Christpher Pyne says . . .

Oh. My. God. My jaw just dropped to the floor.

Just checking my email and a few people have sent me an email that they’d received from Christopher Pyne. I reproduce for you this jaw-dropping email (below). Brace yourselves.

Dear Friend,

Today, the Coalition Government secured a national agreement on school funding.

This agreement fulfils the commitment we made to parents and schools before the election.

The Coalition Government has restored the $1.2 billion that Labor ripped out of schools funding – and this brings total additional school funding over the next four years to $2.8 billion.

No state or territory misses out.

That’s good news for schools, parents and students in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory which did not have agreements with the previous government.

Labor and the former Education Minister, Bill Shorten left school funding in a mess.

The hurried agreements signed in the dying days of the Gillard-Rudd Government meant some states secured additional funding, while others didn’t.

Our announcement ensures that every student in Australia is treated exactly the same way by the Commonwealth regardless of what jurisdiction they live in.

We have kept our commitments on school funding and delivered more funding over the next four years than promised by Labor.

As parents approach the Christmas school holidays, they can be confident that the Coalition Government will always support their choice in education – and that whatever choice they do make, they will be properly funded.

Regards,

Christopher Pyne
Minister for Education

I ask you, have you ever read so much utter bullshit in your life?

Can you pick the lies?

92 comments on “Christpher Pyne says . . .

  1. Its this sort of crap that won them the election. People fall for it. I can just hear some saying, “see all that stuff in the newspapers was just Labor lies” GEEZ

  2. This is infuriating. The Coalition should not be allowed to get away with revolting instances such as this.
    Australian people, you are being had.
    In fact, you’re on all fours and don’t even know it.

  3. In parliament today Abbott rewrote history saying that Labor had mismanaged everything but most of all education and now it has taken a Liberal government to restore it and give Australian kids a future.

    Vomit, but so sad as they are getting away with this crap. They might not be believed by many but certainly the media is not calling them for these blatant untruths and rewriting of history.

    It has to stop now. It cannot be allowed to go on.

  4. When can Bill Shorten get his mother-in-law, the governor general to sack this revolting government, come on its been done before ……..

  5. Its written so it will be remembered as fact instead of what it is
    Labor must take lessons from this
    We must ask again why is the media in hiding or afraid to expose these now truths

  6. From ‘The Ministry of Truth’. This is sad indeed. They have been studying the Republican ‘Teabaggers’ closely. Do they still have ‘Lunatic Asylums’?

  7. Without Gongsky which was based on the needs of each school and students, the poor schools now will continue to be poor and the rich schools richer. The general population won’t understand because they will only hear or read the slogans poured out by the scam government we have.

    It would be great if someone made a thorough documentary about the difference between the private and public schools. The gap is huge, like someone said in the Guardian: the science lab of some private schools are worth a whole public school.

    One thing I’m certain: we won’t find this government’s kids in a public school.

  8. Someone once said ” In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.” … but what about the poor saps who voted the other way !!! … I need to stop reading this stuff, I’ll have a coronary …

  9. More verbal diarrhoea from PorkyPyne … I can’t believe his excuse that LABOR ripped QLD, NSW and the NT $1.2 Billion from their share …Those states acted like Dad’s Army when it came to signing up and refused their share of the total Gonski Education Reform package offered by the immediate past LABOR government … So what else does Pyne expect the then government to do with the surplus funds not required by the states who did not want to participate … Pyne, eat your dust and get out of government so that someone else competent enough can take over the mantle as a respected Education Minister; that’s if one can be found …

  10. This is the material for deep depression and despair. If only I could put my head in the sand. Those people who do, look a lot happier than me

  11. I have sat with amazement, watching Pyne saying two things at the same time. Yes, Gonski is going to continue, while out of the other side of the the mouth, comes, I am bringing new legislation, rescinding the Better Schools of Gillard.

    Yes Gonski is alive, no, I am pulling all the props out, that is Gonski.

    What I am afraid, many are hearing what the want, not what is hidden in all that comes froth from Pyne.

