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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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Political venting has always had the electorate’s interest – it is a bit  like celebrity exposure and when the ‘bad’ happens, the electorate can’t get enough of it.   The ex Member for Bennelong – Maxine McKew has released her book – “Tales from the Political Trenches” and its released has been perfectly timed.

‘Fairfax Media’ declined the offer to serialise the publication according to a post by Larry Pickering – yet to the contrary, Fairfax reporter Peter Hatcher is filing stories about extracts from the book.   ‘The Australian’ has also been publishing extracts and stories from the book content that have seen MP’s scurrying for cover, many putting up the ‘gone fishing’ sign when journo’s have rang for a comment.

The book is an easy read if you believe in the Rudd demise as being something that should never have happened.   McKew was and remains a staunch Rudd supporter and believes that Gillard plotted for months to overthrow Rudd.

The book release has given a lifeline to the ALP Leadership debate and the many ALP supporters who see Gillard as the devil incarnate, and someone who hijacked the PM role for her own political agenda.  Grahame Richardson came out and said of the books content that – ‘it was all fiction, and that Gillard only knew of the plot the day before Rudd was knifed.’

One has to realise a reality when reading Richardson’s take – by the way he did not hang up the ‘gone fishing’ sign – Richardson’s days as a fearful ALP powerbroker are long gone, and if he has trouble with understanding that he might be ‘out of the loop’ – then his political comments will continue to be ‘words on the breeze’ as they might say … he is a media player these days and his once renown political wisdom and knowledge of all things ALP is now a distant memory.   Move over Richo – you made your bed now deal with it … anyone from the ALP trenches who comes to you with a so called ‘scoop’ should remonstrate how low on the totem pole you now reside.

‘The Australian’ journalist’s are all having a crack and penning their own take on the McKew viewpoint – and it makes a good read.  This long in the making stand-off is shaping up as a media war – the ‘ABC’ and ‘Fairfax Media’ in the PM’s corner, ‘News Ltd’ in the other …

Whatever the prize is can be anyone’s guess – surely it can’t be as simple as who either side want to lead this Nation …  Gillard or Abbott – that would seem a fight that nobody would want to win because the Nation will be the loser.

I confess that the night McKew rolled John Howard was a night I will long remember – it was probable McKew’s biggest night ever and as such the ALP should have treated her with ‘rock star’ status and someone destined for high office.  Instead and from the tone of the book – the then Deputy PM Julia Gillard seemed to want to keep McKew at arms length, and from McKew’s perspective as outlined in her book – her insight into Gillard’s motives paint a picture about Gillard that many of us have known for a very long time.

To read some of ‘The Australian’s’ journalist’s slant on the McKew release, some stories published in today’s and yesterday’s paper appear below:

This first story was published yesterday …

Julia Gillard baulked at ETS ‘poison’ in climate showdown with Kevin Rudd


| Author: PATRICIA KARVELAS and EWIN HANNAN | Date: 25th Oct 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

JULIA Gillard warned Kevin Rudd in writing that under no circumstances would she support taking an emissions trading scheme, which insiders say she thought had become electoral poison, to the 2010 election.

In Tales from the Political Trenches, former Labor MP Maxine McKew says Ms Gillard met Mr Rudd at Kirribilli House, where the then deputy prime minister cited Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce’s campaign against the ETS, which the prime minister then dumped in April 2010.

“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,” McKew writes in the book to be released next week.

McKew for the first time names one of Ms Gillard’s closest friends and allies, Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor, as one of the key spruikers of research designed to undermine Mr Rudd. Former attorney-general and Rudd backer Robert McClelland says he was shown the research by Mr O’Connor the week before the coup was launched to roll Mr Rudd on June 23, 2010.

“It was research that showed a perception word identification graph as to how Julia was seen by voters. The words were in capitals. She was seen in concepts such as ‘trustworthy’ and ‘visionary’ . . . By contrast, Kevin was portrayed as ‘not of the people’,” Mr McClelland says.

Last night Mr O’Connor denied the claim. “If Maxine had asked me if Robert’s assertion was true, I would have said no because it’s not,” he said.

Labor elder John Faulkner tells McKew that polling was being used to undermine Mr Rudd before the coup in an act of “sheer bastardry”. “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,” Senator Faulkner says.

“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.”

McKew recalls a conversation with Ms Gillard after their appointments as education minister and parliamentary secretary for early childhood education and childcare after the 2007 election.

“There was only time for a functional chat about immediate tasks before she ended with a lighthearted crack about the fact that two childless women were now the policy guardians of Australia’s children,” McKew writes. “Not something that had even crossed my mind, but perhaps Gillard was still thinking about Liberal senator Bill Heffernan’s tasteless remark about her being ‘deliberately barren’.”

McKew alleges that Ms Gillard and her supporters manufactured a leadership crisis to become prime minister. “Equally, I do not believe that 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 writes.

“She then cut down a prime minister in his first term and tried to pretend it was in the national interest to do so. Since then, she has been the architect of her own misfortune. The struggles she has had since the disastrous election campaign . . . can be traced back to the early months of 2010.”

Ms Gillard has always argued her decision to challenge Mr Rudd was made only on the day after it was reported his chief-of-staff, Alister Jordan, was sounding out MPs on the leadership, showing he did not trust her.

McKew – who won Bennelong from John Howard in 2007 but lost the northern Sydney seat in 2010 – says while Labor’s “working families” slogan was suitable for the 2007 campaign it “should never have carried into government”.

“We bored the country witless with the repetition,” she says.

She says Mr Rudd was “culpable as well” in his demise. “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.”

Ms Gillard wanted the ETS “junked and from the beginning of 2010 never let up in putting forward this point”. Gillard told ministers that “she thought the government should drop the whole idea of an ETS because it had become electoral poison”.

She names Left ministers Kim Carr and Senator Faulkner as disagreeing with Ms Gillard and advocating that the case for an ETS should be argued out in a double-dissolution election.

McKew writes that Ms Gillard met Mr Rudd at Kirribilli House in early January 2010.

“Gillard had a blunt message for her Prime Minister,” she writes. “She told Rudd that under no circumstances would she support the case for an election based on the need for action on climate change.

McKew ‘credible’ on rolling of Rudd


| Author: Lanai Vasek | Date: 26th Oct 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

MAXINE McKew’s book about the 2010 leadership coup against Kevin Rudd should be believed because she is a well respected figure with a “certain credibility”, Tony Abbott says.

The Opposition Leader today said claims in Ms McKew’s soon to be released book ‘Tales from the Political Trenches’ that Ms Gillard had been planning to oust Mr Rudd for months before her eventual challenge showed the Prime Minister was untrustworthy.

“Maxine McKew obviously feels dudded by Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd obviously feels dudded by Julia Gillard and I think the Australian people are entitled to feel dudded by this Prime Minister,” Mr Abbott told the Nine Network.

“I think what Maxine McKew is saying is that you just can’t trust this Prime Minister.

“I think Maxine McKew does have a certain credibility. I mean this isn’t Tony Abbott saying you can’t trust Julia Gillard, this is a staunch Labor person saying you can’t trust this Prime Minister.”

In excerpts from Ms McKew’s book, obtained by The Australian, the former MP says both frontbencher Anthony Albanese and Mr Rudd’s chief of staff Alister Jordan came to the conclusion the night before the leadership changed that “Rudd was the victim of an ambush that had been months in the planning”.

Mr Albanese warned Mr Rudd prior to the challenge that he should “watch his back”, Ms McKew writes.

Ms McKew was elected in John Howard’s former northern Sydney seat of Bennelong in 2007, but lost at the 2010 election.

Former Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson said it was “simply not true” that Ms Gillard had been planning a leadership coup in the months before Kevin Rudd’s departure.

“She decided to challenge about one day before it was announced,” Mr Richardson told Sky News.

“That’s why I don’t accept what is in this book.

“The fundamental allegation that she was part of a conspiracy is simply not true.”

