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  • Redbaiter 08:51 on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Business survey   

    NZ business survey records significant drop in expectations 

    Down chart A survey of 62 NZ chief executives, as part of PricewaterhouseCooper’s annual global survey, found only 35 per cent were “very confident” that revenue at their respective businesses would grow in the next 12 months, down from a figure of 60 per cent in last year’s survey.

    Last year 63 per cent of chief executives were positive about the global economic outlook. This year, that figure is down to just 47 per cent.

    Only 53 per cent stated they were “somewhat confident” of increased revenue in the 2015 year.

    Chief executives were also worried about the availability of key skills, the survey found. 84 per cent were concerned with this issue, opposed to a global average of 73 per cent.

    Sixty per cent of those surveyed were concerned about the world’s geopolitical uncertainty. Other concerns included the speed of technological change, cyber threats and data security, as well as over-regulation.

    Obviously the Key government needs to work a bit harder in its efforts to convince business NZ that things are going so swimmingly on the economic front.

     
  • Redbaiter 02:49 on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Tasmanian govt cuts   

    Tasmania cuts 668 public sector jobs 

    Tasmania’s public sector has shrunk by 668 full-time jobs, figures from the Treasurer Peter Gutwein reveal, making the state’s public sector now the smallest it has been in at least five years. The Government had set a target of shedding 821 full-time equivalent positions this financial year as part of budget savings.

    The Treasurer said the deepest cuts had now been achieved and pointed out the broader state economy appeared to be performing well. He confirmed the Government remained committed to cutting a further 532 full-time roles by 2017-18.

    Downsizing government is the only way to cut spending and its good to see at least one government with the guts to do what has to be done.

    Mr Gutwein rejected criticism that services would be reduced. “Certainly at this stage we think that the public service, as it stands at the moment, is quite adequate and will be quite adequate once we’ve finished this program,” he said.

     
  • Redbaiter 02:39 on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    241 jobs lost at ABC as Abbotts budget cuts bite 

    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has recorded 241 redundancies since the beginning of the financial year. The ABC’s chief operating officer David Pendleton confirmed the figure during a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra.

    The ABC announced a redundancy process at the end of last year as a result of the Federal Government’s decision to reintroduce an efficiency dividend for the national broadcaster, cutting the budget by $254 million over the next five years.

    ABC managing director Mark Scott said the overall figure for redundancies also included some staff who lost their positions when the Coalition withdrew funding for the Australia Network last year. Mr Scott was asked to detail how many staff had been made redundant so far due to the domestic budget constraints. He told the committee more than 100 staff have “exited” through direct redundancies.

    Shame that Tony Abbott had to break an election promise to make the funding cuts he did. He justifies it by saying the outgoing Labor party misrepresented the state of the govt’s finances and he therefore had to make much greater spending cuts than anticipated.

    I think Abbott should never ever have made that promise and I don’t know that he had to. Nevertheless its not a good look after the criticism the Liberals heaped upon Julia Gillard for her broken promises (“there will be no carbon tax under any govt I lead”).

    The ABC really has to go for its unprofessional left wing/ Marxist bias. Its purposeful undermining of and constant attacks on Abbott have been unrelenting. They probably think its justifed by his broken promise.

     
  • Redbaiter 02:21 on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Sunday morning smile 

    Real evil

     
  • Redbaiter 13:34 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Is FOX News the reason Jon Stewart quit? 

    Jon Stewart started his Wednesday night show with clips from the media world commenting on his leaving the Daily Show. Naturally, Fox News had some less than favorable things to say about the late night comedian, including host Megyn Kelly claiming his show’s attacks on her over the years had “no foothold in the facts.”

    That was more than Jon Stewart could take, and in response he challenged Fox News to a “lie-off.” But in the process of chastising Fox News for ideological bias, Stewart seemed to exhaust himself, ending the segment by explaining how watching the network was “killing him.”

    “Take it from someone who’s been watching what they do for a blessedly almost over 16 years or so. Their chronically angry war for ideological purity, where every aspect of life becomes a two dimensional battle for America’s soul—it ages you. Even watching it is killing me.”

