Happy birthday and many happy returns Stephanie Ann,Jake Bozdas, Jacki Bailey, Sylvia Phan, Matthew Tjong andSylvia Te. Born on the same day, across the years. Remember, birthdays are good for you. The longest lived have the most.
- 1600 – The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputinaexploded in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.
- 1937 – An attempt to assassinate Italian ViceroyRodolfo Graziani (pictured) in Addis Ababa failed, triggering a brutal crackdown of Ethiopians over the following three days.
- 1942 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signedExecutive Order 9066, authorizing the forcible relocation of over 112,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese people residing in the United States to internment camps.
- 1963 – Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, a non-fiction book credited with sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism in the United States, was first published.
- 2006 – A methane explosion in a coal mine in Nueva Rosita, Mexico,trapped and killed 65 miners.
- 197 – Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.
- 356 – Emperor Constantius II issues a decree closing all pagan temples in the Roman Empire.
- 1594 – Having already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother Catherine Jagellonica of Poland in 1587, Sigismund III of the House of Vasa is crowned King of Sweden, having succeeded his father John III of Sweden in 1592.
- 1600 – The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.
- 1649 – The Second Battle of Guararapes takes place, effectively ending Dutch colonization efforts in Brazil.
- 1674 – England and the Netherlands sign the Treaty of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it is renamed New York.
- 1807 – Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason in Wakefield, Alabama and confined to Fort Stoddert.
- 1819 – British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III.
- 1846 – In Austin, Texas the newly formed Texas state government is officially installed. The Republic of Texas government officially transfers power to the State of Texas government following Texas' annexation by the United States.
- 1847 – The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.
- 1852 – The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
- 1859 – Daniel E. Sickles, a New York Congressman, is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity. This is the 1st time this defense is successfully used in the United States.
- 1861 – Serfdom is abolished in Russia.
- 1876 – Founding of the National Amateur Press Association (NAPA) in Philadelphia.
- 1878 – Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
- 1884 – More than sixty tornadoes strike the Southern United States, one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.
- 1915 – World War I: The first naval attack on the Dardanelles begins when a strong Anglo-French task force bombards Ottoman artillery along the coast of Gallipoli.
- 1937 – Yekatit 12: During a public ceremony at the Viceregal Palace (the former Imperial residence) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, two Ethiopian nationalists of Eritrean origin attempt to kill viceroy Rodolfo Graziani with a number of grenades. Italian authorities exact vicious reprisals on the population.
- 1942 – World War II: nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the northern Australian city of Darwin killing 243 people.
- 1942 – World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the executive order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps.
- 1943 – World War II: Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia begins.
- 1945 – World War II: Battle of Iwo Jima – about 30,000 United States Marines land on the island of Iwo Jima.
- 1948 – The Conference of Youth and Students of Southeast Asia Fighting for Freedom and Independence convenes in Calcutta.
- 1949 – Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry by the Bollingen Foundation and Yale University.
- 1953 – Censorship: Georgia approves the first literature censorship board in the United States.
- 1959 – The United Kingdom grants Cyprus independence, which is then formally proclaimed on August 16, 1960.
- 1960 – China successfully launches the T-7, its first sounding rocket.
- 1963 – The publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique reawakens the Feminist Movement in the United States as women's organizations and consciousness raising groups spread.
- 1972 – The Asama-Sansō hostage standoff begins in Japan.
- 1976 – Executive Order 9066, which led to the relocation of Japanese Americans to internment camps, is rescinded by President Gerald R. Ford's Proclamation 4417
- 1978 – Egyptian forces raid Larnaca International Airport in an attempt to intervene in a hijacking, without authorisation from the Republic of Cyprus authorities. TheCypriot National Guard and Police forces kill 15 Egyptian commandos and destroy the Egyptian C-130 transport plane in open combat.
- 1985 – Artificial heart recipient William J. Schroeder becomes the first such patient to leave hospital.
- 1985 – Iberia Airlines Boeing 727 crashes into Mount Oiz in Spain, killing 148.
- 1986 – Akkaraipattu massacre: the Sri Lankan Army massacres 80 Tamil farm workers the eastern province of Sri Lanka.
- 1986 – The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for 10 of those years.
- 1999 – President Bill Clinton issues a posthumous pardon for U.S. Army Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper.
- 2001 – The Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
- 2002 – NASA's Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.
- 2006 – A methane explosion in coal mine near Nueva Rosita, Mexico, kills 65 miners.
- 1473 – Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)
- 1526 – Charles de L'Ecluse, Flemish botanist (d. 1609)
- 1552 – Melchior Klesl, Austrian cardinal and statesman (d. 1630)
- 1630 – Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire of India (d. 1680)
- 1660 – Friedrich Hoffmann, German physician and chemist (d. 1742)
- 1671 – Charles-Hubert Gervais, French composer (d. 1744)
- 1717 – David Garrick, British actor (d. 1779)
- 1722 – Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (d. 1774)
- 1743 – Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer (d. 1805)
- 1780 – Richard McCarty, American politician (d. 1844)
- 1798 – Sir Allan Napier MacNab Bt, Canadian politician, Premier of the Province of Canada (d. 1862)
- 1800 – Émilie Gamelin, French Canadian Roman Catholic Religious Sister, founder of the Sisters of Providence (d. 1851)
- 1802 – Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1881)
- 1804 – Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, German physician (d. 1878)
- 1804 – David Wark, Canadian politician (d. 1905)
- 1821 – August Schleicher, German linguist (d. 1868)
- 1824 – Henri Germain, French banker and politician, founder of Le Crédit Lyonnais (d. 1905)
- 1833 – Élie Ducommun, Swiss journalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1906)
- 1843 – Adelina Patti, Italian opera singer (d. 1919)
- 1855 – Nishinoumi Kajirō I, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 16th Yokozuna (d. 1908)
- 1859 – Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1927)
