The Return of the Yellow Hordes


Jacquie Lambie has followed her Party Leader into an area which could double or even triple votes the for the PUP.

With a very public declaration that the Chinese are Mongrels and Bastards, Clive Palmer set out his personal agenda for the benefit of his own business interests. Despite the outrage from fellow Australians and from the Chinese, there may be a rather convenient hidden agenda being pursued. One which could find a lot more votes for PUP.

"Celestial Happiness" Chevalier; Melbourne  Punch, 1865

“Celestial Happiness” Chevalier; Melbourne Punch, 1865

Within twenty four hours there was a second broadside from one of his tame Senators which raised the spectre of a Chinese invasion and the enslaving of the Australian people. This taps into one of the deepest fears of the Aussie psyche.

THE YELLOW HORDES

Since the first gold discoveries in Australia there been a deep-seated distrust of the Chinese Immigrants who came chasing the yellow metal. The complaints were eerily similar to those made about allowing Asylum Seekers into Australia.

“Where will it stop?” “There are millions of them.” “They will swamp the true Australian way of life.” “They will work for a penny a day and take our jobs.”

The distrust of the “Celestials” has continued down to the present day.

As I wrote in “Two Wongs Don’t Make A White“, we are now “led by a Liberal Party which has brought back the principles of the White Australia Policy.”

PAULINE HANSON

That stance can be traced directly to Pauline Hanson and her Maiden Speech in the Australian Parliament  in which she criticised immigration and multiculturalism. John Howard and Tony Abbott noted the instant approval and set about stealing the position, and its associated 10% of the electorate,  from Hanson. The mostly concealed Abbott Slush Fund was a direct result.

Now, following Palmer’s self-interested comments, Senator Lambie has re-launched the Hanson agenda. Should the old “One Nation” voters pick up on this move, the marginal 5% Palmer United Party could become a solid 15% Party. Their influence could be maximised just in time for the rapidly approaching Queensland State election.

JACQUI LAMBI sounded very much like the red-headed Fish and Chip Shop owner as she made a case for doubling the size of our Armed Forces as a way of keeping those Yellow Hordes out of Australia.

The Australian wrote, “Hitting back following criticism of Mr Palmer’s initial remarks, Senator Lambie accused the two major parties of failing to defend the country against the rising threat.

“If anybody thinks that we should have a national security and defence policy, which ignores the threat of a Chinese Communist invasion — you’re delusional and got rocks in your head,” she wrote in an email to the media.”

Sadly for our National reputation there is a groundswell of support on talk-back radio for this stance.

Just when we thought we were growing into a respectable global citizenry -

AUSTRLIA’S RACIST ROOTS HAVE BEEN EXPOSED YET AGAIN

The Vision


The cast may have changed

But the vision remains

Norman Lindsay from 1902 in the Bulletin

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Found in Jonathon King’s “A Cartoon History of Australia” 1983

Thank You, Mr Hockey


I need to apologise to you, Mr Hockey.

Like so many other Australians I was upset by your remarks about the fuel tax and how we poor people pay so little of it.

Then I realised that you are correct. So many of us poor people drive small, four cylinder cars which use such small amounts of fuel.

It is probably this selfish attitude which leed to the closure of Ford and Holden and Toyota,

We poor people are to blame for so much of what is wrong with our AAA economy.

Some of us are even unemployed and expect to be able to use some of our dole payment for food instead of fuel for our cars. Having a car means we do not need other accommodation as we can sleep in the car and eat at the Golden Arches instead of cooking. But that will allow us to do a little bit more of the heavy lifting and pay extra fuel tax.hockey1

Then yesterday I saw your car parked in a disabled bay. Well, I didn’t actually see you. I was walking through Harvey Norman’s looking at the electronic things I do not deserve and I spotted a Channel Nine segment which showed you beside your parked vehicle which was clearly sitting over a disabled sign..

Again I felt an initial outrage because I know of people who actually need those parking bays. Then I thought about it and realised that you are teaching us a lesson. The disabled are an unnecessary burden on the taxpayer’s dollar. There is no way they should be travelling around our shopping centres and CBD’s. If they are truly disabled they should be at home suffering with the traditional Australian stiff upper lip. Not out where everyone can see them.

What I hadn’t realised until you so eloquently showed us is that those disabled people who are out and about should be employed productively. Not stealing parking bays which can be usefully filled with important people’s cars.

I went to sleep last night feeling very silly about doubting your motives and the correctness of your decisions as Treasurer.

This morning I woke with another insight into your long term economic strategy for Australia’s poor people.

We poor people do not pay enough tax on our meagre incomes and so we are the ones who should be paying 50% or 60% income tax. We must become lifters and stop leaning on those unfortunate rich people who have, in the past, carried us.

I shall be among the first to cheer your intelligent and clever budgetary measures which rightfully target us poor people.

We must learn our place if our betters are to live the lifestyle they have inherited or stolen.

*Knuckles forelock, bows and backs away with added cringe*

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Poll Sum; 13th Aug


 

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POLL SUMMARY

HEADLINE NUMBERS

   Lib | ALP

46.87%|53.13%

 7,030,500|7,969,500

Differential = 939,000  Votes

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Polls older than 14 days have been discarded

This past fortnight saw 8087 people polled

Data as at Tuesday night, 12th August.

Based on the AEC numbers there were 14722754 enrolled electors for the 2013 election so a fair estimate for the 2016 election is 15,000,000 electors.

The symbolic red and blue bar drawing a line where numbers swing around unpredictably.

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Polls Included and Totals Polled.

Four polls, Galaxy 25/07, Morgan 28/07, Newspoll 28/07, Essential 29/07 were deleted

Three polls, Morgan 8/08, Newspoll 11/08, Essential 12/08 were added

Any polls which come out after midnight Sydney/Melbourne time will be included in next week’s charts.

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Percentages converted back to Raw Numbers

Simple maths convert the published % to raw numbers using the electors polled.

Liberal and National Party numbers are combined.

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Note:- Newspoll lumps PUP voters with “Others”. I split them out at as near to 50-50 as I can with whole numbers. That seems to be how the numbers for other polls fall.

Two Party Preferred

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Translating this into electoral numbers,

assuming 15 million electors

we have a National Two Party Preferred of

L-NP 7,030,500  Votes

ALP 7,969,500 Votes

Which leads to – – -

THE DIFFERENCE CHART

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The expected swing back towards the current baseline of about ALP 52.5/47.5 L-NP is still in the offing.

MINOR PARTIES

The two biggest minor parties will have a major impact come election day.

Here is how they are going.

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The Greens have risen a little (back above 10% while the PUP is almost steady.. Somewhat like their senators.

