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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


NATION: It’s just not cricket …

Is our cricket now as crook as our politics? Do we play to win at any cost? Centre stage this week is Ball Tampering, a post-modern, morality play which features a hapless Cameron Bancroft, a type of everyman anti-hero and innocent abroad, a batsman in a baggy green cap, who is caught putting his hands down the front of his pants, in the third test against South Africa at Capetown’s Newlands cricket ground at the base of Table Mountain.

Howls of anguish erupt across our nation. Anger. Outrage. Our national identity is bound up with the twin myths that not only do we excel at sport; clean-limbed, athletic lads and lasses from the Sparta of the South but, above all, we are good sports, from the land of the Fair Go, whatever our human rights record says about us.

Or The Australia Institute research which shows that the richest 20% have 70 times as much as the poorest 20%.

We also love to think we uniquely obsessed with our sport. Yet, as Fairfax columnist, Waleed Aly, noted at the Sports Writers Festival in Melbourne last year, in the US, for example, 53 per cent of the entire country’s population tuned in to watch the last Super Bowl. Our AFL and NRL grand finals combined don’t get anywhere near that here.

Now we look a mob of cheats and try-hard wannabes. Above all, in our worst national nightmare, we make ourselves look foolish in the eyes of the world. At least thirty cameras are rolling as Australia’s first sandpaper tamper scandal unfolds.

Bancroft, reports Fairfax, Sunday, is exposed on the big screen. Cheating. It’s not a good look by any stretch of the waistband. Cam takes a piece of canary-yellow Bunnings’ sandpaper to chafe the cherry-red ball to make it swing.

Or hasten its replacement; stories vary. In full view of umpires and some of the world’s best photojournalists.

It’s pure “Keystone Cops skulduggery” …

It’s pure “Keystone Cops skulduggery”, former England all-rounder, commentator, Vic Marks, sniggers. The cricketers’ immaturity is equally risible – reflected and reinforced in the media’s infantilising collective, “the boys”.

You can’t man up and cop it sweet if you are a boy. Nor if your MPs give you a bum steer. This is not to suggest that our cricketers are corrupted by poor political role models but there are some worrying crossover symptoms and parallels. And certainly a lack of role models in political life for any young sportsperson to aspire to.

Michaelia Cash’s vile sledging of Bill Shorten’s female office staff meets with no censure whatsoever from her PM. Instead, he defends her baseless rumour and innuendo on the grounds that she was bullied and provoked by Labor Senator Doug Cameron. What was once Question Time is now Sledging Time, where the government uses parliamentary privilege to slander “shifty” Bill Shorten’s supposed lack of integrity.

MPs seldom ‘fess up until caught red-handed – and not always then – as the case of Michaelia Cash’s wilful misleading of parliament about her tipping off the press to her illegal raid of AWU, or Barnaby Joyce’s spirited public bar defence of water rorting and war on greenies; or Peter Dutton’s recent instant two for one phone call instant au pair Visas, a feat of magical realism he has no intention of explaining or being held to account over.

Batsman Cameron says he panicked and he lied about his sandpaper. He’d have been OK as an MP, however, if his PM, desperately needed his support. He could have even argued, like Barnaby Joyce, that evidence, like any mere data, is irrelevant.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has lost half its workforce in less than two years as a result of Barnaby Joyce’s pork barrel decision to move the government department 750 km from Canberra to Armidale, in his New England electorate, to boost his vote. Yet Joyce reckons it’s a huge success.

Reality denial begins at the top. Turnbull, this week, is found to have misled parliament over a job for Vikki Campion, Joyce’s companion, a job set up for her in Matt Canavan’s office, according to a document signed 9 May 2017 by the PM’s Office senior corporate and governance adviser, Alison Green . Denial does the trick, though.

Certainly, there’s been little pursuit of the PM’s prevarication from mainstream media, including our ABC.

Echoes of Matt Canavan blaming his mother.

So who’s to blame Bancroft being caught dack-handed? It’s just a cloth, he says, to polish his Ray-Bans. No? OK, it’s duct tape with grit on the sticky bit. No? OK, it’s LEADERSHIP’S idea. Echoes of Matt Canavan blaming his mother.

Leadership? Our hypocritical PM, Malcolm Turnbull, blunders in to wag his finger, over- eager to be judgemental but utterly lacking in judgement. The nation winces at another hollow moral homily from the tedious old tosser. Doubtless, he’s on to Cambridge Analytica data harvested by a crack team of advisers marshalled by Lucy.

