Sunday, February 01, 2015

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Success has many fathers, they say. Whereas failure is lonely. Mr Abbott is being pilloried for the loss of conservative government to Queensland. Although it wasn't his failure, neither was it Campbell Newman's failure. The reason for the Queensland election result is related to many different things that fed off each other. Electoral fraud favouring the ALP, very low journalistic standards, corruption of the judiciary and a hostile Palmer United Party. The biggest factor being the partisan media narrative.

The Newman government turned Queensland around from being a murderous wreck where people died from state incompetence. The floods and the failure to insure against disaster is unforgivable, but only part of the story. A bloated bureaucracy which did not serve Queensland but parasitically sucked funds and obstructed transparency of process was something the ALP were proud of. A corrupted judiciary that could not see anything wrong with the gang rape of an aboriginal girl in detention, or the destruction of related evidence implicating the ALP at the highest levels. An industry driven Queensland became debt driven, when it normally would be capital creative, under the ALP. Empty symbolism of minority over promotion befouled cultural assets. Newman turned Queensland around, presenting a leaner, more efficient bureaucracy, making it easier for small business to grow. Newman brought down debt, making Queensland live within her means. Newman fought the culture wars against the judiciary, but failed regarding the Heiner issue. The Australian Federal Government could have investigated Heiner when the Senate almost had the numbers under Gillard of non ALP members willing, but a Family First senator prevented it, calling it a stunt in 2011. Newman failed over Heiner, but it was not his fault. Also both the ALP and LNP had asset sales, but Newman's sales were to be responsible. The sole policy difference broadcast by ALP in opposition is that they would not sell assets but use them as a form of taxation to pay for services and prevent industry making it more efficient. The ALP policy is bad, and for Queensland's sake, one hopes the ALP adopts the Newman policy there too.

There was a lot of smoke about ALP and LNP policy. ALP promised to save a barrier reef which is not endangered. LNP were going to sack more, according to ALP. The hatred of Palmer for Newman appears to have co-opted Alan Jones to attack Newman. Mr Abbott's award of a knighthood to Prince Philip was a good thing, but one would not have known it for the partisan reporting. Mr Abbott did not campaign in Queensland, but that did not stop laying the result on Mr Abbott by Laurie Oakes, who unprofessionally failed to relate a single campaign issue. Electoral fraud is not possible to scale because the processes are not followed to ensure it is fair. Former ALP treasurer Swan has criticised others for wanting a fair electoral process.

2GB radio host Glenn Wheeler has been badly hurt in a vehicle accident involving his motor scooter. The Islamic Death cult has beheaded another Japanese hostage who had been captured after flying to help another hostage killed last week. The scientist most responsible for "The Pill" has died. His research was done in the early fifties.

On this day in 484, King Huneric of the Vandals organised a meeting between Aryans and Catholics. He changed his mind a few weeks later and martyred a few Catholic bishops. Towards the end of his rule his nation fractured, and he died unmourned by all. In 1327, a teenaged Edward III was crowned king of England, but his mother Isabella and her lover, Roger, ruled for a time. In 1662, Chinese general Koxinga seized Taiwan after 9 months. In 1814, the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines erupted, killing about 1200. In 1835, Slavery was abandoned in Mauritius. In 1865, Lincoln signed the 13th amendment ending slavery. In 1876, a murder conviction forced the anti coal mining Molly Maguires to disband in Pennsylvania. In 1957, Felix Wankel's rotary engine first ran in Germany. In 1968, the filming of the execution of a terrorist brought world wide support to the terrorists in Vietnam. In 1978, Roman Polanski skipped bail after pleading guilty to rape of a 13 yo girl. Whoopie Goldberg, on The View, would later defend him, saying it wasn't 'rape rape.' In 1992, Warren Anderson, former CEO of Union Carbide was declared a fugitive under Indian law for failing to appear in the court case from the 1984 disaster. In 2002, Daniel Pearl was beheaded by his captors. In 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry killing all seven aboard. In 2004, Super Bowl, Janet Jackson's breast was exposed, completing MJ's work on children. 
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Mike Carlton is willing to stand up for the Navy and defend it's serving men and women from the awful charges levelled against it by the ABC. But not this time. When he did so, there was a different government. An Islamic UK politician tweets what he believes is a humorous picture. Terrorists disagree. UK's Channel 4 performs a baffling service while 'covering' the issue. Senator Sarah Hanson-Young displays similar idiocy of another Hanson, confusing the rank of a Lieutenant-General and Lieutenant as well as suggesting a tv show was real. In her defence, Lisa McCune was totally believable as a naval officer.

Where is Bill Shorten? Holidaying in Paris and London, or working for Australia in Jakarta, Beijing or Tokyo? The tax payer's money is on the holiday .. ABC says it isn't biased. But, protestations aside, it is, as is evidenced by numerous documented activities. Oakes is frothing at the mouth, and not reporting. David Marr has a problem, with many people he declared dead never having existed. An ABC torture story dies, unmourned. European Union remembers the holocaust without referring to Jews. An Anglican Bishop shows breathtaking hypocrisy in criticising conservatives. All stories listed below.

Historical perspectives on this day 
In 484, Vandal king Huneric organised a conference between Catholic and Arian bishops at Carthage. 1327, Teenaged Edward III was crowned King of England, but the country was ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer. 1329, king John of Bohemia captured Medvėgalis, an important fortress of the pagan Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and baptised 6,000 of its defenders 1411, the First Peace of Thorn was signed in Thorn, Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights (Prussia). 1662, the Chinese general Koxinga seized the island of Taiwan after a nine-month siege. 1713, the Kalabalik or Tumult in Bendery resulted from the Ottoman sultan's order that his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII of Sweden, be seized. 1793, French Revolutionary Wars: France declared war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. 1796, the capital of Upper Canada was moved from Newark to York.

In 1814, Mayon Volcano in the Philippines erupted, killing around 1,200 people, the most devastating eruption of the volcano. 1835, Slavery was abolished in Mauritius. 1861, American Civil War: Texas seceded from the United States. 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. 1876, a murder conviction effectively forced the violent Pennsylvanian Irish anti-owner coal miners, the "Molly Maguires", to disband. 1884, the first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. 1893, Thomas A. Edison finished construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey. 1895, Fountains Valley, Pretoria, the oldest nature reserve in Africa, was proclaimed by President Paul Kruger. 1897, Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opened in Seoul.


In 1908, King Carlos I of Portugal and his son, Prince Luis Filipe, were killed in Terreiro do Paco, Lisbon. 1918, Russia adopted the Gregorian Calendar. 1920, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began operations. 1924, the United Kingdom recognised the USSR. 1942, World War II: Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar of German-occupied Norway, appointed Vidkun Quisling the Minister President of the National Government. Also 1942, World War II: U.S. Navy conducted Marshalls-Gilberts raids, the first offensive action by the United States against Japanese forces in the Pacific Theater. Also 1942, Voice of America, the official external radio and television service of the United States government, began broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers. 1946, Trygve Lie of Norway was picked to be the first United Nations Secretary General. Also 1946, the Parliament of Hungary abolished the monarchy after nine centuries, and proclaimed the Hungarian Republic. 1953, North Sea flood of 1953 (Dutch, Watersnoodramp, literally "flood disaster") was a major flood caused by a heavy storm, that occurred on the night of Saturday, 31 January 1953 and morning of Sunday, 1 February 1953. The floods struck the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland. 1957, Felix Wankel's first working prototype (DKM 54) of the Wankel engine ran at the NSU research and development department Versuchsabteilung TX in Germany


In 1960, four black students staged the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. 1964, The Beatles have their first number one hit in the United States with "I Want to Hold Your Hand." 1965, the Hamilton River in Labrador, Canada was renamed the Churchill River in honour of Winston Churchill. 1968, Vietnam War: The execution of Viet Cong officer Nguyen Van Lem by South Vietnamese National Police Chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan was videotaped and photographed by Eddie Adams. This image helped build opposition to the Vietnam War. Also 1968, Canada's three military services, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, were unified into the Canadian Forces. Also 1968, the New York Central Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad were merged to form Penn Central Transportation. 1972, Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. 1974, a fire in the 25-story Joelma Building in Sao Paulo, Brazil killed 189 and injured 293. Also 1974, Kuala Lumpur was declared a Federal Territory. 1978, director Roman Polanski skipped bail and fled the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. 1979, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.


