Saturday salon 14/5

1. World-first hologram entertainment arcade set to open on Gold Coast

It’s called Holoverse, and it’s opening on the Gold Coast next month.

Bruce Dell and his company Euclideon are planning to bring all manner of 3D experiences to us, not to look at as in a film, but to physically go inside.

    The 40-room complex will offer visitors the chance to experience holograms and learn more about the technology.

    “In the room there will be simple things like a statue of an elephant coming out of the wall that people can put their hand through, as well as snowflakes falling from the sky to African safaris and holographic water up to your waist with fish jumping around you,” Mr Dell said.

    “There will be holes in the floor where you can see down hundreds of metres.”

He told local ABC radio that they have plans to open hologram arcades around the world.

Not every good idea turns into a company with world-wide reach, but he’s having a crack and Malcolm Turnbull should be pleased, although I don’t see any evidence his government made any difference.

2. Shorten fights for clear air, but derailed by asylum seeker policy

It started on Day one with the ALP candidate for Melbourne, Sophie Ismail, and has continued all week. Shorten wanted to talk about education policy, but finds himself talking about asylum seekers, thanks to ALP candidates who want to freelance on the issue.

Here’s Labor’s policy. If ALP candidates can’t support it, they shouldn’t run for the ALP. Anna Bourke, who I know has concerns, made this point on radio.

Journalists should read it also and might just pick that it differs from the LNP’s. First it increases the humanitarian intake from 13,750 to 27,000 and intends to take refugees from our region. Second, it commits $450 million over three years to support the important work of the UNHCR, especially in our region.

In this manner it may build up enough credibility for countries in the region to take us seriously in building a regional framework.

3. Real estate industry unleashes campaign against Labor’s negative gearing policy

    More than 20 real estate chains and industry groups have met in Sydney to plan their attack against Labor’s policy on negative gearing, which curbs tax breaks for some property investors.

LJ Hooker CEO Grant Harrod is co-ordinating the campaign.

    The group has produced pamphlets to be distributed during the election campaign that warn property prices will fall, rents will go up, unemployment will rise and the whole economy will be jeopardised.

    Mr Harrod said he estimated there were 80,000 licensed real estate agents and equally as many, if not more, property managers.

    “Each one of those officers, those individuals, will have contact with a number of customers, so we would suggest we should be able to reach probably at least 70, 80 per cent of Australian residents via our respective databases and network of offices,” he said.

The conflict of interest is clear. Investors buy and sell more frequently than home owners. Higher prices mean higher fees for real estate agents.

Real estate agents are not amongst the most esteemed professions, but then neither are politicians, or journalist for that matter.

I think this is another headache for Shorten. Labor’s policies are up against destructive sloganeering.

4. We’re being sold the trickle-down economics con

That’s what Michael Bradley, who is the managing partner of Sydney law firm Marque Lawyers, writes at The Drum. He’s talking mainly about corporate tax cuts.

According to him Turnbull’s ‘jobs and growth plan’ is based on discredited ‘trickle-down economics’.

    45 years of trickle-down experiments, promising that the rivers of money which have flowed to corporations and the rich will turn into “jobs and growth” for all, have delivered one clear outcome: a massive and sustained increase in income and wealth inequality.

The article is well worth a read.

Basically if you give more to the rich they get richer. If you give to the poor they’ll spend it and create demand. We are being sold a pup.

5. Update

We are only now, after about 6 weeks, coming into the home stretch on our kitchen renovation saga. The biggest hitch was painting the floors which needed three coats. The kitchen bloke likes to put the kick boards on between the second and third coats. A long weekend intervened so we are entirely out of the kitchen for over a week.

Only then could the splash-backs above the bench be installed.

Now we have to get a plumber and electrician to re-install the dishwasher.

We’ll move the fridge back in on Sunday, then we’ll be operative apart from the carpenter needing to finish some stuff off, and then the walls and ceiling really need painting.

We saved a long time and spent a long time designing this thing, but it’s looking worthwhile.

Introduction to Saturday salon

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Fred would only talk in French; he regarded German as barbaric. Here we’ll use English.

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4 thoughts on “Saturday salon 14/5”

  1. On the leaders debate:

    Voters’ questions and Bill Shorten’s answers give Labor the edge in election debate

    Finally, 100 voters at the Windsor RSL have hauled the election out of the talking points and into the real issues. And the issues they wanted to talk about favoured Bill Shorten

    They even got some answers in a serious and civilised policy debate where both prime ministerial contenders performed confidently and well.

    But the tone and the content of many of the questions clearly favoured Labor’s agenda: hostility to the banks, multinational tax avoiders, privatisation, housing affordability, education and concerns about health costs.

    And the hangovers from Tony Abbott’s 2014 budget were everywhere – in a question about the GP tax that has long since been abandoned in favour of the less obvious funding squeeze on government payments to doctors – and in the generally sullen mood about the performance of big business and the impacts on ordinary people of spending cuts.

    Turnbull backpedals on health cuts but Shorten wins debate

  2. Trickle Down is nothing but a blatant fraud. Advocating it should be made a felony.

  3. I just need to do a bit of tidying, and the new SS should be up by mid-morning.

    That’s what I get for watching the Broncos and the Cowboys go around again – for the third time separated by a point.

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