Friday August 30 PM
I was a touch overwhelmed by the comments people posted on my final diary. However, the one that affected me most and lay heavy on my conscience was when Miglo suggested 13 was not a good figure to finish on. This combined with the fact that I normally post on a Tuesday, which also happens to be the day I have a small punt on Tattsloto convinced me that 15 would be a better number.
Some have taken my words to mean I would not be continuing with my posts. This is not so.
Social media does take a lot of one’s time and I do have other interests. I have a commissioned portrait I haven’t finished, my short story writing has suffered and Sunday I am auditioning for a play and on top of that I have grand children to look after. And of course following up with Facebook messages also takes time. And bloody hell, my reading has suffered.
The real story behind the Costing’s controversy.
Next Saturday September 7 2013 the Australian people will be charged with electing a government to serve us for the next three years. To register a vote is the gift that democracy gives us. It is a gift that I have always taken seriously.
In order to exercise this democratic right, we the citizens of Australia need to have at our disposal all the necessary Policy information of both parties that will enable us to cast a an informed vote.
This information should be honest, transparent and importantly available with enough time to digest it. If this is neglected then the party doing so is abusing our democracy. Therefore the opposition leader should immediately release all the findings he has from the PBO to back up each of his policy announcements. Tony Abbott has for the duration of the campaign promised to give the voters a full account of his policy platform. And in good time before the election date.
He has failed to do so and his promise now looks nothing more than another lie. It personally upsets me that politicians can so demonstrably treat voters in such a perfunctory manner.
Instead of being crystal clear about his intentions he refuses to reveal the independent analysis of his policies by PBO. After all the LNP doesn’t pay for the analysis, the taxpayer does. If they continue with this indefensible policy we will have to wait until 30 days after the election when the figures will appear on the parliament’s website.
At this stage one can only assume that they have something to hide. They have implemented a strategy of non-disclosure. Why? The tactics are indefensible. Never before has an opposition had so many means by which to make sure its policies add up. When the PBO was set up two years ago, the intention was to improve the quality of public debate over big ideas, not suppress it. So far Joe Hockey has put up a 7 page press release over four years for about 20 policies. This reprehensible.
Last election, for whatever reason 265,000 people voted early. So far this election 430,000 have done so. All without having any idea of what one party is bringing to the table.
For more on how the press reacted to Labor’s supposition that the coalition has a 10 million dollar black hole you should read the link below. And in doing so, remember that at the press conference Kevin Rudd said that their figures were based on Labor assumptions.
And at the end of it consider what Penny Wong said:
‘’Oh look, what we released were the costing’s of the Coalitions costed policy. If the real policy is different so it changes the costing’s and how much they will have to cut, there’s a very simple answer. Joe Hockey can come out today and release his policy costing’s’’
Saturday 31 September.
The Economist comes out in favour of Labor as the best economic manager.
Polls and more Polls.
A week ago a Reachtel/Newspoll had one seat 48% for the Liberal candidate and today 57%. How can this possibly be?
For a good read on the subject of poll rigging you should read Barry Tuckers piece at The AIMN:
And the AIMN blog has unearthed an exceptional writer in Dan Rowden. Read this:
Kevin Andrews in releasing the Coalition policy says that it will allow the industry to self-regulate. How pathetic is that. And after all the good work that has been done in that area.
Tony Abbott today released more of his education policy at a school that on its web site quotes the Bible reference that homosexuality is an abomination. The truth is that these schools are the fastest growing sector of the education system. And worse still is that they take a literal view of the Bible including creationism.
Stop the Boats.
I could hardly have a diary entry without this subject. This time the opposition intends to take away all access to taxpayer funded legal aid. Really, how far can they go? To deny a human being access to the law, takes society itself into the realms of 1984. George would be pleased. Surely access to the law is one of the basis tenants of human rights.
I liked Charlie Pickering’s response.
‘’Anyone who sets out to deny people due process-or natural justice simply for political gain is nothing more than a scoundrel’’
Cost of living or cost of lifestyle.
Abbott was asked by a journalist ‘’Are we better off than we were six years ago?’’ In fact the question has been asked many times during the campaign. This is the real answer:
The Gillard government oversaw the smallest increase in cost of living of any Australian government for at least 25 years despite the introduction of the carbon tax, a new study has found. Moreover, Australian households have seen real incomes – disposable income minus cost of living increases – rise 15 per cent since just after Labor took office, giving the average household a $5324 a year boost, or $102 a week. The results of the survey by the University of Canberra’s national centre for social and economic modelling go much of the way to answering the question Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has asked repeatedly throughout the election campaign: ”Are we better off than we were six years ago?” Take a look at this:
This is also worth a read. The influence of the Catholic Church.
