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Is this Australia’s Most Dangerous Man?

July 8, 2013

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Forget about Alan Jones, or Andrew Bolt, or even Rupert Murdoch. Australia’s most prominent mainstream psychopath masquerading as some sort of “”authority figure,” has to be, without any shadow of a doubt, Federal Opposition Immigration Spokesman Scott Morrison.

Not content with insisting that boats carrying asylum seekers should be shunned from Australia with their rickety boats turned around by the Australian Navy to face an uncertain fate, the controversial Liberal MP is now insisting that SAS forces be deployed to stem the flow of asylum seekers arriving from Indonesia.

Anyone within earshot of Mr Morrison’s hyperventilating rants on mainstream media could be forgiven for thinking that we are in the midst of some sort of national emergency.  The reality couldn’t be further from the truth, but then Morrison has form when it comes to whipping up hysteria over asylum seekers.

In February of last year, Morrison sought to instil fear into the hearts of parents across Australia warning that asylum seekers could be carrying communicable diseases which could be contracted inadvertently by good clean-living middle-class white Australian kids.

The inconvenient fact that that asylum seekers who arrive in Australia face medical examinations before being released into the community didn’t interfere with Morrison’s determination to spread fear and hatred.

Twelve months later, Morrison once again singled out asylum seekers for scrutiny insisting that local authorities (the Police) and communities (neighbours) should be informed whenever asylum seekers are released into the community.

Morrison insisted that “these arrivals” (heaven forbid we should call them “people”) should be subjected to special standards of behaviour.

In broader society these “standards” are generally known as “the law”.

If this is the level of hyperventilating these clowns are exercising in Opposition can you imagine what they’d be capable of in Government?

 

 

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119 Comments leave one →
  1. Dianne permalink
    July 8, 2013 3:31 pm

    Scott is a member of the Shire/Life Christian church in Sutherland, Sydney. TA has described him as a ‘great talent’.

  2. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 3:38 pm

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 8, 2013 3:40 pm

    I was listening to an interview with Morrison earlier. He sounded rattled.

    No wonder, in the space of a week and a half his party has gone from an expected 100 seats, with a thumping majority, to about 72.

    If the SAS suggestion doesn’t work, I’m expecting Morrison to announce-
    *Snipers on the cliffs at Christmas Island
    *Boiling oil

    In response to the outrageous government policy of prohibiting work for years, Morrison will announce – no eating for 5 years.

  4. Dianne permalink
    July 8, 2013 3:45 pm

    They are longing for another Tampa. They must be rattled. I am surprised at the extent.

  5. Dianne permalink
    July 8, 2013 3:48 pm

    I don’t think all this SAS thing will go down well now that Rudd has planted the seed of fear about conflict with Indonesia.

  6. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 3:52 pm

    If the SAS suggestion doesn’t work, I’m expecting Morrison to announce-
    *Snipers on the cliffs at Christmas Island
    *Boiling oil

    *firing squad with aussie haters invited to pull the trigger.

    ridicularse, how could anyone vote for that mob of DHs?

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 3:54 pm

    You are jokin’!

    $622,000 difference!

  8. Dianne permalink
    July 8, 2013 3:56 pm

    Isn’t Slipper in court over $900 in disputed travel expenses ?

  9. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:01 pm

    Yeah,

    Buried in the fine print “includes fitouts”

    Usual Leftist BS

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:08 pm

    Probably includes new gym shoes too, Wally …

    How much were the “fitouts” … and what were they for?

  11. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:11 pm

    “How much were the “fitouts” … and what were they for?”

    We’ll probably never know because it would destroy the “story”.

    However it does highlight the stupid way government’s account for expenditure by including fitouts in administration expenses.

  12. dianne permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:14 pm

    what are fitouts?

  13. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:14 pm

    “Isn’t Slipper in court over $900 in disputed travel expenses ?’

    Yes

    He was apparently given the opportunity to pay it back or it would go to the AFP.

    He chose not to.

  14. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:16 pm

    Isn’t Slipper in court over $900 in disputed travel expenses ?

    yeps, apparently ‘a person of mystery’ made a complaint directly to the AFP which is the excuse being given for AFP action on slipper and non-action on abbott and every other politician who is allowed to repay ‘mistaken’ monies [the minchin protocol].

  15. July 8, 2013 4:20 pm

    “what are fitouts?”

    Renovations of offices and the like…

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:21 pm

    We’ll probably never know because it would destroy the “story”.

    ?????????????????????? Who’s ‘story” ……

    BTW, where’s your evidence link?

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:22 pm

    Renovations of offices and the like…

    Yeah, thanks, sreb, I knew that I should have been more specific … bit like someone else 😉

  18. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:23 pm

    Tony Abbott and his extravagant expenses:

    http://www.phonytonyabbott.com/blog/tony-abbott-and-his-extravagant-expenses

    So, how does Tony Abbott, the man who campaigned at the 2010 Federal Election with a slogan of “We will end the waste” end up spending close to three times the amount of public money as the Prime Minister in six months?

    The big expenses for Tony Abbott are his Office Administrative Costs and Office Facilities expenses.

