29 May 2016

CSIRO:-Innovation and clever country are just words thrown into the mix to get votes, THEY HAVE NO MEANING.

Based on an article by Tim Elliot

One sunny afternoon last September, more than 250 handpicked members of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, or CSIRO, gathered in a grandstand of the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Researchers, business directors and site managers, they were among the most senior administrators in Australian science, many of them flown in from all corners of the country to take part in what CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall called a Strategy Start-Up Event.

They took to their seats, eager to hear Marshall's opening address, an outline of his vision for the future. Instead, Marshall strode onto the ground dressed head to toe in cricket whites, bat held aloft, his image broadcast on the ground's big screen. "We just sat in the seats watching," said one attendee. "It was bizarre."

A a closer look into Marshall's past raises questions about his successes before landing the job. "Many of the people and their international colleagues who have had interactions with Marshall were staggered by his selection.

He not only had never had experience in running an organisation as large as CSIRO, his science credentials could be exaggerated.

Marshall was seen as the perfect choice by the Coalition, he'd be the best to take the 100-year old CSIRO into a modern age of innovation and digital disruption and his appointment was at arms length from the government.
(The Coalition could obviously see that his views on turning the CSIRO into a profit making concern rather than research together with his views on climate research suited them)

Marshall was in America for the next 25 years, Marshall's record as a "business leader" was described by chairman Simon McKeon as "impeccable". Marshall lists one of his successes as IRIDEX, which used lasers to treat eye damage due to diabetes. Marshall says he was a vice-president and co-founder of the company.
The company challenges some of this detail: "Mr Marshall was a vice-president of IRIDEX for a period of time but is not a co-founder."

Marshall's other business of note was Arasor, an Australian company that dealt in fibre optic and wireless solutions, Arasor's holding company was in the Cayman Islands.

It was troubled from the start: a week before the float, the company was subject to legal action from a number of suppliers for alleged breach of contract. By early 2011, Arasor had gone into external administration owing investors $81 million. Marshall and other directors are now being sued by shareholders in the Federal Court for allegedly providing misleading or deceptive financial statements.

People were told that "He is very, very well known in Silicon Valley.

According to scientist, technologist and businessman, Greg Clarke, "Larry Marshall had zero visibility in Silicon Valley".

Clarke has served on the Australian Prime Minister's Science and Technology Committee, and is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Clarke worked in the US between 1993 and 2010, during which time he was responsible for 40 start-ups, most based in Silicon Valley. "I simply didn't know Marshall. To me, he was an unknown."

One of America's biggest venture capitalists, who made his money in Silicon Valley, described Marshall as "one of very, very many journeymen".

In March, staff of the Land and Water division staged a mass walk out from a question and answer session with Marshall at the CSIRO's Black Mountain site, in Canberra. "Which was completely unprecedented, for staff to turn their backs on the chief executive while is he talking is incredible."

Marshall's cuts to the CSIRO's climate division have been criticised worldwide, including from the New York Times, and in an open letter, sent to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, signed by 3000 scientists from 60 countries.

"What you are dealing with here is a breakdown in the recruitment and selection process," says New Zealand climate scientist Kevin Trenberth, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). "The little I know about Marshall makes it seem most inappropriate for him to lead CSIRO: sort of like the preposterous proposition of Donald Trump becoming president of the US."

The Minister Christopher Pyne's spokesman in reply to a query said: "The appointment of Dr Marshall underwent a rigorous and extensive selection process, led by the CSIRO board, which identified him as the best person to guide Australia's leading scientific and research organisation."

Australia's foremost scientific research organisation is being gutted for the sake of a business model that does not work for such an organisation, and once these scientific minds are lost our reputation in the world science community turns into an also ran.

"Innovation and Clever" country are just words thrown into the mix to get votes, the actions of this government proves that true science is no longer a priority.

27 May 2016

Austrlians are Missing the point

Based on an excerpt from an article by George Negus
Missing the point

Week by week, poll by poll, the country’s leaders and would-be leaders belt each other with media-provided feather dusters.