    As far as Pyne is cornered, Gonski has gone.

    Abbott has a similar skill, but Pyne is the master.

    I noticed today, that Abbott has change rd his style in the last couple of days. If one did not know better, one would say, he has been watching videos of how Gillard handled the media scrum.

    Abbott is getting too confident. or as some very sober and I would say, more conservative people, think that Abbott is pushing his luck, as many do not see him, as Abbott thinks they do.

    The debate was on closing down AusAid today. Something wrong with tying aid to trade. Something immoral, in fact.

  12. Heard a succession of senators today crowing that it took a Coalition government to do what Labor could not – bring all the states and territories on board. But why should this be surprising? The money was on the table from Labor prior to the election. What the Coalition have done is hand over money for free with no strings attached. What sensible State government *wouldn’t* go for that?!? Their treasurers must be dancing for joy. Woot! Two billion dollars I don’t have to spend on schools! And anyone who thinks they won’t cut back their own spending now that Abbott has given them some support, I’d like to talk to you about a bridge I happen to have for sale.

  13. Everyone must have a formal qualification for just about any job nowadays, degreed professionals, tafe certificated tradies, etc. etc., but what formal qualification do you need to be a politician? Should be a Cert 4 at least in lying to be qualified to run the whatever biggest economy in the world and have the lives of innocent children in the palm of your hand. Bunch of incompetent miscreants. I have never been so disgusted in government anywhere in the world (oh except maybe Hitler and Pol Pot), ever…

  14. Paul Keating left school at 15. Lets not underestimate the abilities of anyone. Tony Abbott has qualifications. I know which one I prefer to run my country’s economy

  15. Pete @ 8.07pm

    Yes, that “$1.2 billion” ripped out of the education budget is getting rather tedious.

    I noted that Marius Benson allowed Pyne to get away with that claim again this morning. Benson’s loyalties are very apparent.

    Leigh Sales last night was not so accommodating (nice to see for a change).

  16. Kim the huge difference is that Keating made it on his own and not required props. Abbott has been mollycoddled every step of the way, from having high priced lawyers getting him off vandalism to having minders just about every step of the way. He has been propped up every step of his life.

    Even now Abbott has to have a brain behind him, and a female one at that, otherwise he would collapse in a heap if he had to stand on his own.

  17. Tony Abbott has qualifications.

    In “economics” , where “marginal utility” is/was something Godwin Grech used to drive around Canberra back in 2009.

  18. The deal that has occurred is this. The Lib state hold outs get the extra 1.2 billion for schools, the Liberal states rip out 1.2 billion from schools over the next 4 years, and the Federal government gives 1.2 billion less to the states in grants, so the status quo remains. Just the figures are fiddled, so it APPEARS that they have given extra money to education. The Lieberals have never given extra money to education.

  19. COMMENTS IN CAPS
    Dear Friend,
    Today, the Coalition Government secured a national agreement on school funding. CORRECT
    This agreement fulfils the commitment we made to parents and schools before the election. CORRECT
    The Coalition Government has restored the $1.2 billion that Labor ripped out of schools funding – and this brings total additional school funding over the next four years to $2.8 billion. CORRECT
    No state or territory misses out. CORRECT
    That’s good news for schools, parents and students in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory which did not have agreements with the previous government. CORRECT
    Labor and the former Education Minister, Bill Shorten left school funding in a mess. VERY MUCH CORRECT UNFUNDED, NOT EVERY STATE AND TERRITORY, UNEVEN FUNDING BETWEEN NSW AND OTHERS ETC.
    The hurried agreements signed in the dying days of the Gillard-Rudd Government meant some states secured additional funding, while others didn’t. CORRECT
    Our announcement ensures that every student in Australia is treated exactly the same way by the Commonwealth regardless of what jurisdiction they live in. CORRECT
    We have kept our commitments on school funding and delivered more funding over the next four years than promised by Labor. CORRECT
    As parents approach the Christmas school holidays, they can be confident that the Coalition Government will always support their choice in education – and that whatever choice they do make, they will be properly funded. CORRECT
    Regards,
    Christopher Pyne
    Minister for Education CORRECT. YES HE IS THE MINISTER AND ABBOT IS PM. THANK YOU GOD.
    Michael. You have subcontracted FU to write your blogs. It shows.

