Charles Gutjahr

Melbourne, Australia

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Charles Gutjahr

A personal opinion

The Coalition government is now more responsible for deaths at sea

For some years the Liberal and National parties have held Labor responsible for the deaths at sea of asylum seekers, and I think that's fair: around 1000 died during the Labor government and I reckon different policies could have prevented those deaths.

Now it's the opposite: from now on Coalition is responsible if anyone dies at sea.

Their reaction to our parliament doing the right thing and legislating for medical evacuations has been to claim it will encourage more boats. That's bullshit. The law clearly does not apply to future asylum seekers, so the only thing that would encourage boats is someone telling them spuriously that border protection has been weakened. The only people making that false claim are the Coalition. That makes the Coalition responsible for any new boat arrivals — and any tragic deaths at sea.

Charles Gutjahr

A personal opinion

It is fair to take away dividend imputation refunds

Labor are right to stop people who don't pay tax from getting cash refunds on dividends.

There is a small but loud constituency claiming that it's unfair to take that away, however I think that it's self-evident it would actually be more fair. The money mostly goes to people with self-managed super funds, who are people with plenty of money. People who have struggled to get by all their life do not have a self-managed super fund.

That's not to say taking away this benefit wouldn't hurt some retirees. It would. It's just that others are surely hurting more. Instead of giving money to the (relatively) rich via dividend imputation refunds, we could give it to poorer Australians who need it more. That what I think is fair.

Charles Gutjahr

A personal opinion

Carrying cash

It's getting easier to live life without cash in your wallet — or without a wallet at all. We can go shopping just about anywhere with just a credit card or smartphone. I buy most things on card... but I also make sure I keep a small amount of cash on me just in case.

I know a handful of people who refuse to carry cash now. They buy on card, or don't buy at all. That puts them at the mercy of failures and mistakes. Electronic payment systems sometimes fail. I was once mistakenly locked out of my bank account for days. Why not carry a little cash to mitigate these rare but predictable situations? I think you're foolish if you refuse to carry cash.

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Someone forgot to bring the monster cards so I took the opportunity to draw us some new murder-rats

Charles Gutjahr

A personal opinion

Australia Day

Australia Day will inevitably change to another date. Conservatives don't seem to realise that they have already lost this battle of the culture war.

My friends used to hold Australia Day parties every year, but in recent years they have stopped. The growing understanding we have about how painful 26 January is for Indigenous Australians takes the fun out of partying on that date. 26 January has stopped being Australia Day for many Australians, and if it's not a day for all Australians then is it really Australia Day any more? No, it is not.

Conservatives can have as many parties as they like on 26 January, but when so many of us don't join in then that day is not Australia Day. No words or laws can make it so when Australians don't have their hearts in it.

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Rushall railway station
Hidden just underneath Rushall station

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The Alehouse Project
Fridays

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Bluebonnet Barbecue
The square format of Instagram photos gave me the difficult choice of: do I focus on Amy? Or do I focus on this amazing plum cocktail? My choice was made when the neighboring table ordered exactly the same... the pretty pink plum cocktail for the guy, a beer for the girl. So this photo is doing double duty, you could see the same if you turn your head a little to the right.

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Bluebonnet Barbecue
Friday night

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Piknic Électronik Melbourne
Look at us pretending not to be middle-aged!

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christmas morning 🎄