Archive for January, 2013

January 31, 2013

Australia Has An Election Date, and Murdoch Hacks Are In The Gutter

Yesterday the Prime Minister, in a bold move, announced the election date. This caught almost the entire Canberra press gallery unaware (their usual state).

The Herald Sun has Bolt screaming the PM is “desperate” on their front page, used Nazi imagery to demonise the Prime Minister (which they later removed and claim was innocent “Guys, there was some controversy over our choice of photo with the election date story. It was completely unintentional.” what ever you say), Fairfax calls the announcement “a long shot”, a “gamble”.

Meanwhile, some at News Limited yesterday, thought the biggest story of the day, was the Prime Minister’s glasses and hair colour.

It is going to be a long 8-months, as Murdoch Media pull every dirty trick they know.

January 29, 2013

When will Tony Abbott apologise for his Racist Comment?

The media have done their best to turn a bad joke about prostate cancer into a political scandal (Election Now!) following a comment from Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s boyfriend, Tim Mathieson.

Lyndal Curtis (@lyndalcurtis) of ABC tweeted
Tony Abbott says the PM has to deal with the comment made last night by Tim Mathieson personally, expects her to say something today.

Tony Abbott expects? He expects? Who does he think he is making demands on the Prime Minster?

Radio 2GB has this little gem on their website – now “Access Denied” members only. Never mind that they recorded a vote of over 100%… but no one ever said that Right Wingers were good with maths. Or fair voting.

And yet, Tony Abbott’s racist comment just disappears from the media, as if it never happened.

The demands for the Prime Minister to apologise are as ludicrous as demanding Margie Abbott apologise for her husbands racist comment. In fact, Abbott’s comment is worse, Tony is a politician, Tim is not.

The country is being ravaged by bushfires, floods, tornados, cyclones, communities and families are being torn apart, there are heartbreaking deaths from natural disasters – and THIS is what the media are focused on?

Has there ever been a time in this country were a bad joke could push multiple natural disasters off the lead story in news bulletins and websites?

Some people have greater priorities at the moment, and others work for the media.

Tony Abbott:
Source: Remarks at City of Holdfast Bay Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony, Adelaide
Posted on Saturday, 26 January 2013

It is a proud people that you are joining. We had inauspicious beginnings. The first lot of Australians were chosen by the finest judges in England, not always for good reasons, and from that rather inauspicious beginning we have become a rich, a free and a fair society which has contributed so much to the wider world in good times and in not so good times.

When will Margie Abbott apologise for ‘Terra Nullius Tony‘s comment?

To ignore thousands of years of history of the first people to live in this country, to declare that they weren’t even people, but the white convicts were, to redeclared Terra Nullius, does Tony get his speeches proof read?

January 25, 2013

Is this Tony Abbott’s most unhinged stunt yet?

Tony Abbott is the man who prides himself on being “Dr No”.

Tony Abbott is the man who has spent practically every day since he failed for form government after the election in 2010 on the most relentlessly negative pre-election campaign this country has witnessed.

Tony Abbott is the man who has promised “the next election campaign will be the filthiest and the most personal in living memory” (source).

Tony Abbott will say anything to get a headline, and he knows he has a willing media on their knees to report his every utterance.

So Tony’s Stunt-Of-The-Day is to complain about how unpopular he is.

Tony Abbott’s latest roll of the die is to play the victim.

Look at moi, look at moi, I’m unpopular.

Source: here

If Tony has nothing new to say, he just puts on his hard-hat, visits a construction site and repeats his tired old three-word-slogans, all in an attempt to get another article in the papers and another grab on the nightly news.

Tony Abbott is now whining that people see him as negative. And Fairfax thinks that is “breaking” news. There is only one possible response to that: well, duh.

This Fairfax article (Abbott reflects on popularity woes) will breathlessly report that Tony Abbott has blamed the ALP for his unpopularity with voters because of ALP negativity about him, while throwing out insults, lies, and negative comments about the ALP. Fairfax seem to have redefined “quality journalism”.

Is it possible that Tony Abbott has run of women who will run to the media and tell us how much of a feminist Tony is. Has he visited every business in the country to wear hair nets scale fish or roll dough or sort fruit and pack vegetables. Has Tony visited every construction and mine site in hi-viz vests and hard-hats to drive (or pose in the driver’s seat) trucks and bobcats, to mix cement, to lay bricks, to shovel sand?

This is neither ‘news’, nor ‘breaking’.

Tony Abbott is like a little child who blames everything on other people, like the petulant six-year-old who spills their milk and then says that mummy or daddy made him do because they didn’t pour the milk properly.

