Sunday 21st of October 2018

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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2018-10-20 22:25

Let’s not sugar coat this, the outcome in the Wentworth byelection is a disaster for the Liberals. Counting isn’t over yet, but the anti-government swing in this contest will be north of 20%, which is the biggest swing ever recorded against a government at a byelection.

It is a repudiation. A repudiation of a chaotic period in government characterised by self-obsession and self-harm. A repudiation of the party’s lurch to the right, and the hollowing out of the sensible centre.

A repudiation of amoral plots, schemes, coups, and seat-of-the-pants bullshit – a howl of frustration from voters, from the most well-heeled to the couch surfers, about the endless weasel words from their disconnected, half-deranged politicians – a group with scant respect for facts and evidence, intermittent competence and no plan in evidence to address the problems the country faces.

20 October 2018 is a clarion repudiation of Punch and Judy politics, of a sideshow signifying nothing, conducted at taxpayer expense. The good people of Wentworth have stood up as a job lot, grabbed politics-as-usual by the lapels, leaned into its smug face, and screamed get stuffed you absolute morons.

And who can blame them? It’s the only thing to be said. It is the only, intelligent, honest response to what goes on in Canberra these days.

Funnily enough, Kerryn Phelps can thank Alan Jones for her victory in Wentworth. When Jones created a storm a few weeks back by advocating advertising a horse race on the Opera House, it created a focal point for outrage that helped galvanise her people-power insurgency in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. A rolling display of government incompetence, and desperation, over the final fortnight of the campaign, did the rest – a live laboratory experiment of events inspired to depress Dave Sharma’s primary vote.

Phelps didn’t need to submit a brief of evidence that politics-as-usual, and the toxic media chorus intent on making corrosion a business model, is intent on debasing itself in the middle of the public square; it did that all for itself, and at the most convenient time possible.

Phelps just had to be Not That, and have the emotional intelligence to be something more, something as simple and as powerful as a force for good in public service, someone who could focus on the things that matter to people, someone connected enough to know what those things might be.

As a medical doctor, Phelps could diagnose the ailing polity of being in need of critical care, and propose herself as being the person qualified to provide it, and having been invited to do so, Wentworth called the ambulance.

Scott Morrison was completely tin-eared in his response to the revolution of Saturday night. Chin up he said, it’s all a bit wonky, sure, but we’ll smash those Labor bastards until the last, until the bell rings. Hurrah said his fist-pumping supporters in Double Bay – the last partisans in the village.

The people outside the Intercontinental had just voted against crude partisanship, and talking-point pugnaciousness, and the endless fighting about nothing, and embraced something else, embraced anything but that.

Unless Morrison regains consciousness quickly and works out that’s what’s happening – that the Australian people are increasingly intent on taking politics into their own hands, and reshaping it – then the swing we saw on Saturday night won’t be the last of his humiliations. It will just be the beginning.

The rise of the independents isn’t just a problem for the Liberals. Representatives connected to their communities, with a will to serve them, can take seats away from Labor too, and from the Nationals. This is a major party problem, not just an affliction confined to a government that has forgotten how to be competent.


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ScoMo was looking like a preacher still trying to prove that Noah's Ark, as ludicrous the legend is — think about it seriously for a second, please: it doesn't make any sense — was a true story to use to oppose the science of planetary warming... And he pointed his fingers, banged the table and gesticulated like a puppet the stringmaster of which was about to sneeze.

Ridiculous and idiotic...


by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2018-10-20 21:59

Independent candidate Kerryn Phelps has claimed victory in the Wentworth by-election, promising voters she will not let them down.

Key points:

  • Dr Phelps has been named as an "easy winner" by ABC elections analyst Antony Green
  • The Liberal Party has held the seat for decades, but their vote has collapsed
  • The result means the Morrison Government has lost its majority in Canberra


ABC elections analyst Antony Green called the result just over an hour after polling booths closed.

Counting so far shows the Liberal Party has suffered a projected swing of more than 20 per cent against candidate Dave Sharma. 

The Liberal Party, and its predecessors, have held the eastern Sydney electorate since Federation and the historic result means the Federal Government will lose its one-seat majority in Canberra.


