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EYE-BALL Opinion – Gillard decides to jump off the cliff – she would like us to all to accept her invitation to follow – her desperation is obvious and her judgement is becoming suicidal –


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

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– Gillard decides to jump off the cliff –
– she would like us to all to accept her invitation to follow –  – her desperation is obvious and her judgement is becoming suicidal –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 15th Mar 2013 |

Quick Index of Topics:

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  1. The 71,500 new jobs created
  2. The Weeks Question Time and the ‘National Debt Debate’
  3. The ‘457’ Visa debate
  4. The Governments Performance in the House this week
  5. Conclusion

Gillard’s take on the 70,000 jobs created last month:

The ABS released the its monthly jobs report yesterday and had this to say about the jobs numbers …



  • Employment increased to 11,588,700.
  • Unemployment increased to 660,000.
  • Unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4%.
  • Participation rate steady at 65.1% from a revised January 2013 estimate.
    Aggregate monthly hours worked increased to 1,627.3 million hours.


  • Employment increased 71,500 (0.6%) to 11,628,300. Full-time employment increased 17,800 to 8,117,400 and part-time employment increased 53,700 to 3,510,800.
  • Unemployment increased 400 (0.1%) to 660,000. The number of persons looking for full-time work increased 200 to 470,300 and the number of persons looking for part-time work increased 200 to 189,700.
  • The unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4%.
  • The participation rate increased 0.3 pts to 65.3%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 11.3 million hours to 1,632.8 million hours.

Link to source Data:

The stat to focus on is the highlighted section, of the 71,500 jobs created, some 53,700 were part-time … not full time .. only 17,800 full time jobs were created.

How does this compare with the Feb 2012 numbers …



  • Employment increased to 11,444,600.
  • Unemployment decreased to 625,000.
  • Unemployment rate steady at 5.2%.
  • Participation rate decreased to 65.2%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked decreased to 1,608.8 million hours.


  • Employment decreased 15,400 (0.1%) to 11,444,000. Full-time employment was steady at 8,063,600 and part-time employment decreased 15,400 persons to 3,380,400.
  • Unemployment increased 16,400 (2.7%) to 632,200. The number of persons looking for part-time work increased 5,600 to 181,200 and the number of persons looking for full-time work increased 10,800 to 451,000.
  • The unemployment rate increased 0.1 pts to 5.2%. The male unemployment rate increased 0.2 pts to 5.1% and the female unemployment rate increased 0.1 pts to 5.4%.
  • The participation rate decreased 0.1 pts to 65.2%.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 21.6 million hours to 1,616.6 million hours.

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The full-time employment in Feb 2012 was 8,063,600, and in Feb 2013 – the number is 8,117,400 – an increase of 55,000 full-time jobs over the year.

Another stat is the utilisation of the workforce – i.e. the average hours worked in a month for combined full-time and part-time workers.

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This extrapolation puts a clear focus on a trend under this ALP Government – part-time participation has increased, and full-time employment has decreased. The telling factor over all is that the number of hours worked by all PT and FT employees has reduced from 145.3 hours per month, to 140.4 hours per month.

This snapshot makes a mockery out of any positive spin both Swan and Gillard wants to put on the ABS release of the Feb unemployment numbers yesterday.

The decrease from 71.6% of the workforce in FT employment to 69.8% over the 5 years this Government has held office is a trend reversal of the PT employment numbers of 28.4% in 2008 to the 2013 number of 30.2%.

Gillard and Swan have presided over a workforce trend of job splitting and reducing the overall take home pay of all salaried employed.

The reduction from 145.3 hours average work hours worked by all employed persons, now sits at 140.4, a reduction of 4.9 hours for every employed person, just over an hour a week reduction.

Over a year that means a loss of some [12 * 4.9 = 58.8 hours] – @ say $25p/h = $1470 loss of income over a full year.

How could both Swan and Gillard, and all the other Cabinet members talk up these employment numbers.

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Debt Ceiling and National Debt:

The more the Opposition tries to bring accountability to the House, the more stubborn the Government becomes in rejecting the probing put forward by the Opposition.  It’s a stale-mate and Australia is being short-changed and forced to endure governance of the worst kind.   It can only be assumed that both Oakeshott and Windsor support the Nations debt growth, just so long as they get their increased and bartered for share of the Regional Development funding.

The Australian people have a right to know what lies ahead with the debt explosion of 1000% since it took office – [$26 billion to $267 billion].   See Chart below.

Link to source data:

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This growth in just [5] years of Labor Government.

With the above type of explosive growth bought about by the gross mismanagement of our National finances – and given the long list of broken promises along the way, the continued European and Nth America GFC problems associated with National Debt structures – the Opposition have every right to ask questions.

More importantly – the Government holds the House in contempt when it does not see a need to answer these questions in a direct manner.

