Not even sworn in and the already cracks are appearing.

A major part of Abbott’s rhetoric leading up to the Federal election was to that he would turn back the boats. In a rebuke that has not gone unnoticed by the rest of the world Indonesian has told Abbott, in a most emphatic manner that they, not Australia would determine Indonesia’s foreign policy.

Abbott was told this very politely during the election campaign but he ignored it. Now Indonesia has told Australia that it is not accepting refugee back once they have left Indonesian waters and Abbott has to get used to the idea. As a result that policy now lies in tatters.

It may well have been that this policy was never a serious policy in the first place. It could have been just part of the propaganda war raged against Labour. But whatever the reason for the policy today’s announcement of a trip to Indonesia by Abbott before the end of the month smacks of panic.

Abbott has done another swift change in policy change. He is now no longer going to stop the boats, he just will not tell us when they arrive. This policy has potential for great evil. Refugees arriving in Australia are just going to disappear. This is a policy that many dictators have used. Inconvenient people just disappear. This must never happen in Australia.Australia’s treatment of refuges is already seen as disgusting at home and abroad and we must not add to this by making them dissapear.

At present, all asylum seekers arriving by boat are automatically resettled in Papua New Guinea or the tiny Pacific island state of Nauru in an offshore processing model condemned by the UN, and described by the former prime minister of Australia, Malcolm Fraser, as shifting humans to gulags in the third world.

Things looks likely to get worse under the new Abbott government. Scott Morrison, the next immigration minister, indicated that the public may not even be informed when a boat carrying asylum seekers attempts arrival in Australia.

What is mostly lacking in reporting around asylum issues in Australia are the voices of asylum seekers themselves – this despite some forensic reporting that runs against the tide. Any attempt at rebalancing the narrative, however bold and dangerous, should be lauded. It’s time to move on from questions over whether their decision was ethically sound, and to think about what this reporting might do for public debate.

(Oliver Laughland. The Guardian on line. New York. Australian edition. 9 September 2013)

Add to this Indonesia’s indignant dismissal of the Abbott policy of buying indonesian fishing boats. Not even sworn in and Abbott has already upset Indonesia and drawn world wide attention to our treatment of refugees. Indonesia fishermen show just how ridiculous the boat buy back scheme is.

If I sold my boat for a lot of money maybe I would even have enough money to build two boats. We are fishermen,” he shrugs, “If they buy a boat, we can easily build another one.”

(Kate Lamb. The Guadian on line. New York, Australian edition. 6 September 2013)

Abbotts ethics must be called into question after is Chief of Staff gets off a drunk driving charge after the incoming Attorney General gives a character reference. Is the Attorney General interfering with the legal system on behave of mates going to be a feature of this government?

We now have a deputy leader of the Nationals, Barnaby Joyce who, on Q and A, said that the answer to climate change was to wear less clothing. God help Australia when global warming becomes too obvious to ignore. This sort of attitude shows the lack of depth and understanding by the incoming government of the real issues facing the world.

Barnaby Joyce is also starring in the beginnings of another disagreement with Indonesia over Indonesian investment in cattle properties in Australia. He has come out against it foot in mouth as only Barnaby can when there is no indication that Indonesia wants to invest in Australian cattle properties. With fools like this within Abbott is likely to have a difficult time keeping it all together when he has members of the government who mouth off about problems that do not exist.

Abbott was elected with the relentless help of the Murdoch press appealing to the underbelly of Australia with lies, misrepresentation and Goebbels’ style propaganda. The govern that has been elected reflects those ideals. Murdoch may have elected the government but Abbott holding it together is already looking shaky.

There is something happening now that brings some hope of breaking Murdoch’s strangleholds on Australian media and politics. Australia, and its politics’ are now prominent in world affairs with the help of such media outlets as the New York Guardian and the two reporters who arrived by boat at Christmas Island on a refugee boat. This incident, and the rebukes from Indonesia show how much attention we are getting.

This prominence in the world media is not of a favourably nature. Maybe the world media can help Australia rid itself of the Murdoch domination of MSM and Australia can have a real election based on real issues and policies.

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Do we have the media we deserve?

Watching ‘insiders’ Sunday demonstrate how low even the ABC has sunk in its reporting of politics.I did not hear any discussion at all about polices. There was no discussion of any depth of any of the issues facing Australia. All there was commentary on who won which round by how many points.

All that was needed was to speed it up a little and it would have been ringside commentary of a boxing match. Abbott landed a low punch but the referee ignored it. Rudd landed a right to the face and Abbott countered with a knee to the testicles.

Is this the media we deserve? Has the Australia public sunk so low that policy means no more than three word slogans and who beat up whom? Are we all really that stupid? When the section came to the headlines in the Sunday papers the headlines where massive instructions to the readers to vote for Abbott. What was that about? Is this Journalism?

