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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.

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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!

Julia Gillard Slush Fund Allegations – Worth Pursuing?

November 30, 2012 Leave a comment

So maybe our prime minister Julia Gillard knowingly allowed the misuse of union funds around 20 years ago. Is it worth seeking the truth 20 years on? Should we care about what really happened regarding the AWU affair?

Many people claim it is so long ago that it’s not worth pursuing. If that’s the case then what is the time limit? How recent must a corruption allegation be before it’s worth pursuing? It’s completely arbitrary to specify a time. There is no time limit. Either we have a philosophy of seeking the truth or we don’t. Anything else is more of the same that you’d expect from labor and their supporters – make it up as you go politics and arbitrary decisions lacking a consistent philosophy.

If we ignore a corruption allegation against our prime minister it’s fostering a culture where corruption is allowed to proceed. Let this one go because it happened a while ago and it sets a precedent for allowing more corruption to occur. Those that are corrupt will push the boundaries of an inconsistently applied principle. It’s reasonable to test a corruption allegation regardless of when it happened. Actually there is no time limit. The philosophy is, seek the truth. If the prime minister is not guilty it doesn’t mean we’ve wasted our time. That’s the price we pay for keeping politicians honest.

Even if Julia Gillard is not guilty in this case, I still find it disturbing the apparent conflict of interest present in the labor government from their entrenched history with unions. Many labor chiefs have an association with unions. It reeks of corruption, regardless of the specifics of this particular case. I’m not happy with allowing our country to be run by a group so intimate with unions. We need a more balanced government. One that knows how to run the business of a country’s economy. One that can adopt a philosophy and apply it consistently.

Alan Jones vs Terrorism

October 7, 2012 2 comments

Like most Australians, I don’t really care about what Alan Jones says, nor do I use him as my moral compass. I don’t support his comments made about Julia Gillard and her father, John Gillard, but I do support his freedom to say it. The people who threaten Alan Jones and the companies that advertise on his program have the same philosophy and ideals as terrorists. Extremists. Fanatics blinded by irrational beliefs. These are the type of people, who if not kept in check, will escalate their opinions and beliefs into actual acts of violence. They make threats. They try to enforce their beliefs through threats. If given the chance, they will act on their threats. They are terrorists. Perhaps their extreme methods are watered down, being labelled as “cyber bullies.” In terms of philosophy, they are terrorists.

Companies should not give in to terrorists. I believe companies should support Alan Jones and his freedom to say what he likes. If you don’t like what he says, you are free to not listen. Pulling support and advertising in the wake of threats is a decision that gives power to the terrorists making the threats. Companies should stand strong against these terrorists. They should not pander to threats. They should not support the idea that opinions can be enforced onto others through terrorism. This only encourages more terrorism. I’d be encouraged to buy the products of a company that supports it’s people in any type of hardship, whether it’s from terrorist threats or anything else. I am discouraged to buy products from gutless companies who pander to threats or do not support their people when they need support. It’s easy to pull the pin. It’s much harder to fight and maintain support.

These terrorists, like most other terrorists, are likely to be hypocrites  They have probably enjoyed the entertainment value of a shock jock at some stage. Whether it’s Australian Idol or one of the other mundane spin-offs or some sort of radio program. Whether with or without Kyle Sandilands, many programs use this device to garner an audience. It’s entertaining. It’s a ploy to get attention. It’s controversial and sparks discussion and interest  People watch it, and in doing so support it. Watching or listening to a show containing this style of entertainment device is a vote in its approval. Part of the risk of this type of ploy is that sometimes some people will be offended. It’s part of the game. It’s unavoidable. Watching or listening to a shock jock is accepting and supporting the fact that occasionally some people will be offended. To be critical and withdraw your support when an unfavourable circumstance arises from a device that you originally supported is hypocritical.

I’ve never listened to Alan Jones’ show. Since I’m strongly against terrorism and hypocrisy  I might start listening now. I want to demonstrate my support for freedom and the right to live in a world where you are not threatened by hypocrites who believe something different to you. Also the show is commercial free now. Bonus.