|—||Yes the guy accused by a whistleblower married to the vice-president of the organisation accusing him, a vice-president who was appointed by the current opposition leader who could profit from his leaving the house is “beyond censure”. For now.|
“I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons”
1979 radio interview with the then president of Sydney University’s SRC, one Tony Abbott
“Abbott’s speech on Thursday night had electrified his supporters. He slapped down the Prime Minister’s class war rhetoric
and asserted that governments should be “at least as interested in the creation of wealth as in its redistribution”.”
“Coalition stumbles over its $70 billion black hole”
“Hating Tories, redistributing wealth via postcode as Wayne Swan says, and dividing Australians by wealth was never going to inspire, and it takes a tin ear to try it.”
“The Opposition leader should “get off Sydney’s north shore and go talk to some real families”, Julia Gillard said last week, as part of a Labor strategy to re-animate its base.But the tactic only freed Abbott to highlight the previously unmentionable: the difference between his life as a family man with a hefty mortgage in suburban Sydney and the Prime Minister’s less typical experience as an unmarried, childless, career woman with tastes that run to $1800 Louis Vuitton briefcases.”
“the bushfire brigade volunteer who lives in an average house on which he once took out an extra mortgage to pay school fees when his pay dropped in opposition.”
“The compassionate conservative philosophy he mapped out
promises social cohesion, rather than division.
It melds aspiration with social justice
because “government should protect the vulnerable, not to create more clients of the state but to foster more self-reliant citizens”.”
“An implacable hatred for Tony Abbott drives Windsor, but the tide has turned and he’s on the wrong side of it.”
I’d rather be on the wrong side than on a right side that has Tony Abbott on it.
The pattern here is partisan abuse, hyperbole and misrepresentation.
“TONY Abbott has parroted a warning from a major union that the South Australian industrial city of Whyalla will be “wiped off the map” because of the government’s proposed carbon tax”
|—||Popular opposition? Abbott won the leadership from Turnbull by only 1 vote and Rudd’s poll numbers began to fall after he shelved the ETS.|
|—||I know how Neil Mitchell feels about the Prime Minister doesn’t reflect how I feel about her; and the polls often show that she’s preferred Prime Minister over Tony Abbott who the shock jocks treat like a son. As Bob Brown said the sexism directed at the Prime Minister comes from male “commentators” ie. the shock jocks; and their minuscule anti-carbon tax rallies show how fringe and unrepresentative of the majority of Australians they are.|
Even if the whole motel were booked out by the Department of Immigration, the price works out to be $440 per room, per night - or almost double the quoted rack rate of $235 for the motel’s most expensive room: a two-bedroom business suite. We should not be surprised at this laissez-faire attitude to taxpayers’ money - that is the hallmark of this Government and will be its lasting legacy.
““At the heart of our plan for a stronger economy is getting government spending down…” said Mr Abbott.
Presumably down from Howard government levels. In those 11 years there was not one in which government spending was reduced. It grew by an average of 3.7 per cent in its final five years. Current projections for spending growth have an average of 1.5 per cent. And for fond memories you don’t put into the economic equation a global recession which took more than $140 billion from the tax revenue of the new Labor government, a plunge more severe that anything which hit the Howard Budgets. Memories have to be selective to be attractive, as there are bits of the golden age which can never be polished, even by Mr Abbott. For example, the Regional Partnerships Program which ran for eight years makes Labor’s Building an Education Revolution scheme look like a a well-oiled economic mechanism of integrity and efficiency. The BER never funded a Queensland coastal hotel which boasted gaming and strippers, but a 2005 Senate inquiry was told that’s just what the RPP did. As the Auditor General reported in 2007 on the $330 million spent by the RPP, “The manner in which the program had been administered over the three year period to 30 June 2006 examined by ANAO had fallen short of an acceptable standard of public administration, particularly in respect to the assessment of grant applications and the management of funding agreements.”The audit found “instances where no application for funding was received prior to funding being approved”. They were instances either of psychic accounting or pure electoral pork barrelling.”
Usually Miranda has some posts posted on Saturday night ready for Sunday morning reading but today the post topping her blog is still the post posted on Tuesday about police taser use. I’m imagining Miranda poised over her laptop motionless because she is lost on how to respond to either or both of these issues:
- October 2nd 2011: Miranda responds to Susan Mitchell’s Tony Abbott A Man’s Man: “Seriously. Anyone who knows Abbott knows he is far from a misogynist. A loving husband and father of three girls, he has two sisters, and a mother who love him, and women in key roles in his office”.
- March 20th 2012: Miranda calls Germaine Greers “big arse” comments “the most pathetic criticism”, “gratuitous meanness” and “Because of her status as a feminist icon, Greer has legitimised every misogynist to attack Gillard’s appearance”.
- This week: “WOMAN AT COMMUNITY MEETING: “Get some of those jackets off her.” TONY ABBOTT: I know, I know, I know. Germaine Greer was right on that subject”.
- November 9th 2011: Miranda writes of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, “While no one denies how despicable were the practices uncovered there, they are a Fleet Street disease”.
- This week: “A secret unit within Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation promoted a wave of high-tech piracy in Australia that damaged Austar, Optus and Foxtel at a time when News was moving to take control of the Australian pay TV industry, a four-year investigation by The Australian Financial Review has revealed”.
““Oh no, look,” spluttered Oakeshott, “More than likely he would say no, he can’t command authority. But … the disappointing thing with the … Liberal party leadership is … it is more close to, you know, the BA Santamaria, the DLP view of the world, not true Liberal economics. It is closer to print-more-money economics.”
What’s he on about?
Abbott doesn’t advocate printing money. That’s Obama’s gig”
Windsor is making a crack about Abbott being like a DLP member a protectionist rather than a free market Liberal. Member’s of his own party feel this crack might be apt:
Former Howard minister Peter Reith: “Tony Abbott’s recent decision to change the onus on dumping reminds me of John Howard on protectionism before our election win in 1996, although John offered the reassurance that came with his generally pro-market values. My worry is not immediately the dumping decision, but what it says about the policy of an incoming Abbott government. Of course, anti-dumping provisions are allowed under WTO rules, but they have been often misused for protectionist interests. So any free trader will look very closely at anything called “anti-dumping”.”
In Sophie Mirabella’s words: “effective anti-dumping systems perform a crucial function in world trade by providing recourse against the insidious practice of dumping. This occurs where foreign producers attempt to sell their goods in overseas markets at a price below the one they would charge at home.”
and the American President has no power over the Federal Reserve except appointing the Fed board members who has to be approved by the Senate; thus a President advocating the Fed print money should have no affect.