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Triumvirate have similar views on state

April 18, 2014, 7:11 a.m.

As shell-shocked Liberal MPs struggled to accept the sudden resignation of Barry O’Farrell on Thursday, talk turned to how new Premier Mike Baird would work with his federal colleagues.

As shell-shocked Liberal MPs struggled to accept the sudden resignation of Barry O’Farrell on Thursday, talk turned to how new Premier Mike Baird would work with his federal colleagues.

Baird holds the state seat of Manly, which sits within Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s federal seat of Warringah. The pair are both surfers they’ve actually surfed together and are family men with a strong Christian faith (Abbott trained to be a priest; Baird hoped to become a missionary).

In Baird, Abbott and federal Treasurer Joe Hockey have a political soul mate who could help them realise their plans to rebuild NSW.

The 56-year-old Abbott has worked in the cut and thrust of politics since the early 1990s, when he served as press secretary to former opposition leader John Hewson.

In comparison, Baird, 44, is a relatively recent arrival on the political stage, having been elected only in 2007. But the former HSBC executive has been in and around politics for much of his life his father Bruce served in the state and then federal parliaments from 1984 to 2007. And it was against his father’s advice that he entered public life.

Liberal insiders rushed to emphasise the strength of the relationship between Abbott and Baird on Thursday. And the new Premier’s elevation is a chance for the relationship between the federal and state governments to be reset.

Abbott and O’Farrell were not always on the same political page, including when O’Farrell ensured NSW was the first state to sign up to the former Gillard government’s Gonski reforms.

Baird’s political leanings are in line with those of Hockey. The 49-year-old Hockey is said to be delighted with Baird’s appointment, as well as that of his deputy Gladys Berejiklian, with whom Hockey is particularly close.

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Why Gladys could not be premier

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Government whip Jai Rowell confirms that Mike Baird has been elected NSW Premier and Gladys Berejiklian Deputy Premier.

Factional warring threatened to break out within the NSW Liberal Party if Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian, a warrior of the party’s left-wing, became premier.

Just as Barry O’Farrell knew he risked being undermined by the right wing of his party if he stood as opposition leader after the resignation of Liberal Party leader John Brogden in 2005, Berejiklian stepped aside for the sake of party unity.

She formed a “unity ticket” with Treasurer Mike Baird, making way for him to be elected as premier unopposed.

Made way: Gladys Berejiklian chose not to run against Mike Baird to be NSW premier. Photo: Britta Campion

While Mr Baird is said to be philosophically aligned with Berejiklian’s faction, known as the moderates, he is also supported by the right wing of the party. The right wing views Baird as a successful Treasurer, having maintained the state’s triple A credit rating. He is conservative in his economics, has a strong Christian faith, but is also progressive in social views on issues such as the treatment of asylum seekers.

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The right wing of the Liberal Party is split into three sub-factions. The soft right is understood to include Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell and upper house MP Matthew Mason-Cox. The centre right is said to include Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott, Hawkesbury MP Ray Williams, Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward and Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell. The so-called hard right, or “religious right”, is understood to include Energy and Resources Minister Anthony Roberts, Castle Hill MP Dominic Perrottet, upper house MP David Clarke, Attorney General Greg Smith, upper house MP Marie Ficarra and former Energy and Resources Minister Chris Hartcher.

The dominant left-wing faction, the moderates, is understood to include upper house MP Don Harwin, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian, Hornsby MP Matt Kean and Londonderry MP Bart Bassett. Mr O’Farrell was independent, but loosely associated with the moderates, which gave him its strong support.

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West Bank settlers derided as terrorists for turning on their own army (+video)

Extremist Jewish settlers attacked a nearby IDF encampment after several mobile homes in a settlement outpost were demolished. Israeli security officials called for harsh measures.

For years extremist Jewish settlers have targeted Palestinians in retaliation for Israeli government efforts to curtail settlement growth, typically receiving only light punishment. But this week they turned on the soldiers charged with protecting them and they may have gone too far.

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On Tuesday, residents of the settlement Yitzhar and other sympathizers attacked a nearby Israel Defense Forces encampment staffed by reservists, destroying their living quarters. Condemnation has been swift and strident: Current and former government officials have called for the attackers to be labeled terrorists and rounded up. The overarching sentiment is that Israel’s so-called “price tag” settlersare out of control.

“What is going on in the territories is Jewish terror,” Ami Ayalon, a former head of the Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet, told Yediot Ahronot. “All of the other definitions coming from the prime minister, from the ministers, or the president ‘hate crime,’ bad weeds,’ and such are meaningless. Laundered words. And until they do this, they wont solve the problem.”

This isn’t the first time that vigilante settlers, who use the term “price tag” for their revenge attacks on Palestinians in response to Israeli efforts to curtail settlements, have attacked IDF targets. But they have never lashed out at guardposts of their own settlements, nor at reservists, who are seen by Israelis as sacrificing work and family for the state.

Security experts blame Israel’s army, police, and government for yielding to the vigilante settlers for years, which emboldened them to risk igniting widespread Palestinian unrest.

“If such an incident had occurred in an Arab village, the IDF would go from house to house, search for illegal weapons, and try to arrest the law breakers,” wrote Alex Fishman, a defense analyst in the daily Yediot Ahronot newspaper. “Now the army is slightly annoying the residents leaving the settlement, checking papers, asking questions. The police made an arrest. Thats nothing.”

The IDF encampment sits on anisolated plateaubetween the hilltop settlement of Yitzhar and two Palestinian villages in the valley below.On Tuesday morning, dozens of settlers roused the reservist soldiers from sleep and told them stand down. They proceeded to destroy a tent, a latrine, and a gas heating installation.

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A Christian Thinking: World Vision and Hiring Persons in Same Sex Marriages – Video



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Defendants: Gay-marriage ruling could allow other unions

By Bill Sizemore The Virginian-Pilot March 29, 2014

Defendants in a trailblazing gay marriage case filed papers Friday with a federal appeals court asserting that overturning Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban could open the door to other types of marital unions – between two brothers, for example.

The filings were the first in a series of pleadings before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the wake of U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen’s decision last month striking down the state’s constitutional amendment that limits marriage to unions between a man and a woman.

Wright Allen delayed implementation of her decision pending the outcome of the appeal.

Attorneys for Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk George Schaefer, one of the defendants in the case, argued Friday that Wright Allen’s decision could have unintended consequences.

“Same-sex marriage proponents want to open the door of marriage for their benefit and then slam it shut behind them. But, it will not be long before other groups come knocking,” Schaefer’s attorneys, David Oakley and Jeffrey Brooke of Chesapeake, wrote.

“For example, if the definition of marriage is no longer based on procreation or the ability to procreate naturally, then what is the purpose in prohibiting marriage between persons of close kinship? Would it then be unconstitutional for two brothers who are confirmed bachelors and live together to marry so that they could reown property as tenants by the entireties, file joint tax returns, qualify for health benefits, and obtain better insurance rates?”

Tim Bostic and Tony London, a Norfolk couple, sued Schaefer when his office refused to issue them a marriage license last year. Two additional plaintiffs, Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Chesterfield County, joined the case later, seeking to have their 2008 marriage in California recognized by Virginia.

Prince William County Circuit Court Clerk Michele McQuigg joined the case on the defendants’ side, seeking to have the state’s gay marriage ban upheld. She is represented by attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a national Christian legal ministry.

Redefining marriage in Virginia conveys the message that “the Commonwealth is indifferent to whether children are raised by both their mother and father,” McQuigg’s attorneys wrote.

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A Christian Look at the State of Gay Marriage – Video



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