Emmo, Emmo, Emmo

Here’s an admission  – I rarely read Craig Emerson in the Weekend Australia.  Sure, he is lurking there at the bottom of my page but somehow, just somehow, I get distracted.

For some reason, this week’s column caught my eye.  Go have a look – read it and weep.

Of course it is the normal stuff – the government is pushing on with world-best practice policies and the opposition is completely incompetent, has no idea about policy and will resemble any Jack the Ripper government Emerson can think of.

One of Emmo’s strategy is to keep repeating figures and hope that make them true.  And I particularly love the spin that the government has made budget saving to fund its promises.  Que? Que? Que?  This would be the government that has racked up more than $160 billion in accumulated deficits.  No one thinks this funds promises.

(It’s a bit like saying that I have funded the groceries, just don’t look at the credit card bill, which is now maxed out.)

Here are some howlers from Emmo:

Already we know that the Coalition has a $70 billion budget hole.

The Coalition will also have to return the tax-free threshold to $6000.

Without the mining tax, how will [the Coalition] fund the increase in superannuation from 9 per cent to 12 per cent?

The Australian pople will know from the Gillard goverment where the money is coming from to fund its new policies.

Actually, the government has oversold the change to the taxfree threshold big time by ignoring the removal of the Low Income Tax Threshold.  The change made is marginal, because under the previous arrangement that tax-free threshold was effectively just over $16,000 for low income earners.  It is probably a reasonable change but one that shouldn’t  be oversold.

And don’t you love the idea of the non-revenue generating mining tax funding the superannuation increase? Actually, Emmo, it is only the tax concessions of the unjustified superannuation increase that the government funds – employers must pay the higher SGC in the first instance.  And every non-government person I speak to tells me that the iron ore tax -forget coal – will generate virtually no revenue for years, which has more to do with the design of the tax than commodity prices.

I did love this little concession by Emmo:

While the Coalition’s undertaking to submit its policies to the Parliamentary Budget Office is welcome, it will still not answer the question as to where the money is coming from.

Hmmm.  But Emmo, you have not answered where you are getting the money from.

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13 Responses to Emmo, Emmo, Emmo

  1. Entropy

    I used to think, ohh about ten years ago, that Emerson was a smart cookie and a worthy politician. More fool me. Toeing the official line, no matter how risible, poor choices in his private life, and now an ongoing defence of a government within his power to put out of its misery, means he only deserves contempt.

  2. stackja

    Emmo getting the money from taxes and borrowing. Not a worry for him.

  3. braddles

    Where is the money coming from?

    One hard lesson from the recent US election is that more than half of the people no longer give a damn about this.

  4. Tintarella di Luna

    While the Coalition’s undertaking to submit its policies to the Parliamentary Budget Office is welcome, it will still not answer the question as to where the money is coming from.

    You first Emmo with your delivery backed by this musical affirmation

  5. Septimus

    Actually, the government has oversold the change to the taxfree threshold big time by ignoring the removal of the Low Income Tax Threshold. The change made is marginal, because under the previous arrangement that tax-free threshold was effectively just over $16,000 for low income earners.

    Correct Judith. It’s being spun as if the threshold has been inceased from $6,000 to $18,000, thus dishonestly magnifying the effect of its possible future reversal by the Coalition.

  6. Septimus

    Heh, 1st para should be a quote.

  7. entropy

    Why would the coalition bother reversing the rise in the tax free threshold? it would be doubtful how much savings that would deliver.

  8. ar

    Well done for not linking Emerson’s article. Or Dr Emerson’s article, for a doctor he is. I might have accidentally read it. Thanks for doing the dirty work for us…

  9. H B Bear

    The Leg-over Man’s column is always the 2nd into the budgie cage. Right after Philip Adams and just before Nikki Gemmell.

  10. Tintarella di Luna

    H.B Bear – great priorities for the budgie cage, but isn’that just putting more of the same in the bottom of the cage – so much more work to be rid of it all.

    Just by chance I found and excellent use for Emmo’s articles, anything by Peter Van Insolent, the left-headed Nikki Gemmell and Philip Adams — I shred them and put on them on the roses, excellent manure it’s now part of my recycling regimen, I ceased putting them in the worm farm after the catastrophic death of half the worker-worms.

    The Sydney Morning Herald is just not fit to put in the box in outside dunny, it’s just so full of it as to be useless now made even worse now by the reporting of Underbelly Labor.

  11. H B Bear

    Has the Leg-over Man said, written or sung anything worthwhile in the last five and a half long years. Worst Minister in the worst government after Conroy, Roxon, Swan, Plibersek, Ludwig, Gillard, Shorten and Burke.

    It’s crowded at the top.

  12. mundi

    you should see the garbage emerson sends to his own electorate, he calls it family news or something like that, every story is about how the coalition will make your family more poor.

    anyway the sheeple believe him, everyone around here literally believes that the 3% extra super comes out their bosses pocket and does not have any effect on their pay rises.

  13. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Gemmell’s is always first in the bin for me. Can’t stand her gormless political wittering about the ‘sexism’ endured by Gillard, or the horrors of ‘shock jocks’ who of course are backwards-looking racists. Gemmell’s columns are full of overt political partisanship, laced with chirpy family picnics and inane reflections on life. Don’t you read it, mavourneen, and get all upset on me, cautions HIA as I arrive back from four days absent. Politics are not top-of-mind for him tonight.

    Truth is, he reassures me, dat’s a silly edjit tarkin’ and writin’ there now, so.

    He puts it so well.

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