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Rostrum: No Politics Allowed Edition!

June 20, 2014

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Hi Funsters,

I trust you’re all enjoying Winter.

Let’s see if we’re capable of living up to this weekend’s theme of “no politics allowed.”

Here’s an interesting article on The Death of Shopping Malls in the US, largely due to changing demographics (i.e. there are more poor people these days).

I know that ToSY (as well as myself) find it interesting that there are many ghost cities in China.   I wonder if the Death of the Shopping Mall is a trend that may extend to Australia?

Anyhow, surely there must be some things we can talk about aside from politics?

 

Have a go at it…

 

And have a lovely weekend…   🙂

 

reb.

 

 

 

 

 

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406 Comments leave one →
  1. TB Queensland permalink
    June 20, 2014 6:28 pm

    (i.e. there are more poor people these days).

    No politics??????????????????????????????

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    June 20, 2014 6:28 pm

    OK sorry …

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    June 20, 2014 6:29 pm

    Mosque protesters.

    Do they have a legitimate beef?

    No politics??????????????

  4. TB Queensland permalink
    June 20, 2014 6:29 pm

    Fuck!

  5. June 20, 2014 6:30 pm

    that’s religion ain’t it?

  6. June 20, 2014 6:30 pm

    Alright, bring out yer fkn scone recipes then…

  7. Lady Flo permalink
    June 20, 2014 6:55 pm

    Method
    1. Beat together maragarine, sugar and salt.
    2. Add egg, then pumpkin and stir in the flour.
    3. Turn on to floured board and cut into desired
    shapes.
    4. Place onto a greased baking tray or a tray lined
    with baking paper.
    5. Place on the top shelf of a very hot oven
    225-250˚C for 15-20 minutes.

    http://www.qast.org.au/Portals/0/pdfs/Lady%20Flo%20Scones.pdf

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    June 20, 2014 7:27 pm

    Alright, bring out yer fkn scone recipes then…

    I only eat the fuckin’ things … preferably with strawberry jam … none of that fkn cream (OK unless yer got Devon clotted … mm … mmm)

    WTF is Lady Flo? (Sorry, I know that … WTF is Lady Flo here …

  9. In_the_sticks permalink
    June 20, 2014 7:28 pm

    Based on the article you linked to, I’d say they don’t have any legitimate issues. It’d be a different story if the thing didn’t comply with local planning regs. or was likely to impact residents due to traffic, noise or something tangible. However it just seems like all of the local racist bogans have come out moaning about being invaded by ‘Islam’. Idiots !!

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    June 20, 2014 7:35 pm

    … just seems like all of the local racist bogans have come out moaning about being invaded by ‘Islam’. Idiots !!

    I guess you live near a mosque … or a cathedral or something religious?

    I feel like I’m being invaded by christians …

  11. June 20, 2014 7:40 pm

    ”””””””””’The trend is especially noticeable in the Midwest, a former blue-collar bastion where ailing malls have begun dotting suburban landscapes.

    http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/jun/19/-sp-death-of-the-american-shopping-mall?CMP=soc_567
    ””””””””””’

    +

    ”””””””””””Some locals today point to Northland as the symbolic beginning of the end, an emblem of the postwar sprawl that gradually decimated Detroit.””””””””””””

    #great find reb 🙂 l still reckon that while our canberra clown continue to follow teh-usa road-map, we must end-up with some type of Detroitification of our cities sooner or later, it has already happened to some extent to some of our rural towns, with little to no chance to earn a living, unless of course, you are already wealthy.

  12. In_the_sticks permalink
    June 20, 2014 7:47 pm

    TB, I’m not far (2-3 minute drive) from a number of churches. There’s even a Freemason’s hall just up the road. No mosques though, I don’t think there’s enough demand at the moment…

  13. Tom R permalink
    June 20, 2014 7:51 pm

    If so, what is it….?

    If they could work it out, chances are they couldn’t enunciate it.

  14. TB Queensland permalink
    June 20, 2014 7:53 pm

    it has already happened to some extent to some of our rural towns, with little to no chance to earn a living, unless of course, you are already wealthy.

    Globalisation?

  15. June 20, 2014 7:58 pm

    ”””””””””””’Mr Hanlon said a departmental case manager would be appointed to identify suitable locations for the distribution centre and Aldi stores.

    Expected timing of the first store opening would not be confirmed until a distribution centre site was identified, Mr Hanlon said.

    The German giant yesterday announced it would spend hundreds of millions of dollars and create 900 permanent jobs in SA.

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/business/sa-business-journal/discount-supermarket-chain-aldi-to-open-40-stores-across-south-australia/story-e6fredel-1226576224850
    ”””””””””””””””’

    #this outfit may the exception and reduce the Detroitification of some city areas. Without checking the aldi website, l will boldly predict that areas like `elizabeth` that are slated to lose lots or auto-jobs (or_aircraft_areas) will result in having an aldi nearby. #teabags

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    June 20, 2014 7:59 pm

    There’s even a Freemason’s hall just up the road.

    Chuckle …

    I have two friends who are masons … both indicated I should “join” … they can’t actually ask … you have to believe in a “higher being” … why don’t they say fkn god …

    Which is one of the reason’s I wouldn’t offer “ask” …

    My Teutonic mate had the “answer” .. he said, “Do you believe in yourself?” … clever, I thought, still, he is my mate … chuckle …

    Wellkommen …

  17. In_the_sticks permalink
    June 20, 2014 8:05 pm

    Wonder if they’d accept ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ as an answer ?

  18. Inter Berbs permalink
    June 20, 2014 8:30 pm

    “No politics allowed.”

    Nice!

  19. June 20, 2014 8:33 pm

    Did a great Gig with my Bluegrass band in the new and improved Coogee Diggers. Downstairs room is so cool ..highly recommended place to see a band full of pinball machines and chesterfield lounges 🙂

    Loving Fargo… fuck didn’t want it to end…best thing on all fronts i’ve seen since True Detective.

    Cracking doco’s of late

    “How to grow a band” Story of the Punch brothers band which is musical prodigy/genius Chris Thiley’s band. Great insight into creativity and the dynamics of growing a living creative thing organically from scratch. Hands down some of the best string ensemble virtuosity you will see. If they ever tour , just go they will blow you away. Take Jazz, folk and Classical then combine it with a bluegrass quintet… awesome stuff.

    Greenwich Village music that defined a generation. Wow such a great snapsht of the NYC folk scene that defined contemporary folk music… One has to ask Tony Abbott Rhodes Scholar.. Kris Kristofferson Rhodes Scholar… WTF?. Great doco and very well researched.

    Loving this record… Great social observatory statement on decaying industrial America.

    These Guys are Awesome

  20. June 20, 2014 10:22 pm

    Oh and Highly recommended…
    William S Burroughs Doco on SBS

    http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/11830339772/William-S-Burroughs-A-Man-Within

  21. June 21, 2014 8:57 am

    “No mosques though, I don’t think there’s enough demand at the moment…”

    Maybe if they build it, they will come.

  22. June 21, 2014 9:19 am

    I must say that I don’t think Muslims in Australia do all that much to integrate into society. For one thing, it’s pretty hard to strike up a conversation with someone who’s dressed head to toe in a black burqa.

    They tend to stick pretty much to themselves anyway, which I guess arouses suspicion amongst some.

    Then again, they don’t exactly generate much endearment when they’re wielding signs saying Behead All Those Who Insult The Prophet.

    To their credit, a group of Muslims have been engaged in an outreach program on the corner of Swanston Street and Bourke most weekends. They seem quite pleasant and quietly approach people with their flyers n such.

    Directly opposite, the christians spruik their unique brand of salvation with some guy regularly bellowing the perils of damnation from a megaphone.

    Personally I’d rather live next to a Mosque than Hillsong, as long as they don’t start doing that “call for prayer” thing at 4:00am. That would really give me the shits.

  23. June 21, 2014 9:20 am

    Bombay Royale…

    I was trying to get tickets to their album launch party tonight and the bloody thing is sold out!

