There has been very few times the country has been in surplus. There is no doubt that Howard got us into surplus on the back of the mining boom and sales of assets. It's not something to be proud of, there should've been a much bigger surplus than $20 billion.
The fact is that Wayne Swan didn't have the revenue that Costello had.
The Australian dollar averaged 68c under Howard and 93c under Rudd/Gillard.
Over $40billion of the $96billion of debt that Costello inherited was from the Fraser years. Between 1996 and 2007, Howard sold government assets worth $72 billion with more to spare creating the surplus. When Hawke got elected the country was in recession and the budget was a mess.
Australia maintained quarterly economic growth and AAA credit rating under Rudd/Gillard. That didn't happen by chance.
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Tony Abbott's "ar$e" comment was very well documented. And I specifically remember them saying it at the time why they chose Gillard. He would've taken his chance then to be PM.
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08-07-2016 13:55 #529
As I have stated above more than once - I haven't got an issue with refugees or immigration - I just think that there should be a policy in place that allows people to enter this country safely. And if that means increasing refugee quotas, and granting permanent visas to genuine refugees that have been here for a period of time and have established themselves here and do not want to return home, then that is a policy I would 100% support.
The number of asylum seekers assessed as genuine refugees via the Pacific Solution process was lower than for onshore processing. 68 per cent of the asylum seekers were deemed genuine refugees and less than 40 per cent of asylum seekers sent to Nauru received resettlement in Australia. A 2006 report by the Australian Human Rights Commission showed that of the 1509 asylum seekers sent to Nauru by that time, 586 were granted Australian resettlement (39%), 360 resettled in New Zealand (24%), 19 resettled in Sweden (1.2%), 10 in Canada (<1%) and 4 in Norway (<1%). A total of 482 asylum seekers (32%) were deemed not genuine refugees and sent home.
ETA: This graph:
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08-07-2016 14:06 #530
Since 2008, there were about 52,000 boat arrivals according to the graph I posted before - I wonder how it is living in limbo in a detention centre...?
I'm not trying to be argumentative, but if we are talking about absolute human suffering, under which policy was there more suffering?
ETA - I dont think that figure above includes those people who actually died at sea. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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