Heil the adult government!

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Ad Astra, eminent owner and founder of The Political Sword has been on fire this last week, writing a very incisive ‘play in several parts.’

He has graciously allowed us to publish the first part for the enjoyment of Whispers’ Cellar readers.


A play in several parts

Part 1

Prologue. A herald addresses the audience:

Recall how many times Tony Abbott promised us that if elected he would head an ‘adult government’, one that would contrast starkly with the immature, incompetent, chaotic Gillard and Rudd governments? Can you remember hearing that haughty promise over and again?

Recall how he painted Labor as a gaggle of kids, squabbling as they played at being a government, pretending, as kids do, but not really knowing what they were about. Six hundred pieces of legislation, passed despite vitriolic, hostile opposition, were never allowed to accrue to Labor’s credit. In Abbott’s eyes they remained a mob incapable of adult behaviour. All the adults were on the opposition benches – all the maturity, knowledge, experience and expertise was there.

Recall how when playing make-believe, kids use their imagination; trying to simulate the real situation, to act like grown-ups. We are still waiting for the Abbott government to show if it really is adult. The signs are not encouraging.

Senior ministers are taken one by one and given the ‘adult test’.

‘Adult-in-chief’, Prime Minister Abbott

Act 1 Scene 1

Abbott – The Big Man!

Abbott seeks to emulate Putin, that bare-chested, horse-riding macho man. He realizes that he is but a child-like shadow of the Russian dictator, but nevertheless puffs out his hairy chest, accuses him of being behind the MH 17 atrocity, talks daringly and pointedly about bringing the perpetrators (the Russians) to justice, labels him as a ‘baddie’, calls him a bully, threatens him with trade sanctions, and then some more, accuses him of subterfuge when sending a convoy of aid to east Ukraine, (as does Julie Bishop, who cops a Russian backhander for her trouble), and leaves Putin’s attendance at the G20 summit hanging in the air. There he is, just like a kid, hands on hips, jaw jutting, acting out his tough guy stance in the schoolyard for the benefit of his toadies, with his Foreign Minister standing just behind him, thumbing her nose. He’s playing to a domestic audience hoping to hear ‘good onya Tony’ reverberating from the boys at the front bar, clutching their ice-cold schooners of VB.

He hopes his tough talk will give him a boost with his sycophants, and indeed he has had some success.

His dignity and apparent compassion for MH 17 victims, which certainly did earn him some kudos, faded though as his attention reverted to tough macho man talk, and as he conflated the MH 17 tragedy with Islamic extremism which he painted as the threat to our way of life that needed drastic action. The schoolyard loudmouth could not resist the chance to big talk himself. He played the protector. The game plan was to first scare the chooks so that they ran around squawking in terror, but then promise to look after them, so they would lamely fall into line, quivering.

Abbott the kid, the Big Man, was on full parade. Very little adult to be seen there!

So much of the time Abbott looks like a kid play-acting the hairy-chested tough man, often with unseemly condescension. His gentler moments stand out in stark contrast to his bullyboy demeanour.

We know he’s been a pugilist from his university days; how much has he grown up since then?

Act 1 Scene 2

Abbott – The Slogan Man

Kids love smart slogans, a few clever words they can use to berate their enemies, to humiliate and bully the little kids, and most of all to look awfully smart. Abbott is this country’s three-word supremo. ‘Stop the boats’, ‘axe the tax’, ‘repay the debt’ still ring in our ears. Now we have a couple of new ones: ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’, and more recently ‘Operation Bring Them Home.’ Presumably, he believes that such superficial mantras are effective, and he’s probably right for some of his supporters. But he really is treating the electorate like children as he continues to assail us with such trivial representations of complex issues. When he throws his slogans around, he sounds like the schoolyard loudmouth he is.

Now we have ‘Team Australia’. All of us had better join Team Australia or we will be not be seen as team members, but as traitors. Again, his use of the term is childish, immature, and offensive to any who by implication don’t belong. Such as Muslims with extreme views! When will he grow up? Can he?

Abbott, the slogan-mouthing kid, is there for all to see.

