Posts Tagged ‘ Kevin Rudd ’

Historical figures who’ve been assassinated update


Via the emailtubes…

I got to thinking today,
Socrates was poisoned.
Julius Caesar was stabbed to death.
Napoleon died in exile.
Abraham Lincoln was shot.
Gandhi was shot.
Kevin Rudd was Gillardteened.

Anyone else watch 4Corners? [updated]


They aired a reasonably decent, if not prone to naval-gazing, feature on the current woes of the Australian Labor Party with considerable emphasis on former PM Kevin Rudd and his usurper, Julia Gillard.

A lot of history there we already knew. The ALP appears to be in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t position. The party likes Gillard. The public likes Rudd. And vice versa.

Former PM Rudd came out looking (at least some of) the people’s champion with perhaps – and I’m going easy here on the ABC – just enough emphasis placed on his domineering, micromanaging style of leadership.

The ALP as a whole, with emphasis on their power brokers, came out looking excessively poll-driven, sneaky, and lacking any real principles or conviction. Also dumb. Eleven years in the wilderness, years of an unsuccessful former leader in Kim Beazely, a miraculous turn around, and then *splat*  – Kevin’s corpse chucked out onto the street at the first sign of a cold.

PM Julia Gillard came out looking at best, evasive, and also unable to be believed. She repeatedly failed to answer questions directly. For instance, yes or no, did she know about internal party polling  – kept hidden from Rudd – that showed Rudd was losing numbers fast? Yes or no, did she know her first speech as PM may have been prepared by members of her office and/or the ALP a full two weeks before she seized power? Answers to these questions drive straight to the heart of her credibility and trustworthiness.

Evading these important questions was, to say the least, not a good look. Nor was her obvious tension during the interview, especially when juxtaposed to a laughing, smiling Rudd sharing photos, beers and embraces with an enthusiastic public at a pleasant establishment.

What did you guys take out of the report?

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UPDATE

More. (lots of links)

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UPDATE

That last link is the Bolta MTR podcast.

Julia Gillard: “My job is to answer questions… I’m not someone who runs away from questions.”

Oh, really? She runs away from the question asking if she actually did plot to bring down Rudd (she’s always claimed she never *cough bullshit* did; that it all happened on the last day), and despite being asked almost every week to appear on The Bolt Report, she has declined every time.

UPDATE II

Steve Vizard talks to former Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson – someone who admitted last night having a hand in Rudd’s downfall – about the segment.

UPDATE III

Pot.Kettle.Black.

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has all but accused the ABC’s Four Corners of deception after it aired damaging claims last night that her office was plotting the downfall of Kevin Rudd well before the June 24, 2010 coup.

BWAHAHAHAHA! How rich is that?!

Muzzled


When a government can’t communicate, isn’t allowed to communicate with its constituents, then how can democracy function in a healthy manner?

THE entire Labor cabinet has been banned from talking to editors of the nation’s major newspapers as Prime Minister Julia Gillard moves to stamp out leadership speculation.

Under the gagging order, ministers must seek permission from her office before any meeting or private talks…

“For someone who accused Rudd of ruling with an iron fist, it was quite a turnaround,” a senior minister said.”She has basically told everyone that they can’t talk to newspaper editors without her permission.”

Another minister, who claimed it simply revealed how fragile the Prime Minister’s leadership was, said it appeared to be a deliberate attempt to “set up Rudd” by creating an excuse to sack the former prime minster if he breached the cabinet directive.

So Australia is left with one person out of 72 ALP Lower House members and 31 ALP Upper House members – a total of 103  – who is allowed to speak to the citizenry without first having to obtain express permission.

One person out of a pool of 103.

That smacks not of democracy but rather of a dictatorship. Or at the very least, of desperation and paranoia.

One can’t help ponder the current mental health – the state of mind – of an obviously over-burdened, strung out Prime Minister.

H/T

It’s a democracy… so long as you shut up


On Monday, some of you may have been up early enough to read a column by Glenn Milne in the Australian detailing some shennanigans possibly involving PM Gillard and her then-boyfriend, Union official Bruce Wilson.

A few hours later it was pulled, as were posts on Andrew Bolt’s blog that covered the issue also.

Also on Monday, an interview on Sydney’s Fairfax-owned (i.e. NOT the evil Murdoch hate media) with ex Union official Bob Kernohan, was also pulled – at the behest of someone close to the PM if not the woman herself (more details here when today’s MTR podcast is up).

And from that last link, we also hear about Gillard having a whinge that people shouldn’t protest too much.

Of course, she’s likely referring to salt-of-the-earth types like those who participated in the Convoy of No Confidence.

One really doubts she’s referring to so-called “grassroots” professional protest mobs like GetUp!, which for the enlightenment of this blog’s American readers is something akin to ACORN.

