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EYE-BALL Opinion – The Elephant in the Room – Gillard’s Police Investigation -

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


- 27th June – After the Fact: Will Gillard escape? Gillards Epitaph: Criminal or Feminist hero -


- 26th June – A Nation held to Ransom -
- Gillard calls another spill and so the circus continues -


- 26th Jun – Independent Rob Oakeshott Quits -
- His media release confirms what we all suspected -


- 24th June  – The ALP Cocoon -
- all Grubs infected with self-interest agendas and trying to spin their own survival agendas –


- 17th Jun – Our Leadership Betrayal – Entitlement should be earned, not assumed nor expected –


- 11th June – Julian Assange – An Interview worth Watching -


- 6th Jun – True Leadership – Australia is still to experience it the way it was meant -


- 30th May – Revisiting the Past – A post some two years ago has relevance today ..


- 13th May - Just Stunningly Beautiful -
– Jackie Evancho -
- With Talent like this there is always amazement … enjoy -


- 11th May – Budget 2013-14 – Wayne Swan about to deliver an ALP death notice -


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Title:
- The Elephant in the Room -
- Gillard’s Police Investigation -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 2nd July 2013 |
As a young Nation by World standards, and with a human heritage made up of ‘convict stock’, Australia’s development as a Nation has hinged on our own ability to distinguish right from wrong, to know what is moral and what is immoral, and to make choices that are beyond self-interest.

Our allegiance to the Commonwealth and our Colonial masters taught us much during WWI -  even more during WWII.  We came of age during Vietnam when fostering new allies in America, but still felt the need that we were ‘babes in the woods’ in a globe full of Nations with centuries of history we could only envy.

Political corruption has been a part of our heritage ever since Federation – Corporate and most of how our business growth has fared has also not been without criminal involvement and intent, i.e. Bond, Skase, Spalvins, Elliot, Home a Court, Goward and many other self made men have all added to our colourful past and shown that ‘larrikin’, ‘ockerism’ combined with ‘white collar’ criminality has become our accepted way of life for success.

Rivkin proved that justice is not equal – if you can afford a legal defense, the courts allow you to be treated differently, allow the perception of justice to escape the guilty, and where poverty and the lack of a good legal defense often allows the courts to dispense justice unfairly.

As a Nation we are a long way from being complete and we still struggle with the ‘fair-go’ concept believing that petty untruths and crimes are not all that wrong.  We just act out if we get caught.

How many of us have traced our heritage back and discovered forbearer’s and their reasons for being sent or coming to Australia?

The ‘Elephant’ in the room in recent years has been the Gillard AWU scandal.  It has been an anchor around her credibility ever since she was elevated to Deputy PM.   Mainstream media took the approach to leave it alone – even last night on the ABC’s “Q&A” – the audience did not ask a single question about whether the AWU police investigation was a factor in the reason the ALP caucus took the course of dumping Gillard.

There were no question on whether the poll’s were a reflection of the ‘blog’ campaign to damage Gillard over her criminal past.

Her dumping as Prime Minister now brings forward the opportunity for police investigators to interview Gillard as – ‘the person of interest’ – over her involvement in the AWU fraud – will it happen?

In the six days since Rudd became PM – there has not been a story anywhere in MSM about the police investigation and how it might now proceed other then Mike Smith’s blog comment yesterday.

Reports yesterday about Thompson’s court case and its expected hearings in September, can only hurt the ALP and remind voters of the other corruption scandals that are ongoing – i.e. the Obeid/MacDonald corruption scandal within NSW Labor and the corruption within the Unions, all to be exposed further in coming months if justice is to be served.

All the stories written about the fall of Gillard in recent days, and during her tenure, her association with her criminal past has never been seen nor reported on as the reason for her demise.

As a politician Gillard proved time and time again that she had the goods, that she could spar with the best of them – but for this author, it was her criminal past that prevented acceptance of her in the role as PM.

Hell – if criminals are allowed to become Prime Minister, and spread themselves among our elected MP’s and Senators,  it can only confirm an outsiders view we are still a Nation of convicts, and unable to elect and promote political leaders with a moral code beyond reproach.

The continued tenure as MP’s of Slipper and Thompson, both facing serious fraud charges, and seen as criminals by most is proof enough that we allow and condone a different set of rules for politicians.  They are allowed to hide in full view behind the protection of the Parliament – why is that?

In relative recent times, the case of Senator Mal Colston comes to mind – a corrupt politician allowed to serve and avoid jail time because of a disclosed terminal illness.

Was his parliamentary pension voided as a result of his actions?

A brief extract from Wikipedia about Colston’s political career is posted below: linked here

Role in 1975 constitutional crisis

Colston indirectly played a role in the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis.

On 30 June 1975, Queensland ALP Senator Bertie Milliner died suddenly. The Labor Party nominated Colston to fill the casual vacancy in the Senate. The Constitution provides that a Senate casual vacancy is filled by a person chosen by the relevant state parliament. Although it did not become a constitutional requirement until 1977, it had been long-standing convention that the state parliament choose a person nominated by the departing Senator’s party. However, the Premier of Queensland, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, claimed that Colston was a “dangerous socialist” and refused to appoint him. Officially though, Bjelke-Petersen expressed doubts over Colston’s integrity and instead appointed Albert Field, who was a member of the Labor Party but was staunchly opposed to the policies of the Gough Whitlam Labor government.

The ALP challenged Field’s appointment in the High Court, and he was on leave from the Senate almost from the day of his appointment. This gave the Coalition a greater advantage, and it was therefore a crucial event in the events leading up to the dismissal of the Whitlam government.

Labor Senator

At the ensuing 1975 election, Colston was elected as a Labor senator. He continued to serve in that capacity until 1996.

From 1993 until his retirement from the Senate, he was a joint Father of the Senate, along with Brian Harradine.
Resignation from the Labor Party

After the 1996 election, the Labor Party refused to nominate Colston to become Deputy President of the Senate. In a bid to win him over, the Howard Coalition government offered to support him. Colston resigned from the Labor Party by fax message at 11:30 a.m. on 20 August, and he took his seat as an independent that afternoon. In the evening, he was elected Deputy President, on the nomination of the Coalition. Whilst he opposed the Coalition’s industrial relations package, he voted for the sale of a third of Telstra and some other government initiatives. Colston subsequently sat as a “Queensland First” senator.

Travel allowances scandal

In 1997, Colston was charged by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions with 28 charges of defrauding the Commonwealth by allegedly misusing his parliamentary travel allowance. He then revealed that he was suffering from cancer. Prosecution was not pursued after medical opinion was provided that Colston was unlikely to live long enough for a trial to be completed. In the event, he survived for a further six years. He retired from the Senate at the end of his term on 30 June 1999.

Death and estate

Colston died of colon cancer on 23 August 2003. He appointed his wife, Dawn Colston, as executor and trustee of his will, however Dawn died eleven months later, before she had disposed of her husband’s will. Dawn had appointed her brother, Brian McMullen, as executor of her will. The Colstons’ son, Douglas Colston, then initiated legal action against McMullen, claiming he was entitled to half the income of his parents’ estates. The case was ongoing as of September 2011.

What could the ‘income of the parents estates’ relate to – the income from a lump sum parliamentary pension payout perhaps …

Colston escaped justice and remained on the taxpayers payroll until he died.  His wife and now son were and are beneficiaries of his parliamentary pension.

Australia’s apathy to criminal behaviour in our Political Leaders is our own legacy – it will only change when outrage forces a change.

Gillards AWU fraud involvement is such an opportunity and the crime itself and its cover-up involves so many current and past political leaders, it would be the opportunity for our Leaders to draw a line and make an example.

As a Nation we are owed this.  We have to bring this to a head and force the Parliament into change in the way pre-selection of candidates are vetted and is conducted.

