It was the dulcet text of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Mark Kenny in 12 point Arial telling us that; “Three key findings in this month’s Fairfax-Ipsos poll deserve mention: (1) over a third of voters believe the GST should be raised; (2) six out of 10 say addressing the budget deficit should remain a “high priority”; and (3) 43 per cent say generous tax concessions on superannuation contributions should be wound in – and not just for the wealthy, but for middle-income earners as well.” And one chart was provided to demonstrate these earth shattering facts. Well that was all that I could find chasing through those ‘Ctrl+click to follow link’ thingies! WOW, eh? Just WOW!
I couldn’t find any demonstrable evidence of 6 out of ten voters “highly prioritising” addressing the budget deficit of which, according to our leaders, there now isn’t one. Nor could I find any evidence that demonstrated that 43% were in favour of winding back tax concessions on superannuation. Just might have to accept Mark’s statement that such was the case. Pardon me while I pop out to the kitchen and get that packet of salt I saw out there – a sprinkling is required! And as for the 37% in support of increasing the GST rate, I’d just like to point out that the same graph indicates that 59% ain’t! And that represents a sizeable majority to this little brain. I was even more underwhelmed when the very same graphic indicated that there were 1404 respondents to this earth-shattering piece of polling. Having had a passing acquaintance with the use of statistics and sampling I began to wonder about the sampling methodology which, despite a visit to the Ipsos website, left me, well, still wondering. I therefore, in the true spirit of scientific rigor, confined said poll results as propounded by Mark to the circular filing cabinet where they now rest along with all the other scraps of rejected information.
And by the way, the other click on the circle to register your vote poll you often have accompanying such huffy puff as Marks “ANALYSIS”. I’m pleased that you have a disclaimer attached which truly reflects the value of these polls – effing useless!! I’ve voted separately at least three times in this particular poll. But to be balanced I voted “yes”, “Not sure” and “No”! I would have continued but I got bored! And if I can do it, just imagine all the little political trolls busily engaged in doing the same thing in order the skew the results of such unprotected polls. So will you just give up on this garbage and spend your time doing some real journalistic stuff. You know, holding our lying politicians to account, asking serious questions and demanding serious answers, calling out the lies. That stuff that, apparently, once formed part of the charter of the fourth estate! So much for polls!
Back in the days before The Rabbott Nightmare, around June 2013, we pinched a pledge graphic and in satirical jest graphically modified it to represent where we thought the NO Coalition might be taking us, despite their claims to the contrary. We are pleased to report that we can, with a high degree of confidence, safely say; “We told you so. And you didn’t listen”! There was this;
And there was this one;
Followed by this one.
And we saw Work Choices, that which was dead, buried and cremated, once more arise, miraculously, from the dead.
And finally there was this, where once again, the NO Coalition showed its equity and compassion by having a go at penalty rates.
We were however remiss in that we didn’t foresee the Superannuation Tax Attack. Ahh well! Five out of six ain’t too bad!
Our Toads have been very helpful in simplifying the gobbledegook provided in the Government’s energy white paper into something a little more understandable.
This week we saw the State’s sit down in the spirit of harmony and cooperation and divide up the GST take in an orderly, compassionate, and equitable manner. Kind of!
That Bloody Rat, who’s still recovering from Easter incidentally, couldn’t resist a brief comment when he found out that our Prime Winky Dill felt the need for a personal photographer.
And finally his Cynical rat mate was duly impressed with the clear and concise statement given to the Senate inquiry by the Corporate Tax Association. That they had serious concerns about the integrity of the tax system was truly – self serving claptrap!
And there you have it . . . . . . . .!
AFTERTHOUGHT: If you don’t punish politicians and their parties for lying to you, you are predetermining your treatment as a fool!
POSTSCRIPT: All characters appearing in this work are entirely, and amazingly, fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead or in a zombie like state, is purely coincidental with an exceptionally high probability of being the construct of a deluded mind trying to grasp the true meaning of the political unreality of Australian politics! We can only gaze upon such greatness with wonderment!