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I read the comments on Donald Trump in 2013 with some dismay. We are now down to seven people who might become President of the United States:
Maybe Joe Biden might get into this at some stage, or Michael Bloomberg, or Ben Carson may come back into it, but that’s all that’s left. That’s it. No one else. It is one of the above and no other.
Then there are the problems the United States now confronts – the US being our last hope for a defence of the West – problems from open immigration, a rapidly descending economy and a clueless millennial generation who you could easily imagine voting in a Hugo Chavez. And so I said, after watching the video of Trump in 2013, that Trump is the best of the lot. He not only has sentiments that match my own [92% as it happens] but he has the force of personality that might actually bring it off. He is our Churchill circa 1940.
I can see just as easily as anyone else that he is not your standard issue highly polished product of the elite establishment in the US. He is crass and loud and bumptious and vulgar. All true, but he is also smart, and shrewd, and tuned in and hard edged. But most of all, the things he wants are the things I want, the most important ones being the preservation of the United States as the land of the free and the defender of our values. He also has the one element none of the others on the Republican side have, a fighting will that will not be pushed around by the media and the left.
And I am not even going to say something like he’s not perfect, because, for all I know, given the way things are and what now needs to be done, he may well be exactly what is needed. He may exactly suit the times we are in.
JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie and Victorian Senate Candidate Hugh Dolan have called on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to show some political courage and back a Senate Inquiry into a Super Rich Death Tax.
“A brilliant article today by Peter Martin (see here) proves that the Liberal’s GST increase was a sly attempt at a reverse Robin Hood (give to the rich, while taking from the poor).
And while I know the Liberal party and Malcolm Turnbull will fight any tax like hell that targets their super rich friends, I still have hope Bill Shorten and Labor will be reasonable,” said Senator Lambie.
“Even though the Labor party receives in political donations hundreds of thousands from Australia’s BRW top 200 rich list – (see table 1 below), its now time for Bill, as leader, to show he has the courage to stand up for the battlers, while making the rich pay their fair share,” said Victorian Senate Candidate Hugh Dolan.
“After listening to charity leader Tim Costello yesterday, it’s clear that he informed our nation that his new tax would only affect 0.8% of Australians while it raised an extra $5B a year for budget repair – from our rich.
“However, after listening to Scott Morrison and our Prime Minister during the recent GST debate, it’s clear that they informed o...
Absent even the drover's dog (apologies to Bill Hayden), the clownish Barnaby Joyce seized the leadership of the Nats unopposed and, to an astonished public, became our new deputy prime minister. David Tyler reports. read now...
Senator David Leyonhjelm has been pursuing this is the Parliament. Most recently he asked:
Senator LEYONHJELM: I might ask you to take on notice why the calendar year data was released rather than data for the applicable period for the policy implementation. Professor Sinclair Davidson published an article entitled ‘Department of Health telling porkies on plain packaging’ on the Catallaxy Files website on 19 August this year and in the IPA’s FreedomWatch on 20 August this year. In that article, Professor Davidson takes the monthly data on your freedom of information disclosure log to replicate your figures for the 2012 and 2013 calendar years and your calculation of a 3.4 per cent decline between these periods. He also calculates figures for the period starting 1 December 2012 and the year prior to 1 December 2012, and the change from one period to the other is negative 0.8 per cent. Have you done this calculation your...
Bryan Caplan misses an obvious explanation when addressing this issue:
Libertarians love to preach the virtues of markets. Yet in the “marketplace of ideas,” their bundled product has been regularly and thoroughly rejected for over a century. Until libertarians acknowledge that market verdict and re-think either what they’re selling, how they’re selling it, or both, they will remain on the margins of American political life.
Caplan points to some explanations:
That is all well and good but it seems to me that the market for ideas – like all markets – can be, and is, distorted by government intervention. The most obvious mechanism to distort the market for ideas is public education. Thirteen years of free and compulsory statist brainwashing is very likely to distort the ideas that people are likely to find more or less attractive. Public broadcasting too. Government financed NGOs – whose primary function is to then lobby government – publicly funded “think” tanks, and increas...
In 2014, Guardian Australia journalist Paul Farrell
revealed that Australia had
intruded into Indonesian waters in its efforts to turn back
refugees. The Australian government later
admitted the incursion - but in the meantime they were having
investigated by the Australian Federal Police in an effort to
expose and punish his sources:
Sitting on my desk now are more than 200 pages of heavily redacted police files. Every journalist, in fact every Australian, has a right under the country’s privacy law to access personal information held on them by government agencies.
The files are made up of operational centre meeting minutes, file notes, interview records and a plan for an investigation the AFP undertook into one of my stories. Most concerning is what appears to be a list of suspects the AFP drew up, along with possible offences they believe they may have committed.
The documents show that during the course of an investigation into my sources for a story I had written, an AFP officer logged more than 800 electronic updates on the investigation file.
It’s a mosaic in document form of state surveillance of journalists by police. The files give an insight into the fragile state of journalism in Australia and the ease with which the police choose to take up these investigations because of poorly defined laws.
According to a report in this morning’s Guardian, the Coalition, the Greens and Nick Xenophon appear close to an agreement on Senate voting reform. There’s also an accompanying media release from Lee Rhiannon.
The proposed plan, put to the government by the Greens, would abolish group voting tickets (the mechanism whereby preferences flow according to pre-lodged party preference decisions when voters vote ‘1’ above the line for a party), and would allow voters to number their own preferences for parties above the line or for candidates below the line.