  24. Tom R permalink
    June 21, 2014 9:22 am

    Personally I’d rather live next to a Mosque than Hillsong

    I AGREE!

    Mind you, my preference would be a pub but, hey, you can’t always get what you want 😉

  25. June 21, 2014 9:22 am

    LOL!

  26. June 21, 2014 9:27 am

    Part of my “extended family” are regular members of Hillsong… They’re Liberal party supporters (some of them proud members), comfortably middle-class and blithely sanctimonious…

    One of them recently sent me a message on Facebook – a “friendship request.”

    I couldn’t find the option that says “you’ve got to be fkn kidding.”

  27. Tom R permalink
    June 21, 2014 9:35 am

    Bombay Royale

    I thought it was a Bollywood 007 movie 😯

    It was weirder than that lol. I do hate bands that take themselves too seriously.

    Yet I still like Pink Floyd??

  28. Tom R permalink
    June 21, 2014 9:37 am

    Part of my “extended family” are regular members of Hillsong

    I don’t know what I found more disturbing. That, or that you have a facebook account 😯

  29. June 21, 2014 9:42 am

    😆

  30. TB Queensland permalink
    June 21, 2014 10:14 am

    … as long as they don’t start doing that “call for prayer” thing at 4:00am. That would really give me the shits.

    Reminded me of our first night in Istanbul … our hotel was about 500m from the Blue mosque … woke me up I can tell you! Then the calls travel across the city …

    In general though, I actually enjoyed the call to prayer … in Turkey and the Middle East …

    I’m old enough to remember church bells on Sundays too … that was stopped ’cause it drives people up the wall …

  31. TB Queensland permalink
    June 21, 2014 10:16 am

    I don’t know what I found more disturbing. That, or that you have a facebook account

    Me too!!!! LOL!

    sreb, facebook? LOL! newdies LOL!???

  32. egg permalink
    June 21, 2014 10:22 am

    The big difference between the Muslim culture and mainstream Oz is piss.

  33. June 21, 2014 10:39 am

    Even Jesus aint on the door at Hellsong

  34. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 21, 2014 12:03 pm

    No politics, so we talk about religion! NTTAWWT

    In general though, I actually enjoyed the call to prayer … in Turkey and the Middle East …

    I literally do live around the corner from a mosque. Very quiet neighbourhood, always feel ‘relaxed and comfortable’, safe. Only trouble is on fridays when difficult to get out of the street as lined with cars on both sides. Don’t hear any calls to prayer or noise from them at all, yet I do hear the bells from the local primary school and the toots of the train from the station across the road from the mosque. They are very nice people, we even get invitations in the mailbox to come to their open days, they are so nicely worded & friendly that I want to reply, telling them if I wasn’t an atheist and hated all religions, I would have gladly come to their visitor/open day!
    Pretty good location as all the houses around have sold within a few weeks of being on sale. Very community minded people and we are all polite, friendly and good neighbourly. I see a lot of men in long dresses as they go to prayer around dusk. I don’t see women going though, perhaps they’re at another time that I miss. The only doorknockers we get are the bloody jehovahs, but nothing ever puts them off, even the posties don’t even bother to knock these days, I open the door to go out and find a parcel there, who knows when they’ve left it!
    We have a local community market every saturday and I have to say, the food is glorious!
    I see more women wearing head scarves and ordinary civvies than a burqa, perhaps I’m in a progressive area with people integrating more.

    Am watching john luther on telly, he’s in a lot of trouble from friend and foe, catching up as I was at work til 11pm last night. Trying not to think of all the things to be done today on my one day off before back to work tomorrow, household chores, blurrrrkkk

    I don’t know what I found more disturbing. That, or that you have a facebook account
    😯 😆

  35. Tom R permalink
    June 21, 2014 12:48 pm

    household chores, blurrrrkkk

    Get yourself a facebook account. household chores will become a thing of the past 😉

    (I refuse to reveal if that is from experience or second hand (grapevine) knowledge)

  36. egg permalink
    June 21, 2014 1:16 pm

    Some years back my dad visited an old watering hole in Campsie around 11 am and was shocked to find three Middle Eastern gentlemen sitting on the floor drinking coffee.

    From my perspective it seems quite civilised, but being an old booze hound he cleared out.

  37. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 21, 2014 1:43 pm

    Get yourself a facebook account. household chores will become a thing of the past

    I’m sure I’d be too busy with facebook to do anything at all. I refuse to be part of the facebook crowd, call it antisocial if you like, but email and sms is quite enough for me!

  38. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 21, 2014 2:14 pm

  39. June 21, 2014 3:57 pm

    ”””I refuse to be part of the facebook crowd”””

    me too armchair, l tried it under a fake id years ago, but junked it pretty quickly, the blog-sites all have much better content, dumb-fcuk-book has the mentality of about twelve, and l wasn`t keen to be giving a database of myself to the zucker-misogynist.

  40. June 21, 2014 4:27 pm

    “The big difference between the Muslim culture and mainstream Oz is piss.

    You obviously haven’t seen the Muslim men when they’re on holiday. They don’t mind getting stuck into hard liquor when they’re overseas… Similarly no qualms about staying at American owned five star resorts and quaffing back the buffet breakfast with their half dozen wives in tow..

    And then as soon as they’re back home it’s all this “down with the Western infidels!”

  41. egg permalink
    June 21, 2014 4:53 pm

    Its nooze to me, I don’t get out much.

  42. June 21, 2014 5:04 pm

    l enjoy the muslims, they keep theteabags unhinged,

    l enjoy their `burkas` too, particularly the `letter-box` model, with just the slot for their eyes,

    l saw a harem herd flock gaggle *fleet of them at the super-market this week, they like aldi too, and l just smiled and nodded politely to them, and they rushed away from me (they think they are `sex`objects but the camels are not safe) which l found quite funny

    *hard to choose the correct word without enraging the resident feminista 🙂

  43. June 21, 2014 5:08 pm

    “particularly the `letter-box` model, with just the slot for their eyes,”

    Yeah that’s the ones I see in Malaysia too. Dressed in black – which is just ideal for 30 degree heat*. They travel in packs, although that could just be the many wives of one husband.

    The thing that cracks me up is when they take photos of each other. I mean, it could be fkn anyone…!

  44. June 21, 2014 5:10 pm

    “Its nooze to me, I don’t get out much.”

    And there’s nothing wrong with that egg…

    That’s the beauty of blogging, we can find out interesting things about one another and our different life experiences without having to set foot outside the door……. 🙂

  45. June 21, 2014 5:27 pm

    the hillsong cranks are/were originally located in the blacktown area of sydney,

    is your extended-family in sydney reb, or has the hillsong cranks expanded to nz/inter-state.?

    _____

    the cranks l would oppose setting-up near me is the deluded-bretheran, they are the cranks JohnW courted during election/s, tho the fcukers are anti-voting, l know they have set-up at several locations, and have pissed-off the locals

  46. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 21, 2014 5:29 pm

    hard to choose the correct word without enraging the resident feminista

    let me think, no, not much enragement, just wondering if group would suffice?
    Sounds better than equating women with animals or less than human. Does that relate to all muslims or just the lowly females? 😉

  47. egg permalink
    June 21, 2014 5:29 pm

    ‘it could be fkn anyone…!’

    ** chuckle

  48. June 21, 2014 5:39 pm

    ””””group would suffice?””””””’

    fair enough

    (tho l didn`t see them with musical instruments) _ 🙂

  49. June 21, 2014 5:48 pm

    back to those deluded bretheran, they may also have a high `dole-rorting` component among its members, that work for `church`owned businesses and don`t get paid a wage, but then collect `dole` to live on, this is the `dole-rorting` that mr-rabbit should be going after, but won`t l bet, as JohnW `approved` this crap for the `bretheren`

    (bet `our` teabags won`t wail about it either)

  50. June 21, 2014 6:06 pm

    “is your extended-family in sydney reb, or has the hillsong cranks expanded to nz/inter-state.?”