In 1982, Senegal and the Gambia formed a loose confederation known as Senegambia. 1989, the Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamated to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. 1990, Humanitas publishing house was founded in Bucharest, shortly after the Romanian Revolution, by the philosopher Gabriel Liiceanu. 1991, a runway collision between USAir Flight 1493 and SkyWest Flight 5569 at Los Angeles International Airport resulted in the deaths of 34 people, and injuries to 30 others. 1992, the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal court declared Warren Anderson, ex-CEO of Union Carbide, a fugitive under Indian law for failing to appear in the Bhopal Disaster case. 1993, Gary Bettman became the NHL's first commissioner 1994, Punk rock band Green Day released their album Dookie, which would eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide. 1996, the Communications Decency Act was passed by the U.S. Congress. 1998, rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne became the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.


In 2001, Putrajaya, the Malaysian administrative city, was declared a Federal Territory. 2002, Daniel Pearl, American journalist and South Asia Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, kidnapped January 23, 2002, was beheaded and mutilated by his captors. 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrated during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard. 2004, 251 people were trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. Also 2004, Janet Jackson's breast was exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to Federal Communications Commission censorship guidelines. 2005, King Gyanendra of Nepal carried out a coup d'état to capture the democracy, becoming Chairman of the Councils of ministers. 2013, The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, was opened to the public.
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This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up.
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For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball

Or the US President at
https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-change-this-injustice#
or
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-injustice-faced-david-daniel-ball-after-he-reported-bungled-pedophile-investigation-and/b8mxPWtJ or http://wh.gov/ilXYR

Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed

Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care.


I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.netwhich will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Richard Heagren-Gibbs. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
February 1Feast day of St. Brigit of Kildare (Western Christianity); Black History Month begins in Canada and the United States; LGBT History Month begins in the United Kingdom
West facade of the United States Supreme Court Building
Congrats on saving the defenders. The US supreme court first convened in the merchant exchange building. You know your words. You have integrity. Practice air safety. Let's party. 
Matches
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Keep this sacred site for the true victims

Piers Akerman – Saturday, January 31, 2015 (11:33pm)

DESPITE heartfelt pleas for mercy, it is likely that Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian kingpins in a major heroin smuggling operation, will be executed by Indonesian authorities in the near future.

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Desperate defence of Credlin is humiliating

Miranda Devine – Saturday, January 31, 2015 (11:36pm)

IN a funny way, the media overreaction to the Prime Minister’s knighthood gaffe has given him breathing space. 

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Islamic State beheads Japanese journalist

Andrew Bolt February 01 2015 (9:07am)

Yet another act of utter evil, and yet another journalist is the victim:
THE Islamic State claims to have beheaded Japanese hostage Kenji Goto in a sickening new progaganda video, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man…
The video, called “A Message to the Government of Japan,” featured a militant who looked and sounded like a militant with a British accent who has taken part in other beheading videos by the Islamic State group. Goto, kneeling in an orange prison jumpsuit, said nothing in the roughly one-minute-long video.
“Abe,” the militant says in the video, referring to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, “because of your reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this man will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also carry on and cause carnage wherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin.”
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Queensland election a disaster for Abbott

Andrew Bolt February 01 2015 (6:25am)

The Queensland election result is a disaster for Prime Minister Tony Abbott:
LABOR is on the brink of forming government in Queensland after a rout of the first-term Liberal National Party government…
Just three years after suffering the worst-ever electoral defeat in Australia, and being reduced to a caucus of seven MPs in the 89-seat unicameral parliament, Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk needs just two more seats to govern in her own right…
Labor has 43 seats against the LNP’s 39 seats, with three seats — Mansfield, in the south of Brisbane, Maryborough, north of the Sunshine Coast and Whitsundays, on the central coast — too close to call…
If Labor wins any of the three seats, then it is already well-placed to form at least a minority government with the expected support of longtime independent MP Peter Wellington — a strident critic of the Newman government.
The result hurts Abbott for two main reasons. First, because he dragged down the LNP vote through his own unpopularity and miststeps like last week’s knighthood fiasco, and may have been the difference between narrow victory and defeat.

One in five voters told a Sky News exit poll that federal political issues were very important in influencing their vote in the state poll.
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls went further, stating: “There were certainly federal factors and there were less-than-helpful things. Raising discussion about the GST was something that certainly didn’t help the campaign. The Medicare co-payment was again something that we didn’t support as we didn’t support raising the GST…
“We felt that the knighthood was a decision out of left field for everyone… Those have certainly played into what we have seen here tonight.”
Second, the LNP defeat damages Abbott because the analogy between Newman’s fall and Abbott’s own decline is so powerful.
Premier Campbell Newman tried to slash Queensland’s massive debt, left over by promise-anything Labor, and voters resent austerity. But worse was that he broke promises, picked too many fights, rammed decisions’ down voters’ throats and carried on at times like an autocrat with idiosyncratic decisions such as making a seemingly underqualified magistrate the chief justice:
...as time passed, his style of leadership distracted voters from the substance of his policies. As he cracked down on bikies, slashed hospital wait times and cut the deficit, Newman branded bikie lawyers criminals and doctor groups union thugs, and undermined the anti-corruption body.
He just seemed arrogant and beyond the control of voters - a fatal flaw in Australian politics.
Abbott hasn’t had Newman’s freedom to smash through as he tackles another Labor debt, thanks to a mutinous Senate. But he, too, has broken promises, picked too many fights, announced radical schemes without real consultation and made idiosyncratic decisions such as reinstating knighthoods. Abbott is a good man, but has built an image of a leader out of touch, unpredictable and too self-willed.
Australians can’t be commanded, tricked, bullied, surprised, taken for granted or treated like fools. How many leaders have learned that already - Paul Keating, Julia Gillard, Jeff Kennett…
I don’t know if Abbott can recover, but I do know he won’t unless he immediately shows he knows the public is his master.
Otherwise...:

Jane Prentice, a Queensland-based federal Liberal National backbencher, warned on live TV that Mr Abbott could face a leadership challenge if he did not nail a critical address to the National Press Club on Monday.

Asked on the ABC whether Mr Abbott was the right person to lead the Coalition to the next election, Ms Prentice replied: “Well, that’s a discussion, isn’t it? We need to look at where we’re going.”

“Tony has said he has listened and learned. He is making a keynote speech on Monday at the press club [and] we can’t continue as we are. We are not taking the people with us. We are getting bad feedback."…
Ms Prentice agreed Monday’s speech was “make or break” for Mr Abbott.
More instability:
Former Howard government minister Mal Brough, described by some Liberals as a “suicide bomber”, threw a political hand grenade when he refused to rule out forcing a spill…
But furious ministers accused deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop of disloyalty for failing to publicly support the PM since her return from ­Afghanistan and suggested Mr Brough was destabilising to prepare the ground for a leadership change.
“She should not be allowed to operate in the shadows,’’ a cabinet minister said.
Ms Bishop strongly denied that Mr Brough was acting on her behalf in any manner. “No, not true,’’ she said.
The Sunday Herald Sun has confirmed that she has privately assured Mr Abbott that she was not undermining, leaking, destabilising or coveting his job. This would not necessarily preclude standing if another challenger emerged or Mr Abbott stood down.
Dennis Shanahan:
For Abbott there is no doubt his thoughtless and ideologically blind decision to appoint Prince Philip an Australian knight will have played some part in Newman’s loss in Ashgrove.
Federally it will increase the sense of panic and trouble making from Queensland, encourage leadership destabilisation and limit Abbott’s options generally.
Realistically the size of the swing against LNP in Queensland can’t be sheeted home entirely to Abbbott but when there is a disaster anyone on the bridge is blamed.
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Palmer bombs

Andrew Bolt February 01 2015 (6:07am)

The Queensland election did have one bit of good news for all of us:
JUST 18 months after the Palmer United Party rose to power, claiming three federal Senate spots and a Lower House seat, its support base appears to have evaporated.
Self-declared billionaire Clive Palmer’s party was expected to poll less than 4 per cent of yesterday’s Queensland vote and not win a single seat.

