Kaye Lee – Honesty…what’s that?
When the Charter of Budget Honesty was introduced by the Howard/Costello government in 1998 it was intended to provide a framework for the conduct of Government fiscal policy. “The purpose of the Charter is to improve fiscal policy outcomes. The Charter provides for this by requiring fiscal strategy to be based…
Edward Eastwood – Waiting To Exhale – Joe Hockey’s Delicate Condition
All political parties have their heroes. Figures who tower over other former leaders. For the ALP it’s Gough Whitlam. For the modern version of the LNP, it’s John Howard and Howard’s own hero – Bob Menzies. Menzies still casts a long shadow over the LNP, and over post-war Australian history…
Interviewer: Good morning, today we have the Treasurer of Australia, Mr Hoe Jockey, Good morning, Mr Jockey.
Jockey: Good morning.
Interviewer: Now, apparently while you were in New Zealand, you were quoted as saying that the Budget was not in crisis…
Jockey: Sorry, where did you get this information?
Interviewer: Well, it’s been reported in a number of newspapers, as well as appearing on the Internet.
Jockey: Amazing. You mean something that I say in another country can make it’s way all the way to Australia?
Interviewer: Of course…
The Political Sword
2353 – You reap what you sow
During the June prior to Senate changeovers, as June 2014 is, it is traditional for retiring senators to give a valedictory speech. Senator Ron Boswell (LNP Queensland) gave his speech on 17 June after 31 years in the Senate. Although never a cabinet minister, Boswell is renowned for fighting off a challenge from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party in 2004. Boswell’s television advertising in the 2004 election campaign was corny but apparently successful.
Something new from the amazing Casablanca – Casablanca’s Specials. This is really worth checking out:
This is how Ad Astra introduced Casablanca’s Specials:
Casablanca’s creative brilliance is in evidence again with her latest innovation: CASABLANCA’S SPECIALS, which you will find permanently displayed in the Page List in the left panel.
Under this heading she is progressively assembling clusters of links on a series of subjects. The concept is to enable readers to easily examine specific issues in great detail. No longer will they need to sort through many web pages to find links on the subject. They will be there in profusion in the one place, classified into logical categories, the headings of which are bookmarked to the corresponding place in the text.
As is the case with CASABLANCA’S CACHE, you will see it as another great time saver. You will find it invaluable not only because it provides a detailed coverage of individual topics of major political importance, but also because it will be a priceless resource when you are writing comments on the subject, or original pieces.
The first item in CASABLANCA’S SPECIALS is an item that has been featured in the Page List for some time: ‘ABBOTT’S REPORT CARDS: Lies & Unfair Policies’, one that invites regular additions!
Recently she has added ‘Piketty Un-picked’, a collection of over a hundred items relating to Thomas Piketty’s bestseller: Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which highlights the genesis of inequality. This is an outstanding assembly of excellent links.
She has also created ‘Co-Payment Cache’, which aggregates items about the $7 co-payment for medical services, which you will find informative.
She is currently preparing a collection of items about climate change, to which we can look forward with keen anticipation at this crucial time as our government takes our nation backwards.
Please join me in congratulating Casablanca on this significant innovation, which will be so useful to us all, and in thanking her for all the effort she has put into the initial collections.
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