Bill Shorten will today promise to significantly increase the nation’s ambitions on climate change, blasting Malcolm Turnbull’s “pathetic” policy but risking a backlash from business.
The Opposition Leader will commit to a carbon reduction target of 45 per cent by 2030 — almost twice the level set by the Coalition three months ago but in line with advice from the federal government’s experts.
But the new policy, which won’t be finalised until discussions between Labor and industry conclude in March, could wipe $30 billion off the economy when compared with doing nothing further on climate change — a far bigger cost than the government’s target.
Last week Bill decided that the way to fix the country’s huge debts, created by Labor in the first place, is to double the price of cigarettes! This week, just in case there still are voters left in the country who think he’s sane, he now wants to add to the ALP engineered debt by wiping another $30 billion off our economy.
I’ll be glad when the Climate Change Summit in Paris is over. The ABC, being the Left Greens preferred media outlet is flogging Climate Change for all it’s worth. If you aren’t a paid up member of the Church of the Latter Day Alarmists who will never get a gig on the ABC.
And…I’m wary of Turnbull. It’s no accident that the polls are siding with him. He’s a Lefty, believes in radical measures to stop nature as she warms and cools and has ascendancy in the polls simply because he isn’t a conservative. The media, the insane Greens and rusted on ALP prefer him because he is one of them. Doesn’t mean they will vote for him come election time however.
Which leaves us with an outsider leading the Conservative Liberal Party.
Unless something changes between now and the elections I will be faced with voting for a Left wing led LNP, the ALP or the insane Greens.
Hobson’s choice indeed.
Had a visitor last night. Nearly stood on him as it was late and I had just turned the patio lights off. He struck at me and hit my unshod foot causing me to rush to Google and find out who he is. According to Snake Catchers Brisbane he is a White Crowned Snake
Species name: (Cacophis harriettae)
Other Common names: Crowned Snake.
They go on to say;
Not considered dangerous to humans. All crowned snakes are reluctant biters, relying more on bluff display than bite. They are weakly venomous and have tiny mouths and short fangs. They will generally rear up & ‘mock strike’ with mouth closed, more of a ‘head butt’. If bitten, as with any snake bite, apply correct first aid and seek medical attention.
All OK, no fang marks but it made me wary. Big tough old soldier weakens at the knees when confronted with snakes and it matters not at all that he wasn’t even half a meter long.
Possibly they are the most abundant of Brisbane’s smaller snake species and they are nocturnal which might explain why I have never, ever seen one.
Keep an eye out for the little critters.
Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs predicts the French people will reflect on their military involvement in the Middle East following the “deeply traumatic and scarring” attacks on Paris.
Professor Triggs, a former resident of Paris, said existing concerns about the potential consequences of military action will be “heightened” following the attacks.
“The French are a very politically engaged people … but I think the loss of so many people in such a cold-blooded and planned attack will heighten the concerns that they have about the role they are playing globally,” she told ABC Radio.
It sure will Gillian. You watch the French ramp it up.
She suggests France actually surrender and give up pursuing ISIS.
“I think the French will be looking into themselves into just what can be achieved by trying to stop ISIL, whether they should, or whether they should back away completely.”
Crazy dame. I note she backs Turnbull and his soft stand on terrorism as he plans to send Peacemakers some time in the future…when everyone else has done the hard work….presumably.
Amid reports a Syrian passport used to enter Europe through Greece was found near a suicide bomber, Ms Triggs called for political leaders to show courage and warn against associating the two issues.
‘There will undeniably be those who say that the relatively open borders have made it easier for terrorists to get in,’ Ms Triggs told ABC radio on Monday.
Undeniably Gillian, simply because it has.
One of the problems fighting ISIS is that useful idiots like Triggs exist and have a voice.
Turnbull on the Paris obscenity
Mr Turnbull made it clear that military action was crucial to success and signalled that he might consider more Australian troops being deployed there in roles such as peacekeeping.
That sentence is a contradiction in terms as Peacekeepers enter the combat zone after peace has been declared, and that is not happening anytime soon.
The ABC news say world leaders vow to destroy ISIS. Our guy says we’ll send peacekeepers.
