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– ALP voters beware –
– The Labour Party is not what it seems –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 3rd Nov 2012 |
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A part of the Eye-Ball – ‘None of the Above’ campaign …


T he political void is widening – becoming such that what people believe in when it comes to their own brand of politics, is now a convoluted convection of mirrored policies overlapping a vacuum aimed at electoral appeasement – yet completely misrepresentative of the Political intent of the policy makers.

It is time for all to re-access political belief and allegiances … a time to place a value, a true import of what it takes to win your vote …

It is all an illusion one could say – the media are drugged and boozed into a sense of flooded importance … believing there job is done once they turn up … report a headline and then paste commentary ordered by editors to suit political persuasions.  To think harder is not asked for – nor expected … everyone now knows that papers are for advertisers – not the engagement of stories inside …

A story out today and before my time gives further insight into a Labour Party mantra that does expose a pattern of Union thuggery that is still relevant.   That story is reproduced below:


Scandal threatened to undermine Gough’s chances of top job


| Author: Troy Bramston | Date: 3rd Nov 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

TODAY, the Labor Party is renowned for its bitter infighting, systemic factionalism, a winner-take-all powerbroker ethos and ruthlessly cutting down its leaders at the bloody hands of “faceless men”.

But one scandal, culminating in a brutal political execution, has remained secret for more than 40 years: that of the party’s first full-time federal secretary, Cyril Wyndham, who was accused of maladministering party funds.

The scandal threatened to embarrass the ALP on the eve of the 1969 federal election and undermine Gough Whitlam’s chances of becoming prime minister three years later.

Essentially, it was part of a larger factional power-play to re-assert the dominance of the Left against those, such as Whitlam and Wyndham, who wanted to reform the party.

“I was played for a sucker,” Wyndham told the ALP’s finance committee when asked to explain accounting discrepancies in April 1969. “My political nose is highly sensitive and, gentlemen, I smelt a rat.”

He told them: “I became a very convenient pawn in the power-play.”

Wyndham, who died in July this year, believed he was the victim of a stitch-up by Left faction bosses determined to remove him as secretary, given his outspoken nature, his reform plans and closeness to Whitlam and the NSW ALP, run by the Right.

“It is necessary to understand how the federal executive operates,” Wyndham wrote in one of a series of secret notes obtained by The Weekend Australian.

It was run by “a clique which dominate the executive”, he explained. “They are simply a power cabal (which) insulates itself completely from public and party opinion. It hears and sees only what it wants to hear and see.

“It deludes itself into believing that they are the purists, the upholders of principles and the great defenders of the party. Anyone who so much as crosses their path must pay the penalty of their vindictiveness and jealousy.”

Wyndham explained that the clique was “able to dominate party affairs because no one else will challenge their supremacy”.

Eric Walsh, Wyndham’s friend and later Mr Whitlam’s press secretary, told The Weekend Australian: “He was a good man. What those bastards did to him was unforgivable.”

What began as rumours spoken in hushed voices in the corridors of Parliament House, in Canberra’s hotel bars and maliciously leaked to the media – although the detail of the accusations were unpublished – culminated in a series of internal party meetings in March-May 1969.

Mr Walsh said the allegation was that Wyndham, who had meticulously recorded the ALP’s finances, was remiss in not accounting for about $1400.

“He was able to account for almost all of it,” Walsh said. “Less than $10 was in question – a trivial amount. But it wouldn’t matter what it was, they were out to get him – and they did.”

Wyndham’s personal papers – now in the State Library of NSW – show queries were raised about money being “wasted”.

He was accused of spending too much on phone calls, travel and convening meetings in “luxurious” surroundings. Wyndham rejected these charges and argued he ran the ALP “on a razor edge”. He often omitted paying his own salary, he said, “in order to keep the funds (party) solvent”.

He believed the accusations were designed to ruin him and to bolster the authority of the Left.

The party’s powerful federal executive was chaired by Queensland senator Jim Keeffe, with whom Wyndham had a poisonous relationship.

But the ruling “clique” was dominated by F.E. “Joe” Chamberlain, who had been the West Australian ALP secretary since 1949 and was a past federal president and secretary.

Victorian ALP officials were also agitating against Wyndham.

Chamberlain, who was instrumental in Wyndham’s appointment as federal secretary in 1963, believed he would be supportive of the Left, even though Wyndham was factionally unaligned.

