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[9 May 2012 | One Comment | ]

ShareWell we have had the Budget from the Treasurer Wayne Swan and it has no surprises given the amount of detail leaked in the last 24 hours or so.
The 1% company tax cut being dropped is disappointing, the Government will have to work hard to explain to the business community why it was dropped. I don’ think it is off the agenda as it was a meagre cut of that recommended in the Henry Tax Review, and “The Business Tax Working Group has been asked to consider the longer‑term reform …

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[8 May 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

ShareThere is no need to return to surplus. At least as far as the domestic economy is concerned. Sure, to be the first economy in the world to return to surplus after the GFC would be great kudos for the Government, it ‘should’ blunt the Opposition’s claims that the Government couldn’t achieve it, and more importantly, it will contribute to foreign investment confidence.
The thing is, despite the constant and never ending misleading slogans of the Opposition, Australia has one of the lowest debt levels as a % of GDP than …

Fatherhood, Headline, Music, Observation »

[31 Dec 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

ShareA year of highlights & lowlights, challenges & cheers, trials & triumphs. 2011 was a year to remember, but the more I think of years past, the more I realise that they are all years to remember. A positive thinker can find much to celebrate as the years roll along with seemingly ever increasing speed. On New Year’s Eve I always look back on the year that was rather than make resolutions, I save my goal setting until early January when I take the time to assess where I am …

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[27 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

ShareMalcolm is getting quite frank,
He thinks the debate is a wank,
With all this opposing
We’re all left supposing
There is naught in the policy bank.

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[27 Jan 2011 | 6 Comments | ]

ShareRightio, I’ll have a go at investigating the Flood Levy announced in detail today by Prime Minister Gillard at the National Press Club Luncheon. I think Labor has got this one wrong, i think both sides have. Joe Hockey said one thing right this morning by calling the Flood Levy dumb, the rest of what he said was also dumb. What is going on?
Scrutiny has been placed on the Government as to how they are going to cover the cost of the rebuilding efforts in Queensland whilst delivering a budget …

Observation, Politics, Regional Economic Development, Technology »

[29 Jul 2010 | 12 Comments | ]

ShareThere are two glaring omissions thus far from the headlines in regard to policy strength and weakness on both sides of the current election campaign. One is the proposed Internet Filter, which has thankfully been “put on ice”, for a while, I just fear that it will be warmed up should Labor be successful in winning a second term. It is interesting that although the Libs have previously quietly opposed it, for that is their job – to oppose things, they haven’t made it a highlight issue of criticism in …

Observation, Politics »

[19 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

ShareWell ladies and gentleman, here we go again. Another election campaign? well no. This is not just another election campaign, this is quite different, this is a campaign that will demonstrate the power of accelerated media, the short life span of rhetoric, and the capacity of the Australian people to stand up to the ridicule that some people the political spin factory (on one side in particular) would have you believe how stupid you are.
Yesterday, Julia came out with the job in front of her, her credentials needing to be …

Observation, Sport »

[12 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

ShareThe Vuvuzela players have blown the Last Post on the World Cup. Spain has emerged from a dour battle victors. I do love the World Cup, I am a bandwagon jumper when it comes to soccer, my knowledge of the world’s big name players comes from playing Fifa 10 on the PS3.
Congratulations to Spain, having experienced the World Cup in 2006 in Barcelona, I understand the passion they have for the game. It was great back then to celebrate Australia’s win over Japan in the early afternoon dancing in a …