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Dan Harrison The Age’s Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent says;
The Coalition has backed away from a pledge to spend $1.5 billion on unmanned drone aircraft and has vowed to take advice from the top brass before going ahead with the purchase Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
No they haven’t! Abbott said they would wait until forming government should they be elected on Saturday and then take Defence advice as to whether the Global Hawke was the best option. He said defence had told them that there may be better options and that it would be ill advised to make very expensive decisions whilst the Coalition were in still opposition.
That’s adult talk Dan and might I suggest you stick to Health and indigenous affairs as you can’t seem to understand plain english or Defence.
I note that Abbott clarified the sitiuation with DFRBF military superannaunts. For years our superannuation has been fixed at just CPI rises which has little bearing on the cost of living and some time ago gave me an increase of $1.12 a fotnight. The Coalition, on the other hand, have undertaken to adjust the pensions of all those ex-servicemen 55 and over to the more generous formulae based around growth in the CPI, Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MATWE) and the Beneficiary and Pensioner Living Cost Index.
The ALP, on the other hand, has undertaken to do something similar, but only for members over 65 and in doing so Rudd warned Air Vice Marshal Peter Criss; “Don’t bag us. If you do, we’ll pull up the drawbridge and you’ll get nothing.”
Five and a wakey!
Rudd on LNP Costings
‘There is an error of $10 billion in the claimed $30 billion of savings the opposition released yesterday,” he said. ”This is based on advice from the departments of Treasury and Finance and the Parliamentary Budget Office.’
Ms Wong adds
”$1 in every $3 that [the Coalition] counted as savings doesn’t exist”.
”What we’re doing today is calling Mr Abbott on his truthfulness. This is a $10 billion fraud on the Australian people.”
But no, it wasn’t. In an unprecedented rebuke to their ministers, late on Thursday, Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson and Finance secretary David Tune issued a joint statement disowning the figures released in their name.
”At no stage … has either department costed opposition policies,” they said, implying that their costings were based on assumptions supplied by the government.
”Different costing assumptions, such as the start date of a policy, take-up assumptions, indexation and the coverage that applies, will inevitably generate different financial outcomes.”
So, the government gave the Treasury figures it wanted the Coalition to present and ask for costings. They did this before the election campaign even started and the figures given Treasury had no bearing on what the Coalition has now tabled.
The moment Rudd said there is a $1o billion dollar hole he lied. He knew it, Wong knew it and Bowen knew it.
They all lied and it has blown up in their faces.
All this from a government that has given us a $30 billion deficit and hundreds of billions of debt and all they can find is $10 billion dollar hole that they themselves created.
As Abbott says “They’ve got all their figures wrong and now they are doing the same with ours”
THE federal government’s hardline asylum seeker resettlement policy is being implemented exactly according to plan, Immigration Minister Tony Burke insists.
The first group of families was sent to Nauru on Wednesday while three Iranians have chosen to return home rather than be resettled in Papua New Guinea.
The seven families sent to Nauru – each with a mother and father and including a total of 12 children aged between five and 15 years – will be housed away from the single men there in detention.
That’s going exactly according to plan?
26 People to Naurau, 3 elected to go back to Iran and 36 have been sent to Manus Isalnd.
That’s 75 illegals have been relocated out of 3,000 who have arrived since Rudd announced his plan to get the problem off the front page .
Only the ALP would call that ‘going to plan‘ on the same afternoon HMAS Parramatta is busy dragging more of them out of the water.
Seventeen and a wakey!
Bob Ellis thinks it is unfair that the Libs aren’t releasing costings when the ALP want them to.
Their plan is to bring out their figures at midnight September 4, the minute when Labor can do no more advertising.
And trust their friends in the free-to-air and cable channels and RN and 2UE to stifle what Rudd, Wong and Bowen say in response.
Since there are no friends of Labor in the mainstream media any more, it well may work.
Well it certainly worked for the ALP in 2007 – why not now?
Banned for life.
How unfair is that?
Bob Ellis has to be the funniest blogger in Australia – he is trying to be funny isn’t he?
THOUSANDS of asylum-seekers could have their bridging visas cancelled and be returned to immigration detention under a tough new asylum-seeker policy the Coalition is set to announce.
Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison and Tony Abbott are expected to outline plans today to deal with the more than 25,000 asylum-seekers already in Australia, but whose refugee claims have not yet been processed.
The TPVs would allow refugees to work but would prohibit family reunion rights, a feature critics of TPVs have argued creates an incentive for men to bring women and children on boats with them. One of the biggest changes proposed by the Coalition relates to refugee processing in Australia, which was suspended from August 12 last year, when the Houston expert panel on asylum-seekers handed down its report, until last month. During that time more than 25,000 asylum-seekers arrived, creating a massive backlog most in the field expected would take years to clear.
Since Tuesday, three boats carrying 252 asylum-seekers have arrived.
Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said the plan was simply a rehash of a discredited Howard government policy.
He said boat numbers had dwindled since Labor announced its PNG offshore resettlement policy on July 19.
Dwindled to three boats since Tueday! Yeah…right Jason and I presume the “discredited Howard government policy” that actually stopped the boats is what you are referring to.
Can’t lie straight in bed!
