Turnbull’s death-defying back-flip

Urbanwronski continues his clinical evisceration of Fizza’s Wunderkinder Turnbull’s ‘gummint’. Many thanks as always, sir.

Jay Chou; News Limited

In a death-defying acrobatic routine in Canberra this week, the nation’s lame duck PM performs an astonishing back-flip on the high-wire without a safety net in a Coalition Circus show-stopper before a three week break in the slow trick bicycle race that is the 45th Parliament. Pantomime legend, funny money man Treasurer Scott Morrison kids audiences along that his government is not breaking an election promise.

Breaking Turnbull’s “absolutely iron-clad campaign pledge” on superannuation law changes to suit the top one per cent at the expense of poorer retirees is just responsible government. It mirrors Tony Abbott’s “good government” which honoured his promise of no changes to health and education by delivering cuts of $80 billion after a landslide victory.

Its super backdown competes with news this week of Morrison’s failure as Minister for Immigration to notice a contractor add $1.1 billion to its tender to run the gulag on Nauru and Manus when his department suspended public service tender rules in face of our imminent invasion by waves of dole-bludging job-stealing, illiterate immigrants, as Peter Dutton loves to remind us. A confected emergency is ScoMo’s normal operating environment.

“…When you’re in government you have to solve problems, you have to work issues and you’ve got to get to conclusions and that’s what we’ve done today…” explains the Ming dynasty worthy Morrison who demolishes other considerations such as principle, honesty and integrity with effortless ease and more than a dash of self-parody. No-one mentions the massive problem his PM’s double whatsit created in the senate, Manus Island, his NBN or the four banks who hold the country to ransom under government protection. Arch pragmatist Robert Menzies would be proud.

News of Turnbull’s astonishing stunt, naturally earns thunderous applause from high income earners and is the finale to a four day extravaganza which includes omnibus billing, more flogging of dead horse Dastyari, the plebiscite dance marathon and the mother of all fool’s errands, a race to praise Malcolm’s first year as PM.

Not to be outbid in the absurdity stakes, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton pledges to take Australia’s “good UN story” on refugees to the UN next Monday. He recycles the canard that we lead the world in refugee resettlement reprising the old lie that Australia takes the most refugees per capita of any country in the world, so favoured by his idol Tony Abbott.

The lie misrepresents our role in the UNHCR resettlement programme, which takes only 1% of the world’s estimated fifteen million refugees, as evidence that we lead the world in resettling all refugees. It wilfully obscures the 1577, including children, we currently imprison indefinitely in detention centres including on Christmas Island, and the 1296 incarcerated on Nauru and Manus Island. Worse, Dutton’s lie implies that these are not genuine refugees.

“We don’t just provide a refuge, we guide people into a new life; a safe, healthy and hopefully a happy life, ” Dutton boasts in The Australian. “Our humanitarian programmes have helped tens of thousands.” The two thousand incidents of abuse exposed in The Guardian’s recent release of reports by officials on Nauru clearly don’t count.

Nor do those 30 asylum seekers Dutton has put on Christmas Island to enjoy the company of 200 of what the Border Supremo calls “some of the country’s most hardened criminals” at the discretion of the Minister who applies his character test. Two Brigidine sisters report not happiness but fear and despair on the island. “What we witnessed was a group of men utterly without hope, almost all of them broken human beings,” they tell Fairfax Media this week.

Our cruelty is not only wrong it is expensive. This week sees both a Save the Children and a UNICEF report reveal off-shore detention has cost us $9.6 billion since 2013 – more than the UNHCR’s total global budget for programs this year. The reports coincide with an Audit Office report that puts the cost per detainee at $1570 per day or enough to put each asylum-seeker up in a Hyatt hotel and pay them the pension fifteen times over, calculates Fairfax’s Peter Martin.

The Audit Office report shows that not only did the Coalition government breach public service tender guidelines, it created a false sense of emergency to allow it to dispense with proper procedures permitting the successful contractor to add an extra $1.1 billion to its bid without facing any counter-bid. The department of Immigration kept this additional premium secret from then Immigration Minister Scott Morrison who was also not told of the price per head.

Also kept secret is Malcolm Turnbull’s own donation to his party campaign war chest made in the second half of the eight week election campaign although he has volunteered that he chipped in $2 million rather than the $1 million originally reported. It is still a good investment should he last three years. Turnbull is the only PM in Australian political history to have bought his own mandate but, oddly, no-one brings this up as his greatest achievement.

