Home' Employment Forecast : April 2010 Contents Solutions
MyCareer Employment Forecast
Early General News --- EGN
Online Job Boxes
ADVERT ING FEATURE
Miele Gallery Knoxfield
1 Gilbert Park Drive
Knoxfield VIC 3180
Telephone (03) 9764 7670
Miele Gallery South Melbourne
208-210 Coventry Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205
Telephone (03) 9764 7199
Miele Galleries have all the best kitchen and laundry appliances in one place, so you can make informed choices and see
all your options, in a calm and relaxing lifestyle environment. Call in for a complimentary coffee and a look around, soon.
Choosing laundry appliances?
This is definitely the place to hang out.
THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010
PUBLISHED IN MELBOURNE SINCE 1854
Details PAGE 21
TOMORROW Late rain
LINE OF FIRE
on wartime epic
9 770312 630042 BCD
BALLARAT Showers clearing Min 13 Max 19
BENDIGO Early showers Min 13 Max 22
GEELONG Showers clearing Min 14 Max 21
HORSHAM Early showers Min 12 Max 23
MILDURA Morning cloud Min 15 Max 25
SALE Few showers
Min 14 Max 22
SHEPPARTON Early showers Min 14 Max 24
WARRNAMBOOL Showers Min 13 Max 19
WODONGA Early showers Min 14 Max 25
Details PAGE 21
MELBOURNE DAMS: 33.8%
THIS TIME LAST YEAR: 28.8%
In Britain, they are likening it to Hollywood comedy Weekend at
Bernie's but no one was laughing when Gitta Jarant, 66, and
Anke Anusic, 41, tried to smuggle dead 91-year-old Willi Jarant
aboard a Liverpool-Berlin flight. Ms Jarant insisted her
wheelchair-bound husband was breathing when they left home.
PAGES 17, 18
COMMENT & DEBATE PA G E 15
EDITORIALS, LETTERS PA G E 14
SHARES BUSINESSDAY 9-11
TV & WEATHER
PAGES 10, 11
Premier John Brumby
At his Harcourt property all day.
Attended Bendigo Incident Control
Centre from 9pm until midnight.
Minister Bob Cameron
With family in Bendigo all day.
Left for emergency centre about
5pm, ar rived around 7pm.
CFA chief officer
Arrived at emergency centre
8.55am. Heard unconfirmed reports
of deaths between 7-8pm. Left for
home at 10pm.
DSE chief officer
At emergency centre all day.
Commissioner Bruce Esplin
Inter viewed on radio, warning
about fire weather at 11.15am.
In contact with fire chiefs and
Mr Cameron throughout the day.
Not on duty but left home at 7pm
to attend emergency centre. Held
press conference at 10pm.
Superintendent Rod Collins
Senior police officer based at the
emergency centre with oversight for
warnings and evacuation. Left centre
Former chief commissioner Christine Nixon
At the State Emergency Response Co-ordination Centre on Flinders
Street from midday to 1.30pm; in her office from 1.30pm to 3pm; at
the Integrated Emergency Co-ordination Centre on Nicholson Street
from 3.35pm. Left for dinner in North Melbourne at 6pm.
BLACK SATURDAY NIGHT: WHERE WERE THEY?
11.49am Kilmore East fire starts
(final toll: 119 dead)
1.33pm Churchill fire starts
(final toll: 11 dead)
2.57pm Murrindindi fire starts
(final toll: 40 dead)
3.45-5pm Kilmore fire spotting into Strathewen
and St Andrews
4.34pm Bendigo fire starts
(final toll: 1 dead)
5.30-5.45pm Kinglake under heavy ember attack
6-6.30pm Fire front hits Kinglake; wind change
tur ns Churchill fire into Callignee,
Koornalla, Hazelwood, Traralgon South
6.09pm Beechworth fire starts
(final toll: 2 dead)
6.20pm Spot fires in Mar ysville
Main front hits Marysville
7.40pm Fire hits Flowerdale
FEBRUARY 7, 2009
Scapegoats help us
feel better about
bad e vents, but the
is that no one person
is culpable for what
KAREN KISSANE PAGE 15
Furore over ex-police chief's pub meal
By PAUL AUSTIN
and SARAH-JANE COLLINS
Survivors show support PAGE 2
Continued PAG E 2
PREMIER John Brumby says for-
mer police chief commissioner
Christine Nixon made an ''error
of judgment'' by leaving Victor-
ia's emergency control centre at
the height of the Black Saturday
bushfire crisis to have a pub
meal with friends.
