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EYE-BALL Opinion – Goodbye and Farewell … for now -

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- 30th July – Gillard’s Demise – Almost done -

30th July - The Reasons for our Anger – we are living our own self-destruction -


- 18th July – Get Old and Get Sacked -
- QLD Health Minister destroys careers -


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Title:
- Goodbye and Farewell … for now -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 11th Aug 2013 |
This blog site was established in late 2010, and to a cause to speak out about Julia Gillard as our Prime Minister.

The site grew and expanded, but the primary focus was always to highlight the flaw in our political system where a criminal can be appointed to the highest office in the land.

All that ended a little over a month ago when Gillard was ousted.

In the time since, the motivation to continue with the site has been a struggle and waned, I don’t support either Rudd and the ALP, not Abbott as the alternative PM.    In that context motivation to write about mediocrity and the sham that is our democracy can no longer maintained.

It is with humility and the deepest of respect for all the sites contributors, its readers and supporters,  that sadly “The EYE-BALL Opinion” has run it course.   I thank you all for sharing the journey.

This is not the end of my writings or stories, just the end of EYE-BALL.

I’ll be back … and when that happens I will share it with you via an update to this blog site.  The site will remain, there are no plans to dismantle.  At this time, all published stories will remain.

In the interim … and as a parting suggestion … it is your Government and the stakes are very high, please make your vote in the upcoming election count as if the future of the Nation depended on it.

The comments section has been shut down to stop ‘spam’ mail, contact with the Author can be made using this email link.

Once again … thankyou one and all …

 

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

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- EYE-BALL’s MediaZone Growl No: 4 -
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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 – The Reasons for our Anger – we are living our own destruction …

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


- 18th July – Get Old and Get Sacked -
- QLD Health Minister destroys careers -


- 3rd July – The Elephant in the Room – Gillard’s Police Investigation -


- 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 Reasons for our Anger -
- we are living our own self-destruction -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 30th July 2013 |
The  efforts from within our society to fight the injustice and the tyranny by our leaders at Local Council, State and Federal Government levels is a frustrating and lonely road.   Most won’t even think about challenging the problem let alone speak out against it – yet the corruption within our Leader groups is what we most often ponder about.

It also includes how we feel about the private sector and how CEO’s and the like abuse their perks and make bonus’ that sicken the soul when revealed.

It even goes to how we ponder and feel about the outward signs from our neighbours, or the person you sit next to on a train, it is most often about why our own life is not blessed with what others appear to have.

We all know about the increasingly difficult struggle to make ends meet on a day-to-day basis, and that eternal question nags at us – why is it that everybody else seems to be making a better go of it?   The West has nothing to complain about when it comes to poverty and opportunity to better oneself.

The truth is are all in the same mortgage ‘trap’, those who don’t have one want one, and those who have one live every day not knowing whether the next day will be when it all falls apart.   To those I say – take a look at third world Nations and tell yourself you deserve a better, or an easier life.

The western world is asleep and oblivious to the hardships of real live being lived in distant lands.   Yet – western civilisation has lost sight of what life should really be about.  They live their lives day in and day out thinking they are happier and have the joyous rewards yet over time the battle has been lost and now all that remains is the anger at what they have to do to try to find happiness and joy.

The reality is that Western civilisation has lost the ability to enjoy life and the pursuit of financial independence has consume society.  Financial rewards has become the trigger we all think will make our lives happier and filled with joy.

They don’t understand that the more they struggle for it, the more it eludes them.  We are all in a life struggle we don’t really understand and have little awareness of.

The real struggle for life survival is in refugee camps, on the high seas, and amongst the ever increasing homeless … the world is getting darker and soon the lights we turn on at night to make us feel safer will dim, and we will all realise just how asleep we have become to what has really been happening all around us.

Real life and the survival of humanity is being played out in distant lands – out of sight and out of mind.  When it comes to our doorstep we will regret not getting involved.

When our society becomes dependent and at the mercy of military law, we will realise just how wrong we were to allow our Leaders to ‘dip their wicks’ and abuse their responsibilities over the last 50 odd years.

