AUSTRALIA’S ECONOMIC HORROR SHOW IS JUST GETTING STARTED

The new inflation numbers came out yesterday and they are the worst this country has seen in 20 years.

CPI annual inflation is up an unprecedented 5.7 percent.

Even worse, inflation for non-discretionary goods and services – the stuff you HAVE to buy – jumped 6.6 percent.

That’s higher than the CPI and twice the rate of discretionary inflation.

The new figures show big rises across all the food groups reflecting high transport, fertilisers, packaging and ingredient costs, as well as lockdowns and mandates.

The cost of vegetables up 6.6 percent, water, juices and soft drinks up 5.6 percent and beef, 7.6 percent.

And it’s not just food.

The cost of electricity is rising, education fees are increasing and building costs are through the roof.

The cost of new dwellings for the year rose 13.7 percent, while automotive fuel skyrocketed 35.1 percent.

Of course, the REAL numbers are much, much higher.

True inflation rates have been cleverly hidden using a complex set of formulas, all formulated to deceive you.

But people are now waking up to exactly what’s going on here.

For most of us, the truth has become impossible to ignore.

If there is one core economic fact that everybody in the country understands, no matter how poor their maths skills are, it’s that we are all getting poorer – much poorer.

And it’s not just the people who buy things – consumers – but also the people who sell them.

The soaring inflation rate will be an absolute disaster for small business.

Soaring inflation stops spending in its tracks and small business is going to be at the frontlines of all that.

All these price hike may be bearable if you earn $250,000 a year, but if you make $50,000 a year, they are a catastrophe.

This will radically change the way you live.

Your standard of living will plummet.

This is what millions of Australians are facing right now.

It’s not a talking point, it’s real.

By every statistical measure available, this country has been in decline for more than forty years, although it was hard to see with all the gaslighting and propaganda smearing anyone who tried to point it out – like One Nation!

Who’s going to pay for all this.  You are.

It will be the biggest tax increase of your life.

All brought to you courtesy of decades of mismanagement and reckless fiscal policies by our two major parties and their globalist mates.

Don’t forget to thank them for it come election day!

BUSINESSES AND WORKERS LEFT HIGH AND DRY YET AGAIN – BUT QUEENSLAND LABOR COULDN’T GIVE A ‘RATS’!

SMELL A RAT?

The Qld Government inexplicably failed to ensure the State had a plentiful supply of ‘Rapid Antigen Test’ kits, despite knowing for months that outbreaks were likely following the opening of borders, and the central role RAT kits would play.

Instead, government was caught short as total chaos reigned with workers, many of them sick, traipsing up and down the State, desperately searching for the elusive kits.

Business owners say they are furious that their much anticipated ‘road to recovery’ moment was ruined again by Labor’s incompetence.

Many, particularly in the South East, were left without enough staff, some even forced to close, at the worst possible time of the year.
I can only imagine their outrage on discovering that the whole time, a Qld company was happily churning out hundreds of thousands of the kits each day at its factory in Brisbane, then sending overseas to their customer, the US military.

Not a single one was made available to Queenslanders!

What makes this truly reprehensible however is that in 2020, the Government gave the company, called Ellume, an “undisclosed sum” of public monies – rumoured to be in the millions – supposedly to ensure Queenslanders had access to RAT kits as part of the Government’s $50 million dollar “Essential Goods and Supply Chain program”.
Instead, Ellume subsequently entered into a $302 million contract with the US Government, who asked them to ramp up production to 200,000 kits a day to meet their needs.
CEO, Sean Parsons, told Bloomberg last month that the company hadn’t bothered to seek authorisation from the TGA but planned to do so “in the New Year”.

“Our focus right now is on the US only” Dr Parsons said.

