30 Jun 2013

The Stalking of Julia Gillard...Fact or Fiction, a bit of both.

This Book

The Stalking of Julia Gillard is slightly biased in favour of Julia, well not slightly it is extremely biased toward her and definitely anti Rudd.

This is the story about one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history.

It focuses on Team Rudd but it underestimates the media and Coalitions's treatment and their slow-death campaign of destabilisation, with its disastrous effect on Gillard and the government's functioning.

Also it doesn't seem to understand how affective the Coalitions attack on her personally fed the press pack every day with more ammunition.

It is about a politician who was never given a fair go; not in the media, not by Rudd, not by some in caucus.The Rudd camp maybe can be forgiven after what happened to them.

The press and the Coalition can never be forgiven, their combined attacks have turned parliament into a joke and demeaned the office of prime minister. they have probably turned off any female who ever thought of entering politics.

As for this book, read it, make up your own mind, but remember this is politics, it's a very dirty game and every parliamentarian has to play the game.

Julia Gillard was mercilessly and relentlessly lampooned for her hair, clothes, accent, her arse, even the way she walks and talks.

Was her treatment unfair, yes, should it have happened no!

28 Jun 2013

New strategy for Kevin Rudd..will he use it!

Ben Pobjie: edited by S.W.T.Read strategey 

A political party's prime purpose is to develop positive policies for the betterment of the country, well what the hell happened to us over the past three years.
The voters don't really seem to like it when you do that any more, so it's probably time for Labor to stop it.
The Australian people really want from their politicians to be aggressive and bitchy about everything, it really turns them on.
Voters want to feel that a political party is willing to rip shreds off its opposition, kick em while there down, smash em up and attack their families and acquaintances on their behalf.
In fact what they want is what the Coalition has been dishing up for the last three years.
Is it time, time for the Labor party to become as nasty as possible.
It should focus on Abbott, obviously: there's his ears, the weird way he walks, his ill-fitting suits, his inability to start a sentence without saying "ah", and anything else they can think of.
Clothes, yes what about his clothes there must be a good line or two there and his hair, yes his hair, well all these things worked when it was a woman, didn't it?
They should try to use as many hilarious catchphrases as possible: for example "the LIEberal party", "the leader of the STROPposition", "Christopher WHINE", "LNP must stand for Little Nerdy Pussies". That sort of thing.
Suggestions and rumours can also be useful:
  •  Labor could spread a few rumours about what Julie Bishop puts in her hair to make it stay that way.
  • Feed doubt in voters' minds as to whether she with the venomous eyes is the sort of person to be deputy leader, think of the damage if she gave a visiting dignitary that look.
  • The most important thing is to keep it simple. People don't like governments that go on and on about "doing things". It confuses them.
  • Australians only want one thing and one thing only from its government and that is to hear about why the other guys are terrible.
  •  It's up to Labor to get down in the mud like the Coalition.
Would we really want the government to lower themselves to the same level of malevolence, no I don't think so, all they have to do is sell their ideas for the future, and that's now up to Kevin.
That's the one thing they have not been able to do, maybe Kevin Rudd can do it. Julia just couldn't do it, they were just not listening.

24 Jun 2013

Q&A.....Tony Abbott is missing in action or he hasn't got the bottle


WHY IS IT?
1,043 days since Tony Abbott has appeared on the ABC's Q&A.
 He last attended on 16 August 2010, a week before the election.
Abbott is, of course, not obligated to appear on the show; he is a free citizen and can opt not to be sat down in front of Australian voters and answer their questions. But he did say “I am trying to be as open and as accessible to the Australian people as I possibly can be and I suggest the prime minister should do the same.” So it happens, openness and accessibility can be measured – and I would rate a 1,043 day absence quite poor in terms of accessibility (since the last election, Julia Gillard has made four appearances). 
His absence is not for the lack of ABC initiative, either. A Freedom of Information request has revealed that between Abbott’s last appearance and this February, 26 emails requesting his attendance were exchanged between the ABC and Abbott’s office.
It's obvious that he isn't game, he doesn't mind door stops because he knows that he won't be asked hard questions.
When it comes to taking it on the chin he bottles it, I wonder as PM, what he will do, continue to bluff it through or suddenly show some gumption.
He once did some boxing, I wonder did he always choose the weakest  opponent.
Abbott’s Q&A absence could be part of a conscious election strategy to avoid both the articulation of his policies and scrutiny, thus avoiding being burnt by an audience’s piercing questions.
Being held into account for an hour is not fun when you’re trying to take the Lodge by stealthy silence. 
DON'T OPEN UNTIL AFTER ELECTION

23 Jun 2013

Abbott says, you better believe it? Really...Once upon a time there was a fairy at the bottom of the garden????


