Australian Politics – No ticks for Julia Gillard


Gillard rowing her own canoe

Gillard rowing her own canoe (Photo credit: Leonard John Matthews)

 This is  a political post even though I claim to be independent of political persuasions. The claims reproduced here are from a ‘Liberal’ issued document titled “Twenty Five examples of the dysfunctional and divided Gillard Government.” and linked here.

It can be criticised for its political flavour, but it does in fact contain substantial truths. Most of them very serious issues. There is nothing stated that I am concerned about repeating. I will still vote for whoever I feel might be honest and useful, when and if I find such persons. Liberal, Labour, conservative, socialist, left, right – I don’t care as long as they respect the public, work on the citizen’s behalf, show some honesty and integrity and are not interested in ‘feathering their own nest!.  Tall order, but anything less is dishonest and often hypocritical. Why should the public accept less than this without complaining?

Broken promises and lies are not acceptable to me as a voter and tax-payer. Hence I believe that this post is a fair criticism of the government.

Lies not included:  Julia saying she would not challenge Rudd for the leadership, was more likely to be a football coach than become the Prime Minister, and then, below, is reported as saying she asked to take over the role.

“I asked my colleagues to make a leadership change. A
change because I believed that a good Government was
losing its way … I came to the view that for the Australian
nation I had a responsibility to step up, to take control and
to make sure that this Government got back on track.”
(Julia Gillard, Media release, 11/9/2011)
“We want to run a very competent, stable, methodical
government …”
(Julia Gillard, Radio 2CC, 3/2/2012)
1.
The day before the 2010 election Gillard states, “I rule out a carbon tax.” A week before the 2010 election Gillard states, “There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead.” On 24 February 2011 Gillard announces there will be a carbon tax. On 8 November 2011 a carbon tax passes both Houses of Parliament. As well as job losses it will cost average Australians a further 25 per cent on their electricity bills and an extra 6.5 cents a litre on their petrol bills.
2.
The betrayal of Andrew Wilkie.
After signing an agreement with Wilkie to introduce mandatory pre-commitment in return for his support the Prime Minister reneges on the deal and commits the government only to a trial of mandatory pre-commitment.
3.
The Australia Day riot.
It is revealed that the attack by an angry mob of Aboriginal activists on our nation’s political leaders was actually orchestrated within the Prime Minister’s own office.
4.
Gillard persists with the Malaysian deal no one wants.
On 16 June 2011 the Gillard government’s Malaysian people swap is condemned by both houses of parliament. Not once in our history has a government policy been condemned by both houses of parliament. Gillard not only defies the motion but fails to front up to the debate in person.
5.
Debt and deficit.
In just four years, Labor has turned a $20 billion surplus into $174 billion in accumulated deficits and $70 billion in net Commonwealth assets into $142 billion of net debt. That’s $6,300 for every Australian man, woman and child.
6.
Craig Thomson affair.
To save the Gillard government from the tarnished Member for Dobell an institutional go-slow over the investigation into Craig Thomson is conducted by Fair Work Australia. There are also reports of collusion between the Government and elements of Fair Work Australia over the media management of the affair as well as claims by union secretary Kathy Jackson that there has been political interference in the inquiry.
7.
Persistent leadership instability.
After two years in power Gillard is persistently dogged by poor polling and a vengeful Kevin Rudd and his supporters continue to strategically plot a return.
8.
Gillard betrays the Speaker she never really wanted.
On 16 September 2010 Gillard refused to back Labor Speaker, Harry Jenkins, to retain his job instead secretly preferring Oakeshott. On 24 November 2011 Jenkins is forced to resign and then overlooked at a subsequent Cabinet reshuffle.
9.
Abandoning the Citizen’s Assembly.
The promise to introduce a Citizen’s Assembly dissolves after Gillard forms government because of pressure from the Greens. On 7 October 2010 Gillard concedes, ‘The committee concluded that, in view of the creation of this committee … the proposal for a citizens’ assembly should not be implemented.’
10.
East Timor centre abandoned.
At a press conference on 7 May 2011 Gillard announces that the East Timor quick fix is now history. Gillard states,
‘I made it clear that we wanted to build a regional processing centre in another nation in our region, a nation that at the time most likely to be East Timor.  As has become increasingly clear, it is unlikely that East Timor will end up hosting such a centre.’
11.
Botched release of the Murray Darling basin plan.
