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EYE-BALL Opinion – True Leadership – Australia is still to experience it the way it was meant -

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Title:
– True Leadership -
- we are yet to experience the way it was meant to be -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 6th June 2013 |
Leadership is on the mind constantly – in recent times it is the lack of that prompts concern and angst.

Who among our previous Leaders understood Australia – all of Australia, its People, its Industry, its desires, its resources, its indigenous occupiers, the island context, the convict heritage, the Head of State concept,  there is a need to embrace and understand it all before anyone can hope to satisfy the needs of the Nation.

Walking backwards -

  1. Gillard – the worst experiment of a PM in the history of the Nation
  2. Rudd – ego driven with a vision that floated with no underbelly support
  3. Howard – a man trapped in his 70’s mandate to break the Unions and clean up the waterfront -
  4. Keating – a maverick with vision that had us on the right track until his contempt for anyone who disagreed with him caused a thud
  5. Hawke – a Unionist with vision but his need to be loved gave him weakness
  6. Fraser – a stuffshirt born of privilege who could never get the people to like him
  7. Whitlam – another maverick in a hurry with radicals all around him
  8. Gorton, McMahon, Holt – all bit part players who never attained any continuity nor gave us direction during those Vietnam years …

None of the above Prime Ministers offered Australia anything other than party politics – some did tried to be different but were frustrated by factional structures and individual ambitions.

An observation might be that none truly governed for Australian’s, and that is an extreme failing in the choices Australian’s had to choose from.

The people have to have confidence in their Leader – confidence as different to party loyalty – a belief that they have some idea in how to run a Nation as opposed to beating the other side with opposing positions and pistols drawn …

Bi-Partisan support is a must if Government is to get the respect of the people – without it the Nation is divided and that can never be a good thing.  When was the last time that Question Time showed genuine respect for the other side … both sides are guilty – all are guilty …

Policy on Immigration, Indigenous affairs, Defence, National Security, Health, and Education – the policy for each of these areas should all be agreed to via  bi-partisan cooperation.   Australia’s interests are damaged if both sides fight and don’t agree in these areas, and the public brawling over one another’s deficiencies divide us further.

Having two mainstream Political Party’s that form our choices for Government – one who supports the working class, the other the employers and Business sector create the divide.

Neither will ever come together to unite the Nation.  Our convict heritage is entrenched in our belief in the ‘haves’, and ‘have nots’ – and that cultural handicap is with us forever …

Politician’s created and foster the divide, and as each side gets a stint at the helm – the trenches on both sides become more engrained – it’s a WWI thinking and the Leaders and their party powerbrokers have the same General’s perspective as they did in WWI – sheer insanity in their belief that their way is the only way …

The National Party have align with the Liberals to help out farmers and the like … but as Australian’s we need to know that who ever is in power will have all our backs and Govern for the whole of the Nation – and not for the secular groups that fund their election campaigns – i.e. Unions and Big Business …

We are no closer than we were 100 years ago to evolving as a Global Democracy whilst our Leaders continue to have these selfish party instincts – to reject everything a Government proposes when in Opposition, and/or a Government who don’t give a shit about what the other side cares about – nothing will change.

As an example – nobody can say that this current Government is not the worst in living memory – neither side would pour water on the other if they were on fire … in most cases they would both light the fires …

Watching Senate Hearings, the HOR and the Upper House give us good reason to blame our Leaders for the divide created … and it will take a Leader with a vision 10 times what Gillard or Abbott offer to make this Nation come together.

The re-emergence of the Republic debate in recent days showing Swan and Turnbull holding hands selling a joint message about becoming a Republic is a distraction and an example of selfish interests.

Neither thinks the other worthy in any other forum and is an example of the gross hypocrisy on display in our so called Democracy every day of the week.

The attacks in the House this week by the Government against State Governments who don’t support the Gillard Gonski plan is another example of how divided politics and policy has become.

Gillard threatens to punish States who do not agree with her plan – as if her plan is the best and only plan … the hubris in that ultimatum is the example of how divided the Nation has become and no election result will meld it back together again.

The Abbott Government are just as hellbent on their choices and it will be more of the same and that is the wrong.

What Leader can get us past this party politics divide … what Leader will yield and extend an open hand to the other side for better Government?

