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Albanese May Be The New Moses!

Moses, for those of you who lack the biblical background, was the leader who led his people around in the wilderness for forty years instead of going to the “promised land”. It wasn’t because his satnav was broken; he’d been instructed by a higher power. “You’ve done the wrong thing, so you’ll just have to wait until I say it’s ok,” said God who, according those wandering in the desert was even more powerful than Rupert Murdoch, who also said much the same thing about the Labor Party. “And I won’t say it’s ok,” God told them, “until every last one of you has died and it’s your children who settle there!”

Albo seems to have a similar plan to Moses. He seems to intend to have Labor wander round in circles for a number of years until the current mob are all dead. His strategy seems a complete misunderstanding of the MeToo# movement. The Coalition propose something which most thinking people would oppose. Labor say they won’t vote for it. The Government then makes the issue all about the Opposition, even when they’ve got the numbers to pass it whether Labor vote for it or not. Labor then backs down and agrees to vote for the proposed legislation.

I’m really not sure what the point of this tactic is. From a tactical point of view, it would be better to say, “We’re not the government and we won’t make up our minds until we’ve seen all the amendments and even then we may just decide to abstain while we wait and see how it all turns out. In fact, we’ve decided to boycott Parliament for the next few months as a protest over Morrison’s use of the phrase: ‘Unfudned empathy’!”

At last that would make them look like they stand for something…

Not that standing for something is actually a prerequisite for winning an election. It just makes one a potentially better government if one does happen to be elected, and one can actually start doing more than starting every third sentence with, “How good is…?”

“How good is Australia?” “How good are jobs?” “How good is coal?” “How good is unfunded empathy?”

Actually that last one isn’t very good at all, apparently. Although it does invited the question: What the fuck did Morrison mean?

Is empathy only ok when it’s funded like it was when the Labor were trying to prise franking credit refunds from people. In Dick Smith’s case it would have been hundreds of thousands of dollars. Poor Dick. Anyway, somehow these and various other things like tax cuts to those who are earning over $200,000 a year and therefore “working harder” are all “funded”.

Or was Morrison suggesting that we shouldn’t be empathetic to those on Newstart because they weren’t having a go. We can deduce this by remembering that Scott the Moribund is fond of reminding us that those “who have a go, will get a go.” Clearly, the unemployed aren’t getting a go so therefore they mustn’t be having a go.

Of course, Channel 7’s “Sunrise” program were in no doubt that the unemployed weren’t having a go, giving us the statistics about how many of them have had their benefits suspended. I’m not going to bother to repeat the numbers because one of the great things about statistics is how meaningless they can be if you don’t have anything more than the raw data. For example, if you are given the statistic that over ninety percent of those surveyed didn’t go out on a Saturday night, it might be worthwhile to also know where the survey was taken. If it were in a nursing home or a jail, for example, it’s hardly a high number.

Anyway, a government department cuts people’s payments because they’re not having a big enough go, or sometimes they’re meant to be having a go in two places at once, and then the government puts out the statistics to convince us that they were right to cut the payments because these are the sort of people that get their payments cut.

It was also interesting that “Sunrise”, the show that helped boost Pauline Hanson’s profile when she was in the political wilderness, also saw fit to equate having one’s benefits suspended with being a “dole bludger”… which is an oxymoron even before one starts to analyse the morality. If one isn’t getting payments any more, can one still be a “dole bludger”?

But it gets back to this whole idea that we want people to be miserable if they don’t have a job. I guess it’s because a lot of working people hate their jobs and think that if they’re miserable, then why should someone else have the right to be happy when they can’t even get a job…

Our Deputy PM, Michael Whatisname, suggested that the unemployed should be prepared to move to get a job. He wasn’t very clear about where there was a shortage of workers. I think that his idea was that it might help if country folk moved to the city and the city people moved to the country. That way they’d all be away from friends and family AND unemployed. That should really show them…

But let’s imagine that someone on benefits in Tasmania were to pack up, procure a tent and move to Queensland to enable them to leave more cheaply in better weather. Why, that would be outrageous. Moving just so they could camp out? Let’s cut them off benefits and confiscate their tent!