Mr Richardson said it was unlikely that another leadership challenge to Ms Gillard would be mounted by Mr Rudd this year, despite Ms McKew’s explosive book being released ahead of the “killing zone” of the last parliamentary sitting week of the year.

“If there is going to be a leadership change would be in the new year,” he said.

“I can’t see anything happening this year.”

Rudd ‘sold a pup’ on Swan’s RSPT delivery


| Author: Ewin Hannan | Date: 26th Oct 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

WAYNE Swan failed to deliver on key conditions laid down by Kevin Rudd for implementing the mining tax, resulting in the former prime minister concluding that he had been “sold a pup”.

In Tales from the Political Trenches, former Labor MP Maxine McKew details the Treasurer’s “flawed execution” of the resource super-profits tax, describing Mr Rudd as “more sinned against than sinner”.

According to Ms McKew, Mr Rudd had been explicit with Mr Swan in November 2009 when he was first briefed about Ken Henry’s tax reform recommendations.

“Rudd, still juggling election options and with major outstanding policy work to be resolved around both the ETS and health reform, didn’t want a contentious debate on yet another front,” she writes in the book to be released next week.

“He laid down some key conditions for his Treasurer. Rudd told Swan he needed to secure the support of at least one of the major industry players and that he needed to have the states on side.”

Ms McKew writes that Mr Rudd “trusted his Treasurer” but was stunned when West Australian Premier Colin Barnett told him at a COAG meeting in April 2010 that the tax was a dead duck.

Having assumed the states were on board, a “frustrated” Mr Rudd asked his department head, Terry Moran, to fly to Perth and meet with Mr Barnett but attempts at a compromise failed.

“Come budget week, it was clear there was tension between Rudd and his Treasurer,” Ms McKew writes.

“Swan had not delivered and Rudd had come to believe that he had been sold a pup. Rudd certainly had a right to expect that, when it came to changing the taxation arrangements of an industry that actually stirs more patriotism than resentment, his Treasurer was up to the job — that he would be across the complexity and take the time to build confidence in the sector around the government’s objectives.”

Ms McKew accuses Mr Swan of failing to adequately harness the combined expertise of Craig Emerson, Resources Minister Martin Ferguson and Gary Gray.

She says Dr Emerson, who she notes wrote an entire doctoral thesis on the taxation of petroleum resources “constantly tried to buy into discussions but was blocked”.

Throughout April 2010, Ms McKew writes, Mr Ferguson kept operating on the basis there would be a long period of consultation with the miners and a full cabinet expenditure review committee process.

“But he was in for a shock. Three days before the 2 May announcement, Ferguson received his first full Treasury briefing, and for him, it raised more questions than answers.

“Ferguson pressed Treasury officials on the question of state royalties, but he was told that, ‘everything would be sorted out later’ — and besides, the proposal was already with the printers.”

Ms McKew says that Mr Gray, despite being familiar with the key industry players and sensitive to the politics of the west, was also “kept at arm’s length”.

Ms McKew writes that Mr Rudd stopped believing the reassurances he was getting from Mr Swan and knowing he had a potential catastrophe on his hands, called in Mr Ferguson and told him to sort things out with the miners.

Mr Ferguson remained confident that he could reach a deal with one of the major companies, or a second-tier player like Fortescue, but then Mr Rudd received a call from BHP Billiton chief Marius Kloppers to “say all bets were off”.

“Kloppers explained that BHP Billiton’s chairman, Jac Nasser, wanted negotiations with the government to cease,” Ms McKew writes.

“No explanation was offered, but it was the clearest possible signal to Rudd that Australia’s most prestigious company had its eyes fixed firmly on the emerging leadership tensions.

“On 23 June, Swan, having never offered any explanation for the flawed execution of the RSPT, told Rudd that he was ‘voting for change’.

The next day, 24 June, and within hours of Gillard taking over as prime minister, BHP Billiton announced that it would immediately suspend the company’s anti-government advertising campaign and begin ‘to properly engage on all aspects of the tax’.

It remains an open question to this day how this ‘truce’ was brokered so quickly and so decisively.”

Anthony Albanese warned Kevin Rudd to ‘watch his back’


| Author: Patricia Karvelas | Date: 26th Oct 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

LABOR frontbencher Anthony Albanese warned Kevin Rudd to “watch his back” in May 2010, after realising six months earlier that Julia Gillard was going for the leadership when she intervened in a NSW preselection brawl.

In Tales from the Political Trenches, former Labor MP Maxine McKew says both Mr Albanese and Mr Rudd’s chief of staff Alister Jordan came to the conclusion the night before the leadership changed that “Rudd was the victim of an ambush that had been months in the planning”.

“Albanese had also warned Rudd back in May, when the budget was being presented, to watch his back,” McKew writes. “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.”

Referring to a call from Mr Jordan and Mr Albanese the night before the June caucus meeting at which the leadership changed, McKew writes: “Both sounded despondent after a night of phoning on behalf of Rudd. From what they said, it seemed clear that the fix was in.”

She writes that Mr Albanese told Ms Gillard, “Look, you’re already seen as the heir apparent, you don’t need your henchmen around here” after she intervened to keep her friend Laurie Ferguson in parliament and oust another sitting member.

McKew also reveals that the Prime Minister prepared a paper for the “gang of four”, the Strategic Priorities and Budget Committee, and this recommended that the government not advocate an emissions trading scheme in the “absence of bipartisan support”.

And in a stinging criticism of Ms Gillard’s time as leader, McKew, who lost her northern Sydney seat of Bennelong at the 2010 election, accuses the Prime Minister of using a “dog whistle” to appeal to voters concerned about immigration in the seat of Lindsay in the city’s west.

McKew says that, in trying to overturn Mr Rudd’s call for a big Australia, “Gillard’s strategy seemed clear enough. She was substituting policy for a dog-whistle slogan. ‘Where will we all fit?’ It came across as a personal insult.

“We are now at a point where Labor’s attitudes to immigration and the confusion and lack of perspective we’ve developed about unauthorised boat arrivals are costing us in multiple ways.”

In her book, McKew interviews Paul Keating and asks him if Labor could have “regained the moral high ground and altered the national conversation” on refugees. The former Labor prime minister replies, “It’s the job of leaders to protect the country from its prejudice” in a veiled criticism of Ms Gillard.

“And the great mistake that Labor made was to effectively join with the Tories in making the phony distinctions between the civic community and the human community,” Mr Keating says.

McKew accuses Ms Gillard of playing “divide and rule” on refugees and says Labor’s rhetoric shows the “Howard years are still with us”.

She writes that cabinet minister Robert McClelland also believes Ms Gillard had planned all along to take over from Mr Rudd in the second term, but with momentum moving away from the government “she decided it was time to hit the accelerator”.

Mr McClelland is damning about Ms Gillard’s leadership, claiming that under her “people have stopped listening”.

McKew quotes Mr Rudd saying that he had made clear to Ms Gillard that he was prepared to hand the leadership to her.

“I also said to her in my office in early 2010 that I had no intention of breaking the record book for being the longest-serving Labor prime minister and that my ambition was to have a seamless transition to her,” Mr Rudd says.

“But the core point was this: at no stage did either Julia or Wayne say to me that, unless I undertook change x, y or z, there would be a challenge to my leadership, let alone that they would be party to such a challenge.”

McKew conveys the tensions she had with Ms Gillard, bluntly claiming that “behind the scenes, I never shook the feeling that Gillard saw me as an irritant”.

Referring to a phone call she received from an insider, she writes: “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.

“The photos of the country’s first female prime minister standing beside Governor-General Quentin Bryce . . . suggested a new era of girl power and a fresh beginning. But it was a deceptive image.”

She writes that Ms Gillard’s comment of “game on” to Tony Abbott in her first question time as Prime Minister was a “shallow quip” more suited to the soccer field.

“It was the scene-setter for the crass 2010 election campaign that became the ‘contest of fears’.”

On union influence, she attacks Australian Workers Union boss Paul Howes and implies a conspiracy by his use of language similar to Ms Gillard to justify toppling Mr Rudd.

