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Last Stand at The Rooty Hill RSL!

March 3, 2013

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With thanks to the extensive resources of The Daily Trash Mobile Broadcasting Unit, we’re delighted to bring you this week’s political coverage LIVE from ROOTY HILL RSL!

Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have descended on Sydney’s greater western suburbs in an all out bid to win the hearts and minds of undecided voters.

It’s being billed as an “all out showdown” because what happens in western Sydney over the next five days – and over the next six months – could have implications for the whole nation when the next federal government is decided on September 14.

The Stakes are High!

Labor could lose enough seats in western Sydney alone to render irrelevant what happens in other parts of the country on election day. It is easily the most important election battleground.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott isn’t taking any chances.

Moments after his office announced that he would not be changing his schedule in the wake of Gillard’s plans to visit the region, he was tearing up his itinerary in order to hot-foot it to Western Sydney.

No sooner had a string of Coalition MP’s slammed Gillard’s visit as “a stunt,” Tony Abbott was there in Auburn a matter of hours later, meeting and greeting elderly residents.

The PM has abandoned the relatively plush surroundings of Kirribilli lodge to base her stay at the Novotel, conveniently located adjacent to the Rooty Hill RLS.

Her week-long stay will enable her to more directly engage voters and hopefully refresh the Labor government’s pitch to a key election battleground.

Prime Minister Gillard is no stranger to the region, having visited there 17 times in the past 12 months.

Western Sydney has more than two million people, a population larger than South Australia’s and greater than the combined populations of Tasmania, ACT and the NT.

It’s expected to grow to three million people within two and a half decades and is home to people from more than 100 nations, as well as housing the largest urban population of indigenous people anywhere in the country.

Liberal Party MP Scott Morrison has sought to endear himself to the residents of Western Sydney by suggesting that most of them ought to be locked up, or at the very least fitted with electronic tracking devices.

“We can’t have foreigners simply disappearing into the community,” he said. Prophetically.

Yet for all this, it has some of the highest pockets of unemployment in the country, lowest incomes and high levels of mortgage stress.

After a hard day’s campaigning, the Prime Minister is expected to enjoy a flutter on the pokies, a chicken parmagiana and a game of bingo.

We examine what the Prime Minister will be eating

For the benefit of those who are fortunate enough to live outside of Western Sydney, this is what “Chicken Parmagiana” looks like:

chicken

It consists of a pre-fabricated “crumbed” reconstituted chicken “fillet” which has been frozen, thawed and deep-fried to perfection.  It’s then topped with a slice of “ham” or any closely related cousin, and grilled cheese.  Serve with fries and anything that resembles”salad.”

UPDATE!

Our on-the-ground roving reporters at the Rooty Hill RSL have just informed us that the Prime Minster has already checked in and is fraternising with locals at the club’s lavishly appointed “Sports Bar.”

Julia Getting to Know “The Locals”

Enjoying a few beers

Already pissed, and it’s only five o’clock ..

One staff member at the Rooty Hill RSL, who spoke to us on the basis of anonymity, confirmed that Ms Gillard has pre-registered for tomorrow night’s Australian Poker League competition.

The barman, who wished to only be known as Wayne, explains that the $30 Pro Poker Tournament is a “great way” to show your poker skills. The season winner wins an APL Poker Tour Ticket, apparently.

On top of the Poker tour seat that won at the end of the season each week the top 4 walk away with “cold hard cash.” There is a guaranteed $1,000 prize pool with a $500 first prize. And as more people play the cash prizes get bigger, explains Wayne.

“She’s already blown five hundred bucks on the pokies” he said, “but when she heard about the Pokie challenge she was determined not to miss out.”

And who can blame the PM?   Rooty Hill RSL is practically an entertainment paradise city in its own right – bereft of any natural light and devoid of the sense of “the passing of time,” patrons can party on into the small hours without any sense of familial obligations whatsoever.

Whether the PM ventures outside to face the waiting public remains to be seen.

Update!

What goes on at Rooty Hill RSL stays at Rooty Hill RSL!

do-not-disturb

It’s only 11.15pm at the paradise of the west – the Rooty Hill RSL club – and the Prime Minister has already retired to the Executive Suite at the adjacent modestly appointed “Novotel” Hotel.

And with thanks to our “exclusive sources,” we can reveal that the mini bar has already been replenished fifteen times today and Bill Shorten and Craig Emerson are yet to emerge from a so-called “brainstorming” session scheduled for earlier today in the PM’s own private quarters.

“They’re just working really, really hard” said Peter Garrett, before heading off to perform “Beds Are Burning” at a special charity fundraising event for homeless children asylum seekers locked up behind razor wire as a result of Labor’s offshore asylum seeker processing policy.

Stay tuned for further updates!

 

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211 Comments leave one →
  1. el gordo permalink
    March 3, 2013 11:55 am

    It has been rumoured that Gillard’s cavalcade got green lights all the way from the airport to the never never.

    American style politics has nothing to recommend it.

  2. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 3, 2013 12:19 pm

    Benny Hill was a genius!

    We won’t see the likes of him again…well maybe we’ll relive his finer moments when Wayne Swan hands down the budget.

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2013 12:39 pm

    Yuk!

    Deep fried vomit on a greasy bed of chips supported by wilted greens and beetroot for colour … and the proverbial carrots for the “recycling” process!

    I see the beer in the background must be a “$10 meal and a pot” promotion …

    Thank goodness I live in Queensland …

  4. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2013 12:48 pm

    Agree ToM … and combining another great with him … well just have a look …

  5. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2013 1:03 pm

    Just saw the Bolt report. Bolt reported that three years ago Gillard was in Rooty Hill at a community forum and made 4 promises.

    1. no carbon price without consensus
    2. budget will be returned to surplus in 2013
    3. new mining tax to pay for a reduction in company tax
    4. new railway line from Parramatta to Epping costing $2.6B and starting in 2011

    Not one of those 4 things happened

  6. March 3, 2013 3:23 pm

    You left out the best part! Phoney Tony’s kiss a pensioner while looking to see if the camera had taken the shot! Pure propagandist delight!

  7. March 3, 2013 4:04 pm

    ” 4. new railway line from Parramatta to Epping “
    We have heard of this unicorn-powered rail-line for a couple of decades now. Joolya and KK did shill about this in 2010, and wasn`t believed, as have many others from the Federal and State duopoly. Bet somebody trots it out again.

  8. March 3, 2013 4:13 pm

    “Phoney Tony’s kiss a pensioner while looking to see if the camera had taken the shot! Pure propagandist delight!”

    I saw that…!!

    Talk about awkward…!! She looked like she was sucking on a sour lemon as he reached over to peck her on the cheek, then said “thank you Mrs Beaver”…

    I couldn’t decide what was funnier, the awkward kiss for the cameras, or the fact that her name was Mrs Beaver!

  9. March 3, 2013 4:20 pm

    ” Deep fried vomit on a greasy bed of chips “
    Yeah, l`m pretty much with you on the chips and most fried food TB, tho veal/Chicken Parmagiana, schnitzel, cutlets are one of the few fried`s l do enjoy.

  10. March 3, 2013 4:26 pm

    ” thank you Mrs Beaver “ ROFL

  11. March 3, 2013 4:27 pm

    The poor woman has enough on her plate with that name, without implicating herself with Mr-Rabbits stunts.

  12. el gordo permalink
    March 3, 2013 5:01 pm

    ‘Mr Abbott said the Coalition had a “simple” plan for western Sydney, including cutting the cost of living by abolishing the carbon tax and taking the pressure off police through the use of CCTV in crime hotspots.

    ‘The Coalition would also sort out transport problems and address environmental issues with its Green Army proposal.’

    AAP

    The CCTV is a better vote catcher than Joolya’s war on gangs, but Tabit’s Green Army needs to be fleshed out.

  13. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 3, 2013 5:32 pm

    Already pissed, and it’s only five o’clock ..

    Well, at last she’s getting something right!

  14. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2013 5:57 pm

    For peoples education.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooty_Hill

    Rooty Hill was named after a hill on Norfolk Island[citation needed]. The origin of this name puzzled historians for many years because the clue lay not in Blacktown City but on Norfolk Island. Governor Philip Gidley King had been in charge of the first settlement there in early 1788 and had noted that the hillside where he had built his Government House had been difficult to dig owing to the amount of tree roots beneath the surface. The hill on Norfolk became known as the rooty hill and the name is now official.”

  15. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2013 6:30 pm

    How the meaning of the English language changes … 🙄

  16. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2013 7:48 pm

    Just saw the Bolt report. Bolt reported that three years ago Gillard was in Rooty Hill at a community forum and made 4 promises.

    1. no carbon price without consensus
    2. budget will be returned to surplus in 2013
    3. new mining tax to pay for a reduction in company tax
    4. new railway line from Parramatta to Epping costing $2.6B and starting in 2011″

    I just want to say if John Howard lied like this the ALP supporters would be going berserk. However Gillard can tell the most monstrance lies and ALP supporters do not care.

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2013 8:07 pm

    Another Robber Baron control of capitalism and another reason that Über Kapitalism must be curtailed there is a vast difference between making money and making money risking peoples’ lives …

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would no longer directly manage routine inspection of design and manufacturing. Instead, it would focus on overseeing a self-policing program executed by the manufacturers themselves through more than 3,000 of their employees assigned to review safety on behalf of the FAA.

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    These so-called designees had existed for decades, but the FAA had vetted and controlled them. Under the new system, companies chose and managed them, to the point where the FAA even had trouble rejecting those they felt were unsuitable for the job, according to one government watchdog.

