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Is Tony Abbott’s Media Honeymoon Over?

July 9, 2013

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Tony Abbott’s free ride in the mainstream media has come to a crashing halt and the evidence is emerging from within the ranks of the Coalition itself.

Up until her demise, the mainstream media was obsessed with Julia Gillard; her hair, her clothes, her waistline, you name it. From shock jocks like Alan Jones declaring that “women were wrecking the joint” to self-proclaimed feminist and relentless whinger Germaine Greer complaining about Gillard’s rear end, the commentary and insults were frequently demeaning and derogative.

Of course, Gillard was not entirely an innocent bystander. Quite rightly she stood up to Tony Abbott’s entrenched misogyny in the all too famous Parliamentary speech which became a YouTube sensation. But occasionally she overreached as evidenced by her “abortion would become the plaything of men” remarks at the recent “Women For Gillard” event.

However since the resurrection of Kevin Rudd to the leadership of the ALP the focus of the mainstream media has taken a dramatic swing away from Labor and is now clearly focused on the Coalition and not before time.

Rudd is seasoned media performer. He gives the media (and the public) what they want. Articulate and impassioned responses to what are often difficult and complicated issues. Unlike Tony Abbott , Rudd doesn’t deny that issues such as the asylum seeker situation can be solved with three word slogans. He doesn’t pretend that there will be a quick fix for everything – unlike his counterparts who simply seek power by insisting that somehow everything will be solved under a Coalition government.  This morning he told female journalist Bridie Jabour to “calm down” in response to what was just an everyday question from the media. It was seen by many as just another telling example of Abbott’s attitude towards women.

The Coalition are clearly rattled.  Earlier this week, Tony Abbott declared that Kevin Rudd was “scared” to have a debate, a clear example of “projection” which so often typifies the Coalition fall back approach.

This new found media focus on the Coalition will no doubt continue and the cracks in the Coalition will become more self-evident as their house of cards begins to crumble.

The real test of Tony Abbott’s leadership is about to begin, and if Rudd pulls off an election victory Tony Abbott will rightly be remembered as an Opposition Leader who stood for absolutely nothing.

It’s a legacy that few would be proud of.

 

 

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  1. July 9, 2013 12:41 pm

    More cracks…

    “Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has accused Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of organising a dirt campaign against him over an incorrect claim for travel expenses.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-09/tony-abbott-says-labor-dirt-campaign-behind-questions-over-expe/4808492

    The real story is that independent blogger Margo Kingston obtained the details of Abbott’s expense claims under FOI…

  2. July 9, 2013 12:44 pm

    That Abbott could straightfacedly accuse anyone of organising a “dirt” campaign against HIM is just …

    These people are children.

  3. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 12:53 pm

    ‘It was seen by many as just another telling example of Abbott’s attitude towards women.’

    LOL 🙂

  4. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 1:00 pm

    The Coalition (and Wally) are clearly rattled. 😆

    Well articulated, web maester!

  5. July 9, 2013 1:01 pm

    Tony Abbott’s new way of deflecting difficult questions – implying that a female journo is getting hysterical. Charming…

  6. July 9, 2013 1:10 pm

    What a cock.

  7. Dianne permalink
    July 9, 2013 1:13 pm

    Do you think Malcolm is having some thoughts?

  8. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 1:21 pm

    The usual Lefties in Twitter space in a state of fury.

    How unusual.

  9. July 9, 2013 1:27 pm

    The usual shock jocks deafly silent.

    How unusual.

  10. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 1:28 pm

    Its a non story on tight arse Tuesday.

    ‘He cut the journalist off during a question about the use of government com cars saying: “calm down.”

    “(Labor minister) Gary Gray looked at this issue two years ago and said there’s nothing to see here,” he said. “It was an oversight in my office fully dealt with last year.”

  11. July 9, 2013 1:31 pm

    Skwerm, Abbott, skwerm…

  12. Dianne permalink
    July 9, 2013 1:43 pm

    I don’t think enough attention has been paid to TA’s statement on 7.30 last night that he would accept responsibility for any deaths which could occur if boats were turned around but that it was more important to Stop the Boats. Chilling. Tony Burke is now saying that people smugglers would circumvent tow-back ops because they knew Australia was not the sort of country to allow people to drown and that any turn-around attempt would be turned into a rescue mission. High stakes.

  13. Neil of Sydney permalink
    July 9, 2013 1:44 pm

    This is why i am so anti-labor

    Anybody who has a different opinion to a lefty is in big trouble. He will first try and trash your reputation by finding some alleged crime committed some time ago. If that doesn’t work out will come the bald faced lies. And if that doesn’t work they may try and talk policy.

  14. Dianne permalink
    July 9, 2013 1:51 pm

    What about the AWU business supposedly involving JG. Lots of accusations. No proof. Long time ago. I don’t think mud-slinging in politics is either left or right Neil.

  15. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 9, 2013 1:56 pm

    In the last 12 months Tony Abbott has claimed more than one million dollars in expenses:

    http://ashbygate.com/cgi-bin/editorials.cgi?record=101

    Has there been any mention of #battlerort in our murdochracy though?

    It shows how uncomfortable abbott is with his hypocrisies exposed, when asked to explain himself rather than just attack labor. How dare these people have the audacity to question him? He blamed kevin rudd, the labor party/dirt campaign for his own fiddling, and anyway it’s been paid back so it’s ‘all over now, move on’, it never happened. Even gary gray was named as a guarantor of innocence because he allowed him to pay the money back.
    I note that the media still haven’t asked why he was allowed to pay back $10,000 when slipper was denied the same privilege for a much smaller amount. When the brave female reporter [why are the female journos more fearless than the males?] wouldn’t just ‘move on’ as commanded, he belittles her with ‘calm down’ a deliberate put-down to stop her in her tracks.

    Tony’s glass jaw very much on show. His usual tactic of blaming labor for everything [and that being accepted without question] is still the main attack, it’s worked so well for him until now.

    I thought the tweet of the day was from yesterday, one of the senior press gallery members showing that they simply don’t do their jobs.

  16. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 9, 2013 2:11 pm

    I have to say that bongiorno is yet another member of the catholic mafia, perhaps that is why belief, absolution and lack of punishment inquiry comes so easy.

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

  17. Neil of Sydney permalink
    July 9, 2013 2:24 pm

    “What about the AWU business supposedly involving JG.”

    Yes and the Coalition did not start bringing it up. I think it was Robert McClelland in parliament who first mentioned it. And then it just took off. The Coalition waited a long time before they even mentioned it.

