The Gillard-Abbott gap widens

For Labor supporters, 2013 holds great promise. An election is scheduled for later in the year, when Julia Gillard will ask the people of Australia to elect her Government for another term. The alternative is an Abbott-led Coalition Government.

The year has started well for the PM.

She has announced terms of reference for the Royal Commission on Child Sexual Abuse, appointed the Commissioners, and set the timetable for reporting. It has been widely acclaimed.

She has also reaffirmed her passion for implementing the Gonski Report, and initiating the NDIS in 2013. Her ‘message to Australia’ printed in the Herald Sun, shows her commitment to an Australia that is both strong and fair, but also smart, one built on a great education for all. Her message, one written from the heart, is inspiring.

I wonder how Tony Abbott’s message to Australia would read. If the recent promise on the Liberal website: Our plan to abolish the Carbon Tax is any guide, it would include a recital of how he would destroy Labor’s carbon pricing scheme before it could morph into an emissions trading scheme in 2015, how he will abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and how he would implement his Direct Action Plan, one he still has to explain to the people. He might mention how he will ‘demolish’ the NBN, although his ability to do that, or for that matter abolish the ‘carbon tax’, is questionable. No doubt an Abbott message to Australia would reflect his usual negative approach that seeks to destroy what Labor has worked so hard to achieve.

After a brief holiday with her recently widowed mother, PM Gillard return to Kirribilli to host a reception for victims of child abuse, one that showed her empathy with them and her determination to see them receive a hearing and justice. The media gave the event good coverage.  She has since visited fire-ravaged areas in Tasmania and New South Wales.

Tony Abbott said he was carrying out firefighting duties, well publicised in the media.

I suppose the letup in media items adverse to the PM and her Government is attributable to the end-of-year break and holiday time for journalists who specialise in such writing. But it was surprising to read Sid Maher’s article in The Australian on 7 January nominating Julia Gillard for the newspaper's 'Australian of the Year'. It began: ”If any politician has shown resilience, endurance and determination in the face of adversity it is Julia Gillard. Ms Gillard starts the year as the nation's preferred prime minister ahead of Tony Abbott despite a year of political turmoil in which she soundly defeated a leadership challenge from Kevin Rudd and faced down a concerted opposition attack on the carbon tax.” It ended with a reiteration: ”Her resilience, endurance and determination in the face of adversity make her a worthy nominee for this newspaper's Australian of the Year.” Of course, she may not be nominated. We remember how Kevin Rudd was successfully selected a few years back, accompanied by a flattering photo of him against the background of his library shelves, only to be pilloried by that newspaper thereafter.

Will Tony Abbott be on the list of nominees to be judged ”by a panel of senior editors and the winner announced on January 19 in The Weekend Australian.”? What will he and his supporters feel if he is not on the list?

While individual polls of voting intention have no value in predicting election outcomes this far from an election, the accompanying questions do give some insight into the opinions of those polled on a variety of topics, on the relative popularity of the leaders, and the how voters regard their political attributes. This Monday’s Essential Report, shows that in the four months since September 2012, Julia Gillard has improved her ratings on virtually all the positive attributes, some by a substantial margin, and she has rated lower on nearly all the negative.

As Essential says: ”Gillard’s key attributes were hard-working (72%), intelligent (72%), out of touch with ordinary people (53%), a capable leader (50%) and good in a crisis (50%). Almost all positive leader attributes for Gillard moved up from the last time the question was polled in September 2012. The biggest shifts on the positive attributes were on a capable leader (+7%) and good in a crisis (+7%).”

Tony Abbott too has improved his ratings a little on the positive attributes, but has slipped on the negative attributes. As Essential puts it: “Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (70%), intelligent (64%), arrogant (61%), narrow-minded (56%), aggressive (55%) and out of touch with ordinary people (54%).

But it is the comparison of the leaders that is most revealing.

Julia Gillard rates higher than Tony Abbott in almost all positive attributes, some by a considerable margin, and lower than him in negative attributes, again by a considerable margin. The Essential Report reads: ”Compared to Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard is seen as more likely to be considered good in a crisis (+11%), intelligent (+8%) and a capable leader (+7%). Abbott is regarded by significantly more respondents to be arrogant (+14%), narrow minded (+11%), intolerant (+12%) and erratic (+11%).”

That just about sums it up, and explains to some extent the difference in the leaders’ popularity.

This week’s Newspoll, reported here and here, shows little movement in popularity. Julia Gillard has a satisfaction rating of 38 (up two) and a dissatisfaction rating of 49 (down three) giving a net rating of minus 11, while Tony Abbott's ratings were 29 (up one) and 58 (down one) giving a net rating of minus 29. That speaks for itself.

In the preferred PM stakes, Julia Gillard gained two percentage points against Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister and now leads by 12 points: 45 to 33 per cent.

The gap between PM Gillard and Opposition Leader Abbott is wide, and widening. The gap reflects what the electorate sees as the growing difference between the nation’s alternative leaders.

Labor supporters will be encouraged by the six point rise in Labor’s primary vote to 38% in Newspoll, way above its dismal depths last year, and the fall by two points in the Coalition’s primary vote to 44%, giving a TPP of 51/49. While we should avoid any feelings that this result is predictive, it is certainly more reassuring than a movement the other way. What is of some predictive value is the trend of recent polls, which both pollsters and analysts agree is moving in Labor’s favour. Possum Comitatus’ Pollytrend shows this clearly even before being updated by the latest Newspoll, and Andrew Catsaras’ Poll of Polls will show it when Insiders resumes. These trends point in a positive predictive way for Labor.

So while the gap is steadily widening between how the electorate regards PM Gillard and Opposition Leader Abbott, in Julia Gillard’s favour, the gap between the TPP of the two major parties shows a steady narrowing trend.

All this is good news for Julia Gillard and her Government as they approach the predicted tumult that will surely characterise the election year as Tony Abbott bares his teeth and shows again all his destructiveness, as he pulls out all the negative stops, as he engages in hand-to-hand, bare-knuckle combat, as he tries to land the killer blow that will flatten his opponent on the canvas bruised, bloodied and defeated and entitle him to raise his hand triumphantly and claim the prize he has always believed should have been his from the beginning.

The gap between Tony Abbott’s pipe dream, and the reality he now faces in a resurgent Julia Gillard, is wide and widening. It may never close.

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18/01/2013Folks The comments made by Graham Richardson (Richo) in his article in today’s [i]Australian[/i] newspaper: [i]Gillard’s survival technique[/i]: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/gillards-survival-technique/story-fnfenwor-1226556120552 are relevant to this post. The anti-Gillard and anti-Labor comments made in recent years by Richo, a previous Labor minister, have earned him the pejorative label: ‘turncoat’. Why he has so commented, only he would know. We are allowed to express an opinion. Mine is that as he knows on which side his bread is buttered, he writes pieces and makes comments on TV that are in line with the generally anti-Gillard and anti-Labor line of those who own and run News Limited so as to secure his lucrative job with that firm as a commentator. Of course, he may really believe what he writes! Today, in his piece there is a hint of a change of attitude to Julia Gillard, although, like so many commentators, all of whom hate to be wrong, he likes to back the horse both ways. The question for outside observers is whether what he writes is a reflection of what he is hearing in the corridors of News Limited where the cocky assuredness that PM Gillard and her Government were in for an unprecedented hiding at the next election, may be dissipating as the [i]Newspoll[/i] TPP is narrowing, and the trend line is running steadily in favour of Labor. Even more so after this week’s [i]Essential Research Report[/i] that shows that while Julia Gillard’s positive attributes are on the up, Tony Abbott’s are not, and where a comparison shows her up in a much better light than him. Maybe there is a growing realization that Abbott might not be the all-conquering hero that will lead the Coalition to a massive victory that they imagined he was. Is Richo’s piece a reflection of a growing feeling of unease at News Limited that they may be backing the wrong horse?

uriah

18/01/2013Top stuff Ad.Keep up the good work.

KHTAGH

18/01/2013I hope all of what we are hoping for comes to pass. After today's temps in NSW he will be kneeling beside his bed tonight saying:- "why are you doing this to me, your supposed to be on my side, just turn down the temp a bit, your making me look like a right prat" He has picked the wrong time to argue about climate change, many minds will be changing on this issue, & those that don't are like Abbortt, they can't be changed.

uriah

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DoodlePoodle

18/01/2013Happy New Year all!! AND may we all be even Happier come election time. I signed the Ashbygate petition today. I sure hope that those involved get their just deserts. For me JULIA always glows and people around her react positively towards her. TAbbott is a nasty negative creep. How can anyone be taken in by him beats me. Let the good times roll!!

KHTAGH

18/01/2013To follow on from the last thread Sydney's hottest day on record as mercury hits 45.8 degrees Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/sydneys-hottest-day-on-record-as-mercury-hits-458-degrees-20130118-2cxrr.html#ixzz2IIipsKH1

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18/01/2013Thank you uriah. KHTAGH, have you read the latest on [i]Climate Spectator: What’s causing Australia’s heatwave?[/i]: http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/what-s-causing-australia-s-heat-wave?utm_source=Climate%2BSpectator%2Bdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Climate%2BSpectator%2Bdaily&utm_source=Climate+Spectator&utm_campaign=8d9d9e08ce-CSPEC_DAILY&utm_medium=email Or the same article on [i]The Conversation[/i]: http://theconversation.edu.au/whats-causing-australias-heat-wave-11628 It is truly frightening. You are right. For Tony Abbott to promise to abolish the ’carbon tax’ at a time when it is needed urgently to begin the process of slowing global warming, warming that is even now causing such devastating effects, is grotesque. Making the next election a referendum on the carbon tax may prove to be the most stupid decision of Abbott’s political life, as the people finally wake up to the fact that the planet is beginning to burn up, and unless drastic action is taken to combat it, the situation will get steadily more catastrophic. If I were Julia Gillard, I would urge Tony Abbott to bring on his ‘referendum on the carbon tax’. It will be his [i]bête noire[/i].

