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Thursday, 14th December 2017

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MR BEAN PAYS A HIGH PRICE?

... well no, he doesn't actually

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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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.

 Shadow Treasurer Bowen said at the time neither Andrew Leigh nor Senator Sam Dastaryi were concerned about their shadow back bench salaries.

"I'm sure in due course, when we're in Government, they'll be paid as Ministers," he said.

 This leaves the Senate a better place without Mr Bean and Senate debate will now turn to foreign donations to political parties and individuals... enter John Howard. 

 Why Australia is fixated with the opinions of ex Prime Ministers is a mystery. They ruled in a past era and preach in a current one. John Howard, when asked about the banning of foreign donations said, “Careful what you wish for”. He was arguing for the continuation of foreign donations despite the turbulent wake of the Sam Dastyari scandal.

 Parliament itself has always been compromised by foreign interests simply because foreign interests of all persuasions are allowed unfettered access to the deposit slips of all Parliamentarians’ and Parties' bank accounts.

 John Howard may be right on this occasion but for reasons other than those he cites. Banning foreign donations will lead to the unwieldy US experience of “super pacs” raising billions in funds to support all sorts of candidates. And funds raised to support the denigration of candidates.

 Total super pac money raised for Marco Rubio was $60,564,219, still active is Clinton, $109,938,605 and Trump, $2,160,450... 

                    with a super pac opposing trump having raised $19,900,488 so far.

 The US “Center For Responsive Politics” describes super pacs as such: “Technically known as independent expenditure-only committees, super pacs may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates.

"Unlike traditional pacs, super pacs are prohibited from donating money directly to political candidates, and their spending must not be coordinated with that of the candidates they benefit. Super pacs are required to report their donors to the Federal Election Commission on a monthly or semi-annual basis, the super pac's choice in off-years, and monthly in the year of an election."

Foreign donors although they may be officially banned can donate within the country’s election via branches set up as part of the global reach of the donor. 

The same would apply here if foreign donations were banned. All large multinationals, with an interest in a political outcome, would already have offices in the respective election's jurisdiction.

So this rule here could lead to a veritable lawyers’ picnic.

John Howard on this occasion may be correct.



Comments

Ahh. Thanks Mike.

What? Is he filthy little germ a sportsman making a comeback or something?

What people have to realise is that the money Dastardly Dan took was not a political donation, it was a payment for hotel accommodation that DD did not want to pay and the 40 grand for legal bills was a personal payment and not a political party donation. He should have been sacked from politics altogether yesterday.

Yeah, Donna does a great yarn, IE. She ain't just a pretty face . . .

Should anyone else be tempted to post a joke on PP, be warned. Donna will do a full expose of all your most shameful foibles.

i wonder what the gyppo on the project will have to say about his fellow sunni wahhabist tonight?

Two days after Islamic State called on its followers to carry out lone-wolf attacks on iconic Australian sites such as Bondi Beach and the MCG, an 18-year-old ­suspected extremist has been ­detained at the Sydney Opera House.

Police moved swiftly yesterday to detain the boy, who was known to counter-terrorism detectives, after Opera House sec­urity staff and members of the public became suspicious of the teenager’s ­behaviour.

there needs to be a web site that tracks the failure of the judiciary, case by case to expose the traitorous fabian socialist judiciary, something similar to jihad watch. the short memory of the public allows this scum to get away with it.

sky news
Brother of NSW killer to be freed from jail

It's expected the twin brother of the man who killed NSW school teacher Stephanie Scott will soon walk free from prison.

Marcus Stanford, 25, was last month jailed for 15 months for disposing evidence linking his brother to the bride-to-be's murder.

With time already served since his arrest in June last year, Stanford is due to be released on Friday.

It comes after the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Lloyd Babb SC last week announced he would not be appealing Stanford's sentence after Premier Mike Baird asked him to review the case.

Mr Babb said he believed there were 'no reasonable prospects of success against the inadequacy of the sentence'.


ANYONE WONDER WHY THERE IS NO REASONABLE PROSPECTS OF SUCCESS?

A. LABOR APPOINTED LEFT WING SOCIAL ENGINEERING FABIAN MARXIST JUDICIARY INSTITUTIONALISED IN THE ESTABLISHMENT.

Donna, I do not know or understand what you are talking about??? This appeared to be a thread about Islam's mistreatment of Women....

Donna, I do not know or understand what you are talking about??? This appeared to be about old cars and how resilient they were....how you managed to come up with that comment from the original thread is beyond me....

https://www.facebook.com/TonyAbbottMP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=659BB5W838I
A memory for youse, great comments

A new article up

Just found the CCTV footage in Shorten`s office when he told Slippery Sam to go out and say he was sorry........... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNXjvXtOguo

That's when an Automobile was made to last.

what monstrous breach of human rights?

Did anyone watch the Trump/Clinton sort of debate today? Is it worth catching up? I taped Fox but they didn`t broadcast it......... Should have taped CNN.

don't blame you Thorn

Heard very similar in regard to a grizzly bear and how a woman saved herself with a small calibre revolver. Shot the husband in the kneecap and she easily outran him.

