Election live: Labor swept from power

Overview

16.6% Counted. Updated Sat 7 Sep 2013, 7:29pm

  1. Labor 39

    59 Predicted
    76 seats to win
  2. Coalition 65

    90 Predicted
 
Primary Votes Swing Seats Won Predicted
Labor ALP 32.9 -4.4 39 59
Liberal LIB 45.8 +1.1 65 90
Green GRN 8.2 -2.7 0 0
Others OTH 13.1 +6.0 1 1

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Electorates

17.6% Counted. Updated Sat 7 Sep 2013, 7:31pm

Electorate Held By Prediction Swing Count Time
Favourite This Adelaide SA ALP 7.5 No Prediction 0.0 5.6 7:26pm
Favourite This Aston VIC LIB 0.7 Safe LIB retain 5.9 to LIB 12.9 7:25pm
Favourite This Ballarat VIC ALP 11.7 Safe ALP retain 5.5 to LIB 22.4 7:24pm
Favourite This Banks NSW ALP 1.4 In Doubt LIB ahead 3.4 to LIB 15.2 7:26pm
Favourite This Barker SA LIB 13.0 No Prediction 0.0 7.4 7:26pm
Favourite This Barton NSW ALP 6.9 In Doubt ALP ahead 6.7 to LIB 18.3 7:27pm
Favourite This Bass TAS ALP 6.7 Safe LIB gain 9.6 to LIB 35.2 7:26pm
Favourite This Batman VIC ALP 7.7 No Prediction 0.0 9.5 7:25pm
Favourite This Bendigo VIC ALP 9.4 In Doubt ALP ahead 8.3 to LIB 15.3 7:26pm
Favourite This Bennelong NSW LIB 3.1 Safe LIB retain 6.0 to LIB 23.4 7:26pm
Favourite This Berowra NSW LIB 16.2 Safe LIB retain 1.7 to LIB 20.5 7:27pm
Favourite This Blair QLD ALP 4.2 Safe ALP retain 0.8 to ALP 28.8 7:26pm
Favourite This Blaxland NSW ALP 12.2 Safe ALP retain 1.9 to LIB 12.3 7:26pm
Favourite This Bonner QLD LNP 2.8 Safe LNP retain 1.4 to LNP 20.1 7:26pm
Favourite This Boothby SA LIB 0.6 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Bowman QLD LNP 10.4 Safe LNP retain 4.9 to ALP 35.9 7:27pm
Favourite This Braddon TAS ALP 7.5 Safe LIB gain 11.1 to LIB 22.8 7:27pm
Favourite This Bradfield NSW LIB 18.2 Safe LIB retain 1.8 to LIB 27.4 7:26pm
Favourite This Brand WA ALP 3.3 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Brisbane QLD LNP 1.1 Safe LNP retain 4.0 to LNP 29.2 7:27pm
Favourite This Bruce VIC ALP 7.7 In Doubt ALP ahead 6.8 to LIB 17.9 7:25pm
Favourite This Calare NSW NAT 10.7 Safe NAT retain 5.1 to NAT 36.1 7:26pm
Favourite This Calwell VIC ALP 20.1 No Prediction 0.0 3.1 7:25pm
Favourite This Canberra ACT ALP 9.1 No Prediction 0.0 6.3 7:27pm
Favourite This Canning WA LIB 2.2 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Capricornia QLD ALP 3.7 In Doubt LNP ahead 4.2 to LNP 33.0 7:24pm
Favourite This Casey VIC LIB 1.9 Safe LIB retain 6.3 to LIB 22.9 7:27pm
Favourite This Charlton NSW ALP 12.7 Safe ALP retain 3.7 to LIB 28.7 7:24pm
Favourite This Chifley NSW ALP 12.3 No Prediction 0.0 7.7 7:26pm
Favourite This Chisholm VIC ALP 5.8 In Doubt ALP ahead 4.7 to LIB 11.0 7:24pm
Favourite This Cook NSW LIB 12.7 Safe LIB retain 7.4 to LIB 26.9 7:26pm
Favourite This Corangamite VIC ALP 0.3 Safe LIB gain 4.6 to LIB 22.0 7:26pm
Favourite This Corio VIC ALP 13.5 Safe ALP retain 5.4 to LIB 17.9 7:27pm
Favourite This Cowan WA LIB 6.3 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Cowper NSW NAT 9.3 Safe NAT retain 2.9 to NAT 18.9 7:27pm
Favourite This Cunningham NSW ALP 13.2 Safe ALP retain 1.3 to LIB 39.2 7:26pm
Favourite This Curtin WA LIB 16.2 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Dawson QLD LNP 2.4 Safe LNP retain 4.0 to LNP 20.6 7:27pm
Favourite This Deakin VIC ALP 0.6 Safe LIB gain 5.2 to LIB 10.9 7:26pm
Favourite This Denison TAS IND 1.2 Safe IND retain 18.4 to IND 24.3 7:27pm
Favourite This Dickson QLD LNP 5.1 Safe LNP retain 1.2 to LNP 24.2 7:27pm
Favourite This Dobell NSW ALP 5.1 In Doubt LIB ahead 5.8 to LIB 19.3 7:27pm
Favourite This Dunkley VIC LIB 1.0 Likely LIB retain 2.0 to LIB 13.2 7:26pm
Favourite This Durack WA LIB 13.7 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Eden-Monaro NSW ALP 4.2 In Doubt ALP ahead 3.3 to LIB 34.4 7:26pm
