$11 billion reasons to scrap the NBN – but can the ACCC stop it?

CONNECTED … Prime Minister Julia Gillard, with Senator Stephen Conroy, released a plan that sets out its expectations of NBN Co as it rolls out the National Broadband Network (NBN). Picture: Gary Ramage Source: The Daily Telegraph

THE country’s competition watchdog has taken another swipe at the Gillard Government’s National Broadband Network, expressing concern about the roll out phase of the multi-billion dollar project.

As a new report concluded the $36 billion high-speed NBN was the most expensive in the world – which the Federal Opposition labelled a “disgrace” – chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Rod Sims, focused his concern on the rollout phase of the NBN.

“During the transition it is crucial that there is equivalence of outcomes, that there is a level playing field so that the competitive landscape is not distorted as the NBN is rolled out,” Mr Sims said.

The ACCC has previously raised concerns with NBN Co about access to its services.

Read more:  http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/watchdog-slams-nbn-roll-out-phase/story-e6freuy9-1226163250600

Tony Abbott accused of being a … man.

The more Labor and the left ‘expose’ Tony Abbott in order to villify him, the more Australian men and women like him !

From Andrew Bolt:

Here’s the most damning picture of Tony Abbott that Susan Mitchell’s publisher could find to brand him as a dangerous misogynist. Who knew that barbecues were such a statement of an ideological position?

Miranda Devine on one the silliest and spiteful attacks on Abbott yet published by the Left:
Female Abbott-haters are a particular type. Like Mitchell, they cling to a 1970s view of feminism, still resent the patriarchy, and sneer at red-blooded blokes. The photograph on the cover of Mitchell’s book, of Abbott barbecuing sausages, encapsulates what they loathe.

A muscular, sweaty meat-eater wielding tongs. Ugh. Her book is the first shot by the progressive Left to stop Abbott taking office.
Female Abbott-haters are a particular type. Like Mitchell, they cling to a 1970s view of feminism, still resent the patriarchy, and sneer at red-blooded blokes. The photograph on the cover of Mitchell’s book, of Abbott barbecuing sausages, encapsulates what they loathe.

A muscular, sweaty meat-eater wielding tongs. Ugh. Her book is the first shot by the progressive Left to stop Abbott taking office.  Read the rest…

If commenters are anything to go by, people have seen through the Abott smear campaign:

I’m always puzzled why people believe Abbott is an unhinged loony waiting to spring into action when his stable family life and loyal staff numbers say exactly the opposite.  Contrast that with Rudd’s oddball behavior, dummy spits over hair-dryers and staff churn and the contrast couldn’t be more different. Coconut of QLD (Reply)

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Yes, the left realise that Abbott will make a great PM as more & more people see that he isn’t the big bogey man that the left paint him out to be, and when elected will put the Labor Party into the wilderness for at least a decade. Blame Tony ABBOTT. of Maaroom. (Reply)

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What a man!!  Tony has a wife; three beautiful daughters who are the apples of his eye; loves his footie; belongs to a surf club; volunteers as a fire fighter; has a mortgage; goes to church; loves a barbie; gets away with family and friends at Christmas to a caravan park in his van down the south coast.

This is your typical Aussie male!  We Aussie females love them!  Our Aussie Larakins!!  They are part of what shaped our wonderful country!  They are the offspring of those that fought on distant shores. Their parents and grandparents worked side by side to give us this great nation!  And the socialist left of politics wants us to forget about this; forget about our struggles; forget about our Anzacs and forget about our way of life!!  They forget too that when they denigrate Tony Abbott, they are denigrating the Aussie male.

Give me a hard working Aussie male anyday!  Oh did I forget to tell you that Tony Abbott has a double degree in Law & Economics and is a Rhodes Scholar with a Masters in Philosophy & Politics? What a great leader he will make!  A typical Aussie male! ausebell of nature coast (Reply)

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Look on the bright side Andrew.  Abbott is getting more and more publicity.  I think this will be good and people will know more and more about the real Abbott, unlike the unreal Gillard.  The same applies to you Andrew with your name being blasted by various left leaning fools.  The harder they criticise the better for Abbott and you.  It keeps the fire going so that even after two years people will recall all the destructive actions by the current extreme left government and hopefully will still be awake to boot them out of office forever. Peter of Sydney (Reply)

As the Government’s People Smuggler Policy fails, Labor’s hypocrisy is breathtaking

 

There were just four people in immigration detention when the Howard Government was voted out of office in 2007.  One of the first things Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard did was to weaken the Howard government’s border protection scheme and precipitate the current and increasing flow of people smugglers’ vessels.

The Rudd/Gillard Government was warned three months after it came to power that closing Nauru detention centre would cause a jump in people smuggling to Australia. More than 12,000 people have arrived by boat since then – and more than 400 are estimated to have died.

Even drawing the longest bow, it’s obvious who is responsible for regenerating the people smuggling business and the loss of life. And it’s not Tony Abbott.

THE arrival of two more boatloads of asylum-seekers at Christmas Island has turned an already fiery political debate over offshore processing into a conflagration of blame.

Dennis Shanahan in the Australian writes:  “Julia Gillard is in no doubt that Tony Abbott is to blame for the arrival of the latest boats and will be to blame for every extra arrival.  Hold on ….. wasn’t it Gillard and Rudd who changed John Howard’s policy that opened the door for people smugglers?”

