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Under the Hairdo – Bronwyn Bishop


A first draft. There is so much more to be added.

And it will be, over time.

FAMILY BACKGROUND

Sydney Sunday Times, 9th Dec, 1928

Sydney Sunday Times, 9th Dec, 1928

The Setright‘s were a theatrical and artistic Catholic Sydney family who had been active in SydneyTown since the 1860’s. [3]

The earliest of them to reach public notice was Mr. J. R. Setright, scenic artist, who was the best known theatrical and mural artist of the time. He was apparently born in the colony. [3]

In 1882 Thomas Setright of Morella, 51 Jersey-road, Woollahra, music warehouseman of Elvy and Co married Helen Adelaide Hamburger. He died in 1914 after working for Elvy and Co for close on 50 years. He was the Great Grandfather of our current Speaker of the House.[3]

During the 1890’s the wider Setright family suffered a number of bankruptcies which may point to a reason for later family concerns about monetary security.[3]

Tickets printed by the Setright Ticketing Machine

Tickets printed by the Setright Ticketing Machine

Henry Roy and Selena Helen Setright emigrated to England where Henry founded an engineering business. He invented the “Setright Ticketing Machine” which was in use until the 1970’s on the British transport system.

 

PARENT’S MARRIAGE

Thomas Francis Selfright married Kathleen Congreve   [1]  who was a noted Australian Soprano (Marriage Rego#2278/1936 SETRIGHT Thomas Francis CONGREVE Kathleen ANNIE NORTH SYDNEY).  Kathleen seems to have been at least a supporter, and possibly a member of the Women’s UAP (precursor to Menzies “Liberal Party)  in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. [3] They lived in North Sydney and later at Bradfield. Thomas may have served in the RAAF rising to the rank of Seargent during World war 2. He died in 1959.

 1940’s

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1950’s

BORN TO PERFORM

BRONWYN BISHOP was born to perform. The daughter of an opera singer, she learned how to breathe properly while listening, as a child, to her mother rehearse in her bedroom. Kathleen Congreve was a dramatic soprano with the Australian Opera Company who also sent her daughter to singing lessons. If young Bronwyn never excelled as a songstress she can thank those lessons for her immaculate delivery.  The same child never put her face to the sun and her complexion remains creamy white to this day. And she never blushes. [1]

1960’s

 

UNIVERSITY FAILURES

Bronwyn Setright undertook a five-year LLB program at the University of Sydney. However, she was deemed ineligible to continue after failing a number of subjects multiple times. Bishop failed a total of 11 subjects over six years. In her first year in 1960, she failed all four core subjects. In 1964, she failed four subjects again, and repeated them in 1965, in which she failed three again. The policy of the University of Sydney at the time was that a student was required to show cause why a student should be allowed to repeat a subject for a third time, and Bishop was deemed ineligible to continue. [2]

Bishop confirms that, at that time, women in law school were “an exception, a pretty rare breed – maybe ten out of the class of 300” [5]

ENTERS POLITICS

Having formed an ambition to become a politician, she joined the Liberal Party at the age of 17. Heavily involved in organised politics, Bishop joined Killara Young Liberals in 1961 and during her association with that branch, she became Vice-President.  [2]

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In 1966 she married Alan Bishop with whom she had studied law at Sydney University. [1] A

Alan went on to become a Alderman of the City of Sydney and later, was appointed Judge of the Compensation Court in 2000. He died in 2010.

SHOW BUSINESS

1967 she appeared several times as a lawyer in “Divorce Court” a Channel 9 drama which used actors to portray divorcing couples based on real cases. She filmed one series while pregnant with her first daughter. [1]

Bishop first worked as an articled clerk. She was admitted to practise law in 1967 as a solicitor and became a company director before entering politics.

