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EYE-BALL’s – “On the Hustings” – The Campaign Trail – Day 4

August 8, 2013 6 comments
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- The Campaign Trail – Day 4 -
| Author: No-Way José |8th Aug 2013 |
Policy Issue Debate: [Information on Policy issues you won't hear during the current Election Campaign.]

Previous Policy Issues: [Use links provided to read story in a new window and see relative polling data ...]

  1. Day 2 Policy Issue: Corruption in Politics -
  2. Day 3 Policy Issue: Judicial Appointments -

Day 4 Policy Issue: Government Limit on Borrowings – i.e. Debt to GDP ratio …[EYE-BALL Guru][click on Debt/GDP chart image to enlarge in a new window.]

The debate on ‘better Economic Management’ during the campaign will rage on and it will be about ‘they said, he said’.

it will be about the economic record under Howard, and the economic record under Rudd/Gillard Governments. If any one did research on economic management from the Government’s perspective it is all after the fact.

The Australian Constitution has this to say on how a Government is allowed to manage its finances:  See PDF version … see Word Version

On Taxation: [Revenues]

Chapter I The Parliament – Part V Powers of the Parliament -

Section 53 – Powers of the Houses in respect of legislation:

Proposed laws appropriating revenue or moneys, or imposing taxation, shall not originate in the Senate. But a proposed law shall not be taken to appropriate revenue or moneys, or to impose taxation, by reason only of its containing provisions for the imposition or appropriation of fines or other pecuniary penalties, or for the demand or payment or appropriation of fees for licences, or fees for services under the proposed law.

The Senate may not amend proposed laws imposing taxation, or proposed laws appropriating revenue or moneys for the ordinary annual services of the Government.

The Senate may not amend any proposed law so as to increase any proposed charge or burden on the people. The Senate may at any stage return to the House of Representatives any proposed law which the Senate may not amend, equesting, by message, the omission or amendment of any items or provisions therein. And the House of Representatives may, if it thinks fit, make any of such omissions or amendments, with or without modifications.

Except as provided in this section, the Senate shall have equal power with the House of Representatives in respect of all proposed laws.

Section 55 – Tax Bill:

Laws imposing taxation shall deal only with the imposition of taxation, and any provision therein dealing with any other matter shall be of no effect.

Laws imposing taxation, except laws imposing duties of customs or of excise, shall deal with one subject of taxation only; but laws imposing duties of customs shall deal with duties of customs only, and laws imposing duties of excise shall deal with duties of excise only.

On Expenditires: [Spending]

Chapter IV – Finance and Trade -

81 – Consolidated Revenue Fund

All revenues or moneys raised or received by the Executive Government of the Commonwealth shall form one Consolidated Revenue Fund, to be appropriated for the purposes of the Commonwealth in the manner and subject to the charges and liabilities imposed by this Constitution.

82 – Expenditure charged thereon

The costs, charges, and expenses incident to the collection, management, and receipt of the Consolidated Revenue Fund shall form the first charge thereon; and the revenue of the Commonwealth shall in the first instance be applied to the payment of the expenditure of the Commonwealth.

83 – Money to be appropriated by law

No money shall be drawn from the Treasury of the Commonwealth except under appropriation made by law.

But until the expiration of one month after the first meeting of the Parliament the Governor-General in Council may draw from the Treasury and expend such moneys as may be necessary for the maintenance of any department transferred to the Commonwealth and for the holding of the first elections for the Parliament.

The Constitution places all expenditure and revenue to be provided for under legislative process – meaning that all current and new expenditure is subject to existing and new laws under the Government of the day.

In other words if the Government can pass legislation through the HOR and the Senate, then there is no restrictiveness on any Government spending initiatives, nor taxation revenue collect at its own will.

The policy debate wanted is whether these rules should still apply given they were written at a time where Politicians had to get themselves elected, were deemed to be ‘of the people’ and ‘for the people’,  and acted frugally when it came to the public purse.   Since then society had changed in many ways, the advent of television and the ease in which the politician can reach the masses, and the modern method of the ‘candy store’ giveaways during election campaigns to get elected..

Since the GFC, all we know is that the world is in a debt spiral where new debt is doubling the old debt every four – five years.   Obama inherited a 2008 Bush debt of US$7 trillion – five years later the debt is above US$16 trillion.  Rudd inherited zero debt, and now we have almost $300 billion of debt, and under Bowen’s new forecasts, likely to be $4-500 billion in the near future.

Europe is a basket case where many Nations have worse debt proportions than others and the P.I.I.G.S. have GDP/Debt rations from which they cannot recover if they remain in the EuroZone.   Debt is the evil curse the Government’s have embraced to prop up ailing economies.  In fact it has been irresponsible economic management and placed future generations in the position none of us want tem to be.

Surely the prudent thing to do would be to place restrictions on the Government of the day’s borrowing capacity – force the Government to act responsibly and cut spending via Constitutional change linked to say – the Debt to GDP ratio.

What we do know and as it stands now is this:

  • Our Government of the day has no limitation to the amount of borrowing it can enter into,
  • Our Government of the day can spend public monies without limitation relative to:
    • Debt/GDP ratios,
    • Without any limitation to percentage (%) increases during its term,
    • Without any limitation to sector funding, i.e. Education, Health, Defence, Welfare … etc
    • Without any limitation to Party policy advertising,
    • Without any limitation to MP and Senator remuneration increases,
    • Without any limitation to Foreign Aid donations,
  • Our Government of the day can also cut spending at its discretion on any matter including Defence, Health, Education, Welfare and the like.

In a world where the struggle of life is ever increasing through debt explosion, and the Bank’s providing limitless lending to people already in financial trouble, the obvious answer to the question: ‘where will it all end’ … is relatively obvious – ‘badly’.

Should not Government’s impose limitations on themselves and run budgets according to economic conditions?

The problem is that ‘economic conditions’ is a subjective argument not often agreed to by opposing political party’s.

Elections are won and lost on the basis of policies promised and the balancing of the costings for those policies left to balance once in Government.   Surely we must know that this is ridiculous and makes us all look pretty stupid in accepting the ‘candy’ handouts with our vote.

In a perfect world the onus of responsible ‘economic management’ would come from the Government – but when re-election is on the agenda, or a new Government wants to take control,  responsible ‘economic management’ becomes about ‘tagging’ the other guy whilst not getting ‘tagged’ yourself on economic management.

In that scenario who do we believe, the $70 billion hole in the Coalition policies promoted by the Government, or the confessed $50 billion hole by the Government?

In either case the taxpayers and the electorate are bound to get screwed either way as they have done across the globe for the last 40 odd years.

Should the people have a say in how much the Government can borrow during at term of office?

How would an economic stimulus package as Rudd instigated in the face of the GFC work if there were limits on borrowings in place?

Should a change of strategy against election policies render a Government out-of-order, and be forced to go back to the people to get approval and seek a mandate?

One thing is true – Governments have to be made accountable for the mistakes they make in relation to managing the finances of the Nation.

The referee who makes the decision of whether the Government has overstepped their boundaries has to be the GG under our current Constitution.   Therefore when a GG is selected, are they canvassed on the matter as to whether they would be prepared to out the Government over poor economic Management, and who would they receive advice from if such a decision had to be made?

It’s all too hard one might say.

But easily fixed if it was legislated that all Government borrowings were restricted as a ratio of GDP.    Meaning that if GDP growth stalled, then no new borrowings can be assumed.  If GDP growth fell, borrowings would need to be reduced.   If GDP growth grew, then the Government has opportunity to enact new expenditure policy.

The goal being that the Government is responsible for economic growth and it has to find ways to stimulate that growth away from new Government debt spending.

For far too long Government spending has underpinned GDP growth and as a result the World has become a toxic debt explosion waiting to happen – the GFC was a tremor compared to what is still to come.

This has been coming for many decades and it is a global problem.  Debt got us into the GFC problem, and the only solution Western Governments have been able to come up with in the last five years it to increase their debt exponentially.

All with a consequence of future taxpayers being responsible for the repayment of that debt, and the resulting reduced living standards that will ensure.

Please take a minute to register your opinion in the Poll below:   [EYE-BALL Guru] …


Harry Growl’s Water Cooler Gossip: [Harry Growl] …

  • Story doing the rounds about Mr Abbott and Mr Rudd and many other male politicians concerns the new prostate test – all are taking the test to establish whether a rigid or ‘soft-cock’ awakening is an accurate measure for prostate problems …
  • Many have used the above scenario to have morning sex – politicians tweeting about this are set to rise …
  • Peter Beattie’s Federal nomination in the seat of ‘Forde’ boosts ALP chances in winning some marginal seats in QLD.   Beattie’s appearance as ‘gaunt’ and significant weight loss raised questions to his vim and vigor to a robust election campaign … perhaps he should use the test above to rule out  possible medical reasons …
  • Abbott was in Tasmania talking about State issues, and Rudd along side Beattie was in QLD talking about State issues under Newman … a new angle on Federal campaigns …
  •  Conroy, Swan, Emerson, Gillard, and other lesser members – i.e. Garrett, Clare and Lundy, and all a part of the Gillard tiger force are still absent from the campaign.   These names are obviously toxic for ALP … why has Abbott not used this to his advantage …  the NBN, Economic Management, and Trade, all portfolios under these previous Gillard Ministers and now serving as feather dusters awaiting their parliamentary pension for the rest of their lives …
  • Rudd must have counted the number of votes lost in recent days due to his ‘hair-tick’ because in front of the camera’s with Beattie, he never once touched his hair …
  • The journo’s travelling with both Leaders, Rudd and Abbott are having little games with themselves … whispers have emerged that News Fairfax Journo’s have made a pact to not sleep with anyone on the opposing team … the pool for the first journo to break ranks is growing each day … of course the incentive to break ranks for the pool is offset by a dare that is too much to publish hereto without obtaining reputable confirmations … more on this as advice comes to hand … oh .. by the way the pool is open to print and vision journo’s, all tech staff are excluded.

[Harry Growl] …


General Links to Election data and Information:

AEC’s Enrollment Drive: Linked here.

Today is Day 1 of the 34 day campaign and the immediate focus of the ALP and the Greens is to get as many un-enrolled electors enrolled … the deadline is seven (7) days and the AEC link to find more information about whether you are enrolled can be found here.  [EYE-BALL.]

ABC’s Vote Compass:  Linked here.

A brilliant on-line survey presented by the ABC’s Anthony Green will prove to be an election barometer never seen before.  His 30 question survey has gone ballistic this morning with 170,000 people logging on to give their responses.  His questions will decide the election issues seen as most important and the major party’s will be keenly seeking Green’s data to help them plan their election strategies. [EYE-BALL]

Anthony Green’s Election Blog: Linked here.

Party Policy links:

Campaign Speeches:

Link to the ABC’s 2013 Election coverage:

Final Comments from EYE-BALL:

This new election commentary page is provided as a service to subscribers and readers during the 2013 election campaign.

All and any abusive comments will be deleted without notice.

Satire and witty comments are appreciated … and in all seriousness, this Nation is a bee’s dick away from disaster, and if anyone thinks that Rudd or Abbott have the goods to be our PM and lead this Nation away from that disaster, please express your thoughts and reasons in the comments section below.  You never know, your comment might just make a difference.

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The EYE-BALL Opinion’s – On The Hustings …

EYE-BALL’s – “On the Hustings” – The Campaign Trail – Day 3

August 7, 2013 2 comments
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Title:
- EYE-BALL’s “On the Hustings” -
- The Campaign Trail – Day 3 -
| Author: No-Way José | 7th Aug 2013 |
Policy Issue Debate: [Information on Policy issues you won't hear during the current Election Campaign.]

Previous Policy Issues:

  1. Day 2 Policy Issue: Corruption in Politics – use link to read story and see poll data …

Day 3 Policy Issue: Judicial Appointments: …[EYE-BALL]

There are many Courts under the control of the Federal Government – The highest being the ‘High Court’.

High CourtAppointments to the ‘High Court’ and other Federal Courts are made by the Federal Attorney General.  These Federal appointments are then rubber stamped by the GG.

The appointments are drawn from a short list,  after judicial reviews and assessments, and then decided upon by the Federal Government including the PM and its Cabinet process.   The Attorney General announces the appointments after the GG has signed off on them.

The current ‘High Court’ structure and appointments is contained in the table below:  [linked on-line here.]  [Click on image to see all judicial appointment data i.e. Education and Court experience, in a new window.]

One of the rules for High Court appointees require mandatory retirement at age 70 – hence the appointment tenure.

The spread of appointments of the current Justices is spread as three (3) from John Howard’s era, and four (4) from the Rudd/Gillard era.  Two new appointments are due to be made during the next Federal Government term – both were John Howard appointments.

Other Courts and tribunals controlled by Federal Government appointment include: [links to the Australian Federal Courts websites provided.]

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is an independent body that reviews a broad range of administrative decisions made by Australian Government ministers and officials, authorities and other tribunals.Administrative Appeals Tribunal

The Australian Competition Tribunal was established in 1965. Prior to 1995, the Tribunal was known as the Trade Practices Tribunal. The Tribunal hears applications for review of determinations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.Federal Court of Australia

The Commonwealth Courts Portal is an initiative of the Family Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia and Federal Magistrates Court of Australia. It provides web-based services for clients to access information about cases before the courts.Family Court of Australia

Inquires into the amount of royalty payable in respect of the recording of musical works; fixes royalties or equitable remuneration in respect of compulsory licences; arbitrates disputes in relation to the terms of existing and proposed licensing schemes; and deals with applications for the granting of licences.Copyright Tribunal of Australia

The Council of Australasian Tribunals facilitates liaison and discussion between the heads of tribunals. It supports the development of best practice models and model procedural rules, standards of behaviour and conduct for members and increased capacity for training and support for members.Administrative Appeals Tribunal

The Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal hears and determines appeals from courts martial and Defence Force magistrates in respect of service offences by Australian Defence Force personnel.Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal

The Family Court of Australia has jurisdiction over all matrimonial causes and associated responsibilities.Family Court of Australia

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia (formerly known as the Federal Magistrates Court) was established at the end of 1999. The court is an independent federal court under the Australian Constitution. The jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court includes family law and child support, administrative law, admiralty law, bankruptcy, copyright, human rights, industrial law, migration, privacy and trade practices. The court shares those jurisdictions with the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Court of Australia. The objective of the Federal Magistrates Court is to provide a simpler and more accessible alternative to litigation in the superior courts and to relieve the workload of those courts.Federal Circuit Court of Australia

The Federal Court of Australia began to exercise its jurisdiction on 1 February 1977. It assumed jurisdiction formerly exercised in part by the High Court of Australia and the whole of the jurisdiction of the Australian Industrial Court and of the Federal Court of Bankruptcy.Federal Court of Australia

The High Court is the highest court in the Australian judicial system. Its functions are to interpret and apply the law of Australia; to decide cases of special federal significance including challenges to the constitutional validity of laws and to hear appeals, by special leave, from Federal, State and Territory courts.High Court of Australia

The Migration Review Tribunal (the MRT) and the Refugee Review Tribunal (the RRT) provide an independent and final merits review of decisions made in relation to visas to travel to, enter or stay in Australia. The MRT reviews decisions made in respect of general visas (e.g. visitor, student, partner, family, business, skilled visas) and the RRT deals with decisions made in respect of protection (refugee) visas.Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal

The Social Security Appeals Tribunal is a statutory body established to review decisions made in relation to social security, education or training payments.Social Security Appeals Tribunal

The Veterans’ Review Board is an independent tribunal to review decisions made by the Repatriation Commission on claims for acceptance of injury or disease as war-caused or defence-caused, on claims for war widows’, war widowers’ and orphans’ pensions, on assessment of pension rate for incapacity from war-caused or defence-caused injury or disease, and on claims for the grant, or assessment of, attendant allowance.Department of Veterans’ Affairs.


The list of Current Federal Judges appointed to these courts are:

Judges based in Sydney

Judges based in Melbourne

Judges based in Brisbane

Judges based in Perth

Judges based in Adelaide

Judge based in Canberra

Judges based in Hobart


List of State Courts: [Click to enlarge in a new Window.]

All State based Courts Judges are appointed by the individual States Attorney General after the same process is pursued as for Federal Court appointments.


The Debate:

The system in place for Court Appointments has been in place since Federation and before.   If not the Government to make the appointee decision then who.   The matter comes to the debate table because of the appointment of Justice Bernard Murphy during the Julia Gillard term as Prime Minister.  The AG at the time of the appointment – 13th June 2011 – was Robert McClelland.    Nicola Roxon took over the portfolio in Dec 2011.

Robert McClelland was involve din the AWU scandal as a lawyer after the AWU sacked Slater and Gordon and transferred their legal work to Maurice Blackburn.   Nicola Roxon worked for Maurice Blackburn and it is widely acknowledged that Roxon took over the Gillard AWU file when Gillard was sacked from Slater and Gordon.

McClelland introduced into the House a speech about his knowledge of the AWU scandal and Gillard’s involvement.  Read the full text of McClellan’s comments – 21st June 2012 – in Hansard here via Andrew Bolt’s blog, or via APH here.

There is a 12 month gap between McClellan’s comments and the prior appointment of Bernard Murphy.  McClelland was sacked from the Gillard Ministry for supporting Kevin Rudd in his early 2012 Leadership spill.

You do not have to be too clever to understand McClelland’s motives for the Hansard comments.  What is interesting is that if McClelland knew about Gillard’s AWU scandal involvement, who else knew as well.  And – if the numbers of ALP MP’s and Senators were aware of Gillard’s AWU scandal involvement, why was she chosen to become PM with the chequered AWU history there for the media and public to expose?

Was the Bernard Murphy a payback by Gillard to hush up his knowledge of Gillard’s involvement in the AWU scandal – the evidence revealed to date had Murphy’s account differing with another Partner’s on the record account, and the transcript of Gillard’s recorded termination interview.

