Saturday 12 May 2018
What a bloody week that was! The Treasurer presented his third budget to the Parliament, or should I say he opened the Coalition election campaign on behalf of the Government. It was a very clumsy attempt to trap Labor on the tax issue. It was best summed up like this:
“As Fairfax’s Eryk Bagshaw reported this morning, the proposal goes further than former Treasury secretary Ken Henry proposed in his 2010 tax review, and ANU modelling shows that it will heavily favour the wealthy over the long-term, costing taxpayers $17 billion a year besides.”
There were further vindictive attempts to muscle the ABC and appease the red-headed one and advance the teaching of Christ in our schools with the permanent appointment of chaplains. All in all a very transparent Budget that allowed us to see the very thing we were not supposed to: class warfare. It seems the young, women, and climate change weren’t worth a mention.
Then Bill Shorten stole the show with a “Common Good” budget in reply speech that must have left Malcolm Turnbull shaking his head.
Comment of the Week goes to Leanne Jones for her comment on my post; Now let’s be honest about my bias:
“I have a few close friends and several acquaintances who are extremely biased in their faith in the coalition making them wealthy.
They’re biased against refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers, even though some of them are the children of any of the above.
They’re so biased that they wouldn’t ever consider voting for the common good and the future generations of this country.
One is so biased l have actually unfriended him on Facebook because he complained about what I post to my husband, who now describes this man as a bigoted bogun. He is so gutless that he couldn’t to tell me how he feels. I would be happy to hear his opinion only if he listened to mine.
He disapproves of my view that everyone deserves a fair go no matter where they’re from.
He’s a self-serving vulgarian.
I too enjoy an eclectic taste in music, reading, cuisine and travel.
They do not.
These people do not read, and they like to listen to music from the 60’s and 70’s and would never consider broadening their horizons. ( Not that there is anything wrong with that music. Some of it is great.)
They’re rusted on conservatives in everything that they experience and have failed to grow as human beings.
These people don’t understand l feel passionate about this country and it’s people, many of whom are victimised and looked down upon because of their race and socioeconomic status.
They blame the poor for their poverty.
These particular people are extremely conservative and it’s appalling that they call themselves ”christians” and yet they do not display any of the attributes of what a good christian should have.
It’s like a dog eat dog view in their world.
One of them used to work as a bank teller and a recent discussion about the banking sector and the royal commission made me wish that he could actually see that what has gone on is morally wrong and he told me that the government should not have started looking into the banks at all, because their job was to make money!
I’ve given up trying to figure out how they can be so biased against others and their views on just about any subject.
They think the latest budget is completely fine and don’t see anything wrong with much of it.
Unfortunately they’re not alone in their beliefs, values and ethos.
I think a lack of education has created such ugliness inside them and nothing anyone says to them will change their bias towards others.
I have hope though that future generations of young people will become more knowledgeable about how the government works and maybe one day people will stop voting for the Dutton’s, Turnbulls and the Morrison’s of politics who stand for nothing but themselves and their own vested interests in their careers and big business.”
“Maintain your rage and enthusiasm”. Gough Whitlam
The Scandal Sheet
1 What’s his name. The leader of the country party. Anyway I was going to say how effectively he has been side lined. And Barnaby of course.
2 Yes it’s true. At the last election in 2016, Abbott had to go to Turnbull and beg for money as he was in a very real battle and Warringah was very much in play. Turnbull relented and he held the seat. Such irony as the result would have been a hung parliament, had Abbott lost, but Turnbull would have been free of Abbott’s “Support”, or could have lost government entirely, that would have been the best outcome. This is the very definition of “Double Edged Sword”. And More like his seat is on a knifes edge.
3 Just look at what is happening in the Victorian Branch of the Liberal Party where the Religious Right have taken control of the Presidency.
4 Who said this?
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
5 A survey of media outlets on 5/5/18 revealed the following:
Liberal – 96 articles
Labor – 27 articles
LNP – 10 articles
Other – 6 articles
National – 5 articles
Greens – 3 articles
6 $40 a day is not living. Not living at all, but survival: hand to mouth desperate, edge of a precipice survival. Or not. Today may be okay. Sort of. Tomorrow may be another thing entirely.
7 A President to be proud of.
With any other President any of these would be HUGE scandals:
- Cheated on his wives
- Profited off of the presidency
- Allegedly colluded with Russian
- Falsified medical reports
- Refused to release taxes
- Admitted to sexual assault
- Lied 3000 times
- Paid hush money from campaign funds to porn actress
- Giving the Russians classified info in an Oval Office visit covered only by the Russian media where he admitted to firing Comey because he was onto him.
- Firing people for no reason
Why is this terrible human given a pass by so many for every evil/immoral thing he does?
8 A comment without a name. Last evening Treasurer Morrison told us that we need to “live within our means …”. During HIS time as Treasurer, Govt dept has risen FASTER & HIGHER than at any time in our history … he talks utter SHITE!!.
9 The Poll Bludger Essential Research: 53-47 to Labor
Labor maintains its existing lead in the latest Essential poll, despite improving perceptions on the outlook for the economy.
