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27GV
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Posted - 16 Oct 2013 :  13:50:16  Show Profile Send 27GV a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
http://m.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/don-randall-dodges-questions-over-expense-claims-for-trip-to-cairns-20131016-2vlx1.html

More from the Liberort party. An MP from WA needs a big house in Cairns... and the taxpayers foot the travel bill.

All these new Libs seem to stand for is ripping off the taxpayer.


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Posted - 16 Oct 2013 :  15:24:11  Show Profile  Visit Trev's Homepage Send Trev a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
It is already starting Albert & 27GV, Abbott and his colleagues rorting of the system, the economy is in better condition that he was spruiking on about, he and his front bench are liars and they will be caught out for it.

You hardly see him on TV, he doesn't want the hard questions

I reserve the right to arm bears

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Posted - 17 Oct 2013 :  07:00:14  Show Profile Send bigcol a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
I don't think he's got the guts to do it.

Remember Phoney telling Windsor he'd do anything short of selling his arse to be PM.
He's not going to run the risk of something going horribly wrong and losing.

Their support in the electorate is already on the wane according to the latest Morgan poll, so it looks like the honeymoon period is over already.

Besides correct me if i'm wrong. Historically the electorate hasn't been kind to governments that send us back to the polling booth for a double dissolution



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I think it's time Mr Abbott came clean on why people are paying more for electricity and it's time Campbell Newman fessed up tos his lies about rich people and solar panels

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/electricity-companies-rake-in-the-profits-without-spending-on-infrastructure/story-fnihsrf2-1226740961567


EARNINGS from infrastructure that does not exist helped the Newman Government pocket a $160 million windfall profit from electricity distributors.

Annual reports reveal both Energex and Ergon Energy significantly underestimated their expected profits in 2012/13 despite concerns over the impact of household solar power on their income.

Ergon chalked up a $434 million profit compared to a $315 million target last financial year while Energex recorded a $361.4 million profit after predicting they would make $320 million.

The almost $800 million in profits was $160 million more than predicted and flowed straight into the Newman Government's coffers.

Most of the earnings came courtesy of high power prices paid by households which have been driven up by continued investment in the electricity network.

However, while the distributors last year slashed their infrastructure program, the reduction is not recognised under national electricity rules which guarantee them a return on predicted spending over five-year intervals.

This meant that Ergon and Energex kept the money they proposed to spend on infrastructure but continued to earn a return on electricity assets that they did not build.

Energex chairman Shane Stone acknowledged the anomaly in the company's annual report but insisted it would reduce power price rises in the future.

Mr Stone said total capital and operating expenditure dropped from a predicted spend of $1.5 billion for the 2012/13 to $1.24 billion.

"That is not to say we have been able to immediately reduce power bills but rather we have moved to lay the ground work for more affordable power in the time ahead,'' he said.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the profits of energy companies were spent on subsidies and grants, including $650 million annually subsidising regional electricity prices.

"Running more efficient electricity businesses is the only way to sustainably lower electricity prices in the long-term,'' he said.

Electrical Trades Union organiser Stuart Traill said the Government's profiteering of reduced maintenance spending and sackings, including recent job losses in Ergon's Cairns' workshop would inevitably hurt households.

"The cut backs to capital expenditure and frontline skilled jobs to generate a false profit could put communities and lives at risk," he said.


http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/lower-bills-wont-happen-say-experts-20131016-2vn3r.html

Experts have rejected claims by the federal government that household expenses would be significantly smaller after a repeal of the carbon tax.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday average households would be $550 a year better off with the scrapping of the tax.


About $280 of the predicted $550 savings for the final year of the carbon tax - due under current legislation to revert in mid-2015 to a floating price about a third of the present level - would require businesses to pass on lower costs

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission would ''have additional powers to monitor prices to ensure that businesses pass on the benefits from the repeal of the carbon tax'', a spokesman for Mr Hunt said.

Hugh Saddler, a principal consultant for energy analysts Pitt & Sherry, said it had been ''almost impossible'' to see the carbon price footprint when it was introduced, and it would be no easier if it was removed. The Australian Bureau of Statistics agreed.

''The ABS is not able to quantify the impact of the introduction of carbon pricing, compensation or other government incentives and cannot produce estimates of price change exclusive of the carbon price,'' the ABS said in a statement.

''Similarly, the ABS will not be able to quantify the impact of removing the carbon price [if that were to occur].''

