Archive for August, 2012

August 30, 2012

Ch 7 Reporter gleeful at the sight of assaulted union workers

Is there some sort of media handbook that says when you refer to unions you automatically include the word “thug”?

Unions stand up for workers rights – they ensure that your wages aren’t diverted to fund the bosses pokies habit, you get paid fairly for work you have done, that you have a safe work place that does not kill you.

But not all those in the media appreciate what unions do for workers. Here is channel 7’s Samantha Armytage:

text of tweet: I love it when a police horse knocks over a violent thug #cfmeu

A horse knocking over a person has the potential to cause a lot of injuries, and just because someone belongs to a union, does not mean that deserve that.

Perhaps there was a better way to phrase this than wish harm on the members of the CFMEU.

August 30, 2012

Spamming scam targeting Australian bloggers

This is the email doing the rounds – they want permission to copy your website and make it available on the internet … um, yeah, it is a blog, it is already available on the internet. Be aware.

Request for permission to archive the online publication: Turn Left 2013 website/blog

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August 29, 2012

Revolutionary Australian Art

Sydney artists are changing the world. Newtown Sydney

August 25, 2012

The Awful Truth Of Tony Abbott Revealed In Two Interviews

It has not been a good fortnight for Tony Abbott.

Tony Windsor stood up in Parliament, last week, and told the nation exactly what the thought of Abbott – he is a power mad disgrace, who would say anything to become Prime Minister, who would do anything except sell his arse. (full text and video of that smack-down here). And Tony Abbott’s fortnight was all downhill from there…

There was the interview on ABC’s 730 report with Leigh Sales on Thursday night. Nothing particularly hard-hitting about the Sales interview. Just a journalist doing her job and asking questions. Questions that Abbott found it impossible to give a simple, straight-forward answer to without reverting to slogans and obfuscation and subsequent denials. (video of interview here)

Lastly there was the soft, breakfast show interview with channel 9’s Lisa Wilkinson on Sunrise. It should have been easy. Except Tony Abbott gave the exact same answers that he gave to Sales, regardless of the question, except for the answers which contradicted answers he gave to Sales. Even the question about football at the end had Abbott looking out of his depth and struggling. (video of interview here

The man is not articulate, cannot string a sentence together without reverting to slogans and really bizarre pauses in places they don’t belong, and ah, well, verbal ticks. He ignores the questions and just answers what he wants. When he does give a straight answer (did you read the Klopper’s statement? from Leigh, and he answers “NO”, by the next interview, he has changed his mind).

If this is the real Tony Abbott under the pressure of having to answer simple questions the truth is: This man is not fit to be Prime Minister.

August 23, 2012

Men and Women of Australia, a future Prime Minister: Tony Abbott’s interview by Leigh Sales on 730 report

no, Not Tony Abbott… Leigh Sales: smart, literate, can complete entire sentences, not merely parrot slogans, does her research, speaks clearly.

And for those wondering who Tony Abbott reminds you of in this interview:
Thunderbirds, marionette puppets. They are less wooden and have more warmth and a large range of facial expressions that the Current Leader of the Opposition

August 21, 2012

Tony ‘The Ripper’ Abbott wants to rip the guts out of public school funding

In remarks yesterdays, Tony Abbott promised that if he ever got into government, he would take an axe to the public school budget, which he believes is too high.

As PM Gillard said,

Like Jack the Ripper, he is going to be there wielding his knife to cut money out of that public school… Whatever label one wants to put on it, what that means is that that {sic} school would have less money for the education of children. The Leader of the Opposition in his own words today, in a carefully scripted remark, has said that he is coming for public schools to cut back their funding. Every public school in this country, every parent who sends a child to a public school, and every community member who cares about the quality of public education needs to know from today that the Leader of the Opposition is coming for them. He is coming with cutbacks, and he is coming to destroy the opportunity for those schoolchildren.

Source: Hansard

text of image: Tony ‘The Ripper’ Abbott
wants to slash and hack at the funding for public schools, which he believes is too high… and redirect that money to for-profit “private” schools
that is the real class warfare being waged in this country

August 19, 2012

Flashback: Paul Keating telling John Howard exactly what he thinks in Parliament

Paul Keating, unrivalled in recent years for the creative insults, that were clever and humorous, unlike many in today’s Opposition who think being sexist, homophobic and threatening is the way to talk elected politicians.

August 17, 2012

What did Tony Windsor say that rattled Tony Abbott? (full text and video)