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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2018-10-20 21:51

According to my sources there has been more than 15 bomb attacks in Kabul before midday today (20/10/2018)... Most foreigners are in lock down... No reports in the Western press about it...

by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2018-10-20 21:42

US President Donald Trump said he believes Saudi Arabia's explanation that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during a fight inside the country's consulate in Turkey is credible.

Key points:

  • Turkey questions Saudi consulate employees over Khashoggi disappearance
  • Trump and Turkey deny audio of alleged murder was shared with US
  • King intervenes as case puts strain on international relations


The findings of a preliminary investigation by Saudi authorities represent the country's first admission that Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist, is dead.

Investigators said a fight broke out between Khashoggi and people who met him inside the consulate, which led to his death. 

Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with the incident, according to a statement from the Saudi public prosecutor.

Speaking shortly after the report was released, Mr Trump said the Saudi admission that Khashoggi had died was a "good first step" but added that "what happened is unacceptable".


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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2018-10-20 09:49

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after a fight inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, a preliminary investigation by Saudi authorities has claimed.

Key points:

  • Turkey questions Saudi consulate employees over Khashoggi disappearance
  • Trump and Turkey deny audio of alleged murder was shared with US
  • King intervenes as case puts strain on international relations


The findings are the first admission by the Saudis that the journalist died at the consulate in Turkey.

Investigators said a fight broke out between Khashoggi and people who met him inside the consulate, which led to his death. 

Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with the incident, according to a statement from the Saudi public prosecutor.

Saud Al-Qahtini, an adviser to the Saudi Royal court, has been sacked.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has also ordered the formation of a ministerial committee headed by the Crown Prince to restructure the general intelligence agency, state media said.

Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist, was a critic of the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. 

He went missing more than two weeks ago after entering the consulate to get documentation for his wedding.


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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2018-10-20 09:23

Pacific leaders have come out swinging after Environment Minister Melissa Price allegedly said the region was "always" seeking "cash" from Australia, with Cook Islands' Acting Prime Minister Mark Brown comparing the remarks to something you would hear from the "flat Earth society".

Ms Price is accused of approaching former Kiribati president Anote Tong in a Canberra restaurant and telling him, "I know why you're here. It's for the cash", according to the account of Labor frontbencher Pat Dodson.

Multiple sources told the ABC she continued by saying: "For the Pacific it's always about the cash. I have my chequebook here. How much do you want?"

The man at the centre of the story, Mr Tong, offered a relatively muted response, but other Pacific leaders have now hit out against the alleged comments — which Ms Price denies making.


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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2018-10-20 07:40

US magnate George Soros and his liberal counterparts have good reason to be up in arms about Donald Trump and the Republican Party ahead of the upcoming midterms, Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel told Sputnik, presenting his prognosis on who would be the winners and sore losers in the November vote.

US billionaire George Soros is preparing for a decisive battle for the US Congress by investing heavily in the Democrats. According to The Atlantic, should the Democratic Party win the House, they would be able to kick off "non-stop investigations" into the Trump administration and "possibly commence" impeachment procedures against the US president.

Soros has been joined by fellow liberal donors and his son Alex, who has poured nearly $3 million into Democratic committees for the November midterms, as Federal Election Commission data indicated.

Charles Ortel, a Wall Street analyst and investigative journalist who has been looking into the alleged fraud by the Clinton Foundation over the last few years says that the anti-Trump leftists have good reason for losing sleep over the upcoming vote: There is much more at stake for them than one could imagine.

"George Soros, through his 'Open Society' Foundations and affiliates appears heavily invested in foisting unregulated 'globalism' on nations worldwide," the analyst told Sputnik. "Under unregulated 'globalism,' he, his investment funds, and companies in which he invests are better able to game national regulators and profit from volatility in stock, bond, and commodity prices."

The investigative journalist remarked that Donald Trump's approach to "unregulated globalism" and its controversial endeavors and practices is well known: The president is about to bring an end to these.


"Donald Trump's 'Make America Great' approach, his encouragement of other national leaders to concentrate on internal projects, and his disdain for corrupt, expensive, and ineffective globalist projects are a direct threat to Soros so it is natural that he and other 'liberal' donors would fund opponents of Trump and or Republicans," Ortel elaborated.

