Hervey Bay

33 Senators reduce transparency and accountability

Social Services Legislation Amendment
Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion – Bill 2018

How on earth did 33 members of the Senate that are entrusted to ensure good governance; remove and reduce transparency and accountability of this government on this highly contentious social policy?

How on earth did 33 members of the Senate vote ‘AYE’ when there are way too many questions unanswered?

For example:

  • Who was/is on the Reference Panel?
  • The Department signed off on Indue terms and conditions which are implemented to each card holder.
  • Not the same as a normal debit card. Merchants are excluded unless put on the white list. (Individual agreements with merchants).
  • $7.9m Indue
  • $1.6m ORIMA
  • $24m trial 2 sites
  • CDC $10k per person
  • CDC $2k per participant now the program is expanded to Hinkler.
  • What is the per capital calculation?
  • Underpinning run cost per card per capita?
  • $17.8m trial 2000 participants
  • Cost to gov per capita?
  • Program cost?
  • Trial cost? Bundaberg / Hervey Bay (commercial in confidence) 6,700 card holders for Hinkler
  • Goldfields / Ceduna trial cost? Details unavailable (numbers published 4yr cycle).
  • What services will the Government invest in?
  • What are the relationships between the Government, Indue and the big 4 banks?
  • Where are the employment opportunities?

How on earth did 33 members of the Senate vote ‘AYE’ when not even knowing how much this is costing taxpayers?

Senator WATERS (Queensland) (13:11): This is still not my first speech. Minister, forgive me if we’re going over some ground that we’ve already covered, but, just for clarity, can I ask: what is the estimated cost of expanding the card to the Hinkler region?
Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (13:11): I’m advised that it’s an additional $4 million. Sorry, let me just go through for you and let me just correct that number that I gave you. Funding for the Goldfields and Bundaberg and Hervey Bay trial areas was secured in the budget in 2017-18. The cost to establish the trial and operate for one year in Ceduna and the East Kimberley, as you probably already know, was $17.8 million, with about 2,200 people on the trial in those sites from 2016. The additional cost for the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay trial areas, as negotiations are still underway, can’t be finalised or advised.
Senator WATERS (Queensland) (13:12): Thanks, Minister. Sorry, but you said there was a budget line item. Was there no estimate for the Hinkler rollout?
Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (13:12): There would be, but at this stage it’s commercial-in-confidence.
Senator WATERS (Queensland) (13:13): Thank you. Just staying with that theme, you did say an extra $4 million before, but you’ve pulled that back.
Senator Fifield: Correct.
The TEMPORARY CHAIR (Senator Sterle): Sorry, Senator Waters. The minister just answered your question: ‘Correct.’
Senator WATERS: Yes, thank you. I’m just trying to get the figures straight.

How on earth did 33 members of the Senate vote ‘AYE’ when they had not read the community feedback reports?

Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (12:29): I will have to check the status and nature of the report, if it does indeed exist. If it’s possible to then of course we will.

How on earth did 33 members of the Senate vote ‘AYE’ to people conforming to the governments wishes without most of them even visiting the region and undertaking their own consultation?

Senator WATERS: Indeed. I just have a few questions—and, forgive me, I’m somewhat new to this area. I have just been in Bundaberg and had some fabulous consultation with the Say No to the Cashless Welfare Card Hervey Bay region people. They are dead against this card. They feel that it will increase stigma, it will reduce their autonomy and it won’t help them pay their bills. It will make it harder for them to live their lives. It certainly doesn’t empower them to make financial decisions about what they do with their own money. Is this just an ideological commitment from the government to tell people how to spend their money? There seems to be a disconnect there. I don’t think the minister has even been to the region and asked these people what they think.
There was a Senate inquiry that didn’t even get to the area. I managed to go and Senator Siewert managed to go. My predecessor, Senator Andrew Bartlett, managed to go, and I hear that a number of Labor senators have managed to go as well. When is the government going to send its minister to this region to actually listen to the community and hear that they don’t want this draconian approach to them spending what are already limited funds?
I note that yesterday Senator Siewert introduced her bill to increase Newstart and youth allowance, because they are clearly already below the poverty line. Then you are cracking down further on people who are doing it tough and who are doing their best, and who don’t need the patronising, dead hand of this painful Liberal government telling them what to do.

How on earth did 33 members of the Senate vote ‘AYE’ when they are still waiting on questions on notice?

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (12:22): Can a trial participant stop being a trial participant if they become a full-time student studying away from the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay area or become a new apprentice after being placed on the card?
Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (12:23): I need to take that on notice.
Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (12:23): You mean that your advisers don’t actually know the answer to that pretty important question?
Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Minister for Communications and the Arts) (12:23): It’s an individualised circumstance, so they would need to check and take advice.