Act 1 Scene 3

Abbott – The Liar

There are lies, more and more lies; there is no need to catalogue them. Habitual and unashamed lying is not necessarily a childish attribute – adults do pretty well in the lying stakes – but when he bald-facedly tells his astonished Party Room that he has kept every election promise, is that adult behaviour? A kid might think he could get away with such a mendacious claim, but what mature adult would so think?

Writing in The Guardian, Bruce Haigh writes: “His predilection for playing fast and loose with the truth, occasionally contradicting his own statements within days or even hours, indicates a degree of immaturity not seen in an Australian prime minister since Billy McMahon.”

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/14/as-the-blunders-grow-in-number-can-anyone-actually-challenge-abbott

We agree. With an immature leader like Abbott, what better can we expect from the rest?

The child within Abbott keeps popping up like a creepy clown in the box. Only blind-sided sycophants can’t see the clown. Glimpses of any adult within are elusive.

The Abbott government is a gift that keeps on giving.


The rest of this brilliant ‘play in several parts’ can be found at:

http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/page/HEIL-THE-ADULT-GOVERNMENT.aspx

I strongly commend this to Whispers’ Cellar readers.

While you’re there, also from Ad Astra this week is his take on the Hockey budget – also well worth reading!

What is the Hockey budget all about?

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68 comments on “Heil the adult government!

  1. I suspect no one in that mob know what the budget is about. Makes no economic sense.

    Can we say, forgive them, as they know not what they are do????

    My problem is, I do not think they care.

  2. I think Woodypear over at TPS hit the nail on the head with this one Florence:

    I find little evidence of any overarching ideology guiding this government’s actions. It appears to me to be base, opportunism, ‘win at all cost’ politics that achieved his elevation to the title, prime minister. The fight’s over. He won. Governance wasn’t a part of his objective. The prize was to win. He got that, now it’s someone else’s problem to sort out that governing stuff.

    He got to be PM, now he’s not interested in what goes with that!

  3. Welcome to ‘the Cellar‘ Michael! What BYO beverage did you bring? :mrgreen:

    Yes, Ad has been busy this week – along with having the weekly starter piece, he wrote his ‘play’ in comments during the week.

    Remember the request for a piece from you for TPS is still open for when your workload eases a little. How’s the study going?

    You and Carol are also welcome to write a quick piece for the Cellar anytime you like too 😉

  4. Mr Swan at NPC had much of value to say. Puts the shenanigans of this government into focus. Yearn to have the adults back.

    ……….

    Wayne Swan warns of ‘bloody-minded vested interests’

    Speaking at the National Press Club, the former Treasurer also unloaded on Joe Hockey, accusing him of going on an ‘extended sulk’ over the budget.

    Former treasurer Wayne Swan has defended his economic legacy and has attacked the Abbott government for blaming the unpopularity of its budget measures on a poor sales pitch.

    Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, Mr Swan also said it would not be long before “necessity” forced a future government to return to carbon pricing and a tax on natural resources.

    Mr Swan was speaking after launching his book, The Good Fight, in Canberra on Monday, which includes details on the fractures in the previous government under Kevin Rudd, who is described in the book as “unstable” and “vindictive and juvenile…..

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/wayne-swan-blames-government-woes-on-contradictions-at-heart-of-budget-20140818-3dw63.html#ixzz3AkWWNhmu

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/wayne-swan-blames-government-woes-on-contradictions-at-heart-of-budget-20140818-3dw63.html#ixzz3AkTCbNDr.

  5. More fro previous comment

    …….“As the budget in its aftermath has demonstrated, everything that the Abbott government now does is a search for a political strategy to sell that divisive unfair, un-Australian agenda to a disbelieving public at large.”.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/wayne-swan-blames-government-woes-on-contradictions-at-heart-of-budget-20140818-3dw63.html#ixzz3AkXAEPB8

    Video of Swan’s speech on site.

  6. Who and what is Abbott?

    …………

    Not even cabinet knows the ‘real’ Abbott
    Michael Gawenda |
    10 hours ago |
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    These past few weeks have been seriously weird. This is basically because Tony Abbott has been unable to offer up any coherent statement of what the main challenges facing his government — and the country — might be.

    As a result, when he was out of the country, it felt in some ways that he has lost control of his cabinet, not because there are cabinet ministers who are disloyal to Abbott but because of Abbott’s inability to be clear not just about policy but about the tone and language in which senior ministers talk about the government and its aspirations.

