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The US has created a special visa for Australians to work in the US. Until now Aussies have had to compete for a 65,000 visa issue worldwide – now we have our own bucket of 10,500 visas to dip into.
Some 10,500 E3 visas will be issued annually to Australians with tertiary qualifications who have job offers from American employers, including universities, government departments and businesses. There is no age limit.
The bill found no opposition in the Senate.
There was no debate on the provision, which was passed unanimously by the Senate, but it is believed that there was widespread support for the new visas, given Australia’s close relationship with the US.
Another flow-on from the Free Trade Agreement and rightly supporting the US in it’s fight against terrorism. It’s funny, but I notice the Left have stopped carping about how the agreement was going to be the ruin of Australia’s industry.
Trade Minister Mark Vaile hailed the new visa as “a significant breakthrough” that would allow Australian business to capitalise on the opportunities created by the free-trade agreement with the US.
Bloody Howard, just keeps on winning.
Wonder if the Kiwis got any extra visas?
There is a risk inherant in opposing for opposings sake. Kim and his team of wonders has decided to block all tax cuts in the Senate. Howard and Costello can’t believe their good luck and can’t wait to get the budget to the Senate so Kim can knock it back.
The move should get extra votes for the ALP from…mmm….can’t think of any group actually.
Labor has blundered strategically and tactically and many of its members know it. The decision of Kim Beazley’s leadership team to oppose all the tax cuts and the abolition of the superannuation surcharge has suddenly made Labor the issue.
It’s raining in Brisbane but there is always some sunshine creeping through.
How sweet the sound of Liz Jackson of Media Watch getting confused about the blogging world. Rattling on last night in an attack against Janet Albrechtson and local Brisbane blogger, Arthur Chrenkoff, Liz makes a huge point of the fact that Arthur’s articles on the Wall Street Journal’s website Opinion Journal are not published by the Wall street Journal.
Maybe the ABC should tell the Wall Street Journal to remove their WSJ.com logo from the site as it’s confusing Liz. With Wall Street Journal links all over the Opinion Journal page and vise versa I don’t quite accept Liz’s arguement that;
Good News from Iraq is not published on the highly respected Wall Street Journal website — it’s a blog published by a sister site.
If Media Watch feel obliged to attack bloggers, then our pressure on the MSM is being felt. It is, in effect, a compliment to Arthur for all the hard yards he does in trying to balance the MSM bias and will give him a hits boost.
Liz’s bias is plain to see for all those that care and her prattling on about minor details only tends to reinforce this bias.
To prove she isn’t biased, Liz finds a suitable quote about the Iraq War.
Being a foreign correspondent in Baghdad these days is like being under virtual house arrest… I leave when I have a very good reason to and a scheduled interview. I avoid going to people’s homes and never walk in the streets … I … can’t strike up a conversation with strangers, can’t look for stories, can’t drive in anything but a full armoured car, can’t go to the scenes of breaking stories, … can’t take a road trip, can’t say I’m American, can’t linger at check points, can’t be curious about what people are saying, doing, feeling.
— Farnaz Fassihi, 29 Sept 2004
Ah, that’s better, it’s negative.
Good show, Arthur. Keep up your ‘Good News’ series and publish it where you will. People will seek you out for what you say that the MSM doesn’t and will not give a fig about you’re being paid or not. Nor will they care if they have to click once to follow the link.
Jim Sorely, a local red ragger, was Lord Mayor of Brisbane for some years and now has a column in the local Sunday Mail. (scroll down) I’m told that senior people at the Mail would rather they didn’t have to carry his byline but have little choice.
Sorely prattles on about Philip Roth who has recently published a ‘what if this happened’ novel, making Jim wonder;
… if 50 years down the track some creative author will write a book of speculative fiction about a wise, peace-loving president who is elected to lead the US instead of George W. Bush in 2000.
Who knows, Jim, maybe someone will and if they do the story-line is already available
Let’s say John Kerry was elected as President. Surely he would fit your ‘wise, peace loving’ definition, wouldn’t he? I mean he was peace-loving enough to roll over to the communists during the Vietnam War so I guess he’d definitely fit the bill.
Well, on hearing Kerry had been elected, El Quaeda and the Taliban would have celebrated a victory and started planning more battles in the fight against the Infidels. The WTC and Bali obscenities would have been repeated in other cities as the US military withdrew under Kerry’s orders to defend Stateside only. (a left wing mantra). The UN, now emboldened, would continue their Iraq embargo with Koffi Annan, his son and a host of minions taking bribes while Saddam would have maintained his WMD programme with money that was supposed to be for health and education. He would have used some of that money to slaughter more of those annoying Kurds and anyone else who even mouthed the word Democracy.
