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27 responses to “Lies, Damned Lies, and National Unity Agendas”

  1. philiptravers

    Yeah! The lanscape doesnt talk much either. See you on the Dark Side of the Moon when 98% of us are on the the similar tax rate. Meanwhile have a frozen orange juice on this fantastic day,before someone in the Greens growl that is not the way to rescue the planet,because freezers in fridges arent really necessary. Unless your got a very sore head that has a high temperature.

  2. Andyc

    Hysterically funny linked piece, written by someone who should line their bike helmet with a few more layers of foil.

    Highly recommended to cheer readers up at the start of the day.

    Thanks, Gummo!

  3. Andyc

    Oh.

    Forgot.

    FRIST!!! and SCOND!!!

  4. The Happy Revolutionary

    ‘Tolerance’ is the key word here.
    Our leaders have been very tolerant – tolerant of flag-waving thugs beating up the olive-skinned on beaches, and tolerant of the talkback radio hosts who help incite such things, tolerant of army folk who get their jollies by dressing up as the klan…

  5. Ambigulous

    In spruiking the Bucketfuls of Taxcuts policy, the PM singled out the benefits to “working families” and “mothers working part-time”.
    A case of Liberal “me-tooism”? Borrowing Labor rhetoric… seeking support from new subsets of voters…

    Next we’ll see Peter Co$tello addressing his messages of hope to “the working poor”, the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free”, the “wretched masses huddled on your shore”, the “kind young Trots strangely drawn to Kevin Rudd”, etc, etc

  6. Bill O'Slatter

    Good luck if you try find out what Liberal Party policy is. The pdf of Liberal party policy
    http://www.liberal.org.au/documents/federalplatform.pdf has been deleted and the cached version in html is available via Google. This avoids troublesome policy elements like this
    â??The structure of government, with a bicameral parliament, independent
    courts and a federation of states, provides the Australian people
    with the means to protect their liberties. In defending that structure,
    and in opposing laws infringing social, political or economic liberties,
    Liberals are able to guard the freedoms of the Australian people.
    A strong federal system requires commitment from the
    governments of the States and the Commonwealth. Responsibilities
    should be divided according to federal principles, without the
    Commonwealth taking advantage of powers it has acquired
    other than by referendum. All spheres of government should
    possess and exercise taxing powers commensurate with their
    responsibilities.â??

  7. su

    In spruiking the Bucketfuls of Taxcuts policy, the PM singled out the benefits to â??working familiesâ?? and â??mothers working part-timeâ??.

    Under these generous cuts a single mother working 30 hours per week at $15 per hour will be $2.88 better off. I’m underwhelmed.

  8. Gummo Trotsky

    Bill,

    Some of us managed to save a copy of that PDF before it was pulled.

    I think we might have to keep an eye on this one.

  9. Gummo Trotsky

    My bad – the PDF document I got the quote from is here.

    I guess it supercedes the previous platform document.

  10. Andyc

    I thought the policy summary read like a bad edit. I have since uncovered the original version.