Public service should be about the struggle and want to do public good – not about the decadence and exuberances our Leaders believe they have entitlement to.

In the darkness fast approaching – a lone and despised voice speaks out – one might say a light shines in all that darkness and this voice of reason and accountability might be the voice we should at least listen to – a sample of that message is reproduced below:

Lack of transparency undermines our democracy


| Author: Julian Assange | Date: 25th July 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

THE federal parliament has received enormous attention in the past year not because of the eloquence of its debates but because the behaviour in its chambers and in its backrooms has been so Machiavellian that the world has looked on in amazement.

What has been even more disappointing has been the stealth with which our elected representatives have worked together (often across party lines) to pass laws without proper public consultation. In the past month alone Labor and the Coalition have come under fire for agreeing to remove several federal departments from the reach of the Freedom of Information Act.

Commentators argue that Australians are sick of the childish and bullying behaviour in Canberra but I think what Australians are really tired of is the way in which government in all its forms operates behind closed doors.

Whether it is superannuation entitlements for politicians or decisions about who should be prime minister, the doors in Canberra remain closed to the scrutiny of the average Australian.

The results are distrust and scepticism that anything enacted by the federal parliament is genuinely motivated by the wellbeing of all Australians.

According to classic notions of parliamentary government, the legislature imposes accountability on the executive government through legislation and inquiry. The original purpose of a parliamentary system is not only to represent voters but to ensure that the government is held to account for its actions between elections. This sort of accountability has been embarrassingly absent in Australian politics for years.

There is an implied assumption that all MPs should act in the interests of their electorate, but that doesn’t mean they do. The WikiLeaks Party will demand that the policies and legislation debated in the two houses will be the same debate that goes on elsewhere in the building.

One of the first actions of the WikiLeaks Party in the Senate would be to insist that there be full disclosure of the asylum-seeker arrangements with the Papua New Guinea government that Kevin Rudd announced last Friday, including host arrangements; the provision of resources and details of adequate medical and psycho-social health resources and personnel; the construct of the refugee claims review process and of subsequent judicial review; and of the conditions of resettlement for those whose applications are successful. Under the Migration Act 1958, Australia retains an obligation to Australia-bound asylum-seekers it may “transfer” to PNG. Considering PNG’s developing country status, the Australian government must disclose how it will assist PNG to financially support resettled refugees.

WikiLeaks Party’s core values of transparency, accountability and justice are the template against which we will examine any important issues for Australians: tax reform, asylum-seekers, climate-change policy and more. We will not accept legislation or government policy that is based on inaccurate, poorly disclosed or inadequate information. In this way our positions will always reflect fairness, good government policy and practice, and protecting the interests of all Australians.

True parliamentary democracy is a system that facilitates the obligation to dissent. The WikiLeaks Party recognises the need to scrutinise government activity and to defend the legislature against the executive government. We will stand as a constant reminder to MPs and senators that the proper function of the Senate is to be independent of the government of the day, something that has been forgotten in Canberra. The vigour of this scrutiny can be maintained only if the government does not hold a majority in the Senate.

The WikiLeaks Party is a party of investigation and oversight, at one with the Senate’s constitutional ideals. WLP senators will act as agents of independent oversight precisely because we are not a party of government, of factional deals, of big business or of the environmental lobby.

Our senators will seek to ensure that all legislation reflects the WLP values: transparency, accountability and justice.

Putting the WLP in the Senate is the same as putting Australia’s best investigative journalists in the Senate. That is what the dishonest Canberra establishment fears most.

Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks Party, is a federal Senate candidate for Victoria.

Sorry if the intro was a bit graphic – but the despair all around us cannot be disputed.

Whilst new PM Mr Rudd and Opposition would be PM Mr Abbott joust for political gain, positive media coverage, and the hearts and minds of the voters – those who are sceptics and cynics to the future of democracy focus on the greater evils.

