Wednesday, April 03, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Mark Deskin. You birthday is the anniversary of the first of eleven unsolved murders from Whitechapel in the East End of London in 1888. I saw Star Trek and I think Kirk did it. Or Bones. Meanwhile, have you a song to give to a poor struggling artist?
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Labor saves super - for Gillard and team

Piers Akerman – Wednesday, April 03, 2013 (5:23am)

THE only thing unsustainable about the super debate is the massive amount paid out to our politicians.

Former Reserve Bank board member Warwick McKibbin yesterday delivered a wounding attack on Labor over potential changes to superannuation, saying the government has “lost the plot” and could cause a brain drain.

And Macquarie Bank adviser and former Australian of the Year Simon McKeon told The Daily Telegraph that changing super would undermine the economy and be a disincentive for successful Aussies to contribute to super savings.

But the Finance Department refused to provide any calculations relating to current or former parliamentarians’ superannuation entitlements “due to privacy considerations ... including hypothetical calculations.”

An actuary who crunched the numbers on Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s salary for The Daily Telegraph said that in “a real world” it just doesn’t make sense.

It would require contribution from her employer - that is, taxpayers - of nearly $200,000 a year. And the Australian Tax Office’s take would be as much as 93c in the dollar.

But under the ultra-generous long-serving parliamentarians’ and judges’ defined benefits super scheme, where there is no tax on employer contributions.

Even contributions themselves are merely “notional” - that is, they exist in theory only.

Amid speculation about how Treasury might raid the super of the well-paid in this year’s budget, there has been little attention on its failure to find a way to apply last year’s super snatch to politicians.

The government is yet to extend to senior parliamentarians its $3750-a-year tax increase on super contributions.

Confusion reigns as the all-dancing, all-singing Trade Minister Craig Emerson has yet to define who exactly make up the “fabulously wealthy” Australians Labor wants to rip-off to pay for its Budget failures.

Dumped minister Simon Crean has hemmed and hawed but appears not to have ruled out crossing the floor on the issue.

Employment Minister Bill Shorten (does anyone still believe anyone in this wreckage of a government) last night denied that the need to save money in the May Budget was a key driver for its grab for super.

Shorten will today meet with the superannuation sector and Treasury officials for the first meeting of the government’s superannuation roundtable this year in an attempt to hose down the growing anxiety over Labor’s planned super grab,

Professor McKibbin, a leading economist who served on the RBA board for 10 years until July 2011, yesterday said it was “absurd” for Labor to attempt to change the superannuation tax settings for the wealthy and warned of a mass exodus of Australia’s brightest business minds as a result of any future changes.

“This is a government that has lost the plot. They are just floundering around trying to come up with a policy that will give them a bounce in the opinion polls,” he said.

McKibbin said the debate should be put in the context of the philosophy of superannuation and that everyone had the right to adequately save for their retirement.

“Whatever the definition of fabulously wealthy, these people have made money because they have taken risks, they’ve been entrepreneurial and they’ve enhanced Australia’s prosperity,” he said.

Australian of the Year 2011 McKeon, who is now CSIRO chairman and serves in positions at Macquarie Bank and AMP, said changing tax arrangements for superannuation would work against the best interests of Australia’s economy.

He said the rhetoric of “fabulously wealthy” was unhelpful and if any super changes were made retrospective it would be a “very, very serious national sovereign matter”.

He was echoed by Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief economist Greg Evans who said the fabulously wealthy tag was “not particularly helpful”.

“Even imposing a high threshold suggests future meddling by government, it detracts from confidence and says to other superannuation savers they could be next to be targeted,” Evans said.

Key independent MPs have also expressed concern over changing superannuation tax concessions in order to plug a revenue hole in the budget.

Crean, sacked by Gillard after last month’s leadership spill, vowed to do “whatever I can” to make sure any changes do not go too far and are not applied retrospectively.

Urging Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan to reveal the detail on what they planned, he said he had never threatened to cross the floor in his long parliamentary career, but did not rule it out on superannuation.

“I am prepared to do whatever I can to make common sense prevail and a belief in people that in us they have a government that not only is committed to their superannuation, committed to growing it but committed to making it sustainable,” he said.

