Robert Bruce

Coonabarabran, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA


Joined May 31st 2009

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Doubtful Puppet

February 24th 2014 09:41
Doubtful Puppet
He’s not available for comment,
awkward questions he won’t answer,
He’s very good at dodging
like a skilful dancer.

As for governing the country
well, anyone can see
he’s conspicuous by his silence
on what we want to see.

An open, honest government
he promised, time and time again
but I doubt I’ll live to see it
I’ll be very dead by then.

Orders issue from his office
like wet concrete from a mixer,
but is he really doing this?
or is he just the fixer?

When things go very wrong
like the death on Manus thing,
was it he who gave the orders,
or someone else who pulls his string?
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What's in Store for 2014

December 30th 2013 03:06
What’s in Store for 2014

Well, the Abbot led Government has certainly shown its true colours, hasn’t it? A far cry from the load of twaddle they put out to the public during the September 2103 elections. So many – ‘cost savings’ lined up to help balance the National Budget. I wonder how much of what we are told is fact, and how much is purely for political reasons. Whatever is the truth, we, the poor public, will be the losers.

I have not seen, nor heard of, even the vaguest hint of how the Government is going to try to increase its income. Any business knows that if the income doesn’t make it, then the business will fail miserably. A Government is really no different, they have to have sufficient in the kitty to pay the cost of running the country. How about it Joe Hockey? What are you going to do to stop the ever increasing debt you are making the taxpayers repay?

I could suggest many things, but there is not one elected member of Parliament who would support reducing politicians perks. Then again, the miners, who are making billions from their operations, could easily do without the subsidies they get, and Joe, you may even decide to make the mining companies pay their full tax charges, instead of about 13 % of them.
The so-called ‘ Foreign investment program’ will do nothing for our country in the longer term, except ensure that the wealth generated from Australia goes anywhere but to Australians.

What’s in store for us Australians from the Abbott led Government – nothing but more poverty, poorer general health, and reduced services to anyone and everyone outside of Parliament. Of course, the wealthy top of the tree, the smaller percentage of the population, won’t give a stuff; they simply say ‘Up you Jack, I’m all right.’

The latest thing that really concerns me is that while the Abbott family are in France for holidays, policy for the Coalition Govt is being produced by the ‘Staffers’ in the Prime Minister’s Office. How does democracy work if those who are not elected make the decisions rightly the responsibility of the ELECTED members of the House? This proposal to do away with Bulk Billing by GP’s frightens me. Will genuinely sick people stop going to get the treatment they need? I think Mr Abbot should do what he accused the former prime minister of not doing when she went home to her parent’s for Christmas, stay at the helm of the nation’s Government. After all, that’s what he is paid to do.

And they say this is a lucky Country.
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One Hundred Days

December 16th 2013 00:00
One Hundred Days

Well, fancy having a coalition Government for 100 days to contemplate. It’s a shame that Parliament was not sitting for most of that time, but, I doubt that anything would have been achieved anyway. Mr Abbott is still in his ‘negative’ opposition mode when it comes to legislation. He has taken away so much from Australia on the premise that it is necessary to make up for Labour’s failures. [ not by legislation, only where he does NOT have to front the elected parliamentarians]

I think that the Coalition has to get on with the “POSITIVE” side of governing and stop blaming others. Whatever the situation was before, he did not do it [He does very little, Credlin does most of his work]. However, he is now in charge and he has to take that responsibility, not blame someone else. He is claiming all sorts of achievements for his first 100 days as prime Minister but I doubt he has achieved anything of note.

He has been successful in alienating the Indonesian Government by his , less than diplomatic comments on the spy thing. He has failed to make any improvement in the asylum seeker fiasco, and he has given two ‘out-of-service' customs patrol boats to Sri Lanka, to help them catch the persecuted Tamils trying to leave that country, and take them back, perhaps for further persecution. He has ordered himself a super duper bomb proof, bullet proof limousine from BMW, even though they never submitted a tender at all. Other car makers did, and I believe Holden won that tender process.

Of course he did give 8 billion dollars of tax payers money to the Reserve Bank, but he had to do that, they were losing money. He did take away a wage increase for the poorer paid Child Care workers, ha also made a mess of aged care workers conditions. Of course he will do something much better for the whole range of workers, but no one knows what, or when that may happen.

