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.
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?
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.
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
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.
“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%)
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?
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????
“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.”
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
Monday 3 October 2016 Author’s Note: Thus far in this series I have covered ‘Where it all began’, ‘Newspapers’, ‘Electronic media’, ‘Rightwing feral opinion’ and ‘Democracy torn asunder’. At the beginning I said that my observations would be random. This one deals with the propagation of racism and is collated from earlier articles I have…
Sunday May 2 2016 1 In my post yesterday I wrote this: And there was Turnbull on Friday doing door stops saying; “Do we want to reduce emissions? Yes we do”. “Do we want renewables? Yes we do”. “All the time knowing that there is not an environmental scientist or an economist who thinks we…
Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull may well make you feel ashamed to be Australian, but their use of propaganda would have made Joseph Goebbels proud. “The Fuehrer once more expressed his determination to clean up the Jews in Europe pitilessly. There must be no squeamish sentimentalism about it… We shall thereby render anMore
Tuesday 27 September 2016 1 A study by none other than the University of Melbourne has found that just one electorate in Australia is against gay marriage. The study shows that MPs are significantly behind public opinion on the subject. It’s just another example of a plebiscite to find out something that is already comprehensively…
Saturday 25 September 2016 Thinking things were a little quiet politically, I thought I would take some time off to write a series about the ‘Demise of Australian Democracy’. But as they say, “a week is a long time in politics” and all manner of things crept up on me. I will return to that…
Monday 19 September 2016 1 Those with long memories will recall that Sir Robert Menzies said that he had received, in the form of a letter, an official invitation from the South Vietnam government to participate in the war against the communist North. When the cabinet papers were released thirty years later it was disclosed…
Saturday 17 September “Never in the history of this nation have the rich and privileged been so emboldened”. 1 Not having attended his own Press Conference to announce his backflip on Superannuation, it must have personally outraged the Prime Minister when larger than life Senator George Christensen called his own press conference to announce that…
One of the things to watch out for in politics is the false binary. Once you start looking for them, you’ll notice, like a word whose definition you’ve just discovered, that they’re everywhere. “Doing nothing is not an option,” politicians will tell you when they’re trying to sell an unpopular policy. Usually, in these situations, the other side isn’t proposing “doing nothing” – they’re just proposing doing something different. But in the zero-sum game of political rhetoric, a detailed explanation of the subtle gradations of various pathways doesn’t get you very far.
Sunday 11 September 2016 1 On the eve of Malcolm Turnbull’s first year in office on Wednesday, what has become clear? The thing that is indelible in my mind is that we now know that he wanted the job more than he wanted to implement any sort of personal agenda for the country. That he gave…