Category: LNP Government

But, that’s the way we always do it in the National Party! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

McKenzie is now Agriculture Minister and Deputy Leader of the National Party and her comments today fall into the categories of ;

that’s the way we always do things in the coalition. Otherwise how would we win ?
My career is going quite nicely, thank you. So please don’t rock the boat.

We should sack the National Office of Audit as they are clearly all Lefties

You all need to take a cold shower because we won the election : so there !

Are you from the ABC ?

So far, the Prime Minister hasn’t commented but in true Westminster fashion it is fully expected that he will sack McKenzie before the week is out … or perhaps not.

via But, that’s the way we always do it in the National Party! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Morrison Government’s failure to act on a predicted disaster is damning – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Coalition Government’s failures are twofold;

1) globally, by failing to take appropriate action on climate change, ranking 57 out of 57 countries on climate change policy, yet still defending Australia’s policies as acceptable, and
2) nationally, by failing to provide and implement national, long-term strategies for prevention, preparation, management and recovery for the growing incidence and severity of natural disasters linked to climate change.

The Government’s own reports, briefings and reports demonstrate it knew about the risks posed by lack of appropriate action to mitigate the consequences of climate change, and yet it did nothing tangible at all. The Morrison Government’s multiple failures, which have arguably contributed to the loss of life, homes, communities, wildlife and over 10 million hectares, must be seen as a gross act of negligence.

via The Morrison Government’s failure to act on a predicted disaster is damning – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wren’s Week: Climate change denialism sparked the fires

The Coalition continued to ignore warnings about the results of climate change and now must bear responsibility for our bushfire catastrophe, writes John Wren.

This is a  greater cost than the ALP’s Pink Bats add this to the NBN and let’s talk LNP Management and Scott Morrison’s future. (ODT)

via Wren’s Week: Climate change denialism sparked the fires

Australia fires: coal industry causes long-term damage as bushfires cost businesses billions

Illustration: Matt Davidson

Let’s call it pollution, unprecedented CO2 pollution which has been increasing at an unprecedented rate and the warming of the planet. Like smoking causes cancer the statistical evidence and correlations are in. Australia has seen and is experiencing the effects of that warming with 9 of 10 record-breaking years this century and a fire season like no other predicted last century and scoffed at. The most significant voice heard in recent times was PM Tony Abbott declaring the science of global warming was “crap”. It cost him his seat of Warringah. Yet the LNP have still been treating the current unprecedented fires accordingly. To Morrison, Craig Kelly, Taylor and others it still is a purely “natural event” with policies in place capable of addressing it. and still claiming we will reach our global emission obligations in a “canter”. “It’s Time isn’t it?” as we are today the worlds biggest polluter with  a leadership ethically and morally in total denial. (ODT)

Australia fires: coal industry causes long-term damage as bushfires cost businesses billions

Australia fires: Laura Tobin responds to Craig Kelly’s ‘weather girl’ insult

Laura Tobin and Liberal MP Craig Kelly argued about climate change on Good Morning Britain.Laura Tobin and Liberal MP Craig Kelly argued about climate change on Good Morning Britain.Laura Tobin and Liberal MP Craig Kelly argued about climate change on Good Morning Britain.Screenshot_2020-01-08 Latest Breaking News Melbourne, Victoria The Age.png

The power of Education vs  the Misogynist and None (ODT)

“My first reaction was that it couldn’t be further from the truth, because I am so qualified and the reality is that it’s the complete opposite,” Tobin said.

via Australia fires: Laura Tobin responds to Craig Kelly’s ‘weather girl’ insult

Bushfires and blame – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Moreover Morrison could have done a lot more to reduce the magnitude and impact of this disaster. These fires were not impossible to predict. They actually HAVE BEEN PREDICTED by climate scientists with uncanny accuracy in previous years. Even if he wanted to remain dogmatically against renewable energy, the Prime Minister could still have listened to warnings he has been receiving, by providing greater funding and resources to the fire services (as Bill Shorten would have). But he didn’t because he didn’t like the optics. Declaring a national emergency (which seemed a no-brainer at the time), increasing funding for firefighting services or appealing for international aid might have given greater ammunition to critics of his government’s climate policy at home and abroad. So he did nothing. He is such an empty PR-driven fraud that he is more concerned about the damage these fires can do to him politically than about the damage they are doing to real people’s lives.

