Saturday, August 21, 2010

The people have spoken, and they say in one voice "GO FUCK YOURSELVES!"

This has been the perfect result to a fucked up election. We got the parliament we, and the major parties, deserved.

I barely watched the election. The ABC did a good job, with Kerry, Leigh Sales and Antony Green, with support from Puny Human #1 and Puny Human #2. When I went out to my local bottlo for a nice red, the poor fucking shopkeeper had Channel Nine on. I wanted to kill the portable TV and then the store clerk to end his suffering. It was so fucking bad I was lucky not to vomit on the carpet!

On the result, you are going to hear a lot of fucking bullshit. I would gladly feed all those offering advice to Walshie, but I fear he may die from over feeding.

Here is how it is:

The 1940-1943 is not a good example of a hung parliament. Firstly we where at war and this was the darkest days of the war. Secondly, the UAP (United Australia Party) was a strange part time organisation on its last legs. The fact it was blighted by Billy Hughes (who had the anti midas touch of turning political parties to shit) did not help. Secondly, the ALP was in one of its split periods. Not by Saint Bob Santamaria, but by loyalist to Jack Lang. Even the fucking backstabbing was better then, the fucks at Sussex St had nothing on these boys.

The UAP - Country party coalition was not helped by Menzies going to England and sucking Imperial cock to try and become the English Prime Minister.

Menzies government fell and Curtain formed government when 2 independents swapped sides. And lets be truthful here, John Curtin is our greatest Prime Minister (with Gough a close second).

Do we have a leader on either side of the house even close to the calibre of Curtin? No we do not. Both leaders we have now can not even stair down their back room bosses, let alone a Winston Churchill with a bug up his arse.

So what now?

The Governor General asks the ALP if it can form government. Public votes mean crap here, so cock punch anyone who says the person who has the highest votes should form government. The ALP needs to prove to the GG if they have the confidence of the lower house. So it is up to the independents and green members to determine if they are willing to support the ALP. If not, the GG then askes the Liberals if they can gain the confidence of the house.

Remember, from the excellent site regarding the Commonwealth Government

The Constitution is silent on the role of political parties in parliament. It does not make any reference to a government party, an opposition party or minor parties, or to roles like Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. These are conventions that have been adopted to assist the smooth operation of the legislature

So the government can take any shape, as long as the Parliament (which is sovereign) approves. 

Quoting from the Australian Politics website, these conventions are

Executive Government Conventions

Chapter 2 of the Constitution (Sections 61-70) sets out how the Government of Australia shall operate. It makes no mention of the Cabinet, political parties or the Prime Minister:

  • Section 61 states: "The executive power of the Commonwealth is vested in the Queen and is exercisable by the Governor-General as the Queen's representative, and extends to the execution and maintenance of this Constitution, and of the laws of the Commonwealth."
    In practice, it is the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister, which performs this task.

  • Section 62 states: "There shall be a Federal Executive Council to advise the Governor-General in the government of the Commonwealth, and the members of the Council shall be chosen and summoned by the Governor-General and sworn as Executive Councillors, and shall hold office during his pleasure."
    In practice, the Governor-General, acting on the advice of the leader of the majority party in the House of Representatives, summons members of the majority party and swears them in as ministers. The Executive Council operates in accordance with the Constitution, but the Governor-General always acts on the advice of his ministers.

  • Section 64 states: "The Governor-General may appoint officers to administer such departments of State of the Commonwealth as the Governor-General in Council may establish. Such officers shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor-General. They shall be members of the Federal Executive Council, and shall be the Queen's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth."
    In practice, the Prime Minister is the person who leads the party with a majority in the House of Representatives. The ministers are chosen by the Prime Minister who advises the Governor-General of the names and portfolios to be allocated to them.
    It was this section of the Constitution that the Governor-General used to dismiss the Whitlam Government in 1975. This is the only instance in Federal political history of the Governor-General exercising the so-called Reserve Powers in this way.

 So, it would be legal for the GG to say, fuck off, I am doing it my way. And she may do a better job than the fucks that stood in the last election. She could not do worse.

    Friday, August 20, 2010

    Debt is not bad, only bad debtors.

    The one thing that has shitted me (well apart from the leaders, the debates, the inept management from both party's machines, the lack of vision, the inability to do anything without having it focused grouped or polled, of fuck it, everything....) has been the debate on debt.

    Ok kids. The truth. NOT ALL GOVERNMENT DEBT IS BAD!

    Basic economics. Supply and demand.

    If there is too much money in the economy, the value of it goes down. We call this inflation. That is fucking bad, but only if it running high. Low inflation means the economy is growing. Which is why the RBA has a target figure of 2-4% inflation.

    There is to ways to manipulate inflation. One is to increase interest rates. The other is to reduce the amount of money in the economy.

    Which is why the RBA has been willing to press the button on interest rates, even during election campaigns. Why?


    The Liberal fuck heads took fiscal policy (the government budget process) out of the interest game. Because the government can also reduce the supply of money by BORROWING?

    Governments borrow by issuing bonds. This is a good thing, as they are a very secure investment. The bonds are backed by the government, and the last time a Government fucked around with bond repayments (Jack Lang's NSW Govt), the Governor fired his comm's arse!

    By selling federal bonds locally, a government can reduce the money flowing in the economy. It can also use the bond money to fund long term infrastructure which is to risky for private enterprise to do. AND THIS IS WHY FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE IS SO FUCKED! By not raising debt, Costello was not willing to fund the big ticket items the nation needs.

    Now, note, that big government debt is really bad. Hyperinflation, risk of defaulting loans and other such things  does not make a nation stable. I point to the USA on how unstable hyper debt can be.

    We don't have this problem. If anything, we have too much cash sitting around doing nothing. I personally like the idea of the future fund, but I would like governments and private enterprise to tap into it to fund projects. And I expect them to pay back the money in interest. Thats how banks make their money.

    So, as I tweeted, if anyone tells you that Government debt is bad, castrate them. They should never be allowed to breed, or at least screw around on a parliamentary salary. Because they are fucking stupid.

    Saturday, August 14, 2010

    Where is the vision thing?

    The current election is missing its heart and soul.

    No one is willing to tell us how they see Australia beyond the next fucking election cycle.

    So where do you see yourself in 5, 10 or 20 years?

    Labor and Liberals seem to be deathly afraid to tell us where they see Australia in the future, as if they may alienate some voters. Sorry people, as a politician, you do need to alienate people, you can not be all things to everyone. If you are all things to everyone, we also call it the lowest common denominator.

    Julia and Tony, tell us what you fucking think. Do not hide behind opinion polls and focus groups. Take a stand and fucking say "This is where I see Australia going!".

    Otherwise we are going nowhere fast.