  18. Dianne permalink
    July 9, 2013 2:26 pm

    And mentioned it and mentioned it and mentioned it …

  19. Neil of Sydney permalink
    July 9, 2013 2:35 pm

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/how-robert-mcclelland-led-pursuit-in-union-funds-scandal/story-fn59niix-1226425771932

    LEGAL advice from a torrid union corruption scandal in the 1990s sheds new light on how the solicitor who would become attorney-general, Robert McClelland, and the woman who sacked him, Julia Gillard, were pitted against each other in a costly battle over her former boyfriend – and on claims that he had misappropriated $400,000 of union money…………..Three weeks ago, Mr McClelland revisited the case when he told parliament about new legislation with the power to crack down on dishonest union officials.

    “I know the Prime Minister is quite familiar with this area of the law, as lawyers in the mid-1990s we were involved in a matter representing opposing clients,” the Labor MP said. “Indeed, my involvement in that matter has coloured much of my thinking.”

  20. Dianne permalink
    July 9, 2013 2:50 pm

    Thanks Neil. Yes I remember the accusations but I don’t think anything as been proved despite the best efforts of the Australian and the Opposition.

  21. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 9, 2013 3:07 pm

    What about the AWU business supposedly involving JG. Lots of accusations. No proof. Long time ago. I don’t think mud-slinging in politics is either left or right Neil.

    Yes, wonder if chasing the ‘criminal’ JG has the same urgency now that she is no longer the PM. Meanwhile other criminal conspiracies are strangely stalled [ashby, slipper, brough, jackson/lawler/thomsen].

    Apparently the AFP are sitting on the brough/libs conspiracy stuff because they are unnecessarily waiting on the outcome of the ashby appeal.

    We don’t hear much about the tony abott legals, that he’s currently being sued by former one nation member david ettrige [expenses conveniently pro bono from brisbane law firm] and what has happened over barbara ramjan suing kroger for defamation because he said she lied over abbott punching the wall at both sides of her head?

    As hillary clinton has said “i’ve seen that movie before”
    Remember the whitewater scandal that the tea party pursued the clinton’s over? The aussie tea party uses the same manual of operations – win elections and destroy opponents by abuse of process.

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

    http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/the-james-ashby-money-tree-and-the-mal-brough-trough/

    http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/why-people-gave-50000-for-ashbygate-investigation/

  22. IPA permalink
    July 9, 2013 3:15 pm

    “I have to say that bongiorno is yet another member of the catholic mafia”

    So is Elbow Albo, according to 4Corners. Their witness? Albo.

    “ANTHONY ALBANESE: I was raised with ah three great faiths; ah the Labor Party, the Catholic Church and, and Souths”

  23. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 9, 2013 3:15 pm

    There is plenty is Gillard’s past to illuminate her ethics. The AWU affair was sleazy, and there are a range of questions that Gillard has ducked.

    Just as in 2007 she claimed to “be young & naïve” during the affair. She was 33 and a legal partner.

    We’re well rid of Gillard, all her tricky obfuscation is now just an unpleasant memory.

  24. July 9, 2013 3:21 pm

    The video of the “calm down” part can be seen in the link below.

    What is interesting, is Joe’s body language. Also the smirk on face of guy at right edge of screen, just after “calm down” spoken.

    Form your own opinions, and then, please move forward, we can’t have electors lingering over this smelly pile.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jul/09/tony-abbott-calm-down-video?CMP=twt_gu

  25. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 9, 2013 3:22 pm

    Gary Gray DID NOT say all OK re Abbott, he was told to desist from abusing his public service staff by asking them to work on his personal/private business. Was also told to pay back an extra $3,000 more than was initially paid back by credlin [$6,000] for additional comcar expenses he charged to taxpayer with his private book promotion.

    Letters between finance, gary gray and credlin shown here:

    http://nofibs.com.au/2013/07/06/exclusive-abbott-forced-to-repay-taxpayers-9400-he-charged-taxpayers-to-promote-his-book/

  26. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 9, 2013 3:25 pm

    So is Elbow Albo, according to 4Corners. Their witness? Albo.

    Yeah, but only one of them doesn’t do their job, simply ‘believes’ without inquiry.

  27. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 9, 2013 3:40 pm

  28. July 9, 2013 3:44 pm

    The transcript of Tony’s denial of his denial….

    http://nofibs.com.au/2013/07/09/abbotts-battlerort-lines-collapse-under-bkjabour-questioning/

    comedy gold.

  29. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 3:55 pm

    “………..When the brave female reporter [why are the female journos more fearless than the males?] wouldn’t just ‘move on’ as commanded, he belittles her with ‘calm down’ a deliberate put-down to stop her in her tracks………………”

    More confected outrage.

    Why dont you go and actually listen to the audio for a change ?

    You’ll find that the reporter asks him a question and as he calmly delivers his answer she shrieks at him trying to interupt. Then he just very softly says “calm down”.

    And by the way ask Gary Gray why Abbott was allowed to repay the expenses. He was in charge of it at the time and decided “nothing to se here”.

    Do you really want us to believe he’d let it rest if Abbott was guilty of anything ?

  30. July 9, 2013 4:08 pm

    “More confected outrage.”

    The opposition leader, Tony Abbott, has refused to take responsibility for incorrectly claiming more than $9,000 worth of travel expenses and will not explain in detail how the error occurred.

    On Monday, Abbott denied incorrectly claiming $9,397.42 in travel expenses while on his book tour, despite freedom of information (FOI) documents published by website No Fibs on the weekend revealing he repaid the money to the government in 2010.

    When further questioned by Guardian Australia at a press conference on Tuesday, Abbott did not explain how the incorrect claim occurred.

    “Look, this matter was fully dealt with last year and there’s nothing further to add,” he said.

    When asked to explain how the travel expenses for his book tour came to be claimed as official business expenses, Abbott repeated that the matter had been fully dealt with.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/09/tony-abbott-refusal-travel-expenses?CMP=twt_gu

    No, nothing to see here, why can’t we all just move on……?

  31. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 4:20 pm

    “No, nothing to see here, why can’t we all just move on……?”

    Go and ask Gary Gray if ya not satisfied.

    It all occurred prior to his appointment as LOTO. It would not be the first time an MP’s staff had inadvertently booked private stuff onto C/W account. Which is probably why Gray saw nothing unusual in it.

    In the case of Slipper he was in possession of the C/W cabcharges and used them knowing it was for private travel and he had already been told to stop using them.

    But he ignored the order from Finance.

  32. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 9, 2013 4:32 pm

    comedy gold.

    seeing it written makes it even more ridiculous.

    [abbott] credlin…meeting…now!…someone book me on a plane to qld.

    Why dont you go and actually listen to the audio for a change ?

    I did…and the video. Why don’t you just rush in to defend your precious lib party even when its indefensible…or throw in a deliberate lie so people think something else?

    You love to dish it out, but you get so aaaangry when your side is occasionally given the same scrutiny from media that the government gets all the time.

