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Abbott’s Agenda: This is Just the Beginning

March 23, 2014

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Recently I’ve been watching the intriguing French TV show “The Returned” on SBS 2 (Tuesday nights at 8:30pm).

Set in a small French mountain town, a number of dead people suddenly reappear, apparently alive and unaware that they have been missing and deceased. There’s the teenage road accident victim Camille, suicidal bridegroom Simon, a small boy named “Victor” who was murdered by burglars, and Serge, a serial killer. They try to resume their lives, attempting to reconnect with families and loved ones, however painful memories from the past make this problematic as well as the challenges the families face in explaining the sudden reappearance of their loved ones to the broader public.

For all concerned it quickly becomes a gripping exercise secrecy, lies and duplicity, while all the time trying to maintain a façade of normality.

It’s a bit like how the Australian people must feel about the Abbott Government. They voted for Tony Abbott but instead inherited the spectre of John Howard (on steroids).

“Conservatives” as they are known, tend to favour traditions from the past, and frown upon feel good do-gooder concepts such as “equality” or anti-discrimination. Theirs is a world fraught with imminent danger lurking at every corner, where potential threats to the “world order” must be neutered or at the very least monitored under CCTV.

And this includes you. The great unwashed who fail to appreciate your many blessings in the form of taxes, escalating costs of housing, extortionate power bills and high youth unemployment.

Graduate with honours if your parents can afford it, and you might just avoid a stint working at Burger King. For the rest of us, particularly those leaving the education system without formal university qualifications, the future is pretty fucking dire.

It’s little wonder then, that in many Western societies disaffected youth with little prospects are now saying enough is enough. While fat cat politicians and their corporate sponsors regularly make the headlines over million dollar rorts and taxpayer funded scams with little accountability and the opportunity to repay monies to avoid culpability, the rest of us are supposed to just suck it up.

Back in Australia, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Federal Opposition is missing in action. While the Abbott wrecking ball continues unabated, targeting World Heritage forests for logging and destruction, dredging at Great Barrier Reef, and slashing spending on Health and Education, Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten remains oddly impotent.

Perhaps he’s yet to realise that politically, he doesn’t seem to have a pulse.

 

 

 

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  1. March 23, 2014 10:44 am

    Reblogged this on lmrh5.

  2. March 23, 2014 11:22 am
  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2014 11:43 am

    David Cameron might be a dishonest lowlife, but his wife is quite appealing.

    What is it with gormless dorks and their ability to hang around with attractive women?

  4. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2014 11:44 am

    …and speaking of Bill Shorten too.

  5. egg permalink
    March 23, 2014 3:44 pm

    “Conservatives” as they are known, tend to favour traditions from the past, and frown upon feel good do-gooder concepts such as “equality” or anti-discrimination.’

    Its true they favour tradition and for good reason, the Coalition builds on previous knowledge gained while in office. Abbot was once responsible for Howard’s Green Corps and now he believes we can learn by our mistakes from that experiment by doubling the size of the Green Army. It should work properly this time.

    Trying to stop the seas from rising was a ‘do-gooder’ concept put up by the previous Labor government, unfortunately it was an expensive no-brainer which now must be dismantled.

    Equality of opportunity is enshrined in the Constitution and respected by both sides of the political divide, debating this issue and discrimination is ongoing. As our population is swelled by new immigrants, mostly from China, it will be interesting to see what pans out.

  6. egg permalink
    March 23, 2014 4:39 pm

    ‘The great unwashed who fail to appreciate your many blessings in the form of taxes, escalating costs of housing, extortionate power bills and high youth unemployment.’

    The greater middle class appreciate that most taxes are justified, some are not and there is one in particular which got up the electorate’s nose and the government of the day paid the price.

    The high cost of housing in the cities is directly linked to mass immigration and limited stock. This problem needs to be rectified through decentralisation.

    Meanwhile the recent increase in youth unemployment maybe cyclic or connected to increased immigration, either way Tony’s green army won’t be a panacea. It might be a structural problem.

  7. egg permalink
    March 23, 2014 4:59 pm

    ‘Graduate with honours if your parents can afford it, and you might just avoid a stint working at Burger King. For the rest of us, particularly those leaving the education system without formal university qualifications, the future is pretty fucking dire.’

    The state supports those who wish to educate themselves, the government pays for the course and the graduates reimburse when they get jobs. While being educated they get financial support, which can be supplemented with part time work.

    There is nothing stopping any citizen from getting a formal education online.

    So I say unto you, we are a fucking lucky country.

  8. egg permalink
    March 23, 2014 5:10 pm

    ‘the rest of us are supposed to just suck it up.’

    There has always been corruption and will undoubtedly continue into the future. You find it everywhere, no matter what the economic system or religion.

