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Turnbull wants explanation from those who chose to ‘blow up the Government’

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has named nine key figures responsible for his downfall and challenged them to explain why they “blew up the Government”.

Key points:

Mr Turnbull named nine figures he believes were key to his ousting
Former PM denounced the culture of Federal Parliament as “very, very blokey”
He held up economic growth, lower taxes and legalising same-sex marriage as some of his greatest achievements in office

During a one-hour appearance on the ABC's Q&A program, a calm-but-defiant Mr Turnbull told the audience he still could not explain why he was rolled as prime minister, and claimed he did not see it coming.

“I think those people who are responsible for taking a successful, competitive government and literally blowing it up need to have an explanation,” he said.

“The reality is, people have got to be adults and be accountable.”

For the first time, Mr Turnbull named nine key figures in the insurgency — Peter Dutton, who led the challenge, and backer..

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has named nine key figures responsible for his downfall and challenged them to explain why they "blew up the Government".

Key points:

  • Mr Turnbull named nine figures he believes were key to his ousting
  • Former PM denounced the culture of Federal Parliament as "very, very blokey"
  • He held up economic growth, lower taxes and legalising same-sex marriage as some of his greatest achievements in office

During a one-hour appearance on the ABC's Q&A program, a calm-but-defiant Mr Turnbull told the audience he still could not explain why he was rolled as prime minister, and claimed he did not see it coming.

"I think those people who are responsible for taking a successful, competitive government and literally blowing it up need to have an explanation," he said.

"The reality is, people have got to be adults and be accountable."

For the first time, Mr Turnbull named nine key figures in the insurgency — Peter Dutton, who led the challenge, and backers Tony Abbott, Greg Hunt, Mathias Cormann, Mitch Fifield, Steve Ciobo, Michaelia Cash, Michael Keenan and Angus Taylor.

"It never occurred to me that those people would act in a way that was going to be so damaging both to the Government, to the party and, frankly, to the nation," he said.

"It was so obvious that the coup, the insurgency, was going to be destructive.

Scott Morrison is 'tactile and 'friendly'

"It was so obvious that there was not going to be any upside to it — and of course that's what's turned out."

Mr Turnbull warned the Liberals they were losing the moderate vote, and took aim at some conservatives intent on seizing control of the party.

"What you've seen increasingly from the right, even if they're not in the majority, they'll say 'if you don't give us what we want, we'll blow the show up'," he said.

"That is intimidating and that is bullying, and that was at the heart of the coup back in August.

"That is a real threat to the Liberal Party."

Scott Morrison points to Malcolm Turnbull

The former prime minister also confirmed the ABC's report about the discussions he had with media moguls Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes in the days leading up to the leadership spill, including that Mr Murdoch had told Mr Stokes that "Malcolm has got to go".

The wide-ranging discussion touched on issues including the culture of Federal Parliament — which Mr Turnbull described as "very, very blokey" — and criticism that he effectively vacated the field during the recent Wentworth by-election.

Mr Turnbull's resignation prompted the by-election but he did not publicly campaign for the Liberal candidate Dave Sharma, who lost the seat to independent Kerryn Phelps.

But Mr Turnbull attributed the Liberals' loss in Wentworth to the Coalition having a "messy week" leading up to the poll — a week in which Mr Morrison ordered a review into the possible relocation of Australia's embassy in Israel and which saw Coalition senators voting for a racist, One Nation motion.

"I believe the by-election was lost in the last week," he said.

When asked by host Tony Jones if the Morrison Government "killed itself off in Wentworth", Mr Turnbull responded: "You may very well say that, but I couldn't possibly comment".

Malcolm Turnbull addresses the audience on Q and A

While acknowledging his term as prime minister had ended prematurely, Mr Turnbull was keen to emphasise that he was not bitter and would not pose a threat to his successor, Mr Morrison.

He also revealed he would be re-entering the business world where he spent much of his career before becoming the member for Wentworth.

"I'm not miserable or bitter or resentful at all," he said.

"I'm joyful that I had the opportunity to take on that role and do as much as I did in the time that I had."

