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March 10, 2013 Comments off
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Links to Previous ‘Herman’ Posts:


– 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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The Carbon Tax – Post Election …
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 10th Mar 2013 |
The Australia Industry Group (AIG) now favours converting our Carbon Tax to an Emissions Trading System (ETS). That means to allow the electricity producers to buy carbon credits on the world market to satisfy their tax liability and thereby offset.

Carbon Credits sell for 20% of Australia’s existing tax in Europe.This is several things. Tony Abbott has promised to get rid of the tax. What does that mean? Would adopting the AIG recommendation represent a broken promise, to keep the tax but allow ETS offset?

The way things are going the coalition will have such a large majority in the lower house, it will not matter much, and Christine Milne’s promise “over my dead body” may well be her epitaph. The state results in WA overnight simply highlights how the ALP will struggle to realistically expect to win a single seat from the opposition, and their losses will be massive. The electorate wants to expunge the last 3 years as fast as possible

For me, it is only about the micro economic reform that is required to attract manufacturing sector back to Australia. In a perfect world industry should expect to pay closer to 20c a kilowatt hour for energy, rather than closer to 30c. The wage structure is a secondary problem. And as for the currency, that stays in the too hard basket. It should not stay in the too hard basket, but we are a function of free markets and that means Quantitative Easing in both Europe, USA and don’t forget good old Japan. China are currency manipulators (but for that matter what is Quantitative Easing)? Maybe Quantitative Easing is a nice way to call Currency Manipulation by our NATO allies.

From the ALP perspective, they just need revenues to fund their wanton spending program. There truly is a “Goddess of Size” or “Recklessness of Large Numbers” about this government. The Minister for Health is simply incapable of quoting any programme as a per annum cost. The politician requires her to talk about a 10 or 5 year programme costing essentially 5 times or 10 times as much.

The Treasurer too loves to talk in “over the Forward estimates”. The treasury project forward estimates over 4 years. Forward estimates can be very confusing, it means several assumptions like constant GDP or inflation or unemployment. Shift one by a modicum, and what is the outcome? A 1% fall in Government revenues has led to a $22 billion change in deficit this year, so far. Extrapolate that over 4 years.

This is the very essence of what most current debate misses. What does any spending programme really mean to tax take, and will it further erode incentive? The Business Council of Australia (and their fraternal twin Deloitte Access) are all about the road to fiscal repair. I too think that is truly great. I tend to think of it as the Scottish Rite. Waste not! want not!

This comes to the nonsense of costing of programmes. To say that wiping out Carbon Tax and MRRT will leave a hole in the revenue side is fair enough, but when it comes to finding savings that is a work in progress, and simply can’t be costed until it is fully project scoped. What will 20,000 jobs in Canberra save? In the first year not much after paying for redundancy costs. Moreover it does not happen overnight. The way it rationally might occur is finding recurring savings of 10% per annum until efficiency is truly obvious.

This is where NSW State is currently at. In the first 12 months, there was a bit of crumbling at the edges, selling surplus assets (like surplus Roads and Traffic Authority land), attacking volunteer fire fighters Workers Comp, draconian tightening in health budgets, so more beds were closed, but now larger strides are occurring in bureaucracy. Flatter command structures, wholesale layoffs.

Queensland are a year behind NSW. We await details on Costello’s audit where so far predictably all we know is sale of assets to cut the interest cost fiscal drag of accumulated deficit is the way forward to regaining their AAA rating.

Despite what occurred in Victoria this week, should Geoff Shaw cross the floor and bring down the government would a resultant poll see a change of government. It is hard to imagine, but he has already guaranteed to support both supply and confidence. Enough said.

Reverting back to my original posit, if the Carbon tax stays with ETS offset would that be a breach of Tony Abbott’s promise? It is a flawed question! It is only about integrity. Therefore Mr Opposition leader you might think to address this before going to the polls. What do you mean?

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EYE-BALL Opinion – A new low – Gillard buying Aboriginal Votes – The fairness [or not] in Nova Peris’s appointment -

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


– 16th Jan – Claims of Climate Change Answers – Akin to Lucifer and the evil men do –


– 14th Jan – ALP Backbencher Andrew Leigh adds himself to the Idiot Brigade


– 13th Jan – 2013 Geo Political & Economic Predictions – Global uncertainty at post 9/11 high –


– 3rd Jan – Paul Howes joins the ‘idiot’ crowd  –
– He sees ‘lower interest rates’ as the answer –


– 27th Dec – Climate Change & The Human Factor  – The Silent Debate nobody wants to talk about –


– 17th Dec – American Gun Laws – will to change is just not there for Legislators


– 15th Dec – “International men of Mystery” – An Australian modern-day Bank Heist story –


– 13th Dec – eBay Traders on welfare tracked – for income and tax investigations –


– 12th Dec – Roxon joins Gillard as Enemy of the State – The Slipper verdict 1s Justice denied


– 11th Dec – Gillard is Dividing A NATION – It’s not about Politics, but rightful entitlement –


– 6th Dec – Gillard’s Judgement again challenged – what she’ll do for any positive publicity  –


– 5th Dec – ALP Senator John Faulkner – Perhaps a dark horse for the PM job  –


– 5th Dec – QLD ALP Badguys land plum jobs – Gillard continues to add to the mediocrity –


– 3rd Dec – Bob Katter’s Australian Party – an alternative –


– 3rd Dec – Some ‘Carbon-Tax’ reality
– The World is not listening to the real facts –


– 29th Nov – A Slithering, Slimy, Spitting Lizard – Part II – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – A follow-up Story –


– 28th Nov - A slithering, slimy, spitting Lizard – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – now exposed –


– 26th Nov – The Collective v the Abstract – Gillard is aware of her wrong doings –


– 25th Nov – Distressed Damsel Gillard’s Black Knight – Bruce Wilson’s 11th hour offer to defend Gillard –


– 24th Nov – The Jewish v Arab problem – A naive perspective –


– 24th Nov – Hedley Thomas plunges the knife – Gillard mortally wounded –


– 23rd Nov – Immigration and Asylum Seekers – What is the real answer –


– 20th Nov – Schoolies Week Starts – The Booze for Kids debate again heats up –


– 16th Nov – How Deep does the AWU corruption cover-up go? – An exposé on innuendo, evidence, hearsay and conjecture


– 15th nov – Hedley Thomas exploding on Gillard – Gillard has a case to answer …


– 14th Nov – Gillard behaves like a Guilty Person – Asks for allegations to be made –


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– A new low – Gillard buying Aboriginal Votes –
- The fairness [or not] in Nova Peris’s appointment -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 23rd Jan 2013|

The appointment of former Olympian Nova Peris to the number one (1) position on the Federal ALP Senate ticket, is a move by Gillard that places Peris as one of the star attractions to the ALP self-destruct party to take place some time this year, and in conjunction with the Federal Election.