On the subject of contradictions, but did anyone else find Andrew Bolt’s attack on Greta Thunberg rather strange given his stance on Adam Goodes? Bolt, you may remember, suggested that Goodes bullied a poor, thirteen year old girl who wouldn’t have realised that the word “Ape” was racist and Goodes should have been able to pick her age in a second and not pointed at her so that security could remove her. However, two years of age  makes an enormous difference and Bolt has no trouble writing, “I have never seen a girl so young and with so many mental disorders treated by so many adults as a guru” about Thunberg. He went on to say worse…

But you’re probably right. It’s better not to give him the publicity he so pathetically craves.

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  1. Jack Cade

    I never never never saw what Albanese has to offer. I’ve said I didn’t like his friendship with Pyne and his coziness with Dutton bothered me, but one of my best friends was a state Liberal MP and a work colleague and I get along famously despite his being a Liberal and a Crow. (I’m a Power footy fan and a born and bred Liverpool fan). Albanese just doesn’t impress me as leadership material and my observations suggest I am not alone. On current performances I don’t think the next Labor PM is even in parliament, and – if the electorate and Murdoch can be relied upon – has not even left school.

  2. Alpo

    “Albo seems to have a similar plan to Moses. He seems to intend to have Labor wander round in circles for a number of years until the current mob are all dead. His strategy seems a complete misunderstanding of the MeToo# movement. The Coalition propose something which most thinking people would oppose. Labor say they won’t vote for it. The Government then makes the issue all about the Opposition, even when they’ve got the numbers to pass it whether Labor vote for it or not. Labor then backs down and agrees to vote for the proposed legislation.
    I’m really not sure what the point of this tactic is.”

    With people from the left having such a pathetic capacity for analysis, what’s the hope to defeat the Coalition?… That’s the REAL problem!!!

    Let’s see the issue of tax cuts:
    a) Labor, in their program, had tax cuts for the low-income and middle class, but tax increases for the 1%
    b) They lost the election.
    c) Back in parliament and they wanted to split the Coalition bill: tax cuts for the low-income and middle class now, and let’s see what happens after the election.
    d) The Coalition rejected that… and their plan was passed with help of the ALP too. Why? because the ALP supported the initial tranche of tax cuts and reserved their right to change the promised tax cuts for the 1% if, after winning the next election, the economy is deemed not to afford them. Had they rejected tax cuts for the needy they would have been accused by ScuMo of being the party that is against the working class!!!!
    e) In this way the ALP achieved support for the needy and there is no guarantee for the support for the rich, whilst remaining the party of the working class.

    Comprende?

  3. Roscoe

    Centerlink doesnt like you moving to a place where the rent is cheaper but the jobs are fewer, they think you are moving there so you can be a dole bludger because there is less chance of finding work, not because it is the only place you can afford to rent so Mick Mack is obviously aware of how his government department works

  4. New England Cocky

    “’From a tactical point of view, it would be better to say, “We’re not the government and we won’t make up our minds until we’ve seen all the amendments and even then we may just decide to abstain while we wait and see how it all turns out. In fact, we’ve decided to boycott Parliament for the next few months as a protest over Morrison’s use of the phrase: ‘Unfunded empathy’!”

    Brilliant strategy!!

    When Albanese finds his testicles and stands up to be counted then we may have the beginnings of a reasonable Labor Government in Waiting. Do an AP (Qld); get out among the electorate and tell the people why Labor policies will benefit them, then repeat the effort the next day.

    Abandon the comfortable focus group approach that has sycophants blabbering on to uncritical unthinking political dummies about their personal pet policies that may be irrelevant to other Australian voters.

    Pick three main policies, say, pay and conditions for Australian workers, rorts by COALition politicians and shortage of housing due to failed government policies of investment in residential housing, and run two news items every week on these policies demonstrating how Labor policy would improve the present parlous situation for Australian voters.

  5. Terence Mills

    Actually that last one (unfunded empathy) isn’t very good at all, apparently. Although it does invite the question: What the fuck did Morrison mean?