Challenging a viewer's assertion that he'd been ineffectual as Prime Minister and "blew it", Mr Turnbull defended his legacy.

He nominated jobs and economic growth, lower taxes, an overhaul of schools funding and legalising same-sex marriage as among his greatest achievements.

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Bitcoin overtakes iTunes vouchers as most common payment demanded by tax scammers

Australians have reported more than 28,000 'scam' attempts to the Australian Tax Office (ATO), since July 1, and paid almost $1 million to scammers, the ATO says.

The agency said payments through Bitcoin ATMs had overtaken iTunes vouchers as the most common method of scam payment reported to the ATO.

A Bitcoin ATM is a method of transferring cash into and out of the cryptocurrency.

“November is a prime time for scammers as they know lots of people have tax bills to pay,” Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said in a statement.

She said scammers were becoming more sophisticated and exploiting vulnerable people, often using aggressive tactics to swindle people out of their money or personal information. They were known to impersonate tax agents too.

“Be wary if someone contacts you demanding payment of a tax debt you didn't know you owed,” Ms Anderson said.

“Your identifying information like tax file numbers, bank account numbers or your date of birth are the keys t..

Australians have reported more than 28,000 'scam' attempts to the Australian Tax Office (ATO), since July 1, and paid almost $1 million to scammers, the ATO says.

The agency said payments through Bitcoin ATMs had overtaken iTunes vouchers as the most common method of scam payment reported to the ATO.

A Bitcoin ATM is a method of transferring cash into and out of the cryptocurrency.

"November is a prime time for scammers as they know lots of people have tax bills to pay," Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said in a statement.

She said scammers were becoming more sophisticated and exploiting vulnerable people, often using aggressive tactics to swindle people out of their money or personal information. They were known to impersonate tax agents too.

"Be wary if someone contacts you demanding payment of a tax debt you didn't know you owed," Ms Anderson said.

"Your identifying information like tax file numbers, bank account numbers or your date of birth are the keys to your identity, and can be used by scammers to break into your life if they are compromised," she added.

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The ATO would never ask a taxpayer to make a payment into an ATM or via gift or pre-paid cards such as iTunes and Visa cards, or direct credit to be paid to a personal bank account, Ms Anderson said.

But since July 1, the ATO had seen almost 6,000 taxpayers give away their personal or financial information to scammers through things like phishing scams.

"If you have any doubts about the legitimacy of a call, hang up and call us on 1800 008 540," Ms Anderson said.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has also reported more scams by people impersonating well-known businesses and the police.

In August, the ACCC said its Scamwatch website had recorded a significant spike in remote-access scams, with more than 8,000 reports recorded in 2018 (to August) and losses totalling $4.4 million.

Australian Taxation Office assistant commissioner Kath Anderson on the phone

The ACCCs Targeting Scams report said more than 200,000 scam reports were submitted to the ACCC, Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) and other federal and state-based government agencies in 2017.

Australians lost $340 million – a $40 million increase compared to 2016, and more than in any other year since the ACCC began reporting on scam activity, it said.

ATOs tips to spot a scammer:

  • Scammers are often aggressive or abusive
  • They will often threaten you with immediate arrest
  • They request payment via unusual methods such as iTunes gift cards or other prepaid cards
  • They request personal security information such as your tax file number or bank details via email or SMS or social media sites
  • They ask for money in order to process a refund or other payment

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Get your childs immunisation history or else face risk of exclusion: health authority

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is encouraging parents and carers to download their childs immunisation history statement before the start of primary and secondary schools in 2019.

A WNSWLHD spokesperson said principals of primary and secondary schools must request an immunisation history statement when children enroll.

“If children do not have an immunisation certificate on file, or whose certificate shows they are incompletely vaccinated, they may be excluded from school in the event of a serious vaccine preventable disease outbreak, for example, measles,” the spokesperson said.

However, parents are not required to show the certificate if their children are transferring straight from a public primary to a public secondary school.

“The immunisation history will transfer with their other records, so parents do not need to show the certificate again,” the spokesperson said.

Parents of other students are encouraged to download their childs statement from the Australian I..

