Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Angela Vivian-BoltAndy LeJessica Nortel. Born on the same day, across the years, along with John Newton (1725), Simón Bolívar (1783), Alexandre Dumas (1802), Robert Graves (1895), Amelia Earhart (1897), Anna Paquin (1982) and Bindi Irwin (1998). Pioneer Day in Utah (1847)
1411 – Forces of Donald of Islay, Lord of the Isles, and Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar, fought at the Battle of Harlaw near Inverurie, Scotland.
1783 – The Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti and the Russian Empire signed the Treaty of Georgievsk, establishing Georgia as a protectorate of Russia.
1943 – Second World War: RAF Bomber Command began Operation Gomorrah, the strategic bombing of Hamburg, Germany, eventually killing at least 50,000 and leaving over a million others homeless.
1963 – Bluenose II, a replica of a major Canadian symbol, was launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
1991 – The government of P. V. Narasimha Rao and his finance minister Manmohan Singh introduced reforms that began the ongoing economic liberalisation in India. That decision in 1991 .. over a billion Indian peoples should celebrate. Cheers


PNG plan - pink batts in the tropics

Piers Akerman – Wednesday, July 24, 2013 (12:00am)

RARELY has a government policy begun to unravel as rapidly as Kevvie’s PNG Solution is unraveling now.
He is on the backfoot and peddling toward the horizon as fast as he can.
In the past 48 hours, a number of people have called me from PNG to express their dismay at the program.
Only a handful of entrepreneurs who can smell a buck in the deal have supported it.
PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill gave the game away when he said on Monday that his government will now set all the priorities under which Australia’s aid to PNG will be directed.
That sounds like PNG will control our aid though Labor’s electronic media organisation, the ABC, disputed this on its PM program last night.

Kevvie claims that Opposition leader Tony Abbott is trying to muddy the waters and send mixed messages to people smugglers about his ludicrous program.
He should have asked Australian diplomats about the feasibility of his PNG Solution before announcing it last Friday.
It can’t work as outlined for the simple reason that the PNG Prime Minister sees it entirely differently than our Kevvie does.
This would not be the first time that Kevvie has failed to see reality.
Four boats carrying nearly 250 people have been escorted to Christmas Island since Kevvie’s announcement – almost enough bodies to fill the existing Manus Island detention centre.
Kevvie doesn’t have a clue about what he is dealing with or the repercussions of his so-called Solution.
Pink batts on steroids in the tropics is an accurate description. 


Our aid, their spending money. The PNG deal explained

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (6:03pm)

The price of the PNG deal? Letting that notoriously corrupt country much, much more freedom to spend our $500 million a year in aid just how it pleases:
In a press conference on Monday, Mr O’Neill boasted that after striking his deal with Mr Rudd, the PNG government would “now set all the priorities under which Australian aid program will now be directed towards”.
We will set the priorities on what sort of projects it will go to, where our priorities are, and where we need those projects most,” Mr O’Neill said. This deal would apply to the “entire” aid budget, he said.
Guess where that money will go:
October 8, 2012: An analysis by Task Force Sweep (TFS), a national corruption watchdog, finds up to half of PNG’s 7.6 billion kina (about $3.5 billion AUD) development budget from 2009 through 2011 was lost to corrupt practices or mismanagement by public officials and government departments.


Rudd on The Bolt Report on Sunday

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (2:13pm)

Confirmed today: Kevin Rudd will be my guest on The Bolt Report on Sunday, as first arranged a fortnight before he became Prime Minister.
In the show’s two and half years, not once would Julia Gillard appear.  Only one of her Ministers - Anthony Albanese - would accept the hundreds of invitations we sent them. The ban was almost total.
Rudd, to his credit, has decided to talk to conservative presenters. He was interviewed this morning by 3AW’s Neil Mitchell, who was banned by Julia Gillard for allegedly not showing her the respect she felt she was entitled to.
Rudd knows I am critical of his various policies, but is prepared to argue his case. Give him credit for that.
The Bolt Report is on Channel 10 at 10am and 4.30pm on Sunday.
To sum up the advice below: don’t interrupt him, but don’t let him waffle. Don’t argue my point, but don’t let him get away with spin.
Thanks. That really clears things up. 