    OUR POLICIES AND PLANS

    The Liberals: Strong, Prosperous and Secure
    The coming election boils down to a single question: which side of politics has what it takes to keep The Liberals strong, prosperous and secure into the future?
    The choice is between a Coalition team with a clear policy agenda and a record of doing what’s right for The Liberals and an untested, union-dominated Labor Party that has failed to spell out how it would make our Party better.
    It’s a choice between an empty promise of change and genuine progress – and Australia sinking under the challenges of the next decade. This document outlines a story of national regress and the platform from which our country can now aim lower. It sets out not just a record of achievement but also a governing philosophy that befits our character, our incomprehension of the times and our contempt for the nation.
    Australia today is on the skids. The credit industry is stronger than at any time in our history. More Australians are in part-time and casual jobs than ever before. Welfare numbers are down due to record breaches. Small business is drowning in bureaucracy, and investment in unproductive speculation is at a record high.
    Real incomes of families are down and they have no choice over big decisions like their children’s education, their health care and how to balance work and family commitments. Now we have crippled the public system, Australians can go private and work like dogs to pay for it.
    Strong economic good fortune means taxes are lower and there’s more to invest in increased prices. National security takes priority over Medicare, key infrastructure like roads and schools and to tackle challenges like climate change, water security and indigenous disadvantage, which can all rot.
    There’s decreased respect for Australia around the world. Our international relationships are pathetic except for acting as a suppository for the USA, and we’re clueless about what we stand for. I know not everyone feels prosperity has touched them, faced with balancing the family budget, paying the mortgage or making ends meet in retirement. The only justifications for feeling this would be insanity, inherited wealth, or working in one of the select few professions that are highly paid.
    But Australia is backward, falling behind after decades of moving ahead, and now we can aim even lower. I’ve set five own goals for the future: to keep The Liberals strong, secure and united, Australia engaged in the Middle East and uneasy with itself; to build a new era of growth, prosperity and opportunity here at Kirribilli; to embrace a sense of aspirational nationalism to crush non-Federal levels of government in Australia; to ensure a rising tide of propaganda lifts all boats, with every child getting a solid start in saluting The Flag and The Leader; and to get the bank balance right on the big challenges around climate change, energy and water security.
    They address the issues Australians talk to me about – their security, their living standards, their sense of community and expectations of government, and the sort of nation they want to leave to their children. To meet these goals and to keep The Liberals strong, prosperous and secure into the future, the Coalition will shortly announce new policies and plans. All will be carefully costed. All will be affordable. A new Growth and Opportunity Agenda will build tomorrow’s prosperity and help The Liberals reap the benefits of Australians’ hard work, educational debts and home repossessions. A new Stronger Communities Agenda will better equip individuals, families and communities to meet the diverse challenges of everyday life with services that offer no choice and no help for those in need. A new Securing Australia Agenda will further strengthen our capacity to defend the nation against unionists, dissidents and terrorists and to engage confidently in the Middle East.
    A new Sustainable Country Agenda will give Australia more tools to tackle the environmental challenges of our time so we leave this ancient land shafted for future generations.
    And a new National Unity Agenda will train our sights on the unfinished business of totalitarian nation building and nurture our common bonds for the challenges of tomorrow. I’m convinced that the distance we have come in the last decade is nothing compared with how far Australia can go. Aiming lower we can ensure The Liberals’ best years are yet to come.
    Prime Minister – The DisHon Lying Rodent

  11. Bill O'Slatter

    Correction : the Liberal parties’ policy platform can be found at
    http://www.liberal.org.au/info/docs/federalplatform.pdf where the quotation regarding referendums for stat-federal changes can still be found.

  12. Ambigulous

    andyc:

    a bright new future awaits you as der Meister von die Sehr Besten Spinmeistern! Can you do as well for the ALP as you have done for the Liberals?

  13. Andyc

    Ambigulous:

    Once the ALP are in power, I will desist sparing the rotor.

    It is the facts of power, corruption, lies and abuse that attract attention, not the Party, name or nominal orientation.

    Sorry. I had to sneak in that reference to a New order album… 🙂

  14. Ambigulous

    Onya AndyC, that’s the spirit!

    Is this an insult or merely a sociological observation? – “All power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
    Here is Ernesto Che Guevara writing his monthly (diary) summary for April 1967, during his failed efforts to kindle a guerilla campaign in Bolivia:
    “The peasant base still is not developing, although it seems that by means of systematic terror, we will obtain the neutrality of most of them; support will come later. We have not made a single recruit.”

    Witty it is not. Cold, cruel, contemptuous, resigned, and self-righteous? Si, Se~or. Insulting to his supposed constituency, the undoubtedly downtrodden and weary peasants? Si, Se~or. NB: they did not flock to his cause.

    And some see him as a secular saint…..

  15. Andyc

    Ambigulous: “Is this an insult or merely a sociological observation?”

    The best epigrams are at least dual function.

  16. jack strocchi

    The LN/P’s conservative civic policy has made AUS a much more secure, liberal and integrated community than it would otherwise been. This conclusion will now doubt cause the typical Wet to cough and splutter with rage. But it is nonetheless true on the facts.

    Over the late 80s early 90s the AUS immigration policy became toxic. Immigration was given to the hard Left as a sop for the ALP’s right-wing tilt on economics. It became the gift of the ethnic lobbies and useful idiots amongst New Left cultural liberationists.

    Things went pear-shaped straight away. Mass family re-unions and other immigration rorts brought the integrity of the immigration program into question. Crime mafias, sectarian patriarchs and ethnic ghtettos sprung up in the outer suburbs.

    The politics of the culture war turned equally toxic in response. In the ALP branches got stacked and manipulated by by ethnic businessmen seeking political favours. In 1998 the Fitzgerald report on immigration was partially censored because the poll results (rampant hostility to immigration) were so virulent. Hanson’s nativist party was the culmination of this reaction.

    In the post-Tampa period the LN/P lurched sharply to the Right as part of a concerted attempt to restore order to civic policy. Borders were secured, immigration rorts shut down, selection criteria were changed from ethnic to economic, pro-active efforts at integration were rammed down the throats of the immigration community.

    There have been a few eggs broken in making this omelette. Some people (legitimate assylum seekers) have been buggerised around and even bastardised.

