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Innlegg QIQrrr 01 Feb 2010, 06:43

Bloomberg, February 1, 2010: Australia needs to increase mandatory pension contributions to 12 percent of earnings from 9 percent to ensure adequate retirement incomes, according to a finance industry study. Workers are facing a A$695 billion ($614 billion) shortfall between what they are saving for retirement and what they will need, the Investment & Financial Services Association said yesterday. The savings gap, calculated using superannuation fund balances at June 30, 2008, has jumped 54 percent since 2004 and precedes investment losses from the global financial crisis. The Australian government will publish a report today looking at the pressures rising health-care and energy costs will put on the nation as its population ages and the proportion of tax-paying workers declines. The unfunded pension liabilities of Australian state governments surged 53 percent to A$74.3 billion last year, Rice Warner Actuaries said Jan. 8. “We are facing a disaster in retirement savings,” association Chief Executive Officer John Brogden said on a conference call with journalists yesterday. “The situation is worsening, and these figures are prior to the main effect of the financial crisis” - Australia Pensions Facing ‘Disaster’ on Shortfall, Study Says
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The Australian, April 27, 2010: After months of avoiding even mentioning an emissions trading scheme Kevin Rudd has formally dumped Labor's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme until at least after the next election, and possibly the one after that. After months of refusing to defend or promote the answer to the greatest moral and economic challenge “of our time” or to propose an alternative the Prime Minister has simply put it off as an inconvenient political truth and tried to blame the Coalition and the Greens for obstruction in the Senate - PM delays emissions trading scheme
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Bloomberg, May 2, 2010: Australia will impose a 40 percent tax on the profits of resource companies like BHP Billiton Ltd. and Rio Tinto Group to pay for infrastructure, retirement and company levy changes as part of the broadest overhaul of its tax system since the Second World War. The government, commenting on Treasury Secretary Ken Henry’s 10-year tax plan, said the tax would start in 2012 and raise A$12 billion ($11.1 billion) in the first two years. The move to better tap into the nation’s mining boom, fueled by commodities demand from China and India, comes as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd prepares for an election later this year. “This will use super profits on resources owned by all Australians,” Rudd told reporters in Canberra, saying he’s prepared for a backlash to the measures. “This will help convert Australia’s strong economic position today into enduring prosperity.” The changes set up a potential clash between Rudd and resources companies that make up 9 percent of the economy and last week warned that a 40 percent levy and double taxation with state royalties would threaten $108 billion worth of planned investment. “If implemented, these proposals seriously threaten Australia’s competitiveness, jeopardize future investments and will adversely impact the future wealth and standard of living of all Australians,” BHP’s Chief Executive Officer Marius Kloppers said in an e-mailed statement today - Australia Plans to Impose 40% Tax on Resource Profits
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NEWS.com.au, June 7, 2010: The China-friendly image of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been tarnished by claims he branded the Chinese "f**kers" at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. The ABC quotes today in the June edition of the Quarterly Essay, journalist David Marr as saying Mr Rudd remarked to a group of journalists and aides during the December 2009 summit that: "Those Chinese f**kers are trying to rat-f**k us." The angry tirade reportedly came after tense negotiations with the Chinese over a binding agreement on reducing carbon emissions. It is not the first time he has been accused of bad-tempered outbursts. Last year he slammed lawmakers from his own Labor party as "f**kers" after they complained he had slashed their generous entitlements. Meanwhile the Government's relationship with another Asian neighbour remains strained after Australia decided to take Japan to the International Court of Justice over its "scientific whaling" program - Alleged 'rat-f**k' outburst tarnishes Aussie PM Kevin Rudd's China-friendly image
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The Weekly Times, June 9, 2010: Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has accused Kevin Rudd of "turning communist" over his attitude to the proposed super profits tax on miners. Mr Forrest and fellow mining boss Gina Rinehart today addressed more than 2000 mining industry workers who rallied to protest against the federal government's proposed resources tax. Mr Forrest, the chief of Fortescue Metals Group, accused Mr Rudd of going communist in imposing the tax while communist China moved the other way. Protesters held up mass produced placards bearing the slogans and then chanted, "super tax, super stupid'', "super tax kills jobs'' and "Rudd's mining tax hurts us all''. "In China right now there's a fierce debate about how to lower their resources tax to encourage the mining industry.'' Australia was doing the opposite, Mr Forrest said. "I ask you which communist is turning capitalist and which capitalist is turning communist.'' Mr Forrest told protesters this was their opportunity to change Australia's direction from the direction Mr Rudd was taking it, which was largely socialist redistribution over the creation of value - PM 'turning communist' on tax