  9. March 23, 2014 7:16 pm

    Yep, where has the opposition gone ??? Do we have one ?? What are they doing ?

    In the meantime we are stuck in the China-shop while the bull runs amuck.

    And the bull will do whatever he wants to do with us, there’s just no opposition.

    I was giving thought this afternoon to our current dilemma, when this cartoon crossed my mind . . . .

    It’s fresh off the press . . .

    http://cartoonmick.wordpress.com/editorial-political/#jp-carousel-851

    Cheers
    Mick

  10. March 23, 2014 7:18 pm

    Love your work cartoonmick…

  11. March 23, 2014 7:33 pm

    Thanks reb.
    All I need now is a favourable editor in a large media op to take me on.
    I just can’t find one.
    One day . . . . . . . . . . .

  12. March 23, 2014 7:37 pm

    Be careful what you wish for mick…

  13. March 23, 2014 7:52 pm

    That picture of HIM makes me feel like damaging my rather large entertainment screen with solid objects, which fortunately lie just out of The Hand’s reach.

  14. March 23, 2014 7:55 pm

    I thought that the Ye Olde Howard Piñatas were a fine idea…but they should always be filled with virulent shit, not lollies, for the sake of authenticity…

  15. March 23, 2014 9:17 pm

    Pre-heat oven to 85 degrees`C.

    Place separated, on wire rack.

    Put in oven on bottom shelf, turn oven down to 30 degrees`C.

    Cooking time 20 minutes, or until mutterings about boat-people is heard coming from oven.

    Remove from oven and enjoy immediately.

    .

    Your Zombies are now Reheated.

  16. egg permalink
    March 24, 2014 7:15 am

    ‘PRIME Minister Tony Abbott will take personal control of rolling out infrastructure for western Sydney, creating a top level cabinet sub-committee to report every fortnight on the delivery of projects.

    ‘The committee will be the first of its kind for a federal government and will have the same status as the National Security Committee and Expenditure Review Committee.

    ‘The group will consist of Tony Abbott, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs.’

    Simon Benson / Daily Terror

  17. egg permalink
    March 24, 2014 7:46 am

    ‘A WESTERN Sydney airport will unlock a wave of prosperity and restore NSW as the destination of choice for world travellers, a new report has found.

    ‘As the mining boom ends, NSW is “superbly placed to cash in on the nation’s next boom” the report released today by Deloitte says.

    ‘It identifies five key industries that will add three-and-a-half times more to the NSW economy than the mining sector — tourism, wealth management, gas, agribusiness and international education.’

    Irvine / Daily Terror

  18. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 24, 2014 12:05 pm

    So Paul Howes is leaving the AWU.

    He should get out of the ALP too.

  19. March 24, 2014 1:03 pm

    Paul Howes the great fizzing Catherine wheel of the right. Costa was his mentor..say no more. Haven’t we got enough dropkick wankers in parliament already?

  20. egg permalink
    March 24, 2014 1:18 pm

    ‘Among Greenway’s residents is 106-year-old Albert Morgan, who knows how lucky he is live in a property boasting million dollar views.

    “I was lucky to get in here, it is like winning the lottery,” he said.

    Mr Morgan, a railway labourer, was given a public housing unit for himself, his wife and daughter at the Greenway unit block in 1960 and has never left.

    Another resident Michael Gormley said last week’s announcement had made residents worried.

    “People are anxious, when you think about it these units would be worth a lot of money, half a million each,” he said.

    “They are trying to get rid of public housing it makes you wonder if you will be next.”

    Daily Terror

  21. egg permalink
    March 24, 2014 1:29 pm

    ‘The federal Coalition has branded South Australia’s minority government “illegitimate”, as Premier Jay Weatherill conceded his party lacked the confidence of regional voters.

    ‘Despite winning only 47 per cent of the two-party-preferred vote in the March 15 election, Mr Weatherill is set to retain power in South Australia with the backing of rural independent MP Geoff Brock.’

    Owens / Oz

  22. egg permalink
    March 24, 2014 1:38 pm

    ‘THE Nationals are prepared to support a free-trade pact with China as long as Trade Minister Andrew Robb can secure a deal mirroring Australia’s agreement with Seoul, which places tough investment limits on buying farmland and agribusinesses.

    ‘Nationals deputy leader Barnaby Joyce said yesterday the Korea-Australia free-trade agreement, to be signed in three weeks, was a good deal and if the same conditions applied to a pact with China on agricultural purchases he would have “no problem”.

    Stefanie Balogh / Oz

  23. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2014 2:05 pm

    haha, so any country independent must never truly be ‘independent’ they must support the coalition or the entire ‘democratically’ elected government is illegitimate.

    more conservative logic for you.

    the coalition says that australia rejects any kind of minority govt [while not noticing that they could never govern in their own right themselves, being a coalition of cobbled together parties designed to win elections].

