A Liberal Price on Carbon


After six years, it seems the Liberal Party is finally moving back into the real world.
With Tony Abbott finally out of the leadership picture, Malcolm Turncoat has finally given the go-ahead to a *say it with reverence* PRICE ON CARBON!
frydenbergFrom being leaders in the world of renewable energy, Australia is now finally taking baby steps back towards renewing renewables.
Unless Frydenberg is joshing us, he is out and about spruiking a carbon price on carbon used by power stations. This will create an unavoidable upwards pressure on power costs nationwide. miss-me
There will be no compensation for the poor or elderly unlike that in the terrible evil and completely unnecessary ‘Tax’ on carbon foisted on the nation by the evil Julia Gillard and her latte-sipping greenie friends. That would not be the Liberal way.
As I said before – baby steps. But at least it is a move, more correctly, a shiver in the correct direction. Six years too late. The story of Liberal-led Australia.
Will the Turnabout Government finally get around to having a real agenda item for 2017?
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Sid and Sod #844


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Meaningless Blah Blah


The other day our anti-Immigration Minister, Mr Potato-head Dutton, vilified the second and third generation of the Lebanese refugees allowed into Australia under the Prime Ministership of Malcolm Fraser. anti-immigrationHe explained to a Parliament waiting with baited breath. Yes, their breath was baited. He has caught them all, hook line and sinker. Anyway,  to this Parliament and to those who vote but do not think, he explained that, of the past 33 terrorist acts in Australia, 22 were by second and third generation descendants of those Lebanese refugees.

Now it is not as though there were only two or three families involved in arriving in Australia. According to an ABC online news article dated 21 Nov 2016, as of 2006, the number of Australians of Lebanese background totalled 181,738 — including 16,201 people whose parents were born in Australia. And 22 of their descendants did, or set out to do something bad.

Because of this high proportion of second and third generation Australians of Lebanese origins,  Mr Dutton-Potato stated that it was a mistake to let their grand parents and parents into Australia.

BUT MR DUTTON :-

Unless this rule is broadened to include many other groups, it is simply Meaningless Blah Blah.

For example. there are a number of Irish born Roman Catholic priests who have come to Australia and been found to be paedophiles. Using Dutton’s Law of Crime Minimisation, all Irish Roman Catholic priests should be barred from entering Australia.

Looking at the Calabrian and Sicilian background of many of the celebrated crime figures, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, Perhaps we should not have let any Italians into Australia as refugees after WW2. Shock Horror! St Pig-Iron of Menzies should come in for a touch of excoriation from our Minister of Meaningless Blah Blah.

Then there were the Poles and Hungarians who arrived in Australia, escaping the horrors of Russian Communism. Some of their descendants turned to Communism here in Australia! Their parents and grandparents should NOT have been allowed to come to this land of the fair go. Not under Dutton’s Law of Crime Minimisation. And never forget that Communism is a crime! Just ask Cory Bernardi.

The list could go on. Every nationality which has arrived in Australia has had some of its descendants turn to crime of one sort or another. And Indigenous Australians, I’m looking at you as well. Even your ancestors had to deal with people who broke your Lore. Breaking laws and boundaries is a part of human nature. Which is why the Brits began sending Europeans here in the first place!

So under Dutton’s Law of Crime Minimisation, there should never have  been ANY migration to Australia at all.

Until you accept this, Mr Dutton, everything you say is just

MEANINGLESS BLAH BLAH!

From a Roman Wall #112


graphics-romans-528700‘Ave, Ave! Good morning!’ Zoophilus entered the Forum Cafeterium and  looked around. ‘Gratias tibi, Thank you.’ he said to the Barristerus, Nellus, taking his beaker of caffeinus. He went across to the tabula where his his friends were sitting.

‘What are you so cheerful about?’ asked the strangely grumpy Libertinus, the Roman man about town. Verbo Ipsum walked over to the counter to refresh his beaker of caffeinus.

‘I may be off on another voyage if negotiations go as well as I expect them to. Caesar wants some new exotic animals. What has upset you today?’

