Sunday, August 26, 2018

Musings

BAD is in Ecuador.

A record for us, three meals out in one day. We had brunch out, then lunch and then dinner out too. We were up early to get the car serviced and while it was being done we went to the big green hardware shed while the car was being serviced and then had some brunch in Bay Street, Port Melbourne. It then became complicated with Hippie Niece texting R, care to catch up for lunch as the babies' father had weekend custody and her brother had presented her with a gift of a night's city accommodation in an beautiful silver American Airstream bus on the roof of a building in town. Then we had a lovely dinner across the road with a workmate of mine at a place that in 16 years, we have been to once, but we often enough order pizza to be delivered from there. Dining in at Roscoe's was really nice.

We have a new Prime Minister. I am quite happy to have a church going Prime Minister, but not one who actually believes. S'pose he is better than the full on religious cranks, such as The Abbott, who was nasty enough but not nearly as nasty as the aspiring Peter Dutton. Dutton puts scary to whole new level. Fortunately the party knew extreme right winger Dutton and his cronies were not electable as PM or as leaders, not that PM's are directly electable, but ipso facto, they are. You vote for your local member and and get a Prime Minister. Until Abbott, I don't really recall having a nasty Prime Minister.

Scott Morrison is our new PM. How did he vote on things I care about as a base(French thingie above the e, or is it the a) voter?

Immigration? Like all rich conservative politicians he is pro high immigration as factory fodder and to break down working conditions and wages. He has been pretty mouthy and disgusting about refugees, refusing funds for relatives to attend a family member's funeral among the detention on nearby but foreign islands.

Same sex marriage? Against.

Public transport? I don't know. Former PM Turnbull was very pro public transport and a frequent user.

Cities overcrowded with people? See immigration.

Abortion? I don't know. As treasurer he could have withdrawn funding, but did not. But I would imagine as a strongly religious person, he is against.

Apologies to our Aboriginal people for the Stolen Generation? Not sure.

Health? Cuts to public hospital funding and a freeze on Medicare gives you the answer.

Environment and global warming? He once took a lump of coal into Parliament and held it aloft and sang its praises as a wonderful cheap and efficient source of energy. Pity it wasn't uranium.

I can only conclude he is not as bad as The Abbott or wannabe Peter Dutton, but bad enough.

Here is photo of the three contenders for Prime Minister of Australia. On the left is execrable Peter Dutton, Julie Bishop and now Prime Minister Scott Morrison. If it was a popular vote by Australians, Ms Bishop would have won. She has acquitted herself well in public life, unlike so many politician blokes.



ScoMo has hit the ground running with a visit to drought stricken areas. I was going to write about the drought, but I fear I will have plenty of time to do that in the forthcoming months.

Meanwhile in Houston, Texas, a black bloke is having more than fifteen minutes of fame as he has the same name as the loser political assassin of former PM Malcolm Turnbull here, Peter Dutton. He seems to be a much nicer Peter Dutton and there is crowd fundraising for him to have a holiday in Australia. He took mistaken tweets on his Twitter account with good humour. Here he is in clip announcing the sex of his unborn child. Dunno, but I just have a feeling Peter Dutton from Houston might be a good and very down to earth Prime Minister for Australia.


Victor wrote a really good post about Prime Ministers of Australia, including a photo of former and late Prime Minister, Sir William McMahon, who as Victor pointed out, did not marry until the age of 57. It did eventually turn out that Billy, who was 'not the marrying kind and a confirmed bachelor', was the marrying kind. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Great work, Victor.

32 comments:

  1. World is going to hell in a hand basket. We now have Doug Ford DOFO as premier of Ontario. He clearly has a vendetta against Toronto and won't get out of our business. He has a whole province to take care of, but no sticking his nose in.

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    1. Hand basket? More like an express lane (*~*)

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    2. Jackie, I had to look up DOFO. I am much amused. A brief check and I don't like the sound of him at all. What is Ontario without Toronto? I bet he hates your street cars.

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    3. River, to use your former workplace terminology.

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  2. Would have preferred Julie Bishop. I'm starting to feel paranoid about going overseas. We seem to change PM every time I travel.

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    1. Ad Rad, and it is not that you travel that often.

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  3. I am wondering whether he can (without Parliament's approval) withdraw us from the Paris accord. And do hope that when he announces his new Cabinet the Nationals don't (as they want) get the Energy Portfolio.
    And yes, not as bad as it could have been, but not a choice I am comfortable with.

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    1. PS: He is very skilled at pollie speak. I noticed that he said that there would not be an election anytime soon, and presented that as a favour to the Australian people. Sorry sunshine, I see it as a decision you made to attempt to save your hide.

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    2. EC, I really don't know the answer to that. I would just guess he can't. I have noticed he is very skilled at not answering questions and talking so much you lose track, which is another skill.