    He added that the Daily Show, on the other hand, doesn’t lie, even showing off their resident fact-checker. I’m looking forward to FOX’s response to this idiotic self serving claim. IMHO, the only people who ever took Stewart seriously are progressive hipsters who strive to be “ironic” and “cool”, and fail miserably at both while projecting an extremely irritating air of smug superiority. Like they would ever know or care if something was true or not anyway.

    Read more at Weasel Zippers

     
  • Redbaiter 12:10 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Lois Lerner, Smoking gun   

    Lois Lerner smoking gun- “potential criminal activity” 

    Lois Lerner Email
    Lois Lerner is one of the most despicable of Obama’s army of agents working deep within the US bureaucracy. She used her position as director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to influence the outcome of the elections that brought Barack to power. She did this by targeting Tea Party groups for IRS investigation and introducing excessive regulations designed to make it difficult or impossible for them to operate.

    In early May 2013, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released an audit report confirming that the IRS used inappropriate criteria to identify potential political cases, including organizations with the term “tea party” in their names. Soon after, the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform began an investigation into the IRS.

    Lerner was placed on administrative leave in late May 2013. She has since refused to testify (invoking the 5th amendment) in the senate investigation into her actions and was declared in Contempt of Congress in 2014. In June the IRS reported it had “lost” former IRS manager Lois Lerner’s emails to and from other IRS employees sent between January of 2009 and April of 2011 due to a ‘computer crash.’

    The lost materials are said to include any communications that may have occurred between Lerner and outside agencies or groups such as the White House, the Treasury Department, the Department of Justice, the Federal Elections Commission and the offices of Democrats.

    Then suddenly, the emails have been found..!! They were not lost forever. It was a lie.

    The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails “disappeared”, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.

    Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails. Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee “There is potential criminal activity,” .

    Lerner needs to go down for her attack on the democratic system and her perversion of the taxation system to this objective. I’d say 50 years jail should do it. The real smoking gun (pic above) has been discovered among the recent emails.

     
  • Redbaiter 11:21 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andrew Judd, New Plymouth,   

    New Plymouth citizens attempt to reign in out of control racist council 

    Hugh Johnstone (L) receives a kowhai from Mayor Judd (R) while Kaumata Rangikotuku Rukuwai says a karakia

    Hugh Johnstone (L) receives a kowhai from Mayor Judd (R) while Kaumata Rangikotuku says a karakia

    The Mayor of new Plymouth, Andrew Judd, is an anti white racist/ separatist. Even worse, his divisive Marxist ideas enjoy the support of the majority of his council, which last year voted 7-to-6 to establish a Maori ward at the local government elections in 2016.

    This outrageous act naturally met with stiff opposition among local people and they have decided to take action to get their arrogant council under control. Local resident Hugh Johnson organised a petition to force a referendum on the issue. Mr Johnson says the issue is too important to leave to councillors alone. He garnered 4248 signatures on his petition. Law requires that 2700 of the names be valid, or 5 percent of eligible voters, to allow a binding referendum to be automatically triggered.

    Mr Johnson said- “I believe we are one country and I believe in democracy. I believe there are changes to go on in local government in this sort of nature that people should have a say. Hence this referendum.”

    The district council this week validated the petition, that calls for a binding citizens-initiated referendum on the establishment of a Maori ward. The ballot will be held in May. Mayor Judd said he received the petition “in peace under the concept of manaakitanga, which in its widest sense is associated with the concept of mana”. He presented Johnson with a small kowhai as a symbol of peace and friendship.

    The mayor said he would respect the result of the referendum but would continue to seek improved engagement with Maori regardless of its outcome.

    How do these kind of racists/ separatists continue to get elected to positions of power in this country? I don’t like using the word “sheeple” as a euphemism for “voter”, (its too clichéd) but one can easily see why other people might think it appropriate. Great to see someone like Hugh Johnson (ex Grey Power president) doing something about it.

    Separatist Andrew Judd on the other hand, should never ever be permitted to get within a light year of any government post (local or central) during the remainder of his lifetime.

