Category: LNP Tactics

“I called the Royal Commission” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A couple of days before the Four Corners investigation, Who Cares, was to air, Scott Morrison rushed to announce a Royal Commission into Aged Care. This was a government turnaround directly in anticipation of the damning ABC expose.

When interviewed for the program about a month earlier, Wyatt had said a royal commission would be an unnecessary move because the Government was already reviewing the sector.

“A royal commission, after two years and maybe $200 million being spent on it, will come back with the same set or a very similar set of recommendations,” he said, preferring to see that money go towards frontline aged care services.

Emails revealed at the RC show a flurry of activity in response to programs on the ABC whilst reports from the department on how to address the problems languished on the Minister’s desk.

Protecting his precious surplus, Morrison is willing to let people die while waiting for help.

Not only that, he wants kudos for calling yet another inquiry into a crisis of his party’s making in its never-ending pursuit of profit and deregulation

via “I called the Royal Commission” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

No time for wusses – » The Australian Independent Media Network

44 years later, after six years of calamitous Tory incompetence and nastiness and following their campaign of lies and misinformation, there is no way I will accept this current claque as legitimate and I will not be nice to those who do

“She already told me that she doesn’t have to be nice, so why do I? Because my mother raised me right? That’s why wolves always win. Because the rest of us mind our manners and get devoured for our efforts.”
― Sheryl J. Anderson, Killer Cocktail

To reflect Ms Anderson’s sentiments – fuck you, Fauxmo; and the donkeys you rode in on!

For six years the L/NP dodged scrutiny with its “look, it’s Labor” dissembling and obfuscation – taking their behaviour as an Opposition into Government. A complacent and compliant media went along for the ride giving a free pass to a declining economy, corporate crime, a degraded environment and social disharmony.

The ABC was cowed into submission by constant attacks, becoming a timorous shadow of the once honourable organisation that held governments to account.

And in a truly ironic case of misplaced schadenfreude a journalist from the L/NP propaganda machine Newscorpse was raided by the Australian Federal Police Farce – the Gestapo of Spud’s private legion of spooks and door-breakers. The indignation of News’ L/NP groupies provided a level of grim lampoonery.

The goon squad trading as the AFP has all of the credibility of the Keystone Cops. A bought and paid for apparatus of the Lib surveillance state they somehow managed to lose the paperwork when “investigating” Michaelia Carcrash on the AWU raids tip-off. In raiding the ABC and a News journalists they are complying with standard practice – hounding sources of information that embarrass the conservative Government, intimidating potential whistle-blowers and keeping the L/NP free from scrutiny.

Dutton, ex-copper from Queensland, is resurrecting the Bjelke-Petersen-era police state cheered on by the Party nutters who’ve slipped through the crazy filter. Bullies are cowards and this platoon of poltroons is scared of accountability. Their incompetence and failures and their lack of courage is supplemented by their conviction that they have a right to rule and no obligation to serve.

A compliant and complicit mainstream media has gotten a loud wake-up call. Will they respond or will they hit the snooze button? Will a complacent public shrug this off? I’m betting they will and I will not be polite in calling out those of that kind of my acquaintance, and in less than courteous terms. This is a government for gormless dullards, the tremulous, the authoritarians, the weak of mind and dull of eye, the indifferent and the stupid.

It’s not my government. Fuck that!

 No time for wusses – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sally McManus will be on every board: Morrison

Australia’s Industrial relations has been unique in the world and has lagged behind most EU countries. Germany has been progressive since WW2 as has the rest of Europe yet Australia resists any change. Sally McManus should be on all boards and that would mean real progress. (ODT)

An ACTU spokesman said “Sally is not going to be on every board in the country – that’s impossible and ridiculous”.

“Scott Morrison is running a scare campaign because he is desperate.”

Sally McManus will be on every board: Morrison

The Coalition is normalising the far right with its pursuit of One Nation and Palmer | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

The problem with the Liberals and Nationals lining up with ‘crackpots and cranks’ is it’s not a cost-free exercise

Scott Morrison

via The Coalition is normalising the far right with its pursuit of One Nation and Palmer | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Barnaby Joyce simply passed the buck

From this morning’s Good Weekend, The Age. “Fishermen ride their camels to catch fish in what is left of the Aral Sea, once the worlds 4th largest lake. The Aral Sea teamed with life until Soviet planners in the 1960’s diverted water for cotton, wheat & other irrigated crops. Former United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called it “one of the worst environmental disasters of the world””

SIX decades later, here in Australia, we’re surprised that irrigation, mainly for cotton, is depleting us of water. We are very slow learners & don’t seem to learn from mistakes.
What’s the definition of insanity attributed to Einstein?

