Monday 23 November
1 An illustration of just how much the hard right resents the demise of Tony Abbott was illustrated by Gerard Henderson’s sarcastic comment on Insiders about the media fawning Malcolm Turnbull. They make no secret that Abbott’s leadership style is the far right’s preferred option. This was further empathised when at the end of the program I switched to the Bolt Report where he was giving the PM a similar serve.
The problem for the right wing extremists like Bolt, Jones, Hadley and others is that they rely on extremism to titillate their audience. Turnbull’s moderation doesn’t suit and they feel threatened. It’s difficult for them to sustain an audience on a menu of temperance when what they want is a diet of intemperance.
2 How decidedly hypocritical of Julie Bishop to say that Australia doesn’t act unilaterally. That is exactly what we did in Iraq.
3 Tony Abbott is entitled to express a view on any subject he so desires. It’s just that it takes an enormous ego, after having so abysmally failed as a leader, to continue to express views that contributed to the fact. His comments on National Security were untimely and unhelpful.
“In the information age those who control the dissemination of news have more power than government”.
4 Did you know that nearly 11 million children under the age of five die every year?
5 Clive Palmer was also on Insiders perpetuating his irrelevance. Although it has to be admitted that he did stop a few pieces of nasty legislation early on.
6 Another guest was Greens leader Richard Di Natale who becomes more impressive as time goes on. He made a valid point on the monetary cost of Climate Change. One that I have expressed with the following statement many times:
“We all incur a cost for the upkeep of our health. Why then should we not be liable for the cost of a healthy planet”.
7 My Coalition broken promise reminder:
A. Broke an election promise to build replacement submarines in South Australian shipyards, spending more than $20 billion on Japanese submarines instead.
B. Broke an election promise to a publish a proposal for constitutional recognition for Indigenous people and establish a bipartisan process to try to bring about recognition as soon as possible within the first 12 months of Government.
C. Broke a promise to achieve a surplus in the Governments’ first year in office, instead overseeing an estimated $? billion deterioration in revenue.
MY THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“The ideas of today need to be honed with critical reason, factual evidence and scientific methods of enquiry so that they clearly articulate the currency of tomorrow”.
P.S .The purpose of this daily post is not just some commentary on everyday political events but also to promote discussion.