The Truth The Whole Truth

I was Christened a Catholic. When I was being raised by my parents I was raised to tell the truth. While I was being taught at school I was taught to tell the truth. When working for my previous employer of many years, it was drummed into us all from day 1 that you must be honest, that there are no degrees of honesty. You are honest or you are not. To steal $1 or $1,000,000 is still theft and dishonesty.

In a nutshell we should be honest in our dealings with others and everything we do. For those who call themselves Christians there is also the declaration that telling a lie is a sin.

Well, what the hell happened to the LNP and their so called Christian members.

We have the LNP in QLD and the LNP Federally telling so many lies to get elected and break so may promises once elected, that we can no longer keep up with the overall results.

To say there will be no change to Medicare and then change it is a lie and a broken promise. Irrespective of whether you think we have a crisis or not you have lied and broken your promise. What you should do is not change Medicare, thereby keeping your promise, and tell us how you will change it at the next election and use it as your policy.

To say Public Servants have nothing to fear from an LNP government and then create a crisis supported by your own ideologically driven mates dodgy report to sack 14,000 Public Servants is a lie and a broken promise. What you should do is not sack 14,000 thereby keeping your promise, and tell us you will sack 14,000 at the next election. You actually could have frozen recruitment and achieved the same result over 3 years.

The lies and broken promises are far too numerous for me to comment on them all. What saddens me is that Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman have lowered the standards and reputations of politicians to less than scum.

I am sick of the comments “we all know politicians lie” what a copout, there is no need for politicians to lie and there is no need for us to accept their lies.

We need honesty brought back and this applies to all of them. The most honest politicians appear to be independents as they are scrutinised so intensely by both the LNP and the ALP who are determined to keep the cosy duopoly they currently enjoy.

We had Campbell Newman state that he would not negotiate with Independents if there was a Hung Parliament. I chastised him for his arrogance and his obvious disdain for voters who elected anyone other than an LNP member. I reminded him that we are in a democracy and if voters elect Independents he should respect that decision and negotiate with them as they are the representatives of Queensland Citizens.

Sadly the very next day Annastacia Palaszczuk says exactly the same thing. So guess what the ALP have lost my vote as well.

I am thoroughly disgusted that any MP will state they will not negotiate with democratically elected representatives of its citizens. We are not a dictatorship just yet and you are not ruling by decree. If you will not negotiate with Independents then get the hell out of our democratic parliament go and live in a country that you can rule with arrogance and no concern for its citizens.

I want a hung parliament. I want these leeches to negotiate with actual Independent members who are not mandated by Ideology. This a Democracy. Negotiation, Compromise, Bi Partisan Solutions.

I also want a Royal Commission into MPs Salaries , Benefits and Perks and Allowances. With all of these Allowances, Perks and Benefits and Pay Rises being given to them, being voted by them over many years without any vote by shareholders.

I demand that only valid proven expenses be reimbursed. I demand that a receipt be provided and no cashย  benefits be paid. I demand they have the same medical insurance and benefits as their citizens. I demand they have the same superannuation benefits as their citizens. I demand they have the same pension as their citizens. I demand the removal of all donations of any sort as this leads to corruption and influence of which there should be NONE. I demand they actually meet the public and hold forums where they canย  release their policies rather than wasted advertising. I demand their salaries are linked to other Public Servants payrises as they are Public Servants. I demand they stop treating their jobs as a right and a career and serve the people instead or serving themselves.

If you think I have become disillusioned and cynical about our political system then you are correct.

If there was a party that would stop the rot, stop the theft, stop the rorts, stop the lies, Restore the trust, Keep their promises, Tell the truth, Have good negotiation skills.ย Take their real policies to the election and have future visions for all citizens, then I would vote for them. Sadly there is not.

For my money, when you vote, please vote for an Independent, you may actually get an honest person who has your electorates interests at heart.

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56 comments on “The Truth The Whole Truth

  1. That’s a great post Shane! Could we add a royal commission into the links between donations to parties and decisions made in government? That would reveal outright corruption. Jeff Seeney would need to be especially worried – a caravan park rezoning in Maroochydore which greatly benefits an LNP supporter, a back-dated change in the law to stop a large LNP donor from facing charges for illegal quarrying in the upper Brisbane river – It’s getting worse than the Joh era.

