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Julia Gillard: “My Brilliant Career”

August 21, 2012

August 21 commemorates two years since the last federal election and Julia Gillard has chosen to mark the occasion with a self-congratulatory account of her so-called “achievements” in Government.

As we all know, the last election resulted in an unholy pact between Labor, The Greens and The Independents, and since then Julia Gillard has done just about everything possible to malign, alienate and discredit those MPs that she originally courted so obsequiously to form Government.

Ms Gillard proclaimed to the party faithful at a Labor caucus meeting in Canberra that the past two years had delivered better education funding, the national broadband network, carbon pricing, the minerals resource rent tax, the first steps towards a national disability insurance scheme, and a solution to people smuggling.

Such achievements were all due to “strong economic management and the willingness to remain firm on the right policies despite criticism” she said.

But the proverbial elephant in the room is Julia Gillard herself.

She is loathed by the majority of Australians with two out of three Australians struggling to find anything positive to say about her leadership style or so-called list of “accomplishments”.

To her chagrin, Gillard’s so-called “solution to people smuggling” is nothing other than an embarrassing decision to adopt the approach advocated by the opposite side of politics.

During this time, the Gillard government has attempted to ram its so-called “Malaysia Solution” through the courts, admonishing itself of genuine human rights concerns –  subsequently found to be legitimate concerns by the “team of experts” established to examine the asylum seeker issue.

To declare this as some kind of “achievement” beggars belief.

It is a complete and utter humiliation.

Something that Gillard would be well advised to get prepared for come the next election.

 

 

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  1. August 21, 2012 8:12 pm

    NEWS FLASH!

    The Gillard government bypassed its own human rights scrutiny Act to pass offshore processing laws:

    http://www.hrlc.org.au/content/parliamentary-joint-committee-on-human-rights-should-urgently-review-offshore-processing-law/

  2. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 21, 2012 9:49 pm

    Admonishing itself?

  3. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 21, 2012 9:51 pm

    That is something it should do but lacks the self-awareness to do it.

  4. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 21, 2012 9:59 pm

    I find it disgraceful that the government used the moral high ground on asylum seekers as a political differentiator, and now craps all over these people in such an inhumane manner.

    They will deliberately lock them up for longer, they will deliberately punish the innocent.

    I see that Turkey is struggling with an influx of 100,000 asylum seekers from Syria.

    I bet they’re really annoyed that they have arrived so unexpectedly and without invitation. I also bet they wish they could send them all to Nauru, or Malaysia, or East Timor, or send them anywhere else.

  5. James of North Melbourne permalink
    August 21, 2012 11:18 pm

    Sky are promoting more revelations in The Aust tomorrow.

  6. Sparta of Phoenix, AZ USA permalink
    August 22, 2012 1:06 am

    Folks, you do not cure disease by treating the symptoms; you go after the cause…These countries of origin are so damn dysfunctional on so many levels it may be next to impossible to ever really stem this flow. However, we have to wake up and make some tough choices…Opening the doors to the billions of people who can make the same claim or have even more legitimate claims to ask for asylum under an outdated agreement is national suicide…YOU DO NOT FIX THE WORLD BY IMPORTING IT. What do you guys not get about this? Your “altruism” at the expense of others is not a long term fix.

    Secondly, it is a matter of what kind of country you want to leave to the next generation. If you send a clear message that law is simply an obstacle to circumvent, what does that say about your country as a whole? Asking these questions is not “right-wing” but common sense. YOU MUST have disincentives in place or this flow by boat will continue and many more will die. Everybody to include the new commission accepts the “old” system worked. The stats are pretty clear on this yet some still lament and labeling those who were right all along with the usual “name calling” just makes you look desperate and incompetent…LABOR screwed up, end of story…..

  7. August 22, 2012 1:57 am

    Folks, you do not cure anything by Listening to Arse Clowns. You go after the Clowns. This country of Arse Clowns is so damn dysfunctional on so many levels it may be next to impossible to ever really stem this flow. However, we have to wake up and make some tough choices. Opening the doors to the bullshit of people who can make the same claim or have even more legitimate claims to ask for war under an outdated agreement is national suicide. YOU DO NOT FIX THE WORLD BY BOMBING IT. What do you guys not get about this? Your “americanisms” at the expense of others is not a long term fix.

