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By crikey I thought I had heard it all at my age. It seems that I must have nodded off and woken up in some strange time warped land. For most of my life I have had to listen to big business telling us that welfare is bad and governments need to take more notice of markets.
Now the mighty BHP’s Special K Marius Kloppers joins FMG in the corporate welfare queue and is calling for corporate welfare because international markets are getting tight.
This is the same Special K who conned our “great negotiator” over her mining tax – remember that, the tax that collected nothing, but was going to pay for everything.
Good work K!
Fellas, your complaints about royalties are nonsense.
Royalties are what you pay the owners of minerals for the rights to those minerals – you know that. Your complaint is about as smart as a car manufacturer complaining they have to pay for parts to put in the car.
Royalties are the cost of doing business in the business you is in.
For years I have had to sit in meetings and listen to industry lectures about how good, efficient and proactive the mining industry is. I agree! It is a fantastic industry AND it is good, efficient and proactive AND it does operate in a world market.
BUT it doesn’t need handouts or assistance from the people it buys its produce from.
Get over it, get on with it, you had a ball when it was all boom - now do what you do best – mine and don’t whine!
Elections can be described as "A method by which the worst possible leader is chosen by the worst possible methods and that worst possible method has started very, very early for us; perhaps it is time for the media to begin reporting anything said by any pollie as a campaign announcement.
Planned in precise detail with "spontaneous" announcements that are prepared months, even years in advance, elections bring out the best and worst in our pollies. Once they get a sniff of an election they just cannot help themselves and you should trust me on this, I know the feeling. For me elections were like grand finals and I loved them; however that was when they were six weeks long, not six months.
We have been in that murky pre-election mode for some time with Unions running anti-Barnett government advertisements; the ALP presenting YouTube and mini issue based campaigns and for their part the Libs have Government plus big campaign signs in their tight seats. Being in Government gives the Libs the added bonus of being able to clear the decks of problem issues and break good news stories. Any doubts that it is game on were removed last Friday when the National Party launched its campaign for the March 2013 election in Toodyay.
Once this nonsense starts, the language changes and words seem to take on different meanings. Do you ever feel like you need an interpreter to understand the nonsense? Drawing on friends and colleagues with years of experience here is a political dictionary to try and help
Yes = Maybe
Absolutely committed to = Maybe
Rock solid budget commitment = Maybe
Core Promise = Maybe
We will work towards = Maybe
Maybe = NO
Approved subject to Federal funding = NO
Subject to the appropriate processes = NO
We want to work these issues through = NO
Examine the possibility of = NO
Good for WA = Good for the party
Fully funded policy = A guess
We are leading the nation/world = A Lie
Non core promise = A Lie
Budget surplus = Over taxation
Reduced Revenue – We guessed wrong last budget
Forward Estimates = Wish list
I am advised that = What the !@#$$@!@ happened?
Fight for = Stunt
Booming = Broke
Cut through red tape = Form a committee
Exciting new = Tired old
Partnership = Cost shifting
Sustainable outcome = Winning the election
There is not a definition for NO, because it will not be heard during the campaign and the same goes for DECISION. There will be none of those. Cut the guide out, keep it handy and when you hear a pollie or watch an advert; whip it out to find out what they really mean.
It may help to sort the verbal sheep from the goats - or as they say in the Department of Agriculture; sort the quadrapaedic ruminants from the cloven hoofed and horned mammals.