Friday April 8 2016
1 When a Coalition MP described the Government as wishy-washy what exactly did she mean?
MPs have voiced concern over the direction of the government, with backbencher Michelle Landry warning it appears ‘wishy-washy’ and lacking direction.
‘It’s been portrayed in the media that we are not focused. It’s coming across that we are wishy-washy’.
‘We have had a great lot of successes and there’s some fabulous things the government wants to do. I think we have to really focus on getting the economy on track’.
I of course understood the term but I wondered if it really was an apt term to use to describe this government.
She said the Government had done some fabulous things. I struggle with that. She added that they wanted to get the economy on track and I immediately thought we might have a repeat of ‘good Government starts today.’ Where on earth did the first term go?
I’ll look it up I thought. Then I understood what she was getting at.
Wishy-washy. Meaning. Feeble, ineffectual, weak, vapid, effete, spineless, limp, namby-pamby, half-hearted, spiritless, irresolute, indecisive, pathetic, weak-kneed, half-arsed, pale, insipid, wan and sickly. Mission accomplished.
2 After telling all and sundry one day that there were no more children in detention we once again find out that Peter Dutton was lying. The next day he admits there are still two in detention and that 90 more are being returned to Nauru. They argue that they are not in detention because they are free to roam around. On an island the size of Nauru I call it incarceration.
‘We’re happy to make third-party arrangements, we offer settlement packages and talk individually with the families’.
Mr Dutton said resettlement in Cambodia would be offered, urging people to deal with facts, ‘not the emotion’.
‘Not the emotion’! Words fail me. We are actually telling them that they will remain on the island for the rest of their lives and he says don’t be emotional.
3 Did you know that later this month the Government will introduce legislation that will allow private employment agencies the power to fine people on the dole?
Under the proposal, Australians receiving the dole can be fined 10 per cent of their income support – increasing by 10 per cent each day until they ‘re-engage’ – if they:
Fail to sign a job plan at their first job agency appointment; or
Are found by their job agency to have behaved inappropriately at an appointment (‘inappropriate behaviour’ is defined as acting in a manner “such that the purpose of the appointment is not achieved”); or
Fail to attend a Work for the Dole or Training exercise without an excuse deemed reasonable by the job agency.
4 Bronwyn Bishop has managed to have four of her own staff members appointed to the preselection panel for her blue ribbon seat of Mackellar. Talk about cooking the books.
Will Dick Smith challenge?
5 Just a question but how come Waleed Aly gets so much flak from the right yet gets enough votes for a Gold Logie nomination?
Its petty I know but is it simply because he unapologetically espouses opinions they don’t like.
6 The Mouth that roared proved that the title is an apt one when he over shouted a group of angry protestors.
Mr Pyne was announcing the government would fast track legislation to delay the introduction of new minimum pay rates for truck drivers until January next year.
‘It’s a pity unions are trying to shut down democratic discussions in Australia today’ he said.
His other identity Mr Fixit had no comment.
7 Central to the Governments budget is likely to be tax cuts for business. The ‘Panama Papers’ and an avalanche of recent publicity about tax evasion suggests the government will have a hard time convincing those who pay tax that business deserves tax cuts when a third of them don’t pay any anyway. Tax avoidance looms as a large issue in this election.
To quote Peter Lewis:
‘Not only will the PM likely enter a campaign justifying a tax cut while attacking Labor for tightening negative gearing concessions and paring back superannuation benefits for high income earners. But he will also now be called to explain why the Government has failed to act on homegrown tax avoidance and minimisation that sees a third of Australia’s top companies paying no tax’.
8 Australia has a need for many things but there is none greater than the need for equality of opportunity be it employment, equal pay or whatever. But there is none greater than the need for equality of opportunity in education. That is what Gonski was all about and for an Australian Prime Minister, as he did this time last week, to divest himself of any responsibility and advocate a segregated system is an unmitigated disgrace.
Labor’s Chris Bowen says it was a ‘moment of black comedy ’He is correct.
Referring to Turnbull’s offer to the states Greg Jericho said this:
‘Of course they did – and of course they should have. It was a proposal delivered with such little genuineness that Turnbull might as well have been offering to sell the premiers a bridge in Sydney’.
9 From an article by Jonathan Holmes refuting claims from Bolt and Henderson that the ABC is biased.
‘Mark Scott has clearly failed to enact his promised reform agenda’, fumed Gerard Henderson in his Media Watch Dog blog.
‘How can the man heading our biggest media organisation be so blind to the ABC’s unlawful and dangerous Leftist bias?’ frothed Andrew Bolt.
‘Andrew’s world is a simple one, ‘I said. ‘It has two boxes. There’s the one that right-minded people like himself inhabit, and there’s the box in which just about everybody else sits, which he calls ‘the Left’.’
My thought for the day.
‘There is no shame in not knowing. The shame is in not wanting to know’.
PS When you only have Royal Commissions into matters relating to your political opponents and ignore those associated with you, you leave a stench of hypocrisy that has a whiff of gutter politics about it.