Category: Australian Politics

Victorian ReachTEL poll: 51-49 to Labor, and time running out for upper house reform

A Victorian ReachTEL poll for The Age, conducted July 5 from a sample of 1,500, gave Labor a 51-49 lead. Primary votes were 39.4% Coalition, 35.4% Labor, 10.5% Greens, 3.6% One Nation, 2.8% Shooters and 3.5% undecided. The Victorian election will be held on November 24.

via Victorian ReachTEL poll: 51-49 to Labor, and time running out for upper house reform

Latham and Hanson: we know how this political relationship will end

“Mark Latham has fallen out with everyone he’s ever worked with and Pauline Hanson has fallen out with everyone she’s ever worked with.”

And now, of course, Latham, once a man the Labor Party thought should be prime minister, and Hanson, who the Liberal Party once preselected as its candidate for federal parliament, are working together.

via Latham and Hanson: we know how this political relationship will end

Australians don’t trust politicians, but the pollies don’t appear fussed – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Why don’t they and their parties get the message to provide a public service and not just service the public? (ODT)

But no matter how we finely slice these data, they all point to one overarching trend: citizens in democracies are expecting more from their political systems and political leaders, and they are increasingly underwhelmed by what they see.

via Australians don’t trust politicians, but the pollies don’t appear fussed – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Truth tampering – a sinister political reality – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australians were justifiably shocked, appalled and embarrassed by the ball tampering our test cricketers attempted last month in South Africa. Somehow, better was expected of them. After all, they were playing the gentlemen’s game – cricket – where any cheating was simply ‘not cricket’.

Why then are we not even more disgusted by the truth tampering our politicians perpetrate day after day? We ought to be! But we seem to accept it as the norm. We allow them to lie to us with scarcely a murmur of protest.

The motive behind their tampering is the same: an insatiable desire to win, win, win at any cost; to utterly defeat the enemy. 2353NM expanded on this theme in his insightful piece: A Winning Culture.

via Truth tampering – a sinister political reality – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott’s Latrobe Valley cycle timed for Turnbull’s Newspoll black day – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tony Abbott cycling

One Liberal moderate bluntly characterises the “Monash Forum”, which burst into the energy debate this week, as “the deplorables trying to give themselves a credible front”.

Whatever else it might be, the so-called forum is Tony Abbott’s latest weapon in baiting the Turnbull bear.

via Tony Abbott’s Latrobe Valley cycle timed for Turnbull’s Newspoll black day – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Turnbull had his chance to be a moral force – now he’s just a spent one

The Liberal Party has no compelling alternative to Turnbull. If it did, he’d be long gone. But it has three aspiring alternatives. The most obvious is the least plausible, Tony Abbott, who, in the Easter spirit of resurrection, this week offered as a political rule that “you’re always better the second time around”. The voters don’t intend to give him the chance and neither do his colleagues.

The most plausible is Julie Bishop. Of the Liberal leadership contenders, she is the only one who could credibly improve the Coalition’s vote and win an election. She is the champion of Liberal moderates and demonstrates her star power every time she visits a colleague’s electorate to campaign for them, which she does tirelessly.

Turnbull had his chance to be a moral force when he first took the prime ministership. But when he abandoned every big cause he’d ever championed during his three decades in the public eye – the republic, climate change and gay marriage – and accepted the Abbott policy settings as a condition of taking the job, he lost every skerrick of moral authority with the people.

via Turnbull had his chance to be a moral force – now he’s just a spent one

Fractured Coalition lost in the wilderness

 

Labor has a unifying sense of purpose around the “fairness” theme that has been Shorten’s rallying cry ever since his budget reply speech in 2014. The constant disagreement in the Labor ranks over asylum seeker policy, likely to trigger another argument at the national conference in Adelaide in July, is one of the few flashpoints in a caucus that is remarkably solid when it makes big calls on economic or budget policies. This is not a verdict on those policies; it is an assessment of Labor’s cohesion and political strength.

via Fractured Coalition lost in the wilderness

Politicians should rely more on science, less on populist gut feelings

And New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ahern said she would go beyond GDP and other purely economic measurements to look at how New Zealand society is progressing.

