Archive | August, 2013

Since when did we become a greedy nation?

27 Aug

If this child’s question was genuine, I shudder at the audacity and selfishness it displays. If it was a ‘plant’ [by the Left] it serves to expose the inequity of the Abbott Paid Parental Leave Scheme and did that well. If it was a ‘plant’ [by the Right] it demonstrates the base politics of en’gendered’ greed they are deploying in order to get themselves elected, i.e. literally at any price. Whatever the driver of the question, in time to come, this child will come to rue it. At least, I hope she does.

The Australian Independent Media Network

Photo courtesy of the couriermail.com.au

Photo courtesy of the couriermail.com.au

An opinion piece.

Watching QandA last night I was struck dumb when a young female member of the audience pounced on Bill Shorten for the government not matching the handout she could expect under Tony Abbott’s PPL scheme. It wasn’t so much the question she threw at Shorton that stunned me, but her attitude.

I cannot remember her question word-for-word, though I remember she introduced herself as a young, ambitious lady who would soon be entering the workforce and confidently embarking on a successful career. In her opinion, as a successful young lady, she feels she would deserve to be paid a bucket load of money to have a baby.

Is it just me, or is that attitude wrong?

Good luck to her in her career, which I hope is very rewarding. I also hope her success matches her enthusiasm. She might know that success…

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Now we know: John Howard had us fooled.

8 Aug

Howard wanted lower interest rates so we’d have more money to spend thereby driving up the GST take.

Café Whispers

I’d prefer to leave John Howard in the dustbin of history, but when he comes out of his promised political exile to impart another of his pearls of wisdom I just can’t help but notice.

John Howard, as we know too well, likes to be noticed.

Do you remember him scary the living wits out of us during the 2004 election campaign about interest rates, in particular, how a vote for Labor in essence would be a vote for higher interest rates? He pushed the message hard, and won an election on it.

He famously said:

“It is an historic fact that interest rates have always gone up under Labor governments over the last 30 years, because Labor governments spend more than they collect and drive budgets into deficit . . . So it will be with a Latham Labor government . . . I will guarantee that interest…

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