    They might notice that in europe a minority govt is normal practice these days, they better get used to it, instead of demanding the population vote according to their wishes and political independents don’t act independently.

    Such arrogance and entitlement on parade, “we was robbed, every country vote belongs to the coalition”

    stop resisting toilet 😉

  24. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2014 2:09 pm

    Let’s see where paul howes turns up next, has he mentioned any new positions? I don’t think he’ll be in high vis, working the tools.

  25. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 24, 2014 2:32 pm

    Howes, like most ex-Trots is an interesting character. I put this down to the fact that Trots are contrarians when it comes to Marxist orthodoxy and also among themselves with their many sects. The fact that the theoretical basis of their views requires a reasonable intellect to first understand it and, if they keep thinking, to leave it behind them is another reason.

    From their ranks we have Sydney Hook, Irving Kristol, Frank Furedi, Brendan O’Neill, Christopher Hitchens, Stephen Schwartz, James Burnham and Laurie Short. Not all became conservative, but all are/were interesting in their own way.

  26. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2014 2:46 pm

    can you give the trots and commies a rest sb, it hardly does you any favours in the real world, just makes you appear out of touch with modern australians and still fighting a non existent threat.

    Christopher Pyne’s fury at ‘illegitimate’ SA government smacks of sore loser:

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/24/christopher-pynes-fury-at-illegitimate-sa-government-smacks-of-sore-loser

    It’s only legitimate if we win says pyne, we own all country votes forever [let’s not talk about howard’s illegitimate election or the fact that it would be completely legitimate if the independents chose us]

  27. March 24, 2014 3:12 pm

    “can you give the trots and commies a rest sb, it hardly does you any favours in the real world, just makes you appear out of touch with modern australians and still fighting a non existent threat.”

    HEAR HEAR!!

  28. egg permalink
    March 24, 2014 3:41 pm

    Was Jools a Trot?

    http://australiafirstparty.net/julia-gillard-a-trotskyist-spy/

  29. March 24, 2014 3:49 pm

    ”””””””
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/24/christopher-pynes-fury-at-illegitimate-sa-government-smacks-of-sore-loser
    ”””””””’

    Haha armchair,

    just got in, the first thing l see, Mr-Poodle frothing and foaming about SA #Watermelon Govt, gotta`Love the re-runs,

    ”””””independent Geoff Brock’s decision to back Labor to form a government in his home state – has declared that South Australian premier Jay Weatherill”””’

    l don`t know anything about `Brock` except he is `independent` at this election, l wonder if brock is an ex-teabag like oakshot and windsor and katter and clive are.?

    #Go-Watermelon #Go-Brock #Go-Clive 🙂

  30. egg permalink
    March 24, 2014 4:41 pm

    ‘She probably won’t ever get a job in Australia. Who’d employ Gillard? She’ll have to find work overseas and consistent with her OneWorldist Trotskyist idealism, the United Nations is her likely destination.’

    John Hood …..June 26, 2013

  31. March 24, 2014 5:34 pm

    Andrew ‘Herr’ Bolt, the self proclaimed (cowardly fence sitting) agnostic, presumes to speak for god…

    hilarity ensues.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/column_no_god_cannot_want_more_dead_boat_people/

  32. egg permalink
    March 24, 2014 5:43 pm

    He gives fence sitters a bad name, we are not all cowards, I’m manning the barricades for Tosy’s moderate anarchism.

  33. March 24, 2014 5:49 pm

    Who’d employ Gillard? “

    Do you honestly think that the likes of Abbott, Pyne or Morriscum would be employable in the private sector?

  34. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2014 6:42 pm

    So Paul Howes is leaving the AWU.

    He should get out of the ALP too.

    G’day ToM … see? We agree on SO-o-o-o-o-o-o much!

    Piggy needs to piss off and feed on himself instead of decent hardworking Aussies!

    Possible PM my arse!

  35. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 24, 2014 6:54 pm

    Howes is an interesting character. If you want to understand him you need to understand his political past. I have a good deal of affection for old Trots as you can see from my earlier comment. I think they are interesting people. What is the problem with that? I wasn’t bashing anyone with that comment and you can’t sensibly argue that Howes’ past is irrelevant to understanding who he is or where he is going. I think his Trot past indicates a contrarian attitude and a degree of intelligence. I am keen to see what he does next.

    As for relevance to the real world, I take it the real world doesn’t include Socialist Alliance or Socialist Alternative then?

  36. egg permalink
    March 24, 2014 7:06 pm

    Welcome back TB.