“Our cricketers are role models and cricket is synonymous with fair play. How can our team be engaged in cheating like this? It beggars belief.”

Cricket is not synonymous with fair play, Mr Turnbull. It’s just your spin. Sociologist Ashis Nandy has noted, cricket is “almost unique in providing ample scope for unjust play as well as having strong taboos against such play.”

Fair play? Martin McKenzie-Murray in The Saturday Paper cannot believe our PM can be so ignorant of cricket’s aggression and corruption, including Bodyline, Underarm, the News of the World match-fixing sting, and Australia’s tour of apartheid South Africa.

Is the PM unaware that cricket has inspired an illegal bookmaking industry so vast and powerful that it may have caused the death of Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer?

Cricket also includes Mark Waugh and Shane Warne’s payments from “John the bookmaker” on a tour of Sri Lanka in 1994. The players received $4,000 and $5,000 respectively from the bookmaker for pitch and weather information. When the, then, Australian Cricket Board found out about the incident in 1995, it fined the players.

… cricketers were unaware of the risks of interacting with bookmakers …

Yet the board did not release the information until 1998, and received widespread censure for delaying announcing the scandal. Rob O’Regan QC later concluded that cricketers were unaware of the risks of interacting with bookmakers, and in future players should be punished by not only fines, but also by suspensions.

The PM’s role models presumably include the recently resigned Australian coach who, in 2003, referred to his Sri Lankan opponents as “fucking black cunts”?”

What beggars belief, Mr Turnbull, is your confected moral outrage; your retreat to Rupert Brooke’s mythic cricket club on Grantchester’s village green and the sound of leather on willow.

Stands the church clock at ten to three and is there honey for tea?

Alas, nostalgia is not what it used to be.

Even before Kerry Packer commodified the game in the late 70s to suit his short attention span, and to slake his passion for sport as a driver of television ratings, cricket was not always cricket. It could be total war. Nothing much has changed since the game was invented.

According to Wisden, in the late 18th century, players were bribed to throw matches. The late, great, WG Grace, a type of Edward Lear in flannels, was a notorious sledger who could argue the toss with any bumptious umpire.

“They came to see me bat; not you umpire”.

Nothing new about tampering either: In 1921, J. W. H. T. Douglas, England’s captain in Australia, threatened to report Arthur Mailey for cheating by using resin to grip the ball – until Mailey pointed out that Douglas’s own thumbnail had been worn to the flesh picking the seam for his own bowlers.

Blaming and shaming have vastly increased under this Coalition government’s eagerness to wage war on the poor

Turnbull feels the need to wag the finger to signal his own virtue. It helps to blame someone else, too, of course. Blaming and shaming have vastly increased under this Coalition government’s eagerness to wage war on the poor. Delinquent cricketers are another safe target. Unless, of course you value your credibility and integrity.

Vice-Captain David Warner’s wife Candice blames herself, The Australian sensitively reports. Vile abuse from South Africans about her youthful liaison, with New Zealand rugby star, Sonny Bill Williams affected Warner’s state of mind during the series. Liaison? The Guardian sticks with tryst, lest we assume they were partners.

Offensive songs, signs and spectators wearing Sonny Bill masks — went way too far. “on a complete other level” she says. She’d be left in tears in the team hotel. So her husband had to go the sandpaper tamper?

“I feel like it’s all my fault and it’s killing me — it’s absolutely killing me,” she tells the Murdoch sympathetic ear, The Australian, stressing she’s “not trying to make excuses for the ball tampering”.

Perish the thought. Candice refers to an altercation between Warner and Quinton de Kock, also caught on film during the tea break on day four at Kingsmead Cricket Ground in Durban.

Luckily, our sporting nation is blessed with an army of powerful, protective bureaucracies, all with autocratic CEOs. Unlike its Warne and Waugh fiasco, Cricket Australia whistles up an investigation that’s over in a couple of days.

Incredibly, CEO Sutherland claims Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were the only players with knowledge of the plot to change the condition of the ball in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Captain Stevie Smith is “stripped of his captaincy” …

They are charged with breaching Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct and are flown home. Captain Stevie Smith is “stripped of his captaincy” as sports writers like to put it in case by his actions he hasn’t forfeited it already. Suspended from the game for a year. He says he “accepts full responsibility for his role in the episode”.

