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Fight for what is right, and don’t let the bastards get you down in 2018!

Thank you again to all the Cairns people who supported me during 2017. Losing my job and more importantly, losing the seat of Cairns on the important issues we worked so hard for was a real blow. History is proving us correct,  with Government already coming up with changes I had previously moved to protect children from institutional abuse. The truth remains the truth and we will (unfortunately) also be proved correct on Cairns vulnerability to Climate Change.

Fighting corruption in government was also the right thing to do and I hope someone continues to expose it. Sunshine is the best antiseptic.

I don’t regret supporting ‘a woman’s right to choose’ despite the electoral cost. While on the rights of women, the ridiculous stalking charge on the Rockhampton man who visited me in Parliament was rightly thrown out. Again the damage had been done in the form of a false and defamatory flyer put out by the ALP.

Grubby tactic work unfortunately, though Sam Marino managed to outpoll me without getting in the gutter. Interestingly, Marino was ahead after Green and One Nation preferences Healy only snatching victory at the last minute, when my preferences were counted.

Hopefully people will realise the opportunities Cairns has in education, health, entertainment, communications, emerging technologies and tropical research. That is where our focus should be, but I have no faith in our economic leadership bodies or Council.

The haters will continue to troll me online, but when they do, remind them I put the people before the party, being fully aware of the political price that went with that. Oh, and ask them the last time an Independent in Cairns received more than 26.60 per cent of the three party preferred vote. I would really like to know the answer.

ALL THE BEST with whatever you do in 2018. Go well and may your God go with you!

Is Bitcoin Political? It’s the Currency Stupid!

Is Bitcoin Political? What will Bitcoin do to the establishment?

People have told me they were surprised I left the world of politics for cryptocurrency – the truth is I am fighting exactly the same battle and it is political. It is a battle against the political corporate elite, in support of a form of currency that will benefit ‘we the people’.

Is bitcoin political? Understand this is a battle against the control of the means of exchange by government, central banks and big financial corporations. It is a battle to take money out of the hands of the powerful and put it in the hands of everyday people.Is Bitcoin Political? What will Bitcoin do to the establishment?

The establishment want people to use fiat currency (eg. $AUD, $USA), because they control it. It perpetuates the wealth and privilege of central bankers,  financial corporations and those in power.

However, does this system serve we the people? I do not believe it does and I am genuinely surprised at people’s faith in fiat currency in general.

It is a knowledge of history and politics that makes me reluctant to trust fiat currency.

I remember well reading about the utterly disastrous effects of hyperinflation on German society in the early 1920’s. By September 1923, as the hyperinflation crisis neared its worst, Germans needed enormous amounts of paper money to buy even the most basic items. It was not uncommon to see shoppers hauling buckets, bags, even wheelbarrows full of banknotes. ‘

One Munich woman dragged a suitcase of banknotes to her local grocery store; she left it outside briefly, where someone stole the suitcase – after emptying the money onto the street. Children used worthless banknotes as toys; their mothers used them to light stoves and boilers, even as wallpaper. Many Germans abandoned money altogether and had no alternative to returning to bartering as a means of obtaining what they needed.

Is Bitcoin Political? It’s the Currency Stupid! Germany experiencing hyperinflation in the 1920s.

There have been many more failures of fiat currency than can be recounted here, most notably in South America and Africa. There is the often told tale of the Zimbabwe worker who needed a wheelbarrow to collect his salary. Asked if he was worried his money might be stolen he replied ‘no, as long as they do not steal my wheelbarrow”.

Greece is one of a number of modern European countries to experience a sovereign-debt crises. The social effects of the austerity measures imposed on the Greek population have been severe, as they have been on the country’s poor foreign immigrants, with some Greek citizens turning to NGOs for healthcare treatment and having to give up children for adoption.

