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2 Page 2 Report Top 5 Federal Issues Iraq Issues Press Radio TV Internet Total Iraq 655 3,200 3,079 5,204 12,138 Deficit levy ,899 Clive Palmer ,404 Climate change ,358 Welfare reforms ,257 Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she does not expect Australian troops to return to Iraq to battle a jihadist insurgency which has seized control of a vast swathe of territory in the north of the country. Ms Bishop said while Australia was yet to receive any request for assistance from the Iraqi government, it stood ready to provide support to alleviate what she described as an humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of people have been killed and half a million people displaced by the offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which last week gained control of Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. The Department of Foreign Affairs urged Australians in Iraq to leave the country by commercial flights from Baghdad if it was safe to do so, warning its ability to provide consular assistance to any Australians who remained in Iraq would be limited. Ms Bishop was a member of the Howard government, which in 2003 committed Australian forces to the US-led invasion of Iraq that toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein. Asked on Sunday whether this had been a mistake in light of current events, Ms Bishop told Channel Ten: Well, I supported the liberation of Iraq at that time. I thought Saddam Hussein was one of the worst dictators on the planet at that time. And his removal was a good thing. Another supporter of the 2003 invasion, former British prime minister Tony Blair, hit out critics for linking those events to the current violence. In an article published on his website, Mr Blair blamed the violence on the sectarianism of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki's government, and the west's failure to act in Syria. It is a bizarre reading of the cauldron that is the Middle East today, to claim that but for the removal of Saddam, we would not have a crisis, he wrote. (Sydney Morning Herald, June 16) Iraq's ambassador has left open the door to asking for Australia's military help in beating back its bloody insurgency but has warned foreign troops may spark local resentment. Underscoring the delicate balancing act the West faces, ambassador Mouayed Saleh, warned that Baghdad could look to Iran for

3 Page 3 more help if the US and its allies did not step up when the time came. Mr Saleh put an optimistic face on Iraq's challenge in battling an alqaeda splinter group, which had seized swaths of the country's north, including the major city of Mosul, and said his government was not yet asking for help. Instead, Baghdad was still weighing up whether it could handle the insurgency on its own or needed help from the US and other nations, including Australia. But he hinted the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-maliki could ask for air strikes and was open to the possibility these could be backed up by Australian surveillance planes, P3 Orions. "When the time comes to ask for that, I'm sure we're going to ask for that and some other things that we will be needing... We can ask for that help certainly," he said when asked about the long-range patrol planes. It remained unclear what kind of assistance Australia might send. It was understood on Tuesday night that Canberra was still waiting on word from Washington as to what contribution was needed. Mr Saleh said Iraq accepted that 250 US troops would be sent to protect the US embassy but warned against further ground troops, saying they would anger locals. "That's why we are not asking for military forces to be on the ground," he said. "That probably will start some resentment from the Iraqi people and turn them against it. "They stay within the embassy complex I think it's OK but... if they were on the streets, on the ground, fighting along with the Iraqi military, that's what I mean." He denied reports that Iran had already sent troops, insisting Iraq was "an independent country" and would not stand for Tehran's meddling. The US and Iran were discussing co-operation, as both wanted to beat back the Sunni jihadists. But Washington was also eager not to let Tehran increase its already deep influence over the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. Mr Saleh said Iraq would welcome help from the US but would look elsewhere if needed. "I don't want to specifically put it in Tehran. There are some other countries that have expressed interest and willingness to help Iraq. If the US doesn't have it or can't provide it, then we will go somewhere else. Iran could be one of them," he said. Mr Saleh cautiously backed the idea of US air strikes and denied this could also cause local resentment, especially if civilians were killed. "Air strikes really are targeting specific spots," he said. "That's where we need... if we need it... we could use it because you need to protect... the safety of your people. "In air strikes you do the best you can... to make sure no civilians are going to get harmed." (Canberra Times, June 18) The odds of Australia making any military contribution in Iraq appear to have lengthened after the US reportedly insisted it would not intervene unless the current Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-maliki stepped down. The looming deadlock came as further worrying details emerged about young Australian jihadists drifting from Syria into Iraq as part of sophisticated and well-organised fighting units. And the federal government stepped up its calls on Australians still in Iraq to get out immediately, saying there were no current plans to evacuate them. A report in the British Independent newspaper

