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Warning to all Muslims the world over seeking asylum and protection from the manifestations of their faith.
Do not under any circumstances come to Australia, for we are a Nation founded upon Judeo Christian Law and principles and as such Australia is an anathema to any follower of the Paedophile Slave Trader Mohammad's cult of Islam.
There is no ideology more hated and despised in Australia than Islam.You simply would not like it here.
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Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Voltaire French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 - 1778)
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Those who demand you believe that Islam is a Religion of Peace also demand you believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming.
Aussie News & Views Jan 1 2009
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"But Communism is the god of discontent, and needs no blessing. All it needs is a heart willing to hate, willing to call envy “justice."
Equality then means the violent destruction of all social and cultural distinctions. Freedom means absolute dictatorship over the people."
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Take Hope from the Heart of Man and you make him a Beast of Prey
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“ If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival.
“There may be even a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves”
Winston Churchill. Pg.310 “The Hell Makers” John C. Grover ISBN # 0 7316 1918 8
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This matters above everything.
—Confucius
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'a socialist is communist without the courage of conviction to say what he really is'.
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Hontar: We must work in the world, your eminence. The world is thus.
Altamirano: No, Señor Hontar. Thus have we made the world... thus have I made it.
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Voltaire said: “If you want to know who rules over you, just find out who you are not permitted to criticize.”


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When those sworn to destroy you,Communism, Socialism,"Change you can Believe in" via their rabid salivating Mongrel Dog,Islam,take away your humanity, your God given Sanctity of Life, Created in His Image , If you are lucky this prayer is maybe all you have left, If you believe in God and his Son,Jesus Christ, then you are, despite the evils that may befall you are better off than most.

Lord, I come before You with a heavy heart. I feel so much and yet sometimes I feel nothing at all. I don't know where to turn, who to talk to, or how to deal with the things going on in my life. You see everything, Lord. You know everything, Lord. Yet when I seek you it is so hard to feel You here with me. Lord, help me through this. I don't see any other way to get out of this. There is no light at the end of my tunnel, yet everyone says You can show it to me. Lord, help me find that light. Let it be Your light. Give me someone to help. Let me feel You with me. Lord, let me see what You provide and see an alternative to taking my life. Let me feel Your blessings and comfort. Amen.
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"The chief weapon in the quiver of all Islamist expansionist movements, is the absolute necessity to keep victims largely unaware of the actual theology plotting their demise. To complete this deception, a large body of ‘moderates’ continue to spew such ridiculous claims as “Islam means Peace” thereby keeping non-Muslims from actually reading the Qur’an, the Sira, the Hadith, or actually looking into the past 1400 years of history. Islamists also deny or dismiss the concept of ‘abrogation’, which is the universal intra-Islamic method of replacing slightly more tolerable aspects of the religion in favor of more violent demands for Muslims to slay and subdue infidels"

Anthropogenic Global Warming SCAM

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Why Kevin Rudd is SMILING in this world wide recession.

Comrade Rudd and Madame Rein
Australians would be smiling too if they were about to reap a $300million dollar wind fall due to the world wide recession and the policies of Comrade Rudd's Socialist Government.

UK deals windfall for Rein enterprise

Peter Wilson, Europe correspondent
The Australian
March 11, 2009

KEVIN Rudd's family finances are heading in a different direction from those of most people as the global recession helps to add as much as $300 million to the annual turnover of his wife Therese Rein's job-placement company in Britain.

Industry experts familiar with her main operating company predicted yesterday that its turnover would more than treble in the next three years from about pound stg. 60million ($130 million) to pound stg. 200million.

While most families and industries struggle with the recession, Ms Rein, who is estimated to be worth $60 million, is prospering because her firm is already winning new British government contracts and her chosen profession of helping the unemployed is one of the few businesses that continues to boom in bad economic times.

Ms Rein's decision to sell her Australian operations to avoid a conflict of interest after her husband was elected prime minister in 2007 has turned out to be beautifully timed because she concentrated on the British job market just as it was preparing for an explosion of private sector activity.

Her firm, WorkDirections UK, is believed to have doubled its turnover from the pound stg. 32 million it reported in June 2007, while its workforce has also doubled to more than 700.

