Q&A: Simon Birmingham says some private schools ‘over-funded’

Education minister Simon Birmingham. Photo: Q&A Calling for more money: SA premier Jay Weatherill. Photo: Q&A
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Education minister Simon Birmingham has conceded some private schools are “over-funded” amid fiery negotiations with states on a new four-year model for school funding.

However, he says he won’t produce a “hit-list” to name them.

On the ABC’s Q&A on Monday night, Mr Birmingham was grilled by host Tony Jones after an audience question about allocating “generous” amounts of money to wealthy schools.

An analysis obtained by Fairfax Media last week revealed NSW would lose $100 million if funding plans by the Federal government go ahead, with the bulk of this money coming from public schools.

NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli has predicted the states will be “fighting regularly” over the issue.

Under questioning, Mr Birmingham said he was “very cautious” about saying no school will lose money under the government’s plans.

He agreed some schools are over-funded, and said it is “possible” some of them could be worse off, sparking a rapid exchange with Jones.

“Can I just confirm this – the ones that are over-funded, you must have a list of them,” Jones asked.

“If you want me to create a hit list or something tonight, Tony, that’s not about to happen,” Mr Birmingham responded with a laugh.

Jones continued to probe, asking how many schools were over-funded.

“Well that depends actually on how you measure what a funding benchmark is,” Birmingham said. “I mean, we’re not talking vast numbers, but there are some.”

“Are the wealthy private schools over-funded?” Jones asked.

“There are some that fit that bill, yes, there are,” Birmingham said.

“So some private schools could expect under your governorship to lose money?” Jones asked.

Birmingham said that situation would depend on whether the Federal government could reach accord with states and territories.

South Australian premier Jay Weatherill, who was also on the panel, made clear that any such agreement will not be easily obtained.

He said $335 million has been “ripped out” of his state’s education budget over two years, and called for Malcolm Turnbull to allocate more money.

“At the last federal election, there was a commitment in relation to Gonski funding,” Mr Weatherill said. “Remember, a unity ticket with Labor in relation to school funding. Now $80 billion was cut from health and education.

“What the Prime Minister can do is to put back in the funding that was cut.”

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Letters to the Editor

Best foot foward: There was an amazing display of artistic volley’s at Tootsie on Sunday for the ‘Best Foot Forward’ Fundraiser. Photo: Camilla Duffy. Response to Sheri NortonResponding toletterpublished onSeptember 12, 2016.
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Sheri Norton is free to express her dislike of us ‘clones’ who ran in groups in the recent Council election – but the fact is 3138 people voted above the line for groups – almost one-third of voters. People still have freedom to vote below the line if they choose, and most did, including myself, as is our democratic right. I am yet to see any benefit from having ‘clones’, although it would be nice to be in two or more places at once sometimes. Hilarious and efficient!

Sheri sees groups as a burden, but grouping of candidates goes back to 1919 and pre-dates the printing of party names on ballot papers. It made it easier for associated candidates to be found by voters, and for parties to publicise their candidates. Groupsare not new, and they give voters a clearer sense of where like-minded people could align on issues when on Council. Wagga had ninegroups in this election, Goulburn had none. Different strokes.

Sheri alleges that 25 per cent of people voting for the former Mayor is a mandate to continue in that role. What does that mean for the 75 per cent of people who didn’t? They may be concerned that a former senior Council employee is now so publicly supporting a former Mayor. Sheri should know that we do not popularly elect a Mayor. It is up to the nine new Councillor’s to now decide. The General Manager will no doubt be pleased to work with whomever is elected, for the good of the whole Yass Valley for the future.

Bec Duncan, Yass

National Stroke Week successOn behalf of the Stroke Foundation I would like to thank the thousands of Australians who helped us educate the community about the importance of knowing the signs of stroke this National Stroke Week.

National Stroke Week is our annual campaign to shine the spotlight on stroke, raising awareness of the devastating impact of this insidious disease.

Stroke Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about stroke and how they can reduce their own risk. I am confident there are thousands of people in the community who now know about the FAST message thanks to the more than 2,500 activities that were held across the country.

With Stroke Week now wrapped up for 2016, it is vital we remember strokes don’t just happen one week of the year. Every ten minutes an Australian has a stroke. Every ten minutes someone’s life changes forever.

