Saturday Thought Bubbles

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Thought Bubbles. (What comes to mind)

Opinion Polls

If one overwhelmingly regards the opinion polls as being sacrosanct in determining who will win the election in September then you would have to concede that the LNP will win handsomely. However, if you are of the left and an optimist like me then you rely on your gut instincts. So for me (and I very well might be making a bad call) there is still much water to flow under the bridge. There will come a point in time when the electorate will have to consider three things. Firstly, Abbott’s policies and costings (of which to date only one major one has been announced) and secondly, what it is of Labor’s policies they are overwhelmingly prepared to forgo. And thirdly, Abbott’s character.

  1. Will they overwhelmingly reject the need for a better and more equal education system for their children and think that the Gonski report is not worthy of implementation despite it receiving loud applause from academics and the public. Remember the coalition had said they are happy with the current system?
  2. Will they overwhelmingly reject the need for an NDIS and be happy with the status quo. Again this policy has received widespread community support. The coalition while supporting it say it is not in their immediate plans?
  3. Will they overwhelmingly forgo any possibility that gay folk would ever achieve marriage equality?
  4. Will they overwhelmingly forgo any possibility that Australia might ever become a republic with its own head of state? Not even a plebiscite.
  5. Will they overwhelmingly think its fine for families to lose their school hand outs that help to pay for school fees etc?
  6. Will they overwhelmingly accept that a large portion of the population (3.6 million and mainly women) will have their taxes increased?
  7. Will they overwhelmingly say that they are not interested in a 3% increase in their superannuation?
  8. Will they overwhelming think its fine for the opposition to rip up the Murray Darling agreement?
  9. Will they overwhelmingly reject the governments handling of the economy which most observers believe to be amongst the best in the world? If not the best.
  10. Will they overwhelmingly want to get rid of the mining tax despite it having the potential, repeat potential to spread the wealth of the nation?
  11. Will they overwhelmingly say that they could not care less that between 13 and 20,000 public servants will lose their jobs?
  12. Will they overwhelmingly accept a second-rate broadband service where a third of the population will get nothing better than what the have now and that we would become a technological backwater?
  13. Will they reject a carbon pollution scheme that is demonstrably shown to be working?
  14. Do they truly want Barnaby Joyce as a future deputy PM?

Could they have already decided overwhelmingly to reject all this even without an opposition card on the table?

Now I could probably go on and some might also add some other policy areas but these suffice to make my point.

And of course we have a judge finding that members of a political party (The LNP) conspired with James Ashby to use the courts to bring a false claim against the speaker of the house with the eventual intent of bringing down the government. Do I take it that this means nothing to the electorate? And if the appeal fails will all be forgiven.

Is the public concerned at the AFPs reluctance to investigate? There seems to be an odd relationship between the Federal Police and the LNP.

Getting Gillard with the Pincer Movement.

Further to my recent article about the pincer movement on the Prime Minister, I found this floating around on the Internet. Rather reinforces mine and other people’s view that main stream media is biased.I could probably double this list for 2013.

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‘Facebook’ Why I bother’

On my Facebook page Everyday I post one of my quotes. People ask why I bother so here goes.

‘Facebook makes you dive into humanity, hear things you do not want to hear, and defend what you have to say .It is for those with opinions or for those without the courage to share them. And Fence sitters of course. It attracts the reasoned the unreasoned the civil and the uncivil. The biased and the unbiased. It is for people with ideas and sadly those without any. It whispers or shouts dissent. But mostly it’s a society of our own creation’

National Party

Can someone please explain to me the difference between a National Party member and a Liberal one?

Free Speech

If we were fair dinkum about free speech we would abolish phone bills. LOL.

