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EYE-BALL’s Herman on – Federal Economic Update – A conjuror’s spin –

August 2, 2013 8 comments
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Links to Previous ‘Herman’ Posts:


– 17th July – Constitutional Reform – This time it is recognising Local Council.


– 5th July – Gone – Ski Part II (Gone is Gonski)


– 27th June – Gone-Ski: Prime Minister Julia Gillard


– 24th June – The Ashes


– 21st June – The Senate


– 5th June – Zombies


– 1st June – Canberra – and black holes


-30th May – What is an adequate Contrition?


– 24th May – Simplex


– 19th May – The Tears of a Prime Minister


– 24th Mar – An Example of bureaucracy gone mad


– 10th Mar – The Carbon Tax – Post Election …


– 7th Mar – Wayne Swan – Please Stop


28th Feb – The Australian Labor Party View


– 6th Feb – Corruption


– 25th Jan – Anti Discrimination


– 17th Jan 2013 – Atheism


– 12th Nov – Hegemony


– 2nd Nov – A March early Federal election


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– Federal Economic Update –
– A conjuror’s spin –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 2nd Aug 2013 |
Some have termed it a mini-budget. Unless it is debated on the floor of parliament it is not that. It will not be passed into law until after the election. It contains updated Treasury estimates. The deficit trajectory is now for a fiscal deficit of A$30.1bn in 2013/14.

It is yet another ALP policy statement. Everything that has occurred since Rudd ascended back to the lodge, is another roll of the dice, attempting to reverse the contrarian opinion polls since early 2010. Virtually nothing has received scrutiny through parliamentary processes only trial by media. Each roll of the dice is asking us the electorate to give them another chance. Given the tardiness or lack of merit of the opposition we continue to grasp at any other alternative.

That is particularly what the opinion polls are saying. There is no realistic choice.

When the budget was passed down in May, I was deeply shocked to find a structural deficit approaching $20bn. I expected a deficit approaching 10bn. Gillard has gone, Swan is gone and so on but Swan is standing again for Lilley, and more. Wong switched camps, and Dreyfus and Burke (it all doesn’t really matter). Hey Bob Carr appointed by Gillard switched horses mid race.

The real problem was how do you reverse the structural deficit when GDP is under immense pressure, where cutting government consumption will make things worse? The deficit and government debt prior to last May (at that stage of the economic cycle) was totally inappropriate. Stimulus was required rather than cutting federal government spending.

Anyone who said the bleeding obvious, that a recession by 2015/16 is becoming more probable is guilty of talking down confidence. But should you quietly speculate on this bleak outlook, then that is OK because that is called free markets. Not predatory behaviour.

Costello did well to put a surcharge on superannuation drawing from future spending rather than current spending in the late 1990’s but it came at a cost. The cost of reversing the policy and compensating in time for the cost, the desecration. Some might even argue the reversal was the seeds of part of today’s problems but I see that as part of the overall stresses created by the ensuing mining boom.

There was a major economic policy shift in November 2007 and from there onward. Australia started running substantial fiscal deficits. With every turn of the page, government ramped up consumption.

The package today at 1pm AEST is currently all about bank’s deposit insurance and tobacco excise. Each are worthy of careful scrutiny but they are also a major smokescreen.

Unemployment has risen. Volumes to export for the major miners are up in coal. A glimmer of hope has appeared for the live cattle trade, with prices stabilising. The AUD has fallen to just below 90, to assist terms of trade. Several sectors of the broader economic spectrum are doing well, as measured through ASX performance. But WA property prices are weak, the mining services sector is sick, the signs are mixed. The problems of major sectors like SPC Ardmona in the Shephardon and Goulbourn valleys are insignificant compared to those like the car industry.

