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Hmm you have got to love those Loopy Greens and their Peons in that Quango invented by Gillard to buy their parliamentary endorsement…
While I certainly do understand the strict letter of the law interpretation of the “caretaker conventions ” its ludicrous that this Quango is prepared to enter into contracts and disperse Largess in the full knowledge that the coalition will close down the Quango at the earliest possible opportunity. Frankly I suspect that those who enter into contracts with this instrumentality would have a very hard time suing for compensation after a change of government because the coalition have made it very clear that that they will wind up this utterly useless sop to Greens ideology and its likely that a judge would agree with the incoming government that any contracts would be void and not liable to compensation. Even if this were not the case its unlikely that the Green cronies would have spent all of the 10 billion by September 14 so all the Greens could hope to do is deprive the treasury of some budgetary savings when this quango is abolished.
Finally what is the bet that all employees of this Quango are on short term contracts?
- Julia Gillard calls September 14 federal election (abc.net.au)
- Richard III, Gillard, Campbell Newman, and Slo-Mo train wrecks (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Kevin Rudd hoses down challenge talk (bigpondnews.com)
- If it looks and smells like a campaign, then it’s a campaign (abc.net.au)
- Oppn takes aim at economy as parly starts (news.theage.com.au)
- Julia Gillard now leads ‘most unpopular Australian government in past 40 years’ (1389blog.com)
- Abbott warns coalition against arrogance (news.theage.com.au)
Talk about political stupidity and you really can’t go past the Australian Greens who only the other day were trying to spin their hard-line far left policies into a softer more palatable form that can flavoured to to appeal to the well meaning but politically disconnected and now they are endorsing the criminal behaviour of an anti-coal activist.
My mate Ray is spot on when he suggests that this is the sort of thing that will lose them more votes than it will gain them and I think that this may even consign then to the dustbin of history just that little bit sooner. No matter what happens to the Gillard regime at the next election it will be my greatest pleasure to see the decline in the Greens’ vote because that decline will be the result of a rise in the collective sanity of the Australian electorate.
- Don’t get fooled again by the Greens (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- The serious stuff dance off (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Don’t make people vote: make them want to (abc.net.au)
- Govt retreats from environment plan (news.theage.com.au)
- Greens want to renegotiate mining tax (bigpondnews.com)
- Greens can’t hide loopy policies: Abetz (news.theage.com.au)
- “The Palestinian people have rights not just aspirations” (antonyloewenstein.com)
While many conservatives hate any political party to the left of Genghis Kahn I actually have a fair bit of time for the ALP and those who support it, I do appreciate that most many of its ideals have some merit even though it has lost my vote over a number of stupid things adopted into its platform. The main reason I abandoned it was more to do with managerial incompetence in office both at the state and federal level. There has been a sad decline in Labor’s fortunes under Gillard which shows no sign of abating as the party moves zombie like towards the next election there is one bright spot on the eastern horizon and that is the even more severe decline in the fortunes of the Australian Greens. If there is one thing that must gladden the hearts of most Aussies it’s seeing the cold hammer of reality hitting that loopy bunch of ideologues as their fortunes continue to decline.
Thus I found Lenore Taylor’s piece about the changes to the Greens policy platform such a hoot mainly because what she reports is not a substantive change of heart from the Greens as much as it is a cynical marketing exercise where they have sought to conceal their true agenda behind euphemism and understatement.
THE Greens have announced a party platform portraying many of their core beliefs as ”aims and principles” rather than explicit policies, presenting a smaller target to critics in a federal election year.
After a year in which senior Labor figures have labelled the Greens as ”loopy” and extremists who threaten democracy, the new platform does not resile from the party’s basic beliefs, but it contains fewer firm policy measures, in keeping with the manifestos of the major parties.
It removes one of critics’ favourite lines of attack, no longer specifying that the Greens support death duties.
The platform gives the Greens’ federal MPs – currently nine senators and one member of the House of Representatives – flexibility in negotiating legislation when holding the balance of power. But it will also make it harder for opponents to attack or ridicule the party over specific policies.