Gillard owns her past and she now needs to be made accountable for it.  Her conning of the ALP and the electorate into a – ‘I did nothing wrong’ belief has to be exposed in full view.

Her retiring parliamentary pension entitlement of $200k a year, plus all the perks of being an ex-PM running to near $1 million a year, has to be reviewed if her criminality in the AWU fraud is proven.

Not pursuing this investigation is not an option.

The people who helped promote Gillard to the Leadership role also have a case to answer – they were also AWU Union heavyweights who knew of the fraud yet still promoted Gillard with the knowledge of her involvement.  Bob Carr is involved, Graham Richardson, and many other Labor MP’s, past and present, all have knowledge and yet they stayed silent.

Condoning a criminal past that had someone ‘struck-off’ in legal terms, and to allow them to be elected to serve as the Prime Minister, proves we have not come far from our convict heritage, and we still have a long way to go before we can call ourselves ‘decent and honest’ people.

We are perhaps one of the most tolerant Nations in the world – we can accept anything that has fairness and does not impinge on the way each of us want to live our lives.  Cross that line and deliver us something that has a smell about it, and you can kiss that tolerance goodbye for good.

We are harsh judges when it comes to small things.  The bigger picture stuff is beyond most and we just don’t care as a general rule.  Touch or harm our kids, or try to shake us down and you’ll see a different side to our lay-back yobbo way of life.

When it comes to Politics, everybody gets a fair go and you only get one chance, screw us over or tell us a lie and we don’t forgive.

We are easily sold on a political message until someone else gives us a reason to doubt – very few care enough to get interested and follow Political Parties or their policies.

We are gullible and rely on the media to keep us informed and that trust is always abused.

We just don’t really care, we all know that Politicians lie and are corrupted, the very nature of how our democracy operates breeds deals and trade-offs and that always involves some sort of corruption.  Until we can tell right and wrong when they stare us in the face and be prepared to risk personal safety to defend it, we are no better than our heritage …

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EYE-BALL Opinion – After the Fact: Will Gillard escape? Gillards Epitaph: Criminal or Feminist hero –

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


- 26th June – A Nation held to Ransom -
- Gillard calls another spill and so the circus continues -


- 26th Jun – Independent Rob Oakeshott Quits -
- His media release confirms what we all suspected -


- 24th June  – The ALP Cocoon -
- all Grubs infected with self-interest agendas and trying to spin their own survival agendas –


- 17th Jun – Our Leadership Betrayal – Entitlement should be earned, not assumed nor expected –


- 11th June – Julian Assange – An Interview worth Watching -


- 6th Jun – True Leadership – Australia is still to experience it the way it was meant -


- 30th May – Revisiting the Past – A post some two years ago has relevance today ..


- 13th May - Just Stunningly Beautiful -
– Jackie Evancho -
- With Talent like this there is always amazement … enjoy -


- 11th May – Budget 2013-14 – Wayne Swan about to deliver an ALP death notice -


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Title:
- After the Fact: Will Gillard escape? -
- Gillards epitaph: criminal or Feminist hero?  –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 27th June 2013 |
The ballot result – 57-45 was convincing enough – but came far too late to resurrect true Labor supporters.

The end to end media coverage yesterday got it wrong most of the day in who would be victor, and it was not until Shorten made his statement of support for Rudd 30 minutes or so before the ballot that it became clear Rudd had the numbers.

ABC’s Chris Ulman reported Shorten was trying to get his supporters to vote for Rudd,  whilst he would remain faithful and vote for Gillard as a show of support.  The truth if this is so is that Shorten has cooked himself as the instigator that pulled the trigger on two Prime Ministers just months away from an election – surely his star has faded …

It was reported the Shorten faction gave Shorten a ultimatum – ‘if you want us to vote for Rudd it will only be after you declare publicly that you support Rudd’.   That quite possible was an ultimatum that will crush Shorten’s own ambitions to be Leader.

Shorten and Paul Howes are now due a stoush that could see the AWU splinter asunder …

Today will be a day of the long knives and all done away from the prying eyes of the media and public.

What happens now – Abbott’s game plan will be to attack Rudd basis the commentary offered up by ALP Ministers who dumped on him 18 months ago.

This strategy will be a moving target on both sides – negative campaigns have a way of turning feral on those who engage in it.

If poll momentum builds for Rudd pressure will go on Abbott and he may find himself in a Leadership question given how the Coalition held the table whilst Gillard remained PM.

Indications are that the GG will support Rudd as PM and that will be tested on the floor this afternoon if Abbott wants.  Rudd’s immediate task is to fill his Cabinet under his statement – ‘all is forgiven’ …

Senior Ministers have already quit and already around 4 or 5 have stated they won’t be re-contesting the next election.  There will be more revealed in coming days.  Those already announced – Gillard, Emerson, Garrett, and Roxon.

The morning shows are chock full of accolades for Gillard – and this is the truth about the shallowness of our media – nobody tells it like it is – it’s a soap opera and the key word is ‘entertainment’.

This site has been committed to getting rid of ‘Gillard the criminal’ – and now that she is gone the focus will allow a more reasonable approach to the political agenda.

Gillards fate with her criminal past will still be a focus but me thinks a deal has been done … and that is a greater injustice than Gillard having be promoted to serve as our PM.

All the ‘wake’ commentary this morning is about Gillard’s status as the ‘first female PM’ and how will Australia respond to her being disposed of in the same fashion as she disposed of Rudd, her predecessor, and her successor … such irony …

What will be interesting to see will be if the ‘blogland’ hatred of Gillard will transfer to Rudd … an era has finished and the next few months will decide so much about who we are and where we are headed as a Nation …

The circus continues ….

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EYE-BALL Opinion – A Nation held to Ransom – Gillard calls another spill and so the circus continues -

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


- 26th Jun – Independent Rob Oakeshott Quits -
- His media release confirms what we all suspected -


- 24th June  – The ALP Cocoon -
- all Grubs infected with self-interest agendas and trying to spin their own survival agendas –


- 17th Jun – Our Leadership Betrayal – Entitlement should be earned, not assumed nor expected –


- 11th June – Julian Assange – An Interview worth Watching -


- 6th Jun – True Leadership – Australia is still to experience it the way it was meant -


- 30th May – Revisiting the Past – A post some two years ago has relevance today ..


- 13th May - Just Stunningly Beautiful -
– Jackie Evancho -
- With Talent like this there is always amazement … enjoy -


- 11th May – Budget 2013-14 – Wayne Swan about to deliver an ALP death notice -


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Title:
- A Nation held to Ransom -
- Gillard calls another spill and so the circus continues –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 26th June 2013 |
All day the News cycle has been on repeat over an impending Rudd challenge.This coverage is only ever repeated 2-3 times a year – Melbourne Cup and Footy grand finals.  Even tonight’s State of Origin is pushed to the bleachers as the media become consumed by the possible, as opposed to the ponderable.

What will it mean if Rudd is successful – what can he hope to achieve or is there a third ‘dark-horse’ in the contest.

Gillard has placed a condition on the spill – that the loser should immediately resign from politics.  That has upped the anti … and Gillard has placed herself into the hands of the very people who promoted her – and a prison sentence s a possible reward if she is forced to comply with her ‘leave politics immediately’ condition.

To take that stance and lay her career on the line for the second time would suggest  Gillard still has a trick or two still up her sleeve …we’ll know in a few hours what her fate will be …

As for Rudd – who cares … he will be PM of nothing and will become the slaughtered pig at a post election wake for the once powerful ALP.

ALP MP’s and Senators are beholding to their Unions – Union polling  among union members in recent weeks show a significant shift in ALP support if Gillard stays as PM.  Under Rudd the poll results show an 18% increase in support.

This is the only media game in town and it is all about nothing – desperate parliamentarian’s wanting the media cycle for what???

What is being served up as Governance of a Nation is an embarrassment and has been for all of Gillard’s term as PM.  It now draws to a close in the face of what is possibly the worst political crisis this Nation has faced since the Whitlam dismissal.