That growth is mainly being driven by the British Government's injection of new market forces and private enterprise into the task of finding jobs for the unemployed, but the recession is giving her business a further boost.

The upturn in Ms Rein's fortunes comes as Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull stands by his claim that it is hypocritical of Mr Rudd to attack "neo-liberal" policies when his own family finances have benefited from the privatisation of government services.

Ms Rein's acumen and business success have been well documented, but the extent of her expansion in Britain is only now becoming clear.

"Selling up in Australia and turning most of her attention to here (in Britain) turned out to be the smartest thing she could possibly have done," one economic adviser to the British Government said yesterday.

A spokeswoman for Ms Rein's holding company, Ingeus, yesterday refused to comment on the firm's growth prospects, issuing a statement saying that "we are not in a position to speculate about our purchasers' response to current economic conditions (but we) will continue to respond to employment services tenders as they arise".

Labour now pays about pound stg. 1 billion a year to private firms and voluntary groups for job services but it is committed to giving them access to more of the pound stg. 36 billion that it spends on the unemployed each year.

The likelihood of a Conservative election victory next year suggests there will be an even bolder shift to the private sector, with the Tories promising to put many more job-search functions out to contract and to make heavy cuts at the Department for Work and Pensions, which has already lost 30,000 jobs under Labour.

With Britain suffering one of the deepest downturns in the developed world, the number of people on some form of jobless benefits is tipped to double to two million, prompting Gordon Brown's Government to increase the scale and pace of its shift to private-sector job placement.

One of the Government's flagship programs, the Flexible New Deal for the long-term jobless, has been expanded from 100,000 places to 300,000 and the upfront payments to job placement firms have been increased to help fund the start-up of what is essentially a new private industry.

Several experts in London said the next 18 months to two years would be difficult for the private providers as they struggled with their own structural changes and a shortage of job vacancies, but when the recession eventually eased the profits would roll in. When the economy finally began to create more jobs the job placement agencies would thrive because they would have large numbers of relatively skilled and work-ready people on their books.

Richard Johnson, a former executive at Ms Rein's firm in Britain who now heads one of her rivals, yesterday backed the prediction that she could triple her turnover in the next three years.

"If you do the numbers you do come up with a result like that and Therese has built a company that deserves that sort of success," said Mr Johnson, the managing director of welfare-to-work programs for Serco, one of the world's largest providers of privatised public services.

"WorkDirections has probably the best reputation in the country for quality and integrity. It pays its front-line staff more than other providers and something like 90 per cent of them have university degrees.

"That high-quality service is a point of difference in the market and it has been a very clever strategy because the trend now is all about basing payments on results and if you deliver better results you will be better rewarded."

The Government is offering 24 large five-year contracts to provide job services in different parts of Britain and WorkDirections is widely expected to win three or four contracts.

That would lift its turnover to perhaps pound stg. 105 million and similar results in the next two annual rounds of contracts would lift it to about pound stg. 200 million.

Professor Dan Finn, a welfare-to-work expert for the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion who has studied the introduction of such schemes in Australia and the US, said the first few years of the new British contracts were likely to have generous government funding.

"If you look at cases like the Jobs Network in Australia they tend to spend a lot to make sure it gets up and running, and then they tighten up the funding," he said.

"That is when the number of providers competing for business falls away ... and the quality operations like WorkDirections are left standing."

Ms Rein's firm has also entered the French, German and Swedish job markets but the greatest rewards have been offered by the structural reforms in Britain. Labour has already brought single parents and the disabled into welfare-to-work programs and is now flirting with the more radical step of using the huge pot of money that is normally reserved for unemployment benefits to pay job-placement firms for reducing the benefits bill.

Green Hoax down under Rudd's weapon of mass JOB destruction.

No room for idiocy in a harsh economic climate

Piers Akerman
News.com.au
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

CLIMATE Change Minister Penny Wong has increased the Rudd Government’s carbon footprint exponentially with the release of her 374-page emissions trading scheme legislation.

Wong has also given the Opposition a carbon neutral opportunity to stand up for average working families in the face of unprecedented environmentalist bullying from the Rudd Government.

