Infrastructure is rapidly collapsing in Australia. Not literally. Not yet. But that could happen if current trends continue.
Australia’s investment in infrastructure remains well and truly in the slump that began soon after the 2013 change of government.
This is proven by the latest quarterly construction data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which shows private and government spending on engineering and building projects up to the end of last year.
This matters, not just because it is yet another outcome diametrically opposite to solemn Coalition promises, but because Australia’s national net worth is now declining disastrously.
In trying to defend the indefensible, she struggled to cut through with anything that was remotely beneficial to her party’s credibility. If anything, it highlighted what a nasty piece of work they are.
Everything she said, stood in stark contrast to her party’s persistent opposition to it, for so long. Meanwhile, revelations during last week’s hearings that customers were given poor financial advice, were charged fees for no service, that a dead person was charged ongoing fees, that the corporate watchdog was deliberately misled for years, makes us salivate over what might be revealed when things resume next week.
Client theft, more compromised financial advice, financially ruining peoples’ lives; who knows what other surprises are in store.
This government’s actions in cutting funding to a multitude of community services shows us only too well, how concerned it is for the welfare of its constituents.
Despite the myriad of studies highlighting Australia’s growing inequality, the take-home message from the Turnbull Government is, if you’re poor, it’s your fault. Senior editor Michelle Pini reports.
And that meesage is even worse when delivered by the conservatives of the LNP
Other motions to be debated at state council include:
Calls for the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act to re-insert “man” and “woman” in the place of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”. The aim is that a person will define their gender as either male or female, according to their biological and reproductive function.
Calls to ban the Safe Schools program from Victorian schools and any other curriculum teaching a person’s gender may be different from their biological sex or that people can transition.
So let us consider some of Turnbull’s other friends. First, let’s take the case of Myanmar. Turnbull has dismissed accusations of human rights abuses in Cambodia and Myanmar as “sweeping generalisations”. Unlike Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), who said he would confront Myanmar about its treatment of the Rohingyans. Turnbull notably refused to use the term Rohingya, the minority the Myanmar government persecutes (whilst also denying that they exist as a group).
Also on Turnbull’s wish-list is the departure of Tony Abbott. While there is no material sign of this happening, there was a sense at year’s end, after his emphatic same-sex reversal – at the hands of the Australian people – and another reshuffle in which he was not even discussed, that his era had truly passed.
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.
“It is not the role of the Australian Government or its diplomatic missions to be involved as finance brokers for a very controversial project like this,” he said.”There needs to be an open and transparent process.”
Remember Kemlani and what happened to Whitlam (Old Dog) Loans affair – Wikipedia
The way the triple hit on the Labor leader, GetUp and the AWU turned from triumph to farce underscores why the warriors in the government bunker have sound reasons to be worried
(When you try to do an Abbott what else can you expect other than it blowing up in you face Malcolm. But worse still you lead Indigenous Australia on and then told them to “get f….d”) old dog
Are the police acting independently, as our weak Prime Minister claims? Is this an attempt to silence one of the country’s most effective political advocacy groups – GetUp!? Are the Federal Police seeking to curry favour with an incumbent government by going after the Leader of the Opposition? Is it all of the above? Or is it simply Canberra’s latest bureaucratic SNAFU?
The old order is vanishing.
The stench of corruption is in the air as we learn more about Stuart Robert, his mates Sunland, and the shady players of Gold Coast politics, writes Judy Spence.
Instead of creating jobs and programmes to assist Australia’s young jobless, the Turnbull Government is blaming young people, says Leon Moulden.
I can imagine Abbott reading the latest dismal polling figures for Turnbull and dancing around reminiscent of his 2013 election victory screaming “The Leadership will change! The Leadership will change!” After today’s revelation; is it now on like Donkey Kong? Reports emerged this morning that Tony Abbott tells UK Tories he believes he can be PM again. The…
The Coalition’s current explosion of self-righteous outrage is something to behold. Compared to the excesses of, say, Bronwyn Bishop, or the personal gifts bestowed on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop by Chinese companies, not to mention the hundreds of thousands donated to her branch of the WA Liberal party by Chinese who have business interests in that state,…
Malcolm Turnbull’s own backers fear they are witnessing the unfolding of a tragedy as epic as the one that destroyed Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.
