Whatever they were elected for, it wasn’t for this.

Upon reflection over last weekend, I thought my two thread starters last week might have been a bit over the top.

Now I wish I’d gone in more forcefully.

Geez, what a mess! The entire nation has now become Abbott’s “chaos” scenario.

There’s even talk of Double Dissolutions again… MORE trouble. However, I think that poor Laura Tingle has been swept up in all the excitement when she claims Abbott’s not kidding. Of COURSE he’s kidding!

He just likes to throw grenades, and then to sit back and watch everyone scramble for cover. I’ve seen so many threats coming from him – plebiscites, No Confidence motions, and yes, Double Dissolutions – to know that he’s not serious about doing any of it. He’s only serious about creating confusion, because…

“In confusion is profit.”

Rule by brain fart – and, in the latest iteration, does anyone think Abbott’s paw-prints aren’t all over the touted $20 billion medical fund? – has become the basic working rule of Australian governance. Dream up something today, propose it tomorrow, drop it the day after.

Then there’s the hapless Joe Hockey, poor dumb dupe.

Joe doesn’t seem to have realized that he’s been decked by Abbott yet again. Howard did it to him, too, putting him in charge of the Industrial Relations portfolio. But for sheer strike rate, Abbott is the champion at issuing wedgies to Joe Hockey. He flattened him on the rugby playing fields of Sydney University, he sucker punched him in the 2009 leadership ballot, he sprung the PPL on him, the NDIS and Gonski, and now he’s saddled him with being the object of a nation’s hatred over the Budget. Joe just never learns. There’s more to being a Treasurer than just putting on his “grim” face and smoking cigars.

Whatever people were thinking when they elected this mob of retrograde Young Liberals, boys in suit who never grew into men, they weren’t thinking of the scenario we are presented with now.

Abbott, true to form, has betrayed everyone who voted for him. Even the pensioners have been king hit in true Abbott style. His consigliores have been trampling around the country bad-mouthing our senior citizens, telling them they’ve blown their super on baubles, that they are members of a cargo cult, that what has been their right for over a century is just an illusion, that they’re hypochondriacs who bleed the health system dry.

The techos who trusted the smarmy Turnbull, who couldn’t believe he was serious, have seen what was Labor’s perfectly presentable and up-to-date National Broadband Network, with optical fibre to the vast majority of premises, gutted beyond recognition.

In considering the dog’s breakfast that Turnbull has created, I am reminded of the investigating detective in a current Sydney murder trial. His comment upon first viewing the five unfortunate victims (who had been bashed to death with a hammer) was that he thought someone had used a shotgun on them, they were so unrecognizable. The NBN has been put through a similar mincer.

Even the Liberal state Premiers have been betrayed by Abbott. Betrayal is his signature tune.

While some idiotic journalists (cf. Michelle Grattan) claim his one great character attribute is “loyalty”, the Liberal Premiers now know better. It is THEY who will have to raise their own taxes, perhaps even beg for a widening or outright increase in the rate of the GST. This is Business’s preferred option – a higher GST – simply because “Business” does not pay it. It’s fully refundable, monthly.

Everyone is up in arms, protesting. That’s just the way Abbott likes it. It means he’s the centre of attention.

Speaking of the media, they are now busy scrambling around to find someone else they can point to as “The Media”. The ones who hadn’t signed on to Abbott’s malignant bandwagon in the previous few years (youse know who you are, shills) are busy rewriting their appreciations of what Abbott would be like in government.

“Who knew?” appears to be the predominant theme. Who knew he could so comprehensively lie, cheat and steal our heritage and way of life away from us? Who knew all his promises, and his plonkingly delivered promises to keep his promises on top of them, were a disgusting farrago of lies, weasel words and outright deceptions?

How hollow all their panel show, journo-on-journo chortling and giggling about “The Politics” sounds now? How empty were their commentaries about how Julia Gillard was running a chaotic ship of state, when presented with the putrefying mess Abbott has dumped on us?

Well, WE knew.

Ordinary voters with half a brain knew what Abbott was like. He even told us himself, and then the media went in, philosophizing about how at least Abbott was “an honest liar”.

