A weekend of politics

Politics has dominated the news this weekend.

A weekend of politics

A weekend of polling has seen a swing from Labor to Liberal in Tasmania, although it looks as though Independents will hold the key to power in South Australia. And while protestors have taken to the streets in other states to voice their displeasure with Federal Government policies, Tony Abbott holds a narrow lead as preferred Prime Minister in the latest Fairfax/Neilson Poll.

Politics, both state and federal have featured prominently in the news this weekend. After 16 years at the helm in Tasmania, the Labor Government, lead by Premier Lara Giddings, has been ousted by Liberal Opposition candidate Will Hodgman. With 80 per cent of the votes counted, Labor has just six seats in the lower house, with the Liberals taking 14. As the longest serving Opposition Leader in Australia, Mr Hodgman, whose father Michael served in the former Fraser government and was known as the ‘mouth from the south’, will lead a majority Liberal Government in the Island State.

The outcome of South Australia’s trip to the polls won’t be known for some time yet, with the result too close to call, with postal and pre-polling votes likely to hold the key to the final outcome. While both the Labor and Liberal Parties are keen to claim victory, a hung parliament is the most likely outcome, with independents in two key seats giving the balance of power to whichever party they choose.

Elsewhere in Australia, March in March protestors took to the streets in their thousands to voice concern at the policies being implemented by the Abbott Government and the long-term effects they will have on the country. Although, most protestors claimed to be non-partisan, it was definitely Coalition policies which were coming under fire, although Labor didn’t go unmentioned. When asked about the Sydney protest, Mr Abbott dismissed it by saying, "My understanding is that the only big rally in Sydney is the St Patrick's Day parade.

"That is the big event in Sydney today. I wish all of them well.

"If their parade is rained on, there is always some Guinness available around the city."

And finally an Age/Neilson poll reports that the Coalition is still the preferred party, despite the recent spike in job losses. Polling found that 51 per cent support the Government with 49 per cent voting for Labor. The Coalition also had a strong lead on primary voting intention, with 45 per cent of the vote and Labor 35 per cent, an increase of two per cent since the February poll. The Greens claimed 12 per cent. Polster John Stirton said the polls indicated that should an election be held now, the Coalition may struggle to maintain power, ''What all recent polling has made clear is that an election held now would be much closer than it was last year and that there has been a swing against the government since the election,'' he said.

Read more about the election in Tasmania.

Read more about the South Australian polling

Read more about the March in March protests.

Read more about The Age/Neilson poll.

Opinion: Has Australia found its voice?

Politics dominated the news this weekend and it looks as though Australians young and old have been only too happy to express their views on leadership and policies.

Often it is those who have the most to lose who shout the loudest. In Tasmania and South Australia the shouting was done at the polls. Over the remainder of the country, it was done on the streets of our cities, with tens of thousands of protestors, young and old, taking aim at the policies which have, or could, hurt them most.

But it was those quietly giving their view over the telephone which surprised me most. Not that they had backed Tony Abbott and his Coalition Government over Labor, but that most seem not to be too fussed about proposed changes to the Age Pension age, Medicare changes and bulk-billing charges for GPs.

The Age/Neilson Poll which was held over the same politically-charged weekend as the state elections and protests, found that 52 per cent of those polled would support a means test to limit Medicare bulk billing. A further 49 per cent backed the co-payment idea of charging those who wish to be bulk-billed. And half of those polled agreed that the Government should act to curb the cost of Medicare.

From these results, it can only be concluded that those who are contacted by pollsters are either pensioners who will not be affected by such changes or, sufficiently well-off so as not to be concerned about how much it costs to visit the GP. The reality of means-testing and the actual implementation of charging extra for bulk-bulling or not offering it at all are quite removed from one and other. Families with two or more children where both parents work may well, on paper, appear to earn enough, but when all the children become sick at once and GPs are charging $65 to see each one, that soon eats into a family’s budget. And a 63-year-old who has not yet qualified for a pension card has to visit a doctor frequently due to chronic illness, may find themselves having to choose between paying a utility bill or missing a doctor’s appointment. Are these the situations we want to create?

So I applaud those who have taken to the streets to voice their concerns about where our health care system is heading, how Medicare changes need to be carefully considered and how our manufacturing industry is being decimated. But to those who give their opinions to pollsters over the phone, perhaps you want to think before you speak.

