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January 29, 2013

This is a really good post from me over at AIMN (if I don’t mind saying so myself)..

The Australian Independent Media Network

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Election campaigning is already underway for this year’s Federal election despite there being no formal launch as yet.

From here on in, we can expect a myriad of polls that will be keenly dissected by all sides of politics (and their advisers) while simultaneously fronting the media to insist that there’s only one poll that matters; election day.

In today’s world where appearance is everything, politicians are trained by PR experts before being allowed to front the media, and arrive at press conferences pre-prepared with carefully scripted “speaking points” and rehearsed responses to anticipated questions from the media.

Nothing is left to chance, from the carefully selected wardrobe through to make-up, setting, voice intonation and delivery.

The objective is to avoid any monumental stuff-up that can be broadcast live across the nation and then repeated ad nauseam by a compliant media desperate for a “gotcha moment” and corresponding headline.

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  1. January 29, 2013 7:14 pm

    This is still my favorite photo of Joolya

  2. January 29, 2013 7:15 pm

    Mine too! 🙂

  3. January 29, 2013 7:40 pm

    I must say that it’s a good post, reb.

  4. January 29, 2013 7:44 pm

    Thank you Migs… 🙂

  5. January 29, 2013 9:36 pm

    Reb, your post has sparked some heated debate on a number of Facebook sites. I can’t link them to you as they are ‘closed’ sites, but trust me, they’re going at each other.

  6. January 29, 2013 9:39 pm

    oh ok Migs… *gulp*

  7. January 29, 2013 9:42 pm

    Don’t worry, it’s healthy stuff.

  8. el gordo permalink
    January 30, 2013 6:18 am

    In her Press Club Luncheon later today the PM will tackle middle class welfare.

    ‘Her speech raises the possibility that years of accumulated concessions for upper middle-class and wealthy voters, handed out by successive governments and continued under Labor, may now be either trimmed or axed.

    ‘This could include changes to family payments, cuts in concessional tax arrangements for self-funded superannuation contributions, a further tightening of the private health insurance rebate, a decrease in the 50 per cent capital gains tax discount, and a clampdown on loopholes such as the exemption from fringe benefits tax for employees of churches and charities.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/pm-gets-tough-on-deals-for-welloff-20130129-2dj09.html#ixzz2JOSTlsZz

  9. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    January 30, 2013 8:53 am

    “……….cuts in concessional tax arrangements for self-funded superannuation contributions……..”

    Let me guess……..

    Kiss goodbye to TRPs (Transition to Retirement Pensions) for those 55 and over.

    Personally I’d Tick that as an excellent idea

    Kiss Goodbye to Salary Sacrifices above $25,000 per annum when the Accumulated Funds already exceed say $800,000 for an individual.

    Personally I’d Tick that as an excellent idea as well

    Oh no……………….the Lefties just choked on their muesli

  10. January 30, 2013 9:21 am

    Summary for January 2013
    ln an election year it always important to list achievements.
    Tea Guzzlers will be proud of Mr-Rabbits achieved failures so far this year.
    1. Mr-Rabbits Chief Of Staff, Credlin lost all belief in his ability to win in 2013, and resorted to pimping her eggs to Limited-News.
    2. Mr-Rabbit excelled in photo-shop and produced an outstanding 50-page glossy so-called policy document and managed to leave out all dates and make it worthless.

  11. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    January 30, 2013 10:04 am

    7:30

    To almost quote someone else around here……

    ……… your comments about Mr-Rabbits Chief Of Staff, Credlin, are sexist, defamatory and really quite vile

    But Hey………….you’re a Leftie so its quite OK

  12. January 30, 2013 10:31 am

    wot, you haven`t realized l don`t do political correctness either

  13. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2013 10:31 am

    your comments about Mr-Rabbits Chief Of Staff, Credlin, are sexist, defamatory and really quite vile

    I AGREE!

    Although, you forgot to add, also quite correct. 😉

  14. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    January 30, 2013 11:19 am

    Nicola Roxon will have the 2 of you jailed

  15. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    January 30, 2013 1:07 pm

    LOL

    Is it 1 April ?

    Per the SMH………..Julia has announced September 14 as Election Day

  16. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    January 30, 2013 1:39 pm

    So now in announcing an election date the Gillard Government has transformed itself into what amounts to some sort of quasi “caretaker mode”.

    It all seems rather bizarre

  17. January 30, 2013 2:19 pm

    Politics is cyclical.

    The Howard Cabal, despicable pieces of shit that they were are, was unceremoniously shown the door after a protracted reign; in spite of apparently healthy performance indicators.

    The Gillard Apostasy, whether you’d like to blame the meeja chestnut or its own inability to construct a positive narrative which cuts through to everyman, has groaned under the weight of far more opposition & contention than The Cunning Runt ever did. It will be shown the door even less ceremoniously than HowardCorp.

    It doesn’t matter what the true believers, cheerleaders or skirt-tuggers reckon. Their voting intentions are carved in granite anyway; not even reason can sway them.
    The government falls on the whims of the middleground, most of whom care little for the ideals & rhetoric & vote based upon self interest & signals from their wallet.

