Posts Tagged ‘ BER ’

Fair Work Australia is a joke


Unbelievable. Something and a half to wake up to…

FAIR Work Australia’s three-year investigation into alleged criminal conduct by Labor MP Craig Thomson collapsed yesterday when the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Chris Craigie SC, said FWA’s report was useless for the purpose of levelling possible charges.

Only a day after FWA general manager Bernadette O’Neill announced the 1100-page report on the Health Services Union had been referred to the CDPP, Mr Craigie issued a statement saying it did not constitute a brief of evidence. The move means that FWA, which under Ms O’Neill has refused to co-operate with NSW and Victorian police investigating Mr Thomson, has achieved no result in terms of advancing any possible criminal prosecution, despite years of work and millions of dollars of public expenditure.

Wow. Just, wow.

Andrew Bolt asks, “What fresh hell greets Gillard today?”

Well, there’s the above. There’s the destruction of the Aussie Building and Construction Commission* which of course would have nothing to do with the spectacular face-plant that was the BER.

Tony Abbott may as well go on vacation.

I thought Fabian Socialism – of which our PM is an adherent – was meant to incrementally change Australia over decades, not destroy the Labor Party, her party, in mere months.

UPDATE

Regarding the FWA/Craig Thompson farce, Tony Abbott describes it as “an obstruction of justice orchestrated by friends of the current government”.

*The old ABCC’s job’s to be done by… union hacks Fair Work Australia now. Hmm, I remeber my BER mole stating that his/her company had sent compalints about the unions to the ABCC. I wonder if they were ever investigated properly before a desperate PM in damage control dismantled the one real avenue for recourse builders had.

UPDATE II

Na, na, FWA is independent, says Juliar.

That woman has no shame. I almost feel sorry what this apparently really nice person is doing to herself.

Tuesday 6/3/12 open/twitter thread


To think; five years ago we were told by the likes of the government’s $1200-odd per day chief Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery that man-made global warming would leave us in permanent drought thus necessitating, among other things, expensive desalination plants. Today we see near full dams and threats of flooding. Yep, Australia’s climate carrying on as it always has – “a land of drought and flooding rains”.

BER fallout continues: $16 billion “worth” of buildings (if, for example, you can count open-air sheds as buildings) that schools never wanted nor needed now suffer even more cost overruns – the schools can’t afford to maintain them. There goes another $40 million.

Professor Bunyip whose been covering the government’s news media inquiry with quite some zest links to the UK’s James Delingpole (yes, this disturbing inquiry is unsurprisingly receiving international attention) who rightly notes the Ministry of Truth would be a more accurate name for the proposed government-run News Media Council. Government controlling what should be a free press, a pillar of Democracy; what could go wrong? And remember, a good 86% of the “public” submissions to the inquiry were from apparatchik groups closely linked to the current government. Descriptors such as “brazen”, “obscene” and “farcical” barely do this so-called inquiry justice.

Ho hum. What else is happening?

Our Langolier government


Most of you probably remember the book and/or movie, The Langoliers. Those little creatures would gobble up, or destroy if you will, everything – matter, space, time – they came across.

In a sense, the Gillard  (and previously, Rudd) government has many similarities. Everything her Langolier eyes set themselves upon, they destroy.

The list is unbelievable.

  • Grocery Watch: useless
  • Fuel Watch: useless
  • The failed bank reforms
  • The hatchet job summit of our best and brightest
  • Cash for clunkers: useless and severely impacted the used car market
  • Only 38 out of a promised 260 childcare centres built
  • A mere 70 out of a promised 2650 trades training centres opened
  • Just 11 out of a promised 64 GP super clinics built (with inadequate after hours services)
  • Free computers in schools that parents are now charged for ($1.4 billion over budget, too)
  • The $16 billion BER that delivered so many essentially useless and/or substandard buildings
  • The $50 billion of money we don’t have to fund an NBN we neither want nor need
  • The pink batts debacle in which four people lost their lives and which has ruined an industry
  • All those asylum seeker boats – more than 200 dead
  • The failed detention centres in East Timor and Manus Island… and the perfectly good yet closed one on Nauru
  • The likely-to-fail and dubious refugee swap “deal” with Malaysia
  • A foreign minister not allowed to do his job
  • Attacking our biggest industry: driving mining investments offshore due to proposed over taxation and over regulation whilst being in bed with the Greens who want our $50 billion per year coal industry – our largest exporter – gone
  • In bed with “Independent” MP Tony Windsor who just sold his farm to the Chinese (he’s sold a farm to a mining company before, too), then bought three more – prime grazing land – that just happen to have various exploration licenses on them (he claims he didn’t know)
  • That painful and ridiculous Murray River Basin Scheme that was to take desperately needed water from our farmers and then literally flush it away (until the rains came and blew the global warmists’ dud unending drought scare campaign out of the water)
  • A $20 billion budget surplus turned into a $150 billion budget deficit in just four years
  • That useless carbon tax that she promised she wouldn’t introduce that won’t do a damn thing to the world’s temperature but will, even at its artificially low starting price, cost families $2000 per year, make 90% of them dependent on welfare, and possibly shut down our biggest power station
  • The $90 million given to Tim Flannery’s dud company with a plunging share price to match (not to mention the extra $720,000 he’s receiving to promote her carbon tax grab)
  • And just this week, the destruction of an entire industry – live cattle exports – essentially by decree, a cruel 24 hours before many head of cattle were to be shipped off, and based on five-year-old footage that the ABC may have been sitting on since January

Unbelievable. In fact, is there anything she’s done right?

