Was it just me, or did anyone else find it more than passing strange that Shinzo Abe would be worried about whether or not Abbott would lose a spill, and him citing concerns over losing the submarine contract?… WTF?
Now Abbott has stated that there were no back room deals, ( and we all know how much we can trust what our mendacious Prime Moron says??? ❓ ), but since when do other countries leaders enter the public discourse on internal politics in Australia?
One can only conclude that he is obviously under some understanding that the contract is already theirs, 😯 so the questions are…?
- Did Abbott give him personal assurances?
- Was it one of the conditions for signing the FTA with Japan?
- Do we stand to be sued for any decision that disadvantages the Japanese, under ISDS provisions?
Now prior to the spill motion being defeated, Abbott gave a SA LNP MP, along with the rest of the country, the impression that there would be an “Open Tender” process, whereby Australian companies can bid for the work. 😉
For starters why, only under duress and the threat of losing his job, would an Australian PM make a concession to the effect that “Australian companies” can tender for an “Australian” defence contract , when that should have gone without saying? WTF? 😯
And then the day after the spill motion was defeated, we saw Kevin Andrews going to SA, to make an “announcement” about the tender process, but trying very hard to sidestep the question of whether there is going to be an “Open Tender” Process, rather referring to “His decision” to make it a “Competitive Evaluation Process” instead… WTF?
Or to be more precise, WTF is a “Competitive Evaluation Process”? ❓
Well apparently no-one knows, as the term has only been found in some LNP talking points, and the Minister who claims it as his decision, couldn’t explain it??? Mmmmm? 😉
So what can we assume from this further, apparent deception, so soon after Abbott’s promise that he has heard, and changed, and his government has changed too!
Well another clue to the accuracy, or not, of Abbott’s statement/declaration/promise, came via Sloppy Joe, who on 7.30, reaffirmed his commitment to the very same policies for the next budget, that are left over from the last budget, and are currently held up in the senate, with little to no prospect of being passed… So once more with feeling… WTF ❓
We also saw Abbott claiming that Labor are promoting the open tender process that would mean that we could end up with “Putin” class subs, or in fact subs supplied by Kim Jong Ill, who just happens to be dead, making that another claim that’s somewhat less than credible 😯
So, since Abbott’s umpteenth promise of a more consultative and collegial government – cos he’s heard the messages and he and his government have changed 😯 – and what we’ve seen of the good government that was supposed to start on Monday after the spill that wasn’t, is Abbott and his mendacious mob of miscreants, giving us the same old lies, spin, misinformation, policies and confusion that got them into this mess in the first place.
- We’ve seen ministers contradicting Abbott, or was it Abbott contradicting ministers?
- We’ve seen self retracting weasel words about building the subs in SA, with many a cynical commentator alluding to the possibility it was all about gaining votes, and nothing to do with building the subs anywhere but Japan! 😯
- We’ve seen Hockey standing by his budget that only he and Abbott want 😡
- We’ve seen more of Chrissy Pyne lying (according to ABC fact check) about Labors $6.6 billion cuts to higher education 😯
- We’ve seen Andrews saying there will be no open tender process Just a …. “Competitive Evaluation Process”… WTF? 😉
- We’ve seen the continuing farce that is laughingly called parliament, courtesy of Bronnie Bishop?
- And the list goes on 😯
So they’ve changed eh??? 🙄
But I digress 😯
So, in conclusion, I for one would be more than happy to see us pay half as much again for local production of the subs, as the lions share of whatever money we pay for them would be put back into the economy, OUR economy, in the creation of jobs, tax receipts, consumer spending and confidence, and the flow on to other associated as well as unrelated industries. 😯
$20 – 40 billion would be much better spent here than in Japan or anywhere else for that matter, so my final question is;
Hey Abbott… What’s the story?