While consumers would have lower electricity prices if the carbon price was eliminated, the benefit was likely to be dwarfed by other changes in energy prices, the director of the Grattan Institute's energy program Tony Wood said.

Meanwhile, Mr Abbott might have a more pressing challenge than convincing Labor to abandon its carbon price: keeping his own senators in line over issues such as his paid parental leave scheme.

Simmering resentment within the Coalition over both policy and personnel within the government, including anger at what one called ''the iron fist approach'' of Mr Abbott's office, has increased the possibility of an outbreak of ill-discipline as early as the new year.

Some MPs blamed Mr Abbott's chief of staff Peta Credlin, alleging she had exercised excessive influence over everything from policy priorities to public appearances by senior ministers.

While the parental leave scheme would not start until July 1, 2015, Liberals said Mr Abbott planned to introduce legislation to establish it as early as February, raising the prospect of negotiations with the Greens in the Senate.

The policy would mean some high-earning women, on salaries of $150,000 and above, would be paid up to $75,000 over six months following the birth of their baby.

But the ''gold-plated'' $5.5 billion-a-year scheme was bitterly opposed in sections of the Coalition who admitted to having ''bitten our lips'' in the lead-up to the election.

Nationals were most hostile, arguing the policy favoured already well-off city women.



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27GV
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Posted - 17 Oct 2013 :  20:26:02  Show Profile Send 27GV a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Unhappy with the lack of comment from Abbott on the fires...


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Posted - 17 Oct 2013 :  21:14:59  Show Profile Send Zac a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
You'd be unhappy with Abbott whatever he did. Were you unhappy that he spent last Sunday doing his volunteer duty driving the RFS fire truck for his local brigade - and how many PMs can you name who served in the RFS? What did you do last Sunday?

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Posted - 17 Oct 2013 :  21:36:24  Show Profile Send Trickyonne a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
abbott doesn't have to say a thing, the news reports are all over the ALP imploding

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bigcol
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Posted - 18 Oct 2013 :  20:27:09  Show Profile Send bigcol a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Funny the travel rorts seem to be getting as much if not more air time up here

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Posted - 18 Oct 2013 :  20:30:36  Show Profile Send REM a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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Originally posted by Trickyonne

abbott doesn't have to say a thing, the news reports are all over the ALP imploding



You gotta stop reading Murdoch's propaganda BS tabloids mate.....get the SMH...or the Guardian!

That's great, it starts with an earthquake
Birds and snakes, and aeroplanes
And Lenny Bruce is not afraid!
"Remember that in the end nobody wins, unless everybody wins!" Springsteen BTR.


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I've heard Tony Abbott speaking a few times now about the fires, supporting the RFS, SES, police, the Salvos, etc., and addressing those who have lost their houses. He probably didn't speak long enough though, or often enough, or he was too late, or didn't speak with enough conviction, or something.
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Posted - 22 Oct 2013 :  17:24:32  Show Profile Send bigcol a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
QLD's Attorney General is nothing more than a conveyancing solicitor.

While I do support his stance on the Bikies you have to wonder if this little up-start isn't out of his depth.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/blogs/blunt-instrument/bleijies-response-to-a-bad-decision-more-bad-decisions-20131021-2vxdc.html

#65279;#65279;#65279;I have arse pimples older than Jarrod Bleijie and I suspect the two weeks they sat festering on the hard wooden benches of UQ law school might make them better qualified to be the state's senior law officer than our current Attorney-General.

Of all the dodgy appointments, bad decisions, and half-arsed ill-conceived soon-to-be-embarrassing oh-no-what-were-we-thinking moments that Commandant Can-do has come up with, few could challenge anointing Jarrod Bleijie as the first law officer of the state.

Here comes Jarrod with advice that the government absolutely has to give itself a big pay raise because not to do so would be illegal. Now watch Jarrod as he reviews the Crime and Misconduct Commission, for investigating the various crimes and misconduct of his LNP colleagues. Thrill to Jarrod rolling back gay civil unions. And laugh along with jolly Jarrod as he maintains a poker face and insists there are no rapes in Queensland jails. (Lucky thing too, because then they’d have to get gay married, and we can’t have that.)