Even former ALP ministers can’t believe it.

As Tony Abbott said, “This government’s a bit like the Irishman who lost ten pounds betting on the Grand National and then lost 20 pounds on the action replay.”

Too right. And meanwhile Labor’s support plummets to a record low of a paltry 27-29%.

And as if it couldn’t get any worse, today of course marks the day the Greens will have the balance of power in both houses meaning that even if Abbott wins the next election, he will have to trigger a double dissolution to get any of his repairs reforms through.

We will have to have an election to have an election.

Quite fitting though that on MTR this morning, they played Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

The worst part is that there’s essentially nothing we can do but hit the airwaves, the blogs, the twittersphere, the inboxes of our representatives, and the newspapers, and make our utter dismay and anger at the worst government Australia has ever had heard loud and clear.

And I still say those cattle farmers should band together, put some of their cattle onto trucks, and drive ‘em down to the lawns of Parliament House.

Maybe, just maybe, Julia – or at least her party – would listen then.

It’s been a very disparaging week for Australia as a whole. That said, eventually – and sure, not without sacrifice – but eventually those Langoliers were overcome.

Ultimately, this government will go, too. For the sake of the country – and a country is made up of people – may it be sooner rather than later.

Now, if some liberty may be taken by ending this post with a song. It’s rather apt for the times.

UPDATE

The Greens’ economic policies.

The Greens’ global economic policies.

A very sorry day for Australians: the Greens’ quest for a global communist dictatorship.

News tidbits from around the Interwebs


As if Gillard’s week couldn’t get any worse, Nauru wants to ratify its UN Refugee Convention commitment. How embarrassing for a PM that is out of options.

Speaking of that issue, let’s just get scum like these pissants out of the way.

Worse? Ten million bucks of taxpayer BER funds were spent on schools slated for closure. :roll:

One last stab at our Prime Stabber:  So she’s convinced about man-made global warming, eh? And that a useless tax will fix it? And that scientific reports that aren’t actually scientific but actually directed by government policy makers – yes, we’re talking the IPCC here – can be trusted when written by Greenpeace activists? OH wait, it all makes sense now. ;-)

Keeping it in Australia for just one more blurb: Cory Bernadi for Libs presidency? Hmm, maybe, but wouldn’t he be better in a powerful ministerial role?

OK, crossing the puddle but still thinking of home, some Aussie mum reckons it was her boy getting it on with his girl. In Canada. In the middle of a riot. As you do.

BTW, in Greece they riot over “austerity measures” (i.e. not letting the country go completely down the toilet after decades of leftist government and social policy). In Canada, it’s over an ice-hockey game. Again, as you do.

OK, over to the US. Why did it take DEMOCRAT Weiner so long to resign in the first place? Anyway, Slate takes a look at some other frisky pollies who refused to resign… and got away with it. With the eight they showcase in all, five are Democrats including Bawney Fwank, Bill, and of course, Ted. Two are Republicans*, and they chuck Berlusconi in for good measure. The dude is 74 and still chompin’ at it! One almost has to respect that.

*Arguably, one of the Dems would be a Republican in the modern era.

On a more serious note, is Obama’s Libyan war – and let’s face it, it IS a war – even legal? He’s totally snubbed Congress aka the body that is actually authorised to permit a war. And he’s being sued for it.

Meanwhile, in yet another Obama Moment of FAIL™, he rejects a further push to US energy independence by turning his chin up to Alaskan oil and gas drilling. Good timing, dickhead, just when China and Russia announce closer ties (MOAR) whilst warning the US to butt out of Oil-land aka the middle East. Is Obama even pro-American? Is he just that plain fucking stupid?

China’s also taking steps against US cyberwarfare threats against them. Arrogant little bastards. Anyone who has Malware Bytes knows China is the biggest cyberwarfare threat by a longshot. Still, if I were China, I’d take advantage of that stupid clown in the White House now, too. It’s just how it works in the real world (as opposed to Obama’s leftist dream unicorn fantasy).

Speaking of unicorn fantasies, Eliot Spitzer claims Republicans have shifted beyond the far right. Give me a break, mate. Maybe he thinks that only because the left is currently halfway to an alternative universe that doesn’t even exist. Seriously, taxing a trace gas to save a 4.5 billion year old planet? How is taxing 0.001% of the atmosphere and ruining the livelihoods of millions of families reasonable yet a bloke who used to own a pizza joint is radical?

Maybe it’s because so-called “progressives” would be more accurately described as “regressives”.

