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EYE-BALL’s Herman on – “The Australian Labor Party View”

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Links to Previous ‘Herman’ Posts:


– 28th Feb – Corruption


– 25th Jan – Anti Discrimination


– 17th Jan 2013 – Atheism


– 12th Nov – Hegemony


– 2nd Nov – A March early Federal election


– 25th Oct – Energy Debate – CPI Shocks the analysts – Rod Sims finally arrives like a Knight in Shining armour


– 22nd Oct – 2012 Overture – Halloween – Glass half full


– 3rd Oct – 2012 Overture: Twiggy – a metaphor for wafer thin margins … RBA further stimulates economy surprising the stock market!


– 2nd Oct – The All Ordinaries is a totally misleading index and Australia’s lack of domestic Savings!


– 18th Sept – A Microcosm of Our Democracy – Auburn City Council elections.


– 28th Aug – – 2012 Overture – The Northern Fall (Autumn) –


– 17th Aug: – A Political Alternative – Australian Community Party –


– 6th Aug: – Shang Yang’s good governance – or is it good faith?


21st July: – Micro Economics – Thoughts and opinions on the Energy Debate!!!


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| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 28th Feb 2013 |
Mark Latham’s imminent book launch on repositioning the Australian Labor Party Brand. A suggested prelude – What is a true believer?

Formation of the labour movement around the world is rather a unique gradation. In Britain there were the Chartists, and the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

In the United States they had their ward bosses and for many the Democrat led Confederate Presidency Jefferson Davis of South Carolina were supporting slavery, while the Republican base under Abe Lincoln was anti slavery, to the point that the polarity is now often thought reversed. Large parts of the wards on the East Coast of the Union, fought for the north, where those same ward bosses created military company’s and divisions (see escaped Australian convict Thomas Meagher become General Thomas Francis Meagher of the Union).

In Australia we had the democratic uprising at Eureka, the Tolpuddle martyrs sent to Sydney as convicts before being pardoned and then the famous shearer’s strike of 1891 see Link here. A fight against the squatocracy.

The history is a long interesting yarn, disputed and comparable here but far too often subject to personal perspective and prejudice. The history is roughly 150 years maybe 5 generations. Political issues are a generational thing.

Throughout the first half of the 20th century we saw the ALP brand galvanised by conscription and issues of British Empire and a party of labourers (class warfare struggle), whose credo was condensed in “fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay “ or quite possibly reflected in “the living wage” or Sunshine Harvester case in Industrial Relations Law. There was many growing up problems, including Billy Hughes or Joe Lyons and Jack Lang. That was my grandparent generation’s perspective. Coping through the rise of mass industrialisation, mass production, the Henry Ford generation.

My parent generation were largely what is now thought to be the hope generation. Born in era of WWI, grew up in the depression, served in WWII and lived rather modestly appreciating honesty and integrity in politics. Not only hope through war and desperation but a play on Bob Hope the famous tongue in cheek entertainer of that time.

After the great split of 1949, came 23 years in opposition, and the great healing under Whitlam that saw Vince Gair depart the Democratic Labor Party. (A party based on anti communism). Throughout that time there was an air of anti communism. “A red under the bed”. Many ALP supporters either took umbrage in dignity in being in opposition, or secretly admired Sir Robert Menzies, because his demeanour was middle ground, the very use of the term Liberal Party (centre ground) and his often quoted “our friends at the unions”.

So I was born into this era of the Orange and the Green. The Orange were the White Anglo Saxon Protestants, who were the ruling class, who supported private schools, played rugby, wore white collars, while the Green where the Papists. They included secular schools, played Rugby League, wore blue collars, and so on. (That particular green logic goes back about 400 years to the Myrtle of Ireland). The Catholics slurred the Wasps by calling them proddy footers and the Wasps retaliated by calling the Catholics left footers. There were more chasms and distrust within the left.

My father always voted ALP, and my mother always voted conservative. My father would never ever join a union, (infiltrated by commo’s) and in most ways the ALP was extremely divided. Domestically a fierce mental engagement of wagging fingers and pointing, the occasional slammed door, but all very gentile. Quite civilised.

According to Kim Beazley Snr. Education Minister under Whitlam (19/12/1972 – 11/11/1975) the major contributor to healing of the ALP split of 1951 was funding of universities and non state schools. The Education Minister Beazley was awarded 5 honorary doctorates by various universities. On the other hand in my article Hegemony, neo fascist groups claim the education sector was infiltrated by Marxist professors since the 1970’s.

From a different facet but notably still in the education sector, the claim for a “fairs day’s work for a fair day’s pay” became ”equal pay for equal work”. This was a generational change, changing focus from workers rights to women’s rights. The depression generation ruling class were replaced by the baby boomers generation and “It’s Time”.

I personally did not support conscription. I was 16 when Whitlam ended conscription. The communist domino theory simply did not cut. “All the way with LBJ”. At age 10 we were marched from school to the main street and asked to wave hand drawn Australian Flags at the passing cavalcade of visiting president of the United States of America, Lyndon Baines Johnson. Vietnam was a civil war, not a war of ideology. Today universally it is considered a war of anti – colonisation. What did I know, I was only a kid, maybe, my thoughts were representative of the social events of the time. A rising draft dodger group. The nightly television coverage of the moratorium.

By embracing academic virtue, the ALP broadened their base away from traditional strongholds like Builder’s Labourers (BLF), Storeman and Packers, Metal workers (AMU) and other affiliated groupings (AWU). Essentially labour or blue collar. Academics are rarely considered blue collar workers, more like professional classes. Professions were welcomed into the ALP. The middle ground.

Under the next major successful spurt of the ALP led government by Hawke and Keating, we achieved a whole new set of working class values. They redefined Ben Chifley’s post War World II car policy. That saw massive move away from manufacturing and the rise of the professions. Only by way of example BHP was to close their Waratah steel mill and Holden closed their Pagewood production facility then their Acacia Ridge assembly facility, and therefore how many ALP heart land constituent were effected or disenfranchised? Some new manufacturing jobs were created in the state of the art Holden Engine Company, but it was largely mechanised.

Throughout those decades immigration attacked workers pay. For each increase in employee supply there was decreased wages, so the coalition advocated large immigration intake to keep down excess claim by the unions, and the Unions insisted the ALP counter this by reducing immigration intake.

The ALP had a shrinking natural support base.

There were other issues at work throughout the entire generations. The 48 hour week of the 19th century became the 44 hour week then 40 hour week, now 37.5 hour week approaching a 35 hour week and how low could it go? Those at the most marginal loved the overtime paid working a 60 hour week, but still nonsense hours worked hardly changed but hours paid was higher through penalty rates. The unions had achieved Holiday Pay, Sick Pay, Long Service Leave and other workers entitlements, and again how far could this go, to a welfare state?

Union support waned.

So today the first recurring pattern observable is the apparent chaos within the ALP. Consider;

  • Billy Hughes split and forming the UAP government,
  • Joe Lyons defection rejecting the Right Guard of Jack Lang in the depression,
  • Jack Lang crossing the floor himself in 1949, over nationalising the banks
  • The rise of (free education) academia in the early 1970’s,
  • The party attempting to embrace big business under Hawke and Keating, to the point of privatising the Commonwealth Bank and arguing over Telstra and electricity.
  • To now.