1970’s

Bishop admitted to few regrets about her decision to become a working mother, virtually from the outset, while doubling as a society wife _ her close friends include high-profile Sydney socialites Lady (Mary) Fairfax and Glen Marie Frost _ from her long-time home in Sydney’s North Shore suburb of Mosman. “I never got to be the tuckshop mother,” she says. “My friends thought I was unusual but they weren’t critical.[1]

POLITICAL BABY STEPS

Bishop first became a Liberal Party office-holder in 1973 as President of the Balmoral branch [2]

Bishop the performer moved from commercial TV to ABC radio where, during the early 1970s, she wrote, produced and broadcasted a series entitled `Law for Mr and Mrs Everyman’. [1]

 

1980’s

BEING ELECTED

official Liberal Photo after 1987 election.

Official Liberal Photo after 1987 election.

Bishop was elected as the Chairman of the Liberal Party Convention Committee from 1981 to 1985 and as the first female President of the NSW Liberals from 1985–1987. [2]

After the retirement of Sir John Carrick at the double dissolution of 5 June 1987, Bishop was nominated by the Liberal Party to contest the vacant seat in the Senate for New South Wales at the election on 11 July 1987. She won the seat and her term was deemed to have commenced from 1 July. She was the first woman to be popularly elected as a Senator for New South Wales. [2]

FIRST SHADOW MINISTRY

She was elevated by Andrew Peacock to the shadow ministry in 1989 as Shadow Minister for Public Administration, Federal Affairs and Local Government (1989–1990). [2]

She proved an aggressive debater against the Australian Labor Party, particularly with Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, who during one debate exclaimed to the chamber “Why do you take an instant dislike to Senator Bishop? … To save time”. [2] In return, Bishop’s opinion of Gareth Evans:`He needs psychiatric help. ” and on the ALP,`They call themselves the True Believers. I call them the True Deceivers.’ [1]

1990’s

MARRIAGE ENDS

In 1992 Bronwyn Bishop’s marriage ended, an event she refused to discuss for many months and of which she will only say: `My husband and I came to a mutual parting of the ways last year with mutual respect intact …’ Here the senator’s light brown eyes become fixed, her lips almost pursed…. and that’s IT. [1]

MORE TV

In 1993 she was back in Channel 9’s Melbourne studio to film an episode of `What’s Cooking with Geoff Jansz’ and took the opportunity to re-create a recipe that saw her featured in a 1977 edition of the magazine `Gourmet’, brandied almond meringue cream. The original article, which Senator Bishop produces from her briefcase, is entitled `Bronwyn and Alan Bishop The Entertainers’. It features a ’70s photograph of the then legal appointee with the NSW Government’s Publications and Classifications Board leaning over an extremely grand dining room table arranging flowers. The hair is a little blonder but the distinctive style is the same. [1]

THAT HAIRDO

bishop7Bishop admitted at the start of the year to `Good Weekend’ journalist Roy Masters that she slept with her hairstyle intact and only let it down to redo it. She concluded that article by adding: “That’s not when I let it down figuratively, of course.[1]

Mrs Bishop’s image endured a severe body blow as a result of her blatant _ and occasionally childish _ attempts at political point- scoring during the `Four Corners’ Republican debate in April (1993). Her performance clearly angered the program’s host Andrew Olle, not to mention dozens of ABC viewers who wrote and telephoned their disapproval. Bishop’s thick skin emerges when she refuses to acknowledge that her performance damaged her image. [1]

MOVES FROM SENATE TO HoR

After the Liberals’ defeat at the 1993 election, Bishop began to be seen as a possible leadership candidate, a view she shared. Shortly after the 1993 election, Jim Carlton, the member for Mackellar, resigned. In a move widely seen as furthering her leadership ambitions, Bishop resigned from the Senate on 24 February 1994 to contest the ensuing by-election for the safe Liberal seat. Although she was comfortably elected, her campaign against John Hewson for the Liberal Party leadership faced a setback when she did not poll as well as expected against author and filmmaker Bob Ellis, who ran as an independent in the by-election.[2]

