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Tony Abbott’s New Ministry – The Musical!

September 16, 2013
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  1. September 16, 2013 3:15 pm

    George Brandis – Minister for The Arts….!!

    ROFLMAO!

    Goodbye Arts & Culture, it was nice knowing you…..!

  2. September 16, 2013 3:23 pm

    No Science Minister in new ministry.

    I guess climate change is no longer an issue then….

  3. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 16, 2013 3:24 pm

    The Public Service are going to love Abetz.

  4. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 16, 2013 3:28 pm

    Science was part of Industry Innovation etc. Kim Carr was Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

  5. September 16, 2013 3:31 pm

    Minister for the Environment: Rhyming Slang.

  6. September 16, 2013 4:36 pm

    Who is the Minister for Confected Outrageous Pantywetting?

  7. September 16, 2013 4:39 pm

    Oh…I shoulda looked harder, it’s Scott Morrison.

    And I note the reanimated corpse of Kevin Andrews is going to rape fix socialist services.

  8. egg permalink
    September 16, 2013 5:17 pm

    Hunt is Minister for the Environment, a masterstroke if it means he won’t have his hands on climate change.

  9. TB Queensland permalink
    September 16, 2013 5:20 pm

    Minister for the Environment: Rhyming Slang.

    LOL! You might have to explain that to a few around here … 🙄 🙄 nudge, nudge 😉 😉 … know what I mean?

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    September 16, 2013 6:14 pm

    LAnd I note the reanimated corpse of Kevin Andrews is going to rape fix socialist services.

    Mmmm … a certain Gold Coast doctor springs to mind … Christian conscience is obviously no barrier to a Back to the Future, Howard Abbott government …

  11. IPA permalink
    September 16, 2013 7:46 pm

    There seems to be a lot of twittersquawking about the lack of women in Abbott’s cabinet. Since the right doesn’t do quotas but promotes individuals on merit, can anyone name a female coalition MP or senator who is better qualified than one of the cabinet members named today?

  12. September 16, 2013 7:49 pm

    Wow.

    Apparently it’s not only leftists who monitor twitter.

  13. September 16, 2013 7:50 pm

    I actually agree with you about a meritocracy though. I’d prefer if the world was administrated that way.

    Affirmative action is bullshit.

  14. September 16, 2013 7:54 pm

    Having said that. The fact that there is only one woman will draw fire; a symptom of the era.

    One wonders if it is compulsory to have at least one Jew, one aboriginal, one red indian & an amputee to be truly worthy.

    Best human for the job should always get the job.

    That’s not to say I’m particularly naïve about why those appointed by Abbott were appointed.

  15. IPA permalink
    September 16, 2013 7:56 pm

    “Apparently it’s not only leftists who monitor twitter.”

    Just a guess, but that’s what they’ll be shrieking about. 😉

  16. IPA permalink
    September 16, 2013 7:58 pm

    “Best human for the job should always get the job.”

    Spoken like a true wingnut.

  17. IPA permalink
    September 16, 2013 9:35 pm

    “Over himself, over his own mind and body, the individual is sovereign” ~ John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

  18. September 16, 2013 9:51 pm

    the re-heated howard zombies are putting bronny bishop in as speaker on $340k.pa, not bad coin, but what is funny is l heard she`s 71, this looks like a pension booster to me, while keeping this fossil in a seat, that will stop the young`uns draggin the teabags into the digital-age

  19. IPA permalink
    September 16, 2013 9:55 pm

    “Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.” ~ John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

  20. September 16, 2013 11:01 pm

    dunny_ ‘ ‘ ‘ Affirmative action is bullshit. ‘ ‘ ‘
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ I actually agree with you about a meritocracy though. ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    sucker
    .
    ‘ ‘ ‘ I’d prefer if the world was administrated that way. ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 🙄
    so dunny,
    who do you think decides,
    1-what has merit.?
    2-who has merit.?
    Guess what, it`s the same fcukers that have decided we preserve, defend and live in an `economy` at all costs, not a society. Guess who that `really` benefits, the elite.

  21. John Stuart Mill permalink
    September 16, 2013 11:10 pm

  22. September 16, 2013 11:14 pm

    1-what has merit.?
    2-who has merit.?

    I see merit in ability, not dependent on gender, race, religion or demographic.

    I think that’s a sensible approach. It has nothing to do with me acceding to the elite.

    I wasn’t even suggesting that Abbott appointed his ministers on merit at all. I meant that the best candidates should be chosen, irrespective of gender etc.
    I would see it the same way if they were all female appointees.

    The crux is that it will only reinforce the perception that Abbott is ‘pro-male’; rightly or wrongly.

  23. September 16, 2013 11:17 pm

    Haha…

    I read that quote somewhere else today & thought of it when IPA started quoting you, John Stuart Mill.
    You get about, don’t you.

    I like the quotes, btw. Although I’ve often seen that one bastardised to congeal Islam with terrorism.

  24. September 16, 2013 11:21 pm

    dunny_ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Affirmative action is bullshit.’ ‘ ‘ ‘
    .
    the teabags will be loving you dunny,
    keeping gays in closets, reds under beds, blacks in the bush and women in the kitchen is needed to keep the status-quo, dog-botherers power delusion alive. Thank-you for your support.

  25. September 16, 2013 11:34 pm



    yeah, l reckon that one`s pretty good too John`Stuart`Mill`osy

  26. Bacchus permalink
    September 16, 2013 11:45 pm

    😉

  27. egg permalink
    September 17, 2013 6:36 am

    Positive discrimination and affirmative action are so last century.

  28. September 17, 2013 8:17 am

    “Thank-you for your support.”

    I’m not going to bother explaining again why your characterisation of my statement is misrepresentative. 🙂

  29. TB Queensland permalink
    September 17, 2013 10:12 am

    … can anyone name a female coalition MP or senator who is better qualified than one of the cabinet members named today?

    Well, ToSY, without researching all the females elected to the LibNits – from a total of about 83 sitting members only one woman makes the grade – apparently?

