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A small virtue from the fattest man in Australian politics

Despite my Re-blogging of Yale’s Clive Palmer post and my, well, less than complementary assessment of the fat man it seems that of he is true to his word he may just be able to Save the Abbott government from itself by preventing the creation of the expensive and pointless “direct action ” climate policy .

Clive Palmer has declared the Abbott government’s Direct Action policy is “dead”, saying his Palmer United Party will use its numbers in the Senate to block the Coalition’s policy to replace the carbon tax.

Mr Palmer said on Monday the controversial policy, which aims to reduce emissions largely through payments to businesses, was “hopeless” and would be “gone” if his party,  Labor and the Greens all vote against it, as they have previously indicated.

“It’s goodbye Direct Action,” Mr Palmer told Fairfax Media.

“It’s gone.”

Mr Palmer had said earlier in the day he would not support Direct Action if the Abbott government made any changes to the pension, in light of

growing speculation that there are plans to raise the pension age to 70 and tighten eligibility requirements.

But on Monday afternoon Mr Palmer went a step further and said there would not be any circumstance in which his party would vote for Direct Action.

The government  plans to spend up to $1.55 billion over the next three years on the scheme, but several senior economists have questioned whether Direct Action can meet its emissions reduction target of 5 per cent by 2020 with that budget.

Mr Palmer said the policy did not make economic sense and questioned whether it would have any environmental effect.

“We can’t see any reason to vote for Direct Action,” Mr Palmer said.

“We think it’s hopeless.”

I am of  course assuming that Palmer also helps Abbott abolish the Carbon taxes. It can only be a win win situation for all of the climate change  panic  fueled nonsense to be removed from our political agendas. Oh the loopy Greens will definitely have conniptions and tell us yet again that the sky will definitely fall and that Palmer is an agent of Big Coal (Duh, like who cares?)  Just think it through Comrades imagine an economy where the government does not have to waste time and treasure on any “response to climate change” (won’t Joe Hockey love that?) but where Tony Abbott can legitimately  say that he tried to  do something about it but he just could not do it due to Palmer!
Politics is the ultimate game and its the bit players trying to punch above their weight that can throw up some interesting scenarios for the polity to admire or abhor, thus it was the pernicious influence of the Loopy Greens that saw Gillard ultimately undone over the issue of Climate Change and that silly silly promise made and then broken. Now we may end up seeing the total flip-side of that scenario  with Abbott able to abandon a policy that can only ever be a rather empty gesture.
Oh and finally, I managed to get up another tweet on QandA! which I cite because it has the vaguest connection to the topic.

Its a nice bit of sport for a Monday night Comrades

 

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Memo Clive Palmer: We Don’t Want You In Victoria

Iain Hall:

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Palmer is a clown, not your happy go-lucky circus clown though, more like the sort of evil clown envisioned by Stephen King in his novel “It” he is also as you suggest like a spoilt brat who throws tantrums when he does not get what he wants . Sadly for this country I think that he is like a bigger fatter and far more ugly version of Pauline Hansen and he is going for precisely the same disaffected voting demographic the truly tragic thing is that he has the cash to make more headway than One Nation ever could have done. The only thing that could truly stop palmer is his very obvious obesity and the high possibility that he will not live to a ripe old age. We can be sure that if Palmer himself carks it the “party” he created will likewise quickly evaporate.
None the less there is always the possibility that those elected to the senate on his ticket may not be as compliant once they actually take up their seats. I saw Jackie Lambie on Q& A the other week and she struck me as the sort of woman who will not meekly vote as Clive says she is no Ex footballer who will have more loyalty than good sense and it only takes one of his upper house crew to break-ranks and the Palmer chimera will disintegrate no matter how much money he throws into the game.
That all said there is still a possibility that Shorten may man up and stop blocking the government’s repeal of both the mining and carbon taxes which would be smart politics from Labor. By finally capitulating and letting the bills pass they will show that they respect the mandate of the last election and they can argue that they did not just roll over like a dog. Further they can take the focus off the stupidity of both the Greens and Palmer and remind the people that it is they, and not the silly and extremist minor parties who are the potential alternative government. Frankly Labor needs to have more skin in the game of politics and they should be doing everything they can to make the minors irrelevant.
Ok well that’s what I think and maybe I’m dead wrong or only partially right but one thing that I know is that Tony Abbott will not be led like a sheep by Clive’s antics. He has amply demonstrated that he is a far better player at the game of politics and I think that we will find that once the new senate sits that Palmer will not be the king-maker as he imagines himself to be, instead he will earn nothing but derision and well deserved scorn.
Cheers Comrade Yale

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Originally posted on The Red And The Blue:

THINGS ARE BAD ENOUGH with the Communists Greens and the plethora of independents and single-interest parties chasing public election funds already on the loose without rewarding Clive Palmer’s obsequious, outrage-based tactics with seats in Parliament. Palmer and his party promise no more than simply to be elected, if their cynical rhetoric fools enough people. With a state election due in Victoria, they are not welcome in my home state.

