Look! You Punters just don’t understand ‘time honoured’ traditions ok? @YaThinkN

Noely Neate

Noely Neate

Columnist at No Fibs

Female, Mother, Partner. Day job: small business owner, co-founder and community site co-ordinator on a regional portal. Doonan (the land of the dam and franken–spiders), Queensland.

Noely Neate

@YaThinkN

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Noely Neate
I am not a journalist, nor am I a writer. I don’t belong to any political party, though I will admit that back in the day I was a paid-up Democrat until Meg Lees screwed us over. Now, I don’t believe in political parties at all; I find them terribly UN-Democratic. In my preferred world I would have actual elected representatives whose primary responsibility was to accurately represent their electorates – not the party, not men in grey suits – the punters, then get together with all the other reps to compromise and work together to run this country/state/council. I know, I know … but a girl can dream!

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I saw some awful reports in regard to poor Joe Hockey, our esteemed Treasurer, ‘being for sale‘ in the paper this morning. Scurrilous journalism at it’s best. Sky News was right onto this outrageous slur against our Treasurer’s integrity, with a bit of hardworking investigative journalism, they got right to the heart of this so-called ‘Influence for sale’ business to inform us punters that all is good. If you don’t believe me, see below:

There is nothing wrong, let me repeat, nothing wrong with business making donations to a political party or MP.

Even our illustrious Prime Minister took time out of his busy schedule to patiently explain this ‘time honoured‘ practice. For all we know, the PM knew this innuendo was about to hit the papers and selflessly cancelled his Indonesian trip to stand staunchly alongside his Treasurer? Anyhow, our Prime Minister would never lie to us. Yes, yes the nasties come out of the woodwork with the Deficit Levy twisting. Excuse me! It is a LEVY, not a tax, did you not listen to our Prime Minister? Tony Abbott knows pure of heart when he sees it!

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Personally I think that Mr Sean Nicholls who wrote this nasty muckraking piece for Fairfax, which paints the lovely Mr Hockey in such an unflattering light, should be ashamed of himself. I mean, if you could afford it, who would not want to rub shoulders on a regular basis with a fine figure of a man like Mr Hockey? Charisma just oozes off him. I think Mr Nicholl’s may have gotten a tad over-excited here, I mean, really, just because Mr Hockey has some people paying up to $22k to have access to himself and maybe some of his advisors/staff, doesn’t mean that Mr Hockey would deign to favour them and their aims over us the punter. Not that Mr Nicholls said that, but I’ve seen the nasty people on twitter, that is the conclusion that they are jumping to and it is so unfair.

I am sure that if a journalist bothered to actually sit down and talk to Mr Hockey he would find it highly likely that Joe Hockey has a similar program in place in for non profit groups? Did Mr Nicholl’s bother to ask? I am sure if we ask the peak advocacy groups representing the disabled, welfare advocates, aged care non profits and similar that they also have this sort of ‘privileged access’?

Actually the above proves my point. I mean, the hardworking Mr Hockey is sweating over a Federal Budget at the moment and from all scurrilous media reports it would seem that the poorer in our society will be copping it just as hard as big business in the budget. Oh, I know we have not heard yet exactly how big business will be hurt in the budget, but, I have faith, I am sure that Mr Hockey, being the upright, morally incorruptible politician that he is, would never place the interests of large national businesses over us punters? We (well the people of North Sydney) voted Mr Hockey into office, so obviously Mr Hockey is well aware of this, well aware that the voter is actually his employer, not the likes of the NAB or the Financial Services Council. The fact that the Coalition flagged getting rid of the over-bearing Financial Services reforms that the chaotic previous government put in place is just a coincidence, stop being so suspicious people!

Stop the nastiness on Facebook and Twitter and give Mr Hockey a break. These big businesses have shareholders in most cases, they are obviously fine with their profits going to politicians or political parties as donations. I am sure those very same shareholders don’t expect anything in return for those amounts of money. They would all agree Mr Hockey is a bloody good bloke and deserves a bit of extra help getting elected to parliament and representing the interests of such an important electorate as North Sydney with very serious issues that the poor people of North Sydney face each and every day. These struggling voters need a person of Mr Hockey’s calibre to fight for them.