Indeed, Coalition MPs appear challenged to find any achievement at all to mark The PM’s first year in office. Most instead settle on competing to tell the most outrageous lie while an oleaginous Josh Frydenberg admits his boss has been “a good friend of mine” before praising him as ” a very successful Prime Minister.”

A rising conga line of suck-holes is utterly upstaged, however, by George Brandis, a toad in pinstripes, who puffs his pal Malcolm into the equal of Sir Robert “and the great John Howard;” “one of the great Australian prime ministers”, praise so nauseatingly unwarranted, so patently untrue that even Howard The Great must set the sycophant straight.

“I think those sort of comparisons at this stage in Malcolm’s career are a bit unfair and premature,” Howard tells ABC radio. Fresh from recording his own two part ABC hagiography on his idol and fellow philistine, Pig Iron Bob, helpfully scheduled this Sunday, Howard is quick to cut Turnbull off at the knees. “The most immediate thing he can do in emulating Menzies is to successfully go to an election with a majority of only one and increase his majority.”

Ouch!. No matter how bad it gets Malcolm is still the leader, team player George Christensen ventures helpfully.

Others outside the parliamentary party also see Turnbull as a fizza. A D+ is awarded by 50 business leaders, former Liberal politicians, academics, economists, administrators, lawyers and lobbyists who grade the PM for the AFR Weekend. Turnbull has failed to translate our joyous excitement over his rolling of Abbott into any action at all. Nor has he hung on to that surge of popularity. Even Newspoll reports that what it coyly terms satisfaction levels with the Prime Minister are down six percentage points to 34 per cent since the July 2 election.

Yet there is no shortage of vacuous, self-interested puffery from Liberal MPs to inflate the PM’s party balloon this week.

“This Turnbull Coalition government has much to do and much to get on with — indeed, that is the business of government. We get on with it,” pronounces maiden Liberal Senator Jane Hume in a gesture of utter absurdity. As her 18th Century namesake David Hume advised, a wise woman proportions her belief to the evidence.

Senator Hume, a former bank manager who currently works for a superannuation fund, with absolutely no conflicts of interest, wins biggest whopper in a week of lies and desperate dissembling. The Coalition government has nothing to do and less to go on with. There is not even an agenda for the senate, Monday. Everything grinds to a halt forcing Liberal Senators to filibuster, fidget or even pedal backwards as they frantically try to stay in the saddle until Question Time.

Government senators pad out their speeches to twenty minutes to stretch things until Question Time. Bridget McKenzie back-handedly grabs a chance to call Nigel Scullion a “deep thinker” despite appearances and to praise a colleague from Tullarook but the National Senator can’t recall his name or place, “Andrew, it will come to me she says.” Party amnesiac, Arthur Sinodinos grins infectiously. George Brandis government leader in the senate is, once again, missing in action.

What follows is strangely edifying. Whilst having senators speak without prompt or preparation produces some of the most tedious, trivial if not excruciatingly inept speechifying in history, it also provides a privileged peek into a government upper house consciousness unsullied by thought, reflection or wretched talking point. In this space also, Pauline Hanson makes the second maiden speech of her career, calling for Muslims this time, to go back to where they came from. This is our country, our land our lifestyle, she says. “Take advantage of our freedom” and leave.

Greens senators stage a walkout yet Michaelia Cash embraces the One Nation leader to remind all of Turnbull’s one true legacy, a cross bench of misbegotten populist monsters. While One Nation owes its much of its revival to the PM’s double dissolution fiasco, its members also faithfully reflect the way the Liberal Party continues Howard’s tradition of gleefully dog-whistling up the bigoted, the racist and xenophobic amongst us to achieve its political agenda.

George Megalogenis in Australia’s Second Chance traces migrant bashing to 1840 when Horse Tray Yah was threatened by 4000 orphan girls, economic migrants seeking asylum from persecution and Ireland’s Great Famine. Since then it’s been the turn of other groups to be vilified and persecuted, as Annabel Crabb cheerily notes in The Age as if the idea that this too will pass may somehow comfort or compensate victims of state sanctioned abuse. Or right any wrong.

Helping any who may misread Ms Cash’s public embrace of Pauline Hanson, gorgeous George Christensen, Dawson Pauline-whisperer is quick to tell the Australian that Hanson’s views are “largely those of the Liberal Party rank and file.” It emerges that George arranged a cosy deal with Pauline not to stand a One Nation candidate against him in the last election. Julie Bishop also endorses former Liberal Hanson, cutely saying she does “not agree with all” of Pauline’s views.

