Tuesday 9 February
1 The ongoing talkfest on taxation reform continues unabated. The GST (depending on what news source you read) seems to have slipped from the table. The other stuff it would seem is on the slow cooker waiting on the Lord of the Manor to decide what might be on the recipe for the annual carve up in May.
It is fast becoming a joke and it has been suggested that the head chef Gunna Morrison is wanting to give the May banquet a miss and instead settle for a Fosters over an early election barbeque. Sorry I’m just mincing my words.
But really there should be lot to serve up to an electorate starved of good policy from a Government that has made a meal of governance for over two and a half years.
An electorate who in just a few months will go to the polls. On the economic front the electorate knows that, given the current internal and external conditions, adjustments need to be made to our economy. They understand that cuts will need to be made and they are not silly enough to know that revenue needs to raised.
For both parties not to be making a case for both and detailing their attitude is appalling.
We are being treated with contempt by both parties. Now is the time to put away the smooth talk and translate words into actions. At least outline a blueprint of why cuts are needed and how revenue will be raised, then outline the detail.
Turnbull has the gift of the gab but there appears to be little meat in the sausage. As the incumbent government he needs to take the bull by the horns and charge into it.
In order to cast an informed vote the voter should be given all the available economic information. It beggars belief that a government could run almost a full term before deciding to do something about a problem they knew existed when they gained government.
Its a bit like having a plebiscite to confirm something you already know.
As I see it both parties are limited to reforming the same policies. Capital gains, a form of land tax, superannuation, negative gearing. They will split down ideological lines on the savings. Labor will fill the hole in health and education. The coalition will leave the states to solve the upcoming funding crisis in both. The Coalition will give tax breaks to their constituency.
Turnbull’s approach so far has been to try to put everything on the table. The problem with that is that you can leave a lot to clean up afterwards. That’s when the rubber gloves hit the hot water and there’s a fight about who wants to dry. I’m suggesting Malcolm wash if Gunna agrees to dry up.
Seriously though all this indecision does suggest the possibility of an early election. Do they really want to produce a budget?
At this stage I’m tipping that all will be revealed election eve.
2 Here are some comments I had to my Monday post on Facebook debating sites.
A: ‘If the boats aren’t disgorging illegal immigrants on our shores, they’ve been stopped.’
B: ‘More distorted bullshit from John Lord.’
C: ‘Barnaby Joyce has more brains than most of the Labor front bench. Certainly he’s more educated and experienced than the world’s greatest treasurer, Wayne Swan. Joyce is nothing like the US republican nutters.’
D: ‘Turnbull is not a “president”, he’s the Prime Minister. Yep, he’s an arsehole, but he does NOT entirely set the agenda you fool.’
E: ‘I didn’t know you were racist against muslims.’
F: ‘I’d almost feel sorry for the AIMN guys if they weren’t out and out deceptive in every post.’ G ‘What gives you guys the right to openly lie?’
H: ‘Dishonest from start to finish.’ I ‘they have stopped coming to Aus. Journeys have slowed dramatically – very few attempts are even being begun.’
Thank goodness I had a quiet day.
3 I’m a little depressed today so I am being a bit frivolous looking for things to cheer me up. Then I came across these snippets from Mr. Fixit. Christopher Pyne. Note I said Christopher. I got into trouble for calling him Chrissy last time.
On Asylum seekers:
‘Cool heads and big hearts’.
No one wants to see “the people smuggling trade being re energised”.
On dumping an increase to the GST:
‘We are responding to events as they occur’.
4 A note of thanks to all who take the time to read my daily post and especially those who make a comment. The discussion is great.
5 ‘Mr Ruddock will be Australia’s first special envoy for human rights, reflecting the government’s commitment to further strengthening Australia’s contribution to advancing human rights.’ (Julie Bishop).
My thought for the day
‘We should not do or say anything that cheapens another because in the end we only cheapen ourselves’.