    Secondly, it is a matter of what kind of world you want to leave to the next generation. If you send a clear message that law is simply an obstacle to circumvent, what does that say about your invasion as a whole? Asking these questions is not “right-wing” but common sense. YOU MUST have disincentives in place or this war on Iraq will continue and many more will die. Everybody to include the new commission accepts the “old” system failed. The facts are pretty clear on this yet some still lament and labeling those who were wrong all along with the usual “war calling” just makes you look desperate and incompetent. BUSH screwed up, end of story. .. UNFOXED

  8. el gordo permalink
    August 22, 2012 6:48 am

    The Syrian asylum seekers in Turkey are genuine refugees fleeing war, all those coming to Australia are economic refugees escaping poverty.

    The Pacific solution worked and will stem the tide.

  9. el gordo permalink
    August 22, 2012 7:15 am

    ‘JULIA Gillard admitted to law firm Slater & Gordon during an internal probe that she should have opened a file for the controversial legal work that she had done for her then client and boyfriend, union boss Bruce Wilson.

    ‘A transcript from a tape-recorded interview with the firm’s senior partner at the time, Peter Gordon, on September 11, 1995, shows that Ms Gillard, an industrial lawyer, said she had not billed Mr Wilson or the Australian Workers Union for her work on a legal entity for him.’

    Hedley Thomas in the Oz

  10. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 22, 2012 8:56 am

    Pot,kettle black:

    Whether that means he himself did it, given Bill’s obvious difficulties with the truth I no longer know.

    PG: What are Bill’s obvious difficulties with the truth?

    JG: He’s just a big Greek bullshit artist.

  11. Libertarian Extremist permalink
    August 22, 2012 9:06 am

    The evolution of the “scientific” evasion non-answer “argument”.

    Julia Gillard, September 11, 1995: “I don’t think there’s any great scientific explanation for that”

    Julia Gillard, April 2012: “I don’t think this is a chemical formula about one molecule plus another molecule gives you an answer.”

  12. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 22, 2012 9:22 am

    The application for incorporation stated the purpose of the Australian Workers’ Union Workplace Reform Association was:”development of changes to work to achieve safe workplaces.”

    Yet Gillard told S&G the reason she set up the association for Wilson was as a slush fund: “it’s common practice, indeed every union has what it refers to as a re-election fund, slush fund.”

    This would suggest that the description on the application, which the lawyer acting on the incorporation would have drafted, was false.

    Also, even a young, smitten and naïve lawyer would have known that the AWU name was being misappropriated for “Rooter” Wilson’s personal activities.

    A lawyer this incompetent (or worse) should not be PM.

  13. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 22, 2012 9:28 am

    I don’t think there’s any great scientific explanation for that”

    Looks like she has missed her calling. Instead of being reviled as a shifty deceptive liar, she would, if she had pursued a scientific career, now doubtless enjoy and international reputation as “Chemical Julia.”

  14. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 22, 2012 9:30 am

    Also, I liked this quote: “usually union officials are worth a fair bit when they leave one union and go to another.”

    AWU/HSU type behaviour appears to be the rule rather than the exception in Unionland.

  15. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 22, 2012 9:39 am

    It’s interesting that Gillard had been a professional lawyer for the best part of a decade, was well into her 30s, a partner with Slater & Gordon… and still had to borrow money from her employer to put a deposit on a house.

    She showed her financial acumen very early.

  16. Freedom Radical permalink
    August 22, 2012 10:07 am

  17. August 22, 2012 10:09 am

    “Chemical Julia”

    🙂

  18. Fanatic 4 Freedom permalink
    August 22, 2012 10:33 am

    Federal judge named in Gillard affair – Financial Review

  19. Fanatic 4 Freedom permalink
    August 22, 2012 10:34 am

    (Apparently fairfax has joined the Hate Media.)

  20. August 22, 2012 11:28 am

    It’s kind of funny how the Fin Review tends to run stories that the rest of Fairfax won’t touch.

  21. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 22, 2012 11:41 am

    Slater & Gordon’s reaction to Gillard’s resignation – ”don’t let the door hit your a**e on the way out”

    Over this affair, Gillard’s employers lost confidence in her, they lacked trust. The relationship had become irreparable. They were glad to see her go.

    That’s how her current employers (the public) now feel about her.

  22. August 22, 2012 11:55 am

    She opened an Incorporated Association for a purpose. That purpose was different to the purpose declared by her to the relevant authority. She did this consciously, indeed, her own words suggest this is “normal”. That, for a lawyer, is a serious matter.