And that is the true measure of him. Empty. Fraudulent. Useless.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your Prime Minister and the party he leads.

via Bushfires and blame – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How the Coalition Government has been ineffective in dealing with our fire crisis

As studies have shown, this is a mirage of statistical deception, ignoring the obvious point that Australian emissions should count not merely those it produces directly, but those produced by fossil fuel exports that are subsequently used. Arms manufacturers are no less culpable ethically, or tangibly, if their weapons are used by citizens of one country or the other. Such a method is pure Morrison: keep up appearances before the incineration and hope that memories weaken in time.

How the Coalition Government has been ineffective in dealing with our fire crisis

Bushfire preparations stymied by climate change deniers in Government, says small business lobby – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The charred remains of the Roman Leathergoods store in Mogo after the NYE bushfires.

Key points:

Small business lobby COSBOA warned many businesses “will close and not reopen” as a result of the fires and loss of summer trade
COSBOA chief executive Peter Strong said climate change deniers in the Federal Government should “shut-up” and “go and sit at the backbench where they belong”
The lobby is urging governments to assist fire-affected regions to put on events once the fires are over to lure visitors back to those areas

Bushfire preparations stymied by climate change deniers in Government, says small business lobby – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia pleads to stay in Iraq amid Trump, Iran stand-off

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has called for calm from all sides.

Australia, a juniour partner in the Coalition of the Killing, wants senior status it seems. While Trump has declared he’s putting the fight against ISIS on hold in order to deal with IRAN Theresa Payne wants to take over that war on Daesh. Remember when Trump declared that war was won. He relocated troops in Syria to grab the oil and betrayed the Kurds in the process. Now the USA are mercenary force for Exxon It’s always been questioned why we are in Iraq? Why John Howard joined the illegal invasion of a Sovereign State that doesn’t want us there? Now we are ready to partake in yet another escallated war with Iran who signed a peace treaty before Trump came on the scene. A treaty we are now supporting the total shredding of. Payne is proof we are Puppets lapdogs to American politics for profit and its grab for Middle Eastern oil which when said and done  we will buy from the US at their price.

More to the point the LNP ready to see the escalation of violence and another unwinnable war offering up Australian lives as we have done time again since WW2. What we are doing is boosting Trump’s desperate efforts in domestic American politics. (ODT)

Foreign Minister Marise Payne will on Tuesday publicly plead for the Iraqi government to let Australian and international partners remain in the country.

“We urge the Iraqi government to ensure the coalition is able to continue its vital work with Iraq’s security forces in countering the shared threat of Daesh,” she said.

“We understand the resolution passed by Iraq’s parliament is non-binding, absent formal approval by the government in Baghdad.”

Australia pleads to stay in Iraq amid Trump, Iran stand-off

ABC under ‘growing’ cost pressure as bushfire emergency broadcasts surge

The ABC's coverage of the bushfires and emergency broadcasts have been extensive.

Morrison is hell bent on cutting the budget of Public Media to the equivalent of 1984. (ODT)

There have been 670 emergency broadcasting events for the 2019-20 financial year so far, an ABC spokesman said, compared to 371 for the full 2018-19 financial year. In 2017-18 there were 256 events, a figure that had been surpassed by mid-September 2019.

via ABC under ‘growing’ cost pressure as bushfire emergency broadcasts surge

Prime Minister Scott Morrison got bushfire ‘welcome he deserved’ in Cobargo, says Andrew Constance – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Screenshot_2020-01-03 Liberal Minister says PM got bushfire 'welcome he deserved'.pngvia Prime Minister Scott Morrison got bushfire ‘welcome he deserved’ in Cobargo, says Andrew Constance – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Tasteless’: Australian PM Condemned for Hosting Fireworks-Laden Party While Country Burns | Common Dreams News

Locals and tourists holding tight on the Mallacoota wharf as the bushfire passes through the popular seaside summer holiday spot.

Morrison throws respect overboard a view from outside Australia.(ODT)

via ‘Tasteless’: Australian PM Condemned for Hosting Fireworks-Laden Party While Country Burns | Common Dreams News

A dangerously dysfunctional state of decay. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Instead it delights in thumbing its nose at democracy and transparency; turning its back on expert advice.

Above all, as the Liberal Forum annual gathering at Kevin McCann’s pad in Mosman last week so powerfully attests this is a government that has betrayed any ideals it may once have had in favour of Machiavellian pragmatism to keep itself in power for power’s sake and to serve the interests of its powerful corporate backers. It is not just a degenerate form of its earlier self; it is in a dangerously dysfunctional state of decay.

via A dangerously dysfunctional state of decay. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What happened? The policies Scott Morrison’s government appears to have abandoned | Australia news | The Guardian

Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg

Tony Abbott had a list of broken promises Now lets remind ourselves of just how many more there are. (ODT)

But what were the reforms that were promised or proposed which have dropped off the political radar, stalled, or the government is accused of doing too little too late?

via What happened? The policies Scott Morrison’s government appears to have abandoned | Australia news | The Guardian

Australia fires: Morrison government launches bushfire inquiry to probe state policy

Natural Disaster and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud.

