Just prior to the release of Sloppy Joe’s MYEFO, I referred to it as the latest LNP con job, and that’s exactly what it was. 😯
But that was just the latest in a conga line of LNP stupidity, in the first three months of this alleged government, starting with Abbott stating that he wants to be known as the infrastructure PM. WTF?
Now call me naive, but I thought that roads were the infrastructure of the 20th century, and part of the reason for what is now called AGW (Anthropogenic Global Warming), the biggest challenge that the world currently faces. 😦
So IMHO, what we should be working towards is renewable powered home offices, and decentralisation of industry through the use of the real infrastructure for the 21st century, the internet super highway… The NBN.
The benefits of this infrastructure are incalculable and, if done properly the first time, will not only add enormous capacity for streamlining industry and government and cutting costs, but will add significantly to our ability to;
- Build the new economy, based on renewables and clean energy technologies.
- Reduce emissions by taking many cars off the roads, as more and more people work from home.
- Taking work to the workers through decentralisation, as opposed to the workers having to travel long distances to get to work.
- Set ourselves up to take full advantage of the opportunities for the new jobs of the 21st century, many of which don’t currently exist, and will only exist at all, if this infrastructure is available, and state of the art.
Sadly what this government is proposing with its infrastructure program is short sighted in the extreme, as they focus not on the future best interests of this country, but on destroying any legacy of the previous government with a mid 20th century mindset that caters only to their own and their corporate mates best interests.
“review” of the NBN and the fact that prior to the election, he was telling all and sundry that the “real” cost of Labors NBN was $94 B, and after the review, the worst figure that they could come up with is $73 B, (and rest assured, if they could have made it $94 B they would have. 😯 ) and in the review, good old Ziggy ( ) says; “The proposed model could (my bold) save taxpayers more than $31 billion compared to the current Fibre to the Premises-only rollout.”
But there’s one word in that quote, which is used more than once through the review that should start ringing alarm bells, about the accuracy and believability of said review; and that word is “COULD”.
Now he could have said:
- The proposed model
couldshould save taxpayers more than/around $31 billion compared to the current Fibre to the Premises-only rollout.
- The proposed model
couldwill save taxpayers more thanaround $31 billion compared to the current Fibre to the Premises-only rollout.
But no, so there are no guarantees about the figures quoted, and IMHO this brings into question the validity of the whole review.
Then there’s Chrissy Pyne, performing his triple backflip with pike… and belly flop, on
the Gonski funding model, which he previously (before the election) labelled “Conski”, and then the very next day, Abbott with Pyne said that they were on “A unity ticket” with Labor, and we would get the same deal no matter what government was elected.
But true to form, as soon as the election was behind them, we saw;
- Pyne saying that they were not going to honour their pre-election promise.
- Then we were told that this was what they had promised?
- Then we saw Abbott telling us that he didn’t say what he said, and that we misheard him, and then that it was our wishful thinking… WTF?
- They then backflipped on the first couple of backflips, added a $1.2 B pike (which they lied about to make them look like the good guys), and finished up with the “No strings attached” belly flop, leaving the last tattered remains of their already badly damaged credibility, to suffer death by a thousand cuts ( The worst case of suicide I’ve ever seen 😯 )
So it appears that when Pyne came up with the word “Conski”, he was really describing what he and the LNP were planning to perpetrate on the voters. 😈
Another act of gross knobbery was perpetrated upon us by the minister for “Stuffing the Environment” that doyen of the bullshit CC narrative, Greg Hunt, who has approved the new coal port at… wait for it… Abbotts Point 😯 , and the subsequent dredging and dumping of silt within 40 klms of the Great Barrier Reef, when the experts know that silt from dredging can travel up to 80 klms.
So in summary;
- He’s approved a project that will at best damage part of a world heritage listed site, that is already under threat from AGW, and at worst… not worth thinking about. 😦
- He’s approved a project that flies in the face of all the evidence about CC, by facilitating the extraction and export of one of the major contributors to AGW.
- Or in simple terms, he’s stuffing the reef so that corporations can fill their coffers while they more efficiently stuff the planet. 👿
Which brings me back to where I started, with Sloppy Joe’s economic knobbery, as he
tried to blame Labor for his $17 B blowout, set the ground work for massive and unnecessary cuts, told us that we will have to share “SOME” pain, shoved a finely honed stiletto into the heart of consumer confidence and left the door open for continuing the blame game for at least the next decade.
For once there were, amongst the contingent of “Journalists” present at his press club speech, some that actually asked good, fair and relevant questions all of which were sadly left unanswered. 😯 So the lies and spurious statements went pretty much unchallenged… As usual, but Sloppy Joe’s gross economic knobbery was plain to see.
Sadly, the truth is that the entire LNP are displaying copious amounts of RW Knobbery across all portfolios; but despite their lies, spin, slogans and excuses, there are three things, with this government, that we can be sure of;
Economic, environmental and highway knobbery!