The Albanese ALP Government

 
  ANR Chief Commissioner

The Greens have really gotten out of control lately! the point blank refusal of Adam Bandt to have the Aussie Flag shown as a backdrop to his presser just goes to show what a goose he really is, as for Lydia Thorpe, what does she even stand for apart from trash talking everyone, her and Bandt should be kicked out of Parliament!
lsrailfan
Since when did pollies stand for anything? Lydia is a polly now.

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  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line

But going all Communist and 'Woke' only distracts from the important priorities.

Incidentally, the Greens seem to be fixated on the latter these days.
Carnot

What is 'woke' Question

It seems all the RWNJ's from their leader down use the terminology....I have no idea what it is, nor do I have a mind to look it up as I'm not a RWNJ..

M.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
The Greens have really gotten out of control lately! the point blank refusal of Adam Bandt to have the Aussie Flag shown as a backdrop to his presser just goes to show what a goose he really is, as for Lydia Thorpe, what does she even stand for apart from trash talking everyone, her and Bandt should be kicked out of Parliament!
lsrailfan

Why should democratically elected representatives of the people be 'kicked out of parliament' Question

On the other end of the political spectrum should Pauline Hanson also be kicked out of parliament because of her extreme views...or are they acceptable  Question

M.
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud
The Greens have really gotten out of control lately! the point blank refusal of Adam Bandt to have the Aussie Flag shown as a backdrop to his presser just goes to show what a goose he really is, as for Lydia Thorpe, what does she even stand for apart from trash talking everyone, her and Bandt should be kicked out of Parliament!

Why should democratically elected representatives of the people be 'kicked out of parliament' Question

On the other end of the political spectrum should Pauline Hanson also be kicked out of parliament because of her extreme views...or are they acceptable  Question

M.
The Vinelander
She admitted she was lying when she took an oath of allegiance to this country. It's a seriously stupid thing for a sworn member of parliament to say. So you're right behind her - of course.

Oooh, ouch! That was Dan Andrews complaining about the thorn in his side that is the lack of a Mildura passenger train service... again.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
The Greens have really gotten out of control lately! the point blank refusal of Adam Bandt to have the Aussie Flag shown as a backdrop to his presser just goes to show what a goose he really is, as for Lydia Thorpe, what does she even stand for apart from trash talking everyone, her and Bandt should be kicked out of Parliament!

Why should democratically elected representatives of the people be 'kicked out of parliament' Question

On the other end of the political spectrum should Pauline Hanson also be kicked out of parliament because of her extreme views...or are they acceptable  Question

M.
She admitted she was lying when she took an oath of allegiance to this country. It's a seriously stupid thing for a sworn member of parliament to say. So you're right behind her - of course.

Oooh, ouch! That was Dan Andrews complaining about the thorn in his side that is the lack of a Mildura passenger train service... again.
don_dunstan

How's life going in that echo chamber Question
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Wokeism - the ideology that previously oppressed people are now to be privileged.  And dissenters will be cancelled and deconstructed to comply.

It comes in different forms and extremes. And often reeks of hypocrisy.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
The Greens have really gotten out of control lately! the point blank refusal of Adam Bandt to have the Aussie Flag shown as a backdrop to his presser just goes to show what a goose he really is,
"lsrailfan"
What a load of rubbish. Do you need an Australian flag behind you to point out what a patriotic hero you are? No. Neither does Bandt or any other public figure with more than half a brain.
Why people like you go looking for a problem where there isn't one is something I find hard to understand.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

The flag issue doesn't really bother me at all tbh.  Many press conferences from any side of politics don't even have any!

It's wonky wokey policies and anti-democratic Stalinist behaviour by their 'politburo' that's far more problematic.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

And to clarify, if the church I attended installed an Aussie or Rainbow flag within it, or a portrait of a Head of State, I would very quickly personally remove them or walk out the door in two seconds flat.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

The flag issue doesn't really bother me at all tbh.  Many press conferences from any side of politics don't even have any!

It's wonky wokey policies and anti-democratic Stalinist behaviour by their 'politburo' that's far more problematic.
Carnot
Very rare, prior to the election. Dutton on breaky TV sans a big warship as a backdrop.
As for the member for Melbourne, attention seeking.
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud
The Greens have really gotten out of control lately! the point blank refusal of Adam Bandt to have the Aussie Flag shown as a backdrop to his presser just goes to show what a goose he really is,
What a load of rubbish. Do you need an Australian flag behind you to point out what a patriotic hero you are? No. Neither does Bandt or any other public figure with more than half a brain.
Why people like you go looking for a problem where there isn't one is something I find hard to understand.
Valvegear
It was the act of deliberately moving the Australian flag out of the background while leaving the TSI and Aboriginal flags there that was the problem. This comes on top of Lidia Thorpe saying this week that she was lying when she swore to uphold the law and serve the Australian people.

They want attention as woke warriors - and they're getting it.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Lidia admitting she lied and being proud of it should disqualify her from parliament imo.
  BaysideManny Assistant Commissioner

Wokeism - the ideology that previously oppressed people are now to be privileged.  And dissenters will be cancelled and deconstructed to comply.