Gillard says she doesn’t want protests in Australia becoming too “American”.

Would this be the same America our PM described just a few months ago – holding back tears and all – as “a beacon of Democracy”?

Meanwhile, a number of Labor federal MPs have stated they’re jumping ship come the next election, only one federal Labor MP in Queensland, Kevin Rudd (the one they DON’T want), would retain his seat, if an election were held today, and well, one wonders how embattled ex-Union secretary (accused of using his union credit card to buy prostitutes among other dubious, large expenses) Craig Thompson is feeling today.

Fun times…

Oh, and PS in case you missed it:

Jamie McIntyre:

On Friday our nation’s debt went over $200 billion for the first time ever. We borrowed $3.2 billion over the last week.

Our debt ceiling was $75 billion when the current party got into government. On 11 March 2009, “special circumstances” warranted an increase to a “temporary” level of $200 billion. The last budget saw the government increase it permanently to $250 billion.

So it takes about 220 years to reach $75 billion, but only four years to almost triple it.

Wow.

(Thanks Sean for the Kernohan PDF)

What’s up with Kevin Rudd?


Or like Spot said in comments at Blair’s lair, has the Aussie PM’s Twitter account been hijacked?

If he weren’t such an obnoxious, foul-mouthed cretin behind closed doors or such a wannabe in public, I’d almost feel sorry for him.

He may well be a disaster of a PM, with everything he touches not exactly turning to gold, but at the end of the day, he holds an important office, and it’s pretty bad to say the least if that office has indeed been hijacked.

And it has been, right??? Surely the idiot wouldn’t actually say what he said on that tweet.

Where are the voters?


They’re off Rudd, but not really onto anyone else.

Jaded?

Cigarettes and nannies


It’s been a bad news day for the tobacco industry. First up you’ve the Magnificently Useless Labor Prime Nanny, Kevin Rudd, not only ordering that by June next year all cigarette packaging in Australia will be in Franklins No Frills style packaging, he then dropped the bomb today announcing that a 25% tax hike on smokes was being brought forward to midnight tonight. An obvious (and reasonably effective, if not short-lived) distraction to his failed ETS, but a bum rap for sure that’ll bring the average price of a pack of 25s up to around $14 or thereabouts (woah!). The only upside is that Kevin, whose own party is sharpening knives, might not get away with the packaging law.

Meanwhile, it’s not much better over in England, where probably the last major act of interference by England’s Nanny State Labour government will be Marlboro being investigated for subliminal advertising on the Ferrari Formula One cars and on the drivers’ racing suits.

Excuse me, but exactly how does that photo advertise Marlboro cigarettes? As they say in England, bollocks.

But going back to KRudd’s latest brainfart, the no frills packaging will still have the graphic photos and warning labels on them.

And you know, it’s times like these that makes me really appreciate living in South Korea despite its many faults. A pack of 20s costs around $2.40 Australian, an example of which is shown below.

Heh. And the relatively innocuous warning label is in Korean, a language of which I only have a functional ability of.

To round this up, a commenter at the Ferrari link summed it up best.

Chris of Zurich Posted at 4:08 PM Today

Take the fast from F1, Take the taste from food, the alcohol from beer, the nicotine from cigarettes, humour from funny, sharp from knives let’s just keep taking out the the of everything and further abstract ourselves into post-modern ultra-existential hellish tasteless colorless senseless manilla nothingness while we question and label each other by the pills that are guiltlessly prescribed to numb the stinging emptiness. Where do I sign up!? You’re going to die from something and I’m only certain boredom is the worst possible cause. The continued evolution of absolute stupidity.

Ditto.

UPDATE

Fellow Tizona editor, The Frollicking Mole, is on the same page (thanks to the wonders of modern technology, literally).

For sheer, blatant spin Mr Rudd is to be congratulated. Faced with a multitude of looming debacles what does he do?

Throws up a smokescreen, literally:Cigarette tax to increase 25pc from midnight

Hes announced out of the blue that smokers will face a 25% increase in the price of cigarettes from midnight tonight. Mouthing all the usual platitudes about saving chiiildren it allows him a free kick at a group hes already driven outside, and tried to ban from smoking in their own cars.

I hate ciggies, they make my nose run and sneeze, but I hate do gooder wankers even more. No-one in Australia should be under the impression smoking is good for you, it costs a lot and it stinks. Everyone has been informed about that for decades. Please piss off and moralize somewhere else.

My Grandfather died of asbestos, he was a builder/carpenter in the bad old days.His death was listed as “due to smoking”, despite his lungs asbestos related degeneration. Every smoker who goes to hospital now can expect their every aliment traced back to smoking, no matter how tenuous the link. tobacco is a killer, so why inflate the figures even more?

