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The Bolt Report.

Posted: July 3, 2011 in Australian Politics


The Dolt Distort is nothing more than a Liberal party infomercial.
Sure, it makes the right wingers of Australia happy. Validating their mantra that any electoral outcome that doesn’t go their way is the result of serious mental illness on the part of the population. However, to spew hatred at all things not Liberal and turn a blind eye to the obvious deficiencies of Abbott’s policy patch-ups displays an arrogance that is breathtaking.
For the record I have in the past voted Liberal, but never Labour. Unfortunately for both major parties, I have a brain and very good bullshit detector. The Bolt’s of the world are not worthy of my serious attention as their views are not considered opinion. Merely rallying cries for the delusionally faithfull that blindly support their party on everything they offer. Even when it contradicts previously held policies.
So, a suitable summary of the bolt report would be “$heep $hit”.

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After perusing the holy scriptures of Family First political policy I am left wondering exactly whose family they claim to represent.

Their environmental policy seems lifted from Liberal party headquarters and yet Steve Fielding is a bullhorn skeptic.

Their policy on family has this little gem ..
Affirming and defending the institution of marriage as being a union of
a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered
into for life.
So the gay community cannot be considered to be part of a family? I guess it’s all about protecting religious doctrine, which is fine. But what about those that don’t subscribe to your beliefs? Nobody questions your right to live life as you see fit, yet judging others by your doctrine is a cornerstone of policy!

Abortion? Forget it, their policy advocates laying on as much fear and guilt possible to achieve their prefered outcome. To be fair there’s no demand for it to be illegal, I don’t think anyone could resurrect that idea.

Afghanistan? Fully supported, all in the name of fighting terror and bringing democracy. So I guess the safety and well-being of those families needs to be forsaken for the good of the Christian democracies.

To be fair, some policies are actually good. Think Liberal party with religious extremism and your there.

Latest polling shows Family First represents about 2% of the electorate.
Interestingly the number of atheists in Australia is around 25%.
The problem for a christian church based political party is therefore the amount of people it can claim to truly represent.

Reading this little diatribe you may be of the opinion that I’m an atheist.
For the record my issue is not with God, it’s with those that claim his authority, then politicize it.


Despite the best efforts of naysayers it’s clear from polling that climate change is still a prominent concern amongst Australian voters.

Regardless of your personal views on the subject, the numbers are incontestable. Liberal and Labour alike have basically shelved any real action on the subject, which leaves the Greens as the lone flag waver for true action. Polling shows that Labour is losing a lot of 1st preference votes over its behaviour and the migration creates an interesting sideline to the big boys scrabble for power.

Labour, of course, refused to negotiate with the Greens over the ETS, showing their true colors on the subject by trying to create a Liberal friendly policy. No credit was to be given in any way to the environmental group when it came to this issue. Outstanding arrogance.
The Liberals, for their part, portray the Greens as a bunch of nutters with a no-compromise philosophy. Interesting point of view from the party that rolled its leader rather than ultimately compromise with Labour on a piece of legislation that could have been written by John Howard sitting on Lord Monckton’s lap.
The Greens of course rejected the ETS having recognised that it wasn’t worth the recycled paper it was printed on.

The result of the coming election therefore will possibly have a bigger impact on both major parties than they would like. Should the Greens primary vote rise significantly, watch both major parties scrabble to reverse the trend.

The problem of course is that the track record for Liberal and Labour alike is there on view. For them it’s a public concern that deserves lip service only. Real action would mean annoying the true drivers of government policy… The big business funded lobby groups.
The good news is that at least 10-16% of the population have now worked that one out.

Judging by current polling and Labours pitiful efforts to be re-elected, it’s a fair assumption that Tony Abbott will be Australia’s next prime minister.
Marry this assumption with the recognised possibility that we are about to face a GFC 2.
My question is therefore this. What measures will Tony take to prevent Australia sliding into the brown smelly stuff?

Clearly the targeted stimulus spending is out of the question.  These measures were, after all, opposed last time.
Perhaps the solution will be similar to the U.S. response, throw cash at big business and see if any crumbs trickle down. We all know how well that worked for them.

The problem for Tony would be essentially this. Australia’s response to the first GFC was timely and correct. Stimulus spending continues because the world financial system is still stuffed. But to acknowledge this gives Labour credibility. Hence the focus on how much has and still is being spent rather than what was and still needs to be avoided. Of course Labour  has failed miserably to tackle their explanation of what happened, what could have been and still might happen.

So, will all stimulus be withdrawn should the Liberal party win the election? If not, why not? After all, according to them it’s all a massive waste of money.
Or will the stimulus continue as is required, which beggars an explanation.
What we are all witnessing is typical politics, scare the hell out of people who are essentially clueless and decry a policy you know is right in order to get elected.

There are many reasons why Labour deserve to lose, but this is not one of them. I myself look forward to the massive policy backflip and ensuing explanation after the election.
My guess is that the money will still be spent, but targeted towards more Liberal friendly areas. Given that they clearly are not public infrastructure, schools or energy efficiency improvements, I wonder just what they might be.