    That doesn’t strike you as very odd in the 21st Century?

    OK, I admit its a silly question for some eg you and Wally and James, perhaps …

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

    I see merit in ability, not dependent on gender, race, religion or demographic.

    And I agree … however, the odds that out of 83 people only one female is “capable” is rather a long stretch … and females are 50% of the population … (the speaker is a joke so doesn’t count)

    Just as Abbott should have brought new blood of both male and female members into his cabinet not regurgitate Howard’s Private School Bullies … GMAFB! eg Ruddock is a zombie … Andrews demonstrated foolish decision after stupid decision … and Peter Dutton really is a First Class Fuckwit™

    I just hope that someone is doing a qualification and work experience check on all the female LibNiT parliamentarians right now …

  30. TB Queensland permalink
    September 17, 2013 10:12 am

    G’day Baccy! 😉

  31. Walrus permalink
    September 17, 2013 10:17 am

    “……..eg Ruddock is a zombie … Andrews demonstrated foolish decision after stupid decision … and Peter Dutton really is a First Class Fuckwit™…….”

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…………………..its great to see the Lefties get more shrill as the electoral defeat sinks in

  32. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 17, 2013 10:59 am

    730 tends to see everything as pro or anti ‘teabagz’

    Regardless of the actual orientation of the individual or the content of the comment, it’s all capable of such characterisation, apparently.

  33. September 17, 2013 11:05 am

    “Regardless of the actual orientation of the individual or the content of the comment, it’s all capable of such characterisation, apparently.”

    LOL… Yes I’ve noticed that too…

  34. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 17, 2013 11:40 am

    “GMAFB! eg Ruddock is a zombie … “

    Ruddock, if you recall did in fact stop the drownings, as well as the boats. Then in a fit of hubris, and for absolutely no good reason whatsoever, the ALP reversed his policy, drowning well over a thousand people in the process. And Ruddock is the zombie?????

    I’d say a zombie is someone who reflexively bashes Ruddock without even understanding that he was actually very successful in a way that Labor could only dream of.

  35. Walrus permalink
    September 17, 2013 12:18 pm

    So I suppose that both major parties have differing structural imbalances that are now easily identifiable.

    The ALP’s problem is its Union hack domination whereas the LNP has a problem in recruiting women. There are a few around but its as if there is a generation of them missing. Where are the ones in their late 40s early 50s. Julie Bishop is around 57 and there’s a pretty big age gap between her and Kelly O’Dwyer and Michaelia Cash.

  36. IPA permalink
    September 17, 2013 5:00 pm

    Annabel Crabb: “Hands up anyone who, in the past week, has whined about the under-representation of women in the Abbott Cabinet, but rejoiced at the probable loss of Sophie Mirabella from the political landscape?”

  37. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 17, 2013 5:38 pm

    The situation the Libs now find themselves in is a direct consequence of them deciding not to follow the ALP’s lead in prioritising the endorsement of female candidates.

  38. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 17, 2013 5:43 pm

    Clive Palmer is now only 64 votes ahead in the seat of Fairfax. I wonder if Clive reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally wants to be an MP.

    I cant wait until he discloses everything on his register of pecuniary interests. I wonder if he might have finally twigged to that too and is now fearing winning the seat ?

  39. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 17, 2013 5:46 pm

    “………them deciding not to follow the ALP’s lead in prioritising the endorsement of female candidates.”

    Is there merit in favouring people according to gender or is it just that very few women want to get involved in politics ?

    The gender imbalance seems to be a worldwide phenomena in Western Democracies.

    Some more male dominated than others

  40. TB Queensland permalink
    September 17, 2013 5:57 pm

    After reading the backgrounds here … I guess I was wrong … frightening stuff … at least one has degrees in economics and taxation … but I suspect little work experience … it also amuses me “experience” in the Liberal Party equates to being a pollie for a long time or a party member for a long time … quoting from the Roman Senate …

    http://www.news.com.au/national-news/the-five-women-who-didn8217t-make-it-into-tony-abbott8217s-cabinet/story-fncynjr2-1226721009936

    I’d say a zombie is someone who reflexively bashes Ruddock

    … and someone who talks out of his arse – if I recall … keep it up sunshine …

    How come Howard’s Pacific Solution now belongs to Ruddock? The man is a creeping jesus … pity he doesn’t act like his namesake …

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

    The situation the Libs now find themselves in is a direct consequence of them deciding not to follow the ALP’s lead in prioritising the endorsement of female candidates.

    You mean not adequately representing 50% of the population … nah, its because most of them still think that a woman’s place is in the home …preferably within walking distance of a catlik church …

    I’m still to find out from anyone what happens to all the six month old kids when Mum goes back to work?

    I know! Why not start up baby-farms alongside old people’s homes and get them to look after them? Or they could send them to Taswegia for the boat people to bring up as muslins* …

    *;-)

  41. TB Queensland permalink
    September 17, 2013 5:59 pm

    The gender imbalance seems to be a worldwide phenomena in Western Democracies.

    Did you have trouble with childbirth at all, Wally? 🙄

  42. September 17, 2013 6:20 pm

    dunny,
    so-called democracy is about giving the public a non-choice, and the illusion of choice
    .
    .
    so-called meritocracy operates the same way, the illusion that the `best` get rewards `earned` over and above others, when really `luck` and `who-you-know` usually play much bigger roles,
    .
    l am pretty sure you have seen crappy workers kept, while much better ones kicked to the kerb, or coal-face workers `casualized` will top-heavy office workers get bonuses etc

  43. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 17, 2013 6:25 pm

    “Did you have trouble with childbirth at all”

    I think we can take that as a given if you wish to address the subject properly. But even then that has not stopped many women participating in the general workplace post child rearing……..just not politics

    ……*rolls eyes*…………..*shakes head*

  44. TB Queensland permalink
    September 17, 2013 6:38 pm

    … if you wish to address the subject properly.