But Mr Brumby and Prime
Minister Kevin Rudd are back-
ing Ms Nixon to keep her job as
bushfire reconstruction chief, in
the face of an avalanche of criti-
cism of her performance on
Ms Nixon, clearly shaken by
the furore, yesterday rejected
calls for her dismissal.
She conceded she had made
mistakes in the control centre
on Black Saturday, but defended
her decision to go home about
6pm and then have dinner with
friends at the Metropolitan
Hotel in North Melbourne.
'I had to eat, it's as simple as
that,'' she said.
Suggestions that the meal
with her husband and another
couple was some sort of party or
celebration were '
Mr Brumby said Ms Nixon
should have stayed at the incid-
ent control centre. ''She made
an error of judgment,'' he said,
but added: ''I don't think that
affects the great work that she's
done as chair of the bushfire
Cabinet ministers are also
rallying around Ms Nixon, fear-
ful that the royal commission's
investigation of how the crisis
was handled could damage the
government in the lead-up to
November's state election.
After Ms Nixon faced tough
questioning at the bushfires
royal commission on Tuesday,
Mr Brumby and Police Minister
Bob Cameron may now be
called to testify about how they
performed their roles as 173
people died on February 7 last
year.The opposition and the Police
Association yesterday led a
chorus of calls for Ms Nixon to go.
Opposition Leader Ted Bail-
lieu said she would never have
been appointed head of the
reconstruction authority if it
had been public knowledge she
had gone home about 6pm on
Black Saturday, minutes after
being told of the likelihood that
people had died in the fires.
''Whether she goes of her own
accord or whether she is dis-
missed by the government, her
position is not tenable,'' he said.
''It's very, very difficult now for
her to maintain the confidence of
the people she works with.''
Police Association secretary
Greg Davies said it was a
disgrace that the former police
chief had dined out while coun-
try Victorians were fighting for
their lives. '' Victorians who have
lost family members, relatives,
friends, properties and had their
lives altered permanently have
every r ight to be completely
disgusted if the person running
the show went to dinner five
minutes after being told of the
expected loss of life,'' he said.
Federal Liberal MP Fran
Bailey, whose electorate of
McEwen takes in wide areas
devastated by the fires, said it
was inexcusable that Ms Nixon
had left her post on Black Sat-
'If she has a conscience,
she should step down immedi-
ately,'' Ms Bailey said.
Federal Opposition Leader
Tony Abbott, when asked about
Ms Nixon's performance, said:
''It's not a good look.''
But a spokesman for Mr
Rudd said: ''The Prime Minister
has full confidence in Christine
Nixon and the work she is doing
leading the bushfire reconstruc-
tion in Victoria.''
Mr Brumby acknowledged
that some bushfire survivors
may no longer support Ms
Nixon but said he did not sup-
port calls for her to resign.
''You'll always get a range of
views in the community, but I
Victorian doctors reject Rudd health reforms
By JULIA MEDEW
Continued PAGE 2
VICTORIAN doctors have
thrown their weight behind
Premier John Brumby, backing
his decision not to sign up to
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's
health reforms less than two
weeks from the crucial Council
of Australian Governments
In a frank letter to Mr
Brumby yesterday, the Austra-
lian Medical Association's Vic-
torian branch president, Harry
Hemley, said Mr Rudd's plan to
assume more control of hospital
funding by clawing back 30 per
cent of GST revenue from the
states would leave Victoria's
health system and its taxpayers
He said AMA Victoria could
not recommend agreeing to the
plan as it stood because there
was no new money to pay for
urgently required services for at
least the next four years.
