Sacrificing the Prime Minister

You’ve all heard the story before.

There was a white bull, a red bull and a black bull oh and a hungry lion too

 

As they set off on a long and arduous journey together, full of danger due to many obstacles and wild animals along the way, the lion pulled aside the red and black bulls and explained that the white bull, due to the way it stood out so blatantly, should be sacrificed for the long term safety of the group. They both agreed, and the lion proceeded to eat the white bull.

 

Not too long after, the lion pulled aside the black bull and convinced it that the bright red bull had now become the threat to their safety. And so the red bull was duly eaten.

 

After a little while, the lion turned to the black bull and said, my friend, it’s now time for me to eat you

 

The black bull resignedly replied to the lion, No doubt, for indeed I died the day the white bull died.

The white bull is Kevin Rudd, the Red bull is Julia Gillard and the black bull is the labor Party and the hungry lion is the media and the polls.

Like Julia Gillard said once she believed the Labor Party was “losing its way” under Kevin Rudd leadership.

On the 23rd of June 2010 the red bull decided to sacrifice the white bull for the long term safety of the group

But for 3 years and 3 days the white bull planned his return from the backbench firstly by becoming the people’s lion that was cut down from his full term as prime minister by the red bull and the black bull and the hungry lion.

It became obvious that the red bull and the black bull planned to eat the white bull was a mistake by sacrificing for the good of the group was now a mistake because for 3 years and 3 days the white bull popularity increase and become obvious that now the red bull had to be sacrifice for the long term safety of the group, how did we end up in situation that we have to sacrifice leaders for the good of the party? I don’t have the answers but I believe the lion has the answers, the media was brutal with the red bull for 3 years and 3 days they never were satisfy of the way the white bull was removed from his position as prime minister of a nation that has low unemployment which is 5.5 pc, Australia’s economy is expected to grow even quicker in the next five years. 2011 to 2015 should see Australia’s GDP (PPP) grow by 4.81 to 5.09 percent annually. By the end of 2015, Australia’s GDP (PPP) is expected to be US$1.122 trillion, but like any country has it problems.

But back in 2010 the polls showed under the white bull leadership the group lost it way and was going to lose the 2010 election for the good of the group his leadership was cut short.

Like a play from Shakespeare on the 26 of June 2013 just 3 years and 3 days when the white bull was brutally sacrifice for the safety of the group it return to his position of prime minister of Australia and the red bull was sacrifice for the good of the group by again the black bull and the hungry lion,

The election is to be held this year, the polls indicate with the leadership of the white bull the labor party has a change of beating Tony Abbott Liberal National Party leader who before the removal of the red bull, the LNP was going to win on a landslide victory, it obvious the black lion listens to the hungry lion, the media played crucial role on both spills in 2010 and again in 2013.

We didn’t really one thing that red bull cried out instead in dismay: “I know was eaten the day the white bull was eaten.”

 

Both eaten by the polls and the media

 

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Winners and losers from this year #budged2013

Treasurer Wayne Swan has handed down his sixth federal budget at Parliament House in Canberra.

Here the winners and losers from this year’s budget:

Winners

$3.3 billion for DisabilityCare Australia in 2014-15 funded by half a percentage point increase to the Medicare levy. Total investment in scheme $19.3 billion over seven years ($14.3 billion in new money)

$9.8 billion in school funding reforms outlined in the Gonski review, over six years from 2014-15
$113 billion in defence funding over the forward estimates, up $10 billion from last year’s budget. Includes $3 billion over nine years to obtain 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft

New spending of $3 billion over the forward estimates as part of a $24 billion infrastructure package. Includes $3 billion for the Melbourne Metro rail project and $1.8 billion for the WestConnex motorway in Sydney.

