Month: December 2012

It has begun

Posted by – 29 December, 2012

‘No ifs, no buts’ – PM promised surplus over 200 times since May 2010 – ‘Come hell or high water’

Posted by – 20 December, 2012

LABOR has abandoned its election promise to return the budget to surplus this financial year, saying changed economic circumstances mean it must now protect jobs.

Tony Abbott interview here. No one made Gillard promise a surplus: said in 2008 ‘temporary deficit’.

Abbott’s press conference.

It’s okay for some

Posted by – 19 December, 2012

Imagine if an Australian politician told the UK to get out of the EU so we could negotiate a FTA and NZ-like CER movement of people arrangement.

After observing the rise in popularity of Ukip and the rise of anti-European sentiment generally, the issue was raised by President Barack Obama in a video-conference call with the Prime Minister on Tuesday. It was also high on the agenda of a visit by a US national security council official to Downing Street and the Foreign Office earlier this week.

Background here:

Privatise now!!!!

Posted by – 18 December, 2012

If you need anymore evidence on just how morally bankrupt the ABC is then read on.

A COMPLAINT by former ABC chairman Maurice Newman over a radio program that linked scepticism about human-induced climate change to advocacy of pedophilia has been dismissed by the national broadcaster.

He said comments by the network’s science reporter Robyn Williams in a November 24 broadcast of The Science Show were indicative of a broader failure of the “public interest” test at the taxpayer-funded ABC.

“What if I told you that pedophilia is good for children, or that smoking crack is a normal part and a healthy one of teenage life, to be encouraged?” Williams said at the top of the show, which was dedicated to discussing attitudes on climate change.

“You’d rightly find it outrageous. But there have been similar statements coming out of inexpert mouths again and again in recent times, distorting the science.”

In his written complaint to ABC managing director Mark Scott, Mr Newman raised the issue of personally “offensive and defamatory” material and content that compared climate sceptics to pedophiles “more generally”.

I’m surprised Newman even bothered to make a complaint. ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs has something like a 99.99 per cent rate of rejecting claims against their ABC.

Some basic facts might help

Posted by – 17 December, 2012

The Australian experience with reforming gun laws has been no panacea for societal violence.

The New York Times has referred to Australia’s gun laws as a “road map” for the US, saying that “in the 18 years before the law, Australia suffered 13 mass shootings – but not one in the 14 years after the law took full effect.”

Except for the 2002 mass shooting at Monash University, which the NYT omitted and which therefore makes me question this entire ABC puff piece arguing for the USA to emulate Australian 1996 gun laws after the Port Arthur massacre (I can’t actually find any evidence to support the claim that Australia had 13 mass shootings in 18 years).

Well, these are the government provided facts.

  1. Armed robbery increased, reaching a peak in 2001 and falling, but as of 2007 still above 1996 levels;
  2. Rates of assaults rose steadily and remain high today at around 840 assaults per 100,000 people, about 230 assaults per 100,000 people higher than before 1996;
  3. Homicides involving firearms as a percentage of total homicides peaked in 1969 and had been falling steadily before the 1996 gun laws were introduced. In fact, homicide incidents actually increased after 1996, reaching a post gun law reform peak level in 2002 before declining steadily after 2004.
  4. Assaults and homicides using knives have increased.

Reforming gun laws therefore will not solve your crime problem. By all reports the person that perpetrated the mass murder in Connecticut had a psychiatric condition. Investing in mental health might be a start. Daily Mail as always provides some perspective:

….why did this son amongst all those tens of thousands of sons take his mother’s firearms illegally – Connecticut has the fourth toughest gun control laws in the US, and any 20-year old is banned from buying or carrying pistols – and turn into a mass murderer?

News reports say he had a history of mental instability. At least one report mentioned ‘mood altering drugs.’ That is likely. The presence of legal drugs, the kind prescribed by psychiatrists, in the blood of the killers has been a feature of mass murders in America.

Both of the Columbine High School killers, Eric Harris (described as ‘a classic psychopath’) and Dylan Klebold, were on psychotropic drugs.

So was 17-year old Jeff Weise, the 2005 Red Lake High School killer in Minnesota who killed nine people then committed suicide.

So was 19-year old Robert Hawkins who murdered eight people then killed himself in Nebraska in 2007.

And on the list goes.

More reality from Brendan O’Neill over at the Telegraph.

I see the culture of narcissism, taken to its extreme, not the culture of gun worship. Which rather suggests that the supposedly liberal politicians currently wringing their hands over the availability of guns in the US might want to shine the spotlight on themselves instead, and on the dislocated, atomised, self-regarding modern world they have had a hand in creating.

A psychiatrist has his say.

Normal service has resumed

Posted by – 11 December, 2012

Newspoll has has rescued its credibility for 2012

With Greens’ primary support unchanged on 11 per cent and based on preference flows at the last election, the Coalition opened a clear election-winning lead of 54 per cent to Labor’s 46 per cent.

Every other poll (Galaxy, Essential Media, etc) has the ALP down by a similar margin.

2Day FM should have their broadcasting licence pulled

Posted by – 8 December, 2012

This week a pair of idiots at 2Day FM boasted about getting private medical details about the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy by impersonating members of the Royal family.  Apart from being a gross invasion of someone’s privacy, events have turned even worse:

An ill-advised stunt by a pair of Australian shock jocks took a tragic turn when a nurse they tricked in order to get confidential information about the royal baby committed suicide.

2Day FM is basically a bastion of nearly every gross, juvenile, leftist scream imaginable.

UPDATE

Incredible

As late as 5pm yesterday, more than seven hours after Mrs Saldanha’s death, 2Day FM’s website was still plugging its royal scoop, which one of the presenters insisted was just a “big fat joke”.

MORE

From the moment I heard their silly, adolescent giggles and the poor nurses’ polite replies, I saw the prank as another example of the casual, tacky, thoughtless cruelty that has infected popular culture like a plague – on radio, on television and increasingly on Twitter and other social media outlets.

What if it was your pregnant wife in hospital or mother at work? Time FM radio and their listeners grew up.

News.com.au journalists are overpaid and what is the antonym of ‘conscientious’?

Posted by – 6 December, 2012

 

That’s a match.

Costello nails it

Posted by – 2 December, 2012

Costello says that even if Gillard is found not to have breached the WA criminal code, her involvement in setting up the AWU-like slush fund and her current responses to the latest round of questions have been highly unethical.

Incidentally, I have a good deal of respect for Michael Costa continually going on the Bolt Report to speak the truth about the ALP. He must be hurting to see what has become of his own political party.