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Latest ‘Harry’s Growl’ Posts:


– 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  –


– 14th Dec – Gillard’s Gutter Mouth – The dishonour she does to the office of the Prime Minister –


– 3rd Dec – The GREENS – Leader Milne has her head in the sand –


– 28th Nov – The Dogs have their BONE Part II – The Wilson Interview and how it reflects on Gillard –


– 27th Nov – The Dogs have their BONE Part I – Gillard’s kicked them out the house –


– 23rd Nov – The ALP and Obeid Train Wreck  – is it meant to distract from Gillard & the AWU Scandal –


– 22nd Nov – Gunfights at the OK Corral: Misandry v Misogyny – GILLARD v Ralph BLEWITT – GILLARD v Hedley THOMAS – GILLARD v Mike SMITH – GILLARD v Larry PICKERING – GILLARD v ALP Caucus – GILLARD v All Australians …


– 13th Nov – The Day the heavens began to cave in – – Obeid and his entourage to bring it all down … –


– 10th Nov – The 2012 US Presidential Election Part II – The Fallout – the GOP beating up on itself –


– 8th Nov – The 2012 US Presidential Election Part I – what does it really mean —


– 7th Nov – Bob Carr … Foreign Minister – as profiled by “The Australian’s” Ross Fitzgerald –


– 29th Oct – The Most Irrelevant of all Irrelevancy – Independents – Slipper, Thompson, Windsor, Oakeshott, Katter & Wilkie – hanging on to office rather than face the electorate –


– 27th Oct – Julia Gillard does not understand Hypocrisy – ALP Powerbrokers dump Penny Wong – makes Gillard look foolish over her ‘sexism’ claims –


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– Election 2013  – Growl No: 8 –
– Obeid has decided to take a few with him – 
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Harry’s Growl | 6th Feb 2013|

The Obeid [Senior] testimony went viral late on his second day in the witness box.

When the prosecutor questioned Obeid about his generosity towards his fellow partner in the ‘coal lease’ scandal Ian MacDonald, Obeid delivered testimony that implicated four senior ALP MP’s, including two Federal ALP Ministers, a former Federal Senator, and the current Leader of the NSW ALP. One of the Federal Ministers has denied the allegation and an unnamed Federal Minister has come forward and verified it was he who holidayed at the ski lodge.

He also named lesser MP’s in his testimony, and the question now is why would he volunteer information about other ALP MP’s who were beneficiaries of the Obeid generosity? What was the payback for those free ski holidays? The story is re-published below:

Labor mates snowed under by Eddie Obeid’s generosity


| Author: Kate McClymont, Linton Besser, Sean Nicholls | Date: Feb 6th, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

THREE of Labor’s most senior politicians – the federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, and the NSW Opposition Leader, John Robertson – have been dragged into a corruption probe after admitting they accepted lavish ski trips from the ALP powerbroker Eddie Obeid.

In his final moments in the witness box at the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Tuesday, Mr Obeid named six senior Labor figures he said had accepted thousands of dollars worth of hospitality from his family at a lodge in the Perisher ski resort.

Mr Obeid was being questioned about his generosity to the former state mining minister Ian Macdonald, who is accused of giving the Obeid family confidential information about a government coal tender. Mr Macdonald was given a rent-free holiday at the Obeids’ three-bedroom ski lodge, The Stables, at Perisher, which costs more than $7500 a week in peak season. The Obeids also picked up Mr Macdonald’s meal tab.

Mr Obeid denied that providing such hospitality was to impose obligations on other people. ”We’re generous people and we like to share our generosity with our friends,” he said.
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He added that he thought the federal Employment Minister, Bill Shorten, had had a holiday on the slopes with Mr Burke. Mr Obeid was mistaken. It was not Mr Shorten, who doesn’t ski, but his colleague Mr Conroy, who issued a statement last night saying: ”I wish to declare one stay for two days at this apartment in either 2005 or 2006.”

