Category: Federal Politics

Tony Abbott should have done more

Posted by – 6 April, 2014

The rise of PUP could have been contained by better managing Palmer when he was in the LNP:

With just under 70 per cent of the vote counted, the businessman’s Palmer United Party (PUP) has so far picked up 12.5 per cent of the vote.

That puts PUP’s WA candidate Dio Wang in line to enter the Senate when the new Upper House sits on July 1.

If you recall the story, Palmer wanted Abbott to stop party delegates also acting as lobbyists. Seems reasonable, but Abbott did not accept the proposal.

Will we change our flag?

Posted by – 1 April, 2014

In the unlikely event that Scotland votes to leave the UK, will we change the Australian Flag?

Rugby backs changing Section 18C

Posted by – 29 March, 2014

At least former Wallabies wing Clyde Rathbone does:

Racial discrimination is conquered by the very freedom we stand to lose if we let governments dictate which speech is truly free. A culture cannot evolve simply by criminalising the expression of bad ideas……Relaxing the laws that bound our speech will invariably lead to offence, which in turn will lead to debate. Open conversation, rather than legal intervention, is our best hope for a lasting solution to racial discrimination.

Wonder where the AFL stands? Remember ‘apegate’?

Our sanctions on Russia are a joke

Posted by – 19 March, 2014

Australia has joined the EU and the USA in sanctioning 11 Russians for the invasion of the Crimea. If that is the best Australia can come up with then Putin will essentially have free reign over Eastern Europe. There is no one that will stop him.

We are starting to get a taste of a post-USA world.


Its time to ramp up Defence spending

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.

Australia’s first ‘illegal’ government

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

Let’s get it straight – I called it first

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.

Stop press! Tony thanks G – O – D for being PM

Posted by – 3 February, 2014

Just wait for the usual suspects to ramp up in disgust.

Turnbull can’t help himself

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.

UPDATE

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….

(I’m back) Tony gives us some red meat

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’.