In Afghanistan the Taliban, now aware that no-one cared about small people, woman and kids, would be applying Sharia law where woman would be, and had been previously, stoned to death for adultry; where girls are forbidden an education and all education resolves around the time-honoured formula that guarantees society stays in the 12th century.
Sounds better all the time, Jim.
Recruiting for the El Quaeda would’ve skyrocketed with psycopaths from all over the Middle East queing up to punch Uncle Sam and her allies in the nose. The front would have opened up to include all US bases in the Middle East as the terrorists forced the US back to the mainland.
There would be no dream of democracy in Iraq; Syria would not have withdrawn from Lebanon; the Mullahs in Iran would not be worried about the creep of democracy and their people would not be demanding it. The Saudi princes would still be looking forward to a lifetime in power and would not even be considering giving their people the vote. Even with Arafat dead, Palestine extremists would still be blowing up Israeli woman and kids and you, Jim, would be happy with the status quo.
Thank God Phillip Roth’s novel was only fiction and you have no power to force your foolish dreams on the populace.
Blair has a reduced majority but a majority of 58 seats is still a majority. Of the 646 seats in the British parliament, 552 have gone to parties who supported the Iraq war and 62 have gone to those who opposed it.
Not that the MSM will put it that way. Most are concentrating on his loss of seats.
Paul Reynolds at the BBC says;
The clipping of Tony Blair’s wings by a British electorate angry over Iraq probably means that the highly activist and interventionist foreign policy which marked his first two terms will be diminished.
Maybe, but the job in Iraq isn’t finished.
Everybody will take a different spin on the results from Blair had his nose bloodied to Historic third term win. Either way he is still in power.
The three countries of the Anglosphere that are fighting for a democracy in Iraq have all had their governments returned, much to the chagrin of the Left and the relief of those who know that democracy is worth fighting for.
Blair looks like getting back in according to all the pundits but I note the Left are arguing he is going to looses seats due to his pro-Iraq war stance.
Like, ‘He is labour so we have to back him, but there has to be a loss in seats to prove we were right about Iraq and because he isn’t as far left as we would like’.
After Howard and Bush being returned with increased majorities the Left do need a bit of a morale booster. You watch, if just one seat changes hands then they will be beside themselves with the ‘evidence’ that the war was wrong. They will be salivating with pleasure if the seat fall to the Lib Dems.
If not they can always return to their “the votors are stupid” mantra.
The Liberal Democrats seem to be not unlike our Democrats at least with their soft, warm and fuzzy approach to everything, however they are polling at about 22% which, to me, reflects poorly on the future of Britain.
Tomorrow will be interesting
UPDATE: 10:30 AEST 6 May
Obviously to early to pick a trend but figures at BBC reveal;
After nine results out of 646, Labour is down 7.1%, the Conservatives are up 0.7% and the Liberal Democrats are up 4.73%.
He will be remembered by many. Don’t you worry about that.”
Noy much to be said about Joh that hasn’t already been said but my take on the whole affair is to remember, with pleasure, Joh sacking the ETU thugs that held the state to ransome over power supply. I also seem to recall his saying that if you don’t let the power back on I’ll release your names, addresses and telephone numbers to the press.
Young mothers and businesses going to the wall over union thuggery. Joh read the peoples feelings and reacted.
They folded, of course, as they knew Queenslanders were ready to slaughter them for their arrogance.
I’m glad they still feel the pain. Maintain the rage, fellows – nobody cares. Have a street march every May – it’ll always bring a smile to my face.
This letter in todays Australian serves to highlight another reason to recall the embarrassment of being an Australian when Whitlam was in power
Last days of Saigon still linger
04 May 2005
RODNEY Dalton’s article (“Pain lingers for deserted four – fall of Saigon: 30 Years On”, 30/4) recites, without comment, unfounded and hurtful criticisms of my late father, Geoffrey Price, the last Australian ambassador to South Vietnam.
My father, as Australia’s ambassador, was obeying direct and specific instructions from the Australian government, which he had bitterly but unsuccessfully disputed over the preceding days, in not evacuating the Australian embassy’s 55 Vietnamese staff on the RAAF Hercules sent to evacuate the other few remaining Australian staff and him. He certainly was not loading the aircraft with his personal possessions or any pets during the scramble on that day.
In an article The Australian ran on the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon in April, 2000, Stuart Rintoul reported my father’s enduring sense of shame at the way Australia abandoned all but one of its locally engaged Vietnamese embassy staff, together with many other Vietnamese at risk of being punished by the incoming North Vietnamese for their associations with Australia. I can confirm that my father’s shame at Australia’s petty betrayal of Vietnamese colleagues who had worked alongside him for many months did remain with him until the day he died.
