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.
Animal Justice Party MP Mark Pearson is travelling to China today in a bid to stop the expansion of Australia’s multi-million-dollar kangaroo meat market.
Residents in southern NSW, particularly around the Riverina town of Moama, claim kangaroo numbers are exploding and there have been calls to kill the animals for their meat.
However, Aboriginal elder Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison, who is travelling to China with Mr Pearson, said the animals numbers are not as high as people think.
Yes, they are. When the white man come to the country and started building dams and cropping the land they effectively fed and watered the roos. The roo population exploded and today there is 50 to 60 million of them.
Uncle Max is a dropkick
“Pretty soon, if this continues we would have to be looking to set up zoos, and try and put our kangaroos in zoos overseas,” he said.
Uncle Max said the kangaroo is also a deeply spiritual animal for many Aboriginal people.
“When our people have totems, they never kill that totem because that totem looks after them,” he said.
So what did they do for the alleged 40,000 years – eat ‘em alive?
It’s a pity we can’t have a cull of idiot groups like PETA and Animal Justice Party. Now that would make Australia a better place to live.
These idiots will do anything to stop Aussies earning a dollar.
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.
Watching ABC Morning news and they seem confused. The subject of Adam Goods come up and apparently people are booing him at matches whenever he touched the ball
Their take on the matter was racism.
I’ve got an alternative thought – people don’t like him because as a hulking 6 foot plus fit footballer he publicly singled out a pudgy, naive 13 year old teenage girl for ridicule in the national media.
Way to go hero.
People simply don’t like men who abuse kids.
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.
Right-wing extremism is emerging as an equal, if not greater, threat than Muslim radicalisation in Australia and multiculturalism is “close to death” at a federal level, academics and police have told a conference on social cohesion.
Violent extremism in Australia is beginning to mirror that of the US, counter-terrorism expert Anne Aly from Curtin University said.
She highlighted a New America Foundation study released last month that found right-wing extremists had killed twice as many people since September 11 as jihadists.
Most probably because Intelligence agencies are all over anyone who even looks like a Jihadist whereas no one notices gun toting nutters until they implode and start killing.
I note that the report uses stats post 9/11 and doesn’t mention Bali, London underground and the tens of thousands of Christians and Muslims slaughtered by Jihadists around the world.
That would skew the stats a little too close to the truth
Dr Aly said there was a need to educate children on violent extremism in the same way we have done with other social issues like drugs and bullying.
Have to agree with the good Doctor there. Kids need to be made aware that violent extremism of the Muslims is a problem and they need to be alert lest they get caught in another maelstrom of religious slaughter.
I sometimes question the motives of the Fairfax press. They seem to be always on the side of the Jihadist, or more particularly, not on the side of governments that try are trying to stem the Muslim onslaught.
The Q and A justification continues
Australian journalist Michael Ware, who has spent much of his career reporting on the Iraq war from Baghdad, said that Mallah’s appearance on the program was useful in exposing a wider audience to the views of people who were or had been susceptible to extremism.
“If we don’t have people like Zaky Mallah on a show like this, that’s quite responsibly run and is quite a sophisticated forum, then when are we going to hear their voices?” he said, to murmurs of agreement from the audience.
And exactly why do we need to “hear his voice?”
We’ve already heard his “voice” when Mallah tweeted: “Australia has two decent whores, @RitaPanahi and Miranda Devine. Both need to be gang banged on the Sunrise desk. #freedomofspeech love it!”
Yep absolutely love it!
He was also charged with terrorist acts but got off on a technicality. However, he was convicted of threatening ASIO agents and with possession of an illegal firearm.
We don’t need to hear his voice at all. He needs to be starved of oxygen until he chokes on his insanity.
I’d also like to take Ware’s to task on his description of Q and A as responsibly run and …sophisticated forum. It is a forum that regularly lines up a mob of left wing “experts” against a conservative politician with the aim of embarrassing them, hopefully in a “gotcha” moment.
The “experts” they choose are always arguing for same sex marriage, global warming, boat people being given instant citizenship, how the evil live cattle trade is, how terrible Abbott is, how terrible the Coalition are and how reasonable and compassionate the ALP are.
