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Barry O Farrell Quits over GrangeGate Scandal…!!

April 15, 2014

Barry_Grange

 

Despite yesterday denying any knowledge of the $3000 bottle of wine allegedly sent to him by AWH chief executive Nick Di Girolamo, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has today resigned after a “thank you” note hand written by the Premier was presented as evidence at the ICAC investigation.

Yesterday the Premier flatly denied suggestions he wrote a letter supporting Australian Water Holdings (AWH) in exchange for Liberal Party donations.

Nor can he recall receiving a bottle of vintage Grange wine, bought for $3000 by AWH and apparently couriered to his home just after the 2011 state election.

Mr O’Farrell was quizzed before the NSW corruption watchdog yesterday about a letter he wrote to then-AWH chief executive Nick Di Girolamo in late September 2010.

He agreed it was ‘broadly supportive’ of the company’s push to secure a lucrative public-private partnership.

‘We can show you lots of money going into Liberal Party coffers which coincides with this letter of support. Did you know anything about that?’ counsel assisting Geoffrey Watson, SC, asked Mr O’Farrell.

‘No, the Liberal Party’s financial code requires members of parliament to be at arm’s length from fundraising,’ Mr O’Farrell replied.

‘If your inference is that this letter was signed by me because of donations made by Australian Water Holdings then I reject it completely.’

Mr Di Girolamo has told the Independent Commission against Corruption he bought Mr O’Farrell a bottle of Grange wine to express his congratulations on securing the premiership but denied using the gift to ‘butter Mr O’Farrell up’.

The ICAC has heard the 1959 vintage bottle – aged since the year of Mr O’Farrell’s birth – was delivered to his home in Roseville, on Sydney’s north shore, on or around April 20, 2011.

But Mr O’Farrell said he never received it and that he may have been away on a family holiday to the Gold Coast for Easter when the bottle showed up.

‘It’s the Don Bradman of wine. Unforgettable,’ Mr Watson said.

‘Yes. If it had been received, I don’t believe I would have forgotten it,’ Mr O’Farrell replied.

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EXHIBIT A: THE “THANK YOU” NOTE!

 

The gift was never declared on the premier’s pecuniary interests register and ICAC investigators have been unable to find a document from the courier company to show when it was dropped off.

But Mr Di Girolamo has told the inquiry he received a thank you call from the premier after sending the wine – and on Tuesday afternoon, Mr O’Farrell was shown a record of a 28-second telephone call from his mobile number to Mr Di Girolamo’s, made about 9.30pm on April 20, 2011.

‘I’ve no knowledge – I don’t know about this phone call,’ Mr O’Farrell said.

‘What I do know is if I had received a bottle of 1959 Penfolds Grange I would have known about it and I did not receive a bottle of Penfolds Grange.’

 

 

 

 

 

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156 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2014 4:46 pm

    It has to be a set up!

  2. Tony permalink
    April 15, 2014 4:54 pm

    It’s always the little things that trip you me them up.

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    April 15, 2014 4:56 pm

    http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/barry-ofarrell-sent-3000-bottle-of-grange-by-awh-boss-nick-di-girolamo-icac-hears/story-fnii5s3x-1226884966076

    The docket halfway down is interesting …

    The same thought crossed my mind too, Sreb ….

  4. April 15, 2014 4:58 pm

    I was being sarcastic TB…

    Not like me I know.

  5. Walrus permalink
    April 15, 2014 5:30 pm

    Someone waited until Barry and his wife left home on the Thursday before it was delivered and after stealing Barry’s keys while he slept earlier that morning (there was a window open) they crept into his house and then impersonated Barry and waited until the Courier turned up then produced Barry’s Drivers Licence which they had also earlier stolen earlier that day and forged his signature.

    Then that night they made a phone call on Barry’s mobile for 28 seconds to Nick Di Girolamo.

    Then they immediately tracked down Barry and were able to drop his house keys back into his trouser pocket plus return his drivers licence to his wallet and leave his mobile phone on his bedside table without anyone knowing

    HE’S FUCKING INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Tony permalink
    April 15, 2014 5:49 pm

    Sounds feasible.

  7. April 15, 2014 5:54 pm

    I agree with ToSY.

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    April 15, 2014 6:08 pm

    Not like me I know … I agree with ToSY.

    FMD! Two surprises in one Fred!*

    Have you noticed how creative, Wally is … I reckon he should take up accounting or tax or somefing …

  9. Walrus permalink
    April 15, 2014 6:10 pm

    The ICAC Commissioner also met some fucker in a lift at some time in the past and that fucker’s sister shared an office with someone’s cousin who works on Tony Abbott’s staff.

    Its a Set Up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 15, 2014 6:17 pm

    nsw disease

    it’s how they roll

    has anyone been able to spare a thought for the losers in all this PPP ‘insider trading’ corruption, the poor consumers who’ll pay through the nose for simple water so that nsw movers and shakers can retire as squillionaires.

    I notice andy bolt didn’t hve too much to say, pretty much straight reporting without his usual hellfire & damnation – he left it to his monkeys to dream up excuses for BoF.

