Alan Jones has jumped on the marijuana bandwagon. Apparently it is a wonder drug for the dying and people with chronic conditions. If that is the case, then let marijuana go through the normal approval processes, via the TGA, that every other medical drug has to go through in order to receive approval for use. Don’t count on that happening any time soon.
Legalising marijuana for ‘medical’ purposes is simply a ploy for legalising the drug for general use. Proponents should start telling the truth.
Fortunately there are jurisdictions where marijuana has been legalised, and the early lessons are telling. Apparently in Colorado black market marijuana is rampant even after the product was legalised for certain use. It seems the normal laws of supply and demand still work.
Legal sales of recreational marijuana were supposed to reduce black-market demand for pot but have actually had the opposite effect, The Washington Post reports.
“It’s actually benefited the black market. Prices are going up,” a broker identified as “Junior” told the Post’s Tina Griego…..But when it became legal to sell in dispensaries earlier this year, the prices shot up, partly to pay taxes imposed by the state.
Illegal pot doesn’t come with taxes attached, so the black market began to thrive again, Griego explained.
I’ve previously covered Tony Abbott’s less than authentic voice on conservative issues here and here. Well, to add more evidence to the claim:
Mr Abbott said he was dumping Senator Brandis’s draft laws, which would have removed key sections of the Racial Discrimination Act which the Attorney-General said made it illegal to “hurt the feelings of others”.
Weak. Let’s be clear: Tony Abbott is a big government establishment politician and he will do what it takes to protect his fellow establishment mates by putting their interests ahead of the national interest. Need I list some of Abbott’s sins:
His PPL scheme
Referendum to fix apparent ‘racism’ in the constitution
Increase in the corporation tax
Increase in the top income tax
Support for the RET
There does not appear to be much fighting spirit on domestic issues.
Tony Abbott this morning supported Israel’s right to self-defence and repeated calls for an immediate ceasefire “because plainly too many people are dying”.
“We support Israel’s right to exist, we support Israel’s right to self-defence, we support the Palestinians’ right to a state of their own, but that’s got to go hand-in-hand with the recognition of Israel’s right to exist behind secure borders,” the Prime Minister told Melbourne radio 3AW.
The blunt assessment was issued yesterday by Anthony Whealy QC, the former judge who chaired a 2013 counter-terrorism review and who sentenced Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf to five years’ jail.
Clearly the sentences for such offenses need to be toughened.
Hamas has fired over 2,000 rockets into Israel without direct provocation and ignored the Egyptian sponsored cease fire (Israel abided by it for at least a day, while the rockets rained down). What exactly is Hamas trying to achieve?
The most rational explanation I can find for Hamas’s renewal of hostilities is that it’s trying to shore up its support in Gaza. The Syrian civil war and the Egyptian coup have deprived the paramilitaries of, respectively, their chief sponsor and their most immediate sympathiser. Isolated and bankrupt, unable even to pay the salaries of their 40,000 government employees, Hamas leaders seem to have decided to stake everything on a military campaign. Possibly, like Galtieri’s junta in 1982, they feel they have little to lose. At best, a new ceasefire might result in concessions, such as prisoner releases or – the big prize – a reopening of Gaza’s borders. At worst, the conflict should rally people to their regime.
I think if there is one thing that has become clear over the 70 year conflict it is: who ever leads the Palestinian people does not care for the welfare of the Palestinian people.
Hamas does not build air raid shelters, fires rockets at Israel from highly vulnerable civilian locations and has no intention of ever making peace with Israel. Despite Israel vacating the Gaza strip in 2005 and offering to share Jerusalem as a co-capital with the Palestinians, amongst a range of concessions the Israelis have been willing to make. Is that really consistent with a leadership that cares about its own people.
John Howard and his government did a great deal of good, but they let an incredible amount of unfinished business. It is reassuring that many current members of the Coalition are ready to finish what should have been started years ago.
An incoming Liberal senator has set out a radical libertarian program in his maiden speech, calling for the GST rate to rise to 15 per cent, federal health and education departments to be abolished and for the immediate sell-off of youth radio station Triple J, with the rest of the ABC to also be privatised if it fails to address perceived left-wing bias.
