Category Archives: Politics
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?
Samantha Maiden plumbs the depths of poor manners in yesterday’s Sunday Mail when she quotes from a book Turnbull wrote years ago when he was pumping for a republic.
Full of abuse and ridicule of Charles, the heir to the throne, it gives us an insight as to why Turnbull shouldn’t be PM.
I’m not suggesting that Charles is a winner, in fact I think he’s rather loopy, but that’s just a private citizen’s opinion and isn’t as public as a book written by a man who is now our Prime Minister. A man who will shortly be obliged to entertain and welcome Prince Charles to Australia.
I can only imagine Samantha Maiden is a Republican like Turnbull and thinks raising adultery and tampon conversations is all fair in the debate to rid Australia of the attachment to the Monarchy.
In today’s The Australian Paul Kelly, who has written a book on The Dismissal, claims Turnbull plans to advise the Governor-General and the Queen to release correspondence between former governor-general John Kerr and the palace leading to the dismissal of the Whitlam government.
This has Republic written all over it and it is obvious Turnbull still wants the debate on a republic.
Like it or not, during the course of the next Government Turnbull will raise the issue of a Republic again. He will see it as his part in history, to dramatically change Australia on his watch.
His ego demands it.
I have struggled coming to grips with Tony Abbott’s sacking. An honourable man replaced by a “Flash Harry” of little substance. From my reading of Turnbull and, for that matter, Shorten, their complete CV is centred on themselves and what they can do to enhance their pursuit of self aggrandization.
The Libs have badly let the country down because the polls were bad. Any government taking over from one as economically bad as the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd government was, has two years to try and fix the problem. This should have been accepted as fact but the crazies in the Senate, coupled with Shorten who refused to take any blame for our parlous financial state, ignored the need and blocked every attempt to fix the problem.
Bad news at the start of an election cycle is always bad for the polls but then in the third year, when things start to stabalize, the polls lift. There is no way that an ALP government was on the cards with Shorten in command. He has far too much ammo for the Libs to use in an election campaign for him to get through.
I have quoted Bolt in full. I seldom do quote him but his article explains my feelings on the matter better than I could ever have done.
NOW Tony Abbott is gone I can finally tell the truth about him. Folks, you made a big mistake with this bloke.
No, no. The mistake wasn’t that you voted for him.
In fact, you got one of the finest human beings to be Prime Minister.
In many ways he seemed too moral for the job, yet he achieved more in two years than the last two Labor prime ministers achieved in six.
Compare. Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard left us with record deficits after blowing billions on trash — on overpriced school halls, “free” insulation that killed people, green schemes that collapsed, “stimulus” checks to the dead.
They meanwhile opened our borders to 50,000 illegal immigrants and drowned 1200. They hyped the global warming scare and forced us to pay a job-killing carbon tax just to pretend they were saving us.
But Abbott? I won’t go through the whole list: how he stopped the boats, curbed spending, scrapped the useless carbon and mining taxes, led the world’s defiance of deadly Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and made us safer from terrorism.
He even signed three free trade deals to secure jobs for our kids — including one with China that the last three governments couldn’t clinch.
And he did all this in the face of astonishing heckling and even vilification from our media class, and despite often feral opposition in the Senate.
But your mistake was not to care about all that. Deeds didn’t count with you. Image was all.
And so you told the pollsters you didn’t like Abbott. You believed the vicious crap written about him, until his MPs finally panicked and dumped him.
Your mistake was that you couldn’t look behind the flim flam — the way Abbott looked, the way he spoke, the way he walked, the way he ate an onion — to see what he’d actually done for you and for your country.
You even laughed at some of his finest qualities and emblems of his public service. Journalists ridiculed his work as a lifesaver by mocking his costume and body hair. They dismissed his firefighting service as just a photo-op. Wrote off his patriotism as bigotry.
When he defended women, he was called insincere. When he warned that our finances were in strife or that terrorism menaced us, they called him a scaremonger.
And you believed them. You let people treat like absolute dirt a man who had a record of volunteerism no prime minister has equalled — working in Aboriginal communities, lifesaving, firefighting, helping people in natural disasters, and raising money for women’s shelters and a hospice for dying children.