Cory barnyard Bernardi is off to New York to observe the UN a body which he, too, along with One Nation’s Malcolm Roberts has called “unelected and unaccountable.” If Cory’s not in bed with One Nation, he’s smoking the same stuff.

Like One Nation Pokémon Malcolm Roberts, Bernardi fears we are “outsourcing aspects of our national sovereignty to unaccountable foreign organisations like the United Nations,” or the Chinese or else hordes of alien invaders from the planet Zorg. Bernardi will be right at home in New York where wacky is normal but surely he will need to be recalled when the party’s Turnbull experiment is blown up by Abbott’s marriage plebiscite time bomb.

Neither Bernardi nor Christensen will have to cross the floor, however, because the Labor party won’t play the game on a plebiscite which was less about seeking the will of the Australian people than about the rat cunning of a Tony Abbott desperate to defeat the do-gooders in his own party room. But what’s a broad church without a narrow, rigid and remote pontifex?

In the interim, national discourse is drowned by disingenuous drivel from right wingers who pretend that government funding to both sides is some sort of equaliser.

The same dangerous nonsense is buried in the clamour of Bernardi’s band wagon to repeal 18 C of the racial discrimination and vilification act and his crusade against safe schools. He and Leyonhjelm certainly know better although the less said about the rest of Turnbull’s freak show of a cross bench the better.

What matters is power. Funding those who already enjoy immense wealth and power is no way to promote anything but bullying and the more effective dissemmination of hate speech. Stripping away safeguards for the vulnerable, the disadvantaged and the marginalised in order to add further to the power of ruling classes is no way to achieve social harmony – or democracy. If only like the PM everyone were rich enough to fund their own campaign.

Luckily our PM has never been too shy to blow his own trumpet. Malcolm Bligh Turnbull has been quick this week to point out what an incredible asset he is to the nation with his genius for economic management. He takes full credit for rubbery figures suggesting business is booming. Like Arthur Sinodinos we must all put out of our minds all memory of the Reserve Bank lowering interest rates to boost a flagging economy or of wages flat-lining for three years at least. If we are not technically in recession we need to have a hard look at the way we measure it.

Our leaders want us to applaud the ABS. Crippled by funding cutbacks, a failure over its census, the ABS coughs up some dodgy figures about GDP being up just as it produces wildly erratic and unreliable unemployment statistics because it is pushed to report on what it can’t afford to count properly. More reliable is the news that a third of us now put off or avoid entirely going to the dentist because we can’t afford the cost.

Luckily birthday boy Malcolm Turnbull will take time out from his first anniversary and being bullied by Eric Abetz, George Christensen and other right-wing nutters who run his government to bask in the admiration of leaders overseas.

Turnbull will dazzle the world with his agile, innovative shtick, his economic trickle-down wizardry, his war on the poor and Australia’s abuse of asylum-seekers’ human rights. DIY two million dollar mandates from the one seat wonder from down under, will go over well, especially after his predecessor’s G20 talk on GP co-payments, his lecturing the UN about how sick we are of being lectured by the UN and his mad plans to invade Syria or to send Aussie troops into Ukraine.

It is Senator Jane Hume and her fatuous speech, however, who sets the week’s tone by exposing her government’s illegitimacy. Despite its overweening arrogance, triumphalism and braying inanity, the Turnbull government cannot disguise the fact that it has nothing to say. It is hopelessly and utterly seduced by the delusion that it is back on top where it belongs; all that it needs now is to talk itself into a government.

606 thoughts on “Turnbull’s death-defying back-flip

  1. Ducky,

    Those lucky backpackers are probably making $20 per day – ten times what La Belly Gina would have paid them.

  2. CK Watt

    I just love that Maori love song. Learned it in primary school, and it is about the only thing I remember learning. My words are probably not exact but I burst into song every time I hear it.

    • While over in NZ at primary school we learnt. “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree”. 🙂

      Pokarekare ana washed up in some unexpected places.
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      During the 1951 Korean War, New Zealand soldiers taught local children Pokarekare Ana.
      It is now well-known in Korea, and sung there, both in Maori, and in this Korean version.

      For a more orchestral Korean version. Sung in Maori and all.

