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By cam (Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 08:37:57 AM EST) Tax, Garden, Fire, Project, Charlene, Diaspora Vote (all tags)
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If you don't wear glasses; discuss tax (cough), gardens (cough), display stickmen (cough) and appeal to the Senate (not really)



Taxination

We cop double property taxation from the county and town. Local politics works .... the town politicians live in the town and suffer the same things others have. Increasing property taxes and massively inflating property values. They are looking to turn the town into a city. This means the county cannot tax in their boundaries. This would take away the double taxation on a non-liquid asset.

Greener Pastures

Much mulching this last week. Our garden is coming back to life and I have respread mulch where it was thin from last year. I like to make our garden beds lumpy - like mini swales - and mix up the textures on them. So I use rocks, pebbles, pine bark mulch and cyprus mulch to contrast colours and textures. It makes the beds look more like a natural dirt.

We have bought a bunch of plants and trees. I have also broken off ground runners to replant them in other other locations too. Our backyard has a new plum. We have planted stuff like pansies, african violets, impatience (pot plants only - hate them in gardens), tickweed, etc etc. Standard stuff.

We also planted a bunch of vegetables from seed and in pots. Tomatoes, squashes, potatoes etc as well as carrots and corn. I like the idea of the garden being both productive as well as visually pretty so the vegetables are mixed in with the decorative plants.

We also planted a new fruit bearing plum tree. Last saturday we bought an Obelisk. It is a garden ornament about three feet high. It is now out the front amongst the phlox and other ground runners.

Ha Ha his head is burning

That will teach him.

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Charlene all night yeh

256's lyrics rock. They would have to be the most singable stanzas of text I have come across - since whenever. I suggest in future MFCs that 256 (and others skilled with words) dump a bunch of lyrics into the MFC thread for people to make music too, or around.

Giving Immigrants a Senator?

Yes Inflammatory heading. Some discussion on whether their should be a Senator for the Australian Diaspora.

Andrew Leigh;

had said in Imagining Australia, where we proposed that expats have a dedicated person in the Senate, but no House of Representatives vote.

Andrew Bartlett;

As I said above, the idea of specific expat representation in our national Parliament needs more public debate before it is likely to be accepted in Australia.

However, as the Senate Inquiry report acknowledged, we grossly undervalue our expat community, and this would certainly be one very significant way to keep people linked to Australia during any extended time away from the country.

In addition, having a representative specifically focused on the issues and views of expats would give them much better representation that is received by the small number who are enrolled and vote.

Those bloody SSR people;

If the government is truly to understand and represent our interests in foreign policy, defence policy and immigration policy - wouldn't they be better served by giving us an electorate and a direct representative in parliament? Absolutely IMO.

Hence Number 3; Ensure we have an electorate that is external to Australia, and a representative in Parliament.

We are all agreed - except for many of the commenters in those first two links ....

cam

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I must start some basil from seed by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 08:50:47 AM EST
it should be warm enough to bring them out early May.

Grrrr, county politics. In the last election for country executive, the black Democratic candidate said taxes would probably have to be raised. He was attacked for this position, and the female Republican candidate said she would not raise taxes.

Since then, the property rates were changed (more money, but somehow not technicallly raising taxes) and a sales tax increase of .75% to 8.75% has been floated raise. No new taxes indeed.

Liar.


I am hoping for a bumper crop of carrots by cam (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 08:54:39 AM EST
I sprinkled them in the hope they come to life. My wife tends tomatoes like they are children. That is a New Jersey thing though. Tomato growing is a massive source of pride up there. They have the right environment for them though.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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I am hoping for... by randomxs (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 09:23:18 AM EST
a bumper crop of habanero chilis this year.

"When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him." - Thomas Szasz
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Local politics works by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Apr 20, 2006 at 02:47:01 AM EST
Pity the Republicans in the Virginia Legislature are so opposed to giving decision making power to the locals.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Good luck with the vegetables by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 02:43:20 AM EST
I used to like to combine prettiness with tasting good when I grew stuff - Swiss chard, angelica, pretty cabbages. Swiss chard is dead easy, it grows like a weed.

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It's political correctness gone mad!

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