Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wed Dec 11th Todays News

Green ALP policy has meant a tourist was raped in inner Sydney recently, or that three drowned, including a toddler. It means that Australia's car industry will die. But it doesn't mean that the world is better off. It doesn't make it cooler around the world. It doesn't make it better for migrants keen to come to Australia. It doesn't mean that SMH readers are better informed. Instead we have the ludicrous situation where bad news is good for the ALP. Were there truth to Pickering's assertion about Borbidge, I'm sure the ALP in Queensland would have capitalised on it sooner. That they haven't says much. 
There was much misogyny surrounding Gillard. Entirely of her making, and her communication chief's style. Obama understands the gravity of the passing of Mandela. His selfie reflects that. Greens assault good manners. ABC asks BBC to whitewash her. Fewer fires means the world is cooling .. and it is! Greenpeace threatens Christmas. 

Happy birthday and many happy returns to those born on this day, across the years

A darker shade of green

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, December 11, 2013 (10:06am)

THE rape of a Belgian tourist in a dark alley in Potts Point last month is a warning that environmentally sensitive street lighting will take a terrible human toll.
The 25-year-old was walking down a dimly lit Victoria Street from her serviced apartment to buy food at 8.30pm when a man forced her into the alley between two terrace houses.
It was so dark that the traumatized woman could not give police a description of her assailant, or even tell them the color of his clothes.
The alley where she was attacked is at the northern end of Victoria street in a residential enclave just a block from the bright lights and fleshpots of Darlinghurst Road.
And yet the lighting was like something out of the backblocks of St Ives: completely inadequate as a deterrent to crime. 

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Tim Blair – Wednesday, December 11, 2013 (12:41pm)

This is hilarious
Thousands of emails from Julia Gillard’s powerful media adviser John McTernan have been leaked to the ABC …
The emails show he frequently used vulgar language in professional communications with junior staff, with Mr McTernan employing obscene language to describe journalists, critics and even US president Barack Obama’s digital strategist, Harper Reed, over his prediction that Labor would lose the 2013 election.
When Ms Gillard’s chief of staff declared a “war on crap’” and ordered staff to tidy their workstations to make the office one befitting a prime minister, a colleague jokingly referred to “McTernan’s office” as one needing attention.
Mr McTernan replied: “C***, you will be c**ted too” in a reply-all email to the office. 
That’s misogyny talk, that is. Labor luvvies who shrieked with horror over alleged sexism towards Gillard will be appalled. 
The emails show he encouraged Labor staffers to mobilise so called “Twitter armies”’ to ridicule the Tony Abbott-led opposition and attack individual Coalition MPs online, which he would later point out to journalists as proof of public opinion. 
And didn’t that work out well.


Tim Blair – Wednesday, December 11, 2013 (10:59am)

Barack Obama, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt and UK Prime Minister David Cameron demonstratesolemn dignity at Nelson Mandela’s memorial: 


The UK Telegraph‘s Iain Martin: 
What on earth is going on? Why do world leaders now behave like this? And at a memorial service? I saw that selfie picture and my response was simple and from the gut: what the hell do you think you’re doing man? Whatever it is stop it. 


Tim Blair – Wednesday, December 11, 2013 (10:55am)

That carbon tax is really kicking in
A new look at NASA satellite data says the earth has set a new record for lowest temperature recorded.
Scientists made the discovery while analysing 32 years of global surface temperatures recorded by satellites. 

ABC asks BBC if its bum looks biased

Andrew Bolt December 11 2013 (1:18pm)


ABC chairman Jim Spigelman has sought to defend the national broadcaster against attacks from “conservative” critics, announcing a number of external audits to assess any bias in its reporting.
Mr Spigelman said he took complaints about bias seriously and was addressing complaints of an “alleged systematic lack of impartiality by certain [ABC] programs and content makers”.

He said BBC journalist Andrea Wills was preparing a report to “assess the impartiality” of all ABC Radio interviews with then prime minister Kevin Rudd and then opposition leader Tony Abbott during the recent election campaign.
That is a joke. 

Sorry, sweetheart. This cash isn’t just for the union

Andrew Bolt December 11 2013 (10:39am)

Another dodgy Labor deal unpicked:

THE minister in charge of the childcare sector has labelled Labor’s $300 million wages increase a “slush fund” aimed at boosting wages for union members and has called on some providers to pay back $62.5m earmarked for low-paid workers.
Despite claims from Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley that the Coalition was honouring all pay-rise contracts, The Australian understands the federal government is committed only to funding the first instalment—$60m—of the $132m contract to the nation’s biggest childcare provider, Goodstart Early Learning…
(A) PricewaterhouseCoopers report...found the pay rises Labor wanted were only for about 14 per cent of the entire sector and only for workers who signed on to an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement and became members of the United Voice union.
Reader Peter adds:

Marius Benson called it straight on The Drum last night (31:58): 
“I reckon there are few more deserving people than childcare workers, but this looks like a sweetheart deal between a Labor government and a Labor union.”

