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Weekend Rostrum: Priceless Moments in Parliament Edition!

November 2, 2012

Hello, and good evening.

As we enter the weekend perhaps we should reflect on some of the unforgettable performances of our esteemed parliamentarians.

After all, it is our hard earned dollars that are paying for them to spend their time doing things like this…

And of course…

And then there was…

While….

Whereas…

and…

But there will always be…

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80 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2012 6:55 pm

    Hahahaa…I wish Howard would hurry up & fall down a mineshaft. Until then, I can’t get enough of his public uncoordination & humiliation as Australia’s Greatest Cricket Fan.

  2. November 2, 2012 7:24 pm

    One great video deserves another.

    This one reminds me of the Pontif…

    Pontif.

    Pontif.

    Pontif.

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 2, 2012 8:53 pm

    Finally you’ve found a use for politicians – ridicule.

  4. Sparta of Phoenix, AZ USA permalink
    November 2, 2012 9:44 pm

    You know it is amazing to me, this universal culture of entitlement is found around the world. Many “minority” groups have their own set of grievances but all have the commonality of EXCUSE. Noel has gone on about this in length and many more but why is it we still have an industry (usually whitey) that encourages such a mindset…The Aboriginal, (Native American here), African American’s, Mexican American etc…What is it about these cultures which doesn’t allow them to partake of introspection? I find the topic fascinating but anyway…Is it a cultural evolutionary curb in which they are failing so miserably at or just good old fashioned victim-hood? Nothing to novel here but still a good article…

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/my-people-must-grow-up-alison-anderson/story-fn9hm1pm-1226508746330

  5. November 2, 2012 9:56 pm

    Fully Agree Tom-Melb. Ridicule is all the pollies are good for, and fcking things up.

  6. el gordo permalink
    November 2, 2012 10:17 pm

    Luxury hybrids burn underwater during Sandy’s storm surge.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-01/fisker-karma-first-car-burn-underwater

  7. el gordo permalink
    November 3, 2012 10:27 am

    ‘The AWU leadership was alerted to the slush fund for the first time on April 3, 1996, by a Commonwealth Bank officer, Andrew Chalker, who had been asked to identify and report back on every account related to the AWU.’

  8. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 3, 2012 10:01 pm

    WHEN Warren Mundine’s Labor Party membership renewal forms arrived this August, the former national president ignored the email.
    He had already made the momentous decision to leave the ALP after almost 20 years because it was “no longer the party I joined”.
    “I know there are people who are going to be shocked; I’m pretty shocked myself,” Mr Mundine told The Weekend Australian.
    “There was a time when I thought I’d go to the grave with my ALP membership in my pocket. I nearly did. But I’m over bullshit. I saw that we could end the disparity between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia within a generation. And I believed (government) policies were never going to do it.
    “It became more about the politics than actually achieving anything. And I began to start losing faith.”

    When Warren Mundine is lost. to the ALP, they’ve lost the plot. I used to have a little to do with Mundine, he’s an outstanding character, a former Federal President.

    If the ALP us unable to recognise this signal, it’s stuffed. But is deserves to be

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/sick-at-heart-why-a-disillusioned-warren-mundine-quit-the-labor-party/story-fn59niix-1226509539543

  9. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 5, 2012 9:15 am

    Swan won’t deliver a surplus, he’s repeatedly forecast it. It is yet more proof of his dishonesty and incompetence.

    His record-
    • Forecast 10.5% unemployment – missed it by about 4%
    • Came up with a $70bn stimulus, to take 2% of it.
    • Even when it was clear that he’d got his forecast so wrong, he kept the debt fuelled spending.
    • Admitted that the spending was for political rather than economic reasons.
    • Gave a billion to wealthy private schools for mini amphitheatres, performing arts centres and the like
    • Has accumulated debt faster than anyone else
    • Highest rate of debt growth

    Verbose, dishonest, incompetent – that’s Our Deputy Prime Minister

  10. November 5, 2012 9:56 am

    all that being as it may Tom, I still prefer them to the Libs…

  11. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 5, 2012 10:21 am

    That’s understandable reb, there’s not much to like about the Liberals.

