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EYE-BALL’s – “On the Hustings” – The Campaign Trail – Day 4

August 8, 2013 6 comments
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– EYE-BALL’s “On the Hustings” -
– The Campaign Trail – Day 4 -
| Author: No-Way José |8th Aug 2013 |
Policy Issue Debate: [Information on Policy issues you won't hear during the current Election Campaign.]

Previous Policy Issues: [Use links provided to read story in a new window and see relative polling data ...]

  1. Day 2 Policy Issue: Corruption in Politics -
  2. Day 3 Policy Issue: Judicial Appointments -

Day 4 Policy Issue: Government Limit on Borrowings – i.e. Debt to GDP ratio …[EYE-BALL Guru][click on Debt/GDP chart image to enlarge in a new window.]

The debate on ‘better Economic Management’ during the campaign will rage on and it will be about ‘they said, he said’.

it will be about the economic record under Howard, and the economic record under Rudd/Gillard Governments. If any one did research on economic management from the Government’s perspective it is all after the fact.

The Australian Constitution has this to say on how a Government is allowed to manage its finances:  See PDF version … see Word Version

On Taxation: [Revenues]

Chapter I The Parliament – Part V Powers of the Parliament -

Section 53 – Powers of the Houses in respect of legislation:

Proposed laws appropriating revenue or moneys, or imposing taxation, shall not originate in the Senate. But a proposed law shall not be taken to appropriate revenue or moneys, or to impose taxation, by reason only of its containing provisions for the imposition or appropriation of fines or other pecuniary penalties, or for the demand or payment or appropriation of fees for licences, or fees for services under the proposed law.

The Senate may not amend proposed laws imposing taxation, or proposed laws appropriating revenue or moneys for the ordinary annual services of the Government.

The Senate may not amend any proposed law so as to increase any proposed charge or burden on the people. The Senate may at any stage return to the House of Representatives any proposed law which the Senate may not amend, equesting, by message, the omission or amendment of any items or provisions therein. And the House of Representatives may, if it thinks fit, make any of such omissions or amendments, with or without modifications.

Except as provided in this section, the Senate shall have equal power with the House of Representatives in respect of all proposed laws.

Section 55 – Tax Bill:

Laws imposing taxation shall deal only with the imposition of taxation, and any provision therein dealing with any other matter shall be of no effect.

Laws imposing taxation, except laws imposing duties of customs or of excise, shall deal with one subject of taxation only; but laws imposing duties of customs shall deal with duties of customs only, and laws imposing duties of excise shall deal with duties of excise only.

On Expenditires: [Spending]

Chapter IV – Finance and Trade -

81 – Consolidated Revenue Fund

All revenues or moneys raised or received by the Executive Government of the Commonwealth shall form one Consolidated Revenue Fund, to be appropriated for the purposes of the Commonwealth in the manner and subject to the charges and liabilities imposed by this Constitution.

82 – Expenditure charged thereon

The costs, charges, and expenses incident to the collection, management, and receipt of the Consolidated Revenue Fund shall form the first charge thereon; and the revenue of the Commonwealth shall in the first instance be applied to the payment of the expenditure of the Commonwealth.

83 – Money to be appropriated by law

No money shall be drawn from the Treasury of the Commonwealth except under appropriation made by law.

But until the expiration of one month after the first meeting of the Parliament the Governor-General in Council may draw from the Treasury and expend such moneys as may be necessary for the maintenance of any department transferred to the Commonwealth and for the holding of the first elections for the Parliament.

The Constitution places all expenditure and revenue to be provided for under legislative process – meaning that all current and new expenditure is subject to existing and new laws under the Government of the day.

In other words if the Government can pass legislation through the HOR and the Senate, then there is no restrictiveness on any Government spending initiatives, nor taxation revenue collect at its own will.

The policy debate wanted is whether these rules should still apply given they were written at a time where Politicians had to get themselves elected, were deemed to be ‘of the people’ and ‘for the people’,  and acted frugally when it came to the public purse.   Since then society had changed in many ways, the advent of television and the ease in which the politician can reach the masses, and the modern method of the ‘candy store’ giveaways during election campaigns to get elected..

Since the GFC, all we know is that the world is in a debt spiral where new debt is doubling the old debt every four – five years.   Obama inherited a 2008 Bush debt of US$7 trillion – five years later the debt is above US$16 trillion.  Rudd inherited zero debt, and now we have almost $300 billion of debt, and under Bowen’s new forecasts, likely to be $4-500 billion in the near future.

Europe is a basket case where many Nations have worse debt proportions than others and the P.I.I.G.S. have GDP/Debt rations from which they cannot recover if they remain in the EuroZone.   Debt is the evil curse the Government’s have embraced to prop up ailing economies.  In fact it has been irresponsible economic management and placed future generations in the position none of us want tem to be.

Surely the prudent thing to do would be to place restrictions on the Government of the day’s borrowing capacity – force the Government to act responsibly and cut spending via Constitutional change linked to say – the Debt to GDP ratio.

What we do know and as it stands now is this:

  • Our Government of the day has no limitation to the amount of borrowing it can enter into,
  • Our Government of the day can spend public monies without limitation relative to:
    • Debt/GDP ratios,
    • Without any limitation to percentage (%) increases during its term,
    • Without any limitation to sector funding, i.e. Education, Health, Defence, Welfare … etc
    • Without any limitation to Party policy advertising,
    • Without any limitation to MP and Senator remuneration increases,
    • Without any limitation to Foreign Aid donations,
  • Our Government of the day can also cut spending at its discretion on any matter including Defence, Health, Education, Welfare and the like.

In a world where the struggle of life is ever increasing through debt explosion, and the Bank’s providing limitless lending to people already in financial trouble, the obvious answer to the question: ‘where will it all end’ … is relatively obvious – ‘badly’.

Should not Government’s impose limitations on themselves and run budgets according to economic conditions?

The problem is that ‘economic conditions’ is a subjective argument not often agreed to by opposing political party’s.

Elections are won and lost on the basis of policies promised and the balancing of the costings for those policies left to balance once in Government.   Surely we must know that this is ridiculous and makes us all look pretty stupid in accepting the ‘candy’ handouts with our vote.

In a perfect world the onus of responsible ‘economic management’ would come from the Government – but when re-election is on the agenda, or a new Government wants to take control,  responsible ‘economic management’ becomes about ‘tagging’ the other guy whilst not getting ‘tagged’ yourself on economic management.

In that scenario who do we believe, the $70 billion hole in the Coalition policies promoted by the Government, or the confessed $50 billion hole by the Government?

In either case the taxpayers and the electorate are bound to get screwed either way as they have done across the globe for the last 40 odd years.

Should the people have a say in how much the Government can borrow during at term of office?

How would an economic stimulus package as Rudd instigated in the face of the GFC work if there were limits on borrowings in place?

Should a change of strategy against election policies render a Government out-of-order, and be forced to go back to the people to get approval and seek a mandate?

One thing is true – Governments have to be made accountable for the mistakes they make in relation to managing the finances of the Nation.

The referee who makes the decision of whether the Government has overstepped their boundaries has to be the GG under our current Constitution.   Therefore when a GG is selected, are they canvassed on the matter as to whether they would be prepared to out the Government over poor economic Management, and who would they receive advice from if such a decision had to be made?

It’s all too hard one might say.

But easily fixed if it was legislated that all Government borrowings were restricted as a ratio of GDP.    Meaning that if GDP growth stalled, then no new borrowings can be assumed.  If GDP growth fell, borrowings would need to be reduced.   If GDP growth grew, then the Government has opportunity to enact new expenditure policy.

The goal being that the Government is responsible for economic growth and it has to find ways to stimulate that growth away from new Government debt spending.

For far too long Government spending has underpinned GDP growth and as a result the World has become a toxic debt explosion waiting to happen – the GFC was a tremor compared to what is still to come.

This has been coming for many decades and it is a global problem.  Debt got us into the GFC problem, and the only solution Western Governments have been able to come up with in the last five years it to increase their debt exponentially.

All with a consequence of future taxpayers being responsible for the repayment of that debt, and the resulting reduced living standards that will ensure.

