Morrison’s “Boats R us”… WTF?

Morrison’s “Boats R us”… WTF?images

While the LNP are looking to cut spending on such frivolous public service areas as;

  • Public education.
  • Public health.
  • Science and research.
  • Social security.
  • Overseas aid.

etc etc, they are apparently happy to spend… well who knows how much on “Operation Sovereign Borders”, and their obsession with boats?   And yet more millions of dollars on another enquiry (the first eight, or so, just weren’t enough?) into what was (despite the lies and rhetoric from the LNP and Murdoch press) essentially a successful part of the stimulus package.   A scheme that actually saw a drop in the number of industry related fatalities compared with previous years.

But I digress   😀

HELLO SAILOR?

HELLO SAILOR?

Anyhoo, what is this “governments” (and I use the term with tongue firmly planted in cheek   😯   )  problem with boats?

To refresh our collective memories, and roughly in chronological order, they wanted/want;

  1. To “Stop the boats”.
  2. To “Tow back the boats”.
  3. To “Turn back the boats”… Oh yeah, when it’s safe to do so.
  4. To “Buy back boats”.
  5. To “Give away boats”
  6. To look like they’re actually doing something… by employing more of our boats?
  7. According to Fairfax, the next one is to be…wait for it … “Swap the boats”?   WTF?

Following on from #7, we are told that they may be considering buying nice shiny new, powered life boats, to replace the leaky and generally unseaworthy craft, that the people smugglers are currently employing… W…T…F?   🙄

So, if in fact there is a plan…   😆   (remember this is the LNP were talking about)   😆    what does it entail?

Morrison's Water Taxi

Morrison’s Water Taxi

  1. Do they buy them for our navy and coastguard, to use to become a  “Taxi” service back to indonesia?  (I thought that they weren’t going to be a “Taxi service?   WTF?)    Or;
  2. Do they buy them to transfer the asylum seekers to, and then send them on their merry way, in a boat much more likely to do the trip numerous times, if they don’t get caught again, meanwhile further polluting the oceans with scuttled fishing boats, or towing them home to re-sell?   😆
Morrison's  Used Boats R Us

Morrison’s Used Boats R Us

Now, if they go for the first option, as far as I can see they may well hit a few more funding blowouts, logistical speed bumps and the same massive road block that they are currently up against, as;

  1. The cost of buying and maintaining powered lifeboats would not be covered in Hockey’s MYEFO, so would have to go on that dastardly “Credit card”   😯  .
  2. These boats would have to be big enough to carry up to around two hundred people safely, unless they send them out in pairs… or more?
  3. Our sailors lives will be put at risk while crewing these boats, full of scared and angry people who’ve just been taken off a boat that they paid good money to be on, that could have potentially killed them, and put on a boat that is more likely to get them to Australia… if it was their boat, which was their gaol in the first place… and what they paid for?
  4. These boats will be Australian vessels, in Indonesian territorial waters… Mmmm  😉   ?
  5. Unless they plan to find a deserted indonesian island or coastal area, to dump the asylum seekers on, they will need Indonesia on board with a policy that they have already, repeatedly condemned.

If they go for option 2, we will;

  1. Spend a fortune on boats, which will prove a real bonus for Indonesian fishermen, who will be able to illegally fish in our waters much more safely, or people smugglers, who will be able to charge more for a trip on a boat that’s less likely… to sink.  😯
  2. Probably see the People smugglers setting up something akin to a shuttle service to Australia, in their shiny new boats, with bookings made at travel agents,  😯
  3. See many Indonesian fishermen cuing up to take part in the Australian “governments” (Read “Idiots”) boat swap deal.  😛

Now I know that some of my scenarios might seem a bit… over the top, (surely not?  😯   ) but then there are no surprises with the LNP, except that, for a party that’s diametrically opposed to government owned enterprise, it may well be that the biggest growth industry, and one of the few that will be open for business in 2014 will be the latest publicly owned industry of;

“Morrison’s Boats R us”… WTF?   😯

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62 Responses to Morrison’s “Boats R us”… WTF?

  1. olddavey says:

    Truthie,
    Posted this a while ago on Cornie’s page.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/08/lifeboat-plan-to-ship-asylum-seekers-back-to-indonesia-reports
    They’re obviously going to make up for the reasonably sane Xmas period.
    I can’t wait for the movie to be released. Or better still the Play Station game “Ratshit and Clunk – Escape from Reality”

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  2. allenmcmahon says:

    The LNP has a major problem with asylum seeker policy and apart from ‘we will do what Howard did’ and this under totally different circumstances, everything else they have come up with is a satirists dream.
    LNP policy which is nothing more than that prick Rudd’s policy is supposed to one, ‘stop the boats’ and two have concentration camps so bad that there is a high rate of return to country of origin.

    The fact is that the boats have slowed not stopped. A large part of the slowdown is weather related, the Monsoon season has always seen a large reduction in boat arrivals so it will be interesting to see what happens in a month or two.

    Despite the horrendous conditions in the offshore concentration camps the return rate is around 1.5%. Quite simply no matter how bad we make it the alternative for most of the people seeking asylum is far worse.

    Another factor is that there are 10,000 asylum seekers registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia and Malaysia (only 600 were processed in 2012) and the unregistered number is estimated to be between another 10 -15,000. Indonesia and Malaysia in particular want them gone because for many the money is running out.

    Every asylum seeker that arrives costs us $600,000 a year in offshore detention and as more arrive it is becoming a logistical nightmare. In Nauru alone there are 60 shipping containers of bottled water each month, all food has to be shipped in and there are no port facilities. Everything has to be offloaded onto to tenders and these cannot operate in bad conditions. The same applies for Manus Island and Christmas Island except they have wharves for the ships to tie up to. Manus has 1,200 detainees and Christmas Island 2,200 detainees compared to 850 on Nauru.

    Despite what Morrison says they are really stretched as far as the ability to increase numbers goes by the supply logistics. Christmas Island also has to supply the customs and naval boats and personnel just to complicate matters even further.

    Morrison and company are completely out of their depth is seems three word slogans just don’t translate into effective policy. This latest piece of lunacy is gold but not quite as good as the by the boats plan. An Indonesian fisherman when asked what he thought about it was quite excited about the opportunity to be able to buy a new boat with the proceeds and referred to our revered leader as ‘Bodah’ which I am told loosely translates as ‘wooden headed fuckwit’.

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  3. bighead1883 says:

    Cheers Truthy for another well described “art critique” of the paintings by the inmates of the Saint Mary MacKillop Daycare Centre for the hopelessly insane.
    The art materials supplied by the Murdoch Finger Paint Supply Corporation have been a boon for the budding artists but what truly amazes this particular viewer and purveyor of charitable institutional art is how you as an “art critique” Truthy can distinguish so much from the different shades of grey as this was the only colour the aforementioned corporation supplied these artists.
    In fact Truthy you have brought a true and vivid visualization of colour to the viewer with your descriptive of the works presented that can`t been seen from viewing these paintings but only from your brochure.
    You see Truthy like the wine taster who can taste the barrel caramelization with a hint of a passing Bogong moth,you have given life to a rather dull display indeed.
    I applaud your effort Truthy,valiant as it is so as this art display may be sold to the public to raise money for this worthy Daycare Centre,but alas I do not think the public will buy any of it and we will find that we shall just have to dig deep and donate.
    But Truthy you can only work with what you have and job well done I say.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Biggy, thanks for that mate 😀

      You are obviously a true connoisseur and discerner of the monotone, nutjob art school whose patron, uncle Rupes, has been instrumental in promoting the “one colour (grey) paints all” philosophy, where the colour and detail are well and truly hidden behind a mask of harmless ineptitude and puerile machinations designed to leave many viewers confused and bewildered.

      But you my friend are one of the few that can see through the monotone smokescreen, to the cold, blue and lifeless heart that lies behind the facade, and is the wellspring of what in truth is their soulless and self serving ineptitude. 😯

      Keep up the good work mate 😀

      Cheers 😆

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  4. diannaart says:

    How can attempting to shut down reporting on refugees limit the people smugglers’ “shipping information’? When people smugglers can access the Jakarta Post like the rest of us?

    There is some bizarro world type break with reality in this Abbott government.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Dianna, thanks for your comment 😎

      Yes indeed, they treat us like fools, and apart from the Jakarta Post, we already know that at least some of the people on the boats have mobile phones, so the truth is that the smugglers know pretty much exactly what’s going on much of the time. 😯

      Yes, their very own alternate universe 🙄

      Cheers 😀

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  5. craig says:

    sigh…….I’ll keep this simple because the author thinks all things coalition are bad, so lets get to the point. With the horse now well and truly bolted, any comments this author would like to remark about Rudd and his removal of a border control policy that worked resulting in 50,000 illegal boat people later? Perhaps a slight “whoopsy daisy” moment from the ALP\green team? So right now my left leaning friends, your beloved ALP\green party stuffed up and once again its up to the adults in charge to clean up your hideously expensive mistake. Gee, all that money wasted could’ve paid for nurses, hospitals, new drugs on the PBS, support staff for schools……im sure you get it, im just not you sure you understand how illogical your argument sounds when it comes to border control. The way I see it, the leftards are simply abbott haters and anything coalition needs to be howled down. Go figure.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Craig, welcome… sigh 🙄 I will also keep it simple and tell you thaty you are wrong! 😯

      It’s an argument that is based o information put out by the RWNJ’s that ignores the FACTS , those inconvenient things that always get in the way of good LNP propaganda.