The Political Malaise

Allow me to share this little story in order to illustrate the Australian political malaise. Recently I attended my grandchildren’s sports school sports day. There was a fairly large crowd that consisted mainly of women. I thought I would take the opportunity to ask a few people about the loss of the “School Kids Bonus”. So throughout the day I introduced myself to about 30 or so women. I said that I wrote for the AINM and asked the following question. “What do you think about Tony Abbott’s proposal to take away the “School Kids Bonus?” Now the comments from such a such a small sample can only be antidotal but at the same time revealing. There were various answers like “we will just have to cop it”. “Not much we can do about it”. And there were a couple of ladies who let me know what they thought of Tony Abbott with language that I could not repeat. Then there were those who felt they should get it but didn’t. But overwhelmingly what shocked me was the percentage of mothers who simply were not aware of Abbots proposal and then were appalled when I explained his policy. Typical answers from this group included. “Hardly ever watch the news. Don’t have time.” “When was that announced?”

PS. Each of my boys won three races each.

Yet another example of the political malaise permeating our country was a recent poll saying that 49% of people believe they receive no compensation for carbon pricing. The same amount believes cost of living has risen because of the tax by $20 a week. 5% polled are real nut jobs who believe the carbon tax has added $100 a week to their bills. Depressing isn’t it?

Then in another poll people were asked which party was best placed to handle a variety of different areas. Health, environment etc. Labor came out well on top in most categories but when asked their voting intentions, they said LNP. How apathetic is the electorate?

Then during the week I spoke to a friend who works in Childcare. She was unaware of the governments proposal to allocate $300 million over two years to a wage augmentation package designed to boost take-home pay in the child-care industry. Resulting in a well overdue wage increase.

Then I spoke to a family member from the left who said we didn’t have a hope in hell of winning the election. At the end of a few questions it was obvious he was a victim of MSM deceit and needed a decent jab of my anti MSM virus.

Fair dinkum. Do people really deserve a vote?

Tony Abbott

The opposition leader, Dr No has stated he intends to repeal everything. I wonder it that includes bananas? LOL.

Funding Gonski and the NDIS

The current superannuation tax concessions mean that the best paid Australians are effectively avoiding paying tax.

The fifteen billion dollars in super tax concessions given to the richest 10% of Australians is enough to fully fund all recommendations from the Gonski Report, implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and still have change left over! (3 billion goes to the top 1%).

Or look at it this way. The top 10% of earners receive 30% of govt concessions for super. The bottom 10% receive 0%. The system was set up so it would take the pressure off the pension scheme. But those top 10% of earners were never going to need a pension as they have more than enough money.. The average top 10% guys get around $11K from the govt every year, just handed to them.

It’s time a government with its back to he wall made some tough decisions in this area.The money that could be used to make massive overhauls in healthcare, education and social welfare is instead lining the pockets of those who already have enough.

Now I read that Abbott after having called this proposal class warfare will not rescind Labor legislation in the May budget. Bloody confusing that.

Alan Austin – John Lord. A short conversation.

John:
Alan, I hate to impose yet again but I am looking for some insight into what happens in a newsroom. Do journalists have total independence to write according to their own conscience or are they instructed to toe a certain editorial policy. Or are they naturally inclined that way? Does seniority play a part or indeed popularity? Can you explain how it all comes together? If you have time.

Alan:
Will respond fully a bit later.
Great question.
Do journalists have total independence to write according to their own conscience?
No. Limited by several factors, including the broad philosophy of the organisation and the specific requirements of the day.
Are they instructed to toe a certain editorial policy?
Yes, they are. But this is often subtle. Frequently it is conveyed just with a nod and a wink.
Or are they naturally inclined that way?
Yes also. Most news outfits only employ those who already fit the direction the newsroom takes.
Does seniority play a part or indeed popularity?
Yes. Both.
Can you explain how it all comes together?
Yes. Will reflect on this and see if I can come up with examples.
Two resources for now, John:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/27/rupert-murdoch-battle?INTCMP=SRCH
and
http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=27274
Cheers for now, John.
AA
My battles with Rupert Murdoch
http://www.guardian.co.uk
Bruce Guthrie: Murdoch will tolerate competition, but prefers market dominance. Monopoly? Even better.

Alan Austin is a former National Times journalist. He now writes freelance.

Whoops the bubble burst.

Bye for now.



