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EYE-BALL’s Herman on – Political Double Speak

June 28, 2013
Links to Previous ‘Herman’ Posts:

– 27th June – Gone-Ski: Prime Minister Julia Gillard

– 24th June – The Ashes

– 21st June – The Senate

– 5th June – Zombies

– 1st June – Canberra – and black holes

-30th May – What is an adequate Contrition?

– 24th May – Simplex

– 19th May – The Tears of a Prime Minister

– 24th Mar – An Example of bureaucracy gone mad

– 10th Mar – The Carbon Tax – Post Election …

– 7th Mar – Wayne Swan – Please Stop

28th Feb – The Australian Labor Party View

– 6th Feb – Corruption

– 25th Jan – Anti Discrimination

– 17th Jan 2013 – Atheism

– 12th Nov – Hegemony

– 2nd Nov – A March early Federal election

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– Political Double Speak –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 28th June 2013 |

hile the dogs may have been called off on Wednesday and tethered or kennelled on Wednesday night, newly installed PM Rudd would do very well to remember what he has been forced to endure during his hiatus.

On Yom Kippur;

Those of the Jewish faith, rarely vote in person on polling day at a polling station. Saturday is their Sabbath. They can and do vote postal, or pre poll. Postal and pre poll numbers grow at every election. In this modern era of communication most people do not understand why voting takes place only on the Saturday, and do not understand why fines are issued when you fail to vote. Many believe getting your name marked off and going to a cardboard screen and using a blunt pencil to mark a valid voting paper is not just archaic it is beyond pre historic. There are so many diverse opinions, it is hard to condense, but those of the Jewish faith routinely vote pre poll or postal. So do many others.

The AEC makes extraordinary accommodations to attempt to uphold compulsory voting. You might find the occasional officer who takes himself just a little too seriously. For every one of those you will also find one equally lackadaisical.

The real reason you intend to re address September 14 as polling day is because you intend to get as much mileage from G20 in Moscow on September 7th as is possible, and ideally you would return from Moscow to conduct the official launch of the ALP election launch thereafter.

Nothing has changed. On September 21 football finals are at fever pitch. September 28 is worse. On October 5th you not only encounter football finals (NRL) but long weekend in NSW (Labour Day) and Sydney spring carnival horse racing. Any date after that means the scheduled sitting of Parliament in late August will proceed due to the fact that the electoral writs have not been issued.

This comes back to going to the polls in August. The electoral writs need 32 (or 33) days. You want to be in Moscow on September 7th and not let Tony Abbott have that honour. If you go in August can you guarantee that? August 3rd means you need to dissolve parliament by July 1st. By Monday you will not be ready. How many weeks do you need to get ready? Hmmm?

We are watching you clearly. We know you and the way you work.

On Electricity, Gas, GST and Carbon Tax.

David Murray said the Carbon Tax was an extremely inefficient tax. I cite him as a respected business leader. I absolutely agree.

Too many have forgotten, that GST was applied to electricity and gas in 2001 while not on water and other domestic services such as rates to address the concept of externalities (pollution). No steps were taken at that time with those revenues to force cleaner energy.

GST applies to domestic and commercial vehicles. In petrol there is double edged sword in the petrol excise.

A small part of domestic budget stress comes from electricity and gas prices. There are other factors. It also manifests in industrial competitiveness. There should be a proper rationalisation.

Tony Abbott has promised to not only remove the carbon tax, but have a white paper on tax reform, and move Deregulation out of Finance and put it into Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. To say that the coalition does not have clearly elucidated policies is a furphy. It is more than that, it borders on contempt. We are sick and tired of being told what to think.

On the Australian Dollar;

The very core of this issue is the inflation target of the RBA. It is always in the too hard basket.

In the SPC Ardmona v tinned tomatoes dispute, we are now starting to address tariffs and restrictions again. In the J R Simplot talk of closing canneries in Tasmania the issues are similar. It keeps going, education sector decimated (foreign students), tourism at a competitive disadvantage. Shell closing first Clyde then any thoughts over Geelong. Caltex at Kurnell then at Lytton. Ford and more. Bonds closing manufacturing in Australia. Target and Rivers buying in Bangladesh without any conscience. We the consumer not caring nor knowing what we are buying. Labelling.

SPC is owned by Coca-cola. Simplot is American, must I go on.

Why is it mandatory for Australian commercial TV to have local content? That extends to BHP Billiton, or Rio.

Why are we subsidising production of petrol cars when we export so much gas.


Cut the double speak. As a child I always laughed in westerns when apache accused white man of speaking with a forked tongue. We are sick of being the play thing of foreign interests, and government being complicit. Ignorance or apathy or base stupidity.

Why are 2,000,000 Australian not participating in employment sufficiently? They are unemployed, not participating or want more hours.

Basic truth is a very rare commodity. We all must play our part, and our leaders must play their part.

Believing in sanity is indeed insanity.

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EYE-BALL’s ‘Herman’ …

  1. June 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I was thinking very similar yesterday as the news showed snippets of the swearing in ceremony. How can a leopard change his spots?

    Until June 24th 2010 we had the gang of 4. The Kitchen Cabinet. The PM – Rudd, The deputy – Gillard, the Treasurer – Swan, The Finance Minister – Lindsay Tanner.

    At Yarralumla yesterday there was only 3. PM Rudd, Deputy Albanese & Treasurer Bowen. Who is missing? It is the Finance Minister. Penny Wong. That is the same gender balance, roughly. As government leader in the senate, does he need to be sworn in?

    So when the ministry is announced on Sunday morning can they expect the same short shrift as those who ultimately knifed him?

  2. June 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Herman the angst is apparent and felt equally –

    Government allows the price of petrol to rise as it feeds their revenue based on uncapped excise … the spread between TAPIS/Currency, and the bowser price has seen a 30c a litre gouge that has gone unchecked becasue nobody regulates petrol pricing any more – it no longer sits in the inflation basket either …

    Politics these days is as much a business as it is managing an Nation … in fact it is the biggest businss in the World – perhaps as much as 30% or more of all business begins with Government contracts …

    These MP’s are purely puppets to the string pullers – they cast the vote for the legislative process and through committees the due process is seen to be observed – but the bipartisan agreement on electoral funding, the same with MP superannuation and remuneration increases had both sides agreeing –

    The Carbon Tax is only a revenue tax – it has nothing to do about reducing carbon emissions … the hole in teh budget if Rudd scraps teh tax is about $7 billion in the next year …

    There has been nothing frugal about the ALP spend over the last three years – the real cost of asylum seekers is closely guarded … the NDIS and renamed School Improvement program [Gonski] are expenditures that have uncapped estimates …

    Maurice Newman wrote a good article on this today – linked here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/labor-gambled-and-we-all-lost/story-e6frgd0x-1226671072711

    Another great article … well done,

  3. July 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Yesterdays Landline was great. It put excellent perspective on SPC. It put excellent perspective on King Island. Dairy is given over to beef. There is no abattoir anymore. It explains.

    Tonight’s 4 corners was great too. What is poverty? What is hardship. As a rule I won’t watch 4 corners they are dopes. Tonight touches your soul.

    Who is listening?

    Blame the malcontents who blog. They definitely are the problem. Just those who dare to speak out.

    What is wrong with you?

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