    What Morrison was saying was that he did a Trump to retain office : he gave away massive tax cuts well into the future and robbed this and future governments of revenue so don’t expect any expenditure on social or welfare programs – there’s no money left.

    Trump overcame his tax giveaways by immediately imposing import tariffs on all and sundry but in particular on Chinese imports – 25% on imports of $US370 billion and now a further 10% on imports of $US 440 billion and counting.

    Trump of course calls this a penalty on the Chinese but a small boy (the same one who pointed out that this emperor has no clothes) asked his dad who pays for the tariff impositions. His Dad explained that it was consumers. So it’s the American people who are funding revenue deficits by paying for Trumps tariffs : go figure.

    Now, Scomo can’t replenish his coffers by imposing tariffs on imports – well he could but won’t – so we just have to live with the reality that we voted for his tax cuts so we have to acknowledge that tax cuts = reductions in services : that’s how it works.

    How good is that !

  6. Judith Bacon

    I listened to Albo on Insiders this morning. What struck me is how different Labor is from the LNP in how it delivers its message. The LNP treat everyone like they are serfs and don’t say much at all other than how bad the other side is. Labor talk too much and go around in circles, standing strong here and equivocating there, and expecting everyone to understand their feeble contortions. Just like they did prior to the election. The other difference is that Albo has no oomph, and the Scumster is so overconfident it is cringeworthy. Albo plays to the parliament while the Scumster knows the main game is with the people.

    40 years? It will feel like 400!

  7. Kaye Lee

    I really wish Albo would not find it necessary to state EVERY time what a good relationship he has with _______, how _____ and he are good mates.

    Less mates, more mongrel. Appeasement just gets sand kicked in your face.

    The approach of “we are not in government” only goes so far.

  8. Steve

    Right on the button Ross. The Labor luvvies are still out in force though, as Labor can do no wrong as long as you believe in it hard enough, and even though nobody knows what their values are any more. Albo’s time has passed. He is part of the problem. The election, like all recent elections in the Murdochsphere, is not fought on policy, it is fought using emotion. And fear almost always gets more support than hope. Create fear, nurture it, spread it using whatever duplicitous tactics possible, and you win elections.

    Labor changing policies, or even changing leaders, will make bugger all difference in that regard, other than destroying themselves even more. Under Albo I see absolutely no point to them. They’ve totally capitulated – and now appear to be scared of their own shadows.

  9. Sir Scotchmistery

    Sadly, Albo locating his testicles will have bugger all to do with the next ALP government. We thought ALP would win the last shit fight and they didn’t. That’s because no one got to hear the policies because that limp wristed little worm didn’t shout them from the roof tops.

    Albo is the same.

    Right leaning thousand dollar suit wearing oxygen thief.

    When all the over 70’s are dead who automatically vote liberal, then we will get a new government. Unless Murdoch gets a heart attack whilst jockeying his latest prod. Here’s hoping on that.

  10. Florence Howarth

    I believe PM means misplaced empathy.

  11. king1394

    One of the curious effects of Robodebt is that it actually targeted people who had done some paid work. Get a job for three months, say, or casual now and again work, and then the computer crunches numbers between the ATO and Centrelink payment and out comes a Centrelink debt. Centrelink itself monitors the people who get a bit of work through the reporting system, and if you earned ‘too much’ in the fortnight, they will reduce your payment appropriately. It is the people who had a go, who got some work through the year, and already had Centrelink adjustments made that suddenly get a bill. Many people just pay it to avoid the hassle and just to get on with life.

    The person who has had no paid work throughout the year, is the one who is not hit with a robodebt.

  12. totaram

    Even funnier!

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/04/anthony-albanese-says-he-has-seen-no-evidence-of-corruption-in-federal-politics

    Seriously? Yes, because they make all the laws to allow what they are doing to be “legal”, even retrospectively.
    Oh, and there is no one to gather the evidence. The AFP is completely compromised except when it comes to catching Peter Slipper for $900/= or Craig Thompson for what? (I can’t remember what they finally proved). And Cathy Jackson still hasn’t been brought to trial.