It will have to be quick though as the global fiscal stuff-up, combined with the Government’s Bills on emissions trading and industrial relations, threaten to rapidly reduce the numbers of working families.

Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull is correct to focus on jobs while Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan squander the wealth of the nation on programs for which there is no sound economic reasoning.

The problem for the Government is that its plans have been tried and have failed elsewhere. On Monday and Tuesday more than 600 scientists and others met in New York to hear experts speak against the theory of man-made climate change.

Among them was the European Union President Vaclav Klaus, who said climate data did not support the theory of human causation, adding we needed to save the planet from the environmentalists.



See Comrade Rudd's Madame Wong at her best,here on the Labor Party's ABC Lateline program refusing to answer a simple question, note how many times the cameras are taken off her when she is under pressure and looks to her right seemingly seeking assistance from an off screen advisor in how best to not answer the question.
I can just imagine the fireworks in the studio after the interview concluded.
Another speaker was Californian Senator Tom McClintock who had the audience rolling in the aisles as he pointed out the inanities of the doomsayers.

The Left, he said, was now in the business of selling indulgences - you can actually calculate your carbon sins online and they’ll gladly tell you how much money to send them (all major credit cards accepted) to assuage your conscience.

His saved his harshest criticism for the radical policies that the global warm-mongers are now enacting, the same policies being pushed by Rudd and Wong.

Three years ago, in the name of saving the planet, California adopted the most radically restrictive legislation anywhere on the planet, including AB32, which requires a 25 per cent reduction in man-made carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.

Until last year, McClintock said, Californian’s unemployment rate tracked the national figures, but since January, 2007, California began a radical divergence from the national figures and is now in double digits and nearly 40 per cent higher than the national unemployment rate.

Those numbers won’t mean much to the current federal ALP leadership because it is a clone of the dysfunctional NSW model - obdurate, ignorant and inflexible.

But as the numbers of jobless in Australia soar to levels not seen since the last federal Labor administration, driven by Rudd’s expensive and meaningless emissions trading system and its union-friendly industrial relations laws, the Opposition should make the running on behalf of those whose jobs Labor will kill.

Australia's Labor Socialists build a Hospital

Rooms too small at $1bn Royal North Shore Hospital - doctors

By Simon Benson
The Daily Telegraph
March 11, 2009 08:29am

A $1 BILLION hospital project is in a shambles with the discovery that its operating theatres are too small for major operations and don't meet the national standards for minimum size.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal that, of 18 theatres at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital 16 are below the recommended size for major surgery.

In a deepening of the crisis facing the decrepit New South Wales health system, surgeons and anaesthetists at the existing hospital, which serves a population of one million, claim that at least six theatres are so small they won't even be able to accommodate vital operating equipment.

Clinicians said they will not be able to perform major trauma, cardiac, spinal or cancer surgery in 90 per cent of the theatres as they are at least 10sq m too small.

In a repeat of the disaster at Bathurst Hospital, plans shown to the surgeons reveal that 10 of the theatres will be 52sq m and six will be 42sq m. The accepted minimum size for multi-function theatres is between 55 and 60sq m, they said.

It has also been revealed that urgent maternity patients will be located hundreds of metres away from theatres and that trauma victims transferred from the helipad to surgery would have to be pushed 259m on trolleys.



Head of Royal North Shore's trauma unit and chair of the medical staff council Tony Joseph said the situation was "ridiculous" and warned that the project was doomed to failure unless the plans were immediately redrawn.

"The surgeons have repeatedly expressed their deep concerns about the size of the theatres," Dr Joseph said. "They have said they will not be able to conduct complicated or major surgery in them."

The clinicians, who had been locked out of the design plans by the Government, have advised hospital CEO Matthew Daly of the problems.

Mr Daly is believed to have sought urgent talks with Health Department officials.

The Opposition has described the project as a "monumental blunder".

"It is either sheer stupidity or breathtaking incompetence for the Rees Government to be spending $1 billion to build a hospital where 16 out of 18 operating theatres are smaller than . . . guidelines recommend, with some so small they can't fit vital medical equipment," Opposition health spokeswoman Jillian Skinner said.

"I sympathise with doctors who are screaming in frustration trying to get the State Labor Government to realise they are building a hospital that won't be able to perform the world-class surgery that is expected of it.