It’s a “failure of leadership”. He won’t be considered for a leadership position for two years.

No-one’s really convinced. Deceit, buck-passing and laconic cover-ups trigger a welter of finger-wagging, hand-wringing. Schadenfreude swamps nostalgia. Almost. Cricket’s always been like that.

“I think a lot of what they’re copping at the moment comes from the way they have played their game,” says England’s Australian coach, Trevor Bayliss. “It’s almost like teams and people around the world have been waiting for them to stuff up, so they can lay the boot.”

Our big-wiggery – from our PM to his republican cobber in the red bandanna, Peter FitzSimons rush to pass judgement, a way of establishing their own moral probity by condemning a new outbreak of contagion .

After penalties are imposed on the lads, up goes an appeal from a chorus of blokes who claim our Cam, his captain and vice have been hard done by. They fail to see anything wrong with cheating because everybody’s doing it. They may well be but normalising corruption is hardly going to cure the game of its badly tarnished reputation.

Nor will drug cheat, mauler of metaphor, Shane Warne who calls the penalties excessive. Cricket Australia is “caving into a tornado of hysteria”.

Ball Tampering becomes the latest, sensational episode in our long-running national ruling-class melodrama, Bread and Circuses. It provides a wondrous opportunity for inspired interdisciplinary ensemble work from a team of old stagers, Cricket Australia’s young gladiators, awful hams, hacks and stage-struck ingénues.

It is part of a larger national sickness

Yet not everyone enjoys the show. The scandal is more than the product of poor political role models; bad political leadership. Mike Carlton contends in The Saturday Paper. It is part of a larger national sickness.

There is something rotten in the Commonwealth of Australia. A culture of greed, selfishness, envy, cruelty and often criminal corruption is gnawing at the nation’s heart. The notion of the “fair go”, once prized as the very essence of Australianism, has become an empty slogan mouthed by the sharp-elbowed spivs and chancers hell-bent on trampling the rest of us into the blood and sawdust as they claw their way to the top.

One recent case illustrates Carlton’s concern. It’s the outrageous breach of good faith by two Victorian Neoliberal

Sharp elbowed Liberal “spivs and chancers” MPs Craig Ondarchie and Bernie Finn, beg a parliamentary pair to go to church Good Friday but, instead, hide in their offices to return to vote down Dan Andrews’ government’s bill to sort out a fair deal for fire-fighters. It’s just not cricket to use a well-worn-out phrase.

“If people professing with religious fervour their desire to be paired can’t be trusted, and their leadership believes the end justifies the means, no one can rely on the Liberals’ word ever again, says Families Minister Jenny Mikakos.

Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd get brief cameo roles as our nation’s ongoing melodrama, Bread and Circuses, which helpfully eclipses the Abbott-Turnbull government’s sixtieth straight panning by the News Poll, an epic – if not monumental failure, which helps insulate us once again from an outside world as markets are rocked by Reality TV President Donald Trump’s tariff war which wipes $400 billion off the US stock market in a few days.

We were led into an illegal invasion of Iraq, by John Howard, Man of sandpaper, a PM who did not hesitate- as it suits the current incumbent, Man of Spiel, Malcolm Turnbull, to eagerly volunteer our unconditional support for whatever disastrous, nefarious, hare-brained scheme our great and powerful friend proposes.

Fairness? Howard falsely claimed to have legal support for the invasion. Equally false was the information on the Weapons of Mass Destruction that US sources told him were sufficient cause alone to wage war on Iraq.

But John is a champion spin bowler. “In the event,” writes the war criminal, picking at the seam of the Kookaburra, “this proved not to be the case. That does not mean, as claimed by Mr Rudd, that my government had misled the Australian people. Rather it means the intelligence was wrong …”

*David Tyler (AKA Urban Wronski) was born in England, raised in New Zealand and an Australian resident since 1979. Urban Wronski grew up conflicted about his own national identity and continues to be deeply mistrustful of all nationalism, chauvinism, flags, politicians and everything else which divides and obscures our common humanity. He has always been enchanted by nature and by the extraordinary brilliance of ordinary men and women and the genius, the power and the poetry that is their vernacular. Wronski is now a fulltime freelance writer who lives with his partner and editor Shay and their chooks, near the Grampians in rural Victoria and he counts himself the luckiest man alive. A former teacher of all ages and stages, from Tertiary to Primary, for nearly forty years, he enjoyed contesting the corporatisation of schooling to follow his own natural instinct for undifferentiated affection, approval and compassion for the young.