    I’m hoping for another hung parliament, with fewer types like Oakeshott and Windsor and many more like Wilkie and Xenephon.

    Perhaps Wilkie could exact retribution on Gillard by demanding her removal as a condition for his support of an ALP government. That would be quite funny, karma too.

  12. TB Queensland permalink
    November 5, 2012 11:29 am

    His record-

    • Forecast 10.5% unemployment – missed it by about 4%

    No stimulus would have been 10% … ask the yanks who missed the boat! And are now at 7.9%

    • Came up with a $70bn stimulus, to take 2% of it.

    Er, what? That’s “James Talk”

    • Even when it was clear that he’d got his forecast so wrong, he kept the debt fuelled spending.

    Hindsight is always clearer than foresight … and forecasts are just that … infrastructure need to be built or repaired anyway, following 12.5 years of liberal decay …

    • Admitted that the spending was for political rather than economic reasons.

    If he did … it would have been on the lines of equality rather ideaology

    • Gave a billion to wealthy private schools for mini amphitheatres, performing arts centres and the like

    Once again if the rich Robber Baron portals hadn’t recieved anything he would have been crucified by the likes of you … rock and a hard place … and I can assure you the school halls in state schools are very much appreciated, make the learning environment much better for the kids, parents and grandparents I know and have been priased by the principals and teachers I know personally.

    • Has accumulated debt faster than anyone else

    Er, the country accumulates debt not the, Treasurer, personally … might be all the capital equipment being purchased for the next mining boom ….

    • Highest rate of debt growth

    Based on what? (See comment above) … and highest individual savings accumulation in decades …

    Verbose, dishonest, incompetent – that’s Our Deputy Prime Minister

    Yes, no, not incompetent, just doesn’t translate, Treasury “values” into simple language for simple people … he’s a nice bloke but a Treasurer … nah.

    What about a run down on Joe Hockey now?

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    November 5, 2012 12:34 pm

    The Robber Barons (still) at work ….

    APPLE Inc paid an income tax rate of only 1.9 per cent on its earnings outside the US in its latest fiscal year, a regulatory filing by the company shows.

    http://www.news.com.au/business/companies/how-apple-is-dodging-billions-in-taxes/story-fnda1bsz-1226510421114

    Winter is coming …

  14. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 5, 2012 12:49 pm

    This is nearby, outside this is a sign that says “A BER Project”

    Thanks Wayne!

  15. TB Queensland permalink
    November 5, 2012 12:59 pm

    From Business Spectator ….

    The polls followed. Australians watched and heard a wandering rabble – and told the ever-present pollsters what they thought.

    But seemingly out of nowhere the focus on domestic politics is ebbing away from issues of Gillard’s shaky hold on her high office and the demands of an election to the broad issue of; yes, we know all that Tony, but what are your plans?

    The nil political effect of the carbon tax helped initially – but has not been the real reason.

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/australian-election-julia-gillard-tony-abbot-pd20121104-ZQFD2?opendocument&src=idp&utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=127947&utm_campaign=kgb&modapt=commentary

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    November 5, 2012 1:03 pm

    This is nearby, outside this is a sign that says “A BER Project”

    I suspect “partly” funded by the BER … loose with the truth, methinks … but it does highlight that those who WANT their children brainwashed religiously should pay for it … not the rest of us … we too have “private” school buildings around my neighborhood just like that … mostly Mick hang outs …

  17. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 5, 2012 1:04 pm

    TB, we didn’t need a $70bn stimulus, that’s the fact.

    Swan failed to understand the strength and resilience of the Australian economy and the continuing strong growth of China. He forecast domestic economic catastrophe, when we had a glitch.

    But even when it became clear that it was only a glitch, he maintained the spending. He could have postponed some, deferred, reduced it. But he didn’t. He maintained the level of spending, even though the reason for it proved to be incorrect.

    That’s waste and incompetence, on a massive scale.

    Re Hockey – he doesn’t seem very bright, I don’t think he’s “avuncular” either.

    But Swan is the dumbest incumbent I can recall, and overlay this with his incompetence, dishonesty, disloyalty, bullsh*t, arrogance, aggression, he’s a thoroughly unlikable individual.

