RIP Ainsley Gotto

Ainsley Gotto, a legendary Liberal Party operative and confident, has died. Gotto, who had a savage wit and disdain for political correctness, worked as chief of staff to Prime Minister John Gorton. I met Gotto and found her a charming, erudite and thoughtful woman who comfortably outwitted many persons who took great pride in their supposed intellect.

While news of her passing can be readily found in the Murdoch press, as at the time of publication of this blog the ABC has not reported her death (and this is using a google advanced search for the website So much for the expensive taxpayer-funded organisation which claims to keep abreast of news.

compare that to at 7:10pm (and it is now 10:45 pm – still nothing on our ABC)

The world needs more Ainsley Gottos.

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Monopolistic behaviour

The thing about the society we live in is that the state has a monopoly on the use of force.  And the thing about monopolies is that they like to destroy their competition through unscrupulous means, they tend to laziness and incompetence and they despise innovation.

Which brings me to the recent Florida school shooting.

Now Spartacus is not sure that he would support a US 2nd amendment in Australia, but when the body that has the monopoly on the use of force, on the condition of protecting citizens, is as incompetent as the law enforcement agencies in Florida, one has to wonder.

Consider the following:

1 – there was an armed guard on site during the Parkland Florida shooting, but he chose not to enter the school.  See here.

2 – On 5 February 2018, the FBI received a call from someone familiar with Nikolas Cruz warning that he was a risk of shooting up a school.  The FBI did not follow up.  See attached a CHILLING transcript of the warning call.  Trigger warning, really trigger warning, before you consider reading this.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Between the lines of these beautiful words is the right to self defense.  The was a factor in considering the inclusion of the 2nd amendment.

One must wonder.

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Coalition of the wanting

As Cats know, Barnaby Joyce resigned as leader of the Federal Nationals and by virtue of the coalition agreement, as Deputy Prime Minister.

Late last week, the National Party Court Jester, George Christensen called for an end to the coalition.  Apparently Christensen:

said he wanted to see a National Party in coalition with regional Australia “rather than wedded to a Liberal Party lurching further away from the values we still hold”.

Spartacus wonders whether George considers perfidy as one of those values, but notwithstanding.

Yesterday, Steve Kates posts a fascinating idea that Tony Abbott should become the leader of the National Party because

It would finally give the true conservative side of politics a foothold and spook the Liberals into shading more towards their traditional constituency than the Labor-Lite they have become.

ISHO, I think Steve is right, no, correct.  But rather than installing Captain Knights and Dames for the purpose of realignment, there should be a dissolution of the coalition as has been proposed by George.  But with a concomitant end to the protection racket that exists for incumbent National MPs and Senators.

What Spartacus is talking about is the excellent idea put forward by John Ruddick in the Spectator this week.  For those who don’t know who John Ruddick is, he is a former member of the Liberal Party who once stood for the Federal Presidency.  Depending on who you ask, John is either the George Washington of the Liberal Party of the Sisyphus of the Liberal Party.  John has been a driving force for the democratization of the Liberal Party within NSW.

In his Spectator piece, John writes:

The National party is Australia’s greatest hindrance to good government.

Demonstrably true.  But also:

For the little they bring to the table the Nats get the Deputy Prime Ministership and five members of the 23 member cabinet on a platter.

Again demonstrably true.  And also:

In the Joint Party Room, Nationals typically argue for more conservative policies (good) but when it comes around to a leadership ballot these right-wing votes walk out (bad). When you add the National MPs and the Senators plus the LNPer’s who wear a Nationals badge in Canberra we are talking about 21 votes. When conservative Liberals are counting numbers for a leadership ballot they’re starting 21 votes unnecessarily down – around a quarter of the number who actually vote.

Wonderfully argued by John.  Conservative Cats should read and decide for themselves.

Oh and George.  Be careful what you wish for.

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Tony Abbott should become leader of the Nationals

If we are seeking a genuine realignment of politics on the right, the Nationals should draft Tony Abbott into the leadership of their party. It would finally give the true conservative side of politics a foothold and spook the Liberals into shading more towards their traditional constituency than the Labor-Lite they have become.

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Donald Trump at the CONSERVATIVE Political Action Conference

As he says at the start, “I have proved I am a conservative”. And so he is. And very very well received he was.

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Open Forum: February 24, 2018

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Allan Hird: ASADA out of control

ASADA is out of control. Let me repeat that: ASADA is out of control.

In the Jessica Peris case it has shown a complete disdain for her rights and for the ASADA Act.

The ASADA Act, drafted and enacted by the Australian parliament, explicitly provides that information from an investigation must not be published in the media until or unless the athlete has been found to have breached anti-doping rules. Jessica Peris is still under investigation.  She has not been found guilty of anything.

But what do we find?  ASADA or Athletics Australia leaked to the media that a drug test conducted by ASADA indicates Jessica Peris may have taken banned substances. That of course is a serious matter. Under the ASADA Act and regulations what that means, however, is there are further steps to be taken before she is charged. Until the investigation is complete it is meant to remain confidential.

Section 67 of the Act provides for anyone leaking confidential information to be jailed for two years. Section 68B allows ASADA to enforce strict confidentiality provisions on any third party it shares information with.  In Jessica Peris’ case that’s Athletics Australia. Clearly ASADA has breached section 67 and or 68B of the ASADA Act. In doing so ASADA has denied Jessica Peris the protection the Australian parliament intended to give all athletes falling into ASADA’s clutches.