It comes in different forms and extremes. And often reeks of hypocrisy.
Carnot
Where did you get that definition from?


Mannie
  BaysideManny Assistant Commissioner

The flag issue doesn't really bother me at all tbh.  Many press conferences from any side of politics don't even have any!

It's wonky wokey policies and anti-democratic Stalinist behaviour by their 'politburo' that's far more problematic.
Carnot
Like what? Allowing women the right to abortion? LGBTI community to be treated as equals and with respect?


Mannie
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud
The Labor Party wasted no time in letting the Teals and independents know where they stood in the pecking order - SBS;

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has defended the prime minister's decision to cut the number of parliamentary staff crossbench MPs and senators can hire from four to one senior adviser, alongside their four electoral office staff.

Under the previous coalition government, crossbench MPs and senators were allowed to have two advisers and two assistant advisers.

Dr Chalmers said he was surprised to learn some crossbenchers had twice as many staff as other backbenchers.

"I don't think it's reasonable or fair for one backbench MP in one electorate to get twice as many staff as a backbench MP in the electorate next door," he told ABC's Insiders program on Sunday...

...But "teal" Independent Monique Ryan, who ousted former treasurer Josh Frydenberg from the seat of Kooyong, is outraged.

"After coming to power, Prime Minister Albanese stated that he wanted to work co-operatively with crossbench MPs to ensure they were able to contribute fully to the parliament's deliberations and operations," she said.

"It's disappointing that his first act towards the cross bench is utterly at odds with that statement."

In a joint media statement, senators Jacqui Lambie, Tammy Tyrell, David Pocock, Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts said they were "deeply disappointed" by the decision to cut the personal staff of crossbench senators.

They said it's a "direct attack on democracy and will serve to only decrease scrutiny on legislation the government will be looking to pass in the coming term".

"This is also a direct attack on the people of Australia who decided to put their trust in independents and minor parties to represent them federally, by withdrawing the resources we need to advocate for them in the Parliament," they added.

The Labor Party clearly believes that the inordinate amount of extra resources weren't necessary for the business of being an independent and they acted accordingly. Anyone who thought the ALP were going to play nice with the Teals (and others) is finding out fast that there's no friends in politics.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

The Labor Party wasted no time in letting the Teals and independents know where they stood in the pecking order - SBS;

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has defended the prime minister's decision to cut the number of parliamentary staff crossbench MPs and senators can hire from four to one senior adviser, alongside their four electoral office staff.

Under the previous coalition government, crossbench MPs and senators were allowed to have two advisers and two assistant advisers.

Dr Chalmers said he was surprised to learn some crossbenchers had twice as many staff as other backbenchers.

"I don't think it's reasonable or fair for one backbench MP in one electorate to get twice as many staff as a backbench MP in the electorate next door," he told ABC's Insiders program on Sunday...

...But "teal" Independent Monique Ryan, who ousted former treasurer Josh Frydenberg from the seat of Kooyong, is outraged.

"After coming to power, Prime Minister Albanese stated that he wanted to work co-operatively with crossbench MPs to ensure they were able to contribute fully to the parliament's deliberations and operations," she said.

"It's disappointing that his first act towards the cross bench is utterly at odds with that statement."

In a joint media statement, senators Jacqui Lambie, Tammy Tyrell, David Pocock, Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts said they were "deeply disappointed" by the decision to cut the personal staff of crossbench senators.

They said it's a "direct attack on democracy and will serve to only decrease scrutiny on legislation the government will be looking to pass in the coming term".

"This is also a direct attack on the people of Australia who decided to put their trust in independents and minor parties to represent them federally, by withdrawing the resources we need to advocate for them in the Parliament," they added.

The Labor Party clearly believes that the inordinate amount of extra resources weren't necessary for the business of being an independent and they acted accordingly. Anyone who thought the ALP were going to play nice with the Teals (and others) is finding out fast that there's no friends in politics.
don_dunstan
Crap, Morrison placated the independents with increased staff. In one swift motion, Albo’s forced the independents and teals to lay their cards on the table early, now fully aware of what he’s dealing with.

Edit. Open to correction here, believe independents had two advisor’s under Gillard, three under Turnball and four from Morrison. Scrape of the teal and you’ll find blue.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Scrape off the Teal and you get Green with more cash and investment portfolios.

I think Albo is right though.  Why should they be called 'independent' when they need dozens of support staff to prop them up?
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud
Labor decides that they're all for making people on the dole jump through the LNP-designed hoops after all - ABC;

Jobseekers who have accrued penalties or demerits under Australia's outgoing employment services program will have their slates wiped clean, under a Labor pledge made just days before a controversial new system comes into effect.

From next Monday, a new service called Workforce Australia will replace the jobactive scheme, which required jobseekers to submit 20 job applications a month to keep their Centrelink payments.

The Workforce Australia changes — including a new points-based system for mutual obligations — have been criticised by some social services advocates for being poorly communicated, leading to high levels of fear and confusion that are yet to be fully resolved.

