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Day to Day Politics: Who gives a shit? Not Tony.

Saturday 17 December 2016

1 Tony Abbott must be having the greatest dummy spit of all time. Now he is on about employment, or should I say the illusion that there are so many jobs that people are choosing to just not work. The last time I looked it up there were 19 applicants for every available job. I do wish someone in his party would tell him that a return to the top job is not a possibility.

An observation.

“Life is about perception. Not what is but what we perceive it to be.”

By rights I shouldn’t be writing about this. I promised myself some time ago that I wouldn’t give the man any more time with my two finger disability.

But I must. I must. I have to comment on a piece in the Canberra Times by Stephanie Peatling that refers to an interview with Ray Hadley on 2GB

Before I go on let me point out that more than 650,000 Australians can’t get a job or are finding it difficult to get enough work for their daily requirements. As I say later in this piece the youth unemployment figure is just on 15%.

In the interview the second worst Prime Minister in Australian history offers his views on a number of subjects. Or might I say his suppositories of wisdom.

He says people in regional areas would rather be unemployed than work in jobs such as fruit picking and cleaning. I wonder if anyone has told him that fruit picking is only seasonal and limited to a few weeks. Or that cleaning jobs in small towns are scant.

“We have to wake up to ourselves.”

“This idea that you can be unemployed on benefits in a town where you can’t get fruit pickers…it’s just wrong.”

Some deep thinking in that.

He says the Government intends to make further budget savings from the welfare system and that people need to take any job they can get.

No mention of the rich and privileged paying their share of tax so that the country can afford a decent welfare system.

When he was Employment Minister in 1999 he called the unemployed “job snobs”.

“These might not be the jobs you want to do for the rest of your life but a job is a job…You have to take it, you just have to take it.”

Sounds like there are plenty to go around. Didn’t the Coalition promise to create a couple of million.

If people are doing the best they can for themselves and for their families and it is literally impossible for them to find work, fair enough. [But] we were far too ready to put people on the DSP [disability support pension], with bad backs, a bit of depression and so on. These are not permanent conditions.”

I can assure him my lower lumbar condition has been deteriorating for 30 years and is permanent. So is the depression he has caused.

He said he wasn’t seeking a Ministry but…

“The fact is, once you’ve been the PM, you can’t go back to what you were before you were the PM.”

Yes he was the government’s ‘attack dog’ and I don’t see what’s changed. Now he spends much of his time snidely attacking anything so as to get an interview like this. But I suppose he is right. Once a gutter politician always a gutter politician.

He suggested that the current Senate was much easier to deal with than the one he had to contend with. He added that the person he was partially responsible for putting in gaol, Pauline Hanson, was “a partial and honourable exception”.

I think I will let that one go through to the keeper lest the depression deepens.

The interview closed with a final suppository of wisdom when he backed Mr Turnbull’s decision last week to rule out consideration of any form of carbon price which, he said, it would be “a pain in your pocket”.

Well from a politician who has been a constant pain in the arse for too long, I can only add go, please go, and take the stench of your gutter politics with you.

“Let us be the affordable energy superpower of the world.”

So much crap in one interview.

2 Peter Dutton is upset by comments he describes as being politically correct.

“The vast majority of Australian people want to hear Christmas carols as we are a Christian society.”

I hate to disappoint him but the current census will for the first time show that there are more people of disbelief than belief in Christianity.

And why is it that people like him who display none of the virtues of their faith are the ones who complain the most.

3 The Treasurer’s remarks that households carrying large amounts of debt should take some comfort from rising asset prices, including house prices have been described by prominent Investment expert Roger Montgomery thus:

“I think that is one of the most inane and stupid things I have ever heard.”

4 Australian real unemployment steady at 9.2% (1.199m Australians); Under-employment down 1.5% to 8.4% (1.1m) according to the Roy Morgan analysis.

Conversely the ABS figures showed a different picture. Australia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 5.7% in November of 2016 from 5.6% in October and slightly above market consensus. It was the highest jobless rate since August as the economy added 39,100 jobs while the number of unemployed increased by 17,000. Unemployment rate in Australia averaged 6.92% from 1978 until 2016, reaching an all-time high of 11.10% in October of 1992 and a record low of 4% in February of 2008.

The youth unemployment rate has risen from 12.5% to 14.6%.

Told you the bludgers won’t work.

5 There was a time when I objected to paying tradies with cash believing they should pay tax like everyone else. However, after the disclosure that many of Australia’s top companies also didn’t, I now have no hesitation.

Having said that it is estimated that the cash economy accounts for about 1.5 per cent of Australia’s GDP, which equates to $A21bn. That’s a large amount so I would have to support the government’s enquiry.

My thought for the day.

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

It’s hard, isn’t it?

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  1. stephentardrew

    Thanks John I really appreciate the time and effort you put in each day. Bit of an early bird mate.