    In the space of a couple of weeks, Abbott has had to publicly rebuke two senior ministers. First there was Eric Abetz for his suggestion that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer. This was a seriously outrageous statement that contradicted all the recognised medical research and would have had a grave affect on some women whose life experience it seems Abetz cannot even begin to understand…

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/8/20/national-affairs/not-even-cabinet-knows-real-abbott?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=870214&utm_campaign=kgb&modapt=

  7. Michael they might not care, but if we can turn around my peers, this man will be in trouble. Noticed big change at big local Senior Citizen. The penny is dropping, that the waste that LNP talk about, is too high pensions. Yes, the country according this mob, is liveable pensions are not on.

  8. The “adult government” wants to take us down the path of a US style health system!

    A health system that is ranked ‘Dead Last Among Wealthy Nations

    We cannot allow this to happen!

  9. AMA announcing their version of co-payments. Has pointed out we alrady have some. Dr. reform society was against any co-payments this morning on ABC local radio.

    All are against money going to research.

    What is not occurring the propping up of Medicare., There are many more ways of making Medicare more efficient.,

    What is happenings, this government is moving health care to the USA two tier system. Yes, where one relies on private insurance. This was the case before Medibank was introduced. It did not work.

    AMA has said collecting the $7 would cost more than it was worth.

    This budget is also attempting to take money pout of general practice. Same as they are doing with education.

    We already have gap payments. We alrady pay a levy. We already contribute with

    Dutton is wrong when he claims bulk billing was only meant to be a safety net.

  10. So we who are not getting bulk billed, paying $35+ gap for GP., is expected to pay $7 dollars on top, according to AMA rep.

    By the way, that gap payment with some specialist can be nearly 50%.

  11. Another day.

    The Governor and other senior officials of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) appeared before the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics yesterday (August 20, 2014), as part of the review by the Government of the 2013 RBA Annual Report. The Governor and the RBA Board are, ultimately, creatures of the political process, being appointed by the Government, which tells you that all the guff about central bank independence is just a smokescreen. Further, the insights that the RBA officials provided to the Economics Committee should leave no-one in doubt that the Federal government’s fiscal strategy is a failed vision for the prosperity of our nation.

    The evidence that the Governor and his officials gave confirmed five points.

    First, the Federal government has accepted that an unemployment rate of 6.25 per cent is acceptable.

    Second, monetary policy can do little to change that.

    Third, fiscal policy could reduce unemployment and provide for future long-term prosperity if it invested in human capital (education) and public infrastructure.

    Fourth, the Government’s obsessive pursuit of lower fiscal deficits is deliberately undermining growth and causing the persistence in high unemployment.

    Fifth, the completely chaotic Australian Senate, where a small minority party has the balance of power and is holding up significant cuts to fiscal policy proposed by the Federal government, is saving the economy from a even greater slowdown than is the case
    ….

    http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/blog/?p=28751&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicoutlook%2FFYvo+%28billy+blog%29

  12. A little truth. A little context.

    ………..
    The customer, Martin McInnes, a small business owner in Umina, on the central coast of New South Wales, is the first of several customers to be connected via fibre to the node in NBN Co’s first trial of the technology that was first announced 6 months ago and was supposed to run from May until October.

    The trial will see NBN Co run fibre out to an Alcatel Lucent node, then use existing copper lines from the node to a street pillar, and then copper from the street pillar to each premises.

    NBN Co is using spare copper pairs for the trial, allowing users to continue to run their existing ADSL connections along side their NBN connections until a new deal with Telstra has been reached to allow customers to migrate to FttN using the existing copper lines.

    ZDNet understands that McInnes was able to achieve a download speed of 98Mbps down, and upload speeds of 33Mbps over a copper line of 190 metres through Telstra as the retail service provider. NBN Co clarified to ZDNet that these average results were taken over a period of one week.

    McInnes is the customer closest to the node of the four currently trialling, but Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull provided a number of speed test results from a number of locations, with a customer located 515 metres from the node able to get 97Mbps down, and 30Mbps up.

    The trial was using VDSL and vectoring.

    NBN Co did not explain today why it took an additional three months for the trial to commence. The company’s other trial in Epping in Victoria was still in the “development” stage, with NBN Co unable to confirm to ZDNet whether issues over accessing electricity to power the nodes in the trial had been resolved.