  23. August 22, 2012 12:00 pm

    I have to say, though, proof of the level of knowledge about the “other activities” would want to be a bit better than what’s been proven so far. I have no doubt that the “transcript” tells a story that is kind of sympathetic to JG, and that it smells horrible.

    But something better would want to come up to justify the hunt, otherwise it all looks pretty distasteful.

  24. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 22, 2012 12:01 pm

    So the ALP is stacking the High Court???

  25. August 22, 2012 12:03 pm

    Federal Court, Neil.

  26. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 22, 2012 12:10 pm

    Thanks James.

    But they do seem to be an incestuous bunch does the ALP. They are much more tribal than Coalition supporters. Hence they are not allowed to cross the floor in Parliament.

    Makes me wonder also why the Thompson case has taken so long. Perhaps other ALP MP’s have been doing similar things.

  27. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 22, 2012 1:10 pm

    They are much more tribal than Coalition supporters. Hence they are not allowed to cross the floor in Parliament.

    if you notice neil coalition mp’s don’t get much choice either, sure they are allowed a token crossover when it doesn’t really matter [when numbers are safe] but not when numbers are tight for example, gay marriage, they have to toe the party line on that. They are supposedly allowed to cross the floor in theory and abbott has not allowed a conscience vote, i’d like to see how an mp is treated if they do crossover on this issue!

    This country of Arse Clowns is so damn dysfunctional on so many levels it may be next to impossible to ever really stem this flow.

    That is true. There’s something seriously wrong when a member of their parliament can be so ignorant, so blinded by faith and doctrine and so batshit crazy that one of them can publicly say that women have some kind of ‘natural function’ in their bodies that can search out, repel and destroy a rapists sperm!

    Unbelievably loony stuff and there is so much more similar thinking on display, how do these people even manage to get any kind of credibility and respect let alone becoming a member of the government [aussie teabaggers display similar crazed thinking].

  28. Right wing death beast permalink
    August 22, 2012 1:58 pm

    Pickering Post: ‘It appears that Nicola Roxon and Peter Van Sumbugger are the only two people left standing who are young and naive enough to believe this is a Liberal Party beat-up.

    ‘Sorry Nicola and Peter, we have never spoken to any Opposition Member and it’s far from a beat-up. The continuous stream of information is coming from your side of the House and one other person the Prime Minister knew very well. There are some angry people on your Benches.’

  29. el gordo permalink
    August 22, 2012 3:20 pm

    Oh noze, a backbench revolt. How will the cafe mob handle it?

  30. TB Queensland permalink
    August 22, 2012 3:38 pm

    … all those coming to Australia are economic refugees escaping poverty.

    What asounding ignorance …

    But they do seem to be an incestuous bunch does the ALP.They are much more tribal than Coalition supporters.

    Oh dear! Check out the comments above … stupid is as stupid does … 🙄

  31. TB Queensland permalink
    August 22, 2012 3:39 pm

    Astounding iggorance too!

  32. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 22, 2012 3:54 pm

    “Iggorance” is a great word, TB. It has a nice ring to it. Sometimes accidental misspellings produce interesting new words. I’d ™ it if I were you.

  33. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 22, 2012 4:11 pm

    MEDIA STATEMENT

    From the Office of the Prime Minister of Australia

    “Oi dinnent do innathink rowng” the Prime Minister said today, in providing a comprehensive reply to baseless speculation concerning her ethics, intelligence, honesty and capability.

    ”Oi hope moi staydmen puts un ind ta tha inya-endos, an thinks fa tha obbaduniddy ta tork ta yas”, she added.

  34. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 22, 2012 6:09 pm

    FORMER Slater & Gordon partner Nick Styant-Browne has challenged the firm’s account of the departure of then-junior partner Julia Gillard following an internal inquiry.

    In an email statement to AAP, Mr Styant-Browne said the firm’s statement issued on Monday about the inquiry in 1995, a subsequent leave of absence and her resignation in 1996 “was stunningly incomplete”.

    According to The Weekend Australian, Mr Styant-Browne had said Ms Gillard left her job at Slater & Gordon because the firm “took a very serious view” of her conduct.

    The attorney, now based in the US, on Wednesday backed the views of another former partner, Peter Gordon, outlined in a working draft statement made public on Tuesday.

    “What he says is entirely accurate,” Mr Styant-Browne said.

    Mr Gordon’s draft statement, published by The Australian, referred to the firm’s partners being “extremely unhappy” with Ms Gillard and considering her termination.