Read the full opinion piece here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/political-stakes-rise-between-gillard-and-abbott-in-asylum-seeker-debate/story-e6frg6zo-1226144580195

As two new boats arrive, Labor calls Tony Abbott a friend to people-smugglers

Julia Gillard attacks the Coalition for opposing its Malaysia Solution following the arrival of two new asylum-seeker boats.
Picture: Kym Smith, Source: The Australian

JULIA Gillard has blamed Tony Abbott for the arrival of two new asylum-seeker boats, saying his refusal to back her Malaysian Solution made him responsible for the unauthorised vessels and all others that would follow.

With Australia’s border protection system still in limbo, the Prime Minister today urged Mr Abbott to rethink his position and support the government amendments to put offshore processing beyond doubt.

Read more from The Australian here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/immigration/two-new-asylum-seeker-vessels-test-labors-troubled-boats-policy/story-fn9hm1gu-1226144422313

 

LABOR’S Poison Pills in the Carbon Tax

Prior to the 2010 Federal Election, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan publicly and strenuously denied that the Labor Government would be bringing in a carbon tax:  a tax that the majority of Australians oppose and didn’t vote for.  Gillard and Swan have broken their promises to the Australian people. Unless a new election is called and this Government is defeated before July 2012 – Australia will have a carbon tax.  Australians have never witnessed such defiant and brazen actions by a Government, and they’re concerned and angry.

The Carbon (Dioxide) Tax won’t do anything to change the climate, stop floods, droughts or sea levels rising.  But it will make Australia less competitive internationally, hurt business and cost jobs – while doing almost nothing to reduce global greenhouse gases.  The tax is not a ‘market based solution’ as Combet and Gillard often call it.  It’s a tax that puts our economy under pressure.  And it will do nothing to change the temperature of the planet or change the climate.

There are 19 pieces of legislation with 963 pages (1100 including addendums) – that will push costs up throughout Australia.  Australians now have 5 days to make representations opposing the carbon tax.

The Gillard/Greens Government is putting Australian jobs at risk.  It’s unbelievable that Labor back benchers, who stand to be wiped out at the next Federal election, support the inevidable increase in the cost of living, making Australian manufacturing less competitive and giving international competitors an advantage.

We are still waiting for Julia Gillard to name the 500 biggest ‘polluters’ – companies that are the biggest employers of Australians.

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Is 2UE’s Michael Smith a Casualty of the Government’s Media Threats?

Write What I'm Told

UPDATE:

BROADCASTER Michael Smith has taken Fairfax Radio to court, accusing radio station 2UE of planning to sack him for his political beliefs.

Smith was suspended by the Sydney station earlier this month after he tried to air an interview with a former union official claiming allegedly fraudulent conduct by a former boyfriend of Julia Gillard.

It’s understood he will contest his expected dismissal under the Fair Work Act, alleging he has been victimised over his political beliefs.

Read more here:  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/radio-host-michael-smith-challenges-dismissal-claiming-political-victimisation/story-e6frg996-1226142798163

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP MICHAEL SMITH:

Sign a petition in support of Michael Smith:

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/support-michael-smith-reinstate-him-to-2ue.html

Please make the time to phone 2UE General Manager Tim McDermott on 02 9930 9490 and send him an email at tmcdermott@2ue.com.au to tell him that this is unacceptable. 2UE must realise that they answer to their listeners!

MORE FROM THE KANGAROO COURT OF AUSTRALIA

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Reporter fired for investigating the PM’s past? Venezuela? Russia? Iran? No, Australia.

2UE broadcaster Michael Smith’s future hangs [in the] balance over union funds claims.

Image Source: The Daily Telegraph

THE future of 2UE afternoon presenter Michael Smith hangs in the balance as he meets Fairfax Media management today.

The broadcaster’s future was thrown into doubt when he battled 2UE management to air an interview with Bob Kernohan, former president of the Australian Workers Union, alleging misappropriation of union funds.

Smith was suspended from broadcasting last week as 2UE vowed to investigate the claims in the interview….

Email 2UE here.

I wrote: “2UE has been vocal in rightful criticism of bad government policies and deserves support. I hope they don’t ruin their reputation by being seen as the first media to silence a voice under political intimidation.”

The Labor Government has two choices: become competent or make the press stop exposing their incompetence. Labor and the Greens have made their choice abundantly clear.

Once a government subjugates the press, there is nothing they can’t get away with, including corruption, intimidation and even rigging elections. Free press is the only thing standing between a government serving the people and people serving the government.

Do you doubt for a second that this Labor-Green government would kill democracy in Australia to hold power if they could? Labor because union style thuggery is their nature, Greens because only they know what’s best for us and the planet. Remember this when you next have the privilege to vote.

‘Our’ ABC finally asks: Why are we so out of touch with Australians?

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 incompetentincompetent 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:

 

Latest ABC spin? Lets have some affectionate fun with the PM.

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.

Bollocks.

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:

“The show poked affectionate fun at the PM, who came across as conscientious and well-meaning.”

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.

Labor borrowed in 4 years $11,000 per each taxpayer – and wasted it.

 

“…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.”

Read the rest

I don’t know Mr McIntyre, but the numbers are well known and truly staggering. Another two years of this is unimaginable.

UPDATE:

Growth of Personal Debt:

 

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.