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This Week with Catching Up: The Future of Australia

July 2, 2013

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Following the great unhinging at the cafe, Property Magnate, Aviation Safety Engineer, and Financial Markets Analyst “Catching Up” believes it’s now time for Australians to stop looking at the past and “move on.”

From the desk of Catching Up…

“We need to stop looking to the past, and move on.”

“Not sure if what we are seeing is a sugar hit. I say this, that Rudd supporters, no matter the politics since he was deposed by his caucus because of their lack of confidence in him, have struck by him the whole time.

They wanted no tack with Gillard or what they seen as her government.

On the other hand, they have no liking for Abbott either. Abbott has been as unloved in the polls, as Gillard has been.

Yes, the Opposition has been leading in the polls, but I suspect more because it has nothing to do with Gillard, than liking for the Opposition, or because the support Abbott.

I suspect that many support Rudd, because they see him as their man. Not interested in policies of politics.

The support has held through thick and thin. This I believe is why Gillard has handed over in such a graceful manner. Yes, if Rudd had walked away, I believe Gillard would be far out in front. No reason why she should not be.

Yes, the media has made good use of the Rudd factor. At the end of the day, this is politics. It is what makes politics so interesting to follow. We have been at this place many times since the end of WWW2.

Each time, a new Labor party has arisen.

There does not appear to be any Blueberry rules for the game. Politics is forever changing.

No, I believe that PM Gillard did deliver all she set out to do. I believe that PM Gillard has left Australia in a better place.

I believe that Abbott will only wreck the country, and take us back to the dark past. See no evidence that he even understands the problems that this nation faces, and believe me, their are many.

At the beginning of last century, we went from horse and buggy to the era of mechanical means of moving and producing. It serves us well for most of the century, developing along the way.

We have entered this century, into the digital and cyber space. We have moved into an era, where the world has become much smaller, and most things are global, not confided to national borders. The significance of borders, is fast receding. it is a global economy, and work place we are not in., Yes, a completely new world.

I had this belief, that no generation would see the changes that my father born in 1900, dying in 1997 would see. I was wrong, my generation has witness greater change. Wonder what my kids, grand and great grand kids will witness.

Today, our modern factories, have very few, unskilled workers on the floor. Not needed.

No, education and a highly trained workforce, one that can change overnight, is essential. This belief, I believe has underline d all that Gillard set out to do. What she has laid the groundwork for.

Yes, a democracy can choose Rudd. That is there right. Many that are interested, can ensure he heads in the right direction. This I believe Rudd will do. He is still a very clever man, I do not believe that is in dispute. He is also a man, I believe is seeking glory. That can be used to advantage.

Yes, Labor can have a bright future. We can ensure that happens, but not by whining about what has happened.

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74 Comments leave one →
  1. TB Queensland permalink
    July 2, 2013 5:17 pm

    Have you got copyright permission to reprint that, sreb … 🙄

    Actually I’ve already read the original … zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz …

    Spending too much time across the road … because there’s no-one posting here … where could they be?

  2. Dianne permalink
    July 2, 2013 5:23 pm

    The old gentlemen go to bed early don’t they?

  3. reb of Melbourne permalink
    July 2, 2013 5:25 pm

    “Have you got copyright permission to reprint that, sreb … “

    It’s not required TB…

  4. egg permalink
    July 2, 2013 5:26 pm

    Yes, thats all very well, but does CU have an opinion on Infrastructure Bonds?

    Its possible to get 4% fixed rate for a decade and I was wondering if that would be a good investment?