The suicide rate in Greece used to be the lowest in Europe, but by March 2012 it had increased by 40%; Dimitris Christoulas, a 77-year-old pensioner, shot himself outside the Greek parliament in 2012 because the austerity measures had he said, “annihilated all traces for my survival”. Patients with chronic conditions attending treatment at state hospitals in Athens are told to bring their own prescription drugs.

Is Bitcoin Political? It’s the Currency Stupid!

For me it was the Global Financial Crises (GFC) that dissolved the remaining faith I had in our monetary system. The very bankers and financiers that created the crises through their rampant greed, were not thrown in to jail (as some suggested) but bailed out with taxpayer funds!

However, let us assume, despite everything, you have faith in Government, central bankers and Wall Street. If this is the case you are probably in a position of privileged, unlike billions of the worlds population who have no access to the banking system.  Often people  whose governments are unquestionably corrupt? Surely those people, including people without the identity papers or a credit record, through no fault of their own, have the right to a reliable currency? Bitcoin and cryptocurrency fills that need, and is surely a currency for the masses.

What will Bitcoin do to the establishment? It will take away their control and deliver a system of exchange that is global, open, border-less and egalitarian.

Is Bitcoin Political? The use of it sure is. After all, its the currency stupid!For an articulate and entertaining assessment of how populist right-wing governments engage in currency wars to the detriment of the people, check out this video by Andreas Antonopoulos. He also outlines the opportunity to opt out of nationalistic game playing  through bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

Open an Exchange Account and buy bitcoin now.

Open an Exchange Account and buy bitcoin now to get started.

You can expect debate on the sustainability of the massive increases in the value of Bitcoin to continue. Clearly the growth in cryptocurrencies more broadly is something that is sustainable and will continue well into the future. You need to Open an Exchange Account and buy bitcoin now.

My strong advice to everyone who has not yet done so is OPEN AN  ACCOUNT WITH AN EXCHANGE NOW! It will cost you nothing (other than time) and give you an understanding of how this central aspect of our new economy operates.

Some good cryptocurrency exchanges you can look at are:
CoinSpot: https://www.coinspot.com.au

CoinJar: https://www.coinjar.com

Coinbase: https://www.coinbase.com

CEX.IO: https://cex.io/

Once you find your feet, start investing with small amounts while you learn the ropes.

Follow the news and listen to credible commentators to inform your own decisions about what and when to buy. You can follow my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RobJPyne

While the risk is overstated, online wallets have been hacked, so you should spread you investment over two or three wallets. When you have built up some real capital online, you can back up your cryptocurrency and store it completely offline,  which is 100 per cent safe (just don’t lose your hard drive or thumb drive).

I hope you take my advice, open a wallet and start making money. I would love to see our city and country ahead of the curve on this, as early adopters of the wealth generating technology of the future.

Labor’s Royalty Holiday – another free ride for Adani

Rob Pyne, Independent Member for Cairns, today slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government for reportedly stitching up a secret royalty deal for billionaire mining magnate Gautam Adani.

“The Premier should hang her head in shame,” says Mr Pyne. “She was elected on a promise not to use taxpayer funds on Adani’s mega-mine and now they’re falling over themselves to fast-track this dodgy project. It’s a total outrage!”

 The shock media report of a “Royalty Holiday” would see Adani pay just $2 million a year in coal royalties once the $21 billion Carmichael project starts operating. This amounts to $320 million dollars in free coal.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of the controversial proposal to give the Indian billionaire, who notoriously relies on the Cayman Island tax haven, a billion dollars from the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).

Another gift of a public resource was handed to the billionaire by the Government with the new water law that gives Adani access to unlimited free water.

“The Queensland Government is bending over backwards to facilitate Adani’s Reef-destroying coal mine, and they’re using hardworking Queensland taxpayers’ money to do it” said Mr Pyne. “It’s an absolute disgrace. The resources under the ground belong to the people and they can only be dug up once. We’ve got make sure we get this right.”

Mr Pyne’s office has been swamped by calls from constituents demanding to know why Adani was receiving such special treatment from the Government.