  3. A refreshing look at the so-called Pirates of Borneo

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/tv/tvshows/inventingsoutheastasia/kings-and-pirates/3105774.html

    The academic responsible – Farish Noor, is informative and very entertaining (I’ve also heard he is a good teacher). The core subject of this episode, James Brooke (“1st White Rajah of Sarawak etc”), was a very questionable character and is worthy of examination (and even more examination – Brooke was as dodgy as they come). Worth watching, as is the entire series. Who were the real pirates of Borneo? Did the real ones, look more like public school Englishmen than “head-hunting Dayaks?” What do lines on maps drawn in the C19 have to do with today’s world? Thoroughly enjoyable. I think there is a Malay/Indo expression, ‘From the mouth of the tiger to the mouth of the crocodile’. It pretty much sums up what happened to the peoples of Sarawak in the C19.

    And…… there is some rather good film work in this. Come up the Sarawak River to “Cat Town” (Kuching), journey onto Brunei and then to KK in Sabah (KK = Kota Kinabalu – yes, that place called Jesselton, until 1963). No mozzie repellant needed tonight . For a touch of authenticity, a bottle of gin might not go astray, particularly in “dry” Brunei (where experience tells me you will not have difficulty getting the requisite cans of F&N tonic water, but you may need to BYO gin). It also says something about me. While I’m comfortable with ‘Borneo’, and that is the term that is used in the episode – I somehow, have difficulty accepting the Indonesian term ‘Kalimantan’. Not just colonial adventurers carrying baggage?

    People at times criticise “Channel News Later” (Channel News Asia) as being just another arm of the Singapore Government. It also at times, does a rather good job.

  4. This backpackers being payed less than slave wages thing –

    The farmers involved deduct rent from whatever they pay their slaves, and that rent is usually exorbitant. It can leave their workers with almost nothing after a week’s work. This is across the country, not just on one mango farm in the NT.

    Remember that whenever Fat George and Barnaby start bleating about farmers needing the backpacker tax abolished because farmers can’r survive without backpacker slaves. The tax would just mean the slaves end up with abso-blooming-lutely nothing for their work after rent and other made-up expenses have been deducted.

    And – there is a lot of right-wing chatter about making employed people pick fruit and vegetables. Despicable, when you know what goes on.

  5. We have reached week 53 of the ongoing HI Workplace saga, with no result. I’ve seen reports of these things dragging on for 18 months to 2 years.

    Yes please.

  6. earlyopener
    September 23, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    jaycee
    Do you wear RM Williams with the tracky daks?
    And it’s wonderful in 2016 that a George Cole type like yourself refers to your wife as BH c/f HI.

    Are you trying to be funny, earlyopener?…eh? eh?…Are you trying to be F-U-N-N-Y?

    This is The Pub!!…No-one tries to be FUNNY on The Pub !!…Why..we ALL know it’d be easier to hire a “kango” from Kennards and climb Mt. Rushmore to carve a broad grin on Abe Loncoln’s face there than get a smile form us patrons here on The Pub!

    So don’t come the raw prawn trying to be funny on The Pub..You got it?…You got it!!?…I cant heeeaaar youuuuu???

    • Actually, early, I got both a positive and a negative on my sartorial splendor today..the first, a lady…of genteel character (from the eastern suburbs, I’ll warrant) gave sincere congratulations to my BH(better half) for her good fortune to have yours T as a her”man” (I’m a mannnn!)….and to “look after him”. I had to remind her several times in the following five minutes on such sage advice!

      On the other hand, the proprietor of Zuma’s cafe looked me up and down and remarked that dressed like that ; “If I was a woman I’d refuse to go out with you!”…dammed impertenant fellow..

      So at the moment, it’s a draw.

    • jaycee
      I shouldn’t be in a good mood as I had $26,000 to $2000 Geelong to win the premiership. They are an embarrassment tonight and gone.
      Anyway, my current sartorial is that a serious fashion statement is ripped shredded jeans. I have a pair that I now proudly wear that are ripped and shredded where I have actually worn them in myself due to wear and tear and either grabbing my groin or checking whether the wad of $ is still in situ.

  7. Bb
    Where can I get a gig like that? Maybe HI will be forgotten until retirement age, swept under the rug and let’sjust dust where we can see.

  8. Puffy,

    Vairy kulturny, as Tatiana Romanova (but definitely not Rosa Krebbs) would have said.

    And goodnight, all.

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. It IS Saturday, so here is a monster edition.

