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Less than half of people support Shapelle

February 17, 2014
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Schapelle Corgi

Fewer than half of Australians support Schapelle Corby’s release on parole, a week after the drug smuggler left her Balinese prison.

Although 48 per cent of Australians said they supported Corby being granted parole, 30 per cent opposed it and 23 per cent said they were unsure.

Pollsters UMR Research also found just 19 per cent of Australians believed Corby was innocent, and 47 per cent believed she was guilty. The balance were unsure.

More than half (56 per cent) of the nearly 1000 Australians surveyed said they had a “negative” opinion of Corby. That compared with the 20 per cent who described their opinion of her as “positive” and the 24 per cent who were unsure.

Corby has always maintained her innocence.

One of Australia’s most famous ex-cons, Corby has been living in the lap of luxury since being paroled from her cramped Bali jail cell last Monday.

 

 

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158 Comments leave one →
  1. egg permalink
    February 17, 2014 10:56 am

    I like the balance in this post.

  2. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 17, 2014 11:13 am

    I wonder what percentage support Murdoch?

    Discounting new spending announced by the new government, Mr Hockey reported the underlying deficit had jumped $6 billion in the four months. The Australian’s editorial called the update “a devastating picture of Labor’s spending profligacy” and called for urgent action to rein in “wasteful spending”.

    But the largest single factor producing the blowout appears to have been the cash payout to News Corp.

    http://www.afr.com/p/business/marketing_media/news_corp_blew_the_budget_DFlluROVi0F6CV1fQ5UJvJ

  3. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 17, 2014 11:24 am

    The International Monetary Fund has slapped down a line of argument run by Prime Minister Tony Abbott ahead of a visit to Australia by its chief, Christine Lagarde.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/international-monetary-fund-contradicts-tony-abbott-on-debt-policy-20140216-32tv8.html#ixzz2tX1HAUPa

    Slapped down, on the world stage as well.

  4. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 17, 2014 11:35 am

  5. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 17, 2014 11:41 am

    Our Schapelle is such a loving, trusting and guileless person. I hope she understands the message she received from Deputy Justice Minister Denny Indrayana noting that an interview might breach her bail conditions and that she has enough sense to make the appropriate payment.

  6. February 17, 2014 11:57 am

    Shrapnell the celebrity story… Bogan royalty. I guess we can thank her for one thing, she has become the absolute low plimsoll line of just how low journalism and the media has descended . My care factor for this imbecilic criminal nobody is less than her zero IQ

  7. February 17, 2014 12:00 pm

    have has will is… 🙄

  8. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 17, 2014 12:10 pm

    she has become the absolute low plimsoll line of just how low journalism and the media has descended .

    Please, don’t dare them.

  9. Walrus permalink
    February 17, 2014 12:18 pm

    It’s kind amusing that plenty of people have made a lot of money out of her “story” be it via books or telemovies or just increased ratings (mainly in 2005)

    Yet she’s earn’t bugger all if anything

  10. egg permalink
    February 17, 2014 12:35 pm

    ‘Slapped down, on the world stage as well.’

    “I do think that climate change issues and progress in that regard are critical and are not just fantasies, they are real issues.”

    Christine Lagarde

  11. Walrus permalink
    February 17, 2014 12:49 pm

    Egg

    Why is there a Climate Change reference on a Thread about Australia’s Bogan Princess ??????????????????????????????????

  12. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 17, 2014 1:00 pm

    My care factor for this imbecilic criminal nobody is less than her zero IQ

    Well, some of us quite like dope smoking beauticians.

  13. egg permalink
    February 17, 2014 1:01 pm

    Sorry, its just that JJ thinks the monk has been slapped down by someone who is brain dead.

  14. February 17, 2014 1:03 pm

    Why is there a Climate Change reference on a Thread about Australia’s Bogan Princess ??????????????????????????????????

    Indeed. Egg you are rapidly approaching random banning status.

  15. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 17, 2014 1:03 pm

    Christine Lagarde

    Yep, and Greg Hunt thought she was actually supporting him. What a dunce.

    the monk has been slapped down by someone who is brain dead.

    egg thinks the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund is brain dead?

  16. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 17, 2014 1:05 pm

    And the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund was commenting on the PM’s ridiculous puff piece at the G20 about debt levels, nothing to do with Climate Change.

  17. egg permalink
    February 17, 2014 1:56 pm

    ‘random banning status’

    Is that the same status as Walrus gets occasionally?

    Anyhow, sorry, it won’t happen again.

  18. egg permalink
    February 17, 2014 1:58 pm

    ‘What a dunce.’

    Totally agree, the man is a disgrace and should be sacked.

  19. February 17, 2014 2:08 pm

    Spliff stiff Tom? Dont think she finished Beuwtey skool Tom,prolly too ripped 🙄 Walrus I think he needs CD anon.

  20. February 17, 2014 2:14 pm

    ” it won’t happen again”

    That’s what you said the last time(s).

    Egg you’re becoming a cereal offender.

  21. egg permalink
    February 17, 2014 2:18 pm

    Truly sorry, gimme one more chance.

  22. February 17, 2014 2:27 pm

    Ahh finally the truth this is why Oztraya is broke. Rupert that fine upstanding corporate citizen and Tones spoon buddy didnt make enuff of shrapnell so he decided tax evasion and blaming labor was more profitable http://www.afr.com/p/business/marketing_media/news_corp_blew_the_budget_DFlluROVi0F6CV1fQ5UJvJ

  23. February 17, 2014 2:35 pm

    Send him to the CCRC with a boogie board bag full of humility 🙂

  24. egg permalink
    February 17, 2014 2:39 pm

    Yeah, that’s funny Ricky.

    Meanwhile… Amanda Vanstone has a few words on Julia’s new job.

    ‘There’s another silly mistake governments make. They commit to spending an amount on an area, such as education, without working out first whether we can actually spend that money sensibly. We saw during the global financial crisis, for example, that when money floods into an area too quickly, often you just cannot spend it all wisely.

    ‘Here’s another example: as a result of Australia’s commitment to increase our foreign aid as a percentage of gross domestic product, we have been shovelling money out the door. That’s why in 2011 our four-year contribution to the Global Education Foundation jumped from $38 million to $270 million. No wonder the foundation likes Julia Gillard.’

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-bad-guys-of-public-spending-20140216-32toy.html#ixzz2tXy3LQCj

  25. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 17, 2014 2:54 pm

    We saw during the global financial crisis, for example, that when money floods into an area too quickly, often you just cannot spend it all wisely.