Please take a minute to register your opinion in the Poll below:   [EYE-BALL Guru] …


Harry Growl’s Water Cooler Gossip: [Harry Growl] …

  • Story doing the rounds about Mr Abbott and Mr Rudd and many other male politicians concerns the new prostate test – all are taking the test to establish whether a rigid or ‘soft-cock’ awakening is an accurate measure for prostate problems …
  • Many have used the above scenario to have morning sex – politicians tweeting about this are set to rise …
  • Peter Beattie’s Federal nomination in the seat of ‘Forde’ boosts ALP chances in winning some marginal seats in QLD.   Beattie’s appearance as ‘gaunt’ and significant weight loss raised questions to his vim and vigor to a robust election campaign … perhaps he should use the test above to rule out  possible medical reasons …
  • Abbott was in Tasmania talking about State issues, and Rudd along side Beattie was in QLD talking about State issues under Newman … a new angle on Federal campaigns …
  •  Conroy, Swan, Emerson, Gillard, and other lesser members – i.e. Garrett, Clare and Lundy, and all a part of the Gillard tiger force are still absent from the campaign.   These names are obviously toxic for ALP … why has Abbott not used this to his advantage …  the NBN, Economic Management, and Trade, all portfolios under these previous Gillard Ministers and now serving as feather dusters awaiting their parliamentary pension for the rest of their lives …
  • Rudd must have counted the number of votes lost in recent days due to his ‘hair-tick’ because in front of the camera’s with Beattie, he never once touched his hair …
  • The journo’s travelling with both Leaders, Rudd and Abbott are having little games with themselves … whispers have emerged that News Fairfax Journo’s have made a pact to not sleep with anyone on the opposing team … the pool for the first journo to break ranks is growing each day … of course the incentive to break ranks for the pool is offset by a dare that is too much to publish hereto without obtaining reputable confirmations … more on this as advice comes to hand … oh .. by the way the pool is open to print and vision journo’s, all tech staff are excluded.

[Harry Growl] …


General Links to Election data and Information:

AEC’s Enrollment Drive: Linked here.

Today is Day 1 of the 34 day campaign and the immediate focus of the ALP and the Greens is to get as many un-enrolled electors enrolled … the deadline is seven (7) days and the AEC link to find more information about whether you are enrolled can be found here.  [EYE-BALL.]

ABC’s Vote Compass:  Linked here.

A brilliant on-line survey presented by the ABC’s Anthony Green will prove to be an election barometer never seen before.  His 30 question survey has gone ballistic this morning with 170,000 people logging on to give their responses.  His questions will decide the election issues seen as most important and the major party’s will be keenly seeking Green’s data to help them plan their election strategies. [EYE-BALL]

Anthony Green’s Election Blog: Linked here.

Party Policy links:

Campaign Speeches:

Link to the ABC’s 2013 Election coverage:

Final Comments from EYE-BALL:

This new election commentary page is provided as a service to subscribers and readers during the 2013 election campaign.

All and any abusive comments will be deleted without notice.

Satire and witty comments are appreciated … and in all seriousness, this Nation is a bee’s dick away from disaster, and if anyone thinks that Rudd or Abbott have the goods to be our PM and lead this Nation away from that disaster, please express your thoughts and reasons in the comments section below.  You never know, your comment might just make a difference.

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Have your say where it counts: – contact your Local Federal Representative via the links below and let them know how you feel about this, or any other topic that you feel strongly about – or you can just post a comment below and let off some steam.

Links to Australian Parliamentary Website – MP’s


The EYE-BALL Opinion’s – On The Hustings …

EYE-BALL’s – “On the Hustings” – The Campaign Trail – Day 3

August 7, 2013 2 comments
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Title:
– EYE-BALL’s “On the Hustings” -
– The Campaign Trail – Day 3 -
| Author: No-Way José | 7th Aug 2013 |
Policy Issue Debate: [Information on Policy issues you won't hear during the current Election Campaign.]

Previous Policy Issues:

  1. Day 2 Policy Issue: Corruption in Politics – use link to read story and see poll data …

Day 3 Policy Issue: Judicial Appointments: …[EYE-BALL]

There are many Courts under the control of the Federal Government – The highest being the ‘High Court’.

High CourtAppointments to the ‘High Court’ and other Federal Courts are made by the Federal Attorney General.  These Federal appointments are then rubber stamped by the GG.

The appointments are drawn from a short list,  after judicial reviews and assessments, and then decided upon by the Federal Government including the PM and its Cabinet process.   The Attorney General announces the appointments after the GG has signed off on them.

The current ‘High Court’ structure and appointments is contained in the table below:  [linked on-line here.]  [Click on image to see all judicial appointment data i.e. Education and Court experience, in a new window.]

One of the rules for High Court appointees require mandatory retirement at age 70 – hence the appointment tenure.

The spread of appointments of the current Justices is spread as three (3) from John Howard’s era, and four (4) from the Rudd/Gillard era.  Two new appointments are due to be made during the next Federal Government term – both were John Howard appointments.

Other Courts and tribunals controlled by Federal Government appointment include: [links to the Australian Federal Courts websites provided.]

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is an independent body that reviews a broad range of administrative decisions made by Australian Government ministers and officials, authorities and other tribunals.Administrative Appeals Tribunal

The Australian Competition Tribunal was established in 1965. Prior to 1995, the Tribunal was known as the Trade Practices Tribunal. The Tribunal hears applications for review of determinations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.Federal Court of Australia

The Commonwealth Courts Portal is an initiative of the Family Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia and Federal Magistrates Court of Australia. It provides web-based services for clients to access information about cases before the courts.Family Court of Australia

Inquires into the amount of royalty payable in respect of the recording of musical works; fixes royalties or equitable remuneration in respect of compulsory licences; arbitrates disputes in relation to the terms of existing and proposed licensing schemes; and deals with applications for the granting of licences.Copyright Tribunal of Australia

The Council of Australasian Tribunals facilitates liaison and discussion between the heads of tribunals. It supports the development of best practice models and model procedural rules, standards of behaviour and conduct for members and increased capacity for training and support for members.Administrative Appeals Tribunal

The Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal hears and determines appeals from courts martial and Defence Force magistrates in respect of service offences by Australian Defence Force personnel.Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal

The Family Court of Australia has jurisdiction over all matrimonial causes and associated responsibilities.Family Court of Australia

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia (formerly known as the Federal Magistrates Court) was established at the end of 1999. The court is an independent federal court under the Australian Constitution. The jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court includes family law and child support, administrative law, admiralty law, bankruptcy, copyright, human rights, industrial law, migration, privacy and trade practices. The court shares those jurisdictions with the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Court of Australia. The objective of the Federal Magistrates Court is to provide a simpler and more accessible alternative to litigation in the superior courts and to relieve the workload of those courts.Federal Circuit Court of Australia

The Federal Court of Australia began to exercise its jurisdiction on 1 February 1977. It assumed jurisdiction formerly exercised in part by the High Court of Australia and the whole of the jurisdiction of the Australian Industrial Court and of the Federal Court of Bankruptcy.Federal Court of Australia

The High Court is the highest court in the Australian judicial system. Its functions are to interpret and apply the law of Australia; to decide cases of special federal significance including challenges to the constitutional validity of laws and to hear appeals, by special leave, from Federal, State and Territory courts.High Court of Australia

The Migration Review Tribunal (the MRT) and the Refugee Review Tribunal (the RRT) provide an independent and final merits review of decisions made in relation to visas to travel to, enter or stay in Australia. The MRT reviews decisions made in respect of general visas (e.g. visitor, student, partner, family, business, skilled visas) and the RRT deals with decisions made in respect of protection (refugee) visas.Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal

The Social Security Appeals Tribunal is a statutory body established to review decisions made in relation to social security, education or training payments.Social Security Appeals Tribunal

The Veterans’ Review Board is an independent tribunal to review decisions made by the Repatriation Commission on claims for acceptance of injury or disease as war-caused or defence-caused, on claims for war widows’, war widowers’ and orphans’ pensions, on assessment of pension rate for incapacity from war-caused or defence-caused injury or disease, and on claims for the grant, or assessment of, attendant allowance.Department of Veterans’ Affairs.


The list of Current Federal Judges appointed to these courts are:

Judges based in Sydney

Judges based in Melbourne

Judges based in Brisbane

Judges based in Perth

Judges based in Adelaide

Judge based in Canberra

Judges based in Hobart


List of State Courts: [Click to enlarge in a new Window.]

All State based Courts Judges are appointed by the individual States Attorney General after the same process is pursued as for Federal Court appointments.


The Debate:

The system in place for Court Appointments has been in place since Federation and before.   If not the Government to make the appointee decision then who.   The matter comes to the debate table because of the appointment of Justice Bernard Murphy during the Julia Gillard term as Prime Minister.  The AG at the time of the appointment – 13th June 2011 – was Robert McClelland.    Nicola Roxon took over the portfolio in Dec 2011.

