SomethingWonky explores a tough week for the government, as their friends turn on them
THE FOCUS GROUP
- Liberals Are Doing It To Themselves
- Coalition cheerleaders turn on the government - the IPA publishes ads in the Australian attacking the government, Bolt tells his viewer to support the libertarian senator and the fringe religious nutcase from FundiesFirst, and even David Flint’s “Conservative Action Network” manages to attack the government four times in its weekly email rant.
- Abbott’s own party registers website calling him a liar, with abbottlies.com.au registered by the Liberals immediately before launching their Budget, and breaking satire forever. URL links to liberal.org.au, thereby providing the most accurate route into that site ever.
- the IPA’s Chris Berg calls for a “reboot”, a mini-budget
- Right-wing figures from the business community call for a new election to get Hockey’s terrible budget through
- The AFR points out that since Hockey’s budget attacks rural Australia, the Nats’ heartland, the Libs might be about to get some pushback from the Nats - if not the MPs, the party itself
- Young Liberals expose their colleagues being feral on Facebook with some spectacularly misogynist rants against prominent women. Meanwhile Honi Soit explores the world of non-faction factions and nepotism that makes up the Young Liberal movement
- Conservative DLP senator from Victoria John Madigan says Joe Hockey’s budget will increase crime:
“If we attack those people with the least, I believe we’re going to have more domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, vandalism, mental health problems - and what’s the cost going to be to mop that up?” Senator Madigan said. “It’s bad enough now - it’s out of control a lot of these problems. I’m not suggesting that we can eliminate these things, but I can tell you what, this budget, I believe, will exacerbate all of these problems, and more.”
- Coalition MPs like Alex Hawke and Craig Kelly tell Fairfax they have serious concerns over the Coalition’s data retention policy
- Cory Bernardi tells his email readers that he supports crossbencher Bob Day over his own party.
- Yet Tony still has friends. PUP senator Jacquie Lambie tells the media she feels sorry for Joe Hockey and blasts his colleagues for abandoning him
- And the Oz is out there to portray Abbott as a superhero - I kid you not, they illustrated him as Spiderman having apprehended Putin - and dubbed him “Leader for a dangerous world”.
- Christopher Pyne says that he’ll be prepared to back down on the adding interest to uni debts scheme, although only if the Senate rejects it. However, in the meantime, Pyne is insisting on lowering the repayment threshold still further, hitting poorer students hard.
- After an embarrassing interview on The Project, Eric Abetz withdraws his “abortion causes breast cancer” line from last week, but not his support for the conference at which it will be spread. Tony says he feels “sheepish”.
- New Matilda points out that it’s bullshit for the government to suggest that it only backed off on its idiotic 18C changes because of the muslims.
- Meanwhile Christopher Pyne wants praise - “a tick for listening” - for the backdown on 18C.
- Things you’d think should be backdowns, but aren’t yet
- Joe Hockey suggests a fuel tax hits the rich harder than the poor because “the poorest people either don’t have cars or actually don’t drive very far in many cases”
- Government has begun the process of breaking up and selling off the Department of Human Services
- Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs asks businesses to help him fight to remove penalty rates
- Workers’ wages going backwards, as inflation outpaces wage growth
- Clive’s sending mixed messages on Medicare copayment, reminding us not to rely on him for anything.
- PUP’s new leader (the old one quit this week), Carl Judge, calls for Queensland to be split in two
- Senator Nick Xenophon has a loony idea to solve the housing affordability crisis: let people inflate it further by pouring their super into it. Even the Herald Sun has the sense to call that “dangerous”.
- Media union warns parliamentary committee the security bill with broad wording jailing people for leaks will criminalise journalism
- Happy Tenth Anniversary to formal legislated discrimination against gays and lesbians
- Stop the Whistleblowers. Support grows for Freya Newman, who allegedly exposed the corrupt arrangement for the PM’s daughter, now charged with “unauthorised access of computer data” and facing two years in jail. Sydney University’s SRC votes to support her, possibly including financial support, while there are growing petitions for the government to back off and investigate the actual corruption.
- NSW state Libs change rules for City of Sydney elections, automatically enrolling businesses over people to get rid of Clover Moore.
- Napthine government in Victoria to adopt Queensland’s idiotic laws criminalising having friends. Pretend “Opposition” the ALP says they’ll vote for it.
- Vic government also cutting mental health jobs
- Tasmanian Law Society points out that the Tasmanian Libs’ anti-protest laws are “so broad they could capture parents, pensioners and anyone else who “hinders” business
- Whatever the fuck is happening at ICAC, Dave knows about it, I’ve tuned out. AGL has called in auditors to check how corrupt it’s been
- “DoleBludger” app leaves room for SomethingWonky app improvements
AUSTRALIA VS HUMANITY
- More revelations regarding children on Nauru: Save The Children lists “systemic violation” of children’s rights (DISTURBING LIST ON LINK - INCLUDING CASE STUDIES)
- 190 Experts Issue Collective Statement Accusing Australia of ‘Inhumane’ Treatment of Asylum Seekers
STOP THE PRESS
- The far right tries something completely insane with s18C: suing Mike Carlton for racial vilification, which will totally not demonstrate that fair comment is different from bullshit inaccuracies like the column Bolt (who is cheering this prosecution on) got in trouble for.
- After The Australian’s “fuckoffgate” campaign of last week against Mike Carlton, it was kind of weird for Noel Pearson, long-standing columnist for The Oz, at that Garma festival where if you recall from last week an ALP MP was “prejudiced” against The Australian, to publicly and repeatedly this week tell a cabinet minister to “fuck off”
- DT resident toddler Tim Blair launches campaign against Carlton’s replacement John Birmingham for swearing - as if there aren’t emails out there of Blair telling readers to “fuck off”.
- Chris Kenny rants in The Australian about Twitter being one-sided
- Fairfax, still cutting staff, pays four executives an additional $2.4m