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Thursday, 21st February 2019

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Congratulations Scotty...

Harry Richardson

Harry Richardson is a long-time student of Islam and author of best seller, "the Story Of Mohammed - Islam Unveiled',


Great work, terrible timing. It must feel a bit like being promoted to Captain of the Titanic half way through her maiden voyage. As a former treasurer, you knew that the gigantic debt iceberg was out there in the fog somewhere.

Unfortunately, few people want to hear about it. So, what to do? Do you stoke up the spending boilers and rearrange the deckchairs to keep the punters happy?

That might prolong your tenure in the top job however, it could mean that you will be the one on the bridge when the crunch comes.

Alternatively, you could turn off the taps and slash every wasteful Government program until we at least get the debt under control. Of course, if you do that you will never make it past the next election.

Instead, crazy Bill Shorten will sail into the lodge, reinstate every hare-brained scheme you pruned and double their original budget.

The problem is not just that Krudd and Gillard spent a lot of money that we didn’t have. It is much worse than that.

They took in a mass of Third World country shoppers who had flown to Indonesia and were claiming to be refugees. Most of these people had no skills (other than breeding), limited English and no inclination to work anyway.

This means that our welfare bill has blown out exponentially and is soaking up an ever-increasing part of the Government budget.

Consequently, when Tony Abbott took over, he was unable to even start paying back the money. Instead, the deficit carried on growing and has been growing ever since.

The only way to reduce the deficit now, is to make massive cuts in spending to some other part of the Government budget.

Whatever you cut however, will elicit howls of outrage from some pampered constituency or other. Our left-wing press will then present these cuts as evidence that you and your party are heartless and uncaring.

It may seem as if you are between the Devil and the deep blue sea, but there is a way out. I have a plan which would wipe out this bloated and wasteful program in a way which will educate the Australian public to the idiocy of these crazy schemes. It is a plan so cunning that you could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel.

The first part is simple. When refugees are brought to Australia, they are funded through the Centerlink budget, through the housing budget, the health budget, the education budget and so forth.

What you need to do is to take every expense related to refugee resettlement and plonk it straight into the foreign aid budget.

Whether it be health, education, childcare, translation services, policing, or incarceration, every single dollar which is spent on any refugee should be administered through the foreign aid budget.

We will then have a reasonably accurate figure for the total amount that Australians actually fork out for foreign aid.

Naturally, there will be screams and howls from the usual suspects. Some Greens may have a seizure, but this is an administrative change which affects no one outside of Government. There will be minimal backlash from voters, and certainly not from potential coalition voters.

Just because you hand an Australian passport to a refugee and move them to Australia, doesn’t change the fact that the money you give them is foreign aid. This is an easy point to argue.

Once this change has been implemented and you have a true figure for foreign aid (which you widely publicise), simply divide this figure by the number of non-refugee adults in the country.

Then, send every non-refugee adult in Australia a bill for his or her share of the foreign aid budget. This means that the Government no longer has to fund this gigantic expense through taxation or borrowing. They can simply let the people pay it directly.

Of course, there will be cries of outrage from the citizens of Australia when these bills hit the letterboxes. As Prime Minister however, you can appear on national TV and explain politely that this money is charity.

Since the money is charity, no one will have to pay it if they don’t wish to. They can choose themselves how much they wish to pay. If they want to pay more or less, they can.

People should know however, that the Government will keep a record of who pays their foreign aid and how much they pay. This information will be published on a website which anyone can view.

Foreign aid contributions should be demanded upfront at the beginning of the tax year in order to fund the payments. Some people will complain of course, that they simply cannot afford this expense in one hit.

This is where the banks come in. Banks should be forced to make “foreign aid loans” to anyone who requests one.

Banks won’t mind because the Government can give them a guarantee that if anyone defaults on the loan, the Government will recover the interest payments (not capital repayments) from the debtor either through extra taxes on that individual, or a reduction in benefits if they are not working.

If the debtor dies, then the Government will simply take the money from that person’s children, from their children’s children and so on, indefinitely.

I can only imagine the kind of outrage that this will engender. At this point, you can simply smile sweetly and remind people that this is how the system has always worked.

The only difference is that once this change is implemented, Australians will have a choice whether to opt out of this debt slavery.

