It's the" Mad Monk: our idiot PM, who is behind this stupid "green army" crap.
Instead of creating real jobs, he's going t create a slave army for Gina Reinhart - the $2.00 per day slave driver.
Why is the Mad Monk doing her bidding, I don't remember seeing her name on the Ballot paper. - Ella
First of all, here's to my mother, grandmother and aunt who gave me so much love and guidance. And here's to my daughter who is full of enthusiasm and hope.
More broadly, here's to my high school teachers, both the young and experienced, who in the 1970s taught their girls to think hard and dream big.
Finally, here's to Sharman Stone and her call for quotas for women in the Liberal Party on International Women's Day. - miranda
To elaborate~ there are different kinds of pain~ friends and acquaintances on the cusp or just over into palliative care and pain relief because they are going to die, and their friends, acquaintances, colleagues and family are faraway or near in to the reality of pain involved in recognising all that mortal, terminal stuff as well as the pain of the disease process and separating from the life we have shared and had and is now nearly over for some of us? Bugger. I have seen how people distance way before any actual good-byes. - ro.watson
My gut feelings have got me feeling cross and resentful about pain. - ro.watson
Dianne, the whole mining business is a Frankenstein of odd creatures. Exploration is seriously high risk and seriously expensive - exploration mining company stocks aren't called 'penny dreadfuls' for nothing. There's probably a valid break earned at that end. As far as other subsidies and concessions are concerned, the return on investment (from the tax payers perspective) is probably better than some of the other industries that receive support, but I'll admit ignorance on the detail.
A lot of what happens in the sector isn't so much mining as infrastructure development. The recent boom wasn't in resource extraction as much as building rail lines, ports, gas facilities etc. It really doesn't take a lot of people to dig up dirt. - Alistair
How is this not conscription, with shovels & rakes instead of rifles & bayonets? For the present.
Even the NAME, green ARMY! FFS, anyone with half a brain (which by definition excludes anyone in the current executive) would have called it 'service' or something without the, sotto voce appeal to ANZAC. - ashnaz
Ellen, please do not forget Lang Hancock was a right bastard. He wanted to use nuclear bombs to mine in the reefs off W.A. he got his land but never, ever wanted Aboriginal rights and ownership recognised. He made his money through this theft of Aboriginal lands. He was an horrific, greedy, cruel man far to the right of Genghis Khan. No I never met him, but I have read the history, seen the reports, read the media.
How dare you insult every reader of Hoopla implying none of us have worked to secure our future, that we are lazy and sit around all day complaining. So self funded retirees are a better class of people to the rest of the common swill. I think you will find Hooplarians have worked for years, many have struggled to survive, many have raised children and cared for others in their communities. What have you done? I hope I never meet you and note I am making my judgement about you from your own writings. I find you wanting as a human being. - sue bell
This is high-horse bullshit. She is not our moral guardian. As Billy Connolly would say. - RhodaD
"Question authority" short enough for a badge and quite big enough for reason, gut instinct and intuition? - ro.watson
I am not an expert on mining matters so I am only reporting what I have read.
Last year an Australia Institute report by economist Matt Grudnoff estimated that mining companies were receiving $4.5 billion in govt support including tax concessions.
Mining companies receive all manner of deductions according to the report, including deductions for exploration and prospecting costs and capital works expenditure.
While it seems you are correct that companies are providing for their own infrastructure, this is only in part. According to the report the Federal Government also contributes to the cost of providing rail and port infrastructure.
No doubt mining companies will put their own spin on what they receive from taxpayers, but receive they do. Handsomely.
I am not being critical of that because I am pretty ignorant about the reasons why we fork out so much to miners. I just think it is a bit rich for magnate Rinehart to then drone on about Australia's welfare state. - Dianne
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