Did we dodge a bullet, only to now jump on a land-mine?

Did we dodge a bullet, only to now jump on a land-mine?

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With around two weeks to go, to the 2013 election, and still little to no detail on the LNP’s agenda for cuts, the questions asked of Tony Abbott are legitimate questions that need to be answered.

The truth is that the GFC and its ramifications are still ongoing, and there are many fragile economies around the world that would love to be in the position that Australia currently enjoys.

Sadly though, you wouldn’t know it by listening to the Australian MSM or the LNP.

So where can you go to find out the facts about our economy and why we jumped from #13 to #1 developed economies during the GFC?

Well a good place to start is IA, and the excellent articles by Alan Austin who has written a series of articles with the prefix “We really must talk about…”, the latest of which is “We really must talk about what actually did save Australia.”

The fact is that the overwhelming evidence from experts at home and around the world points to the stimulus packages introduced by the Rudd Labor government as the main factor in Australia’s avoidance of the recession that hit most other developed nations.

Now I know that the LNP claim that it was the Howard’s surpluses that are responsible along with the mining investments that saved us, but the facts don’t match up with their

I would like to give credit to Patriciawa's grandsons Daniel and Jacob, who did an amazing job of photoshoping this picture for her fine poem "Tony Abbott defends his magic pudding budget plan" http://polliepomes.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/tony-abbott-defends-his-magic-pudding-budget-plan/

I would like to give credit to Patriciawa’s grandsons Daniel and Jacob, who did an amazing job of photoshoping this picture for her fine poem “Tony Abbott defends his magic pudding budget plan” http://polliepomes.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/tony-abbott-defends-his-magic-pudding-budget-plan/

wildly inaccurate claims   😯

And so we come to Abbott and hisΒ “plan for the future”.

This is Abbott’s plan for the future that starts by taking us forward to the past.

This is a plan that is supposed to be the best plan for our future, but we are to be spared the details of how it will work, and how it will be paid for.

This is a plan put forward by the alternate leader of our Nation, that when the questions get too tough for him he will respond with:

Or this little gem during the last debate;

Is this a leader (?) who we could expect to represent us well on the world stage?

Is this a man (?) who we can take on trust, to do the right thing by this Nation, whilst he:

  • Openly lies about the state of the economy?
  • Openly lies about the implementation of the carbon price and the effects of carbon pricing, and in fact made an argument himself for a carbon tax?
  • Says he wants to stop the boats and the drownings at sea, and then actively works to make sure that the boats keep coming?
  • Claims to be a conservationist, citing bushwalking as proof of his credentials?
  • Says he’ll stop the waste, whilst claiming expenses for volunteer work and charity rides?
  • States climate change is “Crap”, and then tells us that he now believes in the science, whilst producing a policy that all the credible experts say won’t work?
  • Goes out of his way to destroy both careers and lives for the sake of fulfilling his own political ambitions?
  • Demanding that opponents adhere to a set fo standards that he won’t enforce on his own party or candidates?
  • Refuses to adhere to their own charter of budget honesty?
  • Refuses to provide details of the cuts/savings measures required to pays for their promises?

And the list goes on   😯

So the burning question is;

Since the start of the Β GFC, and the fantastic performance of our economy, jobs growth, productivity growth, employment, inflation, interest rate, and debt to GDP numbers; all lauded around the world, do we now turn our backs on all of that good work for someone like Abbott and his own rabid political ambitions, backed by the likes of Murdoch for his own personal and economic advantage?

Or to put it in simple terms;

Did we dodge a bullet, only to now jump on a land-mine?

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36 Responses to Did we dodge a bullet, only to now jump on a land-mine?

  1. These people are desperate to get in now so they can lay claim to the good economy in my mind, but just because they are Liberals they will still take the opportunity to rip the buggery out of the public sector, health and especially education. Liberals live in mortal fear of the low and middle classes getting educated because they know that once that happens their goose is well and truly cooked.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      David, thanks for your comment 😎

      David, my main worry is not so much that they will lay claim credit for the good economy, but rather that they will lay waste to the good economy with their bad economic policies, and austerity measures. 😯

      As you say ripping the buggery out of the public sector. πŸ™„ as well as sell offs and privatisation’s etc. 😦

      The damage that they can do in one term could take decades to fix, and the last thing we need now is to go into the recession that we managed to stay out of because of good fiscal management. πŸ‘Ώ

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  2. Blog of Greg says:

    My understanding was that phony flappit had stated that he wasn’t going to reduce the tax free threshold. Can you indicate where he has said this for me please. That’s a whole new ball game if he actually has said this.

    Cheers
    Greg

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Greg, thanks for your comment 😎

      I heard this a while ago, and have not heard anything from the Abbott camp other than their usual denials which, based on past performances, are meaningless.
      Here is a link to a statement from David Bradbury, talking about Abbott’s intention to scrap it, so make of it what you will πŸ˜€

      http://treasurer.gov.au/DisplayDocs.aspx?doc=pressreleases/2013/064.htm&pageID=003&min=djba&Year=&DocType=0

      I suppose it comes down to who you believe, but after seeing the way that the LNP play fast and loose with the truth, and the fact that they have billions of savings to find, I don’t doubt that, like Newman in QLD, they will justify every lie and backflip, and do exactly what they have always intended to do, which is slash and burn.