    But how does Tony Abbott justify his Office Administrative Costs of $202, 065.73 compared to Julia Gillard’s of $8,241.60 (that’s more than twenty-four times Julia Gillard’s expenses)?

    Or how does Tony Abbott justify his Office Facilities expenses of $159,177.11 compared to Julia Gillard’s of $40,245.34 (almost four times Julia Gillard’s expenses)?

    “We will stop the waste”?

    Not while Tony Abbott is the Opposition Leader (or worse, Prime Minister).

    Okay, so, perhaps these were just one off expenses?

    No…

  19. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:24 pm

    Oops, realised you were replying to Di … sorry … I have a good reason for but I can’t remember what it was … 😉

  20. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:25 pm

    “what are fitouts?”

    TB at Lowes

  21. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:26 pm

    He was apparently given the opportunity to pay it back or it would go to the AFP.

    Er, my understanding is that was Abbott … Slipper was not given the asme opportunity! A “mysterious someone” simply reported Slipper to the AFP … protocol now means that they have to investigate … and as turned out charge him … double standards all round …

    Now these fitouts – sure they are not a figment?

  22. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:30 pm

    He was apparently given the opportunity to pay it back or it would go to the AFP.
    He chose not to.

    BS, he volunteered to pay it back immediately and Finance refused.

    A familiar AFP smell over Slipper and #Ashby:

    http://nofibs.com.au/2013/07/04/a-familiar-afp-smell-over-slipper-and-ashby/

    …But sources say Finance refused to allow him to do this. Instead, they said that — because the AFP was interested, they would not follow the protocol.

    Why did they make such an exception in Slipper’s case?

    Many politicians and their staffers claim too much for their cab fares. There is an example below involving Coalition MP Sophie Mirabella.

    All those pollies repay — and they don’t get referred to the police.

    So, Finance has made an exception for Slipper, despite the fact that the AFP investigation began because of a false and malicious allegation by Ashby…

  23. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:30 pm

    Bloody hell! I think the link, KL, has provided blows the “fitout” theory a bit … although I would like to know what the $202,000 is actually FOR!

  24. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:33 pm

    There is a figure of $126K with scant detail but a reference to Photo services for 2010 election of 76K alone. Very selective just to take a single 6 month period and highlight it.

    What about we look at Julia in the earlier Quarter ?

    But then again that might wreck the Lefties argument…………cant do that

  25. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:35 pm

    “BS, he volunteered to pay it back immediately and Finance refused.”

    Oh……………….so Murdoch has a plant inside Penny Wong’s Office…………
    .
    ………………Oh OK !

  26. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:38 pm

    “… although I would like to know what the $202,000 is actually FOR!”

    This is looking like Abbott’s Office putting in claims later than the period they relate to. 2010 election expenses in the Period 1 January to 30 June 2011 ??????

    Duh……………election was in August 2010

  27. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:44 pm

    This is looking like …

    BUT is it? If they can’t run a bloody office … how do they run a country? Especially with Hockey and Robb … neither of them very bright and both telling different tales! Add Abbott and you don’t get three versions – you get three faery tales …

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

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/newman-government-heads-to-supreme-court-in-bid-to-block-pay-rise-for-public-servants/story-fnihsrf2-1226675622419

    Just be careful what you wish for in the Federal Election … this is just a taste we are experiencing in Queensland …

  28. egg permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:44 pm

    The Age survey had roughly a 50/50 cut on whether to turn boats back or not.

    Is the Ord Camp the only rational answer?

  29. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:46 pm

    But when asked by journos, abbott immediately denied the accusation

    Tony Abbott denies wrongly claiming expenses from 2009 book tour:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/08/tony-abbott-book-tour-expenses?CMP=twt_gu

    …When asked at a press conference on Monday morning if he had wrongly claimed travel expenses while promoting Battlelines, Abbott replied: “No, I did not.”

    He did not elaborate on the answer before taking the next question and ended the press conference after answering questions from two other journalists on the press club debate and the potential timing of the election…

    according to tony, if its resolved, it never happened.

    conservative hypocrisy = justifying and excusing own dishonesty and behaviours whilst simultaneously attacking and vilifying others.

  30. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:51 pm

    “BUT is it?”

    Who knows ?

    If you are going to analyse some expenses you need to drill down a lot more than this fluff piece tweet.

    A period of 6 months can have all sorts of timing difference. And you dont know “If they can’t run a bloody office”.

    Who knows what protocols the APS requires before agreeing to pay them (therefore including them in a later period) ?

  31. July 8, 2013 4:52 pm

    “according to tony, if its resolved, it never happened”

    EXACTLY!

    And it’s not the first time…

    Tony has form in lying. Like when he lied about meeting with George Pell..

    Then when they get caught out, their response is “well so what?”

    They seem to demand far higher standards of honesty and integrity in others than they are capable of demonstrating themselves.

    But that does tend to be a typical dog-botherer trait I’ve come to realise….

  32. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 4:54 pm

    And then there are all the claims for TAs TA whilst he’s competing in sports/social events.