I dont believe the official statistics anymore. The semi-government cancer council and various lobby groups exist to let the government look as though its community pressure driving the bansturbation and tax raising. That same increase in tax revenue helps fund ever more generous grants to these same “charities” to start all over again.

Heres the group responsible for the report, and a few highlights of the members backgrounds.

Unbiased bloke N#1: He is currently President of the Public Health Association of Australia, the Australian Council on Smoking and Health and the WA Heart Foundation, and Chair of the WA Alcohol and Drug Authority. He has played a leading role in tobacco control, alcohol and other public health issues nationally and internationally for many years, and has advised governments and NGOs in some thirty countries.

Unbiased lady N#1: has developed national cardiovascular health programs within Australia, has been extensively involved with cancer prevention programs and is regarded as an expert on tobacco control matters.

Worrying lady N#1: She has been an active environmentalist since the early 1980s and is particularly passionate about climate change. She was recently trained as a climate change presenter by former US Vice President Al Gore, who is training climate change presenters around the world as part of the Climate Project.

All in all a roundup of people of similar opinions, very “Yes Minister” collection.

Still it achieves Turdfingers objectives nicely.

A: Moves the news stories away from his stuff ups.

B: May move debate back to health, where he has a temporary advantage (since it will take a couple of years for his new stuff ups to unravel there)

C: Raises more money for him to hose up the nearest wall.

In addition to the massive increase in tax, there is a move to “plain package” cigarettes to remove the distinctiveness of various brands.

Australia would be the first country in the world to force cigarette companies to use plain packaging.

“From 2012, companies will only be allowed to print their brand name in a standard style and graphic health warnings will remain on the packets.”

I suggest he goes one step further and does this instead.

He took a cigarette from a crumpled packet marked VICTORY CIGARETTES and incautiously held it upright, whereupon the tobacco fell out on to the floor." Orwell.

One little problem, this is almost certainly not legal in any way. I dont have a huge amount of sympathy for the tobacco companies, as for some weird reason, defying all logic, they seemed to feel their previous concessions to the anti smoking lobby would appease them. What a surprise it hasnt, again.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. Their very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be cured against ones will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.

C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock”

More under the fold, including how its increasing profits for criminals.

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Alabama needs to HTFU


Many of the rednecks folks down there have got their panties in a knot because the Aussie PM insinuated that they’re a bunch of rednecks.

BWAHAHAHAHA!

Alabama: Harden The Fuck Up.


UPDATE

In case anyone get really offended, you know I’m just having a go at yas, right? Maybe it should be LTFU.

Ruddney Rude won’t even tell us how he blew our BER cash


Thanks Kevin.

Andrew Bolt has the latest details. Those familiar with this blog will have a pretty fair idea just how Rudd is blowing our billions, though.


UPDATE

Opposition leader, Tony Abbott, reckons Deputy PM and Education minister, Julia Gillard, should have her portfolio down-sized considering how monumentally she stuffed up the BER.

“I think at the very least Julia Gillard should have some of her responsibilities taken away. Plainly she has too much on her plate. Plainly, she has not been able to adequately supervise this program along with all her many other duties,” he said.

“I mean, she’s the Minister for Workplace Relations; keeping the unions under control, the newly aggressive and militant unions under control in Western Australia is a big job.

“Running the country in Kevin Rudd’s frequent absences overseas is a very big job.

“She has obviously taken her eye off the ball with this program and it seems that Australians are very considerably the poorer as a result. So I think that she needs to reconsider her workload.”

The Prime Minister today removed responsibility for Defence Personnel from minister Greg Combet in a pre-Easter reshuffle to give him more time to clean up the home insulation program mess.

MSM begins catching on to Rudd’s BER fiasco


This is good stuff. To the best of my knowledge, the gargantuan sums of Aussie taxpayer dollars being frittered away by Rudd’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) was first revealed publically right here back on February 4th. Finally, after a couple of emails, Andrew Bolt made mention of it almost a month later on March 3rd. And now, it looks like the floodgates are opening.

After Bolt’s March 3rd mention, it came up again last Sunday, and again today in one of Bolt’s columns. This is important since it’s his columns, and not his blog posts, which are reprinted in various newspapers around the country, noteably in Australia’s largest city, Sydney.

And right under that column is another post covering the massive cost blow-outs schools are experiencing. Yet, I’ll argue again that this was inevitable thanks largely to Rudd’s pathetic scope of works coupled with massive government incompetence in other areas such as delayed decision making, and massively overwhelmed government-appointed project managers who’ve been having to handle up to ten times the workload a project manager would normally be entrusted with.

Even better, if one clicks the links on Bolt’s March 7th post, they go to not another Murdoch newspaper, but to rival paper the Sydney Morning Herald. Those links can be found here.

Not to be out-done, Sydney’s Daily Telegrapgh is onto it today also, as is The Australian.