Favourite This Fadden QLD LNP 14.2 Safe LNP retain 3.2 to ALP 29.1 7:26pm
Favourite This Fairfax QLD LNP 7.0 Safe LNP retain 5.0 to LNP 34.8 7:27pm
Favourite This Farrer NSW LIB 14.5 Safe LIB retain 2.5 to LIB 22.1 7:26pm
Favourite This Fisher QLD LNP 4.1 Safe LNP retain 5.1 to LNP 22.6 7:26pm
Favourite This Flinders VIC LIB 9.1 Safe LIB retain 2.7 to LIB 18.4 7:27pm
Favourite This Flynn QLD LNP 3.6 Safe LNP retain 1.8 to LNP 23.8 7:25pm
Favourite This Forde QLD LNP 1.6 In Doubt LNP ahead 1.2 to ALP 16.2 7:26pm
Favourite This Forrest WA LIB 8.7 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Fowler NSW ALP 8.8 Safe ALP retain 7.7 to ALP 16.7 7:24pm
Favourite This Franklin TAS ALP 10.8 Safe ALP retain 6.1 to LIB 24.2 7:26pm
Favourite This Fraser ACT ALP 14.2 No Prediction 0.0 3.5 7:26pm
Favourite This Fremantle WA ALP 5.7 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Gellibrand VIC ALP 24.1 Safe ALP retain 5.7 to LIB 13.4 7:26pm
Favourite This Gilmore NSW LIB 5.3 Safe LIB retain 2.7 to ALP 36.8 7:27pm
Favourite This Gippsland VIC NAT 11.4 Safe NAT retain 3.8 to NAT 20.2 7:27pm
Favourite This Goldstein VIC LIB 6.0 Safe LIB retain 6.9 to LIB 25.8 7:26pm
Favourite This Gorton VIC ALP 23.6 No Prediction 0.0 5.5 7:24pm
Favourite This Grayndler NSW ALP 20.6 Safe ALP retain 1.7 to ALP 14.1 7:25pm
Favourite This Greenway NSW ALP 0.9 Safe ALP retain 3.3 to ALP 14.9 7:25pm
Favourite This Grey SA LIB 11.2 No Prediction 0.0 8.8 7:27pm
Favourite This Griffith QLD ALP 8.5 Safe ALP retain 3.2 to LNP 12.1 7:24pm
Favourite This Groom QLD LNP 18.5 Safe LNP retain 2.4 to ALP 18.8 7:26pm
Favourite This Hasluck WA LIB 0.6 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Herbert QLD LNP 2.2 Safe LNP retain 1.7 to LNP 11.6 7:27pm
Favourite This Higgins VIC LIB 5.4 Safe LIB retain 7.0 to LIB 14.0 7:25pm
Favourite This Hindmarsh SA ALP 6.1 No Prediction 0.0 3.9 7:26pm
Favourite This Hinkler QLD LNP 10.4 Safe LNP retain 2.4 to ALP 28.8 7:26pm
Favourite This Holt VIC ALP 14.0 No Prediction 0.0 5.4 7:23pm
Favourite This Hotham VIC ALP 14.0 Safe ALP retain 5.3 to LIB 28.6 7:24pm
Favourite This Hughes NSW LIB 5.2 Safe LIB retain 7.3 to LIB 28.5 7:27pm
Favourite This Hume NSW LIB 8.7 Safe LIB retain 0.8 to LIB 31.8 7:27pm
Favourite This Hunter NSW ALP 12.5 Safe ALP retain 6.0 to NAT 40.5 7:26pm
Favourite This Indi VIC LIB 9.0 Safe LIB retain 7.3 from LIB 13.9 7:27pm
Favourite This Isaacs VIC ALP 10.4 No Prediction 0.0 8.2 7:22pm
Favourite This Jagajaga VIC ALP 11.1 Likely ALP retain 9.2 to LIB 19.2 7:26pm
Favourite This Kennedy QLD KAP 18.3 Likely KAP retain 15.9 to LNP 18.5 7:26pm
Favourite This Kingsford Smith NSW ALP 5.2 Safe ALP retain 2.5 to LIB 38.9 7:26pm
Favourite This Kingston SA ALP 14.6 No Prediction 0.0 2.6 7:26pm
Favourite This Kooyong VIC LIB 7.4 No Prediction 0.0 8.3 7:26pm
Favourite This La Trobe VIC ALP 1.7 In Doubt LIB ahead 2.5 to LIB 21.6 7:26pm
Favourite This Lalor VIC ALP 22.1 No Prediction 0.0 2.6 7:25pm
Favourite This Leichhardt QLD LNP 4.6 Likely LNP retain 2.8 to ALP 24.4 7:26pm
Favourite This Lilley QLD ALP 3.2 In Doubt ALP ahead 2.6 to LNP 30.7 7:27pm
Favourite This Lindsay NSW ALP 1.1 Likely LIB retain 3.8 to LIB 24.1 7:27pm
Favourite This Lingiari NT ALP 3.7 No Prediction 0.0 1.8 7:23pm
Favourite This Longman QLD LNP 1.9 Safe LNP retain 4.8 to LNP 35.8 7:26pm
Favourite This Lyne NSW IND 12.7 Safe NAT gain 1.4 to NAT 36.5 7:26pm
Favourite This Lyons TAS ALP 12.3 Safe LIB gain 15.0 to LIB 33.7 7:27pm
Favourite This Macarthur NSW LIB 3.0 Safe LIB retain 6.5 to LIB 24.8 7:26pm
Favourite This Mackellar NSW LIB 15.7 Safe LIB retain 3.9 to LIB 23.8 7:27pm
Favourite This Macquarie NSW LIB 1.3 Safe LIB retain 2.7 to LIB 25.4 7:26pm
Favourite This Makin SA ALP 12.0 No Prediction 0.0 2.4 7:24pm
Favourite This Mallee VIC NAT 23.3 Safe NAT retain 0.7 to NAT 11.5 7:26pm