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/03/02/uk-boeing-787-oversight-idUKBRE92104S20130302

    And the irony of the advertisment (my bold) …

  18. March 3, 2013 9:57 pm

    How the meaning of the English language changes

    Not quite! Does the ‘language’ do it all by itself? You know, have a life of its own? LOL

    Or is it the case, that people in a particular and peculiar social/historical context created the ‘words’ in the first place (or did they create themselves?) in an effort to communicate a peculiar and particular ‘meaning’, have now been overtaken by people in a different ‘context’ who give different ‘meanings’ to those same ‘words’?

    Just askin …?

  19. el gordo permalink
    March 3, 2013 10:08 pm

    Sequestration is back in vogue.

  20. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 3, 2013 10:37 pm

    Has anyone else noticed that indexes of consumer confidence go up with every bad ALP opinion Poll.

    Finally the sense of relief is finally in sight.

    Almost like holding off on having a number 2 for 3 years.

  21. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 3, 2013 10:40 pm

    Alan Jones, Ray Hadley, Chris Smith from 2GB are all doing their shows from Rooty Hill RSL this week.

    Now what’s there not to like about a circus ?

  22. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2013 2:56 am

    Among The True Believers…

    http://pbxmastragics.com/2013/03/03/among-the-true-believers/

    Post Script: Yes, there is some breaking news… Tony Abbott has lunch at News Ltd HQ every week. Incredulous I asked the person to repeat it.

    “EVERY week, in private,” to discuss the latest “Get Gillard” strategies. No wonder there’s such a seamless segue between what News writes and what Abbott parrots. He’s dealing with the enemy. They’re writing the script for him.

    It’s not a fuck-up. It’s a fucking conspiracy.

    But, sources must remain confidential. I’m not going to tell youse just WHO told us that bit of news.

    I have it on the very highest authority, however, given without hesitation… in fact, volunteered by someone with no ostensible axe to grind, but should should know it to be true. It’s this person’s job to know Abbott’s movements, in detail.

    Remember:

    When they really ARE out to get you, it’s NOT paranoia.

  23. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2013 3:00 am

    4. new railway line from Parramatta to Epping

    “…NSW OPPOSITION Leader Barry O’Farrell will tear up any Labor agreement on the now-infamous Epping to Parramatta rail link…”

    See more at: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/ofarrell-plans-to-dump-rail-deal/story-fn6bfmgc-1225969182733#sthash.jXW5n8B5.dpuf

  24. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2013 3:48 am

    watching question time, I gotta say
    Barnyard joyce is an absolute nutter, he is in the senate, face beet red, making nonsensical and idiotic statements. Can’t believe that the fool is being paid by the taxpayer for drunken sounding gibberish!

  25. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    March 4, 2013 9:24 am

    “But, sources must remain confidential. I’m not going to tell youse just WHO told us that bit of news.”

    ROFLMAO

  26. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 4, 2013 9:24 am

    “Can’t believe that the fool is being paid by the taxpayer for drunken sounding gibberish!”

    Sounds like that Climate change carpet-bagger Tim Flannery. At least Barnaby was elected.

  27. March 4, 2013 10:57 am

    Bung slurry…

  28. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 4, 2013 11:16 am

    Sorry. Can’t help it. Flannery has no relevant qualifications for the job. He is a bloated bloviating blowhard with a record of failed fantastical prognostications. He is living proof that Chicken Little can live large on the public purse if his hysterical harangues suit the government’s agenda.

    Hopefully he will be out of a job come September. Or maybe he could be kept on to take command of the Coalitions idiotic Green Army.

  29. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2013 12:32 pm

    Flannery has no relevant qualifications for the job.

    And he has cost us a lot of money. It was on advice from people like him that the State govts went and built desal plants rather than dams because it will not rain like it used to.

    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/how-to-save-billions-dump-the-desal-deal-20130224-2ezgj.html

    It’s official. Melbourne Water users will pay $19.4 billion in contract payments to AquaSure for the desalination plant, according to an audit for the government by PricewaterhouseCoopers…………………………….Since 2009, successive governments have ramped up the average household water bill by 60 per cent to cover this huge financial burden involving repayments averaging $658 million a year over the first five years. Worse, the plant may never produce water because it is too expensive to turn the plant on. All the alternatives – including bottled water delivered to the end of the street – would be cheaper.”

    We pay Flannery 180K/year and he has cost us billions.

  30. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 4, 2013 12:45 pm

    My tip is that the people of western Sydney will get to know Gillard this week.

    That will cause a further decline in her popularity.

  31. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 4, 2013 12:51 pm

    Yes, the desal plant here in Victoria. Huge cost, set new standards for pay and conditions rorting and the ugliest industrial relations in memory.

    The plant-
    *Ruined a stretch of coast and a great surf beach,
    * Was built at huge (and ongoing) cost

    …and has never produced a drop of water.

    It’s a great example of spending on ‘essential infrastructure’.

  32. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2013 1:17 pm

    ROFLMAO

    https://twitter.com/JDK_au/status/308395829117460480

  33. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 4, 2013 1:52 pm

    NBN will be riddled with inefficiency, overruns, delays. It won’t be built at the current price, I think we can expect –
    • Announcements of delays and cost increases if the ALP wins
    • A fairly thorough and politically oriented review if the Liberals win.

  34. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2013 2:36 pm

    some reading for today:

    http://overland.org.au/blogs/cruel-miracles/2013/02/the-catholic-church%E2%80%B2s-production-of-sexually-abusive-men/

    …In Alex Gibney’s 2011 documentary Mea Maxima Culpa; Silence in the House of God, a brilliant, bitter and heart-rending report on the endemic sexual abuse of children by the clergy of the Catholic Church, it is made abundantly clear that not only was sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy a common practice over several continents, it was also structurally institutionalised…

    …In Australia, the Catholic Church established Encompass Australasia, a secret centre for treatment of priests who had sexually abused. Encompass Australasia was located in Sydney and only closed in 2008. During its existence not one referral was ever made to the police despite hundreds of men passing through the centre’s doors:..

    Gina’s school of tough love

    Rinehart settles with ‘broke’ Hope:

    http://www.smh.com.au/business/rinehart-settles-with-broke-hope-20130303-2fekm.html

    A DANGEROUS FOOL
    http://www.afr.com/p/national/it_not_freak_show_out_west_SPd80c3BwAlnYHsc9M4MoL

    …Most people dismiss Joyce as a fool. But this is a mistake. He’s a dangerous fool who threatens Australia’s economic prospects by wanting to waste billions of dollars on dam construction and the mirage of northern development. This is a return to the failed policies of state paternalism, strategies which Hawke and Keating wisely abandoned in 1983. It is the Coalition equivalent of Creanism.

    For people in western Sydney, instead of using our taxes for better schools and health services or, more prudently, deficit reduction, Joyce wants to flush them through the drain holes of the next Ord River scheme…

  35. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2013 3:15 pm

    Not hard to see who is funding the IPA and the Liberals, just look at the list of demands [abott must deliver, and quickly]

    http://ipa.org.au/publications/2080/be-like-gough-75-radical-ideas-to-transform-australia

  36. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2013 3:16 pm

    NBN will be riddled with inefficiency, overruns, delays.

    Who cares? We just want it! Take some $ from the billions of bank & mining profits.

  37. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 4, 2013 3:58 pm

    “Who cares? We just want it! Take some $ from the billions of bank & mining profits.”

    Good to see you can laugh at yourself, KL! Self satire is a wonderful thing.

  38. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 4, 2013 6:15 pm

    Great!!

    Apparently NBN is a commercial organisation, that’s why it’s not in the budget. But it’s going to be propped up by taxes!!

    I’m a convert to NBN now.

  39. March 4, 2013 7:27 pm

    “Religious freedom must be protected” said Julia today.

    That’s nice.

    Meanwhile same gender attracted people get to be treated as second class citizens, with religious groups comforted by Gillard’s assurances that they are “free to discriminate”.

  40. March 4, 2013 7:49 pm

    As we know, Julia, is full of it- to the point of shameless political expediency, reb.

  41. March 4, 2013 7:53 pm

    Also, curious to know the take of others here on this…

    http://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/conspiracy-update/#comment-139560

    It’s either right or wrong…& either way, the ramifications are profound.

    Given that the unhinged fucktard, scaper, features on there, posturing his arse off, I’m undecided as to the veracity.

  42. March 4, 2013 8:07 pm

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all were it proven to be true.

    Having said that, there is obviously no law against it, however… it would go a long way towards substantiating claims of media bias & collusion against the current government .

    Such collusion, imo, is plain slimy. Not to mention, counterintuitive to ‘true’ democracy (granted, no such thing exists anywhere in the world…still ) .

    I hope, for the sake of blog friends of yesteryear, that it is true.
    The cynic in me fears that it may be a case of believing the kind of self affirmation which may be more palatable to accept than to step away from & scrutinise.

  43. el gordo permalink
    March 4, 2013 8:26 pm

    Not sure what you mean, toilet?

    Could you spell it out?

  44. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 4, 2013 8:29 pm

    I don’t know, and I hate to look!

    If the mayor is saying it, it’s crap and delusional.

  45. March 4, 2013 8:29 pm

    Nein…

  46. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2013 8:31 pm

    You know Toilet there is no answer to the question, is there bias in the media. Unless someone invents a machine which can tell us what is right or wrong, bias will always be one mans opinion against another.

    I personally think the media is biased to Labor. Always will be. The ALP has a certain sex appeal that the Coalition will never have. Allegedly the ALP is for the poor and downtrodden while the Liberals are for big business.

    I support the Libs because I cannot stand the ALP or most of its supporters. The Greens are just totalitarian nut jobs. Most ALP supporters just tell factual inaccuracies like Howard changed the way unemployment was measured to make his govt look better. Also most of their polices do not work. We are now spending $1,000 million dollars/year more on asylum seekers because of what people voted for in 2007 yet we are taking no more asylum seekers than Howard did.

  47. March 4, 2013 8:37 pm

    Mein deutsch was for el gordo. 🙂

    “If the mayor is saying it, it’s crap and delusional.”