Read the full transcript here, see for yourself what questions where asked and learn the responses. Hansard

Judge for yourself. Don’t let party politics blind you. Be informed.

#cashcow #CashlessCardCosts

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Remember: NUMBER EVERY BOX

Money to splash

I don’t have lots of money to splash around during an election campaign – promising the people this and promising the people that, especially when we they are paying for it down the track. Even if I did I would be far more fiscally responsible and respect the money of the people. I haven’t seen the books at Treasury, have you? How could I in good conscience commit to spending multi millions of tax payers money without knowing the true figures and where money is allocated and where it is not?

Coupled with this I would ask the people where they want the money spent before committing to feasibility studies and paying for expensive reports. In my experience today’s leaders just come up with a thought bubble to impress you so much that you will vote for them. You decide what that money is invested in, not them.

People are more concerned about the cost of living, paying for children’s education, health, unemployment and disgusted with the disregarding of principles that are lacking at all three tiers of government. If the base is fractured, then everything is flawed. Let’s fix it. We’ll make it happen if you believe it more important to have good governance, open and transparent governance, then seriously consider where your vote is going.

I can promise you that I will not stop until we have our ICAC
(Independent Commission Against Corruption)
THIS MUST HAPPEN

You witness the mismanagement daily. This is what our Mayor has witnessed and trying to clean it up under extreme pressure. Vexatious claims, the truth not being told. If this was not true Chris Loft : Fraser Coast Mayor would not have made such a commitment and Jeanette Maynes and I would not have committed the past 5 years to exposing all this. You would still be getting hit with cat registrations, still paying fake backflow fees and being informed with issues that directly breach the legislation. i.e. rates debacle. But wait, there is more to come.

People are now more aware and involved and opening their eyes to the mismanagement of government and wasteful expenditure.

We championed for video streamlining, for better communications with Council, we saved Pialba Memorial Hall and had the Cenotaph Heritage listed, we championed for mobility mats so all could access the beach and the list goes on. We must champion together for an ICAC or the status quo will continue. Are you going to continue rewarding them for a job poorly done or would you like to complain right from the get go of them being elected and wait until the next election so you can vote again? I know I can’t! #VoteWisely I Will Be!

Vote with your rates notice – get the legislation changed at State level. Who else do you trust to do it?

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#ICACnow

Fracking pledge

Fraser Coast is famous for it’s amazing beaches, K’Gari (Fraser Island), pristine waterways, farmlands and cultural heritage.

Wide areas surrounding the largest sand island in the world Island is right here at our doorstep and we are at risk from unconventional gasfield exploration licenses and the Colton coal mine.

We need to stop gasfields and the Colton coal mine risking our land and water before it’s too late!

Our region is a valuable food bowl and is an internationally significant environment worth protecting.

#water4life #fishingNOTfracking #NOfrackingway

#doNOTfrackFraserCoast   #farmingNOTfracking

My message is clear

“I represent accountability for government at all Levels, providing a voice – a real voice for the people of this great state.” Jannean Dean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask all candidates to commit to these two things and publicly make it an election promise:

1) An Inquiry into Local Government in Queensland

a. With the powers of a Royal Commission
b. Established within 3 months of the election.
c. Implement findings prior to the next LG election in March 2020.

2) Deliver Queensland a FULL ICAC

a. Based on the NSW ICAC prior to their 2016 amendments
b. Legislated, Established, fully Resourced and Operational within this term of Parliament (within the next 3 years)

Inquiry – recognise the harm, diagnose the causes, stop the harm.
Hit the reset button BEFORE the next LG election in March 2020.

ICAC – put the teeth in the watchdog and let it off the lead.

• The CCC investigates less than 2% of complaints with the other 98% being referred back to department or other body where they “Largely Disappear”. Professor Timothy Prenzler.

#ICACnow (Independent Commission Against Corruption)

#BuildingBetterTogether 

 

Prepoll Hervey Bay

HERVEY BAY PRE-POLL
82 Dayman Street, Urangan – (cnr Florence Street)

13 Nov – 17 Nov: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
18 Nov: Sat 9am-4pm
20 Nov – 23 Nov: Mon-Thu 9am-5pm
24 Nov: Fri 9am-6pm

MARYBOROUGH PRE-POLL
76 Adelaide Street, Maryborough

13 Nov – 17 Nov: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
20 Nov – 23 Nov: Mon-Thu 9am-5pm
24 Nov: Fri 9am-6pm

I am not having how to vote (HTV) cards in this election – complete waste of money and paper. They cannot be recycled and it is not my place to tell people how to vote.