Wayne Swan MRRT assurance set miners off


| Author: Dennis Shanahan, Political editor | Date: 26th Oct 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

THE ferocious miners’ campaign that led to Kevin Rudd’s removal as prime minister was a direct result of an assurance Wayne Swan gave Rio Tinto that the resource super-profits tax had not been settled — four days before he announced a final version of it.

At a Canberra meeting in late April 2010 – six weeks before Julia Gillard replaced Mr Rudd and Mr Swan became Deputy Prime Minister – the Treasurer told Rio Tinto managing director David Peever the proceeds from the new tax would not be included in the May budget.

“After this meeting Rio and BHP believed the new tax hadn’t been finalised,” one mining executive said yesterday.

The Australian can reveal that Mr Peever’s acceptance of an assurance at that meeting that there would be further consultation was why the mining industry believed later that it had been betrayed and misled.

The miners’ revolt over the RSPT, which was unveiled in detail on May 2 and included in the budget on May 10, finished Mr Rudd’s leadership.

For months before, the mining industry had been complaining about a lack of consultation as the Treasurer developed a tax that been recommended in the Henry tax review.

Resources Minister Martin Ferguson reassured the miners there would be room for negotiations before the tax was finalised. The miners also believed Mr Swan’s assurance that the revenue would not be “booked” into the 2010 budget and that this meant the rate of the tax – 40 per cent – had not been settled.

In Tales from the Political Trenches, former Labor MP Maxine McKew describes the Treasurer’s “flawed execution” of the RSPT and says Mr Rudd was “more sinned against than sinner”. The staunch Rudd supporter, who lost her seat of Bennelong in 2010 after defeating John Howard in 2007, says the biggest miners, BHP Billiton, Xstrata and Rio Tinto, “all felt blindsided by an uncompromising Treasurer”.

The former parliamentary secretary said the miners “felt they’d been completely dudded” and their $17 million advertising campaign was a “dramatic backdrop to Rudd’s removal as prime minister”.

A spokesman for the Treasurer said last night: “(Mr Swan) has dealt with these erroneous claims before and doesn’t intend to repeat himself over and over again.”

Last year, Mr Swan denied misleading the companies and his colleagues over the RSPT, saying any contrary recollections must be based on “a misunderstanding of our intentions”.

The Treasurer told The Australian: “This was a bruising debate and it comes as no surprise to see all kinds of claims and counter-claims being made about it with the benefit of hindsight.”

A senior cabinet source also told The Australian last year that the agreement before the RSPT was announced was that “there wouldn’t be any numbers or forward estimates in the tax plan”.

Yesterday, The Australian was told notes from the April 2010 meeting showed that Mr Peever asked Mr Swan if the revenue would be included in the tax plan and budget in May and the Treasurer responded that it wouldn’t be and “the details still have to be worked out”.

Mr Peever then believed, and told other mining executives, that there was time for more negotiation on the tax formula.

Rio Tinto declined to comment yesterday.

Mr Swan yesterday defended the design of the minerals resource rent tax, which he and the Prime Minister negotiated with the big three miners after Mr Rudd’s removal.

The Australian revealed yesterday that BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata, responsible for more than 90 per cent of the tax, had paid no tax when the first instalment fell due on Monday.

Mr Swan said: “The design of a resource rent tax is such that it delivers the revenue when profits are high and in the case of commodities where prices are high and of course when they go down, it doesn’t necessarily deliver the same amount of money.”

And to cap off the day’s round of stories on this subject, and as published in the Brisbane edition of the ‘National Times’ – a Fairfax Media publication, the following story was published – please use the link to visit the website and hear the video report on Gillard’s role in the Rudd plot …

Gillard ‘in plot before Rudd coup’


| Author: Peter Hartcher | Date: 26th Oct 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

JULIA Gillard was involved in the “conspiracy” to topple Kevin Rudd as prime minister days before the coup, according to new claims that contradict her own account.

In a new book, former Labor MP Maxine McKew calls Ms Gillard a “disloyal deputy” who was directly undermining her leader in the days before she challenged him. Ms Gillard has always maintained she was loyal to the then prime minister until the day she challenged him.

But Ms McKew writes that the then deputy prime minister showed internal Labor research critical of Mr Rudd to a senior member of the caucus in the days before the challenge. This Labor member believes that his encounter with Ms Gillard was part of a “conspiracy against Rudd”, Ms McKew says.

The Labor member is not named in the book. Ms McKew told The Age she had interviewed the MP several times but she had promised to protect his identity. Asked whether she found him credible, she replied “absolutely”.

This senior government MP “has a very precise recollection”, she writes in the book, Tales from the Political Trenches, to be published on Monday.

“This individual was in the deputy prime minister’s office in the days prior to the coup,” she says.

“Gillard produced the UMR documents, by now two weeks old” – a reference to internal Labor Party research on the electoral standing of Mr Rudd and Ms Gillard – “and went through the detail and emphasised Rudd’s deficits.”

This suggests that Ms Gillard was undermining her prime minister, using the same internal research that was used by the so-called “faceless men” to marshal caucus support for a challenge, before the day she confronted Mr Rudd.

Yet Ms Gillard has always insisted that “I made up my mind on the day”. She told a press conference in Canberra on February 12: “I made my decision to ask Kevin Rudd for a leadership ballot on the day that I spoke to him and asked him for that leadership ballot.

“When people had sought to raise the matter with me earlier I had declined to have the conversation with them, and no amount of speculation here or media interest will change that simple fact that I made up my mind on the day that I asked Kevin Rudd for a ballot.”

When asked by the ABC’s Four Corners in February whether she had seen the internal research being used to undermine Mr Rudd, Ms Gillard said she had no “specific recall”.

The program disclosed that two weeks before the coup Ms Gillard’s staff had drafted an acceptance speech for her for the occasion of winning the prime ministership.

Asked about this, Ms Gillard said that staff commonly prepared for contingencies but that there were two key points: “Number one, I didn’t direct anybody to write a speech for me, and, number two, I made up my mind on the day.”

Ms McKew finds this incredible. “Come again?” she writes. “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.

“I remembered some of my own experiences working to her office. A speech I’d prepared for a Sydney Institute presentation in 2009 was vetted and parsed by three separate Gillard staffers before I was ‘allowed’ to deliver it. Nothing happened without Gillard’s say-so.”

Ms McKew writes that the then Labor secretary, Karl Bitar, had to take responsibility for commissioning the internal research used against Mr Rudd. Mr Bitar is now a lobbyist for James Packer’s Crown Casino.

She reports interviewing Labor senator and party elder John Faulkner on the subject. Senator Faulkner said: “For a party official to use party research to undermine a serving Labor prime minister … is quite improper and should never, never be tolerated … I am aware of caucus colleagues who were shown or handed research. I consider this was just sheer bastardry.”

Meanwhile, cabinet minister Brendan O’Connor said yesterday a claim in Ms McKew’s book that he was one of the people who distributed to caucus members research favourable to Ms Gillard before her overthrow of Mr Rudd was untrue.

Ms McKew was an ABC journalist before winning the seat of Bennelong for Labor at the 2007 election, defeating John Howard. She lost the seat at the 2010 election.

Tales from the Political Trenches is published by Melbourne University Press. Extracts will appear in Good Weekend tomorrow.


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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 22nd Oct 2012 |
The ground is shifting, Gillard now walks in uncertain corridors, wary of shadows, of whispers, of lowered eyes, of turned smirks, she is talked about as having been ‘reversed cuckold’ … her proclaimers are deserting and she sits upon a self-made dung-heap and becoming increasingly isolated.

The World needs heroes – heroes who chase after injustice and false pretenders and expose the corruptedness that undermines decency and right of passage.   Gillards ascent to her current position has been forged via an alliance and a path edged with ‘shady’ deals with others who are similarly inflicted with past’s built upon Union secrecy and internal corruption.

Gillard is now being forced to face her past history head-on and all her posturing and shrieks of – ‘misogynist sexist nutjobs’ defiling her will have their day.