The minority Government of the last three years was an experiment in bi-partisan politics – the Greens, The Independents, all had their price to support the Party they supported to form Government.  It was not a willing agreement because both extracted financial and policy gains in trade for their coercion … bribes and payoffs by another name.

Democracy is Government of the people – and putting the Greens with 11+% of the vote in a position to demand the ‘Carbon Tax’ to do a deal for Gillard to form Government – how is that Government of the people … Green voters got their want – but they represent 11+%  of the vote – the informal vote was higher in the 2010 election.   How does that serve the will of the people?

Wilkie was offered a $billion hospital – Windsor and Oakeshott had their hands out as well … and all that has got us is three years of the worst Government outcome possible…

As the Nation limps to a September election – people believe relief will embrace them … it will be more of the same and within six months it’ll be everybody complaining about Abbott’s choices …

There is an option – make ‘None of the Above’ the most popular vote and have our political leaders forced to accept change – if enough people make the statement that they don’t support either side of the political equation – it will force change … that might take a decade to get right … but that beats $100’s billions of ALP debt and $100’s billions of Coalition cuts and the like as both sides square up against one another …

Surely the divide is a place where all Leaders should meet and talk policy – not the powerbrokers and special interest groups wanting favours … policy should be about what is best for the majority, not the minority …

Many will say this opinion is naive – and perhaps it is.  To think that Political Parties can be aligned on common interests – would that not be a great thing … please think a little deeper first before you throw out the messenger before you really understand the message …


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EYE-BALL Opinion – The Gender Debate and “Mandated Elevation”

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Title:
– The Gender Debate -
- and “MANDATED ELEVATION” -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 4th June 2013 |
The gender equality debate has raged for generations and continues to do so.  In that timeframe an outsiders perspective might advocate that men have allowed themselves to be seduced by the fairer sex to help the feminist movement move forward.

It is that ‘seduction’ that fosters a thought that as women use their womanly favours to get what they want – logic allows the opinion that the feminist agenda and its ‘privilege creep’ is a result of that ‘seduction’ and begs the question as to how far it will go.

That advancement has sometimes been achieved through sheer intimidation,  open and militant threats to withdraw sex within marriage, and other formats all aimed at making men feel uncomfortable with their lot and their assertive controls over women.

History shows the gender battle has been forged by some outstanding feminists with policy platforms that could not be argue against.   It’s was always a yield based on a logic to ‘keep the peace’ – and to ‘not upset the women’ … it was in many ways a pity agreement formed from a man’s perspective to keep women happy.

Was that man’s guilt at having it too good – or was it a simple way to get their women back into bed willingly?

This advancement has come far – women are now the deciding force in all western elections – it is where media campaigns are targeted, won and lost.

Politicians now live and die on the will of women voters as they vote for charm and charisma above policy and logic – WOW – did those words just come forward or were they formed as a part of a inner belief?

Generally – men have cowered from the advance – they are simpletons and they enjoy their sex willingly offered as opposed to begrudgedly yielded.

Imagine if the ‘right to vote’ was refused and was still the case today – stupid, ridiculous you might advocate …but reflect for a moment – how has giving women the voting changed society, changed the way our Governments function?  Every female Leader in State and at the Federal level has been kicked from office – assuming Gillard is headed the same way come September 14th.

How many States have given a women a 2nd chance – none that I know of – Kirner, Lawrence, Bligh, Keneally – all gone and their States have never had a female Premier since.

The current Tasmanian Premier may become the exception … ?

But rest assured – it will be a long time before Australian’s elect another female PM … we never really elected this one and the way she became PM is a stigma on all female politicians.

This post is not meant as an opinion story about whether the question on equality is right or wrong, the question is about a subject that was raised in a story published a few days ago – ‘mandated elevation’ …

Read story below:

‘Glacial’ gender move may lead to quotas


| Author: John Durie | Date: 3rd June 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

GLOBAL funds management giant BlackRock has warned Australian boards that their “glacial” moves to gender equality at board and executive levels risk the imposition of mandatory quotas and other regulations.

Pru Bennett, head of corporate governance for the fund’s Asia-Pacific operations, issued the warning after her second annual survey testing progress towards meeting the new Australian Securities Exchange governance standards.

“Less than 50 per cent of ASX 200 companies disclosed the existence of diversity programs and 65 per cent of companies made just perfunctory disclosures,” Ms Bennett said.

The survey, to be publicly released today, follows the report in The Weekend Australian from the group Chief Executive Women bemoaning the lack of progress.

