Yep, a rock and roll singer, and not a good one at that in my own opinion, is the person that the government would go to for diplomatic advice. You see, ‘Jimmy Barnes is better known for his screaming than for his expertise on foreign affairs which, of course, makes him the perfect person to pontificate about international diplomacy on the ABC.
The ageing rocker told Q&A on Monday that Australia’s feud with China could have been avoided if Prime Minister Scott Morrison had been more culturally sensitive.
Well sure. And England’s feud with Germany could have been avoided if Neville Chamberlain had spoken in softer tones to the Fuhrer.
Jimmy Barnes didn’t mention the ‘cultural sensitivity’ displayed by China when, having realised coronavirus had escaped (or was it released) from a wet market (or was it a lab) they shut down domestic travel but continued to export the virus overseas.
He ignored the ‘culturally sensitivity’ on show when China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Lijian Zhao, accused the US army of seeding the virus in China.
And he failed to mention the ‘cultural sensitivity’ demonstrated by China spreading fake photographs depicting an Australian solider beheading an Afghan child.
None of that was relevant. It was Scott Morrison who needed a lesson in manners.
Jimmy ‘The Last Plane Out Of Wuhan’ Barnes said the PM’s call for an inquiry into the origins of the Chinese Flu, which spread from China to the world, had needlessly upset the Chinese.
‘What tumultuous times they are in which we live? Not so long ago In Australia it was a criminal offence to engage in homosexual sex. But if a proposed bill in Victoria regarding ‘conversion therapy’ is passed it will be a crime just to offer prayer for someone who practices it.
The once well-regarded Amnesty International has presented the following infographic. Look at the last frame:
Make no mistake, as is evidenced from the cartoon strip above, this campaign is especially targeting Christian churches. Martyn Iles, the managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, wrote the following on social media:
Note the theme — Christianity is harmful. Christian teaching, Christian communities, and Christian expression must be criminal.
Premier Daniel Andrews’ statement …was clear that the “ideology behind” “conversion practices” must be targeted.
Given that “conversion practices” apparently include prayer, scripture reading, teaching abstinence, and the idea of “change” among other things… I guess that means Christianity…
Amnesty International has effectively declared war on all people of faith. Remember the vote against the same-sex marriage plebiscite in some heavily Muslim electorates? This isn’t about love—let alone ‘tolerance’—but a complete capitulation to their own ideology.
I heard a preacher say in the mid-’90s that Christians in this country would be sent to goal in his lifetime, and it would be over the issue of homosexuality and perceived discrimination.
Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd have NO shame. They were worse than the worse as PM’s of Australia and are way past their due date but they still have the audacity to show their faces on television. However, the Leftist/Marxist ABC must promote the two for otherwise they wouldn’t have a sounding board for their climate scam Marxist views. Therefore, ‘At a time of record levels of government spending and intrusion, it is perhaps timely to consider the words of Ludwig von Mises:
The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.
And speaking of bad governments and evil, this morning on ABC Insiders, former prime ministers Turnbull and Rudd where the guests of honour.
These are two very special men. Very special. In different times, their inability to see their reflections in a mirror might be considered a sign of vampirism. Both men are certain that the failures of their governments and their ultimate removals have apparently nothing to do with their unusual combination of administrative incompetence and political narcissism. Apparently, their failures were all a result of the evil Murdoch Empire.
Their performance on Insiders this morning was a sight to behold. Turnbull beautifully verballed David Speers, suggesting that Speers left Sky News to get away from News Corp. Turnbull even suggested that The Guardian Australian is unequivocally a small l liberal publication and bringing it to Australia was one of the best things he did.
Rudd continued to advocate for his Royal Commission into the “Murdoch media“ and, of course, Turnbull supported Rudd. Irrelevant is the fact that the total operating costs of News in Australia would almost certainly be less than $200 million per annum compared to the $1 billion the ABC spends and there is no proposal to investigate the ABC.
Their proposed solutions by the way? Crickets.
Well, here’s my solution. Both are exceptionally wealth men. Exceptionally. Let them pool their non-insignificant capital and start their own media enterprise. Between them, they could easily put together $100 million in seed funding. Rudd can write the gossip column. Turnbull the business pages. And Turnbull’s son, he can be the editor in chief.
Don’t like the News Corp product, sell your own. But that would require courage, skin in the game and managerial effectiveness and the very fact that they sit whining on the ABC suggests a lack thereof.
The opening to this piece was a quote from Ludwig von Mises. An equally valuable bookend are the words of Thomas Sowell:
What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people-like themselves-need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.
Two of Australia’s worse and very Leftist leaning Prime Ministers got together on the Leftist/Marxist government sponsored One billion dollars per year ABC’s Leftist China loving Insiders program to condemn Rupert Murdoch and clamor on about make believe catastrophic climate change.
