Bligh’s 30 pieces of silver pay dividend day one

No time wasted here betraying the Australian people:

Former Labor Premier Anna Bligh has rejected her party’s calls for a banking royal commission, after signing on to be the next chief lobbyist for Australia’s major banks.

Ms Bligh was on Friday announced as the new chief executive of the Australian Bankers’ Association, the peak lobby group for the banking sector.

The former Queensland premier immediately put herself at odds with federal opposition leader Bill Shorten, who has repeatedly called for a royal commission into the banking sector.

“Personally, I’ve always believed you get more done inside the tent and that’s why I’m excited about the opportunity to lead and shape a very compelling package of change and reforms,” she told ABC radio on Friday.

The media should take a stand here and refuse to consult this swamp denizen. As a former premier with no banking experience clearly hired for the singular purpose of distorting the policy process, this is a clear breach of public trust. Moreover, Ms Bligh will still be receiving her pension for service as an MP for seventeen years from 1995-2012 on the pre-2004 very generous terms for life.

It’s just poooooooooor look all around.


    • Exactly, though like prostitutes, she does exactly what she is paid ti do. Unlike real estate agents, bank financial planners and bankers.

  1. Jake GittesMEMBER

    Forget a profession, or being an entrepreneur, being a politician in Australia is a guaranteed means of having it all and also being supercilious too.

    • Why the surprise? A good appointment on the part of the Bankers. Not everyone wants Royal Commission. Even in Labor (Bowen, Shorten).

  2. FiftiesFibroShack

    “Personally, I’ve always believed you make more money inside the tent and that’s why I’m excited about the opportunity to lead and shape a very compelling package of change and reforms,”


    • “Personally, I’ve always believed you make more money inside the tent and that’s why I’m excited about the opportunity to mislead and shape a very specious package of change and reforms,”

      Fixed a bit more

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        “Personally I’ve always believed every man,..or woman Has his or her Price and the Australian Bankers’ Association sure as fuck discovered my price.
        I’m so cashed up and set now,…I couldn’t care less who thinks I’m a Cunt.
        Ha ha ha ha enjoy your poverty you rank and file plebs”

  3. “Personally, I’ve always believed you get more done inside the tent and that’s why I’m excited about the opportunity to lead and shape a very compelling package of change and reforms,”

    “Trust us. We have the people’s best interests at heart. The check is in the mail. This won’t hurt a bit.”

  4. Mining BoganMEMBER

    “Tumbril line here! Anyone waiting for a tumbril, stand in line here! Oi, you over there. No Sir, the lady behind you. Yes, you. You need to be in this line.”

    Australia’s corporate watchdog is embarking on a shadow shopping campaign of financial advisers amid fears that property spruikers are behind some people setting up self-managed superannuation funds.

    Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) chief Peter Kell told the SMSA Association conference in Melbourne this morning that a focus would be examining whether people were being given reasonable advice about setting up DIY funds.

    Surely not.

  6. “I’ve always believed you get more done inside the tent”

    True. Yes they can now tell you to bend over and take it, in private.

  7. Can you blame her for taking the money? It is not like she is in politics any more and I assume there is a large bundle of cash involved.
    The media are ones to blame because the listening to people hired in this and similar circumstances. If the tactic didn’t work it wouldn’t be used.

    • Tassie TomMEMBER

      I don’t blame her – everybody needs a job, don’t they?

      I blame the poll-driven spineless jellyfish who make decisions (state and federal government members) for cowering and weaving every time a lobby group says something emotional to the media.

    • No mate I disagree: I think it’s a dog act. Not only because a life-long representative of the battler is taking said silver pieces from the banking industry – she already would get a shitload of super – but also because it is patently obvious, to me at least, that she is being employed to scuttle the ALP resolve for the banking commission just as another ALP heavy-hitter, Geoff Walsh, was employed by the big miners (as in BHP) to scuttle the Rudd government’s mining super-profits tax, which he did by way of the coup by Julia Gillard. From memory it was BHP paid-for polling that Walsh gave to Gillard that was crucial in toppling a still popular PM.,%20Woodside%20build%20bridges%20with%20ALP-PNN.pdf

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        “It is patently obvious, to me at least, that she is being employed to scuttle the ALP resolve for the banking commission.”

