NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell resigns, 16 April 2014
So now, it’s the conservatives’ turn.
This site over the last few years has been unapologetically scathing about systemic, entrenched corruption within the Australian Labor Party. Financial irregularities surrounding the Australian Workers’ Union, particularly in Victoria and Western Australia, have embroiled federal ministers, including a former Prime Minister. Misuse of union funds by two former bosses of the Health Services Union have now resulted in jail terms. And now, the upcoming Royal Commission into “registered organisations” (that is, trade unions), headed by Chief Commissioner, former High Court Justice Dyson Heydon, threatens to uncover a veritable mountain range of sleaze, stretching back over decades.
Twelve months. With nine of them suspended. What a bloody joke.
At long, long last, corrupt former union official and Labor MHR Craig Thomson, the man onto whose vote the Gillard government clung by its fingernails, was today sentenced in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. He will spend a dozen weeks in a country-club minimum-security facility, then be set free. Instead of the ten years in Her Majesty’s Iron Motel, which his crimes self-evidently warranted. And which he would undoubtedly have got, had he been a nobody with no influence.
Tasmania goes to the polls tomorrow to elect a state government. And never has a state election here been of greater importance.
I feel like a bit of a semantic quibble today. It concerns the term “right-wing”.
As most of you are probably already aware, the terms “left-wing” and “right-wing” have their origins in the États Généraux, the old French Legislative Assembly, back in the days of the Revolution of the late 18th century. The revolutionaries, or republicans, generally of the Third Estate, sat on the left of the Chair, while the monarchists, clerics and other traditionalists were on the right. As I understand it, to prevent debate being interrupted, the more extreme one’s views, generally the further from the chair one was seated; hence centre-right, far-right, and so on.
I probably shouldn’t be telling you this. But in a secret deal, sealed only yesterday, James Delingpole, from next month, will be job-swapping with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. I will be looking forward to reading Tony’s Telegraph blog, commenting on all sorts of things, while I carry out my own duties as James’ newly-appointed Minister for Liberty, Axes and Beer. The office of Governor-General will henceforth be abolished, a regal deity answering to no higher power, British or otherwise. I’ve lined up Jimmy’s surfboard, sunnies and stubbies, which will be waiting for him on the front porch of The Lodge when he arrives.
So would you all join with me in wishing James well in his new endeavours, (not merely the fictional ones), and may the Liberty to write whatever he damn well pleases follow in his train wherever he may go.
This week, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the long-promised Royal Commission into union corruption. Its terms of reference—initially confined to a small number of unions and designed primarily to shine a light on the activities of the Australian Workers Union in the 1990s, its officials and legal representation—have been broadened to include any “registered organization” under the 2009 Fair Work Act, and any legal entity associated with them.
Sorry I haven’t posted anything new these past few weeks, but I’ve been laid low by a viral infection that I’m finding rather difficult to shake. So I thought I’d start a discussion with a few jottings, on a topic I meant to research and write on more fully, and may do so later on.
Happy New Year to all my readers.
I thought I’d interrupt my summer holidays in balmy climes to have a bit of a chortle at two seemingly unrelated stories in the news over the last few days. One concerns cricket, and the other, climate.
Posted in AGW, Australia, UK
And that’s it for LibertyGibbert for another year.
Work and family commitments have meant I haven’t been able to write as much as I would have liked this year, yet we’ve managed to have some interesting discussions. Thank you to all and sundry who have contributed, lurked or visited throughout the year.
I’ll leave the discussion below open until Monday 23rd December; then I’ll close the blog down until sometime around mid-January. Next year will see some significant changes in my own life, so I’m not exactly sure how much time I’ll have available for blogging. If you haven’t done so already, use the Follow button and you’ll be alerted to all new posts. I do have some ideas for articles, and let me know if you have any suggestions.
Till then, may you and your family have a safe and enjoyable festive season, and may peace and liberty follow you in 2014 wherever you may go.
I was alive when it happened. But as I was living in Sydney, and only six months old at the time, I’m not very high on the FBI’s list of suspects.