A quote for all times

and we need as much as ever to understand what is happening and how to defend our basic freedoms.

That was Wayne Swan as reported in Inside Story.

Who would have thunk that a man concerned about basic freedoms was so skill full at taking them away.

PS – this same article referred to Swan’s “presidential tour” to campaign for the presidency of the Labor party.  And who paid for this tour?

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Dumb as Bucks

Language is a organic thing.  Words evolve and words disappear, and they disappear from the lack of use.  So it is important for all of us, that when certain words that used to be often used start disappearing, that we all join together to keep them alive.  This is part of the reason for this post.

Yesterday, the NSW Government delivered its 2018-19 budget showing a $3.9 billion surplus.  For those who live outside NSW, a surplus (pronounced sur-pluhs, -pluh s) is when the Government plans to spend less money than it collects. A novel concept for most Australian, but as shown in NSW, it is more than a theoretical possibility.

Any Canberra residents out there reading this, please repeat after Spartacus:

  • sur-pluhs, -pluh s
  • sur-pluhs, -pluh s
  • sur-pluhs, -pluh s

Not surprisingly, the NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet has been out selling and promoting the budget.

Spartacus has not be following particularly closely where the Treasurer has been, but one imagines that he needs to speak to informed and ill-informed citizens.  And on the theme of the ill-informed, Treasurer Perrottet popped in for a chat with the geniuses, the Apostles of Emma-nomics at the ABC.

Interviewed this morning by the leading minds of Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck, came the following observation from Buck:

The Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is with us this morning. Of course he handed down the state budget yesterday. There was a lot of money being thrown around, although not a great deal of money it appears being thrown it into climate change relief.

Yes.  You read that correctly.  The ABC “journalist”, whose salary is paid by the tax payers, observed that there was not a lot of money thrown into climate change relief as part of the NSW budget.  Buck then followed with the following quality question:

Can I ask you straight up, do you believe in climate change?

Without transcribing Perrottet’s exact words, he basically said he believed in the science and that as a (conservative) Government, we should be focusing on the outcomes.

Outcomes.  How do you like that?  An Australian politician who is more interest in outcomes and results than throwing money about.  Is Perrottet the only Treasurer in Australia who no only knows what an outcome is, but is prepared to say that is his focus.  Not spending.  Not sloganeering.  Results.  How novel.  But then the zinger from Wendy Harmer in response:

Buy why haven’t you spent the money?

ABC journalism and Emma-nomics par-excellence.  Outcomes and results = la la la.

SPEND THE MONEY.  Just SPEND THE MONEY.

But whose money?  Other people’s money of course.  As Margaret Thatcher said:

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

Wendy and Robbie.  Dumb as Bucks!

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Peter Hitchens in the Spectator

Snippet below as food for thought (emphasis by Spartacus).  Or whole article here as a banquet for the mind.

The fall of the Berlin Wall worked in two ways. For it freed Europe’s left-wing revolutionaries from several great burdens. No longer were they agents of a menacing foreign power, or apologists for the Gulag, the Red Army and the Kremlin. They were back to the bright, dangerous enthusiasms of the Young Marx, utopian social radicals anxious to begin the world over again, Jacobins much more than they were Leninists. Yet somehow they managed to portray themselves to naive, politically illiterate media folk as a sexier, better-looking version of the Tories.

Well, they were not Tories. I know of at least six members of the Blair cabinet who to this day would prefer not to talk much, if at all, about their days in the ranks of hardline Marxist organisations. People who now go into frenzies about the leftist past of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have always ignored this aspect of New Labour and refuse to see any importance in it.

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Exclusive – ABC and Sydney Uni to offer Emma-nomics Degree

In exclusive and breaking news, it can be reported that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will establish a new foundation, the Ultimo Centre for Intellectual Vapidity (UCIV).  The ABC will seed the UCIV with an initial $20 million from savings from the axing of Peppa Pig programs.

UCIV’s first investment will be to establish the School of Emma-nomics within the University of Sydney (USyd).  The School of Emma-nomics will be housed within the USyd Department of Italian Studies with the object to teach students about contemporary leftist economics and mathematics.  Courses such as calculating company income tax on revenue from an indigenous perspective will be offered, as will courses on how to win a debate by calling your opponent dog f**cker, Nazi and terrorist.

UCIV will fund academics and scholarships for this program.  However, to avoid using the gender loaded title of Bachelor ascribed to most undergraduate academic degrees, the award for graduates of this program will be know as the Special Paper Epi Walkley (SPEW).

The inaugural head of the USyd School of Emma-nomics will be Professor Emma Alberici who has been seconded from the ABC.  Professor Alberici said:

In 2001 I was a @walkleys finalist for a story on tax minimisation #justsaying.  I am thus well qualified to teach and speak on Emma-nomics.

Professor Peter Van Onselen will also be delivering courses on journalism and politics.

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Said it before. Will say it again.

Spartacus has said it before and Spartacus will say it again.  Kevin Williamson is a fantastic writer and analyst.

For those unfamiliar with his recent history, Williamson was a long time writer for National Review and was poached by The Atlantic Magazine.  After 1 article for the Atlantic Magazine and a lefty revolt and hissy fit that would put ANU students and academics to shame, Williamson was fired.  And for what?  Officially because of something he said in jest in a podcast some 6-12 months earlier.  Unofficially, because the lefty media likes every kind of diversity except view point diversity.

Williamson has now returned to write for the National Review, although sadly less frequently, and his latest contribution is called Asymmetrical Capitalism.  Please, please read it.  In it, Williamson writes about an issue dear to Spartacus’ heart; that the debate should not be about (re)regulation or deregulation, but right-regulation:

Consumer regulation based on the power of exit rather than on the power of mandate will tend to help markets function rather than push private-sector service providers gradually in the direction of regulated quasi-public utilities — and nobody much loves their utility company, either.

Just read it.

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Exclusive – Australian Broadcasting Corporation has not paid tax for at least 20 years

In an investigative exclusive, it can be reported that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has not paid any company tax for at least 20 years.

A deep analysis of the ABC’s 2016-17 audited financial accounts has shown that, despite revenues of over $1.1 billion (Government and own source), not a single cent of tax was paid.  But according to the ABC’s Chief Economics Correspondent, Emma Alberici:

And while the Treasurer and Finance Minister warn that Australia’s relatively high headline corporate tax rate means Australia remains uncompetitive and companies will choose to invest in lower taxing countries, the facts don’t bear that out.

Although previous ABC research has shown that Qantas has not paid company tax for 10 years, the ABC has not paid tax for longer than that.  Alberici further noted:

A zero corporate tax bill at Qantas has certainly seen one significant wage rise at the company — the chief executive’s. The benefit to workers has been less pronounced.

This is a similar phenomenon at the ABC with it’s chief executive’s salary being at least $0.9 million per annum and its top presenter’s salary being $0.5 million per annum.

When contacted, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) refused to comment on whether there was any investigation of the ABC’s tax payments being undertaken.  ATO spokesperson Bob D’Builder said:

The ATO does not comment on such company specific matters.  But as a citizen, I enjoy watching ABC shows, especially Peppa Pig.  #justsaying.

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What do you call a crooked union official in jail? 

What do you call a crooked union official in jail?  A good start?  Not enough?  Desirée?  All of the above?

As reported in the AFR:

Derrick Belan, the former head of the National Union of Workers NSW, has been sentenced to four years in jail after being found guilty of defrauding his union more than $650,000 and spending the money for his own personal benefit, including botox injections, a tattoo, cruises and a Harley Davidson.

Good thing there is no Prime Ministerial Pardon power in Australia.

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