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Union slush funds and meddling dominating Victorian elections

The Victoria State Election is underway and already the Liberal party is focussing on the selection of Daniel Andrews and his connections with the CFMEU.

Private global accounting firm Moore Stephens’ costing of Labor’s policies will finally be released today — just two days before the election and after more than half a million voters have already cast their ballot. Labor chose Moore Stephens after refusing to submit its policies for scrutiny by Treasury.

Treasurer Michael O’Brien has hit out at the firm, highlighting how the accountants audited the discredited CFMEU’s WA branch.   Read more »

Victorian election underway and the attack ads flow

I love Australian elections, especially their ads, and the nasty is flowing.

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Misleading again, why can’t Cunliffe just tell the truth?

David Cunliife was taking questions yesterday at Stuff.

It was pretty hostile and the rest was filled with weasel words.

Like his addressing of the issue regarding Kiwis in Australia.

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Lessons from Australia for the Labour party

I have had people ask me why I post on politics in the UK and in Australia.

My usual answer is because I believe them to be relevant. Those two countries provide a hint as to what happens in domestic politics. Especially with the Labour party.

Whilst National maintains loose ties with the Conservatives  in the UK and somewhat closer ties with the Liberals in Australia it is Labour that maintains very close ties with Labour in Australia and the UK labour party.

Many of David Shearer’s and now David Cunliffe’s strap lines and core policies come from UK Labour. So watching what happens in those countries leads to a closer and better understanding of what is going on here.

Which brings me to Labour’s problems in New Zealand…and the similarity between the problems the ALP is currently experiencing.

THE time has come for someone to take the Labor Party by the scruff of the neck and shake it until it recognises reality, truly admits defeat, reorders its priorities and changes key policies that have failed it repeatedly at the ballot box.

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Logic and survival dictate that the ALP must drop the convoluted arguments it has used for defending the carbon tax, the mining tax and its economic management for much of the past six years. Labor has to do what Tony Abbott did to the legacy of John Howard’s Work Choices, and bury and cremate the mining and carbon taxes.  Read more »

The hypocrisy of the left over free trade

When Labour, supported by the Green party and Winston Peters were last in government they negotiated a free trade agreement with China. This was a good thing. They also negotiated it in secret until the deal was done and then let everyone know the results.

The FTA with China has been spectacular in its achievements for Kiwi business.

Move forward a few years and the TPPA is being negotiated and these same politicians are now calling for our negotiations to be conducted in public and are screaming and marching in the streets.

David Cunliffe, who professes on his CV at least to be a trade genius had this to say yesterday:

“We are demanding the Government release the text and the details,” he said. “This deal needs to be in the public domain so that New Zealanders can be informed and we can have a proper public debate … I can’t say today what our final position is going to be because we are going to wait until we see the details.”

The hypocrisy can be smelled over the internet such is the stench.  Read more »

Labor to refund illegal $200,000 donation

Here is a great headline, unfortunately its Labour in Aussie.

Labor to refund illegal $200,000 donation used to fund polling in Kevin Rudd’s seat of Griffith in 2013 federal election

LABOR will refund an illegal $200,000 donation that was used to fund polling in Kevin Rudd’s seat during last year’s federal election, according to a report.

The donation was allegedly paid to Labor’s Griffith branch bank account by Taiwan developer and former banker Kung Chin Yuan on September 3, The Australian reports.

Labor officials found the transaction during an audit and were advised by lawyers that it breached state electoral laws.

It is illegal in Queensland for a registered political party to receive a gift of foreign property.  Read more »

Dodgy ALP/Union ratbag convicted

Contrary to his own over inflated legal opinion of the merits of his case…Craig Thomson was convicted yesterday on fraud charges, for paying for hookers and other services on his union credit card.

Former federal MP Craig Thomson has been found guilty of obtaining financial advantage by using his Health Services Union (HSU) credit card to pay for sexual services and making cash withdrawals.

In handing down his findings, Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg found Thomson dishonestly used his union cards while national secretary of the union.

Thomson sat quietly in the front row of a packed Melbourne Magistrates Court as Mr Rozencwajg delivered his verdicts.

The magistrate said the court had heard from several union witnesses who made it clear that union credit cards were for business purposes only.

“This must have been known by the accused,” Mr Rozencwajg said.  Read more »

Aussie union ratbags cost Labor a lot of votes

The stench of corruption in Australian left-wing politics and union is so overpowering it is now costing Labor significant votes.

The Abbott government has regained the lead in the latest Fairfax-Nielsen opinion poll for the first time in two months, helped by a sharp drop in support for Bill Shorten’s performance and a Labor primary vote lurching back into the low 30s.

The result has all but restored the balance that saw the Coalition easily elected last September.

After several weeks in which the Coalition government has successfully linked industrial relations reform, union power, and corruption allegations in the building industry in national debate, Mr Shorten’s personal approval has slumped by an unusually decisive 11 points.

The deterioration comes after a week in which Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the terms of reference for a wide-ranging and potentially open ended royal commission into union corruption, naming five unions specifically – one of which was the AWU, the union giant formerly run by the Labor leader.  Read more »

Corrupt, dodgy ALP ratbag set to have his millions reefed back

Eddie Obeid the ALPs virtual mafia don is set to have a good chunk of his ill-gotten millions reefed back by the NSW government.

The state government is set to pass extraordinary laws to strip corrupt former Labor minister Eddie Obeid and his family of at least $30 million in profits from a coal deal at the centre of a historic corruption probe.

A day after Premier Barry O’Farrell announced the government would pass special laws to tear up three corruption-tainted coal exploration licences, Mr O’Farrell said it was also working on laws to confiscate the proceeds of corrupt activity by former Labor figures and businessmen.

He said on Tuesday the laws to cancel the licences would be introduced in state Parliament next week, while additional laws to claw back proceeds of corrupt coal ventures from Mr Obeid and others were still
in development.

“I’m told that it will take a little bit longer,” Mr O’Farrell said.

The best cricket commentary ever

Malcolm Knox writes in the Sydney Morning Herald about Chris Rogers and his century:

But on a two-paced, up-and-down fourth-day wicket, a batsman needed luck, and nobody could say Rogers didn’t deserve a slice. He inside-edged Ben Stokes past his off-stump, and survived a low edge off Broad after lunch. Yet his innings was notable less for the nicks and nudges than for the sparkling strokeplay. Rogers always drives well down the ground, and he leaned into the ball with his trademark minimalism, no backlift, no follow-through, just a twinkle of a weight shift and the ball was somehow racing, again, through the field.  Read more »