  11. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 15, 2014 6:45 pm

    HE’S FUCKING INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obviously. The only alternative is that he isn’t, and that just is not possible.

  12. April 15, 2014 6:53 pm

    I bet he has a baby too.

    And a wife.

  13. April 15, 2014 6:57 pm

    well what do you expect from these alp politicians with nsw disease, corrupted by their union(boo) mates with a bottle of wine worth three grand

    #Tinfoil`Cubicle`Wisdom

  14. April 15, 2014 7:09 pm

    all this corruption will stop as soon as we get rid of these alp mutts and put mr-rabbit`s team in control

    #Tinfoil`Cubicle`Wisdom

  15. April 15, 2014 7:15 pm

    only the alp and their union(boo) mates engages in this level of corruption, ditch the witch

    #Tinfoil`Cubicle`Wisdom

  16. April 15, 2014 7:19 pm

    this level of corruption would never happen under an LNP Govt, this is what happens when you share power with the Greens

    #Bob.Browns.Bitch

    #Tinfoil`Cubicle`Wisdom

  17. egg permalink
    April 15, 2014 9:27 pm

    “I have no knowledge,” Mr O’Farrell said of the 28-second call.

  18. Walrus permalink
    April 15, 2014 11:20 pm

    The proof of delivery of the bottle if wine would have been on a signature on one if those silly indecipherable hand held ” what’s your first name sir. Please signing this 3 inch plastic screen with my fucking stupid plastic pen”

  19. Walrus permalink
    April 15, 2014 11:21 pm

    It would not look like the persons usual signature.

  20. April 15, 2014 11:52 pm

    Bullshit ya`blubbering apologist.

    We both know the alp is full corrupt buffoons and drunks.

    #Bof-LIAR

    #Tinfoil`Cubicle`Wisdom

  21. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 16, 2014 8:32 am

    ” bet he has a baby too.”

    He didn’t do it, it’s a media beat up, it’s pure speculation, wait for the findings of ICAC, the police haven’t charged him, some of the police share an office with someone, wait for the courts to decide…and think of the baby!

  22. April 16, 2014 10:28 am

    EXHIBIT A!!!

    “The Thank You Note!!”

  23. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 16, 2014 10:34 am

    BUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE BABY!?

  24. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 16, 2014 10:42 am

    In vino veritas

  25. April 16, 2014 10:50 am

    TONY ABBOTT: “As we now know Barry O’Farrell innocently and inadvertently misled ICAC yesterday..”

    LOL

  26. April 16, 2014 10:50 am

    LOL @SB

  27. April 16, 2014 10:56 am

    oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive

    do you think he had any idea of how that was going to turn out? They usually know beforehand what they are going to be questioned on don’t they? He had his lawyer by his side making sure he didn’t admit any guilt.
    Did he just gamble on plausible deniability in the hope that nothing would surface in evidence?

    Why not just admit it up front and ride it out, they often ‘forget’ to put stuff on the pecuniary register don’t they?

    These RC’s always take a life of their own and so far we’ve learned that the corruption rot is on both sides of politics, no surprises there at all.

  28. April 16, 2014 10:59 am

    Obviously there is goodie corruption and baddie corruption…

  29. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:07 am

    The real context is that the Liberal party is designed to encourage corruption. If eight of eighteen members of the state executive are professional lobbyists then the Grange is just the tip of the iceberg. Sinodinos is another example and there will be many more and much worse examples as the scab is peeled back to reveal the festering rottenness at the heart of the organisation.

  30. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:07 am

    😆

  31. Tony. permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:08 am

    “The Thank You Note!!”

    More importantly, will they release the tasting notes?

  32. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:14 am

    Oh well

    He was becoming known as a bit of a ditherer and a do nothing Premier

  33. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:15 am

    But who is now going to welcome the Royals to NSW this afternoon ?

  34. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:17 am

    He deserved to lose Office

    I mean what sort of New South Wales Premier would accept a bottle of wine from basketcase South Australia ?

    He’s a traitor

  35. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:19 am

    It’s funny that O’Farrell resigns over this yet Abbott after being pictured in front of the “No Cuts” billboard he personally signed will no doubt continue on after those promises are flagrantly breached on Budget Day.

  36. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:26 am

    In Sussex St, a dozen Grange might deliver a contractor agreement, as long as the dozen were consumed over a long lunch.

  37. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:33 am

    ‘….the corruption rot is on both sides of politics, no surprises there at all.’

    Agreed.

  38. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:44 am

    Egg, this is not the time for “look over there”. If there is not an unrelenting focus on the Libs, they won’t change.

  39. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:57 am

  40. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 12:02 pm

    Also saw an interesting piece on abbott/truss making it ok for mp’s family rorting travel expenses to remain hidden from public scrutiny. i believe that families should not receive any taxpayer funded travel. It should certainly be transparent.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/mp-family-flights-to-stay-off-the-radar/story-fni0cx12-1226850856018

  41. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 12:05 pm

    ‘There’s going to be blood now.’

    Not if they choose a clean skin.