''We have significant capa-
city problems in Victorian hos-
pitals. We are short on qualified
staff, and morale is low in many
areas. We have a strained hos-
pital system that is operating
under significant pressure,'' he
said. ''We need extra ser vices
Dr Hemley said the AMA was
concerned that Victoria would
receive $1.5 billion less than
New South Wales over the next
two years under the transitional
arrangements detailed by the
He said the AMA also needed
more details on the federal gov-
ernment's plans for aged care,
Koori health, primary care,
eHealth, chronic disease man-
agement and preventive health-
care before it could recommend
agreement to the proposals.
'Victorians should not sign
up to health reform blind. We
need to know how different
parts of the system will work
together. Health reform must go
beyond administrative and gov-
ernance arrangements and
incorporate patient care
improvements,'' he said.
The letter came as Mr
Brumby and Western Australia
Premier Colin Barnett yesterday
remained opposed to Mr Rudd's
plan for the Commonwealth to
take 60 per cent control of hos-
Last week, Mr Brumby said
he and Mr Rudd remained in
despite two days of talks. The
Rudd government continued to
discuss the proposals with Mr
A spokesman for Treasurer
Wayne Swan said: '
Minister, Treasurer and Health
Minister are all working very
hard with their state counter-
parts to agree on the biggest
reforms to the health and hos-
pitals system since the intro-
duction of Medicare.
''The Treasurer has had mul-
tiple conversations with the
states, including today with
Premier Barnett, and this will no
doubt continue right up until
the COAG meeting.''
WA and Victoria seem to be
largely in agreement with the
federal government on the
health initiatives, including the
By KATHARINE MURPHY
NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT
Continued PA G E 2
AUSTRALIA'S first Minister for
Population, Tony Burke, says it
is impossible to cap the nation's
Less than a week into his job,
and facing calls for big cuts in
migration, Mr Burke has told
The Age that Australia's popula-
tion would continue to expand
even if the federal government
ended all migration.
''I'm not afraid of the fact the
country is growing,'' Mr Burke
'The fact that we are grow-
ing is just something we have to
He made the comments as a
poll from the Lowy Institute
showed Australians have
rebuffed the idea of having
36 million people by 2050, as
projected by Treasury.
The poll of 1000 people
found strong support for the
concept of population growth ---
but 69 per cent did not like the
Treasury projection, preferring a
population of 30 million or less.
The poll underscores polit-
ical sensitivities associated with
the population debate in the
run-up to the federal election,
and the opposition has moved
to link the issue with border
protection and immigration.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
at one stage said he was in
favour of a ''big Australia'', but
he has recently toned down his
Lowy Institute executive dir-
ector Michael Wesley said of the
new research: ''The poll shows
Australians are comfortable
with some increase in popula-
tion size but are not in full sup-
port of the 36 million projected
in the Government's Intergener-
The Coalition has raised the
political temperature around
the issue in recent days, sug-
gesting immigration levels be
cut to curb population growth.
But after a business backlash
over the idea, Coalition lines of
attack were confused yesterday.
Opposition Leader Tony
Abbott appeared to distance
himself from a straight migra-
tion cut, suggesting the num-
bers would fluctuate depending
on the level of labour demand in
HIS DOG AND
TRP MI 2116
Beautiful. Sustainable. Affordable.
Superior quality Miele washing machines and tumble dryers are built to stand the test of time
and intelligently designed for minimal impact on the environment, with perfect results.
Visit miele.com.au or
telephone (02) 8977 4200
US clothes giants
warn on mulesing
American clothing retailers have
asked Australia's agriculture and
trade ministers to intervene in the
wool industry's controversial
practice of mulesing, saying they
are concerned the slowness to
halt it could threaten their brands'
credibility. Macy's, Gap and Liz
Claiborne are among the names
to warn of their frustration.