- 1865 – Sven Hedin, Swedish explorer (d. 1952)
- 1869 – Hovhannes Tumanyan, Armenian poet and writer (d. 1923)
- 1876 – Constantin Brâncuşi, Romanian sculptor (d. 1957)
- 1877 – Gabriele Münter, German painter (d. 1962)
- 1880 – Alvaro Obregon, Mexican president (d. 1928)
- 1886 – José Abad Santos, Filipino jurist and lawyer (d. 1942)
- 1888 – José Eustasio Rivera, Colombian writer (d. 1928)
- 1888 – Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (d. 1949)
- 1893 – Sir Cedric Hardwicke, British actor (d. 1964)
- 1895 – Louis Calhern, American actor (d. 1956)
- 1895 – Diego Mazquiarán, Spanish matador ( d. 1940 )
- 1896 – André Breton, French poet (d. 1966)
- 1897 – Alma Rubens, American actress (d. 1931)
- 1899 – Yury Olesha, Russian novelist (d. 1960)
- 1899 – Lucio Fontana, Italian-Argentinian painter and sculptor (d. 1968)
- 1901 – Florence Green, British, last surviving veteran of World War I (d. 2012)
- 1902 – Kay Boyle, American writer (d. 1992)
- 1904 – Muiris Ó Súilleabháin, Irish writer (d. 1950)
- 1904 – Havank, Dutch writer (d. 1964)
- 1906 – Eugene Eisenmann, Panamanian-American ornithologist (d. 1981)
- 1910 – Dorothy Janis, American silent film actress (d. 2010)
- 1911 – Merle Oberon, British actress (d. 1979)
- 1912 – Saul Chaplin, American composer (d. 1997)
- 1913 – Prince Pedro Gastão of Orléans-Braganza, pretender to the Brazilian throne (d. 2007)
- 1914 – Jacques Dufilho, French comedian (d. 2005)
- 1916 – Eddie Arcaro, American jockey (d. 1997)
- 1917 – Carson McCullers, American author (d. 1967)
- 1920 – C. Z. Guest, American socialite (d. 2003)
- 1920 – Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (d. 2007)
- 1920 – George Rose, British music hall entertainer (d. 1988)
- 1924 – David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)
- 1924 – Lee Marvin, American actor (d. 1987)
- 1924 – Borghild Niskin, Norwegian skier (d. 2013)
- 1924 – Bruce Norris, American ice hockey executive (d. 1986)
- 1924 – František Vláčil, Czech director and painter (d. 1999)
- 1929 – Jacques Deray, French director (d. 2003)
- 1930 – John Frankenheimer, American director (d. 2002)
- 1930 – K Viswanath, Indian director
- 1932 – Joseph P. Kerwin, NASA astronaut
- 1934 – Pierre Barouh, French writer, composer and singer
- 1934 – Carole Eastman, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
- 1935 – Dave Niehaus, American sportscaster (d. 2010)
- 1936 – Sam Myers, American musician and songwriter (d. 2006)
- 1936 – Marin Sorescu, Romanian writer and novelist (d. 1997)
- 1937 – Robert Walker Jr., American guitarist
- 1938 – René Muñoz, Cuban-born Mexican actor and screenwriter (d. 2000)
- 1938 – Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama, Tibetan religious figure (d. 1989)
- 1938 – Dutch Mason, Canadian musician (d. 2006)
- 1939 – Gwen Taylor, English actress
- 1940 – Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
- 1940 – Smokey Robinson, American singer
- 1941 – David Gross, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
- 1942 – Paul Krause, American football player
- 1943 – Lou Christie, American singer
- 1943 – Jim Cosman, American baseball player (d. 2013)
- 1943 – Homer Hickam, American author and engineer
- 1943 – Tim Hunt, British biochemist, Nobel laureate
- 1943 – Gert Wünsche, German footballer
- 1945 – Michael Nader, American actor
- 1945 – Jürgen Rumor, German footballer
- 1945 – Yuri Antonov, Soviet-Russian musician
- 1945 – Zlatko Sirotić, Croatian painter
- 1946 – Paul Dean, Canadian guitarist (Loverboy)
- 1946 – Peter Hudson, Australian rules footballer
- 1946 – Karen Silkwood, American activist (d. 1974)
- 1946 – Hiroshi Fujioka, Japanese actor
- 1947 – Tim Shadbolt, mayor of Invercargill, New Zealand
- 1948 – Mark Andes, American musician (Spirit, Firefall and Heart)
- 1948 – Tony Iommi, English guitarist (Black Sabbath)
- 1948 – Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (d. 2002)
- 1948 – Big John Studd, American professional wrestler (d. 1995)
- 1949 – Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (d. 1998)
- 1949 – William Messner-Loebs, American comics writer
- 1950 – Juice Leskinen, Finnish songwriter
- 1950 – Andy Powell, British musician (Wishbone Ash)
- 1951 – Stephen Nichols, American actor
- 1951 – Maciej Pawlikowski, Polish mountaineer
- 1951 – Tahir-ul-Qadri, Pakistani Islamic Sufi Scholar
- 1952 – Amy Tan, American author
- 1952 – Danilo Türk, Slovene politician, 3rd President of Slovenia
- 1952 – Rodolfo Neri Vela, Mexican astronaut
- 1952 – Stephen South, British Formula One driver
- 1953 – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina
- 1953 – Bill Kirchenbauer American comedian and actor
- 1953 – Massimo Troisi, Italian actor (d. 1994)
- 1954 – Francis Buchholz, German bassist (Scorpions)
- 1954 – Michael Gira, American musician (Swans)
- 1954 – Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (d. 2011)
- 1955 – Jeff Daniels, American actor
- 1956 – Kathleen Beller, American actress
- 1956 – Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate
- 1956 – Dave Wakeling, English musician (The (English) Beat and General Public)
- 1956 – Peter Holsapple, American musician (The dBs and The Continental Drifters)
- 1957 – Falco, Austrian singer (d. 1998)
- 1957 – Lorianne Crook, Television Personality
- 1957 – Ray Winstone, British actor
- 1958 – Helen Fielding, English writer
- 1960 – Prince Andrew, Duke of York
- 1960 – Leslie Ash, English actress
- 1961 – Benoît Chamoux, French mountaineer (d. 1995)
- 1961 – Justin Fashanu, English footballer (d. 1998)
- 1961 – Andy Wallace, English race car driver
- 1962 – John Laroche, American orchid poacher
- 1962 – Hana Mandlíková, Czech tennis player
- 1963 – Laurell K. Hamilton, American writer
- 1963 – Seal, English singer
- 1963 – Jessica Tuck, American actress
- 1964 – Doug Aldrich, American musician (Whitesnake and Burning Rain)
- 1964 – Jonathan Lethem, American writer
- 1964 – Dmitri Lipskerov, Russian writer
- 1964 – Richard A. Scott, American illustrator
- 1964 – Sonu Walia, Indian actress
- 1965 – Jon Fishman, American musician (Phish)
- 1965 – Leroy, American musician (Smash Mouth)
- 1966 – Justine Bateman, American actress
- 1966 – Paul Haarhuis, Dutch tennis player
- 1966 – Enzo Scifo, Belgian footballer
- 1966 – Eduardo Xol, American television personality, designer, entertainer, social activist and businessman
- 1967 – Benicio del Toro, Puerto Rican actor
- 1969 – Burton C. Bell, American vocalist (Fear Factory and Ascension of the Watchers)
- 1969 – Helena Guergis, Canadian politician
- 1970 – Joacim Cans, Swedish singer (HammerFall)
- 1971 – Miguel Batista, Dominican baseball player
- 1971 – Lisa McCune, Australian actress
- 1971 – Gil Shaham, Israeli-born American violinist
- 1972 – Francine, American professional wrestler
- 1972 – Sunset Thomas, American porn star
- 1973 – Eric Lange, American actor
- 1974 – Danny Doring, American professional wrestler
- 1975 – Daniel Adair, Canadian Drummer (Nickelback and 3 Doors Down)
- 1975 – Mikko Kavén, Finnish footballer
- 1975 – Katja Schuurman, Dutch actress and singer
- 1975 – Daewon Song, Korean professional skateboarder
- 1976 – Jahidi White, American basketball player
- 1977 – Ola Salo, Swedish singer (The Ark)
- 1977 – Andrew Ross Sorkin, American journalist and author
- 1977 – Gianluca Zambrotta, Italian footballer