Speaking of progressive, to save a planet that doesn’t need saving from a problem that doesn’t actually exist, everyone’s favourite pseudo-scientific political body, the IPCC, wants to put mirrors in space to… oh, I give up… to waste even more money (like we have any left)!

F*ck me. The Ridiculometre™ is fully functional and operational, Lord Vader.

And I mean FULLY functional and operational… steak made from human shit. :roll: They’ve been making us swallow their shit for more than 20 years now.

When figurative no longer is: FYYSFLT’s. As Penn & Teller note, always use the Japanese when trying to sell bullshit (‘cept it ain’t bullshit anymore).

Oh god. Can we just talk about real beef please?!?!

Beef producers call for live cattle export welfare checks to extend worldwide

Thank you.

Those greenies are just a bunch of hypocrites anyway, the lot of them. Sorry you didn’t get the house you wanted, Edge, but when you suck on about the environment, and then try to top Al Gore in the waste-stakes, well, that’s Karma baby.

Speaking of funny, it not just in the US – looking at you Stewart and Colbert – where comedians double as government and/or leftist propagandists.

*sigh*

Did anything actually positive happen in the West over the past week?

Yes it did.

Victory Over Islamic Influence at the National Defense University Foundation

So there you go.

PS He often doesn’t leave me in the best mood – no unicorns with this guy – but here’s Mark Steyn’s weekly round-up, too.

H/T s_dog, Matt Drudge, Instapundit, bingbing ;-)

*Quit the QLD mining crusade, Alan, and research, at least, the facts behind Gasland.

UPDATE

The cherry on the cake: windfarm shut down. Windfarms are noisy for those living next to them, dangerous for those building them, and don’t produce viable electricity.

UPDATE II

No wonder Spitzer lurches at the right. RINO Republican Romney is “ahead of the pack”. Fear not VRWC minions. Herman Cain is close.

H/T VRWC Battle Tank  Operation’s  Deviser – Canada  – JM Heinrichs aka Teh Kitteh Luva.

Unlimited oil: the news is gaining traction


As blogged here back on April 18th, and again two days ago, the news that we could well be entering an Age of Fossil Fuels – that is, potentially unlimited oil (hydrocarbons) – has caught the attention of the Big Boys over at Hot Air*.

Ed Morrissey:

You’ve heard that we’re running out of oil. You’ve heard that natural gas has a finite and ever-shortening supply. The media has been reporting on Peak Oil for decades, and the peak has always been just around the next corner. But what if that weren’t true, and for practical purposes, the US has an unlimited supply of fossil fuel for its energy needs? Would that not undercut the entire notion of an energy crisis, except as self-inflicted?

Get ready for a paradigm change…

*Hey, ever since breaking the BER (despite what the Australian reckons), it’s rare this not-so-humble blogger gets a scoop on anything, so I’ll enjoy beating Hot Air to something (first and only time, lol?) for a little while, thank you very much.

Related: BER posts

*waiting for someone to find link proving no, Hot Air actually was on this first, lol*

The BER train wreck rolls on


Another government whitewash inquiry won’t be enough. Nothing short of a Royal Commission will suffice.

THE nation’s most powerful building union has called for a federal government inquiry into a string of corporate collapses on Building the Education Revolution projects, which have left 300 sub-contractors with about 1000 employees owed about $20 million.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union is stepping up pressure on Julia Gillard to launch a public inquiry into the collapse of three construction companies contracted by Bovis Lend Lease on 22 NSW school sites and three NSW public housing projects.

The calls came amid complaints to police over alleged false statutory declarations and threats by Coffs Harbour sub-contractors to launch a class action to recover the money they are owed.

And we want to trust this Gillard government with the NBN, conservatively estimated to be double the cost of her $16-odd billion BER???

BER: Union taken to court


Remember this post from a while back?

According to my mole, the unions have moved in. They are allegedly illegally busting onto sites, flexing their re-gained muscle, and grinding productivity to a halt.

Note, that is and was so far just an allegation, but the case being made by the Australian Building and Construction Commission will finally go to court tomorrow.

ABCC v Doyle and CFMEU

Case Name: ABCC v Doyle & CFMEU
Applicant: ABCC

Respondents: Doyle and CFMEU

Date Filed: 29 October 2010

Status:

A directions hearing is scheduled for 23 November 2010.

Background.

The ABCC alleges that at about 1.45pm on 19 October 2009, CFMEU official Fergal Doyle entered a construction site at the Mossgiel Park Primary School site without prior notice.

Mr Doyle entered the site to investigate suspected contraventions of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2007. This was a lawful reason to enter the site.

Mr Doyle refused to attend the site office to sign in and refused to show the site manager his entry permit. The site manager contacted Victoria Police and the ABCC before again asking Mr Doyle to show his entry permit. Mr Doyle refused the request.
While attending the site Mr Doyle pulled three power cords out of their sockets and directed several steelfixers and concreters working at the site to sit in the sheds while he ascertained if the site was safe to work at.

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