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ScoMo’s debut ruined by his own treachery.

“You are a fucking mendicant,” Scott Morrison tells Tassie Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, reports Paul Bongiorno who quotes a Herald Sun article, Wednesday, citing “senior Liberal sources”. Gutwein doesn’t dispute the claims.

Bean-counter Gutwein can’t find a good word for Morrison when asked how it feels to be so bullied and abused by his new leader. He fobs off reporters’ impertinent questions. He has “a constructive and positive working relationship” with Morrison, he lies, before falling back on that hoary political standby, “we don’t comment on private conversations”.

Yes Minister. Our politics is choked with such double-speak. In time, it will be a “robust discussion”, part of a “national conversation” or “a healthy exchange of views” but to witnesses, it’s the Liberals’ St Valentine’s (four) Day massacre. Luckily mainstream media, mostly, happily agree to report this nonsense at face value. It’s an extension of the pact to report flawed employment statistics and falsehoods about uninterrupted economic growth as if these were facts.

Morrison may bray about “creating a million jobs since 2013” but he doesn’t give any detail of the quality of those jobs. Nor is any government ever directly responsible for creating jobs outside the government sector. No-one in government mentions population increase or net job growth. Above all, his boast wrecks the government case for company tax cuts. The miracle million has been created without these. Finally, as every household knows, wages remain stagnant.

Roy Morgan reports the workforce which comprises employed and unemployed Australians is now 13,416,000, up 407,000 on a year ago. He calculates that 1,476,000 Australians are unemployed (11% of the workforce); an increase of 152,000 (up 0.8%) on a year ago and the highest level of unemployment for over two years since March 2016.

And the jobs which shouldn’t be happening without expensive corporate tax cuts? Turns out the huge growth in jobs is in education and healthcare which also accounts for a boost in women’s participation. It may just be, of course, that Labor’s NDIS has boosted women’s employment. So much for small business being the engine of the economy.

So much for his government’s fetish for small business, (amen) forever praised (wrongly) as the nation’s biggest employer. It seems the government sector plays a vital role, after all, despite all the fervid neoliberal faith.

None of this fits ScoMo-a-go-go’s mantra of “a fair go for those having a go”, an echo of nineteenth-century self-help. Critics have relegated him and his party to the 1950s. This is a bit mod. His social philosophy goes back to the 1850s.

“Daily experience shows that it is energetic individualism which produces the most powerful effects upon the life and action of others, and really constitutes the best practical education,” wrote the ever popular Samuel Smiles in 1905.

The fair go for those having a go carries its own sanction or disapproval of the slob, or those unable to have a go. It’s a hopelessly limited and outdated ethic but it’s clearly still got a lot of self-righteous political mileage left in it. But whatever happened, pray, tell, Mr Morrison to the Christian ethos of unconditional love?

Beneath the sentimental façade, it’s war out there. Each week brings further news of welfare crack-downs in the Coalition’s war on the poor. Or of bludgers. In 2016, three-quarters of the bludger bashing in the Daily Telegraph included government statistics and interviews with prominent ministers. It’s a Coalition government strategy to alienate public support by poisoning our natural empathy with myths about the unworthy poor. Then cut their allowances.

But no Australians are being prevented from having a go. Or restricted to having only a bit of a go. Morgan finds 1,071,000 Australians (8.0% of our workforce) are under-employed, working part-time and looking for more work, a fall of 170,000 in a year (down 1.5%); The meagre increase in employment is driven by an increase in full-time employment which was up 323,000 to 7,761,000, while part-time employment fell 68,000 to 4,179,000.

The hand-ball to Frydenberg is so smooth it is disturbing. An over-achiever he is already out of the blocks contesting Labor’s thesis that inequality is growing. Except it’s not Labor’s thesis but the work of a body of respected economists. But what matters is that he’s already playing politics with the statistics.

“The Productivity Commission said exactly the opposite,” he cries. “It said we had made strides in recent years in reducing inequality.”

He’s referring to September’s report which, Ross Gittins explains, doesn’t strengthen the government case for tax cuts and trickle-down at all. In fact, it says inequality is not as bad as it could be but only because of measures we have taken which are not to the liking of the right wing of the Coalition at all.

