- 1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis (pictured) was named as the provisional president of the Confederate States of America.
- 1913 – A group of meteors was visible across much of the eastern seaboard of North and South America, leading astronomers to conclude that the source had been a small, short-lived natural satellite of the Earth.
- 1943 – World War II: Allied forces declared Guadalcanal secure, ending theGuadalcanal Campaign as a significant strategic victory for Allied forces fighting Japan in the Pacific War.
- 1976 – The Australian Defence Force was formed by the unification of theAustralian Army, the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.
- 2001 – The American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally collided with theEhime Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School.
- 474 – Zeno crowned as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
- 1555 – Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper is burned at the stake.
- 1621 – Gregory XV becomes Pope, the last Pope elected by acclamation.
- 1775 – American Revolutionary War: The British Parliament declares Massachusetts in rebellion.
- 1788 – The Habsburg Empire joins the Russo-Turkish War in the Russian camp.
- 1825 – After no presidential candidate receives a majority of electoral votes in the election of 1824, the United States House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams President of the United States.
- 1849 – New Roman Republic established
- 1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America by the Confederate convention at Montgomery, Alabama.
- 1870 – President Ulysses S. Grant signs a joint resolution of Congress establishing the U.S. Weather Bureau.
- 1889 – President Grover Cleveland signs a bill elevating the United States Department of Agriculture to a Cabinet-level agency.
- 1895 – William G. Morgan creates a game called Mintonette, which soon comes to be referred to as volleyball.
- 1900 – The Davis Cup competition is established.
- 1904 – Russo–Japanese War: Battle of Port Arthur concludes.
- 1913 – A group of meteors is visible across much of the eastern seaboard of North and South America, leading astronomers to conclude the source had been a small, short-lived natural satellite of the Earth.
- 1920 – Under the terms of the Svalbard Treaty, international diplomacy recognizes Norwegian sovereignty over Arctic archipelago Svalbard, and designates it as demilitarized.
- 1922 – Brazil becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
- 1934 – The Balkan Entente is formed.
- 1942 – World War II: Top United States military leaders hold their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in the war.
- 1942 – Year-round Daylight saving time is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.
- 1943 – World War II: Allied authorities declare Guadalcanal secure after Imperial Japan evacuates its remaining forces from the island, ending the Battle of Guadalcanal.
- 1945 – World War II: The Battle of the Atlantic – HMS Venturer sinks U-864 off the coast of Fedje, Norway, in a rare instance of submarine-to-submarine combat.
- 1945 – World War II: A force of Allied aircraft unsuccessfully attacked a German destroyer in Førdefjorden, Norway.
- 1950 – Second Red Scare: Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with Communists.
- 1951 – Korean War: Geochang massacre
- 1959 – The R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile, becomes operational at Plesetsk, USSR.
- 1964 – The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers.
- 1965 – Vietnam War: The first United States combat troops are sent to South Vietnam.
- 1969 – First test flight of the Boeing 747.
- 1971 – The Sylmar earthquake hits the San Fernando Valley area of California.
- 1971 – Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- 1971 – Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned moon landing.
- 1973 – Biju Patnaik of the Pragati Legislature Party is elected leader of the opposition in the state assembly in Orissa, India.
- 1975 – The Soyuz 17 Soviet spacecraft returns to Earth.
- 1991 – Voters in Lithuania vote for independence.
- 1996 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares the end to its 18 month ceasefire and explodes a large bomb in London's Canary Wharf.
- 2001 – The American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School.
- 1533 – Shimazu Yoshihisa, Japanese samurai (d. 1611)
- 1645 – Johann Aegidius Bach, German violist (d. 1716)
- 1666 – George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (d. 1737)
- 1711 – Luis Vicente de Velasco e Isla, Spanish sailor and commander in the Royal Spanish Navy (d. 1762)
- 1737 – Thomas Paine, English radical liberal philosopher, American revolutionary (d. 1809)
- 1741 – Henri-Joseph Rigel, German-born composer (d. 1799)
- 1747 – John Thomas Duckworth, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1817)
- 1748 – Luther Martin, American patriot (d. 1826)
- 1751 – Antoine Bullant, Czech musician (bassoon player) and opera composer (d. 1821)
- 1756 – Karel Blažej Kopřiva, Czech composer (d. 1785)
- 1763 – Ludwig I, Grand Duke of Baden (d. 1830)
- 1769 – Susette Gontard, the beloved of the poet Friedrich Hölderlin (d. 1802)
- 1773 – William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States (d. 1841)
- 1775 – Farkas Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1856)
- 1781 – Johann Baptist von Spix, German scientist (d. 1826)
- 1783 – Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (d. 1852)
- 1789 – Franz Xaver Gabelsberger, German inventor of the stenography (d. 1849)
- 1792 – Thomas Cooke, Canadian Roman Catholic bishop (d. 1870)
- 1800 – Hyrum Smith, American religious leader (d. 1844)
- 1814 – Samuel Jones Tilden, 28th Governor of New York (d. 1886)
- 1830 – Abd-ul-Aziz, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1876)
- 1834 – Felix Dahn, German author (d. 1912)
- 1839 – Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (d. 1896)
- 1846 – Wilhelm Maybach, German automotive designer (d. 1929)
- 1846 – Whitaker Wright, English mining tycoon (d. 1904)
- 1865 – Mrs. Patrick Campbell, British actress (d. 1940)
- 1865 – Erich von Drygalski, German geographer, geophysicist, and polar scientist (d. 1949)
- 1867 – Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist. (d. 1916)
- 1871 – Howard Taylor Ricketts, American pathologist (d. 1910)
- 1874 – Amy Lowell, American poet (d. 1925)
- 1880 – Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1959)
- 1883 – Jules Berry, French actor (d. 1951)
- 1885 – Alban Berg, Austrian composer (d. 1935)