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is encouraging parents and carers to download their childs immunisation history statement before the start of primary and secondary schools in 2019.

A WNSWLHD spokesperson said principals of primary and secondary schools must request an immunisation history statement when children enroll.

“If children do not have an immunisation certificate on file, or whose certificate shows they are incompletely vaccinated, they may be excluded from school in the event of a serious vaccine preventable disease outbreak, for example, measles,” the spokesperson said.

However, parents are not required to show the certificate if their children are transferring straight from a public primary to a public secondary school.

“The immunisation history will transfer with their other records, so parents do not need to show the certificate again,” the spokesperson said.

Parents of other students are encouraged to download their childs statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

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WNSWLHD provides health services in most of the Central West cities, including the Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo local government areas.

NSW Health director of communicable diseases, Vicky Sheppeard, said the new requirements are crucial in stopping the spread of diseases.

“It's important for schools to have an immunisation history statement for each enrolled student to help manage disease outbreaks,” Ms Sheppeard said.

The immunisation history statement includes all vaccines given to the child and reported by the provider to the AIR.

All children registered with Medicare can obtain their immunisation history statements, including those who have had no vaccines, or those who have medical exemptions to certain vaccines.

Parents and carers can obtain their childs immunisation history statement by:

• using their Medicare online account through myGov

• using the Medicare Express Plus App

• calling the AIR General Enquiries Line on 1800 653 809.

NSW Health said it has achieved its highest vaccination rates through the immunisation programs.

It will spend a record $22.75 million on state-wide immunisation programs in 2018-19.

This story Get your childs immunisation history or else face risk of exclusion: health authority first appeared on Western Advocate.

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West Busselton public house left trashed

West Busselton public house left trashed
A public housing home in West Busselton was left trashed after tenants vacated the property several weeks ago leaving the home in disarray.

An old mattress, doors, junk, and rubbish littered the property with items sprawled across the front lawn and backyard, including a destroyed bicycle which had been hung from a tree out the front of the home.

Neighbour Steve Sewell said it was unacceptable the tenants were allowed to live in the home in such an unkept state and it was frustrating the Department of Communities did not conduct more regular inspections.

“It is a typical case of the department not doing their job, it is the only house which has not been looked after in the whole street, as you can see,” he said.

Mr Sewell said several complaints had been made to the department against the tenants including the number of people who lived at the home.

“If they were having regular house inspections, which we pay for, it would not be the way i..

West Busselton public house left trashed

A public housing home in West Busselton was left trashed after tenants vacated the property several weeks ago leaving the home in disarray.

An old mattress, doors, junk, and rubbish littered the property with items sprawled across the front lawn and backyard, including a destroyed bicycle which had been hung from a tree out the front of the home.

Neighbour Steve Sewell said it was unacceptable the tenants were allowed to live in the home in such an unkept state and it was frustrating the Department of Communities did not conduct more regular inspections.

“It is a typical case of the department not doing their job, it is the only house which has not been looked after in the whole street, as you can see,” he said.

Mr Sewell said several complaints had been made to the department against the tenants including the number of people who lived at the home.

“If they were having regular house inspections, which we pay for, it would not be the way it is today.”

In a letter, obtained by the Mail, from the Minister for Housings office about the property it stated that the department expected public housing tenants to maintain properties to a standard consistent with the community.

The letter, dated July 13, stated routine inspections were conducted at the property from 2016 to 2018 and the department found the property to be neat, tidy and undamaged with no cause for concern.

“The department does not consider that the property would require significant maintenance work that is beyond general wear and tear should it become vacant in the future,” the letter stated.

Department of Communities acting assistant director general regional and remove service delivery Brad Jolly said inspections for public housing were conducted annually or more frequently if a problem was identified.

“Where a tenant vacates a property, inspections are conducted shortly after and any cleaning and maintenance works will generally be completed within 28 days,” he said.

“The department does not condone tenants damaging properties. Where damage can be attributed to the actions of tenants, they are billed for repairs and carry that liability even after they vacate a property.”

Mr Jolly said terminating was a last resort and was decided by a Magistrate.

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