Three of the ABC’s “difficulties” drown

Andrew Bolt December 11 2013 (10:20am)

Congratulations to Edward Snowden, the Guardian and the ABC:
People smugglers are telling asylum seekers that bad diplomatic relations between Australia and Indonesia mean the route by boat to Christmas Island is once again open for business.
New evidence obtained by Fairfax Media shows asylum seekers are being told not to fear arrest by Indonesian police because co-operation has been suspended in light of the phone-tapping affair.
“Nowadays it is a safe time to go to Australia because my country and Australia have a bad diplomatic relationship,” one smuggler’s agent in the West Java town of Cisarua told a potential client.
He’s right:

[A] spokesman for Djoko Suyanto, Co-ordinating Minister for Politics Security and Law, confirmed yesterday no action was being taken to prevent boats leaving…
“This is our stance while waiting for the new arrangements (with Australia)—it depends on the new roadmap."… Policing co-operation with Australia against people smuggling was suspended last month, in the wake of the Defence Signals Directorate controversy.
THREE asylum seekers including a toddler died when their Australia-bound boat sank in rough seas off Indonesia’s Java island...
Add three drowned people to the “difficulty” the ABC admits it caused:

ABC managing director Mark Scott said the broadcaster’s publishing details of Australian spying on Indonesian leaders “caused some short-term difficulty but we felt it was in the public interest.”
(Thanks to readers Peter of Bellevue Hill and Rudi.) 

Why do Greens feel licensed to be vicious?

Andrew Bolt December 11 2013 (10:12am)

Jim Casey, secretary of the NSW Fire Brigade Employees’ Union, is a Greens member with what seems to me a nasty streak that’s regrettably common in the far Left.
Take some of his recent tweets in which he wishes Tony Abbott was pushed into a burning building and disparages his service (and that of all 70,000 RFS members) as a volunteer fire fighter:
Once again I marvel how people who noisily pride themselves on having superior compassion feel licensed to act as savages.
(Thanks to reader TruthBeTold.) 

Fewer fires. But check the headlines of Flannery’s Climate Council

Andrew Bolt December 11 2013 (9:50am)

Tim Flannery, the professional alarmist, is at it again. The headlines from the Climate Council Bushfire Report:
Climate change is already increasing the risk of bushfires. Extreme fire weather has increased over the last 30 years in southeast Australia.
But here’s what the report actually finds:
The high level of background variability in fire frequency and extent in Australia means that detecting significant trends in fire activity Australia-wide may not occur for at least many decades, regardless of the significant trends in fire danger weather (Clarke et al., 2011). Furthermore, few datasets on fire activity spanning multiple decades are available in Australia (Cary et al., 2012), so our ability to measure long-term trends is limited. Analysis of the Global Fire Emissions Database over the period 1995-2011 showed that the amount of area burned in Australia decreased from 2001 to 2010 by about 5.5 million ha per year, but in 2011 there was a major upsurge in burning that exceeded the annual area burned in at least the previous 14 years. This was interpreted as being mainly a response to a previous La Niña event in the arid centre and north (Giglio et al., 2013).
And this:

Recent analysis of the Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED) shows that in the period 1997 to 2011, the area burned globally decreased (Giglio et al., 2013)
Isn’t the real headline: Less land burned by fire in 14 years of “warming”?
(Thanks to reader Howard Juno.) 

Warning given

Andrew Bolt December 11 2013 (9:48am)

Reader Sam:

The left-wing panda is rapid Andrew.

Why the West wants to make flawed Mandela a saint

Andrew Bolt December 11 2013 (9:17am)

South African academic and author RW Johnson on this dangerous yearning to see in Nelson Mandela a saint:

The beginning of wisdom is to realize that there has, for a long time now, been an enormous Western longing to find and celebrate a Third World leader and saint. Lenin, Stalin and Mao enjoyed such acclaim at various stages, but so did Nkrumah, Ho Chi Minh, Amilcar Cabral, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Hugo Chavez ,and various others. In every case, they were found to have feet of clay or worse. In the modern era, two men have enjoyed uncritical acclaim: Gandhi and Mandela. Yet Gandhi was a failed lawyer who had to leave India for South Africa to make a living. He denounced railways, doctors, modern medicine, hospitals and most other elements of modern life. He also regarded South African blacks as mere savages and defended the Indian caste system. Similarly, Nelson Mandela had his full share of failings.
But in the case of Gandhi and Mandela, none of that seems to matter. This canonization seems to depend on a bottomless well of guilt about slavery, colonialism, and the mistreatment of people of color down the years, allied to a pursuit of the “noble savage” and a longing to discover that somewhere, somehow, the Third World has discovered a new model, a new way which will transcend our fault-riven capitalism and our dead-end communism. It is as if by devoting oneself to one of these superheroes, one can receive absolution from that crushing burden of guilt.
I’ve written about Mandela’s embrace of terrorism and - even as president - his lauding of autocrats and men of violence. Johnston notes also Mandela’s troubling record in office:

What no one can take away is that Mandela showed extraordinary courage and fortitude through twenty-eight years in jail, and he adopted a generous attitude of forgiving his enemies when he emerged from jail....
Otherwise, people exhibit an extraordinary amnesia. His presidential term started with the Shell House shootings, when ANC militants on the roof of the ANC’s headquarters used AK-47s to gun down Inkatha marchers in the streets of Johannesburg. Mandela simply refused to hand over either the murderers or their weapons, and attempted to justify this wholesale murder. Then, early in his term, the government laid off all the country’s most experienced teachers, a blow from which the school system has never recovered. Mandela’s administration also saw the passage of perhaps the most extreme labour laws in the world and radical affirmative action laws which saw the ruination of the civil service by the mass replacement of skilled whites and Asians by mainly unskilled Africans. The civil service has also never recovered.
His administration also presided over a scandalous and extremely corrupt arms deal. We do not know whether Mandela profited personally from this; the presumption is that he didn’t. Near the end of his administration he gave probably the most extreme speech given by any South African president when he suggested that there was a vast conspiracy of opposition parties, NGOs and criminal gangs, all trying to overthrow the government. The object of the speech, quite transparently, was to lay out the rationale for highly repressive measures.
On top of that Mandela was quietly told that his mentions of HIV/AIDS were unpopular with black audiences so he shut up completely about the subject thereafter. Thus, it was under his administration that the disease grew to epidemic proportions in the country…
Similarly, when the press criticised the ANC government he attacked it for being “white-controlled”, even though most editors were already black. So, despite his reputation for reconciliation, he was not slow to play the race card when it suited him.
Beware the sanctification of Mandela. The good he did will be used to license evil.
(Thanks to reader Tom.) 

Greenpeace tells children lies to ruin Christmas

Andrew Bolt December 11 2013 (8:58am)

Greenpeace isn’t content with lying about global warming. It now wants to destroy Christmas for children:
Greenpeace is warning children the world over Santa Claus might not be bringing gifts to them because of global warming.
A “Save the Arctic” video released by the environmental group shows a sullen and dirty Santa – played by Jim Carter of “Downton Abbey” — in a dark, concrete room with water dripping from the ceiling.
“Dear children, I regrettably bring bad tidings. For some time now, melting ice here in the North Pole has made our operations and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible and there may be no alternative but to cancel Christmas,” Santa warned in the Greenpeace video.
Carter also reveals himself as the hammiest of actors.
What makes the Left such killjoys? The totalitarian streak?
Children, the North Pole is fine:


Photographing their tears for Mandela

Andrew Bolt December 11 2013 (8:48am)

No class at all, but, then again, the whole point of Mandela’s funeral service was to be seen there:


Yes, there is a budget emergency

Andrew Bolt December 11 2013 (8:35am)

The Abbott Government should have spent the past couple of months warning of the Budget emergency. Every day should bring more revelations like this:
GOVERNMENT spending rose almost 50 per cent faster than growth in the economy under the Labor government, even after excluding its stimulus spending, a study by the Parliamentary Budget Office has found. 

Mandela’s funeral service: a celebration for dictators

Andrew Bolt December 11 2013 (7:15am)

Nelson Mandela’s memorial service yesterday was a disgrace - a showcase of tyrants to honor a man who preached freedom.
I’ve already written that Mandela’s noble record as a reconciler is being used by the Left to sanctify his darker deeds - his use of terrorism and his embrace as president of corrupt dictators and men of violence, including Libya’s Gaddafi, Cuba’s Castro, the PLO’s Arafat, Nigeria’s Abacha and Indonesia’s Suharto.
Yesterday’s memorial service went even further - explicitly honoring dictators and former terrorists.
Here is the list of national leaders invited to speak:

President Barack Obama (USA)
President Dilma Rousseff (Brazil)
Vice-President Li Yuanchao (China)
President Hikepunye Pohamba (Namibia)
President Pranab Mukherjee (India)
President Raúl Castro Ruz (Cuba)
President of the Republic of South Africa: His Excellency Jacob Zuma
Mandela is honored for leading black south Africans to freedom and for bringing reconciliation with white South Africans. But speaking at his funeral was the Marxist co-dictator of the Cuban regime, a vice-president of the unelected Chinese communist regime and the president of Brazil, who’d once served jail for being a member of a Marxist guerrilla group.
The sole speaker from Africa other than Zuma was the socialist president of Namibia, who was one of the few heads of state to congratulate brutal Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe for winning the rigged elections in July, even attending Mugabe’s inauguration.

This white-washing of tyrants and revolutionaries worked brilliantly, thanks in part to Barack Obama letting himself be used as a dupe:

But something unexpected and extraordinary happened before Obama even reached the podium–he stopped to shake hands with Cuban President Raul Castro, leader of America’s long-isolated Cold War rival… Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who publicly clashed with Mandela and faced a barrage of sanctions from western governments, was also present, and he also shook hands with President Obama.
And the scattered but noisy crowd in the rain-lashed stadium signalled its sympathies were with the men of hate and oppression:

In contrast to reaction to Zuma’s name being mentioned, there were big cheers when Mugabe’s was read out.... China’s vice president Lee arrives, and he welcomes president Cuba’s president Raol Castro to massive applause.
The stars, almost all from the Left, were there to sprinkle the pixie dust of celebrity onto this laundering of brutality:

Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey and singer Bono, as well as British billionaire Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel are also expected to be among the celebrity mourners… Charlize Theron talks to Bono.
True, the crowd did boo one man there:
If you’re watching on TV and don’t understand the boos - the FNB crowd is booing every time South Africa’s President Zuma appears on the big screens up in the stadium.
Now why would they have booed Zuma, the heir to Mandela and the polygamous husband of four wives?
Zuma is facing a corruption investigation for allegedly using $20 million in state funds for the renovation of his residence in KwaZulu-Natal province, including the building of a swimming pool. The ANC is facing growing criticism for being ineffective, corrupt and out of touch with the hardships faced by South Africa’s poor.
And who mentored Zuma, refusing to cut him loose even after he’d been sacked over other corruption allegations? Who placed party loyalty over the national good?
Jacob Zuma ...  just been fired as deputy president of South Africa, his financial adviser had been convicted of fraud and corruption and now Zuma himself was facing charges. In a month from hell, he was also mired in debt.
Rescue came in the shape of Nelson Mandela, who bailed out Zuma with a cheque for 1m rand (then worth about £80,000). It was June 2005. Two years later Zuma came back from the political dead to beat Thabo Mbeki for the presidency of the governing African National Congress (ANC)…
“Nelson Mandela gave him the money to pay off all his debts as a personal favour,” said William Gumede, author of Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC. “It was in the hope that he would walk away from all those dubious benefactors. The idea was to say: ‘You know what, I’m seeing and hearing all this stuff and it doesn’t look good. There are no strings attached but I want you to clean up your act.’”