Stroke is shockingly common in Australia. Yet despite the devastation it causes, this disease is largely unrecognised by the broader community – until it happens to a loved one, a friend or a colleague. Stroke is largely preventable, but we know that almost 50,000 new and recurring strokes will happen this year. Stroke is treatable but again we know that many stroke patients will miss out on lifesaving treatment because they don’t get to hospital on time.

Stroke strikes suddenly and often without any warning. When it does happens, every minute counts. Time is brain. For every minute that parts of the brain are left without oxygen, brain cells are dying. A speedy reaction to stroke can mean the difference between life and death or permanent disability. Stroke doesn’t have to be a death sentence, it is treatable but people need to know the signs of stroke and get to hospital fast. Every stroke is a medical emergency.

Thanks to our incredible supporters we were able to spread this message far and wide this Stroke Week, reaching a record number of Australians. But our work doesn’t stop here – it is our mission to stop stroke, save lives and end the suffering caused by this devastating disease.It will take the combined efforts of the community, health professionals and governments to achieve this mission. I know together we can prevent, treat and beat stroke.

Sharon McGowan -Chief Executive Officer,Stroke Foundation

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Webs, weeds & wisdomSeasonal Waffle by Kate WalkerIt’s Spring and mud luscious this year, sparking my memories of bumper rain in the ‘50s and ‘60s. My sister was born at the end of the 50s during a huge dump of rain and to get to the hospital to see her my father carried me on his shoulders and waded through the swollen billabongs that separated the hospital from the rest of our town. To get home we managed to catch the returning school bus as it passed the hospital. A new sister and my first ride in a school bus, so much excitement!
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What a season this rain promises! Bumper crops, plenty of hay, and a wealth of flowers. Wattle in full blaze trumpets nature’s bounty. Drive slowly towards Cooma Cottage along the old Barton Highway section of the Dog Trap road and look to your left, you’ll be blown away by the myriad multi hued daffodils that fill thepaddocks.This part of the worldis so very beautiful at this moment with its rolling hills, that change from Spring’s emerald greens to slate blues. Sitting at my window I love to watch the storms rolling in and out.

Two weekends past, the Turning Wave festival was such a buzz! It was fun to sit in the Yazzbar or the Royal, perhaps, the Memorial Hall for sure and the Lovat Chapel by chance and join friends both old and new, tapping feet and appreciatively clapping each talented piper or fiddler. And on the Sunday afternoon, a Yass Showcase Concert, with local talent galore, brought the festival to a rousing finale.

This season has only begun. We’ve had a circus in town, at the showground. A show not to be missed. My sources advised that the circus acts were most entertaining andathletic – a great family outing.Do come along to Sculpture in the Paddock at CoomaCottage this month towalk off Winter weight and enjoy the sculptures. Take a friend so you’ve someone to discuss the many works. Some will delight and others will confound; regardless, you’ll have an opinion.

Then with your Best Foot Forward, were you at Tootsie Fine Art and Design last Sunday? Dunlop Volley art works were auctioned as a fundraiser bringing in somewhere close to $10,000 to build Kim Nelson’s legacy.Hibernate no more!

Here’s to seeing you springing round town!

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Backpackers over-represented in underpayment disputes

The Fair Work Ombudsman resolved more than 800 disputes for 417 visa holders in the past financial year. Photo: Louie DouvisBackpackers on 417 working holiday visas make up a small percentage of workers in Australia, but are over-represented in complaints to the Fair Work Ombudsman.
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In 2015-16, the Ombudsman resolved 855 workplace disputes involving overseas workers on the 417 working holiday visa.

This represents 45 per cent of the 1894 workplace disputes involving overseas workers on all types of visas resolved by the Ombudsman. #backpackers= 0.1% of workers but 6% of our complaints and 45% of all #visa holder complaints. https://t.co/[email protected]_caldwell— Natalie James (@NatJamesFWO) September 21, 2016

The 417 visa disputes made up six per cent of the of the 14,329 workplace disputes the Fair Work Ombudsman resolved across the country in 2015-16.

A Fair Work Ombudsman spokesman said it had a strong focus on protecting the rights of overseas workers, including backpackers.

“We know they can be vulnerable if they are not fully aware of their workplace rights or are reluctant to complain,” the spokesman said.

“We are conscious that youth, language and cultural barriers can also create difficulties for overseas workers.”