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36 replies

  1. Murdoch does own a lot of the paper newspaper channels…. so what ?
    Journalism is a bit like most other goods and services – it’s a product/service that operates in a free market – except of course for the ABC which used to be a flagship of objectivity and is now a U-boat for the left ….

    So we – the consumer (do you know that word Johnlord) – decide where we get our information. So for example I have stopped buying the SMH because it has become so left leaning (a choice they made), and I now am subscribed to the Australian (a brilliant and objective newspaper) …

    So now you see how it works johnlord and how it should work….UNLESS of course the government interferes … and tells people what to and what not to write… which is exactly what federal labor had a go at.

    Thank god our free market is still powerful enough (at this stage) to repel efforts to ‘communise’ it’s information and news …

    The sentence I hate most from the redhead is (please read with that ridiculous twain that she has when she shrills and speaks)… “We do this in the best interest of the Austrailean people” … as if we need her Nanny State !

    It’s the free market mechanism of course (something lefties don’t understand very well)…

  2. John, excellent. This is something that needs spread far and wide..the consequences of an Abbott led government..the facts of the matter. So far the debate has been opinion versus opinion, but what we most definitely need is to have The Facts; so that the electorate can make an informed choice.

  3. Miglo. Could you fix the pic and perhaps bold the sub heads?

  4. Dirk and,

    Murdoch does own a lot of the paper newspaper channels…. so what ?
    Journalism is a bit like most other goods and services – it’s a product/service that operates in a free market..

    That’s a bit like saying I’m only going to eat Generic Brand from Woolies, I don’t need any choices…

  5. And it left of a chart under Getting Gillard.

  6. That is a fantastic read John. God save us if TA’s crew get in.

    As I have said before on here, the MSM bang on about the loss of free speech but then paywall their sites (if you are prepared to pay to comment) and then moderate to such a degree that if you say something opposed to what they have said, it is deleted. Is that FREE SPEECH? NO.

    Dirk, yawn….. Oh look we allow free speech here, your idiotic comment is still here!

  7. First time I have ever heard newspapers called channels. But that’s Dirk I suppose. He’s hard to take seriously when he believes the Australian constitution guarantees free speech.

  8. Min, spot on

  9. Yes I thought channels was a weird way of putting it. That seems to be Dirk dastard-lies motive when here

  10. Terrific thought bubble, John. Agree totally. Many people are their own worst enemy especially when it comes to believing the total crap called opinion & news in The Australian & other News Ltd dross.

    Dirk’s puerile little contribution is surely satire.

  11. Yes no one should fall for Dirks trap and get sucked in. I think the poor chap suffers from intellectual retardation.

  12. Miglo. I emailed the chart.

  13. Dirk’s words….

    and I now am subscribed to the Australian (a brilliant and objective newspaper) …

    The sentence I hate most from the redhead is (please read with that ridiculous twain that she has when she shrills and speaks)

    Speaks volumes about Dirk

  14. Agree totally, TheMcIntyre00. Dirk is a known flamer who likes to stir the pot & get posters upset. He fails miserably in this endeavour & is best ignored to leave him to play with himself.

  15. Thanks John, another wonderful article being read by thousands as we speak at TAWNBP. Here’s a few things to add showing the advantages to the wealthy of Coalition policy

    Private Health Insurance Rebate for those on over 260,000
    Paid parental leave of $2884 a week for those on over 150,000
    Childcare cash rebate for private nannies
    You mentioned superannuation tax cuts for those on over 300,000

    And the truly amazing part is they have the average worker screaming out for these changes.

    As Malcolm Turnbull said last year “Dumbing down complex issues into sound bites, misrepresenting your or your opponent‟s policy does not respect “Struggle Street”, it treats its residents with contempt.”

  16. As for Dirk’s comments, how do you answer someone who gets their “news” from the Australian and thinks they are getting an “objective” view of anything. I wonder if he actually read your article John because he didn’t seem to address any of the issues you raised but launched straight into the “freedom of the press, nanny state, free market, personal abuse” script.