PUP is is consistently polling around double the numbers for the National Party.

How many members does the National Party have?

Can anyone spell “Gerrymander”?

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POINTS FOR DISCUSSION

1:

Roy Morgan had some interesting comments to make on their poll this week.

  • “Analysing voting trends by age group shows a noticeable deterioration by the Government in younger age groups:
    • 18-24yr olds favour the ALP (67.5%, up 7%) cf. L-NP (32.5%, down 7%);
    • 25-34yr olds favour the ALP (66.5%, up 2%) cf. L-NP (33.5%, down 2%);
    • 35-49yr olds favour the ALP (58%, up 2%) cf. L-NP (42%, down 2%);
    • 50-64yr olds  favour the ALP (51.5%, down 3.5%) cf. L-NP (48.5%, up 3.5%);
    • 65+ still clearly favour the L-NP (55.5%, down 3.5%) cf. ALP (44.5%, up 3.5%).

 

  • “The Roy Morgan July unemployment figures in fact show real unemployment in Australia is much higher – 10.2% unemployed in July (1.265 million) and a further 8.7% of Australians under-employed (1.079 million). These unemployed are disproportionately represented by younger Australians (under 35), and the high levels of unemployment in these age groups is a key reason the ALP is so heavily favoured by younger Australians.

 

  • “In addition to the high level of unemployment that the ABS is finally starting to reveal, the Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating has plunged to 92.5 (down 7pts) indicating that Australians are questioning whether the Government has a clear vision for Australia and the ability to implement that vision.“

 

2:

What do the numbers mean for seats this week? The question asked by sitting members on a personal level and by the electorate as a whole. I have assumed that any swing is uniform Australia wide and that a 2.0% margin over the current TPP will show the seats in play at an election held within a month of today. So – the marginal seat list.

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If we assume all seats in play fall to the ALP the Coalition and the Independents will hold 70 seats. ALP and one Green will form a Government with 80 seats, a majority of 10. The race is still tight. If the 2% margin is discounted and we accept the raw numbers then it is an 78/72 margin to the L-NP.

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Over to you, the discerning reader.

 

 

Stopping Rupert Murdoch


How much do you really hate

what Rupert Murdoch is doing to Australia?

How do we stop him? Easy. Stop buying Murdoch products.

Have you started by no longer reading his last century dead tree media? Of course you have. And in this way you help destroy this enemy of freedom. News Ltd had had yet another multi-million dollar loss this financial year. So that is all working well, isn’t it.

Except that Murdoch is far more than just the Oz.

Creepy Uncle Rupert His hands in your pockets All the time!

Creepy Uncle Rupert
His hands in your pockets
All the time!

He doesn’t even care if the Oz makes a profit or not. He is using his Australian “Mass Media” to gain sufficient political credit to allow him to take control of Australia’s most trusted and biggest media organisation.

The ABC.

He has already taken control of Australia’s television portal to Asia away from the ABC.

Now he wants the rest. Have doubts about that? Where do all the suggestions that the ABC be privatised come from?

News Ltd, of course. Then it is repeated on the alternative Fox News which is ABC News 24. The Fairfax mentions it. But it all starts at News Ltd! BTW, have you noticed how a news event happens, is broken on social media, picked up by News Ltd and eventually appears about an hour later on ABCnews24 and on the ABCNewsonline. After Murdoch has gained all the “first-run” hits and viewers?

The truth is, if we really want to hit Murdoch where it hurts then we need to stop buying a few other things.

Not “things” as material objects, but “stuff” as in entertainment and information. Oh, unless you are bullied by the kids into buying over-hyped mementoes from some of that entertainment. Then you are buying “things” from Uncle Rupert.

The obvious additional act is to avoid buying a subscription to Foxtel. That way you not only avoid paying money to Rupert, you also avoid Fox News.

I know a lot of people who do that. But is it enough?

There is the rest of the Murdoch Empire.

Through a little known recently acquired British based subsidiary, “Shine”, we are supporting Murdoch when we turn on our TV’s to watch;

  • Australia’s Next Top Model
  • The Biggest Loser
  • Beauty and the Geek Australia
  • Location, Location, Location Australia
  • MasterChef Australia
  • The Voice (Australia)
  • The Voice: Kids
  • Aussie Pickers
  • The Bachelor Australia
  • Embarrassing Bodies Down Under
  • So You Think You Can Dance Australia

And, of course, all the International series of these shows. But that is just for starters. There are a few other bits and pieces to avoid.

Any movies out of Fox Studios  such as;

(a sample from 2000 onwards)

  • Moulin Rouge!
  • Planet of the Apes (the whole franchise)
  • Black Knight
  • Star Wars
  • Minority Report
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • I, Robot
  • Alien vs. Predator
  • Fantastic Four
  • X-Men: (The whole franchise)
  • Australia
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Life of Pi
  • The Wolverine
  • And a WHOLE LOT of OTHER MOVIES!

Of course, since 1984, Rupert Murdoch has control of the entire back catalogue of Twentieth Century Fox. Back to the beginning. Everytime you buy a DVD of any of those flicks, you are adding to Rupert’s bank balance.

Fox Animation or Blue Sky Pictures

  • Ice Age (2002)
  • Robots (2005)
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
  • Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
  • Rio (2011)
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
  • Epic (2013)
  • Rio 2 (2014)

It gets worse. The Simpsons and Futurama are long running and top rating  TV series which add to the Murdoch balance sheets.

So just how serious

ARE you

about damaging Murdoch?

Bronwyn Bishop, TOPLESS


Every celebrity has a topless photo out there.

Here is that celebrated Speaker of the House of Reps.

Bronwyn Bishop!

TOPLESS!

ON THE INTERTUBEZ

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Howard’s End, abbott’s end.


When Kevin Rudd lost the confidence of the Labor Party and Julia Gillard took his place as Prime Minister, the Coalition began saying silly things.

The tale of the assassination of Rudd and its corrolaries was perfectly predictable and good politics for the time. What was not so predictable and what has now become a millstone around the Liberal Party neck was tony abbott’s vow that the Liberal Party would never do the same. goodgovt

abbott spent many press conferences telling Australia how the Liberal Party is a stable organisation and would never change its leadership. That his is an adult organisation. That the Liberal Party has a stable front bench.

We saw that stability after the 2013 election and abbott’s selections for his front bench. Virtually every surviving member of Howard’s front bench won a guensey from abbott.

Now, eleven months into the life of the new Government, some are having wild flashbacks to the final term of their glorious leader, John Howard. Flashbacks which are making for some uncomfortable thoughts at 3am in a sleepless night.