Taxpayer-funded trainers give refugees propaganda lauding Rudd and the Greens

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (10:46am)

Having let them in, the Labor Government teaches them how to vote Left. Tony Thomas on a scandal:
Adult Asian and African refugees and migrants in Yarraville, Melbourne, have been given Labor and Green propaganda to study in their English language lessons, in lieu of normal comprehension tracts. The students had enrolled for English lessons at Yarraville Community Centre (YCC), which has a “positioning statement” entitled “A Bit Left of Centre”.
YCC… is a “registered training organisation”, and the language course for adults is conducted under contract with Centrelink via the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program, “to improve the chances of getting and keeping a job”. A Quadrant Online investigation has found students were given hagiographic screeds about Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Greens leader Christine Milne to study, then tested on their success at absorbing the material. The two documents are reproduced in full below.
Yarraville is in the Maribyrnong electorate of senior Labor minister Bill Shorten. With a 17% Labor margin, it is home to many Vietnamese and African migrants and refugees and is one of Rudd’s safest seats.
From the Rudd profile given to refugees to study:
When he came back to Australia he worked in the Queensland government and in his job he tried to make Australians learn Asian languages.


When he became prime minister in 2007 the first thing he did was apologise to the Stolen Generation who are the Aborigines who were taken away from their parents. He also promised to help fix the environment with a special plan to make factories pay for pollution, but then changed his mind and didn’t do it. He started Fair Work Australia which helped people get better pay and conditions in the work place.
In the Global Financial Crisis he kept Australia safe and gave out $900 grants to everyone. This kept people spending money which kept the shops and business going.
Rudd also organised for every secondary school child to have a computer.
He took the soldiers out of Iraq in 2009.
From the document on Christine Milne given to refugees to study:

Christine Milne worked as a secondary school English and History teacher from 1975 to 1984. She became an activist. She was put in jail for trying to save the Franklin river in 1983. She thought jail was not too bad because she had already gone to boarding school.
She has fought hard to save the environment in Tasmania and the rest of Australia. She wants to stop pollution and she wants to use clean energy instead. In 1993 she became the leader of the Tasmanian Greens. She became the first woman to lead a political party in Tasmania…
Clean Energy is solar, wind farms and other energy that doesn’t make pollution. Clean energy also does not ‘run out’. Petrol, oil and coal all cause pollution and they also run out. One day we won’t have any left.
Absolutely shameless. Absolutely scandalous.
(Thanks to reader Andrew.) 


Another fake scare. No, global warming isn’t causing starvation.

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (9:37am)

Global warming - dud predictions
Global warmists have for a decade peddled the scare that global warming would kill crops and cause mass starvation.
Some examples:

Mark Rosegrant, International Food Policy Research Institute , February 2013:

FRAN Kelly: Dramatic falls in staple crop production, and a jump in malnutrition are predicted across the Asia Pacific in coming decades due to climate change. . . (Dr Mark Rosegrant) . . . according to your research which crops would be most affected?
Rosegrant: We’re finding that the key staples of rice, wheat and maize are going to have very large declines through most of Asia—anywhere from 15 to 25 per cent compared to a no-climate-change scenario.
Professor Ian Lowe, president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, December 2012:

For example, the United Nations food agency has warned that it will be less and less likely that we can feed the human population if climate change continues on its present trajectory.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2001:
Acute water shortage conditions combined with thermal stress should adversely affect wheat and, more severely, rice productivity in India even under the positive effects of elevated CO2 in the future.
German Advisory Council on Global Change, 2007:
The Climate Change as a Security Risk report by the German Advisory Council on Global Change called on governments meeting this week at the climate change conference in Bali to adopt deep emissions cuts to avert disaster.... According to the report… India, Pakistan and Bangladesh could see falls in wheat and rice yields as the monsoon changes.
David Lobell, Stanford University, 2008:
Impoverished farmers in South Asia and southern Africa could face growing food shortages due to climate change within just 20 years, a new study says…
“The majority of the world’s one billion poor depend on agriculture for their livelihoods,” said the lead author of the new study, David Lobell of Stanford University.
“Unfortunately, agriculture is also the human enterprise most vulnerable to changes in climate.”
Elizabeth Ainsworth, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2008:

