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(by Ray Dixon … the owner of two ‘pups’)
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”:
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!
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.
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:
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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
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- The next exciting episode in the Carbon Tax saga, Or Clive Palmer puts a cat among the Green pigeons
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- Conman behind UK’s biggest Ponzi scheme jailed
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.
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?