Politicians (previous quotes in a PDF file)
'Every day, hard-working men and women across America prove that, even in difficult times, our Nation is still home to the most innovative, dynamic, and talented workers in the world. Generations of working people have built our Nation--from our highways and skylines to the goods and services driving us in the 21st century. My Administration remains committed to supporting their efforts in moving our economy forward.' Part of the reply to David Macaray's letter to Obama 'complaining about how pitifully little he's done for working people ... his (his intern's) response, filled with enough platitudes and weasel words to give politicians a bad name'. 'It's Class Warfare, Plain and Simple', Huffington Post, 26 September, 2013.
Not coal seam gas
'Opponents of the coal seam gas industry say the New South Wales Government has been caught out in a classic 'Yes Minister' moment, after a memo was sent recommending the term CSG or coal seam gas be dropped.
Aiden Ricketts, from CSG-Free Northern Rivers, says a briefing note from the office of Resources Minister Chris Hartcher recommends changes to the way the industry is described. He says all agencies are being told to refer to it as 'natural gas from coal seams'.' ABC News, 17 September 2013. Thanks to Paul Gray.
Our (strong) plan - Real Solutions for all Australians: the direction, values and policy priorities of the next Coalititon Government (16 page summary/phamplet)
Pg 3: '... we have developed our plan to offer Hope, Reward and Opportunity for all Australians. Our plan is to build a stronger Australia by building a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, stronger borders and more modern infrastructure. The Coalition's priority is to build a stronger, more productive and diverse economy...
Pg 4: 'Our aim is to deliver a stronger Australia; a strong and prosperous economy...'
Pg 5: 'The need to build a stronger economy ...' 'It is imperative that Australia adopts a strong economic plan...'
Pg 6: 'We have an economic plan for Australia - a plan to deliver a strong, prosperous economy ...' 'We believe a strong, productive and prosperous economy...'
Pg 8: 'We will develop stronger people-to-people relationships ...' 'We will create a stronger economy and deliver higher productivity growth...'
Pg 9: 'We have an economic plan for Australia - a plan to help small businesses grow and create stronger jobs growth.' '...we will build a stronger, more diverse 5-Pillar economy by building on our strengths as a nation and building stronger industries to produce stronger jobs growth...'
Pg 10: 'Our economic plan will deliver stronger jobs growth right across Australia...'
Pg 11: 'We believe that strong families are the bedrock of a healthy society...' ' We will ensure older Australians and seniors enjoy a secure retirement by delivering a stronger economy...'
Pg 12: 'A strong, growing and prosperous economy is central to everything ... Our aim is to build a stronger Australia with a stronger economy...'
Pg 14: 'We will delivery stronger borders...'
Pg 15: 'The Coalition's strong, experienced, united team will deliver a strong and stable government.'
At end of the day...
'I know that state governments are looking to try and find ways of separating out their psychiatric wards but, at the end of the day, that's not going to happen overnight ... But, look, these are things that are largely the province of state governments. We have certainly partnered with them to find ways of innovating around that but I think we probably still have a way to go'. Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Housing and Homelessness and Social Inclusion on ABC Q&A program, 29 April, 2013.
Just say cheaper
'We would like to see cost of living pressures around water relieved for the community.' ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher on ABC radio. Thanks to Pauline McGuire who says: 'Presumably she means she would like to see lower water prices.'
'Feedback provided to the Australian Greens by many stakeholders in the Tasmanian wine industry, including the industry's peak body, Wine Industry Tasmania, is that many stakeholders are concerned about Labor's plans to incentivise the wine industry.' Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson, The Advocate, 12 December 2012.
anachronistic spatial determinism
What Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull calls not planning our cities based on old notions of what a family is, according to The Australian, 3 November 2012.
'If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.' Todd Akin, Republican Senate nominee from Missouri. He meant forcible rape; used in the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, 'which, among other things, sought to rewrite the definition of rape (to change the language to "forcible rape") in an effort to make it harder for women to get a post-rape abortion.' Why Akin's Crazy Claim of "Legitimate Rape" Matters, Mitchell Bard, Huffington Post, 22 August, 2012.
Commit, stress, reaffirm, acknowledge ... in a cross-sectoral manner
'84. We decide to establish a universal intergovernmental high level political forum, building on the strengths, experiences, resources and inclusive participation modalities of the Commission on Sustainable Development, and subsequently replacing the Commission. The high level political forum shall follow up on the implementation of sustainable development and should avoid overlap with existing structures, bodies and entities in a cost-effective manner.
85. The high level forum could:
(a) provide political leadership, guidance, and recommendations for sustainable development;
(b) enhance integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development in a holistic and cross-sectoral manner at all levels;
(c) provide a dynamic platform for regular dialogue, and stocktaking and agenda setting to advance sustainable development;
(d) have a focused, dynamic and action-oriented agenda, ensuring the appropriate consideration of new and emerging sustainable development challenges ...' Rio+20 'Future we Want' draft text, read more, a lot more, at The Guardian. Thanks to David Roser who also sent us this link to an article by George Monbiot: 'Rio+20 draft text is 283 paragraphs of fluff.'
