The Liberal Party believes it has, for the moment, cleansed itself of its Right, but the Labor Party can never hope to cleanse itself of its Left. It is financially dependent on a corrupt union base for survival. 

The Labor Party has always promoted health and education as its major policy planks. But not because it has a deep and abiding care for children and the infirm… health and education are its highest contributors to union coffers but only when Federal Governments contribute the initial funds.

I learnt a long while ago that crowds mean nothing in politics. Unprecedented hundreds of thousands turned out to support Whitlam post the dismissal, yet Malcolm Fraser won in a landslide victory for the Libs with no substantive crowds to support him. The people seem to know what's right without publicly demonstrating.

But the drastic fall in unionised workforce is now part of a long-term decline in which overall union membership has plunged from around half of the workforce to about 13 per cent in a little over 20 years. Julia Gillard was made aware of this as part of her illicit involvement with the AWU.

Thanks to an underestimated Treasurer Hockey the insane billions in support given to Australian car makers was stopped amid howls of anger from Labor. Soon after, Qantas stumbled and Shorten demanded it be supported with millions in Federal funds, 

Hockey refused Shorten’s demands and two years later Qantas reported record profits without one cent of Federal support.

Other nails in the union coffin are Abbott’s multiple free trade agreements that were understandably ignored by Rudd/Gillard/Rudd.  These agreements make our imports cheaper while ensuring tariffs become superfluous but they are cementing $5 a day workers in their third world countries for the next century. Plenty of work…but at slave rates. 

The dirt cheap foreign products that can be purchased today will remain at the cost of those $5 a day workers.

Without tarrifs local industries suffer only because the same product that our workers produce on $200 per day can’t compete with a foreign worker on $5 a day, but prices become tantalisingly cheaper. Witness the drastic losses in our local industries to cheaper offshore labour and the current non-existent inflation rate that has made a near-zero interest rate movement a farce. 

Every economic movement has another mostly unexpected harmful movement and Donald Trump has fingered the folly in the Obama/Clinton TPP agreement.

Unions are also caught between Labor's bible of political correctness and whistling at sheilas from a job site.

As Prime Minister, Gillard along with her hard Left Comrades, sneakily committed $80 billion to the ALP’s highly unionised sectors of health and education. It was a copied promise by Abbott, but only up to the four year forward estimates period. Anything beyond Gillard’s preferred out-years of ten or twelve was unfunded, fairlyland stuff.

But it didn’t stop her and Bill Shorten claiming that the Conservatives (Abbott in particular) had “slashed” $80 billion from health and education. This of course was, and still is, a crass nonsense designed, perpetrated, and perpetuated by Labor.

Most electors consider this diminution in union influence to be the twitching throes of a dying union-owned ALP. 

The existential problem for Shorten is that if he moves away from the dying unions as the ALP’s main support base and looks askance at more fertile ground, he risks losing much of the remaining union support to the Greens, or even to a new far Left Party with a GetUp type base that would welcome them with open arms.

But the unions, although depleted, still have enormous clout financially and politically and the ALP cannot afford to thumb its nose at a 130 year-old power base of blue collar workers that could send it to Coventry at the drop of a hat. 

Whatever happens from now on there are only three certain outcomes; unionised labour will shift permanently to third world nations, the ALP will continue to lose its support base and rich countries will get richer. Is that a good outcome?

I don't know, but if an aspiring politician wants political longevity it’s best that he/she stays well away from the Labor Party.

 

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I don’t know about the country getting rich. But the bankers the corporations and the politicians sure will. As far as the country is concerned they say it can go to hell, sell it to the Chinese as one of those dodgy foreign “investments” that are never going to make any money for Australia. Burn in hell you politicians. When Australia had less than ten million people there was enough money to build a civilisation. Railways, roads, bridges, electricity networks, sewers, water schemes, you name it. Now we have to sell the furniture and then some to put down some… Read more »

cinerama
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Oh yes, Turdball will be in the history books.

BillBates2
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Cinerama had Abbott not been deposed by the traitors the RC would have been used to steer him to victory in the election. In his arrogance Turnbull who knows nothing about Union thuggery has let a golden opportunity go begging and Australia is the poorer

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Underestimated Hockey ? You’re damn right, if it wasn’t for his fat, taxpayer educated, over entitled, cigar chomping, smirking face. Tony may well have still been PM. Our underestimation knows no bounds, with him smirking off on a fat pension and US Ambassador’s pay, crying about having to work on the kiddies’ birthdays.. And besides who needs cars, when ” poor people don’t drive them” and the poor are made poorer, by the “two party tag team”.

