Tuesday 21st of January 2020

there is cash-poor and there is "poor Cash"...

cash poor...

Senator Michaelia Cash has come under fire for comparing the three years spent backpacking across the Middle East to the struggles faced by the less-fortunate.

Ms Cash made the comment on ABC's Kitchen Cabinet, after journalist Annabel Crabb asked whether people who are fortunate can understand issues faced by those in society who are poorer.

'I mean, there will always be some who are lucky enough to have wealthy parents, but, you know, the majority of people I know, they started with nothing and they worked really, really hard to make something of themselves,' the Employment Minister said.

'I started with nothing. When I backpacked for three years, I practically had nothing.

'So, you know, I think that you can empathise, and as a policymaker, that's why it's so important to go out and talk to people, get out of the Canberra bubble, get back to your home state, get out to the shopping centres, talk to people, because when you're talking to people, you begin to better understand the issues that they face.'

Ms Cash explained she visited Israel, Egypt and Turkey during her travels after finishing university.

Viewers were quick to react to the comment online, with some taking aim at the Senator for sounding like she did not understand the issues faced by those who are worse-off.

'You cannot compare a backpacker holiday to being deprived at all,' one person tweeted.

'Loved Michaelia Cash telling us she understands what it's like to be poor because she "backpacked around Europe for three years", lol,' another wrote.

'Lol Senator Cash saying that she was poor when she was younger (while being financially able to go backpacking for three years),' one viewer said.

'Michaelia Cash spent three years backpacking, not privileged at all,' another added.

But others gave the Employment Minister more glowing reviews for her appearance, with one suggesting it showed she should be prime minister in the future. 

'How great was Senator Cash? Not a fan but what a funster!' Iain Dawson tweeted.

'Michaelia Cash for PM - what a treasure!' John Blackman added. 

The Senator also discussed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's upbringing in the interview, saying he is 'a Prime Minister who started with nothing, who, through hard work and taking risks made something of himself and, in fact, has gone on to be very successful'.

When asked by Crabb about whether she is a feminist, Ms Cash said: 'if feminism is a fundamental belief in gender equality, then I would hope all Australians are feminists'.

Ms Cash's father, George, is a former West Australian politician and President of the West Australian Legislative Council.



I practically had nothing...


"Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's upbringing in the interview, saying he is 'a Prime Minister who started with nothing, who, through hard work and taking risks made something of himself and, in fact, has gone on to be very successful'."???????


Sorry, Ms Cash... as one who arrived in Australia with $20 bucks to share between two people, I can say that this is bullshit. At least I had our $20 bucks. Nothing is not being able to attend a St Yves private school... and having far less than this illusion of "poor little Malco"...

malcolm turnbull is taking Australians for mugs...

John Maycock discusses recent cries of "misogyny" by Senators Nash and Cash in response to Bill Shorten's comments about childcare.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently suggested that Bill Shorten and Labor are:

" … taking Australians for mugs."
To be fair, Turnbull was referring to fiscal issues with Labor’s policies. However some would say that all politicians take Australians for mugs — and these “muggings” don’t just take the shape of dodgy numbers in fiscal policy.

Indeed, the very next day, Turnbull was out there taking Australians for mugs when he assaulted/insulted us with this:

"The big risk in this election is that we would end up with an unstable, chaotic, Labor-Greens minority government as we've seen before."
This is simply not true, as pointed out by Thomas Mansfield on IA:

‘The notion that minority governments lead to instability and indecisiveness is at best misleading.

Gillard’s minority Government passed nearly 561 pieces of legislation during its term, as opposed to 100-200 annually by the majority Howard Governments … the figures show a minority-run parliament can operate smoothly and efficiently.'
This “mugging” from Turnbull is a concise and simple lie. However, some can be far more sophisticated when “taking Australians for mugs”!

Consider Senator Fiona Nash’s recent attack on Bill Shorten.

Shorten suggested:

"… men in Australia rely on the women in Australia to do the childcare and to organise childcare…. Where you've got mums working part-time or fulltime, it's the second job in the family, and frankly they're doing a lot of the unpaid work - they've got to try to work out the childcare bills."

Shorten defends 'men rely on women' child care comment https://t.co/FWaAVqMdj4 via @ABCNews As usual, facts truly escape Fiona Nash

— sofia majewski (@Speak2usSofia) June 8, 2016
Senator Nash, taking Australians for mugs, said:

'I think that Bill Shorten's disgraceful comments … saying that men were having to look to their little women to look after childcare were simply appalling ... That is pre-historic language and I'm extremely surprised that Tanya Plibersek and other Labor women haven't come out and condemned Bill Shorten for making those comments.'
Firstly, is Shorten actually speaking a truth? Could it be such that women bear the greater responsibility when it comes to childcare?

