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.

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

  1. Yeah, I will email whoever is going to run in Boothby. Glad Southcott is leaving, makes it easier for Boothby to go red. Happy to do letterboxing or whatever. Feel we have a real chance of winning the election and think it might be late in the year 🙂

    I have always thought the election was winnable for Labor, even when Truffles was getting his sugar rush of support in the polls. No policies, the Libs and even Howard knew you had to have policies even tho he relied on bribing the electorate.

  2. joe6pack

    Thanks, so it sounds like it’s been changed from the original intent to make the big guys act properly, to falling onto the little guys.

  3. No surprises about Bullock , A selection of Tones and Bullock memories.

    “HE’S the man who talked Tony Abbott into becoming a member of the Liberal Party …

    Today, it was revealed Mr Bullock refused to vote Labor in the 1975 “Dismissal” election in which Labor’s Gough Whitlam failed to win back government

    .

    The Democratic Clubs (of which Abbott and Bullock were members) were small and their membership carefully controlled. The correct line was strictly enforced. They used tactics Santamaria developed to fight Reds in the unions: provocative campaigning, ceaseless leafleting and infiltrating rival organisations. They called themselves moderates but their position was extreme: as far to the right as the Maoists and Trotskyists on campus were to the left. They were accused of rough-house tactics and wrecking what they couldn’t control…Honi Soit reported: “This organisation has a long history of politically motivated violence – whether as vigilantes for vice-regals, smoke-bombers for Saigon, poster pullers for political reaction, or bullies for by-elections.”

    ……….Bullock says: “Everyone thought they were engaged in a bigger battle. I thought I was engaged in a battle between good and evil.” …His (Abbott’s) plan was to win presidency of the SRC (Sydney University Student Representative Council) and collapse it from above. He was well underway. In May, he had taken control of the campus Liberal Club. It was Joe Bullock’s idea

    http://trevorcook.typepad.com/weblog/2013/04/labor-preselects-former-abbott-ally-in-wa.html

    Why Joe Bullock is closer to Tony Abbott than you think

    – While Tony Abbott has hung heavily over Parliament all week, his presence from October 1977 has been there for all of Joe Bullock’s 20 months as a Senator for Western Australia. The otherwise blank wall on entering Bullock’s Senate office features a framed Liberal Club poster from the University of Sydney student representative council election 39 years ago..

  4. So loving the #panamapapers shite hitting a great big whirley fan. Been poking around some of their online data today e.g. https://panamapapers.icij.org/graphs/ Its astounding, the scale of it. This story is going to run for years — the leaked records go back to 1977. Although anyone paying attention has known in general terms about this kind of looting and jurisdictional arbitrage gaming by the plutarchs, to finally see revealed the raw knock down evidence of how its done is just wonderful.

    When you’ve got Time magazine suggesting we’re heading for a root & branch review of how markets are (or not) working, then I reckon something fundamental has shifted.

    The site said in May they intend to publish all the names of companies and individuals involved. Can’t wait to see how up to their necks in this will be the big four and Mac bank.

    With the latest Newspoll, the naming & shaming could add a huge wildcard element into what’s shaping up to be a rip snorter of an election campaign.

  5. http://essentialvision.com.au/documents/essential_report_160405.pdf

    http://www.crikey.com.au/2016/04/05/essential-voters-want-to-dump-religious-tax-exemption/ Bernard’s analysis (paywalled)

    http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2016/04/05/comparing-fiscal-federalism-in-canada-and-australia/ well worth reading this. Income gaps between Canadian provinces (which set their own income tax) more than 2 x bigger than betweenn Aussie states.

    http://www.echo.net.au/2016/04/thus-spake-mungo-lead-balloon/

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11617353

    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/04/04/canada-tells-tax-collectors-to-get-hold-of-panama-papers-info.html

  6. Note the bit about the Press Gallery. Actually, Shaun Carney wrote something a bit similar late last year about how Mal was thought to fit the PG’s group world view (socially soft small “l” liberal, dryer economically, urbane, etc) but I’ve looked a few times & can’t re-find it. At least that bit of the article was spot on. The only other MSM writers I’ve seen pick up on this are from the cultural warrior right.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/terry-mccrann/saviour-malcolm-turnbull-has-turned-out-to-be-a-dud–and-is-headed-for-electoral-defeat/news-story/b58444011a0497914fa2994cae231291 paywalled

    Saviour Malcolm Turnbull has turned out to be `a dud – and is headed for electoral defeat
    April 4, 2016 10:00pm
    Terry McCrann Herald Sun

    BLUNTLY, and to put it quite simply, Malcolm Turnbull is a dud.