Robert McClelland was involve din the AWU scandal as a lawyer after the AWU sacked Slater and Gordon and transferred their legal work to Maurice Blackburn.   Nicola Roxon worked for Maurice Blackburn and it is widely acknowledged that Roxon took over the Gillard AWU file when Gillard was sacked from Slater and Gordon.

McClelland introduced into the House a speech about his knowledge of the AWU scandal and Gillard’s involvement.  Read the full text of McClellan’s comments – 21st June 2012 – in Hansard here via Andrew Bolt’s blog, or via APH here.

There is a 12 month gap between McClellan’s comments and the prior appointment of Bernard Murphy.  McClelland was sacked from the Gillard Ministry for supporting Kevin Rudd in his early 2012 Leadership spill.

You do not have to be too clever to understand McClelland’s motives for the Hansard comments.  What is interesting is that if McClelland knew about Gillard’s AWU scandal involvement, who else knew as well.  And – if the numbers of ALP MP’s and Senators were aware of Gillard’s AWU scandal involvement, why was she chosen to become PM with the chequered AWU history there for the media and public to expose?

Was the Bernard Murphy a payback by Gillard to hush up his knowledge of Gillard’s involvement in the AWU scandal – the evidence revealed to date had Murphy’s account differing with another Partner’s on the record account, and the transcript of Gillard’s recorded termination interview.

As a policy issue – if the PM abuses their office to make judicial appointments who would know?   Is there an appeals process for judicial members to appeal their case for a position they feel qualified for and want?

The concept of Governments stacking the Courts is theatre stuff … honest and genuine Governments don’t play politics with Judicial appointments, just the same as judicial appointees never bare their political persuasion when passing judgement.  That is how it is supposed to work and there are many judgements made that challenge the courts neutrality.

The media and other vested interest try time and again to make the case of bias decisions from the judiciary.   There is no case law where this has been proven.

The Courts are often though of as being the third (3rd) arm of Government, behind the Legislature, and the Executive. [see link here.]   Our Court Justices are charged with enforcing the Laws of the Land and as revealed with the High Court’s dismissing the Government’s Malaysian solution to asylum seekers, they are not only required to be seen to independent but they must act independently.

Please take a minute to register your opinion in the Poll below:   [EYE-BALL] …


The Day’s Updates – Media Stories: … [EYE-BALL] …

Amedia story no one is writing about is the Treasury forecasts made in May for the 2013 Budget and the $33 billion hole across the forward estimates made only 11 weeks later.

Surely the story we all want to know is how Treasury could have got it so wrong – yet again.  Remember the 2012-13 forecast in May 2012 was for a $1.5 billion surplus.  It was revised down to $500 million surplus in the mid year estimates and then in Dec 2012 it all came unstuck.

As at the May 2013 Finance Department numbers the budget is at $17 billion deficit.   So in the space of the  time from May 2012 – to Aug 2013 – the Treasury estimates have made errors in excess of $50 billion … how can the Treasury forecast modelling be trusted.

The Opposition have every right to have no confidence in handing over their policy’s for costing by Treasury.   But the question has to be asked – why have they not used the incompetence of Treasury over the past 2 odd years as the reason.

The other news story today worthy of note was the High Court decision on the MRRT challenge from Twiggy Forrest.

Please give your feedback on whether you have confidence in the Treasury modelling and the numbers presented in Chris Bowen’s amended budget forecast:  … [EYE-BALL] …


Harry Growl’s Water Cooler Gossip: [Harry Growl] …

  • Christopher Pyne had a revisit to the barber yesterday … he believed it was a rogue hair giving him a tickle behind the ear … the barber couldn’t find it so watch out over the next few days for Pyne giving his left ear a tug …
  • The Opposition candidate for Sydney seat ‘Greenway’ had a bad day on Tuesday when a Channel 10 journo opened up when the candidate struggled to find a sensible response to policy questions.   The highlight was an exposure to the Opposition vetting process … surely public speaking and an understanding of the Party’s policy should be part of the vetting process … watch out for more journo’s getting agressive with candidates …
  • David Bradbury the Assistant Treasurer is a duck out of water after Swan’s demise – he lost it on a radio talk back show yesterday – read more here
  • Listen to Joe Hockey’s speech on the interest rate reduction:
  • Listen to Chris Bowen’s comments after the Rate cut:
  • On the ‘debate’ debate … the ALP minders are saying that Abbott does not really want to debate on Rudd’s terms … the Coalition minders are saying that they are not running away from any debate contest … Malcolm Turnbull is said to have said that he should be in the debate to help Abbott do a number on Rudd …
  • Abbott also got himself in trouble when he spoke about the NSW MP involved in a sex image … read more here … why would Abbott even go there?

[Harry Growl] …


The BULLSHIT Measure:

The graphs showing the “Bullshit” measure will be updated weekly or there abouts … please if you find a story or media report that reeks of the ‘bullshit’ context, please send a link of the story text via comments section below.


General Links to Election data and Information:

AEC’s Enrollment Drive: Linked here.

Today is Day 1 of the 34 day campaign and the immediate focus of the ALP and the Greens is to get as many un-enrolled electors enrolled … the deadline is seven (7) days and the AEC link to find more information about whether you are enrolled can be found here.  [EYE-BALL.]

ABC’s Vote Compass:  Linked here.

A brilliant on-line survey presented by the ABC’s Anthony Green will prove to be an election barometer never seen before.  His 30 question survey has gone ballistic this morning with 170,000 people logging on to give their responses.  His questions will decide the election issues seen as most important and the major party’s will be keenly seeking Green’s data to help them plan their election strategies. [EYE-BALL]

Party Policy links:

Campaign Speeches:

Link to the ABC’s 2013 Election coverage:

Final Comments from EYE-BALL:

This new election commentary page is provided as a service to subscribers and readers during the 2013 election campaign.

All and any abusive comments will be deleted without notice.

Satire and witty comments are appreciated … and in all seriousness, this Nation is a bee’s dick away from disaster, and if anyone thinks that Rudd or Abbott have the goods to be our PM and lead this Nation away from that disaster, please express your thoughts and reasons in the comments section below.  You never know, your comment might just make a difference.

Please – if you found this story to your liking and would like to promote it to your social media contacts – i.e. Twitter, Facebook, or other icon linked account below – please use/click on your favoured Icon(s) to promote the story.  Thankyou.


Have your say where it counts: – contact your Local Federal Representative via the links below and let them know how you feel about this, or any other topic that you feel strongly about – or you can just post a comment below and let off some steam.

Links to Australian Parliamentary Website – MP’s


The EYE-BALL Opinion’s – On The Hustings …

EYE-BALL’s – “On the Hustings” – The Campaign Trail – Day 2

August 6, 2013 4 comments
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Title:
– EYE-BALL’s “On the Hustings” -
– The Campaign Trail – Day 2 -
| Author: No-Way José | 6th Aug 2013 |
Policy Issue Debate – Corruption in Politics: [EYE-BALL]

For most of us our biggest concern in politics is political corruption. Yet – all sides of the political divide don’t debate or put this issue front and center in any of their policy platforms.

Why Not?

With the Obeid/MacDonald ICAC revelations, the ongoing Craig Thompson saga that started in 2010, the AWU scandal on the go since the early 1990’s and both still not resolved, and then there is the Peter Slipper affair that goes back to the Howard years – political corruption and the abuse of parliamentary privileges is a big issue for the electorate.

The Gillard assist in having the Thompson and Slipper incidents waylaid to allow the Gillard minority Government to stay in power is another issue that reeks of corrupt deals – yet and nobody in politics is interested in seeking the truth or having those deals exposed.

The electorate want the debate, they want positive action to clean up the corruption issues and the longer Rudd and Abbott and other candidates hold off on the debate the more disengaged the electorate will become.

When the rorting or travel and other personal expenses is excused as in the case of the Opposition Leader, the vested self serving interests that allow these claim error hiccups to go away is not the way these matters should be dealt with.

We want the overseas trips for cooking lessons, and Test cricket junkets, the family trip to Tuscany to all stop.  We want MP’s to pay for their own lunches and stop dining on the public purse. We want them to use taxi’s, buses and rail to experience the real public transport shortcomings the public are forced to endure.

Claiming security needs and time constraints should be restricted to Cabinet Ministers – not backbenchers nor Senators.