Peris has been a sporting celebrity, but is she a focused representative for Aboriginal affairs, how about white Australians affairs, is she someone with past political credentials,  a person that all Northern Territory constituents will respond to,  is Peris qualified to bypass Local and State politics and jump right into the big league of Federal politics?

Gillard’s announcement bypass’s all the above questions and hands Peris a six year term as an Australian Senator.  She is not even an ALP member at the time of the announcement.   What is Gillard hoping to achieve with this announcement?  Regardless of the predicted licking Gillard will get at the next Federal election – Peris will still be elected to the Senate as the number one (1) Senate position.

The Party room rumblings from Gillard’s announcement are still gathering momentum. It appears that the 15 year sitting Senator Trish Crossin has been quashed from having any say in her successor on the basis of being a past Rudd supporter.  Crossin had announced her intention to vacate the position, but the process of electing her successor has due process.

It appears Gillard is not done with Rudd and his supporters and the cleansing is still on-going.

The recent ALP loss in the Nth Territory elections is being used as a motive. The aboriginal vote in those elections turned away from the ALP and Gillard acting under advice has been pushed toward an aboriginal candidate to help mend electoral wounds.

The political move is short sighted and obvious – when she plucked Bob Carr to appease her backers for the Rudd assassination, she was acting to instructions.   This appointment appears to be all Gillard, a ‘captains pick’ she called it.

I doubt Nova Peris has any real idea how big a pawn she is in Gillard’s larger game plan.

Nova’s emotive response yesterday suggests being overwhelmed.  When she won medals at Commonwealth and Olympic games was she as emotive?

I detected mental issues that might be associated with her life history, depression, and other serious issues arising from grief, oppression, racial abuse, they all leave scars and the question is – did anyone do a psych evaluation on Peris before Gillard made her move?

Yea – I’ll take your dump – but I think all Politicians need to pass a psych evaluation before they enter politics, and at least once again every term served.    Living a job where it depends on a popularity contest wears away at the self confidence, the ability to be honest with the public and yourself, and to do the right thing as opposed to the popular thing.   I’d throw in a lie detector test as well,  along with forensic accounting audits of all family assets every term, and for the next 10-15 years after they left politics – but then I might be a bit paranoid about corruption and politics.

The Obeid story makes this sort of accountability mandatory and if politicians say it is not necessary – it is the same as the Police Union saying no cops take bribes.

But really – who knows anything about indigenous affairs in the Nth Territory – if you don’t live there how could you know.

Mal Brough as Howard’s Minister for Indigenous affairs had a high profile but lost his seat in 2007.   He had a plan to fix the problem and Howard went to extraordinary lengths to try and sell Brough and his plan to the electorate before the 2007 election.   Brough was a high profile loser in that election … and in opposition, Brough would not have had much importance in policy input anyway if he did manage to hold his seat.

Nova Peris has been elevated to the Senate position bypassing all NT ALP rules governing pre-selection, and has not fronted the party members who are a part of the selection process.

What is the point of having State/Territory Party rules if the PM can by-pass them?

It could only happen if people like Bill Ludwig, Paul Howes, and a few other former Union heavies now serving as MP’s and Senators  were in agreement.

This points to a larger issue about a ‘Captains Pick’.   Dear Ms Gillard – you don’t have the right to a ‘captains pick’ in State and Territory politics – if you want to change the rules, do so before you break them.

In all the media commentary on this matter today – no one has really taken Gillard to task. They have soft peddled all around it – but none have said that it is constitutionally [ALP Rules] wrong to have done what she has done.  That any challenge to the announcement would create a controversy Nova Peris would have to live with without Gillard there after the next election to support her.

Is this a feminist decision, is it Rudd revenge against the incumbent, is it Gillard having her strings pulled again as was with the Bob Carr announcement, does it further dumb down the qualifications needed to become a Parliamentary leader, does it fit well with Nth Territory ALP supporters?

All questions that would have been answered if due process had of been followed.


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EYE-BALL Opinion – Claims of Climate Change Answers – Akin to Lucifer and the evil men do -

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


– 14th Jan – ALP Backbencher Andrew Leigh adds himself to the Idiot Brigade


– 13th Jan – 2013 Geo Political & Economic Predictions – Global uncertainty at post 9/11 high –


– 3rd Jan – Paul Howes joins the ‘idiot’ crowd  –
– He sees ‘lower interest rates’ as the answer –


– 27th Dec – Climate Change & The Human Factor  – The Silent Debate nobody wants to talk about –


– 17th Dec – American Gun Laws – will to change is just not there for Legislators


– 15th Dec – “International men of Mystery” – An Australian modern-day Bank Heist story –


– 13th Dec – eBay Traders on welfare tracked – for income and tax investigations –


– 12th Dec – Roxon joins Gillard as Enemy of the State – The Slipper verdict 1s Justice denied


– 11th Dec – Gillard is Dividing A NATION – It’s not about Politics, but rightful entitlement –


– 6th Dec – Gillard’s Judgement again challenged – what she’ll do for any positive publicity  –


– 5th Dec – ALP Senator John Faulkner – Perhaps a dark horse for the PM job  –


– 5th Dec – QLD ALP Badguys land plum jobs – Gillard continues to add to the mediocrity –


– 3rd Dec – Bob Katter’s Australian Party – an alternative –


– 3rd Dec – Some ‘Carbon-Tax’ reality
– The World is not listening to the real facts –


– 29th Nov – A Slithering, Slimy, Spitting Lizard – Part II – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – A follow-up Story –


– 28th Nov - A slithering, slimy, spitting Lizard – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – now exposed –


– 26th Nov – The Collective v the Abstract – Gillard is aware of her wrong doings –


– 25th Nov – Distressed Damsel Gillard’s Black Knight – Bruce Wilson’s 11th hour offer to defend Gillard –


– 24th Nov – The Jewish v Arab problem – A naive perspective –


– 24th Nov – Hedley Thomas plunges the knife – Gillard mortally wounded –


– 23rd Nov – Immigration and Asylum Seekers – What is the real answer –


– 20th Nov – Schoolies Week Starts – The Booze for Kids debate again heats up –


– 16th Nov – How Deep does the AWU corruption cover-up go? – An exposé on innuendo, evidence, hearsay and conjecture


– 15th nov – Hedley Thomas exploding on Gillard – Gillard has a case to answer …


– 14th Nov – Gillard behaves like a Guilty Person – Asks for allegations to be made –


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Title:
– Claims of Climate Change Answers –
- Akin to Lucifer and the evil men do -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 16th Jan 2013|
The Australia Summer for 2012-13 is half over and everybody is experiencing the heat, the bushfires, the smoke, and believing that this summer represents something bigger than it really is.

The climate ‘alarmist’s’ are out there spreading the news about how this summer is proof positive that climate change is here.   To the sceptics it is as if Lucifer himself is out there feeding the ‘Climate Change’ debate.