9 770312 631049
SYDNEY CITY fine, partly cloudy 20°-27°
TOMORROW: mostly fine 18°-24°
LIVERPOOL fine, partly cloudy 17°-29°
TOMORROW: mostly fine 13°-25°
PENRITH fine, partly cloudy 19-29°
TOMORROW: mostly fine 13°-25°
WOLLONGONG partly cloudy 18°-25°
TOMORROW: mostly fine 16°-23°
DETAILS PAGE 20
Radiation too high
on medical scans
CT scans generate up to a third
more radiation than necessary,
exposing patients to an increased
risk of cancer, according to an
investigation by scientists. A pilot
program found radiation doses
could be reduced by up to 32 per
cent in a range of common CT
scans while maintaining the
quality of the diagnostic image.
News --- Page3
in Kyrgyz uprising
Kyrgyzstan has erupted in
violence as opposition followers
killed the Interior Minister and
took the Deputy Prime Minister
hostage in a deadly revolt against
the President, Kurmanbek
Bakiyev. Seventeen people died
and more than 140 were injured in
the riots that swept the Central
Asian nation yesterday. More than
130 people had been hospitalised.
Police lay charges
Police have charged a number of
boys over an attack at a railway
station that has left a Scottish
tourist fighting for his life. Mark
Willis, 25, had emergency neuro-
surgery after the assault in
Rockdale. Police said that
Mr Willis had become involved in
an argument with the boys.
for runaway hit
An award-winning film from the
director Roman Polanski, a faux
documentary by the mysterious
street artist Banksy and a film
charting the rise and fall of
1970s rockerstheRunaways will
be among the premieres at the
Sydney Film Festival. The festival
has released the first part of its
program, which the director,
Clare Stewart, promises will offer
a broad range of big releases
and hidden gems.
ESSENTIAL STYLE LIFTOUT
MIRANDA DEVINE, PAGE
HEALTH & SCIENCE, PAGE 16
life of a
Thursday April 8, 2010
First published 1831 No.53,825 $1.50 (inc GST)
NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR
The fashion queen who
still makes us swoon
For the city's sea turtles, life hangs in the balance
Saddened . .. Julia Spragg, 13, and other members of the 1st Sailors Bay Sea Scouts cruise Middle Harbour, close to where the dead sea turtle was found. Photo: James Brickwood
At risk .. . a green turtle in the harbour. Photo: Eco Divers
Continued Page 4
THE green turtlesof Sydney
Harbour tell a tale oftwocities.
That these endangered rep-
tiles regularly visit tograze on
seagrassmeadows in the middle
of abig city, and somehave even
atteststo the improving health
of Sydney's main waterway.
Thisweek, the Herald delves
into the stateof our harbour,and
its changing life both above and
below the waterline.
Theturtles -- with the mussels
that crowdon tochannelmark-
ersand the seahorses thatwrap
themselves around sharknets --
are a good sign the estuary is
Yetfor a 13-year-old sea scout,
Julia Spragg, herfirst encounter
with a greenturtle was far from a
Withone flipper entangled in
fishing linethat had cut to the
bone,another flipper severed,
and deep tacklewounds toits
neck, the animalhad little
chance of survival.
When fellowmembers of the
1st Sailors Bay Sea Scoutsfound
its mangled bodywhile kayaking
in the beautiful reachesof Middle
Harbour, theyweresad to see how
muchit had suffered.
''It was notnice,'' said Julia.
harbour wishes more people,
particularly those fishing, could
see the devastating results of
leaving bottles,bait bags and
''Ifyou see rubbish,just pick it
up. It's nota bigjob,'' shesaid.
Geoff Ross,a wildlifemanage-
mentofficer with NSW National
Parks, said the entangledturtle
might havebeena long-time
harbour resident, and its recent
deathwas a concern.