Above all, it assumes that the inequality we started out with was acceptable. It bases its conclusions on a version of the Gini coefficient which has the nifty inbuilt flaw of making inequality appear much smaller than other measures.

The relative Gini assumes that inequality stays constant—growth remains ‘inclusive’—if everyone experiences the same rate of growth, and rises only when upper incomes grow faster than lower incomes. Accordingly, inequality stays constant if a two-person distribution x = (10, 40) becomes y = (20, 80). But the poor are relatively poorer.

The income gap has grown from 10 to 40. Moreover, it’s just as plausible to argue that inequality remains constant under The Absolute Gini if incomes grow by the same amount; when individuals receive the same additional amount to the initial measure. If, as is happening, richer individuals receive more, then inequality will grow.

In brief, we should not ignore trends in absolute income gaps when making inequality comparisons, as most of neoliberal governments, and our new Federal Treasurer does. To Frydenberg’s joy, the Commission’s report implies nothing need be done to reduce income and wealth inequality. The rich would stop wanting to get richer.

At the bottom end, government should help only those poor people whose disadvantage has become “entrenched”.

As Ross Gittins explains, “In other words, don’t acknowledge that poverty is being kept high by successive governments’ refusal to lift the freeze on real unemployment (and age pension) benefits.”

Research published by The Australia Institute shows despite record business profits, workers’ share of GDP is at a post-war low. From 58 per cent of GDP in the mid-1970s labour compensation — including wages, salaries, and superannuation contributions — declined to just 47 percent in 2017, their lowest level since 1960.

Even more concerning is that real wages have consistently lagged behind the ongoing growth in labour productivity. This means workers do not get paid enough to buy back the goods and services they produce.

It’s a lesson in trickle up. The loss of labour’s share of GDP translates into the redirection of over $200 billion in income per year from workers to other groups in society (mostly corporations).

None of this reality is of any cause for concern to a Coalition government at war with itself and with economic reality.

A week of wicked leaks almost drowns out ScoMo’s shouting and slanging, his chief gift to our body politic, exceeded only by his rat cunning and his talent for suppression, secrecy, evasion, prevarication and lies. To be fair, yes, ScoMo does put in a bravura absurdist-Dadaist performance on ABC 7:30 Report. He simply cannot explain why we need new laws to protect our religious freedoms, why it is his number one priority, nor why he is PM; why he rolled his PM, Leigh.

(Chumming up with your executioner was a Hawke strategy. The New Generation Morrison would do well to leave the ingratiating use of his interlocutor’s first name alone. But it adds rich nuance and subtext. You can tell she hates him.)

Why is Morrison PM? Because he is not that dangerous lefty Malcolm Turnbull. OK, there’s his overweening ambition.

 I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself /

And falls on th’ other.

But unlike Macbeth, ScoMo is not big on insight even if he is as ruthless. He’s a verbose Tony Abbott from the suburbs.

Happily, deputy dog, Michael charisma-bypass McCormack, Barnaby’s placemat, tells the truth – in his own fashion:

“But, you know, when you combine those sorts of things – ambition, and Newspolls and the like, opportunity – people take those opportunities and we’ve got a new Prime Minister.”  They pullulate like mushrooms after rain, it seems.

Thanks for the heads-up, deputy. We’ll keep our eyes peeled. You never know when another new PM will pop up.

ScoMo loses all hope of authority or legitimacy the moment parliament resumes. It’s not just that he looks like that daggy bloke from the butcher’s who raffles the meat tray in the pub. All he needs is a striped apron and a scabbard.

His debut is ruined by his own treachery. MPs tot it up. He’s knifed a PM whom he’d just publicly embraced as “his prime minister”, a PM whom “he had ambitions for”; a PM, for all his fizz, far more popular than himself. Turnbull and his camp now see clearly what those ambitions were. Or now feels brave enough to put a spoke in ScoMo’s wheel and offer legal advice from NY on what to do with Dutton – an intervention which only a few weeks ago he voted against.

Not only must Holy ScoMo, technically our most charismatic Liberal leader to date, contend with the ghost of Malcolm, Peter Dutton misbehaves disgracefully, abusing parliamentary privilege to imply his former hand-picked Border Force supremo, Roman Quaedvlieg is a paedophile. Morrison sabotages any remaining credibility to unreservedly back Dutton and to dismiss calls that Spud be referred to the High Court over his eligibility to sit in parliament at all.