    You’ll find that the reporter asks him a question and as he calmly delivers his answer she shrieks at him trying to interupt. Then he just very softly says “calm down”.

    actually, he is obfuscating and avoiding [part of a politicians media management] and she interrupts so as not to allow him, all legitimate journalist tactics walrus. Have you become so used to pollies being let off and journos acting as stenographers that you can’t even recognise when one does their job properly?

    Have you any understanding at all of a politicians media training and a journalists training?

    I didn’t hear or see any shrieking, just a woman refusing to be fobbed off and determinedly asking questions of someone who was blocking and refusing to answer. I guess to some, just hearing a female voice is seen as ‘shrieking’.

  33. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 9, 2013 4:36 pm

    Which is probably why Gray saw nothing unusual in it.

    Are you being deliberately obtuse or wilfully misrepresenting the events? Gray saw plenty wrong and wrote to him asking him to pay back even more money and cease & desist from using PS staff for private business.

    Keep up!

  34. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 9, 2013 4:45 pm

    And by the way ask Gary Gray why Abbott was allowed to repay the expenses. He was in charge of it at the time and decided “nothing to se here”.

    Says tony, gary gray said nothing of the sort *shakes head at the disconnect on display*

    Stop accepting everything that comes out of his mouth as gospel truth, can you at least try to be a bit objective and not so rusted on, practice some critical thinking skills?

  35. July 9, 2013 4:49 pm

    “can you at least try to be a bit objective and not so rusted on, practice some critical thinking skills?”

    Ha! Such levity AO…

    Wally just comes here to vent after a hard day’s work counting other people’s money.

    He’s a bit like scaper, except Wally probably does have a real job, a loving family, a satisfying career, a reasonably stable psychological and emotional disposition etc…

  36. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 9, 2013 5:00 pm

    …a reasonably stable psychological and emotional disposition

    Until the coalition have a stumble, or he reads lefty communist commentary, then his head explodes.

    Funny how all the questions and mass pile-on of gillard by media over the years was all legitimate to some, abbott gets his own cover-up to explain through proper investigative journalism [not liberal funded dirt] and it’s a rude female journo interrupting him – FMD!

  37. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 9, 2013 5:05 pm

  38. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 5:05 pm

    You and Kneel make things sound so simple, Wally … we should definitely be ruled by clever people who follow the Light and the Liberal party Way …

  39. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 5:10 pm

    ‘…practice some critical thinking skills?’

    classic

  40. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 9, 2013 5:12 pm

    It really is entertaining the way the good guys are now winning.

    • Gillard & Swan out
    • Rudd & Bowen in
    • Rudd removes the possibility of another overnight assassination
    • Howes & other devious/destructive hacks significantly sidelined
    • Abbott under scrutiny
    • Libs feeling the pressure
    • Oakeshott finished
    • All the mindless Gillard supporters are terribly confused

    The political momentum has swung big time!

  41. TB Queensland permalink
    July 9, 2013 5:19 pm

    AND the wanker exraordinaire, Peter Garrett out and about rubbishing the ALP … FMD … as if his hands are clean …

  42. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 9, 2013 5:27 pm

    Once the public make their minds up about people (negatively), there is really no retrieving the situation. People stop listening, and spin is just blue smoke and spinning wheels – not going anywhere, not getting any traction.

    That’s what Gillard experienced, and no matter how much she relaunched her image, or talked about “the real Julia” or wore glasses… no one bothered to listen to her.

    I think that’s where Abbott is now.

    People have already made their minds up about him, and when the Liberals had the huge thumping lead, it was because people were pretty well conscripted, they didn’t really have a choice. Gillard was no choice.

    Now Abbott is tainted and on the defensive, there will be endless and detailed questions about his policies, and the press will ask him the questions that Rudd poses. Abbott’s small target strategy might have been fine against a deservedly unpopular Gillard, but it won’t get him any votes against Rudd.

    It all seems quite fair really.

  43. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 5:30 pm

    “Peter Garrett out and about rubbishing the ALP”

    I’d term that as him putting into “practice some critical thinking skills”

    LOL

  44. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 5:31 pm

    “Wally just comes here to vent after a hard day’s work counting other people’s money.”

    Actually I was counting ours today.

    Newcrest went down again…………………………….LOL

  45. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 5:35 pm

    “Gray saw plenty wrong and wrote to him asking him to pay back even more money and cease & desist from using PS staff for private business.”

    Yes………………and that was that as far as Gray was concerned. Otherwise we would have heard more about it at the time.

    But I suppose we can regurgitate it for a while for “campaign” purposes.

    Nothing to see here

  46. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 5:38 pm

    “we should definitely be ruled by clever people who follow the Light and the Liberal party Way …”

    Finally things are sinking in…………….LOL

    When I voted for Rudd over Howard I was voting for a bit of change.

    I hadn’t quite expected this never ending crap of an ALP

  47. IPA permalink
    July 9, 2013 6:09 pm

    #calmthefuckdownpeople

  48. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 9, 2013 6:12 pm

    Wally probably does have a real job, a loving family, a satisfying career, a reasonably stable psychological and emotional disposition etc…

    …and a house on the northern beaches. Scaper prefers a stinking hot, isolated, fly infested hell-hole (only current inhabitants are oddballs unsuited to society). This will apparently become a hub of activity and innovation.

    Scaper is well suited to CW, particularly the hell-hole bit

  49. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 6:16 pm

    “………….there will be endless and detailed questions about his policies, and the press will ask him the questions that Rudd poses.”

    Perhaps

    But we dont actually know what Rudd’s policies are either. Other than likely attacks on Superannuation post election and running ever larger deficits like self termed “Fiscal Conservatives” are prone to do.

  50. July 9, 2013 6:17 pm

    Tony Abbott being creepy…

  51. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 6:19 pm

    So the question becomes are there enough Australians quite happy to vote themselves out of a job in order to avoid having Abbott as PM ?

    The only ones that can feel safe are the Federal Public Service

  52. July 9, 2013 6:27 pm

    This is really fascinating… Dustin Hoffman on what it’s like to be a woman, and his epiphany..

    http://www.upworthy.com/dustin-hoffman-breaks-down-crying-explaining-something-that-every-woman-sadly-already-experienced-3?g=2

  53. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 6:36 pm

    Rudd is off to Darwin to chat with locals about the Nova Peris debacle. Have to hand it to him, likes to get things done … cleaning up the mess left by his predecessor.

  54. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 6:46 pm

    ‘Tony Abbott will rightly be remembered as an Opposition Leader who stood for absolutely nothing.’

    If cornered I expect Abbott will pull out his big picture items to prove he’s a man of vision.

  55. July 9, 2013 7:03 pm

    “I expect Abbott will pull out his big picture items to prove he’s a man of vision.”

    😆

    Abbott and the rest of his conservative cohorts like Minchin, Abetz and Brandis take their lead from Orwell….

