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At last after seven years of madness the country can draw a line under the Asylum seeker disarray created by Kevin Rudd

I must say that waking up to the news that the government has finally manged to secure the passage of a bill to reintroduce TPVs has really brightened my day.

“The crossbench shouldn’t have been put in this position, but we have,” the Motoring Enthusiast party senator said.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon also wrestled with the decision, but like Muir believed the amendments would give hope to thousands of refugees stuck in detention.

In return for their support – and that of the Palmer United party – the government agreed to quickly process the claims of 30,000 asylum seekers languishing in detention centres across Australia.

PUP leader Clive Palmer said that backing the legislation meant 1,500 asylum seekers – including 468 children – would soon be leaving Christmas Island.

But Labor and the Greens accused the government of using those children as a bargaining chip, arguing that the immigration minister, Scott Morrison, could release them at any time, if he wished.

Independent senator Jacqui Lambie – who opposed the legislation – attacked the government for keeping children detained for so long.

“These kids have been sitting there for 15 months, and you want a pat on the back? You’ve got to be kidding yourselves,” she said.

Particular concerns were raised about the return of TPVs, a Howard-era policy condemned by refugee advocates and repealed by the previous Labor government.

The government also agreed to increase Australia’s humanitarian intake of refugees and to give those on bridging visas the right to work.


Now the government can virtually clear the legacy backlog of mendicants that we can thank the Labor party for creating way back at the beginning of the Rudd regime. Long time readers may remember when I  correctly predicted the subsequent flood of boats  Further despite voting against the bill in the Senate I very much doubt that any future Labor government will be rushing to repeal the legislation because they will not want to endure being thrashed for their stupid position of the issue for another  seven years.  Any one who looks back on the  this part of our political history must surely recognize that the whole problem is a consequence of the Labor party making a bad call and then being political cowards unwilling to undo their mistake or even admit that it was a mistake. All because the Labor party have been trying to court the very loopy left who support the Greens position on the Asylum seeker issues. That sort of thinking from the ALP is of course rather mad because there is no way that  a sensible ALP person can possibly sink deep enough into the slime of Green political idea  without alienating their center.

The thing that we should always remember is that the measure of the ALP’s position on any issue where it is at odds with the current government is not the posturings of Electricity Bill  Shorten and his motley crew but their answer to being asked “will you repeal it if you win office?” and my guess is that The ALP answer will almost without exception fudge it and make excuses and prevaricate because the last thing that they want to do is commit themselves to giving the public a very spiky stick to beat them with for the next seven years.

Fortunately the Rudd asylum seeker dance is now, finally ending

Fortunately the Rudd asylum seeker dance is now, finally ending

Bob Hawke and crackers

HawkeStrewth its getting to be a daily ritual for the ALP to drag out a new dinosaur to try to extort money form the party faithful in support  of the ever more desperate Rudd campaign. Maybe when it comes to the Labor government now would be the time to remind readers of that wonderful Monty Python Sketch about a certain Norwegian Blue…

Maybe Kevin is just pining for the fiords…

Cheers Comrades


The redundancy of Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery has had a really good session with his nose in the money trough under the patronage of the Labor Government but of course he should be unsurprised that when his patron falls that he will be cut off from the largesses that he has enjoyed over the last few years.

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What amazes me is that under a Labor government we have seen the creation of such a useless department as the one devoted to climate change, worse still that they have been paying Flannery so much money to sprout the same nonsense that the waterfront home-owner has so hypercritically been yelling from the roof tops for free.

Sadly I expect that making Flannery redundant will  probably entail a substantial severance package. Even so the nation will be better off on the day that he has to front up to centerlink ….

Cheers Comrades

The relief felt is amazing

The relief felt is amazing

The dog is innocent, Labor homework just wrong, rather than eaten

I was going to write about the failure of the Labor government to come anywhere near its expectations for the MRRT  but instead I post a  Joe Hockey news conference where he   is right on the money .

Cheers Comrades


A beautiful morning and a contemplation of just how a fish rots when that fish is the Gillard government.

