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My Thoughts on the Week That Was

Saturday May 30

1 I put on the telly this Morning to find Greg Hunt giving a press conference self-congratulating himself on the UNs decision to not place the Great Barrier Reef on the endangered list. Then a half hour later a Greenpeace spokesperson explains that we are only on probation for 18 months and that the effect of future climate change had not been taken into account, nor the proposed coal mine.

What a snake oil salesman he is.

2 Sepp Blatter wins another term as boss of FIFA and gives corruption a serious boost.

3 It comes out that our Prime Minister and the Emigration Minister tried to put one over on the Cabinet and we’re suitably chastised. Abbott had even tipped off The Daily Telegraph without any Cabinet discussion.

When you try to dud your own Cabinet you cannot expect its respect.

4 Does the public realise that the Government has put a freeze on doctor’s fees which, in effect, is the same as applying a copayment because it will force the Doctors to raise fees to cover costs. Sneaky bastards aren’t they.

Sunday May 31

Australians were greeted yesterday with this headline in the Fairfax press.

“Deficit decade: Tony Abbott’s $100 billion black hole”.

black hole

Only weeks after presenting a budget based on pie in the sky predictions punctuated with so many ifs and crystal ball maybes, independent analysis by the Parliamentary Budget Office suggests the economy is in dire straits.

It is not beyond repair. All it needs is a government prepared to forego its ideology and govern with fairness for the common good. Too much to ask you say. You’re probably right.

Monday 1 June

1 Labor’s offer for a Liberal to replace Tanya Plibersek as co-sponsor of its Marriage Equality Bill will be rejected and it will lapse. Abbott, who vehemently opposes gay marriage, will present a bill in his own time so as to get all the kudos. Ironically it may be the only legacy this out of touch Prime Minister will produce from his tenure of office.

Abbott lies

2 Another stunning example of his lying is when he says it’s only the States who can change the GST. In 2004 a number of items had their GST status changed. Guess who the Health Minister was at the time. Yes none other than TA himself.

Tuesday 2 June

House of cards

1 After three seasons of “House of Cards” I have concluded that it is the most compelling television show I have ever watched. A superb production on every level. Can’t wait for season four.

2 In my experience young people are fully conversant with the issues of the day if not political ideology. The worldwide move to lower the voting age to 16 is a good debate to have but equally so is the need for a form of Political Education in our teaching curriculum.

3 After listening to Abbott’s press conference this AM I am left with the undeniable conclusion that he is going to fight tooth and nail to destroy marriage equality. He won’t win of course.

4 Someone is lying about what happened in cabinet about withdrawing citizenship. I am under no illusions who that might be. And if 27 back benchers supported the proposition they are as stupid as those who proposed it. They have denigrated science now it’s the law’s turn.

An observation:

“The word “Frugality” is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying and a consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”

Therefore life is about doing things not having things.

Midday Thoughts

1 Interesting to see the Government Benches empty when Bill Shorten presented his Marriage Equality Bill. Although it’s not surprising when, if you recall, they were also absent when the NDIS was introduced.

2 “We are on a steady path back to surplus” The PM said in question time. The Independent Budgetary Office tells us the opposite.

Bishop b&w

3 What an embarrassment the Speaker of the House of Representatives is. She seems to have a rule book of her own. Tony Burke, yesterday showed up her bias in no uncertain manner.

4 Morgan Poll has Labor at 53/47. Returning to pre-budget figures further confirming my belief that the budget did nothing for the Coalition. Well other than not making it worse that it was.

Wednesday 3 June

 

1 After doing some research I can explain what the term “come to Jesus” means in the context of politics. It is an American Tea Party expression to describe the instant at which team members recommit to working in unison or pursue their own interests. You’re either on the team or you aren’t.”

How did this religious nut job ever become Prime Minister?

2 The third last poll we are likely get from Newspoll-as-we-know-it, has Labor’s two-party lead at 52-48, down from 53-47 a fortnight ago.

3 Essential follows with the same numbers. In addition their polling on Same Sex Marriage has yes 59% no 30% and undecided 11%. That’s an overwhelming YES I should think.

joan kirner

4 Joan Kirner was underestimated as a politician and her work for women and the advancement of education will not be forgotten.