Rice is arguably the world’s most important food source and helps feed about half the globe’s people. But yields in many areas will drop as the globe warms in future years, a review of studies on rice and climate change suggests.
...when the evidence from some 80 different studies is combined, the outlook is bleak, says Elizabeth Ainsworth of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Green activist Cameron Scott :
Most major political shifts are caused at least in part by economic pressures. Food prices are now at an all-time high. Those prices have, according to a wide range of analysts, contributed to the political revolts first in Tunisia and now in Egypt… But here’s the kicker: Food prices aren’t just some arbitrary economic statistic. They measure (inversely) the planet’s success at sustaining its human population. And right now, it’s not doing so well. The reason? Erratic weather spurred by climate change.
The latest evidence that the scare is baseless and food crops are bigger than ever:

World total cereal production is forecast to increase by about 7 percent in 2013 compared to last year, helping to replenish global inventories and raise expectations for more stable markets in 2013/14, according to the latest issue of FAO’s quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.
The increase would bring world cereal production to 2 479 million tonnes, a new record level.
FAO now puts world wheat output in 2013 at 704 million tonnes, an increase of 6.8 percent, which ... represents the highest level in history…
World rice production in 2013 is forecast to expand by 1.9 percent to 500 million tonnes (milled equivalent) although prospects are still very provisional.



Another boat sinks

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (9:33am)

Boat people policy
Another boat, undeterred by Rudd’s Manus threat, sets out - and sinks:

A MAJOR rescue operation is underway off the south coast of Java after an asylum seeker boat bound for Christmas island sunk last night
A fisherman spotted the sinking boat yesterday evening and brought the first lot of eight survivors into Cidaun…
One body was also brought ashore.
A large group of about 60 asylum seekers have been rescued further west of the village.
The boat was initially reported to be carrying more than 150 people.
... more than 100 people missing this morning.

At least 18 people, including several children and a baby, are believed dead and dozens feared missing after the engine of the boat, which was loaded with Iranians and Sri Lankans, started smoking and taking water shortly after departure yesterday morning.


Turning back the boat posturing: it’s only evil if conservatives do it

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (9:25am)

With so many on the Left it’s the side, not the principle. They will accept from the Left what they abhor from conservatives:

Abbott’s fault! Marr, The Guardian (Australia) Monday: 
IT took Abbott to work us up into a lather again over the boats. And he did it, insisting ... that a competent government ... must stop the boats ... In the terms set by Abbott ... the arrival of a single boat is a mark of government failure.
Whose fault? Julia Gillard and Mark Latham press release, April 23, 2003:

ANOTHER boat on the way, another policy failure. (This) is a stark reminder that the Howard government policy is not working. ... The Howard government has said that a Coastguard is not needed because there are no more boats coming. They should now recognise the folly of that statement. Only Labor has a comprehensive policy to deal with ... refugees.
All about politics! Julian Burnside tweets Monday:

THE tragedy is that refugee policy now is ALL about politics, when it should be all about humanitarian concern.
Stop the Libs! Julian Burnside tweets Monday:

LET’S face it: the PNG arrangement is a shabby deal, but at least if (sic) might stop Scott ("illegals") Morrison becoming Immi Minister.
Chris Kenny describes Julian Burnside quite well.


Manus deal collapsing. More people than places

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (9:22am)

More boat people have come since Friday than there is room on Manus Island to house them:
The fifth boat to arrive in four days was unloaded at Christmas Island yesterday, taking to 317 the number of asylum-seekers to arrive since the new policy was announced last Friday, while a sixth carrying more than 100 people had been detected en route from Indonesia…
The Opposition Leader said not one asylum-seeker had so far left for Manus Island.
The current capacity on Manus, according to the UNHCR and local MP Ronnie Knight, is 500, with 145 people there already.
More tents are expected to be pitched soon to house more boat people, but when? How many?
Major General (Ret’d) Jim Molan:

The biggest failure I perceive is that Labor has not addressed the underlying problem, Australia’s weak borders. To do so would make it even more obvious that this problem is Labor’s creation.
How many Muslim boat people will PNG let us send before something cracks?