The list is much longer but my eyes are getting tired and my appointment to get my cataracts done is at least a year away. Elective surgery has a long waiting time; for pensioners, a long, long, long waiting time. Many of us die before we get such surgery done. Of course, that would save the Government some money too.
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Stop the Boats

December 11th 2013 02:17
Stop the Boats

We’ll stop the boats, said Abbott


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Schools and Gonski

December 2nd 2013 08:54
Schools and Gonski

Labours education funding was


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Disaster Demonstrated

December 2nd 2013 06:02

The Coalition has shown its intentions now that the election is over and done with. I have not seen, nor heard of, one single positive for the Australian people since the Abbott led party took office. They simply want to change everything the previous Government has done, not because there is anything wrong with it, but because it doesn’t suit the puppet masters who are pulling the strings of Abbott and Co.

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Cut - cut - cut

November 11th 2013 01:51
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The Sound of Silence

November 2nd 2013 04:56
The Sound of Silence

The election is over, the counting is done except for one seat still in dispute, but our Federal Parliament does not sit. That means our political machine is simply not available to assert the checks and balances of a democratic government. But democracy is long dead now and the only things growing are corruption, greed, and abuse of power; power that should never be given to those who seek it at all cost


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Remembrance Day

October 25th 2013 05:41
It's not far to 11th of November so I thought i would remind people to remember, on Remembrance day.


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Fiddling the Finances

October 16th 2013 21:55

Fiddling the Finances

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Recent Comments

Comment by Robert Bruce
on Shake Like A Jelly

July 31st 2009 22:55
Earthquakes are frightening things wherever they occur. Papua New guinea gave me an incentive to read a bit about them and then I went to New Zealand for a number of years. Another country prone to them. Mother nature is still settling our planet down and may have a way to go yet. We humans are extremely vulnerable when our solid planet shakes. I am in Australia now, my homeland, and even here there are quakes.

Thanks to you both for your comments and may we all be free of major shakes.

Cheers

Bob

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Comment by Robert Bruce
on I'm not a Blogger!

July 6th 2009 07:33
Hi Lis. You may not be a Blogger, but you are doing well anyway.

Go get em!!

Love

Bob

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I can't vote for my friends as the system won't let me.When I try I get the message that says I have already voted.

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Comment by Robert Bruce
on I'm not a Blogger!

July 5th 2009 09:10
I agree with Lis on most things except writing. My main focus on writing is poetry, hers is everything else but poetry. I too, am testing the waters of blogging. My very first try is right here on Orble. I wan to find out which way the waters flows, same as Lis.
I am a writer, and a social animal as well. We do have a lot of lovely parrots hereabouts. White cockatoo and Galah being just two species.

Any assistance on how to be a good blogger would be appreciated.
Cheers

Bob

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Lis and i do not use the same computer. We have one each. I am not as active on Orble as Lis is, as I have other commitments for a few months and may have more time after that. the voting system as is, in my mind, too easily abused for popularity points and should be discarded. However. it's up to the site owners to change as they see fit. I am just another writer with something to say.
Cheers and best wishes

Bob

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Comment by Robert Bruce
on That 'Electric ' Feeling

July 4th 2009 05:18
You never know, do you. Thanks Trish for your supporting comment. Out here where I live we have about 250 miles of high tension power lines to keep happy before we get power. Mind, it's a pretty good service mostly. Just seems logical to use all that sunshine out there. Be no good today as there is a thick cloud cover and it's B----- cold.

Cheers my dear

Bob

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Comment by Robert Bruce
on Post Mortem - Bush Fire

July 2nd 2009 23:22
It seems that the Govt of the day only has the political will to do anything as long as there is a benefit for either the Politician concerned or his/her party. No benefit, no further action. Shame really when a lot of the losses could be avoided by a bit of forward planning, real planning.

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Comment by Robert Bruce
on Caption this cat!

July 2nd 2009 10:36
My caption would be : " What?" in top left hand corner with "You gotta be kiddin" across the bottom. That looks one concerned Kitty.

Cheers and best wishes

Bob

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