Sunday, May 15, 2011

News items and comments

Let the people vote .. And the healing begin.
TONY Abbott's budget reply speech last week nailed the reasons why the Government has "lost its way", to coin a phrase.
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Labor government were too focused on a child in custody issue. They needed institutionalized mental care and should never have been released.
JON Venables was 10 years old in February, 1993 when he and Robert Thompson, who was also 10, lured a small boy, James Bulger, from his mother and killed him during a prolonged and savage assault on a...
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The appalling left.
THREE people have been hospitalised with burns after an attack on a police station in central Athens.

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Obama plan .. Flood Louisiana.
US engineers are preparing to flood homes and farms in parts of Louisiana to divert water from two cities.

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She is a good lady. I hope her trip is safe, for her, and successful.
SECURITY has increased for the Queen's visit, after Irish terrorists tried to buy missiles and rocket launchers.

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Abysmal left wing Thai government wants to cash in.
THAILAND has lent its support to Australia's new bilateral arrangements for asylum seekers with Malaysia.

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So long as they have the cash
GREY nomads are being replaced by cashed-up "young at heart" senior travellers who want to explore exotic destinations.
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So long as they are cashed up.
GREY nomads are being replaced by cashed-up "young at heart" senior travellers who want to explore exotic destinations.
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The difference between General Pants and a porn shop is?
STAFF asked to wear "I love sex" badges at clothing chain General Pants have been invited to lodge sexual harassment complaints with the Anti-Discrimination Board.
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We have too many Greens in parliament too. Maybe we can bait them?
FARMERS in northern NSW are demanding the right to lay more poison baits to kill packs of vicious feral dogs.
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We have too many Greens in parliament too. Maybe we can bait them?
FARMERS in northern NSW are demanding the right to lay more poison baits to kill packs of vicious feral dogs.
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If the community wants crime it happens. The community of Merrylands needs to oppose crime.
RESIDENTS living in fear have urged the gunmen behind a surge in drive-by shootings in western Sydney to take their bloody feuds back to Kings Cross.
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Rudd promised childcare for all. Not this.
THREE childcare centres have been fined for failing hygiene guidelines, putting young children at serious risk of infection.
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People lose under labor policy.
THE dream of a holiday home at the beach has soured for owners on the Central Coast after a plunge in values wiped hundreds of thousands of dollars off their investments.
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Rudd promised childcare for all. Not this.
THREE childcare centres have been fined for failing hygiene guidelines, putting young children at serious risk of infection.
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People lose under labor policy.
THE dream of a holiday home at the beach has soured for owners on the Central Coast after a plunge in values wiped hundreds of thousands of dollars off their investments.
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I think we have to admit the last government failed badly.
THE first issue Police Minister Mike Gallacher raised with Commissioner Andrew Scipione was the name change of NSW Police College to Police Academy.
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The last government promised it would not be used on food. They lied.
HUMAN waste fertiliser is being used on farms without proper monitoring by health or environmental authorities, leaving several workers distributing the recycled sewage seriously ill.
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Because the last government wasn't transparent in operation, and were apparently corrupt.
THE State's power companies have been banned from hiring staff by the O'Farrell Government until spiralling power costs are under control.
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It will get worse under Labor.
SOARING electricity bills have prompted a Sydney family to take drastic measures to beat the winter cold, replacing their electric heaters with hot water bottles and blankets.
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Not useful for most people. But symbolic
PIONEERING Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse landed in Brussels on Friday after completing its first international flight, 13 hours after it took off from Switzerland.
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Green tea!
ONIONS, green tea and olive leaf are the best foods to fight obesity, according to new research to be presented at a health summit today.
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I have a surrogate.
PARENTS are having to delay retirement because their grow-up children will not move out of the family home.
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For much the same reason the federal government give laptops to schoolgirls.
A TEAM of National Geographic scientists has perfected a safe way of catching, tagging and releasing nature's most feared predator, the great white shark.
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It is selfish to not vaccinate.
A BABY who died of whooping cough was sent home from hospital after his parents were told the five-week-old just had a cold.
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Nurses and therapists also serve god.
FUNNYMAN Billy Birmingham has for the first time revealed the painful memories that have haunted him for the past 40 years.
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Gillard's policy in action.
ARMED with a ruler, hand-scribbled co-ordinates and a cheap GPS he didn't know how to use, an Indonesian fisherman smuggled dozens of asylum seekers to Australia.
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Bad things happen under ALP admin. There goes our 'surplus'
FORGET the expensive plane ticket - if you want to scour the Big Apple's famous department stores, you can do it from the comfort of your living room.
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Bad policy costs.
TAXPAYERS are footing the bill for asylum-seekers to phone home overseas from Australia's detention centres.
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This hits close to home.
THOUSANDS of Australians are paid by the Government to stay at home because they are too fat to work, or have disabilities associated with drug and alcohol addiction, according to official statistics.
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Lol "Have to look at the situation"
Two years after Lilley's Summer Heights High created headaches in classrooms when teenagers adopted the catchphrase "Puck you miss", schools fear public insolence could reach a whole new level over th...
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Maybe the guards can play with one ..in their free time. Ivan can watch.
SERIAL killer Ivan Milat has staged a nine-day hunger strike after being refused permission to play Sony Playstation games in his cell at the state's toughest jail.
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ALP rely on inflation to deliver modest surplus?
HALF a million workers face a tax trap that will force them into higher tax brackets. Increased wages and more jobs are set to deliver a $22 billion tax bonanza to federal coffers, an exclusive analys..
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Marijuana is worse.
PREGNANT women who smoke are the target of a new advertising campaign that warns their habit increases the risk of birth defects and sudden infant death syndrome.
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Knowing how Obama spun his death, it would not surprise me if these weren't old issues of Women's Weekly.
blogs.news.com.au
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Thank you Miranda for telling this story. I am glad Anna is willing to share it. I am sorry for what she has endured. As a teacher and having been raised in an abusive household I am aware of some of the more basic aspects of what people can do to each other. I feel it is up to the community to stand shoulder to shoulder against such depravity. If Skaf remains unrepentant I think it is inappropriate that he ever be r
blogs.news.com.au
Miranda Devine is a leading columnist with The Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun.