Once you introduce this policy, the penny will begin to drop, and people will begin to understand why it is that the banks are so keen to promote the most profligate and wasteful spending imaginable and portray it as sound economic policy.

People will then start to realise, that gouging customers with high fees is one of the least evil things that banks do.

So, what are the downsides to this policy shift? Well fiscally speaking, there aren’t any. The Government is simply removing a gigantic funding commitment that it can’t afford and passing it off to whoever wants to take part.

This will set the Government on course to paying off the nation's debts and removes the ongoing funding commitments that Rudd, Gillard and Turnbull saddled Australian taxpayers with. Electorally, there aren’t any downsides either that I can see. 

Clearly, Green voters and refugees will hate you even more, but since none of them would ever vote for you anyway, this is hardly worth losing sleep over.

What you will get is a huge boost from disenchanted Liberal voters. Since Pauline made it clear that she considered Senator Anning’s speech an abomination, she has lost the confidence of her entire support base (excepting a few die hards). These people would come flocking back to the Liberal Party if you were to implement this policy.

Economic downsides are restricted to Third World despots who will have to trim back on their purchase of Lear Jets and gold-plated Rolls Royces.

Large numbers of work-shy refugees will also be left out on a limb. They should be given two choices. Find a job or take a generous resettlement allowance and business class tickets back to their place of origin.

The alternative would be for them to try to survive on a rapidly dwindling Foreign Aid payment. Australians would of course be given the choice of how their aid donations are spent. They could donate the money to a dozen refugees overseas or a single refugee on welfare in Australia. I suspect the former option would be more popular.

Another group to suffer would be Indonesian people smugglers, but I think you are off their Christmas card list already.

The real worry is the banks. I mean, lending real money to people and businesses on a voluntary basis is soooo 19th Century. Why would you do that when you can lend money to the Government. Politicians love spending that money on their pet projects, most of which are designed to keep them in power. They then force the citizens to repay that money at gunpoint.

Admittedly, the Government doesn’t point a gun at every taxpayer’s head, but if you have ever tried not paying your taxes, you’ll know what I mean.

The very best part of the banking scam is that you don’t even have to lend actual money to the Government.

Since the banks have the Government in their pockets, the Government literally gives them a licence to print money. It’s called a “banking licence".

So, banks get to print money and lend it out at interest while the Government restricts competition to a chosen few. Can you think of a better business model? Little wonder then, that the biggest fanciest buildings in the CBD of any city around the world, have a bank’s name on top.

You can be quite sure then, that as far as the banks are concerned, this idea will go down like a pork pie at a Bar Mitzvah. Every mainstream economist will scream blue murder and insist that it is a terrible idea economically.

Of course, economists are all employed by either the banks or the Government, so they kind of would say that, wouldn’t they?

Banks love the way things are. The Government racks up ever greater debts for us taxpayers to service and more refugees means more debts.

Around eight years ago, a friend of mine who ran a successful business was invited to a conference by the National Australia Bank. At the conference, the bank told business owners that diversity was essential to the success of their companies.

I don’t know if any coercion has since been applied by the banks, but I have noticed a steady disappearance of white people from company brochures and promotional materials since that time.

Saddling white nations with huge debts for refugees is a great tactic for the banking fraternity. Anyone who opposes it can be denigrated as a heartless racist bastard.

International financier George Soros spends big on the “diversity” industry. He has donated many millions to “open borders” groups both here and in Europe.

Australia’s last captain came straight out of the revolving door of Goldman Sachs, the “vampire squid” of multinational investment banking, as did a suspiciously large number of other left leaning, refugee friendly world leaders.

Of course, Liberal voters would love the idea of voluntary foreign aid. Unfortunately, they don’t finance the party. So, who is ScoMo going to look after?

I think we all know the answer to that one. He will pay lip service to the Liberal idea of small Government and low taxes whilst continuing to borrow large sums from the banks to give to refugees here and abroad.

You can pretty much assume that he will continue to bring plenty more refugees here too. He is already talking about sending migrants to regional centres because it is not fair for Sydney and Melbourne to have to take all of the pain that mass migration causes.

Mr Morrison thinks that regional centres should take their fair share of the pain. Okay, here’s a novel idea Scotty. How about not inflicting pain on any of the Australian people. You know; the ones you swore to serve when you took office.

Well, don’t hold your breath on that one folks. He who pays the piper, calls the tune. If crazy Bill Shorten gets the keys to The Lodge, he will be bringing a whole lot more of them here too.

