Malcolm Turnbull

I’m sorry, but how is challenging outright lies in media a “meltdown”?

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Malcolm Turnbull is being accused of having a Twitter meltdown.

Why?

Because he challenged misleading news reports about what was in the budget, and had previously told the journalist that she was barking up the wrong tree, but they printed it anyway.

The Media party don’t like being called liars, so now it is Malcolm Turnbull having a “meltdown”.

Have a look at the negative reporting from the SMH:

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched a Donald Trump-like Twitter tirade in a response to a report that the government will scrap concession cards and welfare payments in the May budget, saying it’s “false” and he “outright” rejects it.

In a series of four tweets the Prime Minister slapped down the report in News Corp newspapers on Sunday which said the government was looking to scrap all welfare payments below $20.02 a fortnight, a change targeted at aged pensioners.   Read more »

Bill finally admits his treachery towards Israel was never before cabinet

Bill English has finally admitted what will likely be revealed in OPIA requests; that cabinet was never briefed by Murray McCully over the government’s treachery towards Israel.

Richard Harman managed to winkle it out of him:

During his visit last month to Queenstown Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confronted Prime Minister Bill English over New Zealand’s Security Council vote to support a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine issue and to oppose the building of new settlements on the West Bank.

“He mentioned it when he was here,” English said when asked if Turnbull had discussed it with him.

“All I would say is that we understand the impact (of the vote) particularly on our relationship with Israel and we want a positive relationship with them, so we will work to maintain that.”    Read more »

Turnbull’s speech to Netanyahu

Malcolm Turnbull has welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu to Australia.

Here is the full text of his speech:

Our friendship is as old as the state of Israel itself.

Australia was the first country to vote in favour of the 1947 UN partition resolution adopted by the General Assembly, which led to the establishment of Israel in 1948. Following the vote, Israeli representative Abba Eban acknowledged Australia’s contribution: “The manner in which you steered to a vote this second historic resolution … the warmth and eloquence with which you welcomed Israel into the family of nations, have earned for you the undying gratitude of our people.”

The key role Australia played in ensuring the security and prosperity of the Jewish people should be a source of pride for us all.

This week our friendship will take a historic step forward. For the first time, a serving Israeli prime minister will visit Australia. The government is honoured to host Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Our peoples are bound together first and foremost by the values we share — a mutual commitment to freedom, democracy and the rule of law.   Read more »

Netanyahu sticks it to Rudd and Hawke

Benjamin Netanyahu is in Australia and has wasted no time in dispelling notions put forward by former PMs Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke over their insistence for a two-state solution.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has challenged Bob Hawke and Kevin Rudd to define what they mean by Palestinian statehood, saying a “terrorist state” would be the likely outcome unless Israel retained full control of military security in the territories.

“I prefer not to deal with labels but with substance, but I have a simple question for both former prime ministers: what kind of state will it be,” Mr Netanyahu said after meeting with Malcolm Turnbull at Kirribilli House in Sydney.

Mr Rudd this morning called for the federal Opposition to make recognition of Palestinian statehood Labor policy, following similar calls from Mr Hawke and other ALP luminaries.

“A state which calls for Israel’s destruction? A state whose territories will be used for radical Islam? Israel already gave up Gaza to the Palestinian Authority and this became a terrorist state.   Read more »

Do Murray and Bill still think we did the right thing?

Murray McCully went rogue at the UN Security Council and signed New Zealand up to support despots, dictators and terrorists against the only democracy in the Middle East.

Bill English professed no knowledge and washed his hands of it, thinking it would all go away over Christmas. The problem both have is that the issue hasn’t gone away.

President Trump and his UN ambassador have been unequivocal over the back-stabbing of Israel and have locked in tight behind Israel. The UK flip-flopped and so did the Ukraine over the vote in favour of UNSC Resolution 2334.

The Australians are now very vocal against the UN for the same resolution. Yesterday Malcolm Turnbull came out strongly against the UN.

