… this week is in the Woolshed behind The Pub. So kick up your heels,
order your drinks and munchies from the indefatigable C@tmomma
be very polite to Mr Bushfire Bill
send your number requests to
moi The Boss
and hugs and best wishes to CK Watt, his OH, and anyone else in need of comfort (pretty much all of us).
Last of all – enjoy the band!
692 thoughts on “The Friday Fling …”
For all relinquishing mothers, mothers who have lost contact with their kids and mothers who have experienced loss, through, drugs or death. Its just one day- this too will pass.
Posted over at the other place…
Thanks to Gecko( Posted Friday, May 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm | PERMALINK
A brief recap on some of Labor’s achievements)… we can be very exact in answering your question:
* NBN (the real one)
* BER (at less than 3% dissatisfaction rate)
* MRRT & aligned PRRT
* Won seat at the UN
*Signatory to Bali Process & Regional Framework Established
*Fair Work Australia Established
*Established National Network of Reserves and Parks
* Created world’s largest Marine park network
*Introduced Reef Rescue program
* National Apology
* Sorry to the Stolen Generation
*Increased Superannuation from 9 to 12%
*Changed 85 laws to remove discrimination against same sex couples
* Introduced National Plan to reduce violence against women and children
*Improvements to Sex Discrimination Act
* Introduced Plain packaging
* Legislated Equal pay (social & community workers up to 45% pay increases)
*Legislated Australia’s first Paid parental leave scheme
*Established $10b Renewable energy fund
* Legislated Murray/Darling Basin plan
*Increased Education funding by 50%
*Established direct electoral enrolment
* Created 190,000 more University places
*Achieved 1:1 ratio, computers for year 9-12 students
*Established My School
*Established National Curriculum
* Increased Health funding by 50%
* Legislated Aged care package
* Legislated Mental health package
*Legislated Dental Care package
* Created 90 Headspace sites
*Created Medicare Locals program
* Created Aussie Jobs package
* Created Kick-Start Initiative (apprentices)
*Funded New Car plan (industry support)
* Created Infrastructure Australia
* Established Nation Building Program (350 major projects)
*Doubled Federal Roads budget ($36b) (7,000kms of roads)
* Rebuilding 1/3 of interstate rail freight network Committed more to urban passenger rail than any government since Federation
* Developed National Ports Strategy
*Developed National Land Freight Strategy
* Created nations first ever Aviation white paper
* Revitalized Australian Shipping
* Reduced transport regulators from 23 to 3 (saving $30b over 20years)
* Introduced NICS – infrastructure schedule
* Australia has moved from 20th in 2007 to 2nd on OECD infrastructure ranking *Awarded International infrastructure Minister of the Year (2012 Albanese)
*Awarded International Treasurer of the Year (2011 Swan)
* Introduced Anti-dumping and countervailing system reforms
* Legislated Household Assistance package
* Introduced School Kids Bonus
* Increased Childcare rebate (to 50%)
*Allocated $6b to Social Housing
* Provided $5b to Support for Homelessness
* Established National Rental Affordability Scheme ($4.5b)
* Provided the highest pension increase in 100 years
*Created 950,000 new jobs
* Established National Jobs Board
*Allocated $9b for skills and training over 5 years
* Established Enterprise Connect (small business)
* Appointed Australia’s first Small Business Commissioner
*Created Tourism 2020
*Completed Australia’s first feasibility study on high speed rail
* Established ESCAS (traceability and accountability in live animal exports)
* Established National Crime Prevention Fund
*Lower taxes (Ave family now paying $3,500 less p.a. than in 2007)
* Australia now the richest per capita nation on earth
* First time ever Australia has three triple A credit ratings
* Low inflation
* Low interest rates (Ave mortgagee paying $5,000 less p.a. since 2007)
*Lowest debt to GDP in OECD
* High Dollar fifth most traded in the world and now IMF Reserve Currency
* One of the world’s best performing economies during and since the GFC
* Australia now best performed for global Sovereign Risk
* Overseen the largest fiscal tightening in nations history (4.4%)
*21 years of continuous economic growth (13% since the GFC)
* 11 years of continuous wages growth exceeding CPI
*Record foreign investment
*Historic levels of Chinese/Australian bilateral relations
Australia has a fiscal strategy to return to budget surpluses over the economic cycle without damaging its economy with austerity measures proven to fail. It has a future linked to the National Broadband Network, renewable energy and improved productivity through greater investment in education. It has improved social equality and has a larger voice on the world stage.
All this (and more) despite a hung parliament, a recalcitrant press and the most negative and asinine Opposition since Federation.
One of the finest parliamentary periods in our history.