On Wednesday morning local radio featured a story of Mark who is sleeping rough on the steps of Parramatta Town Hall. He had a job once , but when he was made redundant he sooner or later found himself on the street. When you couch surf, sooner or later you burn your friends. You outstay your welcome. Surviving on $220 a week is impossible. You can’t afford rent. You can’t save a deposit bond, or an electricity deposit. Vagabonds drift towards Parramatta because of the meal van each night at Prince Alfred Park. Sooner or later all your worldly possessions are moved around in a shopping trolley. The fridge and TV and stereo were hocked to pay bills a long time ago. There is a core group of men sleeping rough in the Parramatta precinct of 40. The aid services are stretched. No one would consider hiring you or giving you a job. You are sleeping rough, and generally considered to be of poor mental health. Definitely dishevelled unwashed and unkempt.

Mark was very well spoken, and it was radio, so I can only wonder was it all a political beat up?

But the story is indicative of what is really happening out there, of the long term unemployed, how it breeds mental health issues, of those struggling to find hope. Those who know of a better world, but are on the outside looking in. Too often cold and hungry.

So today while we speculate on the price of tobacco and the efficacy of bank deposit insurance, both designed to distract from the real issue ie the fall in government incomes (taxes) and the excesses of federal parliamentarians, do we spare a thought for Mark or Mary (the single Mum) or Ralph (the alcoholic) or Beryl (the broken grandma – who hasn’t seen her grandchildren in over a decade for whatever reason).

The more I dwell on it, the more I dwell on the speech I made at 7.45am on election day 3 years ago. In 15 minutes those doors will open and we will go into a working frenzy. We will assist the little fella to play his part in our democracy. We are the servants of democracy. Today we are expected to help those little people cast 4000 votes. Each polling assistant is expected to serve 600 local electors, and each declaration officer is expected to help cast 100 votes. Today is the one day in the 3 year electoral cycle when we get to hear from them. We have heard enough of the politicians and all their promises. Today it is the little persons turn. The ones who to get to have their say every 1100 days. We will treat them as the voice of democracy. Etcetra.

Within a fortnight of that day as the counting was pointing to a hung parliament, the media was in their speculative frenzy, could we have true bi-partisan cabinet, should we go back to the polls, the futility, the chaos and now nearly 1100 days later, just the void.

Today as the Australian Bankers Association threatens how if a deposit insurance tax is not implemented properly, it could jeopardise the core strength of the banking sector – that is a euphemism for the banks who each make roughly 6bn per annum will pass it on to the mortgage sector.

0.05% deposit insurance can be passed onto term deposit rates, but can it be passed on to savings accounts where nominal interest is 0.10% (before outrageous fees).

Without going on to tobacco excise, Canberra misses the point. When they talk of Public Service productivity savings of 2.25% (having risen from 1.25% last May – in the forward estimates) it is hollow – it is rhetoric, it is pyrrhic. As a financial planner you talk about discretionary spending.

If Canberra be serious about cutting discretionary spending they might start in their own backyard. During this parliament Canberra (the Productivity Commission) awarded themselves pay rises of 30% (according to some 40%). Only weeks ago they were discussing new electoral funding measures.

How about cutting parliamentary wages by 10% (make that 20%) and cap parliamentary expenses for the next term at 80% of parliamentary expenses for the current term (about to expire). The flow on to senior civil servants will start a meaningful dialogue. That will really affect discretionary spending.

Nextly get tough with the banks. WE ALL DRINK from the same well. Your sector’s health is not beyond that of the household sector or small business. Any bank paying any executive million $ bonuses we are watching! We have levers we will use to curtail your excesses! Why do you charge the destitute silly fees (without decency – yet encourage this deregulated nonsense)?

Then comes real change with the public service. This word we use called Productivity is becoming an oxy moron. It is mixed up and abused, with regulation, green or environmental and culminates in red tape. All projects will be affordable. Cost benefit will become a core value embodied in all mission statements. Transport will be affordable and efficient. Taxes and charges must be justified, or eliminated. All types of cash splash will not fall on the household sector or small business. There will be no new taxes in the next 3 years.

