Jacinda Adern, Al Gore and climate change luvvies in Davos get SBS tick of approval

New Zealand taxpayers might want to call Jacinda to the office for a chat.

Meanwhile in Australia - "Powerful rebuke" hey SBS?  

To what, sanity?

Abu Bakar Bashir likely to stay in prison as Jokowi sets high bar for release

Last night Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held a press conference at the Merdeka Presidential Palace in Jakarta to announce the terms under which Islamist Jihadi spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir might be released from prison.

Bashir's been serving a 15 year sentence since his June 2011 conviction for running a terrorist training camp.  Last week Jokowi's staff announced Bashir's conviction would be quashed and he'd soon be released without conditions.

After protests from within Indonesia's security services and from foreign governments, including Australia, Jokowi yesterday painted a very different picture with no prospect of Bashir's conviction being quashed and an unlikely path to parole.

Here's CNN Indonesia's report.

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Jakarta, CNN Indonesia - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said convicted terrorism prisoner Abu Bakar Ba'asyir must pledge allegiance to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) and Pancasila as conditions for his release.

"The conditions must be fulfilled. If not, I cannot do it. For example, being loyal to the Unitary Republic of Indonesia, being loyal to the Pancasila. The principle, it is very clear," Jokowi said at Merdeka Palace on Tuesday (1/22).

According to Jokowi, he would violate the legal provisions if he released Ba'asyir without the concerned fulfilling the loyal conditions for the Republic of Indonesia and the Pancasila.

"Right, there are legal provisions and mechanisms, this is something basic - loyal to the Unitary Republic of Indonesia and the Pancasila," he said.


Bashir's an avowed opponent of both principles, he's told his followers he'd rather stay in prison than pledge allegiance to either.

Bashir is an Islamist who believes Indonesia should adopt only Sharia law.  The unitary Indonesian state is a multi-cultural, multi-religious community with hundreds of different ethnic, religious, language and cultural groupings.  Islam is not the not the state religion.

The basis of Indonesian law and society is the Pancasila - or five principles.

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The first of the principles - Ketuhanan Yang Maha Esa doesn't quite translate literally into English but the following "A Divinity that is an ultimate unity" is pretty close.

That phrase is designed to accommodate Indonesia's officially recognised religions, including the polytheist and monotheist:

  • Islam (in its various forms)
  • Christianity (Catholicism and Protestantism)
  • Hinduism 
  • Buddhism
  • Confucianism

Abu Bakar Bashir is dead against the Pancasila - and dead against a unitary Indonesian state that includes kuffirs.

I'm tipping he won't take the pledge of loyalty to the Pancasila - if he did his whole Islamist organisation would collapse around him, it's reason for being would be gone.  

So no pledge, no parole - and that's a very good thing!

He can rot in jail - I hope he dies there.


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Tony Abbott to lead Liberal Party's new online operation - taking the fight to GetUp!

The Australian today reports the great news that Tony Abbott has kicked off a Liberal Party competitor to GetUp.

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Tony Abbott will direct a Liberal Party social media campaign mach­ine on the back of almost half a million of his Facebook followers in a bid by the federal party to mobilise its centre-right support base as an election counter to the left-wing activist group GetUp.

The move to mirror the election campaign tactics used by Labor and groups aligned to the Left has been backed by Scott Morrison and the federal Liberal secretariat as a key campaign and fundraising vehicle ahead of the May election.

The creation of a campaign website based around Mr Abbott’s extensive social media footprint follows concerns among senior Liberals that the party, and the ­centre right more broadly, had failed since the 2007 election loss to deal with Labor’s formidable campaign resourcing and the success of the activist Left.

Mr Abbott has the largest social media footprint of any federal MP, with 450,000 Facebook followers.


It's called Battlelines (after Tony's book) and you'll find the website here:


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I'm proud to say that I was the first cab off the rank joining the fight against unions bright and early this morning.

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I urge you to click here, go to Battlelines and join Tony's team!

Former Liberal Grant Schultz tips a huge parting bucket on the Party

From the outside looking in the Liberal Party appears to be a disconnected, incoherent rabble.

Labor is very good at managing events like this one in Gilmore today.  The Liberals are shockers.

Warren Mundine is an outstanding candidate and will be a welcome addition to the Party and the parliament if he wins this seat.  People like Warren come along rarely and bringing them in laterally takes care and a lot of sensitive work - but the end results make all of that worthwhile.

Why wasn't a very senior Lib assigned to sit down with the man who though his preselection was assured and work through an alternative arrangement for him?

Grant Schultz does not sound like a man who's been taken into the confidence of the senior leadership.  He sounds like someone who's been badly treated and who wants to inflict maximum damage on the party to which, until this morning, he was giving his all.

It's awful to watch these people tear each other apart - and it's so unnecessary.

Impressive statement from Nick Sandmann, the Covington schoolboy

Google has 5.8M hits for coverage of this poor kid's encounter with protesters near the Lincoln Memorial over the weekend.

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A few hours ago the US President sent this message supporting Nick and his schoolmates.

Nick Sandmann is an impressive young man.  It's hard to imagine the pressure he and his family are under with all sorts of threats against them and the world's lefty media going through them like a dose of salts.

Here's Nick's statement.

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Here's some of what young Nick and friends were up against.


Order of Australia for the ABC's Jon Faine AM

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I have this on very good authority from a source close to the ABC Melbourne radio host.

On 26 January, the Governor General will be most graciously pleased to approve the award of Member (AM) in the Order of Australia to:

Mr Jonathan Eric FAINE                                                                                                    Vic

For significant service to the broadcast media as a radio presenter, to the law, and to the community.

For services to the broadcast media and the law?

Wonder where this gem featured.