As a policy issue – if the PM abuses their office to make judicial appointments who would know?   Is there an appeals process for judicial members to appeal their case for a position they feel qualified for and want?

The concept of Governments stacking the Courts is theatre stuff … honest and genuine Governments don’t play politics with Judicial appointments, just the same as judicial appointees never bare their political persuasion when passing judgement.  That is how it is supposed to work and there are many judgements made that challenge the courts neutrality.

The media and other vested interest try time and again to make the case of bias decisions from the judiciary.   There is no case law where this has been proven.

The Courts are often though of as being the third (3rd) arm of Government, behind the Legislature, and the Executive. [see link here.]   Our Court Justices are charged with enforcing the Laws of the Land and as revealed with the High Court’s dismissing the Government’s Malaysian solution to asylum seekers, they are not only required to be seen to independent but they must act independently.

Please take a minute to register your opinion in the Poll below:   [EYE-BALL] …


The Day’s Updates – Media Stories: … [EYE-BALL] …

Amedia story no one is writing about is the Treasury forecasts made in May for the 2013 Budget and the $33 billion hole across the forward estimates made only 11 weeks later.

Surely the story we all want to know is how Treasury could have got it so wrong – yet again.  Remember the 2012-13 forecast in May 2012 was for a $1.5 billion surplus.  It was revised down to $500 million surplus in the mid year estimates and then in Dec 2012 it all came unstuck.

As at the May 2013 Finance Department numbers the budget is at $17 billion deficit.   So in the space of the  time from May 2012 – to Aug 2013 – the Treasury estimates have made errors in excess of $50 billion … how can the Treasury forecast modelling be trusted.

The Opposition have every right to have no confidence in handing over their policy’s for costing by Treasury.   But the question has to be asked – why have they not used the incompetence of Treasury over the past 2 odd years as the reason.

The other news story today worthy of note was the High Court decision on the MRRT challenge from Twiggy Forrest.

Please give your feedback on whether you have confidence in the Treasury modelling and the numbers presented in Chris Bowen’s amended budget forecast:  … [EYE-BALL] …


Harry Growl’s Water Cooler Gossip: [Harry Growl] …

  • Christopher Pyne had a revisit to the barber yesterday … he believed it was a rogue hair giving him a tickle behind the ear … the barber couldn’t find it so watch out over the next few days for Pyne giving his left ear a tug …
  • The Opposition candidate for Sydney seat ‘Greenway’ had a bad day on Tuesday when a Channel 10 journo opened up when the candidate struggled to find a sensible response to policy questions.   The highlight was an exposure to the Opposition vetting process … surely public speaking and an understanding of the Party’s policy should be part of the vetting process … watch out for more journo’s getting agressive with candidates …
  • David Bradbury the Assistant Treasurer is a duck out of water after Swan’s demise – he lost it on a radio talk back show yesterday – read more here
  • Listen to Joe Hockey’s speech on the interest rate reduction:


  • Listen to Chris Bowen’s comments after the Rate cut:


  • On the ‘debate’ debate … the ALP minders are saying that Abbott does not really want to debate on Rudd’s terms … the Coalition minders are saying that they are not running away from any debate contest … Malcolm Turnbull is said to have said that he should be in the debate to help Abbott do a number on Rudd …
  • Abbott also got himself in trouble when he spoke about the NSW MP involved in a sex image … read more here … why would Abbott even go there?

[Harry Growl] …


The BULLSHIT Measure:

The graphs showing the “Bullshit” measure will be updated weekly or there abouts … please if you find a story or media report that reeks of the ‘bullshit’ context, please send a link of the story text via comments section below.


General Links to Election data and Information:

AEC’s Enrollment Drive: Linked here.

Today is Day 1 of the 34 day campaign and the immediate focus of the ALP and the Greens is to get as many un-enrolled electors enrolled … the deadline is seven (7) days and the AEC link to find more information about whether you are enrolled can be found here.  [EYE-BALL.]

ABC’s Vote Compass:  Linked here.

A brilliant on-line survey presented by the ABC’s Anthony Green will prove to be an election barometer never seen before.  His 30 question survey has gone ballistic this morning with 170,000 people logging on to give their responses.  His questions will decide the election issues seen as most important and the major party’s will be keenly seeking Green’s data to help them plan their election strategies. [EYE-BALL]

Party Policy links:

Campaign Speeches:

Link to the ABC’s 2013 Election coverage:

Final Comments from EYE-BALL:

This new election commentary page is provided as a service to subscribers and readers during the 2013 election campaign.

All and any abusive comments will be deleted without notice.

Satire and witty comments are appreciated … and in all seriousness, this Nation is a bee’s dick away from disaster, and if anyone thinks that Rudd or Abbott have the goods to be our PM and lead this Nation away from that disaster, please express your thoughts and reasons in the comments section below.  You never know, your comment might just make a difference.

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


Have your say where it counts: – contact your Local Federal Representative via the links below and let them know how you feel about this, or any other topic that you feel strongly about – or you can just post a comment below and let off some steam.

Links to Australian Parliamentary Website – MP’s


The EYE-BALL Opinion’s – On The Hustings …

EYE-BALL’s – “On the Hustings” – The Campaign Trail – Day 2

August 6, 2013 4 comments
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- The Campaign Trail – Day 2 -
| Author: No-Way José | 6th Aug 2013 |
Policy Issue Debate – Corruption in Politics: [EYE-BALL]

For most of us our biggest concern in politics is political corruption. Yet – all sides of the political divide don’t debate or put this issue front and center in any of their policy platforms.

Why Not?

With the Obeid/MacDonald ICAC revelations, the ongoing Craig Thompson saga that started in 2010, the AWU scandal on the go since the early 1990′s and both still not resolved, and then there is the Peter Slipper affair that goes back to the Howard years – political corruption and the abuse of parliamentary privileges is a big issue for the electorate.

The Gillard assist in having the Thompson and Slipper incidents waylaid to allow the Gillard minority Government to stay in power is another issue that reeks of corrupt deals – yet and nobody in politics is interested in seeking the truth or having those deals exposed.

The electorate want the debate, they want positive action to clean up the corruption issues and the longer Rudd and Abbott and other candidates hold off on the debate the more disengaged the electorate will become.

When the rorting or travel and other personal expenses is excused as in the case of the Opposition Leader, the vested self serving interests that allow these claim error hiccups to go away is not the way these matters should be dealt with.

We want the overseas trips for cooking lessons, and Test cricket junkets, the family trip to Tuscany to all stop.  We want MP’s to pay for their own lunches and stop dining on the public purse. We want them to use taxi’s, buses and rail to experience the real public transport shortcomings the public are forced to endure.

Claiming security needs and time constraints should be restricted to Cabinet Ministers – not backbenchers nor Senators.

The first candidate to take a hard-line on political corruption will set a trend that can only drag all the other candidates into the same debate.  Being soft on corruption is a great negative to any party or individual …

If this be so – then why won’t they talk or debate the issue?

Simple really – they are all a part of the problem and because they operate under a self-policing arrangement, they will not advocate for independence of the ‘watchdog’ ensuring expense claim legitimacy.  Now that would be an election issue that most voters would be very interested in.

Do you agree: [Please vote your interest below.][EYE-BALL] …


The Day’s Updates – Media Stories: … [EYE-BALL] …

The most honest of all the media stories browsed/read yesterday and overnight was a story by Peter Hatcher from “The Age” titled Both parties peddle a fiscal fairytale … lead in below:

Both parties peddle a fiscal fairytale


| Author: Peter Hatcher | Date: Aug 6th 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

Even after resigning two years ago as the secretary of the Treasury, Ken Henry has been a model of discretion. But that doesn’t mean he’s content with the state of politics in Australia. In fact, he’s been growing increasingly frustrated.

The man who served as Australia’s top economic adviser for a decade under Liberal and Labor governments has now spoken his mind about the performance of the two parties in recent years, and he’s not impressed.

Australia faces an “immense challenge” in paying for its needs and both political parties are failing to deal with it, says Henry.

The key problem is an ageing population and rising health costs.

The size of the problem has been clear ever since Henry spelled it out in the first Intergenerational Report, published by the Treasury under the Howard Government in 2002: “Older people are more expensive than younger people,” Henry summarises. Not only will there be fewer workers paying taxes to meet the costs of pensions, the health care bill will soar.

“We see an inexorable increase in health costs and I don’t see any party saying we have to find ways to cut health spending.

“So then the question: Are there areas of government spending that can be addressed to offset these effects?” He answers his own question: “Maybe, but are they enough to offset 5 per cent of GDP? That’s $70 billion in today’s dollars.” That’s the Treasury estimate of the extra annual cost of our ageing society 30 years from now.

“I don’t think so,” says Henry. “I really don’t think so.” … continues

Hatchers story reflects what we all know but political leaders want to take no notice of.  Who wins an election with policies that increase taxes … yet that is what is needed.

Please give your feedback on tax increases:  … [EYE-BALL] …


The Day’s Updates – Political Campaign Stories: …[EYE-BALL Guru.]…

The obvious clanger of the day is the Opposition’s claim that lower interest rates translates to poor economic management.’ Joe Hockey made the statement in relation to the expectation the RBA will reduce official interest rates to 2.5% when the RBA meets today.

This level is a record low for official interest rates and Mr Hockey made the statement that this means that the economy is not doing well.  Mr Hockey has not updated his personal website with the text of link to his comments.  However,  Mike Pasco writing for the SMH posted a story on Mr Hockey’s credentials late last week – linked here – and points out Mr Hockey has some creditability issues as the alternative Treasurer.

Searching for confirmed text and video of Hockey making his comment re the lower interest rates mean poor economic management are still eluding search and research requests.  Perhaps Hockey has killed the story and the fact that his personal website does not carry the story is indicative.

Suffice to say – interest rates go up and down in this Nation in response to the RBA’s view on inflationary pressures.  EYE-BALL Guru has made the argument countless times that this inflation targeting by the RBA is in fact one of the major causes of our weakening economy.  Interest rates should have been at these levels 3-4 years ago as they were with the rest of our major trading partners suffering under the GFC impact – see Guru charts below:

Global Central Bank Cash Rates: – [click image to enlarge in a new window.]

10yr and 2yr CGS v RBA Cash Rate: – [click image to enlarge in a new window.]

Both these charts reflect the RBA’s policy in how Interest rates are used to kill inflation whether there be the threat of inflation or not.  The easiest message the Opposition can use on economic Management is to ask the question why mortgage holders have had to pay A$1,000′s in forced higher interest rates compared with our trading partners?   Why have offshore investors been allowed to plunder our riches at the expense of mortgage holders?

Both these policy explanations would stump the Government – nobody thinks inflation is an issue anywhere across the globe – why is the RBA stuck in this twilight zone where 20 odd years ago, inflation was a problem for all the western world.  All political parties are stuck in the mud on this issue and claim the RBA”s independence, just like Treasury – these bureaucrats get it wrong – just look at the $33 billion hole since the MAy ’13 budget.

Of course the higher interest rates here influenced the value of the A$ and that higher value had an impact on all our export industries leading to job losses and increased domestic labour costs relative to the rest of the world. The fact that the media nor the political brains of our Nation have not made the connect and acted accordingly gives insight to the how and why we are where we are economically speaking, and in the position of being forced to prop up the car industry and spend taxpayer funds to support ailing export and domestic business’.

Mr Hockey and Mr Robb would be a worse alternative to Swan and Wong, now the ALP has Evans … oops Bowen and Wong and Mr Bowen updated us on Swan’s $33 billion ‘book-cook’ since the May budget less that three months ago.

The economy will be a big election issue – on management, on spending restraint, and on policy implementation i.e. Gonski, NBN, Disability Insurance etc … but what it won’t be about is who best understands the global market and how Australia is an island in a cyclone tempest where we live and die by the value of the A$ and the export revenues that rise and fall on the back of the stability of the A$. …[EYE-BALL Guru.]…


Harry Growl’s Water Cooler Gossip: [Harry Growl] …

  • The Kevin Rudd hair flick is now officially the worst ‘tick’ put up by any Political performer … it costs him 1,000 votes every time he does it … come on Kevin you must see the footage and see how lame it is …
  • Peter Slipper announced he is still running in the seat of Fisher … he has to be kidding right … it can only mean he is after one last grab of the taxpayer purse through electoral refunds – if he polls 4% or more he’ll get $2.51 per vote … well done Peter …
  • Milne turned up in black today after her ‘frumpy’ appearance yesterday  … eyes were also darkened and the windy outdoor press conference with Melbourne candidate Adam Brandt made for challenging conditions.   The GREENS are in trouble will latest poll data showing slippage to 9% and todays policy focus was on ‘high speed rail’ … they still think they will control the Senate … but any chance they will have a seat at the table in the HOR’s is a pipe dream … at the next Senate election the goss is they will go the way of the Democrats …
  • All the other female candidates stayed indoors today … all afraid of the wind and how it would make for a Hitchcock “BIRDS’ bad hair day …
  • Has anyone heard or see Wayne Swan outside of his Facebook page … if so please take a pulse reading and post anything that might indicate he is still running in his seat of Lilly …
  • Same for Craig Emerson … many thought he would help the new guy but the word again suggests his mobile phone bill ony has the one number being dialed … coincidently – Julia’s mobile phone bill hardly registers any calls being made …
  • Word has circulated that Stephen Conroy has be in meetings with lawyers over his starring role at the next ICAC inquiry … has anyone seen him of the ski slopes or near Obeid’s ski cabin …
  • Out of the blue – someone showed me an image of a penis in a glass of red wine and said it belonged to a NSW MP – the penis that is … not the image … apparently the USA’s Anthony Weiner texting his genitalia has set a trend … yes he did it again only recently … who said Politicians weren’t addicted to sexual fantasy … all the more reason for staffers to wear condoms …
  • Word on the ALP Victorian pre-selection wars aren’t over … Shorten and Conroy pretty much got their way, as did Gillard … but the voters and branch members are said to have formed a group to ensure the last laugh … Feeney’s decision to move from the Senate might leave egg all over his face … just the word OK …
  • Oh … watching the Milne/Brandt press conference in the background … hear is a heads up guys … when the camera is showing the teeth chattering from the cold in the pretty journalist standing next to Brandt – it’s time to realise the audience aren’t listening anymore … talk about the need for a media guru …
  • On the former Gillard media advisor McTurd – his 457 visa won’t be renewed unless he can get himself another job – the FOI request by Hedley Thomas into the efforts Gillard made to find and/or hire someone locally have been released – read the story here … this should spell more trouble for Gillard … when asked for a response she said – ‘fu_k-off’.
  • Joe Hockey has a minder with him on the campaign trail who’s sole purpose is to count his calorie intake … Joe is serious about his weight loss … he hears political mileage can be made over an expanding girth when he becomes the Treasurer and journo’s connect the ‘fat-of-the-land’ disappearing,  and the ‘fat-of-Joe’s-girth’ reappearing …
  • Bronwyn Bishop – [known on this side of the fence as ''The BEEHIVE'', and HOR ''School Mam''] – is a living parliamentary miracle.  She proves once and for all that you only have to get into Parliament to earn the right to stay in Parliament …

[Harry Growl] …


The BULLSHIT Measure:

The graphs showing the “Bullshit” measure will be updated weekly or there abouts … please if you find a story or media report that reeks of the ‘bullshit’ context, please send a link of the story text via comments section below.


General Links to Election data and Information:

AEC’s Enrollment Drive: Linked here.

Today is Day 1 of the 34 day campaign and the immediate focus of the ALP and the Greens is to get as many un-enrolled electors enrolled … the deadline is seven (7) days and the AEC link to find more information about whether you are enrolled can be found here.  [EYE-BALL.]

ABC’s Vote Compass:  Linked here.

A brilliant on-line survey presented by the ABC’s Anthony Green will prove to be an election barometer never seen before.  His 30 question survey has gone ballistic this morning with 170,000 people logging on to give their responses.  His questions will decide the election issues seen as most important and the major party’s will be keenly seeking Green’s data to help them plan their election strategies. [EYE-BALL]

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EYE-BALL Opinion – EYE-BALL’s MediaZone Growl No: 4 – Australia’s Media Horde

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| Author: EYE-BALL MediaZone | 30th July 2013 |
Hello all … frustration more than anything drives this post – frustration at our Media and the complete ineptness demonstrated in the way they report political stories and the News.How many times do you now see a story and immediately recognise the bias involved, the slant, the unasked question we all want asked, the pursuit of a desired answer to a question we all know was prompted, how many times do we see journalists behaving like dogs off their leash?The reality in how politics is being fed to the public via News broadcasters is nothing more than extended personal political battle-lines, all to a cause to serve media barons and their lust for political favours.

All political News these days holds a propaganda message designed to influence rather then inform.  A lead story on one broadcast is treated as low profile on a different broadcaster because of how it portrays the story comport.

Who’s interests were best served when the Gillard ‘police investigation’ story was rejected by the media as News, who’s interests are being served when the Abbott travel rorts for his book publishing tour were discovered and treated as a non event?

The Slipper, Thompson, Williamson, Obeid, MacDonald corruption stories – all major fraud stories and stories all given different prominence and focus by different broadcasters.

Over a long time the likes of Rupert Murdoch and his fellow media barons have demonstrated their willingness to sacrifice integrity and moral standards in the pursuit of political favour for withheld news stories.  Deals are done and trade off’s made to have stories pulled or ‘toned down’ when the media is looking for favour – be it lobby donations for a more agreeable media ownership spread, more coverage, more influence, and it sickens to imagine where it will all end.

The Media are responsible for the greatest fraud of all time – the media barons alone have destroyed the integrity of News reporting – remember Conrad Black, the Maxwell empire, and the countless other media barons over the years who have come and gone.  There is still one that has survived them all – the Murdoch press.

Globally Murdoch is the most influential media empire the world has ever seen – and still he does not have enough.

Who do we have in Australia, Kerry Stokes, Fairfax – ha … small time players and not in the same market as Murdoch.   Murdoch plays the ‘kingmaker’ … and the Australian politicians and public listen.

