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gupta 13th Feb 2013 05:01

And how about this little gem of mismanagement in the name of assisting climate change, from the Alice Springs News about the purchase of Henbury Station for use as a carbon farm

And a very appropriate comment from Alice Springs Town Councillor Steve Brown:

I don’t know what it is about Labor Governments, but if they spent as much time and money actually carrying out well thought out planned projects as they do in in printing glossy pamphlets and spruiking political propaganda in the pretense of doing something, they and our nation would be a lot better off!

Andu 13th Feb 2013 05:21

It will be an interesting development should Trish Crossin stand as an independent for the NT Senate seat. I'm sure someone (a 'faceless man'? :) ) will lean heavily on her if she made any move to do so, but, since JEG herself offered her (to quote Trish Crossin) 'nothing' when she summarily dismissed her, you'd have to ask, would that 'leaning' involve a reward or a threat?

I suppose the big question would be: will Trish Crossin (or anyone) believe that Labor will be in a position to offer any rewards after the election?

CoodaShooda 13th Feb 2013 05:29


Most Territorians wouldn't have known who Trish was until Julia put her in the spotlight.

The way Senate voting has gone here ever since we got the two seats is that the labor #1 and the CLP #1 have got the required 33%.

As I posted earlier, she only just got the quota last time.

There might be a sympathy vote swing if she goes as an independent but my gut feel is that the CLP might pick up the quinella.

In the small circle that I mix with, the "anyone but Julia" movement has been expanded to "anyone but Julia and Nova".

That said, the new Mills Gummint is doing the best it can to trash the CLP brand; so my gut may be well off beam. Always hard to tell in the Terrortory.

7x7 13th Feb 2013 06:13

15th Feb approaching, the anniversary of the most humiliating defeat ever suffered by the British Empire - the surrender of Singapore to an exhausted, almost out of ammunition attacking force that was one third the size of the defending force.

Surely Nova Peris must feel a bit like an untrained Brit reinforcement on a ship pulling into Singapore Harbour 71 years ago today, or maybe even tomorrow?

Nova, I think that in the long run, you'd be better off if your 'ship' was sunk by today's version of Japanese bombs before you walk down the gangplank and into "capdividy".

To stretch the Singapore analogy a bit further, I don't believe you're going to like your 'officers' who will be 'interred' with you on the Opposition benches in the Senate.

Andu 13th Feb 2013 20:36

Self-funded retirees, be afraid; be very afraid.
Cookies must be enabled. | The Australian

Private super in frame for tax hit
• From:The Australian
• February 14, 2013 12:00AM

TREASURY officials are sharpening their focus on the $460 billion held in self-managed superannuation funds as the Gillard government searches for ways to recoup tax revenue to pay for disability services and school reforms.

The fast-growing sector is seen as a prime target for higher taxes as Labor examines ways to improve "fairness and equity" in the concessions on retirement savings.
Andrew Bold expands upon this same theme.

The Gillard Government wants to loot retirement savings for three reasons only:

- it’s spent too much
- it wants to spend even more
- super is where more money is.

It’s as simple as that. No one should think it’s actually good public policy to punish the prudent or destroy confidence in the superannuation system:

TREASURY officials are sharpening their focus on the $460 billion held in self-managed superannuation funds as the Gillard government searches for ways to recoup tax revenue to pay for disability services and school reforms.

The fast-growing sector is seen as a prime target for higher taxes as Labor examines ways to improve “fairness and equity” in the concessions on retirement savings.

Talk of reform triggered warnings from the industry last night that the tax breaks available to self-managed super funds were no different from those already being used by everyday funds commonly used by millions of workers…

Changes remain on the agenda, however, as the government seeks “structural savings” in the May budget to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme and a response to the Gonski review of school funding. Combined, the two reforms could cost almost $15bn a year when fully in place.

Normally you check how much money you have and then spend accordingly.
This Government does things in exactly the opposite way. First it spends, and then arranges taxes accordingly.

Niki Savva adds a fourth reason. It’s called Wayne Swan:

He has known for months [his mining tax] would fall short of projections. The two measures described as flaws or loopholes that limit revenue - the depreciation provisions and reimbursement of increased state royalties - are no such thing. They are deliberate design elements agreed to in great haste to resolve a political problem…

[Swan last year] predicted it would raise $2 billion - $10bn less than the first estimate for the super profits tax. So far it has delivered more than $126 million.

