Gillard Plays The Philosophical Civil War Card

14 Jun

Barnaby Joyce writes for the Canberra Times:

Line crossed as Gillard cracks under election strain

It is the time when former senator Steve Fielding dressed up as a bottle, it is the time when former senator Len Harris dressed up as a knight in armour, it is the time when former Senator Andrew Bartlett went bungee jumping and it is the time when current Prime Minister Gillard gave a speech on blue ties and abortion.

It is less than 100 days to an election. This is a time when those behind get jumpy and desperately try anything to get a disengaged electorate to listen.

What is different this time is that it is not minor party leaders jumping for the spotlight, it is a sitting Prime Minister.

If the Prime Minister wants to play the philosophical civil war card, because the electorate and her own party have given up on her, then she will achieve nothing more than the disdain of the electorate at the end of her political career. To say that people were disgusted and gobsmacked by the pure unadulterated parochialism and naivety of this ploy is an understatement.

The vast majority in politics get furious when conscience issues are used for personal political appeal. When debate is called for on the sensitive issue of abortion, it is a conscience issue that both sides co-ordinate together on bipartisan approaches for either side of the debate.

There are very strict, but unwritten, rules of engagement and Ms Gillard broke the lot. Virtually all people have strong and indelible views on this, but how many have pulled this arrow from their quiver during this campaign? None but Ms Gillard.

The anarchy that has beset the nation is further illuminated by Mr Tony Windsor, who states that he will only work with Ms Gillard. One could be so bold to suggest that the nation might come first before personalities.

If Mr Windsor does pull the trigger, that is the end of the referendum into financial recognition of local government. Section 128 of the constitution requires that a law to amend the constitution be passed not less than two months before the referendum. On the current election timetable that law must be passed by June 25 because pre-polling opens on August 26.

Therefore, any election before September 7, in effect, would mean that this referendum would not occur. I thought the recognition of Local Government was part of the independent’s, so-called, “deal”.

As the government has basically ceased operating, it goes to show the good job the bureaucrats do as the wheels of service to the public continue. The issue is more with the private sector.

This nine-month Labor caravan of confusion, otherwise known as the 2013 election, has destroyed business confidence. As National Australia Bank chairman Michael Chaney pointed out on Tuesday, Labor’s decision to hold such a long election campaign has created a perfect storm of consumer pessimism and economic instability.

A lack of business confidence translates into a lack of investment, and an inability for the economy to change gears. As the mining boom tapers off, we need other sectors of the economy – like agriculture, construction and tourism – to pick up.

But no one is going to take the risks necessary to make this change with the “who knows what they’ll do next” crowd that we have in Canberra.

We need a fluid economy. Instead we have a deadlocked government. The general public has gone from not listening to the Prime Minister to disdain.

If you watch people’s faces at waiting rooms, there descends a set look and audible groans as Ms Gillard creates a parody of her office on the rolling news coverage.

We are a better nation than this. As John Howard used to point out there are many more things that unite us than divide us. We have been blessed to generally have leaders that have stressed consensus over division.

Bob Hawke was another example. Indeed, when Julia Gillard first became Prime Minister she claimed that she wanted to govern in the consensus style of Hawke. That’s just another promise that she has failed to keep.

It is disappointing that people, complete strangers, have no hesitation in offering free character assessments of the Prime Minister of Australia. It is not that they disagree with her beliefs, it is the way she keeps returning to the bank of public trust and discerning acumen and dragging it through the mud.

12 Responses to “Gillard Plays The Philosophical Civil War Card”

  1. mick June 14, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    A bit of a rant really. What you are not saying is that the media is running the ill feeling, not the community. What you are also not saying is that the media is running a one sided election campaign for the business (Liberal) side of politics.

    This is not a ‘bad government’ campaign, it is a business wants to get back into power campaign and the antics of an opposition acting more like a 5 year old in the supermarket is ignored.

    So please spare us the fairytale. The snow job on the electorate may indeed work but there is a wide gap between public perception and the media campaign. As I have always said Labor, as inept as it is, needs to put to the electorate what Abbott intends to do as soon as he takes office should he win, and that will be to transfer a huge amount of wealth to the richest of our citizens. And that tells the whole story!!