Marilyn

18/01/2013Nothing like blind faith in a lying coward is there Astra? Gillard is defending jailing new born babies for life, she is having hundreds of people jailed in hell holes out of the country for no possible reason except to pander to the racists, she is forcibly deporting hundreds of Sri Lankans for no reason at all knowing they will be jailed, tortured or killed when they are sent home and she is treating aborigines with even greater racist contempt than Howard did. As she negotiated the tax that pays no tax she has negotiated a refugee policy that breaks every law. If we got rid of her and Abbott the country would be a good deal better off, they can go and fuck each other stupid in the corners of their racist minds.

LadyInRed

18/01/2013Hi Ad astra, I'll be working hard to ensure the positive message gets out there. So many silly stunts pulled by the Coalition fronted by Abbott that they really are starting to look more and more like the rag tag bunch that they are. We have this nonsense from Graig Kelly, yep he's using some observations written down in 1790 and claiming "but it was hot in 1790" as an argument against global warming. [i]Australia has recently experienced a hot summer leading to calls of “global warming did”, but its actually been cooler than the time when the first convicts arrived in Australia back in 1790 [/i] http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/01/14/global-warming-it-was-warmer-in-sydney-in-1790/ Greg Hunt and his green army, not that I have anything against communities cleaning up their backyard but to put it forward as a policy and then to ask: [i]We are asking the Peninsula community to submit ideas for worthwhile projects. It may be cleaning up a local creek, restoring a bushwalking path, establishing a boardwalk or rehabilitating the foreshore, for example.[/i] http://www.greghunt.com.au/Home/LatestNews/tabid/133/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2420/Ideas-Sought-for-Mornington-Peninsula-Green-Army-Projects.aspx Andrew Elders response: [i]If Hunt was in any way serious about his policy, he would have issued the above press release two years ago, and used his own electorate to deal with teething problems in the scheme.[/i] http://andrewelder.blogspot.com.au/ Then we have Truss: [i]ENVIRONMENTAL experts have ridiculed Acting Opposition Leader Warren Truss's claim that greenhouse gases emitted by southeast Australia's bushfires had exceeded those produced by decades of coal-fired electricity generation. "Indeed I guess there'll be more CO2 emissions from these fires than there will be from coal-fired power stations for decades," Mr Truss said in Brisbane yesterday. [/i] So we have a bunch of climate change deniers in the face of the extremes in weather that has been experienced all over. We even have The Australian having to retract an article claiming sea level's are not rising. [i]The Australian has retreated from its claim that rising sea levels are “not linked to warming” faster than a melting glacier — but it’s still not telling the full story on a recently released scientific paper[/i] Newman & Seeney up here in Queensland wrecking the place, taking the unemployment rate for the state to 6.2%, he promised to get the rate down to 4% - the only chance he has of achieving that is if the unemployed leave the state - which a lot will do - and what does that do to small comuunities and small business? Turnbull is trying hard but can't win the FTTN is better than FTTP argument. And then there is Ashbygate.

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18/01/2013Lady-in-Red If Tony Abbott, Greg Hunt, Warren Truss, Craig Kelly and their Coalition ilk want to ridicule the idea that global warming is occurring, or that it was hotter in 1790, or in Jesus’ days, let them wallow self-satisfied in the deluded depths of their mythical world, but never let them in charge of combating global warming on our behalf, when they believe global warming doesn’t even exist. To elect them to government with such denialist credentials would be criminal. The people will see that.

Janet (Jan @j4gypsy)

18/01/2013AD, thank you for such a terrific 'test' piece. My apologies - I posted some Twitter stuff at the end of the last thread, not realising you had started a new one. So, reposting here. (Some of the readings have been picked up by you, LiR and others already.) ................................ Thank you DMW for the front pages and the news of a year ago. Not at all the least liked!, even if one of the most, oh, 'contrary' , as my gran might have said. Three cheers for almost a 'croc'. Thanks to Michael and Bob for the link to the Richard Ackland piece. It is, as TT notes, a critical one. Via Richard, who isn’t going to let this drop, we might be able to set up getting questions asked of T'Abbott at the Press Gallery speech on the 31st (because none of the indies or bloggers will be there: Margo, David Donovan, presumably). By the way, the PM is speaking on the 30th at the Press Club. LiR - honoured to be a cranky pants mate, though today it's gonna have to be cranky cossies. It is still 43.5 at Nobbies which is the Lighthouse at the mouth of Newcastle Harbour, right on/over the ocean. I'm inches from the water. Brain has quite fried, so today, just some Twitter grabs for you. (So hoping no-one is in the paths of fires today.) [i]Barry Tucker ‏@btckr[/i] You won't have to look far to see obvious bias on the Nat Press Club's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/NationalPressClubofAustralia?ref=stream … [i]GillardLabor2013 ‏@JGLabor2013[/i] Interview with the PM on Radio National this morning - "Ms Gillard joined RN Breakfast’s John Doyle this morn…http://tmblr.co/ZwM2Otc0oolW [i]The Masked Crusader ‏@themaskedcrus[/i] Andrew Bolt: the globe-trotting weather presenter http://wp.me/p30D9d-2A via @wordpressdotcom [i]Andrew Elder ‏@awelder [/i] Blogpost: when the heat is on http://andrewelder.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/evaporating-in-heat.html [i]Possum Comitatus ‏@Pollytics[/i] Newman promises Year of Luurve for regions http://bit.ly/XHGsxW Screws them on hospitals, screws them on training, screws them on police. [i]margo kingston ‏@margokingston1[/i] Today's podcast by http://somethingwonky.com includes a rave by me on MSM #Ashby silence http://somethingwonky.com/podcast/2013/1/18/28-the-book-of-jim.html … [i]david ewart ‏@davidbewart[/i] Food For Thought #19: Democracy, Democracy! Wherefore Art Thou Democracy? http://pocket.co/sGksw @psychamuse @turnleft2013@btckr @6runs [i]TheQldPublicServant ‏@QPublicServant[/i] Newman is now into the Laughing Stock Zone - Premiers cannot just make ludicrous claims up! #maybelordmayorsdo #qldpolhttp://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/furious-nurses-to-rally-over-payroll-debacle-20100710-104ly.html … [i]New Scientist ‏@newscientist[/i] Australian inferno previews fire-prone future http://bit.ly/WKSvI4 #bushfires#climate [i]Climate Spectator ‏@ClimateSpec[/i] What’s causing Australia’s heat wave? BoM experts explainhttp://bit.ly/13K7Izh [i]Lizzie ‏@croquetcrazy[/i] What's causing Australia's heat wave?http://theconversation.edu.au/whats-causing-australias-heat-wave-11628 … via @conversationedu [i]sortius ‏@sortius[/i] So Abbott & Gash organised his fire fighting stunt, taking an RFB truck for it. Not sure who's worse: LNP or MSM who lapped it up#auspol [i]newmatilda ‏@newmatilda[/i] @bluntshovels explains the anti-discrimination reforms that will extend the power of religious groups to discriminate http://ow.ly/gUHmw [i]John Pratt ‏@Jackthelad1947[/i] “@350Australia: Aust inferno a taste of the world to come - via@NewScientist - http://bit.ly/XiE2Uh #climate” #auspol Say no to coal! [i]JohnQuiggin ‏@JohnQuiggin[/i] Not climate change, of course http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-18/temperature-in-sydney-soars/4471424 …@abcnews [i]DavidW2035 ‏@DavidW2035[/i] Australia 8/38 - bloody carbon tax strikes again! #AusvSL #auspol#tweetlikeLNP [i]Geoff Robinson ‏@GeoffPolHist[/i] Me in @ConversationEDU on Howard government 'fiscal profligacy' more interesting for what it says about Oz left #auspolhttp://theconversation.edu.au/was-john-howard-really-fiscally-profligate-11601 …

Ken

18/01/2013Lady in Red, AA There is nothing wrong with the "facts" of the Kelly article, that there have been extremely hot days at various times in the past, but he ignores the key point that these are now happening with greater frequency. Also, his thesis is somewhat overtaken by the fact that Sydney did today record its highest temperature on record. He will now need to explain that.

Ken

18/01/2013AA Agree that the trend in the polls is the key thing and that is looking good. As I have suggested before, the incumbent government can often pick up 2-3% during the campaign as people, when faced with making a decision, rather than giving an opinion, go for the "devil they know". And if 3-4% change their minds before the election, the Government will be in a good position. Abbott's whole strategy, as I and others have commented on previously, was a short term strategy aimed at achieving an early election. Now that that possibility has disappeared, he appears not to have a "Plan B".

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18/01/2013Doodle Poodle Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you. Janet Thank you for your kind remark, and for reposting your links on the new thread. Very interesting stuff! Ken The skeptics/deniers can always misrepresent the facts to suit their argument. What I would like to know is whether they really believe what they write, or whether they are simply taking us for suckers.

Gravel

18/01/2013Ad Astra What a great first thread for the new year, very positive and informative. Truth Seeker If you are there I have been reading your blog, and will play the Willow song tomorrow. The words are wonderful and wistful. This weather has be horrific. Thank heavens for air conditioners. I know they are not good for the environment, but nothing is worth risking our health in this weather. I try to everything I can to not add to stress our planet is under, and will work extra hard to to try and make up for this excess use when it is cooler. I doubt there will be any polls on feelings/thoughts about climate change because I'm sure instinctively the pollsters will know that quite a few complacent people will have woken up after the last couple of weeks, and they won't want it be known, because it will cause more harm to their plans for Australia's future.

