Stephen Conroy

The unacceptability of David Cunliffe

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After David Cunliffe bizarrely compared himself to Helen Clark and Norman Kirk we are going to see a demonisation of David Cunliffe much like the attacks on Kevin Rudd?by pro-Gillard forces in Australia like Stephen Conroy, Stephen Smith and Wayne Swan.

We have already seen this with the Ilam candidate, James Dann, damning Cunliffe in an open letter.

It will be systematic, and it will be nasty. His reputation will be trashed by his own team, making him completely unacceptable for the membership to foist him upon the caucus. The caucus knows that they can’t command the membership, but they can make Cunliffe so unpalatable that the unions will act.

The problem is caucus too is highly factionalised. Clayton Cosgrove has been acting the bully-boy strong arming other candidates to stand aside and promote Grant Robertson. The problem is Clayton Cosgrove is so thoroughly discredited after running a candidate campaign in Waimakiriri, one that failed and also delivered up an appalling party vote result. He is despised as a result, even by those on the right of the Labour caucus. But caucus has to block vote now to send a message to the membership that they cannot countenance a dud leader like David Cunliffe. They need to effectively veto Cunliffe but that won’t work.

It won’t work because the membership is feral left. That membership believes that David Cunliffe is a martyr and that he was set up to fail by the caucus…a caucus of centrist traitors to the socialist cause. The only thing that unites caucus right now is their mutual loathing of David Cunliffe.

The hard left of the party, stocked now with old Alliance war-horses, are more interested in being pure rather than being in power. They are septic that their mates like Carol Beaumont got rinsed and are on the outside. Beaumont is so thoroughly disliked that when asked to provide her with a job, Helen Kelly refused out-right. Of course it is the same hard-left that was pulling strings inside Labour for them to tank Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau. They loathe candidates like him and Stuart Nash. They believe in a puritanical socialism, where people like Nash and Davis are actually closet tories?and should actually be run from the party?rather than emulated for their electoral success. ? Read more »

Twitter trying to deal with online abuse and bullying in Australia

Twitter is moving to ban online abuse and implement systems to control online bullying using their service.

INTERNET giant Twitter has moved to ban online abuse, as the Federal Government called on it to establish an Australian outpost to deal with community concerns.

The development came as still more victims of cyber hate campaigns came forward yesterday, including top surfer Laura Enever and TV personality Nathan Jolliffe.

Three days after?The Daily Telegraph?launched its #StoptheTrolls campaign, a Twitter spokeswoman finally responded to questions yesterday, saying the company was taking the issue of online harassment seriously.

“We take this issue extremely seriously and have recently updated our abuse policy to make targeted abuse against our terms of service,” Twitter spokeswoman Rachel Bremer said.

She did not specify when the policy was updated or what specifically had changed, however Twitter’s rules of engagement now clearly state: “Technical abuse and user abuse is not tolerated on Twitter.com, and will result in permanent suspension.”

Rules also include: “You may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others” and “you may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information”.? Read more »

Labour parties are the same the world over

The headline is scarily similar to what happened here in NZ.

Labour the world over booby traps the economy of their victim countries.

When Joe Hockey was growing up and dreaming of becoming prime minister, he would not have imagined that his dream would lead him to joining a bomb disposal unit. Tomorrow, he will unveil the first bomb he must dismantle and it is almost nuclear in its capacity for destruction.

At 12.30 on Tuesday, Hockey, who has also been the stand-out thespian of the new federal parliament, will unveil the real horror, dysfunction and narcissism of Kevin Rudd’s contribution to Australian political history, disably assisted by Julia Gillard. Hockey will release the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook, known in the trade as MYEFO, which will show a budget deficit much worse than Labor led us to believe, probably close to $50 billion, debt obligations much higher than Labor led us to believe, and unfunded liabilities that are so irresponsibly crushing the government will have to walk away from many of them. The most monumental folly is the National Broadband Network, whose economic rationale was worked out on a piece of paper by Rudd. The scheme subsequently created by former communications minister Stephen Conroy would cost more than $70 billion and never recover its cost of capital. The Abbott government will have to start again.? Read more »

Rudd knifes Gillard, early election for Australia

Labor have shown just how dysfunctional they are with the overnight knifing of Julia Gillard buy Kevin Rudd.

The illegitimate?government?just became even more illegitimate.