  13. Phil

    To think I resigned from the Labor party because they anointed Shorten against the Rank & Files wishes. Well the resignation still stands and it is now the Greens for me. Albanese has all the charisma of a house brick. It is just as well he didn’t pay for his degree in economics. I have sent him an e.mail suggesting he ask for any money he spent getting educated, be returned. So it can be used for something more useful like a set of ash trays for a Harley Davidson or at least get some treatment for his early alopecia.

    This will be the statement of Labor Party history.

    ” Labor Leader Anthony Albanese says he has not seen any evidence of “direct corruption” among Australia’s federal politicians, defending the opposition’s decision not to back a parliamentary inquiry into revelations about Crown casino.”

    Dull colourless and Blind. RIP. Albo Stick in the fondue fork, you’re done.

  14. wam

    You are spot on, Rossleigh.
    Moses led the boys of the bible and their women away from the low wage of servitude into the high commerce area of Israel where the scummo rich work harder for their $200+ than Australian teachers, child care workers, small business owners and labourers do for their $40k-$70k and are so deserving of their tax cut.
    This godly serpent could have raised the threshold to give everybody tax relief and those at the big end would still get it at a higher rate than the workers who don’t work as hard a politicians just longer, a bloody sight longer.
    The bbs have trained their kids to vote conservative without thinking we have trained ours to think and being honest Albo doesn’t excite any neurons??
    ps Albo hasn’t rid himself of the cash in the brown paper bag of bjelke. Sadly we have to wait till a new ager with a Gough-like stature.

  15. Maxoz

    At the moment, Albo is trying to out Beasley, Beasley. The opposition is supposed to oppose…..and suggest more positive alternatives.

  16. Jack Cade

    Albo has seen no evidence of corruption in Australian politics.
    Sod off, Albo. You are clearly a tosser.
    In fact you should ALL sod off.
    ‘You have sat to long in this place for what good you might have done. In the name of God, go!’
    – Oliver. Cromwell

  17. Wayne Turner

    GUTLESS Albo,clearly has been in politics too long,he has no clue.

    Labor lost the last federal election because they did NOT take on the LIES from the COALition,MSM,and Clive Palmer.

    Labor’s policies were GREAT. Labor just didn’t promote them properly,and did NOT take on all the LIES about them.

    Enough of the gullible and ignorant public fell for the LIES.

    Advise to Albo: Labor’s policies are NOT the problem. Being GUTLESS TURDS is the problem. Tackle EVERY LIE,when possible. Start with defending Labor’s previous government records,and tackle the BIGGEST LIE OF ALL: The coalition are NOT superior economic managers.IT’S A LIE. POINT IT OUT. Labor are the superior economic managers.

    F OFF ALBO. GROW A SPINE, or be replaced with a leader with spine ASAP. If Labor has one?

  18. Matters Not

    Now here’s a real test for Albo.

    Australia is considering a “serious and complex” request from the United States to help protect oil shipments against Iranian interference in the Persian Gulf.

    … Describing the US-Australia alliance as “unbreakable”, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped the junior ally would partner with America on “some of the most pressing foreign policy challenges of our time” including “Iran’s unprovoked attacks on international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz”.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-04/australia-considering-request-to-protect-oil-in-persian-gulf/11382242

    No doubt about the result. Just in time for Morrison to deliver the ‘YES’ response when he dines with Trump. Another incremental war in the making even though Obama reached a ‘deal’. Talk about ‘unprovoked’ attacks. Lol.

  19. Rossleigh

    Not sure Cromwell is the best man to quote for your point, even if he did behead a king…

  20. Wayne Turner

    Matters Not – GUTLESS Albo and Labor are certain to say “ME TOO & YES”.

    Albo needs to go ASAP.

  21. Paul Davis

    The LNP grubment is apparently giving “serious consideration” to sending Strayan military to join a US led task force to do to Iran what they did to Iraq. This will no doubt whet the appetites of the speculating investor classes with fortunes to be made in petroleum and military hardware. As in the previous excursions into lunacy, genocide and weapons testing in the middle east, the Strayan grubment will hand out a few medals and political careers to the elite Duntroon types (eg Hastie, Molan and others) while the children of the peasants will suffer the usual fallout of these misadventures, ie death, loss of limbs, mental illness, no fair dinkum post war help etc.

