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Christine Milne’s Assault on Australian Business

April 17, 2012

Greens Leader Christine Milne: pretty much fucked off with just about everything...

 

Controversial Greens Leader Christine Milne is already under attack from business groups after taking over the top job from Bob Brown.

Ms Milne, renowned for rampant left wing views has faced a barrage of criticism  over her refusal to consider passing proposed company tax cuts for larger companies and her criticisms of some parts of the corporate sector.

The National Farmers Federation has also warned that the Greens will have to overcome ”trust” problems in Senator Milne’s pitch to rural Australia.

Heather Ridout, chief executive of the Australian Industry Group, said the Greens’ ”hard-nosed, ideological stance and overreach on some business issues is regarded negatively by the business community”.

The government’s proposed corporate tax cut was a needed reform aimed at addressing the competitive disadvantage of companies of all sizes on ”the wrong side of the boom”, Ms Ridout said.

Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott said it was disappointing to see political leaders seeking to divide and undermine sections of the community.

Senator Milne has distinguished between ”progressive” business and ”rapacious” miners; the Greens are also endorsing the company tax cut from 30¢ to 29¢ for small business but not larger ones.

Peter Anderson, chief of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, attacked the Greens ”cherry picking” the mining tax package.

”Unless the Greens have some robust proposals to support [business] tax reform as alternatives, it’s going to be a very unpopular move inside the business sector,” he said.

Responding to Senator Milne’s plans to get out into the regions – she visits Orange this week – where she will argue the Greens and rural and regional Australia have some common interests, NFF chief Matt Linnegar said there were ”significant trust gaps” between farmers and rural communities and the Greens.

He pointed to their support for the carbon tax and differences over the Murray-Darling Basin. But he said the NFF ”will play the ball and not the woman”.

Nationals leader Warren Truss was dismissive of Senator Milne’s pledge to engage with country Australia.

”The Greens show up in country areas when there is a protest on; as soon as the protest is over they leave. They are a fly-in, fly-out political party,” Mr Truss said.

Coles and Woolworths defended themselves against Senator Milne’s claim that they are exploiting primary producers and should be investigated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

 

 

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 17, 2012 12:17 pm

    The Greens have already done enough to business in this country and none of it any good. It is going to be hilarious to watch the Greens try to seduce the farmers. Farmers are practical people with good bullshit detectors. They know their true enemies and seem to understand much better than city folk that the Greens are toxic troglodytes and never to be trusted.

    Australia needs to do stuff that will actually foster investment, not kill it. The Greens are a rotting rabble of misfit mutant Marxists and loopy tree-huggers, none of them with even a clue about business or the economy. As close as they get is to occasionally mouth the catch-phrases “Green Jobs” and “Green Economy” which, when examined, mean massive government subsidies for unicorn farms, no jobs and a declining standard of living for everybody not on the government gravy train..

    Apparently the Greens don’t realise that all wealth in society is generated by the private sector. There comes a point where the displacement of the productive sector by the unproductive sector means that the standard of living must decline. This appears not to be a matter of concern at all for Green misanthropic morons.

    We scraped through the GFC on the back of the mining boom and the fact that China did not clap out. This bubble will burst soon enough but it will then be too late to do anything about it. What we could do now is to improve the conditions likely to attract investment, particularly outside the mining sector.

    A good start would be to get the unions back on the leash. We should also build more infrastructure such as coal-fired power stations to produce cheap energy and dams to provide water to our cities. I doubt the Greens will be supporting these proposals. Instead they will whine on and on about eco-friendly sustainable investment which means nothing more than poverty and misery for most Australians not able to tap into government grants, subsidies and consulting gigs.

    In the end the productive bit of the economy will shrivel so much that even this government funding will dry up. Then only senior party apparatchiks will have access to the dachas. We’ve seen before what happens when government thinks it can make rational economic choices and destroys the private sector.

  2. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 17, 2012 1:01 pm

    Economics has failed us: but where are the fresh voices?

    …It wasn’t always like this. One way of characterising what has happened in America and Britain over the past three decades is that people at the top have skimmed off increasing amounts of the money made by their corporations and societies. …

    Mumbo Jumble: The underwhelming response of the American economics profession to the crisis

    …The economics profession can only seem to have escaped scot-free from the crisis because certain fundamental intellectual trends and supportive institutions conspired to maintain it in the face of screaming headwinds…

    1. The Immunity Granted by the Financial Sector and the Federal Reserve
    2. The Immunity conveyed by the Neoliberal Restructuring of Universities
    3. Neoclassical economic theory denies academic markets can ever be corrupt
    4. ‘Agnotology’ is the Economics Profession’s best friend…

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 17, 2012 1:33 pm

    I’ve been to a few business conferences where Greens politicians have presented.

    They lecture and hector business people, they paint with a broad brush, they broadly criticise businesses and business practice. They provide every indication of having an intense dislike of anyone who is motivated to make a profit.

    Any bad press they get from business is entirely of their own making.

  4. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 17, 2012 1:39 pm

    Public spending is funded by private wealth creation. If the government decides to massively increase spending and destroy the conditions of wealth creation by letting the unions off the leash, imposing new taxes, charges and asphyxiating regulations it should not be surprised that the golden eggs stop dropping from the goose’s arse.

