Posts Tagged ‘LINO’

The Liberal Party and Principles: FML

June 30, 2009

Janet Albrechtsen writes in today’s Oz:

THERE is nothing more disheartening or dishonourable than a party without principles. In that vein, it is time for the NSW Liberal Party to change its name to something more fitting. The Other Mob will do. Last week, under leader Barry O’Farrell, the party showed it has no commitment to core Liberal Party values.

Not only did it oppose the privatisation of lotteries in NSW, just as it voted against the privatisation of electricity last year. Now it has decided to vote against the publication of school rankings, which has long been part of the Liberal Party platform. It was a weird time to side with the far-left agenda of the Greens and the teachers unions when the Labor Party has finally seen the sense of education reforms long pursued by the federal Liberal Party to empower parents and help students.

O’Farrell has shown that under his leadership, the party’s commitment to Liberal Party values is a sham. As Andrew Clennell reported in The Sydney Morning Herald last week, when Howard was in opposition he supported the sale of the Commonwealth Bank and Qantas because it was part of the Liberal Party’s unwavering economic agenda. But O’Farrell is an altogether different creature, choosing to block the sale of the state’s electricity assets – despite the overwhelming economics – because, as he told new Liberal member Mike Baird, “It’s politics, mate.”

What makes O’Farrell’s move even more incomprehensible is that the election of a Liberal government at thenext state election is almost assured, given the disarray and incompetence of the NSW Labor government. But if O’Farrell is so cocky about winning that he is ready to abandon core Liberal Party principles, then he and his Other Mob do not deserve government.

Can any reader here find even 5 believers in, well, fundamental Liberal principles, in the Parliamentary wing of the NSW Liberal Party?

And in other cheery news, I learn on Pimpin’ for Freedom that the Liberal Party – which according to the party platform at least – is meant to be the party of states rights and federalism because, you know, decentralisation is kinda fundamental to conservative ideology,  is calling for a Federal takeover of the health system. Despite having spent it’s entire history fighting this very very policy. I’m sure Menzies is turning in his grave.

Oh – and – hahaha, get this – Turnbull also “indicated the Coalition would support an amended ETS when parliament returned from the winter recess in August“. The ETS – purely and simply – is an energy tax that will hurt all Australians. It will destroy jobs, destroy industry, and destroy lives. Itwill do nothing to address climate change, and is quite probably the most damaging piece of legislation we have seen in the last 30 years: certainly nothing under Hawke/Keating was this disasterous. And it looks like the Liberals will support it. Yay for the Liberals.

Seriously, FML.

Just when I was Beginning to Have Faith in the Federal Libs… This!!!

February 16, 2009

Just when my faith in the Liberal Party was restored, just when the Party took a stand for sound economic principles, just when we remember the core free market principles that made Australia great, just when we did what was right  and not just what was populist, the following press release by Chris Pearce, Shadow Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law, crossed my desk:

“Kevin Rudd says he is opposed to neo-liberal free market approaches.

“Kevin Rudd implies he wants to add masses of regulation and red tape to control the market.

“Yet he can’t even set maximum ATM fees.  What a disgrace,” said Chris Pearce.

“Banks will be able to charge whatever they like for Australians to use their ATMs.  What’s the Government going to do to stop the rip off?  Australians are sick and tired of huge fees in their monthly statements.

“The Prime Minister pretends he can do nothing and sits on his hands instead of supplying proper guidance for what banks can and cannot charge.

“Kevin Rudd should focus on the plight of Australian mums and dads and provide guidance to create a level playing field for all banking players.

“This will introduce a level of certainty into the market place.

Words fail me. Chris Peace is actually calling on Rudd to attack the free market more. A Liberal MP – a Shadow Minister at that  – thinks Kevin Rudd isn’t taking us down the road to serfdom fast enough: “Banks will be able to charge whatever they like for Australians to use their ATMs” How dare they! How dare a private institution choose what to charge people for its services! And there was I – silly me – thinking that the Liberals supported free enterprise.

Seriously, who on earth preselects  these people?????

Not only is this bad policy, which, if enacted, would ultimately drive up bank fees and hurt consumers in the long run (and is particularly disastrous in the current economic climate), it runs completely contrary to everything we as the Liberal Party believe in. This is a disgrace, pure and simple. Whether Chris Pearce is stupid enough to believe the drivel in this release, or is just engaging in political prostitution is moot. It is a utterly reprehensible.

It is this kind of grubby populism that shall pave the way to nothing more than a landslide election defeat.

What Party is Senator Gary Humphries a Member of?

February 16, 2009
I read the following note on Facebook from Senator Gary Humphries, Liberal Senator from the ACT:

Over the weekend, Finance Minister, Lindsay Tanner said that the Government has a plan back to surplus that does not involve tax cuts in the medium term.

ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries said that “the only way that I see that the government can make the necessary repayments is to slash the public service and to heavily reduce departmental spending.

“With the resurrection of the Razor Gang, it now seems like a foregone conclusion that there will be massive slashes to the public service.

“With the Nation’s credit card set to reach $200 billion in debt, there will need to be substantial cuts to repay such a massive debt.

“I will be calling on other Federal Representatives of the Canberra Community over the coming days to join with me in a united opposition to further cuts to the public service.

“At a time of crisis, it makes little sense to be culling your best troops.

“I more than just call on the Government – I beg the Government to hold back on making more cuts to the public service” Senator Humphries concluded.

Yes I know he’s said similar things before, but really now.
I suspect what the ACT needs is not only a public servant razor gang, but a Liberal preselection one too… In fact, I more than just call on Liberal preselectors – I beg Liberal preselectors to hold back on making more cuts to Liberal ideology by re-selecting this man.