Monday, January 07, 2013

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Labor lies nailed

Piers Akerman – Monday, January 07, 2013 (7:01am)

THE biggest job the Opposition faces this year is nailing Labor’s lies about leader Tony Abbott.
Principal among these are lies about Abbott’s Catholicism and his views on abortion and IVF.
Abbott’s own chief-of-staff Peta Credlin had a crack at killing these lies at the weekend when she revealed an extraordinarily moving personal story about the assistance her boss had given her when she and her husband were trying to conceive through IVF.
As anyone who has known a couple in an IVF program would understand, it is not an easy procedure, there are no promises, there are a lot of frustrations and there can be no guarantee of success.
Abbott himself had said it was a “myth” that he was against IVF and that in fact he had considered resigning from cabinet over a proposal to limit older women’s access to IVF.
“Perhaps not going ahead with the IVF restrictions was my colleagues’ way of atoning for a decision I deplored,” he wrote in the Sunday Telegraph.
He said he had never opposed IVF. “How could any pro-family politician not encourage people to have children and make it easier for them to do so?”
Abbott also said “contrary to myth, as health minister, I never sought to restrict access to the morning-after pill, never sought to prevent the importation of RU486 and never sought to limit access to abortion”.
That has not stopped Labor’s most senior law officer, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, from attempting to smear Abbott saying he was “ on record with his views of abortion, his views of RU-486, his views of older women accessing IVF”.
“They’re the sorts of comments that people will judge Mr Abbott on. If he’s changed his view, well then that’s obviously a matter for him to prosecute and see if he can convince the public that he has.”
Abbott’s views remain as sound as they ever were.
Abbott has the same views on abortion on former US President Bill Clinton - that abortion should be safe, legal and rare.
Now senior Opposition figure Christopher Pyne has come forward to talk of the support Abbott provided during a five-year period when Pyne and wife Carolyn were trying to conceive through IVF.
After a long struggle, twins Barnaby and Eleanor were born in August 2000.
“The myth that Tony Abbott is against IVF is just that,” Pyne told The Australian.
“We did the IVF for five years. We had many failed cycles. We had well over a dozen before the twins actually came along.”
Pyne said the government was trying to paint a picture of the Opposition Leader that simply did not bear out the reality.
“I am speaking about it because the myth Labor is creating about Tony is false, unfair and repugnant to me, he said.
“He was always keen to talk about progress.
“We talked about IVF and my twins and the process of getting there many times and he was only ever extraordinarily supportive, often raising the subject and being encouraging, hoping it would all be a great success.
“I remember explicitly talking about the fact that the church at the time was not in favour of IVF. His view was the church’s position was simply misguided and that there was nothing more important or exciting than the birth of children and if IVF could help bear children, then it was a good thing, not bad.”
Pyne said Mr Abbott had strongly opposed cuts to Medicare funding for IVF treatment.
He was against that from the very beginning,” Pyne said.
These personal testimonies will not stop Labor’s propaganda juggernaut but honest Australians should not let the lies persist.
The evidence of Abbott’s good character is abundant. Gillard cannot say the same. 
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GET ON THE BANDTWAGON

Tim Blair – Monday, January 07, 2013 (6:33pm)

Are you on the dole? Have you been unemployed for years? Do you struggle to get work because employers demand “experience” and “qualifications”?
What you need is a boss who is sympathetic to the unemployed and wants to help you begin a rewarding career. Apply here.

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SLIPPER SUMMONSED

Tim Blair – Monday, January 07, 2013 (4:32pm)

An announcement from the Australian Federal Police
The AFP has today (7 January 2013) served the legal representative of Mr Peter Slipper MP with a summons in relation to three offences of Dishonestly Causing a Risk of a Loss to the Commonwealth pursuant to section 135.1(5) Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
Mr Slipper MP has been summonsed to appear in the Canberra Magistrates Court on 15 February 2013. 
No comments.
UPDATE. Section 135.1(5) of the Criminal Code Act 1995: 
A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person dishonestly causes a loss, or dishonestly causes a risk of loss, to another person; and
(b) the first-mentioned person knows or believes that the loss will occur or that there is a substantial risk of the loss occurring; and
(c) the other person is a Commonwealth entity.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 5 years. 

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ABOVE THE PROLES

Tim Blair – Monday, January 07, 2013 (2:40pm)

The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Catherine Armitage recently wondered how Australia might look in 2050. With some help from Phil O’Neill, foundation director of the Urban Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney, Armitage came up with a vision of five-star facilities at the Badgerys Creek aerotropolis, “jewel of Sydney’s west”. But this splendid aerotropolis won’t be available to just any common folk, as Armitage and O’Neill explained:
“Air travel draws together ‘some of the most elite citizens on the planet, highly educated, highly paid, highly mobile people’, he says, especially when flying reverts to a premium-priced luxury in the low-carbon economy.”
In other words, welcome back to the tyranny of distance, when Australians of limited means were unable to afford air travel. Instead, we’ll have an airborne aristocracy insulated by wealth from low-carbon privations. London, Paris and New York will still be open to the elite, but it’s Mildura for the rest of you.

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FULL DISCLOSURE

Tim Blair – Monday, January 07, 2013 (2:15pm)

It’s our money, so we have a right to know: 
The ABC could be forced to disclose details of the pay packets of its top broadcasters and producers at programs such as Media Watch, Four Corners and Mornings with Jon Faine after it lost two appeals to block access to the information.
The national broadcaster received $1 billion in government funding in the last financial year and spent $486 million on wages and superannuation. 
This could be hilarious. What might Holiday Holmes be earning?

