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Tuesday, 22nd August 2017

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Larry Pickering

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.

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RALPH BLEWITT's "person of influence" WAS JULIA GILLARD

Michael Smith’s phone interview with Ralph Blewitt yesterday was interesting in that he (Blewitt) referred to a certain “person of influence”. Michael abruptly cut him off.


OH, WHAT A LOOK!

 

Successive AWU questions from Julie Bishop appear to have unsettled our Julia. Her confident upbeat demeanor vanished like Costello’s surplus as she again refused to answer the question.



AN ASIAN VIEW OF GILLARD'S ASIA

Before Australia can become a competitive force, it must have an accepted place in the region. Ms Gillard’s White Paper reeks of Austro-centrism where most of the points made in the document are written with the expectation that Australia will win out of closer ties with Asia without necessarily giving much back in exchange — such as Australia having closer ties with Asian universities in order to attract students and skilled workers. Rather one-way to say the least. China saved Australia from a deep recession with demand for its minerals and Australia’s relationship within the region is now one where Australia needs the region more than the region needs Australia.Australia also has a track record of falling over itself in Asia. It will take much more than massive investment in skills and education to be able to engage the Asian region, let alone be “competitive”. One of the paramount barriers Australia has to overcome is the deep set belief that its own cultural values are universally accepted across the region. It’s not about learning Asian languages but about understanding different points of view, approaches, and “mindsets”. Austro-centrism must take a back seat in relationships around the region for Australia to be seriously considered a member of the region. Asian suspicion may arise to the issue Ms Gillard talked about herself: “Australia being a winner in Asia.” This implies there must be losers. It’s highly doubtful if anybody in the region is looking at Australia with any more interest today. 
THE JAKARTA POST


DFAT assisted in illegal Italian abductions

FOI material accessed by Pickering Post shows DFAT and its employees in the Italian Embassy were at best cognisant of, and at worst complicit in, the 2010 abduction of four Italian girls to Queensland, Australia. The mother of the four girls, Laura Garrett, is about to be charged with a criminal offence and is asking Australians for $10,000 to engage a "good Italian criminal Lawyer".


LABOR'S LARGESSE IS LUCKY FOR LABOR

Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister once spoke of a possible “temporary” deficit. Wayne Swan is wielding a heavy axe in a forlorn attempt to balance his 2012/2013 budget.



GILLARD POLLS UP, BUT AT WHAT COST?

PM Gillard’s spike in the polls was paid for in Parliamentary ethics. Blokes used to respect each other in the good old days. Even Whitlam and Fraser, but Gillard and her crew have changed all that... and probably forever.



THE ASIAN CENTURY A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR GILLARD

When China knows as much about Ned Kelly as we know about Mao Tse Tung then we can say we have Asian influence beyond our minerals. 


WILL 40 BE ENOUGH?

How many more of our young men need to die, Julia? Will 40 be enough? After the 40th death will you again display a drawn face and utter heartfelt condolences before attending your next anti-Abbott conference?

 

 



THAT'S A BIT RICH, COMING FROM "RICHO"

 

Graham Richardson claimed on Sky News this morning that Gillard had no prior knowledge of plans to assassinate Kevin Rudd... 


TRUE BLUE LABOR STILL CAN'T COP GILLARD

Most university radicals eventually mature. Most, when they emerge from the dull grey halls of self-indoctrination, lose contact with the communist fringe.


McKEW CONFIRMS THE REAL JULIA

In a story first published in the Pickering Post earlier this year and again on September 26, it was revealed that Gillard had circulated false internal polling among Caucus members prior to the proposed vote to oust Kevin Rudd from leadership.



TURNING BACK BOATS... AND ETHICS

Fairfax journo Daniel Flitton has reported ASEAN diplomat, Surin Pitsuwan, as saying towing back boats would be “counterproductive”.

Isn’t it strange that an about-to-retire ASEAN diplomat of no import would seek out Fairfax’s Daniel Flitton to explain his thoughts on Australia’s boat people. The truth is he didn’t?


ABBOTT'S JUST SAYING WHAT COMES NATURALLY

It’s not the old style argy bargy Parliament we are used to and Tony Abbott should know by now he either needs to adjust or call a stop to it.

Political correctness has reached new heights in a very unusual ruling party of homosexuals, gay mothers and a single prime minister with a predilection for dodgy, married boyfriends. And it's they who are actually claiming offence at the most innocent of comments?



SWAN MINI BUDGET A FISCAL FARCE

Labor will claw $8.3 billion from companies in compulsory early tax payments. Yet another hit to employment. The baby bonus reduction makes sense because the illegal immigrants pouring unchecked across our open borders will take care of our required population growth.

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