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Joe Hockey’s Financial Advice, And Why I Need Your Help To Follow It!

May 7, 2015 - 19:47 -- Admin

“I say to the Australian people directly, now is the time to borrow and invest,” said Joe Hockey.

Well, I went to the bank yesterday, in an attempt to do what the Treasurer said, and unfortunately the conversation went something like this:

Me – Hi, I’m here to borrow and invest.

Bank Person (who, hereafter will be refered to as BP, which may confuse some older Scouts) – Invest in what?

Struggle Street: How much do we hate the Western Suburbs?

May 7, 2015 - 13:03 -- Admin


PM Tony Abbott regards wealth as a refection of morals, the more money you have, the better person you are. Like right-wing corporate neo-cons the world over – if you are poor it is because you are lazy or stupid or hopeless or a drug addict or a “leaner” on welfare… and so do latte-sipping inner-city types who criticise the Western Suburbs.

Democracy: Coming soon to a parliament near you.

May 7, 2015 - 02:38 -- Admin

At the recent Queensland election, responding to Campbell Newman’s threat that a hung parliament is a hung Queensland,  Bob Katter made the astute observation that a hung parliament would more likely result in a minority government, a situation similar to almost every other constitutional democracy in the world. Now personally I’ve always thought Katter a bit of a nutter, in the nicest possible way of course, but in this instance I believe he hit the nail squarely and firmly on the head.

Abbott and Hockey Running Scared

May 4, 2015 - 13:58 -- Admin

A week or so out from Joe Hockey’s second attempt at bringing down a national budget, what are we hearing? Not much. It will be dull and routine, boring, the job of fiscal repair is half done and so on. What rubbish. Behind all the upfront rhetoric we are hearing, the calming assurances and so on, both the PM and the Treasurer are running scared.

Wise words from Tony Windsor

May 4, 2015 - 11:18 -- Admin

“When I was young I thought South Africa would always be apartheid.  I never thought the Berlin Wall would come down.  I thought Russia would always be Communist.  Leaders didn’t bring these changes.  They came from the people.  All of us as individuals must turn up.”

– Tony Windsor, Carnegie Conversations, Sydney Opera House, 3 May 2015

The Propaganda Machine

May 3, 2015 - 15:23 -- Admin

In recent weeks there has been much commentary about the formation of Bjorn Lomborg’s “Consensus Centre” within the halls of the University of Western Australia. We have been aggrieved at the profligate use of taxpayer funds during a “budget crisis”.