27 Jul 2016

The electorate is sick and tired of the misrepresentation

An excerpt from an article by John Hewson

Basically, the electorate is sick and tired of the misrepresentation, in some cases straight out lies, they are told, to the point that they now mostly don’t believe what is said or promised. They are sick and tired of the self-absorption.

They are sick and tired of the games played, at the expense of good government. Many feel isolated, disillusioned, and disenfranchised in and by the political process.

They are offended that the “end game” of politics has become “winning” the game itself, especially in the media.

Politics has become increasingly short-term, opportunist, mostly negative, and sometimes very personal, where many of the principal players have never held down a “real job”, in the “real world” outside of politic, but some end up managing very large portfolios.

That they don’t listen to their concerns about, or even attempt to understand, the issues and challenges that matter to so many average Australians in the struggle that is their daily lives.
The clear lesson is the need to clean up politics, to re-establish the end game as good government, solving problems and creating opportunities, from both an individual and a national perspective.

Some of Malcolm Turnbull's right wing conservative's oppose intervention in Northern Territory? That gives another meaning to word conservative?


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Some of Mr Turnbull’s ministers supported his decisive action on NT children in detention, others within the Coalition are not so full of praise.

“This is not good government,” said one backbencher from the conservative right of the party who wished to remain anonymous.

“This is a knee jerk reaction and is very reminiscent of how Labor in government overreacted to the Four Corners program about the live cattle trade.

“I assume this is a captain’s call because it could not have gone before Cabinet. And why are we calling it?
It should be left to the Northern Territory government????

17 Jul 2016

Governments must act on tax loop holes that allow multinationals to steal our money.

Intra-group debt

The current tax law lacks effective measures to prevent excessive interest deductions on intra-group debts.

A multinational enterprise can create intra-group debt between an Australian subsidiary and another overseas subsidiary in a way that interest deductions are claimed in Australia, while the overseas group company may be subject to low or even no tax on the interest income.

This tax avoidance tool is important for a couple of reasons.

The use of this mechanism is very simple for multinationals to implement. Multinationals don’t have to involve third parties, it often doesn’t require any movement of assets, functions or personnel within a corporate group, or any change in operations. In practice, this mechanism “can be created with the wave of a pen or keystroke”.

Analysis Boris Johnson and diplomacy........

Analysis Boris Johnson and diplomacy are not synonymous           
The European commission vice-president, Frans Timmermans, said he was a passionate anglophile. But he said the “hatred and bigotry” unleashed by the leave campaign “took me completely by surprise” and added that he was stunned Johnson brought the Nazis into the debate.

In May Johnson likened the EU to a project by Adolf Hitler.

Johnson also claimed the previous month that Barack Obama held a grudge against Britain because of his “half-Kenyan ancestry”.

“Would it not have been enough to say that you disagree with the American president’s point of view? Why discredit not just his motives, but even his persona, with borderline racist remarks?”

He went on: “The problem with hatred however is that, once used casually as an instrument in political discourse, it can prove very effective in reproducing itself. Of course this loss of control doesn’t happen when one is simply debating big topics with the chaps at the Oxford Union … But in the real world of a referendum on the future of your country the kind of arguments used have consequences.”

Elsewhere in Germany the reaction was negative. Simone Peter, the co-leader of the Green party, compared Johnson’s new job to “trusting the cat to keep the cream”.

Turkey:- An excuse for a savage crack down on anyone that does not agree with Erdoğan is in the offing, he is truly about to become a dictator.

It should not have been surprising that a move to oust Erdoğan has occurred. In recent years, Erdoğan has alienated rivals and exacerbated Turkey’s instability for his personal gain. He has exploited ethnic and sectarian tensions, restarted a domestic war with the Kurds and sought to divide the population to garner greater constitutional powers. Erdogan’s dangerous games has brought levels of violence and instability not seen in Turkey for decades.

As with many coups around the world, the aftermath will be bloody and repressive. It will be rule of the mob, rather than rule of law that will shape Turkish politics and society. More than 1,000 members of the military have been arrested and more than 2,000 judges have been laid off. Pro-government mobs have brutally attacked anyone they perceive as being anti-Erdoğan or anti-government. Darker days lie ahead for Turkey

13 Jul 2016

Missing in action:- Labor and LNP are AWOL when it comes to aged care. We all will get there, take notice. We have a vote!

