Crispin Hull / This Budget, Treasurer Jim Chalmers was the Juvenal of Australian politics – deploring bread and circuses.
❝In a way, Chalmers and Gallagher have reversed budgetary thinking. With apologies to John F Kennedy, they are asking how the wealthy can contribute more to their country not asking how the country can provide less for the not so well-off…❞
Crispin Hull / It is not about promises, but performance
❝To improve government performance you need more revenue which means a fairer, more efficient tax system….Resources, carbon emissions, and consumption should be taxed more. The concessions should be revised on superannuation, negative gearing, capital gains, dividend imputation and fossil fuels. Property taxes should move to annual land taxes to replace stamp duty and transport tax should move from fuel and registration to road use (when, where and how far you travel). Payroll tax should be axed, replaced by higher taxes elsewhere…❞
Community / Nominate a Local Legend
Douglas Shire Council has announced nominations are open for the 2023 Australia Day Awards.
Crispin Hull / The Real Impact of Immigration on Skill Shortages
“The danger with next month’s jobs summit is that all the usual suspects will ply their usual self-interested snake-oil remedies which the Government will swallow to the detriment of the people who do not have a seat at the summit: those whose lives are made worse by high population – waiting for a medical appointment; sitting in congested traffic; cut out of housing; or with children in teacherless classes…”
Crispin Hull / The Teals and Big Policy
“We should recognise that every government program is susceptible to rorting and that effective self-regulation is an oxymoron….”
DOUGLAS SHIRE COUNCIL / A Decision on the Future of the Daintree Ferry
A special Council meeting was held this morning Tuesday 9 August 2022, at 10am. Business conducted at the Special Council meeting was the Daintree Ferry crossing solution.
Crispin Hull / The Voice, Referendums and the Republic
“The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice is getting opposition from two fronts: those – mainly Green-left – who say it does not go far enough and those – mainly conservative, monarchist, British traditionalists – who say there is not enough detail…”
Crispin Hull / Power Games in the Greens
“So just when the Greens think they are in the most powerful position than they have ever been in, they are in fact at their most vulnerable if they try to over-egg their pudding….”
DOUGLAS SHIRE COUNCIL / Decides on the Daintree Ferry, Tourism Strategies, Water and Waste
Douglas Shire Council met this morning and made some important decisions regarding the future of the Daintree ferry, and numerous other issues related to tourism strategies, waste management and water.
A new Daintree Ferry is Proposed on the Agenda at Tomorrow’s Douglas Shire Council Meeting
There is a busy agenda for Douglas Shire Council’s Ordinary meeting tomorrow. Up for debate and discussion is a proposal to build a new Daintree ferry.