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How do Australian Political Leaders compare to those overseas?

How  do we see our Australian Leaders in comparison to those Heads of States and Prime Ministers and Presidents from Overseas?


Do we take our Leaders for granted or aren't they up to the task?

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Putin's Response to Russia's COVID-19 Crisis Angers Medical Workers   Anger is growing among medical professionals in Russia at insufficient COVID-19 protections and promised bonus payments that have not materialized,Adding to the mounting discontent with President Vladimir Putin's handling of the coronavirus crisis. At the start of April, Putin announced that nurses, paramedics and ambulance drivers would get monthly payouts of between 25,000 and 50,000 roubles (AU$ 530 and 1060) with doctors at the frontline being told to expect payments of around 80,000 roubles.
However a month later, most are yet to see the money and many have shared images on social media of payslips that display bonuses up to 100 timesSmaller than promised. Those who have formally complained have received visits from law enforcement, according to multiple reports. The head of the Moscow-based League for the Protection of Doctors, Simon Galperin, has said he fears that Russia will have the Highest number of doctors sickened by the virus in the world and that the federal and regional governments are not taking their Concerns seriously. 

"The problem is that our officials don't want to agree with the situation. In a lot of cases when we found that a doctor became ill,

Officials have said that this is not because he was working in hospital, this is not connected with his job. It was from outside of his working

Place," Galperin told Newsweek.

"It is a huge problem but it is difficult to prove," he added.

In early May, medical staff protested outside of a hospital in Armavir in the southern Krasnodar region. One Moscow doctor claimed that the

Bonuses for April which varied between $2 to $120, were calculated by the hour.

The staff of prime minister Mikhail Mishustin, who was himself diagnosed with COVID-19, have been in the firing line for the unpaid bonuses and

He has complained that there was not enough clarity in the Putin's decree for the increased payments, giving regional officials loopholes not to pay out.

Galperin said that medical staff are not getting the money "because of the regional government and regional ministers of health care who are

Trying to avoid the payment."

a desk with a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Russian President Vladimir Putin during a teleconference call at Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, on May 22, 2020. Last month he ordered that medical staff receive bonus payments for their COVID-19 work. ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/Getty Images © ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin during a teleconference call at Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, on May 22, 2020. Last month he ordered that medical staff receive bonus payments for their COVID-19 work. ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/Getty Images

Anna Arutunyan, author of The Putin Mystique and senior Russian analyst at the International Crisis Group, said it has been problematic that the president delegated the COVID-19 response to the regions without giving them sufficient financial and administrative resources.

"Unfortunately the people who bear the brunt of this are going to be the doctors, because they have been traditionally treated like service workers," she told Newsweek.

The dispute about pay and PPE deficiencies has added to rancor against Putin and the authorities, which differs from pro-democracy campaigners' protests about his rule.

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What a crock.  This is realy a pay cut because inflation has not reversed the increases in living costs.  Pay you miserable lot, after all you only decide where to spend TAXPAYERS money

Casual teachers and nurses also missed out on JobKeeper. 

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No body complained when John Howard and Costello sold iron ore to China and came up with a huge surplas thanks to the Chinese Comunist Party.

No one complained whenthey signed the free trade agreement including Austraian jobs.

No one complained when they leased the NT ports to China.


Looks like the poor performing ScoMo needs a distraction and why not blame Labor as they always do.

China's new trade threat: Communist regime puts $16BILLION in natural gas exports on the line as it ramps up attacks on Australia over COVID inquiry


The communist superpower has imposed a tax on barley and banned some Aussie beef after the Morrison government called for an inquiry into coronavirus.


The Premiers in New South Wales and Queensland have a frosty relationship, which may be contributing to tensions about border closures during the coronavirus crisis, insiders say. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and New South Wales' Gladys Berejiklian 'just don't like each other', a former political insider said. Ms Palaszczuk reportedly pulled Ms Berejiklian into line during a Council of Australian Government meeting after the latter took over from Mike Baird in 2017.      

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Can't understand the Border issue between NSW and Quensland.  Yhe residents of NSW can only travel outside of their limited area from today, within NSW.

Get your own house in order and stop being a muppet for ScoMo. 

How do Australian Political Leaders compare to those overseas?

