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.

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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.”

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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.

Remember all the members of this worst Government in our history

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.

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Kelly: Doubts increase about Tony Abbott’s economic grasp? – no, say commenters

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.

The latest new Julia Gillard: rule by fear

I am not sure why Ms Gillard is angry and what she means by her description of the Glenn Milne article in yesterday’s Australian as:

“a false report in breach of all known standards of journalism”.

As the editor of The Australian, Clive Mathieson said and most of the readers here know, “the bulk of the allegations in the column have been a matter of public record for a long time”.

The matter of Ms Gillard’s involvement in defrauding 1 million from AWU by her then boyfriend while she acted on his or AWU’s behalf as a solicitor at a legal firm is a matter described by Mr Milne in 2007 (and here) and a matter Ms Gillard acknowledged and with the excuse that she was unaware of the fraud and she was “young and naive’.

There is one relatively small allegation that is new and may be not true: that she shared with Mr Wilson a house he purchased, unknown to her, with embezzled funds. If that is not true, then Ms Gillard should specify that as the falsehood and not conveniently the whole article, which is a matter of public record.

Commenter ‘Pensioner’ has a number of highly specific questions which are very intriguing. I have no idea how he knows specific figures and accounts. Nevertheless, the questions would be easily denied by Ms Gillard in parliament, and the matter would be over.

Best analysis by Bunyipitude here.

I think this is in fact an own goal for our PM:

The real news is:  Ms Gillard’s bullying fury forces a fearful retraction from a newspaper for printing mostly publicly known facts – in fact something which is almost completely a matter of public record for 4 years, including the Victorian Parliament’s Hansard and which Ms Gillard herself acknowledged previously, with the minor possible exception of having co-habited with Mr Wilson.

Ms Gillard, having failed to fool Australians into respecting or liking any of the various versions of herself, now appears to have decided she will rule by bluster and fear. She is now clearly on display for all to see as what seems like a belligerent out of control Prime Minister. As she said:

“I’m the prime minister of the country, I can get up in the morning and get the mobile numbers of people like the editor….”

Something’s gotta give.

UPDATE:

Statutory Declaration referred to by Andrew Bolt allegedly made by Robert Kernohan, former President of the Victorian Branch of the AWU, making serious allegations can be downloaded here, thanks to Say No! CarbonTax Australia. It is dated a year ago, 11th August 2010. I have no idea if it is genuine or whether the allegations are correct, so I link to it purely as a piece of fiction.

The main reference to Ms Gillard is that the author “was informed by Bob Smith, with Bill Shorten present, that some thousands of dollars were paid illegally from union funds, by Wilson, for house renovations to Julia Gillard’s property, without any suggestion that she was aware of this.

The main allegation is that a number of high profile AWU officials, now in state and federal parliament  were involved in a cover up of Mr Wilson’s $1 million dollar embezzlement of AWU funds, which have not yet been recovered.

 

Whatever the problem, blame Abbott

Niki Savva in The Australian today says it so much better than I can:

The Prime Minister and her ministers automatically click on to two spin cycles: the first that almost everything that goes wrong flows from Abbott’s sins of commission or omission; and the second is that if people think they’re bad then look at how hopeless the opposition is. Please. Read on.

The only policy Labor has implemented successfully is to convince people that Abbott is somehow responsible for Labor’s mess or is no better, despite not being in government.

It started with the clanger that Abbott stood for nothing and had no vision, when he actually is one of the few politicians who wrote a whole book on what he wants to do as a Prime Minister – ‘Battlelines’ (summarised here).

Since then, Labor has been one big projection machine – if they stuff up – Abbott is incompetent. If they’re being hypocritical, he is a big hypocrite, if they overspend, he is economically illiterate, if they back down, he flip flops, if they are criminally morally reprehensible over Thompson, Abbott has a shoplifter and was immoral in the past with his child or something, On and on.

We don’t fall for school children saying – oouuuww Miss, but he did it too. Why don’t journalists wake up and say “I did not ask about Mr Abbott, he is not in government, you are and I asked about you and your performance”.

If and when Abbott is in government, then by all means rip into him.

Labor Underbelly: How far can Labor sink?

Our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard is now down to the “I don’t remember’ defense, as she claims both she and her then chief of staff Mr Hubbard do not remember the call by him to the industrial registrar about Thomson in early 2009 – before [or even after] the fraud allegations were made public … because it was ‘unremarkable’.  Right, a call about an impeding [or just revealed] public revelation of fraud allegations against a sitting Labor MP, was ‘unremarkable’? We are to believe this? If so, then, is corruption in Labor MPs a typical daily unremarkable occurrence? Or just the misuse of Union funds? Are we complete idiots?

UPDATE:

And now, “..police have confirmed a shovel was placed outside the Melbourne home of Health Services Union national secretary Kathy Jackson”.

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