  20. Watching the last episode of Keating and they are showing photos and vids of his forays into foreign affairs and meeting the leaders of other countries. Lot’s of joviality, smiles and friendly banter.

    Compare to pictures and vids of Abbott’s overseas forays.

    As Kim says one left school at 15 and the other supposedly had a privileged private education of the highest standard.

    Looking at Keating representing Australia overseas compared to Abbott’s woeful bumbling efforts I also know who I’d want to lead this country.

  21. Tweed you have subcontracted yourself to write posts, it shows.

    You conveniently overlook the backflip after a U turn and the gaping whole in Pyne’s lies that means he is not honouring is pre-election promise at all.

  22. The question is, after two days, what do we have. Do we have Gonski, even a watered down one, or do we have a education policy that arises out of Pyne’s gut.
    Maybe our illustrators, all knowing visitor visitor can let us in on the secret.

  23. Mr Pyneocchio, He should fall on his sword for this monsterous stuff up, but no doubt he would manage to miss, Even the Australian Newspaper Bagged him and Abbott on its front Page, Now Abbott is upto his Normal routine that is to make some Noise about other IssuesLike Boat People to get this story of the Front Page, And no more mention about SBY. Please don’t let up on these clowns

  24. Fed Up, that is precisely the question. What kind of education package do we have now proposed and where can it demonstrably be seen to address the reforms in the Gonski report?
    Obviously its critical that we need to spend more on education across the board if the election of this bunch of tight fisted clowns indicates a general level of voter intelligence.

  25. Trust anything Pyne, “The Whyne-The-Perfect-Prat-of-a-Prefect would say?”
    This Liarbril rabble were running on policy-empty before the election and are now beginning to disintegrate when they actually have to work. It’s a bit like watching a collision in slow motion except that Oz will suffer major damage in the inevitable prang!

  26. I may be being foolhardy in trying to engage, but: COMMENTS IN **STARS**
    Dear Friend,
    Today, the Coalition Government secured a national agreement on school funding. CORRECT
    **If by national agreement you mean “Do you mind if we quickly give you some more money, no questions asked, to make this whole thing go away?” Hardly a masterpiece of negotiation.**

    This agreement fulfils the commitment we made to parents and schools before the election. CORRECT
    ** No it’s not. The commitment was never really about the money – it was about the model. Gonski is a new way of making education funding equitable. Pyne & Co are handing out money in unmarked briefcases to be used however the states see fit.**

    The Coalition Government has restored the $1.2 billion that Labor ripped out of schools funding – and this brings total additional school funding over the next four years to $2.8 billion. CORRECT
    **INCORRECT. As others have said, the money was not ripped out of funding. It was on offer. The WA, NT and QLD didn’t take it up. If they had come on board – even after a Labor election victory – the money would have been provided. But it would have been subject to safeguards that ensure that the States increase their education budgets, rather than reducing their budgets by the amount the Federal government is providing.**

    No state or territory misses out. CORRECT
    ** Except perhaps those states who signed up before the election, who may yet be required to comply with the conditions of the agreements. Wouldn’t they feel jibbed now!**

    That’s good news for schools, parents and students in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory which did not have agreements with the previous government. CORRECT
    **Not really. Again, the likelihood of these states and territories both putting all the extra funds into education whilst still increasing their own state contribution is slightly less than unlikely.**

    Labor and the former Education Minister, Bill Shorten left school funding in a mess. VERY MUCH CORRECT UNFUNDED, NOT EVERY STATE AND TERRITORY, UNEVEN FUNDING BETWEEN NSW AND OTHERS ETC.
    **I understand the funding for WA, QLD and NT was unchanged from previous levels. How is this “unfunded”? Sure, they didn’t take up the extra money on offer because they couldn’t live with the conditions that were attached. Not giving them new money because they don’t want to change the way they do things is not by any description “unfunded”. But it’s nice to know they won’t have to attempt to comply with conditions now.**

