Thursday, November 28, 2013

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The left are crowing at being able to drown people who are desperate and poor. They call it compassion. In order to achieve their aim, they needed to attack Australia's foreign relations with Indonesia and China. A highly partisan ABC have taken the lead as an opposition since the ALP collapsed in its popularity. Fairfax polls were produced showing it to be ALP Christmas time. But, it is still early days. The ALP are not popular. ABC journalists are not competent and the improvement benefits of a conservative government have not been hammered home .. or away. NSW State government has been unfairly criticised. Bolt has pointed his finger of balance. But despite Bolt wanting to see the ALP make one good decision, anywhere, they stubbornly resist.
The threat to label a child for not attending a museum is obscene. Education committees agonise over how to give a child a broad liberal education. But it is parents that make the best decisions. A system might be very bad, but few would notice as the parents do what they do. ALP failed Australia with its attempt at Gonski reform. Pyne, with the Liberals, is setting it right. Maybe some programs will have to be cut. But that will be a good thing. No essential program will be cut. The worst thing that will happen is that teachers will be forced to do what they are paid to do. Something that has never fussed the ABC.
There is a rumour that Tanya Plibersek will roll Shorten over an allegation of sexual assault. I had predicted it would be Jason Clare. Shorten's bad decision making seems to be geared to making it easier to roll him. The allegation is premature if that were the intention, because for drama reasons Clare would need to assert himself with less than a year to go to an election. But Tanya Plibersek may want to be the incompetent that gets toppled, if Shorten is incapable of being merely incompetent. Remember, none of the ALP have shown ability on any issue.

Happy birthday and many happy returns Vivian Truong. Born on the same day, across the years, as 

The Left are living an asylum lie

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, November 27, 2013 (7:49am)

MAKE no mistake, the Left is in a fight to the death with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison over the government’s efforts to end people smuggling.
At stake is the Left’s credibility, in particular their claim to be motivated by compassion for those less fortunate. This has been the big lie of human history, unmasked over and over again in the 20th century, from the killing fields of Pol Pot’s Cambodia to Mao’s China and Stalin’s Russia.
At stake for Australia is national sovereignty, the integrity of our immigration program, our relationship with Indonesia, the prevention of more asylum seeker deaths at sea, and billions of taxpayer dollars.
This is Morrison’s heavy responsibility, for which he has been bludgeoned in the same way Phillip Ruddock was when he implemented the successful Howard era measures to prevent the illegal entry of asylum seeker boats.
Operation Sovereign Borders is the government’s attempt to fulfil its mandate to “stop the boats” which restarted after Kevin Rudd dismantled Howard’s policies in 2008, under pressure from the bleeding heart Left.
It’s worth repeating that when Rudd came to office there were just four boat people in detention centres. By the time he left office, more than 50,000 people had arrived, more than 1100 had perished in the attempt, at a cost of $11.5 billion and counting.
When the Abbott government took charge, it was faced with 20,000 asylum seekers on bridging visas and another 13,000 in detention.
It is, as Morrison says, “one enormous backlog”.
He is dealing with the problem methodically, with a ­military-led operation already showing signs of success
In the first 63 days of Operation Sovereign Borders, boat arrivals dropped 80 per cent. Last week there was just one boat, compared to more than one per day earlier this year.
He has been vilified by a re-energised refugee lobby wailing again about “concentration camps”, with human rights lawyer Julian Burnside urging young children to spit on him.
For all their talk of compassion, the bleeding hearts are determined he must fail, so they are not exposed as frauds with tragically flawed advice.
Since 2009, Morrison and Tony Abbott have exposed the inconvenient truth that the policies Howard put in place saved lives and were effective.
Over time the facts became impossible to ignore, as the bodies piled up and detention centres overflowed. But Labor’s greatest failure was a huge embarrassment to those who had opposed Howard.
They tried to deny the boats were coming, and bullied anyone who dared mention the taboo topic. Then they pretended the exponential increase in arrivals had nothing to do with Rudd’s open border policies but was, absurdly, due to “push” factors.
On Monday night Burnside was still at it, claiming on the ABC that boat numbers grew because “global refugee movements … increased”.
Burnside even concocted a new delusion, suggesting the government might deliberately have sabotaged relations with Indonesia as “a perfect excuse for the fact the idea of stopping the boats hasn’t worked and won’t work”.
It’s obvious stopping the boats worked, and open borders were a humanitarian disaster. But people like Burnside remain in denial. They never admit they were wrong and continue with the same fervour to demand soft borders.
Morrison has not hoisted the white flag in the face of the diplomatic stoush with Indonesia but is pursuing all the other strategies in his armoury.
Progress is being made with other critical transit countries such as Malaysia and Thailand. Negotiations are ongoing with PNG about permanent resettlement.
In the first 100 days since taking office, the government will double the capacity on Nauru and Manus Island.
While Labor keeps claiming it had a more generous humanitarian program, accepting 20,000 people per year, in fact 7000 of those permanent places were given to illegal boat arrivals, depriving refugees waiting offshore the opportunity to come here legitimately.
So the real number of ­people given refugee status was 13,000 under Labor, slightly less than the Coalition’s 13,750, says Morrison.
Morrison has been stung by criticism of his defensive attitude towards the media and attempted this week to mollify critics with one-on-one interviews. But those who want the boats to stop should back off. They need to understand how crucial information management is in the war against people smugglers.
After all, the most watched program in detention centres these days is the Operation Sovereign Borders weekly briefing.