  33. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 5:03 pm

    No expenses spared – or explained:

    http://www.theage.com.au/national/no-expenses-spared–or-explained-20120116-1q3ai.html#ixzz2YKDPy7Ab

    …Mr Abbott was paid about $590,000 in entitlements for the first half of 2011, according to the report, and Ms Roxon claimed about $190,500 for the same period.

    But for the first time, the Finance Department has also published a ”name and shame” list of the politicians who have failed to examine the bill they ran up and check it off against their own accounts…

    …A 2009-2010 Auditor-General’s report pointed out weaknesses in the self-certification system, including the fact that compliance by parliamentarians was voluntary.
    Queensland Labor senator Claire Moore raised the issue in Senate Estimates and both she and Senator Faulkner advocated greater accountability.
    She said each parliamentary office was like a small business with allocations for expenses, for which the member or senator was accountable, as a small business person would be…

  34. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 5:09 pm

    But where did this lie come from?

    Yes
    He was apparently given the opportunity to pay it back or it would go to the AFP.
    He chose not to.

  35. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 5:15 pm

    As usual KL if we look at all Parliamentary Members expenses in different periods you can accuse every single one of them of rorting but thats tooooooooooooooooooo inconvenient for you

    January to June 2010.

    Look at ALPs David Bradbury

    http://www.finance.gov.au/publications/parliamentarians-reporting/docs/T26/T26_Parliamentarians_report.pdf

  36. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 5:26 pm

    Seems the Finance Department had had a gutful of Slipper………..

    ”Mr Slipper knew that he was not entitled to use the Cabcharge card to pay for the hire car fare, but he did so,” the description of offences says. The former speaker – who resigned from the position last October – allegedly used the card by filling in and signing four Cabcharge dockets instead of one.

    ”He filled in the trip details on the dockets by showing false information,” including the pick up and put down locations and the amount of the fare.

    The documents further allege that Mr Slipper travelled to wineries again in April and June 2010.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/slipper-toured-wineries-at-taxpayers-expense-20130108-2cea4.html#ixzz2YR8AqhdB

  37. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 5:51 pm

    DO you believe that thousands of illegal boat people are swamping our shores in unprecedented numbers and threatening Australian jobs and the economy?
    You wouldn’t be the only person to do so – and you’ll be hearing more about it as politicians jockey for your vote ahead of the federal election.
    Asylum seekers arriving on boats in Australian waters is likely to be one of the top issues debated throughout the election campaign.
    News.com.au explains 10 boat-people myths.
    Myth 1: We are being swamped
    REALITY: The number of people arriving in Australia to claim asylum jumped by more than a third last year to 15,800 people, driven by an increase in arrivals from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Australia resettles the third largest number of refugees of any country per capita, but actual Australia’s asylum seeker numbers, while politically sensitive, remain numerically small. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says Australia receives about three per cent of the total asylum claims made in industrialised countries around the world and, “by comparison, asylum levels in Australia continue to remain below those recorded by many other industrialised and non-industrialised countries”.
    Myth 2: We’re a magnet compared to other countries
    REALITY: Nearly half a million – 493,000 – asylum claims were lodged in industrialised countries last year, the second highest number on record after 2003, as war, civil strife, political repression and sectarian violence continue to force movements of populations across borders. Europe received 355,000 asylum seeker claims, while North America had 103,000. In particular, conflict in Syria has prompted a new mass wave of refugees fleeing that country. Afghanistan alone has a diaspora of more than 2.7 million refugees across 71 countries, but more than 95 per cent are in neighbouring Pakistan and Iran.
    Myth 3: We take more asylum seekers because we’re a rich, First World country
    REALITY: According to Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, the reverse is true. “The burden of helping the world’s forcibly displaced people is starkly uneven,” he said. “Poor countries host vastly more displaced people than wealthier ones. While anti-refugee sentiment is heard loudest in industrialised countries, developing nations host 80 per cent of the world’s refugees.”
    Myth 4: They’re illegal, queue jumping undesirables
    REALITY: Asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat are neither engaging in illegal activity, nor are they immigrants. The UN Refugee Convention (to which Australia is a signatory) recognises that refugees have a right to enter a country for the purposes of seeking asylum, regardless of how they arrive or whether they hold valid travel or identity documents. Australian law also permits unauthorised entry into Australia for the purposes of seeking asylum. Asylum seekers do not break any Australian laws simply by arriving on boats or without authorisation. Australia has a proud history of boat people and other asylum seekers becoming good citizens.
    Myth 5: Most asylum seekers come by boat
    REALITY: Statistics from 2008 showed at least 13 asylum seekers arrive through Australian airports daily, more than 32 times the number of boat people supposedly ”flooding” across our maritime borders in that year. A total of 4768 ”plane people”, more than 96 per cent of applicants for refugee status, arrived in that year on legitimate tourist, business and other visas – compared with 161 who arrived by boat during the same period. While boat numbers have increased, Australian Government statistics from the first quarter of 2013 showed more than 90 per cent of asylum seekers who arrived by boat were found to be genuine refugees. In comparison, those who arrived by plane – despite being eligible for release into the community and not having to face years of detention on Nauru or Manus Island – were almost twice as likely to be rejected as refugees. The figure continued a long-term trend of high approval rates for people arriving by boat, with 93.5 per cent being found to be refugees in 2010-11 and 91 per cent in 2011-12.
    Successful refugee: Les Murray is known as both the face and voice of soccer in Australia. As the most prominent commentator and presenter of soccer on Australian television, he is credited with championing the rise in popularity of the sport. He emigrated to Australia from his native Hungary as an 11-year old refugee in 1957. Picture: APSource: news.com.au
    Myth 6: Asylum seekers are taking our jobs
    REALITY: The Federal Government released 16,000 asylum seekers into the community as they wait for their refugee claims to be processed. They receive about $220 a week from Centrelink, most of which goes towards rent and food, but they are on bridging visas which stipulate that they’re not allowed to get jobs. Nearly half of those asylum seekers are subject to the government’s “no advantage” rule, which means they could be in this limbo for many years. Most asylum seekers want to work and will take jobs other Australians don’t want to do, report refugee agencies, but their visa conditions make work illegal. Refugee groups say that barring foreign migrants from the workforce could create an underclass, but they also reject the Federal Opposition’s suggestion of a “work for the dole scheme”.
    Myth 7: People from war torn countries cause problems
    REALITY: According to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the number of settlers – people entitled to permanent residence, including people arriving in Australia on humanitarian programs – between July 2010 and June 2011 came from more than 200 countries and totalled 127,460.
    Most were born in one of the following four countries:
    • New Zealand (20.2 per cent)
    • China (11.5 per cent)
    • United Kingdom (8.6 per cent)
    • India (8.3 per cent)

