“no plans to introduce any new taxes on superannuation”

I haven’t been able to find a Youtube clip of Bill Shorten saying that – but it is here at The Advertiser.

Brings back such happy memories and give me an excuse to post one of my all-time favourite clips:

Never gets old.

Of course as Terry McCrann explains the ALP intends exactly to introduce new taxes on Super.

Terry points to two important issues:

First, frankly, Shorten is just not leadership material. He can talk a smooth game when he doesn’t have to carry the ultimate responsibility. When the bucks pile up on his desk, he goes to water.

Secondly, he’s lazy. He can be great company, but he’s just not prepared to put in the hard yards to get on top of what he is supposed to be offering, or indeed just to get his soporific lines right.

It’s not just Shorten who is lazy. I made a similar point in an op-ed in the AFR last week.

Bowen is highly ambitious. He very clearly wants to be a reforming Treasurer. That, however, means he is going to have to change his ways. Be less trusting of tax-rort stories and dodgy numbers – especially tax-rort stories that generate big numbers. Big picture reforms require attention to micro-detail. Remember in 2010 the Rudd government thought that mining companies only paid 13 per cent tax? A lot of political pain could have been avoided if the government had paid attention to detail then.

So it somewhat embarrassing for Bowen that he has a hole in his budget numbers. Forecasts are always rubbery. That isn’t his real problem. An inability or unwillingness to get to grips with the gory detail of policy will be his undoing. He should start by talking to people affected by his proposed policies and having an open mind about what they say.

Not enough attention to detail or maybe just lazy.

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20 Responses to “no plans to introduce any new taxes on superannuation”

  1. Up The Workers!

    Bull Shitten, the eponymous Leader of the Australian Liars Party, celebrated his birthday next month.

    Anybody care to have a guess what astrological sign he was born under?

    Taurus, “The Bull”, of course!

    I kid you not!

  2. stackja

    BS from BS. Voters gullible? Election day will tell.

  3. The BigBlueCat

    Or ideologically greedy … don’t forget their Marxist bent!

  4. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    actually just plain shifty

  5. Rob MW

    Bowen is highly ambitious. He very clearly wants to be a reforming Treasurer. That, however, means he is going to have to change his ways. Be less trusting of tax-rort stories and dodgy numbers – especially tax-rort stories that generate big numbers.

    I never forget Bowen’s comment about taxes, when up against Joe, that unambiguously, lower taxes lead to a decrease in Gov’t revenue and that ‘Reaganonomics’ by default was complete bullshit, and in the face that the undeniable evidence is the exact opposite. Labor, and to some extent the other partner of the uniparty, fail miserably to understand the very simple concept of work-force and business participation in an open and free economy. Higher participation rates just don’t enter their chicken brain minds.

  6. Robmw:

    fail miserably to understand the very simple concept of work-force and business participation in an open and free economy. Higher participation rates just don’t enter their chicken brain minds.

    They know exactly what they’re doing – high levels of taxation, even though they take in less revenue, are about punishment of the proletariat. The government knows that if they want to, they will just print way more money. They’ll give it a fancy new name like quantative easing.

  7. Boambee John

    Not enough attention to detail or maybe just lazy.

    Doomlord

    Embrace the healing power of “and”!

  8. Ellie

    Brings back such happy memories and give me an excuse to post one of my all-time favourite clips:

    Trigger warning- PLEASE!

  9. Behind Enemy Lines

    “no plans to introduce any new taxes on superannuation”
    Posted on 11:45 am, April 18, 2019 by Sinclair Davidson

    Not enough attention to detail or maybe just lazy.

    Or happy to lie, confident that Australia’s ripe for the political raping of the millenium.