As a result of our leadership fixation, we may have de-politicised the political debate.

Somehow, thanks to the leadership cop-out, we’ve reduced the difference between two ostensibly ideologically-driven political parties to a matter of degree, not difference.

Boiled down, competing policies amount to: “We’d do the same things as the other mob – but we’ll do them better and cheaper.”The media in general fall for the same game, how often do see policies analysed. Not often, because they need a headline a couple of times a day and the my mob verses my mob provides this crap.

If that’s what our democratic process has become, why bother with the whole tedious business?
  • Why do we need political parties? All we need is two talking heads!
  • Why not just put governing the country up for tender? That way they could make everything commercially in confidence.
  • Best bid wins! If that’s too much trouble, toss an old penny. “Heads, Labor wins; tails, the Libs.”
It make as much sense as voting for leaders, not parties.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t vote for a leader. I vote for the ideology of the party the leader leads.
Silly me. I thought that was what this whole Western democratic circus was supposed to be about.

And any individual who seriously thinks they can run a country without a lot of help from the bureaucratic drones needs a shrink, not an election victory.
These drones everyone dislikes actually run the country in spite of the politics and they do a pretty good job.https://www.facebook.com

26 May 2016

Abbott is waiting in the wings,was a secret deal done? Will Malcolm just step aside?

Based on an article by Sandi Keane

Malcolm could win or loose this election. The question is how long will he stay. After all he's really still following Abbotts agenda. 

His policies are almost a rerun of Abbott's delivered with flowers instead of a whip!

At 62 this year, Turnbull won’t be hanging around

At age 62 this year and already the third oldest prime minister on taking office, does anyone seriously think Turnbull will hang around for long after the election?
If he loses, he’ll be off nursing a bruised ego.
If he wins, think about it … committing to a three-year term will make him 65 by the 2019 election. The choice would be leaving halfway through that term to give a new leader time to settle in before the election, or staying on for another term — until he’s 68. Does that sound likely?
So, if retiring during the 2016-2019 term was part of the secret deal, he'd have no problem sucking that up. As I said, a win-win. 
But what will historians make of it? Allowing his legacy to be eclipsed by the boneheads in his party would surely render the realization of his life's dream a pyrrhic victory. But, as we know, judgement was never Malcolm's strong point.

As PM, he fails to convince

Turnbull is no Robert Menzies or John Howard.
He might have the style but lacks the drive and substance of a true leader. Described variously as wishy-washy, flaky, unfocussed, easily irritated by pesky interviewers and, at times looking completely lost, it’s clear his heart isn’t in the job.
Malcolm is a placebo he looks like and sounds like the real thing until we realized he's really just a cardboard cut out that can talk. There doesn't seem to be any substance. He's a Toby jug that's cute, but empty. 

We're stuck in the past and afraid of the future - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Our politicians:- Some stand for good reasons, some for a career and all of them are taken over by the cult that is power. They forget why they joined, it becomes all about winning power, gaining power and remaining in power.



Elections are like an auction, and the auctioneers are the politicians, they sell in quantity not quality. The aim is to flood the electors with a mediocre a mish mash of policies that are designed to create a lot of confusion so the voters are frightened of change.



This suits both sides of politics.



That's why the policies on offer are short on innovation, we need a party with enough guts to break with this "conservative,"attittide and who will present us with new ideas.



We're stuck in the past and afraid of the future - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):



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23 May 2016

LNP SAYS:- We don't need inquiry into banks? Why not?

The banks should be nervous about Election 2016 if their mates aren't elected.