        Yes, Totally disgraceful.
        It will be interesting to see how much press coverage this gets and wether it will it be ongoing.
        I mean if given enough attention, her appointment could end up having the opposite effect sort by her new owners.
        Potentially more reason to push for a RC by Labor so as to “prove” themselves impervious to her lobbing efforts.
        All comes down to how the Media run with it.

        A segment on Media Watch next week?

    • I blame the whole political-economic-media complex. What hope do we have when we are being shat on while being fed shit at the same time. All is shit. Who can drag us out of this sewer? It won’t be Hanson. If she wasn’t so dumb she’d have already been bought out. (Ask yourself, would you have her wheeling and dealing on behalf of your company/industry?) She makes Barnaby look like a political genius on par with Oliver Cromwell.
      We’re f#*ked.
      What really shits me, since I’m ranting, is that so many of this so called silent majority that are hooting and hollering about Queen Pauline are the same dunderheads that sold out others over and over and over and now that they are being sold out we are meant to have some sort of social revolution. They were had before and they’ll be had again.
      Australia voted for this again and again.
      Take it away Johny boy…

      Rant off.

      Time for a beer, Grant Hart’s ‘The Argument’ and a curry.

      Have a nice night folks.

    • Yes I blame her! Bligh is on a sweet parliamentary pension, it’s not like she’s about to starve. And during her time in office Bligh postured as a champion of the underdogs, a Woman of the people.

      This is betrayal, driven purely by greed and I blame her completely.

    • I can blame her, and I do blame her.

      She’s given a non-means tested, generous parliamentary pension to do something worthwhile.

  8. As a Lanor / Green person – I can now no longer vote for either.

    This country has gone to total shit.

  9. Bligh has form in going against the public interest – 1.8ha of prime PUBLIC real estate sold for $1 a few years back:
    “A secret deal struck by the former Bligh government means the land underneath the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) will be offered to the neighbouring Mater Hospital for a dollar.”
    Why can’t politicians just stay retired?

    • Mining BoganMEMBER

      Why can’t they just retire? Because once they start other roles they meet folk who are still resonably happy. Can’t have that.

      They come back to finish the job.

  10. The bankers might have overplayed their hand. There’s a chance that Bligh will be considered such a joke that everything she says will be met with an eye roll and a belly laugh.

  11. Stop that whinging! Bligh knows how the system works. When she was in power the ONLY government contractor with a contract of more than 12 months was? – correct – her husband!
    Captain Bligh is an example of the ALP’s finest. The have everything the Liberals have & more, that added Labor bonus – total hypocrisy!!!, (other than that, I can’t see a distinguishing feature…)

  12. proofreadersMEMBER

    There are tents and there are tents – it’s probably a matter of being able to live with yourself depending on which tent you choose?

  13. It should be law that every politician retiring or removed by the voters should face a firing squad.

  14. Hahahaha!

    However, if Shorten has a spine (hint: he doesn’t) he’d tell Bligh to piss off and he’d get more votes in QLD as a result.

    Bligh is lucky that the enormous turd that was Campbell Newman has eclipsed her incompetence somewhat.

  15. Heh, heh…. time for……

    Episode 1 REPLAY

    The Empire strikes back…..

    Bank CEO; Welcome on board, my Lord. Lord Bligh, this is an unexpected pleasure. We are honoured by your presence…

    Darth Bligh; You may dispense with the pleasantries, CEO. I’m here to put you back on schedule.

    Bank CEO; I assure you, Lord Bligh. My men are selling low-doc loans and NINJA mortgages as fast as they can.

    Darth Bligh; Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.

    Bank CEO; But the Emperor is asking impossible. We need more rate cuts.

    Darth Bligh; Then you can tell THAT to the Emperor when he comes here.

    Bank CEO; Is the Emperor coming here?

    Darth Bligh; That is correct, CEO. And, he is most displeased with your apparent lack of progress.

    Bank CEO; We shall double our efforts.

    Darth Bligh; I hope so, CEO, for your own sake. The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am.

  16. matthew hoodMEMBER

    Maybe Bligh has found a old copy of the RC into banking ( its 80yrs old this year) and is going to use it to guide her in her new role……. this has about as much of a chance as we have in India.