John Howard had reached that point in a politician’s life where he had become unelectable. He had a perfectly good replacement, one he had promised to step aside for.  And he didn’t!  The Costello unrest, assisted by the behind the scenes activities of Chris Pyne, was an unneeded distraction in the ultimately unsuccessful Liberal 2007 election campaign.

Now in the cold light of the 2014 day, the near-superannuated front bench are almost the only Parliamentary supporters left to abbott. Yet no one dares speak the unspeakable.

“If we keep a manifestly unpopular leader we could all lose our seats. But we can’t change our leader because then we would look like the Labor Party.”

Yes! The lessons of the Howard debacle have been noted but not acted upon.

 

 

Poll Sum; 6th Aug


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POLL SUMMARY

HEADLINE NUMBERS

Lib | ALP

 7,096,500|7,903,500

47.31|52.69

Differential = 807,000 Votes

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Polls older than 14 days have been discarded

This week 9708 people were polled

Data as at Tuesday night, 29th July.

Based on the AEC numbers there were 14722754 enrolled electors for the 2013 election so a fair estimate for the 2016 election is 15,000,000 electors.

The symbolic red and blue bar drawing a line where numbers swing around unpredictably.

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Polls Included and Totals Polled.

Three polls, Neilsen 20/07, Essential 22/07, Reachtel 22/07 were deleted.

One poll, Essential 5/08 was added.

Any polls which come out after midnight Sydney/Melbourne  time will be included in next week’s charts.

 

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Percentages converted back to Raw Numbers

Simple maths convert the published % to raw numbers using the electors polled.

Liberal and National Party numbers are combined.

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Note:- Newspoll lumps PUP voters with “Others”. I split them out at as near to 50-50 as I can with whole numbers. That seems to be how the numbers for other polls fall.

Two Party Preferred

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Translating this into electoral numbers,

assuming 15 million electors

we have a National Two Party Preferred of

L-NP 7,096,500 Votes

ALP 7,903,500 Votes

Another drop in ALP support.

Which leads to – – -

THE DIFFERENCE CHART

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The expected swing back towards the current baseline of about ALP 52.5/47.5 L-NP continues.

It is hoped it stops soon!

MINOR PARTIES

The minor parties will have a major impact come election day.

Here is how they are going.

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The Greens have a steady small decline while the PUP is a bit all over the place. Somewhat like their senators. PUP is actually polling around double the numbers for the National Party.

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POINTS FOR DISCUSSION

1:

What do the numbers mean for seats this week? The question asked by sitting members on a personal level and by the electorate as a whole. I have assumed that any swing is uniform Australia wide and that a 2.0% margin over the current TPP will show the seats in play at an election held within a month of today. So – the marginal seat list.

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If we assume all seats in play fall to the ALP the Coalition and the Independents will hold 71 seats. ALP and one Green will form a Government with 79 seats, a majority of 8. The race is tightening. If the 2% margin is discounted and we accept the raw numbers then it is an 80/70 margin to the L-NP.

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Over to you, the discerning reader.

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Scott Morrison, Global Benefactor


Like many others I have spent the past twelve months accusing the Immigration Minister Scott Morrison of being deliberately cruel, a vicious bastard and a deliberate torturer.

I was wrong.

Mr Morrison has been working quietly in the background and he has finally come out and announced a policy which will end the whole asylum seeker problem.morrison

Today he announced that if a refugee were to change his or her behaviour in their homeland then they could continue to live there in safety.

This is based on a single case of a silver worker from Afghanistan who changed his job to become a truck driver and the Taliban did not approve. Mr Morrison has determined from this case that the refugee in question brought his troubles upon himself by making the job change. If he was to go back to silver working then he would be safe.

This is a leap of sheer genius. All people need to do to be safe and to avoid needing to flee is to change. Behind that sneer is a giant intellect.

If they are Christian in a Muslim society then by changing their religion then they become safe.

If they are homosexual in a country which punishes homosexuality then all they need to do is to become “straight”.

If you are a woman in a society which punishes women for being women, then a simple sex change will solve the problem.

If the ruling group in a country is determined to wipe out your group, then all you need to do is to join the ruling group. Small things like accents and skin colour are minor difficulties. Make the change, fit in and live safely.

This is a wonderful development. We have been unjustly attacking one of the great benefactors of the world.

No more refugees will ever need to make that terrible journey away from their homes and into unnecessary danger.

But you must excuse me. The great man is calling for a bowl of water and a towel.

He has developed this need to continually wash his hands.

 

The Making of Julie Isabel Bishop, Foreign Minister


FAMILY

Peter Costello said at Julie Bishop’s campaign launch for the seat of Curtin in 1998. “Not just a bishop – certainly a cardinal. Perhaps even a pope.’

So who is Julie Bishop?

DA Bishop receiving a haircut (Julie Bishop's Father and Grandfather) Circa 1920

DA Bishop receiving a haircut (Julie Bishop’s Father and Grandfather) Circa 1920

She was born 17th July, 1956 to cherry orchardists Douglas Alan Bishop and Isabel Mary (nee Wilson) in Lobethal, South Australia. Douglas was a fourth generation orchardist in the Adelaide Hills while Isabel was the fourth generation in a family of pastoralists. Later, Isabel was to become Mayor of East Torrens and died in 2008.

Politics were never far away from the family dinner-table conversation. Her grandfather was long-time local mayor and well connected with Thomas Playford, then premier of South Australia, and with Sir Alexander Downer, father of the Foreign Affairs Minister, Perth Now reported in 2007.

In September 2013  Rowan Callick of the  Australian wrote, “Classic Menzies Liberals,” Bishop says of her family history. Doug served in the war and returned to the family orchards. Her mother’s side were sheep and wheat farmers. “They wanted to live in a country that provided the greatest opportunity for themselves and children,” she says. “They were hard-working people who asked for no handouts and believed in work as an ethic and were always promoting ideas of self-reliance, enterprise and freedom, urging us to do and be whatever we wanted to be. “We were steeped in small government, in lower taxes. I don’t believe government should be at the heart of the economy, as Rudd said – or at the heart of society. I think it’s a facilitator, and of course a safety net. That’s where we differ so strongly with our Labor counterparts who see it as an answer to all ills.

Julie has two older sisters Patricia and Mary Lou, respectively a doctor and a businesswoman, and a younger brother Douglas, now a partner in Clayton Utz in Sydney. Both elder Bishops were Liberal Party stalwarts. Their social circle included their neighbours, the multi-generational political Downer family, an august political clan then busily grooming its next generation of cabinet ministers.

Rowan Callick, in his article in 2013 said that Bishop said, “Someone wrote that I came from a privileged background. But I know about adversity because I have seen it within my own family. The property was wiped out by bushfires on Black Sunday the year before I was born. My childhood in the Adelaide Hills was lived with that in the background, as the family tried to rebuild literally from the ashes. It took 25 years to turn a profit.