Ross Gittins, Economics Editor SMH: Cheating cricketers symptomatic of our declining standards

www.johnmenadue.com: MUNGO MacCALLUM. Sledging on and off the field

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  1. Emmanuel Goldstein

    April 5, 2018 at 2:31 am

  2. David J Tyler

    April 4, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    #10, Ben … My political colours?

    You are beyond the tail-enders if you must bring Eddie Obeid and Kathy Jackson in to bat for you.

    Arthur Sinodinos was paid $200,000 to be deputy chairman of Obeid-linked Australian Water Holdings. Then he became chairman for three years up until he became a federal senator in 2011.

    Arthur is unwell at the moment but when he appeared before NSW ICAC he couldn’t remember or recall what he did to earn the money.

    When counsel assisting Geoffrey Watson estimated that Senator Sinodinos spent between 25 and 45 hours a year working as a director for AWH for a $200,000 salary, Senator Sinodinos brightly replied: “Does that include travel time?.”

    But not to worry, the NSW Liberal Party fixed ICAC’s wagon. Mike Baird nobbled ICAC in 2017 before he went on to enjoy a $2 million reward for services rendered at National Australia Bank as “chief customer officer” of the lender’s corporate and institutional banking unit.

    As former ICAC official, Anthony Whealy put it, Baird’s proposal to strip commissioner Megan Latham of her autonomous powers and replace her with a panel of three commissioners eroded the Commission’s power and undermined public faith in the body.

    “If we read about this in a third world country – a public inquiry into politicians behaving badly, donations being made illegally and secretly, a report published and then the government brings forward legislation to get rid of the head of the organisation .. you’d say .. well, same old, same old, it’s corrupt,” Whealy told the ABC.

    Still the NAB needs a bit of PR. Last month it confessed to the banking royal commission (The one Liberals said we didn’t need) that its staff were involved in an alleged bribery ring covering multiple branches, forged documents, fake payslips and Medicare cards, with bribes being paid in cash to secure loans as staff responded to an incentive program to sign up new customers.

    Kathy Jackson? A Liberal icon. As you would well recall, then PM Tony Abbott praised Jackson as a “heroic” and “brave” campaigner who “wants to see the right thing done” by her members, while Education Minister Christopher Pyne described her as “a lion of the union movement” known for her “courage and integrity”.

    Sadly, today’s ALP is also infected with the Neoliberal pox and workers have never recovered from Hawke and Keating selling them down the river with its accords.


    Our ruling elite has things pretty well set up now to subjugate, if not crush, “ordinary hard-working Australians” – not to mention our growing under-class who can find no work, or not enough of it. Social and economic inequality is rapidly expanding despite Scott Morrison’s disclaimers.

    You may have coloured me wrong; misconstrued my point of view, Ben – and had a bit of trouble with your batting team – but when it comes to a rigged game between the haves and the have-nots, and a biased umpire (or rigged Fair Work Commission), I think even you will understand that I’ll go into bat for the under-dogs every time.

  3. Ben Quin

    April 3, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    David, my response was not a sledge. I read your article with an open mind. I have re-read it and stand by my original comment: “you lead the reader to lay the blame for our dilemma at the feet of the Coalition.”

    My understanding is that you are using the current cricket scandal to point to a wider malaise in Australia’s moral code – or our social glue. My comment supports you in this respect, but your political colours have masked your point. Consider for example, Eddie “The Fink” Obeid, or Kathy “I’m Owed It” Jackson. Shining lights for the new Australian morality?

  4. john hayward

    April 3, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    #5, Ben Quin … To posit the Australian Test Team as a proxy for the Liberal Party manages to be even more preposterous than seeing the major parties as locked into some Manichean moral struggle. All seem to be involved in a form of gang warfare over turf.

    John Hayward

  5. David Tyler

    April 2, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Ben. Have you read what I’ve written? Or are you just sledging?

    My thesis? Cricket has always had its share of cheats, sledgers and flannelled fools – and its opportunistic defenders and detractors du jour.

    You could write a book on the history of ball-tampering alone. Make a perfect project for John Howard. Call it “From Tampa to tamper”.

    Since its first wicket, cricket has never been a paragon of virtue, despite its spin merchants, its one-eyed supporters and its hallowed, utterly venal sponsors.