Is it possible to look at a weather extreme these days without ‘Climate Change’ being blamed?

Every weather pattern forecaster indicated the ‘El Nino’ effect on Australia would be more pronounced this summer off the back of ‘La Nina’ weather patterns the previous 3 years.  During that period we saw our dams full, the Queensland and Victorian floods, the milder temperatures,  and now in a full-blown summer of bushfire and extremes of heat – where has all the moisture gone?

For starters the back burning that would have happened during winters a decade or so ago would have prepared the undergrowth for a hot summer and the bushfires we have today would not have been as extreme.   All the scare mongering about under growth equalling fuel is true and we are seeing it this summer.   What would be the score if forestry rangers have been able to burn off the ‘fuel load’ in winter like they used to … would there have been less CO2 emitted as compared with the current bushfire cycle imposing its hell and brimstone?

Scientists tell us about millennium old weather patterns … and the question between alarmist and sceptic is divided … having once been an alarmist from the mid 90’s and up until the Rudd election – with the ‘moral challenge of the 21st century’ statement I became more widely read and began to ask questions in why I believed in the ‘alarmist’ rhetoric.

I reversed my position – I now believe that we owe it to ourselves to become more efficient users of what energy resources we have left and to find new ways that are not fossil fuel dependent.  I also believe that mother nature will take care of its own without fervor or favour to humans.

What does it mean if sea levels do rise?  Will floods become more ravaging, typhoons, cyclones, and hurricanes more damaging – if so it will be because the human habitat has encroached on natures providence without regard or respect to history,  or accounting for the long-term damage damming and blocking river flows has caused.

Man has found in a short 200 years ways to capture natures abundant harvest – the question I ask – have we harvested too much too quickly, and without regard to the consequences of the explosive human population and the greed man has as his motive in those last 200 years?

Over this Summer period there has been a series of media fed stories again questioning the long-range human induced climate change predictions. One such article was published in The Australian today and was about the predicted rise of sea levels … read caption below:

Caution on tying heat to climate change


| Author: Matthew Denholm, Tasmania Correspondent | Date: Jan 16th, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

AUSTRALIA can expect more heatwaves and bushfires in the decades ahead but scientists caution against blaming this year’s record temperatures and devastating blazes on climate change.

Several leading climate scientists at an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change meeting in Hobart yesterday warned that heatwaves might become six times more frequent in Australia within 30 years. However, they also said this summer’s bushfire disasters and record temperatures across many states could not be judged to be a result of climate change.

“You need to look over longer periods of time and take into account variations over a longer period of time to make a careful assessment,” said Scott Power, Bureau of Meteorology senior principal research scientist.

“But it’s clear that these sorts of things do become more common under climate change and it’s clear that Australia has warmed up, the world has warmed up, coastal sea levels have warmed up, global sea levels have warmed up.”

rest of story linked here

This story in isolation was tame and not hardly worth the notice – however in context with the extremes of our current summer, and the other stories being printed around the globe and at home – it forms a piece of the jig-saw that forms the debate.

Presented below are links to other current and active media stories from around the World on the ‘Climate Change':

And then there is the ‘Climate Madness’ side of the debate …

Look – in my mindset the debate is far from clear yet the ‘alarmist’s’ have the sway by a yardstick measure that is not reflected within the scientific community. Nations around the world have committed to spending trillions’ over coming decades in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions.

In the known universe and history of our planet – our mother nature takes care of itself, volcanic eruptions, ice cap melts and re-freeze, northern and southern hemisphere oscillations – in a life time we all get to see and experience the extremes of a time freeze second of the Planets history – yet we have hubris the think that we can predict the future from that spec of time and out living in that moment.  Just how arrogant do we think we are?

In that same second of time freeze our scientists have calculated that the current atmospheric CO2 level emission rise, from 35 parts per million to 39 parts per million, has the consequence of challenging life’s existence on this planet within a 100 years or so.

I cannot accept how portions of the global scientific community can predict that it is only CO2 that has caused any perceived warming and sea level rises?   Surely human population and the planets ability to sustain population at current and increased levels form a part of the debate and the solution.

Bushfires produce CO2 and other gas emissions, a decade ago Indonesia was burning rainforests for a number of years to clear land for farming purposes … the Amazon has been doing this as well – hell some 30 years ago we were told that the Amazon rainforest was needed to save the planet – yet 50% of that rainforest has already been turned into pasture and urban development … how series is the fight for rainforests if they are the conduit to keep CO2 levels stable.

Al Gore has much to answer for with his alarmist ‘Inconvenient Truth’ story … yes it was a story as seen through a story tellers eyes, and as always the human race saw a tale and believed it without so much as a questioning to its purpose, its accuracy, or its moral integrity.

Since then – Governments all over the world have fallen over themselves funding grant applications from any scientist wanting to prove climate change.  Conversely – the scientist who wants to disprove the theory does not get the same funding or resources.

Vested interests support vested interests … and that leads to the question all Australia wants answered – what is the real motive behind Gillards ‘Carbon Tax’ reversal?

Was it to gain power as PM with the support of the Greens when only a month earlier she declared there would be no ‘carbon tax under a government she led’.   Or, was it because in that same month she became a converted alarmist … the answer is obvious to all!

In fact she used Kevin Rudd’s ‘Climate Change’ claim that it was to be the – ‘moral challenge of the 21st century’ to help roll him.   It was this statement and the Copenhagen disaster that was the beginning of the end for Rudd – he became isolated and the Union thugs behind the scene began to mold and position themselves for their coup.

The ‘Climate Change’ debate is a brainwash being put upon a populace as culpable as the religious ‘heaven verses hell’ debate.

Nobody can claim they have even visited ‘Heaven’ or ‘Hell’  – it is a mindset belief and a faith choice – ‘climate change’ alarmist’s are asking us to look into the future and believe what scientist are being paid tell us.

All the ‘alarmist’ can tell us that this ‘climate change’ Armageddon is a result of human interface – we are responsible for the change, we are the ones killing our planet – yet nobody is taking about a real solution to human induced climate change – that is to reduce the human population … can you imagine Governments around the world selling a solution like ‘human culling’ as a means to cut carbon emissions?

The rejection in facing the truth and lack of want to sell such an answer, has the world leaders embracing the ‘carbon tax’ solution – this is the greatest hoax in all history bar one – the selling of a perceived ‘heaven and hell’ existance after death.

Nobody has the answer to either question – the formation of Earth as a part of the Big Bang theory, as opposed to God building Earth in seven days divides the global opinion on the miracle of life.

When one thinks about life and how it came to be … one has to acknowledge the genius of evolution or of another factor … nobody has all the answers and in an ever increasing cynical world opinion on almost everything we face today … believing that a ‘carbon tax’ is going to fix any perceived ‘climate change’ is Lucifer in bed with the Politicians and playing inside our heads.