- 1891 – Ronald Colman, English actor (d. 1958)
- 1892 – Peggy Wood, American actress (d. 1978)
- 1893 – Georgios Athanasiadis-Novas, Greek lawyer, politician and Prime Minister (d. 1987)
- 1895 – Hermann Brill, German politician (d. 1959)
- 1897 – Charles Kingsford Smith, Australian pilot (d. 1935)
- 1901 – Brian Donlevy, Irish actor (d. 1972)
- 1901 – James Murray, American actor (d. 1936)
- 1902 – Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's leader (d. 1999)
- 1906 – André Kostolany, Hungarian stock market expert and speculator (d. 1999)
- 1907 – Donald Coxeter, British-born Canadian geometer (d. 2003)
- 1907 – Truong Chinh, Vietnamese communist political leader and theoretician (d. 1988)
- 1909 – Heather Angel, British actress (d. 1986)
- 1909 – Harald Genzmer, German composer (d. 2007)
- 1909 – Carmen Miranda, Brazilian actress (d. 1955)
- 1909 – Dean Rusk, 54th United States Secretary of State (d. 1994)
- 1910 – Jacques Monod, French biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
- 1911 – William Darby, American World War II Army officer (d. 1945)
- 1912 – Futabayama Sadaji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 35th Yokozuna (d. 1968)
- 1912 – Ginette Leclerc, French actress (d. 1992)
- 1914 – Bill Justice, American Disney animator (d. 2011)
- 1914 – Ernest Tubb, American singer (d. 1984)
- 1914 – Bill Veeck, American baseball executive (d. 1986)
- 1915 – Lennard Pearce, English actor (d. 1984)
- 1916 – Tex Hughson, American baseball player (d. 1993)
- 1919 – John Abramovic, American basketball player (d. 2000)
- 1920 – Fred Allen, New Zealand rugby union footballer and coach (d. 2012)
- 1922 – Kathryn Grayson, American actress (d. 2010)
- 1922 – Jim Laker, English cricketer (d. 1986)
- 1923 – Brendan Behan, Irish author (d. 1964)
- 1925 – John B. Cobb, American theologian
- 1925 – Burkhard Heim, German physicist (d. 2001)
- 1926 – Garret FitzGerald, 7th Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland (d. 2011)
- 1927 – Richard A. Long, American historian and author (d. 2013)
- 1928 – Frank Frazetta, American illustrator (d. 2010)
- 1928 – Rinus Michels, Dutch football coach (d. 2005)
- 1928 – Roger Mudd, American journalist
- 1929 – Clement Meadmore, Australian-born sculptor (d. 2005)
- 1929 – Danny Malloy (Boxer), Scottish boxer and footballer
- 1930 – Garner Ted Armstrong, American evangelist (d. 2003)
- 1931 – Thomas Bernhard, Austrian playwright and novelist (d. 1989)
- 1931 – Josef Masopust, Czech footballer
- 1932 – Tatsuro Hirooka, Japanese baseball player
- 1932 – Gerhard Richter, German painter
- 1933 – Loris Azzaro, French fashion designer (d. 2003)
- 1934 – George Showell, English footballer (d. 2012)
- 1934 – John Ziegler, former NHL Commissioner
- 1935 – Lionel Fanthorpe, British pastor, entertainer, journalist, writer and paranormal investigator
- 1936 – Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian country singer
- 1936 – Clive Swift, British actor
- 1937 – Clete Boyer, American baseball player (d. 2007)
- 1939 – Barry Mann, American singer
- 1939 – Tadahiro Matsushita, Japanese politician (d. 2012)
- 1939 – Janet Suzman, South African actress
- 1940 – Brian Bennett, British musician (The Shadows)
- 1940 – J. M. Coetzee, South African author, Nobel laureate
- 1941 – Sheila Kuehl, American actress
- 1942 – Carole King, American singer
- 1943 – Barbara Lewis, American singer and songwriter
- 1943 – Jonny Nilsson, Swedish speedskater
- 1943 – Joe Pesci, American actor
- 1943 – Joseph E. Stiglitz, American economist, Nobel laureate
- 1944 – Derryn Hinch, Australian media personality
- 1944 – Alice Walker, American writer
- 1945 – Mia Farrow, American actress
- 1945 – Gérard Lenorman, French singer
- 1946 – Eamon Duffy, Irish academic, Cambridge University
- 1946 – Séan Neeson, Northern Irish politician
- 1946 – Vince Papale, American football player
- 1946 – Jim Webb, American politician, senior senator of Virginia
- 1947 – Reinhard Adler, German footballer
- 1947 – Carla Del Ponte, Swiss UN prosecutor
- 1947 – Joe Ely, American musician (The Flatlanders)
- 1947 – Major Harris, American singer (d. 2012)
- 1947 – Michel Lamarche, Canadian professional wrestler
- 1949 – Judith Light, American actress
- 1950 – Richard F. Colburn, American politician
- 1952 – Danny White, American football player
- 1953 – Ciarán Hinds, Northern Irish actor
- 1953 – Father Ezechiele Ramin MCCJ, Italian Comboni missionary priest and martyr (d. 1985)
- 1953 – Gabriel Rotello, American television documentary producer
- 1954 – Mary Jo Duffy, American comic book writer and editor
- 1954 – Christopher Gardner, American entrepreneur
- 1954 – Kevin Warwick, British cybernetics scientist
- 1954 – Omar Belhouchet, Algerian journalist
- 1955 – Jerry Beck, American film historian and author
- 1955 – Jim J. Bullock, American actor
- 1955 – Charles Shaughnessy, British actor
- 1956 – Mookie Wilson, American baseball player
- 1957 – Gordon Strachan, Scottish football player and manager
- 1958 – Chris Nilan, American ice hockey player
- 1958 – Cyrille Regis, English former footballer
- 1959 – Antonis Manikas, Greek football manager and former footballer
- 1960 – Holly Johnson, British singer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
- 1960 – Peggy Whitson, American astronaut
- 1960 – David Bateson, South African actor
- 1961 – John Kruk, American baseball player
- 1961 – Jussi Lampi, Finnish musician and actor
- 1962 – Anik Bissonnette, Canadian ballet dancer (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens)
- 1963 – Brian Greene, American physicist
- 1963 – Travis Tritt, American singer
- 1965 – Dieter Baumann, German athlete
- 1965 – Igor Malkov, Russian speedskater
- 1965 – Julie Warner, American actress
- 1965 – Darren Dalton, American actor
- 1966 – Harald Eia, Norwegian TV personality and comedian
- 1966 – Ellen van Langen, Dutch athlete
- 1967 – Todd Pratt, American baseball player
- 1968 – Alejandra Guzmán, Mexican singer
- 1968 – Rahul Roy, Indian actor
- 1968 – Derek Strong, American basketball player
- 1969 – Tom Scharpling, American radio-host
- 1969 – Ian Eagle, American sportscaster
- 1969 – Jimmy Smith, American football player
- 1969 – Kaoru Maeda, Japanese professional wrestler
- 1970 – Krister Linder, Swedish musician (Dive)
- 1970 – Glenn McGrath, Australian cricketer
- 1971 – Sharon Case, American actress
- 1971 – Johan Mjällby, Swedish footballer
- 1972 – Darren Ferguson, Scottish footballer
- 1972 – Crispin Freeman, American voice actor
- 1972 – Jason Winston George, American actor
- 1972 – Norbert Rózsa, Hungarian swimmer
- 1973 – Svetlana Boginskaya, Belorussian/Soviet gymnast
- 1973 – Colin Egglesfield, American actor