4 Page 4 said Washington had told Iraqi officials Mr al- Maliki must resign or the US would not offer military help in beating back the bloody insurgency by the al-qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Mr al-maliki's Shiite-led government is accused of oppressing Sunnis, stoking a simmering sectarian conflict that has come to a boil after the Sunni insurgents seized swaths of northern Iraq. Australia would only offer military help as part of a broader US-led effort. And with Mr al-maliki showing little sign of willingness to step down, intervention now looks less likely. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop could not be reached to comment on the British report. But in a sign that Australia was also hardening against military help without political change, she told the ABC that the current Iraqi government was "not a good one". "The problems between the Sunnis and Shiites are exacerbated by his manner of excluding them from the government We need to see a political solution because a military solution could be catastrophic," she said. A short statement from Defence Minister David Johnston on Thursday made no mention of plans for military help. Meanwhile, Muslim community figure Wissam Haddad told Fairfax Media he was in contact with two Sydney men in Iraq who had been taking orders from superiors within ISIL. He said he knew of several more Australian men who had crossed into Iraq from Syria to join the bloody uprising. "It's not a circus, they are taking orders, they have to ask for permission to do anything," said Mr Haddad, owner of the Al-Risalah Islamic centre in Bankstown. "Some Australians are freelancing but most have made their way into Iraq and joined ISIL." Ms Bishop said she had cancelled the passports of Australians whom intelligence officials believe travelled to Syria to fight with extremist groups. But Mr Haddad said the young fighters he knew had no desire to come home. "They're after two things - victory for Islam or martyrdom," he said. He expected many more young men, mostly dual Australian-Lebanese citizens, to leave Australia for the Iraqi battlefields as the prospect of a caliphate, or Islamic state, became real. Community leader Rebecca Kay said the Muslim community in western Sydney was tense and the government's hardline stance was creating a "vacuum" at risk of exploding. "People are very, very angry at Australia and America. They're angry that the government keeps telling them they're not allowed to go. If Australia gets involved it's going to be a disaster." (The Age, June 20) Deficit levy TWO Liberal MPs have defied their own party to slam a tax hike for Australians earning more than $180,000 a year that is set to become law. Liberal senators Ian Macdonald and Cory Bernardi, for different reasons, yesterday criticised the key Budget measure that will raise $3.1 billion over three years as Labor sided with the government ahead of a Senate vote. Senator Bernardi declared himself "unable to support" the temporary debt levy, which has already passed the lower house. He said it would result in some paying 49 cents in the dollar in tax: "The Australian people are not just economic slaves for government." "There are elements of the Budget and the plan that has been put forward that I have a principled disagreement with. And this new tax

5 Page 5 bill is one of those measures that I find myself unable to support." "We should be looking to lower taxes in this country." Despite his strong stance, he indicated he would not cross the floor, and was expected to abstain from the vote. That was in stark difference to Senator Macdonald, who signalled he would cross the floor, saying that the hike didn't go far enough. "Why do we tax individuals but not companies?" he said. "Why is the butcher and baker targeted and not Coles and Woolworths? I will oppose the bill not because I oppose - and I want to make this very clear - not because I oppose the tax on those earning $180,000 or more but because I don't think it goes far enough. "I think it should also be imposed on large companies who are earning more than $180,000." The temporary 2 per cent tax increase on those earning more than $180,000 per year will apply from July 1 this year and is due to cut out on June 30, (Daily Telegraph, June 17) Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces parliamentary dissent on a new front after two senior Liberal senators signalled they will not support the government's new deficit levy in the Senate. In an impassioned speech to the Senate on Monday, Senator Ian Macdonald said he would oppose the federal government's plan to introduce a 2 per cent tax on incomes of $180,000 or more, saying he did not think it went far enough. Senator Macdonald, who was demoted from the frontbench after the election, said he did not understand why the levy did not apply to companies as well as individuals. He later told Fairfax Media he would "probably" cross the floor, but would make up his mind after the debate was completed in the Senate. He was soon joined by fellow Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, who said he said he was "unable to support" the levy, arguing that the government should be "looking to lower taxes in this country". A spokeswoman for Senator Bernardi said he will abstain from voting rather than cross the floor. Both senators acknowledged that their votes would not impact on the outcome of the vote. With Labor planning to vote in support of the levy, it will easily pass the upper house when it goes to a final vote, which is expected on Tuesday. The debt levy dissent comes as Senator Macdonald said he may also cross the floor over Mr Abbott's "signature" paid parental leave scheme. He told the Senate he was seeking answers on how the proposal would affect voters in his state and stay-at-home mothers. Senator Macdonald has previously been included in a group of Coalition MPs unhappy with the paid parental leave scheme, that includes Nationals John Williams and Ron Boswell and Senator Bernardi. (Sydney Morning Herald, June 17) Opposition to the federal government's deficit tax by two of its own senators has signalled escalating difficulties for the Coalition in getting its budget bills through parliament. Debate on the $3.2 billion tax a temporary increase in the top tax rate from 45 per cent to 47 per cent from July 1 which the government says is needed to reduce the deficit it inherited from Labor - was due to resume in the Senate late on Monday night but only after two rebel Coalition senators indicated they would

