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Stunning Donald Trump snub to Australian Prime Minister

So PM Turnbull does not get an invite to the Inauguration but Pauline Hanson and her Senators do. Can anybody remember such a magnificent full on diplomatic snub as this?
Remember how Turnbull snubbed Trump by announcing Australia would ratify the “Paris Climate Accord whatever it is dead thing” on exactly the day Donald Trump was elected. Just so telling. But what are the implications for US – Australian relations and policy? Search my blog Trump – Search my blog Darwin

Australian Government financial disasters

I will add to this list and links as ideas come in. We may be the lucky country but surely stupidity will extract a price one day. All these issues would make articles in their own right.

[1] AUSSAT $700mill losses & debts rolled over into Pay TV 1990’s,
[2] $6Bn Collins Class Submarines 1990’s – duds we are still stuck with,
[3] Electricity privatisations started in 1990’s – looking at our ballooning power prices would we have been better off keeping the old State Electricity Commissions? Despite the feather-bedded unions.
[4] MRET scheme making 3 worse and harming our electricity grid into the bargain – ongoing multi $Bn’s as taxpayers fund wind & solar that can never power our 24/7 grid,
[5] Defence purchases eg MRH-90 helicopters $4.2Bn,
[6] Frequently delayed and poorly performing F-35 fighters $24Bn alone,
[7] Eastern States Desalination plants ~$20Bn,
[8] Rudd Labor watering down border laws $11.6 billion over five years,
[9] Decades of anti-damism – after not building the Franklin Dam in the 80’s,
[10] Antifracking hysteria affecting gas exploration policy in face of rising prices,
[11] Building the Education Revolution $16.2Bn – More money for Education = worse results,
[12] Adelaide Hospital third most expensive building in the world $2.1Bn,
[13] Inability to control rogue unions like CFMEU which affects 12 and all other construction est +$10Bn,
[14] NBN a future $100Bn mediocre performer?
[15] Buying 12 French submarines before even a prototype is built future $50Bn,
[16] The GST carve up which rewards the basket case States SA & Tas.
[17] Various States and GreenLabor anti-nuclear policies.
[18] Climate change policies – have a effect in 4, 7, 10, multi-$Bn’s.
[19] Just been told about this from Toytown 17 Jan 2017. Amazing construction stuffup with Sydney Metro NorthWest rail bridge.
“Investigation reveals ‘disappointing’ failures in Skytrain construction”

Please send in useful links and analysis. I must have been half asleep to leave the Rudd MkI Pink Batts and School Halls stimulus projects off the list. Also forgot to add GreenLabor’s Murray Darling Basin Plan to waste more dam water to the ocean.

David Archibald on our Defence shambles

The Last Two Liberal Prime Ministers Destroyed Australia’s Defence Capability
Following is a little Editors Vent. How is it we are so badly governed? With a Senate so hard to work with you can understand Govt being unable to balance the budget. But when events are just gifted by our super power ally you would imagine it takes little brainpower to accommodate their requirements. The US wants to base B1 bombers here which would mean lengthening the runway at Tindal. A rational Govt would just get on and let the earthmoving and construction contracts -just do it – it is like getting free B1’s. Lets hope the F-22 Raptors get to be based here without problems.
The unfinished business is to buy back the lease on the Port of Darwin – amazing this is not even on the agenda. As if we want the movements of our forces and our allies overlooked by the Chinese for 99 years – madness.

Australian Govt. gifts votes to Pauline Hanson One Nation

The Pauline Hanson One Nation party (PHON) is the only party with a rational climate/carbon/electricity price policy – see points 1 to 6.
Electricity prices are unstable and rising. Check out how this morning at about 6.20am wholesale AEMO RRP prices jumped in NSW, Qld, SA even Tas, why did Vic price not reflect whatever happened? Choose the 5min data. The pictured article is from the ABC. ABC explains carbon tax history.