    Yeah Castle Hill/Hills District…..

    They’re fairly affluent middle-class Chinese so the “greed is good” Hillsong Mantra sits comfortably with them as does Liberal Party philosophy…

    They can all die a thousand deaths as far as I’m concerned.

  51. June 21, 2014 6:10 pm

    And the thing is, 20 years ago my better half nearly got sucked into that middle class elitism too. “Let’s buy a McMansion in the Hills district” he pleaded (although not quite in those words) but that was apparently the “measure of success”.

    Fortunately my sanity prevailed and we bought in Newtown instead (before it became fashionable) …

  52. June 21, 2014 6:13 pm

    “Back to those deluded bretheran, they may also have a high `dole-rorting` component among its members, that work for `church`owned businesses and don`t get paid a wage, but then collect `dole` “

    ABSOLUTELY bags.

    And let’s not forget the millions the so called “church” rakes in every couple of months or so completely tax-free…

    Mother fkn cnts.

  53. egg permalink
    June 21, 2014 6:40 pm

    ‘we bought in Newtown instead (before it became fashionable) …’

    I bought a DMR effected property in Annandale, then Laurie Brereton decided it was a bad place for a feeder road and I became rich overnight.

  54. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 21, 2014 6:44 pm

    Has Newtown been unfashionable in the past couple of decades?

    I suppose it has gone from “grungy trendy” to just “trendy”

  55. June 21, 2014 6:45 pm

    ”””””the “greed is good” Hillsong Mantra””””’

    yep, l don`t like the hillsong idea either,

    another shit idea of teh-usa, create another mega/music/money-church that trods on the poor while pocketing tax-breaks and teabag politicians,

    promoting the greed-is-good message, that cheeses never said or promoted, makes me wonder what cheese would say about hillsong and other usa-style cash-cows

  56. TB Queensland permalink
    June 21, 2014 6:59 pm

    The only doorknockers we get are the bloody jehovahs, but nothing ever puts them off, even the posties don’t even bother to knock these days, I open the door to go out and find a parcel there, who knows when they’ve left it!

    JWs will put you on a list of do not calls if you tell them to … in my first house I told them I was a communist (not true, sb, egg, Kneel) and I didn’t want them to call …

    The last time they turned up here (my second home) I told them I was agnostic (and had to explain) but I told them that if I were to join the JWs my membership number would be 440,001 … pissed ’emselves and listed me as DNC … haven’t seen ’em since …

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

    (I refuse to reveal if that is from experience or second hand (grapevine) knowledge)

    Shouldn’t that be – facevine knowledge?

    __________________________________

    three Middle Eastern gentlemen sitting on the floor drinking coffee.

    I saw your earlier comment re piss, egg … but I can assure you not all muslims shun alcohol …

    Then read, sreb’s, edification comment …

    Organised religion (ANY) is really a farce … just a pity most folk are gullible … the problem for me is that religion seems to delete people’s morals and honesty … don’t ask me why … they think they are “protected” somehow … as many catlike priests believed …

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

    Luv, the photo, KL!

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

    That’s the beauty of blogging, we can find out interesting things about one another and our different life experiences without having to set foot outside the door…….

    The Minister doesn’t believe that for one fkn minute* … next trip is to Eratap … I think that might end the fkn aeroplanes anyway … Carnarvon Gorge is the trip after that …

    * nor do I BTW, one person’s holiday is another’s nightmare … eg we’ll never go back to SE Asia … loved the people (as usual) … but the rich/poor divide is far too sad.

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

    Does that relate to all muslims or just the lowly females? 😉

    Chuckle!

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

    Gurgle … Yeah Castle Hill/Hills District….. appropriate 🙂

    They’re fairly affluent middle-class Chinese

    Fkn extended alright, Jummy! ~ 😯

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

    And let’s not forget the millions the so called “church” rakes in every couple of months or so completely tax-free…

    So tax ’em … unions should keep books! So should the religioso … they are not speshul …

  57. TB Queensland permalink
    June 21, 2014 7:00 pm

    Has Newtown been unfashionable in the past couple of decades?

    We are talking Melbourne here … Mexican values … even Kneel lives in Sydley …

  58. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 21, 2014 7:16 pm

    I was living in Balmain then.
    ——
    Now off for a dose of red!

  59. Tom R permalink
    June 21, 2014 7:17 pm

    Meanwhile, in the REAL world

    This unique and audacious “dogfight” will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of The Great War; a 21st Century tribute to the daring – and often downright dangerous – exploits of both the English and German pilots who ruled Europe’s skies between 1914-1918. The show features nine aircraft of 5 different types, all exact replicas of the planes used in WW1 combat. Bruce will be flying his very own Fokker Dr1 Triplane, the same model used by infamous German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen aka The Red Baron.

  60. June 21, 2014 9:02 pm

    ””””finding myself open minded about this one””””’

    ””””man-who-wore-colander-on-his-head””””

    why dabble at the edges, grab some tinfoil and join kneel and the teabags

  61. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 22, 2014 11:52 am

  62. egg permalink
    June 22, 2014 12:31 pm

    PASADENA (JPL) – ‘NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s — all on the agency’s human Path to Mars. Agency officials announced on Thursday, June 19, recent progress to identify candidate asteroids for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), increase public participation in the search for asteroids, and advance the mission’s design.’

    wuwt

  63. egg permalink
    June 22, 2014 12:38 pm

    ‘Practically speaking, robots growing to the point that they take over the world and then start creating smarter, better robots are impractical and should not even be a concern. None of this is expected in the near future, not by a long shot. If you’ve been to an ATM, waited for a PC to boot up after a catastrophic failure, or had a game crash on your Xbox just when you were about to reach a checkpoint, you understand that we are not in a world where machines do everything perfectly right. Before they can take over all of our jobs, they need to be able to do theirs’ flawlessly; until then, we can depend on humans to mess up our lives.’

    Sohail Qaisar

    Read more at http://www.business2community.com/tech-gadgets/will-human-jobs-replaced-robots-future-0613473#xi8UhB2Qu6vIMhYl.99

  64. June 22, 2014 3:44 pm

    The minister for Menstrual dissemination is not sexist..that is obviously beneath his stature. In recognition of his services and life quest of sexism and chauvinism as a complete cunt, he has promoted himself to the self appointment of Minster for misogyny. congratulations Tony your legions of adoring ironing housewife’s worship your sink chaining masculinity. You clearly have their back.

  65. TB Queensland permalink
    June 22, 2014 3:58 pm

    RE: Sue Boyce describes Julia Gillard’ misogyny speech as ‘powerful’ and ‘brilliant’ – from KL’s link above …

    Needs to be out there … Boyce is just the “voice” … I suspect there are others ..

    The retiring Liberal senator Sue Boyce has described Tony Abbott as “a sexist” and says the Coalition has been “dog whistling” with its asylum seeker policies.

    Speaking on her departure from federal parliament at the end of the month, the Queensland senator has told Fairfax Media she thinks Julia Gillard’s famous misogyny speech was “powerful” and, for her purposes, “brilliant”.

    However, she says the prime minister would have better been described by the former prime minister as a subtle sexist, one of many in federal politics.

    Boyce did concede, however, that during her time in Canberra Abbott had been more willing to listen to the views of women than many of her male colleagues.

    Some of the Coalition’s older MPs still “yearned for the life when proper mothers stayed home and looked after the children and proper fathers who had their slippers handed to them”, the Sun Herald quoted her as saying.

    Boyce said she was concerned by the government swinging too far to the right, particularly on issues such as asylum seekers, action against climate change and same-sex marriage.

    “I think the whole asylum seeker issue is sort of fraught with dog whistling,” she said, adding that she did not appreciate the language used by the immigration minister, Scott Morrison, particularly the term “illegal maritime arrivals”.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/retiring-liberal-senator-sue-boyce-has-described-prime-minister-tony-abbott-as-a-sexist/story-fncynjr2-1226962680555

  66. June 22, 2014 8:33 pm

    Unusual for a teabag outfit like network-7 to be doing a `pro-medical-choof` story, they even managed to wrangle a quack to speak positively for medical-choof. l guess as research continues to show positive results for certain choof-treatments, and the rest of the world changes on choof, the ama will be dragged kicking and screaming out of big-pharmas pockets.

