Class act Scott. Loves democracy does Scott. Good christian is Scott.

Scott Morrison threatens to cut states' GST share if they oppose fracking

Lock the Gate accuses Coalition of trying to blackmail governments into accepting controversial gas extraction industry

Scott Morrison has threatened to cut the GST distribution for state and territory governments if they push back against unconventional gas exploration, known as “fracking”.

He has warned state governments the Productivity Commission will be considering its attitude towards the controversial gas extraction industry – particularly any moratoriums or limits on the practice – in its review of the goods and services tax distribution, according to reports.

“I think it needs a fair dinkum look,” Morrison told the Australian. “The Productivity Commission is looking at whether the way the states and territories operate is giving them a leave pass under the GST formula for not getting on and doing things. When you have states that get on and do things, should they be penalised by getting less GST?”

Morrison’s threat has enraged an anti-coal seam gas group, Lock the Gate.

“This is an outrageous move by the federal government to blackmail state and territory governments into accepting fracking, regardless of the devastating impact it will have on farmland and water resources,” Georgina Woods from Lock the Gate said on Thursday.

“We will be asking for urgent advice as to whether it is lawful for the government to subvert the proper return of tax dollars to states in order to pursue a blatantly political agenda to promote multinational fracking companies.

“This is yet another example of the fracking industry undermining our democratic institutions – even the fair distribution of GST dollars is now being hopelessly compromised by the debasement of our democracy to fossil fuel interests.”

Morrison’s warning to the states comes as the Turnbull government tries to keep a lid on rapidly rising energy prices, with electricity bills set to increase by up to 20% on 1 July.

The Grattan Institute warned two months ago that the national electricity market was already at “crisis point”, with urgent action required before summer to safeguard against the risk of blackouts.

Since then the Turnbull government has been increasingly criticising state governments for their opposition to coal seam gas, blaming them for Australia’s gas shortage, but little has been done.

The question of whether or not Australia has a gas shortage is highly disputed.

Most states and territories in Australia still have some form of restriction on fracking, or are considering one. Queensland and South Australia are the only states that don’t.

In April, Morrison announced a Productivity Commission review of the way in which the GST is collected and distributed among the states. As part of the terms of reference, he asked the commission to examine “state laws and policies restricting the development of energy resources”.

He said on Wednesday it was unfair the Northern Territory received more than four times the GST revenue it raised itself when it had a moratorium on coal seam gas extraction, while Western Australia made great use of its natural resources and was penalised for it, receiving a paltry GST share, according to the Australian.

Woods said the Turnbull government was effectively threatening to shortchange schools and hospitals “in their fervour to give gas fracking giants access to every last square inch of Australia”.


Mater Fracking Coalsmack.


So they could allow it but charge $400,000,000,000 per licence which expires after 30 minutes.



Green with a hard heart?


Oh, that's brilliant, that is. It really doesn't take much to figure out who's running this joint. FFS


Flake News

Posted on July 6, 2017 [email protected] in Craft Standards, News Corp, Political News
Now Murdoch’s media has abandoned claims of a connection to actual journalism and shark-vaulted into the Trumpian post-truth void, we can set aside conventional media criticism and marvel at the death-throes desperation of its ‘yarn’-spinning.

No longer content to merely feed today’s news through the standard News Corp grinder and pack it together with the usual ideological offal, the Daily Telegraph’s fact butchers are now manufacturing the meat altogether. This new ‘news’, like the cheapest sausage, is injected so full of sodium and carcinogenic chemicals it bears no resemblance to anything close to real life.

With a now soulless Liberal Party in the grip of autophagia, the spectral Abbott haunting Turnbull’s prime ministerial banquet like a bloodied Banquo rattling a set of rosary beads, and the Labor Party, slowly marching Birnam Wood-style upon Dunsinane, the Tele preferred to focus its front page on two years’ hence and predictions of a new, more terrible tyrant in, err, Bill Shorten.

Honestly, you couldn’t make this up, except they just did. Imagine, for a moment, The Washington Post setting aside the Watergate inquiry while they projected three years into the future to a Jimmy Carter-led dystopia, one that threatened the long-suffering American people with a reign of competency and compassion. Oh, the wailing and the gnashing of teeth.

This surely is yet another symbol that News Corporation, the loss-making, fact-shedding news media detritus of Murdoch’s once mighty empire (21st Century Fox being the profitable and much bigger business) is in its final, feeble days.

Just look at it: The octogenarian head of the Family Firm is revelling in his role as the new handbag (alligator skin) of super groupie Jerry Hall (Jerry and the Pacemaker). Son Lachlan here in Australia is purely focused on taking control of the Ten Network in the quite reasonable anticipation that federal parliament will change media ownership laws for his benefit. And the other son James has put that whole unfortunate phone hacking scandal behind him by lobbying Teresa May’s mortally wounded minority government to let Fox take control of the UK’s Sky Television.

