Wednesday, November 28, 2012
SO WHO ARE THE REAL MISOGYNISTS?
Two reports below
The usual Leftist charm: Abuse is all they've got
Gillard recently seized on Abbott's normal conservative views about differences between men and women and quoted them as misogyny. Her own Labor Party members however make jokes that deliberately degrade women
In this case a Leftist deep thinker appears to have concluded that Julie Bishop's blonde hair makes her a "bimbo". The fact that she is a very sharp and effective parliamentarian is clearly too much for his penile mind to handle
A FEDERAL Labor MP has accused deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop of being "a narcissistic bimbo". Steve Gibbons also said Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was "a gutless douchebag".
Both were not fit to be MPs let alone prime minister and deputy prime minister," he tweeted on Wednesday.
Mr Gibbons later tweeted: "Apologies to those offended by my use of the word Bimbo. I'll replace that word with Fool".
His Labor colleagues distanced themselves from the tweet. "Steve, I love you, but you're way out of line," MP Ed Husic told Sky News. "I wouldn't do it and I wish he hadn't have."
Sexist joke at big union dinner
The report below is from over a month ago but it is about a joke made at a big union dinner that was so vile that nobody in the media has so far been game to repeat it. And none of the Leftist heavyweights at the dinner protested it in any way. It's pretty clear who the real front-runners in misogyny are
The gorgeous Peta Credlin
CFMEU Victorian assistant secretary John Setka, who helped lead the blockade of a Grocon building site in Melbourne in August, was at the dinner on Wednesday night with the Prime Minister, ministers and officials from the Australian Workers’ Union and the Commonwealth Public Sector Union.
Ms Gillard left the CFMEU dinner before the joke was made by a paid comedian. She complained to the union later.
Treasurer Wayne Swan, who spoke at the event after the comedian, conceded he should have raised concerns on the night rather than waiting until yesterday morning.
Ministers stayed in the Great Hall even though Ms Gillard berated Liberal MPs on Tuesday for remaining at a dinner when radio host Alan Jones said her father died of shame.
“No one walked out of the room, no one walked up to Mr Jones and said that was not acceptable,” a furious Ms Gillard told Parliament in her now-renowned attack on Mr Abbott about sexism.
The comedian hired by the CFMEU to perform on Wednesday night, “Allan Billison”, joked that Mr Abbott and Ms Credlin were having a relationship. Both are married. The remarks left the room silent, according to Labor MPs.
The joke came amid a furore over Ms Gillard’s accusations that Mr Abbott is sexist and misogynistic.
Bureaucrats to lose hospitals
This should happen throughout Australia
CONTROL of Territory hospitals and clinics is to be taken away from Health Department bureaucrats.
They will instead be self-governing agencies responsible for their own budgets.
The biggest shake-up in health service delivery was announced by Health Minister Dave Tollner in Parliament today.
A health source admitted that the new model was similar to what Kevin Rudd tried to force through in 2010 as Prime Minister. He faced stiff opposition from the States and threatened to take hospitals away from them.
The ALP Territory government responded by establishing health network boards. But the source said: "That was just window dressing. It wasn't real reform. "The boards have no real power. Their budgets are still controlled by public servants in the Health Department.
"And they don't have powers to hire and fire. A lot of people ask what the boards do. And the answer is that they hold meetings."
The NT Government argued hospitals and clinics managed in a grassroots way would let them be more responsive to local needs.
"At the moment, decisions about the clinic at Yuendemu are made by public servants in Darwin," the source said. "The Government thinks they should be given more power to manage themselves. "That would improve service delivery and we should never lose sight of what hospitals are all about - the good of the patients."
The Territory has five hospitals - Royal Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy.
Sham education bill
Complete hot air. An amazing exercise. "Nothing contained in the laws will be legally enforceable" (!!)
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard says Labor will target and eradicate the "great moral wrong" faced by children who do not have access to educational opportunities.
Ms Gillard on Wednesday introduced legislation to parliament in response to the Gonski schools funding review, saying the bill would enshrine in law "our nation's expectations for our children's achievements at school".
