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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.

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Petition for immediate and urgent action

PETITION: Parliamentary select committee inquiry into Local Government in Queensland with the power to call for persons, papers and things.

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

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to (a) immediately and urgently appoint a select committee to inquire into Local Government with the power to call for persons, papers and things; (b) the watchdog that is currently the CCC needs reforming/replacing with a proper Independent Commission Against Corruption to commence 1 January 2019 or 1 July 2019.

It is time for every Queenslander to expect a higher level of service. It is up to us to bring about a righteous Government.

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Jannean Dean: Politics, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Fraser Coast, QLD

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Report being kept secret

Toogoom rockwall report being kept confidential

Jannean Dean: Politics, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Fraser Coast, QLDWhy is the report confidential and to remain confidential until Council decides otherwise?

Why is an asset that is public infrastructure on public land being kept secret?

Is there something in the report about a piece of public infrastructure that is so damning?

Why is this being buried? Is it the intention to keep it buried?

Who authorised the payment of this consultant’s report?

Who is the consultant?

How much did this report cost?

Where is the transparency required by the LG Act?

The residents are paying for this public infrastructure and its maintenance.

The community has every right to read this report which they paid for. So many questions, so few answers.

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By George he’s done it

Thank You Fraser Coast

Congratulations George Seymour on being chosen by the people for the Mayoral role of the Fraser Coast. We look forward to you following through on your commitments and unifying the Council so a brighter future is paved out for all.

Thank you to the community for taking part in the democratic process and especially those that had taken their time to research and understand the truth of what has transpired.

I deem it a great honour and privilege to have represented the community in this by-election and grateful that many found value in what we achieved together.

To the many volunteers supporting their respective candidates, thank you.

To the amazing volunteers who spent their valuable time at prepoll and polling booths believing in my ability, I extend heartfelt appreciation.

Thank you to all those who expressed kind words, thoughtful discussion, distributed and collected corflutes and HTV cards and sharing a post or two.

I especially acknowledge all those that voted for me personally, which showed you trusted and had confidence in my service to you.

Jannean Dean

Jannean Dean: Politics, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Fraser Coast, QLD
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Jannean Dean: Politics, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Fraser Coast, QLD

By volunteering as an election day poll worker, you’re helping ensure our region’s elections are conducted fairly and efficiently. You’ll also get to know folks from your community better.

I would truly welcome your support at prepoll in either Hervey Bay or Maryborough commencing Monday 23rd April and one of the 27 polling booths on Saturday 5th May across the Fraser Coast.

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PRESS RELEASE

I am delighted to confirm I am officially a Mayoral Candidate in the upcoming Fraser Coast Regional Council By-election.

“We’re in this together.”

Although it is a concern that a Government may be able to sack a democratically elected Mayor, I will not let this deter me from serving my community.

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FCRC Mayoral By-election

I have some concerns over the by-election and still believe it is premature to be thinking about it, when we don’t know what the outcome of Chris Loft’s appeal will be.

So far, we have one confirmed candidate to run in the unconfirmed by-election and three others publicly acknowledging they are considering dependent upon Chris Loft’s appeal. Legal teams for both Chris Loft and the State Government agreed on a timeline to exchange relevant documents. A new hearing date is expected to be set after 19th March.

It will cost approximately $400K to hold a by-election. I would want an outcome from the Supreme Court before confirming said by-election. I hate wasteful expenditure.

What happens if the by-election goes ahead and after that time, Chris Loft gets reinstated? What do we do with the person who has been elected?

What if George Seymour runs in the by-election or any other Councillor decides to run? During the care taker period that would mean Division 10 and Division 7 and possibly another Division will be unrepresented and Rolf Light will step up as acting deputy mayor leaving Division 5 under represented.

If a Councillor is elected in the role of Mayor we will need another by-election at a further $400K to fill the vacant divisional councillor position. If a Councillor fails to be elected as Mayor, just goes back to their current role.

Stirling Hinchliffe MP needs to either reinstate Chris Loft or put an administrator in and call a full Council election. Leadership is something that is required and right now this whole fiasco is failing the Fraser Coast.

Until the Writ is issued by either the Governor or the Speaker, depending on the circumstances, I will continue to focus on creating awareness, educating and have meaningful discussions on the issues that affect us all. Why waste valuable time and energy on something that may not eventuate or a game changer of another nature comes into play?

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SAVE Fraser Island Dingoes before they are extinct!

Normally a population is considered to be genetically unsustainable if the effective (breeding) population is below 200. On K’Gari (Fraser Island) the estimated total population is unknown due to many of the policies outlined in the Program not being implemented and research funding and planned projects for the Island have come to a halt.

Recently there have been only nine (9) on the western side and seven (7) sightings; five (5) adult dingoes and two (2) juveniles on the eastern side. A more accurate population estimate is needed. This can be achieved by the use of strategic DNA profiling and other non-invasive methods, such as facial recognition technology. This approach could also potentially identify relatedness between individuals and groups. In addition, a facial recognition app could be utilised by visitors to the island to assist in the non-invasive recording of individual dingoes.
If we don’t change what “we” are doing then this unique population of dingoes is at risk of extinction. This includes a need for more research into the health and sustainability of the dingo population.

Considering the importance of K’Gari (Fraser Island) as a World Heritage listed National Park research must remain a priority and innovative methods of conserving and protecting the Fraser Island dingo should be constantly explored. Genetic research has identified K’Gari (Fraser Island) dingoes as being a unique lineage that are at risk of inbreeding. However, despite the importance of the population, there is little data on the levels and trends in genetic diversity. Although we have plenty of data on deceased dingoes there is no birth register. The potential consequences of lower levels of genetic diversity include reduced fitness and concerns for the long-term adaptability of the population. Therefore, to ensure the conservation of a self-sustaining viable population, and to assist with management decisions this much needed research should be considered a priority. Management of dingo/human behaviour remains a contentious issue with animals still being destroyed. There remains a large knowledge gap in understanding the causes of human-dingo conflict on Fraser Island and the factors that may lead to a negative encounter. We suggest that additional research be undertaken with a focus on eliminating the continued destruction of animals. Many of the policies outlined in the Program have not been implemented and that research funding and planned projects for the Island have come to a halt.

Do we have to get to the stage of a genetic rescue or is it the Government’s intention to rid the dingoes off K’Gari all together?

The determination of native title was a testament to the strength of the Butchulla people and their ongoing connection to the land when Native title rights were granted by the Federal Court in 2014. The Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC) who provides advice to the Fraser Island World Heritage Area Management Committee on matters relating to the protection, conservation, presentation and management of the Fraser Island World Heritage Area must be just as frustrated with the protection of their dingoes as we all are.

I am absolutely appalled at the Queensland Government for its continuing mismanagement of the Fraser Island dingo population and believe it is at crisis point. I call on Fraser Coast Regional Council to support Save Fraser Island Dingoes Inc (SFID Inc), Ted Sorensen and our community and apply pressure to save our distinct dingoes before they are extinct.

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I would truly welcome your support to be present at one of the eleven (11) polling booths on 25th November in Hervey Bay wearing one of the shirts in cool breathable fabric screen printed especially for this election.

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