Now might have its genesis in 1993, the inaugural and ultimate victory speech of PM Paul Keating in 1993, when he called his win “one for the true believer”. The electorate threw him out in 1996, 3 years later. His “true believer” concept is now variously considered the “little Aussie Battler”.
A battle between those;

  1. who work the long hours trying to pay mortgages, and feed their kids while educating them as best they can,
  2. a welfare class – a mentality which borders on learning to play the game, to the point of entitlement and turning a blind eye to immorality and lack of ethics, and
  3. a professional elite, supported by academia, try
  • Gonski,
  • Henry
  • Global warming science or Carbon Cycle

… who will sell their soul for a fast buck or government funding.

So what is a true believer?

I for one do not want to be part of any of this. Marginal ALP seats will get washed away at the next Federal election, and safe ALP seats will be deemed marginal, just like the State results in Qld in 2012 and NSW 2011.
The hiding will be compared to 1975 and 1977,

Or 1949,

Or 1931.

True Believer is a soliloquy, often labelled apathetic or ignorant (don’t know – don’t care).

The political party needs a real catharsis, a real soul searching, and I for one recommend any and all debate. Never again should the people they attempt to represent be ever so short changed. Ever.

Amen.

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Title:
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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 28th Feb 2013 |
The Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is a special talent in the Gillard Government – he gives new meaning to the term – ‘fu_kwit’ … his stupidity revealed in recent comments about ‘spectrum’ licences’ reveal him as self-appointed dumbest Federal Minister ever.

What was Rudd thinking when he appointed this neanderthal to the Communications portfolio and in charge of the $40 billion NBN rollout … really – this idiot in charge of a $40 billion Government spend that has failed in every target it has set itself since the project commenced.

Conroy is now making new waves about media ownership and the concerns of the Government about Channel 10’s ‘Meet the Press’ current affairs program, and its ownership links to the Murdoch media empire.  Read story below:

Stephen Conroy’s pitch to control the news


| Author: David Crowe, National affairs editor | Date: Feb 28th, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

CABINET ministers have canvassed a startling intervention in news and current affairs to prevent television networks from striking partnerships with other media companies in a sign of last-minute changes to reforms due within weeks.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is understood to have put the proposals to Julia Gillard on Monday night in an attempt to stop the Ten Network from working with News Limited to produce a Sunday current affairs program.

As Wayne Swan joined the discussion, Senator Conroy suggested expanding his reform package to ban free-to-air TV networks from outsourcing news and current affairs to other media companies.

Labor’s anxiety over the Meet The Press program on Ten contrasts with the show’s impact on public affairs, given the forum for political interviews draws fewer than 75,000 viewers on Sundays.

And the high-level focus on the program appeared to ignore similar deals at the ABC in which Four Corners aired reports by journalists from Fairfax newspapers on subjects such as the Reserve Bank’s note-printing subsidiary and global warming in the arctic.

While the Prime Minister rejected the minister’s idea, the talks about such a contentious new measure indicate the fluid state of a reform package that needs to be finalised within a fortnight so there is time to legislate it this year.

The changes could reshape the media by imposing new ownership limits, requiring greater scrutiny of the press, cutting TV license fees and adjusting TV production quotas.

Senator Conroy’s reform proposals have been discussed behind closed doors for most of the past year but have yet to be put to ministers, amid scepticism from some cabinet members about whether the ownership changes are necessary.

The Monday night discussion was kept outside the day’s cabinet meeting, which did not discuss media reform, and was limited to the Prime Minister, Treasurer and Communications Minister.

The Greens are demanding legislation to stop Ten’s agreements with News after being told by the media regulator last year that Lachlan Murdoch’s interest in Ten and DMG Radio did not breach current rules because he was not a “controller” of News Corporation, parent company of News Limited, which publishes The Australian. Mr Murdoch sits on the News Corporation board.

Greens leader Christine Milne accused News of exerting influence over Ten and singled out the creation of a Sunday TV program featuring News columnist Andrew Bolt and the agreement this month for the two companies to co-operate on Meet The Press.

While Senator Conroy expressed no concern about News and Ten when asked his view in the Senate on Monday, several individuals told The Australian he is privately furious about the alliance.

Labor’s frustration with News is well known after cabinet ministers talked about “going to war” with the company in August 2011 because of their anger at reports critical of the government.

Sources told The Australian yesterday that Senator Conroy used the talks on Monday night to suggest measures to prevent any commercial free-to-air TV network from outsourcing news and current affairs to another media entity.

The minister argued that a specific provision was needed because other changes, such as his proposed “public interest test” on ownership transactions, could not address editorial decisions.

The Prime Minister rejected the idea on the grounds it would be like telling media companies who to employ, said those familiar with the talks.

Senator Conroy declined to answer questions about whether he suggested the change, had concerns about TV networks giving another media company the right to produce programs on their networks or considered the idea to be a live option in his reform proposals.

“The government is considering the recommendations of the Convergence Review and Finkelstein inquiry and will respond in due course,” said a spokesman for the minister.

The government received the Convergence Review into the media last March and the Finkelstein report into news and current affairs last February but is yet to respond formally to either.

Meet The Press attracted 74,000 viewers in the five mainland state capitals last Sunday. The ABC’s Insiders show drew 99,000 while Weekend Sunrise, the Seven Network show that limits its coverage of politics, led the ratings with 362,000 viewers.

Four Corners aired several programs by Fairfax journalists Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie investigating alleged bribery at the RBA’s note-printing subsidiary and a program in 2008 by Fairfax journalist Marian Wilkinson on the impact of global warming on the Arctic.

Conroy’s – ‘I am God’ speech”…

The new ‘spectrum’ licenses are currently being put up for tender.  There has to be great concern when Conroy speaks about the tender process and claims to have the power of a dictator – see clip below:

The wording of this speech is extracted and ran in the same media – read below:

” …The regulation of telecommunications powers in Australia is exclusively federal. That means I am in charge of spectrum auctions, and if I say to everyone in this room ‘if you want to bid in our spectrum auction you’d better wear red underpants on your head’, I’ve got some news for you. You’ll be wearing them on your head. I have unfettered legal power….”

source of quote

This is an example of Conroy’s abilities … many times before this site has produced employment history of our Federal Ministers to show just how unqualified they are to hold the positions they do – Conroy has featured several times – but to refresh:

Personal

  • Born 18.1.1963, Ely, UK. Married.

Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • BEc (ANU).
  • Superannuation Officer, Transport Workers’ Union.
  • Research assistant.

Link to Conroy’s APH Bio

English by birth, his economics degree was put to use as a research assistant and then a Superannuation Officer with the TWU before he was rewarded with a Senate position in 1996 to replace Senator Gareth Evans … Conroy for Evans … what a failing for the ALP … and now this dickhead is the Leader in House in the Senate for the Government.

