Already at the back of the discount rack

Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull’s memoirs are already on sale less than a week after the hyped launch. Retailer Big W has cut the price from $55 to $29. Booktopia has cut prices too. And Dymocks. And QBD Books. And Amazon.

If Turnbull wanted to leave a legacy of a true statesman he honestly believes he is, he wouldn’t have resorted to documenting slanderous affairs between Tony Abbott and his senior staffer Peta Credlin or accused so many of his supposed close confidants of treachery that ultimately led to his downfall. Had he truly carried all of the hallmarks of the leader he aspired to be and trumpeted he was, the party would have united behind him and the inner factions would have displayed unwavering loyalty. Period. The fact that they didn’t is a reflection on him, not them.

Sadly it was all about Malcolm.

It was no longer called the Coalition which was founded in 1923. He rebranded it the ‘The Turnbull Coalition Team‘.

He was the only conservative party leader we can think of in any country who avoided conservative media platforms like the plague. Instead, he bathed in the adoration of the left-wing mainstream press including The Guardian and ABC where he got overwhelmingly favourable coverage.

A true leader should have been able to comfortably dismantle the flawed arguments held by lunatic ‘Murdoch’ media stooges to their faces and in the process defined the desirable qualities of strength and character to the public. He didn’t. Instead, Turnbull just blamed them for being mean to him.

The CEO of any business knows the top job carries awesome responsibilities before taking it on but are also aware that leadership defines them, especially during crises. Turnbull’s leadership style defined him. Dumped by his party twice for not showing it.

Turnbull lacked judgement. He signed a refugee deal with Obama, weeks before Trump was due to take office. Hardly a great way to start a relationship with an incoming president, made worse by making no preparation for his possible victory complicated by the need to call on former Aussie golf professional Greg Norman to get Trump’s number.

His defining legacy will perhaps turn out to be one of the biggest white elephants in Australian history – the now $250 billion submarine contract with the French. His thought bubble on giving income taxing powers from the federal government to the states before quickly walking back those comments. The Snowy Hydro 2.0 joke. Weighing in on the bushfire crisis to score shots on the man that took his job.

Turnbull had the assistance of his progeny to abuse his enemies on Twitter. FNF Media was even blocked by his son Alex, which we wear as a badge of honour.

In the success camp, Turnbull secured exemptions from US steel tariffs. He can also lay claim to the introduction of same-sex marriage legislation.  And saying no to the UNHCR which wanted to conduct a special investigation of Israel.

In closing, Turnbull’s TV interview on ABC’s 730 Report this week only added proof to why he no longer occupies The Lodge.

Melbourne Antifa claims they are victims of Andrew Bolt’s thuggery


How deranged does Melbourne Antifa have to be to use the failed attack on Andrew Bolt as an excuse to launch a victimhood claim against him? To be honest their predictability was never in doubt. Apart from the woeful following of Melbourne Antifa’s Facebook page (97)…

IMG_0169.PNG…the comments section of their post revealed their own kind refrained from the comments section after others decided to tell them how Bolt rightly acted in self defense.


To even entertain a claim of violence when indeed it was your ‘family’ that started the whole thing makes me think that with such intelligence the three perpetrators should lodge the claim at North Melbourne Police station and see how far they get.

4 things that struck me including lightning that attacked the wrong Bolt


4 things struck me this week about the depths we are allowing our society to plunge to. Reading much of the social media feeds it seems more people are prepared to defend the indefensible. That people are happy for the state to put forward bills that take away more freedoms, some who complain at the correct application of asylum policy and some willing to resort to physical violence on those who merely express free speech because they can’t win the debate in the marketplace for open debate.

1) All week we have been subject to the news in the aftermath of the London terror attack. If anything the tide seems to be shifting toward those that are wanting a more heavy handed response. The argument that the majority are peaceful Muslims is a reason to go soft on the violent minority is preposterous. Yet politicians including Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten, think words like “Islamic” are mutually exclusive alongside “extremist” or “terrorist.”

Whether one wants to debate the Quran verse for verse to justify separating these words is irrelevant. When such people scream in crazed tones about “Allah” as they carry out their evil deeds their interpretation is crystal clear. Some truly think that we win acceptance from those supporting caliphates by denying our own identity. Why give up on our culture for those beings who have no interests in enjoying the freedoms we provide much less reciprocating our kindness? Moreover the fate of most jihadists is generally so short they aren’t around long enough to benefit from our weakness.