Tony Abbott’s grin said it all. When the former prime minister left Parliament House after Thursday’s embarrassing lower house debacle he looked perilously close to schadenfreude overdose.
There’s only one way that Malcolm Turnbull can prevent a return of Tony Abbott to the Liberal party leadership – and that’s to go for broke
After interrupting Kevin Rudd’s dream of becoming UN secretary-general, Malcolm Turnbull has learnt what happens when you cross the former prime minister.
The Coalition have been assuring us for years that they have a plan for real solutions and that the plan will provide jobs and growth and reduce the deficit. Now I’m no expert, which makes me eminently qualified to discuss what the non-experts who occupy the government benches are doing. If those are your goals,…
“He’s a narcissist, a micro-manager, an impulsive control freak and a psychopath.”
Dragging a party from certain devastating defeat to governing in your own right and with a more manageable Senate seems like an incredible achievement to me.
David Tyler discusses the Coalition’s continuing civil war between its own factions and the ramifications for Turnbull’s ability to deliver “stable government”.
More than $1 million worth of jewellery has been stolen from the Toorak mansion of millionaire businessman and former Liberal Party powerbroker Andrew Abercrombie.
The notion that super tax breaks are some kind of reward for Liberal party supporters’ votes and donations is macabre and disturbing
Most people agree that if Malcolm Turnbull is returned with a reduced majority, he will be under threat from the right wing of his party. He turns 62 this year and is wealthy enough to never have to worry about money even without his very generous parliamentary retirement allowances. Julie Bishop will turn 60 shortly. …
Drastic corporate tax cuts have one corporate CEO in the Midwest ready to move his company to another state.
Neil Ennis, who once campaigned with John Howard, says Malcolm Turnbull is beholden to hard right of party
Liberal MP Fiona Scott’s battle to retain her seat of Lindsay is under mounting pressure after a Penrith councillor and former Liberal nominated against her.
You can’t blame the Liberals and their communications strategists for believing the demonization of refugees is a vote winner. The rise of Pauline Hanson, who stole votes from the Liberals, Howard’s success with Tampa and ‘children overboard’ in 2001 and Abbott’s ‘stop the boats’ election win in 2013 have given the Liberals a sense of…
Why on an issue as sensitive as refugees do Coalition ministers seek out differences rather than emphasise unity? Is it because they would – for base political purposes – prefer the issue to consensus?
A comprehensive look at the “achievements” of the Abbott Government during their first term in office.
Bronwyn Bishop’s long and controversial political career is over after Liberal Party members voted to dump her from the safe Sydney seat she’s held for more than two decades.
Former speaker Bronwyn Bishop has lost a preselection ballot in her Sydney seat.
The avoidance of tax by corporate executives and the very rich is the last thing the Turnbull Government needs as it prepares for a federal budget that is likely to be anchored by a cut in the company tax rate.
John Lord, asked the question this morning in his ‘Day to Day Politics’ column, why would you reward a party another three years in office when they have demonstrably governed so badly? The answer is simple. We should not. What sort of message do we send our politicians when we reward poor performance? It is…
Barnaby Joyce forecasts an uphill battle to retain the seat of New England, in the face of competition from Tony Windsor.
Could Malcolm Turnbull have a secret leadership deal with Abbott? This may explain the change of prime minister without a change of policy, writes Peter Hartcher.
Saturday 27 February 2016 Never in the history of this nation have corporations, rich individuals, and the Government that supports them, been so openly brazen. The Australian Tax system is absolutely riddled with rorts for corporations and the privileged. The Abbott/Turnbull Government has shown an insensitivity to the common good that goes beyond any thoughtful…
ANALYSIS: The eruption of the Safe Schools crusade in the right-wing of the Liberal Party is the last thing Australia, or Malcolm Turnbull needs, writes Ben Eltham. On the face of it, you’d think a program that helps address bullying in high schools would be something all politicians would support. Adolescence is a wonderful butMore
You have to laugh when you look at the economic record of this government. Either they just can’t win a trick or they really are economic imbeciles. I’m backing the latter because no one with an ounce of credibility could get it so wrong, so often. The latest faux pas has become evident in the…