Thursday, September 08, 2011

News Items and comments

A Malaysian delusion that still lingers on

Piers Akerman – Thursday, September 08, 11 (06:47 pm)

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard is racing home from Auckland to discuss offshore processing of asylum seekers with someone.

It is demeaning to compare Gillard with a child. A child is capable of learning. Gillard was wrong to attack the Pacific Solution when it was implemented. Gillard was wrong to attack the Pacific solution when it clearly had worked. Gillard was wrong to remove the Pacific Solution. Gillard was wrong to characterise the new wave of boat people as being unrelated to the removal of the Pacific Solution. If a child made those mistakes in a classroom they would be labeled as being unteachable. - ed
Miranda Devine is a leading columnist with The Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun.

I object to the argument that says “We don’t want those people” being employed to justify any of the positions. I get it that desperate people do not look their best. I think Australia can afford to be generous with refugees. I feel the Pacific Solution was generous and fair. I think the policy following the Pacific Solution by Gillard and Rudd to be terrible, unfair and lacking compassion.

People have died for bad policy. Put an end to it. Give us the Pacific Solution.

DD Ball of Carramar/Sydney (Reply)
Wed 07 Sep 11 (07:09pm)
Fair and Balanced replied to DD Ball
Thu 08 Sep 11 (10:51am)

DD..... your not a stupid person, just obsessively bias and conservative while ignoring the facts.

Which is facinating in it’s self.

This is the second time you have linked Labor policy, much to your shame, to death. When in fact more, on one boat alone, 357 died on SIEV-X Oct 2002 under Howard. More died under Howard, on one boat, then have died in the whole period of Labor Government. I pointed out to you that this was NOT Howard’s fault as a result of his policy. Yet you persist implying that Labors policy causes death… Complete and utter rubbish…

Regardless of the recent deaths on the rocks… Have the boats stopped...NO. So ask yourself, what policy is going to stop these desperate people from coming...?? None is the answer.

As a Christain and Child Protection Officer, I abhore putting children behind razor wire in the middle of the Australian desert in demounables or on an atol, Nauru, mined to within an inch of it’s life for phosphate, leaving a hot dry lunar landscape.. with barely enough water to shower or flush the toilet. As Howard/Abbott did.

How Christain of them and you..??

As per the Solictor General advice.. the High Court decision sinks off shore processing. It is now illegal to transport under eighteens (minors) to detention while in the care and control of this government to a detention centre run by another goverment..

Malaysia camps are supervised by the UNHCR, Nauru is not.

Just some facts for you ....DD.

DT replied to DD Ball
Thu 08 Sep 11 (12:38pm)

Not the Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel X again. The vessel was not given a SIEV number because it was nowhere near Australian territorial waters, the Christmas Island tragedy was on Labor’s watch, and let’s not ignore the other boats reported missing.

Pacific Solution did effectively stop the people smuggler boats, as DFAT website reveals the flood of boats was reduced to a trickle and the Howard government was able to close down most detention centres as they were no longer needed.

Labor abandoned the deterrents that worked and effectively gave the people smugglers their business opportunity and the resulting flood of paying passengers Australia is now trying to cope with and with concerns that the flood will turn into a tsunami since the High Court decision.

Fair and Balanced you need a reality check.

DD Ball replied to DD Ball
Thu 08 Sep 11 (01:46pm)

FAB, you forgot, Howard changed policy (ALP policy) from what attracted SIEVX to the Pacific Solution with TPV which worked. ALP introduced a new policy which hasn’t. Your gripe about children being denied water in desert conditions is current ALP policy which I suppose you would oppose if the ALP weren’t in government.


Plotting class warfare

Miranda Devine – Saturday, September 03, 11 (04:11 pm)

Of all the toxic issues Julia Gillard has to contend with, education has been seen as her strong suit.

The Prime Minister has spoken in warm tones about education as “the foundation stone of opportunity”, being “central to my economic agenda”.

Anything I say will be political because of who I am. If I point out that Boston was the Education Chief who seemed to initiate a smear campaign against me following the death of Hamidur Rahman from apparent school neglect. Boston had spoken at my graduation for a Dip. Ed. from Sydney Uni. His speech was dismal and uninspiring with lots of facts and figures. The fact that Australia needs private schools because they do an outstanding job teaching their students and their parents subsidise the education of the rest shouldn’t be forgotten.

