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Treasurer Joe Hockey says every aspect of the tax system is up for review in the wake of a Federal Government discussion paper which suggests Australia relies too heavily on corporate and income taxes and not enough on consumption taxes like the GST.
The study of making choices has been a philosophical pursuit for millenniums. It was one of the important subject of Greek philosophy and this subject, in which determinism and free-will do battle, is still prominent today.
Great to see Alan Ramsay back at the Sydney Morning Herald, out of retirement (?). It's possible that the SMH decided it needed a bit more substantial meat to its commentaries on the news and on politics, as some of its younger opinionators are mostly fence sitters. Their butt must be hurting.
Andrew Cockburn has written a must-read book. The title is Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins. The title could just as well be: How the US Government and US Military Became Murder, Inc.
If only the 24 women murdered by their partners or former partners in Australia so far this year had died in a plane crash we might hear about them and have some debate about how to address this systemic issue.
Oo roo Malcolm Fraser, the King Of Nareen
got the best stock prices Vic's ever seen
by lowering the fences in his stockyard
Wool over eyes, without pulling too hard
Oo roo Malcolm Fraser, Straya's Prime Minister
clambering to power by methods quite sinister
Threw out Whitlam and his social reform
Made back-stabbing Canberra's political norm
Oo Roo Malcolm Fraser, noted Humanitarian
imagine... A former atheist raises hell into promoting beliefs in Christianity... And a Republican senator, Paul Broun, a medical doctor by training, claims that "All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell."
We’re squeezed in, hundreds of sweaty bodies pressed against one another in the aptly named Greenhouse tent. It’s 30 December 2014, and two days of tropical downpours have been followed by a full day’s searing heat. We’re at Woodford Folk Festival, north-west of Brisbane, waiting to hear a speaker. It’s either deliciously tropical or downright disgusting in here, depending on your frame of mind.