As noted by contributor Möbius Echo,
They are racking up the worsts, this government.
Worst PM ever;
Worst Immigration Minister;
Worst Eleventy Minister;
. . . and all their other ministers, everyone the worst performers in their portfolios;
the worst Speaker ever by a long shot, was also the worst Minister in all the portfolios she was bounced around, like her Health Ministership where she supported tobacco advertising;
. . . and the worst government ever in the shortest time ever.
By the way what is it with the Liberals and their support for the tobacco industry. They go on with faux concern about asylum seekers drowning but have no problems supporting an industry that kills tens of thousands of Australians each year. Bloody murderers.
And now to add to the “worst” list . . .
An organisation that has been advising Australian governments on alcohol and drug policy for almost half a century shut its doors on Friday.
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia, which has operated since 1966, was placed in voluntary administration in November after Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash decided it would receive no further funding.
Would this be on a par with closing down the Healthy food star ratings website? And yes it seems that it was Nash herself who was in the thick of it.
The senior government bureaucrat in charge of the new healthy food star ratings has been stripped of responsibility for the program.
The change comes after the healthy food star rating website was published and then quickly taken down at the insistence of federal Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash and her chief of staff.
No accidents there, and although Alastair Furnival became the fall guy, it was Nash herself; with Furnival clearly having her full support.
A powerful food industry lobby group says it contacted Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash to raise concerns about a Government food star rating website the same day it was pulled down.
Mike Daube, spokesman on alcohol, Public Health Association of Australia: ”It just beggars belief that a minister responsible for alcohol seems to be taking policy decisions without talking with any of the key groups,”.
Does it beggar belief? Or rather is this decision somewhat aligned to Nash’s decision to take down the healthy food star rating website?
Mr Furnival resigned two weeks ago following revelations about his role in taking down a healthy food rating website and his co-ownership of a company that had lobbied for the junk food industry. The company had also performed work for the liquor industry as recently as 2012.
Therefore not content with trashing and the intended trashing of the working conditions and wages of all of us: Today (19th February), data released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show annual wage growth is at the lowest level since records started in 1997 – even lower than during the depths of the Global Financial Crisis. . . wage growth is so weak, it has fallen below inflation meaning we now have real wage deflation – and clearly the health and wellbeing of Australians is of insignificant concern to this government compared with $s from those with vested interests – plus trashing Australia’s reputation on climate change, and that is aside from our reputation on the treatment of asylum seekers, there are the other issues which will only serve to reduce the quality of life plus the living standards of all Australians.
The Australian government is insulting the sovereignty of other countries with plans to dismantle its climate change policies. . .
Lord Deben, head of the UK Committee on Climate Change told RTCC that Australia’s attitude to reducing its carbon emissions was “very sad” and “something I feel very personally about.”
“It lets down the whole British tradition that a country should have become so selfish about this issue that it’s prepared to spoil the efforts of others and to foil what very much less rich countries are doing,” he said.
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