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Federal Budget ’05

By johnboy - 11 May 2005 70

Well the 2005 Budget has arrived and as usual made for one of the worst days of my life.

I can’t really go into details but due to a failure of leadership on my part and two failures of foresight (also on my part) things didn’t go as well as I had hoped. There’s a good chance I’ll be judged on it in my application for the position I’m going for, to add to the joy. A long, nasty day with another one quite like it to come. The back held up OK this time. I think the crappy garden furniture Treasury provide might have contributed to last years troubles, this year I paid more attention to posture and now it’s just a dull ache instead of being totally rooted.

An outrageously bloggy (and self indulgent) post I know but quite a lot of you have been asking about it.

As for the budget? It’s an interesting experiment. If it works the country will be the better for it, and if it doesn’t we won’t be much worse off.

Costello’s forced laughter in the lockup is something that has to be heard to be believed.

Light Note: Ten minutes into the lockup the treasury boffins had detected a mobile phone signal. They ran around accusing media of having this phone. The running around and accusing went on for a good 40 minutes until a phone went “ring ring” and one of Costello’s staffers pulled out his phone and answered it.

What’s Your opinion?


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Thumper 8:55 am 13 May 05

I had something to say on this subject but by the time I’d read everything else, I’d forgotten…

Big night after SES training…. *groan*

simto 8:34 am 13 May 05

Or, in the shortened Billy Bragg definition:

“No one idea can solve every problem on earth”

johnboy 11:33 pm 12 May 05

“There’s a lot to be said for graded thresholds.”

I completely agree, but doesn’t that smack of socialism?

Comment by Mong-On

No ideology has a monopoly on either wisdom or compassion. No perfect philosophy has yet been given to us. We have to do as best we can and move forward based on results not dogma.

Because they don’t understand economics (or worse think they are beyond it) many socialists think they can gain a monopoly on stupidity.

Unfortunately you can’t corner the market in an unlimted resource, in limited demand.

Anyone blindly following any ideology is a grade A dickhead.

Something you’ve really proved yourself to be today eh Mong-On?

Canberra_unsung_hero 6:34 pm 12 May 05

Well..you’re buggered now anonymous…no more comments without logging in !

1:32 pm 12 May 05

oh no! not socialism… ooooh… scary shit.

bonfire 12:59 pm 12 May 05

so this isnt the right forum for me to argue for an end for all forms of concession pricing?

Canberra_unsung_hero 11:49 am 12 May 05

Certainly not “National Socialism”….. Hitler had people with mental illnesses “put down”….

Mong-On 11:45 am 12 May 05

“There’s a lot to be said for graded thresholds.”

I completely agree, but doesn’t that smack of socialism?

RandomGit 11:43 am 12 May 05

Just as well I made comment about defending people with mental illness earlier then. Thanks for the clarification.

David_Heidelberg 11:33 am 12 May 05

I’ve seen them RG, and the assessment is so complex that it regularly confuses the clinicians that are meant to do the actual assessments.

I’ve had several cases where client’s have been randomly chosen to have their disability pension reassessed.

That wouldn’t be a problem, except that the client’s all had a profound intellectual disability since birth, requiring 24-hour day assistance. How the hell are their circumstances going to change? Just unnecessary bureaucratic bullshit.

If someone has a back injury for example that precludes them from work, then there is a possibility that at some point they will be able to re-join the workforce.

I’m sick of talk about people rorting the system. The Disability Support Pension is a miniscule amount of money, and doesn’t provide even for the most basic of lifestyles. People on this pension, live in poverty, and would prefer not to.

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