The spokesman said overseas workers contributed to the labour market by providing specialised skills, knowledge and innovation.

“And a more flexible labour supply, particularly in industries where employers have difficulty attracting domestic workers,” he said.

“We want the work experience of an international student in Australia to be a positive one.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Circuit Court has penalised the operators of a strawberry farm on Newlands Rd at Cottonvale, near Stanthorpe, almost $70,000.

Farm owner Hour Him and his partner Tay-Duc Nguyen, the farm’s former operations manager, were each ordered to pay $6400 – and Him’s company, I Luv Pty Ltd, was ordered to pay a further $56,000.

The Fair Work Ombudsman discovered that six overseas workers were underpaid a total of $2601 when the farm was audited last year as part of the agency’s national Harvest Trail Inquiry.

The six employees, who were on 417 working holiday visas, were underpaid over a two-week period between March 28 and April 10, 2015.

It was not the first time that workers on the property were underpaid.

In 2013, the Fair Work Ombudsman required I Luv Pty Ltd to back-pay nine employees more than $21,000.

The company also received two contravention letters and a formal letter of caution placing it on notice that further breaches could result in enforcement action.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says the court’s decision sent a clear message to rural employers that exploitation of overseas workers would not be tolerated.

Judge Salvatore Vasta also agreed to make additional orders aimed at overhauling workplace practices on the farm. These were agreed to by the operators.

Judge Vasta ordered I Luv Pty Ltd to commission an external audit of its compliance with workplace laws next year and provide the Fair Work Ombudsman with a report on the findings, including steps taken to rectify any non-compliance.

Him and Nguyen were instructed to do training in relation to their workplace obligations.

I Luv Pty Ltd must register with the My Account service at 梧桐夜网fairwork.gov419论坛 and use the educational self-help tools for employers.

Ms James said the Fair Work Ombudsman was devoting considerable resources to ensuring the many farms around the country that relied heavily on labour from overseas workers were complying with workplace laws.

The Harvest Trail Inquiry was launched in response to ongoing requests for assistance from employees in the horticulture sector and confusion among growers and labour-hire contractors about their workplace obligations.

“We are conscious many fruit pickers are young overseas workers who may be vulnerable if they are not fully aware of their rights, are reluctant to complain or face language barriers,” Ms James said.

“It’s important we are proactive about ensuring they receive their full lawful entitlements.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman is also finalising a national review of the wages and conditions of overseas workers in Australia on the 417 working holiday visa after receiving allegations that some unscrupulous operators were exploiting backpackers.

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No inquest into death of 14-year-old girl in care

A 14-year-old girl with special needs died after choking on McDonalds Photo: Louie DouvisThe deputy state coroner has released his findings into the death of a 14-year-old girl who spent the majority of her life in state care.
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The girl, identified as C in court documents, was described as the “queen bee” within her care home and as someone who loved cheerleading and dancing, had been placed in care when she was born due to her mother’s inability to care for her.

C was born with a series of special needs including brain damage, failure to thrive, developmental delay, lung disease and congenital cataracts and needed to be fed by a gastrostomy button.

She lived in foster care for a number of years before the death of one carer led to the second carer being unable to cope with her high needs.

C began living in state-supported care facilities, where she remained the subject of a child protection order.

On June 27 last year C was on an outing with carers, who had purchased some McDonalds.

The carers placed the McDonalds in the foot well in the front seat of the vehicle, while C was in the back.

C was known to take food not belonging to her and struggle with eating, so advice was provided to carers to ensure she didn’t eat too quickly.

Somehow, C was able to reach through to the front of the vehicle from her seat in the back and take some of the McDonalds, which she ate and began choking on.

Carers observed her turning red, then blue, before she passed out and resuscitation attempts were made.

Paramedics arrived and were able to resuscitate C before she was taken to Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital, where she was put on life support.

Her family and her adult guardian later decided to turn off her life support.

The deputy state coroner found the frequency of visits from child safety officers while C was in care did not meet departmental requirements however he found the carers took all reasonable steps to prevent the incident from happening in the first place and in providing medical assistance and calling triple zero when she began choking.

He found the circumstances of C’s death did not warrant an inquest.