This proposal is very similar to that proposed unanimously by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM), with a few exceptions:
While the article is written as if agreement has been reached, it’s unclear whether the Coalition has agreed to the Greens’ demand that party registration be taken out of the package. It’s also unclear where Labor stands on the proposal – while some senior Labor senators are opposed, there are others in the party who support Senate reform.
While some have been strongly opposed to any changes to group voting tickets, a lot...
The nation's satirists stormed Twitter this week crying mass unemployment over the shock announcement of Greggie Hunt's global gong. But Lachlan Barker was on to it. No mystery. Hunt’s award was handed out by the oil industry. read now...
By Peter Martin
The most shocking thing in the Treasury analysis delivered to Scott Morrison on January 25 isn’t the finding that a cut in income tax funded by a lift in the goods and services tax wouldn’t boost the economy at all.
It’s what Morrison asked the Treasury to model.
He asked it to model a lift in GST from 10 to 15 per cent and then the handing back of back every possible cent in income tax cuts. Because boosting the GST automatically results in extra spending on benefits such as Newstart, family allowances and pensions as prices climb it isn’t possible to give all of it back.
But it is possible to hand back $30 billion of the $35 billion as tax cuts, and that’s what Morrison asked the Treasury to model in the first instance, not legislated increases in benefits of the kind delivered by his predecessor Peter Costello when introducing the GST.
The impact is horrific.
High earning households do very well. In the top fifth, 81 per cent are better off. In the fifth below that, 80 per cent are better off.
In the bottom fifth, only 9 per cent are better off. Put another way, the change makes 91 per cent of the lowest-earning households worse off.
It makes 79 per cent of the next lowest earning households worse off, and 60 per cent of middle earning households better off.
Morrison had asked the Treasury to model a change that enriched middle and high earners at the expense of the least-well off.
And the results tell us something about the nature of the change. It appears to have been one that cut tax rates or adjusted thresholds at the top more than the bottom. All of the Prime Minister’s talk about how any change must be fair appears to not have sunk in.
At his request Treasury and its consultants Econtech and KPMG also did sensitivity analysis. What would happen if, say, $6 billion of the tax cuts were diverted to low earners in extra be...
JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has called on Prime Minister Turnbull to redact and de-identify the secret volumes of the Heydon Royal Commission and release them to all Senators, under special circumstances, after she read the secret report.
“When I was finally allowed to read the secret volumes of the Heydon Royal Commission, I expected to find, as commissioner Heydon wrote: grave threats to the power and authority of the Australian State.
The only grave threat I found was to the credibility of the Liberal government,” said Senator Lambie.
“I didn’t find anything like a grave threat to our nation’s power or authority. In fact, the average Australian would find that sort of warning is grossly misleading – and that is why all Senators – no matter what political party they belong to, should be able to make up their own minds – after viewing redacted and de-identified secret volumes.
The Liberal government made a fuss about Labor politicians viewing these secret volumes. They were treating the Australian public like mugs! The Liberals were caught out trying to cover-up their lie. The Royal Commissioner had already made the secret volumes available to all of Australia’s Premiers, including Labor’s state leaders and their staff weeks earlier!” said Senator Lambie.
“After reading the two slim secret volumes in about an hour, I was left with the feeling that taxpayers had been ripped off after paying out $80M for them. The last secret volumes I’d read were from the Defence Abuse Review Taskforce (DART). Unlike Heydon’s two slim secret volumes – the 33 secret defence abuse files were thick, heavy, ring bound folders; about 10 cm thick – and it took myself, and a staff member 5 hrs. each, just to skim those top secret files.
The defence abuse secret volumes showed a real threat to the power and authority of the Australian state – by proving that our defence force senior officers had deni...
Back during the Cold War, NATO had the task of protesting
Western Europe from Soviet Invasion. With the Cold War over for
more than 25 years, they've struggled to find a reason to justify
their existence. But now they have a new role:
enforcing Europe's racist anti-refugee policies:
Nato has sent a patrol of three warships to intercept migrants trying to reach Greece by sea and send them back to Turkey, as Europe steps up efforts to contain the refugee crisis.
The mission has been agreed and ordered to the Aegean sea in less than 24 hours, an extremely rapid move for the alliance. Nato normally spends months deliberating over decisions and agreeing details.
The German-led patrol will be backed by planes that can monitor the flow of people attempting illegal crossings. Greece and Turkey have agreed that any migrants they intercept will be sent back.
“They will not be taken back to Greece. The aim of the group is to have them taken back to Turkey. That is the crucial difference,” said the British defence secretary, Michael Fallon.
This is Donald Trump receiving an award from the American Spectator in 2013, long before he was running for President. Listen to not just what he says – which are themes he has been discussing since entering the race – but also how he says it – which is temperate, balanced and filled with common sense. And he knows a thing or two about budgets, deficits and getting value for money. There is no doubt in listening to this that he is not a Democrat and is a Republican, but of a kind not hitherto seen. From this point on, for me it is Donald Trump for President. America’s problems may be too large to fix, but if they can be fixed, he is the only person in public life who has the potential to do it.
Still regarded by many as the best book about Sydney, this is a lively account of the history and culture of Sydney told by a much-loved local author. The book is intended for residents interested in the history of their city, and for the more cultured tourist. Conta...
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