OPINION 
Posted about 7 hours ago
Speaking of vaults, the issue threatening to flare up again as election day draws closer is that of the growing scandal surrounding the finance sector and the debate over whether to hold a royal commission.
It's a prospect that is scaring the pants off those in charge of our major institutions, where plans are being hatched to quietly counter the growing momentum sweeping through the community.
Every business and every bank customer has been gouged on their loans in order to help prop up bank earnings as they played juvenile games of brinkmanship against the other.
As if the Coalition didn't need any further spanners being thrown into the campaign works, during the past fortnight the corporate regulator has been regularly dropping juicy excerpts of its evidence in its looming case against Westpac and ANZ.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison have been at pains to talk up the abilities of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the powers they wield as part of the argument to bat away calls for a full blown inquiry.
It's unlikely, however, they would be keen for too much detail to drop just now.
The technical details of rate market rigging might leave ordinary souls bewildered. But even the financially unsophisticated understand when they've been conned, especially when it is being performed by a bunch of testosterone fuelled vulgarians.
While ASIC for once is on the front foot, each revelation merely adds weight to the arguments of those calling for a royal commission.
Hard to believe, but the rate rigging scandal threatens to trivialise the atrocious behaviour of the banks towards their retail customers; the overcharging, the false documentation, even the financial planning and insurance scams.
Every Australian has paid for the rate rigging. Every business and every bank customer has been gouged on their loans in order to help prop up bank earnings as they played juvenile games of brinkmanship against the other.
Just as they successfully banded together two and a half years ago to unwind legislative reforms - Future of Financial Advice - aimed at curbing some of those excesses, they once again are engaged in some deft political manoeuvres.
The chairmen and senior executives of all four major banks must be petrified that the public may learn the true extent of the profits made through the alleged rigging of interest rates.
For some institutions, the ill-gotten gains amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars a year. And the problem for each of the banks is that for years the market rigging was considered "standard practice".
It's not just ASIC's case that has them on edge. For they can stonewall on that for years.
The real wildcard comes from ANZ's senior trader, Etienne Alexiou, who is suing his former employer for unfair dismissal, demanding $30 million in damages. As head trader, he was regularly paid $5 million bonuses. And you only get that kind of cash as a bonus if you are generating earnings many multiples more.
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We don't need inquiry into banks say LNP.

So Malcolm is ordering pie and chips without the pie or chips. Sorry Malcolm this looks like another duck, pretending its not a duck.

Sussan Ley's claims Medicare freeze lift blocked by department

Updated about 4 hours ago
Health Minister Sussan Ley claims her push to lift the Government's freeze on Medicare rebates is being blocked by departmental red tape.

This is just after Labor announces an end to freeze?

Ms Ley said this morning she wanted to lift the freeze but the Finance and Treasury departments were not "allowing" her to make the change.

This is after the Government announced in this month's budget the indexation freeze would be extended until at least 2020, which doctors are warning will lead to less bulk billing.

Mr Turnbull apparently trying to cover his governments arse, said the indexation freeze would "end at some point" in the future and, despite doctors' warnings, bulk billing rates were still high.

So Malcolm is ordering pie and chips without the pie or chips. Sorry Malcolm this looks like another duck, pretending its not a duck.

21 May 2016

The employment rate is an outright lie.

Based on an article by Alan Austin 
AUSTRALIA'S EMPLOYMENT situation has worsened significantly according to Thursday’s April numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Media outlets which describe it as “steady” or “flat” are spinning like a top. Those suggesting “jobs growth”, “jobs rise”, “an encouraging outcome” or an “upbeat” result are lying to you.

Yes, the headline number for the jobless was 5.7%, which seems relatively benign. But it ignores the reality that 5.7% today is equivalent to 6.3% three years ago. Or 10.8% twenty years ago. (Seasonally adjusted figures are used throughout.)

This is because there has been a significant shift among Australian employers away from full-time employees to part-timers and casuals.

To illustrate this, imagine a company employing 100 full time staff on 40 hours a week. That’s 4000 hours paid work contributing to the economy. And generating wages. Imagine then, that a restructure replaces those 100 with 200 part timers working 15 hours a week. What happens to the actual work the company is providing? Down from 4000 to 3000 hours per week. But what happens to the ABS job numbers? Doubled!

This has been happening across the economy gradually for many years. It has accelerated in recent months. It is not highlighted in the ABS data, but can be measured by tracking the ABS part-timer numbers over time.

