Monday 29 February 2016
1 Tony Abbott said he wore his 2014 Budget like a ‘Badge of Honor’. Veteran economics journalist Ross Gittens put it this way at the time:
’The first and biggest reason the government is having to modify or abandon so many of its measures is the budget’s blatant unfairness. In 40 years of budget-watching I’ve seen plenty of unfair budgets, but never one as bad as this’.
2 I do wish writers, even those on this blog would use the term ‘Abbott/Turnbull’ government.
3 And I do wish that writers would empathise the fact that the Abbott/Turnbull government has been in power for two and a half years.
4 Are the often outlandish statements from the likes of Cory Bernardi, George Christiansen and others about the Safe Schools programme just a forerunner of what we might expect in the plebiscite debate on marriage equality?
Some of what they are saying isn’t even in the programme.
This plebiscite might unearth, without quality leadership, some unwanted social disharmony.
Turnbull is only pursuing his expensive $160m plebiscite as a delaying tactic to satisfy the right of his party — extreme Liberals like Christensen. The fact is, if he were a strong leader, Turnbull would allow a free vote in the parliament on marriage equality next week.
5 I notice ‘The Fixer’ is saying that he is responsible for the defence policy announced last week.
6 Roy and The Fixer are helping police with their enquiries. Found this on Facebook. Can’t name the source.
‘My sources tell me the AFP is acting on a complaint made by the Federal Court that, at the least, Brough, in collusion with Ashby and Harmers Workplace Lawyers, set out to to subvert the court process.
How Harmers has gotten away with its patently false claims in the Originating Document beggars belief. They said they had a sworn, detailed affidavit of Slipper romping indecently with another male when they simply did not. It was total bullshit, but included the precise details of a lurid sick mind.’
7 How could George Pell possibly not have known about the child abuse happening all around him? Those who say there is some sort of vendetta against him are wrong. All they want is for him to tell the truth.
8 My reference to George Christianson and penis tucking yesterday seems to have gone over the heads of those who read my posts. George is indeed an obese man.
It is the misinformed who shout the loudest. The rest of us are content with the truth we enquired about.
9 Thank goodness the latest series of ‘House of Cards’ commences Friday. Back to some reality at last.
10 To quote Paul Kelly: ‘Malcolm is starting to sound like Tony Abbott’.
11 There are some truly some excellent comments on my post yesterday. We are blessed to have some who make a virtue of responding.
12 Changes to Media Rules. This is how Fairfax puts it. Whatever the outcome Murdoch will be the big winner.
‘The reach rule currently prohibits television networks from broadcasting to more than 75 per cent of the population. The two out of three rule bans media proprietors from controlling a newspaper, television and radio station in the same market. Scrapping the two out of three rule is the more controversial change because of concerns about media diversity. Labor MPs are concerned about the change because it could allow a proprietor such as Rupert Murdoch to extend his control in major markets’.
13 Talking about Fairfax, if ever there was an illustration of how journalistic standards have slipped it has to be Paul Sheehan’s recent story ‘Louise’. It was just an unsubstantiated Islamophobia beat-up in an area in which he has substantial form. How he is still in a job is the bigger mystery.
14 John Howard says he shudders at the thought of Donald Trump becoming America’s next President:
‘In part, his success is emblematic of people’s frustration with political correctness. What people like is he seems to call it as it is’.
Does he mean that he agrees with the manner in which he conducts his public discourse?
15 The conservative objection to political correctness it seems to me is in large part sour grapes. I don’t see the right or the extreme right not having a voice or indeed the capacity to use it. What I hear is an incoherent voice that cannot get its point across.
16 Did you know that current wages growth at 2.2% is the lowest ever recorded?
17 Someone emailed this to me without leaving a name:
‘If the Catholic Church was a corporation, or a charity, it would be shut down and its assets sold off. All Catholics are now disenfranchised apologists for an organisation that has utterly betrayed their faith and the god they love. Pity the faithful. They don’t deserve the harm the men within the church have inflicted on them. A new reformation is needed. A revolution in thinking is required’.
18 The Prime Minister was out and about yesterday spruiking his scare campaign against Labor’s Negative Gearing policy. There was not a hint of the explaining he said he would do.
19 Sydney radio station 2GB is conducting a Poll on this question:
‘If you voted Liberal in the last election, who’s your preferred Prime Minister now?’ At 4pm yesterday the count was 96% for Abbott and 4% for Turnbull.
20 Donald Trump has the support of the KKK and Jean-Marie Le Pen. Only in America.
My thought for the day
‘There’s nothing like the certainty of a closed mind’.