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PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has been accused of doing a “con job” on Australians, with the opposition saying the government will be unable to meet its promise of creating a million jobs.
During last year’s election campaign, the coalition set a target of creating a million jobs over five years and two million over a decade but shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says figures released today showed it will fall 200,000 jobs short of the five-year promise.
So, let me get this straight – the ALP direct their people to construct a report that is at odds with the Coalition’s and based on that, they accuse Abbott of not delivering on a promise 5 years before it is even due.
Somehow that morphs into a “broken promise” and the media run with it.
FFS, why is it even reported?
Tony Sheldon, one of the nation’s most powerful unionists says Coalition plans to block people convicted of certain crimes from entering secure areas of airports and the waterfront is “window dressing” that will do little to reduce crime rates.
Blocking people from receiving a security clearance would have little or no effect on crime in airports, because many workers who had not had a background check – but could be escorted into secure zones – could also be committing crimes.
While the’re being escorted? I guess that depends on who is doing the escorting. If the escort is an ex crim trying to run an honest business of getting drugs and pistols thru customs then I imagine the visitor could be aiding and abetting crimes.
In fact it is happening all the time which is exactly why we want union crims out of the picture.
The union believes the “dredging up of old offences” to stop someone from receiving an aviation or maritime security identification card would be “a double penalty” and security access should be determined by whether a person posed a current risk.
It could be a “quadrillion penalty” depending on how many times the ex crim applies for a job in a secure area.
Get used to it Tony, and, get used to the fact that the unions are not running the country anymore.
The Coalition government had inherited 371 unassessed projects from the previous Labor government, with 22 dating back to 2008.
Environment Minister Hunt had made decisions on 125 projects in his first three months in office, including approving 29 major projects as part of their “Australia is open for business” statement.
With green tape rationalized and based on the fact that the economy and ecology can live side by side, the new governments actions will eventually help them bring the nation out it’s economic gloom.
Greens leader Christine Milne said Tony Abbott’s mantra of being “open for business” was just “code for dig it up, cut it down and ship it away”
She says that like it’s a bad thing.
I wonder where she thinks money comes from
IN only the fourth Newspoll since Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister, he has registered a negative net satisfaction rating, of minus five.
Seriously, what do you expect? After 6 years of macro financial mismanagement Abbott has to carry the can of getting the economy back in a reasonable state. That requires giving the people a lot of bad news as he tries to get them to live within their means.
Shorten’s net satisfaction rating is positive 17. Since starting with a rating of six, his popularity has been steadily rising.
Considering Shorten has done absolutely nothing to earn this, it all has to be due to the bad news Abbott is hitting us with. This will be the trend until Abbott had stabalized the economy and better management becomes obvious.
I’m not surprised and I’m not dissappointed – it was always on the cards.
Australia’s environmental legal centres have lost their federal funding in a move that could see the closure of some of the nine offices around the country.
The federal government has immediately cut an estimated $10 million boost over four years quietly given to Environmental Defender’s Offices in the dying days of the former Labor government.
The government is also planning to end a long-standing annual payment – which for all but one office was around $90,000 – from July 1, meaning the legal centres will no longer receive any federal funding from mid-next year.
So, the government is ceasing funding of groups dedicated to stopping development.
Seems like a good idea to me.
IMMIGRATION Minister Scott Morrison has been labelled brutal for banning new permanent protection visas for asylum seekers already in Australia.
Mr Morrison has used his ministerial powers to put an immediate cap on the number of protection visas for people who have arrived by boat. That means the number has been limited to 1650 until at least July next year, when the cap will be reset.
Another nail in the coffin of the illegal people smugglers and if the ALP/Greens don’t like it then it will be good for the country.
The minister blames Labor and the Greens for playing parliamentary games by combining in the Senate on Monday to scuttle the coalition’s re-introduction of temporary protection visas (TPVs).
Greens MP Adam Bandt condemned both Mr Morrison and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for “acting like thugs” and leaving refugees in permanent limbo.
“What a way to treat some of the world’s most vulnerable people who have come here seeking help,” Mr Bandt told reporters.
“This is a government that is revealing its former brutality day by day.”