[PNG’s] PARLIAMENT has passed a motion to carry out a nationwide consultation on the question of religious freedom and whether to ban faiths that are non-Christian.
Hela Governor Anderson Agiru moved the motion during grievance debate last Friday that was unanimously supported by both sides of the house…
Mr Agiru, during a statement before moving the motion, said the national pledge in the constitution specifically and unequivocally states that Papua New Guinea shall be a Christian country…
“The question of whether we allow other kinds of faiths to be introduced in Papua New Guinea is the question and that question now needs to be asked… I want to see if the people of PNG, the Churches and everyone agree that all forms of other religions which are not Christian must be banned from Papua New Guinea…
“We are a very rich country and yet we still have beggars and hungry people on the street. People are dying every where. I think it is time we bring this country under God.”
Sixth boat arrives, bringing to 355 the number of boat people who have come under the new arrangements:

AUTHORITIES have intercepted a boat carrying 38 asylum seekers off Christmas Island on Monday.
More boat people have now arrived than there are places left at Manus to house them.
There are already twice as many boat people to put in Manus than there are places for them, according to the PNG Prime Minister:
Manus Island facility would be fast-tracked from its present capacity of 250 to house 600 by next year while they would negotiate with other Pacific Island nations to get them to accept a certain quota of genuine refugees, he said.
I’m not sure PNG’s commitment to this deal will last long if it involves bringing in hundreds of boat people. Check out the local anger:

(Thanks to reader Michelle.) 


No, we are not moving to a carbon dioxide “market”

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (9:08am)

Terry McCrann:

THE sheer, totally unself-aware, pompous stupidity of the “right-thinking” left has been on brilliant display in “commentary” on Kevin Rudd’s carbon tax con…
We’ll put aside the over-arching core stupidity. That all those demonstrating their inane pomposity are card-carrying members of the “carbon dioxide is killing the planet” brigade, signed up to the cause of “doing something (actually, absolutely nothing) about it”.
Instead we’ll focus on ...  the way various commentators have piled on Tim Wilson from the free-market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs, for a commentary he wrote rejecting the idea that the move to an Emissions Trading Scheme represented an embrace of a market mechanism.
A good example was the piece by John Daley of the publicly funded leftist - but, I repeat myself - Grattan Institute, writing on the leftist publicly funded - but, again, I repeat myself - The Conversation.
Announcing his stupidity in the first paragraph, Daley posed the question: “Why does the Institute for Public Affairs - a libertarian think tank - oppose a market in carbon?"…
...there simply isn’t a market in carbon permits, in any meaningful sense of the word. The European market is hostage to the whim of government injecting new permits or taking existing ones out.
To demand that someone who believes in markets should endorse the European emissions “market” is to demand they accept the bureaucratic and political decisions of Europeans as constituting a market.
To quote Daley back to himself, that’s nonsense on stilts.


How mad to drive our power prices so high

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (8:27am)

It takes a special kind of incompetence to create the developed world’s highest power prices in a land blessed with so much cheap coal:
US giant Peabody Energy has slashed another 170 positions from its Queensland and NSW coal operations, weeks after it cut 450 employees
The latest job cuts in the sector, which has been suffering from low commodity prices and high costs, takes the total positions lost from the industry over the past year to more than 11,000…
Peabody chairman and chief executive Greg Boyce ...  said Australia now had the most expensive power in the developed world, while cost pressures, eroding productivity and a maze of project approval requirements had plagued new coal projects.
Speaking at the Australian Retail Association’s annual Australian Retail Awards in Melbourne yesterday, Mr Brookes said merchandise from British retailers such as Top Shop or River Island was “picked out of a distribution centre in Birmingham at pound stg. 4.30 ($7) an hour, and we’re trying to get that same product picked at a distribution centre in Altona at $27 an hour, and if it’s after hours in-store, it’s $40 to $50 an hour"…
“We ain’t world-competitive, and we ain’t got a chance of being world-competitive.”
Another politically-caused cost blow-out to make us uncompetitive:

MYER boss Bernie Brookes has slammed the federal government over high labour costs he says are crippling Australian merchants, the second major retailer to openly criticise Labor’s industrial relations policy in as many days.
(Thanks to readers Gab ad Crystal Clear.) 


