Monthly Archives: June 2016

As I ponder

As I ponder which party for whom to vote, one point impales me and that is the thought of a further $48 Billion of “our” hard earned taxation money going to large profitable corporations who themselves pay between 5% and zero in taxation to our country, for a supposed 1% expansion of our economy? This taxation avoidance was exposed last December and was widely written about in the national media. I can’t help but think how much difference that $48 Billion of “our” hard earned taxation money would make to our public health and education systems, from whom the LNP have cut $80 Billion, I urge all people to vote Labor and all corporations to vote LNP.

The disillusioned voter’s guide to making a difference with your vote

Great advice once again…

Progressive Conversation

You wouldn’t know there was an election coming where I live. There’s no posters on poles, no pollies hanging around on the streets, no letterbox drops, no text messages and no robocalls. If you didn’t follow the news, you wouldn’t even know there was an election on. This is in stark contrast to the New England electorate – home to Deputy PM Bananaby Joyce and independent candidate Tony Windsor – where election fatigue set in weeks, maybe even months ago. New England locals are besieged by posters, billboards, calls, and personal visits by candidates from all parties keen to paint a picture of how wonderful life in New England would be if only they were elected to parliament.

The difference between being a voter in my electorate and in New England of course is that the citizens of New England live in a critical seat for this election – a seat where the outcome of the vote is not considered…

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Was Brexit really democracy in action? (#ItsTime)

Yes, it’s time we removed this staid conservative secretive LNP govt and demanded a new open and transparent Labor government.

Progressive Conversation

Over thirty-three millions Brits exercised their democratic right to have a say in whether Britain should remain in the EU or leave last Thursday.

But did they?

Was the Brexit vote democracy in action – or politics at its worst?

Democracy is a serious business

Democracy is a serious business – as the people of the UK were reminded last week. About eight hours after the polls in Britain had closed, Google reported that British searches for ‘what happens if we leave the EU’ had more than tripled as many ‘Leave’ voters started to come to terms with the implications of what they had done. The next day a number of ‘Leave’ voters expressed “voters’ bregret” at their decision to leave the UK – with one voter saying:

I was really disappointed about the results. Even though I voted to Leave – this morning I woke up and the reality did actually hit me.


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An Open Letter to Australian Voters

Very sound advice Victoria.

Media Inequality

SmashInFaceDear Australia,

Isn’t democracy fun? I know I’m a rarity in my love for politics but even if you hate politics, I still think elections can be fun. Think of your vote like a shopping trip, but instead of buying new shoes you’re going out to buy your future. What could be more fun than shopping for your future? And you don’t even need your credit card.

Australians usually do a pretty good job of their election shopping. Australia is an awesome place to live. But every so often, like three years ago, we make a really bad choice and choose horrible futures, such as the recent past we’ve had to endure under the Abbott/Turnbull government. We have a chance on Saturday to correct this mistake and I’m just hoping you’re awake Australia, ready to make the smart choice.

Please don’t fall for the great catch-cry of the uninformed who…

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Can we please put an end to the political commentator’s myth

Can we please put an end to the political commentator’s myth, that as Australians we are living beyond our means, this is blatantly false, and I’ll tell you why? In my working life I had something to do with accounts, and budgets, they are made up of two distinct sides, revenue and expenditure, and both must be taken into consideration when framing a budget to ensure that the ledger is balanced. This is also true of the function of government, to ensure that both revenue and expenditure are both effective and efficient.

In Australia last year we learnt that the current LNP government has foregone at least $8 Billion of revenue in the last financial year (2015) due to their sloppy construction of corporate taxation laws, and that billion dollar corporations were using the loop holes in the law to avoid paying their fair share of tax, this also applied to multimillionaires. Australian corporations who were making in excess of $100 million p.a., with at least 579 of them not paying a cent in tax since “their” government were elected in 2013. A further 300 of the corporations were paying somewhere between 5% and less down to almost zero. When the news was released most Australian working people were so weary that they took little notice in December 2015.

That said, because of the lack of public ferocity, the LNP decided they would take advantage and drive the nail deeper into the Australian working people’s coffin. They decided to give the aforementioned people and corporations a tax cut, how you give a corporation who has not paid a cent since 2013 a tax cut, I’m not sure? What I do know is that Australian PAYE working taxpayers pay their correct amount of tax on a weekly or fortnightly basis, and to them this situation is grossly unfair, and should not be acceptable. Forget the Treasurer; the parliament need’s an accounts clerk. We are not living beyond our means, our government is simply not collecting “all” available revenue.

