Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

Senator Eric Abetz: why dumping me was a big mistake

*Pic: From the State Liberal Party website …

Eric Abetz hates to see talent wasted. Particularly his own. When he talks about his sacking from federal Cabinet, the arch-conservative Liberal senator from Tasmania makes clear that he can deal with the personal disappointment. It is the loss to the nation that concerns him. “I think there were some capacities from which the government could have benefited,” he says. A tight smile. “But it’s the PM’s call.”

Abetz is lean and bald, with watchful blue eyes and a distinctive way of speaking: the tone is flat and nasal, the enunciation elaborately precise. Aus-tral-ia. Ab-sol-ute-ly. Et-cet-era. When you’re with him in person, this is mildly distracting. When he pops up on television, it can make you want to throw something at the screen. “He’s not a sexy media package,” concedes his friend and former law partner, Roger Curtis. “I don’t notice his voice all that much, but a lot of people say, well, you know …” Curtis makes a sound like a chainsaw.

In 2014, the capital value of Abetz’s vacant former house block was assessed by the Tasmanian Valuer General at just $470,000. John Hawkins, the columnist on the Tasmanian Times website who first drew attention to the land deals, believes an explanation is long overdue. Abetz’s attitude is calmly dismissive. The house block had more road frontage than the bigger block, which enhanced its commercial value, he tells me. The whole thing was entirely above board.

Read the full, wonderful article, Fairfax HERE

• John Hawkins in Comments: Erich’s throwaway line on road frontage as being the key to the increase in value of the house block and the decrease in value of the internal block is complete and absolute rubbish. The adjoining block – also with a house and with virtually the same street frontage to the Channel Highway – sold for a million dollars less than that owned by Uncle Erich, to the same purchaser at the same time. Erich, it was a way to transfer the profit on the ten acres to your home in order to avoid payment of capital gains tax. You know it, I know it, in fact we all know it. The question now is, has the tax man laid off collecting the tax as a result of your former exalted position? If I am wrong sue me and we can investigate the matter in more detail.

SkyNews: Turnbull losing key state support: Newspoll Queensland is emerging as a problem state for Malcolm Turnbull’s government, which is also losing ground in Victoria, Western Australia and NSW as it counts down to the federal election. According to the latest Newspoll published in the Australian, in the battleground state of Queensland, Coalition support has dropped six percentage points in two-party terms since the 2013 election. The coalition has also lost a lot of ground in W- A with support down 5 point 3 on a two-party preferred basis to 53 percent while Labor is up 5 point 3 to 47 percent. It’s the same in Victoria with the coalition down 2 point 8 to 47 percent and again in NSW with coalition down 1 point 6 to 52 percent. While he remains easily preferred as Prime Minister over Bill Shorten, Mr Turnbull has suffered a hit to his satisfaction rating in all states, with voters in his home state of New South Wales the least satisfied and most dissatisfied with his performance.

• Leo Schofield in Comments: … When Gordon died the New Statesman ran one of its famous competitions inviting readers to compose an inscription for his headstone. I still recall the winning entry and am prompted to quote it in connection with the egregious Abetz:

John Gordon through his hate of queers
Bespoke his love of God.
And now of all queer things, my dear,
He lies under his first sod.

JOHN HAWKINS’ original article, first published 2010-09-09 08:01 AM …

Abetz and Channel Highway Land Deals

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20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Studler van Surck

    April 2, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Let’s take up Leo’s idea of suggestions for a suitable epitaph on Eric’s grave.

    Under this slab you’ll look in vain
    For whatever may remain
    Of Eric’s froth and bubble
    He rests much further to the right
    Than any sensible person might
    Amidst the Abbott rubble

    Sure that TT’s regulars can come up with something better.

  2. Chris

    March 28, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Dear Luigi @ 17
    Please post details of your petition on this site, after all there are so many Abetz supporters who will not sign and they should be given the opportunity to do so and at the same time they can view the number of heathens (non Exclusive Brethren believers) who disapprove in a meaningful way with the likes of Eric.
    Perhaps your petition should be labelled VBTL<ASB;.
    (Vote below the line and leave the Abetz square blank)

  3. William Boeder

    March 28, 2016 at 1:35 am

    If a particular State Senator does not serve the interests of the State of Tasmania nor its people, how is it that this same non-effective politico can continue to be a wayward and negative influence upon this State then also upon his ministerial colleagues?
    What are the means available to the electorate to bring such a troublesome vexatious person to account?
    Tasmania can well do without such failing representation by ‘any political office holding person’ who chooses to conduct one’s self in such a reprehensibly determined manner.
    I believe that it is incumbent upon the person receiving the honour of becoming an appointed Senator, that the said person will be requested to honourably serve the people of one’s residential State, before the said person can assume the office of a State Senator.

    Now should said representative Senator conspire against, or in fact fail his/her representative State in Australia, what becomes the result when such an alleged evil bigoted character ‘is found proven’ to be such an irresponsible disingenuous stinker.
    Should that Senator be expelled from office for conducting his appointed office in the alleged delinquent and derelict manner?
    I personally believe this should become a compulsory action undertaken by the appropriate Federal government authority.
    (Perhaps this may rely upon the Federal Attorney General, Senator George Brandis.)
    How is it that such an alleged despotic person without any at all moral conscience can retain one’s State appointed political representational office?
    The State of Tasmania is currently in the most desperate of situations yet there appears to be no suggestion of Federal Liberal government assistance let alone any form of special consideration.
    One must then question the cause of the apparent impasse between a certain Senator that presently exists, as this in itself appears to be preventing the Federal Prime Minister being called upon to aid Tasmania in its time of urgent need.