What are the biggest issues in politics facing Australians at the moment? Do you back changes to Medicare and bulk-billing means testing? Do you think protesting makes a difference?





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    Nightshade
    17th Mar 2014
    12:33pm
    No one voted for THE LIBERAL PARTY -
    They voted OUT THE LABOR PARTY -
    AND THE GREENS VOTE IS JUST & STILL A BAD HABIT WHICH THEY WILL LOOSE IN TIME- BECAUSE BAD HABITS DIE HARD-
    AUSTRALIANS HAVE NO ONE TO VOTE FOR -

    Clive Palmer going on about QUANTATIVE EASING HAS FINISHED HIS PARTY FOR SURE.
    WE HAVE ALL SEEN THE FIASCO THAT IS THE UNITED STATES & IT'S QUANTATIVE EASING SOLUTIONS
    WHICH HAVE TAKEN THEIR NATION TO THE DOORSTEPS OF DOOM.

    The Australian people are not entirely stupid.
    Rod63
    17th Mar 2014
    12:50pm
    I am!
    Nightshade
    17th Mar 2014
    2:36pm
    Rod63
    I doubt it very much dear !
    You have a little think about it & you will see that I am right.
    moorlands
    17th Mar 2014
    3:56pm
    Hear, Hear, Nightshade. Although I reserve judgement on Clive as we have a mutual loathing of Murdoch, let's see how he performs? he certainly is a straight talker! no ums and ahs with him. You are so correct that Australians have no one to vote for because of Labours self destruction and I fear we may have taken the first steps toward a dictatorship with the agenda that Abbott and co are rushing through. As for your last sentence, I think "entirely " should have been in capitals "ENTIRELY ". I have to go now to have a Fag and a Beer while I watch the Footy.
    Anonymous
    17th Mar 2014
    5:18pm
    Rod63
    Really! Well I suggest you pick up your game Rod63 and STOP being 'entirely stupid' or at least admitting to it!

    17th Mar 2014
    12:42pm
    So I applaud those who have taken to the streets to voice their concerns about where our health care system is heading, how Medicare changes need to be carefully considered and how our manufacturing industry is being decimated. But to those who give their opinions to pollsters over the phone, perhaps you want to think before you speak.
    Think before you speak ........I think Australians have already thought before they voted .
    Rod63
    17th Mar 2014
    12:52pm
    The trouble is, Pete, nowhere near enough did.
    particolor
    17th Mar 2014
    7:59pm
    The New Prem of Tassie Has already Placed a Tender for 2,000 Chain Saws !!!
    moorlands
    18th Mar 2014
    7:40pm
    Hi Pete, "Australians Thought! " that's one in the eye for those who think Australians are thick.

    17th Mar 2014
    12:45pm
    To attract advertising presumably you need to attract readers . You must see a large readership in disaffected labor supporters .
    Debbie McTaggart
    17th Mar 2014
    2:10pm
    Hi Pete, given the comments received on our many articles, we have readers from all political persuasions, who are equally entitled to voice their opinions, as am I, as are you.
    moorlands
    17th Mar 2014
    4:11pm
    Pete it is well understood that the majority of Advertisers are " Right Wing "inclined, so if this site is so "Left Wing" as extremists in their own minds believe, how come they attract those "Right Wing " advertisers?
    Allieannie
    17th Mar 2014
    1:08pm
    Reports of a 'political weekend' and not one mention of March in March???
    C'mon!
    Debbie McTaggart
    17th Mar 2014
    2:04pm
    Hi Allieannie,

    March in March is clearly mentioned in the article.
    Helen-gran
    17th Mar 2014
    1:16pm
    Here we go again - if the poll doesn't agree with Debbie's way of thinking then it must have been rigged!
    ["From these results, it can only be concluded that those who are contacted by pollsters are either pensioners who will not be affected by such changes or, sufficiently well-off so as not to be concerned about how much it costs to visit the GP"]
    I believe that the Age/Neilson Poll & other reputable poll-takers go out of their way to get an unbiased cross-section of the community - the questions asked before you are accepted to take part would ensure this. They certainly don't ask those questions to get people who will give the answers that someone wants!
    Debbie McTaggart
    17th Mar 2014
    2:08pm
    Hi Helen-gran

