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10 reasons against Abbott's GP fee

The Abbott Government is introducing a $6 GP fee in the next budget. Ten reasons why this is a bad idea:

  1. $6 is a lot for the disadvantaged. The dole is about $35 a day.
  2. It discourages the disadvantaged - pensioners, Aboriginal people, disabled people, poor people - who, ironically, have the most health concerns.
  3. It is hard enough getting people to see a doctor to check that spot, or discuss weird weight loss, or feel that testicle. We should not add disincentives.
  4. The money saved is minimal.
  5. In fact, it may ultimately cost us more. If people are less inclined to see their GP early, that spot/weight loss/testicle bump may turn into a big/costly/devastating problem. A stitch in time saves nine.
  6. We simply don’t have a problem of people going to the GP needlessly.
  7. The AMA is against it.
  8. We have no assurance that this fee will stay at $6 - the fees may keep increasing over time if we don’t nip it in the bud.
  9. More incentive for people to go to (already overcrowded) emergency departments.
  10. Let’s call a dog a dog: The Liberal Government do not like welfare for ideological reasons. They don’t like the idea of people getting a handout. I suspect this is less about saving money and more about them cutting something they don’t believe in, even if it is proving to be working.
Best of '12: Canadian Political Quotes of Year

‘I should have called him an Honourable Asshole.’ - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'Mr. Speaker, […] I rise today to condemn the Conservatives for their boosterism and cheerleading of the asbestos cartel and the human misery it causes. […] Dante should have reserved a special level of hell for [these] charlatans and the fraudsters.’ - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'I want my Canada back!' - Justin Trudeau, MP for Papineau

'Rupert Murdoch is a bag of shit.' - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'This is a minister who uses extreme language, who shouts and sounds like the angry troll under the bridge in 3 Billy Goats Gruff.' - Charlie Angus, MP for Timmins-James Bay

'It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to connect the dots' - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'Who the hell uses a burner cell phone when they're not trying to hide something? [..] Only dope dealers, and Hell's Angels, and Tony Soprano use burner cell phones.' - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'We do not want any smartass gibberish from the member for Peterborough. We have had enough of that.’ - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'Don't you threaten me you little pissant.' - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'The good new is I wrote 'Fuck You Stephen Gordon' then erased it. But I reserve the right to call you a pompous dickhead' - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

'Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for 8 Mile for the question. […] I will simply say I am not afraid to stand and defend our party, but he is not The Real Slim Shady.' - Dean Del Mastro, MP for Peterborough and Parliamentary Secretary

'The Ballad of Justin and Patrick' - Rodger Cuzner, MP for Bras d’Or—Cape Breton

'This is such an asinine process that the Conservatives have put us in.' - The Honourable Scott Brison, MP for Kings-Hants

"If the arse falls out of the Euro, even with primary creditor status these are uncharted territories." - The Honourable Scott Brison, MP for Kings-Hants

‘The PM doesn’t know his arse from a hole in the ground’ - Ryan Cleary, MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl

Is the guy that stupid or is he that stupid? I know he sleeps a lot, but I didn’t realise he was also that stupid. […] It symbolises he’s an idiot and shouldn’t be sitting in parliament. […] What a dickhead, I’d say it stronger than that, but what a complete dickhead. - Peter Stoffer, MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore

'[The BBC] told us to fuck off' - The Honourable John Baird, MP for Ottawa West-Nepean and Minister of Foreign Affairs

I hear [my Twitter followers] say, you know, ‘Bob Rae, you’re an asshole’. […] I’m working my way and trying to represent the people and speaking in Question Period and here we have vox populi, the thoughtful man on the street, ‘you are an asshole!’. Thank you very much. I read it on my Twitter and I get up and ask a question.’  - The Honourable Bob Rae, MP for Toronto Centre and Interim Leader of the Liberal Party

"Listen, I would never judge someone who screwed their babysitter for years or knocked up their secretary, so don’t ask me to." - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

"I’m not ‘worked up’ so much as ‘fed up’ with the rat faced whores in the Conservative Party who neglect to invite me to announcements in my riding.” - Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre

Joe Hockey believes that the fuel excise won’t effect poor people because they don’t own cars.

Other misconceptions about the poor from the Liberal party include: Tony Abbott thinks they have claws and elongated snouts that they use to avoid getting a job… somehow… Scott Morrison believes that poor people are incapable of feeling pain… especially if they’re not from around here. Rupert Murdoch, though not a member of the Liberal party, occasionally calls Tony’s office to tell him that poor people are “quantum locked” and only exist when someone needs to be blamed for the ills of society caused by the rich.

anonymous said:

Can you please tell me about what Tony Abbott's position as PM will mean for Australia?

Briefly, it means:

  • zero meaningful action in regards to climate change and pollution
  • little to no investment in renewable energy
  • a man who knows little about foreign political situations will represent us internationally
  • a man who knows little about how the technology of the internet works will facilitate the replacement of the national broadband network with a far inferior network
  • funding cuts to education
  • funding cuts to public services
  • a man who is undoubtedly deeply misogynist, who stopped women having access to RU468 in his term as health minister,  will represent us internationally
  • little to no measures to ensure greater gender equality in government and workplaces
  • a man who is undoubtedly deeply racist will facilitate more inhumane treatment of asylum seekers
  • a man who is undoubtedly deeply racist will facilitate more mistreatment and hostility towards Indigenous Australians
  • we are already internationally scrutinised for our treatment of asylum seekers and Indigenous Australians, and a man who will facilitate worse treatment of both groups will represent us internationally
  • Abbott’s focus on surplus and cutting spending runs the real risk of sending us into recession, ending our internationally praised economy and decisions made by the previous Labor government
  • a man with little understanding of economics will represent us internationally
  • marriage equality won’t happen
  • little support for the economically disadvantaged, but greater support for the high earners. his paid parental leave scheme is an example of that.

Given that the position of Prime Minister will be occupied by a racist, sexist, homophobic, technologically illiterate, economically illiterate, climate change sceptic, such beliefs and actions will be condoned by the highest office and supported by a liberal government.

We have a Prime Minister who publicly (and repeatedly) says ignorant and harmful things (this blog is full of them). And this is a man who will represent us on an international stage.

The ramifications of an Abbott prime ministership go beyond what policies he and a liberal government enact. And such policies will damage the growth of Australia into the coming decades.

An Abbott prime ministership will spread misinformation, breed ignorance, condone oppressive actions and beliefs, condone inaction on climate change, and set back equality on all axes. And that’s just in Australia.

Internationally, he will demonstrate for other nations and their leaders what Australia is made of; racist, sexist, homophobes who are irresponsible on climate change, who don’t believe in equality, who have little understanding of technology and economics. The man we chose will show the world how much of a joke we are.

Congratulations, Australia.

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