Posts tagged ‘Abbott’

April 13, 2012

The Awful Truth About The Julian Assange Situation: it is not left or right, it is government against citizen

In this piece for the Fairfax press, Truth of Assange is stranger than fiction Elizabeth Farrelly 12 Apr 2012, writes about the strange twists in the Assange case.

The picture that Farrelly paints, it is like Julian Assange is the eye of a cyclone, with all the drama swirling around him, which seems to be even more bizarre than the original story of the man behind wikileaks.

I’m not given to conspiracy theories, incompetence being so much easier to imagine, but one thing gives credibility to Clive Palmer’s otherwise nutty CIA phantasm about US influence in Australia.
It is Julian Assange, a story that hinges on the uncomfortable relationship between truth and power.
We expect truth-telling from our four-year-olds but not from our politicians. In the case of Assange, truth is actively and repeatedly punished.
This implies that, as you move up through society’s power strata, there’s a point where morality flips.
A sort of moral inversion layer, beneath which the rules apply but above which they’re reversed.
The modern Labor Party seems to illustrate this as well as anyone.

Labor’s special amendments to the Extradition Act allow the same, proofless streamlining of extradition from Australia. Its so-called WikiLeaks Amendment allows ASIO to spy, at the Attorney-General’s discretion, on known supporters – despite the AFP’s view that no law has been breached. And its controversial Cybercrime Security Bill allows routine collection and surveillance of private emails, texts and other personal data.
As Gillard told Barack Obama last year, you can do anything today. Assange’s story will make a great film, in years to come; Jason Bourne with a dragon tattoo. But it’s not fiction. It’s real. We may yet be forced to recognise that Gillard’s anything may include totalitarianism by stealth. And this is Labor.
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Although Assange supporters keep denying that it is a left-right issue. It seems to be that accusation leveled against those defending or questioning Assange that is is a left-right issue comes from those on the right, attacking those on the left, as being on the right for daring to raise any questions about Julian Assange himself. The left have let Assange down! Yes, and the right have been quite happy to sit back and watch it all happen.

You ask too many questions and the spotlight turns on you, as the feminist Katha Pollitt found out being accused of waging a right-wing campaign against WikiLeaks co-founder Assange. Defend Assange unquestioningly or prepare for everything the leftwing media can throw at you.

Is it true that Assange despises the left? He has raised the idea of standing in Gillard’s seat, although with little chance of winning, wanting to unseat the Prime Minister and force regime is a tactic we would be more used to see in the Murdoch media. But in the end, does it matter? Should how someone votes be a deciding factor in whether or not they get their legal rights?

Despite a possible tilt at the Senate or taking a sitting Prime Minister’s seat, Assange is still an Australian citizen and deserves the full entitlements that come with having citizenship. He has every legal right to try and unseat a government. An American billionaire tries it every day in our national newspapers, and no one seems to worry about that.

And, while Assange supporters are attacking the incompetence, or perhaps wilful abandonment, of an Australian under threat of extradition to a legal blackhole of US Military prison, do people really expect that an Abbott government would have acted any different. Muhamed Haneef, Mandouh Habib, David Hicks, Scott Rush… perhaps not. Whatever has happened under the current government, it would be naive to think it would be better with Abbott in charge.

Extradition Without Proof, Spying Without Proof laws do not just apply to Assange. And if they weren’t the Wikileaks Laws, they might have been the Coal-Seam-Gas laws or Anti-Terror laws or Pirate-Copyright-Law.

All Australians will have to realise that each and everyone of us are now living under these laws, and things won’t be getting better any time soon.

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March 29, 2012

‘Freedom of choice does not equate to a right to a government subsidy’


Freedom of Choice is a mantra for the Right – freedom to choose private schools, private hospitals, private transport, and that often means paid for by someone else.

Those on the Right claim they are against socialism, but they are very much for socialism, when it comes to someone else paying their bills.

