A Dangerous time for Labour

Bill Shorten has had a dream run. He and Labour have done an excellent job at doing nothing and letting Abbott self-destruct. In this role Shorten has proved himself to be an expert, but whether this is by design to take maximum advantage of Abbott’s death wish or natural talent coming to the fore is, at this stage, unknown.

After Tuesday, no matter what the outcome of the LNP (maybe) leadership spill Bill Shorten and the Labour party will have to start doing things. Things like developing policies that work and the people of Australia want. After a year and a bit of semi-silence from Labour the Australian people will want to know what the alternative to extreme right politics is.

Abbott needs to be Labour’s example of what not to do. I hope and expect that the Australian people have gone past voting for the junkyard dog because of it’s ability to destroy a government. Abbott may have shown that he can smash and destroy, and gain power through lies and half-truths but the junkyard dog was never going to convert to a warm fuzzy family friendly pet.

Labour needs to learn the lesson from this and understand that there is politics, and there is good government, but the two do not mix. Rudd and Abbott were both politically vicious and ruthless but never had what it took to govern for the people. The time is here for Labour to stop the politics and construct future policies for this country in unison with the people and for the people.

Good governance is not coming up with smart ideas and telling the people that is what must be done. Good governance is about listening to the people who elected them, (and those that didn’t), and finding the path that leads to fulfilling the peoples wants and needs in a sustainable manner. These wants and needs are not confined to self interest and personal gain but also who we want to be as a nation. Gross National Product is a very poor indicator of the health of a nation.

There are many people in Australia who deplore the Australian concentration camps at Manus Island and other places. No healthy country incarcerates a minority people without any charges being laid and leave them with no legal or human rights, or any hope of freedom. Presenting the slow murder of the soul as being the only alternative to dying at sea is a political expediency of the most vicious and cynical kind. There may be those who object to the term Concentration Camp but that is what Manus Island and the other ‘Offshore Processing Facilities’ are. Bill Shorten, please have the backbone to say out loud that Rudd led Labour along a path to hell when he reintroduced Howard’s inhumane policies. Bill Shorten, Rudd made a mistake and you need to fix it.

Rudd also totally messed up over climate change. Abbott’s ‘colourless odourless gas’ is destroying our habitat. One lesson that the human race is that when a species habitat is destroyed the species dies. We have caused the extinction of many species by destroying their habitat and the least we should have learned is that not combating global warming could have dire consequences for our future existence. There are those that seem to think that the human race, and Australians in particular have a divine presence that is not subject to nature, but they are mistaken. Australia as a land mass that is extremely vulnerable to climate change and we as a people may have to make radical changes to our life style and expectation for our future if we do not start making massive changes now to our attitude about climate change. It is probably too late to avoid the results of climate change but whether this means a bit of fender bending or being dead on arrival depends entirely on our nation being willing and able to act now to avoid the worst of outcomes.

If Labour does not address the real issues of past decisions and change the direction of many of its past policies someone like Malcolm Turnball or Julie Bishop will tear them apart at the next election. They might get lucky and have Scott Morrison continue the downward spiral of the far right into oblivion started but Abbott but it would be a mistake to rely on dumb luck to get Labour through the next eighteen months.

It is time for Labour to stop playing politics, admit past errors and develop clear and inclusive policies for the future well being of both the individual and the country. The big question is ‘are Bill Shorten and the Labour Party up to it?’

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Clive Palmer the Key to Australia’s future

It is a strange that the maintenance of democracy in Australia should come down to the vote of the Palmer United party.

I would like to see the end of the Abbott experiment but failing that there are two issues I am passionate about, Global Warming and the Australia’s cruelty to refugees. On both these issues Clive Palmer is in a unique position to force changes in the Abbott position. Human induced global warming is no longer a scientific debate. It is a fact and it has arrived. The scientific debate is now what can we do to minimise the effects.

If Palmer is going to stand for his election promise of ‘more love and integrity’ promised repeated continuously in the WA senate election re-run he has to take a long look at his attitude to refugees. This is an issue where humanity must prevail.

I will be lobbying Palmer to take a long look at the issues of global warming and refugees and I ask anyone, from any political persuasion, who has concerns about global warming and the treatment of refugees to do the same. It might just be enough to change the future of Australia.

Is Abbott now going to target disaster Victims?

How sick is it to target bush fire, flood and other victims of natural disasters via the productivity commission? The productivity commission has become Abbott’s hit squad.

There are many things where the commercial concept of productivity does not apply. If compassion and empathy count for nothing no disaster aid is productive.