Conroy is no more than a Union thug rewarded with a Senate position for his loyalty … his promotion to Leader of the Government in the Senate came after Senator Chris Evans resigned a few weeks ago – Conroy’s remuneration is now some 187.5% times the Parliamentary ‘base salary’ structure – some $357,281 p/a … there is no way this idiot could earn that money in the private sector …

And now as reported above – Gillard, Conroy, and Swan are having clandestine discussions on how to prevent ‘Meet the Press’ and its host Andrew Bolt from commenting in a ‘free speech’ context, on and about the Government of the day. The reason offered – Conroy and company does not like the way the Murdoch and affiliated media outlets are commenting about the Government performance.

The very concept that Conroy believes he can rule the telecommunications realm in a dictatorial manner defies the democracy aspect of our political system.

He was not censured for his comments quoted above … he was not forced to apologised for the embarrassment he bestowed on the Government and his Ministerial responsibilities … he is just another example of this Gillard led juggernaut heading over a cliff and trying to take us all with them.


The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

Gillard’s Government is poison to this Nation … how do we get rid of her now?

The message has to be sent – there are some 14 million registered voters represented by 150 MP’s – 72 of which are ALP.    If each of these 72 ALP MP’s received an e-mail, a fax, a phone call, or a letter from all the people who want her gone with a simple message like the one below –  :

This is a protest message …
GET RID OF GILLARD

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

Please – send this message to as many and as often as you can – bombard the Caucus Members with a message so clear and with weight of numbers that it will force them to act.

You could also think about sending it to the Independents, Oakeshott, Windsor, Wilkie, and Brandt,  as well … Katter already votes with the Coalition, and Slipper and Thompson are a lost cause and their fate already sealed.

Links to every MP e-mail can be found using the Australian Parliamentary Website Members and Senator links below … pick your an ALP MP or Senator, or send it to all – voice your opinion now.

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EYE-BALL Opinion – Governance under Gillard – No Care and No end Responsibility –

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


– 27th Feb – Gillard – ‘Dead Woman Walking’


– 26th Feb – Gillard – Killing You Softly


– 19th Feb –  The “Asylum Welfare Union Assoc” [AWU-A] –  Incorporated by Gillard,  for the benefit of Gillard,  and sacrificed by all for Gillard –


– 19th Feb – The Peter Slipper AFP Charge Sheet


– 19th Feb – The Australian’s Hedley Thomas on – Gillard’s links to Federal Court candidate Bernard Murphy – not revealed –


– 19 Feb – Gillard – A Leadership Bully – Woman with Balls proves she is no Leader –


– 19th Feb Gillard – Leadership Bully
– Woman with Balls proves she is no Leader –


– 19th Feb – A ‘Sports Doping’ Update – a ploy to kill the Obeid and Thompson news cycle –


– 17th Feb – Politics has lost its ‘Bling’ – the shallowness of Social media reflected in politics –


– 17th Feb – The Australian Parliament – Question Time – Standing Orders – and the abuse of –


– 7th Feb – Telstra Corp and their Bigpond service – again failing to respect their customers …


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Title:
– Governance under Gillard –
– No Care and No end Responsibility – 

| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 27th Feb 2013 |
The Government’s track record on all things ‘budget’, their history on major policy announcements, and the implementation of those policies – highlights a track record that makes the upcoming NDIS and Gonski reforms highly likely they will also become dud legacy’s … both in terms of flow through benefits, and the cost containment relative to budgeted forecasts.

Why would an electorate trust Gillard and her Cabinet to deliver on these two campaign policy issues leading into the 2013 election?  We all understand the intent – but Gillard and her Cabinets history of failure to deliver makes these new policy initiatives, and their expenditure high risk and will further plunges our debt obligations.   This Government has no care, and no end responsibility for any of their failures apart from electoral oblivion.

Is it a case of finding an idea that has electoral appeal and running with it into the lead up to the 2013 election? 

Or – does Swan – the Treasurer who happily creates debt to appease his PM … think he can cut some $10 billion from other budget expenditures across the forward estimates to make room for these new policy initiatives – and do it with no new tax increases … Houdini he ain’t …

Swan’s budget for 2013-14 has no chance of achieving a budget surplus … the 2012-13 promised budget since the 2010 election campaign … has proved a dismal failure – this years May 2012 projected surplus of $1.5 billion for 2012-13 will be a deficit far in excess of $20 billion … perhaps higher than $35 billion.

Gillard and Swans defence on this renege is that the debt to GDP ration is the lowest of all our major trading partners … comparisons like that are rewarded with ‘Treasurer of the Year’ accolades but Nations who spent their way to devastation ahead of and during the GFC to but themselves time and out of trouble.  Australia is going the same way and Swan is too stupid to understand. Gillard’s understanding of the financial mess she has created resembles ‘credit card junkie’ type understanding.

Peter Garrett – the Education Minister has a failed track record – remember he was the ‘pink bats’ Minister and went to purgatory for a while to rebuild his confidence and image … he is back and out there winging it for the PM as the Education Minister responsible for Gonski reforms.   WHat would Garrett actually know about schools and their needs?  Remember the computers for school kids scam – the Government recently pulled the plug far short of the promise of a computer for every kid attending school … not sure if that was only secondary or included primary school kids as well.

Would you trust your childs future education to a Government throwing money at a report recommending wholesale changes?

I’ve read that it all comes down to the quality of teachers – 20 odd years ago students who went into teaching had the lowest HSC scores … it has changed somewhat in today terms … but that generation of teachers are senior teachers now and can it be said that their influence on the low numeracy and literacy scores being put out today rest on their education qualifications?

The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

Gillard is poison to this Nation … how do we get rid of her now?

The message has to be sent – there are some 14 million registered voters represented by 150 MP’s – 72 of which are ALP.    If each of these 72 ALP MP’s received an e-mail, a fax, a phone call, or a letter from all the people who want her gone with a simple message like the one below –  :

This is a protest message …
GET RID OF GILLARD

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

Please – send this message to as many and as often as you can – bombard the Caucus Members with a message so clear and with weight of numbers that it will force them to act.

You could also think about sending it to the Independents, Oakeshott, Windsor, Wilkie, and Brandt,  as well … Katter already votes with the Coalition, and Slipper and Thompson are a lost cause and their fate already sealed.

Links to every MP e-mail can be found using the Australian Parliamentary Website Members and Senator links below … pick your an ALP MP or Senator, or send it to all – voice your opinion now.

Please – if you found this story to your liking and would like to promote it to your social media contacts – i.e. Twitter, Facebook, or other icon linked account below – please use/click on your favoured Icon(s) to promote the story.  Thankyou.


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The EYE-BALL Opinion …

EYE-BALL Opinion – Gillard – ‘Dead Woman Walking’ –

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


– 24th Feb – Killing You Softly


– 19th Feb –  The “Asylum Welfare Union Assoc” [AWU-A] –  Incorporated by Gillard,  for the benefit of Gillard,  and sacrificed by all for Gillard –


– 19th Feb – The Peter Slipper AFP Charge Sheet


– 19th Feb – The Australian’s Hedley Thomas on – Gillard’s links to Federal Court candidate Bernard Murphy – not revealed –


– 19 Feb – Gillard – A Leadership Bully – Woman with Balls proves she is no Leader –


– 19th Feb Gillard – Leadership Bully
– Woman with Balls proves she is no Leader –


– 19th Feb – A ‘Sports Doping’ Update – a ploy to kill the Obeid and Thompson news cycle –


– 17th Feb – Politics has lost its ‘Bling’ – the shallowness of Social media reflected in politics –


– 17th Feb – The Australian Parliament – Question Time – Standing Orders – and the abuse of –


– 7th Feb – Telstra Corp and their Bigpond service – again failing to respect their customers …


– To see more EYE-BALL ‘Opinion’ posts:

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Title:
– Gillard – ‘Dead Woman Walking’ – 
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 26th Feb 2013 |
The news has been leaked and all Australia is laughing – the PM is going to spend a week in Rooty Hill NSW on the taxpayers dime.  She is leaving The Lodge, and Kirribilly House and going to stay in accommodation in the western Sydney suburbs trying to win back support for the ALP.  

