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Abbott backs Brandis despite censure

Mar 07 2019 Published by under 苏州皮肤管理

Tony Abbott is resisting calls to sack his attorney-general after the Senate censured George Brandis over his treatment of the nation’s human rights chief.


Most non-government senators supported a Labor move to condemn Senator Brandis for failing to defend Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs from “malicious attacks” and seeking her resignation.

Labor immediately called on the prime minister to demand the Senator Brandis’ resignation, while the Australian Greens want him sacked.

Mr Abbott was having none of it, telling the lower house the attorney-general was right to express a loss of confidence in Prof Triggs over the timing of the commission’s inquiry into children held in immigration detention.

She was incapable of understanding it was “better to get people out of detention, than it was to put people into detention”, he said.

Mr Abbott also took aim at Labor’s “jeering, sneering and smearing” as he expressed an “abundance” of confidence in the judgment, competence and integrity of Senator Brandis.

Federal police are investigating whether Prof Triggs was offered an inducement to resign as commission president after she revealed an alternative position had been raised by the government.

Mr Abbott denies any offer was made even though Attorney-General’s Department secretary Chris Moraitis told a Senate estimates hearing last week a role had been discussed.

In question time on Monday, Labor in the Senate repeatedly quizzed Senator Brandis about his role in the matter.

“I have nothing to add,” he told the chamber.

Senator Brandis again offered Labor Senate leader Penny Wong a private briefing about the issue.

The censure motion also condemned the attorney-general for not fully owning up to his conduct before the estimates hearings, criticism he rejected as “entirely incorrect”.

Senator Wong said Labor was defending the commission’s right to present a report to parliament, while Senator Brandis wanted to defend the rights of bigots.

Labor won the support of the Greens, Palmer United Party and independent Jacqui Lambie for its censure.

Crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Bob Day sided with the government, while Ricky Muir, David Leyonhjelm and John Madigan were absent for the vote.

Senator Brandis insisted he had never personally attacked Prof Triggs, maintaining he had great respect for her as an international lawyer.

But Greens leader Christine Milne accused him of being complicit in an “unwarranted witch-hunt” led by Mr Abbott.

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England’s Lanka loss worse than Kiwi crushing – Atherton

Mar 07 2019 Published by under 苏州皮肤管理

Tim Southee claimed 7-33 and skipper Brendon McCullum blasted the fastest half-century in tournament history as the Kiwis shot out England for 123 and romped home in the 13th over in a ridiculously one-sided match in Wellington.


By comparison, Eoin Morgan and his team put up a better batting display against Sri Lanka, posting 309-6, even though it was not enough to avert a nine-wicket defeat.

“In some ways, this was a more damaging defeat than the one against New Zealand,” Atherton wrote in the Times newspaper.

“It was possible to park that match out of the mind: an aberration, a one-off calamity, and against one of the most fancied and confident teams in the tournament,” the former opener said of the earlier defeat.

“This was worse. It lasted longer and therefore England’s defects were plain to see, and against a team who most would have said are slightly past their best and unfancied.”

England, who registered their only win in four outings against lowly Scotland, can still progress to the quarter-finals of a tournament they have never won but the weaknesses are too glaring for Atherton.

“…(Paceman) James Anderson looks a shadow of his potent self, unable to swing the white Kookaburra as others have done. This looks, at the moment, like a one-day tournament too far for him,” he said.

“Not that Stuart Broad is any more incisive: between them in almost 60 overs they have taken just four wickets at 92 runs apiece. And this was supposed to be England’s strong suit.”

Morgan and his team face Bangladesh in their next Pool A match on March 9 and Atherton, who played 115 tests in the 1989-2001 period, advocated a top order re-jig.

“Alex Hales must be given a go at the top of the order alongside (Moeen) Ali, with Ian Bell moving to first drop,” he said, contrasting England’s match to the slugfest between New Zealand and Australia that took place in Auckland a day earlier.