    Our dilemma, you say? You mean a cricket team that cheats – a team reviled internationally for its sledging and its poor sportsmanship?

    You see Ricky Ponting, as a great captain?

    Here’s a clip of his lack of leadership and self-control. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHYUfOodCxw

    Of course, it’s fashionable to sledge Kevin. In vogue. If you can’t kill Bill, you attack a past Labor leader. But cricket was buggered well before Rudd. Before even John Christian Watson, first Labor PM.

    You do make a very good point, nevertheless, about Rudd’s loss of credibility and legitimacy when he squibbed the “greatest moral challenge” of our time.

    It’s almost up there with the Abbott-Turnbull government sponsoring a railway or the odd airport or setting up an infrastructure fund to serve the Adani brothers’ coal-mine scam.

    But Rudd didn’t create the current “crisis” which is merely a reminder of how some players will do anything to win a corrupt game.

    Nor is full-tosser Turnbull to blame.

    As with any scandal, moreover, Tamper-gate is a magnet to all manner of shysters, shonks and hypocrites in politics and public life who rush to moralise – wag the finger – in a stampede for the high moral ground; parading their own virtue by finding fault in others.

    Turnbull’s government must also dance to the tune of its corporate sponsors – and it is just as prone to sledge, cheat and lie as the nation’s cricket team.

    As, indeed, were his predecessors in both parties.

    But forget Turnbull’s finger-wagging, if you can, think of the spirit of the game – a game which would sell its own mother if bought a crucial wicket. You know the game and the team are in real trouble when its sponsors back out.

    Weetbix, breakfast of champions, suddenly goes soft and mushy on sponsorship. It drops Stephen Smith – or “Stevie” as we loves to call him; infantilise a grown man.

    As we do our cricketers – they’re not men – they’re always referred to as “the boys”.

    Smith’s no longer the Weetbix kid? He should count his blessings. (At least he’s not doing porridge.)

    Let’s be clear, cricket’s not so much a sport as a business – a corporate sponsored, state-sanctioned commercial circus.

    Apart from its political value as a distraction, its main job is to flog stuff – a range of products and services that has included cigarettes, gambling and alcohol, an unholy trinity that helps many of us to ruin our lives.

    It is hopelessly corrupted by money. Key players are obscenely overpaid. Matches are fixed. And it lives beyond its means. Just factor in the cost of watering ovals across this wide, brown land.

    Young men may command a huge salary, for a few years at least, on condition they endorse their sponsors’ products. It’s a formula guaranteed to help prostitute the game further.

    Yet tragedy has struck. Magellan which is euphemistically described as a “wealth-management” company has torn up its sponsorship.

    More tragi-comic than tragic, the Commonwealth Bank, tears itself away from its money-laundering, rate-fixing, usury and the sale of dodgy insurance products, to pull the pin on cricket.

    Cricket sponsorship may sully CBA’s reputation?

    Have bankers no social conscience? Apart from how its players’ immature and amoral on-field antics provide role models for the kiddies, cricket is a vital social emollient and comforter.

    Cricket, like any other commercial mass entertainment – and possibly more than most, helps divert “ordinary hard-working Australians” from their increasingly poor working conditions, and increasingly underpaid, insecure and part-time jobs. In this field, it’s a real winner.

    Judging by our workers’ slave-labour wages, their surrender of their right to adequately funded schools, hospitals and a fair welfare system to pay for tax concessions for wealthy corporations, there’s no cricket crisis at all.

    Judging by our continuing gender pay gap, our slashing of funds for women’s refuges, cricket’s doing a mighty job – especially for indigenous peoples and especially indigenous women, as the Closing the Gap Report records.

    Judging by the outlawing of strike action and the rigging of any arbitration such as the Fair Work Commission, a scandalous form of ball tampering in itself, then the cricket circus is still working a treat – (depending, of course, which team you’re playing for).

    Always happy to argue the toss, Ben but please read the article first.

  6. Keith Antonysen

    April 2, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    “Is it fair” should be a test asked of government policy. Certainly, in relation to the tax cuts which benefit large Corporations, the LNP fails.

    … NAB has made huge profits yet is retrenching people.
    … Canavan on Wednesday 30/3 stated at a Press Conference that Australian tax rates are competitive. A Freudian slip.
    … Trickle-down theory does not work. Share holders are likely to do well from higher dividends.

