The report saying intrusions into Indonesian waters by our Navy was because of navy personnel not calculating correctly is the most ridiculous heap of garbage that this government has expected the Australian public to swallow. Is our navy so backward that they still use sextants? Do they not have GPS and Radar? Short of a complete systems failure it is impossible for an inadvertently enter Indonesian waters. Maybe if it was once I might allowed that there was a slim chance, but six times? Total rubbish.
Morrison is saying that the ships went to sea without any knowledge of where the Indonesian territorial waters begin. I am watching Morrison talking on the ABC as I write and he is has a straight face as he tries to feed us this bullshit.
What is particularly galling for me is that the Navy is unable to tell us what really happened. What Morrison is saying on the ABC is an insult to our Navy. When they crossed into Indonesian waters it could have only been because they were told too, but now they are to remain silent while their professional reputations are trashed.
This person Morrison would be a joke if he were not doing so much damage to Australia at home and overseas.
There is a myth being perpetrated by the Abbott government that the Australian labour force is expensive and incompetent. This is a slur on Australia and a lie to cover Abbott’s twisted economic policy to give multinational companies the cheapest possible cost so they can screw Australian Workers.
The major problem with Australian labour costs is dumping. Dumping is when a company produces at the level that gives the lowest cost and maximises prices. When the lowest cost gives production units that is higher than the level needed to maximise profit the extra units are ‘dumped’ at cost on any country that has low levels of protection. When Abbott says Australia is open to business he means that Australia is open to anyone who wants to dump their excess production and in the process distort the relative costs of Australian labour. The cost of imported goods in Australia in many cases bears no relationship of the actual costs of production. This makes it impossible for say the Australian car industry compete with imported vehicles that are selling at thousands of dollars below their true price.
Protectionism is a dirty word according to Abbott and his economic minnows. Having tariffs that raise the cost of imported goods to the level of their true value is not protectionism; it is creating a level playing field. A system of tariffs that protects against dumping but goes not create not inhibit true competition would be flexible across industries and flexible over time would require a sensitive touch that is difficult to achieve, but the benefits would be a true indication of the cost of Australian labour and I would be surprised if we were to be found to be non-competitive.
There is another aspect to the argument. If Australia is to be competitive in a modern world Australians will need to get used to the idea that they will pay the true price of imported goods. Australians cannot have it both ways. We either have a vibrant economy or cheap imports. We cannot have both.
Malcolm Turnbull’s performance on Q and A last night highlighted that the Abbott government has no idea what it is doing. His only answer to widespread job losses was to repeat over and over that it was part of some sort of transformation.
In a transformation there is a movement from one pace to another. We know where we are moving from, a strong economy with a triple A+ credit rating and increasing social justice, but where are we going too?
Please Mr. Abbott, Turnbull, Hockey, Morrison, Payne and the rest, can you tell us about the glorious new vision that awaits us? Where is this glorious new land? I know what we are leaving behind but where are you taking us? What can you promise the Ford, Holden, Toyota and SPC workers you have liberated from the drudgery of daily work? All I can see in front of Australia is a big black hole that is sucking us in and our only hope is the promise that we will somehow be spat out the other side into a parallel universe where everything is perfect.
Mr Turnbull did give us one slight glimpse of the future. It would somehow run on superior technology and information. Didn’t sound convincing to me. How can Turnbull talk of this technological wonderland in front of us when he is in the process of completely stuffing up the NBN? I was left with the sinking feeling that Turnbull, in spite of his reputation of having a brain as big as a universe, does not have the slightest idea what he is doing. Does the Abbott government have any understanding of where we are, where we or going or how we will get there? Sounds like a train wreck in the process of happening to me.
The old truism that the press can never underestimate the intelligence of the public does not seem to be true. We have reached a stage where as the quality of MSM descends ever more into the gutter readership also drops. This drop in readership is not as a result competition from the Internet but from the increasing lowering of the ‘reporting’ and the lack of integrity of MSM to a stage where there is virtually nothing in MSM that can be classified as news.
Descending to the bottom of the gene pool for readership inevitably alienates those with an education level past year nine (and dropping). Whilst simple slogans and words of no more than two syllables are all the targeted readers can manage it is hardly likely that this format will appeal to a wide audience. If Mr Murdoch wishes treat readers as imbeciles why is he surprised his readership base is decreasing?
Print media is not under attack from the Internet because if there is quality in both the two mediums are complementary. The attack on print media comes from the policies of the people running it. If the quality returns to print media so will the readership.
Joe Hockey’s performance at the Lowery Institute on Thursday had me, as a confirmed part time atheist praying ‘please god don’t let this buffoon represent Australia at the G20 meeting.’ It is inconceivable to me that a person such as this could represent himself having any knowledge of economics, let alone represent Australia at a G20 meeting. He would definitely make a better stand-up comedian than treasurer, and the G20 delegates must surely laugh him out of the room. His performance as a comedian was even better than that of Abbott at Davos, and that was a tough act to follow.
Amongst his routine was a gem about how Australia had shown the world how to navigate the Global Financial Crisis but now was the time to recover from the excesses of the previous government. I am certain that the irony of Hockey claiming responsibility for successfully navigating the GFC will not be lost on the G20 delegates. The centrepiece of the Hockey comedy show was how Australia would guide and lead the world out of the current global economic crisis.
You can find a sound recording of Hockey’s act at http://bit.ly/1c8xX54 If you want a really good laugh it is worth listening to, but it is a pity it is not on video because it was wondrous to see how a true professional can keep a straight face whilst delivering the most ridiculous material.