Thursday 4 June

1 A reminder:

“It is an absolute principle of democracy that governments should not and must not say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards. Nothing could be more calculated to bring our democracy into disrepute and alienate the citizenry of Australia from their government than if governments were to establish by precedent that they could say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards.” (Tony Abbott).

Urinal

2 There are that many Cabinet Ministers denying they leak that one might wonder if they use the bathroom at all. The journalist in question is a friend of the Foreign Minister. Leave it at that.

3 Yesterday in Question Time the PM responded to a question from Bill Shorten about violence against women in a very bi-partisan manner. He must be reformed I thought. Remember he was accused of assaulting a woman at University and later acquitted. He was defended by a QC and the girl defended herself. Another women accused him of throwing punches at her and hitting either side of a wall she was standing against. He says it never happened but others collaborate her story. The newspaper involved settled out of court.

Posted my thoughts on Australian democracy.

Friday June 5

1 The worst trade deficit ever.

There are people who say what they think and do the opposite of what they say! There are people who say the opposite of what they think and do what they say! Then there is the current LNP who don’t think, say the opposite of what everyone else thinks and does absolutely nothing! This has been coming for a while and no, it’s not this governments OR the last governments fault but most definitely the Howard Governments fault and the current and previous governments have stuck their heads in the sand. However, only the Abbott lot have made such a song and dance about how bad Labor were at economics while at the same time adding to the problem!

2 Its called an own goal or a self wedgie.

Treasurer Joe Hockey has again put himself at odds with Prime Minister Tony Abbott by failing to rule out reforms to superannuation if the government wins a second term.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said super will not change in this or future terms, despite calls for an end to retirement tax breaks for wealthy retirees.

Reject

3 Tony Abbott’s Reject Shop photo aptly highlights the political worth of our PM. Every picture tells a story.

3 No wonder Parliament House cleaners are asking for a pay rise. People are leaking everywhere. Peter Hartcher, the journalist who got the leak in the first place, makes it clear that the cabinet dispute may never have seen the light of day were it not for extreme frustration within cabinet, not so much over the proposal of the policy itself but over the poor excuse for a cabinet process it constituted.

5 On World Environment Day UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says Australia is not taking credible action on Climate Action and calls us a free rider.

Two observations:

In terms of the environment. I wonder what price the people of tomorrow will pay for the stupidity of today

“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”

6 If the week in politics has revealed anything, it is that Tony Abbott is has never divorced himself from the negativity of opposition. He is continuously in electioneering mode. He told voters a Labor government posed a threat to their house prices and their superannuation.

“It is absolutely crystal clear what would happen if members opposite were ever to get back into government: the carbon tax would come back, the people smugglers would come back, the value of your house would go down – because hasn’t he been trying to talk down the economy for the last few days? And your superannuation is going to be raided again and again to try to get a Labor government out of trouble,” Abbott said.

He wants to pick fights with the opposition – even where there is agreement, or a strong prospect of it – and to deeply plumb populism. This maybe marginally helping in the polls, but it is degrading both policy and politics.

We are still waiting for the adults.

A final thought.

I am having trouble coming to terms with the unhinged nature of the rhetoric in which our Prime Minister now engages.

And this is the week that was.

 

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  1. Owen

    To change a law to possibly lock up doctors for 2 years reporting only truth about conditions. in a foreign country.is akin to beating the crap out of an umpire in a footy game for making a “fair “call ,its what a dick(taItor) would do! ..The highway seems the better option…..

  2. steve

    Glad to see that journos such as Laura Tingle have got the message (finally) and are starting to call him out for his nonsense. But I fear that the leader in waiting is ScoMo, and he is even more scary. His religious zealotry makes Abbotts Catholicism look puny. But the rabid right love him, and they are a not insignificant proportion of the electorate, and easy to mobilise (like the brownshirts were).

  3. DanDark

    Geeezuz what a week, or is that Jesus what a week 🙂
    how long can the circus roll on with the clowns juggling their balls in the Big Tent…

    John said “I am having trouble coming to terms with the unhinged nature of the rhetoric in which our Prime Minister now engages.”

    I have never come to terms with the unhinged babbling piece of excuse of a politician, he has always been unhinged in all manner of ways.
    Phony Tony is quite dysfunctional on many levels, and this filters through loud and clear and has done so for years.