    Asylum-seeker Arzoo Bahram, 13, at Gleneg beach in Adelaide with new friends Brittany Drack, 14, Rhiannon Drack, 16, and Sarah Drack, 11. Picture: Andrea Laube. Source: News Limited
    Myth 8: They don’t assimilate or contribute
    REALITY: Refugees have been coming to Australia for decades and the first big wave of boat people, from Vietnam in the 1970s, have proven to be successful migrants who have assimilated and added much to Australian society. After surviving perilous journeys by their courage and strength, these people epitomise the qualities admired and rewarded in Australian society.
    Historically, refugees have contributed to the economic, civil and social fabric of Australian life and their success can be found in all fields of endeavour and marked by their presence on the New Year and Queen’s birthday honours lists.
    In 2009, Sri Lankan asylum seekers tried to communicate with the media from the deck of the Australian Customs and Immigration Fisheries Patrol vessel anchored off Indonesia’s Riau Island of Tanjung Pinang. Picture: AFP/Roslan Rahman Source: AFP
    Myth 9: Numbers are booming because we lack tough border protection policies
    REALITY: In 2007, the total population of asylum seekers, refugees and internationally displaced persons of concern to the UNHCR was estimated at 31.7 million people. By the end of 2011, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide exceeded 42 million and the number of asylum applications in 2011 was also the highest for almost a decade. The reason for the increase in numbers represents the upsurge in people affected by affected by war, military and social upheaval and human rights abuses, which is reflected in the fact Afghanistan continues to provide the most asylum seekers of any country in the world, with 36,600 last year, followed by the Syrian Arab Republic, Serbia, China and Pakistan. According to the Refugee Council of Australia, “most people do not wish to leave their homes, families, friends and everything they know and hold dear. They do so as a last resort, to escape persecution and find safety and security for themselves and their families”.
    Myth 10: We can just turn the boats back
    REALITY: While this is the current subject of political debate between the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, (who says we can’t) and the Federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, (who says we can) the truth is that wherever they come from, most boat people use Indonesia as a launching point for Australian waters. Indonesia’s president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has indicated towing boats back into Indonesian waters is not an option and it is likely a regional summit will be held to discuss a joint solution for the issue of the maritime trade of asylum seekers.

    http://www.news.com.au/world-news/ten-myths-around-asylum-seekers-arriving-on-boats-in-australian-waters/story-fndir2ev-1226676024840

  38. July 8, 2013 5:55 pm

    Oh you and your so-called facts TB… 🙂

  39. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 6:01 pm

    Stats from 2007 and 2008 ?

    WTF

  40. IPA permalink
    July 8, 2013 6:05 pm

    “News.com.au explains 10 boat-people myths.”

    How did that get in the Hate Media?

  41. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 6:06 pm

    “Myth 7: People from WAR TORN* countries cause problems

    REALITY: According to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the number of settlers – people entitled to permanent residence, including people arriving in Australia on humanitarian programs – between July 2010 and June 2011 came from more than 200 countries and totalled 127,460.
    Most were born in one of the following four countries:
    • New Zealand (20.2 per cent)
    • China (11.5 per cent)
    • United Kingdom (8.6 per cent)
    • India (8.3 per cent)…………….”

    Excuse me but since when have New Zealand………..China………………the UK…………………….or India been held up as examples of “wartorn countries” ?

    * My emphasis

  42. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 6:07 pm

    “Indonesia’s president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has indicated towing boats back into Indonesian waters is not an option”

    Where did he say that ?