I am also the son of Samuel Ball who championed independent and selective schools as a vital part of the community system. He took the reigns of the Victorian Board of Studies after they demolished their HSC under Kirner. He is dead now, but not forgotten. Bob Carr asked him to take charge of NSW Board of Studies too, but cabinet had other ideas, such are the vagaries of ALP politics.

If you value education you really want to vote for the conservatives. They aren’t opposed to community education, but the ALP are opposed to independent schools.

DD Ball of Carramar/Sydney (Reply)
Sat 03 Sep 11 (06:28pm)
BILLYBOY replied to DD Ball
Sun 04 Sep 11 (10:08am)

You have got to be kidding if you think that the current funding system is fair. I have heard nothing from the Labour Party that suggest they hate Independent Schools as a whole, just elements of it.

I had to choose a High School for my kid for next year and learnt a lot in the process.

1. Catholic Schools consistently receive about $9,500 per student from the Government, while Independent Schools of other relgioius denominations sometime receive close to nothing or generally less thab $6,500. WHY? More votes with Catholocs perhaps??

2. Many wealthy Independent Schools have aquatic centres, boat sheds and multiple sporting fields, and often require the parents to enrol their students as soon as they are born, such is the demand. Yet still they receive unrequired Government funding that is used to maintain immaculate lawns.

DD Ball replied to DD Ball
Mon 05 Sep 11 (03:58pm)

Billyboy, your understanding is limited, if those stats you quote inform you. Independent school kids get less than government kids from the government. The government cannot afford to make private schools all become government run. This means parents paying for private schools are subsidising government school kids. Anything else you hear is divisive rhetoric.

It is like ALP government neighborhoods and conservative run local councils. ALP may be heavily subsidized because their neighborhoods are poorer, but they waste much opposing graffiti and senseless damage. Meanwhile wealthy areas get parks and recreation with less money.

truth replied to DD Ball
Tue 06 Sep 11 (01:20am)

Billy Boy:

The Labor education policy is entirely ideological---always has been ---always will be.

But Australian children are equal in their rights to taxpayers’ money.

Education funding in equal portion is therefore equally the right of every child---not just of those children whose parents choose to send them to public schools.

But the children of parents who choose private schools because they see more value in their education curriculum and model, each receive less government funding than their counterparts in public schools, and parents have to fill the gap---some working their socks off to manage it.

As DD Ball says, the private schools provide a service that fills a shortfall no government can cover.

The private schools are in competition with each other, so of course they try to attract the attention of parents by offering more facilities.

The discerning parent will pay more attention to the curriculum and teacher quality, before allowing himself to be seduced by the ancillary offerings---so those core aspects have normally been superior in the private schools---hence the flight from Left wing indoctrination to private education in recent decades.

Unfortunately, the private schools haven’t been entirely immune to the infestation by the Left of just about every institution either----- so consequently, some teaching and curriculum quality has been lost even there.

As far as I know, Catholic schools get more per child because they’re a core section of Australia’s education system that the country can’t afford to lose---and the education provided therein has considerably more rigour than that provided by some other independents and certainly more than in public schools.

If you really think that education isn’t ideological----then you’re suffering from the same tunnel vision that’s a hallmark of the Left.

If you read the publications and papers by the academics who’ve had education in their death grip for decades in Australia and around the world, you’ll find them replete with Marxist slogans and ideas---they make absolutely no secret about it---they’re evangelical in their commitment to their ideology.

They describe schools as ‘sites of political struggle’, where children are required ‘to jump through middle-class hoops’ , where children should have the choice to decide against learning to read, etc etc ---and their heroes are the Marxist Paolo Freire from the South American ‘struggle’, from Liberation Theology, and from the far Left in the regions of post WW2 Germany, whose Marxist system had at its core the indoctrination of children with special emphasis on breaking the bonds between children and their parents, deliberately creating mistrust and hostility for their parents in children --- thereby spawning the Bader Meinhof Gang of Left wing terrorists and murderers that plagued Germany in the following decades.

