The poor are undeserving

This is the rationale of those who want to protect their own imagined sense of merit. There exist among the more fortunate members of the world that they have achieved their good fortune by their own worthiness, and they believe this despite the harsh reality that they are so thoroughly self-seeking and self-satisfied and do not have the common good anywhere in their scheme.

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Prosperity needs a lot more innovative thought than Hockey could imagine

Ross Gittins wrote, “What made the recurrence of my fiscal nightmare so scary was Hockey’s fatuous statement that ”no country has ever taxed its way to prosperity”, which signalled his resolve to get the deficit down purely by cuts in government spending. Seriously? That’s a sign he still doesn’t understand the nature and severity of his problem. No treasurer has ever purely cut his way to budget balance. Not an encouraging sign.”

We need to look to generating prosperity in ways that are positive and create momentum for the creation of the society of the future. Impoverishing the vulnerable within a

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LNP: GIve to the rich, take from the poor

The Coalition want to scrap supporting superannuation for low income earners while bolstering the superannuation of high income earners. Yes. More of the same from the Coalition with Abbott and Hockey. The family values here are that you are only ever eligible, now and in the future, if you already have everything you need and everything you want. Otherwise it is not our problem according to the policy of the Coalition.

This direction of policy tells me there is no no consideration of just or fair. This direction tells me we are dealing with a medieval mindset to enslave the less fortunate now and well Continue reading

Double standards prevail: Politicians should take a pay decrease

Abbott knows what it is to have your pay significantly decreased and experience ‘mortgage stress’ when in 2007 the election of the Rudd Government created serious mortgage stress for the former Howard government ministers!” he said at the time.

Abbott said, “You don’t just lose power … you certainly lose income as well, and if you are reliant on your parliamentary salary for your daily living, obviously it makes a big difference.”

Annabel Crabb wrote that ‘Mr Abbott was notoriously knocked-around by his change of circumstance, which obliged him to take out a $700,000 mortgage on his northern Continue reading

LNP Weazel, Christopher Pyne

When there is a job to fly in the face or reason and integrity, Christopher Pyne is your man. I don’t believe I have ever seen him put himself in the firing line for anything that can be interpreted as holding integrity. Here he is again doing what he does best with the the Gonski unity ticket that he and Tony Abbott went to the Federal election with.

Before the election Tony Abbott’s statement was ”As far as school funding is concerned, Kevin Rudd and I are on a unity ticket”. After the election Pyne says ”There is no broken Continue reading

In the Coalition’s hands, the Gonski becomes the Con-ski

The Coalition federal government is ditching the Better Schools Plan “Gonski” funding model. This is undoing work applauded by the majority of states, the majority of education experts and the majority of people in the community.

On this issue, it’s hard to avoid the impression that the Coalition has made a disastrous political miscalculation. This a broken election promise.

Signed agreements between elected governments can’t be simply ignored, nor can legislation. The government will need to rescind signed contracts with angry state Continue reading

Abbott mismanaged Indonesia treating them as light weight

The Indonesian President is seriously miffed that Abbott didn’t take seriously enough the sense of invasion of privacy when in the process of intelligence gathering, the phones of a number of senior Indonesian politicians, including the wife of the President, had their phones tapped. In a hardline response, Indonesia is likely to redirect most or all of its beef Continue reading