    No, that’s not an acronym for a three-word slogan. But as “Dr Google” tells us: “A thing that fails to work properly or is otherwise unsatisfactory or worthless.”

    Some other alternatives are: “a malfunctioning or failed idea; an unfulfilled expectation; something that does not do what it is supposed to do.”

    You would think that after the last six months — and most particularly, last week — this would be an unexceptional statement. That the expectations, indeed the dreams — fantasies — of last September, would by now have completely evaporated.

    Turnbull was supposed to lead the nation out of the policy wilderness and in the process save the Coalition government from the political perdition to which Peta (Credlin) via Tony (Abbott) had supposedly condemned it.

    Instead he has revealed himself as not simply a political dud but also — his supposed strength — a policy dud as well. He is quite simply floundering completely out of his depth and without the faintest idea of how to even just touch bottom again.

    Well, when I say “revealed” except not, it would appear, to the “intelligentsia” more broadly and to the Canberra Press Gallery more narrowly, very narrowly.

    That is to some extent understandable. The Gallery is both emotionally and ideologically invested in Turnbull as primarily “the non-Abbott”.

    He is the very model of their ideal prime minister — someone who not simply occupies the broad centre, but believes in all the “right things” that they do, and could sit easily in either of the major parties; as indeed he essentially has done over the years, at least, intellectually. The parallel, you might say, of a Donald Trump.

    This fundamental appeal — to the Gallery — of the “idea of PM-Turnbull” has survived the “reality of PM-Turnbull” because it has also directly intersected with another “accepted wisdom” held all but universally by both the Gallery and the broader intelligentsia.

    This is that the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, is unelectable. For as soon as you concede that Turnbull is not just seriously but perhaps even terminally flawed as a politician, you have to entertain the idea of Shorten actually winning the election, even if just by default.

    Today’s Newspoll in our sister paper The Australian should provide us with a fascinating update.

    But I’ll state my assessment now: Turnbull is heading for defeat, whether in July or September.

    As a sort of defence mechanism to the explosive consequences of the two realities colliding — the dud PM with the unelectable opposition leader — the leading lights of the Gallery are easily persuaded that each Turnbull policy failure is a political masterstroke.

    The latest, stunning and — to anyone outside “the circuit”, the road that circles Parliament House, our version of Washington’s “Beltway” — embarrassingly obvious example, was his effete effort to force the states to impose their own income tax.

    After its failure, Turnbull claimed it was a moment of great “clarity” — that, in essence, the states had been exposed as not wanting to raise the money they wanted to spend on schools and hospitals.

    What completely bypassed the Gallery was that he was claiming this “moment of clarity” in a media grab of totally mixed messages, that will nevertheless provide all too much “clarity” to voters.

    For on the one hand he was saying that a Turnbull government was not in favour of higher taxes. Yet he went on to immediately demand that the states increase their taxes.

    Now the Gallery might be and indeed was impressed by this as a sophisticated debating point, but to the average voter it — and indeed the whole saga — would translate as a very simple, disastrously double-edged message.

    That the Turnbull government is responsible for poor or inadequate hospitals and schools, because it is depriving the states of money; and that PM Turnbull wants to introduce double — read, higher — taxation.

    Turnbull might want people to call him — politically pointlessly, I might add — the “innovation PM”. The opposition will definitely be calling him the “double taxation PM”.

    It should now be apparent that Turnbull has been like the proverbial dog who “caught the car”; that after getting what he’d always wanted, becoming PM last September, he really had no idea what to do next.

    Sure, he had those “big ideas” — the republic, gay marriage, innovation and so on; but he had not the slightest idea of what to do to functionally run the country, far less optimise its real-time here-and-now performance.

    There was clearly no sense of “hitting the-ground running”, Jeff Kennett-style. What was seen, especially by the Gallery as a virtue in — “everything’s on the table” — inclusiveness, was actually an announcement of a prime ministerial empty vessel.

    That really came to something of a climax last week. Let’s tackle “vertical fiscal imbalance” — simply put, the way Canberra tends to do the taxing and the states tend to do the spending, and so money has to be redirected from Canberra to them.