    As you always do … 🙄 🙄 😆

  45. September 17, 2013 6:45 pm

    abc1 news, lta Buttrose is moaning about Joolee being only `woman` in cabinet, Vanstone saying previous govt was full of women, but you wouldn`t hold it up as a reason for more women.
    .
    *funny* buttrose seems to be a tory too

  46. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 17, 2013 6:59 pm

    “How come Howard’s Pacific Solution now belongs to Ruddock?

    Ruddock deserves credit as the Minister for Immigration who designed and implemented the policy.

    “… and someone who talks out of his arse – if I recall … “

    Now that you mention it, that cap does fit you.

  47. September 17, 2013 10:57 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 730 tends to see everything as pro or anti ‘teabagz’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 🙄
    .
    NOT REALLY.
    More along the lines of, fair or unfair AND
    factual or bullshit,
    the torys/teabags/cranks-for-hire just tend to wander into one side of the argument more than the other

  48. September 17, 2013 11:22 pm

    on J.Bishop, Annabel Crabb says,
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ A ‘token woman’ is a woman who is included for appearances’ sake in an otherwise male-dominated group or organisation despite manifestly lacking the experience and qualifications otherwise required to justify membership. ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    then Crabb says,
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ She has wanted to be Australia’s foreign minister for donkey’s years, and now she is. ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    .
    The Crabb argument seems a little bit bullshit to me. l remember not so long ago, JB was indicating it was not `uncommon` and `okay` for Israel Govt to be stealing/counterfeiting Australian passports. Not really an argument for Bishops competence or not being a `token` from this post.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-17/crabb—liberal-women/4963082

  49. September 17, 2013 11:33 pm

    More Crabb claptrap,
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ rejoiced at the probable loss of Sophie Mirabella from the political landscape? ‘ ‘ ‘
    then,
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Equal representation means ‘including the chicks you can’t stand’. Otherwise it doesn’t mean a thing. ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    .
    Crabb ignores, Sophies had her run, been a bit of an arse-hole on issues in and out of politics, and lndi are dumping her, it is their choice, whole point of voting usually. Mixing Sophie into a post about JB only doubled-down the incompetence.

  50. September 18, 2013 1:03 am

    Its the musical brought to you by Rio Tinto..fucking Bandis minister for the arts? and they say there ain’t enough cunts in the cabinet? . This new cabinet is 99% cunt and 1% ability. Mirrabella got what she deserved..fuck all.

  51. egg permalink
    September 18, 2013 7:37 am

    Ricky has a colourful turn of phrase.

  52. September 18, 2013 8:21 am

    I would not normally use that word but in this circumstance I will make an exception in regard to our new cardboard box masquerading as a cabinet.. Where are they? I thought there was an emergency?

  53. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 18, 2013 9:07 am

    What was it 730 said? Something like ‘the teabagz will take comfort from your comment…’ This to HD.

    As if (about) the most original and independently minded thinker around should restrain or modify his input because 730 has a ‘teabagz’ fetish.

  54. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 18, 2013 9:34 am

    “l am pretty sure you have seen crappy workers kept, while much better ones kicked to the kerb, or coal-face workers `casualized` will top-heavy office workers get bonuses etc”

    730 ,

    I can only assume you are talking about the Canberra Public Service otherwise I would need to ask where do you actually “source” your grab bag of crap from ?

  55. TB Queensland permalink
    September 18, 2013 9:46 am

    Now that you mention it, that cap does fit you.

    Happy to play by your oldnew rules, sb …

    Typical right whinger reverts to type when they “think” they have some “power” … fawns when not …

    BTW, the Pacific Solution was found to be illegal and Abbott won’t return to that “solution” again the Indonesians aren’t too keen on some of his other ideas … let’s watch international relationships wobble and crumble over the next couple of years … among other things …

    … do Abbott & The Acolytes have anything planned that is positive … all I see is dismantling stuff …

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

    I tend to agree with Rick too …

    This comment on no women in cabinet* from Abbott is hilarious …

    “When you realise that people like Andrew Robb are not in the top 10 of the cabinet, you realise the depth.”

    Robb shouldn’t even be in parliament let alone government and even less in cabinet, his obtuse ramblings on TV when he was Finance Minister were embarrassing (and I dislike the man) …

    And this from Abbott … not being a follower of cricket … like many other Australians now (surprisingly) …

    “If we were a cricket team, we’d be playing down to 17, batting down to 17 before we even started bowling,” he told ABC radio.

    Just WTF does that mean?

    http://www.news.com.au/national-news/federal-election/liberal-party-seniors-urged-to-fix-gender-imbalance-in-party/story-fnho52ip-1226721284509

    *I’m not even sure Julie Bishop IS a woman …

  56. Neil of Sydney permalink
    September 18, 2013 11:14 am

    BTW, the Pacific Solution was found to be illegal

    Is this true?? So many things going on i have trouble keeping up. I do know that Labors Malaysian people trading scheme was found to be illegal by the High Court. Not too sure about the Pacific solution.

  57. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 18, 2013 11:21 am

    Tony Abbott has been our PM now for 45 minutes.

    In Palm Beach the sun is still shining but I can hear the agonised wails of the inner city elitists as they sit in their Surry Hills and Darlinghurst Coffee shops with their SMHs and their glasses of Chi about to spoon some quinoa into their awaiting slobbering gobs.

  58. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 18, 2013 11:31 am

    “…………the Pacific Solution was found to be illegal………”

    Really ??????????????????????????

    Like when ?

  59. egg permalink
    September 18, 2013 11:38 am

    “Many of the principles say to me they would prefer to make further investment to the order of $150 billion but we are not competitive – very much because of that approvals process which has dragged out years.

    “If we can come back to the level of competitiveness, there is $150 billion of decisions that will be taken across the resource and energy sectors – that is a huge bridge while we try to breath life back into manufacturing, agriculture and education which have been great strengths of the country.”

    Andrew Robb

  60. egg permalink
    September 18, 2013 2:55 pm

    Hooray!

