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Jobkeeper Hand Wringing?

Everyone had their snout in the trough..


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Even ‘Aunty’ is starting to look more tabloid..

Does anybody think jobkeeper was designed to benefit businesses? - No it was designed to put most of ‘Australia on the dole’ (without them showing up in unemployment numbers).

Without a doubt it was badly designed and has ended up being a huge free triple martini for corporates but, and it’s a big but, corporates are not to blame for doing what the government instructed them to do, legally, so that the government could meet the governments objectives (keeping you employed and paid).

This government has borrowed and pissed all that money down the tubes paying your ‘dole’ money for 9-12 months. Let’s face it, everybody (individuals and businesses) had their snout in the jobkeeper trough.

If that pisses you off, blame the government and, tell them so at the ballot box.

Buggered if I know 😛

Return to norm?

Super return on track for 7-10% year


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Nearly three months in and the ‘super year’ is looking like a return to ‘norm’ (7-10% P.A.) off the back of the circa 20% boom year last year. But in perspective, with RBA rate at 0.10%, where else you gonna find 10% returns?

Buggered if I know 😛

Which lens to use?

Looking differently, changes what people see


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I’m not a Stan Grant ‘fan’, but he shows an ability to interpret, synthesise, and communicate some complex ideas in this short piece.

It alludes well to the fact that interpreting ‘past and present’ depends entirely on who is holding the lens, and in which direction they are pointing it.

The most common mistake we all make (from simple individual opinions to politicians in geopolitics) it to assume that everyone is looking down the same telescope and have it pointed in the same direction as ‘we’ do..

Buggered if I know 😛

UK's chest wound

Time for Pragmatism?


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It is surprising, given the obvious costs/impacts of Brexit on the UK, that UK politicians keep shooting themselves in the feet by defying the reality of the situation they have created.

Calling for pragmatism after you’ve ripped apart a ‘status-quo’ which had existed for 40 years is the absolute height of hypocrisy.

The time for pragmatism was when the Tories were infighting over their stance on Europe. It would have been pragmatic to resolve their issue internally then.

It’s way too late for pragmatism now.. It’s like you’ve been shot by ‘friendly fire’, and after the fact you’re going to argue about the most pragmatic way of dealing with a gaping, air-sucking, chest wound..

Buggered if I know 😛


Childcare where your rugrat is a 'widget'


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Well this is what you’ve been voting for over the past 25 years - the widgetisation of economy. An economy where everything is outsourced, quantified, and treated as a ‘profit center’.

And childcare is no different. Instead of risking being labelled a misogynist by suggesting families actually rear their own children, I think I’ll just stick with the economy of the thing..

Your some years old, two footed, screaming banshee is simply a ‘widget’ in the childcare system.

And a widget’s purpose is to, as a single unit, create as much profit margin as possible. The fact that your child is a human being is an unfortunate inconvenience. That inconvenience means that they require another human being to be involved in their care, and human beings are expensive things to pay wages to. This all means, basically, that it’s both expensive to provide childcare services, and lousy at making profits - a lose, lose situation.

Of course once we can get a single robot to herd up and keep a few hundred rugrats under control, it might all become both more affordable and profitable!! :-D

Buggered if I know 😛

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