    The Gillard government is on deathrow. I only hope enough of a skeleton remains, post Sep 14, that HowardCorp V2.0 isn’t able to trample roughshod over the working population without fear of accountability.

  18. el gordo permalink
    January 30, 2013 2:25 pm

    ‘Fairfax Media understands that Mr Abbott will argue that in announcing the election date so early, Ms Gillard is trying to shore up her leadership within the Labor Party.’

    It does appear so and the PM should be congratulated for her political strategy.

  19. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2013 3:09 pm

    The government falls on the whims of the middleground, most of whom care little for the ideals & rhetoric & vote based upon self interest & signals from their wallet.

    Unfortunately many ALP voters (yes my hand is up) have now fallen into the middleground clutches … problem with that is that the rusted right doesn’t see any glaringly obvious problems with Tony Abbott & The Acolytes …

    Am I posting on the right blog here … all this current incestuous flitting about is becoming thoroughly boring confusing … 🙄

  20. el gordo permalink
    January 30, 2013 3:34 pm

    Welcome to the middle ground, where people think for themselves.

  21. Tom R permalink
    January 30, 2013 3:46 pm

    Am I posting on the right blog here

    No 😉

  22. January 30, 2013 4:43 pm

    “_where people think for themselves._”
    says the guy who always runs off to refer to the
    King Bolt Deniers Bible

  23. January 30, 2013 4:46 pm

    The Gillard government is on deathrow. I only hope enough of a skeleton remains, post Sep 14, that HowardCorp V2.0 isn’t able to trample roughshod over the working population
    =
    Great rant Dunny, many LOLs

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2013 5:58 pm

    Am I posting on the right blog here?

    Reminds me of this drummer …

  25. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2013 6:05 pm

    The Gillard government is on deathrow. I only hope enough of a skeleton remains, post Sep 14, that HowardCorp V2.0 isn’t able to trample roughshod over the working population without fear of accountability.

    You mean like Queensland, Ser Tee? Army of toe cutters and knee breakers … never a fan of Ms bLie but warned folk of the folly of a MAJOR landslide … “bad ship” Diktaterland, is blindly heading for the rocks … with Captain Noddy (no apologies for demotion)) at the wheel

  26. January 31, 2013 12:57 am

    There is a Lesson here for coffee-2
    http://pbxmastragics.com/2013/01/30/debt-is-not-a-4-letter-word/
    Can they learn it.?

  27. February 1, 2013 9:21 am

    Oh look, a fact:

    Labor’s ACT pokies dens delivered a record $1m-plus to the party in 2011-12…

    http://periodicdisclosures.aec.gov.au/Returns/49/PPZW2.pdf

    No wonder Gillard shafted Wilkie for Slipper.

  28. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    February 1, 2013 10:13 am

    So we are now to believe that Gillard had no idea that Thomson was to be arrested and called an election so the Speaker could delay by-elections in his and Slipper’s seat in case either or both resigned.

    In the face of such cynical politics (nothing new in that) will Abbott eventually refuse to grant a pair and force a vote to bring about an earlier election or is there already a mechanism in place that takes care of such a eventuality ?

    Does anyone know ?

  29. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    February 1, 2013 10:14 am

    Actually dont bother. I just recounted the Indies votes

  30. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    February 1, 2013 10:16 am

    My Stupid !

  31. TB Queensland permalink
    February 1, 2013 10:25 am

    And Thomson won’t be in court until after the election anyway … pollies can’t sit if found guilty of a “crime” carrying a sentence longer than 12 months … Thomson’s guilt or innocence won’t be proven before 14 September.

  32. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    February 1, 2013 10:28 am

    Yes Thomson and Slipper’s legal fate will be decided post election.

    Slipper might resign to preserve his Super…………………………………Thomson will stay as he needs the cash

  33. TB Queensland permalink
    February 1, 2013 10:32 am

    The LibNits are obviously running the line that Thomson has been arrested, charged with one offence at this stage ($150 if I recall), that case adjourned and other charges pending … but this demonstrates the Prime Minister’s lack of judgement … that’s a bit odd actually because Thomson was elected by voters … she had nothing to do with that … Thomson resigned from the ALP last April (presumably before he was expelled) …

    Now if Julia Gillard is responsible for Thomson’s alleged actions … why aren’t Tony Abbott’s stained with the dirt from Brough, Pyne, Ashby & Co

  34. February 1, 2013 10:51 am

    “Now if Julia Gillard is responsible for Thomson’s alleged actions … why aren’t Tony Abbott’s stained with the dirt from Brough, Pyne, Ashby & Co”

    Yes exactly TB!

  35. February 1, 2013 10:52 am

    They are, in my eyes TB.

  36. Meta permalink
    February 1, 2013 11:13 am

    Yes Thomson and Slipper’s legal fate will be decided post election.

    Slipper might resign to preserve his Super.

