@Otiose94

Words – It is asserted (@StepenFry) that the average English word has 5 letters, so “words” is as good a place to start a new blog post as any.

“Otiose94” will be my occasional series of quite random thoughts (in both space & time). Here goes.

MP’s Rorts – Every day sees more & more examples of ‘dodgy’ claims for entitlements by Australian Federal MPs, beginning with the now ex-Speaker Bronwyn Bishop (BB) & THAT over-indulgent luxury helicopter ride to a Party Fundraiser from Melbourne CBD to Geelong, a trip much more easily & cheaply (cost tax-payers $5227) negotiated by many other means (Chauffeured Commonwealth Car?).

This extravagance has now cost BB the Speaker-ship & she looked somewhat less than contrite when she resumed her backbench  seat.

It has cost Prime Minister Abbott as well both because BB was another example of his abysmal record with ‘Captain’s Picks’ & his tardiness (tin-ear) in responding (~3wks) to the impending catastrophe which ensued from the obvious outrage from the public.

It s undeniable that Federal MPs exist in a rarefied atmosphere of Canberra political life where they are ‘available 24/7’ in theory, if not in practice. This voluntary discomfort does not excuse ‘rorting’ the system whenever they can.

It is instructive that BOTH major Parties are now desperately trying to ‘hose-down‘ the furore, because tit-for-tat accusations are MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction).

Unfortunately, this was not before ABC Insiders aired a very funny video.

More later.

Acknowledgements: @BBC, @StephenFry, ABC News, @SMH & @rabbitandcoffee

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Dedicated to chronicling the Abbott era.

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It’s now OFFICIAL. Abbott is the new PM.

No longer can we say, when presented with evidence of implacable stupidity – ‘Only in AMERICA!!’.

            Respect?                      Senate??ta twosome

Abbott the Snollygoster – Performance versus Promises

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  • Boats will be stopped, Abbott says (just not yet)
  • Trust-me Tony’s’ silence on expenses is curious
  • Abbott, Brandis face federal police probe
  • AMA calls for Medicare rebate freeze to be reversed as consultation fee rise looms
  • Telstra boosts offshore jobs as locals cut
  • Abbott May Lack Company Support for Killing Aussie Carbon Price
  • Time a little light was shed on the murky issue of mps expenses
  • Peter Slipper says repayment of MPs’ entitlement claims prove ‘double standard’
  • How will Media, Finance and AFP handle the evidence that the PM is a cheat?
  • Abbott and the expenses row: Hands out of the cookie jar
  • Abbott is ‘a bludger
  •  Abbott defends entitlements, saying he won’t be changing the system
  • Abbott under fire for Tamworth festival trip as expense scandal deepens
  • By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past
  • Abbott shown ‘iron curtain‘ by Putin after missing his birthday party
  • Abbott: Open For Business — And Multinational Lawsuits
  • Hockey’s L-plates are there for all to see
  • Abbott must stop the perks to retain authenticity

October 9nd ————————————————————————————

  • What is said in opposition stays in opposition
  • Abbott has history of claiming sporting events as travel entitlements
  • Abbott owns rort problems
  • Abbott claims paid travel to ironman ‘legitimate
  • Abbott offers ‘act of contrition’ to Malaysia over asylum seeker criticism
  • No urgency in the budget emergency
  • Abbott claimed $600 to attend Peter Slipper’s wedding
  • Coalition’s wedding claims show pattern of poor judgment
  • Fve things Barnaby Joyce learned in one day in Malaysia
  • Australian consulate in Bali faces questions over asylum claims of Papuan activists
  • Silence over boats sells public short
  • Abbott rorts Slipper wedding costs, pays back years later
  • PM avoids Papua ‘visit’ at consulate
  • Abbott rorts and eventually repays travel costs for wedding
  • Abbott’s boats compromise offers a way to ditch tow-back policy
  • Morrison dilutes PNG deal to deport West Papuans
  • Coalition ‘never had a policy of towing boats back’, says Scott Morrison, except for this
  • Turnbull & shares in Leighton Holdings’ parent company, Hochtief AG
  • Abbott broke law with media shutout, say Indonesian journalists
  • Abbott defuses diplomatic tensions of his own making
  • Abbott’s broken Indigenous promise and News Corp Breaking Bad

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  • Trust-me Tony’s’ silence on expenses is curious
  • Abbott, Brandis face federal police probe
  • Time a little light was shed on the murky issue of mp’s expenses
  • How will Media, Finance and AFP handle the evidence that the PM is a cheat?
  • Peter Slipper says repayment of MPs’ entitlement claims prove ‘double standard’
  • Abbott and the expenses row: Hands out of the cookie jar
  •  Abbott is ‘a bludger
  • Abbott defends entitlements, saying he won’t be changing the system
  • Abbott under fire for Tamworth festival trip as expense scandal deepens
  • Abbott must stop the perks to retain authenticity
  • Abbott has history of claiming sporting events as travel entitlements
  • Abbott owns rort problems
  • Abbott claims paid travel to ironman ‘legitimate
  • Abbott claimed $600 to attend Peter Slipper’s wedding
  • Coalition’s wedding claims show pattern of poor judgment
  • Five things Barnaby Joyce learned in one day in Malaysia
  • Abbott rorts then pays back Peter Slipper wedding costs
  • Abbott rorts and eventually repays travel costs for wedding

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Video Arcade

Labor’s Ad Pulled by Liberals 2013 Election

What Abbott won’t EVER say on Marriage Equality

If Abbott wins – NO School kids Bonus

Rupert Murdoch & News Ltd do NOT choose OUR Government

Aussie Works – Aussie Rights

Well-Off versus Needy – Abbott’s Paid Parental Leave vs Pensions *

Sedition – Palmer, Brough & Slipper (& Hockey?) – Ashbygate

Penalty Rates – if Abbott wins, you lose

Proof: ‘Medicare Locals will be cut’

Election Morning After – Hilarious

Abbott the Cutter!

