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Debt raising against income support recipients during a recession is a disgrace

The Greens have called the Government’s decision to recommence ‘debt raising’ against income support recipients a disgrace. We are in a recession and a pandemic and instead of giving Australians certainty about their future and ensuring they won’t be living on $40 a day come December this Government is choosing to create more anxiety and … Continue reading “Debt raising against income support recipients during a recession is a disgrace”

Minister confirms in Estimates that an extension to Jobseeker supplement will be in place by January

The Minister for Social Services has confirmed today during an Estimates hearing that the Government plans to extend the Jobseeker coronavirus supplement past December but would not confirm the amount and when we will see the legislation. The Government needs to be clear about what they have planned for the Jobseeker payment and supplement. It’s … Continue reading “Minister confirms in Estimates that an extension to Jobseeker supplement will be in place by January”

Construction underway on first leg of City Centre to Merewether cycleway

City of Newcastle has started construction on the first stage of a cycleway linking the City Centre to Merewether Beach. The first stage is the Merewether to The Junction project, which is a 2.5m-wide, bi-directional path along the eastern side of Watkins Street and northern side of Coane Street, between Watkins and John Parade, which will include new and upgraded raised-crossings for pedestrians and cyclists and associated intersection improvements. This 1.1-kilometre, $3.1 million project will also significantly improve stormwater drainage systems and capture water for re-use in new garden beds. Construction of this … Continue reading “Construction underway on first leg of City Centre to Merewether cycleway”

$1 BILLION NEPEAN HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT FAST-TRACKED

The $1 billion Nepean Hospital redevelopment has marked a major milestone, as the NSW Government announced Stage 2 of the project will be brought forward by two years. The fast-tracking of the project was announced at a topping out ceremony of Nepean Hospital’s 14-storey tower, which reached its highest point of construction today. Premier Gladys … Continue reading “$1 BILLION NEPEAN HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT FAST-TRACKED”

Former Miss Universe Australia Erin McNaught Calls Donald Trump A ‘Crazy Person’ And ‘Very Calculated’

Former Miss Universe Australia Erin McNaught has branded US President Donald Trump as a “crazy person” and “very calculated”, after previously referring to his interactions with her as “sexist and misogynistic”.

The 38-year-old, who represented Australia in the 2006 Miss Universe pageant, said she met former Miss Universe organisation owner Trump about three or four times. 

“He seems like a crazy person to me,” Erin told B105′s Stav, Abby and Matt radio show.

Former Miss Universe Australia Erin McNaught has branded US President Donald Trump as a “crazy person” and

“I didn’t know him well when I did the Miss Universe competition. I met him maybe three or four times. And he is this enigma because the stuff that comes out of his mouth … Is he saying that because of media gain, or for personal gain? He’s just, he’s very calculated,” she said. 

“I mean he was always so lovely to us. But of course he’s going to be lovely to a bunch of beautiful girls.”

Erin said she was hand-picked by Trump to appear on the David Letterman show which at the time felt like a big honour. 

Erin McNaught (above right) said she was hand-picked by Trump to appear on the David Letterman show in 2006.

“At the time, your ego, you’re like, ‘Oh my god. He picked me.’ But in retrospect the whole thing, it’s just a bit wrong nowadays,” she said. 

In an interview earlier this month with ‘The Project’, the ‘SAS’ contestant said she had a “weird” experience with Trump when she walked onto stage alongside Miss Puerto Rico, Miss Colombia and Miss Finland. 

“I actually went on the David Letterman show with Donald Trump and three others. That was crazy, he flew us to New York, chose me and three other girls to fly to New York and go on the show and then flew us back. It was pretty weird,” she said. 

“He just walked on with his arms around us, it was all quite sexist and misogynistic by today’s standards I think.” 

Erin McNaught from Australia takes the catwalk during the Miss Universe 2006 Preliminary Competition in Los Angeles, CA 18 July 2006. 

The mother-of-two said during her B105 interview she wouldn’t compete in the Miss Universe pageant now if it were the same format as it was in 2006. These days there are charity, personality and talent components.

“It’s not just a swimsuit competition,” she said. “Having kids has changed my perspective as well because I don’t want my boys to aspire to be with a girl that’s a model or whatever. It’s a bit weird.”

The 2019 Miss Universe Australia winner Priya Serrao has previously said she wouldn’t have competed in the pageant had it been like it was when Trump was involved. 

Last year’s Miss Universe Australia winner Priya Serrao has previously said she wouldn’t have competed in the pageant had it been like it was when Trump was involved. She said the calibre of contestants has also changed over the years. 

“The women that are participating in this are markedly different to the women who participated in the Trump era,” she told The Daily Telegraph in December.

“The women are more adventurous and different and not as stereotypical.

“I don’t think I would have done it at all if Donald Trump still owned it.”

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