Favourite This Maranoa QLD LNP 22.9 Safe LNP retain 1.4 to LNP 25.9 7:27pm
Favourite This Maribyrnong VIC ALP 17.5 No Prediction 0.0 6.9 7:26pm
Favourite This Mayo SA LIB 7.3 No Prediction 0.0 9.5 7:27pm
Favourite This McEwen VIC ALP 9.2 Likely LIB retain 11.1 to LIB 14.6 7:26pm
Favourite This McMahon NSW ALP 7.8 Safe ALP retain 3.9 to LIB 17.7 7:27pm
Favourite This McMillan VIC LIB 4.2 Safe LIB retain 8.3 to LIB 10.0 7:26pm
Favourite This McPherson QLD LNP 10.3 Safe LNP retain 1.1 to LNP 30.2 7:27pm
Favourite This Melbourne Ports VIC ALP 7.9 No Prediction 0.0 5.1 7:22pm
Favourite This Melbourne VIC GRN 5.9 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Menzies VIC LIB 8.7 No Prediction 0.0 8.5 7:26pm
Favourite This Mitchell NSW LIB 17.2 Safe LIB retain 2.1 to LIB 13.0 7:22pm
Favourite This Moncrieff QLD LNP 17.5 Safe LNP retain 1.3 to LNP 22.2 7:26pm
Favourite This Moore WA LIB 11.2 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Moreton QLD ALP 1.1 In Doubt ALP ahead 0.1 to ALP 19.6 7:26pm
Favourite This Murray VIC LIB 19.6 Safe LIB retain 0.3 to LIB 18.8 7:27pm
Favourite This New England NSW IND 21.5 Safe NAT gain 3.2 to NAT 19.2 7:27pm
Favourite This Newcastle NSW ALP 12.5 Safe ALP retain 2.1 to LIB 26.5 7:26pm
Favourite This North Sydney NSW LIB 14.1 Safe LIB retain 1.6 to LIB 24.0 7:26pm
Favourite This O’Connor WA NAT 3.6 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Oxley QLD ALP 5.8 Safe ALP retain 1.3 to ALP 25.0 7:26pm
Favourite This Page NSW ALP 4.2 Safe NAT gain 5.9 to NAT 43.6 7:26pm
Favourite This Parkes NSW NAT 18.9 Safe NAT retain 3.0 to NAT 35.9 7:26pm
Favourite This Parramatta NSW ALP 4.4 In Doubt LIB ahead 4.9 to LIB 10.9 7:24pm
Favourite This Paterson NSW LIB 5.3 Safe LIB retain 3.3 to LIB 36.3 7:25pm
Favourite This Pearce WA LIB 8.9 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Perth WA ALP 5.9 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Petrie QLD ALP 2.5 Likely ALP retain 0.8 to LNP 32.6 7:26pm
Favourite This Port Adelaide SA ALP 20.9 No Prediction 0.0 4.3 7:26pm
Favourite This Rankin QLD ALP 5.4 Safe ALP retain 2.6 to ALP 13.3 7:26pm
Favourite This Reid NSW ALP 2.7 In Doubt LIB ahead 3.4 to LIB 20.8 7:27pm
Favourite This Richmond NSW ALP 7.0 Safe ALP retain 1.4 to NAT 32.3 7:26pm
Favourite This Riverina NSW NAT 18.2 Safe NAT retain 2.9 to NAT 28.2 7:26pm
Favourite This Robertson NSW ALP 1.0 Safe LIB gain 3.4 to LIB 27.6 7:26pm
Favourite This Ryan QLD LNP 7.2 Safe LNP retain 3.6 to LNP 21.4 7:26pm
Favourite This Scullin VIC ALP 20.5 Safe ALP retain 5.2 to LIB 10.8 7:22pm
Favourite This Shortland NSW ALP 12.8 Safe ALP retain 5.4 to LIB 37.9 7:26pm
Favourite This Solomon NT CLP 1.8 No Prediction 0.0 2.3 7:23pm
Favourite This Stirling WA LIB 5.5 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Sturt SA LIB 3.6 No Prediction 0.0 3.4 7:26pm
Favourite This Swan WA LIB 2.5 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Sydney NSW ALP 17.1 Safe ALP retain 3.5 to LIB 18.0 7:26pm
Favourite This Tangney WA LIB 12.3 No Prediction 0.0 0.0
Favourite This Throsby NSW ALP 12.1 Safe ALP retain 0.4 to LIB 24.3 7:27pm
Favourite This Wakefield SA ALP 10.5 No Prediction 0.0 2.3 7:24pm
Favourite This Wannon VIC LIB 5.7 Safe LIB retain 4.9 to LIB 29.4 7:27pm
Favourite This Warringah NSW LIB 13.1 Safe LIB retain 4.2 to LIB 16.6 7:26pm
Favourite This Watson NSW ALP 9.1 Safe ALP retain 1.5 to LIB 17.3 7:26pm
Favourite This Wentworth NSW LIB 14.9 Safe LIB retain 3.0 to LIB 24.8 7:26pm
Favourite This Werriwa NSW ALP 6.7 Safe ALP retain 2.6 to LIB 12.0 7:26pm
Favourite This Wide Bay QLD LNP 15.6 Safe LNP retain 4.3 to ALP 28.0 7:26pm
Favourite This Wills VIC ALP 23.5 Safe ALP retain 11.9 to LIB 10.5 7:27pm
Favourite This Wright QLD LNP 10.2 Safe LNP retain 1.5 to LNP 35.9 7:27pm