      If you bothered to check out the real situation, you would find that there was a corresponding slowing of refugee movements around the world, and like so many of the situations lied about and exploited by JWH, it was another happy coincidence, and all the REAL experts agreed that those policies would not work in todays circumstances 😉

      And another of those inconvenient FACTS is that the IMF declared Howard’s “government”, the most profligate, wasting more on middle class welfare than Rudd spent to save the country from the GFC, whilst leaving a massive infrastructure deficit. 👿

      But I’m most amused by the fact that you would even consider that old chestnut as a basis for your argument? 😯

      Sadly the “TRUTH” is an affront to you RWNJ’s, who cannot conceive of the possibility that anyone but a conservative can have good public policy.

      And in many cases the truth is that they are last with good public policy… Go figure 😯

      Cheers 😀

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      • cornlegend says:

        Craig,
        you may wish to follow this link,
        and get an education from the content

        Tracking Tony Abbott’s trail of wreckage

        http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/tracking-tony-abbotts-wreckage,6044

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        • bighead1883 says:

          Well Craig Rudd was humane,unlike you and the children in play government
          Rudd MK2 was right wing ideology to serve those in Labor who are of this same ideology.
          Your lot are Neo Conservative Fascists,that is all..
          It`s good to see them here Truthy,because it means you`re getting to them 😆

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      • craig says:

        sigh…..where do we start…again! So,, the fact that Rudd dismantled a working policy means nothing to the left, go the ignorance! I guess you’re comfortable with another 50,000 economic refugees trying it on and thats fine because im not. It has cost Australia many billions of dollars to accommodate this mass illegal influx and yes, its illegal as most have passed 1, 2 or more countries to reach Australia and please inform me which south asian country is at war at the moment or imposing religious persecution that a boat refugee is not able to find safe haven in? The deliberate destruction of passports to de-indentify themselves makes them, illegal the moment they cross Australian borders. So, once again, the adults in charge have to fix your imbecilic mistake and that os going to cost a fortune as well.

        Sigh……..so as youve done, lets pad out our post and put in a nonsensical argument about the IMF and its opinion. Yep, Howard left a surplus and Rudd left a……….deficit of……….180-200 billion net debt? So pray, how you would plan to pay this down over the next 20-30 years, more spending of the public purse with money we dont have and a dwindling tax payer base to support a growing retiree population? Gee, it must make you feel good to go the “gotcha” line when youve got nothing of value to add, eh?

        So, the ‘TRUTH” is that your beloved ALP\green party were a sham in 6 years of governing and if you feel so inclined, name one policy that was COSTED and not drawn on the back of a beer coaster? Go figure.

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        • bighead1883 says:

          So let`s pad out the IMF report that the Howard was the most profligate in Australia`s history.
          IMF they`re the fiscal giants that report on a Nations ability to trade as to their GDP and when Abbott took over we were the best of the G20,the best
          Your budget emergency is a smokescreen for austerity because that`s what global financiers wanted with their self created GFC but Rudd did not play ball.
          Howard was a contributor to all this with his Deputy Dawg takes us to Iraq and Afghanistan which has cost us countless billions that should have been spent on infrastructure.
          Your lot are nothing but Conservative Bible Bashing Bigots and Hypocrites who care not for Australians but only for global corporatism
          We see through your IPA/ALEC agenda,your TPP and your pathetic attempt to create a RWNJ fascist State.
          You welfare and tax rip off merchants are a plague on whole globe sucking off the government taxpayer teat and we aim to expose every thing Conservative you fraud.
          You see so many are like myself and believe that refugees should be processed onshore,your M8 Murdoch is the madman behind this lunacy and so are you.

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        • Truth Seeker says:

          Craig, you seem to be the master of nonsensical arguments, as you just ignore the Facts and the truth for the sake of pushing an already well discredited argument. 😯

          And quite frankly, from you posts thus far, you prove to be no more than a right wing troll, doing nothing more than regurgitating the same old LNP lies and spin while completely ignoring anything other than your own misguided and some would say pathetically puerile belief in the Abbott, believing every utterance from a man and a party that have proved beyond dispute that they are cheats and liars.

          Of course it is your prerogative to place your faith and trust in such people, but unlike people you, facts, truth and decency mean something to me and most here.

          So if you have evidence to show what a great leader, or even a mediocre leader, Abbott is, please provide that information, and many here will be happy to debate you on it, but if you are just here to push right wing spin and lies, then you’ve had a fair go, something that RWNJ’s don’t believe in, and I would say to you, don’t bother. 😯

          Just a word of advice though, if you do want to quote “facts” or “truth”, don’t draw them from sources connected with Murdoch media, the IPA, or other right wing think tanks, as they will be treated with the derision that they so rightly deserve. We respect “Experts” here, not right wing politicians or Murdoch’s lackeys. 😯

          To quote “The X Files” as if it was an Australian political show… “The truth is out there… just not in the LNP!” 😯

          Cheers 😀

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          • melaine says:

            Don’t scare Craig off guys… can’t we have him come to play in the dungeon, he would make a fun addition and we have plenty of spare ripe tomatoes to use up 😉

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          • craig says:

            So…..no facts on your behalf, cannot produce one costed policy, youve chosen to move from your original topic which about boat people and gave me some bollocks about the IMF in return (the relationship to the title ‘Morrison……..’ is?) Gee, would I be right in saying that this simply a fact free blog site designed to have a whinge about all things coalition? My debate was about boat people, so, tell me again what you’re an expert in when debating TRUTH and FACTS in your story today? I’ll tell you what, I find your reply posts quite droll and as such, i’ll leave you and your fellow bloggers in your land of “making ***t up”. Amusingly, I find the Bob Ellis blog a more rational read im sorry to say. Dont bother with a reply, im moving on from this pitiful attempt of all things left.

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            • melaine says:

              No staying power this Craig… can’t formulate a coherent argument so packs his bongos and pisses off 😆

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            • bighead1883 says:

              Just in case you check back craig,I`ll bother a reply and say to you “back in your closet with the half of elected LNP and discuss this with each others fondlings”
              Balls to you and your RWNJ rants,happy feelings now and don`t forget to invite Big George.
              This comment was made by someone who is not homophobic and just despises hypocritical closet dwellers who judge others and who do not have the courage of genuine LGBT people.

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            • cuppa says:

              Who let the wingnut in? Truthy, if you don’t mind, I’ll just open the door, let some fresh air in…

