Julie Bishop, the Liberals, and the concept of the Adults in Charge.


Julie Bishop, the Liberals, and the concept of the Adults in Charge.

I have been doing a bit of delving into the expenses of the politicians recently and some of what they do and what they say.

The Liberal Party and their Coalition partners are a curious lot. They are all privately educated and seem to have a sneering attitude to their politics.

They enjoy calling people names.

Some of the names are at individuals and some are collective.

Of course we all know that they are backed up by a phalanx of right wing shock jocks who seem to be on the talking points mailing list.

Of course the most famous quote of the Liberals, their Coalition followers and the shock jocks was the famous ‘Juliar’ comment, followed closely by the ‘throwing out to sea in a chaff bag’ and then the other nasty stuff about Julia Gillard’s father dying of shame.

Their completely juvenile behaviour continued at a function in Brisbane when they printed a menu at a Mal Brough fund raiser which objectified Juliar Gillard again in a most pathetic sexual way, reminiscent of the completely childish private school behaviour of these people.

When they weren’t calling individuals names, they used collective ones. The Labor Government were incompetent, spending like drunken sailors and a raft of other belittling and in the main unjust and unfair commentary – aided and abetted by the press.

Whilst they were doing this they were also flying here there and everywhere on the public purse, attending the opera (Bronwyn Bishop), the AFL grand final (Julie Bishop), NRL games (Barnaby Joyce), travelling overseas to weddings of people who want to dig up Australia (Julie Bishop and Barnaby Joyce) and then coming back through Malaysia and claiming it as a study tour (Barnaby Joyce).

Then they have the affront to claim that they are more adult than the previous Labor Government.

One such person is Julie Bishop. As Shadow Minister for Foreign affairs, her Register of Member’s Interests shows that she travelled to China from 4th to 9th January 2012 and Huawei Technologies (Aust) Pty Ltd provided flights and accommodation for her (page 18/37).


On page 16/37 it shows that she flew back to Australia courtesy of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. In other words the Government of China. She also accepted accommodation from them on 10th to 13th Jan 2012.

Whilst Ms Bishop wasn’t to know that Huawei was to be banned from tendering for the previous governments NBN (reported on 24th March 2012), she has done what I consider to be a particularly silly and unthoughtful thing.

On page 17 of the declaration it says that under Item 11 (Gifts) she accepted Media Pad, Huawei Technologies (Aust) Pty Ltd.

Item 11 actually says:

Gifts valued at more than $750 received from official sources, or at more than $300 where received from other than official sources, provided that a gift received by a Member, the Member’s spouse or dependent children from family members or personal friends in a purely personal capacity need not be registered unless the Member judges that an appearance of conflict of interest may be seen to exist.

So Ms Bishop appears to have complied with the declaration. However at the time of writing this post, I checked to see if the Media Pad was still on her Register or whether it had been deleted. Nowhere in the document had it been deleted.

The next part of this story is interesting. On 24th March 2012, The Australian Financial Review revealed that The Government (Labor government) had banned Huawei from tendering for NBN contracts. The reason given in the article was:


“It is understood that the deputy secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department, Tony Sheehan, called in Huawei Australia’s chairman, retired Rear Admiral John Lord, late last year to tell him of the bans.”

So it was known in late 2011, yet Bishop accepted hospitality after the ban was told to the company.

Being the Shadow Foreign Minister carries responsibilities, huge ones, because they are the Foreign Minister in waiting, should they be successful at the next election.

In such a position I wonder if Julie Bishop availed herself of the ability to ask for a briefing from the Australian Government as to any potential problems with travelling to China, and to accept largess from Huawei?

 I also wonder at Julie Bishop and her Media Pad gift and why she did not immediately, upon learning of the threat of cyber attacks from the Chinese, and Huawei having been banned because of cyber attacks from China, divest herself of the Media Pad.

It begs the question. Are people spying on the Foreign Minister of Australia through her Media Pad?

Where is the Media Pad being used and what is it being used for?

I only ask these questions because spying is such a newsworthy topic today, what with Indonesia and the shambles of a diplomatic mess Tony Abbott seems to have got himself into.

In fact the Abbott Government can’t take a trick. They try and keep the boat stuff secret, yet the Indonesians tell us daily what is happening through the Jakarta Post and residents of Christmas Island also tell their fellow countrymen what is going on.

SBY is pulling the political Abbott strings. He wants a new Protocol with Australia. Signing one will admit that the spying did indeed happen, but we already know it did because Andrew Robb confirmed it today.


They told us before the Election of their Unity Ticket with Labor about the school funding and then caused problems by back flipping. In fact they lied to the Australian public.


