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Workplace Terrorism

Since September 11 2001, approximately 3,520 people have died due to workplace related injuries in Australia. This figure excludes deaths due to disease, conservatively estimated at 2,000 per annum.

No additional funding was allocated for OH&S in the last budget. Despite a decline in workplace deaths in recent years the Abbott government is considering scaling back current OH&S legislation and abolishing Safe Work Australia as part of its promise to Australian businesses to cut red tape.

Puzzled

I'm puzzled by the sentiments expressed in the article "The world must tackle this mass psychosis", The Age (26/8). Linking anarchism with the posturings of the ISIL religious
fundamentalists, is ludicrous. Anarchism is a political and social philosophy based on the creation of a society without secular and religious rulers. It's no accident the rallying cry of anarchists during the Spanish revolution was "no Gods, no Masters".

Doing A Bradbury

It's good to see an article about Senator Ricky Muir that gives the man some credit, "Muir a tale of ordinary gladness" Sunday Age (24/8). It's Senator Muir's ordinariness that makes him such an extraordinary Federal Parliamentarian.

Father at 17, sawmill worker, regional Victorian father of 5, a man who has experienced unemployment, he knows the price of a carton of milk. Senator Muir will in time, once he finds his feet and understands the power he is able to exercise in the current Senate, make a significant contribution to the lives of ordinary Australians.

Beyond Kidneys

"We're not exactly asking for their left kidney"
-Christopher Pyne in response to protests against proposed increases to university fees.

The average amount you can expect to sell your kidney for on the black market is $5,000 (http://www.havocscope.com/black-market-prices/organs-kidneys/).

Resist Murdoch's Minions Legislative Onslaught

News Corporation's losses (The Age 21/8) are a drop in the bucket when compared to the 882 million dollar windfall News Corporation received from the long suffering Australian taxpayer in 2013. Using a little bit of creative accounting, Mr Murdoch was able to legally engineer a tax refund in Australia while\ making hundreds of millions of dollars profit from his extensive global empire.

Proceeds of Crimes

During the last state election the Liberal Party promised to establish an independent anti-corruption body in Victoria, modelled on ICAC in NSW. Instead they gave us the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC). IBAC can only investigate allegations of corruption where it has evidence that ''a proscribed indictable offence might have been committed''. It is also restricted to only investigating ''serious corrupt conduct''.

Dirty Laundry

Like Joe Hockey I too belong to the sacred brotherhood of men who do their own laundry and I cannot begin to explain to my uninitiated brethren how much insight and understanding of the average Australian one gains from the loading and operating a washing machine. The fact that Joe makes the effort to wash, as well as possibly fold and put on his own undies has been blatantly ignored by a biased media intent on misrepresenting his values.

Budget Alternatives

Here are a few ideas to get you started Tony.
Abolish negative gearing and Capital Gains Tax breaks - $36 billion per annum.
Close Immigration detention centres - $8 billion (plus about that much again in expenses Scott Morrison hasn't tabled)
Fix loopholes in the mining tax - $35 billion
Reverse Hockey's decision to end all ATO investigations into illegal tax havens and fraudulent practices - $27 billion
Close superannuation tax loopholes - $24 billion
End subsidies to mining and the fossil fuel industry - $15 billion

Of Tax and Welfare

Last week Andrew Forrest proposed that all people receiving welfare payments, including sickness and disability support, should have their incomes managed by the government. Forrest, like the Government, argues that spending has gotten out of control. He, like the Government, has got his maths wrong.

Welfare as a percentage of government expenditure has fallen in the last decade. The number of people on welfare in Australia is the lowest it has been in 17 years. Apart for the age pension all areas of welfare dependency in Australia are decreasing. So why the emergency?

The End of the Carbon Tax

Well that's it ladies and gentlemen. The day we spent three years turning the Australian political landscape into a circus for. The day when the promise that catapulted Tony Abbott and his band of merry thugs, loons and psychopaths into government was fulfilled. The repeal of the carbon tax.

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