The first candidate to take a hard-line on political corruption will set a trend that can only drag all the other candidates into the same debate.  Being soft on corruption is a great negative to any party or individual …

If this be so – then why won’t they talk or debate the issue?

Simple really – they are all a part of the problem and because they operate under a self-policing arrangement, they will not advocate for independence of the ‘watchdog’ ensuring expense claim legitimacy.  Now that would be an election issue that most voters would be very interested in.

Do you agree: [Please vote your interest below.][EYE-BALL] …


The Day’s Updates – Media Stories: … [EYE-BALL] …

The most honest of all the media stories browsed/read yesterday and overnight was a story by Peter Hatcher from “The Age” titled Both parties peddle a fiscal fairytale … lead in below:

Both parties peddle a fiscal fairytale


| Author: Peter Hatcher | Date: Aug 6th 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

Even after resigning two years ago as the secretary of the Treasury, Ken Henry has been a model of discretion. But that doesn’t mean he’s content with the state of politics in Australia. In fact, he’s been growing increasingly frustrated.

The man who served as Australia’s top economic adviser for a decade under Liberal and Labor governments has now spoken his mind about the performance of the two parties in recent years, and he’s not impressed.

Australia faces an “immense challenge” in paying for its needs and both political parties are failing to deal with it, says Henry.

The key problem is an ageing population and rising health costs.

The size of the problem has been clear ever since Henry spelled it out in the first Intergenerational Report, published by the Treasury under the Howard Government in 2002: “Older people are more expensive than younger people,” Henry summarises. Not only will there be fewer workers paying taxes to meet the costs of pensions, the health care bill will soar.

“We see an inexorable increase in health costs and I don’t see any party saying we have to find ways to cut health spending.

“So then the question: Are there areas of government spending that can be addressed to offset these effects?” He answers his own question: “Maybe, but are they enough to offset 5 per cent of GDP? That’s $70 billion in today’s dollars.” That’s the Treasury estimate of the extra annual cost of our ageing society 30 years from now.

“I don’t think so,” says Henry. “I really don’t think so.” … continues

Hatchers story reflects what we all know but political leaders want to take no notice of.  Who wins an election with policies that increase taxes … yet that is what is needed.

Please give your feedback on tax increases:  … [EYE-BALL] …


The Day’s Updates – Political Campaign Stories: …[EYE-BALL Guru.]…

The obvious clanger of the day is the Opposition’s claim that lower interest rates translates to poor economic management.’ Joe Hockey made the statement in relation to the expectation the RBA will reduce official interest rates to 2.5% when the RBA meets today.

This level is a record low for official interest rates and Mr Hockey made the statement that this means that the economy is not doing well.  Mr Hockey has not updated his personal website with the text of link to his comments.  However,  Mike Pasco writing for the SMH posted a story on Mr Hockey’s credentials late last week – linked here – and points out Mr Hockey has some creditability issues as the alternative Treasurer.

Searching for confirmed text and video of Hockey making his comment re the lower interest rates mean poor economic management are still eluding search and research requests.  Perhaps Hockey has killed the story and the fact that his personal website does not carry the story is indicative.

Suffice to say – interest rates go up and down in this Nation in response to the RBA’s view on inflationary pressures.  EYE-BALL Guru has made the argument countless times that this inflation targeting by the RBA is in fact one of the major causes of our weakening economy.  Interest rates should have been at these levels 3-4 years ago as they were with the rest of our major trading partners suffering under the GFC impact – see Guru charts below:

Global Central Bank Cash Rates: – [click image to enlarge in a new window.]

10yr and 2yr CGS v RBA Cash Rate: – [click image to enlarge in a new window.]

Both these charts reflect the RBA’s policy in how Interest rates are used to kill inflation whether there be the threat of inflation or not.  The easiest message the Opposition can use on economic Management is to ask the question why mortgage holders have had to pay A$1,000’s in forced higher interest rates compared with our trading partners?   Why have offshore investors been allowed to plunder our riches at the expense of mortgage holders?

Both these policy explanations would stump the Government – nobody thinks inflation is an issue anywhere across the globe – why is the RBA stuck in this twilight zone where 20 odd years ago, inflation was a problem for all the western world.  All political parties are stuck in the mud on this issue and claim the RBA”s independence, just like Treasury – these bureaucrats get it wrong – just look at the $33 billion hole since the MAy ’13 budget.

Of course the higher interest rates here influenced the value of the A$ and that higher value had an impact on all our export industries leading to job losses and increased domestic labour costs relative to the rest of the world. The fact that the media nor the political brains of our Nation have not made the connect and acted accordingly gives insight to the how and why we are where we are economically speaking, and in the position of being forced to prop up the car industry and spend taxpayer funds to support ailing export and domestic business’.

Mr Hockey and Mr Robb would be a worse alternative to Swan and Wong, now the ALP has Evans … oops Bowen and Wong and Mr Bowen updated us on Swan’s $33 billion ‘book-cook’ since the May budget less that three months ago.

The economy will be a big election issue – on management, on spending restraint, and on policy implementation i.e. Gonski, NBN, Disability Insurance etc … but what it won’t be about is who best understands the global market and how Australia is an island in a cyclone tempest where we live and die by the value of the A$ and the export revenues that rise and fall on the back of the stability of the A$. …[EYE-BALL Guru.]…


Harry Growl’s Water Cooler Gossip: [Harry Growl] …

  • The Kevin Rudd hair flick is now officially the worst ‘tick’ put up by any Political performer … it costs him 1,000 votes every time he does it … come on Kevin you must see the footage and see how lame it is …
  • Peter Slipper announced he is still running in the seat of Fisher … he has to be kidding right … it can only mean he is after one last grab of the taxpayer purse through electoral refunds – if he polls 4% or more he’ll get $2.51 per vote … well done Peter …
  • Milne turned up in black today after her ‘frumpy’ appearance yesterday  … eyes were also darkened and the windy outdoor press conference with Melbourne candidate Adam Brandt made for challenging conditions.   The GREENS are in trouble will latest poll data showing slippage to 9% and todays policy focus was on ‘high speed rail’ … they still think they will control the Senate … but any chance they will have a seat at the table in the HOR’s is a pipe dream … at the next Senate election the goss is they will go the way of the Democrats …
  • All the other female candidates stayed indoors today … all afraid of the wind and how it would make for a Hitchcock “BIRDS’ bad hair day …
  • Has anyone heard or see Wayne Swan outside of his Facebook page … if so please take a pulse reading and post anything that might indicate he is still running in his seat of Lilly …
  • Same for Craig Emerson … many thought he would help the new guy but the word again suggests his mobile phone bill ony has the one number being dialed … coincidently – Julia’s mobile phone bill hardly registers any calls being made …
  • Word has circulated that Stephen Conroy has be in meetings with lawyers over his starring role at the next ICAC inquiry … has anyone seen him of the ski slopes or near Obeid’s ski cabin …
  • Out of the blue – someone showed me an image of a penis in a glass of red wine and said it belonged to a NSW MP – the penis that is … not the image … apparently the USA’s Anthony Weiner texting his genitalia has set a trend … yes he did it again only recently … who said Politicians weren’t addicted to sexual fantasy … all the more reason for staffers to wear condoms …
  • Word on the ALP Victorian pre-selection wars aren’t over … Shorten and Conroy pretty much got their way, as did Gillard … but the voters and branch members are said to have formed a group to ensure the last laugh … Feeney’s decision to move from the Senate might leave egg all over his face … just the word OK …
  • Oh … watching the Milne/Brandt press conference in the background … hear is a heads up guys … when the camera is showing the teeth chattering from the cold in the pretty journalist standing next to Brandt – it’s time to realise the audience aren’t listening anymore … talk about the need for a media guru …
  • On the former Gillard media advisor McTurd – his 457 visa won’t be renewed unless he can get himself another job – the FOI request by Hedley Thomas into the efforts Gillard made to find and/or hire someone locally have been released – read the story here … this should spell more trouble for Gillard … when asked for a response she said – ‘fu_k-off’.
  • Joe Hockey has a minder with him on the campaign trail who’s sole purpose is to count his calorie intake … Joe is serious about his weight loss … he hears political mileage can be made over an expanding girth when he becomes the Treasurer and journo’s connect the ‘fat-of-the-land’ disappearing,  and the ‘fat-of-Joe’s-girth’ reappearing …
  • Bronwyn Bishop – [known on this side of the fence as ''The BEEHIVE'', and HOR ''School Mam''] – is a living parliamentary miracle.  She proves once and for all that you only have to get into Parliament to earn the right to stay in Parliament …

[Harry Growl] …


The BULLSHIT Measure:

The graphs showing the “Bullshit” measure will be updated weekly or there abouts … please if you find a story or media report that reeks of the ‘bullshit’ context, please send a link of the story text via comments section below.