In a statement Mr Burke said: ”Given the media interest which has emerged today, I declare two separate stays at this accommodation in the period 2004 to 2006.”
Eddie Obeid leaves the ICAC after giving evidence today.

Eddie Obeid leaves the ICAC after giving evidence today. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Mr Burke and Mr Conroy said the Obeid family was not present during their stays. Both stated that although they had accepted Mr Obeid’s generosity in a personal capacity, they believed it was in the public interest to clarify the matter. The Federal Parliament’s disclosure rules state that ”any sponsored travel or hospitality received where the value of the sponsored travel or hospitality exceeds $300” must be declared.

Mr Obeid said the former NSW premier Morris Iemma, the former NSW minister Carl Scully, and the former federal minister turned lobbyist Mark Arbib had all stayed at The Stables.

Mr Iemma denied the claim. Mr Scully said he had stayed there twice but ”as this was from a fellow parliamentary colleague I did not at the time believe I was required to declare it in the pecuniary interest register”.

Mr Robertson and Mr Arbib confirmed they had stayed there but said it was before they entered Parliament.

Mr Robertson said his trip, with his family, occurred in 2007 when he was the head of Unions NSW. He said no politicians or members of the Obeid family were present.

The disclosure comes days after Mr Robertson unveiled new transparency reforms to clean up Labor’s image in NSW and counter the impact of the ICAC inquiry.

Mr Arbib, who is now a lobbyist for James Packer’s Crown Limited, said he had spent a weekend at Mr Obeid’s lodge in 2005 when he was the general secretary of NSW Labor.

Mr Obeid’s testimony came as a result of a two-year investigation undertaken by the ICAC into an allegedly corrupt 2008 coal licence tender run by Mr Macdonald that led to windfall gains for the Obeid family of more than $75 million.

During his second day of interrogation by counsel assisting the inquiry, Geoffrey Watson, SC, Mr Obeid was grilled about his own

pecuniary interest declaration, which did not mention the millions of dollars flowing through the Obeid family trust of which he and his wife were the ultimate beneficiaries.

Mr Obeid repeatedly said he did not know and could not explain the workings of the accounts, including how it was that payments made to his family’s business partners, staff and even to himself were channelled through his wife’s loan account.

Although he said he had trained and worked as an accountant early in his career, Mr Obeid said: ”I have no knowledge of these accounts.”

Taking Mr Obeid through page after page of mysterious account entries, Mr Watson said: ”It looks shonky, doesn’t it?”

”I don’t believe my family does anything shonky,” Mr Obeid said, becoming increasingly angry at the questions asked of him. This was despite the fact that he had not declared the $2.3 million he had drawn from his family trust between 2001 and 2011.

After several hours of grilling over what the commissioner, David Ipp, QC, described as the family’s ”bewildering” trust accounts, Mr Obeid told Mr Watson: ”I have spent more money than you have made in your lifetime.”

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The transcript of the testimony off the ICAC website covering yesterdays testimony can be read using the links below:

  1. Morning hearings
  2. Afternoon hearings

 Copied transcript of the testimony [afternoon] is reproduced below:

… from page 3836T …

…MR WATSON: Tell me some of the people that you’ve picked up bills for, 30 are they perhaps Ministers who could make – – -?—Well, I’m not sure – – –

– – – decisions favourable in the Obeid family?—I cannot, Carl Scully’s been there, John Robertson’s been there, Mark Arbib’s been there, I think Iemma’s been there. Over the years we have allocated time that is our family time and if the family can’t use it some of the friends ask for it so you – – –


… from page 3838T…

…MR HALE: Commissioner, nothing arising from those questions. There are two aspects that have arisen which previously have not been asked about which I would seek leave to ask about.

THE COMMISSIONER: What are they?

MR HALE: They are the ski lodge and, and the meeting at Moses’ house.

THE COMMISSIONER: Yes, proceed.

