So, Parliament rejected the stimulus package. Frankly, I think we need stimulus. I really think it’s the only that that will stop our recession from becomming a depression. Plus, I think it’s necessary for all countries to adopt stimulus packages to produce global- rather than localised- stimulus. Buy-local provisions in stimulus packages are stupid and won’t help anyone. However sad I am that it was rejected, I am happy that Nick Xenophon was the crucial vote. I love Nick Xenophon. He is a politician with a conscience and an agenda, and works to balance both. I loved his idea about restricting access to ATMs in licensed venues- seemed a creative way to both limit gambling AND binge drinking. I kind of hope he does some negotiations around that bill to get his vote for the stimulus, but I doubt it. More on Xenophon later! I want to learn more about him.