BILLYBOY replied to DD Ball
Tue 06 Sep 11 (12:47pm)

DD Ball

You seem to interpret what I wrote in a very limired way. I am not
opposed to independent schools, in fcat I support them, but after 30 years of no review is about time some equity was brought into how they are funded.

Some go without whiteboards while others are funding scholarships to Pacific Isalnders so that their Rugby teams performs better.


Here’s a letter to Quinn Klinefelter, a reporter for Marketplace:

Dear Mr. Klinefelter:

On today’s Marketplace Morning Report, you told how “Teacher Robert Brown likes President Obama’s call to … create new jobs by rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure” (“Detroit hopeful for jobs action from Obama“).

If America’s infrastructure truly is crumbling, the culprit isn’t reduced, or even stagnant, government spending on infrastructure. As the New York Timesreported on November 19, 2008 about infrastructure (see here) “money isn’t the main problem.” We learn why elsewhere in the report: “Government spending on infrastructure fell after the construction of the Interstate highway system, but has risen gradually over the past 25 years.” Indeed, such spending – not only absolutely, but also as a percent of GDP – was higher in 2008 than it had been at any time since 1981.

And note also: these facts combined with the economic crash of 2008 should caution you and other business reporters against accepting so gullibly, and without ample qualification, the commonplace assertion that government spending on infrastructure is an economic stimulant.

Donald J. Boudreaux


Mr. David A. Benson
Sacramento, CA

Dear Mr. Benson:

You’re the moving force behind a California ballot initiative that, as reported in the August 17 issue of Business Law Daily, would “ban lender-initiated home foreclosures” and “make home ownership a fundamental right” (“California Ballot Proposal Would Ban Home Foreclosures“).

Way cool!

Trusting your insight (and why not trust someone as caring and politically active as you obviously are?), I gather that you’ve figured out how to produce valuable goods merely by officially inscribing words in government documents.

As I say, waaaay cool! But now I must ask: if everyone can be guaranteed what in effect would be a debt-free home merely by amending a state constitution, why stop with homeownership? Why not put to full use the miraculous powers that you’ve obviously learned to extract from mere ink on parchment? Let’s also make automobile ownership “a fundamental right.”

Heck, even that’s thinking too small! Let’s give everyone a “fundamental right” to own both a yacht and a private jet!

A power so stupendous and costless as the one you’ve identified ought to be used to its full capacity – which, given the nature of this power, apparently knows no limits.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

(HT Morganovich)


Here’s a letter to the New York Times:

What does Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) have against homeowners?

By proposing “a federal law allowing homeowners to reduce their mortgage debt to no more than the current value of their property” (Letters, Sept. 5), Mr. Conyers would effectively force homeowners to purchase property-value insurance from mortgage companies. That is, by obliging mortgage lenders to compensate borrowers for certain declines in the value of borrowers’ properties – compensation paid in the form of reduced principals on outstanding mortgages – Mr. Conyers would prohibit homeowners from assuming the risk of such declines in their homes’ values.

Mortgage companies would willingly sell such insurance to homeowners; indeed, they’re free to do so now. But the fact that such insurance is very rare reveals that homeowners find the value of such insurance to be less than the price that mortgage lenders would charge for it.

Why does Mr. Conyers want to force homeowners to buy something that they show by their actions they don’t wish to buy?

Donald J. Boudreaux


GS invests in protection



When I think of Goldman Sachs, I think of its former chairman, Hank Paulson, calling its current chairman, Lloyd Blankfein a few dozen times the week before the AIG bailout, a bailout that helped GS collect billions of dollars it might have lost. GS would like you to think of something else.


Money isn’t everything



I always like to tell my students not to take the job that pays the most money. Or at least don’t take it for that reason. Most people don’t take the job that pays the most money. We trade money for satisfaction, meaning, leisure, beauty, pride, and honor. Here is the story of a man who paid $72 million to have a meaningful life. It was a bargain.


Quotation of the Day…



… is, like yesterday’s QoD, from Krugman’s wonderful 1993 essay “What Do Undergrads Need to Know about Trade?”; the following quotation is found on page 123 of Krugman’s indispensable book Pop Internationalism:

[T]he level of employment is a macroeconomic issue, depending in the short run on aggregate demand and depending in the long run on the natural rate of unemployment, with microeconomic policies like tariffs having little net effect. Trade policy should be debated in terms of its impact on efficiency, not in terms of phony numbers about jobs created or lost.


