The Age from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 9, 1991 · Page 3
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Saturday, November 9, 1991
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SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER 1991 THE AGE 3 Keating forces Hawke9s hand on tax By MICHELLE Q RATTAN, chief political correspondent, Canberra The former Treasurer, Mr Keat-jng, yesterday Increased tbe pressure on the Prime Minister, Mr Hawke, to reject tbe states' tax-: sharing plan by declaring that it : represented a state income tax. Mr Keating said he did not think ,. the plan, presented to Mr Hawke yesterday, would be acceptable to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet or the caucus. Earlier, the New South Wales Premier, Mr Grelner, and the South Australian Premier, Mr Bannon, who met Mr Hawke on behalf of all premiers to give him the Joint proposal, said he had promised to consider It and had not given any definitive response. But he had warned the premiers that if it represented a state income tax, it was "not on". The tax-sharing issue has become a pawn in the leadership battle. Mr Keating's strong stand on the states' plan, and the caucus opposition to anything smacking of a state Income tax, make it nearly Impossible for Mr Hawke to do anything but reject It. If It is rejected in the next few days, state sources say there is a risk that tbe 21-22 November special premiers' conference may be aborted. Government sources said that Mr Hawke had alerted Mr Bannon and Mr Grelner that examination by the Commonwealth might lead to the conclusion that tbe proposal represented a state income tax. Features of the state plan are: A shared national personal Income tax system, but all tax collected by the Commonwealth. An Identifiable state component of the tax, which the states suggest be set at about six cents in the dollar for the first three years. After three years any proposed changes In the states' component rate, either Individually or collectively, would have to be agreed between the Commonwealth and the states through a Council of the Australian Federation, a new body proposed by the states to improve the workings of federalism. It is not clear whether the states are saying the Commonwealth would have a definite veto over any decision In future on the rate. The states modified their original proposal to insert the provision about the council's "agreement" to any change being needed. This was to make it look less like a state Income tax. The premiers have proposed that the scheme should start on 1 July 1993. Arguing that the proposal was a state tax, Mr Keating said: "A tax Is a tax Is a tax is a tax." He said that once the states bad their foot in the door on state Income tax, the next campaign would be to let them set whatever level they liked. This would finish up as six different tax systems around the country. Mr Grelner earlier said that Mr Keating's arguments against strengthening the slates' revenue base were nonsense. He said the states' proposal was what Mr Keating in the past had "consisently babbled about" a national budget. "We're trying to set up a basis for the federation in the next century," Mr Grelner said. Backbenchers said yesterdny that they wanted clarification about why a submission from the Treasurer, Mr Kerln, on the premiers' conference, due to be considered by Cabinet tomorrow, left the Income tax option open for consideration when the Prime Minister had ruled It out. Senator Crowley (SA) said she would ask Mr Hawke about this at caucus on Tuesday. Senator Schacht (SA) said he would be concerned if Cabinet endorsed the submission as it was, without taking note of Mr Hawke's and Mr Kerln's stated opposition in caucus this week to income tax and revenue-sharing proposals. PAGE 11: Editorial. In Brief I Mf: I) mmm itar ' And Dr Blewetf Non-union abattoir shuts down The first Victorian abattoir to be opened using nonunion contract labor has closed Indefinitely after less than two weeks. Tbe Famicorp abattoir, in Camperdown, had been closed for six months before its new owner reopened it using the contract labor hire firm, Troubleshooters Available. Members of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union have picketed the abattoir to protest against the use of non-union labor. The manager of Troubleshooters Available, Mr Peter Bosa, said yesterday that the 67 contract workers had been told the abattoir would close Indefinitely. Its chances of reopening were on a "knife edge". Mr Bosa said the condemning of 800 of the 2000 to 3000 sheep killed and the inability to find boners to bone the sheep carcasses had meant the abattoir could not continue to operate. Typhoon aid Australia will donate $250,000 to the Philippines Red Cross and agencies for emergency flood relief following the devastation caused by typhoons. The Minister for Overseas Development, Dr Blewett, said Australia would provide further relief after assessment by the Australian embassy in Manila. The Australian Red Cross Society is appealing for donations to help relief operations In the wake of typhoon Thelma. Cheques should be sent to GPO box 9949, Melbourne, 3001. Donations can also be sent to Community Aid Abroad's Philippines typhoon appeal, GPO box 9920, Melbourne, 3001. PAGE 7: More reports. 