    The hurried agreements signed in the dying days of the Gillard-Rudd Government meant some states secured additional funding, while others didn’t. CORRECT
    **Were you even listening at the time? Labor tried for months to get this to happen. Despite significant hurdles, through masterful negotiation and fair-go compromise, Labor got most States and Territories on board in short order, binding them to not only dedicate all the extra funds to education, but to match them with increases of their own. The liberal governments who didn’t come on board didn’t have to do so – obviously they had higher priorities than education to worry about.**

    Our announcement ensures that every student in Australia is treated exactly the same way by the Commonwealth regardless of what jurisdiction they live in. CORRECT **Perhaps. But not regardless of what school they go to or what hindrances they might have. But at least public school students in QLD will have the same low level of funding from the federal government as public school students in Victoria.**

    We have kept our commitments on school funding and delivered more funding over the next four years than promised by Labor. CORRECT
    **So now you admit they were commitments?**

    As parents approach the Christmas school holidays, they can be confident that the Coalition Government will always support their choice in education – and that whatever choice they do make, they will be properly funded. CORRECT
    **Not if the funding method continues with the old broken model they won’t. That’s what Gonski was all about – making sure all students were properly funded. But that’s too egalitarian for the Coalition, and besides, them mob in Labor done it so it must be bad.**

    Regards,
    Christopher Pyne
    Minister for Education CORRECT. YES HE IS THE MINISTER AND ABBOT IS PM. THANK YOU GOD.
    **I wonder if God cheers at the $4.5bn the Coalition has taken out of aid to starving children?**

  27. Pyne Lies! Abbott lies! (Repeat ad nauseam).

    Two words better than three (or four). Orwell is alive and well.

  28. “by the Commonwealth” is probably the sneakiest part & I’d be far from the first to point this out. States have to pretend for a week or so that they’ll spend the money on schoolkids & that’s that. The rest is just bullshit.
    P.S. I’m a bit of a Teutonophile, & the German language is probably the only one on the planet capable of describing this creature with a single word.

  29. Re reading the email I see that the “Labor ripped out $1.2 billion” lie gets a guernsey again. That’s dangerous, fitting neatly into the he said, she said style of political reporting. The ABC loves this sort of thing.

  30. Our announcement ensures that every student in Australia is treated exactly the same way by the Commonwealth regardless of what jurisdiction they live in.

    That is so obviously a lie that I am surprised the msm isn’t all over it. Not every student is treated the same, as those that had signed up to Gonski had funding from the states tied to the commonwealths funding, whereas those that were handed a suitcase of cash can do what they want. I even heard that newman has already said his suitcase is going to private schools? So, not every student is being treated exactly the same by the commonwealth. Some are tied to the Gonski models, while others are at the whim of the states. Let’s hope this is highlighted plainly for all to see.

  31. Firstly, where did Pyneocchio’s staff get the email addresses of the “lucky” recipients of his mendacious email?

    Secondly, what was the purpose of this piece of deceit? Guess he overlooked the fact that this crock of sophistry is now out there permanently & cannot be airbrushed from the archives like Abbott’s crap has.

  32. Q – “Can you pick the lies?”

    A – Yep, here it is “I ask you, have you ever read so much utter bullshit in your life?”

    Fact is that the Libs eventually got national funding happening.
    Labor had withdrawn the 1.2 billion from education as some states hadn’t signed up. The Libs restored it.

    Labor’s “6 years” of Gonski was not funded beyond the first four.

  33. Um… JohnB, are any government policies funded beyond four years? I thought that was the extent of the forward estimates. Ongoing expenses would obviously be in Labor’s forward budgeting expectations, but those are not official budgets. Honest enquiry, I don’t want to be confused.