    Both parties would probably look bad if mining and CSG donations and decisions were looked at.

    As far as voting goes, I’ll need to vote Labor in my (currently LNP held) electorate I think. Labor haven’t got a hope of winning government from a starting point of nine seats, so to make a difference here, I need to stop the LNP before any other consideration. There is a good possibility of Labor taking the seat, making it more possible for good Independent members to hold a balance of power.

    Each voter needs to weigh up the possibilities in their own seats – none more so than Ashgrove. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Just a thought for Queenslanders reading this – if you number every box except the LNP candidate, the vote is formal and exhausts once all the other options have been canvassed.

    The LNP scrutineers will be watching for this type of thing with Queensland Unions promoting a ‘number every box’ strategy and reporting back to LNP HQ. While any party machine would never publicly admit it – votes that ‘exhaust’ prior to their candidate are a real concern to them. To top it off – you can proudly state categorically that you didn’t help them get elected ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. No, but we might have to consider some random, lucky dip bannings. ๐Ÿ˜€

    And, the lucky first name drawn out of the wine barrel is…
    โ™ซ โ™ฏ โ™ฉ โ™ฌ โ™ญ โ™ซ โ™ซ โ™ฏ โ™ฉ โ™ฌ โ™ญ โ™ซ โ™ซ โ™ฏ โ™ฉ โ™ฌ โ™ญ โ™ซ โ™ซ โ™ฏ โ™ฉ โ™ฌ โ™ญ โ™ซ

    Michael Taylor :mrgreen:

    ๐Ÿ˜† Would you like to say a few words before your banning is implemented Michael? ๐Ÿ˜†

  4. It’s strange 2353 – it was Labor who introduced Optional Preferential Voting in Qld, thinking that at the time it would give them an advantage – how political strategies can backfire. I believe the Bjelke gerrymanders started out life in a similar manner, until being perfected by the Nationals.

  5. I seem to recall the nuns really install telling truth into one. Yes, lying was waste of time, as god seen all.

  6. Oh fair enough then. Sorry. We’ll redraw ๐Ÿ™‚

    And the 2nd name drawn out shall never be mentioned on these pages, but goes by the initials, NoS :mrgreen:

  7. Hi Bacchus. I can not vote for a party that states it will not do deals or negotiate with Independents. That goes against democracy which includes negotiating with the validly elected representatives of its citizens. Both the LNP and the ALP have lost my vote for this comment. We all know it is another lie from both sides and I am sick to death of liars. I will be voting Independent if I am able to. I will not be held accountable for voting in any pack of liars or people who do not respect democracy. A very, very silly thing for Annastacia to say, but at least us swinging voters know where she stands.

    As for the royal commission, I think that is a great idea and should be enacted immediately if the LNP are not re elected. Sadly I think their majority is just far too large.

  8. Yes, saying they will not cooperate with Independents is ignoring the will of the voter.

    All MP’s elected have one equal vote. It is up to all the MPs elected to maker the parliament the voter elected work.

  9. Oh and if you are all wondering about my comment that I will be voting Independent if I am able to. It is because I am in Lawrence Springborgs Electorate and the only candidate at this stage is Mr Springborg Himself.

  10. Shane, the answer there may to do as 2353 suggests and number all squares except the LNP ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve just looked up the ECQ website for candidate lists, which were finalised yesterday. Lawrence Springboard’s Southern Downs has the following candidates:

    SPELLMAN, John – Family First Party
    RYAN, Louise – Australian Labor Party
    URE, Elizabeth – The Greens
    SPRINGBORG, Lawrence – LNP

    Full list here:
    http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/elections/state/State2015/candidates.html

  11. I have five candidates in my electorate, which is held by the LNP on a margin of 1%.

    I understand your reasoning on why not to vote for Labor Shane. In my case, I don’t think voting for an independent will achieve anything – the LNP will form government after the election regardless – they have too big a lead to lose government totally. In my case, I need to help reduce the number of LNP members, giving Independents who are elected a chance to be able to hold the government to account.

    They won’t be able to do that if there aren’t a goodly number of Labor members reducing the LNP dominance of the parliament.