Swan expected people to believe a volatile tax could fund recurrent spending of $15bn, that he could rustle up another $15bn to pay for Gonski and the National Disability Insurance Scheme and provide a surplus.

He got away with it for a while. No longer.

David Uren explains the tax changes that left the Government with peanuts. One problem: Swan went into negotiations really thinking there were super profits just waiting for collection.

Does anyone have confidence in the Government’s economic management?
Commonwealth Bank of Australia chief executive Ian Narev has called on the government not to use the $1.5 trillion superannuation system to prop up the federal budget, warning retirement savings should not be treated as a “political football” during the election…

Mr Narev’s comments were echoed by one of the country’s most respected economists, who cautioned that the retirement savings system may be severely damaged by further rises in super taxes.

John Piggott, a member of the Henry panel that conducted an extensive review of taxation in 2009, warned Australia had a world-class super system that “may yet be torn apart” by politicians who raid it to plug budget holes.

500N 13th Feb 2013 20:39

I see the word out there is that a Rudd challenge will come
within 3 - 4 weeks.

It is going to get very interesting !!!

Andu 13th Feb 2013 21:38

I don't think Kevni can help himself. He's like a junkie looking for the next fix. Over the last few days, it's been little short of embarrassing watching him perform for the cameras.

I really hope that hubris reigns within the Labor Pardee and they believe their own propaganda and roll him, because I really want this unspeakable woman to face the electors in September - and preferably earlier - so, like the witless Gough Whitlam in 1976, there can be no doubt about what the electorate thinks of her.

If she gets rolled without facing the electorate, some (undoubtedly female) "journalist" will write an adoring, totally whitewashed (should that be 'airbrushed'?) account of the "wonderful" Gillard years - and as sure as God made little apples, that book will become the accepted history in all Australian universidies in years to come.

500N 13th Feb 2013 21:42

I just had a thought.

If she gets rolled like Howard did, she might leave Parliament
which means that after 20 years, I might get a new MP in my

That would be a change as she is never around much anyway
and most people in our area wouldn't know anyone else.


Ovation 13th Feb 2013 23:22

Meanwhile, back at the New South Wales ICAC Hearing into the corrupt dealings surrounding the Mt Penny coal mine leases, a crucial witness has checked himself into a mental health facility and avoids giving testimony against disgraced former ALP politicians, namely Eddie Obeid and Ian McDonald.

IAN MACDONALD's business partner, who is considered a ''crucial witness'' in a corruption inquiry is understood to have checked himself into a mental-health centre.
John Gerathy, the business partner and lawyer of disgraced former minister Ian Macdonald, has told the Independent Commission Against Corruption he is ill and unable to give evidence.

Read more: Corruption Inquiry

sisemen 14th Feb 2013 01:06

With an economy in tatters and an idiot as treasurer, totally unsecured borders, no real plan for the future, and a vicious ex leader seeking vengeance and retribution why on earth is Dullard holding out until September? This is now the lamest of lame duck administrations and she should be doing something positive for the country by resigning now and calling an election. There ain't going to be any white knight charging up to save the day no matter how much this shower of scheissen would hope for it

Andu 14th Feb 2013 01:47

She's hoping for her very own 'Hurricane Sandy Downunda', sise. She thought she might have had it with the Queensland floods, but they were just bit too early and the water didn't get quite high enough in quite enough places for her to become Our Very Secular Saviour. (The poor buggers in Bundaberg might disagree with that comment, but for Jools to milk it as well as Bazza did in the US and to be able to hand out the gummit largesse to enough potential voters in critical seats, it needed to be the whole of the western suburbs of Sydney or something similar.)

Personally, I wouldn't be surprised to see them manufacture some 'national crisis' that will allow them to do any number of things that are patently unconstitutional just in time for the election. The 'blackest day in Australian sport', already acknowledged by most commentators as a TOTAL beat up, was just a dress rehearsal, and if the MSM leaps aboard as willingly as they did for the sports 'crisis', they might just pull it off.