      And Like Howard who said “Never ever”, knowing full well that he would introduce the GST in his second term, which is almost a certainty in Australian politics, Abbott will be working on the same assumption. and the promised “Tax review” will include the threshold as well as the GST.

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  3. bundysmum says:

    In answer to your question Truthy, I fear the answer is YES. It is beyond my comprehension that anyone would consider voting for this compulsive liar. He is shifty and I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could chuck him.I do not believe one word he says, I’m even dubious that his missus likes him given she sends the ‘kids’ along to hold his hand.

    And like you my concern is for our precious future generations who will look back on this time and wonder why so many people were prepared to destroy our environment and our social cohesion for 30 pieces of silver.
    Poor fella my country indeed.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Bundysmum, thanks for your comment 😎 and sorry it took me a while to reply, but I’ve been out all morning 😦

      Yes it’s a scary prospect that the likes of Abbott could be our representative on the world stage 😯 and I do truly fear for our great country and its future under the LNP mob πŸ‘Ώ

      you wouldn’t give 20 cents for the lot of them. 😦 Let’s just hope that the Australian people are smarter than the LNP and Murdoch think they are?

      Keep up the good work πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  4. Russputin2 says:

    Another beauty Truthy.

    With all these B/S polls trying to sway the dummies, I wonder if it will work in reverse and make people vote Labor rather than risk a Coalition Govt?

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Russ, thanks for that mate πŸ˜€ and I love the way you think 😎

      Yes that would certainly be a shock to Abbott’s and Murdoch’s systems πŸ˜†

      The look on their faces would be priceless πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  5. kate ahearne says:

    Hi, Truthie. Thanks again for an excellent piece of work. Do you ever sleep?

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Hi Kate, thanks for your comment and kind words πŸ˜€

      And the answer to your question is… “occasionally!” 😦 but nowhere near as much as I would like to or need to 😯

      But we can’t waste time sleeping when we have an election to win πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  6. cornlegend says:

    Dodged the bullet, skipped over the land mine, waiting for the A Bomb.
    Excuse me while I smash the Tele.
    These idiots on the Drum,
    Reese the actor bloke, and some other nobodies.
    Explaining why Abbott is a left winger in the LNP., even left of the LNP
    Pardon me while I spew.
    Back to the article later ,
    cough, gag, chuck

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      cornie, mate If Abbott is a left winger, then I’m a terrorist 😯 Theses people are complete idiots 😦

      But don’t smash the TV, join me in a scotch in front of the fire instead πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  7. cornlegend says:

    Bloody good read Truthy, as usual, you’ve nailed it.
    Geez the future is scary with that mob of arseholes

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      cornie mate πŸ˜€ you say the nicest things 😳

      ain’t it the truth! 😯 that’s why we have to win, or you might end up with a small but vocal band of truth seekers looking to move onto your range acreage 😯 then we might qualify as a cult πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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      • cornlegend says:

        Truthy,
        You would all be more than welcome.
        What a bloody Cult that would be.
        could you imagine the stories and plotting, all around the fire, drinks in hand
        fun eh.
        Takes me back to my 20s, but that’s another story

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        • melaine says:

          Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!! My Mum always worried I would join a cult, she didn’t fear for me she done brung me up real well haha,… she was more worried for them. When do we start????

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        • Truth Seeker says:

          sounds like a lot of fun πŸ˜€

          Maybe we could build a replica of the lounge complete with fire, beer vat and comfy chairs and laptops 😎 to have our “cult meetings” in πŸ˜€

          Cheers πŸ˜€

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        • bundysmum says:

          Count me in. Names please,as I can’t possibly join a cult with a crappy name. When the ‘lection is done and dusted we can all go bush,or to the pub, and worship an inanimate object like a road sign and discuss stuff and get pissed and then all go home.

          I am definitely in!!

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          • Truth Seeker says:

            cornie, speaking of the range, was up ay Maleny twice today, 7.30 this morning to drop my wife off at work and 3.45 to pick her up. πŸ˜€ bit of a cool breeze, but absolutely glorious, not a cloud in the sky, and the views to the coast were spectacular πŸ˜€

            The only down side was getting stuck behind a cement truck up the steep bits, but the views when you get up there more than compensate πŸ˜€

            Cheers πŸ˜€

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          • Truth Seeker says:

            Bundysmum, What about “The Corns Cobbers” πŸ˜€

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  8. my say says:

    what reall puzzles me ,is that their are so many wonderful sites out there that people can get all the correct information they need , but fail miserably to google them,
    They seem happy to go along with all the crap fed to them by the murdoch rags,and the bias reporting from the MSM,it is very hard to reach them

