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Prime Minister Abbott and Foreign Aid

Australia has a new Prime Minister, although it could be said Australia has not had a real Prime Minister for the last six years.  Liberal Party Leader Tony Abbott is the new man and although a bit too religious for the taste of some, he seems a fundamentally decent bloke. Having someone wtith at least some principles which will make a nice change from the sad run of self servers Australia has had to endure during the tenure of the Australian Labor Party.

English: Tony Abbott in 2010.

English: Tony Abbott in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Labor Party got throughly trounced and it is hard to believe that so many still dont get why? Labour ran a shambolic campaign based on thought bubbles and fraulent charges of false costings.

Firstly, let’s dispence with costings nonsense, all parties will resist releasing any costings until the last minute. Why take the chance on providing free ammunition? Sorry when did the Labour party release their costings in 2007 was it one or two days before?

Laughably, the more Labor’s rusted on, inner twits raved about costings, the more it reminded joe average about labour’s litany of billion dollar budget and surplus misses. The Libs could not have planned it better. Seriously was there anyone in Australia who believed Gillard and Swan on the returns to surplus? Penny Wong was probably one of the best operators for the future of the ALP but after standing time after time behind the money clowns is now throughly compromised.

Bleating about Abbott cutting foreign aid? Seriously? Let’s look close to home for a start. Billions of dollars to Indonesia and meanwhile Indonesia uses that aid to help the poorest? Well actually no they don’t.  Indonesia has just received the another few Russian Jet fighters, 100 Leopard Tanks and now just signed off on a whole new batch of Apache Helicopters. Now call me naive, but Leopard Tanks and Apache choppers do not normally make the best delivery platform for aid delivery. Is there anyone in the real world who does not think foreign aid does not need a massive review?  Shall we talk about the billion of foreign aid misused (ok fraudlently misused) dumping free wads of cash in order to secure UN votes and promptly dumped once we had what we needed? Gee must be me because savings here seem a no brainer, add integrity and have billions.

Leopard Tanks

Leopard Tanks

The ALP campaign was a disaster, from the clown who said he wanted to move away from negative, it turned out that’s all EX PM Rudd had besides ill thought out nonsense like  “let’s move the Navy (how’s the costings on that?) NBN (How’s the costings on that?), Special Tax Zones..(costings amongst laughter). Of course, the attempts to attack the man brutally backfired. You may not like Abbott as traditional or overly religious or conservative but in a judgement of personal attributtes a pompous little public servant bully was exposed to the public by both his own party history. Again ask Joe Average who he would want living next door to him, Kevin (I dont care if your house is on fire just dont let it near me) Rudd or Abbott. Climate Change????  Oooh the warmest winter. Come on guys, the public is sick of this hyperbole and those kind of time frame references just make you look silly.

Critically, you would be hard pressed to find anyone that does not care about the enviroment but the average Australian is no longer going to tolerate ripping billions of dollars out of the ecomony (and their pockets) to feed an ever growing bunch of hangers-on to make exactly zero difference to the environment. Tell me again how many hangers on attended the Climate Change Conference in Cophenhagen? Tell me again what degree of difference in temperature Australia will achieve if Australia ceased All carbon emissions tomorrow? Now if you want to demonstrate that the millions/billions collected are going to actually rehabilate the Murray and Darling Basin then I might start listening again.  However you have no hope of me listening to the greens and their anti Israel nonsense.

TIME TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH GUYS

Australian Election

Well finally the Australian people get to choose a new  government.  The race is between the incumbent Australian Labor Party headed up by the newly reinstalled Kevin Rudd and The Australian Liberal Party headed up by the self-confessed conservative Tony Abbott.

The Stump is predicting a landslide against the incumbent Rudd and what has to be the most dysfunctional and incompetent government since federation.

As a personal disclaimer it is only fair to mention that the Stump considers KRUDD and his predecessor, the simply awful Julia Gillard as possibly the most unprincipled politicians in Federal Politics in the last thirty years.

Prime Minister Tin Tin

 

 

Australian Republic

Well another royal baby has been born and jolly good luck to them.  Whilst the Queen (via the Governor General) remains Australia’s Head of State it is unlikely Boy George (imaginative lot when it comes to names) will ever occupy the same position in Australia.