Turn Left to blame success

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (8:24am)

Mark Awerbuch:

Many of those who gravitate to the Left have failed to achieve success in life and seek solace in providing succour to a side of politics willing to mitigate their failure by punishing those who have succeeded. We understand, but it is tiresome.
(Thanks to reader Baden.) 


Next from Rudd: cuts and tax rises as Labor Budget crumbles again

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (8:05am)

Labor will be wishing the election had been called already. Kevin Rudd’s next trick - finding $6 billion to paper over Labor latest black hole:

The federal government’s razor gang is looking for savings to cover $6 billion or more in forecast revenue estimated to have been lost since the May budget, to fulfil its promise of a ­surplus by 2016-17.
With company tax, capital gains tax and income tax receipts well below what was expected two months ago, and the Papua New Guinea asylum-seeker solution needing to be funded, cabinet’s Expenditure Review Committee met on Monday and is scheduled to meet again this week, on Wednesday or Thursday…
Another source said that by releasing the statement as close as possible to the election campaign, it would dilute the impact of the pre-election fiscal outlook, which is prepared by Treasury without any government input and released about 10 days into the campaign. The object was for the PEFO to be similar to the economic statement so there was no shock during the campaign about the revenue plunge.
Signs the economy is softening – including the highest unemployment in four years and faltering profits – means the economy is likely to be weaker than the budget expected two months ago, for 2013-14 and 2014-15…
Analysts at investment bank ­Barclays Australia estimate the budget deficit for 2012-13 will be closer to $25 billion, compared with the May forecast of $19 billion. This financial year the shortfall is likely to be $20 billion, compared with the budget forecast of $18 billion, Barclays estimates.
None of those figures take into account the full budget impact of Mr Rudd’s decision to bring forward carbon trading by one year, or the PNG asylum-seeker deal.
Rudd’s alleged $1.8 billion savings from FBT arrangements on company-supplied cars is blamed for ending his poll honeymoon. The next cuts - or tax hikes - could be even trickier. 


Tribes with guns on our land

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (7:54am)

Sydney’s bikie wars continue to suggest our immigration policies have been applied very poorly, and at the cost of our security:

In other shootings, Bassil Hijazi, 19, survived after being shot in the neck in the early morning of July 16, in Bexley. Hells Angel Ali Jammas died in hospital after being shot at Abbotsbury on July 12.
On July 8, alleged Hells Angel member Tyrone Slemnik was killed and a 25-year-old was shot in the leg in Eastlakes.


Conroy cuts out Shorten as Rudd claims factional few no longer rule

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (3:21am)

Kevin Rudd claims:

Decisions can no longer simply be made by a factional few.

Barely a day after federal Labor caucus endorsed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s party reforms designed improve harmony and strengthen grassroots support, a major rift has opened in the dominant Victorian right Labor Unity faction, lead by Bill Shorten and Stephen Conroy…
It followed a bitter and hotly-contested local vote of party members in Hotham on Sunday and Monday which favoured lawyer Geoff Lake – who has been backed by Mr Crean and former premier Steve Bracks – over rival Rosemary Barker, who has been backed by Mr Shorten…
Senator Conroy was believed to have been bitterly disappointed over Mr Shorten’s decision to switch his support from Ms Gillard to Mr Rudd. The rift between the two power brokers has raised the prospect of a new power sharing arrangement in Victoria which would exclude Mr Shorten and the Australian Workers Union…
Mr Tillem, who is loyal to Senator Conroy, was on Tuesday night selected to contest the third senate spot, while local principal Joanne Ryan, who is backed by Ms Gillard, was selected for Lalor.
(Thanks to reader curious.) 


