The swinging voterFrom my stuffed political armchair I notice a mountain being built from a molehill.

Good grief, what a beat-up. Still, P.M. Abbott is only getting back what he gave out as Opposition Leader I guess.

Tax ‘em Tony Abbott, P.M. has winked when fielding a phone call during a radio session to sell the budget.

Putting myself in his spot, and despite being a little worldly, I’m pretty sure if the caller told me she is a pensioner, a grandmother of 67 yrs and has to earn extra income as a phone sex worker, I reckon I’d at least raise an eyebrow.

Further, I’d probably forget what her call was about and be pretty well distracted by her occupation. Picturing a little grey haired granny spoiling her grandchildren somehow doesn’t match a phone sex worker laying on the detail for a cashed up caller in need. Was her voice appropriate? Was she babysitting sometimes when the phone rang?

Anyway, Tax ‘em Tony says he made a mistake and will try not to do it again. He has made some others along with Just Two Beers Joe but that’s another post….. Meantime, the P.M might be able to get away with a nod or two if he can stifle the winking instinct.

(Monty Python;   a nod’s as good as a wink to a blind bat, know what I mean?)

Word for today;    Fluff and stuffa wink on Wednesday.

More to come;     same blog time, same blog channel



From my stuffed political armchair I decided now is the time for the following short video. I have been waiting for just such an event.

By event, I refer to the Federal Liberal Government’s Budget 2014.

At some point in the past, I recall that Australia liked to work from a sound base of health, education, law and order.

How it seems to work now appears totally removed from then. Perhaps that good, perhaps not.

Nevertheless, I wonder a little about us. Are we so hard to please, as people and voters, that governments of any persuasion have to pile on the taxes to satisfy our wants?

Or, is every government becoming less imaginative or more ambitious with their own agendas’?

The pattern is there; once voted in, hit the taxpayer fast so they’ll forget before the next election. If voters remember all the taxing, then they’ll be given some sweeteners (a refund if you like) to take to the ballot box.

P.M. Abbott has made former P.M Julia Gillard look like a saint, or at least Snow White, as far as backflips go. He said she lied about the carbon tax. Tax ‘Em Tony has left her for dead.

I often wonder about the pool of Australian taxpayers. Is there a limit, a threshhold to worry about?

The following video has two main players from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life film.

The big, big bloke represents the Australian taxpayer (blokes and blokettes) who just got to the rough end of a pineapple. The waiter (John Cleese) represents Tax ‘Em Tony trying to stick one last little tax (a thin mint) into him. That’s how I see this work of art.

There is an ‘F bomb’ here so you are now warned. For the waiter I think it apt.


Word for today;    Humour – can be serious

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel

A calm and slightly hazy evening approaching.

Looking approx. East to Swansea - NoNeg Imaging


Click on pic for quick, larger image.

Word for today;     Image – there for the taking

More to come;     same blog time, same blog channel

The swinging voterFrom my stuffed political armchair, upside down on the footpath (I threw it there in disgust); a quick word on the Libs going for the udder with contempt.

I don’t know what it is with the Liberal Party, they seem to have a real thing going for hitting the fuel.

Malcolm Fraser, former Lib P.M. did the most damage years ago with a huge tax on fuel conveniently called ‘oil parity pricing’. We’ve been paying through the nose since and I haven’t forgotten. It cost his government the next election.

John Howard, former Lib P.M. froze automatic inflation indexation on fuel excise. I think that was an exercise in window dressing because he also introduced ‘tax reform’ conveniently called a Goods and Services Tax or GST which benefitted from varying market prices for fuel.

Oh how the Libs must have been itching to get to the amazing cash cow affectionately named fuel, and squeeze the udder dry.

Libs cash cow for filling piggy bankHitting fuel with even more tax really pisses me off and confuses me more than a little. Just about everything around us is affected by fuel prices. It’s not just paying more at the pump; it’s about paying more for everything that has to be transported to it’s place of sale, including food, clothing etc.

The answer is obvious for economists but not to me; so I’ll guess that the flow on effect from price rises in fuel leads to increased GST revenue at the point of sale of items as above. Doesn’t that increase inflation or something important like that? Anyway, you can be sure that any savings for home owners through decreased interest rates will soon be eaten up by the Liberal Government taxes.

Words for today;    Liberal Gov’t Motto;   your pain is our gain.

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel.

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