• Vladimir Putin, Russia — clever, devious ... cross him at your peril.
• Xi Jinping, China — power freak ... very dangerous to world stability.
• Donald Trump, US — mad as a meat axe ... totally unpredictable.
• Boris Johnson, UK — all front ... bumbling, indecisive.
• Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey — hardline ... very dangerous character.
• Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil — far-right, foul-mouthed ... another worry.
• Angela Merkel, Germany — very up-front ... seems to get on top of stuff quickly.
• Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines — likes bragging about killing people ... enough said.

My answer ... pretty good by comparison.

You did forget the lia from the shire, lazy, incompetent, secretive, bully boy, all bluster no substance. A poor copy of the trumpet.

I had to Google 'liar from the shire' to find out to whom 4b2 was referring, had never heard the epithet before. The description made me immediately think of Donald Trump although a recent past Treasurer (not Scomo) was a lesser candidate. Today is not a total waste as I learned something new.

:) 4b2 ... was concentrating on the overseas examples.

Our leaders are only a reflection of ourselves because we choose to elect them. It wasn't my idea to vote in Dopey Dumpling Danderous Dictator Chairman Big Ears Dan in Victoria. I blame all the fools who voted for him!


Your post reminds me of another even more dopier Big Eared pollie that actuall made it to the top GOOD OLD TONY,what a horrible memory. 

Your post reminds me of another even more dopier Big Eared pollie that actuall made it to the top GOOD OLD TONY,what a horrible memory. 

"Dictator Dan/Red Shirt Dan/Comrade Dan's"  ears are BIGGER!  :)

OK. Back to business in NSW.  Now where are those developers?  

1. Is 'TrigaBLUFF' up to his usual standard, firing those who don't agree with him? Legal or not! "A lawyer ... alleges he was sacked from ... Meriton for refusing to lie in an affidavit" SMH 29 May 2020.

2. Brookfield, one of the bidders to 'pick over the carcus of Virgin and ultimate owner of Luna Park in Sydney is overseeing the plundering of more precious open space (outside the original Luna Park 'envelope') to expand its holding.  This is Brookfields only investment in an amusement park anywhere in the world but is owner of one of Australia's largest developers, Multiplex. Why would they want more pubic property turned over to them?  Wouldn't you want 250 metre harbour shoreline on Sydney Harbour for $1?

3. Why do we need to move the PowerHouse museum? It is said that the PowerHouse has more than 10 times its current displayed items at Darlng Harbour in storage.  Why not be like other such institutions around the world and build a second site?  Leave the one at Darling Harbour and build another site at Parramatta.  Then smaller versions at half a dozen locations across the regions of NSW,  Why NOT?  Government is completely wedded to selling YOUR assets to developers who deliver apartments like the Mascot Towers, Opal Towers at Sydney Olympic Park, etc. etc.  Oh well there goes Darling Harbour.

4.  During the lock down period Gladys put up further assets for bidding.  Almost all of the balance of Sydney Buses.  This is particularly galling as she gave the impression at a political rally during the last elections that this would 'never happen'.  Waiting until measures were in place to prevent public protest is somewhat underhanded.  Yes? No?

The list goes on and there will be more.  The plunders are back.  Look out.


How front groups for the Chinese Communist Party use charity events, youth nights and feelgood causes to  cozy up to politicians and wield influence in Australia


A shadowy group within the Chinese Communist Party, known as the United Front, cleverly influences public opinion by setting up a series of community groups. Then there are pro-China politicians.


Chinese state media has urged Scott Morrison to 'muzzle' a group of anti-China MPs known as the Wolverines to avoid 'irreversible damage'.  

  Earlier this year Mr Hastie  and Kimberley Kitching went for dinner with the US ambassador Arthur B Culvahouse in Canberra. The Global Times accused them of making him an 'honorary' member of the Wolverines 


Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during the closing ceremony of the third session of the 13th National People's Congress on 28 May



What about the Queensland government recently bragging about the company that recently announced a multi billion dollar investment in the Q'land gas harvest and the uncountable jobs, mostly short term construction, but not mentioned as shot term.

Then at the very last 10 seconds and in a very quiet voice the company was thanked for this big gift to Australian future, the words were something like a Chinese company spoken so queitly you would miss the truth.