    I note that she doesn’t specify, leaving murdochs attacks on the BER etc to explain for her, even though all the independent reports and the “brain deads” at the International Monetary Fund didn’t come to the same conclusion.

    Stop the Waste. What do we owe now? Far more than when Labor were in charge, and with nothing to show for it, unlike Labors spending.

  26. February 17, 2014 2:55 pm

    Firstly Egg seriously? Do think Vanstones position on the productivity commission may be a slight conflict of intetest in authoring that artical? Ya think? Gillard works for Brookings? WTF? Vanstoned lecturing on spending…oh the ironic hypocracy..FFS Thats like Shrapnell lectiring on honesty ROTFPMSL 🙂

  27. egg permalink
    February 17, 2014 3:02 pm

    Admittedly she is biased and her insinuation that Julia bought her new job is outrageous.

  28. egg permalink
    February 17, 2014 3:55 pm

    Julia planned her exit strategy in 2012 when she met international celebs at the Global Education Initiative.

    ‘Enlightened self-interest is a philosophy in ethics which states that persons who act to further the interests of others (or the interests of the group or groups to which they belong), ultimately serve their own self-interest.’

    wiki

    As Education Minister at one time, she was a shoe-in for this job. Amanda may whinge about the money being shovelled out the door, but honestly its a good investment.

  29. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 17, 2014 4:16 pm

    The left are masters at using public funds and sinecures to look after each other and populate public institutions with like-minded cretins. It is like watching orangutans grooming each other.

    And if the Liberal government dares install a non-leftist like Tim Wilson into a public position the caterwauling never stops. Don’t they know that those jobs are reserved for New Class lackeys?

  30. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 17, 2014 4:37 pm

    install a non-leftist like Tim Wilson

    Well, in their defence, at least those “lefties” have some kind of qualification for the job at hand. What qualification does Tim Wilson have for his position?

  31. February 17, 2014 4:39 pm

    Vanstone is not qualified to do anything other than talk about herself and spread conservative propaganda, hardly a deep policy visionary rather a grotequely garbed axe weilding battleaxe. I will hazard a guess that,unluke Gillard, the current miniture for uneducation will not be held in such high regard regard amongst the worlds elite minds of progressive educational development. Pyne tanks when he thinks thats for sure. I would say he is a shoe in as a turd double in a septic tank. He will be moved sideways, he is lazy, out of his depth, antagonistic, a poor negotiator and has no passion for his portfolio other than to attatch his ideology to it. If I can take the time to read gonski and he wont it speaks volumes of his capability.

  32. February 17, 2014 4:44 pm

    Hey splatter i will leave the brandis carrer astroturfing lobbiest for higher comment on the bowl where it belongs. Hows that website for health ratings going? I would say that little.display of dare was bordering on evil.

  33. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 17, 2014 4:53 pm

    Jiggy Jherk, Wilson is a staunch defender of human rights, particularly the right to free speech, something that is conspicuously lacking in HEREOC.

    Bed Pann my read of Gonski is that it is all about funding and not so much about how the money is to be spent. This is ideal for the unions – all cash and no responsibility. It doesn’t really provide a means by which educational outcomes may be improved. It doesn’t even bother to ask how come other countries get better outcomes with less money. It merely adopts the general ALP approach of throwing money around willy-nilly.

  34. February 17, 2014 4:59 pm

    If thats what you got out of Gonski there is no point whatsover discussing it…i would rather watch the schrapnel telemovie with alan jones comentary or dwarf porn….Unions? Where’s the brush and a litre of harpec. 🙄

  35. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 17, 2014 5:18 pm

    “Where’s the brush and a litre of harpec.”

    I’d be worried about that too, if I were you. Your unhinged comments are like a great stinking turds – so pungent in the bowl yet so easily flushed away.

  36. February 17, 2014 6:11 pm

    😆

  37. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 17, 2014 6:37 pm

    Wilson is a staunch defender of human rights, particularly the right to free speech

    I asked what qualified him, not how keen he was. Mind you, he was quite vocal in his condemnation of the ABC over their “unoztraylian” article, but remarkably silent over this one. Why is one free and one not?

    https://theguttertrash.com/2014/02/14/rostrum-dont-panic-edition/#comment-45437

  38. February 17, 2014 7:08 pm

    What a charming individual….

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/feb/17/rupert-murdoch-receives-882m-tax-rebate

    JJ Wison worked for ANDEV which is Gina’s succession lobby for her own Kindom. He did there Publicity/Propaganda. He also worked for the IPA funded by Murdoch, Rheinhardt and Rio Tinto and British Tobacco. He also thinks that people like Bolt (funded by Murdoch) should have the rite to profit from racial vilification of people which is not leftist political correctness its to protect people who have no other recourse but litigation to not get fucked by people like murdoch … Is he qualified ? well arguably not his only foray into human rights and free speech is in the sphere of publicity as a publicity consultant and lobbyist. He was a Young Lib and went straight (no pun intended) out of Uni where he has a BA and a masters in diplomacy and trade to work for the IPA via his contacts. He has never studied law, communications law or written any published peer papers on “Free speech” as such that didn’t come out of the IPA as mouthpieces for the IPA’s agenda. He’s a lobbyist for higher and a blatant political appointment aimed directly at the Bolt case.

  39. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 17, 2014 7:30 pm

    Is he qualified ?

    So, the answer is, not for this job.

  40. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 17, 2014 7:37 pm

    Depends what you mean by “qualified”, doesn’t it? He is not on the Unionland mates list, so clearly he is not qualified in your book.

  41. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 17, 2014 7:48 pm

    Bed Pann, do you have some problem with that ATO payment to News Corp? Seems entirely justified to me.

    The ATO tried to tax News Corp on a gain they did not make. News paid the tax, went to court, won the case and the ATO then paid the money back. Big deal. You should be angry at the ideology driven morons at the ATO who wasted the public’s money paying their own and News Corps legal expenses.

    In the event, the ATO had the use of a swag of money they had no right to for years while the case played out. The ATO also had to pay interest, but at a much lower rate than they demand from taxpayers who owe them money.

    Note that the ATO decided not to appeal. That is because they got their arses handed to them in court and, finally, some grown-up in the organisation decided not to waste even more of the public’s money going for broke.

  42. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 17, 2014 7:51 pm

    Depends what you mean by “qualified”, doesn’t it?

    As in a University degree relevant to the position that would indicate that he has studied and researched this particular field in an academic manner, rather than just ranting/blogging about it would be a start.

