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I make this pledge to you the Australian people.

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The big lie comes up repeatedly in any kind of political discourse about the causes of the 2008 global economic meltdown. Liberals such as our small minded corporatists and free-marketeers use the lie to defend their favoured policies of cutting spending on infrastructure, healthcare, education and welfare in the name of “austerity”. The lie goes along the lines of:
We have spent too much on infrastructure, healthcare, education and welfare and has borrowed excessively to pay for it, creating the budget deficit and increasing the national debt. The only way to to reduce the deficit is to cut government spending.
The first fault in the theory is that the economic crisis and subsequent rises in government debts were not caused by excessive government borrowing, they were caused by reckless lending to speculators (punters) in the financial sector.

Probably the most famous example of “tax and spend” is Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in the United States which resolved the post Wall Street Crash depression through policies such as; reform of the financial sector (closing the banks down entirely until they agreed to proper regulation), wealth taxes, the initiation of huge state funded infrastructure projects, a massive reduction in unemployment, large scale house building and the repeal of prohibition. These measures pulled the United States out of recession while maintaining a carefully balanced budget (until America joined the Second World War).

The problem with the short term thinking regarding large across the board cuts in government investment, is that in many cases it creates false economies, e.g, the support for the less well off and unemployed is a ‘stimulus’ that the Government actually “claws back” in taxes almost immediately. The people who receive this support spend it almost immediately in their local area. By reducing that flow, means many businesses will be hurt by the drop in cash flow.
Reducing unemployment payments by half ads up to more than
$150 million cash flow out of the top dollars of small business.
Unfortunately the Government wants to see its own numbers go down and ignore the adverse consequences of the harm they pass on to business.
In fact, studies show that increases in the minimum wage actually puts more money in the pockets of people who then spend it — resulting in more jobs and counteracting any so called negative employment effects of an increase in the minimum wage.
Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley — Arindrajit Dube, T. William Lester and Michael Reich — have compared adjacent counties and communities across the United States, some with higher minimum wages than others but similar in every other way.
They found no loss of jobs in those with the higher minimums.
The truth is, the lurch toward widening inequality can be reversed. But doing so will require bold political steps.

At the least, the rich must pay higher taxes in order to fund better-quality education for kids from poor and middle-class families. The minimum wage must be raised.
Don’t listen to the right-wing lies about inequality. Know the truth, and act on it.

Many people have ruined their lives when they could have prevented it …. simply by opening their minds. .

The Australian Independent Media Network

TonyAbbottProfileThe following is an excerpt from Tony Abbott’s 2013 election campaign launch speech with an interactive report card on how he is going so far.  Click on the links to read further.

“This election is about making a great country even better; and that starts with changing [to] the worst government in our history.

I will spend the next two weeks reassuring people that there is a better way while Mr Rudd will spend the next two weeks trying to scare you about what might happen if he doesn’t keep his job.

Mr Rudd thinks this election is all about him.

Well, it’s not about him and it’s not about me.

It’s about you and how a better government can help your family and make your job more secure.

We know that a stronger economy is not about picking winners but about helping everyone to get ahead.

I…

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I make this pledge to you the Australian people.

Click here for source: http://sallymcmanus.net/?p=29 The List: 50. Refuses to support jobs at SPC at the cost of hundreds of jobs – 27 December 2013 49. Appoints Tim Wilson, a Liberal Party member and Policy Director of a right-wing think tank to

the position of Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission even though this think tank argued for the Commission to be abolished – 23 December 2013 48. Approves private health fund premium increases of an average 6.2% a year – 23

December 2013 47. Fails to provide the promised customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013 46. Requests the delisting of World Heritage status for Tasmanian forests – 21 December 2013 45. Abolishes

the AusAID graduate program costing 38 jobs – 17 December 2013 44. Cuts Indigenous legal aid by $13.4 million with an unknown number of advocacy and policy jobs to go – 17 December 2013 43. Abolishes the position co-ordinator-general for

remote indigenous services – 17 December 2013 42. Changes name of NDIS “launch sites” to “trial sites” and flags cuts to funding – 17 December 2013 41. Abolishes the National Office for Live Music along with the live music ambassadors – 17

December 2013 Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/job-losses-real-and-hidden-mount-up-as-coalition-pursues-funding-cuts-20131228-300uv.html#ixzz2opOwl9hi40. Disbands the independent Immigration

Health Advisory Group for asylum seekers – 16 December 2013 39. Backs Qantas bosses over the workers as 1000s local jobs threatened – 14 December 2013 38. Starts dismantling Australia’s world leading marine protection system – 13 December

