Parasites and predators

Nominations are invited to list parasites and predators who have rorted the political system to get benefits for a few people at huge cost to the common wealth. Prompted by the threat of some senators to frustrate the Government on the Carbon Tax reform unless some goodies are handed out to their favorite people.

Mr Muir, Senator Madigan and Senator Xenophon are believed to favour reviving the automotive transformation scheme to assist components parts manufacturers in the wake of the decisions by Holden, Toyota and Ford to cease building cars in Australia.

Senator Harradine (Tas). Someone estimate the cost of bribes that he extracted to permit legislation through the Senate.
Rob Oakshott. Cost to the nation of dud policies put in place by Gillard and the Greens?
Tony Windsor. Ditto

UPDATE: I am inclined to agree with Phillipa on Oakeshott and Windsor. They need to be held to account for the damage inflicted by Gillard and the Greens: the latter made no secret of their destructive intentions (thinking of industrial relations as much as green policies) and the two local members were returned by conservative electorates.

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43 Responses to Parasites and predators

  1. steve

    The Red Underpants Kid

  2. Lawrie Ayres

    My problem with the current and future senate is the use of it by the Greens and their partners, the ALP, to simply frustrate and embarrass Tony Abbott. There is no consideration for what is beneficial to the majority of Australians. You would have to have the intellect of a brick not to realise the carbon tax is hurtful to the economy and destructive of jobs. Likewise the wasting of taxpayer funds on renewable energy. If the prospects are so good and it will be so cheap any research would seem a sure bet by most lending institutions. Those developing renewable energy and electric cars keep telling us how wonderful their projects are but are reticent to put their homes on the line to fund it. An example they might follow is the inventor of the Dyson bagless vacuum cleaner or Steve Job or Bill Gates or Henry Ford and so goes an impressive list. Of course if taxpayers are required to pay for such research then taxpayers should retain ownership of it. Is that part of the deal or do we just take the risk and the mendicant takes any profit?

  3. Infidel Tiger

    If Muir blocks the carbon tax repeal, the only use he’ll have for a car is attaching a hose to the exhaust pipe and breathing deeply.

  4. maurie

    So many people still insist on believing the union owned Labor/Green party actually has the interest of our nation at heart! They’ve had a century to prove their traitorous selfishness, & yet so dangerous many of us are still prepared to explain the results of their self centred behaviour as just rotten luck!

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Very hard to go past Tim Flannery, who not only enriched himself as the do nothing Climate Commissioner but then managed to get a gig with the ABC spruiking Gaia with John Doyle with no less than two followup series.

    Meanwhile his nice pad on the water in Broken Bay is sinking ever deeper under the rising seas /sarc.

    Dishonourable mention goes to Stephen Conroy who screwed Australia for $92 billion using only a paper napkin.

  6. I think Oakeshott and Windsor are joint winners for all eternity, for keeping an entire corrupt, incompetent government in power for several YEARS, while it wreaked havoc on the entire economy.

    Against this, the odd bit of local pork-barrelling pales into insignificance.

  7. robin of the hood

    Julia Gillard, $140m TPD (tax payer dollars) to her Global Partnership for Education. So she can get amongst it!

  8. If you mean ‘common wealth’ rather than ‘Commonwealth’, that opens up the competition to some very strong State-level contenders.

    I think we would have to weigh up the sheer longevity of the Bjelke-Petersen National/Country party regime in Queensland against the shorter but potentially just as catastrophic criminality of the Burke ALP government in WA.

  9. .

    The idea of not allowing industry to become more capital intensive through the removal of subsidies is actually anti worker. This will depress wages.

  10. Driftforge

    Arthur Fadden, abolition of federal Land Tax 1952.

  11. Gab

    Their ABC and the Canberra presstitutes.

  12. Here is a list of particularly parasitical organisations—including treasonous ones such as Climate Institute (Australia) Ltd—eligible to receive tax deductible donations.

  13. gabrianga

    Philipa I would like to add Fraser, Chaney and successive Governments for devising and sustaining the Aboriginal Land Rights(NT) Act 1976 which paved the way for the vetoing of development by less than 2% of its occupants.

    I have just finished a light lunch but the very mention of Windsor and Oakeshott near caused me to lose it.

