Archive | May, 2014

I refuse to live in fear!

7 May

The Commission of Audit did not look at tax expenditure, that is the tax concessions made to mining companies, largely foreign owned with their profits going overseas, or the enormous benefits going to people at the top end of the superannuation scale who get to pay no more than 15% on top up contributions even if they are millionaires or billionaires. These two concessions alone mount up to tens of billions of dollars, yet the squeeze is all about the struggling working poor, pensioners and disabled who even by their mass cannot equal the tax expenditure. Not only was tax expenditure not in the remit for the CoA, it is not a budget consideration either. This is a reprehensible situation.

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no-bullying The tactic of a bully is to keep their victims living in fear of what could happen so they are grateful when they don’t get beaten or abused. They make their victim believe they are powerless by cutting them off from their support and telling them only the bully can look after them. This is exactly what our own government is doing. It is their tactic of choice in so many areas.

In the past, Australia was a country who willingly offered safe haven to refugees. We recognised their need for a home which complemented our need for population growth. As time passed, the contribution made to our society by those we embraced became obvious and we are the richer for it in so many ways. We are a wealthy multicultural society who used to lend a hand. Those days are gone.

We must spend whatever it takes, and alienate…

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Pollie Watch: Joe Hockey reveals true colours on renewables…

2 May

Joe Hockey finds wind farms offensive, apparently. Wonder what he thinks of the millions upon millions of power poles, the tens of millions of kilometres of wires, and the billowing and filthy power stations such as Hazelwood.

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Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey kicked off a twitter storm this morning when he stated in an 2GB radio interview he finds wind turbines “utterly offensive” and “a blight on the landscape.”

Joe Hockey’s statement was broadcast to a wider audience by Canberra-based ABC political reporter, Andrew Green, whose tweet generated dozens of responses from the public:

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