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18/01/2013Gravel Thank you for your kind comments. I think you are right about the media and climate change.

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bilko

18/01/2013AA A good start to the year keep it going, mention of the green army who funds it where do they come from and where to plant the trees. Tax payers will pay for it and the people will come from the dole queues swelled by the sackings in QLD, VIC and NSW, no work no dole great incentive. They have plenty of displaced fireys who can make sure they plant them in the correct places. There is always the mining waste sites saves them billionares millions and look what it will do to the environment. Gina will be proud, one small problem the noalition have to win an election then have a DD, win that and then start this brave new abbortive world. May be 2018??. I need a bex and a lie down only 40 degrees here today, now where is my next door rusted on lieberal to discuss the CC situation like a policeman never around when needed.

Patriciawa

18/01/2013Doodle Poodle said [quote]For me JULIA always glows and people around her react positively towards her....... Let the good times roll!! [/quote] I absolutely agree, having met the PM at a Community Cabinet here in WA a few months ago. I had the privelege too of speaking to some of the wonderful men and women who serve as Ministers in her government. At one point I stood talking to a very happy group of women ministers and hearing them all agree that Julia Gillard is a joy to work with. I just had to write a pome about it and illustrate what a happy bunch they are. No wonder Julia Gillard and Labor are gaining ground in the polls in spite of the overwhelming negativity of MSM about her as they supported the Coalition and its dreadful leader. Quite apart from their astonishing legislative achievements, as Ad Astra and others here point out, they always present a cheerful and confident face. They are a genuinely happy team. [b]Women In Labor![/b] These women in Labor are feeling no pain; Find running the country’s no stress and no strain. All were up-beat and their spirits were high When at a Party event they explained to me why. Working conditions have improved much of late With their new boss who is efficient and straight. Labor’s productive. It’s not at all hard Conceiving new laws with PM Gillard. Not just these women, but ALP men Work well with her and if ever again Rudd were to challenge and push came to shove They’d vote for Julia. Working with her is a Labor of love! http://polliepomes.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/women-in-labor-2/

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18/01/2013bilko Thank you for your kind comment. I have a piece coming up that addresses Tony Abbott's attitude and approach to global warming that I believe you will enjoy. Patriciawa I endorse you sentiments. I loved your pome. You are in fine form again.

DMW

18/01/2013Janice @ 6:27 PM being equally unaware I responded to your comment a bit later ------------------ Hi 'JayFor' thanks for your links in the tweets During my formative years on my grandparents farm I had a particular fondness for two black sheep (lambs) we had to hand rear. :) Also I commented: I've almost caught up with the goings on since I got distracted by family and other supposed 'real life' stuff. This is not directly related to (ugh) 'economic' asylum seekers but is an interesting article on how our immigration policy has shifted from 'social' to 'economic'. [b]Migrants Don't Steal Jobs[/b] Henry Sherrell, NewMatilda [i]The aim of Australian immigration policy has shifted from population growth to boosting the labour market. We should recognise this change for what it is - a positive, bipartisan development, writes Henry Sherrell In the past two decades, the way people migrate to Australia has undergone a profound shift. We now have an immigration program that sits firmly within the boundaries of economic, as opposed to social, policy.[/i] newmatilda.com/2013/01/18/migrants-dont-steal-jobs Note the phrase a positive, bipartisan development A tiny ray of hope?

DMW

18/01/2013Hi Ad, one of my comrades/sources said in the last few of days [i]... (JG) has hit her straps and is behaving like she is the Prime Minister. She has gotten over not being liked and said to herself something like 'I'm the boss and I don't care if you don't like me, I've got a job to do and I am getting on with it ...[/i] We batted around a few other points about (very) subtle shifts in media coverage and a few other positive signs. Today I came across this: [b]Gillard and Abbott in 2013[/b] Mumbles Brent, Mumble Blog TheOz [i]AT the start of this election year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard is doing what she should have done before the last election in 2010: asserting authority, building incumbency. She’s announcing things. I’m the prime minister, she’s saying, I run the country. The other side plays games.[/i] http://blogs.theaustralian.news.com.au/mumble/index.php/theaustralian/comments/gillard_and_abbott_in_2013/#117551 Intriguing

Patriciawa

18/01/2013Ad Astra, a copy and paste, from months back I'm afraid. But just visiting my site to do it gave me a lift as I looked at all their lovely smiling faces. I hope others have the time to see what I mean at http://polliepomes.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/women-in-labor-2/ DMW both those comments, that of your friend and Mumbles in the Oz, are typical of the shift throughout the media, and their audience, rationalising their own reasons for viewing her in a different light. Julia Gillard has not changed or shifted ground that much. [b]They[/b] are having to reassess [b]their[/b] opinions, built on the false premise that this Prime Minister and her government could not and would not last, much less excel as they have. The legislative achievements from the first day of the new Parliament in 2010 and the sound economic management of our economy by Wayne Swann, Penny Wong and their departments have been backed by wise planning decision making by our Prime Minister and her Cabinet from the moment of their election, executing policies long debated and developed within the Labor Party. No doubt there have been growing pains and mistakes but the shift in public opinion and media coverage of very recent months is not about a poor government improving and an inexperienced PM finding her feet. It's about a very skilful politician planning and executing an awesome reform program in consultation with Caucus and the membership at large and surviving ruthless ongoing attack from an immoral opponent backed by huge business and media interests. I think these complimentary articles and comments in the Australian are possibly all about Rupert Murdoch beginning to acknowledge that if he can't beat Julia Gillard he'd better do something to appease her.

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18/01/2013DMW What an interesting assessment by Mumble. There is a growing consensus among commentators that Julia Gillard is becoming more and more Prime Ministerial. On the other side, Tony Abbott has stalled, and is going backwards.

Tom of Melbourne

18/01/2013[i]” They are a genuinely happy team.”[/i] And no wonder!!! When Our Prime Minister knifed Rudd, she committed to correcting the lost way” and nominated the 3 critical issues – carbon pricing, MRRT and asylums seekers. Look at her success on each! [b]Carbon Pricing[/b] Gillard committed to- • No price before July 2013 • At big committee to consider all points • Community consensus • No carbon tax Score – failed on each commitment [b]MRRT[/b] • It’s a tax with no revenue! • Was to fund increased superannuation. Failure despite excuses. [b]Asylums Seekers[/b] • Cruel • Inhumane • Punishing the innocent • Ineffective • Dishonest • Immoral • Dishonourable • Hypocritical in the extreme • Pathetic appeasement of rednecks Adopted a policy far more extreme than anything implemented by the Howard Government. A disgraceful, hypocritical failure.

Psyclaw

18/01/2013Note that the phrase "a positive, bipartisan development" refers to a change in the very reason to actually countenance immigration, to the very purpose of having migration here at all. It does not refer at all to the political argy bargy that is reflected in John Howard's Hansonite dog whistle "we will decide who comes here and the manner in which they come". About that, there is clearly no bipartisanship, as evidenced by the Abbotteers rejection of 75% of the Houston recommendations, all of which are supported by this government

Psyclaw

18/01/2013I don't recall that I have ever reposted a comment from another blog to the TPS before. But as the following from Adam Carr at PB is so germane to various comments I have made here recently, I have decided to paste it here. I have no problem in agreeing with and acknowledging the list of negatives he provides about the government, because they are well balanced with his list of their achievements. Adam Carr has not simply talked down the government. [i]I’m the first here to admit when Labor has made mistakes. In fact, although I’m frequently called a Labor hack here, I’m often the ONLY person here who will admit that Labor has made mistakes. Let me list some recent corkers: * Electing Crean leader * Electing Latham leader * Electing Rudd leader * Changing Howard’s border protection policy * Scapegoating Garrett over the HIS * Dumping the CPRS and not calling a DD in 2010 * “Real Julia” * East Timor solution * Malaysia solution * “No carbon tax” * Then saying it was a carbon tax Given all these mistakes, it’s a miracle Labor is still in office, let alone in with a chance of winning in 2013. The fact that we are is due to the many things we have got RIGHT: * RIGHT on the GFC and stimulus * RIGHT on climate change and the carbon price * RIGHT on alcopops * RIGHT on plain packaging * RIGHT on the mining tax * RIGHT on the NBN * RIGHT on PPL * RIGHT on the NDIS * RIGHT on having a PM vastly superior to the LOTO in every conceivable way. [/i] Apologies to those who have already seen this over at PB.

TalkTurkey

18/01/2013Welcome to your new thread Ad astra, It feels like we are finally getting dressed in battle garb now, there is great resolve now to see off the Abborttian conspirators and with them the whole Rotten Right. Yes Ad, what a perfect start this year has been for Labor! From a political pov at least; not overlooking the horror of the bushfires, which ~ albeit a machiavellian observation par excellence to say so ~ is probably, counter-intuitively, a [i]positive[/i] for *J*U*L*I*A*, who has quite properly, and with obviously sincere and comforting sympathy, been visiting the devastated areas. (In sharp contrast to George Dubya wrt the New Orleans cyclone and floods.) And for the first time she is not being slagged off. The slag is on the slaggers now. Jan, Thanks for the splendid smorgasbord today, but this link in particular is a gem! What a beautiful, charming woman is our PM, how quick in apprehension like the Power Fox some call her! John Doyle, so gentle and polite! - What a difference from the hateful spiteful sorts of "interviews" we are used to, especially on the ABC! Don't miss this one folks, our Ranga Lass just glows! GillardLabor2013 ‏@JGLabor2013 Interview with the PM on Radio National this morning - "Ms Gillard joined RN Breakfast’s John Doyle this morn…http://tmblr.co/ZwM2Otc0oolW Then there is the weird article by that unsavoury ex-Labor minister Graham Richardson - Well the beginning of it, like Ad I'm not through the paywall, but this is what he says in the teaser ... [i][b]Gillard's survival technique[/b][/i] by: Graham Richardson From:The Australian January 18, 201312:00AM [i]NEWSPOLL is frightening the hell out of me. Just when I am convinced the Coalition is coasting towards its long expected election victory, along comes this week's Newspoll which has Labor neck-and-neck with the opposition and in with a real shot of winning. [b]Like most pundits[/b], I had been thinking that Julia Gillard's unpopular image would never be overcome. What is getting harder to ignore for me, and presumably for many in the Liberal Party, is that Tony Abbott's image has been battered so much over the past 10 months, that the big question that has been asked about Gillard so often must now be asked about him - is the leader a help or a hindrance?[/i] [b]How many stupid bits can be crammed into two short paragaraphs?![/b] "Like most *Pundits*" eh! ... And Richo of all people is supposed to be so [i][u]shrewd[/u]![/i] Well let that be a lesson to us, they don't know SQUAT!