Boy George em sua apresentação como DJ na boat...

Future Boy George? 7. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whilst Australia voted against a Republic some years ago, this was more due to a flawed model (Politicians wanted to the right to elect the President not the people), a lingering affection for a rather lovely old granny and the general apathy of the people than a burning desire to rule by some foreign King.  Frankly, the Monarchy in Australia is just a quaint old tradition that has long since worn out its usefulness but like an old sheepdog, no one really cares if it hangs around until it passes quietly in the night.

We wish boy George all the best not sure if it is an ideal life for a child as a taxpayer and hideously expensive tourist attraction somewhat like the Singapore Zoo without the educational benefits. Now if we could just get that flag changed.

 

Australia risks War with Indonesia over Asylum Seekers

Recycled Prime Minister Rudd didn’t take long to make a fool of himself by declaring the opposition party would risk a conflict with Indonesia should they get into power (which by the polls they will by landslide).

In a simply bizarre speech to the nation, PM Rudd declared that Opposition Leader Abbott’s proposal to turn back Asylum Seeker Boats could lead to conflict with Indonesia. He then inferred this could lead to Armed Conflict similar to the conflict involving Indonesian and Australian troops in Malaysia in the sixties.

Of course, the lunacy of such claims is one thing but more repugnant is the drawing of international relationships into the grubby world of domestic politics.    To make things worse, Rudd is planning to keep the Gillard agenda of an Indonesian visit just weeks prior to the election.

English: Kevin Rudd, Australian politician

English: Kevin Rudd, Australian politician (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indonesian politicians must be rubbing their hands together with undisguised glee/greed knowing full well Rudd and Labor are desperate for a feel good headline on the Asylum Seeker issue which has degenerated into a billion dollar farce thanks to Rudd’s earlier incompetence.

The whole world knows the boat people issue is bleeding the government dry in popular opinion Rudd desperately needs something to turn the polls around during his honeymoon period before the electorate at large recalls what a socially inept and dysfunctional person he is. Indonesian politicians never shy making a dollar, will milk millions if not billions of dollars from Australia as Rudd spends whatever it takes at the expense of the Australian Taxpayer to achieve an temporary bounce in the polls.

 

 

Rudd defeats Gillard and no one cares.

Kevin Rudd finally mustered up enough courage to take on Gillard for the leadership for the now terminally crippled Australian Labor Party. Rudd won, not on any great moral principle or leadership but on the votes of unprincipled rats who calculated they might save their seats by dumping the self serving Gillard for the self absorbed Rudd.

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard (Photo credit: Matthew Kenwrick)

Of course, Rudd is the same shallow moron who declared the GFC was an obvious sign that Capitalism was finished in Western Society,  that Global Warming was the “Greatest Moral Challenge of our generation (until he realised it would cost him a vote) and the classic “There is no circumstance in which I would challenge for the leadership of the Labor Party”.

One thing is certain, the Australian People are about to see the greatest election wipeout in modern history.  This is sad as the key to a vibrant and pro active democracy is a strong opposition party and that is not going to happen for a decade after Gillard has trashed the party in her quest for more power without principle.

On the plus side, Gillard’s defeat will prevent her from going on her planned trip to Indonesia where she was prepared to bare all, do all for the sake of a five minute “feel good” headline.  Indonesia must feel miffed at being dudded at the last minute for the chance to take this ignorant fool to the cleaners.

Now Australia has to live with Tin Tin back in charge and bullying little girls.

English: Kevin Rudd (right) and Julia Gillard ...

English: Kevin Rudd (right) and Julia Gillard (left) at their first press conference as leader and deputy leader of the Australian Labor Party on 4 December 2006. 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Julia Gillard – Go please just Go

Fortunately in a democracy you get to throw the bums out every so often.  Australia has for the past few years been plagued by the worst government since World War 2 and two successive Prime Ministers who by any rational standards would not be employed as waste pickers in Indonesia.