2013 37. Scraps the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water – 13 December 2013 36. Breaks its NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 – 12 December 2013 35. Dares

Holden to leave Australia. Holden announces closure which costs Australian workers 50 000 jobs – 11 December 2013 34. Approves Clive Palmer’s mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin, turning the Great Barrier Reef into a dumping ground for dredge

spoil and a shipping super highway – 11 December 2013 33. Demands that the few childcare workers who got pay rises “hand them back” – 10 December 2013 32. Approves the largest coal port in the world in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage

Area – 10 December 2013 31. Removes the community’s right to challenge decisions where the government has ignored expert advice on threatened species impacts – 9 December 2013 30. Downgrades national environment laws by giving approval

powers to state premiers – 9 December 2013 29. Undermines Australia’s democracy by signing a free trade agreement with South Korea allowing corporations to sue the Australian Government – 6 December 2013 28. Damages our diplomatic

relationship with our nearest neighbour East Timor – 5 December 2013 27. Repeals the pokie reform legislation achieved in the last parliament to combat problem gambling – 4 December 2013 26. Suspends the Wage Connect program, despite it

being proven to deliver good outcomes for unemployed people – 3 December 2013 25. Axes funding to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, forcing the 46 year old organisation to close – 27 November 2013 24. Back-flips twice on

Gonski, reversing a commitment to a ‘unity ticket’ and failing to deliver equitable education funding – 25 November 2013 23. Damages enormously our diplomatic relationship with the Indonesian Government by refusing to apologise for tapping the

phones of their President, his wife and senior Government officials – 23 November 2013 22. Converts crucial Start-Up Scholarships into loans, increasing the debt of 80,000 higher education students by $1.2 billion – 21 November 2013 21.

Introduces a Bill to impose on workers who are elected to unpaid committees in their union huge financial penalties and jail terms for breeches of new compliance obligations – 14 November 2013 20. Condones torture by foreign governments by

saying “sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen” – 14 November 2013 19. Hides information from the Parliament and the people about the government’s treatment of asylum seekers – 13 November 2013 18. Separates a refugee

mother from her newborn baby – 10 November 2013 17. Abolishes 600 jobs at the CSIRO – 8 November 2013 16. Scraps Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing, established to help address the challenges we will face in coming years as the number of

older Australians grows – 8 November 2013 15. Moves to massively reduce superannuation for low income workers while increasing it for high income workers – 6 November 2013 14. Refuses to offer support to manufacturing in Tasmania, despite

requests and warnings. Caterpillar announces the move of 200 jobs from Burnie to Thailand, costing approximately 1000 local jobs – 5 November 2013 13. Launches a successful High Court which strikes down the ACT Marriage Equality laws

invalidating the marriages of many people and ensuring discrimination against same-sex couples continues – 23 October 2013 12. Denies there is a link between climate change and more severe bush fires and accuses a senior UN official was “talking

through their hat” – 23 October 2013 11. Appoints the head of the Business Council of Australia to a “Commission of Audit” to recommend cuts to public spending – 22 October 2013 10. Appoints Howard era Australian Building & Construction

Commission (ABCC) Director to help reinstate the ABCC with all its previous oppressive powers over construction workers – 17 October 2013 9. Fails to “stop the boats”. Hides the boats instead – 23 September 2013 8. Scraps the Social Inclusion

Board, which had been established to guide policy on the reduction of poverty in Australia – 19 September 2013 7. Abolishes the Climate Commission in an attempt to silence our climate scientists – 19 September 2013 6. Appoints himself Minister

for Women – 16 September 2013 5. Appoints only one woman into his cabinet and blames the women for his decision, saying he appoints “on merit”– 16 September 2013 4. Abolishes key ministerial positions of climate change and science – 16

September 2013 3. Breaks his 11 August 2013 promise to spend his first week with an Aboriginal community – 14 September 2013 2. Takes away pay rises for childcare workers – 13 September 2013 1. Takes away pay rises from aged care workers –

13 September 201

The Australian Independent Media Network

TonyAbbottProfileThe following is an excerpt from Tony Abbott’s 2013 election campaign launch speech with an interactive report card on how he is going so far.  Click on the links to read further.

“This election is about making a great country even better; and that starts with changing [to] the worst government in our history.

I will spend the next two weeks reassuring people that there is a better way while Mr Rudd will spend the next two weeks trying to scare you about what might happen if he doesn’t keep his job.

Mr Rudd thinks this election is all about him.

Well, it’s not about him and it’s not about me.