On Thursday, 21 April 2016 the Queensland Parliament approved a bill to replace optional preferential voting in state elections with a full preferential voting system. Full preferential voting example

Full preferential voting (FPV) means numbering every box on the ballot paper in your preferred order. If every square is not numbered, your vote could be deemed informal and may not be counted.

To make your vote count under the FPV system you must number all candidates in order of your preference. You must:
place a one (1) in the box beside your first preference;
a two (2) in the box beside your second preference;
a three (3) in the box beside your third preference; and
continue numbering until all of the boxes are numbered.

Instructions for completing a formal vote are always on the ballot paper. Please read this information carefully to ensure your vote is counted.

Personally, I would like to see the preferential system gone all together and one vote per person is all that should be required. Promotes a ‘two party system’ that is detrimental to minor parties and independents.

It also concerns me that it should be a secret vote but all the HTVs negate that and certainly have an idea of how people have voted. Not to mention those counting in the background of who took what HTV or whether they took a couple or all of them.

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Two contentious issues


On 27th July 5:00 pm, I emailed the CEO thanking Council for the opportunity to represent the 11,000 plus signatures from across the Fraser Coast and requested a Deputation on the Sports Precinct.

It was hoped that Council would show belief in their own decision making by conducting a poll/referendum on deamalgamation and by doing this; it would have assisted in repairing the damage from the previous dysfunctional council. As you would know trust is something that takes a long time to repair, it can, but will never be the same.

This issue has sustained the distance for a reason – people want transparency and accountability. It is not up to 11 people to decide the future direction of everyone’s lives; it is up to them to fully inform the 104,764 current community members, listen to them and then vote on their behalf.

People desire a referendum so Council can demonstrate they are listening.

To date wasteful council expenditure would far out way any costs to deamalgamate. It is my belief that before any further expensive reports are ordered, community consultation must take place to ensure that rate payers money is not squandered on unnecessary marketing, brochures etc on projects that are lacking community support.

Having witnessed several Councillors vote time and time again as divisional Councillors when the CEO has pointed out at a meeting, they are regional Councillors. No wonder the people ask questions and are pretty unhappy.

If population forecasts tell us by 2036 we will have 146,461 people living on the Fraser Coast, makes me think of future planning. i.e. Do we need more now? If the Council remains amalgamated will we require additional regional Councillors? Should we have full-time Councillors? (Stats are doctored all the time in favour of pushing things through, how accurate is this really? Isn’t a regional Councillor a full-time Councillor??)

Further to this, the petition also includes a request for Council to conduct a poll/referendum on the highly controversial sports precinct and requested for several community members to address council at Ordinary Meeting No. 11 on 16th August in Hervey Bay with a Deputation on the Fraser Coast Sports Precinct.
With a State Election happening we have missed the opportunity to have both these contentious issues placed on the ballot paper – reducing costs significantly as opposed to conducting separately.

There should also be included a current poll/referendum on the maximum height / number of storeys in Hervey Bay and on the Hervey Bay Foreshore. Do 20 storey developments also apply to Maryborough and on the Mary River? Does it also apply to any regional locality i.e. Maaroom, Dundowran Beach, River Heads, K’Gari (Fraser Island) etc? More importantly does the significance of the town plan mean anything when it can be changed at whim to accommodate a development application, especially without proper community consultation? And does the minimum 35 metre distance mean nothing at the end of the day? More to be discussed on this in separate post.

The CEO discussed the deputation request with the Mayor and he decided (in accordance with Standing order 16.2) not to allow the deputation on the Sports Precinct.

The reasoning for his decision is as follows:
1. The Council has considered the development of the Sports Precinct on numerous occasions already and has resolved to proceed with the development
2. The Council is now contractually committed to the development of the Sports Precinct

While the Mayor did not provide his consent to the proposed deputation, the CEO would be pleased to receive my correspondence on the matter.

I was gobsmacked so on the 2nd August I emailed the Mayor:

Good Afternoon Chris,

Is the below true?

a) Are you not allowing the Deputation on the Sports Precinct to give the people a say?

The reasoning for the decision is as follows:

1. The Council has considered the development of the Sports Precinct on numerous occasions already and has resolved to proceed with the development.

2. The Council is now contractually committed to the development of the Sports Precinct.

After running your election campaign based pretty much solely on the fact you would do everything possible for the people to stop the sports precinct. I cannot believe you would take away the opportunity from community to have a say, which they are entitled to.