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Plans to convert Brisbane’s Irish Club into a seven-theatre cinema complex

If approved, the Elizabeth Picture Theatre would open on the Irish Club site. Photo: Supplied Tara House was once the epicentre of Brisbane’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
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An application to convert the old Irish Club into a cinema complex has been submitted to Brisbane City Council. Photo: Supplied

The brothers behind the restoration of the New Farm Cinemas have turned their attention to Brisbane’s old Irish Club, with a view of converting it to a heritage cinema complex.

Plans for Stephen and Peter Sourris’s planned Elizabeth Picture Theatre at Tara House, the former site of the Queensland Irish Association’s club house on Elizabeth Street, were submitted to Brisbane City Council last week.

The Sourris brothers have applied to transform Tara House, which ceased to be home to the Queensland Irish Association last year, into a seven-theatre cinema complex.

The ornate ballroom, situated upstairs, would be converted into the main, 121-seat cinema room without changing the original room layout.

The other six cinemas would range in size from 18 to 57 seats.

Fairfax Media sought comment from the Sourris brothers, but Stephen Sourris said they would not speak publicly about the project until it received council approval.

According to documents lodged with the council, the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning had given its “in-principle support” for the proposal following a pre-lodgement meeting.

That meeting also included Peter Sourris, architects, town planners and officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

“The classically designed structure was built during the 1870s and retains much of the original design and architectural features of the original building, maintained and restored during the occupation of the building by the Queensland Irish Association since its constructions through to 2015,” a departmental site report of the meeting says.

“…Redevelopment plans are intended to incorporate and/or protect heritage elements over the existing ground and first floors and create modern, innovative uses for internal and basement spaces.

“It was agreed that the ballroom was a relatively intact space and would be required to be preserved.

“The project team have based design decisions from the perspective of the cinemas being a ‘temporary’ use of the building.

“All new fixtures, floors, partitions, screens and use areas are designed to be reversible and non-permanent.”

The Sourris brothers have previously restored the New Farm Cinemas, opening a six-theatre complex on the site of the old Village Twin in 2014.

They also owned and operated the Yatala Drive-In cinema, which was established by their father Jim Sourris.

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Ronald Lyons charged with murder of housemate Samantha Kelly

Ronald Lyons, Christine Lyons and Peter Arthur outside the home they shared with Samantha Kelly in the Bendigo suburb of Kangaroo Flat. Photo: Simon O’DwyerThe third housemate allegedly involved in the death of Bendigo woman Samantha Kelly has been charged with murder.
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Ronald Lyons, 44, was initially charged with being an accessory to murder, but on Monday night police upgraded that charge.

“Police have today interviewed a man and upgraded his charges in relation to the death of Kangaroo Flat woman Samantha Kelly,” police spokeswoman Amelia Penhall said.

The body of 39-year-old Samantha Kelly was found in bushland near Bendigo-Maryborough Road in Shelbourne on February 11 this year.

Police believe she was killed “on or about” January 20, at the Kangaroo Flat home she shared with her three housemates.

The 44-year-old man, and husband of Christine Lyons, will appear at Swan Hill Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Mrs Lyons had her charges upgraded from being an accessory to murder to murder in early August.

Another housemate, Peter James Arthur, 44, was also charged with murder.

Between the alleged murder of Ms Kelly, and their eventual arrest on February 12, the three allegedly took over the care of Ms Kelly’s four children.

They allegedly concocted a story that their mother had “abandoned them”, before re-enrolling one daughter at school under a different surname.

The three housemates appeared in photographs for several newspapers after Ms Kelly’s disappearance, in an apparent attempt to raise awareness of the missing person.

Ms Penhall said the two others appeared in court on September 14.

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Who will be mayor?

INDUCTION: Councillors Liz Seckold, Tony Allen, Mitchell Nadin, Sharon Tapscott, Cathy Griff, Kristy McBain, Russell Fitzpatrick and Robyn Bain.Local government will be back in full swing on Wednesday, with the shire’s next mayor to serve an inaugural two-year term.
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Council’s general managerLeanne Barneswas looking forward to collaborating with the new councillors.

“I have contacted the newly-elected councillors by phone and am writing to all councillors on behalf of council staff to congratulate them on their election, and I know we will all work closely together to achieve outcomes for the community,” Ms Barnes said.

This year’s election saw previous councillors, Tony Allen, Kristy McBain, Sharon Tapscott, Russell FitzpatrickandLizSeckoldreturnedtotheirpositions.