General Links to Election data and Information:

AEC’s Enrollment Drive: Linked here.

Today is Day 1 of the 34 day campaign and the immediate focus of the ALP and the Greens is to get as many un-enrolled electors enrolled … the deadline is seven (7) days and the AEC link to find more information about whether you are enrolled can be found here.  [EYE-BALL.]

ABC’s Vote Compass:  Linked here.

A brilliant on-line survey presented by the ABC’s Anthony Green will prove to be an election barometer never seen before.  His 30 question survey has gone ballistic this morning with 170,000 people logging on to give their responses.  His questions will decide the election issues seen as most important and the major party’s will be keenly seeking Green’s data to help them plan their election strategies. [EYE-BALL]

Party Policy links:

Campaign Speeches:

Link to the ABC’s 2013 Election coverage:

Final Comments from EYE-BALL:

This new election commentary page is provided as a service to subscribers and readers during the 2013 election campaign.

All and any abusive comments will be deleted without notice.

Satire and witty comments are appreciated … and in all seriousness, this Nation is a bee’s dick away from disaster, and if anyone thinks that Rudd or Abbott have the goods to be our PM and lead this Nation away from that disaster, please express your thoughts and reasons in the comments section below.  You never know, your comment might just make a difference.

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The EYE-BALL Opinion’s – On The Hustings …

EYE-BALL’s – “On the Hustings” Day 1 – The Campaign Begins -

August 5, 2013 3 comments
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Title:
– EYE-BALL’s “On the Hustings” Day 1 -
– The Campaign Begins -
| Author: No-way José | 5th Aug 2013 |
Welcome to the greatest ego fest ever where the wannabe’s and pretenders to our welfare tell us how good they are, and how much of a difference they will/want/try to make.

None of us really take a whole lot of notice of what is promised, i.e. none of us expect deliverance as history proves, but what can we reasonably expect from these cashed up political parties?History proves that the talk is by far more than the reality … so who and how do we figure out who is the best/worst liar, who has the most believable policy that will make a difference?

EYE-BALL’s “BULLSHIT” measure is designed to access every Political Party’s policy bullshit component therein.  All the major Party’s have a start value of 40% based on a generalised view on past performances.   The exception is the “None of the Above” campaign who aren’t wanting anybody to vote for them – just to not vote for anybody unless you the voter are sure the candidate you do vote for will serve your interests best.

Over the campaign period each Party’s “BULLSHIT” measurement will be adjusted to reflect the obvious ‘bullshit’ contained in their policy releases and public appearances.   The graphic below will hopefully become a true choice barometer upon which voters can safely rely upon to help them make their election day choices.  [Click on Graphs to enlarge in a new window.]

To explain the measure further the following is offered:  how much can a candidate/party/leader obviously lie to the public before the public realises that what is offered really is a ‘bullshit’ offer.  We acknowledge that most of us are only professional political analysts once or twice every three years … but our instincts are accurate because we always get the Government we vote for.

We might be seen as dumb, but not so dumb that you can try to rob us blind and for us to not take an interest.

In addition to the Political Party “BULLSHIT” measure, there is also the Media “BULLSHIT” measure as indicated by the chart below.

The Media measure is not hard – News have declared their Coalition bias, and the ABC and Fairfax are ALP supporters.   EYE-BALL’s opinions are neutral and are about the only unbiased opinions that will be expressed outside the mainstream media arena.

WHO can you trust for your political analysis?

Day 1:

AEC’s Enrollment Drive: Linked here.

Today is Day 1 of the 34 day campaign and the immediate focus of the ALP and the Greens is to get as many un-enrolled electors enrolled … the deadline is seven (7) days and the AEC link to find more information about whether you are enrolled can be found here.  [EYE-BALL.]

ABC’s Vote Compass:  Linked here.

A brilliant on-line survey presented by the ABC’s Anthony Green will prove to be an election barometer never seen before.  His 30 question survey has gone ballistic this morning with 170,000 people logging on to give their responses.  His questions will decide the election issues seen as most important and the major party’s will be keenly seeking Green’s data to help them plan their election strategies. [EYE-BALL]

Party Policy links:

Day 1 Campaign Speeches:

Link to the ABC’s 2013 Election coverage:

Snippet Updates from EYE-BALL’s – Harry Growl:

  • Word is that Kevin Rudd weigh himself this morning – he felt calling the election shed a great weight from his shoulders – he was looking for good news and reasons to ensure a spring in his step today …
  • Tony Abbott after his bike, swim, and run exercise this morning is said to have met with his staff still dressed in sandshoes and buggie smugglers …  not sure if this is his usual attire for these meetings …
  • His PA who carries his boxing gown at the ready was absent – she herself had a night of her own exercise with the knowledge that her workload in coming weeks will mean her normal sex life will now be restricted to campaign sex at best … campaign volunteers should be on the lookout …
  • Christine Milne’s frumpy perspective was highlighted well in her campaign launch this morning.   See link here.  Milne has obviously decided to let Hanson-Young carry the ‘most appealing’ Greens candidate banner for the campaign …
  • Warren Truss was understandably ‘cool’ under the pressure of another election campaign – his neighbour National MP Paul Neville who is retiring had a better morning – he slept in with the knowledge of the new guy ‘what’isname’ having to do all the electioneering …
  • Bill Shorten’s wife and Mother in Law made sure Bill was wearing his ‘cock-lock’ before he headed off on his election campaign.  Bill’s known exploits for backroom banter and hanky-panky has forced his wife and mother in law to take action.  Bill’s rod is instinctive and it points to any fertile opportunity – the ‘cock-lock’ makes it hurt.  The other thrill is for the mother in law when helped Bill tuck his junk away and turned the key.  She controls the key and Bill has to be a good boy before he is allowed to free himself.
  • Christopher Pyne made an appointment with his male hairdresser …
  • Anthony Albanese had his usual Monday massage …
  • Julia Gillard was already drinking champagne in Adelaide when she heard about the election from Craig Emerson … Tim was nowhere to be seen …
  • Emerson was holidaying in Bali with the expectation that this will be his last taxpayer paid overseas trip … he is still pining for Julia …
  • Peter Garrett was looking through his music collection pondering a song set for the ALP campaign launch …
  • Kate Elis changed her lipstick colour under advisement …
  • Penny Wong made no changes to her daily routines …
  • David Bradbury was seen praying at a mosque in the hope of winning over some islamic voters …
  • Wayne Swan was trimming his toenails when he heard about the election – upon the news he decided to take a nap before watching the 4:00pm footy replay …
  • Pliberseck also weighed herself and sighed hard when she realised she would have to go out and buy a new wardrobe for the campaign …
  • Macklin took it all in her stride and just drank the bottle empty as opposed to the normal half bottle before and after dinner …
  • … there are many other unconfirmed reports of ALP MP’s and Senators responses to the election announcement … all in good time.

Final Comment from EYE-BALL:

This new election commentary page is provided as a service to subscribers and readers during the 2013 election campaign.

All and any abusive comments will be deleted without notice.

Satire and witty comments are appreciated … and in all seriousness, this Nation is a bee’s dick away from disaster, and if anyone thinks that Rudd or Abbott have the goods to be our PM and lead this Nation away from that disaster, please express your thoughts and reasons in the comments section below.  You never know, your comment might just make a difference.

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The EYE-BALL Opinion’s – On The Hustings …

EYE-BALL’s Herman on – Federal Economic Update – A conjuror’s spin -

August 2, 2013 8 comments
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Links to Previous ‘Herman’ Posts:


- 17th July – Constitutional Reform – This time it is recognising Local Council.


