The Green Wrecking Gang
At the National Press Club lunch today, Greens Party Leader Christine Milne vowed to use the Senate to veto any legislation which was not in her Greens Policy statement. Forget that the Upper House is intended to be a House of Review, ignore the wishes of the electorate to enact the policies which were supported in the Election, bog-down Parliament with the crazy policies of a bunch of cranks.
Whichever Party you support in the Lower House, don't support the election of a Greens Senator to the Upper House. You will be sorry if you do. Instead, be sure to support intelligent unbiased persons, who will ensure Australia's future prosperity.
Albanese's NBN Lies
ALP's desperate Albanese is persisting in his lies about the Coalition's policy for universal fast broadband access.
Lie #1 :- "This house is being connected this week, but the house across the street will never have a fast broadband connection if the Coalition wins the election." Fact :- The ALP scheme is already years behind schedule and is falling further behind, every week. The Coalition will complete fast broadband rollout to all users several years earlier than the ALP scheme.
Lie #2 :- "The Coalition will charge you $5,000 for fast broadband connection, so that students and others in short-term rental accommodation will be unable to afford access." Fact :- The Coalition will make no charge for fast broadband connection. For both the ALP's and the Coalition's broadband access schemes, the Government is the wholesale provider. The user is connected by the retail service provider of choice, at competitive price rates. There is no difference in charge rates between the ALP scheme and the Coalition plan.
Lie #3 :- "The Coalition's plan does not provide the 400Mb/s upload rate offered by NBNCo for video conferencing, medical diagnostics, etc." Fact :- The Coalition has access to several current technologies, e.g. VDSL, which are already in service, and which provide this upload speed.
Lie #4 :- "The ALP 's national broadband scheme will only cost $1B more than the Coalition's fast broadband plan, and will provide better performance." Fact:- At best estimates, based on progress to date, NBN costs will blow-out by as much as $30B, with the same performance as the Coalition's fast broadband plan.
Don't Sell Australia!
When the West opened trade with China, the merchants bought Chinese goods with gold. When gold reserves became scarce, silver became the currency of choice. When silver became scarce, the British Raj paid with the popular recreational drug of the day, opium, which they were cultivating in Colonial India. The Chinese Emperor was dismayed by the crippling effects of drug addiction in his country, so he legislated to ban the availability of opium in China, and seized the merchants' warehouses. The Brits responded by sending a gunboat up the Yangtse River to shell the Chinese ports. So began the Opium Wars. Years later, the conflict was settled by treaty. The Chinese refused to cede territory to the West for the establishment of ports in China. Instead, they leased the treaty ports of Hong Kong and Macau, which have now been returned to Chinese ownership.
When other countries wish to purchase Australian territory, we should permit a leasehold, with return of the land to the Federal Government after a period of, say, 50 years.