    The company today announced it would also expand its own construction of fibre to the node in addition to Telstra’s own 1,000-node trial. It will cover 300 more nodes in Woy Woy, NSW and Warner in Queensland covering 45,000 premises. This means that the total number of premises covered by current FttN trials now sits at 240,000 premises.

    NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow said in a statement that the expanded trial will allow NBN Co to test out different technology and work out the best method of moving to the “multi-technology mix” model of the NBN.

    “Our plans to build more than 300 additional nodes on top of our construction trial with Telstra will see us benchmark industry best practices as we gear up for wide-scale deployment of the FttN technology,” he said in a statement.

    Topics: NBN, Australia
    .

    http://www.zdnet.com/au/first-nbn-fibre-to-the-node-customer-connected-7000032861/

    Locals say, they would rather have what is available down the road. Yes, NBNCo to the premises. where it matters not how many are hooked up. Yes, may maintain speed with ten. Not sure about a few thousand.

  13. Bacchus, thanks mate, I’m glad you enjoyed my poem 😀

    Florence, yes and they’ll look even better when the graffiti gets going… that’s until an out of control car or truck takes it out, along with all the phones and last century’s internet connections 😯 Nice one… NOT

    Cheers 😉

  14. Another adult action of this government. Yes.,, our salesman for the coal industry wants to destroy the renewal power industry with special attack on the solar

    Seems Abbott is doing more liberating of peolple from jobs. Good jobs
    at that.

    ……..Australia’s federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has launched an extraordinary attack on the head of the Australian Solar Council, John Grimes, after comments the ASC chief made on ABC radio, criticising the Coalition’s “broken promises” on support for renewable energy.

    Hunt described Grimes as a “total failure of an industry leader” on Brisbane’s 621 Mornings program on Thursday, and said he should be “utterly ashamed” of comments he made suggesting the environment minister had been “sidelined” in a government that was firmly anti-renewables.

    The comments by Hunt come just a few weeks after he accused the left of “being against electricity”, and comes as polling shows that the government is under severe pressure over its renewables policy, and the outcome of its controversial RET Review panel.

    Chief executive of the Australian Solar Council, John Grimes

    Grimes, who was speaking ahead of today’s launch of the “Save Solar” campaign – a campaign that will target marginal federal seats across Australia – accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of personally leading a push to curtail renewables growth in Australia.

    “After the election, promise after promise (has been) broken,” Grimes said. “One million solar roofs gone, the RET he wants abolished – he and Joe Hockey are working hard for that outcome. … (And) moderate voices like [Environment Minister] Greg Hunt have been sidelined in the Cabinet.

    “This is just not what the people were voting for, and certainly not what they want.”
    .

    http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/hunt-launches-personal-attack-on-head-of-australian-solar-lobby-33165

    Personally, I do not believe Hunt. I take notice of what is said in public.

    This government has a habit of saying private talks go well, only to have the other person comer out, denying what was said ands achieved.

    Sad to see Hunt joining this brigade.

  15. Yes TT seeker they will in deed be more attractive. I live in an estate, that forbids anything being on our well cared for streets and footpaths. I do not know how such an abomination is going to be received;\

    At least we know a year later what it looks like. Looks like they are using the largest on4e around. Wonder what mate of Turn bulls manufactures them.That is only a trial by the way.

  16. Who does one believe?

    ….The Environment Minister Greg Hunt went to the extraordinary step yesterday of describing the head of the Australian Solar Council, John Grimes, as “deceptive” and “misleading”, adding that he “says one thing in private and another in public” and should be “ashamed of himself”.

    According to Hunt, he and Grimes spoke a week ago at which time, Hunt says, “I was absolutely crystal clear that we remain committed to the Renewable Energy Target. He [Grimes] knows that”.

    Is this the case?

    To understand this we first need to ask what does Greg Hunt mean when he says that his government “remain committed to the Renewable Energy Target”.

    A few days ago, after The AFR ran a story claiming the Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the Warburton RET Review to focus on a recommendation to close the RET rather just substantially reduce it, Climate Spectator put this question to Hunt’s office:

    In light of the report on the front page of the Australian Financial Review, are you able to rule out the possibility that the government would abolish the RET or otherwise close it to new entrants as per the RET Review scenario?

