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Scott Morrison – from Mother’s Day to deporting mums

May 14, 2019 - 20:27 -- Admin

Marx famously thought there was a difference between appearance and reality. It was what drove him to look into the real workings of capitalism, a system of exploitation of workers.

Our current election campaign is showing that appearance and reality distinction up.  Now, don’t worry, I am not going to talk about deep philosophical matters or delving. I am going to talk about the appearance of our Prime Minister and the reality of our PM.

Our socialism or their barbarism? – a poem

May 13, 2019 - 21:28 -- Admin

The words, the article, the politics

Cannot write tonight

The not right of campaigns

The pain of lies, untruths, sales

By the men and women with snake oil

Greasing our minds

With thoughts to supposedly explain

Our economic insecurity as gain

But exploitation is insecure

Systemically, crises are its cure,

Unplanned, undemocratic

Men in suits decide

For us all

A few women ride beside them

I read the Murdoch newspaper, The Australian, every day

May 10, 2019 - 20:28 -- Admin

I not only read Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian. I subscribe to 6-day delivery (there is no Sunday edition) and digital access. Many of my friends think I am mad. I am not.  

Of course, Murdoch’s down market Daily Telegraph in Sydney went low rent in attacking Bill Shorten over his deceased mother’s legacy. One of the other low rent Murdoch publications, The Herald Sun in Melbourne, refused to run with it.  Murdoch man par excellence Andrew Bolt condemned the article.

What is negative gearing, and what is Labor proposing?

May 6, 2019 - 19:50 -- Admin

Negative gearing just means an investments ongoing deductible costs are greater than its income. In other words the investment is losing money.

Many types of property can be negatively geared. The most obvious example is a rental property. Let me use that as an example.

Say I borrow $1 million dollars to purchase a property in Sydney to rent out. I borrow the whole of that amount, as say an investment loan, to buy the property. It is an interest only loan.

Art and revolution – a poem

May 5, 2019 - 22:29 -- Admin

Can art fuel a revolution?

Are poems art?

Are words enough?

The lived experience

The falling value of labour

The precipice of profit

Before we fall off

Or rather it falls away

A landslide of lives lost

At what cost?

Not in dollars

But in our lives

And then the dollars, our dollars

Not yours

Food, kids, homes

Gone, all gone

Because?Profits are falling

Have fallen