Australia’s Republican style LNP Government has resorted to Political Stunts rather than blame themselves they are turning to blame the States.(ODT)

Mr Littleproud declined to respond when asked this week why the current inquiry maintained a focus on state jurisdictions, despite the advice of a previous committee.

Wilderness Society policy director Tim Beshara called the inquiry a “political stunt” and said it was the reason the “public don’t trust the government to review their own performance or to learn from their failings”.

via Australia fires: Morrison government launches bushfire inquiry to probe state policy

South Australia’s clean-energy shift brings lowest power prices on national grid, audit finds | Australia news | The Guardian

A cow stands by wind turbines

via South Australia’s clean-energy shift brings lowest power prices on national grid, audit finds | Australia news | The Guardian

This is not normal, Mr Morrison. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Donald Trump has been on the campaign trail from the day he got elected. He’s been planning nothing but winning in 2020 and beyond. Morrison’s LNP has been doing nothing but much the same wearing baseball caps and being the salesman without a product. (ODT)

Suite of policy measures? A set of trite slogans and a hyper-partisan party stalled in continuous campaign mode is a suite of policies? And it’s back to the old “selling the message”, regardless of how meaningless, or morally bankrupt. “Angus doesn’t have the ability to sell a positive climate change message.”

“This is not normal” says New South Wales Liberal Minister Matt Kean who is vilified The Australian for breaking ranks; noticing that Australia might be in the grip of record drought, heat and catastrophic bushfire.

Kean’s on to something. Voters may, indeed, be expecting the Federal government to do more than send its PM on top secret holidays with his pal Tim. But credibility and sincerity? Morrison’s got no show.

This is not normal, Mr Morrison. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As the nation breaks new heat records, the Government is facing its own perfect storm – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Angus Taylor sits on the frontbench looking towards the Opposition

via As the nation breaks new heat records, the Government is facing its own perfect storm – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

View from The Hill: Scott Morrison returns, with regret

“I deeply regret any offence caused to any of the many Australians affected by the terrible bushfires by my taking leave with family at this time,” he said in a statement. It came after the deaths of two fire fighters and the injury of others, and Morrison’s decision to cut short his Hawaiian holiday.

But the prime minister still remained quite focused on why he’d taken leave just now, telling 2GB how he’d had to bring his holiday forward because of his commitments to visit India and Japan in January, missing a break at the coast. So he’d wanted to give his girls a surprise with this family trip to Hawaii. Etc. Etc.

He didn’t seem to grasp that while he likes to emphasise his relationship with the ordinary Australian, as prime minister he is not an ordinary Australian.

via View from The Hill: Scott Morrison returns, with regret

The corporations making big money, paying no tax and laughing at us

How many times have we heard this? Year in year out particularly since 2013 yet we voted them in Australia. It’s our money. Does it really only take $100,000 donation that allows you to avoid millions? (ODT)

via The corporations making big money, paying no tax and laughing at us

Beware terrorists but don’t sweat the climate crisis – how blind can Morrison be? | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian

Scott Morrison bushfires

Morrison needs a distraction from a burning country Terrorism and China don’t cut it. News Corp calling this Normal doesn’t either. (ODT)

via Beware terrorists but don’t sweat the climate crisis – how blind can Morrison be? | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian

Russia probe: US senators battle over Alexander Downer meeting

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Trump and political allies claim the FBI was biased, and Papadopoulos has alleged former Australian high commissioner to the UK Downer and Australian intelligence were part of a deep state plot against him and the Trump campaign.

Horowitz found no proof of that and said the FBI was right to start the probe.
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via Russia probe: US senators battle over Alexander Downer meeting

Government report reveals a lagging economy

However, company profits are surging and 30% of companies aren’t paying any Company Tax. These are the fundamentals Frydenberg calls good and resilient. The surge is on the backs of wages and the battle to stop unions growing.  Revenue is reliant on tax cuts and a prayer. Well it’s not going to be coming from Agriculture which suffering from non-climate change drought and fires which has reduced the numbers of cattle and sheep. (ODT)

via Government report reveals a lagging economy

“No emerging crisis so big the government can’t find a way to look past it.” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The nation thrills this week to the riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma of the Morrison government, a puzzle, that includes Lambie’s Faustian bargain, Angus Taylor’s war on both Naomi Wolf and Clover Moore with Gladys Liu’s to-do tipping the government’s weekly balance from hyper-partisan warfare and union thuggery into utter skulduggery.