    If that is so, Tom. I’d have to reconfigure my outlook, somewhat. You may even have to slightly countenance it yourself.

    My instinct is the same as yours though. If scaper/egomaniacal-wannabe-noticed-delusions-of-influence decries it, it may well be legitimate. Also, it’s actually not that far fetched.
    I think KL has already mentioned it here recently.

    The veracity is all that’s left to establish; & I don’t mind betting that it may well be, true or not, obscured under a(n understandable) veil of anonymity (which I support).

    I don’t doubt that the blog host has connections within the Canberra Press Gallery; nor do I doubt his integrity.

  48. March 4, 2013 8:40 pm

    Ok, Neil.

    I can comprehend why you arrive at your conclusion…

    “I personally think the media is biased to Labor. Always will be.”

    ..but I certainly don’t agree with it.

  49. March 4, 2013 8:41 pm

    “Always” is such an unprovable absolute that you may wish to reconsider; lest I just dismiss your comments as absolutist, partisan reactions.

  50. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2013 8:46 pm

    Toilet, I am pretty sure if Howard had 6,000 boat people in detention there would be people chaining themselves to fences and the media saying how cruel and inhuman was Howard.

    The amazing thing is that we are now spending $1B/year more on asylum seekers yet we are still taking the same number of refugees. However the ones we are taking are those who have the money to buy their way here rather than some poor bugger in a refugee camp.

  51. el gordo permalink
    March 4, 2013 9:01 pm

    The Murdocracy is biased in favour of the Coalition, nothing wrong with that.

    Fairfax is biased in favour of Labor, nothing unusual in that.

    In a democracy its legitimate practice.

    The leftards want all media to praise Joolya and that’s undemocratic. Its not a conspiracy, the rusted ons are brain dead.

  52. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2013 9:05 pm

    “The leftards want all media to praise Joolya and that’s undemocratic.”

    Egggxactly!!!

    Unless the media is praising the wonderful Gillard 24/7 it is not doing its job.

    What the leftoids want is Pravda in Australia.

  53. Sprechen sie deusch? permalink
    March 4, 2013 9:06 pm

    Conspiracy theories are always fun, especially when the sources are anonymous.

  54. March 4, 2013 9:08 pm

    Yes, anon of sth yarra.

    That’s what I’m afraid of…

  55. Late Arrival permalink
    March 4, 2013 9:09 pm

    For the late arrivals and those who are just a bit s-l-o-w

    http://pbxmastragics.com/2013/03/03/among-the-true-believers/
    Particularly

    Post Script: Yes, there is some breaking news… Tony Abbott has lunch at News Ltd HQ every week. Incredulous I asked the person to repeat it.

    “EVERY week, in private,” to discuss the latest “Get Gillard” strategies. No wonder there’s such a seamless segue between what News writes and what Abbott parrots. He’s dealing with the enemy. They’re writing the script for him.

    It’s not a fuck-up. It’s a fucking conspiracy.

    But, sources must remain confidential. I’m not going to tell youse just WHO told us that bit of news.

    I have it on the very highest authority, however, given without hesitation… in fact, volunteered by someone with no ostensible axe to grind, but should should know it to be true. It’s this person’s job to know Abbott’s movements, in detail.

    Remember:

    When they really ARE out to get you, it’s NOT paranoia.

    And
    https://cafewhispers.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/conspiracy-update/#comment-139498

  56. Komplott-Theorien permalink
    March 4, 2013 9:15 pm

    Lunch at News Ltd HQ: Kittens au Gratin

  57. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2013 9:16 pm

    “Always” is such an unprovable absolute that you may wish to reconsider;”

    Toilet, I am willing to change always to “most of the time”. Take the recent attack on Scott Morrision. Labor has lost control of our borders and are putting boat people anywhere they can find because they have run out of space. And who gets abused?? Well Scott Morrision!!!

    We only had 4 boat people in detention on 2007.

    If John Howard had 6,000 boat people in detention the media would be going berserk.

  58. el gordo permalink
    March 4, 2013 10:00 pm

    ‘…they have run out of space.’

    Did I mention the Ord Detention Centre?

    Its a revolutionary idea.

  59. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 4, 2013 10:17 pm

    So Abbott is said to have had lunch regularly with News execs. That has an odour about it.

    Abbott is quite dumb**

    (**but that has never been a disqualification from high office – take Gillard & Swan for example)

  60. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 4, 2013 10:24 pm

    OMG

    ROFLMAO

    Some of you actually believe the crap and rumours started over at other places these days?

    Perhaps you should enquire as to what qualifies to be a member of the Press Gallery before you jump to the conclusion that it might be actually an employee of any Company associated with journalism.

    Yes I have no doubt that the “source “is very” senior ”

    Oh how funny

  61. el gordo permalink
    March 4, 2013 10:26 pm

    ‘When they really ARE out to get you, it’s NOT paranoia.’

    I humbly disagree.

  62. March 4, 2013 10:39 pm

    “I wonder what the drivers on the main road thought as they saw the number plate “C*1″ on the white limo suddenly in front of them? This wasn’t like the Daily Telegraph said it would be.”

    Point taken!

    I felt similarly when I got caught behind Alan Scott’s funeral procession in nearby Mount Fucktard a couple of years ago. About 20kms long, or so it seemed. Damn bloated Monopolist.
    Endless mirth to be had from the local press’ fixation with the ongoing sibling bloodletting over his fortune.

  63. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2013 10:47 pm

    http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-national/bishop-okay-with-rudds-stokes-sleepover-20091011-gs4i.html

    Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop says she has no issue with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd staying at media mogul Kerry Stokes’ WA home.

    Mr Rudd and his wife Therese Rein stayed the night at the Channel Seven owner’s Cable Beach compound in Broome last weekend, News Limited has reported.”

  64. March 4, 2013 10:49 pm

    “Yes I have no doubt that the “source “is very” senior ”

    you mean…bushfirebill really isn’t , Laurie Oaks? 8-

    Do you have, Tony Abbott’s, home phone# ? You should really let him know.
    If you’re not that solid with him, just give Tony Mack a bell & he’ll get you in the side-entrance.

  65. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 4, 2013 10:50 pm

    Good to see Julia pissed off the West today with her offer to provide $1Billion provided the State govt spends $8 Billion.

    All they want is a fucking roadway and Julia won’t build it unless it has a railway attached and no tolls.

    She basically said No you can’t have it

    What the f••k is she doing out there ?

  66. March 4, 2013 10:55 pm

    She’s having lunch with Hugo Chavez, Al Gore & Stalin. Also, here whereabouts finally conclusively prove that she’s a muslim, like Obama.

    I bet she wasn’t even born in Australia. Probably doesn’t even believe in dog.

    Bitch/witch.

  67. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 4, 2013 11:00 pm

    Good idea Toilet

    I shall see Tony tomorrow with Piers , Andrew and Denis during our morning teleconference with Rupes.

    Worldwide Monopolies are difficult to organise you know via copper wires. That’s why Rupert needs the NBN.

    I’m sure Rupes will want to takeover and destroy a few of these blogs for screaming out the truth sooooo often.

    I’m sure Bill and the Cafe give him sleepless nights.

  68. March 4, 2013 11:31 pm

    Col, makes a lot of sense…& is supported by the historical record.

  69. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2013 11:40 pm

    from the cafe:

    bushfirebill
    MARCH 4, 2013 @ 9:46 PM
    Still arguing the point I see?

    The statement was made. It was real. The person who made it repeated it. The person is a senior Press Gallery member. There are witnesses.

    End of story.

    No amount of bluster from this Iain Whatshisname will change that.

    I don’t see why it is so unbelievable, didn’t you all get a sniff of it with ashby/slipper/brough/lewis/pyne/hockey/qld libs. With the FWA/thomsen saga?

    Don’t you recall crackpot lord muckton strategising for the libs? It’s all come to fruition with lots of big mining $, tea party [bernardi] tick, media takeover -tick, free market ideology [IPA spruiking propaganda] – tick

    Phoney tony, the smarmy bullshitter, headkicker larrikin who can do no wrong, the media protects him from himself, makes him out to be more than he is.
    Apparently abbott fell on his arse on cleanup australia day. It was caught live on abc24 but when shown at numerous other times, it cut off just before the fall so viewers never again got to see abbott’s embarrassment. The other channels didn’t show it at all.
    Now, how often have we seen saturation coverage of gillard falling and stumbling over and over, seen anything that makes her look clumsy or accident prone?

  70. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 4, 2013 11:51 pm

    Mr Rudd and his wife Therese Rein stayed the night at the Channel Seven owner’s Cable Beach

    And remember abbott’s ‘private’ brekkie with murdoch just before the coalition happened to change their mind on media policy?
    http://www.theage.com.au/national/abbott-policy-switch-after-murdoch-chat-20100218-oiut.html

    Remember gillard’s ‘private’ meeting with the newsltd ceo when everything was really nasty between the government and the murdochracy, when everyone was calling for a RC into criminal activities as in the UK?

  71. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 5, 2013 12:12 am

    Does anybody have an opinion??

    If John Howard had 6,000 boat people in detention and stashing them in every available space they could find, what would the media be saying??

  72. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 5, 2013 12:13 am

    You know Toilet there is no answer to the question, is there bias in the media. Unless someone invents a machine which can tell us what is right or wrong, bias will always be one mans opinion against another.

    There’s informed and educated opinion based on fact and research and there’s bigoted and uninformed opinion based on ignorance, bigotry ‘gut feeling’ and gossip/hearsay and then then there is the deliberate campaign to spreading untruths, misinformation and misrepresentation [propaganda].

    Depends on what you base your opinions on. Yes, there is a right and wrong ‘opinion’.