Even when polls go down, the ABC has Rudd up

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (3:08am)

What Newspoll actually recorded yesterday:

THE surge of voter support for Kevin Rudd and Labor since Julia Gillard was removed last month appears to have stalled after a rise in the primary vote for the Coalition and a slowing personal support for the Prime Minister…
Based on preference flows at the 2010 election the Coalition now leads Labor on a two-party-preferred basis, 52 to 48 per cent, after Labor had fought back to 50-50 two weeks ago.
How the ABC’s Lateline last night reported it:

Still, if it makes them feel better… 


NBN contractors to demand billions more

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (2:46am)

Another Rudd scheme looks like costing much more than claimed for much less than needed:

CONSTRUCTION contractors on the National Broadband Network are pushing to be paid up to 40 per cent more to do further work, fuelling fears of a cost blowout on Labor’s flagship infrastructure project.
The Australian has been told that ... high-level evaluations are circulating suggesting that the ultimate cost of the project could spiral out to between $60 billion and $70bn…
Some of NBN Co’s main contractors appear to have hit financial strife and some of their sub-contractors have downed tools in Victoria and Tasmania, claiming they are not being paid enough. “There’s a huge probability this thing will go completely through the ceiling,” said a senior industry source.
“You’ve got a situation where a 30 per cent increase would be in most cases probably a minimum. And they haven’t attacked any of the difficult work yet, as in downtown Melbourne and Sydney, where you have older apartment blocks.”
NBN Co spokesman Andrew Sholl yesterday denied suggestions of a cost blowout.
If Labor’s NBN was so superior, Labor wouldn’t need to lie about it:
Labor MPs have been running highly contestable and in some cases ‘’deliberately misleading’’ advertisements for the national broadband network, experts say.
The Labor advertisements range from blatant falsehoods (saying the Coalition’s NBN will cost $5000, while Labor’s will be ‘’free’’) to misleading comparisons (comparing the highest speeds possible under Labor’s NBN with the minimum guaranteed under the Coalition’s) and assertions (that the Coalition’s NBN would not support high definition video conferencing)…
The most contentious of Labor’s NBN claims was by Families Minister Jenny Macklin, who said the Coalition’s NBN would not support high definition video conferencing for e-health and education.


Is Manus our own Devil’s Island? Government admits “fatal diseases”

Andrew Bolt July 24 2013 (2:27am)

I doubt the Rudd Government will be sending many people to Manus any time soon:
Department of Immigration staff turned a blind eye to a series of rapes and assaults at the Manus Island detention centre, a whistleblower has claimed.
The startling allegations, broadcast on SBS TV’s Dateline program on Tuesday night, also include claims that detainees have been stockpiling weapons and are “quite open that there will come a time where they will break out and people will be killed”.
Former G4S guard Rod St George, who worked as a compliance manager before resigning in mid-April, told Dateline that asylum seekers have been sexually abused and tortured by other asylum seekers…
A department spokeswoman said ... the department was aware of an allegation of sexual assault on the island but could not comment due to the sensitive nature of the incident.
As Australia prepares to send all asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement, and massively expand facilities at Manus Island, Mr St George said the Manus facilities – if they were in Australia – “couldn’t even serve as a dog kennel. The owners would be jailed"…
Mr St George alleged six men were sexually abused in the men-only tent section of the camp. Because there are no separate secure areas, he said, the victims were left in the same facilities as their attackers.

Incidentally, some people at the centre have just made themselves ineligible for refugee status in Australia, I hope.
I’m not sure the Immigration Minister is defending the Manus deal in a way that’s helpful:

The minister hit back at the opposition’s criticism of the speed at which asylum-seekers were being sent to Manus Island.
Mr Burke said people would not be sent to Manus until they had received health checks and immunisations.
“Either he (Mr Abbott) was saying we should be sending people to a situation where they are exposed to fatal diseases,” he said. “Or he’s setting up a test which he knows we can’t meet so that the boats keep coming.


Huge boat reported coming

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (9:12pm)

Boat people policy
If true, this boat would more than fill up all the remaining places in Manus if all boat people who’ve arrived since Friday were sent there:

AN asylum-seeker boat set sail from the south Java coast for Christmas Island in the early hours of Tuesday morning, becoming the first confirmed departure from Indonesian shores since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his Papua New Guinea solution.
Local fishermen in Cidaun, one of the most notorious smuggling points in Java, confirmed to News Limited Australia that they had used their fibreglass outrigger boats to ferry asylum-seekers to a bigger boat waiting a kilometre offshore…
The total number of people they transported is unclear. Some said between 150 to 200 were shipped out.