  37. March 24, 2014 7:36 pm

    ””””””””””
    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/column_no_god_cannot_want_more_dead_boat_people/
    ””””””””””
    don`t know how ya`read that crap dunny,

    l didn`t follow thru to so-called` article, the blog-snippet was enough crap for me, tho some of the visiting hivemind were amusing, particularly the `serious` ones.

  38. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 24, 2014 7:38 pm

    “G’day ToM … see? We agree on SO-o-o-o-o-o-o much!

    You’re right TB! You continue to learn!

  39. March 24, 2014 7:40 pm

    #Piggy Howes

    l agree with grandpa of the mekong 100%

  40. Tony permalink
    March 24, 2014 8:02 pm

    Twitter has taken to Clive and turned on Howes. So predictable.

  41. egg permalink
    March 24, 2014 8:08 pm

    Australians have a right to be bigots, Attorney-General George Brandis tells parliament and I agree with him.

  42. March 24, 2014 8:13 pm

    No wonder the Rabbid Rabbit brigade was going hard on the ABC… truth. Surly Morrison must go…
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-24/asylum-seekers-describe-boat-turn-back/5342210

  43. Tony permalink
    March 24, 2014 8:27 pm

    “Two Somali passengers interviewed by 7.30 each described losing a brother overboard during rough weather when closing on the Australian coast, just hours before they were intercepted and turned back to Indonesia.”

    Hours before they were intercepted? And they didn’t stop the boat to rescue him? Clearly the people-smuggler at the helm was racist.

  44. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2014 9:52 pm

    I have a good deal of affection for old Trots as you can see from my earlier comment.

    I don’t – all 18th century wankers.

    I think they are interesting people.

    You could say the same about royal families .. also a bunch of ‘social rapists” …

  45. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2014 9:53 pm

    You’re right TB! You continue to learn!

    Chuckle …

    I’ve already “enjoyed” the teachings of a mentor … but thanks …

  46. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2014 10:12 pm

    As for relevance to the real world, I take it the real world doesn’t include Socialist Alliance or Socialist Alternative then?

    How much of the vote and how much recognition do they get in the real world sb?
    I also feel pretty sure that no-one on this blog belongs to either of those parties [despite all the accusations and innuendo]

    There’s a big difference between a socialist, a communist and a social democrat, they are not one and the same.

  47. Tony permalink
    March 24, 2014 10:16 pm

    There are no differences on the right: They’re all TEABAGZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!1111ONE!!!!!

  48. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2014 10:21 pm

    Australians have a right to be bigots, Attorney-General George Brandis tells parliament and I agree with him.

    Not too many are proud of it.

    They also have a right to be informed and it is the job of government to educate and inform the public, not promote bigotry, ignorance and intolerance. I would expect education-by-propaganda from the government of north korea, not a supposedly enlightened country with a first world education system.

  49. Tony permalink
    March 24, 2014 10:48 pm

    “Australians have a right to be bigots, Attorney-General George Brandis tells parliament”

    As a free-speech extremist, I say: bring on the bigotry. And the holocaust denialism. And the racialism. Let’s hear your arguments so we* can argue (or agree) with them. If speech of a certain kind is banned, how are we to know what others think, and how in dog’s name can we change their minds (if we aren’t allowed to debate them)?

    *Royal “we” alert

  50. March 24, 2014 11:49 pm

    Here we go again where the spoon fed Zombie terrorgraphers parrot “its free speech” in a jerk circle of ignorant unison….. Only a fucking idiot would argue that people have a rite to scrawl an article in a nationally syndicated toilet roll that targets and vilifies people on the basis of race, then claims that the laws that protect people from such vilification for commercial gain are limiting political free speech… I thought he was preaching the great crusade of injustice where aboriginals dare not to be aboriginal enough and steal positions from the under privileged minorities who attend kings and cranbrook?

  51. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2014 11:59 pm

    it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt [or killed]. Some people don’t know how to play properly and other people who are ‘different’ don’t exist to provide sadistic sport for those who have more power and $$$.

  52. March 25, 2014 12:28 am

    Ricky, the””’jerk circle of ignorant unison””’actually getting what they want, has an extremely high likely-hood of back-firing on these morons big-time, so l won`t be getting too het-up about it.

    Let`s face it, the Limited-News Tea-Trolls won`t be able to help em`selves, they will get themselves in much more hot-water than they normally would, and trigger more word-wars on fakebook than they can possibly handle.

    l reckon, sit back and watch`em implode. #Teabags

  53. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 12:51 am

    You support this type of ‘free speech’ do you tony?

