Peter Adamis 28 August 2014. THE FILE in this edition is a conglomeration of articles that cover past and present including the sad passing of a long time Liberal. At the present moment in time, focus is on the Victorian State election, what drives it and the effects of a Federal Liberal Government. Terrorism, border protection privacy, ASIO and ASIS powers and their lasting effects on society. A complete copy of the article may be downloaded by clicking on:THE FILE – 5
- THE FILE
- THE DUDS AND DAZZLERS ON ABBOTT’S FRONTBENCH
- BOTH VIC PARTIES PLAY DOWN ALP POLL BOOST
- PROMISE UNFULFILLED, BUT A DIGNIFIED SERVANT
- TEAM AUSTRALIA’? ONLY IF IT’S FOR ALL OF US
- SECURITY AGENCIES FACE BILL TO NAME MPS PUT UNDER SURVEILLANCE
- SUPPORT FOR TONY ABBOTT’S TERROR CRACKDOWN
- POLL SHOWS VICTORIAN PREMIER DENIS NAPTHINE MAY LOSE AT STATE ELECTION
- BALLARAT MAYOR JOSHUA MORRIS JUMPS INTO STATE POLITICS
- MINISTER TOURS BETH WEIZMANN
- ABBOTT ANNOUNCES COUNTER TERRORISM FUNDING
- DON’T ATTACK ISLAMIC LEADERS ASIO BOSS
- WE NEED TO SEPARATE THE GENUINE BATTLERS FROM THE BLUDGERS
- RELATIVES HUNT ONLINE TO SOLVE MALAYSIA AIRLINES MH370 MYSTERY
- LIBERALS AT ODDS AS TED BAILLIEU’S RESIGNATION TRIGGERS SPLIT
MH370 to domestic terrorism. This past week we have been inundated with material from across the world regarding terrorism as being the main topic at the dinner table. Gone are the horrors of the downing of MH17, and as yet no one knows of its predecessors location the MH370, forcing relatives and friends to scour the internet seeking clues and answers to the location and/or sighting of the aircraft. We have also seen ASIO chief come out in public support of our Australian Muslim communities advising those ignorant of the Islamic culture that Muslim leaders are in indeed supporting Australian institutions in combating terrorism and ensuring that programs are being implemented as a deterrent to radicalism of Australian Muslim youth.
Victorian State election. In Victoria, the government is battling against the tide of unpopularity and attempting to spread the message that the future will be bright and beautiful. Whether this is ‘pork barrelling’ remains to be seen, but what is certain is that Denis Napthine will not go down without a fight and will endeavour to throw whatever recourses are at his disposal. He note that anyone else knows that his political carer hangs in the balance and it may be his last opportunity to make his mark on politics before a new generation of hungry and determined political individuals fill the vacuum after his departure from the leadership.
Mantle of leadership. Once the outcome of the seat of Hawthorn is decided, and should Mary Woolridge decide not to take the leadership plunge, the field narrows down to Matthew Guy and Michael O’Brien. Should this scenario play out , it will mean the demise of the Ted Ballieu alliance and factions associated with him and as previously demonstrated absorbed into the remaining alliances. Whoever is to tackle on the mantle of leadership may be a leader in opposition and what better place to be in order to reorganise and restructure a political party than has alienated its members to the core.
Whoever is to take on the mantle of responsibility must take measures to reconcile the many alienated members who are currently being loyal to the party without becoming directly involved in the decision making. Whole swathes of Liberal party members need to be convinced that the changes to be made are and will be in the interests of the broad membership and not to a few. The effective use of the Star chamber is but a beginning.
Star chamber . Some say it was an initiative of John Howard and others advise that it was a concept created by the military who use similar systems to identify potential leaders. Research however indicated that it had its origins in the ancient high court of England where it was controlled by the reigning monarch and in time came to mean lawlessness and oppressive tribunal that often met in secret. Whatever the case may have been in the past, the current Star Chamber is an inner circle of individuals tasked with identifying suitable people to fill government and ministerial positions. The Star chamber now comes into question whether it is still a viable piece of machinery in identifying solid citizens to take on the mantle of ministerial and government responsibilities.
In Victoria, it is believed that the Star chamber is made up of individuals from the Premiers office, the upper house, Lower House, Finance, the political wing, Cabinet secretaries and administrative staff personally selected. They are tasked with the identification of individuals who have the necessary qualifications, corporate knowledge, skills and life experiences to fill ministerial and government roles. One could say that it is a mini “ASIO” of the political parties whose responsibility is to vet individual applications.
When the Star Chamber was first implemented it worked like a charm, however over time the processes became arduous, long and complicated and it meant that good people had not been appointed due to factional alliances and less skilled and qualified individuals. In other words, “Jobs for the boys’, yes men and women, sycophants and recalcitrants. The first cracks began to appear some four years ago when those in power failed to effectively use the Star chamber for what it was designed for and generational changes were not implemented. Victorians deserved and deserve better.
The ineffective use of the Star chamber led to poor community and communication advisers being selected on merit. As a result of this failure to select good advisers, the Victorian government have done a poor job at selling their policies. It took the media to expose the failings of these advisers and in doing so Victorian voters lost faith in the political process and their leaders. The communication advisers and staffers lacked the emotional, political, business and life experiences to communicate their messages to a Victorian public. These mediocre politicians have become merely the mouth pieces of sycophant communication advisers.
Rarely do we see these days politicians with the gumption to call a spade a spade and to bring the people with them. While at the Federal level, Tony Abbot in my opinion is one of those rare individuals who will call it as he sees it and the recent no change to 18C was a classic example of what leadership is all about. Tony Abbott realised that any changes to a legal system that was working effectively for over twenty years should not have been changed based on ideological reasons alone.