One reality of politics that never ceases to amaze me is the fact that the people who most loudly profess disgust with the political process — and with the Liberal and Labor parties in particular — are also mostly those who couldn’t be bothered joining a political party in an attempt to have some input into the process, let alone bother to avail themselves of the finer details of issues or to look beyond the spin (that Labor especially peddles) in which their outrage comes ready-packaged (which is…

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The ‘PUP’ just grew some fangs

(by Ray Dixon … the owner of two ‘pups’)

From unemployed to holding the balance of power in the Senate (not to mention being on Palner's payroll!) - Ricky Muir's Christmases have all come at once.

From unemployed to holding the balance of power in the Senate (not to mention being on Palmer’s payroll!) – Ricky Muir’s Christmases have all come at once.

I’ve just watched Clive Palmer’s press conference in which he presented his three new Palmer United Party (PUP) Senator elects plus Motor Enthusiast Senator elect Ricky Muir, who has signed a memorandum of understanding that he will effectively join the PUP Senators as a voting bloc.

This means, in effect, that Clive’s party will hold the balance of power in the Upper House after July 1 next year and become an extremely important part of the political process. 

No matter what you think of Palmer and his antics one thing is for sure: 

He’s got power and he intends to use it. Watch out.

I have to admit though, that Clive came across as quite credible in the presser, as did his 3 (sorry, 4) Senators. Even Ricky knew his lines and made sense. And even the rough-sounding chick from Tassie handled herself pretty well, as did the meathead ex-rugby player.

I also watched Clive on Lateline last night and he was shooting nothing but pretty straight bullets.

Believe me, Clive Palmer is now a serious player and you will deride him at your peril.

I’m looking for a photo of the Tassie girl and I’ll put it up later but, meanwhile, any thoughts?

Joke away but Clive is no longer a joke. He’s arrived.

UPDATE: Here she is, ex-military policewoman and  42-year-old single mother of two boys, the Senator elect from Tassie Jacqui Lambie sounds ‘rough as guts’ and “won’t back down”:

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And you’ve gotta love this quote of hers from the SMH:

“Tony Abbott will find out that, because of my military training, I don’t back down,” Ms Lambie said.

“I was a military policewoman, and so before I make a decision I want to see all the facts on the table.”

Her sights are currently set on policies such as the Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme.

This is absolutely ridiculous,” Ms Lambie said. “You’ve got pensioners around me living off dog food, and who can’t afford heating. It makes me wild.

She’s ‘wild’ alright. I would not want to lock horns with ‘Wild Jacqui from Tassie’. Wow!

How much is that doggie on the ballot paper?

CLIVE Palmer’s bid to create a new political party is today mired in confusion, amid the short-lived recruitment of former speaker Peter Slipper and a renewed push for registration under a new name.

The mining entrepreneur today announced his United Australia Party, formed just three weeks ago, will now be known as the Palmer United Party, to avoid a legal battle with the Australian Electoral Commission.

Mr Palmer and his political allies will now attempt to register the party by the deadline for federal registration tomorrow, with a requirement for 500 signatures.

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Palmer United Party reduces to a rather amusing acronym of  “PUP” which is so cute and will doubtless provide the underpinning for so many possible puns and possible dog jokes about this  whole vanity project being pursued by Palmer. I can’t think straight for laughter here so instead I’m just going to post some funny dog gifs with an invitation to caption them as is appropriate to the Palmer United Party:

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Cheers Comrades

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Amateurish Farce: Peter Slipper Joins — And Leaves — Palmer Party

Iain Hall:

You really could not make this stuff up! I missed all the action as I was out shopping as this went down yesterday but at least it shows what a Joke Palmer’s party is. Maybe he needs to take a page out of the history of ancient Rome where the Emperor would have a slave whose only job was to remind his master that he was only human, In Palmer’s case he needs to be reminded that perceptions are everything and his whole vanity project party is clearly perceived as a total joke and the sooner he accepts that and goes back to playing with his very big toy dinosaurs the sooner the grown ups can get on with the more serious political issues de jour……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Cheers Comrade Yale

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Originally posted on The Red And The Blue:

CLIVE PALMER’S United Australia Party was today shown up as the amateurish, unprofessional outfit it is, with news that parliamentary grub Peter Slipper had applied to join, was accepted, and then kicked out — in five hours. The episode destroys any credibility the UAP might pretend to claim.

As days in politics go, this one has been a farce, at least where Clive Palmer and his United Australia Party is concerned.

I have been highly critical of Palmer’s putative party in this column, and with good reason, and today it has returned the favour by proving why such criticism is valid.

The news late this afternoon that disgraced former Speaker and member for Fisher, Peter Slipper, had joined the UAP — and been accepted — was only a surprise insofar as I was stunned Palmer would or could tolerate Slipper’s presence in his organisation.

