Yawn!!!! With Stuart Rintoul’s tag on the article it has to be bleeding heart stuff. One of the 14 Kurds pointed at the word “refugee” in an English/Turkish dictionary. I hope one of the locals pointed out the word “illegal” from the same dictionary. I don’t care about semantics or who said what to whom. What I care about is that the elected government are the only people empowered to decide who immigrates to Australia or, indeed, who we accept as refugees. Not the Indonesian Immigration Department, not the people smugglers and definitely not (we’re on a descending values list here) the Greens or Democrats. And don’t you love this? Senator Vanstone denied returning the boat to Indonesia had fuelled tensions with Jakarta, rejecting a claim from Indonesian Immigration Department spokesman Ade Dachlan that Australia was treating its northern neighbour as a “dumping ground”. Hang on, who’s dumping here? Didn’t the boat set sail from an Indonesian port after Indonesian authorities had ignored the illegals presence in their own country after having received the appropriate bribe from the people smuggler? Keep letting them through Indonesia and our wicket keepers will keep sending them back. One day you will get the message. I like Amanda Vanstone. Her comments last week to media reps about how the Immigration Department operations were not set up just to accommodate the media has a certain firmness, some might a say, a ‘get stuffed’ attitude about it. To follow this up with instant return tickets for emotional blackmail/people smuggler run immigration makes me think there is a Santa.
As if Labour don’t have enough problems the Left is obviously in the ascendancy in the party as they hand Carmen (I can’t remember) Lawrence the poisoned chalice. Matt Price thinks her election refills the Coalition’s magazines here while Steve Lewis and Megan Saunders write on Carmen’s vowing to reach out to voters. Less than a year after resigning from the Labor front bench in disgust at its policy direction, Dr Lawrence has received a strong mandate from ordinary ALP members to soften the Opposition’s stance on border protection and national security. Try a different spin on that one. Less than a year after resigning from the front bench and only a few years since she was kicked out of West Australia after lying to a Royal Commission, Carmen has received a strong mandate from the party’s Left Wing to alter the ALP’s stance on illegals to one where people smugglers decide who Australia should accept as refugees. Go for it, Carmen.
Graham Richardson has been riding for a fall all his life and now it looks imminent. ASIC are on the prowl over the Offline Press incident. This mornings Australian has the details Australian Securities & Investments Commission investigators, aided by Australian Federal Police officers, searched for documents relating to share trades in Offset Alpine through Swiss bank accounts. ASIC confirmed it had executed a number of search warrants in Sydney yesterday, but would not say whether Qantas director Trevor Kennedy and former federal Labor cabinet minister Graham Richardson were also raided. The trio have been exposed as the mystery owners of 38 per cent of Offset Alpine, a printing company that grew from an industry minnow into a printing powerhouse following a fire on Christmas Eve 1993. An insurance payout of $53 million on assets worth $3million bought state-of-the-art printing presses, which largely serviced Kerry Packer’s Australian Consolidated Press. Right..so this is how it is done. Buy shares in a run-down printing company worth about $3million and then subsequent to a “fire” claim $53million from the insurance company, buy new gear with the money and have a chat with Packer. Throw in a Swiss Banking company and you have the answer….fraud. I’d defy anyone to put a different spin on it. I’m sure ASIC would like to know who is on the board of the insurance company and what relationship they had with Rivkin/Richardson/Kennedy. I hope it’s not HIH! What goes around comes around Richo!