Just when I think it is impossible for Abbott to go any lower he finds away. We have stuck refugees away out of site in concentration camps in foreign lands. We have ‘liberated’ Holden workers from the yoke of the nasty General Motors multinational. We have condemned to Australians to being uneducated Hill Billys living an internet backwater. And now Abbott not only wants to repeal the little we are doing to combat the environmental disaster called climate change but also wants to deny humanitarian help to potential victims.

This man is sick.

Not all Neo Nazis’ gangs roam the streets of Europe.

Many are thugs roaming our boardrooms, and the club where these thugs hang out is called the Institute of Public Affairs. It is also the instrument Murdoch uses to give make his Nazis policies public whilst staying out of view.

The system is simple and effective. Decide on what Nazis policy is to be released next. Murdoch has the IPA put out a press release supposedly based on research. Murdoch then runs the press release in his rags as ‘news.’ The Title Institute of Public Affaires sound official and so Abbott can claim that by introducing such policies he is responding to public opinion and a large sector of the Australian Public believe him.

The IPA anniversary dinner April 4, 2013 (from which the ABC was excluded) gave an illuminating insight to the IPA hierarchy. Top of the tree was Murdoch. Then there were the lesser lights like Abbott, Rinehart and Pell, all of whom paid grovelling homage to the Great God Murdoch.

At the beginning of my blogging life I had few followers and now the numbers have increased I sometimes repeat my early blogs. This is one from April this year about the IPA dinner.

“Abbott compares Murdoch with God (or Snake) in the Garden of Eden (I think).

I say ‘I think’ because it is impossible for me determine exactly what Abbot was saying when he was fawning before the great God Murdoch at the seventieth anniversary IPA dinner.

Almost at the beginning of his speech about says:

In the Garden of Eden that Adam and Eve could do almost as the pleased but freedom turned out to have limits and it’s abuses, as this story makes only too clear. Yet without freedom we can hardly be human; hardly be worthy of creation in the image of God.

Tony Abbott April 4, 2013.

This is very confusing to me. Is he saying Eve supposedly defying God was good because it gave the Human race freedom (a common religious argument) or that God has rules that must be obeyed?

It is hardly surprising that Abbott does not know if Murdoch is God or the Devil. Murdoch ultimately has copyright over what the Fundamentalists claim is the word of the God, the New International Version of the Bible and he is the publisher of the Satanic Bible, written by the ‘Black Pope’ Anton Szandor La Vey. He is also a Catholic Knight Commander of St Gregory. No wonder Abbott is confused about Murdoch’s place in the Godship hierarchy.

Possibly Murdoch doesn’t give a shit as long as it is profitable.

There is a paragraph were he congratulates Jack Roskam for his defence of Western Civilization. I and completely confused by it, particularly the bit about the new version of the Great Australian silence. Exactly what Western Civilization did Jack Roskam defend and who is he anyway.

According to Abbott Roskam had a staff of 20 and Jesus had a staff of 12. I have no idea what that was about.

There is an enlightened section where Abbott says Murdoch has sometimes changed his political alliance but never his fundamental principles. At last Abbott has told the truth about something.

And he did spell out the Coalitions policies.

Repeal the carbon pricing legislation (he called it a carbon tax).

Abolish the Department of Climate Change.

Abolish the Clean Energy Fund.

Repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Repeal the mining Tax.

Privatise Medibank Private.

When he compared Murdoch with saving Paris in the Great War and Lord Florey, the co-inventor of penicillin I had this strange idea. Maybe Abbott is really as thick as he appears in public. Maybe it is not just an act to appeal to the bottom feeders of the Australian gene pool.

I had a lot more about the madness that is the IPA but instead please read the speech yourself from Abbott’s official website http://bit.ly/16uLdxF It gives valuable insights into the man who would be (and now is) Prime Minister of Australia.”

Yosef Albric. WordPress http://bit.ly/1ft0o0t

Since April the madness of the IPA has expanded to such policies of scrapping the Human Rights Commission. Not really madness because such a commission cannot exist in a Nazis country. To look at the IPA document on HRC go to http://bit.ly/1fzUKKJ and see just how far down the path to totalitarian government Australia has come.

Will Polls change Labour tactics on WA senate vote?

The senate vote recount in WA was a complete debacle and Labour are trying to have the original vote reinstated. One week ago that would have seemed to be the best option, but now the polls indicate that a new Senate election in WA might just be enough to bring down the Abbott Government if Abbott sticks to his threats of a new Federal election if the senate refuses to pass legislation removing carbon pricing.

It is a long shot but with the dissatisfaction of Abbott coming from all sectors of the community Labour might just get into a position in the Senate to force Abbott to put up or shut up.

