Guess who’s favoured to be the next female PM?

The AGE ran a poll  (and it was a very small sample, only 1300) but the results were quite emphatic.

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The Age writes “The deputy Labor leader since 2013, Plibersek is hugely popular with Labor ranks, particularly those on the left of the party. Bob Hawke has said she’s “got everything it takes” and Gillard has described her as one of the most gifted communicators in the game.

An MP since 1998, Plibersek is valued for her sense of calm. She also has strong policy credentials as a former health and housing minister, with shadow roles in foreign affairs and now education.

When it comes to the leadership, she has adopted a wait-and-see approach: happy to be deputy, but also open to the top job if it became available. Even so, in the event of a spill if Labor lost the next election, Plibersek is not a certainty and would likely face competition from Albanese, Bowen and Tony Burke. As one Canberra watcher also noted, does she have that really ruthless streak required to go all the way to The Lodge?”

To what extent is Peter Dutton responsible for these appalling situations?

The Guardian reports: Queensland police are investigating an incident in which a South Sudanese-Australian family say they were followed home, racially abused, and threatened on Thursday afternoon.

A man who allegedly followed a South Sudanese Australian family home in Brisbane before yelling at them and scuffling with one of them. Photograph: Facebook

These parents had picked up their children from daycare.  How long will it be before Peter Dutton makes a public statement about their safety on the streets?

Members of the nationalist True Blue Crew are planning to “take a stand on the streets” in response to Melbourne’s so-called ‘African gang crisis’. This is the public face of the True Blue Crew  who will soon be on the streets of Melbourne again.


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True Blue Crew member Michael Jones.  a labourer, revelled in the altercations with police and the Antifa, (a rival Left wing group) saying on social media (that) the best part of Saturday’s demonstration was fighting at the tree. “They were a bunch of soft c**** anyway not one of our blokes are injured from being hit haha, Just pepper spray hahahah.”

The problem with politicians like Peter Dutton inflaming the situation is that we get vigilante groups roaming the streets to keep us all safe. These vigilante groups are from both the radical left and radical right and they have quite severe disagreements which they take to the streets in violent protest.

We are likely to see these in the very near future in Melbourne.

This is because groups like the True Blue Crew, Odin’s Warriors and United Patriots Front feel justified in the stance that they take because national leaders like Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull exaggerate the seriousness of the problem of Sudanese youth crime statistics.

When it comes to crime statistics it is worth noting some recent convictions.

The Age reports that: United Patriots Front members Blair Cottrell, 27, Christopher Shortis, 46, and Neil Erikson, 32, were all found guilty by a magistrate of inciting contempt, revulsion or ridicule of Muslims.

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Cottrell has previously spent time in prison, so it’s important to remember that at least one of these high-minded patriots is also a convicted criminal.

But the worst aspect of the sorry downward spiral we are now caught up in is that events are now being driven by the very worst elements in our society, people like Blair Cottrell and Michael Jones and the others wearing balaclavas and draped in Australian flags brawling and fighting in our streets under the pretence of making them safer.

And all because Peter Dutton couldn’t keep his mouth shut.

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Who was right and who was wrong on negative gearing?

Axing negative gearing would lift home ownership to as much as 72.2 per cent of households, cut home prices by just 1.2 per cent and lift rents “only marginally”, a study shown to the Reserve Bank of Australia has found.

During the 2016 election campaign Prime Minister Turnbull said a Labor plan to wind back but not eliminate the negative gearing tax concession would “smash up home values”, and “pull the rug out from under the property sector”.

The claims were at odds with advice to the government at the time released on Monday under Freedom of Information laws that characterised the likely impact of Labor’s proposals as “relatively modest“.

So Turnbull  (and Morrison) actually knew that what they were saying during the election was contrary to Treasury advice but that didn’t deter them

So here are my posts over the last three years. All eight of them agree with the Treasury advice.

My basic arguments have always been that negative gearing drives first home buyers out of the market, forcing them into the rental market. It distort the market and drives house prices are by providing tax incentives to investors. Those investors are disproportionately high income earners.

Housing affordability: Another problem Treasurer Scott Morrison doesn’t understand

Tony Abbott gets it wrong on negative gearing.

Changing negative gearing still a top option for budget repair

Some advice to Malcolm Turnbull on negative gearing

Negative gearing: Sorting the facts from the fiction

Aussie John kicks own goal for Malcolm Turnbull

More spin and confusion on negative gearing

The dynamics of abolishing or reducing negative gearing

Free and fearless.

 

To what extent is Peter Dutton responsible for these appalling situations?.

The Guardian reports: Queensland police are investigating an incident in which a South Sudanese-Australian family say they were followed home, racially abused, and threatened on Thursday afternoon.

A man who allegedly followed a South Sudanese Australian family home in Brisbane before yelling at them and scuffling with one of them. Photograph: Facebook

These parents had picked up their children from daycare.  How long will it be before Peter Dutton makes a public statement about their safety on the streets?

Members of the nationalist True Blue Crew are planning to “take a stand on the streets” in response to Melbourne’s so-called ‘African gang crisis’. This is the public face of the True Blue Crew  who will soon be on the streets of Melbourne again.


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True Blue Crew member Michael Jones.  a labourer, revelled in the altercations with police and the Antifa, (a rival Left wing group) saying on social media (that) the best part of Saturday’s demonstration was fighting at the tree. “They were a bunch of soft c**** anyway not one of our blokes are injured from being hit haha, Just pepper spray hahahah.”

