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21 February 1999
THE STRAIGHT SPIN
The GREAT SUPERANNUATION RIPOFF. Some
the Australian Taxation Office raised revenue by taxing contributions
PAYE taxpayer superannuation schemes, (excepting the parliamentary
resulting in prepayment of income tax by retirees. In light of recent
rebates and reductions by lugubrious John Howard, my questions are:
Can this prepaid tax be used to fund the health
due to retirees?
When the GST is introduced and income taxes are
will those retirees who have prepaid tax be entitled to an annual
of their prepaid taxes?
Since the failure of US prohibition in the 1920's
axiomatic that legislated prohibition does not result in
of the offending goods, rather it serves to increase their supply
is a sure recipe for the forced incubation of a new criminal provider
Lugubrious John's vigorous enforcement of drug prohibition seems to
accelerated those established trends. I fail to see how "zero
as promoted by President Clinton will do anything except accelerate
in use as happened in the USA. Mr. Kennett and Federal
minister Wooldridge might have got it right with their controlled
a method that seems to have been successful in Switzerland.
It is an Australian axiom. Every job has it's
My garbo expects alcohol every Xmas. So most Australians are
bemused by IOC concerns about the travel rorting of representative Coles.
Cabinet minister McGauran merely refunds any federal travel money he
overspent. So why can't Coles do the same? (He needs a good
spin doctor to tell him to say that he thought that the people in Salt
Lake City were giving him free accommodation and free travel because
thought he was such a great guy.)
The Pinochet Principle discovered by the English
(expanding jurisdictions & innovative applications) will hopefully
eventually apply to the perpetrators of the Queensland shreddergate.
An eminent QC has explained that the whole Queensland cabinet could be
vulnerable to charges under the crimes act if they ordered the
of documents that they knew might be subpoenaed. Would be
of fraud inside government would do well to remember that information
continue to exist, and that expanding data processing capabilities will
allow unimagined future insights into what seem now to be adequate
Shredding the evidence might well prove to be even more dangerous than
leaving it be ....
Clinton is desperate to survive Monicagate.
If it was given the right spin in the home market, the establishment of
a strong position against the already vilified Saddam might well be the
winning strategy. (Of course Saddam was never particularly
After all, he did obtain US permission before he invaded KUWAIT.
Just like Suharto cleared it with Australia before invading Timor)
And why must Ocalan be sacrificed? Why must US
assets be spent so profligately? Because it is more
that Zippergate Bill have a historically successful presidency than
20 million Kurds get a particularly seedy dictator type to bear the
of their liberty.
There are 20 million KURDS, spread through Turkey,
Iran. None of these countries wants to surrender strategically
land in this oil rich region for a Kurdish nation.
Turkey is a vital & essential partner of the
The CIA has admitted involvement in the capture of
separatist leader Ocalan.
Harder to believe is the disclaimer of
the pressure that the US could apply to Israel. Perhaps the
leadership was responsible?
The pressure can be measured by the involvement of
traditional enemies of Turkey.