Australian Politics International

Abbott says Australia is Open for Business but for who??

Tony Abbott continues to say that Australia is open for Business, but he never says who he has opened Australia up for.

Since Abbott took office, Australias car manufacturing has pulled up stakes and are folding their tents as they prepare to move ‘off shore.’ 12000 public servants where hacked up and mulched within moments of Abbotts slim win.

It just that it feels like the Abbott government is stripping Australia back to the red dirt it evolved on, removing Australians from their jobs, removing jobs from Australia, removing manufacturing in Australia amongst other things and then, when Australians are all without work, are reliant upon welfare hand outs, that the Abbott government will also strip away, then, then it appears that Mr Abbott and his front benchers will put Australians to work, in a climate more akin to the post WWII era, and after reducing the Australian population to beggars, will put us to work for the dole at $2 a day.

Tony Abbott uses address to World Economic Forum in Davos to promote virtues of free trade

Tony Abbott has called for freer trade and increased global growth in a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

He told the audience of business and political leaders that stimulating growth through encouraging business was the single most effective means of promoting continued global progress.

Mr Abbott, who is the chair of the G20 in Brisbane later this year, said the world was 30 million jobs short of where it was ahead of the global financial crisis.

Citing, “You can’t spend what you haven’t got,” Abbott told the meeting in Davos, only reveals what I expected:

The Australian Liberal Government believes that all the tax payer monies collected under the Howard government was theirs. Abbott and his front bench are trying to demonise the Australian Labor Party for bringing Australia through the global financial crisis unscathed because that was their money to spend. If the ALP did not use the tax payer money put away incase of a crisis and Australia went down like the rest of the world, Abbott and his front bench would be demonising the ALP for not doing enough to save Australia from the GFC.

The LNP believe that your money, the tax payers money, was theirs to spend, not an ALP government.

So when are the LNPs going to start taking the blame for anything? They are now slipping in, ‘under the former government’ as opposed to, ‘under the Labor government,’ because they want to blame Labor for everything, but their rhetoric only served to instill Labor in the minds of the voters, so now they say ‘former government.’

JMO

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Indonesia not on a war footing, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa says

INDONESIA is “not really” on a war footing with Australia despite reports warships have been deployed to the border, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa says.

The Jakarta Post has reported that Indonesian radars have been pointed towards Australia and that a number of ships have been sent to increase border security.

In Davos, Switzerland, yesterday, Mr Natalegawa was asked whether that amounted to a “war footing”.

“No. Not really. It’s not an unfriendly act to anyone, it’s just a country that is keen to ensure that our sovereign border is properly protected.”

Indonesian military chief rejects asylum seeker boat turnback policy

General Moeldoko denies backing Australia’s towback policy as opposition in Indonesia builds

Moeldoko said the Indonesian military follows the government’s view and does not have its own policy.

“My response was not approving it. I said ‘I understand the tactical steps’, that’s my standpoint,” he said.

Moeldoko said his job was to obey the Indonesian government and he was reflecting that if he was in the Australian military he would have towed back the boats, as those were the orders of the government.

“I did not speak about foreign policy, instead I spoke about tactical decisions in the field. My statement should not be twisted,” he said.

Australian PM defends secrecy over border protection:

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott defended the government’s secrecy over its border protection policies on Thursday after reports that boats had been turned back to Indonesia and asylum-seekers mi. (ChannelNewsAsia)

Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa says Australia’s asylum seeker

Sydney Morning Herald Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa says Australia’s asylum seeker … ABC Online Indonesia has fired back at Tony Abbott, saying it is “unhelpful” to bilateral relations for the Prime Minister to keep pursuing a policy of turning back asylum seeker boats. Australia has admitted entering Indonesian waters without permission while trying to stop … Indonesia Spokesman Says Tony Abbott Could Be Inflaming Tensions On PurposeBusiness Insider Australia Secrecy on boat policy leaves navy vulnerableThe Age Jakarta monitors boat turnback area but denies on ‘war footing’The Australian Sydney Morning Herald -Sky News Australia -The West Australian all 105 news articles » [Category: Nation]…. Published: 24/Jan/2014

US admiral calls for hotline with China to prevent conflict in disputed waters

The top US commander in the Pacific has expressed concern that he has no direct line to his counterpart in China, saying such communication is vital to avoid conflict and misunderstandings.

Amid tensions between China and Japan in the East China Sea, Admiral Samuel Locklear said he wanted a hotline to officers from the People’s Liberation Army to defuse potential conflict.

“I don’t have the ability to pick up a phone and talk directly to a PLA navy admiral or general at the time of a crisis. And we need to work on that,” Adm. Locklear said.

“I am concerned, any time you have two large powers, two large economic powers, two large military powers, that have a disagreement that they’re not talking to each other about… that the risk of miscalculation can grow.”

Tony Abbott uses address to World Economic Forum in Davos to promote virtues of free trade

Abbott said that as a trading nation, Australia would make the most of its G20 presidency to promote free trade.

“People trade with each other because it’s in their interests to do so,” he said.

“And just as trade within countries increases wealth, trade between countries increases wealth.
Australia is prominent at this year’s talks because it currently has the chair of the G20 group.

“That’s why we should all be missionaries for freer trade.

“At the very least, the G20 this year should renew its commitment against protectionism and in favour of freer markets.

“Each country should renew its resolve to undo any protectionist measures put in place since the crisis.”

Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa says Australia’s asylum seeker turn-back policy ‘unhelpful’

Indonesia has fired back at Tony Abbott, saying it is “unhelpful” to bilateral relations for the Prime Minister to keep pursuing a policy of turning back asylum seeker boats.

Australia has admitted entering Indonesian waters without permission while trying to stop asylum seeker boats, and Mr Abbott said this week that his Government is committed to continuing the policy.

Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa said his country’s security minister has made it clear that naval patrols have been beefed up in response.

“There was an indication that we will strengthen our border protection,” he said from Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum and Geneva II talks on Syria are being held.

“I think that is a matter of public information that we have taken that decision.”

Key points

  • Marty Natalegawa says Tony Abbott’s boat turn-back policy “unhelpful”
  • Confirmed Indonesia has beefed up naval patrols in response to Australia entering its waters
  • Plays down any suggestion Indonesia is going on a war footing
  • Urges Australia to cooperate with Navy alleged abuse probe
  • JMO

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