After all — as documented…

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Tony Abbott says “Workers will find that I am their best friend”

Iain Hall:

Tony Abbott doing his press conference at Andrews Meats, Lidcombe, Sydney, has said “Workers will find that I am their best friend”.

Well at the very least he will encourage business which will make jobs more secure.

What that means is if he ever becomes Prime Minister, he will cut penalty rates, working conditions, low wage, unsafe work places, flexibility (to be fired), no union protections, no protection from your wages being stolen… and prison time for attending union meetings (sound far fetched? just ask Ark Tribe, who went to prison under laws to make construction industry more flexible, but not safe) sounds just like WorkChoices.

These claims are just the wild imaginings of a paranoid extreme leftist who is so mired in the tenets of Marxist ideology that they are unable to realise that the world has moved on form the workers vs the bosses dichotomy.

Why is this necessary? To save us from a couple of cents carbon “tax”? Working peoples wages will be slashed by a third – as they are in Greece – because this is the economic model that Tony Abbott thinks is good for business.

This claim is so full of hyperbole that it is hard to distinguish 99′s rant from something dreamt up to satirise the far left.

And if you’re a working person who truly believes that Abbott will deliver higher wages… take one look at who he is making promises to – Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer – these people will never have the best interests of the working class and small business owners at heart.

The working people were promised by Julia Gillard that “there will be no Carbon tax under a government I lead” yet we now have a rather useless carbon tax burdening the entire economy so its a bit rich for the author to insist that the voters would trust the current government’s word more than a commitment made by Abbott who has had the good sense to notice what electoral poison it is to say one thing to be elected only to do the opposite once you are in the lodge.
Finally even a devote of the politics of the left should make an effort to think of politics through a lens bigger than their own ideology if they expect to be taken seriously.
Cheers Comrades

Originally posted on Turn Left 2013:

Tony Abbott doing his press conference at Andrews Meats, Lidcombe, Sydney, has said “Workers will find that I am their best friend”.

What that means is if he ever becomes Prime Minister, he will cut penalty rates, working conditions, low wage, unsafe work places, flexibility (to be fired), no union protections, no protection from your wages being stolen… and prison time for attending union meetings (sound far fetched? just ask Ark Tribe, who went to prison under laws to make construction industry more flexible, but not safe) sounds just like WorkChoices.

Why is this necessary? To save us from a couple of cents carbon “tax”? Working peoples wages will be slashed by a third – as they are in Greece – because this is the economic model that Tony Abbott thinks is good for business.

And if you’re a working person who truly believes that Abbott will deliver higher…

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Juliar and Bob’s ponzi wealth prospects look bleak

To run a successful ponzi scheme you need a couple of things working for you. in the first instance you need to have a large pool of the foolish who will believe your spin about investing in your scheme and you need to be able to demonstrate that those “in on the ground floor” are getting the magical returns that you claim in your prospectus. When your Ponzi scheme is all about “carbon credits” you need to demonstrate that the units that you are selling at a fixed price are a ” Good deal” there in lays the problem for the Labor/Greens Carbon tax/trading scheme:

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Sadly for the nation in general and anyone in business in particular the architects of this already discredited scheme are so committed to it (and they have already spent the expected revenue) that they no longer care that it is destined to be a terrible burden upon the Australian people and one of the reasons that Labor will  have a very long term booking at the wilderness Hilton
Cheers Comrades

The next exciting episode in the Carbon Tax saga, Or Clive Palmer puts a cat among the Green pigeons

If there is one issue that has done for Labor in general and Gillard in particular its the accursed Carbon tax. I am not a lone in thinking that the whole Carbon mitigation push is just the mother of all ponzi schemes that will be a delight to accountants and Green zealots but will leave the rest of us struggling with the  ever increasing price rises to all of the everyday commodities and services that are essential to our modern life.  Worse still the whole edifice  will have absolutely no positive social benefits and its effect upon the climate is likely to be less than zero* once you factor in the obvious tendency that many industries and their jobs will end up being exported to countries that don’t have such a punitive and pernicious Tax or carbon trading system. With this in mind I am delighted to see that Clive Palmer is talking about challenging the legitimacy of the legislation in the High Court.

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Of course the minions of the left are going to see this move as proof of their belief that the “Evil Billionaires” are indeed exerting too much influence upon the society that we all share, Hmm I think that its wrong to think like that when the issue is a foul beast like Gillard’s Carbon Tax, we ordinary folk should be eternally grateful that there are people with both the resources and the determination to oppose this unconscionable tax regime in the courts.

Of course it may not even become law the way things stand at the moment Gillard is faced with the loopy Greens wanting her to drop the promised Company Tax cuts so that there will be more money ion their slush funds for social engineering. Yep its all fun and games in Canberra as this little story arc plays out on the national soap opera. Is it any wonder that I am such a fan of the show?
Cheers Comrades

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