Neutrality of opinion has disappeared in the way journalists write their stories.  Editorials express opinions and journalists take their cue from the editors.

To highlight the most recent episodes of some non Murdoch owned or influenced TV shows – the following is presented.

The three high-profile political programs I watch are “Insiders”, “The Bolt Report”, and “Q&A” – in no particular order of preference all have highs and lows in what there serve up to the public.

A common thought about all three is that they do a great disservice to the political debate as media presentations. For example -

The Bolt Report:

Take last Sunday’s program built under promo’s in that the PM will make his first appearance on the program. Bolt invited us to see the PM squirm under his questions and revealed that the PM would answer honestly – look what happened: [Warning - watch for Bolt's need to pursue the answer he wants - not the answer the interviewed wants to give ...]

You see the point – the political Q&A is not important – only the shock value to boost Bolt’s ratings. Bolt could be called a ‘narcosis psychopath’ in the way he believes his opinion is the only one that matters. He stint on “Insiders’ was proof in his believe that his opinion was more relevant and more correct whenever he shared the panel time and question. Now his show is on commercial TV and is struggling for ratings so there is commercial value in trying to play the Bob Dwyer ‘Pick-a-Box’ theme of audience drawn into the suspense and drama of trying to trip up the PM or some other guest on the show.

Bolt’s ‘prima-donna’ performances have earned him a reputation that scares politicians. Albanese is the only other ALP Minister to have appeared on his show. Rudd’s aim was to shorten Bolt’s stature, Bolt’s aim was to get one over the PM on National TV.

How does that advance the political debate? How does that hold the Government accountable – there were so many areas Bolt could have gone to expose Rudd’s weakness – i.e. the AWU scandal and how Gillard became PM in the first place – the Peter Slipper affair as he sat on the backbenches watching it unfold – same with the Craig Thompson affair – surely Rudd’s responses to these questions would have served the Australian people so much more than questions about a new initiative in asylum seeker policy that is currently being tested by the people smugglers.

Rudd has to wear his share of responsibility as well – if he wanted to put Bolt in his place and that has to be the only reason Rudd would appear on the show – his response to Bolt’s ‘goading’ could have been so much more dismissive and to the point … it was pathetic television and a waste of time.

“The Bolt Report” gets a 2/10 rating, and Andrew Bolt gets a 1/10 rating for interview style and how he presents himself as a member of Australia’s media industry.

ABC’s “Q&A”:

Monday nights program – linked via “IView” here – was a massive disappointment – normal host Paul Jones was absent and Virginia Trioli stepped in.

The first question asked by a schoolgirl was:

Sarah Burgess asked: Can you please put Australia out of its misery and let us all know when the next election will take place? I have a school formal to plan and people have gay weddings to plan….

‘… put Australia out of its misery …’ indeed – how does a schoolgirl who is more than likely not old enough to vote get to pass a judgement about ‘political misery’?

How the researches who vet the questions allowed this to pass as in the interests of the viewers watching the program points again to program agenda as opposed to true political interest.

So much of the media today are about when the election will be called – why waste all that page and TV time on a question that will never be honestly answered …

Kate Ellis was allowed to state chapter and verse about the ALP policy successes whilst answering a question about something entirely different – why did the presenter allow this?

The most interesting guest on the program was Peter Shergold, who was Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2003-2008. He was also the nation’s most senior public servant when he resigned four months into Kevin Rudd’s first term as PM.

In two decades he served in the public service he served four Prime Ministers and eight Ministers in both Labor and Coalition governments. During this time he established the Office of Multicultural Affairs, headed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), and was Public Service Commissioner. He was secretary of several government departments, including the Department of Education, Science and Training, and the Department of Employment, Workforce Relations and Small Business.

Surely his contribution to the political debate during this program could have been better used – he hesitated on his first direct question that asked him for an opinion … the question was -

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: Just returning to the question, Peter Shergold, you’ve been down this path before, of course, being head of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Can you intuit what the Prime Minister’s strategy might be at the moment if you were to speculate?

PETER SHERGOLD: I think the major strategy is to keep us all guessing. I think that’s the key. Of course if you’re a public servant this is very exciting days, indeed, waiting for the caretaker convention to come when for four to six weeks–

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: You public servants are thrilled by such …(indistinct)…

PETER SHERGOLD: –for four to six weeks the country is in good hands, the public service, and you notice nobody notices the difference.

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: So what are you arguing for here, Peter Shergold: rule by public servants?

PETER SHERGOLD: I think it is important, actually, that public servants do recognise what their role is. It is the role of government to set the national interest. It is the role of public servants to give advice on that and then to implement the policies of the government of the day, whichever it is.

That was about the most exposing question put to Shergold – why not ask about the reason for his resignation i.e. the Rudd work ethic in those first months had the public service up in arms about the demands and hours they had to work – surely Shergold’s take on that would have audience interest in forming opinions as to why Rudd was booted by his ALP MP’s.

The rest of the program descended and Magda Szubanski’s levity was about the only reason one stayed to watch the whole program. This is a program that has the ability to get real answers to people’s concerns – the problem is that it to is in a ratings war and dictated by populists formats.

Liberal MP Josh Frydenberg had his moment of fame when he talked about the Rudd tweet about cutting himself shaving – really … is this what Frydenberg wants to introduce as his contribution to the debate …

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: Josh Frydenberg, can you explain why Kevin Rudd is so liked?

JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, firstly, there’s no difference between Kevin Rudd Mark I and Kevin Rudd Mark II. I mean for the same reasons that Julia Gillard said a government has lost its way those reasons have not changed, namely the tax burden, namely the budget deficits, namely the border protection chaos. In terms of the celebrity of Kevin Rudd, I think it’s quite dangerous because what it is is it’s obscuring the real debate on important issues. So, for example, the day that he tweeted that photo of cutting himself shaving was the day that our unemployment numbers came out and unemployment rose to 5.7%, more than 6% in Queensland, more than 8% in Tasmania but we didn’t have a debate about that. I mean youth unemployment, an area in Kate’s area, has hit the highest level in 15 years. This is the problem. This is the problem. We need to have a debate about the policy issues and not about Kevin Rudd cutting himself shaving.

This question should have opened many doors – why did the media focus on the ‘shaving cut’ as opposed to the unemployment numbers … whatever Rudd’s purpose to tweet that he cut himself – and I’m sure it was not him that actually typed the tweet but some media staffer – the opposition chose to raise the tweet in context with the unemployment numbers. Does this not demonstrate the shallowness of Frydenberg and the rest of the panel, or the audience for allowing the comments to go unchallenged?

“Q%A” get a 2.5/10 rating, and it’s a rating that has been on the slide for some time.

ABC’s – “Insiders”: [or the Barry Cassidy ego and ALP propaganda show - watch here - transcripts here - ]

Cassidy gave Opposition Immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison a good go – unusual for Cassidy. Morrison has grown in his responsibilities and is an impressive communicator. His early days in the job prove he has come far.

The issue here is that the Rudd answer to the ‘asylum seeker’ will not prove to be a failure or success until it has had time to impact. The rush by people smugglers to get the people who have paid for transit rather then refund if people change their mind highlights the desperation these people are subjected to.

This is criminal and negligent homicide by the people smugglers and it all happens far away from our shores. It will only be in 9-12 months as to whether opinion can be gauged whether the policy has worked or not.

Rudd knows that if he finds a perceived solution to the asylum seeker invasion that he has a better chance at the election. Abbott knows also that and success to the Rudd plan means his job becomes tougher in trying to win the election.

It is understandable why the media have this focus – but they also know that short term speculation can only damage the policy as the people smugglers build a case for the Abbott response to hasten the asylum seeker exodus.

“Insiders” Rating – 4/10.

Summary:

So where does one turn to get informed political opinion?

Is the Murdoch press the only source of real journalism?

None of the above programs has any real interest in exposing the AWU scandal, nor the Craig Thompson, or Peter Slipper corruption charges.  I ponder long and hard as to why that is?

The people have a right to know why Tony Abbott’s ‘book-tour’ travel expense claims differ to those of Peter Slipper.   Why is Abbott given a free ride and Slipper hung out to dry?

Also – why the Union movement was called upon to help with the payment of Thompson’s legal expenses – all to avoid his bankruptcy and the resultant calling of an election for his seat some two years ago.

These are stories that have public interest yet none of the three above programs go near any depth of question on these matters.

The subject of a post due to be published soon is the expense accounts for Tony Abbott – as a forerunner check out this excel file imaged below to see how Mr Abbott has used his parliamentary expenditure expense account since mid 2009. [Click image to enlarge in a new window.]

Ho hum .. off we go … the $370 million spent as expenses by our 230 MP’s and Senators has an annual spread of $1.6 million per member. That is some 8 times their recent remuneration payment – before the increase it is a factor 13 times.

This $1.6 million does not include parliamentary staff cost – which can be for up to a minimum of 4 additional staff ranging in remunerations from a high of $240k to minimum’s of $65k.

The $1.6 million also does not cover the cost of the non-contributary parliamentary superannuation schemes for pre 2005 members – nor the staff expenses over and above remuneration costs – i.e. redundancy, super, and health schemes.

We are truly living in the age where public servants enjoy a ‘sense of entitlement’ that borders on is decadence …

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EYE-BALL Opinion – EYE-BALL MediaZone Growl No: 3 – The Australian’s – Janet Albrechtsen – Journalist

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- The Australian’s - Janet Albrechtsen – Journalist – on a story titled -
“Man up, Labor and expel Rudd”
| Author: EYE-BALL MediaZone | 26th June 2013 |
Ihave a view that Janet Albrechtsen is a whole lot of woman and too much woman for most men – I normally enjoy reading her column from a male perspective but there are times when she gets it horribly wrong.

Albrechtsen published a story overnight that tells us more about Albrechtsen’s own brand of gender politics, and why Gillard’s misandry continues to go unchallenged by other women.

Read the story below:

Man up, Labor and expel Rudd


| Author: Janet Albrechtsen | Date: June 26th, 2013| Link to On-Line Story. |

IF the next election is lost for Labor regardless of what happens with the leadership this week, those who care about the party must start planning now how they will rebuild. Julia Gillard should exit the political stage, perhaps taking up a career lecturing about gender politics, delivering speeches about misogyny to wild cheers from disgruntled women and mentoring Emily’s List girls. That leaves what has been Labor’s biggest problem for many years now: what on earth to do about Kevin Rudd?

Of course, if Rudd becomes leader before the election (remember Bob Hawke took the leadership less than a month before the 1983 election) and leads the party to a respectable loss, the party may unite around Rudd. If, however, Gillard remains leader, Rudd will do what he does best – wreck it for those he detests and ultimately treat with contempt a great party that existed before the first parliament sat in 1901.

Indeed, for a little more than three years now, Rudd has been a man driven by a burning desire to seek redemption, revenge and a return to what he believes is his rightful place – the leadership of Labor and the country. The Rudd Problem stems from the spectacular manner in which federal Labor deposed the man from Queensland who curiously claims he’s only here to help.

Those who know Rudd should have known he would seek revenge after being removed as leader. In the days following June 24, 2010, Labor offered no real explanation. Driving a political truck through Gillard’s feeble explanation that under Rudd Labor had lost its way, the Liberal Party told a confused and stunned electorate about faceless men and a Sussex Street death squad. It conjured up images of Pinochet’s Chile, and secret assassins in the night. The damage was done in the electorate, and the seeds of retribution were sown in Rudd. Labor’s failure to come clean about Rudd allowed him to become a martyr.

It was only after Gillard’s stocks plummeted that we learned the truth about Rudd’s removal. He was a psychopath, said Steve Gibbons; he had no Labor values, said Wayne Swan; he ran a chaotic, dysfunctional government, said other ministers who also complained about Rudd deciding big policies with no consultation. Off the record, a senior Labor figure told ABC journalist Chris Uhlmann that Rudd was a narcissist, a “crypto-fascist (who) made no effort to build a base in the party”. His faction comprised poll numbers and when the polls dipped, Rudd was out.

But as the polls changed against Gillard, Rudd became even more expert in his martyrdom role. The church-going family man was more akin to a smiling assassin flying solo, trying to destroy Gillard on an almost daily basis and, in the process, necessarily, destroying the government’s electoral prospects.

Yet Rudd soon morphed into the party’s saviour, a most bizarre outcome given he was the architect of Labor’s biggest policy disaster – the arrival of more than 40,000 illegal immigrants, many hundreds of tragic deaths at sea, and billions spent trying to stem a flourishing people-smuggling industry. Gillard’s poor performance and Labor’s mismanagement of Rudd has allowed him to skate above his policy disasters. In fact, the policy-free nature of Rudd’s campaign reveals the shallowness of his claim. It is based solely on cheesy TV and radio chats and chummy hugs at shopping centres. And you have to hand it to Rudd. He rivals Peter Beattie and Tony Blair for grand master of political spin. Last week, there was Rudd stepping from his government car, political staffers carrying his work stuff, while he pretentiously clutched his sleeping bag en route to the chief executive Sleep Out for the Homeless in Sydney.

So what can Labor do about Rudd after the election?

It’s possible that Rudd will come to his senses and move on from political life. And right after that he and Mark Latham will become besties, Tim Flannery will recant his views about global warming and the ABC will announce that a conservative will host a prime-time current affairs program.

Labor is left with two choices. Make Rudd leader to satiate his desires or expel him from the party. Forget the first. It will only prolong Labor’s pain. That leaves expulsion – perhaps just as unlikely because it will require enormous courage and determination to deal with Rudd in one final, fell swoop. It’s drastic. It’s dramatic. But it is final and effective if Labor wants to rebuild its brand free from Rudd’s crazy narcissism.

Under the ALP state constitutions, any ALP member can charge another with behaviour that warrants expulsion. The federal executive can also seek expulsion. The grounds include: action or conduct contrary to the principles and solidarity of the party; behaviour that is disloyal or unworthy conduct; engaging in disruptive tactics; making public statements about internal party matters that may harm the best interests of the party; not supporting the ALP platform and rules of the party to the best of the member’s ability; or failing to vote and work for officially selected party candidates.

After the election dust has settled, a convincing case could be mounted against Rudd if the many criticisms of him are true. Take the allegations about Rudd’s leaks. They are legion. Latham details some in his book, The Latham Diaries. In Confessions of a Faceless Man, Australian Workers Union boss Paul Howes wrote about more leaks just before the 2010 election: “It seems that the same person who leaked last night’s story to Laurie Oakes has now given similar quotes to Peter Hartcher at The Sydney Morning Herald. It firms up my suspicions that Rudd is waging a dirty war against the Labor Party.” Howes wrote that he became so incensed by Rudd’s alleged behaviour that on July 30, 2010, he drafted charges against the former PM to warrant his expulsion but never filed them. Interestingly, Rudd has never taken legal action against any of these allegations of disloyalty.

Labor has expelled men greater and lesser than Rudd. Billy Hughes was expelled while PM in 1916 and Jack Lang was expelled in 1942. Each expulsion is different but in each case it’s done for the good of the party. It will be up to Labor’s future leaders – men such as Bill Shorten, Greg Combet and Howes – to find the courage to rid the party of this troublesome, capricious, vengeful, angry former PM, toothy smile and all.

If Albrechtsen possessed the necessary objectivity to be a journalist, her story about a post-election ALP should be about why a person of interest in a ‘police investigation’ into a serious fraud was promoted by Union factions to become our Prime Minister in the first place.

Albrechtsen should be writing about Gillard’s criminal charges post the September Election … and about how the Union influence in Gillard’s promotion is linked to those involved in the AWU scandal and its cover-up.

The absence of questions by Albrechtsen and other mainstream journalists into Gillard’s claims that she – ‘did nothing wrong’ – just does not satisfy the masses.   Gillard’s gender politics is her own character flow – she surrounds herself with men in power yet runs to her feminista support base when she needs a good cry about why men don’t like her.

Albrechtsen’s lack of objectivity in favour of story about Rudd’s role in trying to unseat Gillard is reason why Albrechtsen can never be rated above a ‘C’ grade journalist.  Looks and sassy style can only get you so far in the game and Albrechtsen is someone who has it in spades.  But when it comes to serious journalism – she is nothing but a misandrist at heart.

Surely any moral person with an ounce of integrity, and an open mind has to be aware of Gillard’s flawed past connected with her association and involvement in the AWU scandal, that her status as a Lawyer is compromised with good reason, and that her past sexual relations with other married ALP MP’s would be a choice that would not fly with Australia’s voting public.

Albrechtsen would rather look to Rudd for reasons why the AP is floundering.  Why would that be?

Albrechtsen writes about a post-election Gillard and how she deserves the privileges of an ex PM – she does not entertain any other thought or reasons other that why the ALP is in the mess it is in and not have to face the allegations that have dogged her every day she has been in public office.

Does Albrechtsen believe that the campaign against Gillard over her criminal past is a misogyny plot – a campaign based on the fact that Gillard is a female.  How does Albrechtsen get to hold such a role as a journalist with such a closed view?

There is no doubt Albrechtsen has misandrist tendencies when it suits her – her moral judgement against Rudd in favour of Gillard’s untenable position is the evidence …

Albrechtsen chose not to write about Gillard’s rise to become PM when she more than most with access to fellow ‘The Australian’ journalist Hedley Thomas’s research would know about Gillard’s past – why would she chose to ignore that evidence – unless it was an Editor’s pick to give the paper an angle that could only be written by a female journalist …

Failing the above scenario – Albrechtsen’s willingness to pen a story about Rudd as the destroyer is based on a ‘man-hate’ position she cannot defend …

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EYE-BALL Opinion – EYE-BALL MediaZone Growl No: 2 – The SMH’s – Mark Kenny … Chief Political Correspondent

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“Gillard’s fine reforms slip between the gap…”
| Author: EYE-BALL MediaZone | 9th May 2013 |
The EYE-BALL MediaZone aims to highlight media content that misleads, is inaccurate in its reporting, and has an agenda other than to report the facts as they relate to the content and context of the story.Today’s story was a clanger and was to be expected from the ALP loving Fairfax Media owned Sydney Morning Herald.   Their Chief Political Correspondent Mark Kenny penned a story that told us:

‘ … The PM’s policy record holds up well. It’s her political skills that let her down, badly…’

‘…But for the bulk of Labor’s reforms, the policy progress holds up well. And often, where the final result has lacked sheen or has been a failure – as in the mining tax – it is precisely because the politics came to overwhelm the original policy…

It is a stretch by any journalist to claim that Gillard’s record – ‘holds up well’ … any journalist who does have an agenda that is in conflict with reality often writes about what troubles them most.  That is why editors are there to ensure objectivity … but what can you do when the Editors have the same problem.