    There are 89 seats, meaning to win government outright, a party needs 45 seats. If we can limit the LNP to 42 or less with 4 or 5 Independents, parliament becomes interesting.

    Yes, it was stupid for Annastacia Palaszczuk to say what she did – it’s stupid major party politicking to try to limit votes for Independents.

  12. Having said that, electoral funding also could play a part in how people could think about their vote.

    Individual candidates get $1.495 per first preference vote as long as they get at least 6% of the vote. Registered Parties get $2.991 per first preference vote, once again with the same 6% requirement.

    This is where preferences can be very useful – if you wish to starve a party of taxpayer funding yet still vote for them, vote for an Independent first preference, then your preferred party next.

    Given the campaign being waged by Dr David Pascoe, I hope to see many Independents elected from rural areas – it’s really our only hope.

  13. Optional preferential voting eventually becomes first past the post. Most unfair of them all. Especially in Queensland, where there is only one house.

    Time for rule change. Keep preferential voting, but limit the number you have to tick, to maybe ten. Present system leads to chaos. Too easy to make mistake. Turns many off giving preferences. Also above line tick should go. This lessens effect of how to vote card.

    Might even see those ballot papers, the size of tabletops disappear.

  14. Seems we missed this one. Why is it, when this government removes red, green and black tape, along with regulations, it is always the worker that loses out.

    ……A new temporary-entry permit proposed by the Department of Immigration to allow overseas workers to stay in Australia for a year without a 457 visa would create “open slather” on the Australian labour market at the same time it faces growing unemployment, unions warn.

    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has reviewed skilled migration and in December, it quietly released its recommendations to relax entry requirements for short-term foreign workers. Its proposals include extending the six-month short term mobility visa to 12 months.

    The change would mean overseas workers would not have to apply for a 457 working visa, which imposes stricter entry requirements including English language tests. Employers are also required to demonstrate they have looked for local workers before giving jobs to employees from overseas, under a 457 visa.

    “Absolute madness”: CFMEU national secretary Michael O’Connor criticised visa proposals.
    “Absolute madness”: CFMEU national secretary Michael O’Connor criticised visa proposals. Photo: Tony McDonough

    CFMEU national secretary Michael O’Connor said proposals to abolish the requirement for language and skills tests for temporary overseas workers would worsen unemployment levels in Australia, particularly for young people.

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    The proposals would mean employers would not be required to demonstrate they had first tried to fill job vacancies with Australian workers before giving them to people from overseas.

    “It is absolute madness in the current environment, with unemployment at a 10-year high, to be removing even more opportunities for people to gain access to the workforce,” Mr O’Connor said..

    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/overseas-workers-will-be-allowed-to-work-for-a-year-without-applying-for-457-visas-20150107-12jf3r.html

  15. Thanks for the update for the candidates Bacchus. I had not checked yesterday as I was away for most of the day. At least I can number a few boxes and leave the LNP blank. Pity there is not an independent in the mix. Family First are simply a defacto LNP candidate as far as I am concerned based on their actions in other states and in the Senate.

    Thanks Michael, hopefully there will be more like myself at this election. I truly hope that more Independents are elected. It appears the LNP are out to get the Independent on the Sunshine Coast. Hopefully they will not succeed.

  16. Shane, FF seem to be anything but for the family. Was shocked at speech of the one in the senate just before Christmas. Further to the right than LNP. One needs to take care and look beyond the names some give themselves.

  17. Totally agree Florence, FF seem to be more about a compote of religious zealots than actual family friendly candidates.

  18. Great post Shane, I have been,for many years, voting below the line and numbering every box. I mainly vote for independent’s, if possible, and have often put the major’s near or next to last. I save last for the loony religious zealots and/or Fred Nile in NSW state elections.
    I agree we need an Royal Commission into pollie perks, lobbyists influence and the Media’s power and distortions.
    Good luck Queenslanders, I hope enough people have woken up to cam’s bull!!!!!!!

  19. Thanks LOVO. Sadly it will take a miracle to unseat the sitting member in my electorate. I just cannot for the life of me understand how people will continue to elect the same member election after election, blindly following a pack of lies each and every time instead of giving someone else a go. Who knows they may actually get a better and more interested MP, yet it hardly ever happens.