A new Senate election in WA may look like a local event on the surface but it will have significant national outcomes. It could be the difference between carbon pricing or no carbon pricing and another nine months of Abbott or another three years of Abbott. What is needed is to make the push for a new Senate election in WA a national event and to counter moves by MSN to bury the issue. When WA votes for their Senate representatives WA will be voting for the whole of Australia and making your voice heard, no matter where you live in Australia will make a difference.

My dog is not pissed off with Abbott.

And I don’t think the cat gives a fig either. Apart from those two rather self-absorbed individuals I cannot think of any one else Abbott has not pissed off. Definitely the State Education Ministers who believed that Abbott would keep his promises over education are pissed off big time.

I doubt that Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono still has Abbott on his Christmas card list. That is off course if he ever had one. Sourcing live cattle form places other than Australia where possible is Indonesia’s strongest response so far. That will definitely piss off the Country Party and Bob Catter.

Today, all over the country partitions were delivered to Liberal MP’s demanding that Abbott does not interfere with the NBN. The Nerds and Geeks are not happy, and nor am I.

There have been large demonstrations all over the country demanding action on climate change, and they look like becoming larger and more frequent. Even the GG got in on the political act (by the back door) with her support of gay rights on mental health grounds. If the GG gets in on the act it is to be hoped that Her Majesty is also not amused.

Then there are issues like Abbott condoning Torture and sending refugees back to Sri Lanka knowing torture is a real possibility. That has earned Abbott criticism from the world press (but not in Australia of course) I am now hearing ‘off shore processing’ called for what it is. Concentration camps filled with unknown, unnamed people, mostly fleeing tyranny only to run foul of the black heart of Abbott.

I am beginning to have a faint hope that I am going to have the enormous pleasure of watching the worst ever immigrant to arrive in Australia self-destruct in the most public fashion possible. Maybe there is a God.

Why Labour should oppose repealing of carbon pricing

Reply to Tim Dunlop

The Drum http://ab.co/156a2mD

The problem with democracy is that nobody knows what it is. It has not been defined and we need to set the rules of engagement. The idea that is majority rule is ridiculous because nobody can ever claim to be part of a majority. At the best we can be part of the biggest minority, and that is only if we take a very narrow view of minorities, using one determining factor only. A good starting point to determine what a democracy is would be the acceptance that minorities matter because we are all part of a minority. You say in your article “Most talk of a “Mandate” in Australian politics is pure nonsense.” This is true.

If democracy it is to be in any way representative of the vast number of minorities that make up Australia those minorities have information that is accurate. On this point, your argument that Labor (sic) must relent on its opposition to repealing the carbon tax fails because the Australian people have been denied factual information on global warming.

There can be no democracy without truth and on the question of the repealing of the carbon tax labour must oppose it at all costs, if for no other reason than the Abbott policies are based on misinforming the voting public.

Politicians, know your place.

There is an old Taoist saying that the along the lines that the better the government the less the people notice them. What does that say about Australia’s politicians?

The place of the politician is to legislate on what the people want, not on how it should be done. The first needs to be the will of the people, and the second, how it should be done, they have no idea.

An example of democracy working properly was the introduction of legislation to limit the pollution emitted from motor vehicles. In the 1972 Vehicle Emission Standards where introduced and progressively tightened since. (Department of Infrastructure).

The people through the parliament legislated that motor vehicle emissions would be subject to new standards and then the motor industry worked out how those standards could be met. That is democracy in action.

Neither side of the political divide in Australia has the slightest idea what to do about climate change. Nor should we expect them to. Solutions to technological problems need technological answers.

If we are to cut carbon emissions to acceptable levels the answers will come form scientists, engineers, architects and other technocrats working together. In order for technocrats to find solutions to the problem of climate change they need direction.

The way to give technocrats direction is to legislate standards. “By 2015 the maximum carbon emissions per gigawatt of power produced shall be …..”” By 2020 it shall be …… ” That is all the technocrats need to fix the problem. Given the standards that need to be met those with the expertise will find a way to meet them.

Politicians arguing about the price of carbon, or about planting more trees is totally pointless because I doubt if there is a single politician in the Australian Parliament who has the slightest understanding of the technological issues involved. Australian politicians are a bunch of Nero’s fiddling whilst the planet burns. Just pass the standards and let those who know what they are doing get on with it.

Another issue where the politicians need to step aside is the NBN. Malcolm Turnbull may have had a little to do with the internet when it was Web 1.0, a few simple text pages with no interactivity, but that was long ago. Now we have Web 2.0 with its social interaction and we are on the brink of Web 3.0.