Labor has changed the super rules ten times since 2008 to raise revenue.

Can this hollowed-out, union-dominated party be believed on anything?

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KEANE IS BUSTED

Tim Blair – Wednesday, April 03, 2013 (3:47pm)

James Delingpole in today’s Australian
In parts of Australia, you’ve spent the past few weeks being deluged with torrential Flannery. In Europe we’ve been covered with thick white blankets of unseasonal Viner. I’m reminded of the scene where “global warming” comes to South Park. “Why didn’t we listen?” all the characters run around the street, screaming. Except the funny thing is nothing is happening: the global warming that they’re panicking about simply doesn’t exist. 
Nice work. Even nicer – Delingpole’s conclusion has leftoids in a lather: 
The climate alarmist industry has some very tough questions to answer: preferably in the defendant’s dock in a court of law, before a judge wearing a black cap. 
Crikey‘s Bernard Keane interprets that line: 
The Oz publishes op-ed calling for advocates of climate change action like Tim Flannery to be executed. 
Bernard Keane is the Pamela Doof of the interwebs.

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SEE YOU LATER, EXAGGERATOR

Tim Blair – Wednesday, April 03, 2013 (10:57am)

Tony Abbott prepares to farewell Tim Flannery
“When the carbon tax goes, all of those bureaucracies will go and I suspect we might find that the particular position you refer to goes with them,” he told broadcaster Ray Hadley.
“It does sound like an unnecessary position given that the gentleman in question gives us the benefit of his views without needing taxpayer funding,” Mr Abbott said. 
The brooms are coming.
UPDATE. Reaction from green Christine
Australian Greens leader Christine Milne said it was another extreme policy from Mr Abbott … 
UPDATE II. Flannery launches his commission’s latest report
Climate Commission chief Professor Tim Flannery says the report sends a clear message.
“I think it’s really important that people understand where the debate is in climate science and where it isn’t,” he said. 
We might learn more about the location of this debate on September 14.
UPDATE III. Flannery this morning
The US is ahead of us now in terms of reducing its emissions, so we do have to move … they’re already reduced by 7.5 per cent. 
I agree with the Perfessor. Let’s ditch the carbon tax and follow America’s example.

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CAPTAIN FABULOUS

Tim Blair – Wednesday, April 03, 2013 (10:31am)

As a member of cabinet, Craig Emerson is paid more than $320,000. He’ll retire on a mighty pension. Yet he seems to have something against the fabulously wealthy
What I said in fact is that it is worthwhile having a debate about the fact that fabulously wealthy people are able to get an advantage of paying a 15 per cent tax whereas everyday Australians on ordinary wages, pay 30 per cent or more.
I didn’t set a dividing line. I’m simply referring to the fact that there are fabulously wealthy people in Australia.
Now if we want to have a debate with the Liberal Party as to whether there are or are notfabulously wealthy people, I’m happy to have that.
This is what I say about fabulously wealthy people, god bless their little cotton socks. 
The man seems unhinged. Former Reserve Bank board member Warwick McKibbin detects desperation: “This is a government that has lost the plot. They are just floundering around trying to come up with a policy that will give them a bounce in the opinion polls.”

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SAUCE CODE

Tim Blair – Wednesday, April 03, 2013 (10:21am)

Enter the chilling world of the Naga Viper, the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, the Bhut Jolokia, the Infinity Chili, and the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. These scalding peppers are components of the world’s hottest sauces: 
Nick Moore, proprietor of Dr. Burnörium’s Hot Sauce Emporium in Bristol, is about to launch one called Psycho Serum weighing in at a scorching 6.4 million Scovilles. He compares its kick to “licking the surface of the sun.” 
(Via Dan F.) 