LNP’s Michelle Landry leads in the polls with 41% of vote and Labor’s Peter Freeleagus is hanging in there with a total of 36.89% of the vote

Peter Freeleagus says he is playing catch up
Peter Freeleagus says he is playing catch up Kerri-Anne Mesner

UPDATE 7PM: ALMOST 10% of the votes for the seat of Capricornia has been counted and LNP candidate Michelle Landry is ahead with almost 41% of the votes

The online virtual tally room shows a swing of 5.07%.

Labor’s Peter Freeleagus is hanging in there with a total of 36.89% of the vote.

However Palmer United Party candidate Derek Ison and Katter’s Australian Robbie Williams hold almost 14% of the vote.

UPDATE 6.30PM: Here are all the Live Video streams for the rest of tonight’s coverage of Capricornia election day.

UPDATE 6PM: THE general consensus is that Labor will be out of government tonight as the count down to announce a winner for the seat of Capricornia begins.

Voting closed just minutes ago around Capricornia.

More updates to come.

UPDATE 5.40PM: LABOR candidate Peter Freeleagus says he feels he is trailing behind the LNP after visiting polling booths around Rockhampton.

“I’m playing catch up,” he told Morning Bulletin reporter Christine McKee.

“Capricornia is the powerhouse of Central Queensland … whoever wins tonight needs to rattle the cage,” he said.