Through the 1950s, 60s, 70s and early 80s part-timers and casuals made up less than 17.5% of the workforce. This climbed to 20% through the Hawke/Keating period when the economy was restructured, then just above 24% by the time Labor yielded to John Howard in 1996. The rise continued until 2001 when it plateaued for several years around 28%. It clicked over 29% in 2009, and fluctuated within two points of that until last September.

About then, the shift to part-timers and casuals appears to have accelerated, with new all-time highs reached in September and again in every month this year. The April number, based on ABS data released this week, is 31.35%.

The LNP ideology says they love cheap labor because businesses will be more profitable. 

Australia's workforce has been casualized and the result is people spend less and pay less tax. Result, less profit, this why an ideology driven government will always have a deficit.

Who told media about this raid, they were there on the spot. It real makes you wonder?

The AFP's decision to raid a Labor office in the middle of an election campaign may be pure coincidence. But there's enough about this story to feed a narrative that it was more about politics than law enforcement, writes Michael Bradley.
In case you slept in: the Australian Federal Police raided the office of senior Labor senator Stephen Conroy, searching for material relating to the serial leaking of confidential information from inside the National Broadband Network Corporation.
When the Turnbull ministry spends all morning telling everyone very loudly in a lot of detail how much they don't know about this event, you get more than a faint whiff of something smelly.

20 May 2016

Australia:White Knight(Malcolm Turnbull) morphs into Darth Vader

The White Knight and his merry men seem to have turned into Storm Troopers.
Based on an article by Katharine Murphy

I wonder will Peter Dutton promise to build a wall before this election campaign is through?  Don't be surprised if he does, because he's channelling Donald Trump at the moment.

Its amazing how great a distance away from the adult government the prime minister promised us when he returned to the Liberal leadership.

We have moved light years away from the positive campaign of affirmation Malcolm Turnbull wanted to run.

Remember the exciting times he promised?

As for poor old Mathias Cormann, he is going to have to be reprogrammed because the poor guy thinks this election campaign is about jobs and growth. No? The campaign is about stoking the national neurosis about invasion of non-people and about otherness.

The Coalition has taken less than a fortnight to fold(given up the new friendly look). They've dusted off the tired old script, and old campaign by deploying its worst excesses of negativity.(The Dark Force has engulfed them once more)

If this is the campaign the Coalition wanted to run, there was no point in unseating Tony Abbott, because let’s be honest, he would run this nonsense far more compellingly than Malcolm Turnbull will.

Abbott shines as an attack dog supreme in comparison. His fault was he didn't know how to govern. Now we have a knight in shining armor but underneath the armor its empty, the body we thought was in there has morphed into what?

No one is sure what we bought, the packaging looked good but alas we have been let down and we can't get our money back.

Loyalty and Liberal are not in partnership they don't cuddle, being loyal is about putting number one firstly.

Turnbull's people aren't scrappers. They haven't had to fight for much, they don't think of the greater good, they think of nothing but attaining power. Once in power they don't seem to know what to do with it. Sure they can be uncouth but has counted against them rather than been rewarding.

Not like it was for the Abbotts or Rudds of this world.

They aren't particularly loyal to the Liberal Party per se (which is why they are using that Turnbull Australia livery: it means more to their team, such as it is, than that not-quite-retro 1970s-stylised blue "L").

They don't have any of that "romance of the road" that enables people to tolerate substandard conditions and upheaval day after day, all those flights and buses and cars and hotels/motels and late nights/early mornings and now Adelaide, now Queensland, now Westensinnyyyyyyyyyyyy ...

That leaves the Liberal Party with Tony Nutt, former Liberal State Director in about four states, Nutt is tough and shrewd; very hard to put anything over him and he is fascinated by marginal seats and targeted campaigning and all that jazz.

Nutt could've been a great minister or a very good CEO. What he can't do is run a national campaign on his lonesome. Nobody can.