  73. March 5, 2013 1:07 am

    ” misinformation and misrepresentation [propaganda].”
    Yes armchair, that`s okay for `opinion`.
    There is always the the option for the embedded media to report straight, truthful, accurate, and factual content. Unfortunately, they rarely choose this option.

  74. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 5, 2013 1:18 am

    lord muckton, fraudster and liar extraordinaire. He declared himself to be a “fellow parliamentarian” to gillard when speaking to hughsie on the project.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jul/18/climate-monckton-member-house-lords

    …The House of Lords has taken the unprecedented step of publishing a “cease and desist” letter on its website demanding that Lord Christopher Monckton, a prominent climate sceptic and the UK Independence party’s head of research, should stop claiming to be a member of the upper house…

    I guess according to neil’s opinion criteria, there’s no right or wrong in making shit up
    Just an ‘opinion’ 🙄

  75. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 7:31 am

    ‘Yes, there is a right and wrong ‘opinion’.

    No, opinion is not fact, its just somebody’s opinion.

  76. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 7:40 am

    ‘There is always the the option for the embedded media to report straight, truthful, accurate, and factual content. Unfortunately, they rarely choose this option.’

    Fairfax and the ABC push propaganda on global warming, saying the last 25 years of the 20th century heat up was caused by man.

    Since then the world has not warmed, but they keep pumping out the propaganda that the world is becoming hell because kitty and 720 won’t give up their cars.

  77. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 8:01 am

    ‘Hostility to Abbott is partly personal, partly political and based among inner-city intelligentsia in Sydney and Melbourne, quite a few of whom are Greens voters. It finds strongest expression at the ABC – which still does not have one conservative presenter, producer or editor on any of its prime products – and in the publications of Black Inc.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/spotlight-on-labor-failings-misses-what-abbott-has-got-right-20130304-2fgsv.html#ixzz2MbgjGU9N

    Our ABC is the propaganda arm of the Gillard government.

  78. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    March 5, 2013 8:50 am

    “……..and gossip/hearsay and then then there is the deliberate campaign to spreading untruths, misinformation and misrepresentation [propaganda].”

    Yes and that’s exactly why Bushfire Bill is likely full of crap

  79. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 5, 2013 9:04 am

    Apparently Gillard isn’t doing any “meet the people” street walks. The “people’ can’t be trusted to be polite to her, and that makes for bad TV coverage.

    Remember the woman in a shopping centre who engaged with her about her honesty? All Gillard could do was give her a couple of condescending pats on the arm and walk away.

    The public can be annoying when they speak their mind.

  80. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 5, 2013 9:49 am

    Gillard: “Put simply, we don’t accept that other suburbs come first and you come second”

    “Being from the west should never be viewed as second rate.”

    Those condescending comments serve only to diminish Gillard

    The only “people” who believe Gillard’s nonsense are inner city Greens and progressives. For them it is a matter of faith that ordinary Australians are second rate rednecks and bogans. No wonder our clueless and patronising PM is so widely hated.

    Her stupid, stupid comments will resonate with the intelligentsia, but those dumb pricks are already in her camp. The rest of the population are just sharpening their knives, biding their time until election day.

  81. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    March 5, 2013 9:56 am

    If Day 1 is any indication she’s doing more damage to herself with every promise. The Sydney airwaves and to an extent the Print are full of condemnation for her promise of $1 Billion for the WestConnex but only if the State Government makes it a non toll road and builds a freight railway line with it at the same time. So she’ll fork out $1B if the State forks ot another $7B or $8B

    The ALPs insistence on building everything in one hit is why nothing gets built at all. Its Spending Spree Mentality is effectively crashing straight into the Conservative mentality of One Affordable Step at a Time .

    The People out West want a F**king Motorway NOW. The Railway can come later.

    Oh and it was nice of her to tell them she doesn’t regard them as Second Class Citizens at all.

    But they never thought that of themselves in the first place.

  82. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 5, 2013 9:59 am

    “Our ABC”

    Sadly, it’s their ABC. The sooner this leftist theft of taxpayer-funded resources is ended the better.

  83. March 5, 2013 10:20 am

    Oh and it was nice of her to tell them she doesn’t regard them as Second Class Citizens at all.

    But they never thought that of themselves in the first place.”

    Yes, it says it all really…

    A bit like Tony Abbott saying that the first Australians were “chosen”by judges…

    I mean really, who writes these idiots’ speeches….??

  84. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    March 5, 2013 10:26 am

    “I mean really, who writes these idiots’ speeches….??”

    Ahem………….Well…………………..should I remind you that a Scotsman is in control of the PMs “Message”

    LOL

  85. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 5, 2013 10:29 am

    Ah, but is he a True Scotsman?

  86. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 5, 2013 10:34 am

    No, opinion is not fact, its just somebody’s opinion.

    My opinion is that there are such things as right and wrong opinions. Facts can’t be changed to suit a person’s opinion, if the factual evidence proves the opinion to be false, then the opinion is either wrongly held, or the person is lying. Andrew Bolt’s discriminatory ‘opinion’ on what colour skin constitutes an aboriginal was clearly wrong.

    People can have opinions formed from life experiences or even what the mates down the pub might say, doesn’t mean that whatever ‘opinion’ trotted out is correct or right. There’s plenty of opinions that get called bullshit!

    Since then the world has not warmed, but they keep pumping out the propaganda that the world is becoming hell because kitty and 720 won’t give up their cars.

    Now that wrong opinion is based upon three lies
    1-the world is long proved to have been consistently warming
    2-there is no propaganda coming from the scientific community, it’s all from the vested interests
    3-you have no idea whether 720 or myself own or drive a car or whether we would give them up.

    There’s a designated ‘CO2 and You’ thread for you to blather on to your heart’s content about climate change.

    Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaires

    Apparently Gillard isn’t doing any “meet the people” street walks. The “people’ can’t be trusted to be polite to her, and that makes for bad TV coverage.

    Is that a fact, or opinion? Is the same opinion valid for why tony abbott isn’t doing abc tv interviews? and has cut the commercial morning tv programs from his schedule – just too dangerous for him, viewers might get a glimpse of the ‘real’ tony, he might get a hard question to answer, or more likely, he might drop another clanger.

    At least gillard and labor have the guts to take on all comers, the good with the bad, the lib stooges and the bernardi astroturfers as well as the general public. The ‘people’ wouldn’t even be able to get past abbott’s security, minders & staffers to be close enough for him to pat their shoulder. He’ll have someone planted there with a well rehearsed routine to make him look good.
    When phony tony goes on his daily local business stunt it is a planned and staged event, held at a lib friendly workplace, when he holds a community meeting event it is always invitation only. Libs refuse access to the riff raff, only hold planned, staged and well televised events and stunts to “get their message out”, there’s no two-way communication with the actual public.

  87. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    March 5, 2013 10:38 am

    “…..When phony tony goes on his daily local business stunt it is a planned and staged event, held at a lib friendly workplace,….”

    “…..a lib friendly workplace”…….?

    These days it would be pretty difficult to find anything but……

    LOL

  88. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 5, 2013 11:02 am

    At least gillard and labor have the guts to take on all comers

    Gillard is apparently ducking anything that isn’t carefully managed.

    On the ABC this morning reference was made to Paul Keating. Graham Richardson was imploring him to do a street walk. Keating declined, saying “someone might deck me”. Hilarious.

    Gillard would do well to keep away from the microphone too. When people hear her, it reminds them of how much they loathe her.

  89. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 11:21 am

    ‘A bit like Tony Abbott saying that the first Australians were “chosen”by judges…’

    The first European Australians would have been technically correct.

  90. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 11:39 am

    ‘the world is long proved to have been consistently warming’

    I didn’t know that.

    ‘there is no propaganda coming from the scientific community, it’s all from the vested interests’

    guffaw

    ‘you have no idea whether 720 or myself own or drive a car or whether we would give them up.’

    dat’s tru

  91. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 5, 2013 11:40 am

    I thought the first Australians were chased down to Tasmania by subsequent waves of invaders.

  92. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 11:45 am

    The original Tasmanians looked like they came from New Guinea.

  93. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 1:43 pm

    ‘Facts can’t be changed to suit a person’s opinion, if the factual evidence proves the opinion to be false, then the opinion is either wrongly held, or the person is lying.’

    Yes, it was recently discovered that Flummery made shit up, but he’s not criticised, nor will he recant.

  94. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 5, 2013 1:51 pm

    “Yes, it was recently discovered that Flummery made shit up, but he’s not criticised, nor will he recant.”

    Flummery flummoxed? Cut the guy some slack! Perhaps he is in a state of deep distress, living so close to the water and all.

  95. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 5, 2013 3:25 pm

    The evil Penguin again! Where is Batman when you need him?

  96. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 5:58 pm

    “This is just more relentless negativity from the Opposition and it makes a mockery of Tony Abbott’s repeated claims he plays the ball and never the man”, said a spokesperson for the Office of the PM.

  97. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 5, 2013 6:16 pm

    That Liberal party rooty hill pamphlet [propaganda ‘r’ us]

    http://ausvotes2013.com/2013/03/03/promising-a-great-deal/

    So, the final tally? Three points for the Coalition, ten for Labor.

    What a surprise! Abbott good at spewing fear and hate but won’t answer the questions.

    Abbott ducks questions on asylum seeker protocols:
    http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/abbott-ducks-questions-on-asylum-seeker-protocols-20130305-2fi2b.html

  98. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 6:30 pm

    This is the size of it.

    ‘The ALP needs to hold its industrial base, and also woo back blue collar voters who peeled off decisively not to the Greens, but to Tony Abbott. They went because of concern about the impact of the carbon tax on their jobs, and Labor’s ”alliance” with the Greens. Labor wants these people back.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/freeforall-on-foreigners-as-leaders-chase-votes-20130305-2fhwh.html#ixzz2MeF57A3M

  99. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 6:53 pm

    From Kitty’s link….

