Chinese investment in Cubbie Station is a win / win for China and for Australian jobs. Trade with China is essential to Australia’s wealth and financial health. There are safeguards in place to meet stringent national interest tests, and the Cubbie Station purchase ticked all the boxes. Barnaby Joyce’s objections are based on nationalism, but Australia is not an inward looking backwater. We’ll always need foreign investment. This $300 million injection from China and the jobs flow is a much needed boost to the area, the State of Queensland and the working families.
Julia Gillard makes a lot of grand statements she, or we, can't afford to fund. Again today she committed $6.5 billion spending to education reforms. She wants the States to pay 70% of the bill. The problem here is (a) the States know nothing about it (b) the States can't afford it because most States are still grappling with State Labor debts in the billions of dollars. Like Rudd, she doesn't consult yet makes bold announcements with no detail. She justified getting rid of Rudd for this very reason.
Social media has come under attack because of a minority of idiots, known in social media terms as the ‘trolls’. We will always have idiots. Don’t blame social media because it‘s misused or abused. Should we ban kitchen knives because they may not be used for their intended purpose? Ropes? Cars? Planes? Tall buildings? Bridges?. If your feelings are hurt by what’s being said on social media sites, don’t feed it oxygen by responding. Ban, delete, report, or cancel your account. The regulators and the mainstream media are now using trolls as their next excuse to ban free speech. This is about personal responsibility, not regulation.
There's been a lot of crowing and elbowing to centre stage over the Gillard-Wilson affair this past week.