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Wild Wind Gusts In Melbourne Alleged, But I Don’t Believe It Because I’m Inside!

“Public rage is like lightning, and tends to discharge its energies at anyone who has the bad luck to be prominent in the wrong way at the wrong time.” John Lancaster Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay.

Somewhere recently I read about the Age of Enlightenment where Reason replaced Faith as a means of concluding what was true…

I immediately thought of John Howard saying that his “instincts” made him sceptical about climate change, but he thought that he better have a policy anyway.

Then I listened to today’s Question Time where Christopher Pyne, after referring to the Labor Leader as “Andrew Daniels”, assured us that the two line statement about Higher Education didn’t constitute a policy, so just because the Liberals said something in their Real Solutions Pamphlet that didn’t mean that it was a policy. Which seemed to Mr. Pyne that if you only take two lines to say something, then you can do the exact opposite when elected.

Mm, why is the phrase “no carbon tax” coming into my head at this point?

Here in Victoria, the Nap-time government has just signed a contract to build an $8,000,000,000 dollar road a mere two months before the election. Why? Well, apparently if they hadn’t then the costs would have blown out by millions if they’d delayed it a couple of months. However, if the road isn’t built because a pending court case stops it, or Labor doesn’t build it, the taxpayer will still have to pay HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS in compensation to the poor company for not being able to make that much from their Public/Private Partnership. (Hm, how are they able to make that much when PPPs are meant to save the taxpayers lots and lots of money? Couldn’t the government build it themselves and save… No, that’s socialism, I realised how silly I was as I was writing that…)

Yes, politics is a strange business where winning is more important than being correct. Rather like high school debating – but on a mass level.

Ok, probably best to just stick to quoting other people and not trying to think for myself.

Here’s a good quote also from “Whoops…” by John Lancaster:

The economic metaphor came to be applied to every aspect of modern life, especially the areas where it simply didn’t belong. In fields such as education, equality of opportunity, health, employees’ rights, the social contract and culture, the first conversation to happen should be about values and principles; then you have the conversation about costs, and what you as a society can afford.

And I’ll just leave you with this thought:

If it waddles, quacks and moves like a duck… It’s probably Christopher Pyne!

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  1. Sir ScotchMistery

    None of us are immune to the lies of the LNP or the waffling of the ALP.

    Neither side is worth a tinkers cuss at getting things done, but at the end of each cycle of lies, we re-elect the liars, whinge about the lies they told that we hoped they would bring to fruit, and question ourselves for the next 3 years on our stupidity as voters.

    Someone once said “Idiocy is the process of doing the same thing time after time, each time expecting a different outcome”.

    We are idiots and we deserve to be screwed as hard and as often as we let them do it. Grin and bear it people. Remember, what they are doing to us in the name of terror, is being done to them by 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in the name of friendship.

    We are indeed ruled by halfwits. And we are halfwits to put up with it.

  2. Kaye Lee

    Christopher Pyne just won the Gold Ernie for saying that increases in uni fees won’t disproportionately affect women because – “women are well represented amongst the teaching and nursing students. They will not be able to earn the high incomes that dentists and lawyers will earn.”

    The Elaine (for the remark least helpful to the sisterhood) – Dead heat between

    Michaelia Cash, Minister assisting the PM on Women

    “In terms of feminism, I’ve never been someone who really associates with that movement. That movement was a set of ideologies from many, many decades ago”

    and Miranda Devine

    “After rising to the top of her party through affirmative action, out first female prime minister cynically played the victim card. Her unscrupulous complaints about sexism and misogyny just empowered the worst kind of women to excuse their own failings, and justified every sexist stereotype.”

    The Good Ernie – Mark Lennon, Secretary of Unions NSW

    For giving female staff 2% more superannuation than men, to acknowledge the structural issues that lead to women having one third of the super savings of men when they retire.

    The Clinton (for repeat offenders) – Tony Abbott (nominated for a record 8th time.)

    Other nominees included Eric Abetz for suggesting breast cancer was linked to abortion; and Matthias Cormann on the advancement of women in the Coalition: “We’re not going to get distracted by these sorts of, what I would say are side issues.”

    For those who are unaware of the Ernie awards, they honour the legacy of Ernie Ecob, the unionist who said in 1989, that women only wanted to be shearers for the shags.

  3. Matters Not

    Kaye, the irony is that the Minister for Women will wear his record nomination as a matter of pride.

    I well remember a past Premier of Queensland rejoicing when Aboriginal demonstrators were marching outside the Executive Building splattering red paint about because he figured that such ‘protests’ would only win him votes.

    The same with Abbott’s nomination. For him it’s a badge of honour. And perhaps a vote winner. Just a bunch of ‘feminists’ at play, and all that. Sad but true.

  4. John Fraser

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    One thing Aussies can count on.

    Poodles Pyne ….. "I'm not going to get into an argument with the audience" and then promptly does it.

    Prime Minister Baldrick …. "there will be no cuts to education" and then promptly cuts education.

    Isn't life wonderful when you have a government …… that continually lies to you.

    I wonder how much Prime Minister Baldrick is running up the "Australian Credit Card" flying back and forwards between Canberra and Sydney to spend nights with his wife.

    So far Prime Minister Baldrick has only managed to get One Nation people sent to jail ….. I wonder if his daughter will do better.

  5. lawrencewinder

    When push comes to shove…. I have the feeling that the wheels are falling off… and that very dark times are ahead….

  6. stephentardrew

    John:

    I have great affection for Baldrick who was an unknowing fool. Abbot on the other hand is a knowing fool. Not trying to censor as it is a just bit of fun. Just giving my opinion.

  7. Kaye Lee

    Remember the pamphlet that every Liberal candidate clung to during the election – Real Solutions.

    Could I draw Christopher Pyne’s attention to the education policy….

    •We will ensure the continuation of the current arrangements of university funding.

    http://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan/education

    I’m calling liar liar pants on fire AGAIN.

  8. rossleighbrisbane

    As Mr Pyne explained, Kaye Lee, a one line statement isn’t a policy. It’s just something that you put out to show what your intentions would be, if they didn’t contradict your actual policy. Soothing words, like when you tell the person going into surgery that you’re sure they’ll be ok, even though you’re not a doctor.

  9. Kaye Lee

    “We will strengthen higher education and encourage Australians of all ages to further their education so that they can gain a comparative advantage and get ahead in the new global economy. We believe higher education has a vital dual role in our society as an engine of economic growth, through educating our workforce and producing quality research.”

    Apparently to “strengthen” higher education we will “encourage” Australians of all ages to take on massive private debt – it’s in our DNA (gawd I hate that phrase – it’s so silly). You will pay for your education because that will make our bottom line look better, and we will pay our pharmaceutical friends to do medical research with money taken from sick people.

  10. stephentardrew

    Your foul deviant greed festers playing upon my mind
    Wielding dead words of inborn lies inured with greed and resentment
    For those who suffer without purpose or intent
    Forbearing against the day of no return
    Thrust out to suffer the iniquity of neo-con lies
    Left to crawl upon the festering refuse of wealth and greed
    Simply to struggle for another day
    Until death arrives and takes you away

  11. Geoffrey England

    Does anyone else have a strong desire to hold Pyne’s head under water till he stops thrashing about, or is it just me?

  12. rossleighbrisbane

    No, Geoffrey, it’s just you so you’ll need to do it before I warn him when I send him a Christmas card next year!

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