A panellist on a current affairs program related an instance many would have missed. Toyota CEO, Akio Toyoda, was giving a luncheon address to a business group, (paraphrased):
Australian car makers have been living on subsidies and borrowed time since 1974 when manufactured vehicle units peaked at 498,000. That figure has slowly fallen to less than 200,000 last year despite a rapidly increasing population.
The broad-ranging terms of reference for a Royal Commission into union corruption, which should be known later today, are critical to its success and a lot has been learnt from the comparatively ineffective Cole Royal Commission. But Bill Shorten much prefers a “police taskforce”.
The Griffith poll has shown that Shorten, for the sake of his Party, should return to swimming in the AWU mire he is more accustomed to. He can never lead Labor back to victory and while he remains as leader the brand will continue to suffer as it did last night.
The bloke arrested yesterday with a 13 year old “wife” believes he has done nothing wrong, he believes WE are wrong and strangely, so does his “wife”. Both will always believe that!
Protesting your innocence in Indonesia, subsequent to a conviction, is not smart if you want to go home, it’s seen to be a slur against their justice system. “Contrition” is what they want to hear. “Admit your guilt! Tell us how judicious and sagacious we were to give you twenty years for a bag of bloody hooch, chuck a fist-full of dollars this way and you’ll be out in no time.”
Bank fees are tantamount to stealing legally and it’s so bloody easy... they already have your hard-earned in their grubby clutches and it’s simply a matter of deducting from your account what they believe they can get away with. But just wait until Labor law firm, Maurice Blackburn, deducts its fees from the settlement amount.
Paul Howes, again in tune with the rest of the union movement, claims there will be “zero tolerance” for union corruption. “Zero tolerance”, my fat aunt! What he really means is that there will be “zero tolerance” for anyone attempting to expose union corruption. Himself included.
What is it with footballers of all codes? Rugby League star Blake Furguson, after repeated other offences, has been found guilty of groping a woman’s breasts in a Cronulla nightclub. CCTV evidence shows him also forcing his hand up her dress and grabbing her front bottom while she struggles to free herself from the oaf. Crumbs, tennis players and golfers don’t do this sort of thing, do they?
Fly west from Australia’s east coast, look below and witness the gradual degradation in land and its gradual decrease in value. Not until you near the west coast does land quality and its value start to increase again.
The Senate Inquisition on Scott Morrison’s success in stopping the boats should have been compulsory viewing for all Australians. It was rare television entertainment (but far from funny) as the deep schism between unrepresentative, un-Australian swill and representative competence was on display for all to see.
Julia Gillard and Bruce Wilson would have been in jail in the late 90s if it weren’t for the lack of a complainant, and we would have been saved from three years of a PM from hell. It’s easier to spear a slippery eel with a broom handle than nail a corrupt unionist without a complainant.
Thank you for your recent letter to The Immigration Department expressing your profound concern at the treatment of Islamic boat arrivals to our country.
Michael O’Connor (brother of Gillard Cabinet Minister, Brendan O’Connor) is National Secretary of the CFMEU (BLF) and no stranger to corruption.
It is impossible for a modern Navy vessel not to know exactly where it is at any time to within a metre. So, is there more to this?