Treasurer Morrison’s highly aspirational forecast for a reclaimed surplus by 2021-22 is predicated on a consistent 5 per cent GDP growth rate over multiple years. Well, you cannot get more aspirational than that, considering he is forecasting double the average GDP growth rate of OECD nations.
Of the many Canberra budget lockups I have been in, this one is the first time the authors of the budget should have been locked up instead of the journos. It is a budget which is framed entirely for the coming election and completely ignores Moody's close eye on Labor’s dangerous deficit. Loss of an AAA rating will impact on every man, woman and child in Australia.
Not only that but he has ensured six more years for some of the most moronic senators ever to grace the upper House and a Double Dissolution that could easily backfire with the distinct possibility that a joint sitting could lack the numbers to pass one single Bill! And this bloke has been able to achieve all this in less than a year. Remarkable effort!
While boring old conservatives like me scratch our heads over sexually specific gender wars, we should not have to worry about which public toilet to use. Aborigines had no specific areas set aside for a leak. It was squat if you’re a female, stand up if you’re a bloke and if anyone wanted to look, they came away sorely disappointed. Unisex toilets have been here for yonks, in fact there is at least one in every household you visit.
PM Rudd’s last minute arrangement for illegal immigrants, made with PNG during the 2013 election, was nothing more than a one page memorandum of understanding... no contract and not even an agreement was signed. The MOU was hurriedly drawn up between roast pig and betel nut banquets. But the $30 million of Aussie taxpayers’ funds handed over to the brawling savages did seal the deal. It was typically just another of Rudd's arrangements.
Security agencies and police forces still insist that we keep the Muslim hierarchy on-side so that they can dob in their “radicalised” kids who are showing signs of terrorist activities. Strange but it seems the families and mosques of these “radicalised” youths invariably insist on their innocence or they are actually involved in the same terrorist activity themselves.
When you choose to sue someone - or an organisation - be very sure you know what you’re doing. Defamation law in Australia can be tricky. A false move, misjudgement, forgetful memory or sloppy lawyer could lose you your house. Plenty have been rendered homeless through ego driven legal cases based on nothing more than bluff and wind.
David Cameron has apparently decided the Left is the preferred place to be in future. Any British PM worth his salt would have punched Obama’s lights out for threatening Poms with “going to the end of the queue” if they did not vote to stay in the EU... Extraordinary!
The Australian Government’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s web site claims if conditions (sea temperatures) don't improve within weeks, the corals will eventually starve and die. The website claims coral bleaching “is not always fatal”, but has been one of the main causes of coral death... blah blah etc.
The Carbon Sense Coalition today urged people to celebrate the true green fuels – oil, coal, gas, nuclear and, in places, geothermal and hydro. The Chairman of “Carbon Sense”, Mr Viv Forbes, said in a Press release this week that these fuels have reduced man’s pressure on the environment to such an extent that they should be celebrated on “Earth Day”.
Despite the scathing review, Greg Medcraft's term as ASIC Chairman was actually "extended" by Treasurer Scott Morrison in order for Medcraft to implement a $121 million recovery package Morrison convinced the Banks to pay for. Blimey, that’s like convincing a condemned man to help build the gallows.
This would involve the removal of half of his bum and five otherwise healthy organs – “My bladder, bowel, prostate, colon and rectum-- and for the rest of my days I will have to carry both a colostomy bag and a bladder bag.” This was not a good read in The Australian while having my Weet Bix but Graham Richardson is determined to battle on in excruciating pain. Like me he probably has a young son in mind.
For decades Australian governments have waged a pointless war on industries producing carbon dioxide using taxes, emissions targets, direct action, harassment of coal and gas explorers and bankers, and promotion of expensive weather-dependent green energy. This has damaged all metals industries – iron and steel, copper, nickel, aluminium, lead and zinc.
I don’t always agree with the left leaning academics of the Western world. Fortunately, there are a few areas where we can find some common ground.
Most Americans and Australians believe the current US election is a Federal Presidential election. It’s not! All posters here know it’s a two Party struggle to find their best respective candidates and, despite the protests, any party can select whatever candidate it wants for an election to be held later this year. The GOP doesn’t want Donald and the Libs didn’t want Bronwyn. Poor Bronwyn.