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.
    George Orwell

  56. egg permalink
    July 9, 2013 7:32 pm

    Much amusement … I was thinking ANDEV and what the left call crony capitalism, while the right refer to free market economics with limited government debt.

    That’s all he’s got going, as I don’t think he has the bottle to say CC science is “crap”.

  57. Filthy Scumbag Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:18 pm

    Now that we have an FOI request granted on Abbott’s old travel expenses ( incidentally Tony Bourke has had to pay back money on 17 occasions ) can we now see the Pink Batt warning letters between Rudd and Garrett .

    I’ve heard one of them threatens the future political career of Garrett. Not that he had one

    That’s why we will never see them

  58. Filthy Scumbag Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:24 pm

    It was a vague threat.

  59. Filthy Scumbag Walrus permalink
    July 9, 2013 10:39 pm

    “Tony Abbott being creepy…”

    Yes being there promoting a small business is very weird.

    How dare he.

  60. July 10, 2013 1:45 am

    “Tony Abbott being creepy…”

    Have a look at the cnut! 😯

    roflmao

    I love the attack videos. It’s like a MP blooper farce. The ones where they fall over & hurt themselves, or bowl cricket balls with their non-dominant hand, are the best ones. Having said that, falling down mineshafts or being pulverised by anvils from the sky would be entertaining too.

  61. Dianne permalink
    July 10, 2013 7:47 am

    Egg not sure about Rudd getting things done. He certainly SEEMS to.

  62. Neil of Sydney permalink
    July 10, 2013 8:36 am

    Have to hand it to him, likes to get things done

    Apparently that is the reason the ALP got rid of him. Nothing was getting done and the govt had become disfunctional.

    But he is popular. I have worked with people like Rudd. Total nightmare to work with but anybody who has never met him, he is liked. The ALP seems to go for the charismatic leader to win an election.

  63. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 8:41 am

    Rudd gives the impression that things are getting done… he’s simply everywhere.

  64. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 8:44 am

    ‘Have a look at the cnut!’

    Misandry?

  65. Dianne permalink
    July 10, 2013 8:57 am

    Neil has used that word again to describe Rudd. Charismatic$?!/-¥¥\,#. There must be a better one. I think I will consult C Dickins. He will have a Kevin Kharacter and a description.

  66. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:12 am

    Not many people know that Kev was born and raised a catlick until his late teens, then he went over to the dark side.

    As my old dad says: “Once a catholic, always a catholic.”

    Just sayin’

  67. Dianne permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:26 am

    Careful Egg. You may be addressing one.

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

    “I think I will consult C Dickins. He will have a Kevin Kharacter and a description.”

    Is there a character called Narcissist in any Dickens novel ?

  69. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:44 am

    An interesting bit of trivia…………

    Google have recently conducted a survey/research project to find the world’s longest password that is actually continually used by the person who made it up.

    It was apparently held and continually used by an 18 year old Blonde Female Arts student who resides in Brisbane.

    Her password was:

    “Daffy_Bugs_Mickey_Minnie_Pluto_Donald_Canberra”

    When she was asked why it was so long she replied………….

    “When I was deciding on my password the system said it had to be made up of 6 Characters and a Capital”

  70. Dianne permalink
    July 10, 2013 10:02 am

    No Evil but there would be plenty with symptoms of narcissism. Re password: hilarious. Blonde???

  71. TB Queensland permalink
    July 10, 2013 10:16 am

    The ALP seems to go for the charismatic leader to win an election.

    Obviously the Liberal party doesn’t … 🙂

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

    With all the kerfuffle over Abbott’s $9000 travel expenses and Slipper’s $900.

    Can any one explain to me the logic of someone who is no longer a politician (he was for six years) being able to spend $8000 (in six months) on personal travel and its OK?

    And he’s able to do this for the rest of his life?

    Is it just me? But something seems to be terribly twisted and convoluted in all this?

    If pollies and PS make such a mess of a simple thing like travel expenses (something thousands of businesses do properly – and easily – every DAY) … how the fk can they run a country?

    HE might think they are a taxpayer-funded expense that is “not justifiable”, but Mal Brough is still using his parliamentary perks for free travel.

    The LNP candidate for Fisher used his Life Gold Pass to spend $8035 on travel in the six months from July 1 to December 31 last year.

    Mr Brough earned the Life Gold Pass after he served six years as a Howard government minister.

    http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/gold-mal-brough-travels-free-still/1930589/

    Please explain …

  72. Neil of Sydney permalink
    July 10, 2013 10:32 am

    “Can any one explain to me the logic of someone who is no longer a politician (he was for six years) being able to spend $8000 (in six months) on personal travel and its OK?

    Perks of the office. Not breaking any laws but most probably morally offensive.

    What about this??

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/mcclelland-moonlighting-as-lawyer-while-still-an-mp/story-fn59niix-1226672236761

    “FORMER Labor attorney-general Robert McClelland will start work as a partner with a big employment law firm in Sydney today while continuing to draw his salary as a serving MP until the coming federal election. ……..While Mr McClelland’s move technically breaks no rules preventing MPs from taking up work outside parliament, some questioned why he would not wait.

    For the past year, Mr McClelland has been practising part-time as a barrister but has not had a considerable case load.”

    Getting a full salary from the taxpayer but working part-time as a lawyer. Actually in some sense it is a good idea. Politicians need to keep in touch with their former employment in case they lose office

    and this

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/cooks-tour-of-europe-for-crean/story-fn59niix-1226676805285

    OUTGOING Labor veteran and Rudd supporter Simon Crean and his wife have taken a taxpayer-funded parliamentary trip to Europe just months before he leaves his job.

  73. dianne permalink
    July 10, 2013 10:36 am

    getting back to Slipper and the travel expenses court case …. is it unusual for a person to be tried over a matter reported to the police by an anonymous person?

  74. dianne permalink
    July 10, 2013 10:41 am

    Furthermore …. when the Stasi files were made public, East Germans were able to find out the names of people who had dobbed them in. is there a difference here that is escaping me?

  75. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 10, 2013 10:57 am

    “. is it unusual for a person to be tried over a matter reported to the police by an anonymous person?”

    Certainly not……………..in fact its very common.

    I can say from first hand experience 🙂 that sometimes the authorities require some “guidance” on where to look

    LOL

  76. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 10, 2013 10:59 am

    “….is there a difference here that is escaping me?”

    Well if they had the names of those dobbing them in then it was not done anonymously was it ?

  77. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 10, 2013 11:01 am

    “If pollies and PS make such a mess of a simple thing like travel expenses (something thousands of businesses do properly – and easily – every DAY) … how the fk can they run a country?”

    So why do you argue against smaller government by supporting the Big Government Party.

    C’mon TB………………………………………Come over to the “Dark Side”*

    *In my best deep Darth Vader voice

  78. dianne permalink
    July 10, 2013 11:06 am

    true evil, i worded clumsily. The name of the person who referred the Slipper matter has not been made public.

