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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellyfishie View Post
    Jobs IN it are great, to live around it but not work in it is shocking! $1500 per week rent on a three bedroom house. $12 for a lettuce. No seats on flights out of town if you need to go to capital city for a funeral. It's very difficult for families who have considered these towns home since before the mining boom, and are now suffering the consequences.
    Oh I see it does seem unfair for people who lived in mining towns before the mining boom. The mining tax isn't a people tax though - it's for the mining companies to give back. These issues facing people indirectly would exist whether there was a mining tax or not (?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    To suggest those that prefer Abbott are blind liberal or uneducated is quite rude. Just because someone has a different opinion to yours doesn't mean they are uneducated.

    Just a few of the things that have occurred since Gillard has been pm and my reasons for not liking her or labour;
    1. Just look at how she treated Rudd, (yep she's just a lovely person.. not)
    2. She has introduced the rebate changes to the health insurance
    3. Intoduced Carbon tax (something she promised not to do, yep she's very honest...not)
    4. She has slashed the defense budget (this should be of upmost importance)
    5. She was responsible for the changes meaning IVF costs increased
    6. she cut 1.6billion to hospital funding
    7. She also slashed the budget re border security
    8. The mining tax

    Just a few of my reasons, I have lots more but don't have time to be sitting here all day
    Having these as your reasons actually makes you appear very uneducated.

    1. She did not axe Rudd on her own, it was going to happen anyway and she believed she was the best choice as his replacement. This is politics, not a knitting circle.
    3. We need it, it's good for the environment (which you obviously don't realise is in dire straits at the moment).
    4. We don't need more money dumped into defence, we need it for health, education and the environment.
    5. Already covered in previous post
    6. I think you might be getting lib/labor mixed up - lib's cut $1 billion, labor has increased funding by 50%
    7. good
    8. seriously? Why should excessively rich companies who have no claim over our land get all the proceeds from mining? In my opinion it should be left in the damn ground - the environmental impact of mining is catastrophic - but if we can't stop it, the public should at least gain some monetary benefit from it.

    Think about the world you want your kids to grow up in. I want my kids to be healthy, safe, clever and happy. I want them to breathe fresh air and have empathy for all people and creatures on this Earth. Tax breaks are going to mean sweet F A when we have no clean water to drink. If you only care about yourself, vote Liberal. If you care are about all Australians, vote Labor. If you care about the planet, vote Greens.

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    Default And we have an election date ... 14 September

    This thread has gone quiet, thoughts on today's resignations and tears?

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    Default And we have an election date ... 14 September

    Quote Originally Posted by MummaOJ View Post
    This thread has gone quiet, thoughts on today's resignations and tears?
    I think it might be blown a bit out of proportion. Nicola Roxon is resigning to spend more time with her young child. As for people saying its Julias fault for the resent Nova Perris thing, not consulting cabinet before announcing the election date ...the timing is too much of a coincidence... Well ummm... These people have probably been thinking about resigning for a while. When an elections announced, that's when they need to announce their intentions as someone else will need to fill their job.

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    Default And we have an election date ... 14 September

    Nicola Roxon resigning is v significant.

    She's been a loyal Gillard supporter since day one. She has also coveted the job of AG for years. Years!

    It's clear though she wasn't in Gillard's circle of trust or she would have announced her resignation sooner.

    Additionally, if Gillard had known Roxon intended to resign she would have alerted her and had her do it before the Press Club announcement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyBlackett View Post
    Nicola Roxon resigning is v significant.

    She's been a loyal Gillard supporter since day one. She has also coveted the job of AG for years. Years!

    It's clear though she wasn't in Gillard's circle of trust or she would have announced her resignation sooner.

    Additionally, if Gillard had known Roxon intended to resign she would have alerted her and had her do it before the Press Club announcement.
    I disagree. Roxon resigning: none of us are in a position to say its anything other than her wanting to spend more time with her young child.

    I think it's quite logical that members of parliament announce their intention to resign after an election is called. Its then that the party needs to start planning for a new candidate. If they really hated their boss I think they would announce their intentions prior to an election: that would be destabilizing to the remainder of the governments term.

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    Default And we have an election date ... 14 September

    Traditionally, MPs and Ministers have been on notice to resign in the lead up to an election if they don't intent to run again. The leader generally gives them a nudge as the time approaches.

    McClelland got a nudge. I know that for a fact.

    Roxon didn't. She's inner cabinet and she wasn't told Gillard intended to name the election date. You'd expect she would have been given a heads up.

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    Default And we have an election date ... 14 September

    I don't mean to suggest it isn't usual for ministers, members and senators to resign in an election year. Simply that it isn't usual for them not to know the point in time before which they need to pull the pin. That point is usually months before an election announcement.

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    Default And we have an election date ... 14 September

    I am frightened for our country as I believe Abbott will be our next PM.


 

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