  43. egg permalink
    July 8, 2013 6:07 pm

    Good stats … especially the numbers flying in.

  44. July 8, 2013 6:30 pm

    Tampa, when something old is new again.

    A workable boat policy is going to be hard to formulate, but I’m not sure the answer is in the past.

    Pollies are lost on the briny looking for policies.

    This item of yours prompted my cartoon for today, here at – – – –

    http://cartoonmick.wordpress.com/editorial-political/#jp-carousel-748

    Cheers

    Mick

  45. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 6:33 pm

    Oh you and your so-called facts TB…

    Yeah, I know … I was a bit hesitant for 0.00000005 second ’cause it reminded me of a certain furry Farnham poster, from way back … hope its not too long but ya can’t just post a bit of it …

    I just get sick and tired of the BS … especially the fkn emails from my “friends”!

  46. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 8, 2013 6:37 pm

    especially the fkn emails from my “friends

    Really? What’s that about? I don’t think I’ve received any!

  47. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 6:44 pm

    I don’t think I’ve received any!

    Obviously you don’t have any friends, ToM … cheer up we all luv you we just don’t have your email address … 🙂

  48. July 8, 2013 6:45 pm

    “especially the fkn emails from my “friends”!”

    I get those too… Incredibly racist emails from my so-called “friends” who think I’m somehow going to get a laugh out of vilifying asylum seekers…

  49. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 6:56 pm

    I get those too…

    In a way its subliminal incrimination … when I was young and more stipid I didn’t believe that my “friends” actually believe the BS … but these days I know they do … In fact oddly enough most of the people I know these days are tories … when I was younger they were Labor … and that included my business mentor and at least three managers I worked closely with …

    How times (and relationships I guess) change with time …

  50. TB Queensland permalink
    July 8, 2013 6:56 pm

    I’ve been stipid for a long time now … 😯

  51. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 6:58 pm

    I get those too… Incredibly racist emails from my so-called “friends” who think I’m somehow going to get a laugh out of vilifying asylum seekers…

    Mine stopped when I did a ‘reply to all’ and told them all what I thought of them along with some expletives. Some huffy replies came back to me and some ‘what about the children who read your reply’ guilt laden stuff. I replied again and told them that I thought seeing their disgusting emails was more harmful to kids than a few swear words that they would hear on TV every day and shame on them for such ignorant racist/hate views anyway.

    Is there another grech type mole in finance and/or AFP? the [mafia like tentacles of the liberal party seem to run through every government organisation in the country]. Or, did the referral come from lib HQ ?Qld LNP who are feral. Who is being protected?
    Still, it’s dirtbag stuff isn’t it, abuse of our legal systems to kneecap political opponents? So typical of liberal party operations though. Why can’ they try to govern through legitimate means eg offer up publicly acceptable policies.

    http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/questions-over-slipper-car-refund-offer-20130110-2cikp.html

    …Who asked the Australian Federal Police to investigate Peter Slipper’s 2010 travel claims?

    It’s an intriguing little question, because Slipper has been singled out for prosecution and the public has not been told why…

    …A finance department spokesman said: “The department does not publicly comment on interactions between it and individual senators and members in relation to their entitlements.”

    However, the Minchin protocol did not apply where an allegation was referred directly to the AFP, the spokesman said…

  52. July 8, 2013 7:02 pm

    “Mine stopped when I did a ‘reply to all’ and told them all what I thought of them along with some expletives.”

    Luv it…! I’m going to do that next time!

  53. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 7:07 pm

    Luv it…! I’m going to do that next time!

    Think carefully reb, bear in mind it might strain or even break some friendships. I figured I didn’t need or want friends like that.

  54. July 8, 2013 7:25 pm

    It’s ok AO, I didn’t earn the nickname “reb” for nuthin’ you know…! 😉

  55. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 8, 2013 7:28 pm

    Unlike me reb, you could probably come up with something witty, you know, one of those very clever highbrow replies where the receiver isn’t sure if they’ve been insulted or not!

    Notice abbott’s on 7:30 report tonight – perhaps a planned PR exercise after a quick damage control huddle with peta credlin? 😉

  56. July 8, 2013 7:32 pm

    “one of those very clever highbrow replies where the receiver isn’t sure if they’ve been insulted or not!”

    LOL! I do enjoy those… It’s all in the delivery you know…. 😉

  57. July 8, 2013 7:40 pm

    I think we have a lot in common Kittylitter, not putting up with BS and telling people how it is regardless of the consequences….

  58. July 8, 2013 7:42 pm

    All I will say about Morrison without stating my reasons for have absolutely no respect or complete disdain of this faux christian bully, is look at why he was sacked from tourism Australia and ask “where the bloody hell is he now”, his great claim to failure. He is a low intellect bully boy with Emotional intelligence of a pea.

  59. July 8, 2013 7:46 pm

    “He is a low intellect bully boy with Emotional intelligence of a pea.”

    With the greatest of respect, I think that’s a little offensive to peas, who are actually quite nice….