Yes it's the last week of Parliament before the election, and things are getting weirder!
For a start, Tony Abbott has quite suddenly gone all loving and caring on us.
At the end of Question Time, he jumped up and launched into a big speech about the need for niceness in public debate.
Yep this is the same he, Tony Abbott.  He spoke of the need to unify the country, what rubbish, his party has spent the last few years trying to split the country.
He lamented the fact that there was “too much venom” in the Parliament and in the wider political sphere. About Australia’s need for a leader who would heal the divisions, if they had come from someone else we might believe it. Pushing it a bit Tony, come on!
This is Tony Abbott here not some angel, the fierce warrior of student politics, with his violent outbursts. The health minister who insulted the integrity of a man dying of asbestos-related illness. The most unremittingly negative and obstructive Opposition leader in our collective memory.
His appeal for niceness should be set against his personal behaviour and against the behaviour of those he leads, his leadership has turned the behaviour of parliament into a joke.
He, Tony  Abbott is the anointed leader of the nasty party, the titular head of the nastiest examples of disrespect that has ever been shown to our parliament.

13 Jun 2013

FORGET GENDER. WHAT RUBBISH! THE OPPOSITION AND PRESS LOVE IT. THE DIRTIER IT GETS THE MORE THEY LIKE IT!

Forget Gender says the media?

This past three years has seen the media in a frenzy to print every gender oriented cartoon or criminal innuendo about Julia Gillard.
Have they ever commented in the press about the fact that the coverage of this PM has been right over the top, no!
That it has been gender driven, the words of abuse have either suggested criminality or almost always had a gender slant.

Have we ever seen the same amount diatribe written about a male PM, no!
In the last 50 years I have never seen behaviour like this carry on for so long, it's an embarrassment, my friends overseas read about politics in Australia and can't believe parliamentarians carry on like our lot.
We have seen our parliament descend into such a farce, a giant farce!

The behaviour of the government, press and the opposition has lowered the standard of the parliament to such a degree that people are beginning to hate parliament it's self.
Even their local members are being treated like a joke.

No wonder women are sick to death of it, it's no wonder they dislike Abbott, its not just about what he says or what the opposition says in parliament, its about Abbot allowing or encouraging his colleagues to behave this way.

Guess what we hear from the press, nothing about behaviour, oh no, the comments we hear tell us this is clever politics by Tony Abbott. So what does Tony do, he carries on, why because he's encouraged by the press.

Where have our standards of behaviour gone.
Not to mention the policy desert, the hard questioning, all that has gone missing!

The amount of disrespect shown for the office of the PM is unbelievable. Mind you I'll lay odds that a male PM will not get the same treatment.

This is not about Gillard it's about the position of PM, all right she may of come to power in unusual circumstances.
This is a good enough reason to lower the standards of our parliament, to turn it into a joke, to make a group of kindergarten children look like grown-ups in comparison.

AUSTRALIANS ARE GETTING SICK OF IT, DON'T BE SURPRISED IF AT THE NEXT ELECTION WE HAVE THE UNTHINKABLE.
  MORE INDEPENDENTS
WHY BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T CAUGHT THE DISEASE
(LIKE THEM OR NOT)
THEY ARE ACTUALLY DOING WHAT THEY WERE ELECTED TO DO
WHAT THEY ARE PAID TO FOR.
Can we really say that about the rest of our so called representatives.

AUSTRALIA UNDER ABBOTT. What it might look like

Article by Peter Martin
Edited by S.W.T.Read.

AUSTRALIA UNDER ABBOTT
TAKE A LOOK AT THE FUTURE!


This is what Tony Abbott's Audit commission would look at:

One of its simplest suggestions will be to stop increasing the pension. It is traditionally raised twice a year by either enough to keep it at the male earnings benchmark or by the increase in consumer prices, whichever is the greatest.

The commission would suggest instead of automatically adjusting it, a review should be undertaken only from time to time, they would then have to consider ''all relevant circumstances, including budget pressures''.Pensioners should be shaking in their boots.

Another area were they would suggest savings is that some Commonwealth operations would be surrendered to the states.

Health and aged care should be shifted. The states run the hospitals and their governments know the most about the quality of their aged care services.The states were so bad in aged care the Commonwealth had to set new guidelines.

Before surrendering aged care to the states the Commonwealth would de-fund the institutions, fund the users instead and jack up the users' own (means-tested) contribution.
If the aged got a raw deal they could blame the states.

Medicare and the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, should be more stingy, requiring all but the poorest to pay more to see the doctor and to pay more for prescriptions.

Responsibility for education would go to the states, along with childcare.Setting national standards would be scrapped in favour of a mish mash of state standards.

The exception would be tertiary education where the Commonwealth would be notionally in charge, but would be hands-off, funding the students rather than the institutions.

It would hand out a limited number of scholarships to year 12 students each year ''redeemable at any accredited institution''.

The staff savings in the departments of health, education and environment (which would also go to the states) would be enormous. Having national targets and guidelines for the environment and health would be a thing of the past, the rules will be different from state to state.
This would be step back in time for developers!

Targeted departments would be required to cut their running costs by at least 20 per cent over three years.

All other departments (including the usually exempt defence department) would be required to cut their costs by 10 per cent.

The states would need more money. Tony's Audit commission will not say much about where they would get it from but we can guess, The states have the GST. He will put them in a position where they will have to raise it , they will have no choice.

Would Tony Abbott welcome such a radical set of prescriptions, yes, it is too tempting. Such drastic actions are completely in line with his liberal ideology.

