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#1214864 - 23/10/2013 23:01 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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This one's a pearler. There is no defence Abbott!!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-23/abbott-defends-randalls-taxpayer-funded-cairns-trip/5041364.

.....but wait there's more. Of course he didn't visit his property. wink


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/23/joe-hockey-australian-politics

Don't these guys know the country is flat broke? laugh
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#1214865 - 23/10/2013 23:06 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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Or not?

Economic emergency? Love the sarcasm in the article.

http://theaimn.com/2013/10/22/we-were-wrong-on-hockey-and-debt-ceiling-correction-follows/

...and the economy continues to grow according to Hockey.. Make up your mind fool.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-23/government-gives-rba-one-off-grant/5039848
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#1214880 - 24/10/2013 08:53 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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There is nothing wrong with politicians using taxpayer money to attend football matches. After All, don't we all get similar perks? .... wait a minute I don't, I can’t even claim my humble work clothes as they do not have a company logo...am I missing out?

What do you think the chances that Randall double dipped and is also writing off the trip to Cairns against his rental income - this is allowed if you have an investment property. He would have an airticket in his name. The ATO would be to dumb to connect any pieces, and too scared to do anything if they could.

Being a politician I am sure he would do no such thing.


Originally Posted By: ColdFront
This one's a pearler. There is no defence Abbott!!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-23/abbott-defends-randalls-taxpayer-funded-cairns-trip/5041364.

.....but wait there's more. Of course he didn't visit his property. wink


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/23/joe-hockey-australian-politics

Don't these guys know the country is flat broke? laugh
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#1214891 - 24/10/2013 10:26 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ozthunder]
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THE Environment Department will slash 150 jobs before Christmas and more may go as part of the Abbott government's plan to shed 12,000 public sector jobs.

http://mobile.news.com.au/national/break...9-1226745589235

Whats new? as soon as he got into Guvment he started shutting down the environmental agencies, so surprises there that way they can launch headlong into massive mining projects without having to worry about any environmental agencies putting the kibosh on their plans... and not have to worry about the poor old environment,keep the e-con-omee going at any cost hey?

12,000 more to go in other Guvment departments...
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#1214897 - 24/10/2013 11:26 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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Freedom of speech means freedom to boycott

Secondary boycotts in the age of social media can be arbitrary, capricious and poorly thought-through, but that doesn't mean they should be stopped, writes Chris Berg.

There's a saying you hear often in libertarian circles - a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take everything away.

Consumer and environmental activists ought to start thinking about this too.

On Monday, the new federal parliamentary secretary for agriculture Richard Colbeck told The Australian that the government might ban consumer and environmental activists from launching secondary boycotts.

For example, in 2011 GetUp tried to organise a boycott of companies that were members of the Australian Food and Grocery Council because the council had said Julia Gillard's carbon tax would increase manufacturing costs.

The issue will be considered in the long-promised review of one of the most complex and problematic pieces of Commonwealth legislation - the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

The Competition and Consumer Act is a 1,500-page behemoth of regulatory complexity. It empowers Australia's most imperial regulatory agency, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

First introduced as the Trade Practices Act in 1974, the act has been continuously expanded at the behest of consumer activists in and outside government.

Now it seems this labyrinth act is to be turned against those very same consumer activists. And once again the Australian Government is threatening to drown free political debate in a sea of litigation and prosecution.

More

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-24/berg-freedom-of-speech-means-freedom-to-boycott/4977410
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#1214898 - 24/10/2013 11:48 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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Trans Pacific Partnership: Tony Abbott will go along with this intrusive, secretive trade pact

The TPP seeks, among other things, to rewrite the global rules on intellectual property enforcement that would give Big Media new powers to lock users out of our own content and services, provide new liabilities that might force ISPs to police our online activity, and give giant media companies even greater powers to shut down websites and remove content at will. It also encourages ISPs to block accused infringers’ Internet access, and could force ISPs to hand over our private information to big media conglomerates without appropriate privacy safeguards. You can see a more complete list of new restrictions below, but it appears that the TPP would turn all Internet users into suspected copyright criminals. In fact it appears to criminalize content sharing in general.

Abbott set to sign highly secretive TPP agreement this month http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013...ent-this-month/ WHAT SORT of “Trade Agreement” manages to both criminalise internet use and force coal seam fracking onto communities?

The answer to this is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a pact that has the ominous potential to achieve both these corporate objectives — and many more.

Of course, we cannot know the exact effects of the TPP, as the negotiations over the past few years have been held in secret. However, two leaked chapters – out of the 26 or more under negotiation – have caused more than their fair share of concern.

One of these chapters threatens to undermine both our existing domestic and international legal systems, throwing away the protections and rights achieved over hundreds of years.

How? Through tribunals linked to a system of International Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS). The one in the TPP led to an open letter signed by prominent Australian judges, lawyers, politicians and academics insisting that the government should not sign an agreement that includes ISDS. The letter states:

‘…the increasing use of this mechanism to skirt domestic court systems and the structural problems inherent in the arbitral regime are corrosive of the rule of law and fairness.’

But ISDS is most definitely included in the proposed TPP put forward by United States negotiators. The Gillard government made it clear that Australia would not sign another trade agreement that included international dispute settlement by tribunals. This followed Australians being burnt by an agreement that has allowed Phillip-Morris to take Australia to an international tribunal over its plain packaging laws, even though our own High Court already decided against Phillip-Morris.