It’s getting ever more ridiculous too. Countries  like Canada passed M-103 to ban Islamophobia forgoing every opportunity to include other religions by name. Germany now fines people who express concerns on social media over such Islamic extremism. Who could forget the cover up on rapes and sexual assault in Cologne on New Years Eve in 2016? Instead of taking a zero tolerance approach to the problem, honest citizens are gagged and threatened for raising a concerned voice because it is politically more acceptable.

I’ve just been in Victoria where a jihadi, who had terrorist links, murdered someone while on parole the other day. He died in the encounter. Instead of the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews admitting fault for allowing him to roam the streets he turned the shortcomings of his own state’s legal decision making process into a blame game on the federal government for not dictating more powers over such rulings using the intelligence of ASIO and the Australian Federal Police. Well he has access to all that information and cooperation from these bodies yet still decided to let a jihadi out in general population. For a Premier that relishes government control over almost everything, how ironic that he tries to pass the buck when it is about subjects that may offend his voter base. Lame.

2) Ontario – how can people sit there and accept a law which allows the government to take children away from parents who refuse to accept their child’s gender identity or expression? Perhaps the parents should be tortured for good measure? If any parent was confronted with such a discussion with their kids most would be very concerned and want to be absolutely sure of the reasons behind such a decision. My kids have changes of mind over what they want for dinner. If dealing with sexual identity or expression most parents would naturally want to investigate the facts of why their child would seek to switch genders. It’s not just common sense but hard on parents too. It’s a serious topic. If we’re going to allow children to be able to overrule their parents on such decisions about their body, why not let them vote or drive at age 9? This is not saying they don’t have a voice. Why not suggest family counseling to help parents and children better understand the situation rather than threaten to snatch their kids for non compliance? Totalitarianism anyone?

Don’t forget that no matter what, parents are legally responsible for their kids. They have the stresses when they are sick, when they break bones in a park, come home late without phoning in, not to mention putting them thru schools, pay down a mortgage and so on. I wonder how many of the Ontario lawmakers are parents themselves?

3) I attended a speech given by the Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton earlier this week. Get Up had decided in its infinite wisdom to protest and try to prevent the forum. Instead of allowing others to express different views they wanted to shut it down in fine totalitarian fashion. Dutton gets a lot of rough treatment in the press although he is one of the few conservatives left in the Liberal Party. It’s a tough portfolio because opinions are so divided. His department cancelling the visas of seven Iranians who claimed asylum on grounds their lives were in danger only to be caught flying back to Iran for holidays. Not only did they deliberately lie to the government authorities and Aussie taxpayers they schemed our highly valued citizenship inappropriately. It doesn’t matter what race or ethnicity applicants are, we shouldn’t tolerate those scamming the system. We still have 5,000 asylum seekers who refuse to give up their identity or background. They have a deadline this year to do that but most are still refusing. What do they have to hide? Surely they’ve come here as a safe haven and if they’re truly escaping danger their stories should check out. Otherwise one has to assume they’re here illegitimately. Is this the image of a future model citizen? Is citizenship to be given away like confetti or is it a privilege worth cherishing? Yet all we hear is racist, bigot or worse if we raise any objection, sometimes with violent repercussions. The government has fast tracked the visas of 700 Yazidi women who have seen the males in their households murdered in front of them while they’ve been raped and made sex slaves by their medieval ISIS captors. Women from the Dept of Immigration have volunteered to go to these hot zones to accelerate their evacuation. So for all the flak Dutton cops, where are the feminists and progressives applauding such humanitarianism? They only want to focus on the gripes, red tape and protests to hinder the department’s efficiency to process the needy versus the selfish.

4) Which brings up the final strike. Conservative news columnist and TV presenter Andrew Bolt was physically attacked by leftist protesters yesterday for no other reason than to shut him down. Not only did he admirably defend himself in the unprovoked attack several media outlooks tried to turn it against him, suggesting he was a party to it. I’m sorry but what a slur. First, they were protesting his long held beliefs. I can guarantee you wouldn’t find Andrew Bolt initiating violence much less plotting to attend and disrupt a book signing event of a Marxist author. One he fervently believes in  free speech and secondly wouldn’t waste his time going out of his way to attend it. If these bullies of free speech can’t win an argument in the market place of open debate one has to assume their position is fatally weak to begin with. Having to ambush and spray glitter at a person who has completely fair and defendable positions is frankly pathetic. I dare them to ask to go on his show and debate their positions vs his. They would be forced to turn the glitter gun on themselves to hide their embarrassment one would imagine.

Be thankful we have people like Andrew Bolt not afraid to stand up for their beliefs. That stunt yesterday only makes Andrew Bolt look more right. At the same time all they’ve really done is kick an own goal by drawing even more attention to his number one rated blog, editorials, TV and radio programmess while they’ve attracted the attention of the North Melbourne Police.

