The Big Budget Bribe.2018

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The 2018 Federal Budget will be announced tomorrow ( or what little parts already haven’t been) but a desperate Government hoping to bribe the voters into re-electing them.

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By all reports they are going to spend big on infrastructure as well as any other items the think will be looked upon favourably as well as giving tax cuts and other sweeteners immediately to the lower classes while the more affluent will have to wait a few years.

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Morrison and Mal are indeed trying to be Santa Claus. The hypocrisy is astounding by them as well as the complicate media,

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What happened to the DEBT AND DEFICIENT disaster   we were warned about day in and day out when it was much lower than what it is now? What about the Sovereign Risk to Australia,? WE were all going to be ruined unless it was bought back under control.

 

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This is the biggest bribe in place since Costello’s last one, which was the last trick to save their tired old Government from losing. This coming budget is about saving Turnbull/Morrison and the rest of Coalscums jobs.It will be talked up as brilliant by their sprukers and lickspittles , Labor will pillared from post to paddock if they don’t immediately agree to pass all the measures in the budget and then get out of the way and let the rightful rulers get on with their agenda with out question.

 

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Will the Public fall for it, or are they more savvy than given credit for?

Time will tell.

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3,079 thoughts on “The Big Budget Bribe.2018

  1. The Queensland Labor government really needs to stop pandering to mining companies.

    Queensland minister accused of inflating mining job numbers
    Exclusive: Anthony Lynham used the same job figures as a mining industry lobby group’s report
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/23/queensland-minister-accused-of-inflating-mining-job-numbers

    Enough Queensland voters believed a Labor government would veto Adani’s plans to ensure a Labor win. They also hoped that government would take a stand on mining overall. This is a great way to ensure the Palaszczuk government does not get another term.

  2. Greg Jericho
    The time is ripe for a more activist approach to industrial relations

    It is becoming harder to deny that without changes to our industrial relations system, low wage growth will remain locked in. After the fight over tax, this should be the main focus of the next election campaign given even the head of the Reserve Bank, Philip Lowe, concedes the evidence is “pretty compelling” that changes in industrial relations designed to bring greater flexibility and less centralisation have contributed to our current state of record low wages growth

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2018/jun/24/the-time-is-ripe-for-a-more-activist-approach-to-industrial-relations

    • Very pretty, but I wish they had kept the proper Irish spelling. I understand why they didn’t, but still, it’s a shame.

  3. I wonder how they meant the name as ‘Aroha’ is love and a lower case ‘te’ could mean ‘the love” or ‘place of love’ .With a capital though it is used before someone’s name as a sign of respect to the person being addressed. I suppose all 3 🙂

    Until now the only Te Aroha I knew.
    Mt Te Aroha

    and its town

  4. NSW the police state.

    Gladys bans protest rallies, protests and any other kind of public gatherings on Crown land, the only exception being cemeteries, for funerals.

    “Crown land” means –

    …town squares and local parks, state heritage sites, buildings, community halls, nature reserves, coastal lands, waterway corridors, sporting grounds, racetracks, showgrounds, caravan parks, camping areas, travelling stock routes, rest areas, walking tracks, commons, community and government infrastructure and facilities. Hyde Park and Bondi Beach in Sydney are two famous examples of the NSW Crown reserve system at work

    Council for Civil Liberties condemns regulations allowing for bans on public gatherings
    http://www.nswccl.org.au/council_for_civil_liberties_condemns_regulations_allowing_for_bans_on_public_gatherings

  5. Geologists captured this time-lapse video of the perched lava channel issuing from fissure 8 on Kīlauea’s lower East Rift Zone. Rafts of accreted lava move down stream and look like boats moving down a river. These are termed lava balls or lava boats and form when portions of the fissure 8 cone or levees break away and are rafted down stream. As they move along in the channel, additional lava can cool to their surface to form accretionary lava balls.

    https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo/multimedia_uploads/multimediaFile-2302.mp4#video

  6. Centre Alliance candidate Rebekha Sharkie will romp to victory in the Mayo by-election while Labor’s Susan Lamb has a 50 per cent chance of retaining Longman, a new poll shows.

    The ReachTel/Australian Institute survey found Ms Sharkie ahead 62 per cent to Liberal candidate Georgina Downer’s 38 per cent on a two-party preferred basis in the South Australia seat.

    Ms Lamb was neck and neck with LNP candidate Trevor Ruthenberg in her Queensland seat.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/sharkie-to-romp-mayo-by-election-poll

  7. The electorate of Hinkler was polled in that Reachtel poll. Wondering why, when it’s not having a by-election?

    Here’s why.