What motivates a journalist to promote ‘chuck stake’ as ‘prime rib’ as Gillard is to Paul Keating, or Bob Hawke. Surely a journalist understands the difference and that they should never slant a story to promote their own political views … yet, we live in an age where the media have become mouthpieces of the message the Government wants sold.   The Media industry have become street beggars, street walkers prepared to sell their column space for an inside tip to a bigger story.  Politicians use these media whores like masters abuse their slaves … and the media keep coming back for more.

Sadly – there are not too many alternatives when trying to understand Mark Kenny’s point of view in his version of Gillard history reproduced in full below:

Gillard’s fine reforms slip between the gap


| Author: Mark Kenny | Date: May 8th, 2013| Link to On-Line Story. |

The PM’s policy record holds up well. It’s her political skills that let her down, badly.

In his first 30 days in office, an impatient Gough Whitlam introduced a vast array of reforms such as ending conscription and releasing draft-resisters, protecting crocodiles (then being hunted to extinction) and removing what some called the ”luxury tax” on female contraception. Equal pay for women was also given fresh impetus.

More reform was to come over the next three years – arguably too much. After Labor’s 23 years in the wilderness, expectations were high. It didn’t end well.

For all the arcane arguments about constitutionality, convention and chaos, the common reduction was that Whitlam tried to do too much.

Now, as the polls presage an ALP slap-down of similar proportions in September, the question arises: how will people shorthand the Gillard era once the fog of war has cleared? Perhaps this: good at policy/bad at politics.
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Critics will bristle even at this concession, pointing to the carbon ”tax”, the mining tax, the dissembling confusion over asylum seekers, the botched media laws, the live cattle debacle and so on.

Certainly in some policy areas this government has failed to make progress – with border protection leading the field.

But for the bulk of Labor’s reforms, the policy progress holds up well. And often, where the final result has lacked sheen or has been a failure – as in the mining tax – it is precisely because the politics came to overwhelm the original policy.

Gillard’s position on same-sex marriage aside, there is a case to be made that her social reform record might rival Whitlam’s and that her economic reforms rank with those of the Hawke/Keating and Howard periods.

Sure, she didn’t start universal healthcare, float the dollar, end centralised wage fixing or deregulate the financial sector. Those things had been done. Labor’s task since 2007 was more complicated, more nuanced, yet just as urgent: modernise the economy, rescue a failing education system and, crucially, square up to the big new threats and opportunities posed by global warming and the digital age.

Measured against these weighty imperatives, the list of actual achievements stacks up well. It includes: settling the supposedly unfixable Murray-Darling Basin wrangle (remember that?); building the NBN; reforming school funding (a work in progress); establishing paid parental leave for the first time; reforming aged care; investing more in rail than all previous governments put together; articulating a new foreign policy by balancing the divergent interests of the US, China, India and Indonesia; becoming a world leader against the scourge of smoking through hard-fought reforms such as plain packaging of cigarettes; initiating a royal commission on institutional sex abuse; and, most recently, a national disability insurance scheme – itself a social and economic reform to rival any. And nearly all of this within a toxic political culture and a minority parliament. If the September 14 election goes the way it looks from here, Labor’s consolation will be the ability to point to these reforms in dinner party conversations.

Examples of the gap between the government’s reform score card on the one hand and its abysmal standing with voters on the other are legion. The past eight days alone provided another pearler in the form of two revenue downgrades, taking the shortfall from an already concerning $12 billion to an eye-popping $17 billion.

Obviously, announcing these figures was part of Labor’s carefully thought-through softening-up process in the lead-up to its toughest budget yet. But with the two numbers separated by just days, voters could be excused for concluding the budget was spinning out of control, haemorrhaging before their very eyes. What was next? What other horrors awaited?

After all, the $12 billion downgrade was supposedly the full-year figure after a previous $7.5 billion write-down for the period since the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook was published in October.

We have since learnt that the actual shortfall, for financial year 2012-13 (against Treasury forecasts in last year’s budget), is $17 billion.

The government explained, to anyone who was still listening, that this was the result of the $12 billion plus a previously unmentioned shortfall of $5 billion, booked before the MYEFO statement.

This confusing, even alarming deterioration, might have made sense to the cardigans in Treasury but it made no sense politically for Gillard to structure a public message this way. It presented another easy mark for Tony Abbott, who said: ”You can’t run the country if can’t manage the budget.”

Again, we see this gap between policy reality and political reality. An $11 billion or $12 billion deficit would not be a bad result measured against the real economy and last year’s $44.4 billion deficit. But Labor’s yardstick is the surplus that it stubbornly promised for political reasons and will not now deliver.

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When Kenny writes – [bullet points added]

‘… Measured against these weighty imperatives, the list of actual achievements stacks up well. It includes:

  • settling the supposedly unfixable Murray-Darling Basin wrangle (remember that?);
  • building the NBN;
  • reforming school funding (a work in progress);
  • establishing paid parental leave for the first time;
  • reforming aged care;
  • investing more in rail than all previous governments put together;
  • articulating a new foreign policy by balancing the divergent interests of the US, China, India and Indonesia;
  • becoming a world leader against the scourge of smoking through hard-fought reforms such as plain packaging of cigarettes;
  • initiating a royal commission on institutional sex abuse; and, most recently,
  • a national disability insurance scheme – itself a social and economic reform to rival any.

And nearly all of this within a toxic political culture and a minority parliament. If the September 14 election goes the way it looks from here, Labor’s consolation will be the ability to point to these reforms in dinner party conversations.

… I laughed my arse off – and that is no mean fit given how big it is …

Government has three main stay obligations, Welfare, Health and Education … Defence runs a distant fourth to these other three.   Collectively, Welfare, Health and Education make up 60% of all Government expenditure … add defence and the number jumps to 66%.

Any Government who understand their charter tinker with these numbers according to political views – ALP are more generous on welfare and social programs, Coalition Governments lean toward less welfare and more business incentives.   A political journalist has to know this … yet Kenny sees the NBN as a success yet Minister Conroy is yet to deliver a success story on any forecast NBN targets.

The School funding on top of the ‘Schools building Program’ fiasco where ALP loving contractors made themselves filthy rich at the taxpayers expense and all to the generosity of one Julia Eileen Gillard who was in charge of the program and had criminal history with the Thiess Contractors who won a large share of the rebuilding program.

Reforming aged care – a no brainer for a Government with an aging population and less hospital beds, less nursing home beds, and a growing need for both.   What are the reforms Mr Kenny – again you flash a policy initiative and claim it to have been a success yet you don’t produce the rhetoric that backs and supports your view.  Honest and truthful facts gets a journalist creds with readers – Kenny is but one of many Journalists inflicted with the Gillard/Swan disease – tell it like you know what you’re talking about, and then let others write about what they know … nobody writes about the facts anymore – it’s all about the illusion and the perception that every word is indeed about the message the Government wants told.

Who is Mr Kenny kidding – the intent to do good does no measure or count when all we see is ‘failure’ to honour the promise made by the Government of the day.  Implementing a policy that is funded and cost neutral at the outset,  and then due to gross incompetence, or a deliberate fraud about the numbers when the revenues raised, or the new taxes to pay for the policies fail to raise the revenues expected, does not give the Government a pass mark.

Kenny says -

‘… yet just as urgent: modernise the economy, rescue a failing education system and, crucially, square up to the big new threats and opportunities posed by global warming and the digital age …’

Global warming and the Digital age … these are crux phrases, waffle words, a macro stretch and  used by Kenny as a smoke screen for what lies beneath … the Carbon Tax – Gillard’s plan to fight global warming is in meltdown, the digital age – was here long before Gillard walked on stage …

I have no idea in what context Kenny was trying to portray Gillard as a success story in this story – and as such his article won the MediaZone Growl award for today.   Kenny’s story is about painting Gillard in positive terms when 70+% of Australia believe she is a negative for the welfare of the Nation.  What makes a journalist take on those types of odds …


The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

A Note:  This site is dedicated to having Gillard as Prime Minster removed by all legal means in the shortest timeframe possible.

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

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

This is a protest message …
GET RID OF GILLARD

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

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

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

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

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


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EYE-BALL Opinion – EYE-BALL MediaZone Growl No: 1 – The Australian’s – Adam Creighton

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- The Australian’s - Adam Creighton on a story titled -
“Interest rates fall to record low as RBA fires first shot in currency war…”
| Author: EYE-BALL MediaZone | 8th May 2013 |

This post under the new EYE-BALL MediaZone header is the first of a new category of stories aimed at a MediaWatch type critique.  The aim is to highlight media content that misleads, is inaccurate in its reporting, and has an agenda other than to report the true facts as they relate to the content and context of the story.

The first story on what was a big day for choices is a story by Adam Creighton from the Australian.  The Title of his story is:  “Interest rates fall to record low as RBA fires first shot in currency war…” and was published on the 8th May 2013 in The Australian.   The story is reproduced below:

Interest rates fall to record low as RBA fires first shot in currency war


| Author: Adam Creighton | Date: May 8th, 2013| Link to On-Line Story. |

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THE Reserve Bank is being drawn reluctantly into the global currency wars, surprising economists and financial markets yesterday by cutting rates to a record low largely to take pressure off the stubbornly high Australian dollar

Governor Glenn Stevens pointed to waning economic growth and weaker than expected consumer price inflation in cutting the cash rate to 2.75 per cent yesterday, but dwelt on the prolonged high level of the local currency.

“The level of the exchange rate is playing a bigger part in the Reserve Bank’s policy settings,” said Matthew Johnson, a currency strategist at UBS, suggesting the high dollar had hobbled the effectiveness of the RBA’s series of seven rate cuts since late 2011.

Governor Glenn Stevens said the board had “judged that a further decline in the cash rate was appropriate to encourage sustainable growth in the economy”, which should drag Australia’s key lending rate to global financial crisis lows.

He said in his accompanying statement that “the exchange rate has been little changed at historically high levels over the past 18 months, which is unusual given the decline in export prices and interest rates during that time”, singling out for the first time this year Japan’s new extreme quantitative easing and fiscal stimulus, which have depreciated the yen by more than 20 per cent against the Australian dollar since December.

“Easing by other central banks increases the likelihood the Reserve Bank will have to ease policy, too,” added Mr Johnson.

The European Central Bank eased its policy rate for the first time in 10 months earlier this month to 0.5 per cent, while the US Federal Reserve has suggested it is in no rush to return policy rates to normal levels.

Rob Henderson, chief markets economist at National Australia Bank who had been expecting a cut in June, said the case for a cut had been “compelling” based on domestic economic conditions including rising unemployment.

“We’ve seen ongoing weakness in business conditions, and the strong retail figures earlier this year now appear to be consistent with other data,” he said.

The announcement at 2.30pm AEST yesterday knocked more than half a US cent off the dollar, which closed at $US1.019, down US0.82c, while the S&P/ASX 200 climbed almost half a per cent on the announcement but still finished the day 12.4 points lower at 5143.7 points.

The RBA’s controversial move followed calls from Westpac chief executive Gail Kelly, who in The Australian yesterday suggested weak consumer confidence and the high dollar should be enough to convince the Reserve to cut.

CommSec chief economist Craig James said “with the Aussie dollar still high the Reserve Bank embraced the new mantra of global central banks — ‘do whatever it takes’ to lift economic growth”.

Wayne Swan said he was pleased that all the major banks — except ANZ, which has a strict rate-setting timetable — had reacted quickly to pass the 25-basis-point reduction on in full to mortgage holders.

The Treasurer’s opposition counterpart, Joe Hockey, said the record low rate settings reflected badly on the government’s economic management.

“The government’s budget is in chaos, the Reserve Bank is now in uncharted territory and yet Wayne Swan says Australia is doing well,” Mr Hockey said.

Mr Swan said it was “utterly irresponsible” to suggest that because the cash rate was now below GFC levels it reflected a poorly performing economy.

Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce welcomed the cut in rates and the fall in the dollar, pointing to falling cattle prices

“We manufacture a lot more than cars in this country and the importance of our rural sector is often overlooked,” Senator Joyce said.

“Other countries are manipulating their currencies but we’ve been standing by.”

Mr Stevens conceded that inflation had been lower than expected, and would be even lower were it not for the impact of the carbon price.

Although the Reserve Bank has now cut interest rates seven times by a total of 200 basis points since late 2011, Australia’s official cash rate remains far in excess of policy rates near zero in other advanced economies.

Markets yesterday afternoon were pricing in a 36 per cent chance of another quarter-point rate cut next month. “My guess is they’ll sit on their hands for a while to see what asset prices do,” Mr Henderson said.

Mr James said the RBA was taking a calculated risk, that “this is a new environment where rate cuts don’t spark spending and borrowing booms or higher inflation”.

Bank shares were sold off despite the rate cut, surprising brokers who expected that a cut would make them more attractive because of their high yield.

Where to start – the A$ has been above trend/average values for more than 10 years, it returned to below its mean average since 1983 during the worst of the GFC crisis late 2008 and 2009. It sold off from above parity levels to hit lows of below A$0.60c as off shore investor unwound the ‘cash and carry resource’ trade. When markets settled they returned with a vengeance and drove the value of the A$ from A$.60c levels to above parity and highs of $1.10c levels. For the past 4 years it has averaged in the $1.04 range and still some $0.30c above its mean average of $0.75c. See 1998 – current A$ v US$ Chart below for confirmation. [click on chart to enlarge in a new window.]

In the Creighton story above the author talks of the 0.25% reduction from 3.00% to 2.75% as being the RBA’s first shot in a looming currency war.  Where is the evidence to make such an assumption?

Since the GFC – European and Nth America interest rates have been at or near 0.00 -0.50%.  In all of that time the interest rate differential with Australia has allowed offshore investors to strip wealth from the Nation.  The RBA’s singular focus during that timeframe, and since the early 90′s has been to keep inflation targets within set parameters set by agreements between both sides of politics.  the RBA has never targeted currency in the time since the A$ began to rise above its 30 year mean average .

I ask the question – why is it now as reported in the story above, why has the RBA waited some 10 years to think that it can influence a high A$ value with a 0.25% interest rate reduction?

The answer is simple – the writer of the story hasn’t a clue about currency, interest rates, global investment, labour costs, or any of the other interconnected motives behind global investment.

This story does more harm than good to investors and the moms and dads readers listening to an unqualified journo reporting a story that should never have been published.

The story misrepresents the truth about the reasoning behind the .25% reduction in official interest rates.  The RBA has stated publicly that it has no interest in intervening in currency markets to stem the capital inflow to the A$ – see Oct ’12 story here.

More to the point – the RBA themselves have been targeting inflation when the rest of the world has had zero interest rates for 5 years and inflation has never been a problem.

EYE-BALL Guru has been writing about this stuff for years and it is only now when Australia’s finances and projected revenues are at a crisis level – have Government spokespersons and media commentators started to talk about the cost of the high A$.

Creighton’s “largely to take pressure off the stubbornly high Australian dollar” comment in his first paragraph has no research creditability whatsoever.  The RBA has reduced interest rates since the early part of 2009 in .25% increments and never has the move had any lasting impact on the A$.  In fact any fall on the announcement encourage more buying.   From the above comment onwards – the story has no basis in fact or truth.

In fact the RBA Governor at times during these interest rate reductions talked the A$ up giving confidence to off-shore investors to keep pouring funds into the Nation.  Sadly – the old adage remains – ‘… what went up, must and will come down…’

When Australia has become too expensive for the rest of the world, and we are on our way to being the most expensive Nation in the world – I think we were ranked 6th last time I review the rankings,  and when jobs have been exported, when farmers no longer get value for their crops, when miners are receiving a fraction of $A returns they were receiving in the early times of the mining boom, then the off-shore investors will see they have sucked us dry and look elsewhere for value investment.

Why do you thing the P.I.G.S want out of the EuroZone – they need their currency back so they can become a competitor on global markets once again.

For 10 years the Government, yes both Howard and Costello, and the idiots there now got this wrong.  The RBA and Treasury were no help as advisors – they all had a think-tank that may have been useful 20 odd years ago and none have upgraded their modeling to factor in the current global marketplace incentives .

It’s journalism like this – and there had to be an editor who approved the story mixed in there as well – that makes the Australian media at large hopeless at their jobs.

Wayne Swan’s attributed comments highlight just how insignificant he is as a financial manager – his track record on budget forecasts and the ability to explain the numbers – i.e. Nominal GDP as opposed to Real GDP shows his and the journalists ability to read the numbers and call Swan out when he is telling them porkies and misrepresenting the facts.

Creighton should take a good look at his output and ask a recognised economist of other market operative about his story.  The shock advice about his inaccuracies will do harm … and another less than qualified journalist might bite the dust.


The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

A Note:  This site is dedicated to having Gillard as Prime Minster removed by all legal means in the shortest timeframe possible.

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

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

This is a protest message …
GET RID OF GILLARD

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

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

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

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

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

Have your say where it counts: – contact your Local Federal Representative via the links below and let them know how you feel about this, or any other topic that you feel strongly about – or you can just post a comment below and let off some steam.

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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 6th May 2013 |
There is a realism to Australians and their ability to stink out rats and crooks.