Just 17.5 per cent of non-executive board members were women in February this year, up from 14.4 per cent last year.

The survey shows 80 per cent of men appointed to boards in the last year had no previous board experience, compared with 57 per cent of women.

New female appointees tended to be moving from one to several board seats.

Chief executives have a walk-up start to being appointed to boards, yet the proportion of females in senior executive ranks in big companies peaked at 12.1 per cent in 2006, before falling to 10.1 per cent. The survey shows only 30 per cent of companies made reference to pay equity in their reports at a time when starting salaries for women stood at 91 per cent of male salaries.

Last November, the gender pay gap stood at 17.6 per cent. The survey says: “Given this significant difference we would have expected more companies to have included pay equity in their measurable objectives.”

Ms Bennett singled out Mirvac as one of the best companies in reporting and explaining its diversity policies due to the commitment of chairman James MacKenzie and chief executive Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz.

Others providing good disclosure included CSL, Computershare, Mirabela Nickel, Pacific Brands, Telstra, Westfield, Woolworths and Woodside, she said.

“BlackRock expects large companies should be able to explain their diversity policies, why they were introduced and how they assisted long-term value creation,” Ms Bennett said.

The ALP have a gender mandate that wants to have women make up 40% of all ALP elected members.

Surely a mandate in this context is flawed – surely the best person, female or male should be the bench mark.  If not – how many males who bust a gut to get ahead and strive are beaten by a mandated quota of female appointments.   Is that not a reverse sexism argument.

Surely our society has evolved to a point where women want the need to be embellished beyond their abilities.

The concept of total equality is misguided in its origins – there are things women can do that no man can ever do and vice versa. Women and Men are not the same there are differences, strengths and weakness’, genes and societal differences, and despite all the advances made to try and bridge the equality gap – are men and women any happier with their lot?

It is a debate akin to handling a live grenade with the pin pulled – ask women if they are happier wearing the responsibilities they now bear …  single motherhood is at its highest level .. why?

Is the feminist movement impacting on mothers and their role as nurtures – instincts that men will take another 100 years or so to figure out …

This is born of ‘Political Correctness’ and it’s a soft-cock debate – if men refused women the vote back in the early 1900’s would society be as promiscuous, as materialistic, as selfish, or as destructive when it comes to divorce and separation … women seem to be driving all these issues.

Would men have become cowards to women’s issues as they now do – none will stand up and say what they feel for fear of retribution as a sexist …

Would they have confusion issues surrounding women as their bosses, women challenging the role normally played by fathers and husbands, and would men be second guessing themselves over their abilities to satisfy their women given the expectations of women these days?

A man now has to think twice before he bats an eye at a women – yet women take their partners at will … men are scared of women who are assertive and can that be a good thing society …

The wheel has turned and for it to be OK to accept and expect mandated elevation based on gender, then that is another reason for man to feel despised and persecuted …

Where can this end – and there is only one answer … badly for children and their ability to understand 1000’s of years of evolved society … all ditched within a 100 years …


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EYE-BALL Opinion – Revisiting the Past – A post some two years ago has relevance today …

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Title:
– Revisiting the Past -
- A post some two years ago has relevance today …
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 30th May 2013 |
There has been some intelligent comments in recent days on a post some two years ago – it is appropriate that the post be revisited again –  the post can be read in its original format here


Author: EYE-BALL GURU

Date: 20th june 2011:

Title: Australian Labour Party Government – Report Card -

Part 2

Link to Part 1 of this story

DEBT is the disease that is killing Greece – it’s no secret and it will be what kills all of Europe – America and it will eventually kill Australia and the rest of the World as well. The DEBT relevant to this global disease causing the current global instability in Financial Markets and civil unrest – is not consumer DEBT – not at least at the outset – but Government accumulated DEBT and largely incurred during the on-going GFC bailout of the Financial System.

That BAILOUT is just another gusher being treated with band-aids – and adds to the same type of ‘prop up the markets at any cost’ fix they have treated the markets with over the last 25 odd years – since Oct ’87 in fact. Since this time the markets have endured a series of minor surgery type fixes – all weakening the foundational structure of the market and the purpose they were designed to benefit.

All these minor patch-ups have done is to weaken the integrity and honour of what the market’s once traded upon.