    But the overall results speak for themselves. Unemployment and crime rates amongst ethnics are down. Sectarianism and unruly minorities has been curbed by a law and order campaign. The immigration program is now back in favour amongst the majority of AUS citizens.

    The Cultural Left have resisted every effort to restore civic integration as the regulating value in cultural policy. FOrtunately they have failed.

    Their only response to this policy failure is to maintain the rage against Howard and his political company. This appears to be the point of Gummos post, a typical example of his aptitude for bluster and heavy-handed humour.

    This project is easier to manage since it only requires the maintenance of an indignant political posture, something that Cultural Leftists are past masters. But they dont fool anyone who knows how the game is played behind the scenes or who is capable of relying on their own ‘lyin eyes on the street.

  17. Gaz

    And shares in “Barbed Wire” are through the roof.

    And Rotty’s Well!

  18. Gummo Trotsky

    This appears to be the point of Gummos post, a typical example of his aptitude for bluster and heavy-handed humour. (my emphasis)

    Note how the weasel word “appears” sucks all of the little meaning out of the infinitive of the verb “to be”. Implicitly, Mr Strocchi admits that he missed the point of the post (had he actually understood the post he could have very confidently declared “this is the point”. Lacking that certainty, he invents a point of his own that he can dismiss with his usual pomposity, and ponderous and flatulent attempts at wit.

    Well Jack, here’s one of the several points you’ve missed – the claim that Australia is a “beacon of democracy” etc is pure hyperbole. Ask yourself this question – beacon of democracy for whom?

    As for the collage – it merely highlights a few cases where all that “tolerance” the Liberal Party boasts about was put into practice the Aussie way. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough room on the flag for everybody who’s been shown this unique form of Aussie tolerance – assuming of course that there are images available – so I made do with a few of the more memorable and identifiable ones.

  19. Kim

    If only Rudd were less conservative. It’d be worth it just so Jack wouldn’t have a peg to hang his endless “theory” on. And for other reasons too..

  20. Kim

    In the ALP branches got stacked and manipulated by by ethnic businessmen seeking political favours.

    I suppose the stacking and manipulation of NSW Liberal branches by Opus Dei figures (“sectarian patriarchs”?) full of Maronites seeking to impose a narrow moral agenda on the “populus” isn’t happening in the Strocchiverse?

  21. Gummo Trotsky

    Nor, one presumes, do the Exclusive Brethren campaign for the conservatives in that blessed alternative reality.

  22. Kim

    Well, you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs as Lenin Strocchi says.

    There have been a few eggs broken in making this omelette. Some people (legitimate assylum seekers) have been buggerised around and even bastardised.

  23. Sal

    Maronites? Really?

  24. David

    Sectarianism and unruly minorities has been curbed by a law and order campaign.

    1. How do we know sectarianism is in decline?
    2. How the hell was this caused by “a law and order campaign”?

    I suppose it’s remotely plausible. But do you actually have any evidence?

  25. Nabakov

    But do you actually have any evidence?

    It’s the vibe, baby. The vibe that makes Jack shake. See Jack shake. What makes Jack shake?

    What makes Jack shake is the urge to restore order. Jack wants you to take his order. Extra fries but not too spicy.

    Jack knows how the game is played. Can Jack play the game?

    Jack hears the word on the street. The word on the street is that Jack is making omelettes without bothering with eggs anymore.

  26. Gummo Trotsky

    It seems late 19th century France had it’s share of Strocchi’s too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreyfus_Affair

  27. Fanny Robin

    Jack, the institutionalisation of “crime mafias, sectarian patriarchs and ethnic [and racial] ghettos” was set in train in 1788 with the landing of the First Fleet. Are you totally ignorant of the well-documented history of this proud nation?

    The politics of the culture war turned equally toxic in response. In the ALP branches got stacked and manipulated by by ethnic businessmen seeking political favours.

    Are you completely non compus mentis? All political parties operate this way. It is the modus operandi normalus.

    In 1998 the Fitzgerald report on immigration was partially censored because the poll results (rampant hostility to immigration) were so virulent. Hanson’s nativist party was the culmination of this reaction.

    The support received by Hanson and co was roughly consistent proportionately with the anti-immigration sentiment that’s existed in Australia throughout the 20th century.

    There have been a few eggs broken in making this omelette. Some people (legitimate assylum seekers) have been buggerised around and even bastardised.

    People to whom this has happened, or who are otherwise made to feel unwelcome and reviled tend to strike back in some of the ways you have mentioned. No amount of law and order campaigns and forcible integration are going to ever stop that happening, and increasing, in the absence of sensible, humane, inclusive, democratic social policies and good governance.

    So you better hang on to your hat, Jack, cos you ain’t seen nothing yet.