  42. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 12:07 pm

    I fancy Stoner.

  43. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 16, 2014 12:12 pm

    The trouble is that the lobbyists on the executive have a large say in Liberal Party pre-selections. Many members owe their position to people who make large profits from delivering favours. Probably not a lot of cleanskins around.

  44. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 16, 2014 12:13 pm

    Mike Baird, but he has some ‘arlaming’ views on AGW.

  45. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 12:20 pm

    abbott’s hypocrisy is limitless, he went feral on a female journalist for calling nsw govt ‘corrupt’

    https://twitter.com/Yunadal/status/456248395410063361
    https://twitter.com/Peter_Fox59/status/456248939713282048

  46. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 12:27 pm

    I suggested Stoner because he’s a Nats man in trouble, even a short spell in the big chair would shore him up.

    ‘A Mid North Coast businesswoman is seeking preselection for the National Party in the seat currently held by Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner.’

    ABC

  47. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 12:44 pm

    The whole thing is like watching Rake.

  48. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 1:21 pm

    “………….he went feral on a female journalist for calling nsw govt ‘corrupt’”

    And he was right to do so.

    You cant call the entire government corrupt over one matter.

    If you have a brother that’s a rapist does that make all the males in the family rapists as well.

  49. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 16, 2014 1:31 pm

    Of course. All men are rapists.

  50. April 16, 2014 1:47 pm

    Well all that finger pointing and head shaking seems to have worked out well for Baz 🙂

    Oh Kneely wheely where are you sweetheart?, we’ve pressed you new blouse.. come out and play we have a few stones that you can hurl at the glass house….
    Oh..Uncle Rupert can Kneely wheely come out and play? we would so love to hear him sing “holier than thou” in his best castrato voice 🙂

    Lets all check the terrograph and see how we are supposed to be outraged shall we? Then we can all blame the ABC 🙂

  51. April 16, 2014 1:51 pm

    I fancy am a Stoner.

    Lay off the bucket bong Egg.. you’re getting delusional

  52. April 16, 2014 1:53 pm

    “You cant call the entire government corrupt over one matter.”

    ROFLMAO!

    Oh the irony…. That’s comedy gold Walrus…. LOL!!! 😆

  53. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 1:58 pm

    So is anyone capable of running Australia?

  54. April 16, 2014 1:58 pm

  55. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 2:11 pm

    ‘Lay off the bucket bong Egg.. you’re getting delusional’

    At least you appreciate my dry sense of humour.

  56. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 2:12 pm

    Can anyone else see the rank hypocrisy in the following statement …?

    “Obviously as we now know he inadvertently, innocently misled ICAC yesterday,” Mr Abbott said.

    “He has taken the utterly honourable step of resigning as Premier.

    How do you “inadvertently, innocently” mislead ICAC? When you know you are lying.

    And how could you possibly call someone honourable after he lies, deceives, cheats and steals?

  57. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 2:13 pm

    MY comment.

    How do you “inadvertently, innocently” mislead ICAC? When you know you are lying.

    And how could you possibly call someone honourable after he lies, deceives, cheats and steals?

  58. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 2:15 pm

    You cant call the entire government corrupt over one matter.

    No … but we should have a Royal Commission on the NSW Liberal Party

    Although the RC on Unions covers all unions … maybe all branches of the Liberal Party?

  59. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 2:15 pm

    Its because he festup.

  60. April 16, 2014 2:16 pm

    #grangegate

    Poor Baz don’t get to greet the Royals… Our fucktard deceiver leader says he a saint and honorable… maybe a knighthood Sir Baz?

  61. April 16, 2014 2:21 pm

    At least you appreciate my dry sense of humour.

    indubitably

    Why don’t we have a RC on RC’s ? Kneely.. I know you’re hiding 🙂

    Imagine if NSW was being run by the minister for late trains and uniforms… fuck me

    NSW is still the Best state money can buy since settlement…

  62. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 4:04 pm

    The most disturbing thing to come out of the NSW ICAC is that it’s the only state that has one.

    Now it’s destroyed 2 premiers

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  67. Tony permalink
    April 16, 2014 4:13 pm

    Victoria has a Claytons ICAC, it’s an IBAC. As far as I know, they haven’t taken any scalps.

  68. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 4:22 pm

    The most disturbing thing to come out of the NSW ICAC is that it’s the only state that has one.

    The Qld CMC was set up after the JBP corruption … and Sir Noddy Newman is hell bent on “bringing it to heel” … wonder why?

  69. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 4:25 pm

    NSW is still the Best state money can buy since settlement…

    Said like a stay at home, Mexican … you should get out more RP … I’ll sponsor your visa application the Sunshine State for a bottle of Grange … nod, nod, wink, wink …

  70. April 16, 2014 4:41 pm

    Said like a stay at home, Mexican … you should get out more RP … I’ll sponsor your visa application the Sunshine State for a bottle of Grange … nod, nod, wink, wink …

    Thanks TB, you’re too kind mate was up there at Crissy actually my aunt has a spread in Mermaid waters…you’re a weird mob up there, nice right handers but no Schooners. Got lots of mates who are refo’s up there from Old Sydney Town… notice there’s no gold statues of Joh up there, he made Askin and Obeid look like an lightweight amateurs

  71. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 5:03 pm

    … he made Askin and Obeid look like an lightweight amateurs

    And he WALKED! (I met Sir Joh twice … I know who was the real chook!

