Author Archives: Judith Sloan

Abbott says no to changing superannuation taxes

We were stupidly watching the ABC this morning, including the little non-news item about  some member of the Queensland police force being invited around to a Muslim household to partake of a Ramadam after-dark feast.  Oh, please … this is … Continue reading

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Helping Bill with his homework

It will be like swot-vac for Bill, preparing for his appearance before the Royal Commission on Trade Union Governance and Corruption.  Bear in mind, non-answers such as ‘I can’t recall, I don’t remember’ do not score well. I thought I … Continue reading

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Kouk-Kouk-a-Choo: amazing tax free gains

So you spend you post-tax income on buying and improving a family house.  You get benefits from it. According to Kouk, renovations to the kitchen, improving the garden and the outdoor areas should all be taxed. But then again, the … Continue reading

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Notes on the check-off

It has been a common practice for employers to facilitate the deduction of various payments from workers’ pay for a variety of reasons – union dues, private health insurance, even mortgage payments.  In the case of union dues, this is … Continue reading

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Getting expensive for the CFMEU

So let’s start adding the bills up: $3.5 million for Grocon, $1.25 million fine for contempt, a $545,000 fine for unlawful coercion.  Add in the legal costs and it’s really beginning to cost. Then there are the federal court proceedings … Continue reading

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The model of a modern trade unionist

Bill Shorten’s defensive position at this point is to brag about his role as the face of modern unionism.  Forget all that class warfare/battle with the bosses stuff, he was the man who did deals on a win-win basis.  Mind … Continue reading

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AWU v CFMEU

Don’t you just love this new line of argument: OK, the AWU did bad things, going behind the backs of their members, taking kickbacks from the bosses, creating phantom members BUT the AWU is soooo much better than those thugs … Continue reading

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Freedom of association and the AWU

I thought I might help Bill Shorten with his preparations for his upcoming appearance before the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. I think where he is most vulnerable is in relation to secret commissions from employers paid … Continue reading

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Oh dear, Barrie

Don’t you just love it when political journalists become campaigning zealots for economic policies they don’t understand? Not that Barrie Cassidy is alone on this – more than three-quarters of the Fin journalists regularly scream that WE MUST DO SOMETHING … Continue reading

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Just saying

When Bill Shorten was national secretary of the AWU but pitching for political office – he had to oust the sitting Labor member in Maribyrnong (oh well, these things happen) – he did a lot of things. And here’s one … Continue reading

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