MR HALE: In relation to the ski lodge I think you identified some of the others who have stayed there, they included I think the then Premier Mr Iemma?—I, I believe so.

Tony Burke, now – – –

THE COMMISSIONER: Mr Hale, please speak over the microphone.

MR HALE: I’m sorry, Tony Burke?—Yes.

Bill Shorten?—I’m not sure if he went with Tony or whoever they take with them, I’m not sure. But a number, a number of Labor colleagues have stayed at the lodge over many years?—Yes, yes.

THE COMMISSIONER: Free of charge?—Free of charge, yes.

You entertain freely and lavishly?—Mr Commissioner, we have – – –

I’m not saying that’s a bad thing?—We own the lodge, we own the lodge, we have allocated ten weeks for ourselves. If we can’t use it we’d, we’d allow one of our friends who wants to use it.

Well, I’m not sure about friends, you certainly seem to give it to colleagues? —Well, friends and colleagues and many other friends have used it.

MR HALE: And where is this lodge?—Perisher.

Perisher And how many, how many bedrooms in that lodge?—Three bedrooms. … continues …

The prosecutor is headed in a direction with this line questioning and we all get a sense of who might be making an appearance at the ICAC inquiry.  Late yesterday Tony Burke, Steven Conroy, and John Robertson confirmed their stay at the ski lodge. We all know where this is headed … and it makes Gillard’s Ministry more tainted.

The ALP brand under Gillard is finished and you can count the days until it will be over … perhaps in two weeks when the next poll comes out, perhaps sooner, but all you have to know is that the backbenches are sweating on the swing numbers and whether they have a chance to retain their seat under Gillard’s leadership.

When the shift in support happens it will be a herd mentality, and given Rudd is supposed to already have 45 of the 52 caucus votes required, when the herd moves to switch camp it will be a landslide.  It will need to be if Rudd is to accept – if he does decide to accept the leadership he will call an election sooner rather that later, all in the hope of giving disgruntled ALP voters a chance to come back to the fold before any more damage is done to the ALP brand.

He will get rid of Thompson, the Slipper vote won’t be required, and the Unions will be shunted as a condition of the Leadership mantle.

If the above happens it will worry Abbott – his soft pedal in the House yesterday gave every indication he is waiting in the winds to see how the ALP troubles play themselves out.

All that can be said is that more will follow.


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


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EYE-BALL Opinion – Story 1: Election bets raise corruption issue again – Story 2: Prime Minister interferes in FOI request –

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– 4th Feb – Craig Thompson – his enemies grow – Brilliant Op Ed story by Paul Sheehan –


– 4th Feb – Government Policies in the Technology Age – Computer spend poor judgement –


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– Story1: Election bets raise corruption issue again –
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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 5th Feb 2013 |
Election bets raise corruption issue again

The betting agency SportsBet has issued statements that they suspended betting ahead of the Gillard election announcement because suspicious activity occurred.

The ABC reported the following:

Suspicions raised after election betting plunge


| Author: Simon Lauder | Date: Feb 5th, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

There are suspicions someone with insider information of the federal election date may have tried to profit by placing bets on the date before it was announced.

Sportsbet says it shut down the market for the federal election date when it received a suspiciously high number of bets for a September poll on the morning Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced it.

Sportsbet’s Haydn Lane says the bets were not huge, but there were enough of them to raise suspicions.

“There was a couple of different punters having bets in the hundreds of dollars,” he said.

“With the odds being 167 into $1.50, you know, they’re standing to make either 67 per cent or 50 per cent return on their investment, so it wasn’t as though they were getting set to win thousands but certainly hundreds if accurate.

“But the reason we suspended betting, it was more to get an understanding of what’s happening, if there was any news or if there was potentially a leak, because with that particular market, there hadn’t been really much activity at all over the previous couple of weeks and then we start taking bet after bet.”

Mr Lane says there were only 10 bets placed but they raised suspicion because they were placed in such short succession.