- 1978 – Michalis Konstantinou, Greek-Cypriot footballer
- 1978 – Immortal Technique, Peruvian-American rapper
- 1979 – Bassnectar, American musician
- 1979 – Andrew Buchan, English actor
- 1979 – Steve Cherundolo, American soccer player
- 1979 – Mariska, Finnish rapper
- 1979 – Sergio Júnior, Brazilian football player
- 1979 – Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress (OV7)
- 1979 – René Renno, German footballer
- 1980 – Neleh Dennis, American reality show contestant
- 1980 – Dwight Freeney, American football player
- 1980 – David Gandy, British model
- 1980 – Ma Lin, Chinese table tennis player
- 1980 – Mike Miller, American basketball player
- 1981 – Ronnie Arniell, Canadian professional wrestler
- 1981 – Beth Ditto, American singer (The Gossip)
- 1981 – Daniel Letterle, American actor
- 1981 – Kyle Martino, American soccer player
- 1981 – Gil Reyes, American boxer
- 1981 – Nicky Shorey, English footballer
- 1981 – Vitas, Russian singer
- 1982 – Camelia Potec, Romanian swimmer
- 1983 – Assunta De Rossi, Filipino actress
- 1983 – Kotoōshū Katsunori, Bulgarian sumo wrestler
- 1983 – Mika Nakashima, Japanese singer/actress
- 1983 – Ryan Whitney, American ice hockey player
- 1984 – Chris Richardson, American Idol finalist
- 1985 – Haylie Duff, American singer/actress
- 1985 – Arielle Kebbel, American actress
- 1985 – Sławomir Peszko, Polish footballer
- 1986 – Kyle Chipchura, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1986 – Björn Gustafsson, Swedish comedian
- 1986 – Reon Kadena, Japanese model and actress
- 1986 – Henri Karjalainen, Finnish racing driver
- 1986 – Maria Mena, Norwegian singer
- 1986 – Jayde Nicole, Canadian model
- 1986 – Michael Schwimer, American baseball player
- 1986 – Marta Vieira da Silva, Brazilian footballer
- 1988 – Selkirk, English race horse (d. 2013)
- 1988 – Miyu Irino, Japanese voice actor
- 1990 – Luke Pasqualino, English actor
- 1991 – Trevor Bayne, American race car driver
- 1993 – Victoria Justice, American actress and singer
- 1993 – Empress Schuck, Filipina actress
- 197 – Clodius Albinus, Roman governor of Britain
- 1133 – Irene Ducaena, wife of Alexius I Comnenus (b. 1066)
- 1553 – Erasmus Reinhold, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1511)
- 1589 – Saint Philothei, Orthodox martyr and Patron of Athens (b. 1522)
- 1605 – Orazio Vecchi, Italian composer (b. 1550)
- 1602 – Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercoeur, French soldier (b. 1558)
- 1620 – Roemer Visscher, Dutch writer (b. 1547)
- 1622 – Sir Henry Savile, English educator (b. 1549)
- 1653 – Luigi de Rossi, Italian composer (b. 1597)
- 1663 – Adam Adami, German bishop and diplomat (b. 1603)
- 1670 – King Frederick III of Denmark (b. 1609)
- 1672 – Charles Chauncy, English-born president of Harvard College (b. 1592)
- 1709 – Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (b. 1646)
- 1716 – Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (b. 1634)
- 1789 – Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware (b. 1738)
- 1799 – Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor (b. 1733)
- 1806 – Elizabeth Carter, English writer (b. 1717)
- 1837 – Georg Büchner, German playwright (b. 1813)
- 1837 – Thomas Burgess, English author, philosopher, Bishop of Saint David's and Bishop of Salisbury (b. 1756)
- 1887 – Multatuli, Dutch writer (b. 1820)
- 1897 – Karl Weierstraß, German mathematician (b. 1815)
- 1915 – Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Indian social and political leader (b. 1866)
- 1916 – Ernst Mach, Austrian-Czech physicist and philosopher (b. 1838)
- 1927 – Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer (b. 1847)
- 1936 – Charles Harding Firth, British historian (b. 1857)
- 1936 – Billy Mitchell, American general and military aviation pioneer (b. 1879)
- 1942 – Frank Abbandando, American gangster (executed) (b. 1910)
- 1945 – Fay Moulton, American sprinter, football player, coach and lawyer (b. 1876)
- 1951 – André Gide, French writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)
- 1952 – Knut Hamsun, Norwegian author, Nobel laureate (b. 1859)
- 1957 – Maurice Garin, French cyclist (b. 1871)
- 1958 – Charles King, American athlete (b. 1880)
- 1959 – Willard Miller, American sailor (b. 1877)
- 1962 – Georgios Papanikolaou, Greek doctor, inventor of the Pap smear (b. 1883)
- 1968 – Georg Hackenschmidt, professional wrestler (b. 1878)
- 1969 – Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)
- 1970 – Christoforos Nezer, Greek actor (b. 1887)
- 1972 – John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (b. 1898)
- 1972 – Lee Morgan, American jazz musician (b. 1938)
- 1972 – Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
- 1973 – Kostas Negrepontis, Greek footballer (b. 1897)
- 1973 – Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (b. 1892)
- 1975 – Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian composer (b. 1904)
- 1977 – Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
- 1977 – Mike González, Cuban baseball player (b. 1890)
- 1980 – Bon Scott, Australian singer (AC/DC) (b. 1946)
- 1983 – Alice White, American film actress (b. 1904)
- 1986 – Adolfo Celi, Italian actor (b. 1922)
- 1988 – André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
- 1992 – Tojo Yamamoto, American professional wrestler (b. 1927)
- 1994 – Derek Jarman, British film director (b. 1942)
- 1996 – Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver (b. 1924)
- 1996 – Charlie Finley, American sports entrepreneur (b. 1918)
- 1997 – Leo Rosten, American Yiddish writer and humorist (b. 1908)
- 1997 – Deng Xiaoping, Chinese Communist leader and revolutionary (b. 1904)
- 1998 – Grandpa Jones, American entertainer (b. 1913)
- 1999 – Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite leader (assassinated) (b. 1943)
- 2000 – Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian artist (b. 1928)
- 2001 – Priscilla Davis, American socialite (b. 1942)
- 2001 – Stanley Kramer, American director (b. 1913)
- 2001 – Charles Trenet, French singer (b. 1913)
- 2003 – Johnny Paycheck, American singer (b. 1938)
- 2007 – Janet Blair, American actress (b. 1921)
- 2007 – Celia Franca, founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1921)
- 2008 – Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (Grazhdanskaya Oborona) (b. 1964)
- 2008 – Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
- 2009 – Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b. 1945)
- 2010 – Jamie Gillis, American pornographic actor, director (b. 1943)
- 2010 – Laura Spurr, American chairperson of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (b. 1945)
- 2011 – Ollie Matson, American Football Running Back (b. 1930)
- 2012 – Robin Corbett, Baron Corbett of Castle Vale, British politician (b. 1933)
- 2012 – Ruth Barcan Marcus, American philosopher and logician (b. 1921)
- 2012 – Frits Staal, Dutch philosopher (b. 1930)
- 2012 – Jaroslav Velinský, Czech science fiction and detective author (b. 1932)
Holidays and observances
- Armed Forces Day (Mexico)
- Birthday of Shivaji or Shivaji Jayanti (Maharashtra, India)
- Christian Feast Day:
- Commemoration of Bulgaria's Apostle of Freedom Vassil Levski (Bulgaria)
- Flag Day (Turkmenistan)
Mr Howes, a key supporter of Ms Gillard, said he was proud to lead a union “that backs her 110 per cent”.