Essential Media: Rudd still behind

Andrew Bolt July 23 2013 (9:05pm)

Essential Media has Kevin Rudd narrowing the gap, but still behind. Labor 49, Coalition 51


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Gary Hargreaves of 4BC in Brisbane, has a credible source, that some 40-50 detainees, have just been put up in a Brisbane Hotel. There is speculation that these are the ones that set fire to Nauru. He is trying to get a definitive answer on that. Not that we could exp...




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Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs.(Isaiah 61:7, NKJV)

Are you going through a difficult time today? Let this word bring you encouragement, too. God wants to give you double for your trouble. He is the God of restoration — that means He’s not going to just repay you for every wrong done, He’s going to go above and beyond and make things even better than they were before.

If you are facing challenges today or going through a time of adversity, remember, it’s always darkest just before the dawn appears. Your days are destined to shine brighter because God is faithful. As you stay in faith and are obedient to His Word, you’ll receive double for your trouble and see His promises come to pass.God bless you.


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"Discipline isn't something you do to someone; it is something you do FOR someone." Coach Lou Holtz

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Caption this photo from Anthony Weiner's press conference! (Why is there a man poking his head up from behind the cubicle?)
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Older & wiser?
Sheila’s grandson and his wife were coming to visit her in her new Florida condo for the first time. She gave them very detailed directions to her apartment: “You come to the front door of the Coral Bay Tower. Near the door, you’ll see a big panel of buttons. I am in apartment number 1408 on the fourteenth floor. With your elbow, push the button for 1408. I will buzz you in. Come inside the lobby; the elevator is on your right. Get in it, and with your elbow, hit the button for the fourteenth floor. When you get out, I am on the left. With your elbow, hit my doorbell.”
“That sounds easy, Grandma,” her grandson said, “but why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow?”
She snapped, “What, you’re coming empty-handed?”



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A north Italian bar. A visitor to the town sees a customer and strikes up a conversation. "Hi, my name is Mike." he says in a friendly way. "What is yours?" The customer groans. "A name? What is in a name! I will tell you about names if you buy me a drink." A drink is bought and Mike settles to hear the story. The customer is getting elderly, white hair, paunch, farmers clothes. "I was a young man when I first came to this village. I saw the stream, the land with strewn rocks and knew if I moved the rocks, the land would be good for farming. But do they call me 'The Farmer?' .. no!" The customer seems outraged at the snub, but goes on .. "Everyone said that this mountain country is too hard to live on which is why nobody does. But I showed them, I built my house here. But do they call me 'The builder?' No!" The customer was moved, but still gulped his drink, indicating he wanted another. Mike complied, fascinated. "Others saw what I had done. And they came to live here. They prospered, and the town was born. But do they call me the 'Town Planner?' No! Instead, one cold winters evening, I get out of my bath to get some soap from the garage, and the door swings shut and locks me out. I can't get back in. I am dripping wet and it is bitterly cold. A sheep passes nearby, and I hold onto it to stay warm. I fall to sleep, and that is how the town people find me. And do you KNOW WHAT THEY CALL ME? It was only once!"
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The more Kevin Rudd talks, the more we are reminded why Labor’s faceless men removed him in the first place: his chaos and bad decisions.

Now he’s back, we see the same thing happening: his chaos and bad decisions are leading to job losses in the car industry. This is another hit on families who are seeking to get ahead and plan their futures with confidence.

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Always preach tough topics with a loving heart, a humble mind, and a tender voice.


That awkward moment you walk past someone's car & you hear the familiar click of doors locking.



Britain failed to deliver to us the land that they were mandated to give us at that time. Not only that they restricted Jewish immigration and opened the flood gates of Arab immigration into the land during the mandate period. They also started the first expulsion of Jews from east Jerusalem in 1935. As a consequence Jews had no homeland to flee to in WW2.

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It doesn't matter who you vote for, if you vote ALP. To make your vote count, vote for the LNP

Scouts Australia
If Obama was a scout .. wouldn't there be a record? - ed
Did you know 11 of the 12 people to have walked on the moon were Scouts. Other famous former Scouts include Sir Paul McCartney, Barack Obama, Richard Branson, Taylor Swift, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hillary Clinton, Mariah Carey, Barbara Walters and Nelson Mandela. The Scouts Australia Ambassador is Andrew Lock OAM, Australia's most accomplished mountaineer and Australian business man and entrepreneur Dick Smith said that Scouting was the most fantastic influence on his life!