Malcolm Turnbull has strongly condemned the UN, accusing it of a prejudiced attack against Israel over a Security Council resolution that accused the Israeli ­government of violating inter­national law with its settlement activity.

On the eve of a historic visit by Benjamin Netanyahu, who ­arrives in Sydney today as the first sitting Israeli leader to visit Australia, the Prime Minister also charged those who promoted or supported a boycott campaign with a deplorable attempt to ­­­de-legitimise the Jewish state.   Read more »

Trump: TPP a “job killer” and Australian refugee deal “dumb”

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is hopeful the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will survive with just 11 nations after Mr Trump withdrew the US from it just days into his presidency.

Mr Trump told the rally the TPP was a job killer and said he would pursue his pre-election plan of striking “tremendous” one-on-one trade deals with countries so the US does not “get caught in quicksand”.

“I followed through on my promise to withdraw from the job killing disaster known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Mr Trump said to loud cheers.

Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump infamously clashed in a January 28 phone call about the refugee deal the prime minister struck with President Barack Obama last year.

Mr Trump has reluctantly said he will honour the deal despite calling it “dumb”, but the refugees currently held on Nauru and Manus Island will only be allowed into the US if they pass “extreme vetting”.

New Zealand has been wanting its share of them for years now, but the Aussies are hell bent on sending them to the United States instead.   Read more »

Why do politicians and their staff even use Twitter?

No good ever comes from letting a politician or a staffer tweet, unless you are Donald Trump.

No swinging voter, ever, has been swayed by a tweet. So why do politicians and their staff even bother, it just seems fraught with danger.

It’s the last thing Malcolm Turnbull needs.

A day after hosing down rumours of a rift between the US and Australia, a staff member from the Australian Prime Minister’s own office has been caught sharing anti-Donald Trump propaganda.

Sydney radio station 2GB reported this afternoon the executive assistant to the PM’s chief of staff, Drew Clarke, had been suspended indefinitely.   Read more »

I can’t wait for Bill’s call details to leak

Malcolm Turnbull has taken a call from Donald Trump, and it didn’t turn out how he thought it would.

Donald Trump has sparked a fresh diplomatic battle – this time with Australia – by branding a refugee deal with the country as “dumb”, days after reportedly holding a heated conversation with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

During a phone conversation on Saturday, Mr Trump reportedly told his Australian counterpart that he had spoken with four other world leaders that day and that “This was the worst call by far.”

The president, who blasted the Australian leader over a refugee deal, abruptly ended Saturday’s call, which was expected to last an hour, after just 25 minutes.

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Freedom costs the lives of our fallen plus $70,000

BY: Deb Dalby

January 12,  2017

Whaleoil Australia correspondent

Deb has previously written about the Reclaim Australia Rally in Sydney and also the earlier rally in Lakemba


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Today, in Australia, the Blue Mountains to be precise (which lies about 70km to the west of Sydney), I learned that Anzac Marches have been cancelled. Four separate marches. Initially when I read the heading: No Anzac March, I thought it might have been due to the dwindling numbers of Anzacs in that area, but upon actually opening the article, I was  horrified to learn that the reason ANZAC marches have been cancelled in the Blue Mountains is because we can’t afford the money to fund the necessary anti-terrorism security required for the event, more specifically the additional cost of anti-terrorism measures imposed by local police, which include the use of water-filled barriers to close roads (a measure initiated in the wake of the Nice attack last July).

Council, which is believed to have spent $70,000 over the past two years to ensure the marches went ahead, is unable to continue the financial assistance.

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Key has no intention for immigrants to use New Zealand to get to Australia

Key has no intention for immigrants to use New Zealand to get to Australia and he has said as much.

The Australian government’s plan to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever setting foot in the country mean it’s increasingly unlikely they will accept New Zealand’s offer to resettle those in detention on Nauru, the Prime Minister John Key says.

New Zealand’s offer to take 150 refugees from Nauru still stands but would still allow for back door entry for refugees who are granted Kiwi citizenship to then move to Australia.

And Mr Key says the government has no intention of creating separate classes of New Zealand citizens that would close that door.   Read more »