Expert Professor John Stackhouse explains.
''Among the most dastardly and reprehensible things I've seen politicians do in the 20 years I've seen politicians do,'' declared leading radio commentator Ray Hadley.
He was referring to Gillard government ministers Jason Clare and Kate Lundy, who in early 2013 in front of the heads of various sports, released a report alleging widespread drug use in sport, the so-called “blackest day in Australian sport’’.
As readers to this site will be aware, the inevitable defamation of our athletes by these two ministers went around the world.
According to evidence presented recently in the Federal Court this was essentially an ''over-egged'' report, a distraction for the struggling leadership of the Gillard government.
Now Ray Hadley slams the two ministers for their involvement in this scandal which has so unjustifiably injured the reputation of Australian sport and that our young athletes.
Ray Hadley expresses what we and most Australians will feel.
Senator Bob Day argues against removing the dole for youth without making them employable in this interview conducted by Alan Jones on 2GB (18/8).
The problem is the Rudd and Gillard governments foolishly pushed wages and conditions to such a level that employers are unwilling to employ young people especially those with limited skills.
It seems that Labor's policy and that of the trade union bosses is to prefer to have young people on the dole than in jobs.
Terrified by their experience with WorkChoices, the Liberals are today reluctant to introduce the necessary reforms to encourage employers to employ the young and potential investors to stay in Australia.
Only an independent politician with experience and common sense, and who isn't in it rolled the lurks – Senator Bob Day falls precisely into that category – is able to speak honestly on these matters. More importantly he can suggest a solution. Allow them to negotiate their own contract with employers.
He says: '' As well as giving young people a start in life, allowing them to ‘opt out’ of the workplace regulation system would also make a contribution to fixing the budget. It would lower welfare payments and lower a myriad of costs associated with unemployment – crime, drugs, poor health, teenage pregnancy, even suicide. On the revenue side, the government may also start receiving income tax from these people. If the government wants a silver bullet, this is as close as they are going to get!''
The facts are obvious and strongly support Senator Day's solution. In purchasing power terms, Australia’s minimum wage — increased to $16.87 an hour for permanent workers and $21.09 for casuals — is at least 25 per cent higher than in the other Anglophone countries, reported Adam Creighton in The Weekend Australian (16/08). And that's without mentioning the various generous conditions associated with employment.
High minimum wages, as a matter of logic not opinion, price many low-skilled and younger workers out of the job market. Britain’s economy created 691,000 new jobs last year while Australia’s, with more than a third the population, created only 100,000. Britain’s jobs boom is in part due to its more flexible labour market, including a minimum wage of £6.31 (A$11.29).
By the way ,the US minimum wage is US $7.25 (A$7,78)
The politicians' failure to deal with the problem of pricing out manufacturing and jobs in Australia is becoming more serious'
According to a report in the Australian Financial Review (18/08) by Jessica Gardner, the Australian-listed biotechnology group CSL will build a new manufacturing facility in a high cost Switzerland rather than Australia.
It's to produce a product developed in Australia. It will be worth $A500m and bring 500 new local jobs.
The company points out that like many other companies it is being forced to choose the overseas option as the taxation regime is more beneficial, labour productivity higher and government backing for patents greater.
The average company tax rate in Switzerland of 18% is far lower than the 30% in Australia. The lack of support for the commercialising of intellectual property has also been pointed out by CSL in its submission to the Federal Government's innovation review.
Yet another reason to make our politicians truly accountable.
Senator Bob Day is showing what common sense, experience and a disinterest in the lurks of office can do. It is of course the powerbrokers who stop people like Bob Day being preselected
They ask: ''Will you be part of this exciting new plan to restore fairness, democracy and the basic common rights of all Queenslanders up against the mining giants? The Bill is going to be properly debated, and then voted on, not by our failed politicians, but by us, the people of Queensland.''
They say they'll be going back to Parliament to debate the Bill on the 28th October, and then we'll putting it to a community referendum on the same date as the Qld election. They add that you can find out all about the People’s Bill plan at our Brisbane launch:
When: 7-10pm, 4 September
Where: Fox Hotel - Arcadia Room, 71-73 Melbourne St, South Brisbane.
They say ''We hope to see you there.''
We are not scientists, but as we said recently why such hysteria when Senator Abetz answered a question on Channel 10's The Project about abortion and breast cancer?
The Project has been gracious enough to interview us so we don't go along with the smart alec question: ''What was Senator Abetz doing going on The Project?'' You might as well ask the same question about the ABC's Q&A.
Anyway all Senator Abetz did was to refer to a line of scientific studies finding a link.
Then panellist Mia Freedman declared infallibly “It is conclusively and scientifically incorrect” just as Senator Abetz was cut off mid-sentence.
As an example of research pointing to a link , Angela Shanahan refers to a 2014 study “A meta-analysis of the association between induced abortion and breast cancer risk among Chinese females”, published in the journal Cancer Causes & Control in February, epidemiologist Yubei Huang and colleagues reviewed 36 studies that investigated this link in several Chinese provinces.''
The she points to the way the media censor material which challenge cherished dogma: ''.. Google the terms “China”, “breast cancer” and “abortion”, and you won’t find anything in the first 40 results from The New York Times, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald or The Australian about the Tianjin University study. It has been left to pro-life groups to circulate. Is this because what happened to Chinese women cannot be relevant to US, Australian or British women?''
Whenever the establishment says the science is settled, we should be on our guard. Remember when the medical establishment also derided the finding by Australian Professor Barry Marshall, and Dr Robin Warren that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori was the cause of most peptic ulcers, for which they were subsequently awarded the Nobel Prize.
It's worse when the elites are defending some cherished dogma.