    Perhaps you plan to never leave your house,

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/sexist-racist-bus-passenger-jailed-20140320-354ej.html

    …Graham told Ms Desaintjores to “speak English or die”, and said he would cut her breasts off with a filleting knife. He also insulted her appearance and made references to slavery. The other man, Hayden Stirling Stewart, 26, threatened to cut her with a box cutter and swung his arm at the bus after he got off the bus, breaking a window…

    sorry, but it’s not the kind of society that I wish to be part of.

  54. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 12:54 am

    Bolt, Brandis and the double standard on free speech:

    http://theconversation.com/bolt-brandis-and-the-double-standard-on-free-speech-24423

  55. March 25, 2014 1:29 am

    ”””””””””’
    http://theconversation.com/bolt-brandis-and-the-double-standard-on-free-speech-24423
    the rich and the poor are equally forbidden to sleep under bridges.”””””””””

    was about the best part, rather bland overall tho not incorrect,

    including Hensen was a bit of a goof-up tho, Hensen shot himself in the foot with his own marketing

  56. egg permalink
    March 25, 2014 6:30 am

    ‘sorry, but it’s not the kind of society that I wish to be part of.’

    Its not a pleasant sight, but society would be better off banning the alcohol that fuelled the outburst than bigotry itself.

    We could learn from the Malaysian experience where racial bigotry is tolerated, because its better to fight with words than swords.

  57. egg permalink
    March 25, 2014 7:05 am

    ‘JEFF Kennett wants building giant Thiess to explain publicly why it paid more than $110,000 into a slush fund run by allegedly corrupt union boss Bruce Wilson, after Thiess had won a lucrative contract from a public utility, Melbourne Water.

    ‘Mr Kennett said he was surprised and annoyed at learning from The Australian of the secret deal, brokered while he was Victorian premier in the early 1990s with a mandate to pursue privatisation and cut unnecessary costs from the state’s struggling economy.’

    Thomas / Oz

  58. March 25, 2014 8:42 am

    I recon Brandass has uttered the phrase that will define him in perpetuity. Ironically,the very artists that he so vehemently hates for pointing out his ideological fascism are now provided with the reality of material so good you just cant make that shit up. No really think about it, imagine writing a skit that had the Attorney General telling an Aboriginal woman in the Australian parliament that people have a right to be bigoted as he legislates to repeal racial vilification laws…you would be cast into the artistic wilderness as writing something completely unbelievable. George Bandass living proof that Truth is stranger than fiction.

  59. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 25, 2014 9:24 am

    Re: Brandis

    I happened to be seated next to the aged parents of a friend at a birthday dinner recently.

    They were the most bigoted people I have come across for many years. People in their late 70s, from a comfortable suburb. They hated everything – asylum seekers, aboriginal people, gays, Jews, Arabs, Collingwood.

    They are quite awful, but shunning their company is about as far as I’d go in controlling their expression of opinion.

    What would people have – make expressing obnoxious views illegal?

  60. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 25, 2014 9:29 am

    AO, the example you’ve used would be criminal behaviour regardless of whether there was a racist element/overtone.

  61. March 25, 2014 9:31 am

    “gays, Jews, Arabs, Collingwood.”

    😆

  62. March 25, 2014 9:32 am

    And in other exciting news, Craig Thomson has arrived at Court for sentencing..

    I think a public flogging and DEATH would see justice adequately served..

  63. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2014 9:35 am

    Brandis is absolutely correct. Bigotry should not be criminalised. That issue is at the core of the matter. We don’t need Big Brother to tell us what to think. We don’t need thought-police to sew our lips shut lest we say the wrong thing. The mewling anti-free speech bigots should stick to fucking themselves rather than trying to screw everyone else. To them there is only one appropriate response: FUCK YOUSE ALL!

  64. March 25, 2014 9:44 am

    TB there is a considerable difference between ignoring someone at a party and selling syndicated hate by way of a legal licence to do so. Is this what the people voted for in that propaganda chant mantra “mandate”, regression of our society back to the dark ages of legalised racial hatred? Why are the fiberals wrapping free political speech around 18c dealing with racial vilification.

  65. egg permalink
    March 25, 2014 10:00 am

    ‘Why are the fiberals wrapping free political speech around 18c dealing with racial vilification.’

    Its only a fine tuning exercise as we prepare for a flood of Asians.

  66. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2014 10:04 am

    “Everybody’s got the right to go wrong.”

  67. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 10:17 am

    Completely disagree with your take on life SB.

    Luke Kelly is another matter.

    Loved the old Dubliners and their spawn the Pogues.

    That track was a bit too Whisky in the Jar and the Auld Triangle for my taste but it was nice to see that wild old head.

    The Shoals of Herring and a Nation Once Again does it for me.

  68. Walrus permalink
    March 25, 2014 10:27 am

    Thommo sentencing hearing now underway

  69. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 10:46 am

    3 months

  70. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2014 10:53 am

    Dianne strongly agree with you about both Dubliners and Pogues.