Indeed, there are various reasons to believe this would be so. With families where both parents work, on average, the mother’s job is most often the “second job”. Also, I am sure that not too many people would propose that mothers are not doing a lot of "unpaid work" since this is a global fact.

Senator Penny Wong clarified Shorten’s words thus:

‘What Bill is referencing is the reality that the disproportionate burden still falls on women.'
What then of Nash’s polemic?

It is a “dog whistle”. Nash does not elaborate what is "disgraceful", "appalling" or "pre-historic" about Shorten’s words, nor explain why she is surprised that Labor women have not condemned Shorten. It is left up to the listener to fill in the gaps — though it was Nash who referred to “little women”.

So is Shorten being accused of misogyny? Is this a feminist argument invoking notions of the patriarchal society? Indeed, is Nash arguing from the position of political correctness?

But then, these notions are an anathema to the right wing of the Liberal National Coalition and their mainstream media “choir” — notions that, according to their perspective, impede freedom of speech. Yet here Nash appears to be appealing to these very notions in order to discredit a political opponent.

This week's Media Hysteria Gong goes to Lisa Wilkinson for "sexist" tirade when Shorten said women hold up more than half the world #auspol

— grace pettigrew (@broomstick33) June 10, 2016
However, Lisa Wilkinson – from Nine's Today Show – was more forthcoming with her comments when she railed against Shorten’s statements, calling them "outdated” and suggesting they strengthening perceptions of women as “second class citizens”’.

She queried:

‘Isn’t parenting about sharing responsibilities? And isn’t it confirming the outdated belief that women should always be in charge of the unpaid work and therefore giving any men who still do, permission to keep thinking that way … isn’t that like so last century?’.
And, after noting that Shorten had once called Tony Abbott a dinosaur in regards to his behaviour toward women, and then suggesting Shorten should look in a mirror - Wilkinson invited her audience to decide:

‘…whether the “would-be PM” was a sexist or a realist’.
But then, it seems that Wilkinson made her statements prior to Nash. Wilkinson on the Today Show on the morning of the 6 June, Nash a bit later the same day. This suggests that Nash picked up Wilkinson’s rhetoric and “ran” with it – it also suggests that it was Wilkinson who “drove” the narrative. Nash’s “prehistoric” is Wilkinson’s “outdated/dinosaur”.

But hang on, on the day of Shorten’s so called “gaff” – the day before Wilkinson’s and Nash’s attacks on him – Senator Michaelia Cash posted a video clip of Shorten’s press conference on Facebook with this comment:

‘What outdated views from the man who wants to lead our country.'
Consider, Wilkinson said Shorten’s words were “outdated” and called him the “would-be PM” while Cash said his views were “outdated” and called him “the man who wants to lead our country”. It seems that Wilkinson’s and Cash’s rhetoric is in lockstep, while perhaps Nash just fell into line.

@RBJRON @randlight @MsLou27 But when Cash and Nash attack Shorten .. They forget facts .. like only 50% of women go back to work v 90% men

— Z☰N DIGIT∆L (@z3n_digital) June 6, 2016
Indeed, when Wilkinson declared that:

‘…one statement from the press conference [had] not gone down well.’
It seems it was Cash who it had not gone down well with – the timing suggests that not too many in the public would have heard of it at that time – or, at the least, it was Cash who first shed the crocodile tears.

And crocodile tears they are – with shades of Hansonian reverse racism. It was Shorten’s overly appealing to women voters that got the conservative “gander up”. According to Wilkinson: ‘ … Shorten repeatedly referred to mothers but not once suggested that some men do… organise childcare’.

Putting aside Wilkinson’s proposition that Shorten’s words entrench oppression of women and enable the perpetrators, two simple words clarify what was obvious in Shorten’s statement: “on average”. On average, men rely on, on average it's the second job, on average the unpaid work.

It is a long bow to draw between Shorten’s pointing out that in certain areas women bear a disproportionate burden — and entrenching stereotypical gender divides.

It follows then that it is men who have been “wronged”, men who do share in the “unpaid work” and have not been acknowledged. It could also be taken as an accusation that men are not pulling their weight. Indeed, if anyone, it is men who have been stereotyped by Shorten.

