Friday 29 July 2016
1 The phenomenon that is Donald Trump and the vote against Brexit tells us that there is a worldwide dissatisfaction with the concept of historical party politics and democracy as we know it. The mass violent attacks in countries not so different to Australia lend themselves to the conclusion that there is a low dark cloud enveloping world politics. We live in troubled times where answers lay in peaceful internationalism yet we turn to a concept of closed nationalism.
An example of just how dangerous American politics has become is when Donald Trump invites Russia to hack American emails containing national security information. The implications of a suggestion like that by a potential President is staggering, if not lunacy.
Obama got it right when he said; “We don’t look to be ruled”.
2 From Stuart Whitman:
I don’t often agree with The Australian newspaper columnist Greg Sheridan but I do today. –
“If the Turnbull government does not nominate former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as a candidate for the position of secretary-general of the UN, it will illustrate once more the depressing banality and pitiless hyper-partisanism Australian politics has descended to.
The only possible reason not to nominate him is because of the most dreary, mean-spirited, low-class, provincial partisanism.
It would represent the triumph of exaggerated hostility and negativism over basic Australian solidarity and common decency. It would be a truly pathetic moment in Australian politics. “It would represent the triumph of exaggerated hostility and negativism over basic Australian solidarity and common decency. It would be a truly pathetic moment in Australian politics.”
3 The seat oh Herbert looks like going to Labor but it appears some army personal didn’t vote for whatever reason so Turnbull looks like taking it to the court of disputed returns. He has a flimsy case.
4 Senator Lambie thinks capital punishment for terrorists is a good idea.
5 That rather large chap in the House of Reps says that if you can’t get a job in 6 months then benefits should be taken away.
True. 170 000 job vacancies. 730 000 looking for work. Do the maths.
“Jobs and Growth”.
7 Antony Green is saying Labor 27 senate seats predicted. Coalition 30. Greens 7. Hinch 1. Xenophon 3. One nation 3. Four in doubt. Hope that totals 76. Lambie 1.
Michael Moore: “It is happening. And if you believe Hillary Clinton is going to beat Trump with facts and smarts and logic, then you obviously missed the past year of 56 primaries and caucuses where 16 Republican candidates tried that and every kitchen sink they could throw at Trump and nothing could stop his juggernaut.”
8 In the Religion section of the Census the words “no religion” will move from the bottom to the top of the form. In my view where it should be.
9 Michelle Grattan is right. Extremism and terrorism is often linked to mental illness. We need to be careful always blaming religion l would say. Although obviously a factor at times.
10 It is not just the accusations that were made on 7.30 last night. Police are investigating multiple child abuse allegations levelled directly against Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell. I think the pub test has already failed him.
11 On the eve of the Olympics a new member has been added to the diving team. They couldn’t overlook Josh Frydenberg in the “backflip”. The new Environment and Energy Minister, Josh Frydenberg, has welcomed a declining role for coal in Australia’s future energy mix, talked up reliable green energy, and locked in the current 23.5 per cent renewable energy target by 2020, in a marked change from the avowedly pro-coal rhetoric of the Abbott government.
12 From the Roy Morgan daily newsletter:
Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison says people who have already exceeded the proposed $A500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional superannuation contributions stand to benefit the most if the reform is scrapped. Morrison has also warned that unless the Government’s super reforms proceed and spending is reduced, the nation will face higher taxes, a bigger Budget deficit and a blowout in public debt. The Government may agree to exempt certain “life events” from the lifetime cap.
Have to agree with that.
13 Maybe if we had a bill of rights the abuse that happened in the NT wouldn’t have happened.
“I had never seen the vision, it hadn’t come to my attention, hadn’t piqued my interest sufficiently” said a minister of the crown.
14 I have heard many political speeches in my lifetime and have admired many. Vice President Joe Biden’s recent speech in Australia was impressive. And for delivery and craft in writing Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic Party Convention was exceptional. Then Barak Obama steps up and gives a speech full of optimism and positivity in contrast to Trumps dark vile hate filled negative acceptance speech.
15 This week’s Essential Poll has Labor four points ahead. Meaningless but there it is.
16 From Jamie Cole:
“John Lord’s defense of the ABC and programs bring to light stories in the public interest that MSM ignore or lie about. Australian Story, Monday night about a love story, between a refugee, and one that’s been returned to Nauru, has been cold heartedly ignored by Dutton. Four Corners, brought to light the shocking torture and abuses towards Indigenous kids and adolescents.’’
And this from Anne Byan:
“Totally agree with you John. For a while the ABC was targeted as ‘pro-right’ and sure – it has made its mistakes ( haven’t we all ) … but in the long run it asks the right questions, and demands the right answers – while trying to do some form of balancing act. I complained recently to the ABC Vic. ( a real go at them – 6 paragraphs ) about very disturbing visual impact for particularly children, on a recent prime time News broadcast. I had a 9 paragraph answer direct from their Audience & Consumer Advice division, written specifically ( not an automatic reply ) to me in answer. That was CLASS. Not many would do that. An excellent answer which explained a lot. Will always turn to the ABC for better information – overall.”
17 A review of all the Polls in the Federal election shows that they did remarkably well except in individual seats where they did poorly which has always been my contention.
My thought for the day.
“Never be afraid to step over the shadow of your negativity”.