    Also agree about the two Dubliners songs you mentioned. I have been looking for their version of Sean South of Garryowen for years but haven’t been able to find it. (I missed backing it up when I sold my CD collection.) Among my favourite Dubliners songs are Rare Auld Times:

    and Foggy Dew (which is at least as good as than the version of Sinead O’Connor with the Cheiftains:

    The ultimate unresolvable dilemma for Pogues/Dubliners fans is who does the best version of Dirty Old Town (which like Shoals of Herring is a Ewan McColl song). What is your opinion on that?

  71. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 10:54 am

    More accurately CT will serve 3 months of 12 month sentence.

  72. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 11:02 am

    Thanks SB . I will click on both later.
    I can’t comment on the diff version of Dirty old town as I will have to refresh my memory of the McColl rendition. I have heard McColl sing the Shoals and it was terrific but I would have to line him up against Luke to make a choice.

    I suspect I would go for Luke. There is something about raw honesty which always appeals. It breaks your heart. I have seen them in three countries, Deutschland über alles, England and here of course. Each time they brought down the house with Shoals and a Nation once again. I get goosebumps. The other Irish singer I love is Finbar Furey.

  73. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 25, 2014 11:02 am

    Yes, 3 months for Craig, 9 suspended.

    That seems about right for a crooked union official turned lying crooked politician who has shown no remorse.

    I suppose the CW crowd will argue that the judge didn’t ‘think of the baby’

  74. Walrus permalink
    March 25, 2014 11:12 am

    Williamson (who has had bail revoked and is in custody) is also to be sentenced this week not sure what day though.

    I doubt that the Parliament will now put Thommo in jail as well

  75. egg permalink
    March 25, 2014 11:37 am

    ‘Justice it appears, has been done.’

    CU / kaf

  76. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2014 11:40 am

    ” I have seen them in three countries, Deutschland über alles, England and here of course.”

    You are so very lucky. I never saw Luke Kelly sing.

  77. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 12:20 pm

    I feel like I’m in an oirish poob

    A long time ago [in my student days], I used to live in a flat next door to another student who used to play the pogues around the clock.

    happy to never hear them, or anything that sounds oirish & folksy again!

  78. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 1:09 pm

    SB – I was lucky, indeed I was.

  79. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 1:15 pm

    And then, in another flat, at a different time, I lived next door to someone who played another irishman, van morrison around the clock. To this day, I have a great fondness for the van’s old stuff [astral weeks, moondance, tupelo honey, into the music, ] I play him when the mood strikes me, it’s like an old friend returning home.

  80. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 1:16 pm

    Armchair – every Christmas I put on a Joan Sutherland Christmas compilaton followed by the Pogues’ Christmas anti-carol Fairytale in New York.

  81. 18C and 18D permalink
    March 25, 2014 1:54 pm

    RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT 1975 – SECT 18C

    Offensive behaviour because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin
    (1) It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private, if:

    (a) the act is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people; and

    (b) the act is done because of the race, colour or national or ethnic origin of the other person or of some or all of the people in the group.

    Note: Subsection (1) makes certain acts unlawful. Section 46P of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 allows people to make complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission about unlawful acts. However, an unlawful act is not necessarily a criminal offence. Section 26 says that this Act does not make it an offence to do an act that is unlawful because of this Part, unless Part IV expressly says that the act is an offence.

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), an act is taken not to be done in private if it:

    (a) causes words, sounds, images or writing to be communicated to the public; or

    (b) is done in a public place; or

    (c) is done in the sight or hearing of people who are in a public place.

    (3) In this section:

    “public place” includes any place to which the public have access as of right or by invitation, whether express or implied and whether or not a charge is made for admission to the place.

    AND

    RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT 1975 – SECT 18D

    Exemptions
    Section 18C does not render unlawful anything said or done reasonably and in good faith:

    (a) in the performance, exhibition or distribution of an artistic work; or

    (b) in the course of any statement, publication, discussion or debate made or held for any genuine academic, artistic or scientific purpose or any other genuine purpose in the public interest; or

    (c) in making or publishing:

    (i) a fair and accurate report of any event or matter of public interest; or

    (ii) a fair comment on any event or matter of public interest if the comment is an expression of a genuine belief held by the person making the comment.

  82. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2014 2:05 pm

    “A long time ago [in my student days], I used to live in a flat next door to another student who used to play the pogues around the clock.”

    I swear it wasn’t me, KL! 🙂 If only for the fact that I was at uni a good decade before the Pogues released a record.

