TTT 105 The Cost of Politics

The increased cost of living in the Tasman nations is the next crisis political leaders are promising to solve. On this week’s Trad Tasman Talk Tim and Stephen remind everyone that it is politics itself that is making us poorer.

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It’s April Fools Day which means one must be even more vigilant for fake news on social media. XYZ chose a darker April Fools news article that Russia had nuked Ukraine which contained a nuclear war simulation video.

The Morrison Government’s budget extends funding for its New Home Guarantee scheme which allows first home buyers to buy a newly built home with only a 5% deposit. Scott Morrison was criticized for saying that if your rent is too high then just buy a home. House prices are also rising due to the Reserve Bank of Australia keeping interest rates at 0.1% but the headlines about the RBA this week were about the appointment of the first female Deputy Governor Michelle Bullock.

The recently dumped Australian Defence French submarine contract will cost taxpayers and the budget $5 billion in compensation.

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) released the nation’s winter plan to deal with both covid and influenza. It recommends that close contact rules should only be relaxed after the Omicron BA2 wave passes. Ambulance Victoria declared another code red on Tuesday night with just 1% of the state’s ambulance fleet available to meet high demand. But according to the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, the real problem with Ambulance Victoria is a male-dominated culture.

NSW Health unveiled commemorative Rainbow birth certificates for the LGBTIQA+ community to coincide with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Anthony Albanese upset some of his supporters in an interview with the Daily Telegraph where he said men can’t get pregnant.

Massey University academic Cat Pausé dies suddenly – Stuff
AHPPC statement on winter season preparedness
‘Out of touch’: ScoMo slammed for response to housing crisis – news.com.au
Rainbow birth certificate to celebrate diversity in NSW
Anthony Albanese cops backlash after saying men can’t have babies – news.com.au
New Home Guarantee Scheme
Appointment: Michele Bullock As Deputy Governor – RBA
Code red: just 1% of Melbourne ambulances available to meet high demand – The Guardian
Ambulance Victoria review – VEOHRC
Cancelled French submarine program could cost taxpayers over $5 billion – ABC News
Budget 2022-23 overview
BREAKING: RUSSIA NUKES UKRAINE – XYZ

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