     
    • Mr_Blobby 17:51 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Tha’ts because people do not participate in local body elections.

      Most of the candidates are unknown, third rate failed wanna be politicians, or nut jobs.

      Look at the end result.

      • KG 06:10 on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yep, Blobby, local body politics just aren’t “sexy” enough to attract much attention. And at the same time the media coverage is infantile and sparse.
        Yet real political change has to start at this level, a fact the Progs identified a long time ago.

  • Redbaiter 10:16 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Bill English- "Its too late to do anything now" 

    A couple of days ago the Australian government acted in response to rising public concern with the huge number of cashed up foreign buyers in the housing market.

    They proposed fees of at least $5000 for foreign buyers of homes and businesses and million dollar penalties for anyone caught trying to work around the regs. The $5000 is applied to every purchase and increases according to every million dollars of the value of the property.

    Frankly I think this is peanuts, and if they were really going to do anything, the first fee should have been $250,000 and increasing by $50,000 after every million. These communist party cronyists coming out of China with cash in suitcases are not put off by a mere $5000. Its chicken feed to them.

    Now New Zealand’s national government is under pressure to take similar steps here. However Finance Minister says the housing market’s supply conditions need to be improved before a thought can be given to introducing a fee for foreign investors buying up properties here. He said he preferred to “wait and see”. That makes sense. After 7 years of government he’s still not sure about whats’ going on in the housing economy??? FFS…!!

    Apparently the simple fact that there are over one billion Chinese and only just over 4 million NZers is something he needs to ponder.

    Here though folks is the real kicker. He also said that “when 25 percent of people living in Auckland were not from there, it made it difficult to tell who was a foreigner and who was not.”

    In other words, its too late now and if we were going to take action, we should have taken it when the amount of foreigners in Auckland was manageable. Hey Bill, that’s why so many NZers have been trying to tell government about this problem for a decade or more.

    I’m all for free markets, but I’m against an invasion of NZ by Communist Chinese cronyists who cloak their cultural takeover by calling it “foreign investment”. The govt has a duty to protect the realm.

     
    • john 10:43 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I heard English make that comment re people living in Auckland and was shaking my head thinking is this for real.
      There is something going on about immigration especially from Asia and India.The last figure released mentioned 5000 Indian students (approx) and made a connection between that and the option of families following once these students were qualified.
      Something needs to be changed now.

    • Peter 12:16 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Would be great if NZ was run strictly for the benefit of New Zealanders. It’s a radical thought.
      If the government were directors of a company, there’s a good chance they’d be in trouble deep with the shareholders. Quite apart from the blatant overt self-interest, they don’t give a damn.

    • Redbaiter 12:18 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      As I say above I’m all for free enterprise, but I’m against an invasion of NZ by Communist Chinese cronyists cloaked as “foreign investment”. The govt has a duty to protect the realm. They’re failing miserably in that duty.

    • KG 06:13 on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “The govt has a duty to protect the realm.”
      Now that’s a radical idea – I doubt Key understands the meaning of the word “duty”, let alone realm.

  • Redbaiter 09:45 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: James Allan, Spectator,   

    Why some conservatives are wavering on Tony Abbott 

    My view of Tony Abbott is that he is one of the straightest politicians around. Like many on the right, I have defended him because many of perceptions that exist on Abbott are the result of an incredibly biased media, especially the ABC. The organisation has endlessly attacked Abbott with a vicious intent that is most likely driven by fear of losing their jobs if Abbott makes further cuts to their budget. As he should.

    However under that layer of support, I have had to admit to substantial unease, and it has been difficult to clarify what has driven it. Until I read the Spectator article written by James Allan entitled “THe YUUY Disease”. Mr. Allen with great clarity has put into words what was in my mind.

    The Y.U.U.Y. disease
    Mr Abbott’s problem is that he’s got ‘yielding’ and ‘unyielding the wrong way around.

    In a nutshell the problem thus far is that he has been yielding when he should have been unyielding and been unyielding when he should have been yielding. This YUUY disease did not come upon the man until after he became Prime Minister. In opposition he showed no traces of the disease.