An award-winning documentary that is a must watch for everyone titled:

“Decadence Decline of the Western World” - linked here – the bit-torrent download link provided here …

… presents a luminous scenario as to why western civilisation has become such a struggle – why the last 50 years our society has given in to the excess of the seven deadly sins, and become the basis for our existence.  Those sins represent the decadence our society now represents and the future holds no bounds for misery and misfortune.

If we are to be brutally honest with ourselves those seven deadly sins have become the norm in how we live our lives … taken over our purpose and the way we live – they are -

All of these exuberances have played their part in the demise of past and historic civilisations, i.e. Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and the like – and are most of the reasons why the current 300 odd years of our current Western civilisation finds itself in the death throes of a new and historic era change.

The greatest concern is that we have not realised we are the designers and masters of our own destruction.  We alone are responsible – just as Rome became decadent in its last days, so has western civilisation and just as they did in the demise of the Romans – these things always end badly.

Be it the GFC and its ongoing crisis management lurching us further and further toward the abyss, or the doomsday forecasts about climate change and environmental destruction, to the demise and division of a muslim verses christianity holy crusade that has been a backdrop for over 2000 years, the summary is that there is no one, or no group of people who have the answers to fix the problems the world faces today.

It is unfixable given the ego’s involved and the history of conflict that runs so deep within those Nations – Nations that were largely decided in post WWI and WWII carve ups.

The current era of Western civilisation started around the time of America’s discovery – people flooded the new world looking for escape and opportunity.  I ask – where can one now go to do the same thing?  There is nowhere where new frontiers are to be discovered unless we talk of off planet or beneath the oceans.

We are forever stuck and tied to what is about to follow – and that only seems fair given that we are all responsible for the mess we have made.

Please – try to watch the doco via the links provided – it truly will open your eyes …

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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 -


To see more EYE-BALL ‘Opinion’ posts:

click here …


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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| 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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| 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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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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- 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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| 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 -
- Entitlement should be earned, not assumed nor expected –
| 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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Title:
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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.

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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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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 6th June 2013 |
Leadership is on the mind constantly – in recent times it is the lack of that prompts concern and angst.

Who among our previous Leaders understood Australia – all of Australia, its People, its Industry, its desires, its resources, its indigenous occupiers, the island context, the convict heritage, the Head of State concept,  there is a need to embrace and understand it all before anyone can hope to satisfy the needs of the Nation.

Walking backwards -

  1. Gillard – the worst experiment of a PM in the history of the Nation
  2. Rudd – ego driven with a vision that floated with no underbelly support
  3. Howard – a man trapped in his 70′s mandate to break the Unions and clean up the waterfront -
  4. Keating – a maverick with vision that had us on the right track until his contempt for anyone who disagreed with him caused a thud
  5. Hawke – a Unionist with vision but his need to be loved gave him weakness
  6. Fraser – a stuffshirt born of privilege who could never get the people to like him
  7. Whitlam – another maverick in a hurry with radicals all around him
  8. Gorton, McMahon, Holt – all bit part players who never attained any continuity nor gave us direction during those Vietnam years …

None of the above Prime Ministers offered Australia anything other than party politics – some did tried to be different but were frustrated by factional structures and individual ambitions.

An observation might be that none truly governed for Australian’s, and that is an extreme failing in the choices Australian’s had to choose from.

The people have to have confidence in their Leader – confidence as different to party loyalty – a belief that they have some idea in how to run a Nation as opposed to beating the other side with opposing positions and pistols drawn …

Bi-Partisan support is a must if Government is to get the respect of the people – without it the Nation is divided and that can never be a good thing.  When was the last time that Question Time showed genuine respect for the other side … both sides are guilty – all are guilty …

Policy on Immigration, Indigenous affairs, Defence, National Security, Health, and Education – the policy for each of these areas should all be agreed to via  bi-partisan cooperation.   Australia’s interests are damaged if both sides fight and don’t agree in these areas, and the public brawling over one another’s deficiencies divide us further.

Having two mainstream Political Party’s that form our choices for Government – one who supports the working class, the other the employers and Business sector create the divide.

