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Tony Abbott Bullies Female Journalist over Corruption Claims

April 16, 2014

 

 

Prime Minster Tony Abbott has lashed out at a journalist who suggested the NSW government was corrupt during a press conference following the shock resignation of NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell.

The journalist, believed to be Nicola Berkovic, a reporter for The Australian, asked: “Prime minister, do you trust this government – the state government – which is proving to be corrupt, to deliver your major infrastructure plans?”

Abbott reacted angrily to the question, lecturing the woman who asked it and demanding that she “withdraw” the question.

“That is an entirely unjustified smear,” said Abbott.

“Let me not mince my words, madam, an entirely unjustified smear and frankly, I think you should withdraw that and apologise because there is no evidence whatsoever for that.”

In an odd reversal of roles the PM then challenged the reporter to produce evidence to support her claim.

Journalist Stephen Mayne questioned the PM’s aggressive response on Twitter.

“What on earth is Tony Abbott doing going the knuckle like that against a female reporter in Western Sydney? Stop morally lecturing the media,” he wrote.

Veteran commentator Mike Carlton said Mr Abbott had bullied the reporter.

“Abbott’s bullying of a woman journalist – “Madam” – is par for the course. What an oaf he is,” Mr Carlton posted.

Mr Abbott then said that “we need to have decent standards in this country. We need to have decent standards from the media, if I may say so as well as decent standards from politicians.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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196 Comments leave one →
  1. Tony permalink
    April 16, 2014 1:59 pm

    Abbott said Madam, to a woman? Shame on him.

  2. April 16, 2014 2:13 pm

    ‘What evidence that the NSW government is riddled with corruption’ Oh, well I suppose that Obeid, Sinidos and now O’Farrell would do for a start. The most amusing part of the interview was watching Abbott trying to formulate a sentence which has a length of more than three words.

  3. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 2:17 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with short sentences, its an art form.

  4. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 2:33 pm

    The most amusing part of the interview was watching Abbott trying to formulate a sentence which has a length of more than three words.

    Nailed it! ee …

    There’s nothing wrong with short sentences, its an art form.

    For pollies maybe, obviously not wannabe sporties/firies/diggers …

  5. Tony permalink
    April 16, 2014 2:47 pm

    Female Journalist: “Something is rotten in the state of New South Wales.”
    Tony Abbott: “Heaven will direct it.”

  6. April 16, 2014 2:57 pm

    Free range Rabbit without the Peta apron strings is the present that just keeps giving, I thought he was talking about a digger taking a bullet for a baby not #grangegate 🙄

    Edward thats too funny 🙂

  7. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 3:16 pm

    Mr Abbott then said that “we need to have decent standards in this country. We need to have decent standards from the media, if I may say so as well as decent standards from politicians.”

    Having just returned from the celestial kingdom, where rumour mongers are gaoled, its a reasonable comment.

  8. April 16, 2014 3:25 pm

    The PM was so pleasant about that – I would have pounced on her and called her much worse than Madam and then insisted she reveal her source. It’s not bullying – it’s equality. She got all she deserved. Now watch all the Abbott-haters run with this!

  9. Jane Baxter permalink
    April 16, 2014 3:30 pm

    Oh ha ha Ricky Pann and TB Queensland (you are so unfunny), Abbott snapped because the question was unnecessarily aggressive and loaded. It wouldn’t have mattered who asked it. I think you’re just disappointed because she wasn’t from Fairfax. No one is seriously suggesting that O’Farrell is corrupt – the point is that regardless of whether he remembered receiving the wine or not, O’Farrell didn’t award the contract to di Girolamo’s and his mates anyway.

  10. Meta permalink
    April 16, 2014 3:37 pm

    (No comment.)

  11. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 3:38 pm

    I agree with Caroline.

  12. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 3:55 pm

    Lets see in the Red Corner we have,………. Michael Williamson (former ALP President currently in jail),……………… Craig Thomson (Convicted Thief/Fraudster Currently on bail), ……………………..Eddie Obeid former Labor Minister(found to be corrupt by ICAC),……………. Joe Tripodi former Labor Minister (person of interest),………………. Julia Gillard (likely person of interest at the RC),…………………….. Tony Kelly former Labor Minister (found to be corrupt by ICAC), ………………………Ian McDonald former Labor Minister (found to be corrupt by ICAC)

    Then we have in the Blue Corner……………..Arthur Sinodinos (ICAC witness)……………………Barry O’Farrell (ICAC witness and not a person of interest after today according to ICAC)

    I think the proof of corruption is purely in the numbers and recommendations

    It was a stupid question from the journo………………………………a News Limited one at that

  13. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 3:58 pm

    “………..‘What evidence that the NSW government is riddled with corruption’ Oh, well I suppose that Obeid,”

    Ummmmmmmmmmmmm

    Obeid was a member of the former government. ”

    Perhaps you should start on 3 word sentences as well then put them thru a “fact checker

  14. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 4:10 pm

    So what will OFarrell be charged with … contempt?

    Abbott snapped because …

    Mmmmm ….

  15. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 4:14 pm

    Wally … for your list …

    I think, George Nuttall, is still in jail … ex ALP Mines Minister who took money in $9,999 lots … so he wouldn’t have to “mention” it to Parliament … 🙂

  16. April 16, 2014 4:18 pm

    It’s not bullying – it’s equality. She got all she deserved. Now watch all the Abbott-haters run with this!

    Oh ha ha Ricky Pann and TB Queensland (you are so unfunny), Abbott snapped

  17. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 4:18 pm

    ….””So what will OFarrell be charged with … contempt?””

    ICAC have today said the O’Farrell matter is now closed

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 4:27 pm

    ICAC have today said the O’Farrell matter is now closed

    Misled ICAC, misled parliament, misled NSW people … and he gets to walk … Robber Barons at work …

  19. April 16, 2014 4:31 pm

    I have actually Met Baz on two occasions and he is actually a nice bloke, I did like him I must say. Like all politicians is is a fucking bold faced liar. That is an occupational hazard and something that is expected however, the stark difference between him and Abbot is O’farrell actually has a conscience (obviously by his actions) Abbott does not. Tone Deaf would skin his granny, do Bronnie and Pell then sell his ass in a heartbeat to get what he wants no matter what the cost. Abbot is a pathological liar with no empathy, no idea and no morals not unlike most of his front bench stars.

  20. April 16, 2014 4:48 pm

    “Abbot is a pathological liar with no empathy, no idea and no morals…”

    In other words, he’s a Cathlick…

  21. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 4:57 pm

    Whoooo …. 😯

  22. April 16, 2014 4:57 pm

    Told you the Abbott haters would run with this and Ricky’s running like hell. He’s even posted a mash up from the ALPBC in an attempt to ridicule the PM. And look at the spray – I want facts not spray, not unfounded and superficial assertions and attempts at character assassination.

  23. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 5:00 pm

    I like Caroline

    Please do stick around Caroline we need more intelligent people from the Right to hang around here and fan away the terrible stench that the resident Lefties leave around here.

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 5:05 pm

    we need more intelligent people from the Right

    Classic oxymoron …

    Where do they come from … puppet land?

  25. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 5:06 pm

    I must say though…………………..even I don’t live in a World where a gift of a bottle of 1959 Grange does not leave a rather lasting impression on the memory.

    And since when has bloody Roseville had a standard of living stratospherically higher than up here in the mansions on Palm Beach.