Who said the election campaign has not started?

Prime Minister Gillard is showing us her underbelly – desperation has forced her to consider all options and the best advice that her strategist has come up with is a stunt like this.

Spending a week deep in ALP heartland in an effort to save some ALP seats if fine at face value – but the campaigning rules are quite clear on electioneering.

Once an election has been nominated, and the Parliament is dissolved – political parties have to pay the expenses for all electioneering by MP’s and their staff.

What is Gillard’s trip to Rooty Hill about if it is not to campaign in Labor heartland trying to arrest the pol data?

And she expects the taxpayer to foot the bill … where are the AEC and their audit of this abuse of the intent of the election rules?   Gillard could campaign on taxpayer funds all the way up until she dissolves Parliament in mid August as she has declared and that has to be criminal in its intent.

Desperate people to desperate things … Gillard is a ‘sow on a spit’ – being roasted and basted with slow turns … she still thinks she still has life whilst she can still draw breath to screech her dribble … she thinks the bravado thing will save her … there is nothing more pathetic or stupid then when someone thinks the show is still going when the lights have been turned off, and everybody went home.

Newspoll data out Monday confirmed the Nielsen poll’s results from a week earlier and caucus are in a flap – Rudd keeps saying ‘no thanks’ … Shorten is hiding in the bushes … nobody else wants the job, and Gillard is being fogged marched by her own Party to an electoral defeat they will splinter the ALP for a very long time.

This Rooty Hill stunt will fail, but Gillard still believes she can pull a rabbit out of a hat … it is truly sad … when it fails there will be another gimmick, and another, and another like there has been over the past month or so … lets look at the past few weeks,

  • The Obeid news cycle was killing the ALP earlier this month … so Gillard newly appointed rookie Ministers Clare and Lundy out armed with a so called ‘sensational’ ACC Report on ‘Sports Doping’.  It was a ruse … and the intent was to sell Australian sporting heroes down the drain, just so the media would print something other than the Obeid story – where is the proof in the sensational headlines Clare and Lundy announced?
  • Then there was the $1 billion R&D tax clawback and big business that was immediately caned because some smart accountants found a $600 million budget glitch in the numbers.
  • Then there was the visits to some schools – always a good photo-op to give the PM positive PR … but nobody is buying it …
  • Then there was the appointment of the inaugural Children’s Commissioner – again an attempt to appeal to women voters with children … what this woman won’t do to sell her lie …

Yes that is right – she is a lie in every way, in every thing, and in ever decreasing levels of political morality.

She offends Australians in ever increasing numbers as reflected in the poll data.  The majority of Australia want her gone … yet she refuses to accept the obvious.  Her advisor’s are forever ‘shooting from the hip’ with ideas to try and arrest the political freefall she finds herself in … and caucus is frozen like zombies … they are all not unlike the living dead … Nobody writes a good story about her anymore … all the media have turned their backs and they can smell the blood …

Gillard is poison to this Nation … how do we get rid of her now?

The message has to be sent – there are some 14 million registered voters … represented by 150 MP’s  – 72 of which are ALP.    If each of those 72 ALP MP’s received an e-mail from all the people who want her gone with a simple message like the one below –  :

This is a protest message …
GET RID OF GILLARD

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

Please – send this message via an e-mail, ring the Electoral Office, send it by Fax, bombard the Caucus Members with a message so strong and with weight of numbers that it will force them to act.    You could also think about sending it to the Independents, Oakeshott, Windsor, Wilkie, and Brandt,  as well … Katter already votes with the Coalition, and Slipper and Thompson are a lost cause and their fate already sealed.

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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 24th Feb 2013 |
The week was long, the news cycle centered, yet the accomplishment amounted to nothing.  There was no movement at the station – Gillard still stands as leader – the Caucus is still a rabble, the perched Opposition remain in stitches, the public was shortchanged again and everybody’s temperature is on the rise.

The media have been conditioning us for political drama, the blood-thirsty type where politicians weep and show their vulnerable side.  We all know it’s coming and as with any cliffhanger, anticipation almost always exceeds the event.    

Nonetheless, the wait is tasteless, nothing to savour … the appetisers have been and gone, and now there is nothing to quench the thirst other then the wait.  The Gillard march is defensive, yet she still thinks throwing money at the electorate will win her popularity – when will she learn … it is killing you softly …

Treasurer Swan, ever the twisted scrooge, thinks debt is something that he will never have to pay back.  Never has an Australian Treasurer allowed so much money to be given away with nothing to show for it in return.  He would argue that it saved jobs … but what he won’t tell you about is all the jobs that have been transferred offshore because Australia’s labor cost is tied to the rise of the A$.  

Three times as many jobs have been lost – i.e. full time, part-time, and casual, as a result of the across the board industry downturn, and the lack of expansion through uncertainty and consumer confidence.   All Swan has to offer is his ‘jobs, jobs, jobs,’ speech.  Again – killing you softly …

Pitiful is one way to describe the Australian Political scene – the ALP unable to make a decision because nobody wants to lead them into what is to follow.   How gender traits have changed – NSW Premier Keneally stood up and led the NSW Labor Government to certain defeat when others did not want the job.  Keneally proved more than capable but the damage was already done.   The NSW ALP Labor men cowered in the face of the electoral mountain they faced and let a woman take the fall – killing you softly …

It is also happening at the Federal level, Shorten controls the ALP caucus and he is the natural choice. Yet he pauses … why … he continues to swear allegiance to Gillard who he helped anoint in June 2010.  Shorten’s measured pause is the stuff of cowards – and again killing you softly.

Leaders lead, they pick up the mantel and take on whatever is ahead and instill bravado in those behind to follow.  Gillard’s banner is shredded and all those who could follow have their backs turned looking for someone to come and rescue them.  They are deserting the ALP – they are in shock and awe at the Obeid scandal, they were hardly coming to terms with the HSU scandal, and then there is the AWU fallout just around the corner …  they are killing us all ever so softly …

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Latest Pickering images added – 21st Feb 2013 – see end of text linked here


As the crescendo builds around the oncoming ALP political bloodbath, deserting ALP supporters are lamenting a way of life, a history of traditions, a belief system that gave purpose, an ability to think that equality of life was a worthwhile agenda to support. This migrating population – perhaps as many as 2 million, are trying hard to come to terms with what happened to their beloved ALP.

The AWU National Conference 2013:

The experiment of of a ‘dream scenario’ in ‘GILLARD for PM’ has fully blown back on the heartland of the ALP – the UNIONS.