    Is Sally Cray Turnbull’s Peta Credlin?
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/sally-cray-righthand-woman-to-malcolm-turnbull-the-invisible-power-in-the-prime-ministers-office-20160922-grm89q.html
    Victoria’s worst football nightmare is on the verge of reality.
    http://www.smh.com.au/afl/afl-match-report/afl-2016-all-sydney-grand-final-looms-after-sydney-swans-blow-away-geelong-cats-with-savage-start-20160923-grng1w.html
    Look where Craig Thomson’s turned up.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/disgraced-former-federal-mp-craig-thomson-running-migrant-placement-scheme-20160920-grk4un.html
    Peter Hartcher on how Australia is crossing the ugly threshold of hate politics.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/our-new-threshold-of-intolerance-australia-is-on-the-cusp-of-a-dangerous-crisis-20160923-grnd0b.html
    While Richard Marles questions Dutton’s role in Australia’s anti-Muslim sentiment.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/richard-marles-questions-peter-duttons-role-in-antimuslim-sentiment-20160922-grmlhh.html
    Tact and nuance is needed in the Muslim immigration debate says PhD candidate Irfan Yusuf.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/tact-and-nuance-needed-on-muslim-immigration-debate-20160923-grmt1x.html
    CUB’s “productivity” moves are backfiring on them. Big time! The people speak.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/im-not-drinking-it-now-vb-on-the-nose-as-pubs-join-fight-for-brewery-jobs-20160923-grmovo.html
    Peter Martin on the finger pointing from the ABS over the census debacle.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/blame-all-around-as-the-bureau-of-statistics-deflects-criticism-of-census-2016-20160923-grnbt1.html
    The SMH editorial looks at the broader lessons to be learned from the census experience.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/dont-let-the-reassuring-response-to-the-census-overshadow-its-lessons-20160923-grn9uw.html

  10. Section 2 . . .

    Tony Nutt’s crash and burn experience at the NPC.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/mediscare-claims-one-more-victim-as-tony-nutts-complete-lie-claims-backfire-20160921-grlrfu.html
    Katherine Murphy really sets stuck into Nutt.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/23/truth-in-politics-stamping-your-foot-about-cold-blooded-lies-isnt-enough
    As does Paula Matthewson!
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2016/09/23/mathewson-on-nutt/
    Let’s wave goodbye to the Palmer Untied Party.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/palmer-united-party-applies-for-queensland-deregistration-20160923-grmq7r.html
    The bad old days of fiery education funding negotiation return as we approach the post-Gonski era.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/back-to-the-bad-old-days-postgonski-school-funding-negotiations-off-to-a-fiery-start-20160923-grn3mn.html
    Hospital privatisation is not going to come easy to the NSW government. Will it become Mike Baird’s WorkChoices moment?
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/powerful-union-pledges-1-million-campaign-against-hospital-privatisation-20160923-grmrq3.html
    Paul Bongiorno looks at Turnbull’s week in the US and how Christensen and Hanson have him spooked.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2016/09/24/malcolm-turnbull-the-united-nations-general-assembly/14746392003768
    Stephen Koukoulas says that Australia’s unemployment rate is no longer the envy of the world.
    http://thekouk.com/item/406-australia-s-unemployment-rate-no-longer-the-envy-of-the-world.html
    Stephen Larkins – a charming old chap!
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/serial-fraudster-stephen-larkins-elaborate-trail-of-deception-20160923-grn8dy.html
    Customers mark down Harvey Norman stores. Hardly surprising!
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/your-budget/2016/09/23/harvey-norman-electronics-survey/

  11. Section 3 . . .

    It hasn’t been a good year for the Marist Brothers.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/exmarist-brother-darcy-dominic-osullivan-jailed-for-molesting-a-dozen-boys-20160922-grml7w.html
    Adele Ferguson writes about the yawning trust gap that the big banks have.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/survey-casts-light-on-yawning-trust-gap-for-banks-20160923-grmyho.html
    Andrew Street on the five things Australians can all agree on.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/view-from-the-street/the-five-things-on-which-all-australians-can-agree-20160923-grmunv.html
    Assisted death – the debate that won’t go quietly away – and neither it should! Google.
    /news/inquirer/assisted-death-the-debate-that-simply-refuses-to-die-quietly/news-story/5b4facc42cf7d0b3ad121917ea541466
    Ross Gittins gives the independence of RBA a big tick.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/rba-independence-on-interest-rates-a-tick-for-a-resilient-economy-20160923-grmsde.html
    Elizabeth Knight analyses the collapse of BBY. It’s not pretty.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/how-the-planets-fell-out-alignment-for-stockbroker-bby-20160923-grmv7c.html
    Karen Middleton on the effects of the single-minded focus of Border Protection and Immigration Department on our preparedness for the infiltration of organised crime. Over to you Potato Head.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/immigration/2016/09/24/department-immigration-and-border-protections-lack-preparedness
    Australia scores well in the national health rankings. The US does not.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/australia-among-top-10-healthiest-countries-in-the-world-global-burden-of-disease-study-shows-20160923-grmyz5.html
    Will the plebiscite (if it goes ahead) have a corporate angle?
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/corporate-cash-for-samesex-marriage-a-myth-say-advocates-20160920-grkaxu.html
    Michael Gordon says that Turnbull has no Plan B for the plebiscite and will need Shorten.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/lacking-a-plan-b-malcolm-turnbull-will-need-bill-shorten-20160923-grmz6r.html