    We were given the following response, in its entirety, from a spokesperson in Hunt’s office:

    The Government will receive the review shortly and will carefully consider it.

    Does that strike you as the kind of response you’d give if you were crystal clear that the government was committed to the Renewable Energy Target?

    Given one of Australia’s major newspapers had just run a story on the front page headlined, Abbott’s plan to axe the RET, if you wanted to be crystal clear about your commitment to the Renewable Energy Target and say the same thing in public as in private, wouldn’t you instead respond with something like: ‘the report in that newspaper is wrong and we have no intention whatsoever of abolishing the RET or closing it to new entrants’?

    If I go back further to September 24, 2012 – prior to the election – Climate Spectator put this question to Hunt:

    Is the Coalition committed to a renewable energy target that maintains at least the same amount of gigawatt-hours worth of demand for renewable energy from 2013 to 2030 as contained in the current legislation?

    I received the following response, which artfully dodged around any mention of ‘gigawatt-hours’:

    We are committed to the 20% RET and have no plans to change the current arrangements
    ..

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/8/22/renewable-energy/it-grimes-or-greg-hunt-who-misleading-us?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=874965&utm_campaign=kgb&modapt=

  17. More. Why the secrecy and lies in everything this government touches?

    …..Just yesterday afternoon I put questions to ministers Hunt and Macfarlane’s offices asking whether Hunt’s statement that “we remain committed to the Renewable Energy Target” meant that the government could rule out closing the RET to new entrants, and whether this meant they were ruling out making material reductions to the level of the legislated target.

    The response I received did not provide any answer to the question asked. Instead it said that a review of the scheme was consistent with legislative requirements; therefore nothing to see here. But the thing is, it’s not consistent with the legislation because this specifies that the review be done by the Climate Change Authority. But instead the government appointed a review team likely to be hostile to the Renewable Energy Target.

    If John Grimes is being so dishonest in claiming that the government will slash support for renewable energy, then why does the Coalition have so much trouble directly and unambiguously answering fundamental questions about their election commitments on renewable
    .

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/8/22/renewable-energy/it-grimes-or-greg-hunt-who-misleading-us?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=874965&utm_campaign=kgb&modapt=

  18. Have we reached watershed for Labor. Is its on the way back. More importantly, are many voters taking senator Wong’s advice. One might not like or be interested in politics. That is OK. She then went on to say, it is still true, that politics impinges on one life, If this is true, one may as well take an interest, look after our own interest. My paraphrasing. She spoke on QandA.

    ……Queensland Labor membership has almost doubled since the party’s 2012 thrashing, state president Dick Williams has told the party faithful.

    Labor is holding its annual state conference in Brisbane, the last before next year’s poll.

    Mr Williams said Labor had done better than expected since the election whitewash, when the party was reduced to just seven out of 89 seats.

    It had resounding wins in two by-elections and membership numbers had increased by about 4,000.

    The party is now the fastest growing in the country.

    “We have gone from about 5,000 members to almost 9,000 in just two-and-a-half short years,” he said.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-23/qld-labor-membership-surges-since-2012-election-loss/5691714

  19. The internal polls must be bad, Rolling Margie out again. Nice to know, poor Tony is finding it hard, coping with the plane coming down. One wonders why?

  20. What a bunch of pathetic hypocrites the LNP are. When they introduced the baby bonus and people stated that it would be used for Plasma TVs, Pokies etc etc . John Howard and his ministry of which Tony Abbott and Co were a part of, howled down the comments claiming that we should not be so critical and they were confident that parents would od the right thing with the money and no monitoring would be done. Now they have the audacity to state that those getting the School Kids Bonus would spend it on TVs, Pokies etc etc so we have to have monitoring and regulation. Honestly do these LNP guys even remember what they have said before. A true bunch of wankers who think they are born to rule and can say and do whatever they want with no ramifications. Where are the media asking them what is the difference.

  21. Back to wanting receipts for school kid bonus. Why not receipts for their accommodation in Canberra then.

    Can see them reverting back to being a tax rebate, where the wealthy get more back than the poor, Where one has to spend money up front, and wait for reimbursement at tax time.