6 Page 6 abstain from supporting or oppose the measure. The bill is the first major budget measure to go through the Parliament. Legislation on a range of contentious measures due to start on July 1 is yet to be introduced into the parliament. Government sources said a number of bills, including the proposal to reintroduce indexation on fuel excise and changes to family tax benefits, will be introduced on Wednesday, giving the Parliament just six days to consider them if they are to pass before July 1. A spokeswoman for Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews said there were unlikely to be any changes ahead of the family tax legislation being passed. With widespread hostility to the family tax benefits changes, it is possible the cuts will not get through Parliament at all or will be significantly delayed, reducing the projected $400 million savings from the measure. Non-government parties have either said they will block budget cuts or have not indicated their position pending seeing the legislation worth $30 billion, including fuel excise indexation, changes to Medicare rebates and levies and the end of the seniors supplement for Commonwealth Seniors Health Cardholders. Those measures start from July this year while the fuel excise would begin in August The deficit tax was one of the few measures that was expected to have an easy passage through the Parliament, as Labor had agreed to support it. But in an embarrassment for Prime Minister Tony Abbott that highlighted internal Liberal Party dissent over budget measures, Senators Cory Bernardi and Ian Macdonald indicated their objections to an increased tax impost Senator Bernardi said that the Senate debate had been the first opportunity he had received to voice his objections. (Australian Financial Review, June 17) Clive Palmer AFTER bringing his own luxury cars to federal parliament to show everyone should pay their own way, billionaire politician Clive Palmer is now attempting to portray a more common touch in Canberra by arriving in a Commonwealth car. Instead of arriving in style in his Rolls Royce, Bentley or Mercedes Benz SLS, the member for Fairfax yesterday said his switch to the Comcar by saying he didn't want his fellow MPs "to feel bad" as he arrived at the House of Representative doors for the start of another sitting week. It was a stark contrast to his grand entrance last month, when the mining mogul chose to bring down two of his 150 cars, explaining he thought "it was bad to always take a Comcar at the taxpayer's expense". "I thought I should pay my own way a little bit," he said on May 27 after stepping out of his Rolls-Royce. Yesterday it was back to a plain white Commonwealth car. Asked why he opted for the less flashy ride, Mr Palmer said that it was "so the other guys don't feel bad" presumably a reference to his fellow MPs. "I know that all of you people have a very dull life here in parliament because the politicians are not so good, they avoid the questions and they don't answer things," he told the media last month. (Daily Telegraph, June 17) Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien says Clive Palmer and the Greens are "economic troglodytes" for opposing a plan offering bonus payments to states that sell big assets such as the Port of Melbourne.

7 Page 7 In a move that could deprive Victoria of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding, both the Palmer United Party and the Greens are set to use their clout in the Senate to oppose a plan to pay states a 15 per cent bonus if they sell assets and reinvest the proceeds in new infrastructure. That means the deal - announced by federal Treasurer Joe Hockey in the May budget - is likely to depend on Labor's support. Labor infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese on Wednesday unveiled two amendments that could limit the availability of the 15 per cent bonus. The first amendment would give the Parliament power to disallow the bonus payment to states on a project-by-project basis. The second would require a cost/benefit analysis by Infrastructure Australia of a project before payment is approved. Mr Albanese said the fund was an attempt by the Abbott government to "con" Australians about its commitment to infrastructure spending. "The budget includes no new money for infrastructure," he said. While the government's plan was expected to pass the House late on Wednesday or early on Thursday, Labor could join the Greens to modify the bill when it comes to the Senate, expected next week. Mr O'Brien accused Labor of trying to "wreck" the scheme by attempting to negotiate veto rights over privatisation plans. Under the scheme, the port privatisation would net an extra $750 million from the Commonwealth, assuming the sale fetches $5 billion. "Now we see the economic troglodytes of the Greens and Clive Palmer apparently combining with Labor to try and wreck that 15 per cent incentive payment to the states," Mr O'Brien told ABC radio. The Greens and the Palmer United Party, who will hold a large share of the balance of power in the Senate after July 1, are opposed to privatisation of assets. On Wednesday, the Greens called on Labor to vote down the proposal in the Senate. Deputy leader Adam Bandt argued the bill would create a "toll-roads slush fund at the expense of investment in public transport". (The Age, June 19) TONY Abbott has stepped up the effort to win Senate approval for key budget measures amid doubts over spending cuts and tax hikes worth tens of billions of dollars. The Prime Minister will meet Clive Palmer next Thursday to negotiate on changes that range from budget savings to the repeal of the carbon tax. Mr Abbott declared his confidence yesterday in getting the "constructive co-operation" of the Senate, avoiding talk of using a doubledissolution election to break any deadlock on his agenda. But the government is yet to secure the numbers for controversial changes including a bill introduced yesterday to increase fuel excise and add $2.2bn to the budget bottom line over the next four years. Labor and the Greens combined to amend one of the budget bills to put limits on how the government's $5.9 billion Asset Recycling Fund can offer incentives to states that privatise their assets. In a modest victory, the government gained Senate approval to spend $525 million over the next four years on Mr Abbott's signature plan for a "green army" of thousands of people working on environmental projects. Bill Shorten challenged Mr Abbott to defend the government plan to lower the indexation rate for the age pension from September 2017, the key initiative in a political contest over