He expected Wyndham to temper the growing authority of Mr Whitlam, who wanted to radically overhaul the party’s structures and policies.

In 1966, Mr Whitlam had savaged the executive as comprising “12 witless men”.

Mr Whitlam had a toxic relationship with ALP leader Arthur Calwell, who was strongly backed by the Left. Mr Whitlam replaced Calwell as leader in 1967, but had many clashes with the executive.

Wyndham had previously worked for the British Labour Party and came to Australia to work for Labor leader H.V. “Doc” Evatt in 1957. He continued working for Calwell when he succeeded Evatt. In 1961, Wyndham was appointed Victorian ALP secretary – a position he held until becoming federal secretary in 1963.

Wyndham became an advocate for reforming the ALP’s archaic structures and diluting the power of faction bosses. He spoke publicly of the need to revise policy and refresh the party’s campaigning.

Put simply, he was on a collision course with the powerbrokers. By 1969, Chamberlain wanted to reclaim the post of federal secretary.

His relationship with Mr Whitlam had also deteriorated. Although Mr Whitlam cautioned the federal executive not to pursue Wyndham, he was powerless to stop it.

Fed up with the federal executive, Wyndham had secured appointment as the NSW ALP secretary, starting in April 1969. But, after he was censured by the federal executive in May, Wyndham was so distraught that he vanished and never returned to work. In his absence, the state executive dismissed him via registered mail.

“These past three weeks have been the most harrowing of my political life,” Wyndham wrote in an April 1969 note. “I have reached the stage where I could not care less. These wretched people . . . are just not worth worrying about.”

So sensational was the story that The Sydney Morning Herald went in search of the scoop.

Wyndham kept his silence. He exited politics and built a life outside the ALP.

He worked for Maxwell Newton– founding editor of The Australian – who ran a publishing company.

He never again spoke to those, including Mr Whitlam, who he felt had betrayed and destroyed him.

There is much to be learnt from a story like this.   The public never get to read or be told all the facts about these behind the scenes events as evidenced in modern times – i.e. Maxine McKew’s new book – “Tales from the Political Trenches” – tells a different and untold story of recent Labour history that was kept from the public.

One has to be naive to believe the story Politicians want us to hear and read.  The media no longer fulfil that role either – they are mere puppets to the political message and act as conduits as opposed to and compared with their licensed charter to make the Government accountable.

Larry Pickering wrote in a post yesterday titled: “GILLARD/WILSON SCANDAL AND THE PRESS GALLERY” – he stated …

… The problem with journos who have taken a pro-Gillard stance is that, as a matter of course, they will ignore the negatives. No-one wants to waste time probing something they don’t believe exists …

… You can safely forget Grattan, Oaks, Bongiorno and the ABC. Sky, and their deniers Van Onselen, Richo and Murray have painted themselves into a very tight corner…

Now Larry is proned to the outlandish statement as many of us are – but never was a truer statement made when calling the cream of Australian’s elder Journo’s all too willing to accept early pensions as opposed to being flag bearers for the investigative journalist brigade.

When any of us see political corruption and look for those charged with the responsibility to act and then don’t act – the people depend on the media to do their job – to highlight and place pressure to bare … when that does not happen where do the people turn?

That is where we are now – a PM up to her eye-ball’s in a fraud and a caucus all too scared to act, Slipper, Thompson, Sheldon, Farrell and the Wong demotion and then roll-over to give the Unions a different look,  all major stories about Unions and corruption and the media’s contribution is a lame expose that serves Gillard’s purpose …  this lack of the appearance of accountability drives the toxicity around this Government, and that generates anger and frustration within the electorate.

The above story from the 60’s gives a historical example – and in a climate where media scrutiny was but a minute introspection to what we have today – is consistent with the Union factions wielding their power.

Labour voters no longer trust the ALP – the Unions have seen to that.

Another story today proves the ‘GREEN’s’ are done as an electoral force … their new leader Christine Milne came out making a claim that the MRRT has to revisited to make it earn an additional $26 billion to cover the promises made when it was first introduced.

