Monthly Archives: February 2019

Kane Constructions claims its sites were targeted by CFMEU officials

Another major builder claims it was targeted by the militant construction union and its senior officials, who allegedly incited unlawful strikes and temporarily shut down key projects across Melbourne and Geelong.
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Kane Constructions says 100 workers in both cities walked off the job after the union converged on eight sites – including multimillion-dollar hospitals and council developments – over two days in 2014.

The walk-outs were allegedly in retaliation to the company calling in police to arrest union organiser Mick Powell for trespassing – a charge that was later withdrawn.

Kane is the latest employer in the building industry to allege an illegal campaign orchestrated by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

The allegations come as the federal government focuses heavily on the CFMEU’s alleged lawlessness to press for the need to resurrect the hardline Australian Building and Construction Commission.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has threatened a rare double-dissolution election if the Senate does not agree to bring back the controversial Howard-era regulator.

The CFMEU is strongly opposed to the ABCC’s reinstatement and, on Tuesday, claimed Mr Turnbull’s “politically motivated” attack on unions had backfired, after a Newspoll showed the Coalition has fallen behind Labor, 51-49.

“Attacking workers’ rights and unions hasn’t worked for Malcolm Turnbull because it’s about self-interest, not what’s best for Australia, for working people and their families,” national secretary Michael O’Connor said.

In new legal proceedings, the existing construction watchdog – Fair Work Building and Construction – outlines the alleged details of the CFMEU’s “co-ordinated industrial campaign” against Kane Constructions.

Federal Court documents claim Kane managers told the watchdog that CFMEU officials organised simultaneous visits across Kane sites on April 2, hours after Mr Powell was arrested for failing to show a right-of-entry permit at the gates to a construction project in Ringwood.

Ten union officials are accused of a range of industrial law violations, including unlawful industrial action, entering work sites without right-of-entry permits and failing to provide 24 hours’ notice.

Responding to the allegations, union state secretary John Setka condemned the “ludicrously political” nature of the Fair Work Building and Construction agency, whose prosecutions should be an “embarrassment for the government”.

“CFMEU safety officers and organisers spend their days preventing, or worse, rectifying appalling safety breaches,” he said. “FWBC however, remains fixated on chasing paperwork and filling the swear jar.”

FWBC director Nigel Hadgkiss​ said the rule of law must be obeyed in all workplaces.

“In this case, it is alleged that a contractor has been deliberately victimised for simply trying to ensure that the law is followed on its sites,” he said.

“This lack of respect and disregard for our nation’s workplace laws is completely unacceptable.”

Among the Kane sites allegedly affected were Richmond’s Epworth Hospital, the Geelong Hospital, Sandringham’s Mercy Hospital, and the St John of God Hospital in Geelong, an aged care facility in Templestowe, a library, an aquatic centre, an office building and an apartment tower.

In one instance detailed in the court documents, Kane’s site manager is said to have stopped union organiser Bill Beattie at the gates of the Emporia apartment complex in Prahran on May 22 to ask the reason for his visit.

“I’m not f—–g giving you any reasons for anything today,” Beattie is alleged to have said. “You f—-g do what you’ve got to do, I’m having a meeting with the boys.”

At a BUPA aged care construction site in Templestowe, where up to 30 workers attended a meeting and walked off the job, the site occupier allegedly told CFMEU officer Lee McKenzie, “What you have done is Illegal, l am going to have to report you”.

Mr McKenzie allegedly responded: “I know it is illegal but I had to do it.”

The case follows other allegations that the CFMEU organised an industry-wide boycott of concrete giant Boral that locked the company out of most central Melbourne work sites after it refused to cede to union demands. The union’s two top Victorian branch officials are currently facing court on charges of blackmailing Boral.

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New lead in Heddon Greta Hotel armed robbery investigation

FRIGHTENING: Heddon Greta Hotel manager Daniel Flanagan.On Mother’s Day last year a masked bandit held-up theHeddon Greta Hotel while40 people sat enjoying dinner in the adjacent restaurant.
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Almost one year on, police believe they have a strong lead in the case and have called for public assistance.

The armed robbery occurred on Sunday May 10, 2015.Hotel manager Daniel Flanaganwas going about his nightly duties when a man wearing a white bandanna across his face and gardening gloves approached him. Hepulled out a sawed-off shotgun and demanded cash.

It was 8pm and there were about 40 people in the hotel’s dining room in the middle of their dinner. The offender fled with a small amount of cash and left MrFlanagan shocked at the brazen hold-up.

Witnesses saw a man get into a vehicle that was parked on Young Street, near the intersection of Trenchard Street.The vehicle was last seen heading north toward Cliftleigh.

The offender wasdescribed as being of Caucasian appearance, in his early 20s, skinny build, about 178 centimetres tall and dark eyes.He was last seen wearing a dark, hooded jumper and long, dark pants.

Police have renewed the call for information about the robbery afternew information came to light.