It’s about you and how a better government can help your family and make your job more secure.

We know that a stronger economy is not about picking winners but about helping everyone to get ahead.

I…

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Why can’t journalists ask the obvious questions?

The most stunning Press conference is occurring in Canberra ABC 24
All Premiers Have told Abbott to shove it.
Historic, even if some of them cave, the pressure is on, the people are having an impact. Get on the phone and rev up your Senators to say no to Canberra and Abbott. Even Conservative Senators Must represent their state before their party. The latter is advice given to all and sundry by Campbell Newman QLD.
Wow!

The Australian Independent Media Network

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We are all frustrated at the lack of scrutiny afforded to our politicians, and in particular to the government’s repeated claims that we have a debt crisis. Why is it, however, that there don’t appear to be any journalists in the mainstream media who have the gumption to simply ask; “Prove it”? One of our readers has circulated a letter to the independent media sites (The AIMN included) asking that we continue to pose the questions that the mainstream media avoids. The reader, James Fitzgerald, makes a lot of sense.

I sent this to the Guardian Australia this morning, and to the ALP and the Greens as well as New Matilda, The Hoopla and Crikey in the hope that someone (or everyone) runs with it. The journalism sentiments apply to you, too:

Hello, thank you for being a part of the Australian free press.

I…

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“There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead, but lets be absolutely clear. I am determined to price carbon”. Julia Gillard

The proposition that a “Mandate” abolishes opposition is the very definition of totalitarianism.
We now see the drift to fascism sneaking up on us recently in our ‘on water policy’.
The Military Law has a charge of “Disobeying a lawful command”.
It is sobering to see how easily the Navy has obeyed unlawful commands from the Executive Government of the day.
The Navy turned that boat about to run out of fuel and drift for three days. Three men drowned crossing a river on Indonesian island. It could have been, that the out of fuel “Life Boat” drifted out into the Vast Indian Ocean and we found Desiccated bodies months later. Where would our honour be then? Where is it now?
So easily we drift away from the sovereignty of the people to see the military breaking the international law of the sea, to obey the Executive power over the Parliament (the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Queen), thereby breaching the separation of powers.
The High Court should order the navy to not exceed its duty to defend Australia and instead to refuse to obey commands that are clearly unlawful. If that Boat went down the crew
would be held responsible for what amounts to a crime in International Law of the Sea…….
Our Navy shames itself and us.

Fair Media Alliance

I love a good conspiracy theory – I especially love to laugh at them.

One of my very closest relations has tried many a time to convince me about the Aliens at Roswell.  And we have a friend who has a dossier, several inches thick, which proves beyond a doubt that no planes ever flew into the Twin Towers.  And then there’s the Grassy Knoll.  I don’t disbelieve any of these good people, but I don’t believe them, either.

From http://www.ascensionearth2012.org/2013/01/roswell-interview-with-alien-survivor.html

But there is a certain power in numbers, as this recent poll by Public Policy Polling in the US suggests with gob-smacking results like these:

–          37% of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 51% do not. Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and Independents are more split at  41-51. 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax

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Budget for Abbott’s Australia

Café Whispers

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The Abbott government has been working incessantly to work up to the Mother of All Scare Campaigns.  There is an emergency!  There is a crisis!  About what, the government has been careful to avoid backing up with anything factual.  Economists both left and right leaning have said not one single word in support.  We do know that there is debt, writ large with a capital D and that somehow pensioners and disabled people are the cause of it. . . or at least both Hockey and Abbott sticking to their chosen theme would have us believe so.

This brought to mind one of John Howard’s favourite techniques, this being to prime up his audience usually via the media so as to create ‘a situation’.  Newspapers, shock jocks et al would dutifully comply running numerous *shocking stories* complete with photos taken by willing neighbors/rellies and other assorted accomplices of, for example: …

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Budget for Abbott’s Australia

Café Whispers

Leeds17_pe

The Abbott government has been working incessantly to work up to the Mother of All Scare Campaigns.  There is an emergency!  There is a crisis!  About what, the government has been careful to avoid backing up with anything factual.  Economists both left and right leaning have said not one single word in support.  We do know that there is debt, writ large with a capital D and that somehow pensioners and disabled people are the cause of it. . . or at least both Hockey and Abbott sticking to their chosen theme would have us believe so.

This brought to mind one of John Howard’s favourite techniques, this being to prime up his audience usually via the media so as to create ‘a situation’.  Newspapers, shock jocks et al would dutifully comply running numerous *shocking stories* complete with photos taken by willing neighbors/rellies and other assorted accomplices of, for example: …

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