    I was merely giving my opinion on one part of the polls findings, at no point did I say that the poll was rigged.
    Blossom
    17th Mar 2014
    2:12pm
    They, like all survey companies only select a minority of the public to give their opinions.
    VC
    17th Mar 2014
    1:50pm
    "But to those who give their opinions to pollsters over the phone, perhaps you want to think before you speak."
    Debbie, they did think, and they thought about the ever increasing burden that Medicare is putting on our national budget. As people who live west of the Great Dividing Range will attest, it’s hard enough to find a GP at all let alone one who bulk bills. The present system is far from perfect as it is NOT applied universally. As you are well aware, these proposed changes will apply to those who can afford it, not to everybody. A bit more honesty in your analysis would not go astray Debbie.

    "What are the biggest issues in politics facing Australians at the moment? Do you back changes to Medicare and bulk-billing means testing? Do you think protesting makes a difference?"

    There are much bigger issues facing us at the moment than proposed changes to Medicare bulk billing, but people can protest as much as they like, nothing has happened yet. The protests on the weekend had a lot more to do with the disgruntled few who miss 'there' Kevie and Juliliar than to any changes in government policy.
    Debbie McTaggart
    17th Mar 2014
    2:07pm
    Hi VC,

    The point I made was about means testing not being black and white and there will be those who on paper may be deemed to be able to afford, but in reality, may struggle.
    Blossom
    17th Mar 2014
    2:27pm
    If Medical practitioners and companies who do Xrays etc didn't charge such high fees people would not be so annoyed. I had to have some xrays last year, costing $115.10---I got $40.10 back from Medicare. A specialist I used to see privately has a gap of $60.00. My doctor gave me a referral for an appt at a public hospital. By fluke I saw the same specialist--free. I like many others cannot afford to continually pay gaps (some of them huge) too often. Some people do genuinely have to choose between basic healthy food and their medications. No luxuries, takeaway, alcohol, outings, pokies etc. I know one person who is on 6 different tablets 3 times a day plus painkillers sometimes when he is desperate enough to take them. Not all medications prescribed by Drs. are on PBS. Another friend of mine reaches his Safety Net in 8 months. PBS prices are increased by the Commonwealth Govt. on 1st Jan every year.
    Blossom
    17th Mar 2014
    2:45pm
    I forgot to add that you can't claim it from Private Health Insurance.

    Medicare refunds more fees for any tests and X-Rays done at a Private Hospital if done after admission than if they are done before --even if the hospital staff know the patient is definitely to be admitted.
    Nightshade
    17th Mar 2014
    2:35pm
    I think that the time of protesting individual policies is over.
    The whole nation is in the gutter.
    In the United States of America the aristocracy are actively building Concentration Camps for disagreeable citizens - google & have a look.
    How long before it comes to us ?
    The prototype - practice run - is the detainment camps for the boat people.
    We are next.
    Ever on the horizon is the war ploy, which is inflicted liberally - to sort out all things - to hide all transgressions on the part of our rulers.
    Here we go again if we the people are not quick enough to nip it in the bud.
    It is no skin off their nose you see.
    Paddles
    17th Mar 2014
    11:16pm
    Nightshade