  34. Mr. Pyne, the reason for the Australian kids going backwards. especially those at the bottom, is the SES funding model, from the Howard government. This was identified by David Gonski and his panel.

    After much research, the found a funding model to meet this challenged.

    Mr. Pyne, it is not those at the top, private schools, which are funded at a higher rate, that need help.

    No Mr. Pyne the many millions spent power the last six years, that is amiss. It is the way it is spent.

    Mer. Pyne. all that money spent on upgrading schools, digitalizing teaching aid and equipment is not waste. It is what is needed to educate kidss in this day and age.

    Mr. Pyne, Better Schools does address all you say is necessary.

    It focus on raising the standards of teachers. It focused of giving school autonomy for day to day running of schools.

    Better Schools is also bout improving curriculum.

    It is also asked by Gonski, that the scheme be under constant revision.

    Mr. Pyne this needs information and date to be recorded. It needs overseeing of the model form an central point.

    It needs commitment from all states and education bodies to succeed.

    It needs Better Schools to proceed in full.

    The Gillard has to make cuts to s the scheme. owing to the economy inability to pay at this time.

    No more cuts can be made.

    Mr. Pyne, one cannot run a eduction system for the nation, based on the prejudices and gut feelings of the minister.

    Mr. Pyne it is the SES model, which the last government used for most of it’s term that is at fault.

  35. What you say is a fact isn’t JohnB.

    Whenever a Liberal starts anything with “truth is” or “fact is” then you know it isn’t.

    In the meantime in a global study Australia has slipped further behind in the education rankings and this can be directly attributed to Howard’s broken education policy, the one Gonski was trying to fix after years of research and study, and Pyne up until a week ago wanted to go back to Howard’s very flawed model.

    Just another in a long line of things that Howard completely stuffed up and the consequences of which are still reverberating today and will well into the future. It is going to take a very long time and huge amounts of spending to fix all that Howard broke, and none of this was necessary if he had done the right thing by the country in the first place.

    Now we have Abbott and cohorts attempting to drag us back to that flawed government thus screwing Australia for many more decades down the track than necessary.

  36. I wonder if Brandis signed that writ, because he asked the security mob to makes the raids, or did they ask him.

    The lawyer did say he raise the matter with Gillard, but did not say what her reaction was.

    I have never liked the deal that was made at the time,. I believe we acted in a miserable manner.

    I believe that the gas and oil does belong to the Timorese.

  37. Bruce Haigh said last night, and seem to mean it, he would not believe one word that comes from this government. Drum ABC 24.

  38. We have kept our commitments on school funding and delivered more funding over the next four years than promised by Labor. CORRECT
    **So now you admit they were commitments?**

    OzFenric that’s the first time I’ve seen Tweed admit that Abbott and his government blatantly told a massive lie.

  39. This government is dumping the protections, that are giving women fleeing from abuse under their culture. Such things as honour killings are involved.

    Is there anything that this government will not rescind that was put in place over the last six years.

    Did the voters give Abbott a mandate, to erase all of the last two governments.

    Abbott once again fled from the cricket do, without questioning.

  40. ..It’s as if half of Australia’s brain is misfiring, when the entire brain is also shrinking.

    Last week, when I suggested that Treasurer Joe Hockey’s decision to tip $8.8 billion into the Reserve Bank’s capital reserves looked excessive when Abbott and Pyne said they could not find the $1.2 billion taken out of the Gonski education reforms by Labor before the election, some readers argued that because Hockey’s money would turn a profit (when the Australian dollar fell) it was an ‘investment’ (Hockey gambles while Pyne welches, November 28).

    Strangely enough, education is also seen as an ‘investment’ by the Shanghai schools that continue to make “mind boggling” progress at the top of Pisa league tables, according to the Pisa study’s director, Andreas Schleicher.

    Abbott and Pyne have now found that money, and have promised it to the states that did not sign up to the Gonski reforms. However, it is only an investment if it is spent wisely – Pyne is yet to reveal exactly what the hurriedly put together deals with Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland entail.

