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 Why would anyone trust Labor’s leader Albanese?

26.03.20. Labor’s Anthony Albanese stood in Parliament last week with muted voice and a solemn, sad-sack visage pledging his bi-partisan union with government regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Albo might have better served himself and all involved had he executed a practice quarantine, maybe three or four months to stay out of the way. Perhaps Labor’s mob have yet to recognise that poor-old Albo is sleepwalking them over the cliff.
The Labor Party has broken decisively from policy bipartisanship on the fight against COVID-19. Its attack on Wednesday was comprehensive, specific and personal. Sensing mounting concern about Scott Morrison’s stance, Labor has dissented from the government and its medical advisers. 

Source: Paul Kelly. News Corp

Coronavirus: Anthony Albanese in bed with Boris Johnson as games begin

Labor leader Anthony Albanese and his senior colleagues ­rejected Morrison’s core strategy — fighting two crises, health and economic, together. Albanese ­repudiated this as a “false distinction”, saying Labor saw health as the first priority followed by the economy “in that order”.
He rejected the Morrison method of daily updates as “no good” for certainty and con­fidence. Aware that tougher measures are coming, Albanese called for “stricter shutdowns” of the economy. He accused Morrison of playing politics, confusing the public and seeking “to hector people and blame people”.
Criticising the centrepiece of the second fiscal package, he endorsed the principle of “wages being paid” as adopted by Tory PM Boris Johnson.
The differences go to fundamentals. Labor now seeks growing product distinction between itself and the government as the infections spread. The split over the health strategy, messages and economic measures sets up a longer-run conflict guaranteed to dominate this entire parliamentary term.
In his media conferences on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, Morrison was emphatic about his strategy. In implementing his non-essential economic shutdown, Morrison referred to a “twin crisis, a crisis on a health front which is also causing a crisis in the economy. And both of them can be as equally as deadly”.
“My priority is to protect Australian lives and to protect their livelihoods,” he said.
He was reluctant to close down businesses when “there’s no medical advice” to this effect. While moving into shutdown mode, he said it was important the economy continued “to operate and function as much as possible”.
Labor health spokesman Chris Bowen said: “I see people saying, well, the government’s got to balance the economy against health. No. I completely reject that. The best economic plan for the country is to beat this virus quickly.”
While Labor is pushing hard for more urgent action, it avoids saying exactly what parts of the economy it would leave open.
The constant government stance based on medical advice is there is no quick fix.
In his Tuesday night comments, Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said if the public practised social distancing and followed Morrison’s instructions, “that will achieve the outcomes that we want” — short of “destroying life as we know it”.
With confusion about schools, long queues at Centrelink offices, the Ruby Princess fiasco and Premier Daniel Andrews announcing that Victoria was heading to stage three shutdowns, Albanese said: “They (people) are confused that each day the government seems to be making different ­announcements about the way they should act.”
He said, incredibly, the government had to ensure there was not a tension “between dealing with the health issues and dealing with the economic issues”.
That ­remark is nothing but nonsense. Albanese is playing a double game — politics dictated he must vote for the government’s bills this week and politics now dictates he must signal his fundamental differences with Morrison’s strategy.
Standing next to Albanese, SDA national secretary Gerard Dwyer called on the government to provide a ­direct wage subsidy, saying business and unions wanted it, which is similar to British government actions. Morrison and Josh Frydenberg have rejected this, emphasising that Treasury ­advised against it.
Albanese’s comments were riddled with contradictions. He ­attacked Morrison, saying he must follow advice when the government’s entire response to the crisis has been based upon the medical advice, Treasury ­advice and national cabinet deliber­ations. If the government has blundered, it is because it followed medical advice, not ignored it.
On the economy, ­Albanese said Morrison needed to take advice in terms of shutdowns as well as providing income support.
From whom should Morrison seek advice? It seems to be Boris Johnson.

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  • Cliff 26/03/2020, 6:21 am

    Surely to God it is in the Labor Party’s (to say nufing (sic) if Australia’s) best interest to call in Anthony Albanese’s citizenship status and under Section 44 of the constitution, declare him ineligible to hold office in the Federal Parliament.

    Blank birth (birf?) certificate notwithstanding, he has admitted – in print – that his father is an Italian citizen and his father has acknowledged this to be so and accepted him as his son.

    That means that Mr Albanese AND his children would be eligible for Italian citizenship if the were to apply for it.

    I cannot understand why he has, to date, remained somehow exempt from the provisions of Section 44.

    • Disgruntled 26/03/2020, 7:12 am

      Best description of Sleasy is that he’s a nuffin, full stop!
      Nutting to see ere, look away aye.
      Otherwise, a total bloody dill to the extreme.