"The decision to locate the helipad on top of the existing Douglas Building is utter madness. It will not only jeopardise the lives of patients, it will make NSW the laughing stock of the nation when it comes to major infrastructure projects."

Emphasis added by ANV
Australia's Doctors, Nurses and Clinicians are sought out all over the world for their skill and dedication to their profession and patients.
Since the introduction of Medi Bank now called Medi Care,thirty years of socialized medicine has seen these highly skilled and dedicated professional driven into the ground mentally and physically by the crushing weight of the Socialist
bureaucracy.
The largest increase in MediCare expenditure is in the spending on and increasing the size of the
bureaucracy. the back room boys and gals, union officials and hangers on, that make up the socialist Comrades all aboard gravy train, of that most infamous oxymoron the "public service"

This debacle is the Labor Party's latest three legged,four arsed 3 dicked 18 balled Donkey that they are trying to pass off as socialist medicine's prize state of the art
thoroughbred racehorse.

The bio of one of Labor's movers and shakers and expert on operating theater and hospital design, NSW Health Minister John Della Bosca, below. See this link for his and his wife's most infamous contribution to public service.
Socialised medicine in Australia.

Minister for Health, Minister for the Central Coast and Vice President of the Executive Council
NSWALP

John Della Bosca joined the Australian Labor Party at the age of 17, inspired by the national leadership of Gough Whitlam.
Politically active from a young age John rose through his branch and electorate council to hold a place on the National Executive of the Australian Labor Party.

John has dedicated his life to the Labour-movement and creating a modern Australia. He worked as a researcher for the then Senator Kerry Sibraa, before becoming the
National Research Officer for the Australian Transport Officers’ Federation. John went on to become the union’s State Organiser in 1981.

Two years later John became the
State Organiser of the NSW Branch of the Australian Labor Party, then Assistant Secretary in 1985. In 1990 John became the General Secretary of the NSW Branch. For nine years John worked to ensure the working families of NSW were represented by Labor men and women at all levels of government.

John was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in 1999. He has served in a number of Ministerial capacities, including Special Minister of State, Industrial Relations, Ageing and Disability, Commerce, Education and Training.
He is now Minister for Health, Minister for the Central Coast and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.


Among his achievements as a Minister are an additional billion dollars in funding for disability services; a new evidence based approach to drug policy; lifetime care for people catastrophically injured in motor vehicle accidents (regardless of fault); and changes to the WorkCover scheme which increased benefits, dramatically lowered premiums and eliminated a $3.2 billion deficit.


John has raised his family on the Central Coast of NSW and is a passionate advocate of the region.



And Westmead Hospital, a Hospital Labor would describe as the "working families" Hospital, has simply run out of money

Obama bitch slapped by "Moderate Taliban"

Obama being illogical - Taliban

News.com.au
March 10, 2009 06:28pm

AFGHANISTAN'S Taliban today turned down as illogical US President Barack Obama's bid to reach out to moderate elements of the insurgents, saying the exit of foreign troops was the only solution for ending the war.

Mr Obama, in an interview with the New York Times, expressed an openness to adapting tactics in Afghanistan that had been used in Iraq to reach out to moderate elements there.

"This does not require any response or reaction for this is illogical," Qari Mohammad Yousuf, a purported spokesman for the insurgent group, said when asked if its top leader Mullah Mohammad Omar would make any comment about Mr Obama's proposal.

"The Taliban are united, have one leader, one aim, one policy...I do not know why they are talking about moderate Taliban and what it means?

"If it means those who are not fighting and are sitting in their homes, then talking to them is meaningless. This really is surprising the Taliban."

In Iraq, the use of Sunni Muslim community leaders to employ their people to patrol their neighbourhoods has been credited as one of the main reasons behind sharp falls in violence.

Mr Obama did point out that compared to Iraq, the situation was more complex in Afghanistan, where nearly 70,000 foreign troops, 38,000 of them American, are due to be joined in coming months by another 17,000 US soldiers.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has been leading Afghanistan since US-led troops overthrew the Taliban in an invasion in 2001, welcomed Mr Obama's proposal.

The number of foreign troops in Afghanistan has risen steadily since Taliban's ouster after they refused to hand over al-Qaeda leaders responsible for the September 11 attacks on the US.