Almost like an uncanny inherited skill that reflects the heritage of our great ancestors – convicts and the like all shipped out to make room in English goals for more petty thieves and more serious criminals.

Rest assured the public opinion of Gillard is such a revelation – she is tarnished – corrupted – and all those who support her are guilty of a crime where conscience is absent.

A generous contributor to this site is ‘Hillbilly 33′ … Hillbilly blesses a number of political blogs with commentary all aimed at Gillard and her criminal past.  The common theme in all these posts and comments registers an abhorrence in tolerating and accepting a unconvicted ‘criminal’ as our Prime Minister.

‘Hillbilly33′ posted a comment on a previous post today that we should all read with a vacant mind and let the evidence form the opinion … that comment is again presented below:

Comment posted by ‘Hillbilly33′ – 5th May, 2013.

Hi Eyeball. This may not be the most appropriate place for my post but do with it what you will.

From day one of gaining their licence to practise, every ethical solicitor tries to adhere to the basics of their profession, some of the principal ones being:

  1.  avoid conflict of interest;
  2.  Keep meticulous records of all dealings with all clients;
  3.  keep their clients informed;
  4. if in a partnership, comply with their own fiduciary obligations to be of utmost good faith and make timely disclosure to their partners. particularly of all matters which could affect them in terms of Professional Indemnity.
  5. in giving advice to clients, act with competence and care.

To do otherwise would be wrong.

Julia Eileen Gillard constantly claims that as a solicitor, she did no wrong.
Following are the substantive facts to which she has either admitted, or which history and the factual documented evidence has shown to be true. Judge for yourselves!

GILLARD’S ORIGINAL SINS

  • She deliberately chose to begin an illicit longterm relationship with AWU employee Bruce Wilson – immediately creating a potential conflict of interest.
  • She made it a definite conflict of interest by deliberately not disclosing the relationship to her employing partners at Slater & Gordon
  • She exacerbated the conflict of interest by deliberately not disclosing the relationship to the firm’s main AWU client, for whom she and her industrial section supervisor, Bernard Murphy were acting
  • She confirmed the deliberate nature of her decision to fail to dislose it to any.affected parties, by failing to disqualify herself from representing either her AWU lover or the firm’s AWU client in any future legal dealings

The whole Wilson/Blewitt/Gillard AWU Fraud Scandal resulted from those first deliberate, critical decisions by Gillard to enter the illicit relationship with Wilson and keep it secret.

The motives of Gillard and Wilson were obvious; to further the driving political ambitions they both held at that time. To achieve those ambitions, their relationship had to remain secret and that was why Gillard sacrificed any integrity or principles she may have once held, and went to such extraordinary lengths breaching so many rules of her profession, her client and her partnership, to do so.

The gross conflicts of interest are also obvious, but with Unions controlling over 50% of the votes at Labor Party conferences and also able to have a profound influence on parliamentary candidate pre-selecion, the potential of such a liaison between a powerful Labor Right-wing Union Secretary and an unprincipled Labor Left-wing lawyer was unlimited, particularly when Gillard had the power to enable her lover to access huge amounts of money.

This is exactly what she did in 1992, breaching every relevant rule of the AWU and the Legal Profession Practice Act 1958 and the W.A Associations Incorporations Act 1987, by assisting him to set up, register and incorporate the sham entity she personally, in her own handwriting on the Application to Incorporate, unlawfully named the ‘Australian Workers Union – Workplace Reform Association’, enabling Wilson to open and operate the unauthorised bank accounts he used to implement the fraud.

The rest, as “they” say, is history.

Those who like to contact their politicians, particularly those in electorates represented by Labor lawyers, might wish to use this post to put a question or two! If Eyeball agrees, you certainly have my full permission to use it in any way you see fit.

Cheers H/B

With clarity and direct introspection – Hillbilly33 has revisited the simplest of expected behaviour and pointed out Gillard’s failings – where Gillard says – ‘I did nothing Wrong’ – others know different.

Gillard can never escape this history and for her to have risen to the PM’s office – those who assisted in that elevation are equally corrupted and due their own enema of exposure.

Well done Hillbilly and thanks for the continued support.


The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

A Note:  This site is dedicated to having Gillard as Prime Minster removed by all legal means in the shortest timeframe possible.

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

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

This is a protest message …
GET RID OF GILLARD

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

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

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

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

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


Have your say where it counts: – contact your Local Federal Representative via the links below and let them know how you feel about this, or any other topic that you feel strongly about – or you can just post a comment below and let off some steam.

Links to Australian Parliamentary Website – MP’s


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EYE-BALL Opinion – The Drugs in Sport Scandal – it’s not about the DRUGS – it never was …

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Title:
- The Drugs in Sport Scandal -
- it’s not about the DRUGS – it never was -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 4th May 2013 |
There is only so much bullshit a person can take when it comes to understanding what motivates the media and how they ply their profession.

The Australian Crime Authority report into the ‘Drugs in Sport’ inquiry was the largest sports story in many a year – or so the Government would have us believe.

The timing of the Government’s release of the report was sceptical and as the weeks have rolled on by – that scepticism has escalated and now the media are reporting on the lack of real evidence to back up the report.  The real story here is not the report itself – but the reason’s the Government released the report – right smack in the middle of the ICAC Obeid exposure, and the Craig Thompson arrest media cycle.

At the time the Gillard’s and the ALP poll numbers were plummeting and another Rudd challenge beckoned.  The ACC report was released on the 7th Feb 2013 – a Thursday and we had just come off the previous week’s poll numbers that had Gillard’s preferred and 1st preferences numbers in free fall.

To see the Newspoll results for the week ending the 3rd Feb 2013, the next poll taken on the 25th Feb, and the trend for the preceding weeks – use this link …

To see the poll results since please use this link …

The ALP brand at the time of the ACC report release was as dirty as a three-month old’s nappy, and the stench hanging over the ALP at the time was no better no matter how you dished it up.

The Obeid inquiry was in full exposure with Tony Burke, Stephen Conroy being named with other senior ALP members as having availed themselves to Obeid’s hospitality.

The previous week arrest of Thompson – see SMH story here – was a double whammy of bad news for Gillard and the pressure of both stories was building.  If she was to survive – the Government had to get the media off the ALP hunt scent, and on to a different story.

It had to be big to shift the focus and Gillard being true to form – through Australian sport under the bus to save her own ass.  This was a major story and as usual the media fell hook line and sinker for the mis-direction.  Some three months later – the sports doping story has egg all over ASADA and the ACC.

To sell the story at the time Gillard sent out two freshman Ministers in Jason Clare and Kate Lundy.  When was the last time a major announcement was made when Gillard did not do the honours … these were ALP Ministers eager to cut their teeth with the media, and they sold the media a ‘dump’ they are still stewing over.

The media had to be ALP supporters for them to have so easily been distracted – that says so much about why Gillard has survived for as long as she has.

In the three months since where is the evidence to support the ACC claims – they want witness;s to come forward and confess and volunteer to dob in other athletes.

As Phil Gould wrote in his column last week – he is convinced the ACC’s release of the report in the manner it was done has harmed sport in this Nation – and he asks who should wear the responsibility for that?  Read Goulds story here …

In my opinion the ACC report was nothing more than a desperate attempt by Gillard and her minders to get the Obeid and Thompson stories off the front pages.

It was the cheapest and nastiest bit of politicking in my life time. How dare they use Sport to cover their collective arse’s.

To background this story further – links to various documents and other resources are provide below:

  1. Link to ASADA website[Australian Sports and Anti Doping Agency]
  2. Link to ASADA’s media releases since the ACC report was released
  3. Link to ACC website[Australian Crime Authority]
  4. Link to the ACC media release history
  5. Link to Joint Press Conference transcript – given by Kate Lundy and Jason Clare on the 7th Feb 2013
  6. Link to Statement by the ACC CEO – re the Drugs in Sport announcement

The media have failed again to make the Government accountable for their actions in releasing the ACC report in the way it did.   Included in Phil Gould’s story he pasted the following text:

… Have our players’ rights been protected?

In a lengthy discussion, I raised my concerns with Judge Paul Conlon, a man who has worked for the past thirty years in criminal law, 20 of those years as one of the state’s leading Crown Prosecutors and the past seven years served as a Judge in the District Court.

Judge Conlon also serves on the NRL judiciary and has been instrumental in developing the game’s judicial processes, with particular attention to the issue of fairness to the players with regards to prosecution, evidence and suspensions. He has been a tremendous asset to our game.

Over now to the Judge – who unlike myself, does have an educated mind and is well versed in dealing with fact, rather than getting carried away with emotion. However, he said he too had serious concerns about the process. He said he was happy to have the discussion as it was important that rights of individuals were not disregarded in the process.

When asked if he could detail some of those concerns, he said: “That was quite a performance in Canberra in early March. Everyone witnessing it could be forgiven for thinking that there was reliable and credible ‘evidence’ to support the sensational allegations labelled as the ‘blackest day in sport’ and that charges would follow based on that ‘evidence’. The findings of the ACC were handed to ASADA and to date very little has happened.

“For those who have had years of experience in criminal law and dealing with crime commissions they would know that crime commissions do not call press conferences to talk about investigation findings prior to charges being laid. It is difficult to put a ‘spin’ on it to legitimise what took place. That is not to say there were not legitimate concerns, however, clearly there are better ways of addressing those concerns with the codes. The CEOs had to take on face value the validity of the allegations relating to their sport. David Smith and the NRL have acted in good faith and they continue to do so. However, I have real concerns over whether ASADA have so acted.

“One example of ASADA apparently not acting in good faith is that initially they addressed club officials, who were informed of the discounts for players who came forward to assist. Six NRL clubs were named. However, at a later stage it was acknowledged that in respect of five of those clubs there was no evidence of systemic doping. Why were they named in the first place? Damage to the reputation of those clubs would be considerable. Alarm bells should have been ringing at that point.?

… continues …

Gould did not pushed the envelope far enough – that week of the 7th Feb had the ALP’s and Gillard’s long neck laid bare ready for the axemen’s chop … that is the way it should have gone down all things being equal.

The ALP desperately needed to change the media focus before the weekend else the poll taken that next weekend would have been all over red-rover for Gillard with Rudd’s camp primed at the ready.

It would seem that nobody thinks about motives any more.  The Government had everything to lose with the Obeid and Thompson stories running amuck – why is there no investigation into ASADA, the ACC, and the Government in the way the ACC report was released, and for the damage it has caused countless thousands of Australian athletes, Clubs, and Administrations by association.

How many lives does Gillard have left … surely they must be all done …


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

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Title:
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- it’s definitely not about pleasing the fans -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 4th May 2013 |
For some weeks now I have been trying to get some answers from Channel 9 re NRL live broadcasts, and why they don’t have the broadcast rights to show replays of the Pay-For-View games.

The question has been asked many times – why are pay-for-view games not replayed on free-to-air, when pay-for-view have the rights to replay free-to-air games?

Since pay-for-view became available in Australia in 1995, each new broadcast deal for the major sporting codes in Australia has seen free-to-air broadcasts lose ground to the benefit of pay-for-view broadcast rights.

Foxtel [pay-for-view] broadcast the NRL games using their infrastructure and other resources.  ‘Channel 9′ then purchase the rights off Foxtel for the free-to-air NRL games – yet under the current legislation free-to-air have first right of refusal on all NRL premiership matches.

The NRL’s first responsibility should be to the game and the fans, and for fans not to be able to see their team play every week, be it live or on replay, is the NRL horse-trading the game for more money rather than looking after the fans.  As a result the game does suffer.

This issue has been like a bugg-up-my-ass for years – in the modern era where televised sport becomes the lifeblood of remote and local communities, one would think both the NRL and the free-to-air broadcaster would be looking to do right by the fans as a first option.  Three premiership games out of eight every weekend does not favour the fans or the game.

At a minimum the right to replay all NRL premiership games should be available to the free-to-air broadcaster.  To this scenario – the latest new NRL broadcast contracts were negotiated in late 2012.

Foxtel and Channel 9 agreed to pay $1.025 billion over 5 years for joint broadcast rights.

One could reasonably have expect the new supposedly improved and savvy NRL CEO,  and with the  expansion of Channel 9 channels looking for late night programing that would be most profitable with advertisers,  would have been looking for ways to appease fans and give the game back to the fans.

With the disappointment of not being able the see the NRL Round 6 game between the ‘Storm’ and ‘Rabbitohs’ free-to-air either live or on replay, I contacted Channel 9 via their ‘ninemsn’ on-line contact link.

That contact is copied below:

From: EYE-BALL
Sent: Friday, 12 April 2013 10:00 PM
To: ‘customer.service@ninemsn.com.au’
Subject: NRL – Replay of pay-for-view games on free-to-air …

Dear Sir,

It has confounded me for some years why Channel 9 refuses to accept their responsibilities to NRL fans by not replaying ‘pay-for-view’ games during the week. This weeks round offers the best match up in many a year – Storm v Souths, and outside pay-for-view or club attendance, the game will go unwatched with no mid-week replay for fans who only have free-to-air options.

Foxtel replays all matches during the week, including those telecast by Channel 9.

Club fans of matches not shown on free-to-air do not get to see their teams play unless covered by weekend free-to-air coverage.

With the recent $billion + paid for the rights to televise NRL matches, can you please explain why no foresight was apparent that would provide all NRL fans with the options to see their team play every week be it live or on replay through free-to-air?

I believe you do a disservice to the NRL fan base and would like an explanation as to why this does not happen.

kind regards …

The following response came a day later:

… 13th Apr 2013.

Thanks for your e-mail to ninemsn.

Regrettably, ninemsn has no control over the general programming or content of Channel Nine broadcasts (we manage the ninemsn website but do not have any part in Channel Nine’s operations) and cannot forward your comments on to Channel Nine as they do not accept feedback by e-mail. However, Channel Nine does accept feedback lodged electronically via the FreeTV site contact form:

http://www.freetv.com.au/Content_Common/OnlineComplaintStep1.aspx

As per the information on the FreeTV site, once your feedback is submitted, Free TV will provide it to the station you have selected and the station will respond to you directly. More information regarding how you may provide feedback can also be found on the following page of the FreeTV website:

http://www.freetv.com.au/content_common/pg-viewer-feedback.seo

Alternatively, you are welcome to write to Channel Nine via the following postal address to provide your feedback:

The Compliance Manager
Channel Nine
24 Artarmon Road
Willoughby 2068 NSW

For general enquiries and comments regarding television shows or broadcasting, please call Channel Nine on any of the following numbers:

Sydney: (02) 9906 9999
Melbourne: (03) 9429 0201
Brisbane: (07) 3214 9999
Adelaide: (08) 8267 0111
Perth: (08) 9449 9999
Hobart: (03) 6228 8999
Darwin: (08) 8981 8888

Kind regards,

Wil New
Customer Service
ninemsn / msn.co.nz

customer.service@ninemsn.com.au

You note that the letter was not forwarded on to the relevant contact – but sent back with ‘freetv’ links, and only a physical address and phone number contacts for Channel 9.

I then wrote to my local NRL broadcast affiliate WIN Network and received the following response:

” … The Nine Network and subsequently the WIN Network as the regional affiliate of the Nine Network does not hold the rights to the pay per view NRL games.  They are held by Foxtel and not available to free to air broadcasters.”

This response also did not answer my question apart for the obvious that the pay-for-view games were not available to Channel 9 and its affiliate networks for broadcast. The question raised was about the ‘WHY’.

I followed up and contacted the WIN Network executive who wrote the letter late last week.  During that conversation the following was stated -

  • the WIN executive/spokesperson stated they thought that the Foxtel negotiators were just smarter than the Channel 9 negotiators.
  • They also said they would welcome the opportunity to replay all NRL games,
  • they had the new Channel networks to offer for the replay,
  • they said it would be profitable and advertisers would be lined up,
  • they said they were ‘not welcome’ at the negotiation table for the NRL broadcast deal, and
  • ‘the deal struck was a crappy deal for the fans, and for the affiliate networks’.

Some free-to-air and pay-for-view history:

For some years the free-to-air sport broadcast content in Australia for major International and Domestic sporting events has slowly been transferred to pay-for-view – all with Government Legislation to allow it to happen.

The 2013 ‘Masters Golf’ tournament was picked up by the 10 Network, but the British Open last year, and this year was and will be broadcast on pay-for-view only.

Both these International events have equal footing and prestige in Golfing circles. Why one and not the other?

Australian golfers have won the British Open numerous times ,and it was only Adam Scott’s victory this year that saw an Australian as a winner of the Masters.  The British Open has prime time advantages for Australian broadcasters and advertisers when compared with the Masters early morning starts.

The 2010 Anti-Siphoning list drawn up by the Federal Government included the following events under Golf: – link to full sport/event anti siphoning list

Golf

11.1     Each round of the Australian Masters tournament, played as part of the Professional Golfers Association Tour of Australasia.

 11.2     Each round of the Australian Open tournament, played as part of the Professional Golfers Association Tour of Australasia.

11.3     Each round of the United States Masters tournament, played as part of the Professional Golfers Association Tour.

When Pay-for-view first came to Australia, Australia Sport was a protected species as was a number of International sporting events.   The legislation for ‘anti-siphoning’ laws comes under Senator Conroy’s portfolio – and perhaps no more need be said.

There was a report submitted by the Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations published in 2001 – linked here – that was in response to an investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Authority [ABA] into the events on the anti-siphoning list.  The ABA final 2001 report can be read here …

This ABA report gives some history of the before arrangements relating to deals between pay-for-view and free-to-air broadcasters in the period before the anti-siphoning ‘list of events’ became a part of the legislation.

However – even before this ‘list of events’ became Law in 2006, some original laws pertaining to the anti-siphoning were introduced in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 .