  60. egg permalink
    July 8, 2013 7:53 pm

    ‘who are actually quite nice….’ and sweet.

  61. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 8, 2013 7:54 pm

    “He is a low intellect bully boy with Emotional intelligence of a pea.”

    I agree, there should be a political party for people like this. Conroy, Swan, Emerson, Abetz, Mirabella, Truss, Bishop snr could all join.

    But then the group would probably form government.

  62. July 8, 2013 7:59 pm

    LOL @ ToM… 😆

    So true!!! 😆

  63. egg permalink
    July 8, 2013 8:07 pm

    This is how Morrison won preselection…

    ‘Michael Towke, a Lebanese Christian from the right faction, won. Four days later, amid allegations of branch stacking, Towke became the victim of a smear campaign, with a series of damaging personal stories leaked to the Daily Telegraph (after mounting a legal fight, News Limited offered him an out-of-court settlement).

    ‘There were dark mutterings, as well, that a Lebanese Australian could never win a seat that had recently witnessed the Cronulla riot.

    ‘The upshot of the smear campaign was that the NSW state executive refused to endorse Towke’s nomination, and demanded a second ballot. The beneficiary was Scott Morrison, a cleanskin in the factional fight, who was parachuted in as a unity candidate.

    ‘So it is a mistake to presume Morrison is simply an ideal Sutherland Shire man. Local party members initially rejected him, partly because he was considered insufficiently right wing.’

    Nick Bryant / The Monthly

  64. IPA permalink
    July 8, 2013 8:30 pm

    “he was considered insufficiently right wing”

    😯

  65. July 8, 2013 9:02 pm

    Egg I have been surfing at Cronulla for 38 years and I can assure you Scott Morrison is no more shire than a Galargenbone pie. He is a eastern suburbs bully, who was basically blacklisted in marketing because he was impossible to work with, burnt his board. He is also ex Hillsong, a loudmouth, know it all, unworldly and a complete lowbrow uncultured tosser. The right and christian dead shits in Libs in NSW were branch stacking to get control and Morrison was right in the middle. He is a liar and not to be trusted. He actually fancy’s himself a PM… and that is the state of Aussie politics.

  66. egg permalink
    July 8, 2013 9:06 pm

    I’m not disagreeing Ricky, the man should be removed from his portfolio.

  67. egg permalink
    July 8, 2013 9:12 pm

    Latest Essential

    http://essentialvision.com.au/category/essentialreport

  68. IPA permalink
    July 8, 2013 9:20 pm

    Never mind Essential, egg, Roy‘s got the real picture, and it paints Kevvie as our next PM …

    “Rudd now has ALP in prime position to win Federal Election as Labor gains again. ALP 54.5% (up 3%) cf. L-NP 45.5% (down 3%).”

  69. egg permalink
    July 8, 2013 9:29 pm

    Strewth…. its all over bar the shouting.

  70. IPA permalink
    July 8, 2013 9:34 pm

    Thank Marx proper pommie socialist Paul Barrie is back in charge of left-wing opinion Media Watch. Now the real issues confronting the Aussie media can be exposed: MURDOCH!

  71. IPA permalink
    July 8, 2013 10:13 pm

    Elbow’s Albo’s no tech head, evidently.

  72. Filthy Scumbag Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 10:14 pm

    My goodness people getting emails ???????

    How did that happen ?????

    Did someone steal some email addresses ?

  73. IPA permalink
    July 8, 2013 10:42 pm

    Albo’s a great believer in something he calls klommitchaje.

  74. Filthy Scumbag Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 10:42 pm

    egg PERMALINK
    July 8, 2013 9:29 pm
    Strewth…. its all over bar the shouting.

    I agree Egg…..lets have an election .

  75. Filthy Scumbag Walrus permalink
    July 8, 2013 10:44 pm

    So will the Unions now vote their power away in Kevin’s New ALP ?

  76. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 7:45 am

    ‘KEVIN Rudd’s popularity continues to rise, widening his lead over Tony Abbott as the nation’s preferred prime minister, lifting Labor’s primary vote to its best since the last election and putting the government dead even with the Coalition after preferences.

    ‘Since Mr Rudd was restored as Prime Minister just two weeks ago, Labor’s primary vote has risen nine percentage points to 38 per cent to equal its level at the August 2010 election. In the same period, the Coalition’s primary support has fallen six points to 42 per cent, below its election level.’

    Denny Shanahan in the Oz

  77. Dianne permalink
    July 9, 2013 8:23 am

    That is funny IPA. Needed the fresh eye of morning to decipher Klommit…..

  78. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 9:01 am

    Who am I?

    Its been done in the past and what’s been done in the past can be done in the future …

    http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/40587

    Clue: Leading Questions delivered carefully by Chris Uhlmann the Liberal Toolman … the quick cuts to Uhlman indicate either pre-recoding or simply following the script – never met a director who could cut so quickly … certainly not spontaneous – shudder the thought, hey, Tones … the man truly is a puppet …

    Just waiting for the tories response to the latest polls …

  79. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 9:02 am

    the man truly is a puppet

    muppet!