  4. diannaart

    Yes, indeed, Steve

    Here Laura Tingle does not hold back:

    “Idiot” is the word that comes most often in Labor’s focus groups when voters are asked about the Prime Minister. And lest you’re thinking this is just what Labor would spin isn’t it, we had a confirmation this week from focus group polling conducted for Fairfax by one of Australia’s most respected focus group pollsters, Visibility’s Tony Mitchelmore, with the small caveat being that these voters didn’t describe Tony Abbott as an idiot but a fool.

    Voters in Western Sydney – selected because they had switched their vote from Labor to Liberal at the 2011 NSW election – described the Prime Minister as “incompetent, an international embarrassment and a fool”.

    http://www.afr.com/opinion/columnists/laura-tingle/being-governed-by-fools-is-not-funny-20150319-1m2wd1

    Laura can’t be the only journo at the Fin who has major doubts about Tony Abbott. Perhaps if we started a campaign on Tony’s Frequent F*ck Ups (TFFU) – we have plenty and there will always be more for us to Tweet and FB the Fin regularly.

  5. corvus boreus

    Just read this and wanted to share.

    ‘Religion is like a penis.
    Good for you if you have one, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
    Just don’t wave it around in public or shove it down childrens’ throats.’

  6. stephentardrew

    John why do you insist in continually giving me nose bleeds.

    Where is your sympathy for those who suffer from Abbottonia noselus bleedelus and on occasions tony vomitus-incredulous and flatulent repetitive verbal bowl syndrome.

    Lot of anger at Labor on social media and even more for the coalition.

    I bet we end up with another hung parliament at the next election with Greens and independents with the balance of power.

    Swing voters are not a large cohort and if a good percentage rebel against labor a hung parliament is not an impossibility.

    Labor is having little or no impact and lacks adequate leadership.

    The one sensible solution is for Shorten to resign but knowing the wielder of long knives that will be the last thing he does.

    And these guys are supposed to care about the country?

  7. corvus boreus

    This week in the state of Neo-Cymru Australis (NSW), resident parliamentary nut-job religious fundie Fred Nile(CDP) used his balance of power (shared with blood sport enthusiasts) to maneuver Premier Mike Baird(Libs) into attempting to undermine the rights of non-religious parents to have the option of their children being allowed to learn lessons in secular/universal ethics taught by qualified people working from an approved curriculum.
    Fred reckons if parents do not want their children to be indoctrinated with primitive mythologies and superstitions, then those kids should be forced spend this school-time in the library playing dominoes and doodling.
    Under the previous conservative regime (under B O’Farrel, who later had to resign after misremembering details of personal gifts whilst under oath at an ICAC) Nile was given the indulgence of a large slice of public money to chair a parliamentary inquiry into the potential dangers of kids learning how to behave decently towards each other.
    It seems both the Christian Democrats and the NSW Liberal party are opposed to ethics.

  8. DanDark

    “Fred reckons if parents do not want their children to be indoctrinated with primitive mythologies and superstitions, then those kids should be forced spend this school-time in the library playing dominoes and doodling.”

    For various reasons I am home schooling my 9 year old daughter for the foreseeable future, because frankly the Education System has been crumbling over the past 30 or so years and teacher standards are shocking, school buildings are in disrepair, and there is no bang for ya buck now, education is overpriced and underserviced, and religion should be kept to churches not schools FFS

    I have had children in constant schooling during these past 31 years and its stuffed,
    its been stuffed for a while but now it is taken over by white insane male god loving cockheads the system has no hope …..
    I have 5 highly educated kids who all work, one at Uni doing bio medical engineering but the youngest has got the raw end of the deal because politicians don’t care about education in this century.
    the dumber they keep the flock the better the politicians can have it..
    Poor fellow my country….

  9. Manny Salmingo

    FIFA has really got to get their act together. Whew

  10. darrel nay

    reply for Manny Salmingo,
    We have all known that FIFA is corrupt – but unlike our corrupt politicians who are destroying our country, at least FIFA has done a great job when it comes to growing the sport. The American Department of Justice, who are prosecuting FIFA, are the same mob who ran the Fast and Furious criminal scandal involving shipping guns and drugs to the Mexican drug cartels:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/11/fast-furious-documents-released-112498.html

    Cheers

  11. darrel nay

    reply for DanDark,

    I agree with you that our education system is in real trouble. My personal view is that compulsory school is just a euphemism for prison. The most interesting and revealing resource I have come across regarding the state of the education system is the work done by Charlotte Iserbyt who is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI):

    Cheers

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