    “How does Slater & Gordon reconcile its own statement with this account,” Mr Styant-Browne said.”

  35. el gordo permalink
    August 22, 2012 6:17 pm

    TB the wars in our theater have ended..the asylum seekers are primarily searching for a better life and willing to risk their lives to get here.

  36. TB Queensland permalink
    August 22, 2012 6:20 pm

    This fred™ (noice ta see yer skills develop, sp … 😉 ) …. is so fkn boring … zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz … personal assasination attempts are really peurile and childish but seem to fascinate the LibNats cheer squad no matter what the outcome eventually is … usually … a Godwin Grech …

    Ra ra ra … a sdl/;owu .. oops nearly went to sleep … time for another glass o’ wine I suppose … this is as exciting as watching snow melt … and as useful …

  37. TB Queensland permalink
    August 22, 2012 6:29 pm

    TB the wars in our theater have ended..

    Yeah?

    Ever heard of Afghanistan?

    Ignorance really is bliss … you obviously don’t keep up, egg … our brothers and sisters in NZ just lost three of their contemporary ANZACS! One a young woman …

    I bet their families don’t think it’s over … they’ll live it for the rest of their lives!

    That statement is not just ignorant it’s stupid and insensitive …

    Just another example of why civilians never “get it” …

    And the “wars” are not “OURS” … especially with such a lack of respect for the people … I repeat … people … and their families … fighting them on your behalf … right or wrong …

    And for your information I think ALL wars are fucking stupid!

  38. el gordo permalink
    August 22, 2012 8:40 pm

    Yeah. sad that the kiwis are losing so many of late.

    It’s a war and they are professional soldiers, they shouldn’t be there….I didn’t vote for it’

    We have had this discussion before, my dad fought in WW2 Thursday Island and elsewhere, my bro was in Vietnam and his daughter is in Afghanistan:

    And we agree that war is pathetic.

  39. TB Queensland permalink
    August 22, 2012 9:01 pm

    Yeah. sad that the kiwis are losing so many of late.

    It’s a war and they are professional soldiers, they shouldn’t be there….I didn’t vote for it’

    We have had this discussion before, my dad fought in WW2 Thursday Island and elsewhere, my bro was in Vietnam and his daughter is in Afghanistan:

    And we agree that war is pathetic.

    So why the silly statement before … I really don’t know if you give a shit or were just stupid … your comments don’t support your .. WWII, Vietnam, Afghanistan claims at all … war is not “pathetic” only people’s comments who have never served … or had to … are …

    None of my family would have said … “TB the wars in our theater have ended” … the wars never fkn end .. how we know!

    Egg, you post like a gentle, simple soul … but the world is a fkn monstrously harsh place … respect the people who make it safe for all of us … the war in Afghanistan … begun by John Howard & The Private School Bullies and continued by Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard (because of John Howard’s commitments) … IS NOT ENDED … until ALL our troops are back in Australia … and FYI my family have lived the fear!

  40. el gordo permalink
    August 22, 2012 10:08 pm

    Wars of adventurism, except WW2. so I prefer to take in the big picture and not become emotionally involved.

  41. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 22, 2012 10:20 pm

    As I said, lucky the Turkish government can’t figure out how to send all those inconvenient Syrians to Cyprus…. and why doesn’t Malaysia and Indonesia just send them to PNG, or East Timor or maybe the Indonesians could send their lot to Malaysia. Or something. Maybe Nauru, that should work.

    How far is it from Syria to Nauru?

    People just turning up, uninvited, should be banned.

  42. el gordo permalink
    August 22, 2012 10:36 pm

    ‘a gentle, simple soul’

    Well, thanks…I think.

  43. JAWS permalink
    August 22, 2012 11:22 pm

    So BHP postpone $30b project after profit plunges $8b. At an average tax rate of 25% that’s $2b in tax revenue gone..

    Julia’s great. And Waynes surplus looks fine.

  44. JAWS permalink
    August 22, 2012 11:33 pm

    So BHP also discontinue $20b expansion at Port Headland. Well that brings a certain other Iron Ore miner with excess capacity at that port immediately into play . No its not twiggy or rio

  45. Tom R permalink
    August 23, 2012 9:02 am

    Truly Heroic

    Call for Kathy Jackson to resign

    THE president of the scandal-plagued Health Services Union will call for whistleblower Kathy Jackson to step down as national secretary after revelations she has become the third official to come under police investigation.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/call-for-kathy-jackson-to-resign/story-e6freuy9-1226456080977

  46. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 23, 2012 9:46 am

    So Gillard set up the fund for “safety and training” of AWU members, while knowing it was to be used as a slush fund. She knew her boyfriend would receive personal benefit from the slush fund.