    • Sum Hung Gui June 15, 2013 at 12:26 am #

      Clearly you are a Labor Stooge, who likes to gloss over the FACT that the labor Government works hand in hand with the Banks in order to create Debt slaves..

      In the June 2010 book “Shitstorm” by The Australian’s Lenore Taylor & David Uren, it was revealed that on the weekend of October 11-12, 2008, when Australia’s financial system was on the brink, an emergency meeting of the Rudd government’s Strategic Priorities and Budgetary Committee (SPBC)—consisting of Rudd, Julia Gillard, Wayne Swan and Lindsay Tanner, Treasury Secretary Ken Henry & Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens, decided as one of their courses of emergency action to support the housing market, to reverse the slight fall in house prices and get them rising again.

      How? By increasing the First Home Owners Grant. Use public funds to induce buyers to overcome their natural prudence and rush into the market, to drive up prices—which it did, by around triple the size of the increased grant. In other words, the worsening affordability of housing that occurred as a result of the increased grant wasn’t an unintended consequence, it was the aim.

      Taylor and Uren report, “Treasury’s analysis had shown that, far from helping first home buyers get into the market, most of the benefit went to the people selling them their first homes, as the additional few thousand dollars was added to the price. ‘One of the risks in the Australian economy—and we saw it playing out in the U.S. and elsewhere—was the risk of house prices falling sharply. One of our concerns about the option of the first home buyers scheme is that it gets house prices up & that was the point. In that week, we found ourselves quite comfortable with it for that reason. You’re in a situation where bidding up house prices is not a negative,’ [Ken] Henry says

      It was that same weekend that the government propped up the banks with the twin guarantees—of deposits and of foreign borrowings—because the banks pleaded if they didn’t, “they would be insolvent sooner rather than later” (The Great Crash of 2008, by Ross Garnaut and David Llewellyn-Smith).

      But equally crucial to propping up the banks, was supporting their loans into the property bubble, for which most of the enormous foreign debt of Australia’s banks—over $800 billion, of which over $400 billion was on 90-day-terms—was incurred.

      And for that, 135,000 young couples and families were induced to rush into a mortgage, of which half are now mortgage stressed or severely mortgage stressed.

      have a nice day.

      • mick June 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

        If you read my blogs you would realise that I do NOT vote for either side of politics because both sides are corrupt and both get elected and then treat those who voted for them as expendable. It is offensive and if voters had even a little intelligence they would not vote for Labor or Liberal. I had to smile at your assertion that I am a Labor stoolie and can see that you saw what I had written and simply said the same back. Real original!

        In terms of your spiel I suggest that you put your information into context to what occurred in 2008. That was something called GFC which resulted in high unemployment worldwide. Australia missed out and life went on much the same as it always has. It is this that few Australians appreciate and fail to understand as they complain about their tough lives.

        Having again recently visited the US I highly recommend you make the trip and see how poor average Americans are, how little money many earn and how poor work conditions are. When you understand how business plunders average people you will gain some understanding of how good Australians have Sum Hung Gai. Whilst the Liberal side of politics has its big business owners clamoring for industrial relations like the US so that business can also plunder workers you need to be happy about still having a fair go in this country.

        If you are unhappy about property prices in Australia being held by bankers (I am not sure if this is true) I say to you that you did not need to buy. Nobody made you do this and you should be happy to get a taxpayer funded subsidy. In the end ‘investments’ like real estate are not government guaranteed and it is a case of buyer beware and buyer have the common sense to work out if this is an appropriate investment.

        I fail to see your link between Labor and Banks. If you want to see how real corrupt bankers work then have a look at the manipulation from some of the American banks; sub prime mortgages which brought the financial system of the world to its knees: manipulation to control the gold and silver markets; the Libor interest rate scandal in Europe. Our Reserve Bank is but a pimple on the international landscape and does not even rate a mention.

        I for one see nothing in your allegations and you need to develop a wider perspective. Little people are always behind the eight ball because they normally find out after the big end of town has fled. We get caught. The big end of town seldom does. Get used to it because that is the law of the jungle.

  2. Kevin Moore June 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    The Banker owned elected dictatorship called the Gillard government is doing its masters bidding.