The ‘House’ resumes next week, and this week will be about preparing her epitaph and her successor … it has come to this – Australia’s first female Prime Minister clouded in infamy is now a lesson learnt that will set back women’s issues for decades in this Nation.

A recent hero I have become acquainted with is ‘William Garrow’ – 1760-1840 – an 18th century crusader who plied his skills  in ‘The Old Baily’.  He fought the injustices of the day, was responsible for changing unjust laws, and a corrupted aristocracy who used their positions to their advantage.

Another Australian hero is Hedley Thomas and his crusade to bring the Prime Minister of Australia to account for her corrupted past is gaining traction.   Can you imagine the risk’s involved in pursuing such a charter – a man following his beliefs knowing that to fail would bring greater risks to his future and his journalistic creditability.   His pursuit of this story says more about the man than anything else – it also gives faith that there is still one Media publication in this Nation who understands their charter.

Today – Thomas again thrust his pen at the Prime Minister when her wrote the following story:

AWU stalwart calls for slush fund inquiry


| Author: Hedley Thomas | Date: 22nd Oct 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

A LONG-TIME staunch Labor supporter and former union boss is calling for a public inquiry into a secret slush fund at the heart of a fraud scandal that has dogged Julia Gillard since 1995.

Tim Daly, a Labor member for 35 years and head of the Australian Workers Union in Western Australia for a decade until 2008, said the slush fund was unprecedented in its operation, secrecy and the very large amounts of cash it raised.

He said it should offend every unionist that nobody had been held accountable over the slush fund, known as the AWU Workplace Reform Association. Mr Daly helped discover its existence in April 1996, after hundreds of thousands of dollars had already been paid by building company Thiess, and siphoned off.

“I want to see some sort of public inquiry into this — I will support an inquiry and I will tell it what I know,” Mr Daly told The Australian in Perth yesterday.

“It will be messy and it will be harmful for some people, but an inquiry is necessary to prevent these things from ever happening again. I am loyal to the AWU and the Labor Party, I just don’t like crooks. I think that one of the crooks is now prepared to tell the truth.

“The fact is that when you have companies paying off unions in secrecy, the workers have no chance. There has been a great reluctance to get to the bottom of this very serious matter for 17 years. The slush fund (in the way it worked) was corrupt, there is no question about it, but I have a nagging concern that people still do not want to see this all come out.”

Mr Daly said while most unions have slush funds to pay for elections, the AWU Workplace Reform Association was “highly unusual”– it was bankrolled by a major employer, Thiess; it was kept secret from the rest of the union and its membership; and it received sums of money that were remarkable for the period.

A senior forensic accountant, John Lourens, who is analysing account records and legal documents related to the slush fund, states in a newly released report that “at a minimum, the AWU financial swindle involves a misappropriation of $880,663″.

Former AWU official Ralph Blewitt has told The Australian that the AWU Workplace Reform Association was fraudulent.

In an interview in early August, Mr Blewitt said: “I knew there were sham transactions. I could face criminal charges. I will make myself available (to police) on that one condition that I have immunity from prosecution. My greatest fear is that I incriminate myself, but this has to come out now. “

Ms Gillard was a salaried partner at Slater & Gordon law firm in Melbourne when she helped to establish the slush fund for her then boyfriend, AWU official Bruce Wilson, and his friend AWU bagman Mr Blewitt.

The Prime Minister, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, said in late 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, which was designed to raise money for union elections, 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 subsequent 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 property bought in 1993 in the name of Mr Blewitt, for the use of Mr Wilson.

Slater & Gordon said it intended to make no further comments, adding that “the people (Ms Gillard and Bernard Murphy, now a Federal Court judge) who were acting for the former clients involved at that time left (the firm) in 1995 and 1996″.

Hedley Thomas is a multi Walkely Award winner – his stories carry much weight in media circles and with a loyal readership.

By contrast the Australian media is enduring a period of political confliction – one can say that political persuasion dictates the editorial content of most of Australia’s free-media publications.

The National broadcaster the ‘ABC’, and ‘Fairfax Media’ publications have not pursued the AWU scandal with any fervor – they are in fact dismissive of any past connection to the allegations against the Prime Minister over the AWU scandal.  They present a believe in that support Gillard’s version in that she has no case to answer.

Rather than do the investigative research required – they are happy to allow a ‘tarnished’ Prime Minister to fend off her detractors and accusers without doing their charter – to hold the Government accountable.

This position is taken despite the mountains of evidence presented that prove beyond any doubt.   Gillard will face her past and the electorate will have their justice for her disrespect for the office she holds.


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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 19th Oct 2012 |
The World is a never ending parade of the usual and the unusual.  News stories come from the strangest of places – many stories get reported and are read by locals and never get to see the light of day.

Harry’s Growl plans to feature News stories that miss the ‘mainstream’ news cycle in new posts called ‘ODDBALL News Wrap‘.If news is not your cup of tea and you want some straight humour – try the EYE-BALL’s JokeZone Index page.

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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 16th Oct 2012 |
The Grub of all Grubs is allowed to sit in the Australian House of Representatives every day Parliament sits.   He is a protect species – protected by a Labour Party slime that has infected our Nations Leaders with a morality that is destroying the soul of this Nation.

This peanut of a pissant – one of two that sit in the HOR’s as Independents, is named Craig Thompson, the other is Peter Slipper – two slime balls that allow this Government to remain in power.

Fair Work Australia (FWA) has disclosed that they have charged The ‘GRUB’ with some 67 charges of abuse and fraud according to documents filed with the Courts.

News report out yesterday indicate that the ‘GRUB’ is using the ‘Statute of Limitations’ that may shield himself from the Courts and the Justice he so richly deserves.

To reflect and get your head around how this Government  supported and voted against a motion bought on by the Opposition in the HOR’s earlier this year – gives a level of disgust and an aftertaste that will not go away until Gillard and her ‘jackboot’ caucus goes away.

Power corrupts – a statement of fact when it comes to summarising Gillard and her lust to cling to power.  Not only that – the continued support Thompson gives the Government whist now serving as an Independent gives real insight to the hypocrisy on display.

This Government is based on a corrupted past and its agenda from the outset has been about retaining power as opposed to serving the people of Australia.   Not one ALP MP crossed the floor to make a statement about Thompsons actions in defrauding Union funds, not one of them had courage enough to stand up and defend the integrity of the Parliament and our democracy.

If Thompson is guilty – then every ALP member is also guilty.  First and foremost in our democracy is the requirement for MP’s to vote their conscience above all else – their first allegiance is to the people they represent.  This is naive in the extreme, to think that our democracy is a true democracy is just turning a blind eye.  It’s a cry of hope more than anything – but it is futile to think it whilst the ALP’s defense of this ‘GRUB’ and the other ‘GRUB’ remains al with the purpose of retaining power – again Power corrupts …

Thompson is not a person who should be serving in our Parliament yet there he is – in full view and challenging anyone to remove him.   He retains the support of an equally corrupted PM who’s histort will surely sink her as it will Thompson.  For both these criminals to serve the high office entrusted to them is a reflection of our vetting system of chosing candidates.

The Australian Federal Police generally are responsible for misconduct in the Parliamentary arena, leaks, bribery, and inappropriate behaviour are all mandated as areas where the AFP get involved.   Where have they been in the HSU scandal and the AWU scandal?

This Government has a conflict and a vested interest in having Thompson and Slipper remain in Government.  Both go hand in hand with everyday dealings in this Government.  As the Ashby v Slipper scandal implodes the AG will be caught short when it comes to discovery of her involvement to have the ‘text transcripts’ suppressed and contained.

How can the public have any respect for politicians when this behaviour is representative and dish up day after day?

The full list of the 67 charges Thompson faces can be read using this link [PDF file format] – it runs to some 194 pages and is very thorough.

An ABC report on the filing of the charges can be read below:

Thomson case may have been filed too late


| Author: ABC | Date: 16th Oct 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

More than half the civil charges laid against independent MP Craig Thomson may have been initiated too late.