    On Thursday the Reps passed this –
    Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion) Bill 2018
    https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Hansard/Hansard_Display?bid=chamber/hansardr/5d1aabc6-2984-42d1-bf5e-3f493db56d60/&sid=0000

    The bill proposed extending the cashless welfare card trial to Bundaberg and Hervey Bay. The bill has been sent to the Senate. Labor will vote against it, or at least, that’s what they said a few weeks ago.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/qld/2018/05/30/cashless-welfare-card-bundaberg-hervey-bay/

  8. This tweet sums up how I feel in 2018 so well.

    • Me too. Anger and frustration, and not helped by the MSM, especially Sky News, constantly tweeting crap about Labor’s alleged leadership war while deliberately not mentioning the problems in the Liberal Party. Very real problems.

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    David Crowe on the Ipsos poll.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/polling-gets-personal-what-voters-really-think-of-malcolm-turnbull-and-bill-shorten-20180624-p4znen.html
    The SMH editorial says about the poll that it is tempting to conclude that quite a few voters, especially younger ones, would not mind if the present Prime Minister were leading a government which implemented the opposition’s policies. How will the parties spin that?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/voters-choice-would-be-to-mix-and-match-20180624-p4znfv.html
    Peter Hartcher posits that the PM’s $144 billion tax cut offer seems to have fallen flat. Have a look at his final paragraph.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/fairfax-ipos-poll-the-pm-s-144-billion-tax-cut-offer-seems-to-have-fallen-flat-20180624-p4zner.html
    Simon Benson reports that conservative crossbenchers have lashed Pauline Hanson for vowing to block Turnbull’s business tax cuts.
    https://outline.com/6n5AF9
    Urban Wronski pulls the wings off Turnbull’s “aspirational” butterfly.
    https://urbanwronski.com/2018/06/24/aspirational-dont-try-to-take-us-for-a-ride-mr-turnbull/
    Elizabeth Warren gets under Trump’s skin again.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-trades-insults-as-us-offers-plan-to-re-unite-separated-children-20180624-p4znf5.html
    Trump has called for the US to abandon its judicial system and summarily deport people who enter the country.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/24/trump-family-separations-children-immigration-dhs-texas
    Trump has called for undocumented immigrants to be deprived of legal rights, arguing that people who cross the border into the United States illegally must immediately be deported without trial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/remove-illegal-immigrants-rights-and-deport-them-all-donald-trump-20180625-p4zngw.html
    The automation of Centrelink is “deliberately designed to make it hard for people”, according to a new report from Anglicare Australia, with stories of errors, delays and up to two-hour phone wait times.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/25/centrelink-automation-hurting-australias-most-vulnerable-anglicare
    Coalition elder statesmen are ¬urging the government to support coal-fired power as they seek to avoid new government infighting.
    https://outline.com/WaybEs
    Peter FitzSimons writes that women are living in fear and men have no idea.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/women-live-in-fear-and-men-have-no-idea-20180622-p4zn73.html
    David Crosbie explains how badly drafted foreign agent laws will snare charities. He makes several good points.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/badly-drafted-foreign-agent-laws-will-snare-charities-20180624-p4znfh.html
    Labor has launched a plan to end NBN “horror stories” by ensuring compensation is paid to small businesses and families if service is not up to scratch.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/06/24/labor-nbn-pay-horror-stories/
    Clancy Yeates presages today’s start of the next round of banking royal commission hearings.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/farm-loan-scrutiny-could-sorely-test-banks-slogans-20180622-p4zn22.html
    Greg Jericho says the time is ripe for a more activist approach to industrial relations.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2018/jun/24/the-time-is-ripe-for-a-more-activist-approach-to-industrial-relations
    Jess Irvine gives us something to think about as she bemoans the diminution of the “village” contribution to child raising.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/it-takes-a-village-to-raise-a-child-but-the-village-is-missing-20180624-p4zned.html
    For the first time, patients can view how often a surgeon or specialist has used their private health insurer’s gap cover scheme and gauge the likelihood of facing out-of-pocket costs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/out-of-pocket-fees-of-specialists-and-surgeons-revealed-20180613-p4zl6k.html
    This will be interesting. Mining giant BHP is facing a class action from up to 400 workers who allege they were left $40 million worse off because they were hired as “casual” workers by labour hire firms and not as permanent staff, despite their rosters being published months in advance.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/ground-breaking-class-action-launched-over-casuals-in-mining-20180622-p4zn89.html
    AMP board members and senior executives may face criminal charges resulting from investigations by the financial services royal commission. The corporate watchdog ASIC is conferring on the issue with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), which may see charges brought as early as September.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2018/06/22/asic-amp-criminal-charges/
    Sydney house prices are about to do a flip on the residential boom between 2013 and 2017 and may not be back at last year’s peak by 2021, BIS Oxford Economics says.
    https://outline.com/NL5V2w
    If you need a PhD to read your power bill, buying wisely is all but impossible.
    https://theconversation.com/if-you-need-a-phd-to-read-your-power-bill-buying-wisely-is-all-but-impossible-98617
    Michelle Grattan on Albo’s speech.
    https://theconversation.com/anthony-albanese-sets-out-his-blueprint-for-labor-98776
    Whether or not the Turnbull Government intends to sell the ABC, Martin Hirst argues that the Liberal Party’s internal debate on the issue highlights the democratic deficit at the heart of our system.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-democracy-deficit-its-an-economic-problem-too,11627
    Tobacco franchisees claim they are bullied by the big three tobacco companies, British American Tobacco (BATA), Philip Morris and Imperial Tobacco Australia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/the-whole-industry-stinks-big-tobacco-s-squeeze-on-small-business-20180621-p4zmyt.html