BISHOP IN 1993

In July 1993, there was a summary of her current status. Admirers: Ita Buttrose, Andrew Peacock, Shirley MacLaine, Nick Greiner, John Elliott, Lady Fairfax, Margaret Fletcher, Glen Marie Frost, Gary Punch (grudgingly). Detractors: Malcolm Turnbull, John Howard, John Hewson, (former Liberal senators) Chris Puplick and Peter Baume, Trevor Boucher. Interests: opera, theatre, wine, art galleries, museums, gardening, antiques, classical music. Bronwyn Bishop’s recent TV appearances: `Four Corners’, `Tonight Live’, `What’s Cooking’, `Burke’s Backyard’, `World Series Debating’, `Sunday’, `Good Morning Australia’, `A Current Affair’, `Real Life’, `Business Sunday’, Channel 9’s Election Night Coverage.[1]

When Hewson called a spill for the Liberal leadership in 1994, Bishop opted not to stand as a candidate, and Alexander Downer successfully challenged for the party leadership.[2]

SHADOW HEALTH MINISTER

When Downer became leader, Bishop became Shadow Health Minister, a senior position, but caused controversy on her first day in office by announcing her support for tobacco advertising, drawing criticism from both the Australian Medical Association and her own party, which supported the Keating Government’s legislation to prohibit tobacco advertising in 1992. Her remarks were attacked by the then AMA president and soon-to-be Liberal MP for the neighbouring seat of Bradfield, Brendan Nelson, who said that: “Mrs Bishop has a lot to learn about health…there are now more than 50,000 pieces of medical research and literature supporting the view that smoking is injurious to humans.” Bishop was dropped from Health and moved to Privatisation and Commonwealth/State Relations (1995–1996). [2]

INTO POWER

When the Liberals returned to Government in 1996, Prime Minister John Howard appointed Bishop a Minister in junior portfolios. She was the first Liberal woman from New South Wales to become a minister. She was Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel from 11 March 1996 to 21 October 1998 and Minister for Aged Care from 21 October 1998 to 26 November 2001. [2]

2000’s

THE MINISTER FOR KEROSENE

It was in this role of Minister for Aged Care that she endured her greatest scandal, the kerosene baths controversy of 2000. The revelation that some residents at Melbourne’s Riverside Private Nursing Home had suffered blistering after being bathed in a weak kerosene solution as a cure for scabies led to a national outcry over the standards of care maintained by Bishop’s department. She was dropped from the ministry after the 2001 election.[2]bishop1

In 2004 Bishop unsuccessfully ran for the Speakership in Howard’s re-elected Government. Mrs Bishop, then 61, from NSW, said she believed it was important for the speaker to “keep a tidy House, because question time goes into everybody’s loungeroom”.  “I would like to elevate the respect people have for the political process and politicians in particular,” she said. “We don’t rate very high. That’s not good for democracy.”[8]

Bishop was a Member of the Speaker’s Panel from 16.11.04 to 17.10.07.[6]

She enjoys singing and dancing, having appeared in several charity productions including The Sound of Music (as Baroness Elsa), and Grease (as the Headmistress). In 2007, she sang a duet of Irving Berlin’s A Couple of Swells with then Health Minister, Tony Abbott, at a fund-raiser in Sydney. Bishop is also a patron of Opera Australia and was 2008 President of the Sydney International Piano Competition Committee.[2]

FLAG BURNING

In 2006, following a flag-burning incident during the 2005 Cronulla riots and a burnt flag display by a Melbourne artist, Bishop introduced the Protection of the Australian National Flag (Desecration of the Flag) Bill 2006. This bill sought to make it “a criminal offence to wilfully destroy or otherwise mutilate the Flag in circumstances where a reasonable person would infer that the destruction or mutilation is intended publicly to express contempt or disrespect for the Flag or the Australian Nation.” The bill received a second reading but subsequently lapsed and did not go to vote in the House of Representatives. [2]

SHADOW MINISTRY SHENANIGANS

In the 2007 federal election, Bishop was re-elected to her seat with a 0.62-point primary swing and 3.04-point two-party-preferred swing against her on slightly redistributed boundaries. After his appointment as Liberal Leader, Brendan Nelson appointed Bishop to the Shadow Ministry portfolio of Veterans’ Affairs.[2]

Not always a blonde

Not always a blonde

Nelson bringing back Bishop to the frontbench was in contrast to their past conflict in 1994 when Bishop as Shadow Health Minister defended tobacco advertising which was contrary to the position taken by Nelson, then President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA).[2]

