% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 18.5% ‘Move the date’;
  • ALP supporters: 39% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 61% ‘Move the date’;
  • Greens supporters: 6% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 94% ‘Move the date’;
  • Independent supporters: 44% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 56% ‘Move the date’;
  • Other party supporters: 76.5% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 23.5% ‘Move the date’.

People in Country Areas far more likely than those in the Capital Cities to say January 26 should be known as ‘Australia Day’ rather than ‘Invasion Day’

A large majority of 79.5% (up 8.5% points from a year ago) of Australians living in Country Areas say January 26 should stay as ‘Australia Day’ compared to 63% (up 4% points) living in Capital Cities.

Clear majorities of Australians in all six States say January 26 should be known as ‘Australia Day’ with the largest proportion in favour living in Tasmania (76%), New South Wales (72%) and Western Australia (71%). The tightest result is in Victoria with 63.5% saying January 26 should be known as ‘Australia Day’.

Support for saying January 26 should be known as ‘Australia Day’ State and Region:

  • Capital Cities: 63% ‘Australia Day’ cf. 37% ‘Invasion Day’;
  • Country Areas: 79.5% ‘Australia Day’ cf. 20.5% ‘Invasion Day’;
  • New South Wales: 72% ‘Australia Day’ cf. 28% ‘Invasion Day’;
  • Victoria: 63.5% ‘Australia Day’ cf. 36.5% ‘Invasion Day’;
  • Queensland: 70% ‘Australia Day’ cf. 30% ‘Invasion Day’;
  • Western Australia: 71% ‘Australia Day’ cf. 29% ‘Invasion Day’;
  • South Australia: 64.5% ‘Australia Day’ cf. 35.5% ‘Invasion Day’;
  • Tasmania: 76% ‘Australia Day’ cf. 24% ‘Invasion Day’.

People in Country Areas don’t want to ‘move the date’, those in Capital Cities are more evenly split

A large majority of Australians living in Country Areas (68%) say the date of Australia Day ‘should not be moved’ compared to 53.5% of those living in Capital Cities that say the date ‘should not be moved’.

People in most Australian States say no to ‘moving the date’ but a slim majority of West Australians are in favour of ‘moving the date’.

Should the date of Australia Day ‘be moved’ by State & Region:

  • Capital Cities: 53.5% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 46.5% ‘Move the date’;
  • Country Areas: 68% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 32% ‘Move the date’;
  • New South Wales: 60% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 40% ‘Move the date’;
  • Victoria: 60% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 40% ‘Move the date’;
  • Queensland: 64% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 36% ‘Move the date’;
  • Western Australia: 49.5% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 50.5% ‘Move the date’;
  • South Australia: 51.5% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 48.5% ‘Move the date’;
  • Tasmania: 52% ‘Don’t move the date’ cf. 48% ‘Move the date.

This special Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey was conducted with an Australia-wide cross-section of 1,111 Australians aged 18+ from Wednesday January 17 – Friday January 19, 2024. Of those surveyed 5% (up 1%) of respondents suggested neither or something else for the day.

 

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SUPERMARKET INQUIRY GETS GREENLIGHT

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A new Senate Committee will investigate the market power of the major supermarkets and their effect on the price of everyday groceries. supermarket inquiry

SUPERMARKET INQUIRY GETS GREENLIGHT

 

A new Senate Committee will investigate the market power of the major supermarkets and their effect on the price of everyday groceries.

The Committee has been established in response to rising supermarket profits, whilst Australians face rising costs at the checkout, which the supermarkets attribute to increased cost pressures.

Deputy Leader of the Nationals, Perin Davey said the establishment of the Committee was made possible through a motion introduced by The Greens and unopposed in the Senate.

“We all know that the cost of living is going up and it is timely to investigate whether the concentration of market power in our supermarket sector is a contributing factor,” Senator Davey said.

A new Senate Committee will investigate the market power of the major supermarkets and their effect on the price of everyday groceries.

A new Senate Committee will investigate the market power of the major supermarkets and their effect on the price of everyday groceries.

“We welcome this inquiry and will be taking the opportunity to examine pricing practices, as we know the price paid to farmers is not increasing in line with the price consumers are paying.

“This inquiry gives us the chance to look at the regulatory framework and see if there are changes we can make to help lower prices.

“That includes how suppliers interact with supermarkets and the role of multinational food companies.

“We have been calling on the Government to empower the ACCC to monitor these issues, but they have not done so.

“In the absence of increasing the ACCC’s powers, this Committee will look into the behaviour of the big supermarkets and their pricing practices, and make appropriate recommendations,” she said.

The Committee will be taking submissions from the public and is due to present a final report by 7 May 2024. For further information go to: Select Committee on Supermarket Prices – Parliament of Australia (aph.gov.au)

 

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POLICE MINISTER REFUSES TO BACK RURAL CRIME INQUIRY

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Police Minister Yasmin Catley after refusing to back rural crime inquiry.

POLICE MINISTER REFUSES TO BACK RURAL CRIME INQUIRY

 

Amidst a surge in criminal activities gripping rural and regional areas of NSW, the Minister for Police has rejected the necessity of a parliamentary inquiry to address this rising crime menace.

In today’s budget estimate questioning, Police Minister Yasmin Catley faced inquiries about her stance on supporting the 84 councils and numerous local communities pleading for assistance. In response, the Minister refrained from expressing her support for an inquiry.

Shadow Minister for Police, Paul Toole, expressed his astonishment at the Minister’s response.

“An inquiry would provide the insights we urgently require to comprehend the root causes of these issues and determine the necessary resources for our diligent police force to combat this wave of crime,” Mr. Toole asserted.

“This Minister seems to be neglecting the prevailing problems, particularly if they don’t pertain to metropolitan areas. She was even unaware of a police station’s two-week closure until she read it in the Daily Telegraph!

Police Minister Yasmin Catley after refusing to back rural crime inquiry.

Police Minister Yasmin Catley

“We cannot allow this situation to persist, where residents are fearful of stepping outside their homes. No one should have to live in such apprehension.

“We must ensure that an ample police presence is established, with the necessary resources to proactively address and deter criminal activities, rendering rural areas inhospitable to potential wrongdoers,” he emphasized.

“We require a bipartisan-supported inquiry to address the growing problem of regional and rural crime; it’s a straightforward necessity.”

Supported by the NSW Country Mayors Association, the NSW Police Association, and NSW Farmers, recent findings reveal that crime, law, and order have ascended to the top five emerging concerns in New South Wales. Their research illustrates that up to 90% of crimes, including vehicle theft, break-ins, sexual assault, and domestic violence, are occurring within our regional communities.

 

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