Julia Gillard calls Labor leadership ballot | The Australian


It’s on, fiiiiinally. Set for 4:30pm today. Rudd/Crean vs Gillard and whoever. Crean says he’ll resign if Gillard wins.

UPDATE

Rudd (who else?).

ABC Insiders host Barry Cassidy said Labor’s biggest problem has been disunity. Whilst I agree insofar that disunity has hurt them, the greater problem is what has caused this disunity. And that is their disastrous policies. The carbon tax, the debt, the boat people, the NBN, the BER, the live cattle exports, Swan’s covert money grabs, the horrendous media laws, the gender wars, the class wars, the gutting of our military, the faceless men…it is an utter train wreck. Did I miss any? Probably.

(UPDATE Yes. The AWU scandal, the bungled mining tax, the mythical budget surplus – thanks, Sean)

And it’s not her resilience. It’s her lies, her backstabbing and her obstinacy.

UPDATE

NOT Rudd, he won’t contest (numbers?) Gillard and Swan stay… talk about anti-climax. :-/ What a rabble.

Yeah, hilarious.


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Yet another sneaky tax grab from sneaky little Swan


He’s targeting expats again. First it was our pensions, then our bank accounts, and now this.

From 7.00 PM, May 8, 2013, non-residents of Australia will no longer enjoy the 50 per cent discount on capital gain tax, a tax discount that currently applies to gains earned on taxable Australian property, such as real estate and mining assets.

Thaaaaanks, mate.

Moreover, from July 1, 2013 the tax rate on capital gain for non-residents will be adjusted. The first two marginal rates will merge into one rate, aligning with the second marginal rate of residents: 32,5 per cent. This rate will increase to 33 per cent from July 1, 2015.

And one of the side effects?

“Expats have lost a generous tax break which could be used when selling a property,” comments Sean Abreu, Senior Wealth Manager at Mondial. “At the moment I advise non-residents against investment in Australian property.”

For Australian expats who have already purchased property this is bad news, he thinks.

It always is with that goose. It always is.

Censor the media? Let’s see what the High Court might think about that


That’s what News Ltd. boss Kim Williams not-so-subtley suggested today.

CEO Kim Williams told a parliamentary inquiry this afternoon he believed the introduction of a Public Interest Media Advocate would be “of very real interest to the High Court”.

“We are confident this approach in creating the Public Interest Media Advocate and the powers that are rendered unto it and the sanctions that are rendered unto it go against the free flow of political communication in our society,” Mr Williams said.

“In the event that these laws are passed we would be immediately seeking leave to appeal to the High Court.”

With any luck, it won’t come to that, but if it does, I hope he follows through, and I hope he wins.

ALP carbon tax driving companies to the wall


At the beginning of the year, Treasurer of the Year™, Wayne Swan, claimed the impact of the carbon tax was minimal. Swan gleaned this vital information not from detailed Treasury costings or anything like that. Rather, he went down to his local supermarket – voila!

But new figures in paint a very different and worrying picture.

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission reports there were 10,632 company collapses for the 12 months to March 1 – averaging 886 a month – with the number of firms being placed in administration more than 12 per cent higher than during the global financial crisis.

Sure. Companies are also hurting because of the GFC, and the high Australian dollar, but the timing of the CO2 essential trace gas tax couldn’t have been worse.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief economist Greg Evans said: “Rapidly escalating energy prices caused by the carbon tax and other green programs are taking their toll on many Australian businesses.

“In energy reliant industries it is already showing up in job losses, deferred investment and in the worst cases, business closures,” Mr Evans said.

A real kick in the guts. OK, so Gillard and Co. had no control over the GFC, and whilst there are limited options to address the high Aussie dollar, it is a floated currency. But the carbon tax is certainly something they could control.

It compounds.

The carbon tax – and mining tax – were also showing up as “sovereign risk” issues in discussions with foreign investors.

In short, it’s a rolled-gold disaster. Record company closures, higher prices, job losses, lower investment and for what?

The bloody tax doesn’t even make any money!

No, it’s not the only reason the ALP and Gillard are doing so poorly in the polls, but it can’t be helping. The 2PP is at 56-44 today, ALP primary vote is down to a paltry 31, and yet the ALP ship sails full steam ahead towards oblivion.

And as for the climate the tax is meant to soemhow change? Nope, it’s pretty static, too.

When the lights go out, you dump the clutch and hit the gas @AussieGrit


1,2,3,4,5 BAM!

And Christian, obviously you didn’t explain it well enough.

Aaaaarrrgggghhhh!!!1

Sure, respect the office of PM (after Julia’s gone)


So there’s been this and that in the media lately about the, er, heckling of Julia Gillard.

Keep it civil and all that, ra ra ra, so they say.

Here’s the deal: The Office of PM has never really been that respected in Australia (it’s true, Bolta). After all, this is Australia. And good grief, Julia Gillard couldn’t have done a better job of getting that Office more despised than if she tried.

She tried hard.

It is truly difficult not to despise that woman who has done so much damage to Australia, not to mention her cabal that has done so much damage to the truly great powerful women in our country. Talking about the Gina Rineharts and the Julie Bishops. (TBH, talking about people like my mum, too.)

With any luck, this post will be irrelevant by Monday, what, with all those rumours of her (finally [too little, too late]) being dumped.

And perhaps those in the media who attempt to instill respect in our political leaders, perhaps they could acknowledge that it has become so vile towards Gillard for damn good reason.

(At least the DT has the right idea).

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