    That’s fine and has been discussed endlessly and pointlessly for decades. But what you want from a political leader and in particular from a PM, is not another simplistic “thought bubble”, but a well thought-through and deliverable/imposable actuality.

    It might be a cliche but the first thing voters want from a political leader is, well, leadership. That is fundamentally necessary to achieve the only thing, without which it’s all to no point: winning the election.

    Ambushing the Senate crossbenchers over the possible double-dissolution election might have been “clever”, but how exactly does it win the election?

    Turnbull was supposed to be great on policy. Well, you can well and truly forget that. He was supposed to be the great communicator. Oh yeah? He’s shown himself to be no Kennett or Keating; he’s not even a Rudd, even whose “program specificity” begins to look like cut-through clarity in contrast with Turnbull’s measured but endlessly extended waffle.

    And does anyone seriously suggest that all this will be rendered academic by Turnbull as the peerless retail politician?

    That we will see him mixing with the ordinary men and women of Australia in pubs and shopping malls, with the easy intimacy and naturalness we saw on display in his “walkout” with treasurer Scott Morrison last Friday?

    And doing so every day for the eight weeks minimum of an election campaign, that he’s “brilliant” (sic) Senate coup has condemned him (and us) to?

    I have exactly the same sense of the Turnbull government sliding in a catatonic state, frozen, unable to correct, to its inevitable fate, as we saw with the Napthine government in Victoria in 2014.

    Actually, that word “dud” applied to Turnbull could also be an all-too ominous acronym: Do Until Dead, politically speaking, of course.

  7. I dunno..times have indeed changed..once I would have said ; “go turn on the trannie” , or; ” I’ll get the trannie” and you knew I was talking about a transistor radio….but now….I dunno…jeez..these times.

  8. Didja see that bee-keeper bloke on Catalyst with the rivet on the bridge of his nose?…No! ..No!…it’s no good…there has to be lines drawn…it’s just no good!…I’m all for the principle of ; “in your own home”..but in public?…nah…give it a rest..

  9. Way to go, Bill!

    Bill Shorten will on Wednesday launch a campaign in support of public school education, setting the issue up as a key one in the upcoming federal election.

    The opposition leader will write to principals of public schools outlining Labor’s support of the public education system, after the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, last week floated the proposal to let states raise their own revenue to spend on public schools. Private and independent schools would continue to be funded by the Commonwealth under the now rejected proposal.

    “Ending federal support for public schools would lead to a two-tiered system – with non-government schools receiving federal funding and state schools competing with hospitals, police and emergency services for scarce resources. Gaps in student achievement would increase and many students would simply be left behind,” Shorten writes in the letter. “This is not the future Labor wants for Australia.”

    Wednesday will also see Labor launch a petition to protect public schools from funding cuts, with each MP receiving material for them to campaign on the issue in the upcoming federal election.

    The sharp funding increases slated for the last two years of the Gonski schools funding changes – 2017 and 2018 – were scrapped in the 2014 budget. Turnbull stuck with the decision after becoming prime minister.

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/apr/06/bill-shorten-to-put-public-schools-at-centre-of-labors-election-campaign

  10. A good article on abbott (and Waffles) style of government

    So I got off a plane from overseas last week to find the CPSU and the Immigration Department scrapping in the Fair Work Commission over their industrial dispute.

    You know, the one that’s across the whole public service and that’s been going on for two years.

    And I was like, really? We still doing this? After two years? Seriously?

    Public servants and their families are over it, their bosses, mostly, are over it, the public is over it, the unions are over it, and I couldn’t be more over it. But there’s no end in sight.

    The dispute over the Border Force officials’ right-to-strike can tell you a lot how about how this whole thing has been handled from the start.

    The Force, run by the Immigration Department, reckons thatthe stop-work actions at airports around the country is plunging us all into mortal danger, something about “national security”.

    But the Public Service Commission, the government’s workplace authority, reckons the whole thing is a fizzer, only a few public servants are involved and the only hassle they are causing is to themselves.

    So that’s consistent. Not.

    The strike was going nowhere anyway, I cleared customs and immigration on Friday morning in a personal best time.John Howard, Eric Abetz and Tony Abbott in 2015.

    Until the Immigration Department’s bosses tried to put the boot in at Fair Work, going on about “national security” and guaranteeing more headlines and broadcast coverage, which the union lapped up gratefully.
    This fight is a policy hangover from the Abbott years; the hardline public service bargaining policy, aimed at transforming workplace conditions in the 150,000-strong federal bureaucracy, making it a bit more like the private sector.