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EYE-BALL Opinion – Climate Change & The Human Factor – The Silent Debate nobody wants to talk about -

December 27, 2012 Comments off
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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


– 17th Dec – American Gun Laws – will to change is just not there for Legislators


– 15th Dec – “International men of Mystery” – An Australian modern-day Bank Heist story –


– 13th Dec – eBay Traders on welfare tracked – for income and tax investigations –


– 12th Dec – Roxon joins Gillard as Enemy of the State – The Slipper verdict 1s Justice denied


– 11th Dec – Gillard is Dividing A NATION – It’s not about Politics, but rightful entitlement –


– 6th Dec – Gillard’s Judgement again challenged – what she’ll do for any positive publicity  –


– 5th Dec – ALP Senator John Faulkner – Perhaps a dark horse for the PM job  –


– 5th Dec – QLD ALP Badguys land plum jobs – Gillard continues to add to the mediocrity –


– 3rd Dec – Bob Katter’s Australian Party – an alternative –


– 3rd Dec – Some ‘Carbon-Tax’ reality
– The World is not listening to the real facts –


– 29th Nov – A Slithering, Slimy, Spitting Lizard – Part II – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – A follow-up Story –


– 28th Nov - A slithering, slimy, spitting Lizard – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – now exposed –


– 26th Nov – The Collective v the Abstract – Gillard is aware of her wrong doings –


– 25th Nov – Distressed Damsel Gillard’s Black Knight – Bruce Wilson’s 11th hour offer to defend Gillard –


– 24th Nov – The Jewish v Arab problem – A naive perspective –


– 24th Nov – Hedley Thomas plunges the knife – Gillard mortally wounded –


– 23rd Nov – Immigration and Asylum Seekers – What is the real answer –


– 20th Nov – Schoolies Week Starts – The Booze for Kids debate again heats up –


– 16th Nov – How Deep does the AWU corruption cover-up go? – An exposé on innuendo, evidence, hearsay and conjecture


– 15th nov – Hedley Thomas exploding on Gillard – Gillard has a case to answer …


– 14th Nov – Gillard behaves like a Guilty Person – Asks for allegations to be made –


– 14th Nov – The Australian Media – Lapdog’s at best – absolutely lost the plot on integrity, and their charter of responsibility –


– 9th Nov – Open Letter to “The Independents” Re: –
– Julia Gillard, Peter Slipper, and Craig Thompson, three MP’s who bring continued shame to our Parliament –


– 9th Nov – “Courage is an Angle” – the difference between a good day and a great day –


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– Climate Change & The Human Factor  –
- The Silent Debate nobody wants to talk about -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 27th Dec 2012 |
There has been trillions of words written on the human impact on climate change – yet the amount of words written about a ceiling on a sustainable level for a global human population could fit on a small flash drive.

For as long as this EYE-BALL site has been up and running – the Carbon-Tax ‘fix’ to the climate-change debate has been taken to task.

All the talk about ‘human-cause’ and the remedy debate used in the ‘carbon-tax’ policy, leading to the $trillion’s to be spent on ‘clean-energy’ in the coming decades has almost fooled everybody, yet not those who think outside the square.

The OECD has a report titled – Outlook for 2050‘ – the full report is linked here – a short summary of some of the top-sheet findings in the report are presented below:

The Consequences of Inaction – Key Facts and Figures include:

  1. Socioeconomic Developments:
  • World population is expected to increase from 7 billion today to over 9 billion in 2050. A growing population is likely to increase pressures on the natural resources that supply energy and food.
  • World GDP is projected to almost quadruple by 2050, despite the recent recession.
  • Average GDP growth rates are projected to slow gradually in the coming decades in China and India. While Africa will remain the poorest continent, it is projected to see the world’s highest economic growth rate between 2030 and 2050.
  • Over a quarter of population in OECD countries is projected to be over 65 years of age in 2050 compared to about 15% today. China and India are also likely to see significant population ageing, with China’s workforce actually shrinking by 2050.
  • Cities are likely to absorb the total world population growth between 2010 and 2050. By 2050, nearly 70% of the world population is projected to be living in urban areas.
  1. Energy and Land Use

By 2050, without new policies…

  • A world economy four times larger than today is projected to need 80% more energy in 2050 without new policy action.
  • Global energy mix in 2050 will not differ significantly from today, with the share of fossil energy at about 85%, renewables including biofuels just over 10%, and the balance nuclear. The BRIICS are projected to become major energy users, increasing their reliance on fossil fuels.
  • To feed a growing population with changing dietary preferences, agricultural land is projected to expand globally in the next decade to match the increase in food demand, but at a diminishing rate. A substantial increase in competition for scarce land is expected in the coming decades.
  1. Climate Change:

By 2050, without new policies…

  • Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions projected to increase by 50%, primarily due to a 70% growth in energy-related CO2 emissions.
  • The atmospheric concentration of GHGs could reach 685 parts per million (ppm) CO2- equivalents by 2050. As a result, global average temperature is projected to be 3 degrees celsius to 6 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century, exceeding the internationally agreed goal of limiting it to 2 degrees celsius.
  • The GHG mitigation actions pledged by countries in the Cancún Agreements at the United Nations Climate Change Conference will not be enough to prevent the global average temperature from exceeding the 2 degrees celsius threshold, unless very rapid and costly emission reductions are realised after 2020. They are more in line with a 3 degrees celsius increase.

It then highlights what will happen if inaction is the course of action adopted:

What if we act…

  • It makes environmental and economic sense. The Outlook suggests that global carbon pricing sufficient to lower GHG emissions by nearly 70% in 2050 compared to the Baseline scenario and limit GHG concentrations to 450 ppm would slow economic growth by only 0.2 percentage points per year on average. This would cost roughly 5.5% of global GDP in 2050. This pales alongside the potential cost of inaction on climate change, which some estimate could be as high as 14% of average world consumption per capita.
  • Carbon pricing can raise revenues. If the emission reduction pledges that industrialised countries indicated in the Cancún Agreements were to be implemented through carbon taxes or cap-andtrade schemes with fully auctioned permits, the fiscal revenues could amount to over 0.6% of their GDP in 2020, i.e. more than USD 250 billion.
  • Delaying action is costly. Delayed or only moderate action up to 2020 (such as implementing the Copenhagen/Cancún pledges only, or waiting for better technologies to come on stream) would increase the pace and scale of efforts needed after 2020. It would lead to 50% higher costs in 2050 compared to timely action, and potentially entail higher environmental risk.
  • Reform fossil fuel subsidies. Support to fossil fuel production and use amounted to between USD 45-75 billion per annum in recent years in OECD countries. Developing and emerging economies provided over USD 400 billion in fossil fuel consumer subsidies in 2010 according to IEA estimates (IEA).
  • OECD Outlook simulation shows that phasing out fossil fuels subsidies in developing countries could reduce by 6% global energy-related GHG emissions, provide incentives for increased energy efficiency and renewable energy and also increase public finance for climate action. However, fossil fuel subsidy reforms should be implemented carefully while addressing potential negative impacts on households through appropriate measures.

