Deficit levy: Tony Abbott’s broken promise on tax is in the national interest

May 6, 2014 – 8:56PM

Mark Kenny

Chief political correspondent

Tony Abbott

Broken promise: Tony Abbott. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony Abbott has had an epiphany on tax and now accepts he should never have promised not to increase them when in opposition. We know this because he is backing a “temporary” tax rise to accelerate the deficit deletion process.

More importantly, he recognises that not all taxes are bad and that tax policy can be used in a genuinely redistributive way – which is to say, to impose fairness. Who knew?

Bill Shorten could acknowledge this largely positive development and give the Prime Minister the leeway needed to backtrack.

Don’t hold your breath on that score though.

As one of the most effective opposition leaders in living memory and one who came to be called “Dr No”, Abbott knows he has no right to either seek nor expect such magnanimity from his opponents.

Yet there is an argument to say he should receive it anyway.

Why? Because the ALP’s understandable sense of schadenfreude and revenge are not sound bases for  public policy.

And neither is the selfish strategic advantage to be gained by indelibly marking out Abbott as untrustworthy, although as Abbott himself showed with Julia Gillard, it’s one hell of an advantage if you can pull it off.

There is an immediate parallel here with Gillard’s “no carbon tax” pledge.

It, too, was a post-election response to the governmental realities of life after winning – albeit in a minority government sense.

Its motivations were reasonable and were even consistent with a bipartisan commitment to reduce carbon pollution output by at least 5 per cent on year 2000 levels by 2020.

Yet for all that, Abbott knew he had struck political gold right there, in the space between Gillard’s clear no-carbon-tax promise and the agreement she struck to impose a three-year fixed price period.

In both cases, the policy merits of the turn-about were instantly obscured, slave to the unhelpful strictures of cowardly, self-imposed election promises still ringing in the voters’ ears.

Shorten cannot be blamed for feeling aggrieved. He is eyeing what could be the critical flaw in the Abbott government’s entire being: the personal credibility of the Prime Minister with voters. The Labor leader knows his chances of becoming prime minister –  early as 2016 even – could well turn on how ruthlessly he makes that stick.

The deficit tax is such a clear case of breaking an iron-clad commitment that no opposition leader would give it up.

Which is a pity because it is near enough to be good policy.

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Etihad A380s for Sydney, Melbourne; Boeing 787s for Brisbane, Perth

Etihad A380s for Sydney, Melbourne; Boeing 787s for Brisbane, Perth

Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will begin flying both its Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 to Australia over the next few years as the airline gears up against Qantas and Emirates for a bigger slice of the Kangaroo Route to Europe.

Sydney will see Etihad’s new Airbus A380 from June 2015 with Melbourne to follow in 2016, Etihad Airways President and CEO James Hogan told Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of a media event inAbu Dhabi yesterday.

Those flights will dovetail at Abu Dhabi to a double-daily A380 service on to London, giving many passengers a long stretch to experience the superjumbo’s luxe first class cabins Apartments and The Residence VIP suite, or just the all-new Business Studios in business class .

“We believe the product will be truly unique on the Kangaroo Route” Hogan said. “That’s why the aircraft will be operating into Melbourne and Sydney.”

The airline’s second daily flights from each city to Abu Dhabi would operate on a Boeing 777 which will be upgraded to feature the new Business Studios.

Hogan also revealed plans to upgrade the Brisbane and Perth routes to a Boeing 787-9, which he said would be sometime in 2016-2017 when the airline takes delivery of twelve Dreamliners.

Etihad currently flies to Brisbane using an Airbus A330, which makes a pit stop in Singapore on the way to Abu Dhabi.

Etihad will begin a daily Perth service from July 15, also using an Airbus A330, adding to the non-Qantas options for WA travellers following Qantas’ decision to axe international flights from Perth this month.

Australian Business Traveller is visiting Abu Dhabi as a guest of Etihad Airways.


Source : Australian Business Traveller

CNT vende 22 horas de sua programação para a Igreja Universal

CNT vende 22 horas de sua programação para a Igreja Universal

Reacendendo a discussão de religião na televisão, a CNT alugou 22 horas de sua programação à Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus, o que corresponde a pouco mais de incríveis 83% de toda a sua grade.

Os valores não foram divulgados. Serão aproxidamente 660 horas mensais de programas religiosos na CNT.

Segundo lei federal no que tange à concessão, é tecnicamente ilegal vender mais de 25% da sua programação para publicidade. Lei esta que nunca foi praticada de verdade.

Em 2013, houve um movimento político em Brasília para que este tipo de prática fosse coibida, mas os maiores interessados, leia-se ala evangélica da Câmara, acabaram por vetar e não levar adiante.

Segundo informações da coluna de Ricardo Feltrin, estima-se que cerca de 100 funcionários da CNT perderão seus empregos. E 25 apenas em São Paulo.

Vale lembrar que a Igreja Universal pertence à Edir Macedo, dono da Rede Record de Televisão.



Novo “Homem-Aranha” fica em primeiro lugar nas bilheterias do Brasil

Novo "Homem-Aranha" fica em primeiro lugar nas bilheterias do Brasil

Neste final de semana o longa “Espetacular Homem-Aranha 2 – A Ameaça de Electro” ficou no topo das bilheterias nacionais em sua estreia, conseguindo R$ 24,6 milhões. Com este desempenho, a produção se tornou a melhor abertura do ano.
filme “Capitão América 2 – O Soldado Invernal” caiu para o segundo lugar, com uma renda de 5,6 milhões de reais.
“Noé” manteve seu bom desempenho e veio logo em seguida, com mais R$ 3,1 milhões.
A animação “Rio 2” ficou na quarta colocação, conseguindo 2,6 milhões de reais.
Completa a lista o filme “Divergente“, baseado na franquia de livros de mesmo nome, com uma renda de R$ 2,1 milhões.