After the election of Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Liberal Party, she was dropped from this portfolio, to return to the backbench. Despite speculation that she would be challenged for preselection in her seat of Mackellar for the next election, this did not eventuate and she later reaffirmed her intention to contest the next election. On 5 May 2009, Bishop criticised Turnbull’s leadership, saying that “Malcolm seems to have been strong at the beginning but now he has gone soft.” However, with Turnbull’s loss of the party leadership and the election of Tony Abbott as his successor, on 8 December 2009 Bishop was appointed as Shadow Minister for Seniors. Bishop was re-elected at the 2010 Election and was appointed to the outer shadow ministry as Shadow Special Minister of State and Shadow Minister for Seniors.

2010’s

THAT SIGN

March 2o11 and the oh so correct Bishop was standing there, under THAT sign!

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THE PRACTICE

During her time in Opposition Bishop became famous for raising Points of Order and referring to “The Practice”. On occasion she was so forceful that she had to be ejected from the House under Rule 94a.

In 2013 before she became Speaker of the House in the Abbott government, Bishop appeared on episode 2 of series 2 of Annabelle Crabbe’s “Kitchen Cabinet”. The woman once touted as a future prime minister, Bronwyn Bishop served up a mushroom lasagne and some political insights. [4]bishop6

Appointed Speaker by abbott when the Parliament finally sat some months after the September 2013 election, she lost no time in applying the Rule 94a which had so vexed her prior to the election. She has done so with such effect that she has already ejected opposition members over 400 times. As a proof of her lack of bias, she has, in the same time applied the penalty to FOUR Government members.

Q & A CONFRONTATION

In MidJune, 2015, Bishop was a panellist on the live ABC show, “Q&A”. Also on the panel was the Commissioner for Human Rights, Gillian Triggs. A most unseemly exchange followed. “The trigger from Triggs: asserting the apparently radical position that parliament was there to protect and defend our legal liberties. Both parties had been lacking in this area in the years since 9/11, she said. “These are the moments when we really have to defend our key liberties and freedoms even more strongly,” Triggs said. [7]

It was all too robust for the liking of Speaker Bishop, whose declarations of affection for the democratic process were tempered by her repeatedly stated opinion that Gillian Triggs was exercising her rights to free speech with an enthusiasm that rendered her position untenable. “Sometimes it can overstep the mark, too. There is a time, and I think Gillian recognises it, that as a statutory officer you have to decide whether you’re a statutory officer, fulfilling that role with security of tenure, or whether you wish to say, ‘I want to be part of the political debate’ and stand for office and run to become part of that political process.”  Translation: suck it up or get out. Bishop returned to the theme again later, a remarkable exercise in public denigration [7]

TRAVEL ALLOWANCES

THAT helicopter disgorging B. Bishop at a Golf Course in Geelong.

THAT helicopter disgorging B. Bishop at a Golf Course in Geelong.

In mid-July 2015, Bishop became embroiled in controversy surrounding her use of taxpayer-funded travel entitlements. It had emerged that she had taken taxpayer funded chartered helicopter flights from Melbourne to Geelong and back to attend a state Liberal party fundraiser on 5 November 2014. The cost of the flights was $5,227.27 for a journey that typically takes an hour each way by road. Bishop refused to resign over the expenses claim, describing it as an “error of judgement” while expressing disappointment that the controversy had become a distraction from the opposition and its policies. However, she agreed to pay back the sum of the helicopter flight plus a penalty of $1,307. The controversy was fueled by further revelations of spending on travel. In 2014, Bishop and four parliamentary delegates spent $88,084 on a two week trip to Europe in her bid for presidency of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, including almost $1,000 a day on private limousines. Bishop also charged taxpayers over $3,300 for car expenses in order to attend the opera and other arts events from 2010 to 2013 and charged taxpayers $800 for flights to the wedding of Sophie Mirabella in Albury. [2]

At another wedding for which expenses were claimed.

At another wedding for which expenses were claimed.

