Saturday, May 21, 2011

News items and comments

Simon Benson reminisces when the press pack respected their ALP leader
POLITICAL own-goals don't get much worse than Kerry Chikarovski's ham-fisted attempt to embarrass Bob Carr in 2002.
Send them Hicks too
INDIA has dropped its list of "most-wanted" fugitives being sheltered in Pakistan after one was found in an Indian jail.
Way to protest, Syria, killing that child.
SYRIAN security forces on Saturday shot dead at least 34 people, including a child, taking part in protests.

I sympathize with Netanyahu. It is hard working with the incompetent Obama.
ISRAELI PM Benjamin Netanyahu overnight bluntly said his country could not return to its 1967 borders.

I think gathering around the garter appeals to him. Honi soit qui Mali pense
AUSTRALIA may have abolished knighthoods 40 years ago, but that has not stopped Shane Warne wondering whether he should be in line for one.
This deserves our prayers, love and support.
A TEARFUL Alisa Camplin says she's desperate to feel her lost baby son in her arms and cuddle him again.

Voters want Liberal government which is why the independents are clinging to corruption
JULIA Gillard's support in Queensland has collapsed, with Labor's vote plummeting to record lows across the state.
South Australia deserve a new government.
IT lasted just minutes, was shrouded in secrecy and was another low point in the Rann Government's bad week.
So long as they weren't also drunk or doing something dangerous ..
STUDENTS at a private school have been disciplined for planking, as safety concerns grow over the craze.

Don't smoke children or cigarettes
THE Big Tobacco boss who threatened to flood Australia with cheap cigarettes if the Government doesn't drop its plans to remove branding from packets has warned his kids not to smoke
Sounds like a beat up. It is shocking that the government hadn't spent more on spin.
THE firm chosen to "clean up" social media policy in the Defence Force is now caught up in its own scandal.

Keeping up with friends isn't a chore. But done badly it can be
WORKERS battling work-life balance need to address their packed lifestyles rather than just blame their jobs, a workplace expert reveals.
The implications are appalling
A FORMER policewoman sobbed and clutched her ex-cop boyfriend's arm in court yesterday as the pair was sentenced for fabricating evidence after an illegal search and covering up their conduct.
The ALP weren't threatened when they ended pink batts. This is hypocrisy which will hurt NSW
THE State Government could face a class action over its decision to wind back the solar bonus scheme tariffs.
Ever wondered where the BER went?
A MESSAGE note stuck on a list of invoices allegedly has linked the long-time boss of Brookfield Multiplex with payments to construction unions.
Fog is fun when it isn't dangerous
IT blocked the winter sun, cancelled flights, caused ferry havoc and left the city shrouded in a blanket of mist yesterday - and Sydney has been warned that plenty more is on the way.
In search of global warming
YOU'D be happy, too, if you were escaping chilly NSW for warmer currents. This humpback, one of the first of the season, was captured by Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures on Thursday
Healthy is wealthy
ALL 31 students from the state's newest primary school formed a "human bus" as part of yesterday's annual Walk Safely to School Day.
Not their fault
THEY are languishing in Sydney Dogs and Cats Home shelters but it is hoped a novel idea will find them loving families.
Adding drugs to sex seems debauched.
POLICE were moving to shut down a Kings Cross strip club last night after an undercover sting led to allegations drugs were being dealt on the premises.
I suspect the union is guilty of an abysmal campaign
TEACHERS and administration staff are being questioned by police after the theft of a box of completed Naplan tests from a Sydney school after police said they did not believe students stole the tests...
It helps them track the children
THEIR menfolk might argue that the last thing women need is another reason to gossip.

He hasn't been judged yet. Let us see what this socialist is guilty of.
THE obvious pleasure taken in his downfall is unsettling but unavoidable. "Le Perv." "French Whine." "Sex Beast." "What Gaul!"
Poppy is looking aged.
WATCH your back, Simon Baker. A trio of Aussie glamour girls are gunning for their share of attention on US television with starring roles in three new series destined for Channel 9.
His good recent interview work was undone by Stateline on Friday night with hectoring over good policy
POLITICAL pundit Chris Uhlmann's personal "war on waist" has paid dividends, shedding 16kg since January.