    And Lady fkn Flo kept the money flo (hehe) coming from the senate …

    Robber Baron and Baroness at work … suck, suck, suck …

    Then the dopey son John thought he’d suck on the teat … failed miserably … might have been his surname … 😉

  72. April 16, 2014 5:46 pm

    TB just remember Clive Palmer was his press secretary and part of that whole “white shoe brigade” of “gold coast speculators”… Joh Jnr did have a nice three lane highway out to his place though 🙂

  73. April 16, 2014 6:03 pm

    I’ve been out
    so who welcomed the born-to-rule today?

  74. April 16, 2014 6:08 pm

    “so who welcomed the born-to-rule today?”

    I think Walrus represented the Gutter Trash contingent.

  75. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:11 pm

    so who welcomed the born-to-rule today?

    I think Walrus represented the Gutter Trash contingent.

    I heard George shit himself laughing …

  76. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:16 pm

    hahaha, of course he did, so genteel and refined, I bet he does a nice curtsey! 😉

  77. April 16, 2014 6:23 pm

    “I bet he does a nice curtsey!”

    Well he bent over a barrel… Is that the same thing…?

  78. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:31 pm

    haha, no it wasn’t a curtsey, he bent over to pick up a goldie he spied on the floor, when he got back up, they’d all passed him by 🙂

    who is george? I musta missed something.

  79. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 7:06 pm

    A history lesson from Shanahan.

    ‘When Askin was premier every operator of an illegal off-track betting operation or illegal casino knew that the best way to get things done or to stay alive was to drop a donation, off the books.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/barry-ofarrells-lapse-no-reason-for-the-guillotine-20140416-zqvhw.html#ixzz2z2RaAZAB

  80. April 16, 2014 7:25 pm

    there will be no `corruption` under a government l lead

    #Bof-LIAR

    #Tinfoil`Cubicle`Wisdom

  81. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 7:28 pm

    we can see why aussie business doesn’t have a problem with a bribery and corruption culture, it’s so commonplace it’s just business as usual.

  82. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 7:31 pm

    ‘Treasurer Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian are considered frontrunners for the position.’

    Oh my dog!

  83. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 7:37 pm

    ‘At this early stage, Treasurer Mike Baird is being touted as the leading contender. A member of the left faction, Baird also enjoys the support of many in the right thanks to his position on privatisation of public assets.’

    Illawarra Mecury

  84. Tony permalink
    April 16, 2014 7:39 pm

    Barry had a “massive memory failure”. Yeah, right Bazza. Next!

  85. April 16, 2014 7:52 pm

    Guffaw. Bof is claiming `memory-fail`, and can`t remember charging hookers on his credit-card.

    #Bof-LIAR

    #Tinfoil`Cubicle`Wisdom

  86. Tony permalink
    April 16, 2014 7:58 pm

    Question for 730reportland: Is Sarah Ferguson “purse-lipped”? If not, then what the hell do you call that thing she does when she speaks?

  87. April 16, 2014 8:01 pm

    ”””””””’we can see why aussie business doesn’t have a problem with a bribery and corruption culture, it’s so commonplace it’s just business as usual.”””””””’

    being able to smoothly transition, no matter what the plonkers punters voters throw in our direction, makes it essential we own `all` the politicians we can

    #non-choice #corpocracy

  88. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 8:06 pm

    Sarah was feisty and Greiner didn’t think much of her approach.

  89. April 16, 2014 8:08 pm

    No idea Tpad`osy, the only thing l can tell you about Ferguson`s purse is, it is where she keeps TJ`s gonads for much of the time.

  90. Tony permalink
    April 16, 2014 8:10 pm

    😆

  91. Tony permalink
    April 16, 2014 8:17 pm

    By the way, Baz: According to Penfold’s The Rewards of Patience, you’d want to be drinking the ’58 Grange, like NOW. (It’s all downhill from here.)

  92. April 16, 2014 8:35 pm

    Do people follow royals? I just don’t understand what people see in it, it diametrically opposed to a sense of love for ones own country. Only a Pommy PM would think that ass kissing a bunch of inbred German bludgers is a good thing… Apparently this generation is into it, which does not surprise me as most of the middle class kids act like prince and princesses, hooked on fantasy allergic to effort.

  93. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 8:36 pm

    I thought barry’s note showed a very nice hand writing. Made me think more of him.

  94. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 8:43 pm

    Apparently this generation is into it, which does not surprise me as most of the middle class kids act like prince and princesses, hooked on fantasy allergic to effort.

    that’s true ricky, they are the top of the heap for a generation into celebrity. I heard on telly tonight that whatever the duchess and the baby wear, will have the stores sold out in minutes.

