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Murdoch Won’t Benefit From Company Tax Cuts And Malcolm’s Courageous Stand On Marriage Equality!

People need to start thinking before they speak. For example, I heard someone say that the proposed company tax cuts were just to benefit Rupert Murdoch. That’s nearly as silly as Donald Trump’s suggestion that because Obama was such a bad president, it’ll be generations before we have another black president. Even if you accept the idea that Obama was a disaster as president, why should we use one person to generalise about all people of that race? Isn’t that racism? You know, “I’m not employing any Albanians because the only one I hired was pretty lazy”. Using the same logic, you’d have to argue that as Donald has stuffed up so badly, it’ll be years before we get another orange one.

Anyway, while the current government was congratulating itself on actually passing the marriage equality legislation, a report from the Tax Office was released which told us that a large number of big companies paid no tax.

One of those companies belongs to that American billionaire that everybody loves to hate. That’s Rupert Murdoch and News Corp, just in case some of you meant that I meant Mr Burns from “The Simpsons”. There’s a big difference between the two: One is the result of fiction writers creating an unreal world for dramatic effect; the other is a cartoon character. Whatever, the idea that company tax cuts would benefit Rupert is just plain wrong. I guess that’s why they had to give it a few million to cover women’s sport.

Some of the other companies included Adani, Chevron, ExxonMobil Australia and Ikea. Amazing that they could be so inefficiently run and still pay their boards so much. Anyway, let’s not talk worry too much about it because, hey, Turnbull has actually achieved something for once.

While some are being terribly critical of those who abstained from voting on the marriage equality legislation, I can’t help but feel that it’s a little unfair. If your religion insists that you deny others their rites (pun intended), while your party insisted that we need to consult the people before voting, then you are in a bit of a bind. Surely you can’t go against your conscience but, similarly, it would be wrong to vote against an expensive survey because the whole point of the plebiscite was that this wasn’t something that could be left to politicians. At least, it couldn’t be left to politicians until after they found out what the people wanted them to do. After that, they were free to do what they wanted.

Of course, I will single out Tony Abbott for special attention because the plebiscite was his proposal originally.. Now, I know that some of you are saying that it was just a delaying tactic to put the issue on hold until after the election, but Tony promised us that he’d take the people’s vote into account. That, of course, was assuming that he was still PM. Once Malcolm shafted him, he considered himself free to abstain because the Bill didn’t provide enough protection for those wishing to pretend that it – and the past fifty years – had never happened.

Of course, one of the problems with the idea of granting people “religious freedom” is that you can’t always allow one group freedom without sometimes infringing on the rights of another group. For example, in some sexist religions, women don’t have the right to an opinion. Does that mean, that should men from that religion get a job with the AEC, they can refuse to enrol women to vote? Mm, I presume even Mr Abbott would see that there’s a problem there…

But let’s ignore all that and admit that Malcolm deserves a big pat on the back. After all, it’s thanks to him that we now have marriage equality. Ok, when he first became leader, he didn’t stand up to the conservative elements in his party and say let’s just have the vote without an unnecessary and divisive plebiscite, but when the plebiscite idea was defeated, he courageously told us that this was the end of the matter and to blame Labor that legislation wouldn’t happen in this Parliament.

Then when it became clear that a Private Member’s Bill was going to be introduced, Malcolm showed his support for his own leadership by quickly grasping onto the possibility that the ABS could run a “survey” without the need for Parliamentary approval. Were it not for his quick thinking, this whole vote could have been taken months ago, and we could have been talking about other things.

Like why so many companies pay no tax.

 

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  1. Miriam English

    Murdoch — the monster we all love to hate. Looks like the climate denialism he promoted so widely through his media has come back to bite him. The increased number and ferocity of fires has hurt a lot of people. It’s only right that he should get his.

    LA Fires Just Destroyed Fox News Owner Rupert Murdoch’s Home
    http://reverepress.com/news/la-fires-just-destroyed-fox-news-owner-rupert-murdochs-home/

  2. Rossleigh

    Ah, Miriam. The karma, the schadenfreude…

    Perhaps we’ll have Andrew Bolt attacking those climate deners, suggesting that they’re all part of some left-wing conspiracy to destroy billionaires’ homes.
    But probably not.

  3. pierre wilkinson

    well of course tax cuts will not affect rupert: he doesn’t not only pay any tax, he gets a free $900million gift from the Australian government

  4. Alpo

    So Murdoch won’t benefit from tax cuts because he already pays no taxes?….. The irony is not missed….

