Day to Day Politics: When hypocrisy runs free in conservative veins.
Wednesday 27 April 2016 – 68
1 Hypocrisy can mean a pretence of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess. A pretence of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude. Or a situation where someone pretends to believe in something they really don’t, or the opposite of what they do or say at another time.
So when Malcolm Turnbull said that Negative Gearing was “tax avoidance” it could in, the light of his support for it now, be seen as gross hypocrisy. Not long back he actually co-wrote a paper that suggested that negative gearing skewed “national investment away from wealth creating pursuits, towards housing”.
When he did an about turn on policies that for some time he had assured the people he believed in so that he could attain the leadership, could we be blamed for saying “bloody hypocrite”?
When Scott Morrison repeatedly said of Negative Gearing that there were “excesses in the system” and decides to do nothing about them, it would be reasonable to conclude that he is a hypocrite.
When in his maiden speech Morrison alludes to fine Christian platitudes of compassion and love for his fellow humans and then behaves entirely differently, again I suggest that he is being hypocritical:
From my faith I derive the values of loving-kindness, justice and righteousness; to act with compassion and kindness, acknowledging our common humanity and to consider the welfare of others; to fight for a fair go for everyone to fulfil their human potential and to remove whatever unjust obstacles stand in their way, including diminishing their personal responsibility for their own wellbeing; and to do what is right, to respect the rule of law, the sanctity of human life and the moral integrity of marriage and the family. We must recognise an unchanging and absolute standard of what is good and what is evil. Desmond Tutu put it this way: … we expect Christians … to be those who stand up for the truth, to stand up for justice, to stand on the side of the poor and the hungry, the homeless and the naked, and when that happens, then Christians will be trustworthy believable witnesses. These are my principles. My vision for Australia is for a nation that is strong, prosperous and generous: strong in our values and our freedoms, strong in our family and community life, strong in our sense of nationhood and in the institutions that protect and preserve our democracy; prosperous in our enterprise and the careful stewardship of our opportunities, our natural environment and our resources; and, above all, generous in spirit, to share our good fortune with others, both at home and overseas, out of compassion and a desire for justice.
Yes indeed, bloody hypocrites both of them.
When Sophie Mirabella talks of a $10 million grant to a hospital on condition that she wins, I shout “hypocrisy”.
When Barnaby Joyce tells Tony Windsor he had funding for Armidale Hospital until he decided not to contest the seat I am enraged at the hypocrisy of it.
Liberal Member for Bennalong John Alexander who headed the Housing Affordability enquiry said:
Some have said we are on track to becoming a kingdom where the Lords own all the land and the biggest Lord will be King and the enslaved serf tenant is paying rent to the Lord to become wealthier.
It might sound a bit dramatic but it’s not far from the truth.
Greg Jericho writing for the Guardian:
Negative gearing: a legal tax rort for rich investors that reduces housing affordability.
Peter Van Oslen for The Australian says that six Coalition members, including the PM own 99 investment properties between them.
If you look at the electorates that benefit most from, the ones who are getting the largest deductions from Negative Gearing. Of the top ten for net rental loss all 10 were Liberal electorates.
Any wonder they want to keep Negative Gearing.
An ABC Fact check. Fact check: Did abolishing negative gearing push up rents?
- The claim: Treasurer Joe Hockey says abolishing negative gearing could push up rents, because that’s what happened in the 1980s.
- The verdict: During the period negative gearing was abolished rents notably increased only in Sydney and Perth. Other factors, including high interest rates and the share market boom, were also contributors to rent increases at the time.
Mr Hockey’s claim doesn’t stack up.
2 A wasted term of office.
The Tax Base
The following is an extract from an article by Laura Tingle in The Australian Financial Review in 2013:
A perhaps unintended message from the statement, however, must dog both sides of politics: it is simply not feasible for governments of either persuasion to keep patching over the shortfalls of the existing volatile and inadequate tax base.
3 An observation.
“People need to wake up to the fact that government affects every part of their life (other than what they do in bed) and should be more interested. But there is a political malaise in this country that is deep-seated. The politically naive abound in the community and the conservatives feed them all the bullshit they can”.
4 In 2015, 500 workers who benefited from Gillard’s edict that non-faith-based workers be allowed in our schools will be replaced by chaplains sourced predominantly from big Christian organizations. This in a secular public school system is fundamentally wrong be you religious or not. Principals had to sack social workers who they had high praise for. In 2016 it seems that the Evangelical Christians are gaining most from the National School Chaplaincy scheme, earning millions of dollars.
Generate Ministries has won $4 million to provide chaplains to 202 of the 438 NSW schools participating in the scheme in 2016.
The Hillsong-linked Your Dream will earn $1.4 million for 70 schools (up from 50 last year), while Macquarie Life Church will provide chaplains in 20 regional schools.
We are supposed to have a secular Public School System. Don’t you believe it!
My thought for the day.
“Commitment to the use of critical reason, factual evidence, and scientific methods of inquiry, rather than faith and mysticism, is the best way of providing solutions to human problems“.