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by Viv Forbes
The Greenie pests are having a dream run.
First Greenie Climatists destroyed reliable coal-fired power stations, trying to replace them with intermittent wind-solar toys and a giant $90M battery.
Then a Greenie PM donated $444M to a Greenie group to discourage industry near the Great Barrier Reef.
Then drought helped Greenie water-wasters to kill rural industries from Townsville to Broken Hill. Then floods in the wild rivers of the north devastated much of what was left. Decades of Greenie opposition to new dams made both drought and flood disasters worse.
Then Greenie mismanagement of parks, forests and grasslands helped fuel even more destructive bush fires.
And recently a Judge used Greenie propaganda to kill a new coal mine in NSW, and a Greenie academic used a finchy story to add to the ten year delay to the Adani Coal Mine.
Now the lights are going out and jobs are disappearing.
The looming elections provide an opportunity to get rid of this plague of Greenie pests.
by Senator Fraser Anning
With the chances of a Labor government after the next election looking strong, it’s time to start looking at what this will mean for Australia.
For many people in their retirement years, the answer is going to be Treasurer Chris Bowen dipping his hand into their pockets to help himself to their cash.
Labor’s dividend imputation policy is a direct attack on people who have done the hard work to look after their own retirement rather than relying on the government for a pension.
“Dividend imputation” sounds complicated, but it’s simply a practice of not taxing the same money twice. If you own shares in a company – for example, in a self-managed super fund – then that company has to pay company tax on the profit it earns. You, as a part owner of the company, get a cut of that profit as a dividend from your shares – and without dividend imputation you would be paying income tax on that profit as well. The system is fair and reasonable, so of course the Labor party wants to change it. Their key complaint is that some people owe more in company tax than they do in income tax, so the dividend imputation doesn’t only offset their income tax but actually entitles them to a refund. But this is as it should be.
There is no reason why Carol should pay more company tax than Bob, just because she earns less. Indeed, this runs the opposite way to our intuitions. If one person must be taxed more, we feel, shouldn’t it be the person who earns more? But that’s not how the Labor policy works. The person with the higher income gets the full benefit of dividend imputation, while the person with less loses their refund. Labor frames this policy in class-warfare terms, saying they are addressing an “unfair revenue leakage” that puts a “greater tax burden on low and middle income working Australians”.
And it’s true that the people who benefit from the current system are wealthier than average. But that is in large part because they are older and have been working to get into that position their entire lives.
Building wealth over a lifetime is not simply a function of income. It is a function of fiscal discipline. Plenty of people of modest means manage to save a substantial nest egg, while plenty of others with high incomes manage to splash their cash away. We need our policies to reward those who choose not to go on that cruise, or to buy a smaller house, or to live with a cheaper car, so that they are able to support themselves in their old age. If we don’t, why would they make those sacrifices?
If we are just going to treat them as an ATM to be returned to whenever the government feels like it needs a bit more cash, then they might as well just spend their money on themselves instead of waiting for the government to come and get it. Then they can rely on the age pension like everyone else. And that is what will truly put a greater tax burden on lower and middle class Australians. Of course Labor doesn’t understand fiscal discipline, or the kind of people who exercise it.
What we need is policy certainty in this area. People make saving and investment decisions for their retirement over decades. They need the confidence that the rules aren’t going to be suddenly changed and the rug pulled out from under them when they actually get to retirement.
It seems unlikely at this point that the Liberal party will be able to pull its act together enough to prevent Labor from winning government. However, that does not mean that their misguided policy is sure to become law. A strong vote for Fraser Anning’s Conservative Nationals will give us the numbers in the Senate to be able to fight this attack on retirees – and more that are sure to come from an emboldened Shorten government.
Curse less and dam more
by Viv Forbes, science writer
Water conservation peaked in Australia in 1972 – our last big dam was Wivenhoe in Queensland built 35 years ago.
Elsewhere in Australia, water conservation virtually stopped when Don Dunstan halted the building of Chowilla Dam on the Murray in 1970 and Bob Brown’s Greens halted the Franklin Dam in 1983 (and almost every other dam proposal since then).