In response to the controversy, Tony Abbott declared Bishop was on what he termed “probation”, calling her behaviour “out of line”, though maintaining his confidence in the Speaker. A transcript of Tony Abbott’s comments calling for Prime Minister Julia Gillard to make Peter Slipper resign over a travel expenses scandal was also removed from the Liberal Party’s website.[2].

On 31 July, Tony Abbott announced that the Department of Finance would be reviewing all expenses claimed by Bishop over the past 10 years. This includes the $800,000 claimed during 2014. [2]

REFERENCES

[1] Caroline Wilson, The Sunday Age, July 3rd, 1993

[2] Wikipedia (1st Aug, 2015 version)

[3] Trove (Advanced Searches for Setright and Congreve)

[4] ABC

[5] digital.library.adelaide.edu.au

[6] trove “people”

[7] Sydney Morning Herald

[8] the Age 2004/10/14

Poll Sum 29th July 2015


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 POLL SUMMARY

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THIS TWO WEEK PERIOD

A total of 8,536 voters were polled.

Two Polls, Morgan 13/07, Essential 14/07 were deleted

Two polls, Morgan 27/07, Essential 28/07 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:- Galaxy/Newspoll lumps PUP voters with “Others”. I split them out at as near to 20-80 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 7,023,150 Votes

ALP 7,976,850 Votes

Which leads to – – –

THE DIFFERENCE CHART

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A difference of

6.358% or

953,700 voters.

This week sees a major shiftback to the left. Pretty well back to where we were in the middle of May. A lead of nearly a million voters.

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PRIMARY VOTE

One of the numbers the true wonks look at is the Primary vote given to the majors.

Once upon a time it was expected that the L-NP primary would be around 45% while the ALP could only win with a Primary beginning with a “4”.

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MINOR PARTIES

The minor parties and the “others” will have a major impact come election day.

Here is how they are going.

poll29f

Whenever I see a poll it is my habit to add the ALP and Green votes together.

The Left remains the Left even though it is now in two parts.

At the moment the other Left Parties are lumped in “Others” so I cannot count them.

Anyway, here is what that addition of ALP + Greens looks like this week.poll29g

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The idea behind the Poll Summary was to show what all those abstract percentages mean in terms of numbers of people.

Perhaps that is best shown by the numbers of people voting for each of the four (YES! FOUR!) major parties. The number for the Nationals is set at 4% of the electorate as this is the approximate number of voters they attract at each election.

poll15iThe Nats continue on with their gerrymandered 600,000 votes and with their blind acceptance of everything “Liberal”.

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POLLING SOURCES

For this postipsosessential poll morgan pollgalaxy pollpollreachtel

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POINTS FOR DISCUSSION

1:

I wonder what you would call a swing of over 400,000 votes in a single week? All of a sudden all the budget goodness (haha), the embarrassed Bill Shorten and the terrible terror we are all told to be so terrified of have disappeared. All we are left with is a speaker wearing a helicopter cap. Wokka Wokka Wokka Wokka.

Such a pity about the $80,000,000 of taxpayers money being wasted spent on that fizzog of a Royal Commission!

 

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Over to you, the discerning reader.

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The Answer to the Refugee Crisis


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MORE JOBS CREATED


I was listening, last night, to a discussion on the ALP’s suggestion that there should be a reduction of 50% in carbon emissions in Australia by 2030.

There was one major argument amongst those doing the discussing, a group who were basically supporting the status quo. Possibly for the financial benefit of their owners employers. That argument was the standard “What about the workers who will lose their jobs?”

This is the common thread to all changes in the economy.

Jobs Lost! Followed by the fear and hopelessness engendered by the loss of a job.

Yet despite all the jobs lost due to the changing technologies we have seen over the past few decades, there are still jobs out there.

What is never publicised, except in a self-serving way, is that there are always new jobs created by new technologies. Ostlers and stage coach drivers all lost their jobs when the automobile took the place of horses. They became mechanics and bowser pumpers and chauffeurs. Horse salesmen became used car salesmen.

The jobs changed! And people update their skills.

That is what will happen with renewable energy sources. The jobs will change!

So next time you see a headline about “Jobs lost”, think instead of the wonderful opportunities being created!

And stop believing everything you read on printed paper.