Ah, its a beautiful l morning up here in my part of the world. There is just the slightest hint of coolness in the dawn air and my coffee is hot and full of the flavour that you have dreamt about in those moments between sleeping and waking. Now as I sit here I just can’t help but be unsurprised that the Labor government is staying in power because Craig Thompson is doing a merry  dance with lawyers and judges and other minions of the legal process.

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Its kinda apt that a very bad Government is ably to stay in power only because someone who was allegedly a rather bad secretary for his union who allegedly misused a motza of his unions funds for his own gratification.This is especially so when you consider the sort of misuse of government funds that is about to happen via the so called “clean energy fund” to be administered by the looniest of the loony Christine Milne and he fellow Green religious zealots. Ok, I’m just doing a bit of free association thinking here but I can’t help thinking that in this celebration of the crucifixion of Jesus that the one thing that we can be certain of is that there will be no cure for the canker of Craig Thompson and resurrection for Labor from the pustular death that his membership of the caucus is bringing ever closer.

Craig Thompson discussing his political future on the bus to Parliament house.

Of course the raw numbers in the house is the only reason that Thompson is even still a member of the Gillard governemnt and that he has not done the honourable thing and resigned his seat…

Maybe Ray’s claim that “a fish rots from the head down” is not that true when it comes to this current government because if you think about it having a rotten cloaca like Craig Thompson is certainly not doing anything but rotting the fish from the arse hole up.

Cheers Comrades


Kevin Rudd, and the story of how he could have been the saviour of the nation, again, or not; a season end cliff-hanger for Labor

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Julia Gillard has announced a leadership ballot for Monday at 10 am

The most significant thing for me was that apart from appearing to be on the verge of tears at the press conference that she is trying to get Rudd to agree to go to the backbench  and agree not to challenge again should he lose, something that I don’t think that he will do, why would he give up the inertia that his tactics have given him?

I will be watching this Soapy cliff-hanger with rapt attention

Cheers Comrades





As I see it Rudd is presenting the party with a superb example of Hobson’s choice. a “heads they win or tails we lose” scenario for the ALP and I think that there is another possibility that has been  not suggested in  Ray’s  post, Rudd  may well just quit his seat if he can’t get the numbers at the next challenge. My reasoning goes like this, Rudd is a well known egomaniac and the only reason that he would want to retake the leadership now is if he thinks he has a chance of turning around the fortunes of the party not just enough to lose less badly than Gillard is certain to do but well enough to retain government. Thus he will need every possible day in the big chair if he is to stand any chance of doing this. Failing in the first ballot and then waiting her out will not be an option for a man of Rudd’s style because he knows that Gillard’s fortunes can only decline which would give him an ever worsening starting point and less time to save the day.
As much as he paid lip service to the old meme of better any* Labor Government than an Abbott government I think that he does not think this and with an eye to history he would rather be remembered as the man who pulled the pin on Gillard and her fellow plotters or as the party’s saviour staying on the Gillard express as it heads to that very big gap in the rails that is the next election.
With Rudd’s resignation from politics Gillard and Co will not have the confidence of the house and that means only one thing, an early general election at which Labor will be obliterated. Rudd can build and nurture the myth that he “could have been” the saviour of the party if only his fellow caucus members had found the courage to go back to him and turn their backs on the faceless men of the factions. He will go into mythologising himself with a fervour unseen since Malcolm Fraser lost his trousers and he, like Fraser, will probably end up carving a new niche for himself in the Australian political landscape as an “elder statesman” seeking to paint all of his (many) failings as examples of his exemplary  moral virtue rather than just the usual political expediencies that are de rigueur  for the current  Labor Government.

Of course this is only my reading of one possibility that is coloured by my belief that Rudd is on a “crash through or crash” trajectory here and that he will accept only victory or political death not the slow burn of dissembling from the back bench and a third go at getting back the big chair when it will be to late for him to save the government..

As the Chinese curse goes, we are living in interesting times indeed..

Cheers  Comrades


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