When are we going to stop giving all out rescourses to China so we loose our own country.

If China wants to be lttle hittlers about Barley and other rescources long enough so we reduce the price they should be told to take a long walk off a short pier.

Take them off our trade list for everything for 6 months and see who comes crawling back.

Our politicians need to get some guts and stop crawling up Chinas backside.





To right!

We also need to start making ALL our own stuff and rely on NO ONE

Ms Berejiklian (pictured) defended her government's plan, saying it was necessary to help the economy and protect more jobs

 Ms Berejiklian (pictured) defended her government's plan, saying it was necessary to help the economy and protect more jobs 

Today host Allison Langdon has accused the NSW government of ignoring the sacrifices made by brave frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic as it tries to freeze their pay. 

The controversial decision to award huge pay rises to bureaucrats while denying increases to ordinary public sector workers prompted the fierce TV debate on Wednesday.

New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian tried to defend the government's plans, with Ms Langdon calling it a 'bad look'.

The state government is hoping to save millions in a series of budget cuts, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter the economy.

This includes a pay freeze for all public sector workers, including firefighters who tackled the fatal bushfires, as well as nurses and doctors battling COVID-19.

But pen-pushers in the state government will still get their planned pay rises, as they were agreed to in August 2019, before the pandemic struck.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller will bag a pay rise of nearly $90,000, a 12.5 per increase that takes his salary to a whopping $649,500.

However, the attempt to block pay rises for public servants was blocked in the NSW Upper House, forcing the government into a showdown with unions before the Industrial Relations Commission. 

Speaking about the controversial scheme on Today on Wednesday, Ms Langdon accused Ms Berejiklian of treating hard-working staff unfairly. 

'It's not a very good morning. You did lose in the Upper House,' she told the premier.

'You can't be surprised, though?'



They'll just have to wait until the Industrial Relations Commission sorts it out.

As my late mother would say 'she has the cheek of the devil'!  

What is good for the goose is good for the gander too! 

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has hit out at the University of Queensland's "mismanagement" of a student activist who has been highly critical of Chinese influence on campus.

Drew Pavlou was handed a two-year suspension by the university last week, after he was alleged to have contravened UQ's student charter and integrity and harassment policies.

The allegations made against Mr Pavlou were outlined in a confidential 186-page document, but were believed to be linked to his on-campus activism supporting Hong Kong and criticism of the Chinese Communist Party.

Pro-Hong Kong protests turned violent at the university last year after demonstrators were confronted by Chinese activists.

Mr Rudd said he was becoming "increasingly concerned at how Chancellor [Peter] Varghese is presiding over the shredding of the national and international reputation of one of our nation's leading Universities through the mismanagement of the Pavlou case".

"Varghese has allowed this case to escalate into a major debate around the world as to whether the university stands for academic freedom or not. It should have been nipped in the bud much earlier," Mr Rudd told Brisbane Times.

"Varghese has boasted he has the experience to handle the complexity of the university's China relationship given his background as a senior Australian diplomat.

"Instead, the university is now seen around Australia and the world as bending the knee to Beijing, rather than just dealing with a badly behaved undergraduate.

"It's time for Varghese to act now to restore Drew Pavlou's right to complete his degree - while requiring Pavlou to adhere to the same social media protocols as the rest of us."

Mr Varghese did not comment on the former prime minister's remarks.

A spokeswoman for the chancellor referred to an earlier statement, in which Mr Varghese said he was concerned by aspects of the findings and would convene a meeting of UQ's Senate this week to discuss the matter.

Mr Rudd said Mr Pavlou had been a regular critic of his and he had "hardly conducted himself with grace".

"Nonetheless, the university's response to his case is excessive. Effectively terminating a young man's academic career is completely disproportionate," he said.

"Drew Pavlou is hardly the first brash young activist to protest against their university. I would have expected Pavlou's activism to be tolerated, just as other radical student activists have been tolerated in decades past.

"If he has violated state or federal laws, then there are mechanisms available for dealing with that outside the disciplinary procedures of the university."

Mr Pavlou, who had six months left of his degree, has vowed to fight his suspension in the Supreme Court.

The university has maintained disciplinary action against Mr Pavlou was not in relation to his criticism of UQ's relationship with China.