    We are lucky to afford a bottle of Bollinger each week and DoG knows what we might no longer be able to afford after Joe’s Budget.

    It’s disgraceful

  26. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 5:15 pm

    I must say though

    I’m gonna stick with Pinot Noir from now on since Shiraz these days seems to result in complete fucking mental blackouts

  27. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 5:17 pm

    Yeah, hang around Caroline.
    ———

    ‘In other words, he’s a Cathlick…’

    As a Catholic he doesn’t wilfully lie, is actively in touch with humanity, might be a closet intellectual with big ideas, and naturally he’s extremely moral.

  28. April 16, 2014 5:24 pm

    Thank you Walrus. I may stick around. I agree with you – a $3k bottle of wine would make a giant impression on me and I’d never forget it or who gave it to me. Bollinger – why would you when Aldi can sell you Veuve Monsigny champers for $24.99 a bottle?

  29. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 16, 2014 5:24 pm

    Nothing wrong with a good spray, Caroline. Facts you can get anywhere but a good spray from Ricky is to die for.

  30. April 16, 2014 5:29 pm

    TB you’re a meanie. And I have to ask – what’s puppet land?

  31. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 5:31 pm

    “………. why would you when Aldi can sell you Veuve Monsigny champers for $24.99 a bottle?………”

    Caroline……………………have you met our resident hardline Lefties “TB of Qld”” and “Reheated Teabag””

    You might be quite horrified to learn they too have a penchant for Aldis and/or very cheap wine

    LOL

  32. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 5:49 pm

    TB you’re a meanie. And I have to ask – what’s puppet land?

    Apologies, CR, I mistook you for Jane Baxter, who decided to give RP and me a razz …

    Ask, sb, he’s the resident know it all …

  33. April 16, 2014 5:50 pm

    “Where do they come from … puppet land?”

    Twitter.. Oddly enough…

  34. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 5:54 pm

    Veuve Monsigny champers

    Mm … sounds like French vinegar that Liberals who don’t admit to being on a budget might drink … I prefer Mumm … Uncle Dan’s were @ $45 our last buy … as for my quaffing wine Bowler’s Run Semillon Sauvignon Blanc @ $2.80 per six is exceptional value (although the palette varies slightly bottle to bottle) … the reds are bloody awful …

  35. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 5:56 pm

    Twitter.. Oddly enough…

    I noticed … odd alright … I know you’re just trying for the half mil … clever … will “old friends” congratulate you, I wonder? I remember a time when you “wouldn’t survive” … chuckle …

  36. April 16, 2014 5:57 pm

    . why would you when Aldi can sell you Veuve Monsigny champers for $24.99 a bottle?………”

    Got two bottle of Aldi Champers the other week was very good. Was $21 wasnt that brand though? Love me bubbles 🙂

    Caroline beware don’t feed the walrus its very grumpy and it bites, well barks mostly 🙂

    I’ve never had Grange, but who leads the type of life that you would not remember a life experience momentary pause drop like that? certainly not Baz post fatty he’s hardly Mick Jagger.

  37. April 16, 2014 6:02 pm

    “Love me bubbles”

    And I here I had you figured as more of a straight up bourbon kind of guy….

  38. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:03 pm

    “Ask, sb, he’s the resident know it all …”

    Don’t be so modest, TB.

  39. April 16, 2014 6:04 pm

    Facts you can get anywhere but a good spray from Ricky is to die for.

    Flattery will get you everywhere you fact retardant purveyor of puerile

    TB.. will you stop with the “Bowlers run”, its not even good sink plonk.. It will bolw ya over and you end up with the runs that’s for sure…

  40. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:07 pm

    LOL @ sb … you can be noice when you try … ..

    @ sreb … we all have secrets … it took years for, The Minister, to tell me she preferred Mumm over Moët! Whoo ooo … ten bucks cheaper and I prefer it too!

  41. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:09 pm

    TB.. will you stop with the “Bowlers run”, its not even good sink plonk..

    People are so prejudiced here … try and you’ll buy …

  42. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:12 pm

    “……I’ve never had Grange, but who leads the type of life that you would not remember a life experience momentary pause drop like that?……….”

    I must confess. I’ve had the occasional glass when someone else is paying for it. Plus Hill of Grace from Henschke.

    Stangely enough I actually do prefer the HoG

  43. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:13 pm

    “…And I here I had you figured as more of a straight up bourbon kind of guy….”

    More like Southern Comfort

  44. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:14 pm

    “Love me bubbles “”

    Explains all the Wind

  45. April 16, 2014 6:14 pm

    And I here I had you figured as more of a straight up bourbon kind of guy

    Please.. Bourbon? Lynching Fuel. Hardly.Dont you need Chaps and spurs to drink that shit?

    No.. Wheat beer, Vodka, Bubbles, Whites and G&T Love my reds but not aloud to partake too much. Def No chaps although I have played at places that… nevermind

    Oh welcome Caroline BTW…

  46. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:16 pm

    Speaking of Champagne

    Anyone else noticed the prices have dropped substantially lately now “Party Season”” (i.e warmer weather has receded)

  47. TB Queensland permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:18 pm

    Dont you need Chaps and spurs to drink that shit?

    Boy, RP, you are showing your Mexican suburban ways tonight … and no I don’t need “chaps” … just a good glass … couple of ice cubes, soda and WT …

  48. April 16, 2014 6:21 pm

    Explains all the Wind

  49. April 16, 2014 6:25 pm

    “Def No chaps although I have played at places that… never mind…”

    Now you really have piqued my curiosity…. 😯

  50. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:30 pm

    RP – “Love my reds but not aloud to partake too much”

    Wrist slashing time for you then.

  51. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:34 pm

    “Love my reds but not aloud to partake too much””

    Allergy reaction to dairy fining process………………………?

  52. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:36 pm

    “”Wrist slashing time for you then”

    Was’nt there another well known Lefty Citizen Journo threatening that ?

    But never carried thru …………………Mmmmmm……………..now who was that ?

  53. Walrus permalink
    April 16, 2014 6:37 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm…………………..!

    I hate to think what Point Defiance Zoo did to him to get him to do that

  54. April 16, 2014 6:43 pm

    Boy, RP, you are showing your Mexican suburban ways tonight

    TB lets just say after two free bottles of JD on the rider one night, I woke up in a very compromising position in a strange town, strange house with $4 in my pocket, no wallet, 1 shoe (I miss those flouro green high tops with skulls on them 😦 ) staring at a wedding photo that did not have me in it.. Jack is no gentleman. 🙂

  55. Tony permalink
    April 16, 2014 7:05 pm

    “staring at a wedding photo that did not have me in it”

    Very droll, Ricky. 🙂

  56. April 16, 2014 7:44 pm

    So now we are just taking the `word` of pinkos like Mike Carlton, are we.?

    ””’Abbott’s bullying of a woman journalist – “Madam” – is par””’

    l`m not swallowing Carlton`s lies that Limited-News contains `journalists` #Teabags

  57. Tony permalink
    April 16, 2014 7:48 pm

    Oh, now I see why the left hasn’t gone ballistic about Abbott dressing down a female(!) journalist.

    She works for MURDOCH!.

  58. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 8:03 pm

    The most amusing part of the interview was watching Abbott trying to formulate a sentence which has a length of more than three words…

    I get annoyed with the hands continually thrust out and shaking, they keep time with his words as he stutters, stammers and repeats the same three words as if everyone has the intelligence of a three year old.

