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There’s spending, yes, but this is a thoroughly capitalist budget from start to finish | The Canberra Times

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The coronavirus recession budget involves many opportunities to use the word unprecedented, but here’s one not being mentioned. This is the biggest budget, proportionately, ever devoted by a Western economy to the fundamental theory of modern capitalism: the theory of the hidden hand. Never has such a budget made it easier for a private sector entrepreneur to invest or spend money; indeed, if the investment is into someone else’s goods and services, and the spending produces a job for another, the government will handsomely subsidise it. One might think that any business, or any person, with a viable idea for developing a business able to make profits has never had it as easy as they will have it once the budget is adopted. Just to make things easier, a vast number of Australian consumers will be

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ICAC hears former Wagga MP Maguire ‘paid cash’ by visa consultant Maggie Wang for worker scheme | The Canberra Times

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An immigration consultant has told a corruption hearing that she regularly paid up to $20,000 in cash to former NSW Riverina based MP Daryl Maguire in Parliament House as part of a Chinese worker scheme. Former Beijing finance worker Maggie Wang detailed to the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Tuesday how she was allegedly recruited by Mr Maguire, Wagga RSL director Phillip Elliott and Wagga financial planner Julian McLaren to advise on how to profit from Chinese visa applicants. Cottontail Wines owner Gerry McCormick also reappeared to admit giving false testimony the previous day. Ms Wang said she met Mr Maguire to exchange cash on about a dozen occasions, either in Parliament or at a cafe in Martin Place. She said the cash given to Mr Maguire was the remainder from fees and costs

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Wagga RSL boss Andrew Bell tells ICAC he turned down Daryl Maguire’s visa scheme suggestion | The Canberra Times

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A NSW Riverina RSL chief executive has told a corruption inquiry that a visa scheme allegedly suggested by former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire felt “a bit dodgy”. Wagga Wagga RSL chief executive Andrew Bell appeared before the Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings yesterday and detailed how he came to meet alleged associates of Mr Maguire’s at Sydney Airport to discuss a proposal to accept money to host Chinese visa applicants. ICAC also heard that Wagga RSL paid almost $7250 in commissions to former Wagga restaurateur Gordon Tse, and $550 in fees to Mr Maguire’s alleged company, in return for helping deliver nearly $98,000 worth of cutlery and furniture from China. RELATED: The inquiry heard Wagga RSL and its independent caterers did not go through with the proposals outlined at the meeting, which allegedly included Mr Maguire’s business partner Phillip Elliott handing over $1000 cash as a down payment.

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Maggie Wang, claimed to run visa ‘scam’ for former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire, due to appear at ICAC | The Canberra Times

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A woman accused of recruiting and paying businesses in a cash-for-visas “scam” allegedly linked to former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire is due to appear at a corruption hearing this week. The first week of Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings into Mr Maguire heard claims that Maggie Wang handed business owners cash to take on Chinese visa applicants who never showed up to work. Ms Wang, who witnesses have claimed was involved in attempted or successful cash-for-visa schemes at six businesses is listed to appear at the upcoming ICAC hearing on Tuesday. ICAC has heard that Ms Wang was employed by a Wagga-based company called G8wayinternational, which was allegedly set up to generate profits for Mr Maguire. As multiple witnesses have testified, the alleged scam would allow Chinese nationals to apply for a visa

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Virus adds to woes of women visa holders | The Canberra Times

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The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened struggles for Victoria’s already-vulnerable women who hold temporary visas, a new report says. The Monash University study, published on Thursday, analysed 100 case files of women who experienced domestic and family violence during Victoria’s first lockdown. From mid-March to the end of May, 92 per cent of the temporary visa holders who sought help from inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence reported perpetrators making recent threats to harm them or their children. Some 87 per cent had been emotionally abused, while more than 60 per cent were threatened with deportation. Almost a third (31 per cent) feared deportation or being forced to leave the nation without their Australian-born children. The majority of perpetrators were Australian citizens or permanent residents, the report said. Associate professor Marie Segrave, the lead author of the report, said “temporariness” was often used by abusers as leverage. “This fear

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Former Wagga MP Daryl Maguire at ICAC accused of cash-for visa migration ‘scam’ for Chinese workers | The Canberra Times

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The Independent Commission Against Corruption has heard damning claims that former MP Daryl Maguire ran a cash-for-visas “scam” via his secret involvement in a NSW Riverina company. Counsel assisting ICAC, Scott Robertson, told the hearing that the Wagga Wagga-based employment listed in the applications did not exist and the applicants were part of a “scam” to use “no-show jobs” as a pathway to permanent residency in Australia.
ICAC was also presented with an intercepted phone call in which Mr Maguire discussed meetings with a Samoan government official as part of proposal to build a casino in the Pacific Islands nation.
Wagga businessman Phillip Elliott told the first day of hearings in Sydney on Monday that Mr Maguire was “effectively a director” of G8wayinternational but was kept off the paperwork to avoid declaring his involvement to Parliament. AS IT HAPPENED: Live blog of ICAC’s first day of hearings into

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