Proposed billion-dollar aged care cut to have 'huge' impact. Where have the major parties been during this election.

12 Jul 2016

Corporate tax minimisation costs governments conservatively $US1 trillion

Corporate tax minimisation costs governments $US1 trillion says accounting insider
Excerpt from an article by Stephen Long
The big four accounting firms have been branded as aggressive, unethical, and accused of "perpetrating the greatest tax crimes in history" by a leading corporate tax authority.

At least $US1 trillion in tax revenue is lost worldwide, and $50 billion in Australia, as a result of aggressive tax minimisation schemes established by the four giant firms who audit the books of nearly all the world's major companies, said George Rozvany, a 32-year veteran of the corporate tax industry.

"And I'm a conservative man, I think the figure is actually much higher," he told the ABC.

"It's very clear to me that the big four accounting firms are the masterminds of international tax avoidance.
By S.W.T.Read
Governments are generally out gunned by these money manipulators.
To take on these firms, governments should go after their staff, cherry pick their best, because they have been stealing the best expertise from governments for years.
They have taken the very people that might have recognised what they were doing. Thereby leaving governments in the dark. These firms have done the same thing all over the world. I believe they have done this deliberately to allow greater manipulation.

The legality of their actions is not the question, its the unethical nature of what they are doing. The social and human cost is great.
There is no loyalty to national boundaries, its all about profit. Any social responsibility they may have had has long since been forgotten.

11 Jul 2016

Malcolm Turnbull has been taken for a ride by the 'Right' and once the electorate saw the horse he was riding they thew him off!

An excerpt from an article by Michelle Grattan

Now the conservatives are trying to use the moment of Turnbull’s weakness to stand on his neck with a series of demands, including a greater role for one of their number, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, promotion of more conservatives, and changes to the superannuation policy. It was reported at the weekend that Turnbull “is reaching out to conservative Liberals … offering an enhanced role for Peter Dutton in leadership strategy and preparing to promote a new generation of right-wing MPs”.

It is worth remembering a couple of points. The Coalition nearly lost to Labor, which is on its left. If Turnbull panders too much to the conservatives – to whom he gave ground in the process of becoming leader – he will alienate many ordinary centrist voters.
Hast Turnbull studied history.
In the past Liberal leaders have stolen useful opposition policies and blended them with some of their own. They have stayed in power by using these tactics many times.
Now we have a rump of the extreme right, whose ideology is set in concrete, they want to blindly bulldoze through their own crazy agenda, with little regard for the people or the small 'L' Liberals within there own party .

If Malcolm allows, or is unable to control them he and his party are doomed.
The electorate are smart and they won't be bullied, we have seen that in the latest results, the major parties are a bit on the nose so it won't take much to strengthen the fishy smells emanating from them.

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8 Jul 2016

Cheap labor is the new innovation that Telstra has invented, shipping Aussie jobs overseas.

Telstra set to close Perth call centre with jobs going overseas

TELSTRA will sack 220 staff nationally, including 94 from Perth, with some jobs going overseas.
The telecom giant said in a statement on Friday it would close Perth’s contact centre on Stirling Street.
“The changes impact a wide variety of roles across our sales, service and national office teams,” it said.
“We are proposing to close our contact centre in Perth.
“We will be consulting with our people and unions to ensure we make the right decision for them, our customers and our business.”
Once the changes get the green light, the Perth call centre could be closed by the end of July.
Telstra said it would consolidate its customer service workload to contact centres in the Philippines, as well as others in Australia.
It said its contact centre teams look after tens of thousands of customers each day and its business was rapidly changing with the National Broadband Network and advancements in technology.
“As a result, we need to focus on supporting growth in our core business and simplifying how we work so we can deliver a better customer experience,” Telstra said.
“We have made some key performance and productivity gains in our contact centres which have enabled us to consolidate some work types across centres in Australia and the Philippines.”

