“Failure is not an option. Failure is not an option here; and we won’t fail.” — Prime Minister Julia Gillard
I have proposed that early next year we could sit and discuss within the framework of the Bali Process how to best and efficiently deal with the issue of people-smuggling and trafficking in persons.Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
JULIA Gillard has failed to win Jakarta’s clear support for her proposal to build a regional asylum-seeker processing centre in East Timor. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instead referred the Prime Minister’s plan for a regional framework on people-smuggling for consideration early next year at a meeting of the Bali Process, saying while he [...]
Rather than platitudes about confidence, we need public policies that will provide us with a much-needed buffer against the inevitable day of reckoning, in the same way that the Howard government's legacy allowed us to navigate the global financial crisis in relative comfort.Maurice Newman, former chairman of the Australian Securities Exchange
IN a bright start to the new year we are reading that the global economic outlook is improving. Setbacks are transitory. The fiscal cliff is history and the debt ceiling is bound to be lifted. Stockmarkets everywhere, even those in Europe, are rising. In Australia, Wayne Swan, accentuating the positive, repeatedly reassures us that our [...]
Here’s an interesting perspective. In 2008, Iceland didn’t bail out the banksters they arrested them. Now their economy is growing faster then the EU’s.
The question on every “objective” mind is: Does Obama go to church to worship God or tweet politics? But as it turns out, it wasn’t a church service to worship God but a political rally where the pastor rallied the flock to call the Republicans “enemies”.
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard's taxpayer-subsidised private car has been pinged eight times in six months for traffic offences - but her office is refusing to reveal who was behind the wheel at those times.LINDA SILMALIS: The Daily Telegraph
The offences were listed in official documents detailing MPs’ expenses over a six-month period last year and recently tabled in parliament. While other MPs disclosed how the fines were incurred and by whom, Ms Gillard’s office referred inquiries to Special Minister of State Gary Gray, whose office passed the matter to the Finance and Deregulation [...]
13% of bird, 25% of mammal and 41% of amphibian species face possible extinction.Thomas Lovejoy: Scientific American
By the next century lions, tigers and other marquee species will be gone or confined to zoos Thomas Lovejoy presented a report to the then president, Jimmy Carter in 1980 that concluded the pace at which we were losing tropical forests to logging and development would cause the extinction of 15-20% of all species by 2000. [...]
Under Gillard's watch 24,024 people have arrived on 391 boats manned by 674 crew. That is three times the number of boats and four times the number of people arriving over the same period - 2 1/2 years - than under Rudd.Simon Benson The Daily Telegraph
Simon Benson explores the Julia Gillard paradox, whereby our Prime Minister is an enormously talented personal politician, easily able to smite opponents inside and outside of her party, and a completely useless practical politician, whose every policy results in ridiculous chaos. She’s a salad of sinister and circus act: JULIA Gillard has survived another year [...]
The rollout is chewing up taxpayers' money at an alarming rate. By June 30 this year, $2.832 billion of taxpayers' money had been put into NBN as equity; of that more than $900 million had vapourised in three years of accumulated losses. In 2011-12 alone, NBN Co lost $520m.PAUL FLETCHER: The Australian
Liberal MP Paul Fletcher was once director of corporate and regulatory affairs at Optus. IN April 2009, the Rudd-Gillard government announced its plans to build the National Broadband Network. The fibre-optic network is supposed to pass 12.2 million premises around Australia by 2021. More than three years later, as at June 30, 2012, it had [...]
Clearly no one at the authority could have imagined that an application to incorporate an ‘’AWU Workplace Reform Association’’ was about incorporating a trade union. Their objection was the apparent union character of an association Ms Gillard had written on the application form was devoted to ‘’changes to work to achieve safe workplaces’’ but she had told Mr Gordon was a union election slush fund.Mark Baker: The Sydney Morning Herald
Yesterday I wrote of the NineMSN poll which showed incontrovertibly that the majority of Australian people do not believe our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard is telling the truth about the AWU ‘slush fund’. Why? Why do ordinary, normal, law-abiding people not believe the highest elected official in the country? Julia Gillard, Thursday: She (Julie Bishop) [...]
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