  14. Michel Lasouris

    I wonder if this would work? If overseas vehicle manufacturers want to import their cars into Australia, why cannot we insist that the manufacturer has to buy components from Australia? We might manipulate the ADRs so that a given article has to be particular to Australia. This was the way Japan kept many foreign cars out of Japan. For instance they devised a rule that stated that the light lenses should not bear any imprint in the molding; so foreign manufacturers were faced with either grinding off the offending letters, or making new injection molds; or not exporting their cars there (as Jaguar did). WE could even insist that they buy all their w3ater pumps, or ball joints or whatever for all markets, before we allow their cars in. That might conceivably be justification for what otherwise might seem a stupid idea from the Senators.

  15. Poor Old Rafe

    For instance they devised a rule that stated that the light lenses should not bear any imprint in the molding. Ingenious bit of foul play, reminiscent of the French ploy years ago where electrical goods entering duty free had to pass through a customs agency in some almost inaccessible location in the mountains [anyone got a reference on that?]

  16. maurie

    A very labor/union communist suggestion! The world made startling levels of advancement only in countries where free enterprise & reward for effort/productivity were encouraged. The only need for intervention has been & still is where incidents of “dumping” have & do occur. Our manufacturers as well as primary producers have already suffered enough at the hands of socialist interventions by the union party.

  17. Lysander

    UPDATE: I am inclined to agree with Phillipa on Oakeshott and Windsor. They need to be held to account for the damage inflicted by Gillard and the Greens: the latter made no secret of their destructive intentions (thinking of industrial relations as much as green policies) and the two local members were returned by conservative electorates.

    That’s so 2013. Try the new MP for Indi.

  18. Ivan Denisovich

    Nominations are invited to list parasites and predators who have rorted the political system to get benefits for a few people at huge cost to the common wealth.

    The Left.

    The Culture of Entitlement, Exhibit A:

    Still, it’s good that the ABC’s apologists are abandoning the deceitful “ABC isn’t biased” stand, and retreating to the “yes but”.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/andrewbolt/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/the_vanity_of_the_abcs_apologists/

    Thieving endorsed.

  19. Greg James

    For leaches on the public teat in Australia you couldn’t go far past this trio:

    David Karoly, Will Steffen and Flummery.

    Seriously, each of them has sucked and vacuumed dollar after dollar from the public purse for decades now, using as their excuse their ridiculous and thoroughly discredited Gorebull Warminist “theory”.

  20. Andrew

    Greens bludgeon Krudd into dropping border protection after the election. 50,000 boatees arrive (out of a larger number of attempts). None work. Cost per boatee estimated at $500k-1m).

  21. Leo G

    Automotive transformation scheme?
    Like the proposed changes to “carbon intensity” for all new vehicles? Those changes will likely mean that all new ICE vehicles will be electrochemical (battery) hybrids.
    How will that help local parts manufacturers?

  22. mizaris

    Anyone “working” for the ALPBC. Suckin at the taxpayer tit for far too long.
    Shut. It. down. Fire. Them. All.

  23. mizaris

    CSIRO “Climate change science”!!!!!!!!

  24. Andrew

    If Muir blocks the carbon tax repeal, the only use he’ll have for a car is attaching a hose to the exhaust pipe and breathing deeply.

    left off the “*NADT”?

  25. Burke & Wills

    Xenophon beginning to feel the Cinderella upstairs. Has loved being the ‘X’ factor & limelight. Lately showing signs of “hey looka me “. If he joins with Muir on this one, he will not have learned when to fold ‘em & when to run.

  26. H B Bear

    Even among the inbred moochers of Tasmania, who regard a begging bowl and a ticket to Canberra as tools of trade, Harradine was an offensive thief of national prosperity. Naturally inhabitants of Australia’s failed mendicant State regard him as an valued protector of their interests.

  27. Infidel Tiger

    left off the “*NADT”?

    No.

  28. Empire

    If Muir blocks the carbon tax repeal, the only use he’ll have for a car is attaching a hose to the exhaust pipe and breathing deeply.

    I’m thinkin’ of establishing a Darwinian Life Coaching Institute. We need to talk.

    Meanwhile, natural selection does its job. If only TLS, OldLes, Oakshit, Xylophone and the ALPBC talking head payroll were into train surfin’.

  29. thefrollickingmole

    Canberra, all of it, and its surrounds, broken up and sent to “real” cities where they will have to mix with “real” people.