Relying on purely economic measurements allows governments to almost ignore their main purpose – improving people’s lives. If something is not measured it can be ignored.

As it happens, early this decade the Australian Bureau of Statistics began what Ahern wants to do. It set out to measure Australia’s progress. It did a wide consultation on what mattered to Australians. Economics was just one of four main areas of concern. The others were society, environment and governance.

Since then, we may have progressed economically, but regress has been the mark of the other areas.

Pertinently, regress in governance included the Coalition Government squeezing the ABS so much financially (and probably otherwise) that it was forced to abandon the Measuring Australia’s Progress program altogether.

via Politicians should rely more on science, less on populist gut feelings

Australian politics a slut shaming disgrace

It should not come as a surprise that the conservative forces in society hold conservative views about women. These views express the oppression of women under capitalism, and their role as the unpaid bearers and carers of the next generation of workers.

Only a mass movement of women, the women’s liberation movement, challenged this and won, admittedly, partial victories. However, until the role of women as the brood mares for capitalism is fundamentally challenged, women will continue to be oppressed.

via Australian politics a slut shaming disgrace

A new enemy now lives in the PM’s camp

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Third is that Turnbull has created a determined new enemy in the Coalition’s ranks. Joyce is furious that Turnbull condemned him so publicly, and is convinced that Turnbull’s office went on to leak against him. Joyce will now join Tony Abbott on the backbench and on a mission to destroy Turnbull.

Turnbull had his 10 minutes of virtue-signalling and his 15 minutes of publicity. Now he will have a lifetime enemy inside his own Coalition. Another one.

via A new enemy now lives in the PM’s camp

Wayne Swan on retirement, Abbott, Turnbull and right-wing radicalisation

[Former PM] Tony Abbott and a group of extreme right-wing thugs conducted one of the most vicious and destructive scare campaigns in modern history on deficit and debt — which has since doubled and even tripled, in some years … And they have been aided by the Murdoch press, which has acted as a cheer squad and echo chamber.

via Wayne Swan on retirement, Abbott, Turnbull and right-wing radicalisation

“THE BONKING BEETROOT”: Deputy PM and “homewrecker” Barnaby Joyce allegedly may have traded sex for favours with powerful Canberra lobbyist – True Crime News Weekly

Shari Markson from Murdoch’s stable didn’t break the Barney Story but did raise it to political thunder to discredit Malcolm Turnbull our PM

Only after billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch gave the nod to his News Corp foot soldiers last week to proceed with publishing the truth about some of the scandals surrounding Mr Joyce, did other journalists suddenly somehow discover their reporting mojo and investigative capabilities.

 

Rupert Murdoch
Media mogul and political kingmaker Rupert Murdoch (Commons)

Over the past week, news headlines in Australia have involved almost nothing else apart from the struggles facing Mr Joyce. The headlines have even travelled around the world with media in the USA and UK reporting on Mr Joyce’s troubles and travails. Clearly and obviously this story was in the public interest. But why not in October and November last year when Mr Joyce was facing an important by-election in New England caused by his own ignorance of his citizenship status?

via “THE BONKING BEETROOT”: Deputy PM and “homewrecker” Barnaby Joyce allegedly may have traded sex for favours with powerful Canberra lobbyist – True Crime News Weekly

Political advisers: a case of who you know, not what you know?

Barnaby Joyce (far left) in June last year with media adviser Vikki Campion (far right).

I don’t think I properly understood before that the hiring of political staffers is arbitrary and without scrutiny. One of Australia’s leading researchers in this area, Maria Maley, also at the ANU, has comprehensively reviewed federal political advisers in Australia. The news isn’t good. She describes advisers as “a cadre separate from the public service … partisan”. Under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act, they are employed personally by ministers but their salaries are paid by the taxpayer.

Maley says one of the negative features of Australia’s arrangements is the secrecy surrounding the identity of ministerial staff. We don’t really know who they are, how they got there and why they were chosen. It’s awful.

Maley says the Coalition, under former prime minister John Howard, ditched the practice of naming advisers; and their identities are not readily publicly available. Everyone in Parliament House knows but not us. We pay the bills but we don’t know who they are.

via Political advisers: a case of who you know, not what you know?