What is obvious is that the Leadership ego’s within the ALP, and the Union ‘kingmakers’ don’t blink in situations like this – the caucus members are the ‘blinkers’ … blokes to the right, sheila’s to the left type of stuff …

Whatever the outcome tonight the ALP as a political force will have b een damaged forever.  New party’s like based around Katter, Palmer, and Wikileaks founder Assange will carry a lot of support in the upcoming election.  Not so much because they’ve earned it but because people are fed up with the way our democracy works …

The 7:00pm ballot tonight will run into the State of Origin prelude and make tonight’s all important game lesser then it could be.

Why do politicians think they are above the Nation’s interest – tonight of all nights – no NSW or QLD footy fan give a stuff about politics on a night like this … particularly when Gillard is already in a ‘slow-cooker’ and Rudd if he wins, will join her.

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EYE-BALL Opinion – Independent Rob Oakeshott Quits – His media release confirms what we all suspected –

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- 24th June  – The ALP Cocoon -
- all Grubs infected with self-interest agendas and trying to spin their own survival agendas –


- 17th Jun – Our Leadership Betrayal – Entitlement should be earned, not assumed nor expected –


- 11th June – Julian Assange – An Interview worth Watching -


- 6th Jun – True Leadership – Australia is still to experience it the way it was meant -


- 30th May – Revisiting the Past – A post some two years ago has relevance today ..


- 13th May - Just Stunningly Beautiful -
– Jackie Evancho -
- With Talent like this there is always amazement … enjoy -


- 11th May – Budget 2013-14 – Wayne Swan about to deliver an ALP death notice -


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Title:
- Independent Rob Oakeshott Quits -
- His media release confirms what we all suspected –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 26th June 2013 |
Independent Rob Oakeshott has finally made his decision re whether to stand for re-election – he has chosen to stand down.His media release can be read here -

What came with that media statement was a link to all the funding Oakeshott’s electorate received in the three years of the Gillard Government.

Oakeshott brags about the amount of funding for his electorate – some $1.2 billion in a total Regional spend of $10 billion – read his comment in part below:

” …I am pleased $10 billion has been invested in Regional Australia and $1.2 billion has been invested in the Lyne electorate. This investment is much more than ‘trinkets and baubles’ and I would welcome the chance to introduce critics to the real people whose lives have improved because of this much-needed funding…”

What is Oakeshott saying here – that for all of the 150 Regional electorates – his 12% share of the total Regional spend was a fair trade for his support for the Gillard Government?  If regional funding to each electorate was equal – then the percentage spend would be 0.67% – Oakeshott’s electorate of Lyne received 18 times the National average Regional spend if the funds had of been spend equally.

How does a single electorate get such a large portion of the Regional spend – Oakeshott provides a complete listing of the Regional spend in his electorate via his website and can been be seen and read here – it is positively sickening to read this list and wonder why Oakeshott’s electorate was so blessed.  A copy of this data has been preserved for when Oakeshott’s term expires and this site goes down.

The question now arises – what was the deal done with Gillard to get the support of both Windsor and Oakeshott to form Government?

The fact that Oakeshott is so brazenly boastful of his achievements in procuring this amount of funding fosters debate to support two arguments -

  1. He is exposing the bias his electorate received deliberately to tell all of how corrupt the Government was to form the minority Government, or
  2. He is telling his electorate that this is what I did for you … in a backhanded way …
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EYE-BALL Opinion – The ALP Cocoon: all Grubs infected with self-interest agendas and trying to spin their own survival agendas –

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


- 17th Jun – Our Leadership Betrayal – Entitlement should be earned, not assumed nor expected –


- 11th June – Julian Assange – An Interview worth Watching -


- 6th Jun – True Leadership – Australia is still to experience it the way it was meant -


- 30th May – Revisiting the Past – A post some two years ago has relevance today ..


- 13th May - Just Stunningly Beautiful -
– Jackie Evancho -
- With Talent like this there is always amazement … enjoy -


- 11th May – Budget 2013-14 – Wayne Swan about to deliver an ALP death notice -


- 8th May – Truthful and Honest Government – the expectation of a Nation as opposed to – Corrupted integrity and Dishonest Government -


- 6th May – Gillard’s Real Problem – a truthful expose on her past deeds -


- 5th May – The Drugs in Sport Scandal - it’s not about the DRUGS – it never was …


- 5th May – Free-to-Air TV and NRL Broadcasts – it’s definitely not about pleasing the fans -


- 4th May – Truth and Clarity of facts count – the real cost of Gillards asylum seeker policy -


- 27th Apr – Gillard’s long walk of shame is almost nigh – her past is about to catch up with her …


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Title:
- The ALP Cocoon -
- all Grubs infected with self-interest agendas -
- and trying to spin their own survival agendas -

| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 24th June 2013 |
Newspolls most recent results – [click image at right to enlarge in a new window] – spells another week of pain for the ALP.

What confounds us all yet very few political commentators,  is how the ALP caucus remains loyal to a Leader hellbent in leading them to the worst federal election defeat in living memory.

The latest Newspoll data has the ALP support back under 30, Gillard as the ‘Better PM’ is at 33 to Abbott’s 45, and Gillard’s satisfaction rating is at 28 compared with a ‘dissatisfaction’ rate of 68.   These numbers were similar to the poll results during the Obeid revelations earlier this year.  What they represent is a true understanding of the electorates angst at the ‘stunned’ and ‘frozen’ response by the ALP caucus to deal with the Gillard problem.

Millions of words have been written by both sides of the media support mediums in the why’s, how’s, and what if’s – but only one mainstream publication and single journalist has pursued Gillard over her AWU scandal involvement and the police investigation currently under way.

The Australian’s Hedley Thomas is a lone voice and that is the measure of where Australian journalism sits – we are some 80 days out from a Federal Election – the poll numbers above are a disaster and if Leadership change does not happen this week – the ALP as a political party of any note will shrink to a level not seen previously.

All last week and over the weekend the continuing message from Gillard loyalists and RUDD haters was that Gillard will not stand down, and that RUDD would have to challenge.  None in the ALP understand what this is doing to business confidence – it is a self-fulfilling prophecy as all Australians suffer under a Leadership quandary that can only be fixed from within.

The ALP’s failure to deal with the Leadership issue highlight’s how our democracy structure fails us all.

Yesterday, the ABC’s “Insiders” program – watch on Iview here – presenter Barry Cassidy again showed he and his panel of media personalities are neck-deep in their own brand of ALP support politics.

The panel consisting of George Megalogenis, Jacqueline Maley and Dennis Atkins – representing ‘The Australian’ (News), ‘Courier Mail’ (News), and ‘SMH’ (Fairfax) offered little in real truth about Gillard and why the electorate have deserted the ALP.

Dennis Atkins is a devout Gillard supporter – one of the few News journos to hold that view and a regular on Cassidy’s program for that reason.

As journalists – the ‘Insiders’ panel continually do a disservice to their profession. Watching this program every week is like attending a weekly ALP wake and mulling over the ‘what went wrong’ and ‘what is going wrong’ scenarios.

Wake up you idiots – your job is not to wallow in the self-pity of your political bias and the demise of the ALP, but to report the how and why the ALP came unstuck and why they don’t deserve to be there, or in the alternative, show how the Opposition would do a worse job.

Objectively – where was the debate on Gillard’s involvement and ‘her ‘person of interest’ status in the Victorian police investigation into the AWU scandal?  Why is that story a ‘no-go’ for all mainstream journalists?

Cassidy is just one of the ‘grubs’ trying to spin a survival cocoon around the ALP’s Leadership issues. They talk about the ‘train-wreck’ scenario fast approaching, but not in any urgency befitting the disaster the Nation faces as a result?

