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One of the conference flash points, as we’ve alerted you to, has been whether or not the conference will agree to an increase in the Newstart payment. Left-faction delegate Darcy Byrne has been signalling for some months he would bring a motion to the floor arguing for an increase.

Given there’s been a motion drafted, there have been a range of discussions over the past few days. It’s been pretty obvious that the leadership did not want to be locked into an increase, given the fiscal implications. Increasing the payment would cost billions.

Given the reluctance of the leadership to go there, there will be no conference commitment to increase the payment.

The conference will, instead, agree to undertake a review into the payment within 18 months. I’m told the agreed motion will also commit the party to consulting unemployed people about the practical impact of trying to get by on such a low benefit




LOL that noise you can hear is a legion of lib voters deciding to vote labor after hearing this news.....................................
 

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They wouldnt want to lock it in, as it becomes a wedge issue at an election,the dole bludger meme has had a fair workout for a long time in the media
Sometimes the biggest win you can have in politics is knowing when the public has shifted.

The GST is one example. It undoubtedly cost the libs the 93 election, and conventional wisdom was it was a good idea but political suicide. Howard and Costello sensed the growing apathy among the opponents and moved.

Work choices is from the other side. Union bashing had worked for a very long time and a Senate majority was a dangerous tool. One step too far at the wrong moment and you get smashed.

If I was Shorten I might be tempted to risk it, it's clearly the right thing to do.

Failure to support a significant increase and address the absurd rules for job seekers and private employment contractors is my biggest criticism of Gillard.

It looks like they'll take a small target strategy and just promise a review. That has risks of looking wishy washy too though.
 

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Centrelink hard at work again. A friend of mine decided to take the offer at working for the VEC at last Vic election. She is on the aged pension.

We were discussing whether she need to report earnings of $513 for the day, I suggested she do it anyway although thought she was entitled to earn $6K without affecting her pension. She went on line and reported the income.

This week, she received two calls on mobile from a 'no id' and ignored them. Today she received another call and decided to answer, would you believe that it was Centrelink asking her to contact compliance. It seems that as she completed a tax declaration form with VEC, it triggered an alert to Centrelink and they were querying her employment. She stated that she had already written to them on line declaring her work and the amount. They said that they had to follow up. You would think that they would check her file surely. What a waste of time!
 

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Centrelink hard at work again. A friend of mine decided to take the offer at working for the VEC at last Vic election. She is on the aged pension.

We were discussing whether she need to report earnings of $513 for the day, I suggested she do it anyway although thought she was entitled to earn $6K without affecting her pension. She went on line and reported the income.

This week, she received two calls on mobile from a 'no id' and ignored them. Today she received another call and decided to answer, would you believe that it was Centrelink asking her to contact compliance. It seems that as she completed a tax declaration form with VEC, it triggered an alert to Centrelink and they were querying her employment. She stated that she had already written to them on line declaring her work and the amount. They said that they had to follow up. You would think that they would check her file surely. What a waste of time!
You sure that isn't one of those scam calls?
 

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No, it was legit. She didn't answer the first two calls thinking that.

Apparently if they do call, it does show - no caller id.
I've seen similar and dont doubt you're correct. My major problem isn't the inability to do basic checks themselves though, bad though it is.

It's the disrespect in making the decision to call someone obviously from a person not able to discuss the matter. How people arrive at the conclusion this is ok beyond me. Effectively you're requiring them to enter an undoubtedly long queue and a repitition of identity checks and wasted time while someone orients themselves.

People might choose to call back on a published number for their security but that's a different matter
 

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Less work for Australians more profits to be slung to Singapore

Rio Tinto has declared mission nearly accomplished on the ambitious $US940 million ($1.3 billion) plan to automate its Pilbara long-haul iron ore rail network with confirmation that its "pioneering" technology has now been successfully and fully commissioned.

The leading-edge AutoHaul technology has been installed on all of its 200 locomotives and its 50-strong fleet of trains and they have been successfully linked to remotely operated facilities at all 16 of Rio Tinto's Pilbara mines and at its four export port terminals.
https://www.afr.com/business/mining...-at-automated-rail-completion-20181227-h19i4b
 
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Less work for Australians more profits to be slung to Singapore

Rio Tinto has declared mission nearly accomplished on the ambitious $US940 million ($1.3 billion) plan to automate its Pilbara long-haul iron ore rail network with confirmation that its "pioneering" technology has now been successfully and fully commissioned.

The leading-edge AutoHaul technology has been installed on all of its 200 locomotives and its 50-strong fleet of trains and they have been successfully linked to remotely operated facilities at all 16 of Rio Tinto's Pilbara mines and at its four export port terminals.
https://www.afr.com/business/mining...-at-automated-rail-completion-20181227-h19i4b
What is AutoHaul and what does it do? How many people have been replaced?
 

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What is AutoHaul and what does it do? How many people have been replaced?
In a statement Rio Tinto said that the ramp-up of the automated network would continue through 2019, a process that meant that all of its 600 train drivers would retain their positions for at least another year.

Of those 600 drivers, some 240 are employed to steer the 2.5km long trains up and down the four mainlines of what is said to be the world's busiest rail network. At some point in the future, those drivers will be redeployed to other tasks or lose their jobs.
 

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Less work for Australians more profits to be slung to Singapore

Rio Tinto has declared mission nearly accomplished on the ambitious $US940 million ($1.3 billion) plan to automate its Pilbara long-haul iron ore rail network with confirmation that its "pioneering" technology has now been successfully and fully commissioned.

The leading-edge AutoHaul technology has been installed on all of its 200 locomotives and its 50-strong fleet of trains and they have been successfully linked to remotely operated facilities at all 16 of Rio Tinto's Pilbara mines and at its four export port terminals.
https://www.afr.com/business/mining...-at-automated-rail-completion-20181227-h19i4b
Are you saying the trains will be controlled from Singapore?

I seem to recall in article about a prang it was done from Perth.

I would be seriously disturbed about OH&S and regulative compliance if the trains were operated from outside our jurisdiction.
 
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Are you saying the trains will be controlled from Singapore?

I seem to recall in article about a prang it was done from Perth.

I would be seriously disturbed about OH&S and regulative compliance if the trains were operated from outside our jurisdiction.
They'll be autonomous.
I'm sure they'll trust australians with a big red OFF button.
 
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