    Cartoon Corner – for what it’s worth!

    Pat Campbell with the work Frydenberg has in front of him tomorrow.

    Jon Kudelka goes hi tech.

    And he releases a second album.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/a8ce663f2df6038e58f561751224b3aa
    Alan Moir analyses Trump.

  10. Just listened to Jim Charlmers on rn with hamish. He did real good. Apparently no one should mention trumbles wealth. Also went against my own promise and read crowe’s piece of dribble, but can see why the msm were screaming about Albo going to challenge. It says it all that in the graphy things, that Labors team is beating their team by a mile.

    • Chanel & had something about those ads last night, I saw it on Twitter, because I don’t watch Channel 7, especially not their news. Of course, they ended it with leadershit about Albo and some rubbish about “Shorten now says” he approved of what Albo said. An attempt to make it look like Shorten is trying to hide a leadership crisis, probably.

      I would have posted it, but the dig at Shorten made me decide against it.

      These idiot journalists and writers of news items are carefully ignoring Labor’s leadership rules – if they ever knew about them at all.

      We can play at this game too. The Libs, though could have a leadership spill this afternoon, if Dutton wanted to go for the top job. Rumour says he’s preparing to challenge, probably after Lady Georgina gets whacked in Mayo. It must be true, it’s all over Twitter.

  11. abc am just spent 18 minutes sooking about some ad Labor has put out “attacking” trumble and his wealth……………how dare Labor do that, only lnp and msm are allowed to attack Bill and Labor, no one, but no one is allow to attack lnp or trumble, especially poor trumble.

  12. Hanson – she has changed hger position on business tax cuts so often that we now need an hourly update. I think we need an hourly update. So far today she says definitely not. That could change by lunchtime. The woman has an attention span that would make a goldfish seem intellectual.

    Hanson already has everything she wanted from this government – funding cuts to the ABC and SBS, the Liberal Party making it policy to sell the ABC, welfare cuts, climate change rubbished, work in progress to give white South African farmers given the status of humanitarian refugees and priority over refugees of colour, a tax cut for herself, a pay rise for herself, penalty rates cut, with more cuts coming on Sunday and acceptance of all One Nation’s nasty, hate-filled policies.

    What more could the government offer her? Only making her a minister. She’s love that, she’d love the extra money even more than the status.

  13. Here’s a thought – Albo makes one speech, pretty much echoing what Shorten has been saying in every one of the 75 town hall meetings he has held in the past year, and it makes headlines for days. Shorten does 75 town hall meetings and the MSM barely mention anything he says at them. Ditto for the speeches he has made at Labor conferences, at public events and in parliament. Nothing. Not one word. They deliberately try to stifle Shorten.

    Albo, on the other hand, could do tomorrow afternoon’s Matter of Public Importance, something always totally ignored by the Press Gallery pack, and it would make headlines as further proof he is about to challenge Shorten.

    Did any of these idiots bother reading Albo’s speech? It was all about Labor policy for the election, exactly what Shorten has been saying.

    • In other words, Albo does Shorten’s job by talking in detail about Labor’s policies, repeating what Shorten was saying but wasn’t heard. I still think that Albo shouldn’t replace, unwittingly or not, Shorten in the media even if they ignore him. imo for what it’s worth.

  14. Jess Irvine and her silly “village” chatter about early childhood education misses the point entirely.

    She says –

    The government’s reforms to childcare subsidies which kick off next week are designed to curb the rapidly rising cost of childcare to both parents and taxpayers, by moving to subsidise only a standard hourly fee based on “reasonable cost”. This is to discourage centres from escalating fees much beyond this level.

    The package will deliver more money for lower income families to secure access to early learning. Some higher income parents will lose out as stricter means testing kicks in

    So here’s what she missed in all that praise of a very flawed new system. She leaves out one crucial thing – low income families do not necessarily get more money, many will lose what they have been receiving. Low-income parents now have to prove they “deserve” this money. The level of subsidy will be determined in part by the “activity level” of parents, or how much they work, study, or job hunt. They have to prove they are working, or studying, or volunteering. Just being a stay-at-home mum, as many single parents on welfare are, (I’m not saying I approve of that) means you lose the subsidy you now have and next week will find you have less childcare available to you, or none at all.

