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October 14, 2004

A day off. A quiet coffee in a cafe near the Central Market whilst reading the newspapers. I'm enjoying the cool weather after Monday's horror day of wind and heat. Don't you just love this guy. He so lightens the burden of life for us greens.

I'm thinking about the changing mediascape in Australia due to the reforms in all the media laws, the role that blogs can play and the way politics is organized in terms of the government versus the media.

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Leunig

And I'm thinking about the remaking of Australia, now that Australia leans right and conservatism has gained dominance. It is less the ideas and more the underlying emotions that underly conservatism's long rise to hegemony.

I'm reading about oil prices are going up and up and their deflationary impacts. Does that mean federal budget deficits in the near future?

I'm also reading about the inflationary pressures on an overheated economy from the massive government spending. Does that mean rising interest rates?

I dunno. I do know about weakening house prices and high household debt. It is that squeeze that makes one fearful about the future.

But I reckon that there will be no more tax cuts in the near future for the middle or working class. And there will be big cuts to welfare through the welfare to work reforms.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:56 AM | | Comments (3)
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This post, so well written, was just a pleasure to read.

Oh, by the way, I'm going to steal Ghandi's quote for my blog. Thanks.

Of course Leunig could have 'quoted' Latham as saying-
"The things that will destroy us are "offending terrorists, not having another enquiry into old growth logging and not reading Mem Fox's books to kiddies."