The NBN won’t save the poor

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 08, 11 (12:14 pm)

Julia Gillard at last year’s election campaign launch hyped the biggest argument for her $36 billion broadband scheme:

Speaking in Queensland, Gillard said the Government would use the speed and connectivity of the NBN to facilitate online consultations between patients and doctors via videoconferencing

According to Gillard the NBN would be essential in curbing the rates of cancer-related deaths in regional and rural Australia.

“It is unacceptable to me, it is offensive to me, that if you live in rural and regional Australia you are three times more like to die within five years if you are diagnosed with cancer, than other Australians,” she said.

“That is because it is harder for people in regional and rural Australia to get access to the services, to the healthcare professionals they need. I want to transform that relying on the National Broadband Network.”

But today we learn that the biggest selling point of the NBN isn’t available to the poor:

LOW-INCOME households will miss out on the full healthcare benefits of the National Broadband Network, with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy admitting the basic service would exclude high-definition video consultations with doctors. Senator Conroy has long promised the NBN would solve the technological barriers to delivering healthcare services remotely.

But he and NBN Co chief Mike Quigley admitted yesterday the service was “impossible” on the NBN’s cheapest plan.

Senator Conroy and Mr Quigley also struggled to explain the level of service to be expected from intermediate packages, underscoring Labor’s difficulty convincing voters its $36 billion investment is value for money.


Unemployment up again

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 08, 11 (11:56 am)

Bad news for us, bad news for the Gillard Government:

AUSTRALIA’S unemployment rate rose to a 10-month high of 5.3 per cent in August as full-time employment slumped, official figures show.

The July figure was an unrevised 5.1 per cent.


Gillard rushes back home

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 08, 11 (09:30 am)

What’s the panic?

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has made a last-minute change and is leaving New Zealand early.

(Thanks to reader Bruce.)


If Labor didn’t break it, what’s it trying to fix?

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 08, 11 (07:08 am)

Miranda Devine says Labor just won’t admit the truth it’s in fact accepted:

The Government is in stubborn denial, on the one hand insisting that “push factors” were magically to blame for 12,000 asylum seekers setting sail for Australia in the three years since Kevin Rudd decided to dismantle the Howard government’s hard-won, carefully constructed and demonstrably effective border protection policies....

And on the other hand the Government rushed to do a deal, first with Timor, and then Malaysia for offshore processing in order to “break the people smugglers’ model”, thereby admitting it was “pull factors” created by Rudd’s moral posturing that had re-activated the problem.

Labor MPs have been echoing the Labor talking points memo ever since the High Court decision smeared them with egg: “Boat flows have been a problem for many, many years,” said Joel Fitzgibbon last week. “John Howard managed somehow to create the impression that he was winning the war against boat people. Of course he wasn’t.”

Oh yes, he was. By the time the Howard government left office there were four boat people in detention. Four.

Bowen was pinged on the issue by ABC-TV’s Chris Uhlmann on Tuesday night in one of the most excruciating moments in political interviewing.

“In the five years before you came to government, 288 people arrived by boat. Since 2008, 11,605 have arrived. So you changed something. The boats had effectively stopped,” said Uhlmann.

“That’s a very simplistic analysis, Chris,” was the reply.

No, it’s simply the truth.


If I were Macedonian, I’d feel safer

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 08, 11 (06:41 am)

Is it a rule that you have to be Anglo-Saxon to be a racist?

A TRIBUNAL has ruled a Macedonian newspaper that published an article denigrating Greeks and referring to them as “freaks of nature” and “deranged bastardly monsters” did not incite racial hatred.

The Australian Macedonian Advisory Council brought the action against the Australian Macedonian Weekly in the human rights division of VCAT....Senior member Noreen Megay found the article did not incite hatred because it was published in a newspaper aimed at the Macedonian community.

Why are Macedonians given this licence, and others not?