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    November 5, 2012 1:09 pm

    TB, we didn’t need a $70bn stimulus, that’s the fact.
    Swan failed to understand the strength and resilience of the Australian economy and the continuing strong growth of China. He forecast domestic economic catastrophe, when we had a glitch.

    Your lecturing me ToM … 😯

    FYI, the GFC hasn’t yet ENDED … and no-one knew what the “economic tsunami” (to quote Tip Custard) was capable of …

  19. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 5, 2012 1:11 pm

    Yes, it was only partly funded by the BER.

    But it was to be built anyway.

    So all Swan’s funding did was save the “bottle blonde mothers fund raising committee” the trouble of organising another black tie cocktail party where they’d auction some children’s art and footy mementos. Rich dads could then prove how rich they are by paying $10k for a school footy jumper, signed by the team, and $5k for some finger painting.

  20. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 5, 2012 1:26 pm

    Fine, if the GFC hasn’t ended then Swan his in even more trouble.

    He’s politicised stimulus to the extent that any further that is required will be politically unpalatable. Swan has already spent the lot.

    At the time that the Reserve Ban k was raising interest rates a couple of years ago, to dampen pressure, Swan was still spending on stimulus.

    That’s hopelessly inefficient economic policy.

    More recently, the Reserve Bank has been reducing interest rates, as the economy slows, and Swan is politically locked into the pursuit of a fake surplus. That’s also inefficient economic policy.

    Swan’s record demonstrates that his economic policy is a product of politics, not economics.

  21. Teapot of Boltsville permalink
    November 5, 2012 2:48 pm

    we didn’t need a $70bn stimulus, the yanks are just fine

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    November 5, 2012 2:53 pm

    So all Swan’s funding did was save the “bottle blonde mothers fund raising committee” etc …

    And I tend to agree with you … if you ever read my posts in return (comprehension seems to be a LibNit supporter’s virus) … but Treasurer’s work for the country not the Party in power (or should) … fairness … and politics … govern this type of decision making … and the BER was not about private ot public schools but about the “multiplyer effect” in our communities …

    … and Swan is politically locked into the pursuit of a fake surplus. That’s also inefficient economic policy. </i.

    No argument from me … the stupidity of the previous government was that they only ever spent money on "pork barrelling" and advertising the LibNits … as the national infrastructure – or lack of it – groaned under the biggest commodities boom this country had ever seen …

    You can't have it both ways …

    If you want to blame anyone blame the Treasury and the RBA for not talking long and often enough … the Treasurer has only ever been a mouthpiece for Treasury any way … hasn't anyone in the Liberal Party (including you) ever watched, Yes! Minister (Prime Minister)!

  23. Teapot of Boltsville permalink
    November 5, 2012 3:03 pm

    spending was for political rather than economic reasons.

  24. armchair opinionator permalink
    November 5, 2012 3:07 pm

    Swan’s record demonstrates that his economic policy is a product of politics, not economics.

    My brother was very happy with the school hall and gym that was built from BER funding in his small town in outback SA, it really improved life for the kids.

    I know which politics I prefer, the ones that give something to the battlers and towns that capitalism has forgotten, plus the disabled as well as feeding the greed of the wealthy, after all, “the poor will always be with us” won’t they? They can now get their teeth fixed too.

    Not that labor is much better with their brand of neoliberalism, but their politics are at least more equitable than those of the liberals and that is what we are deciding on isn’t it – politics? The economy is not of overarching importance in all peoples lives, some of us even dare to think that the economy should exist to serve us, not vice versa.

    So, that’s got number one of abbott’s daily election campaign out of the way, now on to number two – “stop the boats” isn’t it?

  25. armchair opinionator permalink
    November 5, 2012 3:17 pm

    BTW, when did The Economy become a political party?

  26. el gordo permalink
    November 5, 2012 3:27 pm

    Politics is essentially about dividing up the tax in a way which wins the most votes…the economy is all.