  12. Section 4 . . .

    Dennis Shanahan on Turnbull dangling a last ditch chance for a SSM plebiscite. Google.
    /news/nation/pm-dangles-lastditch-chance-for-samesex-plebiscite-pact/news-story/3803afc70891796430f19e56cf9cfc4a
    Meanwhile Peter van Onselen says that legislated marriage equality is still a chance this term – without a plebiscite. Google.
    opinion/columnists/peter-van-onselen/samesex-marriage-parliament-could-vote-yes-without-plebiscite/news-story/2f38cf70cc37e8a39c952b8812ef54f0
    Meanwhile the plot thickens as Fairfax digs in to the provenance of the shady group “Children’s Future” and the anti-SSM campaign.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/liberal-party-members-behind-samesex-marriage-misinformation-campaign-20160923-grmvd6.html
    Mark Dreyfus uses this to make the point on how divisive and damaging a funded plebiscite would be.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/23/anti-marriage-equality-pamplets-pms-jackie-kelly-moment-says-dreyfus
    The bald-faced hypocrisy of SSM opponents.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-bald-faced-hypocrisy-of-same-sex-marriage-opponents,9506
    Mike Seccombe on the dangers of the ALP’s affiliation with the union movement. And vice versa.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/ir/2016/09/24/unions-poisoned-alp-affiliation/14746392003779
    Jenny Macklin has penned a piece on the government’s scary numbers on welfare dependency.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/jenny-macklin/why-the-scary-numbers-about-welfare-dependency/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage
    More trouble for 7-Eleven as NSW and Victoria go after it over payroll tax payments. Adele Ferguson’s been all over this scaly mob!
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/how-the-planets-fell-out-alignment-for-stockbroker-bby-20160923-grmv7c.html
    Australia’s internet moves into the slow lane. Google.
    /business/telecommunications/australias-internet-moves-into-the-slow-lane-20160923-grmqvt
    Come on ACCC, get stuck into them!
    http://www.theage.com.au/national/consumer-watchdog-accc-urged-to-investigate-cartel-claims-against-surgeons-20160923-grmtr0.html
    Tim Flannery names his three priority areas in addressing environmental concerns.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2016/09/24/tim-flannery-names-his-three-priority-areas-addressing-environmental-concerns
    Paul McGeough on how the US media must counter Trump’s lies and expose his deplorable track record.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/us-media-are-rewriting-the-rules-to-challenge-donald-trump-20160923-grmvmh.html

  13. Section 5 . . . with Cartoon Corner part 1

    Clinton releases a powerful new ad asking if Trump is the president we’d want for our daughters.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/09/23/powerful-new-clinton-ad-nails-the-impact-of-trump-s-vile-behavio/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage

    Alan Moir takes aim at Simon Birmingham over Gonski.

    David Rowe with an unflattering depiction of Birmingham.

    David Pope really gets into it over the school funding negotiations.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/act-news/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0
    Cathy Wilcox also takes a swipe at Birmingham.

    Jon Kudelka has his turn on Birmingham.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/b3be316ded3583e38fb1d65e0b532462
    And she reminds us about Trump University.

  14. Paying him to support Your Government’s “view”. I bet Grunt is proud of himself.

    Australia’s education department paid Bjørn Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Centre $640,000 to help produce a report that claimed limiting world temperature increases to 2C was a “poor” use of money.

    The $640,000 cost, incurred before the CCC’s controversial $4m Australian program was junked, is revealed in the 2016 incoming ministerial brief published under freedom of information laws.

    An education department spokeswoman told Guardian Australia the $640,000 represented the Australian government contribution to the CCC for the Smarter UN Post-2015 Development Goals project.

