Being in government isn’t a licence to impose your privileged ideology

Another good piece by Jennifer Wilson of No Place for Sheep on the turnbull regime’s latest blow for the privileged. Yes, this is class war – and they started it! As always, thank you, Jennifer.

Look, you may already be across this but for various reasons I’ve only just caught up. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull actually proposed that the states take on the entire responsibility for funding public schools, while Turnbull’s own government, proposing nary a cent to the project of educating children who don’t attend private schools, is happy to continue its excessive fiscal support of educational privilege.

Aside: It’s usually against my personal code of not wasting time with click bait to read, let alone link to Mamamia, however I like to think I’m big enough to overlook that code under exceptional circumstances so I did.

I cannot see any sense, decency, respect, care or concern for the country’s future in such a move. It is pure ideology. It comes a mere two weeks or so after the appointment of new Liberal Senator James Paterson, who declared that public school kids lack a work ethic found in private school kids, an interesting indictment seeing as he is himself the product of the public school system.

Oh wait. Paterson probably thinks he’s exceptional. Believing yourself to be exceptional is a core requirement for membership of the LNP. Please read: public school kids with the notable exception of James Paterson, don’t have a work ethic as strong as private school kids.

These arrogant, privileged twerps are in need of a damn good smack down and some serious re-education as to what the role of government actually is. It isn’t a licence to impose an ideology of privilege. It is the responsibility to ensure as far as is possible equal access across society to core necessities such as education. To do otherwise is to bring a country to its knees. Intelligence and talent are not restricted to postcodes. Any nation that limits the potential of its young is a nation in its death throes. If you don’t believe me, please note that the majority of this government was educated in private schools. Need I say more?

This is class warfare. Federal de-funding of public schools while continuing funding of private schools is a divisive and dangerous proposition. It perpetuates the myth that having money (no matter how you got it or where you hide it) is morally sound; that money in and of itself has a moral value that supersedes the manner in which it is obtained.

Good government isn’t divisive and dangerous, and it isn’t focused on ideology. It’s capable of some semblance of economic literacy as well. Turnbull’s government is exceptionally agile with economic policy: it should be a star turn at Cirque du Soleil.

395 thoughts on “Being in government isn’t a licence to impose your privileged ideology

  1. Helen has done all right for a pollie who once had a preferred PM poll result equal to the margin of error !!!

  2. You should all be listening to Jones. He is sticking it to turnbull and the bedwetters in rhe fibs after newspoll.. Callers are demanding the warrior Abbott return. It’s hilarious. Hadley will no doubt be the same.

    • Meh.

      Allow me to save you having to sit through this dross. Here’s what will happen

      Him – waffle, waffle – bad premiers – no more money for the states – waffle, waffle – bad Labor, evil unions, waffle. Newspoll? Absolutely not worried, not a bit. We stopped the boats.

      Her – Shriek, shriek, shriek ………….

  3. ABC Current Affairs Verified account
    ‏@amworldtodaypm

    “Grown men in tears begging us to do something”:@SenatorCash #RSRT #auspol #abcAM
    The thought of all these truckies bursting into tears that then drop down onto their ‘Bluey’ singlets and stubbies, is creating an awful picture in my mind…could it be true?…What say ; Joe6′ ?

  4. You’d need a “Dutch Gag” bridle with triple chin straps to keep Michaela Cash’s mouth under control !

  5. The safe rates appears to have been badly implemented. The big boys wont be affected but owner drivers are now at a distinct commercial disadvantage.It is different from what was proposed and should probably be scrapped and started again.

  6. If Turnbull was installed as an electoral ploy, to shore up votes, while the playmakers in the Liberal Party held their noses, then what earthly good is he to them now?

    They can’t have someone in the top job who they fundamentally disagree with, AND have him lose the election for them anyway.

    Something has to happen. I can see why Jones and Hadley are frothing at the mouth.