    He never gets those kind of media questions from the gutless male journos they are all in the cosy club together, that’s why he freaks when he gets a journo who is actually behaving like one, he can’t cope.

    like ricky, i didn’t mind bazza, he seemed a bit decent and he certainly had the good sense to have nothing to do with abbott.

    now the one who did the most to bring politics into disrepute is demanding respect and decency from all around him – best show of hypocrisy ever.

  59. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 8:25 pm

    There’s madam, like the annoying way shop assistants or receptionists address you when you are making a complaint to them, you know, the polite and professional term that they are taught to use. It is demeaning and it makes me more angry.

    when it comes from abbott’s mouth it sounds like, and is meant as, an insult and a put-down. It has the whiff of ‘don’t mess with the big boys girly, I’ll rip you apart’ about it.

    Abbott has plenty of form on his own rorting, he is part of it.

    Now

    I say BS to that, these people have minders and others keeping their diaries and organising every minute of their day, is it too much to ask that they truthfully record their meetings, gifts and dealings? They are being paid by the taxpayers, none of it is private business.

  60. April 16, 2014 9:00 pm

    Jesus I just watched Q&A on Iview…Who the fuck is this Hansoneqe BoGan “Jacqui Lambie”, (PUP Senator-Elect for Tasmania) ? She is most certainly a pup.

    I guess anyone that believes cult of Clive and speaks that noiyce is a real cracking intellectual giant.

  61. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 9:06 pm

    l`m not swallowing Carlton`s lies that Limited-News contains `journalists`

    no, but she is a woman, especially an uppity woman who dares to question a great man.

    like a red rag to a bull like abbott

  62. April 16, 2014 9:35 pm

    AO I agree with you that our PM’s a great man but that journalist was pretty gormless. Her lack of knowledge and unprofessionalism was embarrassing. Saying it doesn’t make it true. I don’t blame the PM for suggesting she withdraw since there are thousands if not millions of people in Australia who’ll hear her comment and wrongly think it’s true without question.

  63. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 9:49 pm

    That’s politics caroline, do you really think that the gillard govt was untainted by thomsen, or nsw labor by obeid? Abott was sinking the slipper whenever he could with ‘guilt by association’ for any labor corruption. The media were rampaging, why should it be different because abbott declares he wants to be treated nicely and decently by all [after three years of being the worst of worst offenders].

  64. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 10:03 pm

    If he was smart he would’ve dealt with it without so obviously losing his cool and trying to shoot the messenger, don’t think there isn’t now another few million people thinking he’s a dickhead, a sexist and a bully of female journos [it isn’t the first time he’s done it].
    I can’t see how that was ‘unprofessional’ either, have you ever heard some of the lame questions posed or noted the non-questioning acceptance of evasions on issues of public importance by the supposedly professional press gallery?

  65. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 10:12 pm

    Politics is a rough game and in a communications revolution its hard to keep things under wraps. Askin would have been dead meat in this environment.

  66. April 16, 2014 10:14 pm

    ”””’no, but she is a woman, especially an uppity woman who”””is no longer a woman of `caliber`, and probably never was a woman of `caliber`, she is merely the lower cost `investment` of rupert`s two investments, the other being Mr-Rabbit

  67. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 10:35 pm

    ‘….If he was smart he would’ve dealt with it without so obviously losing his cool and trying to shoot the messenger,’

    Journalism standards have dropped since Abbott’s days in the trade.

    There seems to be a push on, Greiner’s contempt for Ferguson’s line of questioning is interesting. And the Bolter is ridiculing Martin Hirst (he was my tutor some years ago and close enough to get invited to his wedding) for being a blatant red ragger.

    Journalism schools need to be purged of leftoid lecturers and returned to old fashioned principles, where finding the truth is more important than ideologically driven diatribes.

  68. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 16, 2014 10:50 pm

    Journalism schools need to be purged of leftoid lecturers and returned to old fashioned principles, where finding the truth is more important than ideologically driven diatribes.

    The investigative journalist has been starved out of existence, not funded to investigate only cultivate mp leakers. It’s not their fault, it’s the fault of editors, and cost cutting. I’m sure a lot would like to more if they could. There’s also too many [and I mean the press gallery here] who think they are also the elite and are too close to the power that they should be reporting on. It’s mates socialising, drinking, dining & travelling together, not an arms length working relationship.

    …is no longer a woman of `caliber`, and probably never was a woman of `caliber`, she is merely the lower cost `investment` of rupert`s two investments, the other being Mr-Rabbit…

    women of calibre make tony cups of tea, look after him and fiercely support him,they always know who is the boss, if they don’t they are the enemy.

  69. April 16, 2014 11:02 pm

    ”””’AO I agree with you that our PM’s a great man”””ROFL

  70. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:09 pm

    ‘The investigative journalist has been starved out of existence, not funded to investigate ….’

    Fairfax got Craig Thomson with investigative journalism, but that’s because they had a vendetta against him. Generally speaking, there isn’t much money to delve.

  71. April 16, 2014 11:09 pm

    dumpty, uni`s would be better to `purge` themselves of Tebag-mouthpieces like Judith-Sloan, who are much more destructive to multiple `subjects` that uni`s teach, the most important, critical thinking,

    Tho dumpty, this comment is most likely lost on you #teabags

  72. egg permalink
    April 16, 2014 11:17 pm

    Sloan is not a trained journalist, she writes opinion pieces for the Murdocracy and gets invited onto Q&A for balance. Economics is her thing.

  73. April 16, 2014 11:34 pm

    ””’Sloan is not a trained journalist,”””
    #never claimed she was,
    #nor care,
    .
    ”””she writes opinion pieces for the Murdocracy”””
    #Teabag-mouthpiece
    .
    ””invited onto Q&A””
    #to provide the tinfoil, crank, teabag, fact-free noise and heat,
    .
    #Teabag, Trickle-Down””’Economics is her thing.””’

  74. Adrian permalink
    April 17, 2014 12:35 am

    Did Tony ( when in opposition) lecture Julie bishop about her comments made outside parliament, when she made serious allegations against the competence and integrity of Julia Gillard, without any proof? I think not, talk about hypocrisy.

  75. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 17, 2014 12:35 am

  76. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 17, 2014 12:39 am

  77. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 7:16 am

    Gerard was quite beside himself. I got the impression that he thought the premier shouldn’t have resigned over a lapse in memory.

    Personally I think BoF is sitting pretty to get a very lucrative job with the communist chinese infrastructure builders, quitting politics before the next election. Mad if he doesn’t.

  78. Walrus permalink
    April 17, 2014 8:41 am

    I must say Henderson looked like a complete and utter fucking goose on Lateline last night.

    Whereas Kate Mclymont was very calm and measured and had one very striong point to make to counter Henderson’s bluster.

    She actually has sat through EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE VARIOUS ICACs

  79. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:04 am

    Kate was good.

  80. April 17, 2014 9:14 am

    I disagree with neil mcmahon’s tweet above. I think it was the most embarrassing appearance by a media personality since a drunk glenn milne attacked stephen mayne at the walkleys. Perhaps poor gerard had had a few himself last night.

