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If it was good enough for Abbott then it’s good enough for me

1] As a former leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has, according to established practice, every right to speak on issues not accorded other backbenchers?

So why the surprise when, like Abbott, he thinks he has been treated badly, that he doesn’t speak out.

He is doing nothing more or nothing less than what Abbott did for three long years. The only difference is that he probably won’t shoot with the same accuracy as Abbott but will hit a few targets nonetheless.

In some areas, like Newstart, previously known as the dole, he might even hit some unexpected areas of the target.

Barnaby has chosen for his first incursion into leadership revenge a policy that should be close to the hearts of country people for it is there that we find huge areas of unemployment.

The Nationals win the country vote because there is no another choice. They are not well known for their work in the country. The NBN, for example.

Sure, people have fallen for the government’s lies (am I allowed to use that expression) about job creation. Primarily that it is they who have created so many jobs.

Other than public service jobs, they don’t create any. And on top of that the jobs that have been created are only keeping pace with immigration.

No extra jobs are being created at all. The leader of the National Party (I can never remember his name such is his charisma) brings all his powers of creative thinking together in suggesting they try another town. The last time I looked for every available job, 19 people wanted it.

With business groups, unions, John Howard, Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe, ACOSS, the Opposition, the crossbenches and many other MPs in favor of a rise in the fortnightly Newstart, Barnaby has picked a policy that has public sympathy to kick off his 3-year cycle of revenge.

723,000 Australians – or thereabouts – are on the Newstart allowance. Singles have to survive on about $40 a day.

The payment has not increased in real terms for 25 years. These are not the dole bludgers the government would have you believe.

You could join them tomorrow.

In a TV doorstop Barnaby said:

“It’s just the very nature of being poor. It’s more expensive to live; things go wrong, they need to be fixed, cars breakdown because they’re old, the heater you buy is the inefficient one.”

In saying no to any increase the Prime Minister has invented a new phrase, as reported by Katharine Murphy in The Guardian:

“The Prime Minister declared the Coalition will not engage in “unfunded empathy”when it comes to raising the Newstart rate, and has ducked a direct question about whether he could live on the payment.

Amid calls from within his own ranks to boost the benefit, the prime minister was asked in question time on Monday whether he could live on the Newstart rate of $40 a day.

Morrison acknowledged the payment, worth $277.85 a week, was “modest” but said the focus should be getting unemployed people into jobs.

Morrison said unlike Labor, he would not engage in what he termed “unfunded empathy” about boosting the payment. “I will not go out as the Labor party did at the last election pretending they’re going to do something about Newstart but they won’t tell Australians how much they’re going to increase it by, how much is that going to cost and how are they going to pay for it”. “I won’t do that,” the prime minister said.

The Prime Minister is engaging in a load of bullshit here. Firstly, Labor said it would hold an enquiry with the view to increasing the payment. They were straightforward about it. Secondly, what does unfunded empathy mean?

I’m assuming that he is empathetic to the plight of the folk on Newstart but doesn’t have the funds to support a rise. If I am correct then Scott Morrison is unequivocally telling lies.

He has billions to hand out in tax cuts to those who don’t need it and has promised a surplus. He has buckets of it.

Scott Morrison will never be able to escape the fact that on the one hand he proclaims and preaches the grace and goodness of the teachings of Jesus but with the other he takes from those who can least afford it with all the unworthiness of a fraudulent leader.

The fraud is that the Prime Minister is so desperate to achieve a surplus that he is prepared to let people starve in order to get one.

The governments words and actions bring into question the very essence of the word truth. Or they have at least devalued it to the point of obsolescence.

Barnaby Joyce is an angry, self righteous, unintelligent man with no redeeming features. One who sees the past as a representation of his own present and future.

An intellect of Turnbull’s sagaciousness would have been glad to see him gone. The burden must have been heavy at times.

He doesn’t have the same cunning as Abbott but will still cause some grief along the journey.

2] Who would have thought that after three years of never achieving a leading position in any Newspoll that the first one after the election we would see the LNP 6 percentage points clear of the opposition?

How does that work? Well I have no idea, no explanation what so ever. Nor it seems does Newscorp. Let me repeat. Newspoll has the government 53-47 to Coalition and offers no explanation as to how it happened. Not even a hint as to if they may have changed their methodology or if they are using the same old landline methods. Do they intend doing anything different in the future.