$400 million will be allocated to Sydney’s F3-M2 link and a further $715 million to Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project

$300 million on childcare reforms, including establishing a fund to help long daycare providers acquire a highly qualified workforce

$300 million to support jobseekers, including allowing Newstart recipients to earn more from paid work – up to $100 a fortnight from the current $62 a fortnight, and indexed from July 2015

$434 million for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

$2.2 billion to be invested in the Medicare benefits schedule across five years, with a further $2.2 billion over four years towards the private health insurance rebate

$226 million on cancer care, including $92.2 million over the forward estimates towards breast cancer screening and pap smears and $18.5 million towards prostate cancer screening

A trial of $112.4 million towards assisting senior Australians to downsize to a more suitable home without affecting their pension, and $9.9 million to extend the Broadband for Seniors initiative

$100 million on natural disaster mitigation to reduce insurance premiums

Almost $100 million for a new farm household allowance to support farmers in hardship

$64 million on national anti-gang taskforce comprising 70 members of the AFP and state police; $40.9 million for the National Crime Prevention Fund.

$42 million for Antarctic climate change research

Losers

Massive revenue write-downs – $170 billion over the last five years. A deficit of $19.4 billion in this current financial year, followed by a $18 billion deficit in 2013-14 and a $10.9 billion deficit in 2014-15 before a projected return to surplus by 2015-16.

Significant reduction in tax receipts of $60 billion over the forward estimates, attributed to challenging global conditions and the high Australian dollar
Minerals resources rent tax estimate down from an original forecast of $13.4 billion to $3.3 billion over the forward estimates

Baby bonus to be abolished from March 1, 2014 and replaced by an increase to Family Tax Benefit Part A – $2,000 for the first child and $1,000 for subsequent children
Moving the baby bonus to FTB-A means 28,000 families who would have received it in 2014-15 will now miss out, because that payment has a tighter means test.

An additional increase to FTB-A, due in 2015 and worth $2.5 billion over the forward estimates (between $300 and $600 a year for families) has been dumped
FTB-A eligibility changed for children aged 16 years and over – it will only be paid until the end of the calendar year in which a child completes school, effective from January 1, 2014

$2.3 billion in cuts to higher education funding. The 10 per cent discount on paying university fees upfront will be abolished, student start-up scholarships will be converted to loans, and there will be a lower limit on tax deductibility of self-education courses, saving the Government $500 million

Medicare safety net threshold increased from $1221.90 to $2,000 from January 1, 2015, saving the Government $105.6 million over the forward estimates

$2.8 billion in tax cuts associated with the carbon trading scheme and due in 2015-16 have been deferred. They would have increased the tax-free threshold from $18,200 to $19,400. People earning up to $80,000 a year would have saved nearly $1.60 a week

The tax cuts associated with the carbon trading scheme will be deferred until the estimated carbon price reaches $25.40 a tonne – the current projection has dropped to $12.10

The research and development tax incentive will only apply to companies with an annual aggregate turnover of less than $20 billion, saving the Government $1.1 billion over the forward estimates

$500 million over three years cut from the Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships program

$370 million of funding for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency moved to beyond the forward estimates
Non-Kyoto Carbon Fund scrapped, saving $389 million

$270 million cut from a program designed to support coal mining jobs
Deductions for work-related education expenses capped at $2,000 from July 1, 2014, saving $514.3 million over the forward estimates.

As in last year’s budget, the foreign aid increase has been postponed for another year, saving the Government $3 billion over the forward estimates. $375 million of current foreign aid investment will go towards asylum seekers in Australia, a figure which will be capped
Tax crackdown on big business – including tightening the rules to prevent profit shifting – saving the Government $4.2 billion over the forward estimates

$900 million in revenue over the forward estimates from changes to superannuation tax arrangements, including taxing earnings of more than $100,000 on superannuation pensions and annuities at 15 per cent instead of them being tax free

$665 million cut from the teachers bonus over the forward estimates

$580 million in cuts to the public service over the forward estimates

$100 million in cuts to solar funding

The average cost of a basic packet of cigarettes will increase by 7 cents in the first half of 2014.