Psyclaw

19/01/2013 AA This article is a perspicacious introduction to this election year and well sets the scene for our discussions here and in the 5th estate generally. Your 2nd last paragraph "All this good news....." especially set me thinking. Whilst I don't doubt that Abbott will try to do whatever is necessary to fulfil his hallucinatory quest to become PM, I am not totally persuaded that this year will be as "bloody" as 2012. I wouldn't be surprised to find that he is already mortally wounded, in his own mind as well as in some of his colleagues'. His demeanour even in the last sitting week (when JBishop took the running) was that of a man who is "down". Bishop as leader of the AWU assault in the last week was, I think, not only to keep his hands clean (as he begins to show us he is a softie at heart) but also because he is actually wounded. The sustained ridicule about his "well all be rooned" carbon price fear campaign (as lived experiences showed the lie) together with the impact of the PM's misogyny speech have been like several well delivered boxing blows to the solar plexus. Add to this the substantial ridicule across the breadth of the social media over the last 10 days as a couple of dozen photo shopped "where's Wally (Tony)" images subjected his media stuntsmanship to widespread criticism for the very first time Many have noted his blandish appearance for quite a few weeks now. Perhaps he is desperately trying to regain his wind (breath). The political coming-out of "Margie" before Christmas, his insipid Christmas and New Years messages showing "Margie" speaking for him, and the Credlin IVF/medicine in the fridge events may have announced an enduring different (less bloody) style as he "allows" us to see that he is really a softie. Meanwhile the government appears to be doing what it does best ..... focussing on its great policies rather than on Abbott ...... allowing him free rein to self-injure. If the government can up the ante and develop this into a policy driven campaign, a continuing (very) bloody style by Abbott might just not occur, if indeed he still has the ticker or psychological fortitude to engage in such a fight. I am reminded of the fact that often when bullies are called out and very publicly exposed, they go to water quickly. Time will tell. On another matter, we have Mumble's words from the Oz yesterday: [i]At the start of this election year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard is doing what she should have done before the last election in 2010: asserting authority, building incumbency. She’s announcing things. I’m the prime minister, she’s saying, I run the country. The other side plays games.[/i] Whilst I agree with the message here, the first seven words seem to indicate slow learning on Mumbles' part. This confident approach by PMJG dates well back before 1/1/2013. Maybe the "don't write crap" to the NPC about 10(?) months back first heralded this. But to even a casual observer, the PM has looked and behaved as a very confident leader at least since July 1 as the fear mongering carbon price campaign dissolved, and especially since the misogyny speech. And the various policy successes which began to consolidate in the second half of last year would also have contributed. I think it is a bit rich for Mumbles or anyone to suggest that the confident JG of today, with the personal growth her experiences as PM have provided, could have behaved in 2010 in the manner in which she is now capable. In contrast to her opponent, it will be a very different and more powerful and confident JG leading the 2013 campaign.

Casablanca

19/01/2013AA [i]TPS Mail[/i] is a winning concept and your various lists will enable us to fire off correspondence quickly to politicians and journalists. It will be an invaluable tool in an election year. Gremlins will of course appear and I am wondering about the email address that is listed for Mike Carlton ie, mhcarlton@gmail.com If one completes the various steps to create an email to Mike Carlton and then places the cursor on his email address, what comes up is the name 'Mary Carlton'. I have spent ages trying to google Mike's full name but have drawn a blank. I even tried to find the transcript of his court case - Wran vs Carlton but did not have sufficient info to follow through.

Casablanca

19/01/2013While on the subject of lists, here is an interesting one from Crikey in 2005: [b]Famous alumni on Latham's hit list[/b] Mark Latham has identified 67 high-fee schools for his funding hit list, but for many these “private” or “independent” schools are just nameless bastions of privilege. So Crikey is putting a human face to the funding furore with a list of the most celebrated (and notorious) alumni from schools on Latham’s hit list - as well as some of those he left off. [b]Loreto Kirribilli[/b] must rank as one of the strangest schools because it managed to produce 2 graduates who are at completely opposite ends of the left/right continuum: Miranda Devine - Tory agitator Clover Moore - Independent Lord Mayor of Sydney http://www.crikey.com.au/2005/03/30/famous-alumni-on-lathams-hit-list/

janice

19/01/2013Ad astra, Thank you for TPS Mail - I have no doubt it will serve us all well, especially in an election year. I had a SkyBridge Installer visit the other day to install a satellite dish, a satellite set top box and hook it up to my TV. When the young man had finished the job, instructed me re the "how to" bits and about to leave, I thanked him for his time and effort. He grinned and said "Thank Julia Gillard and her Govt for the generous $1600 assistance - I can't see her losing the election after all her Govt has done and is doing." This is the sort of thing I am hearing more and more - how can anyone continue to 'hate' a PM on the say so of a lying, scheming, irrational bully and a pack of ignorant media shills? Voters have the evidence before them that this Government is delivering a raft of desperately needed infrastructure and still finds the means to assist those at the bottom of the ladder. Yesterday, the mercury rose to 48 and was still 44 at 8pm. My Wireless Broadband went haywire in the evening and I ended up having to shut down the computer for the night. The change arrived around midnight but unfortunately it was only high wind and no rain.

Gravel

19/01/2013gypsy I agree with TT, that radio national interview with Julia was just excellent. Cool, calm, composed and the questions were gentle but probing. jaycee Thanks for that from Adam Carr, he made some great points for us all to focus us. Great positive initiatives, hopefully Labor will repeat them continuously and not even mention the nopposition, unless to ask what they are going to do or where they are going to get the money from. Ad Astra When I opened The Political Sword this morning, the new post opened up well, but I had to go to the side bar to get to this post. I hope that makes sense. Beautiful cool night last night, slept like a log, but I will take a couple of days to get over the draining heat.

Michael

19/01/2013Christopher Pearson at The Australian writes: theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/abbott-cannot-fight-gillards-sentimentality/story-e6frg7ko-1226556970979 posing Nikki Savva as a political savant, which immediately undercuts anything else that follows. However, check this piece of nonsense from his text: 'The response to all this [Labor's] appeal to gooey social media hype so beloved of the Twitter-addicted press gallery should be for the Coalition to go back to basics, appealing to a wide constituency with good policies.' The words "Coalition" and "good policies" cannot meaningfully exist in any sentence, albeit that they do in Pearson's risible article about Tony Abbott's failure to counter Labor. Which essentially sums up the Conservatives' core problem in this country... The fish rots from the head down.

Michael

19/01/2013To get past The Australian's paywall for the Pearson article, paste http://www. and then theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/abbott-cannot-fight-gillards-sentimentality/story-e6frg7ko-1226556970979 into Google's search box, with no gap between the two pasted sections, hit Search. At the page you are taken to, click on the story headline. You should be taken to the complete story. I was. In short, paywalled addresses pasted here in two parts, separated after www. (so they don't default to an uneditable hyperlink) can work via the above steps to get past The Australian's paywall.

Psyclaw

19/01/2013I do not intend to make a practice of re-posting from PB, but this from The Finnigans is a good list of where the MSM has been coming from. [i]15/05/2011 – Gillard is dead, politically dead – Peter Costello 06/06/2011 – Gillard gone by December – Andrew Bolt 01/09/2011 – Labor stalwart says Gillard ‘finished’ – Jeremy Thompson 06/09/2011 – JULIA, resign. Let Rudd resume rightful role – PHILLIP ADAMS 17/07/2011 – Gillard down for count – Phillip Coorey 20/02/2012 – Gillard delusional and in retreat – Dennnis Shanahan 21/02/2012 – Too late for Gillard to save herself – BY: NIKI SAVVA 23/02/2012 – Assassins reap what they sowed – Simon Benson 21/04/2012 – Gillard will be GORN by end of May, Hewson & Richo jointly on #Slynews 30/04/2012 – Credibility gone, PM should fall on her sword , Michelle Grattan 02/05/2012 – Julia’s going: it’s a matter of time – Dennis Shanahan 18/05/2012 – Despite the poll and budget uptick, Gillard and Labor are doomed – Richo 19/05/2012 – String of disasters mean the party’s over for Labor – Piers Akerman 26/05/2012 – A leadership change to Kevin Rudd is the last real option – PvO 28/05/2012 – Lame duck Labor likely to waddle on to term – Gerard Henderson 25/07/2012 – Labor’s choice is Rudd or oblivion – PAUL KELLY 12/06/2012 – Determined Gillard may be, but her leadership is looking terminal – Shanahan 14/08/2012 – Pride comes before a fall for Gillard Government – Derryn Hinch 23/08/2012 – Gillard in big trouble no matter what happens – Leo Shanahan 12/09/2012 – Just like Howard, Abbott has the numbers that really count – JANET ALBRECHTSEN 13/10/2012 – Misogyny tactic will backfire – PAUL KELLY 13/10/2012 – Gillard’s hypocrisy stripped bare – CHRIS KENNY 05/11/2012 – Hanging by a thread by Peter Hartcher 24/11/2012 – Knives are out for Gillard – Peter Hartcher[/i]

Psyclaw

19/01/2013PatriciaWA @ 11.22pm [i]"[b]They[/b] are having to reassess [b]their[/b] opinions,"[/i] I agree with you that this is what is happening. It's what I was getting at in my 1.13am post (bottom half about Mumbles' observations). Some of the MSM are gelling to the possibility, even probability, that they have been backing a crock of shite and are trying to save a bit of face. This is neither surprising nor intriguing. Nor is it something that we in the 5th should trust. Sure, it's better than their habitual slagging off of PMJG and the government, but I doubt that it comes from "the heart". It is self interest, period.