Other countries are experiencing equally serious consequences.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is being used by gas and oil company Lone Pine Resources to sue Canada over Quebec’s moratorium on fracking. A trade agreement was also used to sue Ecuador for USD $1.77 billion.

The Coalition’s trade policy document indicates that Abbott’s government will sign the TPP with acceptance of ISDSs because the Coalition is

‘…open to utilising investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses as part of Australia’s negotiating position.’

Not only that, but it says it will

‘…fast track the conclusion of free trade agreements.’

More

http://nuclearnewsaustralia.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/trans-pacific-partnership-tony-abbott-will-go-along-with-this-intrusive-secretive-trade-pact/
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#1215010 - 25/10/2013 11:07 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-...1025-2w5gv.html

Because LNP minister NEVER appoint friends. Isn't that right Mr Flegg !
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#1215024 - 25/10/2013 13:20 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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What a PIG George Brandis is.

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#1215025 - 25/10/2013 13:38 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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Oh the hypocrisy

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-24/randall-breaks-silence-over-use-of-entitlements/5044578

From the link

"Mr Randall has also confirmed that he employed his daughter as an executive assistant in his office, calling it a "convenience" as he couldn't find anyone suitable for the position."





http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-...1025-2w5gv.html

From the link

"In an interview on Wednesday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the Labor government had ''rushed to appoint its friends to all sorts of positions in the dying days."



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#1215182 - 27/10/2013 10:43 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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Mining tax Bill branded class war

Labor has accused the Abbott Government of using the abolition of the mining tax for a class war against low-income earners and small business.

As the Government claimed Labor did not care about the economy by refusing to support an end to the MRRT, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said no ordinary Australian expected the coalition to make life more expensive.

The Government plans a combined Bill that abolishes the mining tax and a string of benefits.

These include axing the Schoolkids Bonus of about $1200 a year to low and middle-income families, a $500-a-year contribution to the superannuation of low-income earners and supplementary payments to welfare recipients.

On the chopping block for businesses is an increase to the instant asset write-off measure, the accelerated depreciation for cars used for business and the loss carry-back measures.

On its MyWealth internet page yesterday, the Commonwealth Bank said the measures would hurt mostly low-income families.

Mr Shorten, in his first comments on the mining tax as leader, said the Government's claim it was getting rid of the tax because it was not raising enough money made little sense.

"We don't believe that is the real motivation of the coalition," he said.

"We think they aren't governing for all."

Despite promising to govern for all Australians, the Government was nearly doubling debt and it intended to put new taxes on the superannuation of millions of people or on hundreds of thousands of small businesses.

The coalition promised from 2010 to repeal the mining tax and associated spending measures.

But Mr Shorten said voters had not signed up to losing the Schoolkids Bonus or their superannuation and many small businesses would be worse off under the Government's plan.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the Schoolkids Bonus had been a "substitution" policy tied to the mining tax, so it had to go.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/19560060/mining-tax-bill-branded-class-war/
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#1215187 - 27/10/2013 11:29 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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I'm happy to see the schoolkids handout go, now let's see them continue with this 'end of the age of entitlement' and get rid of the other handouts, all of them. Government is not an ATM. Sadly though, the worst of them will be implemented: the gold-plated mat leave scheme. Yuck.

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#1215189 - 27/10/2013 11:51 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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This article touches on your PPL concern Ant. Among other things.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-...1026-2w8q3.html
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#1215288 - 28/10/2013 08:59 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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Bucket mouth. Plenty of room for his feet then.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-...1027-2w9lv.html
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#1215290 - 28/10/2013 09:12 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-...1027-2w9va.html

...but what would our leading economists know right?
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#1215292 - 28/10/2013 09:30 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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Bucket mouth. Plenty of room for his feet then.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-...1027-2w9lv.html


Tony Tea Bag, what a bloody embarrassment.
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#1215322 - 28/10/2013 13:53 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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Originally Posted By: ColdFront
Bucket mouth. Plenty of room for his feet then.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-...1027-2w9lv.html


Just read that myself. What an embarrassment, seriously how low can this bloke go, and yet people will continue to defend him. Those of us who didn't vote him in, this is exactly one of the reasons why.

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#1215335 - 28/10/2013 14:55 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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...and here's another reason. I can't wait to go collect my mail parcel and have to stand behind someone giving the "POSTAL WORKER" their life story about why they couldn't find work last week.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-28/australia-post-plan-to-takeover-centrelink-operations/5049336

Hockey is so out of touch with reality it isn't funny.
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#1215391 - 28/10/2013 23:17 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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Some stats Abbott doesn't want us to see as he launches a political stunt on the Batts scheme whilst dragging the victim's families through the pain again. The man is a disgrace.

http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politic...00303-pivv.html
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#1215425 - 29/10/2013 09:56 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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Since the election the Coalition has increased its primary vote margin by 1.4% to 47%. ALP has slipped by 2.3% to 31%.

47% of respondents are satisfied with Abbotts performance compared to 33% for Rudd when he was PM.

In the 2PP stakes, the Coalition has extended its lead by 2.5% to 56%.

I wonder how much of this is as a result of the whining by jilted ALP supporters? After all, 'Electrickity Bill' really hasn't had any time in the hot seat thanks to the ALP's ridiculous leadership rules...

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#1215428 - 29/10/2013 10:17 Re: Australian Politics [Re: ColdFront]
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