  10. Dr Fred Lenin

    Shorten sounds like hes been coached by that clown hewson in election strategies I am beginning to thibk slorten is a liberal plant to destroy the alp,just as the alps turnbullwas infiltrated to destroy the liberals . There is no end to the machinations of the elite class they are very devious ,there is no low level to which they wont stoop .
    A few weeks ago labor was a shoo in ,now doubts are creeping in ,shorten is an expert at foot in mouth statements and behaviour ,he hasnt got that evil conniving cunning usually evident in the career politicians ,suppose thats why morris blackburn didnt employ him as an ambulance chaser .
    The hidden agenda behind labors plans for the future are leaking out ,hopefull they keep leaking out and they keep tru-ying to hide them making it obvious they are really bad Venezuela type moves . Hopefully we end up with a hung parliament , politicians do less damage when their careers are threatened they fully realise they are unemployable in any other job .

  11. Rob MW

    Winston:

    They know exactly what they’re doing – high levels of taxation, even though they take in less revenue, are about punishment of the proletariat.

    Yep, they do. I call it a Davos + welfare economy vs a growth economy. Welfare dependency and transfer pricing must be maintained at all costs for a Globalist Economy to function, and to hell with any impact on sovereign domestic preferences.

    What’s more astounding is that they simply refuse to acknowledge that reducing taxation comes in to 2 forms – direct taxation and indirect taxation (regulatorily burdens – hidden taxes). I’ve yet to understand exactly how a reduction in indirect taxation has an adverse financial outcome on a Government’s revenue stream even if current rates of direct taxation were to remain unchanged.

  12. Dr Faustus

    If nothing else comes out of this election campaign, it has confirmed that Labor policy formation is done evidence free and then backed up by a quick Google to find something plausible.

    Bowen’s negative gearing initiative: 2016 ABS series, misinterpreted;
    Climate Change Policy: 2015 McKibbin report, disavowed by the author;
    Dr Shorten’s patented Right to Trial cancer cure: 2017 National Health and Medical Research Council website, misunderstood.

    If Australia rewards this lazy rubbish, it deserves all that it has coming.

  13. John Constantine

    Shorten is a genius in the areas he is gifted in.

    He can fake sincerity on an individual level, given a split second to fit his gameface on.

    His memory is well honed, but at his age that natural effortless talent would be failing him at awkward moments and he isn’t used to compensating like mortal humans always did.

    He is merciless and totally unemotional at purging those that no longer profit him.

    He can branch stack better than anybody for political gain, if shorten gets a chance to branch stack the australian voteherd it will be breathtaking the way he simply rigs the next twenty years of elections.

    Shorten simply outlasts all those that mocked,underestimated and tried to use him as a tool for their own purposes. The labor party is full of those that accepted shorten as a compromise candidate to keep their true enemies at bay and assumed the contemptible non-entity was disposable.

    And here shorten is, a month away from the Great Purge and the Great Looting.

    Comrades.

  14. min

    Just heard Shorten clip on no super taxes on. Credlin on Sky

  15. John Constantine

    ” He is my Uncle”.

    Shorten trots out a line that tested well in a focus group.

    This would sink anybody not held afloat by the joint sacrifices of Stalin’s entire journalist union.

  16. Squirrel

    There should be at least as much attention to what a Labor Government might get up to in terms of new taxes on the family home.

    CGT – in some shape or form, with the bribe of mortgage interest deductability (structured, of course, so that the former would raise far, far more than the latter would concede) and land tax – very popular with big-government enthusiasts who want to lock in the boom-time revenues before the tide goes out; also popular with dimwits who think that it will magically make the home of their dreams affordable if they don’t have to pay stamp duty (or quite as much stamp duty).

  17. Mark M

    Shorten on the attack on [doomsday global warming], calls out “scare campaign” …

    https://www.themercury.com.au/news/national/shorten-on-the-attack-on-climate-change-calls-out-scare-campaign/video/9262b0a80f33a1e17d53ac158d553a82

    Wait. What?

    “more extreme weather like droughts and floods” is not “scary”?

    https://www.billshorten.com.au/labor_will_act_on_climate_change_and_hand_a_better_deal_to_our_kids_monday_1_april_2019

    The kids are so terrified (or abused), they’re on strike!

  18. NB

    Ol’ fake-face with fake words. Of course here will be no tax, but there might be a levy or two, or perhaps a charge here, an annual payment there. Get out the fake-face-thesaurus. It’ll have all the fake words to use with the fake smiles.

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