  • David Daniel Ball released. But I am glad that life goes on. A friend who had been raised in an abusive environment passed the other week after a long bout with cancer. Despite all the hurt in her life, she died singing god's praises. Vite E Bella.
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  • i had lived amongst that when i was in syd doing uni. They were my neighbours & i know of 1 regular victim. We lived in the villawood bronx. At the time, i did not know she was a victim, she described me every single detail & seemed to enjoy the benefits, she got a new car, phones, money & drugs out of it. All she had to do was 'bend over so they could do her leb style'. that could have been me, i was just the wrong colour.
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  • David Daniel Ball Well, some girls enjoy sex. But I don't think that many enjoy being gang raped. I don't think this particular victim enjoyed being threatened with a gun, defecated on and urinated on. It wasn't fun and she might have expected that they would kill her at the end. I think there is a difference here between the street cred of some and the deliberate violence of others.
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WEDDING BELLS

Tim Blair – Sunday, May 15, 11 (06:42 am)

Her marriage to the Greens isn’t working out, so why not give the hairdresser a shot:

Julia Gillard’s partner, Tim Mathieson, wants to marry the Prime Minister.

Mathieson, 54, who has been married before and has three children, is yet to discuss his plan with the PM.

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But the “First Bloke” insists when the time is right he will take the lead and pop the question.

“I’d like to ask her,” he said.

“We’re just happy with the way we are, but I would hope if I did ask her that of course she would say ‘yes’. Absolutely.”

Perhaps Tim will re-grow his famous moustache for the occasion, which according to a Fairfax source may come sooner rather than later:

“It was going to happen just before she became prime minister but it was put off because of that,” the source told Fairfax media, who speculate that Ms Gillard and her beau could walk down the aisle in the first weekend of June.

The vows could be an issue.

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SUNDAY ANDREW

Tim Blair – Sunday, May 15, 11 (06:34 am)

The Bolt Report. Channel Ten. 10am and again at 4.30pm. Today’s guests: former federal Liberal treasurer Peter Costello and former NSW Labor treasurer Michael Costa.

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FAIR POVERTY

Tim Blair – Sunday, May 15, 11 (06:33 am)

If you’re ever offered anything described as “fair trade”, the correct response is to immediately dash it to the ground. By so doing, you might liberate poor farmers:

That fair-trade cup of coffee we savour may not only fail to ease the lot of poor farmers, it may actually help to impoverish them, according to a study out recently from Germany’s University of Hohenheim.