Stephen Conroy is another of these ‘grub’s who think they have spun themselves so as to be immuned and insulated from what is about to happen. He joined a chorus of Gillard wankers claiming Gillard is the only person to lead the ALP – he made a statement yesterday – linked here … claiming:

“I support Julia Gillard. I don’t believe there will be change,” Senator Conroy told Sky News’ Australian Agenda. “But I don’t believe I would be in a position to be on a front bench.”

The EYE-BALL opinion of Conroy not good – he is the worst performer of any of the Gillard Ministers and does not understand that he is so far out of his depth in handling the NBN deal. Any claim the NBN deal is on track and within budget is just false – the media should be having a field day with Conroy over his handling of this ‘white elephant’ yet they hold fire … why????

This ‘grub’ has his own cocoon – he is responsible for the NBN failure – he has wasted $10′s billions on an NBN pipe dream that continues to fail on every forecast delivery estimates, on budget, and in the services promised to hooked up subscribers.

The latest NBN asbestos scare has contractors walking away because they know the incoming Government will in all likelihood scrap the scheme – nobody respects Conroy’s position and even he has to know the party is almost over, yet he holds firm in his support for Gillard.

His threat to not work in a Rudd Ministry is his cowardice and reflects his want to walk away from his creation … what a pissant – [meaning: a person or thing of no value or consequence; a despicable person or thing.]

Peter Garret has said much the same in that he would not serve in a Rudd Ministry – again who would care!!!

One has to ask why the Opposition have not asked during Question time whether the PM can confirm she is a person of interest in the AWU police investigation.

Why do politicians treat the electorate with such contempt?  Why do the media not ask the questions we all want answers to?

In the last week – ALP MP’s have fronted the media selling their own version and scripted response to the ALP leadership speculation.  Every one of them has been in support of Gillard.  All the RUDD supporters have not offered a media comment … it is a message that is apparently told in secret …

Ex ALP Media pundits like Latham and Richardson have offered up their opinions – Latham calling Rudd ‘evil’ and Richardson calling Gillard ‘toxic’ – they have no idea and are both feeding the media frenzy for a pay cheque earned through craven opinions.

This ALP meltdown is all of their own making – “those who live by the sword, shall all die by the sword”.  That sword is poised and none want to be the first to put their neck on the block – sources close to the MP’s who packed up their office weeks ago leaked the story to damage Gillard’s Leadership … this only confirms there are MP’s and senators within the ALP who want change but are not prepared to openly go against the Party power brokers.

All the ALP caucus are penned like sheep in a Party Loyalty pledge to ensure they retain pre-selection and party funding … all a non-issue given the forecast poll results … what makes Leaders so weak … it can only be their allegiance to a Union under threat to not break ranks.

This is Australian Labor politics – Union factions in control and dictating the terms of how their MP’s vote … no conscience vote involved, no constituency priority, no policy vote … just a blind loyalty that the Party will take care of them.

The Nation has awoken to this panacea – it has realised that a vote for the ALP is a vote for continued Union corruption and for the likes of Howes and other ‘faceless men’ to dictate all ALP policy … they have had enough.   Gillard is but a puppet to these men … her bravado in the face of the poll numbers is a recognition of how women in politics still dance to the tune of men pulling their strings.

The question again has to be asked – how can these elected ALP MP’s and Senators continue to support Gillard who is the ‘person of interest’ in a Victorian and WA police investigation?

Rest assure – all of caucus know of Gillard’s AWU involvement and there are those from within who despise her for what she is doing to the ALP brand.   They are the ones undermining Gillard and trying to convince Gillard supporters to jump ship.

To expose all that is happening behind closed doors in this leadership struggle is not important.  Yes it feeds the media cycle and that is all that matters to all the ALP MP’s hoping they’ll get the Union tap to replace Gillard when the Union bosses decide to make their move.

Why don’t the Gillard detractors expose themselves and cross the floor?

How can the ALP hope to have any appeal within the electorate if they can’t sort out this Leadership wrangle?

They would rather see the Party killed off rather than cut the cancer from within.

This ALP ‘self-destruct’ scenario leaves our political landscape open to the Opposition and at least a decade long wilderness spell for the ALP … and no more than they deserve.

You would have thought that after the NSW and QLD State election wipe outs – they would have responded ahead of the upcoming Federal election.

The poll results reflect the Obeid , HSU and the AWU scandal and how Gillard has offered protection to the likes of Thompson and Slipper.

Back to the ABC again – on ‘News 24′ this morning, coverage of Gillards speech to the economic forum was debated and only highlighted Gillards comments of the positive economic numbers this Government has delivered.  The full text od her speech can be read here … it read in part -

I’m not talking here about criticism of the Government’s economic policies – not at all – I’m referring to glaring misstatements about the economy itself.

If “irrational exuberance” has an opposite it’s probably “unreasonable pessimism” and we’ve witnessed that in some quarters these past three weeks.

I want to address that in some detail this morning but first I want to be clear on why I think it’s worth doing.

Simply put, your presence here in Parliament House this week presents you with a special opportunity to bring to the national economic debate the “correction we have to have”.

You can bring to the national public discussion an understanding of the facts, an interrogation of the policy demands that the facts impose on us, an understanding that the benefits of long-term reform are felt precisely over that long-term, and crucially you can present a well-founded confidence in the Australian economy.

I know you will have rigorous and vigorous policy debate and I absolutely welcome critical discussion of the Government’s policy approach.

But I know you want to hear opinion based on facts … continues

The ‘News 24′ coverage of the speech was biased and irrelevant … there was no questions about the fall in the A$ since the budget, no question about the loss of jobs at Ford and other Industry shut owns … Gillard lives in her own cocoon and is an economic flamingo – all neck and no brain …

Te speech represents ‘noise’ on a page -  words written by someone given the message to write something befitting the audience Gillard was talking to … and on cue the audience clapped the speech … pathetic and symbolic of the caged tameness our society lives in.

It has become the norm for most media commentary to focus of the ‘fluff’ rather than the substance and it sickens … any journalist worth reading or watching has to ask Gillard the question on the police investigation … the WA media jock who got himself sacked asked the wrong question – Ben Fordham was brave when he asked the question …and the lack of follow-up given the weakness exposed by Gillard demonstrates how the main stream media have alternative agendas.

The open lack of respect shown toward  Gillard from all sectors, business, electorate, the Opposition and from within her own party has Australia on its knees and pole-axed.  Nothing can move forward until Gillard and the ALP Leadership issue is dealt with and that is still something the Cabinet and Ministry don’t want to deal with.

For the whole of the term of Gillard’s minority Government, the business of Government has been about survival and number stacking to make sure it stays in office.

Nothing can prevent the ALP demise  – what Gillard has done to the ALP is the most sinister of betrayals … she is and has always been the puppet of the ‘king makers’ within the Unions – and in these desperate last days before ‘Rome’ burns … Gillard continues to be a rogue Leader and continues to damage Australia…

To see how this damage continues, read Shane Dowling’s latest – ‘Kangaroo Court of Australia’ post on Judicial appointments, and how the appointment of the wife of Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Secretary Dave Oliver to the Federal bench happened … linked here … well worth the read.

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Title:
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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 21st June 2013 |
The media prove yet again they never let a good story get in the way of logic or the truth.

The recent media ‘blood lust’ for a Leadership coup has everybody offering opinions based on stupidity rather then educated and logical opinion.

The media have hours of time to fill in a daily cycle and they can’t do it – they have to re-run the same story with a different take to keep the public glued – if people thought about it for more than a minute they would realise its a ‘soap opera’ with the lowest quality rating.

I offer a question – is the Leadership speculation news offered based on a factual and/or informed debate – or is it offered up as entertainment bordering on slander and intrigue with a hint of maybe …

The recent speculation about Rudd assuming the Leadership role of the ALP suggests it will happen next Friday after the current session of Parliament.