    Oh good, someone else noticed that the future fate of Slipper’s Super potentially rests with an Attorney-General’s ministerial decision to further refer the matter; which, thankfully, wouldn’t be within Kevin Andrews’ de facto discretionary remit, if Tony’s pledge on musical-seats is to be believed. But, I’m just guessing; the papers were a bit vague about Tony’s idea on a Tuesday morning in Brisbane that it was up to Slipper if Slipper resigned, when everyone else was still digesting the uncorking of the particular peripatetics, and altogether vague about their in-the-know source about the legalities of the preservation of Public Service entitlements.

  37. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 1, 2013 1:34 pm

    The supply of new antibiotics has dried up for several reasons, but a major one is that drugs companies see greater profits in medicines that treat chronic conditions, such as heart disease, which patients must take for years or even decades. “There is a broken market model for making new antibiotics,” Davies told the MPs. –Guardian

    Hi 2DT

    The threat of antibiotic resistance is real and the paragraph above, true enough. The drug companies aren’t interested in cures, they want to see huge profits coming in regularly. We really don’t have a lot left in the way of antibiotics to treat the opportunistic ‘super bugs’ and the ones they do have are being used sparingly to try and avoid the situation. The very ill, the immune compromised and chronically ill are at risk. People have to stop demanding and pressuring their Dr give them antibiotics for every little thing, and the GP’s have to resist the pressure and educate their pts.
    Many people can cure themselves with diet and lifestyle changes, but it’s easier to take a pill [and all have side effects].

    Let the body try to fight off illness naturally first. Fever is a natural defence, when WBC attack invading organisms, there are chemicals released which then stimulate the brain to drive the body’s temp up to kill off the invading viruses and bacteria invading it [many are sensitive to heat]. When you lower the temp with panadol or nurofen regularly, you just prolong the disease and recovery process. You can have a temp up to 40.0C for about 48hrs before seeing your Dr [depending on severity of other symptoms of illness and medical history]. Newborn babies should be seen and have investigations if they have a temp >37.5PA.

    While we wait for the official launch of the guardian into oz, they have got a low key site happening:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/australia

  38. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 1, 2013 1:51 pm

    When you lower the temp with panadol or nurofen regularly, you just prolong the disease and recovery process.

    Of course, if you have kids and they are crying & miserable [or a man illness which everyone knows is so much worse than other illnesses 😉 ], give panadol or nurofen [not both] for everyone’s comfort. Be wary of nurofen [ibuprofen] due to it’s GI irritation/bleeding side effects. I prefer panadol as drug of choice in kids for that reason, seen some kids come in following GI bleeds [I know ibuprofen is the trendy drug these days but good old paracetamol is safest and effective]. Often the really high temps which panadol or nurofen don’t seem to bring down or only partly work are indicative of a viral picture.
    And febrile convulsions are the result of the rapid rise in temp, not how high the temp gets.

    Fever education now over 🙂

  39. February 1, 2013 4:21 pm

    armchair,`paracetamol`
    Yep, our 1st choice pain-killer in our house too, (has been for years)
    before going to other/stronger stuff, which is rarely needed

  40. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 1, 2013 4:24 pm

    What’s “GI bleeds”?

    Just getting myself inforrmed!

  41. Doctor 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    February 1, 2013 4:29 pm

    Gastro Internal at a guess

  42. February 1, 2013 4:38 pm

    armchair,`super-bugs`
    l`ve seen several docos over the years on antibiotics being used in the industrial-farming and feed-lots. Cattle, chooks and pigs crammed together wallowing in their filth, then stuffing them full of antibiotics to stop them dying from disease created in this `abusive` environment. This is concerning some of the `medico-science` folk that industry is unnecessarily chewing through antibiotics and helping to create `super-bugs` too.

  43. February 1, 2013 4:46 pm

    Gastro Intestinal at a guess

  44. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    February 1, 2013 5:06 pm

    Not to be confused with

    Gastro International = Bali Belly

  45. February 1, 2013 5:13 pm

    and Gastro International 2 = Deli Belly

  46. TB Queensland permalink
    February 1, 2013 5:26 pm

    G’day KL, useful info!

    Panadol is a oft tried (not oft used though) medication in this household – for all ages!

    Having said that, I’ve just been prescribed osteo panadol … (for my neck) works a treat!

    The Minister and I, avoid a/botics like the plague (couldn’t help myself 😛 )but the issue, as I understand it, is that everyone else reduces the effectiveness for us too.

    I’ve just become a “fan” of the flu needle too … had one in 1979 and was really sick a couple of weeks later and refused ever since … then had it last year (after a bit of cajoling – and, “you know your getting older”, comments!) … came winter and folk all around us in bed for days, The Minister and I, just sailed along … I’ll get another jab this year (and I don’t care if its a placebo – if it works – it works)

  47. TB Queensland permalink
    February 1, 2013 5:28 pm

    Yes exactly TB!

    They are, in my eyes TB.

    I think we might have made a point there … subject changed/stopped completely! 😉

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