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The Incredible Tax Hikes Keep Rolling In

August 2, 2013 2 comments

This is amazing. I thought I was already in a position of extreme disbelief when the fringe benefits tax and cigarettes tax increases were announced earlier this week. Now the banks are being targeted with an ill-conceived third world style levy and I can’t put into words how extreme my disbelief has become! This government is out of control with it’s addiction to spending and tax hikes. It goes without saying that the cost of the bank levy will be passed onto consumers. How else will it be funded? Does Labor think the money comes from some magical money tree? It’s the same whether it’s the carbon tax, mining tax or the myriad of other tax hikes Labor have already introduced. It adds to business costs, prices go up and we become uncompetitive in international markets.

Labor think they are better off by taking a bigger slice of the cake. But the cake keeps getting smaller and Labor’s slice keeps increasing disproportionately. This is third world politics. Short term tax revenue at the expense of long term economic prosperity. Eventually the cake becomes so small that the government needs to take all of it to get any money. Is Robert Mugabe an adviser for the Labor government? How about getting a bigger slice by making the cake bigger?

This tidal wave of tax hikes is extraordinary. It’s beyond belief. I was astonished by the announcement of the fringe benefits tax that will kill our already struggling automotive industry. It comes just weeks after Ford announced they are closing up shop in Australia because we are too expensive. It’s ridiculous. My eyebrows were already raised to their highest position with a look of complete disbelief. But the tax hikes keep rolling in and my eyebrows have no where to go.

This government’s answer to everything is more tax. It’s been the case since they first took office. It is not sustainable to continue in this manner. These sort of third world tax hikes eventually lead to less tax revenue as the penalized industries decline. Corrupt third world governments increase taxes wherever they see a cash grab and the result is the country remains third world. This is where Labor is taking us. We are in desperate need of a new government.

Good ol’ Rudd

In true Rudd style, the Labor government has announced changes to the fringe benefit tax rules for new vehicles, of course with no consultation with the industry. It’s yet another tax hike from Labor to cover their inability to manage the budget and is predicted to reduce sales of Australian built cars by 20% according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. Labor have already decimated vehicle manufacturing in Australia. Ford is closing it’s doors for good whilst Holden announces more layoffs every week. A further 20% reduction in sales will be the final nail in the coffin.

It’s incredible how Labor continue to invent tax hike after tax hike.

And the new taxes keep rolling in with news that Labor are considering increasing the tax on cigarettes, again in an effort to balance the budget. Labor have already increased the tax on cigarettes during their tenure. The price of a pack of cigarettes is already 60% tax and prices are among the highest in the world.

This is not surprising from Labor. They have a history of introducing short sighted taxes that penalize the Australian economy. After only a few years since the biggest economic boom in history, Labor has put the budget in such a poor position that they have been introducing a tax hike every 5 minutes since taking office. The tax hikes include carbon tax, mining tax, alcopops tax, cigarette tax increase, ethanol tax increase, increase in luxury car tax, taxing of overseas workers, flood tax, tax increase on company cars, LPG excise increase, cutting tax free super contributions, restrictions on business losses, changes to employee share scheme, tightening restrictions on medical expenses before you can claim them on tax, abolition of entrepreneurs’ tax offset, phasing out of dependent spouse offset, disallowance of deductions against government assistance payments, removing minors’ eligibility for the low income tax offset on unearned income, deferral of tax breaks for green buildings. Ridiculous!

Australia’s economy is in desperate need for a new government to abolish these short sighted third world taxes. We better hurry up whilst we still have something to save. We are already uncompetitive in international markets and our economy is in decline. Mining investment has been annihilated by Labor and as mining slows we have nothing else to take its place. We need to get the circus out of here!

Henry Kwan Killed by Archaic Drug Law

June 8, 2013 3 comments

If drugs were legal Henry Kwan would still be alive. The teenager took drugs expecting it to heighten his focus to help study for exams. Instead he had a psychotic episode and leaped to his death.

This tragedy is not caused by any inherent property related to drugs. It’s a consequence of banning drugs. This is what happens when drugs are illegal. Rather than getting a measured dose of exactly what you asked for prepared in a professional commercial lab, you play roulette with something of unknown composition and quality manufactured in a backyard lab.

Pushing drugs underground makes them dangerous and the result is often death. This effect is not unique to drugs. Drugs are not special in this regard. Ban anything and you’d get the same result. Ban cars and they would no longer be manufactured under strict safety and quality standards. Airbags and ABS wouldn’t exist because that technology is beyond what’s capable when manufacturing a car in a backyard. Wheels would fall of because they haven’t been designed correctly. Training to safely operate the car would not exist without government endorsement. Education on risks and how to mitigate them would similarly not exist.

Banning drugs kills people. No doubt. It also gives power to the organized crime gangs that supply the drugs. So problems with bikies, mafia, etc manifest through the banning of drugs. This is not special to drugs. It is a consequence of having them banned. Organized crime would also supply cars if they were banned. They would become rich and powerful through the dealing of cars.

Not only does banning drugs kill people, but it’s inconsistent with other laws. People are treated differently depending on what their recreational drug of choice is. Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine are legal  but why are other drugs illegal? Because politicians and “family” associations enjoy the legal drugs but not the others? Is that a good way to decide law?

Actually drugs are no different to any other risk taking activity. Whether it be driving a car, eating unhealthy food or playing a physical contact sport. Safety is garnered through education, training,  risk assessment processes, safe systems of operation and safety in design. All these methods of staying safe are lost when an activity is made illegal. Drugs are not special. Risks associated with drugs can be controlled with the same techniques used to control any risk. It is the law that make drugs dangerous.

Feeding Dolphins has Risks?

December 6, 2012 2 comments

So a girl feeding dolphins was bitten on the hand and the parents say they weren’t warned of the risks. They’re demanding that SeaWorld “make changes.” They posted a video of the incident to let other people know of the risks.

I’m not an expert on animals but I’d suggest that putting your hand near the mouth of an animal attracts the risk that you may get bitten on the hand. The risk grows when feeding the animal. It’s not rocket science.

The response from the parents is typical of a culture where banning cigarettes is seen as an acceptable means of protecting society. Hopefully these parents do not have access to a clever lawyer, else feeding dolphins may also get banned.

Governments are fostering a culture where people are no longer accountable for their actions. As we proceed down this path more things will be banned, insurance premiums will rise and litigation will rise. People wont be able to do the things they enjoy doing. Is the philosophy of banning helping to improve our standard of living and happiness? Freedom and accountability needs to be weighted up against, for example, the one in a million chance of getting bitten by a dolphin when feeding it.

I’ve seen a similar change in workplace health and safety. As safety paperwork becomes more arduous and micromanaged, focus shifts from performing duties safely and looking after workmates to ensuring the paperwork is completed and the appearance of safety is conveyed to management. Paperwork and micromanagement divert attention. There is no way around it. Human attention is a finite resource. Paperwork and micromanagement need to be balanced with accountability and a general culture of safety, otherwise safety suffers. The same applies to the banning of activities – our standard of living suffers.

Australia the Nanny State

August 28, 2012 2 comments

Australia is turning into a nanny state. Politicians are on a crusade to feed their egos and be perceived as visionary leaders by introducing laws that restrict our freedom. Let’s fight together against this oppressive regime. Join me in taking up smoking. Blow smoke in the face of our incompetent government whilst celebrating our freedom of being able to choose to take a risk if we decide we want to. Smoke a cigarette in protest against the nanny state our great country is becoming. It’s not too late to stem this tidal wave of oppression.

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Disclaimer: Smoking is bad for you. Do not do anything that is bad for you. However you should wear sunscreen.