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The "world's best treasurer" has popped up to give the Americans his very useful advice on their current financial problems.
Apparently, even though Obummer has been in power for 4 years it's not his fault - it's all the fault of the "Tea Party". You know, the small right wing section of the Republican Party that appear to have immense influence on how Obummer runs the country.
This is probably a foretaste of what we can expect in the run up to the election. It's not Labor's fault that we are in such a financial mess; it's not the profligate spending by Gillard and Krudd it's obviously down to the nasty Coalition for talking the country down.
And do you know what really hurts? We, the taxpayer, are shelling out good money for this turkey.
AUSTRALIA'S Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohamed has met with the hierarchy of Hamas, the Palestinian party listed by the Gillard government as a terrorist organisation. Last week Dr Mohamed led an Australian delegation of Muslim scholars to the Gaza Strip, where they met Hamas senior political leader Ismail Haniyeh. Mr Haniyeh, who has been pushing for the US and the EU to remove Hamas from its terrorist watchlist, last year described former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden as "a Muslim and Arabic warrior" while condemning the US for killing the terrorist leader. Dr Mohamed, who has been styled as a moderate since taking the top Australian Muslim post, last week expressed his happiness at being in Gaza, describing it as the land of pride and martyrdom.
"I am pleased to stand on the land of jihad to learn from its sons and I have the honour to be among the people of Gaza where the weakness always becomes strength, the few becomes many and the humiliation turns into pride," he told local news agencies.
"We came here in order to learn from Gaza. As I said in my speech, we will make the stones, trees, and people of Gaza talk, in order to learn steadfastness, sacrifice, and the defence of one's rights from them.
"We feel like we are on cloud nine. We feel like we are on top of the world." Images of the visit were shown on local TV and hailed as a PR coup by Hamas, the fanatical ruling party in Gaza. Attempts to contact Dr Mohamed, who has insisted radical Muslim extremists in Australia need to be corrected, were unsuccessful. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Australia has listed Hamas as a terrorist entity subject to financial sanctions since 2001. The military wing of Hamas is also listed as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code Act 1995. In July 2009, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, then deputy prime minister, said: "Hamas obviously is a terrorist organisation that has been engaged in violent actions against the Israeli people." Ms Gillard was unavailable to comment. Foreign Minister Bob Carr said through a spokesman that the trip had nothing to do with the government.
"It's up to them to explain their own views and travel plans," the spokesman said.
"We have no diplomatic engagement with Hamas." Last week's delegation, described by the media as one of several "delegations of solidarity", also visited the Ministry of Islamic Endowments and met with religious scholars and sheikhs.
Anyone like to explain why non-Muslim Australia should not be concerned by this unabashed association of a "moderate" (albeit self-styled) Muslim leader with a recognised terrorist group? I sincerely hope ASIO and/or the Federal Police take more than a passing interest in Dr Mohamed's activities when he returns from "the land of pride and martyrdom".
I would like to see more services for remote Australians, regardless of race. Many of the issues touted as indigenous issues are actually remote issues; healthcare, education, employment and things to do being four of them. Whether whitefella or blackfella, people living in towns like Thagomindah or Cooktown have real trouble accessing basic services city people take for granted. If we as a nation want these towns to continue (and if we want to keep buying local beef, fish and sugar) we should be prepared to accept that basic services in remote areas cost money to run, and we should pay for them. Our reward? Fresh fruit and vegetables, and the Outback. What's Australia without the outback?
I would have to agree with you 100% on those comments, WitW. Such measures used to exist (fuel/transport subsidies, bonded school teachers and doctors who were sent to the less attractive parts of the country as part repayment of the government scholarships they won were just some examples of this) - until the Whitlam government, knowing there were never any votes to be had for them in the Bush, dumped them all.
Presumably the "Grand Mufti" is a government appointment or at least approved/recognised by Canberra. (If not who on earth "picks" him?) so if so then this is the mighty unelected Bob Carr's problem.
The Greens have made no secret how they feel about Israel so hardly likely to hear this government speak out against Hamas or any other terrorist organisation.
This government are apparently welcoming members of the LTTE, who they don't consider a terrorist group, as "refugees" despite the concerns of the Sri Lankan High Commissioner. I don't suppose Bowen/JG's vocab stretches to the difference between prosecution and persecution, so long as you are "Fleeing" from something....
Clare, FYI... New Australia's Grand Mufti appointed | SBS World News I think it's more like being the head of a Protestant church, where you get elected or appointed by a bunch of senior church people. Unlike Cardinal Pell (for example) he doesn't officially represent all Muslims in Australia, they're not as structured as the Micks or CofE. According to that article the position has no government standing.
Agree re Hamas.
...so long as you are "Fleeing" from something....
Reminds me of the Terry Pratchett quote from Feet of Clay: "Besides, while it was true that a lot of people came to Ankh-Morpork because it was a city of opportunity, sometimes it was the opportunity not to be hung, skewered or dismantled for whatever crimes you'd left behind in the mountains".
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I lament the fact that no party or Pollie shows any real vision or ambition. After watching recent shows about the Moon landings, it saddens me to think that we no longer have Statesmen that want to do good for the country. Instead we have career oriented, point scorers that are only interested in importing or bribing for votes. Why we pander & cow tail to minority groups is beyond me. Nobody cares to look at the big picture anymore and, as a country, it will be our children who suffer the inevitable consequences of such folly!
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Mine is only one vote in a very safe Liberal seat but I am SO looking forward to giving my opinion on Gillard/Krudd and the mess that they have gotten us into.
Kowtow, which is borrowed from kòu tóu in Mandarin Chinese, is the act of deep respect shown by kneeling and bowing so low as to have one's head touching the ground.Kowtow came into English in the early 19th century to describe the bow itself, but its meaning soon shifted to describe any abject submission or grovelling
Sorry Buster it's the pedant in me that makes me do it
And Bob'awke thinks we should abolish the states to achieve the Fabian dream of one Big Brother (or sister...shudder!) watching over us all.
I think that's been the dream of every Australian PM and federal Treasurer since federation. Ain't gonna make it happen though.
Watching the three pollies and fawning crowds at Woodford Folk Festival on TV and Facebook has been very enlightening; it reminds me never to go near the bloody thing. None of them ever seem to want to rock Soundwave, of course it's a slightly tougher crowd in every respect .
Maybe Gillard, Hawke and Turnbull could form a band...
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Years ago a friend of mine proposed starting a National Nuisance 'award' scheme, similar but inverse to the National Living Treasure award scheme for successful and respected Australians.
It was for people who; 1. failed to recognise their increasing irrelevance to public debate because they were senile / boring / deadset stupid,
2. People who insisted on commenting about issues that were completely removed from their expertise (such as supermodels waxing lyrical about agricultural practices or pollies yakking on about Kabuki theatre), and
3. People who obviously spent every waking hour either appearing in media stories or organising their next appearance in a media story.
Once a person was declared a National Nuisance they would be prohibited from appearing in any media article or reality tv show, going on the lecture circuit, becoming a professional new shopping centre opener and all the other stuff faded media tarts feed from.
We came up with quite a comprehensive list, including Hawke, Fraser, Hanson, Rudd, Qld's Peter Beattie and Jim Soorley. We also had a celebutard list that started with Lara Bingle.
I reckon it could work.
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