And the unions still backing Qld Labor!!

Angry dairy farmers in Victoria and Tasmania are leaving milk processing giant Murray Goulburn in droves, saddling the struggling company with less milk to process, looming factory closures and a $183 million “over­payment” burden to claw back from its fewer remaining producers.

The farm revolt has accelerated during the past month as rival dairy processors paying more for milk have found room in their factories for milk from some of Victoria’s biggest and best farmers.

About 200 of Murray Goulburn’s farmers quickly left the co-operative after it crashed its milk price in April by a shock and retrospective 15 per cent, taking 270 million litres, equal to 7 per cent of its annual milk supply, with them.

Murray Goulburn’s losses have haemorrhaged since last month to an estimated 350 million litres as large, financially healthy and long-term dairy businesses have turned to supply competitors such as Bega Cheese.

The lack of trust once-loyal farmers now have in their former co-operative, which partially listed on the stock exchange last year, has forced Murray Goulburn to ­resort to tough tactics against rival dairy processors and even its farmers to slow the exodus.

One large Victorian farmer, David Christie, whose family had been with Murray Goulburn since its formation in the 1950s, switched the four million litres of milk produced on his Rochester farm in northern Victoria to Bega’s nearby Tatura plant last week, despite having to refund forward incentive payments to Murray Goulburn.

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In the same Rochester dairying region, two other significant producers with large milking herds and good businesses quit Murray Goulburn this week after the co-operative’s rock-bottom farm milk price for the 2016-17 year of 33c a litre ($4.31 a kilogram of milk solids) proved far too low to wear.

Brendan Martin, who manages an 800-cow herd south of Echuca, also in northern Victoria, on behalf of the local Ward family producing seven million litres of milk a year, last week switched from Murray Goulburn to better-paying Tatura Milk after space in the rival processor’s operations ­finally opened up for his milk.

“We left pretty easily; they had nothing to hold us and Tat Milk was offering us 8c a litre more than MG; that’s $50,000 a month more income for the same work and the same costs,” Mr Martin said.

“I think MG was surprised (when we left); they were banking on no one else having the capacity to take such a lot of milk from us bigger suppliers.”

Three big farmers in one district walking — and taking 16 million litres of milk and their 2200 cows with them — is not good news for Murray Goulburn.

The same pattern is being mirrored in other dairy districts of ­Victoria, with Murray Goulburn farmers in the west of the state switching to supply Canadian-owned Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Company and the new Midfield-Louis Dreyfus milk powder factory at Penola.

To stem the revolt, Murray Goulburn recently warned all major dairy processors in a legal letter that any active attempts to convince its dairy farmers to shift processors and take their milk away could be viewed as “aiding and abetting the breaking of a ­contract”.

Bega Cheese chairman Barry Irvin confirmed that executives at its subsidiary Tatura Milk were ­recently phoned by Murray Goulburn’s general manager of milk supply, Ross Greenaway, threatening legal action if farmers with Murray Goulburn contracts were approached or encouraged to move.

“A couple of specific cases around Rochester were mentioned, but there are many more; my view is bring it (legal action) on,” said Mr Irvin, a fierce critic in recent months of Murray Goulburn’s “immoral” treatment of its milk farmers.

“Some of these guys are coming to us in tears, asking us to take them on; this is not us twisting their arms.”

Big farmers now swapping milk companies are also adamant there is no milk-hunting going on; that they made the initial approach and are willingly to leave Murray Goulburn to improve their profits. Others argue that any past contract to supply milk to Murray Goulburn was now null and void since the company had not acted fairly or in good faith towards its suppliers with its retrospective milk payment clawback — an issue the Australian Consumer & Competition Commission is investigating and on which two class actions will focus.

Lifetime Victorian dairy farmer Paul Weller has two farms with 750 cows at Lockington and has ­always supplied more than five million litres of milk a year to Murray Goulburn’s Rochester butter factory

Even after the co-operative shocked its farmers with the backdated price plunge, Mr Weller — a former Murray Goulburn board member — stayed loyal, imagining the milk price offer for the 2016-17 year from July would be better.

“But when the opening price came out, it was an easy com­mercial decision for us to move; Fonterra offered to pay me $4.54/kg while MG said the best they could do was $4.10/kg; I just rang and said I was leaving,” Mr Weller said.

Murray Goulburn this week admitted in farmer meetings and to the ASX that its attempt to ­reduce the impact of its shock milk price drop by spreading low prices over the next three years to recover its $183m overpayment bill — euphemistically known as its “Support Package” — had backfired, with a resulting haemorrhaging of significant milk supply.

“It has become very clear that the milk supply support package is potentially proving counter-­productive (to) their continuing loyalty,” chairman Phil Tracy said.

Farmers such as Mr Martin, Mr Weller and Mr Christie cannot be legally pursued for the $183m collective “debt” on milk they sold in 2015-16, which the company claims it is now owed back.
Murray Goulburn has admitted it will have to close processing plants once its milk supply losses fall below the 10 per cent or 400 million litre mark, a tipping point it is now close to reaching