Fair Work Australia (FWA) has laid 62 civil charges against the former Labor MP over allegations he misspent funds on prostitutes and his 2007 election campaign while he was national secretary of the Health Services Union.

A total of 37 of the civil charges are for alleged breaches of the general duties imposed on officers of registered organisations.

But a separate Federal Court case is testing whether that type of charge should attract a two-year statute of limitations.

If that case is successful, it could provide a precedent for Mr Thomson to argue the general duties breaches he is facing are too old because they relate to allegations about his conduct five years ago.

FWA says it is in the public interest to pursue all 62 charges.

It says the maximum financial penalty that can be imposed by the court for each contravention of the general duties is $6,600.

Mr Thomson has continued to maintain he has done nothing wrong.

The Coalition has raised questions about whether Mr Thomson can afford to defend the legal action and pay any associated compensation costs if he is found guilty.

Under the constitution, any MP declared bankrupt is not allowed to continue serving in Parliament.

Senior Labor figures have already ruled out using party funds to help pay Mr Thomson’s legal fees.

But Mr Thomson has rejected suggestions he might go bankrupt and says he expects to win the case.

“I’m not raising that I’m going bankrupt, I’m not filing for bankruptcy, I’m proceeding in relation to a full defence of these matters and that’s where we’re going,” he told Sky News.

“Bankruptcy is not something we’ve looked at, thought about in any sense because we’re defending these issues.”

The Thomson case will begin in December.

Before the ALP threw Thompson out of the ALP – they had already provided in excess of $200,000 to cover his legal expenses to stave off a bankruptcy issue when he initially faced HSU fraud charges.   Had he been declared a bankrupt it would have  forced Thompson from Government.

Not only is he alleged to have defrauded HSU members to the tune of $500k – this $200k was more Union members funds used to cover his legal fees in a desperate bid for Gillard to cling to power.

This abuse of Union Members funds to protect this GRUB and the Governments numbers represents an even greater abuse of Union Members funds.   A crime to protect the crime as one could say …

The Government powerbrokers who made the choice to cover these legal costs had to have had approval from some Union heavy to do so after a request from someone in Government.  That person is now culpable in fostering a greater fraud on Union members because there will be no recovery of these funds.   It was not made as a loan, but a gifted amount to cover legal expenses.

The ABC report above indicates the time-lapse may see Thompson avoid almost half of his alleged frauds – how can justice be so slow to respond – the HSU spent almost two years investigating the original claims an that has to mitigate the statue time frame.   We wait and are forced to watch as our Government drags us over a cliff – god help us all.

It almost prompts a thought to do something drastic …

 


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- 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 -


26th July: – Australian Gangsters Inc Part I – Gillard and the ALP by another name!!!


22nd July: - Gillard Spoofs – about the only way to survive!!!


July 20th: Shame … Shame … Shame … Murdoch Media to blame for the Global descent into darkness!!!


July 14th: Harry’s Political Updates …
A Special report – Gillard facing History making dumping …


June 15th: Harry’s Political Updates …
… a special report …
Larry Pickering Censored!


June 9th: Harry’s Political Updates … Various stories …


June 4th: Harry’s Political Updates … Various Stories …


June 2nd: Harry’s Political Updates … Various Stories …


May 22nd: Harry’s Political Updates … Various Stories …


May 10th: ‘Rome and the Mob’ … Craig Thompson survives yet again.


May 8th: The Australian ALP Government – more corrupt and worse than Bikie Gangs …


April 24th: The Peter SLIPPER affair – Harry’s take …


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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 15th Oct 2012 |
The World is a never ending parade of the usual and the unusual.  News stories come from the strangest of places – many stories get reported and are read by locals and never get to see the light of day.Harry’s Growl plans to feature posts called ‘ODDBALL News Wrap‘.

The intent is to present abstract stories to provide a lighter and more abstract perspective to the alternatives offered at this site. The ‘format’ is still being tinkered with but will get there in a visual context.

If news is not your cup of tea and you want straight humour – try the EYE-BALL’s JokeZone Index page.

Todays ‘Oddball’ update is all World News from various sources.

[Click on the link to read story on-line in a new window.]

News from RT News Sources:

  1. RT News  – ‘You should’ve served US better and died!’ Debt collector berates disabled veteran … A debt collector, angered that a disabled US Army veteran was living off of disability payments, told him he “should have died” in war instead of “taking advantage of” other Americans. …
  2. RT News – Koch brothers threaten to fire employees if Obama wins ... The billionaire Koch brothers this month threatened to fire many of their more than 50,000 employees if they dare to vote for President Obama or any other Democrats in the 2012 elections….
  3. RT News – Switzerland arming in preparation for European meltdown?   … The Swiss Army is preparing contingency plans for violent unrest across Europe. A nation mostly famous for its banks, watches and chocolate fears it may face a massive influx of European refugees in the near future….
  4. RT News – ReUpload: Kim Dotcom promises ‘massive global network’  … Kim Dotcom has promised to “turn this world upside down” with a new, revamped MegaUpload. The “massive global network” will allow users to encrypt all data transfers and will be available to hosts outside the US …
  5. RT News – Riot rage: Athens protesters throw firebombs, police shoot tear gas (VIDEO, PHOTOS)  … A rally in the Greek capital turned violent when protesters in Syntagma Square lobbed Molotov cocktails at police, who retaliated by firing tear gas at the demonstrators. …
  6. RT News – ‘Democracy kidnapped!’ Madrid police fire rubber bullets as thousands surround Spanish Congress (VIDEO, PHOTOS) … Madrid riot police have cleared Plaza de Neptune of protesters, with about 200 officers securing the surrounding blocks. At least 60 people have been injured and 26 arrested as police used batons and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. …
  7. RT News -Double dipping: Britain faces second round of recession … The UK’s economic forecast is cloudy with little chance of a speedy recovery, as the nation struggles to overcome its double-dip recession. Meanwhile, EU leaders are meeting to come up with a solution to the euro crisis – but seem to be striking out.…
  8. RT NewsBlockupy Frankfurt: Thousands wrap up four-day protests (VIDEO, PHOTOS) … At least 20,000 Occupy movement demonstrators have gathered in Frankfurt on the fourth day of mass anti-capitalist protests against the current banking system and austerity measures. …

News from Reuters Sources:

  1. Reuters News Mention of torture irks Guantanamo trial judge  … GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba – A military judge angrily cut off a defense lawyer who tried to discuss torture during a debate on whether courtroom attendance was mandatory for five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 …
  2. Reuters News – More drugs may be linked to meningitis cases … CHICAGO/NEW YORK – Two other drugs made by the Massachusetts pharmacy at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak may be linked to the disease, health regulators said, potentially widening the scope of the health crisis. …
  3. Reuters News – Fed officials offer divergent views on inflation risks … NEW YORK/ROANOKE, Virginia – Federal Reserve officials offered divergent opinions on Monday about the correct stance for monetary policy, differing most sharply on the inflation risk posed by the central bank’s massive efforts to buoy U.S. growth. …
  4. Reuters News – Head of CEO group urges fiscal cliff deal … IWASHINGTON – Corporate chief executives ramped up their calls for Congress to reach a compromise deal that keeps the looming “fiscal cliff” from crushing the economy and starts to shrink debt levels. …

News from Other Sources:

  1. Huffington Post – Voter Suppression Campaign Has New Twist In Ohio The battleground state of Ohio has been a theater of legal and partisan battles over the elimination of early voting days and restricted voting hours. In 18 other states with Republican-led legislatures, lawmakers have made it tougher for third party groups to register voters, purged suspected non-citizens from voting rolls or passed strict voter ID laws that require voters to present state-issued photo ID to cast a ballot.