TPVs allow boat people to work so when ALP/Greens dissallow the reintroduction of TPVs exactly who are the”thugs”? I reject the Greens definition of boat people as vulnerable as it presumes that they are all fleeing persecution when in fact we know that is not the case.
Labor MP Kelvin Thomson disagreed with Mr Morrison’s description of the disallowance motion as an “own goal” for Labor and the Greens, and voiced disappointment the refugee intake will not reach the former Labor government’s 20,000 a year.
Different subject Kelvin – the subject is: How do we fix up the ALPs Open
Border Slather policy, regain some sovereignty and take the initiative away from the smugglers?
Your mob stuffed it up, the Australian people voted for a solution so listen to them and help us fix it.
Otherwise, shut up
I don’t often link to Pickering but this needs the widest dissemination and discussion. Pickering makes serious allegations against Shorten and at the very least, points raised need to be discussed, countered or admitted.
I have been medically indisposed of late occassioned by dental surgery and all its associated side effects. The surgeons “discomfort” became my “pain” and I become a grumpy version of my old self. Whilst so incapacitated, unable to defend myself let alone the realm, my country was attacked by an enemy within.
I was beside myself with rage as the ABC took the side of the enemy and told the world our espionage secrets and defended same by saying it was “in the public interest”
NO IT WASNT!! The only interest served was that of attempting to destabalize the Abbott government and their attempts to resolve the illegal boat people issue left them by the previous incompetant government . The ABC’s irrational hatred of Abbott and conservatism generally led to their huge break from protocol.
I have some skin in the Indonesian/Australian relationships where as a young soldier I was hustled off to the RAAF Language School to study Bahasa Indonesia for 12 months as part of defences answer to the problems of Bung Karno announcing he was going to attack Australia on New Years Day and, in fact, was already attacking Malaya/Malaysia over the border between Borneo and Kalimentan. On graduation most linguists were detailed to Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), then at Albert Park Barracks (now Australian Signals Directorate and at Canberra) whilst some would be sent off with Infantry Battalions to help in the “Confrontasi” campaign. Of course, being an infantryman I was hoping to get a posting to Borneo rather than be sitting in Melbourne with headseats on listening to the Indons.
Think about it, I was young, smart and fit and joined the Army for adventure, not to become a spook in a dimly lit room in a mainland city. I wanted to travel overseas to experience other cultures and, if on learning their culture, found them to be dangerous to the Australian way of life or to our citizens whom I had sworn to defend then yes, I was prepared to take whatever measures necessary to defend my country up to and including killing them.
As it happened the Vietnam War overtook events at the time and I did neither and had to quickly adapt to another Asian language although my basic premise of defending my country and its people by extreme means become much more relevant than if I had been sent to Borneo. It was a much bigger war.
Few Australians are aware of the Australians involvement in the war against Indonesia. The Indons called it Konfontasi which translates like you think it would, Politicians and the ever loving media wouldn’t call it a war but my mates who were killed and wounded did.
One such mate, Jack, involved in Claret Operations was wounded during an ambush of Indons moving through an Aussie ambush. He was evacuated and confronted by the media at the airport who questioned him about his wounds and the action he was involved in. Amongst other things he said it “was liking shooting ducks”
The government were furious but maintained the fiction that the ambush happened in Malaysian territory and he got away with his politically incorrect language and went on to serve twice in Vietnam.
So with that background you would understand me when I call Scott’s decision to reveal these details as treason and I would suggest his days are numbered. The hypocracy of him complaining about the leak of Journo’s salaries, claiming the detail were commercial in confidence when the ABC is a public body, when considered in the light of his release of sensitive material that has damaged the country, is breathtaking .
Abbott will, I imagine, play the scene quietly and in due course it will fade somewhat but next year, when the Senate make-up changes, if he doesn’t do something about the anti-Australian ABC I will be both surprised and disappointed.
The ALP’s handling of the matter needs some work considering they caused the problem in the first place when Rudd authorised the taps on SBY and his wife. Shorten says he is offering bipartisan support but suggesting Abbott apologise like Obama did to Merkel simply shows his ignorance. The international rule of diplomacy is “neither confirm nor deny” allegations of spying.
