Faux Facts

In the Faux Facts press earlier today, Madonna King wrote the following “facts”:

Fact 1: Next week on July 1, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will enjoy a weighty pay rise, meaning he’ll pocket more than $538,000 over the next year.

Fact 2: On the same day, about 700,000 people – across the hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy sectors – will have their penalty rates cut.

Fact 3: And the new financial year will also herald a 3.5 per cent rise – or about $24 – for those on the minimum wage.

Here are some supplementary facts that Ms King did not mention

  • Fact 1a: On July 1, not only will the Prime Minister enjoy a weighty pay rise, but so will every other member of parliament, including Bill Shorten, Tania Plibersek, Penny Wong, Richard Di Natale and Adam Bandt.  And so will some 150,000 Commonwealth public servants also get weighty pay rises
  • Fact 1b: Not one member of parliament has spoken against or proposed reversing the parliamentary pay rises, including Bill Shorten, Tania Plibersek, Penny Wong, Richard Di Natale and Adam Bandt.
  • Fact 2a: The “cut” to penalty rates is a consequence of an organisation, a membership and a review initiated by Bill Shorten.
  • Fact 2b: The penalty rate cuts have previously been applied to union members on enterprise agreements, including in AWU agreements “negotiated” while Bill Shorten was head of the AWU.
  • Fact 3a: The 3.5% increase is not to the minimum wage but rather to the statutory wage.  The minimum wage was and will always be NIL.

The above facts might be relevant when presenting an objective piece of news as suggested rather than as a political opinion hatchet job as presented.

End the charade.  Just merge Fairfax and the ABC.  End the duplication now.

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22 Responses to Faux Facts

  1. wal1957

    Ah yes.
    One thing that the hard working pollies in Canberra always agree on is that they deserve any pay rise.
    Poor little diddums. I don’t know how they cope.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Electricity Bill has been trying to fire up the politics of envy lately.
    Without a huge amount of success, given Albo’s outburst.
    It sounds like Ms King may be trying to do her bit for the cause.
    How predictable!

  3. NuThink

    South Australian pollies pay rates are (if I understood the news correctly) are automatically indexed to the Commonwealth pay rises. That is the meaning of equality, I suppose.

  4. JC

    Madonna King

    Amusing name combo.

  5. mh

    Madonna King was in the Murdoch stable for years, writing for the Courier Mail.

  6. Entropy

    She was crap there too. When she wasn’t crap on the ABC.

  7. Delta A

    On July 1, not only will the Prime Minister enjoy a weighty pay rise, but so will every other member of parliament, including Bill Shorten, Tania Plibersek, Penny Wong, Richard Di Natale and Adam Bandt.

    Extraordinary bipartisan co-operation to keep that under the radar.

  8. Genghis

    Has anyone thought about what Billy Shorts does with his salary. It appears everyone else is buying houses or have there supplementary super but poor Billy has nothing. I wonder if he gives it all to the homeless? Or perhaps to the workers he ripped off whist at the Workers Union?
    Regards,

  9. mh

    I wonder what Albo does with his coin?

    Oh, hang on….we don’t want to think about that.

  10. Roger

    Nice work, Sparty.

    Send it to Madonna, eh?

  11. Dr Fred Lenin

    The Dr Fred Institute has done a value study on career politicians work effectiveness , after exhaustive enquiries and extensive research the conclusion was reached , that no career politician was producing enough to warrant the existing salaries and perks , that few public servants were worth what they were paid . We strongly recommended an immediate reduction in salary and enr=titilements of 80 per cent effective immediately. The same percentage cuts to all pensions paid to retired politicians and public servants . The new conditions to be reviewed again in 2072.

  12. Tom

    I used to work at Pravda on Yarra. It is now unrecognisable as a newspaper. I wouldn’t recommend reading it to an enemy.

    A friend gives me a copy every few weeks, which I scan for actual content. There is zero reporting, only narratives from the zombie hivemind — propaganda for the staff’s favourite leftwing causes. The professional code of ethics — which, for example, requires journalists to give the target of a story the right of reply — has been abandoned.

    They are such stupid people. They are destroying not only their industry, but their own jobs. There isn’t a single adult on the subs desk to stop libels going through and the resultant damages payout bill is soaring.

    They don’t care that their credibility is zero. For them, journalism is just a weapon that must be wielded for the neo-communist cause.

    Fauxfacts remains the pre-eminent example of how undisciplined, unrestrained leftism destroys media companies.

  13. Peter Castieau

    Spartacus fact1b is false

    Cory Bernardi called for a pay freeze both last year and this year including presenting a motion to that effect until the budget was in surplus .
    Every Liberal, Labor and Greens Senator voted against the motion !

  14. Up The Workers!

    “Just merge FauxFacts and the A.L.P.B.C.”

    I’ve been saying that for years.

    Whether they Gillard the facts or just Shorten them, Faux Facts are non-facts.

    Fauxfacts products – the only lavatory paper where all the crap comes pre-loaded.

  15. JohnA

    Peter Castieau #2748810, posted on June 28, 2018, at 5:54 am

    Spartacus fact1b is false

    Nah, as a generalisation it holds up.

    But your additional data can reinforce the primary point, so that Fact 1b becomes:

    Fact 1b: Only one member of parliament (Sen Cory Bernardi) has spoken against or proposed reversing the parliamentary pay rises. However, his Bill was defeated by the combined efforts and active hostility of every other MP, including Bill Shorten, Tania Plibersek, Penny Wong, Richard Di Natale and Adam Bandt.

  16. Kneel

    “Fauxfacts products – the only lavatory paper where all the crap comes pre-loaded.”

    Ahem.
    Did you forget the output of our pollie-muppets?

    Have a look at the “table” during question time – see all those books? If you don’t know EXACTLY what is in ALL of them, you are at risk of prosecution – ignorance of the law is no excuse, after all. I defy any one person to be cognizant of every law on the books and what it means to them – even a lawyer or a judge.
    For instance, when ytou drove to work, did you have someone walking in front of your car waving a red flag? This was certainly the law in NSW until at least 1990, but it may have changed since…

    And the pollie-muppets NEVER reduce the number of laws on the books – it ALWAYS increases.

  17. Habib

    Merge them by the same method used to merge U235 isotopes to attain critical mass. In this case it’d achieve critical stupidity.

  18. Habib

    And Lord Leakin and the rest of those drooling imbeciles are grotesquely overpaid. So Squidlips has had her stopped clock moment for the decade.

  19. Speedbox

    South Australian pollies pay rates are (if I understood the news correctly) are automatically indexed to the Commonwealth pay rises. That is the meaning of equality, I suppose.

    That has been in place for years in SA. Now, when the Feds get their pay rise, the SA versions can just point and say “Not us. Its all because of Canberra”.

    Can’t be bothered to check but it might have been brought in by Rann. It is old legislation (which doesn’t make it right).

  20. Youngster

    The PM will not “pocket” $538,000. He’ll pay almost 50% tax on much of that, or at least he would if he didn’t give it all away.

  21. H B Bear

    Fauxfacts remains the pre-eminent example of how undisciplined, unrestrained leftism destroys media companies.

    Arguably one of the worst managed companies in Australia and that is before you get to the overall decline in the industry. There are a few others – Fosters Group springs to mind.

  22. Richard Bender

    Er, no, 150,000 Commonwealth public servants do not get a pay rise on 1 July. Some might, if their department’s agreement includes a pay rise on that date, but not all, if any.

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