More news on Ashbygate. The plot thickens.
Sunday 1 September.
It’s Father’s Day and I wake up a little exhausted from yesterday’s football finals. Jack’s team won the under 10s grand final but the others were a disappointment. I have the audition this morning so I record Insiders, but miss the Labor Party Launch.
I refuse a part in the play on the grounds that my wife would divorce me if I accepted a role. It was more than sexually cutting edge. It was putrid. So, I watch Insiders and I am immediately taken by the intro to the program which appears to be totality focused negatively on Rudd.
After watching the whole program, I sit and wonder if any journalist will raise the matter of the opposition leader’s suitability to lead our great nation.
Really, am I to imagine that this man is the same person who has for three years spread negativity like rust throughout the community? The same person who has told with a straight face lie after lie after lie.
He even did it on Insiders when he was asked about his Direct Action Plan. He said the President Obama had adopted the same program. The fact is America would have a price on carbon today if he could get it passed by a conservative congress full of Tea Party nut jobs. On top of that China will be implementing one while Tony is dismantling ours. That’s if he can.
Monday 2 September.
A beautiful morning brings the news that Newspoll has the LNP at 54% and Labor at 46% TPP. More dismal is the Morgan (the more trusted) is 52% to 48% Galaxy is 47% to 53% and they eliminate 8% of undecided. And Poll watchers will tell you there are around 15% of undecided voters.
Newspoll Nonsense From Facebook.
Read a friend’s post that she was called by Newspoll on the weekend after the Labor campaign launch. She lives in a Coalition heartland suburb of Melbourne, and the polling person was looking for males aged between 18 and 35. When she said there were none there, they ended the call. Want to understand why Newspoll shows a Coalition landslide? Well, maybe filtering your poll by targeting young males in conservative heartland as your survey source might have something to do with it.
A comment I posted on Facebook.
MY THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“When a political party deliberately withholds information that the voter needs to make an informed, balanced and reasoned voting decision. It is lying by omission. It is also tantamount to the manipulation of our democracy.’’
Tony Abbott’s National Press Club Speech.
Nothing new in it. It was more notable for what he omitted to say rather than what he said. His entire focus seemed to be on the carbon tax. The journalist’s questions were puerile to say the least.
A local topic for my area.
I have been wondering why LNP politicians in Gippsland have been so silent. Now I know. They have finally admitted it!
The Liberal-Nationals are intending on scrapping any project in this year’s Budget that didn’t have contracts signed before the election period. That means Darren Chester and Russell Broadbent will put a stop to the Moe CBD upgrade, Churchill dentistry hub, Paynesville Esplanade upgrade, Patties Foods expansion in Bairnsdale, and hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs. No wonder they have been in hiding; dodging public forums and journalists.
Buy back the boats. Of all the Coalition policies floated in this election, this appears the most ridiculous.
We rate the statement Pants on Fire.
Tuesday 3 September
My thought for the day:
“The right to vote is the gift that democracy gives. If a political party is not transparent in supplying all the information necessary to exercise this right. It is destroying the democracy that enables it to exist”.
And another thought:
Tony Abbott at the National Press Club Monday gave every indication that if his Direct Action policy did not achieve a 5% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 there would be no further funding. Given that all the modelling suggests that a lot more money would be required. This to me is an admittance that the conservatives are not in the least fair dinkum about the issue and intend to waste about 3 billion dollars in the process.
Another view from Facebook:
“Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has confirmed categorically – for the first time – that he would break the Coalition’s pledge on greenhouse reduction targets if it cost more money than he had budgeted for.
Mr Abbott also branded the election a referendum on the carbon tax and said it would be “unimaginable” for a defeated Labor Party to stop him repealing the tax.
The Opposition Leader spent about 15 minutes of a 20 minute address to the National Press Club hammering Labor on the carbon tax. If elected the Coalition would repeal the tax within its first year in government, Mr Abbott promised?”
It raises the question of why he is going to waste billion of taxpayer’s money. But who will ask the question?
To quote Turnbull:
‘’The Direct Action policy, Mr Turnbull said then, was ”an environmental figleaf to cover a determination to do nothing”.
I think I had better end it for now. I’m yet to watch last night’s Q&A except to say I have seen a clip of the PMs Answer on gay marriage which was rather brilliant.
My final diary will be Friday.