Ellume is not the only Brisbane-based company manufacturing RAT kits for an overseas market, who was given Qld taxpayer funds.
AnteoTech, was given $1.4 million in 2021 by the Qld Government, as well as a $2 million refund under the Federal Research and Development Tax Incentive Scheme.
The company currently manufactures RAT kits at its factory in Spain, destined for European markets.

It recently applied for TGA for authorisation, saying it will try and divert some of the kits to Australia once the approval issues.

Having failed to secure a domestic supply of RAT kits, the Qld Government has now put up a Tender asking for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from companies “to supply Queensland with Rapid Antigen Tests”.

Better late than never I guess!

They have also gone ‘cap in hand’ to the Morrison Government pleading for a share of the Commonwealth’s RAT stocks so the State won’t be left short.

I am still mystified, however, why the Queensland Government would hand over millions of dollars to a Brisbane manufacturer of RAT tests, and not even bother to make sure access to those tests was guaranteed for the people of Queensland?

ARE YOU SMELLING A RAT, FUNDED BY US?

Stephen Andrew statement on segregation by stealth

In true Doublespeak fashion, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, and her government, prefer to call 17 December 2021, ‘Freedom Day’, but for many it will be ‘Segregation Day’ as the government takes a more sneaky approach when it comes to imposing tyrannical laws on its people.
Management at all Queensland’s clubs, pubs and hotels have been verbally advised by government officials – who simply refuse to commit anything to writing – that they must make a “choice” ahead of the December deadline:
1. If they ban “the UNVACCINATED” from their premises, they will be permitted to operate at 100% capacity; but
2. If they choose not to do so, they will be forced to only operate at 50% capacity.
So basically, it’s another ‘Hobson’s choice’ where business owners who make “THE WRONG CHOICE”, as Premier Andrews famously put it, will lose 50% of their takings each night and potentially go broke.
That’s some choice the Premier’s expensive team of ‘game theory’ strategists have dreamed up for our struggling hospitality industry. Once again, it will be WIN-WIN for government and LOSE-LOSE for Queensland Clubs/Pubs/Hotels and their patrons. All without our cowardly government having to lift a tyrannical finger to either legislate or enforce the new laws themselves.
A key flaw in the Machiavellian plan, however, is that whatever choice they opt for, ALL venues will need to hire extra Security Guards, at considerable cost to business owners, in order to police the policy. Good luck with that! Qualified security staff are as scarce as hen’s teeth in Queensland, and getting scarcer by the day.
Already burdened with a mountain of red tape and regulations that have virtually crushed the industry in recent years, those still operating say this latest blow will be the last straw for many. They are furious at being forced into becoming a de facto and UNPAID public health inspectorate for the government. Something many of them feel they are NOT qualified to perform, and have no wish to become so. Particularly as it will put them smack bang in the middle when it comes to having to deal with public outrage and anger, when the exclusionary policies take effect on 17 December.
So once again, it will be the private sector and small business who pay the price, while our political and public health leaders skulk in the shadows, emerging only now and then to repeat smugly:
“It’s all voluntary! We gave you a choice!”