  79. TB Queensland permalink
    July 10, 2013 11:20 am

    C’mon TB………………………………………Come over to the “Dark Side”*

    That’s what I like about you, Wally, wicked but honest … 😛

  80. TB Queensland permalink
    July 10, 2013 11:21 am

    I think …. 😯

    I was referring to your admission that its the Dark Side

  81. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 11:28 am

    ‘Politicians need to keep in touch with their former employment in case they lose office’

    Gary Gray is ideally situated.

  82. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 10, 2013 11:54 am

    Unions have called a crisis meeting to discuss Kevin Rudd’s move to strip political power from the labour movement.
    Six trade unions aligned with the Right have scheduled a meeting in Sydney on Friday to formulate a response to the Prime Minister’s proposal to give rank-and-file Labor members a vote for party leader – a reform that will curb the power of caucus and all but prevent union-backed leadership spills to remove sitting Labor prime ministers.
    A union leader in NSW said: ”We don’t like being taken for granted.”

    Unions will take on this issue at their peril. Their hacks have become a dead hand on the ALP and if they resist this change they will precipitate a crisis between the industrial wing vs the ALP leadership, the caucus and the membership.

    That would not necessarily be a bad thing, as long as the unions lost.

    http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/union-pow-wow-to-put-rudds-reforms-under-microscope-20130709-2poe9.html

  83. Dianne permalink
    July 10, 2013 12:17 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought there were many rank and file members of the two major parties these days.

  84. TB Queensland permalink
    July 10, 2013 12:48 pm

    Rudd’s proposal might encourage people like me to pay for a vote for the leader with decent policies as a member!

    My understanding is that the UK Labour Party did the same thing some years ago …

  85. Dianne permalink
    July 10, 2013 12:55 pm

    Would you have to go to all those branch meetings TB. I think I would want to be paid. Handsomely.

  86. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 10, 2013 12:59 pm

    Excellent…………………………..the more the Public sees of him……………………….LOL

    http://www.news.com.au/national-news/federal-election/kevin-rudd-cuts-himself-shaving-then-shares-it-on-twitter/story-fnho52ip-1226676991326

    I do hope he keeps it up

  87. armchair opinionator permalink
    July 10, 2013 1:02 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought there were many rank and file members of the two major parties these days.

    Which is why they tried to sneakily give themselves extra taxpayer funding – remember the refusal to agree on anything in parliament except extra funding to the parties, it was only a coalition backbench revolt that saved the taxpayer $10mil.

    Abbott reneged on their slush fund deal, after having already agreed in writing, so you can’t trust what he says even when written down, signed, sealed and delivered!

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/both-sides-buckled-on-party-funding-but-voters-punished-julia-gillard/story-fn59niix-1226656560806

  88. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 1:11 pm

    ‘Victorian MP Steve Gibbons has told Guardian Australia he’s comfortable with most of the sweeping reforms to party rules unveiled by Rudd on Monday evening, but believes the existing caucus rules governing leadership spills should be maintained because they serve the best interests of the ALP rather than the requirements of particular individuals.’

    Murphy / Guardian

  89. July 10, 2013 1:19 pm

    Abbott has nothing..now that gillard is gone and the popularity contest will be selling papers Abbott is finished….all the right wing projection AWA, Slipper, Thomson, Ashby, selling the Book, Hansongate, the Pamphlet of promise puerile policy, the misogyny, racism, bob Santamaria, the IPA, murcock, Pell, Catholic bullshit morality, ru486….. incompetence, lies and chickens roosting….oh how I love this. A more unworthy candidate for high office has never stood

  90. Ol' Sancty permalink
    July 10, 2013 1:31 pm

    I don’t think Ricky Pann likes Tony Abbott…….

  91. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 1:40 pm

    Ricky vents his spleen…

  92. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 10, 2013 1:44 pm

    Ricky thinks 38% Primary will win an election.

    How amusing……

    Can we expect Rudd to Tweet his number 2 tomorrow morning ?

  93. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 10, 2013 1:46 pm

    Perhaps tomorrow he’ll sit down and tweet a photo of nice warm bowl of earwax for breakfast

  94. Neil of Sydney permalink
    July 10, 2013 1:48 pm

    Actually 45% of the population don’t like any Coalition leader. Tony Abbott could cure cancer and it would not change the 45% of rusted-ons who will vote Labor no matter what damage they do to the country.

  95. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 10, 2013 1:58 pm

    The longer Rudd waits the more Abbott will look rattled. scatty.

    The only danger (for Rudd) is that if parliament sits again, the Liberals will get so rattled themselves that they’ll replace Abbott with Turnbull.

    No that would be genuinely hilarious!
    ==
    Al those Liberal candidates who were within 5% of the ALP, were probably having their new MP business cards printed- put it all on hold!
    ==
    It is so refreshing to be without Gillard & Swan… and Emerson, Garrett etc

  96. July 10, 2013 2:15 pm

    Project all you like this is a John Hewson election… People hate Abbott and he knows it, even people who vote Liberal cant stand him…he is a repugnant divise man who personifies and embodies all that is wrong with Ugly Australia..Rudd will win this election. If I like him or not has little to do with it, I am just glad he is being put under the microscope finally to reveal what a fake hypocrite this unworthy discrace of a human being is. At the pointy end people will resound his own catch phase word of “No” to his negative, regressive vision of our wonderful country.

  97. July 10, 2013 2:17 pm

    I love NOS..complete bullshit, damage to the country? 🙄

  98. July 10, 2013 2:18 pm

    “he is a repugnant divise man who personifies and embodies all that is wrong with Ugly Australia..”

    I agree!!

  99. July 10, 2013 2:36 pm
  100. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 2:48 pm

    ‘…his own catch phase word of “No” to his negative, regressive vision of our wonderful country.’

    That malady comes from being in opposition and he will change once we get a due date on the election.

  101. Dianne permalink
    July 10, 2013 3:13 pm

    We have been waiting for that change for a long time now Egg. I don’t know if he is capable of change. People keep saying how disciplined he has been. I don’t know what they mean. He always looks as if he is about to burst with aggression. Anyway it will be too late by then. Methinks anyway.

  102. July 10, 2013 3:24 pm

    “He always looks as if he is about to burst with aggression.”

    Indeed.

    This is the bloke who asked everyone to give him a “clean slate”.. In other words, we should all just forget about what a complete cnut he’s been as a Howard’s Rottweiler.

    The reality is that very little has changed, despite the think veneer of pancake makeup, dyed hair and silver eyeshadow.

  103. July 10, 2013 3:25 pm

    Worth a replay…

  104. Dianne permalink
    July 10, 2013 3:30 pm

    SILVER EYESHADOW! You are making it up!

  105. July 10, 2013 3:33 pm

    “Misandry?”