  5. TB Queensland permalink
    July 2, 2013 6:07 pm

    I assume your comment is directed at me, Di, just a power nap and I’m no gentleman … people are people in my simple world … only two types … good, or, bad … 🙂

  6. July 2, 2013 6:09 pm

    There are two types of people in this world. Those who finish things

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    July 2, 2013 6:11 pm

    Speaking od ageism …

    I came across this little gem … the “milk kart kids” …

    http://www.news.com.au/national-news/federal-election/meet-the-21yearold-politicians-running-australia/story-fnho52ip-1226673204860

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    July 2, 2013 6:12 pm

    yep, d is next to f … so no dkn smart arse comments …

  9. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 2, 2013 8:03 pm

    Sophisticated analysis as always.

  10. July 2, 2013 8:07 pm

    I won’t be in bed until fkn dawn tomoz…& I ain’t no gentleman…

  11. July 2, 2013 8:41 pm

    Gee, Reb 3 topics to choose from, this of course is the most interlectually stimulating.
    Have you had to much coffee today.
    Every blog has it’s sage, and CW’s is CU.

  12. TB Queensland permalink
    July 3, 2013 10:38 am

    There does not appear to be any Blueberry rules for the game …

    This had me stumped until I realised … the author is “referring” to the Marquis of Queensberry rules as in boxing … 🙄

    I think … 😕

    Makes you wonder about the rest of the “article” … and “hidden” meanings …

  13. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 3, 2013 11:29 am

    Politics according to the ‘Blueberry rules’. That’s very funny.

    *Posted from my Blackberry

  14. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 3, 2013 11:57 am

    I see ‘comedian’ Josh Thomas is in trouble for making a tweet about having sex with Tong Abbott’s mum!

    I don’t think it is particularly offensive, but there are funnier comments here every day!

  15. TB Queensland permalink
    July 3, 2013 12:49 pm

    I like Tong for a boys name … 😉

  16. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 3, 2013 12:59 pm

    ‘Tong’ – I’m blaming this mobile, it has a handwriting recognition feature!

    Maybe Catching Up uses the same type of device.

  17. July 3, 2013 1:06 pm

    Today’s wit and wisdom from CU:

    “Abbott cannot get to Hodgeman’s funeral. That is puzzling.”

    It must be some sort of msm conspiracy!!

  18. July 3, 2013 1:06 pm

    I like Dong.

  19. egg permalink
    July 3, 2013 5:43 pm

    That place is practically deserted, except for FU and Scaper in a mismatch.

  20. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 3, 2013 5:49 pm

    “There does not appear to be any Blueberry rules for the game … ”

    Do they apply to all Marshall Arts ?

  21. TB Queensland permalink
    July 3, 2013 5:51 pm

    Wong … suits some men … who were we talking about again?

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    July 3, 2013 5:53 pm

    Martial … ya fkn Wally! 🙄

    I can always tell when the markets are down … 😉

  23. July 3, 2013 6:00 pm

    I think he was making a “scaperism” TB…

  24. July 3, 2013 6:03 pm

    Scaper always declared himself to be a marshall arts expert even though he couldn’t spell it… 😆

    His other great gaffe was saying “little lone” instead of let alone…

    But it’s ok.. His poor education didn’t prevent him from going on to being incredibly wealthy and moving in the circles of the rich and powerful…

    (chuckle)..

  25. TB Queensland permalink
    July 3, 2013 7:46 pm

    I think he was making a “scaperism” TB…

    He’s a fkn CPA*, sreb, they don’t do jokes/satire/ironic … and you forget he is a right whinger … they don’t even do sarc 😯

    … incredibly wealthy and moving in the circles of the rich and powerful…

    That must have been long after he invited himself to my place … 🙄

  26. IPA permalink
    July 3, 2013 7:54 pm

    Leigh Sales is clearly a raving Ruddhater!

  27. July 3, 2013 8:02 pm

    I wonder if Tabbott will accept the invitation to appear tomorrow night…?

  28. IPA permalink
    July 3, 2013 8:11 pm

    Dunno. Leigh does seemto take her seriousness rather seriously, though.