'' The lossof just one breeding-
sized individual can havean
impacton the species,'' hesaid.
Althoughremedies such as
water outletshad significantly
decreased the amount of debr is
enter ingtheharbour, individu-
als could do more,he said.
The pollution we can see in the
harbour isjust one of the many
Theserangefrom an industrial
legacy of dumping toxic metalsin
itssediments to the future effects
of global warming.
Anincrease insightingsof sea
turtles, which prefer warmer
climes, could be a signconser va-
tion strategies were having an
effect but it could alsobe linked
to climatechange, Mr Ross said.
middens at BalmoralBeach and
mighthave eaten turtles,
althoughVal Attenbrow,of the
Australian Museum, said the
evidencewas not conclusive,
with onlysomebone fragments
found. The East Australian Cur-
rent, a conveyor belt fromthe
tropics onwhichthe turtles ride,
isstrengthening, with warmer,
saltier water found 350kilometres
further south than 60 years ago.
An influx of tropical fishhas
made the harbourevenmore of a
wonderland for underwaterpho-
tographers, bringing rare species
such asa pair of ornate ghost
CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
ANGER is brewing in senior ranks
of the opposition over the lack of
consultation before apolicy deci-
sion was made to call for a slash
in the immigration intake.
As the immigration spokes-
man, Scott Morrison, fought to
qualify his policy position yester-
day, his colleagues complained
about the unilateral nature of
decision making under Tony
'It never went through shad-
ow cabinet and it never went
through the party room,'' said a
'There's a lot of really pissed-
off people; it's an absolutely
ridiculous policy and now we're
all rusted on to supporting it.''
Another frontbencher pointed
out that Malcolm Turnbull was
hounded out of the leadership for
supposedly failing to consult on
big decisions. Thiswas thesecond
example in a month, after Mr
Abbott's unilateral policy decision
to tax big business to fund a paid-
parental leave scheme.
'Malcolm used to at least run
things through the shadow cab-
inet,'' the frontbencher said.
'Tony's got everyone's support as
leader but this should have been
handled better and the policy
thought through a little more.''
Sources said concern was par-
ticularly high among MPs in
Western Australia where there
are acute labour shortages.
Big business is angry and was
joined yesterday by the tourism
sector and the New Zealand High
Alarmed at the prospect of a
cut in temporary entrants, the
managing director of theAustra-
lian Tourism Export Council,
Matthew Hingerty, rang Mr Mor-
rison and the opposition tour-
ism spokesman, Steven Ciobo,to
complain ''ver y robustly''.
'The service economy would
grind to a standstill without
backpackers and 457s,'' Mr
Hingerty told the Herald.
Mr Ciobo distanced himself
from the policy, saying ''it is not
about cutting numbers'' but
expanding infrastructure to cope.
Mr Abbott said '
'it's hard to
see'' the necessary levels of
infrastructure being developed
to sustain 300,000 people a year.
Later, Mr Morrison, a former
head of Tourism Australia, clari-
fied that the Coalition would not
target those on temporary visasof
less than 12 months.
These entrants ''are not
included in Australia's population
statistics and are therefore not the
subject of any policy considera-
tions by the Coalition with respect
to migration levels'', he said.
Mr Hingerty said this assuaged
most of his concerns but he
remained alarmed at the tenor of
the debate and would be watch-
ing policy announcements by
both sides closely.
It is understood the high com-
mission contacted Mr Abbott's
office to express concern for the
30,000 New Zealanders who
came temporarily each year.
Australia has a net annual
overseas migrant intake of
300,000, including the lucrative
foreign student sector. Treasury
has forecast the population will
reach 36 million by 2050 with an
annual net intake of 180,000.
Mr Morrison maintained yes-
terday that numbers had to be
cut ''at the very least'' from
300,0000 to 180,000 and all cat-
egories should be looked at.
