While Labor seems to be sailing to a fate similar to the original Titanic come September 7, a swirling maelstrom of murky Senate preference deals could provide life jackets to a very mixed bag of Senate hopefuls including Pauline Hanson, writes John Mikkelsen
Medicine is pressured by a radical socialist transformation. Some of this is top down. Much of it is bottom up, writes Dr Grant N Ross
2 years I was the Melbourne University Liberal Club’s token doctor.
Turning up late, or never, I would always be out of kilter with JSM,
political theories and fights of the day and somewhat under the
impression that Kroger was a kind of cheese. Luckily,
being a stereotype got me over the line.
would like to redeem my standing by attempting to write about the
direction of health under Labor and the alternative policy direction
the Liberal Party should choose when in Government.
Gary Kurzer write about the injustices committed by the Australian Taxation Office:
Revelations outlining recent activities of the Australian Taxation
Office show that this organisation is not playing fair. Seemingly, this may not
be newsworthy, however, if the allegations move into “illegal behaviour” then
the concerns are justly amplified.
Journalist Chris Seage has published sensational articles in Crikey which have been reprinted on the ‘SmartCompany’ website.
Henry Innis explains the inequities of the NSW State Payroll Tax system.
Without a doubt, payroll tax is one of the
dumbest taxes I have ever seen. Here in New South Wales it is set at a rate of
5.45% of wages that are over a certain monthly threshold (depending on the
number of days). The threshold varies from $52,855 (28 days) to $58,518 (31
days), with variations on wages paid interstate, wages paid for part of a year,
and so on and so forth.
The question is, however, why do we even
have payroll tax in the first place?
If you think about it, payroll tax in the
form described above is little more than a tax on employment. To tax employers
a percentage of what they pay out sounds more like a disincentive for companies
to employ, if anything.
Take a company with over 20 employees that exceed
the threshold. Given that they will have to pay 5.45% of their wage value as
tax, they functionally are paying out for 21 employees. That isn’t to mention
high levels of corporate tax rates, income tax, the Goods and Services tax, the
Carbon Tax and the myriad more hidden ones that don’t immediately come to mind.
Of course, one of the main arguments for
supporting the tax is too raise revenue, particularly for often-vulnerable
State Governments (when it comes to revenue, Australia is anything but a nation
of federalists). But the solution should never be to create more taxes and to
draw more money out of the economy where possible.
Major Karnage exposes a public media body you may not have heard of
Jeff Sparrow is the editor of Overland, which describes itself as "the most radical of Australia’s long-standing literary and cultural magazines".
Sparrow has some very particular views and a slightly perturbing pseudo-intellectual way of putting them across. Take this blog post today, for instance, where he seems to spend some time flirting with comparisons between the Obama Administration and the Nazis/Stalinists:
Yet you cannot ignore the origins of [Superman] in an era awash with supermen, from the Nietzschean blond beasts so popular with national socialists to the Stakhanovites inspired by Joe Stalin, the original man of steel. That doesn’t mean that the genre’s innately and inevitably fascistic, as is sometimes argued. Nonetheless, the concept of the superhero necessarily rests upon a distinction central to both the far Right and the Stalinist Left – the gulf between the (ordinary) masses and the (extra-ordinary) hero. ...
The cult of the superman developed by the fascists, like its equivalent in Stalinism, was implicitly directed against mobilisations of ordinary people. The Aryan ubermensch was necessary precisely because the untermenschen against whom the fascists raged were so numerous and so well organized ...
Scott Lynn argues for an urgent cut in income taxes, as well as better town planning:
Australia is one of the most heavily taxed nations in the world, we are not as lucky as we once were, but we still have the opportunity to get back on track. With the Mining Tax and the Carbon Tax on the way, we face the prospect of skyrocketing up the rankings of the most taxed nations in the world. According to ritholtz.com we are already the 10th most heavily taxed nation in the world. Furthermore; I am reminded of a well-fitting quote, to the tax debacle we now face. “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." Winston Churchill - Former UK Prime Minister.
All income tax rates are too high, creating less incentive to want to work hard, and achieve our dreams (enough of the road blocks). Income tax rates need to be cut across the board and we need to have a plan to do this. Why you may ask? Well, when people come to this country, they are inspired by some of the folklore, that we really are a lucky country. Although approximately 1/3 of legal immigrants that come here leave, why would that be the case?
This is because housing costs are higher than they should be; partly due to taxes and levies that are imposed on us (individuals, families, charities and businesses), by government; which creates an impost on homes getting built (profitability) for all concerned in the process of building and owning a home. What do they really have to aspire to? A high rate of taxes, c’mon, really! Put simply if levies and taxes are too high, builders and real estate/housing and land creation bodies, have to increase their charges to us, so they can cover their own costs, to make a profit rather than making a loss (creating debt) and increasing the potential for business foreclosure.