John Howard … the Architect … This Time … ‘The Aged Care Act’ 1997

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John Howard another bloody dirty liberal , was the man who allowed nursing homes to hide what you the taxpayers give them, no public scrutiny, it’s a LNP law


My mother is in aged care . Now transferring to palliative care after neglect . Massive bedsores despite instructions from doctor on how to position her. $600k plus daily fees for neglect and malnutrition that will ultimately see her out . We are beyond furious #auspol

THERE is a big difference between the Two Major Parties … contrary to those who make an offhand comment that there isn’t …

LABOR has a FIVE POINT PLAN; it promises registered nurses on site 24/7, more carers, a pay rise for the sector’s workers, standards to ensure better food for residents, and greater accountability imposed on providers.


‘Anthony Albanese offers $2.5B Plan to fix Crisis in Aged Care’


COMPARE that to the frightening experiences of our loved ones dating back to 1997

Of being starved … fed gruel … neglected … unwashed … drugged … suffering from bed sores … and even bashed …

WE need to go back more than 20 years when the AGED CARE ACT 1997 was drafted.

It proved to be a terrible turning point for aged care policy in Australia.

Politicians, bureaucrats and providers frequently reassure us that the majority of aged care homes are “world-class”. However, there is no empirical evidence to support this claim. Their reassurances are simply marketing spin on steroids. …

‘Who decided that data on residents’ safety and wellbeing in aged care homes must be kept top secret?

To answer this question, we need to go back more than 20 years when the AGED CARE ACT 1997 was drafted. JOHN HOWARD’S COALITION GOVERNMENT proved a turning point for aged care policy in Australia.

Under the Coalition’s Aged Care Act 1997, there was an increase in private investment. Private equity firms, new foreign investors, and superannuation and property real estate investment trusts entered the residential aged care market.

The dean and head of the University of South Australia’s law school Wendy Lacey has slammed the Aged Care Act, arguing that there is “a complete absence of any positive and mandatory legal obligation on the part of facilities to take proactive measures to promote mental health and wellbeing of their residents”.


AND from The Saturday Paper … Parts 1 and 2


“Two peas in a pod” … explains why Aged Care, it appears, has deteriorated even further …

Photo 1: The Saturday Paper

Photo 2: The Saturday Paper

THE QUESTION again is asked ‘Does Temporary Migration Hold Down Wages for Everyone’?

YES, obviously, it does with increased competition for jobs!

IT was the Howard Government that introduced TEMPORARY VISAS … for Workers and Students which replaced Australia’s Permanent Migration of 70,000 people annually


… willing to work for slave rates and conditions …  with the goal of gaining Permanent Residency and a new life here …

THIS has led to high unemployment and underemployment of Australians …

The one million Australians forgotten in the unemployment statistics

IT would seem that too many Employers are exploiting the desire of temporary migrants to come here to gain residency by working in jobs not linked to their qualifications but in cleaning, hospitality, and fruit picking for three or more years before gaining employment in their chosen vocation.

‘Since the borders shut in March last year, more than 500,000 temporary migrants have left the country,’

SO what did Employers do since the Pandemic?  It appears they have held out with few offering better wages and conditions, and continue to push for the return of high immigration of Visa Workers!   Alleging skilled worker gaps …

IT appears the lowest wages growth for more than 60 years … is being maintained!

These temporary and student permits (Visas) ‘make people more vulnerable to exploitation by employers’ because employers can threaten them with deportation or punishment so these temporary migrants can be underpaid in exploitative work!

‘This can go on to depress wages in that sector: something seen through large-scale wage theft and rip-offs in hospitality and the agricultural sector.’


Surely there is another way to Overhaul Stamp Duty …

AT the risk of drawing the IRE from Property Portfolio Investors …

WHY not have those with property portfolios meet the expense of STAMP DUTY instead … ?

AFTERALL they have avenues to back them  … as acknowledged by the Chair of retailer Paddy Pallin:

“It’s totally unfair that just because someone’s well off they can afford a good accountant and a good lawyer and adjust things and not pay their fair share of tax,” he said.