7 Jul 2016

Trade agreements. We've been sold a pup or should I say a whole litter of pups

The government won't let an analysis of trade agreements happen because they stink!
It refused outright to commission a cost-benefit analysis on the giant Trans-Pacific Partnership deal it signed in February which is yet to be ratified. More than a decade after it negotiated the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement it hasn't looked back to find out what happened. A prospective study it did commission on the new Japan, Korea and China agreements found that taken together they will boost our exports 0.5 to 1.5 per cent, while boosting our imports 2.5 per cent, which means they will send our trade balance backwards.
Rather than being "export agreements", the deals for which we have data are better described as import agreements. In every case for which we have clear evidence, our trade agreements seem to have boosted imports more than exports.
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5 Jul 2016

Who was that masked man? The man who saved us from a fate worse than death? Tonto: I don't know, it used to be the real Malcolm Turnbull?

We have been saved from the awful fate of Bill Shorten according to the Coalition. Our savings thrown down the toilet, our families left to starve at the hands of the unions, our children bound into slavery from the marauding hordes of boat people and the rest of the chaos of which we were warned by our Government and its supporters, most particularly the tabloids of the Murdoch press.
Instead, we breathe again: Turnbull lives on, but he is almost on life support. He promised us excitement, agility, unity and stability; now it seems a bit oxymoronic, and we're not just saying that because he studied at Oxford. He is no more than half right: there will be plenty of excitement in the offing, maybe even a bit of agility.
But unity? Hardly. Turnbull is even further bound in thrall to the conservative rump, who will forever insist that their man - Tony Abbott - could not have done worse and would almost certainly have done better. There is no thought of a reverse leadership coup - yet. But stability is simply out of the question. The hardliners will continue to fester in the party room, waiting for the smallest stumble.
Have they learned from the people? No, and Malcolm is still blaming Labor, when it was plain from the start that their plan was in fact not a plan. Sure there was $50 billion tax cut to the big end, but who did it go to? The voters are not stupid, none of those cuts really went to any of them. "Jobs growth" again no real details.
No this was a sad campaign and that's why we were bored shitless.

4 Jul 2016

Who is this man? Not what we thought he was. Is he a captive, has he been muzzled by the extreme right? Or are we seeing the Malcolm that always lurked beneath

Here was a man who looked every ounce a prime minister in the old patrician style: 60-ish, well-preserved, untroubled by the world around him, self-confident, articulate, pledging to reduce the temperature of politics.
For the so-called progressive voter, he was the Liberal that Labor voters believed they could love. For Liberals, he was a smooth operator, just the type of accomplished manager they desire as leader.
He turned out to be a policy ditherer. Within four months, voter disillusionment set in. It turned out that he did not appear to have a comprehensive plan for the Australian people apart from his (headline?) innovation policy, which most voters assumed would not involve them.
As a retail politician he turned out to be dreadful. He was tightly controlled during the campaign because he does appear easy with people; he is more Paul Keating than Bob Hawke. If he is good with people we were not allowed to see it because of his controlling minders.
Worse, the decision to set aside three-and-a-half months for the election campaign was just lunacy. Why he did it we'll never really know.
The trouble is while the formal campaign lasted eight weeks,  he set the election campaign off on March 21 when he sent the industrial relations bills that would trigger the double dissolution back to the Senate.
As for 'the plan', it was just gobbledegoop, the 'innovation' slogan was just that, a slogan. No one understood, what did it meant, was it explained, no. Yes something did appear, the $50billion planned gift to the top end of town.
It seems they spent little if any time in creating policies, they apparently thought that the Malcolm factor would be enough. They may just get over the line this time in spite of 'the plan'. Do they deserve to win after such pathetic campaign, not really!

2 Jul 2016

THE "Xenophon" FACTOR: From the outer reaches of the galaxy a new force has arrived led by "Nickywan Canobywan" is he a force for the Dark side or the Light side?

Senator Nick Xenophon himself was spotted on the campaign trail in Adelaide undertaking one of his visual stunts for which he is well known.

This time he was campaigning to release stalled funding for the automobile component supplier industry, which is expected to be heavily impacted next year when Holden pulls out of Australian car manufacturing.

He arrived on a Triclathon time machine amid much fanfare.

PHOTO:  Chris McLoughlin)


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