    Allan talks of the incorrect perceptions the left wing mainstream media have put out there-

    ….Mr Abbott’s problem is that he has been running a radically right wing government. He’s yielded to the right and not yielded to the supposedly moderate and more lefty side of political debate. Frankly, that is balderdash. Mr Abbott’s problem is exactly the opposite. What we have seen so far is a Labor-lite government, albeit incompetently administered.

    Then he gets to the real issues that have upset Abbott’s Conservative base. (my emphasis)

    But I certainly didn’t vote for a Labor-lite administration. I voted for a small government, free-speech favouring, right-of-centre team. And that has been nowhere to be seen. Try naming two conservative things this government has done, other than getting rid of the carbon tax and stopping the boats. Was the Paid Parental Leave scheme in any way a small government scheme concerned with limiting spending? You must be joking. The only political party remotely supportive of it was the Greens. When opposition to this boondoggle arose Mr Abbott was unyielding in his support of it.

    Or what of spending restraint? In opposition Mr Abbott endlessly told us – correctly – that Australia has a spending problem not a revenue problem. Yet once in government he yielded to the big spending powers that be. He opted to raise taxes, pretending it was a temporary measure. And in return did he first ensure that the Senate passed any spending cutbacks? No. He yielded when he should have been unyielding about more taxing and spending.

    Or take co-payment charges for doctor visits. Across the Tasman the charges can run to $17 a visit. If you come out and say we have a God-awful spending trajectory and must make savings, and worse that people need to see that going to the doctor is not a free good, you could make the case. It might be unpopular with some, but plenty of others would support you, just as they did in New Zealand.

    Instead that message went out the window when the savings were funnelled into some medical research fund. Are you kidding me? We’re going to take this immense political pain to send a bunch of money to the huge, inefficient bureaucracies that run research in this country?

    Does anyone in government have the slightest idea how university bureaucracies run? Let me tell you. First, a hefty percentage is taken off the top and goes to the bureaucracy. Our university bureaucracies look overpaid and top-heavy compared to Canada, the US or the UK. Nor is it remotely plausible to think any of this money would be anything other than of marginal benefit in terms of the worldwide race to discover cures for anything.

    Personally, as someone who works in a university, I was against the GP co-payment the minute it was going to some research fund. Again, to this flabby, big government-type patronage Mr Abbott was yielding instead of unyielding.

    Then there is the flip side. On repeal of 18C, for which he had a huge political mandate, Mr Abbott yielded when he should have been unyielding. And where have the various lobby groups that make up ‘Team Australia’ been these last few weeks in supporting you Tony? Nowhere. They have been totally silent, because the truth is that they support Labor or prefer Mr Turnbull.

    Had Mr Abbott put emasculation of 18C through the House and then to the Senate, no one would have blamed the government for the Bill not passing. Labor would be on the record as the anti-free speech party that it is. So would the loony Senate independents. But Mr Abbott yielded when he should have been unyielding. It is as though he deliberately wished to alienate his core supporters.

    He says more should be done to sort out the out of control ABC, and he’s right on the button again

    …Then there’s this government’s insipid response to clear and undeniable bias at the ABC. It goes for some piss-weak 5 per cent cut that gets it as much vitriol from Ultimo headquarters as it would have got from a Canadian-style 10 per cent cut. And it does nothing about the fact that not a single, solitary presenter or producer of a big time current affairs TV show has a right of centre pedigree. As one British commentator recently put it, ‘The ABC leans so far left, it makes the BBC look like Fox News’.

    Allan finishes of with good advice. I’m thinking its going to fall on deaf ears.

    So it’s now or never Mr Abbott. Start yielding on all the big government idiocies and start being unyielding on all the pro-free speech, pro-small government things we all thought you stood for. You can still win the next election. Otherwise it will be Mr Turnbull – and I can get ready to cast a donkey vote for the second time in my life.

    Mr Allan is about as right as you can get about Abbott. However I thought a lot of the criticism’s has made could pretty much be applied to John Key as well. Especially the stuff about saying one thing in opposition and doing another once in govt.