The 2006 list outlined all events that were protected in favour of free-to-air broadcasters – i.e. they had first refusal.    The 2006 ‘list’ can be read in full detail here …

The Department of Broadband, Communications, and Digital economy, Senator Conroy’s portfolio, has its own history of the Anti-Siphoning laws and amendments.  Linked here …

In a media release from Senator Conroy in Nov 2010 – the following text was published …

Media Releaselinked here

Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity

Reforms to the Anti-siphoning Scheme Announced

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy today announced a series of reforms to the anti-siphoning scheme that will enhance television coverage of key sporting events in Australia.

“The Gillard Government wants Australian sports fans to see major sporting events for free as they have always done and these reforms will ensure that Australia’s anti-siphoning scheme remains the strongest in the world,” Senator Conroy said.

“Our most popular and iconic sports will remain available to all Australians and the changes will allow free-to-air channels to take advantage of digital multi-channels to show more sport and show it live.”

The Government’s reforms are outlined in the position paper Sport on Television: Reform of the Anti-Siphoning Scheme and mark the culmination of an extensive process of engagement and consultation.

The main changes to the scheme are:

The introduction of two tiers of events on the anti-siphoning list – Tiers A and B
Tier A will comprise nationally iconic events such as the Melbourne Cup, Bathurst 1000 and finals of major Australian tournaments like the NRL and AFL Premiership. Free-to-air broadcasters will be required to broadcast these events live and in-full, with limited exceptions.

Tier B will comprise events such as the regular games of the AFL and NRL premierships seasons, and non-finals games of the Australian Open tennis. Free-to-air broadcasters will have the flexibility to televise these events on digital multi-channels, which will increase their capacity to show more sport on free-to-air television.

Senator Conroy said sports fans were at the centre of the Government’s reforms.

“Allowing broadcasters to use digital multi-channels will see a dramatic increase in the total coverage of sport and give flexibility for broadcasters to show more events live,” Senator Conroy said.

“Broadcasters will have the capacity to televise AFL games in Sydney or NRL games in Melbourne, live on a digital multi-channel, rather than providing it on long delay on their main channel. This will save many hours of sleep for avid fans who happen to live in the wrong city.”

In addition, the reforms will introduce ‘must-offer’ obligations on the free-to-air broadcasters, requiring them to televise anti-siphoning listed events they acquire or offer those rights on to another broadcaster. This will prevent rights to important sporting events going unused.

“No longer can a free-to-air broadcaster purchase an iconic national event, and then not show it at all. In these circumstances, they must now offer it on to another free-to-air broadcaster to show it,” Senator Conroy said.

The anti-siphoning list has also been updated, with popular and emerging sports such as Twenty20 cricket matches involving Australia added to the list. Australian events that are no longer broadcast on free-to-air television – for examples NRL and AFL games only shown on pay television – and less popular overseas events – for example non-Australian group games of the Rugby Union World Cup – have been removed from the list.

The Government is also today releasing the report of the statutory review of the anti‑siphoning scheme conducted in late 2009, Sport on television: a review of the anti‑siphoning scheme in the contemporary digital environment.

The review process was central to the development of the reform and the views expressed by industry participants and members of the general public helped to shape the Government’s decision. Over 330 submissions were made to the review.

The implementation of these reforms will require amendment to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992. Amending legislation will be drafted over the coming months and introduced into the Parliament as soon as possible.

Changes to the anti-siphoning list will be implemented shortly, although changes to the listing of NRL and AFL games will only be made once a regulation is in place or an alternative mechanism to protect the quality of free to air games is agreed by stakeholders. The Government will also seek to finalise the rules around the listing of FIFA World Cup and Socceroos World Cup Qualifier games. The current list expires on December 31 2010.

“These reforms to the anti-siphoning regime ensure that it continues to be the strongest such regime in the world, protecting the interests of free to air viewers as we move into the digital multi-channel era” said the Prime Minister.

To view the Government’s position paper Sport on Television: Reform of the Anti-Siphoning Scheme, the report of the statutory review Sport on television: a review of the anti‑siphoning scheme in the contemporary digital environment and the new Tier A and Tier B anti-siphoning lists visit: www.dbcde.gov.au/anti-siphoning

Date: 25 November 2010
Contact: Suzie Brady 02 6277 7480

The question remains against all the right of refusal entitlements – why have Channel 9 not availed themselves to the NRL premiership games as the Legislation provides for – either on a replay basis, or in terms of the right to broadcast more NRL games live on free-to-air?

Have Foxtel outsmarted Channel 9 in negotiations with the NRL as the WIN Network executive suggested?

Or – is it a case that financial issues exist that make Channel 9 beholding to Foxtel to retain the very lucrative NRL broadcasts?   Does Channel 9 kowtow to Foxtel on the deal with the NRL – and if so … does this breach the intent of the anti-siphoning Legislation when other National free-to-air broadcasters want to be able to compete for the NRL rights?

Could it also be that the exclusive rights to the live ‘State of Origin’ broadcast on Channel 9 is the trade-off giving Foxtel rights to 5 of the 8 NRL games available for broadcast week to week?

Whatever – the NRL have the last say on what deal they want in place to protect and administer the game – why have they allowed the free-to-air replay of pay-for-view games to not be available to Channel 9 for replay broadcast?

It would seem the fans are not the NRL’s first consideration.

The more we let big business encroach on our sporting events for profit – the less live broadcast we will get.  Look at where the ARU game has gone.

The flip side of this equation measures up as well – without the pay-for-view broadcasters in the game, the money filtering through to the players would only be a fraction of the current levels.

So many large business’s made a living off the NRL premiership – sponsors put up hard-earned money to be a part of the game.   The big profits come from the broadcast players and with Foxtel pretty much the only player in the market in Australia – they get the code without having to bid against any genuine competition.

All the fans want is to be able to watch their team every week – live or on replay – that should not be too much to ask.

This is an ongoing story and NRL fans deserve a better deal and should have their say.  Please use the links below to write to your Local Federal Member(s) and/or Senator(s) to voice your opinions.


The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

A Note:  This site is dedicated to having Gillard as Prime Minster removed by all legal means in the shortest timeframe possible.

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

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

This is a protest message …
GET RID OF GILLARD

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

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

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

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

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- 2nd Apr – Gillard – twisting and turning on the spit – there are no fools like old fools -


- 30th – Be careful what you wish for -
- A vote for Gillard and her supporters … … is a choice for  Unionised Socialism and Class Warfare …


- 28th Mar – Apathy – Australian’s have it in spades and deservedly so -


- 23rd Mar – Legitimacy -
- Australia demands it – Gillard does not have it -


- 19th Mar – A downside of Democracy – and the ease in which past Leaders move on -


- 16th Mar – The UNION’s - someone needs to tell them – about high labour costs -


- 15th Mar – 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 -


- 14th Mar – Conroy’s Proposed Media Overlord -
- If the Government lifted its game – then perhaps the media have an incentive to do the same -


- 12th Mar – The Speaker of the House Fails all Australians – Question time is a farce, avoiding accountability -


- 11th Mar – On Education – ‘The Munsters’ style – Bowen and Garrett put on a show -


- 10th Mar – The Nation is Slipping Away – can you feel it? -


- 9th Mar – The Dribble … it’s just so exhausting


- 6th Mar - Journalist’s – the perils of Slow News Days -


- 5th Mar – Gillard and Rooty Hill – why not Gillard helping the WA Election Campaign -


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Title:
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- the real cost of Gillards asylum seeker policy -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 4th May 2013 |
Just had to share the following e-mail covering some of the cost of asylum seekers and how Gillard’s policies hurt Australia. Thanks to Maurice G Kriss – Barrister at Law in Sydney and the sender of the E-Mail Dawn S.

Subject: Border Crossings:

*** NOW, LET ME SEE IF I’VE GOT THIS RIGHT….

  1. IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOUR.
  2. IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.
  3. IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.
  4. IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.
  5. IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.
  6. IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.
  7. IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO A POLITICAL  PRISON TO ROT.
  8. IF YOU CROSS THE AUSTRALIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET:
  • A JOB,
  • AN INTERPRETER,
  • FREE LEGAL AID,
  • A DRIVERS LICENCE,
  • A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER,
  • WELFARE,
  • CREDIT CARDS,
  • FREE EDUCATION,
  • FREE HEALTH CARE,
  • DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE
  • THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY’S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DO NOT GET ENOUGH RESPECT.

Sensationalism? Then think about just this one [not so] small aspect…

The Australian Federal Government provides the following financial assistance:-

Welfare BENEFITS: [Weekly Allowance]

AUSTRALIAN Pensioner:

  • AGED PENSIONER = $253
  • Weekly Spouse allowance = $56.00
  • Additional weekly hardship allowance = $0.00
  • TOTAL YEARLY BENEFIT = $16,068.00

ILLLEGAL IMMIGRANTS:

  • ILLLEGAL IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES LIVING IN AUSTRALIA = $472.50
  • Weekly Spouse allowance = $472.50
  • Additional weekly hardship allowance = $145.00
  • TOTAL YEARLY BENEFIT = $56,680.00

If I were a refugee, why would I look for work?

And the current Government is saying that ‘elderly Australia’ is going to put the country $100 Bn into debt in the next few years?!

Please forward to all your contacts so that we can lobby not just for an increase in the aged pension and to put the welfare of Australian pensioners first, but the welfare of refugees further down the list – well after our Defence men and women, our farmers and the average Aussie battler.

After all, the average pensioner alone has paid taxes and contributed to the growth of this country for the last 40 to 60 years; a Defence member voluntarily endures hardship, prepared to give up their life to preserve the way of yours; and the farmer/battler who are the backbones of this Country and Culture – never reaches for a handout but always willing to lend a hand…

When these people rarely, if ever, speak out they are shunned, ridiculed and dismissed by the Government and barely makes a headline in the news. When refugees/immigrants speak out about repression and insensitivity to their culture in Australia, it gets widespread media coverage and quick resolution by Government bodies.

*** I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION – HAVE A GOOD DAY (AT WORK)


Barrister at Law
-  0408 298 523
-  PO. Box 50 Parramatta NSW 2124
-  Suit 611/22 Charles Street Parramatta NSW -  2150
-  DX 8295 Parramatta
-  Phone: 02-9635 8603 Faz: 02-9687 9185

law@mauricekriss.com.au

www.mauricekriss.com.au

A wonderful presentation of ‘hard facts’ and how the Government spin distorts the truth, and a pathetic media neglect their responsibilities to bring Governments to account.

Well Said …


The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

A Note:  This site is dedicated to having Gillard as Prime Minster removed by all legal means in the shortest timeframe possible.

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

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

This is a protest message …
GET RID OF GILLARD

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

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

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

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

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


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- 24th Apr – The Australian’s Hedley Thomas & Friends – Still hunting down Gillard over the AWU Scandal -


- 24th Apr – Our Higher Education System – Universities fudging research for Higher Funding -


- 20th Apr – Gillard’s Hubris – YUCK – has nothing but contempt for the Disabled and Education -


- 3rd Apr – Gillard v Nth Korea -
- Gillard off to China to fix the problem -
- talk about an overreach -


- 2nd Apr – Gillard – twisting and turning on the spit – there are no fools like old fools -


- 30th – Be careful what you wish for -
- A vote for Gillard and her supporters … … is a choice for  Unionised Socialism and Class Warfare …


- 28th Mar – Apathy – Australian’s have it in spades and deservedly so -


- 23rd Mar – Legitimacy -
- Australia demands it – Gillard does not have it -


- 19th Mar – A downside of Democracy – and the ease in which past Leaders move on -


- 16th Mar – The UNION’s - someone needs to tell them – about high labour costs -


- 15th Mar – 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 -


- 14th Mar – Conroy’s Proposed Media Overlord -
- If the Government lifted its game – then perhaps the media have an incentive to do the same -


- 12th Mar – The Speaker of the House Fails all Australians – Question time is a farce, avoiding accountability -


- 11th Mar – On Education – ‘The Munsters’ style – Bowen and Garrett put on a show -


- 10th Mar – The Nation is Slipping Away – can you feel it? -


- 9th Mar – The Dribble … it’s just so exhausting


- 6th Mar - Journalist’s – the perils of Slow News Days -


- 5th Mar – Gillard and Rooty Hill – why not Gillard helping the WA Election Campaign -


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Title:
- Gillard’s long walk of shame is almost nigh -
- Her past is about to catch up with her -
- Goodnight Labor …
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 27th Apr 2013 |
The net is closing around Gillard and Australia is poised for history.   Why her Caucus still support her defies all logic and is a question in itself.   That question surrounds:

Why has Gillard not stepped aside until she has been cleared of any wrongdoing in association with the AWU scandal.

Surely if our Legal system is to be preserved and serve justice – the matter where all Public Servants are forced to step aside pending the completion of investigations when serious allegations are made – why does the Prime Minister have special privileges,  and allowed to retain her office and use that office to influence the outcome of her own investigation?

Gillard could have gone to the polls early to clear the deck on all that overhangs her – instead she chose to force all Australians into a record breaking seven month election campaign.

She could have made anyone of her new policy’s for Gonski, and NIDS an election gambit prompting an early election to seek a mandate from the people.  Yet she has chosen to rush through the legislation with a gun to the head of all the States on the Gonski reforms funding, and the NDIS – ahead of the election, and risk the House and Senate rejecting the legislation.

Gillard wants to forge her own legacy – she knows she will be beaten at the Sept ’13 Election, she does not admit it publicly, but she knows she is done.

To the detriment of all Australian’s Gillard has dug her heels in and has an agenda to muddy to waters for the incoming Government.

The dye for the next Governments performance and agenda will have been dictated to by what Gillard leaves behind.  She is that vindictive … if she was a dog – you’d call her a mongrel bitch and take her out back and shoot her.

If she were to respect the Office she serves, as opposed to using the Office to serve her own agenda – she would not play chicken with the media and the law enforcement agencies in daring them to make their charges and create the very history she knows confronts her.  She has elected to place the burden of proof on those who want to see her charged – as she is entitled to do.

But it is a devils game of bluff with such high office – Nixon tried and failed and Gillard is no Nixon.   Her bluff and bluster has all the legal minds on tenterhooks in the outcomes if they were to call her bluff.   You tell me how justice is being served in this context.

The AWU scandal has been out of the news cycle for some weeks now and is about to splash our News feeds with new version’s of old truths.  Gillard’s poll numbers will fall further with these stories and challenge her 25% numbers of a year or so ago.

At what point do the 50% or so of ALP caucus members who still support her respond …

If Gillard had any integrity left, and any respect for the office – she would do the right thing and exit before she completely destroys what remains of the ALP for decades to come.

This AWU scandal has reignited again because if the interview she gave to 2GB’s Ben Fordham on the 7th March 2013.

Gillard made a mistake in accepting this interview invitation – her normally feisty media control lapsed in the seemingly comfort privacy of her own limo from whence she gave the phone interview.

She was already having a rough week in ‘Rooty Hill’ to cover up the ‘unwelcome sign’ handed to her by the WA ALP leader who did not want her anywhere near his State election campaign.

There is no doubt Gillard underestimated Fordham’s toughness and she let him get under her guard.  She is now about to pay a heavy price for that mistake.

Whether her media advisor gave her a bad profile on Ben Fordham and thought him a lightweight – and lets face it outside of NSW Fordham is known as Karl’s sidekick on the ‘Today’ show, or whether Gillard thought she could dictate and intimidate Fordham as she does every other interviewer, is for Gillard to answer.

This ‘limo-interview’ is becoming National news and is made available again below – Interview date: 7th Mar 2013.

This interview proved just how bad a week Gillard was having in ‘Rooty Hill’ …

To have allow the interview to continue when Gillard had to have known she had lost control and knew the direction Fordham’s questions were headed was her first mistake. Fordham’s questions were incriminating and she knew her answers were all over the place.  Fordham to his credit did not back off.

Gillard was surprised by Fordham’s questions and his pursuit of precise answers to those questions.  It was something she has hardly ever been exposed to before.

She tried to respond with her usual answer but not an answer obfuscation trying all the while to politicise the response – but Fordham used his skills to corral and put Gillard on the defensive several times.   Normally in these types of interviews Gillard has all the chips – but Fordham attacked her like a puppy poodle with sharks teeth – well done Ben and you showed up the dearth in journalistic integrity in this Nation.

This is the type of questioning that serious and senior journalists have never been able to ask Gillard. In fact – all Gillard’s press conferences normally have a hand-picked guest list – and the journalists know that if they don’t heel they won’t be invited back.

There was a follow-up comment by Fordham to all his listeners this week when he was contacted by Victorian Police and asked if he would be wiling to give a statement about the interview and the comments made.

Hear that broadcast below:


In the time since Fordham’s clarification that ‘Gillard’ is under Police investigation earlier this week, National interest has again been perked.

Hedley Thomas did a story on the 24th Apr 2013 in regards to Fordham’s 2GB show revelation that he had been contacted by the Victorian police – read that story here

Since then, the story has nested and mainstream media – with the exception of News Ltd publications – have largely left it alone.

Thomas again revisited the facts and wrote another story in the ‘Weekend Australian’ – that story is published below:

Who knows PM Julia Gillard is under investigation?


| Author: Hedley Thomas, National chief correspondent | Date: Apr 27th, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

IN the days after a heated 2GB radio interview in March, during which Julia Gillard was questioned closely about the AWU slush fund scandal, a detective in Victoria’s Fraud Squad, Ross Mitchell, made a strategic decision.

One answer the Prime Minister gave during a dogged tussle in her interview with Ben Fordham stood out. Mitchell knew it when he heard it. The other detectives knew it too.

Although seemingly innocuous to those not involved in the probe, Gillard’s answer was new and pivotal. It meant police in Melbourne would need a sworn statement from Fordham in Sydney, even though as a journalist he would be expected to subsequently disclose some key facts.

The actions that Mitchell and other police took in seeking further information from Fordham led to him stating in unequivocal terms on his radio show this week something that had been previously cryptically and very carefully inferred – the Prime Minister is under formal Victoria Police investigation as a result of the 18-year-old Australian Workers Union fraud. Fordham has kept a pledge to police to not publicly reveal more than this.