Kevin Rudd has been re-elected leader of the Labor Party almost three years to the day since he was deposed by Julia Gillard.

Mr Rudd won the ballot 57 votes to 45. There was no spill for position of deputy leader however there are reports that Treasurer Wayne Swan has resigned.

Labor is in disarray. The caucus is deeply divided. Most of their money men have been indicted for corruption, the power brokers too, the ones left are quaking in their boots that other skeletons won;t come out, but in all likelihood they will.

Labor is stuffed for at least 3 probably 4 terms nationwide. ?The effects could well last for a generation.? Read more »

Piers Akerman takes on 3 supposed journalists as they giggle and laugh over eroding press freedoms

Anger is building against Stephen Conroy, but there are those in?the?media that are tacitly supporting the moves.

What do you get when you put a real Journalist in a studio with 3 Labor Sycophants? Amongst the taunts and ridicule, Piers makes his point! Shame on the other three.

Piers Akerman stands up to 3 giggling idiots who purport to be journalists who are sitting by laughing as press freedoms are eroded by a government intent on muzzling the press. He explains his outburst:

It would not be news to readers of this site that this dysfunctional government?s ham-fisted attempts to muzzle the media anger me.

Unfortunately, I permitted that anger to show on the ABC?s Insiders program yesterday.? Read more »

Andrew Bolt on Conroy’s Media Gagging Law

Andrew Bolt is loudly opposing Stephen Conroy’s media gagging attempts, as is the Murdoch stable with their front page campaign.

This was was the front page of the Sydney Daily Telegraph:

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Bolt is on the attack, not only against Conroy but also against other journalists who he views as collaborators. Here is the first part of his column:

IT?S shocking enough the Gillard Government tries to muzzle journalists. Worse is that journalists cheer it on.

Even ministers privately believe what seems obvious: media laws proposed by the Government are revenge on its critics, especially News Ltd newspapers like this one.

Hear it from Fairfax?s Peter Hartcher, who?s spoken to more ministers than?ll speak to me.

Reports Hartcher: ?Labor?s leaders wanted to punish enemies – the Murdoch empire – … as they head for the exit, runs the theory held by some senior ministers.?? Read more »

It’s cheaper to fly to the United States and back to buy some of Adobe’s software there than it is to buy it here

Adobe’s software pricing is outrageous…I know all about it too, running a newspaper using their products, just how much their licensing is.

When their CEO went to?Sydney?to open a new office he was ambushed and failed to answer specific questions regarding their software pricing.

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Red Underpants on your head?

Another politician gives himself an upper cut.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has declared he has “unfettered legal power” over telecommunications regulation, including the ability to request Australian telcos “wear red underpants on their head”.
The bizarre comments were made by Senator Conroy at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information conference in New York last Monday, and were?reported by communications publication?CommsDay?yesterday.

The comments were made in the context of Senator Conroy arguing against a proposal by the International Telecommunications Union that could push up the price of broadband in Australia. The proposal could see telcos charged more for international submarine cable access, the costs of which could ultimately be passed onto consumers and push up the price of broadband.

Senator Conroy?told the conference: ?The regulation of telecommunications powers in Australia is exclusively federal. That means I am in charge of spectrum auctions, and if I say to everyone in this room ‘if you want to bid in our spectrum auction you’d better wear red underpants on your head’, I’ve got some news for you. You’ll be wearing them on your head … I have unfettered legal power.?

That?s what you get when you put an ex-unionist in a position of power.

Well it is

Stephen?Conroy is in trouble for stating the obvious:

The minister in charge of Australia’s broadcasting standards has dropped the F-word live on national television during children’s viewing hours.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy was answering an AAP question about the risk for investment in Australia at the National Press Club in Canberra that was being shown live on the ABC today.

“In terms of sovereign risk, I love the debate about sovereign risk,” he said.

“I have seen a new definition of sovereign risk, it is asymmetrical.

“If a tax goes up, God, that is sovereign risk. But if a tax goes down, f—ing fantastic.”

He quickly added: “Excuse me.”

The next program on the ABC’s schedule was the G-rated?Meerkat Manor, an animal show popular with young children.

Bonus points for using the word asymmetrical too.

I’m wondering though, is Meerkat Manor a programme about Paul Goldsmith and Scott Simpson?

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