Georgiou calls out Senator Dastyari on racist taunts

WA’s One Nation Senator Peter Georgiou has called on ALP Senator Sam Dastyari, to prove the racist taunts he was subjected to in Melbourne yesterday were those of the “One Nation” fold.

Senator Georgiou stressed he did not condone racial vilification, after having been subjected to racism since he could remember.

“I’ve been called a “Wog” and “Grease ball” and a host of other names since I was a kid at school and into my adult life for years” he said.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate however to be blaming One Nation for the abuse Senator Dastyari faced at a Melbourne pub yesterday”.

“Furthermore I have to say that in the last six months while I’ve been in the Federal Political frame and a One Nation MP, I’ve never been vilified or ridiculed for being the son of a Greek migrant or being proud of my Hellenic roots.

“I’m sure the men Senator Dastyari faced were no short of bigots and what they did was ‘un-Australian’. Nobody should be subjected to that type of behaviour”.

“These men identified themselves as being part of the “Patriots Blue” group. One Nation has no affiliation with them.

“For Senator Dastyari to accuse his attackers as ‘One Nation’ racists and blaming Pauline Hanson is out of order”.

Senator Georgiou said he would happily sit down with Senator Dastyari next week when the Senate resumes discussing the matter further, in private.

Perth’s NBN blackspots must be fixed now not in 2019

WA Senator Peter Georgiou has called on the Communications Minister, Mitch Fifield to fast-track the broadband plan to connect homes and businesses in Perth’s eastern suburbs, rather than make them wait for another agonising two years.

Evidence submitted by the Morley Internet Action Group (which represents residents in Nollamara, Noranda, Dianella and Morley) at the Standing Committee on the NBN inPerth today, revealed that internet speeds averaged around 2.4 megabits per secondand could plummet as low as 0.3 megabits per second.

This has caused grief and distress for local businesses, some of which have packed up and moved to surrounding suburbs, while at the same time, some families have been forced to send their children to friends with faster internet so they can complete their studies.

“As a long time Morley resident, it’s quite concerning to see local businesses and the education of our children suffer” Senator Georgiou said.

“It is hard to believe that thousands of people, who only live less than 10 kilometres from the Central Business District of Perth, can only access the digital world via poor internet coverage, which in some cases is so bad their only portal is the antiquated dial- up system” he said.

“It just baffles me to see regional areas like Busselton, Bunbury, Albany and Geraldton have access to strong broadband, but suburbs which are a stones-throw from the capital are experiencing a third world problem”.

“My office has today been told, that in some circumstances, services to these blackspots could be improved and relief could be offered with the support of Telstra. I would urge the Commonwealth and the Telco explore this immediately.

“The NBN, according to its own charter is supposed to be the conduit to “connect Australia and bridge the digital divide” the Senator added.

“What the Federal Government won’t admit is the divide, is just getting bigger”.

Georgiou calls for simple, fairer GST carve up

The office of One Nation Senator Peter Georgiou has lodged a submission to the Productivity Commission which has been tasked to review the effectiveness of Horizontal FiscalEqualisation (HFE) and the associated mechanisms of theCommonwealth Grants Commission’s distribution of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

The theme of Senator Georgiou’s submission includes the abolition of the GST coupled with a fixed rate of 70c in the dollar to be returned per capita to Western Australia.

“My team and I have looked at the statistics and the data and it’s no secret our great state is being ripped off its fair share of GST return” he said.

“The buck has to stop here and we demand and expect a simpler, fairer model which benefits all states and territories in the national interest”.

“It is not in the national interest for WA to generate great wealth for Australia but to receive only 34c in the dollar per capita.

“Independent International studies from StanfordUniversity and the London School of Economics and Political Science indicate that revenue transfer systems like the current GST distribution model are not in the nation’s best interest.

Senator Georgiou said the current scenario was unjust considering Western Australia only received $878 per capita from the GST distribution while the national average was$2,543.

“To rub salt in the wound, the ACT receives $3046, SouthAustralia receives $3,671, Tasmania sits at $4,601 and the Northern Territory receives a whopping $11,881 per capita” headded.

“It is not in the national interest when WA adopts a proactive policy for mining and gas exploration and is then penalised compared to states which choose to sit on their hands and refuse to explore or develop their natural resources.

“It is not in the national interest when Western Australia is left at the bottom of the pile of GST recipients.

“I do expect the Commission’s review will be in the national interest and re-considers its stance on HFE with renewed vigour and meaningful purpose”.