Personally, I was disappointed that RAAF Hornets weren’t allowed out of their bunkers to fly alongside French Fighter Bombers in their missions overnight.
Dennis Shanahan talking about Abbott
His willingness to send troops to Iraq for training and fighter-bombers into Syria were of a piece with his view the US should do more in Syria to defeat “the death cult” militarily in the field, to stop terror attacks in Australia and elsewhere. Abbott’s view was that Daesh had to be destroyed in Syria and Iraq.
And all Turnbull offers is Peacekeepers. Even civilians will understand that Peacekeepers aren’t the answer and that to win a war, and it is a war, the West need to destroy ISIS where they live. They need to destroy their lines of communications and their logistics. Find out where they are getting their AK 47/54s and destroy the factories. They need to track their finances, take the money and attack any nation that finances them and they need to close down their access to the internet.
The West need to conduct all-out-war or suffer a litany of Paris events.
Abbott’s view will prevail while Turnbull’s initial response will be hopefully forgotten as he gains some experience. Wishful thinking I know, but I’m trying to be positive.
We need to stand with Paris, not pray for them. If you must pray then wait until we are burying ISIS troops and then pray for their souls to be eternally condemned.
Disgraced former union boss and ex-ALP MP Craig Thomson has no money to pay any penalty imposed over hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds he used without authority, including for prostitutes, the Federal Court has heard.
That’s OK Craig, the courts have an answer for your problem There is a formula of so many days in jail per thousands of dollars of fines so you can work it off.
All the best and don’t drop the soap!
Here’s a thought. If you use Wotif you are helping to close down the coal mining industry and by extension, lowering our standard of living and ability to help those in need. You are also helping to stop millions of Indians escape poverty.
An indigenous group trying to block Adani’s $16 billion Carmichael mine in central Queensland has abandoned claims of racism by the National Native Title Tribunal over its approval this year of a mining lease on its traditional lands.
Ahead of a Federal Court challenge later this month to the tribunal’s decision in April, native title claimant Adrian Burragubba has also been dealt a blow, being ordered to pay court costs over changes to his original wide ranging legal suit to block the mining leases.
Mr Burragubba, of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, originally had accused Adani of improper conduct in giving misleading analysis of future jobs and revenue from the megamine.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Wotif founder Graeme Wood and former Greenpeace employee John Hepburn were involved in setting up a company, The Sunrise Project, to help Mr Burragubba fight Adani.
Documents obtained by The Australian detail an offer of a $325,000 payment over one year “to initiate a community development program and explore their alternatives to mining on their country”.
A “heads of agreement’’ between The Sunrise Project and a family council of the group, convened by Mr Burragubba, warned that assistance was contingent on continued opposition to the mine.
There should be a law against this type of radicalism and if there isn’t, one should be tabled in the house soonest and backed by LNP and the ALP.
All Australia’s Catholic bishops (The Oz – paywalled) have been drawn into a national test case for freedom of religion and speech after Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commission found they have a case to answer over humiliating gay, lesbian and transgender Australians by distributing a booklet supporting traditional marriage.
Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteus was initially singled out in a complaint by transgender Greens political candidate Martine Delaney that she felt humiliated and that he had breached the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act by circulating a booklet to the parents of Catholic school students called “Don’t mess with Marriage”.
Ms Delaney, who has changed from a male to a female and lives in a same-sex relationship with a woman, said she was humiliated by the booklet which only paid “lip service” to showing respect to same-sex attracted Australians but actually sent out negative messages about them.
A transgender Greens political candidate who has changed from a male to a female and lives in a same-sex relationship with a woman is always going to be offended and humiliated.
Read an article about a hetero couple. OMG, how humiliating. An article about live cattle export. OMG, how humiliating. If I emailed her and told her I drive a V8 she would be upset as well.
Now the rules of debate on the SSM issue have been set. If you think any gender can marry any gender, and there is apparently more than two nowadays, all well and good. If you don’t, stand by to be called in front of a Kangaroo Court or Anti Discrimination Commission.
She seems to afraid of debate and is trying to shut it down.
Maybe because most of the country doesn’t care and she knows it. We have bigger issues to deal with and harping from the perpetually offended SSM/Green Activist crowd doesn’t help their cause.
