Thursday 31 May 2018
1 We can thank Malcolm Turnbull, for ridding his party, and the nation, of the combatant pugilist Abbott. He was rewarded for his effort with election winning polls and a personal popularity rating the envy of any celebrity. Initially, with a charismatic personality, he seduced and beguiled his way into the hearts of those who wanted nothing more than to see the back of Abbott and some who didn’t.
The punters welcomed, for the time being at least, his sense of reason, fairness, discretion and natural charm, even if these characteristics seemed out of place in a party so demonstrably right wing.
Along the way, he inherited a bunch of highly educated morons who despite the dozens of certificates that ordained their offices have proved to be complete imbeciles.
For whatever reason, they seem to attract those who are filled with a racist streak, a born to rule mentality, a lust for power, a blind religious zeal or a straight-out hatred of all things the opposite of conservatism.
People like Tony Abbott,Julie Bishop,Peter Dutton, Kelly Dwyer,Christopher Pyne, Josh, Freedenberg,Mitch Fifield, Barnaby Joyce,Concetta Fierravanti- Wells, Michael McCormack, Kevin Andrews and others all come across as somewhere between deranged, comical, nasty incompetent, childish, arrogant, or just plain ignorant. Each in their own way processes traits of these afflictions in their character.
The leader of these people, of course, has proven to be the most hypocritical leader the nation has ever had.
In this instance, however, I’m talking about Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash who has been ordered to give evidence in the Australian Workers Union (AWU) raids case.
Cash is a woman who, unfortunately for her, has a grating voice that seems to carry a tone of vindictiveness. Although well dressed it appears, as though the large chip she carries on her shoulders has compromised her deportment such is her over animation. Mind you this is not foreign to many of her colleagues.
So why would Senator Cash, if she has nothing to hide, instruct her lawyer to have the subpoena set aside so that she is not forced to give evidence.
But the question also arises as to whether Senator Cash knew about the raids in advance. If she did then that clouds the issue quite considerably.
“The media adviser for the Fair Work Ombudsman, Mark Lee was also embroiled in the saga.
He was due to take up a position in Senator Cash’s office, which never happened after the leak allegations were aired.
Mr De Garish, Mr Lee and ROC official Christopher Enright have also been called to give evidence.
AWU national secretary Daniel Walton said the union still believed the raids and investigation were unlawful.
“We think it’s vital the court is assisted by the evidence of witnesses who we believe are relevant to the issues in the case. That is why we sought subpoenas,” Mr Walton said in a statement.
“If we are to understand exactly what happened then we believe the testimony of these individuals is critical.”
We can only conclude that if she knew about the raids and was forced in court to admit it then she would incriminate a lot of people and the case might be dismissed.
Big stakes being played for here but I suspect, like anything the AFP is involved in, it will just fade into oblivion.
2016 June Revisited
2 During the corresponding week of April, I wrote at length about the need for a Royal Commission into the financial sector. I think those who have so stridently opposed one underestimated public opinion on this one and are already into scare campaign mood. In reality, the banks are about as popular as politicians. Here are a couple of small examples of why one was needed.
If one is looking for reasons to justify a Royal Commission into banking here is a small but significant one. The cash rate is 2%. The bank card rate on credit is 21% or thereabouts. A 19% differential.
Here is another. Why is it, if you try to get a $10k personal loan unsecured at around 8% you have a 50/50 chance of being knocked back, but banks can’t give you a $10k credit card at 20% quick enough?
Here are some bigger ones.
The fact is that on the evidence thus far our major banks are probably (should I use the word allegedly) guilty of insurance fraud, rate fixing and dodgy financial planning practices. They have no conscience when it comes to profit.
The objection to a Royal Commission brings into focus just what sort of a democracy we are, or want to be. Are we one where the people are represented by the government of the day or some sort of corporatocracy where the government is just a political appendage of large corporations?
2016 June Revisited
3 Waleed Aly wrote an interesting article this week in which he used a metaphor “The planets are beginning to fall into place for Labor” to explain how the growing discomfort with societal inequality in its many forms was giving Labor a narrative to really differentiate itself with the conservatives.
They ranged from the willful horror of Trump to the rights defence of the banking sector, into the unfairness of the Coalitions monetary policy, the fact that major companies and individuals don’t pay tax and the Panama papers. Notwithstanding the fact that the rich are becoming disproportionally wealthier year by year.
2016 June Revisited
4 I have written on this subject on this blog before about inequality previously.
Aly is correct though. Both in Australia and overseas there is an acceptance that big business and right-wing governments are cheating. That government is not representing the ordinary citizen rights. The opposite is true.
Governments are representing the interests of the privileged, the rich and big business. Labor has a chance to get back to its grassroots and represent the common good of the people. I hope they grasp it.
My thought for the day
“We must have the courage to ask of our young that they should go beyond desire and aspiration and accomplish not the trivial but greatness. That they should not allow the morality they have inherited from good folk to be corrupted by the immorality of evil minds”
PS My worst fears came to fruition. Yes, I am regretfully sorry to inform you that Barnaby Joyce is Prime Minister.