Apart from raising the GST, I agree with everything said. I’d look to build a community view that the ABC should be privatised. It is reassuring though that the ABC has been asked to make cuts and sack at least 80 people as part of the cancellation of the Australia Network.
Asked to repeat comments from earlier in the week suggesting money from a port account paid in by his Chinese business partners had been used to pay for a political campaign run by the management firm Media Circus, he (Clive Palmer) got angry.
He said the money used to fund the political campaign which helped the Palmer United Party secure an amazing three senators and one lower house MP from the 2013 election, was owned by his company for services provided to the joint venture.
I don’t see how Australia can survive another six years of this madness. Abbott needs to start turning the around the polls and head to a double dissolution election as soon as possible. The national interest demands it.
PUP, the Greens and the ALP all support the CEFC, which is basically a government funded bank lending up to $10 billion of taxpayer money to below grade investment proposals spruiking dubious green technology. CEFC is a CAC body, or in other words a quasi-independent government body that cannot be easily controlled like a department of state. The government has directed the CEFC to cease lending operations, but the CEFC has refused to do so arguing that their legislation requires they continue to lend money. The CEFC legislation stipulates that $2 billion be deposited in a special account, by the Commonwealth, every 1 July up to and including 2017 . The legislation does not state, however, that the CEFC must lend $2 billion every year. Any surplus funds not ‘immediately’ required by the CEFC have to be returned to the Commonwealth on the direction of the responsible Minister. So the CEFC could cease or greatly slow operations if it really wanted to. It is essentially a rouge government agency thumbing its nose at the elected government and the central government agencies (PMC, Treasury and Finance) that govern all other agencies. Unbelievable!
Notwithstanding the CFEC’s belligerence, under the CEFC legislation, the Department of Finance has to fund CFEC’s operating expenses ‘as soon as practicable’ and to agree to the level and period of the funding. Currently $18 million a year. There is nothing stopping the government from winding back the CEFC’s operating funding. If there is no agreement there is no funding and the CFEC’s operations would cease, or agreement could be reached at a lower level thereby frustrating CEFC’s operations. The government would continue to deposit $2 billion into the CFEC’s special account, in accordance with the legislation, but the CFEC would not have the resources to allocate the investment funding. The special account would grow and the Finance Minister would then direct the CEFC to hand back the unallocated funding. If the CFEC decided that the funding was ‘immediately’ required, as stipulated under the legislation, at least the special account funding would not be allocated and could be harvested by Finance at a future point in time.
This would all be implicit of course, in order to limit the possibility of legal action by the CFEC. However, if the CFEC did decide to launch legal action against the Commonwealth, CFEC’s would struggle to pay its legal fees. They would quickly empty their operating budget, possibly even attempt to borrow money to help pay the legal costs, and in doing so expose themselves to a damaging audit (just for staters) from the ANAO for unfunded liabilities. The CFEC would be committing suicide if they undertook such a course of action.
The Fairfax MP and leader of the Palmer United Party is also planning to propose an emissions trading scheme to tackle climate change - similar to the one proposed by the Labor Party…..Mr Palmer, whose party will hold three balance of power seats in the Senate from next Tuesday, is flanked by climate change campaigner and former US vice-president Al Gore…..Mr Palmer is set to also reveal that his party will demand the Renewable Energy Target and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation are also retained.
Gore then provided a sermon on reducing Co2 emissions. I didn’t realise that anyone voted for an ETS. Palmer is a fraud. He promised to get rid of the Co2 tax at the last election, and now he is just renaming it as an ETS.
Palmer is a fraud, or it least very tricky. Nothing is ever black and white. He promised at the last election to get rid of the Co2 tax, now he is simply renaming it as an ETS.
Time to prepare for a double dissolution election.
I’m not buying this whole line put forward by 2GB, Bolt and The Australian that Palmer was just fudging about the ETS. Once it starts, even at $1 per ton, it will be very difficult to undo.