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EYE-BALL’s Harry’ Growl on – The 2012 US Presidential Election Part II – The Fallout – the GOP beating up on itself -

November 10, 2012 3 comments
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Latest ‘Harry’s Growl’ Posts:


- 8th Nov – The 2012 US Presidential Election Part I – what does it really mean -


- 7th Nov – Bob Carr … Foreign Minister – as profiled by “The Australian’s” Ross Fitzgerald -


- 29th Oct – The Most Irrelevant of all Irrelevancy – Independents – Slipper, Thompson, Windsor, Oakeshott, Katter & Wilkie – hanging on to office rather than face the electorate –


- 27th Oct – Julia Gillard does not understand Hypocrisy – ALP Powerbrokers dump Penny Wong – makes Gillard look foolish over her ‘sexism’ claims –


- 27th Oct – Julia Gillard an assassin best dressed in Black – Maxine McKew’s – “Tales from the Political Trenches”-


- 26th Oct – The Turkey Basted Gillard – and “The Australian’s” Hedley Thomas’s – recipe for Slow Roasting a Prime Minister -


- 26th Oct – Maxine McKew’s story – Tales from the Political Trenches -


- 22nd Oct – Gillard stands atop her own Abyss – Will she jump or wait to be pushed -


- 19th Oct – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 6′: News Updates from Around the World -


- 17th Oct – Craig Thompson – there are no words to describe this GRUB … -


- 16th Oct – Hedley Thomas is back – and Gillard knee’s begin to tremble ..


- 9th Oct – Gillard has lost it – Turns Parliament into a sledge-fest over sexism -


- 6th Oct – Poor – Poor – Peter Slipper – The Pumpkin Eater cries crocodile tears in court -


- 5th Oct – The US Presidential Debate …!


- 4th Oct – I just want to “GROWL” at the World!


- 2nd Oct – PM Julia Gillard – Someone most Australians are ashamed of! -


- 23 Sept – Bob Carr – Australian “SOOK” – Ruined NSW and now a GILLARD pony Show -


- 16th Sept: – Royal ‘Boobs’ – who cares -


- 31st Aug: - Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 4′ – News Updates from Around the World -


- 26th Aug: – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 3′ – News Updates from Around the World -


- 26th Aug: – The Woman’s Body – perfect in every way – they just need to be convinced –


- 26th Aug: – The Preponderance of Fate – From the depths of the AWU scandal – to PM -


- 22nd Aug: – Attorney General Nicola Roxon – weighs in to defend her Prime Minister -


- 19th Aug: - Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 1′ – News from around the world -


- 18th Aug: – Australian Gangsters Inc – Part III – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


- 9th Aug: – Australian Gangsters Inc – Part II – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


- 5th Aug: - Wayne Swan – wannabe PM – Dickheads come and Dickheads go -


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Title:
– The 2012 US Presidential Election Part ii -
- The Fallout – the GOP beating up on itself -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 10th Nov 2012 |
The 2012 US Election came and went and the $6 billion spend to see Obama re-elected was money spent on a relief party for the US citizens now facing the reality of what it all means.

Nothing has changed – Romney finished with 203 Electoral votes, 30 more than John McCain four years ago.The last count on the popular vote for the President is 61.2 million, and Romney 58.3 million – see Politico link here.

The Tea Party:

Reading some of the post-election commentary emanating for the GOP and the ‘Tea Party’ faction, creates a viewpoint that the USA can’t help themselves.   They love the ‘blame-game’ and to read one senior Tea Party excuse for the defeat – see below -

Tea party leader calls for cease fire


| Author: KATIE GLUECK | Date: Nov 9th, 2012 (USA)| Link to On-Line Story. |

A prominent tea party leader is pleading with Republicans to stop the blame game after Tuesday’s disastrous results and focus on fixing the party’s “branding problem.”

“I don’t think there’s ever a time to have circular firing squads, going out and beating each other up in the media,” Amy Kremer, the chairman of the Tea Party Express, told POLITICO. “I mean, Republicans, conservatives, everyone. We need to figure this out. It’s not going to be something that’s figured out today, not going to be figured out tomorrow. It’s going to take a lot of communication and discussing, it’s going to take a while to figure it out.”

Kremer said that lobbing accusations back and forth in the media is not “helpful,” but noted that Election Day was a major wake-up call.

“There’s always Monday morning quarterbacking, but to go out and beat each other up in the media is not helpful,” she said, adding that she was “completely shocked” by the election’s results.

“There’s plenty of blame to go around, but at the end of the day, the Republican Party has a branding problem,” she added in an interview.

Echoing a diverse chorus of Republican voices, Kremer cited changing demographics and the need to address immigration reform, though the fiscally focused Tea Party Express doesn’t take a position on immigration policy, Kremer said. She also said that the party needed to be more aggressive in promoting its message. She praised Paul Ryan for a trip he took to Florida, soon after being tapped as Romney’s running mate, to explain his Medicare position plan with his mother by his side.

“They need to do more of that,” she said of GOP candidates. “They need to be out there. You don’t win a game by always playing defense. You have to go on offense.”

Not everyone embraces that conciliatory post-election approach advocated by Kremer. A livid statement from another major tea party group, the Tea Party Patriots, was released at about 11:30 on the night of the election. In it, National Coordinator Jenny Beth Martin blasted Mitt Romney and the Republican “establishment.”

“What we got was a weak moderate candidate, handpicked by the Beltway elites and country-club establishment wing of the Republican Party,” Martin charged in the statement. “The presidential loss is unequivocally on them. While it might take longer to restore America’s founding principles with President [Barack] Obama back in office, we are not going away. With the catastrophic loss of the Republican elite’s handpicked candidate — the tea party is the last best hope America has to restore America’s founding principles.”

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Who is National Coordinator Jenny Beth Martin?   How important is she to the future of the party?

For Party members to come out and trash your own Party and the selection process that gave them Romney – is short-sighted and one of the reasons they are where they are.   Nobody wants to look at themselves as the reason or cause of what happened.  Can you imagine that happened in Australia – hang on it does – Clive Palmer beating up on Campbell Newman for example and vice versa.

Where will the Tea Party go now … who cares … the USA style politics is a spent force – the reality of Leaders having to swallow their posture and strut for the good of the Nation is what is needed – can you see major political USA personalities taking a back seat to get done what needs to be done … that will be the test in coming months.

Oliver Stone:

Movie Director/Producer Oliver Stone has weighed into the debate with a new documentary series based on his book titled - “The Untold History of the United States” – Stone has done a deal with ‘Showtime’ to serialised the story into a 10 part documentary to be aired over coming weeks.  The ‘Politico’ story on this is copied below:

Oliver Stone: ‘I find Obama scary’


| Author: PATRICK GAVIN | Date: Nov 9th, 2012 (USA)| Link to On-Line Story. |

Each presidential cycle gets shrouded in the ultimate question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

In Oliver Stone’s new book — “The Untold History of the United States” — the filmmaker, along with historian Peter Kuznick, argues that, “The country Obama inherited was indeed in shambles, but Obama took a bad situation and, in certain ways, made it worse.”

Much of Stone and Kuznick’s book focuses on the threats posed by government secrecy and militarism throughout history and, in an interview with POLITICO Friday, Stone said that things aren’t getting better.

“It’s scarier,” said Stone. “I grew up under Eisenhower … and it’s gotten scarier because of the Bush and Reagan people and now I find Obama scary in a way that I had not done in 2008.” Stone cited reports of American drone attacks in Yemen and Pakistan as examples, as well as the president’s so-called “kill list.”

“The president, himself, has become judge, jury and executioner around the world,” said Kuznick.

The gloomy vision provided by both Stone and Kuznick during the interview prompted Stone to, at one point, jokingly ask, “You’re depressed by hearing us? I understand…”

Despite their critiques of the current administration, both still adopted a “best of two evils” attitude towards Obama.

“I believe he has a heart, I do,” said Stone. “But what follows him? He’ll be out of office in four years. Who’s going to be in office in 2020 when the weapons are worse? If another administration comes in like the Bush or Romney administration, what’s to prevent them from using these weapons in a far more sinister way?”

“I see more potential in Obama, as critical as I am,” said Kuznick. “I don’t believe that’s truly his essence and his soul. I think if we mobilized forces and pushed him the right direction, he’d be happy to be pushed.”

“The Untold History of the United States” has also been turned into a docu-series for Showtime, with the first installment airing Monday.

Read more:

The series commences its premier season on Showtime – 12th Nov 2012 in the USA – link to screening times

I’m a fan of Oliver Stone, his branding, and his story telling through movies.  Movies like his 1986 Best Picture movie – “Platoon”, starring Charlie Sheen, and his 1991 Oscar nominated movie “JFK” starring Kevin Costner, has proved his keen interest in, knowledge of, and his attention to detail about American Politics.

The TV series should be a great show for those who love political history.

Election Fraud:

This 2012 election result, called as a 50/50 outcome on the morning of the election, proved yet again how the electorate responds on election day as opposed to pollsters and the questions they ask to guide poll outcome data during an election campaign.   The length of the USA Presidential election is almost two years and it is a marathon of marathons.  There is plenty of time for mistakes and to overcome errors, all it takes is money to but votes and the good old american dream is alive and well when everybody gets a piece of the election money gravy ride.

GOP donator’s have a right to question how their funds were used, and the belief that they had a shot of rolling Obama bled them dry of new donations.   Should they be allowed to ask for a refund given the landslide victory and how the donator’s were misled – of course not – ‘all-in’ as they say.

Surely the Legislators need to take a good hard look and how the $6 billion spend to win is justified.   That equated to $50 a vote for the 120 million voters who lodged a vote.

In Australia the AEC refunds $2.41 per electoral vote pledged.

It is obviously not as simple as suggested – but when poll data suggests a neck and neck struggle, and a result comes up as a landslide – one has to ask if the poll data was skewered toward a close contest to entice more funding donations.