The Darling River water management disaster shows that we now risk desperate water shortages because our population and water needs have more than doubled, and much of our stored water has been sold off or released to “the environment”.
However, we regularly see floods of water being shed by the Great Dividing Range, most of it ending up in the Pacific Ocean, while somewhere to the west of that watershed is in severe drought.
Our ancestors had the prudence and the will to build great assets like the Tasmanian and Snowy hydro schemes, Lake Argyle, Fairbairn Dam and the Perth to Kalgoorlie water pipeline? What are we building for our children?
Politicians can pass laws or find money for games, stadiums, climate jamborees, study tours, gifts to foreigners, green energy toys and useless giant batteries. Canberra alone spends a billion dollars every day.
Our engineers know how to lay large pipelines over hundreds of km to export natural gas, and bore road and rail tunnels through mountains and under cities and harbours.
But we cannot find the funds or the courage to build a couple of dams on the rainy side of the Great Divide somewhere between the Ross River at Townsville and the Clarence River at Grafton and some pumps, tunnels and pipes to use and release it into the thirsty Darling River basin.
Someone is always cursing either droughts or floods.
We need to curse less and dam more.
Letter to the Editor
Billions of your dollars given away overseas for many decades where it is wasted on problems others created or used to buy other countries armaments – what for: This is Australia we need dams to protect us in droughts. We could have been drought proofed with many storage dams – instead politicians big-note themselves giving our hard earned money away damaging our country by deliberate neglect – our urgent needs are treated as unimportant second class. They are working against Australia’s needs, judge them by what they do. We do not have huge dams across Australia because they wasted our money.
Our farmers cannot continue, they are hurt and broken beyond belief, they have struggled for many decades despite government contempt – Low quality foreign food is on the way. Governments send ‘guess-perts’ who have no idea of farming to give bad advice — just another contempt.
There have been numerous investigated press reports of people waiting and dying trying to get medical treatment, because they gave your money away to cover other countries incompetent management – they are not our problem. We need new hospitals, schools, roads and railways but they are not being built because they treated us with contempt giving our money away.
We are in urgent need of new coal fired power stations, soon we will be unable to afford what little electricity is available, what then? Other countries signed the Paris Accord have or are building 3,534 coal Power Stations many using our coal. We have no new Power Stations planned, why – again we are being treated like the fools we have been by electing politicians who waste our money and neglect our urgent future needs for your children’s future.
Everyone, go and ask your local candidates to give you a written guarantee they will stop overseas aid and give Australia Aid, write/phone to editors and ask them to please support Australia and publish each candidates signed statement. Dear Editors how about your political impartiality – make Australia’s needs and our future your goal too. Create the biggest political fight ever seen for Australia’s future – it may be too late next time: Already too many broken futures, homes, families and suicides – no more – give us hope and a future to aspire too.
by Jim O’Toole
The Labor Party never learns. Again Far Northern voters have been treated as second-class citizens by Labor dropping in a senate candidate from the Gold Coast.
Nita Green and her wife Lacey have relocated to Cairns, joining the Labor Lower House do-drop-in candidate Elida Faith, much to the delight of Cairns Post reporter Chris Calcino who already has claimed a senate victory for Green.
It is understood Green has strong union support not for being a vocal advocate of same-sex marriage or the killing of unborn babies, because she is a union hack and will do their bidding in the senate if elected.
Cairns News has exposed wide-spread vote fraud which the ALP has orchestrated for 20 years or more. (https://wp.me/p2dFb5-2RR)
Investigations by Vote Australia have revealed the same-sex marriage plebiscite result was severely skewed by fraud after the Australian Bureau of Statistics admitted it found 248,000 fictitious names on the electoral roll.
The ABS did not pass on these bogus names to the AEC.
Vote Australia spokesman Lex Stewart said the real plebiscite result was ‘no’ in a similar proportion to the ‘yes’ vote.
Green’s support will be shored up by trade union rent-a-vote unless the Prime Minister forces the Australian Electoral Commission to clean up the roll and introduce ID provisions requiring voters to prove their identity when registering to vote at a polling booth.
