Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott advised Britain on Monday to set a cap on skilled migration to avoid being “swamped” in a post-Brexit world. Speaking at an event hosted by think tank Policy Exchange, Abbott urged Britain to “get this done” as the 31 October deadline for Brexit draws closer and praised new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the “people’s champion.”The former leader, who lost his own seat at the last Australian federal election, is known for his tough stance on immigration. He addressed the global movement of people after he was asked about Australia’s points-based migration system. “The great thing about the points system is that it attempts to ensure that everyone coming as a permanent resident and prospective new citizen of our country is capable of making a contribution,” Abbott said. “The best way to ensure that that is the case is if you are coming to do a job from day one, pay taxes … [Read more...] about ‘Get This Done’: Former Aussie PM Tony Abbott Backs UK on Brexit
By Colin Packham and Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) - Sydney psychologist Nicola Gates is weeks away from doing something she has never done before – casting a vote for a candidate other than former conservative Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott. Armed with a cafe latte in one hand and election flyers in the other, the 46-year-old has taken the additional step of actively campaigning against the Liberal Party stalwart in the beach-side electorate Abbott has comfortably held since he entered federal politics a quarter of a century ago. "I've always voted for the Liberals but the party, encouraged by the likes of Abbott, has changed," said Gates, wearing a pink t-shirt with the words "Time's up Tony" at Balmoral Beach in Sydney's northern beaches. "We urgently need to address climate change and instead Abbott is pressing for Australia to dig more coal." Ahead of the May 18 election, a movement is building against the government's hard right edge, where coal is championed, … [Read more...] about “Time’s up Tony”: Australian conservatives targeted in May election
DIANE Abbott’s local Labour party was dragged into the anti-Semitism row after saying it is a “scandal” to describe the party as racist. The top Corbyn ally reportedly failed to intervene as Jewish members were in tears after the controversial motion was backed. It comes as other branches across the country mounted a bid to reinstate suspended MP Chris Williamson. The Derby MP was suspended for saying the party had been “too apologetic” about the racism crisis. But hard-left activists at several branches, including Sheffield and Kensington, have tabled or passed motions demanding he is reinstated. Disgusted Labour MP Stella Creasy blasted the Hackney North branch, tweeting: “What on earth is going on?” Patrick Moule, a Labour activist in Hackney, furiously branded the move a “disgrace”. He said: “Jewish members bravely spoke up and their lived experience was ignored and denied. I feel ashamed and bereft that my political home … [Read more...] about Diane Abbott’s Labour branch dragged into anti-Semitism row over racism claims
Property taxesAbbott praised GOP leaders in the House and Senate for introducing identical bills last week to limit property-tax increases. He said the current system "punishes families and businesses and prevents younger Texans from achieving their dream of homeownership.""We can no longer sit idly by while property owners are reduced to tenants of their own property with taxing authorities playing the role of landlord."Other topicsAbbott also mentioned working toward reducing crime by gangs and human traffickers, quicker testing of rape kits and enhanced readiness for disasters such as windstorms and flooding. He urged lawmakers to improve funding of mental-health treatments for military veterans. Democrats respondDemocrats praised Abbott's tone, even as they gigged him for not proposing to expand health insurance coverage for the working poor or reining in what they assert is a voter-roll purge aimed at minorities."It was certainly a very different speech than we heard two … [Read more...] about What are the five ’emergency items’ Gov. Abbott wants Texas lawmakers to tackle this year?
By John Shea Updated 11:42 am PST, Friday, December 14, 2018 Photo: SF Chronicle / John Shea Photo: SF Chronicle / John Shea Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Photo: SF Chronicle / John Shea A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty wins Tony Conigliaro Award 1 / 4 Back to Gallery A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty has won the Tony Conigliaro Award, which goes annually to a player who has “overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Tony C.” When Piscotty was dealt from St. Louis to Oakland last winter, it allowed him to be with his mother, Gretchen, who had been diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral … [Read more...] about A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty wins Tony Conigliaro Award