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  6. cornlegend says:
    Truthy, Now I know this will take up heaps of room on your blog, but it may give Craig something to think about. Be warned, the blunders are many Tony Abbott John Howard has won government and now has the right and duty to present to Parliament the program on which he was elected re-elected. Anyone who challenges that … should go sit in a corner and not annoy the rest of the country. (Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 5 October 2013 1998, p. 12) citation needed Let’s have a look at some of the fun stuff he’s implemented: Contents [show] September 2013Edit The incoming new Foreign Minister’s first job was to immediately revoke the Former Labor premier Steve Bracks’ appointment as consul-general in New York and is likely to be taken up by Howard-era finance minister Nick Minchin Redirected millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded research grants to fund research in dementia and other diseases Guardian article: ‘Politicians shouldn’t have a say on the worth of research grants’ Reducing $42m of funds to Indigenous legal aid (not mentioned to legal aid groups during meetings leading up to the election) (RUMOUR): planning on tacking on interest to HELP loans – Treasurer hoses down speculation that it plans to privatise student debt after much speculation Back on the agenda a month later Repealed their internet filter policy which Abbott “quickly” read, although their revised policy still refers to internet filters (except that parents will install them themselves) Abbott’s chief of staff avoids punishment on drink-driving charge after pleading guilty to blowing 0.075 (with a little help from the incoming Attorney-General) Former Telstra CEO tipped to become the new head of NBNCo (someone who managed to ruin pretty much everything about Telstra in 1999-2004, burnt several billion dollars in chasing projects in Asia that could never work for his own personal glory, and drove the share price from $8 a share to $5 a share) Advised to follow Queensland’s example and cut thousands of inefficient jobs from education and health bureaucracies in its first term Summary of the Coalition taking the axe to NBNCo Treated its ethnic candidates for election as ‘second class citizens’ by gagging them from speaking to the media and physically escorted away when Abbott was campaigning in their electorate Axing the $820/yr Schoolkids Bonus and removing the low income superannuation offset Spending the $650 million on the Murray-Darling Water Buyback Scheme over six years, instead of over four to fund the construction of various motorways Scrapping the $10b Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which funds loans investing in technologies like solar panels and wind farms while returning on average around 5.8 per cent where cost of government funds is around 2.8 per cent “He’ll repeal parts of the Racial Discrimination Act making it dangerous to ask why some people identify as exclusively Aboriginal – and deserving of special treatment – when all but one of their great grandparents were white.” Reduced the amount of money it is spending on its Direct Action carbon reduction plan by more than $300 million ($50 million will be saved by scrapping plans for three clean energy research centres; $200 million, comes from halving the amount the Coalition plans to rebate consumers for installing solar panels and solar hot water systems; spending money on solar energy projects over six years instead of four, and moving $50 million for geothermal and tidal energy projects to the industry budget) Wanting to remove protection from about 170,000 hectares of land in the central highlands recently added to the World Heritage Area: “I love Tasmania, but it needs to be an economy as well as a national park” Already facing pressure to get rid of penalty rates Promised America will have Australia’s strongest support if military force was required Brushed aside a record petition of more than 200,000 online signatures to save Labor’s NBN ‘You’re a disgrace’ – Delimiter article Facing pressure from Climate Sceptic MP Dennis Jensen to become Science Minister who self-proclaims to be the most qualified for the position Treasurer Joe Hockey wants to cut waste by hiring expert external consultants to repeat an audit of Treasury forecasts which was done 10 months ago by expert external consultants Intending to abandon $1.5 billion of union-linked wage increases for up to 350,000 workers in aged and child care while suspending payments from the $300 million Early Years Quality Fund established by the Gillard government to cover wage increases for childcare workers Ministries gone; Resources, Citizenship, Multicultural Affairs, Science, International Development, Youth, Climate Change, Disability Care, Disability Reform, Mental Health, Energy, Resources, Financial services, Status of Women, Ageing, Seniors, Tourism and Housing and Homelessness, Tertiary Education and Skills. New Ministry; Border Protection. Upgraded to Cabinet: Sport (also only one female) The expected new Speaker of the House has defended Abbott’s decision to include just one woman in his first Cabinet She was the 6th highest serial offender in 43rd Parliament to be ejected under 94a Is considering a ramping-up of infrastructure spending but is letting politics – rather than proper cost-benefit analysis – dictate where the money would best be spent Treasurer considering delaying mid-year budget to “avoid hurting confidence” Scrapping $700 million slated for train lines in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in favour of fast-tracked spending on motorways, such as $1.5 billion for WestConnex Aiming to review $25 billion spent on indigenous affairs – “If there’s no economy and there’s no job there we need to think about other options that will move people to productive engagement.” Operation Sovereign Borders outlined that a 3-star commander to lead the operation, but appoints a 2-star Major General who is promoted to 3-star General Incoming Employment Minister pledges to stamp out union corruption by increasing the current fine from $10,000 to $320,000 or 5 years in jail in line with the corporate sector Abbott’s first act as PM was sacking three public service bosses, announced soon after the ceremony had finished Coalition sources blame the incoming independent MP for Indi, for being partially responsible for the lack of women and the absence of a science minister in Tony Abbott’s first cabinet Boosting production of coal seam gas (CSG) in NSW cited by the Industry minister as the most urgent resource issue facing the government AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development) responsible for administering the $5 billion official aid program will be “integrated” back into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, potentially putting the 1300 Canberra-based staff members out of work The social inclusion board – which advised the former government on the causes and effects of entrenched disadvantage – is being disbanded. (alternate link) Unwinding parts of Labor’s crackdown on cheaper foreign ships operating on Australia’s coast Tim Flannery sacked, Climate Commission dismantled Savings of $30 million to be gained by a so-called “streamlining” of processes in the Family Court, described by chairman of the Law Council’s family law section as an unexplained one-liner in the Coalition costings Defence Minister wants the military to be battle-ready for future conflicts, describing the Australian Defence Force as having a ‘strong fighting momentum that should not be lost’ Prosecuting conservation groups who seek boycotts of products alleged poor environmental practices Greens blast Coalition proposal The Community Cabinet, the Major Cities Unit, the Social Inclusion Unit, the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Australian National Preventative Health Agency, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the National Health Performance Authority, the Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments, the Australian Research Council, the embassy in Senegal, the national Children’s Commissioner and the Human Rights Commission all facing cuts or abolition. A $198 million plan to set up asylum-seeker terminals in Indonesian ports and elsewhere in the region, met with criticism from a top international law expert The board of NBN Co has offered to resign en masse, amid suggestions they do not have the confidence of the incoming government. It was later revealed that the board of NBN Co was asked to resign by the Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Telstra also managed to build a test site in a laboratory to test the FTTN option and began a trial just after the election. Scrapping Labor’s targets to lift participation by disadvantaged students while opening the door to re-introducing caps on university places, removal of the equity targets which will disproportionately affect regional universities, axeing the compulsory fee collected by universities to support student services Despite stating in August 2012 that the Coalition had no plans on capping university places All national media interviews on television, radio and print of Abbott’s Ministry must be approved by the Government’s press secretary Fast-tracking coal seam gas (CSG) projects in New South Wales in response to the state’s “gas crisis” Handing over $1.5 billion in federal funding for the east-west link without seeing the full business case, despite an election promise that any investment of more than $100 million would require a published cost benefit analysis. Releasing figures that show that the previous Government’s figures improved by $500 million, still refusing to release the MYEFO before the end of the year Surrounding himself with 20 of the biggest names in business on a high-stakes visit to Jakarta Sacking a public servant in the Immigration Department who criticised the Federal Government’s immigration policy on Twitter October 2013Edit In a bid to ‘cut red tape’, aiming to abolish the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission which was designed to reduce the amount of time charities spent on administration via national accreditation Shutting out the local press while meeting business and government delegates in Indonesia *which is considered commiting an offence in that country Over-ruling his Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce on the subject of the foreign land ownership, while encouraging the live cattle trade from Australia to Indonesia Concedes that it will have to boost its own spending (and debt levels) if it is to get a rapid injection of funds into infrastructure projects, overlooking spending on programs such as welfare and education Former Telstra boss now confirmed to be the new NBN Co Board Chairman the man responsible for causing Telstra’s share price to halve with a marginal increase in dividends Foreign Minister warns Australians travelling overseas they need to take responsibility for their own actions and can’t count on the federal government to bail them out if they get into trouble Increase in live cattle exports to Indonesia from 75,000 cattle this year on top of the 260,000 quota Agrees to UNHCR resettle 500 Syrian refugees to relieve Syria’s neighbours of 2 million refugees but stresses that the decision should not be interpreted as an encouragement for asylum seekers to get on boats bound for Australia Borrowing $8.7billion in 26 days, or $335 million a day – despite campaigning that there was a ‘budget emergency’ Immigration Minister accuses media of ‘misrepresentation’ and claims that they “never had a policy of towing boats back to Indonesia” despite on occasions, the then Opposition Leader suggested he would bring the policy back Immigration minister pledges crack down on asylum seekers living in the community who are charged with a crime by having their visas cancelled or being returned to immigration detention centres – 28/21,300 = 0.13% crime rate compared to 1.86% in the general community Despite what could be read as good news from the International Monetary Fund, the Treasurer warns the Australian public about the predicted rise in unemployment from 5.6 per cent in 2013 to 6.0 per cent in 2014 (when previously predicted to be 6.25 per cent) Confirmed it will challenge the ACT’s same-sex marriage laws in the High Court as soon as they are passed Immigration Minister imposes information blackout on self-harm in detention centres as it could encourage copycat behaviour among detainees In defence of using over $23k in taxpayers money on trips linked to a cycling race and attendance at a car race and the cricket, ‘You don’t want members of parliament to be prisoners of their offices’ Plans to privatise $23 billion of HECS debt (RUMOUR): Having no