    January of this year Yoko Ono Lennon granted her 2013 Courage Award for the Arts to WikiLeaks founder and our lead Senate candidate for Victoria, Julian Assange. At the time of the award presentation she commented:
    “Our public officials have forgotten that they are ultimately accountable to the people who put them in office; that the information they keep in secrecy belongs to all of us. Julian Assange took a courageous step by rightfully returning what belongs to the public domain. For that reason, I believe we need to stand behind him.”
    The award came with a cash prize, which Julian Assange wished to give as a personal donation to the WikiLeaks Party. However this has been blocked by the Bank of America.
    The financial blockade of the WikiLeaks organisation by Bank of America, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union has been in place since December 2010, and has stripped them of over 90% of their normal funding from donations. WikiLeaks has been fighting the blockade in the courts internationally, with every action resulting in it being found to be illegal.
    WikiLeaks’ success in the courts has come about because the blockade is based, not on law, but on a falsehood. Our own Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s statement that WikiLeaks was ‘illegal’ has been cited in European Courts as the justification given by the banks for the blockade.
    It is this unlawful and politically driven financial blockade which we now see extended to an Australian political party.
    Our party has been denied vital funds from a bona fide donation because the Gillard government was not prepared to stand up to the financial censorship of WikiLeaks by the United States, indeed was prepared to facilitate it. And now they stand by as a US bank acts to limit the potential of a young Australian political party. Australians deserve better. We deserve politicians who act based on fact, not pressure, who reflect the will of the people, not of a superpower.
    Yoko Ono Lennon commented in January that public officials have forgotten that they are ultimately accountable to the people who put them in office. The WikiLeaks Party is here to remind them. The WikiLeaks Party in the Australian Senate will demand freedom of expression and the freedom to have a political voice in this country without the kind of interference that has been allowed to stand in this case.

    • mick June 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

      Kevin: “The Banker owned elected dictatorship called the Gillard government is doing its masters bidding.” Lets not guild the lily. The coalition is the business owned political party which does the bidding of its masters whenever it is in power.

      Lets look at the first 3 things Tony Abbott has promised to do:

      1. “Give back the mining tax” – to the mega wealthy miners. Yeah right.
      2. “Repeal the carbon tax” – for the benefit of their coal mining supporters. The mining industry again. Yeah right.
      3. “Lower the company tax rate” AGAIN – for the benefit for the rich who already have their tax minimising schemes and superannuation deductions which most of us would give an arm and a leg to access. Yeah right.

      Stay on the facts and the script Kevin. Bankers, as you well know, act hand in hand with liberal governments as bankers are overtly business in getting what they want. Your comment about the Gillard government being the political master of the banks is plain WRONG. Your hate of the Labor side of politics does not befit you.

      • The Blissful Ignoramus June 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

        I agree with Kevin. The banks control both so-called “sides”. A number of articles and linked references earlier in this blog’s life to support this – look for the one cf. Robert Gottliebsen, demonstrating that the very essence of our political party funding system requires the parties to call on the banks for loans to finance their election campaigns, as they do not get paid on the basis of their actual votes till after the election. If the polls are bad leading into it (or, policy platform is not agreeable to the bankers), then more difficult to raise the needed loans.

        Bankers rule the world. “Bicameral”, “two-party” parliamentary “democracy” is a con. Politicians are puppets. Anyone who thinks differently has either not studied the topic thoroughly (if at all), and/or, is pushing an agenda. That’s the plain truth of it.

      • Kevin Moore June 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

        Check this out Mick and tell me if it is right or wrong.

        According to Educational Speaker Winston Shrout –

        From Solutions in Commerce

        “1. Local Governments in Australia are corporations, eg: the Coffs Harbour City Council is a corporation registered on the Australian Business Registry with the number of 79 126 214 487.

        2. State Governments in Australia are corporations, eg: the NSW Parliament is a corporation registered on the Australian Business Registry with the number of 89 288 775 026

        3. The Federal Government in Australia is a corporation, ie: the Commonwealth of Australia is a corporation registered in the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission with the number of CIK (0000805157) SIC: 8880. CIK is the Credit Suisse Asset Management Income Fund, Inc. (the Fund) – is a diversified, closed-end investment company.