Morrison’s first week in parliament is a fiasco. He campaigned to be leader with the pitch that his hands were clean and he could hold the show together. Stop boats. In reality, he got votes because he wasn’t Dutton. No PM -even by dirty deed- demonstrates less authority, legitimacy or gravitas. Bernard Keane believes,

Elevation to the prime ministership has exposed his hollowness; he is a figure who has stepped straight from an ’80s lawnmower ad, bereft of policy on the economy, on energy, on wages, on climate change — but most of all, bereft of authority. His colleagues and former colleagues are not even according him the respect due the office; instead, they’re blithely carrying on their own wars with no regard for either the government or the electorate.

Not so much unpopular as reviled, mistrusted and afflicted by dud political judgement Sub-Prime Minister, shifty Scott Morrison alienates rather than inspires. He presides, says Bernard Keane, “over a world-class political circus; less over a party than an ongoing civil war”.  And after his Wentworth slap-down, he’s increasingly the party piñata.

Morrison’s angry Tassie outburst caused Turnbull to sideline him in GST talks with the Apple Isle, say the “sources”. Yet, in a chillingly Trump-like response, the new PM denies ever abusing Gutwein. Why, the claims are “offensive” he counter-attacks, trusting we have all forgotten all his offences against human rights; humanity as Immigration Minister.

Most found Morrison’s own actions offensive when in 2011 when he questioned whether taxpayers should pay to fly twenty-one friends and family of refugees to Sydney so they could the attend funerals of their relatives, who drowned off Christmas Island.

Faced with enormous backlash including from members of his own party including Joe Hockey, later Morrison did concede that his comment was “insensitive and inappropriate”. Like Abbott, he prefers to act first and apologise after.

Offensive? What of his lies that Reza Berati’s death on Manus Island, February 2014 was caused by his being outside the compound. Offensive? Experts attest to Manus being set up and mismanaged. Violence was easily foreseeable.

Offensive, above all, is the way Morrison and Abbott played politics, seeking to blame Labor and fob off responsibility on to PNG, a shabby hoax it maintains to this day. It refused to accept that Morrison and his department had a non-delegable duty of care to ensure the safety of those it detains, as refugee lawyer Greg Barns argues, irrespective of the location of detention. Similarly, boats were turned back into almost certain danger.

Much was made of preventing drownings at sea by stopping boats but not a word was spoken of the risks to turnbacks’ occupants’ safety. Morrison brings to his new PM act a history of barefaced chicanery, hypocrisy, evasion and denial.

Is ScoMo our new Trump? He has the cap, the lapel flags and the murky past. Where is he leading us? Surely a Christian leader sees mendicants as blessed – not accursed? Or does he merely mean to remind us that beggars can’t be choosers?

Trump-like, he brushes aside all suggestion that Peter Dutton present himself to the High Court to clear up his eligibility to sit in parliament. As Trump would say, ScoMo claims the public doesn’t want the “lawyers’ picnic” to continue.

A nation puzzles all week over the contortions of the coal lobby’s latest Liberal poster-boy who would gull us he’s an innocent abroad; just a suburban boy in the big city. “I’ve got clean hands. I can hold the show together” was his sales pitch in the second spill. Each claim was as bogus then as it is now. Yet now, he is the accidental Prime Minister.

What is he doing there at all? The inexplicable Morrison is utterly unable to account for his presence as leader despite being invited to do so by the Opposition all week. When he crows about jobs and growth and other so-called Coalition successes, he begs the question of why if things were going so well, Turnbull had to be deposed.

One thing is clear. Expect obfuscation, evasion and turbidity. A poor communicator, he’s more skilled ranting; shouting slogans at us than accounting for his actions. Posturing Morrison’s an enigma wrapped in cliché, inside a mystery. A caricature of cant, condescension, overweening self-righteousness, rigidity and denialism, he’s all front and no Myers.

His “new generation” team is set to take us back to the 1950s or even earlier, anywhere in the age of steam will do.