‘I was unable to get home last night so I had to stay at a caupona, a hotel. All night I was kept awake by strange noises. I’m certain they are haunted by a ghost!’

‘Is that the caupona next to the Temple of Mercury?’ asked Verbo as he returned to the tabula.

‘Why yes!’ exclaimed Libertinus. ‘How did you know?’

‘They have had that problem before and it is very hard to solve,’ said Verbo. ‘So yesterday they decided to fight fire with fire and called for an inn spectre.’

Peter Dutton; Whitewashed!


The Wikipedia entry for Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister, has undergone major changes in the past 12 months.

Here is what was on Wikipedia on 15 November 2015:-

Political career

Dutton was elected to the Division of Dickson at the 2001 election, defeating Labor’s Cheryl Kernot.

After the 2004 federal election Dutton was appointed to the ministry. He was Minister for Workforce Participation from 2004 to 2006. In January 2006 he was appointed Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Revenue. Dutton successfully retained Dickson in the 2007 federal election with a majority of 0.26%, after an 8.76% swing to his rival Fiona McNamara.

In 2008, when new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Stolen Generations, Dutton was the only coalition front bencher to abstain.[6]

In 2009, a proposal was made under the Commonwealth Electoral Act to alter Dutton’s electorate of Dickson. The alteration may have had the effect of making the seat less secure for the Liberal Party. Wary of losing his place in the House of Representatives, Dutton sought endorsement for the safe Liberal seat of McPherson. Despite the support of Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull, the retiring member for McPherson Margaret May, and several other party luminaries including former Prime Minister John Howard,[7] Dutton was defeated by rival candidate Karen Andrews.[8] The final redistribution cemented the erosion of the Liberal Party’s position in Dickson, albeit less adversely than originally proposed.[9] With no better option available to him, Dutton opted to recontest Dickson at the next election.[10]

Dutton contested and won Dickson at the 2010 federal election, achieving a swing of 5.45% to easily overcome the 2009 redistribution. This resulted in a two-party-preferred vote of 54.69% as of 23 August 2010. Following the 2010 election, he was appointed as Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.

Minister in the Abbott/Turnbull Governments

Dutton retained his seat at the 2013 election, and now sits on a margin of 6.7%. He was appointed to the Ministry by Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and served as Minister for Health and Minister for Sport.

Dutton attempted to introduce a GP copayment of $7, but this proved highly unpopular with both the public and the medical profession, and the plan was dropped. Dutton was overwhelmingly ranked as the worst health minister in 35 years according to a poll run by Australian Doctor magazine.[11]

On 23 December 2014, Dutton was sworn in as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection after a cabinet reshuffle.[12]

On 11 September 2015, Dutton was overheard on an open microphone, prior to a community meeting on Syrian refugees, joking about the plight of Pacific Island nations facing rising seas from climate change.[13]

Dutton cancelled pro-life advocate Troy Newman‘s visa in 2015 leading to controversy as Newman’s allegation of being for killing abortion doctors has not been proven. Newman in fact was saying abortion doctors should be tried as murderers.[14] [1]

Nauru spying controversy

On 5 June 2015 Dutton categorically denied claims made by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young that she was spied on during a visit to Nauru. At the same time he called into question her credibility and track record “when it comes to facts”[15] The spying claims were later confirmed by the Immigration Department and Wilson Security who carried out the spying operation.

Here is what is there now:-

Political career

Dutton was elected to the Division of Dickson at the 2001 election, defeating Labor’s Cheryl Kernot.

After the 2004 federal election Dutton was appointed to the ministry. He was Minister for Workforce Participation from 2004 to 2006. In January 2006 he was appointed Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Revenue. Dutton successfully retained Dickson in the 2007 federal election.