Our economy looks ok on paper: but the figures disguise the bitter reality. Over the past five years 130,000 manufacturing jobs gone – because somebody had forgot to turn the lights on and wake Australia up.
More complaints about life under Labor on the AWU video - as narrated by Jack Thompson:
We’ve come through tough times before and they are here again.
One of the most outstanding new listings on the NSW north coast is the beachfront retreat of actor Jack Thompson.Expected to sell for more than $2 million, the 10.5-hectare oceanfront estate occupies a prime parcel of land at Woolgoolga, a small town about 20 minutes’ drive north of Coffs Harbour…Thompson purchased the property 15 years ago for about $500,000. The actor is retaining another property in the hinterland behind Woolgoolga, as well as his long-held terrace in Woollahra.
Bill Ludwig, right, is the long time president of the AWU, which was once ripped off by a then boyfriend of Gillard who used a slush fund she set up to siphon off hundreds of thousands of dollars. Gillard says she didn’t know what he was up to. The union under Ludwig eventually ran dead in pursuing the boyfriend.
Now Ludwig holds in his hands the key block of votes saving Gillard - between 15 and 25 federal MPs controlled or influenced by the AWU. One of those MPs is his own son, Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig, who oversaw the live cattle export disaster. The AWU is alsobehind Treasurer Wayne Swan, and of course is the power base of Workplace Minister Bill Shorten, a former AWU national secretary.
This is why Gillard and Swan play public respect to Ludwig and court his union so intensely. The AWU is the very last prop of Gillard’s power - and Swan’s too:
The Treasurer will answer his critics today in a fiery speech to the Australian Workers Union conference, where he will declare Labor must win the next election to ensure fairness and opportunity. He will defend his record as Treasurer and the fact the economy grew in spite of the global financial crisis.Addressing the Australian Workers Union national conference last night, Ms Gillard praised her “good friend” Mr Swan, who had returned from a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Russia.“In that room, when they looked for leadership, they looked to Wayne Swan, a man honoured as the world’s best treasurer,” she said.
And Ludwig gives them a pat for faithful service:
Bill Ludwig, the union’s national president, praised Ms Gillard. He said when the union needed help to combat the Newman government’s public sector job cuts, “we turned to our friends in Canberra to help”.
Ludwig’s general is sent out to whip the faltering team back into line behind Ludwig’s PM:
Australian Workers’ Union national secretary Paul Howes used his speech at the union’s national conference on the Gold Coast to urge members to get behind Ms Gillard and fight Tony Abbott’s bid to wrest the Prime Ministership from her come September. During a 33-minute call to arms, Mr Howes glossed over Ms Gillard’s Carbon Tax backflip and declared the union backed her “110 per cent”.
This is how your country is run.
As I was saying, this is how your country is run:
SENIOR public servants who advised the Gillard government on the $400,000-a-year appointment of a Federal Court judge were not made aware that the successful candidate was the legal mentor, former colleague and longtime friend of the Prime Minister.Documents released under Freedom of Information to The Australian show that the public servants who helped manage the selection process, including background checks, did not know of the long-standing relationship between Bernard Murphy and Ms Gillard until it was raised in media reports in 2011, soon after the appointment was approved by cabinet.Mr Murphy was Ms Gillard’s manager in the industrial unit at Slater & Gordon lawyers until they both left the firm around the time of the Australian Workers Union “slush fund” affair in late 1995.Mr Murphy had recruited Ms Gillard to her job as a solicitor at the firm in Melbourne…The meeting of cabinet, chaired by Ms Gillard, rubber-stamped the appointment after a recommendation by Robert McClelland, the then attorney-general. Mr McClelland refused to comment when asked if Ms Gillard told him to recommend Mr Murphy instead of one of the other four candidates, all barristers, who had been short-listed for the job.
Hmm. Seems to me McClelland is going out with a bang.
Labor’s implosion continues. Now the Greens tear up their deal with the dying Gillard Government - having already extracted the carbon tax that destroyed Julia Gillard:
GREENS Leader Christine Milne has moved to distance her party from the embattled Gillard government, announcing the end of the minor party’s alliance with the Labor Party.At issue is the mining tax, the Mineral Resources Rental Tax (MRRT), which the Greens want toughened to get more revenue and which the Government is refusing to re-design…“By choosing those big miners, the Labor Government is making it clear to all that it no longer has the courage and the will to work with the Greens on a shared agenda in the national interest,” Senator Milne told the National Press Club.
But for all the talk, there’s no walk. The Greens don’t want an early election that will slash its seats:
But she said the Greens would not cause instability and would still honour its agreement to run full term…“The Greens will not add to the instability that Labor creates every day for itself.”
No more cosy chats with Gillard, now wrung dry by the Greens:
“There is no point having meetings if the meetings are only there to be told what the Labor party has already decided,” she said.
Labor will argue that being at war with the Greens will help its brand. That would be so had this happened two years ago. Now it just looks like thieves falling out, rats deserting a sinking ship or a rotting carcase being cut loose - pick your analogy.
And to think it was only a couple of weeks ago that Julia Gillard called a September 14 election on the grounds that setting the date so far out would give the country “stability” and “certainty”.
And Milne reminds Labor as she leaves how stupid it was to give a carbon tax and $10 billion “clean energy” fund to appease people with such an appalling grip on truth and the science:
People have suffered from the extreme weather events of this summer - the horrific bushfires in my home state of Tasmania and NSW and Victoria and the devastating floods returning in Qld and the heat waves across the country.Refusing to acknowledge the link between the intensity of these extreme weather events and climate change; and the link between subsidising the mining and export of these fossil fuels and a four degree global temperature trajectory is studied ignorance.
Facts: there has been a 16-year pause in warming, making a four degree rise this century even more unlikely. There is no known link between the bushfires and climate change, man-made or natural. There is no known link between these floods and climate change, either. Indeed, global warmists once warned instead of a permanent drought. Milne is simply peddling scares, and it is to Labor’s shame that for more than two years it tethered itself to this unreason, trashing its brand, destroying the public’s trust and wasting billions of dollars.
This is deemed by the head of ABC radio to be in breach of the ABC’s social media guidelines - even had Stephens used a personal Twitter account:
Scott Stephens has a personal Twitter account which he calls @scottabc. If he were to have Tweeted these remarks via that account, would the ABC consider them to have been appropriate?No.If not, would it take a different view if his Twitter handle and profile did not identify him as an employee of the ABC?No. The ABC’s Social Media Policy applies to all ABC staff, regardless of an individual account’s naming convention or any disclaimer used.
ABC science presenter Dr Karl tweets completely false information about global warming, exaggerating the warming trend by a factor of six - an error he has failed to correct:
But in response to complaints, the ABC issues a defence that contradicts its pronouncements in the Stephens case:
Dr Karl’s Twitter account is a personal account, not an official ABC account. Many ABC staff and contractors have personal Twitter and other social media accounts. They are not subject to the ABC Code of Practice which relates solely to ABC content and the production of ABC content. There are official ABC Twitter accounts, which are subject to the Code, but their handles are generally preceded by ‘ABC’, for example ‘@abcnews’.