News from ‘The Australian’ -

  1. The Australian – One in six children living in poverty AUSTRALIA’S poverty rate has increased since 2003, with one in six children still living in desperate need, according to a University of NSW study ...
  2. The Australian – Law firm ‘was highly unethical’ A UNION leader who ensured Julia Gillard’s success in ousting Kevin Rudd has slammed her former employer, Slater & Gordon ...
  3. The Australian – Thomson cited on dozen hookers … CRAIG Thomson faces a costly legal battle after Fair Work Australia launched legal action against the independent MP.
  4. The Australian – Roxon decides silence is golden after all THERE are misgivings within Labor that Nicola Roxon has mishandled the government’s approach to the Peter Slipper affair.….
  5. The Australian – Emerson tackles Libs over Thomson LABOR has attacked Coalition claims that criminal charges against Craig Thomson are imminent as the MP declared a civil claim against him would be “thrown out”.
  6. The Australian – Deceit of hiding behind one’s sex … JULIA Gillard should focus on proving a woman can be a good PM…..

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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 27th Aug 2012 |
T he AWU scandal has been alive and on life support for 20 years – lying as if in a coma, occasionally arresting and surfacing only to be put back to sleep in line with the rest of Australia’s apathy.

Many people have known about this scandal – and yet the central player involved Julia Gillard – sits as our Prime Minister.

As the current arrested introspection of 20-year-old events plays itself out in the media – the Prime Minister is able to deflect any toxic slur because hard evidence is still light on, and relying in heresy as opposed to physical evidence.

This recent four-month campaign to embarrass Gillard has advanced the matter more than any previous attempts.   The AWU know there was a fraud but for all of the time lapsed – they have all acted on instructions from Union heavies and stayed silent.

Current AWU secretary Paul Howes has the opportunity to act on behalf of the AWU membership and assist the police with their investigations – yet to date he remains silent and out of the media spotlight.   Howes has a tough choice – be the man that exposes Union corruption – or live with his knowledge – knowing that he did not have the courage to do the right thing for his Union members.

There is good reason – lives are at threat here – or fear for one’s life.

If Howes allows full access and gives evidence to what he knows, can prove, and has been told about the scandal – in addition to the statements/affidavits by Bob Kernohan and Ian Cambridge – then this matter will blow apart the charade PM Gillard hides behind and topple the Government.

Howes was one of the faceless men who put Gillard in the Prime Minister’s chair – will he now turn to his members and do the right thing.  Howes will be remembered no matter what choice he decides.  It is hoped that for the future of Australia and the survival of the Union movement he makes the decent and right judgement call.

As with the ‘Watergate’ scandal – once the evidence begins to appear, there will be no controlling what happens next.   A man or woman’s conscience can be a mysterious thing.  Police investigators know that the thought of being caught or exposed plays havoc with the mind – the longer the thought is active in the mind, particular if it is believe others are talking – the more likely the paranoia endured.

And so it is with this story – those who have helped hide this story will only be too eager to come forth when they know it is only a matter of time before they hear the ‘knock’ – so rather than wait for that knock, they will come forward to try and get the best deal for themselves.

Bruce Wilson and Ralph Blewitt – the apparent biggest beneficiaries of the fraud are already seeking deals – who will be next?

Gillard has shown that anyone who wants to come after her had better be well armed.   She has a closely connected Cabinet  – many of whom are complicit in the same AWU scandal.  Her 1600 employed media scrutiny spread across the Fed Gov Departments work for her and will do her bidding – that is of course unless someone from within decides they cannot live with what they know and comes forward.

A sinking ship is reason for all aboard to take what they can and jump overboard.   If the chinks in Gillard’s bravado show vulnerability – the exudos will be quick and swift.

She has a 3&0 record against the News Ltd press – and still she refuses to issue defamation proceedings – despite her mentioning in last Thursdays Press Conference that the News Ltd story was ‘defamatory’.   The PM has to know that she has to put-up or shut-up on the defamation issue because the more she shy’s away for legal proceedings – the more guilty she looks.

A friend of mine spoke to a group of dog-lovers and raised this story in general conversation – he was stunned at the ignorance to the story – his summation – nobody cares.   That then begs the question – is all the froth and bubble being printed and investigated over this 20-year-old story going to change anything?

Come election day people will make a choice – be it uninformed, or in line with their DNA allegiance and exposures, to their workplace and the conversations they are exposed to about politics.

That begs another question – how do you get the biggest block of uninformed voters to take an interest in Politics?

That group being the 18-28 year olds.   The 60’s slogan – ‘if you’re old enough to fight for your Nation – then you’re old enough to vote’ – was a slogan without real understanding.   Some 50 years later – if anything young people are now more disinterested in Politics than they have ever been.

So if this AWU scandal is to bring any good – i.e. a Royal Commission into Union’s and the use and accountability of Members funds – the Union members have to step up and put pressure on their Union boss’.   The militancy of Union leadership will make that a difficult task.

A current and ongoing research project into Unions is still unable to locate published financial accounts for at least 85% of all ACTU affiliated Unions.

The six months research thus far has revealed a $1 billion per year membership subscriptions and how those funds are accounted for remains a closed shop.

A first installment on this story will be published later this week – but it is struggling to gain traction in its objective to establish how Unions distribute and account for their members funds on an annual basis.

This AWU scandal when all said and done is going to change many things about the Australian political landscape.   It will take many years for the final outcome to be known.   What is sure – the ALP will not be the same Party as it is now when all said and done.

Gillard has to respect history – and she like Nixon will try to stay and ride out the storm – she will fail as did Nixon because all it takes from the electorate’s perspective – is a hint of any wrong doing – as Malcolm Fraser used when he defeated Gough Whitlam after the Kerr dismissal and the new election result.


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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 26th Aug 2012 |
L ast week Larry Pickering gave a statement that he had plenty more on Gillard and that the AWU scandal is far from over.

Gillard fronted the media last Thursday in her famous ‘shop till you drop’ West WIng style media press conference in an attempt to silence her detractors once and for all.

Well tonight, the stakes were raised again.   Larry Pickering published his VIII installment of his – ‘Is Our prime Minister a Crook?’ series.  It is pasted below:

IS OUR PRIME MINISTER A CROOK? – Part VIII


| Author: Larry Pickering | Date: 26th Aug 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

Julia Gillard employs no fewer than 1,600 media advisers. (Spin doctors). The cost? $150,000,000 pa. There are more, but Ministers like Albanese won’t disclose details. It appears much more of our taxes needs to be spent on spin doctors if our chief spinster Gillard’s involvement in massive union corruption is to remain undetected.

I would like to take you on a little trip to the WA Goldfields… to Kalgoorlie’s twin city, Boulder.

WA newspaper archives show Bruce Wilson travelled to Boulder/Kalgoorlie in 1992 to attempt to allay union members’ concerns about his (Wilson’s) decision to transfer the management of large sums of union members’ money to a new AWU account in Northbridge, Perth.

The money resided at the time in a separate account called, “The Goldfields Fatal Accident and Death Fund”. This money, donated from union members themselves, was to financially assist bereaved families of deceased union members.

Wilson wanted management the account shifted to the AWU’s head office in Perth. Wilson was the then WA boss of the AWU. He and Ralph Blewitt were to be sole signatories on the account and union members were justifiably apprehensive.

They were wary of Wilson’s alleged fraudulent activities and demanded a meeting. It was set down for 8pm in the Boulder Town Hall.

Wilson knew he would never convince members of the legitimacy of the proposed move himself. So he introduced to the stage  a person of high legal authority to assure union members there was no need for concern.

The person he introduced was Julia Gillard. Members were unaware Gillard was his lover. She was presented as an important Industrial Lawyer from Victoria and an official representative of the Labor stalwart law firm, Slater & Gordon.

Gillard addressed union members at length explaining why the money should be moved and that there was nothing to worry about. She insisted the members were in the good hands of Slater & Gordon and their best interests would at all times be protected.

Gillard must have done an excellent job because the account containing approximately $1 million was shifted to a private Northbridge, Perth account. The address for all correspondence was nominated as Northbridge Post Office, Box 253.

