It has been quite some time since I posted. In that time we have moved out of our Mary St. home and are waiting for the next iteration.
While it has been two months nothing seems to have changed politically from a policy point of view and Morrison has brought down his first budget which has, for him, the advantage of not being informed by Joe Hockey. Unfortunately it is still being driven by the Abbott agenda which the right wing faction insists on keeping to. So no mention of climate change which must be so obvious to boy wonder Malcolm that it amazes me to see him, Costello like, smiling and baby kissing and pretending there isn't a problem.
We have just had the warmest four months since records were kept and the storms, fires and freak tides are there for all to see and experience. While Turnbull promised a mature conversation with the Australian people he has been notably missing in action in this most important issue on which so much else he will talk about endlessly, at the click of a microphone, while we are being slowly boiled to death. The frogs will rise up though - let's hope not too late. So much for mature.
The Panama Papers meanwhile provide a window into the shadow world of the corporations and individuals for whom paying tax is an option so by foreshadowing a gradual drop in the corporate rate there is a dubious assumption that a lower rate is more attractive than zero. Having gutted the capabilities of the ATO and ATSIC in previous budgets we can't expect much to come from their enforcement and discovery efforts even if the Panama Papers gives them a shopping list of names and addresses.
Of course Panama is just one of many jurisdictions where conduits to hidden money and accounts are found. So Wikileaks and Snowden still have much public good to do for us.
Back to Turnbull - what price does integrity and honesty come at. We know it's not just money because he and Lucy are rolling in it. No the real deal for Malcolm now is his life long desire to exercise power at the highest level. The irony is having grabbed the apple he now realises it has thirty worms in it who will throw him off a cliff if he ever mentions the c word. No not that one - climate.
It's good to see the Labor Party now outing him on his knowing wrecking of the NBN and hopefully they can use social media, tv advertising and other ways to get the word out as it is being totally avoided by the MurdFax papers and their associated TV and pay outlets.
I keep wondering how short term profits are more appealing than the enormous opportunities of the new economy. Do the fat cats not have families? When the seas rise up, and the forests burn and the cyclones sweep through there might be a place to hide like the SS dug caves in Silesia but not for very long. Starvation and thirst are coming to all.
Greg Hunt meanwhile crows about his achievements which in 1984 speak means that he has wrecked to environment to appease his ambitions. I have registered to vote in Flinders, his electorate. Just maybe he will be turfed out.