    ‘Gillard didn’t lie about the carbon tax; she changed her policy because of a change in circumstances. That’s true, but it’s a pretty fine line, and probably too fine a line for your average voter to care either way. She said one thing, and then as PM she did another. Feel free to flame me in the comments.’

    Yep, that’s how the average punter sees it.

  100. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 6:57 pm

    From Kitty’s other link…. Hockey is correct, its a huge mistake not to let them work for their survival.

    ”The thing that upsets me most about what has happened with asylum seekers is they’re being cast into the community without a right to work. And therefore they’re being put onto welfare without any opportunity to get out of it,” he said.

    ”And the living conditions are worse than what we as Australians would tolerate and therefore, you know, how can Labor live with itself? At least with our temporary protection visas people had the opportunity to work.”

  101. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 5, 2013 7:03 pm

    “‘The ALP needs to hold its industrial base, and also woo back blue collar voters”

    This is the heart of Labor’s problem. Whereas once workers formed unions and elected leaders from the membership to represent them, now union officialdom is a career path for slick young chancers who can look forward to a well-remunerated career with the union, earning far more than the members do, and then to a parliamentary sinecure. Workers know they are being dicked over by the likes of former ALP president Williamson, Craig Thomson and Gillard’s ex-boyfriend “Rooter” Wilson. In addition, they have had paraded before them the stinking corruption within the NSW ALP and they are rightly sick of it. And they sick of the dregs of the middle class, like Gillard, patronising them with their cynical promises lies and smug inner city attitudes. They just want her to fuck off out of their lives.

  102. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 5, 2013 7:29 pm

    Splatterbottom has nailed it.

  103. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 8:06 pm

    ‘Labor wants these people back.’

    Its an impossible task, best we let Labor collapse and rebuilt by Rudd after the election.

  104. March 5, 2013 9:12 pm

    “They just want her to fuck off out of their lives.”

    Tis true.

  105. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 5, 2013 9:14 pm

    From Kitty’s other link…. Hockey is correct, its a huge mistake not to let them work for their survival.

    No good joe pretending to be the one human being in the coalition. They could have had a bipartisan agreement on asylum seekers years ago, the opposition have always demonised marginalised minorities for their own particular brand of divisive election campaigning.

    I did say that a while ago, it’s not their fault that they are not allowed the dignity of work. They are vilified for being desperate and only having the means to get here by boat and then vilified again because they ‘bludge off our welfare’ when they are denied work. Most australians are compassionate and decent, but the politics of xenophobia and racism have ‘taught’ australians to be so frightened of a few miserable sods who have already suffered too much in their lives.

    AS are also denied english lessons, I don’t know why that particular nastiness had to be implemented.

    They just want her to fuck off out of their lives

    And take abbott with her!

    There is just as much corruption within the lib/nats, voters are heartily sick of the lot of them, both parties. Politicians have never been so unpopular. The public have totally switched off. The Pollies fall all over themselves to pander to a bigoted minority of australians in marginal seats and then once in power they feather their own nests while ignoring the wishes and concerns of all citizens.

    Our politicians have given themselves too much power, they need to be reined in. I think there should be a lot more use of binding plebiscite and CIR.

  106. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 5, 2013 9:26 pm

    ‘the world is long proved to have been consistently warming’

    “…I didn’t know that…”

    I don’t know why not, it has been pointed out to you over and over and over and over again. I feel very sure that you do know.

    “None so blind…”

  107. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 9:35 pm

    ‘it’s not their fault that they are not allowed the dignity of work.’

    Agreed and there is also the danger of them becoming a new splinter group of the Underclass…. those permanently on welfare.

  108. el gordo permalink
    March 5, 2013 9:39 pm

    “None so blind…”

    Go to the CO2 thread for the latest.

  109. March 5, 2013 9:47 pm

    “Politicians have never been so unpopular. The public have totally switched off.”

    Totally agree!

  110. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 5, 2013 9:50 pm

    I thin I switched off when Latham became ALP leader.

  111. March 5, 2013 10:04 pm

    Doug Cameron and Malcolm Turnbull are about the only two politicians I enjoy listening to these days.

    I respect Kevin Rudd as an intelligent and hard-working guy and an ideal PM. But it seems the rest of Australia would prefer a bogan for PM.

  112. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 5, 2013 10:09 pm

    “They just want her to fuck off out of their lives.”

    Every time I see that lying grub of a PM regurgitated matter gathers in my throat

    I am not alone

  113. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 5, 2013 10:14 pm

    Whitman Fraser Hawke Keating Howard .Rudd

    All had one thing in common.

    They were not afraid of walking thru a shopping mall or a pub

    Who the fuck Gillard thinks she can impress with closed meetings of press or ALP members ?

    What a joke the PM scumbag is

  114. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 5, 2013 10:38 pm

    I respect Kevin Rudd as an intelligent and hard-working guy and an ideal PM.

    Well his own party did not think so. Rudd was a disaster. He did have sex appeal. it seems that is what is needed for the ALP to win an election. A leader with sex appeal.

    I think i saw a comment by a fellow MP that they would rather eat their own feces than work with Rudd.

  115. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 5, 2013 10:46 pm

    And what a great look when the “Umbrella Man “shielded the PM from TV cameras today.

    And when the fuck will the ALP get over the use of that outdated word “Comrade” when greeting others of similar ilk ?

  116. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 5, 2013 11:06 pm

    Its not a great look when Lateline send an sms to John Mc Ternan chief of staff to the Chief Frub questioning his Visa status and he sends and SMS back ……

    “How is that Fucking Relevant”

    Charming

    Such a good look

    This scum of a PM is an embarrassment to the Office

    She is just Filth …

    Do you think any other Head of State like Obama, Cameron et al would not force an apology?

  117. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 6, 2013 3:19 am

    Every time I see that lying grub of a PM regurgitated matter gathers in my throat
    I am not alone

    She is just Filth …

    That really sounds irrational and unhinged to me. As I keep saying gillard has been no worse than any male politician, she works hard as do the rest of labor, they have not received the credit they are due. If you want to blame someone, blame abbott & co, they have brought politics in this country to a whole new low that has not been seen before. Stop putting all the blame for the atmosphere onto gillard when abbott and his tea party cohorts have been the aggressor and the instigator of all the puke inducing nastiness. You keep giving him an undeserved free pass. Its as if the male population can’t think

    How is that Fucking Relevant,

    Well it’s true, why should he have to play abbott’s games, it’s bad enough that the media do. It might be relevant if abbott would himself front up to any scrutiny at all, plus his offices are chock full of tea party staffers and interns imported from the US, are they here on visas? Of course there are no questions ever put to the opposition, that would be too unkind considering he falls to pieces if he hasn’t got a staged stunt show. It would be nice if the abc could show some independence and not start every news story with “tony abbott says” completely allowing abbott to dominate and dictate the agenda. The bias is so obvious, it’s not worth watching anymore.

  118. March 6, 2013 3:46 am

    ” Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaires”
    Another Load of asstroturfing. More pretenders seeking welfare and support from Joe_Taxpayer, just as the NRA has done successfully for big-weapons.

  119. March 6, 2013 3:54 am

    ” 3-you have no idea whether 720 or myself own or drive a car”
    We could drive a mining truck or road-train 24/7 and still produce less `harmful-gas` than gordo.

  120. March 6, 2013 4:03 am

    ” Its as if the male population can’t think “
    oh really armchair, thanks. l reckon if l made the same generic statement with `female` used instead of male, you would be all over me. l see all kinds of female so-called reporters fawning over Mr-Rabbit. This is much truer ” Its as if the MEDIA population can’t think “

  121. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 6, 2013 4:12 am

    oh really armchair, thanks. l reckon if l made the same generic statement with `female` used instead of male, you would be all over me.

    Thanks 730, it’s an error actually, I was going to say something along the lines of…can’t think outside of the abbott/liberal/newsltd led talking points etc, then I got busy with other thoughts. I am guilty of not proof reading, before submitting, I thought I had cut that unfinished sentence out of the comment.

    My apologies!

  122. March 6, 2013 4:25 am

    ” My apologies! “ no worries armchair 🙂 (always in good humor)

  123. March 6, 2013 4:50 am

    ” seems the rest of Australia would prefer a bogan for PM.”
    You need to keep in mind reb, a watermelon govt may exist after sep-14, or Joolya by a nose. You seem to have fallen out-of-Love with Joolya since she went groveling to the ACL froot-loops and squashed gay-marriage. And l don`t blame you. But do you really think Mr-Rabbit will pass gay-marriage.? l sure as hell don`t. l think the best chance for gay-marriage is having the watermelons returned and getting the greens to drag Joolya/alp into a gay-marriage deal. Kicking and screaming, of course.

  124. March 6, 2013 5:54 am

    ” Just this weekend past, Sydney had its 2013 Gay Mardis Gras. Several homosexuals have claimed to have been bashed by Police Officers. At the time of posting, this is the only video upload of such Police brutality that I know of. I have a feeling that there is more to come.”
    http://awombatsweb.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/police-officers-bashing-homosexuals-sydney-australia/

  125. el gordo permalink
    March 6, 2013 7:14 am

    Middle class welfare is up for discussion and its a nightmare. You have to admire Joolya’s cunning deceit.

    ‘There’s a key omission from Labor’s description of its wonderfully generous household assistance package: why it was necessary. Its purpose was to compensate low and middle-income families for the cost of the carbon tax. Since the Coalition promises to abolish the carbon tax, Abbott has said that all the compensation for the tax will also go. (Strictly speaking, the schoolkids’ bonus is linked to the mining tax, but the Coalition is also promising to abolish this tax, and Abbott has said the bonus, too, will go.)’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/lies-damned-lies-and-labor-claims-20130305-2fivr.html#ixzz2MhKF12eO

  126. March 6, 2013 7:43 am

    730:

    I wasn’t just referring to Julia with the bogan remark. Abbott’s a bogan too, and a thug as well.

