The old saying “If you’re not a communist at the age of 20, you haven’t got a heart. If you’re still a communist at the age of 30, you haven’t got a brain” is so true. Capitalism is proven to superior to socialism yet despite the evidence of history, socialism is still touted as a viable economic system by idealists, greens and the naive. No doubt Socialists probably have good intentions. They want to make the world a better place. They see inequalities and injustice and seek to alleviate these things using the most straightforward path possible. According to socialists, society needs to be reformed, people need to change, the rich need to share their wealth, and things need to be made fairer. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions and measures designed to make the world a fairer place, often have the opposite effect. Socialism requires that everyone must agree to operate within it or be forced to. Kurt Schlichter discuss our millennial offspring. [More]
Key career appointments include: Chief of Staff to the Minister for Justice and Customs, Project Director with Raytheon Australia, Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia, Commanding Officer of a Combat Service Support Battalion and Adjutant General of Army, the Chief of Army’s key governance advisor. Senator Reynolds was the first woman in the Australian Army Reserves to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. She has completed a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies). Hear her speech from last Wednesday in Parliament.
BBC interviews Huawei founder
Much has been said about Huawei’s link to China’s communist politburo. Especially here in Australia who has knocked them out of the picture regarding the 5G communications project, as has the US and New Zealand. Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, like those Australians on the board of Huawei Australia, repeat the mantra that all is well and in no way could China gather private data. That, of course is total bullshit and all those pushing Huawei’s barrow obfuscate or ignore questions about that matter of Chinese law. The last paragraph in this interview exposes Huawei’s position clearly.
But where I saw his mood [Ren Zhengfei] change was when I asked him about his links to the Chinese military and the government.
While he answered all of my questions, he refused to be drawn into a conversation on this, only to say that these were not facts, simply allegations – and insisted that political connections are not what has led Huawei to be successful today. [More]
Political departures: a group fête of the failed
As the parliamentary camera scanned Labor’s team to the left of the speaker, sometimes it would stall and a lifeless figure comes into focus on what appears to be a cardboard replica of Wayne Swan. It’s been there for years, it doesn’t move, it doesn’t go home. It just projects a supercilious stare through horn-rimmed spectacles and a fixed leer. Once touted by some idiot as the treasurer of the year for the man that made multiple promises of a budget surplus that never happened. Instead, we got the nation’s largest debt ever. Failed policies, money sent to dead people, even dogs. A real nice bloke many say. Poor bugger, what will be missed?
Wayne Swan pre-promoted his valedictory speech as “the end of an era” which, while not exactly modest, was correct. Swanny, as he was known during the infamous Rudd/Gillard/Rudd years, was the last man in Parliament – apart from Labor leader Bill Shorten – closely associated with that epoch, of which reviews were mixed. And yesterday Swanny, the (other) boy from Nambour, the third-longest-serving Labor treasurer, the world’s greatest finance minister (so named by Euromoney magazine in 2011), passionate Labor warrior, prostate cancer survivor and Kevin Rudd nemesis, took his leave from Parliament with a spicy parting speech. [More]
Pyne thinks Turnbull is the Messiah
Current Defence Minister Christopher Pyne has long been described as a “mincing poodle”, a fitting description most would agree. But this editor sees him more like an old armchair that one finds dumped on the side of a road. Rain-soaked, tattered and smelly, in other words—quite useless. And Rowan Dean at the Spectator entertains us, as he always does, with his keen insight to those who serve us in the worst way—notably Pyne and Turnbull.
Rowan Dean: With impeccable timing, increasingly-eccentric Defence Minister Christopher Pyne this week leapt out of some bizarre theological closet to declare that his devotion to former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull goes far beyond the normal political loyalty to one’s factional boss and more resembles the devout worshipping of a Messianic, Christ-like figure. [More]
More good news for Wednesday
It has to be a good day. Egg all over the sour faces of the pesky Kerryn Phelps clutch and bad news for the bloody Greens Di Natale, Bandt and Labor’s Shorten. Voters have woken up? Danger has that effect on those able to identify vipers at a glance. John Ferguson writing in The Australian greets us with news of a voter backlash. It seems that NewsPoll is holding back this week in the wake of the sudden policy change regarding Medivac. Perhaps next Monday will surprise many.
The Greens face an electoral backlash as voters concerned about climate change and asylum-seekers — and enticed by Bill Shorten’s softer policy agenda — refuse to shift their support to a minor party beset by dysfunctional campaigning and infighting. Private polling from the major parties shows the Greens’ national vote remains below its 2016 federal election result of 10.2 per cent, despite the anti-Coalition sentiment that has helped bolster the overall Left vote in this parliamentary term. [More]
Medivac dream becomes nightmare:
the Phelps mob are snookered
I took a while for the ‘experts’ in the Phelps cabal of Parliamentary pests to cool down from the victory party. This morning, however, will send a certain chill up their spines when they realise they have been headed off at the pass—too smart by half—snookered! In The Australian yesterday there was a three-line paragraph that didn’t altogether make it clear that a Nauruan law does not accept medical transfers based on electronic medial evidence. Fairfax Media today clarifies that situation. The pocket shot in this game is in that the ‘hospital seekers’ are to be sent to Christmas Island—and that is a piece of Australia, ha,ha!
The government of Nauru will be the final arbiter of whether any refugees or asylum seekers are brought to Australia from that island as a result of the medical transfer bill that passed through Parliament last week. The Department of Home Affairs was seeking legal advice on Tuesday about new Nauruan laws imposing further restrictions on the circumstances in which residents of the tiny island nation can be sent overseas for medical treatment. Those laws, dated February 15, prohibit a transfer being approved based on medical advice obtained from overseas by teleconference or Skype, and also vest the final decision in the hands of the Nauruan health minister. [More]
Jussie Smollett is a TV actor and is a friend of Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, two Democrat politicians who are in an operation to get Congress to agree to pass an “Anti-Lynching law.”
Anyway, there are these two going on about lynch mobs and, blow me down, here was their good friend, Jussie Smollet, suddenly involved in the very thing they are on about. Talk about co-incidence!
Well then, at 2.00 on a freezing cold, -4 degrees, snowy morning, there was Jussie out buying a roll at the local Subway and was walking home when two white guys, one carrying a noose, the other carrying a bottle of bleach, accosted him. He says.
They started yelling awful poofter and racial slurs to get his attention, including: ‘Aren’t you that faggot of “Empire” nigger?’ He says. [More]
Keep fraudulent science out of our courtrooms
Perhaps the most revolutionary and famous Australian environmental lawsuit, the Tasmanian Dam Case had a major impact both on environmental conservation and Australian constitutional law. When a proposal circulated for the construction of two dams on the Franklin River in Tasmania, the plans were met with fierce opposition from conservationist groups. Seeing little hope in the Liberal Tasmanian government, conservationists looked to the federal government for help in preventing the construction of the dams. The 1983 federal election put the Labour Party in power. They quickly passed the World Heritage Properties Conservation Act which allowed the Commonwealth to reject the construction of dams in the so-called wilderness areas. [More]