Australian Labor Party

Bill Shorten doesn’t want gays to have mother in laws

Bill Shorten has decided that Labor won’t support gay marriage in Australia. He doesn’t want gays to have mother in laws like everyone else.

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the door is still open for same-sex marriage despite Labor “playing politics” and putting party interests ahead of the wellbeing of same-sex couples.

Opposition Lead Bill Shorten announced on Tuesday he would put a stop to the “harmful” plebiscite — rejecting the Government’s election mandate — in a bid to push a free vote in Parliament.

During Question Time, Mr Turnbull deflected a question on whether he would have a free vote in Parliament marriage equality.   Read more »

Dodgy Labor ratbag Daystari quits amid a donations scandal

What is it with the Labor party in Australia and their dodgy ratbag MPs taking a bung all the time?

Embattled Labor senator Sam Dastyari has fallen on his sword, resigning from his frontbench roles as the donation scandal that engulfed him over the past week reached a crescendo.

The 33-year-old NSW senator quit as manager of opposition business in the Senate and shadow spokesman for consumer affairs, hours after Fairfax Media revealed he may have broken Labor Party rules on political donations by allowing Chinese donors to make payments on his behalf for travel and legal bills.

His resignation comes just 24 hours after the senator held an ‘ask me anything’ press conference, where he said that while he’d been “admonished” by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, he had not been asked to resign or offered his resignation.

The furore was first triggered last week after Fairfax Media revealed Senator Dastyari had a business with links to the Chinese governmentpay a personal bill. It escalated when it emerged he appeared to take a pro-China line that contradicted Labor policy on the South China Sea and came to a head with new questions on Wednesday.   Read more »

Turnbull’s gamble may yet cost him his job

Malcolm Turnbull called an early election in order to clean out the Senate, and that has backfired. Meanwhile there is a dead heat in other seats with 11 electorates as yet undecided. His gamble may yet have cost him his job, and cost the Liberals government.

The Australian reports:

Australia faces an anxious wait after voters delivered a possible hung parliament or bare coalition majority at the federal election. Counting of postal votes will resume on Tuesday.

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The Media party think you should care about the Australian elections

The Media party continue their clickbait five-reasons-style headlines, but come up rather short with their five reasons why Kiwis should care about the Australian election.

Polls have Labor slightly ahead in Australia’s fast-approaching July 2 election. So why should Kiwis care? Here are five reasons:

1. An estimated 600,000 New Zealanders live and work in Australia. While they can’t vote in the election, they will be affected by government policies.

2. The future of the political relationship between Australia and New Zealand — there has long been anger among New Zealanders at being treated like second-class citizens in Australia and there are calls for Prime Minister John Key to lobby the Government on behalf of Kiwis. It is estimated New Zealanders contribute $5 billion in tax annually. But they cannot vote or claim welfare. A clamp down on immigration law has also seen Kiwis deported without warning, arrest or criminal convictions.    Read more »

Smug Aussie senator poured back in her bottle

Aussie Labor has its nasties just like New Zealand Labour, but watch the video above as Labor senator Katy Gallagher accused Communications Minister Mitch Fifield of ‘mansplaining’ to her. She got spanked for her smug arrogance.

A government minister has accused a Labor senator of hypocrisy after she claimed he was ‘mansplaining’ to her.

A standard parliamentary committee hearing erupted into a fiery exchange between Labor’s Katy Gallagher and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield on Thursday.

Senator Gallagher accused the minister of mansplaining to her in an answer about cabinet process on social services legislation.   Read more »

Turnbull smashes Shorten in first poll of year

Malcolm Turnbull has monstered Bill Shorten and the Liberals retain their lead over the ALP in the first poll of the year.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s lead over Bill Shorten as voters’ choice as better prime minister has grown a whopping 19 per cent over the Christmas and New Year break, with the Opposition Leader plunging to his lowest ever rating in a ReachTEL poll conducted for the Seven Network.