And none of it was done just to puff his CV for an election pamphlet.
The only reason I know Abbott helped people secure their homes after one Sydney storm is that my wife’s uncle asked the head of the team getting the tree off his house if that really was Abbott over there, helping to cut it away.
Shush, said the captain. He doesn’t like people knowing.
Now, I must declare straight up — I call Tony Abbott a friend.
So you’ll call me biased. You’ll laugh that I can write this massive praise of him when almost everyone else is horse-laughing. And you’ll say that’s why I see more qualities in Abbott than are actually there.
But you’ll just be making another mistake.
See, I don’t think Abbott is a great man because he’s my friend. He’s my friend because he’s a great man. Greater than the people who tore him down.
He’s my friend especially because he’s not those things that so many journalists wrote — including some who must have known what they wrote were lies.
Truth is that Abbott is not a thug, bully, racist, fool, liar, woman-hater, homophobe or bigot. He’s not cruel or lacking compassion.
If he were any of those things he would not be my friend. Those are deal breakers for me. Those I love best are people of honour, warmth and kindness.
Tony Abbott is one such man, and that he has been betrayed and deposed doesn’t just break my heart. It makes me fear for this country. I can only hope that Australians will one day wake up to what they’ve tossed away.
Sorry to sound so melodramatic, but here are some glimpses of the man I know — ones that put the lie to the trash that even big-name correspondents peddled about him.
And from Steve Kate at Catalaxy Files
The media and the left are among the people least capable of seeing goodness in others. And it’s not as if these qualities were invisible even to those of us who were not among his friends. If you are part of the anti-Abbott collective of this country, you are part of the problem and in no way part of the kind of humane solutions Tony Abbott tried to bring to political decision making in this country. We are all the worse for his departure. There are some who do not know this because they are so shrivelled inside that they incapable of knowing this. But there are some, thankfully, who understood what a great Prime Minister we had and know exactly what we have lost.
And this from comments at the Cat.
When the second Bali bomb happened at Jimbaran beach, the people who died and the ones who are still struggling are friends of ours.
Tony was on holiday with his wife and daughters. Ours son’s friend lost both of his parents that night, our sailing mate lost his sight and his wife lost one of her eyes. Our business lawyer is alive but has never recovered, and his wife struggles.
Tony Abbott was Health Minister in the Howard government at the time. He teamed up with Newcastle GP, Adam Frost, who was also on holiday with our friends, and they did the most amazing triage and lifesaving operation.
Seriously, people, you have no idea of the quality that is Tony Abbott, and what those lightweights have thrown away in favour of an empty suit.
Flash Harry in an empty suit – poor exchange indeed.
Malcolm Turnbull has publicly come out against the position of Tony Abbott and the Coalition party room on the question of a national same-sex marriage plebiscite.
The Communications Minister, a prominent advocate of same-sex marriage, warned the Prime Minister’s strong disposition for a public vote would become an incessant distraction for the Coalition in the lead-up to the next election and into the next term of parliament.
“One of the attractions of a free vote is it would have meant the matter would be resolved in this parliament, one way or another, in a couple of weeks,”
The main attraction of a free vote is it could possibly pass.
“The reason I have not advocated a plebiscite after the next election is that it would mean that this issue is a live issue all the way up to the next election and indeed at the next election, and if we are returned to office, it will be a very live issue in the lead-up to the plebiscite itself.
The reason that he doesn’t like the idea of a plebiscite is that if the people get a vote, it will not pass and he knows it.
Seriously Malcolm, just resign and go back to Labor.
I think I’ll give the ABC a miss today as the talking heads sit there in their orgasmic pleasure at having played their part in the demise of another hated Coalition MP. Citing tweets lambasting Bishop as proof positive she erred, backed up by the media as they sifted through the rubbish bins of society looking for more examples of Bronwyn’s excesses.
And they found some and they were duly cycled through the media on successive days as part of a program to destabalize the government.
The fact that it all come to light the week after the Trade Union Royal Commission raised serious questions about Shorten’s misuse of member’s money while he was in the AWU is not accidental.
What annoys me is when going through said bins, the media tossed aside reams of references to the ALP doing the same in spades. This doesn’t excuse Bishop and in the wash-up she certainly had reached her use-by-date, however the hypocricy is breathtaking.