DMW

19/01/2013[i][b]From the Newspapers ...[/b] What the front pages are saying[/i] via Front Pages Today - http://goo.gl/enTjx [b]The Weekend Australian[/b] - http://goo.gl/3bnTO In leaps and boundaries, Pearson and Clarke prove our greatest A nation ablaze as firestorm turns deadly Private sector closing jobs gap Carr in joint plea to US on Mid-East [b]The Sydney Morning Herald[/b] - http://goo.gl/1kOHj City sizzles in record heat For the first time in 500 years, East Timor stands alone [b]The Daily Telegraph[/b] - http://goo.gl/JXc7d ONE HELL OF A DAY - Hunter in flames as Sydney swelters to 45.8C record ONE BIG LIE - Lance comes clean [b]The Saturday Age[/b] - http://goo.gl/j6tKW Meddling MP fuels Liberal row Man dies, homes lost, as blaze sweeps through Gippsland [b]The Herald Sun[/b] - http://goo.gl/0wNCf FIRESTORM (Scary Pic - Ed) [b]The Courier Mail[/b] - http://goo.gl/7NTLf It might be a sign, no update to today's Front Page Still showing yesterday's - is QLd going backwards or just standing still? - Ed [b]The Adelaide Advetiser[/b] - http://goo.gl/ApkdY KING CON - Armstrong admits all seven tour wins were 'one big lie' [b]The Hobart Mercury[/b] - http://goo.gl/J8x10 Luxury at Tassie's Highest Price - Room with a $5.6m view ONE BIG LIE [b]The NT Times[/b] - http://goo.gl/7f7VB THE MONSOON HAS ARRIVED - and it could bring a cyclone with it OOR SHAME - Three Territory kids 'known' to Welfare Workers have died since christmas

DMW

19/01/2013[b][i]From the archives[/b] a brief lookback on this day one year ago[/i] But first to an event 131 years ago as presented one year ago: [b]Happy 130th Birthday, A. A. Milne: “Happiness” and the Origin of Winnie-the-Pooh[/b] Maria Popova @Brain Pickings [i]One hundred and thirty years ago (yesterday), Alex Alexander Milne (1882-1956) took his first breath. Best known for authoring the Winnie-the-Pooh book series, among the most beloved children’s books with timeless philosophy for grown-ups, ...[/i] http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/01/18/a-a-milne-happiness-when-we-were-very-young/ One year ago today the internet was in 'blackout' as many sites 'went offline' in protest over the anti-piracy measures in the SOPA & PIPA bills. Also @ 9:04 AM a sad thing was announced. We have moved on. [i] and in the papers ...[/i] [b]Wilkie stands by pokie threat[/b] Richard Willingham & Jessica Wright, TheAge [i]... in a telling sign that his negotiations with the Prime Minister are on the brink of collapse, Mr Wilkie tried to set up a meeting with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott yesterday. ... It is understood the Opposition Leader was unable to meet Mr Wilkie on his first day back from his summer break as his schedule was already full with a factory tour.[/i] http://www.theage.com.au/national/wilkie-stands-by-pokie-threat-20120118-1q6pb.html#ixzz1jremVfi4 [b]Call to end people smugglers' 5-year terms[/b] Michael Gordon, TheAge [i]... dozens of cases threaten to overwhelm the courts this year and the states are threatening a revolt over the mounting costs of drawn-out proceedings. It also follows criticism from 10 Australian judges and law and human rights bodies that the penalties target the wrong people, ...[/i] http://www.theage.com.au/national/call-to-end-people-smugglers-5year-terms-20120118-1q6kw.html#ixzz1jrf6PKfF [b]Scientists reject plan to save Murray-Darling[/b] TomArup, TheAge [i]SOME of Australia's leading scientists have rejected the proposed plan to save the Murray-Darling, saying basic information needed to have confidence it will deliver a healthy river is missing.[/i] http://www.theage.com.au/national/scientists-reject-plan-to-save-murraydarling-20120118-1q6np.html#ixzz1jrfqfLw9

DMW

19/01/2013PWA @ January 18. 2013 11:22 PM, [i]... rationalising their own reasons for viewing her in a different light. Julia Gillard has not changed or shifted ground that much. They are having to reassess their opinions, built on the false premise that this Prime Minister and her government could not and would not last, much less excel as they have.[/i] I shall pass on the feedback to the comrade. They will have a very big laugh that they have been lumped in with Mumbles and the rest of the media and particularly the bit about them apparently believing the government could not last. As to whether the PM has changed or stayed persactly as she was, as I read comments by others here, some propose that she has and offer different views on which way and from when it may have 'started'. I, and I am sure many others, would hope that she has changed, just as most people change and grow, and that she will continue to grow as a person and a prime minister. I will leave it to 'history' to assess whether Ms Gillard grew into the job, or otherwise, and that assessment may well come down to who writes the history.

Ad astra

19/01/2013janice Thank you for your comment; I hope [i]TPS Mail[/i] works for you and enables us all to extend the influence of [i]TPS[/i]. You seem adept at new technology. I enjoyed reading what your TV technician had to say. Gravel I’m not sure I understand what you mean by having to go to the side bar to open the post, but to activate any post, just click the title and the [i]TPS Mail[/i] panel will appear.

Ad astra

19/01/2013Michael I’ll try to access the Pearson article later. I can imagine what his tone would be. Psyclaw Thank you for your splendid list of Gillard-knocking statements. They are relevant now, but won’t they be delectable come post-election.

Ad astra

19/01/2013DMW Thank you for the links and Front Pages. I see that the expert panel could not bring itself to choose Julia Gillard as 'The Australian of the Year' preferring joint winners; Michael Clarke and Sally Pearson.

Gravel

19/01/2013Ad Astra Sorry, I know I wasn't clear. When I opened The Political Sword, it opened on TPS Mail topic. I usually scroll down to previous topic to catch up on comments I have missed, then read new topic. When I scrolled down this topic wasn't there so I had to go to the side bar and click on it from there. I see it now has a hyperlink to this topic, so really it was just me I think.

DMW

19/01/2013Hi Ad, I didn't bother going to the article and I didn't follow the nominations. I would hazard a guess that panel chose to 'play it safe'. Sport and sports-people are usually pretty safe bets not to stir up much controversy.

MWS

19/01/2013An easier way to read full articles from the Oz (and other Ltd News) is to copy and paste the headline into a search engine, but put it all in double quotes. That way the search is for the entirety of the phrase. Usually the Australian article is the first listed, just link on the link provided and you get the full article. For example, the Richardson article headline is "Gillard's survival technique". Paste all of that, including the quotes at either end into the Google box, and the Richardson article is the first listed by Google. PS apologies if I post this twice, I had a problem the first time I posted.

MWS

19/01/2013This from the Conversation piece: The sequence of Australian mean temperature has been just as impressive. As things currently stand, the first two weeks of January 2013 now hold the records for the hottest Australian day on record, the hottest two-day period on record, the hottest three-day period, the hottest four-day period and, well, every sequential-days record stretching from one to 14 days for daily mean temperatures. http://theconversation.edu.au/whats-causing-australias-heat-wave-11628 I wonder if this will be a game-changer for AGW? When the Eastern States were in drought, more people accepted the science of AGW - when the drought broke then other things seemed to have a higher priority. Extreme weather, even though it isn't "climate" as such, makes people realise what their future (and their children's future) could be like. I too, have recently had an air conditioner installed, even though my house was built with passive solar principles and is well insulated. Unfortunately, when the overnight minimum only gets down to 30 C, no house can get cooler than that by natural methods. I wonder if off-peak cooling could be developed. It works by freezing a liquid by using overnight electricity (which is a lot cheaper) and then the liquid melts throughout the day, providing cooling with only a fan. Unfortunately, it's limited to commercial applications ATM.

Casablanca

19/01/2013AA Not sure that you have read my comment @ January 19. 2013 02:45 AM or indeed that of Psyclaw @ January 19. 2013 01:13 AM (both complimentary BTW) Michael re accessing articles at [i]The Coalition Times.[/i]As more often than not we begin with the name of the article I copy and paste that into Google and then just click on the found URL. I tried your method and found that I did not need to put in the http://www part of the address - usually the browser will add that part automatically.

Casablanca

19/01/2013TT The opening para of Richardson's article had me fuming and hoping that he has by now been thrown out of the Labor Party as a turncoat. [quote]NEWSPOLL is frightening the hell out of me. Just when I am convinced the Coalition is coasting towards its long expected election victory, along comes this week's Newspoll which has Labor neck-and-neck with the opposition and in with a real shot of winning. [/quote] Go to the final paras and he is critical of Abbott [quote]And what of Abbott? He looks like a one-trick pony. The relentless negativity served him well but it has run its course. Merely attacking Gillard won't be enough this time. He needs to introduce policy ideas and detail. I'm just not sure if he can.[/quote] Maybe Richo hopes that no one, most especially Rupert, will read through to the end.