11 JOHN HEWSON A REAL LIBERAL SAYS THE TAX CUTS ARE JUST A POLITICAL STUNT SORTED BY LOOKING AT WHO WILL VOTE FOR IT. If it’s so good why do we have to wait 7 years, all outside the 4 year? Vote us in to get your $10 week crumbs you bums, is all they are saying.
12 Question Time.
I refer to his previous answer. Can the minister confirm that funding for residential and home care has been combined into a single-line item in the budget? And given this single-line item does not show anything close to the increase of $1.6bn for aged care the government has claimed, isn’t the minister perpetuating a cruel hoax on older Australians?
Top Tweets of the week
1 Simon Banks:
“The LNP originally said that all debt was bad
Now they can’t live within their means
They redefine debt to be good or bad
Meanwhile gross debt – their preferred measure – is $524.9 billion
Up $251.9 billion since the 2013 election”
2 Mary Jane Smith:
“So even though the story (in the Murdoch press) of Shorten missing a dinner with troops to shop, has been said to be untrue by Shorten, Chn 7 is running it at the bottom across the Sunrise screen. Bill said he had not known about a dinner.”
3 Craig Emerson:
“Look past the economics and the science and ask yourselves this ethical question: Are we as Australians happy to profit from appalling cruelty to sheep packed in together on long voyages in stinking heat? I say we are not.”
4 Craig Emerson:
Treasurer claims he is paying down debt. Surpluses are needed to pay down debt. The Budget doesn’t deliver a surplus, it only predicts one – as have the last six Budgets.
5 Ecor Toledo:
From tonight’s budget papers, federal government net debt has virtually doubled from $159 billion (10.4% of GDP) to $349 billion (18.4% of GDP) since the Coalition came to power. #Budget2018
The strength of our economy and our position in the world’s eco ranking is due to the ALP govt during the GFC! Australians kept working ! Am over the LNP lies! #LNPfail
7 Kristina Keneally:
ScoMo’s aged care announcement in tonight’s budget is a hoax. In his speech he said the Govt will increase home care places by 14,000. He left out that he was cutting residential aged care to pay for it, and that there are 100,000 people on the in-home care waiting list.
8 Peter Garrett:
As predicted completely devoid of climate change measures. Biggest, most costly challenge we face not referenced once & what do we get? Savage cuts to environment department, no more support for renewables, massive subsidies to fossil fuel industries – abject failure.
9 Bernard Keane:
Impressed by the sheer vindictiveness of the government’s $84m cut to the ABC in a budget that’s splashing money around like water. The sum makes no difference to the bottom line and may come with a political cost. But it just HAD to attack its enemy.
10 Emma Dawson:
This is radical stuff. Basically takes the knife to our progressive taxation system and massively flattens it. Someone on $45k ends up paying same proportion of their income in tax as someone on four times as much. 🤔#auspol #Budget2018
11 Mike Carlton:
The $84 million budget cut to the ABC is vindictive right-wing thuggery. But they can still find $30 million to shower on Murdoch, a gift that has never been explained. Beneath contempt.
12 Stephen Mears:
Thanks Michaelia – 734,100 Australians still have no job at all. That’s 29,200 more than four months ago. It is 41,400 more than when the Coalition took office in 2013 – MSM Stop supporting the LIES
Read of the Week
If you want to understand the next Prime Minister of Australia, “For the Common Good” is essential reading.
In For the Common Good, Bill Shorten reflects on the values and beliefs that led him to devote himself to the labour movement and stand for the nation’s highest office. He looks back on the emphasis on education and social justice in his childhood in suburban Melbourne, and his many years spent empowering tens of thousands of Australians in workplaces across our continent.
Shorten examines the rapid pace of change in our modern world and offers a way forward that enables all Australians to adapt, seize new opportunities and preserve the Australian way—a prosperous society unshakably committed to fairness. He argues that the key to unlocking a new century of national progress is in building a renewed common good between workers, businesses, governments and the community, from our cities to the regions.
1 Labor and Liberal have called an amnesty on dual citizenship. don’t won’t to worry about by-elections etc.
2 Raise the pension age to 70. All that will do is put people over 65 say onto Newstart. Which is less than the pension. Unfortunately in many cases they will find it very hard to find work.
Isn’t that what they want?
3 The Illinois Senate has passed a bill that would require public schools in the state to teach lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history, as well as use inclusive and “non-discriminatory” textbooks. The bill would require “all elementary and high schools to teach a unit studying ‘the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.
4 Peter Costello has declared the nation’s top banks are being more damaged now because of the royal commission than during the global financial crisis.
5 There are meant to be more dual citizens in parliament – on both sides.
6 The Senate crossbench say they will block the tax cuts. Well I am sure its just a game. They will block it for now to see what they are offered as a reward to vote for it.
7 Tax cuts are funded from surpluses that may never happen.
8 Labor had no option but to agree with the tax cuts to people on low to middle incomes.
9 Tend to agree. That budget was about the next election rather than the future. Combined ideology with vote-buying. So disappointing.
10 Report this morning there is 20 days of petrol left. Would mean a rationing system. If that happens the government is really finished electorally.
My clown of the week
The person who originated the latest name for Bill Shorten. It’s so stupid I can’t even remember what it was. It’s about the 20th now. None have stuck.
My thought for the day
“When drafting a budget for the common good what should your priorities be?”