He has already specifically charged the proposed Audit commission with examining questions such as ''whether the federal health department really needs the number of staff they have.

He knows what the Audit commission will examine and he must know what it is likely to recommend. He is preparing to consider bold options.

By the way around the traps he's been wondering why we should have a public broadcaster in this country when we have such a well balanced media. Well balanced, Tony,Tony, Tony what country do you live in mate?
As for Medibank Private, well it makes money, everyone knows governments aren't supposed be in the business of making money, so my bet is it will be on the to sell list.


LOOK BACK AT THE FUTURE
2013 Liberal Party Policy Machine
Thank god, it's only the blue handle that's broken!

8 Jun 2013

YES KEVIN RUDD IS THE COME BACK KID! CAN HE SAVE THEM, will he save them?

Stephen W T Read predicted this on 8 June
Barrie Cassidy on insiders a week ago
AND HE ROSE AGAIN AND LED THEM TO THE PROMISED LAND

Kevni Rudd

Is it possible, after all the punishment heaped on him from the press and his colleagues that this guy could save the party from annihilation.

Politics is a strange animal that can always be relied upon to do the unexpected.
This guy is still very popular with voters, a lot more popular than Abbott, would that, in its self be enough, we may never know.(I'm looking forward to seeing that!)

People still believe he got a raw deal and feel cheated of a PM they voted for, they also believe that Abbott is no match for him as far as leadership of the country is concerned.
Rudd has shown he has what it takes to show leadership on the world stage.

Tony Abbott is an unknown quantity and many people have doubts about his ability to represent Australia on the international stage, they doubt he is able play the world game of diplomacy.
He may be very good at mud slinging, does that make a good PM, I doubt it very much.
Stay tuned to this location for the next exciting episode in parliament, the last day today.

Can parliament dish up another surprise for us in the dying moments of the last sitting day, I wonder, or will it be just the closing number of Julia's farewell.
POLITICS, I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
Tony Abbott's promise to introduce a no confidence motion in this session of parliament is evaporating.
THING WERE GOING SO WELL
REALLY HE'S BACK YOU SAY?
 IS THIS A JOKE? OR JUST A BAD DREAM?

4 Jun 2013

Telstra bowled a no ball, one foot over the line, then a double fault ASBESTOS!

WE  KNEW ABOUT ASBESTOS BUT..............................
Telstra has been well paid for this problem of their own making, they have known about this for years and if they cared for their own employees and the public they would have fixed it well before the advent of the NBN. This has got nothing to do with the government, this is all about Telstra's attitude to work safety, they knew the state of their system, it was up to them to fix it.
11 billion was paid to them to use their infrastructure, an infrastructure that is dirty.
50 million to do a clean up, its just a drop in the bucket!

If it smells like a fish its a fish

3 Jun 2013

TELSTRA KNEW OF ASBESTOS FOR YEARS AND DID NOTHING!


NBN NOT TO BLAME FOR ASBESTOS!
One of Australia’s leading asbestos lawyers believes Telstra faces a massive unquantifiable liability from the removal of ageing asbestos lining from hundreds of thousands of telecommunications pits and pipes.

Turner Freeman managing partner Armando Gardiman said Telstra had been long aware of its potential exposure to liability for asbestos-related claims arising from the pits, as it had been paying out former lines workers who contracted the deadly mesothelioma disease since the mid-1980s.


Mr Gardiman said many Telstra pits made by James Hardie and CSR subsidiary Wunderlich contained all three forms of asbestos – including the most deadly blue type from Wittenoom.

‘HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PITS IN PLACE’

“For nearly three decades, the Postmaster General, and then later Telecom, used asbestos cement pits and asbestos cement pipes in order to run telephone wires and connect domestic users all over the country,” Mr Gardiman said.
“There must be hundreds of thousands of pits in place and tens of thousands of kilometres of conduit in the ground. Unless it is handled within the code of practice [for handling hazardous material] every employee or contractor will have a risk of contracting diseases that won’t manifest for 20 or 40 years.”
The asbestos that had been used was now old and would crumble easily, he added.
“If the contractors are disturbing material by removing existing pipes or pits and leaving it lying around, they are exposing community members to risk, particularly kids.
“If the facts as being presented now are as bad as alleged, then Telstra conceivably faces community claims for the first time in its history, and given they own the pits and the pipes, then conceivably it’s their liability.”
THE COALITION BLAMING THE NBN--- THIS IS RUBBISH!
They,that is TELSTRA sold the idea of NBN using their infrastructure and were handsomely paid for its use , did they tell the NBN about the asbestos, I doubt it?
Should they have replaced these pits years ago, yes, long before NBN was even thought of, yes!
Something smells at TELSTRA why haven't they fixed this problem  

2 Jun 2013

Believe what I say if its written down, SOMETIMES.


DID I SIGN THAT, OH WELL IT IS MY SIGNATURE
I SUPPOSE.
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DID I MEAN IT, WELL JUST BECAUSE I SIGNED DOESN'T MEAN I MEAN IT YOU KNOW.

TONY, TONY, TONY, YOU CAN'T BE PM IF WHAT YOU SIGN CAN'T BE BELIEVED BUDDY.

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