    The problem for the Coalition is that the Gonski reforms had bi-partisan support, including some true-believer reforming zeal from the Coalition New South Wales government of Barry O’Farrell.

    Repoliticising it now is almost a tragedy for the kids whose place in the Pisa leagues tables will almost certainly be lower when the survey is run again in three years’ time.

    Labor smells blood in the water, and will do its best to turn the issue into a political weapon.

    What’s missing is a leader – perhaps one like Paul Keating – who can shout all of these people down and put the bipartisan approach to quality education reform back on track. The ‘clever country’ that Hawke briefly tried to sketch out is rapidly being erase..

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/12/4/national-affairs/fiddling-gonski-while-shanghai-learns?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=535788&utm_campaign=kgb&modapt=

  41. I have heard Mr. Pyne say, that Labor wasted the money on upgrading schools and laptops. Which by the way was sector blind.

    Parents, can you tell me, what in your local school, what you see as waste., Tell me what you would like to see sent back.

    Are the the schools as Mr. Pyne claims, full of bad teachers, poor behaviour, a place where parents are not encouraged to be involved.

    Do you believe that no more money should be spent on your child.

    Do you want all the computers, electronics white boards, outdated libraries, science and language laboratories remove.

    Do you believe these aid are not necessary for education, in this century.

    Do you believe it is all about rote learning, discipline and phonics.
    If so, back Pyne.

    If you believe what Pyne is saying, those in Independent private schools will also be demanding they go back to basics, strip themselves of the luxury aids, so they can pay lower fees.

    Yes halve the teacher numbers, so that fees fall.

    This is the basis of Pyne’s argument. Money does not count.

  42. Another day, another controversy.

    We seem to have one each day.

    Today, we seem to be upping the ante, by having more than one.

  43. By the way, the Harcther one might take all out on the Central Coast, including the now recumbent in Thomson’s seat. and other senior Liberal people.

  44. **So now you admit they were commitments?**

    And even under this arrangement, they are not keeping them. Handing out money without getting the states to uphold the their side of Gonski funding is not reflecting a ‘unity ticket’ by any stretch of the imagination.

  45. Will someone please tell Pyne, that Gonski agree 100% with him. That is what Gonski and Better Schools is about.

    If he read it, he might just come to the conclusion, there is no need to re-invent the wheel when it comes to education.

    I would be surprised, if Gonski or any other expert agree with him, that the money Gillard spent on upgrading school environment is waste.

    It was Pyne that confined the debate to a money envelope, not Labor or those that support Better Schools.

    They have been saying all along, the argument is not about money, but how it is spent.

    All agree,except Pyne, that the SES model is broken, and is the cause of the system failing.

  46. As well as that Tom they have not tabled one detail on how the money is to be spent by the non-Gonski signatories.

    Under Gonski, each school and each child in each school was assessed against a criteria and funding supplied under that criteria, around $1 of State funding for every $2 of Federal funding.

    Abbott clearly stated during the election campaign that they would match Labor’s policy school for school, child for child. Unless they get the recalcitrant states to also undertake the commitment of the signed up states then the promise is still broken.

  47. As well as that Tom they have not tabled one detail on how the money is to be spent by the non-Gonski signatories.

    Precisely ME. As you say, they both, tabot and pyne, said that the funding would remain the same for each and every school. By leaving the non Gonski states to do with that money what they want, they immediately break that promise.

    Hammer these liars for all it’s worth. They should not get away with this.

  48. Tom and ME, all that Pyne says he wants to do, will happen under Better Schools, Yes, he does not have to re-invent the wheel
    The answers are there, in Better Schools.

    Look like Hockey and Morrison are to take on the load in QT today.

  49. Pyne just said that the SES model delivered ten more percent to education. Was that extra ten percent. that SES delivered wasted in Pyne’s eyes.

  50. Does anyone really believes that improving infrastructure within schools. bringing therm into this century is not needed. or is waste.

    The money spent under Gillard’s education revolution should have taken pressure off upkeep of schools, and allowing them to focused on quality.