So has the level of Taliban attacks against the Government and foreign forces, prompting Mr Obama to term Afghanistan as a top foreign policy priority for his new administration.

Some Western politicians and military officers now say the war cannot be won by military means alone and a solution will have to involve some form of reconciliation.

Yousuf said expulsion of foreign troops was the only solution for Afghanistan's spiraling violence.

"Afghans know better how to decide about their destiny," he replied when asked if the Taliban were willing to hold talks with Karzai's Government should and when the troops leave.

Since "Community organizer" Obama took office,North Korea has told him / the USA to piss off or they will blow them away with a nuke, China is harassing US naval ships as I write, Hugo Chavez is emboldened to the point of laughing out loud at the USA,Russia is flying through the skies wherever and whenever it wants messing with US planes,Iran has promised to implement it's nuclear capacity to blow Israel off the map,the NY stock exchange is at it's lowest point of any new administration in 90 years, and the Taliban, aka Islamic Sociopaths Inc. or "moderate Taliban / Islam" have accused him of been "illogical".

Why ?...... because now THEY can.
This master tactician, this master community organizer is surely just lulling these pricks into a false sense of security.... Isn't he?

Crocodile V's Shark SEE who won

Shark versus crocodile - battle royale in NT river

By Sally McDonald
The Daily Telegraph
March 11, 2009 12:00am

THERE could only ever be one winner in this battle And this croc won the battle with a shark hands down.

The 4.5 metre saltwater crocodile went head-to-head with the shark last week only meters from a boatload of surprised fishermen.

Craig Van Lawick was aboard the commercial barramundi vessel on the Wildman River 100km east of Darwin when the croc started devouring the one-metre shark

"There was not a whole lot of sound," he said.

"All we could hear was the crunching sound."

Mr Van Lawick was unsure about the type of shark involved and said it was eaten too quickly to work it out.

Luckily another fisherman on board, Anthony Capogreco, reached for his camera and captured the animals in their brief but dramatic battle.

Australia: Socialised Medicine aka.Medi - dont - Care

Cabinet delay on drug subsidy hits 1600

Herald Sun
March 10, 2009 12:00am

MORE than 350 bowel cancer patients a month are dying as they wait for federal Cabinet to approve subsidising a $55,000 drug.

Eight months ago the Federal Government's Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee approved a subsidy for the cancer drug Avastin, which costs $55,000 a year.

The decision should have cut the medicine's cost to $32.90 for general patients and $5.30 for pensioners.

But before the subsidy can be paid Cabinet must approve the committee's ruling, because the subsidy for the drug will cost taxpayers more than $10 million a year.

Since the drug subsidy was approved 1600 patients have missed out.

Just 305 patients have been able to pay the $20,000 they need to go on to a special scheme in which the drug's manufacturer Roche helps patients with the cost of the drug.

Retired teacher Jan Plummer, who was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in March, 2007 has taken Avastin for two years.

She is urging Cabinet to act quickly to subsidise the drug.

"I can imagine how many people who are waiting to go on this drug and can't afford it," she said.

She says she could afford it because her health fund, NSW Teacher's Federation, is one of only a few that help pay the cost.

"God help those who don't have health cover or whose funds don't pay," she said.

She says she's been able to travel, swim and run while on the drug that's injected every two weeks.

The only side effect has been high blood pressure that's treated with tablets.

In March last year, it was revealed three costly treatments for Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis and renal disease were delayed.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon spokesman said yesterday he could not comment on when Cabinet might consider the drug.

Roche says price negotiations were settled in August last year.

Bowel cancer is the nation's most common cancer with more than 12,500 cases emerging every year. It is the second biggest cancer killer after lung cancer with 4500 people dying of it each year.

