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What. A. Total. Wanker.

7 Jul

tumblr_lpax8yxyFy1qip14mo1_500The Ego has landed:

Mr Rudd said today he was happy to be returning to Indonesia, where he’d been on at least 10 previous occasions both as “a somebody” and “a nobody”.

I’m back to being a somebody,” he said.

Oh, right.

I get it.

Unless you’re the PM, you’re “a nobody”.

Thanks for letting us all know, Kev.

*cough* WANKER! *cough*

I wonder why your PMO staff neglected to include that bit in the official transcript of your speech:

FRI 05 JULY 2013
Prime Minister
Jakarta, Indonesia

In 2007 – less than a month after I became Prime Minister – Indonesia was the destination of my first overseas visit.

Today, in 2013, I am pleased to return here once again in my capacity as Prime Minister and to meet again with my counterpart, and good friend, President Yudhoyono.

In these five-and-a-half years, I have been to Indonesia ten times.

This is a beautiful country.

Thérèse and I love this country and its people.

And it is good to be back again.

UPDATE:

Yes, he really did say it (ABC Lateline video here):

TRANSCRIPT

TOM IGGULDEN, REPORTER: There was a touch of triumphalism about Kevin Rudd’s trip to Indonesia.

KEVIN RUDD, PRIME MINISTER: I’ve been back here 10 or 11 times, in one capacity or another. As a somebody and as a nobody, and back to being a somebody.

Aussie Jobs For Aussie Workers? Not In Our Capitalist Corporatocracy

2 Jul

From Tim Colebatch at The Age:

Rudd’s efforts to reach out to business have got nowhere. Some groups made impractical demands for Labor to withdraw its legislation to stop rorting of section 457 visas – which, as I reported earlier, has meant that in two years Australian-born workers have gained just 34,000 new full-time jobs. Brendan O’Connor as minister deserves credit for trying to restore the integrity of the system so that it operates as intended.

See also Colebatch’s earlier article, The books are being cooked on 457 visas

Last month Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor announced new reforms to stop alleged rorting of section 457 visas. Prime Minister Julia Gillard then beefed up the issue by telling western Sydney the reforms would stop ”foreign workers being put at the front of the queue with Australian workers at the back”.

Since then Gillard’s opponents have claimed she is out to destroy the 457 visa program, which allows business to import temporary workers at will if they cannot find suitable workers in Australia. And at the other extreme, some tell us the whole 457 program is a rort allowing business to bring in foreign workers to undercut wages and save firms from the need to invest in training their own workers.

So far Gillard seems to be losing the debate; but then, she usually does. What do the figures show?

They show that while demand for section 457 visas had declined in most sectors with the slowing economy – visa applications from mining companies are down 15 per cent so far in 2012-13 – that is outweighed by surging demand in other industries that seems at odds with what we know about how they are faring.

For example:

Until mid-2011, few firms used 457 visas to import cooks; in 2010-11, just 45 visas a month were issued for skilled kitchen staff. Yet by January this year, 1690 cooks had been granted 457 visas, 240 a month. Cooks have suddenly become the biggest users of section 457 visas.

Why? It’s not because of any surge in demand. The Bureau of Statistics estimates that spending in hotels and restaurants fell 1.1 per cent last year, as Australians economised on discretionary spending to avoid more debt. Where is the labour shortage that requires us to suddenly import thousands of foreign cooks?

It’s not just cooks. This year alone, the number of chefs, their superiors, entering on 457 visas has shot up 150 per cent to almost 90 a month. Imports of cafe and restaurant managers have quintupled, from 27 a month to 134 a month. Does anyone smell a rat here?

Digging right down to the true root of the problem, I blame usury.

The central evil in our wonderful world of “capitalist” “competition”.

It means the “survival of the fittest”, you see — another pernicious doctrine.

The “fittest” are those most willing and able to borrow and then repay the banks their debt “money” … plus usury.

“On Tuesday I Will Blow The Bloody Show Up!”

14 Jun

From The Daily Telegraph’s Simon Benson:

Bill Shorten, who is doing the dance of the seven veils, says publicly he still supports Julia Gillard.

But he will only support her until he doesn’t. And that could be very soon.

Shorten’s choice of words this week was telling.

When asked if he thought Gillard would still be leader by the time of the election, he said: “I believe so.”

These are not the words of a powerbroker confident in the survival of his leader.

As The Daily Telegraph revealed, Shorten is now counting numbers. And those numbers are falling Rudd’s way.

The mood even among many of Gillard’s supporters is bleak. And, after this week’s performance, their support is said to now be soft at best.

One senior Labor MP said that, unless something happens, he was prepared to walk into caucus on Tuesday next week and challenge the PM himself.

“I’ll blow the bloody show up,” they said.

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Owed To Me – Gillard vs Rudd (Reprise)

21 Mar

A moment or two of deja vu:

When Frustration Over Politicians’ Deceit Spills Over

19 Apr

Regular readers know that there is far, far more to the story of the mining tax, and the knifing of popularly-elected PM Kevin Rudd, than what has been presented by politicians and the mainstream media.

[see Swan’s Anti-Australian Rant A Smokescreen For Treason; also The Galactic Hypocrisy Of Wayne Swan; also What Your TV Will Leave Out Of The Clive Palmer “CIA” Sound Bites]

Indeed, it is a veritable cesspool of international intrigue, plutocratic coercion and bribery, treason, and geopolitical manipulation.

So I am confident that many readers will, as I do, closely identify with the profound sense of frustration felt by all those who are awake to the far-reaching implications of the lies and deceit at the core of Australian politics; a frustration well enunciated here by Daily Telegraph writer Joe Hildebrand (h/t readers “Kevin Moore” and Twitter follower @Prronto for the link):

Owed To Me: Gillard vs Rudd

24 Feb

My thoughts on the Labor Party’s leadership contest. Sing along now:

UPDATE:

Thank you to all who have shared this little video, which has now (midnight Saturday) provided amusement over 10,000 times both here and on YouTube since posting late on Friday afternoon.

Sharing is caring.

Barnaby: “Julia Has Cooked Her Own Goose”

3 Feb

Barnaby Joyce was in cracking form today on radio MTR1377:

“The carbon tax is the biggest scam since … a pyramid scheme that if I mention its name I’ll get a suit”

And so much more. Unmissable.

If only we had many more plain-speaking, no BS, down-to-earth Aussies like Barnaby in Parliament.

Listen to The Man after the jump.

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