A tough line on tweets criticising Gillard. A lax one on tweets exaggerating global warming.
(No link to the complain reply. Thanks to reader Mike.)
What’s really hurting Australians and drowning their towns is not global warming but warming alarmism.
Nick Cater on the grave danger of believing warming activists such as Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery, who in 2007 famously predicted ”even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems”:
When southeast Queensland’s reservoirs began to run dry in the middle of the long drought, the obvious solution seemed to be to build another one… [But] in late 2009 [federal Environment Minister] Peter Garrett called in the Centre of International Economics in Canberra to look at it…The independent advisers’ report ... [knew] that climate change alters everything, not just a little, but a lot…Nowadays, they have “rain events”, too infrequent and too violent to flow obediently downhill from Mount Mee in an orderly fashion, meander north along the Mary River and fill a newly built dam. The Traveston Dam would just be another white elephant…[The Queensland Government’s] calculations [had assumed] that Queensland’s precipitation would fall by 10 per cent in the long term. The independent advisers, however, found that it was “simplistic” to look merely at rainfall totals. It ignored the risk of bush fires ripping through water catchments; ditto the polluted storm run-off that would be washed into dams by what the report calls “extreme rainfall events”. The bottom line was that the “traditional approaches” (let’s call them dams) should be abandoned for “portfolios that rely to a lesser extent on rain-fed sources of supply” (let’s call them desalination plants).So there you have it; the then environment minister had no option but to knock the Queensland government’s reckless plans on the head…
Within weeks of Garrett’s decision, the drought broke in Queensland, rain fell heavily and the Mary River was in flood. Gympie was flooded in March 2010, January 2011, March 2012 and again last month…Had the Traveston Crossing Dam gone ahead, it would have reduced the flood risk considerably, according to Queensland Water Infrastructure.
Meanwhile Queensland desalination plant remains mothballed.
A word of warning from a great statesman to the growing army of Sinophiles and carpet baggers seeking a fortune in China:
LEE Kuan Yew, the retired Singapore leader who remains hugely influential in Asia, insists in a new book that the US will revive economically and strategically - and he expresses concern about China’s rise.He says “America’s core interest requires that it remains the superior power” in the region, which is subject to a 21st-century “contest for supremacy” with China…The very name China, he says - Middle Kingdom - recalls a region in which it was dominant, “when other states related to them as supplicants to a superior”.
“Will an industrialised and strong China be as benign to Southeast Asia as the US has been since 1945? Singapore is not sure. Neither is Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand or Vietnam.”
Meanwhile, our own government has stripped defence spending to the lowest proportion of GDP since 1938, directing the savings largely to welfare payments instead.
Criticise Kevin Rudd all you like - not least for embarking on a spending spree that left the government critically short of the money he wanted to build up our defence - but on China’s rise he was no fool:
Kevin Rudd warned Hillary Clinton to be prepared to use force against China ‘’if everything goes wrong’’, an explosive WikiLeaks cable has revealed.Mr Rudd also told Mrs Clinton during a meeting in Washington on March 24 last year that China was ‘’paranoid’’ about Taiwan and Tibet and that his ambitious plan for an Asia-Pacific community was intended to blunt Chinese influence.
An excellent column by Miranda Devine, detailing how five sports bosses were bluffed into fronting the Gillard Government’s press conference on alleged corruption in Australian sport:
WHEN the nation’s five most powerful sports bosses fronted a press conference about the Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport report, they thought it would be run by the Australian Crime Commission, which had authored the report and briefed them on its contents.Instead they found the press conference, at Parliament House two weeks ago, hijacked in dramatic fashion by two government ministers, Sports Minister Kate Lundy and Justice Minister Jason Clare.“We all honestly thought this was going to be an announcement from the ACC,” said one.“Then it became an announcement of the federal government at which John Lawler (ACC chief executive) got to speak. All the emotive language and staring down the barrel probably looked good as theatre. Adding us there probably added gravitas.”All five men feel the press conference could have been “handled better”. But the seriousness of the allegations of organised crime, match-fixing and drugs contained in the ACC report meant they had little choice but to attend.There were also 12 million other reasons why rugby league’s Dave Smith, AFL’s Andrew Demetriou, rugby’s Bill Pulver, soccer’s David Gallop and cricket’s James Sutherland felt under pressure.The woman who invited them to Canberra that day on February 7, Ms Lundy, holds the purse strings on $12 million in federal government funding that goes each year to NRL, ARU, AFL, soccer and cricket from the Australian Sports Commission.After a personal phone call from Ms Lundy urging him to fly to Canberra for the press conference, one sports head felt compelled, “especially when you’ve been the recipient of large amounts of federal government money”.
Read on. Needless to add, since that press conference we’ve learned not one athlete has failed a drug test, not one police force is investigating the ACC claims, not one allegation has been proved. Yet Australian sport has been comprehensively smeared.
But it’s one thing to anonymously brief a Miranda Devine on this amazing farce. The sports chiefs now have a duty to front another press conference to repair the damage.
(Thanks to reader gerald.)
When will the sports chiefs fix the damage they helped the Government to cause?
NRL clubs named in the Australian Crime Commission report are considering legal action amid revelations the allegations have cost Cronulla up to $2 million in sponsorship...
Other clubs not named in the report into doping and match-fixing in Australian sport have also been affected, with Sydney Roosters general manager of marketing and communications Ted Helliar revealing his club had lost two potential new corporate partners.
Shame, shame on the ABC yesterday.
You see, I had lunch yesterday with Dutch political leader Geert Wilders.
His chief message is that Islam as an ideology is a danger to Western values and freedoms, and particularly to our freedom to speak our minds.
But his life is a more powerful argument than anything he can say. It is an argument that demands a hearing.
Around us as we ate at a venue north of Melbourne which I can’t disclose were some five or so Dutch police who help guard him day and night to prevent his murder.
He has lived under guard now for nine years. He could not tell me, even in private, where in Holland he lived. At one stage he was housed in a former jail for his safety.
He has been the target not just of death threats, but of actual assassination plots - like one by two Muslim fundamentalists arrested after a siege in 2004.
You may agree with Wilders or you may disagree, but the danger to his life and fear of so many people to be seen to be helping or meeting him should tell even the deaf that Islam does indeed threaten free speech - and threatens also your right to hear whom you like and decide for yourself.
On that last point there should be no disagreement: the threats to Wilders and those who wish to hear him are disgraceful. Astonishing. A stain on our free society.
And they are testimony indeed to the intolerance of Islam.
But now to the 7.30 report on Wilders last night.
I would have thought that with so many attempts to silence Wilders, 7.30 would have thought it both important morally and interesting for its audience to let him speak. Test him, sure, but let him speak.
Instead, the show vilified him with some preemptive and largely false labelling, and drowned out the few things Wilders was allowed to say with a barrage of vile abuse by some rent-a-mob of radical activists meeting in some concrete corner.
Wilders at least has a constituency, leading a party with 16 seats in the Dutch parliament and coming second overall in recent polls. The protesters found by the ABC to abuse Wilders represent virtually nobody.