Aged care funding package is mediocre policy fed by mediocre politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Anticipating the program, and the likely response to its stories of neglect, poor food and failures of care, newly installed Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a royal commission into the $22-billion-a-year sector.

But there was more bad publicity to come. In January, 7.30 broadcast a story about the use of chemical and physical restraints in some nursing homes, which sent further shockwaves through the community.

Governments often make funding announcements when they are in a political tight spot, and need to look like they are doing something.

But the particular nature of the $320 million payment announced in February — then re-announced in March — then re-announced in the federal budget — has caused disquiet even among those who benefit from it, the owners and shareholders of residential aged-care facilities.

Well, the sector says that, since 2014, between pausing and reducing indexation of ongoing residential care subsidies, rejigging the funding formula and other changes, the current Government has reduced funding to the sector by about $3 billion.

via Aged care funding package is mediocre policy fed by mediocre politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Bundy and #Watergate

Barnaby Joyce’s outrageous behaviour on ABC Radio National has made a Coalition victory next month even more improbable.

BARNABY JOYCE is not an idiot. He is something far worse. He is a moderately intelligent man who falsely believes he is smarter than everyone else.

The world is full of these sort of men. It would be easy to dismiss them, except somehow these dolts seem frequently to find a way of weaseling themselves into positions of importance. And once there, their unfathomable self-confidence, combined with their manifest ineptitude, invariably causes chaos and calamity.

via Bundy and #Watergate

Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself… And A Coalition Campaign Built On It – New Matilda

The Coalition lacks policies. It also lacks charisma. It has no other option but fear, writes Ben Eltham.

Labor has spent years honing and sandbagging its policy platform, which on any sensible judgment is moderate and achievable. In contrast, the Coalition has spent the last three years consumed by its own internal hatreds. Now that the crisis has arrived, the Coalition finds itself without a coherent assault plan to break down Labor’s platform. Time is running out.

via Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself… And A Coalition Campaign Built On It – New Matilda

Liberal Chisholm candidate Gladys Liu caught disparaging LGBTI issues, blames Chinese community – Australia Votes – Federal Election 2019 – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Morrison seems to have a load of “Bubbles” (ODT)

“I can understand why Ms Liu would want to reject it as ‘fake news’, but I’ve checked the recording. It’s accurate and I represented her views as she put them.”

When contacted for comment the Guardian Australia told the ABC the publication stood by the story and it later published its own follow-up.

Comment has been sought from Ms Liu repeatedly but she had not responded at the time of publishing.

Her opponent Labor candidate, Ms Yang, told the ABC that the behaviour was “appalling” and “hurt a vulnerable group of people in our community”.

“Gladys Liu and Scott Morrison cannot pretend now she did not say or do these things,” she said.

“The people of Chisholm deserve to know what kind of person the Liberals want them to vote for.”

via Liberal Chisholm candidate Gladys Liu caught disparaging LGBTI issues, blames Chinese community – Australia Votes – Federal Election 2019 – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Taxpayers foot multi-million dollar advertising bill in final days before election is called

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This PM has always been an Advertising Man a Persuader not a Aider of or an example of  public service. Count the cost he’s spending our money $$$$.  (ODT)

Taxpayers foot multi-million dollar advertising bill in final days before election is called

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Coalition’s phony war over coal

What do you do when the polls are against you and you don’t have a climate change policy? Start a fake internal war over coal, that’s what.

THE MEDIA suggests the Coalition is at war with itself over coal.

via EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Coalition’s phony war over coal

Paladin: Closed tenders and shady dealings

The Paladin Group is a small company with a shack on Kangaroo Island – until last week – as its head office.

After all the media interest, as well as a PO Box in Singapore, Paladin now has an office in Canberra. The phone might even work.

According to its website, Paladin is ‘… a leading provider of project support services in the Asia-Pacific.’

via Paladin: Closed tenders and shady dealings

Senior bureaucrats send a message to the Government and the Opposition – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Contrary to Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton the advice given to the ALP and the Government wasn’t that indicated by either of them or by the Murdoch Press. They in fact twisted the truth a polite way of saying the GOVRENMENT LIED. and intentionally SKEWED and MANIPULATED THE POLLS (ODT)

The political significance of his interventions are twofold — the first is that it makes clear the security establishment does not believe the legislative changes, of themselves, will spark a wave of new boat arrivals.