In today’s letters to the editor in The Australian, old OCS classmate John Mosel reminisces on that fateful day.
One of my army unit’s trucks had broken down at a crossing at Betoota in western Queensland. I persuaded my CO to let me go with the aircraft taking the gearbox to the repair crew who were waiting at a hotel located on the crossing. On approach the next day, we overflew the pub which was surrounded by many vehicles. This was surprising because there were no buildings, other than the pub, as far as we could see. As we made our approach to the strip, a short distance from the crossing, a ute pulled away from the pub and drove towards us.
The driver of the ute, a young woman, backed the vehicle up to the side of the plane and told the pilot and I to take one end of the gearbox while she would handle the other. While effortlessly lifting her end into the back of the ute, she said, “Have you heard? They sacked that bastard Gough! Are you joining us for a beer?”
We all had a celebratory beer in the mess I was in at the time as well.
How did you celebrate?
What is going on in the Navy? Recently Captain Shindy was announced as Telstra’s Business Woman of the Year.
The last time I looked the RAN wasn’t in business. It has no business plan and is not required to turn a profit so why as one of their officers been awarded this honour.
I think the answer lies partly in her uniform – note the Hijab. On this evidence it would appear the RAN has changed the dress regulations to accommodate one particular religion – Islam.
Ah well, I thought, maybe there is a groundswell of Muslims signing up and whereas, in my experience, regulations have never been change for just one religion. maybe numbers are changing this old rule .
But no, I can’t find any evidence that this is the case. In fact it appears that most Muslims interested in the military have already signed up to fight against us in the Middle East.
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Barrett recently fasted in solidarity with RAN Muslims and at a dinner at the Australian War Memorial said;
“Muslim-Australians and the knowledge and the values they bring to the workforce are a key and essential component of a successful Team Navy.”
Wow, just Wow.
I get the feeling that the Vice Admiral wouldn’t be saying that at a dinner held at the War Memorial for say, Catholics and or Protestants. In fact I doubt there ever would be a dinner celebrating main stream religions.
We are, after all, a secular society.
Dinner at the AWM. Hmm. The memorial was designed to commemorate the sacrifice of Australians who have served their country. It was never thought of as a temple to political correctness.
Bernard Gaynor goes into more detail than I do and like me yearns for a day when the military defended the country without politically correct language.
During my time I served under more simple rules.
The role of the infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and hold ground, to repel attack, by day or night, regardless of season, weather or terrain.
There were no riders that mentioned ” in a gender equal manner” or ” in between praying to Allah five times a day” or “dressed modestly with Hijab if applicable”
Poor show Admiral.
Shorten claims the release of the news that the Trade Union Royal Commission has found he has not committed any indictable offence was released late on Friday night was an attempt to bury his “Innocence” has nothing to do with the timing
It is all about Shorten trying to get more media coverage on the announcement.
He may not have committed an indictable offence but he has committed and immoral and unethical offence. Any Trade Union official that negotiates a pay decrease for it’s members in exchange for funding that was used to finance his campaign to gain a seat in parliament has to be considered as unethical at best.
But that’s the unions for you.
Day after tedious day, the Trade Union Royal Commission uncovers examples of union officials stealing members funds for personal gain.
Day after day, millions of dollars of unexplained or false invoice deals are uncovered and the Unions and the ALP are still screaming “Witch Hunt”
In today’s news;
The Turnbull government will make a staunch defence against any Labor attack on the trade union royal commission in parliament this week, seizing on corruption allegations against the Australian Workers Union.
At least five former AWU officials have been criticised in the submissions, including allegations of possible criminal behaviour by Bill Shorten’s former deputy at the union, Cesar Melhem, who faces a prison sentence if ultimately charged and convicted of falsifying invoices.
They should be attacking, not defending. Every press conference, whatever it’s initial subject, should be closed with ” Did you note today’s news from the Trade Union Royal Commission? Did you note that Secretary X has used X dollars on his or her private expense?
Every day, every press meeting.
And then table in Parliament a bill that brings Union officials under the same regulations as business leaders.
Let ASIC sort it out.