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 28, 2013 (3:13pm)

Media zombie Jonathan Holmes claims, at 32.30: 
At least the ABC is not allowed to openly proselytise and it does make serious efforts to remain impartial. 
Dr Crane has a question for the former ABC presenter.


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 28, 2013 (6:04am)

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Tim Blair – Thursday, November 28, 2013 (5:58am)

Reader Dave in Papua New Guinea sends this poster, promoting a competition run by one of that country’s more creative and pork-minded superannuation funds:


“Gotta know your market!” emails Dave. “Much more useful than a toaster.” This might be the best contest since Private Eye‘s 1982 parody offer of an Austin Metro.


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 28, 2013 (5:18am)

Yesterday’s Lumley-tastic 1972 Ashes image left readers puzzled and fascinated. And possibly other things. Here are the identities depicted, from left to right:
• Current Australian chairman of selectors John Inverarity.
• 16-wicket Lord’s swing legend Bob Massie.
• Test opener and James Packer batting coach Bruce Francis.
• Her Royal Hotness Joanna Lumley.
• The concealed individual is Melbourne Cricket Club president (and Werribee boy) Paul Sheahan.
• Mistaken by many for cricket-obsessed Yorkshire talk show host Michael Parkinson, the fellow at right is in fact Melbourne AFL player and Test allrounder Graeme Watson.
Cricket savants Arthur, Anto and Mark correctly identified all of the Australians. Exactly how they did this is a mystery for the ages.


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 28, 2013 (4:54am)

International harvester Al Gore is now a vegan.
(Via Instapundit)


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 28, 2013 (4:12am)

A generation-late admission from 80s-era ABC personality Phil Scott, at the 14-minute point: 
Of course, we were a bunch of old Whitlam lefties at the ABC. That’s changed now, naturally … 
Scott smiles during that last line.


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 28, 2013 (4:06am)

Enough of Paul Barry’s remarkably childish ratings boasts. Can we all of us, left and right, just agree that Antony Loewenstein is one hell of an unpopular SBS interviewee?


That’s 66 views over seven days. At this rate he’ll eventually match Iowahawk’s YouTube numbers some time within the next 118 years.
(Via J.F. Beck)


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 28, 2013 (3:16am)

The neuroscientist who discovered he was a psychopath


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 28, 2013 (2:16am)

The ABC is outta control! Illustration by the Daily Telegraph‘s John Tiedemann, for today’s Andrew Bolt column:


The tolerance of the tyrannical

Andrew Bolt November 28 2013 (5:55pm)

You’d hardly credit it as real. But, yes, one English school is every bit the caricature of a fashionably tolerant bigot.
(Via the IPA.) 