Stephen Andrew statement on commercial freedoms

Which seemingly normal practices, commercial freedoms are going to be written off today? It seems that the retail sale of firearms is ok but you cannot ship them any more if your involvement is with retail customers.
Given the fact we have strict compliance criteria one would think shipping dealer to dealer would be acceptable but alas, they are involved in retail so it’s a no go zone either but you can ship from wholesalers to dealerships? Dealerships are retail, thus the supply and parts chain is broken. What if you ship other goods, nope still not allowed because you retail firearms.
Are you actually seeing this?
I lost freight and finance in 2 Months. They are shutting finance and international transfers down as well. So commerce and trading weapons is now being treated as “too risky” to continue to do business with, what’s next; red meat, cows milk, fossil fuels or parts for farm equipment?
The silent war war on certain things seem to be alive and well, where is it coming from, nobody seems to know, they just know your account is closed as of the end of the month.
The 64 Million $$ question. ..what part of our seemingly normal society, trade or practices will be the next “Shot Duck”?
Incrementalism at its finest, coming to everything you hold dear very soon.
Stephen Andrew on Stakeholder Capitalism:
“Stakeholder capitalism” is not a phrase I had ever heard of before 2020 but now seem to hear everywhere I go. The best way to understand what it means, is to think of a company as it was once understood, where the CEO and company managers are regarded as answerable to their “shareholders”, the actual owners of the company. They held a ‘fiduciary duty’, as managers, to always act in the best interests of their shareholders and if they failed to do so, the shareholders could boot them out and appoint someone who did.
Well, not anymore. That was the ‘old normal’. Under the ‘new normal’, the meaning of ‘fiduciary duty’ has undergone a radical shift. Now, a CEO or manager’s ‘fiduciary duty’ is to the company’s ‘stakeholders’, not its shareholders – and these stakeholders could be anyone from the local school, local community action group, or international environment lobby or regulator to your government.
Far from being a technical legal point, therefore, this shift in meaning changes everything. It is what has been driving the wholesale transfer of ‘power’ away from those who ‘own’ something, to those who can claim a ‘stake’ in it, and will end up changing the very nature of government in Australia.
Anyone who doubts this, need only read last month’s High Court decision, where the Commonwealth government was found ‘guilty’ for having ‘breached its fiduciary duty’ by approving a new coal mine in the country. The case was brought by a group of teenagers, who argued that as ‘stakeholders’ with a ‘vested interest’ in the state of the planet, the Commonwealth Government had a ‘fiduciary duty’ to act in their interests by not approving the mine. And they won! In the High Court!
The implications of this decision, and other similar ones we have seen in the courts recently, further shift ‘power’ away from ‘the people’ and into the hands of vested interest groups and those who really run government – the bureaucrat, the public official, the technician, the scientist, the systems analyst – the ‘managerial’ class known as “The Experts”.
Stakeholder capitalism is ‘technocracy’
That’s why the other name for “stakeholder capitalism” is ‘Technocracy’. A system of government that merges state and corporate power, all governed by a small cabal of elite technocratic experts, who know what’s best for society and everyone in it. It’s why we are seeing so many elites in politics and business, calling for more and more ‘public-private’ partnerships. They want a system where the only people they will be accountable or answerable to, will be each other.
In the old days, such partnerships were known by another name – back then, we called it ‘corruption at the top’. Either way, this new system will be the very antithesis of democracy.
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Farm workers are desperately needed for Queensland farms, according to State Member for Mirani, Stephen Andrew. Thousands of jobs are available for unemployed Australians in regional Queensland and other parts of the country currently experiencing an acute labour shortage brought on by closed borders.
One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson joined local growers in Ayr this week where farmers were at a loss to what more they could do to encourage Australians to move to regional farming areas.
“Border closures have reduced the availability of overseas workers and this has opened enormous job opportunities for unemployed Australians,” Senator Hanson said. “In Queensland, it’s been estimated there will be a shortage this year of about 9000 workers in agricultural industries alone. Many farmers are concerned their produce will go to waste because there are not enough people to pick, pack and process it. Before the pandemic, a lot of seasonal agricultural jobs in Australia were usually taken by backpackers or workers brought to Australia under programs like the Pacific Labour Scheme. The industry has relied strongly on this imported labour despite there being hundreds of thousands of unemployed Australians perfectly capable of doing the work.”

