Posted by – 4 March, 2014
Is anyone uneasy about China’s support for Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine?
Russia has said China is largely “in agreement” over Ukraine, after other world powers condemned Moscow for sending troops into the country.
China claims most of the South China Sea, large sections of Japanese and South Korean airspace and parts of India.
Posted by – 19 February, 2014
The establishment of Craig Thomson’s guilt in the HSU credit card scandal essentially means that the Gillard government was kept in power by the false denials of one man. Denials that mislead Parliament, a jail-able offense. Throughout, Gillard expressed her ‘complete confidence’ in Thomson, and so did the current ALP opposition leader Bill Shorten. While the establishment of the Gillard government was not illegal, the maintenance of the government certainly was. They relied on the lies told to Parliament about fraudulent matters to stay in power. Lies that ALP MPs surely did not believe.
When the parliamentary bells summoned MPs to Question Time at 1.55pm on Thursday, Labor members trudged towards the House of Representatives resigned and demoralised. ”I really hope the sex was good,” muttered one minister.
If Thomson had obeyed the Constitution as it related to making truthful statements to Parliament, then the Gillard government would have been no more. If Gillard and her colleagues had an ounce of integrity, they would have not accepted those lies and their government would have been no more. Gillard and her colleagues are therefore accessories to Thomson’s crimes
Posted by – 19 February, 2014
Now that Craig Thomson has been found guilty of fraudulently using union credit cards for personal services (hookers), commentators are speculating that the House of Representatives may sentence Thomson to jail for misleading Parliament. I called for this way back in mid-2012.
Posted by – 3 February, 2014
Just wait for the usual suspects to ramp up in disgust.
Posted by – 30 January, 2014
The ABC is on the rack. The public outrage over their coverage of the boat people issue is surprising in its extent and marks a turning point in the public mind on the role of the ABC in public life. Certainly the ABC’s initial claims that Navy personnel had tortured illegal immigrants on boats, claims that turned out to be utter rubbish, has highlighted the partisan nature of the public broadcaster. This claim also goes along with the work the ABC did in promoting Snowden leaks about DSD spying on the Indonesians. It was therefore reassuring that Abbott has picked up on this mood, and basically denounced ABC’s coverage of recent issues. But like clock work Turnbull has rushed to the defence of the ABC.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has strongly defended the ABC’s editorial independence in the face of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s attack on the national broadcaster, which he says ”instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s”.
Mr Turnbull defended the Prime Minister’s right to critique the ABC but, in comments that could be interpreted as resistance to Mr Abbott, he said the ABC was rightly accountable to its board of directors, not politicians.
The ABC might be independent of the present government, but it is not independent of the LabGreen big government agenda as highlighted by Cory Bernardi on many occasions. In any case, Turnbull has been a non-performer since coming to power so I don’t think he carries the weight in the party room like he used to.
Wonder if there was any pressure put on Turnbull to announce the review into ABC and SBS operations?
“The study will focus on the costs of inputs – that is the ‘back of house’ day-to-day operational and financial operations, structures and processes applied to delivering ABC and SBS programs, products and services.
“It is not a study of the quality of the national broadcaster’s programs, products and services, or the responsibilities set out in their charters but of the efficiency of the delivery of those services to the Australian public.”
The Department of Communications will conduct the study….
Posted by – 24 January, 2014
Apart from the overly generous PPL scheme, I agree with everything Abbott said. Based on this speech, I think Abbott is solid on the economy. Actually, I think this speech should be considered the benchmark going forward. Not just for Australia, but for the entire world. It hits on every major issue facing the global economy at the moment: ‘government doesn’t create wealth’, ‘better government is not about more government’.
Posted by – 16 December, 2013
Apparently the rules do not apply to Turnbull, or any other politician wishing to speak out on their favourite left wing pet issue.
“If Malcolm Turnbull wants to talk about fringe issues outside party policy, he should resign from the frontbench,” Senator Bernardi told the ABC on Monday.
“Our longstanding party policy is that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Senator Bernardi said.
“We should expect that all frontbenchers will reflect party policy.
”Our principle has always been that frontbenchers argue for changes in party policy through cabinet whilst backbenchers are free to discuss any policy ideas they like. You can’t have it both ways.”
“I think Malcolm sees himself as a little bit above the frontbench when he speaks about some sociological issues if you will,” Dr Jensen told Fairfax Media.
“It’s unhelpful. [Gay marriage] is something we decided on not long ago … even if you had a conscience vote, it still would not have got up.”
Dr Jensen said cabinet ministers should “stick to their knitting” and not veer outside their portfolios unless the Prime Minister directed them to do so.
You’d think with all the problems with the NBN that Turnbull would be too busy to be talking on Sunday news programmes about issues that have nothing to do with his portfolio. However, it is positive that Cory is speaking out against the forces of evil within his own party. Some background here.
When is Tony Abbott going to stand up for main stream Australia…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has backed Cabinet colleague Malcolm Turnbull in an internal Liberal Party dispute over same-sex marriage.
…or will he continue to be cowered by the ABC and their fellow supporters?
Posted by – 26 November, 2013
If there has been one failing of TA’s government so far it has been the lack of clarity and communication on a range of issues: renewable energy targets, continued support for the ABC, MP expenses, etc…
Posted by – 19 November, 2013
The following interview on 2GB indirectly makes a pretty strong case for the head of the Australian War Memorial Brendan Nelson to resign.
Posted by – 26 October, 2013
I wrote in 2008: Global warming: socialism dressed up as science
Tony Abbott said in 2013: Let’s be under no illusions the carbon tax was socialism masquerading as environmentalism,” he said.