“Errors” were not my real sin

Andrew Bolt November 28 2013 (2:16pm)

Free speech
The chairman of the Human Rights Commission still wants to restrict our most precious right – that of free speech.
But Gillian Triggs at least is frank about the “errors” used to justify banning two of my columns and prohibiting me from repeating their substance.
I’ve argued those “errors” were essentially trivial or irrelevant and in some cases highly debatable – and Triggs now seems to suggest the “errors” weren’t in fact my real offence.

It’s just a great, great pity that Triggs doesn’t then conclude these laws are obscene:

STEVE CANNANE: In the Bolt case, the judge said, “Even if I had been satisfied that Section 18C conduct was capable of being fair comment, I would not have been satisfied that it was said or done by Mr Bolt reasonably and in good faith.” Does that mean Section 18D would not have protected Andrew Bolt even if he got his facts right? Does that mean the right to fair comment would have been overruled by a judge’s interpretation of what was said or done reasonably and in good faith?
GILLIAN TRIGGS: Well had what he had written been done in good faith and reasonably, he could have made a mistake on the facts.
STEVE CANNANE: But that’s up to the judge then to interpret that, isn’t it?
GILLIAN TRIGGS: That’s right.
STEVE CANNANE: And does that then restrict the freedom of speech of someone like Andrew Bolt?
GILLIAN TRIGGS: Well, it is ultimately an interpretation by the judge...
And which judge becomes relevant, doesn’t it? Or are we not allowed to suggest that, either? 

How Fairfax hates Abbott. I mean, REALLY hates

Andrew Bolt November 28 2013 (9:33am)

The daily Abbott hate of The Age:
Reader Konrad on Tony Abbott’s latest “bungling”:

Well, it seems the new “narrative” of the Professional Left is confirmed. Tony Abbot is a “disaster” and a “bungler”.
The Chinese government make a quite reasonable move to annex international airspace.
The US responded quite calmly. They just thundered into the airspace with two B52s projecting radar signatures the size of super tankers and circled around cycling the bomb bay doors, flicking out electronic shadows that could be stealth drone launches while every diode of ELINT equipment scanned Chinese radar and ladar signals.
The Japanese response was similarly measured. They simply instructed passenger planes full of innocent civilians to fly straight through the the new Chinese airspace without any attempt to identify themselves to the legitimate Chinese military authority.
But what did Julie Bishop do? Called the Chinese ambassador in for a chat over tea and bickies! Insane sabre rattling!! The crazed actions of Julie Bishop totally confirm the “narrative” of Fauxfax and their ALPBC. Mr. Jordan, Reco and Big Ted are right. Tony Abbott is a disastrous bungler!
Fairfax writer Gareth Hutchens attempt to paint Tony Abbott as a serial promise breaker is beyond parody. All motive, no facts:

But since winning power the Abbott government has lengthened its list of broken promises and policy surprises by more than one a week.
It has? A serious charge. So what’s the proof?
Two days ago, the Federal Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, performed a brazen policy back-flip on school funding, saying he would no longer accept Labor’s funding and overall model despite Tony Abbott making this pre-election promise: “We will honour the agreements that Labor has entered into. We will match the offers that Labor has made. We will make sure that no school is worse off.”
I agree this suggests a broken promise, although the the agreements were allegedly not formally signed, and Labor’s offers will be matched for at least one more year and who knows after that.


A few weeks ago, the Coalition’s pre-election commitment to “turn back the boats” was broken after Immigration Minister Scott Morrison ended a tense standoff with Jakarta - which was refusing to accept a boatload of asylum seekers - by ordering the boat to be taken to Christmas Island.