  43. February 17, 2014 7:52 pm

    ” He’s a lobbyist for hire and a blatant political appointment aimed directly at the Bolt case.”

    Strongly agree.

    Bolt/Steyn’s version of attacks on ‘free speech’ is a highly personal (to them only) version. They conflate having their wealthily buttressed soapboxes being kicked while they stand upon them screeching perpetual outrage at a disproportionate majority of the population (as their disproportionate position affords them) as an ‘attack on free speech!!!111!!!11!!1!!!!!’

  44. February 17, 2014 7:55 pm

    It is obvious to all but the most blindly affiliated that Wilson’s appointment was purely ideological & political in nature. It is supposed to be a balm for the conservative unrest which the likes of Bolt have cultivated regarding ‘culture wars’ in recent years.

    That’s not to excuse the left making similar appointments for their own purposes, just to acknowledge the Real Politik involved.

  45. February 17, 2014 8:10 pm

    Justified? You need a fucking slap. Well I’m no tax lawyer but a friend of mine ( who is a member of the Liberal party and hates Murdoch) described it as a huge paper shuffle to move debit and assets with the now OS parent. Splatter its a technicality for blatant tax evasion..paint it anyway you like it, blame the unions, public servants your just a fucking dweeb. Murdoch is an immoral tax avoiding , democracy subverting, criminal, totalitarian grub who would skin his granny for power.

    I mean JJ qualified is a long bow and a bit of a grey area. He brings no expertise of the area to the job. Tim Wilson has been fast tracked through the IPA to a cushy job and he will be parachuted into parliament after he becomes a multimillionaire by connection and payback of favors than included extreme dirty subversion.

  46. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 17, 2014 8:20 pm

    Wilson’s appointment seems reasonable to me based on his strong advocacy work promoting free speech.

    The right to free speech is the most basic and fundamental right we have in a democracy. It ensures that people can criticise their government for good reason or bad whenever they feel the need. This is why Labor and the left hate it so. It means that when they are in power they will be criticised and pilloried.

    In the 60’s the left were champions of free speech, but now they are the new genteel class they want to reimpose their own blasphemy laws and shut everyone else up. And believe me, these dumb-as-dogshit oh-so-cultured philistines really do need to be told about their imperial nakedness.

    This hypersensitivity to criticism is why Finklefuckwit & Co wanted to create a star chamber to police news organisations and even blogs. No government has the fucking right to do that. I still can’t believe that Gillard, Conroy, the Greens tried this on. It really brought home how easy it is to start the slide to totalitarianism.

    Apparently it is not enough for the poor little petals that the government pays the ABC a billion dollars a year to inflict its politically correct view of the world on us or that the left has captured the academy, the arts and the schools. They also desperately want to shut down any alternative view – hence the hysterical shrieking about Murdoch. It really does their collective heads in to hear an alternative viewpoint. They want it stopped, now.

    Seriously, if you want to talk truth to power these days – tell a leftist to fuck off!

  47. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 17, 2014 8:29 pm

    “Justified? You need a fucking slap. “

    I read the case instead. You might try to do the same.

    You get brownie points if you can show me exactly what real profit News made from the transaction. Because he didn’t.

    This is not a case where someone made a profit and got away without paying tax on it through a technicality. It was a paper shuffle in the sense that News changed its domicile to the US. No one made billions of dollars out of it. News was probably sued because some ideologue in the ATO wanted to be a hero class warrior.

    Anyway the courts decided the matter and the ATO decided it did not have a strong enough case to go to the High Court. News got its money back and the fact that you are prattling on about it shows only how desperate you are to bash Murdoch rather than to actually think about matters, much less try to understand them.

  48. February 17, 2014 8:32 pm

    “. No government has the fucking right to do that. I still can’t believe that Gillard, Conroy, the Greens tried this on. It really brought home how easy it is to start the slide to totalitarianism.”

    I agree, but I dispute that the tendency is unique to the left…in fact, I see it as a trait of ‘born to rule’ arsehats of both the right & the left.

    Abbott/Moronson’s arrogant censorship is the same thing by subterfuge. We all know it’s cynical as fuck hair splitting & they are being ‘less than forthcoming’ in their divulgences, hiding behind ‘operational’ secrecy.

    Still, I agree that legislating against criticism is a terminal approach to ‘freedom’. ‘Freedom’ itself being a tawdry political slogan nowadays…

  49. February 17, 2014 8:44 pm

    Star Chamber? two words fuckwit Scott Morrison.

    Splatter as my mate said who is a high end taxation lawyer and spent 20 years in the ATO, now in private consultancy doing forensic work… Nobody will know the real story there, especially not you because that corpse is buried so deep in a matrix of companies that even Murcock wouldn’t have a clue whats going on.

    Class warfare.. mate get over yourself. Murdoch is a fuckwit, his son thinks so, his ex wife thinks so, his mum thought so. How such a complete prick came from such a wonderful, gracious woman of class is beyond comprehension.

  50. February 17, 2014 8:47 pm

    l wonder how many people told the `polls` to fcuk-off before they got to the 1000-`polled`, they always omit this, but it is the detail that l would find most interesting.

    Wonder how many said `Bali can keep`her`

  51. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 17, 2014 8:52 pm

    Wilson’s appointment seems reasonable to me based on his strong advocacy work promoting free speech.

    Then are you able to explain why he was so against the ABC freely speaking about Snowdons released documents, but not worried when New Ltd broke a story on them?

    Very selective freedoms.

    But, as I said, ranting about these things hardly warrant being given the highest position in the land. Qualified individuals with years of both academic and practical backgrounds should be at the top of the list. Seven years at a far right wingnut tank is hardly a broad experience.

  52. The Yellow King permalink
    February 17, 2014 8:53 pm

    Sancty’s Ricky’s Mates. 😀

    Pop:

  53. February 17, 2014 8:57 pm

    Will be checking out King Yellow later tonight. Have him within my keep.Got His Highness for free, did I.

  54. Tony permalink
    February 17, 2014 8:58 pm

    🙂

  55. February 17, 2014 8:59 pm

    Rust likes the Jamesons. The Jamesons is good.

  56. February 17, 2014 9:00 pm

    But incapacitating…

  57. February 17, 2014 9:19 pm

    Love Pharrell

  58. February 17, 2014 9:20 pm
  59. TB Queensland permalink
    February 17, 2014 9:34 pm

    The left are masters at using public funds and sinecures to look after each other and populate public institutions with like-minded cretins.