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NO FOOLS LIKE OLD FOOLS

Tim Blair – Wednesday, April 03, 2013 (10:06am)

NSW Liberal Peter Phelps on not-so-youthful Greens: 
I wish to debunk one of the great political myths in Australian politics today: that The Greens are the party of young people. Nothing could be further from the truth. I refer to a report of Chris Harris regarding preselection for the Senate and note the demographic breakdown of The Greens NSW. Of those born in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, 1,227 are members of The Greens, yet of those born in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s only 371 are members. The Greens do not have a youthful party; it has a party made up of disgruntled baby boomers, ex-communists who joined after their own communist visions failed, smelly hippies, crazy cat ladies in their later menopausal years, and moratorium marchers who went out in March 1971 and intellectually never came home. The symbol of The Greens is not a Prius, it is an EJ Holden. 
(Via PWAF)

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Stop the boats until this is sorted

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (3:13pm)

If Afghan men have a culture which leaves them more likely to rape, and our courts have a culture of being more lenient as a consequence, I suggest Australian women have an interest in stopping the boats until we get this sorted out:
AN Afghan refugee who argued cultural differences led him to rape a drunken girl has won a bid to appeal against a 14-year jail term.
Esmatullah Sharifi, 31, ... pleaded guilty at separate hearings to raping a teen on December 19 [2008] and a woman, 25, on Christmas Eve. He’s been granted leave to appeal against the sentence for raping the teen…
Granting leave to appeal, Court of Appeal Justice Robert Redlich said: “The sentencing judge rejected any suggestion (Sharifi) didn’t have a clear concept of consent in sexual relations...”
But he said the 18-year-old victim had found there were “aspects of his conduct that were strange” because Sharifi treated her like a “willing participant”.
He noted that Sharifi, who came to Australia on a temporary protection visa in 2001, also drove her home.
“It proves, in my view, an adequate basis for most grounds of appeal that (Sharifi) wishes to pursue,” the judge said…
But in his sentencing remarks, Judge Mark Dean said Sharifi had gone hunting for vulnerable, drunken women to rape. 
I wonder how those two women feel about the failure to stop the boats and enforce our own cultural norms.
(Thanks to reader JPS.) 

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No comment

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (2:52pm)

Free speech, The politics of race
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First they came for a conservative columnist, and the Left said nothing. Now they’re coming for a former Canberra University vice-chancellor:
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The thing with these laws is that you don’t have to be guilty to pay a price for speaking your mind. The process is the punishment. 

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Not all old news is too old

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (2:15pm)

What is the Prime Minister talking about here:
Wrong doers in my view should be brought to justice. I don’t underestimate the difficulty of doing that. We’re talking sometimes about events that are 20 and 30 years ago and so there are problems with evidence and problems with proof, indeed some people may have died in the intervening period, so it’s complex.
But, wrong doers should always be punished if that can be done.
A: child sexual abuse in churches.
B: the AWU corruption scandal.
What was then Attorney General Nicola Roxon talking about:

“I think at some point it is reasonable - 17, 18, 19 years on - for the Prime Minister to say, If someone has an allegation of substance they should put it.
“If they don’t, continuing to report rumours… I think it is fair enough to say, enough is enough, this is old news.”
A: child sexual abuse in churches.
B: the AWU corruption scandal.
(Thanks to reader John.) 

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Crean Opposition now attacks Gillard film funding

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (2:08pm)

Opposition Leader Simon Crean’s front bench is working well:
Labor backbencher Ed Husic has questioned the government’s decision to spend more than $20 million on a Disney film, saying the money could be better spent on more urgent needs such as funding hospitals.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced on Tuesday that the government would pay Disney film producers $21.6 million to ensure the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea would be filmed in Australia.
To justify the decision Ms Gillard said the investment could ‘’create up to 2000 jobs’’....
But Mr Husic, whose western Sydney seat is under threat in an election year, told Sky News on Wednesday that he raised his eyebrows when he saw ‘’we were giving $20 million to the production’’....
‘’I don’t need 20,000 leagues of sea [sic]; I need an MRI at Mount Druitt Hospital,” he said.
(Thanks to reader Eric.) 