    The whole scheme is designed to force low-income women into the work force. It’s going to be all but impossible to achieve that agenda when there is so little work available, especially work that accommodates the needs of women with young children.

    How is that fair? It’s not fair. The kids who most need early childhood education, the most deprived, the most needy, will miss out.

    Eva Cox did a much better article on the community-based aspect of childcare and the damage this new plan will cause last Saturday –
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/23/the-new-childcare-package-is-the-final-nail-in-the-community-service-coffin

    And here’s Labor’s view of the changes.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jan/14/coalition-defends-childcare-policy-after-documents-reveal-areas-hardest-hit-by-changes

  15. Bill Shorten in parliament this morning, introducing legislation to protect penalty rates.

    Debate was adjourned, date to be set.

  16. Nice couple of slap to Truffles and Madam Asbestos from Shorten.

    “Proud to have protected workers from corporate collapse like the kind that the prime minister was dragged to a royal commission on. Proud to have fought for the rights of asbestos victims, while government ministers fought for the perpetrators. I’ll always stand up for the workers, while my opponent will always stand up for the top end of town.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2018/jun/25/coalition-polls-tax-hanson-politics-live

  17. What Does Aspiration Mean?

    Aspiration means you’re breathing foreign objects into your airways. Usually, it’s food, saliva, or stomach contents when you swallow, vomit, or experience heartburn. This is common in older adults, infants, and people who have trouble swallowing or controlling their tongue.

    Most of the time aspiration won’t cause symptoms. You may experience a sudden cough as your lungs try to clear out the substance. Some people may wheeze, have trouble breathing, or have a hoarse voice after they eat, drink, vomit, or experience heartburn. You may have chronic aspiration if this occurs frequently.

    Read on to learn what increases your risk for aspiration, complications, treatment, and more.

    https://www.healthline.com/health/aspiration

    Fizza’s constant prattle about “aspiration” certainly makes me want to vomit.

    Then there’s this –
    aspirational –
    “Medicine/Medical. relating to the act of removing a fluid from a body cavity or of inhaling a fluid into the lungs”
    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/aspirational

  18. Dutton is not having a good time. His sneaky move to deport the refugee family from Biloela 21 days before their appeal period expired was thwarted by the Federal Court this morning. A few days ago his decision to take mobile phones away from asylum seekers in detention was overturned by the same court, and tonight this happened in the Senate –

  19. Great spectacle from 1933. You may consider how much the Americans knew about some more sinister regimentation.

    I think the Turks are about to regret what it took time the Germans ten years. And in no less time.

  20. Just popped in to say – in case nobody else has already made the point – that Turnbull’s strategy at the moment is to try to make this all a Turnbull vs Shorten thing and nothing else. The PPM and approval ratings would be his guide there – they are the only metrics where Turnbull can be said to have an advantage. So if he can play Shorten off against himself he’ll reckon he’s got a chance. The less it’s about Liberal vs Labor, and the more it becomes a personal thing, the better for the government. Every talking head on the government benches is going ‘Shorten. Shorten, Shorten, Shorten…’ and every newspaper is highlighting the approval ratings as if they actually mean something.

    This is why there’ll be no Libspill prior to the election. They have one tactic and one tactic only they can call on, and if Turnbull goes so does that tactic. So don’t expect Turnbull to be challenged by anyone. However, assuming he loses the election, he’ll be dumped almost immediately, and I’d say that’d be it for his political career. They’re squeezing every last drop out of him. If you’ve seen his recent work in Question Time you’d see that he knows it too. Very desperate behaviour, the actions of a trapped man thrashing about in the net.

    It’s also what this Albanese thing is all about, They’re trying to make Shorten look weak, besieged. And this is the best evidence we have that the political media in this country is badly compromised. They all got on board so quickly it has to be coordinated.

    None of it’ll work, of course. If it was going to work we would have seen it ages ago. Only two things do Coalition polling any good: getting out of the spotlight entirely, and actually doing something positive. They’re apparently sick of doing positive things, to judge by their recent behaviour in Parliament (in fact it looks to me as if they’re looting the building for everything they can grab before they’re kicked out), and they’re not going to get any time away from the spotlight until the election I wouldn’t think. So they’re turning to the third best tactic – one that’s completely failed them for five years now – and hoping against hope that this time it’ll come good.