Really? Well, that didn’t work, did it?
There was, however, one cheering sign of good judgment at the funeral service - or there would be, if I didn’t suspect a racial element to it:
China’s Vice-President Li Yuanchao was booed.
On the very day that Cuban co-dictator Raul Castro was guest speaker at the funeral service for freedom fighter Nelson Mandela:

Cuban government agents have detained about 20 dissidents arriving for an International Human Rights Day march, halting the demonstration before it started…
Cuban authorities consider the island’s small community of outspoken dissidents to be counterrevolutionaries and charge they accept foreign money to try to undermine the Communist system.

Spend enough on “job-creating” and you’ll go broke. Look at South Australia

Andrew Bolt December 11 2013 (6:52am)

Nick Cater on South Australia, the showcase of Holden-style subsidy economics:

IF the Rolling Stones play in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, it is known as a concert. If the Rolling Stones play in South Australia it is known as “a coup for Adelaide.”
In other states, the promoter hires a venue, charges the baby boomers a small fortune and ensures the Stones turn up at the appointed time. In South Australia, the government builds the venue, the baby boomers still pay through the nose, but the premier has to bung the Stones a wad of cash to convince them to turn up at all.
The state government is keen to spend on subsidies not just for Stones concerts but for manufacturers like Holden, so why are manufacturing jobs actually shrinking? Here’s one hint:
Payroll tax is up by 47 per cent in real terms since 2002.
Here’s another:

Cheap power used to be one of SA’s competitive advantages, yet power bills are three times larger than they were in 2002.
(One reason for that, of course, is that no state has erected so many wind farms, producing so much expensive power.)
Rather than cut business costs, South Australia’s Labor Government has relied on state “investment” in jobs - including Stones concerts. It’s preferred to spend rather than cut:

State public servants now outnumber manufacturing workers. Labor’s employment record ... is a net loss of 23,000 manufacturing jobs and a net gain of 20,000 bureaucrats… When Labor came to power, the public service salary bill ate up 43 per cent of the government’s income. Now it accounts for 47 per cent, the largest figure of any state in Australia.

And after “creating” all these jobs and lavishing the private sector with more job-creating subsidies, the state should be flying. But the sums haven’t quite worked out:

The budget deficit last year was an uncomfortable $1.3 billion.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill demands more federal support for Holden:

Our car industry creates spillovers for the rest of our economy, which even the Productivity Commission says are significant, in fields such as robotics, defence, food and beverage manufacturing, clean tech and business services…

The ball is now in Tony Abbott’s court. If he reverses his $500 million cut to industry support, and commits to continuing to support it, Holden will stay. If he refuses to do that, Holden will go. The choice could not be clearer.
Samuel J at Catallaxy Files issues a challenge:
If Weatherill thinks taxpayers should continue to throw good money after bad at Holden, he doesn’t need the Federal Government. The South Australia Government can equally hand out subsidies, and increase taxes on SA taxpayers.
It is Weatherill who thinks that the subsidies pay back many times over – let him test the waters by throwing money at all sorts of manufacturing industries. South Australia can become the experiment state – and SA taxpayers can reap the rewards of a manufacturing subsidy bonanza.
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ROB BORBIDGE FOR QLD GOVERNOR... don’t think so, Rob

There is no doubt Campbell Newman’s new bikie laws will be given short shrift by the High Court. Only a fool without a senate would think to legislate that we be unequal under the law. (Ample laws already exist to deal with the bikie scourge.) And only a fool would consider appointing Rob Borbidge as Qld Governor, but Premier Newman is planning to do both.

Life without a senate has invited corruption and unmoderated excesses from Bjelke-Petersen to Goss, Hinze, Cooper, Ahern, Mackenroth, Ludwig, Bryce, Rudd, Beattie, Bligh and now the relative cleanskin, Campbell Newman, is dipping his toe in the still-warm excrement.

And where does Qld’s 35th premier, Rob “Bubbles” Borbidge, fit into this gallery of rogues? Well, he and his mates had an after-hours predilection for under-age boys, and his mates were none other than Chief Justice Paul “Daphnis” de Jersey and Federal Court Judge, John “Doggy” Dowsett.

A group named BLAZE, an acronym for “Boy Lovers and Zucchini Eaters”, received much scrutiny from the NSW Wood Royal Commission and the NCA. The Commission’s report is available on the net.

A former Speaker claims to have had in his possession a copy of a video, provided by the Parliamentary Service Staff, showing Borbidge entering the Annex building with one of his “friends” and in the company of two young “boys” dressed in high heeled shoes and blonde wigs.

It is believed that a copy of the video, which was in the possession of the Speaker, is now in a secure location.