    Here is a clue: it is not about grabbing piles of gold from rich people. The economy is not static and it is not a zero-sum game. It is about creating the conditions for economic growth so that people have jobs and can accumulate their own wealth, make investments and go into business for themselves.

    There is no magic economics that can change this. A society that has a strong productive private sector can also afford a decent level of welfare. The trouble comes when truly dumb (think Greens here) bleeding hearts focus only on welfare and entitlements and can’t even begin to imagine where the wealth comes from to fund those things. They don’t even seem to realise that the more people are addicted to the methadone of welfare and government subsidy the less chance there is of a thriving private sector.

  5. TB Queensland permalink
    April 17, 2012 2:25 pm

    … letting the unions off the leash, imposing new taxes

    Are you, Tommy’s, new boyfriend or what?

    I am weary of blanket claims that all unions are the Achilles heel of business … they are not … in most cases its poor management skills and companies run by amateurs with no management qualifications and little work experience that brings companies to their knees …

    … in many cases unions actually assist a business to remain viable … the push, in the mid 1980’s and early 90’s for a National Training System could not have been implemented without the serious involvement by unions (especially in the mining industry) …

    They don’t even seem to realise that the more people are addicted to the methadone of welfare and government subsidy the less chance there is of a thriving private sector

    You do realise that only 5.2% of the nation’s factory fodder working population is unemployed (in real figures probably about 7%) … that actually means that 93% … get that? … 93% are gainfully employed …

    And why do you assume that anyone not working is either a meths addict or addicted to welfare … that’s insulting to the many people honestly looking for work … like the 350 Toyota workers dumped yesterday … one who had worked for them for 18 years told that he was unproductive … 18 fkn years later! What brilliant management skills!

  6. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 17, 2012 2:50 pm

    “Are you, Tommy’s, new boyfriend or what?”

    Now, now! Thinking for yourself means falling out with everyone sooner or later.

    Good to see Toyota applying good management skills by making rational decisions about who to retain. Thing is there would have been less for the chop if more workers had actually worked hard and not taken so many sickies. Maybe some anger ought to have been directed at those bludgers. The best job security is to work hard and be the last one the boss wants to sack come a downturn in business.

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    April 17, 2012 4:42 pm

    Now, now! Thinking for yourself means falling out with everyone sooner or later.

    Well I’ve never had a problem with that … but you obviously do …

    Simply repeating mantra ain’t thinking for yourself …

    Let’s just say I made a lot more $$ training managers than swinging on tools … 😉

  8. April 17, 2012 5:49 pm

    “Simply repeating mantra ain’t thinking for yourself …”

    You mean like…

    “I prefer to live in a society than survive in an economy?”

  9. TB Queensland permalink
    April 17, 2012 6:09 pm

    “I prefer to live in a society than survive in an economy?”

    Perhaps I should have said … repeating someone else’s mantra … that one was mine … ie “thinking for myself” …

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    April 17, 2012 6:11 pm

    … that one was mine …

    Still is … although Christine has a bastardised version of it … the Greens never seem to grasp the complete meaning of things … do they?

  11. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 17, 2012 6:53 pm

    Well it’s nice to return to a sensible topic…union affiliation with the ALP.

    Does anyone these days argue that union affiliation with the ALP is (structurally) beneficial to either? Only unknown officials benefit by moving to a job as an MP, and topping up their superannuation.

    Union members get nothing out of it, and it pollutes the ALP. Members have no ability to get preselected (unless they are celebrities), and very limited ability to participate in policy development.

    Unions rely on their former officials to provide legislative rights that they can’t win in the field to remain relevant.

    Political affiliation is a handbrake on both the ALP and the unions that affiliate.

  12. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2012 8:13 pm

    I’d love to comment but mum said if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all. 😯

  13. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2012 8:16 pm

    Oh, what the hell . .

    Christine Milne is a raving fucking lunatic, and her party is a danger to the prosperity of this country.

    (Sorry mum. ;-( )

  14. April 17, 2012 8:36 pm

    If you can’t think of anything nice to say….

    Come and sit next to me… 😉

  15. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2012 8:41 pm

    You did select a very flattering picture of Ms Milne, though. 🙄

  16. el gordo permalink
    April 17, 2012 8:57 pm

    Milne is the old guard environmentalist like Brown, but the Socialist Alliance within the Green ranks should make life difficult.

    Its uncertain how they might go at the next election, although there is a reasonable expectation that they will hang onto their numbers in the Senate, but lose Brandt in the Reps.

    It depends on the flack they receive from the CO2 tax.

  17. Meta permalink
    April 18, 2012 8:05 am

    (Egads, even the Greens do bullet-points, globally speaking; possibly even bullet-trains.)

  18. Meta permalink
    April 18, 2012 8:56 am

    (And that Adam Bandt is a bit of a worry; Don’t Ask, Don’t Answer doesn’t seem to be on his economic agenda.)

  19. el gordo permalink
    April 21, 2012 9:32 am

    ‘Milne even admitted the multiparty climate committee that designed the carbon tax, of which she was a key member, may have under-estimated its impact on big food processors and promised to look for a remedy. Usually chats with political leaders in front of the cameras do not result in the leader admitting they may have got something wrong.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/working-for-greens-and-country-20120420-1xc8n.html#ixzz1sctvfHe7

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