Rudd must know that the current Cabinet will walk away or not be loyal if he becomes Leader – there is not enough time before the Sept election for a new Ministry to adapt – he has to know that to lay a hand on the Leadership now is a poison chalice from which there will be no comeback.

Two former senior Ministers are not re-contesting i.e. Ferguson and McClelland – his credibility in any new cabinet will ensure his poll numbers match that of Gillards within weeks if he took the reins ….

By example – look at Mark Dreyfus efforts as Attorney General – he took over in February and he still can’t come to terms with what his role is – he is just a Gillard mouthpiece and about the dumbest AG we’ve had in a very long time.

What would PM Rudd be the Prime Minister of – a ‘rabble’ who can’t stand one another and a Union faction war waiting to happen.

If Gillard walked – it would open the gates on her and the AWU police investigation interest in her … she would be asked to front for an interview and that guarantees she won’t walk unless she cuts a deal.

Who will offer her a deal – the Opposition – the police can’t – no she’s there until the voters throw her out …

So – if the above is true – Rudd has declared he won’t challenge … that simple … and if he does go back on his statements – then his popularity will sink to Gillard levels.

If caucus are worried about re-election polls then tough titties … they should have realised a long time ago the polls were accurate but they chose to support Gillard along with the Union’s Ludwig and Howes edict.

Shorten is embroiled in the same AWU cover-up and his form is also suspect.  If he became PM he knows his involvement in the AWU scandal will also be his Achilles heel …

So if not RUDD, then who … it astounds me that none of the media commentary suggests the Deputy PM Wayne Swan is in the running – his own party writes him off as a neanderthal and that then requires a question as to why he is still Treasurer and not removed as Deputy PM.

You look across the ALP Front Bench – not one is likely … there are plenty who think they are capable but who would vote for any of them?

None have the ability to interface with the public – they all use the media in controlled environments to pass their message, and the media champion to that cause like lapdogs dry humping the MP’s leg …

This ALP have to be laid bare – left bleeding and with all Union affiliations on the rack and spent if they are ever to find their roots again.   Rudd can’t do that and neither can any Union man with aspirations.

If RUDD becomes PM before the election then he never had the right to be PM in the first place … it would be just that dumb …

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Title:
- Our Leadership Betrayal -
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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 17th June 2013 |
If you are of like mind then you understand when I say – “I’ve had enough and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

This Peter Finch line out of the movie “Network” resonated then as it has done through the last 40 odd years – we are all so fed up with the character politics – today’s Question Time was such a waste of time, a pantomime before the real show plays itself out next week when Gillard walks the plank yet again …

Give us leadership where character is not in question every single moment of every day … who among the 150 MP’s and 80 Senators has character enough and to be sitting in the hallowed halls of our Parliament?

Swap those serving on the Government back benchers, combined with the Independents with those sitting on the front bench and I swear we would have better Government – these Ministers pretend at politics, they pretend to know how to run a country …

Why is it that we are forced to read and watch the drip-fed news stories fed to the media like scraps into a hungry lions cage?

Swan delivered a budget a month ago and it is already in tatters – news on how the budget now lies in tatters would be news -

Recent days the media cycle is not more than speculation and expert commentary about Gillard’s poll numbers and whether Rudd will again become leader … who cares … it’s all speculation and feeds the ego’s of those it is about … Rudd would still be the PM of what …

Christopher Pyne said it this morning – ‘the Government would still be a rabble’ …

There is only one explanation – we are conditioned and forced fed this tripe under the guise that politics actually means something or that we care – it is all recycled tripe and we’re forced to swallow it as important news …

Why do we tolerate the mediocrity in our Leadership – why do politicians stand in front of the media thinking we want to hear what they have to say -

The public are only getting the edited and rehearsed value of comments pitched so as to win your vote – nothing said has truth or substance … Swan in Question Time today with his ‘jobs’ reference … does he ever watch himself in replay ..

I honestly have bile in my mouth whenever Gillard speaks, same with Swan and that Shorten and Bradbury are what squirms in a blitz feast of dung beetles …

I’m so over the AWU scandal – those who believe it will not be swayed, and those who don’t believe will only come to terms with the truth when Gillard is charged … how can you convince those who don’t have an open mind …

Barry Cassidy – a journalist of some repute in a time long ago is one such person … his ALP DNA gets in the way of accepting truth over belief … how could his beloved ALP be guilty of the AWU  allegations being made … this was once a serious journalist and now a joke and last Sunday’s ‘Insiders’ can attest to that.

Who dictates the political and media agenda – editors, owners, journalist’s chasing the story – or politicians trying to swing public opinion – they are all doing it and Australia are fed up with treatment that they are idiots.

Hell – most politicians living in their fishbowl have no idea what is happening out there in the electorate.

The ‘noise’ is deafening and the want to have it gone … stopped … shut down is fierce.

Gillard sexist and gender politics has this Nation on its knees … I just don’t want to hear her ever again … Swan’s message is akin to a baked cake tin of sewerage slosh,  Emerson is the homeless beggar so wanting Julia to give him another go … Shorten is the dickless imp willing to stump shag anything strange … Conroy the ‘court-jester’ not because he has wit, but because he is just that dumb and so easy to make fun of … and so it would go for most of the Cabinet … there is not one among them worthy of the position they hold …

Do you know why this is true – because they all know Gillard is a criminal and they refuse to denounce her … that makes them less that moral … and that goes for both sides …

Why has the Opposition not asked Gillard in the House if she is under Police investigation – there is nothing sleazy about the truth …

Hedley Thomas in his story today – linked here – again confirms how real the Gillard police investigation is – yet not one TV station is reporting the story in any depth or meaningful way that presents the truth of what the investigation means … the ALP are happy to run Gillard as their candidate for PM whilst she is under police investigation … if that is not news and worthy of comment by so called mainstream journalists … they should all hang their heads in shame … that includes Oakes and the like …

There is political censorship involved – even the Opposition are reluctant to comment or raise the matter in press interviews.

Australian’s need to throw some eggs at politicians standing in a media horde – no matter who you hit the splatter will carry the message.

Given the scant exposure given to the two sandwich’s thrown in Gillard’s direction, the hypocrisy is obvious when you compare how the 13 yo girl in the ‘Goodes’ ape comment was exposed and how she was hung out to dry …

It is so hard to come up with a different perspective when writing about this crap … dare it be said – making her go away would make the world such a better place … in fact – who has earned the right to remain in Parliament … they all believe in their entitlement … but none have shown worthiness …


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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 11th June 2013 |
Overnight ABCs Lateline interviewed Julian Assange – Emma Alberici did her best to keep Assange in his exile box but Assange came across as creditable, and as an alternative in the upcoming election.

His frank summary of Bob Carr and the Foreign Ministry as pertains to his own experience regarding Consular assistance is an oblique exposure contrary to the political message Bob Carr would have us all believe.

The transcript of the Interview is pasted below – or can be watched via this ‘Lateline’ Web Page link.

Transcript

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: This month marks a year since Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London seeking political asylum. The WikiLeaks founder is responsible for publishing the 700,000 classified documents released by American soldier Bradley Manning, who’s pleaded guilty to the leaking of that material and is now on trial for aiding the enemy. Julian Assange is convinced there is a sealed indictment waiting for him in the US. We recorded this interview with him just a short time ago.

Julian Assange, welcome to Lateline.

JULIAN ASSANGE, WIKILEAKS FOUNDER: Thank you.

EMMA ALBERICI: We’ll get to your political ambitions shortly. Let’s begin though with Bradley Manning and the charge that he aided the enemy. When you published the documents he gave you, didn’t it occur to you that you might be compromising American and allied military operations in the release of that information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

JULIAN ASSANGE: Well, there’s been a lot of speculation and rumours about that by the yellow press. But the fact is not even the Pentagon alleges that a single person came to harm as a result of any of our publications anywhere in the world, and in fact, no other government agency does either. It is not a matter in this case. That’s one of the disturbing aspects about the Bradley Manning case, is that they have forbidden the defence to table any evidence whatsoever that no-one came to harm and the prosecution is not going to table any evidence – because there isn’t any – that anyone did come to harm.

