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. Arrium Steel is in financial trouble because of evil unions demanding too much money for workers, and Whyney Pyney is prepared to ‘assist’ workers who lose their jobs by offering – well, nothing, really. And it’s all Labor’s fault because the Gillard/Rudd government did not order any new Australian-built ships.

    I think I’ve covered what the snivelling little prick was yapping about on Sky a little while ago.

    He still refuses to say if those submarines will be built in SA, using Australian steel, but he did say Turnbull has always wanted to encourage Australian manufacturing. Since when is ‘always’? Some time this afternoon? I don’t seem to remember Turnbull saying anything about protecting Australian manufacturing when Abbott and Hockey were crowing about the death of our car industry. I must have missed his strong arguments against that. Must have slept through them all ……….

    • I wasn’t planning on that, I’m hoping Sky will repeat it again later tonight when I can pay attention.

  2. http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2016/apr/07/bill-shorten-fronts-voters-at-a-peoples-forum-in-brisbane-politics-live

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/07/david-cameron-offshore-trusts-eu-tax-crackdown-2013

    https://newmatilda.com/2016/04/07/on-education-policy-turnbull-has-learnt-everything-and-nothing-from-tony-abbott/

    http://www.afr.com/news/politics/labor-flags-royal-commission-into-banks-20160407-go0lsh also, its just been updated. Not sure if its paywalled, try opening from within the tweet first.

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/apr/06/panama-papers-reveal-offshore-secrets-china-red-nobility-big-business

    http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2016/04/the-turnbull-governments-senate-position-would-be-little-better-after-a-double-dissolution.html

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/31287212/fears-over-christian-lobby-push-into-liberals/

  3. jaycee@jaycee ‏@trulyjaycee 21s22 seconds ago

    Dutton : “You people are only trying to make us look bad…well it wont work!..cause we already are bad!”
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  4. Vote from the 100 undecided voters at the peoples forum

    68% more likely to vote Labor
    9% less likely to vote Labor
    23% – dunno

  5. WOW ! After listening to Shorten 68 of the 100 undecided voters at the forum said they were more likely to vote for Labor. Truffles ? Turns out he was invited to this forum but declined. Heaven forbid he meet the peasantry.

    A very good sign is that the usual suspects at Sky were pretty fair in assessing Shortens performance. Sure there were some things they did not like but they were straight ideological differences. Not just slagging off. They also said nice things.

  6. Shorten did very well. One question from an obvious – so very obvious – Young Liberal about what Labor had learnt from their last time in government, with some snide dig at the carbon price. He did not like the answer Shorten gave, and Shorten had him sussed out straight away. Apart from that, all very straightforward questions.

    One woman asked would Labor do away with tax-free status for religious organisations. The answer was basically just ‘no’ so Shorten went on for a bit about Labor’s charity regulator being discontinued by this government and the need to look at which religions were engaged in benevolent work and which were just tax dodges. Then, because the woman asking the question had used the words’ secular society’ he went off on a tangent about Labor’s plans to legalise same sex marriage. The woman, obviously not a fan. snapped ‘what a missed financial opportunity’ as she sat down.

    Those were the only two jarring notes in a pretty smooth hour, but I have to say the audience was the grimmest I’ve seen in quite a while. No smiles, not much applause, just hard faces. Tough nuts to crack, I think, but Shorten seemed, on the final vote, to have won most of them over.

    Even Paul Murray and the woman from the Courier Mail had nothing bad to say after the forum.

    His Lordship the Prince of Point Piper is expected to do a similar forum ‘soon’. I bet he won’t stick around afterwards for coffee and more questions as Bill did.

  7. It’s good that Turnbull couldn’t be bothered taking part in tonight’s forum. I’ll be most interested in how he handles a similar event – if he can be bothered, that is. The same audience would be a good idea, for comparison purposes.

    • I hope Sky insist on a head-to-head format; I’m sure that Turnbull will be demanding his own exclusive forum in reply for “balance” (and to avoid direct comparisons.)

      You forfeited, you lose.

  8. Greetings.

    I haven’t said anything here for a while.

    Turnbull really is the dog that caught the car.

    The essence of politics here at the moment seems to be that is that is both funny and sad. French comedy. Who could imagine that they could be so bad.

    It’s got to the point that I’ve just lost interest.

    I’m more interested in this dude –

    … being on at the Monterey Jazz in a couple of months.

    I’m hoping to be a turn-up.

  9. Off politics tonight watched NRL Broncos play St George. It was watch only because Channel 9 sent that dumbarse Ray Hadley up to QLD to call the game. Channel 9 will be deluged with complaints tomorrow because Queenslanders do not like Ray Hadley.

  10. leone

    re – Colvin/Dutton

    Thanks for the info.

    Dutton’s favourite line: “That’s the advice I’ve got.”

    In other words he’s telling lies. As usual.

  11. I on’t wonder who is lyin, just by how much

    Greens senators have labelled the CSIRO chief executive’s performance before a Senate committee as “evasive”, claiming he has not adequately explained why the agency cut the jobs of climate scientists.

    The CSIRO chief executive, Dr Larry Marshall, told a senate committee hearing he would handle the restructure announcement differently, but attributed stress to staff to “misreporting” that 350 job cuts would all be to climate scientists.

