Just like last time, and with as little justification now as then :) , here are my voting intentions for the upcoming Australian Federal election.
Other issues:Internet censorship seems to be out of favour this time around so isn't an obvious problem … until the next time of course.Both major parties seem to be in a contest for “most stupid” on the subjects of the economy and refugees.Both are obsessed with a useless and dangerous desire for a federal surplus, sacrificing growth and/or employment for something they can't control anyway. Government spending should be enough to ensure that aggregate demand in the economy is at a level that provides full, or near-full employment (anything less is a waste of our resources, and comes with immense social costs). In the absence of private sector spending (our current state), and our normal situation of trade deficit (i.e. we're spending more in someone else's economy than they're spending in ours), recession and unemployment are inevitable if the Government stops spending as well. In an economy characterised by a fiat currency with a monopoly supplier and a floating exchange rate, “surplus/deficit” is just a measure at a point in time of the level of demand support the Government is providing. The government funds deficit spending by creating deposits in bank accounts, and if there is a surplus the money ceases to exist - a deficit leaves no future debt obligation as a burden on our children, and a surplus isn't “banked” to allow future spending.As for refugees - I'm not proud to be a citizen of a country that has reneged on its human obligation to deal kindly with people needing our help. Both sides of politics here seem to think we have a refugee problem (the total numbers coming here are small by comparison to other Western nations), and are in a race to see who can appear “strongest” in dealing with it. All they have achieved is to make us look mean and small, and increase the costs (both financial and human) of processing asylum seekers.