The call also follows the arrest of a Gillieston Heights man onSunday April 3, 2016. Central Hunter police attended the home of a man on an unrelated matter, he was arrested and taken to Maitland Police Station where he was questioned over the 2015 robbery.

The Gillieston Heights man was released pending further enquiries.Central Hunter acting crime manager Acting Detective InspectorMitch Dubojskisaid investigators were extremely confident of a result on the investigation but needed the community’s help to provide further information.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Central Hunter detectives on 49340280 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Gender plays no part in a strong flair for the dramatic

Think women are more dramatic than men? A US study has found gender plays no role in whether or not a person has a need for drama in their life, although some people definitely do need more drama than others.
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In a paper published inPersonality and Individual Differences, researchers from the University of Texas have determined that men and women are equally likely to have a “need for drama”.

The study involved 500 volunteers, sourced from the student body and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk forum, who were asked to rate how closely they identified with statements including “people often talk about me behind my back” and “I feel like there are people in my life who are out to get me”.

One of the study’s lead authors Scott Frankowski said he decided to investigate dramatic tendencies after he realised a certain co-worker’s life seemed to continually be in crisis (which the co-worker continually needed to talk about).

“She was really cool, and fun to chat with, but I was like, how is your life just this cycle of crisis?” Frankowski toldScience of Us.”It was minor stuff, but it was just taken to a whole other level.”

While gender did not play a role in how highly someone scored on the study’s “need for drama” scale, there were some traits which indicated that a person might be overly dramatic.

The analysis showed a correlationbetween a high score on the “need for drama” scale and impulsiveness, suggesting that people with high drama lives are opinionated and act without thinking.They also tended to see themselves as the victim in any situation.

“High NFD individuals seem to see the world as happening to them,” the paper reads, “which likely makes them reactive to perceived slights.”

– Fairfax Media

Gender plays no part in a strong flair for the dramatic

Think women are more dramatic than men? A US study has found gender plays no role in whether or not a person has a need for drama in their life, although some people definitely do need more drama than others.
Nanjing Night Net

In a paper published inPersonality and Individual Differences, researchers from the University of Texas have determined that men and women are equally likely to have a “need for drama”.

The study involved 500 volunteers, sourced from the student body and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk forum, who were asked to rate how closely they identified with statements including “people often talk about me behind my back” and “I feel like there are people in my life who are out to get me”.

One of the study’s lead authors Scott Frankowski said he decided to investigate dramatic tendencies after he realised a certain co-worker’s life seemed to continually be in crisis (which the co-worker continually needed to talk about).

“She was really cool, and fun to chat with, but I was like, how is your life just this cycle of crisis?” Frankowski toldScience of Us.”It was minor stuff, but it was just taken to a whole other level.”

While gender did not play a role in how highly someone scored on the study’s “need for drama” scale, there were some traits which indicated that a person might be overly dramatic.

The analysis showed a correlationbetween a high score on the “need for drama” scale and impulsiveness, suggesting that people with high drama lives are opinionated and act without thinking.They also tended to see themselves as the victim in any situation.

“High NFD individuals seem to see the world as happening to them,” the paper reads, “which likely makes them reactive to perceived slights.”

– Fairfax Media

Sims ready to rumble

PUMPED: Second-rower Tariq Sims returns from suspension for the Knights against the Wests-Tigers at Hunter Stadium on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollLOOKout – Tariq Simsis back, and out to make up for lost time.
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The longest pre-season in Sims’ career ends on Sunday when theKnights tackle Wests Tigers at Hunter Stadium.

The barnstorming second-rower and co-captain missedthe opening five rounds on suspension for a shoulder charge on Penrith hookerJames Segeyaro in the in the final round last season.

“Put me out there and leave me,” Sims said half joking.

“I had an extended pre-season which only finished on Monday. It has been frustrating but I have gone through a lot harder and a lot worse stuff than this. I’m just very excited topull the jersey back on. I’m itching to get back out there and rumble it up with the boys.”

It is the second consecutiveseason the 25-year-old Origin hopeful has missed the opening month.He was outed for five weeks for a shot on Justin Hodges when playing for the Cowboysin the 2014 elimination semi-final.Another shoulder charge will result in a 100 per cent loading and doubleany base penalty.

“It’s no secret I’m on a tightrope for the rest of the year,” Sims said.

“If Ilook at a referee wrong I will get in trouble.I have to make sure that I am a squeaky clean …if I’m sitting on the sideline I’m not only letting the club down but my teammates down.”

Sims, who is expected to come into the starting side for teenager Jacob Saifiti, spent the summer working onhis tackling technique and decision making.

“After a big conditioning session that is when I do the most defensive work,” he said. “That is when I am at my most fatigued. During fatigue is when I make silly decisions. As long as I can stay on top of that, I can move forward.”

Monsteredin the opening two losses, the Knights have since competed hard despite being yet to record a win.

“I am going to try and bring as much controlled aggression as I can,” Sims said. “Try and lead the boys attitude-wiseand compete for the full 80 minutes. As long as the boys are all keen and ready to rip in, I’ll do as much as Iphysically can.”