  7. TGC

    April 2, 2018 at 12:16 am

    “Stands the church clock at ten to three, and is there honey for tea?”
    “Honey’s off dear!”

  8. Ben Quin

    April 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    A couple more puffs on this topic and you could float off in your own balloon, David!

    You lead the reader to lay blame for our dilemma at the feet of the Coalition, but let’s wind back to 2007.

    Australian Cricket was in great shape under the Captaincy of Ricky Ponting. Australia won the Ashes in a clean sweep, and then won against India. Rudd was lining up against Howard. Rudd’s key pitch was “The Great Moral Challenge of Our Time!” (Not ball tampering, climate change).

    Australians were on-board. Rudd won the election in a landslide. Then he squibbed his mandate and morality was abandoned. That was the turning point. The seeds of this latest scandal were sown then.

    You need to review your thesis.

    (In a nod to the following article by John Hawkins, it is notable that Dick “Trash the Forests” Adams won strongly in Lyons in the 2007 election. I never could reconcile Rudd’s moral challenge with Dick’s approach.)

  9. john hayward

    April 1, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    It’s hard to tell if wannabe Winston adopted cricket as his personal totem because it reflected his own politically incorrect contempt for conventional scruples, or because a one-eyed focus on money automatically make an amoral conservative of anyone.

    Mike Carlton in the Saturday Paper endorses the J K Galbraith view that conservatives mould their public expressions of morality to fit their innate predilection toward selfishness. Hence their renowned propensity for hypocrisy.

    A full analysis of moral philosophy should probably be left to vice-captain David Warner.

    John Hayward

  10. philll Parsons

    April 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    WRONG INTELLIGENCE? Ask Andrew Wilkie and others who were dismissed for providing the correct intel on Iraq. Each of these actions make it less likely that the correct intel will ever be provided by those who are supposed to be frank.

    And so we have the correct intel delivered to the Australian voters prior to the 2013 election, and then they elect, in a landslide, the liars of the century, Abbott and Hockey.

    ‘Anything goes to get back at the other side’ seems to rule whenever money enters the arena. Gillard trod on fossil fuel moneys’ toes and had to endure the campaign of all campaigns by the no holds barred champion of women’s rights, Abbott. White and O’Connor try to lead on gambling reform and find a flood of funds campaigning against them.

    One South African player stood on Warne’s ego, and all the money behind sport unravels before our eyes as the amounts sacrificed by the guilty in losing their leading places in the IPL come out.

    Money as the root of all evil is again borne out by the evidence. We see it in the social ills perpetuated in this country, whilst other countries set examples of how to move beyond them. Even our cousins across the ditch, who have the same colonial heritage and relationship with first nations people, show they can find new ways to address the past.

    An outstanding leap of faith into the void of proven failure, namely trickle down economics, is to be tried yet again, with a lowering of the tax rate for the very rich and the giant, often foreign owned, corporations that pay little or no tax anyway.

    The failure in this tax plan, that may be corrected in the May budget, is no corresponding relief for the less well off and the middle class. If ScoMo fails to deliver this relief in the May budget it will not matter who the Lieberals’ leader is at the next election as they will have shored up the hole they dug for themselves as venal.

    Newspoll test number 30 for Turdbull is coming up, but he cannot change his or his party’s trajectory. It has been determined by the twin horrors of Abbott and Hockey followed by Turdbull’s rise on the wreckage of everything voters thought he stood for, including a republic, real action on climate change, and marriage equality.

    The albatross of a hard right wing has made a nonsense of Malcolm’s brilliant career, his only consolation is also another nail in his personal reputation, a bag of loot lying in the Caymans. A tosser in a top hat.

  11. Russell

    April 1, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    We’ve watched the blatant cheating lying corrupt politicians for so long that it’s becoming normal to do the same.

    The Australian politicians are becoming so worried about it and the possibility of a future uprising that they have set up an uber-gestapo squad under the watch of ex-Queensland cop, piggy Dutton, who admits and refuses the entry of people into Australia depending on his personal taste.

    Climate Change, world-wide political corruption and revolution – the perfect storm.

  12. Lynne Newington

    April 1, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    “Is our cricket now as crook as our politics? Do we play to win at any cost?”

    I’m sorry David .. from where I sit it all sounds very familiar to me, and where applicable there would be no example coming from the pulpits …

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