'Age' journalist wins award The Royal Australian Planning Institute's initial annual media award was won last night by John Stevens for contributions to the planning debate through 'The Age' column 'Marvellous Melbourne'. Mr Evan Walker and Mr Alan Hunt, former planning ministers with state Labor and Liberal governments, received honorary fellowships at the institute's annual dinner. Charges against Banks adjourned A magistrate yesterday adjourned charges against the Collingwood footballer Denis Banks. Mr Banks is charged with recklessly causing injury, theft and unlicensed driving. The charges, which were adjourned to 6 December, arise from an alleged attempt by Mr Banks and Darren Millane to hijack a bus in Spencer Street on 1 September. Charges against Millane, who died in a car crash last month, were withdrawn. Executive challenges board The chief executive of the Public Transport Corporation, Mr Ian Stoney, challenged tbe Public Service Board yesterday to publicly release his written response to matters put to him by the board. Mr Stoney is facing a disciplinary hearing by the board following controversy over an employment contract with a PTC employee. In a statement prepared by his solicitor, Mr Stoney said yesterday that he had responded to 63 pages of documents sent to him by the chairman of the board, Mr F. M. Honan. Keno and Tatt's 2 Keno: Winning numbers: 3, 4, 6, 27, 32, 38, 39, 44, 46, 50, 54, 56, 63, 64, 67, 70, 71, 72, 75 and 77. Tart's 2: Winning numbers: 88 and 87 for a division-one dividend of $1215. At last, a Jolimont project that's on line By LYN DUNLEVY A residential development of more thin SN units, with an average price of J2M.M0, will be built on the old Jolimont rallyards site. The Minister tor Major Projects, Mr Kennan, yesterday named Becton Corporation as the developer of the site on the corner of Bmnton Avenue and Wellington Parade South. The development will be called Eastslde. The head of the Becton construction group, Mr Max Beck, estimated that the project would create up to 590 Jobs over five years. The development should be supported, he said, because It provided a much-needed residential development In the inner city. Mr Kennan was confident yesterday that he could pull off what no other politician, architect, engineer or developer had succeeded In doing since 18(2 by overseeing the redevelopment of that perennial Melbourne eyesore, the Jolimont rallyards. "It has been the dream of governments and communities In Melbourne for what I've recently discovered Is in excess of years to have developments on the railway land at Jolimont,1' he said. Becton bought the site from the State Government for Just under - $ million and plans to develop It at a total cost of $8$ million. Work Is due to start In May or June next year. Stage one will be 30 to 40 units, varying between one and three bedrooms, expected to be on the market In early 1993 at an average price of $2(9,(99. More than 3(( low-rise units, garden apartments and townhouse. are expected to be built on the 4.3-hectare site In the next few years. The development includes plans for (.(hectares of open space, most of which will be created by clearing existing car parks along Wellington Parade South. A hotel development at the western end of the site and small-scale commercial development are also part of the plan. Mr Kennan said Becton had been chosen from a number of tenderers to develop the site because it had the financial backing and the development experience to carry out the work. This project would proceed because Becton had already put down a substantial deposit and had entered Into an agreement with the Government that incorporated a performance ' bond. Becton had an Impressive record of completing projects in Melbourne over the past 1( years well within the scheduled date. It was also pitched to a market where there was demand. Proposals to roof over the Jolimont yards were still "very, very long-term" and there were no present plans by the private sector to attempt such a project, Mr Kennan said. However, Mr Beck said his corporation would be Interested In such a project if there was a market for It The shadow minister for major projects, Mr Mark Blrrell, said the Opposition was bitterly disappointed that the Becton plan did not include a major carpark facility to serve the MCG and the National Tennis Centre. He said that tbe latest proposal fol-lowd a string of broken promises by the Government for the site and fell far short of the original vision for the land. Picture: JOHN LAMB r"i I ' sssi I h r i gmr- X,;m't . Keumvr - II I fi H "r J!?