    This story continues to demonstrate her history of lack of transparency/dishonesty. But some still think that this isn’t a subject of legitimate public interest.

  47. James of North Melbourne permalink
    August 23, 2012 9:51 am

    Probably should be a Royal Commission into the entire Trade Union movement, TomR.

    I’m sure you would agree? Including Industry Superannuation funds?

  48. August 23, 2012 10:25 am

    Now that the KPMG report has discredited the Fair Work findings the focus should be on Jackson. She made such a mountain out of this molehill, most likely to deflect attention from her own misdeeds. Lawler has some serious questions to answer as well but, unsurprisingly, he seems to have gone to ground.

    James, a couple of isolated and relatively minor cases do not warrant a Royal Commission any more than isolated instances of corporate fraud do.

  49. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 23, 2012 10:37 am

    I think the report was critical of FWA for competence and delay. All of which is fair, because that’s exactly what the Thomson critics were saying in advance of the release of the FWA report. The apologists and the critics agree on something!

    But it’s only after the report was released with its 180 findings against Thomson, that his apologists have swung into all sorts of contortions.

    • They used to have confidence in FWA, now they are stridently critical of it.
    • They used to say “wait for the findings of the umpire”, now they won’t accept the decision.
    • They used to say it was fair for a report to take to take years, now this is an area of criticism.
    • They throw mud at anyone who has been critical of Thomson.
    • Finally they cling to a KPMG report, which does nothing to relieve Thomson of the 180 adverse findings.

    Apologist such as MiniPiglo just swing with the political breeze.

    As for ” Lawler has some serious questions to answer as well…” – would you mind explaining exactly what they are? I know Wicks gets all bothered when I ask him that question.

  50. JAWS permalink
    August 23, 2012 10:45 am

    The KPMG report did not even mention Thomson let alone the Findings against him.

    And who was the incompetent that set up FWA when the ALP came to power. Who could have possibly set up such an incompetent body.

    Who was the Minister back then ?

  51. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 23, 2012 10:49 am

    This should make the Socialists happy.

    http://www.news.com.au/business/qantas-posts-245m-loss/story-e6frfm1i-1226456359030

    Qantas posts $244m loss, cancels order for new jets

    Socialists do not like it when companies make healthy profits. Something about being greedy and selfish.

    Unfortunately it makes Swans chances of getting that long hoped for surplus even harder.

  52. James of North Melbourne permalink
    August 23, 2012 11:13 am

    I’m still trying to work out if MiniPiglo is a serious account or a parody.

    Is it the PM herself?

  53. Tom R permalink
    August 23, 2012 11:30 am

    😆 expect a few more 😉

    http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/correction-prime-minister-julia-gillard/story-fndor8bb-1226456413842

    And yet other papers run with the story cos ‘it was in the oo’ 😯

  54. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 23, 2012 11:42 am

    Right, Gillard just drafted the documents and provided the legal advice.

    She drafted the document that said the funds were to be used for safety and training of AWU members, but knew it was a slush fund, with the cash to be used for the direct and personal benefit of her boyfriend!

    It’s all a good indicator that Gillard has a history of duplicity, it’s deeply ingrained and people are happy to learn more about it.

  55. August 23, 2012 11:45 am

    James, I express my opinions in a reasonable way, but I’m not surprised that someone of your monochrome mindset might not appreciate them.

    Jaws, the KPMG report found the Fair Work investigation to be deeply flawed. This totally undermines its findings.

    Still the relentless attack on Gillard continues. This is a classic example of why the media needs regulation. It is sickening to see once respectable publications diving into the gutter with discredited lunatic bloggers. If the ‘news’ organisations can’t get their facts right they don’t deserve to be in the news business. The Australian people are entitled to reasoned fact-based reporting. Any organisation holding itself out to be in the news business ought to be obliged to meet that minimum standard.

  56. el gordo permalink
    August 23, 2012 12:13 pm

    ‘The Australian people are entitled to reasoned fact-based reporting.’

    So why does SBS and ABC lie to us about global warming?

