As sure as “The Bulletin” died a sudden death with Kerry Packer so too will die “The Australian” with the death of Rupert Murdoch. They may be on borrowed time but journalists should never reveal their sources or confidences. They should rightly go to jail rather than do so. So when a former editor of a national daily broadsheet like “The Australian” spills his guts to eager TV hosts he is playing the last post for the Press.
At the moment it’s something like “Do you agree to the marriage Act being changed to allow same sex couples to be married?” Sounds pretty reasonable eh? I mean who could possibly object to that? Unfortunately the gay Left intends changing far more than that. And if the “No” case is presented truthfully the plebiscite hasn’t got a snowflake’s chance in hell.
Fifteen of the 9/11 terrorists were al-Qaeda Saudis. Osama Bin Laden was, and still is, a favourite son of the Saudis, the Taliban is still supported by, and is indeed a creation of, the Saudis, ISIS has had substantial monetary and idealistic support from the Saudis and Prince Mohamed’s adventure into next door Yemen in the south of the peninsula hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Masao Nakayama, Permanent Representative of the Federated States of Micronesia, is a softly-spoken man, born on the tiny atoll of Onoun in the state of Chuuk. He says, "The threat is to our existence, survival, not only as a people but as a culture. ... We now have just flat beaches -- the wash comes in and hits the roots of coconut trees," he said, "It's very scary, it's very frightening", the ABC has reported with a straight face.
As predicted here, Bill Shorten will quickly try to turn the Dastyari scandal into a debate on foreign donations. Okay let’s a have a debate on that, but it has nought to do with the treason of Dastyari. This is about Mr Bean enriching himself with Chinese funds in exchange for falsely and publicly misstating Australia’s and the ALP’s policy position on China’s expansion into the south China Sea... and that’s more about the capital offence of treason than it is about donations.
No, Sam will not be paying a high price for his resignation, in fact his pay will not be reduced by a single cent. After the last election Shorten was forced to inform both Dastyari and Andrew Leigh that, although they had been appointed to the shadow front bench, they would not be receiving shadow Ministers’ salaries. They had to stay on shadow back benchers' salaries due to a factional deal done to retain the hard Left Senator Kim Carr.
So Mr Bean is on the communists’ payroll? Big deal! Well, it would be a big deal for any entity other than the Labor Party because for 80 years a right of passage to a Labor safe seat was the obligatory trip to Moscow to spill one’s guts over what an awful democratic direction Australia was travelling in.
US Secretaries of State since Henry Kissinger have not exactly shone brightly, and just when you thought there could be none worse than Hillary Clinton, along comes super dope John Kerry, the master negotiator who mapped a pathway for the Iranians to have their bomb.
Sam Dastyari, could have a shorter time in Parliament than he hoped for after he demonstrated a Persian style of pocketing cash for comment. No, not the John Laws or Alan Jones type of cash for comment... it’s much worse than that!
Bill Shorten only indulges in the politics of opportunism and there are more serious issues afoot than his lousy poll figures compared to Albanese's. Treasurer Morrison and Turnbull should present a Bill (hidden among their omnibus of Bills) legislation that outlaws deficit spending. If passed, it will not immediately repair the debt but will stem further deficit blowouts that appear certain during this Parliament.
PM Turnbull, sporting his usual forced smirk, suggested yesterday he may have to resort to a joint sitting to get his legislation through. Fair dinkum, what the hell does he think a joint sitting will compose of that he doesn’t already have to contend with now?