  67. June 22, 2014 11:42 pm

  68. June 22, 2014 11:44 pm

    Reckon his ‘kids’ were young when he played this. (goats are tremendous…omnivorous acrobatic quadripedia!!!)

  69. June 23, 2014 12:55 am

    Honestly…

    How fucken tremendous is ‘being alive’…?

    #blink&miss

  70. June 23, 2014 2:09 am

    #tremendousdoubleplusextragood

  71. egg permalink
    June 23, 2014 8:09 am

    ‘How fucken tremendous is ‘being alive’…?’

    Its interesting, no doubt about that.

  72. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2014 8:18 am

    Had to pop this in here … hehe …

    A FRESH poll out this morning should put a smile on Malcolm Turnbull’s face and a grimace on Tony Abbott’s.

    The Communications Minister is twice as popular as the Prime Minister , according to a Fairfax-Nielsen poll of 1400 voters taken over the weekend.

    Mr Turnbull is the preferred Liberal leader among 40 per cent of voters, while Mr Abbott languishes at 21 per cent.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/coalition-can-claim-minibounce-but-voters-still-not-sold-on-abbott-20140622-3amd5.html

  73. egg permalink
    June 23, 2014 8:34 am

    Talcum would be a good Labor leader and PM.

  74. Tom R permalink
    June 23, 2014 9:35 am

    And these bozzos want to get rid of legislation that is doing what it is designed to do.

  75. egg permalink
    June 23, 2014 9:38 am

    That’s interesting TR.

  76. Tom R permalink
    June 23, 2014 9:48 am

    What is interesting is that tabots own team think he’s a sexist. I found it VERY interesting that, while she said she wouldn’t use the term “misogynist”, she also didn’t disagree with it. In other words, she probably just doesn’t know what it means, like some here who use the same defense.

    What a defense lol

    ”I think it would have been more accurate if she had called him a sexist,” she said.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/liberal-senator-sue-boyce-slams-abbott-sexism-20140621-3al85.html#ixzz35Pn12zsm

    The Minister For The Ladies. WTF!!

  77. Tom R permalink
    June 23, 2014 9:49 am

    Sorry reb, we tried, but, it is a political blog 😉

  78. Walrus permalink
    June 23, 2014 10:05 am

    Off to Thailand soon. Mrs Walrus did the strangest thing on the weekend. She came home with a collection of red and yellow t-shirts for me. She reckons I look good in those colours. She reckons I should wear the red one’s while we are in Bangkok and she recoomends the yellow ones out in the rural areas.

    Sometimes she does the strangest things.

  79. Walrus permalink
    June 23, 2014 10:10 am

    “Household consumption of energy is falling: down 10% per capita in 3 yrs”

    “”And these bozzos want to get rid of legislation that is doing what it is designed to do.””

    – TomR

    Wait a minute………………………isn’t the point of the exercise to lower World temperatures. Where are those statistics over the last 3 years ?

    3 years says the Kouk………………………..when was the Carbon Tax brought in………………….was it 2011 ?……………………….I thought it was 2012.

    Surely the Kouk is not using selective timespans yet again.

  80. Tom R permalink
    June 23, 2014 10:14 am

    Where are those statistics over the last 3 years ?

    The stoopid is strong within this one 😯

  81. June 23, 2014 10:20 am

    “Sorry reb, we tried, but, it is a political blog”

    It’s ok… I’m amazed we managed to make it thru the weekend without bringing it up…. 🙂

  82. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 23, 2014 10:27 am

    I apologise,
    looking back through comments, I fear I may have started it. I had tried so hard to keep it politics free too!

  83. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 23, 2014 10:30 am

    It was the tweet re sue boyce and abbott being sexist, I had mistakenly slipped it in with the others, sorry!

  84. egg permalink
    June 23, 2014 10:40 am

    ‘The stoopid is strong within this one’

    Still, I’d like to see your answer to his question.

  85. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2014 10:48 am

    Sorry reb, we tried, but, it is a political blog 🙂

    No we’re not, TR … 😆

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

    Sometimes she does the strangest things.

    Mrs Wally sounds quite clever …

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

    I apologise,
    looking back through comments, I fear I may have started it.

    Chuckle, that let’s me off the hook with the poll comment earlier this am … 🙂

  86. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 23, 2014 10:55 am

    What a defense lol
    ”I think it would have been more accurate if she had called him a sexist,” she said.

    I’ll stick with misogyny, after all he’s spent his life participating in institutions that actively oppress women, behaved violently and aggressively toward women in his adult life and continues the same behaviour today [gillard].

    She then talked about the ‘soft’ sexism that abbott and many of them display and I would apply that to the general population, the unthinking sexism that pervades our society. When picked up on it, the males get all chest puffy with indignant anger and start shouting ‘feminazi’, wanting to tear into every assertive woman they meet and hating on any pro womens groups. The male sensibilities somehow offended by pointing out their own male privilege and sexist behaviour.

  87. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2014 11:09 am

    Bloody feminists …

  88. Tom R permalink
    June 23, 2014 11:10 am

    Still, I’d like to see your answer to his question.

    What, if introducing a carbon price had lowered temperatures? 😯

    I know the stoopid is strong in you, you don’t need to re-inforce the fact.

  89. egg permalink
    June 23, 2014 11:13 am

    ‘What, if introducing a carbon price had lowered temperatures?’

    It worked TR … the hiatus is a direct result.

  90. Tom R permalink
    June 23, 2014 11:20 am

    Bloody feminists …

    I thought the term was #leftwingfeministfrightbat 😯

  91. Tom R permalink
    June 23, 2014 11:27 am
  92. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 23, 2014 11:40 am

    I thought the term was #leftwingfeministfrightbat

    yeah, keep up TB! 🙂

    Be very worried, Tim Blair – we are all frightbats now:
    https://theconversation.com/be-very-worried-tim-blair-we-are-all-frightbats-now-28148

  93. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2014 12:16 pm

    yeah, keep up TB! As if I GAFF ! LOL! 🙂 🙂

  94. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2014 12:28 pm

    KL, reads the link – up to the names – very disappointed not to find my “favourite” Germaine G on the list … 🙄

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

    Kohler, hit the nail right on the head!

    And its that type controversial hypocrisy of the extreme right ideologues in the Liberal Party that I suspect (hope) will be their downfall …

    They are no different to the extreme far left of politics (power, money, control of the masses) … it almost completes a circle … with Dog as the insulator between left and right …

    Luckily the “normal” 🙂 Aussie is relatively, politically complacent but will see through BS eventually … it was the fighting between factions and Gillard and Rudd camps that lost ALP power … voters got sick of it … this time the Liberal Party picked a fight with the Nation … think I know who’ll lose that one …

    So we’ll end up with another government by default …

  95. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 23, 2014 12:38 pm

    Be very worried, Tim Blair “

    Blair won’t be losing any sleep over this. It is an unfair contest. After all he has a brain and a sense of humour.

  96. Tom R permalink
    June 23, 2014 1:09 pm

    It had to come, the character assassination of Bill Shorten. The Opposition Leader has been doing too well in the polls for Australia’s right-wing hunting pack to leave him untouched.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/mud-flung-at-bill-shorten-by-rabid-right-shows-hes-a-threat-to-coalition-20140622-zshx1.html#ixzz35QMZSsdZ

  97. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 23, 2014 1:32 pm

    Maybe Shorten has some questions to answer. Those union officials who spent members’ funds on union election campaigning (whether their own or some mate’s campaign in another union) should be very worried.

  98. Tom R permalink
    June 23, 2014 1:35 pm

    Maybe Shorten has some questions to answer.