The Wall Street analyst pointed out that "a particular fear that Soros and allies should have is that President Trump and Congress will enforce and tighten laws that bar 'charities' from engaging in partisan political activities and from profiting personally in any significant way from their operation."

Why Kavanaugh's Appointment is Step in the Right Direction

According to Ortel, the appointment of "strict constructionist" Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice is one of the steps in this direction.

Commenting on the disruptive protests in the streets against Kavanaugh by a coalition of activist organizations including Women's March, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and Housing Works, backed by Soros and his left-wing counterparts, Ortel noted that Democratic lawmakers in Congress had been no less "reprehensible."

"Behavior of Senate Democrats, especially in the Judiciary Committee was reprehensible," the investigative journalist said. "President Trump earned the absolute right to nominate a qualified candidate to replace Justice Kennedy on the US Supreme Court. As a candidate, Trump long ago submitted a list of names he was considering and Democrats had many months to study each of them, including Kavanaugh."

Ortel has drawn attention to Senator Feinstein who, "in particular behaved deplorably," he stressed: "If it is true that she first received the complaint from Dr. [Christine] Ford, she could have arranged to investigate the allegations in confidence, well before the last-minute circus that erupted and unfairly tarnished many persons, even including (possibly) Dr. Ford."


"As the confirmation saga recedes in memory, a clear takeaway is that Democrats embrace mob-rule antics, while believing that laws do not apply to them and to their supporters. America remains a conservative nation (protestations from media 'elites' notwithstanding) and I believe the polls do not yet reflect true, underlying reality," the Wall Street analyst suggested.

According to him, the Republican Party has good chances of winning as "independents are a growing share of likely voters."

"I believe a clear majority will support Trump and Trumpism, preferring winning over losing under economically clueless, intolerant, arrogant, and fake elitists!" Ortel said.

Under Trump Red is the New Black

Referring to The Atlantic prognoses, the Wall Street analyst opined that "as in 2016, supposed elite commentators are well out of step and believing their own pipe dreams."

"Yes, if Democrats win the House (and they could do so, conceivably) they will throw sand in the gears of the Trump agenda — but they are most unlikely to secure the required 67 votes to convict anyone they ultimately do impeach (should they do so) in the Senate," he underscored.


Ortel believes that more likely Democrats will lose again. He foresees that they will "grow even angrier and reckless, challenging the vote count and the legitimacy of those who do win, particularly if they support President Trump's agenda."

"History is repeating itself, with a different rhyme — 'progressive' yet intolerant Democrats are an army of sore losers, who have yet to understand the folly of believing that unregulated 'globalism' will benefit any worker based in a rich (and expensive) nation as the march of technology renders all of us vulnerable to replacement," the analyst said.

"Revolutionaries fought 'redcoats' and cold warriors fought the 'red menace' — but under Trump, red is the new black — and I expect a red wave, and a blue whimper on November 6, 2018, recognizing that fate can still intervene to change many calculations, possibly at warp speed," he concluded.


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Note: Ortel is a hack for Murdoch's WSJ. Murdoch and Soros don't see eye to eye. Murdoch is a Turmpism opportunist while Soros is a double-crossing "leftie" opportunist who hates the left but uses it as a way to manipulate money markets. 

by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2018-10-20 06:52

Next was the bridge climb.

The Duke of Sussex and Prime Minister Scott Morrison then climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark the start of  the Invictus Games.

On a stunning Sydney afternoon, the flags billowing in the brisk breeze for all to see, the NSW standard was lowered to be replaced with the 50sqm black, white and yellow of the Invictus Games flag.

The Prince, dressed in beige trousers and a black shirt, and the PM in black cap (which he removed for photos) and grey T-shirt, chatted to the athletes for several minutes before setting off on the climb.

They ascended the east top arch of the bridge, and at 3.17pm crossed over the central summit transverse 134 metres above the water, the PM appearing unable to keep up the quick pace set by the fit former Army officer, Harry.


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Here, we need to chastise PM ScoMo FOR WEARING AN UNSECURED CAP on his head to the top of the bridge. It appears  that all the specs wearers had their glasses secured, while ScoMo's cap does not have the regulatory safety device. A cap flying off from his hands (for the photo op) and falling on traffic below could create a major accident. 

cap of scomo...

cap of scomo...