-U! ..J j i r"W - 'Mr : ? Z gj'-WHSl 11 swr-v. .' m- TOMORROW IN THE SUNDAY AGE THE NATTY PROFESSOR .... J 1 p toft 11 The site for a village: Mr Max Becte, head of the Becton construction group, stands where a residential development called Eastside will be built. Left, Becton Corporation's proposed redevelopment project. I think same of my colleagues get very nervous about standing up against Government ana some or them get very nervous about standing up against unions. Tney want to be liked ... and tney reel comfortable working in a framework under authority, some ot them. David Penlngton talk to Larry Schwartz. FATES AND FORTUNES OF THE FOXES "He is one of the kindest, most generous and caring people I know. Very family oriented. His children are the most important thing in his life. If you hurt his children you hurt him terribly. Paula Fox on nor hutband Lindsay. SELLING THE SOUL OF JIMMY BARNES "At points in Chisel I was just outrageous, you know. I used to drink a bottle of Scotch and a bottle of Drambuie on stage in an hour and-a-half. It's just not good for you. Not good for a performance. I'm sure." Jimmy Bmmet talk about hit ehanga of Imaga. SKIN DEEP "Many consumers accept skin advice from sales people who nave limited and subjective information, and whose onry training is in sales technique. A trip to the cosmetic counter of a large department store is a real eye and purse-opener." Darmatologlat Dr Poter Berger on eoametlct. Where to find all your travel bargains: a full report In the travel section (J Victoria v NSW: cricket's bitter rivalry. Tennis: the changing of the guard. Racing: Bart Cummings's right-hand man. Free color poster of the World Cup-winning Wallabies. r, 11 a S 1 II t 1 6 S' & DIRECT TO PUBLIC FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY The Australian distributors of this world-class furniture are taking orders at wholesale prices up to 50 cheaper than retail outlets with the finest in both traditional and the latest European designs. , CHESTERFIELD '''''''j?1''jtl Otnulr Ctwtarfttld rund-moM furly-tpning mpraductlon, wim full diamond back. moM by ctofnmtn iMIcoMd 10 psifKtlon. Comt and im Itw olMrtncf end rr MrgM ranae of comtoitoou Cnemitwoi in Meitmirm. Rangi include! 3. 3ii ond 4 uoMrt. club, wing and tub enow. Office wings, tubi and capram cnoin .. SANDERSON 0'isct from London ond m DM range in Mtltxwmi today ot 40 to SO tokw rmilprkwmowS2poilMnaridrTKOWttrTMMyourM OAINSVILLE If you'n atMr lomwiing spwlal In Malhn comt in now for tht mott exciting ronga in Austiolto today. Ovr 40 01 lh worloi but on display now. Products from Sconond, Osrmony, Holy, England. New Zealand and Australia. Slock alto incluM oanulnt mcycUd bottle tumltun, y . modtm ond traditional-dining ond mill unlit. '.' Hugs tongs of m most cornfortooki bed snnnln V all lobflcs trom $399. iHSPBCTAT: . , ! - : ULTIMATE STOCKS OF AUSTRALIA H lOA UinU CTOCCT IIADTUCnTE nan woo -; iubs a inure -o; rn -, sai s-o Phone 489-2400 or 489-2855 Tarn Troda order, bulldar ond C.O.D. dteountt ovotoMt Sit monm trmmtJM kry-byt ovouobu. Crowding, tension and assault: a disabled life By ROBYN DIXON, stata political reporter Intellectually disabled people in state care bave been illegally locked in wards, tied up and in some cases put In a cage, a report to the State Government has found. The report by community visitors said budget cuts at Janefield Training Centre had led to overcrowding and an increase In assaults on Intellectually disabled residents because of the tension of living In crowded conditions. It said one Janefield unit was "so grossly overcrowded that living conditions became totally unacceptable". The community visitors estimated the cuts had turned the clock back 10 years In terms of care at the centre. The cuts had led to disabled people regressing in skills because they received less Individual care and because of the continuing lack of programs for them. The community visitors' report said Injuries to residents at Janefield had Increased sharply: a 13-year-old boy was found with bruises and bites over his upper body; two female residents unable to protect themselves from Injury had to be moved; a blind resident suffered extensive bites to his arms, shoulders and face, and a dislocated shoulder, "There can be no grounds to excuse a situation where the safety and welfare of residents Is compromised," the report said. Community visitors are volunteers who act as watchdogs on state institutions and report to the Minister for Community Ser-. A 47-year-old woman with Down syndrome . . . had been tied up for 24 hours a day except for five minutes every hour. vices, Ms Setches. It Is believed that Ms Setches has received the report, which Is expected to be tabled in Parliament soon. Other findings of the report were: A 12-year-old boy in respite care at one group home had maggots Infesting his ear. Little action had been taken to help a resident of another group home who was in danger of losing an eye through self-mutilation. A mesh cage. Just over four metres square, was used to "restrain" autistic children at a special school in Mansfield. It was used about once a month. The sexual assault of a woman at Caloola Training Centre was considered by staff as undesirable but "Inevitable". A Janefield resident allegedly tried to rape another male resident twice in 30 minutes. It is believed that many of the complaints in the report have been dealt