The second is that, just as Mr Lewis and Mr Pezzullo were sending a clear message to the Government to stop using their advice for political purposes, they are sending a message to Labor — as the alternative new government — that as long as they maintain a tough rhetorical and policy line on border protection, there is no reason to believe that Labor in government is a risk to border policy.

via Senior bureaucrats send a message to the Government and the Opposition – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Human error’: Border Force admits it forgot to send crucial email in Hakeem al-Araibi case

How many times were we told by this government there was no mistake made on our part it was  all Thailand’s fault? We also heard the ALP ignored ASIO’s advice on the Medivac Bill from Peter Dutton on 2GB which ASIO has know declared a lie. The current LNP will do anything to hide Homelands and Peter Duttons incompetance. The worst Health Minister has transitioned to being the worst Immigration/Homeland Minister .(ODT)

The Australian Border Force has admitted “human error” by its officers resulted in police being unaware that footballer Hakeem al-Araibi was a refugee before he was issued with a red notice and detained in Bangkok for more than two months.

ABF commissioner Michael Outram said an officer failed to send a “true match notification advice” to the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Home Affairs, which would have alerted them to the fact that he was on a protection visa in Australia.

That fact, once revealed to the AFP the day after Mr al-Araibi was arrested in Thailand, prompted Interpol to cancel the “red notice” issued at the request of Bahrain. Had it been known to the AFP beforehand, the AFP-based Interpol team would not have issued the notice.

 

via ‘Human error’: Border Force admits it forgot to send crucial email in Hakeem al-Araibi case

Liberal bullying culture is all the way to the top, ScoMo. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The year ends with a government at war with itself. Revealed also explicitly and implicitly is the entrenched bullying culture in the Liberal Party that Scott Morrison promised he would set up a review to deal with.

Those who have any doubts as to why progress has been glacial, need only read Julia Banks’ account. This taken together with Peter Dutton’s recent attack on Banks and Turnbull – implicitly condoned by ScoMo -suggest that the culture of bullying in the current parliamentary Liberal Party reaches all the way to the top.

Dutton’s recent bullying of Banks and Turnbull confirms that Morrison is either without judgement or authority. Or both. It is inexcusable and will accelerate the Liberal party’s electoral decline; impede its election preparations. The fish rots from the head down.

Liberal bullying culture is all the way to the top, ScoMo. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Former Liberal staffers ‘parachuted’ into top Treasury positions, says Labor | Australia news | The Guardian

Chris Bowen

America’s Trumpland  Politics is arriving in Australia. Public Agencies are being politicized in the manner of the USA (ODT)

Chris Bowen says the government is politicising commonwealth agencies
Chris Bowen has objected to the appointment of former Liberal staffers to the Treasury and the Productivity Commission. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP

Labor has raised concerns about the Turnbull government’s decision to appoint former political staffers to key bureaucratic roles in proximity to the federal election expected either later this year, or in the first half of 2019.

via Former Liberal staffers ‘parachuted’ into top Treasury positions, says Labor | Australia news | The Guardian

Rare Australian species could slip into extinction as jobs axed at environment department – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A Mountain pygmy possum sits on someone's hand.

Typical of the LNP Abbott slashed ASIC (200) and ATO (3,500) jobs drove those unemployed experts to the banking and corporate worlds and  when the Bank and Tax scandals then hit Liberals and conservatives alike  try to blame ASIC and the ATO for poor oversight. 60 jobs lost will have them blaming the enviroment dept for the extinction of wild life too. (ODT)

Australia’s most threatened species could slip into extinction without anyone noticing, with jobs being slashed at the federal Department of Environment, the ABC can reveal.

via Rare Australian species could slip into extinction as jobs axed at environment department – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Government accused of ‘hiding the truth’ after ignoring questions on Indigenous affairs – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A tight headshot of Malarndirri McCarthy shows her with a plain expression on her face. She is wearing hoop earrings.

The department is responsible for most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander government programs, and the majority of its 2,300 staff are focussed on Indigenous affairs.

The department took about 100 questions on non-Indigenous issues, of which about three-quarters have been responded to.

via Government accused of ‘hiding the truth’ after ignoring questions on Indigenous affairs – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Dutton and Turnbull are Nazi enablers

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is Australia’s Donald Trump.

Trump thinks African countries are shitholes. Dutton thinks African men are arseholes or, as he says in public, gangs.

Since I last wrote about this, Dutton has renewed his attacks on Africans, called for Victorian Labor leader Daniel Andrews to resign, and has blamed “civil libertarian” judges in Victoria for youth crime.

via Dutton and Turnbull are Nazi enablers

Cooking the books on climate change policy and Labor’s housing policy: LNP caught Lying.

