Sunday 6 March 2016
1 What a shocker of a week it was for the Coalition. The Treasurer and the Prime Minister made fools of themselves by trying to link the BIS Report with Labor’s Negative Gearing policy.
2 As dramatic as that was I think Tony Abbott’s declaration of war with Malcolm Turnbull will have enormous repercussions down the track. Abbott has done himself no favours with colleagues with his National Security leak to Greg Sheridan and The Australian. You might even say that Turnbull may never,while he is surrounded by the methodology of Abbott governance, the negativity of it, be able to introduce the positive innovative style he talks about.
And we had this nauseating spectacle of Turnbull praising Abbott’s leadership at Howard’s 20th Anniversary while Abbott is shirtfronting him. Shades of Rudd you say. Well yes except Rudd had some public support whilst Abbott doesn’t. There can only be one inevitable conclusion if he continues. History shows that he will destroy Turnbull, himself and the parties chances of winning the election.
That won’t worry him of course because wrecking is in his DNA.
3 Friday I watched the PM at a press conference waxing lyrically about the roll out of the NBN. On Monday, another Government leak highlighted massive delays in Malcolm Turnbull’s NBN.
It was all contrary to my understanding. As I understand it and John Menadue confirms it, Senate Estimates hearings involving executives from NBN Co have become a sad pantomime. Senators spend a couple of hours asking NBN CEO Bill Morrow and CFO Stephen Rue probing questions about what taxpayers are receiving for an ever increasing expenditure of public and borrowed funds and unsurprisingly most of the questions remain unanswered because key NBN Co executives that should be expected to be able to answer the questions about expenditure and what is actually being done by NBN Co, are not present.
4 We are still waiting on the report into Parliamentary expenses but I’m told the Government, like their tax policy, want more time to get it right. Or it might just go away until after the election.
5 Canada have now accepted 25,000 refugees from the disaster in the Middle East. Our count . . . well, we need more time.
6 The quarterly growth figures of 3% whilst welcome are somewhat misleading because most of the growth was attributable to the Governments own spending and that of consumers. What happens when the Government cuts its spending.
7 The announcement of the week went to Bill Shorten with the “father of reconciliation” and Yawuru Man, Pat Dodson as Labor’s newest Senator for Western Australia.
8 Did you know that Joel Fitzgibbon, Jenny Macklin, Kelvin Thompson and Anthony “Albo” Albanese celebrated 20 years in Parliament last week.
9 A dispirited Facebook friend sent me this:
‘We have the highest unemployment since the ’90’s, one of the worlds worst legislations on climate change, wage disparity widening by the day, house and rent prices that are crippling what’s left of the middle class and devastating the poorer class, a national broadband network, that apart from being far from implemented is already antiquated . . . Malcolm Turnbull, during question time believes our most pressing issues are keeping tax breaks in place for those that can afford more than one property, making it easier for Murdoch to increase his media influence in this country, and lauding the fact that mad max won some oscars as an example of innovation in this country . . . the average man/woman in the street does not exist in any way . . . ‘
10 Further to my comment about Sydney Morning Herald columnist Paul Sheehan. I am pleased to announce that he has been “stood aside until further notice” over his false story of the woman “Louise” who claimed she had been raped and beaten by Arabic-speaking men.
Good result that.
11 Has there ever been a more crass candidate for the Presidency of the United States? Donald Trump as if to say that size is important in potential Presidential aspirants assures a debate audience that he is well endowed. Really, what a prick.
My thought for the day.
“Life is an experience of random often unidentifiable patterns and indiscriminate consequences that don’t always have order nor require explanation”.