    Huh? I don’t hate males, just Tony Abbott.

    Given that I am male myself.

  106. July 10, 2013 3:34 pm

    “he is a repugnant divise man who personifies and embodies all that is wrong with Ugly Australia..”

    Indeed!…& that video of him being ‘creepy’ illustrates his charm deficiency perfectly.

  107. Neil of Sydney permalink
    July 10, 2013 3:36 pm

    I must admit the ALP and its supporters are the masters of diversion. If the Coalition was in power this is what people would be talking about.

    http://www.news.com.au/national-news/detention-budget-stretched-by-1bn/story-fncynjr2-1226676708837

    A BILLION dollar blowout in the detention centre budget was filed the day Kevin Rudd was sworn back in as prime minister.

    Almost 1300 people have reached Australia since he seized his old job, taking the Christmas Island population to a record of 3544 people.

    The influx comes as the government revealed on a contracts website on June 27 that managing Australia’s detention centres will now cost almost $2.5 billion, almost $1 billion more than expected last year.”

    But NOOOOOOOOOOO!!. Labor has everybody running around talking about Abbotts expenses claims while the budget is being trashed.

    Nothing more deceitful than an ALP supporter.

  108. Dianne permalink
    July 10, 2013 3:39 pm

    Neil were you born to the Blue or are you a disaffected ALP supporter? You are a rarity these days I think.

  109. July 10, 2013 3:39 pm

    I still think the ALP is on its way to electoral defeat, but it’s good to see the insects on the other side scurrying around a little more nervously.
    A month ago, they were facing a walk up start. The HR Nicholls Society, were likely swollen with anticipation of a free hand to rape the working class, unfettered.
    Hopefully, the IPA & all of those other rightwing arsehole Institutes have had to moderate their grand plans somewhat.

  110. July 10, 2013 3:45 pm

    Neil has tunnel vision. Straight up John Winston’s rear entrance. Has had a monocular perspective for the years I’ve been chuckling at his comments in the blogosphere.

    But, he is consistent, unlike some of the ALP supporting political chameleons to be found infesting various leftwing self affirmation blogs.

    Every now & again, I find myself agreeing with things he says. Much of Neil’s criticism of the ALP & its supporters is perfectly legitimate. It’s just that his powers of critical appraisal only extend in one direction.

  111. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 3:47 pm

    ‘Huh? I don’t hate males, just Tony Abbott.’

    It seems you are not alone.

  112. TB Queensland permalink
    July 10, 2013 3:47 pm

    Worth a replay…

    Prime Minister? The world view of Austrya ain’t so hot now … with creepies like Abbott at the wheel (representing all of us) you wouldn’t need/want to be going overseas!

    Murdoch had better get the wheels grinding for turnbull if he wants the Libs to take the country … maybe the Murdoch coup will fail if he doesn’t …

    BTW, no sb, lately I hope he’s alright … ’cause he may have gone into shock! 😯

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

    Toillete, I hope ToSY doesn’t take offence at your last remark … 😆

  113. TB Queensland permalink
    July 10, 2013 3:49 pm

    ‘Huh? I don’t hate males, just Tony Abbott.’

    That same sentiment was on Julia Gillard’s shoulders a week ago … such a long time in politics … a week …

  114. July 10, 2013 3:50 pm

    If I meant him, I’d have typed PIA. 😉

    He’s a balanced, calm individual; I don’t think I could offend him if I tried.

  115. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 4:00 pm

    In defence of Tony Abbott …. here’s his platform articulated at the IPA. Now that Kevin is back in the big seat all this must be reviewed before he goes into battle.

    ‘I want to assure you that the Coalition will indeed repeal the carbon tax, abolish the Department of Climate Change, abolish the Clean Energy Fund.

    ‘Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, at least in its current form.

    ‘Abolish new health and environmental bureaucracies.

    ‘Deliver $1 billion in red tape savings every year and develop northern Australia.

    ‘Repeal the mining tax. We will create a one stop shop for environmental approvals.

    ‘Privatise Medibank Private, trim the public service and stop throwing good money after bad on the NBN.’

  116. July 10, 2013 4:09 pm

    “SILVER EYESHADOW! You are making it up!”

    If only I was….

    http://www.independentaustralia.net/2013/politics/tony-abbotts-makeover/

  117. July 10, 2013 4:10 pm

    “You are a rarity these days I think.”

    That’s putting it mildly….

  118. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 10, 2013 4:14 pm

    It wouldn’t suprise me if Abbott wore silver eye shadow…it obviously isn’t light blue or rose.

  119. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 10, 2013 4:58 pm

    Well it looks as though the Oppn might have started to catch their collective breath and regroup.

    Scott Morison has released stats today showing at current growth rates we will soon be welcoming 100,000 new boat arrivals annually.

    And what will be the silk glove ALP response ?

  120. Neil of Sydney permalink
    July 10, 2013 5:00 pm

    “Scott Morison has released stats today showing at current growth rates we will soon be welcoming 100,000 new boat arrivals annually.”

    No, we should be talking about Abbott expenses, whether he punched a wall 40 years ago or what John Howards father got up to in 1927.

  121. July 10, 2013 5:09 pm

    Neil hearts John Winston…

  122. TB Queensland permalink
    July 10, 2013 5:55 pm

    Scott Morison has released stats today showing at current growth rates we will soon be welcoming 100,000 new boat arrivals annually.

    You might be a CPA* , Wally, but you don’t understand statistics … ’cause a “projection” (whose? BTW) isn’t “stats” …

    Statistics are based on actual/factual data … not some dopey politicians guess …

    … the Opposition is sounding more like Himmler and Goebbels every day … in 1936 it was the Jews … in 2013 it the refugees …

    A friend of mine has been asked to take over the finances of a local LNP Federal candidate* … last night I got all the usual Liberal (untrue) claptrap …

    His main objection was that refugees could afford $20,000 to get on a boat to come here … I pointed out that even if you have $20,000 you can still be put up against a wall and shot or thrown in jail … apparently refugees and asylum seekers shouldn’t have any money? And reminded him of the Vietnam boat people who covered themeselves in gold leaf …

    Then he said … they should go through the “normal” channels” … but he didn’t know what they were … or how they could … or where they were …

    But we should break International law and just send them back where they came from …

    And so it went …

    Eventually I asked him what he objected to personally about refugees? Couldn’t answer …

    As a boat person myself I can assure you that immigrants are quite different to refugees and asylum seekers …

    Oh … did I mention that he was a Kiwi? 🙄

    *he’s an accountant … works from home, heaps of cheap assets- (but unlike Wally) got no view and got no money … got lots of influential friends tho’ … 😆

  123. Neil of Sydney permalink
    July 10, 2013 6:01 pm

    Toilet

    Actually Bacchus sent me an article once about John Howards father and what he may or may not have got up to 80 years ago.

