DIFFERENT BIRDS, SIMILAR FEATHERS?
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.
To discover the culprits of any coup, look no further than the beneficiaries. Those who benefited most from the Turnbull coup are those promoted to his new Cabinet plus a few obligatory women.
The blind victims of the Turnbull coup, including Abbott and Hockey, are now looking for another job.
Despite a marked difference in competency, the horrific Rudd/Gillard era is being revisited by Turnbull/Bishop ... the only things different are the crises.
Howard/Costello left Rudd/Gillard with $30 billion in the bank to deal with a GFC that Australia was insulated from. The GFC was at the height of the mining boom, China’s demand never wavered from its double digit growth rate and only one of our big four banks was marginally exposed to the US sub-prime rate scam and they were all underwritten by the Rudd Government anyway.
Yet Rudd and Gillard chucked that $30 billion at anyone who would catch it while Swanny was busy claiming that they had successfully navigated us through an economic crisis. Hmmm.
Well, Abbott/Hockey have left Turnbull/Bishop with a similar surplus, only this time it’s the sovereign borders that are not being breached by illegal immigrants costing billions per year... instead they are swamping a borderless Eurozone.
Those illegal immigrants are the same country-shopping, passport-chucking, well-heeled Iranians, Africans, Afghanis and Pakistanis who were prepared to see their kids drown for a chance to settle in a welfare state like Australia’s.
Of course those arriving in Europe all claim to be Syrians, that’s the major point of conflict right now, so why chuck your passport if you are Syrian. One genuine Syrian said 75 per cent of those claiming refugee status were not from Syria at all.
These are the same angry people who landed at Christmas Island after paying thousands to queue-jump over the four million genuine, penniless refugees, wasting away in squalid camps across Asia and the Middle East.
Abbott/Hockey prepared Australia to be able accept real refugees by paying the Indonesian military millions to stop the boats. Joko Widodo was ignored, bypassed, left out of the bribery loop! Did you not notice his immediate and intense hatred of Abbott and his determined eagerness to kill the Bali two?
These processed and appreciative real refugees in camps would have settled into our workforce and paid taxes... you know, the sort of genuine immigrants who would have joined the neighbours for a beer and a barbeque... the sort of legal immigrants who helped build this joint.
But, like Gillard/Rudd, the Turnbull/Bishop duo is about to waste the political capital left them by Abbott/Hockey. Neither Turnbull nor Bishop see any link between unknown, unprocessed, illegal Islamic immigration and terrorism.
Funny, because the terrorists recognise the link... ISIS claims thousands of their operatives are already embedded in the hoards currently flooding Europe.
Neither Turnbull nor Bishop recognises that terrorists are invariably of the Islamic faith.
Turnbull, from the safety of his $50 mil Point Piper mansion, doesn’t want to talk about it and Bishop, wrapped in her UN security blanket, wants to flash her calling card showing Australia will take anyone.
Just watch how quickly she reverses Hockey’s cuts to the foreign aid budget.
Under the Abbott/Hockey immigration policy of taking only those who are in camps and only those who are “religiously persecuted”, not one would have been an Islamic misfit.
Just watch the reversal of that policy.
That’s a bit of a stretch you say? Okay, then explain why the architect of the “only the religiously persecuted” policy, Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, has been excluded from the Cabinet Security Committee.
It’s unthinkable that an Immigration Minister, operating in the current climate of Islamic terrorism, is not part of the security committee.
But Dutton was a talented, welded-on Abbott/Hockey supporter, and due for the cold shoulder. His offerings will be foreign to the Turnbull/Bishop regime.
Will the Rudd/Gillard analogy hold true? If so, Turnbull had better watch his back because the ruthlessly ambitious Bishop will be waiting patiently for his Newspoll figures to sink below Gillard levels,
... just like they did when he last led the Libs.