Archive | August, 2013

Losers And Winners – Tony’s parental leave and our cost of living

20 Aug

The devil is in the detail.


On Sunday I was pleased to be in Parramatta amongst the crowd cheering on Kevin Rudd after he announced his $122 Million to upgrade Westmead Hospital.

While I was doing that Tony Abbott was in Victoria looking for babies to kiss to give his controversial parental leave scheme another plug. Given the Liberal Party’s lack of anything new to talk about, they chose to talk about their only policy which seems to be fully funded, albeit by taxing big business so they can pass it on to us.

For those who have been critical of both Party’s for being too similar, Sunday was a great day to show the real differences between the two parties.

Kevin Rudd was out giving money to a public hospital in Western Sydney.

Tony Abbott was announcing a tax hike for companies like Coles and Woolworths which we will end up paying for so…

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Inequitable Rubbish

19 Aug

Oh what a tangled web we weave!

The Australian Independent Media Network

BugabooStrollerAbbott has finally produced a policy announcement about his ‘signature policy’ – Paid Parental Leave. Lenore Taylor has a sensible article in today’s TheGuardian pointing out that the real issue for parents isn’t whether they get 18 or 26 weeks leave, but how they deal with the return of the mother to work – and this means finding childcare, which can be difficult and is invariably expensive. Labor is doing something about this; Tony Abbott says the Productivity Commission will think about it.

But this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t look more carefully at the Paid Parental Scheme being offered by Labor, Liberals and the Greens. But first, let’s ask the right question: why, as a society, do we think government should be in the business of paying parental leave at all? (I’ll ignore the neanderthals who deny any government role and say having a child is your own…

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Politics in Australia

12 Aug

Why do we need a Labor Party?

Throughout recent history Labor has been a spender and Liberal (or Coalition) has been a saver.

Both of these things are important, as much as having a Greens Party and the odd Independent is.

We can’t continually hoard our money anymore than we can continually spend it, and this is where the balance comes in.

A Labor Party finds places where money can be spent (not always good but well-meaning).

Spending on infrastructure is more often done when Labor is in power.

A Liberal Party finds places where money can be saved (not always good but well-meaning) and forgets to spend.

Which is good for Australian coffers but not good for infrastructure. Selling off our assets not always a good thing.

So obviously we need both parties to clean up where the other party has been remiss.

In Australia most people like to think they have cash in the bank and that they are free to use it when it is necessary. They also think about what life was like when they were young and want things to be better for their children.

In come the Greens heralding a cleaner better future for our children’s children.

Isn’t this what most people want?

Do we need them? Of course we do! Who is going to keep the two major parties on track.

Forget big pictures the evils in the detail.

11 Aug