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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

Was looking the web and found something interesting, like to share it with everyone:

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Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:

1. Give up your need to always be right. There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?”Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?

2. Give up your need for control. Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu

3. Give up on blame. Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk. Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle

5. Give up your limiting beliefs about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle

6. Give up complaining. Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism. Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. Give up your need to impress others. Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take of all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. Give up your resistance to change. Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” Joseph Campbell

10. Give up labels. Stop labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer

11. Give up on your fears. Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. Give up your excuses. Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.

13. Give up the past. I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

14. Give up attachment. This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another, attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.

15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations. Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves. You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

Like Bush but in reverse

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A mediocre president can leave a powerful mark and condition the future of their country even more than other presidents brighter. This is the case of Bush, as is checking his successor, Barack Obama, every moment. The difficulty of ending the wars that left open in Iraq and Afghanistan is added legal tangle that helped him launch his global war on terror: Obama still has not gotten untangle, which will cause quite a few headaches, as is proving to the Guantanamo detention camp, where he has one hundred prisoners on hunger strike that forced him to resurrect the promise of concluding.

More than the wars and legal changes in the presidential legacy weight the ideas that shape the time. United States, thanks to Bush and Obama though, still at war against terror, a war that continues to allow the indefinite commander to take action outside of international law, or even national, and fellow distance assassinate suspected terrorists .

The former shadow is cast on his successor even when the latter is in the opposite direction, as with the crisis of Syria Bashar al-Assad, compared to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. It is part of the same theoretical principle that the use of chemical weapons by the regime could justify U.S. military intervention. But if Bush declared unnecessary to have a smoking gun crime evidence, the current president demands the full assurance that it has used such weapons and even wants to know exactly who has used them, not guilt if either the resistance and take him bombing the regime.

All that were facilities for going to war are difficulties one another. Bush did not have patience to wait for the full results of the investigations of the UN inspectors. Were enough false evidence manufactured by the CIA and organized a coalition of volunteers who accompanied the Blair and Aznar, without the approval of the Security Council. Obama will address the UN inspections, the international community wants to be assured that there is a smoking gun and that the decision to be deducted is not multilateral, ie international legal coverage.

Obama does not want to stick to their country for the third time in a war in this explosive area after the terrible experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan. The adventure of war requires an intense appetite that America has completely lost after sacrificing so many lives and money on two wars of questionable results. Hence we prefer to leave their commitment in providing arms to the pro-Western opposition against the Syrian regime. Like Bush, but in reverse.

 

how poor we are

DAD WHAT IT MEANS TO BE POOR?

An entrepreneur, wanting his son to know what is “being poor”, which led him to spend a few days in the mountains with a humble family. They spent three days and two nights in their modest home.

In the car, returning, the father asked his son:

- How did you find the experience? ..
- Good – said the child with an eye to the distance.
- Y. .. What did you learn? – Said Father …

The son answered:

That we have a dog and they have four.
We have a jacuzzi .. and they have an endless river of clear water, and fishes.
That we have floodlighting to illuminate our garden … while they are illuminated with stars and moon.
Our backyard reaches to the fence and theirs reaches the horizon.
We buy our food; … they, plant and harvest them.
We hear CD’s … They hear a perpetual symphony of swallows, frogs, sheep, guinea pigs and other animals.
We cook in microwave ovens … They eat anything that has that flavor of wood fire.
To protect ourselves we are surrounded by a wall, with alarms …. They live with their doors open, protected by the friendship of his neighbors.
We live connected to your smartphone, facebook, television … They, however, are “connected” to life, the sky, the sun, the water, the green of the mountain, animals, their crops, and their family.

The father was shocked by the depth of his son’s

Thanks, Dad, for teaching me how poor we are!

Milne learns it’s not easy being Green

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IN his farewell speech to the National Press Club, former Greens leader Bob Brown rejected the lament of the philosopher puppet, Kermit the Frog, who sang “it’s not easy being green”.