If I, as amateur biographer may butt in here; I would be hardpressed to find many other families able to live on their losses for 25 years. Perhaps they were not cash rich but there must have been a major source of family capital to draw upon. If that is not the very definition of ‘privilege’ I don’t know what is.

Please disregard. I am just one of the 99% who could not even dream of managing the feat of living on no income for one year, let alone 25 years!

EDUCATION

She went to a private primary school that her great-grandfather founded in the 1890s. Her mother was a Methodist, her father an Anglican, who both had strong Christian values. Jordan Baker wrote in the Sunday Telegraph in February, 2013, “When she was 10 years old, her scripture teacher quit midway through the term. She had enjoyed the class, so decided to teach it herself. “And so I became the religious instructor,” she says.

Bishop recalls high school, Saint Peter’s Collegiate Girls’ School, Adelaide’s most prestigious girls’ academy also attended by Amanda Vanstone, Kevin Rudd’s wife Therese Rein and Kylie Minogue,- as “a wonderful time in my life”. Bishop obviously thrived in that environment becoming a champion debater, class captain and head prefect.

Michael Gordon of the Sydney Morning Herald wrote an article entitled “Good Morning Ms Bishop”. I found a reprint in the WA Solicitor’s online portal. In part it read,

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Recruited to the school debating team by her prefect sister, Patricia, the pigtailed Julie once anchored a team arguing the unpopular proposition that demonstrations were a waste of time. The year was 1970, when public opposition to the Vietnam War was beginning to be expressed in mass protest marches on the streets. After summing up her team’s arguments, and rebutting those of her opponents, the 14-year-old student delivered her coup de grace: “If I have something to say, I won’t be wasting my time demonstrating on the steps of Parliament. I’ll make sure my voice is heard inside the Parliament.” Her team won.

Even then, Bishop was destined to be an impact player, driven by the sense of noblesse oblige that had been honed over four generations of Bishops in the Adelaide Hills; men and women who had been prominent in local government and agricultural politics, and regularly played host to premiers, like Sir Thomas Playford, and governors, like Sir Edric Bastyan. “Our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents all had this great sense of duty to the community that we all thought was perfectly normal,” says Patricia, a GP who still practises in Adelaide. “There was just this sense that we had a responsibility to make the world a better place.”

Moving to the University of Adelaide, under the new Whitlam “No University Fees” regime, she studied law, graduating in 1978.

The Sydney Morning Herald in an article by Deborah Snow on 23rd Sept, 2013 that older sister Patricia says that she takes ”some credit” for getting Julie interested in foreign affairs by encouraging her to come along on early Uni trips through south-east Asia. The girls worked as barmaids at Football Park to earn money for those trips.

Bishop may have been born to be head girl, but she wasn’t priggish.” reports Jordan Baker in his February 10, 2013 articleEven as a teenager and university student, she was famous for her parties. (Younger brother) Doug remembers a raucous event in which bearded students descended on the farmhouse, and at least one skinny-dipped.

 

PROFESSIONALLY

Julie Bishop was the first female articled clerk employed by Wallmans in Adelaide. It seems they had difficulties determining how to treat a woman as an equal in a business situation. At a function during the first week of her first job as a lawyer, Bishop was told to carry the drinks tray. “I knew I couldn’t stay at that firm if that’s the way they treated me.” She left for a fledging company and, at age 26, became the city’s youngest female partner,” Jordan Baker reported in February 3013.

Julie Bishop in 1982, partner at Adelaide law firm Mangan, Ey & Bishop

Julie Bishop in 1982, partner at Adelaide law firm Mangan, Ey & Bishop

And so she practised as a barrister and solicitor at the Adelaide law firm Mangan, Ey & Bishop, where she became a partner before she was 30.

Deborah Snow of the SMH wrote in September 2013 that in 1981 Bishop “took a tip from her mother and dropped in on a family friend for advice. The friend was Alexander Downer, then a junior officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs. The student was Julie Bishop and she wanted to know about a career in diplomacy. ”She was very charming,” recalls Downer. ”All the [three] Bishop girls were very charming”. Downer, who’d already enjoyed his first posting overseas, did not try to put her off, but his ”sales job”, he jokes now, was ” obviously inadequate’‘.

In 1983, Bishop married property developer Neil Gillon, and relocated with him to Perth, Western Australia, where she practised as a commercial litigation solicitor at Clayton Utz (then known as Robinson Cox). While working at Clayton Utz Bishop was part of the legal team which defended compensation claims against CSR by asbestos mining workers who had contracted mesothelioma as a result of their work for the company.

My reading of the events of that time seem to indicate that Bishop’s main strategy in the CSR/James Hardie case was to delay judicial decisions for as long as possible in a situation where the litigants had severely limited life expectancies.

Andrea Mayles of the Sunday Times reported in 2007 that “Journalist Peter van Onselen worked part-time for Bishop when she was a backbencher, writing speeches for her. He describes his former boss as a demanding perfectionist who wanted staff to work as hard as she did. Van Onselen remembers once when Bishop rushed over in a hurry to send a fax but he was unable to help her with the machine. “She said ‘You’ve been here two months and you don’t know?’,” he says. “I fired back ‘You’ve been a member for two years and you don’t know?’.  “She said ‘Fair comment’. So she might have been quick to snap at people but she was also quick to realise when she was in the wrong.”

Another former staffer, who did not want to be identified, is less complimentary. “As a boss she was unrelenting. She was incredibly tough,” he says. “It was absolutely exhausting working for her. Not a fun place.” He said Bishop “never, ever let her guard down”. It’s a view shared by van Onselen: “But she’s actually very personable and easy to chat to when the veneer’s not up.”

SOCIAL LIFE

Her five year marriage to “the dashing Neil Gillon” ended in 1988.  “Our careers took us in different directions,’’ Bishop explains. “He got a job overseas and it came down to whether I wanted to join him or stay in Perth – and I stayed. You haven’t got time in life to go over what could have been. I don’t do regrets.’ reported Joe Spagnolo of the The Sunday Times September 15, 2013

Gillon moved to Britain where he married fashion designer to the rich and famous, Amanda Wakeley, in 1988. That marriage lasted ten years.

After the marriage break-up came a relationship with the controversial,( and twenty years older,) Ross Lightfoot, admittedly well before he attracted national notoriety as a Liberal senator – for asserting that Aboriginal people “in their native state were the lowest colour on the civilisation spectrum” wrote Michael Gordon in the “Good Morning Ms Bishop” interview.

Despite the relationship bringing her closer to the political circle of the Liberal Party, it appears to have ended acrimoniously.