  2. Roscoe

    Tony has taken any job he can get over the years. Never been successful in any of them but he is setting an example after all

  3. Jerry

    John; Ray Hadley works on 2GB and I am sorry to say Tony Abbott will be leader of the party by the end of the year.

  4. Terry2

    A parliamentary inquiry established nearly two years ago by the Abbott government to investigate housing affordability has concluded its deliberations and made no recommendations.

    Isn’t this a prime example of what is wrong with this government and their processes. They took off the table any discussion on Negative Gearing and the associated capital gains tax concessions. They acknowledged that stamp duties were a matter for the states but they did find that an increase in housing supply was desirable but they had no recommendations on how to achieve this.

    The committee was chaired by Liberal MP David Coleman, who must be settling in for the Christmas break having done what he was instructed to do : precisely nothing !

  5. Jack Straw

    Terry 2 A Claytons enquiry !

  6. Ella

    Mr. Lord, may the force stay with you.
    In Tasmania ‘
    youth unemployment rose from 15.5% in November 2015 to 16.2% this November this year.
    Jan Davies (Chamber of Commerce )said “We need to be equipping young people to be flexible” ….to DO WHAT?

    As for Tony Rabbits comment assuming most of these young unemployed have no cars, I would like to know how they would get to the areas where the fruit picking happens? Are there 43,800 fruit picking jobs in Tasmania? TA has sh.t for brains.

    Tasmania lost 800 full-time jobs in November.
    Full time jobs fell by 5,000 with people 150,500 working 38 hours or less.
    Unions Tasmania said Tasmania’s 10.5 % unemployment rate was 2% above the national average,
    43,800 people competing for 2,000 jobs, in November so that makes it nearly 22 applicants per job.

    So much for jobs and growth, when people say the economy is going through “transition” does this mean another industrial revolution?

    TA sparkling carrear ;
    His dear mother said according to David Marr (sp?)
    he would either be the next Pope or a PM.

    Well he failed at both, so he should hide his head in shame and shut his mouth.

  7. John Lord

    Thanks JERRY.

  8. Freethinker

    Ella IMHO the problem is Tasmania is not only because the Colaition in Canberra or the present arrogant people in state government.
    Tasmania is isolated an don one of the two parties at any level have look after the state.
    The only way for Tasmania to progress is if the Bass Strait crossing is treated like any main highway in the main land. Free to use it and covered by the vehicles registration and taxes.
    If the Tasmanian farmers start producing in a massive way there are not facilities to export the products.

  9. Florence nee Fedup

    Will one have to wait month when casual job finishes before getting benefits again, They are still talking about six months.

  10. lawrencewinder

    Yep, the malaise this ruling rabble has fostered and is furthering is eating the heart out of the nation. Troubling times ahead as this feckless country implodes on itself unless a group with an articulate vision can inspire change.

  11. Florence nee Fedup

    Some are saying they are lining up Dutton to take over. Likeling him to Trump. Why would Australians take on a Trump copy after having Abbott.

    I suspect Abbott would be happy seeing Turnbull gone, not getting the job back.

    Turnbull’s new strategy is to spread his belief that Shorten is terrible liar, not fit to govern. Among the lies is what he says on Medicare and pension cuts. Frightening old people.

  12. Jaquix

    Abbott should go out fruit picking in his holidays – take his shirt off, flex his muscles, earn a few dollars and help the country out. Jerry thinks Abbott will be PM again. Great if it happened because the Libs would go down like a lead balloon.

  13. Michael Taylor

    Abbott should go out fruit picking in his holidays – take his shirt off, flex his muscles

    I’m sure he would if there was a photo op in it.

  14. Matters Not

    Terry2, re that committee. Before the last election the inquiry was chaired by John Alexander, who had this to say:

    Liberal MP John Alexander led an inquiry into affordability, and told Four Corners negative gearing has led to a housing market “dominated by speculative investors”.

    “Too often we see the young couple getting beaten out at the auction, and then renting out the very place that they were trying to buy,” he said

    We’re travelling towards a market that is dominated by speculative investors. First homebuyers have really been unable to compete,” Mr Alexander said.

    Parliament’s inquiry into housing affordability is due to report this year.

    While his Liberal colleagues are singing the praises of negative gearing, Mr Alexander said it had helped to create the current price boom.

    “Negative gearing has worked very well when it has provided affordable rental properties,” Mr Alexander said.

    “The moment that it intrudes on the marketplace and stops young families from buying the house, that’s not ideal. And that’s what’s happened in this moment when interest rates have gotten so low

    After the election Alexander was replaced. Can’t work out why. Perhaps he’d dug himself a hole? Another victory for the
    ‘speculative investors’.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-02/negative-gearing-driving-house-prices-up-liberal-mp-says/7374478

  15. helvityni

    No, no, no fruit picking for Abbott, the man who eats raw unpeeled onions, will consume all fruit he picks…

  16. Terry2

    MN

    I wasn’t aware of that.