In Victoria, unfortunately both premiers Ted Ballieu and Denis Napthine had and have poor communication advisers that obviously were allegedly vetted by the Star chamber and as such many were based on deals being done, factional alliances and jobs for the boys. Ted Baillieu, I have always stated was and is still a good political personality and leader whose sycophant communication advisers are responsible for his downfall and have much to answer. Yes men and women should be relegated to a bygone era where mistakes were often made and never in the interests of society but only to enrich the pockets of those in the inner circle.
One hopes that the new crop of advisers are better trained, qualified with the appropriate life experiences to enable them to provide good and timely advice that is in the interests of all Victorians and Australians alike. If not then the Star Chamber is likely to be relegated to its ancient origins where it met always in secret and was used unlawfully to ensure that the elite and only those within the inner circle were invited.
Monitoring Parliament and whose is responsible. The recent revelations by Senator Nick Xenophon that members of parliament are being monitored within the parliamentary system strikes to the heart of democratic values and the need to be free from such surveillance. Such are the concerns amongst some parliamentary colleagues that it is creating alarm bells in Canberra and one wonders whether there is a need for such monitoring and who does it give an advantage to. Is it the security services whom are tasked with monitoring recalcitrant citizens or the body of law makers elected by society to represent them. This is a serious issue that must be faced in order to safe guard not only the government, but the Members of parliament and their sources of information.
Social services. Welfare Services is back in the limelight with calls for the identification of who and who is not at risk of being categorised as an Aussie battler. If it is to be based solely on financial status its doomed to fail. If it’s based on current and not future living standards, it is also doomed to failure. Therefore a close and compassionate examination of the welfare services system needs to be conducted in order to find a solution to an ever growing problem amongst the youth in particular. Current thinking amongst Victorians is that should no methodologies be found to assist young school leavers and those under the 30 year old bracket, crime involving assaults, thieving, drugs and a rise of gangs may be the outcome. This fact alone will drive many people and communities into security enclaves similar to the ones in South Africa in order to feel secure from harm. There is a message here that cannot be ignored, especially at a time when Victorian jails are at their maximum. Andrew Bolt in his blog certainly makes a compelling case.
Above: Ted Ballieu, Mary Woolridge, John Pesutto and John Roskam
Hawthorn a seat worth fighting for. This is not a battle between the left right or centre, but a battle between those who deserve it and those ensconced on maintaining the status quo. It is our understanding that Ted Baillieu will not support John Roskam not John Pesutto a long time ally and loyal lieutenant. For whatever reason it may be, Teds no supportive stance can only send a powerful message that loyalty does not necessarily mean bipartisamn support when it comes t the big prize. It also indicates that elitism is still rife in the party and that these alleged elitist are doing whatever possible to remain a viable and relevant power within the Victorian Liberal party.
The more they persist with such a stance can only create further divisions and instability within the party. One can truly say that this is also of “wanting to keep all of the cake and not share it with any one, no matter who they are”. In my opinion, if John Pesutto has the rungs on the board and has the qualifications, experience and political know how, he should be given the nod. But then again who are we to meddle in the affairs of an electorate that has the potential to bring about generational change, tranquillity, reconciliation and stability. Ted Baillieu it would appear wants to go out with a bigger bang and is not content to bring about tranquility. This will all fall upon Mary Wooldridge’s shoulders should she decide to move to the Lower House.
Online misbehaviour candidates replaced. It didn’t take long for the party hacks t replace two promising young Liberals who were caught sending messages that are considered to unpalatable to a society that has changed. It’s a pity but thats politics for you and now the incumbents are aware that life in the hot seat will not be a gravy train. Should the two members decide upon any future political career they need not worry as other before them who have fallen on their sword have managed to get up and become senators in some cases and others to be in lucrative organisations all positions.
Good talent is hard to find these days but what can you do other than to work with the resources that are currently available to you and ones that you can influence manage and control. such are the lives of the political leaders we have today. Puppets o a string. Where are the ‘DOERS” not “GUNNAS’ and when will the real men and women of our society stand up and be counted, Victorian voters are screaming out for good talent and we certainly dont want mediocre and has-beens’ to represent us.
Alan Jones – A passing of long time Liberal. Today a long time Liberal passed away. No it’s not the Sydney Broadcaster that has gone from our midst, but a humble man who gave is all to a political party, a man who deserved more than he gave. Alan Jones, a member of the Eltham Branch, a past Chairman of Templestowe province, Jaga Jaga, Greensborough and Eltham. The Liberal party should be acknowledging the people who have over the years contributed to the well being and longevity of its members, especially those in the ranks that have tirelessly worked on its behalf as volunteers. Alan Jones was one of them.
Alan was responsible organising the resources and coordinating the Candidate Alastair Urquhart or coming close to winning Jaga Jaga back in the 1990s, survived by his beloved wife Kerry and son Nathan and grandchildren. Alan was always there for those who wanted advice on political and local area politicians. Our thoughts go out to the family and we along with them grieve his passing. A true gem in the rough.
Alan was always there for others and one could say that he lived his life for others. Never one to say an unkind word about anyone, a compassionate man who lived his life according to the values that today are not often seen. He will sadly missed by the many whose lives were touched by Alan. A stalwart supporter of Liberal values, not afraid to stand up for the little battler and not above putting his money in his pocket to assist others. He has left many protégé in his wake and those who have benefited from his advice have not been sorry to be the beneficiaries. A real Aussie Battler” – Rest in peace old friend!
The Voice from the Pavement – Peter Adamis is a Journalist/Commentator and writer. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum. He is an avid blogger and contributes to domestic and international community news media outlets as well as to local and Ethnic News. He holds a Bachelor of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health & Safety, (Monash), Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Contact via Email: [email protected] or via Mobile: 0409965538