8 Page 8 whether there is a "cut" to pensions in the budget. The pension changes were introduced into parliament on Wednesday as part of a social services bill that could become law during the current term of government. Mr Shorten said that was a "hidden pension cut" as well as a broken promise given Mr Abbott said last month there would be "no changes to pensions without an election first". The Opposition Leader sought to censure Mr Abbott yesterday for breaking his election promises, but the government used its numbers in the lower house to avoid a debate on the budget. Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews argued, however, that the changes in the bill were still subject to the outcome of the next election, given that a change of government could see the changes reversed before they are due to take effect. In a sign of Mr Palmer's ability to play havoc with the government's agenda, he punched the air in the House of Representatives yesterday after a Coalition MP inadvertently voted against a government bill. Queensland MP Ken O'Dowd was busy talking to the Palmer United Party leader during a vote on the Asset Recycling Fund, which meant he ran out of time to sit with government MPs to support the bill. (The Australian, June 20) Climate change TONY Abbott has visited the energy capital of the US to insist he does not want the battle against climate change to limit the use of any type of fuel. Promoting his plan to scrap the carbon tax in front of an audience of energy executives in Houston, Texas, Mr Abbott said he wanted Australia to become a centre of cheap energy. And he won applause and laughter when he was later presented with a large Stetson cowboy hat. The PM, a western movie fan, cried out: "Yee ha!" "Affordable, reliable energy fuels enterprise and drives employment," Mr Abbott said. "It is the engine of economic development and wealth creation." He defended Australia's existing energy exports and said we have a long-term future exporting black coal, liquefied natural gas and uranium. "It is prudent to do what we reasonably can to reduce carbon emissions," he said. "But we don't believe in ostracising any particular fuel and we don't believe in harming economic growth." The speech came after Mr Abbott met US President Barack Obama and agreed to disagree on the best way to tackle climate change. Mr Obama wants a global carbon price while Mr Abbott wants to replace Australia's carbon tax with a $2.5 billion "direct action" plan that includes paying companies to cut emissions. Mr Abbott also said an Australian consulategeneral will be appointed to Houston. The city is home to more than 100 Australian companies, including BHP Billiton, Woodside and Macquarie Group. (Sunday Herald Sun, June 15) Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says Labor "won't shirk the task of having an emissions trading system," despite acknowledging the opposition will review its climate change policies before the 2016 election. Mr Shorten said on Monday "Labor fundamentally believes in the science of climate change. We do believe in an emissions trading system, we will work through our policies before the next election, but Labor