His denialism is not merely directed towards climate change, gender and marriage equality, it finds expression this week in his dismissal of any hint of bullying in the Liberal Party despite Julie Bishop, Julia Banks and Lucy Gichui making detailed claims. Bishop has even questioned whether some Liberals acted illegally during the leadership spill.

Bizarrely, however, the Foreign Minister praises the party for handling complaints internally in more theatre of the absurd. Despite Minister for Women, Kelly O’Dwyer’s pledge, the issue barely gets a mention in Tuesday’s Liberal party room meeting.

Despite his promise that bullying complaints would be dealt with internally, the Prime Minister’s office confirms no process has been established to investigate them – or, is even planned. Instead, the party’s whips have been charged with handling “future” complaints. Which probably will be suppressed and denied also. What could possibly go wrong?

Gichui, another devout Pentecostalist, confirms on ABC Radio National, that, “as a good Christian woman” she was pressed to vote for Peter Dutton in last month’s leadership spill.  Yet Morrison persuades her to drop her threat to name names when parliament resumes. Those who have been bullied are bullied out of making a complaint.

What is going on? Is it, as Bernard Keane suggests, the women have been reminded that men control the pre-selection and to shut up if they wish to work in Canberra again?

What is clear is the Liberals’ fabled broad church is narrowing. Morrison and other foot-soldiers of the religious right are capturing the party as former member for Moore, Mal Washer puts it

 “… on climate, on women’s rights, on freedom of choice on abortion, on new ideas about sexuality, about a whole range of things … Basically, they are out of date and out of step with community views. They are bloody damaging, to be realistic.”

But man, can ScoMo duck and weave. All week, Morrison evades questions from Labor and Leigh Sales as to his legitimacy. He quotes stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf, the US general second only to McArthur in theatricality, whom he recalls, as having heard once at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. As you do.

‘When placed in command, take charge,” Our new PM sees his role as akin to a military commander? Alarming.

But Tinpot Morrison seized command. Now he promulgates the myth of acclamation. Greatness was thrust upon him.

He cunningly quotes lying rodent and inveterate plotter St John Howard. He’s invoked Ming last week – even visited Albury, birthplace of the miscellany of self-interested reactionaries and union-bashers that became the Liberal Party.

“John Howard used to say something quite simple and that is, the privilege of serving as the leader of your parliamentary party is the decision of your parliamentary party,”

His attempt to induct himself into the Liberal pantheon is embarrassing. None of his overreach has a shred of credibility.

Mal’s out for revenge. He’s also got it in for Dutton. He phones and texts key Liberals. He wants Peter Dutton referred to the High Court because of his apparent violation of the constitution’s section 44 given his wife Kirilly’s family trust, RHT Investments, of which he is a beneficiary, owns two childcare centres which have profited from the crown.

The Liberals’ civil war rages.

A daggy dad joke will fix it. In a bizarre twist to his existential nightmare, Morrison’s office tweets a meme it’s cleverly compiled showing coalition MPs in Question Time, Thursday, repeatedly raising their right hands. The frantic fascist arm action is dubbed with Be Faithful, a track from rapper Fatman Scoop, whose lyrics celebrate casual sex.

The chorus elevates the PM’s EM Forster-inspired “Only Connect” defence to a whole new level.

Who fing Tonight? Who fing tonight?

Who fing Tonight? Oh! Oh! Who fing tonight?

“We’re just trying to connect honestly with people, Morrison says in defence. Connect honestly? Bugger policy. Honest communication. Listening to the electorate. In ScoMo’s world a tricked up, meretricious, video clip is an honest connection?

Bowen reckons the members of ScoMo’s Party room know he doesn’t have a clean pair of hands. In the first big test of his already comprised authority, Muppeteer Morrison favours party hack Katherine O’Regan for Wentworth. There’s great hand-wringing over quotas in the media. but the fact is that on current trends, the Liberals will soon be an exclusively white, male brethren.

Worse, party polling puts the Liberal primary vote in Wentworth at 39%. Minority government beckons. Our new sub-Prime Minister shrewdly plays the gender card, even though it’s against his religion. Throws a sheila on the barbie.

ScoMo is rolled by Turnbull and Howard. Their pick, Dave Sharma, a former ambassador to Israel, a long-shot, political and geographical outsider, is duly pre-selected. David Gonski’s reference helps.  Losing the seat to high profile Sydney Councillor independent, Dr Kerryn Phelps appears increasingly likely.