The fault is completely with the Government here and the problem is in trying to make them understand this.

How can the Opposition prepare its own policies and future plans for the economy and Nation if it has no baseline of understanding of where this Government is headed in terms of ongoing financial management.

The debate though Question Time during the week on the rise in the  National debt ceiling to $300 billion, and the continued budget overspend is of concern to all Australians.  Yet – this Government elected to shut down its responses and does not believe it should answer questions that ask why the Government has allowed this to happen.

The resultant debt of continued spending will impact on all Australians for generations to come.  The accountability is owed …

Given the ALP tenure on Government, Gillard has taken it upon herself with the help of the Treasurer to try and spend their way to an election victory – it looks desperate, and Windsor and Oakeshott should put a stop to it.

When can the Government sees itself able to pay down debt and return the budget to surplus?

They gave their answers during the May, 2010, 11, and 12 budget speech’s and stated emphatically that 2012-13 was the year the budget would return to surplus.  It is looking like a $30 billion deficit – how can the Government presume to avoid its accountability to the electorate on this issue.  The Opposition have the right to ask the questions, just as the process of Government demands that the Government answers the questions.  This falls on The Speakers head and her competence to do her job.

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Gillard on ‘457’ visa’s:

Gillard gave an address to the ACTU Community Summit yesterday on – ‘Creating Secure Jobs And A Better Society’.   It was a speech very similar to the speech she gave at the start of her ‘Rooty Hill’ week at the Western Sydney University.

The full text of Gillard’s speech delivered yesterday  can be read here[click on image to enlarge in a new window.]

Gillard for some reason has been told to target ‘457’ visa’s as an election stunt on the advice of McTernan’s and her puppet masters, Paul Howes and Bill Ludwig, two men she owes everything to when they paved the way for her to become Prime Minister with Rudd’s assassination.

The ABCs ‘7:30 Report’ Chris Uhlman reported on the ‘457’ speech by Gillard and introduced MICHAEL EASSON, CHAIRMAN, MINISTERIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON SKILLED MIGRATION for comment.  Read the transcript of this interview and watch video of Gillard using this link.

Whatever the advice being offered and taken – the Gillard version is flawed and looks desperate.  To highlight the point an extract from her speech yesterday appears below –

… That is also the heart of the public debate about the abuse of section 457 visas for temporary workers from overseas.

I offer absolutely no apology for putting the opportunities of Australian working people first, front and centre, wherever they were born.

I have absolutely no doubt our policy approach to temporary foreign work is good economics and good social policy.

The purpose of the 457 program speaks for itself – subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) Visa – that is the policy objective, that’s what it says on the packet.

Or as Innes Willox, the Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group itself, said just last week: 457s are a gap-filler for our skills-poor economy at times and places of highest need.

Yet that is simply not what is happening today and that is why we must fix it.

The widely held assumption that the typical person on a 457 visa is performing urgently needed work for economic expansion in remote Australia – on a project where a tough combination of specialist skills and extreme conditions make labour impossible to come by – is just not supported by the facts.

107,000 people work in Australia as temporary overseas workers. Indeed of those 107,000 people, barely one-sixth is employed in mining and resources.

In fact, while the overall program has rapidly grown, new applications for temporary overseas work in mining have fallen nearly 17 per cent compared to the same period last year.

And increasingly there is a shift in these workers from those with higher skills, degrees and advanced trades, to lower skills.

So, let the facts speak for themselves.

Fact: temporary overseas work is growing much faster than employment is growing.

Temporary overseas worker numbers are up 20 per cent compared with the same time last year. Employment growth in the same period is around 1 per cent.

That in itself is evidence of a problem: the number of people coming here to fill short-term gaps should not be growing twenty times faster than employment overall.

Fact: there is clear evidence that in some growing sectors, importing workers on 457 visas is a substitute for spreading important economic opportunity to Australian working people.

Outside the resource states of Queensland and Western Australia, the single largest sector for temporary overseas work isn’t mining – or even construction – it is information technology. One in twenty temporary overseas workers in Australia is doing IT work in New South Wales alone.

It is just not acceptable that information technology jobs, the quintessential jobs of the future, the very opportunities being created by the digital economy, precisely where the big picture is for our kids, should be such a big area of imported skills.

An occupation where we have brought in 5,800 temporary workers in just seven months – compared to just 4,500 Australian IT undergraduate student completions in 2011.

Fact: the areas where temporary work from overseas is growing show that this is work for which we can and should train young Australians.

The number of applications in Accommodation and Food Services has almost doubled compared to the same period last year, now exceeding five thousand. Applications in Retail were up 80 per cent to just under two and a half thousand.

These are plainly areas where the two million Australians in insecure work or the 660,000 Australians who are unemployed could be trained and could find secure, skilled work.

