Category Archives: Politics
BARRY O’Farrell has resigned as NSW Premier following his appearance at the Independent Commission against Corruption yesterday.
Mr O’Farrell denied receiving a $3000 bottle of wine from Australian Water Holdings boss Nick Di Girolamo yesterday but resigned today after it was revealed that he sent Mr Di Girolamo a card thanking him for the gift.
Something there for the ALP to think about. A Liberal political Premier resigns over a mistake he made, inadvertantly or not, while the ALP have had people like Thomson refusing to admit his crimes with Gillard backing him as a good local member. Hundreds of thousands stolen from his union members and through it all, he refused to resign and no one forced him to.
O’Farrell meets the high standards of the Liberal movement while the ALP sets low standards and fail to even meet them.
A great video tour through Nuship Canberra which will dramatically increase Australia’s defence capabilities, and impact the Army as much as the RAN:
That is great news for Australia and the ADF but elsewhere, after 6 years of the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd debacle, the news is all bad.
Alan Dupont, in The Weekend Australian underscores the problems Abbott faces repairing the damage the ALP did to our economy.
Perhaps the best way to understand the seriousness of defence’s budgetary problem is to benchmark against Force 2030, trumpeted by the Rudd government in the 2009 white paper as “capable of meeting every contingency the Australian Defence Force may be required to meet in the coming two decades”. Capable it may have been but funded it was not.
The subsequent savage cuts inflicted on Defence by Labor in pursuit of an illusory budget surplus effectively removed $18 billion from Force 2030 in the space of four short years, equivalent to nearly three-quarters of the annual defence budget.
I recall Rudd coming up with his 12 submarines as a blatant try at sounding like he and his party new what they were doing in matters military. Everyone who had any skin in the game just looked at each other, rolled their eyes and dug in waiting for the election to get rid of the idiot.
The logistics of our current submarine fleet have two on patrol, two on build-up or wind-down and two on maintenance and we can just manage the manpower and dollars to keep that moving and Rudd wanted to double the trouble.
Capable it may have been but funded it was not – like most of their ideas – NBN, NDIS and Gonski to name a few.
The public needs to be reminded every day that the reason Abbott and Hockey are about to drop hard times on the country through the 2014 budget is because of the huge, obscene debt ramped up by the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd debacle.
Well, Tony Abbott has got the Progresives traumatised with his reintroduction of Knights and Dames of the Order of Australia (AK/AD). Dame Quentin Bryce and, as of tomorrow, Sir Peter Cosgrove are the first two recipients.
I’m all for recognition of those who give much more than others and seriously impact on the life of Australia and Australians. Dame Quentin will have some difficulty with her progressive mates over accepting the award and any amount of others, like myself, will pause to wonder why she has accepted a title from a system she has railed against. Still, I doubt if she felt she had a choice and, anyway, don’t tell me she isn’t chuffed.
I doubt if many Australians would disagree with my old boss, Sir Peter Cosgrove, being so recognized.
Labour frontbencher Chris Bowen predicted Mr Abbott would next announce “that vinyl records are coming back or that his car plan is to reintroduce Cortinas and Toranas”. Greens leader Christine Milne said Mr Abbott was trying to create a “bunyip aristocracy” in Australia.
I’d take a Cortina if that happened. Had a rich girlfriend with a GT and as I recall I drove it from Melbourne to Perth and back in my 21st year(1967) and enjoyed every mile. The company was good as well.
Back to Knghthoods…..I actually don’t see it as an Imperial award because, simply put, it isn’t. Knights and Dames existed under the Order of Australia originally but were removed by Hawke because the ALP have this strange idea that everyone is equal. But as George Orwell pointed out in Animal Farm some are more equal than others.
It also explains wy the ALP don’t like the Army. We have officers.
Well done Tony Abbott and well done Dame Quentin and Sir Peter.
The agency in charge of the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS) has been likened to “a plane that took off before it had been fully built and is being completed while it is in the air”, in an independent report that questions its ability to roll out the flagship project.