It can be likened to the cause and effect of the GFC – ratings agencies and their complicity in providing AAA ratings for ‘sub-prime’ assets in exchange for financial favours, gave everybody a comfort in investing in those ‘sub-prime’ assets.   This Sub-Prime fiasco It was a fraud – and to suggest the Campaign Managers created fraudulent poll results to create larger funding donations might not be too far from the mark.

It’s called a ‘sucker-play’ – and as each and every election rolls by – the Political Parties just keep spending the money asked for and donated by voters without accountable or responsible outcomes.

Poof … another $6 billion gone – what outcome has changed – the HOR remains the same under GOP rule – the Senate remains with Obama – a few changes to Governorships, but the end result is more or less the same –  yet the world was led to believe that an Obama victory was at best an even money bet.

Someone, or a great number of someone’s got it horrible wrong … and as always the poor plebs out there in electoral land paid twice – first the money they donated, and then their hopes and dreams went … Poof …

At least when you buy a lottery ticket you know someone has to win – in a two-horse race someone has to lose … but to try and make it sound like a close race is to give heart-break to almost 60 million people who put their heart and soul into Romney … someone deceived them …

America have had an escape from the reality of their fate during this election campaign – now that party is over, the problems that were there before the election campaign are now again front and center and in need of urgent attention.

The political landscape has not improved the chances in ways to help get done what has to be done.

The Tea Party faction was hell-bent in preventing the measures Obama wanted to legislate during his previous term hoping it would improve their electoral chances in 2012.

What will they do now that America has rejected them and stuck with Obama ?

American Politicians now have their own fate to deal with and unless they do – the World will punish them … Government spending and bail-out packages is about to come to an abrupt end and the money men on Wall Street sold the markets in the immediate session following Obama’s win – that was a sure signal and the Government is on notice by Global Money Managers.

Obama has to lead – he can no longer pussy foot around – he has to seize the moment and grasp the GOP with both hands – drag the Republicans screaming and kicking to the table and lay down the law.

He has to listen and carry the day else all America will fall.  He has to stop spending money, stop bailing out industries that chew up the aid and allow the industry fat-cats to continue to drink from the public money pot.

Obama needs a squad of ‘Hog Shooters’ to lighten the load on the public purse – lean and mean and if the electorate can see the middle and upper management types shunted from the public service – and more on the ground staffers employed – America can have hope they can turn it all around.

If they don’t then the ‘slow-drag’ interest cost on their public debt, the welfare spend, the pension costs, ad the hopes of a whole generation will  free fall over the cliff-edge and into an abyss none of us want to know about.

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EYE-BALL’s Harry’ Growl on – The 2012 US Presidential Election – what does it really mean -

November 8, 2012 2 comments
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Latest ‘Harry’s Growl’ Posts:


- 7th Nov – Bob Carr … Foreign Minister – as profiled by “The Australian’s” Ross Fitzgerald -


- 29th Oct – The Most Irrelevant of all Irrelevancy – Independents – Slipper, Thompson, Windsor, Oakeshott, Katter & Wilkie – hanging on to office rather than face the electorate –


- 27th Oct – Julia Gillard does not understand Hypocrisy – ALP Powerbrokers dump Penny Wong – makes Gillard look foolish over her ‘sexism’ claims –


- 27th Oct – Julia Gillard an assassin best dressed in Black – Maxine McKew’s – “Tales from the Political Trenches”-


- 26th Oct – The Turkey Basted Gillard – and “The Australian’s” Hedley Thomas’s – recipe for Slow Roasting a Prime Minister -


- 26th Oct – Maxine McKew’s story – Tales from the Political Trenches -


- 22nd Oct – Gillard stands atop her own Abyss – Will she jump or wait to be pushed -


- 19th Oct – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 6′: News Updates from Around the World -


- 17th Oct – Craig Thompson – there are no words to describe this GRUB … -


- 16th Oct – Hedley Thomas is back – and Gillard knee’s begin to tremble ..


- 9th Oct – Gillard has lost it – Turns Parliament into a sledge-fest over sexism -


- 6th Oct – Poor – Poor – Peter Slipper – The Pumpkin Eater cries crocodile tears in court -


- 5th Oct – The US Presidential Debate …!


- 4th Oct – I just want to “GROWL” at the World!


- 2nd Oct – PM Julia Gillard – Someone most Australians are ashamed of! -


- 23 Sept – Bob Carr – Australian “SOOK” – Ruined NSW and now a GILLARD pony Show -


- 16th Sept: – Royal ‘Boobs’ – who cares -


- 31st Aug: - Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 4′ – News Updates from Around the World -


- 26th Aug: – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 3′ – News Updates from Around the World -


- 26th Aug: – The Woman’s Body – perfect in every way – they just need to be convinced –


- 26th Aug: – The Preponderance of Fate – From the depths of the AWU scandal – to PM -


- 22nd Aug: – Attorney General Nicola Roxon – weighs in to defend her Prime Minister -


- 19th Aug: - Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 1′ – News from around the world -


- 18th Aug: – Australian Gangsters Inc – Part III – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


- 9th Aug: – Australian Gangsters Inc – Part II – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


- 5th Aug: - Wayne Swan – wannabe PM – Dickheads come and Dickheads go -


To see more EYE-BALL Harry’s Growl posts:
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Title:
– The 2012 US Presidential Election -
- what does it really mean -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 8th Nov 2012 |
The US Elections proved yet again that Americans get it right for all the wrong reasons. Barack Obama won in a landslide if College Votes was the measure – yet the popular vote for the President at last count was 60.4 million, and Romney 57.7 million – see link here.

The College Electoral votesstand at 303 to Obama, and 203 to Romney with Florida’s 29 votes still to be decided – but most likely to go to Obama giving him 332 electoral votes. 270 is need to become President.   The 2008 election result had Obama winning 365 to McCain’s 173.  This result was closer but then the McCain/Palin ticket was the worst the GOP had put up ever … perhaps after the mess Bush left they felt they had to run dead because the electorate would have never accepted another 4 years of Republican leadership.

Some other facts from the election result that nobody really cares about unless your American -

  1. The US House of Representatives will again be run by the GOP with a majority 233 to 193 – with 9 seats still to be decided – some  218 needed to control the HOR.  The 2008 election result had the Democrats with 247 and the GOP with 178 – this turned around at the mid-terms when the results had 193 for the Democrats and 242 for the GOP.
  2. The US Senate will be retained by the Democrats with a majority of 53 to 45 and 2 Independent seats. 51 need to control the Senate. The 2008 election result had the Democrats with 57 to the GOP’s 41 and 2 Independents.   After the mid-terms this became 51 to 47 with 2 Independents and still favouring Obama.
  3. US Governors – the Democrats have 18 to the Republicans 30 at last count with 1 Independent and 1 still to be decided.  The 2008 result had 29 Democrats and 21 Republicans.   After the mid-terms it was 29 Democrats to 20 GOP, and 1 Independent.

The big question still remains – should Obama have done more in the first two years of his first term when he had a mandate and control over both Houses and the Governorships?

Reports tell us that US$6 Billion has been the spend on this election campaign – and listening to commentary would have us believe that this money was largely spent trying to get Americans out to vote.

There is no compulsory voting in America and the way the commentary went on the Australian coverage of the election yesterday – everybody was talking up how compulsory voting would be a good thing in America and how Australia has the best voting system in the world.

What pure unadulterated poppycock …

Australian media personalities commenting on US elections and the electoral voting system in Australia proved once and for all that they sit in front of a camera and talk – talk about nothings – they fill in the space before the next commercial and if anyone listened to what was being said – you’d end up in an asylum or something worse.

Nobody calls them to account when they make outlandish statements and nobody calls them to account or asks where is the proof.   I channel  hopped and then mute the sound in frustration at the dumb arse commentary.  I then went back to my computer to find out what I want to know … that Michael Rowlands from ABC24 and sent over to the US as a special correspondent to cover the US election – his reporting proves my point – what does he actually know about US elections that he did not read about on the flight over?

The ABC24 trump-card was Mr Green – the guru of all things election in Australia and now apparently the USA as well – he was the only person worth listening to during the whole broadcast – he at least has my respect and told me things I wanted to hear about.

As for the rest – the TV networks are short-changed and should review all News budgets and overhaul the whole concept on how they report news and current affairs.  They have to decide – is the broadcast about the eye-candy or about the integrity and interface the reporter, and the newsreader has with the audience – most of all they have to have creditability.   Let me be more frank – they are all mostly dumb fu(:ks paid to look good in front of a camera …

Back to the debate on ‘compulsory voting‘ raise during the US election broadcast – all of the Worlds largest and longest-serving democracy’s went away from compulsory voting many decades ago and for good reason – and yet when the presenter’s and panelist’s need to find something to talk about to fill the void – everybody follows a lead and began to spruik about the low turnout and what can be done to fix the problem – hence the compulsory voting discussion.

For the record – the US voter turnout was at 118 million at last count – i.e. 12:00 AEST, 08th Nov 2012 – source linked here – the 2008 final count was – 130 million, and in the 4 years since the American population has grown from 304 million in 2008, to 315 million in 2012.    Voter turnout appears to be down and Hurricane Sandy had some say in that result.   Some 40% of votes cast were reported as ‘early votes’ … The election result is in its very early stages of be dissected and reviewed by all parties.

Politics does not interest 50% of the voting age electorate.   Less than 1% of children at school leaving age have any interest in politics other then they become eligible to vote.  Where does this lack of interest emanate from –  the answer – the complete mistrust of politicians who continually lie, steal, behave corruptly, and infuse the electorate with the  – ‘do as I say, not as I do’  mantra …

American can show us plenty – every State had as a part of the US election vote, the opportunity to vote on a great number of State led referendums.   Some State’s had up to 5 or 6 questions being put to the electorate.

Questions on matters like abortion, gay marriage, the most popular across a number of States was the legalisation of marijuana - read Politico story here  on the vote outcome for legalising marijuana, rasing state taxes, excise, there was a smorgasbord of questions across the States asking voters to cast their opinions and wants.

