Courtesy of Piers Akerman/Daily Telegraph:
Piers Akerman –, Tuesday, April, 09, 2013, (3:23am)
COMMUNICATIONS Minister Stephen Conroy was caught telling two lies yesterday and Greens Senate candidate, Simon Sheik, the former GetUp! supremo, one.
Not a bad bag considering that the minority government’s liar-in-chief Julia Gillard was in China.
Conroy came asunder when he told ABC radio that his extravagantly expensive Not Bloody Necessary broadband network was subject to a corporate plan signed off by the Auditor-General.
He had to say something as The Daily Telegraph had earlier revealed a Coalition-commissioned analysis which indicated the NBN would cost up to $94 billion to complete.
Not a bad cost overrun for a project the Labor Party initially said would cost just $4 billion.
In trying to claw back some credibility, Conroy claimed: “The NBN is being built. We have nearly one million homes under construction at the moment. The corporate plan, audited by the Auditor-General, is produced each year.
“And what you are seeing in that corporate plan is $37.4 billion is the cost of building the NBN, not as today the Coalition are claiming, $90 billion.”
But the Auditor-General has not in fact audited NBN’s corporate plan, signing off only on its annual financial statements.
As Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull said: “The NBN Co’s corporate plan has not been audited by the Auditor-General. Conroy’s statement that it has been is false and he knows it.”
Senator Conroy’s claim the network is also on track to connect one million households is also being disputed.
NBN Co. admitted last month that only 190,000 to 220,000 homes would be passed by its cable by July this year, well under the 341,000 target in its corporate plan and 1.3 million predicted by Gillard in December 2010.
“What we’re seeing again from Stephen Conroy is the use of a completely meaningless metric designed to exaggerate the progress of the NBN and hide the fact that in terms of houses actually passed, Labor will be lucky to get to around 15 per cent of its original target of passing 1.3 million houses by June,” Turnbull said.
Conroy second lie came when he confirmed Labor had completely abandoned its failed media reform package.
“As we said, the policy if parliament wanted to vote for it, it could vote for it; if it didn’t want to, then that was the end of it,” he said.
But Labor didn’t even take its miserable piece of legislation to parliament to see if anyone wanted to vote for its attempt to muzzle the media. Maybe there would be have been some idiot who would have stuck his or her hand for the repressive, regressive censorship.
Now we will never know how stupid Conroy’s followers are but we do know how far he wants to go.
Green Senate candidate Sheikh was exposed as standout hypocrite for his attempt to deny that the Greens were seeking foreigners to work on the election campaign in return for a free flight to Australia and food and board.
The Greens have been as noisy as Labor and sections of the union movement in attacking skilled foreign workers on 457 visas.
But as with Labor and the unions, the Greens are just as keen to import staff if they can get away with it.
The Australian’s Troy Bramston published a copy of the Greens’ offer and it clearly says the party is “looking for people to come to Australia and help out on the campaign”.
The letter, from his campaign manager Ellen Sandell to internal affiliates said: “In particular we need a data manager to manage our Nation Builder system (manage our volunteer, donor and voter contact data, as well as help with website and emails).”
“It’s a volunteer role but we could pay for your flight to Australia, give you free accommodation and cover your food costs and incidentals. We’re looking for someone from ASAP until September.”
Sheikh later told The Australian that the email clearly sought a “volunteer” rather than a “worker”.
Spot the difference?
The cheapskate Greens were hoping to get something for nothing – even as they rail against employers who want to fill jobs they can’t find Australians for.
As my late mate Larry “Wildman” Fischer used to sing about the rock music industry “All you ever meet is liars and swindlers”.
And he didn’t meet a Labor or a Green politician before dying in Los Angeles two years ago.
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