The study, which followed hundreds of Nicaraguan coffee farmers over a decade, concluded that farmers producing for the fair-trade market “are more often found below the absolute poverty line than conventional producers.”

They’re shackled by the chains of dull-witted international concern. Seek out free trade.

(Via R. Black)

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416 DAYS UNTIL LABOR’S WA SHAKEDOWN TAX

Tim Blair – Sunday, May 15, 11 (06:29 am)

Western Australia’s reward for all that mining revenue:

New Synergy boss Trevor James is warning WA householders to brace for more financial pain, tipping Julia Gillard’s carbon tax will up their annual power bill by about $200.

With electricity prices expected to go up again in this week’s State Budget by about 5 per cent, Mr James said Synergy expected the Prime Minister’s carbon tax to increase power prices even more.

James also has this advice for householders:

“When they buy a product, understand it before buying it. That is the first step.

“The second step is operating it. Make sure you can afford the ongoing operating costs of appliances.”

The same is true of governments.

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SOME LIKE IT WARM

Tim Blair – Sunday, May 15, 11 (06:11 am)

Greenlanders shun coldness:

Few places on Earth have seen starker changes in weather than this icebound island straddling the Arctic Circle. With that in mind, America’s top diplomat arrived here this week intent on calling attention to the perils of climate change.

The problem was that Greenlanders aren’t exactly complaining.

In fact, as Secretary of State of Hillary Rodham Clinton toured snow-covered fjords on Thursday, there were awkward reminders of Greenland’s embrace of the rise in temperatures that began two decades ago. Rather than questioning global warming, many of this island’s 60,000 inhabitants seem to be racing to cash in.

If anyone can restore ice to Greenland, it’s Hillary. She once got into an elevator I was in during a Democrat convention. Temperature dropped ten degrees.

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FACE THE MUSIC

Tim Blair – Sunday, May 15, 11 (05:22 am)

In Florida, a 64-year-old female art teacher takes action against a disrespectful student:

According to a Hernando County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, 64-year-old Sandra Hadsock was arrested Wednesday after taking two or three swings at a student in the hallway. The student received a minor injury on his lip.

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Joe Vitalo, president of the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association says Hadsock maintains she acted in self-defense. Vitalo says the incident was captured by a cell phone camera.

As a former disrespectful student who entirely deserved every punch I got – and many more I avoided – let me say: way to go, Mrs Hadsock.

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PRIVATE BIN

Tim Blair – Saturday, May 14, 11 (04:58 pm)

A discordant note from the New York Times:

The enormous cache of computer files taken from Osama bin Laden’s compound contained aconsiderable quantity of pornographic videos, American officials said on Friday, adding a discordant note to the public image of the Islamist militant who long denounced the West for its lax sexual mores.

Osama’s bin wankin’. The Taliban tugman probably feasted upon delicious forbidden infidel food, too. Speaking of which, the 2011 International World Championship Barbecue Cooking Championship in Memphis was threatened by massive Mississippi flooding:

But nearly 250 cooking teams turned out anyway with names such as “Pigs Gone Wild,” “Notorious P.I.G,” “The People’s Republic of Swina,” and “Not Ready for Swine Time Porkers.”

This grand event has been held every year for decades, and always attracts a discerning crowd.

UPDATE. Roger Simon: Release the porn!

UPDATE II. Not for the first time, me and Col Allan are on the same wavelength.

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Thailand also wants to send us refugees

Andrew Bolt – Sunday, May 15, 11 (06:33 am)

Not surprised Thailand wants a deal like this, to ship out its own refugees:

THAILAND has lent its support to Australia’s new bilateral arrangements for asylum seekers with Malaysia.

Thai Foreign Minister, Kasit Piroyma, ...made the comments at a joint press conference with Australian Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd…

“The agreement between Australia and Malaysia on this particular model based on a five to one ratio, is something that the rest of us would be interested to look at and to study and look at the possibility of future operations.”

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If it’s cold, it’s just weather

Andrew Bolt – Sunday, May 15, 11 (06:02 am)

If it had been the hottest instead, they’d have called it global warming:

Parts of Victoria, including Shepparton, Orbost, Bairnsdale, Portland, Warrnambool, Moorabin, Scoresby, Frankston and Cranbourne have shivered through their coldest start to May on record.

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Mathieson tells us what he hasn’t yet discussed with Julia

Andrew Bolt – Sunday, May 15, 11 (05:58 am)

And I hope they will be happy:

JULIA Gillard’s partner, Tim Mathieson, wants to marry the Prime Minister.

