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February, 2019

Banks shouldn’t face tax cut ban: govt

The Turnbull government says banks won’t be the only companies to benefit from tax cuts.Federal government minister Kelly O’Dwyer doesn’t agree the banks should be quarantined from getting the government’s planned business, saying it’s not a “morality tax”.
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Independent senator Derryn Hinch, whose support the government needs to pass the reduction in the corporate tax rate, says the banks should not be rewarded for their bad behaviour.

The Hayne royal commission has been hearing damaging revelations about ‘s major financial institutions, including AMP charging fees for services not delivered and Commonwealth Bank extracting fees from dead people.

But Ms O’Dwyer, the minister for revenue and financial services, says the banks, like other businesses benefiting from a tax cut, would invest and innovate in their companies and make sure they can employ people.

“We’re going to have a new taxation system that’s based on a morality tax? I mean, let’s get a little bit real here,” she told ABC television on Sunday.

But Senator Hinch is sticking to his guns, saying he will support tax cuts for companies with a turnover of up to $500 million – like the Senate did for firms with a turnover of up to $50 million last year.

“But will not reward corrupt banks being exposed daily in the royal commission. That is a pledge,” he said in a tweet on Sunday.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten took to Facebook with a new attack ad, saying: “(Malcolm) Turnbull wanted to protect the banks. Now he wants to give them a big tax handout.”

The government delayed putting the remainder of the legislation to the vote in the Senate just before Easter when it became clear it didn’t have sufficient numbers from the crossbench to pass it.

Senator Hinch and fellow independent Tim Storer have so far rejected the plan, joining Labor, the Greens and senators of the previously named Nick Xenophon Team.

So far, only firms with a turnover of up to $50 million will receive incremental tax cuts over the next decade from 30 per cent to 25 per cent.

Opposition finance spokesman Jim Chalmers said Ms O’Dwyer’s comments show she was “spectacularly out of touch”.

He said Labor analysis found the big four banks at the centre of “rorts, rip-offs and scandals” exposed by the royal commission would reap $13.2 billion under the government’s 10-year business tax plan.

It shows the banks will receive one in every four dollars of the $65 billion tax cut once it is fully implemented in 2026/27.

The Commonwealth Bank of would receive a tax cut of almost $4 billion while Westpac would pocket 3.5 billion, the ANZ $3.2 billion and National Bank $2.6 billion.

Labor wants the government to ditch all the unlegislated parts of the tax plan which are in front of the parliament.

“We don’t think it is a good time to shower largesse on multinationals and millionaires, but especially when we’ve got record and growing debt in the budget,” Dr Chalmers told ABC television.

 

Whincup calm after Supercars disaster

Jamie Whincup has dropped to fourth in the Supercars standings after a post-race penaltyJamie Whincup is not panicking after a horror weekend at the Phillip Island 500 saw him slip back in the Supercars championship standings.
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The Red Bull Holden champion headed to Victoria in the lead, but leaves in fourth after a race one penalty stripped him of a podium finish.

He never got going on Sunday, finishing ninth in the second 250km race.

The results leave him 76 points behind Ford rival Scott McLaughlin (797), who continued his love affair with the island track by claiming a pair of victories.

Whincup’s fellow Commodore drivers David Reynolds and Shane van Gisbergen have a slender hold in the top three as the series moves to Perth on May 4-6.

Whincup, the most decorated driver in Supercars history with seven titles, has belief he can respond with 12 events for the year still remaining.

“We’ve got a good crew with an excellent car and a lot of components that are good right now, so we’ll regroup and move on from Phillip Island,” Whincup said.

“It’s not our proudest result, but we worked hard and pushed as hard as we could.

“We were miles back after Adelaide (500) and got going again and now we’re miles back here so we’ll fight back.”

Whincup finished second in Saturday’s race, but his 38-second penalty for turning off his pitlane speed limiter proved extremely costly.

It dropped him back to 14th, meaning van Gisbergen earned a podium with Nissan veteran Rick Kelly.

The severity of the penalty was unexpected, according to his Triple Eight team manager Mark Dutton.

“He saw the wrong cone, turned it off, realised his mistake, turned it back on,” Dutton told Supercars苏州夜总会招聘.

“There was nothing underhand and that might not mean much to everyone, but to me it is a difference.”

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

1. Scott McLaughlin 947 pts

2. David Reynolds 887

3. Shane van Gisbergen 849

4. Craig Lowndes 813

5. Jamie Whincup 805

6. Scott Pye 745

7. Chaz Mostert 695

8. James Courtney 678

9. Fabian Coulthard 662

10. Tim Slade 626

 

The haven giving horses a second chance at life and love

HEALTHY: Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary founder Anne Young with Big Grey, who was little more than skin and bones when rescued two years ago. Pictures: Dylan BurnsHeartbreak and happiness coexist on Anne Young’s idyllic 300 acre property outside Gordon.
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The founder of the Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary has taken in scores of the most malnourished and maltreated horses and ponies that the RSPCA has come across in the past few years and done the best she can to rehabilitate them and find them new homes, or allow them to live out their lives at the sanctuary.