with. The cage has been demolished, and medical attention was given to the boy with maggots and the man damaging his eye. It Is understood the 12-year-old boy at the group home had the maggots before his arrival. One mildly disabled man who was moved from Pentridge to Janefield told staff he preferred the Jail because there were more activities such as computers and sport, and he did not bave to sleep in a dormitory. He set fire to an empty wooden building at Janefield, was moved back to Pentridge, and threatened to repeat the offence if he was ever returned to Janefield. "The conditions under which residents live in units are particularly degrading to their dignity through a combination of lack of privacy and personal space, overcrowding, lack of possessions both communal or personal lack of regular programs and activities, and lack of friends or advocates," the report said. It said any restraint on the freedom of intellectually disabled people was illegal. The case of a 47-year-old woman with Down syndrome, who had been tied up for 24 hours a day except for five minutes every hour, was referred to the Intellectual Disability Review Panel. The department said she was unsteady on her feet and tied up to keep her safe, but the panel found the action was illegal and recommended it stop. Some Janefield residents had lived up to 43 years at the Institution since they were babies. More than 200 complaints were raised In the report About 90 per cent have been dealt with or are close to resolution. ffi pt Financial Aecyntamt n Automotive Industry s New Position with Responsibility and Scope n $40,000 Lease Car Excellent Benefits Since Its formation, this joint venture company of two of the world's leading automotive companies has significantly consolidated Its market position and strengthened Its vehicle manufacturing and distribution operations In Australia. Reporting to the Accounting Manager and supervising up to 5 qualified staff, you will be Involved In the preparation of monthly corporate reports, annual budgets as well as controlling the payroll, receivables and payables functions. The Implementation of a new General Ledger system will be one of your Initial challenges. This position will be of definite appeal to a qualified accountant probably aged 30-35 years with at least S years financial accounting and supervisory experience, ideally In manufacturing or vehicle wholesaling. You will need maturity, flexibility, and the Interpersonal skills to relate at all levels. The capacity to work in a hands-on role Is essential. This Is seen as a long term position with future prospects. Please contact Brian O'Brien on 824 0I5S for a confidential discussion or. If you prefer, send a resume to Ballantyne Archer, 5th Floor, 627 Chapel Street, South Yarra, 3141. (Fax: 824 0619) Ref. No. 2021 3S. P BrarocB? Managers Leading Electrical Wholesaler ' Outstanding Management Opportunities These opportunities are for the best sales managers who can sell in a competitive market with an eye to profit, and who can manage a Branch and motivate their team with a "hands on" approach. Our client Is a market leader In Electrical Wholesaling and has a wide range of products and an excellent reputation. They are continuing the process of improving their position and consolidating as tt I market leader. You will be responsible for the full management of the Branch. Together with the sales team you will promote and sell industrial and commercial electrical equipment to customers Including specifying consultants, switchboard builders, OEM's and contractors. Accordingly you will be an experienced Electrical Industry professional. The remuneration package includes an attractive base salary, a fully maintained car and superannuation after a qualifying period. The positions are located In the Northern Suburbs. Please contact Colin Barton on 824 0I5S for a confidential discussion or, If you prefer, send a resume to Ballantyne Archer, 5th Floor, 627 Chapel Street, South Yarra, 3141. (Fax: 824 0619) Ref. No. 200939. Position Readvertlsed. Si Engineer Lifestyle Opportunity - Victorian Regional Centre Specialist International Group Excellent Career Opportunity This is an opportunity to join a major International group while at the same time enjoying the lifestyle of a major Victorian regional centre, close to and west of Melbourne. The company operates a modern, highly automated precision manufacturing facility, producing a range of non-consumer metal products. The company has a long-term commitment to manufacturing In Australia. You will have tertiary qualifications In mechanical or manufacturing engineering, followed by 5-10 years experience In a precision metal manufacturing environment This position will suit a person seeking a long-term career challenge and who Is prepared to relocate outside Melbourne. Please contact Colin Barton on (03) 824 0155 for a confidential discussion or. If you prefer, send a resume to Ballantyne Archer, 5th Floor, 627 Chapel Street, South Yarra, 3141. (Fax: 824 0619) Ref. No. 202230. ,Aruaift7ilW;i?.

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