We find a Government lying through it’s back teeth on everything and that’s what Tony Abbott did to secure a win

The Turnbull government’s climate change policy review would have you believe we are well on our way to reaching our international commitment of a 26-28 per cent reduction by 2030.
Only problem is we are not.

 

Cooking the books on climate change policy

Treasurer Scott Morrison addresses the media during a press conference on the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook ...

Previously confidential Treasury advice to the Turnbull government found Labor’s negative gearing and capital gains tax policies would likely have a “small” impact on property prices.

 

Treasury advice says Labor’s negative gearing policy would have a ‘small’ impact on house prices

Lest We Forget The System Propped Up By Elites, Stacked Against Workers – New Matilda

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These born-to-rule conservatives think nothing of using taxpayer millions to set up a supposedly independent watchdog and then immediately sicking it on their political enemies.

The matter the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) is so hellbent on pursuing is a decade-old donation from the Australian Workers’ Union to GetUp!, which was never a secret in the first place.

The investigation revolves around whether the correct paperwork was created and kept. It is not remotely close to a criminal matter. In fact, even if the ROC’s very darkest theories are correct, it will mean the AWU will be liable of a maximum possible fine of $11,000.

However, the government thought this was deemed worthy of politicising the Australian Federal Police with a reality TV raid.

When outrage started to pour in about the use of police force to pursue such an obviously political target, Turnbull’s response was pure arrogance. Rather than provide a proper explanation he simply, accused Bill Shorten of having “questions to answer.”

Now, as we now know, the plot is even thicker.

via Lest We Forget The System Propped Up By Elites, Stacked Against Workers – New Matilda

Day to Day Politics: The getting of Bill Shorten. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Instead of using the vast resources of the Liberal and National parties to bring about such an efficient communications organisation the conservatives have decided to try to destroy GetUp!, and in the process get up Shorten’s nose and smash his character. Mind you, this has been an ongoing cause for some time. Speaking of time, it’s a pity that the government couldn’t spend more of it running the country rather than devoting so much of it trying all this character destroying.

Source: Day to Day Politics: The getting of Bill Shorten. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

$2.5bn on an unnecessary power station? That’s good old pork barrelling | Tristan Edis | Opinion | The Guardian

The Queensland Liberal-National party (LNP) are promising that if they are elected to government they’ll build a new coal power station in northern Queensland. And just this week the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced that if Queenslanders elected the LNP at the next state election, all Australian taxpayers would help fund it.

Source: $2.5bn on an unnecessary power station? That’s good old pork barrelling | Tristan Edis | Opinion | The Guardian

Liddell power station: AGL wants ‘greater degree of certainty’ around energy policy – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The energy giant AGL is continuing to push back against Federal Government pressure to keep its Liddell power station open beyond 2022.

Source: Liddell power station: AGL wants ‘greater degree of certainty’ around energy policy – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In the lead-up to the 2004 election, Health Minister Tony Abbott promised there would be no changes to the Medicare safety net. TICKY FULLERTON: Will this Government commit to keeping the Medicare-plus-safety-net as it is now in place after the election? TONY ABBOTT: Yes. TICKY FULLERTON: That’s a cast-iron commitment? TONY ABBOTT: Cast-iron commitment. Absolutely.…

Source: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Russia’s motivations in Syrian conflict go beyond targeting Islamic State: That says something coming from a member of the American coalition. Why has the US deployment in 150 countries?

Russia’s motivations in the Syrian conflict go beyond targeting Islamic State, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says.

United States military deployments – Wikipedia, the free …

Source: Russia’s motivations in Syrian conflict go beyond targeting Islamic State: Julie Bishop

The military of the United States is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, … The following are countries, listed by region, in which US military personnel are …. “U.S. Overseas Military Presence: What Are the Strategic Choices?

Liberals to release China FTA attack ads branding unions ‘racist’

The Liberal Party is set to raise the temperature in the fight over the China Free Trade Agreement, with attack ads that accuse “ratbag unions” of stoking racism against the Chinese.

Slavery has no colour or ethnicity and the LNP have no intention of changing regulations that allow workers to recieve $6 an hour. These are simply “exceptions”.  Simon Lagree is well and exists in Turnbull’s Australia. As does black mail of visa holders and no protection for whistleblowers. It’s why we have unions.

Source: Liberals to release China FTA attack ads branding unions ‘racist’

#freekaren: Government’s anti-radicalisation kit sparks ridicule on social media – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Social media users hit their meme-makers in support of ‘Karen’, the fictitious indie music fan held up as an example of violent extremism in a new Federal Government booklet.

Source: #freekaren: Government’s anti-radicalisation kit sparks ridicule on social media – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)