Neither will ever come together to unite the Nation.  Our convict heritage is entrenched in our belief in the ‘haves’, and ‘have nots’ – and that cultural handicap is with us forever …

Politician’s created and foster the divide, and as each side gets a stint at the helm – the trenches on both sides become more engrained – it’s a WWI thinking and the Leaders and their party powerbrokers have the same General’s perspective as they did in WWI – sheer insanity in their belief that their way is the only way …

The National Party have align with the Liberals to help out farmers and the like … but as Australian’s we need to know that who ever is in power will have all our backs and Govern for the whole of the Nation – and not for the secular groups that fund their election campaigns – i.e. Unions and Big Business …

We are no closer than we were 100 years ago to evolving as a Global Democracy whilst our Leaders continue to have these selfish party instincts – to reject everything a Government proposes when in Opposition, and/or a Government who don’t give a shit about what the other side cares about – nothing will change.

As an example – nobody can say that this current Government is not the worst in living memory – neither side would pour water on the other if they were on fire … in most cases they would both light the fires …

Watching Senate Hearings, the HOR and the Upper House give us good reason to blame our Leaders for the divide created … and it will take a Leader with a vision 10 times what Gillard or Abbott offer to make this Nation come together.

The re-emergence of the Republic debate in recent days showing Swan and Turnbull holding hands selling a joint message about becoming a Republic is a distraction and an example of selfish interests.

Neither thinks the other worthy in any other forum and is an example of the gross hypocrisy on display in our so called Democracy every day of the week.

The attacks in the House this week by the Government against State Governments who don’t support the Gillard Gonski plan is another example of how divided politics and policy has become.

Gillard threatens to punish States who do not agree with her plan – as if her plan is the best and only plan … the hubris in that ultimatum is the example of how divided the Nation has become and no election result will meld it back together again.

The Abbott Government are just as hellbent on their choices and it will be more of the same and that is the wrong.

What Leader can get us past this party politics divide … what Leader will yield and extend an open hand to the other side for better Government?

The minority Government of the last three years was an experiment in bi-partisan politics – the Greens, The Independents, all had their price to support the Party they supported to form Government.  It was not a willing agreement because both extracted financial and policy gains in trade for their coercion … bribes and payoffs by another name.

Democracy is Government of the people – and putting the Greens with 11+% of the vote in a position to demand the ‘Carbon Tax’ to do a deal for Gillard to form Government – how is that Government of the people … Green voters got their want – but they represent 11+%  of the vote – the informal vote was higher in the 2010 election.   How does that serve the will of the people?

Wilkie was offered a $billion hospital – Windsor and Oakeshott had their hands out as well … and all that has got us is three years of the worst Government outcome possible…

As the Nation limps to a September election – people believe relief will embrace them … it will be more of the same and within six months it’ll be everybody complaining about Abbott’s choices …

There is an option – make ‘None of the Above’ the most popular vote and have our political leaders forced to accept change – if enough people make the statement that they don’t support either side of the political equation – it will force change … that might take a decade to get right … but that beats $100′s billions of ALP debt and $100′s billions of Coalition cuts and the like as both sides square up against one another …

Surely the divide is a place where all Leaders should meet and talk policy – not the powerbrokers and special interest groups wanting favours … policy should be about what is best for the majority, not the minority …

Many will say this opinion is naive – and perhaps it is.  To think that Political Parties can be aligned on common interests – would that not be a great thing … please think a little deeper first before you throw out the messenger before you really understand the message …


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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 4th June 2013 |
The gender equality debate has raged for generations and continues to do so.  In that timeframe an outsiders perspective might advocate that men have allowed themselves to be seduced by the fairer sex to help the feminist movement move forward.

It is that ‘seduction’ that fosters a thought that as women use their womanly favours to get what they want – logic allows the opinion that the feminist agenda and its ‘privilege creep’ is a result of that ‘seduction’ and begs the question as to how far it will go.

That advancement has sometimes been achieved through sheer intimidation,  open and militant threats to withdraw sex within marriage, and other formats all aimed at making men feel uncomfortable with their lot and their assertive controls over women.