Here is an example of a bureaucrat with no industry experience in the real world who’s cause has been largely to do with ‘gay right’s’, and some lame ‘climate change’ policy, now demanding a seat at the big table so she can rant and rave about tax policy …

The story appears below:

Labor must renegotiate mining tax: Greens


| Date: 3rd Nov 2012| Link to On-Line Story. |

AAP

If Prime Minister Julia Gillard doesn’t renegotiate the mining tax to generate more revenue, all the talk about sharing the super profits has been nothing but rhetoric, Australian Greens leader Christine Milne says.

Senator Milne says the Labor government should revert to the old planned mining tax to find $26 billion in revenue over the next four years, instead of the projected $9 billion.

By “plugging the loopholes” in the Mining Resources Revenue Tax (MRRT) and establishing the 40 per cent tax rate recommended by former treasury secretary Ken Henry, Ms Gillard could be investing in a happier Australia, Senator Milne said.

“If she won’t (renegotiate) then it is an acknowledgment that all the talk about super profits, all the talk about sharing the benefits of the boom is no more than talk,” Senator Milne told reporters after an address to the Greens national conference in Sydney on Saturday.
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“… What we’re going to see is the miners celebrate all the way to the bank.”

Single parents, the unemployed and the entire nation would pay, she said.

“Ken Henry put forward a well-designed mining super profits tax,” Senator Milne said.

“Now, instead of confidently investing in a happier, healthier, smarter Australia, (Treasurer) Wayne Swan is scrambling to meet a political surplus target by slugging single parents, cutting support for research, education and training and refusing to lift Newstart to a liveable level.”

The government had lost a huge opportunity but it was not too late to change the tax, Senator Milne added.

However, Ms Gillard said she would not be taking advice from anyone about a tax that was already in place.

Ms Gillard said she was confident the government had implemented a mining tax that was right for the nation and she would not be changing it.

“I worked on it directly with (Resources Minister) Martin Ferguson and with Wayne Swan. We agreed on it with some of the nation’s biggest mining companies,” she told reporters in Sydney on Saturday.

“We have enacted the MRRT we think is appropriate and consequently we won’t be taking advice from the Greens political party or anybody else on this question.”

Senator Milne said she wasn’t surprised that the prime minister was not enthusiastic about renegotiation, given it was she and the treasurer who had originally “caved” to the mining industry’s $22 million campaign to see the tax rate decreased.

“This goes to the heart of the prime minister’s claims to be the great negotiator,” Senator Milne said.

“Well let’s put our shoulders to the wheel and renegotiate so that we get a tax that raises money in the best interests of the community.”

© 2012 AAP

Can you believe this cow … and on top of the other ‘red’ cow – all the advice they receive comes from public servants who ask Industry Work groups for their opinions – yet another group of bureaucrats with only lip service experience to real Industry experience.

Would you vote for these people if you knew just how little experience they have … politics is no longer a meat in the sandwich career – politicians these days spend all their lives trawling and lap-dogging themselves looking for a break that will get them pre-selected … all that ass-licking and casting-bench sex … how many of them have done a real days work in their lives … failed lawyers are the most popular groupies …

At the upcoming election … demonstrate your angst at the democracy that serves us.

Compulsory voting in this Nation is all about electoral funding for the major parties – [each formal vote cast earns the Party voted for $2.60 a vote]

Vote ‘None of the Above’ at the next election – [i.e. draw a new box on the ballot, call it ‘None of the Above’ and place your mark in that box.] – unless of course you know your candidate and want to pledge your vote … do not vote the top of the ticket or the leader because you think their cute, or have your interest’s at heart …

Make a statement at the next election – it will only take a single election to make politicians and political parties change and alter the contempt they have for the electorate.

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  1. The Parable
    November 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    The sloth will always act out of self interest.

    He will defend his turf and territory without regard for community.

    The electoral system measures that and calls it majority rule. When you have compulsory voting, you are not sure of apathy or ignorance. The alternative is not “none of the above”. It is non compulsory voting. Maybe the idealism is what is wrong. The Sloth will always act out of self interest.

    Therefore trying to read bias is the second derivative.

  2. November 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    To be clear – non-compulsory voting is the aim … the Government can not have it both ways – no legitimate option on the ballot paper combined with compulsory voting –

    To get there under the current legislative process and the Electoral review process – there needs to be a shock to the system to force change …

    Deny the major parties a refund for their electoral spend via ‘none of the above’ informal votes – and they will hear the message …

    … a fish rots from the head down …

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    November 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

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