  20. It is indeed histories generally only have to be taken once. Wonder if Abbott realises this. With the entry of digital records, doctors have patient history at their finger tips. One does not need to rehash old history.

    They know more about health than doctors and other health experts.

    This mob know more about teaching than the experts, teachers and those who have spent their lives studying how.

    They know more about fast broadband, than experts in the field.

    They know that people are guilty without a trial or conviction by the courts.

    They know that all on welfare and unemployed, are there because of their own laziness and rorting off the system.

    Why do we waste time and money educating our young. Gaining qualifications, if one follows this mob is not necessary.

    What comes to mind, when thinking about them, is father knows best.

    Sad truth is, they know bugger all.

  21. The silly thing about ‘not negotiating’ to form a Government is they are ruling out the demonstration of attributes that I would like to see in our political ‘leaders’. If there is insufficient members of one of the ‘major’ parties to form a Government – surely the negotiation of working relationship with a singular or a number of independents/small parties is a better demonstration of being fit for office than being pig headed enough to suggest (even if the ‘promise’ is broken) that it’s my way or the highway.

    Why do I feel that both major parties have effectively told us (their employers) that if they don’t get the answer they want – they have no problem making us spend millions to try again (and one would assume keep on going until we ‘get it right’)?

    Regardless of the opinion of the LNP or the ALP, a hung parliament is a genuine result and the people’s decision. If it occurs, the major parties need to pull their heads out of whatever orifice they are currently inserted and work with what they are given. “Hung’ parliaments in Australia frequently have been the better once – as people need to work together for the common good – rather than sectional interests.

  22. Sadly, this will always be the case until the two part preferred model is gone. Personally, i have voted for the Pirate Party the last few elections. I believe in their policies, but that will change nothing, and will end up being preferenced to ultimately to one of the big two.

    Personally, i wish Scott Ludlam would run for PM.

    If only there were a way to get the voting majority to ACTUALLY turn their back on the Libs and Labor and no one voted for either.

  23. unsimplelife,

    Welcome to Whispers’ Cellar! I hope we see more of your comments here, and that people here also take the time to visit your excellent blog.

    I don’t think people (except political tragics like us) are engaged enough with politics for that to happen. Why do we need ‘How-to-vote’ cards at polling booths? An engaged electorate should already have worked out how they’re going to vote before they get to the polling place – therein lies the trouble. Too many people don’t give politics much thought until they get into the polling booth…

  24. unsimplelife, said โžก “Personally, i wish Scott Ludlam would run for PM”
    ……. ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR BLOODY MIND !!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ …….. P bloody M :/ ….. no f’n way… cobba (or cobberess ๐Ÿ™‚ )
    In my humbles and assorted other stuff…. I think he would be better suited as ……… (drum roll)…………… “President”……. no really….. He ain’ts no Julia, but by all the crikeys he’s close enough for me. ๐Ÿ˜†
    Australia needs more Scott Ludlam’s, ay!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Just thought that I’d drop by to say hello. Bacchus, very big congratulations and best wishes for taking on the task of blogmaster..it’s a bigg’un ๐Ÿ˜‰

    What was the prediction about Tony-Abbott-PM? He’s exceeded expectations..let me count the ways…

    I know I’m a bit late but a small glass of Mateus if you don’t mind, cellar master. (ps..where the hell are the keys to cellar, Miggsy is still looking for them!)

  26. Greetings Carol and welcome to the Cellar ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yep – without a doubt the worst government led by the worst PM ever.

    This establishment is BYO ‘Min’ – we’re not as flush as those wealthy people who used to run the Cafรฉ upstairs ๐Ÿ˜€ However, I do keep a small stock on hand for when esteemed VIPs drop by ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Keys? Wot keys? ๐Ÿ˜†

  27. Bacchus, we were always the cellar…nothing’s changed. Do I have to remind you? Migs left me in charge of the keys to the cellar, I loaned them to you..after that their disappearance remained a mystery.

    Perhaps try your back pocket, right hand side. ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. So Prince Phillip. I wonder why he did not make the Queen a Dame while at it. Clever of Shorten yesterday to raise the republic debate again.

