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“But the Treasurer accepted under questioning that the co-payment was a new tax.

“It’s a payment. You can call it a tax,” he said. “It comes out of a pocket. It comes out of someone’s pocket. A taxpayer’s pocket. You want to call it a tax, you can call it anything you want, you can call it a rabbit.”

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“Good morning, Mr Jockey, you said that your Budget would be unpopular and you’ve certainly been proven right on that one.”

“I don’t think so. It’s been quite well received actually.”

“What makes you say that?”

“You only have to ask the people that matter. You’ll find that they’re all behind it. Any suggestion to the contrary is just more Labor propaganda from the Media. I mean, why aren’t the Media questioning Bill Shorten on his plans. How would…

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Perhaps, Julia Gillard should have said that her overriding promise was to do something about Climate Change, so you could ignore anything else she said. Although that’s not exactly what the Liberals are doing. They seem to be saying that, while getting the Budget back “in order” is their main promise, none of the others were broken, because only Labor charges taxes and nothing’s being “cut”, organizations are just having their funding reduced or taken away. And anyway, the Commonwealth has nothing to do with schools or hospitals.

But there’s been enough ink about broken promises. In fact, it’s starting to concern me that people are so worried about what they said, that they aren’t spending enough time examining what the Federal Government is actually doing.

For example, perhaps I missed it, but I understand that $5 from the co-payment goes to establishing a fund for medical research. But who’s…

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Joe Hockey on the co-payment: “One packet of cigarettes cost $22. That gives you three visits to the doctor. You can spend just over $3 on a middy of beer, so that’s two middies of beer to go to the doctor.”

Amanda Vanstone 2003 on an increase to welfare: “$5, hell what will it buy you? A sandwich and a milkshake if you’re lucky.”

I note Joe Hockey didn’t choose to suggest that all $7 would buy is two loaves of bread. Or seven loaves of bread if you buy it for a dollar at Coles. (I’m not the ABC so I can say Coles and hope that they pay me for product placement!) I suspect that it’s because saying: “You can spend just over $3-50 on a loaf of bread, so that’s two loaves of bread to go to the doctor.” It’s far more appealing to suggest that…

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Interviewer – Good afternoon, we were promised an interview with the Prime Minister, Mr Abbott, but unfortunately he’s had to cancel. In his place a spokesman, Polly Gist will be answering the question that we were intending to put to the PM.

Gist – Excuse me, but I don’t think that you can say that you were “promised” an interview by the Prime Minister.

Interviewer – No, we actually said “with” not “by”. We didn’t actually speak to Mr Abbott.

Gist – Because it’s important that the public isn’t misled about the actual situation. Mr Abbott is an extremely busy man and he wouldn’t go around promising interviews. He has more important things to do.

Interviewer – Such as fixing the Budget?

Gist – Yes, that’s his number one priority.

Interviewer – So about the broken promises in the Budget…

Gist – Let me just stop you there. What broken…

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Someone I once worked with said that everyone had at least one good idea in their life that could lead to fame, fortune or both – the trick was knowing which one it was. I, of course, told him that all my ideas were good. The only problem I had was convincing others of how brilliant all my ideas were before I lost interest in them.

Well, while listening to a discussion about the whole Republican versus Monarchist debate, I had one of my best ideas yet. One – I was sure – that I’d have no trouble getting support for. I can’t remember the exact conversation between the two talkback guests but it went something like this:

“But we want an Australian head of state!”

“Surely you don’t want someone that the politicians would appoint. And electing a President would be so divisive. We’re better off with our current…

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Someone I once worked with said that everyone had at least one good idea in their life that could lead to fame, fortune or both – the trick was knowing which one it was. I, of course, told him that all my ideas were good. The only problem I had was convincing others of how brilliant all my ideas were before I lost interest in them.

Well, while listening to a discussion about the whole Republican versus Monarchist debate, I had one of my best ideas yet. One – I was sure – that I’d have no trouble getting support for. I can’t remember the exact conversation between the two talkback guests but it went something like this:

“But we want an Australian head of state!”

“Surely you don’t want someone that the politicians would appoint. And electing a President would be so divisive. We’re better off with our current…

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Economics. The romance of truth through measurement. 

An understaning of the value of economics can best be established by using its own methods. Draw up a list of the large economic problems to have stuck the West over the last quarter century. Detemine the dominant strand of advice offered in each case by the community of economists. Calculate how many times this was followed. (More often than not it was.) Finally, add up the number of times this advice solved the problem.

The answer seems to be zero.”

The Doubter’s Companion. John Ralston Saul.

From “Capital in the Twenty First Century” by Thomas Piketty:

“To put it bluntly, the discipline of economics has yet to get over its childish passion for mathematics and for purely theoretical and often highly ideological speculation, at the expense of historical research and collaboration with the other social sciences. Economists are all too…

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Mole and Ratty were sitting on the picnic basket waiting for Toan to appear, when an old badger shuffled up next to them.

“Excuse me,” said the Badger, “but I seem to be lost.”

Mole looked him up and down. “Yes,” replied Mole eventually, “you certainly do.”

After a brief pause, the Badger spoke. “I was wondering if you could help me find my way back home.”

Ratty sighed. “In case you haven’t heard, we’ve entered the Age of Personal Responsibility”

“Exactly,” added Mole. “You need to find your own way home.”

“Why?” asked Badger.

“Well, Toan says so,” explained Mole.

“And who is this Toan?” demanded the Badger.

“Toan of Toan Hall. He’s by far the most interesting thing around here. But you don’t have to take my word for it. He’ll be along in a few minutes and you can ask him yourself,” said Mole.

“He’s always ready…

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This morning “The Herald-Sun” continued its campaign against any form of protest with its front page devoted to calling the Occupy Melbourne movement “Selfish Pests”, while Andrew Bolt suggests that the students on Q & A were “thugs” destroying free speech by excercising their own. Ah where were they when the Convoy of No Consequence was attempting to deliberately trying to shut down Canberra. (I know, who’d notice, eh?)

Their front page story was an “Exclusive” obtained under Freedom of Information. Mm, Perhaps, they’re right and only the Murdoch Media can access things under FOI legislation. (I won’t mention any access to Andrew Wilkie and Andrew Bolt at this point.)

So one of the people named in the article has sent this to champions of free speech:

“Here is the statement that I sent to the press in response to today’s article:

The savage reaction to the occupy movement demonstrated…

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This morning, a patient of Dr Rudd’s, Mr Con Emmy wrote a letter explaining how a few years ago he was told that he was suffering from General Fatal Condition, or GFC, for short. Dr Rudd told him that unless they operated, Mr Con Emmy would be dead within the year. Now, several years on, Mr Con Emmy finds that he is not, in fact, dead –  and he’s several thousand dollars in debt. Clearly there was no need for anything to be done and that the operation was just a waste of money!

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Debt is bad – I met a man who had no debt.  And it seems to me that when the Abbott Government says “Trust us!”…

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