Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: ABC easily wins the Leadership Beat-Up Award
A quinella for the ABC. No contest for today’s Chunky Bits Daily Leadership Beat-Up Award. The ABC won hands down for hanging continuing speculation about a Kevin Rudd challenge on this bit of internet nonsense.
Yes. That story actually was the first item on the main evening bulletin on ABC television’s 24 hour news channel. And all because Kevin tweeted.
No doubt tonight the channel of political record will bring us this one:
Not that the Ruddster and his beer was the ABC’s only entrant of merit. There was also this informative exchange between a Darwin newshound and Employment Minister Bill Shorten:
Reporter: If the Prime Minister’s leadership has become untenable have you spoken to anyone about the leadership?
Reporter: Have any of your supporters canvassed you as a possible option for the leadership?
Reporter: Have any of your colleagues come to you asking you to make a tilt for the leadership?
Reporter: Is it time for Julia Gillard to consider best interests of the party and step aside and have someone new?
Shorten: I know you have to ask those questions but I can’t take that question seriously.
A very worthy runner-up that completed an ABC quinella.
One serious paper. Good to see there is still one serious paper that is not after a win in our beat-up competition and keeps concentrating on stories that readers are actually interested in.
The pity is that I can’t get it home delivered.
China to follow Australian tax examples? From Xinhua, the official Chinese newsagency, comes a report that China is planning to introduce a tax on carbon dioxide emissions and a form of resources rent tax on coal that will replace revenue currently raised per tonne with a tax based on prices.
Jia Chen, head of the Ministry of Finance’s tax policy division, outlined the planned changes in an article published on the MOF’s website. China will proactively introduce a set of new taxation policies designed to preserve the environment, Jia Chen wrote, including a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, according to a senior official with the MOF. The government will collect the environmental protection tax instead of pollutant discharge fees, as well as levy a tax on carbon dioxide emissions.
“The government is also looking into the possibility of taxing energy-intensive products such as batteries, as well as luxury goods such as aircraft that are not used for public transportation, according to Jia.
“To conserve natural resources, the government will push forward resource tax reforms by taxing coal based on prices instead of sales volume, as well as raising coal taxes. A resource tax will also be levied on water.
“The article did not specify when the new measures will be implemented.
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