    ROFL

    Maybe he should do a couple of hour long free range press interviews to settle the matter 😯

  99. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 23, 2014 1:59 pm

    If this is a beat-up, I’m sure Dyson will get to the bottom of it. He is not some political hack like Judge Mordy.

  100. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2014 2:04 pm

    LOL!

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/shorten-rejects-labor-leadership-talk/story-e6frfku9-1226963670831

    To be read in conjunction with

    A FRESH poll out this morning should put a smile on Malcolm Turnbull’s face and a grimace on Tony Abbott’s.

    The Communications Minister is twice as popular as the Prime Minister , according to a Fairfax-Nielsen poll of 1400 voters taken over the weekend.

    Mr Turnbull is the preferred Liberal leader among 40 per cent of voters, while Mr Abbott languishes at 21 per cent.

    So painfully obvious … adults in charge my arse … bloody Private School Bullies …

  101. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 23, 2014 2:10 pm

    I wonder which Unionland Robber Barons got at these fees:

    Paul Bracegirdle organised the workers at his yard within the Toll Group to invoke Clause 14 of the EBA so as to allow them to vary the terms of the EBA to allow the men in that yard to choose their own superannuation fund. He was not successful as the EBA required that the relevant TWU organiser must endorse that action. The TWU organiser did not endorse the action.

    Most employees of the Toll Group covered by the EBA negotiated by the TWU were not able to choose their own fund.

    Mr Stoljar states that TWUSuper paid the TWU $200,000 for directors fees, $500,000 for salary reimbursement and $100,000 in sponsorships.

  102. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2014 2:26 pm

    Most employees of the Toll Group covered by the EBA negotiated by the TWU were not able to choose their own fund.

    Always, always wrong! When I worked for the NSCA (training consultant) we were told AMP were looking after super … two of us complained and a meeting was called with all staff and two AMP reps … what fkn drongos …

  103. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2014 2:35 pm

    Ooops …

    As for the fees you list, sb, seems like Robber Barons at play alright … thieving pricks …

    They should have corporate rules and we bring in jail time ’tis the only way to curtail this shite (we’ll never stop it completely) …

  104. Tom R permalink
    June 23, 2014 3:49 pm

    lol

  105. Tom R permalink
    June 23, 2014 3:56 pm

    And this is positive news

    Labor will oppose any attempt by the federal government to continue the school chaplaincy program unless it includes funding for secular welfare workers.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/labor-to-oppose-school-chaplaincy-funding-without-secular-option-20140623-3anzf.html#ixzz35RHRxmUO

  106. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 23, 2014 5:04 pm

    “As for the fees you list, sb, seems like Robber Barons at play alright … thieving pricks … “

    This will be interesting. Underpants Conroy was a superannuation officer with the TWU.

  107. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 23, 2014 5:10 pm

    I’m sure this is just a coincidence:

    A big donor to the ruling Liberal National Party in Queensland has escaped prosecution for illegal quarrying because of a last-minute change to legislation ordered by the state’s Deputy Premier.

    Karreman Quarries was this month facing legal action by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines over unlawful extraction of sand and gravel from the Upper Brisbane River when an amendment, slipped unnoticed into a package of reforms to the Water Act, retrospectively legalised its activities.

  108. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2014 8:29 pm

    Its really getting beyond a joke now …

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/small-business/the-heart-and-sole-of-businesses/story-fn9evb64-1226956480921

    The heart and what!?

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

    Labor will oppose any attempt by the federal government to continue the school chaplaincy program unless it includes funding for secular welfare workers.

    Yes! That’ll put the cat amongst the christians …

  109. TB Queensland permalink
    June 23, 2014 8:33 pm

    I’m sure this is just a coincidence:

    Not even a wisp of Robber Barons at play? sb? 🙂 🙂

    Glad your now picking up how they destroy our society to “improve” their economy … 🙂

    Make money in a capitalist society by all means but not at the expense of other people in any way …

  110. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 23, 2014 11:54 pm

    Gina Rinehart gave $50,000 prize to fellow billionaire
    Mining magnate awarded prize for supporting mining against ‘far left or non-understanding media attacks’
    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jun/23/gina-rinehart-gave-50000-prize-to-fellow-billionaire-reports-say?CMP=soc_567

  111. Award Night permalink
    June 24, 2014 1:45 am

    “Gina Rinehart awards $50,000 prize to dead billionaire for services to fighting commies and leftist media”

    “Awards prize to dead billlionaire”?

    Guffaw.

    He’s dead now, but was very much alive when he received the award.

    According to the article linked by @davrosz, “The prize was finally dished out last year [2013] … Mr Buckeridge delivered a great acceptance speech and was very happy with the award.There was stiff competition in the judging. Mr Buckeridge received the cheque and award at the event.” He died “in March [2014], aged 77”.

    So.

    Guardian runs class-hatred article implying greedy billionaire won’t give even a $50,000 award to a needy recipient, but keeps it in the hands of the billionaire class.

    Twitter takes same article and adds lies, implying greedy billionaire awards prize to dead billionaire, therefore prize won’t have to be paid and Gina gets to keep her precious money.

    Because, you know, Gina’s greedy. And fat.

  112. O Sole Mio permalink
    June 24, 2014 1:55 am

    “The heart and what!?”

    sole [sohl]

    adjective

    1. being the only one; only: the sole living relative.

    2. being the only one of the kind; unique; unsurpassed; matchless: the sole brilliance of the gem.

    3. belonging or pertaining to one individual or group to the exclusion of all others; exclusive: the sole right to the estate.

    4. functioning automatically or with independent power: the sole authority.

    5. Chiefly Law. unmarried.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sole

  113. Picture Store permalink
    June 24, 2014 2:39 am

    “The Minister For The Ladies. WTF!!”

    Yes, it’s just “a href=”http://catallaxyfiles.com/2014/05/21/photoshopped-fraud/”>wrong.

  114. Picture Store permalink
    June 24, 2014 2:40 am

    Link

  115. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2014 8:29 am

    Twitter takes same article and adds lies, implying greedy billionaire awards prize to dead billionaire,

    Perhaps it was just a Bold Debatable statement tosy 😉

    the money was belatedly awarded to Len Buckeridge, a Western Australian billionaire.

    (btw, that’s from the same article) 😉

  116. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2014 8:37 am

    I’ll admit, that one got me Picture Store 😉

  117. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2014 9:18 am

    A comfortable feeling knowing that I will be paying thousands more so big business can thrive (even more)

    Big business will avoid more tax than budget cuts will save: Labor

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/big-business-will-avoid-more-tax-than-budget-cuts-will-save-labor-20140623-3aoyc.html#ixzz35VVvBgaS

  118. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2014 9:21 am

    Victoria pays the same amount of financial assistance to the minerals and fossil fuel industry that it gets back in mining royalties, a new report has found.

    http://m.theage.com.au/victoria/victoria-breaks-even-on-mining-royalties-20140623-3aoxs.html?utm_content=buffer31678&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  119. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 24, 2014 9:59 am

    I heard some mining guy on the radio this am, saying that it’s all rubbish coming from the ‘research arm of the greens’ *shock, horror, gulp* And it can’t be true because the productivity commission who crunches these numbers says the mining industry receives NO financial assistance. When pressed further about subsidies etc he fell into another ‘it’s all a greens beatup, but didn’t actually answer the question, just repeated the line about the productivity commish says they receive nothing 😉

  120. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 24, 2014 11:00 am

    “James Ashby wants taxpayers to pay $1m cost of action against Peter Slipper”

    haven’t time to read the link yet as am off to work. let me see, we fund slipper and we should also fund ashby – why???

    There was no public interest in him trying to overthrow an elected govt for the coalition. And I really don’t like the idea of harmer’s [his lawyers] getting paid from the taxpayer when their strategy was all wrong int he first instance. Why should we pay harmer’s? Let the coalition pay them, they bought them.

  121. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2014 11:39 am

    “James Ashby wants taxpayers to pay $1m cost of action against Peter Slipper”

    Why should the taxpayer pay for a guy who doesn’t believe he can prosecute a case?