Is it any wonder, then, that the old, decaying and increasingly irrelevant print legacy assets are being left to their own murky devices. Over at Times Roman Catholic broadsheet The Australian, battalions of crusty old cranks fulminate about climate conspiracies and pearl-clutching matrons fret that our godlessness will be our destruction (Donald Trump being the exception, of course).

But the tabloids have to work that much harder to convince their supposedly blue-collar market to vote against their own interests. So we hear that Shorten will lift corporate taxes and bring back penalty rates if elected. Golly, what a vote loser that’ll be in Western Sydney (“We’re for the West”).

It used to be infuriating this stuff. But now it seems rather desperate and clearly workshopped (and photoshopped) to within an inch of its life. And the best part is that it isn’t working. The myth that Howard’s blue-collar Tories would stick with having their livelihoods destroyed so long as those in power were brutalising refugees, Aborigines and the unemployed has lost its magic. Victorians and Queenslander's ignored the tabloid lies in state elections and we saw in the UK the spectacular backfire by The Sun and the other truth-manufacturing UK tabloids to halt Jeremy Corbyn.

So now, they’re resorting to not just spinning today’s news, but faking up the future. It’s low, it’s desperate, it’s tawdry and it has absolutely nothing to do with journalism or the truth.

Which is why the toilet paper that is Murdoch’s tabloids is set to be flushed. And for good this time one would hope.


So to those who understand these things, is the currently advertised "closing loopholes in the overseas company tax avoidance" actually going to be effective? Kudo's if it is, because its way way overdue.


The keyword in the ad is 'undisclosed profits'. Whatever that actually means.

The ATO could argue in court that a lot of the company structures and loans to themselves are purely set up for tax avoidance but we never enforce this ruling.


Please, no commenting on tax law unless you are a qualified tax accountant, lest Ye offend daytripper.


Am I missing something with this Gillespie business. I'm all for transparency, stopping fraud and holding dodgy bastatds to account. But owning a shopping centre which has a lease with Aus Post seems to be clutching at straws. Even if it's not legal I don't see anything dodgy with it.


And aren't a lot of Australia Post outlets these days franchises?


Yeah I think you're correct.

Also it would all be negotiated through real estate agents etc. I highly doubt Aus Post is going to pay above market rates to influence a politician.


Yeah, it seems a bit lame to be honest. Perhaps the ALP wanting to put the libs through a bit of what they went through with Thompson and Slipper?

Not sure it's the right long game though. The ALP should be right now pushing policy, policy, policy as loud as they can, as a contrast the the Libs infighting and Abbott-driven looneyness. Pull out big proposals to ensure multinationals pay tax, negative gearing reform, that sort of thing. Hard policy proposals with a tinge of populism that you'd never be able to get away with if the govt was organised and united.

This sort of thing makes it look like you're trying to sneak your way into govt rather than win it. everryone understood Thompson and Slipper rorting their allowances, but my gut feeling is that this'll be way too technical for people to worry much about one way or the other. Hell, I don't, and I'm as partisanly anti-Coalition as they come. The Libs are falling to bits, why interrupt your enemy when he's busy walking off a cliff?

This could be an opportunity for the ALP to actually win back some genuine primary vote for the first time in a while, given the Greens are also busy punching each other.


There's private licensed ones (mostly small) and Aus Post owned ones (most of the big ones). Has been the case for decades.


I understand the intention was to sell them off but they sold a few and then it became an unviable business model I believe. So they stopped the franchising.

And yes HM the ALP should be pushing policy instead of worrying about point scoring that most people can't understand anyway. They seem to have completely lost their way over the past decade. They should be capitalising on the LNP brain fades.


The number of post offices does not always match populations. In my area it is excruciating with queues outside the doors. The pollies are oblivious to community concerns on that score, leading to a suspicion that whoever is running the post office has got an exclusive deal.


So it is OK to bag Pollies when they use their legitimate, and generous, travel expenses, but when an MP allegedly breaks the Law, some think it is OK.

Gillespie owns a shopping centre, and he knows that under the Law he is not allowed to get any gain from any Government contract or lease. But he ignored it.

The High Court will decide, just like they did for Bob Day, which is right and proper.


I don't think this is right. The licensed outlets were a way to effectively increase the network without a big investment, the big post offices were never going to be sold.

This seems to be a pretty seven-degrees of separation type accusation to me.
His company's tenant pays a government corp for a franchise. His company's tenant's customers pay his tenant who then pay him in turn. I'm aware the law/constitution says indirect, but I'm not sure how indirect it needs to be before it becomes ridiculous. Doctor's surgeries who claim Medicare, sparkies who claim solar rebates, other tradies who claim the money back for training apprentices - any companies who claim rebates for anything, all have indirect links to government money.


Is he post office in question a franchise?

Haven't followed this all that closely to date but, if its state owned, he's screwed.


If it's in a smallish country town, I'd be surprised. Pretty sure the Port Fairy one is a franchise, but the Warrnambool one is a biggie and probably still state-owned.