BillBates2
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Has the RC been stopped? I thought it ended when the report was handed down

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

The Liberals loyalists certainly kept their mouths shut when Turd stopped the RC into unions …

BillBates2
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BillBates2

Another casualty of Abbotts failure to hold on to power BK

sorbent181
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It is about time the Conservative Government investigated the Union controlled Long Service Funds, Union officials are making squillions out of thses funds,which they control by making Building Sites LSF sites by their memebers only

alistair50
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alistair50

I’ve been watching News at 5 on CH10 all week. Interesting film footage they have had every night. All from middle east , bombing in Syria, always little kids been bombed , but no injuries just dirty . None of this footage is seen on other networks ?. JUST AS IF IT WAS SUPPLIED BY AN ISIS SYMPATHISER FROM PROPAGANDA FILES FROM THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT OR WORSE. BUT I WONDER WHO ON THE 10 NETWORK WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THIS MUSLIM PROPAGANDA ?????

alistair50
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alistair50

I dreamt last night that Mike Baird was attacked by a pack of teetotal greyhounds .

BillBest
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BillBest

But Slater and Gordon have nowhere else to send their lawyers when they are useless as fee generators. They won’t fit in with the Lib Party – its overfull with lawyers already.

BillBest
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BillBest

Agree we should stop foreign aid now. Trump is onto a winner on this policy to not give aid where its not needed or reciprocated by something in kind

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You actually watch those shows. Poor boy.

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blyth, you dont expect idiots like Weatherboard and co to take that common sense idea on board surely? Not ‘green’ enough for the likes of them ..

blyth
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Watching Peter Dutton being interviewed on the ABC about Nauru and those in detention, he is right to keep putting up the fact that the previous labour/green mob were entirely responsible for encouraging people to try to enter the country by illegal boats, he keeps hammering the point that he and the gov, are cleaning up labours mistakes,and not giving the leftists at the ABC anything,that is the line Turnbull should have followed , not just on illegals but on labours and Shortens record, Good on peter Dutton, at least one minister with some guts,

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If you ever want to see what the “Unions”can do to a country,just look at Detroit.The place is like a ghost town.Even the schools have been closed by the “Unions”

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I could read the article but not the replies.

blyth
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In theory and in experiments solar and wind works, i have solar panels and water mills are all over the outback , BUT! there is a reason that the steam engine took off and eventually powered the civilized world,It worked better,it was allways on tap, and it provided base power for industry and hundreds of millions of homes, ,and most important it was not reliant on the weather, power 24 /7 . What we should have done is spend the money to replace coal generators with gas , something we have plenty of and which we export to Asia at… Read more »

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Just looking at a piece about the Islamic infiltration of Canada and aided and abetted by the crazy left,with Muslims demanding “”prayer rooms”” in secular schools and universitys only employing people with the “”correct”” thinking in social issues ie gender, politics, religion, note no mention of ability,

James65
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Hehe Brimee. When you make a point, you certainly make yourself heard! 🙂

Brimee
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sorry about that but for some reason I cant delete those extra posts like you normally do by clicking on the x

Brimee
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Not quite true James, They still cost millions of dollars a day just to keep in standby mode. Must be a funny standby mode though because I recently read that to start up the Victorian desal plant would still require more millions above the standby cost. You couldn’t make this stuff up

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If Turd goes … one hopes that will also spell an end to his inner socialist Kremlin.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Are Liberal Loyalists allowed to enter the Turd’s inner Kremlin (zone of activity) where the socialist wheels are being secretly added and oiled ?

Riverine
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madmax unfortunately the foreign minister is an even bigger dope then Mal.

Daveinoz
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I wonder how many millions of dollars it costs the taxpayer to run Turd’s inner Kremlin ?

Petra
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At least we can be thankful that the deviants can’t breed. An absolute scandal thay they are allowed to adopt. Child abuse!

Daveinoz
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ASTOUNDING INCOMPETENCE … LINDT … WHY IT WENT WRONG

http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/courts-law/lindt-cafe-siege-why-it-all-went-wrong/news-story/24fda726b31754f5625bed2b94f85dda

Deputy Commissioner deleted evidence ! … she’s a slimy operator

THE KEYSTONE COPS WOULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB !

James65
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Great summary, thank you Dusty.

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O/T: like blades of grass the various Genuine Conservative groups blow in the wind, they effectively stand for little as their constituency is splintered. When will those various Conservative groups amalgamate behind a common banner, move from the flimsy blade of grass and become the giant Oak Tree who can take the fight of ideas to the Australian people. I notice Kirralie and poor old Bernard still protesting as they go down with the ALA ship…….not clever guys; have a chat with Pauline, pool you resources and talent, then go hard!

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Mike says , Forget about Melbourne being Worlds Most Livable City again , I’m gonna make NSW , the worlds most livable state . No drinking , noise , entertainment , fun , dancing greyhounds, gambling (except my mate young Jamies mob . When asked about pre martital sex in the new NSW , Baird said , only allowed if it doesn’t lead to dancing !

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Republican Donald Trump is surging with African American voters and gaining more support from Latino voters than Mitt Romney and John McCain.

The latest LA Times Daybreak poll has Hillary up by just six-tenths of a point.

Trump is surging with black voters and doing better with Latino voters than Romney or McCain.

Read more: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/yes-black-voters-are-giving-trump-the-best-news-of-the-campaign-game-changer/#ixzz4HjO4KTTs

James65
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Yet according to the regressive left people are born homosexual. Yet are not born as gender specific. This narrative cannot be spun both ways.