  27. TB Queensland permalink
    November 5, 2012 3:41 pm

    Politics is essentially about dividing up the tax in a way which wins the most votes…the economy is all.

    egg, did you say earlier that your business is having a hard time? I may have the answer … 🙄

  28. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 5, 2012 3:44 pm

    AO – efficient expenditure is the overwhelming responsibility of government.

    If the expenditure is inefficient, it means that the government is helping fewer people than it could otherwise. Even people who don’t like reduction in the size of government should be motivated by efficiency in expenditure, because they must want to increase the capability of the government to help more people.

  29. November 5, 2012 3:49 pm

    the economy is all, carbon dioxide is nothing

  30. el gordo permalink
    November 5, 2012 4:29 pm

    ‘I may have the answer … ‘

    Speaketh….

  31. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 6, 2012 12:26 pm

    Melbourne Cup report later, I’m expecting there to be more drunk blondes in lycra mini skirts than at Derby Day – that’s the tradition.

  32. November 6, 2012 12:52 pm

    Swan is politically locked into the pursuit of a fake surplus

  33. November 6, 2012 2:11 pm

    ridicule is all the pollies are good for, and fcking things up

  34. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 6, 2012 6:18 pm

    Numbers at The Cup down a little this year, the blondes perhaps a shade darker, fake tans lighter, queues to the bar a little less congested, a few vacancies in The Nursery.

    All the usual indicators point to an economic downturn.

  35. TB Queensland permalink
    November 6, 2012 6:27 pm

    All the usual indicators point to an economic downturn.

    FMD! You should be an economist, ToM!

    I reckon it’s ’cause Charlie and Camelia (sic) were there! 😆

  36. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 6, 2012 6:30 pm

    Yes TB, if women are spending less on peroxide and fake tan, the economy is sure to be on the slide.

  37. November 6, 2012 6:49 pm

    ToM, at the risk of sounding like a tight arse, does it cost money to get into the racecourse grounds?

  38. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 6, 2012 6:55 pm

    I’m not sure how much I pay reb. Fifi is a member of the racing club, and this means she coughs up lots of my money each year, and I’m not sure how much.

    But the benefit is that we don’t have to hang around with people who don’t dress nicely. Though the disadvantage is that they don’t drink quite as much.

    I think the general admission is about $75. It’s all great value, and entertaining, even if you don’t bother to look at the horses racing around with the short guys.

  39. November 6, 2012 6:58 pm

    Seventy five bucks! FMD…

    I was in the cbd. It was fkn deserted…

    Like one of those science fiction movies where entire cities are abducted by aliens…

  40. November 6, 2012 6:59 pm

    You weren’t in the birdcage with Fifi and Lulu were you….??

  41. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 6, 2012 7:07 pm

    We were in the Birdcage, and the Nursery!!

    This isn’t Fifi (or Lulu)- http://resources1.news.com.au/images/2009/11/21/1225801/469073-melbourne-cup-day-gallery-portrait-366×488-.jpg

  42. TB Queensland permalink
    November 6, 2012 7:29 pm

    I was in the cbd. It was fkn deserted…

    So there ya are! ToM’s right, no-one buying in Melbourne’s CBD today (Ostraya’s commercial hub) … and the RBA not shifting interest rates (thank the diety!) – hang on? … Ostraya’s in deep $#!t! ToM, said ….

    FMD! … some of us have paid 16% … let me say that again … 16% mortgage rates … and most of us are still here!!!

    You young buggers a have never lived! Or really worked and paid taxes … 🙄 … but you know all about it!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This isn’t Fifi (or Lulu)-

    … but that is you in the middle …?

  43. You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat permalink
    November 6, 2012 10:13 pm

    Is that a photo of Camilla ?

  44. el gordo permalink
    November 8, 2012 7:59 am

    Tip Custard

    ‘This week I saw the annual statement of one 18-year-old who had $60 taken out of wages for super contributions. That paid for $26 of life insurance premiums, $17 in government tax, and $17 for ”administration fees”. After earnings, the preserved retirement benefit for this employee is $1.52.