intention to fully roll out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across the country Not exactly true – an article stating this has been taken down When asked about a boat arrival the day before, Acting Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders claimed “if I haven’t reported it, it didn’t happen” Reintroducing temporary protection visas (TPVs), preventing refugees from ever applying for permanent protection Taking back $53m of clean technology grants from more than 100 companies, a scheme very similar to the Coalition’s Direct Action policy Providing relief payments of up to $1,000 to help people in the aftermath of the New South Wales bushfires but does not include people who have been cut off from their homes or who have no electricity have not been deemed eligible in the first round of disaster payments The Treasury has decided to keep its advice to new treasurer Joe Hockey secret, despite the same document having been released in part after the 2007 and 2010 elections Hockey to lift debt ceiling by 33% and the hypocrisy level to an all time high Immigration Minister has instructed departmental and detention centre staff to publicly refer to asylum seekers as ‘illegal’ arrivals and as ‘detainees’, rather than as clients: a leading asylum seeker agency describes this as designed to dehumanise people. A spokesman for the Immigration Minister said he would not comment on internal government communication. Wanting 25% of public schools to go “independent” by 2017, criticised by Shorten that it is a smokescreen for gutting the Gonski school reforms which aimed to pump more money into public schools The Treasurer announces increasing the Commonwealth debt limit to $500 billion while announcing a five-person Commission of Audit including former Liberal minister Amanda Vanstone and Tony Shepard from the Business Council of Australia The Treasurer is determined that his senior public servants spend more time in the ‘real world’, with executives, bankers, bond traders and corporate investors by decentralising Treasury. Shifting parts of Treasury out of Canberra – last done in the early 1990s but reversed in the late 1990s to save money Abbott defends MP Don Randall’s tax-payer funded trip to Cairns where he took possession of an investment property during the overnight stay with his wife: some discussions were “best done face to face”. Abbott ignored the question of why Mr Randall’s wife went on the Cairns trip given it involved a work meeting, and was driven away. Abbott dismisses a UN assessment that the New South Wales fires are linked to climate change, accusing a senior UN official of “talking through her hat” Planning to sell Medibank Private despite sales growth of 7% and health fund membership growth of 145,000 lifted total group revenue to $5.4 billion Abbott says he will “do the right thing” and attend his gay sister’s wedding but could never support the marriage. The Environment minister “looked up what Wikipedia” said that bushfires are not linked to climate change and it was clear that they were frequent events that had occurred during hotter months in Australia since before European settlement Abbott warns same-sex couples not to marry in ACT before High Court ruling Federal Government pulls plug on $76m Gawler line electrification The Government says abolishing the MRRT (Minerals Resource Rent Tax) will save the budget $13 billion by axing other measures it says it was meant to fund, including Labor’s Schoolkids Bonus ($410 boost to family tax payments for primary school students, and $820 for families with children at high school) and the small business instant asset write-off Tony Abbott’s hand-picked auditor charged with assessing government spending and advising on outsourcing runs a company that has won contracts from the federal government worth more than half a billion dollars. Prime Minister Tony Abbott dismisses the comments of a senior UN official who said there was a clear link between bushfires and climate change, arguing fire is a part of the Australian experience The NDIS will not be exempt from its commission of audit and may allow the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to contract out some administrative functions to the private and not-for-profit sectors Abbott: “Let’s be under no illusions the carbon tax was socialism masquerading as environmentalism” Bolt-Abbott Interview: “I would say that there tends to be an ABC view of the world, and it’s not a view of the world that I find myself in total sympathy with.” The Treasurer denies the federal government is bailing out the Reserve Bank with a $8.8 billion contribution (analysis by Michael Pascoe) 2nd analysis Attorney-General pressures veteran ABC journalist Barrie Cassidy to resign as chairman of the Old Parliament House advisory council Immigration Minister confirms an under-the-radar trip to Malaysia and says the Malaysian government has agreed to extra measures that should ultimately stop asylum seekers from reaching Australia by boat Abbott’s first gathering of the Australian media at Kirribilli House is an invite-only affair of conservative columnists and broadcasters Don Randall says he can “sleep well at night” about his $5000 business class taxpayer-funded trip with his wife to Cairns, adding that while he visited his investment property “it wasn’t as if I got the keys or anything”. Fifty days into the job, Abbott says he’s already delivered on many of his election promises, and that includes stopping the boats In a phone interview with the Washington Post, in response to the question about Labor wanting to extend fiber to every household: ‘Welcome to the wonderful, wacko world of the former government.’ A leading US political scientist and commentator says this could set back his working relationship with the Obama adminstration Defence Department records revealed that senior figures in the Abbott government were among those who enjoyed free travel on VIP military aircraft to fly to Canberra for parliamentary sitting weeks, amassing a taxpayer bill of more than $2 million Considering a plan for Australia Post to take over Centrelink’s front office operations Guardian article The Attorney-General is keen to attack the “supply side of piracy”, potentially by blocking access to websites that are seen to facilitate copyright infringement The Education Minister floats the possibility of privatising $23 billion of HECS student debt Which when done in the UK, investment bank Rothschild had pushed for students’ interest rates to be raised The Attorney-General reinforces NBN ban on Huawei, a blow to the world’s biggest manufacturer of telco equipment and could strain ties between Australia and the Chinese government, which are negotiating a free-trade agreement that Abbott wants signed within a year Culling NBN service dates for 506,850 premises in brownfields suburbs across Australia, casting doubt on whether those households will ever receive a fibre-to-the-home connection Whirlpool forums comprehensive list Immigration Minister will not try to prevent a convicted double killer from appearing at the Sydney Opera House, despite US rapper Snoop Dogg being refused a visa to visit Australia Treasurer is seriously considering a proposal for states to receive a share of company tax revenue in lieu of revenue they would forfeit when assets were privatised – effectively paying the states to privatise public assets Treasurer Joe Hockey has brushed off a student protest that forced him to be escorted by police: “If they’re going to protest they want to make it meaningful, and in my days they were much more meaningful” The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet decided to keep secret its first briefing for the Prime Minister: “(if publicly released, it is) less likely to provide comprehensive, frank briefing material to incoming prime ministers in the future as it is likely to be tailored to a different audience or with different interests in mind” Members of the team hand-picked by the Abbott government to lead the commission of audit will be paid $1500 a day: more than what a family received through the scrapped Schoolkids Bonus each year. Abbott declares that the Government has succeeded in closing the “floodgates” to asylum seeker arrivals, despite Labor claiming some of the credit with its offshore settlement policy, announced just weeks before the election Agriculture Minister says he will not shut down the exports of live sheep to Jordan, despite the latest revelations of animal cruelty where sheep were being dragged along the ground to the place of slaughter, where they are killed next to the bodies of other sheep, thrown into car boots and carved open at the throat. Other animals have stones thrown at them and some are sat on by children. He also scrapped the position of Independent Inspector General of Animal Welfare, announced by Labor to oversee the live export industry, amid fresh evidence of cruelty towards Australian animals overseas. The Agriculture minister has ‘full confidence that my department is currently seeing how this leakage (of the footage) occurred November 2013Edit The Environment Minister is undertaking a review of the list of threatened ecological communities, threatening to overturn the listing of the Murray River Asylum seekers in Darwin complained that only two toilets were available for 500 people in one section of the Christmas Island detention facility. The Immigration Minister said these complaints “unsubstantiated” – two asylum seekers who spoke to the ABC were sent to offshore detention Imposing an appeals body over the nation’s workplace umpire, declaring concern at inconsistent decisions by the Fair Work Commission. Justifying the proposed reinstatement of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, the Employment Minister said it had been “suggested to me” that organised crime elements, including bikie gangs, had infiltrated the construction sector Silence echoes across Canberra as the Coalition clams up: Since winning office, Abbott has fronted the nation’s media just eight times. Calls to his office, and to his ministers, frequently go unanswered or unreturned. (Includes list of roadblocks) The Federal Government is negotiating with Holden over a new round of funding. If the funds do not materialise, Holden has said it will pack up shop and leave. The Treasurer declares the Government will “not negotiate with a gun to our heads” Apple has releases its first transparency report on the demands it gets from governments for access to people’s information, and Australia is near the top of the computer giant’s list Keeping 18 of 92 unlegislated tax proposals, remainder will be either dumped, amended or reviewed, a cost of $3.1b to budget. The $2000 cap on self-education expenses dumped, low-income superannuation tax offset linked to mining tax scrapped but rolling back the proposed 15 per cent tax on superannuation earnings over $100,000 a year., fringe benefits changes for car industry dumped, but keeping Labor’s tobacco excise increase, raising $5.3b for budget Environment Minister Greg Hunt won’t attend annual United Nations climate change talks in Warsaw, saying he’ll be busy repealing the carbon tax in the first fortnight of parliament Two unaccompanied minors on Manus Island may not have a legal guardian after federal legislation in 2012 changed the minister’s role for asylum seeker children sent offshore. A razor taken to the CSIRO with almost a quarter of scientists, researchers and workers at Australia’s premier science institution will lose their jobs under the federal government’s present public service jobs freeze Abbott and Attorney-General George Brandis will fulfil an election promise and introduce legislation to repeal a section of Racial Discrimination Act that conservative journalist Andrew Bolt was found guilty of breaching WA’s Young Liberals will call for the federal Liberal government to “eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be `balanced\'”. About 20 Hungarian riggers brought in on 457 visas to work on the construction of a warehouse at Eastern Creek in Sydney’s west were sent home after complaining that they were being paid less than the award wage (less than $15 an hour.) Immigration Minister describes Indonesia’s refusal to accept asylum boats ‘very frustrating’ and that there is “no real rhyme or reason” why Indonesian authorities had not taken stricken asylum seekers back to their shores after a three-day impasse Despite a new video mishandled in Mauritius alarming animal cruelty activists and renewing calls for tougher penalties on exporters, Abbott says ‘the government was unmoved on its stance on live exports’ The Abbott government was rebuked by Japan and New Zealand for ditching Australia’s commitment to monitor closely its catch (the lion’s share of a global catch split between nine