Morrison sends a fulsome, fawning tweet in which he gets Sharma’s name wrong. His name Devanand.

“Big congratulations to David Sharma. A quality guy with extensive experience and capability. The best candidate won. That’s how it should be.”

 


35 comments

  1. Nw England Cocky

    Just keep telling it how it is David, thank you.

    “Elevation to the prime ministership has exposed his hollowness; he is a figure who has stepped straight from an ’80s lawnmower ad, bereft of policy on the economy, on energy, on wages, on climate change — but most of all, bereft of authority. His colleagues and former colleagues are not even according him the respect due the office; instead, they’re blithely carrying on their own wars with no regard for either the government or the electorate.”

    Perhaps the missing bit in your analysis is the decision by the Papua New Guinea government to install Huawei communications as part of an Asian network, two (2) days before the Turdball “political execution” … “Et tu, Scat?”

    This is now the fourth Dismissal organised by the CIA services of the USA (United Sates of Apartheid) on behalf of US foreign policy and corporate interests. Having an independent Australia prepared to stand up for itself has never been the US ideal since Australia showed independence and withdrew from the Vietnam debacle in 1972….. thank you Gough ….. plus Erikkson, a subsidiary of IT&T and supplier of mobile network 5G technology certainly wants the supply and fit contract for Australia, if only to ensure that present US communication technology remains compatible with the mendicant vassal state housing strategically important satellite links that the US prefers to keep secret from everybody else.

    So what worked in 1975 with the Whitlam ALP government has been reprised with the Rudd dismissal organised by US supplicant then Senator Mark Arbib, the orchestrated misogynistic MSM campaign against Julia Gillard, and now just days after a visit from the US citizen and financial patron of the IPA, the Caesarian treachery of Scat Morriscum because Turdball was starting to show “political weariness” and may have become a “little too socialist” for strategists in the US State Department.

    It has been all too well organised to have been a local LNP operation. There are too many hallmarks of active CIA involvement.

    Now Muddles has “done the dirty” by suggesting, without the MSM “reporting” as much, that the RAbbott Turdball Morriscum Barnyard Joke NLP misgovernment will fall at the next election with albatross Benito Dutton around their necks ….. and the ever growing number of supporters of the GetUp! better government campaign in Dickson will cheer long and loudly on election night.

    The only winners in Australian political turmoil are foreign owned multinational corporations having no regard for the best interests of the Australian people.

    As Helvintyi said on another thread, “I vote ALP because I want everybody to have enough”.

  2. Patagonian

    Unfortunately it’s not the 1850’s that they want to drag us back to – the first trade unions had already formed by then. No, they would prefer feudal times, when the peasants knew their places – licking the master’s boot.

  3. Patagonian

    Snotty, the Sweeny Todd of politics, was careful not to state WHAT ambitions he had for Turnbull.

  4. paul walter

    The Roy Morgan proposition that unemployment is about 12% goes against the media trumpetings last week about the economy but I am wondering if anyone can tell me if the Morgan figure includes or excludes the seriously underemployed.

  5. Babyjewels

    Thank you David, my thoughts exactly.

  6. Stan Ryan

    Brilliant and spot on!

  7. Terence Mills

    Yesterday, when announcing his Aged Care Royal Commission Morrison was asked why, as Treasurer he had cut aged care funding. He said that was a Labor lie to which he would not respond.

    Reference to the Parliamentary Budget Office summary of the 2016-2017 tends to contradict him :

    The 2016–17 Budget tightens funding for residential aged care providers, but provides some extra funding for regional aged care and the My Aged Care contact centre. The combined effect of aged care measures in the Budget is a reduction in expenditure of $902.7 million over five years.[1]
    Changes to aged care provider funding

    The Budget includes savings of $1.2 billion over four years through changes to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) used by residential aged care providers to determine the base funding for each resident.[2] This is in addition to the $472.4 million savings over four years through changes to the ACFI scoring matrix that were announced in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2015–16 (MYEFO).[3]

    Go figure !

  8. Josephus

    A Labor activist told me that anyone who works one hour a week is included in the employment statistics . Now I read 11 % are jobless, not the c 5% stated previously. How many hours a week equate in govspeak to having a job?

