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Hello world. Its been a while since my last blog confession. But the Adam Goodes debate has awakened me from a deep slumber.
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The Goodes story is not just about aboriginal and indigenous recognition. Oh no. Its much deeper than that. In 1996, a red headed person was running around the country calling for anyone who is not white to become white. It was the responsibility of any migrant to assimilate into the world of the white man. This has been proven to be an utter falsehood.
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The truth is you will never accept us. We will never be one of you. How could a migrant be ever accepted as an Australian, when Australian’s refuse to accept Indigenous culture. When an Aboriginal dances, this upsets you. When an Aboriginal points to the colour of their skin, this upsets you. When Aboriginals try and explain their link to the land, this upsets you.
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The word assimilate has an interesting dictionary definition:

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Lets look at these definitions. Definition one says assimilate means to take in and absorb new ideas/information. But Pauline Hanson did not see this definition being a two way street at all. That is, she wanted ‘the foreigners’ to assimilate to them. However, the definition is two way. Its an exchange of ideas. Its not one side being stripped of their culture or ideas. Its a MINGLING of ideas. This is how mankind has grown. In fact the second line in the definition talks about absorbing and digesting. That is all cultures are absorbed and digested into the melting pot. It has to be.
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As a migrant, I look at the way Australians treat their indigenous. How they have not been accepted into the culture of the nation. How a dance is not accepted as Australian culture. I see elements of the media lying outright about what Goodes has said and replacing what he said with their version of truth. Not assimilation, but exclusion of the truth.
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So I watch the attack by mostly white people on this black man who’s people where here before any other migrant. Who’s people have tried to assimilate us into their world. And I sit and watch as we refuse to assimilate these people into Australia. Not really assimilate. We do not accept their dances or songs. The only song and dance they can have is to Cold Chisel. So I watch all this, and I see you’re inability to accept the original peoples of this country, and I laugh when you claim you want to accept people from other countries. You do not want us to be assimilated. You never have and you never will.

The issue here is your struggle with your own indigenous peoples and you inability to accept them, does not bode well for migrants in any way. And this is the truth. Instead of accepting the cultures of others, you seek to purge them. I do not want to be one of you. I want to be me. And I want to be accepted for being me and accept others for being who they are.  The treatment of Adam Goodes has not only been experienced by the indigenous, but it is the same disrespect people have for anything that is different.  You’re fear of difference does not mean they have to change. What it means is YOU have to face some changes.

 

 

 
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A. Ghebranious August 2015

Joe Hockey is the new Super Nazi



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Joe Hockey is floating the idea that you can dip into your super to help you buy a house. Sound’s like a good idea doesn’t it people? Lets test that. Superannuation contributions are taken out at 9% of your current salary. So if you have been working for 10 years and are on an average salary of $45k a year, you would have access to a whole $40k! Sounds good huh? Except when you look at the cost of houses. The median cost of a house in Sydney is now $1million dollars. That 40k from super will sure go a long way huh?
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And there are other little problems in the Hockey version of reality. Problems he and his party created. Problem one is people on $45k pay more tax on their contribution to super than in income taxes. Further, those who contribute millions into super, pay a smaller percentage of tax than people on low wages. Another new Hockey initiative were you subsidise the rich and abuse the poor for not being rich.
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But lets say you are on more than $45,000 a year. That you went to uni and are now on the average wage of $66,000. And of course, all that uni training means you have a loan to pay off. Your loan maybe somewhere close to $100,000 dollars. Some say less. Some say more. But either way, before you earned a cent in superannuation, you have a considerable loan to service if the coalition have their way. So out of your $66,000 a year salary, $6500 (or nearabouts) is going into Super. After 10 years you have a whole $65,000 or around there in your super. And house prices still are around $1 million dollars.
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To even collate enough for a 10% deposit for a loan out of your super (or around $100k), and you are on a salary of $45,000 a year, you would need to work for twenty years before you had enough in super. If you are on a salary of $100,000 a year, you will need only 10 years, but this assumes you have already paid off your student loan.
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So thats people getting their first home in their 40s for those below the average wage and mid thirties for those who earn above the average wage. But is this what Hockey really means? That first home owners buy their home out of THEIR super. Or does he mean that first home buyers can buy their home out of their PARENTS super. Because even after contributing for 32 years into a super fund, based on a wage of $46,000 a year, you would have somewhere between $300k and 370k (depending on your super fund fees). And even after 32 years of working, your super amount only covers around 40% of the cost of a median priced home in Sydney.
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Now there ARE houses on the market that are well below the median Sydney price of $1 million in Sydney. But you have to go out a fair distance. Still, it is possible to get a cheaper home, but it comes with less services and more travel time.
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Lets face the real message here. The coalition HATE super for those on low incomes. They hate it because it means employers have to ‘suffer’. The whole purpose of taxing low income workers’ super higher than income tax for same low income people is to have those people reduce superannuation contributions to the bare minimum. And like in the Seinfeld episode, Joe Hockey’s super kitchen does not come with bread for all. Just the very few that they like.
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The coalition have ALWAYS had their eyes on peoples superannuation. They hate the idea of poor people getting ahead through savings. They hate the indigenous. They hate the poor. They hate pensioners. They hate students. And they hate super. Luckily in less than 18 months, we get to shake them off the political landscape.
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A. Ghebranious March 2015

Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.



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Tony Abbott has been trying to run and hide from a spill. Well now its here and there is no where to run.
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A spill was definitely going to happen when after Abbott’s NPC speech, criticism of his government continued from inside his government. It became crystal clear when Warren Truss and the Nationals gave a presser to throw their support behind Abbott. Pity for Abbott is the Nationals will not be in the Liberal Party room on Tuesday. Nor will John Howard. Or Jeff Kennett. Or the talking mouth pieces for the IPA. Or the commentators. Or even you or me. The only people that have a say in if Abbott stays as Prime Minister is his own party.
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Abbott said in his NPC presser that its not the job for a party to throw out a Prime Minister, but the people. He has said this again and again more frequently since and he had said it before in one way or another. Now while this is an argument he can try and pose to the electorate through his press conferences, it is not one that his party will accept at all.
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Even today in Townsville, Abbott was again making that claim. That the people and not the party are the ones to have the say. His Deputy, Julie Bishop begged to differ.
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“I was elected the deputy of this party in 2007 and again in 2013 and I understand from my colleagues that they look to me for stability and certainty as deputy.


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What is Julie trying to say here. If Julie is of the consideration that it is the people that elect her as does Tony, then she forgot to mention the election in 2010. Julie is referring to being elected by her party. In the party room. She was elected in 2007, and again in 2013. She avoided the leadership spill in 2009 and there was no spill for Deputy. So what Julie is saying is Abbott is full of shit.
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She also suggests that her colleagues look to her for stability. Not to Tony Abbott. Ouchies.
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So if Abbott’s big debating point on Tuesday is the party should not vote on their leader, then he will lose this argument in his own party room who know the truth. That leaves Tony with his other argument. That he will change. Be more consultative. This too the party have heard. On more than one occasion from Tony. So while the viewer at home may be swayed by his promise to change, his own party know he has a perchance of breaking promises. In fact, that’s part of the problem. He doesn’t know when to stop. Why promise one road when you can promise a network. Why promise no cuts to one thing when you can make promises about no cuts for 7 things in ten seconds. Why would he do as the speaker asked him once to withdraw without qualification when he can just go the boot some more and as a result was booted from question time.
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Abbott has been telling the party room for months he will change. And he didnt. And as a result he resorted to barnacle scrapping. And his longest press conference in his political career. But then he was back to doing all the stuff he was doing before. He says its business as usual. He has not comprehended that his business as usual is the problem itself.
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So where does this leave Tony? He cant use the people elect argument to his party room with success. He cant tell the party room he will change with any success. He can’t say his policies are working in the party room with any success. So that leaves him with nothing.
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With nothing to stand behind, Abbott has no where to hide.
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A. Ghebranious February 2015

