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Day to Day Politics: Can you believe what Barnaby says?

Saturday 29 July 2017

Barnaby Joyce, like the Prime Minister, went into hiding as the events of the ABC’s Four Corners water scandal finally surfaced mid-week to condemn those who might break the law.

At a press conference on Wednesday he dwelt with both the water issue and the citizenship of Matt Canavan.

He likened water thieves to cattle and sheep thieves, saying people who broke the law would be dealt with by the proper processes.

At that time he said he would wait for the findings of a NSW inquiry and then take the matter to the Council of Australian Governments.

That statement certainly lacked veracity. Is it any wonder that the Australian public don’t trust politicians when two-faced bastards like Joyce corrupt our democratic processes with such cavalier born to rule superiority?

Just who do they think they are, this mob of well-educated buffoons who think there are rules for everyone but them? What a disgrace this government is – so engrossed in its own petty self rightousness.

Philip Coorey reporting in The Australian Financial Review said:

After publicly likening the alleged theft to cattle or sheep rustling on Wednesday morning and saying the law should be enforced, Mr Joyce was recorded rubbishing the ABC Four Corners report on Thursday night while talking to irrigators in a Shepparton pub.

In doing so, he effectively confirmed he had made Malcolm Turnbull take water away from the environment portfolio and give it to him so he could protect upstream interests.

We have taken water, put it back into agriculture, so we could look after you and make sure we don’t have the greenies running the show basically sending you out the back door, and that was a hard ask,’‘ he said in the recording.

A couple of nights ago on Four Corners, you know what that’s all about? It’s about them trying to take more water off you, trying to create a calamity. A calamity for which the solution is to take more water off you, shut more of your towns down.

If Parliament were sitting he would be in some serious bother. As it is, because we have a Prime Minister lacking in intestinal fortitude and integrity, both Canavan and Joyce will probably get away with their deplorable behavior.

I cannot recall a moment in time where Australia has been so badly served by government. It’s as though we have caught the Trump virus.

Australian Conservation Foundation campaign director Paul Sinclair said the comments were borderline conspiratorial and showed the fox is in charge of the hen-house.

Compromises were made under the historic basin plan by all involved in order to end decades of squabbling and return water to the river to ensure the long-term viability of the wildlife, communities and farmers that rely on it.
How can the Australian public have confidence that the plan is being fully and fairly implemented when the minister in charge is making these kind of borderline conspiratorial claims.

Is it any wonder the Labor Party are taking the government to court to find out just what is in the signed agreement between Turnbull and the National Party. On the evidence thus far it would seem that we are being governed by a bunch of clowns, but just because clowns govern us, it doesn’t mean we have to laugh.

The same goes for Matt Canavan who is asking Australians to believe what is the most ludicrous reason for why he was unaware that he held duel citizen.

Not to mention One Nations prize twit Malcolm Roberts who just seems to interpret the rules to suit him. Everyone else is supposed to supply empirical evidence except him.

The Prime Minister, his Cabinet and all of those who serve them have turned the governance of our nation into a circus.

And they are talking about four-year terms. Given that we have to wait for an election to oust them the least they could do is to try and be honest with the electorate. Immediately.

More about Barnaby Joyce

The day has finally arrived. Barnaby Joyce has become Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. Now we have a Prime Minister who firmly believes in a Republic, equality in marriage and the science of Climate Change and a deputy who does not. The intellectual gap between them is of sagacious proportion.

It is said of Barnaby that he is the best retail salesman in Australia. I would suggest the public sees him as a person of mockery. It’s not so much his culitivated ocker image. After all Hawke and Keating had colorful turns of phrase. It’s the depth of comprehension. The understanding of things beyond politics.

It seems incredible that a man who was one of the principle instigators in 2009 of the downfall of the then opposition leader can now be his deputy.

It also seems implausible that a Senator who has crossed the floor to vote against his party on 19 occasions can now lead it.