The party had already lost its only two sitting Queensland MPs, with Carl Judge and Alex Douglas both quitting last year.
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YAY FOR DIVERSITY

Tim Blair – Saturday, February 01, 2014 (2:51pm)

It’s World Hijab Day everybody, so wrap your heads in freedom gear and party down: 
Lydia Shelly says the day also encourages Australians to walk in the shoes of a Muslim women with the aim of improving religious harmony.
“The biggest assumption about Muslim women who wear the hijab is that we are one big homogenous group,” Ms Shelly wrote on Facebook. “Muslim women who wear the hijab are from all walks of life, nationalities and have different ways that they express their modesty through their wearing of the hijab.Yay for diversity in the hijabi community!” 
Yay for wearing slightly different patterns and colours while maintaining subservience to your male superiors! Here’s how things went during a previous hijab day celebration: 
Some 200 veiled women staged a rally in front of the Lahore Press Club on Tuesday to mark World Hijab Day, but only men gave speeches. 
(Via handjive)
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IN RELATION TO FISHING BOATS AND SO FORTH

Tim Blair – Saturday, February 01, 2014 (12:19pm)

A moment of puzzlement for Sarah Hanson-Young:



UPDATE. Sarah’s confusion explained
As a kid my dad always had ABC radio on in our house. 
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NAVY DEFENDED

Tim Blair – Saturday, February 01, 2014 (5:21am)

The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Mike Carlton takes aim at conspiracy theorists who accuse the Navy of crimes at sea: 
It is the Royal Australian Navy which shoulders the burden of “border protection”, the Federal Government’s euphemism for the dangerous, sometimes gut-wrenching, task of intercepting the refugee boats from Indonesia.
And right now the navy is fed up with the savage public slagging it has been copping for doing the job. I know many navy people. From admirals to able seamen, they feel they have been manipulated, defamed and insulted by politicians, sections of the media and other odds and sods with axes to grind …
Margo Kingston asked: “What is going on in the navy? Has its core ethos mutated … ? Has it got something terrible to hide, or is it so incompetent that it needs a shake-up much bigger than a change of leaders at the top?”
Answer: no. Quaint as it may sound, the Defence Force, and in particular the RAN officer corps, is imbued with traditions of integrity and duty …
To suggest that any Australian naval officer ignored that moral and legal obligation, for any reason, is a cruel insult to honour, humanity and duty.
Believe me: the navy deeply, deeply resents it. 
That column was written more than ten years ago, during another era when the Australian Navy faced allegations of brutality (this only happens when a conservative government is in power). Oddly, considering the newsworthiness of recent alleged naval events and his affection for the navy, Carlton today chooses to write complete nonsense.
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EGG MO

Tim Blair – Friday, January 31, 2014 (6:13pm)

British Islamic politician Maajid Nawaz recently added this image, from the popular Jesus and Mo comic strip, to his Twitter feed:

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As Nawaz writes
I tweeted the bland image and stated that, as a Muslim, I did not feel threatened by it. My God is greater than that. 
Good for him. But his co-religionists weren’t so relaxed: 
By the time the week was up I had received death threats, the police were involved, and a petition set up by some conservative Muslims to have me dismissed as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn had gained 20,000 signatures. 
Further idiocy came when Britain’s Channel Four decided to cover the story – “cover” being the operative word. This is how Jesus and Mo appeared on the station’s broadcast:

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Yep. Mo’s been replaced by the black egg of Islamophobia! Here’s Channel Four’s brilliant explanation
The senior editorial team decided that the showing of the entire illustration, whilst likely to cause offence, was not integral to the story … 
(Via Correllio)
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Sarah Hanson-Young all at sea

Andrew Bolt February 01 2014 (11:20am)

 Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young confirms she cannot tell the difference between fact and fiction when fulminating against boat people policies that work and save lives.
Hanson-Young’s performance in that Senate estimates hearing yesterday was in many ways her most clownish yet. Not only did she seem to think Sea Patrol, starring Lisa McCune, was real,  she repeatedly called Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell “Lieutenant”:
When Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young insisted on referring to Campbell as “lieutenant”, there was an intervention: 
Committee chair Penny Wright: “Can I be clear, is General Campbell acceptable to you?”
Campbell: “Yes.”
Remember, this woman was, under the Greens-Labor alliance that produced the Gillard Government, one of the country’s more influential politicians, and is still treated seriously by the ABC.
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Abbott finds compass and courage

Andrew Bolt February 01 2014 (9:50am)

Terry McCrann on a government that seems to have found its mojo:
THE Abbott government has made four key policy and politically defining discretionary decisions. It has scored well on both consistency and courageousness. 
In combination, they confirm Tony Abbott’s affirmation that Australia is “open for business” under his government… The four are: the rejections of specific assistance to the domestic car manufacturing industry and fruit-canner SPC Ardmona, Joe Hockey’s approval of the Canadian company Saputo’s takeover of Warrnambool Cheese & and Butter, and his rejection of the US company Archer Daniels Midland’s takeover of GrainCorp. Looked at narrowly, that scores at least three out of four, on the measure of government getting out of the way of business and doing so in a consistent way.
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Ou est Bill?

Andrew Bolt February 01 2014 (8:55am)

Daniel Flitton:
Everyone should know the importance of first impressions, so frankly it seemed more than a little weird for Bill Shorten to choose Paris and London as the first foreign capitals to visit as Opposition Leader. What of Jakarta? Beijing? Tokyo? Even Wellington would have been a better choice to signal his interest in Australia’s most important relationships.
Meanwhile, of course, leaderless Labor is floundering. It cannot decide whether it should be for or against a royal commission into corruption scandals now engulfing three unions. Then again, when your new leader is a former boss of one of those unions it might be a good time to hide him in a closet in the Louvre. 
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A few more examples of that bias the ABC says it doesn’t have

Andrew Bolt February 01 2014 (8:22am)