New Employment Minister Tony Burke said earlier this month it was "too late" to scrap the changes — which were passed under the Morison government —  so Labor would look to alter things instead.

hose changes were announced on Tuesday afternoon, along with the new, "clean slate" policy.

"The previous federal government locked in the points system — and signed more than $7 billion worth of contracts with providers — shortly before the election. But it never properly explained the new system to the Australian people," Mr Burke said in a statement.

Fear and confusion from jobseekers as changes loom
Big changes to Centrelink rules are about to start. Some jobseekers are "absolutely terrified".

"That's one of the reasons the new government is implementing a 'clean slate' policy, meaning people who have accrued penalties or demerits under the old system will start over under the new one."

Mr Burke said the new system meant "a fresh start".

"This decision will give participants a number of months to adjust to the new system, with little risk of financial penalty."

Jobactive was for years criticised by Centrelink recipients and their advocates as punitive and unproductive, as well as labelled "not fit for purpose" by a Senate committee in 2019.

Labor LOVES sticking it to the unemployed, they were the ones who came up with "Robodebt" under Gillard - Abbott just didn't stop it being implemented is all.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Labor needs to better in this space but IIRC, income averaging for Centrelink purposes commenced under the labor party. However, this process was overseen by a component of government with a pulse ie a person.
The robo part and likely the reverse onus of proof was policy compliments of the LNP.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

The broad concept of the new Mutual Obligation system is good.

The unemployables who spend an hour a month ticking 20 boxes can keep on going with that method to get their 100 points.

People who actually want to work and only need JobSeeker Payment to tide them over for a short period can now use a wider range of approved activities which may be far more useful for the purpose of actually getting a job, without the burden of submitting 20 job applications a month and risk getting their name on a blacklist.

I notice that the ALP government is still keeping the Dob Seeker line operational.
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud
Chris Bowen admits that Labor has already broken a promise to reduce power bills by $275 a year - Daily Mail;

Labor has already dumped its election promise to reduce power bills by $275 a year by 2025 - after just six weeks in power.

Energy Minister Chris Bowen admitted the modelling which produced that figure is already out of date and can't be relied upon.

He blamed recently revealed delays to the Snowy 2.0 hydro-electric dam in NSW and power price increases of up to 18.3 per cent on the east coast.

In all eastern states the benchmark electricity price set by the government, known as the default market offer, will increase on July 1.

Asked if he still stands by Labor's $275 figure, which was modelled by private firm RepuTex and revealed in December, Mr Bowen said: 'Of course figures will move around."

Why even make a promise about reducing power bills if they could have reasonably known that they couldn't honour it? It's the first in a long line of promises that they're going to break, I'm sure.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
Our new PM is hitting his stride on the world stage.

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/rich-nations-must-help-poorer-nations-go-green-albanese-20220629-p5axt1.html

Madrid: Anthony Albanese will tell a leading global policy forum that developed nations must lift ambitions on tackling climate change and ensure they bring their poorer neighbours along with them if the world is to rise to the challenge.
The Australian prime minister will address the council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris on Thursday evening (AEST), signalling to the global community that his government has the “political will” to prioritise new clean energy industries and unlock green trade and investment.



Mike.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Our new PM is hitting his stride on the world stage.

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/rich-nations-must-help-poorer-nations-go-green-albanese-20220629-p5axt1.html

Madrid: Anthony Albanese will tell a leading global policy forum that developed nations must lift ambitions on tackling climate change and ensure they bring their poorer neighbours along with them if the world is to rise to the challenge.
The Australian prime minister will address the council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris on Thursday evening (AEST), signalling to the global community that his government has the “political will” to prioritise new clean energy industries and unlock green trade and investment.



Mike.
The Vinelander
A new term I’ve read of late, Airbus Albo. But he’s simply mending fences.
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud
A new term I’ve read of late, Airbus Albo. But he’s simply mending fences.
michaelgm
They gave Sri Lanka $50 million in a vain effort to try and stop the boats but they're still coming.

They gave France's Macron more more than they should have for the cancellation of the submarine project.

Anyone would think Santa Clause was visiting, giving away money at every stop - stuff the inflation and energy crisis at home, we've got "fences to mend"...
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

A new term I’ve read of late, Airbus Albo. But he’s simply mending fences.
They gave Sri Lanka $50 million in a vain effort to try and stop the boats but they're still coming.

They gave France's Macron more more than they should have for the cancellation of the submarine project.

Anyone would think Santa Clause was visiting, giving away money at every stop - stuff the inflation and energy crisis at home, we've got "fences to mend"...
don_dunstan
Another load of crap, Don.
By what instrument did you use to determine we paid the French too much? Duttons option?
50 million to Sri Lanka, cheap. And have any boats actually landed? On water matters, hush. The LNP have played a part in any potential recommencement of boat traffic, remember to text message sent on Election Day?
Energy and inflation issues have a been decade in the making, and no immediate solution is available, fixing fences is a quick, easy and essential task.

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