Mathieson, 54, who has been married before and has three children, is yet to discuss his plan with the PM.

But the “First Bloke” insists when the time is right he will take the lead and pop the question.

“I’d like to ask her,” he said.

“We’re just happy with the way we are, but I would hope if I did ask her that of course she would say ‘yes’. Absolutely.”

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So far it’s not working

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 14, 11 (01:53 pm)

So the first 32 haven’t been scared off - which leaves just 768 to deter before the Malaysia boat swap deal is exhausted:

The first asylum seeker boat to arrive since the government announced it had negotiated a deal with Malaysia for offshore refugee processing has been intercepted in Australian waters.

The vessel was intercepted just off Scott Reef, north of Broome, the government said on Saturday.

On board were 32 people, believed to be from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and one crew member.

Intercepted boats normally would be taken to Christmas Island for refugee-claim processing.

But, the latest boat would be dealt with under the new arrangements, said Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.

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So why does a “saving” cost us more?

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 14, 11 (09:42 am)

Ross Gittins prides himself on being an economics commentator. So he should be ashamed to repeat the Gillard Government’s lie that a tax rise in its Budget is a “saving”:

It’s also true that, though Wayne Swan - or more likely, Penny Wong - achieved savings worth $22 billion over four years (with two-thirds of the savings coming from spending cuts and the remainder from the temporary flood levy and cuts in ‘’tax expenditures’’ or concessions), these have been offset by new spending programs worth about $17 billion over four years.

Then there’s this bizarre counter in a column in which Gittins seems overall to be rowing back a bit from his initial eager endorsement of the Budget that admits to a $49.4 billion deficit:


It’s true, however, that the speed with which the budget is expected to return to surplus is owed also to the return of the resources boom. So one critic has written that ‘’the inadequacy of Wayne Swan’s fourth budget has left Australia highly vulnerable to the gathering risks in the global economy, punting everything on our China luck continuing to hold’’.

It’s true that, should China fall in a hole, our return to budget surplus would be greatly delayed. But can you spot the weakness in that argument? If our boom evaporated, the need to get back to surplus ASAP would also evaporate.

Can you spot the weakness in that argument? If our boom evaporated, the need to have a surplus ASAP - as in today- would be absolutely critical in providing us with the money we’d need for another round of stimulus spending or simply to get by.

UPDATE

Terry McCrann says this is just another Labor Government - high taxing and big spending:


The spending toughness aspect is easily dismissed. By Appendix B in Swan’s own Budget Overview. The $22bn to be cut over four years to 2014-15 follows a line detailing $19bn of planned spending....

The best guide to the revenue side is the 2008 budget, Swan’s first…

It shows that revenue has taken a big hit from the rosy expectations of pre-GFC 2008. Now revenue is expected to be only $342bn against 2008’s forecast of $367bn.

And spending is now forecast to be $362bn, much higher than the 2008 projection.

Simply put, the reason we are heading for a $23bn deficit next year rather than the 2008 projection of a $19bn surplus is half revenue shortfall and half spending blowout....

The true story of what has happened is that the Rudd-Gillard governments presided over a massive two-year increase in spending not seen since the Whitlam years in the mid-1970s.

Yes, much of that was deliberate Keynesian pump priming (during the GFC). But crucially, and dammingly, it wasn’t withdrawn when the crisis and necessity passed.

Over the two years 2008-09 and 2009-10, real spending leapt more than 17 per cent. Incredibly, it rose a further 0.7 per cent in 2010-11. It will rise again in the coming year and is finally forecast to ease all of 0.1 per cent in 2012-13—there’s that fiscal manana again.

The fiscal frugality that Swan trumpets, the greatest fiscal consolidation in a lifetime, will leave spending in 2014-15 a staggering 23 per cent higher in real terms than the level he inherited from Costello.

UPDATE 2

It’s flopped:

As the Prime Minister yesterday hit the road trying to sell her Government’s first Budget to the people, a Galaxy poll shows barely one in four voters believe the package will be good for Australia’s economy.

The result was better under Kevin Rudd’s leadership last year, when 43 per cent of voters considered his Government’s 2010 Budget good for the economy. Now, only 28 per cent have backed the Wayne Swan Budget that focused on a welfare overhaul and getting Australians back to work.



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