    Employment Minister Michaelia Cash likes to call it “the real world”.

    The bargaining policy is a lot like John Howard’s ill-fated WorkChoices, but the most striking similarity is its insistence on trying to do too much, too soon.

    Tony Abbott and his then Employment Minister Eric Abetz, who cooked up the policy soon after winning the 2013 election, wanted big changes to the workplace landscape in the Australian Public Service and they wanted them now.

    After anti-union hardliner John Lloyd was hired as Public Service Commissioner, in a hurry and with little or no process, the policy was drafted quickly with little input from anybody else and declared non-negotiable. Classic Abbott.

    But unlike other policy dogs conceived by the man from Warringah like GP co-payments, or knights and dames, this bargaining policy has not been put out of its misery, despite proving unworkable.

    It unlikely that Malcolm Turnbull feels he has much room to manoeuvre now, already under pressure from his party’s right, anything that might be remotely conceived as bowing to union pressure would hand ammunition to the Prime Minister’s internal critics.

    So it looks like nobody is going anywhere for a while with something like 120,000 of the 150,000 federal public servants still refusing to play ball.

    But it didn’t have to be that way.

    If Abbott and Abetz were so concerned that public servants had had it too good for too long, here is what they might have done.

    Sit down with their departmental bosses, maybe get some of the rank-and-file together in a few focus groups and even, gasp, have a chat with unions.

    The government could have outlined what it saw as the problems, sketched its vision for change and worked out what it would take to achieve it.

    Then, armed with an accurate picture of where it would meet most resistance, a long-term plan, one with some prospect of success, could have been hatched and pursued over two to three bargaining cycles.

    That’s what people do in the “real world”, they negotiate outcomes based on realistic appraisals of what’s practical.

    But that wasn’t Abbott’s style. The ideological bull-in-a-china shop approach was preferred, as usual, and two years later here we are.

    The government has tried at various times to blame the main public service union, the CPSU, for the whole mess and then dismissed it as an irrelevant outfit that doesn’t have many members and can’t even organise a decent-sized strike.

    But the policy guarantees confrontation because it guts the union’s ability to maintain a presence in workplaces, leaving the CPSU no choice but to scrap tooth and nail. It’s battling not only for its members’ but for its long-term survival, not that it’s going to admit to that.

    Another thing they have in the “real world” is accountability. In the “real world”, heads would roll, as Abbott might say, if what should be a routine industrial negotiation had disrupted a business for two years.

    I can’t think of anywhere in the “real world” this mess would be tolerated, because in the real world, people realise that ideologues always cause more problems than they solve.

    Someone needs to show some “agility”, sit down, have a conversation, and figure out what it’s going to take to settle this thing.

    Seriously

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/public-services-2year-industrial-dispute-is-another-hangover-from-tony-abbott-20160405-gnyi7t.html

  11. You don’t want me as President? How about as State Counsellor?

    Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party has succeeded in creating a new powerful role for its leader Aung San Suu Kyi, despite opposition from the military.

    The Constitution written by the former military rulers prevents Ms Suu Kyi becoming President, because her children have foreign citizenship.

    So the NLD invented a new role, State Counsellor — officially answering to the President but in reality a powerful spot at the top.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-05/aung-san-suu-kyi-to-become-state-counsellor/7301994

  12. Another political “upgrade” in Myanmar.

    Swift rise to high post – from Otago freezing works to Myanmar’s second vice-president

    Dunedin’s small Myanmar community is buzzing after one of their own went from working at an Otago freezing works to being sworn in as second vice-president of the Southeast Asian country.

    Only two years before his swearing in, he was working at Silver Fern Farms’ Finegand freezing works

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11615746

  13. Razz asked me this morning who was Julia’s Deputy PM? I can’t for the life of me remember. Any help would be appreciated.

  14. Journalists keep telling us the government’s plan to cost-shift all public school funding to the states is dead.

    No, it is not.

    On Friday in his joint COAG presser with the premiers Turnbull had only a few words to say on education –

    Now, turning to schools, our contribution to school education is funded through to the end of 2017.

    And COAG agreed that discussions on new funding arrangements would be concluded early next year.

    http://malcolmturnbull.com.au/media/council-of-australian-governments-joint-press-conference-canberra

    That was it. It’s still very much an active policy, he’s just not going to talk about it until after the election.