Gap widens for mega rich
RAKING IT IN
Share of total income
14% The rich (Top 1%)
The super rich (Top 0.1%)
Wholesale meat processor
Sir William Angliss
SOURCE: The all-tme
Australian 200 Rich List/BRW
A 30-YEAR trend of rising in-
equality has continued with the
rich boosting their share of Aus-
tralian income significantly over
the past five years, according to
An analysis by Australian
National University economist
Andrew Leigh and Oxford Uni-
versity's Tony Atkinson shows
the r ichest 1 per cent of taxpay-
ers -- those earning more than
$197,000 -- accounted for 9.8 per
cent of all income in 2007-08.
That was up from an 8.8 per
cent share of the nation's income
which went to the richest 1 per
cent five years earlier in 2002-03.
It took the top 1 per cent of tax-
payers' share of all income to its
highest level since the 1950s.
The analysis shows the ''super
rich'' -- the top 0.1 per cent of
taxpayers -- increased their share
of total income to its highest
level since the 1920s during
These taxpayers, nearly 15,000
people with incomes of more
than $693,000, earned 3.6 per
cent of all taxable income in
That was up from 2.7 per cent
in 2002-03 and took the share of
incomegoing to thesuper rich to
its highest level since the 1920s,
barring a one-off spike in1950 at
the height of the wool boom
fuelled by the Korean War.
Professor Leigh said the latest
analysis updated earlier re-
search showing significant
changes in income inequality in
Australia over the past 80 years.
The income share of the rich-
est taxpayers peaked in the
1920s before declining gradually
until the early 1980swhenit star-
ted rising rapidly.
He said the main reasons for
inequality since the 1980s were
the emergence of aninternational
labour market for chief execut-
ives, technological change and
cuts to the top marginal tax rate
which had given high-income
earners more scope to invest in
property and financial markets.
'It's not that the poor are actu-
ally getting poorer, it's just that
they are not enjoying the same
gains from growth that the top
[income earners] are,'' he said.
There had been a similar trend
of high-income earners taking a
larger slice of the economic pie
in other English-speaking ad-
vanced economies such as Bri-
tain, the US and Canada overthe
past 20 to 30 years.
But inequality had not risen as
significantly in advanced eco-
nomies in Europe, possibly
because corporate executives
without English language skills
had not benefited as much from
the global market for chief exec-
utives. Professor Leigh said the
pay packets of chief executives at
Australia's top 100 companies
had increased twice as fast as
those of ordinary workers be-
tween 1993 and 2009.
During that period, the earn-
ings of chief executives rose by
an average of 7.5 per cent a year.
Salaries across the economy rose
by an average of 3.7 per cent.
''In 1993 the average earnings
of CEOs in the top 100 Australian
firms was about $1 million. By
2009 this had risen to around
$3 million,'' Professor Leigh said.
The analysis isbased on statis-
tics from tax returns and execut-
ive earnings surveys. It updates
results published in 2003 to
include the latest available tax
statistics up to 2007-08.
That was just before the onset
of the global financial crisis
which might have put a dent in
Bank bosses' rich rewards ---
MyCareer Features showcase
industry and employment sectors
in targeted, stand alone lift outs
in The Sydney Morning Herald or
magazines or lift outs in The Age
combined with online features on
The Early General News section in both The Age and
The Sydney Morning Herald on a Saturday has been the
leading marketplace for Executive Recruitment in print.
With job advertising housed in the front news pages,
advertisers take advantage of the massive readership
MyCareer.com.au's job boxes are
available on various Fairfax Digital sites,
including smh.com.au, theage.com.au,
and brisbanetimes.com.au. These
targeted advertising spots incorporate
dynamic content which can be
positioned on relevant article pages
which correlate to the industry of your
FEBRUARY 13, 2010
SPECIAL REPORT: YOUR 4-PAGE GUIDE TO RETAINING YOUR BEST STAFF
Keep on the
Your 12-page guide to
finding that first big break
Links Archive October 2009 MyCareer Employment Forecast 2010 October Edition Navigation Previous Page Next Page