Joining them in the shire’snew-looklocalgovernmentare JoDodds,Robyn Bain, Mitchell Nadin and Cathy Griff.

Many councillors remained tight-lipped during their induction onMonday when asked who would be putting their hand up for the role of mayor, but Ms Bain and Ms Griff confirmedthey would not be running.

The electioncomes at a time when the state government has pushed for a greater focus on councils forging partnerships with government agencies, other service providers, business and community groups.

While the media has focused on the state government’s controversial council amalgamations, theincrease to a two-year mayoral term and other amendments are also part of the Fit for the Future package.

Annual elections were seen to“create unnecessary instability and the risk that councillors will simply ‘take turns’ rather than taking the role seriously”.

The reforms aimto “improve the performance, transparency, governance and accountability of local councils in NSW”,with advancing“community cohesion” becoming a primary part of the amended role of mayor.

Council has invited the public to attend tomorrow’s meeting at 2pm at theBega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre,which will be the first time councillors are required to take an oath or affirmation of officer prior to taking up their role.

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‘Celebrate’ Newcastle, Baird urges

NEWCASTLE is on the cusp of something great, and NSW Premier Mike Baird is determined that we recognise it.
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On the back of his government’s announcement that it will spend $9.8 million on a Hunter Innovation Project providing free public Wi-Fi and a “digital precinct” in the city centre, Mr Baird gave a speech at the University of Newcastle on Monday night in which he urged the city’s residents to “celebrate” its growth and expressed personal “frustration” that not everyone does.

“I think Newcastle is not just a smart city, it’s not just a beautiful city, I genuinely think Newcastle is a city on the move like no other city in this great country and indeed the Asia Pacific region,” he said on Monday.

“Part of my frustration is I’m not sure everyone in Newcastle believes that and actually sees that.

“Because it is. And in the next couple of days I want to remind everyone that this is an incredible place.

“What is going to happen here in the next 20 to 25 years is unlike many other cities not just here but around the world [and] I think that’s something to celebrate.”

Mr Baird – who will make two major announcements in Newcastle on Tuesday – said the innovation funding, which is a joint $17.8 million project between the government, the University of Newcastle and Newcastle City Council, would help put the city at the centre of one of the fastest growing industries in Australia.

“This is all about believing in one of the major cities in the world,” he said.

“What we can’t forget is the next generation of jobs.”

Mr Baird said the digital economy would grow “exponentially” in the next 25 years, predicted to rise from five per cent of the state’s total economy to 22 per cent.

He said the “massive shift” could create 540,000 jobs in that period, and that while Sydney had become the “start-up city”, with about two-thirds of the nations start-ups based there, “it shouldn’t just be Sydney”.

“Newcastle is our largest regional city so my encouragement is how do we ensure that Newcastle is the centre of this push to the digital economy,” he said.

“How is it going to participate in innovation and the opportunities that come from that?

“So that’s why I think this announcement is so important. Newcastle, I think, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has so much potential.

“You can talk about beauty and the renewal but at the same time if we push the new jobs through innovation I think we are onto an absolute winner.”

The speech was billed as the Premier’s vision for the Hunter to 2036, and while admitting that the Hunter was not without challenges – he pointed to the region’s youth unemployment, currently stuck at about 19 per cent, or nearly twice the state average – Mr Baird was determined to pitch a positive vision.

He said his government had created 16,000 jobs since its election in 2011, and pointed to investments in health through the John Hunter Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, and a new hospital at Maitland, and infrastructure investments like the Newcastle Light Rail project.

“Bringing people back into the CBD is key [and] obviously obviously boosting economic activity,” he said.

He pointed to Property Council modelling that states the private investment in Newcastle coming alongside the government’s infrastructure commitments is at about $2 billion.

“Particularly the revitalisation project, something that we are quite proud of,” he said.

On Tuesday Mr Baird, together with Planning Minister Rob Stokes and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald who are also in Newcastle, will make two funding announcements in Newcastle. One is being billed as “a major regional infrastructure and tourism announcement”, while the second is “a major sporting announcement”.

Mr Baird did not reveal details of the announcements on Monday, other than to say he wanted to “show this city off”.

“There are major events we want to bring here [and] tourists we want to bring here,” he said.

“A walk from the city down to Merewether Beach is one of the great walks in the world … one of the most beautiful coastlines”

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