“As England’s World Cup hopes hang by a thread, doing nothing is not an option. If Australia and New Zealand gave us a glimpse of the future this weekend, it is past failings that are staring England in the face again.”

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by John O’Brien)

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Yellow Submarine need special splash to sink Barca

Mar 07 2019 Published by under 苏州皮肤管理

Barca, the record winners, lead 3-1 from last month’s first leg at the Nou Camp, when their Brazil forward Neymar had a second-half penalty saved, and are closing on a 27th triumph in the competition.


They must be on their guard against one of the most entertaining teams in the top flight to secure a berth in May’s final against Athletic Bilbao or Espanyol who are level at 1-1 ahead of their second leg in Barcelona on Wednesday.

Luis Enrique’s expensively-assembled Barca were given a big scare by Villarreal at home in La Liga last month, twice falling behind before winning 3-2.

Villarreal spent a year in the second division in 2012-13 but have bounced back impressively under coach Marcelino and with a host of talented youngsters in the side have won praise for their attacking play.

As well as pushing Barca hard at the Nou Camp in La Liga, they fought back from a goal down to claim a point at Real Madrid on Sunday and inflicted a rare home defeat on champions Atletico Madrid in December.

Argentine forward Luciano Vietto scored the winner in that 1-0 win at the Calderon and is one of several talented youngsters under Marcelino’s command.

Russia midfielder Denis Cheryshev, on loan from Real, can score and create goals while the talents of Mexico forward Giovani dos Santos and his midfielder younger brother Jonathan, both products of the Barca academy, are undisputed.

Marcelino had warm praise for his players after Sunday’s game at the Bernabeu, singling out their professionalism and spirit of sacrifice.

“This draw tastes even better because it shows that with commitment and talent you can compete with any rival,” he told a news conference.

“We know the result from the first leg is against us and Barca’s enormous potential but we are not going to fail for a lack of effort,” added the 49-year-old who has had stints in charge at Sporting Gijon, Real Zaragoza and Sevilla.

(Editing by Tony Jimenez)

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Labor’s tax plan may hit growth: BCA

Mar 07 2019 Published by under 苏州皮肤管理

Big business is concerned that federal Labor’s plan to close multinational tax loopholes will slow economic growth.


In what shadow treasurer Chris Bowen described as an “opening salvo in the battle of ideas”, Labor’s first major policy announcement in opposition is to introduce a range of measures to stop billions of dollars of tax bleeding offshore.

“This announcement today sets a blueprint for Labor’s approach in office,” Mr Bowen told reporters in Canberra on Monday.

The tax package, that has been costed by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office, is worth $1.9 billion over four years in additional revenue.

It includes tightening of the so-called “thin capitalisation” rules which allow companies to offset profits against debt servicing costs in high tax jurisdictions such as Australia to reduce their taxable income.

“How much tax you pay shouldn’t depend upon how much you can afford to pay your tax lawyer and specialist accountants,” Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said at the official policy launch.

“Why should James Hardie get a tax advantage over James the plumber?”

But Prime Minister Tony Abbott reminded parliament of Labor’s record on tax in government.

“There were some 100 measures that had been proposed but not implemented,” Mr Abbott said in question time.

The Business Council of Australia, which represents the nation’s top 100 bosses, says the proposed changes have the potential to slow economic growth and further diminish Australia’s competitiveness.

The council’s chief Jennifer Westacott says changes to thin capitalisation laws risk undermining major capital and infrastructure projects while deterring investment.

“This would comes at a time when, more than ever, Australia needs investment to drive jobs growth and economic resilience,” Ms Westacott said in a statement.

Mr Shorten defended the policy, saying it was important for all Australians to pay their fair share of tax.

“There are a few large multinationals who have got the most expensive tax lawyers in the world,” he told reporters at the Australian Workers’ Union conference on the Gold Coast.

“But why should James Hardie have a tax advantage that’s not available to James the plumber?”

He said the Abbott government was adept at creating policies that hurt students and workers, but lacked the same imagination when it came to ensuring large corporations were “playing by the rules”.

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