    The project concluded that for every dollar spent on keeping global temperatures to the 2C target, less than $1 of social, economic or environmental benefit resulted, which it described as a “poor” result.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/24/bjrn-lomborg-centre-got-640000-for-report-saying-limiting-warming-rise-to-2c-not-worth-it

  15. Art : The unwanted “difficult” child of Australian culture…if discovered early enough, is either aborted or strangled at birth.

  16. Heard of the Privacy Act?

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics inadvertently released contact names linked to more than 5,000 Queensland businesses in what was described as a “human error”.

    The breach is one of 14 the ABS has reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner since 2013, and was released to Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/24/abs-says-release-of-names-linked-to-5000-businesses-was-human-error

  17. Lenore gets it

    If you ask the wrong question, you get the wrong answer.

    And when the question is about the $300bn the federal government spends on services that help create a fair society, getting the wrong answer could be very, very bad.

    The treasurer, Scott Morrison, asked the Productivity Commission to “identify services within the human services sector that are best suited to the introduction of greater competition, contestability and user choice”.

    Unions are obviously interested in protecting public-sector jobs, but the “people’s inquiry” is striking a chord when it argues that the government started with the wrong question.

    “The Turnbull government has directed the Productivity Commission to conduct an inquiry into how to further privatise our public services, without looking at whether handing over control of our services to corporations is in the best interests of all Australians,” it says. Submissions closed on Friday and hearings start next month.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/24/the-question-isnt-which-services-to-privatise-but-whether-to-privatise

  18. I have always had a fair bit of time for Frank Brennan, but he is so wrong about the SSM plebiscite.

    At the moment I am trying to decide whether he is stupid or disingenuous.

    • Disingenuous, and quite possibly got at by some smooth-talking Catholic member of parliament.

      PvO (BK’s links) talks a lot of sense on the possibility of a vote if/when Labor kills the plebiscite. Exactly what I have been thinking for ages.

      The only way I can see for Labor to agree to support the plebiscite bill is if Fizza agrees to make the result binding and cuts all the funding. It’s not going to happen, not even if Fizza makes one of his ‘iron-clad’ promises. We all know what happens to those.

      Shorten is going to stick with the Labor line – we could have a vote tomorrow and have legal same sex marriage within days.

    • Leone,

      Re Brennan I fear you are right.

      I think Shorten is much too fly to believe in even a tungsten-clad promise from fizza.

    • And not only that, but the fact (rarely reported) that even IF a plebiscite success for SSM is gained , it then is STILL left up to the LNP. party-room to have the luxury of THEIR personal choice whether the bill will pass or not!

  19. The creeping poison of the lie.

    It is common knowledge that while a truth will give strength and courage to a moral cause, the lie will only weaken one’s position and weaken one’s moral argument. What we now see in both the LNP. Govt’ and its pimp; the MSM. is not only has it blatantly lied on policy intent and delivery, it is now reached the position , along with it’s pimping media, of LYING about when it lied…the corruption is complete, it only can go to physically defending it’s illegitimate position from here..and rest assured, without drawing on Godwin’s Law on this, those “operatives” from the IPA.,along with the fools from the Hansonist side of politics possess ALL the ingredients of Himmler’s Gestapo or Mussolini’s Fascisti.. and I doubt there would be any hesitation in their psyche to use such!…There is nothing new under the sun.

    There is a great, continuing historical lie that the Barbarians destroyed the physical structures of ancient Rome..As Gibbon has pointed out, those Germanic warriors, educated in both the Latin tongue, culture and military tactics of the Empire had neither inclination nor time to do any damage of a lasting nature to the solid edifices of the Capital. Considering that the conquering armies only remained in the capital to loot for from 3 days to 15 days, they only really had time to lift the more portable wealth to carry away on their wagons and packhorses…No, the sad truth and horrible lie is that the catholic church under subsequent Popes looted from and destroyed the alters and temples and burned the original, irreplaceable manuscripts of that pagan civilization to both enrich their own basilicas and palaces over a personal liesure and millennial timeline.

    The Abrahamic religions have and continue to wrought great and grave destruction on ANY agnostic or atheistic civilization. The blind obedience to such ignorance is no more than a pathological sickness that has granted , in our society, the likes of political right-wing elements to dwell in a sick , paranoid hiatus on a deep-seated fear of the different.