The latest round of DEBT refinancing that caused the Greek financial crisis and civil unrest – and the domino impact of what is to follow – is not based Consumer DEBT related – it will become so as a major contributor as jobs are lost and debts become the first issue that desperate families walk away from. The cause of what is about to happen is Government DEBT – largely incurred during the GFC bailout of the Financial System 2007-2009 and still ongoing.

That BAILOUT was just the final straw as a gusher that could not be fixed with band-aids. The soft landing treatments Governments have applied to the Markets over the last 25 odd years – since Oct ’87 – have prepared – when transplant and major the globe for what is about to happen. It is too late to perform major surgery – the globe is dead on the table and nothing can save it -

There are many GREECE like happenings going on at the moment – there is one in Australia – the bunker mentality of the Australian Government since Rudd’s dismissal – that mushroom think tank where mistakes become self perpetuating – it all appears as a twilight response where nothing happening around the Government in global terms causes any concern domestically because they believe they are immune.

Since the GFC hit – the continuing monumental stuff-ups really do tell us that nobody is smart enough to fix the domestic and global issues now confronting us. It will only be a matter of time when the Nations of the world yell -

… save yourselves because we can’t help you anymore …

When the ALP report card since they came to power in late 2007 is reviewed – the Nation was without Federal Government Debt – Inflation and GDP numbers all within the top 10 Nations of the World – a currency that had Australian Industry competitive on the World stage – and when we look at the failures since ALP took office – both the RUDD and GILLARD Governments – they view the issues as GFC related and response failures as opposed to Government failures. I say that if Government had of made better decisions – we would be in far better shape than we are now. This Nation faces a lifestyle ending conundrum over the next 5-10 years that printing more money won’t solve.

Let us look at some of the items included in this report card -

  • Handling of illegal immigrants – FAIL

The ALP intentions were to soften the Howard game plan – to try a more humane response and they have struggled to truly understand the problem from the illegal immigrant perspective and adequately allocate the resources to come up with a plan that works for how Australians feel about this issue – all this Government has offered is band-aid type fixes that have become woefully exposed as inadequate.

  • The Mining Resource Rent Tax – FAIL


An attempt at a quick money grab from an industry in overdrive and enjoying ‘boom’ times.

The driving force behind this mining boom is China and to keep up with China demand – Mining exporters are shipping every tonne possible to pay off the Project Financing deals done with Chinese Bankers -

It’s a catch 2 scenario and the Australian Government have realised that the appreciation in the A$ has reduced Government Tax revenues from export incomes and this TAX becomes part of the Government’s solution to claw back TAX revenues.

A truly pathetic response when all the Government had to do was introduce an excise duty payable by the importer to generate direct tax revenues to offset the A$ rise – this also saves the Exporters from having to pare down profits for what is essentially another ‘royalty’ tax being imposed by the Federal Government. – this Government never thought to the long-term issue of taking measures to devalue the A$ and the future legacy to all Australians when our resources are exhausted …

  • The Home Insulation scheme – FAIL

Several deaths because the scheme was implemented hastily and many business used unemployed labour and did not train the employees – safety issues were not considered before the program was implemented – the wind back and inspections to check the installations have cost $100’s million more – the benefits are minor and many house fires into the future may well be blamed and cause by this total failure of a scheme – total cost of scheme estimated – $2-$3 billion.

  • The Schools Building Program – FAIL


Proven to have been a highly wasteful spend of public monies – having the States dish out the monies via tendering processes to many ALP friends – saw massive over spends in many schools that could have be built for a fraction of monies paid. Government failed to put in place measures where accountability for tendering process’ that saw competitive bidding as opposed to contracts being awarded on many other workable schemes. Amount involves in over spend – estimated at $1-$2 billion.

  • The Troops in Afghanistan – FAIL


Already a 10 year war and almost twice as long as WWII and WWI – in fact add WWI and WWII together and this WAR has lasted as long 27 Australian soldiers lives lost – 100’s injured and permanently maimed or injured – many thousands wearing the mental scars endured as a result of their time in foreign lands. Estimated cost to Defence Force budget – $1-$2 billion and still ongoing with estimates of being there for another 10 years. This policy is supported by both sides of Government. and is see as a trade deal with the US as an ally.