    I think its hypocritical to sheet that sort of accusation to just one side of politics ….

    Wilson’s appointment seems reasonable to me based on his strong advocacy work promoting free speech.

    Mmmm … a bit like Peter Garrett’s (non) qualifications for his portfolios because of his “environmental interests and peotest musical background” … 🙄

  60. February 17, 2014 11:11 pm

    Peter Garret has an arts law degree with honors is a qualified Barrister with an honorary Doctorate amongst other many other things. He was head of the AMF, An advocate for Indigenous culture (co writer of treaty he took Yothu Yindi to the world stage) Sold millions of Albums, toured the world and is a devout christian…..Tim on the other hand…. 🙂

    Ms Megan Mitchell
    Qualifications in social policy, psychology and education, having completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney (1979), a Diploma of Education from the Sydney Teachers College (1980), a Master of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Sydney (1982) and a Master of Arts (Social Policy) from the University of York (1989).
    NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People, Executive Director of the ACT Office for Children, Youth and Family Support, Executive Director for Out-of-Home Care in the NSW Department of Community Services and CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service

    Graeme Innes AM
    Lawyer, Mediator and Company Director. He has been a Human Rights Practitioner for 30 years in NSW, WA and nationally.
    Member of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal; the NSW Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal; and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. He has also been a Hearing Commissioner with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Chair of the Disability Advisory Council of Australia, and the first Chair of Australia’s national blindness agency, Vision Australia.
    In 1995 Graeme was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). In 2003, he was a finalist for Australian of the Year.

    Dr Tim Soutphommasane
    A first-generation Australian of Chinese and Lao extraction, Dr Soutphommasane was raised in southwest Sydney. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, from where he also holds a Master of Philosophy degree (with distinction). He is a first-class honours graduate of the University of Sydney.He is a board member of the National Australia Day Council, a member of the Australian Multicultural Council, a member of the advisory council of the Global Foundation and is the author of three books in his field.

    Elizabeth Broderick
    Elizabeth was a partner and board member at Blake Dawson. She developed the firm’s business case for flexibility in the workplace. Her efforts contributed to creating a workplace where more than 20 percent of the law firm’s workforce now uses flexible work arrangements.
    Elizabeth is a member of the World Bank’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development, a member of the University of Technology Sydney
    (UTS) Advisory Board, the Vic Health Advisory Board and the Supply Nation.

    Then there is Tim….

  61. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:02 am

    Wilson’s appointment seems reasonable to me based on his strong advocacy work promoting free speech

    let’s see how he goes when he needs to advocate for the free speech rights of corporate protesters.

    don’t forget

    Australia chooses climate change denier to head renewables review:
    http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/australia-chooses-climate-change-denier-to-head-renewables-review-65883

    sophie mirabella heads a new govt job

    nick minchin

  62. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 7:15 am

    This needs a lot more light shone into it. and all decisions immediately overturned so that an informed decision can be made, not a paid for decision

    A lobbyist working in Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash’s office had links to the alcohol industry and played a key role in stripping Australia’s peak drug and alcohol body of its funding.

    Alastair Furnival told staff at the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia in a meeting in December that their organisation, established 46 years ago, would no longer be funded.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/staffer-alastair-furnival-had-links-to-alcohol-industry-helped-strip-funding-from-group-minimising-alcohol-harm-20140217-32w0q.html#ixzz2tc1aTZ8v

  63. egg permalink
    February 18, 2014 8:01 am

    Yep, hopefully Fairfax will follow this up and shame Abbott into reversing the decision.

  64. TB Queensland permalink
    February 18, 2014 9:17 am

    I watched Mr Wilson in action on Lateline last night … another Back to the Future, Slippery Slope, let’s re-open Pandora’s Box, naieve lad … thinking that we don’t need laws to curb discrimination we just need citizens to stand up for each others’ rights … where does this man come from … what fascinates me is that he is gay …

    His main thrust seems to be that governments should be held in check with legislation but not individual citizens …

    His concepts too, are to say the least, contradictory …

    I can see why Brandis appointed him …

  65. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 9:31 am

    His concepts too, are to say the least, contradictory …

    Not when you look at them through the prism of allowing big companies and their sprinklers to run riot. The appointment has nothing to do with human rights (something he has shown little interest in before this) but all about letting the coalitions mates get away with whatever they want.

    Wilson is singularly under-credentialled when it comes to what’s really going on in the free-speech marketplace. His utterances since his appointment was announced show a slender grasp of the issues at stake and his outpourings beforehand are a collection of corporate-inspired outrages about government trying to protect the health and welfare of society.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/tim-wilsons-appointment-to-human-rights-commission-has-nothing-to-do-with-rebalancing-20131219-2znxs.html#ixzz2tcYkZNtN

    His only foray into the Australian Human Rights Commission prior to this was to be part of an organisation who wanted it gone.

    http://www.ipa.org.au/publications/2146/ipa-australian-human-rights-commission-should-be-abolished

  66. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 9:32 am

    “let’s see how he goes when he needs to advocate for the free speech rights of corporate protesters.”

    GMAFB! Wilson will support their right to free speech but will deny their right to assault people. You, on the other hand, think that the right to free speech includes the right to assault people. Wilson supports liberty whereas you support fascist thugs:

    “I have long had the belief that the call for non-violence only protects those who want to control and suppress any legitimate protest.”

    Sadly you can’t bring yourself to condemn those who resort to violence.

  67. Walrus permalink
    February 18, 2014 9:42 am

    “I have long had the belief that the call for non-violence only protects those who want to control and suppress any legitimate protest.”

    That is one of the most monumentally stupid statements I have ever seen

  68. February 18, 2014 9:43 am

    Ok Splatter you are such an expert on the subject, defending this partisan champion of free speech.

    Can you direct me to any papers or appointments on statutory bodies, in this area where Tim has stamped his credentials in the area of free speech and human rights? I seem to be at a loss. As far as I can see, he was a young Lib, Then he joined the Libs, then he joined the IPA and worked for ANDEV during which time he unsucessfully run for Mayor of Melborne???…enlighten me

  69. Walrus permalink
    February 18, 2014 9:45 am

    In a bit over an hour we’ll know the Thomson verdict and a certain establishment in Surry Hills Sydney will also be on edge because if it goes his way then the Red Turbo Spa Room and whoever is on night shift will be copping a right hammering tonight.

  70. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 9:45 am

    “His main thrust seems to be that governments should be held in check with legislation but not individual citizens …”

    A quick review the history of liberty shows precisely why that is so important.