- 1973 – Shaun Parkes, English actor
- 1974 – Erra Fazira, Malaysian actress and beauty queen
- 1974 – Brad Maynard, American football player
- 1974 – Amber Valletta, American model
- 1974 – John Wallace, American basketball player
- 1975 – Kurt Asle Arvesen, Norwegian cyclist
- 1975 – Viktor Chistiakov, Russian-born Australian athlete
- 1975 – Clinton Grybas, Australian football commentator (d. 2008)
- 1975 – Vladimir Guerrero, Dominican baseball player
- 1976 – Charlie Day, American actor
- 1976 – Georgios Korakakis, Greek footballer
- 1976 – Steve Burguiere, American radio broadcasting personality
- 1978 – Airton Daré, Brazilian racing driver
- 1978 – A. J. Buckley, Irish-born Canadian television and film actor
- 1979 – David Gray, English snooker player
- 1979 – Akinori Iwamura, Japanese baseball player
- 1979 – Irina Slutskaya, Russian figure skater
- 1979 – Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress
- 1980 – Angelos Charisteas, Greek footballer
- 1980 – Shelly Martinez, American wrestler
- 1980 – Margarita Levieva, American actress
- 1981 – Joël Camathias, Swiss racing driver
- 1981 – Tom Hiddleston, English actor
- 1981 – John Walker Lindh, American Taliban fighter
- 1981 – The Rev, American musician (Avenged Sevenfold) (d. 2009)
- 1982 – Jameer Nelson, American basketball player
- 1982 – Ami Suzuki, Japanese singer
- 1982 – Chris Weale, English footballer
- 1982 – Domingo Cisma González, Spanish footballer
- 1983 – Mikel Arruabarrena Aranbide, Spanish footballer
- 1984 – Maurice Ager, American basketball player
- 1984 – Han Geng, Chinese singer and dancer (Super Junior)
- 1984 – Dioner Navarro, Venezuelan baseball player
- 1984 – Logan Bartholomew, American actor
- 1985 – David Gallagher, American actor
- 1985 – Rachel Melvin, American actress
- 1986 – Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein, of Jordan
- 1987 – Michael B. Jordan, American actor
- 1987 – Davide Lanzafame, Italian footballer
- 1987 – Magdalena Neuner, German biathlete
- 1987 – Joe O'Cearuill, Irish footballer
- 1987 – Polona Reberšak, Slovenian tennis player
- 1987 – Rose Leslie, Scottish actress
- 1988 – Lotte Friis, Danish swimmer
- 1989 – Wu Chia-ching, Taiwanese pool player
- 1989 – Gia Farrell, American singer
- 1990 – Tyson Houseman, Canadian actor
- 1990 – Camille Winbush, American actress
- 1992 – Avan Jogia, Canadian actor
- 1993 – Niclas Füllkrug, German footballer
- 1996 – Jimmy Bennett, American actor
- 1996 – Kelli Berglund, American actress
- 967 – Sayf al-Dawla, Emir of Aleppo (b. 916)
- 1011 – Bernard I, Duke of Saxony
- 1199 – Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese shogun (b. 1147)
- 1450 – Agnès Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII of France (b. 1421)
- 1555 – John Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester & Worcester (burned at the stake) (b. ca. 1495/1500)
- 1555 – Rowland Taylor, English pastor (executed) (b. 1510)
- 1588 – Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral.
- 1619 – Lucilio Vanini, Italian philosopher (b. 1585)
- 1675 – Gerhard Douw, Dutch painter (b. 1613)
- 1709 – François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general (b. 1664)
- 1751 – Henri François d'Aguesseau, Chancellor of France (b. 1668)
- 1752 – Fredric Hasselquist, Swedish naturalist (b. 1722)
- 1777 – Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)
- 1782 – Joseph Aloysius Assemani, Lebanese orientalist (b. 1710)
- 1803 – Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (b. 1716)
- 1857 – Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem (b. 1798)
- 1874 – Jules Michelet, French historian (b. 1798)
- 1881 – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (b. 1821)
- 1891 – Johan Jongkind, Dutch painter (b. 1819)
- 1906 – Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet (b. 1872)
- 1930 – Richard With, Norwegian businessman, politician and captain, founder of Hurtigruten (b. 1846)
- 1932 – A.K. Golam Jilani, a Bangladeshi who was a revolutionary of the Indian independence movement. (b. 1904)
- 1932 – Paul Neumann, Austrian swimmer (b. 1875)
- 1951 – Eddy Duchin, American musician (b. 1910)
- 1957 – Miklós Horthy, Hungarian admiral (b. 1868)
- 1960 – Alexandre Benois, Russian artist (b. 1870)
- 1960 – Ernő Dohnányi, Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer (b. 1877)
- 1966 – Sophie Tucker, Russian-born actress (b. 1884)
- 1969 – George "Gabby" Hayes, American actor (b. 1885)
- 1973 – Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (b. 1883)
- 1973 – Max Yasgur, American farmer (Woodstock Festival) (b. 1919)
- 1975 – Pierre Dac, French humorist (b. 1893)
- 1976 – Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
- 1977 – Sergey Ilyushin, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1894)
- 1978 – Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
- 1978 – Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
- 1978 – Warren King, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
- 1979 – Allen Tate. American poet (b. 1899)
- 1980 – Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
- 1981 – Bill Haley, American musician (Bill Haley & His Comets) (b. 1925)
- 1981 – M. C. Chagla, renowned Indian jurist, diplomat, and Cabinet Minister (b. 1900)
- 1984 – Yuri Andropov, Soviet politician (b. 1914)
- 1989 – Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (b. 1928)
- 1991 – James Cleveland, American gospel singer (b. 1931)
- 1994 – Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1934)
- 1995 – J. William Fulbright, American politician (b. 1905)
- 1995 – David Wayne, American actor (b. 1914)
- 1997 – Brian Connolly, Scottish singer (Sweet) (b. 1945)
- 1997 – Barry Evans, British actor (b. 1943)
- 1997 – Georges Groulx, French Canadian actor (b. 1922)
- 1998 – Maurice Schumann, French politician and writer (b. 1911)
- 1999 – Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
- 2001 – Herbert A. Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
- 2002 – Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (b. 1930)
- 2002 – Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
- 2004 – Claude Ryan, Canadian newspaper director and politician (b. 1925)
- 2005 – Tyrone Davis, American soul singer (b. 1938)
- 2005 – Robert Kearns, Inventor of the intermittent wiper (b. 1927)
- 2006 – Sir Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
- 2006 – Nadira, Indian actress (b. 1932)
- 2007 – Hank Bauer, American baseball player (b. 1922)
- 2007 – Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (b. 1934)
- 2008 – Scot Halpin, American musician, temporary drummer for The Who (b. 1954)
- 2008 – Christopher Hyatt Occultist,Philosopher and Author. (b. 1943)
