Australian Politics 2018-02-13 16:00:00

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More Muslim morality

The garbage just 'wanted some attention'. Muslim ego at work again

In a disturbing incident a doctor was grabbed from behind and choked by a patient at a hospital in Perth.

Mohamed Arab was sentenced in court this week following the attack last November at the Royal Perth Hospital.

Arab was given a suspended prison sentence in the hearing before magistrates despite begging for the maximum sentence - a seven year prison term.

The 21-year-old, who has psychological problems according to his lawyer, was a regular visitor at the city hospital emergency room.

Shocking CCTV footage was played to the court showing the moment Arab grabbed the doctor from behind in an unprovoked attack and puts him in a strong chokehold.

His grip around the doctor's throat was so strong that it partially crushed the doctor's windpipe and affected the his voice, Perth Now reported.

The tape then goes on to show a host of doctors, nurses and security staff rush to free the doctor - who is now back at work - from Arab's clutches.

The court heard he later said he felt he was getting the treatment he needed but just 'wanted some attention'.

East Metropolitan Health Service chief executive Liz McLeod said: 'I was absolutely appalled, bewildered and distressed that we can have incidents like that in our hospital against our staff, who come to work to care for the sick and the vulnerable. 'It was beyond my comprehension,' she told Perth Now.

Arab was given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for 16 months and told to agree to medical treatment necessary for him.

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Peter Dutton says the ‘scourge’ of Islamic State terrorism in Australia is here to stay

A politician who acknowledges reality!

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says the 'scourge' of Islamic State will be with Australia for a long time, after another alleged terror attack in Melbourne.

Momena Shoma, 24, is accused of stabbing a 56-year-old man in the neck and shoulder at his Mill Park home while he was asleep with his five-year-old daughter on Friday.

'Last week there was a terrible incident that took place in Melbourne. Sadly it's not the first terrorist-related incident to take place in Melbourne,' Mr Dutton told parliament on Monday.  

'We need to recognise this scourge is with us, and with us for a long period of time.'

Mr Dutton praised Victoria's anti-terror police and ASIO for preventing more attacks: 'There's a lot of work that goes on around the clock that Australians aren't aware of.'

Shoma, the Bangladeshi national who allegedly attacked the 56-year-old father at his Callistemon Rise home in Mill Park on Friday afternoon has been charged with engaging in a terrorist act.

The victim was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he underwent surgery on Saturday for non-life threatening injuries. His man's five-year-old daughter was also present during the stabbing, but was thankfully not injured. 

Neighbours told Herald Sun the victim was a 'nice family man' and was a 'nice guy'.

Another neighbour said the man called them for help, where they found him lying in the garage in a pool of blood, saying the amount of blood was 'shocking'.

The woman was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital with a hand injury.

'She's only been in Australia for a week, they took her in because they felt sorry for her,' another neighbour said.  Police also allege the woman was 'inspired by the doctrines of ISIS'.

The victim was left in a stable condition after undergoing surgery. Shoma was remanded in custody to return to court on May 2.

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Labor considers company tax reform in big turnaround

Trump's big cut to company tax is of course the elephant that has suddenly turned up in the room

Labor would consider introducing company tax reform if it wins the next election - but only if it can get the budget back into surplus - in a sign it is changing its stance on the contentious issue.

Labor has spent the past year arguing big business did not deserve a cut and campaigning strongly against the Turnbull government's proposed tax cuts for all companies to 25 per cent, but Tuesday marked the first time the party said it would consider business tax reform.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said his focus remained returning the budget to balance in an effort to place Labor as sensible economic managers, traditionally a Coalition strong suit, as it prepares to move to an election footing.

"When the budget has returned to surplus then you can look at further tax reform of both personal and company tax, but you have to be able to afford it, you have to pay for it," Mr Bowen told ABC Radio.

Labor has previously flagged it would consider income tax cuts when the budget returns to surplus but maintained its staunch opposition to company tax cuts for businesses turning over up to $50 million a year.

"My objection to the company tax cut is that it is unaffordable in the current environment," said Mr Bowen, who said he had no philosophical opposition to affordable company tax cuts in his 2013 book Hearts and Minds.

Treasurer Scott Morrison's mid-year budget update showed the deficit had dropped to $33.2 billion, with a small budget surplus not pencilled in until 2020-21.

Under the Turnbull government's plan the cut from the current corporate tax rate of 30 per cent is designed to be phased in over 10-years, with the majority of cuts coming after 2021.

That means only firms turning over less than $100 million a year would have taxes cut to 27.5 per cent before the predicted surplus. The reduction to 25 per cent for all companies, including those with more than $1 billion in turnover would be introduced by 2027.

Mr Morrison has been out selling the government's proposed company tax cut in an effort to convince a sceptical public and a Senate that appears implacably opposed.

He has previously warned businesses would flee Australia while Australians were sitting on the beach after the company tax cuts were passed by the Trump administration in the US.

But the Coalition has also begun shifting its rhetoric on the unpopular tax cuts by seeking to appeal to the concerns of workers starved of wage rises.

"We know that it doesn’t make any sense that if you want businesses to be in a position to pay wages that are higher than today, you don’t insist on them paying higher taxes to the government," Mr Morrison said on Tuesday.

"The Labor Party is standing between a wage rise for workers and this plan."

It is understood the government is also looking at personal tax cuts worth between $500 to $1000 per year for middle income earners this year, but only if it does not risk the planned return to surplus.

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Australia takes the most refugees since start of humanitarian program

But the Left still want more

More than 24,000 humanitarian arrivals settled in past financial year, including special intake of Syrian and Iraqi refugees

Australia accepted more refugees to its shores last year than any year since it began a dedicated humanitarian migration program.

New statistics from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection – now part of the home affairs portfolio – revealed 24,162 humanitarian arrivals settled in Australia last financial year. That figure includes Australia’s annual humanitarian program, and refugees arriving as part of the special intake of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

The previous highest intake, according to figures from the parliamentary library, was under the government of Malcolm Fraser, when 22,545 refugees arrived in 1980-81.

The method by which humanitarian entrants to Australia are counted by government has changed over decades.

But figures show that, outside of a significant spike in the early 1980s, a steady trend upwards from the low tens of thousands each year. There were also spikes in the mid-1990s, and under the Gillard government in 2012.

But 2016-17 was the highest year on record. The intake of 24,162 was part of a far-larger and broader migration program. Last financial year, there were 225,941 permanent additions to the Australian population.

About 92,000 of those people were already in the country, and were moving from temporary visas, like student visas, to permanent visas;and 133,000 were new people arriving in to live.

Measuring historical migration flows is an imperfect science, as methods of arrivals and categorisations have changed over the years.

In the wake of the massive displacement caused by the second world war, there were sustained movements of millions of people across the globe.

Between 1947 and 1975, an estimated 297,000 refugees came to Australia, the majority of whom were assisted by the government.

The Refugees Convention which legally defines a refugee, was written 1951. Australia became a party to the treaty in 1954. In 1977 the Fraser government established a formal humanitarian stream to Australia’s migration program.

But the mass movement of people across the globe is now at record numbers. The UN refugee agency says there are 65.6 million people displaced around the world, internally in their own country and externally. Of those 22.5 million are refugees, outside their country of origin.

Some 84% of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing countries, the majority in nations adjacent to the places refugees have fled from. Turkey is hosting more than 2.7 million refugees, while Lebanon and Pakistan have more than one million living inside their borders.

Third-country resettlement, the type of which brings refugees to Australia, accounts for only a tiny fraction of the world’s refugee population. Fewer than 1% of the world’s refugees are resettled in any year.

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