On 8 October 2010 the Murray Darling plan is released causing uproar in rural communities, made worse when the Water Minister, Tony Burke, persistently refused at the time to meet with farmers to discuss its contents.
12.
Take up rate with the NBN.
The NBN increasingly becomes an expensive white elephant. It is over-budget and way behind schedule. It’s only passed 18,000 houses and only 12 per cent of these are actually using fibre. To
meet the target of 760,000 houses passed by the end of the year, it will have to pass over 3100 houses a day – or 100 times its performance up till now. Worse still NBN currently has 1300 staff earning on average $148,000 a year, the highest pay of any business in the country. That’s one staff
member for every five customers.
13.
Riots in detention centres.
Aside from the sheer numbers more graphic evidence of the Gillard government’s inability to control our borders emerges with riots breaking out in the Christmas Island, Villawood and Darwin detention facilities causing millions of dollars of damage to the taxpayer.
14.
Gillard first loss on floor of Parliament.
On 29 September 2010, Parliament’s first day back after the election, the Gillard government is defeated on the floor of the House on a vote involving parliamentary procedure –the first time since 1941.
15.
Attack from Labor elder.
On 13 October former party elder John Faulkner launches a stinging attack on Labor in which he states, “It is no secret modern Labor is struggling with the perception we are very long on cunning, and very short on courage.”
16.
Gillard sends a kid to meetings of the National Security Council.
Gillard is accused of “scandalous” disregard for national security amid revelations she sent a former bodyguard to attend highly sensitive security meetings on her behalf.
17.
Cash for Clunkers promise abandoned.
On 25 October it is revealed that the start date of January 2011 for Labor’s much ridiculed ‘Cash for Clunker’s’ program can’t be met .
18.
Opposition to the Paid Parental Leave and the Pension  Increase.
Reports surface during the 2010 Election campaign indicating that Gillard questioned Labor’s paid parental leave scheme and any increase in the Age Pension in Cabinet.
19.
Unable to stop the boats and the flow of asylum seekers, Gillard establishes or expands immigration detention facilities in every State and Territory in Australia except the ACT. Facilities include those at Curtin, Northam, Scherger, Inverbrackie, Pontville and Darwin. None of this was foreshadowed prior to the election.
20.
A rushed livestock ban with no consultation.
Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig and his Department knew of the inhumane treatment of Australian cattle and sheep in the live cattle trade. After being spooked by an ABC TV programme Ludwig firs announced an inquiry but then suddenly lurched to a total suspension of the entire trade after a backbench revolt. A $300 million industry which included 700 indigenous employees is jeopardised.
21.
Gillard ignores cost of living pressures.
Under this Labor Government there’s been a 66 per cent average increase in electricity prices.
There’s been a 39 per cent average increase in gas prices. There’s been a 59 per cent average increase in water prices. There’s been a 31 per cent average increase in education costs and there’s been a 20 per cent average increase in health costs.
22.
The mining tax.
This tax is really just a success tax on our biggest exports that doesn’t give smaller miners a fair go.
23.
New GP Super Clinics.
Labor promised a grand total of 64 GP Super Clinics, including 23 during the 2010 Election campaign alone. Only 26 are fully operational.
24.
Gillard causes diplomatic embarrassment by lecturing Europe on its economic problems.
European leaders baulk at being lectured to by a government that has racked up the four biggest deficits in Australian history.
25.
Gillard loses control of our borders.
As at the 21 June 2012 the total number of arrivals since August 2008 was 19,143 while the total number of boats since August 2008 now totals 333.

About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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4 Responses to Australian Politics – No ticks for Julia Gillard

  1. jules says:

    Julia Gillard – Her Policy, Her Watch, Her Chance To Fix It!

    • Thanks for the video, Jules.
      Not much chance of Julia ever admitting she was wrong about anything.
      This is a main concern about politicians’ behaviour, they extremely rarely admit mistakes or failures, even if obvious to everyone.
      This automatically makes them liars and hypocrites, yet they carry on regardless, seemingly oblivious to reality, seemingly above such “mundane” human behaviour expected of everyone else.
      They have no concept of being public servants supported by our taxpayer money. They become despotic and egotistical, and forget that they owe us their support and respect.
      Just as an aside, I smirked the other day when our Victorian Premier supported performance evaluation and responses for teachers. Now there is hypocrisy for you. How would politicians respond to being subjected to performance related remuneration or tenure???

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