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  1. One nation falling apart before the first sitting?
  2. There's one thing about Turnball that I read recently and hadn't considered. If he get's the flick he's unlikely to hang around. If there is a by-election at this point in Wentworth it's likely the libs may lose the seat and have to rely on an independant to govern.
  3. Just a couple of years of severe cuts would do it, or 5 years of more modest cuts. It would also help employment. Perhaps not the numbers but the conditions. I've got Indian boarders ATM. They get ripped off large. Mr Patel pushes trollies for $12 an hour - it might be cash, but at that rate there would be no tax. Mrs P does housekeeping at a hotel - she gets award wages but only gets paid for 3/4,s the time she works. This is why they aspire to be cabbies - don't believe the BS the pay is ok. Really difficult one. The govt could easily move workers regional, though. I would say it's political suicide but the ACT did it so perhaps not. I believe these figures are way over stated, but there is a hell of a lot of tax in building a house. Why is an essential item like fresh bread GST free but an essential item like housing not? This would put downward pressure on prices but also upward pressure on rents. So I'm a bit ambivalent. Out of fairness, I think depreciation allowances should be slashed. A CF neutral property can provide a massive tax benefit when depreciation is taken into consideration. Money for jam.
  4. The state government will double the first home owners grant for regional Victoria in a bid to draw more young buyers into the regions and counter the capital's housing affordability crisis. First home buyers building new homes in regional Victoria will be entitled to $20,000 as of July 1 this year, up from $10,000 for new homes valued up to $750,000.
  5. I disagree. Let's see how much this tax raises.
  6. Ok not impossible. Just an administrative nightmare.
  7. But wait there's more... Almost impossible to enforce. I'm sure all these measures are designed to make housing more affordable. But didn't anyone ask the work experience kid who did grade 9 economics? It's supply stupid!
  8. I'm certain Mal won't be PM in a year, but Dutton?
  9. i just went to an auction in the next street. at previous auctions the auctioneer is very clear when he is making a vendor bid. at this one the auctioneer (who sounded more like a race caller) did not make it clear at all. what are others experiences? there was clearly only one bidder who opened at 480 and bid against the vendor to get to 560 where it stopped. the auctioneer went to the vendor and then the bidder was ushered inside. a while later they all appeared, the bidder said he was biding 590, the auctioneer said reserve had been met, the house was on the market - and of course no one bid any more. sold for 590. would you bid against yourself? crazy!
  10. There's a house near me that's been empty and up for rent since before xmass. It's not a bad place, well priced, but... It's the corner of a main-ish road - not a truck route, only busy in peak, one lane each way. Front of house is on side rd and has high fencing all round. The grass is knee high and the place is poorly presented on REA. Out of area agent who doesn't return calls and no OFIs Purfect for a dog. Dog renters have trouble finding somewhere and often have to accept less than ideal. NO PETS. If they allowed a dog it would negate the main rd thing. Why don't owners start to question why their place isn't renting and get rid of useless agents? There's another one for rent where all the pics are upside down. Why don't LLs check their listing?
  11. You got off lightly. That's the sort of nutter you never get rid of once they've set up shop.
  12. Possible explanations for QLD using more power: QLD has a few smelters that use a huge amount of power. Does vic have industries that use mega amounts of power? There is almost no gas connected to houses in QLD. So heating is almost solely electric - Vic uses gas more. Although we don't heat our homes for long.
  13. The commander in tweet seems to be ageing a week for every day he's in the job. He's very upset with court proceedings. Now using tweets to SHOUT at everyone. If it wasn't so serious it would be funny.
  14. Post your observations of stupidity here... I'm only up to page 8 in the local paper this week: A blind man concerned with the shutdown of Optus' 2g network would not be able to use an old school mobile phone with buttons to make calls. He obviously can't see the screen on a smartphone to make calls. Optus advised no worries, you can purchase a 3g phone with buttons. Just visit our website! A researcher calling for people who've had a stroke and can't speak to call xxx and enrol in research.
  15. Not stupid, but hilarious... Why do businesses let staff answer the phone who speak very very poor English? I thought I would try a new middle east delivery. Woman answering the phone had to call her boss and call me back 3 times. I think she tried her hardest - her command of English was so poor she just couldn't cope with taking an order. She advised me to order online (I think). Eat now's SMS confirmation says it will be here in 10 mins - I doubt it even if they have a helicopter.
  16. Turnbull - it's like visiting your terminally ill aunty who thinks she's going to run a marathon next week. He's throwing around the sweets like Howard on election eve. Turnbull - you can't buy your MPs with middleclass welfare! His attack on Shorty the other day was pathetic. He doesn't have the material Julia did and can't carry off an insult like Keating.
  17. Careful what you say, he might enjoy you looking at his arse. My gaydar goes off big time with this one. Good riddance. Six years is a bloody long time in the current political environment. But at this stage, there's little hope of him getting reelected to the SA senate in a crowded contest. No hope of him getting anyone else elected. He should have just swapped to family first on the condition he would be lead candidate at the next election. He might have picked up a Trump brochure when he was banished to the US, but he is no Trump.
  18. My post was in relation to your correct claim that there is not 100% proof that humans cause/contribute to global warming. 100% proof is never provided before action is taken. A double-blind trial is the highest level of evidence. Neither smoking or falling out of an aircraft have been studied in a double-blind trial. To do so would be unethical and stupid given the retrospective studies we have of smoking and our understanding of gravity. I'm willing to go into evidence hierarchy, but that's probably another thread. There is enough evidence to conclude that carbon emissions lead to global warming. There doesn't, can't, and never will be 100% proof. The question for me is - so what? Why should we stop global warming? The 'so what' of global warming is rarely addressed past the ocean will rise and there be more extreme weather. There's undeniable evidence that burning fossil fuels increases fine particle matter and carcinogens in the atmosphere. That alone is reason to stop using fossil fuels and look for alternatives.
  19. The Krudd insulation scheme will go down in history as one of the best economic and environmental policies. It got a lot of people employed very quickly and contributed to oz avoiding a recession. A few houses burnt, big deal.
  20. Then neither should smoking causing cancer or falling out of an aircraft causing death. Neither have 100% been proven by a double-blind crossover placebo trial.
  21. He's signed is resignation. Loser.
  22. Beat the Chinaman with a lettuce leaf for 10 years till there is a slight reddening of the skin. I live in China town. I KNOW there are foreigners buying established properties here.
  23. There are few issues where there is 100% proof of causation. Smoking increases your risk of a variety of cancers, right? There has never been the highest medical level research (double blind cross-over placebo) that proves it. It doesn't mean that we don't come to the conclusion that smoking increases your risk of cancers. The best research says it does. The proven effects of carbon emissions on human health are reason alone to try to stop it.
  24. this clown get's busted for not declaring a donation from a developer and his punishment is not having to work for 2 months but getting full pay!
  25. How is this remotely seen as ok? I've sat on a few boards. The slightest sniff of conflict and I have excused myself from voting and left the room for the vote.