This leaves no doubt that Americans love their democracy where the people get the opportunity every four years or so to tell their politicians what they can and can’t legislate on.

These sorts of referendum questions do not happen in Australia on a regular basis – and was pointed out in a post earlier this week by the “None of the Above” campaign – linked here.

To get a better understanding of the types of questions and the vote results to the questions asked, please spend 10 minutes of so using this link – when you get there click on a State and see the Question and election results – you truly will be enlightened.

Why our form of democracy does not offer the electorate a vote on important policy issues is a true reflection of our own nativity and acceptance of the mediocrity in our form of Government.

Policy on education, immigration, defence, new taxes, social issues like gay marriage, adoption, legalisation of marijuana – are all decisions taken out of the hands of the electorate, and formulated by party membership and the factions within the major Party’s.

That means less than 250,000 party members across the Nation decide on the policies to govern 23 million people – hardly what you would call true democracy.

And what portion of the major Party membership get to have imput or vote on policy?

When our Leaders take office they assume control over everything and can make changes to stated policies without a mandate to do so – i.e. Carbon Tax and the Emissions Trading scheme.

Can anyone honestly say this Nation has a true democracy at work?

I offer congratulations to Obama for his win and understand as he does – it is a poison chalice.

Americans finally understood that the Republicans under G.W. Bush Jnr were responsible for what their Nation is enduring at the moment and gave Obama another mandate to continue to try to fix the problems.

His 2008 election was met with messiah type adoration – four years later the world has realised that even Obama at his best cannot fix the weight of the problems facing the world in a single term, nor even two terms.

This GFC is a man-made event and took some 40 years to happen – DEBT was the cause and at the moment more debt is being created to try to fix the problem.   This is only the first cycle and when the debt crisis continues and recovery does not happen – the second phase will begin.

Discussion with a colleague this morning included a likening to this election having the same hallmarks as the 1936 election – three years later all Europe was at war and the US entered in 1941.  Without the war the world would have endured the ‘depression’ for god only knows how many more years.   From WWII came the economic prosperity of the 50’s and the 60’s … what the World faces today is a dark picture looming ominously and the World had best prepare itself.

If I was to say that we have already been at war for some time – you might think I was a fool – not an Afghan or Iraqi type War – but a war over trade … Australia has been losing this war via its high currency value and the dunce heads running our Nation’s finances, i.e. the RBA and the Treasury – both are yet to realise their focus on ‘inflation’ concerns is akin to watching the wrong horse in the running of the Melbourne cup.

EYE-BALL Guru has been writing about this stuff for years and slowly but surely the public debate is now about the cost to Australian industry arising from of the high A$ value … it is all far too late and the mining boom was over before it began.

Whatever resource metal price increased fed in as US$’s – was offset by the rising A$ value and that diminished A$ revenues over the last 10 years to the tune of a trillion A$’s.

Our esteemed Leaders talk a big deal on the prosperity of future pipeline investment, and the mining boom never-ending because of China demand – I tell you now they’re talking a different book to the rest of the world … they need shootin’ as regular commentator ‘Hog Shooter‘ states so eloquently.

Romney did a great job in engaging and making the US election seem a close contest – polls on the day had it a 50/50 call … how did they get it so wrong and all this does is give Politicians weight to call polling data a media beat-up when it goes against them, and to befriend the numbers when they go their way.   Sanity prevailed and now the reality of what America face will begin to hit home.

How is this for starters – remember the ‘debt-ceiling‘ debate that dragged on for more than six months last year – forcing the Leadership to shut down the Government at one stage – all on account of the House could not agree to lift the ceiling without budget concessions.

Well that ceiling now set at US$16.3 trillion is about to be front and centre again – the US ‘debt to the penny‘ web site having US debt at $16.2 trillion.

This means the US Government is days away from another debt ceiling crisis and this will be excruciating for global Financial markets – it;s been known to the markets that this was about to happen yet the US election commentators forgot to factor in the impending financial crisis.

We saw a glimpse of what is to follow when the DJIA fell 300+ points on the news of Obama’s win – can you imagine what it would have done if Romney had of won – he had promised a massive increase in defence spending and no new taxes … proves that the ‘slight of hand’ distraction of a $6 billion spend on an election can blindside everybody.

Nah … the US election was an opportunity for Americans to party for a while in the nostalgia of election fever … the media played their part – most of that US$ 6 billion spend fed into their coffers through advertising and the like …

Does the World breathe easier today because of Obama’s win … hardly … and as a second severe storm bears down on the North East a week after ‘Sandy’ wrecked havoc and left 10’s millions with home damage and without power – many still living in provided for accommodation … the reality of tough life will hit home before the week is out.

Asia and Europe will take a lead from the DJIA and that will again turn the screws on Greece and Spain as they are forced to enact austerity measures extracted during recent bailout deals.

And then we have the ‘kindergarten’ arena of politics … Australia … we have a new PM this week in Chris Bowen whilst the real PM is out of the Nation yet again receiving accolades for her ‘misogynist’ speech, and trying to look like she fits in on the World Leadership stage.

With Deputy PM Wayne Swan still in the country – can someone please explain why boofhead Evans is acting PM?

Are we to read some import that Swan no longer has the confidence of the PM to fulfil his Deputy PM role?

I can’t find a story on this anywhere!   Chris Evans as PM … god help us all …

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EYE-BALL’s Harry’ Growl on – Bob Carr … Foreign Minister – as profiled by “The Australian’s”Ross Fitzgerald -

November 7, 2012 Comments off
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Latest ‘Harry’s Growl’ Posts:


- 29th Oct – The Most Irrelevant of all Irrelevancy – Independents – Slipper, Thompson, Windsor, Oakeshott, Katter & Wilkie – hanging on to office rather than face the electorate –


- 27th Oct – Julia Gillard does not understand Hypocrisy – ALP Powerbrokers dump Penny Wong – makes Gillard look foolish over her ‘sexism’ claims –


- 27th Oct – Julia Gillard an assassin best dressed in Black – Maxine McKew’s – “Tales from the Political Trenches”-


- 26th Oct – The Turkey Basted Gillard – and “The Australian’s” Hedley Thomas’s – recipe for Slow Roasting a Prime Minister -


- 26th Oct – Maxine McKew’s story – Tales from the Political Trenches -


- 22nd Oct – Gillard stands atop her own Abyss – Will she jump or wait to be pushed -


- 19th Oct – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 6′: News Updates from Around the World -


- 17th Oct – Craig Thompson – there are no words to describe this GRUB … -


- 16th Oct – Hedley Thomas is back – and Gillard knee’s begin to tremble ..


- 9th Oct – Gillard has lost it – Turns Parliament into a sledge-fest over sexism -


- 6th Oct – Poor – Poor – Peter Slipper – The Pumpkin Eater cries crocodile tears in court -


- 5th Oct – The US Presidential Debate …!


- 4th Oct – I just want to “GROWL” at the World!


- 2nd Oct – PM Julia Gillard – Someone most Australians are ashamed of! -


- 23 Sept – Bob Carr – Australian “SOOK” – Ruined NSW and now a GILLARD pony Show -


- 16th Sept: – Royal ‘Boobs’ – who cares -


- 31st Aug: - Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 4′ – News Updates from Around the World -


- 26th Aug: – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 3′ – News Updates from Around the World -


- 26th Aug: – The Woman’s Body – perfect in every way – they just need to be convinced –


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Title:
– Bob Carr … Foreign Minister -
as profiled by “The Australian’s” Ross Fitzgerald -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 7th Nov 2012 |
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The Foreign Minister Bob Carr has an inflated opinion of his own worth – not just my words but demonstrated by his willingness to weigh in on any matter including domestic issues where he should keep his moth shut.

Gillard gifted him an open appointment and Bob certainly decided he was going to be heard on all things Bob Carr – no matter how out of place they might be.

The Australian journalist – Ross Fitzgerald – filed a story on Bob Carr and published on the 3rd Nov 2012 –  it is well worth the read … linked here … or read story below.

A short profile of Ross Fitzgerald:

Ross Fitzgerald is a writer, broadcaster, historian and political commentator. He writes a regular column for The Australian and The Spectator Australia, reviews for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Weekend Australian and regularly appears on ABC Radio, ABCTV, and on Channel 7. He is currently a member of the New South Wales State Parole Authority; the New South Wales Heritage Council; the Administrative Decisions Tribunal; and the NSW Government Expert Advisory Group on Drugs and Alcohol. Emeritus Professor in History and Politics at Griffith University and part-time Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University, Ross Fitzgerald has published thirty-two books, including Under the Influence: Alcohol in Australia (2009), Made in Queensland: A New History (2009), coedited Growing Old (Dis) Gracefully: 35 Australians Reflect on Life over 50 (2008), The Federation Mirror: Queensland 1901-2001 (2002), Seven Days to Remember: The World’s First Labour Government (1999), and Red Ted: The Life of E.G. Theodore (1994), which was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Prize and for the National Biography Award.

Ross Fitzgerald’s story published in The Australian is reproduced below:

Bob Carr should leave home fires to someone else


| Author: Ross Fitzgerald | Date: Nov 3rd, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

JULIA Gillard has been rightly criticised for her poor judgment.

There are too many examples to list, but they include her farcical announcement of an East Timor processing centre for asylum-seekers; her citizens’ assembly that sank without trace; her panicked decision to suspend live-cattle exports to Indonesia; her introduction of the carbon tax that she promised would not be introduced; her lax oversight of the heavily rorted school building program; and her support for disgraced MPs Peter Slipper and Craig Thomson.

Even though I initially thought it a good idea, another poor decision was her appointment of Bob Carr as Minister for Foreign Affairs. It is now clear that his inflated overconfidence has led to embarrassing blunders. As Foreign Minister, Carr should make an effort to rise above the daily political battles, but he spends as much time casting slurs on Tony Abbott and the opposition as he does talking about international relations.