    Bill Shorten will keep this funding cut – because that’s what it is – in the public eye now, as a central part of Labor’s election campaign. Good on him!

  15. Bob Brown – as arrogant as ever, assumes those voting ‘dark green’ after a spilt will, of course, preference the existing Tasmanian Greens. With the Greens moving further and further to the right every day I think he might be assuming too much.

    Bob Brown shrugs off impact of split in Tasmanian Greens

    According to reports, the former University of Tasmania academic Geoff Holloway plans to re-form the United Tasmania Group and contest the next state election. “We don’t feel that the present state Greens appreciate the wilderness and national parks aspects of Tasmania that many of us fought [for], even decades, to preserve,” Holloway said.

    The United Tasmania Group was formed in 1972 in response to the flooding of Lake Pedder, before morphing into the Greens by the late 70s.

    Brown told Guardian Australia that Holloway had contacted him about the plan a month ago, and that he responded: “I wouldn’t be part of it in any shape or form.”

    “[Holloway’s] been around since the 1970s, but he has never been involved in the politics of the Greens much either as an office holder or a candidate,” he said.

    “I wish him well, I think if he gets registered for the federal or state election – he won’t for the federal election, it’s too late – he will feed more preferences to the Greens. I’ve always said the more the merrier with political parties.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/apr/05/bob-brown-shrugs-off-impact-of-split-in-tasmanian-greens

    Will the split extend to the mainland, where the Greens seem more interested in inner city seats and pandering to Turnbull than in environmental issues?

  16. Here’s another scenario for the LNP. :
    Given that Turnbull is “on the nose” with both the general public and his own party members, can he really call a DD. now and risk (highly) that the LNP. will lose the election and Turnbull will lose Govt’ AND in consequence his career? BUT if Turnbull hangs on till the original election timetable, will his poll numbers drop so low that he will be challenged by Abbott (who else?) for the leadership?

    And if Abbott does challenge and win back the leadership, will he call an election as soon as possible to capitalise on the confusion or will he extend the period until Jan 2017 so as to give himself time to “soften up” the electorate?

  17. About those ABC funding cuts mentioned in the Tony Windsor tweet –

    Federal budget 2016: ABC prepares for funding cut, journalist job losses

    In its written response to the Senate, the ABC said the funding supports 106 full-time positions, with more than half located outside Sydney and Melbourne. This includes new positions for journalists and video crews in Bunbury, Renmark, Newcastle, Wollongong, Broome, Alice Springs, Geelong, Ipswich and Gosford as well as a new ABC bureau in western Sydney.
    It also funded a new National Reporting Team producing investigative and specialist reports across television, radio and online.
    As well as the ABC Fact Check unit, the money was also used to make documentaries including The Killing Season, examining the Rudd-Gillard years, and a documentary on the history of the Nationals.
    In one of his final interviews as ABC managing director, Mark Scott told the ABC’s Media Watch there would be “significant job losses” if the funding is not renewed

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/federal-budget-2016-abc-prepares-for-funding-cut-journalist-job-losses-20160405-gnyhx9.html#ixzz44zrLwlf8

  18. Early results coming in from the Wisconsin primary say that Trump is getting thumped.

    So far with 3% of the vote counted it’s Cruz on 50%, Trump on 32% and Kasich on 16%

    • Even more so given that the supposed “plot” was supposed to be hatched more than two months ago.

  19. Well..all I can say on the subject is ; If even Bob Ellis can pass through death’s portal so swiftly and without so much as a ticket-check…, ” Death ; where is thy sting!”

  20. He’ll be voting for Hilary?

    Strong women can accomplish anything in the United States of America.

    – Texas senator Ted Cruz

  21. it amazes me that only 56.5% think coalmining has a negative impact…

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/06/coalmining-does-more-harm-than-good-say-majority-in-nsw-poll

    This comment is interesting….

    …They also follow other polling last year showing a huge advertising campaign – the “little black rock” campaign with the hashtag #coalisamazing – coincided with an increase in people feeling negative about it.”

    …the minerals council or whoever paid for the advertising campaign should ask for their money back! lol

  22. FFS!

    One for the ‘shit for brains’ file.

    The government’s decision to allow universities to set their own fees and to allow the states to bung up TAFE fees to ridiculous levels and allow HELP loans to cover them would most definitely, result in higher student loans and a huge increase in HELP debt. Blind Freddy could have seen that coming, but it escaped the attention of the clowns in government.