And it will go on.

And On.

Don’t forget -This will be implemented by Christmas.

Everything we are currently hearing is nothing but spin. The spin of the conjuror. It is that stage of the electoral cycle. It is time to hear from the little fella. But he has no idea what to think.

What might I say on election day this year.

Argh!

Believing in sanity, is itself insanity.

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EYE-BALL’s Herman on – Gone-Ski – Prime Minister Julia Gillard

June 27, 2013 1 comment
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Links to Previous ‘Herman’ Posts:


– 24th June – The Ashes


– 21st June – The Senate


– 5th June – Zombies


– 1st June – Canberra – and black holes


-30th May – What is an adequate Contrition?


– 24th May – Simplex


– 19th May – The Tears of a Prime Minister


– 24th Mar – An Example of bureaucracy gone mad


– 10th Mar – The Carbon Tax – Post Election …


– 7th Mar – Wayne Swan – Please Stop


28th Feb – The Australian Labor Party View


– 6th Feb – Corruption


– 25th Jan – Anti Discrimination


– 17th Jan 2013 – Atheism


– 12th Nov – Hegemony


– 2nd Nov – A March early Federal election


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Gone-Ski: Prime Minister Julia Gillard
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 27th June 2013 |

M

ate against Mate, State against State – Vale Gillard, Swan, Conroy, Emerson, Garrett, Ludwig, Combet, Windsor & Oakeshott  – (who have I missed)?

At this point in time Swan, Conroy, Ludwig and Combet remain in Parliament. There is time to fix that.

It was fascinating to watch the ten pins line up – it was great to see them fall. It will be interesting to hear TV viewer ratings – Channel 2 v Channel 9 (State of Origin) & State of Origin v Channel Nine Go. For me Laurie Oakes was no match against Leigh Sales & Tony Jones but I did watch the football when Barry Cassidy came on.

I was constantly thinking about my previous article “the tears of a prime minister” or “a March early election” and some more. Why didn’t Rudd do this last March and save Australia so much embarrassment? Was it really about Albanese being caught with his pants down at a Marrickville brothel? Hence Crean saying he would run as deputy?

By next Monday the opinion polls will be showing on 1st party preference ALP trailing Coalition but only just – however the final result on election night is now too hard to prognosticate. We are now uncertain when the election will be called.

Australia is still sick of this ALP machine, insipid – self interested and other soliloquy but Kevin Rudd is a statesman of the first order and makes Tony Abbott look corny. Seeing so many of the fools gone in one fell swoop is pleasing. More than pleasing it is an absolute delight.

By next Monday, not only will Krudd have had a chance to build a piecemeal staff, but they will have a chance to put together an advertisement to lampoon the resurrection of Tony Abbott, the crown jester of the Howard frontbench, to Tony Abbott the man of steel (and no policy just negativity) – just steel cutting blades – cutting this and cutting that.

Where Julia was fighting back the tears, her petulance continued – her staff should continue. Yeah onya!

Windsor broke down.

Today who is more pompous and grandiloquent? Grandiloquent is Rudd, and pompous is shared between Gillard, Windsor and ? Will Rudd ultimately be judged as grandiloquent? He still has time to develop his humility. He has earned a dimension to his character from the back benches that will be shadow in history.

Yesterday morning I wrote we needed a catharsis. Now we have one. Catharsis by their very nature means creating chaos to effect change. Radical change, an absolute re evaluation.

Last night on Lateline Bob Carr started to address policy. “On the boats, times are changed. Those arriving by boat are not humanitarian refugees but economic refugees!” Thank you for finally listening to the constituency.

There is Rudd’s trip to China and Gillard’s trip to Indonesia to be addressed. Carr and Bowen could most ably deputise in Indonesia, Rudd will have to somehow save face. Bowen as new treasurer is very well versed in immigration. His offerings mean much. I personally find him a statesman above the average.

