EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl – Harry’s Political Updates – June 9th 2012.
Harry’s Political Updates …
June 9th 2012.
NSW ALP paid $350,000 to keep Craig Thompson :
The SMH have released details about how the SNW ALP paid over some $350,000 to keep Craig Thompson from going bankrupt. The story – [published below] – reeks of crooked deals done to allow our Duchess Julia to keep the PM job.
In any form of analysis – paying ‘hush’ money, or in this case the NSW branch of the Australian Labour Party in Government, who paid Thompsons defamation settlements fees and legal costs – so as to prevent his bankrupcy – have breeched any number of Parliamentary protocols and behaviour rules.
The Sydney Morning Herald story can be read in full below -
This story just won’t go away – Abbott just can’t hit the ‘home-run’. Any Leader worth a pinch of salt should be able to bury the Government and force a new election given the material that is in the public domain. He does not have the ‘want’ at this stage and that might be ‘stage-fright’, or he wants to ‘slow-roast’ the Government. The latter would offer complete disdain to the rights and entitlements of the Australian people. They deserve better and if he is holding off because of a personal agenda and ego happenstance – then he does not deserve the job.
If it is the former i.e. stage-fright, then he again has no right being in the position.
Jow Hockey and his Retirement plans … :
Really Joe – you are a scatterbrain – the World hits a ‘era-ending’ financial crisis and you want to make people world an extra three years till aged 70. The age was lifted to 67 a few years back and to come into effect by 2023. See Human Services statement below:
This previous ‘tweak’ in retirement ages increased woman’s pensionable age from 60 to 65, and men from 65 to 67. For Mr Hockey to now want to have further discussions on a renewed effort to further increase pension age to 70 – demonstrates Joe’s complete lack of understanding of what his role is as a Member of the Parliamentary Opposition.
His creditability is at question here – his statement – ‘want to have discussions’ is a kite flying comment – he’s not committed to an increase – he wants to monitor the feedback before he commits to a policy.
It is a measure of the man and what he stands for – god help Australia if he is the next Federal Treasurer – Swan and the RBA have given him ample ammunition to work with over the mis-management of the rise in the A$ – yet he just shakes his head and accepts he is out of his league.
If the Government was to reverse the 15% up front tax rule on superannuation imposed when Keating introduced the 9% pay sacrifice in the early 90′s – that would immediately give back to the superannuant a cash flow and compound earn that will see superannuation values double over time. The Government at last count – i.e. the last 12 months of Superannuation tax collections – would be giving up $6.6 billion in Government revenues. Cheap at half the price.
If Joe is really worried about the burden of funding the aged pension – bumping the retirement age is the ‘cheap-suit’ and ‘Goldman Sacks’ way of doing business – screw everybody and make sure you get your end covered.
Fuck off Joe and go have another ‘crap-moment’ whilst you think of your next ‘kite-story’ you want to fly to get yourself some media coverage.
Australia Pledges Millions to Foreign Lands …
The new Foreign Minister is the new Oceania Santa Clause if the gifts pledges to some of the Regions Foreign Nations are to be believed.
This week there was the announcement of an $80 million package for Burma, [see story here], then last month there was another $2.5 million pledge to Fiji, a $300 million pay-off for Afghan security forces to allow Australia to exit a failed campaign and the list goes on.
The May 2012 Budget shows Foreign Aid forecast has reduced Foreign Aid by $2.9 billion over the next four years. [See story here.].
Given Bob Carr’s limited time in the job – his role going around selling the budget cuts and doing the PR required to keep neighbours happy, is a baptism he probable had not considered.
It is noticed that he takes his wife with him on most of these trips – something the previous Foreign Minister was reluctant to do. The fact that she appears to be of Asian descent probably has no attendant issue – but if it did – who actually would be the Foreign Minister?
Bob Carr is Bob Carr – he made a few gaffes early in the posting – but is now out of sight and out of mind. Initially the media were talking up his prospects as the alternative PM – that nugget is now in the same file as Bill Shorten’s short term aspirations.
Gillard is one tough broad – she has seen off more challenges that Mohammed Ali had to as the heavyweight Champion of the world. Not bad for a sheila.
The Latest Media Debacle – Channel 9′s ACA …
The media have had a bad week – by any stretch of the imagination – the conversations held in the Channel 9′s headquarters at Artarmon over how they ‘cocked’ up a ‘slam-dunk’ story that made Media headlines all over the Nation for days.
It all came down to the creditability of the self-confessed prostitute – and as always they are always marked down. The woman in question went to a rival network who broke the story – and for the same reasons that Channel 9 wanted to publish their story – the poor woman was slandered all day in ‘blog-world’ and by the mainstream press.
Channel 9 chased down what they though would be an award winning story – they were prepared to pay $60,000 to the woman until she recanted her story when she or someone discovered that she couldn’t have had sex with Craig Thompson when she said she did because her passport had her in New Zealand at the time.
Look – tis is not about the prostitute telling her story and recanting – it is about the integrity of Channel 9 and the ‘A Current Affair’ producer and Journalist who chased down the story. Leaking the story headline before the story aired was a monumental blunder – and if the woman involved wanted to sue Channel 9 – public opinion would be on her side. As for her legal position – who knows given what has been stated and counter stated.
The upshot – Craig Thompson gained on-air sympathy from the woman in question and the rest of Australia would also feel Thompson got screwed over yet again. Does Thompson deserve that sympathy – of course not. But thanks to some ‘dumb-ass’ media reporting the momentum of the Thompson ‘slow-roast’ has slowed.
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