He told his audience: “So, let me make this perfectly clear. The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, is under investigation by police. This is fact. I hadn’t planned to add to what I said yesterday out of respect for the detectives on the case. But if the Prime Minister’s office wants to deny she’s being investigated, as has been reported last night and today, then I will once again correct that record. Now it needs to be pointed out that the Prime Minister and her office mightn’t know she’s being investigated. But I know it. And others do too. The detectives are investigating three individuals and one of them is Julia Gillard. Prime Minister, you may not know this, but you are currently being investigated by the Fraud and Extortion Squad of the Victoria Police Force.”

Neither the Police Commissioner of Victoria, Ken Lay, nor the Prime Minister’s office has sought to dispute any of Fordham’s assertions. Nor is the PM’s office now suggesting, as it did in March, that the Victoria Police investigation has nothing to do with Gillard. The reality is that Gillard’s office cannot know the details of the probe.

Lay, who has had the opportunity to correct the record if he decided that Fordham had jumped to a wrong conclusion in naming Gillard, let it stand. Lay added: “The AWU matter is under investigation. That’s still current.”

The Prime Minister has always repeatedly, strenuously and sometimes angrily denied any wrongdoing, accusing The Australian and others of engaging in a smear campaign.

For an alleged fraud being taken seriously since late last year by seasoned detectives, Australians should ask hard questions about why large sections of their media, and particularly the public broadcaster, still baulk at reporting the AWU scandal; downplay the story or, worse, self-censor; ask few or no questions; and even mock journalists who have lost their jobs for pursuing it – Michael Smith and Glenn Milne.

Australia’s best-resourced media outlet, the ABC, has scarcely, if at all, reported the ongoing police investigation this year. Only after Media Watch questioned the ABC’s obvious reticence to look at the AWU story in any meaningful way last year, the 7.30 program belatedly weighed in. The flagship investigative program, Four Corners, has since abandoned a proposed in-depth story.

Indeed, almost everything that Fordham told his listeners on 2GB this week would surprise Australians who receive their news only from the ABC. Fordham tells Inquirer that nobody from the public broadcaster has contacted him since his revelations.

“I would have thought that the most powerful person in the country being the subject of an ongoing police investigation is a very significant story,” Fordham says. “If others choose not to see it that way, I’m more than happy to keep covering it.

“I’ve had reactions from some people saying: ‘How do you know that it’s true?’ and ‘Are you just making it up?’ All I can keep saying is that it is 100 per cent fact. I would not say something so serious about the Prime Minister unless I could be 100 per cent sure. If I were wrong on this, there would be a good argument for my dismissal and possibly worse (a defamation action for damages). It would be career suicide and totally unfair to Julia Gillard. But I’m as certain of the facts as I am of my own name.

“I’m not beating my drum and saying ‘Look at me’. But if a story about the PM being under investigation is not very interesting and vitally important, I should be in another profession. The listeners are intrigued by it because they are not hearing about it elsewhere. They are not reading about it in every publication and seeing it on the TV news.”

With questioning so far of witnesses in Queensland, Victoria, NSW and Western Australia, up to a dozen detectives are particularly interested in the creation and operation of a union election slush fund, misleadingly called the AWU Workplace Reform Association.

The entity was set up and formally registered in Perth with the help of Gillard’s legal advice (as a solicitor at Slater & Gordon) to her then boyfriend and client, AWU official Bruce Wilson, and his union sidekick, Ralph Blewitt. The two men allegedly used it as a slush fund to siphon hundreds of thousands of dollars from Thiess during the construction company’s development of a major project that required both labour and industrial peace from AWU members.

Some of the money, which was kept secret from everyone else in the union, would go into a $230,000 terrace house at 85 Kerr Street, Fitzroy, bought by Wilson (in Blewitt’s name) at an auction he attended with Gillard, whose firm would manage the conveyancing. The terrace house was Wilson’s home in Melbourne during his relationship with Gillard and his time as secretary of the Victorian branch of the AWU. The money from the property’s sale a few years later went directly to Blewitt and Wilson, not the union, whose national leadership discovered too late that the union had been used in a scam.

In his only recent public statements Wilson has backed Gillard, saying she knew nothing about any wrongdoing. They have each attacked and ridiculed Blewitt, who has said he decided to blow the whistle because two journalists lost their jobs for trying to report the issues.

For Mitchell’s taskforce, one of the most interesting features of Blewitt’s story is that he has told it in the knowledge that he faces going to prison. Having admitted to police an incriminating role in what he calls a fraud, Blewitt can be prosecuted and convicted. There has been no deal.

One of the planks of Blewitt’s story, which 2GB’s Fordham latched on to in his interview with the Prime Minister in March, concerns a “power of attorney” document bearing Gillard’s signature as the official witness. According to Blewitt, it was a false document.

Blewitt has repeatedly said the “power of attorney” was not worth the paper on which it was written. The document permitted Wilson to buy the Fitzroy terrace house (in Blewitt’s name) at auction. Blewitt, who was living in Perth at the time, claims it is bogus – that Gillard could not have “witnessed” it as they were thousands of kilometres apart at the time.

In previous rejections of Blewitt’s claims about this document, the Prime Minister insisted she always witnessed such documents properly as a solicitor. But Fordham tells Inquirer that all of Gillard’s previous answers seemed to avoid declaring outright that she and Blewitt were in the same room when the power of attorney was witnessed.

“I wanted a straight answer from the PM on that simple question when I interviewed her in March and I wasn’t going to let it go,” he said.

Gillard finally confirmed to Fordham that she and Blewitt were in the room when the document was signed. It is an assertion that could only be wrong if Victoria Police have evidence placing them on opposite sides of Australia.

Mainstream media outside ‘News Ltd’ publications refuse to report on the story – what is it that Gillard has over Fairfax that they are so intimidated from pursuing Gillard.   Gillard’s performance in that Ben Fordham interview shows she is being less than honest with the truth – if she was in the room with Blewitt she should just say it and it goes away.

Gillard has never been under oath in any of these Q&A’s – but when the police come to question her she will be under an oath or sorts.  She can refuse to answer the questions but that will only cast more suspicion – how would that look to the Australian public when a sitting Prime Minister is questioned by police and refuses to answer the questions on the basis it might incriminate her.

Now – this is the tickle … police try to entrap suspects in a lie and then produce proof to the contrary – who knows what Gillard’s Secretary has said, who knows what searches have been done with Airlines ticket sales, passenger manifests, motel room bookings, and the like.   If Gillard answers ‘I don’t recall’ then the other evidence more than incriminates Gillard because she can’t refute the claims.

We all know that Gillard lies and has told some big ones at that – she might debate they are political lies and that all politicians lie.  But with respect to the way she has answered questions on this AWU scandal, she knows there is a difference in telling a direct lie and answering in an indirect way.

The way she responded to Ben Fordham when he put it to her that she was in the room with Ralph Blewitt and she responded be it a reluctant – ‘yes’ – I bet London to a brick – that is what the Victorian Police are interested in.

The lingering and follow-up questions are numerous and just don’t go away – why all media outlets don’t run this story for its true value is a crime in itself.

Exposing a Prime Minister of Australia involvement with a fraud that happened 20 years ago and refusing to be – ‘on the record’ with her answers has to be news.

If anyone believes the past ‘staged-managed’ press conferences Gillard gave have been accurate ‘on the record’ accounts is a fool.  The right questions were never asked – they never probed or allowed follow-up questions.  All the questions were vetted and Gillard’s answers were prepped by her staff after deep consultation with legal representatives advising her what answers would suffice, and not what to say.

There have been plenty of bloggers who continue to carrying the message, and some feeder publications, but in essence the National Broadcaster – The ‘ABC’ – funded by the Federal Government and recently given an out of contract increase to funding by Gillard, has a cupboard full of Labor supporting journalists who have lost all their objectivity.   There has even been Tribunal hearings on the pro bias Gillard reporting and attacks against those who have trashed her.

The chief of these ALP loving journalist’s is former Bob Hawke media advisor Barry Cassidy – the Presenter of ‘Insiders’.   In fact one of the ‘Insiders’ bench presenters in Glen Milne was sacked from the program in late 2011 for writing about the AWU scandal in ‘The Australian’ – see SMH story her  …

I can guarantee you that Gillard is guilty of conduct unbecoming of a licensed Solicitor – her actions have not allowed her to practice Law again.   On that basis alone a series of question for Gillard to answer should be about her Slater & Gordon dismissal, and what conditions were imposed with regard to her practicing Law again.  Six months after the sacking – Gillard did not renew her Solicitors License and has never practiced Law again.

Fordham’s questioning on the use of the AWU name in the known ‘slush fund’ intent, as the ‘AWU workforce reform association’ … was also on the mark.

Gillards answers were again vague and obfuscated around the question trying to avoid direct answers.

This is important – it goes to the quality of advice Gillard claims she was offering to Wilson and Blewitt as employees of the real AWU Slater and Gordon client.

If she knew the association and their accounts was to be a ‘slush fund’ and not a re-election fund that was stated on the application to incorporate the Association – Gillard breached her Legal responsibilities and will face charges that could have her struck off.  Slater and Gordon know this and would have been the reason they dismissed her with conditions.

If Slater and Gordon were ultimately made responsible for Gillard’s conduct and faced a legal challenge from the real Slater and Gordon AWU client – Gillard’s conduct would have become a matter of public record.  The crime is in the cover-up and there are many people involved in that.

There is no way they will all stick to their stories and Gillard has to know that her time will eventually run out.

None of the then Senior Slater and Gordon Partners want to talk about it.  Gillard handed her Senior Partner Peter Gordon a High Court Judgeship  If that does not raise eyebrows on this issue then what will.  [Oops - a faithful reader picked up that it should read Lionel Murphy received the Judgeship and not Peter Gordon - ... thanks Barry M ... and Oops again - thanks to 'Col at Central Coast' - it was Bernard Murphy ... not Lionel Murphy ...]

Journalist worth anything would be on this story like flies on a dungheap – yet the Fairfax press stay silent and the likes of David Marr – a Director of Fairfax and muse to his own ego tries hard to pontificate his neutrality – he fails miserably.

How Oakeshott and Windsor continue to support Gillard raises more questions about what they received in return for their continuing support.   There is nothing about Gillard’s Leadership that inspires – in fact it does the opposite and Australia is the loser on so many levels.


The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

A Note:  This site is dedicated to having Gillard as Prime Minster removed by all legal means in the shortest timeframe possible. 

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

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

This is a protest message …
GET RID OF GILLARD

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

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

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

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

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


Have your say where it counts: – contact your Local Federal Representative via the links below and let them know how you feel about this, or any other topic that you feel strongly about – or you can just post a comment below and let off some steam.

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- 3rd Apr – Gillard v Nth Korea -
- Gillard off to China to fix the problem -
- talk about an overreach -


- 2nd Apr – Gillard – twisting and turning on the spit – there are no fools like old fools -


- 30th – Be careful what you wish for -
- A vote for Gillard and her supporters … … is a choice for  Unionised Socialism and Class Warfare …


- 28th Mar – Apathy – Australian’s have it in spades and deservedly so -


- 23rd Mar – Legitimacy -
- Australia demands it – Gillard does not have it -


- 19th Mar – A downside of Democracy – and the ease in which past Leaders move on -


- 16th Mar – The UNION’s - someone needs to tell them – about high labour costs -


- 15th Mar – 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 -


- 14th Mar – Conroy’s Proposed Media Overlord -
- If the Government lifted its game – then perhaps the media have an incentive to do the same -


- 12th Mar – The Speaker of the House Fails all Australians – Question time is a farce, avoiding accountability -


- 11th Mar – On Education – ‘The Munsters’ style – Bowen and Garrett put on a show -


- 10th Mar – The Nation is Slipping Away – can you feel it? -


- 9th Mar – The Dribble … it’s just so exhausting


- 6th Mar - Journalist’s – the perils of Slow News Days -


- 5th Mar – Gillard and Rooty Hill – why not Gillard helping the WA Election Campaign -


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Allegations have been made concerning University Heads reallocating accreditation for research material for the purpose of colluding to enhance funding opportunities.

These allegations and at a time when the Gillard Government is threatening a $2.5 billion funding strip from Universities, pose serious integrity questions in how the higher education funding triggers work.

The allegations were made in a story published in ‘The Australian’ today and is reproduced below:

Academics union has accused university managers of collusion


| Author: Andrew Trounson | Date: April 24th, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

THE academics union has accused university managers of collusion and being misleading by inflating the quality of their research for a national audit, in a bid to bolster their status and secure additional research money.

Since the introduction of the Excellence in Research for Australia audit of research quality in 2010, there have been claims that universities are “gaming” the results by manipulating research data to hide weak research and pushing higher quality research into inappropriate classifications to boost ratings in some areas.

The National Tertiary Education Union has now released a report that includes anonymous accounts of a meeting during which senior managers appear to be talking of actively gaming data to maximise their results.

An unnamed senior administrator reports attending an “astonishing meeting” in which a university’s deputy vice-chancellor for research asks a department to switch some of its best research outputs, such as journal publications, into another department to maximise its ratings. The deputy vice chancellor feels obliged to reassure the department losing its research that it won’t be punished for any apparent poor research performance.

“If you give us those publications, we run you down. We’ll make sure you’re ok after ERA,” the deputy vice-chancellor says.

In another example, a senior researcher appears to talk of making research that doesn’t appear in good enough journals “disappear” by keeping the amount of research in some areas deliberately below a threshold for reporting it.

NTEU said the gaming undermined the integrity of the ERA process, and disadvantaged staff by discouraging and marginalising some research.

The Australian Research Council, which operates the ERA scheme, rejected the criticism.

ARC chief executive Aidan Byrne said there was no evidence of widespread gaming and that much of what is labelled gaming is simply reasonable behaviour.

Some immediate question come to mind as a result of these obscure allegations, particularly in relation to the academic research into the ‘Climate Change’ debate, and how this Government and the research results are now being peeled back revealing flaws in the research arguments.

On a global scale, many alarmist’s are now turning sceptical with the most recent data showing the last decade was much cooler then the previous decade.

There has always been a ‘vested interest’ cloud hanging over academia land and how they procure research funding.  They are all mostly reliant on Federal and State Government funding, and the debate that ensures is whether it was the funding that produced research results favourable to prolonged funding programs, or was it the research outcomes that produced the continued funding.

In recent times, anyone seeking funding for a research program to prove ‘climate change’ arguments were top priority – grants to disprove the ‘climate change’ argument were low priority.

If the allegations in the above story prove to be factual … so many questions will be answered.

Gillard and her Ministers claim as do the Opposition that Education is the silver bullet – the statement has been around forever.  But to me the question is that with knowledge comes enlightenment, but the wisdom of life is not learnt in books or by attaining higher education.

Emphasis on one to the detriment of the other creates an imature and uncomplete rounding of life and humanity.   If our educators are in fact cheating the system for greed and prestigue, then the wisdom of life within the mindset of these Institutions is a sad failure.

If you can’t trust the educators on integrity and morality, what will the next generation of students give us when it becomes their turn to lead and take their place?


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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 -  :

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… 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.

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Title:
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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 21st Apr 2013 |
The countdown to the next election has 114 days to go, only 27 sitting days for the House of Representatives – and Gillard wants to push through Legislation for the Gonski education reforms, and the NIDS.

It is pure hubris contempt on Gillard’s part to think that rushing these important Legislative Bills should have a time stamp attached.

There are three issues in Western politics that motivate electoral activity, Welfare, Education, and Health.

Gillard’s socialist agenda has already had a crack at Health and has the States off-side.  The Education strike is on the agenda with the States at the moment, and more will be known next week in how the States have responded.   As for Welfare – the aged have fared quite well under Gillard, the un-employed have not, and now it is the turn for the disabled.

Gillard has an overflowing fault – debt created to fund her socialist agenda thus far has not been funded by the two new big taxes she introduced – i.e. the Carbon Tax and the MRRT.

She has erred badly in balancing the spend and now with the European Carbon Price collapsing – another $10 billion hole just hit the budget forward estimates.

Last Thursday Gillard fronted the ABC’s ’7:30 Report’ and was given the ABC’s ‘friends of Labour’ treatment.   The normally feisty Leigh Sales held her cue and allowed Gillard to spruik her garbage about ‘funded savings’,  and other dipstick logic to try and explain how the Gonski reforms are funded.

Have a listen using the link here – or read the text of the interview pasted below:

Transcript

LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: A meeting tomorrow between the Prime Minister and the premiers could seal the fate of one of the Gillard Government’s signature pieces of legislation, the Gonski education reforms.

The Prime Minister is promising to spend $2 on education for every $1 the states spend in an overhaul of the funding model aimed to delivering better equity between schools and improved results for students.

But the premiers are unpersuaded that the changes are in their interests.

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard joined me from The Lodge a short time ago.

Prime Minister, thank you for your time tonight.

JULIA GILLARD, PRIME MINISTER: Thank you very much, Leigh.

LEIGH SALES: None of the state premiers has said that they’ll sign up to your education reforms. We’ve also seen a new gap in the budget revenue forecasts emerge this week. Does that mean that your education spending plans are already dead in the water?

JULIA GILLARD: Well on the budget, on the spending, we have already announced savings to back in the spending for Australian schools. They haven’t been popular, but in my view they’ve been the right thing to do. And I will sit at the Council of Australian Governments meeting tomorrow and make it very clear to premiers and chief ministers that this is a critical moment to make a difference for Australian education, for children today and for the generations of children to come, to make sure that every Australian child gets the opportunity to reach their full potential in a properly resourced school.

So I am determined, Leigh, that we get this done. I will make that clear to premiers and chief ministers tomorrow. And then if we leave the COAG meeting with any premiers or chief ministers having not agreed, then in the 10 weeks to come, I will be out there, not only talking to premiers and chief ministers about the importance of our children and properly funding their education, but talking to parents, schools, communities about it too.