Either Tony Abbott completely lacks all self-awareness, or he hopes voters have the memory of a goldfish and take him at his word.

Like all bullies, when the person they have been attacking for years finally says enough, they squeal that people are “being mean”. Call the whambulance. In this case, the victim has been the Australian public, and the attacking has been whining and moaning and doom and gloom and smear and lies and cobras and pythons and No, No, No.

Australian voters have had enough of the scare campaigns and relentless negativity, we want to live in the light, with hope and sunshine.

January 24, 2013

Senator Doug Cameron talks about the persecution of trade unionists

Doug Cameron speaks out against the persecution of trade unionists and the violation of the human rights of workers around the world.

January 23, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr speaking about the Labour movement

“At the turn of the century, women earned approximately ten cents an hour, and men were fortunate to receive twenty cents an hour. The average work week was sixty to seventy hours. During the thirties, wages were a secondary issue; to have a job at all was the difference between the agony of starvation and a flicker of life. The nation, now so vigorous, reeled and tottered almost to total collapse. The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute, and above all new wage levels that meant not mere survival, but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome. When in the thirties the wave of union organization crested over our nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr, speaking to the Illinois AFL-CIO Convention
October 1965

* AFL-CIO = American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
* in this instance, I have used the USAmerican spelling of Labour, as that is most likely the spelling used by King

January 22, 2013

Futurama’s Fry ‘Not Sure’ About Kochie and his publicity stunt

Breakfast morning show host David Koch, just like Alan Jones, just like Kyle Sandilands, use comments designed to outrage to generate publicity.

Which group of women was it this time who were the victim of his stunt-gone-wrong? Mothers with breast-feeding babies.

With Koch saying women should be ‘more discreet’ when breastfeeding their babies, they shouldn’t do it ‘in such a high traffic area’ and ‘you’ve gotta be a bit classy about it’.

What is the result? Days of publicity for him and his tv show, and an opinion piece in the Fairfax papers
‘I have an opinion … always have and always will’.

Koch might have an opinion, but so does this Fry-meme:

January 21, 2013

You thought you got rid of me?

Who are you? Did you tweet from the wrong account? Am I supposed to know who you are? Am I supposed to care? I’ve never seen you before but now you are blocked. Aw does that spoil your fun?

Pity these poor pathetic losers whose highlight of their day is trolling.

But, more importantly, to the Leftwing blogger who came to my blog and scraped content: Don’t do it again, or I will come after you for copyright infringement, regardless of how “popular” you are, or how “important” you are to the Left. If you want something, ASK, DON’T TAKE.

Unfortunately, because of who you are, and the cult that has grown up around you, I have to smile, be nice and pretend that everything is all okely dokely, because too many people adore you for me to make waves. But you won’t get away with a second time.

Theft from the Left, trolling from the Right, trolling from the Left, theft from the Right. Sigh.

January 17, 2013

What Ted Baillieu is really doing to Victorian education – guest post @Fluffula

The following post is from @Fluffula, and is an insiders look at how neo-liberal Right-wing governments dismantle efficient state-run services. It is a privatise-profit, socialise-loss agenda that is hurting communities and diverting taxpayers money from those who need it the most to those whose greed knows no boundaries. Thank you Fluffula.

Post removed, when I saw this post being publicised as being published someone elses blog the day after it was first posted here.

January 16, 2013

Compare the pair: Climate Change headlines in Murdoch and Fairfax

These two articles the first is from Murdoch’s The Australian, the second from Fairfax’s Sydney Morning Herald:

Murdoch: Sea rise ‘not linked to warming’, says report

Fairfax: Sea level rise ‘linked to climate change’

one of them is probably wrong

January 16, 2013

Why do the poor get poorer and the rich get richer – the rich design their own tax system to make you pay

Give the rich more money, tax cuts (or in the words of the Right-wing neo-liberals “tax relief”), corporate handouts (“incentives”), upper-class welfare (tax deductions for lifestyle choices) and grants (free money), cutting red tap (removing workers rights) are all intended to make the wealthy create jobs. It does not work.

It’s a form of bribery known as “trickle down economics”, the rich are saying, now that we control most of the economy, give us all your money (actually taxpayer money) or we will crash it. It is a system of taxation that would leave most Mafia stand-over men envious.

The “job creators” say: All those incentives you have given us in the past to “create jobs”, and we didn’t… we’ll, if you give us even more money, this time we will, we promise, ruly, truly.

Trickle-down economics is a theory originating in the US that says if you give the rich enough tax dollars some of that flows down to the rest of the lower classes.

New Zealand, Labour MP Damien O’Connor in 2011 called trickle-down economics “the rich pissing on the poor”.

