What the national audit office found was a carbon copy of the criticism that a 1999 New Zealand audit report had levelled at Scott Morrison when he was head of NZ’s Office of Tourism and Sport. Morrison had moved to NZ in 1998, reporting directly to the NZ tourism minister, as the inaugural director of the office. The NZ minister, Murray McCully, and Morrison were locked in a power struggle with the independent NZ Tourism Board. The NZ audit office report devoted a whole chapter to Morrison’s deceptive behaviour, which involved changing the focus of a consultant’s review to align it with Morrison’s political agenda and without conferring with the board or his minister. Morrison mysteriously departed the NZ Office of Tourism and Sport one year before the end of his contract term. Morrison’s disdain for transparency and the shirking of accountability, so evident during his tenure at Tourism Australia, persists to this day, with his continual deflecting and “move along, nothing to see here” attitude to journalists asking questions. Given the importance of the KPMG report the question can surely be posed “So where the bloody hell is it?”Where the bloody hell is it? Did Scott Morrison lie about the report that saved his bacon at Tourism Australia? – Michael West
Donald Trump’s improbable rise to power and his attempt to stay in power is driven by ceaseless attacks on black and brown people, on immigrants, on Muslims, on his steadfast refusal to condemn in no uncertain terms Nazis as evil, as did Vice President Pence after Poway. Trump offers condolences and notes the cops got their man.
But from the President of the United States, there is no clear condemnation of murderous bigots who become terrorists and their hateful ideology unless they are Jihadist killers. There is also no attempt to control the purchase, spread, use, manufacture of assault weapons, or the ability to sue the gun makers.
He came i shook the tree calle the fruit that fell his never the persons who planted the tree. He stole it. He’s still intent on shaking that tree not nurturing it so if no fruit comes he’ll just walk away. That’s Donald Trump not a President. (ODT)
And that is? Trump’s America is a nation with “no permanent friends and no permanent enemies”, says Wright. “It takes a transactional approach with all nations, places little value in historical ties, and seeks immediate benefits ranging from trade and procurement to diplomatic support.”
Wright has emphasised in his writings from the outset of the Trump candidacy that the President has held a core of visceral, unchanging views for decades now: deeply suspicious of US allies, attracted to authoritarians, hostile to the open world trading system, uninterested in human rights. “His most controversial positions – questioning NATO, seeking to pull out of Syria, starting trade wars – are all consistent with the worldview he has publicly espoused since the 1980s,” he argues in the journal Foreign Affairs.
Donald Trump wasn’t actually a successful businessman at all, not in the normal sense anyway. He was an economic magician (or, in classic American terms, a con man) who regularly ground business after business — a set of casinos (at a time when other casinos were thriving), hotels, an airline, and a series of other endeavors ranging from Trump Steaks to Trump Vodka to Trump University — into the dust of bankruptcy or failure. What made him such a magician was that, in case after case, his greatest “business” skill proved to be jumping ship, dollars in hand, leaving those who trusted him, had faith in him, believed in him holding the bag.
Sometimes all you need to do is look at someone’s face and their inner demon reveals itself. Some people are better at concealing their worst side, but one of those people is not Peter Dutton.
Now, I am not going to get into calling Dutton names. Yes, I have probably been one of the worst offenders in calling him a potato, or spud, or chip, or some other sort of vegetarian dish.
In fact, indeed, Dutton is a very intelligent man. By calling him names, we diminish the malevolence, malignance and maleficence of this man.
The traits reveal themselves in almost every image I’ve seen taken of him.
This was a model Trump would use for the rest of his career, telling a lie so cosmic that people believed that some kernel of it had to be real. The tactic landed him a place on the Forbes list he hadn’t earned – and led to future accolades, press coverage and deals. It eventually paved a path toward the presidency.
“The largest portion of Mr Trump’s fortune, according to three people who had had direct knowledge of his holdings, apparently comes from his lucrative inheritance. These people estimated that Mr Trump’s wealth, presuming that it is not encumbered by heavy debt, may amount to about $US200 million to $US300 million. That is an enviably large sum of money by most people’s standards but far short of the billionaires club.”
The opacity persists. In 2016, Trump’s presidential campaign put out a statement saying the candidate had a net worth “in excess of TEN BILLION DOLLARS”. But he has never released his tax returns, and he has said that the core Trump Organisation asset is the ownership of his brand – an ineffable marketing claim that is impossible to substantiate or refute.
I didn’t get his endorsement when I ran for governor — but the severely troubled man I met has only gotten worse