In 2010 Steven Mayne delved into the relationships within Australian power. He published some intriguing information about Ross Lightfoot: the WA Senator’s third wife, Anne Ferguson-Stewart used to work for fellow senator Winston Crane. And Ross’s daughter Jo worked in his office, but because she had a different surname it largely went unnoticed. Additionally, Michaelia Cash, the daughter of the former WA Speaker and Liberal Minister used to work for Senator Ross Lightfoot at the same time as dating him. Yes, there was a huge age difference and this was after Lightfoot’s marriage to Julie Bishop but before he married his current wife who also used to work for him.  (Note; The relationship between Lightfoot and Bishop was defacto)

Deborah Snow of The SMH reported, in 2013;  Her most recent, public relationship julie bishop5has been with former Perth lord mayor and prominent obstetrician Dr Peter Nattrass, her senior by some 15 years. They never lived together, and they are said to be no longer romantically linked, though they remain close. Bishop will not discuss this area of her life.

Perth Now reported in 2007, “Julie is a very private person,” says Bishop’s long-time partner, Peter Nattrass. “She’ll probably get very cross with me for talking to you. It’s just the way she’s been brought up – it’s part of her make-up.” “Our PAs spend a lot of time synchronising diaries,” she says. “But fortunately our constituencies overlap and we’re often invited to the same functions so we get to see each other.” So are there nights when the pair flop down on the couch together in front of the telly? “I would say exceedingly rarely because she’s away so much,” Nattrass says. “And when she’s back she’s got something on, or I’ve got something on.” Asked what attracted him to Bishop in the first place, Nattrass says: “Heaven only knows.” They were introduced by mutual friend and former Court government minister Richard Lewis at a theatre function. Nattrass clearly remains entranced by his partner. “Julie is the most energetic and intelligent woman I’ve ever met,” he says. “It’s a very tiring and difficult job. But the thing is she’s very talented, and I hate to admit anyone could be more intelligent than me, but sadly she is.” 

But it is her relationship with Nattrass that seems to be the thread connecting her frenetic working life with a stable private one. Bishop and Nattrass live in separate apartments in the same luxury block of units overlooking the Swan River in Crawley. It suits them both, she says.   “I can recommend it,” Bishop says with a laugh. Marriage, however, is not on the cards. She says she simply does not have time for that sort of commitment. “I took marriage very seriously. I was obviously very sad when it didn’t work out, but I then pretty much threw myself into my career, and it’s always been a question of timing,” she says. julie bishop1

Amateur psychologists  will have already noted with interest that Lightfoot was 20 years her senior while Nattrass is 15 years older.

A compulsive runner she does her ten kilometres each day which, in her current portfolio, means that some poor civilian has to make themselves available as a running partner each day when she is overseas.

Bishop also appears to be a bit of a “Gym Junkie.”

Bishop is an unashamed lover of fashion and the finer things in life, telling one recent interviewer that ”clothes are a part of who I am”. Baird says ”I think she likes five-star living, she has got a lot of rich and powerful friends.” Deborah Snow of the SMH reported in 2013. “She is often out on [media mogul] Kerry Stokes’ yacht and she loves all that. She is part of the WA establishment, and to a certain extent it’s where she belongs, in that milieu – successful high achievers, good connections, motivated, professional. But I have never found her to be a snob”  Perth friend John Poynton says: ”She has been an awesome networker, she pretty much knows everybody.”

 Joe Spagnolo wrote in the Sunday Times, September 15, 2013, “She wears Giorgio Armani suits, Kailis pearls and her hair looks that immaculate – all the time. When we meet in her trendy Subiaco office she looks dazzling. She is wearing a blue Armani sweater, blue dress and shoes that elevate her beyond her 162cm (5ft 4in) frame. She’s giving off a bit of a Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City) aura – she’s fit (she runs 10km a day), petite, incredibly confident, a bit posh and even a bit flirty.  “I don’t think I am posh,’’ Bishop says. “(But) I have always been interested in fashion. Clothes are a part of who I am. Having two older sisters probably has a lot to do with it.  “I started wearing Armani suits when I was in law. Doing what I do, you have to have clothes that you can wear at meetings and sometimes take you into functions at night. I don’t like clothes that are too trendy, or over the top.’’
 

 POLITICAL LIFE

Ms Bishop’s road to Canberra was a bit different. It was helped by her association with the WA Liberal Party’s now-defunct Crichton-Browne faction, which in turn owed something to her long de facto relationship with former Senator Ross Lightfoot, a key factional member.

Julie Bishop in December 1996, at Martha's Vineyard, telling her mother Isabel (who died in 2005) that she wanted to become a politician.

Julie Bishop in December 1996, at Martha’s Vineyard, telling her mother Isabel (who died in 2005) that she wanted to become a politician.

The decision to follow her mother into politics, albeit at a much higher level, came from a visit to Harvard. Her mother was very supportive of this decision while her father seems to have been quite lukewarm.

Bishop says she was “very restless” in her final years at Clayton Utz so she went to see business leader Michael Chaney for career advice,” wrote Rohan Carrick of the “Oz” in September 2013. “She was impressed when he told her that he had taken an advanced management course at Harvard Business School, so she enrolled in the course too. A friend from those days, John Poynton, chairman of Azure Capital, recalls: “I remember when she returned from Harvard, she described being struck by a question from a lecturer – ‘How many of you have planned to do public service of some sort?’ She noticed that all the Americans and none of the Australians in the group put their hands up. She came back fired up.”

Bishop says: “Harvard awakened in me a desire to serve my own country. It was life-changing because of the people I met there, and because of my decision to go into federal politics.” She was appointed as a delegate to the 1998 constitutional convention on the republic and met Abbott, Peter Costello and other leading Liberals there. “I had an incredibly interesting time. David Johnston, who was then president of the WA Libs, asked if I would be interested in standing for politics. Once I made up my mind to do so, opportunities arose.”

Wikipedia hints at the machinations and backroom deals which accompanied Ms Bishop’s pre-selection. One key factor was that Alan Rocher, the incumbent Independent was a favourite of John Howard. Bishop languished on the outer for five years.

Ms Bishop won pre-selection for the Liberal Party for the seat of Curtin, Western Australia, in 1998, and went on to win the seat at the federal election later that year, defeating the sitting member and Liberal turned independent Allan Rocher, who had held the seat since 1981. Following the Liberals’ February 2001 state election loss by Richard Court to Geoff Gallop, Bishop was mooted as a possible contender for the leader of the state opposition.  Initially Court had announced that he would lead the Liberals into opposition. However, behind the scenes he was engineering a deal under which both he his deputy leader and factional opponent, Colin Barnett, would have resigned from the state legislature. Bishop would have handed her comfortably safe federal seat to Barnett, enter the state parliament via a by-election in either Barnett or Court’s comfortably safe state seats and succeed Court as state Liberal leader. The deal soon collapsed, however, when Bishop turned it down, declaring that the arrangement wasn’t bizarre, but “innovative, different”. Court was forced to leave politics altogether, and Barnett took over as state opposition leader.