“I will be asking some tough questions in Parliament on behalf of my constituents about what exactly this guy has over the Queensland government. The public deserves to know before Adani gets taxpayer-funded free rides to build his coal mine.”

Media enquiries: Rob Pyne MP Cairns

References: Palaszczuk’s 2015 promise http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2015/s4166092.htm

Rob Pyne

Cairns Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Rehabilitation Centre!

Cairns people are entitled to the same level of services as other Queenslanders, so it is a joy to have our first ever Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Rehabilitation Centre. Well done SYNAPSE on your efforts. We are closing the gap and overcoming the tyranny of distance at the same time. We are caring for our most vulnerable and creating jobs. This should always be the core business of government.

 

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net

Ministers of religion must report abuse says Pyne.

I have moved the Child Protection and Education Legislation (Reporting of Abuse) Amendment Bill 2017

This Bill follows the widespread and worldwide revelations of childhood sexual abuse by religious representatives over decades. It does not include the confessional as an exception from mandatory reporting.

This Bill is not a direct response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. After all, the issue of abuse of children by church run institutions is a well-known and worldwide fact. The tragic conveyor-belt of witnesses before the Royal Commission only proved to confirm what we all know about institutional abuse. It ruined 1000s of lives and hurt 1000s of vulnerable children.

I am sure we all felt shock and deep sorrow at the staggering statistics that were produced by the commission. One in 14 Catholic clergy were accused of abuse by 4,444 victims over six decades. A terrible abuse of power and a terrible failure of our society. In some individual orders, that rate increased to a staggering one in five. The report also stated that the Church was unwilling to investigate the reported abuse and also assisted in covering up the incidents after they were reported, with Senior Counsel Gail Furness noting to the Commission, that “Children were ignored or worse, punished. Allegations were not investigated. Priests were moved. The parishes or communities to which they were moved knew nothing of their past. Documents were not kept or they were destroyed.”

The worst order, the St John of God brothers, had 40% of religious brothers accused of abuse. The consequences of failing to achieve fundamental structural and cultural change would be dire, not only for the protection of children, but for the fate of the Catholic Church itself. The Christian Brothers, shows that, through its slow descent into irrelevance. Twenty-two per cent of its clergy were alleged perpetrators, the second highest rate of any religious order in the country. More than 1,000 survivors made a claim against the Christian Brothers. Victims were, on average, 11 years old when they were abused. I cannot imagine the horror of this experience for a child.

The Christian Brothers has paid out the most of any Catholic order to survivors, making 763 payments worth $48.5m, an average payment of about $64,000. Its brand is all but gone from Australia, replaced by Edmund Rice Education Australia, an organisation with the Christian Brothers’ founder as its namesake. Christian Brothers’ Oceania leader, Peter Clinch, said there were only 280 brothers left Australia-wide, most of whom were 75 or above. The youngest is 53. They no longer seek new candidates for the order. Well Mr. Speaker, I for one say that is an overwhelmingly good thing.

Royal Commission witness, Christopher Geraghty wrote in 2013 “…. the Church has for centuries presumed that it can police its own borders, that it is an independent empire, not answerable to any secular power. It has had its own language, its own administration and training programmes, its own schools and uni

ormer district court judge and ex-priest Chris Geraghty
ormer district court judge and ex-priest Chris Geraghty

versities, its own system of laws and regulations, its police force and lawyers, a developed list of penalties and its own courts and processes. A law unto itself—an organisation founded by God and answerable only to God.” Well Mr. Speaker, Such an attitude is no longer appropriate. In fact a majority of Australians find such an attitude thoroughly objectionable. It falls horribly short in protecting children.

 

It must be noted that Australia’s first saint, Mary McKillop took action against clergy abuse in 1871 and was excommunicated. One can only wonder how many children were abused by clergy in the 150 years that followed. Childhood is the one time in life that human beings are entitled to feel happy and carefree. It is vital we acknowledge the suffering of those who’ve had their lives ruined by childhood sexual assault that encouraged him to seek justice.

