We have in Austrailia at the moment a stoush between the nation’s two most senior law officers – the elected Attorney General and the Public Sector’s Solicitor General.
George #Brandis, the AG (pictured left), has been accused by John Gleeson, the SG, of bypassing his office in seeking on crucial pieces of legislation.
Even worse, Gleeson says Brandis misled parliament by saying the AG’s office had consulted Gleeson.
They appeared before a Senate Committee last week. That didn’t solve much.
The point is that if what Glesson alleges is true (and I seem to believe him more than Brandis, a politician) it has the potential to undermine our system of government and, the Public Service.
It goes right to the heart of what the Public Servce is about (to provide frank and impartial advice on legislation).
What’s particulatly worrying is that this fight invvolves the nation’s two highest law officers. Not a good look.
As Gabrielle Appleby, Associate Professor, UNSW Law School, UNSW Australia, said: “It is a situation with potentially serious repercussions for government under the rule of law.”
The Trans Pacific Partnership was signed in NZ today by our Trade Minister Andrew Robb (an apt name given what is predicted to happen).
Just one part of this means that international agricultural company Monsanto (they of genetically-modified crops) now is closer to controlling pretty much all world food production.
The laws associated with the agreement say companies do not have to declare if their ingredients are G-M. The negative effects of the TPP are well documented, yet is still got through.
The “Monsanto provision” included in the bill requires that U.S. negotiators fight for rules in trade agreements that eliminate so-called “barriers” to markets, such as the labelling of GMOs. Biotechnology companies consider that such information is unnecessary for the consumers and would have a deterrent effect on their profits. This may cut across countries’ sovreignty in that they will not be able to legislate against possibly harmful organisms.
Fortunately, it still has to be approved by Parliament. Meantime, here’s some info on “the dirtiest deal you’ve never heard of”.
Yep, 61-39 is a close vote in anyone’s maths. For Prime Minister Abbott it signals the backbenchers should not be ignored. Abbott can start by ceasing to listen to his advisers, notably chief of staff Credlin.
What is David Wirrpanda thinking? He’s head of an Aboriginal Youth Foundation and decides to open a Sexpo? Not only that, he’s decided to run for the Senate for the Nationals. Really, none of it fits. He’s not setting a great example for his foundation by opening a sex event. You’ve only got to read his organisation’s charter to see how it’s a conflict. I can’t imagine the Nats would to too pleased, either. Very bad strategy, David. I doubt I’d vote for you if that’s the level of your thinking.
Now here’s some real bullshit. Barnett splashes cash to staff – The West Australian:
Just as WA Premier Colin Barnett announces austerity measures across the public service, right down to stationery, he give political staffers (advisors) hefty pay rises.
In one instance, chief media advisor Dix Marshall jumps $84,00 to $245,000.
As far as I’m aware, all she does is swear at people.
All so hypercritical from someone who really is seen as ‘the emperor”.
Oh yes, what was Dixie’s advice on the media storm that ensued? “Say nothing”. Brilliant advice for $245,000.
New Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was on the television, during the cricket Test against India, yesterday. Nice follow-on from former cricket “tragic” John Howard.
In the interview Rudd remarked all the public servants in Canberra were working during the Christmas break, and that they didn’t need to be “on holiday at Batemans Bay”.
That’s all well and good, considering a new government needs to get things in shape. However, the politicians were on holiday, with Ministers reportedly being unavailable.
Rudd obviously wasn’t at work either.
In my book that’s pretty poor management and the first black mark (well, a grey one) against the government, which should be leading by example. Now, get back to work.
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To quote the song by Chicago (headline). It’s still all too hard for the Liberals to say sorry to the Stolen Generation (in fact, all aborigines). You’d think the Libs would have learned a lesson or ten following their defeat at the polls last Saturday. No, sir. Newly-elected leader Brendon Nelson said he will co-operate with Labor on things he believes are in the interest of the nation, but oppose those that aren’t.So in his first statement he says the Opposition will oppose any apology to the Aborigines. It’s not even worth continuing. Looks like the Libs have much to learn about the Australian people. More blog/s at The PR Lab
Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s continued push for use of so-called “clean coal” is one of the greatest scams pulled on the Australian people. There is no such thing as clean coal. This is a bullshit term to help promote a deadly fuel and prop up an industry that is past it use-by date. The government is simply acting as a lobbyist for the coal industry.