The PM and Foreign Minister fighting to the death for their own self-interest on the international scene instead of governing? We should be outraged, but we have exhausted it all, so it’s just another day under Labor.
Just like Africans respond to corruption with resignation “That’s Africa”, we now respond to our mal-governance with “That’s Labor” and accept it as normal.
And we are slipping into the Stockholm Syndrome: our lives are controlled by a lying and hated Prime Minister but we are helpless, and we gradually gratefully accept and reward in the polls any morsel of kindness or sanity from her.
But giving back what your captor took away in the first place, is not kindness, or competence in the case of our government. Reversing the ban on exporting uranium to India, after they banned it for irrational ideological and anti-Howard reasons in the first place, is not a triumph of foreign policy. Attacking the Greens for living in fairyland is not strength after you got in bed with them and implemented their fairyland carbon policies. Getting tough on unions and getting Qantas back in the air by our PM is not competence, after your own FWA laws let the unions off the leash in the first place. And even in the unlikely case that they fix the illegal boat problem, that is no triumph if they were the ones that opened the flood gates in the first place in 2007.
No, all is not well in Australia, even should Labor mend a few of their disasters. As you go to work each day to secure your and your children’s future, every reform not undertaken by this government (and I don’t mean carbon tax), every billion dollars wantonly wasted, is not something we can simply do later, or just someone else’s money, so who cares. It is an investment not invested in our country, a lost opportunity taken away from your children’s future.
While you struggle to gain control over your future, this government is taking it away from you and is working hard to take away your very ability to know it from a free media or speak out against it. But it is subtly done and we won’t care until we lose it. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, but not while Masterchef is on.
I can only hope, come election time, we gain insight and courage enough to escape these our captors.
The relentless attacks by this government on our press is a far more serious danger to our country than people realise. These attacks include:
Repeated references to the Hate media and right wing shock jocks, attempting to delegitimise reasonably argued criticism in opinion pieces in newspapers.
Julia Gillard’s “News Ltd has questions to answer“, referring to British phone hacking investigation, unrelated to Australia.
Ms Gillard’s personal allegedly demanding phone calls to media management (chairman and CEO of News Limited, John Hartigan) relating to coverage of her past affair and legal dealings with an allegedly criminal Union Official.
Claims that Murdoch owns 70% of media when they own only 32% of titles, it is people who chose to buy one of their papers 60% of the times.
The ex-judge Finkelstein sending a letter to editors, impudently asking them to explain to what extent “you subscribe to the view that the press has social responsibilities.
Why is this frightening? Because this is the road toward authoritarian non-democratic state. You say – c’mon that’s being over-dramatic. But you don’t have to have absence of elections or people being shot in the square to be deprived of democracy. You only need to be mislead into voting for the wrong party, for example by government propaganda or by undue influence by a political party over the media. Intimidation of opposition parties, legal restriction of opposition parties, prosecution of opponents for trumped up charged during election time – all these are the tools of non-democratic governments. But unless you really have totalitarian regime with tanks in the streets, all of these can thrive only if they are hidden from the bulk of the population by compliant media.
The core of democracy is not elections, it is freedom of the press.
Under the communists in Czechoslovakia, we had multiple parties and elections, but no free press – it was government controlled and was very “socially responsible”. We did not have democracy.
Murdoch negative press on Labor is in agreement with Gillard’s own assessment Labor ‘lost it’s way”.
There is no problem with Murdoch press. It is dominant because more people chose to read the 35% of the titles it owns. There have been an unprecedented series of Governmental failures by Labor and thus the Murdoch press media has reported an unprecedented number of negative reports about Labor. Where is the problem. In fact, the Murdoch media’s predominant criticism of the government over the past 4 years is in agreement with Labor government’s own assessment that it had lost it’s way when Gillard knifed their first term Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. What is wrong with that. The country’s worst government ever gets predominantly bad press. Where is the problem?
Even as a conservative, I weep for Labor…
Richard Glover asks in today’s opinion piece (my added  ):
Can someone explain to me why [the vast majority of] people hate Julia Gillard with such intensity? What exactly has she done?
Mr Glover asks a valid question for anyone who has just returned from a space voyage, or, of course, anyone working at ‘our’ ABC. To give Mr Glover credit, (and I used to like his show), he is at least acknowledging, in his signature ironic flippant way, Australians’ judgment on this government and wondering why his own judgment is so different.
So lets help out Richard to understand.
1. She incorrectly guessed the attitude of the High Court. When the Malaysian ”solution” emerged, many said it was immoral but few predicted it would be illegal.
