Thought Bubbles. (What comes to mind)
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.
- 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?
- 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?
- Will they overwhelmingly forgo any possibility that gay folk would ever achieve marriage equality?
- Will they overwhelmingly forgo any possibility that Australia might ever become a republic with its own head of state? Not even a plebiscite.
- Will they overwhelmingly think its fine for families to lose their school hand outs that help to pay for school fees etc?
- Will they overwhelmingly accept that a large portion of the population (3.6 million and mainly women) will have their taxes increased?
- Will they overwhelmingly say that they are not interested in a 3% increase in their superannuation?
- Will they overwhelming think its fine for the opposition to rip up the Murray Darling agreement?
- 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.
- 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?
- Will they overwhelmingly say that they could not care less that between 13 and 20,000 public servants will lose their jobs?
- 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?
- Will they reject a carbon pollution scheme that is demonstrably shown to be working?
- 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.
‘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’
Can someone please explain to me the difference between a National Party member and a Liberal one?
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?
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.
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.
Will respond fully a bit later.
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?
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:
Cheers for now, John.
My battles with Rupert Murdoch
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.