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The winds of change, or Flannery’s flim flam to be “cloud funded”
According to media reports the abolition of the Climate commission will save the long suffering people about half a million bucks a year, almost chump change in the greater scheme of things but how it has upset the AGW luvvies, with many of them getting upset that the government should do precisely what they promised on the campaign trail would be right up there with getting new stationary by abolishing this useless quango. Some one should explain to the luvvies that if the Australian people want to find out about the subject they can do the same as everyone else and just use the internet. Because its always been the case that the likes of Flannery et al have NEVER produced a single instance of unique research all that they have ever done is to rehash the many papers and pseudo-scientific claims of impending doom as if they are some sort of holy writ. The fact that Flannery now claims that he and his fellow Profits of the Green religion are now going to carry on their “work” while begging for public support should make for an amusing aside to discussions of the topic. I just can’t help wondering if the AGW luvvies will dig deep enough to make up for Flannery’s now absent 180 grand a year stipend or if the cold hard reality of them having to spend their own money (rather than that of the taxpayer) is in action.
While we are on the subject of the internet who has not noticed that Malcolm Turnbull has got the NBN board to all fall on their swords? It both delights me to see the nincompoops who have done such a crappy job on Labor’s signature high-tech infrastructure project fired and to see that we now have a the prospect of the very necessary upgrading of our internet services in the hands of a minister who understands how to run something properly and that we may just have in prospect a change in the debate from the flights of of fantasy about what a warp drive will do on the electric super highway to what has to be done to properly deliver on the promise.
- Tim Flannery to relaunch scrapped Climate Commission as community-funded body (abc.net.au)
- Backers breathe life into axed climate body (theage.com.au)
- Tim Flannery sacked as Climate Commission is disbanded (sbs.com.au)
- New climate think tank backed (smh.com.au)
- Climateer Tim Flannery sacked in Oz (wattsupwiththat.com)
- Taking away the Climate Change gravy train (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Axed Climate Commission to be resurrected as Climate Council (theguardian.com)
- Malcolm Turnbull asks NBN Co board to resign after cost blowouts and delays (abc.net.au)
Taking away the Climate Change gravy train
If ever you wanted to define a partisan quango the climate commission would be the perfect exemplar populated only by the most devout followers of the apocalyptic green faith it has not once told us anything of value that was not already widely circulated in the media. when it comes to feather bedding this is one of the worst examples you can conceive of. That is the thing though that the Luvvies who read the Age et al do not seem able to get their heads around, because even if you believe in anthropomorphic climate change you can still applaud this saving of money spent on an organisation that does absolutely NOTHING to solve the problem (assuming that the problem is real).
While it is fair enough to feel some empathy for the followers of the faith (like our sometimes commentator Damian Doyle AKA “toaf”) who will now be searching for alternative employment its hard for me not to think that maybe if they had been doing something more socially useful in the first place then they would not now be putting Centerlink on their speed dial list.
Happy days are here again…
My businessman brother was chiding me this morning for not posting about the stunning victory of the Tony Abbott led LNP this morning but I have been just stepping back and enjoying the way that others have been reacting to the game changing result. From Ray focusing on the real possibility that Sophie Mirrabella may lose her seat of Indi to the despair of the far left zombies like the Taylors at a certain dishevelled electronic Cafe and the pretentious and wilfully obscure pseudo intellectualism of Lavatus Prodeo its all been a bit of a hoot to be honest. I am also very well aware that with the change of government to one that I broadly endorse a political blog like this one faces new challenges. Many readers may now be expecting me to defend the government and the way that it prosecutes its policies. I certainly will defend the policies that I believe in but you won’t find me defending anything that I disagree with just because its something done by “my team” I don’t roll that way. To be entirely Francis I think that we are in for a rather politically boring couple of years and as such there will be far less political stories for me to write about.
As some readers may have noticed I do have interests other than Australian politics so I expect to write a bit more about those topics when the mood takes me I am also hoping that I can make some good progress on my Morris Eight project (depending on my heath issues 😦 ) popular culture topics will feature a bit more and I want to look at some more domestic life issues too. That said I think that you never know just how the issues will present themselves but if you want to keep up with the Sandpit then please subscribe to the blog for email updates.
Anyway I offer this vid for your viewing pleasure:
That all said I am not the only one who writes for this blog and I very much look forward to the other authors here contributing to the debate about the future of our country even when I disagree with their arguments. You see political discussion is not so much about the destination, which is always a moving feast, as much as it is about the journey and the conversations that we have along the way.
- ‘Tony Time’ euphoria for Abbott backers (bbc.co.uk)
- Tony Abbott’s key policies face rough ride in the Senate (theguardian.com)
- Tony Abbott opposed eco-taxes, hate crime laws and gay marriage – and won a landslide (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- Conservative Christian Tony Abbott wins majority in Australia (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
Bling and a wheeled fat-man’s coffin
Here at Chez Hall I hobble around and try to make the things that I can’t afford to buy and one of my long term projects has been to refurbish/rebuild my trailer. Find below some pictures of the project which I have felt moved to finish recently because I need it to pick up some parts for the Morris. The final result does look rather funereal, in fact I make jokes about it being a fat-man’s coffin.
“How Abbott Must Recast Coalition Climate Policy”
Careful what you wish for, because you may well be unlucky enough to get your wish
To the Labor True Believers the resurrection of Brother Number One is their last and only chance to0 have some hope that all is not all lost, Heck I’ve even had one of them tell me that Labor can win and boy did I have a giggle about that. As has been predicted by others with in the Labor party the visceral hatred of Brother Number One is the reason that experienced ministers are refusing to serve in any ministry in a government led by Brother Number One. As today’s Age tells us:
An hour before Mr Rudd’s lunchtime media conference on Friday, discussions were still being held with former communications minister Stephen Conroy about rejoining the team.
The ministry was not announced at that time and Mr Rudd is still trying to coax Senator Conroy to serve in his cabinet.
Mr Rudd also wanted Mr Combet in his cabinet, but Mr Combet issued a statement on Saturday saying he would not re-contest his federal seat of Charlton.
‘‘My reasons are personal and are not attributable to the change in the leadership of the Labor Party this week, although this has provided a catalyst for my decision,” he said.
A Labor source close to the ministerial negotiations said the Prime Minister had found it “extremely difficult” to fill his frontbench and the wider ministry.
“It has been a mess,” the source said.
“He’s had a knock-back or two; let’s put it that way. The talent pool has shrunk, and those who are left don’t all want to work with Kevin.”
Another senior Labor operative said: “You have had resignations and retirements. That is before you get to balancing representations in the ministry across the states, the factions and genders.
“And then there’s the rewarding of supporters. But it hasn’t gone to plan.”
One Labor MP said emotions were still high following Wednesday’s axing of Ms Gillard, which was another factor leading to complications in forming the new ministry.
“It’s pretty raw right now,” the MP said. “The consensus is that we did the right thing in going back to Kevin, but so many of us are feeling quite low about how it all happened.
“Not everyone wants a ministry when we’re so close to an election and we’re worried about our own seats.”
The Prime Minister’s office offered no comment.
What good is it to win the leadership if all that you can put together as your ministry is the “Z” team I look forward to a ministry that is full of political nobodies and back bench seat warmers.I love the fact that no one wants the immigration chalice that Brother Number One personally poisoned 2007. Combet’s resignation makes it eight ministers who have pulled the pin on their political careers . Its high face about a party that has been laid low by the ineptitude of is current and previous leaders. If the Bard was still writing his plays I can’t help thinking that he would make the events of federal politics into a cracking comedy.