  21. And anyone who tries to tell you that Labor would be more likely to win with Albanese leading rather than Shorten – ignore them, block them, leave them well alone. It’s crap. Leadership change equals Labor In Crisis, everyone knows that. Those that talk about it positively are not only ignorant of the guidelines the ALP have set, they’re stupid in general. Or more probably being disruptive.

    • “Aspiration” was a Howard thing,he talked about “aspirational Australians”. Latham also dabbled in this nonsense with his “ladder of opportunity”.

      How typical of the Liberal Party to think this tired old rubbish is still a vote winner. No new ideas at all for that lot, just the same old tripe rehashed and rehashed. The MSM dutifully parrot everything they are given without ever mentioning this lack of new thought.

  22. Uggh what a day

    The ATO has just invented a form they want completed by 1 July and I am in Europe on a cheap tour.

    The Tour Guide is a loud ignorant and immature Essex gal who told us to tip the local guide after we had been to the bank. She is encouraging chiseling at 80 paces, I told her that I didn’t want to travel round Europe ripping people off and that every bank transaction costs so I want an upfront table of costs as we enter each country. As my father said – if you have to haggle, can you afford to travel?

    Not sure the 22 year old adventurer knows good advice when it’s offered – well more fool her

    Unfortunately I have chosen a tour company that values 22 year old female British adventurers over knowledgeable males

    That’s not to say I don’t check in every day to keep up to date on Canberra’s antics

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    The Australian is in rampant right wing mode today. Have a look.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/
    Greg Jericho urges us to not ask who benefits from tax cuts but rather do ask who will pay for them. He concludes by saying, “It adds up to a policy that will almost assuredly make Australia a less equal society, and so obvious is this outcome, you could be forgiven for thinking it was the intention.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2018/jun/26/dont-ask-who-benefits-from-tax-cuts-do-ask-who-will-pay-for-them
    Phil Coorey tells us that the Nats will be demanding changes to the NEG by not wanting an emission reductions component.
    https://outline.com/GMwFmc
    Meanwhile construction on the first stage of South Australia’s largest solar power project will begin early next year, creating hundreds of jobs, powering 90,000 homes and promising cheaper electricity.
    https://outline.com/xuW7Vc
    Michelle Grattan writes that Labor is seeking to turn the battle over company tax onto Malcolm Turnbull’s personal wealth, with an attack advertisement declaring the Prime Minister stands to profit if the cuts for big business are passed. It is a mistake IMHO.
    https://theconversation.com/labor-makes-company-tax-fight-all-about-malcolm-turnbulls-money-98838
    Mungo Maccallum says the Liberals and their allies have always favoured the private over the public, whether in hospitals, health, schools — and broadcasting.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mungo-maccallum-the-liberals-public-enemy-number-one–the-abc,11634
    Adele Ferguson reports that five years after Commonwealth Bank whistleblower Jeff Morris burst onto the scene with explosive allegations of rampant misconduct and conflicts in its financial planning arm, the bank has put up the white flag on vertical integration.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/cba-amputates-toxic-wealth-management-arm-before-poison-spreads-20180625-p4znmj.html
    And John Collett tells us that the big banks are getting ahead of any recommendations of the banking royal commission by hiving off their wealth management divisions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-retirement/spin-off-of-big-banks-wealth-arms-heralds-a-new-era-20180622-p4zn4m.html
    At the banking royal commission Ken Hayne revives the terrors of the financial crisis.
    https://outline.com/hm4aFZ
    And Hayne has shot back at critics of the Royal Commission’s work into Bankwest’s loan book by rejecting claims the process has been rushed and that former customers of the bank are getting short shrift.
    https://outline.com/7AvATX
    Michael West writes that one mystery of the Royal Commission into the banks is why it does not extend to system risk; the overwhelming leverage that is of our banks in residential housing and the safety of the entire banking system. Another is why the mercurial Macquarie Bank seems to have sidestepped the whole show. A third is why farmers have only been given ten days to tell their stories.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/royal-commission-its-the-farmers-turn-but-they-only-get-ten-days/
    China and Europe are warning that a trade war could trigger a global recession.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/china-europe-warn-trade-war-could-trigger-a-global-recession-20180626-p4znp1.html
    Global sharemarkets extended losses as trade fights between the United States and other leading economies worsened, while oil settled lower as the anticipation of sharply higher crude output loomed large. Effing Trump!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/global-shares-sink-amid-trade-turmoil-asx-set-to-fall-20180626-p4znoz.html
    Stephen Koukoulas asks some interesting questions about the income tax cuts.
    https://thekouk.com/item/616-would-proposed-income-tax-cuts-benefit-you.html
    The Trump tariff war has forced Harley-Davidson to relocate production outside the US and sent the Dow Jones falling for the ninth time in 10 days.
    https://outline.com/muUa67
    Anger and division in American politics is leading to the public shaming of political figures while they are going about their private lives.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/the-latest-sign-of-political-divide-shaming-and-shunning-public-officials-20180626-p4znox.html
    This is Trump’s America.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/25/citing-trump-woman-in-video-calls-latino-man-rapist-animal-drug-dealer
    John Passant writes about the concentration camps of Trump and Turnbull.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-concentration-camps-of-turnbull-and-trump,11629
    Nassim Khardem reports that private health funds need to be more transparent about their policies, especially exclusions that often leave consumers out-of-pocket, according to Australia’s consumer watchdog.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/accc-tells-private-health-funds-be-more-honest-with-your-customers-20180625-p4znmr.html
    Health experts have overwhelmingly given the soft drink industry’s plan to slash sugar by 20 per cent the thumbs down, with key figures labelling it a “scam”, “window dressing” and “smoke and mirrors”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-scam-obesity-experts-slam-soft-drink-industry-s-sugar-cut-pledge-20180625-p4znlo.html
    Jenny Osborne tells us that that government policy has been responsible for the significant decline in quality of the key English language program targeting new arrivals, the Adult Migrant English Program.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-demise-of-english-language-programs-for-new-arrivals-to-australia-20180620-p4zmm1.html
    World debt ratios have spiralled to record levels during the era of super-easy money and markets are showing telltale signs of late-cycle excess, leaving the international financial system acutely vulnerable to a jump in borrowing costs.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/quick-and-sharp-the-global-economy-set-to-suffer-from-debt-hangover-20180625-p4znhe.html
    Kristina Keneally has missed out on a promotion to the federal Labor frontbench in a factional deal that has sparked complaints about the party’s “dinosaur” powerbrokers. That’s the problem with having too much talent available I suppose.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/kristina-keneally-misses-out-on-frontbench-promotion-in-labor-factional-deal-20180625-p4znnr.html
    Surely these arseholes were trading while insolvent! Wedding reception managers who shut up shop and left dozens of couples without a venue at the last minute were asking clients to deposit thousands of dollars as recently as three weeks ago.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/betrayed-brides-squeezed-for-cash-before-venue-shuts-up-shop-20180625-p4znnw.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman takes the prize today!