So yes. A full five weeks after it was first (to the best of my knowledge) brought to any public attention here, this – dare we call it BERgate? – story is finally gaining the traction it deserves.

PS In case you missed them, there are four other posts here highlighting various aspects of what this blog has coined Rudd’s Education Devolution. They can be found here, here, here, and here.

Of course, ultimate thanks has to go to the mole who first contacted me about this, who first delivered the facts about this, and who patiently answered many a dumb question. Cheers. You know who you are.



Rudd’s education devolution III


Here’s a link to sample of a standard scope of works for the construction industry in Australia. Note that it’s 18 pages long, and very detailed. Below is the Rudd scope of works for his Building the Education Revolution (BER).

SCOPE OF WORKS

Demolition

* Demolition & ? Hazardous material removal per specifications

Relocation

* Relocate demountable buildings x 3

Excavation Works

* Bulk Excavation of site
* Pads, Strip Footings, Slab / beam excavation
* Service trenching

Concrete

* Concrete footings, ground /raft slabs
* Concrete Columns
* Paths and civil works

Structural Steel

* Steel roof beams and purlins supported by steel columns

Roofing

* Metal deck roofing

Carpentry

* Internal / external timber stud framing
* Doors, hardware and fix timber trims

Windows

* Glazed aluminum framed windows

Brick/Block laying

Services

* Electrical,
* Mechanical,
* Hydraulics
* Fire Service

Bit of a difference, eh? There are just so many necessary things that simply weren’t added to the initial tender, and yet companies won those tenders based on how they priced that scope of works (which my mole says was extremely difficult considering all the guess work involved). And tenders are won on price. Had what Rudd forgot been priced-in by the contracter in the beginning, quite simply they would not have won the tender. And that’s a pretty raw deal.

Regardless, hopefully now you can see why all the extras Rudd didn’t specify will have his BER blowing out billions and billions of our tax dollars. Hopefully now you can see why it could easily end up being double the initial $14.7 billion outlayed.



Rudd wastes more money


Not content with paying double – to the tune of billions – than originally planned for a bunch of school buildings (his own damn fault, too, due to sheer ineptness and lack of planning), now the Rudd government is being forced to throw away another $50 million because thousands of Aussie homes now have to have their insulation re-checked after, surprise surprise, tons of it was put in by dodgy installers under a Rudd “plan” to save on energy costs. Talk about stimulus spending, some of the houses have the potential to become live. Electrical wires+foil insulation+Rudd. Do the math.

Yet another ill-conceived, poorly-planned Rudd scheme. But Kevin, only $50 million this time? You’re losing form.



Kevin Rudd vs school kids: FAIL


The Australian PM has been caught out telling a whole stack of porkies to school kids on a show that aired the other night called Q&A. He was even a bit rattled at points, although that might be the case because the school kids were asking better questions than his propaganda department the media usually do.

Here’s a link to the show, and here’s Andrew Bolt with the whole enchilada.

One thing, but. At least he could get through a sentence without using a teleprompter.

Cross-posted at Tizona.



Monckton in Australia vs Rudd in Never Never Land


Via reader, Ken, at Andrew Bolt’s mega-blog:

When I arrived at the hotel about 5.20 there were about 200-300 people outside the hotel. Staff had locked the doors. I was able to get in because my ticket had been left with the concierge.

Another 100 or so people were lined up to buy tickets outside the Grand Ballroom. Inside, the room was full (800 seat capacity) and another 200-300 were standing at the back.

AB also links to a great video interview with Lord Monckton by Sydney’s lefty paper (Tim Blair’s enemy), the Sydney Morning Herald, and it’s pretty obvious where the objective journo stands, LOL!

Now, this post is more of a round-up for any non-Australian readers, but Monckton has even challenged the PM, the Honorable Kevin Rudd, and noted that an Emissions Trading Scheme is bad news for Aussie jobs. And yes, it would be in the coal capital of Australia and the world, Newcastle. But, of course, coal produces most of our electricity and prices are, at least in Australia, set to double, then treble soon if Rudd gets his way with his mad climate taxes scheme (of which he hasn’t so far). Follow the logic, and an Australian ETS could have huge implications not just for Australia but for the rest of the world, too.

Meanwhile, Monckton will be up in Noosa on Saturday – an area reeling from the devastating effects of climate change -  and their local rag ran a Q&A with him.

What we now face, not only in Australia but worldwide, is a conspiracy of the governors against the governed, of the rich against the poor, of the powerful against the powerless, of the strong against the weak, of the big guy against the little guy.
I decline to join that conspiracy, which is using the climate as a Trojan Horse to breach the citadel of our constitutional rights and freedoms, and even to introduce an unelected world government.

Hear, hear! And Kevin? Never, never…


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