  122. June 24, 2014 11:47 am

    Precisely Tom..

    Maybe Mal Brough and Christopher Pyne will chip in a few bob… 🙂

  123. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2014 11:59 am

    This is a pertinent question.

    A valid answer is provided

    What could be so urgent that the government needs to sneak it through by regulations rather than wait until the new Senate meets on July 7?

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/financial-advice-law-meddling-raises-the-question-why-bother-20140623-zsijh.html#ixzz35WAb6vmi

  124. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2014 12:01 pm

    Shorten launches another well aimed attack at tabot.

    In an address focused on the state of the federation, Shorten castigated the government for launching a “surprise attack on the state governments of Australia” through the $80bn in long-term budget savings, which represented “a dramatic and reckless destabilising of our federation”.

    He also got to throw tabots words back at him, and bring up “sovereign risk”, a term used almost by daily by the previous opposition.

    He pointed to Abbott’s comments in the book Battlelines that “any withdrawal of commonwealth spending in these areas [health and education] would rightly be seen as a cop-out”. Shorten argued the government’s actions in re-writing agreements and tearing them up indicated the commonwealth now posed “sovereign risk to the states”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/23/abbott-taking-hyper-literal-view-of-constitution-shorten-says

    “It assigns the heaviest lifting to the weak and only the lightest touch to the strong,” Shorten said.

  125. June 24, 2014 12:26 pm

    Why the fuck should the Taxpayer pay for the Fiberal parties dirty deeds? Do we have to pay because he copped a rogering from Pyne? because he took one for the team? Well we are well sick of paying for the Fiberal’s political posturing for advantage, show royal commissions..Audits of predetermination to support social engineering… These are the fucktards that accuse the ALP of wastin money? I say Asby’s sore ass and low esteem is his problem, if he chooses a little fiddle in Pynes closet..it should not be at the taxpayers expense.

  126. egg permalink
    June 24, 2014 3:18 pm

    “This is purely about revenue raising for roads,” the Greens leader, Christine Milne, said, denying she had been rolled by her party on the issue.

    “It is a difficult issue for us because we want to see people using less polluting fuels, but if we facilitate this we will see more and more money going into roads with more cars on them,” she said.

    “Why would we want to put more money into the Abbott government’s pockets to roll out more freeways and tollways that people don’t want.”

    Guardian

  127. Tony permalink
    June 24, 2014 6:51 pm

    “Why would we want to put more money into the Abbott government’s pockets to roll out more freeways and tollways that people don’t want.”

    Define ‘people’.

  128. TB Queensland permalink
    June 24, 2014 6:55 pm

    Define ‘people’.

    You define ‘people’ … (for a change)

  129. egg permalink
    June 24, 2014 6:57 pm

    It was a rhetorical question, I think.

  130. Grumpy Guts permalink
    June 24, 2014 6:59 pm

    It was rhetorical, addressed to the speaker of those lines, Christine Milne. But don’t let that stop you being a control freak.

  131. egg permalink
    June 24, 2014 7:03 pm

    Years in the armed forces may explain the aberration.

  132. June 24, 2014 7:08 pm

    Or maybe it was a genuine request for clarification.

  133. June 24, 2014 7:09 pm

    Otherwise you might just earn the label of being a “sideline sniper”…

    #Justsayin

  134. Side Lines permalink
    June 24, 2014 7:11 pm

    Define “earn”.

  135. June 24, 2014 7:13 pm

    #sorrynotplayingyourgames

  136. TB Queensland permalink
    June 24, 2014 7:40 pm

    Careful you don’t get scrambled in the collateral damage, egg …

    Or maybe it was a genuine request for clarification.

    That it were … all too often its easy to ask questions rather than answer them … especially rhetorical questions ….

    … and as a hint … Christine Milne don’t comment here … you do, ToSY …

    As a retired training consultant I can assure you that you never ask a question unless you know the answer …

    But as usual, Grumpy Guts, still waiting … 🙂 🙂

  137. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2014 7:40 pm

    define “define”.

  138. Retirical permalink
    June 24, 2014 7:47 pm

    Read this, TB, and you might learn something (as a retired training consultant).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhetorical_question

  139. egg permalink
    June 24, 2014 7:48 pm

    I googled ‘sideline sniper’ and drew a blank.

  140. Try It permalink
    June 24, 2014 7:55 pm

    I googled it and came up with this.

  141. June 24, 2014 8:09 pm

    You mean google isn’t the answer…?

    Who knew.

  142. Question Mark permalink
    June 24, 2014 8:15 pm

    “Who knew.”

    I’m confused. Is that rhetorical, or a genuine request for clarification?*

    *This may or may not be a rhetorical question.

  143. TB Queensland permalink
    June 24, 2014 8:57 pm

    “The heart and what!?”

    sole [sohl]

    adjective

    Dick

    Adjective:

    Dickhead

    Richard cranium

    DH

    RC

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dick

  144. TB Queensland permalink
    June 24, 2014 9:00 pm

    Read this, TB, and you might learn something (as a retired training consultant).

    You needed to look it up?

    Shouldn’t you go back and read my comment then?

    Knowing and applying are two different things …

  145. Rhet Oracle permalink
    June 24, 2014 9:22 pm

    “You needed to look it up? Shouldn’t you go back and read my comment then?”

    Are these rhetorical, or … ah, heck, you know the rest …

  146. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 24, 2014 9:54 pm

    FORMER News of the World editor Andy Coulson was found guilty of plotting to hack phones while ex-colleague Rebekah Brooks was cleared of all charges in a dramatic end to Britain’s marathon media trial.

    I agree with the jury Rebekah should have been cleared. Red heads with curls shouldn’t be in gaol.

    http://www.news.com.au/world/andy-coulson-found-guilty-of-phone-hacking-rebekah-brooks-acquitted/story-fndir2ev-1226965627407

  147. June 24, 2014 10:30 pm

    Well what a fuckig Liar

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/rumoured-abc-cuts-up-to-the-board-scott/story-e6frg996-1226964898140

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-24/abc-doesnt-need-to-cut-programs-turnbull-says/554635

    Let me explain.. Efficiency review and Back room cuts means selling of the production arm of the ABC. And No Egg private enterprise cant do it better , there is a different imperative of programming. This is just fucking disastrous and pure bullshit. They tried this at the BBC and it was a fucking disaster

    I hope you Abbot voters at least feel a little bit embarrassed….

  148. June 24, 2014 10:42 pm

    Fucking Smarmy ying Fuckwits…
    Source; SMH (Sic)

    EXCLUSIVE
    The ABC should adopt a more commercial approach and charge users to access select content on its iView online catch-up service, according to the Abbott government’s efficiency review into public broadcasting.
    And multicultural broadcaster SBS should be allowed to air more advertisements during its television programs to raise extra revenue, the confidential study recommends.
    Most ABC iView content would remain free on the grounds taxpayers have already paid to produce it. But Fairfax Media can reveal the executive summary of the review suggests a paid subscription model could be introduced for users who want greater access to archived programs and special content.
    This would help supplement declining revenues from DVD and CD sales in ABC shops.
    The review also suggests the ABC and SBS should also share the same catch-up viewing service.
    ABC director of television Richard Finlayson last year described the ‘‘spiralling’’ costs of iView, which averages more than 3 million visits a month. The ABC pays a charge each time a video is initiated.
    The review, led by former Seven West Media chief financial officer Peter Lewis, also recommends loosening restrictions on SBS’s advertising criteria. This idea is likely to prove controversial among keen viewers of the multicultural broadcaster, which introduced in-program advertising in 2006. Free-to-air commercial television broadcasters, who are competing fiercely for advertising revenue, are also likely to oppose the idea.
    The review suggests the ABC should abandon digital radio, in which it has invested heavily, and focus instead on streaming radio programs online.
    ABC and SBS could make their operations more efficient by forming a separate, centralised company to employ all their back-office workers.
    Fairfax Media revealed on Tuesday the Abbott government’s efficiency review into the ABC had identified ‘‘significant scope’’ for savings by increasing the use of external production studios rather than filming television programs internally.
    The review found the ABC could rake in about $70 million by selling off its production studios and outsourcing more work to the private sector.
    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday the review was designed to protect ABC programming from budget cuts.
    In an email to staff on Tuesday, ABC managing director Mark Scott said he had established a project management office to investigate the review’s findings and how the broadcaster could make savings.
    ‘‘The Lewis review is not prescriptive and final decisions on how the ABC operates and spends its budget lies with the ABC board,’’ he said.
    The ABC Friends lobby group called for the review to be made public.