Turnbull's people are the sort who'd bring plastic cutlery to a knife fight; Nutt would bring a chainsaw, but he can only do so much.

Given the jumble of people he has to work with, to whom loyalty means so little, he has a lot of stairs to climb before he can open the door to the next term.

My thanks to Andrew Elder

AFP Raids: Malcolm Turnbull is not squeaky clean when it comes to dirty tricks and this smells.

Mr nice guy? Could the Malcolm of dirty tricks be be rearing his head again to save his political skin.
"AFP Raids during an election campaign"Not a good look.
Remember this episode some years ago.
MALCOLM Turnbull has moved to salvage his battered political reputation, blaming the fake email scandal on senior Treasury official Godwin Grech who apparently was once his creature.
The Opposition Leader yesterday cut loose the long-time Coalition mole and attempted to distance himself from the Utegate affair.
He skewered Mr Grech after the Auditor-General unequivocally cleared Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan of any special influence in allegations over Ipswich car dealer John Grant.
Instead the Auditor-General's 119-page report trained its sights on Mr Grech, who has now admitting forging the bogus email(which he was apparently urged to do) which had the potential to bring down the Government.
Mr Turnbull accused Mr Grech,(an apparent friend)who is sick in a Canberra psychiatric unit, of misleading the Opposition and released the official's correspondence to the Opposition.
"At all times the Opposition have acted in good faith," Mr Turnbull said.
He confirmed he had met with Mr Grech one week before his bombshell testimony to a Senate inquiry but rejected claims he pressured Mr Grech.
It is understood Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz is "filthy" at Mr Turnbull for pressuring him to pursue Mr Grech over the email at the Senate hearing.
Senator Abetz is understood to have told several senior colleagues that Mr Turnbull breached Mr Grech's trust and sacrificed the reputations of others.
The Opposition Leader yesterday cut loose the long-time Coalition mole and attempted to distance himself from the Utegate affair.
He skewered Mr Grech after the Auditor-General unequivocally cleared Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan of any special influence in allegations over Ipswich car dealer John Grant.
Instead the Auditor-General's 119-page report trained its sights on Mr Grech, who has now admitting forging the bogus email which had the potential to bring down the Government.
"At all times the Opposition have acted in good faith," Mr Turnbull said.
He confirmed he had met with Mr Grech one week before his bombshell testimony to a Senate inquiry but rejected claims he pressured Mr Grech.
It is understood Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz is "filthy" at Mr Turnbull for pressuring him to pursue Mr Grech over the email at the Senate hearing.
Senator Abetz is understood to have told several senior colleagues that Mr Turnbull breached Mr Grech's trust and sacrificed the reputations of others to save his political skin.

19 May 2016

Immigration and Family names and heritage are surprises

Boris Johnson.
Boris Johnson poses for a selfiePHOTO: Boris Johnson's family name was originally Kemal, his British-born grandfather, Osman Kemal, the son of the Turkish poet, politician and exile Ali Kemal Bey. (AFP: Ben Stansall)
That's right: the posh, blond Johnson's WASPish family name was originally Kemal. His British-born grandfather, Osman Kemal, the son of the Turkish poet, politician and exile Ali Kemal Bey, changed his name to Wilfred Johnson before marrying into the British establishment
In the same way Joe Hockey's Palestinian-born Armenian father Richardchanged the family name from Hokeidonian to a more Anglicised surname.

17 May 2016

LNP government hardly even pay lip service to aboriginal workers

Aboriginal Hostels reject 'pathetic' public service pay offer
DateMay 16, 2016 - 7:37PM

Noel Towell
Reporter for The Canberra Times

CPSU deputy secretary Beth Vincent-Pietsch has labelled the offer "pathetic". Photo: Graham Tidy
More public service news

Hundreds of Aboriginal public servants have decisively rejected a wage proposal of half the amount available to bureaucrats in other government departments.

Workers at Aboriginal Hostels Limited, which is two-thirds Indigenous-staffed and the lowest-paid agency in the Commonwealth, have been offered a pay rise of just 1 per cent a year, while other public service outfits have been offered 2 per cent a year.