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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2018-10-20 06:04

Another one down at Aunty ABC as Michael Mason gets ready to depart at the end of the year. Michael is head of something called “Regional and Local” and according to David Anderson, the grey bureaucrat currently serving as acting managing director, “it’s hard to capture the enormous influence Michael has had on the development and success of ABC’s radio and audio services over the past 34 years”.

That is longhand for overseeing the income stripping from Radio National, among other triumphs. Judith Whelan, former Sydney Morning Herald editor, is taking over as acting head of Regional and Local. At the moment she is head of Specialist Content and before that head of Spoken Content. These weird job titles are the result of Michelle Guthrie’s “content restructure” designed to do away with the divisions between radio and TV and create pools of teams managing content areas across “platforms”.

Poor put-upon ABC hacks are wondering what’s worse – Michelle Guthrie’s sacking litigation, management turmoil or the excruciating lingo.


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But in fact Guthrie was smarter than this. Her use of "euphemism" was a way to disguise cuts to the "Mark Scott overloaded managerial ABC positions" instead of cutting staff...


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When she was managing director, ABC staff used to wince over Michelle Guthrie’s nervous media performances, doubting she had the mettle for the top job.

Since she’s been sacked, though, she has more than demonstrated her capacity as a street fighter. She’s already toppled chairman Justin Milne and now she’s going after the rest of the board.


Already the ABC has battened down the hatches, repulsing a departmental inquiry led by Mike Mrdak, who conducted a cursory investigation into these events. He failed to gain access to even Guthrie’s widely publicised dossier on Milne’s interference, let alone other examples yet to see the light of day.

It will not be so easy to fob off the Senate inquiry just announced, which will run until election eve in March next year.

Let’s hope the inquiry is forensic, peeling back whatever political pressures and interference have been at play. We are talking here about a chairman who was prepared to sacrifice the ABC’s senior political and economic correspondents to please an angry prime minister.


For the hard-working staff (and they are - don’t believe the malevolent Murdoch propaganda) it just seems to get worse.

Guthrie was never going to be popular with many, implementing as she was the board’s agenda to smash divisional silos, cull the back office and trim budgets. Many of her mistakes were the legacy of her smooth-talking predecessor, Mark Scott, who began the mass sacking “Hunger Games” in 2014, the unpopular cuts to Radio National and the rampant outsourcing of programs. And during Scott’s time, management layers at the ABC grew by about 10 per cent, rather than shrank.

Scott’s skill was in courting governments from both sides. He scored extra money from John Howard and also Kevin Rudd. Guthrie appeared to lack this skill, although when she was running the place she was dealing with a far more hostile government.

The Abbott and Turnbull attacks on the ABC reflect a worldwide assault on public interest media. The Trump era of fake news is upon us, sponsored by Rupert Murdoch and nurtured by the extreme right. Public media is a fundamental ingredient for vibrant democracy. We should fight for it.

Bold by Gus...


Senate inquiry :

senate inquiry


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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2018-10-20 05:38

By now on this Saturday morning citizens would be queueing at polling stations throughout William Charles Wentworth’s electorate.

The question on many lips is what happened to Dave Sharma’s association with the accountancy firm Kelly+Partners? In January 2018 there was fanfare when he came on board to lead the firm’s lobbying and government relations team. Yet click on K+P’s online announcement and you’ll get a firm “Page not found”.

However, Sharma remains non-executive chairman of Shekel Brainweigh Ltd, an Israeli company that makes “4D recognition technology” – software for weighing things in supermarkets. Its headquarters are in Lower Galilee.

The other trinket of information is to be found in former Middle East correspondent John Lyons’ book Balcony Over Jerusalem, where it is reported that when ambassador to Israel, Dave attended a banquet at the King David Hotel with a clutch of junketing Australian politicians and associated Israeli bigwigs.

The feast was sponsored by Elbit Systems, a large arms manufacturer and supplier to the Israeli Defense Forces.

Gadfly previously reported that the Royal Flying Doctor Service withdrew from an arrangement for Elbit to build a flight training simulator in Dubbo. It felt that trying to save lives in distant areas of the country didn’t sit comfortably with an outfit dedicated to blowing people up with “unprecedented tactical mobility, lethality and accuracy”.


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