Eventually her talent forced Howard to give her a place on the Front Bench.

Wikipedia records her progress. Bishop was appointed Minister for Ageing in 2003. She was later promoted to Minister for Education, Science and Training and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues in the cabinet reshuffle on 24 January 2006 and served in those positions until the defeat of the Coalition government at the federal election held on 24 November 2007. Bishop’s education policies centred on the development of national education standards as well as performance-based pay for teachers. On 13 April 2007, the Australian State Governments expressed opposition to Bishop’s policies, notably those relating to performance pay. In the 2007 budget, the Federal Government announced a $5b “endowment fund” for higher education, with an express goal of providing world-class tertiary institutions in Australia.

Some of Bishop’s comments, such as “the states have ideologically hijacked school syllabi and are wasting $180 million in unnecessary duplication”, have been criticised by teachers. An advance media kit for a 2006 speech claimed parts of the contemporary curriculum came “straight from Chairman Mao”; however, the reference was dropped from her speech.

Following the Coalition’s loss at the 2007 election, Bishop was elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party under Brendan Nelson on 29 November 2007. In a ballot of Liberal party room members, Bishop prevailed with 44 votes, one more than the combined total of her two competitors: Andrew Robb (25 votes) and Christopher Pyne (18 votes). Nelson also opted not to give National Party leader Warren Truss the post of Deputy Leader of the Opposition, instead giving it to Bishop. Bishop was also given the shadow portfolio of employment, business and workplace relations in the Nelson shadow cabinet.

On 22 September 2008, Bishop was offered the role of Shadow Treasurer by Nelson’s successor as Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull, in his shadow cabinet making her the first woman to hold the portfolio of any major party at the federal level. On 16 February 2009, she resigned from the position of Shadow Treasurer, due to dissatisfaction within Liberal ranks over her performance. Bishop moved to foreign affairs while maintaining her position of Deputy Leader whilst the shadow treasury portfolio was taken over by Joe Hockey. On 1 December 2009, Tony Abbott was elected leader after a leadership spill. Bishop retained the deputy role without being challenged for the position and also retained her role as Shadow Treasurer in Abbott’s shadow cabinet. Editor’s note – I suspect Wikipedia means her position as shadow Foreign Minister

Samantha Maiden reported in the Herald Sun, Feb,2011, “She is not called The Cockroach by some Liberals for nothing. Bishop has survived three Liberal leaders since 2007 and kept her post as deputy with her Krystle Carrington smile fixed in place. But she was forced to relinquish her Treasury post to Joe Hockey after his supporters undermined her for months. Insiders still aren’t sure she’s the perfect fit for Foreign Affairs either, suggesting she is too beholden to lobby groups. A bitter stoush over slashing foreign aid to Indonesian schools saw her confront Tony Abbott in his office. She’s already survived a micro-challenge from Robb, who declared he wanted her job as deputy before abandoning the putsch only hours later.

Deborah Snow wrote, “Costello prefers to describe her as a Liberal ”modern” , who is ”pro- free market, pro responsible economics, but willing to embrace change … in foreign affairs she will be firmly focused on Asia and the region.” Bishop says if she had to pin a label on herself it would be ”Menzian Liberal”, after party hero Robert Menzies. She defines that as being ”an economic dry and a social wet. In our party, if you say you are a Menzian Liberal it does send a message that perhaps you are more moderate on social issues.”

Much of her fame in Opposition came from her famous “Death Stare”.julie bishop4
Her loyalty to her colleagues is notable. When fellow West Aussie Liberal, Don Randall said, “”The problem is that the mining industry is being pussy-whipped by Julia Gillard,” during a Friends of Mining lunch at Parliament House, she said she was not offended and that “I took it that he was talking about males who cower in the face of dominant women.”

On a much more sexist note, I came across vehicle damage reports from 2005 till 2010 published by Independent Australia.

Date of Damage    Vehicle Custodian            DamageAmount       Cost to theCommonwealth

24-Apr-06     The Hon Julie BISHOP MP    $2,662.42                       $500.00
11-Nov-07    The Hon Julie BISHOP MP     $1,699.07                       $500.00
13-Nov-07    The Hon Julie BISHOP MP     $2,135.92                       $500.00
02-Mar-09    The Hon Julie BISHOP MP     $2,823.93                       $500.00
22-Mar-10     The Hon Julie BISHOP MP     $21,588.06                    $500.00
As a male who once reversed directly, and at speed,  into a fully visible power pole, I dare make no further comment on this subject!

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And so that is what I was able to glean from Google in one day.

Should more be found, it will be added.

 

 

Fallout From the Cathy Hissyfit!


It seems there was an ambush in Melbourne yesterday. A “counsel assisting” had seemed quite friendly when he first asked Jackson questions. This time around, he used her answers along with some newly discovered facts to suggest all is not as it seems in Jacksonville*. Cathy Jackson retaliated with a classic hissy fit!

Much of what follows is based on the assumption, as yet unproven, that Cathy Jackson has committed crimes of various kinds.

The Age was very circumspect for obvious reasons and I shall be the same. Repeating that what follows is based on the possibility that the so far uncharged Cathy Jackson may be found guilty of as yet unstated crimes. With that assumption, there are two major questions to be answered and one delicious piece of irony.

Photo: Louise Kennerley

Photo: Louise Kennerley

Firstly, if Jackson is found  guilty of corruption and of receiving a bribe which appear to be possible charges arising from the events of yesterday’s melt-down.

Lying to the Royal Commission is just one part of her potential problems. It is based on something she did, by herself.

The other not only involves herself. If she accepted a bribe. then someone offered and paid that bribe. Somewhere out there is the real world someone is sh!tting bricks! And that person is probably an employer or an employer’s representative. One of the employing class. The class which is currently running our country.

That means that some, so far un-named, person or persons will be named and embroiled into this situation. It is no longer Jackson alone.

Secondly, if Jackson is found guilty of corruption what effect will this have on Craig Thompson’s conviction? Much of the evidence against him was from Jackson. Should she be convicted of corruption and other crimes, does this open the door for a successful appeal against his conviction by Thompson? Will her evidence be discounted and will there be some chance that there may be perjury charges against Jackson arising from this separate case?

It could well be that Jackson will be hoping for the word ‘Concurrent” to be added to any potential sentences. Even if the Thompson conviction and sentence stand, he will almost certainly be free long before Jackson.