But the AHL offer was crushed in a workplace ballot last week by a margin of 95 per cent.

Public servants at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra have also voted to reject a new pay and conditions deal, while an agreement has got over the line at the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

Aboriginal Hostels' main workplace union, the CPSU, said the result was the right reaction to the "pathetic" offer.

"This overwhelming rejection by AHL workers shows what a pathetic offer management had put on the table, framed by the Turnbull government's failed public sector bargaining policy, even compared with the dud deals that have been voted down easily in other Commonwealth agencies," CPSU deputy secretary Beth Vincent-Pietsch said.

"AHL staff play an essential role in efforts to Close the Gap for Indigenous Australians, providing a critical link for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access services that most Australians take for granted.

"This offer would have actually widened that gap, providing a measly pay offer in an organisation that has the highest percentage of Indigenous staff of any public-sector agency.

"To put the scale of this injustice into perspective, more than half of AHL workers are on the lowest Australian Public Sector employment classification and are paid only $43,000 a year."

Could this be The world according to Trump

The new compendium The World According to Trump (Hardie Grant Books) brings together some of Trump’s many quotable quotes and it is destined to be a hit at dinner parties as guests marvel at the mouth of the man who could be the leader of the free world.

DONALD 

“When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same. The temperament is not that different.”
“Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it!”
“I’m intelligent. Some people would say I’m very, very, very intelligent.”
“Part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich.”

ON WOMEN

“You have to treat ’em like shit” — on his approach to women, in a 1992 article in New York magazine.
“My favourite part (of Pulp Fiction) is when Sam has his gun out in the diner and he tells the guy to tell his girlfriend to shut up. “Tell that bitch to be cool. Say: ‘Bitch, be cool.”‘ I love those lines.”
“She does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
“While Bette Midler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct.”
“If Hilary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”TRUMPweb_3_REV

ON RACE

“I am the least racist person there is. And I think most people that know me would tell you that I am the least racist.”
“Laziness is a trait in blacks… Black (bankers) counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are little short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

ON AMERICA 

“I think if this country gets any kinder or gentler, it’s literally going to cease to exist.”

ON HUMANITARIAN AID 

“People that go to faraway places to help out are great — but must suffer the consequences.”

ON GLOBAL WARMING 

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”
These quotations are only the tip of the Trump iceberg from the potential President of the USA.

16 May 2016

Meanness and the LNP mean the same thing to Australia's aged. Underhanded action in the budget proves it without a doubt.

Aged care, if you ever needed confirmation as to how invisible this group has become you only needed to look at the 2016 federal budget and its attack on residents of aged care facilities.

These most vulnerable and needy Australians rely almost totally on the nursing home provider for their safety, comfort and quality of life and, as is appropriate in our nation, on the taxpayer that provides support from the department of health.

Appropriately, the extent of that financial support depends on the needs of the individuals, including their level of frailty, the pain they experience and the extent of their dementia. Those assessed as the neediest are able to draw the most funds. This is determined by the aged care funding instrument, the tool that determines how much support will be provided.

This month’s budget delivered a brutal cut to this program ripping out $1.2bn over four years. That means an incredible $300m less each year to support services for the most frail and needy in aged care homes. Apparently it’s appropriate that they pay for the tax cuts for small business and those earning over $80,000 per year. It’s easy to ignore the invisible.

The Queen could save America from incompetent presidential candidates such as D.Trump.

A message from the Queen

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:
In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota, which she does not fancy). Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.
Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.
To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
  1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour’, 'favour’, 'labour' and 'neighbour’. Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (Look up 'vocabulary').
  1. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ‘like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as US English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of '-ize’.
  2. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.
  1. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse.
  1. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
  1. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour (not humor!).
  1. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.
  1. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick-cut, fried in animal fat and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.
  1. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth – see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.
  1. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.
  1. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; it is called soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).
  1. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game that is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1 per cent of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
  1. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.
  1. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).
  1. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4pm with proper cups and saucers (never mugs), with high-quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes, plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save the Queen

12 May 2016

The so called christian LNP is slamming Medicare once again. A new PM, same old, same old policies!