    She actually has sat through EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE VARIOUS ICACs

    gerard is such a poor loser, ICAC was only meant to bring labor down. I watched his segment again this morning and he is so biased he just can’t think rationally [much like our neil] also petulant in the extreme.

    and the other point was, BoF did it all to himself by the evidence he gave, absolute denial – if he had done an arfur and ‘couldn’t recall’ he’d still be in place. Who was it who’d kept the old thank you note in their wallet and passed it in? Surely BoF remembers writing that, or has he been showered with so many gifts this one has truly slipped his mind?

    I agree that BoF is a thoroughly decent and honourable man who really should not have been allowed to put himself in that position, what was his high priced lawyer doing for him? No way abbott would have resigned.

  81. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:24 am

    “has he been showered with so many gifts this one has truly slipped his mind?”

    It’s a real possibility.

  82. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:28 am

    O’Farrell is probably honest, compared to most other NSW politicians, but that’s not really saying much.

  83. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:31 am

    This shows that Fatty’s memory fails consistently and conveniently.

    The power of influence peddlers is hard-wired into the structure of the Liberal Party. ICAC has barely scartched the surface.

  84. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:31 am

  85. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:37 am

    I wonder if the female reporters think they shouldn’t get “yelled” at because, you know, they’re female. Or do they think they can handle the rough and tumble of politics just like any other reporter?

  86. TB Queensland permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:47 am

    I’m glad others felt the same as me watching, Henderson … he was like a fish trying to get off the hook … he tried to fudge the real issue of integrity, by shifting it to talking about a “bottle of wine” … not the wine its the actions afterwards …

  87. Walrus permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:49 am

    O’Farrell is probably honest, compared to most other NSW politicians, but that’s not really saying much.””

    I tend to agree. And in the absence of corruption claims/enquiries in other states despite there being similar ICAC like bodies tells me that those ones lack fangs.

    However an argument could be put that ICAC “”wandered off reservation”” a bit in having an unintended consequence of “”claiming the scalp”” of a Premier.

    Perhaps whether he should have been given a bit more time than what he had been to prepare his testimony and perhaps it should have ben heard behind closed doors.

    A case could be made.

    Then again if politicians want to be treated differently with generous super and pension schemes and escalating pay scales the argument could also be put ………………”

    “Well fuckém…………………if they want all that they can bloody well be put under the public blowtorch “”

    Still not sure where I stand. Probably in the “Well fuckem” camp

  88. Walrus permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:53 am

    And there is also the rather odious way the wine was delivered.

    Why deliver “”it out of sight” of the prying eyes of the Premier’s Office by delivering it to his home.

    It has a rather “brown paper bag” look about it

  89. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:57 am

    Get with the program, Tony. Every little thing has to be shoe-horned into the narrative that Abbott is a bestial misogynist. Abbott didn’t even yell, but don’t let that get in the way of the propaganda.

  90. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2014 10:03 am

    Abbott yelled. Twitter told me so.

  91. Walrus permalink
    April 17, 2014 10:06 am

    “”Every little thing has to be shoe-horned into the narrative that Abbott is a bestial misogynist”

    Yep

    It’s as though the Lefties fully expect that some day someone will spot a 666 birthmark on his skin and excitedly exclaim………………

    “‘There…the mark of the Beast…………we told you so””

  92. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 17, 2014 10:06 am

    Or do they think they can handle the rough and tumble of politics just like any other reporter?

    I think kate mclymont handled herself very well, it was her composure and factual argument that made gerard look even more of a fool. I don’t think the reporter had much chance to reply to abbott’s outburst.

    he tried to fudge the real issue of integrity, by shifting it to talking about a “bottle of wine”

    yeah, as kate says it was the lie to ICAC that sealed his fate, not the wine, gerard refused to see this – why?

    Perhaps whether he should have been given a bit more time than what he had been to prepare his testimony and perhaps it should have ben heard behind closed doors.

    If it goes behind closed doors it becomes another cosy club where all kinds of behind closed doors deals can be made and then defeats it’s own purpose.

    I agree that ICAC really has teeth and the other states should be shown up by their deliberate lack in power.

  93. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 17, 2014 10:11 am

    Every little thing has to be shoe-horned into the narrative that Abbott is a bestial misogynist.

    why does abbott keep giving people reason to think it?

  94. Walrus permalink
    April 17, 2014 10:15 am

    “…….it was her composure and factual argument that made gerard look even more of a fool…”

    Plus even if he is a non drinker he would be the first older journo to claim not to have a clue that Penfolds Grange is worth a small fortune.

  95. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 17, 2014 11:29 am

    “why does abbott keep giving people reason to think it?”

    In this case he didn’t. But that didn’t stop people claiming he yelled or bullied the journo. That is pure BS. In doing so they have let Abbott evade the real issue.

    The journo gave Abbott an opening, which he took by twisting her words. In much the same way as when Gillard claimed that describing the slush fund she created as a “trust fund” was a lie, thus evading, for the moment at least, the real issue of her role in setting it up.

    The point isn’t about “bullying” it is about Abbott’s hypersensitivity and that he seized on whether or not anything had been proven. Abbott’s evasion of the question is what we should be talking about. He knows as well as anyone that the NSW Libs are controlled by racketeers and lobbyists. He just doesn’t want to talk about it.

  96. April 17, 2014 11:52 am

    As a former Journalist Abbott seems to be clueless about how to actually act in front of the media… awkward, evasive, flustered… he can’t improvise for shit as we muso’s say “he’s a one lick shtick”… cue recent “China” incident..

  97. April 17, 2014 11:59 am

    AO I agree with you that our PM’s a great man grating ham

    Troll alert.. I think Inane is back pretending to have a vage, not even kneely wheely would proport such stupidity. 🙄

  98. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 12:46 pm

    Caroline is heaps smarter than Inane, she simply misunderstood the lay of the land. While we are at it, Abbott is soon to sprout revolutionary ideas. Get it while its hot.

  99. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 12:54 pm

    ‘I agree that ICAC really has teeth and the other states should be shown up by their deliberate lack in power.’

    ICAC is the Hong Kong model.

  100. April 17, 2014 3:08 pm

    Caroline is heaps smarter than Inane,

    She/She/It must be a deft hand at sarcasm

    Abbott is soon to sproutsproutingrevolutionary devolutionary ideas. Get Got it while its hot. He’s not

    ‘I agree that ICAC really has teeth and the other states should be shown up by their deliberate lack in power.’

    Attack of the Gummi Bears

  101. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 3:41 pm

    ‘Mr Baird’s star rose when he sold Port Kembla and Port Botany for a net $4bn, as well as unwinding the disastrous hybrid privatisations of the power generators attempted by the Labor Party, which left the state with potentially big liabilities.’

    Oz

  102. Walrus permalink
    April 17, 2014 3:59 pm

    Watch this space

    Our new Premier is about to sell the Poles and Wires

    He is very privatisation minded whereas Barry was shit scared of it.

    Plus Baird has a sufficient majority he survive a big election swing and then win the following election with a massive infrastructure program in place funded by the Electricity Privatisation.

    So says my Crystal Ball(s)

  103. April 17, 2014 4:02 pm

    ICAC is the Hong Kong model.

    I think ICAC were as surprised as anyone with the scalp of BoF.

    …Abbott’s evasion of the question is what we should be talking about. He knows as well as anyone that the NSW Libs are controlled by racketeers and lobbyists. He just doesn’t want to talk about it…

    yes, I think you are right on the money there sb, he’d rather be seen as mean & nasty to a female journalist then actually have to answer the question posed.
    Aggression or offence as the best form of defence?