  7. Turnbull himself might take a knock to the ego, but in the longer run he’s not going to care. He got his time at the top, and when it’s over he’ll still be filthy rich. He seems the type to shrug his shoulders and think “Ah well, you’re all scum anyway.” It certainly seemed to be his attitude while he was toeing the party line on the NBN. His only interest was in seeing how many times he could fit ‘Conrovian’ into a QT reply.

    • These useless pricks have no loyalty to country or people..they are just part of a matrix of peer respected arseholes whose only loyalty is to those peer groups and establishments..

      Joe Stalin WAS too soft!

      EDWARD ACHESON : ( conclusion of : “The Old School Tie”).

      “…together with the four or five thousand other “Public School Boys,” all these start from scratch. Provided only that they’re not “too bright,” that they don’t do what “isn’t done,” or think it, that they ride straight, don’t try to get divorced ladies presented at Court, and stay away from Sir. Stafford Cripps’s Socialist League, provided in a word that they play the game and live up to the Code, they will be “taken care of.” Because, when all is said and done, the tradition as a whole is greater than any of its parts, no matter how great that part may be.

      The Old School Tie is a “virtue,” which, like the Calvinist Grace, descends with no rhyme and less reason. But it blankets its chosen with a shining anonymity through which no personality can permanently penetrate. An Old Carthusian may become a saint, or a columnist, a foreign secretary, a whiskey baron, or even, theoretically, a poet—yet, those modifications are merely transient; fundamentally, historically and obituarily, his significance, if any, is derived from the fact of his Old Carthusianship. And Mr Baldwin, who “in a long and arduous career” has proven so many things, can be called upon to prove this final conclusion.

      The Prime Minister was coming up to London in the train. A fellow-passenger opposite lowered his copy of the Times. “I beg your pardon,” said the stranger, “but you’re an Old Harrovian, are you not?’ Mr Baldwin, gratified, said he was. “Quite. Quite. I was very nearly sure. Yes—you were—let me see now—you left in ’86, or was it ’87?”

      “Five,” Mr Baldwin corrected.

      “To be sure. Certainly. You were in Small Houses, if I’m not mistaken. Then you went up to the Head’s. Am I right? Ah, I thought so. And you roomed with—with, I mean to say, that lanky chap, Thingame Minor.” Mr Baldwin smiled and nodded. The fellow-passenger was charmed with himself.

      “Absolutely—Oh, quite. I remember perfectly. And I’ll recall your name in just a moment. Don’t tell me. It was—what I mean is, your name—something like Bailey or Bancroft—no, no, hold on—it has a `win’ in it.”

      “Baldwin,” the Prime Minister supplied, “Stanley Baldwin.”

      “Of course, of course. Baldwin. It was right on the tip of my tongue. Well, well—and tell me, Baldwin, since you left school, what have you been doing with yourself?”

  8. View from the Street –

    View from the Street: Government to release, return kids to offshore detention
    And Kevin Andrews is prepared to challenge for the Liberal leaders BWWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/view-from-the-street/view-from-the-street-government-to-release-return-kids-to-offshore-detention-20160404-gnxvi2.html#ixzz44u4a0V4r

    Bonus – Facebook comment from Mr Street this morning on Wilson Security and Panama Papers –

    Andrew P Street
    Here’s a good rule of thumb, federal government: don’t angrily refuse to consider an independent corruption commission on the same day that it’s revealed that your offshore detention security company uses a shell company to hide their tax obligations in the Virgin Islands. This is especially true if you’ve been going on about your plans to cut company tax to reward companies for shouldering their onerous obligations to society

    https://www.facebook.com/andrew.p.street?fref=nf

  9. I better put this as a new post, even though it was a reply to Aguirre’s post above.

    These useless pricks have no loyalty to country or people..they are just part of a matrix of peer respected arseholes whose only loyalty is to those peer groups and establishments..

    Joe Stalin WAS too soft!

    EDWARD ACHESON : ( conclusion of : “The Old School Tie”).