    Marriage equality is but one issue, but both parties are chasing the redneck vote on a whole host of issues as well as chasing the support of the right-wing conservative christian nutters.

    The forthcoming election is probably offering voting Australians the least palatable choices in living memory.

  127. March 6, 2013 8:32 am

    reb, my guess is sep-14 will be a bit better than 2010. While it will be choosing the `least-crap` when it comes to the duopoly, this time it won`t be non-choice, tho it may be very begrudging selection to make. I have yet to see any reason to not to put Mr-Rabbits zombie very last at the ballot. ln 3 years all they have done is throw crap and make non-core promises that don`t meet costing.

  128. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    March 6, 2013 9:42 am

    “………Several homosexuals have claimed to have been bashed by Police Officers……”

    I must have missed the tattoo that this “homosexual” is wearing proclaiming he is gay.

    How exactly do we know this guy in the video is Gay ?

    Poor Wombat also neglects to mention that the guy in the video was charged with assaulting a police officer.

    But hey…………………lets put the facts aside and scream “police brutality” anyways

  129. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    March 6, 2013 9:43 am

    “You need to keep in mind reb, a watermelon govt may exist after sep-14, or Joolya by a nose. ”

    Keep the Comedy coming 730

  130. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    March 6, 2013 10:03 am

    “How exactly do we know this guy in the video is Gay ?”

    OK…………..I have now seen photos from his Facebook page.

    In other News………………………..Hugo Chavez has carked it

  131. March 6, 2013 10:28 am

    “How exactly do we know this guy in the video is Gay ?”

    The fact that he was wearing nothing but a pair of skin tight hot pants is a clue.

  132. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    March 6, 2013 10:34 am

    I rarely look below a bloke’s waist unless I’m waiting for him to reach into their pocket for their wallet.

    So what if I’m a Wealth Crazed Prick

  133. Sunlight Films permalink
    March 6, 2013 10:48 am

    Notice how the cop tries to get the guy to stop filming. But he wouldn’t be stood over, saying “Why? It’s not against the law.” Shine a light on these thugs. Everyone has a video camera in their phone now. Use it!

  134. Sunlight Films permalink
    March 6, 2013 11:40 am

    ‘In a press conference today NSW Assistant Police Commissioner Supt Mark Murdoch confirmed two inquiries had been launched into an two separate incidents that occurred during Mardi Gras celebrations around Oxford St on Saturday night.

    ‘Scott Weber, head of the Police Association, has labelled the public response to the video as “trial by social media”.

    ‘But Supt Murdoch said it was a “right of the community to film anyone in a public space”.

    ‘”Police need to be mature enough to know everyone on the street has a mobile phone and that anyone has the right to record anyone in a public space,” he said.’

    http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/police-accused-of-mardi-gras-brutality/story-fndor8bb-1226591264039

  135. el gordo permalink
    March 6, 2013 2:01 pm

    ‘But Supt Murdoch said it was a “right of the community to film anyone in a public space”.

    That’s news to me.

  136. March 7, 2013 2:57 am

    ” put the facts aside and scream “police brutality” anyways “
    The cops involved are stuffed. Once a person is hand-cuffed, with hand behind back, they are `defenseless`. When the hand-cuffed guy hit the deck, you can tell by the sound he was `slammed-down`, not merely `fallen-over`, which the cops will try to claim. lt will be interesting to see what other witnesses say, particularly the camera-person, that the cops were trying to `tamper` with filming.

  137. March 7, 2013 3:04 am

    ” Keep the Comedy coming 730 “
    Hey Jock Shock, start listening carefully to your news, for some elements of the embedded media, the penny is starting to drop. The teabags are counting their chickens before they have hatched. (From some reports from Western Sydney.)

  138. March 7, 2013 3:07 am

    heads-up armchair
    A “nightmare“ bacteria that is resistant to powerful antibiotics and kills half of those it infects has surfaced in nearly 200 U.S. hospitals and nursing homes,
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/nightmare-bacteria-spreading-in-u-s-hospitals-nursing-homes-cdc/

  139. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 7, 2013 9:13 am

    Ted resigns as Premier because he’s not up to the job. Good.

    Gillard should take the hint and get out of the way.

    She’s at least as much of a dud as Bailleu.

  140. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    March 7, 2013 9:34 am

    “………..(From some reports from Western Sydney.)…………….”

    And what “reports” would that be.

    More “un-named sources” ?

    ROFLMAO

  141. el gordo permalink
    March 7, 2013 10:02 am

    Labor woos the Chinese in the greater west.

    ‘The carbon tax has been poison in western Sydney, ranking in internal polling as one of the main reasons Labor voters have turned their backs on the Labor Party.’

    Daily Terror

  142. el gordo permalink
    March 7, 2013 10:23 am

    Its amusing that I’m permanently banned at AIMN, but enjoy looking over the fence to watch my TDT colleagues discussing important stuff with brain dead humans.

  143. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 7, 2013 10:32 am

    What makes you think they are human, gordo. They are more like zombie automatons programmed to repeat the ALP daily talking points ad infinitum. The more highly spec’d models have a limited ability to re-phrase the talking points, but they fool no one. If the were human they would have at least a scintilla of self-awareness of how utterly brain dead they appear.

  144. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 7, 2013 11:28 am

    Just found something the ALP is good at.

    http://www.news.com.au/business/breaking-news/aofm-sells-1b-of-treasury-notes/story-e6frfkur-1226592237965

    Nobody gets us into debt better than the ALP

  145. March 7, 2013 12:33 pm

    “They are more like zombie automatons programmed to repeat the ALP daily talking points ad infinitum.”

    I think that’s a bit unfair.

    There are some interesting people over there. John Lord writes some well thought out stuff and comes across as intelligent and articulate.

    At the other end of the spectrum there’s people like Catching Up / Fed Up who clearly, at best, has a very tenuous connection with reality.

  146. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 7, 2013 2:08 pm

    My goodness, a first term premier gets knifed by the faceless backroom men!

    Tony Abbott says TM “it’s different when it’s the Liberals”

    Besides, everyone knows a forced resignation is soooo different to being sacked.

    You gotta love the conservative hypocrisy mind 😆

    this crikey piece might be paywalled

    http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/03/07/right-said-ted-liberal-factional-gangs-have-me-done/?wpmp_switcher=mobile

    …Even among the Krogerites, attitudes were common that would have been out of place in the Liberal Party in most other states: they were often pro-choice, pro-republic and civil libertarian.

    In the meantime, however, the party was changing…

    …There was generational change, and the perceived success of John Howard’s “One Nation-lite” strategy was attracting a different breed of members — self-consciously conservative, often evangelical Christians, often from blue-collar backgrounds.

    They didn’t share the ideological common ground of the older members, but they were good haters, and what they hated was “the Left”. Lacking any better target, they came to identify Baillieu as the representative of everything they disliked…

    …And then there’s News Limited. Relentlessly waging a culture war against “the Left”, it picked Baillieu as its special target. I pointed this out as early as 2006, noting the strange paranoia of some articles in The Australian that had equated support for legal abortion and gay civil unions (things that someone of Baillieu’s background would find quite uncontroversial) with “radical Greens-style social policies”.

    It got worse over time; the tone of political debate deteriorated and the alliance between News Ltd and the Liberal Party’s Right rump got ever stronger. Three years ago it disposed of Malcolm Turnbull; yesterday it got Baillieu…

  147. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 7, 2013 2:12 pm

    Ah, KL there are some of us who get quite excited by the prospect of a good stabbing by faceless backroom men!

  148. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 7, 2013 3:38 pm

    The most remarkable outcome of the off-loading of Baillieu is the elevation of Dennis Napthine. How sad and embarrassing to have him as premier, and Daniel Andrews as opposition leader.

    I think I’d better move.

  149. Centralplanningdoesntworkandwillbringdownchina permalink
    March 7, 2013 3:43 pm

    In a free market economy when there is a demand for a product or service someone will recognise the demand and find a way to satisfy it. Centrally planned economies on the other hand try to predict a demand and satisfy it ahead of time. With government committees predicting these demands what could possibly go wrong? NBN *cough*.

    Read more: Scary New Satellite Pictures Of China’s Ghost Cities

  150. el gordo permalink
    March 7, 2013 3:43 pm

    ‘There are some interesting people over there. John Lord writes some well thought out stuff and comes across as intelligent and articulate.’

    Granted.

    The problem for me and others of like mind who have disappeared from view, is this vile banning distorts reality.

    They keep Iain around just for fun, his generally lame response, while Treeman is an intellectual giant in that environment and not readily tolerated.

  151. Centralplanningdoesntworkandwillbringdownchina permalink
    March 7, 2013 4:04 pm

    60 Minutes video here.

  152. el gordo permalink
    March 7, 2013 4:12 pm

    Wow, that is a bubble of enormous proportions.

  153. el gordo permalink
    March 7, 2013 4:30 pm

    There is a strong groundswell for democracy in China, the people want their problems addressed instead of hollow rhetoric from their leaders.

    also

    ‘Rural couples in Shanghai, Tianjin and five provinces have been entitled to have a second child if either of them is the only child of their families.’

    China Daily

  154. March 7, 2013 5:31 pm

    ” There is a strong groundswell for democracy in China,”
    Groundswell huh.? Got a number to go along with that `groundswell`.?

  155. March 7, 2013 5:39 pm

    armchair, l got thru, not paywalled, most links that end with `switcher=mobile` on the end seem to bypass paywall
    http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/03/07/right-said-ted-liberal-factional-gangs-have-me-done/?wpmp_switcher=mobile

  156. March 7, 2013 5:42 pm

    ” And what “reports” would that be. _ More “un-named sources” ? “
    Last time l checked, it was called Television.