UPDATE 4.30PM: CAPRICORNIA voters in Yeppoon slowly streamed into St Brendan’s High School to cast their votes, many of them saying it’s time to for change.

Bulletin reporter Austin King spoke to one property owner from Yeppoon who says he is uncertain about how his property investment business will go in the coming months because of the current economic climate.

The man, who did not wish to be identified, says his vote, in principle, is based on the need for change.

More updates from around the region to come.

UPDATE 3.40PM: CAPRICORNIA voters have flocked to polling centres today to determine who will be the next representative for the Central Queensland electorate.

The Bulletin online editor Kerri-Anne Mesner ran into ALP’s Peter Freeleagus at the Glenmore High School this morning.

A quick scout of other major polling centres showed parking troubles at Glenmore and Rockhampton High School.

While parks were hard to find at Emmaus College, there were spots to be grabbed by voters.

The rest of today’s coverage will included a Live Blog to cover the nation, Live Video streaming of action on the ground in Capricornia; and Twitter feeds of action and updates of results for Capricornia and Flynn.

Tony Abbott set for crushing election victory, with exit poll predicting a landslide

Source: TheAustralian

Abbott jostled by protesters in Sydney

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has been jostled by angry protesters at a school in southern Sydney.

The Newspoll of all Newspolls

The Australian’s editor Clive Mathieson and Newspoll CEO Martin O’Shannessy dissect the final polling numbers, which indicate big seat gain…

Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott surrounded by candidates’ posters in Arncliffe in Sydney. Picture: Gary Ramage Source: TheAustralian

EAST coast voters have delivered their verdict on six turbulent years of Labor government, with an exit poll suggesting Australians are ready to place their trust in Tony Abbott.

At the close of polling in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania, Labor was on track for a landslide defeat, losing an estimated 21 seats while the Coalition stands to gain at least 25.

A Sky News/Newspoll exit poll put the two-party preferred vote at 53-47, compared to 52-48 when the election was called, suggesting Kevin Rudd’s erratic campaign has cost Labor votes.

It predicts the Coalition will 97 seats, Labor 51 and independents two.

Less than 10 minutes after east coast booths closed, cabinet minister Stephen Smith declared Labor had lost the election.

He told the ABC the result could be worse than 1996, when Labor was reduced to 49 seats.

“This is a night where regrettably we will see the defeat of a Labor Government,” Mr Smith said.

Former prime minister Bob Hawke also conceded Labor had lost. He said it was “sad” to see the once-proud party in the state it had found itself.

He said many of the standards and values he and others had fought for had been lost, with the party overtaken by personal squabbles.

As Labor began to acknowledge the looming defeat, dumped Northern Territory Labor senator and Rudd supporter Trish Crossin tweeted “if we see a massive defeat tonight then (ALP national secretary) George Wright has to go.”

State-by-state exit polling suggested Labor is headed for a bloodbath in NSW, where the Coalition is tipped to pick up 14 seats, and Queensland, where it stands to gain seven.

Mr Rudd is also facing the loss of his own Brisbane seat of Griffith, where Newspoll suggests he is neck-and-neck with Liberal National Party candidate Bill Glasson.

LNP Senator George Brandis predicted that based on the exit poll results, Dr Glasson would defeat the Prime Minister, with postal votes heavily favouring the challenger.

In Victoria, Newspoll predicts Labor will cede three seats to the Coalition, but pick up one from the Greens’ Adam Bandt. The Coalition is also tipped to pick up the Western Australian seat of Brand from Labor’s Gary Gray.

Newspoll interviews with 500 voters in marginal seats in NSW and Queensland revealed a 6.3 per cent swing against the government, on a two-party preferred basis.

The chaos of the Rudd campaign continued until the end, with embarrassing scenes when he went to cast his vote.

Polling officials at St Paul’s Anglican Church, in East Brisbane, were unprepared for Mr Rudd’s arrival just after 1pm, and initially unwilling to allow him entry with his trailing press pack.

Mr Rudd was forced to negotiate their entry, in a final humiliation for the under-siege Prime Minister.

He was also confronted by protesters – as Mr Abbott was in Sydney – upset at his hard-line stance on refugees.

While in danger of losing his own seat, Mr Rudd opted for a final virtual campaign push involving television interviews and a “telephone town hall”, in which he took calls from around the nation.

The Prime Minister also emailed supporters, encouraging them to “elect a Labor government who will invest in a brighter future for our country and protect jobs” and to forward the email to five friends.