Hutchens is deceptive. The full Coalition promise was to turn back boats were it was safe to do so. This boat had been disabled. It was not safe to turn around. No promise broken.
Last month, Treasurer Joe Hockey said he wanted to increase the debt ceiling from $300 billion to $500 billion. That was after the Coalition attacked the then Labor government’s decision in May last year to raise Australia’s debt ceiling from $250 billion to $300 billion, which Tony Abbott described at the time as “really extraordinary”.
How is this a broken promise or surprise? The debt Labor left was in PEFO tipped to rise and rise. Labor has conceded a buffer was necessary and that conditions were worsening. The ceiling plainly needed to be lifted and the argument is whether it must eventually go up to, say, $450 billion or $500 billion. What promise was broken? What was so surprising?
Mr Abbott also promised before the election to have a government “which is transparent and open,” saying “the last thing we want to do is to hide anything from the Australian people.”
Since then, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has implemented a highly restrictive regime regarding information on border protection.
What is hidden from the Australian people beyond information that could help people smugglers? The number of boat people arrivals and people in detention are still announced, every Friday.  What has been kept hidden that is inconsistent with normal government handling of, say, information about current police, customs or military operations?

The Coalition has also surprised voters by abolishing the portfolio of minister for science, sending no minister to climate talks in Poland, and deciding to only have one female cabinet minister.
None of these represents broken promises, and to start listing what a government does that a reporter did not predict is a measure of what? The reporter’s inexperience? His failure to consider matters beforehand? What a ludicrous standard this government is being held to.
Abbott’s “no surprises” promise - to rational people - clearly referred to taking no action inconsistent with past promises and no major action for which he should have sought a mandate, such as a carbon tax. 

How is Mark Scott’s “public interest” argument looking?

Andrew Bolt November 28 2013 (9:22am)

If people drown, will the ABC consider the deaths a small price to pay for its scoop? Or will it just blame Abbott?
ASYLUM-SEEKERS heading to Christmas Island are at greater risk of drowning if their boats sink, as Jakarta’s ban on co-operation with Australia in the Indonesian search and rescue region has not been lifted.
Indonesia has withdrawn search and rescue co-operation as a consequence of the spying controversy and a vast area of Indonesia’s southern search and rescue zone is now virtually without naval monitoring or assistance for asylum-seeker boats in trouble.
Fearful of exacerbating tensions with Indonesia, the Australian navy has effectively withdrawn all vessels from the area.

The ABC’s sacred cows turn out to be poor fish in barrels

Andrew Bolt November 28 2013 (9:22am)

Reader Pieman:
Caught a segment of Shock Horror Aunty last night. The presenter, one of the self-satisfied “Chasers” introduced a topic described as sacred cows, and how the ABC basically had so courageously challenged their privileged status.
What useless (or counter-productive), privileged “sacred cow” did they select? The aboriginal industry? Feminism? Gay rights movement? No, those old fascist beer-drinking white men of the RSL.
Oh, that’s right, we are talking about the general public’s “sacred cows”, not the ABC’s!  

Warmists preach hunger, but crops grow and grow

Andrew Bolt November 28 2013 (8:59am)

Global warming - dud predictions
How often have warmists peddled the starvation scare?

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 Age, 2013:

Imagine India in 2033. It has overtaken China as the most populous nation. Yet with 1.5 billion citizens to feed, it’s been three years since the last monsoon. Without rain, crops die and people starve.
The seeds of conflict take root.
This is one of the scenarios Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, presented today to members of the United Nations Security Council in New York to show the connection between climate change and global security challenges.
I think the warmists were wrong again:


Abbott steady in Indonesian standoff

Andrew Bolt November 28 2013 (8:52am)

Yes, much could still go wrong. Snowden could have more leaks. But Greg Sheridan is surely right about Tony Abbott:
TONY Abbott’s letter to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been successful. That judgment is inescapable and incontestable.
The President, in his formal statement responding to the Prime Minister’s letter, has spoken warmly of the relationship with Australia. He has also spoken warmly of Abbott, whom he describes as “my good friend”. The President has committed to a process of consultation and negotiation with Australia to come up with a set of agreed protocols to cover intelligence sharing, among other things.
There are complications and troubles aplenty ahead. But so far, Abbott has handled one of the most complex international relations crises you could imagine extremely well. He has been calm throughout. He has stressed the key national interest that Australia has in its relationship with Indonesia. He has been warm and gracious towards the President.
He has also safeguarded Australia’s key interests in maintaining its intelligence capabilities. He has stayed away from the obvious political points he could have made against Labor. He has responded to the President quickly, but with serious, indeed intense, deliberation at every stage.
In contrast:

Labor’s performance throughout this controversy has been ragged and inconsistent… Bill Shorten has displayed either cynicism or lack of control of his own team throughout. From the second day of the controversy all of Shorten’s statements have been to say that Labor completely supports the Abbott government in this matter…
Yet while Shorten was saying that, his deputy and foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek was making partisan attacks on the government over the issue, numerous Labor figures were promoting the false US/Germany parallel, and frontbenchers such as Brendan O’Connor were damning the Abbott government for not taking the issue seriously enough and not responding quickly enough. Either Shorten cannot control his senior colleagues, which would be very bad, or he was intentionally playing a cynical and duplicitous game, of personally pledging total bipartisan support for the government, while instructing senior frontbenchers to go on the attack.

More talk from Abbott - and ministers - could do good

Andrew Bolt November 28 2013 (8:45am)

Niki Savva has a warning for the Abbott Government:
Almost three months later, it is clear the time has arrived to begin a grown-up conversation with Australians about what the government is doing and why. Previously there was too much talk; now there is not enough.
Part of that, says Savva, might be a confidence problem:

Too often Abbott appears anxious. Inside the womb of parliament, he looks as if he belongs; outside, he struggles to look comfortable or even confident.
And part of it may be a fear of losing control:

Unhappiness simmers inside the government, particularly over what ministers regard as the exercise of extreme micro-management. Backbenchers have had electorate staff vetoed and senior ministers have been denied the right to make their most critical appointment, that of their chief of staff.
Eric Abetz, the Employment Minister and leader of the government in the Senate, alluded to the problem in Senate estimates hearings last week. Abetz’s friends, meanwhile, sense a wider strategy afoot to replace him as leader with the Attorney-General, George Brandis.
An example of too much control?
Then on Monday, while Labor made hay, Education Minister Christopher Pyne, a seasoned media performer, did not appear anywhere on television to defend or explain the government’s contentious Gonski changes. The reason, apparently, was a “mix-up” with the Prime Minister’s Office, which enforces an approval process for all media appearances. It was a cock-up that took more than 24 hours to rectify.

A promise not broken. Not yet

Andrew Bolt November 28 2013 (8:38am)

Politics - federal
I BELIEVE Christopher Pyne when he says Labor left its education reforms in an “incomprehensible mess”.
Trouble is, I also believed the Education Minister before the election. I believed Pyne when he said: ‘’You can vote Liberal or Labor and you’ll get exactly the same amount of funding for your school.”
Now, after several days of Pyne spin, I don’t know if the Government will break its first reckless promise or not. But it had better not.
Here is the issue. Before the election, Labor signed up some states for a complicated new scheme to fund schools and promised another $2.8 billion over four years. But with WA, Queensland and the Northern Territory refusing to sign, Labor quietly withdrew its $1.2 billion share - something new Treasurer Joe Hockey seemed to notice but Pyne says he didn’t, or not quite.
(Read full article here.) 

An ABC out of control

Andrew Bolt November 28 2013 (8:23am)

How the Left hates, Media
NO WONDER our spies tried to get intelligence from Indonesia. Finding signs of intelligence here would be much harder.
The ABC’s decision to publish intelligence secrets stolen by the traitor Edward Snowden has whipped the Left into an extraordinary orgy of cant, conspiracy theories and stupidity.
As usual, the ABC provided the theatre of the most absurd after it revealed our spies had monitored the phones of the president, his wife and his ministers.
Take Julian Burnside QC, the celebrity “human rights” lawyer who told the ABC he had a theory why Abbott hadn’t apologised to Indonesia.
(Read full article here.)  

First Indonesia, now China. Are we being gamed?