    John Howard’s “don’t be so impertinent” wouldn’t sound quite the same from abbott.

  104. TB Queensland permalink
    April 17, 2014 4:30 pm

    Aggression or offence as the best form of defence?

    But the truth will always out! Never fails …

    Tell the truth … take the consequences and move on … and sleep comes easy cause yer mind ain’t full of tangled webs … I’ll never understand why its so hard for people?

  105. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 5:03 pm

    ‘I think ICAC were as surprised as anyone with the scalp of BoF.’

    Greiner reckons they overreached, but we the people are happy with the outcome. Using my intuition, BoF quickly decided to fall on his sword with the prospect of quitting politics and going into infrastructure. Following in the footsteps of Greiner.

  106. TB Queensland permalink
    April 17, 2014 5:26 pm

    BoF quickly decided to fall on his sword with the prospect of quitting politics and going into infrastructure.

    WTF would he know about infrastructure? He studied Australian History FFS? And spent most of his life as a political office worker or politician …

  107. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2014 5:39 pm

    “WTF would he know about infrastructure?”

    He doesn’t have to know anything about infrastructure. He just has to be connected. Don’t you know how the game works by now? 😉

  108. Walrus permalink
    April 17, 2014 5:52 pm

    “WTF would he know about infrastructure?”

    What………………………………..!

    Next thing you’ll be saying……………………

    “Ross Garnaut the economist WTF would he know about Climate Change?”

  109. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2014 5:53 pm

    No, and yes:

    “We are swinging back into an El Niño cycle, this country is going to cook and people are going to die.”

  110. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 5:55 pm

    “WTF would he know about infrastructure?”

    He has contacts in high places and the Chinese state run infrastructure juggernaut will need his help in facilitation.

  111. Walrus permalink
    April 17, 2014 6:10 pm

    “……..this country is going to cook and people are going to die.”

    Sound”s like the way an old girlfriend of mine approached her culinary skills

    “……..this girlfriend is going to cook and people are going to die””

  112. TB Queensland permalink
    April 17, 2014 6:35 pm

    Don’t you know how the game works by now?

    And still we fight the Robber Barons … of course I do, ToSY … you accept it …

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

    Next thing you’ll be saying……………………“Ross Garnaut the economist WTF would he know about Climate Change?”

    I always have … but you obviously don’t really read my comments … just my mind … 🙄

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

    He has contacts in high places and the Chinese state run infrastructure juggernaut will need his help in facilitation.

    Robber Barons at work (they are world wide BTW) … mention “he has contacts” … and its so fkn bleedin’ obvious …

    =======================================
    I’m so pleased that one state has a commissioned body that is effective … “even the ICAC was surprised that BoF was caught out” … FMD!

  113. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 7:00 pm

    ‘Robber Barons at work (they are world wide BTW) … mention “he has contacts” … and its so fkn bleedin’ obvious …’

    Something to do with the Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism. Robber Barons play an integral part in getting things done through economies of scale, operating within a free market, is not a bad thing.

    When Julia saw the writing on the wall she took advantage of the time to find a safe haven out of the country. It was an ideal exit strategy and Barry has plotted his future too.

  114. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 17, 2014 7:01 pm

    Greiner reckons they overreached, but we the people are happy with the outcome.

    well, the pollies don’t like anything that has the power to call them to account or look over their shoulder, wonder if there will be lots of criticism coming from the commentariat about reining icac in to prevent this ever happening again.

    I think abbott likely has a history on the fundraising front too. I remember reading an article a while ago now, where another lib had said the only reason he got into the ministry [being such a maddie] was his fundraising, he brought plenty of money in. Maybe through his catholic connections?

  115. April 17, 2014 7:03 pm

    a regular theme of dumpty is `close my ABC`, in her usual bending over for rupert,

    too bad rupert can`t get his content into China like my ABC can,

    beating the rest of teh-west, my ABC has the greatest access into China

    #suck.it.up #rupert.lickers #teabags 🙂

  116. TB Queensland permalink
    April 17, 2014 7:13 pm

    When Julia saw the writing on the wall she took advantage of the time to find a safe haven out of the country. It was an ideal exit strategy

    I don’t think you “get it”, egg (and others here) … all you are doing is highlighting the human phenomenon of “turning a blind eye” – in other words – ignoring the fkn obvious … all politicians are wannabe Robber Barons … make as much money from the public purse and with that establish personal power at the expense of society …

    And the political system and economic system in play at the time is irrelevant … Robber Barons don’t give a fk how they make money – as long as they don’t suffer …

  117. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 7:32 pm

    ‘all politicians are wannabe Robber Barons … make as much money from the public purse and with that establish personal power at the expense of society …’

    Most politicians enter the game with the highest intentions of helping society, but factionalism and realpolitik blunts their idealism. Twiggy, Gina and that other fatarse are robber barons and a couple of them don’t look long for this world.

    They pay their taxes, so I don’t care how rich and fatuous they are.

  118. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2014 7:47 pm

    “too bad rupert can`t get his content into China like my ABC can.”

    That’s nice. (The Chinese government can sympathise with the idea of a state-owned media. It’s the only model they understand.)

  119. April 17, 2014 7:51 pm

    ””””””””””’while ago now, where another lib had said the only reason he(#Mr-Rabbit) got into the ministry [being such a maddie] was his fundraising, he brought plenty of money in. Maybe through his catholic connections?”””””””””

    that sounds like a highly plausible explainer armchair

  120. April 17, 2014 7:54 pm

    l`m sure foxtardnews would have helped my ABC`s cause Tinfoil`osy

  121. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2014 7:58 pm

    “would have helped my ABC`s cause”

    You’re right about one thing, the ABC does have a cause: a green-left one.

  122. April 17, 2014 8:05 pm

    foxtardnews would have provided China with the `low-water-marks` of `trust` and `quality` and `accuracy`, which of course boosted my ABC`s reputation with China

  123. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 17, 2014 8:06 pm

    If the abc is so biased and green-left why do all the rightards break their necks to get on it?

  124. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2014 8:08 pm

    “rightards”

    Hmmm.

  125. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2014 8:10 pm

    “why do all the rightards break their necks to get on it?”

    Abbott doesn’t. Guess he’s not a retard rightard?

  126. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2014 8:11 pm

    *retard rightard

  127. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 8:15 pm

    ‘It’s the only model they understand.’

    **chuckle**

  128. April 17, 2014 8:16 pm

    ”””the rightards break their necks to get on it?””’

    Largely true armchair.

    There is definitely a segment of teabags that desperately want to be on my ABC`s platform/s much, much more often. They also available at the drop-of-a-hat to provide the alternative, crank, anti-sanity opinion they perceive represents big-corporate.

  129. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 8:23 pm

    ‘They also available at the drop-of-a-hat to provide the alternative, crank, anti-sanity opinion …’

    Not sure I understand you, but if they fail to cover Patrick Michaels tour I won’t be surprised.

  130. April 17, 2014 8:25 pm

    ”””Abbott doesn’t.”””

    Mr-Rabbit is a dud, scared of `tough` questions, so he sends Mr-Poodle to mince on Qandaland and yip his nonsense.

    .

    ”””Guess he’s not a retard rightard?”””
    #Guessed Wrong.