- 2008 – Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
- 2008 – Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
- 2009 – Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)
- 2009 – Orlando "Cachaito" López, Cuban musician Buena Vista Social Club (b. 1933)
- 2010 – Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)
- 2010 – Jacques Hétu, Canadian musician, composer and music educator (b. 1938)
- 2010 – Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)
- 2011 – Miltiadis Evert, Greek politician (b. 1939)
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Earliest day on which Clean Monday can fall, while March 15 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday before Easter. (Eastern Christianity)
- Earliest day on which People's Sunday can fall, while March 15 is the latest; celebrated on the first Sunday before Easter. (Malta)
The bungling is one thing. The lying and deceit is another:
Hope for a 2012-13 budget surplus, promised for three years as part of good economic management to create jobs and restore confidence, is gone. The $2 billion funding - down from original estimates of $10.6bn - for “spreading the benefits of the boom” through the Schoolkids’ Bonus, family payments, carbon tax compensation, company tax cuts and superannuation rises is also gone.In the past eight weeks, Wayne Swan has been forced to abandon his political fictions and face the economic reality that has been long apparent…
There are legitimate reasons for the government not being able to get the budget back in to surplus, but there are no excuses for the inflated, misleading and overcooked political promises and the flawed implementation of the mining profits tax during the biggest resources boom in Australia’s history.
The MRRT has scored a remarkable double. It has introduced a very unwelcome element of sovereign risk to investment in the Australian resources industry, but has raised virtually no revenue.
Mind you, how can anyone take the Prime Minister seriously now, either?
An awed Elizabeth Farrelly, Sydney Morning Herald columnist, meets Julian Assange in what she apparently takes to be a jail:
I’m astonished a major newspaper could publish such utter tripe - a Barbara Cartland kind of political panting, and almost every bit as fictional.
What a load of tosh. Assange jumped bail and walked into the embassy of Ecuador in London. No one has imprisoned him – except himself. MWD’s sympathies lie with the members of the metropolitan police who have to watch over this bail-jumper in both cold and heat.
Farrelly is airily dismissive of the rape allegations and legal proceedings from which Assange is actually fleeing, and makes no mention at all of the rights to justice of the two Swedish women who claim to be Assange’s victims:
As to ‘’facing the music’’, everything hinges on the genuineness of the case and the probability of a fair trial.
Instead she indulges Assange’s group smear of Sweden, once actually hailed by the Left as a moral exemplar to the world for its Big State welfarism:
Assange points out that Sweden’s is a culture of profound conformism; a population half the size of Australia’s with a language spoken (and a culture therefore scrutinised) by no one else on earth. A country that, unlike say Germany, ‘’never denazified’’ after World War II. Never pushed the reset button.
Jemima Khan once stood bail for Assange and long defended him. But she now sees what Farrelly resolutely won’t - that Assange faces no more danger in Sweden of being extradited than he does in Britain, and that the two Swedish women have rights that should also be considered. Khan says has had second thoughts about Assange - which I doubt have anything to do with Sweden not being “denazified”:
In an interview with ABC News, Assange said that Swedish prosecutors were withholding evidence which suggested that he had been “set up"… . The two women at the centre of the rape allegations against Assange were subsequently named and defamed on the internet, threatened with rape and pictured with bullseyes on their faces.
It may well be that the serious allegations of sexual assault and rape are not substantiated in court, but I have come to the conclusion that these are all matters for Swedish due process and that Assange is undermining both himself and his own transparency agenda – as well as doing the US department of justice a favour – by making his refusal to answer questions in Sweden into a human rights issue. There have been three rounds
in the UK courts and the UK courts have upheld the European Arrest Warrant in his name three times. The women in question have human rights, too, and need resolution. Assange’s noble cause and his wish to avoid a US court does not trump their right to be heard in a Swedish court.
I cannot believe SMH readers are so childish, so indifferent to allegations of rape, so prone to hero worship and so disdainful of evidence and nuance that they deserve what Farrelly offers.
Normally a jump that big would suggest you’re romping it in:
THE West Australian opposition has started the election campaign with a five-percentage-point boost in its primary vote...
But we are talking Labor:
While Labor has made inroads on primary support, most of it has come at the expense of the Greens and “others”, leaving the Liberal-Nationals government with a commanding lead on preferences, 57 per cent to 43 per cent.
Brilliant. Inspiring - from his life story to his passionate defence of free speech:
Move over President Obama. Conservatives are not talking so much about the president’s address at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, but rather remarks from Dr. Benjamin Carson, a black pediatric neurosurgeon with Johns Hopkins Hospital who took over the stage for 25 riveting minutes.
Mr. Carson spoke of his disdain for political correctness, calling it a “dangerous” and “horrible thing” that has led to such ridiculous fears as wishing people Merry Christmas, according to The Blaze.
He also talked about the moral decay of American, and cautioned of a Rome-like fate, and — in front of Mr. Obama, who sat just feet from the podium — confronted the issue of America’s debt and current fiscal policy.
(Thanks to reader ant.)
Rudd demonstrates his new humility to those who once saw none of it:
ALP insiders yesterday said Mr Rudd had held discussions with a number of MPs loyal to Ms Gillard, including several from Queensland, in recent days in a bid to “rebuild relationships”.
“He isn’t asking for their support, he is discussing policy but there is little doubt among them that he is testing the waters,” a senior ALP source said.