  4. Luigi

    March 27, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I’m thinking of starting a Change.org petition “Let’s Dump Eric”. I think it’ll go viral.

  5. Rocky

    March 27, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    #14 Leo Schofield, glad to see you haven’t abandoned Tasmania completely!!

  6. William Boeder

    March 27, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    The Western World is now in the most dire of straits because of people such as this conspiring rogue evangelist Erich Abetz.

    I believe he should already be upstairs above the clouds conversing with his inspirational saviour for he has not at any time served any useful human purpose here below.

  7. Leo Schofield

    March 27, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    When I first heard that voice on the radio in my car in conjunction with the name, I thought the announcer identified it as belonging to one Erica Betts. I remarked to a friend who was in the car at the time that it seemed to suggest to a lesbian with a speech impediment. No disrespect to lesbians ,although Erica has plenty of it. For gays too. And atheists, small ‘l’ liberals, tinted persons and numerous other fellow beings who do not subscribe to his world view.

    He seems a particularly sinister person, a view supported by rumours of dirt files on colleagues.

    Back in the 1960’s the right wing Daily Telegraph in London had on staff an extreme right wing journalist called John Gordon who wrote a controversial daily column expressing his racist and homophobic views. Gordon penned a notorious piece on the sexuality of the great British actor Sir John Gielgud who had been fined ten pounds for importuning. Gordon saw the incident as an example of “moral rot” in Britain and suggested such “social lepers” should be completely ignored.

    When Gordon died the New Statesman ran one of its famous competitions inviting readers to compose an inscription for his headstone

    I still recall the winning entry and am prompted to quote it in connection with the egregious Abetz.

    John Gordon through his hate of queers
    Bespoke his love of God.
    And now of all queer things, my dear,
    He lies under his first sod.

    Leo Schofield AM, Sydney

  8. john Hayward

    March 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    The couple million that Eric scored with his land purchase is only a tiny part of a bigger picture in which Tassie hegemon Sarawak is in turn only a provincial part.

    See the big picture tonight on 4 Corners with its story on Malaysia’s kleptostar PM Najib Razak.

    John Hayward

  9. Chris

    March 27, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Well its said by my German Coffee mate, that Eric’s father was his workmate at the HEC and he expressed extreme hatred for unionists and there was only one solution….
    Eric was the selection for Employment Minister by his Mate the failed PM.
    Vork choices are dead, buried and cremated!
    Like Father Like Son?

  10. Jack J

    March 27, 2016 at 2:42 am

    #8 “Why does Eric Abetz’s ideology stink?”

    “So the blind and deaf can hate him too”

  11. John Hawkins

    March 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Erich’s throw away line on road frontage as being the key to the increase in value of the House block and the decrease in value of the internal block is complete and absolute rubbish.

    The adjoining block also with a house and with virtually the same street frontage to the Channel Highway sold for a million dollars less than that owned by Uncle Erich to the same purchaser at the same time.

    Erich it was a scam to transfer the profit on the ten acres to your home in order to avoid payment of capital gains tax.

    You know it, I know it, in fact we all know it.

    The question now is has the tax man laid off collecting the tax due as a result of your former exalted position?

    If I am wrong sue me and we can investigate the matter in more detail.

  12. Elizabeth Viney

    March 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    OMG! ABE.

  13. Luca Vanzino

    March 26, 2016 at 12:34 am

    “Why does Eric Abetz have such a whining, irritating voice?”

    “So that even blind people can hate him!”

    ( No disrespect to blind people is intended)

  14. Bonni Hall

    March 25, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Hell hath no fury ……

  15. Simon Warriner

    March 25, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    be fascinating to see how many liberals vote below the line this election

    ABE.
    Priceless.

  16. john Hayward

    March 25, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Cosmologists hypothesise the entire universe pre the Big Bang was less than the size of an atom.

    From the Cadzow article, Eric’s ego seems to have undergone a similarly stupendous and mysterious expansion.

    John Hayward

  17. Pete Godfrey

    March 25, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Lets see just why dumping Eric Abetz was a bad idea.
    Well he is stuck in the 1950’s for one.
    He is responsible for pushing MIS schemes on Australia for two.
    He is now trying to get Union Bashing made legal, by bringing back Howard Era laws.
    What else has he done that has been good.
    Oops sorry can’t think of anything.

  18. Luigi

    March 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Gosh, I wish I’d written that story. Fact is stranger than fiction.

    I really liked this bit: “THE NEAREST PLANET outside our solar system potentially capable of supporting life is Gliese 581d, some 20 light-years away. During National Science Week in 2009, while the OzCar imbroglio was still making headlines, Abetz was invited to compose a message to be transmitted to the planet from the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. Labor’s science minister, Kim Carr, had written: “Hello from Australia on the planet we call Earth. These messages express our people’s dreams for the future. We want to share those dreams with you.”

    Abetz wrote: “The Coalition dreams that by the time you receive this message in 2029 Australia will be free of Labor debt. Sadly we’re not holding our breath.” “

  19. TV Resident

    March 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    He has a voice like a robot…bloody annoying!!!! Absolutely NO sinserity or animation whatsoever.

  20. Mark Temby

    March 25, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    “He (Eric Abetz) can deal with personal disappointment.” Yep, just like Tony Abbott, Kevin Andrews, etc. They are all dealing with it.

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