    ‘On his first official day as Prime Minister, Mr Abbott sent shockwaves through the public service, giving marching orders to Andrew Metcalfe, Blair Comley and Don Russell…’

  61. IPA permalink
    September 18, 2013 3:25 pm

    Looks like rolling out the welcome mat didn’t work.

    “Today we welcome to the portfolio the new Minister for Agriculture Mr Barnaby Joyce MP and the new Parliamentary Secretary Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck … We believe that the department is well-positioned to work with our new Minister and Parliamentary Secretary to progress the priorities of the new government … We look forward to working with our minister and parliamentary secretary, our industries and our stakeholders on these areas of focus in the coming months.” ~ Andrew Metcalfe AO, Secretary, DAFF. Monday, 16 September 2013

  62. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 18, 2013 3:55 pm

    I really struggle to understand why anyone would be questioning why Abbott is removing the carbon tax or changing broadband rollout, or changing asylum seeker policy…

    But some (such as Catching Up) pose questions about Abbott’s implementation of these policies. The time to question his intentions has passed, elections are intended to resolve them, and that’s what the election did. Get over it.

    It is entirely appropriate to continue to challenge policy and offer alternatives, it is dumb to seek continued justification.

  63. September 18, 2013 11:33 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ So, as we know: one woman.
    With no-hopers like Peter Dutton in the cabinet and the likes of, say, Kelly O’Dwyer outside it, it is impossible to maintain that merit had anything do with the selection process. ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ” ‘ ‘ ‘ This is as near as damn it to the living embodiment of jobs-for-the-boys as you’re likely to see in a major institution this side of the twentieth century. ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-18/dunlop-the-intelligent-design-of-tony-abbotts-new-cabinet/4965704
    .
    seems like dunlop is poking a bit of fun at `merit` too dunny

  64. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:08 am

    Hilarious

    Over at CW they are still fighting over the Carbon Tax versus Carbon Price debate. How funny………………they still dont get it.

    Here comes 9 years of opposition.

    Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ROFLMAO

    Isn’t it a wonderful day when you hear that 4 fat cats have been shown the exit door. Only 12,000 more to go………………..but can always hope for plenty more of the back office bureaucrazy getting the boot

  65. TB Queensland permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:15 am

    Just ONE good reason we should have a Federal Science Minister

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/cameron-espinosa-13-dies-after-bitten-by-fire-ants-in-football-game/story-fneuz6rh-1226722378750

    I guess if this happened in Australia it would be referred to the Sports Minister … 🙄 🙄

  66. TB Queensland permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:16 am

    A MEMBER of Indonesian parliament has called the Coalition’s lack of consultation on asylum seeker policy “offensive”.

  67. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:18 am

    When the ownership of a company changes, the CEO is often replaced, particularly if they were closely aligned with the previous owners.

    I struggle to understand the (feigned?) outrage when a few ALP oriented department heads are replaced by a new government.

    Some people simply regard public servants as protected species, even the very highly paid (and possibly partisan) ones.

  68. September 19, 2013 10:23 am

    I see that since the new govt was sworn in CW has put the cafe on the market…

    http://terriblerealestateagentphotos.tumblr.com/post/59208605584

  69. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:27 am

    “I see that since the new govt was sworn in CW has put the cafe on the market…”

    LOL

    Certainly is a place to suicide in

  70. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:29 am

    ASX has taken off like a rocket this morning because Benny at the Fed discovered another couple of kegs out the back and decided to keep the Party going .

    Might be time soon to start to roll back some shares into cash for a while.

  71. TB Queensland permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:36 am

    Refugee concerns could breach UN charters

    Australia has achieved diplomatic benefits from its role on the United Nations Security Council, but concern about Australian policies from the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR cannot be ignored when examining the country’s status as a global nation.

    International law expert from the Australian National University, Professor Penelope Mathew believes Australian policies on asylum are in breach of our international obligations under various UN charters.

    “It is clear that we are not in the good books with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), one of the key humanitarian organisations,” she said.

    “They have been very critical of the various iterations of the Pacific solution and very critical of this latest move the regional resettlement arrangement with Papua New Guinea. So it is clear our reputation has taken something of a hit.

    “I suspect that other countries still look at our participation in things like peacekeeping and other ways of supporting humanitarian efforts such as aid – financial donations to the UNHCR for example – and see us as a good international citizen.

    “But perhaps on this one issue of asylum seekers there is a bit of a disjuncture.”

    It is a criticism Australian politicians have been prepared to live with.

    This week the United States handed its monthly presidency duties over to Argentina. In four weeks’ time it will be Australia’s turn.

    This includes both the Pacific AND the PNG Solutions!

    Disclaimer: I have long advocated onshore assessment.

    My bold

    (Note: Very busy editing a video this week)

  72. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:39 am

    “…….(Note: Very busy editing a video this week)…………”

    I just had a terribly distressing thought

  73. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:42 am

    ……………It is clear that we are not in the good books with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), one of the key humanitarian organisations,” she said……………..”

    Coming from the UN…………………..Care Factor ? = ZERO

  74. September 19, 2013 10:46 am

    “I just had a terribly distressing thought”

    😆

  75. Jherek Jagged permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:59 am

    In a dramatic turn of events which can only be described as “sheer insanity”(and perhaps altogether highly entertaining), Prime Minister Julia Gillard has launched a savage attack on the Federal Opposition declaring that the Coalition would “banish women” from parliament in exchange for “men in blue ties.”

    sheer insanity? Or Perception?

  76. September 19, 2013 11:03 am

    “Perception?”

    Perhaps JJ, but she overstepped the mark by saying that “abortion would become the plaything of men…”

  77. Meta permalink
    September 19, 2013 11:12 am

    (Yes, Australia’s status in the world is no doubt enhanced by the Millenium Development goals effectively being abandoned, AusAID being rolled up, and Julie Bishop’s sustained concerns as Shadow Foreign Minister about attacks on the poorest peoples in the world being ignored by responsible office-holders.)

