Part 3 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Rolling coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Mathias knew nothing. What Mitch knew. Send in the cops. Medicare thaw. They took our jobs and growth. . (May 22, 2016) Day 15 – Mathias knew nothing Senator Mathias Cormann didn’t know about the raids Senator Mathias Cormann has given us all a break from his ‘jobs and growth’ three-word slogan to tell us he knew nothing of the AFP investigation into NBN leaks and thinks current politician entitlements are fair. Paul Karp reported, “Finance minister says rules that allow MPs to claim both travel allowance and tax deduction for the same property are […]

Part 2 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Rolling coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Penalty rates. Riveting viewing. Green tide. Bill is back in Queensland. Saints and sinners. . (May 17, 2016) Day 10 – Penalty rates Battle for Indi Gabrielle Chan reported, “Corboy, who has a stock feed supply business, is hopeful and says the feedback has been positive. “Without sounding sexist, some people are rapt to have a man to vote for,” Corboy said.”: Indi’s National hopeful: ‘Some people are rapt to have a man to vote for’. Wayne Jansson reported, “Last June when Sophie Mirabella won Liberal Party preselection for the Federal seat of Indi, the much […]

Pt 1 – Australian election blog 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Blog along as we cover the long Australian election campaign for 2016. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Mal’s Panama Papers. Saving Albo. Pies and Toast. Battleground Queensland. To the Governor General. . (May 12, 2016) Day 5 – Mal’s Panama Papers Siberian gold mines and Mossack Fonseca Elise Worthington reported, “Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has denied any wrongdoing after his name was found in the massive Panama Papers database.”: Malcolm Turnbull denies any wrongdoing after being listed in Panama Papers. The Sydney Morning Herald reported, “Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was once a director of an offshore company set up by Mossack Fonseca, data from the Panama Papers shows.”: Panama Papers: […]

Prepare for impact – Federal budget 2015 – The #QldWeekly blogazine: #qldpol @Qldaah

Blogging the week in Queensland politics and news. Table of contents Can’t get their heads around it. (May 16, 2015) – State governments in a world of pain. (May 15, 2015) – Media has gone to the dogs. (May 14, 2015) – War against Abbott Government. (May 13, 2015) – Budget fallout. (May 12, 2015) – Legal walk. (May 11, 2015) – Concern over Federal budget. (May 10, 2015) – National Volunteer Week. . Can’t get their heads around it Try as we might, we’ve been unable to explain the decline in the rate of increase in federal funding for Queensland’s health and education to Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg. The LNP appears to […]

Climate, Environment Boards, Foreign Aid slashed by Joe Hockey in #MYEFO says @Takvera

The Abbott Government slashing of climate change infrastructure continues in the latest Midyear Economic Forecast by the Treasurer Joe Hockey, where it was announced the Commonwealth deficit has blown out to more than $40 billion and forecast not to return to surplus until 2019-20 at the earliest. Hockey attributed this budget blowout to reduced commodity prices particularly revenue from iron ore and coal, low wage growth with larger than expected family payments and other government benefits expenditure. Joe Hockey was quick to criticise Labor’s budget deficits and promises to return to surplus, but it seems he may never deliver a surplus, according to Peter Martin, Economics Editor of The Age. […]

Citizen journo @Wendy_Bacon on Joe’s ‘Widen the Gap’ budget

[clear]Last night I headed over to FBi, a successful not for profit radio station in inner Sydney to meet up with the Budget_Aus team to listen to Treasurer Joe Hockey deliver his first budget speech. We were hosted by Heidi Pett and the rest of the FBi Backchat team who were working on their show about the budget for next Saturday morning. We were all there to support the idea of open access to information and data journalism and in particular, Rosie Williams who is the founder of Info_Aus and No Fibs’ data journalist. Info_Aus has created Budget_Aus which has allowed us to search a database for information about the budget […]

Will Libs bite bullet, withdraw Howard’s over-the-top entitlements to self-funded retirees?

By Margo Kingston  @margokingston1 9th March, 2014 When Samantha Maiden reported today that the Audit Commission wanted super-generous seniors health card benefits to self-funded retirees reversed, I dug up my 2002 SMH budget comment on the matter. The Libs are to blame for this totally unsustainable entitlement culture they knew would help cripple the budget over time due to our aging population. If they don’t act in the budget and instead just cut benefits for the less well-off they will be credibility-naked. * Don’t hold your breath for action Source SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/specials/budget2002/730/730_6.html What a shocking dilemma! The Liberals overwhelmingly won the over-55 vote at the 2001 election, while Labor outpolled them […]

A baby boomer fires back at ‘a certain age bracket’

By Denis Wright February 26, 2013 Source: deniswright.blogspot.com.au I don’t get cross at much, but one thing that really sticks in my craw is the constant harping by a certain section of a certain age bracket – that somehow the baby-boomers are the source of all evil in the world. Not you, of course – you’re smarter than that. Do they realise that the next generation is going to say exactly the same thing about theirs? With just as much or as little justification? Probably not. They’re God’s gift to humanity they are. What exactly are they doing to create a better world? Are they using fewer resources? Are they voting […]