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If Australians voted for Gillard the way Time readers do…

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (11:54am)

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Distance makes Gillard look better. Or maybe Time really does skew hard to the Left.
Current poll results: yes for Gillard to be on the list, 61 per cent. No, 39 per cent.
UPDATE
Yes, it’s genuine. Reader Victoria 3220 is trying to work out the odds of this Captcha check being thrown up for Gillard:
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Bits of Buddha

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (8:29am)

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We now have supermarket spiritualists - essentially egoists who pick a bit of this and a bit of that from various spiritualities to create something that suits them. They then become the true gods of their world, having created their own cosmos. It is an inversion of the usual forms of faith.
Robina Courtin was introduced on Q&A on Monday as:
.... an Australian-raised Catholic whose spiritual journey led her to Tibet and to Buddhism, the Venerable Robina Courtin
Courtin’s faith in Buddha turns out to have its limits:
I would say that I am taking Buddha’s view of the universe as my working hypothesis and I’m happy to find Buddha wrong. It’s okay.
That’s perfectly fine. I, too, am happy to find Buddha wrong. But why is Courtin wearing Buddhist robes if she knows better than Buddha what’s what? Why, when she’s a bit embarrassed by all that carry-on about the hereafter and religion:
This is what I meant before when I - it’s really nice to have all these discussions about is there heaven or not. But my feeling is almost that this is sort of private business and I’d rather not talk about those things. I think it’s a bit embarrassing. I mean I don’t mean that but for me I’d much rather talk about the Dalai Lama is coming in June, right, and his big deal at the moment is beyond religion, which is not meant to be rip out religion but to try and find the common ground. And I think if you found a good Muslim, a good Jew, a good gay atheist comedian, you know, a good Catholic Archbishop and a good Buddhist and a good communist, they’re all going to have fundamental good ethics and I think that’s the common ground. So we can keep our religion private, you know. I think it’s really important. Okay, I’ve got to wear these 14th century robes. What can I do? But, you know, what does that mean? It means fundamental goodness, not lying, not stealing, not killing, don’t cheat on your partners and, you know, practise kindness and, I mean, it sounds kind of cute but it’s the most intense job we will ever do.
So many dumb rules, but who cares?:

TONY JONES: Well, the question really about how…
ROBINA COURTIN: Is it okay to be gay? Okay. Well, I think…
TONY JONES: Well, how both the Catholic Church, in this case, and the Islamic face are dealing…
ROBINA COURTIN: Okay. Well, I’ve no idea about that but…
TONY JONES: ...with people struggling with homosexuality?
ROBINA COURTIN:  I don’t know about that. But I feel - my answer to this would be - I mean, if I look into the Buddhist texts there is probably just as many restrictions in some way in relation to sexual life but bringing it down to earth in a most practical way and being realistic, human beings are human beings and if we practise morality and compassion and forgiveness and have good relationships with each other and practise generosity and live good lives, that’s the point.
The Dalai Lama begs to differ:
Buddhist sexual proscriptions ban homosexual activity and heterosexual sex through orifices other than the vagina, including masturbation or other sexual activity with the hand… From a Buddhist point of view, lesbian and gay sex is generally considered sexual misconduct. 

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More spin from the Climate Commission

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (7:21am)

Global warming - propaganda

2011: the Climate Commission says global warming can’t be blamed for the drought:
Andrew Bolt: “We have also been told by this Government that the recent drought in the Murray-Darling Basin was caused by global warming, again your own report says there is nothing unusual about that drought either is that true?”
Professor Will Steffen: “We’ve had very severe droughts before so again we cannot attribute this drought statistically to climate change….”
2013: the Climate Commission blames global warming for the drought:
Australia has long had a highly variable climate of droughts and heavy rains, and this pattern is likely to continue into the future. However, climate change is likely to increase the severity of these extreme weather events…
The millennium drought of 1997-2009 was one of Australia’s most severe droughts, with far-reaching impacts on agricultural production, urban water supplies and natural ecosystems.
This outfit is a scandal.
UPDATE
The credulous ABC swallows it whole:
TONY EASTLEY: The nation’s top climate scientists and science bodies have for the first time endorsed a report that says the climate in Australia has already shifted…
Will Steffen is the report author.
WILL STEFFEN: Well what we see is a pattern emerging that the south-west of Western Australia and the south-east of Australia have become drier - the south-west since about the mid 1970s; the south-east since about the mid 1990s. And there’s a similarity in pattern. 
If the ABC had checked the data, it would have found Steffen cherry-picking like mad. Fact is, the long-term record suggests no unusual drying of the south east:

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Easter, when a bunny dies from the red

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (6:05am)

The ignorance of the New York Times about a mainstay of Western culture is a warning of a civilisation in decline:
First, the correction to an article by Elisabetta Povoledo, datelined Vatican City: 
Correction: April 1, 2013
An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the Christian holiday of Easter. It is the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, not his resurrection into heaven.
Glad they told us Easter was a Christian holiday, lest unwary readers, encountering it for the first time, think it a Hindu feast. And “mischaracterized” is letting Ms. Povoledo off far too easily. What the hell does “resurrection into heaven” even mean?…
They say you tend to believe what you read in the newspaper until the story concerns something you actually know about. The Times has just proven to 1.2 billion Catholics around the world that it knows nothing about their religion.
Mark Steyn:
In reality, America’s supposed “newspaper of record” has just announced itself to the world as civilizationally illiterate.
(Via Instapundit.) 

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Waiting for warming

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (5:40am)

The pause in global warming continues. The UAH satellite data, updated for March:

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Just another flesh wound, Gillard cries

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (5:22am)

I missed this week’s Essential Media poll. Like Newspoll, it shows Labor on the skids, dropping to 44 per cent to the Coalition’s 56.
UPDATE
Gerard Henderson dismantles the ludicrous claim of professional feminists that Julia Gillard is a victim of misogyny:
Labor did relatively well after the 2010 election and Gillard earned kudos as Australia’s first female prime minister. Newspoll’s net satisfaction rating indicates her support went into free fall around February 2011, when she broke her promise not to introduce a carbon tax.
Since then, Gillard’s satisfaction rating has surged and declined but has never approached the positive rating held immediately before and after the 2010 election.
If Lake’s theory is correct - and Gillard’s prime ministership ‘’called up the misogyny that lays deep in Australian culture, brought to the surface by the terrifying sight of women in power’’ - then Labor would not have done as well as it did in late 2010 and early 2011.

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Get your greedy hands off our money

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (5:14am)



The Minerals Council, scared of being fleeced again in the Budget, is cranking up another ad campaign.
Wonder how long before super funds figure they’d better fight like this for their own members. Or are too many too compromised by their union links to take on even this desperate and rapacious Labor government?
UPDATE
Judith Sloan says the Government is using dodgy figures from Treasury to justify looting people’s super:

It is easy to despair when gullible commentators trot out figures of $32 billion, rising to $45bn in two years, as the “cost” of the super tax concessions…
Even Treasury realises that if super contributions and earnings were taxed as normal income - notwithstanding the requirement that the funds be locked away until retirement - people would seek out other tax-effective ways to save and invest… After taking into account the behavioural response, the estimated cost of tax concessions falls by more than $9bn to $23bn…
There also appear to be some outright errors in Treasury’s calculations. Imposing marginal tax rates for contributions and earnings ignores the fact that higher taxation on contributions reduces the inflow of funds. The higher taxation on earnings applies to a lower (post-tax) base, a fact overlooked by Treasury. The effect of its mistake is to inflate significantly the estimates of total super tax concessions.
Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson has been adding to the sense of panic about the taxation of superannuation.
Last year, he declared that “… existing concessions are seen to favour some at the expense of the majority.”
This is amazing stuff. In what possible sense do the taxation arrangements of superannuation, which were never designed with a redistribution objective in mind, operate at “the expense of the majority”?
It is like telling talented, hard-working individuals that their efforts are at “the expense of the majority”.
And let’s be clear - high-income earners pay way more than their share of income tax revenue. The top 1 per cent pay 17 per cent of all tax revenue and the top 10 per cent pay nearly half.
Identifying the “fabulously wealthy” who are hogging the super benefits:
JULIA Gillard and her most experienced cabinet colleagues are set to retire with nest eggs worth more than $5 million each just as they oversee rules that make it impossible for others to reach the same target.
While ordinary workers retire with less than $200,000 set aside for their future, the Prime Minister and 10 of her cabinet members will enjoy one of the nation’s most generous retirement schemes.
The system will pay Ms Gillard about $177,000 a year and Wayne Swan about $168,000...