  78. Jherek Jagged permalink
    September 19, 2013 11:35 am

    Perhaps JJ, but she overstepped the mark by saying that “abortion would become the plaything of men…”

    Really? Now we have RU486 Man as the “Minister For womens”

    That doesn’t look like so much of an overstep now but rather frighteningly prescient

  79. September 19, 2013 11:40 am

    Now we have RU486 Man as the “Minister For womens”

    The same guy who supports a generous PPL……?

    (Not for a moment that I wish to be accused of “defending” Tony Abbott mind you…)

  80. Jherek Jagged permalink
    September 19, 2013 11:45 am

    The same guy who supports a generous PPL……?

    That one I’ll believe when the rubber meets the road. I’m going on what has been done. And, to date, there is no evidence whatsoever to indicate this will eventuate. The list of broken promises is quite impressive for a party that has been in as long as they have

  81. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 11:54 am

    The PPL is on Abbott’s wish list, if the Senate is obstructionist then he’ll have to kiss it goodbye.

  82. Jherek Jagged permalink
    September 19, 2013 11:57 am

    The PPL is on Abbott’s wish list, if the Senate is obstructionist then he’ll have to kiss it goodbye

    I don’t think you get much more ‘core’ in promises than the ppl.

  83. Meta permalink
    September 19, 2013 12:11 pm

    (Nope, there is no ground for even suggesting that JG was prescient on the issue of abortion be(com)ing the plaything of men.)

  84. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 12:17 pm

    “The list of broken promises is quite impressive for a party that has been in as long as they have”

    WTF

    What………………….24 hours ?

    ROFLMAO

  85. Jherek Jagged permalink
    September 19, 2013 1:04 pm

    Evil Walrus

     He was going to spend the first week in Indonesia, then with the Indigenous community. I count that as two broken promises already.

     There was a ‘budget emergency’ attributed to ‘waste’, but now they are considering stimulus?? That is what they defined as ‘waste’

     There was a ‘budget emergency’ but then the mid-year budget update is delayed by months? Can we assume now that there was no budget emergency?

     He promised not to sack any Public servants. They would go by natural attrition, then he sacked three chiefs on the day he was sworn in.

     He promised not to sack any Public servants. They would go by natural attrition, then he sacked 1200 temporary positions at Centrelink

     Which surplus promise do we go by? First saying that it would be back to surplus by end of next year, then 4 years, now ten years.

     He said there would be no surprises. Was the expectant minister for science surprised?

     Bronwyn Bishop was promised to be Minister for Seniors, that does not exist anymore.

     No Minister for International Development. Julie Bishop claimed on the first July “It has been Coalition policy since 2010 to appoint a Minister to oversee the foreign aid budget”. That has now been merged into another ministry altogether.

  86. September 19, 2013 1:12 pm

    Abbott abolishes the Climate Change (is crap) Commission…

    http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbott-shuts-down-climate-commission-20130919-2u185.html

  87. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 1:31 pm

    Our charismatic revolutionary leader will receive much praise amongst the cafe set.

  88. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 2:04 pm

    Jagged

    “Was the expectant minister for science surprised?”……………And who was that ?

    “Bronwyn Bishop was promised to be Minister for Seniors”…..And your source is ?

    “then he sacked 1200 temporary positions at Centrelink “……What does temporary mean in your World ?

    “That has now been merged into another ministry altogether.”…….So, there is still a minister overseeing it

    “…..but now they are considering stimulus?? That is what they defined as ‘waste’”….I suppose if you count pink batts as infrastructure rather than Motorways you have a point LOL

    “He was going to spend the first week in Indonesia, “………Did he ? I only remember it as being his first overseas trip. But he’s going there on 30 September.

    Seems to me you are just a rusted on grasping at straws and still in denial about the September 7 result.

    If you really want to dwell on the subject of broken promises then how about we talk about a certain Carbon Tax or perhaps Poker Machine Reform or perhaps Superannuation promises ……………………..ROFLMAO

  89. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 2:11 pm

    “Was the expectant minister for science surprised?”……………And who was that ?’

    Sir…sir, Dennis Jensen was surprised.

  90. Jherek Jagged permalink
    September 19, 2013 2:26 pm

    Bronwyn Bishop was promised to be Minister for Seniors”…..And your source is ?

    http://www.startsatsixty.com.au/news/seniors-dumped#.UjfqM6S_mJU.twitter

    ……What does temporary mean in your World ?

    What does natural attrition mean in yours?

    …….So, there is still a minister overseeing it

    http://www.juliebishop.com.au/portfolio-media-releases/1311-minister-for-international-development.html

  91. Jherek Jagged permalink
    September 19, 2013 2:34 pm

    Looks like Indonesia is one he was frantically dumping on the eve of the election

    You’ll have to accept my humblest

    TONY Abbott has retreated from a pledge to visit Indonesia in his first week as prime minister if he wins the election.

    The Opposition Leader now says he will visit Australia’s northern neighbour “as soon as is reasonably possible” if elected on Saturday.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/election-2013/tony-abbott-backs-away-from-jakarta-visit-vow/story-fn9qr68y-1226708968792

  92. September 19, 2013 2:35 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ I don’t think you get much more ‘core’ in promises than the ppl.’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 🙄 ‘ 🙄 ‘ 🙄 ‘ 🙄 ‘
    The parental-plan (welfare-scheme) will go from `core` to NON-core, with the first chance/excuse Mr-Rabbit finds. *still-no-shred-of-believability*

  93. September 19, 2013 2:49 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘  There was a ‘budget emergency’ attributed to ‘waste’, but now they are considering stimulus?? That is what they defined as ‘waste’

     There was a ‘budget emergency’ but then the mid-year budget update is delayed by months? Can we assume now that there was no budget emergency? ” ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

    considering Mr-Rabbits been screaming non-stop about budget/finance waste/emergency and talking-down our economy generally, Mr-Rabbit and his re-heated howard zombies should have hit the ground running, but they seem to be moving like treacle
    .
    l guess it is harder to juggle, herding zombies and maintaining daughters virginity, than l thought.