"This is a distinctively Labor plan for a matter of the highest Labor purpose: to eradicate the great moral wrong which sees some Australian children denied the transformative power of a great education," she told the lower house.
"It is now clear, with the information we have today, that in Australian schools it is the poorer kids who have been let down the most in the past."
The prime minister said the "ruling passion" of her life was to ensure no child missed out on quality education.
"All my determination, all our resolve is directed towards getting this done," she said.
Australian Education Union federal president Angelo Gavrielatos said he was confident Labor would achieve the proposed funding reform, which is expected to cost the federal, state and territory governments about $6.5 billion a year.
"Not only are we confident, we have every expectation that an agreement will be achieved between the commonwealth and the states," he told reporters in Canberra.
"The state premiers must step up now and negotiate in earnest."
But opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne said the bill was devoid of detail. "Labor has introduced an empty shell this morning as a desperate distraction," he said in a statement.
"The prime minister calls this a uniquely Labor bill and she is right - it is all spin over substance, a classic Labor hoax."
Neither he nor Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was present in the lower house when Ms Gillard introduced the bill.
"This was one of the most significant moments in the history of schools funding and yet they chose to ignore it," Mr Gavrielatos said.
The explanatory memorandum accompanying the Australian Education Bill 2012 legislation says: "There is no financial impact associated with the bill." The bill also contains a clause stating nothing contained in the laws will be legally enforceable.
However, federal School Education Minister Peter Garrett has previously said the legislation would be changed once agreement was reached with states, territories and private education authorities.
The nation's education ministers are expected to provide initial advice on the structure of a funding system to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on December 7.
Ms Gillard wants COAG to sign the funding agreement at its first meeting next year, which is likely to be in March.
Australia's Left walks back its support of Israel
Bob Hawke was a great supporter of Israel but Gillard is no Bob Hawke
JULIA GILLARD has been forced to withdraw Australia's support for Israel in an upcoming United Nations vote after being opposed by the vast majority of her cabinet and warned she would be rolled by the caucus.
As a result, Australia will abstain from a vote in the United Nations General Assembly on a resolution to give Palestine observer status in the UN, rather than join the United States and Israel in voting against the resolution as Ms Gillard had wanted.
In a direct rebuff of her leadership, Ms Gillard was opposed by all but two of her cabinet ministers - Bill Shorten and Stephen Conroy, both of the Victorian Right - during a heated meeting on Monday night.
She was then warned by factional bosses she faced a defeat by her own backbench when the caucus met on Tuesday morning.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bob Carr, who met Ms Gillard before cabinet, drove the push to oppose the Prime Minister.
The former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans briefed Labor MPs on Monday, warning they would be on the wrong side of history if they stood with the US and Israel against the rest of the world.
Ms Gillard had wanted to vote no while the Left faction, which is pro-Palestinian, wanted to vote for the resolution.
The Right faction, which would usually support Ms Gillard, backed an abstention, in part due to the views of its members that the government was too pro-Israel, and also because many MPs in western Sydney, who are already fearful of losing their seats, are coming under pressure from constituents with a Middle East background.
Senior sources have told Fairfax Media that in cabinet on Monday night, at least 10 ministers, regardless of factional allegiance and regardless of whether they were supporters of Kevin Rudd or Ms Gillard, implored the Prime Minister to change her view.
At one stage there was a heated exchange between the Environment Minister, Tony Burke, and Senator Conroy, the Communications Minister.
One source said Ms Gillard was told the cabinet would support whatever final decision she took because it was bound to support the leader but the same could not be said of the caucus.
Ms Gillard told the caucus meeting that her personal view was to vote no because she believed the UN vote, which will pass easily with the overwhelming support of UN member states, would hurt the peace process because the US has threatened to withdraw funding for the Palestinian Authority.
But she conceded that after sounding out ministers and MPs, Australia should abstain.
The Israeli government is understood to be furious but an embassy spokesperson declined to comment.
The opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman, Julie Bishop, said the decision to abstain was disappointing because the Coalition backed a no vote as "the path to peace and reconciliation".