Saturday 5 May 2018
What a bloody week that was!
The week was again dominated by the Royal Commission into Banks, or the Commonwealth Bank in particular. Everyone is now aware of the Turnbull Government’s complicity in trying to hide the wrong-doing. We may not have known all that we know now had the cover-up continued.
The budget tried to make a few headlines but unlike other years there wasn’t much leaking going on. A shortage of urinals in the almost men only cabinet, I believe.
The week to come will be dominated by the budget of Scott Morrison but the address in reply of Bill Shorten offers more intrigue.
Also entering the political affray will be the subject of immigration. Some with a genuine desire to get the best outcome. Others like Abbott and Dutton with racism at the center of their worldview involve themselves for political reasons only.
Comment of the Week
Goes to Mr Denmore for his reply to Kaye Lee’s post; It takes a certain type of woman to join the Liberal Party.
I’m not sure it’s about gender. The Liberal Party has been overtaken by a nasty, greedy, vindictive ideology that attracts nasty, greedy, vindictive human beings devoid of charm or compassion. Perhaps some of the women seem particularly vile because, like women in many other walks of life, they have to exhibit the group values and attitudes more intensely than the average male politician to win acceptance and promotion. For instance, it seems pretty clear that O’Dwyer was thrown under a bus by Turnbull and Morrison to do that Insiders interview with a set of talking points that even the most astute political spinner would have struggled to sell. Cash, like Turnbull, seems to have no functioning political radar. Like many in the Liberal Party caucus now, the game is all about appeasing a dying and unrepresentative base of reactionary old white men. Mirabella, on the other hand, seems to be just a rotten human being, pure and simple. The Libs weren’t always like this. Judi Moylan, who retired from parliament in 2013 and who like Cash is a West Australian, was a moderate and progressive voice in the party during the Howard years, as was Judith Troeth, a Victorian. So I think the real issue is the takeover of the Liberal Party and its Coalition partner by a nasty, reactionary right-wing strain of US-style culture war politics. If you are a woman of political ambition in the Liberal Party, you are going to be tempted to exhibit the behaviours rewarded by that political tribe.
The Scandal Sheet
1 I hear Telstra was fined $10 million for ripping off its customers. I hear that the bank’s fines will be in the 100s of millions for ripping off its customers.
Why does the government get the money when its the public who get ripped off?
2 Government debt now $518 billion. Up $245 billion since the 2013 election. Wow. Best economic managers? Pull the other one.
3 The Labor Party has pledged to abolish the Goods and Services Tax on tampons if it wins the next election.
4 Half a billion for the Great Barrier Reef. That’s great but it’s a mystery as to where all the money is coming from. Is it new stuff?
5 “How can anything be fully funded while you are running a deficit?” (Barrie Cassidy).
6 Budget emergency is over. All in the blink of an eye.
7 The banks might lose more than their data the way things are going.
8 Will Abbott retain his seat?
10 Turnbull didn’t walk away from his beliefs, he didn’t have any. (Peter Lewis).
11 Macron has the unusual ability of making friends with leaders and then telling them exactly what he thinks of their policies. Refreshingly smart.
12 What is the real reason for Tim Hammond resigning from parliament.
13 As a result of the Trump tax cuts the US is experiencing the biggest share buy back in its history.
14 Trump changes his story yet again, The money was to prevent her from saying nasty things. I think he is better than Abbott.
1 Chris Barrie:
“I blew a fuse when I read about the Aus War Memorial planning to spend $500m on another centre. For $500m we could buy a proper research + treatment centre for PTSD! We could treat our veterans properly” Chris Barrie #AnzacDay #TheDrum
2 Tony Windsor:
“Meanwhile back at the ranch our man Malcolm is still doing the Abbott waltz and missing the opportunity to be in the global renewable business ….nah let’s make a few guns instead’’
3 Kelly O’Dwyer takes a new position on the Royal Commission:
“With the benefit of hindsight we should have called it earlier. I am sorry we didn’t, and I regret not saying this when asked earlier this week.” #auspol #banks RC
4 Michael Kroger:
@AustralianLabor governments promise these massive schemes, like the NDIS and the NBN, with no funding to pay for them. Then of course the Liberal party has to clean up their mess as we have been doing for decades. What?
5 Linda Burney:
There you have it. Its clear vast majority of Australians do the right thing when it comes to
#Centrelink. Recovered debts make up less than 0.01% of payments. Govt is simply hellbent on demonising vulnerable ppl. Welfare should allow ppl to live w/dignity –
6 Ray Wilton:
“Australia’s largest aged care providers are shifting profits offshore and paying minimal tax, all while receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in government subsidies, a new report finds.” Yet business has the gall to attack unions. Name & shame
7 Jim Chalmers:
BREAKING: The Govt is spending $500k of your money on opinion polls in the lead-up to the Budget. You shouldn’t need expensive market research to work out what is fair; you just need a functioning heart and an affinity with people who work and struggle. Please SHARE if you agree.
Read of the Week
“How the Coalition ran interference for the banks” (Peter Martin).
(Tim is a Facebook friend who sends me all kinds of curious comments).
1 Jim Chalmers was saying spending under this government is growing at a faster rate than it did under the previous government.
2 An August election makes it hard for Labor. With national conference in late July. National conference authorises the policy platform.
3 My view on lowering the voting age is l support it but only if voluntary.
4 Re Newspoll labor would probably win. But the view is labor should be further in front.
5 That’s interesting. Tanya from the Left is supporting Wayne Swan from the Right in the ballot for party president. Albo from the Left is supporting Mark Butler from the Left. Goes to show the depth of hatred between Tanya and Albo. Don’t know what that is about?
6 Labor said they will stop the live sheep trade. Coalition did not.
7 Whitlam said he never spoke to Kerr after the dismissal. Never forgave him.
8 Shorten said willing to negotiate on personal tax cuts. But not on measures to increase revenue. As not necessary.
9 The Treasurer has conceded there will be no medicare levy increase in the budget.
10 Fraser was right. He did not change. The party did. Moved to the right. So he appeared to be on the left. When in fact he had not moved.
11 Article about it today. Saying the return to surplus in 2019 is very optimistic.
My clown of the week
Julia Banks a Liberal politician says she could live on 40 dollars a day. What a clown.
My thought for the day
“If we are to save our democracy we might begin by asking that at the very least our politicians should tell the truth.”