Category Archives: Politics
THE act of paying for prostitutes, adult films or other items on a Health Services Union credit card did not mean that Craig Thomson had defrauded either the card issuer or his employer, Mr Thomson’s defence counsel argued yesterday as the sexually charged and lurid case against the former Labor MP drew to a close.
How can he say that? How can anyone justify spending members funds on personal sexual gratification?
Maybe the Health Services Union don’t have written clause that says “HSU Credit Cards are not to be used for any purpose other than those that are of benefit to the Union” or, more specifically, to cover grubs like Thomson “…are not to be used for prostitutes”.
If they dont, they should. If the HSU Board hasn’t discussed and approved inserting clauses in their management protocols as a result of Thomson’s nefarious activities then one must ask why not?
It could be construed that they are simply maintaining the gravy chain for future office holders
If Thomson gets off this then it is another reason to have a Royal Commission into Union thuggery, rorting of members monies and standover tactics in the building industry.
I don’t have a problem with unions per se, just union officials rorting members funds (HSU), and/or committing every crime against civilization (CFMEU)
GENERAL Peter Cosgrove has been named by Tony Abbott as Australia’s next governor-general.
The former chief of defence will replace Kevin Rudd appointee Quentin Bryce in late March.
Standing alongside his wife Lynne in Canberra, General Cosgrove, 66, said he was “truly humbled” by the appointment.
A General,a conservative and a man – the Left will hate it but Australia can now relax as we have a GG who will be for all the people in a non-ideological and pragmatic manner. I doubt very much he’ll rattle on about a Republic as Bryce did whilst drawing the Queen’s money, nor would I expect him to be an activist for every feminist and gay group in the country.
Good call, Abbott!
I don’t have many historical heroes but Capt James Cook is one of them so the news that Filth in Victoria have vandalised his cottage gets my Irish up. I would seriously go ballistic if I come across them as they did their evil work and believe me 186cm 112 kilo frame would be a ballistic nightmare – there would be no ricochet or deflection with that mass.
VANDALS got in ahead of extra security planned for Captain Cook’s cottage over the Australia Day weekend.
The Melbourne monument was sprayed with anti-Australia graffiti for the second year in a row early Friday morning, with slogans reading “26th Jan Australia’s shame” and “F*** Australia Day”.
Smashed light bulbs were used as makeshift paint bombs, breaking one window and littering the building’s surroundings with glass.
The ABC maintain their bias as they do their best to denigrate the Abbott government. Their mode of attack this week has been to acuse our sailors of torturing boat people with scurrilous statements by “they would say that” type boat people being presented as fact.
The asylum-seekers claimed the burns were a result of being forced to hold hot engine pipes by navy personnel. They also alleged they were badly beaten by navy personnel before their boat was turned back to Rote Island on New Year’s Day.
The pic offers proof that the hands have been burned, not that the burns were inflicted by a sailor, although the ABC presents it as fact.
The Australian heads their coverage with “ABC sticking to its story as ‘abuse’ doubts mount” while the Abbott hating Fairfax guys at The Age, totally in step with the ABC , says “Secrecy on boat policy leaves navy vulnerable”
The anti Conservative media are on a campaign to denigrate the government and this is just another battle in their campaign. To quote assylum seekers without question, when it is obviously in the seekers interests to claim “they beat me up etc”, is unproffessional and needs calling to order. The ABC is the voice of Australia throughout the Pacific region courtesy of the Gillard governments handing them the contract without going to tender, so you can imagine how our reputation suffers. In their attempts to make Abbott look bad they are making Australia look bad. Millions of uneducated Moslims in the region still believe that Bush was responsible for 9/11 so they are very susceptable to believing the fact-deprived propaganda of the ABC.
Week after week the ABC are being called to order over their bias and yet the government have done nothing to address the inbalance. Where are you Malcom?
From The Age;
Allegations of orchestrated abuse occasioning actual bodily harm have been made by asylum seekers against this country’s Navy. The allegations are extremely serious and appear to be backed up by photographic evidence.
If proved, they would constitute torture by our military and would shred Australia’s international standing.
A picture of someones burnt hand does not constitute ‘a serious allegation backed up by photographic eveidence‘ In the absence of something like a pic of a Aussie sailor forcing the hand of a asylum seeker onto a hot exhaust pipe then the media need to shut up.
It ain’t evidence that our sailors did anything but Mark Kenny, the Age’s Chief political correspondent, somehow or other believes it does – based on what Mark?
With a general election due in Indonesia later this year, election rhetoric in Jakarta is simply grandstanding by would-be politicians going for re-election or election and will have little input on the whole picture. Indonesia doesn’t need 10,000 foreigners camping in their backyard while they wait for passage to the land of the big handout so saner heads in Jakarta are keeping quiet and letting it run its natural course.
Abbott will win out in the end.
SENATORS are demanding more answers from Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on asylum-seeker incidents amid expert advice on the power of the parliament to force the disclosure.
The chairwoman of the federal committee, Greens senator Penny Wright, said: “There is an expectation in the Australian public that the executive will be accountable . . . It is a really important democratic principle and there is a great concern in the community about the government’s lack of information about people arriving by boat.”
Yes Penny, the executive need to be accountable and as I understand it Abbott promised to slow down then stop the boats and he is doing exactly that.
I also understand that the Greens don’t want that to happen at all. They are on record as wanting open borders so Penny is really saying she just hates the way Abbott is protecting our borders. Seriously though, with all the noise across the media about the government’s handling of the situation and with or without expert advice on the parliament forcing disclosure, out in the public arena the majority of people are happy with how it is all turning out.
The boats are stopping and that is all the disclosure we need.
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.