  149. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 24, 2014 11:46 pm

    Why the fuck should the Taxpayer pay for the Fiberal parties dirty deeds?

    Does make me think though, what’s ashby got on the coalition, what was he promised?
    Is this a shake-down for costs after things didn’t quite go to plan?

    Anyway, he’s already made off with $50,000 after roxon paid him off.

  150. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 6:59 am

    The Age of Entitlement still applies to some.

    It turns out the Queenslanders’ subsidies to mining are equivalent to almost 60 per cent of the royalties they receive. In WA it’s about a quarter, and in NSW it’s less than 10 per cent. In Victoria, however, it’s three-quarters.

    And this while governments, federal and state, are crying poor and cutting spending on many worthy causes.

    Apparently, the end of the age of entitlement applies to poor people, not to big corporations. And that’s true for foreigners, not just locals.

    As Ian McAuley, of the University of Canberra, has pointed out, we’re slashing our planned spending on foreign aid because we can no longer afford such generosity, but by abolishing the mining tax we’re being very generous to big foreign mining companies.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/mining-boom-policies-dig-a-hole-for-economy-20140624-zsjsc.html#ixzz35anYfPU7

  151. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 7:12 am

    FORMER News of the World editor Andy Coulson was found guilty of plotting to hack phones

    So it’s official, murdochs papers Lie AND Steal! 😉

  152. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 7:24 am

    PUP MP in action.

    ‘The court heard that on April 24, the Palmer United Party MLA found out her niece Sherese Dooley, 18, was having an affair with her partner, Benjamin Ulamari, after finding photos on his phone.

    ‘She tracked her niece to the Katherine Centrelink and called her outside to discuss the affair, before assaulting her.

    ‘Instead of talking through the issues, you responded in a different way,’ Magistrate Elisabeth Armitage said.

    ‘You got out of the car when you saw her, you went up to her, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her across a concrete driveway.

    ‘You didn’t stop there, but then proceeded to punch her a number of times to the head with a closed fist. You swore at her and threatened her.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2666668/Nobody-wants-home-niece-bed-partner-Palmer-United-MP-assaulted-niece-avoids-jail.html#ixzz35atCAFef
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  153. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 7:42 am

    AIMN has some interesting stories and a new layout, while the comments remain inane.

    Taylor running for the Senate sounds like a beat up, but with a DD election on the horizon its hard to predict the outcome.

  154. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 8:03 am

    while the comments remain inane.

    theguttertrash.com/co2-and-you-iv/

    ROFL

  155. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 8:07 am

    You won’t debate me, so in my book you appear shallow.

  156. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 8:24 am

    “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

  157. Let's Hear It permalink
    June 25, 2014 8:28 am

    So, the Festival of “Dangerous” “Ideas” finally gets an actual dangerous idea to discuss, but they cancel the speech.

    As a free-speech extremist, I say let this guy speak. It would be amusing, if nothing else, to hear him try to defend the indefensible.

    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/06/24/21/15/honour-killing-lecture-plan-causes-storm

  158. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 8:56 am

    You won’t debate me

    You don’t debate though egg, that is the problem. You simply change to another denial point every time you get cornered. I worked out long ago you are an empty vessel, filled with nothing but links to big oil sponsored insanity, most simply replays of previous non debates you moved on from when the facts have been highlighted for you.

    and you’re a gish gallop is all gallop.

  159. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 8:59 am

    I’ve felt carzy brave this morning, so I went to dolt. He doesn’t like trials it appears

    A seven-month trial is so ruinously expensive, even for those found innocent, that it represents an abuse of state power

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

    Unless they are witch hunt trials against those he hates.

    The royal commission will this week examine the TWU’s alleged use of slush funds.

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

    What a hypocritical little lickspittle

  160. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 9:06 am

    “Taylor running for the Senate sounds like a beat up, but with a DD election on the horizon its hard to predict the outcome.”

    Hehehehehehehe………………..!

    I do hope it happens………….Hehehehehehehehe……….!

  161. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 9:14 am

    ‘You don’t debate though egg, that is the problem.’

    If you would care to join me in the back room, we can have a debate.

  162. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 9:43 am

    “As a free-speech extremist, I say let this guy speak. It would be amusing, if nothing else, to hear him try to defend the indefensible.”

    I tend to agree but then again does a line need to be drawn in the sand eventually.

    Honour killings are just out and out murder all of us would tend to agree and the most heinous of crimes. So what happens if someone advocates a “lesser”” crime (if you can call it that) ?

    How about……………………………

    “Why Sex with Children Under the Age of 16 is OK ?”

    There is always a nutcase looking for a way to justify evil thought and such speeches fed into a feeble brain

  163. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 25, 2014 9:43 am

    I think that reference may have been about someone else running for the senate, so I wouldn’t get excited.

    It’s a funny idea though.

  164. June 25, 2014 9:47 am

    I see those champions of free speech are attempting to gag debate on the fuel excise in order to ram the legislation through.

  165. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 25, 2014 9:51 am

    ” while the comments remain inane.”

    Any blog that bans on a whim is hardly “An Information Alternative”, consumer protection laws should prevent that type of misrepresentation.

  166. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 25, 2014 9:51 am

    ‘You don’t debate though egg, that is the problem.’

    Agree, it would be a futile exercise and would give him the CO2 he craves 🙂

  167. TB Queensland permalink
    June 25, 2014 9:52 am

    Are these rhetorical, or … ah, heck, you know the rest …

    chuckle … mulberry bush comments, hey, Tones?

  168. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 9:53 am

    All Abbott has to say is we won’t build roads and every cent of the excise will go into bullet trains. It should get through the Senate, with the Greens picking up the accolades for a job well done.

  169. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 9:56 am

    ‘Agree, it would be a futile exercise …’

    Probably, you know nuffin anyway.

  170. June 25, 2014 9:59 am
  171. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:00 am

    ‘You got out of the car when you saw her, you went up to her, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her across a concrete driveway.

    unfortunately, that wouldn’t be an unusual site in katherine.
    Who hasn’t had a moment’s uncontrollable rage after finding their partner has been sleeping with a family member of the same as age as their children? 🙂

  172. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:00 am

    “All Abbott has to say is we won’t build roads and every cent of the excise will go into bullet trains.”

    Provided the Bullet Trains make deliveries to Woolies, Coles, Bunnings, Aldi, Costco, the local fruitmarket and allow also tradies to stow their tools and drop them off close enough to their jobs so they can walk to every job then getting by without roads is a splendid idea

  173. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:07 am

    “You got out of the car when you saw her, you went up to her, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her across a concrete driveway.”

    Sounds like a good fit for the PUP.

    I wonder how long Glen Lazarus will last in the PUP ?

  174. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:13 am

    Correct me if I’m wrong, building city roads is a State matter.

  175. China Road permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:22 am

    Where even is that road pictured above? China? Clearly they need more roads, not less.

  176. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:33 am

    Clearly they need more roads, not less.

    Or public Transport.

    I think that one is China, but California had a similar one not too long ago.

    Good to see the greens finally come to their senses though. Wishy Washy extremists that they are 😉

  177. June 25, 2014 10:35 am

    BTW, Bangkok has a far superior public transport system in comparison to any Australian capital city….

    #Justsayin

  178. Jam Donut permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:39 am

    “BTW, Bangkok has a far superior public transport system in comparison to any Australian capital city….”

    So do most places I’ve been.