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Innlegg QIQrrr 23 Jun 2010, 17:13

"Kryptofascisten" Kevin Rudd har problemer:

    The Daily Telegraph, June 23, 2010: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is fighting to hold on to power after senior colleagues forced him to call a leadership election. Mr Rudd was told he had lost the backing of several MPs and the AWU, one of the country's most influential unions, who were switching their support to his Deputy Julia Gillard. Party bosses urged Ms Gillard to challenge the prime minister after he failed to secure a lift in the polls in what was considered a make-or-break week. She spoke to him on Wednesday to demand the leadership vote after being told the majority of Labour Party MPs would back her. During an extraordinary night in Canberra, one unnamed MP reportedly said that Mr Rudd was a "cryptofascist" who had never bothered to build support within the party and was now paying for his mistakes - Australian PM Kevin Rudd fighting leadership coup
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Innlegg QIQrrr 24 Jun 2010, 02:52

Rudd er ferdig:

    The Daily Telegraph, June 24, 2010: Australia has its first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd stood down on Thursday, handing the leadership to his deputy Julia Gillard. Mr Rudd was convinced to step aside after it became obvious during an emergency caucus meeting that he did not have the support of enough MPs to continue serving as prime minister. The British-born Ms Gillard was reportedly backed by at least 75 of the Labour Party's 115 MPs, sending a clear and emphatic message to Mr Rudd that it was time to go. However, there is no guarantee that Ms Gillard's move to take charge of the party will put and end to Labour's problems. Ms Gillard was part of Mr Rudd's "gang of four", a small group of MPs consulted by Mr Rudd over policy issues. She had a hand in the scrapping of the emissions trading scheme, which infuriated the electorate and could leave her tarred with the same brush as Mr Rudd. The political violence of the past 24 hours is also expected to badly damage and divide the party, and further anger voters just months from an election. The leadership spill comes amid increasing public frustration with the government. The Labour Party has a primary vote of just 35 per cent, with the Liberals polling 40 per cent. The dire outlook for Labour was triggered a series of unpopular decisions made by Mr Rudd, including the announcement in April that the government was shelving its flagship emissions trading scheme. Mr Rudd was also embroiled in a high profile fight with the mining industry over his planned 40 per cent super profits tax on resources - Kevin Rudd dumped as Julia Gillard becomes Australian prime minister
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The Earth Times, July 23, 2010: Australia will not bring in carbon trading until other major polluters do and even then only if there is popular support within the country for putting a price on carbon. Prime Minister Julia Gillard, in remarks Friday, reiterated the policy of Kevin Rudd, the party leader she deposed last month. "This means I will act when the Australian economy is ready and when the Australian people are ready," the prime minister said. Gillard, who is seeking a second three-year term for her Labor government at an August 21 parliamentary election, had helped persuade Rudd to abandon plans for carbon trading after the failure of the Copenhagen climate conference in December. The prime minister also rejected calls from the Greens to impose a carbon levy as an interim measure until a carbon trading was introduced. An opinion poll earlier this year showed a loss of interest in global warming, with less than half of respondents considering it a serious problem - Australia shirks setting a price on carbon
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Innlegg Amund Farberg 23 Jul 2010, 15:53

Hvor bra tegner det egentlig for Australia at leftist-statsministeren blir kastet, når årsaken var at hans parti hadde forkastet karbon-avlatshandel? Valget står mellom pest eller kolera, ser det ut til!
That government is best which governs least.
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Innlegg QIQrrr 23 Jul 2010, 16:47

Da må de jo nesten vrake Julia Gillard også med tanke på at hun bidro til at Rudd forkastet planene om CO2-handel,
men Gillard ønsker visstnok bare en annen type regulering og skattlegging av CO2. Hvis klimainteressen blant australierne synker ytterligere kan det tenkes at fornuften seirer Down Under. Vi får se.
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Innlegg QIQrrr 23 Jul 2010, 21:32

Apropos:

Gillard finally finds a use for Rudd’s 2020 Summit

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, July 24, 2010

Julia Gillard’s idea to pluck 150 people randomly off the streets to decide on the future of a huge tax on our emissions is so bizarre that you wonder from what mad place she borrowed it. Here’s Laurie Oakes:

    Gillard’s proposal for a 150-member citizens’ assembly to try to reach consensus on climate change and the case for a carbon price is the wackiest idea to come along in quite a while.

    Kevin Rudd’s farcical 2020 Summit looks sensible by comparison.