Could this be WorkChoices Mk2?


Q: John Howard says you haven’t ruled out further labour market deregulation. Are you planning further labour market deregulation after the election?

Scott Morrison:

I think the prime minister has made our position clear on that all the way through the election and I don’t intend to talk further on what he has said. I’m happy to endorse what the prime minister has said about it.

Could this be WorkChoices Mk2?

Just yesterday

Just yesterday I received the news that Australians have spent on rooftop solar panels $8 billion since 2007, perhaps it is time for the farmers who are always complaining about the cost of electricity to do likewise and install solar power to power their irrigation systems and items around the house and shed. With so much investment already in Australia they would have to be on a winner. Unlike most of the population they could even claim it on tax.


On Turnbull and stability

The LNP are in a factional war, it has gone silent for the election period.

No Place For Sheep


Turnbull relying on Australians seeking stability during a time on [sic] unrest in Europe is the headline of Malcolm Farr’s précis of the LNP election campaign launch, held yesterday.

The problem with the word stability is that far too often, particularly in politics, it’s taken to mean “everything staying the same” regardless of whether that “same” is desirable or not.

According to Turnbull we need to avoid changing government at all costs, and we need to avoid a hung parliament at all costs. We need to stick with the stability (read sameness) of the two-party system, despite the profound lack of stability within both those parties, publicly demonstrated over the last six years.

Admittedly, the ALP seems to have pulled itself together and united behind its leader, achieving temporary internal stability. The same cannot be said for the LNP as Turnbull attempts to straddles the chasm between himself and the right-wing…

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In reference to Land law to face rallies

In reference to ‘Land law to face rallies’ 22.06.16. Perhaps the farmers and graziers have not heard of, or believe in “climate change” their denuding of Queensland trees will lead to a decrease of the very item that may save us from dangerous climate change, which are trees. Perhaps they have not heard the call from their federal government to bring innovation initiative, discretion and judgement to their industry. Grow more in the same space, as workers are constantly urged to produce more with existing staff. Farmers and graziers should be looking at ways they can improve their existing pastures, or trying to increase the yield in whatever they grow. To make more of the land they have available to them. Unfortunately thanks to LNP federal government cuts they have less scientists working at CSIRO to assist them in that venture; however they need to think for themselves.

The Australian population is desperately trying to reduce the country’s emissions by installing solar power, and at last count we had around 23 million panels atop houses to relieve the burning of coal for power. This effort however is being wasted by Queensland farmers and graziers clearing great swathes of bush to graze cattle or grow food. The Australian population in general actually believe in climate change because we can see climatic events growing in strength and occurrence. By taking away our natural emissions absorber (trees) it makes the fight much more difficult. We don’t trust farmers and/or graziers to look after our environment for good reason, we have seen the massive amount of trees that farmers/graziers have cleared on television and they could not be referred to as “ small parcels of land” you people have to understand that we only have one planet, you need to curb your greed.

The great inland plains could be used for farming if we had a federal government with enough vision to dam one of the large northern rivers and add hydro-electricity to the dam to produce enough renewable energy to irrigate, sadly it will be only a Labor government that is likely to hatch such a plan, because they try to do the best they can for “all” people, not just we city folk. The Burdekin Falls Dam is the best example of their actions in N.Q. built 1987 by the Hawke government, where would the Burdekin farmers be without it?.


A Labor Candidate

That’s what makes the Labor Party stand out in this election.

Media Inequality

MichaelAllisonAs I stood next to Labor South Australian Senate candidate, Michael Allison, handing out how-to-vote cards at a local pre-polling booth, we had a chat about what inspired him to run for government. As we were chatting, I noticed the Nick Xenophon Team volunteer was wearing a traffic-light-sized badge claiming a vote for his party is a vote for a real person. Xenophon’s claim that his candidates are ‘real’, and the major party candidates are not, is a typical ‘pox on both their houses’ tactic which allows minor parties and independents to claim they’re better than the majors without having to actually reveal their own ideas and values. The media lap this stuff up. But as I chatted to Michael, and found out more about his values, it was clear his values are Labor through and through.

Simply, Michael was inspired to run for the Senate to ensure his success…

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