9 Page 9 won't shirk the task of having an emissions trading system because we believe in climate change." On Sunday, Labor environment spokesman Mark Butler said when legislation to repeal the former government's carbon package returned to Parliament in the next fortnight Labor would vote to abolish the carbon tax and for an emissions trading scheme. But he signalled it may dump an ETS as the central plank of party policy. If the Palmer United Party was going to support "the abolition of everything every model possible - either a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme model, replaced simply by direct action - and an increased petrol tax, then we'll obviously as an opposition have to take stock and over the next year or two build an alternative policy arrangement to take to the Australian people". Asked if that meant the policy might not be an ETS, Mr Butler said that the party would look at "all policy options". "We're very interested in what other countries are doing to deal with this. An emissions trading scheme is a very popular approach by other countries including countries in our region but it's not the only one. So we want to have a very broad-ranging discussion and not lock ourselves into what might have been policies in the past for the future." Possible policy approaches could include adopting a scheme similar to that proposed by President Barack Obama for the energy sector or possibly an emissions trading scheme just for the electricity sector. (Financial Review, June 19) Welfare reform LIBERAL MPs believe the Productivity Commission's report into childcare could stymie Tony Abbott's plans for paid parental leave, arguing rising childcare fees should be the top priority. The commission's draft report, to be released next month, is believed to be weighing expensive options to overhaul the current system of multiple childcare payments. The report is considering streamlining two complex rebates: the 50 per cent childcare rebate that is not means tested, and the separate childcare benefit payments to low and middle-income families. Asked if the childcare review would consider the paid parental leave scheme, the commission said the interaction of a range of government assistance would be examined. "It's open to the commission to look at anything that's relevant," said productivity commissioner Wendy Craik. Coalition MPs also claimed they were told by senior Liberals that the paid parental leave promises would be scaled back if they won the election. "The leadership team reassured backbenchers before the election that paid parental leave was something that would need to be reassessed after the election, pending a review," a Liberal MP said. (Sunday Herald Sun, June 15) Taxpayers have to work nearly 1½ weeks fulltime every year just to pay for subsidies and tax concessions for the fossil fuel, superannuation and private health insurance industries, the Greens party says. That figure is based on the same formula used by Treasurer Joe Hockey last week when he warned that taxpayers had to work more than four weeks every year "just to pay for the welfare of another Australian". Mr Hockey used his calculation to explain to the right-leaning Sydney Institute last week

10 10 why Australia's welfare system was unsustainable. "This year, the Australian government will spend on average over $6000 on welfare for every man, woman and child in the country," Mr Hockey said. "Given that only around 45 per cent of the population pays income tax, the average Australian taxpayer must pay more than twice this amount [more than $12,000 a year] in tax to refund welfare expenditure." But the Greens say Mr Hockey's calculation can work both ways. When taking into account the rebates on capital gains, private health insurance and super tax concessions, as well as fossil fuel subsidies and favourable tax for discretionary trusts, the "average worker" must work 1.34 weeks full time every year, they say, which amounts to nearly $2000. "The reality is that the 'average worker' works less than two days a year to fund unemployment benefits," deputy Greens leader Adam Bandt said. "The Greens aren't saying that all of these concessions and subsidies should be removed tomorrow, but just that there should be a factual and informed debate about who the 'end of the age of entitlement' is really hitting," he said. The latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey has found working-age people have become far less reliant on welfare payments since It shows that 23 per cent of those aged 18 to 64 received welfare payments every week in 2001, but by 2011 that number had fallen to 18.5 per cent. Following Mr Hockey's speech last week, Matt Cowgill, an ACTU economist, published a graph showing where taxpayers' money was actually spent in the welfare system. It has been replicated by Fairfax Media to match the government's assertion that the average taxpayer pays more than $12,000 a year to fund welfare. It shows each taxpayer will be asked to pay $3640 in to fund income support for seniors, while $1885 will go towards family tax benefits. Just $936 of taxpayers' money spent on the welfare system will go towards the sick and unemployed. (Sydney Morning Herald, June 17) Page PERSONALISED letters will be sent to quell the fears of age pensioners, who have been bombarding politicians with complaints about cuts to their payments. Senior ministers in the Abbott Government have told nervous Coalition MPs that a letter would be sent to all 2.4 million age pensioners to explain that changes in the May Budget would not leave them with less money. It is believed Labor's relentless attack on the Government's welfare reforms sparked Treasurer Joe Hockey to acknowledge the Coalition had to fight back. "Pensioners think their payments are going to be cut tomorrow because they will have to work until they are 70," one frustrated MP told The Courier-Mail. Human Services Minister Marise Payne accused Labor of misleading age pensioners but did not reveal whether a specific plan - which had been agreed to and costed - had been formed. "Each year, information regarding Budget measures is communicated to Centrelink recipients by the department to ensure correct information is provided through the department's website, phone lines, shopfronts,

11 11 Page letters and regular publications," Senator Payne said in a statement. "Age pension recipients will be properly informed that age pension payments will continue to increase twice each year; pensioners will be better off when the carbon tax is gone because bills will be lower and the Energy Supplement will stay; they will continue to receive the Pension Supplement; and eligibility for Pensioner Concession Cards remains unchanged." Highly placed sources have told The Courier- Mail that some MPs had complained to senior ministers they were being criticised by pensioners and that the Government was failing to hose down concerns. (Courier- Mail, June 18) ***

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