  57. August 23, 2012 12:25 pm

    From what I’ve seen, the ABC and SBS do a very good job of reporting the work of leading climate scientists and scientific bodies. Their coverage reflects the scientific consensus. They occasionally interview some fringe scientists. That seems perfectly reasonable to me. I would hate to see the public broadcasters taken over by extremists with a particular barrow to push. If I want that sort of thing I can turn to the shock jocks although, unlike most of their listeners, I wouldn’t take their frothing rantings for balanced reporting.

  58. August 23, 2012 12:55 pm

    Minipiglo, I had Sales roast Mr-Rabbit last night. We have been receiving many complaints about Chris-Toolmans `cotton-wool` interviews with Mr-Rabbit. The Ultimo production unit is quite stubborn, but a small group of us has prevailed for the moment. Viewers will notice that Mr-Rabbits media`free-ride` has ended at my ABC. Political interviews/reports will improve from here on in.We can`t say the same for QandaLand.

  59. James of North Melbourne permalink
    August 23, 2012 1:50 pm

    Gillard has been extraordinarily impressive in her presser re AWU.

    Some of her explanations don’t beat the believability test but her delivery has been superb.

  60. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 23, 2012 2:03 pm

    I saw some of Gillard’s press conference. She wo’t be making a statement to parliament because if she was found to be lying, she’d be out.

    That in in itself is an indicator of her transparency.

    She knew she was putting false information into documents that were for the personal benefit of her boyfriend, she didn’t disclose this to her employer or to her actual client.

  61. el gordo permalink
    August 23, 2012 2:20 pm

    ‘From what I’ve seen, the ABC and SBS do a very good job of reporting the work of leading climate scientists and scientific bodies.’

    That’s the mantra, you have been brainwashed.

    http://abcnewswatch.blogspot.com.au/p/climate-coverage-at-abc.html

  62. Tom R permalink
    August 23, 2012 3:49 pm

    She wo’t be making a statement to parliament because if she was found to be lying, she’d be out.

    Well, she just explained for the slower ones that it is difficult to make a statement when nobody has made a case for what the statement should be about.

    tabot was asked last night, but, like all other questions that were put to him, came up blank

    Perhaps he should watch and learn how it is done 😉

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-23/gillard-responds-to-false-defamatory-accusations/4218242

  63. TB Queensland permalink
    August 23, 2012 4:33 pm

    Socialists do not like it when companies make healthy profits. Something about being greedy and selfish.

    Unfortunately it makes Swans chances of getting that long hoped for surplus even harder.

    You do write some childish twaddle, Noddy … do you know any “socialists” … I don’t …

    And companies that suffer a loss of $244 million need to look at management and what they aren’t doing with the resources available to them …

    Anyone in this country who thinks that there is something wrong with making a healthy profit needs their head read …

    … my problem is unhealthy profits at the expense of employees and their families and bonuses to execs who don’t deserve them … no wonder Joyce gave up his “bonus” … LOL!

    And no wonder thousands of people set out to work for themselves each year!

    As for you comment re surplus … who’s gloating about company profit loss making it harder? Mirror, mirror on the wall ..?

  64. TB Queensland permalink
    August 23, 2012 4:36 pm

    tabot was asked last night, but, like all other questions that were put to him, came up blank

    I noticed that, Tony Abbott, has learned to read on camera … nothing like old data for an “off the cuff” interview … oh, wait, we are talking about the Opposition Leader here …

  65. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 23, 2012 4:39 pm

    “Gillard has been extraordinarily impressive in her presser re AWU.”

    An issue she did not address is why a corporate entity which was created for the personal benefit (ie re-election fund) of individuals should bear the AWU name.

  66. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 23, 2012 4:44 pm

    tabot was asked last night, but, like all other questions that were put to him, came up blank

    If you are talking about Gillards 17 year old accusations perhaps Abbott did not want to bring it up.

    Strangely it was an ALP politician (Robert McClelland) that first mentioned the issue in Parliament

  67. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 23, 2012 4:56 pm

    “expect a few more”

    What? Apologies for trivial typos? Gillard called it a “slush fund”. The Australian incorrectly referred to it as a “trust fund”.

  68. Ol' Sancty permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:08 pm

    tabot was asked last night, but, like all other questions that were put to him, came up blank

    If Tony Abbott had mentioned the S&G affair beyond bland responses to questions he’d have been accused of engaging in smear. Do you deny this TomR? It was disgraceful that Sales went after Abbott on this because it had nothing to do with him, indeed, he’d deliberately and obviously stayed out of it.

  69. TB Queensland permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:32 pm

    … he’d deliberately and obviously stayed out of it.