The Bill amends s13E of the Child Protection Act 1999 (Mandatory reporting by persons engaged in particular work) to insert a new category of persons, namely a minister of a religious denomination or society who performs work for, or has an association with, a school. Examples of a religious representative – include priest, pastor, bishop, rabbi, imam

 Regarding the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, in this Bill:

  • Section 5 Amends s364 (Definitions for pt 10) insert religious representative means a minister of a religious denomination or society.
  • Section 6 amends of s365 (Obligation to report sexual abuse of person under 18 years at State school) to impose a mandatory reporting requirement on a religious representative.
  • Section 7 amends s365A (Obligation to report likely sexual abuse of person under 18 years at State school) to impose a mandatory reporting requirement on a religious representative.
  • Section 8 amends s 366 (Obligation to report sexual abuse of person under 18 years at non-State school) to include religious representative.
  • Section 9 amends s 366A (Obligation to report likely sexual abuse of person under 18 years at non-State school) to include religious representative.

This place has also had members guilty of childhood sexual abuse. Prominent MPs at that and those who are aware details of the Heiner affair know all too well that those in highest positions within government have not been above destroying evidence of childhood sexual abuse. And in that case, as in many others, justice was never served.

We are dealing here with people who, in their customs, traditions and behaviour proclaim a great knowledge of morality and what is right. Well I have never accepted that. My attitude in the past to many of these leaders, like George Pell and others was simply one of a lack of respect. Now it is one of disgust. It is high time they had a higher burden placed on them regarding mandatory reporting and this Bill does just that. It is high time religious representatives are subjected to the same rule of law as many of the other groups who work with children in schools.

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net

New-look Collins Ave bridge Opened!

The $3.1 million Collins Avenue Bridge is finally open to traffic!

Member for Cairns Rob Pyne said the project was an essential link in the Cairns Airport connection and Captain Cook Highway.

“Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists will all benefit from this critical infrastructure project,” Mr. Pyne said.

The project contributed $1.5 million to the project through its Building our Regions critical infrastructure program, with Cairns Regional Council contributing the remaining $1.6 million.

Mr. Pyne said, “The bridge is now complete. Demolition of the existing bridge occurred in 2016. Construction of the pier and abutments commenced in September 2016 and all other works were completed this week.”

The footpaths, landscaping and lighting are all  completed now and the new bridge is open to traffic.

“Replacing this ageing bridge has improved flood mitigation, provide safer access for cyclists and pedestrians and also offers better driving conditions – particularly for heavy vehicles. This has been a critical upgrade to the Edge Hill, Captain Cook Highway and Cairns Airport connection,” Mr. Pyne said.

“The new bridge has improve safety for pedestrians, while continuing to provide an important link to a popular arts and leisure area for our city,” he said.

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net

Call for a Queensland State Insurance Office

Member for Cairns Rob Pyne has called on the Palaszczuk Government to establish a state owned insurance office as an affordable insurance alternative to ease the increasing financial burden of insurance for Cairns residents.

Queensland established the State Accident Insurance Office in 1919, to provide mandatory injury compensation insurance to workers in the state’s business sector. Soon after created a larger insurance body, the State Government Insurance Office (SGIO) which took over the State Accident Insurance Office. General insurance, third party and life products were added. SGIO later expanded into building society operations, superannuation, and finance.

The privatisation of the SGIO in the 1990’s has resulted in workers and consumers paying unaffordable high insurance premiums and was bad decision for Queensland (The business was fully privatised by 1997).

Revelations by Cairns insurance broker Roger Ward reveal that the both the LNP and the ALP have accepted massive political donations from the insurance industry.  The article (Cairns Post 6 March 17) listed more than $600 000.00 in donations made by major insurance companies.

Mr. Pyne said, “This is another big issue that begs the question – are the big parties working for the people or the corporations who pay them?”

One of the regular complaints in the Far North, from residents and businesses alike is the heavy burden of excessive insurance costs.