Well done, Hinch
BROADCASTER Derryn Hinch denies he breached suppression orders when he named two sex offenders at a public rally and on his website.
So long as there is equal pay for equal work there is no problem. But the moment one is paid more on the premise they won't be working as long it becomes unfair.
THEY are educated, experienced and hard-working. But despite the fact Australia legislated the right to equal pay for women more than 40 years ago, female employees are still paid less than men.
It isn't a choice, being an officer and a gentleman.
ONE of the cadets involved in the "Skype sex" scandal may be allowed to resume his studies at the Australian Defence Force Academy after a Canberra magistrate relaxed his bail conditions.
The future is part of our daily life. What a magnificent achievement
A PARAPLEGIC man has stood up unaided, moved his legs voluntarily and walked, with help, on a treadmill after neurosurgeons implanted electrodes in his lower spine.
Gillard hasn't forgotten those she betrayed.
TONY Abbott calls them the forgotten people the federal government has abandoned -- the fishmongers, cabinet makers, tissue manufacturers and the parents of school-aged children in Sydney's west.
Children can dress up and make plays and be part of a story. This is only exploitative without educational value.
THE creators of hit US show Toddlers And Tiaras are bringing their beauty pageants to Sydney after controversy over a planned Melbourne event led to a huge increase in the number of families wanting t...
Policing is high stress, but also bad management by the ALP and a complicit union will have made things worse.
POLICE officers are pocketing lump-sum payments of up to $1 million for retiring with disorders such as post-traumatic stress, fuelling a $400 million pension blowout.
It is a tragedy. Wait for the low sentence.
DESPITE feeling his car strike an object, Yaseen Mohammed did not stop to help 67-year-old Arthur Ranson as he lay dying on the road this week.
I long for the day, but feel the huckster exploitation by these of those who will later feel betrayed, despicable.
DON'T bother doing the dishes tonight because tomorrow the end is nigh. That's what a group of Christian fundamentalists believe, marking May 21, 2011 as the end of the world as we know it.
But none of the children were eaten .. Right?
IT'S not your usual school day when a baby T-Rex walks in to class, swishing its tail, gnashing its teeth and roaring at teachers.
They just want to spend your money, possibly fearing they soon won't be able to.
HUNDREDS of perfectly good desks, chairs and other office equipment will be discarded as part of an $11 million-plus furniture makeover in federal parliament.
So we can spend millions more
AUSTRALIA will consider another shot at hosting the 2022 World Cup amid revelations from FIFA boss Sepp Blatter that there might be a re-vote if corruption claims in the original vote proved true.
Bad policy by the ALP produced this
SYDNEY'S clearance rate for property auctions has plunged below 50 per cent for the first time since the global financial crisis ended.
I yearn for such naivety.
A UNIVERSITY cashier who stole more than $27 million from Adelaide's Flinders University was "naive" and "deluded", a court has heard.
Obama, are these merely expensive war games for you?
NATO aircraft hit eight warships belonging to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the ports of Tripoli, Al Khums and Sirte, the Atlantic alliance has said in a statement.
Time to say 'no' until the Chinese build better ..
THE F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet has come under blistering criticism in the United States, where a senate committee has been told the the cost of building the jet is "unaffordable" in its current version and must be reviewed.
I am very irritated by this. I welcome the day, but I gotta say I am more than merely curious as to what the perpetrators will say when their precious predictions fail to come true. How do they tell their believers that they failed to interpret God's word and used the precious gift they have of Jesus' death on the cross to promote themselves and not the word of the Lord.
For some, it's Judgment Day. For others, it's party time. A loosely organised Christian movement has spread the word around the globe that Jesus Christ will return to earth on Saturday (Sunday AEST) to gather the faithful into heaven. While the Christian mainstream isn't buying it, many other skepti
Get rid of the idiot who initiated these proceedings.
THE case against two Army Reserve soldiers charged with manslaughter in Afghanistan will not proceed to a court martial, a judge advocate has decided.
always good to know risk factors .. when will you die?
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Beautiful plumage
The company is on its way to becoming the first commercial business to take tourists on high-altitude flights to suborbital space and return them safely through the atmosphere to Earth. In the video below, we actually get to see Virgin's SpaceShipTwo (aka VSS Enterprise) making its first feathered f
Not solely Jewish voters but any fair minded person who doesn't support islamo fascism will disagree with Obama
With his endorsement Thursday of a key Palestinian statehood demand, President Obama just rolled the dice with a small but vital segment of his base -- the American Jewish community.
I have execution nightmares and yet I was never a drug mule ..
BALI Nine drug mule Scott Rush says he still suffers from nightmares about being executed