The report’s authors, led by former public service executive Jeff Whalan, point to woefully inadequate IT systems, staff confusion, lack of direction and vague terminology in the crucial assessments, such as the key “reasonable and necessary” supports.
The woes of the agency were made apparent as the Public Service Association in NSW stepped up a campaign to “ban work which requires their co-operation with the National Disability Insurance Agency” over its claims that the insurance scheme is being used as a cover to privatise disability services.
The ALP rushed this to get it out before the last election and it shows. They make mileage out of their “great ideas” but never got on top of actually making them work or financing them.
Those minor problems are left to the Libs to fix.
And then there is this.
LABOR’S most experienced frontbencher, Jenny Macklin, has signed a deal with Melbourne University Publishing to write the inside story on the social policy achievements of the Rudd/Gillard governments.
What should be a book of blank pages will wax philosophically about the ALP’s great programmes and NDIS, NBN and Gonski will rate highly in anything she produces.
The book should be restricted to programmes that were planned, financed and established in the system which would make Macklin’s job so much easier.
But it won’t be.
“My husband is a good man” according to the current Mrs Thomson which makes me wonder what the previous Mrs Thomson thinks. Christa Thomson was still married to him when he was on a spending spree booking whores, porn, booze and travel up to the HSU membership. He is claiming depression from the break-up of his marriage to Christa caused him to seek solace elsewhere however he also claims Christa was with him at times when is accused of consorting with the ladies.
Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg doesn’t seem to be impressed with Thomsons depression plea.
“I’ve never met anyone who’s not depressed at the prospect of going to jail” he said, as Thomson’s QC passed up the magic report.
Thomson had agreed to repay the HSU the $24,538.42 he embezzled with union-issued credit cards and a Flight Centre account.
What about $389,000 of union money spent on getting himself elected to Parliament.
The thousand-page report by Fair Work Australia, made public this week, paints a fascinating picture of a man prepared to lie about the more than $250,000 of union funds he spent on trips, holidays with his ex-wife, an airfare for his brother’s girlfriend, wining and dining, and even prostitutes. Every cent of that spending – even the 14 airfares for his ex-wife – was legitimate, Thomson told FWA. Except for the prostitutes, of course.
Craig’s world is described here
Michael Smith has good coverage and well worth the time to read
The saga is nearly over and, I hope, it will end with Thomson’s incarceration.
The Employee Ombudsman in South Australia has been arrested and charged with 67 counts of fraud allegedly committed while he was a union boss representing some of the country’s lowest paid workers.
Stephen Brennan, former South Australian and Tasmanian branch secretary for the national textile union, was arrested last Thursday over 35 counts of falsifying accounts and 32 counts of dishonest dealing with documents.
Police made the arrest after the union reported alleged misuse of union funds last year. It claimed up to $180,000 had been defrauded from members between 1999 and 2004.
It also referred its concerns to the Fair Work Commission to investigate potential civil charges.
Adam Goodes, current Australian of the Year, is proving a contentious choice. Other than Aussie Rules fans, very few Aussies had heard of Adam until he abused a 13 year old girl at football match for saying “Way to go, you Ape” or whatever. He took this as a racist statement and called for her to be removed from the grandstand, which she was. He is reported as “being gutted” by the girl’s words.
In my youth, on the football field, I’ve been called “Big hairy ape” because, basically, I am big and hairy. Well at least that’s what I thought, but obviously there are different interpretations of the term and every man has the right to call it for what he believes. If Adam Goodes has been referred to as an Ape previously and took it as a racist statement then that is his right. But seriously, we are talking about a 13 year old girl who, when she says “I didn’t mean it to be racist” has to be believed, or, at least given the benefit of the doubt.
So when he was announced as Australian of the Year, the only way most Australians knew him was because of this incident. Depending on your viewpoint, he was thusly appointed due solely to his being the victim of a racist attack, or, because, as a hulking 6 foot plus fit footballer he abused a pudgy 13 year old teenage girl.
Either interpretation is not a good basis for selection.