A disturbing precedent was set on March 13, his first day in the parliament, when Carr was asked at a press conference about the killing of Afghans by a rogue US soldier and whether the soldier should face charges. He initially expressed concern about the loss of life but then launched into a low-rent attack on Abbott by describing him as a “cheapskate hypnotist in a rundown circus”.

It was a rehearsed line that Carr seemed desperate to get out but he showed appalling judgment by delivering it in the context of questions about Afghanistan, where so many Australian soldiers have been killed.

Carr’s decision to intervene in the Slipper-James Ashby sexual harassment court case was a serious lapse of judgment when he said, “This Ashby seems more rehearsed than a kabuki actor.”

Another blunder occurred just 48 hours after his appointment: in response to a question about the potential for a delayed election in Papua New Guinea. he said: “You’ve got Australia placed in a position where we’d have no alternative but to organise the world to condemn and isolate Papua New Guinea. We’d be in a position of having to consider sanctions.”

This outrageous overreach reverberated around the region and beyond. It indicated that Carr’s instincts were to not only bully smaller, developing nations but also to directly interfere in their internal political affairs.

Reportedly shaken by the backlash to his remarks, Carr compounded his error in his statement on March 16 that said: “As I said to (PNG) foreign minister (Ano) Pala in my telephone conversation yesterday, my recent comments have been misunderstood and used out of context.” Rather than admit that he had made a mistake and apologise, Carr demonstrated to the region that when under pressure he would resort to a disingenuous claim that he had been taken out of context, which was clearly not the case.

A raft of other errors, including multiple references to 5500 Australian troops in Afghanistan rather than the 1550 deployed, can be put down to a cavalier attitude to his briefings. Carr’s suggestion that it would be desirable for the Taliban to be part of the Afghan government was not taken seriously. However, his musing that the Syrian conflict might be resolved by the assassination of President Bashar al-Assad was dangerously reckless. For our Foreign Minister to contemplate the assassination of a head of state, without regard for the consequences, in a highly volatile nation in a conflict-ridden region, is deeply disturbing.

Carr threw the book on consular assistance out the window in June when he flew to Libya in an attempt to intervene in the case of Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor, who had been detained while working in the country on behalf of the International Criminal Court. There were constant media interviews as he used the issue to grandstand, in an apparent breach of longstanding policy regarding consular matters.

This set a precedent that will dog Carr during his tenure as Foreign Minister. It quickly came back to haunt him when Australian Alexandra “Pippi” Bean was detained in Libya in September. Her family understandably called for Carr to provide the same level of support Taylor had received and that he fly to Libya to negotiate Bean’s release. Carr claimed that Bean’s circumstances were less serious and refused to travel to Libya, with Bean declaring she felt abandoned by the government.

Carr now has to justify his failure to personally intervene in every case where an Australian is in trouble overseas. He will have to provide constant updates about their welfare, otherwise it can be claimed that he chooses to intervene only in consular cases that boost his media profile.

Carr’s justification for taking his wife on all official trips overseas was: “I’m proud that Helena has accompanied me on every trip I’ve done. Because while I’m talking to the foreign minister, she’s inspecting aid projects or talking to groups of women.

“In every stage in our bid for a UN seat it was an advantage for the Australian Foreign Minister to be accompanied by a wife who was born in Malaysia, of Indian and Chinese parents.” The only thing that saved him from howls of protest from leftist feminist groups was their overt bias towards Labor.

Part of Carr’s problem is that he is Labor’s media gun, willing to comment on virtually anything. This brings us back to his appointment, when the PM did nothing to manage expectations of how the former NSW premier would perform in the job. Indeed, she lauded his appointment as akin to the arrival of a political messiah. This placed enormous pressure on Carr to be a governmental attack dog for Labor, a role he has adopted as one of the leading character assassins of Abbott.

There is a fundamental contradiction between the duties of a foreign minister and those of a domestic political scrapper. Carr would be well advised to spend more time studying his briefs and less time attacking Abbott and the Coalition through the media.

Ross Fitzgerald is the author of 35 books, most recently the political satire Fools’ Paradise.

This Federal Government in on the backside of its tenure, and it is a downhill ride.  Everyone ALP supporter inside and outside of the Government is looking for the panicked signs telling everyone to ‘abandon ship’.  The downhill journey is countered with some brake-power being supplied by better poll numbers for Gillard as preferred PM, and the ALP narrowing the margin with the Opposition.

Can the polls be believed … the stench surrounding Craig Thompson, Peter Slipper, now disgraced HSU boss Mike Williamson, and TWU boss Tony Sheldon, yet more Unionists in trouble,  adds to the toxic cloud over-hanging any ALP revival.

Then there is the ongoing AWU scandal threatening to burst the dam walls surrounding the Prime Minister’s  – ‘I did nothing wrong’ – statements.

All one can observe is the obvious signs that caucus is still shackled to the Prime Minister’s fate, and she is still hell-bent on taking them all down with her.

Kevin Rudd was an outstanding Foreign Minister – he resigned just prior to the Mar 2012 Leadership spill when Gillard forced his hand whilst he was overseas representing Australia in New York.

Gillard has set up a history of ‘ambush’ type tactics to defeat her enemy – she did it in 2010 when she thrust the knife into Rudd’s unsuspecting back – she did it again in Mar 2012 when she called another Leadership spill where in the immediate timeframe preceding the spill vote, her cabinet Ministers came out dumping on Rudd in a vile way.  She did the ‘ambush’ attack again in Aug 2012 when she hijacked an unsuspecting junior and ALP supporting Press gallery – where she took what she thought was the high moral ground since claiming she answered and exhausted all questions on the AWU scandal … her modus operandi is obvious – ‘sucker-punch’ who ever lines up against her at every opportunity.

When Bob Carr was plucked from the ashes in the aftermath of the NSW Labour Party’s descent into obscurity – Gillard believed she was creating a ‘light-bulb’ moment. Hardly anyone saw it coming and it had everybody holding off for a month or two to see how Bob settled into the job and whether being out of Politics for six off years had dulled his political savvy.

Bob Carr had jumped off the sinking NSW boat in 2006 and left a Leadership vacuum that saw the NSW ALP fight over the scraps, eventually each new leader becoming a target until the 2011 NSW election saw the ALP win only 20 seats  in the House – down from 52 from the previous election, and out of a total of 93 seats in the House.  See Wikipedia 2011 NSW Election results here

Bob Carr’s legacy as NSW longest-serving Premier is there for all to see being played out by the current O’Farrell Government, and the previous NSW ALP Government’s after Carr left.

The O’Farrell Government now lurches from crisis to crisis trying to find the funds to plug the gaps Carr and his departure of Leadership failures left behind – they discovered A$1 billion the other day – and we are still to hear whether that was a Labour Party ‘slush-fund’ type discovery unaccounted for from the previous Government, or a genuine Treasury mistake in accounting under O’Farrell’s rule.

Returning to the Fitzgerald’s story above – his observation about Bob Carr and his ‘one-liners’ is modern-day policy for all Ministers and their media staff.  The daily task is to come up with a ‘one-liner’ for their charge to use in a press conference that will hopefully get replayed over and over – giving the author of the comment free media play and the subsequent profile elevation.  it is akin to trawler fishing and using ‘one-liners’ as the bait … use the right slogan and the fish haul can be a bonanza.

It is such an obvious grab and cheapens politics in a way that presents ‘glib’ commentary as more important than policy initiatives. It diminishes the respect we all have and highlights just how ineffective Politicians are in communicating messages when everything is about tagging the other side.

I ask a question – will Bob Carr remain a Senator when the Gillard Government is booted from office?

Resigning from the Senate is a simple process as the Mark Arbib/Bob Carr  turn around proved.   But more importantly as Bob Carr and his wife rack up in excess of $1 million in travel costs on their first eight months in the job – is whether Bob Carr is there for the glory of saving the ALP, having a shot at PM himself, of this is a last hooray before he rides off into the sunset one more time.

Bob as FM is now asking for an increase of $25 million to his budget to fund the new Security Council membership.   What is it that Bob Carr brings to the table – it is a fair question?

If his wife is such an integral part of his overseas trips – providing cultural and language assistance – why is she not on the official payroll?

Of the A$1 million official travel expenditure Carr has accounted for during his 8 months in the job – his wife’s contribution and cost of the air-fares alone amount to near $150k.

Is Mrs Bob Carr reading the federal Government brief’s on Foreign Governments as a part of her ‘cultural’ advisory role?  Does she have secrecy clearance?   Has she been vetted by the AFP to be exposed to official secrets?

This site has produced four previous stories about Bob Carr since his Senate and Foreign Minister appointment in Mar 2012 -

  1. 25th Oct – Foreign Minister Bob Carr & Wife
  2. 08th Oct – Carr’s Lunacy – Suggests Assassination
  3. 26th Sep – Bob Carr – Australian “SOOK”
  4. 06th Apr – New Foreign Minister Bob Carr – wants to be PM

As Foreign Minister’s go – his predecessors in Kevin Rudd, Alexander Downer, and Gareth Evans,  are all hard acts to follow.   I don’t mention Stephen Smith in the job before Kevin Rudd’s appointment for obvious reasons.

Fitzgerald’s summary comment above about Carr needing to spend more time reading his ministerial briefs, and less time being a Gillard sanctioned ‘attack dog’ biting at Tony Abbott’s ankles is well made.

If Bob Carr’s appointment was to beef up Gillards stocks within the NSW right, then Bob Carr is safe for the moment.   But what will happen if Gillard is rolled and the new PM wants to reshuffle Cabinet … where is the value of Bob Carr in that scenario … would Bob Carr have the political clout to sustain his position as Foreign Minister?

As Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd excelled in the job – his creditability on the World stage was obviously enhanced by his PM time and in that context Bob Carr had a hard act to follow.

Before becoming Foreign Minister and in the aftermath of the NSW Premier gig – Bob was a blogger – http://bobcarrblog.wordpress.com/ and still is.   It’s mostly PR stuff these days but before the FM job there were some pretty radical post on the site – since cleaned up and no longer available.