- 5th July – Gone – Ski Part II (Gone is Gonski)


- 27th June – Gone-Ski: Prime Minister Julia Gillard -


- 24th June – The Ashes -


- 21st June – The Senate -


- 5th June – Zombies -


- 1st June – Canberra – and black holes -


-30th May – What is an adequate Contrition? -


- 24th May – Simplex -


- 19th May – The Tears of a Prime Minister -


- 24th Mar - An Example of bureaucracy gone mad -


- 10th Mar – The Carbon Tax – Post Election …


- 7th Mar – Wayne Swan – Please Stop


28th Feb – The Australian Labor Party View


- 6th Feb – Corruption


- 25th Jan – Anti Discrimination -


- 17th Jan 2013 – Atheism -


- 12th Nov - Hegemony


- 2nd Nov – A March early Federal election -


To see more EYE-BALL ‘Herman’ posts:

click here …


Title:
– Federal Economic Update –
– A conjuror’s spin -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 2nd Aug 2013 |
Some have termed it a mini-budget. Unless it is debated on the floor of parliament it is not that. It will not be passed into law until after the election. It contains updated Treasury estimates. The deficit trajectory is now for a fiscal deficit of A$30.1bn in 2013/14.

It is yet another ALP policy statement. Everything that has occurred since Rudd ascended back to the lodge, is another roll of the dice, attempting to reverse the contrarian opinion polls since early 2010. Virtually nothing has received scrutiny through parliamentary processes only trial by media. Each roll of the dice is asking us the electorate to give them another chance. Given the tardiness or lack of merit of the opposition we continue to grasp at any other alternative.

That is particularly what the opinion polls are saying. There is no realistic choice.

When the budget was passed down in May, I was deeply shocked to find a structural deficit approaching $20bn. I expected a deficit approaching 10bn. Gillard has gone, Swan is gone and so on but Swan is standing again for Lilley, and more. Wong switched camps, and Dreyfus and Burke (it all doesn’t really matter). Hey Bob Carr appointed by Gillard switched horses mid race.

The real problem was how do you reverse the structural deficit when GDP is under immense pressure, where cutting government consumption will make things worse? The deficit and government debt prior to last May (at that stage of the economic cycle) was totally inappropriate. Stimulus was required rather than cutting federal government spending.

Anyone who said the bleeding obvious, that a recession by 2015/16 is becoming more probable is guilty of talking down confidence. But should you quietly speculate on this bleak outlook, then that is OK because that is called free markets. Not predatory behaviour.

Costello did well to put a surcharge on superannuation drawing from future spending rather than current spending in the late 1990’s but it came at a cost. The cost of reversing the policy and compensating in time for the cost, the desecration. Some might even argue the reversal was the seeds of part of today’s problems but I see that as part of the overall stresses created by the ensuing mining boom.

There was a major economic policy shift in November 2007 and from there onward. Australia started running substantial fiscal deficits. With every turn of the page, government ramped up consumption.

The package today at 1pm AEST is currently all about bank’s deposit insurance and tobacco excise. Each are worthy of careful scrutiny but they are also a major smokescreen.

Unemployment has risen. Volumes to export for the major miners are up in coal. A glimmer of hope has appeared for the live cattle trade, with prices stabilising. The AUD has fallen to just below 90, to assist terms of trade. Several sectors of the broader economic spectrum are doing well, as measured through ASX performance. But WA property prices are weak, the mining services sector is sick, the signs are mixed. The problems of major sectors like SPC Ardmona in the Shephardon and Goulbourn valleys are insignificant compared to those like the car industry.

On Wednesday morning local radio featured a story of Mark who is sleeping rough on the steps of Parramatta Town Hall. He had a job once , but when he was made redundant he sooner or later found himself on the street. When you couch surf, sooner or later you burn your friends. You outstay your welcome. Surviving on $220 a week is impossible. You can’t afford rent. You can’t save a deposit bond, or an electricity deposit. Vagabonds drift towards Parramatta because of the meal van each night at Prince Alfred Park. Sooner or later all your worldly possessions are moved around in a shopping trolley. The fridge and TV and stereo were hocked to pay bills a long time ago. There is a core group of men sleeping rough in the Parramatta precinct of 40. The aid services are stretched. No one would consider hiring you or giving you a job. You are sleeping rough, and generally considered to be of poor mental health. Definitely dishevelled unwashed and unkempt.

Mark was very well spoken, and it was radio, so I can only wonder was it all a political beat up?

But the story is indicative of what is really happening out there, of the long term unemployed, how it breeds mental health issues, of those struggling to find hope. Those who know of a better world, but are on the outside looking in. Too often cold and hungry.

So today while we speculate on the price of tobacco and the efficacy of bank deposit insurance, both designed to distract from the real issue ie the fall in government incomes (taxes) and the excesses of federal parliamentarians, do we spare a thought for Mark or Mary (the single Mum) or Ralph (the alcoholic) or Beryl (the broken grandma – who hasn’t seen her grandchildren in over a decade for whatever reason).

The more I dwell on it, the more I dwell on the speech I made at 7.45am on election day 3 years ago. In 15 minutes those doors will open and we will go into a working frenzy. We will assist the little fella to play his part in our democracy. We are the servants of democracy. Today we are expected to help those little people cast 4000 votes. Each polling assistant is expected to serve 600 local electors, and each declaration officer is expected to help cast 100 votes. Today is the one day in the 3 year electoral cycle when we get to hear from them. We have heard enough of the politicians and all their promises. Today it is the little persons turn. The ones who to get to have their say every 1100 days. We will treat them as the voice of democracy. Etcetra.

Within a fortnight of that day as the counting was pointing to a hung parliament, the media was in their speculative frenzy, could we have true bi-partisan cabinet, should we go back to the polls, the futility, the chaos and now nearly 1100 days later, just the void.

Today as the Australian Bankers Association threatens how if a deposit insurance tax is not implemented properly, it could jeopardise the core strength of the banking sector – that is a euphemism for the banks who each make roughly 6bn per annum will pass it on to the mortgage sector.

0.05% deposit insurance can be passed onto term deposit rates, but can it be passed on to savings accounts where nominal interest is 0.10% (before outrageous fees).

Without going on to tobacco excise, Canberra misses the point. When they talk of Public Service productivity savings of 2.25% (having risen from 1.25% last May – in the forward estimates) it is hollow – it is rhetoric, it is pyrrhic. As a financial planner you talk about discretionary spending.

If Canberra be serious about cutting discretionary spending they might start in their own backyard. During this parliament Canberra (the Productivity Commission) awarded themselves pay rises of 30% (according to some 40%). Only weeks ago they were discussing new electoral funding measures.

How about cutting parliamentary wages by 10% (make that 20%) and cap parliamentary expenses for the next term at 80% of parliamentary expenses for the current term (about to expire). The flow on to senior civil servants will start a meaningful dialogue. That will really affect discretionary spending.

Nextly get tough with the banks. WE ALL DRINK from the same well. Your sector’s health is not beyond that of the household sector or small business. Any bank paying any executive million $ bonuses we are watching! We have levers we will use to curtail your excesses! Why do you charge the destitute silly fees (without decency – yet encourage this deregulated nonsense)?

Then comes real change with the public service. This word we use called Productivity is becoming an oxy moron. It is mixed up and abused, with regulation, green or environmental and culminates in red tape. All projects will be affordable. Cost benefit will become a core value embodied in all mission statements. Transport will be affordable and efficient. Taxes and charges must be justified, or eliminated. All types of cash splash will not fall on the household sector or small business. There will be no new taxes in the next 3 years.

And it will go on.

And On.

Don’t forget -This will be implemented by Christmas.

Everything we are currently hearing is nothing but spin. The spin of the conjuror. It is that stage of the electoral cycle. It is time to hear from the little fella. But he has no idea what to think.

What might I say on election day this year.

Argh!

Believing in sanity, is itself insanity.

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EYE-BALL’s ‘Herman’ …

EYE-BALL’s Herman on – Constitutional Reform – This time it is recognising Local Council.

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Links to Previous ‘Herman’ Posts:


- 5th July – Gone – Ski Part II (Gone is Gonski)


- 27th June – Gone-Ski: Prime Minister Julia Gillard -


- 24th June – The Ashes -


- 21st June – The Senate -


- 5th June – Zombies -


- 1st June – Canberra – and black holes -


-30th May – What is an adequate Contrition? -


- 24th May – Simplex -


- 19th May – The Tears of a Prime Minister -


- 24th Mar - An Example of bureaucracy gone mad -


- 10th Mar – The Carbon Tax – Post Election …


- 7th Mar – Wayne Swan – Please Stop


28th Feb – The Australian Labor Party View


- 6th Feb – Corruption


- 25th Jan – Anti Discrimination -


- 17th Jan 2013 – Atheism -


- 12th Nov - Hegemony


- 2nd Nov – A March early Federal election -


To see more EYE-BALL ‘Herman’ posts:

click here …


Title:
– Constitutional Reform –
– This time it is recognising Local Council -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 17th July 2013 |
In the foreseeable future it is recognising the Indigenous heritage.  The States in Australia started with the Bigge Commission of enquiry into Lachlan Macquarie’s administration. All interesting stuff (see Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bigge)

Van Dieman’s Land was given its own Legislative Council. Ipso facto New South Wales was isolated. Then was South Australia and so on. Over the next 7 decades a process developed amongst many other factors to alter those states as British colonies, then ultimately through federation, the birth of modern Australia occurred, a form of free trade zone and independence from Britain under the title the Commonwealth of Australia. The independence process in some ways took a further 7 decades to finally curtail right of appeals to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

This history while for me is fascinating for others it often loses listeners. Too much detail.