Abbott is never satisfied with incremental change. He’s never seen a system he’s been part of that he hasn’t wanted to destroy. From student politics, to the priesthood and onto the national stage, he knows his time is always limited, because the stakeholders and gatekeepers eventually boot him out. So he goes in quickly, on a “hit hard, hit fast” basis, to cause as much permanent damage as he can before he’s removed.

Like a Brylcreemed spiv at a Bachelors & Spinsters ball, Abbott worked the national room, propositioning every girl there, assuring them of the best night they ever had, if only they gave in. He was persistent, focused and forceful. He wouldn’t take “No” for an answer. He promised them anything. He ragged their boyfriends. He picked fights. He was going to destroy the joint until he got his way.

He seemed so sure of himself that eventually, one by one, they cracked and took him on. It didn’t matter that he turned out to be a dud root. He’d added another notch to his belt. Conquest was the important factor, not pleasure… at least not her pleasure. His victims, too embarrassed to say different, told their friends he was pretty good in bed, and so the process continued.

Abbott’s obsession with his own brilliance has now infected an entire country. But this time there’s no-one to stop him, no John Howard to take him aside and show him how real politics is done. Howard tried to set him right on family benefits, but Abbott, ever the betrayer, dismissed his mentor.

His aim is to divide and conquer that country, turning young against old, wealthy against poor, healthy against sick, business against its workers. He has up-ended traditions and conventions in his quest to simply cause trouble and stress.

There’s no excuse for those who voted for him. Now that they’ve seen the real Abbott revealed in all his horrible majesty, they have to reverse their decision, and soon, if given the chance. It can’t go on this way, not for another two-and-a-half years: continual chaos, anarchy, thought bubbles, cries and alarums.

This nation wants to be relaxed and comfortable. They don’t want permanent revolution or national struggle. They want to be able to look after their kids, educate them, see to their health and then retire with dignity. They’re sick of being nagged by the ideologues of the Coalition, egged on by their crazy Tea Party cronies at News Ltd.

Murdoch’s ancient obsessions with getting revenge on “The Establishment” are no concern of theirs. Abbott’s sociopathic preoccupations with his testosterone levels and his violence cravings are not their problem. Joe Hockey’s continual (and hopeless) quest to be taken seriously is his concern. We are not a nation at war. We want to be at peace, at last. But peace is absolute anathema to the fanatics who have wrested control of the government by lies.

It was a simple Pea and Thimble trick, Bait And Switch: promise one thing, deliver the exact opposite. Have shill planted in the crowd, there to either lose or win demonstrably. The shill allows the regular onlooker to see – or think he sees – how the game works. The onlooker, by now “the mug”, steps up and puts his $10 down. It’s only $10… what harm is there in having a flutter? We can get our money back, right? We can vote them out again in three years, OK?

Which is why the scam has to be carried out quickly. Hit hard, hit fast. Get the money and then run with it. Get the vote and turn it into a phony mandate for existential change. Wreck everything up-front, so there’s no going back.

If the planted shill is a “loser” they can be almost anyone. The unemployed are a favourite. Everyone hates a dole bludger. If dole bludgers lose out, then this must be a fair game!

If the shill is a “winner”, let’s say “Business”, then we’re told that what’s good for “Business” MUST be good for the workers. Hey, this game is winners all around!

The $10 vote is placed on the table, never to be seen again. Game over.

It helps if we’re rendered numb to voting by being asked to vote on everything – Reality TV, vox pops, “unscientific” newspaper polls. That way when it comes time to vote for real, voting has become a disposable asset. No big deal. Vote, and forget about it. There’s another vote tomorrow. This poll closes in three years. Of course, the phoney, inconsequential votes are conducted by the media, as part of the scam. Poll after poll is presented to us as fact. People power is touted as the answer to everything. Opinion is lauded as being above truth. If Newspoll can solve Climate Change, why do we need a Carbon Tax?

Just as the Shell Game mug punters have been swindled, Australians have been swindled by this mob they call a “government”. They thought they were investing chump change, and that what they were getting back might be something worth infinitely more. Instead they’ve been fleeced, and it’s going to continue, in perpetuity, if Abbott has anything to do with it.

Used to wrecking and upturning everything he’s ever been involved in, he’s now got a whole country – it traditions, its conventions, its institutions and its self-image – to destroy.