I question Bob Carr’s credentials as I do all our Politicians as is my right to do so.   I do not afford blind respect to any politician these days because they do not respect the electorate.  They openly lie to voters and treat them with disdane when it comes to integrity and the moral sustenance requird to overn a Nation.

I question all of Julia Gillard’s credentials all the time, and for her to have gone outside and hand-picked Bob Carr for the plum job as Foreign Minister, and placed another un-elected Member in her Ministery – means Bob Carr’s appointment is all on her head.

Bob Carr’s real agenda is still to be revealed … for the moment he is Julia’s ‘bitch’ working the Foreign Ministry under a tight leash … when will the real Bob Carr stand up …

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EYE-BALL’s Harry’ Growl on – The Most Irrelevant of all Irrelevancy – Independants -Slipper, Thompson, Windsor, Oakeshott, Katter, & Wilkie – hanging onto employment rather than face the electorate –

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Title:
– The Most irrelevant of all Irrelevancy -
- Independents -Slipper, Thompson, Windsor, Oakeshott, Katter & Wilkie – hanging on to office rather than face the electorate –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 29th Oct 2012 |
The historical minority Federal Government has lasted two + years and all in defiance of opinion that it would not work.

Yet – with some 400+ pieces of Legislation passed by this Parliament that Mr Albanese and other Ministers continually remind us of  – the Independent’s Winsor and Oakeshott, Members for ‘New England’ and ‘Lyons’ – have steadfastly stood side by side in their defiant support of the Government throughout the parliamentary term.

The dislike both these Independent Members have for the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott gives cause and effect resulting in their reckless support for a Prime Minister with a credibility matching that of another Union fraudster in Craig Thompson.

When both these MP’s stood together and held Australia to ransom for weeks before they chose which political party would Govern – they offered the electorate bravado and intellect that had us all believing in the positives of a minority Government.

Mr Oakeshott and Mr Windsor’s support remains the only reason the Government are able to hold on to Government.

One of the other true Independents, Mr Wilkie, Member for Denison,  handed his vote to the Government and was firstly dependent on his request for Poker Machine reform, and now that Mr Slipper switched sides to be Speaker, and now another Independent on the crossbenches,  Wilkie’s support for the Government only extends to supply issues.

Mr Wilkie now sits like a ‘shag on a rock’ – without leverage and having been screwed over by Ms Gillard in reference to the poker machine legislation promise.   Mr Wilkie laments and awaits his remaining time in office with no ‘stick’ or relevance with which to beat the Government.

For all the good he postures as a MP and representing the electorate of Denison,  he now turns up to Parliament with a vote that does neither side any real good.

The other true Independent, Mr Katter, Member for Kennedy, is a maverick style Politician who votes with the Opposition more so than the Government.  He has formed a new Political party and fielded candidates in the recent Q’LD elections for the first time.   The new party – Katter’s Australian Party  – will stand their candidates for the first time in a Federal election at the 2013 elections.

Of these four Independents, Mr Katter stands as the most Independent and his allegiance is promised to neither party. These four Independents, when joined by The Greens Member Mr Brandt, exiled ALP Member Craig Thompson, and disgraced ex Speaker Peter Slipper, one can see the case for the Parliament having creditability and the respect of the electorate as a workable minority Government – all evaporate in a puff of smoke.

The Senate also poses a problem – without the Greens support in that Chamber, the Government would not have been able to introduce the ‘Carbon Tax’ and other environmental legislation.  One has to understand, the Greens would never have given their support to the Government without extracting forward commitments from Gillard to push through the ‘carbon tax’.

So when one counts the portion of voters represented by these Independents – the true picture of how irrelevant the minority Government really is.  The sum of the voters represented by these four electorates – some 350k hold the rest of Australia to account and force this Government upon us all.

If Independents Oakeshott and Windsor looked to all of Australia and asked themselves if Gillard is truly the choice of the Nation – one could try to give them the the benefit of the doubt – but do they consider the rest of Australia’s viewpoint?

For all of her time as PM during this term – the PM’s polls have sunk lower and lower.  It has only been since her ‘misogynist’ speech that her preferred PM position has been established and created a gap with the Opposition Leader.

The four Independents pictured above have to look to themselves and make the call whether this Government will run the full term.   With vested interest’s involved – the electorates belief in anyone in this Government doing the right thing, is as forlorn as an Australian bound refugee now on an  boat headed toward offshore detention centres.


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Title:
– Julia Gillard does not understand Hypocrisy -
- ALP Powerbrokers dump Penny Wong -
– makes Gillard look foolish over her ‘sexism’ claims –

| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 27th Oct 2012 |
News from South Australia that Penny Wong has today been dumped to second position on the South Australian ballot for Senate positions will shock many – especially those within the ALP caucus.

Ms Wong is looked upon as someone with great expectation from within the party, but Union influence has again caused a rift within the party that will again draw blood at a time when Gillard is desperately fending off the wolves hunting her down in a slow stalk.

Factional Union lobbying has seen SA Right-faction powerbroker Don Farrell from the ‘Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association’, and a Senator since 2008, topple Ms Wong by 112 votes to 83 to place first on the SA Senate Ballot.

This is major news – Farrell was seen as someone that helped Gillard topple Rudd in June 2010 – Wong was a Rudd supporter throughout that coup.  Gillard again has tested party loyalty and see a senior Minister fall from favour within the Union factional powerbrokers.

These Unions operate under a ‘sesist misogynist’ mandate and yet Gillard has stayed silent on the Wong demotion.   Gillards hypocrisy is there for all to see, whenever she remonstrates over sexism and misogynism in the future, she is fully embracing an entrenched sexist workplace where serving union heavyweights ply their sexist attitudes to women.

She is a hypocrite for all to see – and Australia is ashamed to have her as our PM.   A ‘Courier Mail’ story on this Wong demise appears below:

Women are listening to Julia Gillard with fresh ears, but it may not last long


| Author: Mark Kenny | Date: 27th Oct 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

THE fact the faceless men are male rankles with voters more than their union connections, says Mark Kenny.

THE term faceless men is thrown about freely by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

The phrase was brought to prominence half a century ago by the then Liberal prime minister Robert Menzies.

He used a photo of Labor leader Arthur Calwell and Gough Whitlam kicking stones around outside a Canberra hotel while the ALP platform was being settled inside.

The optics were awful and Menzies capitalised perfectly, decrying Labor’s “36 faceless men”.

The critique has proved durable.

But, as with Menzies before him, Mr Abbott’s beef is not with gender so much as the optics of union bosses and factional schemers pulling strings in smoke-filled backrooms.

Yet it is arguable these days that the fact the faceless men are just that, men, that rankles with voters more than their union connections – certainly among women.

If there is one clear lesson from the surprising cut-through of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s “I’ve got a scream” speech in Parliament, it is that women voters long have felt voiceless and they resent a structural/cultural under-representation in the corridors of power.

And why not? Women have been equalling and often besting men in law schools and other university courses for years, but the political class has been slow to reflect this merit-based shift.

This weekend, South Australian Labor’s 200 delegates decide on Labor’s senate team for next year’s election.

When the votes are counted, Ms Gillard’s most prominent and senior figure in the state, Penny Wong, will be listed at No. 2 behind the Right’s Don Farrell.

Men on all sides say this is not a result of sexism as Ms Wong’s gender has nothing to do with it.

They say it is simply about numbers, of which the Right has the majority.

This means its candidate will prevail and Ms Wong will have to settle for second.

Voters, however, may not see it that way.

Just as many were unconcerned about the “Slippery” circumstances of Ms Gillard’s speech – the video of which has clocked over three million internet hits – most voters couldn’t care less about Labor’s internal machinations.

What they will be wondering about is why the PM’s straight-talking clarity across the dispatch boxes at Mr Abbott is absent when it comes to male factional bosses and their denial of the merit principle regarding one of her best ministers.

Why is it that the PM, who promised to name sexism wherever she saw it, has stayed aloof from this battle.

Officially, her position is that pre-selections are a matter for the party.

This reasoning should be seen for what it is – the standard fudge leaders offer on all but those occasions when suddenly they decide to act.

Ms Gillard made one such exception as deputy PM in 2009 when she intervened to rescue a supporter whose NSW seat had become unviable.

Presumably, Ms Gillard also shares the Labor view nothing about Ms Wong’s consolation prize constitutes sexism.

This is true only if sexism is defined in the deliberate and the particular – that is, if someone argued that Ms Wong should not be elected first, despite her obvious merit, because she is a woman.

Unsurprisingly, no one is running that line. They don’t need to.

The system sees to that. Indeed, if sexism has nothing to do with the final order on the ticket, merit has even less.

Think about it this way. If the sheep in Labor’s factions were given a free vote, how many of the 200 delegates would conclude that it is smart to put Mr Farrell ahead of one of the highest-profile and most senior ministers in the Gillard Cabinet?

The fact they intend to do so reflects not their individual sexism, but the discrimination against merit on the part of the system.

And, given a strict application of the merit principle would have seen many more female leaders in the past, it can be said to be a structural discrimination serving a sexist purpose.

The Government’s manager of business, Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, slammed the snub of Ms Wong.

Many female voters would agree with him.

Many more of the thousands of women who tuned in to Gillard-FM might even expect their new champion to take the same view.

Their hands are on the dial.
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- 22nd Oct – Gillard stands atop her own Abyss – Will she jump or wait to be pushed -


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- 17th Oct – Craig Thompson – there are no words to describe this GRUB … -


- 16th Oct – Hedley Thomas is back – and Gillard knee’s begin to tremble ..


- 9th Oct – Gillard has lost it – Turns Parliament into a sledge-fest over sexism -


- 6th Oct – Poor – Poor – Peter Slipper – The Pumpkin Eater cries crocodile tears in court -


- 5th Oct – The US Presidential Debate …!


- 4th Oct – I just want to “GROWL” at the World!


