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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    What are ATL's in this context? I will be pleased if Family First do win Day's seat and not subsequently lose it!
    Not below the line.
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    Haha. Not below is AKA above!
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    Australian Conservatives (Cory Bernardi) to amalgamate with Family First.
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    Yes, Family First will become an ex-parrot and the FF apparatus and existing members will migrate to the CoryTories.

    However for whatever reason new FF Senator Lucy Gichuhi doesn't want to join Australian Conservatives and is going to sit as an independent.

    I am very pleased to see the demise of the Family First name which has been a magnet for uninformed voters and dumb preference deals for a very long time. Let the record show that I fought to stop this party winning Tasmanian Senate seats when the Tasmanian left was too lazy and too dumb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Yes, Family First will become an ex-parrot and the FF apparatus and existing members will migrate to the CoryTories.
    Joining the recently expired Palmer United Party in the graveyard of Australian political parties.

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    Palmer United Party was never united.

    But it would be nice to have a conservative party as a real alternative to Labor and its echo, Labor-Lite LNP under Turnbull.
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    All the mixed nuts in one bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Palmer United Party was never united.

    But it would be nice to have a conservative party as a real alternative to Labor and its echo, Labor-Lite LNP under Turnbull.
    What has Turnbull done to actually move the party left?
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    Depose Herr Tony.

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    As long as Mrs Pauline Hanson is in position to dictate Govt policies I don't think they really mind!
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    The rhetoric has gone from debt and deficit disaster to 'good debt and bad debt'. Is this government planning to do anything of substance or just polish turds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by road runner View Post
    The rhetoric has gone from debt and deficit disaster to 'good debt and bad debt'. Is this government planning to do anything of substance or just polish turds?
    Probably the latter, which evidently can be done.
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    Reality Is 'The Rich' Do Pay Their Fair Share
    Sinclair Davidson, Daily Telegraph, 4 May 2017

    It is pre-budget silly season again. You know, the time of year when we get to hear all of the good -reasons why government should spend more money.

    It is also when we get to hear why government should tax more. To hear some people tell it, the power of taxation is quite astonishing - it can solve any and every social ill.

    Recently the ATO released the data for the 2014–15 financial year. As always it makes for interesting analysis. Did you know that "the 1 per cent" paid more in personal net income tax than the bottom 50 per cent of personal income tax payers? The top 5 per cent of net personal income tax payers (earning above $167,348) paid over 33 per cent of net personal -income tax while only earning 21 per cent of taxable income.

    If people are worried about inequality, they should look no further than our personal tax system.

    The company tax system is little different. In 2014–15 just over half of 1 per cent of all companies had a net taxable income of over $1 million. That small number of companies paid 74.78 per cent of the $68.4 billion in net company tax collected that year. When we look at the actual tax distribution for Australia—official data from the ATO—it becomes very clear that the Australian government, with all its spending, is very highly reliant on the hard work and efforts of a small number of taxpayers.

    It gets worse. When you drill down into the company tax data, it quickly becomes apparent that two industries prop up the revenue: financial and insurance services, and mining. The two industries many Australians love to hate.
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    I'd say that too if the my salary was coming from the big corporations that prop up the IPA.
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