LEIGH SALES: You say that you’ve already announced savings. Let’s unpack that a little bit. The Commonwealth share of funding for the education plan is $9.4 billion. So far, to pay for it you have nearly $3 billion in the university cuts, plus almost a $1 billion in superannuation savings. So that leaves a gap of about $5 billion. Where will that $5 billion come from?

JULIA GILLARD: Leigh, you’re dealing with two time scales. The figure that you’re referring to of just over $9 billion, which is a lot of money, is a figure over six years. The savings on the forward estimates are obviously the savings over a four-year period. The kind of savings that we have selected, for example, in superannuation have helped to make the superannuation system fairer and more sustainable and those savings continue to grow over time.

LEIGH SALES: But when you’re looking at four years or six years, your government has made some serious miscalculations in what you’re going to earn over the next period. The mining tax is delivering billions less than forecast. We know that the carbon emissions revenue is likely to be substantial less than budgeted. Aren’t your spending promises fanciful given that you’re not going to be making as much money as you’d hoped?

JULIA GILLARD: Well let’s do appropriate comparisons. When we work out what we are prepared to spend, of course we go through a process of properly assessing that and we’ve made proper savings to back in the spending on Australian schools over our forward estimates, and as I’ve just indicated, beyond the budget period, some of these savings continue to grow. On the revenue side, the amount of tax money that the Government gets, the Minerals Resource Rent Tax is deliberately designed as a profits-based tax, so when commodity prices come off, and they came off more sharply than expected, then that does affect the amount of revenue collected. On carbon pricing, we said that we wanted a full emissions trading scheme from 1st July, 2015. That is what we have legislated for. We’ve said we wanted that to be internationally linked so that we got the benefits of the international price. That’s the least cost way for business to cut the amount of carbon pollution that they’re generating. Now there has been some volatility in Europe just like there’s been volatility in all markets in Europe in the wake of Global Financial Crisis.

LEIGH SALES: But you have a whole lot of policies that are going to hit a funding crunch around 2015. You’ve got a dental scheme, you’ve got your education plan, you’ve got the disability insurance scheme, the cost of detaining and housing asylum seekers, a fleet of new submarines. Isn’t there a serious credibility problem here in that you’re making spending promises, but the revenue forecasts that you’ve made have been overinflated?

JULIA GILLARD: Well, Leigh, we make revenue projections working with the professionals in Treasury. We are in an unusual circumstance in our economy at the moment, post the Global Financial Crisis, the amount of tax money per unit of GDP coming to the Government at its lowest rate since the recovery from the recession of the early 1990s, certainly much lower than the professionals at Treasury who work with government predicted. We’ve also got commodity prices coming off and some changes in the terms of trade. So let’s be, you know, real about the things that make budget forecasting the thing that you work with professionals to do, and yes, there are factors that change forecasts. Of course there are. There always have been under previous governments and there always will be in the future.

LEIGH SALES: But Prime Minister, I am …

JULIA GILLARD: On spending, what we’ve said, Leigh, is that we will back in new structural saves with new structural spends. That is what we should be held to account for. We are going to make sure that as we put on the budget new obligations to do the right thing by our kids and with people with disabilities, that we are backing that in with new savings as well. There’ll be some hard choices there and I’ve said to the nation we’ll have to make them, but that is the right thing to do to put those high priority areas, our kids, our future, people with disabilities, first.

LEIGH SALES: But structural changes and cutting spending can only go so far. You do rely on revenue and I’m just making a simple point that you’ve said, “Well, we’re gonna spend and we’re gonna have all these new initiatives,” based on forecasts that you were going to earn a certain amount of revenue and it’s been proven that you’re not going to make that much money.

JULIA GILLARD: Leigh, I’m working with the most up-to-date forecasts that the professionals at Treasury can give me. Then in the budget we will update those forecasts again. That’s what governments do. But, we know that if you are going to introduce a new spend, you’ve gotta back it in with a new save. We have already accepted that discipline and we are working to it.

LEIGH SALES: In terms of wanting to rely on up-to-date forecasts, we’ve seen what’s happened with the carbon price in Europe in recent times. Just a simple question: in this coming budget, will there be a revised price for carbon in 2015-’16 and a revised revenue forecast as a result?

JULIA GILLARD: As the Treasurer and I made clear yesterday, the budget forecasts in carbon and in all other areas will be updated in the usual way at budget time.

LEIGH SALES: Australia’s relying on modelling that the European price for carbon will be $29 a tonne in 2015. It’s currently around $3 a tonne. Do we seriously think that in two years that carbon price could have recovered to 10 times what it is today?

JULIA GILLARD: Well, Leigh, as I just said, we will be updating budgets predictions and forecasts at budget in the usual way assisted by our professionals in Treasury and Finance. So you will see those numbers on budget night.

Just had to pop this Addin: Can you remember when Gillard said this:

… and this …

… and this …

… and this …

… and this …

Comment: The Budget Surplus now explained away because they discovered the Carbon Tax and the MRRT did not produce the slush fund to cover all the new spending programs … just tell this cow that she’s over … done … kaput … dusted … fu_ked … just tell her that nobody wants to hear her any more except when she fronts a court on criminal charges over her AWU fraud …

Interview transcript continues …

LEIGH SALES: Would you consider tweaking the current carbon price legislation?

JULIA GILLARD: The legislation is there. The system has been outlined for all to see. We worked in a very consultative way with business to get this done. We’ve got the legislation in place, Leigh, and of course the system is rolling out against that legislation.

LEIGH SALES: But the legislation’s locking in a price that’s actually a lot higher than what our competitors in Europe are paying. Would you consider tweaking that to bring it closer to what European companies are paying for their carbon emissions?

JULIA GILLARD: Well, Leigh, the legislation’s done and you know how hard that was to get through the Australian Parliament. You know that this has been bipartisan politics since – it was in 2007, let’s put a price on carbon, have an emissions trading scheme. You know Prime Minister Howard supported that, and yet, because of the entrenched negativity of the Opposition, getting legislation through the Parliament was incredibly difficult. We succeeded. We are cutting carbon pollution. None of the silly claims about carbon pricing destroying the economy, wiping Whyalla off the map, $100 roasts – any of the foolish things said by the Opposition, have proved to come true. The legislation is there and we are working against that legislation a fixed price now going to an emissions trading scheme on 1st July, 2015.

LEIGH SALES: Prime Minister Gillard, thank you for joining us tonight.

JULIA GILLARD: Thank you.

LEIGH SALES: And as I said last time the Prime Minister appeared on the program a few weeks ago, 7.30 is in constant communication with the office of the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott about joining us for an interview. We’ll keep you posted.

I know – you had trouble believing and staying with the commentary – I put the YouTube clips in to give some reality to her responses re budget savings … who can believe anything she has to say …

Gillard has lost the plot and lost the ability to speak in anyway where people want to listen to what she has to say.  The Nation has just turned her off … and she refuses to accept all the advice telling her she no longer has the connect she thinks she has.

As if her trip to ‘Rooty Hill’ a month or so ago didn’t let her know how the people feel – she believes her Education and Disability Legislation will somehow win over a disengaged electorate – how big can a bloody fruitloop be …

The Gonski Report:

  • The report says Australia must aspire to have a schooling system that is among the best in the world for its quality and equity, and must prioritise support for its lowest performing students.
  • It says every child should have access to the best possible education, regardless of where they live, the income of their family, or the school they attend.
  • And it says no student in Australia should leave school without the basic skills and competencies needed to participate in the workforce and lead successful and productive lives.

The broad strokes in these key recommendations are as obvious as a ‘Pro Hart’ landscape.   This paid for report hardly covers any of the important issues attached to the Education debate.  For example …

  1. Where is the research to establish what portion of university graduates over the last five years have employment in their chosen field – surely that would paint a picture on where education spending has served the community – where are these university graduates employed if the jobs for their chosen career are not there …
  2. We know there are some 40,000 qualified Teachers who can’t find employment in their accredited field – surely this number of unemployed teachers gives reason to pause before throwing many more billions at teachers via the recommended Gonski reforms …
  3. We have a State by State based education system – one would think that a National curriculum would be a priority – Gonski did not think so in his priority recommendations … how can the Nation think itself unified if we teach different curriculums in different States …
  4. Given the number of criminally reported, the abuse – verbal and physical, student suspensions and expulsions incidents in secondary schools, how can rewarding students with more money thrown at the problem be see as an answer.   Does it not send a wrong message?

Students who put in the effort should be rewarded … better students get better amenities …

This is the one thing that has worked for humanity over the centuries – it is incentive based advancement. The Western World is so preoccupied with equality based opportunities it has weakened the whole education system …

Where is the Gonski recommendations to address unruly classrooms,  the abuse Teachers are subjected to, the lack of parenting responsibility for truancy and poorly behaved kids, these are all important issues Gonski does not even go near in his recommendations – why is more money always seen to be the answer – sometimes being forced to accept responsibility for poor parenting and poor behaviour is all it takes.

Technology is changing at such a pace, that a University graduate is outdated within two odd years unless they are employed in the field and upgrade their knowledge base.

Nothing competes in the workplace against experience … a 25 yo who has never worked a day in their life stacked up against someone who has 5 plus years of work experience is a no brainer.   It’s a bit different for some Professional trades, but then they all have to learn on the job as well …

I’ve attended some of these courses, I ‘ve even lectured at some … the point is that many who take the course will never what they have learnt ever again … it’s a time filler, a funded education plan that gives the student or unemployed some hope that they might still be able to find a career …   it’s all bullshit – if you want it you’ll find a way to get it done … the handout has never worked … and I don’t think it ever will …

The National Disability Scheme [NDIS]:

How dare this cow use the paid for report to suit her socialist agenda … use the disabled to try to save her political career …

The Disabled are in need, their carers in more need, and the facilities they require are not what they should be … but Gillard’s plan is not about addressing the needs of the Disabled, but consumed by the illusion that the NDIS will win her votes at the next election.

This is who Gillard is … her pious tone when she turns on the charm to sell her message is nothing but a bitch in heat turned and presented ready for a mongrel service.

Gillard has no interest in the Nations interest – her interest is in her own interests.  For someone to have got the budget forecasts so wrong – and serious politician would not be shoving another $20 billion of unfunded policies at an electorate trying its best to tell to fu_k off.

Even the abattoir would reject the Gillard carcass … cows like her need to be burned and then buried deep … a complete waste of human interest and the media should do a number on her – just don’t mention her in dispatches, don’t cover her Press conferences … black list the bitch until she gets the message …

I’m not sorry for the vitriol … Gillard and her cast of Pied Piper Monkeys are just that bad … and does the monkey’s a dis-service …


The EYE-BALL Opinion plea for action:

A Note:  This site is dedicated to having Gillard as Prime Minster removed by all legal means in the shortest timeframe possible. 

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

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

This is a protest message …
GET RID OF GILLARD

… do you think it might motivate caucus …

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

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

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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 3rd Apr 2013 |
There is one thing the Chinese are good out – freezing women out of the loop.   Gillard’s foreign policy experience extends to a visit to a royal wedding, bungee jumping with Obama at some G20 conferences.  Along the way she batting her eyelids at all the powerful men surrounding her during photo shoots, and had them drool over her misogyny speech, all the while trying to not embarrass herself over what she does not know about foreign policy.

Well – the Nth Korea situation has escalated beyond idle threats – Nth Korea has made a claim that it intends to wipe the very existence of the USA from world history.   Many Nations are taking the threats seriously.  The unpredictable Nth Koreans are known to carry out their threats when faced with a humiliation back-down as the only other alternative.

Former PM and Foreign Minister, and by far the best FM we’ve had in a very long time Kevin Rudd started rattling China’s cage a week or so ago telling them they had better intercede to quell Nth Korea’s sabre rattling.

Gillard’s China trip has been on the agenda for some time and she comes out today telling us that she is taking the most serious of delegations with her to China to fix the Nth Korean situation.  Read the story below:

Gillard to raise North Korea threat with Chinese leaders


| National Affairs | Date: Apr 3rd, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard will personally raise the issue of North Korea’s latest threats in discussions with China’s leaders.

Ms Gillard heads off to China later this week for a six-day visit to discuss investment, trade and security matters.

Concerns over North Korea, which has issued a series of increasingly bellicose threats against South Korea and the United States in recent days, will also be discussed.

Ms Gillard welcomed the fact that China was enforcing UN sanctions against North Korea.

”But of course this threat to peace and stability in our region will be the subject of discussions that I will do personally,” she told ABC TV on Wednesday.

The prime minister said she was taking the ”most high-powered delegation” to China that Australia had ever sent.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Trade Minister Craig Emerson are among those in the delegation.

Australia already has in place significant sanctions on North Korea and is considering imposing more stringent measures.

Meanwhile, former prime minister Kevin Rudd has applauded growing criticism in China of ally North Korea and called for US-China talks over the Korean peninsula’s tensions.

Mr Rudd, who speaks Mandarin, says that North Korea “has gone from being a private debate to a very public debate” inside China since the latest crisis began several months ago.

“I’m surprised by how sort-of out there people are at the moment, ranging from, ‘Let’s dump North Korea as an ally’ to ‘How do we work with the South Koreans to exercise restraint?”‘ Mr Rudd said on a visit to Washington.

“This is a very good thing from my perspective because it’s no longer regarded as simply a foundational element of Chinese foreign and security policy, that it’s North Korea right or wrong,” Mr Rudd said.

Mr Rudd, speaking at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said that China’s communist leadership has increasingly moderated its tone after decades of strident opposition to foreign interference in nations’ affairs.

“China wants to be respected in the world – not just being a big great power but being a respected great power. This has sunk into the Chinese foreign policy psychology,” Mr Rudd said.

Isolated North Korea relies on China as its main political and economic supporter, leading US lawmakers in recent years to criticise Beijing sharply over Pyongyang’s actions.

China showed annoyance after North Korea defied warnings and conducted a nuclear test in February.

China joined a UN resolution on economic sanctions, as North Korea faced sharp criticism in the Chinese blogosphere for its insolence.

Mr Rudd said that the United States should reach out to China’s new President Xi Jinping on contingency planning over North Korea, saying that such cooperation could ease mistrust between the two Pacific giants.

“Escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula may in fact require a new level of strategic discourse in the US-China relationship sooner rather than later,” Mr Rudd said.

Mr Rudd was visiting Washington following high-level talks in Beijing and Seoul on a trip he started shortly after declining to challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the latest leadership tussle in Australia’s Labor Party.

‘High Powered’ delegation indeed – herself and Bill Shorten … come on there like two butterfly’s trapped in a museum bottle when it comes to Foreign policy knowledge and diplomacy.

This story marginalises and damages Gillard and her Leadership.  It leaves the impression that Mr Rudd is and has been the go-between between China and the USA on Nth Korea – I would not be surprised that Gillard sees it that way as well.   It weakens Gillard no-end.

The PM released her own Press Conference speech and it is linked and pasted below:

Link to PM’s speech

Prime Minister and Senior Ministers to Visit China

SUN 31 MARCH 2013, Prime Minister, Canberra.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will lead the most senior Australian political delegation ever to visit China during a bilateral visit from 5 to 10 April 2013.

The Prime Minister will participate in the Bo’ao Forum for Asia, an important annual gathering of Asian political and business leaders, and will meet China’s new President and Premier.

The visit will be Ms Gillard’s second to China as Prime Minister.

She will be accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr, and the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, Dr Craig Emerson, who is responsible for Asian Century Policy, Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.

The Prime Minister will also be joined by the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten, who is leading a superannuation and financial services delegation to China.

The Gillard Government is committed, as outlined in the Australia in the Asia Century White Paper, to a stronger and more comprehensive relationship with China.

During her visit, the Prime Minister will promote Australia’s rapidly growing trade, investment, education, research and people-to-people links with China.

China is Australia’s largest trading partner with two-way goods and services trade worth $128 billion in 2011-12.

China is also Australia’s largest source of overseas students, with around 150,000 enrolments in 2012, and the second largest source of overseas visitors, with more than 626,000 arrivals in 2012.

The Prime Minister will meet President Xi Jinping at the Bo’ao Forum and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing to discuss how the two countries can strengthen this vital and growing relationship.

She will also discuss a range of common interests, including cooperation in the G20, East Asia Summit, APEC and the United Nations Security Council, climate change, and Asian security issues.

At the Bo’ao Forum for Asia, Ms Gillard will meet other international leaders, address the plenary session and discuss trade and investment issues with senior Australian and Chinese figures.

The Prime Minister will visit Shanghai to advance Australia’s interest in closer engagement with China in the banking and finance sector.

In Shanghai, Ms Gillard will also address one of China’s top leadership academies, the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong.

In Beijing, the Prime Minister will engage with the Australia-China CEO Roundtable, the premier business forum between the two countries, and deliver a keynote address at an event hosted by the Australian Chamber of Commerce.

How can you stack Gillard’s agenda outlined above up against what Rudd has done in recent weeks re Nth Korea and China’s influence in the region?   She does not even mention Nth Korea!

Taking Bill Shorten with her – why not the Foreign Minister Bob Carr?

Since the phantom spill 10 days ago, it is widely rumoured that Carr and Gillard have not spoken. There is trouble in paradise and given the threat language coming out of Nth Korea – it is more than surprising Gillard did not mention Nth Korea directly in her press conference.

Remember this PM has her finger on the War footing of this Nation, she is responsible for military decisions – how it has come to this is indeed something to ponder and ask what needs to be done to fix the problem.

How many more soldiers will die because Gillard does not have the balls to end the Afghanistan occupation.   Yes the withdrawal is happening, but what will have been achieved once the ‘coalition of the willing’ has deserted their charter and left?

China don’t respect Gillard and never will.

The most revealing matter this trip reveals is the widening gap between Carr and Gillard, and with such an important trading partner at the other end of this overseas trip, Gillard demonstrates how thin bare her loyal Ministers are.


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

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