The toxicity being revealed surrounding the HSU [Health Services Union], and the AWU [Australian Workers Union], has caused many Labor voters to question what their Union dues are being used for.  The media conjure up mental images of prostitutes for the boys, lavish ‘slush’ fund lifestyles, and a history of enrichment by those in positions of trust are giving ‘true-blue’ Labor supporters reason to be angry.

The media are not wrong!!!

Then there is the Obeid ICAC revelations and this election campaign is a minefield for ALP MP’s ad Senator’s seeking to be re-elected.  The question is how much worse can it get for Labor … their hope for a let-up and reprieve to justify sticking with Gillard was the theme all through the recent AWU 2013 National Conference.

That Conference completed Thursday last, and National Secretary Paul Howes re-elected unopposed as National Secretary – delivered  the opening and closing speeches.

Many of Gillard’s senior team gave key-note speeches and all to a cause to try and rally wavering Union loyalists. The message was that Gillard was the Leader for the ALP to take to the next election.

The closing speech given by Howes is worth reflecting upon … commentary and speech provided by ‘The Age’ …

Howes lashes anti-Gillard leakers


| Author: Daniel Hurst | Date: Feb 21st, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

AWU chief Paul Howes signs his name to a pledge to stop Tony Abbott in his tracks at the union’s conference in Queensland. Picture: AWU

Key Labor figure Paul Howes has lashed out crudely at Labor MPs he says are undermining Prime Minister Julia Gillard, telling those who anonymously attack their leader to ”grow a pair”.

The Australian Workers’ Union national secretary, who earlier in the week pledged his 110 per cent support for Ms Gillard, took aim at insiders who spoke anonymously to journalists and speculated about a return to Kevin Rudd or spread criticism.

”Nothing upsets me more lately than opening newspapers on a daily or weekly basis and reading anonymous quotes from ‘senior Labor sources’ undermining our Prime Minister, undermining the leadership of our movement and this country,” he said in his closing speech to the AWU national conference on the Gold Coast.

”What a bunch of gutless pricks they are that they can’t put their names to what they are saying.”

The tough talking drew applause from union delegates at the four-day national conference.

Mr Howes appeared on ABC’s Lateline the night before Ms Gillard was installed as Prime Minister in June 2010 to declare that the powerful AWU had withdrawn its support for Mr Rudd.

Mr Howes told the gathering: ”I might get the odd attack for appearing once or twice too many times on television or being a bit too blunt about [former Rio Tinto chief] Tom Albanese or former prime ministers or going on shows like Lateline on that particular night and maybe that’s right, but we say what we do, we have the guts to put our names to what we mean, we don’t background.

”We get out on the front foot and we say it loudly and clearly.”

Mr Howes said he had a message for Labor members who were trying to undermine the cause.

”Grow a pair and put your name to what you’re saying and have the fight out here publicly. Don’t go slinking around the back rooms of the press gallery on a daily basis. Come out and articulate your case. Make your message. Have the discussion with the Australian people. Get out there and argue your point.”

The warning came after Mr Howes warned that unionists faced ”the fight of their lives” to prevent the election of an ”extreme” Tony Abbott-led government.

Mr Howes launched a full-throttle attack on Mr Abbott as he reaffirmed plans to send advocates into key marginal electorates to promote the struggling Gillard government.

The move ties into a broader union movement strategy to use word of mouth in the workplace in an attempt to turn the electoral tide in the face of opinion polls pointing to a landslide Labor defeat.

As the four-day AWU conference wrapped up on Thursday, hundreds of delegates signed a pledge vowing to ”stop Tony Abbott in his tracks”.

Mr Howes took up the attack to the Opposition Leader and some of his frontbenchers.

”We know what type of man Tony Abbott is. We know what type of man Eric Abetz is. We know what kind of joker Joe Hockey is. Hell, we even know who Barnaby Joyce is even if he doesn’t know it himself.”

Mr Howes ridiculed the image of Senator Joyce as an average Australian, saying: ”He’s a guy who goes on cruise ship holidays with Gina Rinehart. He’s a guy who writes letters to Gina Rinehart’s children begging them to stop litigation against their mother.”

Mr Howes labelled Mr Abbott as ”the most inconsistent so-called conviction politician that this nation has ever seen”, pointing to contradictory statements over climate change and WorkChoices.

He said Mr Abbott was only consistent on ”extreme social conservative” positions on reproductive rights.

”It’s hard to actually call Tony Abbott a conservative because he’s so extreme; because he’s so brash; because he resorts to the politics of smear and innuendo so much. That’s not conservative; that’s extreme. And when nations have extremist politicians and when extremists gain power it’s a very, very scary thing.”

But after launching the attacks, Mr Howes bemoaned how politics had become ”so nasty, so personal”.

”I do despair sometimes at the level of political discourse in this country,” he said.

Mr Howes later denied he was being hypocritical, saying: ”I’m not in Parliament . . . I think it’s right to call a spade a spade.”

…Read more on-line …

Reading Howes’ comments delivered to a room full of delegates, and all seemingly to a hopeless cause to all those not in attendance – makes one wonder at the stupidity of it all.  Does Howes believe that he is anointed with some magical persona that can galvanise a deserting membership – to have them suddenly stop, turn around, listen to his ‘drum-beat’ rousing, and then have them all fall in love all over again?

Howes is a serious part of the problem … he is still in love with a movement that has been crashing for decades.  Unions and their secrets ‘slush-fund’ operations are all about to become Headline news for all the wrong reasons.  

Why didn’t Howes reflect on the current HSU and AWU issues before the Courts and under police investigatiosn at the moment?

One would have thought an intelligent Leader, a Leader in tune with their members concerns would have addressed the oncoming storm and prepared the membership in some way.  One would also have thought there would have been some expressing of regret for past deeds, a ‘clean-up’ message,  a statement of future transparency, and an acknowledgment that what has happened at the HSU will not be acceptable in any Union movement.   Did any of this happen?

This was a AWU National conference – yet it was used as a Gillard prop for an election message now under way for three weeks.   As a delegate what did you learn about the current AWU investigation into Gillard’s involvement in a fraud, what did they learn about the recovery of court order repayments from Wilson, Blewitt and others?   What did they learn about Bill Ludwig’s involvement, Bob Kernahan, Ian Cambridge,  and others who were involved.

Howes’ is currently being sued and before the courts on a personal defamation litigation – read that story here

Howes performance at the National Conference missed the point on so many levels. Gillard was his personal choice in 2010 under instruction from his boss – Bill Ludwig.   Ludwig was aware and had intimate knowledge of her involvement and complicity in the Wilson/Blewitt fraud and yet still – Howes stood steadfastly behind his choice and placed his 140,000 AWU members there as well.

Can any one really believe that Howes has any creditability outside the Gillard camp of insiders?

He called for ‘balls’ as a rallying thump – calling for MP caucus members to attach their name to ‘lose-lips’ comments.  It was such a ‘bad-taste’ analogy given the mood of the electorate and what is before the courts.   Howes has tried to anointed himself as a future leader of the ALP … and if his performance at this conference is an example of his life’s work – he is an unmitigated failure.