DMW

19/01/2013Given my little bend towards the past over recent days I thought some of you might enjoy this [i]On this day ...[/i] It is actually from Jan 18 but at the time of typing it is still Jan 18 in the US where this comes from. [b]Dylan’s “Forever Young,” Released on This Day in 1974, Illustrated[/b] Maria Popova, BrainPicings [i]“May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true… May you stay forever young.” On this day in 1974, the world welcomed Bob Dylan’s Planet Waves album. On it was “Forever Young” — one of Dylan’s most beloved songs, inspired by his four-year-old son Jakob.[/i] http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/01/18/bob-dylan-forever-young-illustrated-by-paul-rogers/

Ad astra

19/01/2013Gravel Thank your for your kind remarks. I do now understand what you meant when you said you went to the left panel. I seldom look there at all, but I see you went to ‘Recent posts’. I think you will find it easier to just click on the title, whereupon the [i]TPS Mail[/i] system will be enabled. Casablanca Thank you too for your encouraging remarks. I believe that once [i]TPS[/i] users become accustomed to [i]TPS Mail[/i] it will be well used, and extend the influence of the site. You are right about Mike Carlton’s email address. It should be smhcarlton@gmail.com Thank you for picking that up. I’ll have it corrected.

Truth Seeker

19/01/2013Gravel, I look forward to your reaction to my song "The Willow Wood Man", and for any that might be interested I have re-posted my poem "Friends in the LNP". Cheers :-)

Truth Seeker

19/01/2013Ad, great article, and I think that there are going to be some very unpleasant surprises for the right whingers this year. :-) :-) Cheers :-)

Ad astra

19/01/2013Truth Seeker Thank you for your encouragement and your remarks about [i]TPS Mail[/i]. Despite the quality of the writing therein, the Fifth Estate largely hides its light under a bushel because its means of dissemination is limited. I hope [i]TPS Mail[/i] will remove some of that limitation.

DMW

19/01/2013[b]Complex and intelligent people who are controlled by simple concepts[/b] Gordon, Gordon's Thoughts [i]“There’s a difference between simple and deceptively simple” – Frasier Crane describing a painting of a big red dot Here’s Tony Abbott’s entire game plan for how he’ll deal with the challenges of government and failing to deliver on all of the ridiculous and unrealistic promises he’s made if he wins the next federal election summed up in six simple words: “If I win, it’s Labor’s fault!” That’s all. No complex models. No sophisticated policy proposals ...[/i] http://gordonsthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/complex-and-intelligent-people-who-are-controlled-by-simplicity/

Miglo

19/01/2013John Lord has written a brilliant piece on why Tony Abbott must never be Prime minister. I think you'll enjoy it. http://theaimn.com/2013/01/19/never/

Ad astra

19/01/2013MWS Thank you for your advice re getting into [i]The Oz[/i]. Yes, the article on [i]The Conversation[/i] was frightening. But the deniers will heap scorn on it!

Ad astra

19/01/2013Miglo Thank you for the link to John Lord's piece. What a catalogue of Abbott misdemeanours he has assembled. I will bookmark them for reference. And Abbott wants to be PM!!!!!

Barry Tucker

19/01/2013I've given up trying to understand the climate thing -- too many conflicting facts and opinions. I can recall periods of warm winters, cool summers, freezing winters and scorching summers throughout my life. I'm more concerned with the reasons for the opposition to pollution control from certain sections of the news media, big business and politics. I'm sure the reasons are purely commercial: pollution control, taxes, less use of coal and oil all cut into profits. I'm sure Labor supporters (and those who support a clean future) can get more traction in this debate by investigating crass commercial interests and ignoring the scientific argy-bargy which (in my opinion) is little more than a smoke screen. @btckr

Ad astra

19/01/2013Casablanca Mike Carlton's email address has been corrected.

Ad astra

19/01/2013DMW Gordon’s thoughts are worthy of note. I wonder how much longer the electorate will swallow Abbott’s simple slogans. Maybe with an election coming up it will demand more substance than the fairy floss he has offered so far. It is Labor’s task to promote its policies strongly, and insist the parallel policies of the Coalition be placed alongside them.

Ad astra

19/01/2013Barry Tucker The problem scientists have, and climate scientists in particular, is that they subscribe to Popper’s dictum that while scientific theories are able to be disproved, they cannot be proved absolutely. Science works on probabilities; only charlatans operate with ‘certainty’, their own version of certainty. Having operated all my life in a milieu of uncertainty, I am comfortable accepting the level of certainty that climate scientists offer in favour of AGW, around 98%. Why not back that level of certainty, or uncertainty for that matter. Who would not back a horse at those odds? All the more so when the penalty for not backing the AGW horse leaves a 98% chance of bringing about catastrophic climate change. Even arch-conservatives Margaret Thatcher and Rupert Murdoch have said that we ought to give the planet the benefit of any doubt. It is beyond most of us to understand the dynamics of global climate with its multiple interacting variables. Even climate scientists have difficulty, which is why they use powerful computers to model change in climate and make predictions. So why don’t we just accept the scientists’ words at face value, and act accordingly. [b]My plea is to leave it to the scientists to do their work carefully and advise us, and to accept their conclusions and endorse their advice. We cannot do their work.[/b] The question you pose is why so many in business and industry oppose pollution control, and your answer is self interest, to which I would add ‘short term’ self interest. Those with a long view can see that global warming above 2 degrees C will threaten their business and life as we know it. But short-term gains are more alluring than long term ones, and so they go for the quick buck and to hell with the future. In my view, Labor ought to speak about global warming in certain terms, and run the message that as time is rapidly running out to save the planet for our grandchildren, we must ACT NOW, and not muck around with Mickey Mouse proposals like Abbott’s so-called ‘Direct Action Plan’, and his ridiculous plan to abolish the carbon tax, just when it desired effects are being seen. Labor must ignore the Monckton’s, the Plimer’s, the Alan Jones’ and all the other climate charlatans, and get down to fingering the Opposition’s ineffectual policies and shaming the avaricious and selfish business community into responsible behavior for the common good, pressing the point that it is for its own good in the long run.

DMW

19/01/2013[b]What if Gillard were to lead?[/b] Geoff Davies, IndependentAustralia [i]PRIME MINISTER Julia Gillard’s October parliamentary speech, in which she systematically tore down Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for his persistent misogyny, got a big reaction world-wide. Why? Because it is a problem not often addressed in mainstream politics, and because of her obvious passion and authenticity, delivered with devastatingly articulate precision. In all the discussion that followed ‒ about whether this was routine parliamentary posturing, about why the commentariat was caught off-guard, about whether she is hypocritical about other issues ‒ one question was missing: Why doesn’t Gillard do this more often?[/i] http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/what-if-gillard-were-to-lead/

Psyclaw

19/01/2013Barry Tucker I don't recall seeing you at TPS before so "hello" [i]"I've given up trying to understand the climate thing"[/i] I'm sorta in your camp. The fact is I didn't ever really try to understand it. I've had about 10 operations over the last decade and I must confess that other than at a very general level I didn't understand the detail. The surgeon who removed my thyroid did explain that the operation 's was fairly long because of the need to go slowly and avoid damaging many nerves, including vocal ones, in the area. Removing the actual thyroid takes about a minute or so. But don't ask me to draw a picture. I trusted her and left it up to her. Similarly in my few OS plane trips I've wondered how 4 or 5 hundred tonnes stays up in the air. I've got a very rough idea about power and flaps and uplift but I still can't understand it. The aeronautical engineers and pilots have got it all under control. As to how this computer and the www works, Dog Albitey knows, and a few IT geeks here and there around the world. So long as they keep it all going is all I'm concerned about. So too with climate change and AGW. Other than my common sense that tells me that since the advent of the industrial revolution in the 1800's(?), mankind has been belching exhaust toxins from billions of engines, plant and machinery all over the earth into the finite atmosphere and that inevitably it will have to come back and bite us, I know little about the detailed dynamics of AGW. But I do trust the scientific community to work it out for me, just as I trust doctors, pilots and experts in many other fields that have thus far made my life convenient, enjoyable, and reasonably long. About AGW, this group of experts speaks quite predominantly with a single voice. The conflicting facts and opinions come from sources other than the scientific community, and as you point out they are invariably based on some competing commercial interest.

Casablanca

19/01/2013AA It never occurred to me that it was a simple matter of an 's' missing from Mike Carlton's email address. I took the 'mh' to be his initials. lol Also, I meant to query why Labor, as in ALP, has been spelt Labour in the TPS Mail database.

DMW

19/01/2013Hi Ad, I am still 'processing' Gordon's Thoughts ... [i] It is Labor’s task to promote its policies strongly, and insist the parallel policies of the Coalition be placed alongside them.[/i] I agree with the first part however I wouldn't insist on the opposition doing anything. Come from a position of strength, showing 'we are in power and we can get this done'. Play from the front foot and set the agenda. Insisting that Mr Abbott and his band of merry shadows does this or that plays toward the impression that the opposition is the one that [u]has the power[/u] as opposed to [u]being in power[/u]. I will have to read Gordon again as some of it still 'jangling'

MWS

19/01/2013A good site that clearly explains AGW and rebuts all of the misinformation is skepticalscience.com They have "basic" and "advanced" sections, so all readers can understand. I agree with Aa. It is the height of arrogance to say - "I don't know what you are doing, but I'm sure you're doing it wrong." Nearly all of the deniers have NO specialised knowledge of AGW, they don't publish in the field and almost all take money from fossil fuel industries. A good book on the denial industry is [i]Merchants of doubt[/i] by Naomi Orestes and Eric Conway. Your local library should be able to get you a copy. http://www.merchantsofdoubt.org/

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19/01/2013Casablanca I hadn't noticed the misspelling of 'Labor". I've asked Web Monkey to change 'Labour' to 'Labor'.

