If Labor is going to jump up and down about the Government doing something that is legally questionable then maybe Labor ought to make sure they are not guilty of the same offence.
The “No comment on Operational Matters ” mantra is bullshit pure and simple and Labor was right to call the government on it, but to then rely on that self same thing as your defence can only be described as a move so monumentally stupid as to possibly qualify Labor for special funding under the mental disabilities act.
Tilt away Mr Abbott
So we have a Prime Minister who proudly boast about killing investment in the renewable energy sector ( he even spelled it out which shows he knows Alan Jones’s audience ). It beggars belief that we have a Prime Minister who is proud of killing off investment in one of the fastest growing and most lucrative sectors in the world, in Australia this sector is estimated to generate 20 Billion in investments in the next 5 years as well as an estimate 20-30 thousand jobs and Tony Abbott is boasting about how his government will kill that off. He then went on to pile ideologically based lies on top of each other
Yet again Joe Hockey keeps referring to figures, even after has been told that they are incorrect, first was his claim that his high income electorate was one of the highest bulk billing electorates in Australia (it is in fact the fifth lowest in Australia.). Now he keeps referring to figures about how Australia had the highest increases in forecast real expenditure growth between 2012 and 2018 even though they this claim has been shown to be incorrect by the Parliamentary Library . In both cases Joe Hockey just kept repeat his comments, in the real world we call this lying.
The Refugee Council of Australia was told last Friday by the Department of Immigration that its core funding of $140,000 a year would be cut just two weeks after it was allocated in this year’s budget. Obviously they did not bow down and prostrate themselves in thanks after the budget, so Morrison chucks a tanty and pulls funding. This is very similar to when the Howard Government announced that Charities would only receive government funding if they agreed not to criticise the government, this is the sort of hubris that got the Howard government a holiday on the opposition side of the house, maybe Tony, Scott and Chris are pining for their old seats.
While nobody can argue that Labors home insulation scheme was anything but a tragic debacle I think that spending $19 million to tell us something we already know is a dubious allocation of funds, from the governments apparently rapidly dwindling coffers. The Pink Batts commission is a political point scoring exercise so that the Abbott Govt can beat Labor over the head with the bloody stump of its election loss, all the while pointing out what terrible people they are. It is the political equivalent of kicking a man while he is down, though to be fair that is pretty much par for the course in politics these day.
Where it goes from “dubious value” to outright wrong is when they take funding from Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, to pay for up to a 3rd of the cost of the ‘Pink Batts’ commission. Of course this is no real surprise, as for the longest time Abbott fought to deflect any criticism of the catholic church and heaped praise on the likes of Cardinal Pell , so to see the government remove funding from something that might criticise of his beloved church, sadly the use of the funding to score political points is less of a shock and more of the same old same old.
Job well done to the Abbott Government, their NBN plan is the equivalent of a two tin cans and a piece of string and is over budget and the rollout is way behind. Now thanks to Abbott and Co’s wonderful vision of returning to 1950’s Australia the CSIRO is having to close a lot of sites and stop a lot of research, small unimportant things like irrigation research, geothermal energy research and of course all that silly climate change and modelling research. Guess they didn’t get Uncle Tony’s memo about science being silly and that we should maybe just spend more time preying or something.
But hey, we don’t need to be on the cutting edge of Bioscience and nanoscience research, we can leave that stuff to the grown up countries, especially as we can just keep mining stuff to sell, that will last forever won’t it ????
I was recently sent an email (at bottom of article) detailing how the year 1896 was hot and how this throws doubt on climate change. I decided to take some time to respond
There is a lot of talk at the moment about the Unions influence on Labor and I actually agree with most of it, Labor needs to distance itself from the unions, but while people like Bill Shorten are in charge this is highly unlikely. What you don’t see much press about though is the amount of influence business has on the LNP, a current case of this is the healthy foods website.
So are you a single parent or a step parent, well then according to Mr Abbotts former good buddy Cory Bernardi your family is inferior to his “Gold Standard Traditional Family”. We should all be focusing on and praising traditional families, none of this adoption or step parent nonsense; also IVF is bad and right up there with human cloning (I think he is a bit confused on what each of these is ) and adoptive parents fail the ‘Gold Standard’ test so they join the rest of the great unwashed as inferior.
Yes it is 2014 and yes I am commenting on politics already , this article below highlights one of the many things that worry me about the Abbot Government. They are running on the fumes of the past, making the assumption that they can repeat the successes of previous LNP govt’s without actually making any effort to look at what will need to be done or even if it can be done. During the election all we heard was “Stop the Boats” and “Scrap the Carbon/Mining Tax” with little or no real policy and now that they are in government it seems that they are running with a ‘She’ll be right mate attitude’ , a hodge podge of broken promises and contradictory policy. But hey at least they can keep blaming Labor, I mean the Newman Government is still doing it, so guess Abbott and Co. will do it for at least the next 3 years.