The ABC claims it isn’t biased, and only bloody conservatives would say so:
Jon Faine with Barrie Cassidy, ABC 774, Thursday: 
FAINE: A royal commission not just into the CFMEU . . . there’s nothing absolutely gobsmackingly terrible and recent that’s come out from the Fairfax/ABC joint investigation here.
Nothing terrible? ABC News, Tuesday: 
UNION officials have formed corrupt relationships with organised crime figures . . . bribery, extortion and threats of violence are used to cement the influence of crime figures on Australia’s construction sites . . .
Guess who’s really at fault. Faine with Cassidy again: 
CASSIDY: They need to go to the source of what the problem is and part of it . . . is not just the trade unions but it’s the big business as well . . .
Business? ABC News, Tuesday: 
The CFMEU is able to pressure large builders . . . by wielding the stick of costly industrial action . . .
But no big problem on Planet Faine: 
CASSIDY: That can be fixed almost overnight just simply by the federal government insisting, going to the large companies and saying this practice is not good enough . . .
The real problem on Planet Faine? 
CASSIDY: A royal commission . . . would open up a whole bunch of horror stories that would embarrass both the Labor Party and the unions for years to come.
What horror stories? What embarrassment?
Peter Hartcher on Labor’s scandalous enabling: 
Labor went to the elections of 2007 and 2010 supporting the (Australian Building and Construction Commission), recognising that it was doing important work to improve productivity and lawfulness. But it was cut short seven years into its campaign to clean up the sector. 
When the construction union asked then prime minister Julia Gillard to abolish the ABCC, she obliged, “to protect her own arse”, as one of her cabinet ministers put it. The unions were Gillard’s internal power base against Kevin Rudd. Today Labor and the Greens, both recipients of donations from the construction union, are combining in the Senate to block the return of the ABCC.  
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.)
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The ABC claims it isn’t biased, and only bloody conservatives would say so.
But Dennis Shanahan explains the fury of many Liberals at an ABC out of control:
When it came to the Gillard government, the ABC was less than enthusiastic about reporting on the allegations of the AWU slush fund and the missing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Subsequent police inquiries and disclosures have demonstrated a lack of good news sense at the ABC, at the very least. 
With the Coalition’s implacable opposition to a carbon tax, the selection of climate-change commentary supportive of carbon pricing and a relative lack of carbon sceptics was a long-running issue.
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The ABC claims it isn’t biased, and only bloody conservatives would say so.
Gerard Henderson on how the ABC is now hiring refugees from the private Left-wing media it is helping to destroy:
Fairfax Media productions are particularly challenged by the fact that the ABC and Guardian Australia dump news and opinion online for free - especially since the latter entities appeal to a similar readership base as Fairfax newspapers. The movement from print to online has had the unintended consequence of providing a new platform, or pulpit, for former Fairfax Media staff to exhibit their self-regard and perceived superior morality. 
Take [Jonathan] Green, who has emerged of late as the ABC’s man-for-all-programs… Green worked at The Age and the leftist Crikey newsletter before signing on with the public broadcaster. Clearly, his background and opinions appealed to ABC managers, who still cannot find one conservative to present, produce or edit any of its prominent television or radio or online outlets…
Green used some of his ABC slots to plug his recent book The Year My Politics Broke (MUP), which was published soon after the September 2013 election…
As his book reveals, Green is an eco-catastrophist… He favours opening Australia’s borders to “as many people who might reasonably fit in” including those who arrive unlawfully courtesy of people-smugglers. Green accuses those who disagree with him on this issue as exhibiting “shallow xenophobia”. He also regards the majority of his fellow citizens as misogynistic… 
The author bemoans the fact that Julia Gillard was criticised for her “dress sense”. Yet last week Green wrote an essay for The Drum in which he declared he would never regard Tony Abbott as a prime minister of “intelligence, independent thought and creative intellectual flexibility” while “he keeps wearing those blue ties”. 
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I “froth”, senior Liberals merely have “concerns”

Andrew Bolt February 01 2014 (8:04am)

The politics of race

Laurie Oakes: 
Abbott’s Australia Day reaffirmation of his commitment to a referendum for constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians had Right-wing columnist Andrew Bolt frothing at the mouth, accusing the Prime Minister of talking nonsense and claiming that the proposal would create permanent divisions in Australian society. 
Quite a few Liberals, some of them senior, share Bolt’s concerns....
How Abbott deals with sceptics on his own side and counters the likes of Bolt will be crucial.
Some of those close to him are not helping. His close friend and key adviser on indigenous affairs, former ALP President Warren Mundine, set the cat among the pigeons with a suggestion the Federal Government should negotiate a series of treaties with indigenous groups. 
“There is no way the party will come at that,” was the response of one Liberal MP whose support Abbott needs if the referendum idea is to go anywhere.
Reader Peter of Bellevue Hill:
AB, any thoughts on why Oakes would suggest you were ‘frothing at the mouth’ in one breath - then scale your view back to ‘concerns’ the next, when it turns out a number of senior Libs are of the same view? Seems Oakes couldn’t bring himself to admit you’d raised a valid point. 
Also, is it time to pen another piece explaining why you’re a conservative and not Right-wing? Maybe send a copy to Oakes for future reference?
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What are Marr’s dead boat people? Where is his sorry?

Andrew Bolt February 01 2014 (7:27am)

Boat people policy

The navy is turning back boats. Result: no boat arrivals in six weeks and no drownings, either, in contrast to the more than 1000 people lured to their deaths under Labor’s policies.
So reader Andrew of Randwick wonders when David Marr will apologise for this potentially lethal scaremongering of two years ago:
Turn the boats back and people will die - Abbott knows this 
People will die. They died the last time the navy forced boats back to Indonesia and they will die the next. They have always died.
That’s why the navy hates these operations and that loathing is deep in the DNA of the service. It goes back to the violent blockade carried out by the Royal Navy before and after the Second World War to prevent Jews reaching Palestine.... 
Tony Abbott knows that when he says he will turn every possible boat back to Indonesia. It certainly works. But do we think it’s worth it? 
And here’s another blast from the past with echoes today.
Marr four years ago was just as ready as the ABC today to falsely smear the navy:
The Sydney Morning Herald’s David Marr instantly smeared the navy as some 50 boat people drowned off Christmas Island: 
The first question that must be asked is why the navy – if it was within the navy’s power – why the navy allowed that boat anywhere near the island. It should not have been there.
...these fresh deaths raise the possibility that Canberra is once again pressuring its boats to delay rescue.
It was an utterly baseless insinuation that the navy was negligent, primarily responsible or would deliberately let people drown, and that politicians would wish this.
The coroner, not surprisingly, rejected any such slander - and rejected to the false claims of asylum seekers (another familiar trope): 
Mr Hope said naval and customs officers who risked their lives in inflatable boats “showed great bravery in dangerous seas” to pull 41 people to safety from the water… 
The coroner rejected claims from Christmas Island detention centre detainees that they had alerted centre staff that the SIEV 221 was about to arrive.
“The accounts were fabricated and inconsistent with the objective evidence.” 
Mr Hope said he was satisfied the commanders of the navy patrol boat HMAS Pirie and the customs vessel Triton “acted as promptly and efficiently as they could in the circumstances”.
Marr didn’t apologise then, and won’t apologise now.
In fact, I have yet to hear a single apology from those who created or supported the Labor policies which led to so many deaths, so many illegal arrivals and so many wasted billions of dollars.
Instead we get this vilification of the navy and of the new government which are ending all that.
UPDATE
More dud predictions, made just as the Abbott Government was disproving them. From the submission by the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (Aust) Inc to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee three weeks ago:
The best strategies prevent rather than deter, and stop the flow of asylum seekers at the source or divert desperate people away from dangerous and irregular modes of transport. The Report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers makes this clear. Rather than deterrence measures, the Expert Panel’s recommendations prioritise a whole-of-government strategy for engaging with source countries, and cooperation on asylum seeker issues with Indonesia, Malaysia, PNG and emerging resettlement countries.
How much the process-pushers and the Left love phrases such as “whole-of-government strategy”, describing processes that involve countless meetings and fine resolutions, but very few decisive actions.
Six weeks, no boats. Deterrence is working.
(Thanks to reader Andrew of Randwick.)
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Reader Mike wonders if the Financial Review’s Laura Tingle would care to update her columnof last year:
The reality is that when Kevin Rudd, as returned prime minister, outflanked the Coalition on the far right on asylum-seekers, he robbed the new government of the chance to claim a huge material difference in boat arrival numbers, since the tough line on people arriving by boat “never” being settled in Australia had started to have an impact on numbers, even during the election campaign. 
The Coalition has opted for theatrics since then to try to create some product differentiation, and just perhaps to give it some cover for the inevitable time when ambitious claims made in opposition – such as “we will turn back the boats” – proved to be impossible to implement.
True, more boats may come with the end of the monsoon season. But not in six years has a government managed to prevent any boats from arriving for six weeks.
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Working well, and working safely:
THIS is what awaits asylum-seekers trying to get to Australia on dodgy wooden smuggling boats - the gift of an air-conditioned, 90-seat lifeboat, and an armed escort back to Indonesia. 
This is the first close-up look at one of the 11 lifeboats that the Abbott Government has sourced out of Singapore in its uncompromising fight to stop the boats - a fight that it appears to be winning.
The fully enclosed and submersible 8.5m x 3.2m survival capsule, fitted with safety belts, navigational equipment, life jackets, food, water and an inboard diesel motor, came ashore in remote Cikepuh, in West Java, on the afternoon of January 15. 
Naval officer Edi Sukendi, based in Ujung Genteng, the closest point between Indonesia and Australia, got word from a forest ranger that an unusual vessel had crash-landed and disgorged an estimated 60 asylum-seekers, who immediately scattered into the jungle.
Faced with success where they only failed. Labor and the Greens are reduced to demanding the Abbott Government reveal its secrets to journalists and the people smugglers. It’s a strategy that makes them look both stupid and spiteful - not to mention reckless:
The head of Customs, Michael Pezzullo, told the inquiry that withholding information also helps keep Australian officials safe at sea. 
We frankly don’t give a damn about the media cycle and what’s going to be said on [ABC show] Q&A; and all the rest of it,” he said. 
Excellent strategy. As it happens, it should be adopted by Labor itself.  If Q&A is for it, Labor should almost certainly be against.
(Thanks to readers BG and na.) 
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ABC torture story collapses. ABC still won’t admit it