  83. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2014 2:17 pm

    The Repeal:

    The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 is amended as follows:
    Section 18C is repealed.
    Sections 18B, 18D and 18E are also repealed.
    The following section is inserted:

    “ It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private, if:

    the act is reasonably likely:
    to vilify another person or a group of persons; or
    to intimidate another person or a group of persons,
    and
    the act is done because of the race, colour or national or ethnic origin of that person or that group of persons.

    For the purposes of this section:
    vilify means to incite hatred against a person or a group of persons;
    intimidate means to cause fear of physical harm:
    to a person; or
    to the property of a person; or
    to the members of a group of persons.

    Whether an act is reasonably likely to have the effect specified in sub-section (1)(a) is to be determined by the standards of an ordinary reasonable member of the Australian community, not by the standards of any particular group within the Australian community.
    This section does not apply to words, sounds, images or writing spoken, broadcast, published or otherwise communicated in the course of participating in the public discussion of any political, social, cultural, religious, artistic, academic or scientific matter.”

  84. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 2:33 pm

    I am going out now to say something bigoted. It is ma right. Whoopee.

  85. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 2:35 pm

    cathy wilcox and the push to change the RDA:

    Armchair – every Christmas I put on a Joan Sutherland Christmas compilaton followed by the Pogues’ Christmas anti-carol Fairytale in New York.

    hehe, once a year is OK for one of the best xmas songs ever! Last year we played a new album – bad religion’s christmas songs

    http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2013/12/04/why-the-hell-did-bad-religion-make-a-christmas-album?page=2

  86. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 2:54 pm

    sb, I get it now, the daily bolt is where you get all that commie/trot hate talk!

    this is from a real socialist [not billy bragg] and he talks a lot of sense, much more than andy bolt who is barely comprehensible.
    If the socialists commies are such a threat, where do you hear their voices in the MSM?

    http://enpassant.com.au/2014/03/24/the-right-is-bigoted/

    …The right to free speech is no right at all if most citizens are in practice denied it. That is the case under capitalism. Workers are hit with bolt after bolt of bullshit. They have no outlet under capitalism for their views to be heard. They are the recipients of other people’s exercise of free speech…

    …So while the mainstream media is full of Bolts, Devines, Joneses and Ackermans, and even has left liberals writing for it, there are no outlets for the voices of reason, for revolutionary socialists. How many real red ragger socialists have articles published occasionally let alone regularly in The Australian, the Financial Review, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald or The Canberra Times? None. Zero. Zilch…

  87. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2014 3:15 pm

    There was no sense there at all, KL. Just a silly, silly rant from a silly, silly man who describes himself thus:

    I have been a socialist since I was 16, radicalised by the Vietnam War.

    I am a liberationist – I believe in Marx’s idea of the self-emancipation of the working class.

    So I reject Stalinism and recognise it as the opposite of socialism. A brutal dictatorship in which all the decisions about production are made by those at the top has nothing in common with socialism. It is state capitalism.

    I have been a union and political activist for many years. I was a member of Socialist Alternative until late 2013. I now regard myself as an independent revolutionary socialist.

    No surprise he was a senior bureaucrat on the Tax Office. No surprise there at all. But hey, at least he rejects Stalin. What a hero.

    “there are no outlets for the voices of reason (sic), for revolutionary socialists.”

    There are. But few people, other than leftist cranks, bother to read them.

    “How many real red ragger socialists have articles published occasionally let alone regularly in The Australian, the Financial Review, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald or The Canberra Times? None. Zero. Zilch…”

    How many Neo-Nazi diatribes are published in those places? Maybe Pissant should speak to Phil Adams – Adams loves red-ragger socialists. He might get a gig on LNL.

  88. egg permalink
    March 25, 2014 3:31 pm

    ‘How many Neo-Nazi diatribes are published in those places?’

    None.

  89. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 25, 2014 3:46 pm

    That’s the only name you could find in the msm sb? One old man who flirted with communism briefly as a teenager and resigned from the labor party in disgust after the rudd debacle. The labor party being one of the two major right wing parties.
    At least PA has an intelligent conversation with interesting people, not a bilious rant full of hatred, spite and vitriol directed at people who don’t happen to share his suck-up, self-prostituting political opinions, aka bolt.
    A big stretch 🙂

  90. Dianne permalink
    March 25, 2014 4:10 pm

    Abbott has just announced the return of knights and dames to the realm.

    Arise Sir John (Howard)

  91. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2014 5:14 pm

    “Abbott has just announced the return of knights and dames to the realm.”

    I thought you were just taking the piss!

    KL I like Phil Adams on radio. He is a joy to listen to and I do listen to him a lot. Even the re-runs. He has interesting guests. His chief virtue is that he gives his guests time to explain themselves and is polite with them. But they are generally of the leftist persuasion and he seems to have a fetish about old Commos. Overall, he is more interested in getting the best out of them than arguing with them. He appears to have read their work and gently guides them to the salient points.