    Perhaps you should book a session with Dr Phil who will no doubt change your medication or increase the dosage.
    Oldie87
    18th Mar 2014
    11:51am
    are you for real Nightshade ?
    Blossom
    17th Mar 2014
    2:36pm
    Another thing that is taxing our Health System is that the Public will not use Emergency Depts at Private Hospitals as you pay a big fee, none of which is claimable from Medicare.
    One of them in Adelaide charges Pensioners $220.00 and non pensioners $280.00
    A few years ago if you went to a private one and were admitted you weren't charged ---not so any more. Other Companies have contracts to run Emergency in some of the private hospitals. You are chargd even if you have a Dr's Referral Letter. Also previously if you had been admitted via emergency for the same problem within a set time, you were not charged. That no longer applies. A friend of mine was taken to a private one, and had to be transferred to another private one several hours later as there were no beds.
    Nightshade
    17th Mar 2014
    2:43pm
    We DESPERATELY need NEW political parties DESPERATELY
    WHERE IS EVERYONE ?
    YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST
    Be you & we already have brains
    Then be adamant & we now also have courage.
    Clive Palmer went down the path with the status quo instead of thinking for himself.
    You don't want to fit in with them they have blown it for everyone including themselves.
    Oars
    17th Mar 2014
    4:13pm
    I admire you for calling out for "the big change"- sadly the types of people we need are either too old( and wise) or just plain lazy to head out into the political battlefield. Many (like me) do their thing without such flurry. The current global politics seems to appeal to the flashy scim-over-the surface type people- A short term mentality. The new group (that you are calling for), will have a lot of work to do in educating the masses to think for themselves and at the same time think for this nation,- and be consistent. Here's hoping some "youth" have this tenacity and depth.
    Oars
    17th Mar 2014
    3:13pm
    Again I see the "blind eye" from this webpage group- who try to whitewash the wallaping the VOTERS gave labor- agin in 6 months. The rusted-on wingeing left will NEVER be pleased with ANYTHING that other parties do- that's why they are what they are- non productive and "spenders of other people's money. Shouldn't this MINORITY accept that reckless spending by previous Labor put Ozzie into this financial mess. Blame yourselves for being so greedy, lazy and just plain THICK. Get with the current emergence of a tough but fair financial landscape. Us old WORKERS have done for years.
    Luchar
    17th Mar 2014
    4:32pm
    Well said, "Oars". The problem is that we have become a country of whingers. We voted for the current Government to put right the mess left by Rudd-Gillard-Rudd. In so voting, we accepted that changes and cuts to spending would need to be made. Unfortunately the whingers believe that any cuts should only be applied to other people and that all "my" benefits should be left alone.
    Anonymous
    17th Mar 2014
    4:57pm
    Oars

    Please get your FACTS right…. there was NO reckless spending by the Australian Labor Party. I do not vote for them BUT I do acknowledge when they do something right AND Oars, during the GFC, they got it so right that:

    - Australia had the BEST, yes BEST economy in the world and in fact ticked ALL the good economic boxes that had NEVER been ticked all at once before;
    - Australia had one of the lowest unemployment rates;
    - Australia had one of the LOWEST Govt DEBTS;
    - Australia was one of the most EGALITARIAN in the world;

    ALL of this during the first two waves of the GFC (yes, there is more to come) and Labor did a marvellous job with planning immediate (started implementing policies very quickly), medium term and long term policies to carry us through the GFC waves and obviously to come out on TOP of the WORLD.

    Mining helped but it was not the be all and end all of Australia's successes. Mining had a set up stage and all workers and support companies where THEN mostly Australian, hence the flow through to the community was positive, although profits still went overseas. Unfortunately, the mostly FOREIGN miners got GREEDY and now use foreign visa workers and overseas support companies which has been totally supported by YOUR BLOKE Abbott. The mines are STILL making BIG PROFITS but they are little benefit to Australia because they are leaving our shores and going to foreign investors.

    So Oars, our economy and LOW debt were the BEST in World during the GFC….. tell me again, factually this time, how Australia was in a financial mess???????

    You are so INDOCTRINATED by MURDOCH's self interest Corporate (foreign) Media (=PROPAGANDA), that you support the destruction of this great country and allow the likes of Murdoch, to SUCK OUT our wealth and leave an empty shell.

    Just look at what they did to their own country… the USA…. close to half the people live in poverty with ever expanding ghettoes, crime (even violent crime) a daily occurrence, drug use and addicts overflowing, public education of their kids nearly non-existent, public health 'to die for', no social or other services provided to the people, and infrastructure that is falling apart.

    Corporate take over of the media and the political parties in that country, allowed mega corporations to implement policies that accrued HUGE WEALTH to a very, very tiny percentage of people BUT absolutely screwed every worker and citizen and brought this great nation to its knees.

    WHY THE HELL ARE YOU NOT ANGRY, that this is what is proposed for AUSTRALIA.