What we got was simply another attempt to howl down Wilders, not to listen or even counter with arguments.
LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: To some, right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders is a courageous campaigner. To others, he’s just a racist bigot. And tomorrow he begins a speaking tour of Australia. Mr Wilders is here to warn about what he calls the dangers of Muslim immigration.So who’s bankrolling his visit? A secretive group called the Q Society, an anti-Islamic organisation that hopes the Wilders world-view will catch on. Here’s Hayden Cooper.HAYDEN COOPER, REPORTER: Most of Melbourne doesn’t yet know it, but there’s a newly-arrived tourist in this town and he just happens to be one of the world’s most divisive political figures. The Dutch right-wing anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders.GEERT WILDERS, PARTY FOR FREEDOM: Australia can learn from our experience to stand up, to fight for who we are, for our own identity and never, ever we should become an Islamic society.HAYDEN COOPER: He hasn’t even spoken in public yet, but he’s already causing a furore.
Like the introduction. Wilders need to live in constant and heavy security, but he’s painted as the one being “divisive” and “causing a furore”. He’s the one called “right-wing” and possibly “racist”, backed by a “secretive group” - although the group is secretive only because its members have a well-founded fear of threats and vilification of precisely the kind the ABC is dishing out.
JASMINE ALI, SOLIDARITY: This man is an extremist, he’s an Islamophobe and he shouldn’t be welcome. He’s not welcome.YASEMIN SHAMSILI, STUDENTS FOR PALESTINE: I think Geert Wilders is a racist Islamophobe. And I think his visit to Australia is actually an attack on Muslims everywhere.
Solidarity is actually a Trotskyite outfit with a minuscule membership and an authoritarian plan for Australia far more threatening to our democracy and our freedoms than anything Wilders could ever dream of. It’s manifesto, for instance, declares: “Capitalism stifles democracy and smothers creative freedom… We stand for socialism, a society that would be based on democratically elected workers councils which control and plan the economy… Parliament, the army, the police and the courts are institutions of the capitalist state ... [which] cannot be taken over and used by the working class.” 7.30 does not mention this, or even label Solidarity “Left wing” as it (falsely) labeled Wilders “Right wing”.
Students for Palestine has helped to organise the disgraceful and - in my view - racist and intimidatory protests against Jewish chocolate shops to help enforce a boycott of things Israeli. Wilders, in contrast, is supportive of Israel and a strong critic of anti-Semitism.
These protesters, in my opinion, do not represent the good but the bad. Yet nowhere does the ABC identify their true nature or label them as savagely as it did Wilders.
HAYDEN COOPER: Ahead of the Wilders arrival in an unassuming Melbourne courtyard on Saturday afternoon, a small group of activists met to plot their protest.ACTIVIST II: Maybe something like “Refugees are welcome, fascists are not,” or, “Refugees are welcome, Geert Wilders is not,” or something along those lines.HAYDEN COOPER: These people come from a handful of different protest groups. They’re gearing up for the Dutch MP’s first Australian speech here on Tuesday, a speech they object to.JASMINE ALI: The way that Geert Wilders hides behind the argument of free speech is really about him trying to promote what are I think very quite coercive and violent ideas, and in that regard I think it isn’t a debate about free speech; it’s very much a debate about hate speech.
So far the unelected, unrepresentive protesters for radical far-Left groups have had five times more time from the ABC than Wilders himself. Somehow it’s more important for us to hear their opinions on Wilders than for us to hear Wilders himself and make up our own minds.
Next follows a brief interview with a representative from the Q Society to explain why it brought out Wilders. Then, finally, the man himself:
HAYDEN COOPER: Our meeting with the Dutch MP is held outside Melbourne in a secret location. We’re told not to identify the venue for fear of reprisals.Under tight security, Mr Wilders’ every move is watched by his own protection team from Holland.GEERT WILDERS: It’s something you don’t wish your worst enemy to have, but if this is the price to speak out and warn people about the threats they are facing, then it’s worth it.HAYDEN COOPER: The threat, as he sees it, for both Europe and Australia, is Muslim immigration.GEERT WILDERS: We should stop the immigration from Islamic countries. I have nothing against the people. I have nothing against Muslims. I travelled through almost every Islamic country and I found often very friendly and helpful people, but they are all prisoners in this - well, this ideology called Islam and it’s pure terror by which they are ruled.
That just a bullet-point position statement, with no chance for Wilders to put his argument, so that an apparently dramatic statement is given context.
Back to a grab from the Q Society about the difficulty of booking venues, with 30 refusals, and then one last word with Wilders - not to put his arguments about Islam but just his confronting conclusion and how he’s a pariah.
GEERT WILDERS: People are afraid. People are afraid to be connected to somebody that really is not me and I hope by speaking in Australia I can show people that our concern is their concern and that my message is a positive message for Australia: make sure you don’t make the mistakes that we made in Europe…I understand it’s election time now in Australia, so even some of my old friends like your Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, who I met in Holland, now decides not to meet me. And I can even understand it; I am a politician. It’s sad, but I understand that.
Then there’s the uncorroborated allegations of one Muslim activist about what someone who went to a Q Society meeting allegedly said, so that Wilders is made to seem the as much a threat as the threatened:
HAYDEN COOPER: Geert Wilders is determined to support the fledging Q Society, an organisation that’s secretive about its membership and meetings. But one insider can take us behind the curtain.ANONYMOUS MUSLIM MAN: Very extreme, very paranoid, very unsettling.HAYDEN COOPER: This Muslim man attended undercover a meeting of the Q Society at the North Sydney Leagues Club.ANONYMOUS MUSLIM MAN: They’re a group of people who are stridently anti-Muslim who are trying to generate fear in the Australian society about what Muslims really are. I mean, for example, I was in a meeting at one stage and there’s this woman sitting next to me, and she was talking to us, just an interchange about some fellow who was speaking a couple of rows in front of us. And I just leant over to her and said, “I think that man’s a Muslim.” And she said, “How would you know?” And I said, “Well he seems to know a lot about the Koran and the Hadith.” And her face just screwed up and she said, “I wish I had a knife. I’d stab him.”
We do get a word of support for Wilders from the Reverend Fred Nile - not so helpful - and a defence of the Q Society by Robert Spencer, before Wilders is slagged off again, this time linked to some alleged incidents he never incited and would deplore - and all this when he still hasn’t had a chance to explain his position:
HAYDEN COOPER: For these protestors, the mere presence of Geert Wilders in Australia is offensive, and for those who are Muslim, the message he brings is deeply personal.JASMINE ALI: You know, I hear stories all the time about relatives, family friends of mine who have had their hijabs ripped off their heads walking on the streets of Sydney. These are the sorts of consequences that these ideas bring. So in that sense it’s a very personal issue. And that’s what people actually have to get across as well, that this isn’t just some abstract debate about ideas. They have real consequences for people’s lives.
This is a moral inversion of the reality, with Wilders fitted up as the demon and radical fringe group presented as our conscience. It works because Wilders is kept muzzled, while protesters can let rip. He is labelled, while his critics have their own radical agendas politely obscured.
This is not presenting a debate. It is fixing it. Shutting it down.