  9. helviryni

    Priceless, David!

    Just because I’m a lefty and a woman does not mean that I can’t be aspirational; no lady-like Sunday tennis for me, I’m going take on football, I’m going to kick that ball…go places, Scottie is sooo inspirational, c’mon girls….let’s go…

  10. helvityni

    Priceless, David!

    Just because I’m a lefty and a woman does not mean that I can’t be aspirational; no lady-like Sunday tennis for me, I’m going take on football, I’m going to kick that ball…go places, Scottie is sooo inspirational, c’mon girls….

  11. Vikingduk

    Was that good christian, Lucy gichui, only bullied? or was she offered an inducement as well? I had heard, In the aftermath of the night of the long knives that our Lucy had been relegated to an unwinable position. Her career was done like a dog’s dinner. Is our beloved leader, the prince of foulness, young snotty motormouth, dangling a career after politics?

    These rotten pustules, these fucking parasites, these lying hypocrites adrift on the sea of denial, these fucking Christians can keep their bullshit. Makes pagans, heathens, blood sacrifice anyone? look virtuous.

    Thanks David, another horror show expose beautifully written.

  12. iggy648

    And still no-one can tell me how they got the 1 million figure. According to the ABS, 11,645,800 in September 2013, 12,631,300 in August 2018. Difference 985,500. Ratio ft/pt in 2013 was 2.32, now it’s 2.16.

  13. Michael Faulkner

    Great post David.

    And, your noting the unspoken possibilities in Morrison’s now infamous arm around Malcolm’s shoulder gesture two days before becoming Prime Minister, and his accompanying cryptic statement ‘ I have aspirations for my leader’ is particularly incisive in appreciating Morrison’s modus operandi.

    Daggy suburban Dad he might aspire to be, but he is politically ruthless.

  14. Wun Farlung

    Josephus
    Several years ago we were contacted by Australian Bureau of Statistics to be part of the pool to be surveyed once a month for six months on all manner of topics, employment being one of the many topics in the survey.
    They would phone us every month and have a chat and ask questions along the way, I was surprised when I was told how the figures that Politicians of all stripes use (or ignore) when trying to push their policy barrow are arrived at.
    The numbers are estimates or as the good people at ABS call them ‘snapshots’

    The ABS uses internationally agreed standards in defining unemployment and the key indicators have been measured in a consistent way since 1966.
    To be classified as unemployed a person needs to meet the following three criteria:
    – not working more than one hour in the reference week;
    – actively looking for work in previous four weeks; and
    – be available to start work in the reference week.
    The ABS produces a range of measures, in addition to the unemployment rate, to help users understand the extent of underutilised labour supply, such as underemployment.

    The full text is here
    http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/6105.0Feature%20Article53July%202014

  15. MöbiusEcko

    Can someone tell me how in the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll, Morrison polls so highly against Shorten in seven factors, including trust for fuck sake. With Morrison’s history, how the hell can so many people believe that Morrison is a better manager, more competent, trustworthy (the most unbelievable of all the attributes) and the others.

    Voters rate Mr Morrison ahead of Mr Shorten on seven key attributes including his vision for Australia’s future, where the Prime Minister leads by 51 to 47 per cent, and competence, where he leads by 64 to 57 per cent.

  16. wam

    I shall have to stop reading your causeries, david, the costs of a visit to the chiropractor to fix my neck strained from shaking my head at the tripe produced by this inept government.are beyond a joke.
    Sadly my facebook is constantly getting ‘this government is lousy. stupid incompetent etc but gillard was worse or the lnp is bad but labor is worse.
    Billy could do worse than pick the debt lie of the rabbott and labor’s AAA rating, as a key lead in when asked a question and make sure the loony support for the rabbott on climate and debt is clear in our minds

  17. Vikingduk

    MöbiusEcko, yes, how the fuck could this slime bag achieve this? This motormouth, this lying bully, this rancid shitstain, the prime hypocrite. Did they poll members of his church? Did they substitute Bill’s name for a dead cane toad? Week old vomit? Dog help us. NZ is looking increasingly a far more attractive proposition, no way could I live under the diseased pustules rule if they win the next election.

