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Scotland’s Independence Vote Shows a Global Crisis of the Elites – NYTimes.com————”’Power is not a right; it is a responsibility. The choice that the Scots are making on Thursday is about whether the men and women who rule Britain messed things up so badly that they would rather go it alone””


 

 

It is in continental Europe that the consequences of bungling by mainstream elites are perhaps the most damaging. The decades-long march toward a united continent, led by the parties of the center-right and center-left, created a Western Europe in which there was a single currency and monetary authority but without the political, fiscal and banking union that would make it possible for imbalances between those countries to work themselves out without the benefit of currency fluctuations. When it all came to a head from 2008 to 2012, national leaders were sufficiently alarmed by the risks of budget deficits that they responded by cutting spending and raising taxes.

Power is not a right; it is a responsibility. The choice that the Scots are making on Thursday is about whether the men and women who rule Britain messed things up so badly that they would rather go it alone. And so the results will ripple through world capitals from Athens to Washington: People don’t think the way things are going is good enough, and voters are getting angry enough to want to do something about it.

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Scotland’s Independence Vote Shows a Global Crisis of the Elites – NYTimes.com.


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AMAZING—–Should council do proper planning before commencing a project——–Sunbus drivers relieved the toilet wait in Lake St Cairns is now over | Business News | Business and Finance News | | Cairns Post——————–“We probably should have had things in place a little earlier and that’s often the case,” the mayor said. “Things don’t always happen the way they should and that’s not because somebody hasn’t thought about it but there can be mitigating reasons why this doesn’t happen.”


 

 

“We probably should have had things in place a little earlier and that’s often the case,” the mayor said.

“Things don’t always happen the way they should and that’s not because somebody hasn’t thought about it but there can be mitigating reasons why this doesn’t happen.”

The state government instructed council to construct the facility near the layover site on Florence St.

The external toilet block will also be used by Civic Theatre patrons.

 

Sunbus drivers relieved the toilet wait in Lake St Cairns is now over | Business News | Business and Finance News | | Cairns Post.


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Should the Federal Government stay out of Local Issues in Cairns ——Cassowaries and chaplains: how to avoid Canberra’s conservation overreach————–A strategic, well-resourced but hands-off approach is what we need from the Commonwealth level; creating the real capacity for devolved decision making at state, regional and local scales.


 

 

Instead, the Commonwealth should focus on setting and monitoring clear national standards for conservation at the local scale, but then stay well out of the business of making local and regional decisions. This means working with the States to ensure that state and local planning laws have the teeth to protect vulnerable and endangered species.

A strategic, well-resourced but hands-off approach is what we need from the Commonwealth level; creating the real capacity for devolved decision making at state, regional and local scales. If Canberra wants to protect cassowaries, or anything else for that matter, it should support the people with regional and local know-how to get on with their jobs. It should exercise the big stick only when systemic failure persists beyond reason.

 

Cassowaries and chaplains: how to avoid Canberra’s conservation overreach.


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Is the Federal Funding of TOBRUCK POOL REDEVELOPMENT LEGAL————-The Commonwealth does not have the Constitutional power (the legal authority, if you like) to make payments. State governments can, probably, but the High Court has decided – as it has done so many times in the past, so nothing new or novel in today’s judgment – that the Commonwealth can only do those things our forefathers and the States (then colonies) gave them the power to do. We are a Federation: the states / colonies came first and had the ability (via the British Crown) to do most things.


 

 

 

The wider implications of the Williams decision are huge,” he said.

“The legislation purports to support over 400 Commonwealth schemes listed by the executive — but the Court has confirmed that each of these must be able to be connected to a source of Commonwealth legislative power. For some that might be easy enough. But for many, like the chaplains program, it is apparent that the Commonwealth has been acting beyond its constitutional capacity.”

School chaplaincy program declared invalid by High Court | The Australian.

 

WilliamJUN 19, 2014

Before commenting people should take time to understand the judgment. It does not say that what the so called Chappies do is is wrong – indeed at para 47 the Justices write of the service “… strengthening values, providing pastoral care and enhancing engagement with the broader community. These are desirable ends. But seeking to achieve them in the course of the school day does not give the payments which are made the quality of being benefits to students”. And that’s the rub.

The Commonwealth does not have the Constitutional power (the legal authority, if you like) to make payments. State governments can, probably, but the High Court has decided – as it has done so many times in the past, so nothing new or novel in today’s judgment – that the Commonwealth can only do those things our forefathers and the States (then colonies) gave them the power to do. We are a Federation: the states / colonies came first and had the ability (via the British Crown) to do most things. The Commonwealth was created only 114 years a go with powers limited to what is in the Constitution. So: the ruling is not a judgment by the High Court on the worth, or otherwise, of the unfortunately named chaplaincy service as such but about the illegality of the Commonwealth’s current way of funding it.

Just as an employee or a union official can only make payments of a type that they have authority to make so can the Commonwealth only make payments where or in the form it holds the power to so do.

 


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Will the new $26 MILLION Cairns Aquatic Centre at TOOBRUCK have a ROOF—–Gold Coast’s $42m Aquatic Centre pool slammed by top swimmers and coaches for not having a roof | The Courier-Mail


 

 

It’s crazy with the sideway rain and it’s a little chilly out there but we’re all under the same conditions,” Phelps said.

“I think we’ve done a pretty decent job just not worrying about this and just going out and swimming.”

Swim coaches refused to publicly criticise the venue, but it’s understood they’re furious that so much money was spent by the Gold Coast City Council and Queensland Government to update the pool only to overlook the most obvious obstacle when hosting major competition.

Since the 2009 Rome world titles, swimming’s governing body FINA has shied away from using outdoor pools for major competitions.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the Coast had good weather “99 per cent of the year’’ and those complaining should “suck it up’’.

Fans brave the wet and windy conditions at the Pan Pacs. Crowds. Pic Mark Calleja

Fans brave the wet and windy conditions at the Pan Pacs. Crowds. Pic Mark Calleja

Cr Tate backed the State Government’s decision not to put a roof over the pool, saying it would have been too costly.

“The inclement weather we’ve had in the last three days — I’ve never seen it before in August I don’t think,’’ he said.

 

 

Gold Coast’s $42m Aquatic Centre pool slammed by top swimmers and coaches for not having a roof | The Courier-Mail.


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Cairns Leaders begging for money for SPORTS INFRASTRUCTURE in Cairns but Queens land Government spend $320 million in the SE QUEENSLAND—–Minister Stuckey said the $320 million investment in sport and community infrastructure in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games would provide long-term economic benefits for south east Queensland.


 

 

The first competition venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the new $41 million Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, has been delivered ahead of schedule and on budget.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey today inspected the redeveloped aquatic centre, built under a joint partnership between the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast.

“The Commonwealth Games will inject $2 billion into the Gold Coast economy and this spectacular new centre is just the beginning of a wave of investment,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Games are on track to create 30,000 full-time jobs and I’m delighted the first facility has been delivered on time and on budget. I congratulate everyone involved.”

Among the new facilities is a 50 metre competition pool, a refurbished 50 metre lane training pool and diving pool and a dry dive facility, making the Aquatic Centre a major drawcard for future elite competitions.

“The redevelopment of the aquatic centre has been delivered earlier than originally planned to enable the Pan Pacific Championships to be held here in August,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The centre is stunning and with a backdrop like the Broadwater it’s sure to attract many international swimming events into the future.”

 

 

 

 

Spectacular venue on time and on budget for 2018 Commonwealth Games | Gold Coast 2018.

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