    Full article is here. Really worth a read.

     
    • KG 06:17 on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent article, RB. Thanks for the link.

  • Redbaiter 08:43 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Saturday morning smile 

    Isis not islamic

     
  • Redbaiter 19:05 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Willow Jean Prime, Winston Peters   

    Labour should withdraw their candidate from Northland by-election 

    My view on what Labour should do in the Northland electorate is withdraw their candidate. Now that Winston Peters has announced his candidature its the only thing to do. They will not win without Winston in the race, and with Winston standing have even less of a chance.

    The most benefit that can be gained by Labour is in a win for Winston Peters which would be one real black eye for John Key and National. In my view there is at least a reasonable chance of this happening. As opposed to an almost certain National win if Willow-Jean runs.

    Willow-Jean Prime needs to swallow her pride and withdraw her nomination while there is still time.

    Or are Labour still taking strategy advice from that bumbling loser McCarten?

     
    • caleb 21:57 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Initially it was a relief to get National and be rid of Labor
      Then it became the lesser of two evils
      Now we know for sure that we’re screwed

    • Chuck Bird 12:19 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      i had to laugh when one of the commentators on The Nation said any Labour voter with any intelligence would vote for Winston. Labour voters would have to be told in single syllable words.

      • Redbaiter 12:22 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah well, IMHO any outfit prepared to let Matt McCarten advise them on policy and strategy has a major deficiency in logic and intelligence.

  • Redbaiter 18:35 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , John Burrows   

    University of Canterbury Emeritus Professor John Burrows nothing but John Key's flunky 

    John Burrows The chair of the panel assigned to consider a new flag design, University of Canterbury Emeritus Professor John Burrows, said its first job would be public engagement.

    “We’re going to have to use the media a lot of course, there will certainly be meetings where panel members will talk to members of the public. And I see in our terms of instructions that there’s even mention of a roadshow and things like that. So we will be doing all we can, everything within our power in fact to talk to as many people as possible.”

    I wonder how the esteemed Professor really feels being brought down to the level of a door to door encyclopedia salesman. Asking the suckers what colour covers they’d like on their books so as to pave the way to signing them up for a sale?

    What a cheap con man. Just John Key’s flunky.

    Here’s how you engage with the public Professor.

    You make the referendum asking if a flag change is desirable the first one you run. Then we can all go home and stop spending taxpayer’s money on a cheap and nasty strategy, unbecoming of anyone with dignity, and plainly designed to trick voters. Really, I thought anyone whose title included the word Emeritus would know better than to be part of this pathetic National Party charade, taking dirty tricks in NZ politics to a new level altogether.

    We already know John Key feels no shame for this artifice. How about you?

     
    • KG 20:47 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Damn right. The whole thing is a stitch-up, a farce and an insult to any reasonable person’s intelligence.

      • Redbaiter 20:58 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Key has already admitted he has a tough fight on his hands to change it, and has already said he knows the polls show consistent public support for keeping the flag design intact. So why is he continuing with the project? Because its all about John Key’s ego. He’s as vain and as slippery as they come.

    • Mr_Blobby 17:55 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      And the tame media are playing their part.

      No one asking the obvious question.

      Why is the referendum arse about face.

  • Redbaiter 13:53 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: NZ/ Aus Immigration,   

    Australia/ New Zealand migration, a tale of two charts 

    Over at Kiwiblog Mr. Farrar like to post charts showing a fall in migration to Australia, and although he doesn’t say it out loud, I think the idea is to stick it to the left by implying that the greater success of the Key govt is what is bringing people home.

    When Labour are in govt their acolytes probably do the same thing when the figures suit them.

    In fact its fairly simple to arrive at the truth behind these figures and I present the two charts below as proof of what really drives the immigration between Australia and New Zealand. Have a look and see if you can see any comparison between the Australian unemployment rate and the net immigration to NZ rate. Its mirrored in the departures line.