Bob Carr remains enigmatic. I can’t say much about him beyond he remains a NSW fringe right operator and is very confused and confusing. At times he is deluded and delusional. For example he is only in the Federal senate courtesy of Julia Gillard, yet now he is running with the foxes. Why would you trust him?

Penny Wong and Jacinta Collins in the Upper House are some form of balance.

The AWU connection is illuminating. Ludwig will not serve in a Rudd ministry. Shorten came out offering support and thereby ended his own credibility and that of Paul Howes.

The high moral ground remains the trump of all trumps. A full public investigation of WRA and HSU would guarantee election victory to either side. I first said that at least 12 months ago.

I expect WRA will now barely see daylight again. It is the hatchet of all hatchets and will be buried along with others only used if the AWU attempts to resurrect. Gillard is gone.

While writing this I needed to go driving. I got to thinking what a waste of space talk back radio is. Rhonda from Katoomba said Gillard is not finished. Gillard has only promised not to contest the seat of Lalor at the forthcoming election.

One more, Onya!

The people of Australia are seething that they didn’t get to thrash the ALP for this period of evil self indulgence. It was an episode of unbelievable shame upon democracy. Far too many would love to express their opinion through the ballot box. But one shambles would have lead to greater catastrophe. It is thankfully over.

The seat of Kingsford Smith is now a bellwether. Heartland ALP formed in 1949 that through time has become marginal. It produced Lionel Bowen of Mooramie St, Kensington, but Kensington is now a border with Wentworth. It also produced Lionel Murphy of Todman Ave, Kensington, The Hills of MacDougal St, and the Brereton’s of Balfour Rd. Daniel Curtin preceded Lionel Bowen. Laurie Brereton succeeded him. In the 64 years only 6 have sat there, all ALP. Traditional areas like Coogee and South Coogee have been taken over by nouveau rich. They are now traditional right wing polling stations. Pagewood is no longer industrial. There are only 2 real contestants for the ALP pre selection to replace Peter Garrett. Bob Carr or Kristina Keneally? I expect to see Kristina get the nod, but am not absolutely sure. The ALP had a margin in 2010 of over 5%. On election night it is worth watching. The Liberal Party has nominated a Michael Feneley. He is Cardiology Director at St Vincent’s Hospital and ran in 2010.

The other seat I will be watching is Rankin (and Lilley). I heard Dr Jim Chalmers former Chief of Staff of Wayne Swan is seeking ALP pre selection. Lilley represents one of the few seats where the electorate can punish the Federal ALP. Jim Chalmers represents something similar. Having released a book only a month ago on the destructive internal power struggles, what skin does he have in the game? Labor needs to retain every seat, and cover for New England and Lyne. Rankin is no different to Lindsay. Rankin was first formed in 1984. There have only been 2 sitting members. It is outer metropolitan Brisbane.

In 2007 QLD carried the result for Kevin Rudd. First Qld Prime Minister and treasurer to boot. Chris Bowen is no guaranteed ALP retain as the treasurer.

At this early stage, I predict the result will be known on election night by about 11pm. Every seat will matter. There will be Coalition 85, Ind 2, ALP 59 with 4 too close to call, due to counting postal and absentee. I can’t think when the election date will be, but if it is not on August 10 or 17 then there is no reason to not wait for September 14.

Very importantly the Coalition will need to watch themselves. The funniest quip last night was “if 1993 was the sweetest victory, then 2013 might just be a diabetic attack.

I am delighted. Farewell Julia, fare thee well. Farewell Emerson and Swan and Garrett and hopefully later today Tony Burke. And a couple more.

Believing in sanity is insanity.

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

June 27, 2013 Comments off
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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The circus continues ….

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

June 26, 2013 Comments off
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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Latest ‘EYE-BALL Opinion’ Posts:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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– evidence the ALP are Leaderless –
| 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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