    Alan Moir wheels out Napoleon Turnbull again.

    Zanetti must be looking for a raise.

    Some perspective from Matt Golding.

    David Pope sums up politics at the moment.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/act/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0.html
    More in here – especially Cathy Wilcox’s beauty.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/best-of-fairfax-cartoons-june-26-2018-20180625-h11uf9.html

  24. Re Truffles’ reported “essentially” donating his salary to charity. Not quite. I’m sure the tax arrangements are ‘well structured’.

    Malcolm Turnbull gives his salary to charity

    …………………………………….The Daily Telegraph understands Mr Turnbull does not divert his $528,000 salary into a separate account but donates slightly more than the equivalent amount, about $550,000, to charity through the Turnbull Foundation

    https://outline.com/scF9aL

    • He SAYS he donates his parliamentary salary to charity, but how would we know if he’s lying or not?

      The alleged charity is one he set up, probably as yet another of his tax avoidance scams. it’s all very dodgy.

      Turnbull certainly scrounges every possible cent he can when he claims expenses. In the first three months of this year he claimed $1,909.50 for “family travel costs”. It looks like it was mostly Comcars. Surely Lucy could afford a taxi.
      https://www.ipea.gov.au/pwe/full-report/Turnbull/Malcolm/Parliamentarian/2018-01-01

  25. Turnbull will announce this today, in yet another defence-themed presser. Payne and Pyne (sounds like a 19th entury burlesque act) will also be there.

    Australia to spend nearly $7 billion buying unmanned military planes from America
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-to-spend-nearly-7-billion-buying-unmanned-military-planes-from-america-20180625-p4znmc.html

    Australian governments are always suckers for off-the-plan purchases of expensive US military kit. The Tritons have been plagued with development problems and increasing costs for years.

    This is from July 2014 –
    The Trouble with the Triton: Northrop Grumman Taking Heat for Costs and Delays
    The system due to the U.S. Navy from RBR50 company Northrop Grumman is looking to cost 25 percent more than expected and to be more than two years late than originally scheduled.
    https://www.roboticsbusinessreview.com/unmanned/the_trouble_with_the_triton_northrop_grumman_taking_heat_for_costs_and_dela/

    That came just a few months after Abbott committed Australia to a $3 billion spend on these drones. Now we are spending $7 billion.

    Government spends up to $3bn on Triton drones to monitor north coast
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-spends-up-to-3bn-on-triton-drones-to-monitor-north-coast-20140313-34o7n.html

  26. Turnbull has a huge problem with Shorten being friends with the late Richard Pratt. I think he’s jealous.

    Here’s a few facts, because you certainly won’t see them in the Fairfax papers.