I have been deeply suspicious of films based on “true stories” or purporting to show history. It’s why I’m apprehensive about Lincoln.
First, few film-makers can resist improving on history or giving it a preferred twist. Second, many firm-goers, especially the young, seem to treat such films as their eye-witness insight into events of which they otherwise know little.
Indeed, wildly skewed filmed accounts of the past are too often shown as history to classrooms of impressionable children, and what those children see is retained more vividly than anything they’ve learned by reading. The visual drives out the archival.
Nothing illustrates these dangers more than Rabbit-Proof Fence, which dramatically “improved” on its source material and added purely imagined scenes to promote the “stolen generations” myth. Virtually every key scene was radically different from the truth.
Compare what you are shown in this trailer for the film, for instance, with the facts drawn from the sources on which it is based:
THE FILM shows a policeman chasing the girls in his car and ripping them from Molly’s screaming mother.According to [director Phillip] Noyce, this scene ``tells the whole story’’ of his film.
THE FACT, writes Pilkington, is that the officer rode up on horseback to tell Molly’s stepfather he’d take the girls, and ``the old man nodded’’. The officer put Molly and Gracie on a horse, gave them the reins and asked them to follow him. The next day he picked up Daisy and two sick women at another camp. There was no chase, no struggle.
Yet the film opens with the words: “This is a true story.” And so it was sold to literally hundreds of thousands of school children by their own teachers.
I am not saying Lincoln rewrites history so wilfully or recasts it so brazenly in an ideological cause. Too many Americans know that history too well - and revere President Lincoln too greatly - to allow such hijacking.
Yet history was indeed rewritten in Lincoln. And the excuse given by the scriptwriter shows not just how lightly this can be done even when the events are so well known to many.
His excuse also shows how readily rewriters can dress up their fictions as “historical”. They want the licence of fiction but the authority of history:
Lincoln is still a movie. And that means liberties were taken with the story, something screenwriter Tony Kushner is now explaining in the wake of accusations that the film is not historically accurate.
Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., wrote a letter to [director Steven] Spielberg earlier this week noting that a key part of Lincoln is wrong. The film shows two of three lawmakers from his state voting against the 13th Amendment, prohibiting slavery in the U.S. “I could not believe my eyes and ears!” he wrote, because, he says, according to the Congressional Record, all four representatives from Connecticut voted in favor of the amendment…Now, Lincoln screenwriter Kushner has penned his own letter of response, ... acknowledging that Courtney “is correct,” but defending and explaining the reasoning behind the film.Kushner acknowledges, “We changed two of the delegation’s votes, and we made up new names for the men casting those votes, so as not to ascribe any actions to actual persons who didn’t perform them. In the movie, the voting is also organized by state, which is not the practice in the House. “
He goes on to say the alterations were made “to clarify to the audience the historical reality that the Thirteenth Amendment passed by a very narrow margin that wasn’t determined until the end of the vote. The closeness of that vote and the means by which it came about was the story we wanted to tell. In making changes to the voting sequence, we adhered to time-honored and completely legitimate standards for the creation of historical drama, which is what Lincoln is…
“Here’s my rule: Ask yourself, “Did this thing happen?” If the answer is yes, then it’s historical. Then ask, “Did this thing happen precisely this way?” If the answer is yes, then it’s history; if the answer is no, not precisely this way, then it’s historical drama.”
Which means, of course, such films should start instead with the words “This is not a true story. Facts have been changed. Whole scenes have been imagined.”
Many books fictionalising history already do this, adding disclaimers much like this:
This is a work of fiction set in a background of history. Public personages both living and dead may appear in the story under their right names. Scenes and dialogue involving them with fictitious characters are of course invented. Any other usage of real people’s names is coincidental. Any resemblance of the imaginary characters to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
It’s called truth in advertising.
2004: Warmist scientist Peter Cox says global warming will destroy Amazonian rainforests:
DR PETER COX (Hadley Centre, Met Office): ... If we don’t do anything by about twenty thirty we could have a global warming of exceeding two degrees… 2040 it could be four degrees warmer, the climate change could have led to big drying particularly in the Amazon Basin, that would make the forest unsustainable, we’d expect the forest to catch fire probably, turn into savannah and maybe ultimately even desert if it gets really really dry as our model suggests.
2013: Warmist scientist Peter Cox says global warming will help Amazonian rainforests:
The Amazon rainforest is less vulnerable to die off because of global warming than widely believed because the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide also acts as an airborne fertilizer, a study showed on Wednesday.
The boost to growth from CO2, the main gas from burning fossil fuels blamed for causing climate change, was likely to exceed damaging effects of rising temperatures this century such as drought, it said.“I am no longer so worried about a catastrophic die-back due to CO2-induced climate change,” Professor Peter Cox of the University of Exeter in England told Reuters of the study he led in the journal Nature. “In that sense it’s good news."…
“CO2 fertilization will beat the negative effect of climate change so that forests will continue to accumulate carbon throughout the 21st century,” Cox said of the findings with other British-based researchers.
(Thanks to reader John and others.)
What should a senior minister of the Gillard Government do when he learns he is wrong about global warming?
How should a minister who helped impose the carbon tax react to proof he was wrong to claim there’s been no pause in warming since 1997, and world was instead warming fast?
How should he respond upon finding instead that none of the measurements used even by the IPCC detect any warming trend that is “statistically significant”?
Here’s what I would expect.
I would expect Trade Minister Craig Emerson to apologise for being so badly informed.
I would expect him to revise his thinking about about the nature and speed of any warming, and the warming influence of our emissions.
I would expect him to explain why, in the light of the facts I’ve now drawn to his attention, he thinks trying to “stop” global warming with a carbon tax and billions in subsidies still makes economic sense. Or to admit it does not, after all.
These are the kinds of things a serious man, a responsible politician, would do when presented with facts contradicting a critical assumption behind an important public policy.
Now let me show you how Dr Emerson has in fact responded to my arguments:
As you can see, that’s not an argument. That is the lamest abuse - below even sandpit level. No child, even in primary school, would dare serve up such a response in their homework.
It is true that, unlike Dr Emerson, I have no academic qualification. But it is also true that on this matter he is wrong and I am right.
Here’s what’s troubling. If someone with no academic qualifications can prove that a minister with a doctorate - and in a government advised by top scientists - is wrong about the very basic facts about global warming, what does it say about the Gillard Government and its warming policies?