With a new election looming, the future of Medicare is again set to be a key campaign issue.
The prime minister may have changed since 2013, but the Liberal Party’s ideological commitment to trimming Medicare has not. With Malcolm Turnbull at the helm, the health budget is set for a $650m cut with pathology and diagnostic imaging tests particularly targeted. 
These cuts disproportionately hurt low-income earners who rely the most on public health. With so many calls in the Bible to help the poor and the sick, it is with no small irony that these cuts come from a government which habitually trumpets its Christian credentials.
Although criticised at times for duplication and inefficiencies, Australia’s health system is one of the best in the world. Australian men have the third highest life expectancy of any nation with women sixth highest, according to the World Health Organisation in 2014.
It seems strange then that the most overtly Christian Australian Government in the last half century used its very first budget to dislodge the concept of universal healthcare.

Morrison's channelling of George W Bush will result in the same result for the budget.

During his budget speech Treasurer Scott Morrison said the phrase “jobs and growth” 13 times. It seems he is not a superstitious man. Students of the history of tax reform experienced a strange sense of déjà vu.
In 2003 US President George W Bush campaigned on a 10-year ‘economic plan’ for “jobs and growth” by cutting taxes. The centrepiece was the “Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act”. It was the second part of the infamous Bush Tax Cuts, which began in 2001 and have dogged America’s finances ever since.
The rationale President Bush gave for those tax cuts needs little more than a nationality swap to stand in for Treasurer Scott Morrison.
“We’re helping small business owners looking to grow and to create more new jobs… By ensuring that [Australians] have more to spend, to save, and to invest, this [budget] is adding fuel to an economic recovery. We have taken aggressive action to strengthen the foundation of our economy so that every [Australian] who wants to work will be able to find a job.”

The US tax system is notoriously complex. Comparisons between it and Australia’s are fraught. Yet, striking similarities remain.

Both are tax cuts which will overwhelmingly benefit the well-off. Both aim to increase “jobs and growth” by encouraging investment. Both aim to “grow the pie”; that is, spur economic growth so that taking a smaller proportion of tax will still generate a larger tax base, in real terms.

The consequences – ballooning federal debt

In light of the similarities, it is worth considering how effective the Bush Tax Cuts were. In short, not at all.
In 2001 Conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, calculated that the first part of the Bush Tax Cuts alone would eliminate US national debt by 2010. In fact, US national debt more than doubled in that time; from $5.8 trillion to $13.5 trillion.
Now I'm not suggesting we'll have anywhere near that level of debt but if a comparison of policies is made we can expect to have much higher levels of debt. Indeed the LNP budget indicates a rise in debt is expected.
Copying past speeches is one thing, however learning from history is another thing and it is apparent that the LNP closes its eyes to such things.https://theconversation.com/profiles/tomas-fitzgerald-150124

Negative gearing has long been a no,no for the Reserve Bank. Yet "Nobody" has listened or is listening now.

Politics aside, the RBA view on negative gearing is no secret.

It believes one day it will come back and bite us on the bum!

OPINION
Posted yesterday at 10:30am
Brisbane housing estatePHOTO: The RBA's unease about negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount is long-standing.(Giulio Saggin: ABC News)
With all the campaign fuss about the Reserve Bank note on negative gearing, you would think it revealed something new. But anyone listening would know they've long warned of the financial risks in the housing market caused by our policies, writes Michael Janda.
The Reserve Bank's unease about negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount is long-standing, as is only to be expected for a policy combination that most independent economists regard as a dog.

This is an economy based on greed, fairness runs a long last under a LNP government.

7-Eleven: Former ACCC chairman Allan Fels hits out after wages panel dropped, Where's the LNP support for workers, the silence is deafening.

