The Unshackled Waves Ep. 136 Shorten’s Tax Grab, UK Police State, Russian Poisoning and Tillerson Fired

Australian Politics, British Politics, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Islam, Podcasts, Taxes, Waves

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It was another big news week both here in Australia and around the world. To discuss it all I was joined by Deputy Editor of the Unshackleld and Host of Front and Centre Podcast Emilio Garcia.

Bill Shorten introduced a a bold new tax plan to remove share dividend imputation franking credits. It allows self-funded retirees at lower tax rates than the company tax rate to receive a refund from the tax office. It is estimated to raise $59 billion but is a form of double taxation. Shorten thought he was onto a winner in his class warfare strategy but would appear to have overplayed his hand as he was not expecting such a backlash. Shorten backpedaled and said he would raise part pensions and look at a compensation supplement. It could be his birthday cake moment if the Turnbull Government effectively attacks the policy and Shorten could lose the unloseable election.

We already knew the UK had become a Police State but it got even worse this week. Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen were jailed after being found guilty of religious aggravated harassment for their activism in the town on Kent in 2017 during a Muslim gang rape trial. They have been banned from Facebook and Paul Golding has already been bashed in jail. Tommy Robinson was assaulted by Antifa in London and his friends American YouTuber Brittany Pettibone, Austrian identitarian leader Martin Sellner and Canadian commentator Lauren Southern were all detained and deported from the UK. It would appear that the UK is attempting to suppress all criticism of Islam at the same time as another Muslim sex gang child abuse scandal has been uncovered, this time in the town of Telford.

UK politics has also been dominated by poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia using a novichok nerve agent. The finger has been pointed at Russia given poisoning is a uniquely Russian method of assassination, the UK has expelled 23 Russian diplomats. If Russia is responsible they should have made it less obviously unless it was their intention to show the rest of Europe they can flex their muscle in the region and will act ruthlessly to defend their interests.

Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over Twitter, this was enviable given the tension that had developed between the two over the past six months. He was fired not because Russia told Trump to but they had a different manner of conducting diplomacy and foreign policy, as was demonstrated by their contrasting approaches to North Korea. CIA Director Mike Pompeo will be the new Secretary of State who is more aligned with Trump’s worldview. Trump is also still trying to fend off Special Counsel Robert Mueller going through his business dealings as part of the Russia investigation.