With the government looking feeble and slow to react I have to ask; what the hell were they thinking. Why weren’t they attacking?
Every time Shorten said Bishop must go why didn’t Abbott say “Sure Bill, we are looking at it. Now, in the meantime would you like to explain your extortion of $40,000 from Unibilt that was a “donation” to the AWU but that you actually used for your initial political campaign to enter parliament?”
For that matter why hasn’t this fact been recycled through ABC 24 in their daily offer of unbiased news?
Another ALP member, Senator Helen Polley, who was not not a minister, had no portfolio responsibilities at the time, but managed to clock up $20,000+ in 8 charter flights between Hobart and Launceston at $3,000+ per trip (160 Km between cities) doesn’t rate a mention in the media, let alone in Twitter.
The fact that the ALP are just as guilty doesn’t ameliorate Bishop’s indiscretions but it does raise the issue of hypocracy.
The Libs have plenty of reasons to attack Labor on their record but at no stage did I hear or read of such any attack. They seem to go to ground whenever a media and/or Twitterstorm occurs and cop the bullets.
Man up you bastards and let slip loose the dogs of war.
Then, when the tables are turned and the ALP are busy dodging bullets, revise the MPs entitlements and bring them into line with the public’s expectations and continually front Shorten to get him to back them or not.
Get him to put his money where his sanctimonious, hypocritical heart is.
Adam Goodes’ campaign for pre-selection continues as Chip Le Grand, his current campaign manager, gets another above-the fold front page article in today’s Australian.
The article draws hundreds of comments, a lot of which point out that the spectators are booing Goodes because he once publicly abused and humiliated a teenage girl. Most Australians don’t like large, adult males abusing teenage girls.
Chip ignores this opinion because it doesn’t suit his agenda but the spectators don’t and won’t in the future.
If it is racist then one needs to ask the questions – why aren’t all the other indigenous players boo’d. What is it that sets Goodes apart? I would have to say it is his activist profile. All the other guys are in football to play while Goodes is, at this stage of his career, in football for political activist reasons and the crowd don’t like it. They go to the game to be entertained with football skills, not to be harangued and called racists as part of one man’s campaign for pre-selection or Reconciliation.
Subsequent to the abuse incident he was appointed Australian of the Year and since then, this current campaign aside, has been noted for his absence in the media on subjects other than football, with one extreme example. In early March he announced that he now finds it hard to say I am proud to be Australian after seeing Pilger’s ‘Utopia’
Not proud to be an Australian…John Pilger…Utopia…FFS who is advising this man?
John Pilger is an expat Australian who, simply put, hates us. He has made a career out of this hatred and for years has penned propaganda that always reflects poorly on Australia and whatever he says has little impact outside of the Green-Left of the political divide. That is, about 10 % of the community give Pilger any credit whatsoever. This 10%, of course, encompasses the ABC and SBS where he is often seen talking about his hatred of Australia – but we expect that.
Back to today’s article.
Michael O’Loughlin was watching Sydney play West Coast when his seven-year-old son James turned to him with a question he could not easily answer: “Dad, why are they booing uncle?’’
It is the question all of football — and much of the nation — is now grappling with, as the AFL, Sydney and opposition clubs look for a way to stop crowd abuse of Adam Goodes.
Good ploy – play the cute little nephew. Pure Facebook campaigning.
..as the AFL, Sydney and opposition clubs look for a way to stop crowd abuse of Adam Goodes. With all the recent press on the mater, with more people remembering his abuse of the teenager, I don’t think the crowd are going to forgive him anytime soon.
He says he is campaigning for Reconciliation but I see little conciliation in starting the debate by saying it is hard for him to be proud to be Australian because, according to left wing Pilger, we are all racists.
I predict his post-football career will be in politics where his character will be well and truly tested when the crowd becomes all of Australia, not just a few thousand at a footy match.
Will he be able to cut it?
That remains to be seen.
Speaker Bishop under pressure to resign for inappropriate expenditure. I’d expect her to resign a little after Bill Shorten resigns for stealing $40,000 and using it for his own electoral campaign.