She’s free! Pauline Hanson released and not required to stand trial again. Reported by SBS – as much as it must have hurt them to do so. Chief Court of Appeal Judge Paul de Jersey told a stunned courtroom that Ms Hanson and Mr Ettridge would not face a retrial. I’m not a Pauline fan but I was often beside myself with the treatment handed out to her by the extreme left. Screaming and physically attacking her every time she mounted the dias is not what we are about. We let Phillip Adams talk without attacking or screaming. Even Bob Brown is allowed to say his piece, in peace, as stupid as it is, and yet Pauline had to put up with the most foul abuse and physical threats. I was nearly moved to go find the baseball bat I had left on the verandah from the Keating days and pitch in to help her have her say. Watch the media tomorrow – the left will be screaming, the ABC will have endless debriefs and news leaders on how every one in SE Asia thought we were all racists because of one person’s opinions. Mahatir will be questioned by the ABC looking to give him a chance to say how racist we are and Kerry O’Brien will have to allocate another hour in the day to practise his sneer. By mid afternoon someone will remember that it was all Howard’s fault and some looney will ask him how come he didn’t have her shot on day one in Canberra. It might be a good time to get out the old Land Rover and go fishing. Update: Almost forgot – while watching the early evening news at 6.00 pm Channel 9 had daylight interviews of Pauline and the Ettridge chap free and surrounded by well wishers while at 6:30 SBS reported ‘they will be released sometime later tonight’ Get current guys.
Use the word bias with ABC or SBS and all the left wing luvvies and Friends of the ABC start screaming. At the risk of being repetitious I will point out that proof of bias rests in the fact that the left never claim bias. Greg Sheridan has an alarming piece in today’s Australian where he points out that; The SBS……….is using your tax money to broadcast the propaganda of the Vietnamese Communist Party as part of its regular daily news. It is airing each day the news program of VTV4, which is owned and controlled by the Vietnamese communists. VTV’s website says that it exists to “provide news and propaganda” to “serve the party and the Government”. The pure evil that was communism has slipped too quickly from the public mind. The tens of millions killed by Stalin, Mao and yes indeed by Ho Chi Minh too somehow or other have disappeared from public debate. He goes on; The cultural Left, the types who run organisations such as SBS, have never had much time for Vietnamese refugees because they are anti-communist. They didn’t fit the neat, simplistic formulas that hold that all victimhood in this world is caused by Western colonialism. When Saigon fell in 1975 the icon of such people, then prime minister Gough Whitlam, said to Clyde Cameron, among others, that he would not take in substantial numbers of Vietnamese refugees because “I will not have those f
Carmen (I can’t remember) Lawrence looks set to win the national presidency of the Labour party. Doesn’t make sense to me but I’m not voting. The people who do have a vote are giving it to Lawrence and I guess that says more about the future of the Labour party than any other pointer. One thing it does say is that the Left is in the ascendancy in the Party and that fact can only help us conservatives. Under the rules, the winner gets to lead for one year then the runner up takes the chair. That looks like putting Barry Jones in power in the 2004/2005 period. Barry is a lovely chap but the image of spaghetti and meatballs lingers in the voters consciousness. Just keeps on getting better for us conservatives. In this article Steve Lewis, Chief political reporter goes on to say; Labor, meanwhile, has taken another firm step towards preparing for the 2004 federal poll, announcing a new advertising team comprising two agencies with plenty of election-winning experience. This suggests electing Carmen is the first firm step towards preparing for the 2004 federal poll. All I need now is for Australia to beat the Jocks on Saturday night to make it a great week.
After about 17 months on a flat curve the Reserve Bank has raised interest rates .2% to 5% I’m not 100% sure but I think I heard Crean carp about This raise will make it more difficult for first home buyers to get a home. If he means more difficult than when Labour had the keys to the treasury I’d tend to agree…18% was a bit hard. And the old chestnut…it’s the GST’s inflationary pressure that does it. We’re all being conned. The fact that countries without VAT/GST such as the US are also raising interest rates doesn’t compute with Simon. Free advice for Crean. Never ever mention the economy, interest rates or GST. Get over it and go back to bleating about kids in cages that your mob built.