Certainly not a friendly interview from the SBS, but the difference is that Wilders is at least allowed to put his argument. Viewers can decide.
Islam inspires fear in the West - and that fear turns into censorship. The latest example:
The BBC has been accused of ‘extraordinary’ censorship by a leading playwright after dialogue was cut from her hard-hitting drama in case it offended Muslims.Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, whose 2004 play Behzti was pulled from a Birmingham theatre after it sparked Sikh protests, says the Corporation tampered with her work because it involved an honour killing.Ms Bhatti was commissioned by Radio 4 to write an episode of its police drama Stone…At the centre of her story is the honour killing of a 16-year-old Asian girl, and DCI Stone is told by his bosses to treat the case ‘sensitively’ because she is Muslim.Although they have admitted removing dialogue from the afternoon drama, the BBC claims they did it to avoid ‘potentially misrepresenting majority British Muslim attitudes to honour killing’.Describing the play’s final line, Ms Bhatti told a conference ...: ‘At the end, a character says: “There is so much pressure in our community to look right and to behave right.” The compliance department came back and said, “We don’t want to suggest the entire Muslim community condones honour killings”.
The BBC’s compliance department has an odd notion that a character in a radio play speaks for the BBC.
(Thanks to reader Jono.)
Another desperate grab for cash by the Gillard Government starts to unravel:
FOREIGN multinationals will be largely spared from the Gillard government’s $1 billion cut to research and development tax breaks, despite Labor’s rhetoric about promoting Australian industry and cracking down on global firms that shift profits to countries with lower tax rates.The Australian has confirmed that, as the government is taking away the R&D concessions only for companies with an Australian turnover of $20bn, the foreign revenues of multinationals will not be taken into account—meaning many big foreign firms could continue to tap the concession.
Having squandered billions on handouts, waste and utterly useless green schemes, the government snatches cash from Australians innovators, researchers and employers. Astonishing.
JULIA Gillard’s $1 billion jobs package will actually save the budget bottom line $600 million over the next four years, sparking business complaints that the package lacks transparency.Government figures confirmed the package contained $421m of spending that would affect the budget bottom line over the next four years, compared with the $1bn in savings from cuts to research and development tax concessions for companies with Australian turnover of more than $20bn. The remaining money for initiatives in the package includes $370m for the venture capital initiative Venture Australia, of which $350m is equity and only $20m goes to the budget bottom line. The rest of the $1bn is made up of reannounced programs such as the Industrial Transformation Research Program and the Manufacturing Technology Innovation Centre, which account for a combined $266m.
Professor Judith Sloan is rightly sceptical about the Gillard Government’s plan to hand more control of private businesses to its bureaucrats - who’ve supervised the insulation scheme, the live cattle trade debacle, the boat people mess and the Budget blowouts:
Projects worth more than $500 million will require an Australian industry participation plan. I guess these plans will be judged by bureaucrats sitting in offices in Canberra.
For projects worth more than $2 billion, Australian industry opportunity officers will be embedded - bureaucrats moving from Canberra to sit in the offices of private businesses - to monitor purchasing…There will also be innovation precincts; an investment fund; an enterprise solutions program so Canberra bureaucrats can help businesses bid for public sector work; an anti-dumping commission to protect local businesses ... and the list goes on.
The net result of this frenetic and pointless government interference in business, according to Uncle Greg, is $6.4bn in extra activity for Australian companies. This is according to modelling undertaken by bureaucrats in the federal capital.
Can’t be much longer before Uncle Greg Combet starts developing Five Year Plans as well.
Simon Crean said Labor couldn’t “gild the lily” and deny it was going backwards while Greg Combet said Labor couldn’t “sugar coat” poor polling or pretend it didn’t matter.
Supporters of Ms Gillard are expressing a growing anger towards Mr Rudd over his high profile in recent weeks and are blaming him for constant leadership speculation. The Australian has been told Gillard supporters believe more poor polls for the government in coming weeks will increase pressure on some MPs, who are “becoming more and more convinced they need a circuit-breaker”.
Ms Gillard yesterday refused to comment on the polls. “I don’t do commentary on opinion polls and I’m focused here today on my plan for Australian jobs,” she said.
Some are blaming Wayne Swan’s poor performance as Treasurer, some blame Julia Gillard’s decision to call the longest election campaign, but most are publicly venting their frustration and anger at their former leader.
JULIA Gillard has three weeks to try to regain control of the political agenda as previously strong supporters contemplate the desperate threat to both the Labor Party and the union movement posed by Labor’s dire standing in the polls.
WAYNE Swan will today accuse Tony Abbott of fostering an Australian version of America’s Tea Party movement, claiming the Coalition has imported the “very worst aggressive negativity” and economic ignorance from the extreme right of the Republican Party.
You know what I don’t hear? Labor frankly admitting and apologising for its deceits and incompetence - the true causes of its catastrophic decline.
The Gillard Government blames the states in part for wrecking a mining tax meant to give Australians more money from mining companies:
Treasurer Wayne Swan blames increased state royalties and a slump in commodity prices for the fact MRRT revenue came to a paltry $126 million in its first six months of operation, when it was forecast to bring in $2 billion over 2012/13…Under the 30 per cent MRRT on the super profits of coal and iron ore miners, companies’ state royalties are credited back to them if they are liable for MRRT, including any increases in royalty rates imposed by the states.
The “failure” of the tax has provoked Gillard’s union allies into claiming miners are getting away with paying next to nothing:
AUSTRALIAN Workers Union boss Paul Howes has sought to rally unions to oppose mining industry leaders he claims are “corporate robber barons” selling workers down the river…“These corporate robber barons, in their shiny suits, think they own our country… They think they can do what they like with our minerals, without even paying a fair share.”
But Terry McCrann nails the deception: the real brawl between the Gillard Government and the states is not over whether miners should pay more, but which government should get its hands on the cash. In a critical sense, the royalties offsets provision is not a flaw but fair:
Yes, Gillard and Swan ‘stuffed up’ - considered in terms of political games played. But it would have been outrageous and punitive not to allow full deduction of any present and future state royalties.Those royalties are a cost to the company like any other cost… It would be absurd to require the company to pay an extra tax on the money it is paying to the state government…More fundamentally, what’s the problem?Swan and Gillard - and Rudd’s - whole rationalisation for the tax is that the Australian public should be getting a bigger slice of the profits from resources.And that’s exactly what happens if state royalties are boosted. It just means that a state treasurer rather than Swan gets the money.
And right now I’d trust any state treasurer above Wayne Swan to spend those billions well.
McCrann says Swan isn’t the only one to have completely bungled the mining tax:
But this Treasury has failed comprehensively with the mining tax. Just as, it’s highly relevant to note, it also failed comprehensively with the carbon tax.
