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Dirty Politics Australian style

The left-wing in New Zealand are a bunch of poofs really.

They cried a river of tears over some pretty tame tactics that Nicky Hager helpfully assisted in publishing.

They called this “Dirty Politics”, like it was something bad.

Over in Australia however they really know how to play proper, hard, dirty politics.

Police have arrested a former construction union organiser and previous Labor Party sub-branch president after he admitted to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in payments from tradesmen to help them win work.

The former ACT Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union organiser Halafihi ‘Fihi’ Kivalu was arrested after his admission at a Canberra hearing of the royal commission into unions on Thursday.

Mr Kivalu, who was president of the ALP’s Dickson-Morning sub-branch in Canberra at the time he was allegedly involved in corruption, has denied the cash payments constituted a bribe or that he could guarantee contracts and he has contested other allegations against him.

It is understood he was replaced as the ALP Dickson-Morning sub-branch president by another CFMEU official in May after holding the position for at least 12 months.     Read more »

Daryl Kerrigan has some advice for the ALP

Daryl Kerrigan needs to be telling the ALP a few home truths over their denials that the corruption inquiry has not damaged Bill Shorten.

Labor MPs are privately acknowledging the Opposition Leader has “lost some bark” during his appearance at the royal commission into union corruption, but they maintain the damage is not serious.

Bill Shorten has spent two days giving evidence at the commission hearing in Sydney, about his time as the Victorian and national secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) before he entered politics.

He may also be recalled to give further evidence before the commission’s final report is due at the end of the year.

During the inquiry, Mr Shorten admitted that the Labor Party failed to declare a business donation of a senior staff member to his 2007 parliamentary election campaign.

The party only made the disclosure this week, eight years on.

It was just resting in the account…channelling Father Ted.

He has also been accused of a potential conflict of interest, because the union accepted $500,000 in payments from a glassworks company for ‘fees’ and ‘training’ while negotiating pay deals for workers.

The commissioner, Dyson Heydon QC, further criticised Mr Shorten for providing “long and extraneous” answers, and over his credibility as a witness.

Government frontbencher Eric Abetz said he thinks most people would be “horrified” by some of the evidence exposed through the royal commission.

But Mr Shorten has strongly rejected the accusation he has acted improperly.

At the end of the marathon hearings he fronted reporters to defend his reputation and declare he had “no conflict of interest whatsoever”.

“There was no evidence demonstrated of any conflict,” Mr Shorten said.

“The truth of the matter is that every day I was a union rep I was standing up for our members.”

Sources within the Labor Party have told the ABC that Mr Shorten has “lost some bark” through the process, and that it is “unhelpful” for the alternative prime minister to be hauled before the inquiry and the cameras.

But they do not think the damage to his credibility is serious and maintain there was “no smoking gun” or “hanging offence” in the commission hearing.

They’re dreamin’.

 

– ABC

Shorten in big trouble as he is criticised over his credibility

Bill Shorten is turning out to be every bit of the union ratbag he was believed to be.

The Commissioner in charge of the royal commission into union corruption has slammed him and questioned his credibility as Shorten developed a bad case of amnesia.

LABOR leader Bill Shorten’s credibility has come under attack during a second day of grilling at the royal commission into union corruption.

Commissioner Dyson Heydon delivered an extraordinary lecture to Mr Shorten as the MP repeatedly gave long-winded answers to questions.

Mr Heydon told the former Australian Workers Union secretary he was only making himself look bad.

“What I am concerned about more is your credibility as a witness,” he said.

“A witness who answers each question ‘Yes’, ‘No’, ‘I don’t remember’ or clarifies the question, and so on, gives the cross-examiner very little to work with. It is in your interest to curb these, to some extent, extraneous answers.”

The rebuke came as a former ALP national secretary called on Mr Shorten to resign following allegations a labour hire firm paid his 2007 election campaign manager’s salary.

During his second day in the witness box, the federal Opposition Leader was quizzed about whether he had had a conflict of interest in negotiating pay deals with companies that had paid the AWU more than $800,000, and about $300,000 in “bogus” payments to the union from EastLink builder Thiess John Holland between 2005 and 2008.    Read more »

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Crazy Cat Lady hired for NSW Labor campaign

If you thought the Internet Party and their stupid attempts at creating memes for an election was cringe-worthy, wait until you see what NSW Labor are doing for their campaign.

It appears they have hired the crazy cat lady for all their promotion work.

Tim Blair writes:

“Want to know what NSW would look like under a Labor government?” asks Piers Akerman. Well, according to the Kitty Litter Party’s latest online election campaign ads, it’ll look like a bunch of cats:

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There are one or two issues here – primarily that any adorable prayer kitten detected within a national park would probably be identified as an introduced-species invader and shot.

Prayer kitty is just the start of the KLP’s feline-based election strategy. Labor is loaded with more cats than The Simpsonscrazy cat lady:

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That isn’t a laughing cat. It’s a yawning cat, such as you’d find in any KLP household where tormented pets have to cope with Leunig calendars, yellow dog cartoons and Wil Anderson downloads. Read more »

Little keen to learn from Australian Labor party resurgence

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Labour Leader Andrew Little (borrowing David Cunliffe’s tie)

 

The New Zealand Labour Party says it will be talking to its counterpart in Australia after its incredible comeback in the Queensland state elections.

The Australian Labor Party is on track to claim 45 or 46 of the 89 seats in the state’s parliament, after going into the poll holding only nine seats.

It is a major blow for Queensland’s ruling Liberal National Party, and a reflection of the unpopularity of the country’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Read more »

NSW Labor leader bails 3 months from next election

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has resigned.

He announced the decision, just three months before the state election, at NSW Labor’s Sussex Street headquarters on Tuesday afternoon.

It comes after revelations that Mr Robertson signed a letter for Lindt cafe gunman Man Haron Monis in 2011 – two years after the extremist was charged with sending offensive letters to the families of slain diggers.

The letter asked the Department of Families and Community Services to consider granting Monis access to see his children on Father’s Day.

The embattled MP said he came to the job in difficult circumstances and just wanted to “make a difference and serve the community”.  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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Australian Labor Party leader Bill Shorten headlines Labour Congress

It’s a pretty sad sign that you have to get an Aussie to come be your headline act at your own Congress.

Australia’s Labor Party leader Bill Shorten said he believes further improvements can be made to the rights of New Zealanders living in Australia, but stopped short of making any specific commitments.

Mr Shorten and Labour leader David Cunliffe held talks yesterday after Mr Shorten travelled over to speak at the Labour Party’s election year Congress today.

It is believed to be the first time the leader of Australia’s Labor Party has addressed its New Zealand counterpart’s annual conference.

Mr Shorten said he and Mr Cunliffe had discussed the long-standing issue of New Zealanders being denied benefits such as social security assistance in Australia, while Australians did qualify for those measures here.

“We do believe we could do more work to investigate what further improvements could be made to make the lives of New Zealanders living in Australia, and Australians living in New Zealand easier.

There’s nothing specific in terms of making a commitment today, but I recognise Australia benefits from the contribution of permanent residents born in New Zealand and we should make sure where there are bureaucratic red tape problems that we work together to eliminate them in the best interests of both our people.”

Shorten and Cunliffe make a good pair.  Hot air to fill empty promises are their trademark.  Read more »

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 »