  95. April 16, 2014 8:58 pm

    #armchair”””who is george? I musta missed something”””

    waity katey`s baby, prince george.?

  96. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 8:58 pm

    When will arfur the artful dodger resign? It would be crazy for abbott to bring him back into the ministry, we can’t keep paying for him to be ‘on leave’ or ‘stood aside/suspended’ or whatever it is that he’s doing.

  97. Tony permalink
    April 16, 2014 8:58 pm

    “I heard on telly tonight that whatever the duchess and the baby wear, will have the stores sold out in minutes.”

    I get that, I really do. I try and wear the same thing Tones is wearing, at the exact same time he’s wearing it. (Which can be a bit weird, when I’m in a business meeting and he’s in his Speedos.)

  98. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 9:00 pm

    waity katey`s baby, prince george.?

    oh duh, I don’t keep up with the royalty news!

  99. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 10:49 pm

    “I think Walrus represented the Gutter Trash contingent”

    Now that’s amusing as it’s pointed towards a Republican

  100. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 7:41 am

    A recently conducted straw poll suggests republicanism maybe making a comeback.
    Barry was in the people’s republic just the other day, on important matters of state, and next week he’ll become a backbencher for a year, just in time for the Asian century to kick in.

    ————–

    ‘PEOPLE in NSW need to “steel themselves” for more revelations from ICAC hearings that will shake their trust in government, according to former premier Kristina Keneally.

    ‘Ms Keneally, who lost the premiership when she was defeated by Barry O’Farrell in 2011, said she “takes no joy” in his resignation, despite the fact he was an adversary.’

    Rick Morton / Oz

  101. TB Queensland permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:55 am

    oh duh, I don’t keep up with the royalty news!

    I do – for the same reason I research religion … 🙂

    ==================================

    Now that’s amusing as it’s pointed towards a Republican

    Wa – aaaay …. this place is full surprises!

    ==================================

    … hearings that will shake their trust in government

    Chuckle … what fkn faith …

    Just who is running my country?

  102. TB Queensland permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:56 am

    faith = trust … must have been a religious slip … 🙂

  103. April 17, 2014 6:25 pm

    ”””’oh duh, I don’t keep up with the royalty news!”””

    nah me either, nor the celeb-noise,

  104. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 6:45 pm

    ‘Just who is running my country?’

    Following up on the Third Way, I’m tending towards the concept of giving up our democratic vote in the first tier and strengthen the other two. This is pretty radical and needs fleshing out.

    The monk is running the country and doing a damn good job of it.

  105. Neil of Sydney permalink
    April 17, 2014 7:08 pm

    Since wine is in the news i think i will tell people what i drink.

    I usually purchase “Precious Earth” at Aldi for $2.69.

    When i have something to celebrate i really splurge and spend $3.99 for Bowlers Run at Woolworths.

    But $3.99 is my limit for a bottle of Red wine.

  106. TB Queensland permalink
    April 17, 2014 7:18 pm

    Chuckle … we have something in common then, Kneel, I’m surprised you don’t drink wódka … just to celebrate … BTW Bowlers Run @ $3.99 is a tad high … 😉

  107. April 17, 2014 9:36 pm

    Chuckle, l notice the born to rule cheer-leaders are turning to `aldi` for their purchases, pretty soon TB, we will have to start chucking`em out of `lowes`. 🙂

  108. egg permalink
    April 18, 2014 6:47 pm

    “The team that we take will be a team that’s experienced, it will be a team that’s visionary and it will be a team that is up for the fight.’’

    ‘The former treasurer, who supports the sale of the state’s $30 billion “poles and wires’’ electricity infrastructure, said decisions to liquidate government assets would be “done with a mandate’’.

    “In terms of our asset recycle program, we are considering potential other options in the lead-up to the election but it will be done with a mandate and it will be done with the full endorsement of cabinet and the party room.’’

    Oz

  109. April 18, 2014 8:13 pm

    Kneels plonk is as cheap as his assertions… 🙂
    Brandis is quite delusional ..he’s lost it
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/climate-change-proponents-using-mediaeval-tactics-george-brandis-20140418-zqwfc.html

  110. egg permalink
    April 18, 2014 8:57 pm

    Yep, Brandis is just another fkn idiot.

  111. April 18, 2014 11:26 pm

    ””””””””’Comments for this story are no longer available. ABC policy is to delete comments on stories three months after they are published.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-09/jericho-nothing-to-like-about-social-media-gag/5375322
    ””””””””””””(GUFFAW)

    .

    ””””””””””The vibe from the top is that social media is to be feared, and is now also to be used as a tool of fear. With so few jobs around, and some departments cutting a quarter of their staff, the time is ripe to force harsh restrictions on employees and silence dissent. And PM&C’s guidelines will do just that.””””””””’

    .

    ””””””””””””””It’s always good when your HR policies feel like they came from a Stasi handbook.””””””””

    .

    ”””””””””So much for George Brandis’s belief that we have the right to offend.””””””””””

