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The program also saw 90 per cent of participants engaging in positive recreational opportunities and half undertaking educational or vocational opportunities.
“Of course, Save the Children’s programs are not the only reason for this change — but they have definitely played a major role.”
December 1, 2015 – 10:09AM
Julie Bishop has rejected outright Tony Abbott’s claim that his government was the victim of “well-organised white-anting”, and blamed his own poor performance as the reason he was ousted as Prime Minister.
Peta Credlin was a staffer, she’s now a private citizen and I think she’s entitled to be able to get on with her life without this detailed analysis of each and every conversation and glance.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
This is in stark contrast to Mr Abbott, who in an exclusive interview with Fairfax Media, defended his record, declaring his government could not have done any better.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she was present during phone calls made by both leadership contenders: Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
He blamed internal dysfunction, the opposition and Senate for cutting his two-year prime ministership short.
“I think it was a very successful government in spite of a feckless Senate, an irresponsible Labor Party, a poisonous media culture and well organised white-anting,” Mr Abbott said.
Asked on the Nine Network’s Today program on Tuesday morning if Mr Abbott was a victim, the deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop said: “No, I don’t believe so.”
She said after the leadership spill attempt in February when 39 people voted for a spill motion despite there being no leadership contender, Mr Abbott had asked for six months to improve.
Ms Bishop says it’s time former prime minister Tony Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin, was allowed to move on with her life. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
“And when the next spill motion came 54 members of the party voted for a new leader,” Ms Bishop said.
“That’s how I saw the situation. I certainly was not aware of white-anting although I’m sure that the former prime minister has a number of concerns about what went on in the last six months of his time as prime minister.”
Ms Bishop played down a report that she was a silent participant in a phone call Malcolm Turnbull had with Scott Morrison before the February push, in which Mr Turnbull sounded out Mr Morrison for the Treasury position.
Mr Morrison was subsequently named Treasurer in Mr Turnbull’s cabinet reshuffle but has tried to dismiss the report as “tin foil hat conspiracies”.
Ms Bishop similarly tried to play down the report and said she was a participant in phone calls made by both leadership contenders.
“I was there when Malcolm Turnbull called people, I was there when Tony Abbott called people,” Ms Bishop said.
Conservative figures in the party are furious with Ms Bishop – who they see as trying to play both sides of the fence but was ultimately disloyal to Mr Abbott. Ms Bishop has always denied the charge of disloyalty saying her role as deputy is to the party and not to the prime minister of the day.
But revelations Ms Bishop’s chief of staff attended the meeting of plotters at the home of Liberal MP Peter Hendy the night before the successful coup in September further enraged the right and sparked demands she explain her full role.
Let Peta move on: Bishop
Ms Bishop leapt to the defence of her former internal foe, Peta Credlin who served as the Prime Minister’s chief of staff.
Her domineering style became legendary inside the government and soon spilled into the media and eventually became a symbol for Mr Abbott’s failed leadership.
In the second instalment of his five-part feature on the downfall of the Abbott government, Fairfax Media’s Peter Hartcher has revealed details of her commandeering style and her extremely close relationship with her boss, Mr Abbott.
Ms Bishop said it was time for people no longer in their jobs to be left alone to get on with their lives.
“Peta Credlin was a staffer, she’s now a private citizen and I think she’s entitled to be able to get on with her life without this detailed analysis of each and every conversation and glance,” she told Sky News.
November 30, 2015 – 7:35PM
Between 10,000 and 12,000 students in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Western Australia are affected. Photo: Robert Peet
Less than a week after entering voluntary administration adult education and training company Vocation has been closed down, leaving 150 of its 180 employees without a job and more than 10,000 students in limbo.
In a statement released to the Australian Securities Exchange after 5pm on Monday administrator Peter Gothard of Ferrier Hodgson said the company’s operations had ceased immediately.
“Please be advised that as a result of further customer contract terminations, the lack of available liquidity to fund operations and the lack of ongoing support from key stakeholders, the voluntary administrators of Vocation Ltd have had no alternative but to cease the majority of the company’s operations effective from November 20, 2015,” the statement said.