Three years later, police were asked by incoming AWU State Secretary, Tim Daly, to investigate one amount of $145,000 withdrawn from “The Goldfields Fatal Accident and Death Fund” to buy two holiday units in Kalbarri.

[I should say at this point that Ralph Blewitt never questioned what Wilson wanted. He simply signed whatever he was asked to. He was to sign fraudulent documents Gillard had drawn up for Wilson in the name of Workplace Reform Association Inc. Blewitt was also totally unaware of a mortgage, arranged in his name by Slater & Gordon, over another house Wilson bought from stolen AWU funds in Kerr Street, Fitzroy. Wilson, according to police files, used a stamp of Blewitt’s signature whenever he needed it.]

Despite the WA Major Fraud Squad’s Detective David McAlpine’s keenness to lay charges, it didn’t happen. The Kalbarri holiday units, were subsequently sold. Again the laundered money vanished. It was only the tip of a very large iceberg.

Wilson was also negotiating a “Workplace Reform Agreement” with Thiess at their Dawesville (Mandurah) site. He had invoiced Thiess himself for 220 hours worked per month, every month, at a rate of $36.00 per hour. But did not on any occasion even visit the site.

Thiess raised cheques on each of Wilson’s invoices. Each cheque was deposited in, and promptly withdrawn from, the sham Northbridge account. This is commonly known as a “secret commission”. It is highly illegal.

Thiess didn’t seem to care that Wilson was never seen.

Although the WA Police wanted Blewitt and Wilson charged they could not convince Thiess to co-operate.

From FOI material we have recently received from the WA Major Fraud Squad, it is clear that Thiess WA was reluctant to press charges of any kind. Thiess insisted they believed they were paying a branch of the AWU. Their reluctance to press charges may have been due to not wanting to rock the AWU boat, acquiescence in the deal or the interesting relationship between Wilson and Thiess’ CEO, Joe Trio; Trio is Wilson’s brother-in-law.

Another seven cheques totalling $112,000 found their way into the Northbridge, Perth account curiously from Melbourne Water, a Statutory Vic. Government Authority.

Now, you might ask, why the hell would a Victorian Government QUANGO be paying a Perth-based union for any damn thing?

The connection is this: Gillard was, and still is, a very close friend of a Robyn Mcleod. McCleod was Gillard’s house-mate and she bought half of Gillard’s Abbottsford property.

Remember, Wilson was joint boss of WA and Vic AWU for this period and was drawing two wages and guess who Wilson engaged to negotiate the Melbourne Water contract?

Yep, the $300,000 pa, SA Rann Govt Water Commissioner, Robyn Mcleod. The plot thickens by the minute and we nut-jobs are supposed to stop asking questions?

The question that must be asked, and will soon be answered, is how could Gillard have been Wilson’s lover for over four years and not know what was going on? He carried a wad of notes that would choke a horse and was purchasing multiple properties for cash with extorted funds.

Gillard admits she was involved and indeed complicit in the fraud, but now claims she didn’t know what Wilson’s intentions were. Mmmm, didn’t know? Really? Convincing workers in Boulder to part with their hard-earned funeral savings to buy holiday units and she didn’t know? Where did she think the mouth of this river of money’s source was?

To say she didn’t know beggars belief. Either she is a simpleton (which she is not) or she is treating us as simpletons. The latest photo depicts her as definitely not blonde and she was an industrial lawyer and partner in the most notorious law firm in the land. She didn’t know what she, or he, was doing?

When Gillard acrimoniously broke-up with Wilson, she was more familiar with his scams than poor Blewitt. So, why didn’t she go to the police? After all, they were champing on the bit waiting to charge him. All they needed was some corroborative evidence. Could it be that she and others would be found guilty of aiding and abetting?

So, why are police never successful in prosecuting union fraud cases? Simply because union bosses and developers refuse to cooperate. They will neither supply nor give evidence to enable a successful prosecution for fear of retribution or incrimination.

The glacial HSU East branch investigation by the union-dominated FWA is testimony to the futility of expecting delinquent crooks to investigate delinquent crooks.

FWA Commissioner Ian Cambridge, when an AWU Boss, called for a Royal Commission into his union! He has since been silenced by Gillard appointing him as a judge to the Federal Court. Now he can’t discuss the matter.

[Update 27th Aug: Please note - Pickering published a correction on this highlighted point - it reads - 'Gillard appointed AWU Boss Cambridge as Commissioner to FWA.  He now refuses to comment on his call for a Royal Commission.  Apologies.'].

We ‘nut-job, sexist misogynists’ are really not supposed to ask these questions? Not one has been answered.

As I have said repeatedly, Abbott refuses to be involved. I can’t blame him. But the only Honourable Member left in the Labor Party, Former Attorney General Rob McClelland, will not rest until these matters are resolved. Gillard sacked him.

Criminal elements, like small fish Craig Thomson, (who had Gillard’s “full confidence” until the bitter end) are deeply embedded in the ALP. They are protected by the ALP and their court costs are covered by the ALP via the unions. HSU’s Williamson has ripped $20 million from lowly paid workers.

The money these mobsters embezzle from innocent workers is tax exempt. It’s like taking prize candy from a kid and there are no penalties when caught.

It is the Labor system, it is the culture and it has become enmeshed in the sophisticated involvement of Left wing Law Firms like Slater & Gordon and Maurice Blackburn who have made an art form of ripping off needy claimants.

Abbott refrains from demanding an immediate Royal Commission because Gillard and her Union mobsters must never be allowed to set narrow terms of reference. My information is that Abbott will move on the unions as soon as he gains Office. His will be a Royal Commission with the widest possible terms of reference.

The main protector from union prosecution is Bill Shorten, another product of a Left wing law firm. He has successfully shut down the HSU investigation by sequestrating the union and is currently busy trying to bury the AWU/Gillard/Wilson investigation.

Isolated cases eh? Try keeping a lid on this one, Billy boy… we have much more on you.

Gillard’s ‘misogynist, sexist, nutjob’s’ comment and generalisation about her critics is far from the mark. She said that last Thursday’s questions will be the last time she answers questions on this matter – do you want to bet …

The week ahead will reveal if the ALP aligned press gallery will finally take up the challenge and do their job.   Hedley Thomas took them to task with his report in the Weekend Australian – story linked here -

The ABC’s Insiders this morning was as lame as a three-legged race horse … Barry Cassidy and the rest of the panel guests should hang their heads in shame …

There is talk that the Courier Mail’s Dennis Atkins made the same mistake as Glen Milne in one of his story’s during the week – Milne was sacked for saying the same thing – if Gillard does not seek to have Atkins sacked – there will be more questions about the double standards.

Shane Dowling’s – “The Kangaroo Court of Australia” – also produced a story about Gillard’s guilt and how a two-year jail term is possible – see story here

Andrew Bolt’s Blog – linked here – is also feeding updates all the time.

If Gillard thought this was over – well her army of ‘1600 media advisors’ had better thing again.


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– Hedley Thomas – Australian Hero -
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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 25th Aug 2012 |
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f ever there was a time that Australia needed a trustworthy and sound media – it will be in the coming weeks and months.

The largest scandal to ever impact on Politics in this Nation is about to happen.

‘The Australia’ journalist Hedley Thomas, six times Walkley winner wrote a masterful article today that will forever change Australian Media reporting, Australian Politics, and the way the public view Canberra, and the people who sit in our Parliament House and transact Government business.

Hedley Thomas’ article is copied below and it is the bravest newspaper story I’ve ever read given what is at stake.

Media’s shameful silence


| Author: Hedley Thomas | Date: Aug 25th 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

ONE week ago, the grand sum of information on which most Australians could reasonably rely to make informed judgments about the conduct of Julia Gillard – before she embarked on a career in the political arena – was divided into four vastly different blocs.

The first of these is Australia’s mainstream news and documentary media, the journalists responsible for the first draft of history. In particular, Fairfax Media ‘s The Age (because of Gillard’s residency in Melbourne), News Limited’s Herald Sun, the ABC, and The Australian.