Following the 2007 election, Dutton was promoted by Brendan Nelson to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation.[8]

Dutton was appointed as Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing by Malcolm Turnbull in September 2008, a position he retained when Tony Abbott became Opposition Leader.[9]

In June 2010, Dutton released the Coalition’s mental health policy, The Coalition’s Real Action Plan for Better Mental Health. It was described by leading mental health experts as “a game changer” and “the most significant announcement by any political party in relation to a targeted, evidence-based investment in mental health”.[10]

Dutton contested and won Dickson at the 2010 federal election, achieving a swing of 5.45% to easily overcome a 2009 redistribution. This resulted in a two-party-preferred vote of 54.69% as of 23 August 2010. Following the 2010 election, he was appointed as Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.

In the lead up to the 2013 election, Dutton announced a range Coalition policies, including to restore integrity and independence to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee; increase the threshold of Cabinet consideration for the lisitng of medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) – allowing the Health Minister to list drugs costing less than $20 million a year over the first four years; expedite the roll-out of biennial bowel cancer screening for people aged 50 to 74 years; provide funding certainty and streamline administrative processes for medical research; provide $35 million for research into Type 1 diabetes through the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Clinical Trial Network; provide $40 million for additional medical internships in private hospitals and non-traditional settings; and provide investment into general practice by doubling the Practice Incentive Payment for teaching and 175 grants to support capital expansion of existing rural and regional general practices.

Dutton’s election commitments were strongly endorsed by key health stakeholders. The Cancer Council said that “Mr Dutton’s promise to finalise the bowel cancer screening program by 2020 would save an additional 35,000 lives over the next 40 years.”[11]

The Australian Medical Association said “the Coalition has delivered a strong package of practical, affordable health policies that would strengthen general practice.”[12]

Medicines Australia “welcomed the Coalition’s commitment to restore transparency, predictability and confidence to the process by which medicines are listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme”.[13]

Minister in the Abbott/Turnbull Governments

Dutton retained his seat at the 2013 election. He was appointed to the Ministry by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and served as Minister for Health and Minister for Sport.

As Health Minister, Dutton announced the world-leading $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund. As announced, the capital and any ongoing capital gains of the Medical Research Future Fund will be preserved in perpetuity.

Under Minister Dutton, projected funding in the health portfolio increased in the 2014-15 Budget to $66.9 billion, an increase of 7.5 percent from $62.2 billion in 2012-13, the final full year of the Labor Government. Projected expenditure on Medicare increased over 9.5 percent from $18.5 billion in 2012-13 under Labor to a projected $20.32 billion in 2014-15 under Dutton.[14] [15] Funding for public hospital services increased by nearly 14 percent under Dutton in the 2014-15 Budget to a projected $15.12 billion compared to $13.28 billion in the last full year of the Labor Government in 2012-13.

On 23 December 2014, Dutton was sworn in as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection after a cabinet reshuffle.[16]

The Migration Act 1958 gives the minister the power to impose a character test on people requesting visas to enter Australia.[17] In 2015, Dutton cancelled the visa of anti-abortion activist Troy Newman, over remarks in his 2000 book Their Blood Cries Out.[18][19]

Determined sanitisation like this can only be for a reason.

With Malcolm Turnbull failing so obviously, the Potato is positioning himself for a challenge.

And rewriting history as he does so!

For a complete, real, unexpurgated history of Peter Dutton check this link!

 

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Sid and Sod #843


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From a Roman Wall #111


wine_salesman_-_romanSecundus walked into the Forum Cafeterium.

‘Salve.’ he greeted Nellus and took the proffered steaming beaker of caffeinus from her.

He walked over to his usual tabula and as he sat down, Libertinus. noted Roman about town looked up and grinned.

‘That citizen, your brother’s neighbour, is quite a wag. He was the life of the convivio, the party, last night.’ he said.

Secundus asked, ‘Do you mean Gallinacius the poultry farmer?’

Verbo Ipsum smiled to himself.

‘That’s the one.” replied Libertinus. ‘He had us rolling off our couches last night. The stories he was telling! He could have a future on the proscaenium, the stage.’

‘That’s not surprising,’ remarked Verbo. ‘Chicken farmers will often share a good yolk.’