“We obviously weren’t aware of any inside information, but the fact that we took bet after bet and again, there weren’t tens or hundreds of these bets, but they were in a succession,” he said.

“So the prudent thing for us to do was to suspend the market until we could get a better gauge of what was going on, hear of anything.

“As it turned out, there was an announcement shortly afterwards.”

Aside from a handful of political allies, Ms Gillard took most people by surprise last Wednesday when she announced the date of the election, which raises the question – who had the inside running?

But Mr Lane says it is of no great concern for Sportsbet.

“In this case we weren’t actually sure, but we thought the prudent thing to do was to suspend it and as it was, it was proven correct,” he said.

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has drafted legislation which would ban betting on politics. He says it is open to corruption.

But Mr Lane says Sportsbet has safeguards in place to protect the integrity of political gambling.

“You could argue that some people had some inside information here and took advantage of that. What we do in that case is put low limits in place,” he said.

Regardless, Sportsbet has paid out on all bets for the election being held in September.

SportsBet have the account profiles of those who placed their bets – this should be thoroughly investigated and those found guilty of acting on inside information punished to the full extent of the law. This is the worst kind of corruption and any mitigation via the small amounts of the bets wagered has no relevance. All betting agencies betting sheets need to be investigated.

The leak can only go back to Gillard’s office and those she took into her confidence about the election decision. It is a small pool and again raises doubts of how Gillard’s judgement is in question when she has staff who seek to profit from her political decisions.

Prime Minister interferes in FOI request

Another indication to the length Gillard will go to protect herself and her position was reported in The Australian today. Hedley Thomas has been pursuing FOI documents and is being frustrated by Gillard and her office in preventing the release of documents requested.

Read Hedley Thomas story below:

Gillard’s office bats away FOI request


| Author: Hedley Thomas | Date: Feb 5th, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

JULIA Gillard’s office is blocking the release under Freedom of Information laws of a raft of documents generated by key staff and other taxpayer-funded officials last year in relation to the Australian Workers Union fraud scandal.

The documents include internal briefing papers, media-management strategies and correspondence with media executives and journalists. All of the material sought is directly related to the Prime Minister’s handling of the controversy that dogged her in the second half of last year.

Several of Ms Gillard’s most trusted advisers, including her communications director John McTernan, chief of staff Ben Hubbard and her then senior media adviser Sean Kelly, were directly involved in monitoring and managing fallout from the AWU revelations.

The staff research and advice also helped inform two media conferences, in August and November last year, in which Ms Gillard made statements and responded to questions about her role in providing legal advice to help her then client and boyfriend, Bruce Wilson, set up a union slush fund.

Ms Gillard has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said she had no knowledge of the workings of the AWU’s Workplace Reform Association.

The Prime Minister’s director of cabinet, Mathew Jose, has determined that no relevant documents sought under FOI would be made available to The Australian.

The Office of the Information Commissioner is now reviewing the decision by Mr Jose, who stated he was satisfied that “no official documents of a minister within the scope of your request exist in the possession of the Prime Minister or her office”.

Under FOI guidelines, the term “official document of a minister” does not extend to personal documents, (such as bank statements) or documents of a party-political nature (such as a strategy for the upcoming election).

Mr Jose concluded that in relation to the AWU matters, “the documents, if they exist, would be personal documents in that they would directly relate to alleged events that predated the Prime Minister’s election . . . and her subsequent appointment to ministerial office”.

The Australian two months ago made an FOI request for “all documents relating to media management, policy and and general advice over matters concerning the Prime Minister and the Australian Workers Union/law firm Slater & Gordon” from June 1, 2012.

The request sought only material generated recently at public expense by staff in Ms Gillard’s office. It asked for drafts of letters and email messages sent and received by the Prime Minister and her staff and external advisers to media outlets and executives, as well as talking points, drafts of speeches and internal question-and-answer notes.