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19/01/2013Folks I'll be out for a few hours.

KHTAGH

19/01/2013AA I didn't have the rest of TPS mail to look at with my earlier post, looks like we will be more that a pebble on the road to the Lieberals & the old MSM this yr, more like a bloody big speed hump with teeth. Very well put together, I bow my hat to Web Monkey, I studied flash programing a few yrs back now & I know just how many hours of work he has had to put in. Especially the fact it is all done in HTML, my admiration goes to you [b]Web Monkey[/b]. Also to the host of us all [b]Ad Astra[/b], TPS has evolved, you have set the new bench mark for blogs. ------------------------------------------------------- I agree AA, the article you posted the link too is truly frightening. I posted here a few months ago that we will see the change that is to come & possibly see the start of the decline in the Human era within 20 yrs. I did get pilloried a little about presenting a doomsday scenario, but I do think that is where we are heading & in that time frame. If we slip into a full blown El Nino(remember we are on the cusp of the change, Southern oscillation has not swung yet)we will have days that will make what we have just seen look like an entree. Plants(our food)just cant take it, we plant in seasons, you don't have a chance to replant a lot of crops when the first sowing gets wiped out. We can't even consider the cost to protect crops from the extremes. 1 day is all it takes. I recall a fact from the program [i]Taking Australia's Temperature[/i] as written about by AA in the last few months of last yr. When the presenter remarked at the end of the program. "I get it, there is an extra 1 kilowatt of energy/sqr kilometer of land mass over Australia & that is what is driving the climate" We have just witnessed what happens to that energy when it gets locked into the centre of the mainland, we cook!. For those that have a good imagination, try imagining twice that energy & the result. I will be happy to be corrected on this, but can anyone else remember when so many states have had such destructive fires all on the same week? I remember the 67 bush fires here in Tassie, even though I was only in grade 4 & I remember it well for my age. There was one thing missing that was the wind we had this time. More oxygen hotter faster fires. In the recent fires we had the fire cross a bay down the peninsular (Eaglehawk neck for those that know of it) it traveled over 300 mtrs across the water. No fuel but it still crossed it, not embers a massive sheet of flames, that was the only way it got onto the lower peninsular. That's why they built a prison there, only 1 access point (one piece of land 100 mts wide all sand/dunes the rest a barrier of 100's of mtrs of shark infested water). What a fire does under these conditions is re-writing the manual, its all new, for those that have them, break out the crystal ball, its going to be the only way to see what is coming, even though we have been warned for decades, very few see what is really going to happen. Funny how Abbortt jumping around like a demented jack jumper about the carbon price makes headlines, yet climate changes is still treated with complete contempt by Ltd News, as we saw last week with the IPCC report about sea level rise. Sorry for the new yrs rant, but I really do get angry when evidence like what we are seeing gets ignored & whitewashed. I feel like the angry Jack Jumper myself right now.

Psyclaw

19/01/2013From Gordon's Thoughts: [i]"It is Labor’s task to promote its policies strongly, and insist the parallel policies of the Coalition be placed alongside them."[/i] DMW suggests that the government does not "insist" on anything from the opposition, since this [i]"plays toward the impression that the opposition is the one that has the power "[/i] It is possible, I guess, that the word "insist" might to some convey an overemphasis by the government on what the opposition is doing/saying rather than the government getting on with its own positive message. However IMO the government must follow the traditional path, pointing out their strengths and the opposition's weakness. This will require them to put the spotlight on the Abbotteer's gross incompetencies both personnel and policy wise. Not to do this would be grossly incompetent. So make no bones about it, the government will throughout the campaign call on or insist that Abbott puts up. I think there are growing signs that elements of the MSM will do likewise, when push comes to shove. Abbott of course will minimise his exposure to sustained questioning and I expect any policy information from him will lack detail, unless he is pressed. It's all a matter of the government running a balanced campaign, and especially one that isn't in the majority negative. There is much grist for the mill about their great policies, and there is much grist for the mill about Abbott's inadequacies. Both are legitimate areas. I am reminded of the failed negative over-focus by the Bligh mob against CannotDo during the Queensland campaign. However, let's remember this was mainly based on wider Newman family issues, and the electorate rightly ignored it. So long as they do it with a large blend of selling their own positive message, the government should be able to beneficially keep some of the light on Abbott the person. Unlike CannotDo, he will be well behind the eight ball from the outset, despised as he is even by conservos, and so it won't be a matter of shooting him down from any existing position of personal popularity to which there might be a risk of a counter effect in the form of his regaining popularity. That won't happen; his deficits are too ingrained in his deeper persona. To express my view mathematically, I would want the government to focus about 75% of their effort in "selling" their own assets, and about 25% on highlighting Abbott's liabilities. Both aspects must be addressed.

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19/01/2013KHTAGH Thank you for your kind remarks. I hope [i]TPS Mail[/i] extends the reach of [i]TPS[/i], and that more and more use it to contact MPs. Psyclaw I’m inclined to agree with your view on how Labor should play the election game. Casablanca “Labor’ now correctly spelt. MWS Thank you for the link to [i]The merchants of doubt[/i]. It sound like a great book. I’m now calling it a day.

DMW

19/01/2013Psyclaw @ 9:01 PM did you actually read Gordon's Thoughts? If you check carefully the quote you supplied was from Ad @ 2:46 PM. Rather careless research. How suprisement. ReCaptcha knows all: [i]issupTyp buffoons[/i]

bob macalba

19/01/2013Ad To yourself and WEB MONKEY a big thankyou for setting up TPS Mail, i cant imagine the hours and effort put in but im guessing that it was lots and lots....Thanx to all who have put up comments and links over last couple of days..cheers, great stuff lots to take in Miglo...that John Lord article was spot on.... ta very much Marylyn....'WOW'...thats a scarey sort of anger you got going there, just reading it and i could feel spittle on my face. not a good way to get your point across though, IMHO, anyway good luck with that tactic......cheers

DMW

20/01/2013Hi Bob, Marilyn is certainly an odd kettle of fish. An extreme passionista for her cause. She recently had an article published @ Independent Australia which was quite sane and sensible. If Marilyn put her case here in a similar way many of us could possibly engage.

Psyclaw

20/01/2013I see there was pedantic error correction @ 11.00pm ..... pedantic because the error had no effect at all on the substance of my reflections. The misattributed quote simply set a general scene for the substance of my further reflections. [u]Erroneous attribution of quote by me:[/u] Yes [u]Essence of my post @ 9.01pm:[/u] Discussion of a suggestion of doom and gloom ie WTTE [i]"we'll all be rooned if the government "insists" that Abbott puts-up"[/i] (non-erroneously attributed to DMW) [u]Relevance of my attribution error to my 9.01 pm comment[/u]: Zero Recaptcha sure is all-knowing tonight: "forlorn sniper"

DMW

20/01/2013Psyclaw it is good to see the high horse is still your preferred mode of transport. I hope the view from up there is satisfying.

Psyclaw

20/01/2013 Settle petal !

Michael

20/01/2013Piers Akerman has flipped out. I THINK he thinks he's being satirical. If "bile" and "rant" were synonyms for "satire", perhaps. But they aren't. And neither, as it happens, on a Journalism 101 fact-checking basis, was Peter Slipper "the author of a series of truly vile and misogynistic text messages". James Ashby 'authored' the initiating phrases in the jar of pickled mussels text thread. I know nobody takes Piers Akerman seriously, but someone is seriously paying him, and someone will be applauding his dragging the political gutter-motifs of 2012 into this new year. Thanks Piers. For reminding everyone that 'the line' you and your ilk crossed is so far in your past that what you abandoned beyond it, truth, integrity, honour, don't mean a thing. Clearly not to you. To us? That's a whole other story. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/the-prime-minister-drew-a-line-but-seems-to-cross-it-with-impunity/story-e6frezz0-1226557313987

Psyclaw

20/01/2013Michael @8.03am Even in the misogyny speech debate the real context was ignored ie that Slipper had merely engaged in a very long sms dialogue with a consensual, like-minded, like-speaking, potential "partner". This appears to have been his perception at the time, whilst unbeknown to him it was actually a honey trap. When criticism of private, intimate, sexualised conversations between potential partners is the norm for castigation, who really wants to throw the first stone. As to the "truly vile" way in which female genitalia was discussed, I noted at the time that the MSM by and large did not quote the actual words, nor did they tell that Ashby actually initiated the topic. Had they reported the actual words, there are very many people of both genders who would have previously heard both female and male genitalia being described in reference to other objects in nature by way of comparison, and who would not have believed that the actual descriptions in the sms texts were "vile". Distasteful? ..... maybe; poor form? .... maybe; proscribed by etiquette? ...... probably; unoriginal?..... certainly. But nothing really worth getting up on a high horse about, or even a shetland pony for that matter! Justice Rares was certainly not fazed by it. However the meme of the MSM and the opposition about the issue ...... that such words used by a MP, indeed by a Speaker !!!!!!!! indicates the onset of armageddon for the whole society ........ would have lacked any political potency if the actual words had been widely quoted. A big "ho hum" from large sections of the community would have ensued. Given Abbott's manly, misogynistic, testosterone driven character, I'd bet my house that he has privately had a good laugh about the words Slipper wrote, which would not only have been familiar to him, but part of his own vocabulary in the past.

bob macalba

20/01/2013DMW i read that article....thats the same Marilyn?