    Now they have to ‘fix’ the problem they created and it has to be done in the up-coming budget.

    So what’s the obvious solution, at least to this bunch of brainless fools? Raise course fees, of course (and cut back on loans.. And doing that will see bigger HECS debts and a bigger blow-out.

    The report will be used by the Turnbull government to justify significant higher education savings, including expected changes to the loans program, in the May 3 budget. The government is considering lowering repayment thresholds and increasing fees in a bid to stem the spiralling costs in the education portfolio

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/federal-budget-2016-180-billion-hecs-bombshell-paves-way-for-major-education-shakeup-20160406-gnzjfx.html#ixzz450npZZi2

    So we head into an election with a promise of higher uni and vocational fees, reduced student loans, earlier repayments and tertiary institutions facing more funding cuts.

    I suppose this is just one of the ‘fabulous things the government wants to do’ that Michelle Landy referred to in her little sook session today.

  23. Underway right now – a court challenge to Santos over the Leewood wastewater facility in the Pilliga.
    http://www.echo.net.au/2016/04/court-to-decide-if-santos-pilliga-csg-facility-is-illegal/

    Now read this –
    Santos pond liner fails putting Pilliga and Great Artesian Basin at risk
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/santos-pond-liner-fails-putting-pilliga-and-great-artesian-basin-at-risk,8847

    Santos is experiencing financial woes after a slump in oil and gas prices caused a $2.7 billion full-year loss.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/energy/writedowns-drag-santos-to-27b-fullyear-loss-20160215-gmv0eb.html

    Looks like they are doing a lot of cost-cutting, which does nor bode well for the proper management of wastewater from CSG wells.
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/santos-cuts-back-execs-changes-structure-in-overhaul/news-story/384bcd617a852c60c0270bcf9377c17f

  24. I usually find Jordan Shanks and his friendlyjordies YouTube videos incredibly annoying. i’m definitely not part of his target demographic. But this one, aimed at getting kids to enrol to vote is good, nd makes it’s point well.

    Now all he needs to do is make sure his newly-enrolled fans understand they actually have to turn up and vote, not just enrol.

  25. Turnbull’s presser: he is coming out swinging at Shorten about $50 billion in unfunded promises, and Gillard’s name is being used a few times.

    The Libs also are blaming the vet-fee-help on Gillard when it was the Libs who opened that can of worms to the spivs. Gillard allowed the scheme for university-equivalent Diploma and Advanced Diplomas at TAFE, as a matte of equity. It was not designed to be opened up to every spiv and their shonky online ‘college’ nor TAFE courses below Diploma level. Abbott did that.

    But that is a long argument to use to counter such slurs and slurring Gillard is a well worn L/NP, CPG, SSM and parts of the ALP tactic. The task of getting this through to the public are difficult, but someone needs to get off their arske and start trying.

    See we are getting Debt boo! for an election tactic.

    Malcolm’s reaction the the Tax Haven leak: wtte, he wants businesses to be goodies not baddies.

  26. Pretty obvious that the central theme of the Liberal election campaign will be mud-slinging at Julia Gillard. It’s been going on since Waffles announced he was recalling the senate early.

    Are we really supposed to fall for this garbage? Julia Gillard as the evil witch responsible for all our problems?

    By the time this election is held it will be three years – give or take a month or two – since Julia Gilllard was PM and almost three years since this farce of a government won an election. And yet we are supposed to believe that all the problems this government has created are the fault of Julia Gillard?

    It’s desperate tactics from a desperate government with no achievements to boast about, no policies they want to talk about (in case they scare the voters) and a dead duck dud of a prime minister.

  27. And don’t they look just so impressed –

    I thought booksellers were actually paying people to take that crap out of their shops now.

    • I’d keep my kids (if I had any!) home from school if I knew TA (or any LNP) was going to visit, and make sure the school admin knew why!

    • It’s all done so Tony can claim all his bike ride expenses as ‘official business’. Now he’s no longer PM or LOTO he can’t hold a two-minute presser every day, so he has to plague schools (and possibly hospitals) with visits.

      I’d keep my kids at home too, if I knew he was visiting, Using kids for financial gain – that’s what is happening here – is despicable.

    • The little girl with the pink socks, on Tone’s left, looks soooooo thrilled. No-one is smiling, except the MAMIL in the middle.

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