    As Kinky Friedman said many voters ” need a checkup from the neck up “.

  18. Kaye Lee

    ME,

    It is very much age related. Labor and Shorten have the under 40 vote.

  19. Ill fares the land

    Overall, Morrison (I have recanted my use fo the term “Scomo” now that he embraces it), is a hollow, weasel-word speaking management failure (it seems he was despised in his Tourism Australia role and left in disgrace). It does appear on more detailed analysis that he was a bit more than a accidental choice for PM – he and his backers had been planning the coup for a while. He may not have been the leading player but he was a player. However, far better for him to lie and play to the “i’m here by accident, but I’m getting on with the job and I’m the right man/weasel for the job” line. Privately, I’ve no doubt he believes he is the man for the job, but then as has been so eloquently stated by Shakespseare and Bertrand Russell (and less eloquently by me) – the stupid are generally unable to work out how stupid they really are.

    I like to think that in terms of the economy, there are subtle signs of how well those at the upper-end of the economy are doing. I use the “Ford Falcoln Phase III HO index” or the “Aussie Muscle Car Index”. Pre GFC, the price for a mint example of that car peaked at around $800,000. It had fallen away a little, perhaps down to $500,000 or $600,000, but very recently an example changed hands for over $1.0 million. You can’t tell me that the wealthy are doing it tough when someone can afford to pay that price for a “boy’s toy”. I note that the collection of ex-Peter Brock racing cars is also coming up for auction soon and one is expected to bring $2.0 million and many are likely to achieve the magic $1.0 million.

    This simple thing tells me that the gains in the economy are passing almost exclusively upwards to the wealthy and it is time governments actually looked at some form of wealth tax. We long ago crossed the Rubicon on this issue – with the evisceration of unions and the increasing influence of the weatlhy, the owners of capital now accumulate wealth and those who have only their labour to offer are increasingly being exploited.

  20. Terence Mills

    Kronomex

    It’s worthwhile placing the full exchange on the record :

    Speaking to reporters in parliament this morning, Mr Morrison got into a testy back-and-forth with The Australian’s Rick Morton, who asked him about budget cuts affecting the aged care sector.

    Here’s the full exchange.

    Morton: “Prime minister, when you were treasurer you cut $2 billion from aged care.”

    Morrison: “No, no. That’s what the Labor Party says.”

    Morton: “No, you did.”

    Morrison: “No I didn’t. The Labor Party says that.”

    Morton: “You cut $1.2 billion from aged care funding.”

    Morrison: No, I don’t accept that. If people want to put questions, they’re not allowed to put lies.”

    Morton: “Aged care funding had $1.2 billion …”

    Morrison: “No. We’re increasing aged care funding by $1 billion every year.”

    Morton: “No, it’s a direct question, Prime Minister.”

    Morrison: “We have put in place compliance measures to ensure that public funds don’t get misused. So, this is why we are going to have a royal commission …”

    Morton: “Are you ignoring the facts?”

    Morrison: “No, I’m not ignoring facts. That’s why I’m calling a royal commission, if you’ll just let me finish the answer.”

    See my post above for the facts from the Parliamentary Budget Office, not from the Labor party !

  21. Kaye Lee

    On 31 July 2014, the Federal government withdrew its $16 a day Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement which had allowed nursing homes to put on extra staff and was aimed at improving quality of life for vulnerable patients.

    Assistant Social Services minister Mitch Fifield blamed cost blowouts for the decision, saying the supplement could have absorbed $780 million over the four years from 2014-15, rather than the $52 million budgeted.

    Mr Fifield confirmed the government had also withdrawn the payroll tax subsidy – which had previously put private nursing homes on equal footing with charity-operated facilities which don’t pay the tax.

    Privately owned nursing homes will now need to find that money from their budgets to pay the states, meaning they would have less funds to employ staff.

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/aged-care-funding-cuts-will-impact-on-elderly-patients-20140920-10jga4.html

  22. Kaye Lee

    2014-15 budget

    “Reducing the annual growth rate in the Commonwealth Home Support Programme from 2018-19 to 3.5 per cent above
    indexation will save the Budget $1.7 billion over the next 10 years.”

