Tuesday 25th of June 2024

Gus Leonisky's blog

the old switcheroo...


mission dysfunction...

Iraqis Are Less Certain Than Obama About End to the War


the goose...


Julia Gillard has renewed her debate challenge to Tony Abbott, saying she wants to go head-to-head with the Opposition Leader on economic issues next Monday night.

Both leaders were on the hustings in the battlefield state of Queensland this morning as they touted plans to fast-track baby bonus payments and encourage firms to take on older workers.

Mr Abbott has already knocked back the challenge to hold a second debate with Ms Gillard, but today the Prime Minister, on day three of her 'Real Julia' strategy, threw the gauntlet down again.

"Mr Abbott should step up to a debate on the economy," she said as the election campaign reached the half-way mark.

teaching an old dog...

trick dog

THE Coalition will today promise employers cash payments of more than $3000 for giving jobs to people aged 50 and over.

The Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, will unveil the policy as the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, continues to press home what she said yesterday was her opponent's fundamental weakness - the economy and employment - and demand a second debate.

smoking business...


The big tobacco companies are fighting back against the Government's plans to introduce plain cigarette packaging by funding small retailers in a massive advertising campaign timed to coincide with the final weeks of the election campaign.

The Alliance of Australian Retailers (AAR) has taken out full page advertisements in tomorrow's papers criticising the plan, which they argue will hurt small business and lead to job losses.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the $5 million campaign has been devised by former Liberal Party strategists and Howard government advisers.

The newly-formed AAR has 19,000 members representing corner stores, petrol stations, and newsagents.

remember when...

twin towers
picture by Gus


Debate Heating Up on Plans for Mosque Near Ground Zero


An influential Jewish organization on Friday announced its opposition to a proposed Islamic center and mosque two blocks north of ground zero in Lower Manhattan, intensifying a fierce national debate about the limits of religious freedom and the meaning of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

old people's photos...

Crinkle to twinkle ... Digitally different takes of the PM from the Daily Telegraph and Australian Women's Weekly.

julia photshop

abbott photoshop


Since the Daily Telegraph did a job on Julia, I took the liberty to do one on Tony... Of course I did not do as good a job as the wiz kids at the Terrorgraph, not that I could not, but time is the essence... You may note I used the eyes from his political "dad", John Howard...

the tests were not strict enough...


Seven of the 91 European banks that underwent stress tests have failed the healthchecks, the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) has said.

They include five Spanish banks - Diada, Espiga, Banca Civica, Unnim and Cajasur. The other two were Germany's Hypo Real Estate and Greece's ATEbank.

The tests assessed banks' ability to survive future economic shocks.


gems and buckets...


Buckets (as in Hyacinth Bucket — pronounced bouquet) are the cheap blooms (all stalks and thorns) that Tony is giving to the media while trying hard to be flip-floppingly interesting... But I was amazed this morning at Julia being accused of "flirting with the media" in a letter written to the Sydney Morning Herald (22/07/10) by a female reader... Blimey, if we're going to vote for the best legs in this boring knife-edged election, Tony has done more of his fair share off leg-up can-cans in budgie-smuggling apparatus to distract us from his shifty eyes.

hail caesar...

Johann Hari: Dictators around the world must feel vindicated by Parliament Square eviction

At the edge of Parliament Square, Winston Churchill squints – hunched and impervious and marble – over the gothic heart of British democracy. Usually, his only company is the smoggy traffic and snapping tourists. But, for the past three months, he has been joined by another symbol, and another style of democracy.

warmongers and little helpers...


A year before the [Iraq] war, the former MI5 chief advised Home Office officials that the direct threat posed by Iraq to the UK was "very limited and containable".

In a newly declassified document, published by the inquiry, Baroness Manningham-Buller told the senior civil servant at the Home Office in March 2002 that there was no evidence that Iraq had any involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

While there were reports of links between the regime of Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, there was no intelligence to suggest meaningful co-operation between the two.



From Chris Floyd...

advice from tinkerbell...


Opposition Leader Tony Abbott must be extremely courageous - or extremely foolish.

If talkback radio and shopping centre walks haven't proved dangerous enough this campaign, he will face the perils of live television tomorrow night with an appearance on Hey Hey It's Saturday alongside Kylie Minogue, Ozzie the Ostrich, Plucka Duck, Darryl Somers and all the gang.

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