The mood of this conference as they left would be a mood of trying to limit the ‘how far do we lose by’ equation.

You tell me … how can people in leadership positions get it so horribly wrong … how do those around them not tap them and say – ‘it’s time’?

Rudd’s revival:

If they believed Rudd was going to lead them to electoral disaster in 2010 and used it as motivation to assassinate him – where is the same desperation with regard to this election … 

If they think he is always a backstop option and would be willing to make a grand gesture of self-sacrifice … they have severely mis-judged the man.   Under his conditions – he might reconsider and they might be:

  • To crush the Union factions once and for all in the way the ALP pre-selects and dictates policy,
  • To announce his intention to cross the floor and ask Abbott to join in a bi-partisan Royal Commission into the HSU, AWU, and all other Unions and the accountability of Members funds … and
  • Expel Obeid from the ALP, and any other member exposed as corrupt in the ICAC inquiry.

Steps like this would be unpalatable for the ALP caucus as every one of them bar Rudd has Union affiliation.

Labor supporters have never accepted Gillard as their Leader … and her mistakes since have compounded her ill-legitimacy even further.

Former ALP Senator Graham Richardson:

Graham Richardson – a ALP pariah, they hate him for selling out and taking the money, yet they trust him with the pulse of the party … if you can work that out then you are half way to understanding how the ALP works. Richardson penned a column in today’s – ‘The Australian’ – see below:

PM should go for party’s sake


| Author: Graham Richardson | Date: Feb 22nd, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |


Illustration: Eric Lobbecke Source: The Australian

LOVE her or hate her, you would have to feel some sympathy for Julia Gillard. Virtually every policy she announces is bucketed and rejected by all and sundry.

Every press conference is dominated by questions about her leadership. Every poll result is another knife through her heart. The political judgments the Prime Minister makes are mostly rubbished by friend and foe alike. Good news is hard to find.

How she must dread the first few moments of the morning as she begins to focus. I can hear her barking at the first bloke the order not to turn on the radio or the television. No news is the best news she can get.

She knows Newspoll is coming early next week. It is a publication she dreads because she knows every member of her caucus is waiting for it. If the next Newspoll confirms the dreadful numbers produced by Nielsen, she knows her time in the top job may well be cruelly shortened – no pun intended! She has not lost the numbers to Kevin Rudd yet but the number of doubtfuls is growing by the minute.

The more her trusted cabinet ministers ring caucus members and senior party officials to assure them that there is no movement in caucus, and that all is well, the more the air of panic pervades the small world that is the caucus.

Politics is a brutal game and it is not for the faint-hearted. Gillard is as tough as they come, as tough as I have ever seen. That toughness is now being sorely tested and the turmoil in her head would be something to behold.

Looking to her cabinet for rock solid support would be a forlorn exercise. Ever since the debacle of the debate over whether or not to support Palestinians having observer status at UN, she has not been able to stop looking over her shoulder. Only two cabinet members were with her. One by one the rest told her of their dismay or even disgust at the stance she was taking.

Had she not backed off within seconds of the bells tolling for the midnight hour she would not have survived that December day.

Since then the announcement of the world’s longest election campaign didn’t help her cause. Then last week out of a clear blue sky she announces a billion dollar program to make Australian companies “consider” using Australian made goods. Yes, that’s right, consider. No compulsion, just lots of money to make business think about it. Since then a huge question mark has arisen over the method of funding for this cool billion.

The Greens have walked out on her as well. Christine Milne is showing all the signs of this becoming one of those infamously vicious divorces. Who knows what the Greens will choose to endorse when legislation is brought forward to the Senate. Already the aforementioned billion dollar program is under threat and a hostile Senate is the last thing a desperate PM trying to demonstrate stability really needs. It is hard to imagine the government was getting worse but that now appears to be a certainty.

None of the options available to the PM for her immediate future is particularly appealing to either her or for the party. Despite the stoic defiance that she exudes, somewhere in the darkest recess of her mind reality must have a place. There must be times when she considers just what will happen to the Labor Party if she clings to the leadership and the polls are proved to be right.

A loss of between of between 30 and 40 seats is on the cards, a slaughter of epic proportions. It would take Labor a decade to recover from that and given how much worse the situation is in NSW and Queensland, large chunks of the talent pool would go as well. The next generation of political Labor leaders, with the exception of Bill Shorten, would all be gone.

You would be entitled to wonder just how much the Labor Party can take. If a federal election produced a result anything like the NSW and Queensland state massacres morale would be at rock bottom, as would membership. Given that a budget must be prepared by May which must deliver $15 billion of cuts just to allow for the NDIS and the Gonski reforms, the political pain would be immense. There is a real chance that there won’t be much left of the modern Labor Party at the end of her reign.

She could of course run up a white flag, give Kevin a big hug and resign for the good of the party. Given her demeanour, character and reputation I just can’t see that happening. She could ditch the NDIS and Gonski legacy she has been determined to leave behind as a permanent reminder of her prime ministership. That would at least give Wayne Swan some chance of preparing a budget that won’t destroy a party he has served all his working life.

Most likely though, she will hang on and try to tough it out. With all those who hate Rudd clustered around her in praetorian guard formation, a confused, conflicted caucus might acquiesce to her survival. Numbers have been hard to come by for the Rudd team.

This would mean that the legacy Gillard leaves behind would be the near destruction of the modern Labor Party. That is how bad I believe Labor’s position has become. Some of the PM’s backers are among my closest friends and this column may well strain those relationships. It would be worth the price to see Labor back in the game, being taken seriously, and a force for good in Australian politics.

Graham Richardson hosts Richo on Sky News at 8pm on Wednesdays.

Richardson in on record as saying that his DNA is mostly ALP …

For someone who holds the ALP so close to his heart, Richardson writes the above story out of what – resentment, frustration, realism, or for the money he so eagerly takes for trashing something he so willingly announces as his other child?

Richardson is symbolic of all things ALP – if they can’t make a buck out of being in office then why be there.

Richardson’s links go back to Obeid, and in many circles Obeid is seen as having been mentored by Richardson – Obeid just was not subtle enough and was far too greedy in a transparent way – in essence Obeid was caught, as was Richardson in the end.   Then why does Richardson still hold his position in society, why is he allowed to tell ALP secrets for money … why is he so sought after by the media on Election nights … what does he bring to the table that affords him the lifestyle he enjoys given his ‘shady’ past.   Richardson enjoys a mammoth parliamentary indexed pension having served as a Senator, between 1983-1994, and as a Minister in the Hawke and Keating Government’s.

Who will ALP supporters vote for:

Back to the deserting ALP supporters … will they vote for Abbott, or will they go The Greens? The honest answers – maybe, and a resounding NO!!!

Milne is a roasted and dried out wannabee … her divorce speech and reasoning is too obvious this close to an election, and a realisation that the GREENS are themselves in trouble with the electorate.  Bob Brown was called back to put his face to Milne’s divorce choice and that too was obvious …

If Bob Katter could get his party to walk the same way … they have a shot at a few seats federally … but alas, abortion and same sex marriages have caused a ‘billy-boil’ moment.

Australian Politics only offers one party with any semblance of unity and with Howard’s track record on economic management … the Coalition loom as the only choice to drag this Nation back from a self-destructive brink.