    Yep, and Godwin, and Ashby … either you are naive or you think we are …

    … what are we talking about here? Something that happened, what, 17 years ago?

    Wasn’t that during the reign of John Howard & The Private School Bullies? What did they do?

    This little job on the Prime Minister has the Liberal Mud Squad smeared all over it!

    There’s only one reason it would be regurgitated and its not to “cleanse” the AWU 😆

    “It had nothing to do with him …” GMAFB! 🙄

  70. JAWS permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:41 pm

    “Jaws, the KPMG report found the Fair Work investigation to be deeply flawed. This totally undermines its findings.”

    Really. Well Bill Shorten doesn’t agree with you either. And he should be ok to join the government benches again

    LOL

    Spin…….spin…….spin harder Minipig

  71. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:44 pm

    This little job on the Prime Minister has the Liberal Mud Squad smeared all over it!”

    Why do ALP supporters bring up the topic???

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/the-political-controversy-that-wont-go-away/story-fn59niix-1226452912534

    JUNE THIS YEAR: Former federal attorney-general Robert McClelland, who had been sacked by Gillard after his support for Kevin Rudd in his leadership bid, resurrects the 1995 union funds scandal by making a speech in federal parliament in which he speaks of Gillard’s role then, and his own role as a lawyer for an opposing side. Gillard declines to comment.

  72. Ol' Sancty permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:47 pm

    Yep, and Godwin, and Ashby … either you are naive or you think we are …

    Nay…..I’m convinced YOU are.

    … what are we talking about here? Something that happened, what, 17 years ago?

    Wasn’t that during the reign of John Howard & The Private School Bullies? What did they do?

    No.

    This little job on the Prime Minister has the Liberal Mud Squad smeared all over it!

    More evidence free guff from you, the bush lawyer. It’s nothing to do with the Liberal Party. Indeed, it was an ALP member who got it all going most recently.

    There’s only one reason it would be regurgitated and its not to “cleanse” the AWU

    That’s certainly true. It’s about revenge within the Labor movement. But if it cleans up the AWU and the broader Labor movement, then that’s a good thing for everyone. Except, I guess, those with their snouts in the trough. The most worrying thing, though, is that it’s the direct victims who appear to be the least concerned.

    “It had nothing to do with him …” GMAFB!

    It didn’t. Do you have any evidence to the contrary? I’m sure he’s enjoyed it, just as I enjoy Collingwood and Carlton playing a shitfight in the mud. Doesn’t mean I’m playing.

  73. TB Queensland permalink
    August 23, 2012 6:06 pm

    More evidence free guff from you, the bush lawyer

    Evidence, you wouldn’t know it if you fell over it … single minded commentary from a wannabe lawyer … just don’t cut it …

    Do you have any evidence to the contrary?

    Why? You lot never need it!

  74. Ol' Sancty permalink
    August 23, 2012 6:17 pm

    Yer a chicken, TB.

  75. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 23, 2012 6:43 pm

    The SHAME of The Australian!!

    Gillard said she set up a “slush fund”, and they called it a “trust fund”

    DEFAMATION!!!

  76. el gordo permalink
    August 23, 2012 6:47 pm

    Broking firm Morgan Stanley is selling Rinehart’s Fairfax shares at 50 cents each, she’s unloading at the right time because the advertising dollar has become scarce and the papers are suffering. There is also her vendetta against the board.

  77. TB Queensland permalink
    August 23, 2012 7:01 pm

    Yer a chicken, TB.

    Oh, dear .. how old are you? I must say that you are the typical Liberal … ticks in every box … I concede … you are the big cock …

  78. TB Queensland permalink
    August 23, 2012 7:03 pm

    … she’s unloading at the right time because …

    She can’t get her own fkn way! 😆

  79. Ol' Sancty permalink
    August 23, 2012 7:08 pm

    Put up the evidence, TB. There is plenty of evidence that the info on the Wilson Gillard stuff is coming from Trade Union people. None whatsoever that it’s coming from Abbott. But I’m naive for not realising it’s all a thing of the Liberal Mud Squad?

    I mean even logically, how would the libs access the info? Ring Slaters? Ring Maurie B’s?

    Who’s the fkn naive one?