    Can you believe these leftoid retards?? They go back even before you were born to try and trash your reputation.

    Standard practice for Labor supporters who disagree with you is to try and trash your reputation. If that does not work they tell bald faced lies. If that does not work they may try and debate policy.

    Hence the focus on Abbott expenses. Next they will attack his wife/ family, people who he is friends with etc. And you wonder why i detest the ALP.

  124. TB Queensland permalink
    July 10, 2013 6:10 pm

    Kneel, everything you have just described comes from the Liberal Party Political Handbook … its called “projection” … blame someone else for exactly what you do …

    Now … answer the question … have you ever voted?

  125. Sock Puppets 'R Us permalink
    July 10, 2013 6:28 pm

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/the-secret-howard-plantations/2006/06/10/1149815326249.html
    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    And for the record, it was originally posted facetiously to counter the ancient history crap you’ve been mindlessly endlessly posting since you first showed up on Tim Dunlop’s blog 🙄

  126. I'm a Friggin CA You Numbskull LOL permalink
    July 10, 2013 6:32 pm

    “……..Wally, but you don’t understand statistics … ’cause a “projection” (whose? BTW) isn’t “stats” … ”

    LOL…………………really is that so ???????????????

    Giggle 🙂

    “Statistical forecasting: Estimating the likelihood of an event taking place in the future, based on available data.”

    http://www.statisticalforecasting.com/

  127. July 10, 2013 6:37 pm

    “Statistical forecasting: Estimating the likelihood of an event taking place in the future, based on available data.”

    You mean like, the GFC, where none of the so-called “expert economists” saw coming, or at least, if they did see it coming, they didn’t want the plebs to know about it….

  128. July 10, 2013 6:43 pm

    “Sock Puppets ‘R Us”

    It’s so cute when we have visitors from the cafe like Bacchus.

    It does puzzle me that they feel that they cant comment under their own familiar names.

    Fear of retribution (ie banning) from the geriatric love-struck cult administrators perhaps?

  129. TB Queensland permalink
    July 10, 2013 6:46 pm

    Scott Morison has released stats …

    NOT statistical forecasting! – From your link … The Fine ART of Statistical ESTIMATION …

    Stats are based upon collected data – generally historic … then they can be used a projection or estimation BUT stats are collected on hard data NOT predictions … Sieg heil …

    Wally, you might want to comment here … most are from the Dark Side …

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

  130. Bacchus permalink
    July 10, 2013 6:46 pm

    Oh don’t be so silly reb. I’m just playing with a certain poster at CW 😀

  131. July 10, 2013 6:59 pm

    At least you can post here Bacchus….

    The fact that relatively sane people like me and YoM have been banned at teh cafe for just having a “different opinion” (ie a loathing for Gillard, which has now proven to be vindicated) while the likes of a certain landscaper who posts the most loathsome of insults is allowed free reign does seem inconsistent.

  132. Bacchus permalink
    July 10, 2013 7:11 pm

    I really couldn’t give a dead rat’s @r#e reb 😉

  133. July 10, 2013 7:16 pm

    And that’s fine Bacchus…

    On the other hand, I have a passion for free speech… (but I can appreciate how some people can’t cope with that when it exposes their self-righteous elitism)..

  134. Bacchus permalink
    July 10, 2013 7:23 pm

    Whatever reb – your problem, caused in large part by you and yours, not mine…

  135. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 7:23 pm

    ‘I have a passion for free speech…’

    Hear Hear!

    My banning at the leftard kaf looks good on the resume.

  136. July 10, 2013 7:38 pm

    “your problem, caused in large part by you and yours,”

    LOL.. Your bias is showing Bacchus…..

    But yeah, you’re right… I couldn’t care less…. whatever…

  137. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 10, 2013 8:13 pm

    Yes, I’m sure Bacchus would observe all the ugly and acrimonious exchanges that occur here between people of differing political opinions (**sarc alert**) as evidence (**sarc alert**) of how very difficult and intolerant people here are of each other (**sarc alert**), unlike CW where there is no acrimony.(***SARC ALERT!!***)

    (dumb people like scaper are necessary to provide a foil to dumb people of a different political persuasion)

  138. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 10, 2013 8:41 pm

    AUSSIE !
    OI!

    (poms on the run!!)

  139. IPA permalink
    July 10, 2013 8:43 pm

    Pattison. Oi Oi Oi.

  140. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 8:59 pm

    While nothing much is happening you can browse this straw poll.

    http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/polls/

    Methinks the majority of respondents are watermelons.

  141. IPA permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:04 pm

    “Women playing sports is totally useless if said women are not pleasing to the eye. I mean, what’s the point of women playing sports if it isn’t to please the male spectators?”

  142. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:04 pm

    This caught my eye.

    ‘Should English cricket balls be allowed on Aussie fields?’

    58% said no.

  143. July 10, 2013 9:05 pm

    NoS suitably rattled..quotes from news.com, scott morronthong and uses the term leftoid. yep that lemming’s got tunnel vision.

    Egg it is not the job of an opposition to say No to everything, be negative and obstructionist, they to are elected to service the country and constituents of the electorate, a fact lost on Abbott and his band of incompetent fakes. This type of negativity goes against everything that built Australia. Abbott is a supreme hypocrite, incapable of governing Australia in a bypartisan way as he is santamaria owned by the IPA.

  144. IPA permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:09 pm

    “Are you concerned where and under what conditions your clothes are made? Yes 60% No 40%”

    Guffaw!

  145. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:13 pm

  146. IPA permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:14 pm

    Ask ’em this question: Do you think Australian firms should stop sourcing clothing from Bangladesh, where “seventy five per cent of all export income comes from making clothes”?

  147. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:18 pm

    ‘it is not the job of an opposition to say No to everything’

    Turnbull once compared Labor and The Coalition to opposing football teams, the sole aim of the Opposition is to find fault with the government, otherwise it becomes a one party state.

    Everything else you have to say about his personal character and associations are worthless. Cafe Leftard has poisoned your mind with vitriol on Abbott.

  148. IPA permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:26 pm

    “the sole aim of the Opposition is to find fault with the government”

    Especially when a large percentage of our politicians are lawyers, used to the adversarial system where each side fashions anrgument to suit their particular case.”

  149. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:26 pm

    Have you been personally affected by internet “trolling”?

    78% said yes.

    I’m banned at a couple of places, which has personally affected me. A sense of rejection.

  150. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:28 pm

    And being herd political animals they form into small groups, sometimes called factions.

  151. IPA permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:29 pm

    Howard’s at the cricket.

  152. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 10, 2013 9:42 pm

    Another pom OUT!
    Oi.
    ————
    Howard’s at the cricket.

    I think he probably told Trevor Chappell to bowl underarm.