In an interview with Seven’s Sunrise program, Mr Rudd conceded Labor had got “stacks of things wrong” in government but said: “Name me one government over the years which hasn’t got things wrong.”

The Opposition Leader voted shortly after the polls opened in his seat of Warringah on Sydney’s northern beaches, before making a barnstorming tour of marginal Labor seats in Sydney.

He implored voters to snub independents and minor parties in favour of a “strong majority government”.

Mr Abbott played down suggestions he was headed for an easy victory, declaring: “I don’t believe the polls”.

“I think it is still very close. It is the last minute of the grand final and one try could swing it,” Mr Abbott said.

Australian Greens leader Christine Milne cast her vote at Hobart’s City Hall with Denison candidate Anna Reynolds.

Senator Milne said the realisation among voters that Mr Abbott was likely to be elected prime minister would favour the Greens.

“I don’t think anyone in Australia would want to see Tony Abbott having absolute power,” she told reporters at the polling station.

Danone invests $40 million in Quebec Greek yogurt manufacturing plant

Source: The Gazette

Danone invests $40 million in Quebec Greek yogurt manufacturing plant

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois speaks during a news conference in Boucherville, Que., south of Montreal, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, where she announced an investment of $40-million in the Danone yogourt plant.

Photograph by: Graham Hughes , The Gazette

MONTREAL — Danone Canada, the Canadian arm of the European food multinational Groupe Danone SA., is going after a bigger slice of the surging Greek yogurt market.

The company is investing $40 million for production of its Oikos brand Greek yogurt at its headquarters and dairy products plant in Boucherville. Part of the money will go for installation of high-precision equipment.

The Quebec government has contributed a $5-million interest-free loan.

“The project will reassert our leadership as Canada’s largest yogurt producer,” said Danone Canada CEO Nick Krzyzaniak.

Danone’s Greek yogurt requires three times as much milk to create its thick texture than regular yogurt, and the protein content is twice as high, he said.

Oikos is a past winner of the “best Canadian new product” award from the Retail Council of Canada.

The latest investment, which reportedly will provide 25 direct jobs and 250 indirect ones, is “proof of our desire to give consumers products that are healthy and delicious,” Krzyzaniak added.

Three years ago, the company invested $50 million and created 31 jobs at the Boucherville plant to produce its DanActive probiotic drink for the Canadian market.

Danone Canada operates a coast-to-coast sales force selling fresh dairy products, bottled waters and baby and medical nutrition items. Its parent operates in more than 140 countries.

Greek Cinema Confronts the Harsh Reality of the Financial Crisis by Not Standing Aside, Watching

Source: huffingtonpost

Playing during the Toronto International Film Festival is a heck of a film, which captures the often-violent side of how the financial crisis is affecting young adults, especially women, in today’s Greece. Through recent visits and conversations with Greek friends, and working alongside those who have felt they had to leave Greece to survive, it is impossible to ignore if one lives in Europe, how so many lives are forever being changed by these events. And this film gives us not only a realistic yet bleak look into what happens to those left behind, but also asserts a defiance which many young Greeks are feeling.

In director Yorgos Servetas’ poignant film, a young woman goes back to a village she knows, and encounters both friends who are suffering direct hits of the crisis, but also a mafia-like system in place, which destroys bodies and souls.

Antigone, the main character’s name is well-chosen, as it is believed to mean both “against motherhood” and “against men,” in that Clint Eastwood versus the rest of the world kind of way. Her flashing eyes full of anger reminded me of a mix between Dirty Harry and many a femme fatale. In this film, it would be difficult to imagine bringing a newborn child into the world that is rural Greek poverty, one in which men betray themselves to be abusive and part of a system in which women have no place to thrive. The men are not better off as they sell their souls for a day’s pay and lose their pride, lashing out at the women around them.

It is so important to not only make films such as these to document what is happening in the lives of many Greeks, but also because so many young people around the world feel the same way. Antigone’s anger and frustration and attempts to do something, to help the downtrodden are met with near failure. She both inspires trust and is sought put by others seeking comfort and safety, but she loses something along the way.

The rural coastline is breathtakingly beautiful and empty. This is not the Greece of your vacations past, but rather what those who cannot afford to leave are faced with everyday. Many young Greeks who moved to larger cities are finding themselves forced to return to extremely rural areas and islands in order to find work, or be supported by family. There is a kind of loss of both dreams for the future, being able to provide for a family, but also a bittersweet loss of nostalgia for the past as the return “home” proves to be almost deadly.

