The author was inspired to write ‘Poor Poppy and the Chocolate Man’ to help bring to the attention of all parents the realization that their children can become victims of a pedophile. At the same time she wishes to give the reader an insight into behind the scenes of the unknowing families, the law enforcement’s detectives’ efforts to help stamp out these ever increasing everyday heinous acts of behavior and the recognition for the introduction of harsher sentences.
The author also wishes to state that whilst the Australian Government has apologised to the stolen generation it is her heartfelt wish that through the pages of ‘Poor Poppy and the Chocolate Man’ a sincere apology will reach all of the children who have become victims of a pedophile.
Are the Times A-Changing?
Rose C. Taylor
This past week has shown some interesting patterns in both the current federal government and the opposition.
$82m 'wasted' in stimulus splurge
Centrelink recently confirmed 68,812 people living overseas received as much as $1400 each - a total of $82.2 million. The figure is 1.7 per cent of the $4.8 billion the Government handed out to pensioners, self-funded retirees and some single parents in December last year.
These figures no doubt will fuel further debate about the targeting of the Government's package.
While the government saw no problem in handing out $82.2 million to people living overseas, however, the unemployed here in Australia were excluded from any help via the stimulus package.
Federal Budget $5 billion lower than expected
It would appear that the final Budget outcome for the 2008/09 year was a deficit of $27.1 billion, as revealed by the Federal Government.
This was a $5 billion improvement on the $32.9 billion deficit forecast in the May budget.
It is very easy for a government to initially forecast a relatively high deficit to the voting public enabling it to then boast of a savings of $5 billion; in fact this amount could well be attributed to originally over estimating the deficit.
The better-than-expected result reflected lower than anticipated spending of $2.2 billion and higher cash receipts of $2.8 billion. Again over and/or under estimating must be taken into account.
How the Treasurer can say part of the result was due to a reduction in payments of $138 million for the Newstart Allowance in my book is stretching the dollar a little bit too far.
Mr. Swan would have us believe the $5 billion lower deficit reflects in part the success of the government’s economic stimulus which resulted in more Australians having jobs and fewer Australians collecting unemployment benefits. However, there was no mention by our current treasurer of the $82.2 million in payments sent to people living overseas. At the same time a $1.5bn stuff-up reported by the Australianwas largely ignored in relation to the (P21) building program for our schools.
Public support for Labor has plunged in regional Australia
While Labor retains a clear election-winning lead across Australia, support for the Nationals is also on the rise in the wake of what Labor figures described yesterday as a "big scare campaign" in the bush over an emissions trading scheme.
Why is it every time the opposition opposes what the government plans to legislate it is referred to as a ‘scare campaign’? Are we to believe that ‘truth’ only applies to the phrase ‘truth is stranger than fiction’? Labor's fictional responses to the questioning of a number of its policies surely deserve being scrutinised.
While we have been subject to various reports of Malcolm Turnbull snapping at backbenchers sniping over his emissions trading scheme stance, we have had to see the results of the regional poll figures ignored in favor of media attention to a number of backbenchers playing at what I would describe as ‘look at me, look at me’.
Now is not the time to give the Labor Party unwarranted ammunition.
House prices about to soar, says Reserve Bank official
The RBA reported this week that Australia’s housing market is about to take off which could result in rising prices and interest hitting affordability hard.
The RBA’s Tony Richards who issued the warning at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia’s housing forum today, also said that the nation was still not building enough houses to keep up with levels of demand that were driven by population growth.
Mr. Richards, who heads the RBA’s economic analysis section,
also repeated recent warnings that interest rates in
Australia could only go up.
Claims Telstra break-up could be unconstitutional
Back in February of this year in my article ‘Capitalism turns Communism’ I wrote the following:
“Far be it from me to suggest that socialism is a new word for communism but it certainly comes very close to becoming an ideology that in the past has led to not only corruption and wars but ultimately the near destruction of civil societies.”
I find it interesting that Mr. Tagliaferro from Investors Mutual stated ‘this is a listed company, this is not communist Russia’ in response to Telstra’s big shareholders’ attack over the current Federal Government’s plans to break up the telco, warning such actions may be unconstitutional.
Mr Tagliaferro also said, "There is also the view constitutionally whether these sort of things can be imposed, whether the company has to go to shareholder vote actually to get these things approved. What is being proposed is unprecedented in this country. The Telstra board should consider a tougher line with the Government."
If the Federal Government’s attack on Telstra succeeds, does it mean the end to free enterprise here in Australia?
While I have pointed out just a minuscule of agendas taking place around the country, I feel sure that positive and more decisively agreeable action by members of the opposition on important policies will result in stronger support for the Australian Liberal Party and ultimately ensure that “times will be a-changing”.
Rose C Taylor
3 Oct 2009
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