Bellevue Hill, NSW
Whitlam wouldn’t have anything to do with ‘those f**king Vietnamese Balts’, as he put it at, least not with the ones from the South. Stuart Rintoul, of course would blame the military, or the Diplomatic Corps, or the Ambassador, or the…..well , anyway, anyone but Whitlam.
Al Grassby’s dead and some want a memorial in Griffith to commemorate his contribution to multiculturalism. There are others in Griffith who remember his siding with the Mafia in the heated debates of yesteryear about the murder of Donald Bruce McKay, supposedly by the same Mafia and would just as soon have him buried in an unmarked grave under a ton of cement.
The story in Griffith, and I visit there regularly, is that McKay is buried under tons of cement at a construction site.
In the 1980s, Grassby claimed to have been given evidence that, in fact, Donald Mackay’s family were implicated in his death.
The National Crime Authority investigated and stumbled upon Grassby’s alleged links to a notorious drug dealer and murderer, the late Robert Trimbole.
As a result of his spurious claims about McKay’s death, Grassby was convicted of criminal defamation in 1991.
Grassby’s wife remembers;
Grassby was nicknamed the “Ostrich” because of his naivety, in dress and character – he wore loud ties, dyed his hair black and flaunted a floridly grown moustache. As an example, Grassby’s wife once said he had found it difficult to believe homosexuals existed.
“He could not understand how it could happen physically, so he thought it was somebody making up stories,” she said.
Now there’s a man in touch with his electorate.
In my opinion he was a fool and a peacock, had no intellect to speak of and did irrepairable damage to our society with the polarization effect of his multiculturism.
Headstone only. Al Grassby, 1926~2005. Here lies another of Whitlam’s fools.
This report in the Herald Sun says it all
May Day, an old celebration of spring (in the northern hemisphere) has progressed through to a day for radicals to stick it up the bosses and conservative governments. Once, all of society took part in the celebrations with Maypoles and their promise of new love and fertility being enjoyed by all. This enjoyment being enhanced when the Catholic Church, amongst other social engineers, banned the day.
Rosa Luxemburg claims the modern idea of May Day and anarchy all started in Australia
The happy idea of using a proletarian holiday celebration as a means to attain the eight-hour day was first born in Australia. The workers there decided in 1856 to organize a day of complete stoppage together with meetings and entertainment as a demonstration in favor of the eight-hour day. The day of this celebration was to be April 21. At first, the Australian workers intended this only for the year 1856. But this first celebration had such a strong effect on the proletarian masses of Australia, enlivening them and leading to new agitation, that it was decided to repeat the celebration every year.
Don’t you just love the proletarian masses of Australia?
If it started in Australia, the Americans, in their more robust approach to anarchy. took the eight-hour day and broadened it to include mayhem.
The new idea of Mayday, captured by radical workers, was celebrated in the US in 1886 when someone, most probably a radical worker, exploded a bomb amongst the crowd, killing eight. The modern May Day was born as both a legitimate ideal (the eight hour day) and as a platform for radicalism.
At Socialist Worker On Line they brazenly discuss how the bomb was most probably thrown by a radical, killing and maiming cops but it was OK because, after all they were cops and represented the mongrel bosses. I might add the cops had ‘without warning, … opened fire at the workers, killing four and injuring many more’ Maybe the fact that literally thousands of workers were busy attacking them had some bearing on this.
At The Green Left Weekly they conveniently forget to mention the bomb thrown by the more radical of the workers but hey, I’m not surprised.
On May 1, 1886, Chicago workers led by the American Federation of Labor struck for an eight-hour working day. The capitalist response was to have the police harass the workers, trying to intimidate them. Three days later, workers peacefully rallied in Haymarket Square in defiance of the harassment, only to be fired upon by the police with several killed. Four of the workers’ leaders were executed by the capitalist courts on November 11, 1887.
It was anything but a peaceful rally.
May Day has long been a focal point for demonstrations by various communist, socialist, and anarchist groups culminating in the USSR rebadging it as Workers Solidarity Day and parading millions of men and a stupifying amount of miltary hardware every year to put the wind up the Western World. I often wondered what the grumpy old men on the balconies were discussing. Maybe their Gulag figures…stats are good, Joe told me he has murdered over a million this year
And in Berlin, for example;
…the Berlin May Day rioting has become less overtly political and more oriented towards generally destructive behavior by individuals with little interest in politics, though political demonstrators are still a factor.
The socialists in London rebadged May Day as the International Workers Day and they claim the first such event was held in London in 1890. Everybody claims to be first to be the most radical
In Australia, thousands of workers (out of a workforce of 10 million) flocked to May Day rallies across Australia on Sunday to protest against the Howard government’s planned industrial relations reforms.
May Day has come a long way from the hopes of new growth and love in springtime to the anarchy it generally offers today.
Still, it gives the ABC something to work on for their anti-Howard programme.