||Issue No. 293||20 December 2005|
Waves of Destruction
Interview: Back to the Future
Unions: A Real Page Turner
Industrial: The Pin-Striped Union
International: Around The World In 365 Days
Legends: Terrific, Tommy
Your Rights At Work: Worth Fighting For
Politics: The Year That Was
Economics: Master and Servant Revisited
Culture: 2005: The Year of Living Repetitively
Bad Boss: The Bottom Ten
Religion: Hymns from a Different Song Sheet
The Locker Room
Free to Rat
Tax Cuts and Cockroaches
Proportion, Not Distortion
Letters to the Editor
Tax Cuts and Cockroaches
2005 has been great! 2006 also promises to be action-packed.
Telstra's credit rating has been downgraded, casting further doubt over next year's anticipated sale (not to mention thousands of employees face being axed). Sol and his team will no doubt get what they want - no regulatory relief, no sale. Or, sale with no regulatory relief at a bargain basement price.
It also seems likely there has been more than just one cockroach in Saddam's kitchen, and we have to question whether AWB were alone, and so incredibly naive, in what may be one of the biggest scandal's the Howard Government
has ever faced.
Add to the fray, workers being stripped of their rights to accommodate 'big business aspirations', as well as attempts to gag dissenters of all varieties is that sedition or sedation?). This is sure to present some major headaches for the coalition.
We are only now being made aware of just how timid our Government have been with our Indonesian neighbours as evidenced by their response to the East Timor crisis back in 99. This too, may be further scrutinised a little
more deeply than Mr Howard would like.
TAX CUTS, TAX CUTS, TAX CUTS FOR EVERYBODY.
It seems to me that the PM senses that 2006 is not going to be a pleasant one for his government, so why not start now by promising generous tax cuts.
As 2005 closes, the Prime Minister has promised the next round of tax cuts would be "for all Australians", a day after Nationals leader Mark Vaile called for tax relief for lower-income workers
However, Mr Costello remains at odds with the PM and cautioned that the minerals boom, which has underpinned the Government's finances, will not last forever. He has again emphasised the need for strong budget surpluses in the years ahead, warning that billions of dollars could be stripped from company tax receipts when the commodity boom ends.
Oh! and Pete won't be challenging the PM for the top job - that could actually be a blessing in disguise for the Treasurer.
This is all pure speculation of course, however, if the PM can make a career out of it, so can I?
John McPhilbin, NSW
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