Posts Tagged ‘Gillard’
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?”
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.
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.
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.