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EARN TOP DOLLARS

Tim Blair – Monday, January 07, 2013 (12:31pm)

Not for the first time, Adam Bandt misses the point. The Greens deputy leader has responded to Families Minister Jenny Macklin’s claim that she can survive on the $35-per-day dole by vowing tolive on that amount for a week.
Bandt will be joined in his quest for headlines by fellow Green Rachel Siewert. ‘’At least by trying to survive for a week, it gives me a feel what people are living day in, day out,” said the empathetic Greens senator.
So we’ll soon have a couple of Greens briefly imitating their broad support base by doing nothing and living on benefits. We might reasonably predict that at the end of their ordeal both will demand an increase in the dole to something approximating a “living wage”.
They’re Greens, so this type of sorrow-mongering, ego-driven pointlessness comes as little surprise. What they should do is to spend a week on the dole as the system is intended. Instead of trying to merely live for a week on $35 per day, they should try to get a job while living on $35 per day.

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BIG GRAB

Tim Blair – Monday, January 07, 2013 (11:40am)

Big Bash League players Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels face charges following this incident(language warning). Background to Warne’s outburst may be found near the end of this clip:



Naturally, some are quick to accuse Warne of racism, which is absurd. The fight may have been idiotic, but it had no racial element. I’ve seen worse confrontations at sub-district level. Meanwhile, a top-edged bouncer from Lasith Malinga leaves Samuels with more serious problems
Samuels was last night taken to hospital after a later separate incident in which he was struck by a bouncer and suffered what is believed to be a fractured eye socket. 
The hearing date is yet to be announced.

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WHERE THE ELITE MEET TO BEAT THE HEAT

Tim Blair – Monday, January 07, 2013 (3:59am)

Ten top locations for avoiding Sydney’s searing summer:
• Establishment 218, 29 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria. This brilliant butcher shop features a walk-through industrial chiller filled with prime cuts of meat – and one or two people who just need a heat break.
• Penrith Ice Palace, 7 Pattys Place, Jamisontown. Just $20 buys an adult session ticket. Be quick getting your skates on, however. The carbon tax is set to push prices higher.
• Kemeny’s Food & Liquor Store,137 Bondi Road, Bondi. The big beer fridge is an arctic delight, with the added bonus of selling beer.
• Event Cinemas, 159-175 Church Street, Parramatta. All cinemas are a good bet when the heat is on, but this mega movie house also offers three gold class sections for added cool.
• Sydney Fish Market, Bank Street, Pyrmont. So much ice! So many oysters! You can’t go wrong.
• Liverpool Catholic Club Sports Complex, 424-458 Hoxton Park Road, Liverpool West. Home base of the Sydney Ice Dogs. Watch in chilly comfort as the Dogs compete in the Australian Ice Hockey League.
• Porsche Centre Sydney South, 470 Gardeners Road, Alexandria. Take a very slow test drive in a Porsche 911, reputed to have the best air conditioning (including ventilated seats) of any modern car.
• Snowglobes.com.au. Sells Australia’s largest range of snowglobes. Feel your temperature drop as you scroll down each globe-filled page.
• Mr Iceman, 37-47 Borec Road, Penrith. Supplies industrial quantities of ice and dry ice throughout Sydney. Drop in and buy a 6kg block.
• The United States, western hemisphere. Nearly 70 per cent of the US was covered by snow on January 1. It’s an expensive option, but currently guarantees impressive heat relief.
UPDATE. Another option
Temperatures in China have plunged to their lowest in almost three decades, cold enough to freeze coastal waters and trap 1,000 ships in ice, official media said at the weekend. 

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LIVES SAVED

Tim Blair – Monday, January 07, 2013 (3:26am)

Georgia’s Donnie Herman: “My wife is a hero. She protected her kids. She did what she was supposed to do as [a] responsible, prepared gun owner. Her life is saved, and her kids’ life is saved, and that’s all I’d like to say.” Meanwhile, the gun debate has lost some heat.
UPDATE. Meanwhile, in gun-controlled Sydney
A gang of young thieves have attacked people in their beds with machetes during a string of violent home invasions in Sydney’s west, leaving some with horrific and disfiguring injuries.
Police say the group, believed to be aged in their teens and early 20s, could also be involved in a number of armed robberies on businesses in the area.
They are hunting for up to six youths who stormed six different homes in Auburn between September and November last year.
The young offenders stole only mobile phones, laptops and cash.
Six people were injured, one in each robbery, including a man who was left missing a large chunk of his forehead after being hit with an axe.
Another man suffered horrific injuries to his face and skull after being attacked with a machete. 

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UNIVERSAL TRUTH

Tim Blair – Monday, January 07, 2013 (3:13am)

Further on Jon Henley’s Guardian piece defending paedophilia: 
The problem was less with content than with tone. Henley tried to bring “objectivity” to an issue – the potential or literal abuse of children – about which there is no reason to be objective …
Not only has a space been open for debate about something that hardly needs debating, but it’s also injected the misleading discourse of “reason” vs “hysteria” in to it. The constant call for “reason” can become a way of blinding us to certainly universal truths that don’t require reason to resonate. 
Quite so.

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NERVES OF ICE

Tim Blair – Monday, January 07, 2013 (2:43am)

Poley bear meets man in a cage.

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