Wrong. DFAT advised against it on legal grounds and she ignored them, UNHCR knew it was not complying with our treaty obligations (Lateline 1st Sept 2011), as their Richard Towle indicated to Tony Jones. Ms Gillard attacked personally one of the judges to divert blame and finally most Australians knew, as you concede …that it was immoral. Now if you don’t know why Australians might have contempt for a PM who makes immoral policies, against all advice and against her own party platform, then that’s another matter entirely.
2. “she’s allowed Bob Brown to determine the government’s policy, in particular the introduction of a carbon tax”
Wrong. Ms Gillard herself admitted she could have formed government without being forced into a carbon tax. She also need not have caved in to the Greens at all – they had nowhere else to go – you think they would have supported Tony Abbott? Finally she gave her word, she could have insisted deferring it until after an election or have a plebiscite. There is no excuse for breaking this key election promise and 75% of Australians know this and have responded accordingly.
3. “carbon tax might also prove good policy….”
Wrong. You think it will change the climate one bit? You think it will shame other countries into damaging their economies? You think it is called for in the first place with new peer reviewed studies steadily discrediting the alarmist science interpretations? You think the biggest and only industry-wide tax in the world will bring us export advantage? You thing abating 75% of our CO2 by spending $560 billion on Nigerian or other 3rd world offsets will benefit our children one bit? You think ‘Clean Energy Future’ is anything other than a rent-seeking mindless slogan? And finally, you think a tax and subsidies rather than genuine commercial advantage will bring in a new industrial revolution?
4. it [carbon tax] was the joint policy of both parties
Wrong. Coalition agreed to Carbon Trading subject to a global trading agreement at Copenhagen. Since then it is clear to all except green fanatics and the army or rent-seekers that the big emitters are happy to pretend to believe, so they can sell offsets and green technology to the starry eyed Europeans, but won’t damage their own economies with serious carbon price.
5. Of course she looks daft when she defends Thomson… she should tell him to resign, people say
Wrong. No she does not look daft, on Craig Thomson she looks dishonest, immoral, someone who places her political skin above morality, above her own party’s interests and those of Australians she is supposed to represent. She had to be forced to remove him from the finance committee – immoral. She could acknowledge that if he did the deeds, they would be immoral and she could distance herself from him – but as she is immoral herself, she does not. Australians don’t like immoral public figures – bad example for their children.
6. Successful politicians lead from the front but not by such a distance that they find themselves separated from the pack.
Getting warm but still wrong. Gillard is not too far ahead, not too far behind, she nowhere. She is not a leader, she is just an incompetent, incompetent and incompetent self-serving manager. Every company has them – middle managers promoted above their competence who spend their whole time in office politics rather than working, self-promoting while shafting good productive people, just to survive. She is on planet Gillard, a world of perpetual spin, lies, union corruption and thuggery and intrigue, where policies only exist to pay off allies and projects only exist to serve Ms Gillard. Australians are there only to serve her ambitions, just like unionists are there only to provide money and power for (many) union leaders. Update: Oh, and Kevin Rudd, lest we forget, was the pioneer of this type of incompetence.
7. While arguments can be had over ”push” and ”pull” factors, the new policy seemed to attract more arrivals.
Wrong. Spin can be had over push factors but not real argument, as you virtually concede yourself. There is clear evidence from numbers of arrivals and people smugglers themselves that they know and respond to our refugee policies. Gillard and her immigration department have publicly announced this – 600 per month if we don’t have an off shore policy. Which part of this do you want to ‘argue’?
8. People despise her so personally and splenetically when so many of her actions have been a response to events outside her control.
Oh, so wrong. They are all self-inflicted wounds, be she arrogantly denies what we can all see. The hung parliament, Thomson, boats, High Court – they could all have been handled infinitely better by someone competent.
But Richard, you forgot to mention some other tiny details – I know the’re easy to slip one’s mind, like knifing Rudd in the first term and these few policy, management, waste and integrity debacles, that need a spreadsheet to keep track of:
The ABC is making fun of a Labor politician and this government? A satirical program on someone other than from the right? Quick where is the Emergency Stop button? And for God’s sake someone call Tony Jones to re-run Mark Riley’s Tony Abbott “shit happens” segment before anyone notices.
Or…has the ABC had a change of heart and started complying with their charter for balanced content? Poking fun at an incompetent Labor PM?
Yes, maybe the ABC did make a hard hitting satirical criticism of her policies and bravely ignored angry calls from the PM to try to suppress it.
This may be a bit of harmless fun at Ms Gillard’s expense, but I have to cynically wonder if it is not also a more sophisticated type of spin, the latest seal-deprecating funny Julia.
Most Australians by now can’t stand Julia Gillard; they have stopped listening to her. So how to make people take notice of her again? I know. Lets go for pathos, for self-deprecating humour by a stand in comedian. Lets show her human vulnerable soft side. A well meaning victim of the Greens and independents.