    .

    lt seems we will have the `right` to offend `black`people, `white`black-people, `yellow`people, `brown`people, `float`people and `mosque`people with the reheated Brandis-Act. But for some reason we won`t be allowed to offend turds. #Teabags

  112. Tony permalink
    April 19, 2014 7:30 am

    After reading the actual Brandis interview, not SMH’s version of it, I find myself in furious agreement with the AG.

    #speechpolice ——-> #thoughtpolice

    #shutuptheleftexplained

  113. April 19, 2014 9:08 am

    After reading the actual Brandis interview, not SMH’s version of it, I find myself in furious agreement with the AG.
    #speechpolice ——-> #thoughtpolice
    #shutuptheleftexplained

    Well Tony maybe your hashtags should read
    #regressiveagendapolice
    #liarsellingapup
    #Itrustbrandis
    #Idontthinkformyself

    This consistent rhetorical nonsense about him protecting free speech is farcical and wasn’t a problem till his poster boy got done. Its no accident of injustice that the recalcitrant Bolt was done for lies. A nationally syndicated so called journalist prints racially motivated lies and they are claiming their free speech is oppressed? What idiocy. Brandis is not the savior of free speech, we are not oppressed in Australia, rather the free prosecutor of ultra conservative media. This lie that opposing views in regard to climate change are being silenced is a farcical nonsense. The opposing view gets far more weight than it can scientifically qualify as it is laden with the burden of conservative propaganda, free ride media and corporate interest rather than actual science.

  114. April 19, 2014 9:34 am

    “This lie that opposing views in regard to climate change are being silenced is a farcical nonsense.”

    Indeed.

    What I find even more amusing is that the so-called “conservatives” have been out of government for so long, that their so called “common sense” you know, now what with the adults being in charge and all that, sounds even more preposterous than it was when they were in opposition.

    I think they finally cottoned on to the idea that they can no longer squeal and wail about the Labor opposition now that they’re in government (although it did take them a while didn’t it), and now have to feign some sort of calm measured approach to governing even though it’s clear to the average Joe that they have no fucking idea what they’re doing.

    What happened to the budget emergency, the carbon tax that was going to kill us all and those “peripheral issues” that threatened the entire fabric of our dog-fearing society?

    No, the sad shambles of this pack of decrepit old gits that passes for the so-called government is rapidly unravelling an no amount of wailing over “free speech,” aka the right to be a complete cunt and offend anyone you like, without recourse will assuage from the fact the Libs agenda is pure and simply focused on furthering the interests of the corporate sloths that elected them and sapping the serfs to fund the most meagre of essential public services.

    Oh how they scoffed and stuffed their fat faces with canapés and grange.

  115. egg permalink
    April 19, 2014 10:06 am

    ‘This lie that opposing views in regard to climate change are being silenced is a farcical nonsense.’

    Bollocks

  116. egg permalink
    April 19, 2014 11:28 am

    Jim Lakely on groupthink at the Guardian and his banning.

    ‘Argument victory strategy of the left: When you’re losing the agrument, construct a straw man. When your straw man is burned up, yell and scream. When your throat gives out, ban all who disagree.’

  117. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 19, 2014 11:28 am

    This is typical of the Fairfax bias-

    • The headline on the web page says ”The End of the 8 Hour Working Day”, when they actually work only 7.5 hours or less.

    • It mixes news with commentary with the line ” Coalition pursues its hardline policies on pay and employment conditions”. Really? “hardline”? how is getting seeking to balance the public interests (increased public sector efficiency) with the pay claims of taxpayer funded slacking shiny arse buscuit eaters, “hardline”?

    Fairfax really is pathetic.

    Australia’s 160,000 federal public servants are facing an assault on their traditional 7½-hour working day as the Coalition pursues its hardline policies on pay and employment conditions.
    The government has confirmed its departments have been given the go-ahead to demand longer working hours in return for annual pay rises in enterprise bargaining deals.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/public-servants-face-longer-working-hours-to-boost-productivity-20140418-36wsd.html#ixzz2zI4rGY00

  118. Anon permalink
    April 19, 2014 7:03 pm

    James Packer may have a job lined up for Barry O’Farrell at Sydney’s second casino for all the accomplishments that he achieved whilst in office like the speedy approval of Sydney’s second casino and the integritty that he has displayed.

  119. egg permalink
    April 19, 2014 7:10 pm

    BoF won’t go there for the reasons you outline, that’s why Chinese infrastructure is still the best bet in recovering his integrity.

  120. April 19, 2014 8:35 pm

    ””””””””””””’The Public Service Commission, which is co-ordinating the push, gave more detail.

    ”The government’s bargaining policy provides that agencies cannot reduce current hours of work,” a spokeswoman said. ”There is nothing that prevents agencies from negotiating to increase hours, having regard to the National Employment Standards, for example, as a productivity offset for wage increases.”

    Professionals Australia public service organiser Dave Smith accused the government and public service chiefs of having a ”punch-clock mentality”.

    ”This is a double whammy,” Mr Smith said. ”At the same time as jobs are being cut, employees are effectively looking at working an extra week every year.

    ”This is a 1950s approach that focuses on a punch-clock mentality rather than outputs.””””””””””””’

