In Part 1 my focus, in the main, was on “Global Heating” and the lies being told to justify the government’s denial of the problem. The government’s denials has been with us for over a decade now and it is difficult to comprehend how educated men and women can be stupid enough to allow such a catastrophe to occur when it is in their power to do something about it.
In Part 2 I concentrated on a return to trust and transparency in our governance.
In Part 3 I talked about the lack of leadership in our country and in Part 4 I’m talking about the actual baggage list. So here we go.
1 “One-third of Australia’s largest companies paid no corporate tax last year despite the total tax take increasing by more than $6.6 billion.” What is the government going to do about it?
“The tax office doesn’t name the companies but all were able to deduct their profits from previous years’ losses, reported an accounting loss, or claimed deductions such as research and development”
All it does is create an enormous tax burden on the honest companies who pay their share.
Having proposed tax cuts to big business how does the Prime Minister explain so many of them not paying any?
Samantha Dick in The New Daily writes of wage theft:
“Celebrity chefs pinned over wage theft scandals included former Masterchef judge George Calombaris, Rockpool Dining’s Neil Perry, British chef Heston Blumenthal, French-born chef Guillaume Brahimi and Australian pastry king Adriano Zumbo.”
She reports also that companies doing the same were Woolworths, Sunglass Hut, Commonwealth Bank. Domino’s, ABC, Quantas, Super Retail Group, Michael Hill and Bunnings.
2 Julian Burnside in The Saturday Paper 21/12/19) on The Secret Trial of Witness J:
“The underlying criminal case against Witness J remains a mystery to the public. In the Senate on November 28, 2019, the minister representing Attorney-General Christian Porter refused to provide any details about the case. That Witness J was charged and sentenced in secrecy is scandalous in a country that purports to be a democracy. It is also a serious warning to all of us, raising the risk that Australia is quietly becoming authoritarian.” (My bold).
3 Didn’t the Prime Minister promise a form of federal ICAC as part of his election campaign? Whatever happened to it?
4 The election narrative of “jobs and growth” seems to have dropped by the wayside now that the unemployment figures are rising. With school leavers about to hit the jobs market unemployment will be a pain in the backside for the government this year.
“The number of workers aged 15 to 24 now unemployed is 275,500, the highest in 20 months. The youth jobless rate is now 12.4% which ranks 20th in the OECD. This is also the lowest ranking on record.”
5 Conservatives have never been sympathetic to the arts. Even though they sell more tickets than the AFL, NRL and the BBL combined.
And they employ more people than the mining industry.
Art in all its forms is but a reflection of the society in which we live and should be encouraged, not relegated. The arts will not take their demise lying down reciting Shakespeare.
6 The issue of political donations wont bury its head in the sand in 2020. A shake-up of political donation laws is well overdue, including real-time disclosures and to curb the potential for foreign influence in order to protect Australia’s democracy from manipulation.
7 A report into how Question Time can be improved is due to be released but don’t expect anything that might disadvantage the government.
8 Will 2020 disclose just what the secret deal was with Jacqui Lambie to repeal Medevac? It would have to be a worthwhile proposition in order take away people’s proper medical treatment.
9 It has been suggested that the Government will have to write down the value of the National Broadband Network, however Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says they have no intention of doing so.
Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s has issued warnings that the value of its investment in the national broadband network is under threat from 5G mobile technology, saying that it will eventually supersede its hybrid technology.
The problem with designing a network to meet the needs of today is that it denies you the ability to meet the needs of tomorrow.
10 Did you know that 2020 would, for some asylum seekers, be the beginning of year 7 of their incarceration for not even having committed a crime?
Will Dutton now continue with his wild almost crazy assertions that Labor will allow the boats to return if they win the next election?
And they say that Dutton is a future leader. Wow.
11 Further to my previous post, Angus Taylor has been referred to the AFP but given their record on investigating these sorts of things one wouldn’t be confident they would find anything.
12 The lack of funding for the NDIS will continue to be a thorn in the government’s side as will its failure with Robodebt. You can expect more agitation from our First Nations peoples over The Uluru Statement, but water theft will be forgotten. New ideas for the common good will not arise until the next election and any hope of a Morrison legacy will have passed us by.
In Scott Morrison’s Australia everyday citizens are not supposed to protest those things we know to be unfair. The things we know to be wrong. We are not supposed to object when government doesn’t meet our expectations. Workers cannot strike for better conditions.
Nor are we supposed to protest our inability to see or obtain information about the workings of government.
Free speech is in rapid decline. People who report government wrongdoing are castigated and worst of all, government propaganda is seeking to change the way we think.
The absence of empathy is being replaced with narcissistic self-importance.
The Coalition contains some of the most outstanding liars, propagandists and hypocrites our Parliament has ever seen, including the Prime Minister. Is it possible the punters might, in 2020, see through them?
This chilling act of self-promotion was evidenced when the Prime Minister authorised a social media advertisement outlining the government’s actions in response to the bushfire crisis.
My thought for the day
The government’s words and actions bring into question the very essence of the word ‘truth’. Or they have at least devalued it to the point of obsolescence.
Have I mentioned the state of the economy? Oh well. you know the state it is in.
In spite of doubling our debt the economy is being promoted as being in good shape by the Murdoch media. That’s not the truth of course.
While you are at it think about these:
- No world leading NBN.
- No carbon price.
- No booming alternative energy industry.
- No Gonski scale school funding.
- A weakened NDIS.
- No republic.
- Damaged relations with China and our region.
- Subservience to the fascist Trump.
- Wage stagnation.
- Attacks on multiculturalism.
- Attacks on welfare for the poor and vulnerable.
- Massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Australians and foreign corporations.
- Attempts to undermine Medicare.
- More expensive university degrees.
- $500 million cuts to university budgets and research.
- Shrinking home ownership.
- Everyday cost of living up.
- Higher debt.
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