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EYE-BALL Opinion on – The Political Assylum … Australia’s House of Pain …

February 23, 2012
The Political Asylum …
Australia’s House of Pain …
Politicians have to be ‘mad’ – incidence of mental illness and denial of same make them egomaniacs.    What else can be made of what they endure and put themselves through – a good description would be that the collective Political structure of our Parliament is made up of the worst of our narcissists egomaniacs  and  megalomaniacs.

In fact – the ALP House is quite mad and the circus on show over the last few days is proof that none of them have a collective awareness of what there are doing to the Nation.  It was the Coalitions turn to display the same traits when Abbott and Turnbull were going at it when Brendon Nelson was Leader of the Opposition.

RUDD’s highest popularity happened during this Opposition turmoil – and before the next election – the Opposition will also have another run and revisit the ‘funny farm’.

Larry Pickering once again says it best with his cartoons and commentary – his recent offerings are posted below and linked to his Facebook page – [click on images to go to Larry Pickering’s FACEBOOK page.]

Mr Pickering also wrote this article – and linked here:


It’s so predictably cyclical, you can set your watch by it.

The boring conservatives win government, they govern (mostly sensibly) for ten or twelve years, become tired, drop the ball and lose government. They hand a healthy surplus to Labor.

The Socialists then run around like mad things paying old promisory debts, legislating half-baked agenda with gay abandon and spending money like there is no tomorrow! Then they invariably start fighting… and Labor fights with such venom, such entrenched hatred and bitterness that the victim becomes the Party.

They gnaw the flesh from each others’ bones. They rip the hearts from old allies in the pursuit of survival. They lose the election, hand the conservatives massive debt, and it starts all over again.

What Rudd has done to Gillard has been disgusting. What Gillard did to Rudd was putrid… and the public feels Gillard is the worse offender, thus Rudd commands twice the popularity of Gillard.
But Rudd doesn’t understand that his “popularity” is only as “Preferred PM”… and Charles Manson would poll well when compared to Gillard.

Would Caucus follow public sentiment anyway? No. This is raw Labor… it has nought to do with the will of the people.

Gillard has the numbers but let me say why she has the numbers (for now):
Pretend you are a member of caucus and after dinner, a few days ago, you got a call from Julia. Out of the blue, she asks you straight out, “Bob, do I have your support?” Your answer will be, “Julia, yes of course you do!” Remember, Rudd wasn’t running then.

The game will change somewhat now. Caucus members will be able to vent feelings they were unable to vent before. If Rudd can secure numbers in the mid forties he will snowball toward the leadership. If he cannot, he may not run.

Labor cannot win the next election with God as leader. They party knows that. It’s a matter of limiting the degree of the clobbering.

There is almost no chance Rudd can carry the Party to the next election. There is no chance whatsoever that Gillard can.

She has left Rudd (undemocratically) with a short, jet-lagged weekend in which to garner Caucus support. She has had ample time to get her ducks in order but wants to ensure Rudd has only ‘til Monday.

She has taken the high moral ground and instructed her cohorts, Crean and Swan, to do the dirty anti-Rudd chatter. The Party is self-destructing as it has done three times before in my time.

Neither Gillard nor Rudd can put the Party back together again. It’s too late now.
If Gillard wins, her tenure is terminal. The battle lines will have been drawn with at least a third of Caucus tacitly declaring they want her head on a plate. Rudd will retire to the back bench with time to treacherously add to her list of enemies before girding his loins for another sortie.

If Rudd wins it will be a pyrrhic victory. He will not have the numbers in the House. Abbott will be able to form Government long enough to call an election as an incumbent.

Rudd is a hated man within his own Party and, as I have always maintained, he cannot ever be Prime Minister again. It is a futile exercise. Worse than futile, it’s suicidal… for Labor!

So, it appears there could be an opening for a bright young lad as a third contender. But what sacrificial lamb in its right mind would accept such a poison chalice?

The only certain ending to this sorry tale is an election and Abbott won’t like her choice of curtains.

A quote from Albert Einstein on insanity:

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

And finally – a chart of the Federal budget numbers over the last 40 odd years with a reminder which Party was serving when the budget results were counted.

[Click on Chart to open in a new window to enlarge.]

The chart show ALP are the spenders and the Coalition are the misers … truly both sides are deserving of free admittance to the Political Asylum … entertaining it all might be – but it is like watching your house burn down – the fire is majestic until it is over and out – then all you have is the burnt stumps and embers to ponder –

Why these Leaders let their ego’s loose when they know all it does is send them back on the poll rankings and un-does all the effort to claw back the ground lost at the last spill …

I have a question – MP’s are paid to do work on behalf of the taxpayers right – who pays them when they are working for the Party they represent – is that still our dime?

