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An Open Letter to News Limited Columnist Andrew Bolt Dear Mr Bolt, There have been numerous occasions in which you have used your abrasive and far reaching column in News Limited publications to grossly misrepresent the truth and cynically exploit matters of public importance for your own purposes, but this time I think you have reached a new low. Your opinion piece on Thursday 2 May entitled ‘Why Should We Bail Her Out?’ was, quite simply, one of the most irresponsible and insincere examples of journalism I have ever witnessed. Continue reading

National Plan for School Improvement

As you will have noticed, this week’s media focus has been on education funding and the state of Australia’s schools.  I think that is a great thing.  Too often education policy does not receive the attention it deserves because the nation’s news outlets seem fixated on personal political scandals or the Opposition leader’s latest histrionics about how the price on carbon will send us back to pre-industrial times and ruin our weekends. The spotlight, of course, has been on the Gillard Government’s National Plan for School Improvement.  The plan will establish a new school funding model, which is based on the needs of individual students and directly linked to things we know will improve school results.  In order to make this happen, the Prime Minister has committed that for every extra dollar that the Tasmanian Government is prepared to invest, the Federal Government will pay two. Continue reading

Superannuation Changes- What Labor’s Proposed Changes to Superannuation Are Really About

All the Talk about Superannuation Lately, you may have noticed that a lot of media attention has been directed at the Gillard Government’s proposed changes to Australia’s superannuation scheme.  Unfortunately, certain sections of the nation’s media have resorted to alarmist coverage that has left some people concerned the safety of their super. Continue reading

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments (AGDRP)

The Australian Government has stepped in to assist individuals and families affected by the Tasmanian fires in the areas of Sorell, Tasman and Glamorgan-Spring Bay. Eligible people affected by the recent bushfires in South East and East Tasmania will be able to claim payment of $1,000 for each adult and $400 for each child. People directly affected by the bushfires are urged to take advantage of this assistance. Continue reading

Tasmanian Bushfires

The Australian Government will provide tax deductible status to relief funds established to help Australians affected by the Tasmanian bushfires. Continue reading