For example, the new platform no longer specifies that the Greens want to abolish the 30 per cent private health insurance rebate, but rather talks about ”redirecting funding from subsidising private health insurance towards direct public provision”.
And it no longer calls for a freeze on Commonwealth funding for private schools, stating instead that funding should be based on school need and that money not provided to the wealthiest private schools under the model should instead be given to the public sector.
The new platform was agreed at the party’s November national conference and has now been approved by all its state branches.
The document still makes it clear that the Greens want to increase the marginal tax rate for people earning more than $1 million, but no longer specifies that it should be raised to 50 per cent. It advocates increasing the mining tax and applying it to more commodities, but no longer proposes a rise in the company tax rate to 33 per cent.
The platform says the Greens want tax reform that improves housing affordability by no longer rewarding speculation, but it does not specifically call for an end to the concessional arrangements for capital gains tax. It no longer specifies that the Greens support death duties or an ”estate tax”.
Frankly I find this as bizarre and desperate as another Green of my online acquaintance who having been outed and forced to delete his blog then decided to try and claim that he was anonymous … As the old adage says, a leopard can’t change its spots and this attempt by the Greens to hide their pustular lesions with weasel words and euphemisms is not likely to be successful because the voting public are not stupid enough to be fooled by this political myth making.
This little clip just has to qualify as comedy gold, watch in awe as these three Greens prove how stupid and naive the party is on this issue and how the patronise the public in their attempt to paint all asylum seekers as noble victims of circumstance. Sorry to say that this is not a parody or something made to mock, its a genuine Green party production..
Its a rip off and its the poor and those who rent who are being slugged every time they turn on a light or boil their kettles for a cuppa, Yes I’m talking about those roof top Solar installations that are so beloved by those of the Latte sipping persuasion, While these minions of the left may complain bitterly about “middle class welfare” they are happily dreaming photo-electric dreams of their roofs covered with money making appliances.
HOUSEHOLDS will soon be slugged $240 annually to pay for the power produced by rooftop solar systems.
New modelling has revealed that by 2015-16, almost 15 per cent of the total household power price will fund the solar feed-in tariff.
The Newman Government has already cut the tariff for home-produced power to 8 per kilowatt hour for all solar systems bought after July 9.
However, the new figures exposing the huge burden being carried by all consumers to pay those who produce solar power may prompt the Government to also reduce the 44/kWh tariff paid to those who previously installed photovoltaic systems.
The Government is investigating ways to reduce network costs – the price of moving electricity from the power generators to people’s homes – which account for about 50 per cent of all electricity prices.
The modelling by the Queensland Competition Authority estimates the costs caused by solar for consumers will fall to just under $100 annually, or 6 per cent of power bills, by 2019/20.
Energy Minister Mark McArdle said the Government’s decision to cap the scheme had already produced significant savings.
Mr McArdle said the solar feed-in tariff would have cost $1.8 billion by 2028 but this had been reduced by $300 million.
“This cost is passed through to all households in the form of higher network charges, which just adds to the burden of this scheme,” he said.
“What we have here is Labor, and its Green partners, hiding its head in the sand and continuing to claim that renewable energy schemes are decreasing the cost of electricity. This is blatantly untrue and the modelling by the QCA should finally end this.”
This is the real middle class welfare comrades and its clear to me that this is the sort of thing that will be killing our economic position far more that things like the baby bonus but of course its the inner city demographic who love the idea of “renewable energy” so the Labor governments who are so indebted to them have to keep them sweet. Sadly its we ordinary electricity consumers who have declined to sup at the solar trough who are paying through the nose each quarter so that these green parasites can feel good about the planet. Could any of you guess that my $500 electric bill is due in a couple of days?