  80. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 9:39 am

    “Just waiting for the tories response to the latest polls …”

    I say bring on an election immediately.

  81. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 9:59 am

    ‘never met a director who could cut so quickly … certainly not spontaneous –’

    There is nothing wrong with pre-recording, its standard practice.

  82. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:00 am

    TONY EASTLEY: Retired Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie was Chief of Navy between 2002 and 2005.

    Interviewing Retired Admiral Chris Ritchie

    TONY EASTLEY: Admiral Ritchie, how difficult is it for Navy people to undertake a turn-back operation?

    CHRIS RITCHIE: A turn-back operation as it was practised in 2001 is a hazardous, risky task because of the nature of the people that you’re dealing with. They’re people who are intent on getting to Australia and you’re trying to turn them back from Australia.

    But nevertheless it’s a legitimate Navy operation. It’s something that Navy’s have done over centuries. And in that sense, if the government gives a direction to do it, then Navy people will do it and they’ll do it well.

    TONY EASTLEY: Were you able to liaise much with the Indonesian Navy or authorities on these issues?

    CHRIS RITCHIE: At the operational level we didn’t talk to the Indonesians, but that was done in Canberra through the appropriate authorities.

    TONY EASTLEY: So you take the boat back and just leave it there, do you, or do you actually take it to a port?

    CHRIS RITCHIE: We would take it back and we would observe it from below the horizon, if you like, on radar and things like that.

    TONY EASTLEY: What guarantee was it that it was going to continue the way it was headed, and that was back to Indonesian waters? What was to stop it coming back again?

    CHRIS RITCHIE: We took the fuel out of it so that it couldn’t come back again.

    TONY EASTLEY: Why did the practice stop when it did?

    CHRIS RITCHIE: No more boats came.
    TONY EASTLEY: None at all?

    CHRIS RITCHIE: None at all. None at all.

    TONY EASTLEY: If that same model of returning boats was to be reinstituted today, do you think it would still work?

    CHRIS RITCHIE: If the conditions were replicated, it could still work.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-05/retired-vice-admiral-says-boats-can-be-turned-back/4801254

  83. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:09 am

    If the conditions were replicated …

    People who live in the past, never see the future …

  84. July 9, 2013 10:13 am

    “CHRIS RITCHIE: We took the fuel out of it so that it couldn’t come back again”

    So if they all drowned, wouldn’t that constitute culpable manslaughter…?

  85. Dianne permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:22 am

    Yes Reb I was struck by that remark too. What if a sudden unpredicted storm carried a little cork of a boat miles off course. Interesting to note that Pope Francis has just visited Lampedusa Island where African asylum seekers reach Italian territory. He threw a wreath into the sea and said that we had lost our sorrow for these unfortunates, particularly those who drown.

  86. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:29 am

    ‘People who live in the past, never see the future …’

    That is simply not true.

  87. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:30 am

    If Kev turns the boats back … the monk is sunk.

  88. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:37 am

    “If Kev turns the boats back … the monk is sunk.”

    I thought it was going to be “War”

  89. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:39 am

    That is simply not true.

    People who swim in the past, drown in the present …

  90. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:41 am

    All the retired ADF muppets have been called to the Liberal Cause I see …

    Major General, Jim MoronMolan was out in force last night on Lateline too … how bloody obvious …

  91. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:43 am

    I thought it was going to be “War”

    Only in your mind, Wally, only in your mind …

  92. July 9, 2013 10:45 am

    Tony Abbott is weaker than Labor’s crisis suggests

    What if many Australian voters parked with the Coalition were desperately looking for a reason not to vote for the right?

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/18/tony-abbott-polls-coalition

  93. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:46 am

    “Only in your mind, Wally, only in your mind …”

    No………No………..No…………….it ain’t

    That’s the future according to your hero Kev only last week

  94. Dianne permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:47 am

    I think they are on the march already Reb.

  95. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:48 am

    “Major General, Jim Molan was out in force last night on Lateline too ”

    Yeah……………….and he confirmed the Indonesians were aware that boats had been turned around.

    But Hey…………………………….You Lefties hate the mounting evidence that an LNP policy worked.

    “Gotta Zip”

  96. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:49 am

    “So if they all drowned, wouldn’t that constitute culpable manslaughter…?”

    But they didn’t !

    “Gotta Zip Folks”

  97. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 11:06 am

    The PM has no alternative, other than turning the boats back. He could say they are illegal guest workers.

  98. July 9, 2013 11:16 am

    “You Lefties”

    #shrillalert

    😆

  99. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 11:48 am

    Tony Abbott is weaker than Labor’s crisis suggests

    The comments are interesting too, sreb …

    “Gotta Zip Folks”

    LOL! Most days are really laid back for, Wally … then the political tide turns and … ?

    Chuckle! 😛

  100. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 11:50 am

    Kev’s back to his usual modus operandi of seemingly dealing with one issue one day then leaving that half finished and quickly moving onto something else.