  94. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 2:52 pm

    If the Senate rejects the PPL then Abbott (always the pragmatist) will put it off until the next election. Its not core, more a pipe dream like his 15,000 strong green army.

    The Senate remains hostile until June, or maybe not.

  95. public toilet permalink
    September 19, 2013 2:54 pm

    Sorry, teabaginfluenza, you need to reread & interpret what I typed.

    Never once did I say that Abbott had chosen on merit. In fact, I even left a clear caveat to that effect.

    I even somewhat agree with Dunlop. Which in no way invalidates my opinion that affirmative action is fallible…or that the best human for a job should get the job.

    You are taking a broader statement of principle, of mine, and misconstrued it with a specific situation involving the Abbott Ministry.

    I certainly am not afflicted with bag influenza. I am not supline before ‘elites’ either.

  96. public toilet permalink
    September 19, 2013 2:57 pm

    Is anyone really surprised that Abbott is doing lots of things he said he would do…& plenty he said he wouldn’t?

  97. Meta permalink
    September 19, 2013 3:08 pm

    (Short answer: No.
    Longer non-answer, perhaps in response to Dunlop’s last, on accrued interim damage: W(h)ither and whether a return to an Abbott Golden Age, itself returning to a Howard Golden Age, in the by and by?)

  98. IPA permalink
    September 19, 2013 3:10 pm

    I’m quite comfortable with the pace at which the government has been moving since its swearing-in. That seems so long ago.

  99. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 19, 2013 3:12 pm

    I find the discussion that occurs from time to time about Abbott’s attitude to his daughter’s virginity perplexing.

    Hands up all those fathers who would prefer their daughters (or children) to be promiscuous.

    I think his daughters were probably teenagers when he made the comment, and (I think) most fathers would probably provide similar advice to girls of that age.

    On the other hand I find the public hand holding a little odd.

  100. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 3:37 pm

    ‘The board of the clean energy finance corporation is legally obliged to ignore a directive from the new treasurer, Joe Hockey, to cease its operation and could take the Coalition government to court if it persisted in attempts to shut the CEFC down before the parliament voted to abolish it, according to advice from a leading barrister.

    ‘In advice to the Australian Conservation Foundation, Stephen Keim, SC said it was not lawful for the new government to tell the CEFC to cease operations. He said it was in contradiction to the requirements of the legislation setting it up, and the board would be “obliged to ignore the direction”.

    Lenore Taylor / Guardian

  101. Meta permalink
    September 19, 2013 3:40 pm

    (I, for one, welcome our new US Ambassador, John Berry…

    …and his spouse, Curtis.)

  102. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 3:53 pm

    “I don’t think you get much more ‘core’ in promises than the ppl.’ ”

    Policies unlikely to get passed by Senate

    1. PPL

    2. Direct Action

    Policies likely to get passed by Senate

    1. Abolishing the Carbon Tax

    Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !

  103. September 19, 2013 4:09 pm

    dunny,
    comment @September 16, 2013 11:21 pm *not-a-reply* *sarc-alert*
    is part of @September 16, 2013 11:01 pm
    comment, but l fcuked it up not realizing you had posted in-between.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘I certainly am not afflicted with bag influenza. I am not supline before ‘elites’ either.’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    ‘ :lol ‘ :lol ‘ :lol ‘ :lol ‘ :lol
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘Is anyone really surprised that Abbott is doing lots of things he said he would do .. .. & plenty he said he wouldn’t?’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    ‘ 🙄 when it come to slash and burn, no surprise here dunny
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    so-called merit is usually a front for `nepotism` and/or things/people paid-off/bought-off,
    (watch teabags claim `merit` for gina and rupert)

  104. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 4:11 pm

    I agree the new ambassador is a perfect choice by the Obama administration.

    ————–

    The PPL might be resurrected at the next election, but DAP is history.

  105. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 4:23 pm

    Clive Palmer is 98 votes ahead now

    Cant wait to hear Clive give a few statements under Parliamentary Privelege.

    It should give the newspapers plenty of headlines………..

  106. September 19, 2013 4:29 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘On the other hand I find the public hand holding a little odd.’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    ln my household, it was very much noticed, and described as `creepy`.
    .
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘I find the discussion that occurs from time to time about Abbott’s attitude to his daughter’s virginity perplexing.’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    What is `perplexing` is Mr-Rabbit injecting his daughter’s virginity into his political platform/policy/politics.
    .
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘Hands up all those fathers who would prefer their daughters (or children) to be promiscuous.’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ” ‘
    Hands up all those that think Mr-Rabbit is `suitable` to be the nations `moral` compass and the nations `sexual` weather-vane. Mr-Rabbit comes across as a cat-lick crank that not only cannot separate church from state, but cannot muster the `decency` to berate church sponsored pedophiles, and their abettors, but can muster `fear` over gay-marriage. Just as the howard regime clung to the dark-ages over voluntary euthanasia, Mr-Rabbits regime will also cling to the dark-ages, no matter how much teabags and dog-botherers bleat otherwise.

  107. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 5:08 pm

    “ln my household, it was very much noticed, and described as `creepy`.”

    Creepy is that really weird Nescafe advert with the father and daughter in the kitchen not saying anything but staring and smiling at each other sipping crap instant coffee when suddenly the grand daughter waltzes in on them.

    Makes my skin crawl……………YUK

  108. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 5:09 pm

    ‘Mr-Rabbits regime will also cling to the dark-ages,’

    Link?

  109. September 19, 2013 5:25 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘Link?’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    (Mr-Rabbits regime will also cling to the dark-ages)
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbott-promises-a-day-of-action-straight-after-he-is-sworn-in-20130917-2txam.html#ixzz2fCmQJLnC
    there is no shortage of dark-age and flat-earth ideals over at Liberal-org either egg, take ya pick

  110. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 5:44 pm

    Hmmm…..