It is sophisticated in a lefty kind of way but I wouldn’t call it responsible.
challenges Prime Minister Tony Abbott to debate on frantically tries to distract the public from the Trade Union Royal Commission
Ain’t working Bill!
He challenges Toy Abbott to “have a debate with me in parliament or any town hall about work place relations“.
The debate that matters is happening now Bill as the TURC uncovers rorting and straight out fraud committed by you and your mates.
He goes on;
“As parliamentary secretary I fought to introduce the National Disability Insurance Scheme (and) as a union leader at the Beaconsfield mine tragedy, I saw how important our fight for workplace safety is.”
NIDIS wasn’t a fight – Gillard was always going to introduce it. In fact she was so keen that she didn’t even bother to fund it. As for the union leadership at the Beaconsfield coal mine disaster it wasn’t called for. Hither too, the only contribution unions made to mining disasters was to sit on the sidelines and carp about the evil capitalist bosses. On this occasion, you decided it was your chance to get yourself in the public eye with a view to gain a seat in parliament. With the ALP media arm, the ABC complicit in your plan, you became the de facto face of the disaster.
Worked a treat but don’t try and set yourself up as a caring union boss. You were just caring about yourself and your first step on the way to PM
Don’t think that’s happening now Bill. People are onto you.
Another tactic being bandied around is talking about the millions the RC is costing.
Lawyers enjoy $25 million windfall from unions royal commission
Don’t care – unions cost the economy hundreds of millions a year so if we can stop it and bring them within the law then that’s a win for the country.
This week the RC delves into the CFMEU. Mining these thugs for rorting and fraud examples will give a better yield than mining for gold at Kalgoorlie.
I look forward to the daily revelations.
Bill Shorten failed to declare a donation from a labour hire company that funded his campaign director for the 2007 federal election, but denies gaining any personal advantage from the deal, the unions royal commission has heard.
The former union boss revealed to the unions inquiry he had only declared a $40,000 donation from labour-hire company Unibilt, made in 2007, on Monday.
Just as well it only $40k and not something valuable like a bottle of port or he would have had to resign.
Tony Abbott has been roundly criticised by the panellists on Q&A for prohibiting government MPs from appearing on the show.
I can see their problem – no Coalition MPs to gang up on and ridicule must make for a disappointing night for them and let’s face it, without them, the whole raison d’être of Tony Jones and his show is negated.
As Bolt says;
Q&A was quite boring last night without a Coalition MP on – a bit like the Christian not turning up to the colosseum to meet the lions …
And do spare a thought for the battalions of Twitter front line troops, trigger fingers poised to send of another volley of insane and inane abuse aimed squarely at the Abbott government.
Personally I think it’s a good idea for Coalition MPs to give Q & A the flick. Most viewers tune in hoping for a gotcha moment engineered by Tony Jones so getting a rational message over to these people is pointless – they are watching for the sport.
Someone suggested that by not appearing on the show the Coalition is missing out on getting their message over to a million rural viewers. That presumes that rural viewers get their politics from Q & A which is obviously not the case.
I say starve them of oxygen…let them remain what they have always been – a platform for the dissemination of left wing views for the luvvies.
By the Left for the Left.
Meanwhile, this comment by Ray Martin, appointed to investigate Q & A, bodes ill for any balanced results as he raises his pro ALP colours up the flag pole
“I’d like to see what happened last year, the year before rather, when there was a Labor government. I expect Tony Jones was just as tough on the Labor government as he has been on the Coalition right now. I think a Bex and a good lie down may help at the moment.”
Not so, Ray.
He goes on to suggest Barnaby Joyce should have ignored Abbott’s direction not to appear on the show.
“I just think it’s so silly to do it. I would have thought that Barnaby Joyce who wasn’t on last night should have said (to Abbott) look I’m not a member of the Liberal party, I’m a member of the National Party, I can do what I like, and go and do it.”
Nothing will come of the investigation while Ray is involved. A slap on the wrist at most and “lets move on, nothing to see here”
The only answer to the ABCs bias is to not debate the issues with them. I mean to say – who has ever heard of a Left winger being converted and involved in rational debate.