If they are mentally ill I hope they are never released to the community. If they aren't, I hope they are never released to the community.
POLICE say they've dismantled a child pornography website carrying hundreds of thousands of illegal images and charged a Gold Coast man accused of running it.
English is not his first language. I think what he meant was he is a fool.
THE organisers of the Cannes film festival have banned Danish director Lars Von Trier after he declared that he was a Nazi and sympathised with Adolf Hitler.
The stolen generations is a dangerous myth ..
Andrew writes for Melbourne's Herald Sun, Sydney's Daily Telegraph and Adelaide's Advertiser. He runs Australia's most-read political blog, is on MTR 1377 mornings. He’ll host Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am


Tim Blair – Saturday, May 21, 11 (04:19 am)

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who knifed her own party leader, lied to Australia, handed Labor policy to the Greens and is too chicken to hold an election, plans her next speech:

“We are the party of political courage,” she will tell the Victorian ALP state conference. “Now we must summon that courage again and tackle climate change.

“We must summon that courage again and win the fight to price carbon.”

Tough on trace gases. Scared of voters. That’s our PM, whose carbon courage has caused a collapse in Queensland:

Julia Gillard’s support in Queensland has collapsed, with Labor’s vote plummeting to record lows across the state.

Labor’s primary vote has crashed to 28 per cent, a Galaxy poll conducted exclusively for The Courier-Mail reveals.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has pulled in front of Ms Gillard as preferred prime minister by a strong 16 percentage point margin.

Courage, Julia.



Tim Blair – Friday, May 20, 11 (06:32 pm)

Obscene and unacceptable charges against two Australian soldiers have now been dropped:

The case against two Army Reserve soldiers charged with manslaughter in Afghanistan will not proceed to a court martial, a judge advocate has decided.

This means the case has been dismissed and the charges will be referred back to the Director of Military Prosecutions, Judge Advocate Brigadier Ian Westwood said at a pre-trial hearing in Sydney today.

A court martial set down for July 11 will now not proceed and the prosecution will have to decide whether to bring further charges against the pair.

Not likely.


Not the scene of a socialist crime

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 21, 11 (07:41 am)

THERE are great moral causes, and then there are the men who rush to lead them. Take Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
He is a socialist. In fact, he’s such a socialist that he was tipped only a fortnight ago to become France’s next president, as the Socialist Party’s candidate.

Socialism, I’m told, is the cause you sign up for if you want to take from the rich and give and give again to the poor. If you want to stop the workers from being exploited by the powerful. If you hate racists and really worry about asylum seekers.

So how does Strauss-Kahn end up being charged in New York with the rape of a maid who’d come to the US as an asylum seeker?

And while he pleads not guilty to the rape, how does this prominent socialist explain the scene of the alleged crime in his room at a $3000-a-night hotel?

Still, at least he believes now in giving away his tax-free salary of $420,000, since he this week resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund.

That a socialist could find himself on this salary, in that room, charged with the rape of such a woman will surprise no one, in a way. We’ve lost that moral sense or expectation of having actions matched to words, lifestyle to cause.

Nowhere do we see this more clearly than in the global warming crusade—the first religious movement led entirely by shameless hypocrites.