  29. Dianne permalink
    July 3, 2013 8:15 pm

    Rudd made mincemeat of Sales. Had the blue tie on too. Boy can he talk! Just read in the Daily Mail that increasingly popular names for infants are Ethel, Mabel and Stanley. Poor little souls. I suppose Eric, Sylvester, Walter and Horace will be back for boys soon. And Philomena, Mavis and Edith for girls. Actually I quite like Edith. Sounds old English? Perhaps.

  30. IPA permalink
    July 3, 2013 8:21 pm

    Cedric is due for a comeback.

  31. Dianne permalink
    July 3, 2013 8:23 pm

    Cedric whistled through teeth. Good one IPA.

  32. July 3, 2013 8:28 pm

    “Leigh does seems to take her seriousness rather seriously, though.”

    Indeed. She also thinks that “talking fast” is a replacement for decent investigative journalism…

    I yearn for the days of Yana Wendt.

    *sigh*

  33. Dianne permalink
    July 3, 2013 8:40 pm

    I agree Reb. I never watch 7.30 in part because of the staccato Sales delivery. I was interested to see if KR was wearing a blue tie. I am taking a childish interest in his neckwear. I don’t see how Abbott will go well in any debate, umming and aahing and bursting in a slogan chorus. KR can paint little pics. Eg tonight TA was Oxford Blue and he was the kid wearing specs in the library. Subtext. bovver Abbott was running scared. It was . Keatingesque but delivered without the dancing eyes. I have never seen a more impassivity than on that spoon-reflection Rudd face. How on earth did Queensland grow him?

  34. July 3, 2013 8:51 pm

    “staccato Sales delivery”

    That’s it…!! Exactly… 🙂

  35. Dianne permalink
    July 3, 2013 9:01 pm

    Rat-a-tat-tat

  36. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 3, 2013 9:10 pm

    Rudd was charming and articulate. Leigh hated that.

  37. Filthy Scumbag Walrus permalink
    July 3, 2013 10:17 pm

    Marshall Arts is a “scraper- ism”

  38. Filthy Scumbag Walrus permalink
    July 3, 2013 10:19 pm

    By the way he’s 52 or 53 and went to Cranbrook in Sydney.

  39. Filthy Scumbag Walrus permalink
    July 3, 2013 10:30 pm

    “Rudd was charming and articulate. Leigh hated that.”

    Ya reckon

    He was so full of bullshit I would have preferred if he delivered all his answers in fucking Mandarin .

  40. Filthy Scumbag Walrus permalink
    July 3, 2013 10:32 pm

    I gotta say though that Chris Bowen is impressive.

    He will show Joe up.

  41. egg permalink
    July 4, 2013 8:07 am

    wow!

    ‘Labor’s federal executive will seize control of the troubled NSW branch in a historic bid to force through difficult reforms aimed at stamping out corruption.

    ‘Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is due to announce on Thursday morning that Labor’s national executive will assume control of the NSW division for 30 days.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/rudd-seizes-control-of-nsw-labor-in-bid-to-stamp-out-corruption-20130704-2pcym.html#ixzz2Y1TJw5k0

  42. egg permalink
    July 4, 2013 8:32 am

    CU’s son supports Rudd and was dead against jools because of the tax on a harmless trace gas. Smart lad.

  43. egg permalink
    July 4, 2013 8:38 am

    A high school teacher friend did a straw poll among his students after jools quit and they all said Rudd would get their vote…. presuming they are old enough to vote.

  44. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2013 9:13 am

    Emma made herself look like a fkn twit last night on Lateline … watch from 12:50 … in fact the whole interview is interesting … from a “lets’s push the Coalition approach” …

    http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2013/s3795509.htm

  45. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2013 9:41 am

    Rudd already asserts his authority over the party, something that a puppet of the hacks (ie Gillrd) just can’t do.. Hopefully he will continue the reform agenda.