I think Emerson is now obliged to answer this simple question: am I right, after all, to say there’s been no statistically significant warming since 1997?
If so, could he answer this: when the facts change, does he change his opinions?
(PS: still no admission, retraction or apology from ABC science presenter Dr Karl, either. And, yes, he too has a doctorate - yet is even more profoundly wrong than Emerson.)
Reader tdf corrects me:
No, Dr Karl does not have a doctorate. He has qualfied as a medical doctor. Karl completed a MB, B.S after a science B.Sc(Hons), some further broad study and a change to medical science. Dr. Emerson has a doctorate in Economics. On matters of science he has no qualifications.
The question for Treasurer Wayne Swan is actually simpler: why did you lie about the surplus? But credit to the dogged journalist yesterday who asked questions the dishonest Treasurer refused to answer:
The Opposition raised the issue about pamphlets, taxpayer pamphlets released in the ten Labor electorates which said we delivered a surplus on time as promised. This is before your comments later in the year that the surplus wasn’t being delivered. Can you tell us why these pamphlets [as pictured above] said you delivered a surplus on time and as promised when it is only as had been forecast?TREASURER:That’s right, that is what we had forecast. At the end of last year, I stood up and said it was unlikely that that forecast was unlikely that that forecast was would be achieved because there have been a substantial change in the revenue outlook caused by global volatilityJOURNALIST:You put out a pamphlet saying we have delivered a surplus. That is a huge difference.TREASURER:We have put in place a fiscal consolidation which is ongoing and that has been a key part in very significant interest rate cuts delivered by the Reserve Bank because our strict fiscal discipline has given them the capacity to adjust rates downwards but forecasts are adjusted. Twice a year, we first of all bring down a budget, then we bring out a mid-year budget update. Because of what occurred in the second part of last year, after the update, I provided further guidance of what had happened with revenue.JOURNALIST:It says “We delivered a surplus” and you hadn’t.TREASURER:
We had forecast a surplus, put in place a fiscal consolidation to achieve that surplus. Only somebody who would stick their head in the sand would ignore changes in the global economy. The facts have changed, so responsible Governments have to change their settings to protect growth and jobs.
The transcript does end abruptly, so it may well be that the word “lie” was used.
I hope so.
(Thanks to reader Stu.)
The video shows what the transcript omits - further questions hurled at the Treasurer as he flees the lectern. I can’t quite make out what’s said. Is “lie” used?
Labor should pay out of its own pocket the cost of mailing out deliberate and flagrant lies:
[Ten Labor] MPs had mailed out electoral pamphlets from Wayne Swan stating that: “We have delivered a surplus, on time, as promised."…Mr Swan - whose office yesterday refused to answer questions about who paid for the pamphlets, when or how many were sent out and whether they would issue a correction to voters - said last year he had “forecast” a surplus but changed economic conditions meant the government could not deliver it…
ALP national secretary George Wright yesterday confirmed the pamphlets were printed using taxpayer funds.
The ABC couldn’t resist linking conservatives to a Norwegian mass-murderer by quoting from the madman’s manifesto:
Accused Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik praised four Australian conservative leaders - including former prime minister John Howard - in his 1,500-page manifesto.
The Sydney Morning Herald ran AAP copy also listing the conservatives praised in the Breivik manifesto:
A manifesto by Anders Breivik has been dismissed as “deluded rantings” by former Treasurer Peter Costello, who is named in it along with former prime minister John Howard.
Cardinal George Pell, historian Keith Windschuttle and former Liberal MP Ross Cameron are also mentioned in the 1500-page diatribe by the self-confessed mass murderer.
The Conversation published articles making the same gleeful link:
The trial of Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik for the murder of 77 people has a special significance for journalists in Australia, and not just because Breivik summoned the names of John Howard, Peter Costello, George Pell and Keith Windschuttle in the manifesto he wrote before the slayings.
Not a coincidence, insisted ranter Mike Carlton. That manifesto was not the mere ravings of a lunatic but an insight into the spectrum of conservative thought:
It was studded with quotations from heroes of the political right including - astoundingly - our very own John Howard, Peter Costello, Cardinal George Pell and the Sydney Marxist-turned-High Tory academic, Keith Windschuttle. Breivik had done his reading.
His words and actions were a seamless, linear progression of right-wing rage and loathing. At one end, you start with the anger and paranoia fomented by rightist politicians, demagogues and commentators for their own cynical political ends, the bigotry and racism that is daily grist to the talkback radio mill.At the other end is a clear-eyed fanatic with tonnes of fertiliser, automatic weapons and an ubermensch mission to save the world. The dots join up.
Dorner, too, has written a manifesto. It, too, names names:
You [critics] disrespect the office of the POTUS/Presidency and Commander in Chief. You call him Kenyan, mongroid, halfrican, muslim, and FBHO when in essence you are to address him as simply, President.... You call his wife a Wookie. Off the record, I love your new bangs, Mrs. Obama…
Mr. Vice President, do your due diligence when formulating a concise and permanent national AWB plan. Future generations of Americans depend on your plan and advisement to the president. I’ve always been a fan of yours and consider you one of the few genuine and charismatic politicians…Hillary Clinton. You’ll make one hell of a president in 2016. Much like your husband, Bill, you will be one of the greatest… Look after Bill. He was always my favorite President…
Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings.
But this time there’s no “aha!”. No slavering cry that “the dots join up”. The opposite, in fact: report after report fails to even note the names Dorner praises.
This time the ABC ignores the names named in the killer’s manifesto and focuses instead on what many on the Left would assume are traits of the Right:
In a manifesto posted online on Monday, Dorner warned about “terminating” Mr Quan and called lesbians and Asians “high-value” targets.
The Age runs AFP copy which likewise fails to mention Dorner’s list of favorite Leftists, also citing only those bits that might lead readers to insist he must be a nasty Right-winger:
He also singled out lesbians and Asians as targets.
Just before abandoning the Labor ship, bound the rocks, Chris Evans tells the galley slaves to keep rowing and stop moaning:
LABOR’S outgoing Senate leader Chris Evans has urged his colleagues to “shut up’’ about leadership issues, saying it will destroy the party…
”Shut up, just shut up ... I don’t think it’s in the interests of the Labor Party,’’ Senator Evans told ABC 24’s Capital Hill program.
