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Federal Election Campaign: Day 6

Day 6 of the election campaign and the LNP is already preparing for defeat with Tony Abbott raising the possibility that he would return to the Liberal Party leadership if the party asked him after the election. Given the popularity of Tony Abbott, I raise the possibility that this is a weird psy-op to get people to vote for ScuMo so we don't have to put up with Abbott.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 5

Liberal candidate for Chisholm, Gladys Liu, has made the top story for day 5 of the campaign. First, she claims LGBTI issues as "ridiculous rubbish", then tried to claim it was "fake news" (we have recordings, you know), and then tried to say that it was the views of the Chinese community. Congratulations, Gladys! Not only are you a vile homophobe, you also managed to lie about what you said, and then you also tried to smear the Chinese community as being as homophobic as you are. You know what its called when you use a generalised smear against a community? That's racism.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 4

Day 4 of the election and we turn to those who think should treat all of this as a big joke.

LNP Senator for putting more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, Matthew Canavan, shows that he as as smart as Tony Abbott by chowing down on a whole raw onion.
https://twitter.com/mattjcan/status/1117170594318041089

Federal Election Campaign: Day 3

On Day 3 of the election campaign, the Prime Minister was introducing himself to anyone of vaguely SE Asian appearance with a "nǐ hǎo" only to do so to a woman who informs him that she's Korean. Once again, his exceptional skills in marketing are evident.

More importantly, it's the dumping season. The Tories have ditched three candidates already because two of them have dual citizenship issues and a third because they won't give up their job at Australia Post.

Federal Election Campaign: Day 1 and 2

Day one of the election campaign: LNP engages in a shocking level of corruption and nepotism.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-11/morrison-government-appoints-coll...

Federal election campaign day 2.

When Peter Dutton accuses the Labor candidate for Dickson, Ali France, of using her disability as an "excuse" for not living in the electorate.

Workplace safety and union fines

In January 2014 a 30 year old man died at the Barangaroo construction site after falling from scaffolding. Despite on going union concerns about safety and supervision at the site, no legal action resulted from the man’s death.

In June 2014, 1,000 workers walked off the job for two days after a CFMMEU official was suspended following an altercation with the site manager over safety at Barangaroo.

Labor’s dividend imputation credits policy

What Labor’s dividend imputation credits policy actually is:

Dividend imputation credits were introduced in 1987 to prevent double taxation. ie when a company pays tax on their profits shareholders receive imputation credits which are used to reduce the shareholders tax liability.

If the shareholder didn’t have a tax liability, or had imputation credits exceeding their tax liability, the imputation credits were unused, just like any other tax offset.

Economic comparisons since Whitlam

Forty three years and six months after the Whitlam government was elected, both Labor and the Coalition had been in government for the same amount of time (21 years and 9 months).

In that time:

Annual employment growth was 0.216% higher under Labor. Given the size of today’s labour market that amounts to 25,710 extra jobs per year. Since 1972 565,000 addition jobs were created under Labor.

Bernie and the Filibuster

Bernie Sanders opposes getting rid of the filibuster or changing Senate processes to be more democratic. Why? Likely because his support for the $15/hour minimum wage is just virtue signalling. Doubling the minimum wage over night would displace a lot of people. Smaller businesses with budget constraints would lay off half of their current employees to make up the difference, while larger companies with more resources would double down on automation, replacing human labor with robots/computers/algorithms.

Condemn Joe's Shoe Store

Every Northcote (Melbourne, AU) local has heard of the cocktail bar, Joe’s Shoe Store. But what patrons don’t know is how this bar, and its sister-venue Uncle Joe’s, treat their staff like dirt. They pay below-award wages, ripping us off by as much $11 an hour on Sundays and by more $25 an hour on public holidays.

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