Six months agothe Coalition talk about northern development;
The Coalition’s white paper, released in June, centred on a 20-year strategic plan for northern development and proposed reviving Darwin, Cairns, Townsville and Karratha through lower personal and business tax rates, relocation subsidies and investment incentives, as well as a water project development fund.
When Abbott announced this the ALP rolled around the floor laughing and queued up to redicule the plan
Gold footpaths in Karatha…grid lock in Sydney crows Bradbury and went on to describe it as “an absolute disaster” that would “divide Australia in two” and force higher taxes for people in western Sydney.
That was six months ago
Since then Rudd has decided it’s a good idea and all the ALP talking heads are forced to retract and remark on the brilliance of Rudd’s thought bubble.
Yep…thought bubble- that’s what it is. Rudd is in panic mode as polls go bad for him. Remember I said all us conservatives need is for Rudd to be in the chair long enough for the country to remember why they didn’t like him last time.
Well, it’s happening.
I’ve said it many times before – the ALP’s only possible plan is to attack Abbott as they certainly can’t campaign on their achievements.
“They’re young, feisty,” replied Abbott. Starting to grin, he added: “I think I can probably say they have a bit of sex appeal and they’re just very connected with the local area.
….and the ALP and media go into hyperdrive. Rudd, who abused a RAAF flight attendant to the point of tears, thinks its terrible that Abbott should compliment a woman in a light hearted manner and Latham, ever the bombshell, says Abbott must have had his beer goggles on.
Penny Wong says;
Tony Abbott’s “sex appeal” gaffe gives a glimpse into the opposition leader’s views on women.
Other than the use of the word ‘gaffe’ I tend to agree with Penny. Like the majority of Australian’s, Abbott appreciates beauty and brains and isn’t afraid to pay compliments where due. If the ALP and the media think that is a ‘gaffe’ and Australian’s will think poorly of Abbott then they are mistaken.
Now, back to the question. How are you going to fix the $30 billion defecit.
(PETER Beattie) told me plainly that “that bloke stuffed up the Goss government, stuffed up his own government and during the election did his best to stuff up Julia’s government. No one should ever forget the damage that he has done.
But all is forgotten now;
WE have had our differences but it takes a bit of strength and a bit of guts from the Prime Minister to rise above that and say ‘what’s good for the campaign, what’s good for Queensland’.
I, and all Queenslanders with an attention span longer than a lightening strike, also remember Beattie stuffing up Queensland then fleeing the scene and handing over to Anna Bligh who didn’t help at all. Newman is doing his best to bring us back on line but he continually has to fight the rusted on Labor voters and unionists who seem to think the state can keep on borrowing money to pay its bloated public servants.
Beattie now thinks it would be good for Queensland and Rudd thinks Beattie is an answer. I can only say -WOW!
KEVIN Rudd has made a $200 million withdrawal from the budget’s secretive contingency reserve fund to prop up the car industry amid warnings his fringe benefits tax changes will smash domestic manufacturers
In a separate measure, Labor has mandated a 100 per cent Australian-made target for the commonwealth car fleet.
The Prime Minister said supporting the car industry was critically important for the economy, as it provided an estimated 250,000 direct and indirect jobs.
If the car industry is so important to the economy why the hell did you do your honest best to cripple it with changes to the fringe benefits tax?
I heard Senator Carr rattling on about how he was telling every government department, including the Army, that they had to buy local.
The standard ALP rule of unintended circumstances applies. Can’t you just see Rudd’s thought bubble appearing;
“I’ve got a geat idea to fix up our disasterous economic situation – let’s change the FBT….done. Hang on, the industry is now reeling, looking to close down…mmm – let’s throw them $200 million – noone will notice – we are already $30 billion in deficit.”
No wonder Holden has today stated they are going to wait until after the election before committing money to expansion.
Waiting for the adults to take over like most of the business investment decisions around the country….32 days to go.
Trust the ALP on the economy – my arse
Listening to Home Affairs Minister Jason Claire on the ABC he said the issue of boat arrivals has become ‘poisoned by politics and;
‘’When people are dying the government should be given the power that it thinks it needs to stop this happening…”
As in, it’s the Coalition and the Green’s fault – not the ALPs.
The government has the power Jason. You had the power to stuff it up and now you have the power to fix it up
Gee, Rudd now thinks the UN refugee convention should be modernised to better cope with those most in need of asylum. How long will that take Kevin? Years
Plans announced to maybe build accommodation at Manis Island or maybe near Port Morseby. How long will that take Kevin? Years
People are drowning today, not in the future when the UN might or might not change things or buildings might or might not be built but until the government says things like – no papers – no visa and if you do have papers it is only temporary and if we say No then that’s it, then they will keep on coming and keep on drowning
You want to stop the boat people – then stop them.
NAVY insiders say there is “a growing and burning anger” among sailors on the frontline as they struggle to respond to the spiralling number of deaths and sinkings flowing from the government’s failed asylum-seeker policies.
There is also a “growing’ force of assetts tied up trying to manage Rudd’s stuff-up. The seven patrol boats allocated to the problem have been supplemented by a mine sweeper and a frigate, argueably more naval forces than we deployed during the Vietnam War.