Andrew Bolt November 27 2013 (7:34pm)

The timing of the complaint is coincidence, isn’t it? But China will benefit from Australia’s other diplomatic trouble, created by the leak of intelligence information stolen by a traitor now given asylum in Russia - and its language is strangely aggressive:
Beijing has delivered an angry rebuke over what it says are “irresponsible remarks” made by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop regarding Chinese territorial claims in the East China Sea.
In what is shaping up to be the latest diplomatic headache for the Abbott government in Asia, the Chinese Foreign Ministry released a sternly worded statement on its website on Wednesday saying it had “lodged serious representations” requesting Ms Bishop to correct her statements or risk damaging bilateral relations.
“It is completely a mistake for Australia to make irresponsible remarks on China’s establishment of an air defence identification zone in the East China Sea, and the Chinese side will not accept it,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in the statement.
“China urges Australia to correct its mistake immediately to prevent damaging Sino-Australia relations.”,,,
Under the new zone, China requires any aircraft entering the zone to notify authorities in advance and maintain radio contact – or risk military intervention. The move has been met with strong protests by Japan and the United States.
I fear the West is being rolled back. The Snowden leaks are helping.
Also exploiting the damage, East Timor now wants an explanation for the spying it claims we did during negotiations on the gas rights in the Timor Gap. 7.30 reports the claims that we bugged the East Timor cabinet room without saying what basis there is for them - other than that former US Ambassador Peter Galbraith once claimed their conversations were monitored.
Even that twig was omitted by the ABC PM’s report. Who cares about evidence now?
And so the damage continues and our power weakens.
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Bill Shorten’s hysteria over Gonski should fall on deaf ears because I’m certain my ears weren’t deaf when I heard Tony Abbott warn Gillard that her proposed Gonski scheme would not be valid unless it was a truly national scheme. 

Gillard then tried everything to get all States and territories on board but she failed. 

The extra millions in bribes may have worked for Napthine and O’Farrell but it disadvantaged Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory who had understandably refused to sign.

Then, in a fit of pique, the $1.2 billion that was originally allotted to those that didn’t sign was brought back into consolidated revenue by Labor to improve its budget position, leaving two States and the NT without any funding at all via Gonski.

Now Christopher Pyne has to renegotiate schools funding for the next 4 years with all States and Territories due to Labor’s initial funding mish-mash.

Of course those States who fell for Gillard’s web of bribery are now crying foul.

Pyne has had to find hundreds of millions to fill the gap in overall national funding.

Gillard was warned that her scheme needed to be national. It wasn’t!

Even David Gonski saw the idiocy of Gillard’s scheme and asked that his name be removed from the program.

It’s a shame the Press gallery didn’t understand what had happened.

Instead they were salivating at yet another opportunity to go Abbott bashing.
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United with Israel is proud of the young men and women of the IDF who risk their lives each day to provide security for the citizens of Israel. 

As we have done the past 2 years, we host a fabulous Chanukah Party for hundreds of Israeli soldiers right on their army base. We present them with 'warm winter' care packages and personal notes from supporters like you around the world.

The soldiers are filled with immense joy when they see how many people really care. It is truly heartwarming and inspiring when our group of American families celebrates together with the soldiers on their base.

TOMORROW IS THE DAY! Yes, on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 28) at 10:00am EST, we are representing YOU and saying 'THANK YOU' to our beloved Israeli soldiers. This year we'll be on an IDF base near the city of Shechem, a holy biblical site containing the tomb of our ancestor Joseph.

Even if you cannot attend, here's how you can be a part of it:

1. Watch the event LIVE on Thursday November 28 from 10:00am - 12:30pm EST (video will remain on the site after the event is over)
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2. Send 'Warm Winter' Holiday Gifts to the Soldiers
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These soldiers are from the Givati Brigade, a superior fighting and counter-terrorism intelligence unit. They are outside most of the day and get very cold in the winter. The soldiers are THRILLED to get their care packages and are truly touched by your thinking of them. It means so much to them! 

Please tune in to our live streaming broadcast on Thursday starting at 10am EST. If you have already participated by sending a gift, the soldiers say THANK YOU! If not, there is still time to do so... 

With Blessings from Israel,

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Click below to send your gift and personal note to the soldiers

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Hi everyone! Here's the newsletter for November 27th. Enjoy!