EMMA ALBERICI: We’ve learnt that a Navy SEAL found WikiLeaks documents at the Pakistan compound where Osama bin Laden was killed. Presumably you knew it was possible, even probable, that those documents would be read by al-Qaeda, sensitive documents you were releasing.

JULIAN ASSANGE: Well I am sure al-Qaeda reads the New York Times. He mentioned that he read Bob Woodward books. He probably has People, maybe even Who Magazine, possibly even Dr Seuss laying around his compound. So what? There’s no allegation that al-Qaeda was in any way aided by the publications that we published. Despite the fact, despite the fact that Bradley Manning has been charged with aiding the enemy, a capital offence, the judge in this case has said that the prosecution does not need to show that al-Qaeda was aided in any way whatsoever and the prosecution doesn’t allege that al-Qaeda was. All they intend to show is that al-Qaeda had our publications just like everyone else in the world.

EMMA ALBERICI: How can you be 100 per cent certain that information you’ve released hasn’t contributed to at the very least an atmosphere of mistrust between the US and others?

JULIAN ASSANGE: Well, look, the United States’ behaviour is what has led to an atmosphere of distrust. People should not trust the United States military industrial complex. Of course they shouldn’t. We’ve seen abuse after abuse. In fact this organisation revealed that the United States military, the Pentagon has been involved in the killing, directly or indirectly, according to its own records, of 129,000 people. Now that wasn’t simply in aggregate in Iraq or in aggregate in Afghanistan. That was the individual death records and their locations and what military units were involved in those two countries. That’s what we documented.

EMMA ALBERICI: So it doesn’t matter to you if you did contribute to a sense of acrimony between the US and other countries?

JULIAN ASSANGE: It does matter; in fact it’s very important that the level of trust is proportionate to the level of behaviour. So it’s been an extremely important thing that – for example, that Australians do not trust speculative military adventures in Central Asia. Of course it is.

EMMA ALBERICI: One of the key charges levelled against you is that you released that massive volume of material with scant regard for the consequences. Certainly Julia Gillard has said that there was no moral purpose to what you were doing.

JULIAN ASSANGE: Well, you know, the Senate has twice demanded that Julia Gillard apologise for her statements. Twice they have passed that resolution. Julia Gillard’s libellous statements are made outside of Parliament. She’s only saved by the statute of limitations. Have resulted in a banking blockade against an Australian publisher. They’ve also resulted in the Bank of America refusing to send a payment to WikiLeaks, the Australian political organisation. Julia Gillard has a lot to be responsible for in terms of her libellous comments. If we go to our publications – well not even NATO in Kabul, as it said to CNN, could find a single person in need of protection. So this is all yellow press hype. The Government doesn’t allege it. NATO has even looked into the speculative component and says that there’s nothing.

EMMA ALBERICI: You’ve been in the Ecuadorian embassy for a year now. How much longer do you expect to be there?

JULIAN ASSANGE: Well it’s an interesting question. The situation is very interesting. But, you know, I’m quite optimistic. The support for WikiLeaks as an organisation increases. We can see that in the media in different countries around the world. We can see it politically. We can see it in polling results in Australia where a full 40 per cent of people under the age of 30 say that they intend to vote for WikiLeaks, between 25 and 28 per cent nationwide in Australia. And that is across three polls now by the Government’s own polling agency, UMR. Additionally, the political situation that is developing in United States, in the UK has gradually been improving over time. And I think the lies and fictions of Bob Carr, for example, are now well and truly over. Even his office is now speaking about the grand jury in the United States. We’ve seen in the Bradley Manning trial this week, the intent and focus of the United States Government to go after this organisation. And they’re aware that this organisation and people like it and our values are forming a new body politic and people like Edward Snowden are part of that phenomena.

EMMA ALBERICI: We will discuss Edward Snowden, but before that I wanted to ask you how much contact you’re having with the Australian High Commission there in London.

JULIAN ASSANGE: Yeah, so that’s actually – it’s remarkable to look at the statements made by the Foreign Minister, but other Australians who have been in difficult situations will tell you it’s all exactly the same. So, I have not met anyone from any consulate, any Australian Government official since 2010, since I was in prison. In the time that I’ve been in this embassy here – we laugh about it, that once a month, there will be a tick-the-box call to the consul here saying, “Well, how’s Mr Assange?” And, well, my response is, “Well, what’s your offer?” The last time that they offered some medical assistance to the Ecuadorian Government – the only concrete offer that they ever put on the table – the Ecuadorian consul went to meet with the Australian consul, completely utterly wasted his time. The result of that was, “Well, here you are, here’s a list of doctors in London.” A list of doctors that the Australian Government is going to pay for? “No.” Nothing, nothing at all. Just a list of doctors that I should never, ever go to, apparently. Because, in fact, all that the so-called consular support is doing here is it’s simply collecting political intelligence for Bob Carr. There’s an Australian member – there’s a DFAT member sitting in on the Bradley Manning case. There has been for about six months, secretly sitting there, recording notes. Are those notes passed on to our legal team? Absolutely not. They produce briefing notes for Bob Carr so he can set up his press lines.

So actually, so-called consular support for me and for many other Australians in similar situations, what it’s actually about is collecting political intelligence for the minister to set up their press lines, so it’s really a type of corruption where money that should be spent on actual consular support is simply spent on producing press releases for the Foreign Minister to make it look like he gives a damn about Australians. As we know, he doesn’t give a damn about Australians at all. Since the 1970s he’s been in bed with the US. Even as a union leader he was having multiple meetings with the US embassy.

EMMA ALBERICI: I know you say that the last real contact you had was 2010. What advice have they given you about your predicament?

JULIAN ASSANGE: They have given no advice, nothing at all. No advice, no information, nothing whatsoever. Not me, not to my lawyers, nothing. You see these absurd claims by Bob Carr saying that there’s been, I don’t know, 87 consular contacts. They include just calling, just this tick-a-box call procedure. No information whatsoever. We asked, “Can the Australian consul give me a passport?,” for example. “No.” The absurd response is, “Well just come down to the Australian consulate.” It’s a joke. I mean, they insult the Ecuadorians with this sort of behaviour. They insult me. They insult all of Australia with this sort of behaviour.

EMMA ALBERICI: How are you any more vulnerable to US extradition from Sweden than you are in the UK?

JULIAN ASSANGE: Well I have political asylum here in the US – in the Ecuadorian embassy. I am completely invulnerable to extradition to the United States.

EMMA ALBERICI: That wasn’t always the case though.

JULIAN ASSANGE: Yeah, but, you know, these are complex legal issues. If you go to Justice4Assange.com with the numeral “4″, you can read all about the precise legal issues. But basically, this is a lot more than just about the law. The law isn’t good in either country, but there’s also process, there’s also the fact that I speak English, I don’t speak Swedish. I was only intending to be in Sweden for one week. I have no knowledge of their system. The whole system moves incredibly quickly. Sweden is isolated from the world’s press, you can’t rely on that, it’s a very small, tight-knit community and so on. So there’s – while in some ways parts of the law are better in Sweden, the process itself is not at all good. Since the year 2000, every single person the United States has requested for extradition from Sweden has been extradited – no exceptions. Here in the UK, about 10 per cent of people that the US has requested extradition have not been extradited. The nearest equivalent, and it’s a pretty direct case, Gary McKinnon, they’ve been fighting to extradite him for 10 years and finally the UK eventually, very reluctantly, vetoed his extradition to the US. That’s never happened in Sweden.

EMMA ALBERICI: Let’s talk about the 29-year-old former CIA staffer Edward Snowden. It’s now been revealed that he was responsible for those leaks to The Guardian and The Washington Post revealing the way the US National Security Agency gains information from internet companies – Google, Facebook, as well as US telecoms. Have you had any communication with him?