Assistance for farm workers to relocate

Relocation costs are no longer a barrier to Australians seeking these jobs because state and Federal governments now have financial support in place to help unemployed people meet these expenses.
“The Queensland Government provides up to $1500 in assistance for eligible people relocating for agricultural work like picking fruit, and the Australian Government provides up to $6000 in assistance for eligible people relocating to a regional area for work. That’s a lot of support,” Senator Hanson said.
“There are advantages in living and working in regional areas, such as lower accommodation costs and house prices. They haven’t experienced pandemic lockdowns as often as our cities have. When people are concerned about housing affordability, how can beat buying a house in Ayr for less than $200,000 and be guaranteed work all year round?”
Senator Hanson said governments needed to examine more ways to get unemployed Australians into Australian jobs instead of importing labour.
“There’s been some uptake of these relocation incentives, but they’re not meeting all of the demand for seasonal agricultural workers,” she said. “It’s about time Channel Seven rethink next years filming of farmer wants a wife and consider a new program called “Farmer Wants a Worker”. Governments need to examine why these programs are not as effective as they could be, and start getting tough on lazy, long term unemployed Australians who think welfare can be treated as a lifestyle.
“Farmers are paying top dollar for workers, so they deserve to see productivity. If the carrot approach is not working, some form of stick approach should also be considered. It makes no sense to spend taxpayer dollars on importing overseas workers to meet a labour shortage while paying unemployment benefits to Australians capable of doing the work.”

 

PANDEMIC lockdowns and economic turmoil have reinforced the need for a strong “Buy Local” message. The best thing we can do to boost local jobs and cut down on waste is to buy as much as we can as locally as we can. We have a lot of great producers in our own local area – from fresh fruit and veges to bread, milk, and meat – we even have a local honey producer. It just doesn’t make sense to buy these products from down south or from interstate when they are available right here in our own backyard.

Central and North Queenslanders need to be particularly mindful of local jobs, given the impact of pandemic lockdowns on many businesses. If there’s one thing we are always going to spend money on, it is groceries. If we are spending the money, we might as well spend it where it will benefit our community most.

I met with local growers, Brian and Alan Camilleri, last week, who started a delivery run to rural areas from Sarina out to Nebo and south to St Lawrence and beyond. Local markets have always been a great way to source cheap and fresh local produce but it is harder for those who live in rural areas. Having a delivery service means you can source fresh food from local growers, butchers and bakers and have it delivered almost to your doorstop. If local families take advantage of that kind of service, they are not only putting great food on the table, they are keeping locals in jobs. It also avoids waste, extra transport costs and the impact on produce that those extra road miles can have.

LOCAL shows are in danger of permanently disappearing without properly targeted support. I have asked Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, to match Federal Government support for show societies but to target the support in a way that will bring shows back into regional Queensland. The Federal Government has committed $36 million to support agricultural show societies’ recovery from pandemic-enforced shutdowns.

We want to see an equivalent commitment from the State Government because these shows are an integral part of our regional communities and we can’t afford to lose annual ritual. But it can’t be just a matter of committing funds. The money needs to be targeted in a way that will get results.

After consulting with stakeholders, it became clear that a more targeted approach would be necessary before shows could be held. Keeping the local entities alive to look after the grounds and stage the show is just part of the equation. Even if showgrounds were allowed to host such events later this year, there probably wouldn’t be any shows as we know them. The rides, sideshow alley, food vendors, showbags, and all the stalls that we normally associate with a visit to the show are unlikely to be in a position to simply restart their life. Many members of the Showmen’s Guild and the travellers that follow the show circuit have slipped the gaps of government support and have been financially crippled by the pandemic that shut down their business.

I put a proposal to the Queensland Government this week to target their matched funding to getting the show circuit moving again. I have asked the Premier to consider underwriting the restart of the show circuit because these travelling businesses are a vital part of the show and they simply don’t have the means to get their businesses up and running again. Once they get moving on the circuit again, they will be generating turnover, rebuilding their business and boosting regional economies as well as boosting spirits. While it is likely numbers will initially be down on show attendances prior to the pandemic but we can’t afford to have communities get used to not having a show.

It would be a terrible loss of tradition and social cohesiveness. Everyone in the great State of Queensland has a connection to ‘the show’ and the smaller the community’s population, the stronger that connection will be. I think restoring the ‘local show’ for people that have been through so much will be a welcome relief and a return to normal life. In addition, the local shows have always been a great contributor to the regional economies and we are in desperate need of getting our wealth-producing regions booming again.

