What utter bullsh*t the Abbott is spinning these days!

Fig. 1 Tony Abbott poses for a selfie at the Liberal Party Democratic Reform event in Sydney. AAP: Brendan Esposito

What utter bullsh*t and spin the mad Abbott is talking about! The Menzies Liberal Party was a true broad church, egalitarian and tolerant. It was never the Abbott vision of intolerance, myopic, misogynist, and elitist. This is one very angry rejected PM who is out to wreck the work of a Turnbull led Government!
Australians are voting with their feet because the Liberal Party has moved too far to the Right. Look at the rise of Independents and minor parties, not to mention the swing to labor in the opinion polls for hard evidence of Australians’ rejection of the vision that Abbott, Bernardi, Abbetz, Scott Morrison, Kevin Andrews and George Christiansen hold so dogmatically!
 
Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

Time for historian Keith Windshuttle to retire

KEITH WINDSHUTTLE has managed to turn the spot light on his own “sick and unhinged” behaviour, and destroyed any credibility he may have retained after his past deranged statements about Australian history.
Time for Keith Windshuttle to quietly withdraw from public debate and take up gardening or fishing. His biased, unfounded, hateful commentary and bigotry is not needed in Australia in the 21st century.  

John Young

25-ma-2017
 
Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

Get ScoMo away from wrecking the Australian economy quickly!

Scott Morrison and Turnbull have permanently trashed the LNP’s claim as being better managers of the economy.  The economists, retail sector and captains of industry are all starting to acknowledge it. The voters will become more aware a they read commentaries and opinion pieces like this own by Tom Switzer.
 
The country needs a circuit breaker to get ScoMo and Turnbull‘s hands off the economic levers, the sooner the better!

John Young

23-may-2017
 
Posted in #ScoMo, 2017 Budget | Tagged | Leave a comment

Do you believe in trickle down economics?

What do you think? “Trickle down economics” or “piss on me” policy making?

 

 

 

 


22-may-2017

Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

Is Simon Menzies a suitable candidate for Mayor of Mosman?

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/north-shore/mosman-councillor-simon-menzies-escapes-punishment-after-breaching-code-of-conduct/news-story/c8d176c0f9ec6264593011e6532b6812

Street talk is that Councillor Simon Menzies is thinking of standing for Mayor of Mosman at the September 2017 elections. I find this surprising since he was very vocal in supporting the merger of Mosman Council with Willoughby and North Sydney.

I also find it surprising in the light of this newspaper article about his past performance that resulted in public attention being drawn to his actions. Is this the sort of man who can be trusted with a significant role of Mayor of Mosman?

What do you think?


John Young
0407 940 943

Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

What skills and expertise do you expect in a US President?

Ross Douthat writes a remarkable commentary piece in the SMH 18-may-2017 about the qualities needed in a US president.
“But one needs some basic attributes: a reasonable level of intellectual curiosity, a certain seriousness of purpose, a basic level of managerial competence, a decent attention span, a functional moral compass, a measure of restraint and self-control. And if a president is deficient in one or more of them, you can be sure it will be exposed.
 
Trump is seemingly deficient in them all. Some he perhaps never had, others have presumably atrophied with age. He certainly has political talent – charisma, a raw cunning, an instinct for the jugular, a form of the common touch, a certain creativity that normal politicians lack. He would not have been elected without these qualities. But they are not enough, they cannot fill the void where other, very normal human gifts should be.”

John Young

18-may-2017
Posted in Trump | Tagged | Leave a comment

Rather than boosting minimum wage, should we talk about a maximum?

Many chief executives are paid huge salaries even when their companies are losing money. Photo: Erin Jonasson

Interesting article about the rising income levels of CEOs and senior executives, and the consequent decline in the earnings capability of the poor buggers at the bottom of the pile.
But what happens when there are not enough people at the bottom of the pile in Australia, for example, to buy all the products and services delivered by all these mega corporations? People need a decent stable income to buy all these expensive products and especially all the housing being thrown up. I dont think the poor bloody marginalised workers well stand by for much longer watching the housing industry geared to servicing the needs of affluent immigrants or off-shore investors.
Similarly the cost of using tool roads in Sydney will be far too high for battlers and casualized workers with no job security! There is more to managing the growth of Greater Sydney and the whole of Australia than just getting the economy working well for the “top end of town”!
A bit radical I know. But we did have a miners revolt in Ballarat when the Governor tried to ignore the poor bloody miners, and disregarded the impact of higher cost mining licences. Their comes a point when the system breaks if it is only designed to maximise economic outcomes, and ignores equity, social impact and heritage/history issues. Me thinks the NSW Govt under Bulldozer Baird suffered the backlash of applying too much of his banking background to the challenges of government and politics.
Just saying…

John Young
14-may-2017

Posted in 2017 Budget | Leave a comment

Bank tax sets ‘wonderful precedent’

 

 

http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/bank-tax-sets-terrible-precedent-westpac-chairman-lindsay-maxsted-20170512-gw3jq1.html

Contrary to Lindsay Maxsted, Chairman of Westpac, it is a wonderful precedent to make the big 5 banks pay extra taxes after ripping off the customers so throughly to achieve record profits!

I have a solution to the banks’ problem with the new tax on the top 5 banks. Let them pay it out of the highly inflated salaries and fees of the Chair, Directors, CEOs and senior management teams. Then they wont have to pass it onto their shareholders and customers!

And just look at the connections Lindsay Maxsted, Chairman of Westpac.  Talk about nose in the trough!

https://www.crikey.com.au/2012/12/11/the-power-index-biz-directors-lindsay-maxsted-at-4/

 


John Young
14-may-2017

Posted in Uncategorised | Tagged | Leave a comment

Joe Hockey’s role in the downfall of Tony Abbott

I enjoyed reading this commentary on the 2017 Budget, especially the reference to the disastrous 2017 Budget. It highlights the role of Joe Hockey in the failure of Tony Abbott as a Prime Minister, after his success as a formidable Leader of the Opposition
 
“But the other thing this budget needed to do was draw a line under the catastrophic political disaster that was the 2014 budget of Joe Hockey”

John Young
11-may-2017

Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment

Why do ambitious plans for public land always get developed in extreme secrecy?

It always amazes me when I see yet another major planning scheme, which involved Crown Land, being developed behind a curtain of total secrecy.
 
The mention of Carsingha Investments, a consortium of 10 business men and women including Gerry Harvey, John Singleton, Sydney Swans chairman Andrew Pridham, and Swan’s board member Greg Paramour, gives warning to the general public that a clique of well connected top end of town power brokers smell a juicy profit, from taking advantage of publicly owned land resources for private profit!
 

John Young
2-may-2017

Posted in Uncategorised | Leave a comment