So, though couching her argument from a feminist, politically correct gender perspective and implying women have been betrayed, Nash (along with Cash) has actually come to the defence of men. Indeed, progressive social gender ideas are an anathema to the right wing of the Coalition and their mainstream media “choir”.

Like true bullies, they misconstrue the opposition narrative while superimposing themselves onto their opponent’s “moral high ground” —  a moral position that under other circumstances they would reject.

And that is taking Australians for mugs.



she has to go...


A Labor frontbencher is demanding the resignation of Employment Minister Michaelia Cash after it was revealed she knew the head of the building watchdog breached the Fair Work Act almost a year ago.

Key points:
  • Nigel Hadgkiss knew about material that suggested employers could stop union officials meeting in workplaces
  • Employment Minister reveals she knew of the complain against Mr Hadgkiss in October last year
  • Unions say revelations make "a complete mockery" of government's industrial relations agenda


Australian Building and Construction Commission boss Nigel Hadgkiss resigned today after admitting to breaching the act over right to entry rules.

In court it was revealed Mr Hadgkiss knew about material distributed by his organisation that suggested employers could make reasonable requests to stop union officials holding meetings in workplaces.

But under changes to the laws, the employer no longer had that right and unions could meet workers in meal rooms for talks if needed.

Unions reacted with fury to the admission.

And when pressed in Question Time, the Employment Minister revealed she had known about the matter for some time.

"I became aware of the behaviour in October 2016," Senator Cash said.

Labor senator Doug Cameron was furious.

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The ministers conduct rules under Turdy Malcolm have been flushed down the toilet. There is no regard for the law of parliament nor that of the land for these rorters. Cash has to go...


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machaelia can't handle the heat in the kitchen...

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed his Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash, saying she was being "bullied and provoked" when she made extraordinary remarks about the Opposition Leader's staff.

Key points:
  • Senator Cash "unreservedly" withdraws her Senate Estimates remarks
  • A Liberal Senator indicates she was uncomfortable with Senator Cash's comments
  • Independent MP Cathy McGowan says Federal Parliament should have code of conduct


During a heated Senate Estimates hearing yesterday, Senator Cash threatened to reveal unverified rumours about female staff in Bill Shorten's office.

As pressure mounts on Senator Cash, Parliament House security guards put a large whiteboard near the entrance of today's hearing to prevent the media from taking photographs or filming the minister as she walked in.

In the Lower House, Mr Shorten kicked off Question Time by asking Mr Turnbull whether he would direct Senator Cash to apologise and "send a clear message of support to all of the staff who work in this building".

Mr Turnbull told the Chamber, Senator Cash had withdrawn the remarks that were made during a "very heated exchange".


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Read from top... Please note that Him, I, myself, moi, himself Malcolm and I, her, I, Moi, Lucy, have spend a lot of time thinking about bullying... No, they don't want to bully people, though they did it with bonksex decrees in regard to during-hours and after-hours with staff in parliament — but it was in regard to school bullying in which they are experts, considering Tony Abbott, their nemesis worm, might have been one — so, this power couple (heterosexual) had to throw him out. Malcolm spend an interminable time in parliament today, playing headmaster (Canehard) to people who are smarter than him, I, himself, moi and we.

And by the way, Michaelia should resign. She lied and fudged and fiddled and said horrible things that should give her enough demerit point on her licence to drive a parliamentary ministry to be dismissed. Remember Mick Young? He had to resign because when he went through custom he declared a colour TV as a blackandwhite TV set... 


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the schultz excellent defence...

The Federal Court has issued a subpoena requiring Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash to give evidence in the Australian Workers Union (AWU) raids case.

Key points:
  • Senator Cash asked the Registered Organisations Commission to consider investigating donations from the AWU to GetUp
  • Her staffer later admitted tipping off media to AFP raids on the AWU offices
  • The AWU has gone to Federal Court to try to prevent the documents seized in that raid from being examined by the ROC


Court documents show the court is ordering Senator Cash to appear in Melbourne in August, after the union asked for orders to be made requiring the Minister to give evidence.

But Senator Cash has instructed her lawyers to have the subpoena set aside, so that she is not forced to give evidence.

The AWU wants the court to throw out an investigation by the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) into donations by the union to activist group GetUp.

Senator Cash has faced fierce criticism after her staffer, David De Garis, tipped off the media that raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on the AWU's Sydney and Melbourne offices were imminent.

The Minister has maintained she was unaware of Mr De Garis's actions, and Mr De Garis quit soon after.