The AEC reported 18,000 voters who voted more than once at the last federal election.
Postal voting ID requirements also should be strengthened, Mr Stewart added.
The Prime Minister has been warned by Vote Australia that the Liberal Party will be swamped by bogus voters in all marginal seats such as Herbert, which was stolen by the ALP at the last election by just 37 votes.
The world is in the process of building 1600 new coal-fired power stations many using Australian coal. Bring on all the life-supporting CO2 we can get
When China halted plans for more than 100 new coal-fired power plants this year, even as President Trump vowed to “bring back coal” in America, the contrast seemed to confirm Beijing’s new role as a leader in the fight against climate change.
But new data on the world’s biggest developers of coal-fired power plants paints a very different picture: China’s energy companies will make up nearly half of the new coal generation expected to go online in the next decade.
1,600 new coal-fired power plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries.
These Chinese corporations are building or planning to build more than 700 new coal plants at home and around the world, some in countries that today burn little or no coal, according to tallies compiled by Urgewald, an environmental group based in Berlin. Many of the plants are in China, but by capacity, roughly a fifth of these new coal power stations are in other countries.
Over all, 1,600 coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries, according to Urgewald’s tally, which uses data from the Global Coal Plant Tracker portal. The new plants would expand the world’s coal-fired power capacity by 43 percent.
The fleet of new coal plants would make it virtually impossible to meet the unrealistic and naïve goals set in the Paris climate accord, which aims to keep the increase in global temperatures from preindustrial levels below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
The United States may also be back in the game. President Trump said he wanted to lift Obama-era restrictions on American financing for overseas coal projects as part of an energy policy focused on exports.
“We have nearly 100 years’ worth of natural gas and more than 250 years’ worth of clean, beautiful coal,” he said. “We will be dominant. We will export American energy all over the world, all around the globe.”
by Jim O’Toole
“The mail-out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct the same-sex marriage survey in 2017 resulted in more than 248,000 individual envelopes marked ‘return to sender’ being returned to their office unopened.”
Turning up to vote at a state or federal election is the cornerstone of the democratic process, some politicians declare, but what if your vote no longer counts?
If you live in a marginal electorate where the result of an election hinges on just a few votes, each ballot paper is critical usually for either a Liberal or Labor candidate to decide their individual fate or perhaps who actually forms government.
What if there are more than 248,000 names on the Australian electoral roll which have been confirmed as unknown?
The mail-out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct the same-sex marriage survey in 2017 resulted in more than 248,000 individual envelopes marked ‘return to sender’ being returned to their office unopened.
The ABS has confirmed this incredible figure some of which it says could comprise those who did not wish to take part in the survey. It could also include those who had recently moved house or other names which simply are fictitious.
More worrying is the admission by the ABS that a quarter of a million envelopes marked ‘return to sender’ were destroyed.
The ABS advised it did not give names of the unknown addressees to the AEC to enable it to update the roll before shredding the envelopes.
The ABS used Australian Electoral Commission data direct from the electoral roll to address the 12,727,920 envelopes mailed through Australia Post.
This means as of December 22, 2018 there were 248,000 names on the roll whose identity has not been confirmed.
In the federal seat of Herbert in Townsville at the 2016 election just 37 votes after a recount separated the ALP winner from the Liberal loser.
Having 248,000 votes up their sleeve will dictate the result of every election. But who would do that?
Correspondence in 2017 between Chairman of Vote Australia Lex Stewart and the ABS reveals that … “during survey operations, letters which were marked return to sender (RTS) were sent via Australia Post to our processing contractor Fuji Xerox’s Sydney site. This material was then kept separate from the millions of completed and returned surveys.
The letter continued, “Note that some envelopes may have been marked RTS because the recipient did not wish to participate in the survey and was returning the material.
“Once the completed surveys were scanned and processed, Fuji Xerox scanned the RTS mail held and sent this barcode data back to the ABS.
