David Leyonhjelm – An Apology to Taxpayers

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28 Responses to David Leyonhjelm – An Apology to Taxpayers

  1. JC

    The best speech I’ve heard in a long long time.
    Wonderful

  2. Chase

    Thank you David.

    I will be voting for you again in the next election.

  3. struth

    Yes, great speech although I still don’t trust him on immigration etc.

    Having said that, I don’t trust any of the others either.
    I’d vote LDP before I voted Lib/lab.

    I would suggest , and this is constructive criticism D.L, to tie a half a house brick to your nuts.
    It will lower your voice and animate the next speech with the desired level of aggression .
    Decency and calm integrity need only be 80% of your act.

  4. .

    Was it Cory with the “hear hear” early on?

    struth

    He’s actually really pissed off – and rightly bloody so!

    Good stuff.

    More good stuff.

    Article Budget 2017: Start from scratch – David Leyonhjelm’s alternative budget

  5. chrisl

    Taxation IS Theft
    What else would you call it?

  6. The BigBlueCat

    ” … we say sorry” … you buggers might say “sorry”, but you will never mean it!! While I applaud the sentiment expressed by Davo, there won’t be any action for as long as the two-party system headed by the LNP and the ALP exists. For too long, successive governments have been too happy spending other people’s money, and looking for ways to hoover more. The LNP is now as bad as the ALP – and if anyone is going to trash our future, it had better be the socialists so we won’t consider them politically for a very long time.

    While it’s appropriate to look at higher education for increased contributions from those who benefit from such education, why should governments continue to look at the “1%” to fund the rest of the country? Just because they can? Wasn’t there a fable about a goose and a golden egg???

    What we need is a major split in the political parties. With union membership at all time lows, the ALP has lost all relevance. And with the LNP lurching to the left, they are losing their minds! We need major political reform in Australia and we need it now – we can’t go on like this.

  7. Texas Jack

    Anyone got any anecdotes of the vibe inside any recent Liberal or National branch meetings? No dissent anywhere??

  8. Tel

    Taxation IS Theft
    What else would you call it?

    Armed robbery.

  9. “Anyone got any anecdotes of the vibe inside any recent Liberal or National branch meetings? No dissent anywhere??”

    According to Peta Credlin, Turnbull’s overthrow is now being openly discussed among MPs.

    But… Yeah, I dunno.

    1. I’ve heard it all before.

    2. Discussion is not the same as action.

    3. Who do they replace him with? Yes, there are much better candidates – a drover’s dog would be preferable – but are there any the entire party can rally around?

  10. Bear Necessities

    “Anyone got any anecdotes of the vibe inside any recent Liberal or National branch meetings? No dissent anywhere??”

    They are more interested in AGW and Diversity rights. Things like fiscal responsibility, lower government spending etc are not a good conversation starter at dinner parties and awards night.

  11. steve

    A good but wasted speech no other senators there to listen and not reported in the media. I guess LNP and Labor senators didn’t want to listen might hear something from the tax payers.

  12. John Carpenter

    In a little more than five minutes DL has summed up the current disgraceful state of affairs with great precision and accuracy.I am happy to be a financial contributor to the LDP.

  13. OldOzzie

    The most frightening part of that Speech was

    Wasted on 2 million Public Servants, how can a Nation of 23 Million People possibly need 2 Million Public Servants

  14. jupes

    Great speech though of course no government or Labor senators stayed around to listen to it.

  15. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    ChrisL, words like ‘theft’ are defined by society. The ‘leaders’ of society, like the various governments, have declared that taxation is NOT theft.
    So there!
    That’s taught you then!
    Theft is when an individual does it, which is illegal (not sanctioned by society).
    Taxation is when government does it, not illegal, because they claim society sanctions it.
    So pay up, and shut up, if you know what is good for you.

  16. Rusty of Qld

    Is that 2 million federal public servants only, no state or local council employees included?
    A ratio of 1 public servant for every 11.5 persons in a population of 23 million!!!!!!
    And much worse if state and council employees are not included in that ratio.
    Strewth bluey a working dog only can carry so many fleas before they suck him dry.

  17. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    In a Country where Clamour always intimidates and faction often oppresses the Government, the regulations of Commerce are commonly dictated by those who are most interested to deceive and impose upon the Public.

    — Adam Smith

  18. Speedbox

    “Is that 2 million federal public servants only, no state or local council employees included?”

    No, that number includes State and Local Government employees (but does exclude defense force). Even so, it is a staggering number of people to “administer” the other ~22 million who don’t work for a Government entity.

  19. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.

    — Friedrich von Hayek

  20. mh

    There will be a Coalition government in the future, but not a Lib/Nat coalition. It will be a Coalition of LDP/Australian Conservatives/PHON/NewLiberal (represented by Peter Dutton). This will be as a result of working class Australians walking away from Labor after the power supply keeps going off, and looking for alternatives to the totally discredited Liberals.

  21. A Lurker

    There will be a Coalition government in the future, but not a Lib/Nat coalition. It will be a Coalition of LDP/Australian Conservatives/PHON/NewLiberal (represented by Peter Dutton). This will be as a result of working class Australians walking away from Labor after the power supply keeps going off, and looking for alternatives to the totally discredited Liberals.

    I suspect the same, although the community will have to experience true privation first before it can happen.

  22. John A

    A Lurker #2381260, posted on May 16, 2017, at 12:38 pm

    I suspect the same, although the community will have to experience true privation first before it can happen.

    Privation? (Shudder) D-do you mean no electricity for the aircon and the spa?
    (Argh!) It’ll be the end of the world as we know it!

    🙂

  23. iampeter

    This will be as a result of working class Australians walking away from Labor after the power supply keeps going off, and looking for alternatives to the totally discredited Liberals.

    But why would working class Australians walk away from Labor over this? Lights are going out in Adelaide (for example) as a result of Federal policies like the ETS, all of which were cooked up and mostly implemented by Australian Conservatives. No one has done more to advance the lights-out environmentalist agenda in this country than the Howard and Abbott, Conservative governments.

    As left wing and terrible as the Labor movement is in this country, the Conservatives are even more terrible and even futher left on the political spectrum.

    No Coalition with Conservative movements will ever achieve the kind of change we want because Conservatives are even more a part of the problem than Labor is.

    The only way we will start seeing positive change is when classic liberal ideology (not Conservative) is re-introduced to Australian politics.

  24. entropy

    There will be a Coalition government in the future, but not a Lib/Nat coalition. It will be a Coalition of LDP/Australian Conservatives/PHON/NewLiberal (represented by Peter Dutton). This will be as a result of working class Australians walking away from Labor after the power supply keeps going off, and looking for alternatives to the totally discredited Liberals.

    geez, sounds like swapping King Log for King Stork.

  25. Megan

    I suspect the same, although the community will have to experience true privation first before it can happen.

    Sadly true, and quite likely inevitable now.

  26. Sydney Boy

    Is that 2 million federal public servants only, no state or local council employees included?

    No, that number includes State and Local Government employees (but does exclude defence force).

    Total Defence Force numbers are only 60,000. You wouldn’t even notice that in a total public service of 2 million.

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