  23. Kaye Lee

    2015-16 budget

    “Cuts have been made to two program funds: $20.1 million over four years to the Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants (ACSIHAG) Fund and $40.2 million over four years to the Aged Care Workforce Fund (ACWF). The latter cut has been described by ACSA as ‘poor policy when 55,770 additional [aged care] employees are required over the next eight years’.”

  24. Kaye Lee

    Terence covered the 2016-17 budget

    2017-18 budget

    “the provision of $3.1 million in 2017–18 for improvements to My Aged Care, a website and call centre that provides a central entry point for aged care consumers and providers, is the only aged care-specific budget measure that involves new funding.”

  25. Terence Mills

    Diannaart

    Sad to say, these submarines are already obsolete. When you consider that submarines are essentially for intelligence gathering – thinks ! there would be slim pickings in Canberra – and surveillance and could easily be replaced with hi-tech unmanned drones and satellite communications interceptors.

    By the time these submarines are ready for service (if ever) they will be museum pieces – straight to
    the pool-room !

  26. Diannaart

    Terence the dollars wasted on defence remains a vexed problem, one which no government of either stripe has been held to account.

    That obsolescence kicks in before plans have made it off the drafting board, I mean, CAD, adds to my sorrow and contempt.

    Just the cost of a single submarine, a mere $1 billion would make a huge difference to the lives of many.

    While I’m on my soapbox, the waste of offshore detention centres, not just a waste of people’s lives, any contribution they could make, but the dollars flushed into the pockets of contractors and other grifters.

    Between 2012-2017, operational and infrastructure costs of offshore immigration program alone has cost more than $5 billion. That matches up to figures provided to the treasury Senate estimates committee which reveal that in 2016-17 the government spent a total of $4.06 billion on border protection. That figure included $1.57 billion for onshore compliance and detention, $1.08 billion for the “offshore management” of so-called “irregular maritime arrivals”, and $1.06 billion on border enforcement.

    This means a cost of around $1 billion per year for offshore detention. To put this into some perspective, the Federal Government Budget in 2016-17 included $1.2 billion for courts and legal services for the entire country, $1.7 billion on vocational and industry training, $1.4 billion on arts and cultural heritage, $1 billion on rail transport, only $904 million on environmental protection.

    http://www.refugeeaction.org.au/?page_id=3447

    Grrrrr

  27. Max Gross

    We have less and less news reporting and more and more… stenography!

  28. paul walter

    Thanks to those who tried to address the actual unemployment figure, in light also of today’s suggestion that the dole be lifted by $ 75 p/w.

    Christ knows what the REAL unemployment rate is, but it seems impossible to get people to engage with the issues, unemployment itself and its real causes and the dishonesty involved in what is clearly a fudging of actual unemployment figures by so-called responsible authorities..

  29. Kronomex

    “Mr Morrison in turn said religious beliefs should be protected as long as they did not “contravene national laws”.” He’ll just find other ways to change the rules for them. gods laws are paramount even though Pastor Morriscum tries, and fails miserably at, to prove otherwise.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-says-he-will-pursue-preventative-regulation-on-religious-freedom-20180917-p504cr.html

    All this crap should be waayy down on the list of things to do. Have a look at –

    Karen Stollznow- God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States.
    Chapter 3 ; Signs, Wonders, and Miracles: Charismatic and Pentecostals gives a potted look at the belief system of our Pastor Morrison.
    The rest of the book, in and of itself, is a pretty good read.

    Dianaart @1.50 pm. Don’t forget that most that $100 billion will taken up with keeping the huge need of rubber bands to power the subs up to scratch.

  30. Kaye Lee

    Kronomex,

    That article made me gag. How humiliating

  31. diannaart

    Some time ago, a friend and I were having a very deep, intellectual discussion on what accents animals would have if they could talk.

    We agreed that dogs would have broad Aussie accents.

    If none of the above makes sense, then please read Kronomex’s link – on an empty stomach.

  32. DrakeN

    Absolutely and totally cringeworthy, Kronomex.

    On a par with the “Pub Test” in its intellectual heights.

    People elect these vacuous creatures to represent them, adding to my skepticism regarding the intelligence of the average Australian punter.

    I am not depressive, just despairing of the state of humanity; of which its social evolution appears to lag millenia behind its technological advancement.

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