  • The NBN rollout – Forecast Result – FAILURE


Estimated $43 billion spend over 5 odd years to install Australian Wide internet backbone – this scheme was initially a part of the GFC response spending. Since it was first announced some 2 odd years ago – it is only now that the fibre optic cabling is being rolled out on the mainland. Several hundred million has been spent to date and there has been great criticism on the fat-cat salaries [reported as above $400k] – being paid to ALP appointed CEO’s and other senior appointments.

This program continues to meet opposition – the spend involved is huge in that it adds to the massive debt this Government has already spent in efforts to combat its expectations from the GFC fallout. The reality is that this Government spent to create jobs when the rest of the world spent to save their Banks and Financial markets – that employment spent has only delayed the GFC impact as the Government is now backed itself into a corner stating that it will return the Budget back to surplus by 2013.

Whether the NBN continues in the same mold as originally budgeted is now a political time bomb as the Government faces a new election on so many issues it is fighting. WIth a majority of one – and that being the vote of the Independents – the Government is on a knife-edge in survival.

  • The 2008-11 Budgets – FAIL


Mr Swans attempt to paint a rosy picture for the 2011 Budget fooled nobody – but then even the Coalition could not make mileage out of it – both sides fail miserably when it comes to economic management. Previous Budgets were facing GFC fallout and spending was a priority – reform was not considered – and this has been the major failing of Governments around the world – must keep the economy ticking over – we need the tax revenue – so pump the economy and it’ll be alright and the next fella’s problem when it all comes unstuck … pathetic Governance …

  • The Minority Government – FAILING experiment…


The GREENS have won big as an outcome from the 2010 election. So have the Independents Mr Oakeshot and Mr Windsor. The PM Julia Gillard is so desperate to hold onto Government she did many deals to secure Government for the ALP. Her personal window of opportunity after her ascension to the top job at the beheading of her predecessor Mr RUDD – always made her hold onto power tenuous at best. 12 months on – her polls are worse then those of Mr RUDD at the time of his axing – her policy agenda has been one failure after another – she has a personal rating that has the ALP Members worried about an early election which is increasingly becoming more likely with every Gillard failure. And to top it all off – the Australian Taxpayers are now stuck with another ex-Prime Minister who will enjoy lifetime pension that costs the Australian Taxpayer about a A$million a year in perks and pension payments.

  • The Climate Change and Carbon Tax issue – FAIL


Starting with an unproven charter – and having back flipped twice already on the ‘moral challenge of the 21st Century – what chance does this Government have in regaining any high ground on this debate … millions have been spent on economic modelling and base line research to prove climate change and to answer this – the global opinion is still divided on a consensus opinion. The Carbon Tax policy of the ALP is being forced when the proof needed to convince the electorate of Climate change is still a very subjective issue.Why did the ALP abandon the Emissions trading Scheme – and go to the 2010 election based on a policy of a “NO CARBON TAX” …

  • The Emissions Trading Scheme – FAIL


Having convinced the Australian electorate to vote for the ALP in 2007 – based on the RUDD and ALP policy that Climate Change was the – ‘Moral Challenge of the 21st century’ – the Minister for Climate Change Penny Wong led the Copenhagen campaign – when that summit failed at almost every level – she came back home and began to empire build until the RUDD rollover. The Opposition also reneged on a deal done with the Government that saw Mr Turnbull rolled as Opposition Leader months earlier. If it was the moral challenge the ALP sold it as – why did they roll on their position so easily?

  • The Murray Basin Fix – FAILURE expected


Aleftover legacy from the Howard Government under the then Minister Malcolm Turnbull – and now an ALP problem under Minister Tony Burke. This environment induced problem seems to be a problem where no common ground solution can be found where all parties can be satisfied. The record floods up and down the eastern seaboard earlier this year saw flood waters flush out the Murray River basin and seen weirs and dams replenished. The Climate change debate is in front of the Murray River solution and now that the flood rains have eased the pressure – there is no longer the drive to take the radical measures that were being suggested.

  • The LIVE Livestock export Trade – FAIL


Successive Governments have been asleep at the wheel on the issue of how Australian Livestock are treated in foreign lands. The treatment of livestock as presented on 4 Corners two weeks ago drew great angst in the electorate and with livestock exporters. Minister for Trade – Craig Emerson has not been seen in this issue – Senator Ludwig – Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – has been the sole public face on the Governments response. There is no excuse – a leftover policy from the Howard Government where the same inhumane treatment was happening – and now the same with the four year ALP Government – it was only through the 4 Corners program and exposure of the animal treatment that forced the Government to suspend live trade. The treatment of these animals has been known within Government for decades. They just believer out of sight – out of the public’s mind -

  • The Alco Pops Tax reform – FAIL


Thought up as a measure to stop teenage binge drinking – reversed after several months … the administration costs incurred by business to comply added to the cost of the program – it was an idea that was now fully understood – it had Independent support an the Government went along without really delving into the ‘binge drinking’ problem.