JULIAN ASSANGE: We have had indirect communication with his people.

EMMA ALBERICI: What do you mean?

JULIAN ASSANGE: I don’t think it’s appropriate at this time that I go into further details, but let’s look at the case and let’s look at what he’s revealed. What he has revealed is what I have been speaking about for years, that their National Security Agency and its allies have been involved in a mass interception program of Google, Facebook, the various telecommunications data, the telecommunications flow to the United States – which is about 99 per cent, for example, of Latin American traffic flows to the United States – bulk interceptions of many, many people, many, many Australians. And we must ask the question, and the Australian Government must answer the question: how many Australians have been intercepted? In the relationship between the Defence Signals Directorate and ASIO and US Intelligence, has the Australian Government been pooling that information about Australians? Has it been pooling that information about Americans? There’s been an admission here in the UK that GCHQ – which is the big spy – electronic spying agency here, the equivalent of DSD or the National Security Agency – has been involved in that program, in the Prism program since at least 2010, accessing data obtained from Google, Facebook, Yahoo, etc. Is the Australian Government still involved in this warrantless interception program? Are there collection points in Australia? Have Australian companies been part of this, having their information sucked out to the United States? Is this being done without a warrant? It is simply not acceptable.

And if I am elected to the Senate, the Australian WikiLeaks Party position is that there should be no interception, none at all of Australians without proper judicial oversight. No warrants without a judge assessing independently the warrant and there must be reporting every six months to the Australian Parliament on how many interceptions are occurring. You know, we run the danger here of the West more broadly drifting into a state where there are two systems. There’s one law for the average person and there’s another law if you’re inside the national intelligence complex. You can intercept whoever you want, you’re complete unaccountable for your actions, there’s no judicial review. That is not acceptable. I don’t believe Australians find that acceptable. I don’t believe that Americans find that acceptable. Snowden clearly didn’t find that acceptable and he was even someone in the system.

EMMA ALBERICI: And is that the basis for your pitch for election to the Australian Senate?

JULIAN ASSANGE: Well we have a great many reasons and there’s various policies of different kinds will be released during the election cycle. But in essence, the values of transparency and accountability and resistance under pressure that I have developed through hard experience with WikiLeaks, that is what we intend to take to Canberra. You know, we went toe-to-toe with the Pentagon, we’ve gone toe-to-toe with many other corrupt states. Canberra is a corrupt little mini-state. We all know that. There’s a corruption of purpose. We elect people, we send them to Canberra to represent Australians, to represent Australians to the bureaucracy, to hold the bureaucracy to account, to represent Australian interests overseas. And yet we have people like Bob Carr and Julia Gillard representing mining industries, representing Macquarie Bank, representing their long-lost American pals. That is not acceptable.

EMMA ALBERICI: Well how do you expect to represent the people of Victoria when you’re locked up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and you’re wanted in Sweden on sexual assault allegations?

JULIAN ASSANGE: Well, you mention these in an inflammatory way. People should go to Justice4Assange.com and they can read all about your so-called allegations where even the women concerned say they had absolutely no intention to file any such formal allegations. This is a matter that has been taken by the Swedish state. That is admitted in the Supreme Court here on paper, it’s admitted in the High Court here. This is matter taken by the Swedish state. So people should have a look at Justice4Assange.com. They can also look at the excellent Four Corners investigation into that entire episode.

Now if we go to the legal situation and representation, that’s actually quite interesting. It’s really very fascinating. You know, the State of Victoria was created by exactly such a situation. Once upon a time there was just New South Wales, Greater New South Wales and it included the people of Melbourne, the people of Port Phillip Bay. And they found that they were not represented in the NSW Parliament whatsoever. And so they nominated Earl Grey, the same Earl Grey that is responsible for the tea, he was the secretary of the colonies to represent them in the NSW Parliament. He was here in the UK. He was elected, even though he was in the UK and he could not take his place in the NSW Legislature. And the result, fascinating result was that he created the State of Victoria when he was kicked out of the NSW Legislature. So in fact the very founding of the State of Victoria is analogous to the situation that I’m in.

But if we then go and look at the Australian Constitution, well, I would be taking my seat in July next year, so hopefully the situation has been resolved by then, but if it doesn’t, we have a fascinating situation, which is the Australian Senate would have to vote to kick me out if I didn’t turn up in the Senate for a period of two months. That’d be a very interesting political situation. It would reveal a lot about the two sides of politics in this country and what they do in the Senate and what they think is in Australian interests. But if they do, then another person from the WikiLeaks Party, one of the other publicly declared candidates, can easily take my place while I’m not able to take it.

EMMA ALBERICI: Finally, Julian Assange, Jemima Khan, who was once a keen supporter of yours, has recently lamented that you, in her words, expect supporters to follow unquestioningly in blinkered, cultish devotion, claiming that you had become more like an Australian L. Ron Hubbard. What do you make of that?

JULIAN ASSANGE: Well, come on. I mean, really? Jemima Khan? Seriously? This concerns a Hollywood documentary made by Universal for $2.5 million. They wanted WikiLeaks to partake in that, but we thought they were going to produce a pretty sleazy result, so we said no. In fact, the documentary team that we are working with is the same one that is now holed up in Hong Kong with Snowden. That’s Laura Poitras. Anyway, so because we went with Laura Poitras and we didn’t go with Alex Gibney in the US, the result was Gibney then went to Jemima Khan and recruited her to try and bring us in to that documentary process over two years ago, giving her access and an executive credit in the film. But we couldn’t tolerate the film. So we attacked the film, but she was part of the film, so as a result, she attacked back. I mean, it’s really just – it’s nothing.

EMMA ALBERICI: We have to leave it there. Julian Assange, thanks so much for taking the time to speak to us.

JULIAN ASSANGE: You’re welcome.

Links to Wikileaks Party:

This is a newly discovered news source and to be honest refreshingly non-mainstream.  The next few days will be spend pouring over the information on-line and whilst the first response is to believe Assange has something to offer,  cooler heads dictate that a few days of research is needed before any recommendations can be made.

It’s has the appearance of independence and if Assange can be believed in the comments he made on ‘Lateline’ last night – poll results indicate his party will be a force in the upcoming election.

The news breaking story about the USA CIA operative Edward Snowden leaking information about espionage services tapping into private data and distributing it around the world,  including to Australian Spy agencies the AFP, and ASIO, will become an issue in the upcoming election.  Bob Carr will find himself isolated on this issue because of his close ties to the USA – and his and Gillard’s predisposition towards Assange.

Australian Media concerns to the ‘Whistleblower’ legislation -  [link to the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Bill 2012] – can be read via this link.  This is important legislation given where the Edward Snowden story has exposed what the CIA have done for years.

If Australian agencies have received sensitive information via the illegally obtained CIA database – then Laws have been broken.  What can one do when a Government breaks its own laws – change the Legislation to allow the past indiscretions to become legal?

Perhaps it is time to get someone into our Parliamentary process who has an untainted view of what public service and democracy truly means.  To hell with the Party Politics being played by the Coalition and the ALP – making Government accountable sounds good for the moment.

Thanks Emma Alberici – it appeared your intention was to expose Assange – but he trumped you and gave Australia a real look at someone who has an agenda and that just might be a good thing for Australia.


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The start of the trial of Bradley Manning brings up many thoughts on many issues issues. Wikileaks, state secrets, dishonesty within the military and their government counterparts.

In Tuesday’s morning bulletins Denise Brailey was featured with the typical denials from ASIC.  See http://bfcsa.com.au/index.php/blogger/listings/deniseb

Ms Brailey is currently posting on her website what she claims to be fraudulent loan application forms altered by brokers after they had been signed by applicants. Peter Kell, Deputy Chair of ASIC first said that “there was insufficient evidence”, and then wants to know why “Ms Brailey hasn’t referred the evidence to ASIC earlier”.