The request sought documents about any advice on questions about any offences that may have been committed in the incorporation and use of the AWU Workplace Reform Association, or whether there have been any defamations of persons including the Prime Minister.

Ms Gillard has said she had been repeatedly defamed by suggestions she set up a slush fund, insisting that her role was limited to providing legal advice on the incorporation of the association.

The issue of FOI and Politicians controlling their release challenges the very fabric of democracy – open and transparent Government is the only think that makes Parliamentarians feel a sense of accountability.

If our Leaders can now quash documents from being released to the public – what do we have as a process of Government.  Gillard’s action challenge the very essence of our freedoms – the freedom for us to know what our Government is up to.

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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 5th Feb 2013 |
The ICAC inquiry into the Obeid/MacDonald corruption continues and yesterday Eddie Obeid, former Mining Minister in the Bob Carr led NSW ALP Government gave his evidence. All the ICAC transcript into the Obeid inquiry can be read on-line via this link.

Obeid’s testimony yesterday reads like a ‘Boston Legal’ main event – Obeid openly defied the ICAC Commissioner in the opening questions to his testimony.  He was as his belligerence continued into his evidence and he was threatened with ‘contempt’ status unless he was more forthcoming.

An extract from the morning opening of Obeid’s testimony is re-produced below under copyright acknowledgement and to give some insight into Obeid’s responses.

THE COMMISSIONER: Mr Watson.

MR WATSON: Is your Edward Moses Obeid?—Yes.

Mr Obeid, tell me, would you think it appropriate for a Minister knowingly to create a mining tenement over his friend’s property?—Could you repeat that?

Would you think it appropriate for a Minister knowingly to create a mining tenement over his friend’s property?—No.

Why not?—Well, I don’t know, I’m not aware of the details and my immediate answer is no.

Why?—That’s my answer.

THE COMMISSIONER: But why do you – – –

MR WATSON: No, but what are the reasons?—Because I don’t believe that should happen.

Why not?—Because it’s inappropriate.

Why?—I’ve told you it’s inappropriate.

No, but why is it inappropriate?—Well, I’m, I have no other explanation other than to say it’s inappropriate for a Minister to put a tenement over anyone’s property that he knows.

THE COMMISSIONER: But there must be reasons for which you have come to that opinion, Mr Obeid. One does not come to an opinion that something is appropriate or inappropriate without there being reasons and you’re being asked for your reasons?—Well, my reason is that I consider it’s wrong and it’s inappropriate.

But why is it wrong?—Because it shouldn’t happen.

Why shouldn’t it happen?—Mr Commissioner, I’ve just answered it in every which way I can.

Yes. Well, I take it then, Mr Obeid, would it fair to say that you simply have a feeling that it is wrong but you do not know, you do not have any rational reasons which you can put forward to explain why you feel that it’s wrong. Is that correct?—Well, I, I believe it was the Department that – – –

No, just answer my question, please?—Well, I, I, I, I believe it’s – – –

Can I just say something, Mr Obeid. You’ve given evidence here before and I will appeal to you again as politely as I can to please answer the question when you are asked a question and not answer some other question. Do you understand that?—Yes, your Honour.

Right. Well, I’m asking you whether that view that I have now formed but which is open to change is, is a fair view namely that while you feel that it is wrong and inappropriate for a Minister to knowingly create a mining tenement over a friend’s property you are unable to give any rational reasons for coming to that view?—(No audible reply)
Yes or no?—I don’t give a rational reason other than it’s wrong and it’s inappropriate.

MR WATSON: Now tell me, Mr Obeid, if a Minister created a mining tenement over a friend’s property would you think it appropriate for the 20 friend to accept it?—I’m not in a position to, to, to either accept or deny, I don’t own the property.

Don’t worry about that, we’re not talking here about specifics, I’m just generalising. Mr Obeid, if a Minister created a mining tenement over this friend’s property would you think it was appropriate for the friend to accept
that?—Mr Watson, I think these tenements are created by the Department and they do it in – – –

THE COMMISSIONER: No, just answer that question?—They do it in the 30 best interests of the Department and the Government.