Malcolm Turnbull’s dilemma as Barnaby Joyce becomes a liability

PM's office says Vikki Campion jobs did not breach rules because she was not Barnaby Joyce's 'partner'

The grounds for removal are arguably already there. Not only is there the distraction but there is also the revelation that Joyce failed to inform the PM of his changed circumstances including that his new partner was a staff member – a notification to the PM is required under the ministerial code of conduct

via Malcolm Turnbull’s dilemma as Barnaby Joyce becomes a liability

Australian Values? What Can I Say? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian Values:  Remember when it used to be Simpson and his donkey now it’s Matthew Guy is a donkey

So, in Victoria, Matthew “The Family” Guy has announced that Victorian schools will be instructed to teach “Australian values” under a Liberal Government, as well as getting rid of all this trendy nonsense of teaching about sustainability, Asia and aboriginal history. Of course, Safe Schools goes because an Australian environment needs to be dangerous and there’s also going to be a greater concentration on “literacy, numeracy and writing.” Writing, of course, being a totally separate thing from literacy.

via Australian Values? What Can I Say? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Victorians scared to go to restaurants at night because of street gang violence: Peter Dutton

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

“Peter Dutton has blasted the Victorian Labor government over African street crime, claiming residents of Australia’s second-largest city were scared to go out to restaurants at night.” The Age

 

Dutton is a perfect example of why we ought to be ashamed of our government. Democracy is diminished when Australia’s media play to and deliver this degree of misinformation by a leading Cabinet MP. Dutton an ex cop  from Qld is basically calling Victorian  police the Premier’s marionettes. In fact he’s calling all of Victoria’s educated experts on crime liars.

Dutton should refer to their Royal Commission on Youth Justice and the Australian ABS before opening their mouths and delivering BS and false facts. Potato Head Dutton ex Sargent it seems is ignorant about his own states crime stats when discussing Melbourne. It is shameful and represents the quality of the man who was once a cop and is now in charge of Homeland Security. He didn’t know what was going on during b\”Boomgate” and seems to know even less now.

From ABS the Australian Beareau of  Statistics shows Victoria’s criminal offenders decreased by 3,442 less than Qld’s Mr Dutton going down in numbers. While Dutton’s LNP cut funding to the state by $75 mill.

OFFENDER NUMBERS INCREASED IN ALMOST ALL STATES AND TERRITORIES

  • Victoria was the only state or territory in which the number of offenders decreased between 2014–15 and 2015–16, with a decrease of 3,163 offenders (or 4%).
  • Over the same period the number of offenders increased in:
      • New South Wales (by 3,905 offenders or 3%)
      • South Australia (by 2,254 offenders or 5%)
      • Western Australia (by 1,322 or 3%)
      • Northern Territory (by 279 offenders or 2%)
      • Queensland (by 245 offenders or 0.2%)
      • Australian Capital Territory (by 125 offenders or 5%)
      • Tasmania (by 49 offenders or 0.5%)

Victorians scared to go to restaurants at night because of street gang violence: Peter Dutton

The Life of Brian to be outlawed? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

3 Card Monty of Politics

So, if you were Scott Morrison wouldn’t you adopt the look over there policy and redirect the national focus away from fiscal management and call for us to rally under another banner for a new cause, in this case a religious crusade?

via The Life of Brian to be outlawed? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Hunting of the Sam

The charge that Sam Dastyari was actively undermining our security agencies is a ludicrous beat-up that could have easily been exposed by any serious journalist who looked into the story, writes Dr Barry Hindess.

Why are all these peoplcoming out to support Sam when the die has been cast????

The Hunting of the Sam

Greens single out 13 companies that paid no tax yet donated to major parties | Australia news | The Guardian

Sarah Hanson-Young, Richard Di Natale and Adam Bandt

“This information exposes that simply cracking down on foreign donations will not end the influence of big money over our political system,” he said. “Until we reform our entire donations system, Labor and the Liberals are simply propping this broken system upGreens single out 13 companies that paid no tax yet donated to major parties | Australia news | The Guardian

Day to Day Politics: Labor (nationally) the big winner in Queensland – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“James Ashby, Pauline Hanson’s right-hand man, driver of the Battler’s Bus and guest on the Nine panel, sought to calm the former senator, who was found by the High Court to hold dual Australian-British citizenship, however much he had denied it.