Mr. Pyne said, “I have had people in my office in tears about the cost of insurance. People in body corporate units feel particularly discriminated against.”

“This is a major election issue in the Far North. Should I be re-elected, I will table legislation establishing a Sate Insurance Office for Queensland. I will be campaigning on this and should I be re-elected I will have a mandate to act,” Mr. Pyne said,’

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net

Pyne calls on Council and Palaszczuk to support Cairns Men’s Shed

Member for Cairns Rob Pyne has condemned the Cairns Regional Council and the Palaszczuk Government for a failure to support Cairns Men’s Shed. Mr. Pyne said, “The Men’s Shed is Australia’s largest male based Community Development organisation and the Cairns Men’s Shed has strong community support. Cairns Men’s Shed should be supported by government by either an allocation of funding or a grant of land. Mr. Pyne asked the following question in Parliament:

Will the Health Minister advise what support the Palaszczuk Government is providing for Men’s Sheds, such as the Cairns Men’s Shed, in light of the important role they play in men’s health issues?

The call follows on the failure of Cairns Regional Council to find a building or land for the Men’s Shed group. Mr. Pyne said, “Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions and many do not take an interest in their own health and well-being. Most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means that they usually don’t ask for help. Many men are less healthy than women, drink more, take more risks and suffer more from isolation, loneliness and depression. Relationship breakdown, retrenchment or early retirement from a job, loss of children following divorce, physical or mental illness are just some of the problems that men may find difficult to deal with on their own.”Cairns Mens Shed

Mr. Pyne said he felt the Health Minister should be more supportive of Cairns Men’s Shed, “Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive, contributing to your community, connecting with friends and maintaining an active body and mind.” The Men’s Shed provides a great opportunity to talk with men about serious health issues. Mr. Pyne said, “It is a safe environment where men can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship.”

Members of Men’s Sheds come from all walks of life – the bond that unites them is that they are men with time on their hands and would like something meaningful to do with that time. Mr. Pyne said, “Our Men’s Shed is a great example of mateship and deserves support. Our local Council has not helped the Cairns Men’s Shed. It is time for our Council and the Palaszczuk Labor Government to step up and support this wonderful community organisation.”

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net

Cairns MP Rob Pyne supports medical cannabis for suffering constituents over big corporations

People suffering from illness, including the terminally ill, and their carers purchasing or growing medicinal cannabis should not be charged as criminals in Queensland.

Rob Pyne said ‘no one should be charged for seeking relief from pain. That’s why I voted in favour of the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016.’

The Bill however has a very specific regulatory framework that provides for conditional access to medicinal cannabis for GPs, pharmacists and specialists for prescriptive purposes.

Growing whole plants for personal medicinal use remains illegal. Cairns people like Debbi Cliff and ‘fearless father Adam Koessler’ (father of the late Rumer Rose) deserve laws to ease their pain and suffering and that of terminally ill family members. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/rumer-rose-once-given-cannabis-oil-by-her-father-dies-of-cancer-20160509-goq6v3.html

Rob Pyne said ‘dealing with serious illness is expensive and stressful for everyone involved.’

‘Why should we force people to spend money on pharmaceutical products if you can grow the whole plant organically in your backyard for medicinal use? Police have better things to do than to look over fences of the ill.’

‘I will support the Private Member’s Bill by Member for Buderim Steve Dickson that legislates for the access to organic whole plant medicinal cannabis for people who are seriously ill or their carers.’

Mr. Pyne said he was concerned the Government Bill passed last year (Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016) was overly bureaucratic and favoured to interests of drug companies. He said, We know the pharmaceutical companies donate to the major parties. Unlike the major parties I am not concerned with the interests of big pharmaceutical companies, I am concerned with the interests of ordinary Queenslanders who are suffering.”

‘I also support an Amnesty for anyone who has been charged for purchasing or accessing medicinal cannabis. I have previously stated my support for Steve Dickson MP on this and continue to do so,’ Rob Pyne said.

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net