    (blaming Howard for everything seems oddly appealing)

  153. July 10, 2013 9:46 pm

    yeah egg brilliant stuff…the sole aim? you’re a real genius 🙄

  154. egg permalink
    July 10, 2013 10:03 pm

    Its the Westminster system we took from the mother country.

  155. July 10, 2013 11:46 pm

    GO ENGLAND !

  156. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 11, 2013 8:43 am

    Shriek*****************************Shriek*********************************

    I’m outraged at that footage of Rudd patting someone who is disabled on the
    head

    ******************************Squawk*********************************Squawk

    And dont dare tell me to “calm down”…………………………………..I want to Squawk***************
    ***************************Squark*********************************Shriek*******************************
    Shriek****************************************

    Until something equally outrageous interupts the 24/7 News Cycle

  157. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 11, 2013 8:45 am

    He’s probably wearing a blue tie too.

  158. egg permalink
    July 11, 2013 8:58 am

    I also saw him put his arm around the shoulder of a local northern man, which appeared patronising.

    Cred needs to have a serious chat with him about this cavalier attitude.

  159. July 11, 2013 9:11 am

    He cut himself shaving too.

    Unfit to run the economy!

  160. TB Queensland permalink
    July 11, 2013 9:31 am

    I also saw him put his arm around the shoulder of a local northern man

    Yeah!

    But you DHs thought HE cut himself shaving … 😈

  161. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 11, 2013 9:33 am

    Could have been worse I suppose

    Thankfully he was not giving himself a Brazillian via a razor yesterday morning !

  162. TB Queensland permalink
    July 11, 2013 9:37 am

    Bill Shorten was intersting to listen to last night on Lateline … if I can borrow a technique from ToM … Bill:

    ► Only said “wif” three times (well done Bill keep up the elocution lessons!)

    ► Only repeated his main answer three times (almost word for word too)

    ► Beautifully talked over Tony Jones’ interruptions twice

    ► Cleverly avoided answering any questions relating to the “anger” (Jones’ interpretation) of the unions

    ► Kept on track to remind Jones that he was the Minister for Education (and not the Conciliator for Union Friendships)

    ► Demonstrated remarkable calm during a most ignorantly informed or deliberately stupis interviewing I’ve ever seen on ABC

  163. IPA permalink
    July 11, 2013 9:38 am

    What does Kevvie shave with, one of these?

  164. TB Queensland permalink
    July 11, 2013 9:39 am

    Thankfully he was not giving himself a Brazillian via a razor yesterday morning !

    Do you have a link to actually prove he wasn’t or are you just guessing (again)?

  165. TB Queensland permalink
    July 11, 2013 9:42 am

    Nah! ToSy … Kevvie’s a QUEENSLANDER! This is a knife …

  166. IPA permalink
    July 11, 2013 9:43 am

    Famous cut-throat razor incident recorded in The Bulletin, 17 December 1892.

  167. IPA permalink
    July 11, 2013 9:49 am

    Hmmm. Link.

  168. July 11, 2013 9:50 am

    Kevette – the best a man can get.

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

    Billy Shorten is on the outer with the Howes / Ludwig set for stabbing their Golden Girl in the back.

    Nothing will come of Kevin’s leadership voting changes as it requires a full ALP National Conference.

    So Rudd will still be susceptible to the attack line over whether if he was to win would “they” (the faceless ones)keep him as PM

  170. Neil of Sydney permalink
    July 11, 2013 9:55 am

    Someone should ask Rudd what has happened to the NBN.

    He said in 2007 that it would cost $4.7B and be finished in 5 years. Where is it?? What is happening??

  171. TB Queensland permalink
    July 11, 2013 10:13 am

    Keep squeaking, Kneel …

    Don’t know much about National Infrastructure Projects, I see …

    BTW … have you ever voted?

  172. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 11, 2013 10:15 am

    How good is Kevette? Can you imagine Abbott tweeting a photo of himself with a shaving cut? Abbott would post a hair dye or fake tan mishap.

    And today he’s at the Press Club, talking up the government’s economic credentials. He’ll be fine as long as he doesn’t commit to delivering a surplus, ever.
    =====
    Yes, I think there is plenty more bad news on the NBN.
    *Cost over runs
    *Behind schedule
    *Planning problems
    *Unions all over it
    *Lack of skills
    *Contractors can’t make a $

    No one seems very happy.

  173. TB Queensland permalink
    July 11, 2013 10:18 am

    Some silly woman on the radio* just said it doesn’t matter if, Abbott, isn’t any good on TV, like Rudd … its whether he would make a good PM or not …

    I managed to get most of the coffee out of my keyboard … 🙄

    *I listen to 4 BC occasionally – with a call sign like that its obviously the local shock jock, RW station … I don’t know any LW stations … does anyone?

  174. IPA permalink
    July 11, 2013 10:27 am

    “I don’t know any LW stations … does anyone?”

    Radio National, for one.

  175. July 11, 2013 10:36 am

    “Radio National, for one”

    Guffaw…

    Absence of some rabid frothing at the mouth shock jock does not equal “left wing”…

  176. egg permalink
    July 11, 2013 10:39 am

    Calling him Kevette is demeaning to the high office of PM and smacks of misandry.

  177. Evil Walrus permalink
    July 11, 2013 10:47 am

    “… I don’t know any LW stations … does anyone?”

    You might be North enough to pick up Radio Pyongyang !

    And since they talk a load of gibberish you should fit right in with their Talk Back format

    LOL

  178. TB Queensland permalink
    July 11, 2013 10:49 am

    Chuckle …

  179. egg permalink
    July 11, 2013 10:59 am

    Back to tabit….

    This election is no longer a walkover and strongly suggest he tackle drug law reform, along with opening up the north.

  180. IPA permalink
    July 11, 2013 11:02 am

    “Guffaw…”

    Let’s see: Fran “What I am really am is an activist” Kelly, former ALP member James Carleton, Philip Adams (Robert Manne has described Adams as “the emblematic figurehead of the pro-Labor left intelligentsia”), fill in Chaser “boy” Julian Morrow, etc etc

    Then, once a week(!), they have a program called Counterpoint where a token “conservative” provides an alternative to the prevailing left-groupthink.

    We report, you decide.

  181. TB Queensland permalink
    July 11, 2013 11:14 am

    😯

  182. egg permalink
    July 11, 2013 11:32 am

    ‘We report, you decide.’

    That’s funny ToSY and by the way I like the man from ironbark.

  183. July 11, 2013 11:46 am

    “There are two kinds of forecasters: those who don’t know, and those who don’t know they don’t know.” — J.K. Galbraith

  184. egg permalink
    July 22, 2013 10:47 am

    Abbott’s Direct Action Plan needs to be dropped before the election, being financially unviable and completely fkn stoopid.

    http://www.theland.com.au/news/agriculture/general/news/coalitions-soil-carbon-plan-unviable-study-finds/2664730.aspx

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