    People fought for generations to get their liberty from oppressive governments. There is a tendency in modern politics to believe that government should have a greater role in society. Ultimately this means that the government needs more control to implement this agenda. That is why the communist regimes ultimately ended in totalitarianism – they needed the power for the good of the people. We know where that ended – poverty, misery and death.

    At least the modern version is creeping socialism rather than revolutionary socialism. That is why the Conroy/Gillard/Green attack on press freedom and free speech crossed a clear red line. Wilson understands this, which is precisely why he is much better qualified for his role than the tossers from the “human rights” establishment listed above.

  71. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 9:49 am

    Can you direct me to any papers or appointments on statutory bodies, in this area where Tim has stamped his credentials in the area of free speech and human rights?

    Nobody has been able to elicit an opinion on why it is so wrong for the ABC to publish Snowden material, but it is apparently OK for News Ltd to? Tim Wilson did not support the ABC doing this, yet is surprisingly quiet when News Ltd do the same.

  72. February 18, 2014 9:50 am

    Communism, unions, …blah blag blither…..I’ll take that as a “No” 🙄

  73. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 9:50 am

    There is a tendency in modern politics to believe that government should have a greater role in society. Ultimately this means that the government needs more control to implement this agenda.

    GFC?

  74. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 9:56 am

    “Can you direct me to any papers or appointments on statutory bodies, in this area where Tim has stamped his credentials in the area of free speech and human rights?”

    I am basing my view on TW’s public statements on free speech. Can you point to anyone who has a better record of defending free speech and is thus more qualified for the job?

  75. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 9:57 am

    “GFC?”

    Ah, I see it now – so that is why governments need to limit press freedom!

  76. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:02 am

    to limit press freedom!

    press freedom is not the right to lie.

    Press freedom is the right to inform us impartially. It is the basis of a healthy democracy

  77. Walrus permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:16 am

    “Press freedom is the right to inform us impartially.”

    Bullshit !

    Its the freedom to communicate and freedom of expression.

  78. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:20 am

    “press freedom is not the right to lie.”

    Of course it is! The alternative – of having anus-fingering leftists deciding when something is a “lie” is far, far worse.

    Bob Brown gave as an example the News Corp coverage of climate change as the sort of thing that should be prevented. Green Clive Hamilton considered that “suspending democracy” might be needed to implement the Green agenda. “Progressives” should be called out for what they are – wannabe totalitarians.

  79. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:21 am

    “Press freedom is the right to inform us impartially.”

    So you support the abolition of the ABC then?

  80. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:26 am

    Its the freedom to communicate and freedom of expression.

    Within limitations

    Laws, regulations and practices which in any way restrict or inhibit the right of the press freely to gather and distribute news, views and information are unacceptable unless it can be shown that the public interest is better served by such laws, regulations or practices than the public interest in the people’s right to know.

    http://www.presscouncil.org.au/charter-of-press-freedom/

    NewsLtd behaviour in England, along with the lies they attempted to print about Julia Gillard are grounds enough. That’s without going into their deceptions over the BER, AGW or our current relationship with Indonesia.

  81. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:31 am

    So you support the abolition of the ABC then?

    No, I support the drive for them to return to their charter, which they are not applying to very well at the moment (and haven’t for several years)

    Interestingly, when they did, the “free press” advocates tried to shut them down. Interesting, don’t you think?

  82. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:31 am

    Given the Press Council is headed by Julian Disney, it has no credibility.

  83. February 18, 2014 10:40 am

    Yeah thought so… just antagonistic stupidity… congratulations splatter for sheer unadulterated mindlessly pointless unsubstantiated verbal diarrhea enjoy your sao..

    Anyone sticking up for Murdoch and Tim Wilson is obviously taking the piss 🙄

  84. Walrus permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:41 am

    “…………along with the lies they attempted to print about Julia Gillard are grounds enough.”

    Yeah…………..in your opinion

    And that about sums it all up really

    Oh……….what lies were they ?

  85. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:42 am

    Yes Bed Pann, but do you have anything logical to say?

  86. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:48 am

    “Anyone sticking up for Murdoch and Tim Wilson”

    Tim is cute. Any red-blooded male would be “sticking up” for him! Rupert not so much.

  87. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:50 am

    Given the Press Council is headed by Julian Disney, it has no credibility.

    you are free to think that.

    Yeah…………..in your opinion,/i>

    And in their opinion, since they pulled them when threatened.

  88. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 10:54 am

    “And in their opinion, since they pulled them when threatened.

    The fact that the PM threatened News organisiations and had journalists sacked (journalists who have been proven to be correct) shows how endangered press freedom is when the ALP is in power.

  89. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:00 am

    had journalists sacked

    Who are you talking about here, and, did Gillard sack them, or did their employer sack them for inaccurate reporting?

  90. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:01 am

    It is also clear, from the perpetual attacks on Gillard and Labor, that her opinion would not have caused them to pull the article. It was the fact that they knew she was correct, and their reporter was wrong.

  91. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:02 am

    Their employer sacked them after a threatening tirade from a power-crazed fascist.

  92. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:02 am

    journalists who have been proven to be correct

    Are you able to show how?

  93. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:02 am

    Their employer sacked them after a threatening tirade from a power-crazed fascist.

    That is merely your very biased opinion. Are you able to show this to be the case?

  94. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:04 am

    What was she correct about, Jiggy Jherk? She tried to close down discussion about her shameful past. If there is any justice in the world she won’t be able to take up her new sinecure because she is in the pokey.

  95. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:05 am

    Hysterical phone call -> journalists sacked.

  96. Walrus permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:15 am

    2 journos sacked.

    Glenn Milne and Mike Smith (Fairfax Radio 2UE)

  97. February 18, 2014 11:40 am

    Piss taking Splatter, no smatter of truth’
    The Horn blowing wankfest of verbal abuse

    He sticks up for causes, just to cause trouble
    He thought he had marbles, but turns out its rubble

    Antagonistic, of nothing but hate
    He rates himself highly, in the state of berate

    Just a poor little blog troll, who shouts and acts tough
    Of little importance, he huffs and he puffs

    Diatribe piss taker, with dull axe to grind
    In parrots cage droppings, he slithers and slides

    Poor little splatter, no original thought
    Just rehashed half-truths and fiberal retort

    He blames all the Unions and Commo’s for lies
    Everything but the cause, though his little mind tries

    But his informed by old Rupert, he believes all he says
    So he circle jerks stupefied, in a Zombie like trance

    Pool little Splatter, asleep at the bowl
    Fife must be boring for a fiberal fed troll

  98. egg permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:44 am

    AFP Raids 7

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/australian-federal-police-raid-channel-7-over-schapelle-corby/story-fni0cx12-1226830302440

    ——-

    Ricky is ready to take on Pat the Rat down at the kaf.