When her mobile phone rings, it could mean anything from one new resident at HSES to more than 100 needing care, food and veterinary attention.

In the first four months of 2016, HSES received almost 150 malnourished horses from two separate RSPCA seizures.

The first group, from a farmat Warraknear Ararat, saw 113 horses arrive as part of the largest RSPCA horse seizure in n history.

Two months later Ms Young received another call to take in 23 emaciated horses found alongside the carcasses of more than 20 others on a property at Bulla on Melbourne’s outskirts.

“When they first come off the truck your stomach goes tight and you get a shot of anger that anyone could be so cruel,” Ms Young said.

“Then the vet team kick into action and there is a lot to discover about the actual health status of the horse which determines next steps. As much as we try there are times we are just sad as we know we are too late.”

The horrific condition these types of horses come to her in –little more than skin and bone, and often unhandled and wild – pose a challenge to sanctuary staff, but theday they arriveat the sanctuary their life trajectory turns 180 degrees and they can look forward to ample food, love and attention.

Big Grey was one of the Bulla horses who has found sanctuary with Ms Young.

“When they arrived they were just skin and bone. Even now she’s hardly got any tail –the horses were so hungry they ate each others tails so it looked like their tails had been docked,” Ms Young said.

HUNGRY: Big Grey will live the rest of her life at the sanctuary because she’s too volatile to rehome, a result of her early life.

While most of the Bulla horses have been rehabilitated, retrained and rehomed, Big Grey and a handful of others will be“lifers” at the sanctuary.

Currently there are more than 140 horses on the property, some being trained and handled and others“turned out” in to the large paddocks to recover or run.

Expert horse handler and retrainer Chris Giles liveson site and has the tough job of handling and training the horses.

“The Bulla horses that were unhandled were all able to be retrained and found new homes, but those who had been started (as racehorses) were very reactive and had real problems,” Ms Young said.

“Big Grey had been started and we don’t know what had been done to her, but if you put her under pressure and she doesn’t understand what you want, she explodes soshe’s not suitable to be rehomed,” she said.

Some of Big Grey’s paddock mates weren’t so lucky.

“We had to watch those horses 24/7 for three weeks.We had volunteers come and stay up all night watching them.”

Two of the confiscated horses died that night and another a few days later from colic, but 20 survived.

DUMPED: One of the Greendale 16 – a group of 16 miniature horses dumped on the side of the road near Greendale about a year ago.

About 12 months ago the sanctuary had another mass arrival when it was called to collect 16 miniature horses dumped on the side of a road at Greendale. More than a dozen were also pregnant to the stallion running with the herd.

Outside of the big groups that the sanctuary has taken in, there’s regular calls from the RSPCA asking if Ms Young can take in one or two horses that have been neglected on individual properties.

Ms Young said the Greendale 16was one of the hardest cases she had dealt with because of the nature of the dumping.“They were literally dumped in the middle of the road, and when you think about the logistics of loading, transporting and abandoning the horses it’s such a deliberate act.

The haven giving horses a second chance at life and love TweetFacebook Meet some of the residents of Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary”I get sofrustrated that horses don’t have a microchip or need to be registered. It would make proving the owner so much easier. With the Greendale 16 the authorities have a good idea of where they came from but can’t prove it,” she said.

It’s not just horses who have a second chance at life thanks to the dedicated work of Ms Young and her small team.

WORK CREW: Two of the rescue dogs at HSES prefer to be driven around the property than travel on foot.

The sanctuary, up a quiet laneway just outside Gordon, is also home to a menagerie of other rescued animals now living out their lives in comfort.

There’s a pack of rescue dogs who trail their master everywhere she goes –ranging from a pint-sized fox terrier to an Irish Wolfhound cross that is almost as big as the miniature horses.

In fact Ms Young had to trade in her farm vehicle for a bigger model with a second row of seats to accommodate the dogs who accompany her on her rounds and prefer to travel on wheels than on foot.

There’s a paddock of rescue goats, donkeys, cats, cows ex-battery hens, geese, ducks, alpacas anda turkey

FELINE: One of the rescue cats who has found a home among the menagerie at Horse Shepherd Equine Sanctuary.

All that love comes at a cost: the HSESfeed bill is about $12,000 a month, and other than food the vet bills are the biggest cost. Then there’s the medications, rugs, training and everything else the animals need in their new lives.

Until recently the sanctuary was fully funded by donations, sponsorships and adoption fees but Ms Young has expanded operations to build the Horse Shepherd Veterinary Practice. Profits from private clients go back toward the sanctuary costs and it means there is a vet on site.