Wayne Swan finally slips out the bad news on Friday, blaming only a slump in prices and not the lousy design of a tax whose revenues have already been allocated to handouts:
LABOR’S controversial mining tax raised just $126 million in the first half of this financial year, figures released today by Treasurer Wayne Swan reveal.
That’s a tax meant to have raised $1 billion in that first half-year and $2 billion in the full year.
That’s a tax the Government recklessly spent on handouts and bribes before it was even raised, as Swan announced last year - along with his now-broken promise
The Government is returning the budget to surplus on time and as promised.... Revenue from the Minerals Resource Rent Tax will:
increase family payments by $1.8 billion, with around 1.1 million families receiving an increase of at least $300 per year and around 690,000 families with two or more children receiving $600 per year from 1 July 2013.create a new Supplementary Allowance worth $1.1 billion to assist Australians who are hardest hit by the increases in the cost of living — the unemployed, students, and parents with young children — by providing a yearly allowance of $210 for singles and $350 for couples, paid in two instalments, with the first payment to commence on March 2013.introduce loss carry–back to support once profitable businesses to return to profit by providing a tax benefit of up to $300,000 per year.
So to summarise: in designing this tax, Swan poisoned relations with miners, hit investor confidence, sparked a damaging anti-government ad campaign from the mining industry, killed Kevin Rudd’s prime ministership, and dabbled in class war. And after all that he’s come up with just $126 million - a fraction of the massive locked-in welfare spending and handouts he promised the tax would pay for.
It’s astonishing that anyone still takes this man - this Government - seriously.
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MEDIA DANCE TO McTERNAN'S DISHONEST TUNES - Larry Pickering
The story of the day was Abbott’s “failure” to address the turning of boats around with Indonesia’s President Bambang Yudhoyono Susilo.
This was incorrect but yet another opportunity for Gillard’s discredited recruit McTernan to text every Caucus member with what to say to media. Caucus, including Gillard, obediently obliged.
Media simply responded to what was another of the many blatant McTernan beatups.
“Abbott is a gutless coward” sounds good, it makes a good headline, assists Gillard, and will get traction on a slow-news day. The trouble is it’s plain wrong. But so what! We don’t want to have to regurgitate that boring story about Gillard’s 26,000 boat arrivals and another conservative 5,000 drownings.
Abbott did indeed discuss turning boats back with BYS and shadow Immigration Minister Morrison discussed procedural matters in detail with his Indonesian counterpart. Anyway, how Abbott approaches his Indonesian connection and his determination to turn boats around is his bloody business.
Abbott will certainly turn the boats around "where it is safe to do so" and will certainly reintroduce TPVs and he doesn’t need the permission of BYS or the concurrence of Labor.
This is another false McTernan anti-Abbott diversion from the real story: Gillard’s total and dangerous loss of our border security.
Thousands of unknowns continue to flood unchallenged to our shores. Twice the number since Gillard deflected responsibility to her panel of ‘three wise men’.
To suggest we need to go cap in hand to Indonesia and their protected millionaire people-smugglers to request permission to turn their own damned boats around is laughable.
Indonesia’s own corrupt military is doing very well out of the people-smuggling business. Is a corrupt Indonesian government likely to agree to forgo a lucrative scam that Howard took from them? I mean they now enjoy a brilliant cash-flow business that is costing we Aussie taxpayers billions.
Gillard’s solution is to chuck untold amounts of unaccounted for cash at them. Incredibly, she still promotes a ridiculous, illegal Malaysian solution. Malaysia’s endemic corruption makes Indonesia’s criminality look like a case of shoplifting. A word out of place in Malaysia is met with a bullet in the back of the head.
But, back to this bacterial infection, McTernan. He is certainly having an impact on what we traditionally considered political decency. Our almost insolvent lazy Left wing Press is enchanted with him.
You will have noticed Labor’s recent skilful adeptness at avoiding answering questions. That’s a UK disease we had not contracted until McTernan brought it here with him.
You will also have noticed another tactic when answering anything: “Let me answer that in two ways.” “I want to say two things here.” “Firstly let me say this....” That’s no more than a cunning ploy to prevent the interviewee’s statement being cut.
The trouble with McTernan-style politics is it drags the Left to far-Left and the Right to far-Right. The middle ground becomes a non-debating void. White hot anger replaces rapprochement in a destructive downward spiral media will not save us from.
Unfortunately Gillard’s embrace of the gutter tactics of McTernan will last as long as Gillard lasts.
When she goes, so too goes McTernan and we can perhaps return to the political morality we once enjoyed.
Our fast "food" display is now 2 years old. The word food is questionable, since the bread-like and meat-like substances have not molded or spoiled in any way. Bugs won't even bother with it. Please think twice about giving this to your kids. You have a choice, but they don't. We truly are what we eat.
Source: LiveWell Wellness Centers.
A stunt .. the decaying things have been removed .. -ed
A SUMMARY OF SERIOUS STUPIDITY
(1) Admission that political advisers to the government have botched decisions resulting in a cost something in the order of $20 billion.
(2) Boat refugees that have chosen to skip Nauru and go home again given $3000 each by the government as “compensation”.
(3) The pursuit of a temporary seat for Oz on the UN Security Council has, to date, cost a reported $40 million.
(4) 1000 new cotton/rice farms have been permitted to open in the Eastern States during the last 12 months.
(5) A revenue shortfall tipped this year of $25 billion whilst the country’s borrowings exceeds $240 billion and continues to rise.
(6) Gillard announces a $6.5 billion School Education Funding plan but is unable to say how it will be funded
(7) Dental care plan for children announced by Plibersek at a cost of $2 billion but she can’t say how it will be funded either.
(8) The price of “spin doctors” presently employed by the Federal Labor Government now costing $150 million a year
(9) Each public service employee was given a bonus of $1000 to “head off industrial unrest” at a total cost of $33 million.
(10) $320 million was promised by Gillard at the Pacific Forum Conference to help increase the number of female politicians in the Pacific.
(11) The Treasurer suggested planning to further tax the nation’s $1.4 trillion superannuation funds in an attempt to balance his 2013 budget.
(12) Australian Funding for Indonesia – 2012/13 - $578.4 million.
(13) National Broadband Network way behind schedule and blown out by another $1 billion - total cost of the project - $43 billion Expert opinion is that this cable system will be outdated long before it is finished being replaced by wireless broadband.
(14) Failed Pink Batts Insulation Scheme – Cost $3.45 billion plus $424 million extra to repair the mess left by Minister Garret’s inefficiency.
