Solutions for Australia’s massive Housing Issue. 

 

Housing Solutions

 

1) We can still keep Negative Gearing though stop it after their 1st or maybe? their 2nd Residential investment property. 

 

2) Reinstate the full Capital Gains Tax or make them wait longer for their 50% discount to 4 years or so.Instead of the very short  12 months.

 

3) Stop handing out The people’s money for Government Home Loan Grants. Maybe some small amount for people earning  $50,000 or under a year. And maybe some Tax incentives.

 

4) And start taxing short-term holiday rentals like Airbnb much more.This would ease long term rental availability and cost of long term rental prices. Interestingly I have friend called Pommy Mark who said he couldn't wait to pay more tax for his Airbnb property. As he said his new adopted country has been so to good him. And he feels he need’s to give back to society that helped make him wealthy. A truly wonderful human being.

Post Election 

It’s taken me a couple of days to get over the election result. Still shocked; though it’s a great result. As I thought; it would never happen. Kudos to Morrison's and the  LNP 's speedy exit and handover.Our democracy is in good shape.

 

The Last Ditched Effort 

                                                                            

 

It appears uncertain and rusted on LNP /Morrison voters are suffering from a version of Stockholme Syndrome. They have become so mesmerized by the great Houdini’ Rabbit out of the hat Morrrison. He is one of the greatest actors of all time and he is up there with Anthony Hopkins. Though I’d feel much safer if he was up there on the stage and not running the country. Because if this government is given another term I feel we will be headed for a 1930s type depression. The economy is rockier than is being told. The Swaggies defined the early depression and the neo homeless are everywhere; as they are the collateral damage of 26 years of “The John Howard Extreme American Style Capitalism policies”; still playing out now. Fear and divisiveness is their greatest weapon and Scott knows how to work a room like all the great evangelistic thespians. Convincing working class contractors to vote for the LNP because they will pay less tax. And the massive legislated Morrison Tax Cuts for the wealthy will effect the economy going forward and they will likely raise the GST to rescue it; which mainly effects low income workers and the less well-off the most. Tax is a very dirty word for the LNP; though its really code for not governing for everyone. For they hate the poor. We are now living in the haves and have not’s class system. And the privatized trailer parks are coming very soon.

 

The Mining Boom Solomon Islands and Residential Housing  

                      

I remember everyone bragging in the 1990s and the turn of the century on how much money we were all making in Australia from the mining boom. China was our greatest purchaser. Why did they want it? No one really cared why. In the end China probably stockpiled over a 120 years worth of Iron Ore. And all I can remember from the time John Howard came to power in 1996; Tienanmen Square stopped being mentioned. That’s when Australia started the big ideological change to Privatisation and Neoliberalism. Many couldn't or chose not to see it. Gee! I even I voted for John Howard that year. John was quite lucky because the internet/ computing was now coming into play. And many of us were floundering around trying to work it all out. And many like me are still floundering with it now. Around this time many a new start up computer companies were listed on the stock-exchange for the boom and bust in the Dot- Com period. Many a pony-tailed geek were heading up new and old companies and the old guys and their years of experience and wisdom were laid off. And after the Port Arthur massacre John was as popular as Simon The Likeable from TVs; Get Smart. A cricket tragic that older folk saw as their hipdedo rock star. I am not sure if John was just ignorant, manipulated, or a victim or deceptive. Though through his deep conservatism, his sell out to everything bad about USA capitalism, Thatcher-ism and Royalism ; he was nothing but a betrayal to egalitarian Australians. Basically John was a sucker to Pom and Pageantry and con artist’s from the USA on how we should run our country. And he was man of zero imagination. And in the end a terrible leader. And his ego brought his own party down. I've always been a bottom up person. Who’s more valuable in society someone who’s going to look after you when you are old and demented or some self satisfied empathy deprived CEO. Bottom up is a perfect measure of what sort society we want live in, And when the shit hits the fan who’s there for you? In Australia no one is. I’d rather be living in a village in Kalimantan when you are old and decrepit than Australia. Surely we can pay someone $40 an hour in a Nursing Home to look after the elderly.Since John came to power CEO pays sky rocketed to a crazy level. Though his Piece de resistance policy was turning residential housing into an asset class; like a stock market. Halving Capital Gains Tax. Incorporating Residential housing in Super. Giving Rich kids home loans grants to buy Million Dollar homes. Home loan grants are the  worst idea of all. Now large companies just buy whole blocks of flats as an investment and Tax minimisation. Allowing overseas investors to buy up residential property with potentially laundered money. Allowing investors to maximise their rents via Air B and B; which puts so much financial stress on people wanting long term rentals. Degrading Public Housing to such a small levels. And Negative Gearing continues . Then there was Morrison’s Renovation Rescue to the wealthy middle class instead putting money into public housing. John started it and it’s still going on. And the questionable wisdom of The Reserve Bank. They are still pumping this Residential Housing boom/ house of cards along for as long as they can. The residential property market is 50% overvalued. Its an absolute rort and this government has been the architect of this joke. It’s time to shut  this corruption down.It’s our own version of Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed is still in power. This governments ideological focus has been it’s masters; ie, The Rich and wealthy middle class status quo. And like all fundamentalist's oligarchs absolute power corrupts absolutely. In the end a roof over your head is a human right. Like the mining boom was all about $ signs in our eyes as too is the housing boom. Homelessness is rampant. China is now going to govern law and order in the Solomon Islands. Blind Ideology got us here in the first place. Make no mistake population growth was all about money and GDP. Whats next armaments for war of course we will have buy them from the USA. Because we don’t even make our own water pistols anymore let alone a car or a tank. We are all drunk on American idealism with Ocker Australia Day’ Renovation Rescue, with a Married at First Sight twist. Stupid and Greed is what you get if your only focus is the dollar. Though when China does officially take over. I hope they let us keep The Moomba Festival for old time sake.