If I read Megay right, the average Macedonian is already so riddled with racism anyway that this is just par for the course:

For the average Macedonian reader, this article is probably just “preaching to the converted” and is not likely to stir up such raw emotion as to breach the Act. I suspect that the average non- Macedonian reader who might stumble across the article on the website or who might flick through it at the local shop would just wonder what it was all about without being incited to any extreme emotion about Greeks.

If most Macedonians are already converted to the kind of sentiments in this article, then heaven help the Greeks:

“a thieving nation”
“these Greek deranged bastardly monsters”
“stinking Greek teacher and a spy-for-a-priest”
“a butcher-for-a-priest”
“freaks of nature”
“deranged monsters”
“evil alien abstraction”
“what evil spirits possessed your moronic conscience
“predisposed to such ghastly monstrosity”

Still, I take heart from Megay’s commitment to free speech:

A commitment to free speech is an essential concept of all liberal democracies of which Australia is one. In this country we do not have a version of the USA’s first amendment which protects the most rabid ideology in the name of free speech but the legislation under review here (and its federal and other state counterparts) serves to place some restriction on racist and other extreme expressions. That said I am firmly of the view that restrictions should only be placed on discourse in the most egregious of cases.

This sentiment gives me hope that my own right to speak in far more moderate and less abusive terms will survive a certain legal action I cannot discuss.

Still, I’d feel a lot safer if I were Macedonian.

(Thanks to reader Dokter Exagerato.)


Time for an inquiry into unions?

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 08, 11 (06:20 am)

So far, so untouchable:

NEW SOUTH WALES police have dropped their investigation into embattled Labor MP Craig Thomson over allegations he illegally used a union credit card to pay for prostitutes.

The Herald Sun can reveal detectives have ended their internal assessment of claims against Mr Thomson and have found no evidence of illegality....

The main focus of the NSW investigation has centred on the crime of “deception” and whether Mr Thomson deceived any brothels in NSW when he paid for services using his Health Services Union credit card.

Police said the credit card has his name on it and, as such, there was no deception and, therefore, no criminality.

“There may be a crime committed if there are restrictions upon use of the card, but in the absence of that there is no crime,” the source said.

The matter of whether Mr Thomson deceived HSU members and misused their funds will be left to Victorian police, who will have access to vital accounting documents in their state.

So, as Professor Sinclair Davidson observes, the police seem to be suggesting that Thomson indeed used his credit card to pay for prostitutes, which is what he’s actually denied. Now Victorian police are being asked to check if this was against union rules.

Julia Gillard has said she has “full confidence” in Thomson. She has also insisted that reports on her past personal and professional relationship to an Australian Workers Union state president who ripped off his members and bosses is old news that’s been dealt with already. And now this, about AWU national president Bill Ludwig, whose union was so influential in making Gillard Prime Minister:

JULIA GILLARD, PRIME MINISTER (Feb. 14): I’m proud to be here and to call myself a friend of Bill Ludwig.

PHILIPPA MCDONALD: It’s now been claimed that Bill Ludwig received $45,000 in union funds to pay his personal legal costs. The now-discontinued action was launched against former Queensland Supreme Court Judge Bill Carter, which Mr Ludwig brought in his capacity as a director of Racing Queensland.

(No comments.)


Swan hints: IR laws may soften

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 08, 11 (06:08 am)

Was that a hint from Treasurer Wayne Swan, or a fob-off?

WAYNE Swan has given Labor’s strongest indication that it is prepared to amend its industrial relations laws in response to business claims they are inhibiting growth in productivity…

Mr Swan’s comments came yesterday as the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Index of 142 countries found Australia had dropped from 16th place to 20th, partly because it lagged behind top performers in labour market efficiency and innovation....

Mr Swan and the Prime Minister have frequently played down the concerns and Ms Gillard told a business lunch in May she would keep the system in place.

Yesterday, while forcefully rejecting a return to Work Choices, Mr Swan softened the rhetoric.

“I’ve had conversations with people I respect in the business community and they express concerns from time to time about aspects of industrial relations and some of the frameworks,” he said…

“We’ll sit down and talk with the business community and with workers and with unions about these questions. We’re up for a productivity agenda. We understand its importance."…

Asked if he was leaving the door open to productivity-enhancing changes to the Fair Work Act, he said: “I’m happy to have that discussion with people.”