Going, going….. still going…



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Tony Abbott is in deadly serious trouble. If he manages to survive a party room meeting or not, he is in deadly serious trouble.
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First, lets deal with what we have here. Open talk of discomfort with the leader and the way the party are being lead. This is EXACTLY what happened when Julia Gillard challenged Rudd in 2010. Kevin Rudd opted to spill the positions, but he did NOT re contest. He did not have the numbers. The only person to stand that morning was Julia Gillard and she was elected Prime Minister. Of course by not contesting, Rudd paved the way for the speculation about how Gillard became prime minister.
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And it happened again in 2012 when Rudd challenged Gillard and was defeated. Only then, the media did not talk about how great the defeat was, but speculated on the numbers Rudd had gotten and how many he would need to succeed.
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Gillard was challenged again in March 2013 when Simon Crean was left looking like a dill for calling a challenge as Rudd did not contest. Again.
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And of course it happened once again in May of the same year, only this time Julia lost the ballot.
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Now the first thing you have to understand is the spin on spills is wrong. Way wrong. A challenge is not chaos. Its a act of democracy. You see, the only reason a person stays the leader of their party is through the support of their party. Once that support begins to wain, then that support is removed. A party leader is NOT an anointed king or emperor or dictator. They don’t get immunity from democracy because they were leader at the time their party wins an election. They are not entitled to being unchallenged. And that’s how democracy works. We, the people, elect local representatives. The VERY first act of any govt term is the entire lower house vote on who is prime minister. THEY vote. Not us. And if they have the numbers, they are the prime minister.
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The way the two major parties do this is each party has a leader that THEY vote on. This person is the one they then present as their candidate for Prime Minister. And so the lower house vote. Democracy. Note. Members of the upper house do NOT vote for the prime minister. They elect a Senator who leads the senate in the upper house. Again. Democracy.
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Now one of the biggest lies Abbott ever spun was the lie that the coalition were different than the ALP in the party room. That they don’t have leadership challenges. Shortly after winning an election, Abbott then had to witness TWO state premier challenges from the LNP. He still denied that it happens in federal coalition politics. And now we see that this too was a lie. It does happen in his party, and its happening to him.
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Now what you want to do is nip challenges in the bud as soon as you can. Gillard would demand she be challenged if people had misgivings. She would never try and hide from a challenge. Or try and stop someone from calling one. If they had a concern they could not resolve with her by dialogue, then she called for the democracy of a party room ballot to clear the air, or to meet her successor. She left it entirely to her party to decide.
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Abbott is different. If he wanted to end the speculation that has been going on and no doubt hurting their polling even more, he could have called a ballot. He did not. In fact he refuses to. Imagine that, a leader of a democratic country not willing to test his party’s support in a democratic ballot.
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The ONLY reason this coalition spill has gone on so long is Abbott does not want a ballot. If he had the support of the majority of his party, this issue would have been resolved on day one with a ballot. But there is the thing. He can only look good in a ballot, if he has the numbers to win the ballot. And its my belief that Abbott does not have the numbers. The claim that he should be seen to lead unanimously can be reinforced by unanimous victory in a ballot. But he refused to hold one. Joe Hockey even claimed that Abbott doesn’t need to hold one. Joe ain’t very smart is he?
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You see now the public have a case of Schrödinger’s cat. Schrödinger’s suggested that if you have a cat in a box and the box is closed the cat is both dead and alive. You wont know till you open the box. And without a ballot, Abbott is a Schrödinger’s cat walking. He may have his parties support. He may not have his parties support. You will never know till a ballot is held.
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In the eye of the public, who were already turning off Abbott and his govt in droves, they now have to ask themselves does Tony have the support of his own party? Because if he does not, then why should I vote for the coalition when they have no support in their own leader. Its a Schrödinger’s catastrophe. And that is why Abbott is gone, he just doesn’t know it yet. And the more the party is lead by him, a man who does not have the support of his own party and a man who has disregard for the democratic ballot of a party room, they will not see a poll lift. But a poll decline.
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And as decline grows in his popularity, it will only be a matter of time before somebody opens the box and we can find out if the cat is wanted dead or alive.
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A. Ghebranious February 2015

Tony Abbott: Consultative Detective



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It’s alright people! Tony has promised to not do it again (whatever it is this time) and promises to be more consultative. If Tony Abbott puts $1 in a jar for every time he said he would be consultative, he would be on the Forbes rich list. And he started saying it from the day they made him leader.
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He admitted that there were times when he had ‘‘stuffed up’’ politics but said that when someone became a leader, they had made a new start.