      • Lorraine 26/03/2020, 10:01 am

        Agree a nothing burger, and we are best served, to have such a dill in opposition. Pity his wage is so high, and his morals are so low.

      • Disgruntled 26/03/2020, 1:09 pm

        Hey Lorraine, you are my kind of Gal with your comment!!!
        {Pity his wage is so high, and his morals are so low.}
        Quick and sharp and short and hit the nail right on the head squarely, It gave me a good giggle too!

  • Penguinite 26/03/2020, 9:34 am

    Trust and Albanese are two words that just do not gel! Mix them with The UK’s version of Karl Marx for a very unconscionable, unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulous deceitful, deceiving, deluding, delusive, delusory, false artful, beguiling, cagey (also cagy), crafty, cunning, foxy, slick, sly, subtle, wily defrauding, devious, furtive, slippery, sneaking, sneaky, trickish, tricky insidious, perfidious, treacherous (thanks Miriam) compound indeed. For the icing on the cake toss in Greens Senator Larissa Waters!

    • Lorraine 26/03/2020, 10:02 am

      Trust and the Left are at odds for sure,

  • DT 26/03/2020, 10:09 am

    Albo has been on a political mission ever since he became Opposition Leader and his game plan is to exploit every opportunity, regardless of what it is or the ethics, to attack the Government and PM.

    Most of the MSM and ABC paid little attention to Albo’s bushfire stunt at Bilpin RFS depot in the Blue Mountains. He was sighted in Katoomba in the morning at a supermarket buying sausages and other props, wearing shorts and teeshirt. Late morning he was at Bilpin wearing a shirt and long pants with a media crew and a handful of supporters. They gathered around one table pretending that Albo was serving RFS volunteers meals.

    A RFS truck pulled in, the crew tired and weary from fighting bushfires and a couple of hours away from their home base. They were turned away and told to find a McDonalds restaurant, which from Bilpin would be in Lithgow many kilometres away.

    Albo is probing for weaknesses to exploit now as the COAG based leaders cabinet of State Premiers, Territory Chief Ministers and the Prime Minister are meeting regularly to make decisions on COVID-19 controls. The cabinet consists of 5 Labor leaders and 4 Coalition leaders. Albo wants a seat on the cabinet to make it bipartisan? The next step would have to be State and Territory Opposition Leaders as well. And not one of them in a government with the authority that provides.

    Albo is also trying to exploit the COVID-19 Health and Economic crisis by claiming the economy was already in poor shape before the Health emergency, in other words wink wink nudge nudge the Federal Government is trying to cover it up. Well economy in Australia is State and Territory economies, as Labor Treasurer Swan called them as GDP growth declined, “patchwork”, meaning all performing differently.

    The last strong economic performance was in 2007 with GDP growth 4.2%

    All downhill after that with the exception of one Labor Government year when 3% was achieved.

    Right now our economy is hovering around 2% GDP growth which is slightly above global average, trailing the USA but well ahead of Germany where in 2019 there was a mild recession and 0.5% GDP growth forecast for 2020 before COVID-19.

    Albo and Union Labor are welded to socialism globalism and have lost the plot. The Coalition is split between a similar woke position and the good guys.

    Let’s hope that COVID-19 puts an end to socialism globalism in Australia, legislate to allow $ billions of projects held up in court appeals by activist Greens, UNEXIT along with the economic vandalism of UN Treaties and a return to making Australia self sufficient again, as far as possible to achieve.

  • Disgruntled 26/03/2020, 1:41 pm

    D T, in response to your last 2 paragraphs. Right on mate, old Johannes would not have put up with it, and since he got the ar*e things have really gone down hill.
    Now we have too many pollies that are referred to as “bed-wetters”, I’m not really sure what that term means but I’m guessing that it means pollies who are too lazy to research the total reality of requirements for Australia proper and in sleep time they are too lazy to get up and then wet their beds. That explanation may not be right but for me it seems O K.

    When as a kid I seem to recall many old brands of all types of things and as I recall the only reference to China was their “opium dens”. All now gone, how sad. {the good things that is}

    The “final solution”of this virus. Is if we still have any intelligence within our leaders we may and should see a big change with the way things are done, here’s hoping. There are so many things that do need changing!

  • JRT 26/03/2020, 1:58 pm

    Just imagine the damage Albo would do if he got a seat on the National Cabinet, especially with the doctrine he is currently espousing. Finally Trump has got his stimulus package through in spite of the Dems attempts to hijack it for their own purposes.

  • Tony H 26/03/2020, 8:53 pm

    Always sleazy is a scum bag! Or Each way Albo as Paul Murray calls him! He would be an absolute disaster if PM!

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