In all the hoo-haa of budget week Senator Cory Bernardi managed to put forward and win an inquiry into third party certification schemes in Australia. This is great news. It includes, but is not limited to, halal certification.
So far this year, approximately $1.3 billion in Federal funding, including another half billion dollars announced in Tuesday's budget, has been earmarked to counter the increasing threat of radical Islam. But Muslim leaders want that money spent on “de-radicalising” their youth rather than on national security measures.
The crimes committed by the Islamic State (or the ‘death cult’ as Tony Abbott likes to refer to it) are no worse than those committed during any other war except that, for the first time in history, a war is being fought using Utube and highly professional production crews.
The Royal Commission into Unions has advised in an interim report that many union officials should be charged over accusations regarding the misuse and/or theft of union members’ funds.
The Left Press is now hyperventilating about the possibility of an early election due to a popular budget and it only demonstrates its anti-Abbott woolly thinking. Unless you listen to fools like Hartcher of the SMH, an early election is not an option for the Coalition for the simple reason that the current Senate rabble would remain in place. And Abbott already commands a healthy majority in the House.
Ever since Whitlam and his “Minister for the Status of Women”, Susan Ryan, graced Canberra, successive Governments have been dedicated to getting the fairer sex into the workforce because, they say, it doubles PAYE tax revenue. It doesn’t, never has, never will and the meagre tax take is a drop in the bucket compared to the current child care cost of $7 billion!
Perhaps successive Australian Governments will now admit that decades of grovelling and tens of billions of unaccounted for taxpayers’ money gifted to a decadently corrupt, duplicitous Islamic nation has been counter-productive.
A watershed election all right but not in the way anticipated. How can political pundits and polls (and Pickering) get it so wrong? How embarrassing! How can a Party called UKIP garner four million votes (the third highest number of votes apart from the majors) yet not gain a single seat and lose its leader, when the separatist Scots registered fewer votes and gained 56 seats? I think it’s called first-past-the-post voting... you know, that system that many Aussies are calling for.
“A watershed election”? “The most important election ever”? Well they always say that don’t they, but this time the outcome could send shivers up the back of a moribund Westminster and the ripples may extend all the way to Canberra because the astonishing similarities in public discontent are spooky.
I was disappointed to see David Spears of the SKY Channel select Adam Bandt as his top tip to take the Greens’ leadership. David is normally politically astute. Unfortunately Mr Bandt can never lead the Greens simply because he holds the seat of Melbourne, the only Green seat in the House.
If you have a thirst for politics and a need to know the machinations afoot inside the beltway, then Fairfax’s Peter Hartcher’s articles are best ignored because he typifies all that’s terminally wrong with Fairfax and, as a darling of the ABC, he will be one of the last rats to jump ship.
The US, Japan and the UK lead the way with amounts of around $10 million including airlifting massive humanitarian aid, then Canada, Norway and little old Australia is again punching above its weight, followed by China, Germany and Singapore with even the tiny impoverished kingdom of Bhutan kicking the tin with $1million.
Radical Islam has declared war on the world yet, curiously, few leaders seem keen to declare war on Radical Islam. Tony Abbott can unilaterally declare war on this subversive cult (he would need to eventually take it to Parliament) but he, like George W Bush did, backs off at a rate of knots fearing a mutinous Left uprising. Obama, of course, is part of that potential Left uprising.