2011 will be a battle for poll position!

2011 will be a battle for poll position!


Stop for a moment and consider your weekly participation in online polls.   Do they give you a better understanding of the  impact  they may have on our  political decision-making process?  Annabel Crabb the ABC’s Online chief political writer, hit the nail on the head this week when she wrote – My name is Annabel. I’m a pollaholic. “And what could be more democratic than acquainting oneself regularly with the tabulated views of the community at large?” We participate in these polls out of curiosity and await the results in the hope that we remain in tune with our values and perceptions. Politicians react immediately when the general public judge them (and their perceptions) as deceitful or, these days, as being “out of touch with the electorate”.

Alas – the decision making process for 2011 and beyond.

Such is the impact of our brave new world – a classic example voters back Julia Gillard’s flood levy where the first federal Newspoll for 2011 revealed that 55 per cent of Australians support the new tax. Just as interesting are the 73 per cent of Labor voters in favour and the 62 per cent of Coalition supporters who are against it. The major problem with the Gillard/Swan levy is that already, so many have donated.  So it’s a double–dip, especially when it came to light that  Taxpayers foot the bill for Queensland’s incompetence.


When questioned about Anna Bligh’s failure to take out an insurance policy against natural disasters (which every other state and territory within Australia does)  Julia Gillard said Queensland’s lack of insurance for its assets was “a matter for Queensland”. DOH! Julia, if that is the case, why then impose a national levy for government incompetence? If the rest of Australia has to bail out the government, then Anna Bligh should resign on the grounds of total incompetence.

Obviously Julia Gillard is listening intently on her i Pod  to “Julie Julie Julie – do you love me” and those wretched polls are as appealling as her dulcet  tone.  No doubt Julia was glued to the ABC this week when Four Corners ran The Real Julia. “Tonight we’re going to focus on the leadership of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, with the year’s first poll reminding us again that Labor and its leader are struggling”. Q&A followed, with playwright David Williamson commenting “Well, she’s acting very badly. That’s all I’m saying. I said that what she comes across as is a headmistress talking to a very, very dull class.” Julia must have been listening intently because the next day when Parliament resumed tears flow as Julia gets real.The online blogs went off “no she didn’t, I just watched it. Dry tears and fake crying, it was pathetic!”

School building data will soon be known where the suggested $2.600 billion of taxpayer–funded waste would have removed the need for a temporary flood levy. Throw in the $2.500 billion lost on the doomed Home Insulation debacle and we have $5.000 billion down the gurgler. Looks like Fort Fumble is about to get a name change with the announcement no more bungles, the PM insists – enter Fort Bungle. KRudd/Gillard Labor will go down as in Australian history as the government that spent the most, borrowed the most and then back flipped on the greatest number of policies. Even Julia doesn’t trust herself with public money so in the hope of circumventing  further bungles Prime Minister Julia Gillard asks Liberal John Fahey to scrutinise natural disaster recovery spending.

Taxpayers lead the world in funding Labor broadband bill as our imposed NBN report: one – tenth the speed at 24 times the price. Not sure what you think: I would prefer to see Australia spend the $36 billion on building the world’s best hospitals  instead of  very average broadband network.

Our property markets have started the 2011 year slow and steady. Buyers and sellers test the breeze – buyers hope that  prices will drop and vendors hope that  the Mosman market will increase by ten per cent!   Whilst our markets appear somewhat polarised by the incompetent governments of the day, it will be interesting to watch the change in sentiment when Fort Crumble’s Premier “Bambi” Keneally is rolled in next month’s election.

Our blackouts are third world combined with lies, damned lies and electricity policy given we have a Keneally imposed new crisis in NSW housing. In 2000 – 01, Sydney produced 7,731 housing lots at an average cost of $263 per square metre. In 2007 – 08 the number of housing lots had dropped to just 1,723 – 22 per cent of the 2000 – 01 levels – at an average price of $483 per square metre. Up almost 100 per cent. The Planning Minister then was Kristina Keneally who held that portfolio for three years.

If our broadband is that sick, then why was the 11th and 12th of December 2010 the highest recorded online shopping day in Australia’s history. I bet Anna Bligh has home insurance, so why did she not insure Queensland against catastrophes?  Julia Gillard appoints a Liberal to administer the flood/cyclone rebuilding simply because nobody in her cabinet has the ability to be manage it responsibly.

In the real business world a CEO resigns or is sacked when a business model goes belly–up. When will  politicians  adopt this ethic?  Cyclone Larry cost Australia $500 million.  Kristina Keneally blew that with the CBD Metro debacle.

Cheers ^__^

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3 Responses to “2011 will be a battle for poll position!”

  • Jolyon Bone says:

    If indeed the National Broadband Network offered “one-tenth the speed at 24 times the price” as the particularly sloppy bit of reporting by Clancy Yeates in the SMH yesterday suggested (comparing Autralia with Korea), I, too, would be lining up to argue for the money to be spent on hospitals.

    However, all is not as it seems. If you really want to find out what the Economist Intelligence Unit had to say, download a free executive summary from http://www.eiu.com (or the full report for only US$2,950!).

    The “24 times the price” is a reflection of the public funding portion (in Korea only $1 billion is publicly funded (the balance of $26 billion being from private enterprise) – oooh, look, that makes the total Korean cost $27 Billion or about the same as Australia’s. How on earth did that bit of arithmetic slip past Clancy Yeates?

    As for the speed, Korea’s is quoted as 1000Mbps while Australia’s is quoted at 100Mbps (hence the “one-tenth the speed”). But NBN Co MD Mike Quigley revealed last August that the Australian NBN will be capable of 1000Mbps.

    Where was Clancy Yeates when that statement was made?

    It is true that the EIU is peculiarly favourably disposed to private finance of such ventures, but that doe not call for the SMH wind up – nor for its inaccurate headline to be given more airtime.

  • Robbie Mac says:

    Jolyon Bone – you make a valid point about the SMH article – both the journo, and the subbie who did the heading, did very good impressions of tabloid artists. Disappointing, but sadly a recurring trend for SMH of late. Let’s hope the new editor can rein that back and lead us to a better quality of journalism.

    Annoying too, as such poor journalism distracts us from the real issues. For all the merits of the nation building nature of NBN, there are still many unanswered questions, and with the price tag of the project, questions we as tax payers have a right to have answered. What are they afraid of? Can’t be commercial-in-confidence, as it’s public money for a public project, so why so coy? I like the NBN as a concept, but the lack of transparency disturbs me…

    Only 43 more sleeps of Crumbling. Will it be soon enough to save our state?

  • Gordon says:

    Robbie asks “Will it be soon enough to save our state?” How long did it take Hercules to clean out the Augean stables? Given that BOF is no Hercules, it may be a fairly long recovery. At least the rot will have been stopped, even if the ship of state takes a while to restore.

    And Jolyon makes good points about NBN. We have not been well served with past communications policy and practice. Our average fixedline download speed ranks 96th in the world, and our wireless speed ranks 43rd. But we do rate highly on one other measure – our average access charges are the fifth highest.

    The pace of change over about the last 20 years shows us very clearly what we shall need in future, and NBN is currently the only known way of meeting that need, tabloid shock/horror notwithstanding.

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