        The Fund’s investment objective is to seek current income through investment primarily in debt securities.SIC is the “Standard Industrial Classification” and the SIC Code of 8880 has the “Industrial Title” of “American Depositary Receipts.”

        The Commonwealth of Australia is a “debt security”, packaged up as a “corporation”.

        Do the People of Australia know their country is owned by a “closed-end investment company” in Switzerland?

        What does that make the People of Australia? Personnel or merchandise?”

        All Australians are considered to be corporations or corporate entities incorporated into the Commonwealth of Australia as corporated. The legal system operates by Statutes/Acts or in other words decrees or edicts, which are only applicable to corporations or corporate entities, and not to flesh and blood, living, thinking men with natural God given rights. Everyone registered at berth is given a corporate name on a certificate. The name is a legal fiction. All fictions are lies.

        The Commonwealth of Australia registration number (CIK 0000805157) is not a country, but a privately owned foreign corporation, which is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission?

        The Reserve Bank of Australia (NRET 066 319 864), the bank that creates all our money, is a privately owned foreign corporate bank.

        • Sum Hung Gui June 15, 2013 at 12:07 am #

          And the Supreme Court of Victoria is known as Business Unit 19, If the Judiciary is not separated from the Government two things occur first trials are apt to become Politicized, second Governments become unaccountable….does this at all sound familiar to you?

          • Kevin Moore June 15, 2013 at 12:57 am #

            Assumptions can be made from this –

            Impersonating a commonwealth officer is a crime punishable of up to 2 years in jail.. yet every public (corporate) servant does it.
            STATE VIC POLICE ABN 63 446 481 493
            STATE WA POLICE ABN 91 724 684 688
            STATE SA POLICE ABN 93 799 021 552
            STATE NSW POLICE ABN 43 408 613 180
            STATE TAS POLICE ABN 19 173 586 474
            STATE QLD POLICE ABN 29 409 225 509

          • Kevin Moore June 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

            Sum Hung Gui

            I hadn’t heard of Business Unit 19 –

            – SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA (BUSINESS UNIT 19)(ABN: 32 790 228 959)
            – STATE OF VICTORIA(ABN: 32 790 228 959)
            – COUNTY COURT OF VICTORIA(ABN: 32 790 228 959)
            – JUDICIAL COLLEGE OF VICTORIA(ABN: 32 790 228 959)
            – LIQUOR LICENSING VICTORIA(ABN: 32 790 228 959)
            – ASSET CONFISCATION OFFICE(ABN: 32 790 228 959)
            – CONSUMER CREDIT FUND(ABN: 32 790 228 959)
            – MAGISTRATES COURT VICTORIA(ABN: 32 790 228 959)
            – VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT SOLICITOR(ABN: 32 790 228 959)
            – SHEERWATER PRODUCTIONS(ABN: 32 790 228 959)
            – BUTTERFLY WHISPERS WORKSHOPS(ABN: 32 790 228 959)
            – DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE(ABN: 32 790 228 959)


        • Kevin Moore June 15, 2013 at 10:43 am #

          Here’s Your Chance To See Winston In Australia!
          We are very excited to announce Winston’s return to the “Land Down Under” this August!
          Winston will be speaking at two privately-hosted lecture engagements happening on Friday, August 2nd, and Monday, August 5th in Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland.

          For those of you who have not yet experienced Winston live, this is a rare opportunity!

          Each lecture will be two hours in length, and offer discussion on these topics:
          Friday Evening, August 2nd
          Distinguishing between State & Federal UCC and Court Systems, and how they transfer to The Australian System
          Identification of Officers And Their Roles in the Government Corporation
          Monday Evening, August 5th
          Applying Technologies to The Australian System
          The Australian Corporation in The Global Corporate Commercial Structure
          Updates On Lien Activities
          Private Workshop Also Available 8/3 and 8/4
          The host of these private lecture engagements is also hosting a 2 day private workshop with Winston in the same area. The hosts have indicated that they would be willing to allow a couple of members of the public to attend the workshop if they share the cost. Their current estimate for tuition is $700 (final amount will depend on number of attendees).

          The space is extremely limited, and the topics discussed will be mid to advanced-level material.

          For more information on the 2 day private workshop, please contact the event hosts directly:



  3. mick June 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Should be interesting reading. I’ll follow this one up.

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