John Lloyd, the former Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, says Labor’s changes to workplace laws have made unions dangerously strong and employers too weak:

There are signs of an insidious reluctance to embrace change in work practices. The cause is the Fair Work system which was portrayed as a moderate response to Work Choices. In fact it constituted a significant national economic change. It changed the structure of agreements, introduced onerous bargaining obligations, expanded unfair dismissal protections, increased access to arbitration, amplified the role of the tribunal, expanded employee anti-discrimination rights, enlarged national safety standards and removed right-of-entry restrictions on union officials. Access to an individual employment agreement stream was removed and collective agreement making entrenched.

An emboldened union leadership has asserted its power ruthlessly. Claims are divorced from economic reality. Massive job losses are occurring in manufacturing. But the AMWU called Toyota workers out on strike last week. Toyota’s offer of 7 per cent over two years has been rejected.

In June this year building unions in Victoria reached a four-year agreement with the Master Builders Association which provides for wage increases of 27.5 per cent. Not a single productivity improvement was negotiated…

Change is needed and soon. The possible reforms are numerous and are not a return to Work Choices. They include access to individual agreements supported by a no disadvantage test. The regulation of independent contracting by commercial rather than industrial law. Simplified bargaining rules that facilitate wage adjustments related to productivity improvement. Lawful strike action available only after genuine bargaining has occurred.


Be bold, Tony, says the Liberals’ newest Senator

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 08, 11 (05:58 am)

Arthur Sinodinos will be replacing Helen Coonan in the Senate, which gives his public advice to Tony Abbott more sting:

The hardheads will be saying “Tony, don’t rock the boat; victory is just around the corner.”

It is true that the Coalition does not need a Hewsonesque Fightback! manifesto to convince the public of its policy credentials. But now more than ever, the public see through the spin and crave authenticity in leaders. Abbott is certainly authentic but not as well known as Howard when he won in 1996.

As the preferred prime minister, Abbott is coming under increasing scrutiny to reveal more of his plans. This is not only important and informative for the public; it provides him with an opportunity to put some political capital in the bank for later. The public give you marks for keeping your promises, so your promises should encompass potentially hard decisions. The public will quickly turn off leaders who abruptly change course in government; the watch phrase is no surprises…

Abbott has developed a philosophy of personal responsibility which can encompass a variety of market-oriented and productivity-inducing policies. He should not be worried about setting out a plan. Labor is being caned for not sticking to its plan.

Industrial relations fits well within a framework of personal responsibility. Individual agreements make employees directly accountable for outcomes and can better tailor incentives to performance. In the run-up to the election, the Coalition should set out some markers in this area.

I suspect that Abbott actually has something like this in mind. So is Sinodinos geeing him up, or - as a press gallery favorite - simply preparing the ground?


Rudd stirs

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 08, 11 (05:42 am)

First, there’s the pitch:

AS JULIA GILLARD flounders in the mire of domestic politics, her predecessor Kevin Rudd is on the mend and planning his next global platform - a top-level world talkfest on China.

The Foreign Affairs Minister’s invitation list for the event on the Gold Coast in February includes leaders of foreign-minister level or higher and scholars and business leaders from Asia, North America and beyond.

And then there’s the market research:

Sources said yesterday that Rudd supporters were ringing around to sound out views.


Former NSW Labor Treasurer Michael Costa (who will be on The Bolt Report on Sunday) is right:

It is undeniable that Gillard has been the prime contributor to her demise. But Rudd’s failure as prime minister and Labor leader has had a greater bearing than has Gillard’s on the disastrous position of Labor....

It was Rudd who undermined Labor’s economic credentials with his overblown anti-capitalist rhetoric and overcooked policy response to the global financial crisis. So desperate was he to avoid a small technical recession that he unleashed an undisciplined spending spree that, despite its Orwellian marketing, provided little in quality economic infrastructure. Rudd was able to manipulate the short-term quarterly aggregate economic data sufficiently to avoid a technical recession, but this manipulation has left Labor with the political legacy of programs such as Building the Education Revolution, the pink batts installation and the cash for clunkers scheme, which have become synonymous (rightly or wrongly) in the public mind with government incompetence and mismanagement.