“All materials from the AMLPS has now been destroyed in accordance with industry best practice, Government secured document certification standards, and all relevant requirements of the Australian Governments Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF)
“As at 24 November there had been 248,000 RTS mail items received. We are unable to provide an exact final figure of RTS material from the AMLPS as we continue to receive RTS material. This is because RTS is low priority mail for Australia Post, and we expect to keep receiving this especially from remote areas, for the next few months.
“The ABS will provide some aggregate metrics to the AEC on the volume of returned mail by area in order to assist with electoral maintenance or other future AEC activities. The ABS will not provide name or address information from the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to the AEC.”
After the 2016 federal election the AEC confirmed there were 18,000 voters who voted more than once.
Embedded in ALP-union genes, the motto for polling day is ‘vote early and often comrade’.
It is no secret in union circles that moles within the AEC supply bogus names and address lists to unionists and others complicit in voting fraud to use at polling booths across a given electorate.
Booth workers from all parties have reported busloads of voters converging on a polling place to vote with lists of fictitious names at correct addresses.
Senator Len Harris’ office in 2004 was given 16 AEC envelopes addressed with false names at a single legitimate address in St Lucia, a Brisbane suburb not far from Queensland University.
Compulsory ID will prevent much of this fraud but what of previous elections which have been won by dud votes?
Vote Australia Chairman Lex Stewart said he and his organisation had been warning the AEC and the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for more than 15 years that the roll contained hundreds of thousands of fictitious entries.
Finally the JSCEM in a 2018 review recommended the federal government introduce voter ID at federal elections to be produced by a voter before applying for a ballot paper at a polling booth.
In 2014 the JSCEM held its usual post-election inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 election.
Then Acting AEC Electoral Commissioner, Thomas Rogers observed there were startling differences between the NSW state roll and the federal roll.
“Yesterday the committee asked the New South Wales state manager, Mr Orr, for information on roll divergence in New South Wales. I have with me information by State on the divergence, and I am happy to discuss this with this committee,” Mr Rogers said.
“But, as an example, in New South Wales as at 30 September 2014 there were 139,898 more electors on the New South Wales state roll than the federal roll.
“And there were also 102,427 electors enrolled at different addresses. As you can see from this example, the divergence is a very significant issue …. ”
Mr Stewart said the cessation of physical habitation checks by the AEC of every Australian household some years ago has resulted in a completely inaccurate roll which has a sufficient number of fictitious entries to change the result of an election.
“The NSW Electoral Roll for the 28/3/15 election contained 5,040,662 entries.
“This ‘divergence’ between the two Rolls of 139,898 was therefore 2.8%,
‘very significant’ is a euphemism for ‘disgraceful !
“The AEC also admitted that this ‘divergence’ was higher than it had ever been!
“The discrepancy of 102,427 on both Rolls but at different addresses was 2.0%
“The divergence plus the discrepancy add up to 242,325 or 4.8% of the roll !
“Is it suspicious that such a record amount of divergence-plus-discrepancy occurred only a short time before the NSW State election ?
“How reliable could the result of the 2015 NSW State election have been, based on such deficient electoral rolls ?
“The total of 242,325 is an average of 2,594 per 93 state electorates
“Many seats are won or lost by margins of less than 1,000 votes
How many seats were swung by bogus votes from bogus enrolments?” Mr Stewart asked.
from Channel 9
A woman who was yesterday involved in a five-hour siege at a Perth property has died in hospital.
Officers were called to a home on Douglas Road in Martin, in the city’s south-east, about 9am yesterday following reports a couple in a home made threats after the sheriff’s office came knocking to repossess their home.
Police fired a single non-lethal shot as the siege came to an end at about 2.30pm.
The home is owned by Rodney and Janice Croft, who were arrested by police.
Soon after, Mrs Croft was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital in cardiac arrest and in a critical condition. Her husband remains under police guard in hospital.
It’s not clear when she suffered the cardiac arrest or if she was hit by the non-lethal police round.
Mr Croft was the former Deputy Mayor of Gosnells but in recent years the couple had battled long running and costly legal troubles.
It is understood they owed close to a million dollars.
No charges have yet been laid. (Against the police? Ed)