I am not an Abbott fan, never have been as a result of his pursuit of Pauline Hanson under Howard’s instruction. However, I despise Gillard more …

I think Hockey is a rabbit, but Swan is a dunce and someone who has no idea how to manage a Nations finances, Deputy Opposition Leader Bishop shows promise as a bride to three former Coalition Leaders … her Foreign Minister counterpart in Bob Carr is a Burt Reynolds comeback, all sleaze … it just does not work and his $3 million first class taxpayer paid for travel expenses since he became Foreign Minister, is symbolic of how NSW got themselves into so much debt under his leadership.

What was Gillard thinking – Rudd eats anybody on the Government Front Bench yet remains content to stay on the backbench and watch his beloved party self-destruct before his eyes …

What does that say about who Rudd is … he is more dangerous to Gillard now then ever despite claiming he has no interest in a rescue mission. The ALP caucus want someone to rescue them … is that so typical of idiots in a panic … save us … help is … we are all to dumb to help ourselves!!!!

Casting a net over the rest of the Opposition, nobody excites, Pyne [Reggie]… still has no discipline, Hunt – promising but does not have that crunch factor, the other Bishop [The Beehive] … should leave and become a full-time grandmother for all the good she does … and so on … who is there?

Let’s be honest – neither side has any stars, none that want to lead anyway …

Australia is about to face some of its greatest challenge’s in coming months and years.   We have a RBA who have no idea where Australia fits anymore and have allowed off-shore funds flooding into the A$ to wreck our economy and drive labor costs through the roof.   As a consequence we now have one of the most expensive labour forces on the planet.

We have a bureaucratic process that has ten times more chiefs than indians … and they are all tapped into a Ponzi style super scheme that gives them lifetime pensions 3-4 times the average wage – and to be honest what did they do or have done to earn such a secure future?

Australian’s have to decide on the better of two evils … there is no star performed that any can gravitate toward … it will be a choice reluctantly given, and yet the victor will claim a mandate and use it to bash those opposite.

These are truly dangerous times … and ever looming is the GFC and it draws closer to our shores every quarter as the ‘money-men’ chase safe havens for their precious booty … As the ALP flower withers so it will dampen the will of off-shore investors … in fact the ALP demise might trigger some good in an A$ sell-off …

We all have a right to be fearful …


Larry Pickering’s Political Take:

To bring some much-needed levity – there is always the Larry Pickering Cartoons … below is a sample of his summer offerings – his images page can be access here[click on image below to enlarge] … enjoy and don’t hurt yourself with the belly laughs …

Larry Pickering also writes some very intelligent blogs including many on the AWU scandal.  Whilst not as regarded as Hedley Thomas in journalistic circles – his penmanship and his heady wit give him a take on things not easily publishable in mainstream media.  None the less … his take on events cuts to the chase and he does not mince words … his Facebook page can be accessed here


Added 18th Feb 2013:

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Latest ‘Harry’s Growl’ Posts:


– 18th Feb – Election 2013  – Growl No: 18 – Paul Howes – AWU National Secretary – standing under the crap flow leaking from above –


– 18th Feb – Election 2013 – Growl No: 17 – Wayne Swan’s ‘Sarah Palin’ Moment –


– 17th Feb – Election 2013  – Growl No: 16 – Gillard Blunder’s Again – Draws a line under Age Pensions –


– 16th Feb – Election 2013 – Growl No: 15 – The Devils Brew: who’s left, Gillard, Swan, Shorten, and who else


– 15th Feb – Election 2013 – Growl No: 14 – The ALP tinkering and staring at the abyss …


– 10th Feb – Election 2013 – Growl No: 13 – The Obeid Dynasty Profile –


– 9th Feb – Election 2013  – Growl No: 12 – Dunce Hat’s sit firmly on Gillard and Swan’s noggin’s –


– 8th Feb – Election 2013 – Growl No: 11 – Parliamentary remuneration – Peter Slipper in Profile –


– 8th Feb – Growl No: 10 – Parliamentary remuneration – Peter Slipper in Profile –


– 7th Feb – Election 2013  – Growl No: 9 – Gillard in Focus –


– 6th Feb – Election 2013 – Growl No: 8 – Obeid has decided to take a few with him –


– 4th Feb – Election 2013 – Growl No: 7 – ABC’s “Q&A” proves none of them have a goddamn clue


– 4th Feb – Election 2013 – Growl No: 6 – Gillard in Cartoon Form –


– 4th Feb – Election 2013  – Growl No: 5 – Poll Results,  Senate Leadership, & Pyne’s Hitler Gibe –


– 2nd Feb –  Election 2013 – Growl No: 4 – Craig Thompson’s Bankruptcy revisited –


– 1st Feb – Election 2013  – Growl No: 3 – Roxon’s Rocky Status as the AG  –


– 31st Jan – Election 2013 – Growl No: 2 – Gillard lifts her skirts to thrill the Media  –


– 28th Jan – Election 2013 – Growl No: 1 – Senator Penny Wong … policy exposed –


– 18th Jan – Hedley Thomas and Larry Pickering – – Resume their AWU crusade against Gillard  –


– 1st Jan 2013 – Jenny Macklin – Joins Swan as another ALP Fu_kwit – Claims she can live on the Newstart allowance –


– 20th Dec – Wayne Swan – His backflip on the 2012-13 Surplus – Makes him the Fu_kwit of all Fu_kwits –


– 16th Dec – Lenore Taylor – Chief Political Correspondent for the SMH  – Part II – – A correspondent pushing her own political agenda  –


– 15th Dec – Lenore Taylor – Chief Political Correspondent for the SMH  – A correspondent with her own political agenda  –


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Title:
– Election 2013  – Growl No: 19 –
– The Sham Marriage between the ALP and Greens –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 18th Feb 2013|

Latest Pickering images added – 18th Feb 2013 – see end of text linked here


The community at large tolerates sham marriages, be it Prime Ministers in defacto relationships, for immigration visa’s purposes, birth heredity, comfort, and the type of fickle political marriages between The Greens and the ALP for the purpose of achieving self-serving short-term objectives.   Yes it is tolerated, and nobody protests because nobody really cares.

The political marriage is the most festered – the most vilified, the most sceptical, and as they are born from ideology opposites, their coming together is always steeped in a toxicity of reasoning.

How can a Party representative abandoned the Party platform and the central core beliefs that identify you as a person, tolerate and/or accept a marriage where you absolutely despise the intended bed-partner for all that they stand for?

That is mercenary intent, a measured sell-out, slut’s to a cause, how do the Party faithful respond?   Are they not then compromised in their belief also if they stay with the Party …

Bob Brown of The Greens undertook an alliance with Gillard to allow Gillard to Govern after the 2010 hung parliament result.

To remind everybody, and even to Senator Milne, Bob Brown enforced the point so many times – his original agreement was between ‘The Greens’ and Julia Gillard, not the ALP.

Whatever that agreement was it is no longer – or as Milne tried to explain, The Greens will still support the Government on ‘confidence’, and ‘supply’, only because that was the original agreement.  How can you have a divorce but still want things to stay the same?