3D printing linked to the Internet now makes it possible to download data from the other side of the world and ‘print’ (construct) the object locally. It may sound like science fiction but on-line shopping with the object we buy materialising in our homes without any physical delivery is now technically possible. What is technically possible now will be commonplace in a few years.

It will require a massive data transfer speeds for web 3.0 to work properly. Do any of our Pollies have the slightest idea how to deal with that one? Turnbull’s Web two and a half is not adequate to meet today’s needs and if the NBN is adequate when it is finished it will not be adequate for long. With the NBN it is a case of too much power is never enough.

What is need is for those who have the expertise to understand what is happening and make intelligent guesses about what form of internet we will need to be given the responsibility of telling our politicians what is really needed. If we mess this one up the results could be very expensive and potentially chaotic for Australia.

If the place of politicians in our live is examined we could well think that they are continually messing things up because they are constantly making insane statements and decisions about things they nothing about. They also prevent those who do know what they are doing getting on with it.

Our politicians know nothing about climate change. Our politicians know nothing about the Internet. They know very little about anything. But that does not prevent them from being good representatives of the people if they could remember what their position is supposed to be.

Politicians are not required to know the answers. Their job is to give direction, by way of legislation and according to the will of the people to those who do know what they are doing. Then it is the place of the politician to step aside and let it happen.

If politicians understood their place in a democracy and stop seeing politics as a stepping-stone to power we would all be much better off. We could also get things done.

Reference.

Vehicle Emissions Standards. Australian Government. Department of Infrastructure and Transport. .pdf file retrieved from https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/environment/emission/index.aspx

Abbott to create negative unemployment.

Speaking at the Australia-Israel Chamber of commerce Abbott again claimed that he would create a million jobs in two years and two million in ten years. I just don’t get it. Does this mean we have to work more than one job to fill the vacancies Abbott will create? Or do we have an unemployment rate of -2%? The only suggestion I have is that perhaps we need more boats.

 

He is going to create a one stop shop for environmental approvals. This is dangerous. We need checks and balances, even if it is more expensive. We cannot afford environmental mistakes on top of the looming environmental disaster called global warming.

 

He is also going to create a un-fundable parental leave scheme whilst at the same time reducing company tax. A summation is that he is going to increases benefits for all and reduce company taxes and personal tax at the same time.

 

The NBN will be cheaper. This is a slight of hand. The cost to the government may be a little cheaper but with every consumer paying $5000.00 for the final connection it is much dearer for Australia.

 

And so it goes on.

 

The real problem is that there are those that will believe Abbott really is the tooth fairy.

 

Have we reached the bottom yet?

Kevin Rudd has shown he is a smart Politian.

Announcing that carbon trading will be bought forward by a year was smart. He said that it would save consumers money. But I thought that the assistance packages that went with the fixed price meant that those who needed help were no worse of. Now if carbon pricing is scrapped early are the assistance schemes scrapped? Will anyone be better off except polluters?

What about the price of carbon? It is low at the moment but when Europe comes out of recession the price will rise significantly. The European price is only low because Europe is not making anything. As soon as production returns so does the high carbon price. By the time carbon trading starts the price could be anything. It might be lower than the pricing it replaces, but it could also be higher.

Whatever the outcome the announcement is good politics. It neutralises Tony Abbott.

The plan to send refugees arriving by boat to PN will probably stop the boats arriving. Once it is known that they will end up in PN rather than Australia refugees will probably stop coming by boat. Good politics. It neutralises Tony Abbott.

As much as I want to neutralize Tony Abbott I have to ask ‘at what cost.’ Do we do anything to keep him from being PM? The old cliques’. Do we fight evil with evil? Do two wrongs ever make it right?

Climate change is too big an issue for politics. Cost is not a factor if getting it wrong means we will nolonger have an economy. The only thing that matters is to make our environment safe and secure remembering that with out it we are finished.

I wonder how many Iraqi or Afghani refugees would know anything about Australia was if Howard had not gone to war in their homelands. There is so much concern for victims of refugee boat tragedies. Where is the concern for the hundreds of thousands who have died as a result of American/Australian military action? It is probably not politically adventitious to mention that.

I don’t have the answers to Climate change or the Refugee problem. Purely political answers such as we get from Rudd and Abbott will only bring about the lowest base answers.

Real solution that we can look to with hope and peace of mind must have another dimension. What it must have has many names such as morals, soul, empathy, caring or whatever you wish to call it. It is what makes us human. There has to be something more than base political gain.

Political gain from suffering is no gain at all. It is the bottom of the Bottom. It is a bottom that Rudd and Abbott share.