    “…together with the four or five thousand other “Public School Boys,” all these start from scratch. Provided only that they’re not “too bright,” that they don’t do what “isn’t done,” or think it, that they ride straight, don’t try to get divorced ladies presented at Court, and stay away from Sir. Stafford Cripps’s Socialist League, provided in a word that they play the game and live up to the Code, they will be “taken care of.” Because, when all is said and done, the tradition as a whole is greater than any of its parts, no matter how great that part may be.

    The Old School Tie is a “virtue,” which, like the Calvinist Grace, descends with no rhyme and less reason. But it blankets its chosen with a shining anonymity through which no personality can permanently penetrate. An Old Carthusian may become a saint, or a columnist, a foreign secretary, a whiskey baron, or even, theoretically, a poet—yet, those modifications are merely transient; fundamentally, historically and obituarily, his significance, if any, is derived from the fact of his Old Carthusianship. And Mr Baldwin, who “in a long and arduous career” has proven so many things, can be called upon to prove this final conclusion.

    The Prime Minister was coming up to London in the train. A fellow-passenger opposite lowered his copy of the Times. “I beg your pardon,” said the stranger, “but you’re an Old Harrovian, are you not?’ Mr Baldwin, gratified, said he was. “Quite. Quite. I was very nearly sure. Yes—you were—let me see now—you left in ’86, or was it ’87?”

    “Five,” Mr Baldwin corrected.

    “To be sure. Certainly. You were in Small Houses, if I’m not mistaken. Then you went up to the Head’s. Am I right? Ah, I thought so. And you roomed with—with, I mean to say, that lanky chap, Thingame Minor.” Mr Baldwin smiled and nodded. The fellow-passenger was charmed with himself.

    “Absolutely—Oh, quite. I remember perfectly. And I’ll recall your name in just a moment. Don’t tell me. It was—what I mean is, your name—something like Bailey or Bancroft—no, no, hold on—it has a `win’ in it.”

    “Baldwin,” the Prime Minister supplied, “Stanley Baldwin.”

    “Of course, of course. Baldwin. It was right on the tip of my tongue. Well, well—and tell me, Baldwin, since you left school, what have you been doing with yourself?”

  10. To win the coming election, all candidates will need money for their campaigning.

    Please get into your twitter and facebook accounts and spread this message or similar:

    “Labor voters: don’t just talk – GIVE. Your candidate needs $50. Do it. Now.”

    If such a message goes viral, several million bucks flows into 150 good candidates’ campaigns and we win the election.

    The message is simple: don’t just talk – GIVE.

    • Ah!…Dedalus…If I but had $50.00 to give!…But in trying to make both ends meet, it leaves such a terrible gap in the middle…so to speak!

  11. Qantas Melbourne to Dubai flight circles for hours before returning to Sydney

    Reason for this being Sydney’s airport curfew.

  12. This was reported in comments section on one of the tributes to Bob Ellis. He was walking down the parliamentary corridor and what he thought was two people approaching him from the far end of a Parliament House corridor, only to realise upon getting closer it was just Laurie Oakes “augmented by thirty years of lunch.”

    Not a bad put down to creepy Oakes.

  13. 2gravel
    Sorry for the delay
    A very quick explaination
    .I,m not sure who changed it but if I was an owner driver I would be pretty mad about it./Safe rates was suppose to be mainly about stopping Coles and Wollies forcing drivers to break the law and meet unattainable deadlines. if you missed the deadline you were penalised with a reduction in pay and you may have had to sit in the waiting area to unload for anything up to 24 hrs. Didn,t happen often but did happen and while you were sitting there you weren’t getting paid and probably lost the next job you had lined up.
    Now due too this stupid Road safety remuneration tribunal, which has in my opinion set unrealistic and frankly exorbitant rates that only owner drivers have to charge. The big boys are not affected they can still charge what they can get and they do deals and contracts for rates with majors anyway. It puts owner drivers at a very distinct disadvantage because no-one is going to pay say, $6300 Perth to Adelaide when you can get it for $2300

    I don’t think it does anything for safety, and in reality all it will do is send some owner drivers broke and give more money to the major players . It stinks and is one policy that Labor introduced which should be scrapped . I agree with the libs on this and am glad they are blocking the implementation for as long as they can.