  99. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:53 am

    2 journos sacked.

    Perhaps they should have stuck with the facts?

  100. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:54 am

    Bed Pann’s poetry is quite alright
    Though his thinking is none to bright
    He is so lacking in class
    His head’s up his arse
    So he can feast on Santorum each night.

  101. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:55 am

    “Perhaps they should have stuck with the facts?

    They did. That is what so angered Gillard and that is why the police are currently investigating her involvement in the scam.

  102. Walrus permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:55 am

    LOL

  103. Walrus permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:56 am

    Ricky is obviously a member of the Red Poets Society

  104. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 11:58 am

    Just another Red White Male?

  105. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:02 pm

    They did.

    Quite obviously they didn’t

  106. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:24 pm

    “Quite obviously they didn’t”

    Which bits?

  107. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:27 pm

    Which bits?

    Something about sharing a house from memory

  108. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:28 pm

    GMAFB! Wilson will support their right to free speech but will deny their right to assault people.

    Exactly what kind of free speech is there when people are corralled away from the people they are protesting at. When the inner city becomes a lockdown to ordinary people in order to protect the rich and powerful. Where is the liberty for the citizens in having such protest/control laws that people are in effect, are not allowed to protest?

    It was obvious that tim wilson saw governments as having to concede human rights but private organisations need not. The one thing he forgot to mention when saying that private religious schools can discriminate was that they also receive taxpayer [government] funding therefore should also not discriminate.

    Wilson supports liberty whereas you support fascist thugs:

    You obviously haven’t seen the security operations of the corporate thugs in action or even been around state police performing ‘crowd control’, otherwise known as beat the shit out of their own citizens while protecting the interests of corporations”

    You, on the other hand, think that the right to free speech includes the right to assault people.

    No, I think that the call to non-violent protest protects the wrong people. How much trouble do you think greenpeace waving their flags and “witnessing” cause the japanese whalers?
    How much trouble and prevention, do you think sea shepherd causes them?? Look at how the governments fall all over themselves to protect the wrong doers.

    The extremists and the radicals are the ones who bring the change.

  109. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:30 pm

    The article led to an embarrassing apology from the newspaper, which acknowledged that not only were allegations about Ms Gillard “untrue” but that no attempt had been made to contact her for comment before publication.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-30/gillard-angry-over-australian-article/2862694

  110. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:31 pm

    “The extremists and the radicals are the ones who bring the change.”

    Heil Hitler!

  111. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:31 pm

    THE AUSTRALIAN published today an opinion piece by Glenn Milne which includes assertions about the conduct of the Prime Minister.

    The Australian acknowledges these assertions are untrue. The Australian also acknowledges no attempt was made by anyone employed by, or associated with, The Australian to contact the Prime Minister in relation to this matter.

    The Australian unreservedly apologises to the Prime Minister and to its readers for the publication of these claims.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/correction/story-fn6nj4ny-1226124242214

  112. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:33 pm

    Good for you, Jiggy. Now tell me which bits were untrue. The fact that the PM intimidated the press into an apology is not a good thing. It is a clear sign of abuse of power by a PM with totalitarian tendencies.

  113. February 18, 2014 12:33 pm

    Your poetry rebuttal like Walrus’s comment are like your argument’s predictably and painfully drole

  114. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:37 pm

    Now tell me which bits were untrue.

    Really, you want me to repeat smears and lies? Nice try. The simple fact is, the stories were wrong, in a way that defamed the PM, and, when advised, were withdrawn. It is unforgiving, since the article had already been printed and withdrawn previously, so ignorance can’t really be an excuse

  115. February 18, 2014 12:45 pm

    He Walrus with great respect please don’t call me a commo. my family fled communism and it makes me want to hunt you down, cut you into little pieces of blubber and force feed you to splatter… 😦

  116. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:45 pm

    “Really, you want me to repeat smears and lies?”

    No. Just trying to get to the specifics of your argument. Why is it such hard work?

  117. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:49 pm

    Just trying to get to the specifics of your argument.

    The “specifics of the argument” is in the above quotes, that show that News Ltd admitted that they lied. That is the argument. You said they didn’t. Take your argument up with Rupert.

  118. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:55 pm

    My poetry is painfully drole (sic)
    Says the man with his head in his hole (Rick)
    His brain is inverted,
    His politics perverted
    Writing poetry seems to be his sole trick.

  119. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 12:59 pm

    Yep.. Just as I said Jiggy – they didn’t lie. And you know it. Otherwise you would say what the lie was.

  120. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 1:06 pm

    they didn’t lie.

    None so blind

    The Australian acknowledges these assertions are untrue.

  121. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 1:12 pm

    Meanwhile, Asylum seekers continue to die, but this time, directly through the actions of our current Government

    RIOT police accused of firing shots at asylum seekers amid chaotic violence that left one dead and 77 others injured on Manus Island.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/reports-of-violence-and-serious-injuries-amid-conflicting-accounts-of-manus-island-detention-facility-uprising/story-fnihslxi-1226830048273

  122. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 1:14 pm

    So just tell me which bits are untrue. I have no doubt the PM bullied an apology out of the editor. Stalin was very good at that sort of thing. Gillard, being an old lefty, would appreciate that.

    Subsequent events have shown that the journos were martyred for raising important issues. In the end Gillard was unable to kill the story and the police are now investigating the whole sorry mess, including her role in the fraud. If you only get your facts from the ABC you would be blissfully unaware that there was any such investigation of Gillard.

  123. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 1:30 pm

    So just tell me which bits are untrue.

    The bits the Milne wrote? I did answer this above. I also supplied links to the poor bullied News Ltd.

  124. Walrus permalink
    February 18, 2014 1:36 pm

    “Meanwhile, Asylum seekers continue to die, but this time, directly through the actions of our current Government”

    Talk about “look over there”

    There is already a dedicated Thread to this

  125. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 1:43 pm

    There is already a dedicated Thread to this

    I wasn’t aware of it. Why would I want to “look over there” when Splatterbottom is splattering his bottom so much after being shown up like he has?

    Funnily enough, it was all about Free Press, who have just been invaded by the AFP this morning. Does that mean we are now a totalitarian society?