    GET RID of your PARTY POLITICS and STOP CONDEMNING AUSTRALIA to the PITS. It is a great country and we should ALL be saying to the likes of MURDOCH…. "GET YOUR DIRTY, GREEDY PAWS OFF AUSTRALIA and P*SS OFF OUT of OUR country".
    moorlands
    17th Mar 2014
    5:39pm
    Sorry to disagree Oars, The Labour Party gave themselves the walloping that they deserved,not because of their policies which were for the good of the majority rather than the top echelons of Australians, but because Union boss's considered that the top job and the "Right to Rule " belonged to them. Not sure what your 6 months comment refers to? unless it's a double dissolution? one can only hope!
    Polly Esther
    17th Mar 2014
    4:16pm
    God bless good old "Oz" and all us lucky sods who live in her. Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! you bloody beauty
    moorlands
    17th Mar 2014
    8:28pm
    Goodonya Dick, Hope you enjoy your Smoke and a couple or so of Beers whilst watching the Footy, sure beats thinking, hope your Head is clear in the morning, Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie, that was the introduction of a comedian that I first watched on Blackpool Pier in the Forties, still makes me laugh when I hear it. Thanks for the memory.
    Polly Esther
    17th Mar 2014
    4:16pm
    God bless good old "Oz" and all us lucky sods who live in her. Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! you bloody beauty.
    Polly Esther
    17th Mar 2014
    4:16pm
    God bless good old "Oz" and all us lucky sods who live in her. Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! you bloody beauty.
    Anonymous
    17th Mar 2014
    5:05pm
    Australia may have been blessed, although I doubt that it was by a supernatural being and it currently is a bloody great place to be.

    BUT if Australians continue to sit on your hands, clock your brains at the door, listen to CORPORATE (foreign) MEDIA indoctrinating dribblings of PROPAGANDA, and do nothing, then I am ashamed to say, they will sit back and watch Australia get raped and ravaged by marauding corporate giants and the greedy parasites that control them.

    You will lose this country, your democracy and your easy life for yourself AND everyone else who is fighting hard to stop what is occurring.
    particolor
    17th Mar 2014
    8:04pm
    Most of the Real Estate sold on Saturday went to China ??... OZZY OZZY OZZY !!!!
    moorlands
    17th Mar 2014
    10:49pm
    particolor, Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie, you were at Blackpool too, which year?
    Paddles
    17th Mar 2014
    11:30pm
    I am not holding too high an expectation but I can't help thinking about the tenor of Mussitates rantings if Rupert was to quit his holdings in Australia's media.
    Should it happen, then God help his successor.

    17th Mar 2014
    5:16pm
    MARCH IN MARCH

    So little Commercial Corporate Media coverage….. not strange. If they don't want you to hear about how historical this march was or what it means, they simply give it minimal coverage and dribble mere inanities or focus on PIDDLY (in comparison) marches overseas (Crimea).

    The MARCH IN MARCH marches around Australia was a first. It was not about an issue, it was not about a war, it was not about one or another party, it was a NO CONFIDENCE MOTION about the current ABBOTT government.

    Melbourne over 30,000
    Sydney over 12000
    Newcastle over 6000
    Brisbane over 18000
    Perth over 4000

    In all, it is believed that over 118,000 people marched around Australia.

    That is STAGGERING!!!!
    Oars
    17th Mar 2014
    6:05pm
    Boy and I thought the politics were dead. These numbers that yiu quote- can we check them anywhere, as you don't truyst Newspapers, you have no inkling oif any recent surveys- so where can we all get an idea of yoyr source. Or is it- as it may well be- another fantasy selection of figures that help a fantasy winger that can't handle real POSITIVE change- by 1960's style rehearsals by a militant biased minority. Where are your sources ? The wind is coming from the North, so look East and your left bent bias may be straightened.
    Anonymous
    17th Mar 2014
    7:35pm
    Well Oars
    IF the corporate media did their job, THEY could have told you…. BUT they did not - there is that VESTED INTEREST thing ….. AGAIN! So, Oars, because they don't want you to know anything about it, you will have to go on the internet and go to each march site and extract the figures.

    They are there, dear Oars. I was at one of the marches, so I can confirm that personally and some of my colleagues were at others and thought there were even more at their march than reported on the internet BUT are happy to accept what was shown.

    So Oars, try very hard to get your brain back off the highest hook and start using it, it may come in handy, although it is always easier to just accept what you are told by YOUR superiors…… certainly NOT MY superiors, nor most Australians.

    Best part about Australians… "WE, don't know our place"….. well, those that have unhooked their brains, that is.
    Anonymous
    17th Mar 2014
    7:53pm
    Oh! and Oars

    Don't start querying figures on the internet when you SPEW forth corporate (foreign) owned media propaganda, as if it is TRUE and FACT.