If Abbott wins, YOU lose!

If Abbott wins, Australia LOSES!!!

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* Most expert opinion is that the scheme is doomed, even IF sufficient arable land were available and NOT already being used for food production. As seen over recent months (Hottest Summer on Record), trees are prone to burn, releasing ALL the carbon temporarily stored ie an Expensive, NOT Viable, long term plan (more a thought-bubble).

Summer Rituals

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Rituals.

January was hot and DRY, normal.

The family packed last-minute things in the esky and headed for ‘The Coast’, normal.

We’d done much the same for almost 20 years.

Across town, similar preparations were being made in another household. We shared expensive Holiday Season rental on the coast house.

When we started this ritual we only needed two cars.

As both families grew with each child more and more ‘stuff’ had to be transported to the coast, normal.

Transport arrangements had also evolved. More people meant more cars, with each car’s occupants varying. This year my 19 year old, 6’4″ (193cm) son was riding shotgun in the other father’s car (better leg room) with the other couple’s two younger, smaller children.

The two women were travelling together in a second car, supposedly to sort out food arrangements, but more likely to natter.

My 16 year old daughter and I shared our family car; we appreciate similar music.

Off we set with the usual understanding of meeting half-way there to buy our favourite large “B” shaped loaf (we called it bum-bread because of the old-fashioned shape) and home-made berry jam at the town’s excellent bakery, where we traditionally shared their excellent pies and coffee.

Purchases purchased, appetites appeased, we continued our trip. Normal.

Arriving first at the coast house, I had barely got out to stretch when my son and the other father pulled up. Oddly, my son excitedly ran over to me. “Dad, we heard reports on the radio that fires are predicted to impact our suburb. Can I go back and try to save my car?”.

This was the first I’d heard about the danger, my radio had ‘lost’ our local ABC station around the same area as the midway bakery. The radio in the car in which my son was travelling was newer and more powerful. He was worried for the safety of his car, marooned in the driveway of our house.

Recalling how treasured my first car had been I agreed to lend him the family car, adding “just be Careful”, he having only recently gained his full licence after the dreaded “P’s”

He left.

We went inside and waited.

What had started out as a normal two week coastal holiday with friends was about to become the most abnormal six months of our lives, once our son reported the results of his frantic dash home, mainly to try and save his car, but also to see what else he could do.

(to be continued…)

Ham & Turkey – Hockey & Abbott

Happy Holidays One and All.

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Time to relax, rejuvenate, reflect. As the song says

He’s making a list, And checking it twice; Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice …

For various reasons, this year has been most ……….. disturbing!

First thoughts were to detail the long list of Government Bills passed (449) so far this year. That exercise seemed a tad excessive. Next I considered a reduced list of the most significant achievements eg Carbon Price, MRRT, NBN, NDIS, GONSKI….

This list too was beginning to grow to tedious proportions. Considering how to distil it even further, it suddenly struck me that most people are unaware and/or disinterested in this level of detail.

Asking the average voter to declare their perceptions of the past Parliamentary year would probably not give a tidy list of achievements, but rather a feeling of unease, of disturbance.

It’s the hangover from the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). The Liberals continue to insist the GFC never happened (a bit like Y2K), or if it did it was a fizzer (a damp squib).

They could have done very much better because they’re born and raised on the economics of the privileged.

It seems that they believe that having been born with oodles, somehow that grants a skill (and therefore a right) to being good with handling it; reasoning that defies logic. Ross Gittins (@1RossGittins) – Workers asked to pay for economy’s success.

Looking round the financial state of the rest of the developed world it is almost impossible to find a country doing better than Australia. But according to the ceaseless doom and gloom from the Opposition, our country’s going to ‘hell in a hand-basket’. Cacotopia.

This mind-numbing marinade is totally refuted by reference to our almost unique AAA credit rating and by many other economic indicators, the Beautiful Set of Numbers (see the BISONS).

As usual, Abbott, Hockey et al never let these facts get in the way of ‘A Good Story‘!

A Good Story, now there’s an interesting concept.

When was the last time you read a good story (apart from the Resources Boom in WA & QLD)? Even this has its down side if you choose to believe one of the coalition’s many pseudo money men, who bemoan the incredibly high Australian Dollar – $AUD.

The fact that the $AUD is currently $1.05-ish is wonderful if you’re

  • off to Bali (for Schoolies or your Annual vacation),
  • defying Gerry Harvey (and buying goodies from the Internet)
  • or buying an imported car

but the high dollar is killing our exports. Hence there is much talk of the two-speed economy, like it’s a second-hand Malvern Star treadly.

This two-speed jargon generates an ‘Us versus Them’ atmosphere. Like Clients not Patients in a hospital or Products not Services in a bank. Divide and Conquer.

A similar feeing to the ‘You’re either with us, or you’re against us‘ of G W Bush after 9/11 or John Howard’s Individual Bargaining. Gone is any sense of Community. It’s every individual for themselves.

This division of opportunities is what most leads to the disturbing feeling.

I’ll leave it to you to decide the most disturbing influence/person this year.

Therefore, my list is for Santa only!

Oh, and lots more Holiday Ham and Turkey, the meats, not the politicians (no names, no pack drill).

Happy Holidays!!

NB. Despicable Hockey.

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