In federation through the work of Sir Henry Parkes, Alfred Deakin, Edmund Barton and others (Samuel  Griffith, John Cockburn, Stafford Bird) an agreement on this federation was cobbled out, and at its pinnacle is the constitution.

Once more a fascinating history, where the constitution is really quite boring, great for Insomniacs, and constitutional lawyers. New Zealand and Fiji opted out, while Western Australia only joined at the midnight hour.

For these purposes something started in the 1820’s (1819-25) was reversed in 1901, and 112 years later rankling continues. This constitution was something written in the late 1890’s for those times and attitudes and the constitution is very difficult to change. It was intended to be.

It is so difficult to change it requires a simple majority in 4 of the states (out of 6), and an absolute majority (carried by 50 plus %).

Starting all over without the British input of the late 1890’s makes sense. Every governor in 1890 was a British appointment rather than a local appointment ratified in Whitehall.

Back then NSW and Vic were dominant, and their economic interest should not be preferenced over the majority of land (the population minority) ie WA, SA, QLD and Tas. Not to forget the territories (Below – listed as other).

A table of House of Representative divisions by state and suburban v rural number 2013.

Capital City & Suburban Regional Rural Total
NSW 26 8 14 48
Victoria 21 8 8 37
Queensland 10 13 7 30
Western Australia 9 4 2 15
South Australia 7 2 2 11
Tasmania 1 0 4 5
Other 3 1 4
77 35 38 150

NB The Federal division of Berowra includes parts of Sydney’s Hills District, Dural, Arcadia up to Wiseman’s Ferry. It is included as regional but would also fit equally as suburban. You might consider NSW has 26.5 suburban seats, Similar occurs in other locales. Adelaide’s North.

NSW plus QLD plus Vic (the Eastern seaboard) are 70% of the numbers in the House of Representatives (represented by population, rather than landmass) in 2013, hence the senate being an equalising factor (the house of the States), hence also the requirement for a majority of States required to change the constitution – to protect the minorities.
Of much more consideration in this analysis is State Borders. Do they rationally represent economic interest of the economic zones? What do the States mean? Do the mines (and primary production) of WA, SA, Qld and NT carry Vic and NSW? This disparity in population also occurs within in NSW and Vic.

The simple answer is the states are a throwback to Colonial times. In NSW, Farrer, Parkes and Riverina represent the western plains (vast landmass sparsely populated – sheep and wheat), New England, Hunter, Calare and Hume the western slopes (gradually more populated, more densely populated), Eden Monaro both western slopes and coastal, and Richmond, Page, Cowper, Lyne, Paterson and Gilmore the coastal divisions. In the above table they are listed as Rural. Each has a distinct personality. Coastal has more senior citizens. Coastal tends to include dairy and fishing.

You can’t put the seat of Richmond in NSW on the Queensland border in the same breath as the seat of Eden Monaro on the Victorian Border. Richmond is tourism and retirement closer to the logics of Gold Coast, yet Eden Monaro represents diary, fishing and a rather different socio demographic (cheese and logging). In Local Government Eden Monaro becomes Bega Valley, Euro – Bodalla Shire, Cooma Monaro and Bombala and a bit more. The two coastal areas of Bega and Euro Bodalla have more in common than the two more alpine regions.

Based on that reasoning – of course Local government must be given greater weight in the constitution. Direct economic thought , determination and policy or sovereignty. Maybe that is and should be through department of fisheries or water conservation or whatever? The Snowy Mountains scheme starts in Eden Monaro. Does Macquarie Street in Sydney truly capture their economic interests? Who really looks after the interests of the greater Murray Darling and Riverina region when it crosses into Victoria and SA actually starting in Qld?

When you move into Sydney the debate alters. The NSW government wants to create about 10 Super Councils to cover Sydney more akin to what has developed in Brisbane. That means councils of up to 600,000 constituents. In the original (older) Sydney suburbs you have councils with a constituency of 40,000 electors. In the growth areas you have large councils like Sutherland Shire, Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Liverpool, Campbelltown or Hornsby while in the St George parish you have Rockdale, Kogarah and Hurstville Councils.

Why wouldn’t you merge Waverley and Randwick? We are currently (as always) considering sacking Ryde City Council and appointing an administrator. If it is not Ryde, then it is Randwick, or Burwood or Liverpool and so on. Corruption is endemic. See my post:

http://bleyzie.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/eye-balls-herman-on-a-microcosm-of-our-democracy-auburn-city-council-elections/

Where is Ryde City? Where is Rockdale City? Or Randwick City?

Blacktown City might be considered a satellite city of Sydney or Parramatta. Campbelltown and Liverpool are satellites.

But how many councils are there in greater Parramatta? There is Holroyd, Prospect, Auburn, Baulkham Hills and so it goes.

In the NSW Police Local Area Command structure Waverley, Bondi, Randwick and Mascot are all deemed Eastern Beaches LAC. Similarly, Marrickville, Ashfield, Lewisham, Burwood, Strathfield, Flemington and Auburn are all deemed Flemington LAC. 5 (possibly 6) Local Council areas.

In Sydney councils administer town planning, garbage collection, civic centres including libraries and that is about it. Town Planning and Development applications are the real grist. Are they really integrated, or too easily corrupted?

I truly belief that real reform would be Federal divisions are also local councils. One and the same. The division of Cook is basically the Sutherland Shire. The division of Eden Monaro would be The Sapphire Coast Ward, (Bega council), The Euro Bodalla Ward (Euro Bodalla Shire Council), The Cooma Ward (Cooma Monaro Council) and the Snowy Ward (Bombala Shire). It then follows that Reid would be Drummoyne, Five Dock, part of Burwood, Strathfield, Concord and Auburn. It’s mayor would also be its MHR in Canberra. Its Mayor and deputy mayor would be their MLA’s in Macquarie St. They would sit in Canberra for about 40 days per year, working on the macro level. They would sit in Macquarie Street similarly for about 40 days per year, to discuss more regional issues. Policing, health and education. They would sit fortnightly at Local level, Town Planning, chamber of commerce, local infrastructure, parking etc. Routine DA’s would be routinely passed. Only disputed application would go to council. Other Councillors would always be available. The administration would be the council. The General Manager (or CEO) will be appointed by the council just like in the corporate world, the Board of Directors appoints the CEO.

Would this work in the NT seat of Lingiari? In 2010 only 46,409 votes were cast in Lingiari. That part would need special and extra consideration but it is not that different to some others like, Farrer, Kennedy, Durack, O’Connor and Maranoa by way of land mass, Leichhardt by way of remoteness and islands.

It won’t happen because it will destroy the traditional parties. Elections would be truly reformed. You vote for 5 councillors in your ward. They select the Mayor, and the Deputy Mayor. You simultaneously elect State MLC’s and Federal Senators. The gate keepers – the houses of review. NSW MLC’s could be weighted to fix disparity of urban v rural. (Qld does not have an upper house at State Level).

Without getting too lost on what I believe, what is the real question we are being asked to address come election day. Recognising Local Council? What does that mean?

The lack of clarity or specificity of the question, means that like all history precedent, this plebiscite too will fail. When in doubt, just say no.

What is bi partisan support? Why is funding so heavily weighted towards the Yes campaign?

From our last plebiscite – What is a constitutional monarchy? We are not Britain.

Does a democracy need a president? Do you mean a Republic? Australia is a democracy with a vice regal who is essentially ceremonial. Most Mayors in NSW are purely ceremonial.

Why is corruption on council so endemic? Why is corruption in politics so endemic?

Politics is confusing. Politicians don’t help. Politicians are the problem, they obfuscate and create the crisis. Most tend to believe it is out of self interest.

Believing in sanity is itself insanity.