    ‘In other words the whole transaction was run for the benefit of the government and the fund. Thankfully the superannuation contribution was only 9 per cent of wages. Soon it will go higher. These are compulsorily taken from the wages of low paid and part-time workers. It is never going to fund their retirement.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/supersized-ripoff-for-average-workers-20121106-28w17.html#ixzz2BZYdepHw

  45. November 8, 2012 8:28 am

    Good to see a most extreme example of a young person only havgin $60 contributed for the year to super and then use annual fees as a reason to bag what is a magnificent policy for the welfare of australian citizens at retirement.Also shows how business can avoid super contributiions by giving minimal hours per month to ensure employees earn less than $450 for the month thereby negating the need for the employer to make super contributions.

    Now what did Costello do to help an 18 year old with super ? Oh thats right he gave massive deductions to the mega wealthy for their super. He made withdawalsat retirement tax free, yet he did not change the government contributions tax which would have lowered this guys payment. In other words he did Jack shit for the example he is using to try and discredit the government and the super policy.

    They did introduce a co contribution payment scheme, but that is only if you contribute your own money first. Well guess what, 99% of low income earners cannot afford their bills let alone add to their super from their take home wages. This policy benefits wealthy peoples spouses more than the poor or low income.

  46. el gordo permalink
    November 8, 2012 8:55 am

    I agree with Shane.

  47. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:39 am

    The main problem with superannuation is that successive governments change the taxation rules. This reduces confidence in the system and ultimately will cause people to become less self sufficient.

    The government should allow more tax benefits for contributions.

    I also think the charges imposed on young people is stupid. It means that the first experience youth have with super is a rip off. So regardless of the size of the problem, the issue is the experience, and the bad experience results in lower commitment.
    ——————————–
    As for Swan directing the Treasury to conduct costings of Opposition policies, this is just another example of his blustering, blundering, arrogant stupidity.

    Swan is a genuine a**ehole.

  48. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 8, 2012 2:01 pm

    This isn’t Fifi (or Lulu either), though she seems nice.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/video-posted-of-drunk-woman-in-blue-dress-and-high-heels-throwing-punches-at-melbourne-cup/story-fndo4eg9-1226512860343

    Unfortunately the VRC doesn’t allow this type of behaviour in the members area, so I missed it.

    Oakes Day today, so I ‘d imagine we’ll see more of this type of clip this evening! Horse racing is so civilised!

  49. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 8, 2012 5:07 pm

    That’s nice, Paul Howes is dating a Qantas exec…and another union thinks she should be excluded from her job.

    The ALAEA would have to be the most male dominated union in the country, self interested and always intent on maximising the damage they cause to Qantas, and always undermingi Qantas’ commitment to the aviation industry.

    ”A QANTAS engineering union has called on the airline’s head of government and corporate affairs to quit after it was revealed she is stepping out with Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes.
    The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association said Qantas PR boss Olivia Wirth had a conflict of interest because of her relationship with Mr Howes and should resign.
    It is understood the couple have been dating for several weeks but both declined to comment yesterday.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/industrial-relations/anger-at-qantas-prs-friendship-with-paul-howes/story-fn59noo3-1226511067612

  50. TB Queensland permalink
    November 8, 2012 5:36 pm

    The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association said Qantas PR boss Olivia Wirth had a conflict of interest because of her relationship with Mr Howes and should resign.

    I tend to agree with the aircraft engineers … but I’d much sooner see, Paul Howes, resign …

  51. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 8, 2012 5:57 pm

    It’s typical of that union that they’d target the woman in the relationship. They won’t miss an opportunity to bring down an individual Qantas employee who is in their way.

    What many ALP barrackers don’t realise it that the AWU, AMWU & ETU were all publically silent while Qantas was battling the ALAEA. That’s because the other unions know that the ALAEA is stuffing up Australia’s aviation industry.

    Still, I think Paul Howes is punching above his weight – Ms Wirth seems nice, and could do better than a used union hack/faceless man.

  52. TB Queensland permalink
    November 8, 2012 7:58 pm

    It’s typical of that union that they’d target the woman in the relationship.