History shows the gender battle has been forged by some outstanding feminists with policy platforms that could not be argue against.   It’s was always a yield based on a logic to ‘keep the peace’ – and to ‘not upset the women’ … it was in many ways a pity agreement formed from a man’s perspective to keep women happy.

Was that man’s guilt at having it too good – or was it a simple way to get their women back into bed willingly?

This advancement has come far – women are now the deciding force in all western elections – it is where media campaigns are targeted, won and lost.

Politicians now live and die on the will of women voters as they vote for charm and charisma above policy and logic – WOW – did those words just come forward or were they formed as a part of a inner belief?

Generally – men have cowered from the advance – they are simpletons and they enjoy their sex willingly offered as opposed to begrudgedly yielded.

Imagine if the ‘right to vote’ was refused and was still the case today – stupid, ridiculous you might advocate …but reflect for a moment – how has giving women the voting changed society, changed the way our Governments function?  Every female Leader in State and at the Federal level has been kicked from office – assuming Gillard is headed the same way come September 14th.

How many States have given a women a 2nd chance – none that I know of – Kirner, Lawrence, Bligh, Keneally – all gone and their States have never had a female Premier since.

The current Tasmanian Premier may become the exception … ?

But rest assured – it will be a long time before Australian’s elect another female PM … we never really elected this one and the way she became PM is a stigma on all female politicians.

This post is not meant as an opinion story about whether the question on equality is right or wrong, the question is about a subject that was raised in a story published a few days ago – ‘mandated elevation’ …

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‘Glacial’ gender move may lead to quotas


| Author: John Durie | Date: 3rd June 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |

GLOBAL funds management giant BlackRock has warned Australian boards that their “glacial” moves to gender equality at board and executive levels risk the imposition of mandatory quotas and other regulations.

Pru Bennett, head of corporate governance for the fund’s Asia-Pacific operations, issued the warning after her second annual survey testing progress towards meeting the new Australian Securities Exchange governance standards.

“Less than 50 per cent of ASX 200 companies disclosed the existence of diversity programs and 65 per cent of companies made just perfunctory disclosures,” Ms Bennett said.

The survey, to be publicly released today, follows the report in The Weekend Australian from the group Chief Executive Women bemoaning the lack of progress.

Just 17.5 per cent of non-executive board members were women in February this year, up from 14.4 per cent last year.

The survey shows 80 per cent of men appointed to boards in the last year had no previous board experience, compared with 57 per cent of women.

New female appointees tended to be moving from one to several board seats.

Chief executives have a walk-up start to being appointed to boards, yet the proportion of females in senior executive ranks in big companies peaked at 12.1 per cent in 2006, before falling to 10.1 per cent. The survey shows only 30 per cent of companies made reference to pay equity in their reports at a time when starting salaries for women stood at 91 per cent of male salaries.

Last November, the gender pay gap stood at 17.6 per cent. The survey says: “Given this significant difference we would have expected more companies to have included pay equity in their measurable objectives.”

Ms Bennett singled out Mirvac as one of the best companies in reporting and explaining its diversity policies due to the commitment of chairman James MacKenzie and chief executive Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz.

Others providing good disclosure included CSL, Computershare, Mirabela Nickel, Pacific Brands, Telstra, Westfield, Woolworths and Woodside, she said.

“BlackRock expects large companies should be able to explain their diversity policies, why they were introduced and how they assisted long-term value creation,” Ms Bennett said.

The ALP have a gender mandate that wants to have women make up 40% of all ALP elected members.

Surely a mandate in this context is flawed – surely the best person, female or male should be the bench mark.  If not – how many males who bust a gut to get ahead and strive are beaten by a mandated quota of female appointments.   Is that not a reverse sexism argument.

Surely our society has evolved to a point where women want the need to be embellished beyond their abilities.

The concept of total equality is misguided in its origins – there are things women can do that no man can ever do and vice versa. Women and Men are not the same there are differences, strengths and weakness’, genes and societal differences, and despite all the advances made to try and bridge the equality gap – are men and women any happier with their lot?