  29. Must have upset Abbott handing out all the awards to women yesterday. Turn about for the books. I think Abbott would be happy, if all returned to the days, when a visit to England was seen as going home.

  30. This is beyond crazy – clearly “Dame” Quentin Brice couldn’t refuse the ‘honor’ because she is a lady of style. And nor could the other ‘honoraries’. Is it just me, but doesn’t the announcement of Royal Honours belong to the Governor General? Why has Abbott stuck his big nose in? Is Abbott doing a Howard and taking over several roles of the GG in order to get his ugly face in front of the cameras…again…

  31. Abbott set these awards up with himself being solely responsible, It appears he only consulted with Houston. Who by the way, is on the body for other awards. He also told the GG. Funny, it appears Houston must have supported Abbott re his own knighthood. I do not believe this is true for other awards. They are independent of Abbott. No wonder his government is in uproar. No one knew. I suspect that Shorten must have re his book launched speech.

    This man appear to be acting completely alone. Not even Peta in the background.

  32. Carol, with Abbott, it would be simply him believing he can do as he likes, regardless of what even his front bench, let alone back bench wants. Answerable to no one. Comments social media telling.

  33. There were two of those women people honoured last year Florence – gotta be careful not to have too many of them – they might start gettin’ uppity ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. I took your advice Bacc’s and had an Blackberry Nip on the house ๐Ÿ˜‰ …… now I’m stuck up here, drunk, indifferent.. and bloody wondering where me next quickeze is coming from :/ and .. AND ๐Ÿ˜ฅ with a bad taste in my gob ๐Ÿ˜ฏ … and some Sheila just took me ladder away for some god damned cockamamie reason ๐Ÿ˜• ….. and all I said was ” Wimmens can’t iron properly for purely physiological reasons.” (last time I’ll do that, ay ๐Ÿ˜ณ ….. thanx an whole lot for that Bacc’s, and I don’t care if you didn’t do anything.. I’m BLAMEing ewe, baa :mrgrren: ) ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜›
    Happy Australia Day all from LOVO and kids …recently guilty of invading Adelaide’s Elder Pk for the Oi !

  35. Hi All please accept my apologies for the absence, my laptop blew up and only just got a new one last night. Trying to work it all out so will be back on track soon.

  36. Anyone up to guessing what Abbott is up to with his unnecessary and on the surface badly timed appearance at the NPC.

    Some hints have been given. We are being presented with what looks like a desperate PM. Under assault from all sides. Running around, digging the hole deeper every time he opens his mouths. Yes, the great captain that has been working hard all this year. No time for rest for this man.

    We see Bishop and Turnbull under what appears to be the tutelage of Rupert, making their runs.,

    We have his attack on Peta. No sign of the lady for months. No one to pull in Abbott’s enthusiasms for slogans and stunts. Back were h is comfortable. Back on the bike. Did not doctors say, it was a health hazard for him. Well we know with our Tony, like a Oppositional Adolescent, telling him no, will only heightened his well honed desire to do the opposite.

    Now for NPC.

    We will see our Tony, with tears in his eyes, telling us how bad the economy. Not his fault of course.

    He will then go onto say, they have no choice but to make more cuts. His PPL will be put on hold until the budget goes into surplus. Not dumped but put on hold. Would not be surprised to see more cuts to Direct Action.

    He will then say, their ability, Labor’s fault of course is leading to consumer and business confidence. They have not choice but to draw a line under outstanding issues. Will be dealt with at later date, when the economy improves. Pyne has already hinted that will happen with University legislation. Of course loss revenues to budget bottom line will not get a mention. Does not really matter as it has never been about budget repair but dogma of small government and low taxes, Sur Plus might not have died but has been put asleep, We will hear little more about that.

    With that out of the way, Abbott will get on with what he sees as goodies. Yes, he announce the upcoming budget will focus on tax cuts, along with freeing up of the Labor market. Shame the tax cuts will no benefit those at the lower end. Still that does seem to matter in Abbott’s world.

    Now he will not tell us, with a budget that gives so much, there will not be election soon after.

    That is a simple outline of what I believe Monday’s NPC will be about.

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