Treasury saw “super-profits” where there were none, and pushed for a tax that would punish investment. A second critical “flaw” now decried in Swan’s tax is also no flaw at all:
The second supposed ‘flaw’ in the tax is allowing companies to upvalue their assets from their original historical cost; and that has meant that companies start with credits against any tax liability.As Henry Ergas pointed out in our sister paper The Australian yesterday, to not have allowed this would have meant the Government would have been effectively expropriating - that is, confiscating - a portion of the actual mines.Here’s why, using an example you might more easily understand. Many years ago, you bought an investment property for $100,000; it’s now worth $1.5 million, and you rent it out for $70,000 a year.The Government says you are making a ‘super profit’ because you are earning 70 per cent on your investment. That $100,000 original cost.When you are actually making a little under 5 per cent - on the $1.5 million you now actually have ‘invested’ in the house.If the Government was to apply a super-profits tax that took, say $20,000 of that $70,000 - over and above any normal income tax - that would be like applying a retrospective, running, annual, capital gains tax on the rise in the value of the property.In effect, confiscating a share of the property. And then of course, the ‘normal’ capital gains tax would still apply, when the property was sold....So they are not ‘flaws’, but necessary components of the tax. But a Treasury that was advising competently, would have advised government its assumption of a harvest of revenue - which it then promptly went out and spent - was built on sand.
Read it all.
Yesterday the ABC’s 7.30 ran an item on Dutch political leader Geert Wilders by quoting at length protesters from two tiny, ultra radical groups - the Trotskyite Solidarity and anti-Israel Students for Palestine. The real agenda of these groups was not identified, and they were not even labelled “Left wing” - while Wilders was tagged “Right wing”.
Today I switched on the ABC’s early edition of AM to hear an item presenting the Greens’ latest bright ideas to ruin the economy.
In another item it interviewed the Australian Conservation Foundation making unchallenged claims to sell wind power. The very next item started by promoting a Greenpeace study beating up fears about nuclear power in Japan following the Fukushima disaster - in which radiation in fact has not seriously endangered or hurt one single person. Again, Greenpeace was not challenge.
The ABC is mainstreaming highly unrepresentative activist groups of the far Left, presenting the fringe as the new centre.
The polls don’t lie. There is no hard data yet, but one of the country’s best pollsters says he’s begun to pick up a hard edge in the qualitative responses that isn’t being fully reflected (yet) in the quantitative results. There is no drift back to Labor… Not necessarily because voters want the Coalition, you understand, but simply because they are so sick and tired of the puerile, wretched and pathetic collection of such obviously self-interested people making up today’s Cabinet…Currently, with Gillard leading and Swan as Treasurer, Labor will be booted so far into the outfield its remaining members will take on the appearance of a self-help group labelled ‘’Politicians Anonymous’’.This doesn’t concern the self-interested cabal that’s currently in charge of the party. Swan knows in his heart of hearts that the job is beyond him; that he’s electoral poison - he just can’t bring himself to admit it. Gillard knows the same thing and there is even a bizarre rumour that, if the polls don’t change (and they won’t) she’s prepared to stand down at the last moment and let somebody else take the party to the election. That would deprive voters of the one thing they really want to do: kick the government…Both Gillard and Swan need to swallow their pride and depart. In their hearts, they know this is the party’s only hope. It’s what Simon Crean did when his polling was abysmal. It seems the current leadership is made of other stuff
(Thanks to reader ScottC.)
Health Minister Tanya Plibersek tries to sell health policy when the only blood journalists at her press conference care to hear about is that of her terminal government:
...Federal election is not far away now.
This girl said she recognised me from the Vegetarian Party but I'd never met herbivore.
There is no unemployment in the church. Everyone has a role.
Announcing an additional $875,357 for an expansion of the highly successful Nyoongar Patrol into the Midland CBD with Police Minister Liza Harvey, Hon Alyssa Hayden and the Liberal candidate for Midland, Daniel Parasiliti - Peter Collier
Swan compares $126m mining tax to the "big reforms" like floating the $,reduced tariffs and compulsory super. Fair Dinkum have a look at it
Training to shoot high in our performances! @rawand_parkour #team9lives #parkour #summer #fly
"Honey, it is over. I'm going to leave you. After the children have grown up, got married and had children of their own." - ed
Beautifully illustrated .. I don't mind if others share my path. I also embrace travellers who take a different one. - ed
Members of the Papuan Infantry Battalion rest on a bridge on the road from Gona to Soputa just after the fall of Gona in December 1942. [AWM P02424.116] ...
Green Shadows – the Papuan Infantry Battalion
On the Kokoda track
Soldiers of the Papuan Infantry Battalion (PIB) were the first to offer resistance to the Japanese invasion of their country. PIB Captain Harold Jesser said that the Battalion was called the ‘green shadows’ because of an entry found in a Japanese diary in Papua. It was written that the PIB ‘moved silently in the jungle, inflicting casualties on us-and then are gone, like green shadows.’
The PIB was formed in 1940 for the defence of Papua. Its privates and non commissioned officers were Papuan. Its officers, and some NCOs, were Australian. It was led by a New Zealander, Major William Watson.
Che Guevara, a hero to communist dictators.
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Labor promised to establish 36 so-called ‘GP Super Clinics’ to take the pressure off public hospital emergency departments.Labor had promised that 12 clinics would open in 2008-09 and another 10 in 2009-10.Today, just three are open and fully operational.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
—Romans 12:2, NLT
Take a look at the above scripture. It tells us that the key to being transformed and knowing God’s will for us is a purposeful change in our thinking and believing. In other words, when you and I stop thinking like the world, and start meditating on God’s Word so that we can believe and think right, we will live right for His glory!
I want to encourage you to begin meditating on God’s Word like never before. I assure you that you will kick that addiction, overcome depression and low self-esteem, and walk in greater health and success, when you believe right about God, about yourself and about your future.
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Celebrating the last of the holiday weekend. Hope everyone had a great one with lots of chocolate!
Purple reign ... huge bougainvillea may be world's largest.
The massive plant is attached to a university building in Nanning, China, and currently stands over 100ft high.
While the purple bougainvillea was planted just ten years ago, it has already grown enough to cover the five-storey building from top to bottom.
And university officials have been so impressed by the huge bloom that they have applied to the Guinness Book of World Records to see if it's the biggest-ever.
The massive plant has even made the university a tourist attraction, with sightseers flocking to check out the shrub when it blooms each spring.
Bottom line: Loving smart means believing in you, your worth and your value.
Whatever your valley of trouble today, God has opened a door of hope for you. Step into the victory that Christ has purchased for you and receive every provision that you need!
Swept Away (draft 2)...
...fewer warts, some added flowers. Time to question the acoustics. Is is pleasing to the ear? Anything even remotely distracting? (end too abrupt, squeaky violins too loud, parts too soft, bridge too short) It is longer than I would like so I will need to do a little surgery. But what to cut? Now come the myriad of details that are less fun to address.
This is also the time I would tend to abandon a song, at least temporarily, if I can't envision it being on a CD (e.g. too much major surgery, genre way too different). That is the hardest decision to make and I tend to rely on feelings rather than logic. This one? I am not yet sure.
Enjoy - and comments always help me see the song from a different perspective. Thank you!
"And that's how we measure out our real respect for people—by the degree of feeling they can register, the voltage of life they can carry and tolerate—and enjoy. End of sermon. As Buddha says: live like a mighty river. And as the old Greeks said: live as though all your ancestors were living again through you."
-Ted Hughes, in a letter to his son
Hearing about exciting Kung Fu comedy projects by the talented Andy Minh Trieu. — with Andy Minh Trieu at Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE).