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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 Simpsons?crazy 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 »

Headline of the Week

From the Courier Mail in Queensland.

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The story itself is hilarious:

FORMER foreign minister Bob Carr was last night labeled ?arrogant? and ?foolish? for risking diplomatic ties after leaked extracts of his new diaries revealed him complaining about taxpayer-funded first and business class travel and questioning whether top US leaders had plastic surgery.? Read more »

Dodgy ALP Ratbag cops one in the chook again

Eddie Obeid is the ratbag that just keeps on giving.

He is back before the Independent Commission against Corruption with three more investigations.

Former Labor parliamentarian Eddie Obeid and two former departmental chiefs will be adversely named during the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s three-pronged inquiry which began today.

In his opening address, counsel assisting, Ian Temby, QC, outlined the details of the corruption watchdog’s trio of fresh inquiries into Mr Obeid’s dealings.

Mr Temby said the inquiries spanned three departments – Treasury, the Department of Water and Energy, and NSW Maritime – four separate ministers, and a period of more than a decade.

Mr Temby, formerly the inaugural head of the ICAC, said the hearings involved “lobbying of an unusual kind” by an MP, in circumstances where his family’s interests were involved.

Liberals attack…hard

This is the Liberals latest attack ad…

I love negative campaigning…that video will hurt because it is true.

DEPUTY Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Foreign Minister Bob Carr, outgoing Labor Party boss Sam Dastyari have been linked to corrupt former MPs Eddie Obeid and Ian MacDonald in a new series of Liberal Party attack TV ads due to be rolled out across NSW tonight.? Read more »

NSW Labor and their dodgy ratbags are the gift that keep on giving

Eddie Obeid is proving to be a daily embarrassment for Labor in Australia. Now they are threatening to engulf Bob Carr.

The spat between former premiers over who was to blame for the rise of powerbroker Eddie Obeid in NSW Labor has again raised questions about how a succession of leaders failed to check his power.

As the allegations of wide-ranging corruption have emerged at the corruption watchdog, former premier Bob Carr has sought to portray himself as having stood up to Eddie Obeid’s influence. It was his successor, Morris Iemma, who had given him ”special status” within the state government, Carr told ABC1’s Four Corners this week – and, by implication, left Obeid unchecked to exploit his position.

Iemma responded with vigour, pointing out that he did not give Obeid a ministry, Carr did.

The picture of how Obeid accrued so much clout in the ALP is much more complex. Iemma might have been a closer friend to Obeid, but Carr turned a blind eye and at one stage even gave character evidence for the powerbroker in a defamation suit against the Herald.

Obeid, a budding Lebanese businessman and owner of ethnic newspaper El Telegraph, joined the Labor Party at 29 and was elected to the Legislative Council in 1991. A good networker with extensive ethnic contacts, he wielded significant clout in the ALP’s western Sydney branches even before he entered State Parliament.

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Union control of political parties is damaging

It can’t be far off that we start to see the some of the same problems with the union movement involvement in Labour as those being experienced by the ALP:

The Australian Labor Party has survived two World Wars, three splits and the Great Depression. Over its 121 years the influence of unions on the ALP has ebbed and flowed. In recent times, the influence of union officials and faction leaders has been asserted as never before. This has occurred because of a collapse in rank-and-file membership, a dearth of strong parliamentary leadership after the departure of Bob Carr from the state scene, the removal of Kevin Rudd as prime minister and the promotion of union officials and former staffers into Parliament. The public gaze has turned to the influence of people such as Eddie Obeid, Craig Thomson and Michael Williamson, with a resultant collapse in the ALP’s support and image problems for the bulk of the union movement.

Consider this: in 1971, 24 per cent of federal MPs listed their previous employer as a union, or as an ALP political staffer. After the 2005 election the number jumped to 67 per cent. The result is a much narrower collective world view than is healthy and a disillusioned rank-and-file membership as they realise their real influence on the party is, at best, marginal.

My concern is these factors are undermining the appeal, talent pool and credibility of Labor. It creates overdependence on unions for political, intellectual and financial support.

It is an unholy alliance…and one that Queensland is seeking to destroy:? Read more »

Disgraceful horde of cockroaches

The ALP is being torn apart daily by?revelations?from the?Independent?Commission Against Corruption. Australia is lucky to have such a body to uncover such misfeasance.

With my investigations into unions here, along with the Owl, I think there is certainly the possibility that a “disgraceful horde of cockroaches” are running?the?unions here as well

Consider the sordid details emerging in the Independent Commission Against Corruption of the alleged corruption entrenched in the NSW Labor government that ruled for 16 years. It exposes what appear to be a disgraceful horde of cockroaches abusing their power, enriching themselves, betraying the people and corroding the institutions of governance and public order.

Where was the Labor leadership when all this was going on? How many moments were missed as these creatures infested the system?

The ABC reporter Sabra Lane this week asked Bob Carr, premier for the first 10 of those 16 years and now Foreign Affairs Minister, “Are you ashamed by the revelations?”

Carr, who has not been implicated in any corrupt dealings, declined to comment on the ground that it was a matter before ICAC.

Some progress on Fiji

? Stuff.co.nz

It looks like Murray McCully is finally making some headway into resolving the impasse with Fiji over the silly and?ineffective?sanctions that we have maintained since the Clark era.

New Zealand may drop sporting sanctions against Fiji after a meeting aimed at thawing diplomatic relations in Sydney today.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully confirmed after a meeting with his Australian and Fijian counterparts that there New Zealand would reappoint a High Commissioner to Fiji and relax travel sanctions affecting members of the Fiji government.

He would also be asking Cabinet to consider dropping the long standing sporting sanctions.

Mr McCully said the meeting built on the positive momentum generated by the Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group (MCG) visit to Fiji recently, attended by Mr McCully, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr and hosted by Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

Fiji has committed to democratic elections in 2014.

Mr McCully said the change to travel sanctions would see a more flexible regime put in place.

“They have consistently pointed to the fact that the travel sanctions are a major obstacle to them getting some able people to serve in the government as permanent secretaries or minister yet those are desirable developments to take place in the context of their step toward elections. So we?ve said we will have a more flexible approach to the sanctions regime but we wont be actually changing the sanctions themselves, just give more room for exemptions.”

?About time….sanctions have never been successful anywhere in the world and isolating Fiji hasn’t worked. In fact it has had a negative effect form new Zealand’s stand point, allowing China to gain a large foothold in the Pacific.

Fiji making progress

Voter registration starts in Fiji on 3?July 2012.

The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum speaks very clearly to cane farmers about how to go about registering for the election in 2014. He also urges them to go the Constitution Consultation meetings that are going to be held around the country and have their say.

The Attorney-General?gets down to the level of the ordinary Fijian so well.

Murray McCully needs to announce the dropping of travel sanctions against Fijians helping the Fijian Government. Bob Carr needs to eat humble pie.

More morally bankrupt than corrupt

? Sydney Morning Herald

Bob Carr?has?been drafted to help save Labor…they should have done due diligence:

Sartor’s chat held moments of genuine entertainment, like his rendering of Michael Egan’s quip that ”Bob Carr’s not in charge – he’s just an effing journo we hired to win elections.” Or when he told us ”of course, Carr was a total hypochondriac” and twice mimicked his orotund baritone.

There was much on the importance of compromise – as if Labor’s problem was simply being too principled – and even a degree of honesty. ”We were more morally bankrupt than corrupt ?” fessed Sartor. ”Transport was our No.1 big sin, and we were very poor at policy, on energy and a few other things ?”

Hard to argue with him when he said, ”it was a very weak cabinet ?” He noted: ”It was obvious we were on the nose ? We’d been giving mining companies exemptions from pollution charges for ages ? We just wouldn’t address the long-term issues ?”

And of course that’s part of why a government with a massive mandate and over a decade in power failed to produce anything remotely resembling sensible strategic planning across the state.

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