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  4. How our elected officials can ignore global change is beyond me. I guess they're just waiting until we're all swept away on a tidal wave.

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    1. Sandra, our Rupert Murdoch owned national newspaper still throws doubt on the validity of climate change. We see the evidence of it in every continent of the world.

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  5. Billy McMahon, as the story went....(told to me by the father of a good friend at the time who had been part of Menzie's team in Canberra for a number of years) was told by Menzies to marry. Menzies, I was told, advised McMahon, to marry to put to rest the rumours he was gay. (Apparently, his sexuality was a well-known fact in the halls of Parliament House at the time). Whether McMahon was or not, is of no concern to me, but, of course, back in those years, it was a big deal...because being gay was illegal...as stupid as that may seem to us these days.

    I just wish someone would get back to doing the job of governing the country. We've been free-wheeling for the past 11 years!

    Have a good week, Andrew. :)

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    1. Lee, and a very glamorous woman he chose. It seems day to day things are attended to, but there is no long term planning as we stagger from one political assassination to another.

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  6. Anonymous9:47 am

    I agree we had a narrow escape from Mutton Dutton (and the one we have instead fails to impress). However I cant help wondering if one day we will end up with a fully fledged nasty in the Mad Monk, Mutton mould - there are far too many out there who would love to see it happen. I see Mutton has already pledged his total support to the PM. Those magic meaningless words. He sad the same thing last Monday to Malcolm. Et tu Brute. - Ian

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    1. Mutton left out the word full when he offered his support to Turnbull, as I remarked on to R. Ha, I knew something was afoot. Ah well, regardless of what they do, I expect they will out of office come the next election.

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  7. I'm at a loss. I must admit to knowing nothing about your recent elections.
    I did, however, go to the local tavern again this afternoon for lunch!
    My goodness, I even had another beer.

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    1. Maribeth, it was only a leadership coup, which may well happen soon in your own country. More beer! You will get a reputation.

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  8. I too would have much preferred Julie Bishop, but I'm glad Dutton didn't win!
    As for the new PM's policies we know nothing as you say...we'll soon see. I think this type of politics creates a lot of instability.

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    1. Sami, and we used to be amused by the instability of Italian politics.

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  9. A freeze on Medicare? What exactly does that mean? And what are his plans for the elderly? What will he do to ease the burden of electricity and water costs?

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    1. River, I think that refers to the frozen rebate to doctors for patient visits, which I think was frozen for two years. So bulk billing doctors can't put their prices up and any price rise from non bulk billing doctors is paid for in full by patients. I can't keep up with nor understand what is happening about energy costs. I have a half written post that has stalled because it is all so complicated.

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  10. eg "The Abbott, who was nasty enough but not nearly as nasty as the aspiring Peter Dutton. Dutton puts scary to whole new level".

    I agree that Dutton was and is very scary but at least he was motivated by personal ambition. Abbottoir was motivated solely by destructiveness and revenge.

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    1. Hels, that is a plain and simple fact that needs to be remembered in case Abbottoir ever rises again.

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  11. My good friend (Oz's infamous Mary Moody) keeps me informed about Aussie politicians. She claims that anything to the right of centre is the devil incarnate; so I presume that includes the nicely named 'Scomo'. Dutton was already condemned as the world's vilest scum. It sounds almost as much fun down under as back in the UK.

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    1. Cro, Mary only became infamous because of what she told us in public. It kind of made her rather more interesting to many people, even if there were murmurs of disapproval. England started that name business, with SamCam for Samantha Cameron and SebCoe for Sebastian Coe. Our and UK politics have much in common.

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    2. Good. Yours, Croma.

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    3. About six hours later, I finally thought about you name Croma. CroMag would be better. Btw, tomorrow's post, I am sure you wear your shorts with great style. Cheers, AndCam.

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  12. I did think the US Peter Dutton did a wonderful job of bringing humor to what was a disgusting week in parliament.

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    1. CM, about the only nice thing about the whole nasty business. Ms Bishop has gone home and will sit out the rest of her term and then bye bye. I note she announced this just before Morrison announced his ministry.

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  13. Well he's better than Dutton but still a right wing politician. The coal thing gave me the creeps. Anyway come May we'll probably have another PM.

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    1. Diane, personal ambition and supporting very large business along with shareholders of large companies seems to be all they are interested in. Of PM's, we have seen a few.

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  14. Don't count Julie Bishop out Andrew, I think she would be a brilliant Prime Minister, who knows what might happen. Tony Abbott shouldn't have been able to stay on the backbench, slimy toad! Three meals out in one day, I'm impressed, we've done two now and then but never a three way 😀

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Democracy is all very well, but why give it to the people? - Audrey Forbes-Hamilton.