nations) of the critically endangered southern bluefin tuna. Parliamentary secretary to the Agriculture Minister Richard Colbeck has shelved the proposal, claiming its $600,000 cost was unwarranted in an industry worth $150 million a year in exports. The chairman of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council declares that ‘we cannot hide the fact that Australian wage rates are very high by international standards’ The government is distancing itself from these controversial comments John Howard’s former “fair pay” umpire, Ian Harper, has poured cold water on suggestions that the minimum wage affects Australia’s economic competitiveness. Abandoning its longstanding policy to reduce Australia’s emissions by between 5% and 25% of 2000 levels by 2020 Abbott distances himself from concerns over Sri Lanka’s human rights record, suggesting the country should be judged by a different standard to others Abbott: “this chamber should always be a place of spirited debate. But it should never be a place where motives are impugned or characters assassinated.” -Cue laughter. Abbott is accused of dishonesty over his plans to increase the government’s credit limit to $500 billion. The three new NBN non-executive directors are Mr. Patrick Flannigan (previous head of Construction at NBN Co), Mr. Simon Hackett (Founder of Internode), and Mr. Justin Milne (Group Managing Director of Bigpond) Accuses Leigh Sales of using ‘loaded language’ after stating they have ‘buckles’ on the issue of asylum seekers, but then says she is trying to turn this into a ‘testosterone contest’ ‘We don’t comment on operational matters’…’all governments gather information’…’we use the information that we gather, for good, including to build a stronger relationship with Indonesia’ WikiLeaks leaks the Trans Pacific Partnership exposing details of secret trade negotiations that could leave Australians paying more for drugs and medicines, movies, computer games and software, and be placed under surveillance as part of a US-led crackdown on internet piracy. (The Jakarta Post) – Speculation exists that Australia regularly intercepts Indonesian President Susilo Bambamg Yudhoyono’s and other high ranking officials’ mobile phone conversations. An asylum seeker who was moved off Nauru to give birth is being locked up for 18 hours a day in a detention centre in Brisbane while her week-old baby remains in hospital with respiratory problems A spokesman for Mr Morrison yesterday said doctors at the hospital had advised that it is common for mothers not to stay overnight because of bed restrictions, but the Mater Hospital suggested the mother should have been allowed to visit her child whenever she wanted. Abbott: “deeply regrets” that “they’ve happened because people have come to Australia illegally by boat” The National Commision of Audit will report to the Prime Minister, Treasurer and Minister for Finance with the first phase due by the end of January 2014; and the second phase due by no later than the end of March 2014 Tony Abbott was asked to comment on a report that followed an inquiry in Victoria, which was highly critical of Pell, his attitudes to the problems evidenced in comments before the inquiry and the institutional failures of the Catholic church in stopping child abuse. “He is in my judgment a fine human being, a great churchman. Abbott said he was yet to read the Victorian report, issued on Wednesday, and did not see Cardinal Pell’s evidence to the inquiry. Abbott’s response to child sexual abuse by clergy angers victims Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, invited a small group of Coalition friends for drinks in her private hotel suite, after planning a secret flight to Canberra to visit the Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce. NBN Co’s interim satellites are reaching full capacity and the government-owned company has started turning away new customers in rural Victoria. These customers must rely on existing broadband infrastructure until NBN Co launches two custom-made satellites in 2015. Operation Sovereign Borders Commander General Angus Campbell no longer be present for the entire weekly briefing, giving his weekly report on the number of boat arrivals and take a few questions before leaving after previously repeatedly refusing to give details about questions he said related to “on-water matters”.. Abbott on Sri Lankan human rights abuse: “Obviously the Australian Government deplores any use of torture. We deplore that, wherever it might take place, we deplore that. But we accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen.” Scribd: Tony Abbott on Sri Lanka Immigration Minister refuses to tell Parliament whether any asylum-seeker boats havbe been turned back to Indonesia – a Coalition election policy – prompting ridicule from Labor He acknowledges a Senate motion calling him to release reports on asylum-seeker arrival Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on a profoundly disabled four-year-old Tamil asylum seeker in a Brisbane detention facility who will be transferred offshore along with her father: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a child, it doesn’t matter whether you’re pregnant, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a woman, it doesn’t matter if you’re an unaccompanied minor, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a health condition – if you are fit enough to get on a boat, then you can expect you’re fit enough to end up in offshore processing.” A Federal Liberal MP has come under fire for labelling the principal at the West Australian school where his wife works a “Labor hack” after his wife was the only contract teacher who was not offered permanent work. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has praised Sri Lanka for its efforts to address human rights issues and allegations of war crimes at the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Australia will donate two navy ships to Sri Lanka to promote enhanced collaboration on people smuggling, despite its human rights record The former Customs boats will be given a $2 million facelift and handed over by mid-2014 Joe Hockey tweets ‘Can the angry & extreme left wing trolls who have many more tweets than followers please UNFOLLOW me. You are boring uninformed & repetitive Prime Minister Tony Abbott has rejected a proposal from the 53-nation Commonwealth to establish a new fund to help poor and island countries to combat climate change. Australian intelligence tried to listen in to Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s mobile phone, material leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals. “The NBN Rebooted” conference had a no show of NBN Co’s new executive chairman Ziggy Switkowski, who was billed earlier as keynote speaker. It is understood the Dr Switkowski has agreed to keep a low profile in line with the communications strategy of the Coalition. The department led by Malcolm Turnbull – who last year said NBN Co was more secretive than the Kremlin – has refused to release its briefing to the new government under freedom of information laws. The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet signed a 12-month lease on a house in August, during the caretaker period. Mr Abbott made it clear shortly after the election he did not want to live there, costing taxpayers $3,000 a week to rent a house in Canberra that Prime Minister Tony Abbott does not want to live in. Indonesia will call back its ambassador to Australia and “review” Australian diplomatic positions in Jakarta as anger rises in Indonesia over revelations that Australia tapped the phone of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife The president of Indonesia has lashed out at Tony Abbott in a series of angry tweets, accusing the Australian Prime Minister of taking the spying scandal too lightly. Would be stung with a $150 million penalty if it broke the fifteen-year lease Labor signed to house the Department of Climate Change in the six-star energy efficient “Nishi” building in New Acton An Australian Customs patrol boat had to rescue about 40 asylum-seekers at the weekend after accidentally ripping the bow of the boat away and causing it to start sinking. Phone and internet services are already being cut in areas of Tasmania, even though some customers are still waiting for connection to the NBN. 600 staff members of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service would have to be sacked in the next four years due to budget cuts of $733 million Abbott refuses to apologise over revelations that Australia tried to tap president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s phone: “I sincerely regret any embarrassment that recent media reports have caused him.” The decision to repeal the carbon tax and dismantle all climate and clean energy institutions and initiatives sent it down six places to number 57 of 61 of the annual climate performance index Immigration Minister defies Senate order to release information about Operation Sovereign Borders Starting talks with UNESCO to reduce Tasmania’s newly-expanded World Heritage Area An unaccompanied teenage girl has been sent to Australia’s immigration detention centre on Nauru. Tony Abbott’s office has no plans to respond to the president’s statement and the foreign minister Julie Bishop has withdrawn from plans to appear on ABC’s 7.30 Report on Thursday night and Q&A on Monday night. Customs officials confirm they were directed by the immigration minister, Scott Morrison, to describe asylum seekers arriving by boat as “illegal”. Demonstrators in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta have burnt an Australian flag in protest over the alleged tapping as anti-Australian sentiment continues to escalate. Indonesians express Aussie hatred with hashtag #GanyangAustralia which means ‘Crush Australia’ Immigration Minister Scott Morrison refuses to reveal what anti-people smuggling activities have been shelved in Indonesia as a result of the spying scandal Indonesia’s police chief Sutarman has confirmed Australia’s worst fears that the fallout from the spying row will hit at the heart of Tony Abbott’s attempts to “stop the boats” as reprisals begin against Australia The Indonesian government is being urged to relax its preventive measures against boat people using Indonesia as a stepping stone in their onward journeys to Australia. Abbott’s election adviser Mark Textor has sparked a diplomatic storm after apparently comparing Indonesia’s foreign minister to “a 1970s Filipino porn star” on Twitter. An Indonesian responds directly on Twitter Representatives of most of the world’s poor countries have walked out of increasingly fractious climate negotiations after the Australia and other developed countries insisted that the question of who should pay compensation for extreme climate events be discussed only after The Opposition claims it it is being inundated by “countless” complaints by Australians alarmed after the new Coalition Government ‘wiped them off the NBN rollout map’ with “no apology and no real explanation” The latest threat from Indonesia to freeze Australia’s live cattle trade takes the fallout from the spying scandal to a disturbing new level. Barnaby Joyce postpones trip to Indonesia, state-owned cattle firm halts talks amid spying allegations Abbott forms the Prime Minister’s indigenous council to provide advice on Aboriginal economic reform by recuiting powerful business and indigenous figures The publication of a sexually lurid cartoon of Tony Abbott on the front page of Indonesia’s Rakyat Merdeka newspaper on Saturday is the second time in seven years that the same newspaper has courted the outrage of Australians by inking an offensive image of the Prime Minister. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says boats can be stopped without Indonesia’s co-operation A $300 million funding boost from the Labor Government aimed at improving the wages of 30,000 childcare workers looks increasingly likely to be axed: increasing certificate III childcare workers by $3 an hour and early-childhood teachers by $6 an hour. A group of unaccompanied child asylum seekers have been transferred from Nauru to Brisbane amid concerns about their mental health and fears they may try to self harm. A delegation of Russian politicians was in Indonesia to discuss the Australian phone tapping revelations, while giving “permission” from Moscow to Indonesian MPs to meet with former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who lives under temporary protection there. Being able to tear up Labor’s Gonski school funding reforms after discovering the Catholic sector and a majority of states never signed binding agreements (The Sunday Times – no link) Australians would be denied access to both superannuation and the age pension until they turned 70 under a radical plan that goes far beyond the one proposed by the Productivity Commission Industry superannuation funds are warning plans to axe a rebate for low-income workers will affect half of all working women and will disproportionately hit rural workers. Indonesian hackers leak usernames and passwords of Australian police The birth of children and clinical depression are no longer being formally reported as incidents in Australian detention centres, while self-harm events have been downgraded from critical to major from August 2013: [Hockey: “Smokes and beers might be the thing that is important to them,” in response to a series of 12.5% tobacco tax excise increases, beginning in December – an initiative that they haven’t opposed] Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has abandoned his pre-election pledge that every school would receive the same amount of funding under the Coalition as under Labor, while claiming to be too busy to meet the expert panel that devised the funding model Despite Abbott saying in August 2013 that if the Coalition won government, it would honour Labor’s funding commitments across the four years of the budget forward estimates. Pyne’s funding model has been described as ‘quick and dirty’ by a Gonski panel member The NSW Premier blasted his federal colleagues for abandoning the schools funding agreement he struck with the former Labor government, saying they should stop acting like an opposition. Pyne blames journalists for getting confused about his school funding promises, amid growing anger over the Coalition’s reneging on its pre-election commitments. The Coalition’s pre-election promise Funding for the Alcohol and other Drugs Council (ADCA), the national peak body representing organisations and workers in the sector, has been axed, undermining years of work to minimise alcohol and other drug-related harm across the Australian community Forcing the immediate closure of the 50-year-old organisation. Beijing has delivered an angry rebuke over what it says are “irresponsible remarks” made by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop regarding Chinese territorial claims in the East China Sea. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has announced the creation of a new taskforce to stamp out corruption in the Customs and Border Protection Service: which will identify officers or groups who pose a risk to the service, as well as their outside criminal associations Abbott proposes security round table with Indonesia SBY says cooperation won’t resume until Australia signs code of ethics Which Abbott has declined to immediately commit to, but suggests a security round table be established so both nations could be more open with each other and build greater mutual trust In a significant departure from the normal government formulation, which is declining to comment on intelligence matters, Trade Minister Andrew Robb spoke of the surveillance of Indonesia in 2009 as a matter of fact. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has rejected accusations the Coalition misled voters on education funding ahead of the election, saying Labor “utterly mismanaged” the issue. Treasurer Joe Hockey has offered the states and territories incentive payments to sell off public assets and put the money into new job-creating infrastructure. The government of Timor Leste – East Timor – believes Australia’s overseas spy agency covertly recorded Timorese ministers and officials in Dili in 2004. They say it happened during negotiations over a treaty that governs billions of dollars in gas revenue between the two countries. The newly-formed senate committee examining the NBN said it has been forced to summons NBN Co executives to appear as witnesses at planned hearings this week. NBN Co executives have been “reluctant to attend the committee in person”. The Abbott government expects to make less money from the NBN because of slower speeds available under the Coalition’s copper-based network, a Senate committee has heard. ABC link Treasurer Joe Hockey offers his state and territory counterparts potentially billions of dollars in tax incentives if they sell off public assets and put the money into new job-creating infrastructure. Tony Abbott has refused to take a backward step in a deepening diplomatic spat with Beijing, declaring “China trades with us because it is in China’s interest to trade with us”. PM Abbott told Aung San Suu Kyi (house arrest roughly 15 years), “I was an Opposition Leader myself for 4 years.” The union representing Telstra field staff says the telco’s copper-wire network is “beyond repair” and “an absolute disgrace”, casting new doubts over the federal government’s plans to use it to deliver faster broadband in its mixed-technology national broadband network Australia faces strained diplomatic ties on a new front after China lashed out at comments from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and called for an immediate correction. But Abbott says Australia will speak its mind on China’s territorial dispute with Japan Australia’s handover of an old C-130 Hercules to Indonesia will go ahead, despite cooperation being suspended between the two countries. Treasurer Joe Hockey says the country needs to accept that keeping Qantas in regulatory handcuffs, which limit foreign ownership in the national flag carrier, will come at a high cost to taxpayers. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has played down the United Nations’ Refugee Agency’s scathing assessment of Australia’s offshore detention centres, describing the report’s criticism as ‘‘overstated’’. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has refused to back down over comments to China regarding its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea, despite an angry response from the Chinese government. Treasurer Joe Hockey: she is doing exactly the right thing. Public schools may be the big losers under the Government’s plans to scrap Labor’s Gonski education package, state and territory ministers say they have been told. Two Indonesian nationals have been questioned by Customs for allegedly trying to smuggle birds on a C-130 Hercules being handed over to Indonesia. Tony Abbott has refused to take a backward step in a deepening diplomatic spat with Beijing, declaring “China trades with us because it is in China’s interest to trade with us”. The Coalition’s national broadband network model will prove inadequate for many businesses, is poorly planned and is unlikely to be completed on time, according to NBN Co’s internal analysis for the incoming Abbott government. December 2013Edit Some of Tony Abbott’s most controversial speeches have been airbrushed from Coalition history since the election, including a 2009 speech in which he backed a carbon tax, and a 2004 speech in which he described abortion as a question of the mother’s convenience Example of a case: ‘The Coalition will match Labor dollar-for-dollar over the next four years.’ Abbott accuses the ABC of acting as an “advertising amplifier for the Guardian” by collaborating on the story that revealed intelligence agencies’ attempts to tap the Indonesian president’s phone. Reverses its position again on the Gonski education funding, saying it will honour all existing deals for the next four years, and add an extra $1.2 billion into the system. Conservative Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has launched a scathing attack on advocates for abortion, euthanasia, carbon pricing, Sharia, burqas, gay marriage, the ABC and welfare Abbott on axing the carbon pricing scheme: it would be the “best possible Christmas present” for Australians. Posting on a YouTube entitled ‘What could you do with $550?’ despite this only being what the average household would receive. Information about ordinary Australian citizens has been offered to Australia’s global spying partners, according to the latest reports of leaked intelligence from US whistleblower Edward Snowden. Introducing a Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 including seven Acts to replace the student start-up scholarship with an income-contingent student start-up loan while enabling an interest charge to be applied to certain social security debts, removing regulation on national gambling and the requirement for employers to provide paid parental leave as well as acts in relation to child support and the stillborn baby payment Tony Abbott says he has no evidence Australia’s spy agencies have acted outside the law and argues current “stringent” safeguards work to prevent overreach by the intelligence services. Abbott on any misunderstanding on their promise to keep schools funding: “We are going to keep the promise that we actually made, not the promise that some people thought that we made, or the promise that some people might have liked us to make.” video link Abbott threatens to extend the parliamentary sitting calendar into Christmas during a joint party room meeting consumed by fiery speeches about an unbalanced ABC and a joking suggestion that former MP Sophie Mirabella could take over the running of the national broadcaster. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull rings the ABC boss Mark Scott to tell him he had made an “error of judgment” in teaming with the Guardian to run revelations that the Indonesian president’s phone was bugged The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has now been renamed The Department of Immigration and Border Protection Greens Senator Scott Ludlam asks the Attorney-General George Brandis about overreach and asks him to remind the Prime Minister that metadata not only consists of billing data but also mobile and landline records – the Attorney-General believes the term ‘metadata’ means different things to different people and that the Prime Minister’s understanding that it refers to essentially billing details is a ‘perfectly accurate shorthand description’ Visits to http://www.schoolfunding.gov.au are redirected to the departmental website of Education minister Christopher Pyne, where there is no mention of the word “Gonski” at all, let alone a copy of the report or its 7000 submissions. A lawyer representing East Timor in its spying case against Australia says his office has been raided by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). East Timor’s prime minister says he is shocked by the Australian Government’s decision to authorise raids on a lawyer and whistleblower who were set to provide evidence against Australia in The Hague. Abbott raises the prospect of Australia leaving the United Nations refugee convention, risking damage to Australia’s regional and international reputation, especially as it is currently a member of the UN Security Council and is hosting the G20 summit in 2014. Treasurer Joe Hockey will seek an agreement with the Greens to abolish the debt ceiling this week as he faces new projections showing 13 more years of continuous budget deficits – enough to last the life of this government and the next four. Despite Abbott saying in August 2013, that the Greens have ‘fringe economic policies… no one has that kind of economic policy’ Video of Abbott confirming and committing to never to do a deal with a minor party ever Christine Milne article on the debt ceiling debate A new report comparing Australian high school students with 65 other countries shows the nation is slipping further behind in maths and reading skills. Education Minister Pyne says the results vindicate the Coalition’s plan to focus on teacher quality An OECD report found that reducing class size is not on its own, a sufficient policy lever to improve the performance education systems, and is a less efficient measure than increaing the quality of teaching. Senator Cory Bernardi declares that ABC’s funding should be cut and the national broadcaster forced to sell advertising and paid subscriptions online to compete with commercial newspapers Weeks after becoming the face of the government’s expenses scandal, West Australian MP Don Randall has been reappointed to the parliamentary committee overseeing privileges and members’ interests. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison limits the number of Permanent Protection Visas to 1,650 – meaning that no more further protection visas can be provided to onshore applicants until June 30 2014 Guardian article Holden has made the decision to pull out of Australia as early as 2016 Toyota insists it will stay in Australia after posting a $149 million profit, making it the only local car maker to be in the black. Treasurer Joe Hockey denies being “married to the Greens” after the Federal Government brokered a new deal with the minor party to scrap the debt ceiling Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos has backed away from his suggestion that he would reconsider the government’s decision to shut down Labor’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation, given the corporation’s apparent financial success. First ever images leaked from within the Australian asylum seeker detention centre on Nauru The first same-sex couples were legally married in Canberra Which were annulled less than a week later, with the High Court unanimously ruling that the ACT’s laws were inconsistent with the Federal Marriage Act, and were therefore unconstitutional Abbott: They knew the risk that their marriages would be knocked down by the High Court Guardian article Malcolm Turnbull says the current Parliament may change marriage laws to allow same-sex couples to wed. The Chinese foreign minister has launched an unprecedented public attack on the Australian Government, accusing it of “jeopardising bilateral mutual trust” as the row over the East China Sea escalates Abbott has ordered cabinet ministers and top public servants to personally approve the airfares and hotel bookings of tens of thousands of bureaucrats (not politicians) as part of a crackdown on government travel costs ASIO cancels the passports of 20 Muslim men, over fears that they would travel overseas to engage in ‘politically motivated violence’ – a lawyer who was approached by 15 of the men explain that they are worried and she is not aware of any of them wanting join the fighting in Syria. Refusing the Senate access to the secret text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal it is negotiating in Singapore, saying it will only be made public after it has been signed. The $6-8 billion east-west link will trigger huge increases in traffic on key sections of Melbourne’s road network An Australian jailed for disrupting one of the world’s most famous boat races has escaped deportation after arguing he did not want to expose his wife and daughter to racism in Australia. Uranium processing has been shut down at a Northern Territory mine which was the source of a million-litre radioactive spill in Kakadu national park as a comprehensive audit of the entire site is undertaken. Ministers will no longer be forced to consider formal conservation advice for endangered species in projects approved before the end of this year, under changes to the national environment law agreed on by the Coalition and Labor. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has been busted for a third time using taxpayer funds to attend a wedding, repaying more than $300 claimed on ComCars to attend a journalist friend’s wedding five years ago Abbott is asking childcare providers to “do the right thing” and hand back $62.5 million given to them to improve wages in the poorly paid sector The Victorian Manufacturing Minister has asked Abbott to return the $500 million it was removing from the automotive industry Under pressure from the forestry industry to reverse its election promise to scrap the Tasmanian forestry peace deal, which was an attempt to end decades of division and conflict between loggers and environmentalists that crippled the industry Federal Parliament descends into chaos last night, with the Opposition accusing Speaker Bronwyn Bishop of taking sides. An example Hansard Treasure Joe Hockey said in Parliament that Holden managing director Mr Devereux should “come clean with the Australian people” and be “honest”, “Either you’re here or you’re not,” A company insider sends the text message: Are you seeing this question time attack on Holden? during Parliamentary Question Time. Taunting (Holden) to leave. It’s extraordinary.Holden confirms decision to cease manufacturing operations in Australia by 2017 The Approving the creation of one of the world’s largest coal ports near the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, sparking outrage from conservationists and the Greens. Executives of NBN Co has told a senate select committee that it has not conducted any trials of the Fibre to the Note model since the change of government Labor calls on the coalition to reconsider a decision that will deny a Somali woman facial reconstruction surgery for gunshot wounds. Treasurer Joe Hockey has scrapped a set of foreign ownership conditions stopping the Chinese company Yanzhou from taking full ownership of an Australian coal miner, less than two weeks after rejecting a US firm’s $3.4 billion takeover bid for GrainCorp Amnesty International details a report, describing Manus Island’s detention centre as ‘cruel, inhuman, degrading and violating prohibitions against torture’. They also highlight that gay asylum seekers on Manus island are being told they will be reported to the PNG police if they engage in homosexual relations while in detention The parliamentary speaker, Bronwyn Bishop, faced fresh complaints about her impartiality after she appeared to take a dig at two Labor frontbenchers over who was serving as the party’s key tactician – repeating a ‘puppet of the unions’ taunt Attorney-General George Brandis has asked the Australian Law Reform Commission to conduct a sweeping review of Commonwealth legislation to find provisions that encroach upon “rights, freedoms and privileges”. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull admitted the Abbott government will break its NBN election promise of giving all Australians access to 25 megabits per second download speeds by 2016 He also said that job losses are “likely” at the NBN Co after a review of the Government’s broadband plan found it will be billions of dollars more expensive than the Coalition had promised. The Conversation article One in three Australian premises will miss out on the Coalition’s NBN: ‘They are selling us a technology that’s already obsolete – this is the greatest con in Australian history,’ critic claims Thousands of aged care workers will miss out on an expected pay rise after the Federal Government dumped a $1.2 billion fund set up by Labor. The fleet of high-security Holdens used by the Prime Minister will be replaced with bomb-proof BMWs. Shares fell for the sixth day in a row as offshore investors trimmed their Australian equity portfolios ahead of expectations a depreciating local currency will eat into their profits, the longest losing streak in 17 months for shares Bill Morrow, chief executive of Vodafone for 19 months, has now been appointed CEO of NBN Co Abbott says a gentle smack is sometimes the best thing for a child, rejecting the United Nations recommendation that all corporal punishment be banned in Australia. SBS article Considering changes to lower the GST threshold on imported goods from $1000 to $20, raising more than $550 million per year in extra revenue at the cost of $1.5 billion per year in administration costs Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane says Toyota employees must adjust to changed working conditions (including shorter holidays, ‘time off to give blood, ‘three week shut down over Christmas on top of their annual leave’) in the wake of Holden’s decision to cease manufacturing in Australia. Withdrawing funding to The Welcome Centre, which provided support to asylum seekers, refugees & new arrivals through English classes, volunteer & work experience opportunities, emergency relief and friendship. Setting up a Royal Commission into the former government’s home insulation scheme Despite data showing far from increasing the rates of fire occurring from installing insulation – as it actually reduced the rate of fires and likely reduced the rate in a quite substantial manner. Striking a deal to devolve environmental powers to the states and territories, a move conservationists warn could dismantle safeguards first put in place 30 years ago. The Chief of the Australian Defence Force appears to have misled the Senate regarding a handcuffed prisoner who was shot dead by an Australian Special Forces officer in Afghanistan. General David Hurley told an Estimates hearing that it was a “combat-related death”, but after the Afghan man was detained, an Australian officer was left alone in the room with the handcuffed prisoner. After some shouting, he had been shot in the chest, the neck and between the eyes. Scrapping grants for the Building Multicultural Communities Program which had offered up to $160,000 for the small infrastructure projects of community groups. Dumping the Salvation Army as a long-term partner in providing services in offshore processing centres, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison refusing the confirm the details Transport unions warn thousands of Qantas maintenance, catering and other support staff could be sacked and their jobs sent offshore if restrictions on the foreign ownership of the national carrier are lifted Group of 70 asylum seekers, including many children, arrive on Christmas Island Abbott rules out more money for Toyota: providing additional money is “not the right way to go” Abbott says ‘high time’ Indonesia resumes cooperation on smuggling, describing their decision to suspend military cooperation as “singularly unhelpful” Abandoning its target of returning the budget to surplus in four years, blaming the “profligacy” of its Labor predecessor. Expecting to confirm a deficit of just under $50 billion in its Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), $20 billion more than the deficit forecast by Labor in its last economic statement before the election Formally disbanding the Immigration Health Advisory Group, which provided independent advice on the health needs of asylum seekers, sacking all the groups members except the current chair who will set up its own advisory panel despite having little mental health experience Crikey article Abbott says Indonesia’s suspension of co-operation on asylum seeker boats is one of the reasons behind an increase in boat arrivals. Planning to end the historical role of state governments in operating universities, starting with controlling governance of NSW’s 10 universities as part of a national taekover Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has called on former Liberal leader and current Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stop publicly advocating gay marriage or quit the ministry. The MYEFO is expected to reveal a deficit of close to $50 billion this financial year – a significant increase from the $30 billion forecast during the election campaign – and more than $120 billion worth of deficits over the forward estimates. Abbott responds by warning of “serious policy change” Treasurer Joe Hockey refuses to name when he would deliver a surplus comes despite a previous promise to get the budget back in the black by 2016-17. Despite the doom and gloom, they are continuing to commit an addition $8.2 billion over six years in transport infrastructure investment, including $700 million to build the Toowoomba bypass – $618 million will come from private sources, likely to be recouped through tolls for heavy vehicles Michael Pascoe reviews Treasurer Hockey’s performance at the MYEFO: there’s still nothing concrete about how the Treasurer will deal with what he called “a major budget crisis” back in May. Treasurer Hockey moves the Public Service job cut target from 12000 to 14500-26500. He won’t say how many, it has been sent to the Commission of Audit Including cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), the Coalition has announced that a total more than $42 million in cuts will now also be spread over a further three legal assistance services including community legal centres (CLCs), Legal Aid Commissions, and Family Violence Prevention Legal Services. Community legal centres – including nine Environment Defenders Offices, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, and other CLCs for which details are yet to be announced – face cuts of $19.61 million over four years. That includes reductions of $6.5 million to Legal Aid Commissions, $13.3 million to National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, $3.66 million to Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, and $19.6 million to the Community Legal Service Program, out of the Environment Defender’s Offices were funded. Immediately cutting an estimated $10 million boost over four years given to the Environmental Defender’s Offices, who provide legal advice and representation to individuals and groups on conservation issues, while also advocating law reform The latest Amnesty report on Manus Island reveals broken toilets, no shoes, limited water and daily humiliation (staff refer to them by their boat ID, men receive only 500mL of water per day, snakes being found in their room, the men have no activities to keep them occupied – one created a mock TV and games console with cardboard controllers) Guardian article: Unsustainable tax cuts are the cause of much of our budget problems, and rolling them back should be a big part of the solution Abbott winds back the ministerial code of condu LikeLike
    • bighead1883 says:

      Cornie,you`re going to need a 250 gig page for this lot by the time they`re thrown out.
      When people really awaken as to their real agenda [very soon I say] they will not be re-elected for decades just like US Republicans.

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    • craig says:

      Cornlegend, the hard yards the the coalition have to do to fix your stuff ups, sucks eh? However, thank you for pointing out just how bad the ALP\greens were in power, nice reminder to ensure the public keep the ALP out of government for another term or two.

      Cheers.

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      • cornlegend says:

        Craig,
        its obvious you didn’t read a thing.
        These are ABBOTTS stuff ups.
        all in around 100 days. 😀

        Grin
        I can understand all your “sighs”
        Abbott obviously is a worry to you.

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        • craig says:

          No, I read the your whole post, I read research papers for a living however, what you conveniently forget is that the Abbott government, mostly, is responding to the past behaviour of the previous government. I look behind the behaviour not whats in front and thats where I question the sincerity of your information. Look, im moving on from this post, its become quite tedious and you have a nice day.

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          • cornlegend says:

            good on you Craig,
            move on, don’t face the inevitable truth about Abbotts balls ups
            You were getting a wee bit boring anyhow, with your tired old rants.
            LNP do email the questions out, so the single braincell of recipients doesn’t get too overloaded.

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  7. cornlegend says:

    Sorry, the source was
    http://auspol.wikia.com/wiki/Tony%27s_Mandate#January_2014

    thought I ‘d post the whole article.
    Some RWNJs don’t know how to follow links.
    They just sign roboform twitters

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  8. Consider says:

    I see this dangerous clown Abbott is at it again.
    Now he is using his wedge politics on the Indonesian Govt and their military re asylum seekers.
    He will use every rotten trick in the book, like he did in Opposition, to get his way, regardless of the damage he causes.Only this time he really is playing with fire.
    The idiot is out of his depth and if there is anyone in his party who is concerned about where he is taking our country they should move on him real quick before it`s too late.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Consider, thanks for your comment, 😎 and you nailed mate 😀

      The fact that his apologists are even here, shows how desperate they’re getting 😯 as usual nothing about how good this A dolt government is just more of the same old shit about Rudd and Labors alleged mess.

      Talk about tunnel vision 🙄

      Cheers 😀

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      • Consider says:

        Truthy, it seems I may have been too harsh on our illustrious P.M. when I accused him of using wedge politics on the Indonesions.
        I just heard him say on the T.V. when speaking on 2GB (where else) that it SEEMS that our General spoke with an Indonesion General about towing the boats back!!!!!!!
        Good grief, if ever anyone needed proof that this bloke is thoroughly incompetent, he surely has proved it.
        Fancy the leader of any country admitting on T.V. that he doesn`t know what it`s military is up to at any given time!!!!!!!!
        Cheers 🙂

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  9. diannaart says:

    I notice a few people making statements such as, “All you lefties do is criticise Abbott – never acknowledge positive achievements of conservative governments” – or similar, maybe with some personal abuse thrown in, but that is something I hear a lot on the blogging network.

    Now, strange as it may appear, I actually like governments of any political stripe doing good for the people. I will freely and happily endorse good decisions, good policy resulting in beneficial outcomes.

    Therefore, dear reader, your attention to the last time a conservative government did anything positive and beneficial:

    Howard’s gun buy back & gun legislation. Top work.

    I am patiently waiting for Abbott; I promise if he produces anything positive and beneficial for our nation I will shout it loud to the sky.

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  10. Caz2 says:

    What I would like to see is one of our top performing groups do an album of protest songs which is what Burt Bacharch did when George W was in office. It was called “At this Time” and one song begins “who. Are these people who are telling us lies and. How did these people get control of our lives. Make them STOP”. I saw him perform it at the Opera House ,great stuff. We need our. Own voice telling the world what is happening here. Time for more protests songs.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Caz2, thanks for your comment 😎 we need every avenue covered, to make sure that the message gets through, cos leaving this mob in charge for even 5 minutes longer than necessary, could add years to our recovery from their incompetence. 😦

      Cheers 😀

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  11. my say says:

    when will this gutless wonder face the australian public and answer questiosns, instead of hiding behind the shock jocks on 2GB ,

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  12. Gilly says:

    Another good teeth grinder, Truthie.
    By the way the costs for the life boats has been covered by the withdrawn pay rises for care givers to the very young and the very old. GRRR… GRRR…GRRR .

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  13. Consider says:

    Abbott has finally done it. He linked the asylum seekers issue with that frightening word “WAR”
    What a dangerous bastard he is.

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  14. Consider says:

    Now we hear Pyne has started a “culture war” on education!!!!!
    Can anyone see a certain agenda here, or am I just a conspiracy nut-case?

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  15. Fed up says:

    Mr. Abbott. You are with war, with refugees that are fleeing from war.

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  16. Fed up says:

    Mr. Abbott, why do you see the people as your enemy. Why do suspect our wish to know what you are doing, that is suppose to be on our behalf.

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  17. oldfart says:

    well we are finally here, in a country tht fires shots acroos the bows of a vessel laden with unarmed civilians, no doubt there were plenty of women and children to traumatise. I hope the big brave politician who approved it doesnt lose sleep wondering how he would feel if his wife and kids had to undergo the same ordeal. Funny, this is the sort of event most of the refugees were probably fleeing

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Oldfart, thanks for your comment 😎

      I haven’t heard about that one as yet, is it a rumour? or is it a report from Jakarta?

      Cos you would think that it would contravene international and maritime law 😉

      Cheers 😀

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      • oldfart says:

        beng reported on all msm including just in on ABC, dont think they are worried by a few laws. Do the armed forces still swear allegiance to the queen? If so the GG could step in as her representative

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        • Truth Seeker says:

          Mate, I’ve been watching ABC24 all morning, and haven’t seen anything as yet, but I am trying to finish my next post, so may have been distracted 😯

          So thanks for the update, and I’ll watch for the next set of headlines 😀

          Cheers 😀

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        • Truth Seeker says:

          Yes mate, they’re taking about it now, and how the mob are denying it 😯

          Thanks again 😀

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  18. Fed up says:

    Mr. Morrison once again told us yesterday, we have trouble understanding what Abbott’s words mean.

    When he said they would not tow back boats, that is not what he meant. Once again we have to keep in mind, that Abbott has a different dictionary to the rest of us.

    It appears, he meant he would only tow the boats to the edge of Indonesian territory. He meant that in no way they would invade their sovereign waters.

    Silly us, forgetting that Abbott only ever tells us half of what he means. We have to guess the rest,

    A message to Mr. Hockey. Yesterday’s senate hearings into the audit commission was not the joke. The joke is the commission itself.

    Congratulations for nearly reaching that number. May the next one come quicker.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Fed up, thanks for your comment 😎 and kind words 😀

      Yes, the commission is a joke, but the worst joke for Australia is Hockey and the Abbott mob 😯

      Migs told me at the 50,000 mark, that the next 50,000 comes much quicker, and as usual… he was right 😯

      Thanks again 😀

      Cheers 😀

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  19. Fed up says:

    Indonesia has once again warned Abbott he is on a slippy slope. Providing new boats are seen as being worse, than they have done up to now,.

    It is apparent that Abbott is not interested in mending fences with that country,.

    With an election imminent, I cannot see how Indonesia cannot take action against Abbott.

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  20. frontad84 says:

    Morrison and his Liberal thugs
    Continue to treat us like mugs
    For he’s told us today
    Navy loses it’s way
    If that’s true are the Crew all on drugs

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