Massive spending programs, such as the National Broadband Network, have added to the perception of a clueless administration spending recklessly on frivolous luxuries that are high risk and of no immediate consequence to the real day-to-day concerns of people struggling with cost-of-living pressures and urban congestion....

The greatest long-term damage Rudd did to Labor was to overturn the successful Hawke-Keating governments’ approach to economic management.

Costa is right again in saying Labor must ditch the Greens.


Crean now hotter than Gillard to have Gillard’s job

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 08, 11 (12:11 am)


SportsBet’s punters don’t put much money on Julia Gillard surviving.

(Thanks to reader Tim.)


No speech means no defence

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, September 08, 11 (12:04 am)

Mark Steyn lists some extraordinary examples of the thought police at work, and I wish I wasn’t one of them:

In this anniversary week, it’s sobering to reflect that one of the more perverse consequences of 9/11 has been a remorseless assault on free speech throughout the west. I regret to say that, in my new book, I predect this trend will only accelerate in the years ahead.

The fun, such as it is, is in the examples, so read on. But the sting is in the conclusion:

As John Milton wrote in his Areopagitica of 1644, “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”

Or as an ordinary Canadian citizen said to me, after I testified in defense of free speech to the Ontario parliament at Queen’s Park, “Give me the right to free speech, and I will use it to claim all my other rights.”

Conversely, if you let them take your right to free speech, how are you going to stop them from taking all the others?

People of America. It is OK. Obama did not know what was happening.
Attorney General Eric Holder says for the first time that not only he but also other higher-ups at the Justice Department were not aware of the operation as it was being carried out, suggesting politics could be a driving force behind Republican lawmakers' forceful inquiries into the matter
At last. A knee jerk reaction we can applaud from ALP
THE family of the four-year-old savaged to death by a pit bull wants a national ban on dangerous dogs - and the Federal Government has agreed.
Would work in Australia too
With a year and 2 months left before the general election, President Obama has left himself extremely vulnerable against the GOP presidential field. If the Republican presidential candidates can stick with a short, simple message they will be on the road to victory.
Libertarians don't get it. One spends money in war time to support ones own troops. Democrats spend money every time for pork barrels.
In a campaign ad this week, Ron Paul points out that he supported Ronald Reagan when others called him "extremist," and he takes shots at Rick Perry:
What would a Libertarian suggest?
A study by Symantec Corp, the maker of Norton computer security software, estimates the cost of global cybercrimes at $114 billion annually.
Fringe benefits are out of this world.
With the recent retirement of the space shuttle program, many are assuming that the dream of becoming an astronaut is no longer a realistic one. But a group of researchers are saying that astronauts are needed now more than ever.
Obama's job plan "spend money while in office."
A day before President Obama delivers his new jobs plan, the White House ramped up pressure on Congress to act on the president's proposals -- preemptively pinning the blame on lawmakers in the event those proposals die.
New Libya should be denied blood of living people. Even Gaddafi. Turn him over for international trial.
LIBYAS rebels have been urgently seeking Niger's help to stop Muammar Gaddafi and his allies fleeing the country.
How about charging them with GBH, theft, kidnapping etc etc?
A GANG of thugs who ripped off a cabbie's turban and used it to blindfold him could be tried under race hate laws in what would be a landmark case.
Greens couldn't prevent the study
ADELAIDE scientists have fortified rice so it can meet daily iron needs in a breakthrough that could create a super food for the world's under-nourished.
Schools need both
SCHOOLS will be able to use federal government funds to employ either a school chaplain or a secular youth worker under an overhaul of the controversial national school chaplains program.
Throw the key away
TWO brothers and their cousin were part of a large-scale Sydney cocaine syndicate that dealt $10 million worth of the drug in the past year, police allege.
NBN is useless
AN empty display home in a ghost town housing estate was used to launch the National Broadband Network in Sydney yesterday.
The modern form of Underbelly Razor
A BOOTLEG booze operation selling bourbon, wine and beer out of a warehouse was uncovered during a raid, police said yesterday.
Ridiculous. The budget is responsible. When the west begins to prosper it will be thanks to the hard decisions being made. But I dispute the assertion the West is being harmed
THE decision by Barry O'Farrell to axe the first-home-buyers stamp duty concession for existing homes has come under fire for hurting the very people who helped put the Premier in office - western Syd...
Actual heroes are not lauded. ALP likes scum
A MAN who lost his business after he tried to save a woman stabbed and set alight says his life will never be the same.
A good movie could be made about this.
WHILE no expense was spared to identify the remains of police killer Ned Kelly, a murdered police hero has been discovered in an unmarked, unkempt grave.