    But why pigeon hole Mr-Rabbit to `just` being a retard.?

  131. Tony permalink
    April 17, 2014 8:26 pm

    “Not sure I understand you”

    What, you don’t speak gibberish? 😯

  132. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 8:34 pm

    Its a complex language, part twitterspeak. I’ve heard it said that the English language is very fluid.

  133. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 8:41 pm

    Premier Believes in a Deity

    ‘NSW Treasurer Mike Baird is a thoroughly decent and principled person, and he’s a strong Christian who takes his beliefs very seriously. All of which makes him an unlikely individual to become the next Premier of the state that has practised some of the grubbiest politics seen in Australia.

    ‘In a word, Mr Baird doesn’t have the mongrel in him, a quality that become necessary driver of successful politicians in the modern era, especially in NSW.’

    Paul Cleary / Oz

  134. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 17, 2014 8:45 pm

    Abbott doesn’t. Guess he’s not a retard rightard?

    He’s very fraidy, he sees a serious reporter and he has a brain freeze, can only stutter, stammer and repeat himself nonsensically, looking very stern and frowning. His ‘serious’ face looks like that of an axe murderer with his dead eyes suddenly taking on a ‘help me’ look. Then, when he tries for relaxed and jovial, his grimace of a smile makes him look even more maniacal. The abc lighting doesn’t seem to suit his spray tan either, he gets a yellowish hue, looking like he’s ill.

    No, he can’t ‘do’ abc, it’s too much for him.

  135. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 17, 2014 8:53 pm

    I have only one thing to say-

    ….hic

  136. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:13 pm

    Abbott is not Whitlam, but ultimately he’ll prove to be more charismatic.

  137. April 17, 2014 9:30 pm

    ””””Abbott is not Whitlam, but ultimately””Mr-Rabbit will prove he`s a dud. The train wreckage has only just began.

  138. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 9:39 pm

    Meanwhile, trouble in Middle Kingdom suggests something is afoot.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-04/17/content_17441924.htm

  139. Meta permalink
    April 17, 2014 10:20 pm

    (“They pay their taxes, so I don’t care how rich and fatuous they are.”

    Ironic and ironicer. But the Rev‘s permanently stayed, if so.)

  140. egg permalink
    April 17, 2014 10:35 pm

    I like Max Weber, but Dunlop is a dill.

  141. armchair opinionator permalink
    April 17, 2014 11:39 pm

    …So scared are they of alternative views, the government is essentially banning public servants from criticising them online.

    But don’t be fooled. This isn’t just about public servants. This is a shot across the bow of all those who would dare challenge the status quo…

    thanks meta, as tim says, we need to create the revolution and let them know they’ve got a problem if they continue to keep ignoring and side lining people. The fear of organising through social media is palpable.

  142. Walrus permalink
    April 18, 2014 12:55 am

    Breaking News

    BBC World is reporting that war in Ukraine will likely be averted due to strength of of commercial ties between Russia andEurope

    Seems those pesky Christians and Robber. Barons have got in the way of the stupid Lefties …………….yet again

    And that was the BBC

    What the fuck is Fox News view

    Stay tuned if they even bother

  143. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 18, 2014 9:03 am

    The Dunlop link is funny, he’s moved from being a denier (of the insidious effect of unions and warlords on the ALP) to being a convert (to common sense and reality).

    Like so many others, it took him quite some time.

  144. TB Queensland permalink
    April 18, 2014 10:54 am

    Seems those pesky Christians and Robber. Barons have got in the way of the stupid Lefties …………….yet again

    WTF does that actually mean?

  145. egg permalink
    April 18, 2014 11:53 am

    Money talks.

  146. Anon permalink
    April 18, 2014 1:15 pm

    James Packer may be considering offering Barry O’Farrell a job at Sydney’s second casino for the accomplishments he achieved whilst in office and for the integrity he has displayed together with supporting comments about him given by Tony Abbott.

  147. egg permalink
    April 18, 2014 1:47 pm

    “Obviously he’s upset, he’s distraught,” said one close colleague. “But he’s a creature of politics. He could foresee what was in front of him and he decided to pull the pin.”

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/ofarrell-takes-it-all-in-stride-with-weather-quip-20140417-36v1h.html#ixzz2zCqJ5mqH

  148. April 18, 2014 8:45 pm

    ””””””””””””Here’s the thing: the Coalition is in power by default. It is there because the ALP offers no real alternative.

    Only ideologues would kid themselves that there is some sort of massive groundswell of support for the policies and positions the Abbott Government is putting forward.

    There is no groundswell. All there is is a credibility-shaped hole in our democratic fabric that Abbott and Co. are currently managing to stick their head through.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-10/dunlop-democracy-is-about-the-people-not-the-parties/5381038
    ””””””””””””””’

    it seems my efforts of clinking thick heads together at my ABC is starting to pay-off Meta, Dunlop seems to have learned how fruitless the battle in the tedium wars between Teabag-Lite`verses`Teabag is.

  149. April 18, 2014 9:03 pm

    ”””””””””’thanks meta, as tim says, we need to create the revolution and let them know they’ve got a problem if they continue to keep ignoring and side lining people. The fear of organising through social media is palpable.””””””””’

    due to the industrial firepower of todays weapons, the will be no el`revolucion styled on the days of old, there will be no corporate royalty put to the guillotine or shot in the barn,

    current paranoia indicates governments are scared of what is much more likely, going `mexican`, where people side with organised crime due to poverty, where the rich fear their loved ones will be snatched for ransome, or be killed in drug-gang wars

    #hells-angels

  150. April 18, 2014 9:11 pm

    l`m sure it`s a wet-dream for foxtardnews blubbers,

    no matter what Vlad does, teh-usa will kick Vlad, with the added bonus of if Vlad does better than Obama, they get to kick Obama as well #Teabags

  151. April 18, 2014 9:25 pm

    A federal government that is composed nearly entirely of old white men is relying heavily on old white men for advice. It’s unbalanced and not in the national interest.
    http://www.crikey.com.au/2014/03/03/country-for-old-men-little-diversity-in-abbotts-picks/?wpmp_switcher=mobile&wpmp_tp=0

    Tone Deaf hates Woman and Scientists…oh and gays and boat people and muslims and….

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/140415/australia-war-science-tony-abbott-budget-research-funding

  152. egg permalink
    April 18, 2014 9:42 pm

    I’m not at liberty to comment, so its up on the board in the back room.

  153. Walrus permalink
    April 19, 2014 12:03 am

    “Money talks.”

    Exaaaaaaaaaaaaactly Egg

    Seems those from Qld have a difficulty with the forking obvious.

    Even to this day There is no sub branch of Mensa in Yorkshire still

  154. Walrus permalink
    April 19, 2014 12:04 am

    Guess who I met today ?

    At Manly

  155. Walrus permalink
    April 19, 2014 12:06 am

    And guess who I met today at Manly Beach ?

  156. Meta permalink
    April 19, 2014 3:58 am

    (John Pilger? Carlos ‘privatisation dancer and public asset stripper’ Slim? A Grigorian disenchanter? Unca Rupert objecting to all the Vegans in Rio+20+2? St Muhammed on the highroad to Al-Aqsa?)

  157. egg permalink
    April 19, 2014 6:46 am

    Manly people are born to rule.