The delicious irony section is that should this Royal Commission into Unions find that the possible crimes extend into the employing class then this will be the second time that a trap set for Unions and others of the Left will be sprung, only to find members of the Right publicly caught in its claws.

Can anyone say, “Another ICAC“?

Yes, this is all based on an assumption of guilt of crimes as yet unspecified by persons as yet unidentified. I can hear the cries of the Right trying to burn me as a strawman. I don’t mind. The truth will be exposed and I can wait.

*Jacksonville – credit to Peter Wicks (@madwixxy) for coining this very useful word.

 

Poll Sum; 30th July


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POLL SUMMARY

HEADLINE NUMBERS

Lib | ALP

7,083,000|7,917,000

47.22|52.78

Differential =  834,000 Votes

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Polls older than 14 days have been discarded

This week 14,631 people were polled

Data as at Tuesday night, 29th July.

Based on the AEC numbers there were 14722754 enrolled electors for the 2013 election so a fair estimate for the 2016 election is 15,000,000 electors.

The symbolic red and blue bar drawing a line where numbers swing around unpredictably.

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Polls Included and Totals Polled.

Three polls discarded, Newspoll 13/07/2014.  Morgan 14/07/2104, Essential 15/07/2014 were deleted.

Four polls, Galaxy 25/07/2014, Morgan 28/07/2014, Newspoll 28/07/2014,  Essential 29/07/2014 were added.

 

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Percentages converted back to Raw Numbers

Simple maths convert the published % to raw numbers using the electors polled.

Liberal and National Party numbers are combined.

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Note:- Newspoll lumps PUP voters with “Others”. I split them out at as near to 50-50 as I can with whole numbers. That seems to be how the numbers for other polls fall.

Two Party Preferred

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Translating this into electoral numbers,

assuming 15 million electors

we have a National Two Party Preferred of

L-NP 7,083,000 Votes

ALP 7,917,000 Votes

Another major drop in ALP support.

Which leads to – – -

THE DIFFERENCE CHART

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The expected swing back towards the current baseline of about ALP 52.5/47.5 L-NP has now begun in earnest.

It can only be hoped it stops there!

MINOR PARTIES

The minor parties will have a major impact come election day.

Here is how they are going.

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POINTS FOR DISCUSSION

1:

It seems as though the MH17 effect is continuing to have a beneficial effect on abbott’s numbers. His popularity is increasing and the general concensus across parties is that he is doing a good job. I admit to being in the minority on this question. I predict that abbott’s support will continue to rise until something tragic happens to an Australian abbott has sent to the Ukraine. “Shit happens” won’t cut it then!

2:

Again, what do all the numbers mean for seats? The question asked by sitting members on a personal level and by the electorate as a whole. I have assumed that any swing is uniform Australia wide and that a 2.0% margin over the current TPP will show the seats in play at an election held within a month of today. So – the marginal seat list.

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If we assume all seats in play fall to the ALP the Coalition and the Independents will hold 68 seats. ALP and one Green will form a Government with 82 seats, a majority of 14.

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Over to you, the discerning reader.

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Refugees at Sea; 28th July


A record of the attempts

panicking and hopeless people make

To reach Australia, the Land of the Fair Go.

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28th July

 

HOW GOOD IS MORRISON’S SECRECY?

One of my worries has always been that due to the secrecy of Operation Sovereign Borders I would miss some of the attempts to reach Australia. Even worse, that we may lose asylum seekers who set off yet are never recovered or reported.
Luckily the unofficial  group of “Watchers in the Dark” to which I belong has, as one of its members, Kaye. Last night Kaye contacted me with the information that the 153 asylum seekers who have been landed at Cocos  Keeling Islands have been assigned SIEV (Suspected Irregular Entry Vessel) number 885. Kaye’s previous confirmed SIEV Number was the vessel on December 14th, 2013 which was SIEV 871.
Although I keep this list, and add to it as more asylum seeker boats, which HAVE been stopped so are not really there, are intercepted by Operation Sovereign Borders, it is the result of other’s work. Oliver Laughland ( @oliverlaughland) from the Guardian, Sarah Whyte (@SarWhyte )  from Fairfax and George Roberts (@George_Roberts) from the ABC are the main sources although the Watchers in the Dark are often ahead of both the MSM and my own efforts.
So, when I was given the SIEV number of the vessel which carried 153 Tamils by Kaye last night our immediate fear was that some vessels had been missed off the list, or that some vessels had sunk without trace.
A close look at all non-official reported arrivals has revealed that we, the watchers, can take a big bow. It seems we have broken through all of Morrison’s paranoid secrecy. Every boat is accounted for with no leftovers.

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DETAILED ARRIVAL RECORDS

Here is the list of reported attempts to reach Australia. From Mid-December (SIEV 871) and today (SIEV 885) I have reduced the records to “bare bones” by removing much information about the people, concentrating on the boat and added the potential SIEV Numbers in blue.
The only uncertainty I have  is about the vessel from late February which I have designated SIEV 880.

27th June – 153 people ex India. This is now reported by the Guardian as SIEV 885.

23rd June – 1 vessel reported “off North West Australia” by the Guardian. Apprehended by ACV Triton. SIEV 884

12th June “Sithumina” ex Batticaloa, Sri Lanka . SIEV 883

2nd May – 54 from Sri Lanka – intercepted by Sri Lankan Navy. No SIEV Number

27th Mar – “A BOAT carrying about 50 asylum-seekers is heading for Christmas Island ” No further reports of this incident.  SIEV 882

25th Feb – One lifeboat containing about 26 people found on Sth Coast of Indonesia. LIFEBOAT  SIEV 881 ?

21st Feb – THREE vessels reported by “The Weekend Australian” as being turned back since 7th Feb.  Do these three  include SIEV 879 as well as  SIEV 880 & SIEV 881

5th Feb – one vessel returned to Pangandaran. around 31 people all apparently adult males. LIFEBOAT SIEV 878

3rd Feb – Reportedly, ONE vessel intercepted off CI, unknown number of passengers taken into custody. SIEV 879

31st Jan - Reportedly, TWO vessels being pushed back to Indonesian waters by Customs Vessels. (does one end up at Pangandaran?) LIFEBOAT SIEV 878

16th Jan – One lifeboat returned to Sukabumi with 40 adult males from the Middle East (reported 6th Feb) LIFEBOAT SIEV 877

11th Jan – One vessel left Cisarua, West Java with 56 people on board. Put into lifeboat and marooned off coast of Indonesia. SIEV 876

8th Jan – One vessel, returned to South Java from within sight of CI, shots fired, vessel sank close to shore. 25 people + 2 crew. SIEV 875

1st Jan – one vessel off Darwin towed back to Indonesian waters (sometime during this week),, 45 people including 7 women.  SIEV 874

23rd Dec – one vessel, 43 people returned to South Java. SIEV 873

19th Dec – One vessel with 97 asylum seekers. Origins unknown. SIEV 872

14th Dec – 70 refugees of “diverse” origins landed at CI by HMAS Stuart (Sri Lankans, Indians and Middle Easterners) This was definitely SIEV 871 according to Kaye’s records.