What type of divorce is Milne proposing – ‘friends with benefits’, they both get to sleep together when it comes to paying the bills,  and agree to chew Mr Abbott into little bits when it takes their fancy – but when it comes to the bigger issues – al bets are off.  How can business function with such a trauma arrangement. where is the confidence needed for investment … is this a ploy to have the A$ devalue … no – they are not that smart.

It comes down to ego’s – Gillard wanted to be PM and that is the end of the reasoning.

Whatever I have to do to be PM – I’ll do.  Tony Abbott according to Tony Windsor was prepared to make the same offer … so what – so they’re all whores of a sort.

For no other reason Gillard wanted to stick it to all those AWU screwball’s who wanted her tail fried back in 1995.  She wanted to do the same to the Slater & Gordon partners who also screwed her legal career.   And to this day Gillard still thinks – ‘I did nothing wrong’ …

History has shown Gillard does not have a clue about financial management of a Nation – she could not even balance her own cheque book on self admission.  How can she be expected to run a Nation’s finances.  So she turned that over to Wayne Swan – he was Rudd’s choice, or before that Kim Beazley had him as his Opposition Treasurer and Rudd inherited Swan when he became Leader.

Swan’s credentials were as an advisor to:

  • Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. WG Hayden, MP 1978-80;
  • Special Ministers of State, the Hon. MJ Young,
  • MP and the Hon. KC Beazley, MP 1983; and
  • the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. WG Hayden, MP 1984.

During his down time from advising ALP Ministers – he serving as a Lecturer at the Queensland Institute of Technology  during 1976-77, 1981-82 and 1985-88.  He was also a Policy analyst at the Office of Youth Affairs – 1978, and a nondescript advisor between 1996-98 when he was voted from Federal office at the 1996 election.

What are Swan’s academic and work experience credentials to be Australian Treasurer … he holds a BA (Hons) QLD – and that had to be mid 70’s.  He was born in ’54, making him leaving High School in ’72, and then a Lecturer in ’76.   Not a steric of private sector employment anywhere to be found.   Yet Gillard and Rudd trusted him to manage a $1.4 trillion economy … we deserve to be where we are because we should have checked out Mr Swan and asked the questions – how smart are you?

Phew …now you know … so don’t fu_kup again .. OK!!!

Milne is leading the Greens dow the same path the Democrats went … strong male leadership in Don Chip, and then to oblivion after successive disaster Female leadership.

You can add – Bligh [QLD], Keneally [NSW], Kernot [VIC], Lawrence [WA], all ALP Premiers, and now it would seem Gillard [PM] is going to go the same way.

It would seem that having a female leader is a sure sign to political oblivion for a term or two.  To all those female readers – these are just the facts … no misogynist agenda here …and I’d welcome any debate you had to offer to mitigate these facts.

It took The Democrats a few female leaders to get there in the end, and in that vein, Sarah Hanson-Young is already lined up behind Milne – and if you were framing odds – Milne’s exit would be sounding a quickening death knell.

Here is an interesting complexity to the debate – if it can be agreed that it is the need to win women voters to who will be Prime Ministers and Premiers, then it is not the women voters who have fried the leaders mentioned above?  And now it is Gillard’s time.

To any novice voter – it is not hard to see Milne’s divorce announcement as a case of ‘cutting out the cancer’ before it became too infectious … as always the wait and question is did the cancer not already infect the rest of the body beforehand?

The ALP’s woes were going to impact on Green Senate positions and with their primary vote already down to 8% from Bob Browns 11-12% range after the 2010 election … Milne is desperate to put some distance in the marriage.

‘Blame the Miners’ … ‘the ALP prefers Miners to the Greens’ are some of her comments to justify her position.

Gillard and Brown both prostituted themselves for their own reasons to form the alliance in 2010.   Politics is an even dirtier business where sleeping with the enemy is required.  It gives the media so much to ponder and conclude …

This Greens/ALP divorce was foreshadowed in recent State elections results where preferencing was not covered in the preamble in the Gillard/Brown pre-nup …

A ‘hung-parliament’ is not ever likely to happen again in any short to medium term.  Australian’s will be definitive in their choices and the hope is that the ‘None of The Above’ option is created and used on ballot papers.

To highlight how befuddled the ALP caucus is – Tasmanian MP for Lyons Mr Dick Adams was on News 24 this afternoon stating that Gillard was still doing a good job, and there was no movement within Caucus to dump her …if ALP Senators and MP’s privately believe what they say in the public arena, then they really have the ‘spotted’ disease.

For Treasurer Swan to cop the media beat-up against him at the moment, and for it not to be working its way into his own demon insecurities, then his blood is already turned cold, and already living in vampire land and immune to any earthly conscience issue.   If so – he will of course be joining Gillard in that blood-lust for gratuitous, lustrous, and frenzied gratification.

The current Treasurer has presided over a $300 billion spend in 5 years to hold it all together, and has no plan to pay any of it back.  The 2012-13 surplus will now be turned into a $30-$35 billion deficit, and 2013-14 under ALP will be more of the same.

We are all steadfastly marching toward an abyss …and once there the only choice will be to jump to save yourselves as the numbers queue up behind will force you over anyway.

So … make a bold choice if you are still undecided … and even if a marriage with Abbott has no appeal … shackle yourself into a ‘sham marriage’ with the Coalition for a term just to stop the spending and get Swan out of the Treasury … you will rest easier … but then Abbott is no guarantee to do a Howard/Costello financial recovery because the mining boom is already over …

The hard cuts are going to be worse than Newman’s QLD efforts … and if Abbott pursues the Unions, and the endemic corruption attached, backed up by the pursuit of Gillard and her AWU involvement with intent to strip away her parliamentary entitlements if found guilty,  he will win a second term and then the corruption will start all over again …me thinks …

Teh definition of insanity … to do the same thing over and over again without changing anything and expecting a different result … the political will has been doing this for 40 odd years with no rules put in place to restrict Governments on any of the following.  The suggestion is that referendums be held to decide the following:

  1. Government debt/borrowing limits as a measure of GDP,  i.e. maximum annual growth can only be in line with forecast CPI increase as a measure of total GDP … as an example.
  2. Election promises cannot be broken without going back to the polls for a mandate,
  3. Fixed penalties for Political corruption and abuse of privilege,
  4. Fixed terms for Federal, State, and Local, with joint elections and no split Senate elections,
  5. Compulsory voting verses ‘None of the Above’ ballot option, or optional voting,
  6. All Election politics to be costed by Treasury and an Independently think-tank made up of agreed experts and to be funded within the parameters of clause [1] above –
  7. … if you have any of your own ideas … please add to the list.


Larry Pickering’s Political Take:

To bring some much-needed levity – there is always the Larry Pickering Cartoons … below is a sample of his summer offerings – his images page can be access here[click on image below to enlarge] … enjoy and don’t hurt yourself with the belly laughs …

Larry Pickering also writes some very intelligent blogs including many on the AWU scandal.  Whilst not as regarded as Hedley Thomas in journalistic circles – his penmanship and his heady wit give him a take on things not easily publishable in mainstream media.  None the less … his take on events cuts to the chase and he does not mince words … his Facebook page can be accessed here


Added 18th Feb 2013:

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