    No doubt Fat Tony and his crew will find good reasons to enthusiastically wave the flag.

  22. Matters Not

    Wayne Turner, Albo is going nowhere in every sense of the word. He can’t be (easily) sacked. (Rudd’s changes saw to that.) And, at this stage, he’s unlikely to fall on his sword. It’s his one and only chance. But as Mungo points out:

    As we all know, giving in to bully tactics may buy a few moments peace, but is ultimately utterly self-defeating. … if the party will not stand up for its principles, what will it stand up for?

    https://www.echo.net.au/2019/07/thus-spake-mungo-package/

    Maybe on this issue he might fire more than blanks, But I don’t think so. Can’t imagine Albo not supporting our troops. Will wave them off at the first opportunity.

  23. Zathras

    “Can’t imagine Albo not supporting our troops.”

    That’s exactly how Howard wedged Crean last time – he made the Iraq war soley about supporting troops rather than the real issues involved. Likewise Beasley was wedged with boat people and thought he had to support the government rather than following the conscience of his own party and look what it’s done to the country since.

    I at least hope Albo does the right thing by the future of the country over Iran and the locating of US missile sites on our territory.

    He’s still a better communicator than Shorten and definitely smarter than Morrison and it’s early days yet. Let’s see what happens as services are further cut, the economy continues to wind down and the hapless coalition inevitably slips into panic mode because they simply have no solutions beyond tax cuts.

  24. New England Cocky

    Albo has to wake up!!!!

    It is always sad when a relationship breaks up, but why did Albo allow his former partner to take his political testicles with her?

  25. Andrew

    How good is Big (read huge) Australia. The disaffected votes did not go to Lib/Lab they went to Nationalist parties and the preferences fell conservative. Under Albo and the resurgent old guard Labor neolibs it’s hard to see Labor as anything other than a fringe progressive corporatist party for a long time to come, as they abandon workers to chase the extremes of mass economic migration.

    High population growth may be progressive ideology in form, but its corporatist/neoliberal in substance. The story is increasingly not one of human potential but of monetising established community and personal amenity, the environment, and established infrastructure as the policies needed to manage high growth consistently fail in delivery. The fiscal gap (between the population growth that monetises the amenity and the infrastructure and policy that never arrives) whisked off to a tax haven and banked by global capital leaving entrenched inequality and urban powerless in the face of the global growth juggernaut.

    As GDP per capita falls, as more and more people lose their dream of home ownership and end up in poorly built sky-kennels or outer-urban postage stamp slums, as wage suppression finds the lowest common denominator that it was always meant to find, as health and education become crush-loaded, as regional areas drown in a sea of globalist policy failure, does Albo really have any vision to sell that’s going to Trump the nationalists?

  26. Paul Davis

    Andrew, you may well ask

    “As GDP per capita falls, as more and more people lose their dream of home ownership and end up in poorly built sky-kennels or outer-urban postage stamp slums, as wage suppression finds the lowest common denominator that it was always meant to find, as health and education become crush-loaded, as regional areas drown in a sea of globalist policy failure, does Albo really have any vision to sell that’s going to Trump the nationalists?”

    No point directing these questions to the ‘party’ as they don’t appear to be doing much except troughsnouting like their parliamentary mates.

    The AIMN leadership group has some people well acquainted with the inner sanctum of the New Centre Right Party, formerly known as Labor when it had genuine connections with the “working class” so perhaps you could ask them. I have seen lots of comments about biding time, softly softly, policy tweeking so as not to scare the numpties, etc. Is the party still in mourning, do they still have any altruistic values, or a real vision, or are they waiting for the gangsters to kill each other before they kill us. Will they give the voters any positive reason to vote for their vision or do we Exodeans have to perish in the wilderness until some inspired Joshua leads them into grubment in 2059?

  27. @Tailgator1

    “unfudned empathy’ Was that a typo or deliberate? If the latter then very clever and yes the LP need to be un-fudded.

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