    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is due to announce on Thursday morning that Labor’s national executive will assume control of the NSW division for 30 days.
    Labor’s general secretary Sam Dastyari and the left faction assistant secretary, John Graham, will remain in place but the powerful state executive will be sidelined during the process.
    The reforms to be announced include the immediate expulsion from the party of any member found to have acted corruptly.
    At present expulsion of a party members can only be achieved via a complicated series of tribunals, including the state executive.
    It is understood the new rules will also ban property developers from being candidates at a state or federal level or being involved in preselections.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/rudd-seizes-control-of-nsw-labor-in-bid-to-stamp-out-corruption-20130704-2pcym.html#ixzz2Y1qd0pCr

  46. July 4, 2013 9:58 am

    So I guess Gillard didn’t know that all that corruption was going on in NSW or simply chose to ignore it…?

  47. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 4, 2013 10:08 am

    What corruption? She had complete confidence in Thomo. No wonder the unions hate Rudd.

  48. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2013 10:11 am

    That’s true, I think Gillard always relied on the backing of ALP “institutions” rather than personal support for her leadership.

    Because of this reliance she simply could not press reform, she’s a product of that corrupt ALP machine.

    Everyone is better off without Gillard, except for Gillard and Abbott.

  49. Dianne permalink
    July 4, 2013 10:23 am

    Egg Oz Pravda reports today that tens of thousands of young voters have rushed to get on electoral roll since KR arrived in sedan chair.

  50. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 4, 2013 10:57 am

    “Oz Pravda reports today that tens of thousands of young voters have rushed to get on electoral roll ”

    It still wont save them. Rudd did not get the same Primary Vote as Gillard did in 2010 in the last set of Polls. He caught up on 2PP.

    But 2PP is allocated on a historical basis and there was no Katter or Palmer Parties back in 2010.

    Some commentators believe that the 2PP is too heavily skewed toward the Left of Centre and not the Right based on the allocation of a still strong Green and Indie vote in 2010.

    And lets not forget the ALP needs to win seats as an incumbent which is very difficult and probably lost 2 seats favouring them with the retirement of Windsor and that other dickhead from Port Macquarie.

  51. July 4, 2013 10:59 am

    ALP is still riding for a fall. Perhaps of slightly less magnitude than a fortnight ago.

  52. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2013 11:16 am

    Don’t care as long as the Parliament isn’t a pseudo Abbott Diktat

  53. egg permalink
    July 4, 2013 11:20 am

    I’m backing the consensus view that the Coalition will become government, with the Ruddster charisma clawing back some support.

    This is probably better for stable democracy and if we have to go to a double D election … then so be it.

    I have accepted splatter’s argument on this.

  54. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2013 11:24 am

    I don’t think Abbott is an impressive performer in debates, but he could hold his own against Gillard. He will struggle against Rudd.

    Equally Hockey found Swan a straight forward opponent. Bowen is far more capable.

    Following the televised debates, the opposition won’t gain, the ALP is likely to continue to improve it’s share of the vote.

    As for Katter, who’d know where those few seats will go, but they’re likely to soak up LNP votes, and with Rudd in Qld, some may find their way to the ALP.

  55. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2013 11:39 am

    Don’t forget Clivey, ToM …. if Katter kan kollect so kan Klivey … 😛

  56. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 4, 2013 11:44 am

    “As for Katter, who’d know where those few seats will go, but they’re likely to soak up LNP votes, and with Rudd in Qld, some may find their way to the ALP.”

    And that’s the point. The “Other Parties” vote in the Primary voting intentions is likely to skew back to the LNP on 2PP. A few will go to the ALP but not the same proportion as 2010 when basically it comprised only of Green and Indie with a little sprinkle of DLP in Victoria.

    Gee you Victorians are sooooooooooooo out of fashion.

    The DLP is sooooooooooooooooooo 1960’s

  57. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 4, 2013 11:47 am

    “He will struggle against Rudd.”

    I agre that Bowen is better than Joe but I think Abbott can use Rudd’s previous track history on Boats and the Economy and Waste against him.