  17. He does that. Just ignore and he will probably go back into his hole.

  18. Difference between the National Party and the Liberal Party??

    Barnaby Joyce. 😛 😛

  19. Is that the Chatanooga choo choo. I hope Tony Windsor annihilates him!

  20. I saw a photo of a sign that said:

    “NEWS: RICH PEOPLE PAYING RICH PEOPLE TO TELL MIDDLECLASS PEOPLE TO BLAME POOR PEOPLE”

    Just about sums it up I’d say.

  21. Great post John… Those bubbles rise from the toxic sludge that personifies the MSN; especially the murdocholy, with a noxious gas stupefying the gullible masses. Look no further than Dirk as a great example of Zombie politics.

    Murdoch does own a lot of the paper newspaper channels…. so what ? Journalism is a bit like most other goods and services – it’s a product/service that operates in a free market –…

    Unaccountable and self-regulated with a huge market dominance? Next you will be telling me Woolworths is great for competition.

    Thank god our free market is still powerful enough (at this stage) to repel efforts to ‘communise’ it’s information and news …

    Communism? God? Really? Obviously you do not understand anything about free market economics, which are in fact level playing fields. Dominance of a market by Oligopoly is the furthest thing from a “free market” economy you could site. News LTD personifies Anarcho-capitalism with Oligopoly domination that subverts democracy by stealth. Who can compete?

    except of course for the ABC which used to be a flagship of objectivity and is now a U-boat for the left

    Really? Vanstone, Reith, the IPA? Dirk it is obvious you are either

    A: Not watching the ABC

    or

    B: on prick your ears up selectively at the anti.

    I can only describe you comments to Johns thought provoking post as having the same puerile opinion as option B.

    Quite frankly any who describes the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Julia Gillard MP as “that redhead” and is happy with the Australian as an excellent newspaper is more sheep than critical thinker.

  22. Barnaby Joyce has to be preselected first. He missed out the first time when the New England Nats selected Richard Torbay instead of Barnaby. 😆 They know Barnaby all too well in New England. 🙂 Even his mum voted for Tony Windsor, apparently.

    That sign does say it all Jennifer, unfortunately. Trouble is that it will be the poorer people who will vote in the scurrilous LNP as Murdoch, Jones, Hadley, Bolt et al have told them to do so.

  23. John Lord wrote:

    But that’s Dirk I suppose. He’s hard to take seriously when he believes the Australian constitution guarantees free speech.

    John, I’ve noticed with amusement that you keep demanding an “apology” from Dirk Rossey re: this alleged claim by Dirk on the Australian constitution. This must be the 4th or 5th time you’ve returned to this.

    But one slight problem, John – he never made any claim about what was in the Australian constitution.

    Back on your article Media Bias and Free Speech, Dirk commented:

    John Lord… nice ramble… but your fundamental premise is wrong…

    In your last para of your ramble you state that ….”In a democracy the right to free speech in given by the people through the government.”… well my left wing buddy… that’s where you’re FUNDAMENTALLY wrong… In a communist-leaning country the right to free speech is given by the people through the government…. .

    In a REAL and TRUE democracy the right to free speech in given by the people through the constitution, the constitution, constitution.

    He didn’t say “Australia has this”. He’s expressing the opinion that a “REAL and TRUE democracy” has this. Thus, he appears to be of the opinion that Australia is not a “REAL and TRUE democracy”.

    Now, that opinion is certainly further than I would go. But I will admit to sharing a fervent desire that our Free Speech rights were explicitly enshrined in our Constitution, thus protecting them from the predations of any future desperate panic-stricken government. I lament that they are not.

    Given the behaviour of our current desperate panic-stricken government, I don’t want to live through this sort of autocratic-wannabe nonsense again.

    But back to Dirk…

    You’re mis-interpreting his comment completely, John. So you might want to give the “Dirk owes me an apology” rot a rest.

    (And that’s assuming your “outrage” is genuine in the first place, of which I am not entirely convinced based on past form.)

  24. One has to really stretch ones imagination and understanding of the English language to get to the conclusion of the above comment.