(15) An audit has revealed that the $540 million government scheme to boost literacy and numeracy in schools has totally failed.
(16) An enquiry has revealed that the $16.2 billion “Building the Education Revolution”(BER) programme (administered personally by Gillard) has totally failed. A number of schools destined for closure & demolition in the near future had new buildings erected during the scheme.
(17) A headline from Adelaide ’s “The Advertiser” in 2009…“OUR FUTURE MARKED BY RISING RIVERS OF RED INK”
(18) The cost of recording the first round of Carbon Tax commercials was $350,000 followed by $340,000 for the second round. That’s $690,000 before buying any airtime. Estimates also heard that the Government is planning another round of advertising to sell the Carbon Tax Labor promised not to introduce. And in anticipation of that, the creative advertising agency involved has had its contract increased by 50% to $3 million.
(19) A planned National Disability Insurance Scheme … $10 billion – promised but unfunded.
(20) Planned Child Care Subsidies …. $1.4 billion – promised but unfunded.
(21) The Immigration Department revealed that about $2 million has been spent flying 260 asylum seekers from Christmas Island to Nauru – averaging more than $7,600 per asylum seeker
(22) Nineteen lawyers worked on the Government’s defence of the Slipper/Ashby case at a cost of $780,000 to date.
(23) A portrait of Peter Slipper in his “Speaker’s Robes” destined to hang in the halls of Parliament has been commissioned at a cost of $30,000.
(24) Bureaucratic Excesses: The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry spent $21,000 on a single dinner. The Department of Industry spent $75,000 on just five coffee machines.
(25) Fair Work Australia has so far spent more than $1.8 million on external legal and accounting advice for its investigation into the rorting of Health Services Union funds.
(26) $79,700 was spent building three fake kitchens for the Government’s Carbon Tax advertising campaigns. Using real kitchens would have cost $5,000 a day.
(27) More than 10,000 asylum seekers arrived by boat so far this year – five times as many as Wayne Swan estimated when framing his Budget. The budget estimate of $1.1 billion was based on an average of 450 arrivals per month but actual arrivals are running at 5 times more on an average of 2,400 per month.
(28) While departmental officials refused to be drawn on the cost of the Budget blow-out we do know that in 2011/12 every boat that arrived cost taxpayers $12.8 million, or more than $172,700 for every person on board.
(29) The present Social Security and Welfare Budget for 12 months is, in round figures, $131 Billion. Assuming that there are 3 million Australians eligible for this that equates to $43,885 per person per annum. The current age pension is $15,132 per person per annum so the question remains – where does the other $28,753 go? Surely not administration?
Meanwhile Gillard has vehemently stated her opposition to pension increases for non-Labor voting pensioners. (”Sieg Heil Comrade mate?”)
(30) Gillard announced a white paper – “The Asian Century” - where Asian languages will be taught in all Australian schools for us to “better communicate with our Asian neighbours”. The cost will be $6 billion which is, again, unfunded whilst an implementation strategy has yet to be formed. Fact: As there are many Asian languages and dialects most Asian business transactions are presently conducted in English.
(31) Gillard announces her “Plan to Save the Murray”. Quote: “We can deliver the extra water by investing $1.8 billion in infrastructure, water efficiency and fixing constraints like raising low bridges so more water can flow.”Unquote.
Raising bridges so more water can flow ???? Can somebody tell the fool that bridges, no matter how high or low, do not normally restrict water flow?)
(32) Water Fact 1: Gillard has “found” 450 billion litres of water at a cost of $1.8 billion to “Save the Murray”.
Water Fact 2: Cubby Station is licensed to take 460 megalitres a year from the river. 460 megalitres = 460 billion litres so, by closing Cubby Station the problem is solved & $1.8 billion is saved. Where do we send our account?
(33) Further Fabulous Failures:
(a) Grocery Watch
(b) Fuel Watch.
(c) $1 billion Cash for Clunkers failure.
(d) 450 GP Super Clinics promised …. Only 3 delivered.
(e) $2.1 billion promise of a “Laptop for every child”.
(f) $275 million “Green Loans” debacle.
(g) $534 million Solar Panel Rebate suddenly withdrawn.
(h) Promise to build 222 Child Care centres – abandoned.
(34) $38.5 million spent for a pro-mining tax advertising campaign.
(35) The gross Australian Federal Debt as at August 31st 2012
was A$244,325,881,000. ($244.3 billion) and continues to grow
at $100 million a day.(That’s two hundred & forty four billion, three hundred & twenty five million, eight hundred & eighty one thousand dollars!)
(36) A random quote from “The Punch”. Headline quote: “Gillard & Swan are Failures, Not Leaders.” Quote from the text: “Mr Swan has undermined Australia’s international standings and jeopardised our economy. He should have been sent to the back bench, not made Treasurer & Deputy Prime Minister.” unquote.
(37) And we won’t even mention the 3 or 4 year “protection” given to Craig Thomson by Gillard …..Thomson being the Health Services Union man who, by his statement, “had his credit card stolen” by “someone unknown” to “pay for prostitutes” and then “put back in his wallet again” …… several times in fact!!
AND FINALLY, AN OBSERVATION! Her behaviour demonstrates that she knows that she is going to get tossed out at the next election so is making as many “promises” as possible to throw back at Abbott from the opposition benches. You can hear the dorsal nosed whine now, “If you hadn’t dismissed us from government you would have had a Child Care subsidy scheme now (or a Dental Plan or a School Education Funding plan etc.etc.etc. whine,whine,snivel,snivel”
That’s if the unions don’t do a “Rudd” on her too!
God brags about you, even when you feel ashamed of yourself. - Jarrid Wilson
Various plants of the Solar System, if they were as close to Earth as the Moon (excluding all other factors).
In this order: Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
(=ˆ⌣ˆ=) ♥ Just in time for Valentines Day a "Hissing" Booth ...oops I mean Kissing Booth.
Andy buckles up for another night on the set of Pandorian!
this is the revenue gained from mining tax
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We need more honest people like Chloe Valdary!
She is a pro-Israel Christian College Student and she speaks the truth about Israel out loud on her campus!
Thank you Chloe (https://www.facebook.com/
What an unbelievable person! You must hear what she has to say. We are humbled to know that we are lucky enough to have such friends on college campuses. We need more Chloe Valdary's!!!
Looks good. But it is a work day for me - ed