Instead of being an egalitarian, fairly relaxed sort of place, we’ve since found out that Abbott and his gang are telling us we’re lazy bludgers, yearning to be bigots, too indolent to get off our arses and make money for our betters. While we see our pensions, health, education and other entitlements stripped away, Joe Hockey smokes Havana cigars. Abbott toasts the Murdoch media in a Canberra bar on Budget night. The Usual suspects – Telstra, the Miners, Big Business, Property Developers – pay millions for influence, channelled through back door money laundries, and are rewarded with tax cuts, licences to rip off their customers with sub-standard services, and dodgy infrastructure programs, which they will build, with hundreds of billions of our money, taken from us in the name of austerity.

As always with Abbott he has gone too far. As always with Joe Hockey, he is deep in it, far beyond his level of competence. Whatever we voted for, this was not it.

They promised incremental change, glued together with unity tickets. Nothing radical would be proposed unless the people had a chance to vote on it in a later election.

Instead we have trouble ahead, demonstrations, more lies in response, perhaps an Double Dissolution election (if they’re THAT stupid), stress and suffering.

It’s heroic alright, and it’s pure Abbott: a man who’s never happy unless he’s aggravating someone, anyone. It gives him a chance to show how clever he is when we forgive him, but I’m not so sure he’ll worm his way out of this particular pickle.

Stay tuned.

578 thoughts on “Whatever they were elected for, it wasn’t for this.

  1. http://www.afr.com/p/national/abbott_trapped_by_budget_time_bombs_X7dCoMqANUXiR3clPG8yPN





  2. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/19/leading-scientists-cautious-about-20bn-medical-research-fund

    Click to access Empty-Pockets_Why-copayments-are-not-the-solution_Final-OOP-report.pdf


    Click to access sharing_the_budget_pain_background_note.pdf

    well worth reading

  3. leonetwo

    Is it possible Clive Palmer is showing early signs of senile dementia?

    Nah. Clive is rich enough to indulge in whatever he wants to coz win or lose right or wrong he’ll still be OK.

  4. This one is for Bill…


    Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was ‘shot down in military training exercise’ claims first book released about lost jet
    Book written by London-based journalist and author suggests families will ‘almost certainly’ never know what happened
    Adam Withnall Sunday 18 May 2014

    The missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was shot down during a joint Thai-US military training exercise and then the subject of an elaborate international cover-up – according to a book released about the lost plane that has caused anger among the relatives of those on board.

    Tomorrow, just 71 days after the Boeing 777 vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, Flight MH370: The Mystery will go on sale in Australia, the Sun-Herald reported.

    It has been written by the Anglo-American journalist and author Nigel Cawthorne, who describes his London-based home as a “book-writing factory” and is most famous for his Sex Lives series of “salacious tales” about the rich and famous.

  5. Does bl’oath ever stop lying. Last week his little fat friend stood up in parliament and said that they are cutting funding to education and health, yesterday bl’oath was on television saying the same thing…………… then tonight on the news I saw him stand there and state categorically that they are not cutting spending on health and education but are in fact increasing it.

    I am so confused.

  6. HaveAchat

    Does bl’oath ever stop lying

    That question is up there with “Is Big Bird Yell ?” . Not to mention the Pope’s religious affinity and bear’s toilet habits.

  7. TLDB – I don’t think I agree either, but I thought BB should see it, pretty sure that was one of the many ideas on the plane canvessed over the road a couple of months ago.

    On the main topic at the moment, good one from Bernard today…




  8. This nurse is ripping Hockey a big one. Couldn’t happen to a nicer mongrel.

    The ABC even made sure they did a good job in stacking the audience. Not to Hockey’s advantage so far! 😉

  9. OAP lady challenged Hockey to increase the Pharmaceutical Allowance of $6 a fortnight to pensioners as medicines are going up under the budget. A flustered Joe said he would look at it.

  10. The way Hockey talks you’d think every cent a government spends has to be borrowed first. It’s his excuse for everything.

  11. Leone,

    Not that I want to find excuses for JoHo, but he is a poor little rich boy who married money, has never had to worry about budgeting, and has no idea how a household’s economy works, let alone that of a nation.

    Thick as, and then some.