Of all Jarrod Bleijie’s misadventures however, the last couple of weeks’ witless hysteria over outlaw motorcycle clubs is the most LOL-worthy. Just when you think he’s taken as much piss as a man can reasonably take by throwing a whole bunch of unconstitutional statutes onto the law books just to see what sticks, he'll jam in the catheter that little bit deeper and draw out a last few drops. Dressing bikies in pink jumpsuits when you lock them away forever for being, er, bikies? Hmm, I'll take a double serve thanks Mr Attorney General.

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Sweeping aside centuries of precedent that you punish people for what they do, not what they are, unless they’re gay, of course, Bleijie seems to have got himself into a position where the only response to one bad decision is to pile on a whole bunch more.

As much fun as it was contemplating the state government’s Nerdlinger General muscling up to Odin’s Warriors, or the Scorpions who don’t seem to exist, or the Renegades, a club consisting of one old fat bloke who’s already in jail, there does come a moment when you have to ask yourself whether the lulz are worth the damage to the fabric of civil society.

And that moment arguably arrives when the police start hassling people for wearing Sons of Anarchy T-shirts because the rozzers can’t tell the difference between a cable TV show and a clear and present danger to all Jarrod Bleijie holds dear.

Because by the time the precedent has been established that connections between citizens rather than their actions can be outlawed it’s too late. Bikies today. The rest of us who don’t meet Jarrod Bleijie’s sponge-worthy checklist of tomorrow


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Posted - 24 Oct 2013 :  02:31:14  Show Profile  Visit tommo11's Homepage Send tommo11 a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Removed - misread date of quoted post.

triggered snowflake xox

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Posted - 26 Oct 2013 :  00:08:31  Show Profile Send 27GV a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
http://www.afr.com/p/national/law_to_scrap_mining_tax_faces_defeat_mFA4ORLnndV7px2QaRkV6I

The government has imperilled its bid to abolish the mining tax by including in the same legislation more than $16 billion in cuts to superannuation contributions, family payments and business tax breaks which were once slated to be paid for by the impost.

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The Libs cut taxes on miners and increase the burden on everyday Australians, particularly small business, with a single piece of legislation?

Hmmm I can't imagine why Gina the Hutt was flying Julie Bishop & Barnaby Joyce to the Hyderabad Indian wedding.


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Posted - 26 Oct 2013 :  19:42:34  Show Profile  Visit CP's Homepage Send CP a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Tony Abbott has either successfully stopped the boats, or has stopped worrying about them long enough to no longer be a problem.

Fifty days into the job, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he's already delivered on many of his election promises, and that includes stopping the boats.

Mr Abbott emphasised the minor milestone, which he'll reach on Sunday, as he addressed Liberal members at the party's Tasmanian state conference.

His "stop the boats" pledge was already being realised, the prime minister said, despite Labor shifting to a hardline policy on Kevin Rudd's return as PM in June.

"I don't want to underestimate the difficulty of that challenge but they are stopping," Mr Abbott said.

"Over the last month, illegal arrivals by boat have been scarcely 10 per cent of the peak under Labor in July."

Mr Abbott said immigration officials had been "managing a problem" under the ALP.

"Our determination is to end the problem," he said.

"Our determination is not to guide the boats, our determination is to stop the boats."

The coalition's asylum seeker policy was one on a long list of achievements Mr Abbott said the government had already ticked off.

They also included a day-one move to axe a fringe benefits tax hit to the car industry and plans to repeal the mining and carbon taxes.

"We inherited a mess but we have made a very strong start," the PM said.

"Never forget the trough into which our country had fallen."

Mr Abbott warned there were economic challenges ahead as much of the rest of the world battles recession.

"It's an uncertain world," he said.

"We've seen consistent long-term economic mismanagement in so many of the countries that we are accustomed to look to for leadership."

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/19557982/we-stopped-the-boats-in-50-days-pm/

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Could have sworn Abbotts 3 star general announcing two boat arrivals in the last week.

Ford fans be proud. History of Australian motor racing shows Ford has been and will always be superior. They have to slow them down when they get serious about racing. The Phase 4 scared the **** out of people, they banned it. Sierra gets called on a technicality, Falcon EF "...had its wings clipped to make Holden part of the show", AU not allowed to show it's potential, Falcon BF gets clipped. Mustang Is so good Supercars made up a rule and gets a bag of cement in the roof, and it still wins.
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Posted - 27 Oct 2013 :  08:40:30  Show Profile Send Trickyonne a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
and now a look into the pink batts disaster....I wonder what will come out of this ?

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