Remember what Joyce said about mining Antarctica in 2006. He went there for a month and came back spruiking the beauty of it: ”The vastness of nature itself”.

We staked a claim to a large part of it and signed an agreement not to mine it. Then he suggested on the ABC that we should.

We can really realise that [mining’s] the game … or we can stick our head in the snow.

Do I turn my head and allow another country to exploit my resource … or do I position myself in such a way as I’m going to exploit it myself before they get there.

In the same year Barnaby opposed the new wonder drug Gardasil for the treatment of cervical cancer. The drug is now commonplace and is administered to boys and girls in their first year of high school.

Barnaby opposed it because of:

The psychological implications or the social implications … There might be an overwhelming (public) backlash from people saying ‘don’t you dare put something out there that gives my 12-year-old daughter a license to be promiscuous.

It gets worse. On Climate Change. When he was a Senator he said, despite all the science, that he had:

”Serious doubt about our ability to change the climate” and that ”the climate change debate is an ongoing debate”.

In 2010 he said he didn’t believe that global warming is as bad as everyone says.

”Why do I say that … not because I have the factual premise to debunk them on the science” Barnaby explained.

Then he said that Climate Change was:

”An indulgent and irrelevant debate because, even if climate changes turns out to exist one day, we will have absolutely no impact on it whatsoever”

It doesn’t finish there. When he was asked about being identified as a climate denier he answered:

”The whole terms repugnant. Climate change denier, like Holocaust denier…”

On the subject of abortion he tends to lecture women. Whatever your view on the subject in Australia the topic is generally treated with caution by politicians.

In 2004 speaking to Mark Colvin he said. He’s:

”Pro-life, unashamedly pro-life” and that his ”personal philosophy is anti-abortion”.

In 2005 he said that his greatest achievement would be to… ”Stop abortion’ it was. ‘The slavery debate of our time” he was ‘philosophically opposed’ to Medicare paying for abortions. He said that using the RU486 drug was like an act of murder. ‘So if I shoot a woman in the abdomen and do not kill her but kill the baby, I have not actually committed a crime’

Barnaby argued before the Community Affairs Legislation committee.

The absurdity of this statement was pointed out at the time by Women’s Electoral Lobby ACT convener Rosyln Dundas who commented ‘No, you actually have committed a crime by shooting a woman.’

He also gloated about rolling the then opposition leader.

Leadership demands more than just a ‘retail’ personality. It requires, in the sense of leading a country, a deep insightful worldview. Anyone who has seen Joyce on a Q&A panel with guests who present an understanding of life in all its variances will acknowledge that he has not the capacity to appreciate life beyond politics. He is like Abbott, caught in a world that the rest of us have left far behind.

And so we have as Deputy PM the man who said a roast would cost $100 under Labor’s Carbon tax and who, when Finance Minister said Australia would default on its debt. The then Reserve bank Governor at the time said he was unfit for the job. We deserve better.

My thought for the day

”Be generous with your praise and considerate with your criticism”.

 

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  1. Terry2

    The Liberal party should take note of the old proverb when considering their power alliance with the Nationals :

    If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas

  2. Harquebus

    The squabbling over an essential resource intensifies. That is the bigger picture. We have been stealing from one another in times of hardship since before we came down out of the trees.

    “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that, ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'” — Isaac Asimov

  3. Owen ...

    John absolutely correct as I said at last weeks football blatantly self serving and they don’t even try to hide … Over confident and I expect this is one of the main reasons for their position in the polls along with their ears being for decoration only….

  4. Kronomex

    As I was walking past the beetroots in a vegetable section I noticed that they were waving tiny signs, not that anyone else noticed, that said things like, “We don’t lie” “Barnaby is not one of us” “Beetroot power” It was the one with the tiny megaphone that was crying for action against the truffles because they are elitist that had me worried.