    John, I will stick with your interpretation of the previous comments, yes you are entitled to an apology.

  25. Hmmm Crash Skeptic. Haven’t noticed John “keeping on demanding an apology” from Dirk either, certainly not in this blog. Then again that is typical.of the distortions & untruths common to the current MSM when talking of our current Federal government which seems to have rubbed off on to yourself.

    The only section of our community which appears to be panic-stricken is the MSM & the shock jocks frothing away corrupting people’s minds.

  26. Fed Up wrote:

    One has to really stretch ones imagination and understanding of the English language to get to the conclusion of the above comment.

    John, I will stick with your interpretation of the previous comments, yes you are entitled to an apology.

    Oh Fed Up/Catching Up, your unceasing dishonesty is eye-rollingly boring. I swear you would claim a pineapple was a giraffe if it allowed you to disagree with Conservatives.

    Dirk’s comments is quoted above in black-and-white. As is John’s ludicrous (mis) “interpretation”.

    So if this requires you to “stretch ones imagination and understanding of the English language”, then I suggest you brush up on your reading-skills.

    Now in any case, you should already have a pretty clear idea of my opinion of your honesty/integrity (lack thereof).

    Your disgusting and dishonest claims about Abbott’s teenage pregnancy/relationship quite frankly bordered on defamation. This is a fate you are only spared because you are an anonymous pensioner mouthing off on a small niche blog. If you had any kind of profile, you’d probably have ended up in court.

    Given this (and your “protected species” status with the Mods), I long ago decided you were not worth the effort of interacting with.

    But in the last week, you’ve directly commented twice on my comments. So if you please, do me a favour FU/CU and… don’t. (and if you just can’t resist, don’t expect any replies).

    Because we have nothing to discuss. Not now. Nor in the future.

  27. The sound of one hand clapping. I was going to respond but decided against it. I am fascinated by why people on the right believe they are in some sort of fight and need to be abusive. But seeing as you have decided to leave I wish you all the best.

  28. John Lord wrote:

    The sound of one hand clapping. I was going to respond but decided against it.

    Which translates as:
    – you’ve been mis-representing another person for a week-and-a-half in five seperate posts.
    – you’ve been caught out, and you can’t even begin to think of an excuse for your behaviour.

    I am fascinated by why people on the right believe they are in some sort of fight and need to be abusive.

    And I am fascinated by people (of any persuasion) who can behave dishonestly, lie about others and then “play the victim” when their behaviour is pointed out to them.

    Despite being the perpetrator, you’re now attempting to disingenuously pretend you’ve been abused (despite the fact the strongest language I used was the word “ludicrous”).

    You certainly have some chutzpah, John.

    But seeing as you have decided to leave I wish you all the best.

    John, do you actually read a post before responding?

    I said to FU/CU that given her history of making disgusting, defamatory attacks, I did not regard it as worth interacting with her. I did not say I was was leaving.

    So John, I trust you will stop mis-representing Dirk’s comments now? Yes??

  29. Do you have a name I can call you?

  30. Crash – Dirk is consistently rude and needlessly abrasive. If he indeed wanted to ‘convert’ or ‘converse’ he would not take the tone he does.

    If, as you claim, he is merely misunderstood, then Dirk evident has major difficulties making himself understood – because it’s not one nor two that find him offensive and demeaning to the thread but most. May I suggest thet he begins by mastering the English language with all it’s intonations and subtlety before he makes more comments.

    Personally, I rather think Dirk enjoys being rubbished and criticised, perhaps he is the type who likes to be spanked!?

  31. John Lord wrote:

    Do you have a name I can call you?

    Yes, “Crash Skeptic”. Or “CS” is fine.

    Oh and John if this was the opening gambit of an evasion along the lines of “Why don’t people use their real full names on a blog”, etc routine – don’t bother.

    Unless you are, of course, willing to apply the same standard to “Miglo”, “Min”, “Catching Up/Fed Up”, “Bacchus”, “TB Queensland”, “730reportland”, “Truth Seeker”, “pterosaur1”, “Teddysea”, “LOVO”, “Col”, “lmrh5”, “Jason”, “glow”, “Cuppa”, “ktagh”, etc, etc, etc….