Andrew Bolt February 01 2014 (6:56am)

Media

The ABC refuses to admit its story of the navy torturing boat people is a crock even when the evidence started to fall apart.
Here is a perfect example of precisely what Tony Abbott suggested to the horror and scorn of Leftist journalists:
It dismays Australians when the national broadcaster appears to take everyone’s side but our own.
But now Peter Alford of The Australian completely destroys any last shred of plausibility of a story that was always highly improbable:
THE Australian can reveal after two days of witness interviews that allegations aired by the ABC that the Australian navy tortured and deliberately burned the hands of asylum-seekers cannot be corroborated. 
Faisal Hussein, a passenger on a boat returned to Rote Island on January 6, ... said he did not see any of the incidents in which asylum-seekers were allegedly burned by sailors forcing their hands on to hot engine parts and was not aware of such claims during the rest of the enforced return journey.
Of the eight Somali asylum-seekers interviewed at length, only one, Yousif Fasher, continues to insist three asylum-seekers on the January 6 boat were “tortured” in that way.
Yousif, who did not receive any burns, was the source of the deliberate burning allegations made to the ABC, often via Sharmarke Abdullah Ahmad…
Sharmarke, self-designated spokesman for 62 pushed-back asylum-seekers remaining under immigration supervision in Kupang, now believes none of the burns was deliberately inflicted.
Sharmarke, who was pushed back on a boat that arrived back on December 19, also at Rote, started spreading claims about navy cruelty on both his boat and the January 6 boat only after the later boatpeople came ashore.
Some days later, though, Sharmarke says he spoke again to people from the January 6 boat: “They told us they were not deliberately forced to touch the hot engine."…
Sharmarke acknowledged yesterday that at least one deliberate burning case cited to him by Yousif, that of Bowby Nooris, was untrue.
“… Bowby, he just told me another story,” Sharmarke said.
But the ABC in its latest report contains barely that its torture story is an invention, desperately casting around instead for any other slop it can throw at the navy:
New details have emerged about a boat interception operation earlier this month, with one asylum seeker saying Navy personnel sprayed him in the eyes.
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Nick Cater says the ABC has form for believing the improbable if it discredits the Abbott Government’s border policies:
Peter Lloyd’s introduction to a report from Fiona Ogilvie on PM last October, for example, began with an unqualified statement: “An asylum-seeker being held in detention on Nauru is expecting twins.” Yet the assertions in the story were contested…
Towards the end of the story, Ogilvie casually throws into another alleged fact. “PM understands that there is another woman on Nauru who is pregnant, also with twins, and that she has diabetes.”
Eight days later, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison flatly denied the story… Yet the ABC had invested too much in the multiple pregnancy to give up, and on AM on November 8 reported that an asylum-seeker flown from Nauru “gave birth via caesarean section in a hospital in Brisbane”. The mother was a “Rohingya woman from Myanmar”, AM reported. In previous reports she was identified as Iranian.
We also discover she gave birth to only one baby. Presenter Tony Eastley tells us the woman “was told after undergoing scans on Nauru that she was having twins, but it wasn’t until she was brought to Australia that she discovered that wasn’t the case”.
This incredible claim fails the believability test. A mother who had undergone scans in her final weeks of pregnancy and was misdiagnosed as carrying twins. Can anyone suggest a similar case of an obstetrician seeing double? 
And what of the second woman on Nauru who “PM understands” is also pregnant with twins? That claim, as best as we can establish, has never been repeated, but neither has it been corrected. The story is left floating in a soup of “truthiness” - assertions one wishes to be true, as opposed to facts known to be true.
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Mo you don’t

Andrew Bolt February 01 2014 (6:43am)

A British Muslim politician, exercising his free speech, dares to publish this image:
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Britain’s Channel Four, after reporting the usual death threats that follow, surrenders its free speech to religious authoritarians:
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(Via Tim Blair.) 
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Remember Holocaust Day! But don’t mention the Jews

Andrew Bolt January 31 2014 (6:44pm)

Absolutely astonishing. Baroness Catherine Ashton, vice president of the European Commission, marks Holocaust Day with a statement which omits a single mention of the word “Jews”:
Today the international community remembers the victims of the Holocaust. We honour every one of those brutally murdered in the darkest period of European history. We also want to pay a special tribute to all those who acted with courage and sacrifice to protect their fellow citizens against persecution. 
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must keep alive the memory of this tragedy. It is an occasion to remind us all of the need to continue fighting prejudice and racism in our own time. We must remain vigilant against the dangers of hate speech and redouble our commitment to prevent any form of intolerance. The respect of human rights and diversity lies at the heart of what the European Union stands for.
How gutless. Let’s “keep alive the memory of this tragedy” but not the common faith of its main victims.
Oh, and of course the Baroness is a former Labour politician.  The Left is now the natural home of anti-Semitism and those give them cover and comfort.
(Thanks to reader Charles.) 
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You can’t take the hippy out of the political Bishop

Andrew Bolt January 31 2014 (6:24pm)

I don’t recall Anglican Bishop Phillip Huggins saying a word of protest when the Gillard Government threatened News Ltd newspapers, successfully demanded entire stories about Prime Minister Julia Gillard be pulled off the Internet, subjected the “hate media” to a hand-picked inquisition, had Ministers repeatedly vilify the “Murdoch media”, banned interviews with conservative presenters and proposed laws to put the private media under a government-supervised media policeman.
Nor do I recall the slightest objection from Huggins when this pressure contributed to the sacking of two journalists who’d tried to report on a scandal involving Gillard that is now the subject of an extensive police investigation. (Gillard insists she did nothing wrong.)
Yes, I cannot recall a period in my life when free speech and a free press was under greater threat in this country, but not a word was there from Huggins. Still, he’s just an Anglican bishop, and I accept that it’s not his job to preach politics from the pulpit.
Yet when a Liberal Prime Minister simply criticises the ABC for its palpable bias and for treating as credible a highly improbable and now discredited allegation that the navy tortured boat people, Huggins claims in a press release our democracy is in peril:
Renew, don’t weaken, our democracy: stop attacking the ABC… 
Government attacks on the integrity of the ABC must cease. Weakening the ABC might be part of the policy platform of some so-called “think-tanks” but it is no way to sustain our democracy. 
Does Huggins realise how absurdly and crudely partisan he seems in his politics, and how much that must alienate his church’s many conservative members, who would defer to his knowledge of Scripture but would feel he has no more claim to political insights than do they?
Huggins was once a hippy who taught vedic meditation at the Nimbin festival. I suggest he not conform so obviously to the stereotype.
(Thanks to reader Paul.) 
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Hear that sound on the radio? It’s SA Labor blowing itself to pieces

Andrew Bolt January 31 2014 (6:10pm)