Julia Gillard - Caricature

Julia Gillard – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Gillard has the well deserved reputation as the most distrusted Prime Minister in Australia’s history.  Her lack of ethics has been on display since from her early employment years when as a lawyer her resignation was “accepted”.  This ‘resignation’ came about after an obvious conflict of interest between her firm and a very dodgy union boyfriend was discovered.  Gillard treated the Australian public with disdain when she expected them to believe the whole affair did not stink to high heaven.

Gillard continues her ‘me at all costs’ attitude to life when she lied to Kevin Rudd, when she pledged support and within days stabbed him in the back to usurp the position of Prime Minister.  She created a minority government by lying to independents on gambling controls.  She lied to the Australian Public by declaring before the election there would be no Carbon Tax and promptly introduced introduced one at figure 5 times higher than the EU as a sop to the Greens in a naked power over ethics decision.

As a new election grows closer, her lack of principles on any issue have become more and more pronounced. Unable to to produce a single program that her government has introduced or implemented that has been sufficiently costed or implemented, she and a shrinking batch of inept lapdogs have launched a number of personal and frankly ludicrous accusations against the opposition leader Tony Abbott.  Why does she bother?  It bemuses the Australian public who are simply embarrassed by the this train wreck of a human being.

Disclosure: The stump has concerns about Tony Abbott  as he is a very committed Catholic  (Never keen on religion here) but to try and paint him as woman hater or some kind of Pope on steroids is just a absolute nonsense and highlights the sheer incompetence of this government. These nasty little morons even tried to paint Abbott’s commitment to the volunteer fire brigade and other causes as a political stunt only to be humiliated when they found he had being doing such things for decades unlike the self serving toads and union hacks throwing the accusations.

Sadly for Gillard, the Australian people have had a gutful of this ethically challenged, untruthful, unprincipled woman and she is leading the once proud Australian Labor Party to an epic defeat unrivaled in recent history.

Sadly for the Australian Public, she will continue her life of sucking on the public teat after she squandered a huge public surplus and destroyed a major political party in Australia and a the careers of many other Australians both within and without the political prism.

Never in Australia’s history is an election so overdue and anticipated.

Julia Gillard…So Long and get off…You won’t be missed.

FORD MOTORS DUMPS AUSTRALIA

Ford says it will cease car production by 2016, the stump says by 2016 Australia should be a totally Ford free zone.  Lets call this model Ford FU

After decades of Management and government incompetence, greedy and militant unions Ford is quitting manufacturing vehicles in Australia.  Now the stump has been accused by some of the less intelligent commentators out there of being a “Leftie” (most often by Ross the buffoon) which is absurd.  In fact, Capitalism and the ability to own property both intellectual and property is responsible for lifting more people out of poverty than any other time in human history.  However, we must demand a sense of responsibility to the community from those exploiting the nations resources and expose repugnant, spin whenever we see it.

 

Ford Motor Company of Australia stamping plant...

Ford Motor Company of Australia stamping plant at Norlane, Victoria (Geelong) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ford has received over 1.1 billion dollars of taxpayers money over the past decade and last has their hand out only months ago.  No one in business would believe that Ford Australia did not know there was a very good chance they would do a runner when they last went cap in hand for taxpayer dollars. It is sign of corporate greed and Gillard Government incompetence that the Australian Tax Payer has little chance of recovering this money that was obviously taken under a false premise of further employment for Australian Workers. At the very least government should be investigating if it is legally possible to seize Ford properties in recompense for the billions of tax-payer funds poured into this mob.

The press release from Ford Australia’s CEO was a classic piece of corporate spin talking about transformative times and continueing to service and support its Australian Market.  One assumes he did not mean the 1200 people he is putting out of work or the gutting of the     city of Geelong.

Now it remains Ford’s right to make the economic decisions they want by leaving but the view of the Stump is Australians should return the favour and throw the bums out.  Every Australian should dump/sell their Ford as soon as they can and purchase a Holden (who continue to manufacture in Australia).  Certainly the Stump shall be reviewing all leases come monday with a view of exiting Ford as soon as practical (and we ain’t even in Australia) and pressure shall be brought to bear on the wider company.

Ford says it will cease car production by 2016, the stump says by 2016 Australia should be a totally Ford free zone.  Lets call this model Ford FU