The very thought of redressing the indigenous issue in the constitution makes my head spin. In the movie Lincoln much of the story was about enacting the 13th amendment of the United States constitution to outlaw slavery. It was a very deep issue. The movie is thought provoking. Was Abe Lincoln sending America’s sons to their slaughter (mass genocide) to abolish slavery? Or what is “The Amendment”?

Should any changes in future to Australia’s constitution be the 1st Amendment and so on? Might it give some greater understanding, specificity or accountability?

Believing in sanity is itself insanity!

The following is it is a different perspective on glass half full We are the World!

When thousands and thousands of people around the earth are celebrating, singing, dancing, ecstatic, drunk with the divine, there is no possibility of any global suicide.

With such festivity and with such laughter, with such sanctity and health, with such naturalness and spontaneity, how can there be war?….

Life has been given to you to create, and to rejoice, and to celebrate. When you cry and weep, when you are miserable, you are alone. When you celebrate, the whole existence participates with you.

Only in Celebration do we meet the ultimate, the eternal. Only in celebration do we go beyond the circle of birth and death.

I Celebrate Myself. Osho Chapter 4.

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- 21st June – The Senate -


- 5th June – Zombies -


- 1st June – Canberra – and black holes -


-30th May – What is an adequate Contrition? -


- 24th May – Simplex -


- 19th May – The Tears of a Prime Minister -


- 24th Mar - An Example of bureaucracy gone mad -


- 10th Mar – The Carbon Tax – Post Election …


- 7th Mar – Wayne Swan – Please Stop


28th Feb – The Australian Labor Party View


- 6th Feb – Corruption


- 25th Jan – Anti Discrimination -


- 17th Jan 2013 – Atheism -


- 12th Nov - Hegemony


- 2nd Nov – A March early Federal election -


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Gone – Ski Part II (Gone is Gonski)
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 5th July 2013 |
In the last week, much has unfolded. Simon Crean has announced his retirement, so has Greg Combet, Stephen Smith has taken as respectable a retirement as circumstances will allow. Federal ALP has intervened in the NSW State branch. Dead wood is being pruned. Backyard blitz takes on a new meaning.

The makeover is starting to take shape. Tony Burke attempted to resign, and his resignation was not accepted. Tanya Plibersek is still Minister for Health. Jenny Macklin is still there and ministerial positions are musical chairs (deck chairs on the Titanic). Can these weeds be realistically controlled or made useful?

What really matters is policy, and why do we forgive them now? They created this mess so why should we believe they will really fix it, can fix it.

For a start, this parliament has only run it’s course through the support of amongst others Craig Thomson. Had Thomson been forced to vacate his seat 18 months ago at a by election Dobell would have gone Coalition. Therefore Tony Abbott would be PM today. Windsor and Oakeshott both former Nationals but now independent have played their part. They are both not contesting their seats and that means a notional 76 (tiny majority) to Coalition as things stand.

Then comes the question why did Rudd not challenge sooner?

If Rudd had have stood last March, he would have had 3 months more to turn things around. As policies change, why did he leave it until there was no apparent parliamentary sittings to debate these shifts in policy. It is left to journalists to get admissions of culpability over matters like the shift in immigration?

Why is Rudd scared of the opposition on the parliamentary floor?

He keeps taunting Abbott with debate me on Prime Time TV. Abbott is saying I won’t play the game. But at some stage he needs to play the game. He needs to give the electorate time to develop belief in the team he leads.

To find any rationality in all that is now upon us we have to go back further in recent history. Exactly how Rudd was overthrown in June 2010 and what were the real motives and who were the real players?

When Rudd and Gillard first came together as a leadership team, both were considered young and neither more chance. Rudd was prepared to serve under Gillard but Rudd was the better spokesperson. The ALP was desperate to end the Howard reign. Rudd had no factional allegiances, and Gillard was all things to all people. Rudd due to his diplomatic background won over.

Roll on to November 2007, they did the unbelievable, they won. Queensland turned a narrow victory into a massive one because for the 1st time there was a Qld Prime Minister. A golden period ensued. Costello retired. Howard was defeated in his own seat. Some was attributable to Workchoices other decisions were just human frailty.

Brendan Nelson was anointed Liberal leader. He said he would have a go. There was no heir apparent beyond Costello. There was Kyoto and Sorry and Rudd was walking on water, metaphorically. Nelson called a leadership contest, he was happy to get out. The Liberal party’s electoral stocks were atrocious.

The leadership was given to Turnbull. He wasn’t ready. Then came Godwin Grech and Utegate. Turnbull had no traction. Then came Carbon Tax and Copenhagen. Abbott took over, in a contest that included Hockey. The Liberal party was happy with 2nd best.

After Copenhagen Rudd was petulant. He spat the dummy.

The fools got in the way. Rudd dropped Carbon Tax cold and switched to a mining super profits tax.  Some virtual unknown announced the coup on ABC TV by the name of Paul Howes, of the AWU. By the time that was decided Rudd was the first 1st term prime minister knifed by his own party. Gillard spoke of a good government who had lost their way.

Australia was in shock. Leaks were everywhere. All scuttlebutt. What was the truth? Arbib according to Wikileaks had been informing Washington what was really happening. Shorten and Howes were spokespersons. Richardson claimed a part, and implicated the Victorian right. All was based on gossip and leaks. The ALP went ever so close to losing the unlosable election. Gillard formed a minority government. Abbott had brought the Coalition back from the grave. Gillard show her real chameleon persona, she was simply do what it takes. In her words “the Little Doer” in public perception, power is everything. Australia gave her a very good go. Abbott acted as if he was just waiting for government to fall to the Coalition. The broken promise on Carbon Tax was just the beginning. The Coalition played it like a broken record.

The shambles that parlayed from there on in was just too hard to believe. HSU, Slipper, more broken promises, parliamentary salary increases, a budget surplus set in stone, oops an $18bn deficit, Eddie Obeid. When it was first announced on Christmas Eve that the guaranteed surplus was abandoned, because jobs matter, the death knoll had rung for the last time. Maybe not, maybe it was the NSW ICAC enquiries into Tripodi, Obeid and McDonald. Nothing will save the Gillard government. Don’t put away that gong too fast. The death knolls just get louder.

By the May Budget there was a massive disconnect. Coming from Caucus was this nonsense of a j curve. Sell our positive agenda, harp on about the Coalition negative agenda. But no one is listening.

The ALP needed desperately a circuit breaker. The only one was Rudd. Rudd the Dud according to prominent front benchers. They lined up to tell us what a dud he was in 2012. Those who spoke most freely and at length are all gone now. Those that spoke less candidly, knowing how foolish they looked, have survived, just.

Gillard had to find a way out, the ALP had to find a face saving exit. Shorten switches to the Rudd forces.

Was Rudd guaranteed an open mandate to fix the underlying issues? Please be clear on what issues.

We now wait.

Intervention in NSW ALP. ASIC claims the banks are gauging on term deposit rollover rates.

Hang on ASIC is a government agency but they have been silent for far too many years on the banks not passing on full interest rate cuts. Why is that pitched at the retiree sector rather than the mortgagee belt? Where is Glenn Stevens and the RBA or APRA. Oh investments! Australian Securities and Investments Commission!

So Rudd has got a friend, one at ASIC.

Rudd does a flying visit to Indonesia. Carbon tax moving to Emissions Trading System. Nothing is firm, not even the election date. Wow this is much more the opening lines of Macbeth than Act V Scene II.

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. Eye of newt & and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. [Macbeth Act I]

What is left?

A 2nd string (journey man) Coalition leader. One that is easily labelled negative, and having little by way of policy. A closer run race where confusion reigns. He though he was MacDuff, but it was always Rudd, the understudy who was going to play the part.

Where and How will the ALP secure not only seats to counter New England and Lyne, but hold Dobell and Robertson and many many more. I can now believe that some seats like Kingsford Smith will be a stronger majority to the ALP. Garrett has gone. But winning 5 seats is different. Safe seats like Batman or Lalor, Melbourne or maybe even Denison don’t change the scenario.

They won’t. They can’t.

What will happen is that the Coalition will form government and be on the back foot from day 1. The Greens will struggle to win a senate seat but will still be the balance of power in the Upper House. Going for a double dissolution will not achieve anything. They might well lose the lot. Opposition leader Rudd could well be in a position to take back the government benches. No initiative allowing them to expunge the Carbon Tax will be possible. Only waiting until 2016 will see the Greens finished. It will be very difficult for the Coalition to make any significant difference.

The best thing about Shakespeare is that it does have an ending. How surreal!

Believing in sanity is indeed insanity.

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