Well, that’s the South Australian Labor Government finished. Today, six weeks before the election, Premier Jay Weatherill and Labor Senator Don Farrell, a faction heavy who lost his seat at the last election, go on radio together to destroy each other.
Listen here to the excruciating self-immolation:
From the transcript:
PRESENTERS: We’ll just start with Senator Don Farrell, this deal between you and [Treasurer Michael O’Brien] to take his seat has been stitched up for months.
FARRELL: I had a think on the issues when I came back from holidays. After Christmas, I had a chat with [sitting member Michael O’Brien] and indicated if he was intending to resign his position that I would be interested [in putting] myself forward ... for the people of Napier and ask them to support me for four years in that seat…
PRESENTERS: OK, don’t go away… Premier Jay Weatherill , who has to catch a flight very shortly. When did [O’Brien and Farrell] let you know? When did they let you in on this secret?
WEATHERILL: I have been told that this proposition is under consideration and I made it clear that I don’t support it.
PRESENTERS: Why not?
WEATHERILL: Well because the South Australian party has been a unified party.... And for better or the worst Don represents some of the divisions and disunity that comes from federal politics…
I certainly don’t want it in the state Labor Party. We’re in the lead up to a state election. And I think the people of South Australia need to actually clearly understand who they are voting for, who they are going to get when they cast a vote.
And I don’t want there to be any confusion about that matter in the lead up of the election ...
PRESENTERS: So you don’t want Don Farrell?
WEATHERILL: No… I made it clear when (they) put that proposition to me ...
PRESENTERS: Do you see him as a threat to you? You say people oughta be clear what they’re voting for. You’re the leader at the moment but they might think Don Farrell might be the leaders after the election.
WEATHERILL: That’s right. And that’s the risk I think. And that’s the very last impression we want to create in people’s minds.
Now I know what Don says about that is that he’s not interested in that. But that’s really not to the point.
One way or the other he’s been associated with the divisions which I think largely led to the destruction of the Labor Party at the last federal election… And my responsibility is as party leader is to present a unified team and send the clearest possible message to the electorate that you know who you’re voting for when you vote for Labor at the next election.
PRESENTERS: If he’s preselected, Premier, you’d have to resign, wouldn’t you? Because it’d be a vote of no confidence with you?
WEATHERILL: I’d have to reflect on that of course, that’d be under consideration
PRESENTERS: Are, are you serious?
WEATHERILL: Yes.
PRESENTERS: You’d consider resigning what, before the election?
WEATHERILL: Absolutely…
PRESENTERS: Don Farrell, listening to that: These are high stakes now. Are you going to withdraw? 
FARRELL: Oh look, um, uh Matthew. My position is clear… I am not interested in the leadership of the Labor Party. I am interested in representing the people of Napier in the next Parliament. I’ll offer myself for preselection to the party and if I’m successful in that I’d like to be the candidate and the member for Napier at the next election.
Farrell shortly afterwards pulled out, his political career finished for good. Weatherill’s finish date will come very shortly. 
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Jews need free speech to protect themselves

Andrew Bolt January 31 2014 (6:04pm)

David Adler, director of Prime Health Management, tells the Attorney-General to ignore appeals by other Jewish representatives not to scrap the anti-free speech sections of the Racial Discrimination Act. Free speech, not censorship, is the best defence of Jews in this country:
Dear Sen Brandis

I am writing to express support for your initiatives to delete or significantly amend S18C & 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act.

I am an active member of the Jewish community in Sydney and hold office as the Hon. Secretary of the Synagogue at Chabad North Shore in Sydney’s northern suburbs. I am known to some senior Liberal Party members including Tony Abbott, Michael Wooldridge, Nick Griener and others who would vouch for my bona fides.

It is with some concern that I have seen the Jewish community’s short sighted representations. Unfortunately (as has occurred in the US) many of the Jewish community representatives in office are quite left of centre and a significant proportion do not support the representations to retain unaltered S18C and 18D.

In an ideal world, no group would be adverse to another. But we do not live in an ideal world. If a group represents a threat and has values incompatible with Australia’s liberal democratic values then we need to freedom to speak out even if such expression is critical or may cause offence. For example, there is little doubt that Islam has had an adverse impact on many Jewish communities in western Europe. Studies have shown a very significant rise in anti-Semitic events in a number of European countries. If there is a frank discussion of the reasons for this trend or if such a trend began in Australia, it is essential we can openly discuss this matter without being in breach of any Act.

This can be done without inciting violence which is quite a different matter.

Unfortunately in order to “protect” the Jewish community from occasional racist comments, some of our representatives are content to have such freedom of debate crimped.

Many of us do not agree and would much prefer to suffer the occasional offence than have our opportunity to “call a spade a spade” inhibited.

I would be delighted to assist, speak to your policy advisor or arrange for you to meet a group in the Jewish community who don’t support the representations which have been made to date.

Regards;

David Adler
Director, Prime Health Management
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ABC has lost Stan Grant

Andrew Bolt January 31 2014 (5:31pm)

 Stan Grant struck me as a journalist made for Leftism, and I wasn’t surprised to see him go from the ABC to CNN. But either I got him badly wrong - for which I apologise - or he’s changed:
I think there is a need for conversation about the ABC - what it represents, the standards of its reporting, its editorial decisions… I remember when I was a kid growing up in the country and the ABC was our broadcaster. In fact it was the only one. And Mum and Dad would watch Bellbird. I might be showing my age but Bellbird was like the Country Practice of its day. They’d watch that before the News. There was This Day Tonight, there were a whole range of programs and if you watched the ABC, my parents who were, you know, my dad was a saw-miller, grew up in the country, pretty ordinary working family, they could watch the ABC and could get something out of it. They don’t watch now. Because they feel alienated and isolated and they feel as if they’re being talked down to and they feel as if there is smugness about the ABC… 
I love the ABC and I’ll just say I loved working there. And I have a lot of good friends who work there, my wife works there. But when I turn on [the ABC] - I’ve said this to my wife before - do I need to hear another story about gay marriage or, you know, AIDS or indigenous issues or whatever? Constantly? All the time? What about the issues that affect the rest of Australia and the broader range of people - my parents and ordinary working people? I don’t know that they are represented to the extent that they should be at the ABC. And I don’t know [that] the ABC’s employment policies, the people that it recruits, represent that broad spectrum of Australia either.
I’d say that if the ABC has lost Grant, it really is in strife. But I suspect I have misread Grant, and I apologise to him again. 
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Seeger's secular amoral choice to support communism was a bad flaw. He persevered through the deaths of over a hundred million from the decisions of totalitarian dictators. It reminds me of Maynard Keynes' dismissal of Bertrand Russel. Russel had said Keynes was a brilliant, moody genius whose presence lit a room. Keynes said Russell was a nice guy, who liked nice things, and wondered why not everything was nice. - ed
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“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.” - Psalm 86:5
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
January 31: Morning
"The Lord our Righteousness." - Jeremiah 23:6
It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are "perfect in Christ Jesus." It is no wonder that those who are dwelling upon their own corruption should wear such downcast looks; but surely if we call to mind that "Christ is made unto us righteousness," we shall be of good cheer. What though distresses afflict me, though Satan assault me, though there may be many things to be experienced before I get to heaven, those are done for me in the covenant of divine grace; there is nothing wanting in my Lord, Christ hath done it all. On the cross he said, "It is finished!" and if it be finished, then am I complete in him, and can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, "Not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." You will not find on this side heaven a holier people than those who receive into their hearts the doctrine of Christ's righteousness. When the believer says, "I live on Christ alone; I rest on him solely for salvation; and I believe that, however unworthy, I am still saved in Jesus;" then there rises up as a motive of gratitude this thought--"Shall I not live to Christ? Shall I not love him and serve him, seeing that I am saved by his merits?" "The love of Christ constraineth us," "that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves but unto him which died for them." If saved by imputed righteousness, we shall greatly value imparted righteousness.
Evening
"Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi." - 2 Samuel 18:23
Running is not everything, there is much in the way which we select: a swift foot over hill and down dale will not keep pace with a slower traveller upon level ground. How is it with my spiritual journey, am I labouring up the hill of my own works and down into the ravines of my own humiliations and resolutions, or do I run by the plain way of "Believe and live"? How blessed is it to wait upon the Lord by faith! The soul runs without weariness, and walks without fainting, in the way of believing. Christ Jesus is the way of life, and he is a plain way, a pleasant way, a way suitable for the tottering feet and feeble knees of trembling sinners: am I found in this way, or am I hunting after another track such as priestcraft or metaphysics may promise me? I read of the way of holiness, that the wayfaring man, though a fool, shall not err therein: have I been delivered from proud reason and been brought as a little child to rest in Jesus' love and blood? If so, by God's grace I shall outrun the strongest runner who chooses any other path. This truth I may remember to my profit in my daily cares and needs. It will be my wisest course to go at once to my God, and not to wander in a roundabout manner to this friend and that. He knows my wants and can relieve them, to whom should I repair but to himself by the direct appeal of prayer, and the plain argument of the promise. "Straightforward makes the best runner." I will not parlay with the servants, but hasten to their master.

