Well, what a Prime Minister

05.01.18

Well, what a Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has turned out to be, he has presided over five consecutive quarters of falling living standards for the Australian people. At least he has something to boast about at LNP black bow tie dinners, the deficit has ballooned to the point of trebling under this LNP government, and this is after they have frozen wages, and cut all but essential services, to which they have reduced. The incompetence required to get that result is mind-blowing. Under any other circumstances The Treasurer would be sacked.

Congratulations Mr. Turnbull and still 46% of the people still approve of you and your government. Your LNP government has lost the country the car industry, ‘real’ unemployment is running around 9.5% though it would seem that the Australian people have a masochistic streak, one can only wonder when they will really say, enough is enough!

 

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Workers’ rights

21.12.17

Workers’ rights have been earned, not granted. A little over a century ago, the Australian Labor Party was born out of the hardship of the working class. When I use the word ‘workers’ in this sense, I refer to those of us who work for someone else in return for a wage. And this is not to imply that those who pay the wages do not work, of course they do. Many of you out there in the workforce have very good wages and conditions now. You believe you don’t need the Labor Party or the Union movement any more for protection. You tend to begrudge having to pay union dues, even though those dues are tax deductable, but it would be better to look on it as a form of industrial insurance.

These good wages and conditions are a result of union activity in the past, good unions are still battling away on your behalf in the Industrial Courts. Wages and conditions in Australia were not as good as they are now in the past. Ask any working man or woman over the age of 70 or so what it was like when they began their working life. There is a great fear among older people that the young workers will learn too late, the value of unions – good conditions and wages had to be fought for and won the hard way in our working days. The younger workers have never had to battle; they regard these wages and conditions as a right, and they seemingly do not realize how easy ‘these rights’ can be taken away, please don’t let the employers turn back the clock to the bad old days.

Original letter was written by Rob Lawrence of Hughenden.

 

Workers’ rights

21.12.17

Workers’ rights have been earned, not granted. A little over a century ago, the Australian Labor Party was born out of the hardship of the working class. When I use the word ‘workers’ in this sense, I refer to those of us who work for someone else in return for a wage. And this is not to imply that those who pay the wages do not work, of course they do. Many of you out there in the workforce have very good wages and conditions now. You believe you don’t need the Labor Party or the Union movement any more for protection. You tend to begrudge having to pay union dues, even though those dues are tax deductable, but it would be better to look on it as a form of industrial insurance.

These good wages and conditions are a result of union activity in the past, good unions are still battling away on your behalf in the Industrial Courts. Wages and conditions in Australia were not as good as they are now in the past. Ask any working man or woman over the age of 70 or so what it was like when they began their working life. There is a great fear among older people that the young workers will learn too late, the value of unions – good conditions and wages had to be fought for and won the hard way in our working days. The younger workers have never had to battle; they regard these wages and conditions as a right, and they seemingly do not realize how easy ‘these rights’ can be taken away, please don’t let the employers turn back the clock to the bad old days.

Original letter was written by Rob Lawrence of Hughenden.

 

The working population

20.12.17

With the working population struggling with the LNP wage freeze, the median income is approximately $43,000 per annum, inflation is low but every week that passes the ordinary working person’s income has to stretch further than ever before due to subtle rises in the cost of living. It is no wonder that there are well in excess of three million Australians living below the poverty line, with no prospect of advancement under this federal LNP government.

As prices steadily rise and wages remain frozen, many small businesses will simply go to the wall and add to the already huge volume of unemployed and underemployed people in this country.  The Roy Morgan Research corporation puts “real” unemployment at 9.5% and it has always been a difficult task to be born working class and to progress in life, especially now that the Turnbull LNP government has limited university places, to keep working class people down.

We do not need personal income tax cuts, what we do need is for these foreign multibillion dollar multinational corporations to pay a fair share of income tax, instead this LNP government runs a protection racket so they don’t pay a red cent. Our aging infrastructure is badly in need of renewal and I am so happy that the Queensland Labor government is recognizing and acting accordingly, having promised to build the $100 million Burdekin Hydro Electric power station that should at least lower our electricity bills.

 

 

Queensland could not wear

Queensland could not wear the Campbell Newman LNP government’s privatization policies that were set to be carried out by his Treasurer and second in command Tim Nicholls, who is now the LNP leader. I note they have promised the world, knowing full well that they will find a convenient excuse post-election to not deliver on their promises, as LNP governments have traditionally done.

The Queensland Labor government has nearly restored the 14,000 nurses, teachers, police and other public servants that Treasurer Tim Nicholls sacked 6 years ago, which is why the LNP today are in Opposition. We have heard positive progressive policies from Labor such as a pumped hydro power station on the mighty Burdekin Falls Dam which was delivered by the Hawke Labor government in 1987; this along with a gravity fed water pipeline from the dam to Townsville’s Ross River Dam would solve many problems.

In closing, please cast your collective memories back just 3 years and remember just how bad this party is in government, and please put them second last on your ballot paper, just  in front of One Nation, who support the LNP in the federal parliament on their assault on the poorest Australians.

 

Turnbull must urgently clarify whether or not he is entitled to Israeli citizenship.