Some gutter types have even inferred the North Sydney Forum is a ‘slush fund’?

I mean, it is not like it is a dodgy union giving money to the ALP. There is no way in the world you can compare a Liberal fundraising entity to a Labor Union slush fund. They are not even similar.

For starters, unions are bad. You would have to have been living under a rock in recent years to not know that. We don’t really know where union money comes from, well, some have suggested that it is from union members, but they are so sneaky those unions, we really don’t know. We don’t know what those union agendas are either. I mean, why would a union raise and pay money to a political party? Yes I know they say it is to protect workers rights, but do we really know that is true? The fact that members of these unions are workers could be an unrelated coincidence?

Now, an incorporated entity of the Liberal Party is a totally above-board fundraising initiative. It is businessmen and big businesses at these events. Name me one occasion when a big business has not had the welfare of the nation at the heart of their dealings? Yes, I do understand they need to make a profit, but you never hear about businesses being embroiled in nasty underhand dealings like unions do you? I am sure Sky News and ABC would tell us if that was the case?

Too many in the media think we punters are dumb and unsophisticated and when the likes of social media jump to crazy conclusions like they did this morning who can blame them? Maybe it is because we have gotten caught up in too much reality television like ICAC and are now getting carried away, seeing corruption and dodgy dealing surrounding every politician? I am not sure how to explain why we can’t just see clearly in regard to political donations?

I for one vow to you now, ‘as a punter of calibre’, I will always endeavour to help you understand the intricacies of government dealings. Don’t you worry about that! ;-)

Cheers,
Noely

Important Note: Noely’s husband advised us that poor Noely overdosed on The Bolt Report, may have watched both the morning and afternoon re-run, in fact, he is concerned she may have read all of The Australian this morning as well. Be assured she has had a Bex and is now currently having a lie down ;-)

Comments


  1. I see you have your sarkypants on today – love the writing but doesn’t it all just show what a grubby lot of thieves we have in power in this formerly lucky country!


  2. “businessmen and big businesses” RT Look! You Punters just don’t understand ‘time honoured’ traditions ok?http://t.co/PzineXcpjK #auspol


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  6. Beautiful work Noely. Hope you are now recovering from your overdose of right wing nutjobery.


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  8. 22k a visit to Joe Hockey? The visit should be free – Hockey is an elected representative, and charging for a visit is akin to a doctor withdrawing services after he or she has been paid.

    Any donation should be posted on the wall outside the electorate office and Parliament. There should be NO BLOODY SECRETS – and the NSW and Qld Governments, with their use of shelf companies through which to funnel donations from unsavoury people, fully demonstrate why they are unfit to police themselves.

    If the ALP gets accused of ‘secret deals’ with ‘faceless men’ – what the hell is selling ‘access’ to Liberal Party MPs? The insistence of the ‘time honoured’ practise of selling ‘access’ to MPs appears remarkably close to prostitution. Why aren’t MPs ashamed?

    As a taxpayer, I don’t want to fund election campaigns, and the suggestion that we should, because political parties can’t be trusted, is frankly bizarre. By that logic, rich people should have their taxes lowered because it’s too hard to catch the tax dodgers, violent people should be tolerated because they get angry if you front them, etc.

    Enforce the damn law, rather than rewarding the miscreants who can’t be trusted.

    And Nealy, wonderful piece. It was fun, and regrettably, a sad reminder of the state of democracy in Australia.


  9. ICYMI a good piece of satire by @YathinkN over at @NoFibs http://t.co/k1B5EplAMk
    #mustbesatire yes it is :)
    http://t.co/Ro9ndBcHRJ


  10. Look! You Punters just don’t understand ‘time honoured’ traditions ok? @YaThinkN http://t.co/VFB9RIlXwz via @NoFibs

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