  30. john constantine

    malcom fraser. the man who made possible the zimbabwe trillion dollar note.

  31. crocodile

    The Nationals by a country mile

  32. Notafan

    Has the member for indi actually achieved any benefits for her electorate, or is she a merely a lone lower house cheerleader for A Bandt?

  33. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Flannery’n'the filth

  34. Yon Toad

    Tim Mathieson, aka the First Freeloader.

  35. johanna

    Well, the grand-daddy of them all was Black Jack McEwen, who (with the rest of the Country Party) never saw a grant, subsidy or tariff that they didn’t like. McEwen’s “infant industries” that had to be protected by tariffs were still sleeping in the pram when they had long grey whiskers. Meanwhile, consumers paid far more than the rest of the world for everything from cars to footwear and clothing.

    An individual achievement award must go to Brian Harradine, who screwed hundreds of millions of dollars out of the rest of the country over and above what Tasmania was entitled to. The results are there for all to see – the money was not just wasted, it had the opposite effect to what was intended.

    The conga line of South Australians who have pressured governments into supporting things like shipbuilding and defence contracts to prop up their failed economy have also cost us billions.

    The State Government contenders are too numerous to list.

  36. hoppers

    From what I’ve seen, Mr Muir is not intellectually, and probably emotionally equipped to face the backlash on such an emotive issue from either side, should he make the unwise decision to strike out on his own.
    Were I he, I would hide behind Clive’s ample frame and vote with him, at least until I worked out what the hell was going on.

  37. Andrew

    Speaking of that grub Jokeshott: remember how he used to claim that everyone in Lyne congratulated him on the street and said they hate Abbott666? 53% to the LNP in 2013, outpolling Jokeshott’s Regressives 2:1.

  38. MT Isa Miner

    Bruce of Newcastle

    #1361782, posted on June 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Dishonourable mention goes to Stephen Conroy who screwed Australia for $92 billion using only a paper napkin.

    Bruce has pegged the Red Underpants Rorter and the RGR government – the first to use paper napkins as weapons of mass destruction.

  39. MT Isa Miner

    Empire

    #1362037, posted on June 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    If Muir blocks the carbon tax repeal, the only use he’ll have for a car is attaching a hose to the exhaust pipe and breathing deeply.

    I’m thinkin’ of establishing a Darwinian Life Coaching Institute. We need to talk.

    Meanwhile, natural selection does its job. If only TLS, OldLes, Oakshit, Xylophone and the ALPBC talking head payroll were into train surfin’.

    Empire between you and JC’s suicide hotline, I reckon it’ll be covered. Natural selection is too slow for my liking.

  40. brc

    I wonder if this would work? If overseas vehicle manufacturers want to import their cars into Australia, why cannot we insist that the manufacturer has to buy components from Australia? We might manipulate the ADRs so that a given article has to be particular to Australia. This was the way Japan kept many foreign cars out of Japan. For instance they devised a rule that stated that the light lenses should not bear any imprint in the molding; so foreign manufacturers were faced with either grinding off the offending letters, or making new injection molds; or not exporting their cars there (as Jaguar did). WE could even insist that they buy all their w3ater pumps, or ball joints or whatever for all markets, before we allow their cars in. That might conceivably be justification for what otherwise might seem a stupid idea from the Senators.

    ye gods.

    Of course it would ‘work’.

    If by work you mean drive up the prices and lower the select of vehicles that Australians can buy.

    Why would we not be inviting the world to send us cars as cheaply as they possibly can, so that more Australians can purchase a new vehicle, with all the attendant safety, economy and comfort that entails?

    Is it because we feel national pride at having a little hobby industry?

    Imagine the ‘stimulus’ unleashed if new car prices in Australia fell to the level of the rest of the world. More families with newer vehicles for less money, less indebtedness, more discretionary spending on other items more suited to domestic production.

    Australia is not, can not and will never be a major player in vehicle assembly. Merely wishing and centrally planning to to be so just punishes Australians who want to purchase vehicles.

  41. Tel

    Whatever happened to the “Green Loans Scheme” ?

    I think it converted into these guys…

    http://www.cleanenergyfinancecorp.com.au/

    Anyone know how many billions went down that particular drain? Bigger than NBN even I think?

  42. stackja

    Brian Harradine campaigned against the abortion drug RU486.

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