Newspoll have Howard up, Crean down and the Greens getting more irrelevant. In todays Australian the headline reads ‘Howard surges on Bush and Hu.’ The visits would have had some impact on poll results but there are other considerations. Howard is doing a fairly good job but in this case I think he is aided and abetted by Crean and Brown doing a terrible job. Notwithstanding ABC and general media bias, Brown is accepted as an embarrassing idiot by most Australians and Crean as a ‘no-show.’ I would think the near vertical climb in Newspoll for Coalition support is due more to Browns childlike antics than anything else. Thanks Bob! I’m dissappoined to think that, as Newspoll suggests, 6% of Australians think Brown is doing a good job. Of those 6%, most probably 4% think Brown is all about the environment when he is clearly just plain old anti-capitalist and anti west. Meanwhile Wayne Swan, my local member, says it’s all because Howard was deliberately manipulating national security issues to camouflage domestic security issues. There’s a war in progress, terrorists are infiltrating Aussie everywhere and Labour, the Democrats and the Greens are fighting tooth and nail to make it harder for ASIO and the AFP to do their job and Howard is manipulating? The voters read and know security is an issue. If there is any manipulating it is done by the terrorists, not Howard. He just tells it as it is. No wonder we are leaking like a sieve. Our soveignty is repeatedly thrown on the alter of human rights in the church of the United Nations whose parishioners consist of a few left wing fools who think giving the vote to despots in South Africa and the Middle East as the UN does, will keep the world a beautifull place. It wont.
I’ve had little time of late to blog on the Brown/Nettle sideshow what with kids, Legacy, other websites, World Cup Rugby, a trip to day surgery and general laziness but there are things that need saying. The Australian headlines Greens more Nazi than ratbag: Lib I’m not sure I’d go as far as to give them the credit of being as organized as the Nazis but he has a point. It has always been my contention that the Greens were conceived behind the rubble of the Berlin Wall. I can see the parents viewing all the deleriously happy East Germans and wondering…where to go? How else can we attack capitalism now that Communism had been outed. A bottle of cheap vodka and the depression of seeing all those fools, unable to understand the wisdom of communism and the scene was set. Andrew Bolte puts more flesh on my words when he calls Bob Brown a dangerous fanatic I’ve always subscribed to Freedom of Speech and even signed up for the war against communism as part of my subscription fees but of late I been thinking the right needs refining. The fools of the world need to be yarded in one locality…the rabble on the streets at Canberra spring to mind, and kept out of other paddocks. Comment of the night on the ABC 7.30 report from some old geezer who’d driven down from Young to see the prez; “look at these clowns- they need a bath, and this idiot over here has a bath-ring in his nose; he can’t blow it, and there’s snot running down his face- what a dickhead”. These sort of people. This is the correct venue for Brown and Nettle. Niall gives them creditablity in this comment. Whether Bush likes free speech or not is irrelevent. The fact remains that here in Oz, we allow it, whereas where he hails from, you’re marginalised for doing so. Power & plaudits to Brown and Nettle for standing up to their convictions. Brickbats to those who voiced doubts but failed to be recognised. At least some have the guts and gumption to be seen to be real Australians. With freedom of speech there are some social limits as in not saying f***k to your grandmother and this is where the children of the couple behind the rubble of the Berlin Wall get lost. It’s not guts or gumption to be socially inept – it’s just plain socially immature and if Niall’s point that we need to be thus to be real Australians then that is how we will be seen in the world. Socially immature.
According to Mat Price in this mornings Australian ABC bias did not rate with viewers. Well Haleleula- if they’re viewers, by definition they will not see bias. As Tim Blair said some time ago the proof that the ABC is biased is that you never hear the left say so. 32 column centimetres of confusing stats wasted on a ‘given’. I’ve generally given up watching the ABC as although they do have some quality shows, wherever they can they will present a political view and it is always left wing. Even when I do occassionally watch the SieveX reinactments and anti Bush/Howard/Iraq War/poor refugee shows I would never feel like making a pointless ‘doomed to failure’ complaint – I’ve already wasted too much time. There were 147 complaints of anti US bias and 144 claiming the ABC was favouring the US. As the statistical base is comprised of centrist to left wings of the Labour party or people who have no political thoughts at all then it has no meaning. Meaningless Matt! Like your comments on the Governor General.