- 2nd Oct – PM Julia Gillard – Someone most Australians are ashamed of! -


- 23 Sept – Bob Carr – Australian “SOOK” – Ruined NSW and now a GILLARD pony Show -


- 16th Sept: – Royal ‘Boobs’ – who cares -


- 31st Aug: - Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 4′ – News Updates from Around the World -


- 26th Aug: – Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 3′ – News Updates from Around the World -


- 26th Aug: – The Woman’s Body – perfect in every way – they just need to be convinced –


- 26th Aug: – The Preponderance of Fate – From the depths of the AWU scandal – to PM -


- 22nd Aug: – Attorney General Nicola Roxon – weighs in to defend her Prime Minister -


- 19th Aug: - Oddball News Wrap – ‘Reel 1′ – News from around the world -


- 18th Aug: – Australian Gangsters Inc – Part III – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


- 9th Aug: – Australian Gangsters Inc – Part II – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


- 5th Aug: - Wayne Swan – wannabe PM – Dickheads come and Dickheads go -


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- Maxine McKew’s -
– “Tales from the Political Trenches”-

| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 26th Oct 2012 |
Former ALP Member for Bennelong Maxine McKew’s long-awaited release of her book titled: “Tales from the Political Trenches” happened earlier this week.  Its timely release will make Parliament sittings next week of greater interest than normal.

You will recall the House last sat when Gillard made her infamous ‘misogynist speech’.  It closed with the Government shutting down a debate proposed by the Opposition about when Nicola Roxon became aware of the Peter Slipper text messages and how her role as Attorney General played a part on what transpired after with the Ashby settlement offer.

The Oppositions tactics will be most interesting on Monday next and throughout the week with respect to a number of matters including:

  • The continuing Slipper/Ashby and Roxon affair,
  • The renewed interest in Craig Thompson’s fitness to remain as a MP after his home was raided in connection with the HSU fraud,
  • The Gillard ‘slow-roast’ strategy being applied by Hedley Thomas over the AWU scandal that just won’t go away,
  • The Maxine McKew book launch and her view in what transpired in the lead up to the Rudd assassination,
  • Treasurer’s Swan mini-budget and the ‘swiss-cheese’ holes all over the forecast revenues and expenditure that still end up with a small budget surplus.

Gillard is a cooked turkey – and a tough overcooked one at that, no sweet meat anywhere – she knows it and the ALP caucus knows it.

Paul Howes and his Union buddies need to be taught a lesson that will forever kick Union factional influence out of the ALP once and for all.   If the Opposition came out and announced a policy that their number one target policy is they will clean up the secrecy around the use of union members funds once and for all – they will win in a landslide.

Now if the ALP said the same thing with Gillard at the helm – it would be a sure-fire way to certain defeat …  if there is one thing that is coming through McKew’s commentary is that the Union heavy’s have far too much sway in controlling the Union appointees as Senators and MP’s and who they support in Caucus.

McKew’s book is riveting reading for all ALP voters who want rid of Gillard – if not only for what she did in destroying Kevin Rudd, not once but again earlier this year when Ministers of her Cabinet came out and trashed the man on Gillard’s instruction.   No ALP supporter can condone that type of disloyalty to a former elected PM  who outed John Howard after 12 odd years in Government.

Gillard has tried re-write her own history previously as ‘The Australian’s’ Hedley Thomas keeps reminding her.

McKew’s story will appeal to the ALP base and how the Opposition go about using the Gillard treachery against her will be most interesting.   ‘The Age’ newspaper has published an extract from the book in today’s paper – it is re-pasted below without authority and all efforts have been made to negate an perceived copyright issues.  This story is viewed as being in the National Interest and is published with those interests in mind.

Inside the Rudd hit …


| Author: Maxine McKew | Date: 27th Oct 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

It was one of the most brutal coups in Australian political history and Julia Gillard was at its heart.

On the evening of June 23, 2010, I was attending a dinner at the Korean ambassador’s residence in Canberra’s Empire Circuit. In an elegant setting, a dozen or so of Canberra’s diplomatic representatives gathered at the invitation of His Excellency Dr Kim Woo-sang. From the time they gathered for pre-dinner drinks, the ambassador’s guests were absorbing the early evening news that Kevin Rudd, prime minister for 2½ years, was now locked away with his deputy in his Parliament House office and living out his final hours in the nation’s top job.

I was completely distracted as courses were served and taken away, and as my dinner companions attempted to politely skirt the only topic of interest in Canberra that night. Then, finally, came a question from one of the diplomatic wives, ”Is Australia ready for a female prime minister?” That stopped all the chatter in an instant and, as the only MP present, everyone looked at me. My response was short and prickly: ”We have a prime minister.”

It is fair to say I didn’t do much to advance Australian-Korean relations that night. I made my excuses and left shortly after. By then it was close to 10.30pm and I was in a filthy mood. For months, Rudd had been focused on lengthy health negotiations and running a crowded agenda – but in the post-budget period, his office had started to work through the complexity. Gillard’s obligation, surely, was to help Rudd implement the big ambitions he’d set for the government’s first term. Instead, she was getting ready to knife her leader. Only 2½ years earlier, Rudd had beaten John Howard in the 2007 federal poll. How the hell would any of us explain it at the coming election?

Back at my flat in Griffith, I switched on ABC-TV’s Lateline and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Paul Howes, national secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union and the latest look-at-me, available-anytime-anywhere commentator, was telling the nation via Tony Jones that it was time to anoint Julia Gillard as PM. This set my blood pressure racing. Who appointed this bloke as a member of caucus? Howes explained that he’d rung Gillard that evening to tell her the AWU’s position, and added, ”It’s not unlike the position of the Health Services Union. I’ve seen that Michael Williamson, who’s also the national president of the party, has also endorsed Julia Gillard’s leadership.”
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The HSU would soon be at the centre of a major national scandal surrounding its own leadership and alleged fraud, but right now, just like the AWU and others, it was busy telling Labor MPs in caucus – the ones they ”owned” – that it was time to back someone seen to be more sympathetic to their interests. That’s how it works, and Rudd never wanted anything to do with it. He’d tried to govern differently, without paying heed to the dominant factions and their union backers. He was never one of the ”tribe” – and was now paying the price.

I knew instinctively that the events of the day wouldn’t be going down well in my northern Sydney electorate of Bennelong. A community that had made a significant shift in 2007 wasn’t going to be impressed by an execution squad bringing down the leader of the party they’d voted for. They knew Rudd, but who were these other characters whose names were suddenly all over the airwaves as supporters of Gillard? Labor senators like Don Farrell and David Feeney barely registered with the average voter, yet here they were, seemingly at the centre of things. Karl Bitar, the transplanted NSW supremo and national secretary of the party in 2010, was also part of the push against Rudd. And there were two others taking aim at the PM: NSW Senator Mark Arbib and Victorian MP Bill Shorten. Rudd had provided them with an elevator ride to the top, promoting both in record time. What explained their disloyalty?

I put in calls to two people: Rudd’s chief of staff Alister Jordan and senior minister Anthony Albanese. Both sounded despondent after a night of phoning on behalf of Rudd. From what they said, it seemed clear that the fix was in, that Rudd was the victim of an ambush that had been months in the planning. Earlier in the evening, Albanese had met in Wayne Swan’s office with the old Beazley loyalists, among them senior ministers Jenny Macklin, Stephen Smith and Stephen Conroy. All of them knew the price the party had paid in diminished authority for the leadership wars of the opposition years. Rudd had finally delivered them victory and their ministries, yet 2½ years into government they were telling Albanese they were prepared to go along with the plotters for the sake of a ”clean break”. Fed up with them, Albanese told them they would wreck the Labor Party and left.

Albanese had also warned Rudd back in May, when the budget was being presented, to watch his back. Albo’s antennae had been twitching for months, ever since he’d watched Gillard’s cross-border intervention in the NSW preselections the previous November. Altered boundaries had left Reid MP Laurie Ferguson without a seat, but as he was Gillard’s chief standard bearer in NSW, the deputy PM made it clear she wanted Ferguson ”looked after”. Gillard prevailed. Chris Hayes, who’d taken over the western Sydney seat of Werriwa from Mark Latham, was blasted out of Werriwa to accommodate Ferguson.

By 11.30pm the phones went quiet. For everyone. Rudd had called a late-night press conference to announce the convening of a special caucus meeting the following morning at 9am: ”It’s far better for these things to be done quickly rather than being strung out over a period of time.” And he added that, if returned as leader, he would be sending a clear message to the right wing of the party that ”we will not be lurching to the right on the issue of asylum seekers”.
I took one last call around midnight from someone who worked in the hothouse of Parliament and was close to the action. He reminded me of Gillard’s lack of generosity towards me; more than that, her pattern of condescension and the way her office had locked me out of some important policy development. Gillard may have had the words ”social inclusion” in her title, but the concept never seemed to extend to me.

I didn’t have to agonise. It wasn’t about Gillard, but about loyalty to a prime minister still serving his first term. Rudd had disappointed with his colossal misjudgment in April 2010 when he’d dropped plans for an emissions trading scheme. I’d told him so at the first opportunity and found his response unconvincing. But against that I saw a winning trifecta: a leader who had beaten Howard, who had taken us beyond the shame of our history and made a heartfelt apology to indigenous Australians, and who, in the face of a global financial crisis, had made the timely and bold calls that saved us from recession.

Next morning, it was clear from all the media reporting that this was a minority view, and a small minority at that. I had always felt like an outsider in Parliament House and on this morning never more so. After a brief stop at my own office, I went straight to see Rudd ahead of the caucus showdown. It was just after 8am. I didn’t expect a crowd, but it was a shock to see how thin the numbers were as we gathered outside Rudd’s suite. Some of the Queenslanders were there: Jon Sullivan, Chris Trevor and Claire Moore. The government whip Roger Price and ACT MP Annette Ellis arrived to provide moral support. But there was only a handful of ministers – Martin Ferguson, John Faulkner, Anthony Albanese, Craig Emerson and Lindsay Tanner – who were openly backing Rudd.