I feel everyone should see this film, not only because it is a well-made and well acted film, demonstrating the strength and hinting at perhaps the beginning of a renaissance of Greek cinema, where there is so much talent (though many have also been forced to leave to find work abroad) but also because we cannot turn a blind eye to what is going on because of this crisis. This is the reality. We cannot stand aside, watching, but must choose sides and fight back to build a better tomorrow.

But before we can do so, we must accept the reality in order to know how to move through it to the other side. It will get better, and we need to get angry, as Antigone does, and fight back, in order to get to that better place. This woman is a new kind of warrior. Women such as her will rebuild Greece. And watch out when they do, as it will be a sight to see.

Even the Greeks beat Aussies in manufacturing

Source: Brisbanetimes.com.au

Benefits: A lower dollar will bolster growth.Benefits: A lower dollar will bolster growth. Photo: Bloomberg

It’s official. We are worse off than Greece – at least when it comes to manufacturing.

Our manufacturing activity rates among the lowest in the world, according to the Australian Industry Group’s (Ai Group) latest Performance of Manufacturing Index, which shrunk for the 26th consecutive month in August.

Australia’s PMI was again below 50, which indicates the sector is in contraction. But the rate of the decline is slowing, with the index rising 4.4 points to 46.4.

Still it was a bleak figure. A comparative figure for Greece shows the troubled nation’s PMI rose to a 44-month high at 48.7.

However, Ai Group chief economist Julie Toth says the Greek figure, like most eurozone countries, reflects a recovery after a sharp fall, which Australia and other Asian countries did not have.

While there is a gulf between Australia’s economy and that of the Mediterranean nation, Bank of America chief economist Saul Eslake says there is some narrow comparison that can be drawn.

”Both of us have fairly small manufacturing sectors,” Eslake says. ”The PMIs for both Greece and Australia are signalling growth is below trend, which is probably right.”

Global manufacturing activity was up 0.9 points 51.7, fuelled mainly from a return to growth in China (50.1), and faster expansions in Japan (52.2) and Britain (57.2). Manufacturing output in Britain surged to its highest since 1994, while Japan’s hit a 2½-year high.

In the world’s biggest economy, the US PMI eased 0.6 points to 51.1. Although Markit chief economist Chris Williamson says the US figure was disappointing, he says ”a more encouraging picture emerges if we look at the details”. ”In particular, inflows of new orders – a useful guide to future production – are growing at the fastest rate for seven months,” he says.

While Eslake questions the traditional interpretation of PMI figures, saying a reading below 50 does not necessarily mean the sector is in decline, he says our manufacturers are struggling – and you don’t need PMI figures to tell you that.

Our manufacturing sector has been declining as a share of GDP for the best part of 40 years, and Eslake does not expect that to change soon. This is largely because Australia does not have big domestic and export markets to achieve the economies of scale needed to build a strong manufacturing sector. Eslake says while the ”global centre of gravity is moving towards us”, with the emergence of China and India, our manufacturers will continue to struggle.

Why? Because ”Berlin is closer to Beijing than Brisbane, Shanghai is closer to Stockholm than Sydney and Mumbai is closer to Madrid than it is to Melbourne. So we are still at a disadvantage.

”We are still such a long way away from our markets, and transport costs and time counts when you are talking about manufacturing.”

But Toth says the Ai Group expects Australia’s manufacturing activity to return to expansion before the end of the year, despite exports still being ”extremely weak”.

She says the benefits of a lower Australian dollar are already filtering into business and should bolster growth. The dollar has fallen about 15 per cent since April after trading above parity with the US dollar for most of the past two years.

”There is a direct relationship between the data that we collect and what’s been happening with the Aussie dollar, and we are already seeing the PMI improve, even though it hasn’t actually hit 50 yet,” Toth says.

”There’s been a pick-up in local orders, and hopefully there will be in exports. Production is increasing.” However she says that is not translating to an increase in jobs. ABS figures show manufacturing employment has tumbled 12.5 per cent in the past five years.

”I think that’s the productivity story,” Toth says. ”Businesses have got spare capacity, they have got spare hours in there, so they are able to increase their output without hiring more people or replacing those that they’ve had to shed.”

Activity rose in only three of the eight manufacturing sub-sectors in August, with food beverage and tobacco products recording the strongest reading.

The petroleum, coal, chemical and rubber sub-sectors expanded, while printing and recorded materials also had a gain. Metal products continues to be the weakest sector.

Toth says despite the weak figures, manufacturing continues to be the fourth biggest sector by output and employment, behind mining, financial services and construction.

Greek-Aussie Slate in Federal Elections

In the September 7 federal election for the 150 House of Representatives and the 40 Senate seat vacancies throughout Australia, 18 Greek and Cypriot Australian candidates from all political parties are asking for the vote of the Australian people.