Sitting target

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 21, 11 (07:14 am)

And it’s a pitch that might work if the Baillieu Government doesn’t get its skates on:

STATE Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews will target the Baillieu government’s inaction in his first speech to the party faithful since last year’s devastating election loss…

‘’Ted Baillieu promised to fix the problems,’’ he will say. ‘’But in six months we have not seen a government getting on with the job.

‘’Look at [NSW premier] Barry O’Farrell. It’s fair to say he’s achieved more in six weeks than Ted Baillieu’s achieved in six months.


The swap may work. The boat people say so

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 21, 11 (07:02 am)

As I’ve said before, the boat-people swap deal will probably work - and the real controversy is over the high price and the deadly delay in changing Labor’s policy:

ASYLUM seekers in Indonesia are well aware of the federal government’s plan to send boat people to Malaysia and now say they will not attempt the sea crossing to Australia....

Hundreds of asylum seekers, most from Afghanistan and Iraq, live in Puncak, a mountainous region outside Jakarta… At the villas and crumbling hostels where they reside, the Herald got the same response: everyone knew of the policy change and said they would not be engaging the services of a people smuggler any time soon.

‘’Yes, back to Malaysia, back to PNG,’’ said Muhammad Bagir, an 18-year-old asylum seeker. ‘’Every time I think of it, I am crying. We just stay here now waiting for the UNHCR. Many years … very difficult life’’.


This would still leave Labor with nearly 7000 people in detention to deal with, and 4000 extra refugees from Malaysia to explain away. Yet this is the first glimmer of hope for Julia Gillard’s strategy - or, rather, only option:

The Gillard strategy also rests on Tony Abbott maintaining a short-term, negative outlook as he pursues his election campaign themes of “stopping the boats, opposing new taxes and cutting the waste and debt”. The Prime Minister wants to address each of these key issues well before the election and leave Abbott looking negative, short-sighted and an empty scaremonger.


A land owned by all

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 21, 11 (06:51 am)

I AM an indigenous Australian. Most of you are probably indigenous, too.

We were born here. We are of this land, and we love it. There is nowhere else we would or even could call home.

We are as the Miriam-Webster Dictionary describes under indigenous: “produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region.”

That’s us. Australians. Produced right here. Yet how often we’ve been insulted. At almost every Government function it’s been the same.

It’s opened by some dignitary who tells us this country is not really ours—that we, who were born here, are in fact interlopers on the land of some traditional owners we must now acknowledge.

Same deal with a charity I’ve helped out at several lunches, usually opened by a nice woman with an American accent who starts with this same divisive formula: “I’d like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land . . .

Enough. Thank heavens for Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu, who this week ruled that Government ministers would no longer be forced to make this acknowledgment at major functions.

You see, it’s so toe-curling. So often we’ve watched a white person piously tell a room full of other whites, “I’d like to acknowledge the traditional owners of” . . . of, well, the Long Room of the MCG. Or a boardroom of some high-altitude Collins St stockbroker. Or the ballroom of The Regent. Or their own home.

How terribly empty is this modish ceremony. There’s almost never some Aborigine, let alone a traditional one, to be encouraged by this pat on the head. It is entirely to display our superior compassion that we do it, with not even the expectation that it will do any good to anyone but ourselves.

Not one Aboriginal child ever lifts their head in some ghetto to say thanks. Not one workless Aborigine suddenly finds himself in a job.

No, there’s just a lot of non-Aborigines clutching their glasses of wine and trying briefly to look concerned. But if this acknowledgment, now routine in our political and artistic class, was merely useless I would probably not much care.

But it is also racist and undermines our sense of being at home, and part of a whole bigger than us.

That’s why I was appalled when it started to be introduced even in schools. What happened to our shining aim to judge each other as individuals and not by our birth, ancestors, race or wealth?

Now I hear Aunty Joy Murphy, who seems to do most of Melbourne’s big welcome to country ceremonies as the local elder, complain on Thursday that Baillieu offended those, like her, who had been here thousands of years.

Or as activist Jackie Huggins once put it: “I’m 70,000 years old.”

