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Prime Minister (pro tem) Malcolm Turnbull has been very noisy over the past couple of weeks.
He has been noisy on defense (We need to train our people to kill other people), on Asylum Seekers (Their Hell isn’t Hellish enough yet) and of course, that Multicultural wonder of the world, the Snowy Mountain Scheme 2.0 for which he has dusted off some 1980’s plans and polished them up so that they look almost new.
Today he reached new levels of noisiness as, alongside his Minister for Employment, the Honorable Screech, he promoted a new piece of legislation which will outlaw bribery of Union leaders.
During the question time after his announcement and the Screech’s addendums, he was asked about the bribery of political parties by outside individuals and corporations. Turnbull turned coward and, in a flurry of umms, errs and stutters he refused to answer, moving very obviously onto the next question. One from close ally and friendly face, Chris Uhlmann. An interesting response to a very valid question. It revealed the blatant partisanship of this exercise. Obviously the terrorism card is not winning enough votes any more.
So I sat and cogitated over my second cup of coffee and wondered if this maladvised Prime Minister had thought this move through thoroughly.
It is all very well to outlaw these bribes which come from companies, sometimes very BIG companies and the money is given TO a Union or a Unionist. That is already covered by the Law of the Land.
Not once did he talk about the consequences to those big companies. Everything he said was aimed at convicting Unions of bribery. He wasn’t even asked a question about consequences for the companies involved in the GIVING of the bribe.
I can see a time coming, when this new Law is passed, where a Union or Unionist will be prosecuted and while it will be proven that a bribe was accepted, that bribe will have come out of thin air.
This is the Turnbull Law that disregards the physically unavoidable fact that every coin has, MUST HAVE, two sides!
I just spotted an ABC headline on its News Site and felt an instant anger and sense of betrayal.
‘Queensland Premier, mayors work to convince Adani to go ahead with $21.7b mine’
Anger that anyone could want that mine to go ahead and a sense of betrayal because it is an ALP Premier wanting it to happen.
After several minutes I had an epiphany and realised it was my lazy thinking that had created these emotions within.
Annastacia Palaszczuk is being true to her roots. Looking to create jobs for the workers of Queensland.
I was being true to my roots. Wanting to protect the environment from destruction.
Then I realised that the whole ‘Leftie’ argument which comes from the Right Wing Nut Jobs is based on a fallacy.
The Greens and the ALP may, one day, form some sort of coalition but in no way are the Greens ‘Labor-Lite’. Our aims are not the same.
While we share a similar Human Rights stance, we have severe differences when it comes to Jobs and the Environment.
(Parenthetically, how can the extreme Liberal Right stand being in coalition with the National Party? The Nats are Agrarian Socialists and so should be anathema to those Right Wing Idealogues of the IPA!)
So to all my friends in the ALP, I do hope we will remain friends but our aims are somewhat different. You have your priorities and I have mine.
One priority which we share and which I have not yet mentioned is that we both see the very real need to remove the IPA/L-NP hegemony which is currently ruling and ruining our country.
Let’s make sure we ‘Do a Barnett’ to the Turnbull Government at the first opportunity.
Then we can sort out our differences and make Australia the Land of the Fair Go again.
So it seems the failure of the private energy market in Australia is to be fixed by a return to public ownership and funding. Thank you Mr Turnbull for this exciting thought bubble and potential ground-breaking move of a Conservative Government back into public enterprise.
I only have two questions.
Firstly, how will this sudden announcement of an unplanned policy of something which may happen in seven years time help South Australia in the summer of 2017/18?
Secondly, with the privatisation of the energy market have proven to be a complete failure, how long will it be before all those extra billions of dollars of Snowy Mountains investment are handed over to the failed Energy providers we are currently saddled with and who caused this crisis in the first place.
Thirdly, Oh, I have THREE questions.
Thirdly, will we, the Australian electorate, finally get fed up with all this failed privatisation and begin demanding that essential public services MUST be run and owned by the Australian people!
Justin Timberlake, for those who don’t know, was an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. He came to fame as the lead singer of pop boy band ‘N Sync and has won four Grammy Awards as well as an Emmy Award.
With all that success, there are rumours that his life may tragically be shortened by an unusual disease!
Back in 2005, Timberlake discovered that he was suffering from a throat condition. What his medical team referred to as “nodules” were subsequently removed from his throat.
But rumours have abounded that they were not the normal “nodules” we expect to find on the larynx?
Some people with inside knowledge claim they were cellulosiverous Isoptera?
Doctors have revealed that there is no need for general panic as this disease appears to be genetically confined to the Timberlake family and is, in general, unlikely to affect the majority of the population.
Isoptera would, in the long term, totally infest the Timberlake body and all his internal cellulose would be consumed by these small, white, parasitic little critters.
He could be eaten to death by termites!
Q: How many historians does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: There is a great deal of debate on this issue. Up until the mid-20th century, the accepted answer was ‘one’: and this Whiggish narrative underpinned a number of works that celebrated electrification and the march of progress in light-bulb changing. Beginning in the 1960s, however, social historians increasingly rejected the ‘Great Man’ school and produced revisionist narratives that stressed the contributions of research assistants and custodial staff. This new consensus was challenged, in turn, by women’s historians, who criticized the social interpretation for marginalizing women, and who argued that light bulbs are actually changed by department secretaries. Since the 1980s, however, postmodernist scholars have deconstructed what they characterize as a repressive hegemonic discourse of light-bulb changing, with its implicit binary opposition between ‘light’ and ‘darkness,’ and its phallogocentric privileging of the bulb over the socket, which they see as colonialist, sexist, and racist. Finally, a new generation of neo-conservative historians have concluded that the light never needed changing in the first place, and have praised political leaders like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher for bringing back the old bulb. Clearly, much additional research remains to be done.