  158. egg permalink
    April 19, 2014 7:09 am

    The best way to eliminate leftoids from aunty’s newsroom, make them irrelevant and sack them.

    ‘SKY News Australia is planning to launch an international news platform, called Australia Channel, which could replace the ABC’s embattled Australia Network if that service is cut in the May budget.

    ‘The Australia Channel, which could be launched without taxpayer funding within months, will have five channels of news, business, political and sports content available to 180 countries, including key markets of China and the Middle East.’

    Sharri Markson / Oz

  159. egg permalink
    April 19, 2014 7:21 am

    On the other hand it might be prudent to facilitate for a short spell, the Chinese understand state run culture.

    ‘The ABC will have official approval to sell media content, enter international co-productions and generate sponsorship through a base in Shanghai.

    ‘Britain’s BBC World Service and America’s CNN International are the only Western broadcasters available in China, but they are limited to certain international hotels and diplomatic compounds.

    ‘The ABC says the deal gives Australia Network the most extensive access to Chinese audiences by any Western broadcaster.’

    ABC Network News

  160. April 19, 2014 9:26 pm

    ”””””””””””To build more and bigger nuclear weapons and pursue an undeclared policy of domination, President John F Kennedy approved the CIA’s propaganda that the Soviet Union was well ahead of the US in the production of intercontinental ballistic missiles. This filled front pages as the “Russian threat”. In fact, the Americans were so far ahead in production of the missiles, the Russians never approached them. The cold war was based largely on this lie.
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/17/nato-ukraine-dr-strangelove-china-us
    ”””””””””””””””

    ALSO

    ”””””””””””””Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US has ringed Russia with military bases, nuclear warplanes and missiles as part of its Nato enlargement project. Reneging on the Reagan administration’s promise to the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 that Nato would not expand “one inch to the east”, Nato has all but taken over eastern Europe. In the former Soviet Caucasus, Nato’s military build-up is the most extensive since the second world war.”””””””””””””’ #teabags

  161. April 19, 2014 9:37 pm

    ”””””””””””””””””’
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/17/nato-ukraine-dr-strangelove-china-us
    ””””””””””””””””””
    pilger is a fan of dr-strangelove, but along similar lines the film `Fail-Safe` is fcuking brilliant, a black and white drama, the starring players, henry fonda, larry hagman and walter mattau.

    george clooney did a shot for shot remake of fail-safe, l think in color, (but not sure)

    #Film is a `must-see` to true political believers of `any` flavor

  162. Tony permalink
    April 20, 2014 1:01 am

    Pilger has jumped the shark. That article is full of evidence-free assertions, half-truths, distortions, and lies. In other words, the whole thing is complete bullshit. So, naturally, teabagz swallows the bait, hook, line, and sinker.

  163. April 20, 2014 6:49 am

    ”””””””””full of evidence-free assertions, half-truths, distortions, and lies. In other words, the whole thing is complete bullshit.””””””””

    pilger could work for teh-usa Govt, 🙂

    #Let`s not mention the 13 usa bases that circle Iran either, yankee-doodle`osy

  164. TB Queensland permalink
    April 20, 2014 9:31 am

    Seems those from Qld have a difficulty with the forking obvious.

    Even to this day There is no sub branch of Mensa in Yorkshire still

    WTF does that even mean?

  165. TB Queensland permalink
    April 20, 2014 10:13 am

    Even to this day There is no sub branch of Mensa in Yorkshire still

    http://www.mensa.org.uk/british-mensa-annual-gathering-2013-sunday

    Yer obviously a tory, Wally … make the statement and then back pedal furiously …

  166. TB Queensland permalink
    April 20, 2014 10:14 am

    BTW, luv the grammar re Mensa … “even to this day …. still” …. 🙂

  167. April 20, 2014 10:32 am

    ””””””””””’Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama

    I questioned the Russian president live on TV to get his answer on the record, not to whitewash him

    • Edward Snowden defends decision to question Putin
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/18/vladimir-putin-surveillance-us-leaders-snowden
    ”””””””””””””””””””’

    lt looks like edward snowden aint gonna be around much longer

  168. April 20, 2014 10:39 am

    ””””””””””””’Extravagant CEO pay doesn’t reflect performance – it’s all about status
    The rise in super-salaries has nothing to do with performance and everything to do with keeping up in a status race
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/19/executive-pay-ceos-dont-need-cash
    ”””””””””””””””

    ””””””””””””’CEO pay has been sky high in the US for a decade and has doubled in Britain over the same period, but has economic and corporate performance been that stellar in either country? Some economists argue that it is the direct cause of the collapse of business investment in both countries. Even the most eloquent apologists are increasingly mute.”””””””””””’

    #Let the wailing from the `cubicle` begin

  169. April 20, 2014 11:03 am

    ”””””””””Evidence linking smoking and cancer appeared in the 1920s . Between 1920 and 1940, a chemist named Angel Honorio Roffo published several articles showing that cancers could be experimentally induced by exposure to tars from burned tobacco. Roffo et al. further showed that cancer could be induced by using nicotine-free tobacco, which means that tar, with or without nicotine, was carcinogenic. Research implicating smoking as a cause of cancer began to mount during the 1950s, with several landmark publications in leading medical journals.
    http://theaimn.com/2014/04/20/fool-me-once-shame-on-you-fool-me-twice-shame-on-me/
    ”””””””””””””””

    folks at coffee-2 have dug-up some of the tobacco `denial` and science TB, but l still come across 3`colorful`packets this week on my walks

  170. egg permalink
    April 20, 2014 2:31 pm

    ITS NOOZE TO ME

    ‘Abbott’s cabinet the most powerful group of Catholics ever assembled in Australia.’

    Swan and Visentin / SMH

  171. TB Queensland permalink
    April 20, 2014 6:16 pm

    Abbott’s cabinet the most powerful group of Catholics ever assembled in Australia.’

    Haven’t I been saying that for months, egg? Do keep up!

    Rupert M – Nov 2013 ….

    “We have a perfect example: Many of you will remember a day when a Catholic was rare in a Liberal cabinet.

    “Those days are now behind us. And Prime Minister Tony Abbott is part of the proof.”

    What a fkn tragedy! So as a secular nation we are governed primarily by archbishoprick Pell the Vatican?

    You also sound pleased, egg …

  172. TB Queensland permalink
    April 20, 2014 6:23 pm

    which means that tar, with or without nicotine, was carcinogenic.

    And that’s the “killer” … and why they flog nicorbate and other shite … nicotine hits
    your brain faster than any other drug … but its the tars (and other carcinogens) that fk yer body …

    As for the patches and gums etc of nicotine … they don’t actually reduce the risk of recidivism of smokers … there is only one true and tried way but it takes willpower + … cold turkey*

    *I started smoking when I was 11yo … went CT @ 32 and felt like a fag for NINE years … DO NOT smoke within 10 metres of me!

  173. egg permalink
    April 20, 2014 9:01 pm

    ‘You also sound pleased, egg …’

    Mostly amused, with the heathen Chinese arriving in droves.

  174. Walrus permalink
    April 22, 2014 5:26 pm

    “And guess who I met today at Manly Beach ?””

    WTF…………….no one cares ?

    I met and shook hands with the Devil himself

    Yes the man whose favourite number is 666 and who manages to make Lefties heads pivot on their collective necks and projectile vomit green slime

    That’s right…………………I met the PM

  175. egg permalink
    April 22, 2014 5:51 pm

    My gosh!