Borbidge also wrote some very compromising “love letters” to some boys on official Opposition letterheads. The former Speaker declared, “There are three in existence. I have recovered two, but there’s still one getting around out there.” The two letters are also now in a safe location.

In December of 1984, police raided two male brothels, Brett’s Boys at Kelvin Grove and House of Praetorian at Coorparoo.

Copies of credit card receipts were kept in Police Commissioner Terry Lewis’ safe. These documents were seized by Fitzgerald Inquiry investigators. The source for this information was a solicitor representing one of the corrupt cops who was brought before the Fitzgerald Inquiry.

According to this source, Lewis’ safe contained credit card receipts for "Brett’s Boys" brothel. The receipts detailed the services as “laundry” and the credit cards were specifically described as AMEX and were noted as official “parliamentary expenses”.

In the Kimmins Report it was claimed that boys were supplied to "Brett’s Boys" from a Philippine source. But there was another source of young boys who were bound for the paedophile networks.

At the recent Carmody Commission of Inquiry a witness by the name of Fred Feige made mention that a senior officer in the Department of Family Services, Mr Donald A. C. Smith, was apportioning out young boys to the offenders on weekends.

At the upcoming Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse, one witness is expected to expand on this information.

He will claim that he was abused by one particular paedophile who was part of a group. This group was involved in an early 1980’s court case which is known as the “Case of the Three White Volvos”.

Each member of this group drove a white Volvo. The particular paedophile in question was ABC radio announcer Blair Edmonds.

Another member of this group was Justice Underhill (known as “Justice Underpants”) who died earlier this year. It is interesting to note who gave the eulogy at Underhill’s funeral. It was Justice Kirby who also gave the eulogy at former Governor General, Sir Zelman Cowan’s, funeral. Cowan was also a paedophile, according to Police Intelligence records.

ALP sycophant, Philip Adams, gave the eulogies at the funerals of Big Bob Collins who suicided rather than face charges and serial “rough-house” offender, Don Dunstan, who had internally injured a young boy to the extent that the poor kid was airlifted back to a Filipino hospital rather than risk admission to a hospital here.

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, in January, 1997 received a delegation from two investigators into paedophile claims and, during a four hour meeting, the investigators disclosed in detail the sordid backgrounds of D’Arcy, Borbidge and Ahern. Bjelke, according to reports seemed unmoved.

Family Services official, Donald A. C. Smith (he is known as “The Gatekeeper”) had the final say on which children received weekend passes from orphanages and youth detention centres.

The current Commissions into paedophilia will continue to throw light on the networks within Parliaments, the Judiciary, churches, high-profile corporations and well-known television celebrities.

We are about to discover the awful extent to which innocent children have been at risk.

Other huge names are yet to come but I will leave that to evidence yet to be given and to the Commissioners’ findings.

Sleep well boys... and wake up to yourself Campbell Newman.



I could hear, smell and touch the relief in Bob Kernohan’s voice over the phone as he left the Magistrates Court in Melbourne yesterday. I wanted to give him a cuddle as he drew a little closer to the end of an agonising personal nightmare.

He had called me to say Senior Magistrate Lauristen had rejected Slater & Gordon and Bruce Wilson’s claimed privilege on what could be critical evidence in the AWU scam.

Decent union men have paid a high price to avenge those who stole from their members’ pay packets and systematically rorted and laundered taxpayer and construction company funds.

[Ill-informed bloggers had circulated on the net last week that Magistrate Lauristen may not allow the application by Vicpol and that he could be an ALP “plant”. There was no reason to believe Lauristen would not hear and judge the application on its merits. He did exactly that. Internet conspiracy theorists should understand the likelihood of injudicious rulings ending with an embarrassing peer review and possible invalidation in an appellant court.]

Journalists, Michael Smith, Glenn Milne and others have paid a high price in attempting to uncover the truth. Ralph Blewitt also suffered brutal defamation from an acid-tongued Gillard as she tried to discredit the evidence of her former associate.

Without Blewitt, Vicpol would have no case. As with all whistleblowers, he had everything to lose and nothing to gain except peace of mind.

Bruce Wilson was a high-life union crook and all union crooks, from Mafia mob boss John Gotti down, had a solicitor as a partner in their criminal activity.

Julia Gillard was Wilson’s willing solicitor, partner and moll... there is no doubt about that. Her explanation that she was “young and naive” is beyond all belief.

Twelve dedicated detectives from Victoria’s Major Fraud Squad have spent 12 months unearthing a mountain of evidence against Bruce Wilson.

Under each rock they turned over they also found a naive Julia Gillard, who they now ominously refer to as “others”.

The detectives must have winced when faced with the Boulder, WA, incident; in my opinion the worst of many Gillard/Wilson capers:

WA newspaper archives show Bruce Wilson travelled to Boulder/Kalgoorlie in 1992 to attempt to allay AWU members' concerns about his wish to transfer the management of large sums of union members’ money to a new AWU account in Northbridge, Perth.

The money resided at the time in a separate account called, "The Goldfields Fatal Accident and Death Fund". This money, donated from union members themselves, was intended to financially assist bereaved families of deceased union members.

Wilson was determined to have management of the account shifted to the AWU's head office in Perth. Wilson was the then WA boss of the AWU. He and Ralph Blewitt were to be sole signatories on the account and union members were justifiably apprehensive.

They were wary of Wilson's alleged fraudulent activities and demanded a meeting. It was set down for 8pm in the Boulder Town Hall.

