Saturday 17 September
“Never in the history of this nation have the rich and privileged been so emboldened”.
1 Not having attended his own Press Conference to announce his backflip on Superannuation, it must have personally outraged the Prime Minister when larger than life MP George Christensen called his own press conference to announce that the Government had backed down after he had threatened to cross the floor.
“All of my requests have been acted upon” he gloatingly said.
Turnbull must have been further offended when Eric Abetz did much the same thing.
At first blush after having read and listened to a number of media outlets the consensus seemed to be that the big winners in the Super changes are the rich. Sure, the changes will help the budget bottom line but it is not a decision for the common good, it is one where one section of the community has been given, (including the PM) an economic advantage over another.
The Morgan Daily Newsletter quoted The Australian saying:
“Industry super funds and professionals such as accountants and financial planners will ultimately be the main beneficiaries of the revised super policy’’
They also quoted The Australian Financial Review:
“Wealthy come out winners in new super deal”.
Two things: firstly, Christensen has publicly demonstrated just how beholden Turnbull is to the far right of his party. He seemingly cannot make a decision without the authority of Christensen, Bernardi, Abetz and others. Secondly, all matters of economic budget repair, there seems to be a ”protect the rich and privileged” agenda at all cost principle involved.
“Invariably when I read about how successful people are. The measure is always the value of their assets. Why is this so?“
2 This week saw the first anniversary of Turnbull’s ascension to power. Much has been written about his first 12 months, with very little of it good.
Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett said:
“NO VISION, no plan, and a loner who thinks he is brighter than the rest of us … Malcolm Turnbull has had training wheels spinning for 12 months and it’s time he started leading”.
But what are your thoughts? How would you rate him out of 10 on the following? Be fair and let’s see it we can get a serious conversation going.
Firstly though, remember what he said:
“We need a different style of leadership. We need a style of leadership that explains those challenges and opportunities, explains the challenges and how to seize the opportunities. A style of leadership that respects the people’s intelligence, that explains these complex issues and then sets out the course of action we believe we should take and makes a case for it. We need advocacy, not slogans. We need to respect the intelligence of the Australian people”.
I, despite being of the left thought that when he came to power he did the Australian people a great service in disposing of Abbott, and that should never be forgotten. I also thought he would usher in a new era of civility in the body politic. I will save my marks until later.
Out of 10 please:
3 I thought I would share just one of the responses I got from a reader on Facebook to my piece yesterday about Pauline Hansen.
“Get your head out of your fat arse John you dispicable arse wipe. Your just another parasite that doesnt like or dont want to like the truth. This lady has more intelligence in her little finger than you have in you whole decrepit body and she always speaks the truth where as idiots like you always talk bullshit just to try get a name for yourself. Well this yime you have failed you wanker. You are a unaustralian dispicable left wing parasite and should shut you filthy mouth and f*ck off just like you greenie friends”.
(I’m told The AIMN receives similar comments but filters them out).
My thought for the day.
“Those who cannot forgive are condemned to suffer for it“.
PS: If You haven’t read Kaye Lee’s piece ‘No wonder business confidence is rising‘ – you really should.