In the event Arthur Sinodinos, Liberal Senator from NSW, is re-elected, he is expected to take over the Ministry of Finance.

Indeed, if the Coalition dominates it is very likely for Tony Abbott’s new government to have two ministers of Greek descent.

The Labor party seems to be really concerned about losing seats in South Australia, and one of those seats is that of Steve Georganas, Labor MP for Hindmarsh in Adelaide.

Georganas is competing with another Greek-Australian Hindmarsh candidate, George Melisourgos, from the Palmer United Party.

Among others, in Saturday’s elections those expected to be re-elected are Maria Vamvakinou, Labor MP for Calwell in Melbourne, Nick Xenophon, the Independent Senator in SA. as well as Sophie Mirabella, Liberal MP for the regional Victorian seat of Indi.

Greek Australian candidates at a glance

Australia decides

Labor’s Maria Vamvakinou.

When Australians go to the polls tomorrow they will have over 1700 candidates from more than 50 parties to choose from.
They include far-right fringe groups and everything from the Animal Justice Party and Smokers’ Rights to The No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics. Greek Australian candidates reflect that spectrum of political thought.

Labor

Steve Georganas
Hindmarsh

House of Representatives
Georganas won Hindmarsh by a margin of 6.1 per cent in 2010. A strong swing against Labor could see the much respected sitting member in trouble.

Maria Vamvakinou
Calwell

House of Representatives
With a 20 per cent margin at the 2010 election this is one of Victoria’s safest seats for Labor. Unless a tsunami of disaffection with Labor is felt in her electorate Vamvakinou is likely to be heading back to Canberra.

Peter Freeleagus
Capricornia

The most recent polls showed Capricornia as one of at least four Labor-held seats that could fall to the Coalition in Queensland.

Liberal

Sophie Mirabella
Indi

House of Representatives
Destined for ministerial office if Tony Abbott gets into the Lodge, Mirabella must first hold her seat. She won by a margin of 9 per cent last time around but up against a strong Independent this time it could be tight.

Arthur Sinodinos
NSW

Senate
Preferences of right-of-centre parties directed to One Nation leader Pauline Hanson could potentially upset the plans of John Howard’s former adviser. If returned he will become finance minister in a Coalition government.

George Souris
Batman

House of Representatives
Formerly held by Martin Ferguson, Batman has been Labor for all but two terms since 1910. Souris is hoping to improve on the third place he achieved at the 2010 election.

Independent

Nick Xenophon
South Australia
Senate
Xenophon won almost 15 per cent of first preference votes at the 2007 election. A split preference ticket will mean his excess votes flow to Labor and Liberal candidates before the Greens this time, potentially changing the balance of power in the Upper House.

Other

Australian Christians
Danielle Canas
Pearce

Senate
Running on a pro-Christian values ticket Canas is a former teacher.

Australian Christians
Frank Papafitou
Victoria

Senate
In the Niddrie district By-election won by the ALP in 2012, Papafitou won 2628 votes after preferences – nearly 10 per cent of the vote.

Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
Manny Poularas
McMahon
House of Representatives
Poularas is up against sitting ALP member and minister Chris Bowen who held the seat by 7.8 per cent in 2010.

Citizens
Electoral Council
Costas Goumas
Eden-Monaro

House of Representatives
Merimbula restauranteur Goumas is one of 8 candidates in this marginal Labor seat.

No Carbon Tax Climate Sceptics
Bill Koutalianos
NSW

Senate
Koutalianos is the co-founder and president of the party that does not accept the climate change ‘debate’ has been settled and describes assessments of global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as “alarmist theories”.

Palmer United
Party
George Melissourgos
Hindmarsh

House of Representatives
Business analyst Melissourgos wants “to see politics return to grass roots initiatives.”

Rise Up Australia Party
Melanie Vassiliou
Chisholm

House of Representatives
The socially conservative RUAP opposes the spread of Islam in Australia, same-sex marriage and multiculturalism.

Rise Up Australia Party
Peter Vassiliou
Hotham

House of Representatives
The RUAP plans an overhaul of Australia’s media laws by restricting “immoral content.”

Socialist Alliance
Liah Lazarou
Adelaide

House of Representatives
The Socialist
Alliance espouses the nationalisation of mines, banks and energy companies. Power to the people.

WikiLeaks Party
Gerry Georgatos

WA
Senate

From his enforced London HQ, Julian Assange leads a party that hopes to bring “transparency, accountability and justice” to Australian politics. In WA Georgatos has caused controversy by preferencing the Nationals over the Greens.