The Lober Party

Posted: August 2, 2010 in Australian Politics
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Your kidding me right? That’s actually something people are focussing on?
Julia Gillard may have faults, we all do, but is this something relevant?
Admittedly political cartoonists need something to work with, but who amongst us makes value judgements on such a thing.

When pressed for comment Tony Abbott, to his credit, didn’t buy into the discussion. Whether that was a noble gesture or avoiding earsay one can only guess.

p.s.  Julia I think your sexy and can I have an autograph?

How many Australians know the facts about the global financial crisis?

Many experts in the field of economics have stated that Australia’s response was timely and exactly what was required. Here, here and here. Yet the sheeple amongst us have bought the Liberal lie that we have been put into massive debt by Labour through mismanagement.Fact is that compared to the rest of the world we came through relatively unscathed.
Want to see where we are in regards to debt as a % of GDP?
To save you some time we are number 108.
So why haven’t Labour pushed this point and killed the crap being espoused by the Liberals?

1    Zimbabwe    304.30 %
2    Japan            192.10
3    Saint Kitts and Nevis    185.00
4    Lebanon    160.10
5    Jamaica      131.70
6    Singapore    117.60
7    Italy         115.20
8    Greece    108.10
9    Sudan     104.50
10    Iceland    100.60
11    Belgium    99.00
12    Nicaragua    87.00
13    Israel    83.90
14    Sri Lanka    82.90
15    Egypt    79.80
16    France    79.70
17    Germany    77.20
18    Portugal    75.20
19    Hungary    72.40
20    Canada    72.30
21    Jordan    69.90
22    United Kingdom    68.50
23    Austria    68.20
24    Ghana    67.50
25    Malta    66.20
26    Cote d’Ivoire    63.80
27    Ireland    63.70
28    Netherlands    62.30
29    Philippines    62.30
30    Norway    60.20
31    India    60.10
32    Spain    59.50
33    Uruguay    58.70
34    Mauritius    58.30
35    Malawi    58.00
36    Bhutan    57.80
37    El Salvador    55.40
38    Albania    54.90
39    Kenya    54.10
40    Morocco    54.10
41    Tunisia    53.80
42    World    53.60
43    Cyprus    52.40
44    Vietnam    52.30
45    Panama    49.50
46    Thailand    49.40
47    Costa Rica    49.30
48    Argentina    49.10
49    Turkey    48.50
50    Malaysia    47.80
51    Croatia    47.70
52    Poland    47.50
53    United Arab Emirates    47.20
54    Brazil    46.80
55    Finland    46.60
56    Aruba    46.30
57    Colombia    46.10
58    Pakistan    45.30
59    Bolivia    44.00
60    Seychelles    43.90
61    Switzerland    43.50
62    Sweden    43.20
63    Bosnia and Herzegovina    43.00
64    Mexico    42.60
65    Dominican Republic    41.50
66    United States    39.70
67    Yemen    39.60
68    Bangladesh    38.20
69    Denmark    38.10
70    Montenegro    38.00
71    Serbia    37.00
72    South Africa    35.70
73    Cuba    34.80
74    Gabon    34.70
75    Slovakia    34.60
76    Taiwan    34.60
77    Papua New Guinea    33.70
78    Czech Republic    32.80
79    Guatemala    32.70
80    Latvia    32.50
81    Ecuador    32.30
82    Syria    32.30
83    Ethiopia    31.70
84    Zambia    31.50
85    Slovenia    31.40
86    Lithuania    31.30
87    Moldova    31.30
88    Bahrain    30.10
89    Indonesia    29.80
90    New Zealand    29.30
91    Korea, South    28.00
92    Trinidad and Tobago    26.70
93    Mozambique    26.10
94    Peru    26.10
95    Tanzania    24.80
96    Macedonia    24.50
97    Honduras    24.30
98    Senegal    24.00
99    Paraguay    22.10
100    Bulgaria    21.40
101    Ukraine    20.70
102    Saudi Arabia    20.30
103    Romania    20.00
104    Iran    19.40
105    Venezuela    19.40
106    Uganda    19.30
107    Namibia    19.10
108    Australia    18.60
109    China    18.20
110    Hong Kong    18.10

I find it beyond annoying that we live within a system that favours only two political parties. The Australian Greens, having more than 10% of the electorates vote, are systematically ignored by the media moguls.

One only has to look at the puppet like subservience of  the Liberal and Labour parties to understand that policy by them is determined not by the will of the people, but those with the true control.
Typical leftist conspiracy theory, or a pragmatic view of the facts? Let’s break it down a little shall we?

ETS – Both major parties in initially find common ground with a proposed outcome that essentially bails out the creators of the problem at the expense of the public. Greens recognise this and kill the smelled rat. Liberals bail as coalition split becomes a possibility and core geriatric supporters whine.
Outcome – Both major parties bail on ETS and Greens pillared by Labour. Electorate feel betrayed and shift in polls begins.

Look at any of the issues making headlines and try to find the Greens perspective. You won’t, largely it’s ignored. Yet polling suggests that their position on many issues finds favour with an increasing percentage of the population. One can only imagine their status in a less biased media.