Or is like the ALP all being paid for resolving a Party matter and nothing to do with why they were elected? The Opposition get to have days off with their feet up watching all this self destruction and distracted from their own Parliamentary chores – should they draw a salary as well?


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The EYE-BALL Opinion …

  1. Herman
    February 24, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Larry Pickering’s article is truly wonderful and the quote from Einstein on Insanity is equally poignant. I tend to see the public brawling and other things as the legacy of Paul Keating. In speaking of Paul Keating, at times that is a euphemism for the NSW right that emerged in the 1970’s.

    When Paul Keating was first elected to Federal Parliament on October 25, 1969 he was 25. He had left school at age 15 and worked as a clerk. At that time there was no ALP youth movement and voting was for over 21 year olds. (Whitlam lowered the adult age to 18 and conferred voting rights and other obligations). Keating became a union organiser, and joined the ALP when eligible. He constantly sat with the aged Jack Lang, and learned. Keating was instrumental in having Jack Lang readmitted to the ALP in 1971. During the 1969 Federal election Lionel Bowen had created a State vacancy by winning the Federal seat of Kingsford Smith and Laurie Brereton used Keating’s old campaign bus to win the State seat of Heffron in the resultant by-election. By accounts Keating had bought that old bus for a few quid. Just as importantly that bus with loud speakers on top was a new style of campaigning, loud and brash. Throughout the years this NSW Right was joined by Bob Carr, Graham Richardson, Leo Macleay, Barry Unsworth amongst others. At times the constituency of the NSW right can be quite nebulous. By way of example Deirdre Gruscovin is Laurie Brereton’s sister.

    On July 16, 1980 Peter Baldwin an ALP MLC (1975-1982) and left wing reformer was brutally bashed at his home in Marrickville. Scuttlebutt was the NSW right had organised the bashing by Tom Domican to stop investigations into Enmore ALP branch stacking. In March 2007 Richardson won a settlement against Fairfax of AUD $50,000 for defamation on the basis of their report along those lines. Peter Baldwin held the Federal seat of Sydney from 1983 to 1998 and served as a minister in 2 different portfolios under Paul Keating as PM. Since 1998 he has been working in computer software. He was 47 when he retired from politics.

    Keating was generally considered a head kicker. He had a turn of vile that would make most cringe or blush. It is often told how the Hawke Keating alliance developed to overthrow Bill Hayden as Paliamentary leader in July 1982. Bill Hayden himself claimed to launch a centre left faction. Little is ever heard today of centre left. Bill Hayden’s appointment to vice regal is also well known.

    What is crucial here is that Hawke and Keating openly claimed they were happy to shift the parliamentary party towards the right, and endorse (befriend) big business. Being dogged down in the left meant never controlling the Treasury benches and never having a chance to implement your policies. Some might say that this itself has precursors with H. V. Evatt or Whitlam, but most will agree that the leftist tendencies of Jim Cairns and others in the Whitlam ministry had contributed to the dismissal. Maybe Paul Keating’s connection with the aged and withered Jack Lang has greater significance.

    Two facts here should be reinforced, Peter Baldwin (a leftist) was 24 when appointed an MLC, and Paul Keating was 25 when elected an MHR. (The Legislative Council became elected later during Wran’s premier ship). Both were retired and washed up just as young when 47 and 44 respectively.

    Today fresh faced youths are on both sides of politics. There have not had any real career when elected, possibly serving as a parliamentary staffer prior to standing for election in a safe seat. Too often they are parliamentary secretaries, and the entire synopsis is that their sycophancy is rewarded with promotion. There are too many examples to choose from and even trying to single one out creates debate. Shorten was practising industrial law when elected to parliament. Basically he worked for the Unions (14 years experience as an advocate in Industrial Relations Court). In hearing him on Q & A this week, it is clear he is still learning basic economics. He was advocating improving industrial branding as a solution to selling our over priced product. (overpriced by high Aussie $) Does he not see what the Chinese are doing to branded products continually? Julie Bishop equally has no grasp of economics when she accepts the overinflated currency as a given. Their are too many examples to tangentially continue here. In this leadership blood letting each fresh faced youth represents us equally, and votes according to their promotional atrributes rather than as a representative. According to the values of their constituency.
    Who could name a fraction of the 103 votes on Monday.