Asked who they thought made a better prime minister, 80.8 per cent of voters nominated Mr Turnbull and just 19.2 per cent nominated Mr Shorten, whereas on November 26, 71.3 per cent of respondents had nominated Mr Turnbull and 28.7 per cent chose Mr Shorten.

A Fairfax-Ipsos poll conducted in November found that Mr Turnbull led Mr Shorten as preferred prime minister 69 per cent to 18 per cent.
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Early election for Australia?

It looks increasingly like there could be an early election in Australia so that Malcolm Turnbull can capitalise on Australia’s dodgy union and dodgy Labor scandals.

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is willing to call an early election and campaign on a policy of cleaning up the union movement, after a royal commission found it infested by louts, thugs, thieves, bullies and perjurers.

In his final report, Trade Union Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon on Thursday recommended criminal charges be considered against 48 people and organisations and civil action taken in 45 other cases, but said this was just the tip of “an enormous iceberg”.

Mr Turnbull said a federal-state police taskforce would continue to investigate referrals from the commission. The Government will also move to establish a new registered-organisations commission to regulate unions and employer groups. The commission would have similar powers to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

The Government also wants the Senate to approve by the end of the month a bill to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

Mr Turnbull suggested he could call an early double-dissolution election if the March deadline was not met.

“We are willing to fight an election on this,’’ he said.

“If this is not passed, if we cannot get the passage of this legislation through the Senate, then in one form or another it will be a major issue at the next election.’’

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Union corruption rampant in Australia

Union corruption, and by extension Labor party corruption, is increasingly being exposed in Australia.

Victorian MP Cesar Melhem has been referred for possible corruption charges by unions royal commissioner Dyson Heydon who believes his hearings have only uncovered a small tip of widespread union misconduct.

In his final report released on Wednesday, Mr Heydon says thugs and bullies are involved in unions around Australia and misconduct has taken place in every jurisdiction, except the Northern Territory.

He says the misbehaviour can be found in any unionised industry, in any industrial union at any period of time.

“These aberrations cannot be regarded as isolated,” he said.

“They are not the work of a few rogue unions, or a few rogue officials.

The misconduct exhibits great variety. It is widespread. It is deep-seated.”   Read more »

The origin of the word Islamophobia and its links to terrorism

Cause and effect is a well known concept. Some people believe that their definition of Islamphobia actually causes terrorism, that it actually causes moderate Muslims to become extremists.

“ISLAMAPHOBIA” is a manufactured left wing concept. Literally. It was made up in 1997 by a British left wing think tank called the Runnymede Trust.

Although the word had appeared in theological texts earlier with a far more limited meaning, the Runnymede definition created a phony problem and in doing so built a fraudulent victimhood industry.

The new term was then exploited by Britain’s Labour Party to stifle any criticism of its disastrous policies towards immigration in general and Muslims in particular.

Much like Australia’s Labor Party, Britain’s Labour Party has benefited mightily over the years from harnessing the Muslim vote.

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All that is left of the unions are the officials

union-slump

When I wrote Dodgy Unions I was highlighting just how parlous the situation of unions has become. Falling membership, lack of relevance but the organisations have accumulated vast war chests of cash from past members that the officials keep on dreaming up battles to fight.

The union movement continues to lose workers, but they have transformed themselves into an employment agency for political operatives.

Judith Sloan looks at the demise of unions in Australia.

If the trade union movement in Australia were a company, it would be thinking of filing for bankruptcy. In the early 1990s, its market share was 40 per cent. It is now 15 per cent.

In the private sector, only 10 per cent of workers are members of trade unions in their main jobs. In absolute terms, there are 1.6 million trade union members in their main jobs or 1.7 million in total. Note that there are 11.8 million employed people in Australia.

What are the explanations for this catastrophic decline in union membership? Is there anything the trade unions can do to arrest the decline? How is it that the influence of the trade union movement has not fallen in line with its falling membership?     Read more »