Wilson knew he would never convince members of the legitimacy of the proposed move himself. So he introduced to the stage a person of high legal authority to assure union members there was no need for concern.

The person he introduced was Julia Gillard.

Members were unaware Gillard was his lover and personal solicitor. She was presented as an important Industrial Lawyer from Victoria and an official representative of the Labor stalwart law firm, Slater & Gordon. Slater & Gordon were also unaware of anyone representing them.

Gillard addressed union members at length explaining why the money should be moved and that there was nothing to worry about. She insisted the members were in the good hands of the ALP’s Slater & Gordon and their best interests would at all times be protected.

Gillard must have done an excellent job because the account containing approximately $1 million was shifted to a private Northbridge, Perth account. The address for all correspondence was nominated as Northbridge Post Office, Box 253.

Three years later, police were asked by incoming AWU State Secretary, Tim Daly, to investigate large amounts that had been withdrawn from "The Goldfields Fatal Accident and Death Fund" part of which was used to buy two holiday units in Kalbarri.

Despite the WA Major Fraud Squad's Detective David McAlpine’s keenness to lay charges, it didn't happen. The Kalbarri holiday units, were subsequently sold.

Again the laundered money vanished.

It was only the tip of a very large iceberg that is only now beginning to thaw.



Not many things can surprise me. I’ve been around a long while and have done just about everything so, after broaching the subject of paedophilia and having had a thousand wicked stories of child abuse hit my desk, I sat here gobsmacked thinking all this just can’t be true!
So I rang everyone I knew, and some I didn’t know, who worked in the field of broken lives. “Surely this can’t be true?” I asked.

“Can I talk off the record?”, was one response. “You don’t know the half of it”, was another. “Just don’t go there, Larry.” I was actually being told by people who should know that it was indeed true.

So, in disbelief, I put up a poll on Pickering Post asking: “Have you ever been indecently interfered with as a child? YES or NO.” I thought maybe 3 or 4 percent would say yes.

For 24 hours the YES answer has been hovering around a staggering 30 per cent. There is no reason for thousands of people to lie about something that would have adversely affected their lives.

There is something seriously wrong here but the polling seems to confirm what is on my desk and in my inbox.

No sooner do I think, “Well, that information MUST be a load of bullshit”, a mountain of corroborating evidence from credible sources follows it! My nose for bullshit is obviously faulty.

I don’t let my three youngsters near churches or scout halls or that dodgy bloke up the street, so I have done my job. Crumbs, have I? I clearly haven’t!

This canker permeates every level of society, it knows no demographic. The judiciary, parliaments, the aristocracy, the entertainment industry is riddled with it, there is no corner where a child is safe from these extremely clever predators.

What is it in the (mostly male) genetic makeup that craves sexual dominance over an innocent child? Time for some lateral thinking:

Historically, parts of Europe, all of the Middle East and much of the Asian sub continent openly practised this bastardry. It is commonplace among Aboriginal and probably most African tribes.

South American cultures included their children in sacrificial ceremonies.

Sophisticated networks and cells of paedophiles operate freely within the West. There are influential groups here in Australia advocating under-age sex be legalised.

These people are not from disadvantaged or oddball groups... they are names, big names, household names! They are intelligent people and smart enough to avoid prosecution.

They dabble in the occult and use LSD to ensure a child can never be a credible witness.

Royal Commissions may well pinpoint myriad instances of child abuse, but try prosecuting the perpetrators. It’s not that easy when the child has been mentally manipulated and thirty years later the criminal is dead.

How many little lives are being ruined tonight?

James Calore


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“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.”Deuteronomy 18:15 NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"So shall we ever be with the Lord."
1 Thessalonians 4:17
Even the sweetest visits from Christ, how short they are--and how transitory! One moment our eyes see him, and we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, but again a little time and we do not see him, for our beloved withdraws himself from us; like a roe or a young hart he leaps over the mountains of division; he is gone to the land of spices, and feeds no more among the lilies.
"If today he deigns to bless us
With a sense of pardoned sin,
He to-morrow may distress us,
Make us feel the plague within."
Oh, how sweet the prospect of the time when we shall not behold him at a distance, but see him face to face: when he shall not be as a wayfaring man tarrying but for a night, but shall eternally enfold us in the bosom of his glory. We shall not see him for a little season, but
"Millions of years our wondering eyes,
Shall o'er our Saviour's beauties rove;
And myriad ages we'll adore,
The wonders of his love."
In heaven there shall be no interruptions from care or sin; no weeping shall dim our eyes; no earthly business shall distract our happy thoughts; we shall have nothing to hinder us from gazing forever on the Sun of Righteousness with unwearied eyes. Oh, if it be so sweet to see him now and then, how sweet to gaze on that blessed face for aye, and never have a cloud rolling between, and never have to turn one's eyes away to look on a world of weariness and woe! Blest day, when wilt thou dawn? Rise, O unsetting sun! The joys of sense may leave us as soon as they will, for this shall make glorious amends. If to die is but to enter into uninterrupted communion with Jesus, then death is indeed gain, and the black drop is swallowed up in a sea of victory.