EYE-BALL Comment:

It amazes that even a ‘think-tank’ like the OECD has not raised the most obvious of issues in its synopsis as presented above – if population is the cause of expected further climate change influence and so many other socioeconomic complications for the planet – why is there no debate on a population ceiling for the planet?

They themselves talk of the ‘carbon-tax’ remedy …

Where is the forecast predictions on what an unrestrained verses a restrained population growth has on the climate change debate?

No politician talks about this – Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has been given several opportunities to respond to this type of logic in the past, yet no response has ever been received.  This post will be sent to Mr Combet and the Opposition Climate Change spokesperson,  Mr Greg Hunt, again looking for a response.

Further OECD key highlights continue via this link – and are well worth the read.

But I ask you to think upon the core issue behind all the climate change promoters who think it caused by human influence – not one of them has prompted any debate on a planet population ceiling … that must drive the though process in asking why not – how can anyone blame humans for the climate change influence when the remedies proposed have no debate on control over population growth?

The only logical conclusion can be the weakness in Global Leadership to raise the population ceiling debate at any forum.  The alternative is the acceptance of the new tax’s collected from any climate change reversal measures – it would seem these tax collects are more important and needed Government revenues than finding a long-term solution based on the cause of the problem.


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– 5th Dec – QLD ALP Badguys land plum jobs – Gillard continues to add to the mediocrity –


– 3rd Dec – Bob Katter’s Australian Party – an alternative –


– 3rd Dec – Some ‘Carbon-Tax’ reality
– The World is not listening to the real facts –


– 29th Nov – A Slithering, Slimy, Spitting Lizard – Part II – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – A follow-up Story –


– 28th Nov - A slithering, slimy, spitting Lizard – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – now exposed –


– 26th Nov – The Collective v the Abstract – Gillard is aware of her wrong doings –


– 25th Nov – Distressed Damsel Gillard’s Black Knight – Bruce Wilson’s 11th hour offer to defend Gillard –


– 24th Nov – The Jewish v Arab problem – A naive perspective –


– 24th Nov – Hedley Thomas plunges the knife – Gillard mortally wounded –


– 23rd Nov – Immigration and Asylum Seekers – What is the real answer –


– 20th Nov – Schoolies Week Starts – The Booze for Kids debate again heats up –


– 16th Nov – How Deep does the AWU corruption cover-up go? – An exposé on innuendo, evidence, hearsay and conjecture –


– 15th nov – Hedley Thomas exploding on Gillard – Gillard has a case to answer … –


– 14th Nov – Gillard behaves like a Guilty Person – Asks for allegations to be made –


– 14th Nov – The Australian Media – Lapdog’s at best – absolutely lost the plot on integrity, and their charter of responsibility –


– 9th Nov – Open Letter to “The Independents” Re: –
– Julia Gillard, Peter Slipper, and Craig Thompson, three MP’s who bring continued shame to our Parliament –


– 9th Nov – “Courage is an Angle” – the difference between a good day and a great day –


– 8th Nov – RUDD fires a broadside aimed at GILLARD – done under a burka to hide its true intent –


– 6th Nov – Gillard’s caucus and union support in revolt – her position becoming more untenable by the day –


– 5th Nov – Referendum Discussion Part 1 – Compulsory Voting – Eye-Ball’s – “None of the Above Campaign” –


– 4th Nov – Gillard Sunburnt – the flames of discontent begin to impact –


– 2nd Nov – A Montage of AWU Scandal Reports – Gillard to become “Open-Season” –


– 1st Nov – Education … A white Elephant – Politicising the future of young Australians –


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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 6th Dec 2012 |
The seriousness of PM Gillard’s ability to make sound and political judgement calls is again under question.  It was revealed today that the PM accepted an invitation to do a ‘skit’ video contribution for the Triple J’s breakfast Radio network promoting the mayan calender’s – ‘end of the world’ forecast for the 21st Dec 2012.

The issue at stake is that in recent days we have heard about the ‘Rosella’ plant closures with 100 jobs being lost, and many other QLD State Governemnt job loses in recent weeks – the point being that a great number of people across the Nation are losing jobs and the PM’s see’s it as a fit and proper thing to do to jest and poke humour at a mythical ‘end of the world’ type scenario weeks out from Christmas.

Where is the respect for those who are preparing for Christmas in tought economic conditions, and are facing genuine type ‘end of days’ type scenario’s in real life.

The story appears below:  (click the link to the on-line story to se Gillard’s video performance.)

‘I won’t have to do Q&A again': PM spoofs end of the world


| Author(s): Judith Ireland | Date: Dec 6th, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story and Video. |

The end of the world may be coming, but Prime Minister Julia Gillard is relieved that at least she won’t have to appear on Q&A again.

Ms Gillard has recorded a short video for Triple J’s breakfast show, as part of their “end of the world” celebrations. The world is supposed to end on December 21, according to interpretations of the Mayan calendar.

“My dear remaining fellow Australians,” Ms Gillard begins in the clip. “The end of the world is coming. It wasn’t Y2K, it wasn’t even the carbon price.”

‘I won’t have to do Q&A again': PM spoofs end of the world

The end of the world may be coming, but Prime Minister Julia Gillard is relieved that at least she won’t have to appear on Q&A again.

Ms Gillard has recorded a short video for Triple J’s breakfast show, as part of their “end of the world” celebrations. The world is supposed to end on December 21, according to interpretations of the Mayan calendar.

“My dear remaining fellow Australians,” Ms Gillard begins in the clip. “The end of the world is coming. It wasn’t Y2K, it wasn’t even the carbon price.”

The Prime Minister took time out from her preparations for Friday’s COAG standoff to film the clip in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The jokes were a joint effort between the radio station and Ms Gillard, thus explaining the mix of pop culture references and political spin.

“Whether the final blow comes from flesh eating zombies, demonic hell beasts or from the total triumph of K-pop, if you know one thing about me it is this: I will always fight for you to the very end,” Ms Gillard says in solemn tones.

Finishing the video, the Prime Minister observes: “At least this means I won’t have to do Q&A again.”

It is understood Ms Gillard only needed three quick takes to film the clip -a far cry from her predecessor’s infamous problems with the recording process.

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This is pathetically poor judgement Prime Minister … do us all a favour and just shut the ‘fu_k up’ … no-one is listening anymore … you are the biggest turn-off to any news broadcast, or other event using you as a draw card … get over yourself.