We don’t have a political force in Australia to bring this idea to fruition just yet. This idea is a powerful one however, and I think that someone, somewhere will pick it up eventually.

It may be a Trump or an Orban. Perhaps it will be a far-right party in Italy or Austria. I think that once tried however, the idea will become wildly popular and spread rapidly.

To believe that it is somehow morally right to forcibly borrow money on someone else’s behalf and then give that money away to God only knows who, is an idea that has had its day. More and more people are getting sick of seeing their nations trashed and being expected to pay for it.

The pushback is building strength every day. When it happens, those people responsible for this outrage will have a lot of explaining to do. 

              Let’s hope they are better at explaining than Mussolini or Ceausescu


Marissa Payne promises lots more moola to the Attendees of the Nauru Conference to support their claim that their Islands are sinking

Any word on when we get our $440million back????????????????????

As if your words are worth any thing, bugger off you vindictive coward. You still have not answered if you have ever served in the forces. Keep embarrassing yourself idiot.

Trump Says He Doesn’t Need a Fake Chemical Attack to Bomb Syria
Trump and Bolton have apparently decided it doesn’t matter one way or the other if the White Helmets are now in the process of staging a chemical attack.
Now that the noninterventionist president appears ready to give the go-ahead to kill more people in Syria, the corporate script reading media is providing the sort of necessary propaganda required to get the American people in the mood for mass murder.
Read more.

New post ahoy!

Greens Senator heckles PM.
Another Midwinter Ball, another scandal, this year starring Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was near the end of his speech last night, which because of the black-tie event’s rules, we are not allowed to report.
Those conventions, however, do not cover heckling.
“Bring back Malcolm!” shouted a woman from the middle right-hand-side of Canberra’s Great Hall.
There was shocked silence. Then much groaning. Then a smattering of awkward laughter.
Who could be so rude as to heckle a prime minister?
And a prime minister of less than three weeks, struggling through one of the job’s trickier speeches?
“Bring back Malcolm!” shouted the woman again.
Suspicions turned to a bruised Liberal staffer, who had drunk too much. Likely still dealing with the trauma of recent weeks.
Those suspicions were completely wrong. The heckler was a member of the federal upper house, Hanson-Young, a guest of departing SBS boss Michael Ebeid, who was said to be mortified by the incident.
The Greens senator didn’t hang around long after her inglorious contribution to Canberra’s big social night.
Should have been drowned at birth. Can you have a minus IQ?

What an interview. Ezra Levant with Tommy Robinson. Breaks my heart and chills me to the bone.

The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to trigger Article 7 disciplinary procedures against Hungary for undermining democratic rules.
The same procedure was launched by the European Commission against Poland in December 2017, but Wednesday's vote marks the first time that the European legislature has ever triggered the action.
What is Article 7?
Article 7, often dubbed the "nuclear option", is the EU’s punishment clause, allowing it to discipline member states when there is a “clear risk of a serious breach” of the bloc’s core principles.
A proposal to trigger Article 7 can be brought forward by the European Parliament, the European Commission or by one-third of member states.
The European Council, with the consent of the European Parliament, must then reach a four-fifths majority decision on the proposal, and speak to the state in question.
Once adopted, the measure has two parts—a preventative mechanism and a sanctioning mechanism
Article 7(1), as triggered against Hungary, means a formal warning is given to the state. If this doesn’t have the desired effect, Article 7(2) can be used to impose sanctions and suspend EU voting rights.
Why Hungary?
A report by Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini into Hungary and Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party launched the Article 7 debate.
The report accuses Hungary of various breaches of EU values.
It cites migrant abuse; restrictions on press freedom; corruption and conflicts of interest; and "stereotypical attitudes" towards women, among other concerns.
What has Orban said?
During a debate over the motion on Tuesday, Orban remained defiant, telling lawmakers he would not bow to EU "blackmail".
"You think that you know the needs of the Hungarian people better than the Hungarian people themselves. Therefore I must say to you that this report does not show respect for the Hungarian people. This report applies double standards, it is an abuse of power, it oversteps the limits on spheres of competence, and the method of its adoption is a treaty violation," he said.
“Hungary shall continue to defend its borders, stop illegal immigration and defend its rights – against you, too, if necessary,” he said, drawing applause from the eurosceptic, far-right lawmakers in the assembly.

