The front page of today’s Sunday Age neatly sums up one of the key differences between the two major parties in Australia.
The Federal Police have launched another raid in Sydney and Malcolm Turnbull’s warning of the dangers of terror. His difficulty is that the people who are arrested normally seem to be released and foiled plots don’t make headlines.
The family who lived in the raided house on Cleveland Street have been described as “perfectly nice and normal people” by a neighbour whose property backs onto theirs.
“We knew them to say hello to and they seemed nice,” the woman in her early 30s, who didn’t want to be identified, told AAP. An elderly couple lived in the home, the neighbour said, and they had adult children
Bill Shorten is also grabbing headlines. It’s a bit of a cheap shot. Most people don’t know how trusts work. So it easy is to talk about saving billions of dollars. It’s a bit like talking about making multinationals like Apple, Amazon and Google paid tax. Easy to say, but much harder to do.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said “the threat of terrorism is very real”, warned that airport security has been “enhanced and intensified” in light of the operation overnight.
Five properties in Surry Hills, Punchbowl, Wiley Park and Lakemba were raided on Saturday evening. Four people remain in custody.
Bill Shorten will slam the door shut on tax loopholes that let high income earners legally use trusts to slash their tax bills, in a move designed to raise $17.2 billion over 10 years.
The new tax policy, foreshadowed by Fairfax Media a week ago, is the second-largest revenue raising measure announced by the federal opposition, after its ambitious plan to curb capital gains and negative gearing tax breaks, designed to raise $37 billion over 10 years.
Bill also is also rattling the bars of the Republican cage again. It’s wedge politics but it’s clever wedge politics because as the ex-leader of the Republican movement Malcolm Turnbull got nowhere to go on this issue.
Campaigning has started early thanks to Section 44. We could be in for some by-elections so expect everybody to stop governing the country and start campaigning.