The Abbott led Australian govt. has declared war on many vulnerable pensioners. Thousands of age pensioners (mainly men) live with foreign spouses in Asia and other third world locales. There they can live in reasonable comfort on the meagre govt. handout, whereas as in Australia they would probably being looking in garbage cans for something to eat.
Without any public announcement, the federal govt. has suddenly halved the age pensions of those Australians living abroad with a foreign spouse. I know of one case where a 72 year old man, who has a forty-something Thai wife, has had his pension halved. Not only does his wife not earn any money but he has to keep her and her relatives. Faced with the halving of the pension he has no other choice but to get divorced.
This scenario is likely to be repeated across many couples in Asia and beyond. It is obvious that the current Australian govt. only cares about one thing; money. It is also expects the poor and the vulnerable to provide it. It, and its partner in ‘crime’ the Newman led Queensland state govt. don’t give a fig about society or the environment. At present they want to establish a huge coal port on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and dump the dredgings within the confines of the marine park!https://cassandradoom.wordpress.com/?p=311&preview=true
Human existence is about three fundamental things; the environment, society and economy. The environment is of first importance as without it nothing will prosper or even survive. Society is next in importance as humans are social creatures and need to live in a reasonable world. Economy is also important but comes third. Unfortunately the world’s leaders seem to have reversed the order of importance of these three things.
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As more information comes from Edward Snowden’s leaks of NSA documents it is apparent that he is the hero of the hour. It is blatantly obvious that there is little privacy in the modern world as it is but it seems that the USA and other powers will stop at nothing until they have a created a world with no freedom, no rights and no joy. They aim to create a world such as that portrayed in George Orwell’s novel, ‘1984.’ It would seem that Orwell was on the right track and only estimated the date wrongly. The coming world will much more resemble ‘1984’ than Aldous Huxley’s portrayed one in ‘Brave New World’ as in the latter one at least the populace were given drugs to keep them content. Our world wants to tax or remove any chemical help and leave control by terror.
Edward Snowden is leading the charge in the fight against this future, along with Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.
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Have you ever looked in a mirror and then, shortly after seen a recent photo of yourself? It is amazing that we seem so much older and less healthy in the photo than in the mirror. What does this tell you about the human mind? In all probability we are over optimistic about ourselves and less than fair about others. That is why we always look good in the mirror! Our attitude actually influences our eyesight!
Scary thought isn’t it?
The previous Australian government introduced further, massive taxes on tobacco and these taxes have hypocritically been retained and extended by the present government because of its love for the almighty dollar. The approach of savagely punishing smokers financially along with the scare/shock campaigns has been an abject failure. During the last year for which statistics are available smoking rates actually increased for the first time in a number of years. Increasing the value or cost of an item can actually make it appear more desirable.
Evidently, the Australian government has paid little attention to the failure of the prohibition (alcohol) experiment in the U.S. in the thirties. The ridiculously expensive tobacco taxes will have a number of dire social consequences. The number of poor people and their children who do not have adequate nutrition or clothing will increase. Organised crime will have a field day. According to reports up to 13% of the tobacco market is already controlled by crime syndicates. In the past crimes such as burglaries, holdups and personal robberies were largely associated with illegal drug users. Now they will also be associated with tobacco users.
The war on “illegal” drugs has failed. It would seem that legalisation may be the only way to reduce crime and put criminal syndicates out of business. The Australian government has taken the opposite approach and now wants to add tobacco to the list of drugs fuelling crime and social chaos.
The amount of money collected in tobacco taxes is about double that used to fund the health system. If smokers were to stop smoking, for even a month, what massive new tax would the government then introduce on something else? There are more intelligent and effective ways to discourage smoking than that taken by the Australian government. However, they have one huge disadvantage. They don’t bring in billions of dollars!