The General Manager of the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies, Trevor Beckingham, has called on Members of Parliament to push for funding from the State Government. I’m happy to do that but I also want to make sure we get the right outcomes. It would be a terrible shame if taxpayer money was spent to keep the shows running and we didn’t get that outcome. I understand some of the businesses that travel the show circuit have invested enormous sums of money in stock that they now have to pay to keep in storage. The feedback I am receiving is that even if shows were scheduled for later in the year, those key elements of the show could not afford to attend.

The combination of funds to the local venues (from the Federal Government) and funds for the travelers (from the State Government) will help compensate for what will no doubt be lower-than-normal numbers at local shows when they are able to return.

The Queensland Labor government’s attempt to buy airline jobs with taxpayer-funded debt is proof they missed their own brief. We don’t elect a government to take our money and buy jobs. Governments don’t create real jobs, and they certainly shouldn’t buy them. It’s the government’s job to create an environment that enables businesses to create those real jobs.
If the Queensland Labor government wants to keep Virgin operating and keep their head office in Queensland, they should look at how their own government treats businesses. Labor needs to ask themselves (or, better still, ask Virgin management) why an airline would want to go to the trouble and expense of moving their head office to another state. Fixing those issues should be their priority.
Given Labor’s record of sending the State into debt, the last thing they should be doing is spending more borrowed money to buy an airline that is already losing money. Aviation analyst Neil Hansford earlier this week said the winning bid to buy Virgin would have to have strong aviation experience and a willingness to lose money in the short-term”. There’s no question that Labor is willing to lose money. They are experts in that field. The problem is that it’s not their money and the people of Queensland are not willing to see their money and their future thrown down the gurgler.

The Queensland Labor government has dramatically cut the lifeline it threw to small businesses only weeks ago, abandoning business owners and their employees in their time of need. I have called on the State government to urgently restore the QRIDA concessional loan facility that it closed early, leaving small business without the cash flow to pay employees. Having only just thrown out the lifeline, the Labor government has cut off the line, leaving drowning businesses with nothing but a wet piece of rope.
The QRIDA loan facility was put in place specifically to help small business to retain their staff and make JobKeeper payments but the program was closed just a few weeks after being introduced.  Small business owners now have no means of raising the JobKeeper money ($1,500 a fortnight for each eligible employee) that must be paid from 1 March 2020 in order to qualify for the Federal Government’s ‘reimbursement’ under the JobKeeper program in mid-May.
Many businesses are struggling to keep going in the current environment and I expect we will see widespread failure of small business if the Government doesn’t act immediately to redress the situation. The issue was compounded by the State Government putting a wide range of its Advance Queensland direct grants, designed to support small business, ‘on hold’, including the Entrepreneur Grant, the Digital grant and the Ignite Grant. These grants were vital in helping to stimulate and support small business in Queensland and shutting them down now, when small business is already struggling more than any other sector, is going to have a disastrous impact on many small business owners.
We can’t have small business owners, who are the job-creators, becoming the ‘forgotten people’ of COVID-19 as numerous businesses report they are being turned away by the banks or forced to rely on family and friends to provide short-term loans.
QRIDA loans that were paid out seem to have gone primarily to larger businesses who had the means to “get in quick”. Some big businesses even applied under different business entities and received multiple loans under different company names. Small business does not have access to the array of professional services and consultants that big business does and many have gone to make a QRIDA loan application, only to be told the program was fully subscribed weeks ago and now closed. This is an appalling situation and the Palaszczuk government needs to introduce a follow-up loan program, specifically geared towards small businesses. It should focus on those with fewer than 19 staff and maybe put a cap on the annual earnings of the business to ensure that the larger businesses don’t run off with all the money this time.