  111. TB Queensland permalink
    September 19, 2013 6:19 pm

    I just had a terribly distressing thought

    GOOD!

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

    I like, JJ, he/she’s very noice …

  112. September 19, 2013 6:47 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘Link?’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    (Mr-Rabbits regime will also cling to the dark-ages)

    sbs1 news, NT govt has bill in progress for GAY-MARRIAGE_!, already Mr-Rabbit is making noises about `high-court` challenge to stomp on the NT`s bill.
    .
    there ya go dumpty, dark-ages

  113. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 6:58 pm

    Barry O’Farrell is a Liberal of merit and should eventually set the monk straight on the gay issue. In the meantime…..

    Do you have a link for that story?

  114. September 19, 2013 7:14 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘set the monk straight on the gay issue.’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    pigs arse
    .
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘Do you have a link for that story?’ ‘ ‘ ‘ no 🙄 🙄 🙄
    but l did prefix comment with ““`sbs1-news“`, that is the TV-network dumpty 🙄 🙄 🙄

  115. September 19, 2013 7:32 pm

    (Mr-Rabbits regime will also cling to the dark-ages)
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘Do you have a link for that story?’ ‘ ‘ ‘ 🙄
    .
    sbs1 news SAYS,
    .
    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘The Abbott coalition will seek legal advice on the ACT government’s same-sex marriage bill in a clear sign they’ll consider repealing it if they deem it outside the law.

    The ACT government on Thursday introduced a Marriage Equality Bill to legalise same sex marriage that will allow gay and lesbian couples to be married in the territory by the end of the year.

    AT-A-GLANCE: Same sex marriage around the world

    It’s expected to pass the Legislative Assembly as soon as October, with the Greens supporting the Labor minority government on the move.

    That would make the ACT the first Australian jurisdiction to allow same sex marriage.

    However, when asked about the legislation, Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott replied the ACT government was entitled to do what it wanted – as long as it stayed within the confines of the law.

    “(Attorney-General George Brandis) will be seeking legal advice on precisely how far the ACT can go on this,” he said.

    “As you know under the constitution the Commonwealth has responsibility for marriage and the attorney will be seeking advice on precisely how far that extends.”

    Chief Minister Katy Gallagher earlier said her government was working towards people being able to marry under the law before the end of the year.

    But she conceded it could be subject to challenge in the High Court or overturning by a vote of both houses of federal parliament.

    “We know there’s some risks attached with this legislation,” Ms Gallagher told ABC radio.

    “But we don’t think those risks should stop us proceeding with a commitment we made to the people of the ACT in the election campaign last year.”

    Under the law, anyone who can’t marry under the Commonwealth’s Marriage Act will be able to wed.

    The commonwealth act defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

    Couples from outside the ACT would be able to get married in the territory but their relationships may not be recognised in their home state.’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    .
    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/09/19/brandis-seek-advice-act-gay-marriage

  116. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 7:34 pm

    Still couldn’t find it. Has it something to do with Rudd?

  117. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 7:35 pm

    Ta

  118. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 7:42 pm

    Should be fine, Abbott will not go out of his way to stop this going ahead, as most Australians are in favour of gay marriage. Yeah, interesting stuff, Abbott is far too pragmatic to test it.

    ‘But she conceded it could be subject to challenge in the High Court or overturning by a vote of both houses of federal parliament.’

  119. September 19, 2013 8:02 pm

    The sbs1 news reader must have mis-read somewhere,
    which l used, (NT) which l can`t find myself, but only ACT,
    if anybody comes across NT please drop the link here.

  120. September 19, 2013 8:08 pm

    ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘Should be fine, Abbott will not go out of his way to stop this going ahead, as most Australians are in favour of gay marriage.’ ‘ ‘ ‘ _ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘Abbott is far too pragmatic to test it.’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
    .
    you may be counting chooks before they`re hatched egg, teh-oz is reporting fundy christians already squeezing Mr-Rabbits nuts on the issue,
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/election-2013/christians-urge-overrule-of-gay-marriage-law/story-fn9qr68y-1226718872032

  121. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 19, 2013 8:17 pm

    Abbott is a conservative dickhead.

    On the other hand Gillard used the issue divisively and dishonestly

  122. September 19, 2013 8:25 pm

    no argument here yomm

  123. egg permalink
    September 19, 2013 8:31 pm

    ‘teh-oz is reporting fundy christians already squeezing Mr-Rabbits nuts on the issue,’

    Hate media can’t be trusted, they just make shit up.

  124. September 19, 2013 8:32 pm

    Joolya in some ways was a bigger dickhead, gay-marriage and voluntary euthanasia are no-brainer brownie points to score for non-religious politicians that are really just sitting there to be collected. lt would only take a little brains and backbone to capitalize on them, but Joolya didn`t have the political savvy, and her wranglers didn`t have the backbone.
    .
    For kevin07 the epiphany came to late.

  125. Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:10 pm

    This election keeps giving in the Senate

    The Brick with Eyes, the Lib Dems, the Motoring Kanga Poos, the Sports and Beer guy and now it looks like the Sex Party will win last Tassie Seat.

    “Show me your map of Tassie ”

    LOL

  126. September 19, 2013 10:14 pm

    crazy clives discount democracy
    is lookin good too deathstar
    ***GO WATERMELON***

  127. Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:16 pm

    Good to see that” Department of Trying to Scare the Shit out of Everyone ” abolished .

    Goodbye Tim (dams will never be filled) Flannery.

    Trying to reduction the climate in 100 years is no more scientic than trying to predict the economy in 100 years.

    It just plain out and out BULLSHIT

  128. Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:19 pm

    730

    Can’t wait for the Maiden speech !

    Roflmao already

    More on Wendy deng spy links

  129. Walrus permalink
    September 19, 2013 10:23 pm

    Clive will no doubt ” resign his seat in disgust” at some point.

    I’d say just after they send the final memo to him about filling out the pecuniary register.