  157. March 7, 2013 5:47 pm

    “l`m permanently banned at AIMN, but enjoy looking over the fence “
    Congratulations gordo. You reached your full potential over at coffee-2 pretty quickly.

  158. el gordo permalink
    March 7, 2013 6:23 pm

    ‘Got a number to go along with that `groundswell?’

    Numbers are hard to find in a Communist dictatorship, but as one party regimes have time limitations I think its only a matter of time.

    http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/13/5-ways-china-could-become-a-democracy/

  159. el gordo permalink
    March 7, 2013 7:22 pm

    The people are repressed and living in fear …. they still have Gulags.

    ‘The comments reflect an ongoing debate here on so far vague plans to abolish, or reform, the unpopular, extrajudicial system of punishment set up by Mao Zedong in the 1950s to deal with political opponents of the Communist Party.

    ‘As my colleague Andrew Jacobs wrote recently, “re-education through labor has evolved into a sprawling extralegal system of 350 camps where more than 100,000 people toil in prison factories and on farms for up to four years. Sentences are meted out by local public security officials, and defendants have no access to lawyers and little chance for appeal.”

    Didi Kirsten Tatlow

  160. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 7, 2013 9:16 pm

    ”l`m permanently banned at AIMN

    I can empathise el gordo.

    In my experience, banning tends to happen when you make legitimate points that the barrackers just can’t answer. They find it inconvenient to be reminded of exactly how wrong they are on so many issues.

  161. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 7, 2013 10:46 pm

    Give me a link then 730.

    Or is it a Vibe ?

    ROF…………..no wait I”ll …..put it in a bit more detail…. Which is more than you ever do…

    Roll On The Floor Pissing Myself Laughing

    AT YOU

  162. Centralplanningdoesntworkandwillbringdownchina permalink
    March 7, 2013 10:48 pm

    Top leaders adhere to Marxism in their public statements, even as they depend on a ruthless private sector to create jobs. The Party preaches equality, while presiding over incomes as unequal as anywhere in Asia. Among the hand-picked delegates at the most recent National People’s Congress were 61 billionaires.

    State capitalism fuses the power of government with capitalism through such mechanisms as listing government-owned companies on international stock markets. The Chinese party-state is the largest shareholder in the country’s 150 largest companies and directs thousands of others. The heads of the 50 or so leading companies have a “red machine” on their desks, providing a link to the Party’s high command. It also has cells in most companies in the private sector.

    The Economist quotes a central bank of China estimate that between the mid-1990s and 2008 some 16,000-18,000 Chinese officials and executives of state-owned companies “made off with a total of $123 billion (about six million each).” It concludes, “By turning companies into organs of the government, state capitalism simultaneously concentrates power and corrupts it.”

    http://www.david-kilgour.com/2012/Montreal_02132013.pdf

  163. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 8, 2013 1:14 am

    Police slam Catholic Church:

    …Another submission, by lawyer Vivian Waller, who has represented more than 70 abuse victims, says that now-Cardinal George Pell refused to listen to a boy who was raped in Ballarat in 1969 soon after the event. But Father Pell was in the room when the victim told another priest what happened. Both times the victim tried to tell his story he was badly beaten, though not by the now Archbishop of Sydney, the submission says…

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/police-slam-catholic-church-20121010-27dr2.html#ixzz2MrUQQG8Z

  164. el gordo permalink
    March 8, 2013 6:25 am

    “By turning companies into organs of the government, state capitalism simultaneously concentrates power and corrupts it.”

    Powerful words, perfectly crafted, many thanks centralplanning for the insight.

  165. el gordo permalink
    March 8, 2013 6:27 am

    ‘In my experience, banning tends to happen when you make legitimate points that the barrackers just can’t answer.’

    It must be true ToM, because as you know I’m rarely offensive.

  166. el gordo permalink
    March 8, 2013 7:17 am

    State capitalism has one big thing in its favour … the job gets done with or without due diligence.

    ‘WHILE Julia Gillard has discovered the need for better transport in the western suburbs of Sydney, billions of dollars of new infrastructure investments are underwriting the next generation of prosperity of Asia.

    ‘China’s own economic growth over the past decades may have been built on world trade, but it has been the massive spending on infrastructure — from highways, airports, ports and now high-speed rail down its east coast — that is providing the critical internal backbone for expansion.’

    Glenda Korporaal in the Oz

  167. 2DT Shock Jock permalink
    March 8, 2013 9:36 am

    “………The teabags are counting their chickens before they have hatched. (From some reports from Western Sydney.)……………”

    You comment

    And when I ask for evidence/link you provide a another vague comment about “Television” and a Link to a general discourse on Australian politics.

    I’m surprised you didn’t say something about “molecules”………………….it’s just as relevant.

    730…….you like Julia…………………………….”really are full of it”

    LOL

  168. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 8, 2013 11:23 am

    It seems that the talk of a change of leadership continues, but this time with Crean taking over.

    What a stupid notion that is. Crean is probably capable, and may even have a better public image than Gillard these days. But what’s the use?

    He wouldn’t stop people from turning on the ALP; he’d be seen as nursing it to the grave.

    Crean taking the leadership would prove that the ALP is a rabble, panicking, and just doing anything… rather than acknowledging the mistake it made in 2010.

  169. el gordo permalink
    March 8, 2013 12:46 pm

    I agree ToM and for the sake of the party they should let Joolya sink the ship of state. We will need Crean, Ferguson and Rudd to rebuild Labor after the election.

  170. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 8, 2013 2:29 pm

    “Crean taking the leadership would prove that the ALP is a rabble”

    Further proof is not required.

    “I agree ToM and for the sake of the party they should let Joolya sink the ship of state. We will need Crean, Ferguson and Rudd to rebuild Labor after the election.”

    I would much prefer Rudd to take over now and go very hard at the Libs, with a six week campaign so that he capitalises on his (second) honeymoon period. The worst thing for the country is if the Libs win large. I know that means that the Libs are unlikely to get the Senate, but it might be better for them to have to make a separate case to the people later about some very specific changes they want to make. As it is they will probably get elected without having to releasing too many detailed policies.

  171. el gordo permalink
    March 8, 2013 3:52 pm

    Labor must be purged of its industrial wing and become a people’s party without celebs.

    The Coalition has to win both houses or there will be a double dissolution.

    In their first term the incoming conservative government deserves free reign to dismantle the tax, green machine and klimatariat … so they can get on with infrastructure spending.

  172. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 8, 2013 4:01 pm

    I prefer a double dissolution as the Libs will then have to specifically justify what they want to do at that election, whereas now they will just win because the ALP is so disgusting – like a rotten maggotty puss-filled wound waiting to be lanced.

  173. el gordo permalink
    March 8, 2013 5:47 pm

    Okay, I’ll pay that.

    Abbott could then tell the electorate the troof on global warming.

  174. TB Queensland permalink
    March 8, 2013 7:45 pm

    FMD … its like reading an Andrew Bolt thread!

    sb, almost sucked me in and then I got … like a rotten maggotty puss-filled wound waiting to be lanced

  175. el gordo permalink
    March 8, 2013 7:53 pm

    Splatter’s medical terminology has colour and a strong visual impact.

  176. March 8, 2013 8:02 pm

    Hey TB, Victoria`s Noddy out-noddied your Noddy this week.

  177. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 8, 2013 9:35 pm

    because the ALP is so disgusting – like a rotten maggotty puss-filled wound waiting to be lanced.

    That statement is tough but fair

  178. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 8, 2013 9:49 pm

    ‘Noddy, Noddy, Noddy…Mr Rabbit, Mr Rabbit, Mr Rabbit…’

    It is always so insightful.

  179. el gordo permalink
    March 8, 2013 9:51 pm

    And plenty of depth.

  180. March 8, 2013 10:17 pm

    ” And plenty of depth.”
    Wot _ Like This.?
    https://thedailytrash.wordpress.com/co2-and-you/

  181. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 8, 2013 10:28 pm

    Wot _ Like This.?

    No like this –

    “teabag, teabag, Mr Rabbit, Mr Rabbit, teabag, teabag, Mr Rabbit, Mr Rabbit, teabag, teabag, Mr Rabbit, Mr Rabbit, teabag, teabag, Mr Rabbit, Mr Rabbit, teabag, teabag, Mr Rabbit, Mr Rabbit, teabag, teabag, Mr Rabbit, Mr Rabbit…”

  182. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 8, 2013 10:34 pm

    I think it is time we heard from our wonderfully honest Treasurer

    http://www.budget.gov.au/2012-13/content/speech/html/speech.htm

    Strong Economy and Fair Australia

    The four years of surpluses I announce tonight are a powerful endorsement of the strength of our economy, resilience of our people, and success of our policies.

    In an uncertain and fast‑changing world, we walk tall — as a nation confidently living within its means.

    This Budget delivers a surplus this coming year, on time, as promised, and surpluses each year after that, strengthening over time…………………………….Surpluses that provide a buffer against global uncertainty, and continue to give the Reserve Bank room to cut interest rates for families like it did just last week.

    This Budget is about discipline and restraint but also about priorities; ensuring precious funds are re‑directed to the purposes and people that need them most.

    Across the budget, by saving and redirecting $33.6 billion, we’re balancing the books.”

  183. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 8, 2013 11:33 pm

    Has there ever been a dumber Treasurer than Wayne Swan. Maybe McMahon, but at least he’s dead.

    I believe Swan has a Certificate 3 in public service supervision, from the Nambour TAFE.

  184. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 9, 2013 12:22 am

    Just home from the usual Liberal Party Meeting that ends with Hitler Salutes and a playing of Bach. We had our usual meal of sauerkraut and Blavk Tower with a chaser of Black Forest Cake

    Then me , piers , Andrew and tony all reminisced about why Stalingrad went as bad as Western Sydney was going for the ALP

    Just the usual Nazi sort of night out

  185. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 9, 2013 12:27 am

    Totally off topic

    I was talking to a Mining engineer tonight.

