We don’t have an electricity supply crisis – we have an energy policy crisis. Vote-seeking politicians with little understanding of markets, engineering or energy have passed costly laws, shuffled a pack of complex regulations, imposed discriminatory taxes and subsidies, set unrealistic targets, interfered in markets, and imposed death-by-delay on real energy explorers and developers.
He was a stickler for accuracy and his daily cartoon space will not be effectively filled by any contemporary cartoonist. The rebellious newspaper cartoonists have all gone with the greats of the past who adorned the pages of Smith’s Weekly and the old Bulletin. Current newspaper cartoonists are frightened of upsetting the few, but strive to placate the many in an environment of PC mania and Left lunacy. That's not real cartooning!
The unravelling of John Howard’s GST idea was predicable simply because VAT/GST is an easy mark for raising taxes further. The trouble is that centrist Federal governments like to hold the guiding reins on State expenditures and when a rise in the GST becomes economically necessary, as it has in every other nation, it never happens here.
Multiculturalism could have worked well in Australia if Islam had been taken seriously and banned as an irreconcilable cult that has no more of a place here in Australia than does the KKK. The undercurrent of discontent now that Islam has demonstrated its hideous side is palpable and if leaders want election or re-election they would do well to ape a little of Pauline Hanson’s and Donald Trump's immigration policy.
Most complaints I receive that ask for airing, concern effects on kids after vaccinations and now there is a sharp fall in the number of parents prepared to have their kids jabbed, Pauline Hanson has quite reasonably suggested parents should do their own research before deciding on vaccinations.
There was a time when true environmentalists strove to protect wild things. Now the green shirts have become enemies of the environment by pushing green energy and demonising the building blocks of life - carbon and carbon dioxide.
Halal certifier, Mohamed El-Mouelhy, capitulated yesterday in the face of damning evidence that he has contributed to Islamic “charities” that funnel the money to terrorist groups. El-Mouelhy probably won’t know what capitulation means, so I will spell it out for him... “give in”, “fold”, “go to water”, “concede”, “surrender” and a word he should know intimately... “submit”.
Can Abbott again lead this nation? The answer is no, as those who once stood behind him have predictably gone to water and looked to secure their seats instead. But the Left is now in the minority. They don’t know that of course, they still believe they are safely installed as the world’s social conscience. But the greatest threat to the majority Right is exactly what Trump is now experiencing... the Left’s failure to accept a democratic election result. They will do that here too, when the time comes.
Around this time each year, budget submissions are presented with a dollop of induced public excitement... and NASA knows just how gullible the public is when it comes to life (as we know it) on other planets. You can put “life on other planets” in the same out-tray as the “Y2k bug”, the “ozone layer”, the “Crown of Thorns starfish” and “global warming”.
Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the Kushner family will soon be given a free hand to settle the Arab-Israeli dispute. A Herculean task that has not been achieved by the West’s smartest minds. But Jared Kushner has a plan and that plan involves regional cooperation... unfortunately that sort of cooperation has never looked likely.
“Oh well, you proved us wrong”, said the doctors when I arrived for a checkup on Thursday last week. “The X-ray was all clear, but we will need to do an MRI to get a full picture ‘tho”. Hmmm, glad I knocked back that chemo crap ‘cos I’d have lost all my hair and I wouldn’t look too good dead.
I don’t know why really, but despite my negative thoughts on girls playing AFL, I have become an instant tragic. That’s not to say I would encourage my daughter to get belted from pillar to post every week because, Christ, they do hammer each other with gritted toothed venom and some of them are six foot, 18 stone Amazons happily pulverising five foot plaited maidens.