In reading this passage, it strikes me that if men vie with each other in common matters, and one outruns the other, I ought to be in solemn earnestness so to run that I may obtain. Lord, help me to gird up the loins of my mind, and may I press forward towards the mark for the prize of my high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
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WOMAN OF SAMARIA
The Woman Who Left Her Waterpot
Scripture Reference: John 4
The pregnant phrase to underline in the incident at Sychar's well which is so rich in spiritual instruction, is the announcement John gives at the beginning of the chapter, namely, "He must needs go through Samaria." Why the necessity? While this was the shortest and most usual road for a traveler going from Galilee to Jerusalem (Luke 9:52 ), the Pharisees avoided this customary route, and took a longer, round-about one through Peraea. They did this in order to avoid any contact with the Samaritans with whom, as Jews, they had no dealings. While the Jews and the Samaritans were physically alike in many ways, requiring the same food, following the same occupations, having the same hopes and ambitions, and suffering the same diseases, yet there was a racial hatred that kept them apart.
The origin of this hostility between these two peoples may be traced back to the Assyrian colonization of the land of Israel (2 Kings 17:21). From this followed the antagonism of the Samaritans to the Jews at the return from captivity (Ezra 4;Nehemiah 4), which led to the erection of rival temples on Mount Gerizim. This was in the mind of the woman at the well when she said, "Our fathers worshipped in this mountain" (John 4:20). From that time the spirit of religious bitterness lingered, and this accounts for the Jewish reproach.
"He who eats the bread of a Samaritan is as he who eats swine's flesh."
"No Samaritan shall be made a proselyte."
"They have no share in the resurrection of the dead."
Jesus spoke of a Samaritan as an alien (Luke 10:33; 17:16, 18), and in turn was accused by the Jews of being a Samaritan Himself and possessed by a demon (John 8:48). While the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans, Jesus had. He spoke well of them, healed one of them of leprosy, and rebuked two of His disciples for wishing to destroy some of their number with fire from heaven (Luke 9:55, 56; 10:30-37 ). As the omniscient Lord, He knew all about the woman in Samaria and went there to show and teach that He was above all religious and racial prejudices and that true worship consisted of worshiping God in spirit and in truth.
Thus necessity brought Jesus to the place where the Samaritan woman lived, and reaching Jacob's well, being wearied because of the long noontide journey, He sat by the well while His disciples went into the city to buy food. The reality of our Lord's fatigue testifies to the reality of His humanity. As the Man, He was weary and required food and drink, but as the God He could tell the woman who met Him at the well all about her guilty past and her soul's deepest need. Jesus was often weary in His work, but never weary of it. As Man, He knows all about our human and spiritual needs, and as God, He can meet every one of them. So about noon that day, Christ, a Jew, and the God-Man, met a Samaritan who was a woman, whose life was to be transformed as the result of that contact.
Her Individuality
Twice over this nameless female is referred to as "a woman of Samaria" (John 4:7, 9 ). Prominent in this phrase is her religious and national position. She was not only an alien as far as the Jews were concerned, but was also poor, for women of affluence did not draw water in those times. The Samaritan woman differs from many of the other women who came before Christ in His itinerant work. Some of them pressed into the kingdom or took it by violence with their earnest prayers. We think of Anna who spent her nights and days in fastings and prayers-of the sinful woman of Canaan who washed His feet with her tears-of the widow of Nain who moved His heart by her silent weeping in her great loss, but for the woman before us no petition was granted, no miracle was wrought except her spiritual transformation. Yet she was a privileged woman in that Christ confessed to her that He was indeed the Messiah which He did not usually confess even to His disciples, leaving them to discern for themselves the truth of His Godhead from His mighty works and miracles of mercy. Thus this woman has an individual prominence in that she was among the number who sought Him not (Isaiah 65:1 ). Further, He did not usually offer His gifts unasked, but waited until they were sought or importuned. Here He offered the woman the unspeakable gift of Himself. First of all, He asked relief of the woman, then He offered her relief, not common water to slake her thirst, but Himself, the Well of Everlasting Life.
Her Iniquity
What kind of a woman, morally, was this Samaritan water-carrier? When the disciples returned from their shopping errand they "marvelled that Jesus talked with the woman." Perhaps they were surprised to see Him talking in public with a woman, which was directly contrary to the Rabbinic precepts affirming that a man should not speak in public to his own wife, and that the words of the Law should be burned rather than taught publicly to a woman. Probably there were three reasons why the disciples marveled at the sight of Jesus and the Samaritan woman in earnest conversation. First, they wondered that He, as a Rabbi or Teacher sent from God, talked with her because she was only a woman. Second, because she was a Samaritan woman with whom no Jew should have dealings. Third, because she was a sinner. Some versions speak of her as "the woman of Samaria," and she was likely well-known because of her association with men.
As a Samaritan, this woman had and knew the Pentateuchal law against adultery. When Jesus found her she was living with a man who was not her husband, but He did not expose her sin to others. He wanted her to feel the sense of sin herself. So when she asked Jesus for the living water of which He spoke, He replied: "Go, call thy husband." Her life had to be a clean receptacle to hold the living spring, so Jesus revealed the foulness that had to be destroyed, and His thrust left its mark. Her past and present life had been laid bare by the omniscient Lord who said, "Thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband." If death had invaded her home upon five occasions, and the five men she had lived with in succession were actual husbands, she certainly did not gather praise for her five marriages. But to bury her fifth husband and go and live with a man who was not a husband, revealed how she had fallen into the depths of sin. We can imagine how the people of her locality avoided her because of her lack of feminine modesty and purity.
Behind the questions, "What seekest thou?" "Why talked thou with her?"-such a woman-is the thought that whatever His talk with such a woman, whose reputation the disciples may have heard about in the city, it must have been of the highest nature and was related to her spiritual welfare. Because those disciples believed that Jesus was perfect, and knew no sin, ulterior motives could not be ascribed to such a Holy One, as He talked with one whose sin became apparent in the white light of His holiness.
Her Ignorance
It is inferred that the woman complied immediately with the thirsty Man's request for a drink of refreshing water, even though she could see by His features and dress that He belonged to the nation who hated her people. As she drew water from the well she asked Him, "How is it that thou, being a Jew, asketh drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria?" Little did she realize that in her willingness to give the Jew a drink she was fulfilling the Christian law toward Him, "If he thirst-even if he is thine enemy-give him drink," and that cup of water she gave Him did not lose its reward (Matthew 10:42 ). Jesus answered the woman's question by bringing home to her mind her ignorance of the greatness of the One sitting at the well.
If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
What the Samaritan woman was so ignorant of was the fact that she had been coming daily to a deep well of water that had been God's gift of refreshment to man and beast since Jacob's time, yet there was a deeper well of spiritual truth so necessary for man's hidden needs, of which she was unconscious. She was a traveler in the journey of life, travel-stained by her sins, but had not discovered as yet the fountain opened for uncleanness. Instead of Christ begging her for a refreshing draught of water, she should have been beseeching Him for the unfailing supply of spiritual water from the eternal well.
From her ungracious manner and slur at Christ's people, she answered His comment in a tone of respect. There was something about His voice and manner that gripped her heart, and while she did not understand His message, she was conscious of its latent force, and felt that this traveler was no ordinary man. He seemed to speak with authority, and so passes in her address to Him from, "Thou, being a Jew"-the last word uttered in the tone of contempt-to the reverential, "Sir," Having had five husbands she was not easily worsted in conversation and wanted to know where was the better well than Jacob's from which the "living water" could be secured, and her ignorance begins to vanish as she asks Him, "Art thou greater than Jacob, our ancestor?"
Her Instruction