  80. Tom R permalink
    August 23, 2012 7:13 pm

    All the crazies are out

    Abbott on this because it had nothing to do with him

    nah, he’s just an innocent bystander isn’t he 😯

    Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said there are “real issues that the Prime Minister needs to address” and called on her to make a statement to Parliament this week.

    http://afr.com/p/national/abbott_presses_gillard_over_union_3tBHaCU0dupjJb9JUPxBFJ

    All Sales asked was what those issues were. He couldn’t explain what he had been ranting for the day before. What a tosser

    And apparently, the oo is suddenly such a stickler for accuracy, they are now apologising for typos 😯

    The SHAME of The Australian!!

    three times, they have withdrawn the same, defamatory story. Three times. How many typos does this outfit do ❓

    Well, at least it’s all entertaining 😉

  81. Right-wing nut permalink
    August 23, 2012 8:17 pm

    The Hate Media has really done it this time, transcribing the sexist ravings of misogynist nutjob Larry Pickering. Have they no shame? There’s only one thing to be done about all this, and that’s censorship!

  82. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 23, 2012 8:22 pm

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/the-political-controversy-that-wont-go-away/story-fn59niix-1226452912534

    It is not only Robert McClelland giving information

    “JUNE: The Australian receives additional documentary information and resumes investigations. Harry Nowicki, a former personal injury lawyer writing a history of the AWU, discloses his findings after extensive travel and interviews with key parties.

    THIS MONTH: The Australian interviews Blewitt who breaks his silence after 17 years. Blewitt admits there were “sham transactions” and seeks indemnity from prosecution for his role. Gillard declines to comment. Wayne Swan says it is “not a story”

    TODAY: Nick Styant-Browne, a former equity partner at Slater & Gordon, breaks his silence and tells The Weekend Australian of serious concerns the firm held about Gillard’s conduct in the Wilson and AWU matters, resulting in her leaving her job. Gillard again denies being involved in any wrongdoing.”

    So we have McClelland, Nowicki and Blewitt talking about the issue. These are all ALP people. It is not the Liberal party driving this topic.

  83. August 23, 2012 8:26 pm

    I have a new post up about the Slater & Gordon saga!

  84. TB Queensland permalink
    August 23, 2012 8:48 pm

    Who’s the fkn naive one?

    You are old Cock! 😆 Do IGAF? 😆

    I have a new post up about the Slater & Gordon saga!

    Do we need one? Gawd strewth! 😯

  85. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 24, 2012 5:28 pm

    Well the Party of the unforeseen stuffup strikes again.

    http://www.theage.com.au/business/taxes-a-drag-on-coal-kloppers-warns-investors-20120823-24oyp.html#ixzz24PSrzzIW

    BHP Billiton head Marius Kloppers has told European investors that Australia’s carbon and mining taxes have helped to render the nation’s coal industry unworthy of further investment at this time.

    Less investment means less profit. Most probably would have got more profit and therefore more revenue for the govt without the mining tax.

  86. TB Queensland permalink
    August 24, 2012 6:07 pm

    Mmmmm … ya missed this bit … Noddy …

    Queensland and NSW are both now LibNat states …

    ”What I am seeing on the eastern seaboard in Australia is that the coal industry has been very heavily impacted by lower prices, higher operating costs, carbon taxes and increased royalties,” he said.

    Royalties were increased by the New South Wales government as it sought to exploit a loophole in the federal government’s new mining tax, and a similar tactic is now being considered by the Queensland government.

    While he did lament the decline of the Australian coal sector in his session with Australian media, Mr Kloppers did not blame the two taxes, preferring to name higher wages, exchange rates and higher operating costs for the margin squeeze.

    Thermal coal prices have slumped recently to around $90 a tonne, and with little sign of short-term improvement, Bruce Jacques, of IHS McCloskey, said the rest of the coal industry was ”going in the opposite direction” to GVK.

  87. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 24, 2012 6:19 pm

    Didn’t miss anything.

    If it is not broken don’t fix it.

  88. Tom R permalink
    August 24, 2012 6:23 pm

    He missed a lot TB

    Despite reassuring Australians that the taxes were not to blame for BHP’s mothballing of the $US30 billion Olympic Dam expansion

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/taxes-a-drag-on-coal-kloppers-warns-investors-20120823-24oyp.html#ixzz24RxUxVJt

  89. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 24, 2012 6:27 pm

    Listen boys the first paragraph said this

    BHP Billiton head Marius Kloppers has told European investors that Australia’s carbon and mining taxes have helped to render the nation’s coal industry unworthy of further investment at this time.

    Is this true or not???

  90. November 5, 2012 10:36 pm

    The Pacific solution worked and will stem the tide.

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