    I am happy to forgive his pompous style, his sly entre nous whisperings to his gladdies and poddies and the insufferable broadcasts of the wankfests he hosts such as the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. I think it is funny when he starts billing and cooing with the likes of Chomsky. I don’t mind his regular guest, Shapiro, who is another hard core leftist. And of course I am not surprised that the ABC spends public money providing this leftist platform. That is what it does, apparently.

  92. March 25, 2014 5:35 pm

    Gawd, I see Thomson is STILL declaring that he’s not guilty…. FFS..

  93. March 25, 2014 5:35 pm

    ””””””””’
    http://enpassant.com.au/2014/03/24/the-right-is-bigoted/
    ””””””””’

    arnchair, my problem with posts like this,

    (which my ABC falls for continually)

    is the left/right clap-trap, passant mentions `voice of reason`, which l won`t argue with, but then reckons `need more red ragers`, WRONG,

    when it comes to `true` information, it meeds to be as factual, truthful and educational as possible, else it not ANY use to decision making, be it educational, technical or community needs,

    the real answer to bolt-borg-blogs is to ignore them, don`t give`em more oxygen for their derp by pointing people in their direction, or give their argument `legitimacy` to a yet wider audience, as my ABC does,

    bullshit should just be called bullshit, and shunned

  94. March 25, 2014 5:51 pm

    l would also point out that everybody that disagrees with Limited-News clap-trap content, and/or antagonistic style, and/or having them inject themselves into topics as the `central` item, are not necessarily trots, maos, or any other `left` doctrine student either, no matter how much either side squeal otherwise.

  95. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2014 7:44 pm

    Thommo is appalling appealing.

  96. egg permalink
    March 25, 2014 8:03 pm

    ‘Gawd, I see Thomson is STILL declaring that he’s not guilty…. FFS..’

    He is truly deluded and should receive professional help while in the big house.

  97. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 27, 2014 4:43 pm

    Interesting article I was just reading – Top 10 Highest Minimum Wages ($US/hour)

    Australia – $16.88
    Luxemburg – $14.24
    Monaco – $12.83
    France – $12.22
    Belgium – $11.69
    San Marino – $11.49
    New Zealand – $11.18
    Ireland – $11.09
    Netherlands – $10.99
    Canada – $10.25

    So Australia pays over 30% more than the rate applicable in the next country with a reasonably sized economy (France) and 65% more than the 10th highest minimum!

    Go Aussie! OI!

    (but is this sustainable as the mining boom recedes?)

  98. March 27, 2014 5:39 pm

    Why the obsession with the lowest income earners?

    Perhaps a more interesting conversation, you know just for a change, might be how our highest income earners rate against those from overseas?

    #Justsayin

  99. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2014 6:50 pm

    how our highest income earners rate against those from overseas?

    Especially politicians …

    And maybe compare minimum wages against cost of living – something that seems to get lost in the scramble by whingers people with a lot of disposable income, thinking that low income earners should be paid less … fkn astounding …

  100. March 27, 2014 7:13 pm

    “And maybe compare minimum wages against cost of living – something that seems to get lost in the scramble by whingers people with a lot of disposable income, thinking that low income earners should be paid less … fkn astounding ”

    Indeed.

    The ‘criticisms’ do tend to come from certain demographics (ie. those with a lot of disposable income). The true amusement is that they rationalise it as champions of the ‘greater good’.

  101. March 27, 2014 8:27 pm

    ”””””””’Perhaps a more interesting conversation, you know just for a change, might be how our highest income earners rate against those from overseas?”””””””””

    Gina pockets more cash than any other woman in the world,

    she has struggled to earn it by working hard, not inheriting,

    and her kind personality ensures her workforce is paid much more than two bucks a day, so they can afford their gay wedding, if they so wish, a social responsibility she has fought long and hard for.

    #fairy fcuking tales for reb 🙂

  102. I. O'Nore permalink
    March 27, 2014 8:31 pm

    Gina doesn’t know what hard work is coz she’s fat.

  103. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 27, 2014 10:51 pm

    Why get all bothered about my comment? It’s only a fact.

  104. egg permalink
    March 28, 2014 2:42 pm

    Good Stuff

    ‘TREASURER Joe Hockey has clinched a deal with his state counterparts, offering new incentive payments for the states to sell off their government-owned assets and redirect the proceeds into productive infrastructure.

    ‘Mr Hockey announced he had won the “in-principle support” of his state and territory colleagues for a new “asset recycling” initiative, which would see existing state-owned infrastructure assets sold off to invest in significant new major works.’

    Wilson and Crowe / Oz

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