    He said that the worlds entire holdings of gold ever mined would fit into an area of 1600 cubic metres.

    Which is pretty small when you think of it

  186. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 9, 2013 1:32 am

    Why don’t we get rid of both parties, they do not serve us in any way. they serve themselves.

    The body politic is rotten:

    http://australiansforhonestpolitics.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/the-body-politic-is-rotten/

    …As a result of their own parliamentary decisions, parties are publicly funded without a binding reciprocal obligation to act in the public interest. The power of these few, surprisingly small, unregulated groups is for now impregnable. For the foreseeable future, they will dominate public discussion and debate, effectively control Australia’s democracy and determine its destiny…

    …Voters who are well-informed and engaged can influence political behaviour by not voting for unsuitable candidates even if they have been pre-selected by a party. When voters demonstrate that a candidate’s party is only one factor by voting for the best candidate or at least not voting for an unsuitable candidate, the importance of a candidate’s merits will quickly become obvious, especially in marginal seats…

  187. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 9, 2013 1:50 am

  188. March 9, 2013 3:10 am

    teabag theory at it`s best, do our TDT teabags remember the days that big-nuke was peddled as the SAFE, CLEAN energy source, that would be so CHEAP they wouldn`t even bother to `meter` it.? _ That`s right teabags, you FAILED on all fronts.
    .
    ” crippled Fukushima nuclear plant remains critically vulnerable to a new quake or tsunami two years after the tragedy, and clean-up operations have been marred by corruption and gross workplace safety violations,”
    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/fukushima-plant-set-to-collapse-from-another-quake-or-tsunami/

  189. March 9, 2013 3:41 am

    armchair, l particularly enjoyed
    ” Citizens are free to criticise and periodically entitled, indeed compelled, to vote.” (only so govt`s can brag about `high-voting-attendance`) ” However, since one or other of the major parties will always win, elections” (well,_not_always) ” provide voters with only a type of Hobson`s choice.” (that means non-choice, teabags) ” Many people vote only because they`re legally obliged to. Because voters often know little or nothing about candidates” (coz most Aussies hate politics and politicians teabags) ” except which party each represents, the parties gift electorates to family connections, malleable party hacks and mediocre apparatchiks. The huge gulf between governance principles and political practice can be directly traced to the calibre of those whom parties select to represent them. “
    http://australiansforhonestpolitics.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/the-body-politic-is-rotten/

  190. el gordo permalink
    March 9, 2013 8:11 am

    Just an old fashion pork barrel.

    ‘LABOR has used Julia Gillard’s week-long visit to Rooty Hill to invite western Sydney councils to reapply for millions of dollars in regional development grants, sparking accusations the government is pork-barrelling to sandbag marginal seats.

    ‘It has emerged that all 19 proposed western Sydney infrastructure projects applying for the $175 million fourth round of Regional Development Australia Fund grants have gone on to the next stage of the approval process, compared with a maximum of three projects from other regional areas. Regional Development Minister Simon Crean will announce the successful grants in mid-July – two months before the federal election.’

    Packham and Rout in the Oz

  191. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 9, 2013 9:46 am

    Isn’t it amusing, the way Tim Matheson has become so very important?

    He’s complaining to Richmond Footy Club about Abbott turning up to footy games. It mush be really, really annoying to such an important sort of person, as Tim. He’s emailed the President of Richmond, copying the PMs office, just to make sure those Tigers know exactly who they’re dealing with!

    (I wonder whether Mrs Howard complained about Kevin Rudd turning up to the hydrangea and hyacinth festival?)

    Meanwhile, Tim is going to ride motorbike from Sydney to Canberra! That’s the big news according to Fairfax.

    No doubt Tim will be kitted out in his very macho leather, and lots of photo opportunities await – Fairfax is accompanying Tim on his epic journey.

  192. March 9, 2013 9:57 am

    That’s a great clip Kittylitter! 🙂

  193. TB Queensland permalink
    March 9, 2013 11:59 am

    That’s a great clip Kittylitter!

    Gotta luv , Shaun!

    (Just a slight correction for, Shaun, tho, The youngest of six children, Abetz emigrated with his parents to Australia in 1961. There’s a good chance that, “birth canal arrival”, Ericz, was also a boat people! His neighbours need to be advised … either way! )

    Thank gawd I didn’t ever win that, “C&W Classics CD still in cellophane wrapper”, sreb, keeps pushing … I didn’t realise it was a fkn, Akerman, compilation!

  194. TB Queensland permalink
    March 9, 2013 12:01 pm

    It mush be really, really annoying … Posted 9:46 am

    Are you still pissed, ToM!

  195. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 9, 2013 12:15 pm

    I meant “musssth”, thanks TB

  196. TB Queensland permalink
    March 9, 2013 12:36 pm

    LOL! Your thpelingth getting mush betta sinshe you’ve been posthing here … two …

  197. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 9, 2013 2:06 pm

    Isn’t it amusing, the way Tim Matheson has become so very important?

    Isn’t it amusing the way the oz and right wing shock jocks target mathieson as a way of smearing gillard? Amusing how mother abbott and the work experience abbott daughters are no go zones for criticism and given limitless media time standing up for their man? How much public expense is devoted to the abbott family promotions?

    Isn’t it amusing how the oz bothers with gossip and smear as ‘news’ and even thinks we are impressed by such blatant and derogatory personal attack.

    As if the political players aren’t all snapping off emails of complaint whenever something they think gives the opponent an advantage is given. BTW, wasn’t abbott’s reception against usual convention? Wasn’t he crashing this event? Which is what mathieson was complaining about, the snot nose privileged person refusing to play by the same rules that everyone else conforms to because tony must get into the lodge by any means, fair or foul?

  198. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 9, 2013 2:18 pm

    That’s a great clip Kittylitter!

    Yes, it’s about time we had some satire, not the grovelling acceptance by most of the disgusting politics being played out today. I love the word ‘odious’ it perfectly describes the opposition and their politics, I must remember to prefix odious to all my references to the odious opposition headed by the odious tony abbott 🙂

  199. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 9, 2013 2:30 pm

    No doubt Tim will be kitted out in his very macho leather, and lots of photo opportunities await – Fairfax is accompanying Tim on his epic journey.

    tut tut, such hypocrisy. Leather is the usual attire of bike riders even ‘macho-man lite’ hairdresser bikies. Didn’t you defend tony abbott enormously over his putin style, photo-op speedo and lycra promotions as usual attire of people involved in these events? Lets not even think about high-vis flouros, hard hats, workplace stunts and volunteer saintism. Newsltd already on board since day dot of becoming odious opposition leader, it’s all part of the weekly planning strategy!

  200. el gordo permalink
    March 9, 2013 2:31 pm

    The Bolter has poured cold water on Abbott’s Direct Action Plan and made a list of demands which I’ll paste on the wall in the back room.

  201. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 9, 2013 2:51 pm

    AO – anyone that turns up to a footy lunch hosted by the president is likely to get an invite to the rooms. If you like that kind of thing.

    And yes – in The Age today we have the opposite of News coverage – Macho Tim astride his bike! Blue leather to match the blue motor bike. He’s going to ride from Julia’s Sydney house to her Canberra one! With a Fairfax reporter!

    Go Hyacinth the Hairdresser Tim!

    (I was always critical of the ‘budgie smuggler’ commentary – because of the surf lifesaving moral issue. I don’t wear lycra if I ride a bike- but I have to wear speedos if I’m ocean swimming!)

  202. TB Queensland permalink
    March 9, 2013 4:11 pm

    but I have to wear speedos if I’m ocean swimming!)

    No you don’t you, smurf … but you do have to wear leathers for safety and warmth – if nothing else … talk about twisty, turny, tweaky …

    Chuckle, no wonder they thought you were a gay boy at CW …

    I guess it always help to dress the part … 😆

    No comment on, Micallif’s sketch from the odium eaters I see … too close to the bone (pun intended)

  203. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 9, 2013 7:04 pm

    I don’t watch clips on most of the devices I use.

    Not exactly a red night here – slum it with Boags.

  204. el gordo permalink
    March 9, 2013 8:32 pm

    AIMN is having trouble with their Span Filter, too finely tuned.

    Otherwise a good gathering of the faithful and at the cafe too… new faces everywhere. Miglo’s dream has come true after getting rid of all those pesky trolls.

  205. TB Queensland permalink
    March 9, 2013 8:34 pm

    Ser TEE! Season Two Has Landed!

    With a hard copy of Clash of Kings — mmmmm …

  206. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 9, 2013 11:30 pm

    I’m sure Julia will take great comfort from the WA result.

  207. el gordo permalink
    March 10, 2013 7:22 am

    “I believe the chances are 55-45 the leadership change will happen in the next fortnight. And I think they’ll do it.

    “I think Rudd is probably high 40s to 50 (votes in caucus). If Newspoll comes out with a bad result I think she’s gone.”She doesn’t listen to anyone. If you want a delegation, it would have Right-Left clout.

    “Even her strongest supporters are starting to think, ‘Is it all worthwhile?’ I think it will be in the next two weeks but we will see.

    “She’s still got a good chance of surviving.”

    Graham Richardson in the Daily Telegraph

  208. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 10, 2013 5:35 pm

    “I’m sure Julia will take great comfort from the WA result.”

    The ALP (quite sensibly) kept her away from WA for five months and still went down in a landslide. It would be interesting to see a poll on the effect of her visit to Western Sydney with her BYO friends in tow.

    McTernan ought to be sacked and have his 457 visa cancelled. What exactly are his special skills anyway? Virtually everyone in Australia could do a better job than he is. Sure, managing the image of a stinking turd of a PM is a difficult job but does he really think it is a good idea to rub that turd into the faces of Western Sydney voters?

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