Promises, promises

Why should the certainty that they could never do it because they could not possibly afford it stop them from saying that they will:

As economists tip a budget deficit of $15bn or more, the Prime Minister launched her political strategy for a hard-fought election year by promising big-ticket policies and vowing to do ‘everything necessary’ this year to properly fund schools.

This is from an article in The Australian on Mining tax take stuck at zero as major resources companies will escape levy for a second quarter.

Got that. The mining “tax” will raise ZERO revenue for the second quarter in a row towards a projected deficit of $15 billion. And still they make promises to spend more.

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11 Responses to Promises, promises

  1. Chez

    Gillard is the master of her own bullshit! She said “no carbon tax” we got one. She said the rebate on Medicare wouldn’t be touched, they were.she said they would legislate the pokie industry, they drop Wilkies like a hot spud and watered it down and is still not happening. She said they would fix border security, they clearly have’t and of course they said over and over there would be a surplus and of course they didn’t. Would you believe a word this government ever says! I don’t think so!

  2. Greigoz

    The recent American election showed that people do not want hard truths or for the money tree to ever stop flowering. If Labor can promise them they can still have more for free, and without pain, they’ll vote for them. Honesty stopped paying years ago.

  3. I suspect that if Australians had read the Core Skills Framework and the Wellbeing Initiative and the insistence on new types of learning, they would hope to keep the schools on a tight budget.

    Once you realize they want all the technology to make school about using ICT and visual experiences and social interaction, you want to starve the beast.

  4. John Comnenus

    Gillard is following the Obama lead. When faced with debt and spending fueled economic disaster – offer low information voters more free stuff.

    Abbott and the LNP need to show how taxes went up for everyone in the wake of the US election via social security tax increases. The same will happen here. Promise loud, spend big, then increase taxes quietly and later.

  5. Bruce

    Out of the mouths of babes, in this case an oped in SMH this morning:

    Occasionally I wonder whatever happened to the Education Revolution. I hope that schools have seen value in the federal government’s mass building program, because vocational education and training is not undergoing any great leaps forward thanks to government reform packages.

    When it comes to implementing ”revolutionary” policies in education and training, our governments at both state and federal levels are struggling to come up with the goods.

    Yes I too wonder whatever happened to that $26 billion.

    Now Julia is saying she will do everything necessary to properly fund the teachers union, oops, schools? I’d say pull the other one it has bells on, but she’s played this game so much all the bells fell off from metal fatigue.

  6. mundi

    the problem is not with schools and never has been, the problem is that parental responsibility has dropped away to nothing. the only way education could be reformed is if the school day were made 8 hours and the children were made to do what the parents aren’t doing.

    its ironic that the parents public education itself has made them poor parents.

    Public education has been in Australia for 200 years, its wider social problems that are tue current cause of decline.

  7. mundi-not to be an apologist for dysfunctional parents but that is simply not true. The Australian education system, public and private, K-12 and higher ed, has been under organized attack to push UNESCO’s agenda for cultural evolution via education for more than 20 years.

    http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/oh-good-grief-now-i-need-to-know-what-a-noetic-system-is-because-it-is-under-attack/ is applicable anywhere in the West. It’s called the noetic system because so much of the attack is to minimize abstract rational thought and make the emotions the dominant response.

    It’s the same rationale for the ICT push. It’s visual and tool use, not intellectual. Unlike a symbol system like phonetic interaction with print or math, it does not bolster the brain conceptually. And the push is no bug. I just finished reading a Stanford slide share on cyberlearning that saw the ability to weaken the brain as a selling point.

    Helps move the focus of learning to social interaction and away from content. It is simply not true that education has not changed.

    Why do you think William Spady came to Australia to push Transformational Outcomes Based education here and in South Africa when it became notorious in US? That’s a deliberate attempt to gut academics and change the student’s values, attitudes, and beliefs to control future behavior. Lack of knowledge is the whole point.

    Why do you think Australia adopted the ATLAS Communities model about 2001 to push Ted Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools model?

    I could go on and have. I think you get the point. The documents I have from Australia simply do not support what you are saying and they are consistent with what I have from US and Canada and Europe and the UK. It is coming out of UN and the accreditation agencies are a major spreader of this global poison in what they require.

  8. Luke

    Yup, I’m expecting MASSIVE promises from Labor this election. And why not? It’s not like they have to deliver on any of it. Between the ABC/Fairfaxs and academia they get a free pass and a revisinoist history that says they are great.

    I expect that, like the US election, our usual suspectes media will abandon all pretence of even seeming unbiased this election and possitively drown the Australian electorate with Labor cover and anti-Abbott/coalition news. I expect Fairfax journos to so utterly trash their brand this year that this will be the year in which farifax finally folds (followed by moves by these same people to the ABC/other federally funded positions).

    I also expect Gillard to make a major policy promise to favour females. Possibly mandatory quotas.

    I expect a number of groups (connected to Labor) to make a concerted effort to shut down conservatives in the media and rid any conservative views at universities. Including third party funded litigation agianst people like Andrew Bolt and conversative organisations.

  9. Token

    Labor is following the Obama lead in taking a view of government spending:

    What stunned House Speaker John Boehner more than anything else during his prolonged closed-door budget negotiations with Barack Obama was this revelation: “At one point several weeks ago,” Mr. Boehner says, “the president said to me, ‘We don’t have a spending problem.’ “ [...]

    It comes from the George Costanza school of how to beat a polygraph.

  10. Eyrie

    Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane was once reputed to have a drinking problem. When asked by a Rolling Stone reporter she said “only when they run out of Dom Perignon”.
    There’s no spending problem until you run out of money.

  11. Andrew Reynolds

    Steve,
    When you look at the deferred tax assets (DTAs) the big miners have been able to book as a result of these taxes then I doubt any will be payable this year.

    Just for the non-accountants – a DTA occurs when you have losses (or other stuff) you can book to reduce future taxes.
    The MRRT created huge DTAs for all the big miners. There was no need to wait to find out how much was payable – the answer was simple. The way it was written it started with the government owing the miners a lot of tax deductions.

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