    FYI – I didn’t even consider gender in my agreement (above) with the ALAEA and only you (so far) have drawn a link with the sexism (and sure we are dealing with sexual encounters) … so, you are either you are a sexist yourself, or playing politics …

    What many ALP barrackers don’t realise it that the AWU, AMWU & ETU were all publically silent while Qantas was battling the ALAEA. That’s because the other unions know that the ALAEA is stuffing up Australia’s aviation industry.

    Quite frankly, ToM, that’s a load of bullshit … the other unions didn’t have a problem (at the time) … just as the Pilot’s Union (the Australian federation of Pilots) took on all Australian airlines in 1989 – the other unions in the airline industry did not get involved – but would have if called upon … that’s the way unionism works … but you should know that being an ex-senior representative … (and I sometimes wonder) …

    … and the only union that stuffs up the Australian airline industry is the shonky management teams operating all our airlines … and while I’m not a fan of ser Richard … he seems to have been getting it ‘right” for some time …

    … your “hero” Joyce should have had his employment terminated five fkn years a go … and that would be four years too late …the man is a wannabe that can’t … did he get a “bonus” this year?

    ‘Cause the maintenance staff didn’t … and like many ex FF (in my case Gold) they have lost our business … Velocity is pretty good! you can’t “compete” if you can’t work as a team …

    The gay leprechaun (and you) just don’t get it!

    Still, I think Paul Howes is punching above his weight – Ms Wirth seems nice, and could do better than a used union hack/faceless man.

    Ya know, I don’t like, Howes, and I’ve said that ever since BEFORE the ALP coup … but what’s worse in my mind, is that you think your personal evaluation of his relationship with Ms Wirth are a means to and end to be used in your repetitious attacks on union organisations … who obviously “done you wrong” … quite frankly it’s nowt ta do wi’ ya lad … tak’ thee fkn hook!

  53. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 8, 2012 8:50 pm

    “the other unions in the airline industry did not get involved – but would have if called upon … that’s the way unionism works …

    TB, that simply isn’t the case, and you really don’t know much about this industry. Unions jockey for position, they love aviation. THey’d eat each other if they had the opportunity, and the ALAEA is the most despised of the engineering unions as they have a structure that takes all the highly skilled, well paid job.

    Like it or not there are certain industries that you’re not familiar with.

    …but fortunately I’m patient and willing to explain it to you!

  54. TB Queensland permalink
    November 8, 2012 9:03 pm

    … and the ALAEA is the most despised of the engineering unions as they have a structure that takes all the highly skilled, well paid job.

    For good reason —- they are highly skilled … it’s the engineers that keep the planes in the air, NOT the pilots (I know pilots, including a Virgin captain) and NOT the aircrew, NOR the ground crew … but airlines businesses are about TEAMS not dickheads in boardrooms trying to make a NAME for themselves … and that’s QANTAS’ problem …

    …but fortunately I’m patient and willing to explain it to you!

    Jeeesus fkn wept … when did you ever don a pair of fkn overalls!

  55. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 8, 2012 9:19 pm

    TB, the airline industry introduced the skills based trades structure years before any other industry.

    There are 8 skill levels for a tradesman, before they get to being licenced. The ALAEA restricts entry to licenced levels for industrial leverage and they stymie the expansion of the legitimate application of trade skills.

    That’s why the other unions don’t support their mindless efforts to kill off Qantas in pursuit of their narrow interests.

    Most people don’t understand the various motivations, conflicts and interests of unions. They seem to think their interests are all good and homogenous.

  56. TB Queensland permalink
    November 8, 2012 9:30 pm

    You really must be joking, ToM … you sound like you put profits over people’s lives … there are reasons for “skill levels” … my son and I are both ex-tradies in the auto industry (as you may recall) and we often laugh about the “licensing” of plumbers and the “free range” of motor mechanics … when did you ever hear of someone dying because of a faulty toilet or drainpipe? When did you ever hear of someone dying in a car that didn’t take a corner properly or the brakes failed …

    Mate, you live in a netherworld … it is NOT about profit but skills and knowledge … have you ever checked Alan Joyce’s … ’cause I have … and I suggest you read, Peter’s Principle … and if you have – revisit it!

  57. el gordo permalink
    November 8, 2012 9:42 pm

    The Republicans are out of touch with popular sentiment.