This disgusts me. The fastest way to get rid of a teacher is to tell the ALP that teacher disagrees with their corruption.
SEVEN teachers who have committed serious offences are currently teaching in Queensland classrooms.
They have stopped work but the spending continues
THE rollout of high-speed internet across South Australia has stopped because negotiations on a crucial contract between ETSA and the NBN company have stalled.
Some times it is the law which makes me gag
EVEN when silenced by the courts, radio broadcaster Derryn Hinch finds a way to be heard.
Sounds like Y2K. Best treatment is to vote out ALP
LEAKED internal documents detailing a litany of risks within Queensland Health's IT projects have exposed an ageing patient management system that could fail beyond 2015.
Don't ignore it. Don't mistreat it. Trust in God.
AT least 20 per cent of the nation's federal MPs are taking some sort of medication for depression or associated illnesses, Liberal front bencher Andrew Robb claimed yesterday.
I care little for Carl. It concerns me he may have been killed for talking to police.
THIS is the chilling moment only seconds before prisoner Matthew Charles Johnson bashed gangland killer Carl Williams to death with the pole from a bike seat.
They are still useful for fabricating ID
SHE presided over one of the world's most well-known brands, but it wasn't enough to save Yahoo boss Carol Bartz who today suffered the ignominy of being fired over the phone after a rocky two-year st...
Cybercrime is like rape. It is related to access.
CYBERCRIME is soaring, already costs Australians more than burglary, and will only increase as more people conduct their daily lives through relatively insecure and easily lost smartphones and other m...

Nauru, with TPV works
THE failed Malaysian solution will mean 600 more boat people will be processed on the mainland every month and could spark social unrest like the recent London riots, the government has admitted.
The same teachers who go on strike for no reason accepted the death of Hamidur Rahman without question.
TEACHERS will defy an 11th-hour Industrial Relations Commission order and strike today, closing schools and forcing children to stay at home.
It is legal for a union leader to spend union money on prostitutes. HSU members have no recourse for action. The ALP runs it that way.
NSW police have dropped their investigation into embattled Labor MP Craig Thomson over allegations he illegally misused a union credit card to pay for escort services.
So many questions. So much promise gone.
FOURTEEN-year-old Sidonie Thompson had so much to live for.
Wealth can't buy what has been lost
A well-known forensic pathologist is questioning the mysterious death of pharmaceutical executive Jonah Shacknai's girlfriend, who was found hanged inside his California mansion two months ago in what authorities have ruled a suicide.
Is it against Obama's religion?
A weekend of religious-themed observances at Washington National Cathedral marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks will include a Buddhist nun and an Imam, but not an evangelical Christian, leading the head of the Southern Baptist Convention to ask President Obama to reconsider attending the event.
“It's been a helpful briefing, quite a helpful briefing and I'm grateful to the Government for making it available to George, myself and, by phone, Scott Morrison,'' Mr Abbott said after the Brisbane session.

“But what was very clear as part of this briefing is that there is no Government policy as yet, and while there is no Government policy the boats will keep coming....
BRINGING asylum seekers onto the Australian mainland could lead to the social unrest which has caused violence and disruption across Paris and London, Tony Abbott was warned.
Just like Thomson's HSU victims
MANY Australian workers are forced to work extra hours without being compensated, a new survey suggests.
She doesn't want her dad in trouble.
The girl at the centre of an 11 hour-siege at a western Sydney lawyer's office says she chose to stay with her father and wasn't a hostage.
I was going to watch "Talking about your generation" and noticed Nat wasn't on it. So I won't.
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation is an Australian game show produced by Granada Productions which premiered on Network Ten on 5 May 2009. It is hosted by Shaun Micallef.[1]
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