The power had already vanished. When? Last night? Early this morning? Either way, it had evaporated. The end was swift, brutal, almost silent. That was the shock of it.

I wanted a few minutes with Rudd, away from the others. Alister Jordan opened the door to the PM’s suite and there he was: no longer commanding and full of energy, but shattered and with a face as white as the wall. He was behind the desk writing notes for the caucus meeting that was about to discard him. His wife, Thérèse, and children, Marcus, Jessica and Nicholas, were in the room, all of them red-eyed from crying. It felt like the loneliest place on the planet. Rudd stood up and came around from the desk and I put my arms around him. What do you say to a man who is about to lose the glittering prize of the prime ministership? The best I could manage by way of consolation was a banal, ”This shouldn’t be happening.”

Only a few weeks earlier I’d been in this same room having a rare one-on-one over a cup of tea with Rudd. It was at the height of the torrid campaign by the mining companies opposed to the super-profits tax, and by then he was fighting on multiple fronts. At times, he looked friendless. I suggested he needed to reconnect with those things that had worked for him during the campaign in 2007: the focus, the discipline, the purpose. Tell people what you’ve done. You didn’t blink when the GFC hit. You honoured Labor’s primary purpose and kept the nation working. And, as tactfully as I could, I also told him to drop the extravagant rhetoric and speak plainly. No more ”revolutions” or ”greatest moral challenges”. Use verbs. Let them do the work.

Neither of us knew it, but it was too late. Too late for everything.

Anthony Albanese was watching the clock. It was close to 9am, the time for the special caucus meeting that was about to anoint a disloyal deputy as Australia’s next prime minister. It’s quite a trek from the ministerial suites, across King’s Hall, and down the corridors to the caucus room. And every ghastly second of this gallows march was followed by television crews. We stiffened our backs and faked our smiles.

I was so angry I could have taken someone’s head off. How had it come to this? I knew my fate was sealed. I operated on the principle that the whole idea of factional fealty was arcane and had rebuffed an early offer to join the NSW Right. It meant that I set myself apart from the Sussex Street machine, and that had been noted. Mark Arbib and Karl Bitar (dubbed ”Karl Marks” by some of the Rudd staffers) saw themselves as enforcers. When they kneecapped Rudd they expected caucus to comply, and most did. No one said anything about my non-compliance, but they watched and saw that I stood with Rudd – and that meant I was on my own. It had significant consequences when it came to the 2010 re-election campaign in Bennelong.

I looked at the faces of ministers; most were staring straight ahead. Penny Wong was crying. The key protagonists, Gillard and Rudd, were in the front row, a few seats apart and making eye contact with no one.

Rudd spoke first. In what was a remarkably dispassionate analysis, he acknowledged that many of the people in the room were fearful because of declining polls, but made the point that this was after two years of spectacular ascendancy. He talked of his deep concern that the federal parliamentary Labor Party was now being subject to the same kind of pressures and practices that prevailed in NSW: the routine and cavalier removal of leaders in an effort to shore up flagging support.

At one point, Rudd’s voice appeared to break. Sitting close to the podium that Rudd was gripping for support, Graham Perrett, one of the Queensland MPs who won the Brisbane seat of Moreton on the back of the Rudd surge in 2007, half stood and said, ”Are you right, mate?” Poor Graham. Was he having second thoughts already?

Rudd finished by saying he would not contest the ballot ”because the interests of this party and this government must transcend the interests of any individual in it”.

And then it was over.

Julia Gillard’s leadership was endorsed by caucus and, shortly after, she took the oath of office. Those who’d orchestrated this moment never considered that there might be any kind of backlash against this lightning-fast grab for power.

On February 13, 2012, I watched as Julia Gillard traded away a bit more of her credibility in an astonishing interview on Four Corners. No girlish giggles this night, only short sharp responses. Reporter Andrew Fowler had reviewed the events leading to Rudd’s removal and was pressing the PM about two points: her knowledge, prior to June 2010, of private party polling that showed adverse results for Rudd, and of the pre-coup preparations being made by Gillard staffers for a victory speech.

Gillard told Four Corners that her staffers ”might have been casting in their mind where circumstances might get to”. She had ”no specific recall” of private polling and critically, she told Fowler, ”I made a decision to run for prime minister on the day I walked into Kevin Rudd’s office and asked him for a ballot.”

Come again? Gillard exercises top-down control over her office. Her forensic attention to detail sets her apart and her careful planning of every career move is legendary. Politics is her life and she gives it everything she has.

A speech I’d prepared for a Sydney Institute presentation in early 2009 was vetted and parsed by three separate Gillard staffers before I was ”allowed” to deliver it. Nothing happened without Gillard’s say-so. Her office was a machine, and an efficient one. It suited her perfectly and advanced her ambitions. Yet Gillard consistently represented herself as a last-minute conscript to the party leadership, as someone who was on the periphery of events right up until the final hours of the showdown against Rudd.

The voting public never bought this. The manner of Rudd’s removal in June 2010 either bewildered or infuriated Australians. In turn, it fed a sense of illegitimacy about Gillard’s tenure and tainted much of what she has attempted since the election of 2010. Gillard’s backers, however, have been masterful in the way they have cemented a particular narrative about Rudd’s deficiencies as a leader. For a long time, the media reflected this with story after story denigrating Rudd as the worst kind of martinet, someone who had contempt for proper process, and a leader who ignored his ministers. But in the time since the June 2010 coup, a different and more complex story has emerged, one told by ministers and caucus members who feel they were manipulated into a rush of judgment against Rudd. They now see Rudd as the victim of an ambush carried out by a group of political mercenaries. The cost has been catastrophic.

Over the past year, I have spent hours talking with former colleagues as they have reviewed in their own minds the events that have proved so devastating for the Labor government. They are by no means myopic when it comes to Rudd. They accept that he can be a deeply polarising figure for many in the broader labour movement. But above all, they see plainly what the electorate sees: the diminished authority that is the direct consequence of a political organisation that casually discards its leaders.

One veteran Labor MP describes it this way: ”This was a very professional hit against Rudd. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. This challenge was over before anyone had any time to think about it. It played itself out behind closed doors. Kevin was locked up for five hours. I’ve been through seven of these bloody things and we were all locked out. They herded everyone in a way that has come back to bite them, and the party. And there was absolutely no justification for it. We were not a bad government. The same people claiming we had lost our way were integral to the direction of the government.”

Julia Gillard, in her first statement after taking over from Rudd, said that ”a good government had lost its way”. What did she mean? It now appears that the first thing that was ”lost” was Gillard’s faith in the government’s ability to prosecute the case for an emissions trading scheme, or ETS. She wanted it junked and from the beginning of 2010 never let up in putting forward this point.

In early January 2009, Julia Gillard met Kevin Rudd at Kirribilli House. They sat out on the verandah, with its glorious views of Sydney Harbour, and where the ambience can usually be relied on to promote easy talk and resolution. Not on this occasion. Gillard had a blunt message for her prime minister. She told Rudd that under no circumstances would she support the case for an election based on the need for action on climate change. She made reference to the potency of the bush campaign being run by Barnaby Joyce, the maverick Queensland National Party senator.

Joyce had his followers, but was Gillard, the government’s best performer in Parliament, really rattled by Joyce? Rudd argued his ground but found his deputy immovable, and from this point, the tone of the relationship between leader and deputy started to change.

Gillard never relented, and throughout the early months of 2010 continued to pressure Rudd to abandon the ETS. She was backed by Treasurer Wayne Swan. On one occasion, she sent a written message to Rudd that went to the absolutism of her position: she would have nothing to do with an election campaign that re-argued the case for an ETS.

Had she continued in a more traditional way as a supportive deputy, she could have helped the government negotiate its way through a complex policy. But instead, she decided to take on her prime minister on an issue that was central to his credibility, Rudd having dubbed climate change ”the great moral challenge of our generation”.

The parliamentary sitting weeks that preceded the June coup had been joyless. Rudd acknowledged to his colleagues the multiple problems for the government: border protection, the school building and insulation programs, the ETS and the mining tax. We were being defined by our opponents and it wasn’t flattering.

Rudd’s personal popularity had taken a dive, with the early June 2010 Nielsen polling showing the PM’s approval rating had dropped to 41 per cent. That represented an 18-point movement in the space of two months. The two-party preferred result was even more alarming, coming in at 47-53 in the Coalition’s favour. But Newspoll told a better story and suggested the worst was behind us. The poll recorded on the weekend of June 18-20, only days before Rudd was replaced by Gillard, showed the government on a winning two-party preferred margin of 52-48, having moved ahead from the 50-50 two-party preferred result recorded immediately after the budget. And considering all the negatives Rudd was dealing with, he was still preferred as PM by 46 per cent of Australians, compared with 37 per cent who favoured the Coalition’s Tony Abbott. On another measure, that of net approval rating, while he was PM, Rudd averaged an incredible figure of plus 34.

But a very different picture was being selectively presented to ministers and caucus members. Internal party research purported to show the government’s vote in free-fall, with a potential loss of up to 30 seats. Polling in government-held regional NSW marginal seats apparently showed a wipeout. There was one problem with this: it was impossible to reconcile with the published polling. So what explained this disparity?

A favoured technique in NSW had been to treat qualitative polling as something more scientific. Instead of listening to the views of voters in order to glean the occasional insight that might inform the prosecution of a message, Bitar and Arbib were fans of an American approach that scored messages to a mathematical formula. Individuals in a focus group, for instance, would be asked to rate a particular statement from one to five. The exercise is repeated across different states and among different kinds of voters. The figures are added up and, hey presto, a collective judgment is delivered! This has left one MP deeply unimpressed: ”The people who engage in these techniques have no serious political compass, and certainly no sense of the history and culture of the party. They have an instrumental approach to the administration of the Labor Party that is almost entirely uninformed by principle.”