    .

    ””””””””It’s not genuine productivity.

    ”Our members are already working hundreds of additional unpaid hours to cover existing science and engineering skills gaps.””””””””””””””

    #its the teabag`s wet-dream (hundreds of additional unpaid hours)

    #while `productivity` is the `generic` buzz-word, that is never defined clearly within these type of write-ups and probably should be ignored

  121. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 19, 2014 11:24 pm

    ”This is a 1950s approach that focuses on a punch-clock mentality rather than outputs.

    Yeah!!

    Public servants should be paid more for working fewer hours. The burden for supporting them should increasingly fall on those stupid enough to continue to work in the private sector on award wages of about $19/hr.

    That makes sense.

  122. April 19, 2014 11:58 pm

    l repeat

    ””””””””It’s not genuine productivity.

    ”Our members are already working hundreds of additional unpaid hours to cover existing science and engineering skills gaps.”””””””””””””

    for the sake of `willful` blindness

    ###”””hundreds of additional unpaid hours”””###

    ends-up in your twisted mind as

    ””Public servants should be paid more for working fewer hours.””

    #Tinfoil

  123. April 20, 2014 12:01 am

    ”””””those stupid enough to continue to work in the private sector on award wages””””

    why are they stupid.?

  124. April 20, 2014 12:16 pm

    Great , Fantastic.. We have a rampart Godbothering Premier than nobody voted for, pushing ahead with privitising everything including “Hospitals” and public health…. Hey Liberal voters..good on you all..well done, sterling effort. First Abbott now this, cracker, you guys are in fire.
    http://m.smh.com.au/nsw/new-premier-mike-baird-shares-his-private-views-20140419-36xsy.html

  125. egg permalink
    April 20, 2014 1:35 pm

    “My passion is to look at every possible opportunity for the infrastructure the community is crying out for.”

    Hear Hear

  126. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 20, 2014 3:40 pm

    Yeah!

    #Stupid teabagz government#

    They might want public servants to work the number of hours that other people work in order to get a pay rise.

    All that would mean is that they’d need more Tim Tams and Pablo instant coffee.

    ##teabagz don’t understand hard working public servants##

  127. TB Queensland permalink
    April 20, 2014 6:28 pm

    ‘Argument victory strategy of the left: When you’re losing the agrument, construct a straw man. When your straw man is burned up, yell and scream. When your throat gives out, ban all who disagree.’

    That actually describes you, egg …

    ===========================

    They might want public servants to work the number of hours that other people work in order to get a pay rise.

    And here I was thinking it was about productivity and results not just hours at work …

    BTW, ToM, what’s your daily/hourly rate these days?

  128. TB Queensland permalink
    April 20, 2014 6:29 pm

    Disclaimer: I do actually believe most PS are lazy incompetent sods … but ya can’t let ToM BS either … 🙂

  129. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 20, 2014 7:48 pm

    ###Yeah###

    That’s right TB, stupid teabagz think there is some corelation between time spent performing an activity and the likelihood of its completion.

    “””””””””””””””””Teabagz don’t get “””””work””””””””””””””””

    ###################

    Meanwhile, my the surf on the coast is ideal today.

  130. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 20, 2014 7:53 pm

    Well, I mean my surf was far from ideal, but the conditions were great.

    I’m personally thinking about having a walking frame installed on my board, I’m becoming so unsteady.

  131. egg permalink
    April 20, 2014 9:07 pm

    ‘That actually describes you, egg …’

    We are winning the argument and have no need of a strawman, so you are wrong headed.

  132. TB Queensland permalink
    April 21, 2014 11:02 am

    Vale Neville Wran …

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

    I’m personally thinking about having a walking frame installed on my board, I’m becoming so unsteady.

    Just don’t drink so much piss expensive wine …

    As for the PS … they probably demonstrate Parkinson’s Law better than any other profession, trade or labour …

  133. egg permalink
    April 21, 2014 2:23 pm

    Good catch, Tony.

  134. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 21, 2014 5:15 pm

    More “just made up” crap from Fairfax…

    Disability pension attack

    This follows the recent “8 Hour Day Under Attack” crap (the slothful public servants don’t even work 8 hours a day!)

    What’s going on with The Age?

    Are they just being maneuvered into being the opposite of Andrew Bolt? Are their readers attracted to bullsh!t? Do they want to set new, lower standards in tabloid journalism?

    Re – disability pensions, I find it entirely reasonable that the government is considering having people independently medically assessed to obtain the benefit; it is also reasonable that there may be a range of variations of the benefit.

    It is reasonable that the government always look for efficient ways to spend our money.

    http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/disability-pension-attack-20140419-36y2q.html
    ————–
    Thanks for the advice TB, but I think it has more to do with the age of the knees rather than the age of the wine!

  135. egg permalink
    April 21, 2014 6:10 pm

    ‘Are they just being maneuvered into being the opposite of Andrew Bolt?’

    Apparently.

    ‘Are their readers attracted to bullsh!t?’

    It does appear so.

    ‘Do they want to set new, lower standards in tabloid journalism?’

