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The pointy end of governing

March 16, 2017 - 14:34 -- Admin

As Donald Trump gets down to the pointy end of governing, the White House will today reveal his “skinny budget”, described as more a policy direction than a fiscal statement. Reportedly, he intends to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent from $8.2 billion to $5.7 billion, its lowest level in 40 years, adjusted…

A pound of flesh

March 16, 2017 - 11:43 -- Admin

Well inside his first 100 days, President Trump is facing a revolt from his core constituency. Trump promised a number of ‘initiatives’, from ‘draining the swamp’ (a reference to the political class in Washington DC), to building a wall to keep Mexicans in Mexico and repealing Obamacare, more formally called the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable…

Day to Day Politics: God give me energy, please.

March 16, 2017 - 05:58 -- Admin

Thursday 16 March 2017 The sentence stood out like the proverbial dog’s balls: ”However, industry and environment groups were united in calling for the federal government to provide more certainty though a national energy policy.” You mean we don’t have one I thought to myself. I read on. ”The federal government has charged Australia’s chief…

I’m right, you’re wrong: that gives me the right to denigrate you

March 15, 2017 - 19:48 -- Admin

“I’m right, you’re wrong: that gives me the right to denigrate you.” I’m seeing this attitude everywhere. It isn’t constructive. I’ve probably been guilty of it once or twice myself – if I have, I’m sure someone will remind me. I’m referring predominantly to the political sphere, although I am seeing this behaviour in other areas of…

Let’s talk about Energy subsidies

March 15, 2017 - 16:25 -- Admin

By Peter McCarthy On March 13  2017, there was an opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review entitled Wind and Solar can only win on a tilted playing field. Not surprisingly, penned by Brendan Pearson, the chief exec of the troubled Minerals Council of Australia. Knowing the track record of trickiness from the Minerals Council,…

Free in name only

March 15, 2017 - 12:40 -- Admin

The “free market” has nothing to do with keeping prices down through competition as our Liberal politicians would have us believe.  It has nothing to do with Friedman’s idealistic vision of benefit for all. It is about maximising profit for businesses.  Maximise income, minimise costs, and avoid taxation. If there was limitless supply then perhaps…

The human impact of the Cashless Welfare Scheme

March 15, 2017 - 12:04 -- Admin

Tina Clausen responds to the Government’s announcement that they will continue the roll out of the Income Management Scheme for all Centrelink beneficiaries, (not just restricted to Newstart recipients as believed by many people).  Participants report they feel penalised and discriminated against by being forced to participate in the scheme and that there is a…

Peace Be Upon All

March 14, 2017 - 19:58 -- Admin

By Khaled This post has two objectives. It addresses two audiences: 1. Non-Muslims, and 2. Muslims For argument’s sake, let me give you a bit of background information, first thus leading to the purpose and reason for this post. On an international scale, we all agree that Islam is and has been the ‘flavour of…

Pauline Hanson And Other Stunning Successes In The WA Election

March 14, 2017 - 09:22 -- Admin

The Western Australian Election was a stunning success for One Nation. I mean, the political party, not Australia… Or any other nation, for that matter. No, they did really, really well. Fantastically well! Just ask Pauline. She said it was a great success. Or ask Malcolm Roberts who seemed to think that they’d be winning…