In the time that has passed since Rudd’s removal as leader, many caucus members have said they were conned. Manipulated. And a principal tool in the enterprise was research commissioned and owned by the Labor Party. As the party’s national secretary at the time, Bitar has to take responsibility for this research that was used against the then prime minister. It draws a harsh judgment from many, but in particular from John Faulkner, who told me, ”For a party official to use party research to undermine a serving Labor prime minister – or any party leader for that matter – is quite improper and should never, never be tolerated. Unfortunately, this is just what happened in 2010. I am aware of caucus colleagues who were shown or handed research. I consider this was just sheer bastardry.”

This is a strong statement from Faulkner, who is a trusted figure within the party, and he maintains that trust because he is a man who keeps his counsel. He was a participant, not just a witness, in the long discussions between Rudd and Gillard that took place on the evening of June 23, Rudd’s last night as PM. Faulkner has never spoken about the details, and says he never will. But such was Faulkner’s disgust and contempt for the way Rudd was undermined and the way that party research has been misused that, on this matter, he was prepared to speak on the record.

Rudd’s attorney-general, Robert McClelland, was shown ”research” by Gillard supporter Brendan O’Connor the week before the June 2010 coup. McClelland recalls: ”The fact is, the numbers were rapidly flowing her way and I saw the result as inevitable. Indeed, the rhetoric from her key backers was that we needed to have an overwhelming vote endorsing her. I would also have to acknowledge the subconscious influence that tends to affect caucus members in those circumstances – it’s easier to vote according to which way the wind is blowing. It is not a particularly honourable stance and I now regret not taking a stronger position – it wasn’t a proud moment all round.”

He now wishes that events had played out very differently in 2010: ”If Kevin had been able to buy himself some time and two weeks earlier had said, ‘Look, these self-serving bastards are moving against me and I need some decent people to sandbag around me’, I, along with others, would have done it and I reckon the coup would not have happened. As it was, on the night, things moved so quickly.”

McClelland also believes, as do others, that Gillard had planned all along to take over from Rudd in the second term, but with momentum moving away from the government, she decided it was time to hit the accelerator. The party research, which purported to show Gillard’s superior leadership qualities, was central to her push for power.

The anti-Rudd leaks had gone on for months: carefully placed stories about the PM’s erratic behaviour, his cussedness, profane language, lack of punctuality and log-jams in his office. There was truth in some of this, but the context was never provided. Did any of it amount to a sacking offence? As for the boys from Sussex Street and assorted union bosses reaching for the smelling salts because Rudd’s sense of savoir faire was not up to scratch, well, it does stretch credulity.

In fact, the charge sheet against Rudd was a convenient fig leaf. Closer to the mark is that Rudd started to tire of Arbib and Bitar’s reductionist view of politics – what he saw as the haphazard and shallow advice he was getting on any number of issues: boat people, climate change and how to deal with the fallout from faulty stimulus delivery. It led to a shift in allegiance. Rudd should have set out some very clear rules of engagement from the start and his failure to do so led to misunderstandings on both sides. Rudd eventually decided that most of what he was hearing from Arbib was classic NSW-style lunacy and cut him out. By June, Rudd was not returning Arbib’s calls.

There is no doubt, too, that people were worried about the coming election; there is nothing quite like the constant, stomach-churning anxiety of a marginal seat member. In a short space of time we had traded away a commanding electoral position. But every election is hard. And unique. Candidates need to get out there and argue their case. And hold their nerve. Strangely, this was not the logic that prevailed. An early decision had been taken by a few aggrieved individuals more interested in their own ambition and power than in working to restore the credibility of the government. This is how one minister summed up what happened: ”The move against Kevin was well organised by a few and the rest were stampeded. The weakest, and most common response, from caucus members was, ‘Look, I don’t want this to happen, but it is happening, so we need to go for Gillard because that is the way to end it’. That was the big pitch and most bought it.”

I think Kevin Rudd is culpable as well. Where he needed to charm, he scolded. Instead of cultivating loyalists among backbenchers, too often he ignored them. He is a leader who makes few allowances for people who don’t share his own obsessions or can’t work to his timetable. For all that, an outstanding question for me has always been why a group of senior ministers did not approach Rudd at some point in 2010 and vent their concerns? Was Rudd so intimidating that no one wanted to go near him? In the view of one MP, ”Of course Kevin could be a shit. He was never warm and leaders do need to give out a bit of love. But I can’t fault him on access. The fact is he had some weak ministers. I never had any trouble seeing Kevin, but I picked my time. Prime ministers are busy people.”

I do not believe Gillard can be seen as a passive player. She was impatient for the prime ministership and allowed others to create a sense of crisis around Rudd’s leadership. She then cut down a prime minister in his first term and pretended it was in the national interest to do so. The voting public saw it for what it was: a brutal grab for power. And they’ve never forgotten it.

Edited extract from “Tales from the Political Trenches” by Maxine McKew, published on Monday by MUP (rrp $29.95).

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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 26th Oct 2012 |
The Australian here Hedley Thomas – National Correspondent for ‘The Australian’ filed another story today on the AWU scandal involving PM Gillard and her past association with the AWU and Slater & Gordon.

There is no doubt Hedley Thomas has enough circumstantial evidence to bury the PM – physical evidence is now what he is after and his research and investigations are being thwarted because files that are legally required to be in existence have been reported as now being lost to the system and nobody knows where they are.

Knowing how the system works from my own frustrations in trying to locate documents from two decades ago on a completely different matter –  i.e. relates to a 1988 $75 million fraud involving Nick Greiner when Premier of NSW, and John O’Neill then the boss of the State Bank of NSW – read that story here  – those involved in the AWU/Slater & Gordon corruption have learn from experience to employ a ‘cleaner’ along the way to clean up the mess’ left behind.

It would seem that as a part of Gillards tilt for the PM – someone went backwards and did a thorough job in cleaning up the physical evidence to keep Gillard’s past dead and buried.

Thomas can’t say as much – but as an opinion writer I can.   Thomas’s most recent co-opted story is published below:

Union slush fund papers vanish


| Author: PAIGE TAYLOR and HEDLEY THOMAS | Date: 26th Oct 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

PUBLIC documents that were essential in the fraudulent operation of a union slush fund that Julia Gillard helped to establish 20 years ago are missing from the official file in Western Australia.

The file, numbered 000 748 and titled “Australian Workers Union — Workplace Reform Association Inc”, is held in archives by the State Records Office in Perth.

The file should contain key documents from 1992 when the association, which Ms Gillard described as a “slush fund” for union officials including her then boyfriend, AWU boss Bruce Wilson, was registered by the WA government.

The association’s constitution described it as being dedicated to workplace safety, and omits any mention of it being designed to fund union elections as stated by Ms Gillard. But the government archivist who retrieved the file for The Australian yesterday expressed surprise the file folder no longer held any documents.

He said it was “highly unusual”.

It was unclear whether documents were removed before or after the file was transferred from the relevant government department. The documents would show what the WA government was told before it agreed to register the association.

The SRO has responsibility for managing, preserving and providing access to historical and government records and holds documents going back more than 150 years.

It is unlawful to destroy such records without permission. The discovery of the empty file follows Slater & Gordon disclosing last week it could now not find its own file on the slush fund, which Ms Gillard helped set up as a salaried partner at the law firm without disclosing it to the other partners.

The firm’s managing director, Andrew Grech, said that despite a thorough search through archives his staff had failed to locate the file, the subject of a secret internal interview with Ms Gillard before she left the firm in 1995.

Harry Nowicki, a Melbourne lawyer who is researching AWU history and Ms Gillard’s role in the slush fund, said yesterday it was “very troubling that two files about the same fraud have disappeared — one from Slater & Gordon, and now the other from a State’s official archives”. Mr Nowicki said that as former AWU bagman Ralph Blewitt has already admitted to fraud with the slush fund and was now seeking an indemnity from criminal prosecution in return for his testimony, authorities should be concerned that key documents were missing.

The SRO said the file was delivered in 1999 along with 931 others held by the now-defunct Office of State Corporate Affairs.

The file is listed on the archives’ database without reference to it being empty.

It was not possible to establish if the file had been recently inspected, but it was not recorded as borrowed.

The Prime Minister, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, said in August she provided legal advice for the slush fund’s establishment but knew “absolutely nothing about its workings” until serious allegations were raised in 1995. The existence of the slush fund was withheld from other union members and the leadership for four years from April 1992.

Ms Gillard did not disclose her legal work on the slush fund to the other partners at the firm until serious claims of fraud were raised against Mr Wilson and Mr Blewitt, both of whom refused to co-operate with police investigations. As a result of the lack of disclosure, Ms Gillard’s relationship with the firm’s partners “fractured, and trust and confidence evaporated”, according to a statement two months ago by the firm’s former senior partner, Peter Gordon.

Money in the slush fund’s accounts was siphoned off, with large cheques made out to cash, while about $100,000 went into a $230,000 Melbourne terrace bought in 1993 in the name of Mr Blewitt, for the use of Mr Wilson.

The problem with evidence from Blewitt and Wilson if they were to testify is the creditability gap – Gillard now a sitting PM and far from where she was 17 odd years ago, and her accusers in the crime destitute and disgraced … who is to say that Gillard was not completely involved in the crime, evidence to date paint the picture that she was involved with something – and to take the word of Blewitt and Wilson and the recent lawyer oratory from then Law Partners in Slater & Gordon, one has to realise that Gillard has more then just idle ‘skin’ in the fraud.

No body get’s a free pass on this one when someone serving as the highest office in the land is being questioned and exposed as someone who’s past is less than favourably disposed to someone who is qualified to hold high office.

A simple starter to a host of question might be – why did she nor renew her licence to practise Law after she left S&G – was she under some sort of threat from S&G to not renew her license?

The questions that would follow would not be the tame and friendly prompted questions put to her during her August press conference. A one-on-one interview with Hedley Thomas would sort her out and if she agreed to that then it would go a long way to satisfying my bias toward Gillard as a ‘crook’ and someone who should be in goal for Union fraud along with her lover Bruce Wilson, Craig Thompson and the like.


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