"Whose heart the Lord opened."
Acts 16:14
In Lydia's conversion there are many points of interest. It was brought about by providential circumstances. She was a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, but just at the right time for hearing Paul we find her at Philippi; providence, which is the handmaid of grace, led her to the right spot. Again, grace was preparing her soul for the blessing--grace preparing for grace. She did not know the Saviour, but as a Jewess, she knew many truths which were excellent stepping-stones to a knowledge of Jesus. Her conversion took place in the use of the means. On the Sabbath she went when prayer was wont to be made, and there prayer was heard. Never neglect the means of grace; God may bless us when we are not in his house, but we have the greater reason to hope that he will when we are in communion with his saints. Observe the words, "Whose heart the Lord opened." She did not open her own heart. Her prayers did not do it; Paul did not do it. The Lord himself must open the heart, to receive the things which make for our peace. He alone can put the key into the hole of the door and open it, and get admittance for himself. He is the heart's master as he is the heart's maker. The first outward evidence of the opened heart was obedience. As soon as Lydia had believed in Jesus, she was baptized. It is a sweet sign of a humble and broken heart, when the child of God is willing to obey a command which is not essential to his salvation, which is not forced upon him by a selfish fear of condemnation, but is a simple act of obedience and of communion with his Master. The next evidence was love, manifesting itself in acts of grateful kindness to the apostles. Love to the saints has ever been a mark of the true convert. Those who do nothing for Christ or his church, give but sorry evidence of an "opened" heart. Lord, evermore give me an opened heart.

Today's reading: Hosea 1-4, Revelation 1 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Hosea 1-4

1 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel:
Hosea’s Wife and Children
2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the LORD.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
4 Then the LORD said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. 5 In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel....”

Today's New Testament reading: Revelation 1

1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
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4 John,
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen....

FRB-Christmas-Story-BookCover-SmallReading 5: The Branch from Jesse

Sometimes after a tree is cut down, a new green shoot grows out of the stump. Jesse was King David’s father, so the “stump of Jesse” (Isaiah 1:1) was Isaiah’s way of referring to David’s family. When the nation of Israel was divided and eventually destroyed, it appeared that David’s family had died out. But God promised that a “shoot” would grow from it--a new leader would be born to give the nation hope.

Isaiah 11:1-10 
The Branch From Jesse
1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him--
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD--
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.
Further Study
  1. What gifts would the Spirit give this “shoot” (v. 1) when the Spirit rested on him? (v. 2)
  2. What would the “shoot” wear as his belt? As his sash? (v. 5)
  3. What animals are mentioned in this reading? How will these animals someday behave? (vv. 6 – 9)
  1. Why do you think Isaiah talked about the Messiah’s coming by using words about growing things, like the “Branch” and the “shoot” (v. 1)? What sometimes happens when you cut off a plant that still has deep, living roots?
  2. What did Isaiah mean when he said, “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat” (v. 6)? What would life be like if the world was that peaceful?
God gave his people hope. He taught them to look for the Messiah by telling them what he was going to do long before it happened. Just as Israel looked for the Messiah, we can hope and look forward to Jesus coming again to bring a time when there will be no more violence or cruelty.
11:8 The cobra and the viper are poisonous snakes. The cobra, which can grow to eight and a half feet long, was the deadly Egyptian cobra, used in Egypt as a religious symbol. It is usually found on the north and east coasts of Africa, with a variation of the species located in the Arabian Desert. The picture of a child calmly playing near these feared reptiles was a sure sign that the Messiah would change everything.
A Christmas Devotional


Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. -Luke 2:11
Some people think that "Christ" is Jesus' last name. Jesus Christ, like Joe Johnson or Audrey Smith. If you have thought that, don't feel bad. It is just evidence that over the centuries our understanding of Jesus as the Christ has become so solid in our thinking that we don't think of "Jesus" without "Christ."
Jesus is his name, Christ his title. Among all the titles he bears, Son of God, Son of Man, Good Shepherd, Alpha and Omega, it all begins in the gospel story with this one incredible announcement: "He is Christ the Lord." "Christos" in Greek, and thus, "Christ" in English; "Messiah" in Hebrew, which means "Anointed One."
But what is the meaning of "Anointed One"?
In the Old Testament, three kinds of people were anointed: kings, priests, and prophets. So when we hear "Christ," we should think of Jesus in each of those three roles. He is a king, ruling in people's lives not just because they are in his realm but also because he is in their hearts. He is a priest, one who stands between God and humanity-one who sacrifices; one who intercedes, the mediator, the bridge. And he is Prophet too. Prophets had brought the words of God to the people, but the Messiah is the Word of God to the people.
In those days, when the heavy hand of Caesar Augustus dominated the Holy Land, people were looking for the Anointed One to come. They were hoping for a large army, not a multitude of the heavenly host. They anticipated a bigger and better David, not the obscure rabbi who always seemed like an outsider when he visited Jerusalem. They probably expected an orator, but did not expect the speeches of this Messiah to leave people speechless.
The very best things God does in our lives usually come as a surprise to us. So wouldn't it be surprising if we, who think we know so much about Jesus, would be startled to see him in a whole new way. We picture him in a nativity set or as the subject of praise in hymns. We picture him in art, in stories. We experience him while reading the Bible, or while listening to a Sunday sermon. But we often fail to picture him as the living, breathing manifestation of God on earth. This, the angel said, was "good news of great joy." What could be better than God existing in the midst of our lives?
Prayer for Today:
Christ, you are the King above all other kings, the high priest who has made the ultimate sacrifice, the prophet who has had the last word. Let me be astonished this Christmas by knowing more fully than ever before, that you really have come and have changed this world, and are here still.