Sorry President Trump but you’re dead wrong. It was not the worst call. It was actually the best for Australians


Is anyone really surprised at the outcome of the Trump-Turnbull call? It might have been better handled with a quick email by the sounds of things, assuming of course you believe WaPo’s synopsis. Of course the President was going to take umbrage at the deal to take in refugees from Australia made with Obama. One would have thought two former ‘captains of industry’ might be able to grasp the ‘art of the deal’ but who can blame Trump for having none of it given his clear intention to put “America First!”. However I must protest at the President calling it the worst call. For him maybe but for Australians who have had to deal with 16 months of total inaction with Turnbull at the helm the LNP has indeed made a far worse one by hanging up prematurely on Abbott. Perhaps Tony Abbott was not everyone’s cup of tea but he was no slouch in getting things done, even unpopular decisions. Sure he made some mistakes but he was always well intentioned. Isn’t that a welcome change to most politicians today (Turnbull included) whose main objective in life is to remain in power and will compromise anything to retain it.  Why would a voting public wish to trade a doer for an appeaser? The LNP is still in denial. So weakened are they that the response to Abbott’s speech to young Liberals was next to non-existent.Yet instead of waking up and restoring the one person who could reunite the party they mull the idea of maybe Julie Bishop filling the void, a person a large proportion of LNP voters would regard as the total antithesis of what they want their party to represent.

Let us be honest. Australia has been America’s ally for a long time, especially bonded in blood during WW2. Since then Australia has the enviable record of being the first country to answer America’s call to arms since. Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan etc. Australia has the same pastry as America although our filling maybe meat vs America’s apple. Is Australia’s stance with America irreparably damaged? Not in any sense. Although perhaps the leader of the free world sees exactly through what the polls are telling Turnbull here. While I hesitate to call One Nation’s Pauline Hanson a Trump, she is the closest we have and the polls reflect that given they are now 10% of the preference. If LNP Senator Cory Bernardi secedes with the Australian Conservatives, Turnbull would have no choice but to resign given the fact he failed to reunite a party he divided but promised he could mend.

Of course Trump’s style of politics is unconventional to say the least. However his popularity is far higher than the mainstream media makes out. In a sense he is just the CEO of 330mn employees who are actually his shareholders. In 4 years they can sack him if they so choose. However like I wrote earlier about small business confidence, the likelihood of massive cuts to regulation has been a call to arms for the little corner shop to see the future, something that had been lacking for almost two decades. Don’t dismiss hard numbers. The polls can be skewed anyway you like but self-regulating small businesses live and die by confidence. That has now been restored. I’ve banged on excessively about how ‘confidence’ has been the one lacking ingredient in global markets that central banks and inept governments have had no solutions. People and businesses invest because they see a cycle, not because interest rates are low.

Full credit to Theresa May. The Brexit vote is yet another signal of ‘confidence’ or lack of same in the EU. Of course the soft option was to remain in the EU. That is the problem with the world today. So many are too fixated on being comfortable. Does leaving the EU pose risks? Yes, but equally more opportunity. They’ll have their own laws and currency and not have to be dictated to by a supranational state. The EU is fighting so many fires, especially this year and the U.K. is not the only state looking to exit – Greece, Italy, The Netherlands and while not likely soon, Germany. It works fine in theory but mixing vastly differently cultures, languages and lifestyles was always going to be an insurmountable hurdle. Now the economy is in the dumps we see the EU for what it is – desperate.

Which brings us back to the question of worst call. Turnbull has dithered for 16 months while Australia’s economic position weakens. Make no mistake, Australia’s economy is heading for the rocks. With 2 of the top 6 most expensive global housing markets with price/income ratios way above anything elsewhere, Turnbull throws out the one liners but agility is something we aren’t. While Turnbull may possess a softspot for Obama, sadly he is no longer President. He needs to deal with the future with a negotiator who has little time for platitudes. Turnbull needs to resign. Sadly his Prime Ministership was all about ego and nothing about wanting to make Australia great again. How embarrassing to be yet again the laughing stock of the free world. Make no mistake, no fewer than 5 of my American friends in Tokyo have alerted me to “who is this Turnbull?”. I get the invisibility thing but at the same time I take that as they have exactly the same wish to make our bonds tight as ever as we actually share far more in common than what the media with its regular rants completely overlook.

So perhaps President Trump, may I say for Australia it might have been the best call. The wake up call to get on board and start doing things that aren’t popular but ultimately for the greater good. Good bye Mr Turnbull….”hello, hello…is there anyone there?”