ASADA, by leaking the result of Jessica Peris’ drug test, has denied her a fair trial which, according to the ASADA Act, she is entitled to away from the glare of publicity. How can she, or any other athlete, trust ASADA to give them a fair go when it shows such blatant disregard for its own Act?

Jessica Peris called ASADA out and expressed her dismay that her privacy, to which she was entitled under the ASADA Act, had been taken away. But like all bullies, and backed by a tax payer funded bureaucracy, ASADA went for the jugular. In a media release of 22 February 2018 ASADA let the world know that Jessica’s Peris urine sample tested positive for three banned substances. By doing so ASADA has breached section 67 of its own Act.

ASADA defence, no doubt, will be the ‘get out of jail card’ provided by section 68E of the ASADA Act:

The CEO may disclose protected information if:

  • information relates to an athlete or support person; and
  • public comments have been attributed to:
  • the athlete or support person; or
  • a representative of the athlete or support person; and
  • the disclosure is for the purpose of the ASADA responding to the comments.

 This is ASADA being too clever by half. Or to put it bluntly ASADA’s arrogance demonstrates it believes itself above the law.

The critical issue is the leak by ASADA and not Jessica Peris’ response. ASADA should never have allowed the information about her urine test to be made public. And when the test was made public, ASADA should have apologised immediately. Instead it doubled down.  Using, Jessica Perris’ legitimate response to the abuse of her privacy as a justification, it compounded the original breach by releasing further information to damage her reputation.  This is not only contrary to the intention of the ASADA Act, but is a disgrace.  Athletes are human beings not ASADA’s playthings.

ASADA can’t hide behind section 68E of its Act when it has breached sections 67 and or 68B. The breach of one or both of those sections needs to be investigated, simply because that breach or those breaches occurred before Jessica Peris went public. Indeed, because one or both of those sections were breached is the very reason she went public.

What hope is there then for Jessica Peris to have her case handled fairly when ASADA has demonstrated a complete disregard for its own Act?

Surely it’s time for the new sports Minister, Bridget McKenzie, to step in and ask ASADA for a full explanation.  Calling in the Australian Federal Police to track down the leaker would be a good idea too. After all, what’s the point of having a two year prison sentence for leakers if it’s not enforced. If ASADA gets away with this again, how can any athlete in the future have any trust in the system?

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Depart, I say.

We are fighting to-day for our life, for our liberty, for our all; we cannot go on being led as we are. I have quoted certain words of Oliver Cromwell. I will quote certain other words. I do it with great reluctance, because I am speaking of those who are old friends and associates of mine, but they are words which, I think, are applicable to the present situation. This is what Cromwell said to the Long Parliament when he thought it was no longer fit to conduct the affairs of the nation: You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go.

Leo Amery.

If you haven’t read Tony Abbott’s op-ed in the Australian this morning you should.  It is an angry, and ugly outburst.* Clearly he views his Parliamentary colleagues with contempt. Politics is a team sport and Mr Abbott has demonstrated that he cannot and will not be a team player.

*I agree with his views on taking expert advice – yet I well recall his time in office. He took lots of advice, yet never any advice from his friends.

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“Lepanto” by Chesterton and a metaphysical hangover

In the The Spectator “Low Life” column this week Jeremy Clarke described what Kingsley Amis (apparently a connoisseur of the phenomenon) called a “metaphysical hangover”. Apart from the usual feeling of being unwell there is a compound of depression, sadness (not the same thing), anxiety, self-hatred, sense of failure and fear of the future. The Amis remedy was the final scene of Paradise Lost or battle poems such as Lepanto by Chesterton.

Lepanto is a poem by G.K. Chesterton celebrating the victory of the Holy League in the Battle of Lepanto written in irregular stanzas of rhyming, roughly paeonic tetrameter couplets, often ending in a quatrain of four dimeter lines. The poem tells of the defeat of the Ottoman fleet of Ali Pasha by the Christian crusader, Don John of Austria. The poem was written in 1911 and its stirring verses helped inspire soldiers such as John Buchan during World War I.


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Nirvana – income equality and a truly fair society

The evidence is in.  Again.  Socialism and government stat-ism is the only way to eliminate income inequality.

As reported in Reuters, a 3 university study of conditions in Venezuela has shown that 90% of citizens now live in poverty.  But socialism can only achieve so much.  The other 10% must suffer in abject affluence so that the 90% can have income equality.

That in Venezuela income equality necessitates poverty is a design feature of the policy and not a fault.

Venezuela has also demonstrated that socialism can not only eliminate income inequality, it can also eliminate obesity.  There was no need to deploying a sugar tax, when the income equalization policies achieved the same ends.  You see, Venezuelans reported losing an average of 11 kilograms in 2017.  This was on top of losing an average of 8 kilograms in 2016.

Viva Venezuela.  Viva Chavez.  Viva Maduro.

It was so sad that Hugo Chavez did not manage to accept the invitation of the leading green left lights of Australia to come down under to achieve our own version of income equality and fairness.

Perhaps Philip Adams can get the ABC to sponsor a Maduro tour this time.  Public service budgets you know – use it or lose it.

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