Monday November 2
1 Curtin University has estimated that an increase to the GST will cost the average family $4000 dollars a year. My view is that the Coalition will take a host of revised taxation policies to the next election. Everything Turnbull utters is done so in a manner framed in “everything is up for consideration.” That’s fine but it does illustrate just how little policy reform will have been done in the Coalitions first term. A wasted three years.
2 Bill Shorten should insist that the investigation into Labor Party branch stacking is honest and truly independent. The latest scandal has again humiliated the party and exposed it to public ignominy and disrepute.
Party stalwart Race Matthews lays into the establishment in this article:
“There may never be a better opportunity to clean up once and for all the morass that has been exposed. The party must not let this opportunity be lost”.
3 Two years ago I conducted a focus group with some final year school students. The purpose was to ascertain just what they knew of our political system. Overwhelmingly I found that they knew little of Political Ideology but were very well informed about the issues. Whilst I support lowering the voting age to 16 it would have to go hand in hand with a curriculum that enhanced their knowledge of our democracy and how it works.
4 A reminder not to miss the four part series beginning November 8 on the dismissal of Gough Whitlam.
5 At first the announcement that Australia wants to co-chair the Paris Climate talks might bring forth ridicule, even cynical laughter but here is another way of looking at it. The fact that Australia is putting in a bid to co-chair is itself a strong sign of positive engagement and as a co-chair, any country has a strong obligation to support the process in a positive manner. That is what other countries will be expecting.
6 If you haven’t read it already, I recommend Kaye Lee’s piece; Malcolm and Scott’s great big new tax on everything.
MY THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Question everything. What you see, what you feel, what you hear and what you are told until you understand the truth of it. Faith is the residue of things not understood and can never be a substitute for fact”.