    Isn’t it depressing that the approach of this government is, if you don’t like the message, sack the messenger.

    John Alexander’s comments are spot on and he is to be congratulated for swimming against the coalition tide. Instead of embracing his insights the coalition dumped him.

  17. Arthur Baker

    “the person he was partially responsible for putting in goal, Pauline Hanson”.

    That would be gaol, then.

  18. Matters Not

    Terry2, no doubt journalists will be knocking on Alexander’s door, asking for his reaction.

    But probably not.

  19. wam

    Wow lord, a lovely side step is the worth of these people. The timely word of his truth to the media and a stir is the rabbott’s skill. But dummy spit?? Don’t think so.
    Surely, today’s post is an example or even gillard’s misogyny reaction.
    Is it not true that there are jobs and therefore should be no unemployed in the riverland, during fruit picking time??
    5 is tax evasion lord, rather than tax avoidance and is a criminal offence.

    It is not hard to extrapolate and suggest you take no notice of copyright and copy songs, photos and films at will?

    Sorry, if I am too gentle with my criticism but I appreciate the enormous personal effort it takes to produce these articles each day and, as they precede both my exercise and morning show news service(from your autocue comrades), you define the start to my day.
    Thank you very much Lord.
    ps any truth in the rabbott’s assessment of dealing with the senate? Should little billy’s mob be stirring the leadership plot by mentioning this topic on sunrise/today???
    pps True Townsville:
    Any reaction to labor’s dissenting report and waste of money (wonder how much the pollies pocketed for no result? Even the infamous ‘Illawarra Mercury’ was critical of the coalition

  20. helvityni

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

    Yes but, not but, I have nothing good to say about Liberal politicians…

    I’ll try: Julie and Mal wear nice suits, Abbott is a good cyclist, and even people with hearing problems can hear MIchaelia,( saves on microphones or loud speakers..)

    Cormann says the same thing every time he speaks: It’s Labor’s fault. You only need to listen to him once, saves time,,,

  21. Jerry

    I always liked John Alexander as a Tennis commentator he was always very astute and smooth.I always felt he had integrity as well.

  22. Michael Taylor

    Thanks, Arthur. I’ve fixed it.

    Though I’m sure that putting her in gaol was his goal. ?

  23. Peter F

    “I do wish someone in his party would tell him that a return to the top job is not a possibility.” Spot on John,…. there are sooo many applicants.

  24. wam

    Wow lord, a lovely side step is the worth of these people.
    The timely word of his truth to the media and a stir is the rabbott’s skill.
    But dummy spit?? Don’t think so.

    Surely, today’s post is an example (even gillard’s misogyny reaction).

    Is it not true that there are jobs in the riverland, during fruit picking time? Is it not arguable that there should be no unemployed??

    5 is tax evasion lord, rather than tax avoidance and is a criminal offence.

    (It is not hard to extrapolate and suggest you take no notice of copyright and copy songs, photos and films at will?)

    Sorry, if I am too gentle with my criticism but I appreciate the enormous personal effort it takes to produce these articles each day and, as they precede both my exercise and morning show news service(from your autocue comrades), you define the start to my day.
    Thank you very much Lord.
    ps any truth in the rabbott’s assessment of dealing with the senate? Should little billy’s mob be stirring the leadership plot by mentioning this topic on sunrise/today???
    pps True Townsville:
    Any reaction to labor’s dissenting report and waste of money (wonder how much the pollies pocketed for no result? Even the infamous ‘Illawarra Mercury’ was critical of the coalition.
    ppps Helvityni,
    if labor is silent on a laughable twit like the rabbott who would expect them to point out the bleatings of cormann except voters believe and, sheeplike, repeat often. The repitition, without dissent, makes cormann’s words true

  25. Mercurial

    I doubt most unemployed on Newstart would be able to afford even the cost of sunscreen, necessary for a fruitpicking job, because of the poverty this government has allowed them to fall into.

  26. helvityni

    Michael, some errors, typos, spelling mistakes are funny, most of them not worth mentioning , sorry pedants/ nit pickers…

    “Though I’m sure that putting her in gaol was his goal. ” :), 🙂

    …and Pauline reached her goal, she’s back.

  27. helvityni

    wam, I’d prefer Albanese, and would like Labor and the Greens to kiss and make up, even though the Greens went after Albo’s seat, also Tanya’s (?)

    Sadly in Oz politics you have to become aggressive to get anywhere…

  28. wam

    True, Helvityni but labor has a history of waiting till the voters realise how desperate the situation is and laborites like curtin(replaced the inept pig-iron bob) take over till the emergency is gone then back came ming’s mob to lie their way through parts of 4 decades. Labor had fine men(well men) honest and patient.

