Nailing My Colours

We have a state election in Queensland on 31 January.

I’ve decided to support the Greens, even though I’ve been a conservative voter for the last 30 years, own a small business, and care about our economy.

I could give you a long manifesto about why

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Mixed Bag

Global Citizens Rest Easy by mikecogh Some ticks and crosses for recent political events:

√Julia Gillard visited India to reassure the Indian people that we want their students here, we’re serious about protecting them, and we’ll shut down any bogus educational organizations.  This is a smart move.  It’s

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Kevin Rudd & Gough Whitlam. Doing the Deficit Two-Step.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/02/04/2481623.htm

It seems to happen with regular monotony – a Labor government gets elected, and we end up with Debt, Deficits, Unemployment and Big-Government.

No one disputes the need for governments to invest in infrastructure – especially in times of financial turmoil.

But Rudd and Swan are prooposing to

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Swan Flies in Wrong Direction

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/01/2407628.htm

Treasurer Wayne Swan is either misguided or disingenuous when he claims that his clumsy bailout of Aussie banks didn’t cause a run on investment funds.

I admit, it’s easy for me to sit on the sidelines and criticize with the benefit of hindsight. But consider this, most other western countries, while offering guarantees

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Insipid Swan Starts to Sink

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/01/14/2138016.htm

New treasurer Wayne Swan doesn’t have a clue when it comes to dealing with banks.

Banks around the country are getting away with raising their interest rates – even when the Reserve Bank hasn’t raised official rates.

Shadow Treasurer, Malcolm Turnbull is right. They’re treating Swan like a mug.

If Swan doesn’t

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Ruddonomics

By Sinclair Davidson And Alex Robson

Wall Street Journal Asia – 23 October 2007

It looks like Australia may have lost its nerve for economic liberalism. In Sunday’s nationally televised debate, Prime Minister John Howard touted his vision: a “new society” based on entrepreneurialism and individualism. Opposition leader Kevin Rudd a self-proclaimed

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Beazer’s Budget Blabberings

Check out Kim Beazley’s budget reply speech

He uses the term “Middle Australia” 35 times. I think his polsters must have told him that they’re the people who are a bit worried about him.

The only problem is most “Middle Australians” wouldn’t know who a “Middle Australian” was. It’s a bit of doublespeak that

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Sour grapes on Interest Rates

The ALP is crying foul over the campaign run by the Coalition at the last election.

The basis of their argument is threefold:

1. The government claimed that rates would be higher under labor, but then the RBA lifted rates by a quarter of 1 percent.

2. The goverment quoted RBA figures during the election,

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Beazer’s interest rate beat-up

Labor Leader Kim Beazley’s attacks over the possibiity of interest rates rising in the next few months are a beat-up.

The U.S. federal reserve is considering a hike of maybe a quarter of one percent sometime soon, which may cause rates to rise by a similar amount in Australia.

Beazley seems to think this somehow

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