 

Voting in the Election  

 

Voting in the Election 

Anthony Albanese is not the greatest orator in the world; though I believe he has integrity. And I think he and his team will be a breath of fresh air if they get voted in as he has some capable people behind him. And having intelligent “Independent's”; actually works. As they will keep the bastards fair. Zoe Daniel, would be a lovely fit in the seat of Goldstein.The Labor Party for a long time has acknowledge the issues involving climate change. For too many years the Liberal Party has had to be dragged kicking and screaming to admit it’s an issue. The USA has a Trump. We have the whole LNP. And they could really do with a very long break. And voting for the “United Australia Party” will be an absolute wasted vote. In my humble opinion.

The Election 

 

 The Election 

 

I do worry about another LNP victory at the next Australian election.Scott Morrison should never be underestimated. For he is a brilliant tactician and a force to be reckoned with. He won the last election on his own. I hope Albo’s ministers don’t go missing in action during the election. Scott Morrison is like Jaws from movie “The Spy who loved me”.You can’t destroy him. I would never write him off. And will he pull another rabbit out of the hat? As 2 months is still a long time in politics. Though; I can see it all now.....

 

Albo; wearing his Akubra hat would probably be a late invite by Scott to his garden party on the lawns of the parliament to announce his election campaign speech and the  “We are the World” concert for the environment and just as Anthony says “What the bloody hell’s is going on here” in a negative tone. Scott, wearing a Kaftan would hand him a half a glass of champagne just before expressing to Albo “I’m more of a glass half full type of guy Anthony” in a corrective manner: then say “anyway old timer you are just in time for me to introduce Greta Thunberg and Kylie Minogue and the Australian Indigenous choir perform”. “We are the World” for our new saving the world environmental policy. “More champagne old boy’ Scott would chuckle. Then break into song with Greta and Kylie singing “There’s a choice we’re making where saving our own lives, Its true we make a better day just you and me”. And Scott’s last quip would be “Hey Albo” Bob Browns floating around here somewhere too mate”.Then Scott would saunter off: doing his own little jig on the lawns on parliament with a glass of champagne in hand. Job done!

Ukraine 

I am totally in awe of some Ukrainians bravery and the clarity of which they speak. Amazing people.I'm sure many Russians feel the same.Hoping for a ceasefire asap!

The Port of Darwin and the Manchurian Candidate 

The Australian Conservative party The LNP under our illustrious leader; Mr Morrison sure knows how to display his party's hypocrisy. We could have called the ex LNP minister Mr Robb a "Manchurian Candidate" by allowing the Chinese company; "Landbridge Group" to have a 99 year lease on the Port of Darwin. We are not too bright down here; are we?

Being Hacked  

It seems some never cease their online tricks .Today my email was hacked again from a link from my Linkedin account.Be careful kids; it's jungle out there.

 Music Observations

 

My favourite singer song writers are Billy Joel, Sisto Rodriguez and Sting. 

My favourite Australian Jazz Musicians are Bernie McGann, Vince Jones and Smacka Fitzgibbon.

My favourite female singer songwriters are Carol King,Beth Nielsen Chapman and Nina Simone.

My favourite all time male singers are Dean Martin,George Michael and Donny Hathaway

My favourite all time female singers are Ella Fitzgerald,Anita Baker and Julie London

My favourite Rock Bands Santana,Bad Company,The Little River Band, before they sold their rights.

 

Best Jazz Musicians I have played with and their Instrument.

Best Double Bass Players would have to be Adam Spiegl and

 for Electric Bass it's the Master; Senor Jorge Alberquerque. 

And for the best Jazz Guitarist; it's an odd choice because this 

guy mainly plays Reggae though when I played with him and 

when he was on song there was no one better than Steven Silk.

And Kosta Glouzman is a creative genius on the piano.

                  Phil Hayter; I would rate very highly on the Alto Sax.

And for the best Piano Accompaniment player I performed with was Agus Batara.If I had to choose one. Though I have performed with many great Accompanists as previously mentioned.