Janet (Jan @j4gypsy)

20/01/2013 Some Sunday reading, peoples. [b]UPDATE: TIMESTAMPS & PRESS RELEASES[/b] [i]Sortius[/i] It’s been over a month since I’ve updated my stories on Abbott’s press release regarding James Ashby’s case against Peter Slipper (post 1, post 2) , so I thought I’d give an update on some new information that has come to hand. http://sortius-is-a-geek.com/?p=2706 [b]Trial by media [/b] [i]Barry Tucker[/i] IN the heart of the nation’s capital, in the heart of its Parliament, we have the Canberra Press Gallery and, in its private alcove, the National Press Club. It appears to be the beating heart of the political news media bias that is driving at least half of the country nuts. … What’s not so obvious is a complaint by Neil Spencer, on December 16, 2012. Mr Spencer questions the relatively poor coverage of the outcome of a court case which has become known as Ashbygate. The hearing created sensational front page news. The verdict was buried in the back pages. Instead of replying directly to Mr Spencer’s post, the FB page administrator referred him to another story in The Daily Telegraph relating to action being taken against the former Speaker, Peter Slipper, by the Federal Police. The administrator makes the rather snide remark: “We thought you would appreciate this one.” http://theaimn.com/2013/01/18/trial-by-media/ [b]The Ashbygate conspiracy — of silence[/b] [i]Margo Kingston[/i] Meanwhile In the Twitterverse, people have created timelines, Ashby archives and Ashby newspapers, listed Ashby questions and started a petition to force an inquiry. Independent media have bemoaned the ‘scandalous lack of curiosity’ of the MSM, and Independent Australia has continued its standout news, analysis and investigative reporting. Me, I’ve made a complaint about the Daily Telegraph’scoverage to the Press Council, signed the inquiry petition, and broken the story that the recent court summons against Slipper for old travel claims defies normal practice. I got that scoop because my sources didn’t think the MSM was interested. When it sticks in twitter’s craw, Twitter makes the running. http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/the-ashbygate-conspiracy-of-silence/ [b]The Religious Right To Discriminate[/b] [i]Eleanor Gibbs[/i] While many aspects of the anti-discrimination laws are being updated, there is one area of discrimination that is not only untouched, but has in fact been extended. Under the current laws, religious organisations have a permanent exemption from the requirements not to discriminate, except in the provision of aged care. The proposed bill increases the grounds on which religious groups can discriminate to include gender identity, marital or relationship status, potential pregnancy, pregnancy, religion, sexual orientation. http://newmatilda.com/2013/01/18/religious-right-discriminate [b]I will not be renewing my Liberal Party membership[/b] Team Oyeniyi I’ve been feeling less and less able to to support the Liberal Party for some time. I’ve reached the point where I find I cannot, in all conscience, remain a member. I was particularly disappointed in Joe Hockey’s attack on the Prime Minister over Christmas. That sort of thing just isn’t necessary in a civilised country. Then we had the “lovely” Andrew Laming’s recent behaviour, which, as far as I know, has gone without chastisement from his leader. The Liberal Party’s hypocrisy over the Slipper affair just stunned me. [Comments are worth reading] http://teamoyeniyi.com/2013/01/17/i-will-not-be-renewing-my-liberal-party-membership/ [b]Comment:[/b] [i]Bushfire Bill[/i] The fact that he is just about THE most unpopular leader of an Opposition in history is waved away as a mere bagatelle. We hear that PPM and personal ratings don’t necessarily predict election results, which may be true when they are just unfavourable. But Abbott’s ratings are in the sub-basement. They had to dig a new hole to put them in. They had to clear the rats and the cockroaches out to make room. We also hear that Labor has to contend with marginal seats. But the Libs have more, yet they are never mentioned. http://pbxmastragics.com/2013/01/18/friday-night-frolics/comment-page-2/#comment-9767 [b]For Our Information: Politicians Need To Let Go[/b] [i]Suelette Dreyfus[/i] For those who want to keep the freedoms of the internet intact, vigilance is key. There is some reason for optimism, a slow changing of the guard among some in Canberra, if not among our elected representatives. A younger generation is beginning to enlighten the bureaucracy through open government movement organisations such as GovHack and GovCamp. The forward-thinking Australian Capital Territory government is working on the innovative dataACT program, an initiative to publish bundles of government data at a central web portal for the public to access and use online tools to analyse. While still early days, all this marks the very early beginnings of a culture change coming from inside the Australian government itself. Such changes will inevitably involve some loss of control, and that will be a hard struggle. But politicians and government decision makers on both sides of the Pacific just need to get a grip — and then let go. http://www.theglobalmail.org/feature/for-our-information-politicians-need-to-let-go/544/ [b]Is unemployment set to rise?[/b] [i]Michael Janda[/i] Currently, this trend towards lower rates of participation has proved durable. If it remains so, it makes outlying economist predictions of a 6 per cent-plus unemployment rate later this year far less likely to come true. As one economist said in response to the latest jobless figures, Australia's employment market is hardly shooting the lights out. However, it is holding steady, and it is worth noting that 5.4 per cent is as low as the unemployment rate ever was during the period between 1978 and April 2004 - and the participation rate was much lower in that period. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-18/janda-unemployment-rise/4470848 [b]A third official level of government?[/b] [i]The Canberra Files[/i] Throughout all these media friendly events there has been a fascinating and predictably under-reported affair taking place involving some of our top policy makers and academics. On Wednesday in Sydney there met a group of bureaucratic alumni for the Joint Select Committee on the Constitutional Recognition of Local Government. Although this title sounds exceedingly exciting it was probably a rather pedestrian affair; however with some very interesting information and important possible outcomes. http://thecanberrafiles.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/a-third-official-level-of-government/ [b]Street violence shows the need for Gonski reforms[/b] [i]Craig Emerson MP[/i] It is unworthy of an opposition frontbencher to seek a political dividend from a tense situation in which police were trying to keep the groups apart. And it is no thanks to Laming that the police have done a great job in brokering a peace between the families. But equally, it is incumbent on governments to implement policies designed to give young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the same chance in life as better-off children. The Gillard government has greatly increased funding for literacy and numeracy programs in Logan, targeted at indigenous children and those from non-English-speaking and low-socioeconomic backgrounds. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_Eqbb5ANlYkYzFXZ0wxS3RCQU0/edit?pli=1

DMW

20/01/2013Go [i]Jayfa[/i], a very busy little beaver you has bin ... Well done and thanks :) :) :)

DMW

20/01/2013Does this work? [b]The Jayfa Jive [/b] [i]a merry dance around the blogs[/i]

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20/01/2013bob macalba Thank you for your kind words. I hope you will make good use of [i]TPS Mail[/i]. Michael I doubt if Piers Akerman could write satire. His writings are so redolent with sarcasm and hate that satirical meaning would be so swamped as to be unrecognizable. His piece is archetypical and thereby worthless. Why is paid for such dross? His employer must have an ulterior motive.

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20/01/2013Janet Thank you for a great collection of items which I enjoyed reading. Ashbygate seems like a simmering issue. I suppose we will have to wait until the parliamentary year begins to see how vigorously the conspiracy theory is pursued. BB’s comments, as always are spot on.

DMW

20/01/2013[b][i]The Sunday Papers[/b] What the front pages are saying[/i] via Front Pages Today - http://goo.gl/enTjx [b]The Sunday Telegraph[/b] - http://goo.gl/uizVi THROWAWAY ‘BABIES’ - Exclusive: Parents told to destroy IVF embbryos Mobile Phone Ban on Star Swimmers Fire Heroes who saved Aussie Icon [b]The Sun-Herald[/b] - http://goo.gl/HL4NX Treating children with kid gloves Back in the pulpit - Church reinstates priest who abused disabled women [b]The Sunday Age[/b] - http://goo.gl/ZksS3 Scorched, surrounded … undefeated MP’s son in council cash row [b]The Sunday Mail[/b] - http://goo.gl/5tGei FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE STREWTH! Boxing Roos put mum in hospital [i]... and from a year ago today[/i] [b]You are what you choose to learn[/b] Barnaby Joyce @CanberraTimes [i]Our future is determined to a large extent by who we are and where we live. When we are young we may have dreams of beauty, fame or wealth but mostly these are determined by genetics, the benevolence of our families and education.[/i] http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/opinion/editorial/general/you-are-what-you-choose-to-learn/2425548.aspx?storypage=0 [b]Abbott’s stunts no substitute for policy grunt[/b] Anthony Albanese (Opinion in The Australian) @HisWebSite [i]Tony Abbott declared at the 2010 Press Gallery end of year drinks that he would host the 2011 drinks in the Lodge. Of course, we know that represented a triumph of ambition over reality.[/i] http://anthonyalbanese.com.au/abbotts-stunts-no-substitute-for-policy-grunt-opinion-the-australian [b]Challenge for Gillard: to reignite the passion[/b] Michael Gordon @NationalTimes [i]NOW comes the hard part. Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have the chance to cast self-interest aside, right a historical wrong and nudge this country towards reconciliation. Will they grasp it? And if they do, will the nation respond?[/i] http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/politics/challenge-for-gillard-to-reignite-the-passion-20120119-1q8ix.html [b]Racism very much alive in Australia, says Dr Charles Teo[/b] Stephen Drill, Henry Budd @Herald Sun [i]Dr Charles Teo, the son of Chinese immigrants, who prolonged the life of Jane McGrath and has saved the lives of hundreds of Australians, said it was wrong to deny there was racism. At a launch of Australia Day Council celebrations yesterday, Dr Teo said that racism was still "very much alive in Australia".[/i] http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/racism-very-much-alive-in-australia-says-dr-charles-teo/ [b]Racism still shadows our history[/b] Mark Leibler @NationalTimes [i]