Monday February 22 2016
1 Slowly the media in general are coming around to the realisation that for the past two and a half years the Coalition have been sitting on their backsides doing nothing about tax policy.
Morrison even admitted it saying:
‘Those issues were not under consideration before September last year’.
‘It was not like they were beavering away on them for two years before that. Those issues only came into consideration in September last year’.
Actually a case can be put that no policy work was done for the four years they were in opposition.
‘We will oppose everything. That’s what oppositions do.’ I seem to recall Abbott saying.
I could even make a case that it’s rare for them to take on major reform at any time. If you were asked to nominate five Coalition major reforms that addressed the common good you would be hard pressed to nominate any.
In fact why don’t you try? Name five major reform policies in the past 50 years of the Coalitions specifically designed to benefit the common good.
You might say Costello’s GST was a major reform but it favoured the rich. It burdened the poor and those with the least capacity to pay. It discriminates against the poor and the pensioners who are living a hand-to-mouth existence and spending the bulk of their income on the necessities of life—food, clothing, rent, heating, power etc. And of course since its inception Coalition governments have sought to further erode it by increasing the eligibility age and raising the assets test. By eliminating further concessions the pension will decline in value by $3000 over the next few years. It is remarkable how Labor has managed to become the de facto government. Or so it would appear the way the government is being forced to attack its policies. I have said previously that Labor cannot win this election with a traditional campaign. By releasing policy early Shorten has badly wrong footed Turnbull who says he won’t release tax reform policy until the budget.
I have never seen this before. A government having to attack an opposition who is delivering sound economic policies 7 months before an election.
When the top 10% of wage earners are the ones who benefit most from negative gearing it is a policy relatively easy to defend.
Yesterday we had the best retail politician in Australia, Barnaby Joyce, saying Labor’s Negative Gearing policy would reduce the value of a million dollar home by a third. Rather reminded me of the $100 dollar roast. Honestly, the most educated Government in Australia’s history are acting like they don’t have a collective brain in their heads.
On top of all the talking and retracting over the past few weeks yesterday they had a thought bubble on low-income earners getting their super payments as wages. Expect they will back down today.
Turnbull and Morrison’s problem is that the areas ripe for tax reform are the very ones that would affect it constituency most.
Whilst Bill Shorten is not the most charismatic person around he might just be the policy wanker people say he is. And a strategist to go with it. In any case he is getting all the favourable media.
2 Goodbye Harper Lee. As a young boy you changed my life.
3 How dreadful, how disillusioned those good Catholic folk who have their faith at the core of their being must feel. I know our local Parish Priest does. But having committed the sins it has, it is difficult to see how the church has any right to cast moral judgement on others.
The indignation it is showing over accusations about Cardinal Pell is outrageous given the deaths it has caused. So many children abused, lives destroyed and families devastated. To this day I don’t think they fully comprehend the damage they have done. The Vatican still won’t release documents in their keeping. As an institution the Church is morally bankrupt.
‘We can sometimes become so engrossed in our own problems that we can easily overlook the enormity of the suffering of others’.
4 On the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement people should understand that the Republicans, Clinton, Sanders and half of the Democratic Party are against it. Oh, so am I, by the way. So Andrew Robb might have wasted a lot of time.
5 I don’t have a prize but can you identify these people:
Mr Angry, Mr Smiley and Mr Waffle.
6 Yet another one goes. Liberal senator Bill Heffernan will bow out of politics at the next federal election.
The outspoken 72-year-old farmer is well-known for smuggling a fake pipe bomb into parliament. He also falsely accused, under parliamentary privilege, former High Court judge Michael Kirby of picking up rent boys.
What a grubby individual he is. He will not be missed.
My thought for the day
‘Nothing matters in life so much as to live it decently. And you don’t need any form of religious belief to do so. Be as humane as you can possibly be’.
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