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  • Redbaiter 12:12 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: drugs, Mal Meninga   

    League great Mal Meninga calls for zero tolerance policy on drugs 

    Mal Meninga The drug culture is are currently causing a lot of problems for sporting codes in Australia. Mal Meninga has written an opinion piece on the issue for the Brisbane Courier Mail. He says-


    “If any player is found guilty of drugs charges as a result of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission investigation, that should be the end of their rugby league careers. Zero tolerance might seem like an overly tough stance, given the charges being mentioned are unlikely to draw a punishment from the courts harsher than a metaphorical slap on the wrist.

    But being a rugby league player means that you hold a privileged position in society, and it is a position that carries responsibilities to the game, and the people involved in it. In the past, when league has been faced with the issue of players being involved in serious misdemeanours, the opinion has always been that the game should stand by them and try to rehabilitate them, because it was the considerate thing to do.

    But anyone who is so inconsiderate of the game’s image and reputation as to be involved in recreational or performance enhancing drugs should have the same consideration shown to them: None.”

    I’m not fully in agreement with Mal’s reasoning on the issue but I do think he’s right in that the reason for the growth of the culture is weakness. Either laws are enforced or they are removed from the statute books. Singaporean society enforces the law on drugs, executing pushers and issuing harsh punishments for users. Figures for drug offences in 2014 show a 14% drop on 2013, so it is possible to control these crimes with the right approach, and if the community supports those laws.

     
    • KG 20:49 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t agree that it’s anybody else’s damn business what I, as an adult, choose to put into my own body.

    • mawm 09:29 on February 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is about performance enhancing drugs. It should be a level playing field – either stop all or make it legal for all to do what they want. The individual can then choose if he/she wants to consume drugs that will eventually have an impact on their health. The same should apply for all professional sport and prevent those who have a better way of hiding their drugging getting the advantage e.g. Lance Armstrong.

  • Redbaiter 11:04 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anne Tolley, lifetime liability, Welfare   

    Report- "lifetime liability" of NZ benefit system at $69 billion for 2014 

    I’ve just been reading a report commissioned by Social Development and carried out by an Australian firm. Minister Anne Tolley has issued a press release on the report and its lead is the following claim-

    “The June 2014 valuation shows the current lifetime liability of the benefit system is $69 billion.”

    Now, I’ve never been afraid to show my ignorance, and I admit I’ve been trying to work out just what this means, (what really is a lifetime liability?) for I cannot believe the implication, and that is that the welfare system, leaving out superannuation, is costing this country almost $70 billion per year. If that were true, its an amount that is in rough figures 70% of the budget, leaving only around $30 million for everything else.

    The spin on this report is that it projects a reduction in this “valuation” of $7.5 billion over the next few years. The govt is trying to take credit for this in claiming that part of the reduction (roughly $2 billion) is down to policy tweeking, although I’m doubtful.

    However the bottom line to me is the prime figure of $70 billion, which just can’t be right as it is completely unaffordable in a country that only has just over 2 million taxpayers. Each taxpayer is paying around $70/ week to keep the welfare system going? Many of these people have been on the benefit over nine years, and if these figures are right, and even if the reductions are down to policy, why has it taken the Key govt over 6 years to address this problem?
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    I appreciate that Mrs Tolley (whom I like) and the Nats are trying to do something about welfare but I’d really like to see something slightly more tangible as proof they are succeeding. To my mind the best thing would be for the chart above on government spending to start showing at least a 10% drop off each year rather than its continuing trend skyward.

     
    • Mr_Blobby 12:36 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Like you can somebody explain what a lifetime liability actually is.

  • Redbaiter 09:17 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Victoria road limits   

    Public campaign defeats plan to lower speed limits in Victoria 

    A road sign defaced by campaigners

    A road sign defaced by campaigners

    In a rare win for the people over faceless unaccountable bureaucracy, plans by the Victorian Main Roads Dept to lower state speed limits from 70 to 60 mph were halted after public outcry. 90 kph speed limits were also to be cut to 80 kph.

    The campaign was lead by the Leader newspaper and the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, but was also conducted over Facebook, Twitter, and websites.