    Dear Lord,
    Just heard a woman, to nodding women and an inane grinning man, bemoaning the fact that children of the poor will have a miserable xmas. This was followed up with the revelation that today and tomorrow are horrendous days for shopping and it will be better to wait till Monday.
    Wow where is the truth?
    Most parents, in the poor category, give their kids a fabulous xmas and most people have gone back to work Monday?
    Maybe a bit on the xmas of the poor and on penalty rates???

  29. townsvilleblog

    Roy Morgan Research tells us that Australia has 167,000 job vacancies, and 2.299 million people seeking employment either because they are unemployed or under-employed. Suck on that Tony!

  30. Ella

    Free Thinker,
    No Tasmanian would argue about about Bass Strait as the continuation of a major highway.
    We have been pleading for this for YEARS.
    What is even more sickening is that the ferry is so expensive if you wish to bring a caravan.
    I wish you could see the beautiful cherries almost ready to be picked.

    So come on down MR.Abbott and work for peanuts!

    But because of the changes in the climate hence rainfall, flood etc many raspberry farmers have lost all their plants…as have we.( one raspberry grower lost over 2,000 plants)
    So we cop it from all sides as do many rural areas.

  31. Alan Baird

    John, Tony actually said he WAS NOT a suppository of wisdom. This was a lie (easy for Tone) because he clearly IS. A suppository of wisdom acts as a normal suppository would: it removes stuff, from one’s nether regions, appropriately really, given his stated willingness to sell his. If you’re a “suppository of wisdom” you remove “wisdom” and that’s exactly what Tony does, assiduously, repeatedly, in fact obsessively. Tony’s world is devoid of anything approaching wisdom. In Tony’s world, you get to be the PM and then you knight the Duke, as in some deranged chess game. I’d say even Mal the Malleable Republican had a (private) giggle about that one. In truth, Tony has only ONE function: he is the Chief Imperial Grand Clown, Emperor of Australia and Protector of Tasmania (clearly a separate thingy). Give him a gilded office with an impressive title on the door (omitting “clown”), sited in the 2GB building where he can talk to Ray Hadley when ever he wants sympathy. EVERYBODY except most of Australia wants him back because of his prodigious talents. In what, we’re not sure, but probably not good stuff. Eric or Cory’s got some ideas…

  32. Michael Faulkner

    Thanks for your posts John.

    Tony Abbott, is the accidental Prime Minister, Australia really didn’t need to have.

    His influence since 2009 on the character of this nation has been disastrous as it has been toxic, and of course he is a welfare recipient ‘ leaner ‘ extraordinaire.

    With just short of 2 destructive years as Australia’s Prime Monster, he is now entailed to $300,000 a year remuneration for life, plus other benefits. One of Abbott’s most exquisitely finessed achievements as a parliamentarian has been gouging as much as possible as possible from the public purse, in pursuit of his own interests. It is hard to think of anything that Abbott has done in the past 8 years that was towards ‘ the common good ‘ in this country.

    Abbott really is the prince of hypocrisy, an unrelenting narcissist, and someone who every time he opens his mouth, demonstrates a profound disability in general emotional intelligence.

  33. helvityni

    Good post, Michael Faulkner,

    Abbott indeed lacks emotional intelligence. An English comedian of Pakistani origin had a hilarious sketch about how Pakistani boys decided to ‘do English’ when eating out. They ordered fish and chips, threw chips at each other, complained to waiters about food, and created general havoc in the restaurant.

    I think Abbott is a bit like those aggressive English hoodlums…

  34. Davidbruce

    Thanks John! When Malcolm Fraser calls Tony Abbort a “dangerous man”, I was thinking about the history of LNP prime ministers. With Malcolm, we had the Hilton Hotel bombing. Fraser needed a reason to declare a state of emergency so he could call out the Army to protect the rail line from Sydney to Mittagong. The CHOGM delegates were having lunch at Mittagong. Fortunately the Hilton Hotel bombing provide him with the excuse to declare the state of emergency.
    Then John Howard needed an event to convince the Australian people to hand in their “guns”. Within a month of the “Port Arthur Massacre” the law was enacted.
    Finally, Tony needed an excuse to tighten up legislation on immigration and frighten the population into accepting the draconian plans for off shore detention. Within a month of the Lindt Cafe experience, the legislation was passed.
    In each case, there was a “patsy” to take the rap. We are so lucky to have such an efficient and effective secret intelligence service to arrange events with international partners, so that LNP governments can maintain law and order in the great land of oz.

  35. Barry

    Thanks Mr Lord for putting a lot of the thoughts I think into words that I couldn’t possibly do so politely during the year and going on the comments that follow many think the same way (is that a bit of a worry?). To Mr Lord and all those who take the time to comment on here even those I don’t agree with, have a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing Happy New Year.

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