Updated about 7 hours ago
A statement released by 7-Eleven said the wage panel had "agreed to transition the claims process for past under-payment of wages by franchisees to an independent unit within 7-Eleven".
Convenience store operator 7-Eleven has dumped the independent wage panel, headed by former ACCC chairman Professor Allan Fels, which was established to assess workers' entitlements following revelations many were being underpaid.
There was no agreement to transition to unit within & Eleven. Professor Fels rejected this interpretation, insisting the panel was sacked.
"They told me by phone [on Wednesday]," he told 7.30.
"I sat there and listened in silence. I didn't agree to that and I don't agree with what they're doing."

Company 'trying to work up story there was fraud going on'

The wage panel was set up after the ABC's Four Corners uncovered evidence that some workers at the convenience store chain were being paid as little as $10 per hour.
A company insider told Four Corners exploitation of workers was a key part of the 7-Eleven business model, claiming franchisees would face financial ruin if they paid proper wages.
Professor Fels told 7.30 that 7-Eleven was looking for evidence of fraud to justify the low wages that were being paid.
"They had been trying to work up a story there is fraud going on," he said.
"We've been asking them for months to come up with evidence, and they keep failing to do so."
"It's just a story they want to generate in order to discredit the panel a bit and give themselves an excuse for managing the process and getting the claims down.

10 May 2016

The coming of the savior Malcolm Turnbull hasn't turned the pumpkin into a glass carriage, its still a bloody pumpkin I'm afraid.

My thanks to David Marr for writing an article I could play with.
On his return from Yarralumla on Sunday, Turnbull repeated the message he delivered the day he toppled Abbott: he is on the side of the future and unafraid of change.
“We live in a time of remarkable opportunity,” he said. “We live in an era when the scale and pace of economic change is unprecedented through all of human history. The opportunities for Australia have never been greater.
“There are many challenges. But if we embrace this future with confidence and with optimism, with self-belief and a clear plan, then we will succeed as we have never succeeded before.”
Then he came up with his plan.
His plan for the future, and it was a fizzer.
It didn't make a sound after he lit the fuse, why because its powder wasn't dry and it was old.
It was the same old plan we've heard before.The vision we all wanted turned out to be a mirage, nothing more.
Opinion polls show Australians back equality. They want better protection for human rights and a clearer separation of church and state. Euthanasia and marriage equality enjoy the support of more than 70% of the community. Backers of a republic outnumber monarchists two to one.
Australians want a fairer tax system, a federal anti-corruption agency, better regulation of campaign funding, constitutional recognition of its Indigenous peoples and, it’s worth repeating, effective action against global warming.

His so called vision didn't contain any of these ingredients, this cake is not a break through in culinary art it won't even meet the pub test.http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/may/10/australians-crave-change-but-this-election-wont-deliver-it-david-marr

Could we do with a form of pro-transparency policy with regard to tax in Australia.

It might sound odd to us in Australia, but Norwegians have been able to see how much their fellow citizens earn, and how much tax they pay, for the past 200 years. Every October, Norwegian citizens have their income tax returns posted online, allowing their neighbors and colleagues to look into their financial data.
As a form of pro-transparency policy, the Norwegian example represents the very best in social accountability; but it does come with a few caveats.
First, if you look up someone’s data, they are sent an email notification letting them know that someone has perused the data. This is an important form of reciprocal oversight. The only exception is for Norwegian media outlets, which can access financial data for transparency purposes without an email being sent.
Second, only your aggregate figures are released: “total income” and “total tax paid”, without a specific breakdown. These aggregate numbers help to strike a balance between personal privacy and social accountability.
It might sound like a modern innovation, but this social policy dates back to a time before the digital era, and pocketbook records of publicly maintained citizen tax records have been diligently archived dating back to the 19th century.
This interesting policy is part of a broader strategy to promote social accountability that includes other factors such as: open e-Government, open disclosure of its sovereign wealth fund’s operations and holdings, and an open and efficient tax administration system.
So could it be time for Australia to publish aggregate citizen tax numbers like Norway does? Could a more open system ensure a more equitable distribution of services.

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