  126. February 18, 2014 1:49 pm

    The same people who blame Labor for deaths arising from the Insulation scheme must also blame the Coalition for deaths arising from Manus Island, no….?

  127. February 18, 2014 1:51 pm

    ‘The curse of the Corbys: everyone gets burned, everything goes arse up’ – how it all went wrong for Seven | http://bit.ly/O1LPJy

  128. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 2:04 pm

    “The same people who blame Labor for deaths arising from the Insulation scheme must also blame the Coalition for deaths arising from Manus Island, no….?”

    Good point. I’m guilty of the former, mainly because I like referring to Garrett as a Celebrity Arsonist. But Labor was warned and didn’t try to mitigate the risk. (Although you might argue that the fire rate per installation was less under Pink Batts than in the industry generally before the Pink Batts scheme.)

    As to the latter, this government has a responsibility to ensure the safety of the people in its custody and it has been warned continually that these people are at risk. Still I would wait for more info (if the government gets around to giving it to us) before reaching a final apportionment of blame. The Greens are right to demand an inquiry.

    One thing is certain though – this would be a non-issue had Rudd not broken what was fixed.

  129. February 18, 2014 2:06 pm

    Splatter has nothing, he’s like a flea in the ear. What a pathetic attempt, what are you the Justin Bieber of poetry..ROTFPML….”my only trick”…seeing you’re such a professional I could line you up with a few toilet blocks that need scrubbing 🙂

    Reb…I just watched Eachwaybets in Qand A blaming and he was reminded that he is in government no position as needs to be slapped into these goose steeping wingnuts.

  130. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 2:06 pm

    But Labor was warned and didn’t try to mitigate the risk.

    I was under the impression that they did try mitigate the risk. Weren’t the types of insulation responsible for some of the electrocution deaths banned at the time of the deaths?

  131. February 18, 2014 2:08 pm

    You’re guilty of being a salacious ignorant 🙄

  132. February 18, 2014 2:10 pm

    JJ seriously why are you bothering, i’ve seen house bricks less opinionated with more critical thinking than splatter…

  133. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 2:15 pm

    Just stick to flatpicking, Ricky – let the music do the talking.

    Jiggy, my recollection is that there is correspondence from Garrett’s department expressing concerns about safety.

    In 2010 the federal government released three letters Garrett sent to Rudd at the beginning of the scheme expressing concerns about safety issues and suggesting ways they could be rectified.

    There were others Rudd refused to release. The inquiry will no doubt look at this in more detail.

  134. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 2:15 pm

    JJ seriously why are you bothering

    I guess I have a morbid fascination with the depth of hole someone is willing to dig for themselves?

  135. TB Queensland permalink
    February 18, 2014 2:19 pm

    The constant reference to totalitarianism and fascism and the communists are socialists are really becoming boringly amusing funny (fascists are considered right wing aren’t they?) …

    In the light of the way the current LibNit government is operating its not even the pot calling the kettle black its not even look over there, its not even in context …

    … communists, socialists, Marxists, Leninists, Tolstoyists, Maoists, the Domino Theory in only exist in a couple of places in 2014 – China??, North Korea and deranged people who see things under their bed and think its 1964 …

    Or a poor attempt at complete distraction from what the present government is incapable of doing – actually governing a democracy … 😆

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

    how it all went wrong for Seven

    Did seem a bit OT though … very USofA …

  136. egg permalink
    February 18, 2014 2:22 pm

    ‘Does that mean we are now a totalitarian society?’

    They are trying to avoid a diplomatic incident.

  137. egg permalink
    February 18, 2014 2:35 pm

    Talking of north Korea, Kirby brought up the memory of WW2 atrocities, perhaps they are thinking its time to take the supreme leader out with a drone. Or maybe a five million bounty on his head would be more diplomatic.

  138. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 18, 2014 2:47 pm

    They are trying to avoid a diplomatic incident.

    So, repression of freedoms of speech is for our own good?

  139. TB Queensland permalink
    February 18, 2014 2:55 pm

    … the fire rate per installation was less under Pink Batts than in the industry generally before the Pink Batts scheme

    PinK Batts is a trade name for a glass fibre product – not a substance that ignites … the issues were caused by failure of aluminium batts and unskilled/non-qualified/unsupervised employees drilling into live wires … OH&S is a state responsibility … I do hope you check tradies that have an offsider to ensure they are covered by Workers Comp … if not you will wear it if there is an injury/death caused by workplace failure(s) … I’ve listed the four OH&S legal foundations before …

  140. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 18, 2014 3:05 pm

    “The constant reference to totalitarianism and fascism and the communists are socialists are really becoming boringly amusing funny (fascists are considered right wing aren’t they?) …”

    When someone approves Brownshirt tactics of assaulting people you disagree with or who claims that thuggery is part of the right to free speech they deserve to be called out in strong terms. As do those who want to further limit free speech and press freedom.

    (Socialists and National Socialists have a lot in common when it comes to political repression and thuggery.)

    Also, my reference was to the “Pink Batts scheme” – an ALP make-work program and monumental waste of money.

  141. February 18, 2014 3:15 pm

    Yes TB indeed.. and confirmation is in the same broken record, playing the same song over and over.and over and over and over and over…………….

  142. February 18, 2014 3:31 pm

    Meanwhile MR Bummer is off to London to install a little mid term ideology…
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/labors-man-an-alsoran-as-downer-heads-for-london-20140217-32wfh.html

  143. February 18, 2014 3:35 pm

    Strait from the sauce sores source

    http://bcove.me/hdcxbe9b

  144. egg permalink
    February 18, 2014 7:57 pm

    ‘SEVEN’S commercial director Bruce McWilliam says a senior Abbott government minister regretted the raid at his network this morning over a Schapelle Corby deal.’

    Markson and Box / Oz

  145. February 18, 2014 8:33 pm

    ”””’Wilson in action on Lateline last night””””’Ditto

    and agree, the `gay-wilson-teabag` is quite conundrum, l strongly suspect he will find a lot of disappointments in his position,

    gay partnership in his personal life,

    and an anti-gay teabag work life, somethings gotta`give.