  130. September 19, 2013 10:40 pm

    crazy clive used his own cash to get his team up, not tax-payer, union or biz-cash, so l don`t think he will chuck it in. l agree tho, he will be a laugh a minute, it will be the best question time the public has ever seen. Mr-Poodle will do more mincing with clive harassing them, than they ever dreamed of. Clive will be fantastic under `parliamentary` privilege. The Canberra Press Pack will be fcuked too. Clive has a lot of fun wrangling the media-trolls.

  131. Jherek Jagged permalink
    September 20, 2013 10:00 am

    I like, JJ, he/she’s very noice …

    It is a he, TB Queensland, just to clear things up, but thanks for the nice words. I must admit though, I am a little disappointed at some of the excuses offered up here to defend the mimicry of Julia Gillard to her “blue tie” speech, and the evidence before them now that it appears that she was right after all. Maybe a mirror is not welcome here? Perhaps I should simply put it away?

  132. TB Queensland permalink
    September 20, 2013 10:15 am

    Maybe a mirror is not welcome here? Perhaps I should simply put it away?

    Your welcome, JJ, and I can assure you the more mirrors here the better … “blue ties” were discussed sometime ago …

    While Gillard may have been right about Abbott (and its been pretty obvious anyway) she went just a tad too far for some … maybe a little more subtle in helping others to “see” the truth might have been better …

    I do wish pollies would get rid of their puppet masters and got on with the job … actions etc …

  133. Jherek Jagged permalink
    September 20, 2013 10:38 am

    “blue ties” were discussed sometime ago …

    Yes, it was, but egg had linked to it just as I posted, and I noted the remarkable accuracy she displayed.

    … maybe a little more subtle in helping others to “see” the truth might have been better …

    I don’t think level of subtlety has anything to do with it. She was subtle for years, then fog horn loud, then, finally, openly mocking. And yet still, some prefer not to see it.

  134. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 20, 2013 11:08 am

    There are bound to be plenty of “Blue Ties” in both parties. The ALP gets its share of Women via quota whilst LNP philosophy is dead against artificial quotas.

    Given that Childbirth is a major factor I just don’t think Women are actually attracted by the “combativeness” and the scrutiny of political life.

    All that screaming and shouting repels a lot of talented Women as much as it attracts talentless Men.

  135. Jherek Jagged permalink
    September 20, 2013 2:45 pm

    There are bound to be plenty of “Blue Ties” in both parties.

    And there are. What Julia Gillard pointed out is that, in the Liberal party, there is a conga line of “Blue Ties”, that has nothing to do with merit.

  136. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 20, 2013 3:41 pm

    Traditionally the Liberals have filled their parliamentary ranks from junior (suburban) lawyers and hardware store owners. It’s hardly a huge talent pool.

    The ALP caucus is traditionally made up of union hacks and school teachers, but these days even teachers don’t get a chance.

    In the context of this pool of ‘talent’, it is actually the lack of diversity and real world experience that is of most concern. Gender might be part of the problem, but it is hardly the overwhelming issue.

    Gender warriors need to extend their thinking a little.

  137. Evil Walrus permalink
    September 20, 2013 3:53 pm

    “What Julia Gillard pointed out is that, in the Liberal party, there is a conga line of “Blue Ties”, that has nothing to do with merit.”

    I dont recall her speaking of merit in the same sentence ?

    Did she………….?

    Anyway lack of merit is precisely why she’s “toast”

  138. Jherek Jagged permalink
    September 20, 2013 3:58 pm

    Did she………….?

    No, but Tony Abbott told us that there were no women with enough merit in his team. that is what I meant by the last bit.

    But, as I said, no acceptance here that basically, what she said has now been exposed to be correct. But much fun was had at her expense here, even though what was being laughed at is now coming true.

  139. September 20, 2013 4:16 pm

    “But much fun was had at her expense here”

    Reveal yourself tiny songstress…!

  140. egg permalink
    September 20, 2013 4:19 pm

    A TPS refugee perhaps?

  141. Jherek Jagged permalink
    September 20, 2013 4:23 pm

    Reveal yourself tiny songstress…!

    You mean like all of the other with screen names here reb? I simply followed a link that egg had commented on to the discussion you were having back then.

  142. September 20, 2013 4:27 pm

    Fair enough JJ…. 🙂

  143. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 20, 2013 5:10 pm

    Welcome back, Dianne.

  144. egg permalink
    September 20, 2013 5:23 pm

    Dianne wouldn’t be caught dead out in the CC back room, which JJ is known to frequent. It might be TomR hiding his humorous light under a bushel.

  145. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 20, 2013 5:43 pm

    TomR isn’t as polite and doesn’t write as nicely.

  146. September 20, 2013 6:21 pm

    I can see what the Jagged One is getting at. Taken literally, Gillard has proven to be pretty close to the mark in this instance.

    I still think, like TB, she laid it on too thick with the whole reverse sexism strategy…& make no mistake, as much as it was drawing attention to legitimate disparity, it was absolutely a political strategy .
    Such strategies always run the risk of being overplayed & raising the hackles of, not just the opposing partisans (who’d decry anything she did anyway), people (like me) who’d otherwise be at least mildly sympathetic.

    Welcome, btw.

  147. September 20, 2013 6:25 pm

    I think the writing was on the wall for Gillard & the ALP long before the, now infamous, misogyny speech…for varied reasons; not the absolutes often asserted by her enthusiasts.

  148. September 20, 2013 6:39 pm

    The moment she knifed Rudd, was the turning point for Labor.

    They never effectively communicated to the public why that move was necessary, and there was a sense of illegitimacy to her leadership ever since.

  149. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    September 20, 2013 6:40 pm

    “lost its way” – carve it on her tombstone.

  150. September 20, 2013 6:42 pm

    LOL @ ToM…

  151. IPA permalink
    September 20, 2013 7:52 pm

    It’s kinda cute that people are still trying to make a case for Our Julia.

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