These bowel cancer sufferers DIE not because of a lack of money available to treat them, they die because they are not considered a high enough priority on the list of this Socialist Labor Governments worthy causes. (see link to previous post re PM Rudd's $75 million dollar gift to Islamic terrorists and their supporters)

The Australian Labor Party's love of, and support of, left wing loons,despots and terrorists far out weighs it's love of and concern for Australians.
Mr Rudd has as I write commanded Australia's Govenor General a close personal friend of his and his family, to leave next week for a whirlwind tour of Africa to seek the support of the various African despots, thugs and hoodlums in securing Australia a seat on the United Nations Security Council, Mr Rudd's other great priority.
Mr Rudd's obsession with grand standing on the world stage,rubbing shoulders with any loon and third world despotic African / Islamic thug who tells him what he wants to hear ie what a "great bloke Kevin 07 is", how much will it cost the Australian taxpayers to stroke his pathetic ego? how many more Australian bowel cancer sufferers will die whilst this prick struts around like the jumped up level 3 public servant he is, and will always be, telling anyone who will listen what a genius he is.

Kevin Rudd Gives away $75million to Gazan Islamic terrorists and their supporters

Prior to the introduction of Socialised medicine into Australia by the Australian Labor Party, Australia had the BEST health system in the world bar NONE,all the more reason for the Socialists to destroy it. see Socialised medicine


A life on hold, thanks to red tape

Peter Dutton
News.com.au
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Imagine needing a complicated organ transplant to save your life. But the vital surgery that can save you has never been performed in Australia.

It is routinely performed overseas. Your doctors have said you will be lucky to survive another 12 months without the transplant.

You would hope and pray that Australia’s health authorities and Health Minister Nicola Roxon would do all they could to save your life.

Assess your health condition. Assess the treatment options and then make a timely decision on how you get your lifesaving treatment.

That is the circumstance that 36-year-old Sydney woman, Pauline Talty, found herself in last October.

Today – 20 weeks later – almost five months later - Pauline Talty remains in a Sydney hospital desperately waiting for an answer to her application to be sent to the United States for treatment.

She is being let down!

Three eminent doctors, Dr David Storey of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; Dr Ross Smith, Professor of Surgery, formerly of Royal North Shore Hospital and Dr Michael Crawford, Surgical Director of the Australian National Liver Transplant Unit are all agreed that Pauline should be sent to Pittsburgh for a bowel transplant.

Their opinions were filed with the Federal Health Department months ago, but still Pauline is being asked to justify why funding should be provided for travel to America.

This is the sort of excessive red tape and bureaucracy which has brought public hospitals in New South Wales to their knees.

And it’s coming from a Federal Government which said it was going to “fix” health.

Imagine if you were in Pauline’s circumstances.

What would you feel? What would you say to the bureaucrats who hold your life in their hands?

"Socialism means equality of income or nothing...........Under Socialism

you would
not be allowed to be poor.

You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught and employed

whether you liked it
or not.

If it were discovered that you had not character and industry enough to

be worth all
his trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly

manner; but while you were
permitted to live,

you would have to live well."


Bernard Shaw.

Follow New Zealand NOT Obama

Follow the Kiwi leader, not Obama
In this crisis, our neighbour is a better economic model than the US or Britain,contends Tony Makin

The Australian
March 11, 2009

DESPITE the federal fiscal stimuli we had to have, Australia is almost certain to experience the recession it was not supposed to have.

So, with earlier stimulatory measures failing to work as expected, what alternatives would work better?

The answer is: those primarily focused on the production rather than the spending side of the economy.

Federal fiscal packages unveiled since October last year have aimed to boost consumption in the short term, in keeping with Treasury advice at the outset that the best fiscal response to the global financial crisis was to "go early, go hard, go households".

However, an arguably sounder fiscal response would have been the exact opposite: go later, go easy, go firms.

This does not mean federal policymakers should have ignored the downturn or that all aspects of fiscal stimulus packages have been unworthy. On the contrary, many infrastructure projects scheduled for future years have been overdue, there is some business tax relief and business regulation problems are being addressed.

But too much faith has been put in using fiscal policy to boost consumption on the demand side of the economy in the short run via tens of billions of dollars' worth of bonus payments. A different mix of measures should have recognised that the financial crisis first struck the aggregate supply side of the economy, not the demand side.

For federal fiscal policy to go later would have meant letting monetary policy go further in the first instance to pre-emptively manage the expected downturn in short-run macro-economic activity. The Reserve Bank of Australia has had much greater scope to do this compared with central banks abroad because official interest rates in Australia had been too high for too long before the global financial crisis hit home.