Most striking of all is the widespread use of temporary skilled labour in hospitals and health.

There are nearly as many visas in the health sector today as there are in construction: fully twelve thousand seven hundred temporary workers from overseas have ongoing employment in the health and social care industry in Australia.

This in a stable, steadily-growing, predominantly public-sector industry which every advanced society has to staff as part of a balanced workforce.

If nursing or medicine is a gap to be filled – if health is an area of skill shortage today – the responsibility is no one’s but the previous Federal Government and their Ministers for Education and for Health.

It is absurd to rely on temporary overseas labour to fill ongoing skilled work in public hospitals while contracted local labour cleans those same hospitals in the middle of the night for around twenty dollars an hour.

That is an absolutely damning failure of long-term national economic policy.


As was pointed out by commentators throughout the day – what is Gillard thinking when she attacks the professional health system when regional and remote Australian can’t get the Doctors, the Nurses, the Pharmacists, or other essential health staff to man hospitals and GP type services.

Overseas Doctors have been pushed into regional areas as a condition of their ‘457’ visa permits.  When Gillard now attacks and targets these ‘457’ visa holders – she is attaching the regional survival of health services all across Australia.  Gillard is bordering on lunacy and the pressure of her demise is impacting of her ability to access what she says before she says it.

Gillard’s owed loyalty to the Union’s is obvious – just what she owes Howes and Ludwig only she can know.  What that are wanting from her in her last months is everything she can offer to help the Unions out and overcome the negativity that surrounds Unions at the moment.

This ‘457’ visa beat-up serves no one other than the Unions – Howes and Ludwig are happy-chappies this morning as the rest of Australia scratches their heads and asks where is this hostility towards the ‘457’ immigrant worker group coming from.

There is every chance that this Gillard rallying cry will provide the opportunity for the Unions to turn militant before the election.  It will be calculated and over what they perceive as local job’s being taken by overseas workers.

Gillard has to be countered in her contempt for the workforce and the votes of Australia –  … every day she remains in office is another day of opportunity that leads to more damage that will have to be unraveled at some point in the future..

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The Governments Performance in the House this week:

The House sitting week ended as it began with both sides sinking further into the abyss that is conflicted accountability.

The Government does not believe it owes Australia any answers, and the Opposition are happy to pose questions it knows it will never get answers to.

The impasse is a measure of our political process that gave us this minority Government. Any call by Oakshott and Windsor that the legislative process has worked over the past three odd years is pure fallacy. They count the number of pieces of legislation passed – the rest of the electorate count the cost of division and loss of respect for our political process.

Rest assured – Windsor and Oakeshott are responsible for the panacea that is the gross neglect and mismanagement of this Nations finances. Their continued support for the Gillard Leadership in the face of a Nations tears, demonstrates that the power they were given by the electorate, be it inadvertently, has been poorly placed.

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There is only more frustration and more disturbing commentary for the Australian electorate as the ‘Rooty Hill’ experiment, and this weeks attack on ‘457’ visas is any indication to go by.

The Government is the ‘hare in the glare’ and has nowhere to go … Gillard trapped her own caucus when she announced a Sept 14 election without broad support.

We are witnessing the last days of the ALP as we now it … the ALP are self-destructing and Gillard herself could save so many if she fell on the bomb and let herself take the blast.   It would make so many people happier.

There is nothing left to guess anymore – Gillard is evil … and every bit disrespectful to the PM position as she is to her parliamentary colleagues, and the Australian people.

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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 …

… 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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The EYE-BALL Opinion …

  1. March 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Some poll data on the electorates view on ‘457’ visa’s … click here

  2. Paul
    March 16, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I find myself thinking that the 457 thing is actually a stunt by Gillard trying to look tough on immigration by creating a straw-man and knocking it over, thus taking the focus off illegal immigration by pretend refugees (which I think, by their lack of real action, they turn a blind eye to).

  3. March 16, 2013 at 9:20 am

    It is something Paul … just why this tactic is being rolled out has something to do with internal polling on how Australia feels about immigrant workers.

    After having issued temporary ‘457’ visas to the ‘boat people’ to overcome the weight of numbers and delays in processing … it’s an about face – the why is linked to the AWU connection and Howes wanting immigration workers to become a Union issue in the lead up to the election …

    I dare say even her causus does not know the whole plan …

  4. March 17, 2013 at 12:36 am

    The first piece on Debt and debt ceiling, is frightening. This government wants us to accept Debt as a % of GNI is low. Their debt is now more than one years government income, or expenditure. As was highlighted in parliament during the week, the interest bill is $14bn pa.

    Just frightening. World Bank quotes our GDP in 2011 at 1,379,000,000, 000 USD. What occurs to our economy when 40,000,000,000 pa government stimulus is removed? They carry on that the Coalition has a secret agenda. We need help!

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