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

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


– 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    In that context motivation to write about mediocrity and the sham that is our democracy can no longer maintained.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 …

 

The EYE-BALL Opinion …
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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 heretranscripts 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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Role in 1975 constitutional crisis

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

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

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

Labor Senator

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

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

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

Travel allowances scandal

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

Death and estate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not pursuing this investigation is not an option.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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– all Grubs infected with self-interest agendas and trying to spin their own survival agendas –


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


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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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– 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 –


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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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– 24th June  – The ALP Cocoon -
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– 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 ..


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. He is exposing the bias his electorate received deliberately to tell all of how corrupt the Government was to form the minority Government, or
  2. He is telling his electorate that this is what I did for you … in a backhanded way …
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