Mr WINDSOR (New England) (15:28): There has been a lot of discussion today about history. It has been discussed here today that, two years ago, the Prime Minister made a certain comment in the run-up to the election. As most of us would be aware, the Prime Minister did not win the election; this is a hung parliament.
Opposition members interjecting—
Mr WINDSOR: You might learn something from a little bit of history here. You might be a little bit interested.
Opposition members interjecting—
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The member for New England has the right to be heard.
Mr WINDSOR: As the Leader of the Opposition would know very well, as the Prime Minister would know very well and, for that matter, as the Deputy Prime Minister would know, the decision to do something about climate change—whether it be through an emissions trading scheme, a carbon pricing arrangement or a price on carbon—was a condition of the formation of government.
The Leader of the Opposition knows that very well, because on a number of occasions he actually begged for the job. You have never denied it, Tony, and you will not. He begged for the job and he made the point, not only to me but to others in that negotiating period, that he would do anything to get that job. You would well remember—and your colleagues should be aware—that the only codicil that you put on that was: ‘I will do anything, Tony, to get this job; the only thing I wouldn’t do is sell my arse.’
Mr Pyne: Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I hesitate to take a point of order on the member for New England, but he does have to at least make some attempt to talk to the suspension of standing orders rather than this personal—
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Manager of Opposition Business will resume his seat. Perhaps everybody should read Hansard about personal, vexatious issues. The member for New England has the call and must refer to the issue before the chair, which is the suspension.
Mr WINDSOR: The Leader of the Opposition is well aware of the discussions that were held. It was a condition of the formation of government. He was prepared to do anything, if in fact he had been called upon.
Mr Dutton: Not a carbon tax!
Mr WINDSOR: If he had been asked to put in place an emissions trading scheme—or a carbon tax, for that matter—he would have done it. The fact that he was not asked was a very, very good judgement, in my view.
Opposition members interjecting—
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The member has the right to be heard.
Mr WINDSOR: In terms of the substantive issue, I support the suspension of standing orders, because I think it is a debate that we should be very proud of. I am very proud to have supported the price on carbon.
Mr Dutton: Sounds like a valedictory!
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Dickson will leave the chamber under 94(a).
The member for Dickson then left the chamber.
Mr WINDSOR: I am very proud to have supported doing something about climate change. I think history will judge those who have had the guts to stand up and actually try to address what is a very difficult issue in a difficult parliament. But this man, the Leader of the Opposition, was quite prepared to do that if he had been given the nod on that particular day. ‘I will do anything, anything, to get this job’—they were the comments, and people know that, and they should know it, because you are an absolute disgrace in the way in which you are wandering around on this issue. You have exactly the same target as the emissions trading scheme pricing arrangements. You have exactly the same target in terms of the 1990 levels by 2020. And you have the audacity to actually say to people that you are going to achieve that target through a much more expensive arrangement than putting a price on carbon—particularly given the history that you have on this issue.
John Howard was someone that I had disagreements with from time to time, but at least he recognised that we have to do something about emissions in this world. There are opportunities that exist in regional Australia in terms of the pricing arrangements and the clean energy funds et cetera. I ask the Leader of the Opposition and other members within the chamber to just look at the meat industry in the next few months. Just look at the way in which they are going to address some of these issues. Come back in a few months and tell me if I am wrong. I do not mind that. There are enormous opportunities in terms of renewable energy in the meat industry. I suggest we start to vote for the future rather than— (Time expired)
The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): The question is that the motion be agreed to.

Source: Hansard

August 16, 2012

What has Wayne Swan done to our economy now?

Where does the myth that the Liberals are better economy managers come from?

Is is just something that they repeat endlessly during election campaigns until you stop questioning it? Much like the 2007 slogan “interest rates will always be lower under a Liberal Government” (and interest rates have been lower under the Gillard and Rudd governments that they ever were during Howard’s reign).

In fact, the highest interest rates in recent Australian history was 1982 under the Fraser government when John Howard was treasurer – a whopping 21.4%.

Or do people believe the myth that the Liberals are better economic managers because the Liberals tend to not spend money on important infrastructure, or training. They let the country fall apart and have to rely on importing skilled migrants – and even hair dresses qualified for skilled migration during the Howard years because there were not enough people in training.

In 11 years of Liberal National Government there was no equivalent of the National Broadband (NBN) or National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), all we got was a selling-off the farm and the “family silver”. Privatising profit and socialising loss, as the taxpayer had to bail out private company after private company, from the Ansett levy to John Howard’s own brother, whose economic failures were smothered by taxpayer money.

Perhaps the myth of Liberal economic credentials come from post-election budgets, when newly installed Liberals state governments say the reason they have to slash jobs and services is because of “Labor mismanagement”. (Hello “Cant” Newman who simultaneously needs to sack thousands of public servants, cut back on essential services, cannot afford a NDIS, literacy programmes or breast cancer screenings – but can afford $100 million for a horse racing facility.)

So instead of relying on “feel good myths” and electioneering propaganda slogans, how about we look at a graph, and see for ourselves, just how good things are in this country.

And remember, Kevin Rudd and the ALP formed government in 2007 after kicking out the Howard government.

Australia is not Spain, we are not Greece, we do not have unemployment like the USA, .

So, what exactly has Wayne Swan done to our economy? He and the ALP have managed it beautifully.

August 15, 2012

Who Is The Prime Minister Again?

It has been two elections since the Liberal Nationals were in Government. First there was Rudd’s Victory in 2007. Then there was the 2010 election which PM Gillard was the Prime Minister going into the election and Prime Minister on the other side of the election.

This morning PM Gillard and Leader Of Coalition Opposition (LOCO) Tony Abbott met the returning Olympic athletes.

Yet, the media still has trouble accepting Julia Gillard is the democratically elected Prime Minister.

Gillard and PM? And?

While some media outlets to this day continue to refer to the Opposition as “the Government”, that is understandable, they were Government once upon a time, however, Tony Abbott has NEVER been a Prime Minister, this is a mistake that should never be made.