Shorten needs to prove his bipartisanship by silencing his court of fools. Pilbersek cites “missteps from this government from day one”.
“The announcement of the turnback the boats and buy back the boats policies before the government was elected were very troubling for Indonesians,” she said.
“They didn’t like the fact that people in Australia were making plans for what would happen on Indonesian soil and in Indonesian waters without talking to the Indonesians, so the relationship was under strain, and this … kind of pushed it a little bit further along that strained path.”
Actually Abbott had been talking to the Indons until the treasonous ABC pointed out the ALP governments actions.
She needs to be careful about fanning the flames of political confusion, where she suggests the Coalition and Abbott were responsibile for stress in the relationship lest a spark be ignited that reminds the public just who cause the whole furore in the first place.
The enemies I have fought were at least honest about their intentions. The bastards at the ABC claim citizenship and a $ billion a year to attack the very people they are meant to serve.
They need to be brought to heel.
Terry Sweetman can’t keep ideology out of todays remembrance as he talks of good and bad wars in a piece entitled Remembrance day silence a time to contemplate the pointlessness of-war.
We should think of lives lost, lives shattered, lives squandered, and lives given in service of what good men and women rightly or wrongly believed were good and just causes.
and I respond
Your article and the above quote makes me think the value of sacrifice of those who served in “bad” wars is less than had they died in “good” wars.
You question why we served in earlier wars but the Maori Wars, the Boxer Rebellion, the Sudan War, the Boer War and WW1 were all fought during a period when most people in Australia thought of themselves as British Australians who were similar to British Canadians or British South Africans. It was a case of Britian is at war, we are British, let’s go.
Who could argue about the good or bad of WW2. Who would ever suggest we shouldn’t have contributed to the downfall of Hitler and Tojo. No one surely and the arguement that Japan was never really going to invade Australia was lost on my Father as he endured 64 Japanese bombing raids on Darwin.
Korea might be officially still under a truce but the communist regimes of China and North Korea didn’t take over the South and it has flourshed so that’s a win.
The Paris Peace Talks ended the Vietnam war in a truce as well. All beligerants went home but while the West lost interest and political will the communists never did and North Vietnam, rearmed by the USSR, finally invaded. It took them nearly 15 years to win the hollow invasion and it cost them dearly. We held them up for all that time and sapped their economies so surely that’s a positive. Korea, Malaya and Vietnam were all battles of the Cold War and that was won in 1990 when the Berlin Wall came down.
The more recent “good ” and “bad” wars, Iraq and Afghanistan, are battles of the war against terrorism. Both have given the local populace an inkling of democracy, secular education, better health and education outcomes and some hope of a better future. Al Qaeda and theTaliban are somewhat depleted, albeit not destroyed, and I think the point is, the whole affair is a generational campaign that will bear fruit in days to come.
The battles aren’t done and the war continues.
I’m tired of being told I fought in a “bad” war with 7RAR in Vietnam while the later 7RAR troops who fought in Iraq also copped the “bad” war service but the next rotation to Afghanistan of the battalion served in a “good” war. We don’t see it that way. The country called and we served under the rising sun, as did our fathers, in an apolitical manner.
I would rather the line quoted at the start be;
We should think of lives shattered and lives given in service of what good men and women believed were good and just causes.
Leave the “rightly or wrongly” and “squandered” to the politicians lest the words start appearing on gravestones and memorials.
In the meantime I await the news of my mate Percy who yesterday was given 24 hours to live. Percy served in one of the “bad” wars in an exemplorary manner and in doing so proved himself a better man than Sweetman ever will be.
Green Commo MP Rhiannon has been detained by the Sri Lankan authorites for visa infringements.
Ms Rhiannon has been in the country studying the Sri Lanka’s human rights record, and says she has seen evidence of extreme government repression.
What the hell is an Australian minor party politician doing in a foreign country calling them to order over anything – let alone their human rights record?
Get back you clown and see what you can do to help your electorate.
Failing that maybe Sri Lanka could be encouraged to keep her. It would certainly lift the standards of politicians in Australia.
UPDATE: Damn! She has been released.