It is a debate akin to handling a live grenade with the pin pulled – ask women if they are happier wearing the responsibilities they now bear …  single motherhood is at its highest level .. why?

Is the feminist movement impacting on mothers and their role as nurtures – instincts that men will take another 100 years or so to figure out …

This is born of ‘Political Correctness’ and it’s a soft-cock debate – if men refused women the vote back in the early 1900′s would society be as promiscuous, as materialistic, as selfish, or as destructive when it comes to divorce and separation … women seem to be driving all these issues.

Would men have become cowards to women’s issues as they now do – none will stand up and say what they feel for fear of retribution as a sexist …

Would they have confusion issues surrounding women as their bosses, women challenging the role normally played by fathers and husbands, and would men be second guessing themselves over their abilities to satisfy their women given the expectations of women these days?

A man now has to think twice before he bats an eye at a women – yet women take their partners at will … men are scared of women who are assertive and can that be a good thing society …

The wheel has turned and for it to be OK to accept and expect mandated elevation based on gender, then that is another reason for man to feel despised and persecuted …

Where can this end – and there is only one answer … badly for children and their ability to understand 1000′s of years of evolved society … all ditched within a 100 years …


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- Budget 2013-14 -
- Wayne Swan about to deliver an ALP death notice -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 11th May 2013 |
Next Tuesday is 2013-14 Budget night. The Opposition had indicated that it intended to bring a ‘no-confidence’ motion in the Government before the House on the same day.

Reports out yesterday from Independent Rob Oakeshott calling for a ‘put-up’, or ‘shut-up’ decision from Mr Abbott in regards to the motion have drawn a blank.

Opinion is that Abbott will not pursue the motion on the resumption of Parliament, but keep his powder dry to gauge reaction to the Swan Budget. In other words – why waste a bullet when the recipient is gonna die anyway. See ABC media story her …

This Budget has been a long time coming – remember 12 months ago when the House heckled Swan when he announced the 2012-13 forecast as a $1.5 billion surplus, along with another 3 years of forecast budget surplus’.   See YouTube clip below to refresh the memory …

Swan mentions $150 billion revenue writedowns since the GFC cause and effect. The lie in the illusion created within Swans’s own imagination is revealed to those who want to deal in facts – revenues since 2008 have grown year on year at:

  • 2008-09 – Rudd … -(1.57%)
  • 2009-10 – Rudd … -(2.06%)
  • 2010-11 – Gillard … +5.85%
  • 2011-12 – Gillard … +9.11%
  • 2012-13 – Gillard … +11.23% (Budgeted)
  • 2013-14 – Gillard … we’ll know next week

See Table and Chart link here to verify these numbers.

So, when Swan claims $150 billion in expected revenues have been lost due to the GFC – the cold hard facts reveal that in the period 1996-2013 – the average revenue growth has been 7.02% largely influenced by the 2006-07 growth of 12.97%, and 2007-08 of 19.21% under Howard’s last years.

Leaving out the GFC impact of the 2008-09, and 2009-10 years where revenue growth was negative – Gillard’s tenure has seen average growth of 8.73% – comfortable above the average of the last 16+ years.

Swan has no creditability in his claim – we knew it then and we know it now. Even this year revenue gas still grown at above 7% which is trend growth but less than Swan’s 2012-13 Budget forecast. To claim revenue writedowns to revenues that were overstated in the first place, and done so for political gain so the ‘budget surplus’ promised for 4 years could at least appear to have been delivered as promised, was a statement delivered to the House full of lies and deceit, and deliberately so intended to mislead the House.

See link here to watch and hear Swan make his Budget Surplus backflip speech – or watch clip below:

When was the last time a Treasurer got it so horribly wrong, and what price did he or the Government pay.

