“Sincerity is the key to success. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”
“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”
“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”
George Bernard Shaw
“I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.”
“Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either.”
“Imbroglio ~ confusing and complicated situation.”
“I stand, despite all logic or reason, in a political imbroglio with the Senate. I’m accused of bookending myself with insincerity, cynicism, ignorance, stigma and even illiteracy – what an indictment on an education minister. Yes, I’m verrrry interesting – but stupid.”
“Verrrry interesting – but stupid.”
~ Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
Link to related article from The Age, 15 May 2014:
Schools fear for future as Gonski axed [Budget 2014-15]
The federal government has rejected the final two years of the so-called Gonski agreement, in which the majority of extra funds were set to flow.
… the Australian Education Union said the federal budget would ”entrench disadvantage” and hurt schools across Australia.
1 April 2013 – coincidentally April Fools’ Day
If you are suffering from insomnia – here’s a sure-fire cure – just read this post:
I’m dreaming of an early election
just like the ones I used to know
Where the Liberals glisten and voters listen
to hear good news on election night
I’m dreaming of an early election
with every press release I write
May your days be merry and bright
and may all your preferences be right
Repeated ad nauseam – with no accompaniment – that might come later
Still awake? This should do the trick:
Christopher Pyne joins Insiders – Manager of Opposition business in the House Christopher Pyne discusses Labor’s spill and the likelihood of an early election.
You really are a hard case aren’t you! Well, read this news.com.au piece and you will be off to nod-nod-land on no time:
Negotiations with key independents are ”making progress” to secure support for a no-confidence motion in the Federal Government, Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne says.
Mr Pyne says he has talked with crossbench MPs since the Opposition announced a motion of no-confidence had been placed on Parliament’s notice paper.
”I am confident that we are making progress, but that remains to be seen when the debate is held and the motion is put,” he told reporters in Adelaide today.
Mr Pyne said at least one crossbench MP had indicated that budget week would not be an appropriate time for such a debate, effectively pushing it into the following week.
”We want to maximise our chances of bringing the government to an election and that means we’ll listen very closely to the crossbenchers and what they want,” he said.
Independent MP Tony Windsor said Mr Pyne had not spoken with him about the no-confidence motion.
”He hasn’t raised it with me,” Mr Windsor told AAP.
”They will be trying to milk it for the next five to six weeks to try to create some pressure in the electorate, but that sort of stuff doesn’t have an impact on me.”
Mr Windsor said he was happy to listen to ”legitimate argument” on the matter.
Another crossbencher, Craig Thomson, said he would be meeting with other independents in coming weeks.
”But at this point I am not inclined to support the motion because I believe Tony Abbott would be bad for the central coast and for Australia,” Mr Thomson told AAP.
28 November 2012
Let’s get this legislation through before the end of the year. A great way to end 2012, with me taking the high moral ground on education. Imagine that – me – moral! Suits me, don’t you think?
No-one would possibly disagree with Gonski’s proposal that federal and state governments should collaborate to fund schools according to their needs – not even Abbott or Pyne. They wouldn’t dare. Everyone would agree that education reform, with better and more equitable funding, is worthwhile. The states can’t disagree – it’s the Gonski way or no way. They know that.
Sure! This bill has glaring shortcomings – it’s wafer thin, has no substance and is legislation that doesn’t legislate. There are no funds allocated, no new agency, no new requirements or regulations.
But we’re going to get away with it!
We’re even going to take another audacious step and call it “the most important bill of 2012″. What genius thought of that? Me!
I don’t even know how it will be funded, if it ever will be. We’ll just say that it will depend on negotiations with the states as they proceed. That’s our tactic to avoid the nitty gritty – not that there is any nitty gritty.
This is political perfection. Big promises, no-strings-attached-funding and huge electoral appeal.
Thanks to Tony Abbott, God bless his soul, his ‘Dr No’ image has played right into our hands. If the Coalition-led states try to block Gonski, they are seen to be negative naysayers, just like him. He has already tainted his and other coalitions, and they are in damage-control mode.
And even better – if they agree – they are seen as disowning him. Tony hates it when anyone agrees with us.
It’s win-win for us, lose-lose for them.
Now Peter, take this copy home and study it. It won’t take long. Get out there tomorrow strut your stuff.
Before you go, could you please sing a few bars of Power and the Passion?
Who is the queen of opportunism standing on high moral ground? Me!
Imagine that – me – Queen Julia! Suits me don’t you think?