Cartoon camels cut the jargon
'The national standards for handling and working with camels are now available in a new format - cartoons ... Cartoonist George Aldridge says while the illustrations required hours of observing camel behaviour, it was one of the best projects he's worked on ... "I've worked on newspapers and drawn many politicians, but this is far more interesting. There's a lot more character in the camels than there is in a lot of politicians."' ABC Rural, 23 May, 2012.
Tasers provide one in a range of less-than-lethal options
NSW Minister for Police
'... we appreciate that all the stakeholders in Australia Inc eventually need to see a dividend as the reward for their hard work ... I stress that Medicare funded dentistry is an aspiration not a commitment.' Tony Abbott's address to the National Press Club of Australia, Canberra, 31 January 2012.
'I will have to check on the date, but Caroline Springs obviously there are commitments there, and the timing of that I would have to double check on that.' Ted Ballieu, Premier of Victoria. 'When questioned late yesterday, the Baillieu government revealed there was no date for the construction of the station.' The Age, 1 February 2012.
Oakeshott at the tax summit yesterday:
I ENCOURAGE our minds to shift to one word, outcomes. Outcomes, outcomes, outcomes. Long-term outcomes, state and federal outcomes, Labor and Liberal outcomes, for-profit and not-for-profit outcomes. Whatever does your biscuit, the key from here is outcomes.
We have some known problems, and by leaving them unaddressed we will impact our standard of living into the future. What to date has been missing, and is our great challenge, has been getting these known problems with known answers into outcomes. Essentially what I am seeking are outcomes. At least five of them. It is surely not too much to ask.
Don Watson in Bendable Learnings (2009):
IMAGINE a world without outcomes, in which all input is meaningless, solutions unknown and utilisation of output of unimplementable. Such a world would be a black hole for all stakeholders. Believe it or not, just two decades ago the world was not outcomes-based. There were consequences, effects, results, eventualities, repercussions, corollaries, by-products, sequels, conclusions, harvests, aftermaths, denouements, offspring and outgrowths.
The Australian, 5 October, 2011.
'After meeting Victorian and Chinese students at the historic city wall of Nanjing in eastern China, Mr Baillieu promised to restore language programs in Victorian schools, lamenting what he said had been a ''language decline'' over the past decade.
''I'd say we have dropped the ball in terms of opportunities in front of us,'' Mr Baillieu said.' The Age, 26 September, 2011.
We would move forward in conformity with what was happening in the past.' Rick Santorum Republican candidate to an approving audience in Orlando Florida.
May God facilitate. From the conversation between Osama bin Laden's courier, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti and a friend, overheard by US intelligence.
'A new bit of jargon has recently entered the Canberra lexicon. People talk about being in this or that ''space''. Just now, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott are both in the ''space'' of seeking ways to get Australians off welfare and into work.' Michelle Grattan, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April, 2011.
Foreign Minister Rudd, referring to the proposed UN-sanctioned “no fly zone” in Libyan airspace spoke of the operationalisation of the UN plan. ABC 7pm news bulletin. Thanks to Ben Wadham.
Funds Re-Profiled to Assist with Flood Recovery
'Following consultations with the Victorian and NSW Governments, three infrastructure projects will be re-profiled in order to free up additional funding for the urgent task of rebuilding flood affected communities.' Media release from Anthony Albanese MP, 8 February 2011. Thanks to Ray Richardson.
Let's move Australia forward.
Julia Gillard - Let's move Australia forward
Together, let's move Australia forward
Julia Gillard on Health Care: Let's move Australian Forward
Labor moving forward to a soically [sic] inclusive Australia
Innovation to move Australia forward
The results of Helen Lewers' search on the ALP site. Thanks Helen.
'What we need is a multi-stakeholder platform.' World Economic Forum chairman Klaus Schwab. 'Jargon hunting at Davos 2011', Jonathan Lynn.
'Thank you for your email below regarding the agreement developed by environment groups, industry and unions to transition out of native forestry in Tasmania. ... The Prime Minister has announced the government will work towards the implementation of the agreement by, working with the Tasmanian Government to jointly appoint an independent facilitator to build an implementation plan for the principles in consultation with the signatories to the agreement.' An email fromGraham Perrett MP, Federal Member for Moreton. Thanks to anonymous.
'We are about ventilating all the issues.' Senator Eric Abetz on the Australian national broadband legislation. Thanks to Marg Morters
'The talk in Afghanistan is all about transition, the way in which transition will occur, the conditions that will lead to transition ... I dealt with this matter in the parliamentary debate and I've made it very clear that transition needs to be conditions-based ... I've been very clear. I think it would be a bad error to transition out only to have to transition back in ... I've got a very firm view that we need to be very clear that when we are transitioning our forces and transitioning leadership to local Afghan forces, that that needs to be irreversible. So there's some intellectual labour that needs to be brought to bear when we say we're going to engage in a conditions-based transition.' Australian PM Julia Gillard's interview with Laurie Oakes, 7 November 2010.
'The Prime Minister is strongly committed to a more accessible, open and transparent way of governing, and wants to hear about the matters that are important to you.' Prime Minister Gillard's website. Thanks to Alasdair McGregor.
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