In fact – Terry McCrann wrote an article asking why Wayne Swan should not be sacked … linked here … – or read below:

Deluded Treasury counts catastrophic follies


| Author: Terry McCrann | Date: May 11th, 2013 | Link to On-Line Story. |


THE great and perhaps only remaining puzzle about Tuesday’s budget is why on earth is it being presided over by Wayne Swan and Martin Parkinson?

Why haven’t the Treasurer and his Treasury secretary long already departed in embarrassment, after their separate, joint, and catastrophic errors?

Or, given the clear indication that they have not the slightest sense of shame, far less any conception of taking responsibility for their actions or of their department, been sacked? The Treasurer, by the Prime Minister. The secretary, by the Treasurer as his last service to the nation, or by his successor.

May 2013 should mark the date when we finally jumped the shark in terms of ministerial and bureaucratic responsibility. After this, there can be no basis again for ever sacking a minister or a department head for gross incompetence. Personally, or by the department of which they were responsible.

The Treasurer should go after the disastrous forecasts and assumptions on which his budget was based. It is absolutely fundamental to understand that this is not just a matter of getting forecasts wrong in a volatile and uncertain world.

Goodness me, we wouldn’t have a single market economist left if that were the test. It is that those forecasts were unrealistic and worse, amateurish from the start. And, critically, they led the government to — or perhaps, didn’t dissuade it from — major policy and political mistakes.

It’s surprising that the Prime Minister hasn’t already taken her cue from the iconic rant by Peter Finch’s character, Howard Beale, in the movie Network. That she’s “as mad as hell (with the Treasurer and Treasury) and . . . is not going to take it any more (from them)”.

She’s already the PM from broken promise la-la land. Thanks to the duo of Swan and Parkinson, she’s had to break a few more. Who’s going to be carrying the can for them over the next four months?

Oh yes, I forgot. She takes her cue — plural, cues — from the present-day character Paul Howes. As I wrote a year ago the budget’s projected “return” to surplus was built on an extraordinary projected $39 billion single-year surge in revenue and a series of fiddles to push spending out of the current year.

But, even so, it would almost certainly stay in deficit. The government bases the now certain (biggish) deficit outcome on a combination of two linked forces: that the terms of trade had fallen more than expected and that nominal GDP had actually grown slower than real GDP. Thereby slashing expected revenues.

Both are tendentious and actually an admission of basic incompetence.

The terms of trade have come off their peak but are still near century-high levels. Indeed, they have arguably stayed higher than what might reasonably have been predicted a year ago.

The same goes for the related nominal-real GDP claim. It is in essence to state that Treasury simply wasn’t competent enough to see that coming.

The projected revenue surge was quite simply built on absurdly optimistic assumptions about capital gains and company tax, to say nothing of the overestimates for the mining tax. And a certain Canberra-naivety about how the world actually works.

Surely you don’t mean taxpayers will try to minimise surging tax bills? It is this that actually damns Treasury and its secretary more than the poor hapless sod who opened his budget speech 12 months ago with “the four years of surpluses I announce tonight . . .” For Treasury didn’t just cock-up its budget forecast but its modelling on which the government’s whole carbon tax and climate change policy, and fiscal actions, was erected.

Remember the PM, the Treasurer, the Climate Change Minister, all chorusing again and again: we stand by the Treasury modelling? The Treasury modelling that enabled them to link our emissions trading scheme to Europe’s, confident that when we joined in 2015 the price would be $29 a tonne? And the revenue such a price would generate, underwrote all the budget handouts — sorry, compensation? But in any event, there’d be no problem as the budget would be comfortably back in the black, confident in the Treasury modelling?

Now as the price wallows around $6 a tonne, and the government — and Treasury? — pray that it gets back to somewhere like at least $15 — what about all the rest of the Treasury climate change modelling?

The modelling that told us that we could abandon our most fundamental national comparative advantage — cheap, reliable, plentiful coal-fired electricity — and the economy would hardly miss a beat?

In very simple terms, both Parkinson and his predecessor Ken Henry drank the climate crazies’ Kool-Aid, and poured it into the Treasury computers. Arguably worse, they had utterly no conception of the cynical — centuries-old — game being played by Europe; the one place on the planet, apart from ultra-naive Australia, that set about limiting emissions of carbon dioxide.

