At a time of record low wage growth, when stressed working families struggle to pay the bills, we hear the same old tune – tax cuts for big business will lead to workers getting pay rises.
But a third of big businesses aren’t paying any tax, big business profits have increased massively, and yet workers’ wages remain at record lows while the casualisation of the workforce is accelerating.
Polls may look bleak for the government, but it will start getting the credit if things improve on the jobs and wages front
During the 2013 election campaign, Joe Hockey was asked “Should you win the election, at what stage will you own the economy and at what stage will it no longer be Labor’s fault?” He responded “We will own the economy from day one, whether it’s Labor’s fault or not… I’m not afraid to accept responsibility…
If you were to ask Malcolm Turnbull to tell you honestly what was his most demanding and persistent political problem, Tony Abbott would most likely be his answer.We are well aware of the legislative issues Turnbull faces, and the exultation he exhibits when finally he achieves a success – the passage of Gonski 2.0 is a recent example. We know too that he has dissention among the hard right elements in his party room. Cory Bernardi has already abandoned the Liberal Party to establish his Australian Conservatives, but Turnbull still has Eric Abetz, Kevin Andrews, Ian Macdonald, Craig Kelly, Andrew Hastie, Chris Back, Rowan Ramsay, Angus Taylor, Tony Pasin, Michael Sukkar and Zed Seselja, regular irritants led by the pernicious and vengeful Tony Abbott.But even without his henchmen, Abbott alone is a destructive force that bursts out into the open whenever an opportunity presents. If Abbott senses that he can make political capital out of anything that Turnbull does, or says, or proposes, he is out there shafting his leader.How can he be stopped?
In memory of Desmond John “Des” Ball AO (20 May 1947 – 12 October 2016) When George H W Bush first publicly coined the phrase New World Order, a term previously proscribed to conspiracy buffs, it came as both a declaration of unilateral power, and a brash ultimatum to anyone who didn’t like the way…
Same-sex marriage now joins serious climate change policy as one of Australian politics’ unachievables, where the machinations of parliament sit entirely at odds with the demonstrated popular will.
Today, the first sitting day of a new parliament, thirteen, yes thirteen coalition backbenchers defied their Prime Minister and called for an amendment to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act that would see the words “insult” and “offend” removed. Thirteen white Liberal backbenchers want to be legally permitted to racially offend and insult. So desperately…
Craig Kelly says he wants wind and solar funding to be redirected to research into ‘technological breakthroughs’ because existing renewables had ‘little effect’
Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to investigate the American healthcare system. Sticking to his …
A Coalition candidate has quit after it emerged he owns a brothel called Paradise Playmates.
Humility is the first step towards redemption, and as a religious man, no one knows this better than Tony Abbott.
The Budget papers reveal an Australian economy in much worse shape than it was under Labor. Alan Austin unpicks the data.
It is fair to say that the revenant candidate for the seat of Indi, Sophie Mirabella, would never win a nation-wide popularity contest. At the end of the 2013, the normally placid independent Tony Windsor bade her farewell from parliament with the salutation: “She is the nastiest – I reckon if you put it to a vote to all politicians, she’d come up number one.”
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OPINION: The party of safe economic hands? Not so much. It’s time to blow this hard-to-kill myth out of the water, writes Costa Avgoustinos. 1) Bad Social Values Mean Bad Economic Decisions Like everyone, the Liberals’ economic decisions are tied to their social values. And they make bad economic decisions because of that. They seeMore
Income tax for the states. Really? Yes, really. That’s the plan Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is putting to the states and territories at the Council of Australian Governments meeting tomorrow in Canberra. The Coalition has been looking ragged for much of 2016, after walking back from tax reform in the shape of a higher goodsMore
A new book detailing dysfunction within Tony Abbott’s prime ministerial office will cause upheaval in the Coalition and may even fuel a thirst for retribution over his ousting.
Just weeks after we learned budget cuts to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will force the loss of 110 climate researchers at the agency, the Federal Government is funding a new ‘growth centre’ for the fossil fuel industry. Christopher Pyne, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, announced this week that the government willMore
Malcolm Turnbull’s ascendant Coalition government is bracing for a backlash from voters that could cost it as many as 10 seats.
The argument that burning coal exported by the Adani mine project will deliver health benefits to the world’s poor is plain rubbish.
The Liberals have lost touch with mainstream Australia, and now conservatives could drag the new PM down before he starts.
Saying it was ‘harmless’ and that ‘we should just let him have his fun’, members of the Coalition front bench have agreed to let Tony Abbott keep on thinking that he is running Australia for now.
“He’s been looking forward to this all of his life, so it won’t hurt anybody to let him pretend for a few more months,” said one front bencher.
One Parliamentary staffer said it was cute watching Mr Abbott play make believe. “It is quite adorable really. Seeing him run around, playing with his terror alert metre, telling everyone what to do. We just go along with it and say ‘Yes Prime Minister!’ We’ve even set up his own little office with some Australian flags. It’s all quite harmless really”.
“I have no qualms with it,” said another staffer. “Peta, bless her, still gives Tony his daily briefing. I think some of the guys even set up a mock cabinet meeting the other day for Tony to run. It’s harmless”.
When contacted for comment Mr Abbott said simply, “The adults are in charge now!”
The government should be ashamed that it has detained on Manus Island the few Syrians who have reached here.
The aims behind forcing car makers to close were superficial, and the ramifications will be dreadful.
Saturday 29 August 1 I have reluctantly taken the decision to no longer refer to Tony Abbott as “Prime Minister” in my writing. I say reluctant because I generally believe in respect for the position itself. However the performance of this excuse for a national leader is so appallingly bad that I refuse to acknowledge…
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has refused to back under-fire Speaker Bronwyn Bishop, saying he cannot understand why she chose to charter a helicopter between Melbourne and Geelong, when using a private helicopter would have been a considerably more comfortable option.
“You don’t even know the pilot in many cases,” Turnbull said of chartered flights.
He said it was reasonable to expect an explanation from Ms Bishop about her actions. “People are going to want answers, and fair enough – it’s a question of judgment. For the sake of saving a couple of thousand dollars, she’s chosen to charter a flight, when most of us in the same position would’ve just used our own chopper”.
Ms Bishop later released a statement saying she would no longer charter helicopters, a decision Mr Turnbull labelled “sensible”.
I want a government that governs for 23 million Australians.
Not for some greedy, aging expatriate billionaire who looks at his country of birth as nothing more than a profit centre.
Not for some disgustingly rich mining mogul who wants workers to be paid $2 an hour.
Not for an Indian mining billionaire that nobody has ever heard of who wants to tear up our heritage-listed treasures.
Not for the Church.
Not for American corporations who want to take away our ‘freedom’ once the TPP is signed.
Not for the Australians who believe they are born into entitlement.
Not for the mining companies who want not only to take traditional lands away from the first Australians but destroy all that is sacred in those lands.
Not for those families who have a salary of $250,000 or more.
Not for some outdated public policy think-tank.
Not for the minority of Australians who will vote for the Coalition because the boats have (allegedly) stopped.
Not for those Australians who will hide under the bed whenever Tony Abbott waves a flag.
Not for those Australians who won’t open their arms or their hearts to people in need.
Not for the shock jocks who think that their opinion is public opinion.
Oh how I could go on.
No, I want a government that governs for 23 million Australians. At best, the current government falls short by about 20 million.