Clare Prop 14th Feb 2013 04:24

Good to see Shorten taking a stand against bullying...allegedly it was him who ordered Bob Kernohan be bashed?

The only bullying I have ever enountered was from unions. A shop steward holding me up by the throat against a hot packing machine threatening to burn my house down if I didn't join his union, and a workmate who did join his union then making my life so much hell, on shop steward's orders, that I had to quit a job I loved as work became unbearable. It was a great workplance until we gotthat union thuggette in our department. (Eventually she got pushed out when even the union couldn't cover for her total inablility to do the job)

Every "question time" (well it certainly isn't "answer time") Gillard and her cronies are bullying the "other side" which shows how shallow they are, having no debating skills whatsoever, only union style thuggery mixed with scorn, lies and mind boggling hypocrisy.

But I suppose like Roxon's Law (which hasn't gone away, people) they will try to exempt themselves .

Takan Inchovit 14th Feb 2013 04:45

she should be doing something positive for the country by resigning
The trouble is, she is only doing it for labor ideals, not the country. :*

RJM 14th Feb 2013 05:34

She acts for herself only. If that includes some distorted, out of date flat cap soclialist ideals, thne so be it, but it's Gillard Gillard Gillard all the way down.

sisemen 15th Feb 2013 00:06

Rudd 'likely' to be PM again - The West Australian

Speculation Kevin Rudd may be preparing for a final showdown with Julia Gillard over the Labor leadership continues to grow after the former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull insisted ‘it is likely they will put him back’.

Mr Turnbull, speaking to ABC television, believes Rudd will replace Prime Minister Julia Gillard before the September election and the opposition’s communications manager said: “I think it is likely they will put him back.

“The Gillard government goes from one catastrophe to another.”
Expect blood on the floor.........on the walls, the ceiling, the doors .......everywhere.

Sits back with a large container of popcorn and waits for the show to start :}

Andu 15th Feb 2013 00:41

I don't know how even the most entrenched Emily's Lister could consider allowing Gillard to lead Labor into the next election. I mean, when you cut to the chase, what do election campaigns consist of? - Politicians, particularly, the leader, promising the electorate what his/her party/pardee will deliver in return for their vote. With her history, "there will be no carbon tax under a government I lead", how could Labor have Gillard as their leader? All the Coalition has to do is replay that one clip over and over again immediately after every one of Gillard's new crop of promises.

As for Kevni, if, after the last five years, three of which were under his 'watch'(!), there are enough Australian voters out there who will vote the tragedy that is Kevin Rudd back into power, maybe we as a nation deserve whatever he'll dish out.

It's just a pity that the other 49%, while being systematically robbed of their savings to finance the unsustainable lifestyles of those who voted him back in, will be dragged down the gurgler along with the ones who vote to live rather than live to vote.

Clare Prop 15th Feb 2013 02:02

Is it true that the "ALPdependants" did their deal with Julia rather than the ALP, and that if she goes, so does thier support?

We've already seen that the only PM the "faceless men" will allow is someone who has enough dirt in their past that they can be easily controlled.

Even if they put KRudd in there just to get through an election we would probably end up with someone else from the very shallow talent pool within a few weeks. Who knows, it could get so bad (Shorten, Emerson?!) that people might want Gillard back!

Be careful what you wish for...I just want to see her face on the ABC news on Sept 15 (?)when she realises that she has driven the long overdue final nail into the coffin of the ALP dinosaur and she and the whole "swingers party" incestuous lot of them including "GG Barbie" get carted off in he back of police cars. :*

Buster Hyman 15th Feb 2013 03:05

Having announced a date, she's given KRudd the perfect opportunity to time his run for the maximum "honeymoon" period milking!

500N 15th Feb 2013 03:10

I don't think he should make it too long.
Just long enough.

I think all the signs are there that it will happen.

Her blow up in Caucus re the leaked email.
Rumours in the paper.

Warm Ballast 15th Feb 2013 07:58

The Age - Preferred PM poll as of 1955 hrs with 27,996 votes ...

Julia Gillard 9%
Kevin Rudd 22%
Tony Abbott 20%
Malcolm Turnbull 37%
None of them 12%

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