According to the latest polling the worse the government governs the more popular they become.

The poll has the Coalition at 44% of the primary vote (41.4% at the election), Labor at 33% (33.3%) and the Greens at 11% (10.4%). One Nation is at 3%, which compares with the 3.1% they scored at the election when contesting 59 out of 151 seats.

Scott Morrison’s approval scored a new high of 51%, up five on the pre-election poll. Anthony Albanese’s Newspoll ratings is at 39% approval which is the “first net positive approval rating for an Opposition leader since 2015” but at the same time the worst Newspoll debut for an Opposition Leader since Andrew Peacock in 1989.

But really, as l have repeated so often, the only purpose a poll serves 3 years out from an election is to tell us how the parties are tracking at the time. It certainly doesn’t tell you who might win. Maybe Newscorp should consider quarterly polls and not create anti-Left stories around each one.

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  1. Wobbley

    My thought for the day: the scumalition polling at 97% and the rest nil. Sound familiar? Russia, China, and many South American countries all achieve these poll results so why not Australia? It’s already a one party state isn’t it?

  2. Terence Mills

    Interesting that these revelations about Crown Casino getting special favours from the federal government including expedited visas and customs waive-through for high-rollers who evidently bring big bags of currency into this country with just a nod and a wink. They then proceed to launder that money in the Crown establishments with no oversight.

    Remember when we had separate departments for Customs, Immigration and the AFP as a federal policeman. Have you noticed that they are all now rolled into one under the loose control of Peter Dutton.

    There was a reason why the AFP in particular was stand-alone as was ASIO and that was to protect their independence but then Turnbull caved in to pressure from Dutton and merged ASIO, the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force and other agencies all of which were given to Dutton to secure his loyalty to the then prime minister – that worked out well didn’t it ?

    The predictable problem we now have is that it is almost impossible for these merged departments to investigate themselves or the minister they answer to : as was pointed out at the time by George Brandis and July Bishop.

    So what has Peter Dutton had to say about this ? You will have to wait until he has his regular love-in with Ray Hadley on 2GB because he doesn’t speak to the ABC or other media but don’t expect to get any insight into how these high-rollers were able to flout Australian (and Chinese) laws.

  3. New England Cocky

    Uhm ….. 1) Tony Windsor (Independent) was responsible for Armidale NSW (in his electorate) being the first regional city connected to the NBN. Local businesses experienced difficulties with incompatibility of their comms equipment and the new NBN and were equipped to replace their equipment.

    2) The Nat$ win regional electorates because the voters believe that there have been “Reds under their beds” since the 1950s, that Country Party politicians who actually retired over 50 years ago remained in office for the present Parliament, and because they are comfortable wanting metropolitan standard services but unwilling to organise and work the political system to get them.

    3) Barnyard Joke is “poor’ because his floozie got pregnant thanks to Barnyard’s uncontrolled trouser snake (was it his?) and Barnyard chose to abandon his family of wife and four daughters. It is a classic case of ‘self inflicted wound’ requiring no sympathy.

  4. Terence

    Terence Mills

    As I posed in another article on AIMN.

    “If you wanted proof, look what happened yesterday. Labor sided with the LNP to sweep the whole Crown saga under the carpet. Yes I might call great unwashed stupid but those political piggies and their sycophants certainly aren’t. They might not be au fait about how best to hide their property portfolio from the Members’ Interests Statements but they do know what side their donor’s butter the bread.

    Let’s refer it to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity – Awesome, Move on people, nothing to see here. I’m sure Andrew Colvin will give them a few pointers before he walks out the door on how best to clusterfluck the investigation. Mal Brough’s TV confession?? Pfftt not enough evidence. Staffer confesses to leaking AFP raids?? Pfftt not enough evidence. Mr Potatohead will be most pleased.

    The whole joint is corrupt and anyone who thinks their side is better than the other is kidding themselves. Just like the banks, Crown will get nothing more than a slap over the wrist and a chance to throw some recalcitrant middle and senior managers under a bus who might have made life a bit uncomfortable for the old boys in the past. Can’t have some upstart with ethics affecting our retirement plans. The hide of some people.”

    Enough said.

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