    ‘Not only did the conservative movement fail to win either the White House or the Senate on Tuesday night in America, voters in state referendums across the country rejected some of its key positions, particularly opposition to gay marriage and drug law reform.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/gay-marriage-push-heaps-woe-on-republicans-20121108-28zq2.html#ixzz2BctiRkt4

  58. TB Queensland permalink
    November 8, 2012 9:52 pm

    The Republicans are out of touch with popular sentiment.

    Now why do I think that is something you read, egg?

    Have you ever had an independent thought?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I see Niel or is it Neil of Sydney has pissed off to Cafe Whispers cause he prattled on too much here … like Wally, ToSY, James … at least ToM hangs around .. but the RW’s are dwindling …

    Evil exists where good folk do nothing!

  59. el gordo permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:07 pm

    ‘Have you ever had an independent thought?’

    You’re not in my league.

  60. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:11 pm

    It’s the IQ test TB, the bar keeps being lifted and some fail to meet the standard required here.

  61. You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:13 pm

    So the Mega Arsehole Truly Brain Dead Swan decides to release Treasury Costings on the Coalition . When was the last time a Treasury Head like Dr Parkinson had to release a letter saying his people were not responsible for the Leak.

    Why was he put in that position ?

    And since we are all so suddenly transparent can we now finally get the NBN costings ?

  62. el gordo permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:14 pm

    The Bolter is doing his best to keep Turnbull out of contention….comparing him to Romney.

  63. You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:18 pm

    Based on my above post I hope to pass the IQ test

  64. You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:31 pm

    I like this Blog

    It seems to be a bit like a Cage Fight sometimes

  65. el gordo permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:42 pm

    A bunch of larrikins..

  66. You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:46 pm

    Did I mention that dolphins enjoy sex orgies ?

  67. el gordo permalink
    November 8, 2012 11:11 pm

    Its a group bonding exercise.

  68. You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat permalink
    November 8, 2012 11:12 pm

    “……like Wally, ToSY, James … at least ToM hangs around .. but the RW’s are dwindling …”

    Fucking cowards some of them

    Ay !

  69. You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat permalink
    November 8, 2012 11:13 pm

    LOL

  70. el gordo permalink
    November 8, 2012 11:18 pm

    It now seems the bad press dolphins have been getting of late is just a media beat up.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2012/may/15/dailymail-dailytelegraph

  71. November 9, 2012 2:12 am

    some fail to meet the standard required here

  72. Toot Toot Ya Still Not Gonna Float permalink
    November 9, 2012 3:09 am

    unions. They seem to think their interests are all good

  73. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    November 9, 2012 9:08 am

    I listened to Rudd on the ABC this morning, talking about China.

    He has a depth of knowledge, an intellect and an interest that is streets ahead of Gillard. Rudd can speak as a personal expert on issues of international interest. Gillard would only use bland platitudes from notes written by a public servant.

    Does Gillard have any area of expertise, other than dishonesty?

    • Foreign Affairs – ??!! she would need to buy an atlas
    • Health – no (Medicare Gold)
    • Immigration – “Lock ‘em up”
    • Economics – she has no idea
    • Education – I suppose she was a student once

    What is the area of public policy where she is able to add value?

  74. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    November 9, 2012 10:50 am

    Apparently when Missy Gillard had her big pow wow with the other Slater and Gordon Partners the S&G lads insisted on it being recorded. Then she was given her marching orders

    That is highly unusual I would have thought and must reflect upon the gravity of the situation they felt she had placed the Firm in.

  75. November 9, 2012 11:15 am

    hi you lot..

    just letting you know that I am currently overseas with limited internet access…

  76. el gordo permalink
    November 9, 2012 11:24 am

    Taswegia?

  77. November 9, 2012 11:49 am

    Penang

  78. November 9, 2012 1:26 pm

    My connectivity via smartphone while in Taswegia was excellent in most places.

  79. TB Queensland permalink
    November 9, 2012 1:42 pm

    Could you repeat that, sreb, your very faint?

  80. TB Queensland permalink
    November 9, 2012 1:43 pm

    Aw fk, “you’re” …

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