Tuesday November 3
Articles from The Australian Independent Media Network
In light of chatter coming from the Liberal National government about a proposal to raise the GST by 50% and broaden the base to which is it applied, this is a good opportunity to revisit John Oliver’s piece on the Wealth Gap.
Remember: It’s Only Class Warfare When The Poor Fight Back.
This morning Paul Sheehan quoted Canadian author, Mark Steyn who was over in Europe to see what immigration had done. Canada, of course, has been ruined by immigration – just ask the indigenous population!
However, we’re not talking about Canada here, we’re more interested in a how a Canadian perceives Europe. Apparently early on in his visit there was an a rather nasty incident. Sheehan quoted Steyn:
As the snake oil salesman and his happy clapper gear up to sell us on their compensation for a higher GST, it is worth remembering how much we have already given up in the last couple of years.
When Joe Hockey decided to forego $6.5 billion revenue from the mining tax, workers paid a heavy price through his decision to freeze the superannuation guarantee at 9.5% until 2021. Labor had scheduled incremental increases reaching 12% by 2019. This will now happen 6 years later.
Monday November 2
Author’s note: My weekly post “This is the week that was” will now appear daily and titled “Day to Day with John Lord” and posted in the “Your Say” section.
Sunday 1 November
The early march of industrialisation is an exciting time in history. From the steam locomotive to the transatlantic telegraph; from the electric light bulb to the gatling gun, it is here that we really begin to see the transformative effect of technology on human populations.
Nauru was described by The Economist in 2001 as a hotbed of incompetence – as “Paradise Lost … an enormous moth-eaten fedora: a ghastly grey mound of rock surrounded by a narrow green brim of vegetation“.
When it’s all boiled down, politicians aren’t actually there to run the country. That’s what we have the public service for. It’s not that politicians don’t have the right to set the agenda after winning an election; it’s just that very few of them would have the faintest idea how to actually put their ideas into practice.
According to the Liberal Party newsletter, aka the Telegraph, the party who never raises taxes, the party who screamed blue murder about the carbon and mining taxes, the party who supposedly saved us $550 a year by ‘axing the tax’, is set to cost us thousands by raising the GST to 15%.