|Jon Kuldelka - The Australian|
(And isn't it nice to see that Richo - whatever it takes - is still kicking about.)
Where is this "vendetta of hate" being pursued?Labor backbenchers are beginning to press for a wide-ranging inquiry in the wake of the UK phone hacking scandal, joining the Greens and lower house independents in arguing the case for an Australian probe.
Victoria's Steve Gibbons told The Age yesterday a new Australian media inquiry was necessary - declaring some publications were pursuing ''vendettas of hate''. ''People will tolerate right-wing bias in newspapers … but when right-wing bias turns to vendettas of hate, that's when we need to have a look at it,'' Mr Gibbons said.
Really? Then why hold an inquiry? Change the laws if that's what you want to do. Have some guts about it. Murdoch has such wide ownership of daily newspapers here because he is legally permitted to. He has done nothing wrong.New South Wales Labor backbencher John Murphy told The Age that dominance by News Limited was an issue. ''Seventy per cent holding in our major daily newspapers is too much for one media company, particularly with the other electronic media interests which Murdoch holds and which only serves to reinforce the messages in his papers,'' Mr Murphy said.
That's WITHOUT a CO2 emissions tax. And the much vaunted over-compensation for those on Centrelink payments and low income earners is a massive mound of horse shit.Analysis of tariff data collected by welfare group the St Vincent de Paul Society shows electricity prices have increased on average by between 27 and 36 per cent since 2008. Gas prices have risen on average by between 24 and 29 per cent.
Water bills have increased by up to 68 per cent on average in Melbourne since 2007-8. They are expected to rise by another third in the next two years.
Sadly, we knew this, didn't we? Haven't we always? But someone forgot to tell the young 'uns, who are so keen on this bunch of self-serving, destructive, ignorant and self-indulgent bunch upper class gits.suggests that the Greens have an uncontrollable urge to spend our money, a mania for legislative and regulatory control – of both institutions and individuals – a disturbing and unwarranted confidence in central planning and a belief that government knows best. Underlying this is a thoroughly naïve understanding of how the real world works.
The irony is that the Greens’ policies would not only destroy our economy but actually make the environment worse.
One book of objective analysis is not enough, nor would 100 books. Our media representatives, with their endless opinion columns (no longer reports, it's all impression, idle thoughts and entertainment), will ignore it all. Every now and then they'll be startled, act surprised, when the Greens (with the ALP kowtowing) push through some appalling economic or social legislation. Then they'll treat it as an aberration, or offer plaudits for the Greens' staunchness or bravery or both. It's appalling. And it's all we're left with.The findings of these experts lead one to understand that the Greens have an uncontrollable urge to spend and tax, almost everywhere and for everything; a mania for control – through legislation and regulation of both institutions and individuals; a disturbing and unwarranted confidence in central planning and belief that government knows best; an antagonism to initiatives by the private sector or individuals; and at best, a systematic and naïve understanding, both historically and practically, of how the world works.
In these policy formulations there appears to be a profound lack of appreciation or understanding of why our society is the way it is. All the fruits of Australia’s prosperity, with its brilliant scientists, economists, farmers, technicians, talented workers and thinkers, our leaders, our institutions, our democracy, and our constitution count for nought. The Greens want to change everything and, like spoilt children, destroy what they don’t understand.
The Greens’ policies would have catastrophic, unintended consequences for this country. They would threaten its prosperity, diminish individual human rights, decrease its tolerance and harmony, and make us less secure. Worse, and this is the biggest irony, the Greens’ policies would actually damage our environment.
The tragedy is that it is precisely the “good intentions” of the Greens that draws so many people to them and to vote for them. The result, if this group with its ill-thought out policies ever gets its way, will be a disastrous return to a new primitivisation.
Since when did Australian's require our paid leaders to "show feelings" whenever they make "big decisions"? As with everything, Gillard continues to read the landscape entirely wrong.Julia Gillard has made an emotional appeal for the Australian public to understand her, declaring she was ''the shy girl'' at school and finds it hard to show her feelings when she makes big decisions.
A quote just begging for the obvious retort.She also urged the media to be more discerning in its reporting of the carbon debate. ''Don't write crap. Can't be that hard,'' she said. ''And when you have written complete crap, then I think you should correct it.''
We've seen the decisions, during her career, under Rudd, and as the Prime Minister, and yes, they do speak for themselves. The more she speaks, the worse the decisions look.In her speech, Ms Gillard said Australians wanted to know what kind of person she was. ''I'm a decision-maker by nature and I have tended to let the decisions speak for themselves.
Greenpeace protesters have broken into a CSIRO experimental farm in Canberra to destroy a crop of genetically modified wheat.
They say the entire crop of genetically modified wheat has been destroyed.About half a hectare of GM wheat is being grown on the site, as part of Australia's first outdoor trials.
Last month the CSIRO received permission to conduct Australia's first trial in which humans will eat GM wheat.
The wheat's genes have been modified to lower the glycemic index and increase fibre to create a product which will improve bowel health and increase nutritional value.-----"No one is looking after the health of Australians. Julia Gillard isn't standing up to foreign GM countries to protect our daily bread so Greenpeace has to," she said.
The taskforce into the $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution school's stimulus scheme has called for a review into the construction industry after it found the nation's two largest states had failed to deliver value for money under the program.So an enquiry should be held into the construction industry, not into the government whose scheme it was, not into Julia Gillard who was accountable, and not into the public sector which, after decades of outsourcing, apparently has no idea how to manage such arrangements.
The third and final report into the BER, handed down yesterday, found that $1.1 billion was wasted in delivering public school buildings to NSW and Victoria, when compared with their Catholic counterparts.
The report, headed by former investment banker Brad Orgill, called for a Productivity Commission review into the construction industry as a whole after it uncovered a raft of problems in the way projects had been delivered under the scheme.
Mr Orgill found some governments had lost the expertise to properly manage building projects. "We believe their poorer performance on both cost and observed quality has been influenced by the hollowing out of public works capacity over the last 20 years, which has limited the ability to effectively manage an outsourced delivery model," the report said.
It's costs an awful fucking lot to implement a carbon emissions taxThe government has dramatically slashed the number of companies hit by its carbon tax from 1000 to about 500, in a scheme expected to have a $23 a tonne starting carbon price.
But the cost of the plan, which was to be broadly revenue neutral, has blown out to about $4 billion over four years from its start on July 1 next year. Most of the extra costs come upfront, from implementing the scheme.
If this is a matter of such national interest that all free to air channels have been forced to agree to screening Joolya, surely a vote would be more appropriate, so that the nation can speak, instead of being spoken to.Nine and Seven television networks bowed to pressure from the government to telecast Julia Gillard's address to the nation on Sunday evening, ensuring it will be covered on all the main commercial channels, as well as the ABC and SBS.
Phew! That's alright then.Treasury modelling to be released on Sunday will suggest that the carbon tax will increase prices by less than 1 per cent. This compares to a projected increase of 1.1 per cent over the first two years of Kevin Rudd's abandoned plan for an emissions trading scheme. The Age revealed yesterday that the carbon price would be $23 a tonne.
Bull.Other Jewish experts agree. “This is not about animal rights,” said Joe M. Regenstein, a professor of food science who runs a kosher and halal food program at Cornell University. “It’s an invitation to Jews and Muslims to leave.”