Poll Sum; 22nd July, 2015


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POLL SUMMARY

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THIS TWO WEEK PERIOD

A small total of 8,308 voters were polled.

Three Polls, Galaxy/Newspoll 6/07, Ipsos 6/07, Essential 7/07 were deleted

Two polls, Galaxy/Newspoll 20/07, Essential 21/07 were added.

Poll22a

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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.

Poll22b

Note:- Galaxy/Newspoll lumps PUP voters with “Others”. I split them out at as near to 20-80 as I can with whole numbers. That seems to be how the numbers for other polls fall.

Two Party Preferred

Poll22c

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Translating this into electoral numbers,

assuming 15 million electors

we have a National Two Party Preferred of

L-NP 7,226,550 Votes

ALP 7,773,450 Votes

Which leads to – – –

THE DIFFERENCE CHART

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A difference of

3.646% or

546,900 voters.

This week sees a major shift to the right. One more week like this and we could be seeing that August DD we were hearing about just after the Budget was brought down..

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PRIMARY VOTE

One of the numbers the true wonks look at is the Primary vote given to the majors.

Once upon a time it was expected that the L-NP primary would be around 45% while the ALP could only win with a Primary beginning with a “4”.

poll22e

MINOR PARTIES

The minor parties and the “others” will have a major impact come election day.

Here is how they are going.

poll22f

Whenever I see a poll it is my habit to add the ALP and Green votes together.

The Left remains the Left even though it is now in two parts.

At the moment the other Left Parties are lumped in “Others” so I cannot count them.

Anyway, here is what that addition of ALP + Greens looks like this week.poll22g

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The idea behind the Poll Summary was to show what all those abstract percentages mean in terms of numbers of people.

Perhaps that is best shown by the numbers of people voting for each of the four (YES! FOUR!) major parties. The number for the Nationals is set at 4% of the electorate as this is the approximate number of voters they attract at each election.

poll22iThe Nats continue on with their gerrymandered 600,000 votes and with their blind acceptance of everything “Liberal”.

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POLLING SOURCES

For this postipsosessential poll morgan pollgalaxy pollpollreachtel

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POINTS FOR DISCUSSION

1:

I always look one week further on for events to show up in the polls. This week we had the Speaker’s misdemeanors come to the public attention but the Galaxy/Newspoll was taken just as the news was breaking and so would have had minimal effect. Essential works on a two week rolling average and so, as expected, is pretty much a carbon copy of last week.

2:

Next week’s Morgan will show how much notice the electorate has taken of Heligate.

3:

Bob Ellis had some strong words to say about Newspoll; “A forged Newspoll came out redistributing preferences as they were in 2013 when people trusted Abbott’s promises, or at least some of them. It showed Labor o 53, more like 56, Abbott disliked by 60 percent, Shorten by 59, Abbott preferred PM by 39, Shorten by 36,, and 25 UNCOMMITTED, and Labor winning back every seat Abbott took from them,; Shorten Prime Minister hereafter and the headline SHORTEN SINKS DEEPER. ”

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Over to you, the discerning reader.

Refugees at Sea; 22nd July 2015


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UPDATE 21ST JULY

Yesterday a vessel of  “suspected” Asylum Seekers was spotted off Dampier.

The Delphinus (WA Police Vessel) has returned to port without the suspected Asylum Seekers and so we are left to assume that Border Farce has taken them under its wing.Including the rumoured women and children who are involved. Looking at the size of the vessel I anticipate it has between 10 and 30 people on board. It may be a single family.

Since it is unlikely that they will be “turned back” because they are so close to the mainland we can expect them to be sent/taken to Christmas Island. From there they will disappear until, if they are Vietnamese, they suddenly reappear at an airport in Ho Che Minh City. If they are not Vietnamese, they will probably be sent to Manus or Nauru Island.

Our much vaunted “Border Farce” and its Kommandant Roaming Fleidermaus, Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg will hide its failure with continuing silence.