    Marshall said the 100 job cuts in the oceans and atmosphere division announced in February was an “upper limit” but the agency was trying to minimise cuts. The chief financial officer, Hazel Bennett, said of the current planned cuts only 75 pertain to climate scientists.

    Marshall said cuts were made to the oceans and atmosphere division to achieve a strategic shift to mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change and because the agency was “not in a financial position to make up a shortfall in external funding”.

    He said the cuts were not made due to any formal or informal instruction from the government but were “made by CSIRO executive team with input by the leadership teams and endorsed by our board”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/apr/07/csiro-chief-executive-evasive-before-senate-committee-say-greens?CMP=share_btn_tw

  12. Meet unicorns disguised as preposterous names

    Veteran broadcasters Robyn Williams, Norman Swan and Geraldine Doogue have written to the ABC board condemning a plan to add another layer of “preposterously named executives” which would be at home in an episode of the ABC satire on bureaucracy, Utopia.

    Under the plan to make digital and broadcast platforms collaborate more the current title of manager of Radio National will be changed to “Ideas Network Lead”, removing the name of the station from the executive entirely.

    Other new titles include “Capital Local Lead”, “Head, Spoken” and “Classical Lead”, which replaces the old title of manager of Classic FM.

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/apr/08/veteran-broadcasters-condemn-abc-radio-restructuring-plan

    • The ABC section secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union, Sinddy Ealy, says the plan will create a completely new tier of radio senior executives in Sydney at a time when the wider community is already concerned the ABC executive is too Sydney-centric

      Sack all the regional staff, do away with all the regional services installed not so long ago, and replace it all with another management tier in Sydney. Brilliant work. A whole team of highly-paid consultants would have slaved away for a whole hour to come up with this crap.

  13. This little black duck

    Sounds like some whacker with a newly minted degree in Meaningless Managementspeak majoring in HR has been let loose.

  14. There’s been a lot of talk recently about Shorten ‘improving’ or ‘growing into his role’ or ‘getting better’, especially after that forum last night. I personally think it’s just that people are starting to notice him now.

    Here’s what Morrison had to say about him this morning:

    “Bill Shorten’s up there in his ill-fitting suit, puffing his chest up,”

    So Morrison’s worried…

    • What a nasty git. Such an un-Christian comment for a devout happy-clapper to make. Maybe he’s jealous as well as worried. Bill can afford bespoke suits, if he wants them, he’s not short of a quid.

    • Morrison’s a prat, pure and simple. And he’s making it so easy for Shorten to rise above him too.

      The last thing the Liberal Party want to do right now is look mean and small-minded. They have to sell some sort of con to the electorate that they’re going to be nice to them for the next three years. But they just can’t help themselves.

  15. jaycee@jaycee ‏@trulyjaycee 8m8 minutes ago

    Perhaps it could be law that if you “park” money offshore in a tin-pot nation, then your money can only have the same value as that nations?

    To extrapolate, That money “parked” will assume in the numerative sense, NOT as an exchange rate, but as the numerical amount of money “parked”..ie; A$50.mill’ will become ; Cayman Islands $5o mill’ . ..That will give them cause for consideration, surely?

  16. Aguirre

    If Shorten is wearing an ill fitting suit (which btw I don’t think so), maybe he is just “Living within his Means”.

    • More like 7000, when you take into account all the associated job losses. Bill mentioned that last night. I’ve seen estimates as high as 10,000.

  17. Poor Barnaby, a four hour drive is too much for him. So much for being a typical country bloke then.

    There’s more. His first (allegedly) helicopter charter, in March last year, was just to check up on news the Lunatic Hotel was closing.
    http://pubtic.com.au/crazy-vendetta-forcing-lunatic-hotel-to-close/

    That little trip to the pub cost us around $4000 and Barnaby didn’t even bother listing it in his entitlements claim. Now he has been outed it’s going to appear in the next report. Money means so little to Barnaby that he believes he can fling our funds around and not bother reporting what he has spent.

    From his own words it seems helicopter joyrides to Drake are a frequent thing for Barnaby. He even has a special flight routine.

    According to reports in the local newspaper, he “dropped in” last year to check on reports publicans Bob and Desley Kane were set to shut the doors of the Lunatic for good.
    “I always try to have a beer after I speak, because if I have a beer before I speak I start saying what I think. After I’m finished I’ll have a beer and jump in the chopper and head off to fly over the blueberry farm,” he told local reporters on June 10, 2015

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/barnaby-joyce-charters-two-4000-helicopter-rides-to-visit-a-village-near-his-electorate-office-20160407-go0qgx.html#ixzz45BfN4K87

    And those hundreds of jobs at the blueberry farm that Barnaby says his government’s policies created? Just seasonal work for backpackers.
    http://www.tenterfieldstar.com.au/story/3821086/tower-to-get-drake-talking/

    • They only ever give half the story, don’t they, to fit their own agenda.

      What Bill said was Labor would keep the fibre parts of Turnbull’s MTM. He said the government could have done a better job of using fibre and then went on to say Turnbull had placed too much reliance on copper. He thought Labor might do a hybrid with a much greater proportion of fibre. There will be an announcement of Labor’s NBN policy ‘soon’.

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