Mr Abbott took the opportunity to ‘‘apologise for the errors of my past’’ and asked the public to judge him from this point.

Mr Abbott said that he had told his colleagues that he would do his best to be a consultative and collegial leader.

Story link here http://www.smh.com.au/national/i-am-humbled-abbott-20091201-k24b.html
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He even used the I am humbled quote used by his mate Rupert a couple of years later, but he meant a different type of humble.
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There is a reason I remind people of what Abbott said the night he became his party’s leader by one vote. Because its EXACTLY the same thing Abbott has said SINCE he become leader. And there was a reason he HAD to say what he said. His election by a mere one vote was due to the fact that people did not trust his promises and he has a history of not being consultative.
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Throughout the period of opposition leader, Abbott failed to be more consultative and collegial on more than one occasion. Each time he did, he promised he wont do it again. The media will tell you this was when he was in opposition. That he is now different. But look around you. Only 58 days ago, Abbott held a ‘marathon’ press conference where he promised he will be more consultative. Especially in the senate. And with the people. He promised he would do more to make himself available to questions. And yesterday, Abbott did the same thing he did when he first became leader. He promised to be more consultative and he apologised for the errors of his past. Only in this case, the past was a few days ago when he made a non Australian Prince a Knight, and he did not consult with anyone in his party.
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But just before this apology and promise to be more consultative, Abbott had to apologise for the GP tax he had tried to ram into Medicare by stealth. He apologised for the errors of the past and he promised to be more consultative.
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And to be absolutely clear here, Abbot’s original draft of workchoices was done without consultation. Abbott’s rock solid iron clad guarantee he gave when Health Minister was given without consultation and when Howard refused to back Abbott, Abbott had to renege on his promise. But he waited till after the election. Only after the election did he apologise for his past errors and promise not to do it again
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And before the 2013 election Abbott made a string of promises all of which he has broken barr the GST one, but that looks pretty clear that its next on the table.
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After spending weeks denying he ever said those things, Abbott started to blame labor for the reason he did what he did. He then apologised and he promised to be more consultative.
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In 2010, Bob Hawke asked the electorate to look at Abbott’s form guide. Well Abbott has a form guide thats a mile long. He apologises for its length, he says he will be more consultative in the future and he promises to not do it again. And going on his form guide, he will indeed do it again and again.
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Abbott has form with promises. He breaks them. A lot. From promising to be more consultative to something being dead buried and cremated. Abbott is a compulsive liar. But he apologises for his past errors. And he promises to not do it again.
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A. Ghebranious January 2015
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Abbott’s uses the trap he helped trigger with his trap.