    Another term for it could be said to be diarrhoea dogma. Yeah, I know, I am NOT funny but I do try!

    17th Mar 2014
    5:35pm
    Australians are being plastered (again) with this CORPORATE OLD FASHION NEO CON SPEWINGS of USER PAYS!!!

    This is utter rubbish and is about YOU paying twice for services and also contributing to services provided to the wealthy elite.

    YOU already pay for MEDICAL, YOU already pay for SERVICES, YOU already pay for the ROADS, YOU already pay for HEALTH (both PUBLIC & PRIVATE), YOU already for EDUCATION (both PUBLIC & PRIVATE), YOU already contributed to your own PENSION, YOU already contributed to the DISADVANTAGED, INFRASTRUCTURE, NBN, etc, etc.

    The AVERAGE Australian CONTRIBUTES the MOST in TAXES and therefore ALREADY PAYS for ALL these things and as I said we ALSO contribute towards the wealthy sending their children to the BEST schools and having the BEST health care….. something WE can't afford for ourselves or more importantly OUR KIDS.

    NOW, ABBOTT wants us to PAY EVEN MORE…….

    ABBOTT is going to DECREASE FUNDING for OUR KIDS EDUCATION and OUR HEALTH CARE whilst INCREASING it SUPPORT for the wealthy's kids PRIVATE EDUCATION and THEIR private HEALTH CARE.

    The wealthy and the corporations (especially the corporations) pay very little in TAX but want US… you and me…. to pay for THEIR LUXURY!!!!!

    For goodness sake, their propaganda, is just that…. getting YOU to make life better for them and to the detriment of you AND YOUR family.

    COME ON PEOPLE!! PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAPS….. why the hell are you not screaming and shouting "FOUL" "FOUL" "FOUL" PLAY!!!

    Those in the MARCH IN MARCH were doing that, they could see what is going on…. WHY THE HELL CAN'T YOU!

    I am ANGRY, why the hell aren't YOU. What the heck is wrong with everyone….
    Anonymous
    17th Mar 2014
    8:08pm
    Oooooooppps!

    I forgot something that WE pay for and on behalf of the wealthy and that is to have a baby. The wealthy will get paid the equivalent of $75000pa or $1442 per week or $2884 per fortnight BY US…. you and me!!….. to have a baby. Yes, the average and poor get something too BUT it will equate to a little more or a lot less than $481 per week or $962 per fortnight.

    Yes, if you have a baby you can get paid MORE than pensioners get to live on for the rest of their hard working lives. Not really fair is it.

    By the way, the wealthy can FRAUGHT the system also, by simply employing their wives for the qualifying period and then get us real taxpayers, to pay for their baby. LEGAL fraud!

    Aaaarrrhhh… I can see the Corporate (foreign) Owned Media screaming about this in their papers, calling the government fools, etc, etc. Funny…… silence…. I can't hear anything…. can YOU?
    moorlands
    17th Mar 2014
    11:02pm
    Mussi, Please don't shout I am trying to watch the footy, I am down to my last beer and fag, and my wife is late with my dinner, and you expect me to think?
    moorlands
    17th Mar 2014
    5:59pm
    Can I just make a comment? So many posts are written in the same language, IE, "Rusted on " ,"Juliar " , "Krudd ", etc, I suspect that the lack of alternative free thinking must come from the same scriptwriter? you only to read the Australian to realise that it happens. Do you remember when twiddling the fingers over your ears instead of " was all the rage? . Some brains are soo open for washing.
    Curmudgeon
    17th Mar 2014
    6:02pm
    It does not matter how you vote,all you get is a politician. Otherwise, don't vote, it only encourages them.There are two books in government.One book is, How to Behave and what to say when in government. The other is How to behave and what to say when in opposition. After an election they just swap books.And, as Nightshade says, we have no one to vote for or even worth voting for. An old saying concerns me greatly, A country gets the government it deserves and this is one huge worry.The only difference between our parties are the party names.
    Oars
    17th Mar 2014
    6:20pm
    Trouble is about those "books"- some people can't read between the lines , and others only read the headings 'cos they have been brainwashed to keep their misery simmering to unleash on clear thinkers. Yeah thinkers. See if you can build up a few more lines of scorn that "rusty" whoever you are.
    Anonymous
    17th Mar 2014
    7:48pm
    Curmudgeon

    I understand your sentiment, but there is a difference, albeit a small one.