    Plus of course the “if you vote for Rudd as PM who will you get in 10 months time ?”

  58. Dianne permalink
    July 4, 2013 12:06 pm

    TA on midday news. Still going on about ‘faceless men’. He needs a new script.

  59. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2013 12:17 pm

    That’s the point…, Katter and Palmer will take votes from the LNP, and some will find their way to the ALP.

    With Rudd in Qld and the 2 renegades taking votes from the LNP, it’s possible for the ALP to pick up a seat or 2 in Qld.

    The ALP vote was low because people saw the dual hands of Gillard and the hacks all over the ALP, it’s not quite like that now, even in NSW.

  60. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2013 12:18 pm

    ‘duel dead hands…’

  61. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2013 12:20 pm

    WTF…dual

  62. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 4, 2013 12:23 pm

    I’m agreeing with you ToM .

    Katter and Palmer are hurting the LNP on Primary Votes. But when the “Other Parties” vote(which includes Katter and Clive) is distributed for 2PP in the current polls too much is going back to the Left based on the 2010 election when the Katter and Clive parties were not around and the Grens dominated the “Other Parties” vote.

  63. Dianne permalink
    July 4, 2013 12:26 pm

    It is likely that seats held by Oakeshot and Windsor will go back to the Nationals to state the bleeding obvious.

  64. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2013 1:04 pm

    … but I think Abbott can use Rudd’s previous track history on Boats and the Economy and Waste against him.

    Won’t work in a stand up debate … people expect policy not mudslinging … that’s why Abbott & The Acolytes may be in trouble … the Opposition frontbench are locked into their war and can’t provide answers for the volk if there is a transaition …

    We could always call on the army* … I mean Abbott and Morrison want to use the RAN to “escort” boats back to Indonesia … 🙂

    *sarc alert

  65. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2013 1:06 pm

    Di, regarding our “faces” – gravatars – … look here

    http://en.gravatar.com/

  66. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 4, 2013 1:09 pm

    They do have a policy. Offshore Processing, Turning Back the Boats and TPVs. Provided President Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Yoko Ono does not publicly say anything in his talks with Rudd repudiating turning the boats back then Abbott can use it whether it works or not.

  67. Dianne permalink
    July 4, 2013 1:14 pm

    TeeB I still inhabit the world of Cash’s labels. Hand sewn. What is it going to do to our heads? What has it already done to S Bottom? I can’t keep up.

  68. Dianne permalink
    July 4, 2013 1:20 pm

    I agree with you TB about TA’s limitations when it comes to attacking Rudd on refugee policy and economic policy. Rudd has already taken control. Abbott will need more than slogans to counter the words that spool from Rudd like a long silken ribbon. It will be interesting to hear what Pres U d o no says about refugees while Rudd is there.

  69. July 4, 2013 1:24 pm

    How unsurprisement. Tony Abbott has declined to appear on 730 reportland tonight.

  70. Dianne permalink
    July 4, 2013 1:32 pm

    How astonishment!

  71. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2013 1:38 pm

    Abbott could duck interviews while duds like Gillard, Swan, Garrett, Emerson…were around. There was no need for him to put his head up. That’s changed.

    If Rudd can screw faceless men, union hacks and Abbott all at the same time, that’s ok with me.

  72. July 4, 2013 1:46 pm

    “If Rudd can screw faceless men, union hacks and Abbott all at the same time, that’s ok with me.”

    And those Chinese rat fuckers…

    We can’t forget about them…

  73. July 4, 2013 2:11 pm

    How cool is this…

    Now we can all ask The Opposition those questions that journo’s simply refuse to ask…

    http://goaskabbott.com/

  74. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2013 3:03 pm

    How unsurprisement. Tony Abbott has declined to appear on 730 reportland tonight

    Link? That’s very, very telling! Very significant! Malcolm will be pleased 🙂

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