Them Right are just against socialism when it comes to helping the workers, the old, the sick, the disabled, the returned military, the single mothers – apparently, they don’t deserve government assistance.

And now Tony Abbott’s attempt to woo female voters with his Great Big New Nanny Give-Away is an appeal to the upper classes, because the middle-class and working poor will never be able to afford a nanny in the first place, never mind claiming the tax deduction.

Adele Horin writing in the Sydney Morning Herald (Experts warn of problems subsidising nanny care), looked at one real-life example of how nannies help the ordinary working woman. The example she used was a a group executive at Qantas who is also a non-executive director of Woolworths source here. That just about sums up who Tony Abbott’s target audience is for this policy. If you are not on a board of directors some place, do not think for one minute that Abbott cares for you or your children.

Chris Bowen, Federal ALP member for McMahon – Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has written his opinion on the Nanny-plan as:

The… argument that Mr Abbott puts forward for taxpayer subsidies of nannies is freedom of choice. Families, he says, should be able to choose to use a nanny as a right. We hear similar arguments used by the Liberals to justify their opposition to means testing the private health insurance rebate. But this is a muddled argument. Freedom of choice does not equate to a right to a government subsidy. Having the right to get a nanny is not the same as having the right to have taxpayers pay half the bill. I can’t recall John Stuart Mill arguing that freedom of choice leads to a right to a subsidy paid for by others.

Read more: Nanny state we cannot afford Chris Bowen posted Thursday, 29 March 2012 (emphasis added)

It is easy to see that when Abbott talks about Freedom of choice, he means his choice to lavish the wealth of this country, generated by workers and other taxpayers, upon the upper-classes, if we give him unfettered freedom of being Prime Minister.


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additional text by Chris Bowen: Labor Blog – Nanny state we cannot afford

March 23, 2012

Tony ‘Soprano’ Abbott, taking a baseball bat to the Prime Minister

Not content to talk about Prime Minister Gillard and Anthony Albenese having targets on their head, and the Australian public wouldn’t miss, talk of baseball bats being used against the Prime Mininster takes the metaphor even further.

Are these really mis-speaks, or does Tony ‘Soprano’ Abbott really spend all day dreaming of ways in which the Prime Minister can come to physical harm?

Is enacting violence against women something that takes a lot of room in Tony Abbott’s thought processes?

Quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald in a piece about the carbon package (tax), Abbott sought to link Gillard to this weekend’s Queensland election Their baseball bats aren’t there for Anna Bligh, they’re there for this Prime Minister, Abbott cried.’


image of The Sopranos, in no way suggests the owners of the rights to the Sopranos in anyway endorses the contents of this post
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quote attributed to Abbott in this piece may actually be Christopher Pyne: SMH: Carbon tax looms, but soft rally hits the wool

 

March 23, 2012

What does a dysfunctional, illegitimate government look like?

300 bills passed. Apparently it functions very well.

Rob Mitchell, Federal Labor member for McEwen, Victoria

text of image: Home at last. 300th Bill passsed 50th Stupid suspension motion defeated and another forced Abbott apology. Gillard Labor delivering

March 19, 2012

A piece of Murdoch merde – Turning Back The Boats “Impossible”

The News Limited broadsheet, The Australian, has decided to take a look at the issue of refugees. The article Visiting Indonesian ministers have said the Federal Opposition’s boats policy is ‘impossible’ (15 March 2012) makes reference to Julie Bishop.

Julie Bishop recently attempted to allay Indonesian concerns over the policy, telling Ambassador Primo Alui Joelianto that boats would only be turned back “where it is safe to do so”.

The Liberal Nationals tell the Australian public that they will Turn back The Boats, but tell the Indonesians something completely different.

Which is it? Which is the real Tony Abbott? And, Mr Abbott, will your party’s new slogan fit on a protest sign Turn Back The Boats…. where it is safe to do so”

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