The one-time trombone-playing former teacher’s aide and ex-chemist-shop proprietor cannot keep mum forever about her Brighsun or Liberal associates, nor they about her, especially as she now has cause to ask for her money back.

Any sensible, practical government would demand the resignation of both Gladys Liu and Angus Taylor. Given his form so far, Scott Morrison is likely to find fifty shades of grey evasion including blaming Labor and Wolf to avoid taking any decision.

There is no individual, no institution nor any emerging crisis so big that this government cannot find a way to look past it.

via “No emerging crisis so big the government can’t find a way to look past it.” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The overhauled public service may be more efficient, but at what cost to good government? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Morrison’s mega-departments:

  • Department of Education, Skills and Employment — merges Education with Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment — merges Agriculture with the environment functions from the Environment and Energy
  • Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources — merges Industry, Innovation and Science with the energy functions from the Environment and Energy and the small business functions from Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
  • Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications — merges Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development with Communications and the Arts
  • Department of Social Services — oversees executive agency Services Australia, formerly the Department of Human Services

via The overhauled public service may be more efficient, but at what cost to good government? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Nationals MP George Christensen blocks release of AFP travel inquiry documents

Nationals MP George Christensen has effectively blocked the release of details surrounding an Australian Federal Police probe into his Philippines travel.

Nationals MP George Christensen has blocked the release of information about a federal police probe into his frequent travels to the Philippines over a four-year period.

via Nationals MP George Christensen blocks release of AFP travel inquiry documents

What goes around – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In Morrison’s Australia apparently it is acceptable (according to News Corp) that

the Home Affairs Minister personally intervened to help the nannies of wealthy and powerful friends dodge immigration rules and enter the country without hassle.

while he has refused the application of a Tamil family from Biloela whose only crimes were paying taxes, fitting into the community and bringing up their Australian born kids. Dutton’s Department has shipped the family off to Christmas Island (via Melbourne) while a legal case to keep this family in the country is being fought by the Morrison Government.

Makes you proud of the quiet Australians, doesn’t it?

via What goes around – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison’s lessons from a Labor response to the GFC unfolding before our eyes

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has joined other Coalition MPs in criticising Labor's response to the GFC.

We were one of 3 countries to avoid a recession during the GFC. Swann was voted the World’s best Treasurer and the LNP are trying to change that reality to save Morisson now (ODT)

We are seeing an attempt at revising history unfold right before our eyes. Over the past month, it has reached a crescendo. The PM went into full flight on Thursday when he said Labor had “lost its nerve” when it decided to borrow billions to keep money flowing through the economy as queues of redundant employees snaked out of Wall Street.

Tactically, it allows Morrison to avoid being accused of sitting on his hands amid the worst Australian economic results since September 15, 2008.

See freshman Liberal senator Andrew Bragg in October: “Labor overreacted and wasted billions of taxpayers’ money during the GFC. Worse still, the budget was structurally put into deficit with unfunded promises and disastrous taxes (some which raised no money).”

via Scott Morrison’s lessons from a Labor response to the GFC unfolding before our eyes

Scott Morrison’s religion and the bushfire crisis

Contrary to what Science and Insurance Companies tell us but similar to what Tobacco companies would like us to believe  about smoking and cancer. There’s no direct proof smoking causes cancer and the science is fake and the Insurance Companies wrong. (ODT)

As firefighters in four Australian states struggled to contain unprecedented bushfires that threatened life, property and wildlife, Prime Minister Scott Morrison argued that there is no direct link with Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Morrison claimed there is no “credible scientific evidence” that cutting our emissions could reduce the intensity of bushfires.

via Scott Morrison’s religion and the bushfire crisis

Australia’s unemployment ranking statistics now worst ever

Frydenberg the Parrot named Galah ” The fundamentals are good ” “Suffering some headwinds” Has any Trasurer since Swann got economic management right? These idiots laughed when Wayne was voted the “World’s Best”  (ODT)

Matching this with the same numbers for all 36 wealthy members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows Australia now ranks a miserable 21st in this group. That is the lowest ranking since records have been kept.

Australia’s unemployment ranking statistics now worst ever

We older ‘burdens’ on society – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What this government has tried to avoid factoring in (ODT)

The fact is that the proportion of older people who cannot find a job is going to increase, and increase, and increase. It is not going to increase because we are burdens, or bludgers, or light-weight lifters, or any of the other crap mantras that this Government throws towards our aged bones. The number of older people out of work will increase because employers have made it brutally obvious to us that we are not wanted.

via We older ‘burdens’ on society – » The Australian Independent Media Network