    Memo to Bill Shorten; Why does over 75% (approx 80%) of Australia’s wool get exported greasy. Greasy wool is scoured to get clean wool. 1 kilo of greasy wool equates to 3/4 kilo clean wool and 25% wool fat (top soil (8%) and lanolin (17%)). Exporting (or giving away) that lanolin helps offshore cosmetic industries how much? Australia supplies 33% of the world’s lanolin and buys it back as branded product. As for the top soil……

    He would probably need to send that one to treasurer modellers to figure out so I return to sycophancy. This week the internal attacks within the ALP have been an utter disgrace. Where is the basic honesty and is there any dignity? Yesterday morning Julia Gillard was saying that she was constantly trying to fix the dysfunctionality of Rudd’s government and cabinet to the point that the hung parliament after election of 2010 was of Rudd’s doing. Ms Gillard, you did not need to topple him in June that year 2 months before the ultimate election that you called to endorse your Prime Ministerial ambitions. There is so much for the casual observer to innately know. You are not fooling anyone. Then to hear a chorus by Conroy, Burke and Swan amongst others come out, and openly attack Mr Rudd it is a disgrace. Does Swan choose to forget he was treasurer back then and part of the famous kitchen cabinet (gang of four) and was rewarded with the deputy PM’s role for his treachery. As for Conroy and Burke and others, you can only wonder. Is it their ambition at work? Who will be the leader after the next federal election annihilation of the Labor caucus.

    I also wonder why was Kevin Rudd not given an overseas posting after the August 2010 election. A by election then in the safe Brisbane seat of Norman should not have been too much problem, particularly if Kevin Rudd was a happy chappy. Why wasn’t he a late withdrawl from the 2010 election. When you dwell on this knife edge majority this government might of been in adverse setting, but there has been very little strategic application of poilcy. To hear Gillard’s supporters claim that means testing health fund rebate is positive action by the parliamentary group I would classify as inaction, or lack of vision, or wasting our time and resources. The mean’s test is a no brainer. It could have been done much sooner will little fanfare. The real spin like Carbon tax and New economy have suddenly been shied away from. What remains?

    As pointed out by Larry Pickering the real debate here is which leader will provide a stronger opposition after the next Federal election. Minimalise the electoral damage as we go to a Federal poll. Neither can win. When a government is washed away in a tsunami, far too much good goes, and far too much average performers remain. The losses in the senate, will not be as heavy as the losses in the lower house. Only those in the safest seats will survive to attempt to resurrect the party. The first parliamentary term in opposition will be about attracting talent to the party. You can see this in the NSW State ALP right now. Just as importantly, will there be adequate and incisive opposition or will the Abbott lead government be too much on easy street and go back to nonsense like workchoices. The ALP will be too busy internalising and claim to be learning from mistakes of the past. How long before they are again creditable opposition, not alone alternative government material. Maybe by 2021 or 2024 will they actually be ready.

    Memo to Tony Abbott; Fix any likely repetition of this imbroglio with Malcolm Turnbull sooner rather than later.

  2. HissyFit
    February 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

    A brilliant response Herman – thoroughly researched and apt …

    Hearing RUDD this morning gave me a calm – a calm that the current PM has never provided.

    I feel the ship might be near the end of its storm bashing – win or lose on Monday – GILLARD will not be leader in 2-3 months. If wrong on this call – than the ALP are finished and Australians will rue elevating people like Shorten, Arbib and other ALP Right members.

    GILLARD is already mortally wounded and if the caucus can get over and forgive themselves for what they were a part of in June 2010 – then the electorates refusal to accept ABBOTT as the alternative will quickly anoint RUDD as their popular choice once again.

    Goodbye SHORTEN – you will not survive and good riddiance – it’s meglomaniacs like you that have torn this party apart – piss off … and take your Arbib’s, Howes’ and the like with you – you do not represent a modern Labour Party …

  3. February 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Ditto to Hissy Fit’s comments.

    Herman your knowledge of history astounds – and draws confidence … a wonderful post …

    As much as we all loved Keating – was it is ability to ‘dump’ on the Opposition and have them laugh at themselves – or was it because of his ‘maverick’ style where he took no prisoners and had utter belief in himself and his role –

    Does RUDD come close to this – RUDD’s communication skills are the best we’ve seen – he doesn’t have Keating’s lizard tongue – or viper’s venom – but his logic and public ‘nerd’ type appeal are signals that Australia is evolving from its bully and brash behaviour convict past.

    it is not just irony to point out that the rest of the world are suffering worse impacts from the GFC and their Leadership appears to be more stable – yet in the Nation every other Nation is envious off – the Leadership here in in the ‘crapper’.

    The ‘self-destruct’ button is always used in this Nation to expose the egos or Politicians. They all need a dose of radiation to give them the reality of just how toxic they can be to one another.

    If this spill is some sort of attack on the high A$ – to have it sell off to restore Australia’s natural competitive position in a world devoid of safe haven investments – then Mr SWAN can take a bow – but the only thing he would bend over for is to pick up someone else’s droppings to read their playbook on anything and everything.

    This weekend will have political commentary out rate all the sport – and now that Black Caviar is not running tomorrow – hero worship will have to be of the Political revival or survival type …

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