The top 5 issues in the Australian media

September 7th, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

iSentia report on the top five issues at the end of august in . They were:

  1. Paid parental leave
  2. Garden Island naval base
  3. Syria conflict
  4. High-speed rail plans
  5. Third televised leaders debate

The Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme is a massive bribe which is badly targeted and unaffordable. I hope no one advocates it is adopted here!

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11 Responses to “The top 5 issues in the Australian media”

  1. Sidey (250 comments) says:

    Sounds like it will meet the Greens’ criteria then!

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  2. duggledog (1,556 comments) says:

    How about fixing the Bruce Highway from Tewantin north. It’s utterly fucked, narrow, dangerous and makes NZ state highways look amazing.

    What the hell did Labour do with all that money?

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  3. Fox (206 comments) says:

    I guess the Coalition figures that an extravagant paid parental leave scheme is fiscally less damaging than another 3 years of disastrous Labor Government.

    I’d say they’re right.

    Of course, ideally the voting public shouldn’t have to be bribed away from voting for a party that is currently running a $30 billion deficit, and has spent most of it’s time in govt engaging in petty leadership battles, but hey, they’re just Aussies so cut em some slack I say.

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  4. kowtow (8,470 comments) says:

    Interesting how the illegal immigration scandal is not featured.

    But then the Oz media are very much in favour ,they wont even refer to it as illegal immigration.

    The destruction of traditional Australia is very much part of the media agenda.

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  5. OneTrack (3,093 comments) says:

    ” I hope no one advocates it is adopted here!” The call will already have gone to the three mouseketeers who will all be promising at least 5 years paid parental leave (for Labour voters).

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  6. Redbaiter (8,823 comments) says:

    Abbot brought the paid parental leave scheme into his portfolio to counter the left’s strategy to paint him as hostile to women.

    It was merely a political strategy to try and neutralize a major plank of Labour’s plan.

    Maybe it worked, I don’t know. Many Lib/Nat supporters are highly pissed off, and I wonder how many decided to give their vote to Palmer as a protest.

    Just another example of how the so called parties of the right are always ready to compromise before they fight. Lacking articulate and visionary leaders, they see caving into the left as a better option than trying to sway voters to their point of view.

    National and Key do it far too often too.

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  7. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    Extravagant? I don’t think so. It simply gives women working in the private sector the same benefits currently enjoyed by those working in Gummint. The majority of the scheme’ costs are covered by transfers from existing Gummint schemes and a levy on business which is offset by tax changes.

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  8. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    David, it is no more badly targeted than is NZ’s government superannuation. Are you advocating this too should be abandoned?

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  9. pw (19 comments) says:

    this is what AF-9.49 is alluring to re schemes in place—-it should also be noted that federal govt employee,s have had parental leave scheme for years hence the silence from the abc
    http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/parental-leave-pay

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  10. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    I think super should be abandoned in favour of a compulsory super scheme like in Australia

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  11. Harriet (4,970 comments) says:

    David you’ve got to remember that the issue is NOT about babies being priced differently – the issue is about women HAVING to take time OFF work. It is wholly resonable for a mother to take time off for a newborn baby. No one who cares about womenhood could deny that.

    You can’t have everybodies time off work valued as the same otherwise it would then be good enough for public and annual holidays! – you and Key gonna push that too are you ? :cool:

    And it is affordable – the top 200 businesses are the only one’s paying the levy @ 1.5%.[other than public servants but they’re already getting most of their income for taking time off.

    Abbott reduced company tax down to 28% and the levy effectively makes it 29.5%. – I think that is about the company tax rate in NZ!

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