Tuesday, 28 June 2016
In July 2015 when Jobactive Australia commenced, the real national unemployment rate was probably running at est. 8.7% and by March 2016 it had climbed to est.11% according Roy Morgan Research vs ABS Employment Estimates (1992-2016).
The Brotherhood of St. Laurence reported on 14 March 2016 that some rural and regional areas were grappling with youth unemployment rates above 20 per cent.
Richmond-Tweed (including Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Lismore, Mullumbimby) in the NSW Northern Rivers region had a youth unemployment rate of 14.5% in January 2015 and by January 2016 this rate had risen to 17.4% [Brotherhood of St Laurence, Australia’s Youth Unemployment Hotspots: Snapshot March 2016, p. 3]
Monday, 27 June 2016
I received this copy of a recent email exchange from an incensed Northern Rivers voter, upset with the political data mining involved in delivering the National Party message into his Inbox.
Especially one that informed him that Kevin Hogan favoured a far-right, homophobic, religio-political group (founded by Rev. Fred Nile) as the second preference on his How To Vote cards.
This reader's email to North Coast Voices was accompanied with the final comment "What a pack of b*stards!!!"
The email exchange..........
From: [redacted] <redacted>
Date: 25 June 2016 at 7:16:09 PM AEST
To: Nathan Quigley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: In one week…
Excuse me Mr Quigley,I don't recall communicating with you.How did you obtain my email address?
[Redacted contact details]On 25 Jun 2016, at 3:41 PM, Nathan Quigley <email@example.com> wrote:
In one week Australians will vote in one of the most important elections in a generation.
We'll have a choice between staying on course with an experienced government under Malcolm Turnbull - a government with a plan to keep our economy strong - or a gamble with deeper deficits in an uncertain world under Bill Shorten and Labor.
That's why it's important for every single voter to go to their polling location informed.
Correctly filling in your ballot is ESSENTIAL to ensure we have sound management in Canberra and a strong local voice for the Northern Rivers and Coffs Coast.
State Director – NSW NationalsP.S. Remember, we need your support. Please CLICK HERE to download your "How to Vote" flyer for Page.
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:15 PM
To: [redacted] <redacted>
Subject: RE: In one week…
A little bit of local history for Australian Infrastructure Developments, its Queensland backers and potential overseas investors
Their allegiance has always been Clarence first when the valley needs protection, but do understand they are also part of the bigger Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
In the 1980s Clarence Valley residents helped save the Washpool rainforest.
In July 2014 the value we placed on protecting the river systems and ensuring water security for the region helped convinced Labor's Janelle Saffin to co-sponsor an urgency motion at a NSW State Conference calling for a CSG Free Northern Rivers.
Now the 2016 federal election campaign has rolled around and the Clarence Greens are saying this:
While market goers in Yamba on 26 June were receiving handouts like this flyer:
And taking home this bumper sticker:
Australian Electoral Commission, Electoral Backgrounder: Electoral advertising:
Sunday, 26 June 2016
First as Minister for Environment and Water Resources in the Howard Government Malcolm Bligh Turnbull tried to steal water from the Clarence River catchment area, then as Minister for Communications in the Abbott Government he managed to destroy the National Broadband Network leaving regional Australia struggling with third world Internet connections.
What will he do next as Prime Minister?