    Most parties do NOT align totally with the wealthy elite, nor are they prepared to sell Australia off to appease the voracious appetite of corporate profits….. at the moment anyway.

    IF corporations are allowed to donate as much as they want to political parties and can claim it as a tax deduction, THEN you may find that ALL parties are then bought and paid for….. that is when we will be totally stuffed.

    Democracy will be well and truly gone. The little parties will be desecrated and we will have an opportunity to vote for one of two parties, both of which will be controlled by corporate interests.

    This form of government is called a corporatocrasy (check the word on Wikipedia) and it relates specifically to the USA form of government but could soon be extended to cover Australia. Australia is wealthy, so ripe pickings for overseas corporate interests and has a compliant, even keenly willing, PM there to facilitate their demands.

    All they need to do is FEED US more and more PROPAGANDA. So whilst we are sitting on our hands, we wake up to find that the country no longer belongs to us!
    Paddles
    17th Mar 2014
    11:39pm
    Mussitate

    "This form of government is called a corporatocrasy (check the word on Wikipedia) "

    And while you're there, you may care to check the spelling!
    Anonymous
    20th Mar 2014
    1:44am
    Oh! Big deal, wow, a spelling error….. I used an 's', instead of a 'c' at the end.
    Happy camper
    17th Mar 2014
    6:12pm
    Regarding the co-payment for GP visits, I feel this is the thin edge of the wedge. The liberal party have always hated Medicare, but the public would not countenance it's removal. So what to do, they first start a scare campaign wringing their hands wailing it's unaffordable to soften up the electorate for co-payments which could in future be raised to whatever amount they choose. It is attacking Medicare by stealth. It's the same strategy with the aged pension. Economists say most people will have superannuation in the future so very few eligible people will be on a full pension, in fact they calculate the aged pension will still be the same percentage of the budget as today because of this. In other words it will not grow. I very much hope the electorate will not be conned by this destructive government.
    Happy camper
    17th Mar 2014
    6:12pm
    Regarding the co-payment for GP visits, I feel this is the thin edge of the wedge. The liberal party have always hated Medicare, but the public would not countenance it's removal. So what to do, they first start a scare campaign wringing their hands wailing it's unaffordable to soften up the electorate for co-payments which could in future be raised to whatever amount they choose. It is attacking Medicare by stealth. It's the same strategy with the aged pension. Economists say most people will have superannuation in the future so very few eligible people will be on a full pension, in fact they calculate the aged pension will still be the same percentage of the budget as today because of this. In other words it will not grow. I very much hope the electorate will not be conned by this destructive government.
    Oars
    17th Mar 2014
    10:51pm
    Well Mustardfat you have your own paper now-doing exavtly what you blame thoise Murdoch mafia that you are so vindictive about. You are the same- except you corrupt this friendly chatroom with your sneery words, and devised numbers that lack evidence. By the wasy did you do a number count of the six states that were out in mutinay ( as you claim) or was it the St Patricks day mob wearming up due to a good taste ? Get a grip, you fully fledged red book man.
    moorlands
    18th Mar 2014
    12:06am
    Oars, put the cork back in, talk to you in the morning.
    Oars
    18th Mar 2014
    11:10am
    Glad to see I get a reaction, from only a few lines. Unlike the previous garbage, (it took up most of the PC- just like his hate brother Murdoch), that was loaded with poor grammar (really you need to go back to school ) and disjointed sentences. Please look up your dictionary the meaning of these two BIG words-if you have one. (Note: 4 lines only)
    Oldie87
    18th Mar 2014
    11:59am
    I love all you people. Where were you when the country needed you. Has anyone of you ever stood for office? Maybe things would be a whole lot better now if you had. Complaining does not help. Put your superior wisdom to good use and save us all. I know we can run the country a lot better than all these politicians. Drat.
    wally
    23rd Mar 2014
    12:34pm
    Hi Musso. Is it true that you got the old guy in Canberra to ram the wall of the "Abbott Warren" (the Lodge) before leaving the old guy to sort it all out?


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