Well, in truth, Murphy looks little older than am I, and I am just 51. If she judged people as individuals and not by their race, she would never claim to be thousands of years older. If she judged people as individuals and not by their race, class or ancestry, she would not claim to be a traditional owner of anything but her own house. Just like me.

If she dropped this insistence on racial pedigree, she would accept that in fact we are only individuals, each with only as much claim to an acknowledgment as we have with our own deeds deserved.

See, what is being smuggled in here is an allegedly benevolent form of racism. Benevolent, but still racism.

And it tells non-Aborigines this is not truly their home.


So why is he so far ahead now?

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 21, 11 (06:42 am)

Tony Abbott’s strategy took the Liberals from dead meat under Malcolm Turnbull to red hot contender at the last election, yet...:

TONY Abbott looks like the giant-killer of Australian politics but according to new research, it was his unpopularity that cost the Liberals and Nationals the last election.

The Australian Election Study, based on a detailed survey conducted immediately after the election in August, found that voters’ dislike of the Opposition Leader added more than 1 per cent to Labor’s vote…

The calculations are included in an analysis of the survey results by two political scientists - Clive Bean of the Queensland University of Technology and Ian McAllister of the Australian National University.

I think it’s not just simplistic but deceptive to divorce a leader from his policies and strategies. An Opposition leader who agrees with everything the government says, including its most disastrous policies, will probably rate highly for his general niceness, but will never win power.


Here they come again

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 21, 11 (06:39 am)

Same bait, same fish:

THREE companies thrown out of the federal government’s $1.45 billion Home Insulation Scheme have been linked to businesses seeking to profit from taxpayer-funded solar subsidies.

And a dozen other insulation installers under the defunct scheme have been endorsed by Canberra to take part in its $308 million “digital ready” set-top box scheme.


Gillard as popular as NSW Labor

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 21, 11 (06:27 am)

Devastating figures for Gillard on every level:

JULIA Gillard’s support in Queensland has collapsed, with Labor’s vote plummeting to record lows across the state. Labor’s primary vote has crashed to 28 per cent, a Galaxy poll conducted exclusively for The Courier-Mail reveals..

This result would see the Coalition win by 59 per cent to 41 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis… Support for the Coalition has soared from 47.4 per cent primary vote at the last election to 53 per cent in the Galaxy poll.

Labor’s last desperate strategy has been to rely on what the last election proved was a false hope - that at least Tony Abbott is unelectable. But:

For the first time in any recent opinion poll, Mr Abbott has pulled ahead of Ms Gillard as preferred prime minister by 53 per cent to 47 per cent.

And for Labor there’s good news and bad news. These is a viable alternative leader, says the public, but the trouble is that he’s the man who would have lost them the last election:

Kevin Rudd is now preferred Labor leader by 59 per cent of Queensland voters.


Christopher Pearson:

How did it come to this so quickly? ...Was Graham Richardson exaggerating last Saturday when he wrote that no less than five of her ministers had complained to him in the previous week that she didn’t listen to them and just backed her own judgment?

My best guess is that, for all her ambition to get the top job, she’s not all that interested in government over the long haul ... She certainly betrays few signs of having given the prime ministerial role much forethought or developing a considered agenda…

The choice for caucus is between drifting with Gillard and giving someone else two years to reshape the government. With the ALP bumping along on a primary vote in the low 30s, it won’t take long before getting rid of Gillard looks like listening to public opinion and pulling out all stops to make the party competitive again.


Giillard can write off any recovery in Westeren Australia, too:

WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett yesterday slammed the federal government as abusive and threatening, after Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan vowed to punish his state for its decision to hike iron ore royalties by cutting back GST grants and infrastructure funding to the west.

Mr Barnett promised to use the next federal election, due in 2013, to run a campaign on the issue across Western Australia, where Labor has been reduced to just three seats.
In a new low in recent relations between Canberra and Perth, the Prime Minister and the Treasurer said the Barnett government would pay for the $2 billion shortfall in the federal budget created by a hike in mining royalties in Western Australia.