  • The RUDD HEALTH reform – FAIL


Major Health reform agreed to with the States [excluding WA] – and then dumped when RUDD was rolled over on by Gillard and her Factional Henchmen … $AMillions of Taxpayer funds were expended into this program before it was rolled out. There was support from all the Labour States with NSW holding our for a better deal. When the 2010 election came around the only state not on board was WA – then both Victoria and NSW Labour Governments were rolled after Gillard dumped the Health plan.

  • THE 1000 brightest Minds experiment – FAIL


Sounded all good at the time – but there has been no follow through – how many millions were spent on travel and accommodation to stage the conference … what ideas were implemented – what interface with the public came from the event – was it purely a PR experiment or were there too many ideas and to many with conflicting arguments to implement any of them. It has to be asked – what were the positives that came from this event that justified the taxpayer-funded expenses to stage the experiment.

  • The HOMELESS Solution – FAIL


RUDD had every ALP HOR Member attend a homeless shelter in their electorate in the first weeks of taking office and report back on their visit – failed to develop any policy to follow through on statements made during the election campaign – another visual policy that had no teeth – in fact – I would venture to say that the ALP members resented being told that they had to visit a homeless shelter and submit a report – perhaps the beginning of the end emerged from this single issue for Mr Rudd.

  • THE Indigenous Solution – FAIL


Again a dual Government issue – Either side had different views on the ‘SORRY’ statement – RUDD made such a fanfare event of the statement – and this rallies the population – but once again the follow through has been very light on the ground in real improvements to Indigenous Health – Education and social change. We think we know best how to solve problems that we initially created when we took over the lands and their wealth that belonged to the indigenous populations who occupied the land for 10’s thousands of years before we became convict inhabitants of these lands. Australia has much to repay the original inhabitants of what we now call home and the Australian way of life.

  • The CURRENCY Appreciation – FAIL

The Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank and the Australian Government have done nothing to quell the International buying of the Australian Currency – the RBA has continually talked up its view that they want to increase Interest Rates at any opportunity – this has underpinned the currency and set a tone for strength that works against everything that Australia Commerce represents. Tourism relies on a cheaper currency – Mining and Agriculture exports have had their A$ revenues cut by 50% since the height of the GFC – the expensive currency drives consumers to off-shore markets to buy goods on-line.


As is always the case – the negatives are easy to remember – but there were some positives that this Author can recall -

  • The SORRY statement -
  • The rise in Pension payments -
  • The $1000 payment to all families during the GFC to boost Xmas sales in 2008 -

Please – post a comment to remind readers of any other positives the ALP Government has achieved in the four years it has been in office.

This REPORT card clearly gives the voter cause to look upon this Government as a Government who suffered many FAILURES – mind you if one was to have put the same test to the HOWARD Government – the result would have been the same. Howard’s Government were the SCROOGE’s in penny-pinching form everywhere across the welfare belt – sold of National Assets to fund their spending programs which over time where unwound by the ALP Government and policies that the electorate voted to have changed.

There is not a single Minister across the Governments front bench who has any Statesman like qualities – the only exceptions may be Mr RUDD and Mr SMITH … no wonder Australians love to detest our Political Leaders – but then again it you watch Question Time – you would know why they are held in such low esteem – they are the only ones who can improve their performance – else – all we can expect is a continuation in the deterioration of our Leadership and the plight of this Nation to deal with serious issues.

In the two years since – what has improved … it is a depressing assessment and no wonder Australia is angry …

I watched Question Time today – and Albanese’s childish behaviour when denying or accepting Tabled documents is indicative of everybody in the House – how many evictions … warnings … none have respect for the office or the Leaders sitting opposite one another.

Outside the House the hubris continued with Albanese and Gillard claiming moral ground on the electoral funding because Abbott renege … can’t they see that this bites them just as much … how blind these mice of men are …

Revolution is one answer – the election can’t come quick enough … how can a Nation focus on success with so much Leadership failure all around us.


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