Monday, April 28, 2008

Budget Preparations

Kevin Rudd Wayne Swan Budget Preparations
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I'm not suggesting a conspiracy theory, or anything like that, however, let's have a think about this.

Start with the premise that the Reserve Bank has argued that the tax cuts now, and those given in the past, are inflationary.

The Federal Government is committed to giving tax cuts in the next budget.

Those tax cuts favour the battlers, rightly so.

Now, guess what section of the population smokes and drinks (particularly those mixer drink things) the most. We are making an assumption here, but I think it works.

The government, in a bit of a budget bind, looks for a strategy, and bingo, hits on booze and fags. It was an old favourite.

The final trick will being convincing the Reserve Bank that, in fact, it hasn't given tax cuts at all. And that, I suspect, will be attempted in private.

Is it mad, or could it just be true?
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Telstra shuts off CDMA

Telstra
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OK, it's the obvious joke, but then, Telstra did say it.
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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Conversations with Banks

Conversations With Banks
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ANZ raises rates again, the others, probably not far behind. Arghhhhh, or should that be ROAR.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Kevin Rudd Helps

Kevin Rudd
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He's riding the crest of the wave, solving all the problems that have been insurmountable to lesser men. Well, when I say he's solved, he's giving the impression that he will tackle the issues others have left to the side.

We may get a republic, tax reform, decent hospitals and schools, world peace?

He may just be feeling that Kevin's help is needed everywhere.
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Sunday, April 20, 2008

2020 Summit, Reached?

2020 Summit
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I'm not being cynical, I'm not being cynical, but, all we have had so far is the initial euphoria.

That was good, there appears to be a sense that something structurally is being done in the country and we may get some real, long needed, change in many areas. However, that is Rudd's greatest danger, ensuring that the result matches the expectation.

What worries me is the word "consider". Whenever I hear the word "consider", I think of my father responding to my request to go to a party on a school night. I never, ever got to go.

Now, Kevin did say that, didn't he? Words to the effect that he would consider the great ideas put before him.

Honestly, I'm not being cynical, but.......


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Thursday, April 17, 2008

2020 Summit

2020 Summit
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I can't help feeling the greatest ideas have come from moments of quiet, solitary, contemplation. I can't help feeling the summit is simply going to be the vehicle to justify some ideas already held. I'm not the first to say that, greater voices than mine have said the same thing. With more and better words.

It was a wise person who said a camel was a horse made by committee. The great idea to come out of the summit could be a camel.

I have to admit this cartoon hasn't quite worked, but I'll give it a couple of days, I might tinker with it, I might just drop it, but I had to put it up, because it's number 100.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Rudd takes on the Oil Companies

Kevin Rudd
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Or was that the Supermarkets. Anyway, it's largely posturing. Without regulating industry, and I'm not advocating that, there isn't a great deal that can be done without genuine competition. Same applies to the Supermarkets, Banks etc.

Though, there is a way you can beat them. Don't buy the two for one lollies.
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Monday, April 14, 2008

Rudd's Holiday Stories


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The gap is growing, between Rudd and his ministers. The overseas trip an apparent success, the well considered appointment of our new Governor General. It is all keeping the focus well and truly on the Prime Minister and not really allowing the other Ministers any real chance to build their own profiles.

We all knew, in advance, that Rudd's style is Presidential. That, intentionally, the only point of focus he will allow is on himself. I just wonder how the ministers, particularly those in cabinet, are adapting to that reality.
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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Rudd Returns Home

Kevin Rudd
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We all know that feeling, the boss is away on holiday, sick or on a business trip, and the office, factory, government just seems to run a little smoother. It's probably just everyone relaxing a bit, having their own holiday at work, but things do seem to run just as well, with just a touch less mania about the place.

Then the boss returns and everything goes back to normal.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Rudd visits China

Kevin Rudd
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They won't be overtly rude, though the Governor of Tibet was vocal in her complaint, but they will express their displeasure with our Prime Minister.

I imagine the Chinese do it in ways that are subtle, and often missed, by those of us who just don't know. But keen watchers of Chinese Diplomacy will notice how the ruling party's displeasure is displayed. It may be by the level, or number, of officials that meet with Kevin, the rooms they meet in, perhaps even the type of tea served, or dare I say, the china used.

I don't know, but I would love to.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Manchurian Candidate

The Manchurian Candidate
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I'm sure Rudd is confusing the Chinese, and something tells me they don't like to be confused.

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Rudd Visits the Queen

Kevin Rudd visits the Queen
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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Salute

Kevin Rudd Benny Hill Banks
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There is something about the White House, once a Prime Minister has been inside they are never the same again. I don't know if it is the intoxicating effects of seeing that level of power, or perhaps even feeling somehow part of it, but they do change. Perhaps it is something more sinister. Whatever, Prime Ministers should not be allowed to visit the White House unaccompanied.

As for the Banks, I just don't know what to say. Except, they always wait to deliver bad news, they wait until they can sneek it through with minimal critisim. The first lot of "extra" rises happened after the election, then which bank waited until late on a Friday to further increase rates.
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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Rudd in Brussels

Kevin Rudd
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Eeees starting to enjoy himself, our Kevin.

Mind, he's getting a bit grand though.
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