“There are so many ways: you invest in certain shares, for instance, you get franking credits. There’s capital gains, a whole lot of things.”

THUS the system is rigged denying a whole Cohort especially those aged under 40 from owning a home

And how many who have scraped together a deposit and gained a loan approval find they are again locked out not only with escalating house prices but STAMP DUTY!  FFS!

NSW INC having made $9 BILLION in the past year from Stamp Duty …. FFS!

A good government would remove this Tax for the Family Home … or at least give it a shave?

LAND TAX is also insidious – a Tax for Life  … in perpetuity… on top of Council Rates

Will the new Treasurer be able to make headway?

When unfortunately he has to deal with some Members who have not experienced the struggles of a large share of Australian workers … nor do they appear to be able to empathize … it would seem they are inept …

Perhaps blinded by the pedlars of ‘supply’ side solutions to home affordability?

Read more!

NSW Treasurer walks back from Perrottet’s push to overhaul stamp duty

Our Young People have been Paying a ‘Heavy Price’ for some time!

THE Delta Variant, it appears, has only worsened the predicament for our Young People

BECAUSE in the lead-up to this, globalisation was costly for them … they have been paying a ‘heavy price’ for a long time

-they were bearing the brunt of job losses and low wages from the late 1990s policies:

.with competition from hundreds of thousands of temporary Visa workers

.and low wages growth

.loss of Award conditions

EMPLOYMENT for young people had just begun to recover with border closures to Visa workers

.but the Delta variant has plunged us into Lockdown

More PANDEMICS are likely … does it make $ense to maintain an economy based on low paid Visa workers?


Philip Lowe: Young people paying ‘heavy price’ for Delta containment

If Pay Ratios were Published it is said CEOs might be more generous to their Staff!

When this Adelaide resident heard that bosses of Australian firms earn many hundreds of times what workers do, it did not sit right with him! He has to work a number of casual, part-time jobs, and volunteer!

He said that it left him feeling disappointed and disillusioned with the system that has evolved!

He questioned how it was possible that such could be earned by any individual!

As a consequence of COVID-19 he said  …

“I’m in a very insecure world,” he said. “I think a lot of people are in my position.”

HOWEVER, will publishing CEO pay ratios be enough? A good start perhaps!

PRIOR to the late 1990s when Workers’ Pay and Conditions were undermined by the policy changes of the Howard Government, we enjoyed good wages and conditions that enabled us to live in our own homes, afford a motor vehicle or two, enjoy holidays and home comforts!

Our families, however now, may not even own a car, and they rent!   Into their 30s!

How did this Divide come about? 

The Howard Government introduced Temporary Migration of Visa holders including Visa workers to replace permanent migration of 70,000 per annum.

Prior to the Pandemic there were 2.3 MILLION Visa holders in Australia of which 1.6 MILLION were Visa workers … this led to high unemployment and underemployment of Australians! 

These overseas people were lured by the prospect not only of work, but gaining permanent residency as they accepted low rates of pay and poor working conditions.




The Emergence of ‘Celebrity’ in Real Estate!

The Emergence of ‘Celebrity’ in Real Estate as The Divide is growing … the cream of our Intelligentsia … University lecturers, Computer Scientists, Scientists, digital technology technicians … and many others have lost their careers … or remain screwed on very low wages

YET we have real estate agents cruising in their ‘Beamers’ wearing Italian-made suits, and sporting Saint Laurent pointed toe boots …

They are moving up to Hunters Hill … and investing in acreages … while buyers do all the work!

Buyers spend hours daily on the internet searching for ‘a home’ …

Buyers have to slot in as many inspections as they can … driving themselves … long gone are the days when the agent ‘looked after’ the buyer

Earlier in 2021 buyers were joined by hundreds of others at 30 minute ‘Open Homes’ X 2 per week … could this have been to create competition and price hikes? 

Now as COVID steps up its agenda … there are one-to-one private inspections for 10 minutes …  in a time slot from 1.00 to 3.30 p.m., one or two days a week.

Back at the shop, agents call the ‘interested buyers’ and suggest the property is now selling $300,000 … $500,000 more than the Guide! 

Is this the case?  It’s all by the agent’s suggestion, isn’t it?  How do we really know?

Commissions of $30,000 and more on each property sold each week!

As if this is not more than enough … with so much cash to splash some are now having their faces plastered on billboards … they are on Instagram …

The ‘winners’ among them are those that can make connection and feign emotional intelligence … afterall they are ‘wired’ to sell at the highest price!


‘Living Large:  The Rise of Celebrity Real Estate Agents

FACTS SHEET … on the 2021 House Price Booom!

Yes, we need a top-level Inquiry into Uncontrolled House Prices

Find out more!

Under the Cover of Covid 15,000 Wealthy Foreigners given Australian Visas!

GEN X bears the Debt Burden … the Cost of Buying a Home has increased by 130%

MEANWHILE … many GEN Y and Z are locked out of home ownership … and this explains why!

How have Sydney House Prices been cooked?

Is Everybody happy?

How did the house price rise rot set in?

Clearly we were set up not only by the big boys in Real Estate but the RBA!  FFS!

‘ …Centre for Independent Studies chief economist Peter Tulip said it was “well within possibility” that Sydney house prices would rise by 30 per cent by the end of the year.

“Almost all of that has just occurred within the past six months, as I understand, so we are on track for a very large increase in 2021.”

In 2019, he modelled for the Reserve Bank of Australia that a permanent one percentage point cut in the cash rate would result in an increase in house prices of 30 per cent after three years.’

WHAT role have the realtors played in this price hike? They do set the price …

The pattern from the end 2020 was for agents to advertise a home $100,000 below the guide said to attract more buyers.

But then in January 2021 prices were advertised $200,000 above that gained just weeks earlier! For like homes … however some did not even have a lick of paint!

‘ … the massive daily house price growth has locked many people out of the market, including first-home buyer Pankaj Kumar, who has been looking to purchase a house in the Ryde area for more than three years.

He started with a $900,000 budget in 2019. But even with an increased amount of $1.65 million today, he is still priced out of the area.

“There was a time when properties were selling $30,000 or $40,000 above [the price guide], but when they go $300,000 above, you can’t budget for that,” Mr Kumar said. “It has become impossible.”

The Ryde region recorded one of the highest house price rises in Sydney, jumping 11.7 per cent – or $219,500 – in the second quarter to a median of $2.1 million.

It rose 26.9 per cent – or $445,000 – in the year to June.

‘Sydney house prices reach record median $1,410,133 – rising almost $1200 a day in just three months’

OBVIOUSLY we do need a ‘top level Inquiry into Uncontrolled House Prices‘ because this not only locks out many Australians but may well negatively impact wealthy Boomers who have gone guarantor for their families to buy a home!

WHEN will the Scummo Government do what it should?

Academics reveal how Public Universities have been Ransacked under Covid


Scomo Govt denied Public Universities the JobKeeper subsidy; a key role in undermining them

-by February 2021 more than 17,000 university staff lost their employment

-Scomo Govt passed the JOB-READY BILL to CUT FUNDING FOR DEGREES; and increased fees for Humanities and The Arts


private and Catholic schools propped up; another Howard-era practice cont’d by Abbot, Turnbull and Morrison

-ANU vice chancellor Brian P Schmidt pointed out that this lack of investment has implications for the entire nation going into the future

-with universities forced to prop up the research they undertake via student fees

**- the sector’s reliance on students from overseas is itself a symptom of the government’s failure to support universities


Morrison Has Gutted Public Universities Under Cover of COVID


Analysis on How the Unemployed are being Used to Control Inflation!

HERE it is in black and white … it’s spelt out clearly what has been done to our own by our pollies, they:

-have NO regard for their own people 

-will do whatever it takes to achieve their ideology-based objectives

Gareth Hutchens covers in this report …

-Who controls the levers

-Net overseas migration vs natural increase in population (‘000s)

-About the natural level of ‘unemployment’

-It’s the same thing with the economy

-Introducing the ‘output gap’ … and what they mean


‘We should thank the unemployed for their service. They’ve been used to control inflation’

How to Restore Housing Affordability

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TONIGHT, 14 JUNE 2021 view the video, and skip along to about 47.52 minutes, and JULIA BAIRD introduced the topic of Housing Affordability.