  12. He also lacks any understanding of the meaning – and implications – of “Commonwealth”.

  13. Having had this documentary on Machiavelli pop up on my screen this afternoon (it has something to do with the ironing being boring) I was struck by a comment of one of the interviewers saying that ‘the left are just too nice and are concerned about people.’ One of the others made the comment that the conservatives (in the UK) were always better at ruling the country because they knew what it took.

    Which probably explains why both the UK and Australia are heading to the cleaners, because the ‘conservative’ parties are no longer conservatives, but radicals. Or in the case of certain ex-Poms, probably anarchists?

  14. Curioz,

    Not to mention America and Canada.

    What is it about the Anglosphere? Regret for not participating in Hitler’s madness?

    Anyway, I’m about to become a basket case. Night, all.

  15. Still can’t get over those poll figures. 55-45, 56-44, 57.5-42.5. Wow. I’m sure they thought they’d get a bit of a hit, but they must have been panicking a week before the budget, knowing how horrible it was intended to be and seeing those figures start falling away that soon. They had bods out hosing down negative speculation a week early, and that was clearly what the ‘Labor Waste’ pamphlet was all about. They were running full throttle on PR way ahead of schedule. They had their distractions in place – the inquiries into pink batts and unions, with star witnesses lined up and Rudd making an appearance. The budget just bulldozed over the lot of it.

    And you can see how rattled they were in the aftermath. Abbott on insiders? Hockey doing an hour by himself on QandA? They never do that, ever. They’re all about controlling the message and keeping the spotlight off themselves. The sense of panic in there must be off the scale.

    But as usual, they’ve walked in without a Plan B. They just assumed the things they had in place would do the trick, enough distractions and excuses and blame-laying to keep them upright. But just look at those polls. Every shifty little piece of arsery in that budget has already been exposed, and judgement has been passed.

    I really don’t think they know what to do now. They’re just going to sit tight and hope it all goes away.

  16. Glad to hear Joe’s experts agree that MH370 met an untimely and violent end.

    The only question is where?

  17. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.
    WOW! Peter Martin calls out this vindictive government for what it is.
    And Clive Palmer agrees.
    Coalition MPs start to break ranks and call for even more regressive taxation.
    A derisive comment piece on Hockey from Rebecca Douglas.
    Looks like Rolf Harris is a genuinely nasty bit of work.
    Lots of questions about the medical research future fund.
    “Call it a tax if you like”. Now where have we heard that before?
    Lots of negatives on the budget here.
    The budget gives dental care a kick in the teeth again.
    Here’s a good article on how the co-payments will affect us.
    That’s right – the Young Libs can fill this hole!
    Katharine Murphy reckons they have taken us for mugs.
    ASIC moves on the CBA. A bit late though.

  18. Section 2 . . .

    Kate McClymont on ICAC getting down and dirty.
    Here’s The Gaurdian’s take on the day in ICAC.
    George Williams on some ominous bipartisan moves on asylum seekers.
    The YMCA chief must have got the heads up on the RC report.
    Three nice Young Libs – I wonder what their families’ financial situations are.
    Morriscum and Abbott may face a Senate vote on the potential Cambodia AS deal.
    David Pope in the Liberal operating theatre.

    MUST SEE! Alan Moir on the big fight.
    Cathy Wilcox explains the co-payment money trail.
    John Spooner and Mr Magic Pudding.
    Ron Tandberg on building infrastructure.
    A classic from David Rowe as the Liberals reflect on the recent polls.

  19. Now comes the “soft sell”….we had the bastard budget, now we get the “you must understand”…”the Australian people have to ask the themselves…” ….and of course, the MSM. “hard-hitting questions” : “…so tell us minister, what is your govt’ doing for the poor, the…etc?”……real Dorothy Dixers ..
    This is the problem with a corrupted democracy…one side of politics, who enjoys COMPLETE main-stream media support gets to do the bastard tricks and the other side is demanded to “act honourably”….a metaphor for suckers to accept so they get a “warm-fuzzy feel-good moment” and those vulnerable to cop it sweet and bend over!
    Blocking supply can be a usefull political tool if used legitimately…perhaps then we wouldn’t get these shitty budgets out of right-field…..as in this case…I say use it and do the job properly.

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