Archive - March 2015

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How To Take Over A Country
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1000:1 Snouts in the Trough
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Q&A: Dr Nick Kowalenko Speaks of Harm Done to Children in Detention
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Writing On The Wall For Australia’s Worst Ever Prime Minister
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While Australia’s PM Tony Abbott Fiddles, the World Burns

How To Take Over A Country

Birth of a Bastard

As director, I have been asked recently: how do you take over a country? I refer you to the minutes of that epic get together back in ’08.

First, erode national powers. Leave them the military because it is largely irrelevant and provides the illusion/veneer of nationhood, but, like a spider, wrap them in a sticky web of transnational legal goo. (We’re talking TPP here.)

Second, using the goo, enforce intellectual property. With a vengence, because the goo is with you. Impoverish the file-sharers. Sue the patenting scientists. Grind them to dust. Make them rely on imports for everything except what you can get out of them at comparative disadvantage.

Third, globalise everything you can. Buy the farms, the dairies, the gas.

Fourth, establish a reliable, low-cost surveillance system. The mob will always grumble and so long as they keep to bullshit, that’s okay. But there needs to be a bit more than a whiff of threat, it needs to be felt to be real.

Read the full article here:

https://independentaustralia.net/article-display/how-to-take-over-a-country,7512

1000:1 Snouts in the Trough

Consumption of Public Resources by the Average Australian Politician vs Cost of Settling a Refugee.

 2011_raiseCommon assumptions played on by politicians and certain aspects of the media (yes I mean you Rupert Murdoch’s News Corpse) are that refugees are an economic burden on society, taking much and giving little, and that they take immigration places away from skilled workers who would make a bigger contribution. While it is true that newly arrived refugees are represented disproportionately in unskilled jobs, and some remain trapped there, many achieve occupational mobility over time and especially across generations.

The costs and contributions of settled refugees are reproduced below and from this it can be seen that the average refugee costs the Australian economy approximately $4,521-90 in social security & Medicare payments.

EXPENSES per 1000 SETTLED REFUGEES *

Social security expenses       $3,162,900

Health expenses                    $1,359,000

This is more than offset by:

REVENUES per 1000 SETTLED REFUGEES *

Direct tax                               $9,112,000

Indirect tax                            $   636,600

* 2007-8 prices. Source: Access Economics (2008).

In other words, each settled refugee on average contributes a net $5,228-10 in direct payments to the Commonwealth.

Let’s compare this with our ‘average’ Federal politician:

In June 2013, the Remuneration Tribunal increased the base salary of Australian parliamentary Senators and MPs by 2.4% to $195,000. The salary is 2.8 times the average annual Australian wage, but at least it is taxable. The 10-year average pay rise is just under 7% annually. But wait, there’s more. Much more.

To this salary is added stationery, office accommodation, and domestic and overseas travel entitlements, living ‘away from’ home allowances and electoral allowance (of up to $66,000), none of which is taxable. How much does this cost the Australian taxpayer?

The best indication comes from Federal Finance Department. In the six months from July to December 2012 the Liberal member for Paterson spent more than $223,000, including $43,000 on a car allowance. Labor’s member for Page spent a similar overall amount and the Nationals Cowper MP also spent more than $220,000. They are typical.

Thus the average politician costs the Australian economy at least $500,000-00 pa after tax, and I’ve not considered the cost of post-Parliamentary Gold Pass / other travel entitlements, or their overly-generous superannuation scheme.

1000:1 seems overly generous when assessing the net cost of Australia’s politicians in comparison to settled refugees. Putting Parliament on no pay behind razor wire on Manus Island makes economic sense.

Lets load the yellow boats.

Q&A: Dr Nick Kowalenko Speaks of Harm Done to Children in Detention

Kowalenko_Nick_DrA damning new report by the Human Rights Commission suggests more than one-third of children in immigration detention centres have conditions serious enough to require outpatient care.

Hundreds of assaults against children were reported by the commission and 128 teenagers were said to have harmed themselves between January 2013 and March last year.

The Forgotten Children, which was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, also said 105 children were on suicide watch during this time.

Australian Doctor spoke to Dr Nick Kowalenko (pictured), chair the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists faculty of child and adolescent psychiatry, who interviewed some of the children for the report.

Read the full interview here: http://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/news-insight/q-a-care-of-children-in-detention

Writing On The Wall For Australia’s Worst Ever Prime Minister

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD EDITORIAL

19 March 2015

Worst PM EverThis “being in government” business is proving to be all too hard for Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his ministers.

Too hard to frame a fair budget. Too hard to make tough decisions to place government finances on a sustainable path. Too hard to negotiate with a “feral” Senate. Too hard to be civil and constructive on policy options. Too hard to explain to voters the need for reform. Too hard to find a consistent message.

Mr Abbott has become erratic at best. It is as though he is finding it all too hard to work out what governments do. Governments lead. They prosecute their policies clearly, fairly and consistently.

And they seek solutions to problems. Unless, of course, they are the problem.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/tony-abbotts-government-by-shambles-something-has-to-change-20150319-1m2kzx.html

While Australia’s PM Tony Abbott Fiddles, the World Burns

PolarBearA report which examines the effect of climate change on some of Australia’s most common agricultural products; including fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, seafood and meat, paints a dire prediction of future production in a warming world.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-16/report-warns-of-climate-change-impact-on-food-production/6322934?section=vic

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/thirty-years-of-consecutive-warmth-the-heat-really-is-on-20150317-1m0pyk.html

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