John Hewson criticises 'obvious inequity' of budget measures

John Hewson criticises 'obvious inequity' of budget measures | World news | NewsWire
John Hewson suggested alternative budget ideas he argued would achieve the desired changes in a more equitable way. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

The Abbott government has burned much of its political capital for little gain with budget measures characterised by “obvious inequity”, the former Liberal leader John Hewson has argued.

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Geoff Shaw’s fate to be decided in political showdown

Geoff Shaw’s fate to be decided in political showdown | World news | NewsWire
Geoff Shaw listens to question time in the legislative assembly of the Victorian parliament on Tuesday. Photograph: Julian Smith/AAP

Renegade MP Geoff Shaw will be at the centre of a showdown between the government and Labor on Wednesday afternoon, when the Victorian premier, Denis Napthine, moves to fine and suspend the defiant member for Frankston for abusing his parliamentary vehicle and fuel card.

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Retirees eye lower cost of living in Latin America

James Cardamone, 67, retired to Sierra Vista, Ariz., seven years ago but now wants to move to a country in Central or South America for a different lifestyle(Photo: .)Tarin Cardamone, 67, and her husband, James, 71, retired to Sierra Vista, Ariz., seven years ago, but now they want to move to a country in Central or South America for "a different lifestyle — something that's more exciting and adventurous than going to the local grocery store or taking a trip to T… Read More >

Migrants in Texas federal prisons subjected to shocking abuse, ACLU reports

Migrants in Texas federal prisons subjected to shocking abuse, ACLU reports | World news | NewsWire

With attention focused on other aspects of immigration reform, the federal government has quietly gone on a massive immigrant prison building spree. Since 1999, the Bureau of Prisons has contracted for the operation of 13 for-profit private prisons located mostly in isolated towns far from the prying eyes of activists, prisoner's families or attorneys. Five are located in Texas. Run by three private companies, these 13 "criminal alien requirement" prisons, as the BOP calls them, house one of America's fastest-growing prison populations: immigrants in federal custody, many convicted for the crime of illegally crossing the border. The 13 facilities collectively house more than 25,000 immigrant prisoners at a cost to US taxpayers estimated at $1bn a year.

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