In media terms – you are over-exposed

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– 5th Dec – QLD ALP Badguys land plum jobs – Gillard continues to add to the mediocrity –


– 3rd Dec – Bob Katter’s Australian Party – an alternative –


– 3rd Dec – Some ‘Carbon-Tax’ reality
– The World is not listening to the real facts –


– 29th Nov – A Slithering, Slimy, Spitting Lizard – Part II – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – A follow-up Story –


– 28th Nov - A slithering, slimy, spitting Lizard – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – now exposed –


– 26th Nov – The Collective v the Abstract – Gillard is aware of her wrong doings –


– 25th Nov – Distressed Damsel Gillard’s Black Knight – Bruce Wilson’s 11th hour offer to defend Gillard –


– 24th Nov – The Jewish v Arab problem – A naive perspective –


– 24th Nov – Hedley Thomas plunges the knife – Gillard mortally wounded –


– 23rd Nov – Immigration and Asylum Seekers – What is the real answer –


– 20th Nov – Schoolies Week Starts – The Booze for Kids debate again heats up –


– 16th Nov – How Deep does the AWU corruption cover-up go? – An exposé on innuendo, evidence, hearsay and conjecture –


– 15th nov – Hedley Thomas exploding on Gillard – Gillard has a case to answer … –


– 14th Nov – Gillard behaves like a Guilty Person – Asks for allegations to be made –


– 14th Nov – The Australian Media – Lapdog’s at best – absolutely lost the plot on integrity, and their charter of responsibility –


– 9th Nov – Open Letter to “The Independents” Re: –
– Julia Gillard, Peter Slipper, and Craig Thompson, three MP’s who bring continued shame to our Parliament –


– 9th Nov – “Courage is an Angle” – the difference between a good day and a great day –


– 8th Nov – RUDD fires a broadside aimed at GILLARD – done under a burka to hide its true intent –


– 6th Nov – Gillard’s caucus and union support in revolt – her position becoming more untenable by the day –


– 5th Nov – Referendum Discussion Part 1 – Compulsory Voting – Eye-Ball’s – “None of the Above Campaign” –


– 4th Nov – Gillard Sunburnt – the flames of discontent begin to impact –


– 2nd Nov – A Montage of AWU Scandal Reports – Gillard to become “Open-Season” –


– 1st Nov – Education … A white Elephant – Politicising the future of young Australians –


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The ALP’s most respected serving politician – Senator John Faulkner said yesterday what all ALP supporters wanted to hear.   Coalition voters will hold their breath given the depth and breath of Faulkner’s speech dealing with the corruption with Labour ranks and how he sees the way forward.

The speech is a game-changer and from someone never seen by most as PM material.  Given the shortcomings of all the popular contenders, i.e. Swan, Carr, Shorten, and to this blogger at least, Senator Faulkner suddenly seems to be a most viable option.   I can accept John Faulkner as PM in place of Gillard.

There are precedents – John Gordon was a Senator when he became Leader of the Liberals before he went on to become PM after Harold Holt’s disappearance.   In that transition period after Harold Holt was declared ‘lost at sea’, Holt’s seat of Higgins became vacant and Gordon made his transition to the House.

To read John Gorton’s full Wikipedia bio – click here – it is an interesting read including how he obtained his war injuries.

The emergence and elevation of Senator Faulkner to PM contender comes from a speech he gave to the University of Melbourne Law School yesterday.  The speech titled – “Integrity In Government Conference” – link to full speech – was on political corruption within the ALP and where it emanates from.

If it were an option and for Faulkner to make the transition in the time before the next election – i.e. finding a NSW HOR by-election option might prove difficult – but if they were to shove Rudd off to a plumb off-shore posting – his seat of Norman would be safe in the hands of Faulkner if he chose to more to QLD.

The media were in attendance at his speech and The Australian filed this report –

Abolish Labor factions, says party elder John Faulkner


| Author(s): Chip Le Grand and Milanda Rout | Date: ec 5th, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

ONE of Labor’s most respected figures has dared the ALP to abolish its factional system, declaring that it concentrates power within “the stunted perspectives of just a few”, isolates the party from the broader community and allows corruption to flourish.

ALP elder John Faulkner drew a direct link between the allegations against senior party figures emerging daily from anti-corruption hearings in Sydney and the party’s adherence to “inherently undemocratic” voting rules that enabled a “tiny minority” of MPs to hold sway over all major decisions.

Warning support for reform usually “melts away” once vested interests are confronted with a loss of power, Senator Faulkner said his proposed changes were crucial for good government and the integrity of a political system being corroded by voter cynicism.

“In the case of the ALP, and particularly the NSW branch of the ALP, the increasing limitation of those involved in decisions about rules, disputes and preselections, as well as policy, has meant that our party’s actions reflect the stunted perspectives of just a few, and bear little or no relationship to the expectations of the party members, the broader labour movement or the community,” Senator Faulkner said in a speech delivered at an integrity in government conference in Melbourne.

“There is nothing wrong with people who share convictions on policy issues working together to progress those issues. There is, however, a great deal wrong with a situation where a Russian doll of nested caucuses sees a tiny minority of MPs exercising a controlling interest over the majority.”

Senator Faulkner urged the party to have zero tolerance towards corruption in its ranks and called for the scandal-plagued NSW branch to enforce a “one strike and you’re out” policy for party members found guilty of corruption in their public or private lives.

The senator’s reform blueprint was immediately backed by NSW state secretary Sam Dastyari, who described it as a “considered, sensible reform idea” that Labor would “ignore at its peril”.

Mr Dastyari, who has previously advocated defanging the factions within the parliamentary party, said: “This is a debate we have to have in the party and we have to have in NSW. The challenge facing us is, really, reform or die. The Labor Party has to change, it has to reform, it has to be prepared to embrace big ideas.”

Wayne Swan said he did not necessarily disagree with Senator Faulkner’s comments, adding that “individuals should be dealt with if the findings (of corruption) are there”.

“I’ve always been of the view that the party has to be continuously reformed to reflect modern standards,” the Treasurer told ABC’s 7.30.

Chief government whip Joel Fitzgibbon, who last week refused to marshal the numbers of his Right faction behind Julia Gillard’s opposition to Palestine being given additional status within the UN, backed the “main thrust” of Senator Faulkner’s plan and urged the party to go further.

Mr Fitzgibbon said he believed Mr Dastyari was “currently progressing” on some of Senator Faulkner’s suggested reforms and serious consideration should also be given to ending a central tenet of ALP discipline: the prohibition on Labor MPs crossing the floor.

Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes agreed that Senator Faulkner’s plan for internal party reform was “worthy of debate”. Mr Howes said he had long advocated giving parliamentarians the right to vote free of factional constraint.

Foreign Minister and former NSW premier Bob Carr, speaking in Papua New Guinea, backed Senator Faulkner’s “one-strike” policy and reducing factional influence within the party room, but expressed caution at another of the senator’s proposed reforms: exposing party rules to legal challenges within the courts.