For more complete and accurate detail please refer to Ms Brailey blogsite.

That type of head in sand denial by Kell is so typical. If the banks are writing imprudent loans we could face another sub-prime crisis, this time centred in Australia. The only attitude is to investigate, but instead as always don’t listen but rather shoot the messenger. The old cynical classic joke “Hi, I am from the government, I am here to help you.”

Other examples of current head in the sand include;

  • In Parliament there is a whole load of conjecture about Telstra owned asbestos communication ducts and pits and the NBN rollout. When government bought the copper wire network or access to it, they were aware of …..? The only real issue is what is being done to firstly minimise risk, and then rebuild the system to eliminate that risk. Instead the central argument is who is responsible, largely based on who is going to pay.
  • Then there is the constant debate about immigration in the parliament. That will be developed later in this article.
  • And not to forget the treasury budget estimates for fiscal 2012/2013. How did this disaster unfold? More importantly what corrective acyion is taking place?

I could go on with the State Ombudsman, the Telecommunications and Information Ombudsman, the Office of State Revenue, The Legal Services Commissioner, The Dept of Fair Trading, The Office of Fair Work Australia, The Human Rights Commission, and on, and on.

A Zombie;

The term is often figuratively applied to describe a hypnotised person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli. (source wikipedia)

I will personally settle for brain dead, or having no will of your own.

Here is Peter Kell’s biography (source ASIC website)

Peter Kell BA (Hons) (Syd)

Peter Kell commenced as Deputy Chair on 6 May 2013. Prior to this appointment he was Commissioner from 7 November 2011.

From August 2008 Mr Kell was Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. He was President of the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network in 2009-2010, and also served on the Consumer Policy Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Mr Kell has been on the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board since its establishment, and is a member of the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee.

Before joining the ACCC, Mr Kell was Chief Executive of CHOICE (the Australian Consumers’ Association) and a board member of the global consumer organisation Consumers International.

Between 1998 and 2004 Mr Kell was ASIC’s Executive Director of Consumer Protection and its New South Wales Regional Commissioner.

There is no mention of work experience prior to 1998, ie no mention of whether Mr Pell ever worked in the securities or investments industry. There is no tangible proof of financial literacy. He had 6 years at ASIC as an executive director. That may tend to suggest he was a career bureaucrat? The bio is dripping with who-ness and very short on what-ness.

Who-ness – Who you are, an individual identifiable self. Eg He has title, bordering on over inflated sense of self.

What-ness – What you represent, in an altruistic and connected sense. Eg Listen to him, he has moved mountains before.

In my most recent post I touched on this, I wrote:

“At University and at work in the public service they learned sycophantic ways and when they passed nepotism they were promoted.” Linked here [https://bleyzie.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/eye-balls-herman-on-canberra-and-black-holes/]

Try this as an example.

Try to get an affidavit signed. An Affidavit is administered under both State and Federal Attorney General’s in my case an officer of the Supreme Court of NSW.

So I go to the local Magistrates Court. There are signs up everywhere, a volunteer JP service is available at specific times.  I take a number and wait and when called I directly ask at the Office of the Registrar if they will witness a document. Answer No! Who are you, a court officer, empowered under the oaths act, what are you, lazy. We are too busy to offer this service.

Go next door, to the police station. Hi How long is it. 7 pages with 3 oaths and 4 initials. Look I have real policing work to do. Who are you? “A police Constable”. What are you? “too busy”.

Go to the chemist. Hi there I was hoping to get this document witnessed. “Sorry I can’t do it.” When will a chemist be available? “I don’t know.” Who are you” “A chemist employee.” “What are you?” “Not empowered to witness oaths”.

Same cuts at a bank or a post office. No! No JP available. A Bank Manager will do, sorry we don’t have managers any more, we have senior Customer Service Officials.

Strange part is both my wife and I can witness oaths, but not for one another. It is highly likely your neighbours are able to administer oaths, but you don’t want them to know your business. At any time a District Court is open there are volunteers available to offer a JP service.

One day I presented at the Goulbourn St Family Law Court and “Hi there –  I was hoping to get this document witnessed”.

I was told to walk 2 blocks to the District Court where there are always volunteer JP’s while the court is open. On another occasion at the Queens Square Federal Court I was asked to wait 20 minutes while a JP became available. “Can’t any court official do this?” well  - maybe – but please wait. Fact -Any Public Servant of 2 years continuous service can witness a document.

So Bradley Manning has been in custody 3 years, awaiting trial, he has pleaded guilty to 9 of the 22 charges, yet the witch hunt goes on, and on.

The press tells me, that while guilty he is a humanist. He has actually only tried to highlight US Military breaches of Human Rights in Iraq. I am no expert.  Either at law or on Human rights, or in several other professional areas. However I have a piqued sense of social justice, and great capacity to aspire to a more just and interconnected world. A world of less injustice and suffering.

If there was a hat being passed around to save either Bradley Manning or Craig Thomson I would be much more likely to donate to Bradley Manning.

This brings me to my friends at Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Last Saturday I was shown an E mail from DIAC marked “For-Official-Use-Only”. It was in tiny type [6.5pt sans serif where the other content was in 11pt Calibri] and in red. My natural reaction was “what the heck does that mean?” If I was to publish that communication might I find myself in hot water over some type of sedition? The document contains no state secrets it is simply opinion and process. Security classifications are just simply a tool of these zombies.

So as I watch the debate on visas unfold I wonder just how rancid is the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

My mind conjures up pictures of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) and all the hanky panky that they could be up to. If you have never heard of them see https://www.mara.gov.au/

They are every bit as clandestine as the AFP or ASIO/ASIA. You might discover in the first part of the URL [I need to retype as it is locked] DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION ANDCITIZENSHIP [AU] {sic}so what do they do? Issue 457 visas? Take bribes? License those abusing immigration processes?

Gina Rinehart can obtain all the 457 visas she wants at the mine approval process and when she doesn’t get her way buy newspapers and TV stations. The big mining companies can hold the economy to ransom by mothballing expansion plans for all types of reasons. But how do the smaller abusers get away with their tripe? Where do you start to even investigate?

You rely upon whistleblowers. The likes of Bradley Manning or Julian Assange and maybe now and then programmes like ’4 Corners’. My only experience with ’4 Corners’ is when you send them a program suggestion they state, and I quote “Unfortunately this not a topic which Four Corners is currently looking to pursue in terms of a story.” Is that also head in the sand?

Around about Easter this year amongst a group of associates who are predominantly from the education sector, one stated “the university system has survived a Liberal government in the past”.

The conversation moved on saying that they may well vote for Julian Assange in the upper house. Some remained silent. Upper house voting intentions is the new political interest in the tea rooms.

Has the ABC considered how they will survive a coalition government? Their ALP biased reporting has become water off a ducks back. What is the strategy phase post election, particularly when the new government is having a honeymoon?  Maybe ’4 Corners’ will then pursue such a story!

After all they are by virtue of funding an extension of the public service.

Believing in sanity is itself insanity?

Post Script

In naming this article considerable thought was given to naming this piece earth worms. Earth worms have no discerned brain or taste. In conclusion the mythical and voodoo concept of a zombie was considered more apt. Earth worms are quite useful in that they return organic matter to soil nutrients. They are very useful as bait when fishing, and birds of prey require them in their food chain.

For further enlightenment I add a small poem I have collected along the way.

Maggots

Without thinking or feeling they prey upon the flesh,

Without regard to how recipient, or as to how fresh,

While always returning earthly form to the earth,

The cosmic karma is intact, as it was at its birth.

The birth is in question, for the genesis is unknown,

The parentage is of earth, yet this soul is alone,

It’s evolution is of earth,

or in its survival?

Reproduced with the permission of the author (copyright)

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