The Ruddy Pork-Barrel
We've seen several instances of ALP pork-barrelling in this election campaign, usually by offering lavish unfunded benefits or expensive projects in ALP marginal electorates.
Now Kevin Rudd has really hit the bottom of the pit by announcing his intention to re-locate Sydney's Garden Island Naval Dockyard to Brisbane! Hang the expense, that's where Kevin has his electorate, and where the ALP desperately needs the votes. Don't bother to discuss it with the Queensland Government, they'll hear about it on TV soon enough.
If Kevin really seriously wishes to re-locate the Dockyard, he should plan to move it to Darwin, which is much nearer to the operational zone of the RAN, and which would benefit more from increased industrial activity. But then, when did Kevin ever think hard before putting his foot in his mouth?
Crime In Sport
We are outraged when we hear that performance-enhancing chemicals, usually not approved for human use, have been administered to sportsmen and athletes. We universally support efforts to eliminate this corruption of our sporting activities.
However, the players were usually unaware of the nature of the chemicals which they received, and would have suffered loss of livelihood if they had refused to co-operate. In these circumstances, the managers, coaches, consultants, pharmacists and doctors who promoted these despicable schemes should be charged and prosecuted for the criminal assault upon the players. A slap on the wrist, a fine, or a temporary suspension, issued by a sporting control board, is not an adequate deterrent.
The players should be educated upon the dangers to health of these schemes, and advised of their civil right to refuse to co-operate in any future criminal activity. Perhaps they should consider a civil class action for compensation for the damage to their future health and longevity.
Batts Are Not Bad!
Lowering The Cash Rate
If you are paying off a mortgage, you may be delighted when the RBA lowers the Cash Rate. But be aware of the Pros & Cons of a drop in interest rates. It's not all good, and it is certainly not a sign of sound economic management.
The Shark Menace
The newly-arrived Plant Engineer from the South was taking a stroll along the beach at Gove, when he met one of the locals. The new chum said "I must say that you have a wonderful beach here! Is it safe to swim? Are there any sharks?" To which the local replied "Oh no mate, there's no sharks here. The crocs ate them all, long ago."
Another Duck In The ALP Shooting Gallery
Real Assistance For Aboriginal Communities
The best news in the current election campaign is that the Coalition, if elected to power, will appoint the highly-respected aboriginal leader, ex-ALP Senator Warren Mundine, to head an Advisory Board on indigenous spending, projects and policy, reporting directly to the Prime Minister. It's a step which is fully supported by Kevin Rudd, so it has a good chance to come to fruition, whichever contender wins.
How To Vote
My long-departed Mother, a person who arrived in Australia by boat for a 30 day visit, but stayed here until she died some 12 years later, was a staunch ALP supporter. When I asked her why, she told me "Your Dad always voted Labour, because they're the Workers' Party. Anyway, I can't abide Malcolm Fraser, because he's so tall and always looks down on people when he's interviewed on TV." I suppose that, for a person who was supported by a U.K. pension and who had no interest in the advancement of Australia, her political selection process was quite logical.
As for me, I am strongly influenced by the personal appearance of Kevin Rudd, who reminds me of the used-car salesman who sold me my first motor vehicle, a real lemon, 58 years ago.
Have you got a better suggestion?
A New Zimbabwe
The Ruddy Labor Party seems to be hell-bent to pervert the Australian electoral process by false advertising, so that we will emulate the disgraceful electoral and political system of Zimbabwe.
It's time for the Electoral Commission to take firm action. For a start, why not charge with contempt those political fall-guys who authorise the untrue propaganda releases, and lock them up for the next 30 days.
How Low Can They Go?
The propaganda wing of the Ruddy Labour Party seems to publish any possible falsehood, which they believe will discredit their political opponents. Why stick to the truth when you consider that the electors are dumb enough to accept downright lies? Take the public for suckers if you think that you can get away with it?
Within minutes of a TV interview in which Tony Abbott and Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey affirmed that, if returned to power, they would make no changes to the Goods and Services Tax, Kevin Rudd delivered one of his chummy "Do You Know" statements to the contrary. It was a particularly stupid lie because, as Tony Abbott reminded viewers, the GST is collected on behalf of the States, and cannot be changed by the Commonwealth Government without consent of the States.
On August 5th, the ALP published a particularly scurrilous and deceitful video, denigrating the Coalition, on YouTube and Facebook. The video has been pulled-down from both sites, and has been replaced by a sizeable statement which explains the reason for its removal.
The Electoral Commission should act to prevent any more of these criminal attempts to corrupt a fair election.