The trial is listed in Melbourne from August 1 to 3, and the subpoena said Senator Cash must attend.

"I have issued instructions for the subpoena to be set aside," Senator Cash said today.

"I do not intend to play the court process out publicly."

The media adviser for the Fair Work Ombudsman, Mark Lee was also embroiled in the saga.

He was due to take up a position in Senator Cash's office, which never happened after the leak allegations were aired.

Mr De Garis, Mr Lee and ROC official Christopher Enright have also been called to give evidence.

AWU national secretary Daniel Walton said the union still believed the raids and investigation were unlawful.

"We think it's vital the court is assisted by the evidence of witnesses who we believe are relevant to the issues in the case. That is why we sought subpoenas," Mr Walton said in a statement.

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Refusing a subpoena is akin to a major sin for the justice system. If she refuses to appear, it can only mean one thing: she is afraid she would HAVE TO TELL THE TRUTH. So, in order to prepare herself, she might repeat and repeat to everyone and to the press pit of Kanbra that she knew nothing... This is the Schultz excellent defence.


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a snow job from michaelia...

A provocative claim that Australian businesses struggle to recruit because of a “job snobs” problem that cited a survey of 14,000 employers was based on the views of only 29 companies, documents reveal.

Reports emerged in August that firms were having trouble hiring staff after the employment minister, Michaelia Cash, released the employment department’s annual employers’ recruitment insights paper.

The 2018 survey asked 14,000 companies across Australia about their recruitment process. A question asking whether employers had found their last recruitment round difficult had a sample size of 10,220; 45% said they had experienced difficulty, an increase from 2017.

First reported in the Australian newspaper, which said in a front page headline that “job snobs ‘are leaving bosses in the lurch’ ”, the annual report prompted further news coverage and debate about whether Australia has a “job snobs” problem.

The newspaper reported: “Employment minister Michaelia Cash said the research, which involved interviews with almost 14,000 employers across the nat­ion, showed ‘there are jobs out there for those who want them’ and her aim was to get ‘every Australian who is willing and able into a job.’ ”

But documents released to Labor under freedom of information show that although the overall survey quizzed 14,000 businesses, questions about a “lack of interest” from jobseekers were derived from qualitative research.

The documents reveal there was a sample size of 29 employers for data showing the proportion of companies who cited applicants “lacking interest or employability skills” as a reason for their difficulty recruiting staff. Those concerns were presented as one item in the data tables.

Of those, 62% reported concerns about applicants “lacking interest or employability skills” and 38% did not.

Labor’s employment spokesman, Brendan O’Connor, said: “This is more damning evidence that minister Cash continues to mislead, misrepresent and misuse data about Australians trying to get a job.”

Overall the 52 businesses who took part in the qualitative research all had said they had experienced difficulty recruiting. They were based in Sydney, the Gold Coast and the Wimmera Mallee region.


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tenderising the job for the boy...

The Morrison government appointed the former Liberal staffer Adam Boyton to the $500,000-a-year job of interim national skills commissioner through a limited tender, according to the official contract notice.

The employment and skills minister, Michaelia Cash, has defended the appointment, telling Guardian Australia that Boyton has an “impressive CV” and was appointed by cabinet after an “open merit-driven, competitive process”.

But according to procurement rules, limited tender allows the government to approach a particular supplier to apply and the regular rules of open tenders do not apply. Those rules include a 25-day period for applications, a guarantee of fairness and impartiality, and that submissions are treated in confidence.

Boyton is a former policy director and chief of staff to the former New South Wales Liberal leader John Brogden.

The appointment, announced in October by the education minister, Dan Tehan, and Cash, will last from September 2019 to October 2020, with Boyton to be paid $550,500.

According to the original Austender contract notice, accessed on Thursday morning, Boyton won the job through limited tender “due to an absence of competition for technical reasons”.

But after Guardian Australia contacted Tehan, Cash and the employment department, the Austender entry was corrected to state he was hired under a limited tender because of the exception for labour hire contracts.

Labor’s education spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek, said that “at the same time Scott Morrison has shortchanged Tafe and training by nearly $1bn, he’s giving his Liberal mate a half-a-million-dollar-a-year job – his priorities are all wrong”.



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Changing the specs or the nature of processes after the deed is typical of the Liberal (CONservative) psyche — when caught out giving freebies and cushy overseas postings to their mates... Nothing new. They all should resign, including la Madam Cash. And please explain without laughing what is the job of interim national skills commissioner...