After all, it’s difficult to remain angry at someone you are laughing at.
So lets look at the reviewer’s response:
Wow. Affectionate, conscientious and well meaning – all in the same sentence with the PM.
And the comments on that review?
“Even though I am no Labor fan this program actually made me feel sorry for Julia.”
“The cameo by Craig McLachlan captured the heart of this program. This is Neighbours goes to Canberra.”
“…she is our Prime Minister and should not be portrayed like this as it is very disrespectfull to her and the position”
“best bit of show, julia drinking out of a cup with Keven 07 on front side. She spits drink back grumbeling BITTER.”
“To everyone who thinks Julia is the first “victim” of political satire ”
“I really like Julia – so was ready to be outraged and hate this – but was pleasantly surprised. It was very well done and I thought it successfully make fun of politics without necessarily disrespecting the players.”
Yep, this is a softening of Julia Gillard’s image by portraying her as ‘well meaning’ and getting us to ‘affectionately’ laugh with her at the expense of other people.
By all means lets have a laugh. But lets first get rid of this most incompetent government in our history and only then we can all have a laugh about it. I don’t believe there is one well meaning or affectionate bone in Ms Gillard’s body. She has shown willingness to attack everybody, blame anyone, destroy her own Labor party, our economy, and stubbornly defy majority people’s wishes for her own political survival.
I don’t believe she deserves even the honor of being lampooned. It will be interesting to see what happens to her personal approval rating.
“…The government has increased our gross debt by $140 billion since they came to office in November 2007.
Having been in government for 1371 days, they have therefore borrowed over $100 million per day.
With 12.3 million taxpayers in Australia, this government has borrowed an extra $11,000 on behalf of each of them.
Ignorance is not bliss. We need to be asking the real, hard questions – What have we got to show for this debt? Apart from some new school sheds costing $16billion which haven’t improved our children’s education one bit, and batts in roofs to increase the chance of house fires.”
I don’t know Mr McIntyre, but the numbers are well known and truly staggering. Another two years of this is unimaginable.
Australian Government Net Debt:
Notice any pattern? Howard payed off debt and Labor incurred it – not just for GFC but ever since they got into office.
Where did the money go? See Laborwaste.com.
More In depth review of Australian debt at Steve Keen’s Debtwatch.
We tend to vote for a Prime Minister and then only see her and her Ministers in the news. So you could be forgiven for thinking that this God awful government is made up of just Julia Gillard, Craig Thomson, Chris Bowen and Anthony Albanese, kept on life support by a clutch of independents.
But there are many more responsible. In fact there are 72 in the House of Representatives and 31 in the Senate. I though it important to list them all for us all to remember the members of the the worst government in our history.
In fact here is a pdf list of Labor Ministers that have made up this disastrous Labor government. People whose ineptitude, arrogance and waste will be legendary for time immemorial. People who damaged Australian industries for no reason, sneered at angry Australian voters as of no consequence and made Australia’s foreign policy a laughing stock in our neighborhood. A party whose implosion shook the very foundations of our democracy, testing our citizen’s right to respected peaceful protest, the resolve of our freedom of the press and our (High Court’s) separation of powers.
These are the people you entrusted to look after Australia first and themselves second.
People who betrayed you so completely.
Remember their faces and names.
And below are the names of all the other Labor parliamentarians including backbenchers.
Print it here and take it to your next election booth. If they are on the list, never vote for them again.
Why? Surely there are good men in this party.
The Gillard Government’s plan to defend their indefensible performance and integrity is through one of the political left’s favorite weapons: relativism.
Labor can no longer hide their incompetence (pink bats, BER), their backflips (East Timor, cattle trade, super tax) , their lies (….well, you all know them) and insane policies (Carbon Tax, NBN). So instead, they ‘project’ these onto Tony Abbott to make him seem relatively just as bad: (1) he is economically/scientifically incompetent, (2) he changes his mind all the time (e.g. allegedly on climate), (3) he is untrustworthy (unless scripted), (4) he has no policies. Most PM go years without mentioning the opposition leader’s name, this PM can’t answer a question without relating it to Abbott.
Paul Kelly weighs in to promote the government’s mantra #1 in The Australian – the “Abbott is economically incompetent” mantra in relation to Abbott’s recent address to the Committee for Economics Development: Read on.
It is easy to become numb to the constant stream of failures, senselessness and stupidity to which our Gillard-led Labor government subjects our poor country. What’s one more closed down industry, one more boat drowning, one more senseless tax hike to pay for waste, after so many.
Lest we forget, we will gradually timeline, list, classify and catalogue the long list of Labor’s failures for us all to remember and realise why this Labor / Green coalition indeed is the worst government in our history amd why we would like an early election:
Look on the LABOR FAILURES and remember. (Updated 24.5.12)