Allegations of corruption in the building industry have been used by Barry O’Farrell to push for the reestablishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission. Corruption is not a political issue it is simply unacceptable. For this reason any watchdog legislation needs to be removed from the political arena.
Trade unions are also not legitimate political entities. They are about safety and fairness in the workplace. There is nothing inherently political in that. Any person in the workplace, no matter what their political affiliations need the right to join organizations that look after their interests within the workplace.
We have unfortunately reached a position where everything is now political. Trade unions are political so they cannot do what they are supposed to do, promote safety and fairness for their members. Global warming has become a political issue so we are paralysed by conflict while our planet burns. Refugees is a political issue so instead of providing help and assistances to the most vulnerable of our world’s peoples we throw them into concentrations camps for indeterminate periods and treat them in the most disgusting manner.
Politics has ceased to be about what is best for the country. The “Honourable Members’ who are to supposed represent their electorate use their position in a grubby, slimy and totally unhonourable fight for power. Once they have power self interest becomes the only guiding principle.
Democracy demands that we understand what is political and what is not. Some issues are simply about humanity. Democracy also demands constant maintenance. Our democracy is overdue for a major service but that is not going to happen unless we demand it.
As far as I can understand refugees attempting to enter Australia are interned in concentration camps in remote places with no form of processing taking place. Abbott keeps the illusion of stopping the boats by leaving refugees to rot out of sight.
Australia is hemorrhages money keeping untold and increasing numbers of nameless refugees in appalling conditions with no hope of a future. It is a feature of Abbott that he made all sorts of promises appealing to the bottom dwellers of Australian society to get elected but now cannot fulfill those promises. Abbott’s illusions are sending Australia broke.
Even if we ignore the appalling, inhuman treatment of refugees by Australia the present system is enormously expensive. How much of the budgetary problems the Abbott government is being caused by the desire of Abbott to treat refugees as poorly as possible? This impacts negatively on the Australians who need income support who Abbott has targeted to pay for his inhumanity. Australia cannot afford Abbott’s addiction to cruelty.
I hope that claimed abuses by Australian Navy personnel of refugees attempting to enter Australia are groundless. They probably are groundless, but what Morrison/Abbott and the rest fail to understand is that if what is happening to refugees is kept secret these types of claims will happen over and over. Secrecy is always the breading ground of conspiracy theories and false claims.
The sort of claims the Abbott government is now fending off is a natural result of the Abbott government’s failure to communicate. The Abbott government does not seem to get that MSM is no longer the only way people get information and information can no-longer be controlled. If some of that information is incorrect/misinformed and plain fiction keeping the truth secret only gives misinformation traction. It is a natural progression that if Morrison/Abbott do not tell us what is happening they must be lying bastards. Considering the information given, or rather not given this is the most believable option available.
The attacks by this government on the weak and disadvantaged reach a new level with the euphemism ensuring welfare is “simple fair and affordable.” This cynical approach ignores real issues. This government is rapidly ‘liberating’ people from the grinding oppression of having a job. As altruistic as this aim is it ignores the problem of paying the rent or mortgage, or the need to feed and cloth a family. Another major problem is the affordability of housing.
There is the relativity new problem of the working poor. There is now an army of people who have jobs but at such low rates of pay that many cannot afford housing. Sleeping in their car, going to the caravan park for a shower and then driving to work has become a way of live for many in this rich country of ours.
You already know of these problems. How do we fix them? The easy option is to simple abandon large sections of our community and let them fend for themselves as best they can. The bureaucratic answer is call problem A problem B and Problem A no longer exists. Re-label unemployed people, no matter how the became unemployed as ‘dole-bludgers’ and they can be screwed without mercy by an uncaring government because they are now less that human. A major cause of homelessness is mental illness. Why not re-open lunatic asylums and throw the homeless into them? We already have concentration camps why not lunatic asylum for anyone Abbot finds embarrassing.
The other way is to create a sustainable society that realises that the way to cut unemployment payouts is to reduce unemployment even if that does mean occasional industry assistance. Abundant affordable housing is the way to give people shelter.
But that is never going to happen with the Abbott Government in Canberra. Number one priority in restoring the health of Australia as a compassionate and viable country is to bury the Abbott government as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Australia made a big mistake last September, but a mistake does not have to be forever. Is this vicious uncaring marginally human government really what we voted for? Real liberals, as well as labour supports must be asking that question by now.
Tony Abbott has introduced an overseas aid policy that will allow Indonesian fisherman to update their battered and leaking boats. The scheme is simple. The Australian Navy waits on the edge of our territorial waters with a supply of new boats. All the Indonesian fishermen have to do to collect their new boat is to sail to where the boats are waiting and the Navy exchanges new for old.
When the exchange has been completed there is a short ceremony that finishes with a ten gun military salute using live ammunition and the Indonesian fishermen sail back to Indonesia as fast as they can.
The Indonesian Government is reported to be so surprised by the generosity of the Australian government that it has been struck silent, but inside sources say a letter of thanks is being formulated as I write. A first draft became water damaged whilst being smuggled out by a fishermen coming to collect his new boat. So far the bits that can be translated read.
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The remainder is undecipherable but we understand the Indonesian Government is highly animated and are still performing an ancient ritual dance not seen since the Japanese made a surprise visit from the north.
In a surprising act of modesty the Australian Government has not chosen to publicise this generous and noble policy.