Europe rigged Kyoto to get a running start to the CO2 “cuts” with the closure of heavy industry in the former Eastern Europe. And now as that advantage is running out, when push is coming to shove on keeping the lights on, Europe is racing back to coal-fired power.

Incredibly, these two themes were — as I wrote last year — actually brought together in last year’s budget, with two of arguably the most ludicrous charts ever seen in such a document.

The first blithely projected the “return to surplus” with four long bars below the line adding to $174bn of real, actual, delivered deficits — and then four very short bars above the line of fantasy, projected, tomorrow tiny surpluses.

The second purported to project the change in Australia’s electricity generation mix between 2011 and 2050, that by 2050 we could get barely 8 per cent from coal, from today’s 70 per cent.

As I wrote, the two graphs joined to “announce, indeed even boast, how the Gillard-Swan government has lost all touch with reality. How Julia and Wayne have taken up residence in a cottage of the mind called Self-Delusion, closed all the shutters and drawn the blinds.”

But even more disturbing, we had “a Treasury which inhabits some parallel universe that operates disconnected from reason”. And on to Tuesday.

You all do get it right – Swan is the worst Treasurer ever – just as George Bush Jnr was the worst US President ever.

He is just a mouth-piece to a message that speaks for Union solidarity.  Swan is no more a Treasurer than Gillard a Prime Minister – yet they both hold the office …

On the strength of Swan’s prophecies announced in his 2012-13 speech – will he account for the mistakes make other than to repeat the ‘revenue’ writedowns, and the ‘impact of the high A$’?

Will he admit his, and his Governments error(s)?

Will there be accountability in present day reality of having made statements they have no basis in fact 12 months since?

That continues to be Australia’s pain and it is about time that the electorate with little interest in politics realise that their apathy allows this Nation to be taken down a path to self-destruction.

The ALP will not shoot itself – it will be up to us to put these fake pretenders beyond the grave.

The 2013-14 Budget:

How will the reality of facing a $20 billion plus deficit only 12 months after the fact impact on Swan’s confidence to yet again lie and mislead the House?

The chart at right shows the debt owed trend since Rudd was elected – [click to enlarge in a new window.]

This chart is no different to all the other Nations who all used quantitive easing in the face of the GFC crisis, and now have crippling debt/GDP ratios that have mortally wounded their capacity to survive.

Australia is following the same path, yet Swan argues that because our Debt/GDP ration is not as bad as the rest, we have somehow been saved and all to his good management.  Nothing could be further from the truth.   Blind luck saved Australia in the form of China and their demand for our resources.  That is now at an end and been so for some time.

Swan knows little of new age economics and the ‘global trade’ war that has been waged for the last 10 years or so – all done in silent and all done via currency value and the shift in global investment within Nations where unsuspecting politicians mistake the ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’.  Off-shoe investment comes with a price – Swan and the RBA forgot to ask what that entrance cost was.

Swan promised 4 years of budget surpluses in 2012-13.  The talk since the Dec ’12 surplus backflip has escalated across the forward estimates to now give us a softening blow that suggests any surplus promised is now gone.

Swan will pull a rabbit or two – he can;t help himself – he will make statements to the fact that despite all the doom and gloom, Australia is still the lucky Nation and our future is safest under a Labor Government.

Swan talks from a pulpit that has him on a lifetime taxpayer-funded parliamentary pension annuity with a value somewhere near $6-$7 million.  Gillard has the same pension scheme.

If Swan were to say that because of the mistakes he has made, he is forfeiting his pension and donating it back to Treasury,  would it be a fair exchange?

Hardly – when poor and rotten Leadership costs a Nation Trillions in past future prosperity because of the policies they enacted against those they should have enacted – who pays the price?

We elected these Leaders – and yes the minority Government where Windsor and Oakeshott control the fate was not an ideal outcome.  It is a lesson to every Australian, there are dire consequences involved when apathy rules and the political choices people make.

 


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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