These two climate scammers never liked President Trump and now with him perhaps out of the way they are hoping sleepy Joe will come to their aid in the push for more climate change rules and regulations for the poor saps here in Australia. I didn’t watch the spectacle but according to the Leftist Marxist Guardian’s New Daily ‘Towards the end of Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd’s joint interview on the ABC’s Insiders on Sunday, host David Speers gave voice to the thought that was on the lips of every viewer watching from home.
“Years ago, I would have doubted there would be so much agreement between the two of you,” the veteran broadcaster said with a smile, the smiling visages of the former prime ministers towering over him from two giant televisions.
“So would we,” Mr Rudd replied.
It capped an extraordinary interview and the latest chapter in an unlikely budding bromance from the two former rivals, who have teamed up in their post-politics careers to take on the white whales they couldn’t vanquish even from the highest office in the land.
Namely, climate change and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
“We had agreed on an emissions trading scheme once upon a time,” Mr Turnbull reminded the Insiders host at the end of their wide-ranging chat.
It’s not difficult to see the most recent ex-PM still carries grudges over his unceremonious booting from The Lodge in August 2018, replaced by Scott Morrison after a toxic partyroom brawl over energy policy.
Mr Rudd also lost his prime ministership in 2010, in no small part due to his controversial dumping of a carbon reduction scheme and the ensuing popularity hit.
Both have blamed the “Murdoch media” for waging campaigns against their leaderships, and in the years since they left Parliament, both have fired shots back and kept spruiking their thoughts on strong climate action.
The pair are not exactly good friends – indeed, Mr Rudd was famously enraged when then-PM Turnbull blocked his bid to run for United Nations secretary-general in 2016 – but have backed common purposes in recent times.
So it was perhaps a programming coup to get Australia’s angry grandpas on TV together on Sunday in the wake of the US election being handed to Joe Biden just hours earlier, to have them continue their unlikely alliance in front of a national audience.
On the agenda? Climate, News Corp and, of course, Donald Trump.
Rupert Murdoch was mentioned no fewer than a dozen times in the Insiders interview.
“Trump has lost. Murdoch’s man in the White House has been defeated,” Mr Turnbull said.
Mr Rudd called out “Murdoch bullies” for haranguing Mr Turnbull, calling the media proprietor “a cancer on our democracy”.
“Malcolm and I disagree on a multitude of things, but Murdoch’s treatment of Malcolm Turnbull in 2018, directly interfering into the internal politics of the Liberal Party, to do what he could through his editors to bring about a leadership change to Morrison or Dutton at the time, is a disgrace,” Mr Rudd said.
“Murdoch has engendered a culture of fear in Australia about this discussion because he goes after people individually who raise this question. Including myself, including Malcolm and others,” he complained.
On the hot-button topic of climate, the pair said they hoped Mr Biden would usher in a new era of global environmental action and co-operation.
Mr Turnbull couldn’t resist taking a stab at Mr Morrison’s plans for a ‘gas-led recovery’ – a plan he called “BS” and “piffle” – and loudly calling for stronger commitments.
“This is the time to pivot, otherwise [Morrison] is going to look out on the extreme with Saudi Arabia, as some kind of a carbon economy,” Mr Turnbull quipped.
“Really, we can do so much better than that, and now is the time for Scott to move.”
Mr Rudd claimed the government’s policies amounted to a plan to “hide in the shadows”, and called on Mr Morrison to “swallow your political pride and get real” on a net-zero target.
But stinging words were also reserved for the vanquished Mr Trump.
Mr Rudd said the President should “put on his big boy pants” and “act like a grown-up” after his loss.
Mr Turnbull, famously the target of Mr Trump’s ire in a 2016 phone call over refugee policy, said the change was “a good thing for everybody”.
“It’s a relief to have a return to normal transmission, to have an administration that is going to be consistent, that isn’t going to be making decisions by wild tweets in the early hours of the morning,” he said.
“That isn’t going to be walking out of global treaties and alliances, discombobulating friends and foes alike.”
There are voices that have an appeal and there are voices that grate on you so much that you would love to…
Well, anyway, Australia’s leader of the Opposition, Albo as he is called, is one of those you or at least I would like to…when I hear his voice; no matter what he says. Now having said that I also do not agree with Albo on almost anything he says but putting all that aside, ‘Having failed miserably to assert himself in any meaningful way in domestic affairs, the would-be prime minister who is preferred by just 26% of voters, decided it was time to insert himself into the presidential election.
“Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has linked the planned plebiscite on same-sex marriage to the Orlando massacre and the murder of British MP Jo Cox, suggesting the campaign could ‘give haters the chance to come out from under the rock’.”
Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is a man who takes responsibility to a whole new level. Sure there are the photo opts like all Prime Ministers before him but he also gets down to where the rubber meets the road. Thank you Prime Minister!