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Tony sure loves his mouth. And why not. By opening it and saying bullshit, he has managed to get the thing he always dreamed of. Absolute power.
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One of the most devastating attacks Abbott launched on the ALP was the removal of a first term prime minister. He had a field day with it and he was ably assisted by the man who was removed and his posse. So much so, to shut him up, he was given the job back. But the damage was done. Abbott had managed to delude the public into believing the public chose the prime minister of the day, rather than a vote by the sitting members in a parliament.
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At the time Abbott was launching his trap for the Liberal and National Party, I warned that they are going down a path that will mean trouble. And trouble began to launch its head.
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In a leak on the weekend, we discovered that Tony liked power more than anything else, including democracy. Or the advice of his colleagues. We discover that Hockey and Dutton bitterly argued AGAINST the $20 increase to medicare by stealth. They urged him to take it to senate, even if they lose that vote. They advised him that a $20 increase will lead to more attendance to already emergency clinics in hospitals. They advised that it would be insane to go down this path with Queensland and New South Wales facing state elections.
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So what did Abbott do? The insane thing of course. He overrode the advice of the treasurer of the day and the health minister of the day and inserted his own suppository of wisdom into the policy. Not only that, this was not based on any advise he was given from the Department of Health and Finance. Oh no. The figures we are told came out of his office and were sent to the departments to cost. Tony had shown his hand to his coalition. He was not prime minister. He is Supreme Leader. And there was nothing his own party could do about it.
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You see, if his party do anything about it, then they become a party who ousted a first term prime minister. He considers himself untouchable. Especially in a year with of Queensland and a NSW state elections. Any move against Abbott, will no doubt hurt both those elections. Not to mention destroy any credibility the coalition have left. After rattling off the bullshit about faceless men and knifings for so long, the coalition disabled their power to be actual representatives of the people. They cant vote for what they believe in. They have no choice but to vote for whatever Tony tells them to. And the longer they do so, the further the ropes they have entrapped themselves with tighten even further. They are now just collecting a paycheck. They do not act in the best interests of their electorate. Because they cant. Now thats what I call trouble.
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What I find stunning is the capitulation of the coalition. The fear of being called hypocrites is so strong, they sit back and watch the country go into dictatorship. The great responsibility given to them by the Australian people has been surrendered to one man, and they did the surrendering and they are too scared to do anything about it. The coalition like to call it self a broad church. A family of sisters and brothers.
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I guess that makes Tony Big Brother then.

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A. Ghebranious January 2015

The Emperor has no clothes.


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So here we are. And Tony Abbott stands before the cameras. And he is naked.
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For years, Tony Abbott has raged against the carbon price. A tax he called it. A tax collection without an election is not on, he said. And Australia elected him. And he began with introducing a string of new taxes in the budget. The Emperor has no clothes.
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For years, Tony Abbott has called Julia Gillard a criminal. For years he ranted and he raved. He danced and he jumped. And Australia elected him. And the Royal Commission ruled that Julia Gillard did no wrong. And Tony Abbott refused to apologise because the Emperor has no clothes.
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“Roads!”, cried the rhodes scholar! 21st technology, he claimed. Tony Abbott even said that the Victorian election will be a referendum on the East-West link. And Victorians voted. And they voted against Abbott’s road. And it was discovered that Abbott’s road was faulty. That it had errors. That there were data on the federal database, but no data on the state database. And it was discovered that Abbott’s road would be a chain around the Victorian people. And it was discovered that rail got you bigger bang for your buck. The Emperor has no clothes.
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Tony Abbott argued against acting on climate change. He argued this to people who know its risk. They smirked at Tony and his coal lead recovery. One by one, countries pledged to act on climate change. Till Tony was left all alone and had no choice but to tag along with all the others. Poor Tony. The Emperor has no clothes.
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Arthur Sinodinos fell on his sword today. Excalibur no more. Poor Arthur. He had so hoped that he would bring down a budget. If it’s any consolation Arthur, Joe hasn’t done that yet either. When Arthur became the victim of his own water boarding early in the year, Tony Abbott did not appoint a replacement Assistant Treasurer. Tony said that Mathias and Joe are more than capable. That they are significantly talented and therefore he does not need to replace Arthur. But today things changed. Tony claimed the reason he accepted Arthur’s resignation is he needed an Assistant Treasurer to help with the budget. Poor Mathias and Joe. Not talented enough any more. But the real joke had to be delayed till ABC730 when Abetz, who also refused to apologise to Julia Gillard, inferred that Arthur is in deep ICAC pooh. The Emperor has no clothes.
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So. Tony stands before you. Naked. As naked as the bias in his Royal Commission into Unions and as naked as his capitulation of the NBN to Telstra. Tony stands naked before you as the globe registers record temperatures. He stands naked before you with a plan to make doctors harder to visit for the poor. He stands before you with a plan to make university admissions only possible if you win Lotto. He stands before you with real cuts to the health system and the education system that Liberal premiers refused to deny did not exist. He stands before you post a Royal Commission that he instigated to mar one person and one person alone and now that same commission has come back with a finding of not guilty, he refuses to apologise.
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The Emperor has no clothes. He has been weighed. He has been measured. And he has been absolutely found wanting.
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A. Ghebranious December 2014 (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!)

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