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Thank you, Hobby Lobby

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November 28Independence Day in Albania (1912); Navy Day in Iran (1980); Thanksgiving and Thanksgivukkah in the United States (2013)
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“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord."
Zechariah 3:1
In Joshua the high priest we see a picture of each and every child of God, who has been made nigh by the blood of Christ, and has been taught to minister in holy things, and enter into that which is within the veil. Jesus has made us priests and kings unto God, and even here upon earth we exercise the priesthood of consecrated living and hallowed service. But this high priest is said to be "standing before the angel of the Lord," that is, standing to minister. This should be the perpetual position of every true believer. Every place is now God's temple, and his people can as truly serve him in their daily employments as in his house. They are to be always "ministering," offering the spiritual sacrifice of prayer and praise, and presenting themselves a "living sacrifice." But notice where it is that Joshua stands to minister, it is before the angel of Jehovah. It is only through a mediator that we poor defiled ones can ever become priests unto God. I present what I have before the messenger, the angel of the covenant, the Lord Jesus; and through him my prayers find acceptance wrapped up in his prayers; my praises become sweet as they are bound up with bundles of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia from Christ's own garden. If I can bring him nothing but my tears, he will put them with his own tears in his own bottle for he once wept; if I can bring him nothing but my groans and sighs, he will accept these as an acceptable sacrifice, for he once was broken in heart, and sighed heavily in spirit. I myself, standing in him, am accepted in the Beloved; and all my polluted works, though in themselves only objects of divine abhorrence, are so received, that God smelleth a sweet savour. He is content and I am blessed. See, then, the position of the Christian--"a priest--standing--before the angel of the Lord."


"The forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace."
Ephesians 1:7
Could there be a sweeter word in any language than that word "forgiveness," when it sounds in a guilty sinner's ear, like the silver notes of jubilee to the captive Israelite? Blessed, forever blessed be that dear star of pardon which shines into the condemned cell, and gives the perishing a gleam of hope amid the midnight of despair! Can it be possible that sin, such sin as mine, can be forgiven, forgiven altogether, and forever? Hell is my portion as a sinner--there is no possibility of my escaping from it while sin remains upon me--can the load of guilt be uplifted, the crimson stain removed? Can the adamantine stones of my prison-house ever be loosed from their mortices, or the doors be lifted from their hinges? Jesus tells me that I may yet be clear. Forever blessed be the revelation of atoning love which not only tells me that pardon is possible, but that it is secured to all who rest in Jesus. I have believed in the appointed propitiation, even Jesus crucified, and therefore my sins are at this moment, and forever, forgiven by virtue of his substitutionary pains and death. What joy is this! What bliss to be a perfectly pardoned soul! My soul dedicates all her powers to him who of his own unpurchased love became my surety, and wrought out for me redemption through his blood. What riches of grace does free forgiveness exhibit! To forgive at all, to forgive fully, to forgive freely, to forgive forever! Here is a constellation of wonders; and when I think of how great my sins were, how dear were the precious drops which cleansed me from them, and how gracious was the method by which pardon was sealed home to me, I am in a maze of wondering worshipping affection. I bow before the throne which absolves me, I clasp the cross which delivers me, I serve henceforth all my days the Incarnate God, through whom I am this night a pardoned soul.

Today's reading: Ezekiel 30-32, 1 Peter 4 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Ezekiel 30-32

A Lament Over Egypt
1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
“‘Wail and say,
“Alas for that day!”
3 For the day is near,
the day of the LORD is near—
a day of clouds,
a time of doom for the nations.
4 A sword will come against Egypt,
and anguish will come upon Cush.
When the slain fall in Egypt,
her wealth will be carried away
and her foundations torn down.
5 Cush and Libya, Lydia and all Arabia, Kub and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.
6 “‘This is what the LORD says:
“‘The allies of Egypt will fall
and her proud strength will fail....

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Peter 4

Living for God
1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit....

Advent begins!

Warm Advent greetings to you! The season of Advent begins today, and so does our Advent devotional newsletter. We'll begin each week of Advent with a series of short readings from Scripture to help focus your thoughts on the meaning of Christmas. Some of the devotionals later in the week will reflect back on these readings, which include passages from the Old and New Testament, including Psalms and the Gospels.

This week's Scripture reading:(click here to read these passages on Bible Gateway)

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