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  1. XCOM!

    fuel prices

    $80/barrel and predicted to hit $100 in the coming months.
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    The Politics Thread

    Yeah... right. Perhaps one mark of a great PM - inside Parliament House.
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    The Politics Thread

    Yes, that's true. However, what the LIBs (via Howard & Tones) have done to their own party is only half the problem. The 'light on the hill' is what I believe Labor has lost sight of.
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    The Politics Thread

    Yep - my earlier post (with the link) has those figures. Them's the facts, but people will spin their own story about why.
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    The Politics Thread

    Howard was a master of reading and pandering to populist sentiment - not the hallmark of a great leader, but of a cunning politician who understands the art of misdirection. His approach to popularity, was propaganda and free-lunches, and we are now paying the price for it. His approach to retaining power was to change his party from a liberal church to a conservative one, and his party is now paying the price for it. To give Howard his due, he changed the nation's gun ownership laws. Again however, it was a populist action (given public sentiment at the time) but one that happened to serve us well and is a good legacy for him. In my opinion what makes a *great* PM is the long-term change and influence they have on the social fabric of the nation, and John Howard does not rate well there, nor do many conservative leaders who, almost by definition, are obsessed with maintaining the status quo, and resisting change.
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    The Politics Thread

    Everyone is perfectly entitled to their own opinions on Howard, but longest serving (?) doesn't make for great, nor does the rubbish leaders we have now justify any nostalgia for 'good old Howard days'. I dare say there are also many an elderly Russian who pines for the good old days of communism - lol. https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/03/howard-australias-worst-prime-minister/
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    The Politics Thread

    Howard was a blight on both the country and his own party, both of which are still having to deal with the damage he caused long after we finally kicked the little f*ker out.
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    Best kick-ass songs of all time

    @1:40 - I'd never noticed before, but that looks like a PRS.
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    The Politics Thread

    Tax cut to buy votes, while unemployed are left to fend for themselves and their family by whatever means. I don't know about other people, but having had recent experience with this, the only way I could survive on $40/day is by exhausting savings, or help from family-friends - and if you don't have access to those, you're f*ed.
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    The Politics Thread

    I wonder what the LNP's response would have been if LAB had come out with this budget, at a time when Trump appears hell-bent on blowing the whole lot up.
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    Best kick-ass songs of all time

  12. I quite enjoyed this John Oliver rant, and he knew enough to differentiate Bitcoin and Blockchain.
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    Cardinal Pell

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    Cardinal Pell

    Well, he's either innocent or a sociopath, but unless they can provide more compelling evidence of guilt then I'm not sure how a judge/jury is going to convict him. However, I suspect his days at the Vatican may be over regardless of the outcome.
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    The Politics Thread

    When I was working in the industry, on numerous occasions we handed smoking-gun details of unlawful activity (not to mention unethical behavior) by financial institutions, to both ASIC and the two Financial Ombudsmen. Without exception the Ombudsmen (who are an industry-funded self-regulating farce) would declare it outside their terms of reference and dismiss the complaints, and ASIC would declare that it did not meet their requirements of 'public interest' to pursue the matter, and likewise dismiss them.
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