No Place For Sheep

The S44 citizenship saga has thrown up possible queries concerning the citizenship status of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The first is this interview with the Times of Israel in September 2015, recorded when Turnbull ousted former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and took over the top job:

My mother always used to say that her mother’s family was Jewish, he (Turnbull) told the Australian Jewish News two years ago. Judaism is passed from generation to generation on the mother’s side, so if his mother was in fact Jewish, so is Turnbull.

The second is a piece from the Australian Jewish News, August 2013, headlined “Menachem Mandel Turnbull?” in which the same statement is made by Turnbull about his mother, Coral Lansbury.

If Turnbull is Jewish, he is, as is every Jew in the world with the exception of criminals and terrorists, entitled to Israeli citizenship under the 1950 Law of Return.

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As “real” unemployment reaches 9.5%

As “real” unemployment reaches 9.5% as researched by Roy Morgan Research Corporation, Australia continues to suffer under this conservative government LNP/One Nation/conservative independents;  http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/7403-australian-unemployment-estimates-october-2017-201711030344?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2017-11-03-AU-MRU&utm_content=2017-11-03-AU-MRU+CID_0956f39830bf5d25058496ca86550e89&utm_source=Market%20Research%20Update&utm_term=2334%20million%20Australians%20now%20unemployed%20or%20under-employed it seems obvious they have no plan for jobs, as consumer and business confidence is again in a downward spiral. The Australian Bureau of Statistics may very well release a figure of 5.5% but the public realizes that it could not possibly be true, there are far too many people who find themselves unemployed to take the ABS figure seriously.

 

The greed and self-interest

07.11.17

The greed and self-interest of the AMA and some, I stress not all, doctors is bloody disgusting. The Victorian, past AMA President who recently spoke against a person’s right to end their own lives when they feel the time is right, should be ashamed of himself for his contribution to the recent debate in the Victorian parliament. Victoria has the most stringent laws of this type anywhere on the planet, and the right to end a life laws were later passed in the lower house of the Victorian chamber of parliament.

Death as life, comes in all forms, some very fortunate people pass away in their sleep, while for others Life becomes a living hell. Those people are inflicted with Shingles and other painful conditions, and are in tremendous pain that not even morphine can remedy. Those poor patients are kept alive by insensitive doctors who will not grant their patients wish to end their life of pain and misery. Some have gained weight in their final years and find difficulty and horrible pain when attempting to walk with the aid of a wheelie walker, cannot sleep and have difficulty breathing, due to fluid build-up in the body, sometimes as far up as the lungs. Some also suffer with a lack of blood circulation which produces itches that cannot be satisfied and no remedy exists.

So before anyone condemns the Victorian legislation of the most progressive government in Australia, please consider that perhaps only 1% of the general public will ever want to use this legislation, and for those poor souls they deserve, in my humble opinion the “right to die with dignity” not strapped up to a machine, or having tubes and drip lines inserted into them to keep them alive. My grandfather died a terrible death in the 1980s, kept alive by doctors who would not let him go, and if he had this legislation in Queensland, he would surely have used it.

My granddad understood that there was nothing on the other side except death itself, he wasn’t frightened of a make-believe heaven or hell, as he realized that those places were a figment of the imagination of others, looking to make a quick dollar out of a control mechanism on society that sells hope and fear. If the upper house of the Victorian parliament passes this legislation into law, all progressive Australian governments should also adopt it and make it a uniform law across this nation. We do it out of compassion for our animals, when the time is right and there is no good reason why we should not do it for ourselves.

Politicians, sex and the Press Gallery

No Place For Sheep

For reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me, the Daily Telegraph decided on Saturday to publish a piece inferring that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce engaged in an extra marital affair with a staffer that has caused upheaval and discontent in his workplace, and his home.

My colleague Noely Neate offers some interesting speculations on the Tele’s piece here. 

What caught my attention was the reaction on Twitter from a few journalists, among them Katharine Murphy of the Guardian, who tweeted:

I’ve written on this convention here, but there’s more to be said about it.

The problem with Murphy’s convention is that it makes any…

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The sad demise 24.10.17

The sad demise of our vehicle industry because of the blind ideology of former Treasurer Joe Hockey who dared the vehicle manufacturers to go in 2014 along with his infamous horror budget saw the last of him, and his punishment was harsh, he was made our ambassador to the USA, of course another “jobs for the boys” affair. Our workforce and the Holden is no more which should raise our “real” unemployment figure to well over 10% according to Roy Morgan Research Corporation. The ABS figure has become redundant.

No wonder the welfare figure has shot up, unemployment is now well over 1.1 million people and underemployment is worse at 1.2 million people who cannot get enough work to support themselves or their families. This now means that well over three million Australians are living below the poverty line, a goal of the LNP to see working people living in poverty while they sell off public assets cheaply to their mates or donors; it’s a picnic at present for the wealthy.

I can see the situation in slow motion; if interest rates rise we will see homelessness in unparalleled proportions the like of which has never been seen in Australia. The LNP ideologues, the IPA are crossing off items on their wish list that they had never dreamed would or could happen. There is a huge Global Financial Crisis coming, we poorer people can feel the economy tightening there will be no room for the faint hearted when it hits.