  51. Pyne likes to claim:

    that while education funding has increased 44% in the last decade, education standards have declined.

    He argues that resources are not the issue but teacher quality, principal autonomy and parental engagement.

    Yet:

    Australia’s spend on education as a proportion of GDP has declined from 4.9% in 1999 to 4.4% in 2011.

    Figures also show that only 71% of Australian government spending goes to public schools. The majority of the increase in government school funding over the past decade has gone to private schools. Since 2010, more than A$5 billion has been removed from public education in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

    Yes there are lies, damn lies and Pyne’s statistics.

    Further reading at: http://theconversation.com/from-gonski-to-gone-to-gonski-again-school-funding-future-remains-uncertain-21025

  52. Kate Ellis has asked the QT that needs answering. What version of Pyne is the right one. Is it spending the money or not.

    Pyne has twisted a very clear question, to give a fake answer.

  53. The Deputy Opposition last night gave a speech on how the cuts to foreign aid is hurting people.
    Over night, the FM has told Beasley to announce restoring the cuts they made.

    +So, if Abbott finds something is seen as unpopular, he will reverse the decion just as Bishop announced, and Pyne earlier in the week. Same goes for GrainCorp, he will reverse the decision quickly.

    Throw money at any problems that arise, as Howard did.

  54. Mr. Dutton, as shadow health minister, what did you do in the last six years.

    I take it, one would believe if you bothered to take and interest in health, asking a question now and then, you would have been aware of the mess, you say Labor left.
    Why are you so surprised to find so now. This is something you should have been well aware of.

    Bowen now on MPI. I think it might be on debt.

  55. Now the police are claiming Thomson used an alias while booking escort services.

    Yes, he used the name Thompson, not Thomson.

    Used Thomson on the alleged dockets.

    I thought any alleged crimes committed in NSW where withdrawn, because they cannot be prosecuted under Victorian law.

    If so, why has this matter even been raised.

    Still does not explain, why the dockets also showed they were not process but denied.

  56. Former federal MP Craig Thomson used the alias Jeff Thomson when he used union funds to pay for an escort named Tracey at a Sydney motel, a court has heard.

    The funds were part of the $28,449 of Health Services Union (HSU) member fees that prosecutors allege Thomson misused.

    The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on another occasion Thomson used union funds to catch a taxi to a Sydney brothel named Tiffany’s Girls, where he used a union credit card to pay $418 for sexual services in the “Red Turbo Spa Room”.

    Prosecutor Lesley Taylor said Thomson would then instruct HSU staff to enter the allegedly misused money as legitimate expenses in the HSU accounts.

    Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg on Tuesday struck out 78 of the 224 dishonesty charges Thomson faced for allegedly using union credit cards to withdraw cash and pay for items including escorts and hotel rooms while national secretary of the HSU and a Labor MP.

    He ruled that those charges could not be heard in Victoria.

    Crown prosecutors will fight that ruling in the Victorian Supreme Court later on Wednesday in a bid to have the charges reinstated.

    The hearing in the magistrates court continues.

    http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/thomson-used-alias-for-escort-court-told-20131204-2ypve.html

  57. What that report really tells us, is that the matter is too serious for the politicians to continue as they are.

    It is time for Pyne to take the blinkers off, sit down with the experts, including Gonski, the states, the academics, Labor and especially his department and leave the politics behind.

    Mr. Pyne, you would grow in statue, if you went down this path.

    Naphine is now blaming Gillard. I wonder how he comes to that conclusion, as her runs the schools.

    Gillard bought the states,screaming and yelling, into this century. With Better Schools, she did convince most, even getting them to add to the funding pool themselves.

  58. Pyne must also read Orwell, along with his love of Shake spear, and another author, of drama that does not come to mind.

    …….The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them … To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.
    ..

    http://clubtroppo.com.au/2013/12/03/the-unbearable-automaticity-of-being/

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  61. If Labor took the money why did Pyne say a few weeks ago that the money was sucked back into the LNP money box because it was just sitting there? Pyne is a twat and needs to resign from government altogether!

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