Mr Obeid, you have not answered the question.

MR WATSON: I’ll try the third time. Mr Obeid, if a Minister created a mining tenement over a friend’s property – – –

… Read rest of morning transcript here … some 64 pages

… and afternoon transcript here … some 58 pages.

As can be seen it’s a tedious read and the rest of the transcript is similar with periods of clear questions and answers that does get to the heart of the matter.

If everybody was to read these transcripts and become exposed to what actually happens in a court of law, or in an ICAC inquiry as presented in these transcripts – one would far better understand how criminals use the law for protection of their rights under the laws available and granted.

TV drama is not a true reflection of real law – it was only reported in the media yesterday the request to have Obeid’s and his family assets frozen to protect assets stolen from the NSW taxpayers.  The Obeid’s and associated parties have had two odd years notice that the new NSW Government were coming for them.  Any sane person would have made preparations to protect assets and destroy incriminating evidence.

The same happened with Mike Williamson and the HSU allegations … they actually arrested Williamson as he was removing evidence from the HSU offices …

What evidence was destroyed, and assets hidden in that interim period between talk of an arrest and the actual arrest?

In the Obeid inquiry there are no arrests at the moment, and all the evidence being produced at this inquiry is to prove a case exists against Obeid and others for their corrupt behaviour and if ICAC finds there is a case to answer – criminal and civil court proceedings will follow.

This corruption has a very long way to go and the public will lose interest very quickly as the inquiry bogs down ans the process of law is offered to the criminals involved.

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– 4th Feb – Craig Thompson – his enemies grow – Brilliant Op Ed story by Paul Sheehan –


– 4th Feb – Government Policies in the Technology Age – Computer spend poor judgement –


– 3rd Feb – How close are we to Spain – Corruption leads to riots –


– 3rd Feb – Government a shambles – Gillard desperate – Whitlam era revisited …


– 30th Jan – Gillard clearly rattled by AWU scandal – does not want the Opposition pursuing her AWU involvement …


– 30th Jan – An AWU Scandal Review – including Alan Jones and Mike Smith Interviews –


– 28th Jan – Communications Minister Conroy  needs a POKE – one that will make him stand tall and take notice –


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– Simon Crean shows frighteningly poor judgement  –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 5th Feb 2013|
As the ALP brand self destructs,  Gillard and her Ministers have come up with a plan to use Kevin Rudd to help them win the 2013 election.   If one was looking for the bazaar plot for a new TV mini series – this latest ALP stalling stunt is likened to a failing TV series.

Fictional scripts could not be written to match the non-fiction ALP drama unfolding in recent days, weeks, and months – will it be enough to save the Government for the axe or just prolong what most of us know anyway?

I read a story this morning that had senior Minister Simon Crean giving comments about Kevin Rudd being used as a positive ‘asset’ for the Party to be use in the announced 2013 election campaign.  Crean tampered his comments with provisos – read more below:

… Regional Affairs Minister Simon Crean, who accused Mr Rudd of disloyalty before the leadership challenge in February last year, said he believed Mr Rudd would be an asset “and we should use him but it has to be a disciplined asset”.

“And again, I think that’s a judgment not just for us to make but it’s also for Kevin to make,” Mr Crean said. “And I think if that combination of discipline plus the asset can be agreed upon, it would be a fantastic boost to our fortunes and I would certainly advocate it.”

…read full story … link includes Paul Kelly video on Gillards decision to call an election.


Linked here is a Fairfax story published in Jan 2012 and includes Crean’s comments about Rudd and his would be challenge … an extract appears below –

“He can’t be prime minister again,” Mr Crean told 3AW. “He’s got to accept that. Has he? That’s a question that should be put to him and I think every time it’s been put to him he does accept it.

“People will not elect as leaders those they don’t perceive as team players.