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Get government out of sport

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (5:05am)

Michael Sexton is astonished by the powers the Gillard Government wants to give its anti-doping agency in the witchhunt that torching clubs like Cronulla:

This spirit of zealotry is seen in the proposed legislation before the federal parliament that would give ASADA coercive powers to interrogate sportsmen and women. There would be no right to silence - still the privilege of every armed robber in police custody. There also would be a fine of $5000 every day for failure to answer questions…
All of this is just another example of governments using taxpayers’ money to move into areas where they have no business. Why is there a federal minister for sport? Or for media or tourism, areas that could be, and for many years were, left to their own devices?

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Crean should form a new Labor, but I hope not yet

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (4:40am)

Professor Kenneth Wiltshire has a point:

SIMON Crean, Chris Bowen, Martin Ferguson, Kim Carr and their disaffected former ministerial colleagues would do Australia a big favour if they left the ALP and formed a new party...
They could begin the long overdue realignment of party politics in Australia. There is no longer a place for 19th-century class warfare. With a population of only 24 million, in a land of unlimited resources, there is no place for extremes of Left and Right and we no longer need parties based exclusively on labour or capital.
But the favour Opposition Leader Crean would do is to Labor, rather the Australia. Wiltshire himself suggests why:
The record shows that Malcolm Fraser’s “conservatives” established the SBS multicultural broadcaster, left Medibank largely intact and supported human rights initiatives… The basic point is that red tories and chardonnay socialists have a lot in common and there is no reason why they should not co-exist in the same political party. 
I believe such a Hawke-style party would indeed win over many Australians, and this would force the Coalition to fight for that same middle-ground of multicultural, human rights Nanny statism. The Liberals, always weak or shamefaced in projecting their own ideology, would be dragged to the Left. And does this country really need another Fraser?
That’s why I prefer Labor where it is: comprehensively discrediting its authoritarian brand of class-war green Leftism, creating such a visceral reaction in voters that the Liberals are free to be more themselves.
Here’s a good example. The Liberals were for a long time very timid defenders of free speech, in thrall to the “human rights” lobby groups demanding less of that stuff. Only when the Gillard Government went miles too far with mad proposals to ban giving political offence and to put the free press under state control did the Liberal find the courage and passion to become outspoken advocates for free speech. And they did so only because the public reaction against Labor’s muzzle was so unmistakably strong that the Liberals saw an advantage in being bolder. The Liberals surfed a popular discontent to finally become advocates for their own philosophy. The more radical Labor was, the more explicitly Liberal the Liberals became. They finally preached their philosophy, and to the betterment of this country.
So Wiltshire is right to recommend Crean lead a new Labor into moderation. But as a conservative, I hope Crean takes his sweet time. 

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It’s for us to give Abbott a to-do list

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (4:11am)

Paul Kelly on a promise-less Tony Abbott:

Abbott said: “The next election won’t be an auction. I know Labor wants to turn it into an auction. We are not going to fall for that. What Labor is currently promising people are gifts with borrowed money. Ultimately they are gifts that you will have to pay for in higher taxes. I am determined should the people give us the honour of government after the next election we will be prudent, responsible, we will be frugal with taxpayers’ money.”
Expect this to become the main theme in Abbott’s May reply to the budget. The bigger test is how much policy restraint Abbott displays in the campaign proper. Given the Coalition’s constant attack on Labor as a big debt, deficit government, only one position has any credibility: Abbott must promise less than Labor in campaign 2013. It is the position Kevin Rudd adopted against John Howard at the 2007 election, with two consequences: his restraint was seen as more responsible and such restraint helped to discredit Howard as desperate.
Kelly rightly notes:

Despite the truckloads of nonsense said and written about Abbott, every sign is that he will be a very conventional Liberal prime minister. The risk is that he may be too conventional and too cautious.
I’ve worried that Abbott might not seek a mandate in keeping with a big majority to do what is most needed. I am also worried about concessions he is making to the media class, like this:

Aware that only a conservative government is likely to carry a constitutional referendum to acknowledge the indigenous peoples, Abbott promises to put this referendum in order to “complete” rather than “change” the constitution. The words are critical. Abbott is determined to carry this referendum/
But - the constitutional change and the absurdly generous parental leave proposal aside - it may be that Abbott’s virtue in the first term will be a version of John Howard’s. While Howard was there, he stood against the “stolen generations” myth until its power was almost exhausted. He stood for years against the global warming alarmism until a final, unconvincing cave-in he now repents. He stood against the Republican movement. breaking its back. He fought the open-borders “compassion” crowd to a near stand-still. Howard’s great virtue was to stand against a great cultural tide to the Left. He was not-Labor.  He left few cultural footprints of his own, other than work-for-the-dole.
Abbott faces fewer such explicit cultural battles. For instance, his battle on the boats is a purely practical one, now that Labor has utterly discredited its own moralising position. His greater task is to stand against Labor’s mad spending frenzy and to restore the smashed link between earning and spending. He has to resist the entitlement culture fostered not just by Labor but by the Howard Government. Like Howard to some extent, it will be enough for many that he simply stands against these tides. I’d want him to stand even stronger for free speech, but will take what’s offered and be glad.
I’d wish for more, but Abbott would rather spend the next three years seeming safe than offer a white-knuckle ride. His judgment may well be correct, but his role is different to mine. His role is to operate in a cultural space. The role of commentators - and other citizens - is to help define what that space is. We should demand more than not-Labor, and make sure the man who offers it is rewarded. 

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How did such hypocrites get into the country?

Andrew Bolt April 03 2013 (4:01am)

Tony Sheldon, Labor alarmist, March 18:

ALP national vice-president Tony Sheldon has accused some employers importing foreign workers on 457 visas of engaging in “human trafficking” and a “form of slavery”.
Addressing the ALP national organisers forum in Canberra yesterday, Mr Sheldon urged party activists to campaign “strong and hard” in support of the government’s proposed changes to 457 visas…
“457 visa holders have no right to criticise their employers when they are being ripped off or sweated, and no real right to join a union without the employer sacking them,” he said.
“And once sacked, they can be deported within 28 days unless they can find another job.
“That’s why it’s actually no exaggeration to say that for some workers, the 457 visa is a form of slavery.
Tony Sheldon, hypocrite, April 3:
ALP national vice-president and prominent union leader Tony Sheldon has recruited overseas workers on 457 visas to fill three key positions in his union, defending the move by claiming he could not find suitably qualified Australian workers to take the jobs.
Mr Sheldon ... confirmed to The Australian that his chief of staff Dermot Ryan, media officer Barry Dunning and senior organiser Celia Petty were employed on 457 visas.
Mr Sheldon, the national secretary of the Transport Workers Union, denied the hiring of the three overseas workers was hypocritical, insisting he was not opposed to employers using 457 visas but against “people being exploited”.
Campaign “long and hard”, Tony. Start by sacking your own foreign workers first.
UPDATE
With so many journalists losing their jobs in Australia, how could Sheldon possibly argue he had to go to Ireland to find a media officer? 

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Sunset Rose Design from the new Botanica Collection shown here featured on hand silk screened cushions in a variety of colours - Raspberry, Plum, Chartreuse, Turquoise, Olive and Ivory
Katz Designer Textiles
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I wonder if they taste any good ?

Jacobin Pigeons ♥ Beautiful ♥
 
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Myself and hundreds of others have finally finished the Eight Week Fitness Challenge...and we sure didn't need a nanny state government regulator to tell us to do it! Read more in this week's blog: http://www.corybernardi.com/2013/04/a-personal-commitment-to-change.html
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Designed for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Dragon Eye remote-controlled plane is now helping scientists track poisonous volcanic gas.http://oak.ctx.ly/r/3js0
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"Enjoy these final moments of peace." Star Trek Into Darkness releases on May 9th starringZachary Quinto
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And of course, a nice little surprise today - a photo I took of Alan La from @invincibleworldwide last year is on the front page of Fairfield Advance! This time, they credited me. :,) #surprises #respectphotogs #photolife 
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Ever wondered what that patch means on your Anzac's arm or the medal pinned to their chest? Do you want to identify a souvenir sent home or the uniform they wear in your family photos? Ask your questions of the Australian War Memorial in our Expert Q&A on Thursday, 4th April at 8:30pm AEDT.