Larry Pickering

Drowning is a nasty death. You will cling to the last piece of jetsam in the hope it will save you. Desperate others will join you until it soon loses its buoyancy. Pleas for help fall silent as familiar faces, now contorted in fear, sink around you. 

Your mind races for a full three, maybe four, minutes trying to determine what went wrong, how this could have happened.

Just before everything shifts from grey to permanent black you look at the piece of jetsam you are still clutching and glimpse a flash... it’s a full colour image of Kevin Rudd.

Why a drowning ALP chose Kevin Rudd to cling to in a time of crisis is a complete mystery. If anyone was to be saved it would never be by grasping at Kevin. It was he who scuttled the boat in the first place.

Now I’m really angry. Kevin doesn’t fix it, that’s not what he does... Kevin fux it! He always has.

I have always prided myself in political judgment but this time I was so, so wrong. I was certain the ALP would never again turn to a man who had almost destroyed them. “Not even the ALP could be that stupid”, I thought to myself.

Kevin’s return was laced with promises of inclusion, a commitment to embrace the opinions of others, a kinder, gentler Kevin.

But Kevin has only demonstrated a will to cement his own position before immediately reverting to type.

I was right about one thing: Illegal immigration will be the overarching election issue and there is no worse person than Kevin Rudd to attempt to fix it.

Tony Abbott’s statement that he “welcomed” Rudd’s PNG solution was breathtaking and he deserves criticism for an alarming lack of foresight.

If current conditions on Narau, Curtin and Christmas Is. are sufficiently horrific (and they are intended to be) to cause regular riots, sewn lips and unreported murders how can Port Moresby be worse?

PNG could never be more than just another southern processing centre. But being in PNG is a simple matter of rolling up your trouser legs and wading to Australia.

Rudd’s idiotic PNG solution will ensure more women and children get on boats without so much as floaties because they won’t be sent to PNG.

The ALP’s mindset is an addiction to throwing money at problems.

The PNG solution is a worse catastrophe waiting to happen and the man who has never fixed anything is in charge of it.

The solution is not in PNG, nor is it in offshore processing nor TPVs nor even turning boats around. The solution is in Jakarta, it always has been but it takes tweaking a few noses and filling a few pockets of those in high places.

The solution to this illegal boat tragedy lies with the country they are allowed leave from. Is that really too hard to figure out?

Turn off that damned Indonesian tap or stand by and watch thousands more drown.


It takes a village idiot! Hillary Clinton offers absurd advice to royal couple; Gets schooled ==>




A unanimous jury found beyond a reasonable doubt, Aafia Siddiqui attempted to murder Americans serving in Afghanistan, as well as their Afghan colleagues. On July 17, 2008, SIDDIQUI was detained by Afghan authorities, who found a number of items in her possession, including handwritten notes that referred to a "mass casualty attack" and that listed various locations in the United States, including Plum Island, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Other notes in SIDDIQUI's possession referred to the construction of "dirty bombs," and discussed various ways to attack "enemies," including by destroying reconnaissance drones, using underwater bombs, and deploying gliders.
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I like migrants and refugees. The best immigration policy we have had in Australia, imho, was Mr Howard's including the pacific solution but also the expanded program for refugees. The Pacific Solution was fairest because it stopped boats. The boat person migration is dangerous, indiscriminately killing 4% of victims who use it. Victims who have destroyed their own ID papers because of UN migration processing policy. It is at great cost to each victim, some $10k each. Pirates profit from it. Meanwhile refugees in camps wait many years for the opportunity and some 10 millions are waiting .. Some 1400 people have drowned from Rudd's compassion, and that has nothing to do with processing. My sister, Rachel, is vice President of refugee advocates and one of those idiots calling for no detention of boat peoples. That Greens policy hasn't been countenanced by the ALP for a reason .. even those corrupt abusers willing to say anything, promise anything for power know it won't help. It isn't compassionate to kill desperate people. - ed




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