Does a true Australian worship the Queen, or do they stand in solidarity with an Australian President of an Australian Republic?
How disappointing it was to read Labor should want to tighten up on welfare errors TB 27.01.17 from Debra Gibson.
Unfortunately Ms Gibson concentrated on only half the story, and sadly she got that wrong. Now I can’t speak for the Labor Party, however examining welfare fraud has been an ongoing action from both progressive and conservative governments, the current issue is the means by which the process is being applied, the current LNP govt, is by computer without human oversight. One wonders how Ms Gibson would feel if she had to rely on Centrelink payments to survive, and supplied correct information, only to receive a debt notice for $7,000 and have to try to prove that the computer is wrong. This is the outgoings.
Ms Gibson, should also concentrate on the other side of the coin, that affects our Treasury, that being a lack of revenue from giant foreign corporations operating within Australia, our Treasury foregoes many Billions of dollars every year that should be had in income tax from these corporations, unfortunately according to Roy Morgan Research figures and due to extremely poor economic management we now have in excess of 2.5 million Australians who are either unemployed or underemployed, which is precisely why the drain on Centrelink payments is so high. Perhaps this conservative federal government should compile a jobs plan for our country, and cut the loop holes out of the tax legislation that the corporations use to avoid paying tax.This is the incoming. Most people understand that there are two sides to a ledger.
With the revenue raised the government could undertake some badly needed national infrastructure that would create thousands of jobs and get this great country back on its feet. After all it is this conservative government who have allowed our economy to deteriorate to its current situation.
Are you angry enough yet? That is the question March Australia would like to know. In 2017, they are taking it to the streets again!
In 2014, Tony Abbott and the Liberal National Coalition Government saw the anger well up in so many people and March in March took it to the streets. Three years later the Australian people are still angry and Malcolm Turnbull, like Tony Abbott before him, still does not have a positive or progressive agenda.
Although this morning on Twitter John Wren thinks he knows where the Prime Minister’s agenda might be. If only Irona was not on holidays! 😂😂😂😂
— John Wren (@JohnWren1950) January 21, 2017
The Turnbull Government is still NOT listening to the people and March in March is BACK!
The Liberal Government has failed miserably…
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The tories never take responsibility for their actions, they have had a full term and into their second and still blaming the ALP for their incompetence!
If you go to the website #notmydebt you’ll find fifteen pages of stories written by people who’ve received demands from Centrelink to repay debts the department has falsely raised against them. It’s a harrowing read.
Depending on which explanation you prefer, the aggressive efforts to extract monies from people who do not owe them has been caused by faults in the department’s new automatic compliance system; a malevolent attack by the LNP government on welfare recipients, or a combination of both.
Centrelink has advised some punters that their best course of action is to begin repaying the alleged debt while the review process is underway, that is, before it has been established that they actually owe anything. This places punters in a Kafkaesque bind: repaying a debt is an acknowledgement that you accept its validity. Punters are also threatened that if they don’t agree to a repayment scheme, their alleged…
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The tipping point for climate change is nigh upon us All this while climate change seemed like the mountain was far enough. But time is running out and we don’t seem to be concerned about the impen…
The urgency has increased with back to back to back record high temperatures recorded year after year after year!
The tipping point for climate change is nigh upon us
All this while climate change seemed like the mountain was far enough. But time is running out and we don’t seem to be concerned about the impending crash
Up until now, the conversation on the issue of climate change has almost always been hopeful. In various rounds of international negotiations, we have looked into the future and said that if we cap global carbon emissions, we will be able to stall temperature increases. While the “if” part of that conversation has been the proverbial can that has been conveniently kicked down the road time and again, the tone has generally been optimistic.
President-elect Donald Trump’s ascent to the White House is going to change things, however. While businessman-Trump, in 2009, had undersigned a full-page advertisement in The New York Times supporting President Barack Obama’s efforts to drum up a climate…
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From F. Scott-Fitzgerald: ‘The Crack-up’
“This is what I think now: that the natural state of the sentient adult is a qualified unhappiness. I think also that in an adult the desire to be finer in grain that you are, “a constant striving” (as those people say who gain their bread by saying it) only adds to this unhappiness in the end — that end that comes to our youth and hope.”
It doesn’t do to become too cynical at a young age, THAT is best left those who reach the “winter” of one’s life and can “cheerfully” find justification for cynicism alongside their other trophies of other disappointments in life. It is one of the privileges of living a long life where one can, with experience (no matter how twisted that experience is!) talk-up justification without a youngsters interruption for one’s opinion….it’s called “booorinnng!”
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How do I know with certainty that Trump will fall of the rails, crash and burn and then disappear like an ugly pimple on a Clearasil ad? Because I’ve seen this movie before – Australia endured Tony Abbott as Prime Minister. The day he was elected, I thought the world had ended. But we survived. Abbott’s tenure as PM, though painful, was only two years long and was a relatively unproductive two years at that. For those unfamiliar with this story’s plot, here are the key reasons Trump will share the same fate as Abbott:
1) Negative campaigning instead of leading gets old fast
Abbott’s always-on campaign of negativity worked like a charm when campaigning. But once in power, the pessimism, sniping and constant put-downs wore thin very quickly. Just…
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