Stop refugees and help WA homeless: Liberals:
The State Government should call a 12-month halt to its support for refugees and ensure public housing was used to address the poverty crisis sweeping the State, according to the Opposition.Farming workforce at crisis levels: NFF:
Shadow housing and works minister John McGrath suggested the drastic action to help solve WA’s growing housing crisis, claiming refugees were being provided with housing at the expense of West Australians.
The West Australian revealed at the weekend that crisis shelters and refuges across Perth were closing their doors to an unprecedented 98 per cent of people seeking help. They blamed the increase on soaring rents and rising house prices caused by the resources boom.
Mr McGrath said while the national humanitarian and refugee program was important, he believed WA should drop its quota for one to two years until the State’s housing situation improved.
“As unkind as it sounds, if we’ve got West Australians who can’t get accommodation I think we should look at just putting it (the refugee program) on hold for 12 months until we can make some inroads into the public housing waiting list,” he said.
Farmers say Australia's agricultural workforce is in crisis, placing the nation's economic growth at risk.Defence must arm up for 'Asian threat':
New data reveals the number of people working in the agriculture sector has declined by almost 100,000 to 330,000 since 2002, with 70,000 workers walking away from agriculture in 2002-03.
Areas hardest hit include farm hands, livestock farmers, shearers and heavy farm equipment operators, according to new data from the National Farmers' Federation (NFF).
The long-running drought has been a significant factor but so too has the stifling of regional development and a lack of incentives for training.
The federation says the "crisis" has already impacted on farm production.
A MASSIVELY restructured Australian Defence Force equipped with a fleet of 400 advanced combat aircraft and 30submarines could be needed to provide for the nation's security and counter the rise of Asian powers, a former senior defence official has recommended.Defend Australia with women, islanders - Stott Despoja:
In a paper published in the latest edition of the Kokoda Foundation Security Challenge series, Ross Babbage - a former senior defence official and now adviser to Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon - recommends a home-grown military capability that could "rip the arm off" any threatening Asian power ...
Australia would need to be able to stand its ground among its Asian neighbours, he warned, citing the rise of Indonesia, India and China.
"Nevertheless, despite the myriad uncertainties, the seemingly irresistible strategic tide with which Australian defence planners will need to come to terms is that the country will be walking among giants, some of whom may not be friendly," Professor Babbage says ...
The Babbage plan for 30 submarines comes at a time when the crew-strapped Royal Australian Navy can barely keep three Collins Class subs operating out of a fleet of six ...
AUSTRALIA can ease the defence recruitment crisis by lifting restrictions on women and allowing entry of South Pacific islanders, says Australian Democrats senator Natasha Stott Despoja.Sounds like a lot of self-inflicted damage, worsened by short-term fixes:
A solution to the problem of how to recruit quality candidates to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) was desperately needed, she said.
The ADF would always find it difficult to attract and retain personnel when the economy was performing strongly, but one solution was to widen the pool of potential candidates, she said ...
- The joys of a resource boom give us a shortage of housing and steal workers away from farms and the military.
- The joys of refugee intake worsen a housing shortage.
- We help build Asian giants by buying their goods, outsourcing and selling off stuff to them, and then need to spend up big to defend ourselves against them.
- We destroy the social fabric of our nation with the social-capital-destroying diversity program, so we then have no pride in our nation, and then have trouble recruiting in the military, and naturally we go looking for an outsourced and feminised solution.