    Coroners Report into Pink Batts ?……..”Gotta Zip to Indonesia to see my good friend SBY”……….When is the election Mr Rudd ?………….Lets have a debate on the Economy Mr Abbott…………………Parents of Victims demand apology Mr Rudd……………Lets talk about Boats………………………Admirals say boats can be turned back Mr Rudd……………………..Lets talk about ALP Reform……………………Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  101. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:00 pm

    They are discussing everything except the weather.

  102. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:00 pm

    “… then the political tide turns and … ?”

    If they’d stayed with Gillard the polls were never going to move much. There was always going to be a sugar hit with Rudd.

    But they still wont win with just 38% of the Primary. Especially with some pollsters saying the Greens vote has already drifted back to the ALP ,The Kev Young Folk Effect, and could get as low as 5%. Unlikely though I’d admit. Probably 8 or 9%.

    Where are your ALP heros going to get their 2PP from ?

    All the published polls do the distribution on an historical basis that’s why the ALP gets over 50% 2PP. The Other Left Parties (i.e. Greens) are not going to capture as big a Primary this time around.

    Katter and Palmer are going to be the Alternatives to LNP or ALP and their preferences will leak heavily to the LNP.

    The ALP needs a Primary with a 4 in front of it and at least a 2 after the 4.

  103. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:06 pm

    “They are discussing everything except the weather.”

    Its gone past that Egg

    Wait until the LNP start telling the story of how the international integration of our proposed ETS will mean our power prices are effectively controlled by the European Union………

    That’ll go down really well………LOL

  104. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:06 pm

    #shrillalert
    😆

    FMD! Shriller and shriller … its a rout!

    Just ’cause Tony Abbott can only think about one subject a year doesn’t mean that Rudd’s mind works the same …

    You being a CPA does lock you into single strand thinking … a bit like corporate lawyers that’s why accounting types aren’t reall good at general management … can’t think fast enough or outside the box … just what a contry needs as a PM … wouldn’t you agree …

  105. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:09 pm

    ETS will mean our power prices are effectively controlled by the European Union………

    And China and the USA etc … it is a global market … just like MONEY!

    Gawd strewth its not that complicated …

    And its not “controlled” (I thought you would like that being a tory) its a virtual free market … you could make a profit buying and selling other people’s misery, Wally … right up your ally … you must start looking at the positive side again …

  106. IPA permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:15 pm

    “You Lefties”

    Forgive me for being pedantic but I believe the correct term is leftoid socialist commos.

  107. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:20 pm

    I prefer the term Leftards.

    Talking of which, noticed scaper has disappeared from that Leftard Kaf.

  108. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:21 pm

    So the USA is going to have its own ETS is it TB………………..?

  109. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:24 pm

    You really are the naive one TB

    http://www.euractiv.com/climate-environment/eu-sets-ball-rolling-carbon-mark-news-512277

  110. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:31 pm

    You really are the naive one TB

    Its a nice place to be right now … Tony Abbott erring and umming and brainfarting all over the place as he chases Kevvie Kumbak …

    I see nothing in your link to be naive about … unless you mean a fluctuating market price … of course that's what you are interested in not the 21% emission reduction … 😛

  111. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:48 pm

    With China coming on board this monstrous scam its going to be hard closing it down.

    BEIJING/OSLO, July 8 (Reuters Point Carbon) – China’s Ministry of Finance has drafted regulations to put a 20-25 RMB ($3.25-4.00) tax on fossil fuels used by Chinese firms in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions, state media reported Monday.

  112. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:56 pm

    egg, you really are the naive one (Wally) … 😆 😆 😆

  113. July 9, 2013 3:31 pm

    “that’s why accounting types aren’t reall good at general management … can’t think fast enough or outside the box …”

    So true…

    If accountants were left to run a business it’d go broke within a matter of weeks…

    “Who needs an internet, when we’ve got a perfectly good telex machine?”

    said the guy in the corner with the cardigan and the walk shorts…

    I bet Wally still takes a packed lunch and a flask of tea to the office…

    😆

  114. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 4:13 pm

    “I bet Wally still takes a packed lunch and a flask of tea to the office…”

    Nah

    Mrs Walrus brings it up to me in the “tower” at around 9:30am each morning.

    Its a very good view from upon high I must say and by the way there seem to be a shitload of whales close to shore heading North this season

  115. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 4:23 pm

    … there seem to be a shitload of whales close to shore heading North this season

    Yep, we let whales across the border … we just concentrate on keeping as many Mexicans out as possible …

    Mrs Walrus brings it up to me in the “tower”

    How big is your cage? Is there a slop bucket? Do you have both wrists chained or just your ankles? Is the floor wet?

  116. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 4:35 pm

    “How big is your cage?”

    4 metres by 6 metres, glass on the waterview sides, bookcases elsewhere, barfridge, spiral staircase, maltese guards at the entryway, water closet with handbasin………………….

    for when I need to puke at Leftie commentary …………………………LOL

    Oh……………and a telescope for “beach viewing” in summer.

  117. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 4:55 pm

    So the EU ETS is on the nose and China has their own scheme.

    ‘Where China leads, countries like Brazil and Turkey will follow. In a new world of carbon trading, the ETS will not be the scheme that others copy.’

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