No matter which side of politics you barrack for you have to be delighted to see the continued decline of Greens. They have done thing with amazing clarity during the reign of the Gillard government and that is to prove just how ill suited their brand of hand wringing holier than thou politicking is to any role in the government process thanks to them and their fellow travellers in the Labor party we have an absolutely dysfunctional border/immigration policy. A carbon tax that is almost universally loathed, we have the ludicrous situation of a mining tax that co0llects no revenue, We have been assailed with a long running and always futile campaign for Gay marriage. Yep the Greens have been such a hit with the voting public that their support has, well plummeted…
Perhaps we need a new nation wide “plant a Green” campaign to finally rid the nation of the scourge to good governance, after all they do advocate for euthanasia don’t they ?
With tongue very firmly in my cheek Comrades…
- Gillard’s stocks continue to rise (theage.com.au)
- Labor in the toilet still (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- ALP future bleak: Tanner (theage.com.au)
- Essential: fired-up Gillard gets a poll bounce – from men (crikey.com.au)
The Greens are a sanctimonious lot, full of the certainty of the zealot on what they think is the only way to see the world and the nature of our future as a society and a species. The fact that they are so secretive about just how they decide upon the shape of their policies is a cause for some merriment here at Chez Hall because I have always been fascinated by the religiously motivated. If there is one thing that can not be denied it is the religiosity of the Greens.
The only thing that I can think would justify this(aside from paranoia)is a concern that their more extreme members and their loopy ideas will become more well known from their posturing on the conference floor, At present its only the official party line that gets much of an airing in public and I have no doubt that the party’s loonier fringe get a good go at the national conference as they try to drag the party even further to the far left. Not that this will matter too much at the upcoming election because with Labor finally realising that the Greens are their rivals rather than their friends they the Greens won’t do so well in terms of preferences and that will mean less of them being elected. Really though being open and transparent in how they arrive at their policy positions should have been part of the party design from the get go.
- The desperate times of the Australian Greens (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- A short rant about the unrealistic and horribly sanctimonious Greens (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Cameron joins Labor’s anti-Greens chorus (abc.net.au)
- ALP examining all links with Greens: Swan (news.theage.com.au)
- Labor votes to preference-snub Greens (bigpondnews.com)
- If the Greens are so loopy, cut them loose (abc.net.au)
I know that many politics junkies become devoted fans of the pronouncements of their party or brand of choice, and they devote their efforts to devouring and regurgitation the liturgy of their chosen political faith but my tendency is to focus on what the other side is saying. It all goes back to a personal epiphany that I had as a child. Namely if you read what they read then you have a chance of understanding how they think and what informs that thinking. Thus my reading of ” women’s” magazines and literature made it possible for me to make easy friendships with those of the female persuasion and reading the , ah hmm the “literature” of the uneducated blokes gave me some insight about them as well. I have continued this rather catholic reading habit into my blogging career and to that end I subscribe to all kinds of electronic news letters, mainly from parties and groups that I don’t endorse at all. Get Up counts me as a member even though I have never given them a single cent or ever signed a single one of their online petitions. I get regular emails form Julia and Wayne telling me about the virtues of the Australian Labor party. Stuff about the Greens and the Sex party make regular appearances in my in boxes and it is about the last one that I’m writing today. Their newsletter had a short piece complaining that Angry Anderson might seek to enter politics as, GASP!! a conservative !
There is a certain irony in Robbie Swan being so surprised that Anderson has taken this political stance because like a lot of those in the Music industry I’m sure that Anderson has seen more than his fair share of the consequences of substance abuse. Anderson has shown that he is always more interested in practical results for the people who have had the rough end of the stick. Rather than the namby-pamby and detached from reality philosophical musings of those from the far left.
Anderson in Politics? Bring it on I say at least the campaign will be interesting and very rock and roll: and the Sex party will find that they are little more than a broken condom as the votes are counted.
- Angry Anderson May Become A Member of Parliament (noise11.com)
- Coalition battle gets Angry (smh.com.au)
- I don’t recognise the Australian Labor Party any more (cateswannell.com)
- Garrett told Anderson to get into politics (news.smh.com.au)