Are you busy Thursday and can't make the Q&A session? Ask your questions now in a comment below. Or join us on this page with your questions on Thursday for our 4 experts from the AWM Military Heraldry and Technology team.

Share your photos on our wall, with your questions or email them to contribute@insidehistory.com.au

When is the Q&A? :: NSW-ACT-VIC-TAS: 8:30-9:30pm AEDT | QLD: 7:30-8:30pm | WA: 5:30-6:30pm | NT: 7:00-8:00pm | SA: 8:00-9:00pm | Weekly on Thursdays nights!

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THE GOOD OL’ BOYS AREN’T GONE... they are regrouping for an assault on Gillard  By Larry Pickering

Except for the destruction of the Labor Party, with the help of her Marxist comrades, it is difficult to find anything Gillard has done well.

It is indeed bizarre that those who keep her in office now were the very same people she helped to steal over a million dollars from in the 90s.

Ralph Blewitt, Bob Kernohan and myself have been told to shut our traps by the Victorian Fraud Squad for fear of compromising their investigations.

We have, but the ten part series on Gillard’s criminal behaviour is still available on the pickeringpost.com

By suppressing information, refusing to prefer charges and obstructing Fraud Squad investigations, the AWU (with the help of the corrupt NSW Right) has kept their girl performing dutifully in the top spot.

But a macro oversight of Labor indicates an imminent split. Martin Ferguson, Rob McClelland and Simon Crean are among true blue Labor men with clout.

They won’t lie down admonished, licking their wounds, rueing what should have been.

There is a widening fissure running through the heart of Labor... Gillard and her vile intentions are being openly attacked from within.

Crean knew of the avaricious intention to raid Super Funds and spoke up. Ferguson knew of the class war and mining tax debacle and spoke up. McClelland knew of Gillard’s criminal past and spoke up. Kim Carr knew of an impending Royal Commission into unions and spoke up.

The Labor Party is crippled and can no longer fill its honorable role. It has experimented with Gillard’s Communist agenda and it has failed spectacularly.

Those responsible, the incompetent dregs who now sit with Gillard on the front bench, will soon be sent to the sin bin to learn how to play by the rules.

The true Labor Party now sits behind Gillard and they will fight with tenacity to regain their beloved Party and they will inter her in the process.

The AWU’s Paul Howes, a vacuous illiterate Trotskyite, will be entombed with Bill Ludwig as distant memories of utter failures.

Their corrupt NSW friends who colluded with them to enthrone Gillard will be in cells adjacent to O’bied.

If anyone doubts how Gillard cares for our once great country, consider this:
• $11mil gifted to a Hugh Jackman film.
• $23 mil gifted to a version of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.
• $400 mil to promote women’s interests in the Pacific.
• $500 mil gifted to Indonesian school projects.
• $1.3 billion in bribes to three Independents.
• $10 billion gifted to the Greens, etc etc.

There is much, much more but compare that profligacy to her consideration for the distraught victims of the Queensland floods... a gift of one million dollars.

And the flood previous? A further tax (a levy). How philanthropic of her.

The dark Communist underworld of a prettified Gillard will soon slink back to its university base to plan its next infiltration of the Labor Party.

Only then will true blue Labor men of honor re-emerge as a legitimate Opposition.

And God knows we will need one.

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From the Blog

Academia hearts the Weather Underground: Kathy Boudin at Columbia and NYU

Last week, I reminded you about the bloody history of convicted Weather Underground terrorists Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, whom left-wing bleeding heart director Robert Redford pays homage to in his new fictional movie “The Company You Keep"...

Obama promotes latest infrastructure stimulus proposal by offering up plenty of bricks at Easter Egg Roll shootaround

We’re often told that President Obama is a good basketball player, so that must mean this performance was instead designed to promote the administration’s $21 billion stimulus proposal for infrastructure...

Heh: Obama issues proclamation calling on Americans to budget responsibly

I’ve got to hand it to the White House — they really know how to sell an April Fools joke...

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