Now most Australians grew up being taught that if they worked hard, saved money, cut down on the avocado toast, that one day they would be able to buy a house, but new research shows that this dream is out of reach for our younger generations.

The Australia Talks National Survey found 65% of participants agreed that for most young people owning a house just isn’t an option … ‘

CAAN particularly looks at the conversation with Nicki Hutley, economics consultant for Social Outcomes and the Climate Council.

JB:  How are we to read this Nicki?

Nicki Hutley:  It’s hardly surprising we have had a housing crisis in this country probably for two decades, and all levels of government hold responsibility for this.  It is around local government planning, it’s around state government planning and legislation …


-to make housing more affordable for more people by extension that means that ‘housing is potentially going to go down in price’  

-many Australians hold a lot of their wealth in housing

-the economic consequences of the wealth effect when house prices go down it flows through the economy; a very delicately balanced issue

When we look at the drivers::

-a whole host of issues including self-interest and nimbyism

Host Julia Baird then raised the issue of how expensive the housing market is becoming here. 

JB:  This is a two-bedroom house in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Darlinghurst; a 90 sq metre block; a buyers guide of $1.7M.  …  It would be more than a lick of paint to be liveable. How can this be sustainable?  The prices going so far up year upon year especially since the Pandemic.

NH:  it is certainly not sustainable. I would have thought we already got to that point.

… but what recent research tells us:

-wealthy boomers are helping their kids out now; an intergenerational transfer of wealth from older Australians to help their kids get into the market

60% of first home buyers are getting support from parents or grandparents to the tune of an average of $93,000

-whereas a normal average couple on an average income it would take them a decade to save for the deposit

-the big issue, interest rates are incredibly low; those who already own property it is much easier to access the finance to then dab more in investment properties

-we are creating this cycle where we have got more and more of the haves concentrating, and then this group that are being shut out of the market

JB:  We have seen the political will in New Zealand to tackle a very heated market to crack down on investor buyers over people who want a roof over their head.  Every time we talk about capital gains and negative gearing – that every time we do it ends in a bog.  What is going to happen here?

Which levers will be pulled?

NH:  There are some short term and long term things. To actually properly address housing affordability without having a double collapse in the economy there are things we can do in the short term:

get rid of Negative Gearing and Capital Gains Tax * to bring down prices *

.it wont be catastrophic; there are always some winners and losers; the losers will be very vocal

CAAN: Can anyone recall if this was raised on ‘The Drum’ during 2019 in the leadup to the election?  When Bill Shorten announced that if elected Labor would grandfather negative gearing and address capital gains tax?

House prices have been escalating since the early 2000s, and again particularly during 2015 and 2017! (due to the high temporary migration visas inviting investment in our housing).

NH Points cont’d:

-a lot of costs are driven by ‘supply and demand’ and the cost of land

-and also government charges; dealing with infrastructure charges particularly in new areas you can be slammed  

-those who live in more central parts of Sydney have all the infrastructure paid out of general revenue

-regionalisation policies need to be looked at more carefully

latest intergenerational report that the Sydney population will increase to 11 million in 4 decades *

CAAN:  Whose side are our Liberal Coalition Governments on?

WHY do we have to have 11 million people living in Sydney when at some 5.5 million we have a shortage of affordable housing, and sit in gridlock?  Our infrastructure is inadequate! And much of our heritage and urban bushlands have been bulldozed!

Perhaps this is explained with the ‘integenerational report’ being written for the Berejiklian Government, and whose interests does it serve?

WHY not build housing for the incumbents? Those who sold in 2020 have also been locked out by the price hike of January 2021!! And continuing …

Alexander Downer agreed with Nicki Hutley.


interest rates are at record lows which inevitably pushes up prices

government subsidies for First Home Buyers push up housing prices

-unless you push up the supply – it’s a phenomenon at the moment everywhere in the US, the UK, and so on.

-in combination with the very low interest rates