    I am sure that most parents, spend much more each year, to send the kids to school, that the rebate is. If this is the case, why the need for receipts.

    What it does mean, it takes stress off lower income, having to find the money up front. I suspect it allows more kids to take advantage of school excursions. Kids that missed out in the past.

    For a government that want to get rid of red tape, it sure l9ovesd loading same onto low income earners. We have this, along with the so called co-payment, which is simply more regulation ands red tape. Unnecessary, in both incidents.

    And one should not forget, the push for money management of many benefits. Yes, defining how one spend their welfare.

    Free go for Industry and the big boys. More restraints on anything for the lower income earners in society.

    Does not make sense.

  22. Florence. They should be required to provide a receipt for ALL costs incurred, just like an employee has to. It is totally disgusting when they want to slash the poor while giving themselves rivers of gold.

  23. Yes, Shane, I agree. Do not see need to produce receipts for school expenses, as one would have to pay more, t6han the bonus. Remember how Costello made parents wait more than 12 months to be reimbursed for childcare. If one can wait that long, one does not need the rebate.

    If I apply for a pension as a married person, the income of my partner is taken into consideration. Mr Hockey and others cannot claim expenses if they own the home in Canberra. Can if the house is in the wife’s name. Why is this so?

    Us mortals have joint income taken into consideration. Not so politicians.

  24. Florence. Politicians have become a law unto themselves and their greed. I have no doubt that our politicians of many years ago would be rolling in their graves at the corrupt cesspit it has been turned into, instead of the service to the people it once was.

  25. Shane, what y9ou say is true. On a regular basis we have Fraser, and now Hewson voicing their unflastter4ing opinion of this mob.

    Back in the dark ages, I began a certificate course in Welfare at Tafe. One of the first lectures, in psychology, was on how the mind develops. It was fascinating, in the way it was explained.

    Many, too many years later, I can still recall the words.

    It was explained by using a birdcage as a prop. Yes, when born, the brain like the cage was empty. As we grow, we have al these messages entering the cage through the holes in the wire.

    We store all, somewhere within the brain. As time goes on, we make sense of new information, by comparing it with what is already stored.. Somme we accept, some we reject. This is how we make sense of the world.

    The story is, as we go through life, taking in new information each waking our we should grow, me should say, even become wiser.

    Now with this mob, that claim to be capable of governing, I do not think this has occurred. Could the reason they are struck with ideas and beliefs they had as adolescents, not growing at all, that someone put the cover over their brain, as one does the birdcage each night, forgetting to remove it the next day. Their minds seem to be struck in the same grove for the last next twenty or thirty years.

  26. Always the rip off. Yes, and arrived late back in Canbera for party meeting. Some not impressed.

    ……Tony Abbott.
    Tony Abbott. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott told government MPs he had to schedule an early morning visit to a cancer research centre in Melbourne on Tuesday so that he could justify billing taxpayers to be in the city for a “private function” the night before.

    Mr Abbott made the admission at the regular meeting of Liberal and Nationals MPs after being taken to task by one his own senators for turning up an hour late.

    Several MPs told Fairfax Media that the Prime Minister described the private function as a “fund-raiser” to the party room. ..

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbotts-visit-to-cancer-hospital-used-to-justify-fundraising-visit-20140826-108nxo.html#ixzz3BVjwGBlC

    The private function.

    Several MPs told Fairfax Media that the Prime Minister described the private function as a “fund-raiser” to the party room.

    Several government sources told Fairfax Media they were stunned to hear the Prime Minister respond to Senator Macdonald’s complaint by saying he had to schedule an official function on Tuesday morning so he could justify being in Melbourne for a fund-raiser the night before under entitlements.</blockquote?

  27. Even NBN Co CEO thinks Malcolm’s mates’ report is rubbish

    NBN Co Chief Executive Officer Bill Morrow has undermined the credibility of Malcolm’s mates’ cost benefit analysis questioning the dodgy assumptions that underpin it.

    In a crushing blow to the credibility of the report written by former Malcolm Turnbull staff and some of Australia’s biggest critics of the NBN, Bill Morrow has questioned the key assumption that Australian households will require only 15 megabits per second in 2023.