7. A good year for business, a bad one for wage-earners. Corporate profits rose 8.3 per cent through the year, helped by those record coal prices, and the lack of countervailing power among workers. By contrast, total wage and salary income rose only 4.9 per cent, and the average compensation per employee by 1.7 per cent. At least that was a marked improvement on the 0.3 per cent wage growth in the previous year.

There was plenty of work around, and that benefits those looking for work and those with less work than they want. Hours worked grew 2 per cent last year, and 5 per cent over the past two years. As a result, last year saw the biggest rise in total wage income for six years — because cheap workers got hired.

But is this operating in the interests of workers as a whole? Not yet, maybe never. Over the past six years, the average compensation per employee has risen by just 1.4 per cent a year, partly because most new jobs created have been part-time. And in that time, household income from wages — which includes both employment growth and wage growth — has grown on average by just 3.1 per cent a year.

All the new treasurer could say to console us was that the Reserve Bank is confident that, eventually, the tighter job market will cause wages to rise. Sorry, Josh, I know you’re new in this role, but the Reserve has been saying this for years and has got it persistently wrong, but it keeps repeating its mantra without asking itself why it hasn’t worked.

Here’s a clue: next time you talk with Reserve governor Philip Lowe, ask him why, after telling us that the economy needs bigger wage rises, he nonetheless insisted that the Reserve’s own staff should make do with wage rises of 2 per cent a year. Australia’s unemployment is only in the middle of the pack of Western countries — half of them now have lower unemployment than we do — but few of them have seen wages pick up significantly.

turnbull is the serena williams of politics .

Wouldn't it be great if Trump cancelled Turnbull's visa and then Dutton cancelled his passport - sure they could find plenty of evidence, talk about a sore loser - puts him in the Serena Williams category. What is it about the seat of Wentworth, it's bad enough that Hewson snipes from the sidelines but Turnbull is really proving to be the total a...hole we all knew him to be.

Oh dear, more $hitty behaviour from Maladroit. Is he really trying to prove he's an ar$$hole? I hope he suffers as much or more as he made us all suffer when he stole the job of PM for nearly 3 insufferable years.

While amplifying the narrative that Trump is whipping up hatred and division, CNN has completely failed to report on the attempted stabbing of a Republican candidate and a threat by a socialist to gun down Trump supporters at a MAGA meet up.

With his middle finger raised and screaming “F**k Trump! F**k Trump!”, 35-year-old Farzad Vincent Fazeli aggressively approached Republican Congressional candidate Rudy Peters while the candidate was working a booth at the Castro Valley Fall Festival on Saturday.

After Fazeli ranted about his hatred for Trump and the Republicans, he appeared to be walking away, with Peters assuming the shocking encounter was over.

“The next thing you know,” Peters said, “he stops and turns around and says, ‘I’ll show you,’ and runs at the booth.”

Fazeli threw a coffee cup at Peters, prompting Peters to walk around the table and “grab” Fazeli before throwing him to the ground.

Fazeli was able to get back up before pulling out a knife.

Bad crash this morning on Kennedy Highway between Mareeba and Kuranda at 07:30 this morning when two trucks collided head on and one caught fire.

Possible double fatality.

No access to Mareeba to or from Cairns for quite a few hours unless you want to travel an extra hour or more than usual.

A common theme in ATO messages this year has been that big businesses are generally doing the right thing. They’re lodging income tax returns accurately and paying the correct amount of tax. Interestingly, corporate tax avoidance is absent from their narrative.

Instead, concerns focus on individual taxpayers who over claim deductions.

However, the recently published “Paradise Papers” have brought the issue of corporate tax avoidance back into the media spotlight once again.

In this article we’ll break things down into two parts. First we discuss inflated deduction claims by individual and businesses. Then, we’ll look at corporate tax avoidance where businesses use loopholes to avoid paying tax on their revenue.

Mid Winter Ball last night. Pics at Daily Mail. Bandt's wife has a political message "coal kills" shaved into the side of her head. We already knew Bandt was a bit loopy so what is she trying to prove?

Billy B is like a fisherman, he casts his ridiculous bait and all the little minnows come around and have a little nibble. Sometimes a big fish comes and takes a big bite, hook, line and sinker. LOL!

Gee whiz rays really taken to 'are you ok day'.