    The very reason we are going to the polls on August 21 is to elect a 150-member citizens’ assembly. It is called the House of Representatives.
But wait. What Oakes hasn’t realised is that the idiocy of Gillard’s proposal is explained precisely by the fact that it actually did come out of Rudd’s “farcical 2020 summit.” Indeed, Gillard’s fatal mistake was to become the first politician in Australia to think the proposals dreamed up at that summit by Rudd’s hand-picked “best and brighest” should actually be taken seriously - and especially this one:

It beggars believe that we now have a Prime Minister that treats that circus as a source of inspiration. Even Rudd, for all his faults, wisely binned his own summit’s report. Now Gillard is rummaging through his bin, looking for scraps like this.

Mer australsk klimasirkus:

Gillard feels the greenshirts’ lash

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, July 24, 2010


What is it with the Left and the distinctive inability of so many to have a respectful, adult debate? Why the totalitarian instinct to shout down others, to threaten violence and to harass ideological enemies in their daily business?

Example one yesterday:

Example two yesterday:

Imagine how a society run by greenshirts would deal with dissenters.

Se også: Australian Climate Madness
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WAtoday, July 24, 2010: Australias’s renewable energy industry was reeling yesterday after discovering a $520million budget cut to low-emissions technology in the fine print of Julia Gillard’s "cash-for-clunkers" announcement. Ms Gillard said that owners of pre-1995 vehicles will be able to claim $2000 from January 1 next year to upgrade to cleaner cars. But the move will be financed by cutting into existing carbon reduction programs, including $200million from the flagship solar power incentives and $150million off the renewable energy scheme that provides rebates to householders for solar hot water and heat pump systems. Ms Gillard revealed that a total of $520million in cuts would be made to existing carbon reduction programs, including $150million off the controversial carbon capture and storage research program. The plans to slice the clean energy programs came just a day after a key stump speech on climate change in which the Prime Minister spruiked the $1.5billion "solar flagships" program. "We were absolutely shocked and it’s fair to say the solar industry was stunned to learn that $220million will be pulled from the flagship program," said the Australian Solar Energy Society’s chief executive officer, John Grimes. "Taking inefficient cars off the road is a great initiative, but why would you rip the heart out of the solar program to do it?" The solar flagships program was designed to establish big solar-power stations — equivalent in size to fossil-fuelled electricity generators — across Australia. Eight projects, a handful of which were planned for Victoria, are shortlisted for the funds and the government was due by next year to announce the first two projects. Mr Grimes said the government’s announcement had cast a pall of "massive uncertainty" over the projects. The program was part of what former prime minister Kevin Rudd had earlier this year called the "biggest renewable energy plan this country has ever seen" - Solar plan raided to pay for guzzlers
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Sky News Australia, August 13, 2010: Treasurer Wayne Swan has promised a re-elected Labor government won't put a tax on carbon during its next term of office. He made the promise on ABC TV last night as the opposition's treasury spokesman Joe Hockey demanded to know whether Australia would be hit with a carbon tax in the next three years under a Labor government. Mr Swan said that tax has been ruled out and a federal Labor government would look to its citizens assembly for more guidance on the issue of climate change - Carbon tax free for three years - Labor
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Reuters, September 1, 2010: Actor Paul Hogan, star of the "Crocodile Dundee" movies, has vowed to continue fighting the Australian tax office which has barred him from leaving Australia until he pays a massive bill, saying he's victim of a witch hunt. Hogan, 70, was served with a departure prohibition order 10 days ago while in Australia to attend his 101-year-old mother's funeral which has prevented him from leaving to return to Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and son. The actor went public in the Australian media this week to put forward his side in his five-year row with the tax office, saying he had done nothing wrong and the tax office was on a witch hunt for a high-profile case. "I can't pay 10 percent of what they're asking.... bugger 'em!" the actor told Australian television Nine Network's "A Current Affair" program broadcast late Tuesday. "If I was a tax evader, which I'm not, I must be the dumbest one in the world to keep coming back here instead of fleeing to a tax haven ... I know they're absolutely desperate to nail some high-profile character with money to justify the expense to the taxpayer." Hogan has repeatedly said that if anything he has paid too much tax in Australia. "I've paid more than a wise businessman would have," he said. "I don't have and never had the money people think I got ... and it's none of their business," he added - Paul Hogan vows to fight Australian tax office

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Før valget:

    Sky News Australia, August 13, 2010: Treasurer Wayne Swan has promised a re-elected Labor government won't put a tax on carbon during its next term of office - Carbon tax free for three years - Labor
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    MarketWatch, September 19, 2010: Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has strongly signalled that she could use a new alliance between her ruling Labor government and independent lawmakers to accelerate moves to green up the economy through a carbon-emissions tax - Australian PM may push for 'green' tax
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