The SA Chapter meet-up is for lunch on Saturday of the June Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend. Please contact me through the Mods, if you want to attend, unless you already have my email address, then contact me directly. Suggestions of a venue are welcome.
Just cleaned out the last of my rellies after lunch, so:
Raiders are doing the business.
“Cleaned out” can be read in so many ways …
Thanks for that Mark and thanks to Gecko. It is an awesome list by any reasonable measure. It seems inconceivable that a pretender like Abbott is even in the contest, let alone leading.
I’m hoping Ian is right and that once people get through the smoko period and look at the whole picture, both of what’s been done and what is planned, they’ll vote in their own and their nation’s best interest.
Nothing’s changed yet, polling-wise. But it is reassuring that policy, however reluctantly disclosed by the MSM, is creeping into the agenda. Once the agenda moves beyond slogans, as it is beginning to, the coalition are offering nothing much but “aspirations”.
[“Cleaned out” can be read in so many ways …]
I had a sister, a slightly twitched B-I-L (back in but getting better, I think – depressed/suicidal), my nephew and wife with 5 kids and a niece with guy and boy.
And a Cavalier Spaniel dog.
Things were busy. Ms Ciara has gone of for a nap.
I’m cleaning up.
A good Sunday.
I don’t blame her! Sounds like an excellent day.
Here is the other side of the equation to yours: Children who have lost their Mothers recently. I just received this e-mail blog post from jon kudelka about that subject:
Here is a collection of very short stories called “Unguarded Moments” written by my mother Sandy Kudelka . Cancer finally got her a month or so ago, though the final score was her: 3, cancer: 1. She was a top-shelf mum and it seems like a good day to put them up.
If you believed what you were told on ‘Insiders’ you’d be scoffing right about now at that list of achievements by the federal Labor government. Apparently they do too much! Makes the poor dears heads spin. So they laugh at them.
Aren’t they pathetic? 🙂
[ don’t blame her! ]
Things are done here quickly and tend to be frenetic rather than stylish.
I’ll wake her up around 6’ish.
So did everyone ‘get’ Lenore Taylor’s coded message today at the end of Insiders about Tony Abbott’s ‘No Confidence Motion’ in the government?
Apparently, he will, indeed, be bringing it on this coming week in parliament. Not at the beginning, but, if I figured out Lenore’s coded message correctly, instead of his Budget-In-Reply speech on Thursday night. In front of the nation, on prime time television.
The very definition of an evil politician, giving no quarter.
Why, oh why, cannot a government bring on a ‘No Confidence Motion’ in an Opposition FFS? The equation is unequal and being exploited!
I don’t care what Lenore Taylor might or might not have implied. Abbott cannot just pop up and launch into a motion of no confidence instead of giving his budget reply. It might have escaped Stuntman’s notice, but there are rules that have to be followed. I would expect a political journalist of Taylor’s standing to know all about them, obviously she doesn’t.
There are certain motions which require no notice, but a no confidence motion is not one of them., Abbott has to give notice of such a motion and then the Clerk has to report it to the house ‘at the first convenient opportunity’. It then goes into the order of business.
Once the notice has been given the Leader of the House – Albo – can arrange the order of business in any way he likes.
There’s more, lots of it, here –
Back from a lovely lunch. Shortly heading off to have dinner with my parents.
I thought a motion of no confidence had to be done during the course of the day’s sitting?
You have answered my question,
Qanda tomorrow night
Clive Palmer – Mining Magnate
Ged Kearney – President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions
Tim Nicholls – Queensland Treasurer
Larissa Waters – Queensland Greens Senator
Bob Katter – Political maverick and Leader of the Australian Party
Labor beginning to sow little seeds of doubt and worry – let’s hope they flourish into a bloody great forest.
Will an Abbott government not only ditch its own PPL scheme but cancel the one we have now, the one that’s working well?
[MT via @bernymcatlady “Okay for 3000 business to pay levy for paid parental leave, Not okay for 500 companies to pay carbon price” #auspol]
further to my post this morning on tradies (or lack of them!)….Thanks C@T for those short cameos stories..That is one part that became a thing of the past with the “new regiem” tradies..; smoko stories and yarns…got some of my best material from those sessions!
I remember my father complaining that here in Australia, the weather being so temperate all year around, there was not that three month break like they had up in the Dolomites where snow shut the whole place down for three months, so that no outside work could be done and a lot of time was spent refreshing old tales and song nights etc.
Is the Budget-In-Reply made during the normal course of business of a parliamentary day?