  14. Bullock gives a final “fuck you” to the ALP

    Speaking to the ABC, Senator Bullock confirmed he intended to resign on April 13.

    He indicated he always intended to honour his parliamentary committee commitments.

    Senator Bullock’s decision means there may not be enough time for his replacement Mr Dodson to be sworn in before a critical debate over the Government’s building and construction bill on April 18.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-05/labor-senator-joe-bullock-resignation-may-delay-pat-dodson-plan/7301044

    Basically meaning that Labor will have one fewer vote on the senate floor.

  15. I have to repeat my call for us Labor voters to put our money where our mouth is. And I will repeat this call until the election, on this blog and on all my social media outlets.

    Of course, there will be a lot of nagging calls to us from “Head Office” to “chip in”. I’m going to ignore these.

    What I’ll be doing, and I urger everyone here to do, is to make a one-off donation to the LOCAL CANDIDATE.

    If you don’t know who your Labor candidate is for your particular electorate in the upcoming federal election, then you should be rightly ashamed of yourself.

    The local candidate is the gal or guy who has to do the hard yards. The candidate will have a team of volunteers prepared to give up their time and energy to support that candidate. Those voluneers are very much folk like you and I. The least we can do is support them, by supporting the candidate.

    My electorate, Hume, is a probably unwinnable seat. But our candidate, Aoife Champion (that’s pronouned “eefa”), a 35 yr old whipsmart female lawyer, is going to have a red-hot go.

    But Aoife, like all the other 149 Labor candidates, is going to need a shitload of dough.

    The individual $10, or $50, or $100 is not as relevant as the message it sends, but the TOTAL amount raised matters very much. Aoife, as an example, needs $50,000 to run an effective grass roots campaign. If she raises that she will achieve a big swing.

    Replicated across the 150 electorates, an extra $50k means $7.5 million. That’s EXTRA to what the central ALP organisation, the Unions and the corporate donors will put in.

    There are at least a million ALP voters just like us. Many are good at talking and blogging and tweeting. It’s time, once every three years, to do some spending.

    I completely understand Jaycee’s comment, and share in his joke. He has a very good point within his jest, which I understand. It is that for many people, $50 (the example amount I mentioned) might be a lot.

    But $10 would not be a lot. A $2 coin would certainly not be a lot.

    The big issue is just making the commitment. Taking the trouble of contacting the local candidate and passing across the readies.

    That is not a lot to ask.

    Guys and gals – please get to it.

  16. Plain of traitors!

    I read Inferno and even Purgatory but the last volume, bleh.

    Also read a SciFi version of Inferno. Interesting but no.

  17. Yup, next Monday I will contribute some dough to the ALP. Must become a member again too.

  18. Been out all day, I am disgusted with Joe Bullock’s behavior, what were the West Australians thinking when they gave him top spot on the Senate list

  19. You might like to call one of the listed members of Federal Parliament listed at this site and just leave the message that they must endorse the last two years of Gonski School Funding. The call must be logged and reported in parliament and you may just leave a message.
    You know you want to do it!
    https://m.nswtf.org.au/node/9118

  20. That’s great Political Animal. If you can do so personally and say hello to your candidate it will be even better. It’s very stressful campaigning, especially in a tough seat. A gesture of support together with a banknote is a huge morale booster.

    Just on the power of the old tweet, I punched out one with a “support your local candidate” meme this morning and I got about 20 emails back. I only have about a hundred “followings” as I’m a complete newbie to this. So the response rate by email totally floored me.

    Anyway, they basically were saying “howya going”, but nevermind, I shot back with an email to each of them suggesting they “support their local candidate” and getting on the tweet to tell their followers to “support your local candidate”. I reckon they’ll all get a stack of emails back saying that’s a real catchy phrase.

    The thing might go from there. Then again it might go nowhere. But it’s worth a shot, hey.

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