Inflation also had been wrongly diagnosed as an aggregate demand problem rather than a supply side, or cost-push, problem thanks to high oil and other international commodity prices.

The lowering of official interest rates by four full percentage points since September and the sharp exchange rate depreciation since then will do more to buffer the economy from the worst of the crisis than any fiscal action in train.

It also would have been advisable for federal fiscal policy to go easy in the light of the whack to budget revenue and the budget bottom line as a result of global commodity price falls and diminishing company and capital gains tax receipts.

Moreover, going easy on fiscal policy would have avoided the problem that will soon arise when government borrowing to fund growing state and federal budget deficits puts upward pressure on long-term interest rates, thereby limiting the Reserve Bank's discretion to lower interest rates across the spectrum.

"Go households" has meant channelling scarce federal fiscal outlays to select segments of the economy's household sector. But this has ignored the fact firms were the first victims of the crisis.

For many struggling firms, falling sales were initially less of a problem than the unavailability of credit. Paradoxically, the raft of hasty public spending initiatives implemented across the world may hold back recovery if households and markets become increasingly alarmed about higher future taxation, interest rates and inflation.

Unemployment is the scourge of recessions. However, it is the business sector, not households, that ultimately employs most people, creates most of gross domestic product and invests in the economy's future. Hence, it would have been better to assist firms' bottom line directly on the cost side through rapid regulation relief and tax relief, such as payroll tax reduction, than assist indirectly on the revenue side through trickle-down sales.

Though the federal fiscal response so far offers some business tax relief, this is dwarfed by the bonus payments aimed at boosting consumption.

Rather than following aggregate demand-oriented approaches adopted by the US, Britain and other countries, federal policymakers should look to New Zealand, which so far has avoided measures aimed directly at inflating consumption spending. Instead, the NZ Government has emphasised supply-side measures that will flatten marginal taxes levied on individuals, improve infrastructure and quickly lower the regulatory burden on business.

This is not the first time NZ has led the world in economic policy innovation. It was a Labour government there that initiated comprehensive economic reform under the direction of treasurer Roger Douglas from the mid-1980s.

This change in policy direction occurred following a currency crisis resulting from fiscal excess and included labour market reform, privatisation, public finance reform and trade liberalisation.

The breadth and depth of NZ's reforms had no precedent in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the measures were initiated before the Hawke-Keating government commendably followed suit with a similar reform program that delivered the strong productivity gains Australia enjoyed until the turn of the century.

NZ was also the first country to formally legislate for an independent central bank whose sole objective was to keep inflation low.

Years later Australia adopted a weaker version of the NZ monetary policy model, as did Britain. It's now time to emulate the spirit of NZ's fiscal response to the crisis.

We all know about NZ's rugby prowess and how often it beats Australia at the game. If we were to score Australia v New Zealand on fiscal responses to the global financial crisis so far, it would be Australia0, NZ 1.

That's not counting penalty tries where one side gets points for being obstructed by the other. Such obstruction will be evident as public sector borrowing resulting from aggregate demand management by the state and federal governments in this country pushes up Australasian interest rates at NZ's expense.

Tony Makin is professor of economics at Griffith University's Gold Coast campus.

Too simple, just common sense, Obama & Rudd are, we are told, highly intelligent, so they must be must be sending the United States ( western world) and Australia, to hell in a hand basket deliberately. See Rudd's hand outs below.

Australia's much loved,Dear Leader,Comrade Rudd salutes his adoring followers.

Family bonuses roll out tomorrow


News.com.au
March 10, 2009
CENTRELINK will start rolling out one-off payments to families from tomorrow as part of the Federal Government's $42 billion stimulus package.

Single-income families will receive a $900 bonus if they are recipients of Family Tax Benefit part B.

Families receiving Tax Benefit A will get a $950 back-to-school bonus for each child aged between four and 18.

Recipients of the carer payment or disability support pension, aged less than 19 years old on February 3, 2009, will also receive $950.


Eligible drought-affected farmers will receive $950 hardship payments from March 24, the same time a $950 one-off training and learning bonus and education entry payment is paid to eligible students.

The one-off bonus of up to $900 for taxpayers, earning less than $100,000, will flow from April.


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