    On Radio National yesterday Bill Morrow said:

    “I suspect…when they talk about 15 megabits per second being sufficient for people today, I think that that likely is taking a snapshot in today’s environment. What will tomorrow be, what will next year and the next decade require, I think is really the question.”

    “I think we need to ask the panel how they came up with the 15mbps.”

    Malcolm’s mates’ report is so flawed that even the CEO of NBN Co is questioning it.

    No wonder. Already more than half the people on the NBN are ordering 25 Mbps or more.

    The report also says that by 2023 only 5 per cent of households will need 43Mbps. However, already 28 per cent of people on the NBN are ordering 50Mbps or more.

    The results of a cost benefit analysis depend on the assumptions you put in it. If the assumptions are wrong the conclusions will be wrong.

    The fact that even Bill Morrow, the man in charge of building the NBN, is questioning the assumptions in this report completely undermines the credibility of Malcolm’s mates’ report.

  28. Stop Tony Abbott’s Anti-Worker Laws

    Tony Abbott is trying to rush through laws that introduce new individual contracts that cut take home pay, give more power to employers in bargaining and make it harder for workers to access their union.

    But first he has to get his new laws through the senate and passed the all important cross-bench senators. If three out of the eight senate cross-benchers vote no – Tony Abbott’s attacks on workers will be defeated.

    Email the cross-bench senators and ask them to vote no to the Fair Work Act ammendments on Wednesday.

  29. NBNCo is a sleeper, that Labor can ignore at this time. Like man made climate change, it is not going to go away.

  30. Bacchus there was another bill on the notice paper that I have lost contact of. It was something to do with the pensioner concession card, It was to be introduced in Thursday. I was too busy keeping up with the famous Kathy, I forgot about it.

    It is hard work, keeping up with this government and their shenanigans.

    Why the further changes to 457 visas. Gillard tighten the rules, and they were working fairer.

  31. I disagree that Labor can just ignore the NBN Florence – with obviously biased reports coming out from Malcolm’s mates (that makes six now doesn’t it?), Labor has to point out the lies and misleading this government is doing. If they don’t the lies become accepted truth, like, “interest rates will always be lower under a Liberal government” or, ” Liberals are the better economic managers”.

    Labor has let themselves be dealt out of the game by this clever and incessant ‘framing’ the Liberals are so good at. They need to get on the front foot, but carefully.

  32. I’m not across changes to the concession card Florence – been a bit out of the loop with electrical work going on here. Solar panels were installed on Monday and meters were moved & new sub-board installed Thursday. We’ll probably be without power again when Energex come to install the new digital meter.

  33. Happy Fathers’ Day to all the dad’s out there! 😀

    I started mine with a trip to a ‘happy clapper’ church, so it can only get better from here 🙄

    Off to daughter’s for lunch soon – that should be good!

  34. One wonders how the Abbott v’s Ettridge situ is going 😕
    One also wonders about Abbotts friendship with Lawler and what role that friendship played in this whole sorry saga. ( tonys daddy and Lawlers daddy where supposedly best mates). I can’t wait to see how this pans out. 🙂

  35. LOVO., I believe there are other Lawler’s within the Victorian police force. One wonders at Brandis ability to get them to do his bidding. One wonders at the Victorian police after investigating Kathy, found nothing amiss.

    Where we not told by the police, that they could not investigate Ashby and co while the matter was before the courts. That is no longer so. Where is the investigation.

    They say where there is smoke, there is fire. I wonder if where there is a putrid smell, there could be rotting carcasses, that need to see the light of day.

  36. Didn’t really expect anything more from Channel 9 👿

    I reckon there’s a wealth of material for a federal ICAC just in Brandis’ & the Liberal Party’s ties into both NSW & VIC police, and probably other jurisdictions as well – Ashby, Thompson, Jackson, AWU, Peter Fox etc, etc…The smell from the carcasses is pungent!

  37. “…The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). If you haven’t heard much about the TPP, that’s at least in part because the text of this trade deal is not visible to the public, nor is it visible to most of Congress; only an anointed group of 600 corporate “trade advisors” has been allowed to access the full text.

    How can a massive trade agreement be shoved through the political process with such little transparency — invisible even to the US Congress? ”
    http://www.theperipherymag.com/essay-mo-free-trade-mo-problems/

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