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      my say, thanks for your comment, 😎 and yes It puzzles me too 😯

      Most people have access to the internet, but don’t use it for the thing that it’s really good at; finding information about the things that matter 😦

      As the old saying goes, “There are none so blind as those that Will not see!” 😦 , but it’s not over till the fat lady (Gina) sings 😯

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  9. cornlegend says:

    my say there are some mysteries in life , and that’s one of them.
    One female, about 30, I spoke to today.
    “I want the Greens to win because I care about Asylum Seekers”
    how many
    “Who cares”
    1 million ?
    “If necessary, were a big country”
    What about the economy ?
    “It’ll fix itself, anyhow, I don’t care, I’m unemployed”

    And they vote 😦

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  10. patriciawa says:

    Hey Truthie! How about acknowledgement of the young artists who did the artwork on Norman Lindsay’s Magic Pudding illustration you used here? You’re usually so good about that sort of thing.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Patricia, profound apologies, as I was very tired when I found the picture, and was in a hurry to post before I went to bed, and neglected to do a proper search.

      I will correct the oversight, and give due credit for a job well done to your grandsons. as well as post a link to your fine poem for which it was originally done.

      I hope that will suffice, and again I apologise for my oversight. 😦

      Cheers 😦

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      • patriciawa says:

        More than enough compensation, TS! I really meant to focus on the argument you make so tellingly about Abbott’s failure to provide any details at all of what his extravagant buy back plans will cost. My protest was a bit over the top, but only because of wanting to draw attention to the work of my young collaborators!

        I’ve been very impressed with your versifying lately and came here expecting to find a poem on this Buy Back the Boats theme. Since you haven’t done one yet, can I pre-empt that theme and get going on a pome at last after many weeks’ inertia?

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        • Truth Seeker says:

          Patricia, thanks for that πŸ˜€

          Yes I have already thought that that would be a good theme for a poem, but as yet have not got any firm ideas 😯

          Having said that I have been somewhat preoccupied, so something may well come over the next day or so.

          But regardless, I hope that you can feel the inspiration again, and come up with one of your fine pieces. 😎

          It won’t be a problem as far as I’m concerned, cos we both come at these things from our own perspectives, as we have done in the past πŸ˜€ so I look forward to your next piece with great anticipation 😎

          And thank your grandsons for me and tell them well done πŸ˜€

          Cheers πŸ˜€

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  11. clarittee says:

    How come you have a significant number of the people I respect here? What a nice change. from the usual ,rubbish.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Clarittee, thanks for your comment 😎 and kind words πŸ˜€

      I have to say that a significant number of the people I respect are here too πŸ˜€ so my only explanation is… Just lucky I guess! πŸ˜€

      But we all try to keep it light, friendly, and respectful. πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  12. cornlegend says:

    clarittee
    couldn’t agree with you more πŸ˜€

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  13. John Lord says:

    The truth shall set you free.

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  14. davo says:

    Hockey has a few questions to answer too…

    “On 21 August 2007, a year before the global financial crisis erupted in September 2008, Hockey replied to a letter from a CEC member who is a constituent in his electorate of North Sydney, β€œI however disagree vehemently with your analysis that the world is facing a collapse of the financial markets. The last few days have indicated that the financial markets, with the support of central banking institutions, are able to meet the demands that have been placed on them.”

    However, a 19 May 2013 puff-piece in Sydney’s The Sunday Telegraph, promoting Hockey and his wife Melissa Babbage as a β€œpower couple”, reveals that when Hockey wrote this 2007 letter, he must have known it wasn’t true.

    The Sunday Telegraph piece reports that β€œa year before the global financial crisis hit”, i.e. the very time Hockey was writing that there would not be a financial collapse, Hockey called Channel 7 television host David Koch with the urgent news that his wife Melissaβ€”the then-head of global finance for the world’s biggest derivatives trader Deutsche Bankβ€”was selling off the family’s investments in preparation for a financial crash.”

    http://cecaust.com.au/releases/2013_08_23_Hockey.html

    Probably not the most reliable of websites, but the included documentation looks kosher.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Davo, thanks for your comment 😎 and the info πŸ˜€ very interesting if it can be verified, as that indicates possible insider trading, as well as blatant lies? Mmmmmmmm? πŸ˜€

      Will check out the link later πŸ˜€

      Cheers πŸ˜€

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  15. orangefox says:

    Hi truthy,
    It is not looking good for Labor. Unfortunately the turmoil in Labor has made people think they are unstable and so Abbott gets a free ride.
    Abbott is claiming $550 saving from scraping the carbon price. If you can have a listen to the last minute of his press appearence earlier today and just before he walks off he makes a mistake and says that he will ‘end the carbon tax and it will cost families $550!
    Good ‘eh?
    Anyway his PPL scheme will cost every houshold $610 per year ($5 billion / 8.2 million households) of either service cuts or tax increases.
    Also I thought Christine Milnes speach today was quite good. It is a shame they can’t be more flexible. Got to ask Marylin if she works for SHY.

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