I swear by Almighty God or I do solemnly and sincerely affirm the Art of Windbaggery



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Well those are a couple of really important and meaningful Oaths.

When a Member of parliament sits he/she has to take an oath or an affirmation, for example in this Parliament the 44th, the relevant document describing this convention says


Members of the new parliament and the executive will choose to swear an oath or make an affirmation. This paper explains the choice and its history. It also contains details of oaths and affirmations made by the Governor-General, the Prime Minister, ministers and parliamentary secretaries and members of the Federal Executive Council since 1901.[1]  Appendix 1 shows the number of senators and members who, since 1901, have made an oath or affirmation.   


The Oath and Affirmation in 2013 took the following form.


Oath of Office (2013)

I, [Minister’s full name], do swear that I will well and truly serve the people of Australia in the office of [position] and that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Australia. So help me God!

Affirmation of Office (2013)

I, [Minister’s full name], do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will well and truly serve the people of Australia in the office of [position] and that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Australia.[72]

These oaths and affirmation are the absolute basis of our system of democracy. They are the basis of our laws and are used extensively in court to get to the bottom of wrong doing.


They are the failsafe of our system.


Simply put in our society, we elect a representative to sit in a body called a parliament to make laws that we should all obey. Everyone in that parliament is supposed to tell the truth to the people they represent.

When parliament sits the two prayer’s are read, They have to be under Section 116 of the Ausralian constitution.

They say:-

Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee to vouchsafe Thy blessing upon this Parliament. Direct and prosper our deliberations to the advancement of Thy glory, and the true welfare of the people of Australia.

Our Father, which art in Heaven: Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdome come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


So basically we are supposed to tell the truth and keep telling the truth and that we should make an oath and an affirmation to that effect and then before every sitting of Parliament in either house they renew that pledge by saying the prayers above.

Today I spoke to a good friend who was a criminal lawyer for 29 years. During that time he practised as a defence lawyer. He was in court about 3 days out of five and saw a prodigious number of clients each sitting day as a duty lawyer, a private lawyer in both State and commonwealth Courts.


This morning I asked him how many liars he had seen in his extensive experience and how he could tell that they were lying?

The question was a bit of a Dorothy Dixer really, because in my much shorter time as a Police Constable, I had some idea of when people were lying and the reasons I knew they were telling those fibs.


The answer to whether someone has misled, lied or told a porky pie is an examination of the evidence.

So when a main Stream media outlet like the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper says:-

On the eve of the 2013 federal election Tony Abbott promised no cuts to education, health, or the ABC and SBS, and no changes to pensions. Fairfax Media looks at how those promises fared in the Abbott government’s first budget.

Then in the article describes the changes to those programs which he said would not be changed. I would say it’s pretty good evidence that he has misled or lied about what he said he would do.

Know what, my lawyer friend thinks that he would be found guilty and the key thrown away if there were a Political practices act, like the Trades practices act (passed by the Parliament in which these people sit) where there are sanctions against misleading conduct. You cannot tell the consumers at large that a product will deliver an outcome that you know it won’t.

Some would say that those examples are covered by advertising puffery. But they are so explicit that they cannot be seen as some vague explanation of what will happen in for example a sharply defined budget.

If you explicitly say that you will not change pensions for example and then change them in the budget process then you cannot argue some vague statement because before the election when the promise was made you had all of the necessary financial details of the budget to be able to assess whether or not this or that measure needed to be changed to suit your policies.


It’s clear then that Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have given us a budget that they didn’t promise us.

But it is also clear that they used another set of misleading circumstances to try and trick Australians into believing that this country is in trouble financially.

The first thing they don’t talk about is the Global Financial Crisis which happened in this world in 2008 / 2009 and which is still affecting the world economic situation.

The previous labor Government decided to use stimulus to keep Australians working. The other alternative was to do nothing and let the market take over.

The Labor solution was to borrow money to have programs which made employment for Australians and kept the economy growing.

If you don’t have money to spend then people selling goods won’t either and so will order less and the workers who make things won’t have as much activity and things will slowly ground to a slow grind, with people out of work and people with no disposable income with which to buy goods.


On the other hand if you stimulate an economy, it creates jobs, puts disposable income into the hands of people who then spend it on goods that other people make.

The labor party chose to stimulate and it worked.

The Australian bureau of Statistics figures show that as a result of the February 2009 Stimulus package jobs grew by 534,500. That is half a million jobs in one year.