This is all the work of the adults. They are in charge.

Today we hear of Julie Bishop making stupid and offensive statements which upset the Chinese. Apparently they are furious.


I wonder if these people stopped the wage rises for the Pre-school workers because they have some sort of childish agenda about children growing up to be the best they can be. Perhaps they wanted to stop that because they are a childish group of ideologically driven children themselves and don’t want to be shown up for what they are.

Tell you what – the words that they used against Labor in the last six years seem to fit this mob like a glove – childish, stupid, arrogant, greedy, incompetent, liars and complete duds.

Whilst their Education Policy is non-existant, they sought to lie their way into government.

The borders are and were secure.

There was no Sovereign Risk to anything.

There was no budget emergency.

After the ban on Huawei, Turnbull said that they could well be suppliers. He was overruled.


The ban stays on after advice from ASIO.

It is not too much of a bow to draw to say that this Government appears reckless. Especially Julie who still uses her Huawei Media Pad – at least she hasn’t taken it off her Member’s interests – has it been swept for bugs? I doubt it.

You will never know as they don’t comment on Intelligence matters. Probably because they don’t seem to have much intelligence themselves.


By Vince O'Grady

Vince emigrated to Australia in 1978 from the United Kingdom, where he was a Police Constable in Brierley Hill, on the outskirts of Birmingham in the West Midlands. He saw a great deal of dysfunctional society during his four-and-a-half years’ Police service and realised the necessity of always being truthful, factual and slow to judge others. Deciding to pursue a different career in Australia, he chose telecommunications and has worked in sales, product and marketing management in the public and private sectors. In 1981, he became ill with arthritis and ceased full-time work in 1992, when he became a sessional teacher at TAFE in a number of subjects — mainly related to manufacturing. During the Howard years, he became interested in politics and after “hiding in plain sight” for many years, joined the Labor party in 2010. Vince has many interests, including social justice, inclusion and the good old Australian “fair go” for all. He has policy interests in economics and education. His interest in history shows that we make the same mistakes over and over again and hopes to make a difference to the political debate by clear thinking and analysis rather than by trite sloganeering. In his private life, Vince enjoys woodwork and also is a keen family historian, with a very Irish paternal side and a very French Huguenot maternal side — and is a mixture of a working class and an upper middle class upbringing. He has a Bachelors degree in Business and qualifications in Workplace Training and Assessing. He is also a keen home brewer of fine ales — at least according to his son!


  1. Well said Vince. One thing that can be said about FM Julie Bishop is that she, unfortunately for Australia, doesn’t appear to be blessed with much intelligence. This does seem to be a common trait amongst the Coalition government. None of them act as though they the slightest notion of what they are doing.

  2. Couldn’t agree more Vince. I also agree with Joy Cooper, none of the mob that are in government have any commonsense or a social conscience at all. They are making a mockery of this great country that was ours. Next they will be trying to sell Australia & whatever is left to privatize to foreign investors.
    No brains!

  3. Great post Vince. As usual,well researched and written. I’d love to know why ASIO hasn’t been pounding on Bishop’s, Fizza’s and Robb’s doors regarding the little gifties of $500k etc and now using one of the evil Chinese agent, Huang’s staff to campaign n Bennelong for the IPA/Liars candidate, John Alexander.
    Shouldn’t such assistance have been declined, considering the hoo-ha wrt Dastyari’s association with him? Sam’s so-called treachery is very small potatoes alongside this case of TNT.
    Meanwhile, there is a deafening silence from the msm about the IPA/Liars association with Huwei, Huang and God knows how many other so-called foreign spies.
    Miranda Devine’s hypocrisy is also writ large as usual.

    1. Thank you Jane for your comment,

      All that the sorry affair demonstrates is the Pot Kettle Black nature of the Liberal party. But the worst part of it is the complete lack of balance of the press.

      They seize on Dastyari and do him to death on little evidence. repeating ad infinitum the slurs against him. but where is the Evidence that he did such things.

      On the other hand Julie bishop accepted a media Pad from the Chinese firm Huawei, who had been banned from tendering for equipment in the NBN (The real one), on advice from ASIO.

      Then she goes to China and accepts further gift of transport from the Chinese government and other entities in China.

      Dastyari was a nothing and had no Secrets. Where as Bishop was opposition shadow foreign minister and presumably would have had security briefings from government agencies.

      I am not suggesting that either side don’t talk to the Chinese about a variety of issues, but to accuse Dastyari of being a “double agent” and just not looking at the behaviour of the Liberals is just wrong and unbalanced.

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