But these days Greens leader Christine Milne must be identifying more with Kermit than with Bob, who led the Greens to the peak of their success.

Rather than supplanting Labor as the dominant party of the Left as Brown predicted, the Greens are sliding back to their erstwhile position on the fringes of politics as support in the electorate plummets at a rapid rate.

After lifting their vote in the House of Representatives from 7.8 per cent in 2007 to 11.8 per cent in 2010, in subsequent electoral contests the Greens have inflated expectations only to see them crushed by reality.

The local council elections held across NSW on Saturday are the latest blow to the Greens. In the key Labor-Greens battlegrounds of Leichhardt, Marrickville and Sydney, the Greens were smashed with swings of 7-11 per cent.

In the eastern Sydney councils of Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra they suffered swings of 7-12 per cent.

In other areas across Sydney such as Auburn and Ashfield, and on the central coast, in the Blue Mountains and in the Hunter, the Greens vote collapsed.

It was a comprehensive rejection of the Greens across almost all areas, from the inner city to the suburbs and the regions to the country, linking every possible socioeconomic voter cohort.

After winning the federal Labor seat of Melbourne in 2010 with Liberal Party preferences, the Greens also wrested the state Labor seat of Balmain at the NSW election last year, this time with Labor preferences. Many expected the Greens to continue to collect electoral trophies throughout this year. In February, the Greens contested the South Australian by-elections for the state seats of Ramsay and Port Adelaide. In Ramsay, the Greens were polling 9 per cent ahead of the election, but received only 6.6 per cent of the vote. In Port Adelaide, despite polling 12 per cent, the Greens vote fell to 5.6 per cent. Labor held both seats.

At the Queensland state election in March, the Greens vote fell by 0.8 per cent to just 7.5 per cent. Although Labor suffered a 15 per cent swing, the Greens failed to boost their vote. In a direct contest with Labor in the Melbourne state by-election in July, the Greens won 36.5 per cent of the primary vote to Labor’s 33.4 per cent. Although hardly a good result for Labor, the Greens were expected to win comfortably. Labor held the seat on preferences.

At last month’s Northern Territory election, despite Labor suffering a 7 per cent swing, the Greens vote declined by 1 per cent to a miserable 3.3 per cent.

At the recent Heffron by-election in southern Sydney Labor demolished the Greens, winning 58.9 per cent of the primary vote to the Greens’ 23.3 per cent.

via Milne learns it’s not easy being Green | The Australian.

Aspects of asylum plan are tougher than the Pacific Solution

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LIBERAL moderates Judi Moylan and Russell Broadbent have expressed concern over an aspect of the Houston plan that would force boatpeople to be processed offshore even if they made it to the Australian mainland.

Ms Moylan told the Coalition joint party room today that this would be even tougher than the Howard government’s so-called Pacific Solution, amounting to the excision of Australia’s entire shoreline from its migration zone.

She said John Howard had considered this and decided against the move in 2005.

Ms Moylan questioned why Australia would remain a signatory to the UN refugee convention if the change was made.

Coalition MPs resolved to give the shadow cabinet the authority decide its position on proposed legislation after fully considering the detail.

Debate on Labor’s asylum-seeker processing bill is due to get underway today, but a vote could be set back by an Olympic reception to be attended by Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott in Sydney.

The Houston report urges changes “to avoid creating an incentive for IMAs (irregular maritime arrivals) taking even greater risks with their lives by seeking to reach the Australian mainland”.

“As a complement to facilities in Nauru and PNG , the panel recommends the government bring forward legislative amendments to the Migration Act 1958 so that arrival on the Australian mainland by irregular maritime means does not provide individuals with a different lawful status than those who enter at an excised offshore place, such as Christmas Island,” it says.

via Aspects of asylum plan are tougher than the Pacific Solution, say Liberal moderates | The Australian.