Fraser wins award for rewriting

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 21, 11 (06:07 am)

Shelley Gare:

On Monday night, the judges for the 2011 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards awarded the top prize for non-fiction to Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs by Malcolm Fraser and Margaret Simons. It also won Book of the Year, netting the authors a total of $50,000 in winnings.

The judges commented, “The book is outstanding for the way in which the issue of moral leadership is powerfully worked into the narrative fabric.” And, “… the book offers a forceful though implicit critique of current polity. It reinvigorates an almost forgotten strand of liberalism in Australian political culture …”

Is that why the book won?

Malcolm Fraser .... was and remains a vociferous critic of the policies of former PM John Howard, a man so loathed by the Left, it’s a wonder leftist party faithful aren’t compelled to write his name on a piece of paper and stick it in their freezers....

The two awards surprised me only because I was aware, when the book came out in early 2010 that there had been criticism of its take on certain key events and several, including The Sydney Institute’s Gerard Henderson, had listed errors of fact. (In one of the most astonishing, Fraser and Simons liken him to Bob Hawke and have them both winning four federal elections – Fraser won three.)

In The Age, Michael Sexton reviewed the memoir and declared in his opening paragraph that Margaret Simons “has looked at [Fraser’s] political life through the softest of rose-coloured glasses"…

David Smith, former official secretary to Governor-General Sir John Kerr (and four other G-Gs) wrote to The Australian to say that Fraser’s account in the memoir of what the Governor-General had said to him in a phone-call on the crucial morning of November 11, 1975, was “not true”.

In The Monthly, reviewer Tim Soutphommasane noted that, “The picture of Fraser that emerges, then, is really a portrait by Simons. It is an unavoidably sympathetic treatment.” ...

So, have I got this right? A major political memoir can come out, can include serious errors according to creditable commentators – the above is just a bare indication – and the authors can also be accused of what is basically rewriting history in the subject’s own favour – and it can still walk off with top honours in a literary award that is funded by taxpayers.


More from the judges’ comments:

Given the ongoing controversies that mark public and political life in this country, with regard to refugees, immigration, Aboriginal health and land rights and the population debate, the book presents alternative and clear perspectives about just resolutions of these issues.

Those responsible:


Paula Abood, Stephen Axelsen, Professor Robyn Ewing, Farid Farid, Judi Farr, Johanna Featherstone, Tim Gooding, Dr Kathryn Heyman, Jacqueline Kent, Suzanne Leal, Dr Chris Mead, Stephen Measday, Rhyll McMaster (Chair), Tony Morphett, Omar Musa, Dr Camilla Nelson, Jane Oehr, Joseph Pugliese, Judith Ridge, Polly Rowe, James Roy and Les Wicks.


No comment

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 21, 11 (06:02 am)


I cannot comment about the evidence given in court by the granddaughter of this woman, and cannot allow you to comment here, either.


Empty attic

Andrew Bolt – Saturday, May 21, 11 (12:03 am)


Rod Liddle runs into the problem all controversialists will face - when the perfect analogy meets perfect horror:

I had rather high hopes when I learned that there was to be a “Slut Walk” through London in a couple of weeks. However, it transpires that they are not proper honest to God sluts at all, but very angry women in dungarees who will most likely not be up for it, so to speak. The Slut Walk movement began in Canada when a chief of police suggested women should avoid dressing like “sluts” if they wished to avoid being sexually assaulted by men. This provoked the usual irrational and foam-flecked fury, with hordes of women screeching that they have a right to dress however they wish without being attacked.

Well, indeed. Just as I have a perfect right to leave my windows open when I nip to the shops for some fags, without being burgled. It doesn’t lessen the guilt of the burglar that I’ve left my window open, or even remotely suggest that I was deserving of being burgled. Just that it was more likely to happen. Why is this difficult to understand? I mentioned this in a radio debate earlier this week and the woman I was debating with shrieked at me: “I AM NOT A HOUSE. I AM NOT A HOUSE”.

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