    Shorten’s former wife, Debbie Beale, was Richard Pratt’s god-daughter. Her father is Julian Beale, a very wealthy man and former Liberal politician. The Beales and the Pratts were very close friends. Richard Pratt treated young Debbie as if she was his daughter, and when she married Bill he became close to him as well, becoming a sort of mentor and father figure. This is why the Shortens often visited the Pratts. The relationship was so close that the Pratt family mansion, Raheen, was used for an engagement party for Bill and Debbie and for a fundraiser for Shorten when he first ran for parliament.

    Turnbull obviously can’t bear any of this. He hates the thought of Shorten having friends in high places, only Liberal multi-millionaires are supposed to have those connections.

    Turnbull keeps trying to paint Shorten as some sort of social climber, but it’s just a blatant example of pots and kettles. Turnbull inherited millions from both his parents, he also married money and that marriage gained him a social status he would not otherwise have had. He can’t bear the thought his story (except for the inherited millions) is very similar to Shorten’s.

    Both men lost a parent to divorce when they were young, Turnbull’s mother took off to the US, Shorten’s father left his mother. Both had expensive private school educations. Both were excellent debaters at high school. Both studied law and practiced for a while before moving on. Both married well – Shorten has managed this twice. I just don’t think Turnbull can handle any of this similarity, I’d say he finds it offensive.

    • Just on the doubts about Labor’s tactic of targeting Turnbull’s wealth –

      First – it’s not about him being wealthy, the ads are meant to show he is benefiting more than most from his own government’s tax policies.
      Second – if Turnbull is now trying to defend himself by saying he donates his salary to charity then the line of attack is working.
      Third – Turnbull’s defence opens up more questions about his tax affairs and the way he manages his wealth.
      Fourth – if all the usual right-leaning, Turnbull-adoring journalists are telling us this tactic is a big mistake then you can be sure it’s working as planned and is no mistake.

      With all the MSM’s attention now on the ads and (still) on Albo’s speech don’t make the mistake of thinking Labor has blundered into this and is somehow putting the party at a disadvantage. Labor strategists war-game everything, they know what they want and they know in advance what the media reaction will be. They knew what the MSM would make of Albo’s speech. You might think Albo should not have made that speech. I disagree. The speech got Labor’s policies out into the public eye, with journalists, especially the highly anti-Labor Crowe, quoting slabs of it and giving links to the whole speech. The MSM won’t run Shorten’s speeches, but this one caught their attention. Now everyone with an interest in politics knows what Labor will be offering. Those on the Labor side will have realised straight away that Albo did not say anything that Shorten has not already said.

      The government, on the other hand, is utterly tone deaf. Yesterday Zed Seselja tweeted this –

      That was a huge mistake, and the Twitterverse was straight onto it. Zed did not notice that the coffee prepared for Turnbull and his pampered, well-off Liberal mates was being prepared and served by real hard-working Canberrans who will be having their penalty rates slashed this weekend. Even worse, those workers probably gained very little, if anything, from those tax cuts Did the MSM mention this? Of course not.

    • Something else about that Zed tweet too – sitting around having coffee doesn’t fit the image of “hard-working”. It looks like all those people have taken the morning off for a chat. Controlling the narrative is difficult to do when your default setting is ‘privileged’.

  27. We can all hope

    A Senate inquiry into Australia’s recycling crisis has recommended that all single-use plastics – which could potentially include takeaway containers, chip packets and coffee cups with plastic linings – be banned by 2023.

    The wide-ranging report also recommends the establishment of a national container deposit scheme as a response to an unfolding crisis in Australian recycling that forced some councils to tip their recycling into landfill.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/26/recycling-senate-inquiry-recommends-all-single-use-plastics-be-banned

    • How about fining takeaway companies for the amount of litter they produce? Market forces. >:-)

      Tagging burger wrappers etc. with an identifiable code can’t be that difficult.

  28. Want proof Turnbull’s own personal charity, the Turnbull Foundation, is just a tax dodge?

    See this –
    https://abr.business.gov.au/ABN/View?abn=72750851308

    Turnbull “donates” his $500,000 per annum salary to his own charity, then claims a tax deduction for the whole donation. Because Turnbull does all he can to minimise the tax he pays in this country that “donation” may well see him getting a hefty refund cheque from the ATO every year. Nice lurk he has going there, and the usual suspects in the MSM are praising him for his “generosity” and saying he must not be criticised.

    I can’t find much information about the work of this alleged charity, which is said to support “the socially disadvantaged and cultural and research programs”
    http://www.sydney.org.au/lucy-turnbull-the-formidable-sounding-board/

    I did find a few things, before I gave up searching. It seems the “support” is mostly for university scholarships and building works that will glorify the Turnbull name.