Joseph Steglitz, a world renounded Economist wrote the following article on 2nd September 2013. Just 5 short days before the 2013 election


Australia you don’t know how good you’ve got it.

He said:-

While other countries fell into the global recession, Australia maintained strong economic growth, low government debt and a triple-A credit rating. With this record, you might expect the federal election to be focused on how to convert the strength of today’s economy into resilience for the future. But instead the political spotlight has fallen on the perceived problem of government debt, with alarming proposals to bring austerity ”down under”.

For an American, Australia’s anxiety about deficit and debt is a little amusing. Australia’s budget deficit is less than half that of the US and its net debt is less than an eighth of the country’s gross domestic product.

Here are his credentials

Joseph Eugene Stiglitz, ForMemRS, FBA (born February 9, 1943) is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979). He is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank, and is a former member, and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.[2][3] He is known for his critical view of the management of globalization, free-market economists (whom he calls “free market fundamentalists“), and some international institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

See The following url


I think there is enough evidence there from a well respected World economist to say that the Australian labor party did a pretty good job on the Economy and that Joe Hockey is guilty of GROSS WINDBAGGERY for all the untruths he has told about the Australian Economy.


I used Evidence to OUT Joe hockey as an Economic illiterate in an article I wrote about the Holden debacle and their sad sad loss to Australia’s Economy.

Not only did Hockey not shut up during the investigation of the matter by the Productivity Commission, which he established, he doesn’t understand simple economic facts.

In Holden’s submission to the commission they showed that for every $1 Australian put in they invested $3 and that created $18 of economic activity. Activity which will not now happen in Australia with their exit.


The simplicity of that proposition is staggeringly simple. It defies even the most intellectually challenged person as to why you would not vote for Holden. In horse racing terms it’s the choice of the thoroughbred or the Nag and Hockey and Abbott chose the Nag.

Not only did Holden support their suppliers financially by purchasing their tooling, they trained and mentored them as well. They negotiated 38 new conditions with the Union to stay in Australia and they categorically stated that the Carbon Price impost on their cars was $45 a vehicle which they absorbed into their costs. This in stark contrast to the lies which the liberal party tell about the impact of the carbon pricing mechanism. Claiming some huge figure millions of dollars different to the $45 per vehicle.


So there is a huge amount of evidence that the liberals have deceived Australian into believing that Australia is in a bad way. Not so, that Labor could not handle the economy, not so evidenced by low debt and low spending compared with John Howard’s government and a raft of other untruths.


Their guilt is writ large in the Polls today. People are onto them. When they actually did what they aimed to do, people finally woke up.


Brian Loughnane and his wife Peta Credlin and their mates in the IPA have overcooked the Goose, over egged the omelette and thrown the frying pan into the fire.


Abbott has destroyed the notion of telling the truth, Hockey has created Windbaggery and Foghorn Leghorn chicken poop and a disastrous set of budget reality for the States, Dutton has destroyed the health and hospital system, Julie bishop has destroyed international diplomacy, Bronwyn Bishop has destroyed the speakership and the notion of Parliamentary democracy, Kevin Andrews has whipped the pensioners and hurt the disabled along with the youth who find it hard to get a job, Greg Hunt has denied Science at the behest of Tony Abbott and potentially destroyed valuable farming land and national parks and the Great Barrier Reef, Malcolm Turnbull has destroyed the NBN and Australia’s future communications potential and growth and George Brandis has encouraged racial vilification and bigotry.


Never in the whole of Human interaction have so many lies been told to a population as by this Government.

Wake up Australia time to stop their supply Bills and go back to the polls. Enough of this Windbaggery.

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. Good work on the article Vince, it’s incredible that the Libs have been prepared to so blatantly break so many promises. It takes a very unusual person to be able to lie so blatantly, an uncle of mine used the term sociopath. Hopefully for Labor it will be able to communicate its record and what it stands for better than it was able to under Gillard/Rudd. Bill’s effort in the budget reply was encouraging. Cheers, M

  2. Thanks Pensive,

    My father used to say that someone was a bigger liar than Tom Pepper. For years I had no idea what he meant until I learned that it was a Naval saying for a bloody good Liar. Apparently Tom Pepper was kicked out of Hell because he showed up the devil as he was a better Liar than him. We have our Tom Pepper’s in this Liberal Party!

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