Through the vet practice, HSESalso runs the Mums 4 Bubs program, which last year hired out mares who have proven to be great mothers to the owners of 15 orphaned foals.“They know what being a mum is about, we bring them in to lactation and they go out to the studs to raise the foals,” Ms Young said.

ONE OF THE PACK: Jethro the five-month-old miniature pig is one of the newest members of the HSES menagerie and considers himself a member of the dog pack.

HSES is also home toone very special pig who isn’t a rescue but is Ms Young’s last birthday present –Jethro, the house pig.The five-month-old porker is house-trained, sleeps by Ms Young’s bed, can sit on command and considers himself to be one of the dog pack–especially when there’s food about.

 

White shark circles boat off Dunsborough

Dunsborough fisherman Warren Brown captured this incredible footage of a shark circling his boat off Dunsborough.A Dunsborough fisherman received a shock on Thursday morning when a four-metre white shark circled his boat for 20 minutes.
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Warren Brown was out fishing two kilometres offshore when the shark swam up to his boat taking a nip at the motor.

Mr Brown said the shark hung around circling the boat ‘eyeing them off’ around 7.30am.

“Bugger me, it just had a go at the motor,” Mr Brown can be heard saying in the video.

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Between Sunday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 18 there have been six sightings of sharks, including two reports of white sharks.

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A bronze whaler was also detected by the shark monitoring network, on Saturday, April 14 at Smiths Beach.

At beaches south of these locations, there have been significant whale carcass strandings over several weeks that could raise the risk of increased shark activity.

Two surfers were attacked on Monday.

The first attack happened in the morning at Cobblestones off Gracetown and was flown to Royal Perth Hospital for surgery.Later in the day a second man was bitten by a shark offLefthanders Beach, receiving treatment for injuries to his leg.

On Wednesday, the 2018 Margaret River Pro was cancelled.

Unfavourable conditions had paused competition during Tuesday and surfing was expected to continue later in the week until the cancellation was announced.

Competing surfersItalo Ferreira and Gabriel Medina voiced their concerns on social media, saying they did not feel safe training or competing in the location.

MsGoldschmidt said that the risk of sharks in the water was something surfers were familiar with.

“Sharks are an occasional reality of WSL competitions, and of surfing in general,” she said.

“Everyone associated with our sport knows that. There have been incidents in the past -and it’s possible that there will be incidents in the future -which did not (and will not) result in the cancellation of an event.

“However, current circumstances are very unusual and troubling, and we have decided that the elevated risk during this season’s Margaret River Pro has crossed the threshold for what is acceptable.”

Beaches in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River between Ellensbrook and North Point in Gracetown reopened at 6pm on Friday after the attacks.

“Over the past few days we’ve been working closely with relevant State Government agencies to determine when beaches can reopen,” said Shire Ranger Coordinator Mick O’Regan.

“A coordinated decision has been made to reopen beaches.Agencies will be monitoring shark activity over the weekend, and we urge members of the public to please check for beach closure signs in case new closures occur.”

 

THE HERALD’S OPINION: Faith and flexibility in our region’s childcare

CHILDCAREmay be the hidden backbone of the modern n workforce. Parents must weigh up its price against a day’s wages, and if that balance tips, it becomes unfeasible for them. Subsequently, the sector can help decide who does and doesn’t front up for jobs tomorrow.
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On the other hand, the sector also faces its own struggles. United Voice union members walked off the job in March to protest low rates of pay, industrial action they estimated closed 320 centres and affected 30,000 families. This offers an indication of scale.

Childcare centres are also lucrative enough to drive commercial property sales, including one at Rutherford earlier this month that changed hands for more than $3.3 million.

The agents in that sale said it was one of four childcare properties they had sold in a single auction. They said $220 million worth of commercial childcare property had shifted throughout 2017.

Perhaps it is not surprising that the Catholic system will step into this space so significantly in the future. A Newcastle Herald investigation in 2016 found that Catholic school populations were rising significantly in the region, sparking expansions on existing campuses and new ones to emerge.

The Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese’s move into childcare makes sense, given the Catholic system is already the largest non-government educator for school students. The system already holds a degree of trust in the minds of many modern parents,despite some dark chapters in the history of the diocese and its schools.

That reassurance thatparents feel is a valuable commodity when making a decision about whom to trust with taking care of their children for hours at a time.

The frenetic school pick-up is simplified with childcare for all ages basing itself on the same site. Likewise, the familiar surrounds are likely less daunting for children as they progress through the ranks of our schools towards their graduation.

Greater flexibilityfor our region’s parents ultimately gives the region a greater workforce, spilling on economic benefits across multiple sectors. While the diocese’s expansion is no doubt backed by their own business case, it will likely be welcomed by many employers further afield.

There will no doubt be a plethora of parents grateful for the option of one less stop on the way to work.

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