    They Age has little to recommend it, but the SMH still has some spark, they caught Craig Thomson with a masterly piece of investigative journalism.

  136. TB Queensland permalink
    April 21, 2014 6:11 pm

    LOL! @ ToM … I know the feeling … (from both sources come to think of it!!!!)

  137. egg permalink
    April 21, 2014 7:05 pm

    Queensland government behaving despicably in pushing rail infrastructure across good agricultural land.

    http://www.lockthegate.org.au/tags/central_qld

  138. egg permalink
    April 22, 2014 7:07 am

    ‘DEPUTY Premier Andrew Stoner says the National Party will demand at least $10 billion in infrastructure funding for the bush, a reduction in power prices and a regional jobs guarantee before agreeing to Premier Mike Baird’s proposed $30 billion sale of the electricity networks or “poles and wires”.

    Clennell and Wood / Daily Terror

  139. TB Queensland permalink
    April 23, 2014 4:44 pm

    And another one bites the dust … Sir Noddy and the LNP just keeps crumblin’ in the Sunshine State …

    http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/david-gibson-facing-allegations-he-was-charged-with-theft-in-1999/story-fnii5v6w-1226892723503

    At this rate they’ll all be resigned, become independent or sacked come the next election in Queensland …

  140. April 23, 2014 5:01 pm

    ””””’most PS are lazy incompetent sods””””

    Why is that TB.? #public-servants

  141. TB Queensland permalink
    April 23, 2014 5:32 pm

    Why is that TB.?

    I don’t know every fkn thing, Tbag!

  142. TB Queensland permalink
    April 23, 2014 5:35 pm

    It did strike me that no-one here commented on Parkinson’s Law … especially supposed business managers and economists …

  143. April 23, 2014 5:53 pm

    “It did strike me that no-one here commented on Parkinson’s Law”

    Ignorant me had to look it up, but found it interesting (and true), especially when it comes to the public service… Guffaw..

    It also supports the old theory that if you want a job done, give it to the busiest person in the office…

  144. TB Queensland permalink
    April 23, 2014 6:01 pm

    Chuckle … it is a beauty, sreb, and as you point out, easily quantified … a very useful tool if you have tools working for you …

    … once you identify the law to intelligent managers, they realise the importance of setting deadlines and outcomes … and following up …

    Probably significant that your comment popped up so quickly … 😉

  145. April 23, 2014 6:20 pm

    TB””””Disclaimer: I do actually believe most PS are lazy incompetent sods … but ya can’t let ToM BS either”””’
    .
    Why is that TB.?

    TB”””I don’t know every fkn thing, Tbag!”””

    sorry grandpa, l thought ya`might have had a `reason` for your `anti-federal-public`servant stance, l don`t think l`ve ever had to deal with them myself.

  146. TB Queensland permalink
    April 23, 2014 6:29 pm

    l don`t think l`ve ever had to deal with them myself.

    Then you don’t (or haven’t) run a small business … especially one that has to be audited by incompetent 25yo with no quals in running a business nor in the profession that they are auditing … and their managers are no better ..

    OK?

  147. April 23, 2014 6:49 pm

    They sound just like `trainers`, advisers, time and motion studies, and similar types that tend to annoy the crap out of the general workforce. 🙂

  148. April 23, 2014 6:58 pm

    #post

    l really got the shits with all the fcuking apologists for Bof-LIAR in the teabag-media, at the end of the day, the dude that gave Bof-LIAR the 3-grand bottle of `collectors` investment-grade wine, was doing so to gain the ear of Bof-LIAR, if not a bribe.

    Would everybody still be apologising for Bof-LIAR if instead it was a 3-grand gold jewelery for his wife, or a 3-grand envelope for Bof-LIAR`s pocket.

    #Go-ON, Wail you fcuking Teabags

  149. Tony permalink
    April 23, 2014 7:06 pm

    Still haven’t got ya meds right, Bagz?

  150. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 23, 2014 7:40 pm

    ” Why is that TB.? #public-servants”

    I’ll chime in…

    Public servants don’t understand the concept of singular accountability, they hunt in packs.

    I had to go to meetings with public servants about some of the projects I’ve been involved in, I’d turn up on my own, but there would be half a dozen of them. Each relatively senior public servant had to take a sidekick or note taker, meetings would always be scheduled around lunchtime sot that the public could feed them.

    They are hopelessly inefficient, and would never survive in the private sector with their labour intensive practices for meetings.

  151. TB Queensland permalink
    April 23, 2014 7:49 pm

    Yeah, close, ToM, I’m so glad I walked out on the two interviews I had with government departments …

    … although I was a (sort of PS) Branch Head myself, for 12 months and a day with the PNG Electricity Commission (Elcom) …

    … I was not popular with the ex-PS (from around the world) who’d “dropped in” for a resume “kick” … and “unfortunately” three expats and a national “resigned” under my stewardship … then we started to kick arse! 🙂

  152. egg permalink
    April 23, 2014 9:07 pm

    ‘Still haven’t got ya meds right, Bagz?’

    **chuckle**

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