The Sports Precinct could be stopped at any stage with a vote. A new Council could potentially vote to block it for a four-year period or longer. Or possibly sooner if we go to a state election and /or bi-election.

The full amount has not been allocated or even voted on. There is at a minimum $30 – $40 million more required to complete the project plus ongoing maintenance costs that are not accounted for, not voted on, not in a business plan, not contractually committed or even in a budget.

b) Would you please explain how council is contractually committed?
The council is only contractually committed to preliminary earthworks which would certainly compliment a hemp farm. Did you know a hemp processing plant is only $3 million, far more cost effective and beneficial for the entire community? #boosteconomy #supportfarmers #jobs #jobs and more #jobs

Out of respect for the signatories it is important I continue to represent them and upon receipt of your response I will be issuing a media release on this prolonged public dispute.

c) Please explain a deputation on deamalgamation that has been contractually committed too since 2008; is approved but not the Sports Precinct?

Your urgent attention to this would be appreciated. This issue is very clearly not supported by the community and it is not too late to put a stop to it and the people deserve a say/referendum – once and for all to give an exact measurement of any support; either for or against before any further monies are spent/committed to this project.

No response so on the 14th August I forwarded the following:
Chris would you respond to my email dated 2nd August this instant please?

No response so on the 29th August I sent a further email:
Chris I will be needing a response for this today as I will be issuing a media release within 24 hours.

On 31st I received a response:
Sorry I am not in a position to answer this today.
There is lots going on in establishing the new way forward for our region.
Thanks
Chris

So there you go folks, #no consultation, #no deputation, #no sound reasoning and #no community representation.

#fcrc #sportsprecinct #deamalgamation #referendum #storeys #politicalnews

Reforms are necessary

PRESS RELEASE

The situation in Queensland (Qld) is beyond the capacity and powers of the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) where currently less than 2% of corruption complaints are investigated (Prof Tim Prenzler). People have lost faith in the system and it is now urgent that Queensland establishes the long overdue Qld Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Reforms are necessary to the way complaints against people involved in local government and other public entities are handled. Qld’s Local Government Act (QLGA) sets up a state of affairs whereby complaints about mayors, councillors and officers are assessed by the council’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) before they are referred on to the CCC.

The same Act also sets up a process whereby the CCC refers complaints back to the councils in question for ‘preliminary assessment’ which is essentially putting the fox in charge of the hen house.

The present complaints framework surrounding Qld’s local and state politics suffers from a complete lack of meaningful scrutiny around political donations. No one actively investigates this, not the council themselves, not the CCC and not even the Electoral Commission Qld (ECQ) which actually handles the disclosure of political donations. The enormous void in handling and investigation of electoral complaints has been evidenced at the recent CCC Operation Belcarra Public Hearing.

Queensland has a real need for an appropriately empowered and resourced body which is solely focused on being the real watchdog of the political landscape from misconduct through to crime and corruption. Only the NSW ICAC model (pre 2016 amendments) achieves the level of deterrent, scrutiny and convictions that are acceptable to the public.

I stand alongside Rob Pyne MP and urgently call for a proper Qld ICAC and a Federal ICAC.

“There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.” Eldridge Cleaver

END

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HTV cards so unnecessary

I am not having how to vote (HTV) cards in this election – complete waste of money and paper. They cannot be recycled and it is not my place to tell people how to vote.

Because we have compulsory preferential voting now, it is important every box is numbered. Don’t risk an invalid vote. Click here for ECQ website

Personally, I would like to see the preferential system gone all together and one vote per person is all that should be required. Promotes a ‘two party system’ that is detrimental to minor parties and independents.

It also concerns me that it should be a secret vote but all the HTVs negate that and certainly have an idea of how people have voted. Not to mention those counting in the background of who took what HTV or whether they took a couple or all of them.

#Vote1JanneanDean4HerveyBay

FCRC to conduct 2 polls

PETITION

If you are not one of the 9% who only care if your water runs, toilet flushes and the lights come on and you wish to be heard on these 2 contentious issues; please sign, like  and share. 

Fraser Coast Regional Council conduct 2 polls to gauge exactly what the community wants:

1.  Referendum to put in abeyance the development of the Hervey Bay sports precinct and stop all further development of the above until the people have had their say.
2.  Referendum on the separation of the Maryborough Region (Tiaro, Woocoo shires) from Hervey Bay.

Click on image or here for petition

Hard copies can be download here, distributed and printed for those that do not have internet access. FCRC Poll Petition__hardcopy_24_05_17