  146. February 18, 2014 8:43 pm

    ”””everything goes arse up’ – how it all went wrong for Seven”””

    thank fcuk you mean, cops raid `may` save public from even `more` corby

    http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/the-curse-of-the-corbys-is-sevens-big-interview-dead-in-the-water/story-e6frfmyi-1226830489537

  147. February 18, 2014 9:08 pm

    Dunno Teabag I don’t think gay would be of any consequence to his position, there is plenty of [people in the Fiberals who support gays. He’s just a deashit who happens to be gay like Flint. I’d like to think that would not be an issue, but then again Corey Berardi.. 😦

  148. TB Queensland permalink
    February 18, 2014 9:51 pm

    (Socialists and National Socialists have a lot in common when it comes to political repression and thuggery.)

    I think you might mean communist and NS … both are extremes of left and right and and to my knowledge there are none operating (overtly at least) in Oz.

    Have you experienced politica lrepression and thuggery you seem a little oppressed with the theme?

    I can understand if you have. I lived through the Joh Bjelke Peterson era in Queensland … and I’m getting flashbacks under the present regime …

    Also, my reference was to the “Pink Batts scheme” – an ALP make-work program and monumental waste of money.

    To my knowledge there is no such thing as a Pink Batts scheme .. for had “pink” or “yellow” or “blue” glass fibre batts (different manufacturers use different dyes) been used exclusivley the risks would have been greatly reduced and especally the risk of fire or electrocution the latter to the point of extinction …

    You may have been referring to the Home Insulation Scheme … and the subsequent report …

    T h e A u d i t o r – G e n e r a l
    Audit Report No.12 2010–11
    Performance Audi

    ” Home Insulation Program
    Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
    Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
    Medicare Australia”

    if you read through the report you may reach a similar conclusion to me … ie

    Why waste money on a political vendetta Royal Commission when all the information is contained in the report …

    We are supposed to be broke as a nation and we have both been around long enough to know that RCs inevitably cost millions of dollars with often very weak outcomes …

    Look at the Cole Enquiryinto the AWB kickbacks …

    Bugger me you don’t think this is a form of payback … 😯

  149. February 18, 2014 10:07 pm

    ””’I’d like to think that would not be an issue, but then again Corey Berardi”””

    rest assured, it `will` become an issue as soon as Wilson does something that gets up the dog-bothering teabags noses

  150. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 19, 2014 9:21 am

    When will the Liberals stop being corrected by companies over their claims/lies?

    Aluminium manufacturer Alcoa says the carbon price was not to blame for its decision to shut its Point Henry smelter in Victoria, distancing itself from federal government claims the tax had hurt the business.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/alcoa-denies-carbon-price-to-blame-for-decision-to-shut-its-point-henry-aluminium-smelter-20140218-32×91.html#ixzz2tiNM0BpT

    I’m guessing when the companies just get sick of it, and don’t bother correcting them.

  151. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 19, 2014 9:26 am

    It really is a mind set with the Liberals it seems

    Comments by the parliamentary secretary to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull prove the Coalition lied about cost blowouts to the national broadband network to win votes, opposition communications spokesman Jason Clare claims.

    http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/coalition-lied-about-true-cost-of-nbn-jason-clare-20140218-hvcvh.html

  152. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 19, 2014 9:37 am

    TB, the main point I made, and which you did not address is that when someone approves of the right of thugs to assault citizens in the name of free speech, they should be called out fort and it is entirely appropriate to make comparisons with other groups who used those tactics to further their political objectives.

    It sickens me to see here people actually supporting their right to assault people. What is your view of that sort of thuggery?

    The Cole RC led to the establishment of the ABCC with the effect that there was a massive decrease in days lost to industrial disputes.

    The CFMEU paid Labor millions of dollars and supported Gillard into the Prime Ministership. Then, being a pawn of the unions, Gillard closed down the ABCC, with the result that industrial extortion exploded and the CMFEU was able to cement its links with organised crime unhindered.

  153. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 19, 2014 10:27 am

    Looks like out international man of misery has been hard at work

    The federal government’s push to seal a free trade agreement with China before the end of the year is likely to end in failure, according to The Australian Financial Review.
    ……
    Mr Mei suggested the Abbott government had “created too many unexpected problems” for Beijing to put a deal near the top of its agenda.

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/2/19/china/aust-china-fta-stalls-report?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=587546&utm_campaign=am&modapt=

  154. Jherek Jagged permalink
    February 19, 2014 10:29 am

    Gillard closed down the ABCC, with the result that industrial extortion exploded

    exploded?

    And, it was happening under the ABCC’s nose. They had no effect. The only ones who had effect were Union members themselves. They are the ones who are bringing the corruption from all corners to light. The RC is just an attempt to try and keep the light on Unions

  155. February 19, 2014 6:59 pm

    In a statement, a company spokeswoman confirmed “the carbon tax was not a factor in the decision to close Point Henry smelter or the rolled products business”.

    The clarification came after Treasurer Joe Hockey said the company’s decision was “disappointing”, but “predictable” and linked it to the carbon price imposed by the former Gillard government.

    Mr Hockey singled out the carbon tax for adding to the high cost of production at the plant, and called on Labor to back the Coalition’s legislation to repeal the tax.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/alcoa-denies-carbon-price-to-blame-for-decision-to-shut-its-point-henry-aluminium-smelter-20140218-32×91.html#ixzz2tiNM0BpT

    You`re correct Jagged, the teabags are clutching, and not staying in Lock-step with their corporate masters. We better send kneel in, to train`em up on Lock-stepping.
    .
    .

    Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine appeared to take a swipe at his federal counterparts during an interview with Fairfax Radio 3AW about the financial ”kicking” Victoria had taken in recent months, including the Victorian bushfires and the closure of Toyota and Ford.

    The `irish-breakfast` aren`t impressed with teh`earl-greys` either.

  156. February 19, 2014 7:10 pm

    Did you notice the comment Jagged,

    Kieran MIller, Wed, 2014-02-19 17:58

    No-one will be able to clearly articulate how Australia will be better off because we won’t be. Simple as that.

    All the so-called Free Trade Agreements signed so far have have been so one-sided, in favour of the other nation not Aust, it is a joke. I know some of these Asians and they are laughing at us.

    It is scandalous how politicians have sought to big-note and ingratiate themselves with other nations in such a grovelling pitiful manner, while selling out Australian jobs.

    We are now facing another recession and our very own banking crisis as middle class jobs disappear and the 300,000+ new unemployed default on their loans.

    It is a recession didn’t have to have.
    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/2/19/china/aust-china-fta-stalls-report?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=587546&utm_campaign=am&modapt=

    1-Fully agree with Kieran MIller.

    2-China won`t be bum-rushed by an imbecile like Mr-Rabbit, only half-wit teabag-media and mindless Lock-steppers will say otherwise.

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