It is important to include in this bloc the Canberra parliamentary press gallery because of the understandable public interest in exploring the past deeds, and misdeeds, of political leaders.

This mainstream-media bloc is the most influential. Its market penetration and capacity to inform millions of people, from the tip of Cape York in Queensland to the southernmost town of Tasmania, means it needs to be the most accurate and diligent.
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The next bloc produced the important narratives that sit on bookshelves and in libraries as a ready reference. It includes the official biographies and curriculum vitae, and author Jacqueline Kent’s book The Making of Julia Gillard. Its penetration is limited to the number of people who have bought or borrowed the book, perhaps measured in the tens of thousands. It is supposed to stand the test of time as a reliable document of truth.

The third bloc is the blogosphere with its a mish-mash of websites. Some can be fair and informative, others are vile and malicious in their recycling of unattributed innuendo without regard for defamation, public interest and balance. It is difficult to know how many read them, or how widely the email links are distributed, but when viral, the hits will be enormous.

The fourth bloc with a stake in the sum of knowledge about the conduct of Gillard when she was a salaried partner in a prominent Melbourne law firm is made up of those directly in the know. These are the true insiders who were there at Slater & Gordon at the time, in 1995, and involved in significant events that have long been concealed. They would number little more than a handful, not including those whom they have told in confidence.

One of those insiders, Nick Styant-Browne, lanced a boil last week. He made a decision to impart long-concealed information about the conduct of the Prime Minister. He determined that it was in the public interest for Australians who have a direct stake in the country’s leadership to know truths that have been tightly held by a handful of people since 1995. He asked The Weekend Australian and this journalist to help him impart this information. He did it in the midst of a raging, nasty internet campaign against Ms Gillard.

In his own careful, reserved statement, Styant-Browne, a former equity partner of Slater & Gordon who has been practising law in Seattle for the past decade, revealed astonishing facts from primary-source documents about Gillard. They were facts about which my mainstream media colleagues – the hundreds of journalists informing 20 million Australians – should have been inquisitive, and intensely interested in developing.

Styant-Browne’s disclosures in this newspaper last Saturday, were these. After an internal probe at the firm in 1995, Gillard left her job as a direct result of the controversial work she had done for her then boyfriend, a union boss accused of corruption. A tape-recorded interview was conducted; a transcript existed.

In it, Gillard could not categorically rule out that she had personally benefited from union funds in the renovation of her Melbourne home. Her partners “took a very serious view” of her conduct, particularly her failure to open a file on her legal work in establishing an incorporated association, which she admitted in the 1995 interview was a “slush fund” to raise money for union officials to contest elections. The association had a misleading name, the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association, which meant nobody could have understood it was a “slush fund”. Because of her failure to open a file, the Slater & Gordon partnership did not know of its existence for three years, despite Gillard having set it up for her then boyfriend, Bruce Wilson, and his mate, bagman Ralph Blewitt, both of whom were AWU branch secretaries.

The AWU did not know about it either, despite the AWU being Slater & Gordon’s client. The AWU’s national leadership was in the dark for a further seven months after Gillard’s abrupt departure in September 1995, amid police investigations trying to account for hundreds of thousands of dollars that went through the slush fund that Gillard had created. She believed she had been treated shabbily by the firm, and strenuously and repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Importantly, at no time in the past 17 years has the Australian public been informed of these remarkable circumstances surrounding Gillard’s conduct. Not by the mainstream media nor the authors nor the political insiders in Canberra and Melbourne.

The country knew next to nothing of how she parted ways with Slater & Gordon; of how, in documents, there existed a detailed account of a scandal that caused two journalists to lose their jobs last year for their attempts to investigate.

It is not possible to look back on how Styant-Browne, his revelations, and the messenger, The Australian, were managed over this past week without reflecting on the work of journalists who claim to represent their readership, their listeners, or their viewers. On the ABC and in Fairfax newspapers, senior and influential commentators spent days trying to reposition the revelations by conflating them with the ugly campaign in the blogosphere or pretending there was little or nothing new.

Influential media leaders such as Michelle Grattan from The Age, and Fran Kelly of the ABC, appeared reluctant to engage on a story about the most powerful politician in the country, even though they had missed the story, or just not reported it, despite privileged positions in Canberra.

Less experienced journalists took their cue, and instead of leaping on obvious news angles that could be developed to add to the sum total of knowledge, stalled. Widely read website Crikey.com’s reporter Andrew Crook wrote a story suggesting a grand Liberal Party conspiracy because Styant-Browne’s nephew’s de facto sister-in-law (whose name he could not immediately recall) works in social policy in a Liberal Party office.

A number of journalists betrayed their political colours and connections with enthusiasm to ignore or deflect Styant-Browne’s disclosures, so as to give the Prime Minister a glowing endorsement. In this way, they distorted what was an already carefully worded media release from Slater & Gordon, and prepared a counter-narrative: the evil Murdoch empire was at it again.

Readers, viewers and listeners were told falsely that these were old allegations about the Prime Minister, and that she had dealt with them so many times in the past, or that they were old stories being reheated from blogs, or they were not worthy of the national daily, or they were not legitimate, anyway.

There were exceptions outside the News Limited stable, of course. Clear thinkers such as Tony Jones, of the ABC’s Lateline, his 7.30 colleague Chris Uhlmann, and Fairfax’s political reporter, Lenore Taylor. But by then the ground was shifting, Slater & Gordon was spinning, and the Prime Minister’s Office was in crisis.

The material released by Styant-Browne grew exponentially on Tuesday because of his concern that his old firm, Slater & Gordon, was trying to protect the position of the Prime Minister. So a tightly held draft statement that he had been preparing with Peter Gordon suddenly became public. More detail, more truths. Gordon, although furious it had been leaked, conceded it contained only “minor inaccuracies”.

In this new, unvarnished draft of the earlier history of Australia’s Prime Minister, Gordon wrote that the firm had considered termination because her relationship with the firm’s partners had “fractured, and trust and confidence evaporated”.

He added that he gave her the benefit of the doubt, but “the partnership was extremely unhappy with Gillard considering that proper vigilance had not been observed and that (her) duties of utmost good faith to (her) partners especially as to timely disclosure had not been met. Ms Gillard elected to resign and we accepted her resignation without discussion.”

Affronted by an attempt to gag him, Styant-Browne released a legal letter he had received that morning from Arnold Bloch Leibler, acting for both Slater & Gordon and Peter Gordon, stating: “These issues are serious and my clients and I genuinely hope that they can be resolved amicably, discreetly and quickly.”

On Wednesday, the 25-page transcript popped out. It was a mine of information. It was Gillard, in her own words, explaining her conduct as a partner shortly before she had to go. But something else was growing in momentum. Significant sections of Australia’s media, in my view, showed they lacked the will and the wit to deal with the truth.

They did not pursue it doggedly without fear or favour; they increasingly questioned whether it was even legitimate and worked overtime to downplay it.

They saved their worst for Thursday when the Prime Minister seized on a trivial error by my colleague at The Australian who had incorrectly reported in an inconsequential page 6 colour story that Gillard had established a “trust fund”, not a “slush fund”.

Gillard beat this nothing typo into something that a child would see as inflated nonsense.

She then reached out to journalists too naive or intellectually dishonest to call it for what it was – a desperate, craven deflection.

The Prime Minister used journalists to shoot the messenger, and at a time of threatened media regulation, they obliged and pulled the trigger.

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Mr Thomas has risked much – he has challenged the whole Australian media and called them out – he has challenged every Politician who has had first hand information about this AWU scandal and keep it a secret for all these years, and he has given the Australian electorate a reason to believe that there are brave people out there who still believe in a just world, where corruption and past mistakes matter when it comes to electing someone to the highest office in the land.

As a result and from this story, if an avalanche of introspection does not flow forth from the rest of the Australian media – then this Nation is surely lost and beyond redemption.

I called this scandal Australia’s ‘Watergate’ several weeks ago – and sadly it appears that it will be so.

Well done Hedley Thomas – you are an Australian hero.


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