Economist John Kenneth Galbraith said this is just horse-and-sparrow theory: “If you feed enough oats to the horse, some will pass through to feed the sparrows”.

The reality of trickle-down economics is the rich stash their (your) money in Swiss bank accounts and the Cayman Islands and governments have to slash essential services in order to keep paying the rich more money.

Q. How would we pay for this neo-liberal, Right-wing trickle-down (which really should be abbreviated to the first five letters trick) under an Abbott government?
A. Austerity and Work Choices.

Lower wages for longer work, less government spending, higher taxes on the working and poor, lower taxes on the ‘job creators’, less ‘red tape’, less essential services, wage freezes, mass lay-offs – coming soon to an Austerity Liberal government near you.

This is the belief (or con job) that: Pay the rich more they work harder. Pay the poor less they work harder.

This will not work. Pay people a decent wage for the work they do and they will spend money on buying things the rich produce. Stop paying poor people, and they will stop buying things.

People with money in their pocket spend it.

If you think we’re done with neoliberalism, think again

The global application of a fraudulent economic theory brought the west to its knees. Yet for those in power, it offers riches

low wages suppress demand, which suppresses employment…

I have …a belief that no one, in this sea of riches, should have to be poor. But staring dumbfounded at the lessons unlearned in Britain, Europe and the US, it strikes me that the entire structure of neoliberal thought is a fraud. The demands of the ultra-rich have been dressed up as sophisticated economic theory and applied regardless of the outcome. The complete failure of this world-scale experiment is no impediment to its repetition. This has nothing to do with economics. It has everything to do with power.

Full article with references also here Bang Goes the Theory

This is the regime that the Liberal party will inflict on Australia. Don’t believe us? Look at Victoria, look at New South Wales, look at Queensland, is this working? No. This is the Liberal National Party’s agenda.

Why do working people and the poor vote for this? Do they believe that if they work harder enough, longer hours with less pay, that one day, too, they will inherit $30 million dollars, just like Gina did?

Ross Gittins has talked about the assault on wage-earners from the miners and large corporations

Workers asked to pay for economy’s success
miners were in the vanguard of those using John Howard’s WorkChoices to force their workers on to individual contracts and get rid of…unions…

Their argument was that, if workers in Asian sweatshops were getting $2 an hour and ours were getting $15, ours were being overpaid by $13 an hour. If that makes sense to you, go to the bottom of the economics class.

Full article: here

Gina Rinehart wants you on slave wages, and if you are unwilling to accept it, she is quite happy for every Australian to be unemployed (high unemployment is favoured by the ultra-rich, as competition for jobs forces down wages).

Gina Rinehart: “Africans want to work, and its workers are willing to work for less than $2 per day. Such statistics make me worry for this country’s future.” (source)

And any guesses which Leader wants to help Gina in her quest for less-than-$2-wages? Let me whisper it in your ear:

The answer is: It’s Not Prime Minister Gillard.

Ms Gillard has said “We are not going to have wage rates the same as the wage rates in Africa. We’re not going to compete on those kinds of cost differentials”.

The ultra-rich miners have brought down prime ministers (eg. Rudd, Whitlam) in order to avoid paying tax. The ultra-rich would rather spend more avoiding paying tax than paying a little tax (think of the campaign against the mining tax, which ended the Prime Ministership of Kevin Rudd, and resulted in Gina Rinehart buying a stake in Fairfax, just so she would have to pay tax).

Because paying zero cents on the dollar sure is burdensome, just ask billionaire mining magnate Nathan Tinkler who brags about paying no personal tax, and doesn’t pay his bills either. Paying bills is for the little people.

So, austerity is just a con job, to slash your wages and give more taxpayer “incentives” to the rich so that they can lobby to avoid paying taxes.

The Labor government, despite what you hear in the media, is not an Austerity government.

Wayne Swan has been vilified in the media for preferring to keep the economy moving, by spending money, even if that means giving up the chase for the surplus. Good thing too. A surplus just means that the government is not spending money where it is needed.

Austerity has never worked
It’s not just about the current economic environment. History shows that slashing budgets always leads to recession

Do we want a society where 50% of young people are kept out of work in order to bring the deficit down from 9% of GDP to 3% in three years? A society in which the rich have to be made richer to work harder (at their supposed jobs of investing and creating wealth) while the poor have to be made poorer in order to work harder? Where a tiny minority (often called the 1% but more like the 0.1% or even 0.01%) control a disproportionate, and increasing, share of everything – not just income and wealth but also political power and influence (through control of the media, thinktanks, and even academia)?

Work Choices, you can work for $2-per-day, or starve. It’s your choice.

by -99- and Trevor Sharp