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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999 View Post
    So instead of importing stuff from China, NSW is just going to import stuff from another large mass-producing country?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbacks View Post
    a) the stimulus package boosted GDP with money 4 free! Mickey-mouse on the job creation front, but stemmed the bleeding momentarily whilst we pay it off for 10+ years.

    b) the big exporters to china locked in 12 month futures on commodities, so whilst world prices were declining massively, the goods were selling for well over market price. Thus the 5.1 billion trade surplus was a result, and recently these contracts were cut by 40%+ of 08 prices.
    I thought the idea was that, along with the infrastructure initiatives, it at least kept some people working in retail areas. Or is this the new line for the Libs now the economy is looking better?

    Saw an opposition spokesman seeing how many times he could say '315 billion' in answer to any question this morning on TV. He was quite good at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post
    Saw an opposition spokesman seeing how many times he could say '315 billion' in answer to any question this morning on TV. He was quite good at it.
    Personally I like Joe Hockey's "3 billion dollars of debt every day."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausage View Post
    Personally I like Joe Hockey's "3 billion dollars of debt every day."
    Is that his food bill?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Is that his food bill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Is that his food bill?

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    Seriously, what the **** is wrong with the Greens

    I've become quite a strong conservationist/environmentalist in the last few years, but I would NEVER EVER EVER EVER vote for the Greens because along with their environmental policies they've got this ridiculous hippy, loony aspect to them, with some bizarre and ridiculous "social justice" agendas.

    Bob Brown says that no workplace should force a parent to be separated from their child. Great, next time I'm on a 737 from Melbourne to Sydney, I'll be happy to know that the pilot's two year old is sitting up there with him pushing buttons. Of course, the Ashes will be interesting to watch with Ricky Ponting trying to bat with his little ones strapped to him in the baby sling. And hell, I'll just tell my boss that I'm taking my toddlers to meetings with clients from now on because its unreasonable to be separated from them. Or how about we'll all act like ****ing adults, accept that when you're at work, you're there to work and get on with it. Obviously there are issues of accessibility to childcare, and flexible work options to assist working parents get back into the work force, but the solution is not to expect the world to stop so you can be at work AND be looking after your kids.

    I'd never take my kids to work, primarily because they would be bored/confused and upset because I wasn't paying attention to them. I'm fortunate in that my wife looks after them while I work, and we can (just) afford to live off my salary at the moment. But if for some reason she couldn't look after them one day and I had to, I'd arrange with my work to take the time off to do so. If I couldn't miss a particular event at work that day, I'd get my family to help out, or else get a bloody baby sitter. In short, I wouldn't sell short my obligation to my family and my employer by trying to do both things (inevitably badly) at once.

    ****ing hate the Greens, would probably leave the country if they ever obtained any real power.
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    Ute-(tail)Gate

    Rudd's defence: "I was helping out a mate. Fair suck of the sauce bottle, cobber".

    Or the old: "It proves I'm human".

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    Interesting this. My first reaction is "why"? Doesn't mean it lacks legs as a story though.

    The number of pollies who get into strife over **** like this boggles my mind. You'd have to have a chuckle if a bloke who's worth 10s of millions went down the ****ter over a ute given to him, when if he wanted to he could buy the dealership himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    Seriously, what the **** is wrong with the Greens

    I've become quite a strong conservationist/environmentalist in the last few years, but I would NEVER EVER EVER EVER vote for the Greens because along with their environmental policies they've got this ridiculous hippy, loony aspect to them, with some bizarre and ridiculous "social justice" agendas.
    Yeah that's absolutely ridiculous. Looks like more of a political stunt though. Trouble with this is the appeal of the Greens is that they're the party which takes a moral stand on pretty much any issue. Take that away and they're just a bunch of tree hugging nutters. Making a massive fuss over an issue that's absurd enough to look like a blatant political stunt lowers them to the lowest common denominator in the parliament.

    They should stick to what they're good at. Campaigning on environmental and human rights issues (taking your child into work with you NOT being an example of a human rights issue). There are enough voters so disillusioned with the self absorbed processes of the major parties that a leftist party taking strong uncomplicated moral stances could wield enough support to survive as a third party with enough power to really influence decisions.

    Just a shame the Greens mess it up by blowing up issues that regular people can't relate to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    Ute-(tail)Gate

    Rudd's defence: "I was helping out a mate. Fair suck of the sauce bottle, cobber".

    Or the old: "It proves I'm human".
    He should STFU, it makes him look like a try-hard. Seriously does anybody think that using that sort of lingo makes him look 'in-touch'? To me it makes him look like an idiot.

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    Don't come the raw prawn Craigos.

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    I would have no idea what the translation is for that.

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    I've met Senator Hanson-Young a few times and she's a credit to the Commonwealth. She takes an active interest in the youth voice and her politics are somewhat decent. However, she's got a lot of development to do as a politician. Wong makes her look like an idiot every day in the Senate. This particular story is a joke surely. Can't believe she'd even consider doing that for any reason other than a stunt.

    My problem with the Greens is yes, they clearly have the environmental issue covered and that does have a place in the Senate by keeping the major parties aware of it. However, they ARE a single issue party. As good as their social justice policies can be at time, they're completely happy to sell out to get environmental reform...even if that means preferencing the Libs in Victoria or handing the Tasmanian parliament over to the conservatives.

    I wish people would just realise that Australia is a two-party system and it always will be.
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    Loving Malcolm's work today.

    "Unless the PM and treasurer can dispel these allegations they must resign".

    Lmao. That's not how it works Malcolm - you have to prove the allegation with evidence, then see what happens.

    The idiot worked as a barrister FFS. You'd think he'd realise that



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