Senator Faulkner, a federal MP since 1989 and minister in the Hawke, Keating and Rudd governments, has staunchly championed measures to improve integrity and transparency within the Labor Party and the political system, including greater accountability of donations and stronger protection for public-service whistleblowers. He supported Kevin Rudd in the 2010 leadership challenge and flagged his intention before that year’s federal election to retreat to the backbench if Ms Gillard formed government. Taking aim at the odious state of the ALP in his home state, Senator Faulkner said a culture had developed within Labor’s NSW branch where “being caught out at sharp practices is worn almost as a badge of honour”.

Referring to the ongoing ICAC hearings, where explosive allegations have been levelled against former Labor MP Eddie Obeid and former NSW resources minister Ian Macdonald involving the trading of inside information and granting of exploration licences, Senator Faulkner said: “It is time to publicly acknowledge that there have been some in our party’s ranks with neither political principles nor moral convictions to uphold. They are a small minority in a very big majority of decent, ethical people. But the fact that they are few in number does not diminish the gravity of the accusations against them or the seriousness of their acts.”

Senator Faulkner called for authority to arbitrate disputes over party rules, and practices should be stripped from factional leaders and invested in an independent appeals tribunal of “eminent, ethical people”.

He warned that Tony Abbott’s plan to convene a “trumped-up, judicial inquiry” into Ms Gillard’s role in the AWU affair would be an unprecedented misuse of executive power. “It is unprecedented,” he said. “It does strike me that this is a country where we settle our political differences at the ballot box. I take things head on. I stand up, I say it. I have never resorted to the need for some sort of trumped-up, judicial inquiry to do it.”

Now one might think that with the ICAC enquiry into the Eddie OBEID corruption, and the revelations of how deep the scandal bleeds into NSW Labour heartland, that Faulkner could say nothing else other than what he presented in his speech.

Faulkner has for years impressed as someone that holds his Senate position to high account.  He is a ‘good guy’ and over the many years he has served he has shown and demonstrated that he brings integrity to the Senate.

Within his speech he stated:

…Ladies and Gentlemen, Federal Parliamentarians need to get serious about a code of conduct to apply to them, not because I think Parliamentarians are ignorant or uncaring about ethics and integrity matters – generally they are not – but because the public at large is entitled to know that objective standards exist, and that these standards are open to public discussion, and public assessment…

As the alternative – Gillard is leading this Government down a path that debases all the demands on integrity and moral behaviour that is needed for people to have the full trust in their elected Leaders.

In the alternative – and when one watches and reads about the many examples arising from Gillard’s responses to the AWU scandal, the allegations they offer and the integrity and morals on display for all to see in responses to those allegations, one can only see defiance and obstruction as a defense.

This is continued with the Craig Thompson responses in his own defence statement, and the Eddie Obeid example being played out at the ICAC enquiry.

Their collective standards of defiance type behaviour in the face of convincing evidence, and the conclusions that become evidentiary, all Australian’s are red-faced with a genuine mis-trust in their Leaders.

Gillard’s conscience does not register as moral, or one where anyone can see she understands the difference between ‘right or wrong’.  She, Thompson, and by the evidence being put forward at the Obeid enquiry – the measure of a conscience of ALP MP’s is non-existent.

Gillard, Thompson, and Obeid’s benchmark integrity measure rests not with what they know they have done,  but in what those who claim wrong doing can prove.  The standard offered up from Gillard and the like is – ‘if you can’t prove it – shut-up and fu_k off’.

Faulkner has returned fire and whilst most of his speech was in reference to NSW Labour and the current Obeid ICAC enquiry – all within the ALP will know of their own culpability.

The people deserve better – Faulkner points this out … and his honest appraisal is that the Government should be held to higher standards than anything else out there.

Whether this be just rhetoric and posturing will be played out in coming months – meanwhile ponder Faulkner as the alternative PM and see how it rests!!!

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– 3rd Dec – Bob Katter’s Australian Party – an alternative –


– 3rd Dec – Some ‘Carbon-Tax’ reality
– The World is not listening to the real facts –


– 29th Nov – A Slithering, Slimy, Spitting Lizard – Part II – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – A follow-up Story –


– 28th Nov - A slithering, slimy, spitting Lizard – Gillard’s been hiding in the Tall Grass – now exposed –


– 26th Nov – The Collective v the Abstract – Gillard is aware of her wrong doings –


– 25th Nov – Distressed Damsel Gillard’s Black Knight – Bruce Wilson’s 11th hour offer to defend Gillard –


– 24th Nov – The Jewish v Arab problem – A naive perspective –


– 24th Nov – Hedley Thomas plunges the knife – Gillard mortally wounded –


– 23rd Nov – Immigration and Asylum Seekers – What is the real answer –


– 20th Nov – Schoolies Week Starts – The Booze for Kids debate again heats up –


– 16th Nov – How Deep does the AWU corruption cover-up go? – An exposé on innuendo, evidence, hearsay and conjecture –


– 15th nov – Hedley Thomas exploding on Gillard – Gillard has a case to answer … –


– 14th Nov – Gillard behaves like a Guilty Person – Asks for allegations to be made –


– 14th Nov – The Australian Media – Lapdog’s at best – absolutely lost the plot on integrity, and their charter of responsibility –


– 9th Nov – Open Letter to “The Independents” Re: –
– Julia Gillard, Peter Slipper, and Craig Thompson, three MP’s who bring continued shame to our Parliament –


– 9th Nov – “Courage is an Angle” – the difference between a good day and a great day –


– 8th Nov – RUDD fires a broadside aimed at GILLARD – done under a burka to hide its true intent –


– 6th Nov – Gillard’s caucus and union support in revolt – her position becoming more untenable by the day –


– 5th Nov – Referendum Discussion Part 1 – Compulsory Voting – Eye-Ball’s – “None of the Above Campaign” –


– 4th Nov – Gillard Sunburnt – the flames of discontent begin to impact –


– 2nd Nov – A Montage of AWU Scandal Reports – Gillard to become “Open-Season” –


– 1st Nov – Education … A white Elephant – Politicising the future of young Australians –


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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 5th Dec 2012 |
The Christmas break always brings interesting political events – i.e. yesterday saw announcements of former QLD ALP politicians being appointed to plumb cushy bureaucratic jobs, and the corrupt MP Craig Thompson fronted the criminal court over his HSU charges.

Anna Bligh lands plumb job:

The Gillard Government announced a number of Political appointments in recent weeks – none more important that the Anna Bligh to Medicare’s Board.  The scrutiny behind the selection criteria for these appointments has to be questioned, as does the political accountability given Bligh’s resignation from her seat only days after the QLD election.

Read the story first –

Bligh joins Medibank board


| Author: David Crowe | Date: Dec 5th, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

THE Gillard government has made its third move within four weeks to elevate a state Labor ally to a key federal post, naming former Queensland premier Anna Bligh to the board of Medibank Private.