    This seems to be the most recent activity.
    https://www.thefifthestate.com.au/education/cathy-smith-wins-inaugural-turnbull-foundation-women-in-built-environment-scholarship

    A $95,000 scholarship leaves a lot of change from the $500,000 a year Turnbull is supposed to be donating. What does his “charity” do with the rest?

    In 2010 the charity donated $30,000 worth of travel scholarships to students at Sydney Uni.
    http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=6117

    There’s a Turnbull Foundation Reading Room, part of the Freehills Law Library at Sydney Uni. Much like Fizza’s government it used to leak in wet weather. The leaks were managed by the careful placing of plastic tubs. Unlike the Fizza government the leaks are said to have been fixed.
    http://honisoit.com/2016/05/law-library-moisture-crisis/

    I got bored, so if you need more information you’ll have to google it for yourself.

  29. I’d be glad to see multi-millionaires paying all the tax they owe, instead of keeping their money in tax havens to avoid paying tax here, and creating dodgy charities as tax avoidance lurks.

  30. Men behaving badly?

    A fiery and emotional debate has erupted in the Western Australian Parliament about the treatment of female MPs in the wake of an incident last week when a senior minister was accused of “feigning a headbutt” towards Nationals leader Mia Davies.

    Ms Davies referred the alleged behaviour of Water Minister Dave Kelly to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly last Thursday, claiming it “bordered on intimidatory”.

    But on Tuesday Speaker Peter Watson said he would not take the complaint any further and was satisfied Mr Kelly “did not move his head in the Member’s direction”.

    Mr Kelly has repeatedly denied the allegation and has the support of the Premier Mark McGowan who said the allegations were “fabricated”.

    But the response sparked an emotional plea from Ms Davies, who urged her colleagues to refer the matter to a powerful committee for further investigation.

    “I’m happy to come to this place, I am happy to be criticised, I am happy to have members opposite pull our policy apart … we expect that,” she told the chamber.

    “But I expect that when one member of this place says they feel uncomfortable, that it is not mocked by those opposite.”

    At times Ms Davies was close to tears, saying the moment was “disconcerting” and bordered on intimidation.

    “That caused me to take a step back and say hang on, you are very close, you are too close and it was designed to make me feel uncomfortable,” she said.

    Ms Davies said the Government’s reaction in dismissing her allegation had been “appalling”.

    “That to me is the very reason why people don’t raise complaints of this nature in the workplace and it is extraordinarily offensive,” she said.

    Deputy Liberal leader Liza Harvey called the Government’s response “disgraceful”.

    “The biggest challenge is getting people to stand up and ask for help,” she said.

    “They don’t want to feel more vulnerable and they don’t want to be ridiculed and they don’t want to be dismissed.

    “They don’t want to have someone say, ‘she made that up’ and be made to look like an idiot.”

    The debate sparked impassioned arguments from both sides of politics, including a handful of female Labor MPs who bared their own confronting moments.

    “I remember being told to stick to my knitting,” Police Minister Michelle Roberts said.

    “People commenting … about my appearance, among other things, and a lot of other nasty stuff.”

    Transport Minister Rita Saffioti spoke candidly about facing incessant “heckling” while in opposition, even when she had revealed she was trying IVF to have a child and had suffered a “miscarriage scare”.

    “In my maiden speech, the former premier (Colin Barnett) heckled me and he didn’t stop for eight-and-a-half-years,” she said.

    But she said the headbutt allegation “wasn’t true”, dismissing it as a political stunt before the Darling Range by-election.

    “I understand this is a tough place … but to try and undermine the Minister for Water in this way … is completely out of order,” she said.

    The motion to have the complaint referred to the Procedure and Privileges Committee was voted down.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-26/ifiery-scenes-in-wa-parliament-over-alleged-headbut-sexism/9912364

  31. Various Hawai`i updates:

    Kilauea Summit, Hawaii Volcanoes Park Update (Jun. 25, 2018)

    Fast Lava, Short-Lived Spillovers – Media Conference (Jun.25, 2018)

    Hawaii Volcano Eruption Update – Monday Morning (June 25, 2018)

    REPORT: Hawaii Eruption – The Tourism Tumult (Jun. 24, 2018)

    (The latter refers to “Australians” – probably Aussie guests staying at Kilauea Lodge.)

    We’d be back in Volcano Village now if:
    a) we could afford it,
    b) travel insurance would cover it, and,
    c) the geology settled down. i.e. no more M5+ equivalent explosions at the summit.

    (It’s still on the to-do list.)

    • (I’d settle for one or two M5+ earthquakes, but I’m told it gets “boring” after that… o_O )

    • Thanks Jaeger, I’ve missed seeing what has been happening. Save those pennies son, you can go back after it’s all settled down.

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