  5. Diane Larsen

    Such a disgrace to have this bunch of cowboys in government, one can easily imagine Barnaby with a smoking sixshooter in hand defending the water rights of cattle barons (cotton growers) damming the river so those below slowly die of thirst. We either need a powerful sheriff to arrest this mob of varmints or a group of angry citizens to blow a couple of the dams and return our water to the river. Please excuse the violent analogy but the ease that this government gets away with harming the people of this country for the benefit of the few is really starting to burn

  6. Zathras

    Banana-by (like Trump and Abbott) is from the “tell ’em what they want to hear” school of politicians and can hold two opposing views simultaneously.

    At the same time he was saying that climate change was real to some audiences he was escorting Ian Plimer around rural town halls to convince farmers that climate change was some sort of international communist plot.

    He also managed to write-off a taxpayer-owned four-wheel drive because he didn’t have the sense not to drive into rising floodwaters.

    Why and how such buffoons are elevated to positions of power and responsibility says a lot about our political process.

  7. helvityni

    Agree, Knonomex, it’s not fair to a beetroot to be likened to Barnaby, there’s nothing better than a bowl of borsht, or baby beetroots fried with garlic in a bit olive oil with plenty of pepper and sour cream.

    Barnaby is nothing more than a Mad Hatter…

  8. 245179

    Agreed……joyce is a drunk,a lier,a taker,an ethical prostitute…….but he gets returned yr after yr, it’s breath taking.

  9. Johno

    Charlatan is one word that comes to mind re Barnaby.

  10. wam

    A great thought today, Lord. Well a nice thought today but truthfully it may lead to tweaking of your prime thought.

    Spot on Hevityni, the man is an oily operator with a pepper temper and a look that sours cream.

    Sadly, he reflects the attitude of his supporters whose greed, disregard of agreements and trashing of legal responsibilites was shown on monday.

  11. jamesss

    I dispute the term governing. Groveling minions knowing their time is nearly up.

  12. Freethinker

    The present political situation it is depressing and not far of what it is happens in USA with Trump and his team.

  13. helvityni

    Some commenter on IA said, rather sweetly: Why is Turnbull always wrong?

  14. Nicola

    What completely sh*ts me about anti-abortionists is that I don’t ever see them out there working hard to stop unwanted pregnancies. Surely, if you hated the idea of an innocent life – pre-birth – being destroyed, you would be campaigning for as much funding as possible towards sex education and free contraception.
    And surely, if you actually cared about the innocent life of a precious baby/child, you would be out there caring for as many of the neglected children out there as you could? I mean, there are just so many unwanted, unvalued children in the world, and if life is so precious, then why not value it?
    Instead, there is a weird fixation on abortion, only one tiny aspect of the whole issue of sex/reproduction, without any of the care for children that should go with it. So basically, their moral argument for it is almost nonexistent.

  15. Zathras

    Nicola,
    You’re absolutely correct. I’ve yet to see a single anti-abortionist put their money where their mouth is and step up to assume any sort of responsibility (moral or financial) for the potential life-long misery they may be inflicting on the lives of others.

    Their only interest is ultimately that they can go home and feel better about themselves.

    However, once the babies are born they are fair game – particularly if they’re brown babies arriving on boats for example.

    As for it being a “Right-to-Life” issue, there are several bombed clinics and murdered medical staff in the USA that suggest it may be something different.

  16. Karen Smith

    Under LNP we have seen the CMC dismembered for daring to look into Abbott and his wife’s financial links. The new so called anti corruption watchdog is stacked with nauseating bias to the LNP and it’s corporate buddies. The FWC is stacked with LNP lovers obviously, who have single handedly started another cascade of wage drops for the people who can’t afford it. Meanwhile the pollies give themselves pay rises to the tune of +20% when the real workers can’t even get a pay rise.

    Worst still the idiots who voted them into power are still breathing. When will political parties start really taking a hold of the whole picture and act accordingly, with balance.

    Barnaby Joyce is a frikkin fruit loop.

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