    Not that it matters now, John – the censors are back. 🙂 So is it you did the deleting, John? Or was it Miglo or Min?

    It’s amusing that left-wing posters here can abuse like troopers and call people “fuckwits” and “scum”, etc and nothing happens.

    Hell, I even noticed some right-wing posters are going around insulting people’s personal lives and calling people “losers” and are still here. (I guess it helps re-enforce that “nasty right-winger” theme you guys want to perpetuate!)

    But the moment, a conservative pops up and posts precise, to-the-point, factual criticisms, and posts direct links, etc – and without using any foul language at all – well, you guys fall over yourself to find the delete button.

    There seems to be nothing you guys find more frightening than clearly-presented facts and accountability. 🙂

    In the past, you remarked that you worked in “marketing/advertising”. Well if it’s you doing the deleting, I would observe that your behaviour here would appear to be simply an extension of your previous career…

    Because when you’re running a “front-site”, I guess it’s all about “the narrative”, eh John? Facts be damned?

    I’d note this blog is a miniature example of what Conroy and Gillard wanted to do to the Free Press. It seems the Left is never comfortable except when it’s in charge and setting the rules, and can thus hobble the freedoms of others. Thank god those autocratic measures got junked!

    Anyway, roll on September 🙂

  32. Alison White writes:

    Crash – Dirk is consistently rude and needlessly abrasive.

    Perhaps he is. If so, feel free to call him on it as much as you want.

    But fabricating false claims that “Dirk said XYZ about the Australian constitution” as John Lord did – no, that is not justified.

    And frankly, that’s exactly the sort of behaviour that provokes people into becoming “rude and abrasive”. It’s not the first time I’ve seen the regulars/mods do this. It’s quite frequent.

    Now I was absent when Dirk appeared, so for all I know he may have started off reasonably enough and then after realizing he was being trolled by the regulars/mods, thought “stuff it” and became rude back.

    That’s just speculation, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

    Because although you wouldn’t have experienced it, Alison, the AIMN Moderators severely stack the deck against those who don’t tow the line here.

    If, as you claim, he is merely misunderstood

    I didn’t claim Dirk is “misunderstood”, or anything generalized like that.

    I made a very specific claim – that a specific poster, John Lord, was repeatedly making a specific false allegation (that Dirk claimed the Aus. constitution protected Free Speech). Given John carried on with this for a full week-and-a-half, I told John to give it a rest.

    And for that, I’ve been blocked (at normal address).

    Here’s some food for thought for you, Alison:
    – Dirk is (in your words) “consistently rude and needlessly abrasive” and yet he was able to keep posting.
    – My own posts with precise, to-the-point, factual criticisms (with no foul language) gets me blocked….

    Don’t you find that strange, Alison?

    Alison – what you read here is not reality, nor even the sum total of what people are actually posting – it is the censored/edited version of what the Moderators want you to see.

    Perhaps this may offer an insight to you, Alison, of why many Australians were horrified by the Gillard government’s attempt to introduce media censorship – and why, for some of us, it is the single biggest reason for voting this government out.

    The worse you will ever have to fear from the likes of me, Alison, is disagreement and counter-argument.

    But from the likes of AIMN owners/moderators and indeed the Gillard government, people should fear censorship, and indeed prosecution for expressing themselves.

    Perhaps you’ve long believed that Conservative voters are all monsters? Well, I can guarantee you that through selective and biased editing/censorhip the Moderators here will do everything they can to encourage that belief.

    It’s up to you if you want to ever want to choose for yourself, and expose yourself to counter-arguments – to “pick the red pill” so to speak – and then make up your own mind.

  33. It appears that Cory Bernardi is getting his army out in full. they are popping up everywhere.

    I wish he would give them a few new scripts. The present scripts are long in the tooth and becoming very boring and tedious to read.

  34. How true that is, Fed up. They spout the same predictable guff over & over. Typical of their monocular vision.

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