About The Author - Mel Lawrenz serves as minister at large for Elmbrook Church and leads The Brook Network. Having been in pastoral ministry for thirty years, the last decade as senior pastor of Elmbrook, Mel seeks to help Christian leaders engage with each other. Mel is the author of eleven books, the most recent for church leaders, Whole Church: Leading from Fragmentation to Engagement.

Children of God

Today's reading: Jeremiah 50:6
The theme of mutual belonging between ourselves and God is repeated throughout both Testaments. When we search for joy, comfort and security outside this covenant relationship, we are setting our sights too low-infinitely so. We become afraid when we fail to fully understand or to internalize the reality of being treasured by God (see Dt 7:7-8). Jesus teaches us to concentrate on God's fatherly care: He both can and will provide for his own (see Mt 6:25-33). This knowledge-more certain than any guarantees from our government's most trusted agencies-forms the basis for our wise and generous investment of ourselves in his kingdom.
Dr. Diane Komp, a pediatric oncologist who has over many years witnessed in small children evidences of this assurance of belonging to God, relates the following vignette:
I heard a story recently about a three-year-old who wanted to spend time with his new baby brother. "I want to be alone with the baby," he insisted. We can only wonder what concerns of sibling rivalry raced through his parents' minds as they listened to this modest but pregnant request.
The child was so earnest that they allowed him to remain alone in the room with the sleeping baby. With a sense of awe, he gently touched the sleeping baby and then begged quietly, "You've got to tell me about God. I'm beginning to forget already."
Parents or religious instructors are not their true teachers. This holy imagination, a sense of spiritual origins, is intuitive in the very young. It is as if a veil descends thereafter, leaving the pilgrim in search of ways to reconnect. We older pilgrims must seek others who know the Story to tell us, too, if we would learn to hope.
Sometimes, as death approaches, the veil seems to lift in part, giving hints of that beyond, visions of angels, of Jesus, of heaven. Most of us are pilgrims in between, living with a sense of déjà; vu, groping our way back to God.
Dr. Komp goes on:
In her book, Chasing the Dragon, Jackie Pullinger tells a remarkable story about a four-year-old Chinese boy who was pronounced dead after a drowning incident.
Later, he woke and told his mother of a man who had held out his hand and pulled him out of the water. His mother asked him if he knew the man's name, assuming that it was the headmaster of the school where the accident had occurred. "Don't you know?" replied the boy. "It's Jesus."
This family had fled from mainland China to Taiwan and never had contact with Christians. His mother, who had never before heard the name of Jesus, became a Christian as a result of this child's experience.

Think About It

  • Do you view God as a father? Why or why not?
  • Why is the faith of children so inspiring?
  • In what way are you stewarding your responsibility to cultivate faith in children?

Pray About It

Father God, help me to see you as a father and to trust in your care.

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Cheating Together

At that time Abijah son of Jeroboam became ill, and Jeroboam said to his wife, "Go, disguise yourself, so you won't be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh. Ahijah the prophet is there-the one who told me I would be king over this people."
1 Kings 14:1-2
Jeroboam was in a predicament. He had served the great Israelite ruler Solomon as an official in the department of public works. Encouraged by the words of Ahijah the prophet that he would one day be king, Jeroboam rebelled against Solomon, resulting in his exile to Egypt (see 1 Kings 11:26-40). When Solomon died and Rehoboam took over, Jeroboam returned from Egypt and seized the opportunity to lure away most of the kingdom.
Originally, Jeroboam's main goal was to help the Israelites find a better government than the one offered by Solomon and his self-absorbed son. But, along the way, power corrupted Jeroboam; he did things to ensure his tenacious leadership while minimizing God's influence.
Now Jeroboam's son was sick. So the king began weaving a web of deception, enlisting his wife to dress like someone else and feign piety before Ahijah to manipulate him into giving a good report on their son. Rather than seeking God's guidance, the couple tried to use the prophet like a good-luck charm. Things turned out very badly for them as a result.
Marriage binds husband and wife into a unity that changes both of them. While individual identities shouldn't be crushed as "two become one," it is also true that we cannot remain isolated or independent from one another. But in the fusing that takes place, both good and bad things can happen.
When we share our lives well, we can strengthen our mate's resolve, nurture our spouse's well-being and encourage each other's gifts. Unfortunately, we can also have a negative impact on each other. We can entice our partner into supporting our mistakes and sins. We can ask our spouse to cover up for us when the phone rings and we don't wish to be found. We can lie for our mate in public settings. We can manipulate our spouse into falsifying tax returns or hiding assets.
Marriage makes us complicit in the morality of our mate. That is an important reason to choose wisely before we wed and to build upon a strong moral center in our relationship after we are joined. Great businesses don't collapse overnight through some minor accounting error; their foundations slowly erode as leaders make each other complicit in deceptive schemes. So it is in marriages. While we can win for a while as we help each other cheat on the truth, in the long run we build a kingdom of facades in which we can neither trust our partner's face nor clearly see our own.
On the other hand, when we learn from mistakes like those of Jeroboam and his wife, we can build a complicity of goodness that our children and friends will admire someday when they help us celebrate our silver and golden wedding anniversaries.
Wayne Brouwer

Let's Talk

  • Are we playing games of deception right now? What might we lose through them?
  • How can we keep one another morally committed to what is right? Should we schedule regular opportunities for accountability checks? What would we ask each other?
  • In what areas are we most vulnerable to temptation or sin? What do we need most from each other to strengthen these vulnerable places?
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