    My own Father, an escapee of fascist Italy, along with a host of other Italian refugees from that murderous foolishness were interred for at least four years during the 2nd.WW. along side their arch enemies ; the fascist sympathizers in Aust’, for no reason than just being here. The ongoing contribution of those same internees after the war is a story of incomparable success of the multi-cultural story of Aust. Yet now, in this day and age, after a multitude of ethnic group successes of integration into our nation , we STILL get these sick delusions of unconscious fear of the unknown, not just by Anglo Australians, but also from Euro/Asia migrants several generations entrenched in the country .

    Which persons or what lie is fuelling this fear?

    Simple..look as Cicero did in prosecuting the case of Verres…: “For whose benefit?” is the question and the only answer we can come to is; the conservative side of politics. You hear no argument against immigration of whatever ethnic group from the ‘Left” side of politics, nor from any currently vilified minority group..only from the right-wing crazies and the Machiavellian LNP. and their associates. It is beyond time that the Right-wing have some sort of therapy to address this deeply ingrained fear factor that holds the country back and isolates us from the greater community of world inclusion..There is a healthy community gathering going on “out there” and many are here hiding behind the drawn curtains too afraid step out for a promenade with our neighbours. It is an indictment upon the nations leadership that progress has stalled on this most important policy.

    It is a sad, sorry and unforgivable state indeed.

    • Shit!..that should have been ; “interned” NOT interred!!..but I supposed “buried” would describe the situation.

  20. All this AFL talk – pfffft. Who cares about that!

    Last night the Sharks won a place in the NRL finals, whopping the Cowboys to do it. Who cares, you may well say.

    Well, it only took 50 years for the Sharks to get to a grand final, so even for someone like me, who takes only the slightest interest in NRL, and then only because certain family members are devoted fans, it’s a very big deal.

  21. Yes, I’m pretty sure I saw those ALP provisions somewhere within the last day or two – binding result, no funding for advertising. Tweeted by someone saying something like, “What are you thinking? Don’t do it, Shorten!”

    What usually happens in these situations is that the Coalition make some kind of public promise that these things will happen, in order to put pressure on the ALP to pass the plebiscite legislation. While not giving any sort of guarantee to the ALP in Parliament. In order to discredit the ALP’s public position on the matter, and attempt to coerce them into agreeing. Megaphone politics.

    It’s probably better for Shorten at this point to say that the ALP are against a plebiscite when a vote on the floor is the more effective way to do it, but to concede that if there’s a guarantee in the legislation that the vote is binding and funding is withdrawn they’ll “look into it”. And go no further than that.

    Turnbull’s stuck anyway. He’s got too many far right MPs in his party already out there advancing the ‘no’ case for SSM. There isn’t the slightest chance he can convince anyone he’s going into it in good faith while that is happening. And we know it won’t stop.

    My guess is still that there’ll be no plebiscite, no vote on the floor, and a series of distractions and “the matter is now closed” comments to follow. Which is going to weaken Turnbull’s credibility even further.

    • I’d say that Labor is playing with what’s left of Waffles’ tiny mind.

      There’s no way they’ll let him off the hook.

  22. I might have posted this before –

    Putting things into perspective.

  23. Jason

    Our Cats ran out of puff last night. I was really hoping for a Cat and Dog fight next week. Hopefully the Doggies will fight with all their might tonight. P.S.

  24. This parliamentary vote after the plebiscite might not ever happen. The right-wing puppet masters who control Fizza may very well decide, or may have already decided, the vote will be delayed, and delayed again, and delayed after that until – whoops! We have run out of time this term.

    I’d say that in the very unlikely event the plebiscite bill ever makes it to parliament, and in the very unlikely event it is passed, then that’s the next step.

    They have pretty much given the game away with all their ‘we have to have a plebiscite or there’s not hope of a vote until after the next election’ rubbish.

    .

  25. bushfirebill
    September 23, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    We have reached week 53 of the ongoing HI Workplace saga, with no result. I’ve seen reports of these things dragging on for 18 months to 2 years.

    Yes please.

    Well,you’d hope they have drawn a line under their screw-ups and copped it sweet for the loss of those middle-management types and will let the air clear and carry on.
    But then there is the ” Billy Budd” complex, where no matter if innocent or whatever, the mere fact that you have made management look incompetent and silly is crime enough in itself for you to be condemned. Now it may just be a waiting game for the opportunity to “pay-back” the insult.
    Beware the “loose lip” , for the usual procedure in these scenarios is for “authority” to seek out the closest confident to obtain suitable grounds for accusation.

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