Tuesday 25th of April 2017

a spewed dog's breakfast...

private health

History is repeating itself. Medicare was created by the Whitlam government because of the abject failure of private health insurance or, as it was then called, voluntary health insurance.

As a result of the growth of private health insurance since 1999 under the Howard government, Medicare is now seriously threatened. Government subsidies for private health insurance will take us back to the pre-Whitlam and pre-Medicare era.

The Australian government today knows that private health insurance is in real trouble. But for ideological reasons it wants to prop up what John Howard foisted on us in 1999. That is the reason for the current review. It is like putting lipstick on a pig.

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healthy housing market for some...

There's no housing affordability crisis in the ranks of Federal Parliament's members and senators.

Key points
  • The average property-owning parliamentarian has 2.4 titles to their name
  • There are more primary residences than politicians
  • Only 10 out of the 226 elected officials do not own property


The politicians charged with tackling the thorny issue of spiralling house prices are among the nation's most aggressive property investors, an analysis by the ABC has revealed.

The 226 individuals own 524 properties between them and about half of them own investment properties.

That means many of our politicians have a very personal interest in any changes to negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount.

You can search your local member's property interests here.

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