If the Selection Board wanted to appoint an indigenous Aussie as Australian of the Year I can think of dozens, off the top of my head, who, with greater intelligence and political savvy, could do much more for their people. Pick your favourite from this list
So now he is the Australian of the Year, a position wherebye the encumbent is expected to draw together different parts of the community and thus help his or their cause, in this case, the cause of indigenous Aussies.
Since becoming AOTY Goodes has been noted for his absence in the media on subjects other than football, with one extreme example. Earlier this week 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, ecompasses the ABC and SBS where he is often seen talking about his hatred of Australia – but we expect that.
Adam Goodes take on Utopia.
Adam, heads up mate, you have just alienated 90% of the population, or, at least, 90% of those who are politically aware.
NOT the way to go.
To approach the problem of indigenous Aussies simply from the “racist attack” point of view is ignoring the elephant in the room. It ignores the damage indigenous Aussies do to themselves and to quote Pilger, who blames all problems on white Australia, gets us nowhere.
If, as Adam Goodes believes, hostility to John Pilgers film is a denial of the nations brutal past then Goodes and Pilger are equally guilty of denying the present and this denial bodes poorly for the future.
Look around you Adam. Look at the programmes that are helping your disadvantaged mates and build on that. Look at child and women abuse, alchohol and drug dependancies, lack of support for education, waste and theft of governmet monies and use your position to agitate for improvements. Start another education scholarship system as an adjunct to your help for young Aussies in the field of football.
Expand your horizons and seek advise outside the Green-Left political arena or most will simply wait until you’re gone and that would be a shame…a waste of the hopes of a lot of people… a waste of a chance to help.
UPDATE: I have include some extracts from an interview by Bess Price, one of those I thought would make a better AOTY than Goodes. It is listed on the RHS Menu under “Worth Reading”
Shorten demands Morrison should be sacked due to the single death in Manus. It seems the info Morrison was originally given has now changed and as a result, Morrison has changed his reporting to reflect that.
Morrison is doing well considering he has to operate with the media attacking and Traitor Snowden, the ABC and SBS seemingly conspiring to regularly damage ties with Indonesia. The ABC particularly, is fighting a campaign to damage the government’s handling of the boat people problem. They had little interest when the ALP were running the show but now their reporting is full-on. The RAN wandering into Indonesian waters is a case in point. Don’t they have GPS? and Aren’t they taught how to read a map? were stupid comments being reported all over the media. Yes, they do have GPS and can navigate, but sometimes, for humanitarian reasons, they need to cross territorial waters to save lives. In addition to this, borders aren’t painted on the ocean and the actual location can be up for arguement.
When the RAN went into Indonesian waters to save boat people who had phoned Australian SAR when they were only kilometers from Indonesian shores then you had to read The Australian to know that.
I note Getup stage a vigil for the guy and cleverly entitled it ”Light up the Dark”. There was no such light shone on the thousands previously drowned under the ALP so I guess their batteries were flat then.
So, one death under the Coalition and the ALP call for the minister to be sacked. Thousands under the ALP and the silence is deafening.
The ALP win at Redcliffe is no surprise what with the LNP guy being very unprofessional and Newman being in the part of the electoral cycle where hard decisions have to be made to bring the state out of bankruptcy but seriously is D’Arth the answer.
From Catalaxy Files;
It was also Ms. D’Arth, as chairwoman for the Parliamentary Privileges Committee, that cleared Craig Thomson of any wrong-doing in August 2012 and told Federal Parliament that there were “no grounds for further investigation” into allegations Mr Thomson misled Parliament and failed to declare details of his finances on the pecuniary interests register.
I wonder if she gets a guernsey in the Royal Commission into the unions – certainly deserves one.
FORMER Labor MP Craig Thomson has been found guilty of defrauding the Health Services Union during his time as national secretary.
Melbourne magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg today ruled Mr Thomson had dishonestly obtained a financial advantage by using his union credit card to pay for prostitutes.
As if anyone other than Gillard ever doubted he was gulity!
He will be sentenced next month.