“You’ve done an exceptional job,” said Ashby. “This is a much better result than your Senate campaign.”

“Well, quite. Roberts spent his brief and strange career in the Senate having got precisely 77 personal votes.”

via Day to Day Politics: Labor (nationally) the big winner in Queensland – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Julie Bishop could lead Liberals to victory at the next election

She sits in the national security subcommittee of the cabinet and has run Australia’s external intelligence agency with aplomb. While she has her detractors inside the government, Labor strategists have a healthy regard for her electoral appeal. She is the only Liberal who makes them nervous and may induce voters to take another look at this government and to scrutinise Bill Shorten one last time before electing him.

Source: Julie Bishop could lead Liberals to victory at the next election

Our politicians show an alarming ignorance of the separation of powers | Josh Bornstein | Opinion | The Guardian

Three Turnbull ministers have expressed regret but refused to apologise for their criticism of terror sentencing when hauled before the Victorian supreme court

Source: Our politicians show an alarming ignorance of the separation of powers | Josh Bornstein | Opinion | The Guardian

Turnbull swerves from Mr Globalisation to ‘Australia first’ – but will voters buy it? | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

While it’s clear the government isn’t really abolishing anything, other than the title of the 457 visa, the change in rhetoric is another of the PM’s whiplash-inducing political transitions

Source: Turnbull swerves from Mr Globalisation to ‘Australia first’ – but will voters buy it? | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

For the sake of our children and our planet, we must demand better – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In 2012, former judge and anti-corruption campaigner, Tony Fitzgerald, wrote an article titled The body politic is rotten in which he espoused the view that “ethics, tolerance and civility are intrinsic elements of democratic society and that the politicians’ mutual contempt and aggressive, “end justifies the means” amorality erodes respect for authority and public institutions…

Source: For the sake of our children and our planet, we must demand better – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Secret recording raises new questions over denial of ‘deal’ between One Nation and LNP – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Further evidence emerges in relation to claims about discussions of a private deal between One Nation and the LNP ahead of the next Queensland election.

Source: Secret recording raises new questions over denial of ‘deal’ between One Nation and LNP – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Inside the sick, sad world of the Q Society and the Australian Liberty Alliance | The Saturday Paper

In the wake of their controversial fundraising dinners, the Q Society explain their roots and their paranoid vision of Australia’s future.

Source: Inside the sick, sad world of the Q Society and the Australian Liberty Alliance | The Saturday Paper

The rise of political staffers: how people disappeared from policy advice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Ken Wolff In October Attorney-General Senator George Brandis got into a stoush with Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson which ultimately led to Gleeson’s resignation. At one point Brandis attempted to turn the issue into an argument about what constituted ‘consultation’ but the real issue was that Brandis had decided his office should have control of what…

Source: The rise of political staffers: how people disappeared from policy advice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: The death of truth as we know it. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Monday 14 November 2016 How important is truth in politics? As a writer who happens to love the way words can be constructed to shape a thought, send a message, express love, anger or convey an action I am lost without them. Without them something vanishes from our discourse. Without words the ability to communicate…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The death of truth as we know it. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Meat Barnaby Joyce, Our National leader. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

1 How is it possible for a party that attains 6.4 % of the primary vote to have so much influence on major policies? Or indeed its senior partner and leader? A party that derives approximately the same votes as the Greens, yet has 9 seats in the House of Representatives to the Greens one.…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Meat Barnaby Joyce, Our National leader. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: 19 Applicants for every job. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wednesday 12 October 1 Sometime in September, I cannot remember the date, Social Services Minister Christian Porter, was addressing the National Press Club. He was talking about ‘welfare dependency’ and as is the conservative way, the speech was an announcement around the Government’s concern about ending ‘welfare dependency’ and the urgent need to cut ‘social…

Source: Day to Day Politics: 19 Applicants for every job. – » The Australian Independent Media Network