JIM MOLAN EXCLUSIVE SERIES: Freedom is won by each generation afresh

Major General Andrew James “Jim” Molan AO, DSC

Jim Molan 

Most would agree Australia is a fantastic place to live. If like me, you are at the end of your working life or if are well off and in a privileged position, then Australia is gold. If you are not well off, if you are young and only just starting out, if you are a migrant making a new life, if you are sick or if you are handicapped, then in Australia you have the best chance of succeeding of any country in the world. Bar none.

For a variety of reasons, Australia has been like this for at least 75 years. We should hope that it goes on for many years to come, and that the blight of internal or external conflict does not occur in this country as it has in too many nations in the world.

There are a few different kinds of security that impact Australia.

First there is the security which allows nations to trade with others across the globe, and so makes all of us better off without taking from one another.

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New growth jobs WA – from timber to truffles

ABC News Photo by Robert Koneig-Luck
Sky News Commentator and former adviser to Liberal Prime Ministers and Premiers

I grew up in a small town, deep in the forest of the south-west of Western Australia, when the wine country of Margaret River was still too out of reach for many average Australians, truffles were yet to be found in the hills of Manjimup and everyone’s dad worked logging timber.

Here, politics isn’t high-brow social engineering. It’s about having a job, putting food on your table, a roof over your family’s head and helping your kids do better in life than you did. It’s a long way from Potts Point or Toorak and the opinions of those here are often crowded out when it comes to policy making. But where I’m from is an example of people benefitting from trade, investment and tourism policy decisions that will shape a generation of regional Australians for the better.

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Jobs not robots – the small business advantage

Robot production line

With the implementation of the Federal Government’s tax breaks for small business announced in the May Budget, the nation’s small business owners are already buying new equipment and expanding.

Under the changes, the corporate tax rate will be reduced from 28.5 per cent to 27.5 per cent for the 2016–17 income year for small businesses. The aggregated turnover threshold to qualify as a small business has also been increased from $2 million to $10 million.

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Fair Go headline re-writes

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Ever noticed that headlines can get a little lost in translation sometimes? We did too. Here’s a few fake news headlines that we’ve given the ol’ Fair Go spin to. With our trusty red pen, here’s hoping we can turn the tables and help take the bait out of click bait.

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