    Impressive. I did mention that those who live on the north side are born to rule.

  176. Walrus permalink
    April 22, 2014 5:56 pm

    “”I did mention that those who live on the north side are born to rule.”

    Yes it is a naturally occurring burden bestowed upon us up here.

  177. TB Queensland permalink
    April 22, 2014 5:59 pm

    That’s right…………………I met the PM

    Did I say … so WGAF … did you wash your hands, Joffrey …

  178. TB Queensland permalink
    April 22, 2014 6:01 pm

    Yes it is a naturally occurring burden bestowed upon us up here.

    Well FMD … so do I … and no-one bestowed anything on me …

  179. TB Queensland permalink
    April 22, 2014 6:03 pm

    ITS NOOZE TO ME

    Chuckle … I’m not surprised, egg … all that time in the kitchen … 🙂

  180. April 22, 2014 6:21 pm

    “That’s right…………………I met the PM”

    Gee how exciting. Did you tell him you’re his number one fan?

  181. TB Queensland permalink
    April 22, 2014 6:38 pm

    LOL!

  182. Sir Walrus permalink
    April 22, 2014 10:13 pm

    “Gee how exciting. Did you tell him you’re his number one fan?”

  183. Sir Walrus permalink
    April 22, 2014 10:15 pm

    “Gee how exciting. Did you tell him you’re his number one fan?”

    We’ll he did ask me why I was on my knees before him. Then he pulled out his huge sword and pointed it in my direction and said

    “Arise …………Sir Walrus”

  184. April 22, 2014 11:35 pm

    We’ll he did ask me why I was on my knees before him. Then he pulled out his huge sword and pointed it in my direction and said

    Knock the top off this , most of my fan club swallow my JIZ….. BTW where’s Kneely?

  185. TB Queensland permalink
    April 23, 2014 9:27 am

    I see Sir Noddy’s lot are playing silly buggers again … when thieves fall out … chuckle …

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

  186. Juliette J permalink
    April 24, 2014 10:21 pm

    Tony Abbott’s nothing more than a glorified, toxic, misogynistic, hypocritical, lying, thug. The sooner his hairy arse is thrown out, the better. Liberals don’t help Australia, they rip it apart and sell the shreds off to foreigners, while kicking the underdogs in the teeth in order to do it.

  187. April 26, 2014 9:23 am

    #full.story
    ”””””””””””””””
    France slaps Google with tax bill
    * by: Dow Jones newswires
    * April 26, 2014 5:30AM

    .
    French fiscal cops raided Google offices nearly three years ago as part of an investigation into whether the Web giant owes hundreds of millions of euros–or more–in back taxes. Last month, the bill came due.

    In March, French tax officials delivered to Google a “tax assessment” that could potentially force the company to pay as much as €1 billion ($A1.38bn) in back taxes for several years over the past decade. Google disclosed the assessment in a securities filing Thursday, but didn’t specify the amount.

    “In March 2014, we received a tax assessment from the French tax authorities,” Google said in the filing. “We believe an adequate provision has been made and it is more likely than not that our tax position will be sustained. However, it is reasonably possible that resolution with the French tax authorities could result in an adjustment to our tax position.”

    It is unclear precisely what France claims Google owes. French authorities had earlier discussed a tax assessment of more than €1bn, according to a person familiar with the matter. In February, before the assessment was sent, several French newspapers said the amount was between €500m and €1bn. In any case, Google will have the ability to challenge the figure, which isn’t yet final, and covers several years, that person and another familiar with the matter said.

    Google declined to comment on the amount French authorities are claiming. In a statement, a spokesman said only that the company is “studying” the assessment. Google has said it pays all the taxes it owes.

    The battle over French taxes reflects broader complaints by tax authorities across Europe about the corporate structures of Google and other multinational companies. Google, like several other tech firms, has a regional headquarters in Ireland, where it records the bulk of its European revenue. Google units in several other European countries are service providers that offer marketing and support to the Irish unit, according to corporate filings.

    In such arrangements, the Irish companies themselves sometimes pay little corporate tax because they pay heavy royalties to Irish-registered holding companies that are taxable in low-tax jurisdiction, in arrangements tax experts say are legal.

    Google France, for instance, had 389 employees in 2012, but the unit declared revenue of just €193m, and €6.6m in corporate tax, according to a French company filing. In contrast, Google Ireland reported €15.5bn in 2012 revenue, according to an Irish company filing. Google Ireland paid €33m in corporate tax in 2012.
    ”””””””””””””””””

  188. April 26, 2014 9:27 am

    this will be interesting too,

    my bet is France/Govt/Dept will shit itself when Google-monster `slaps` it back #watchlist #teabags

  189. April 28, 2014 10:10 am

    #foxtard news ratings

    (dunny)””’The Foxtard crew sure knows how to play to their base.””’

    Tinfoil`osy December 15, 2013 9:59 pm
    (Tinfoil`osy)””’About half the US population, as it turns out. Stoopid Rupert!””’
    https://theguttertrash.com/2013/12/04/new-report-paints-terrifying-picture-of-global-warming-future/#comment-39823

    (Reheated`Teabag)”””Tinfoil`osy is over-stating Foxtards numbers big-time, l don`t have them at hand at the moment, but l will re-feed him the correct numbers in the not too distant future.””’

    #Dunny is correct. Foxtard knows how to play to it`s fringe imbeciles.

  190. April 28, 2014 10:15 am

    ”””The ratings for 2013 are in, and it was a rough year for cable news networks.

    Like clockwork, Fox News led the pack with an average of 1.097 million total viewers in primetime, according to Nielsen numbers reported by TV Newser. It was the network’s 12th straight year in first place.

    +

    Meanwhile, all the cable news networks had lower ratings compared to 2012, an election year. It was Fox News, however, that saw the sharpest decline in viewers ages 25-54: the network lost 19 percent of its audience in the demo during total day, and a whopping 30 percent in primetime. Despite its continued dominance, falling viewership in the coveted 25-54 demo was a sore spot for the network last year.

    In January, for example, Fox News had its worst prime time ratings in the demo since August 2001, and its lowest total day ratings since June 2008. Greta Van Susteren and Sean Hannity saw record lows in the demo, and Bill O’Reilly suffered huge losses in the demo as well.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/2013-cable-news-ratings-msnbc-cnn_n_4532020.html
    ”””””””””””””””

    #teh-usa population is 300 million-plus

  191. April 28, 2014 10:20 am

    CONCLUSION in simple maths Tinfoil`osy, one million foxtard worshipers, out of a population of 300 million, equals `about` one-third-of-one-percent of the population watching foxtard, a fcuking long way from `half`. #teabags

  192. April 28, 2014 10:29 am

    RELATED bolt knows how to play to his fringe imbeciles too Tinfoil`osy, his 300,00 jiz-swallowers is also a `fractional` percentage of the population too. #teabags

    #300,000 is bolts number #Link dropped elsewhere on `this` blog

  193. April 28, 2014 10:31 am

    missed`a`zero #Tinfoil`osy, his 300,000 jiz-swallowers #correction

  194. Anti corruption permalink
    September 22, 2014 7:10 pm

    Haha the “”madam”was actually right! Look at all the corruption surrounding the liberals, from Newcastle to Sydney, as they say these children are the way they are because of their parents (Abbott, BISHOP, and the other worthless lot!

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