Ms Bligh will take up the post within weeks for a term of three years, collecting a package worth up to $90,000 a year to help oversee the federal government’s health insurer.

Finance Minister Penny Wong announced the appointment yesterday as one of three changes to Medibank, a priority target for privatisation if a Coalition government takes power at the next election.

The move follows the Gillard government’s appointment of former Queensland treasurer Andrew Fraser and former attorney-general Cameron Dick to other federal posts in recent weeks.

Mr Fraser gained a two-year position on the Australian Sports Commission board early last month, joining business and sport executives who oversee millions of dollars in grants. He was Queensland treasurer from September 2007 until Labor lost the state election earlier this year.

Mr Dick, a former state minister for industrial relations and education as well as attorney-general, was last week named the new chairman of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission for three years.

Before becoming premier Ms Bligh had been deputy premier with responsibility for finance, state development, trade and innovation, and prior to that held portfolios including education, families, community care and disability services.

Ms Bligh becomes the only former politician on the Medibank board, which is chaired by former Howard government cabinet secretary Paul McClintock.

Medibank directors receive from $74,000 to $89,000 over the year in cash, superannuation and non-monetary benefits, according to the health insurer’s last annual report.

Senator Wong also announced that Medibank director Cherrell Hirst would continue on the board for a further three years.

She thanked another director, Philip Twyman, who leaves the board after five years.

The integrity and political judgement of these postings has to be questioned –

Anna Bligh earlier this year won her seat in the QLD election – she led the ALP to a record defeat with he rALP only winning 7 seats in the 80+ member House.  It was a sound message from the QLD electorate that they have had enough of ALP.

Within days of her re-election, Bligh resigned as Leader of the ALP and told all that she wanted to resign from the Parliament.

This was a gross abdication of responsibility to all who voter for her re-election. The resultant by-election cost the QLD taxpayers $100’s thousands.   Bligh on the other hand banked her mulit-million dollar Parliamentary pension and walked away from her pre-election, and declared intent to all QLD’s to represent them for another four years if elected.

With the humiliation of the election defeat Bligh chose the weakest option – rather then front parliament in Opposition and be accountable for all the past deeds during her term – she chose the piss-ant option to walk away.  Why should that gutless action be rewarded with a plumb job on a Government Board?

How can Gillard reward Bligh for such a humiliation loss?  It is symbolic of all that is wrong with these Parliamentary appointments.

Bligh has not been the only appointment to plumb Governemnt jobs for QLD ALP MP defeated at the last election.  The depth of favours to ex MP’s has to have a justification – what is it?

The former QLD Treasure Andrew Fraser who oversaw the massive QLD budget blowouts, and plunged the State into debt numbers never before seen in QLD – what could he bring to the table on any Public entity Board?

The other appointment referenced in the story was that of former State Minister for Industrial Relations and Education – Mr Dick.  Again, a ‘jobs for the boys’ appointment.

I don’t care what the credentials are of these tried and rejected politicians with legacies that will cost QLD’s for decades to come – I want an answer to a question about what makes these appointees deserving of $100k a year type appointments purely because of past loyalty to the ALP?

Craig Thompson learns from Gillard – deny everything!

Another Christmas story the ALP hoped would go unnoticed was the Craig Thompson court case over the HSU allegations.  Who knew his court case was on this week – some journo’s did and they covered the story.

Thomson denies credit card claims


| Author: Not declared | Date: Dec 5th, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

Independent MP Craig Thomson has formally denied using union credit cards to pay for prostitutes and says he should avoid civil penalties because most of the accusations against him were made outside the legal time limit.

Mr Thomson lodged his defence papers in the Federal Court on Tuesday in response to the Fair Work Australia (FWA) claims he misused union funds while he was national secretary of the Health Services Union (HSU) between 2002 and 2007.

In his 28-page submission, he denies using union-issued credit cards to spend thousands of dollars on prostitutes while travelling on union business in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

He also denies using the cards to pay for flights and accommodation for his wife and family and for cash withdrawals and other personal expenses and says he did not act contrary to the financial management and governance of entities such as HSU.

But the suspended Labor MP says the vast majority of FWA’s accusations were made outside the six-year Statute of Limitations.

‘Ordinarily it’s six years. Six years before October 2012 is, unless there’s some unusual reason which no one has advanced, the limit. Nothing before that is relevant,’ Mr Thomson’s lawyer Chris McArdle said.

The vast majority of accusations made by FWA, including all claims relating to prostitutes, relate to the period before October, 2006.

But several accusations, most relating to flights and cash withdrawals, fall between then and the time he left the union in December, 2007.

However, Mr McArdle believes FWA’s claims will be whittled down even further if a case currently being heard by the full bench of the Federal Court in relation to Toyota finds the limitations only go back two years.

Opposition frontbencher Eric Abetz warned in October that FWA would have much to answer for if Mr Thomson avoided civil penalties because it took too long to bring the matters to court.

FWA has taken civil action against Mr Thomson, alleging 37 breaches of workplace laws and 25 breaches of HSU rules.

Mr Thomson, however, has denied any breaches and does not even admit being issued with the Diners Club card and Commonwealth Bank Mastercard he’s alleged to have used for purchases including prostitutes from various escort services, including A Touch of Class, Tiffany’s and The Boardroom in Sydney.

Mr Thomson was elected in 2007 as the Labor MP for the NSW seat of Dobell, but was suspended from the party in April and moved to the cross benches following the release of the FWA report in April this year.

FWA has until December 20 to reply to Mr Thomson’s defence.

The matter is listed for a directions hearing in the Federal Court on February 1, 2013.

The story was reported in a number of Media publications.

The ‘time constraints’ argument put forward by Thompson’s defence team is a hail-mary.  The statute of limitations can be a real issue – my information is that the statue is frozen from the time the crime is discovered and investigations commence – the FWA commenced their investigation into the corruption some 3+ years ago, and takes the statute back to 2008-9 and six years before that time.

The reasons for the 3+ years to complete the FWA investigation will also come under some scrutiny. There are plenty who would argue that it was designed in its length to protect the minority Government numbers from 2010.

As for Thompson’s statement denying all charges – that is a reproduction of Gillards AWU defense. Deny everything and dare anyone to provide proof.

The monkey show is set to continue next year when this matter and the Slipper judgement will again have the Gillard Leadership front and center.  The Slipper reserved judgement is still to be handed down and we can expect that will be released during this break as well.

Every day this Government remains in office the level of disgust increases.

On what basis can the Government justify the Bligh, Fraser, and Dick appointments when they were the only candidates considered?

What has happened to the selection panel process for Government appointments, or is it that the candidates on any panel are all chosen by the Government looking to reward friends of the party.

This type of nepotism has to be stamped out …

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