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arrival list

 

Refugees at Sea; 25th July


A record of the attempts

panicking and hopeless people make

To reach Australia, the Land of the Fair Go.

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25th July

 

Morrison’s Boast About To Bust!

Oliver Laughland of the The Guardian is reporting; “Tamil asylum seekers held at sea will be taken to camp on Australian mainland.  Exclusive: Blow for Australia’s hardline policy as 157 people held at sea to be taken to Curtin detention centre.. . . . . senior sources have told Guardian Australia of the government’s plans. It is understood that the government plans to take the asylum seekers to Curtin detention centre in Western Australia, not Christmas Island. The customs vessel carrying the asylum seekers will land on the Cocos Islands on Saturday.”

It seems the Ocean Protector, carrying 157 Tamil asylum cocos Islandseekers who have been held as prisoners for between three and four weeks, is on its way to the Australian territory of the Cocos Islands, where the Department of Lies, Secrecy and Torture plans to transfer the asylum seekers to the Curtin Airbase on the Australian mainland.

The Ocean Protector has been hidden from view for about a month when it was last seen leaving Darwin on 23rd June. The fact that the legal asylum seekers are being landed at Cocos indicates two things. Firstly the Ocean Protector has been closer to India than Australia, hoping against hope that the Indian Government would take them off Australia’s hands.

Secondly, there are no eyes on Cocos Island to see the physical condition of these people. These men, women and children have been at sea since June 13th. Six weeks! At Cocos no one can see you on a stretcher!

Arrival at Curtin Airbase has that same advantage for the Concentration Camp guards!

 

UPDATE

Sarah Whyte of The Age has reported “Fairfax Media understands a SkyTraders Airbus 8320 has been booked to travel from Cocos Island to Curtin detention centre in north Western Australia on Saturday. A source said immigration officials had also tried to book accommodation on Cocos Islands on Saturday to facilitate the transfer and flight for the asylum seekers.

Sarah has come to the same conclusion I have below. That this decisiuon is due to bad High Court news.

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WHY THIS BACKFLIP?

This decision to give up the propoganda points of “over six months with no illegal arrivals” and “we HAVE stopped the boats” indicates that Morrison and the Government have been receiving some very bad news from their lawyers about the high court case into the legality of their detention under the Maritime Powers Act.

Rather than lose the case and have a precedent they do not want to live with, the Government will change circumstances so that the case does not go to judgement!

That is the way I see it and I don’t care how many people call me cynical!

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Does the L-NP Kill Australians? Of Course Not


Quietly lying in bed at 3am, I thought of all the big tragedies which have hit Australia during my lifetime.

Not just the ones inside our borders but events world-wide.

And I found a disturbing FACT. Not an opinion, not a conclusion but a FACT.

Up front, I do not think that coincidence is the same as causality.

Although excessive coincidence – – -

I have left out natural disasters here. Bushfires and cyclones and floods for this is a nation of fires and flooding rain. That is a part of being Australian. But there have been horrible, horrible accidents and human-caused tragedies over the years.

I am limiting myself to post-1950. I remember very little prior to then as I was born in 1944. My lower limit on the death toll is 25. Arbitrary, I know but the line has to be drawn somewhere. I have also excluded wars (WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan) although each one has cost many Australian lives and each one was instituted by a Liberal-National Party Government.

So here is the list I have compiled,

many of which I remembered  during that inconvenient 3am thoughtfest.

1:-

I began at the current tragedy. The one in the Ukraine. With about 30 Australians killed. And my deepest sympathies go out to all who have been touched by this event. The political words are being spoken on behalf of Australia by tony abbott.

Our Nation is under the control of the Liberal-National Party Coalition at the moment.

2:-

Then my mind drifted back to 2002 and the Bali Bombings. 88 Australians were killed. Yes, I was touched by this event on a personal level. The political words which were spoken were spoken on behalf of Australia by John Howard.

Our Nation was under the control of the Liberal-National Party Coalition at that time.

3:-

I remembered the horrible massacre at Port Arthur in 1995. 35 Australians died. The political words and actions taken on behalf of Australia by John Howard.

Our Nation was under the control of the Liberal-National Party Coalition at that time.

4:-

Further back, there was the Granville Rail disaster in 1977. 83 Australians died. That time the political words were spoken  on behalf of Australia by Malcolm Fraser.

Our Nation was under the control of the Liberal-National Party Coalition at that time.

5:-

The Westgate Bridge disaster in Melbourne, 1970. 35 Australians were killed. The political words were spoken on behalf of Australia by John Gorton.

Our Nation was under the control of the Liberal-National Party Coalition at that time.

6:-

In 1968 there was a Vickers Viscount aircraft which crashed near Port Hedland. 26 Australians were killed. The political words were spoken on behalf of Australia by John Gorton.

Our Nation was under the control of the Liberal-National Party Coalition at that time.

7:-

The William Booth Memorial Hostel fire. in Melbourne, 1966. 30 Australians died.The political words were spoken on behalf of Australia by Sir Robert Menzies.

Our Nation was under the control of the Liberal-National Party Coalition at that time.

8:-

The Voyager/Melbourne naval disaster in 1964. 82 Australians died. The political words were spoken on behalf of Australia by Sir Robert Menzies.

Our Nation was under the control of the Liberal-National Party Coalition at that time.

9:-

Air accident at Mackay, Queensland when an aircraft went into the sea in 1960. 29 Australians died. The political words were spoken on behalf of Australia by Sir Robert Menzies.

Our Nation was under the control of the Liberal-National Party Coalition at that time.

10:-

Air accident near York, Western Australia in June 1950. 29 Australians died. The political words were spoken on behalf of Australia by Sir Robert Menzies.

Our Nation was under the control of the Liberal-National Party Coalition at that time.

 

EXCEPTION!

There was a road accident near Kempsie in 1989 which killed 35 Australians. Bob Hawke was Prime Minister.

Our Nation was under the control of the Australian Labor Party at that time.

 

SCARY CONCLUSION!

 

Excluding Bushfires, Floods and Cyclones,

91% of the major disasters since 1950,

Killing 25 or more Australians,

Have occurred under a

Liberal-National Party Coalition

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