The only thing that I have learnt for the mainstream media in the last three years is not to trust it. There has been the complaint from the print media moving on line that if we want quality journalism we will have to pay for it. Show me quality journalism and I will pay for it, but not the rubbish that passes for journalism in Australia.

Then on Monday evening I saw Q and A with Kevin Rudd. The audience were asking questions that indicated that they have real questions to ask that could have been answered years ago if the Main Stream Media had been doing its job.

The audience was lively and inquisitive about basic policy and this gave me hope that not all Australians have descended into the hell of ignorance and stupidity.

Australians are not all Bogans who can only think only in terms of three word slogans and insults.

Does the Australian public deserve the media they have inherited from the dominance of foreign ownership? No, they do not.

It is no good complaining that the media should be fair and unbiased. It is never going to happen. But we can have a balance of bias by having a multitude of bias that collectively gives a balance view.

It is not the totally biased view of the Murdoch press that is the problem. It is that there is no diversity of biased opinion. That is the problem with dictatorships. Sooner or later the Murdoch Empire will fall, as all dictatorships must when the need for diversity will not go away.

I did not agree with all the questions asked on Q and A on Monday but it was exciting to see that, contrary to what seem to be the case that in the poll driven Mainstream Media free will, independent thought and diversity still exists in Australian. That is the stuff democracy thrives on.

Richardson’s disgraceful performance on Q and A.

The Ex Senator Richardson continued his campaign of hate and vitriol against the Labour Party on Q and A last night. After 20 years Richardson is still spitting the dummy over being thrown out of the Labour Party for what I shall call ‘conduct unbecoming.’

Most of the audience in last nights edition of Q and A were too young to remember the history of Graham Frederick Richardson. Here are a few of the ‘highlights’ of this mans life.

Richardson became involved with Daniel Casey in 1973 and amongst other thing was unable to explain why his (Richardson’s) wife had been paid as an employee of Casey for doing nothing. This arrangement became public at the Woodward Royal Commission.

A political opponent of Richardson, Peter Baldwin, was bashed and Richardson went as far as approaching the magistrate in trying to get the charges against the alleged assailants dropped. He claimed it was a Labour party issue not a police issue. What the ‘Labour Party issue’ was was never explained.

The Magistrate said at the time

It seems that some force or forces were working improperly to undermine the strength of the prosecution. I am firmly of the opinion that this matter calls for further investigation.

This resulted a series of accusations against Richardson involving known ‘underworld identities.’ Richardson sued and agreed to an out of court settlement.

Richardson played a major role in the dumping of Bob Hawke and became a Cabinet Minister in the Keating Government where he was know as The Minister for Channel Nine because of his closeness to Kerry Packer. He was forced to the back bench after tried to use his influence to  help his cousin Gregory Symons who was jailed for forging Government documents in an immigration scam.

He returned to the Ministry in the next Keating Government.

Richardson was allowed to resign from the Labour Government and the Party under the excuse of ill health after allegations of using prostitutes supplied by Robert Burgess and Nick Karlos. Nick Karlos was reported to have had some heavyweight criminal connections.

Richardson had signed a letter on Ministerial Letterhead for Burgess which was used to set up a meeting with a US defence company and Richardson at which Richardson attempted to further Burgesses’ interest. Richardson denied these allegations but resigned anyway.

When the late Rene Rivkin was accused of Tax Evasion it came out that Richardson had a Swiss bank account containing $M1.4. The connection with Rivkin came to light because Richardson was a Shareholder with Rivkin in the Alpine Offset Printing Works those premises burnt down after being insured for three times its value and floated on the stock market shortly before. The fire was supposedly caused as a result of a staff BBQ but the investigations by Police and ASIC continued for ten years.

Richardson agree to an out of court settlement for an undisclosed sum in a tax evasion case for $A$M2.3 bought by the ATO resulting from the revelations that out as a result of his connections with Rivkin.

Since being kicked out of the Labour Party Richardson Has presented himself as a political commentator but has never maintained a position of neutrality. Amongst his ‘presentations’ he makes a multitude of anti-labour political pronouncements on the Murdoch controlled Sky News. He is unrelenting in the lies and filth he spews at anything Labour.

There is so much more that could be written about the ‘colourful’ life of Richardson but I think the general argument about not believing anything he has to say has been made. There is a quote from Richardson that I like. If a politician did not lie he would never get elected.

Richardson has never been jailed or convicted of a crime but has always lived close to the fringes of society. Labour was well rid of him but now they are attacked at every opportunity by a man who does not seem to accept the personal responsibility that he was kicked out of the Australian Labour Party because his behavior was not acceptable on any level.