Checks to see if the Matt Cowgill piece on Hockey’s unenlightened views on the ‘End of the Age of Entitlement’ is better than moi’s… 😉
C@t – I watched that Lenore bit, I think she’s just guessing. They may well try to bring it on this week, but I’m tipping it won’t be during the in-reply speech allotted. if they did, I think it would backfire. In fact, I think Rob was goading them recently to have a go and not string it out, so if its this week it may be because of that. He wants it done and dusted.
I’m not so sure that Lenore’s guessing about the ‘No Confidence Motion’being brought on later in the week, as opposed to sooner. I vaguely remember hearing someone else bring up that same scenario, so my ears pricked up when she said it with a twinkle in her eye as if she had been informed of Opposition tactics, and without actually saying it straight out, it was implied.
Rob Oakeshott can try and encourage the Opposition to bring it on sooner all he likes but he can’t dictate terms to them, the ball is in their court wrt the timing of placing it on the Notice Paper. However, after that, as leonetwo said, it becomes a scheduling matter for the Leader of the House.
Now, I don’t know, but if Abbott & Pyne wanted it scheduled for the B-I-R slot, would Albo have the chutzpah to stymie them?
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. 🙂
I had hopes that the Guardian would blow in like a breath of fresh air, but, Lenore Taylor? WTF? They had a beauty staring them in the face, and they blew it [Mega]
When I mentioned Rob, he meant bring it on this week (any day) rather than put it off until say, June. At one time the opposition seemed to be pulling back on the idea or wanting to let the potential motion hang around on the agenda perhaps as a threat, but Rob was definite that it a matter of such importance should be dealt with ASAP. That’s why I think he’s driven it to happen this week, so the opp may be adjusting their grandstanding plans accordingly. Just in the last day or two I heard Rob mention this parliamentry week as a day of “supply and confidence”.
Yesterday, Denese complained about rummel and other lowlifes getting past the bouncer. Check out his last 2 postings over the road. Pretty ordinary
The moment the first two Guardian Aus potentials-in-talks where rumoured to be David Marr & Annabel Crabb (although she hasn’t joined), I knew it would be an underwhelming refuge for MSM people we’ve seen way too much of already. Futhermore, how many people will read it? Its real heyday may be in future years if Fairfax tanks altogether.
Having said that, some of their hires are good. Greg Jericho, Bridie Jabour (the ex Brisbane times reporter, she is straight up), and most of non-famous ones seem at least acceptable. The best thing is that if they break real juicy news, its a proper MSM source, so it will get picked up here & overseas. Better than nothing, can’t see any other well resourced news agencies starting up soon.
Thank you for posting Mr Kudelka’s mum’s stories. Wrenchingly beautiful.
denese is fine, I just go with the flow, water off a duck’s back, and re-engage when things settle down for her. She has some pretty traumatic memories of previous lib government,s, when she lost her house, and her hubby nearly got drafted to go to Vietnam based on his birthdate.
Denese may be a bit changeable in moods but she is certainly one thing, a repository of the lived history of the damage right-wing LNP-type governments do to ordinary working people just trying to bring up families and get on with it through hard work.
And Denese is not afraid of putting that lived history right up the noses of Tory arske-lickers, like those infesting the other place right now.
Now Denese can behave in ways which are a bit frustrating at times but she always comes around and comes back to fight Tories.
Frankly I hope Denese does more of it, not arguing policy with them but saying this is what the L/NP did, explain why I should think you lot are any different?
In his budget speech Swan should refer to the irresponsible structural deficit left to us by Howard/Costello in the form of uncapped middle class welfare and how it requires a responsible government to fix it.
Attaboy! Someone please tweet to Swanny …
From earlier – the budget reply is given at night and is televised live, just as the budget speech itself is.
If you’re lurking out there
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Yes, but is the B-I-R considered a part of daily parliamentary business? Therefore, can a Machiavellian, mendacious, malevolent Opposition substitute a ‘No Confidence Motion’ in the government if they choose to?
Just a thought…
Once Old Media is finally dead …and Murdoch is pushing up daisies …and our NBN is up and running …and people have access to instant fact-checking …and New (Social) Media is dominant ….the conservative side of politics will wither to an in-effective rump…
New (Social) Media leans heavily towards the Social Democratic region on the political spectrum….
Mark…yes..I would say it’s a case of ‘you can fool all the people some of the time…”
Just watched the one hour replay of the FA Cup final – McManaman’s match. Fully deserved, Wigan!
I wonder if they’ll get their tactics and priorities sorted out better this year.
Last year, I think they passed in the chance to do a budget-in-reply speech.
Barely had they moved on from that failed moment and Joe pulled on the opposition’s usual stunt of an SSO “…to discuss THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY.” Talk about wankers.
she will have blood on here hands after the next election .
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