“I think that part of the reason he lost the leadership is because he wasn’t [a team player].

“There’s no point having a band of prima donnas unless they operate as a team.”

Mr Crean stressed the party had to be united, was best served by running a full term, and should not contribute to leadership speculation.

“The leadership will not be vacant,” he said.

“There is no capacity for challenge. There is no contender that has the numbers. And the sooner the party wakes up to that … the better off we will be.

“One thing the Labor Party has got to learn is that it doesn’t solve its polling problems by simply changing the leader.”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/rudd-wasnt-a-team-player-will-never-be-leader-again-crean-20120131-1qqf2.html#ixzz2JyxIWCeY>

Rudd is now seen as a Party owned asset to be talked about and used in the best interest’s of the Party – what an absolute disconnection from reality.

Not 12 months ago the ALP Ministry rolled themselves out as a team and castigated Kevin Rudd in ways that would have humbled most, and force a complete capitulation. Who would want to work in that environment when you are so obviously dispised and not wanted?  Rudd endured because he knew he would have his day.

Simon Crean was one of those Ministers who vented on Rudd.  Yet, when all else has failed to lift the ALP’s electoral appeal, and all the while Kevin Rudd has retained his 60%+ personal ratings with the electorate – these assassins, these cowardly Union turds now want Rudd to save the Party from an electoral armageddon.

These Leaders have no shame, no understanding that they who live by the sword die by the sword – no amount of Rudd charm will prevent Gillard’s own dismissal and all her Ministry with her.

One might add that as Women rise, and rise, and rise in the political game, men are falling, failing,  and fumbling.

Pollsters tell us that women are the voters who decide elections and male Leaders need to appeal to that demographic – they have to sell themselves like ‘femaile street workers’ and charm the female voter through a camera lense.

Women use makeup and accessories to allure – though some women politicians need to look at themselves in the mirror.  Men on the other hand are befuddled, what colour tie, suit, shirt, how much makeup, lip gloss??? – and then the eyebrow trimming, the ear-hair grooming, the nose-hair removal,  the clean-shaven look, or the Hugh Jackman stubble that women go for … hell let men be men before they freely offer up their manhood in the chase for female electoral approval.

Maybe that should be looked at – if our male Leaders are no longer able or interested in sex, then so much of the elements that are drawn to and corrupt the power they have no longer becomes an issue.    Should male politicians be eunuch’s – now that is out of left-field?

Rudd’s ego might be stoked by the desperation in the call from his beloved Party – but it would be a mistake. The ALP brand is forever damaged and that destruction was caused by the very Union factions who have and still are controlling the ALP.

Given how the HSU, and the AWU scandals are playing out – there is much more to come.  For Rudd to assist and try to save the Party now would be a mistake.  He knows this and is why his on-camera door-stop interview this morning made light of questions asking him about another Leadership spill.

Journalist – throw them a bone and they want all the meat … think before you listen to your editor getting you to try and milk a male cow.

It’s a case of the Unions having to roll over and humble themselves before all of Australia before trust can begin to reform.

They need to be completely reformed and taken back to the absolute bottom of the pecking order before they can think about a Party resurrection.

Why can’t the ALP leaders not see what the AWU, the HSU, and the ICAC exposure of the Obeid hubris toward his corruption, without any sign remorse for his actions, but the denials in the face of overwhelming evidence – it is as if it was his right to profit from public office …no the blood-letting is far from done at this stage and any Rudd intervention will only prolong the remedy.

Crean’s on the record comments, and those of other Ministers trying to cajole Rudd back to campaign for them is a desperate last throw of the dice.   The ALP know what they’re in for – to have buried the AWU and HSU scandal’s, and the Obeid corruption this long without forcing Gillard to deal with the parties involved, and account for her own AWU involvement – shows an extreme lack of judgement by those at the top of the ALP parliamentary party.

Please Mr Rudd – do yourself a favour and leave the ALP to whatever fate the electorate is preparing to bring down.

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