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Save the Banks!

Full page advert from this week's edition of the Australian financial services magazine "Complete Banker":

"Bank customers of Australia

Please take a moment from your pathetic lives to heed this warning from the Bankers Association.

Your way of life is under threat!

A royal commission into banking is an attack on the four pillars of the Australian banking system - Honesty, Trust, Fairness and Customer Service - values for which the Australian Banking industry continues to set new standards year after year.

Government trials new welfare card

The Federal Government has begun trials of a taxless welfare card, with entitlements not allowed to be spent on paying tax.

The cards have been distributed to 8,000 of Australia's wealthiest beneficiaries of the taxpayer.

Payments to the card holders are then funnelled through a revenue placement network of shelf companies, foreign bank accounts and Panamanian legal firms.

Porco Rosso: The Red Pig

Last Sunday I visited the beautiful deco-era Astor Cinema to see a Studio Ghibli double, My Neighbor Totoro and Porco Rosso. For those of a political mind, the latter is a very interesting historical fantasy. Set during the Great Depression it follows the adventures of a former WWI Italian fighter pilot who now makes his money as a bounty-hunter against "air pirates" on the Adriatic coastline. As a fantasy film the pilot has been struck by a curse and has been turned into an anthropomorphic pig.

Letter to Andrew Broad, Federal Member for Mallee

To: mallee@aph.gov.au
CC: ctesta@sunraysiadaily.com.au

RE: Marriage Equality

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Andrew Broad,
Federal Member for Mallee

Dear Mr. Broad,

I read with interest the recent attention concerning your comments on marriage equality have generated. I hope you will be able to elaborate on some matters that logically arise.

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Vote One: The Politics of Envy

"The politics of envy and just another smear."
- Malcolm Turnbull's response in October to criticism of his government's decision to exempt large private companies from tax disclosure laws and questions about his investments in the Cayman Islands.

"Envy (noun)
1. a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck."- Oxford Dictionary

If the politics of envy means a being discontent and resentful of the qualities of the Turnbull government, then sign me up.

Big Crock Candy Morrison

In the Big Crock Candy Morrison
There's a land that's so far right
That the handouts go to companies
While tax evasion's rife

Where the schools are underfunded
And healthcare gets the chop
While penalty rates
Have hit the breaks
As the government
Butters up their mates
In the Big Crock Candy Morrison

In the Big Crock Candy Morrison
You'll pay more GST
While major multinationals
Will largely go tax free

Food, Glorious Food

Obesity during human history has always been an indicator of power and wealth. During the Neolithic period figurines excavated across Europe of women with over developed thighs and protruding abdomens, were an indicator of the wealth of a nomadic community. It is no accident humans across time and geography equated power and wealth with obesity. Nothing in an era of feast and famine highlights personal security more than the amount of adipose tissue accumulated by individuals within a community.

Back to Work

Based on recent years, in 2016:

About 1 in 5 employees will be injured in the workplace, one quarter of them requiring one or more weeks off work. Around 200 people will be killed in the workplace.

About 1 in 5 Australian workers will suffer some form of mental illness. Australian businesses will lose over $6.5 billion by failing to provide early intervention/treatment for employees with mental health conditions. About 50% of employers will believe mental illness does not exist in their workplace.

Isocracy As Supervenience from Socialism + Liberalism + Anarchism

The new Isocracy committee for 2015-2016 has a fairly active member of the Labor Party as a president, and now a fairly active member of the Liberal Party as vice-president. For some people on the left this would be an anathema - imagine having a member of the Liberal Party of Australia, the chief conservative and often reactionary party on the committee of a body that espouses libertarian socialism. How can this be possible?

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