Online News outlet WAToday is reporting that Refugee Rights Network spokeswoman and activist Victoria Martin-Iverson told Fairfax Media on Tuesday “at least 25 to 30 people” were on board the vessel.  It’s very, very, very sketchy,” she said. The asylum seekers who made to an oil rig about 150 kilometres from the Dampier coast in WA’s Pilbara region on Monday were among a “second wave” of Vietnamese Catholics fleeing religious persecution, she said.  “There’s been this rise in persecutions of [Catholic] believers and following there is this exodus of young Catholics from Vietnam which we are calling a second wave,” Ms Martin-Iverson said. 

The Catholicism of the people on this boat will not raise the compassion hormones in Catholic tony or his Government of torturing bullies.

I wonder what Pope Francis would say.

Which still leaves the unanswered question

HOW MANY

REFUGEES

HAVE DIED

AT SEA

THIS YEAR? bar2

 Australia has failed

to change human nature.

Australia has failed to stop the boats.
They may not be getting far,
but escapees from oppression are still setting out or planning on setting out.
Some of them will not be making it..

bar2

 

arrival list

Refugees at Sea; 20th July, 2015


 

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20th July, 2015

The ABC is reporting that;A suspected asylum seeker boat has been spotted off Dampier in Western Australia’s North West region. A spokesperson for oil and gas company Modec confirmed crew members on one of their tankers off Dampier sighted what appeared to be an asylum seeker boat at first light this morning. Numbers could not be confirmed but the spokesperson said those onboard appeared to be in good health.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said it could not comment on the sighting. A spokesperson for Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said they did not comment on operational matters.

SBS is reporting that;A spokesman for oil and gas company Modec told SBS that a tanker crew off Dampier spotted the boat at “first light” on Monday. “There was a small fishing vessel spotted by the crew,” he said. “The vessel was seaworthy.” He could not provide figures on the numbers of passengers, but said there was “certainly quite a few people”. “They seemed in good health and high spirits,” he said.

Apparently the ABC has reported that police boat Delphinus has been deployed to search for the suspected asylum seeker boat.

UPDATE – NOON

The ABC is now reporting that “A Federal Government source has confirmed to the ABC a boat was sighted and will be intercepted.”

And that, “the boat could be carrying asylum seekers from Vietnam

SELF SATISFIED HALF-TRUTHS!

If confirmed, it will be the first asylum seeker boat arrival in around 12 months, according to the Abbott government.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Liberal Party members last month that “for almost 12 months there have been no boats whatsoever”.

Despite his weasel words, the boats have not stopped.   It is just that not many get this close to the Australian coast. Hint; They never have – – –

The Ocean Shield is sitting in Flying Fish Cove at Christmas Island. So this probably counts as a failure for our much vaunted “Border Farce” and its Kommandant Roaming Fleidermaus, Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg

THE BOATS HAVE NOT STOPPED!

 Here is a list of the vessels which have arrived/been intercepted just this year. For “intercepted” please read, “piratically boarded on the high seas”!

July 20th 2015 – unknown number of people, off the Dampier Coast near Western Australia

May 2015 – 65 people; 54 Sri Lankans, 10 Bangladeshis, one person from Myanmar and 5 crew en route to New Zealand, intercepted off Ashmore Reef and sent back to Indonesia. Rescued by the Indonesians and taken to the Island of Rote.

April 2015 – 50 Vietnamese refugees intercepted “North of Australia”. Returned to Vietnam via HMAS Choules

March 2015 – Unknown number of refugees from an unknown origin. Probably one boat, maybe several. (Alluded to in Yahoo News report, 17th April 2015)

24th March 2015 – 15 refugees reported arrived Christmas Island 18th Mar, returned to Indonesia under escort.  6 Iranians, 2 Nepalese, 7 Bangladeshis.

9th Feb 2015 – 4 Sri Lankans (probably Tamils) returned from Cocos Island to Sri Lanka via the Sri Lankan Navy.

Which still leaves the unanswered question

HOW MANY REFUGEES

HAVE DIED AT SEA THIS YEAR?

 

bar2

 

Australia has failed

to change human nature.

Australia has failed to stop the boats.
They may not be getting far,
but escapees from oppression are still setting out or planning on setting out.
Some of them will not be making it..

bar2

 

arrival list