 The problem with politicians like Peter Dutton inflaming the situation is that we get vigilante groups roaming the streets to keep us all safe. These vigilante groups are from both the radical left and radical right and they have quite severe disagreements which they take to the streets in violent protest.

We are likely to see these in the very near future in Melbourne.

This is because groups like the True Blue Crew, Odin’s Warriors and United Patriots Front feel justified in the stance that they take because national leaders like Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull exaggerate the seriousness of the problem of Sudanese youth crime statistics.

When it comes to crime statistics it is worth noting some recent convictions.

The Age reports that: United Patriots Front members Blair Cottrell, 27, Christopher Shortis, 46, and Neil Erikson, 32, were all found guilty by a magistrate of inciting contempt, revulsion or ridicule of Muslims.

grgbgbrrgb.jpeg

Cottrell has previously spent time in prison, so it’s important to remember that at least one of these high-minded patriots is also a convicted criminal.

But the worst aspect of the sorry downward spiral we are now caught up in is that events are now being driven by the very worst elements in our society, people like Blair Cottrell and Michael Jones and the others wearing balaclavas and draped in Australian flags brawling and fighting in our streets under the pretence of making them safer.

And all because Peter Dutton couldn’t keep his mouth shut.

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Sloppy Don gets it wrong. Makes up Fake News fighter “The F-52”

Speaking at a news conference, President Donald Trump spoke about delivering a total of 52 F-35 and F-52  jet fighters to Norway. Now he got the bit about the F-35s is right.  They are the latest technology. Even Australia is buying them.

But he got a bit confused about the F-52. There is a B-52. But is a bomber.

Trump has highlighted the F-35, saying in September: “When our enemies hear the F-35 engines, when they’re roaring overhead, their souls will tremble, and they will know the day of reckoning has arrived.”

Problem is, the whole point of the F-35 is that it is a stealth fighter. The enemy is not meant to be able to see it, hear it, detect it with infrared, radar, ultrasound. Not even meant to be able to smell it.

Now, Donald is only the Commander-in-Chief with his finger on that great big button. You would expect to be across kind of detail like the difference between a Fighter and a Bomber.

Now perhaps I am being a bit unkind to the Donald. The F-52 does exist. It’s in a video game called Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

and perhaps Donald spends a lot of time playing.

Time for a cup of tea, a Bex and a lie down, Peter

Mr Dutton told Adelaide radio station FIVEaa. “there are many victims in Victoria who have suffered at the hands of these gangs and we need to call it out because I’m not, like any Australian, wanting to see a very small element of a community – in this case the African community – define the rest of the community,

Walking into the Darkness Home Affairs: Minister Peter Dutton. Photo: AAP

Unfortunately, Peter Dutton’s commentary from Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, in fact everywhere apart from the Melbourne, is inflaming the problem rather than doing anything towards solving it.

His demonising of the African community is appalling and will further alienate the small element of the community which is creating the current problem.

He was strangely quiet when police were injured in the violent brawl in Torquay three days ago. But that didn’t involve African youth. Strangely, it was white kids

Interestingly, Victorians appear to think that Daniel Andrews is doing quite a good job on the law and order front.  So if Peter Dutton is trying to boost Matthew Guy’s electoral  chances, this tactic doesn’t appear to be working.

 

Cooking the books on the success of climate change policy

The Turnbull government’s climate change policy review would have us believe we are well on our way to reaching our international commitment of a 26-28 per cent reduction by 2030.

Only problem is we are not.  Apart from the fact that 26-28 per cent reduction by 2030 is  woefully inadequate.

If you want to know how much we need, click through to any one of these blogs

Dummies’ guide to climate change

A touch of realism enters the climate debate

Climate change crunch time

The Environment and Energy Department emissions report admits clearly: “Australia’s emissions have risen in the past three years.”

And the chart that demonstrates this has conveniently been left out of the report.

 Malcolm Turnbull is proud to announce that there is

  • No clean energy target
  • No renewable energy subsidies
  • That the government will meet its emission targets
  • There is no industry policy
  • There will be no more picking winners
  • There is investor certainty

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2018: US President claims he is a genius

“Throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.” tweeted the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Combine that with being semi-articulate.

It’s come to this. The most powerful man in the world is claiming that he is not actually mentally unhinged. It doesn’t augur well.

Last night, SBS screened the final episode of the documentary on The Vietnam War. I didn’t like Richard Nixon’s politics. But no one could argue that he wasn’t good at being a politician.  A crooked one, but he got the job of negotiating a peace deal in Vietnam done. Lyndon Johnson was a good politician as well. They both dealt with the big issues of the day most notably ending the war in Vietnam and bringing home the US troops an the POWs.

The only piece of legislation that Trump has passed in his first year as President has been enabling tax cuts for the extremely wealthy, people like himself. He is a failure as a president and as a politician even by comparison with Richard Nixon who until the arrival of Trump was probably the most crooked president in history.

 

Ivanka for President. Pigs on runway and ready for takeoff

‘Ivanka thought she’d be president’: the top (and laughable) revelation from the new book on Trump

Ivanka in the Oval Office

According to Wolf, Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner accepted positions in the West Wing “over the advice of almost everyone they knew” because of the future possibility of Ivanka, not Hillary Clinton, being the first woman president.

The BBC’s Anthony Zurcher commented that “thanks to familial ties [Jared and Ivanka] had the president’s ear and apparently harboured dynastic hopes”.

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 Yes, that seems like a good idea darling