The collapse of Vocation Ltd is a stunning fall for a one-time market darling. Photo: Craig Abraham
“As a consequence, the administrators have terminated approximately150 staff across the business”.
The administrators will now attempt to sell what little is left to raise some money.
“In addition to pursuing all available recoveries from the company’s assets and affairs, the voluntary administrators will be seeking expressions of interest for the group’s intellectual property and one of its operating businesses, Customer Service Institute of Australia”.
Administrators will now attempt to sell what little is left to raise some money. Photo: Jessica Shapiro
The board placed the company in administration on November 26, after being unable to raise funds to continue the business saying that senior management intended to work with the administrator “to explore all options to allow the operating entities to continue as going concerns to protect the interests of students, employees and other stakeholders”.
That announcement came just days after Vocation said it had secured a $4.2 million “contribution” from the founders of some of the companies that were merged to form the group.
Mr Gothard said last week that between 10,000 and 12,000 students in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Western Australia were affected by the collapse while there were 180 staff.
The collapse of Vocation Ltd is a stunning fall for a one-time market darling.
Vocation shares came to market in December 2013 fetching $2.03, a premium to the $1.89 offer price. Macquarie and UBS were joint lead managers on the float.
The shares climbed steadily for more than a year as the company announced a series of “roll-up” acquisitions to add to the group, reaching their peak at $3.35 in September 2014.
The stock crashed over the coming three months after it the group was stripped of almost $20 million in funding by Victorian authorities over poor-quality training in two of its businesses, which have since been disbanded. A staggering 94 per cent, or $700 million, was wiped off the value of the company. The shares last traded at 12¢.
November 30, 2015 – 6:32PM
“We’re more likely to break high temperature records and less likely to break cool temperature records”: climatologist Acacia Pepler. Photo: Peter Rae
Sydney is on track to experience its second hottest spring on record, with November expected to crack the top four hottest Novembers since record-keeping began, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
For the past three consecutive years Sydneysiders have sweated through the warmest spring periods to date.
Surfers out at Bondi during the November 20 scorcher. Photo: Dallas Kilponen
“[This year] it wasn’t quite as warm as spring 2013, which is the warmest on record, but slightly warmer than spring 2014,” said climatologist Acacia Pepler from the Bureau of Meteorology.
With one day left on the calendar, the mean overall temperature in Sydney for this November is currently tracking slightly behind 2009’s record of 22.4 degrees when the average daytime temp was 26.1 degrees.
“2009 was also the warmest November on record for NSW. It was a pretty exceptional November that year,” Ms Pepler said.
Kids find novel ways to cool down in Sydney. Photo: James Alcock
“For the 150 years or so the [bureau’s] station in Sydney has been open, the all time average for November is about 19.7 degrees, which gives you a sense of how much above average 2009 was.”
This month is currently jostling for second position on the record charts with November 1914 when the overall temperature was 22 degrees and the average day time temperature was 25.4 degrees.
“With still a day to go it could easily go either way,” Ms Pepler said, with 2014 rounding out the top four and 1894 claiming the fifth warmest November.
For the past three consecutive years Sydneysiders have sweated through the warmest spring periods to date. Photo: Anna Kucera
“In the top ten [Novembers] we’ve got a lot of recent years, including 2011 and 1997. There are also a couple of those really warm Novembers back at the end of the 19th century.”
On November 20, Sydneysiders endured the second hottest November day with mercury peaking at 40.9 degrees. November 25, 1982 still holds the November record with 41.8 degrees.
Both climate and weather factors are responsible for the trend of warm weather across the spring period in recent years.
“The first reason is that Australia and the globe have warmed by about a degree over the last century. What that means is that we’re more likely to break high temperature records and less likely to break cool temperature records than we would be if the climate was stationary.”
Secondly, Australia is experiencing an el Nino year, which typically brings “hotter and dryer weather to eastern and south eastern Australia.”
Specific weather events have also played a role, with strong north-westerly winds responsible for the stifling heat on November 20 and 26.
“The winds basically draw all the really hot air from Alice Springs right down onto the coast.”