As the woman spoke of the deep well before her, and of Christ having no bucket to secure more vitalizing water from the depths of the well, Jesus, pointing to the ancient well, said, "Anyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but anyone who drinks of the water I shall give him will never thirst any more; the water I shall give him will turn into a spring of water, welling up to eternal life."
What Jesus supplied was not external water to satisfy the recurring physical need, but an internal and eternal source of unfailing spiritual, life-giving water. Such living water was a divine gift (Isaiah 55:1), was Christ Himself (John 4:10), easily reached-the woman walked far to reach Jacob's well, but the spiritual well is ever at hand-and a satisfying, unfailing gift for "whosoever drinketh" (Revelation 22:17 ). As light broke in upon her darkened mind, the woman replied to Christ's teaching, "Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw."
But a full understanding of His words was not yet hers. Still thinking of them in their physical sense, she thinks of toilsome hours and weary journeys that could be saved if only she knew the marvelous well the Stranger was speaking about. Jesus answered her request, and cut short her argument with a command that went straight to her heart: "Go, call thy husband and come hither." Our Lord wanted to turn her from a proud argumentative frame of mind to the humility of confession. Here was a sinful creature worth saving, but she must be made conscious of her sin, and when she humbly said, "I have no husband," she became a different woman.
Proceeding gently, Jesus replied, and revealed His omniscience as He unmasked her secret: "Thou hast well said ... For thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband."
The very wounds her shame would hide were seen by His all-searching eye, and her ignorance gives way to spiritual insight as she reverently confesses the prophetic gift of the One who knew all about her past and present life and asks Him to solve the problem of the right place of worship for both Jew and Samaritan. The woman was taken up with the place of worship, but Jesus sought to teach her that the spirit of worship is more important than the place. Alas, on any Lord's Day there are thousands in the place of worship as they gather in churches, but they are strangers to the spirit of worship which is related to the worship of God in spirit and in truth-worship inspired by the Holy Spirit in conformity to the truth of the Word.
It was to this woman that Jesus revealed the only basis of acceptable worship, and also the truth of His Messiahship. Perceiving that Jesus was a Prophet, the woman felt He knew the nature of true worship, namely, the spiritual worship of a spiritual Being not only at Jerusalem or Gerizim, but wherever there is a heart seeking Him. With her mind opening to Christ's instruction about spiritual worship, the Samaritan woman confessed the power of the coming Messiah to reveal all things, and perhaps now sensed that because the Jew before her had told her all things about her life, He must be the Messiah. Then came the dramatic word of Christ's claim, "I that speak unto thee am the Messiah." How privileged this sinful woman was to hear from the lips of Jesus Himself the divine secret of His Messiahship!
Her Influence
By the Spirit, the woman acknowledged the truth of Christ's Messiahship and Omniscience, and immediately became a powerful witness to her remarkable discovery. With her mind full of the new truth she had learned, she left her water-pot and, full of her great discovery, hurried back to the city. In her enthusiasm she left her water-pot behind as a pledge of her return, not only for natural water, but also for a further spiritual draught from the living well she had found in Christ. Reaching the city, she met the men who knew her only too well, and declared the truth she had learned of Christ's Messiahship. Because He had unveiled her past life, He must be the Christ for whom both Jew and Samaritan were looking.
Her ignorant mind had grasped the secret of true worship and of Christ's mission, and her instinct for telling news became apparent as with the passion of an evangelist she said, "Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" He had awakened her to a new and better life and such was the effect of her earnest witness that many of those Samaritans went out and came to Jesus at the well. For two days they listened to His teaching, and came to believe in Him, and accept Him as the Christ, the Saviour of the world. This was not only because of what His first native woman evangelist in Samaria had said of Him, but also because they had heard Him for themselves, and hearing, believed. In the glow of her newborn faith, the woman had to tell others and share with them all she had heard and experienced. Some four years later, when Philip the Evangelist came to preach "in many villages of the Samaritans," he doubtless met "the woman of Samaria" and realized how wonderfully the Holy Spirit had used her life and witness as well as the testimony of the Samaritans she had been the means of leading to Christ, to prepare the way for his miraculous ministry in Samaria. When the disciples returned from the city and saw Jesus talking with the woman, they knew what He meant by telling them that the fields were white already unto harvest. Because of the seed sown by the woman who, when she found the well, left her water-pot, Philip experienced a great ingathering of souls in Samaria, so much so that there was great joy in that city. The most joyful inhabitant was the woman who from her heart confessed, "Come see a man, who told me all things that ever I did; is not this the Christ?" (Acts 8:5-25). She had laid the foundation of that Samaritan Pentecost. At Jacob's well she saw Jacob's Star (Numbers 24:17), and ascending Jacob's Ladder ( John 1:51) became the means of others climbing to God.
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Josiah 
[Jōsīah] - the fire of the lord or jehovah supports.
The king of Judah who succeeded his father Amon, when only eight years old, and one of Judah's good kings (1 Kings 13:22 Chron. 34:3).
The Man Who Sought After God
The history of Israel's later kings makes dreary reading. Says J. G. Greenhough,
Four-fifths of them were equally deficient in brains and morals, a combination of wickedness and folly, with nothing of the king about them but the name. But here and there you come upon a man amidst all these royal puppets. It is like finding a garden in a Sahara, or a jewel in a heap of sham trinkets and dirty stage finery. Josiah breaks a long, monotonous series of absolutely worthless monarchs. Before and behind him are moral waste and darkness. He stands out as a figure worth looking at and loving ... Josiah's good reign was like a burst of brilliant sunset, before the final darkness comes on.
In a life worth studying, let us list a few incidents illustrating the noble character of Josiah.
He was left parentless at eight years of age. Josiah had a sorrowful childhood, and as a king at eight years of age, he was introduced to scenes of violence, outrage and civil war. But God was more than a Father to this fatherless boy.
He had a good and darling mother. We know nothing about the mother who undertook Josiah's training apart from her name, Jedidah, meaning, "God's darling," which she was not called for nought. She sought to make her son what she was called, "God's darling," and her labor had its sweet reward.
He sought after God at the age of sixteen. After sixteen years in the nursing hands of his good mother, Josiah turned from the ways of his father Amon and his grandfather Manasseh, and took his nobler and remoter ancestor, David, as his model. In life's fair morning, Josiah set his heart to seek the Lord.
He purged Judah and Jerusalem when he was twenty. Youth did not deter Josiah from necessary reformation. Out went all forms of idolatry. Borne along by a noble rage, he swept away the groves full of abominations. Would that the fervent zeal and righteous enthusiasm of this earnest, passionate young man might characterize more young men today!
He rebuilt the Temple when he was twenty-six. This consecrated young man saw that it was of no use destroying idols unless he had something better to replace them. Thus when his destroying fever had spent its force, Josiah began to rebuild and repair the house of God. In turning over the rubbish of the Temple, the king made a strange discovery. He came across a buried and forgotten copy of the Law, the reading of which strangely affected him. Profoundly humbled, he laid the axe to his own corruptions, and went forward to grow in wisdom and godliness.
He reigned for thirty-one years and was only thirty-nine when he died. That Josiah was beloved by his people is indicated by their deep and long-continued mourning after his death.
2. A son of Zephaniah who dwelt in Jerusalem in Zechariah's time (Zech. 6:10). Perhaps the Hen of verse fourteen.
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Today's reading: Exodus 25-26, Matthew 20:17-34 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Exodus 25-26

Offerings for the Tabernacle
The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. 3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze;4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece....

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 20:17-34

Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time
17 Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, 18 "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"


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