    Unfortunately, roads where the new limits have already been applied will not be returned to the old limits. In country Victoria, at least 65 roads had speed limits cut by 10km/h. At least 20 arterial roads across Melbourne were reduced from 70 to 60km/h and a further four urban arterial roads from 90 to 80km/h. A further 1900 roads across the state were on the hit-list for a speed reduction.

    The (Labor) Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan told Leader the policy was a “nanny state” approach, and he had ordered a freeze.

    I think its wonderful that the public had this small victory over a government bureacracy that has far too much power and would if allowed to have its way have limits reduced to near zero. All in the flawed belief that speed is a major factor in accidents. The flashing light road signs they have introduced are so frequently arrogant and ill mannered they reveal all too well the mindset of the people in charge.

    Maybe the NZ National Party can learn something from this event and stop spinelessly serving the NZ govt bureaucracy and start listening to the voters. On road laws and so many other issues.

     
    • Mr_Blobby 12:42 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Its all about the money.

      Unrealistic speed limits and overzealous enforcement, have two outcomes 1. more revenue from tickets and 2. more accidents, due to frustration and inattention.

      If you want to make the roads safer.

      Build roads designed for modern vehicles
      Continue with vehicle safety improvements.

      But mainly

      Have everybody driving at the same speed, in the same direction and paying attention to what they are doing.

  • Redbaiter 01:50 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Malcolm Turnbull rumoured to have numbers to take over from Abbott. 

    News.com.au reports rumours of a new bid to oust Abbott.

    Less than three weeks after Prime Minister Tony Abbott survived a party room vote, leadership tensions at the top of the government have emerged yet again. The Seven Network and the ABC have reported that Malcolm Turnbull has been told he has the numbers to topple Abbott. But a government insider and Abbott supporter says Mr Turnbull just doesn’t have the numbers.

    He said this latest leadership speculation was down to the same few disaffected MPs as last time trying to beat up support for Mr Turnbull.

    “The vast majority of people know we can’t win the election with Malcolm as leader, because with Malcolm as leader we would lose a chunk of our base and no party has ever won an election without its base,” he told AAP.

    This follows the unsuccessful leadership spill on February 9 when Liberal MPs voted 61-39 to defeat a motion to declare leadership positions vacant.

    What is it with these people that they cannot get the point that the political weakling Turnbull, who is reported to have once tried to join the Labor party, will not ever be accepted by the hard core Liberal supporters. His previous stint at leader was a disaster. He should have been blackballed from the party five years ago.

    If there has to be a change then I’d support Scott Morrison, but both Turnbulll and Bishop should be given the boot.

    This is no damn way to run a politcal party that likes to say its a better organised outfit than Labor. It doesn’t much look like it right now.

     
  • Redbaiter 01:34 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Jihadi John, Mohammed Emwazi   

    Jihadi John- We know who the coward is 

    Jihadi John
    The masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John”, who has been pictured in the videos of the beheadings of Western hostages, has been named. He is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man in his mid-20s from West London, who was known to UK security services. They chose not to disclose his name earlier for operational reasons.

    Emwazi had been detained by counterterror officials in Britain at least once, in 2010. The paper also reported that Emwazi is from a well-to-do family, graduated from college with a degree in computer programming and is thought to have traveled to Syria sometime in or around 2012. He was raised in a middle-class neighborhood in London and on occasion prayed at a mosque in Greenwich.

    Emwazi first appeared in a video last August, when he apparently killed the American journalist James Foley. He was later thought to have been pictured in the videos of the beheadings of US journalist Steven Sotloff, British aid worker David Haines, British taxi driver Alan Henning, and American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter.

    So his mask is now worthless, and this despicable coward, who specialised in hacking the heads off other men when their hands were manacled behind them and they were defenceless can now be tracked down and killed.

    I hope some of the real men who make up the West’s armed forces do the job on this inhuman POS as soon as they have his location.

     
    • Chuck Bird 08:30 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      The should feed his carcase to hungry pigs. That way he will not get any virgins.

      • Redbaiter 09:19 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, or have a woman administer the killing shot. Has the same effect I think.

        • caleb 21:51 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          throw his family in jail

    • floyd 12:40 on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      towel headed mug!

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