  5. Graeme Henchel

    Whenever he spoke I felt quite sick
    Did he think I was stupid?
    Did he think I was thick?
    He made false promises, told so many lies
    kept making excuses and he’d blame other guys

    So I stopped listening, over it all
    The lies, the excuses, hypocrisy and gall

    Then he started pleading, said he’d changed
    I saw no difference, he must be deranged
    Yet all of his mates were still right by his side
    But they can’t be trusted, all of them lied

    So whenever he spoke, I just turned off
    I knew he’d be lying, enough is enough

    He became more deluded, like Monty’s black knight
    kept changing the story saying black, now is white
    When called to account, he’d build lie upon lie
    with a wink and a smirk and a bogus blue tie

    So I moved on, tired of the lies
    eagerly awaiting his certain demise

    He says now he’s turned over a new leaf
    But no apology for the pain and the grief
    He wants forgiveness, but no mention of fault
    It’s just a fig leaf for continued assault

    He then pretends he’s the great protector
    Saving us all from the terrorist spectre
    There are no depths that he won’t go
    Division and fear is all he knows

    And long after he was shown the door
    This lying moron continues to boor
    Deluded, deceitful and still full of shit
    Replaced by another duplicitous twit

    This desperate Thug is at it again
    Inflicting abuse, division and pain
    More lies, more hurt with his offensive attacks
    This destructive Thug must be stopped in his tracks

    It’s time this prick was put in his place
    A collective mid finger put right in his face
    To massively fail has always been his fate
    Saying YES to love will overcome hate

    And now as his world is falling apart
    He lingers too long like an unwelcome fart
    A thug defeated, now defending the past
    His “use by date” has now well truly passed

    This son of bitch Bishop and rodent Howard
    Has shown us all he’s a liar and coward
    Come the next election he’ll be shown the door
    The people of Warringah will boot out the boor.

  6. Jagger

    Marvellous Malcolm has had a couple of big weeks, first off he’s captured a Chinese spy, secondly he’s refused to send some “prisoners” to NZ after he and his “torturer” declared kiwis are filling up our jails , then he’s got SSM legislation passed by himself and now he’s on the trail of an American spy and economy wrecker in Bennelong while praising his DPM’s record breaking win in New England, where he didn’t even have to campaign as he’s well known as a “real families man” and top notch “gas farmer”. Wow what a leader.

  7. Regional Elder

    Malcolm’s unsung achievement is wedging Abbott on the marriage equality issue.
    Perhaps he had some early polling done in Warringah and knew most people there were in favour of it while their MHR representative was not.
    After the legislation has been passed, Abbott, who has made opposing progressive thought and action his life’s mission now looks more isolated than ever. No-one could be more pleased about this than Malcolm.

    Not that Malcolm deserves much credit for the marriage equality outcome. But he does want to bask in the glory of it.

  8. Patagonian

    Miriam, I don’t generally take enjoyment for other people’s misfortune but in Mudrake’s case I will make an exception.

  9. townsvilleblog

    Murdoch has been the thorn in the side of every PM since the Rt Hon E.G. Whitlam Q.C. and continues to be, one wonders if his son’s will carry on the intimidation of politicians world wide or if the practice will die with him. On marriage equality, following the public vote, that we apparently had to have, no political party would have dared do anything else, in an indirect way I suppose the thanks should go to Abbott whose decision it was to hold the plebiscite, not that he would have enjoyed the result.

  10. Zathras

    Malcolm’s real grievance about Dastyari causing Australia to be politically “influenced” by China is that it could interfere with Rupert’s territory (not to mention that of the USA, UK and Israel generally).

  11. writtenword09

    I like your comment Graeme Henchel. 🙂

  12. Glenn Barry

    I’m with Miriam – the schadenfreude at hearing of Murdoch’s misfortune is making me grin – too old to change his mind or learn – suffer it must be

  13. Miriam English

    I’m not actually happy at his misfortune (at least, I hope I’m not).

    I grew up in scarily bushfire-prone country where everybody in the community was in the bushfire brigade.It’s not the fault of maids or pets that he’s a goddamn denialist bastard with immense power to affect the world. But I do think it is a good thing that he reaps some of the results of global warming. I just wish he didn’t have other houses, a yacht, and a plane to fall back on. I’d prefer that he lost everything, considering the massive harm he’s doing around the world. I think that would be a kind of grim justice.

    Unfortunately it will probably be little more than a minor annoyance to him. He should be made to feel the suffering he’s helping to inflict on much of the world.

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