  179. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:40 am

    Actually, I’m pretty impressed with Sydney’s system. But, I say that after being used to Adelaide’s 😉

  180. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:47 am

    All of this marks a shift for Australia, from constructive middle-power to fringe-dwelling rock-thrower and -blocker. Back at home, Tony Abbott is on course to make Australia the first nation in the world to abolish a legislated carbon price.

    But how on earth did this happen?

    You’ll never guess 🙂

    http://www.salon.com/2014/06/22/how_rupert_murdoch_created_the_worlds_newest_climate_change_villain/

  181. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:58 am

    I’d luv to respond, but alas…..

  182. Election Denialist permalink
    June 25, 2014 11:01 am

    “You’ll never guess”

    Murdoch?

  183. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 11:09 am

    I’d luv to respond, but alas….. you have no clue 😉

  184. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 11:14 am

    The government remains privately hopeful that much of the political posturing by opposition and cross-bench figures will eventually give way to a degree of legislative compromise.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/11b-blow-to-the-budget-20140624-3arj2.html#ixzz35bpaSZtQ

    Good luck with that mr no!

  185. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 25, 2014 11:27 am

    “Good luck with that mr no!

    A comment so typical of Tom R. A man who does not give a stuff about Australia. Just wants Labor in power no matter if we are all unemployed and living in caves.

    The Coalition is trying to repair the budget so we don’t lose our AAA credit rating like we did under Hawke/Keating. We are already at the debt levels thanks to Wayne Swan when we lost our AAA in the late 1980’s.

  186. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 11:41 am

    umm, nil, we actually gained another AAA rating under Swan. Try to just accept it 😉

    Labor are simply upholding their beliefs for an equitable tax system, instead of protecting miners and slugging pensioners.

  187. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 25, 2014 11:42 am

    Thanks for that salon article tomR, very interesting. Easy to see why the australian public has no say in our sham democracy. Elections are bought and sold by big business [mostly foreign]. As it stands, the outcomes are decided before we are even forced to vote and if we stubbornly happen to vote for the ‘wrong’ team [as decided by big business], well their will be mayhem created and money poured into overthrowing the govt eg gillard.

    We don’t stand a chance!

  188. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 25, 2014 11:47 am

    The Coalition is trying to repair the budget…

    if that were true they would have brought down a budget that actually improves the bottom line, they didn’t. They have also doubled the deficit.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-06/has-the-government-doubled-the-budget-deficit/5423392

  189. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 25, 2014 11:54 am

    “umm, nil, we actually gained another AAA rating under Swan. Try to just accept it

    Tom R

    You are such a deceitful person.

    A triple A credit rating means you get to pay the lowest interest rate on debt. That happened in 2003.

    We needed to get our govt debt down to 5% of GDP to get our AAA back. That happened in 2003. Costello was abused by every Labor supporter for running surplus budgets but that is what was needed to get our AAA back (plus asset sales).

    Labor supporters would never allow a Labor govt to run surplus budgets for any length of time. They want money spent on themselves and this, that and whatever.

    To believe that a Labor govt could take govt debt from 18% of GDP to 5% of GDP is unbelievable.

    Tom R you love the ALP more than Australia.

  190. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 11:54 am

    ‘you have no clue’

    And you are clueless.

  191. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 11:57 am

    Elections are bought and sold by big business

    Yep, a banana republic, you’re looking at one now. 😦

    Funnily though, we HAVE accepted that this rabble has been elected, no matter the duplicitous manner in which it got there. I don’t see placards waved about with “Election NOW” plastered all over them. Plenty highlighting just what is wrong though. There”s just so much to choose from. I’m actually surprised the opposition is voting in step with so much, as almost all of it is bad.

    The difference between this opposition and the previous is, Labor can explain their reasoning behind each decision to not support a proposal, whereas the last lot just said “carbon tax”, as if that meant something.

  192. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:05 pm

    Tom R you love the ALP more than Australia.

    You continue to drivel without having a clue what you are drivelling about.

    They want money spent on themselves and this, that and whatever.

    well, in our defense, it is our money. I prefer to see it going to help the less fortunate, than the fat cats, as this gubbermint is doing. And, as AO highlighted, without fixing the budget deficit at all. Unlike Labor, who had it tracking back down. Just like last time they got booted out.

  193. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:06 pm

    dolt will be apoplectic

    Rupert Murdoch has been officially informed by Scotland Yard that detectives want to interview him as a suspect as part of their inquiry into allegations of crime at his British newspapers.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jun/24/scotland-yard-want-interview-rupert-murdoch-phone-hacking

  194. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:25 pm

    “well, in our defense, it is our money. I prefer to see it going to help the less fortunate, than the fat cats, as this gubbermint is doing. ”

    Exactly.

    The ALP is not capable of running surplus budgets.

    Govt debt was at 18% of GDP in 1996 and rapidly increasing. We did not get our AAA back until govt debt was reduced to 5% of GDP after much abuse from TB, Reb , Toilet, Adrian, Tim Dunlop, Min et al

    And you lot abused the crap out of Costello for running surplus budgets.

    Get stuffed Tom R. You are giving SWan credit for something the ALP could never do.

    And yes. You love the ALP more than Australia.

  195. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:30 pm

    and neil loves the LNP more than australian pensioners and those less wealthy, he barracks for foreign business profiting from australian taxpayers.

  196. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:34 pm

    nil loves repetition of crap 😉

  197. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:35 pm

    Who hasn’t had a moment’s uncontrollable rage after finding their partner has been sleeping with a family member of the same as age as their children? 🙂

    Yes, many people frown on the practice. Though the NT and the PUP observe standards that are a little foreign to the the civilised parts of the country.

  198. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:35 pm

    “well, in our defense, it is our money”

    Wrong again! It is debt and it is not even “ours”. It is a burden on the next generation who will have to pay it off.

  199. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:36 pm

    Exhibit R

    (yes, we are that far down the alphabet with crap this gubbermint has laid at our feet)

    More than 300,000 West Australian seniors will have their State Government cost of living rebate halved – a $21 million spending cut that Colin Barnett has blamed on the Prime Minister.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/24312114/barnett-blames-seniors-hit-on-abbott/

  200. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:38 pm

  201. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:43 pm

    Wrong again!

    err, what are they paying it off with, genius?

  202. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:45 pm

    Wrong again! It is debt and it is not even “ours”. It is a burden on the next generation who will have to pay it off.

    at the risk of repeating myself [seems to fall on deaf ears] how come the people who care so much about the inheritance of the next generation are not concerned about the enormous debt burden left to them by our non-action on climate change? This amounts to much more of a financial burden than current debt!

  203. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:48 pm

    What pisses me off about people like Tom R is that he never would have done what Howard/Costello did.

    To get our AAA back which we lost under Hawke/Keating we had to get our debt from 18% of GDP under Keating to 5%.

    To believe that a Labor govt could take debt from 18% of GDP to 5% is just insane. it never would have happened NEVER EVER. It would have been at 60% of GDP in 2007 in Keating was not thrown out.

    But then a fraud like Tom R then claims credit for our AAA credit rating.

    Tom R is shameless like all ALP supporters.

    He loves the ALP more than Australia. he would prefer us living in caves than have a Coalition govt.

  204. armchair opinionator permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:49 pm

  205. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:56 pm

    Most of the Australians fighting with jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq are not dual nationals, the Abbott government has revealed, meaning it will be effectively impossible to stop them coming home.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/stumble-with-plan-to-prevent-jihadists-return-to-australia-20140624-3ardk.html

  206. AAA permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:57 pm

    Neil and TomR are both correct.

  207. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 12:59 pm

    What pisses me off about people like Tom R

    lolz

  208. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:04 pm

    Neil and TomR are both correct.

    Mind Melting Statement 😉

  209. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:08 pm

    “Neil and TomR are both correct.

    No Tom R is wrong. We lost our AAA under hawke/keating. It actually was not that high. I believe govt debt was at 14% of GDP when we lost our AAA in the late 1980’s

    To get our AAA back it was not until govt debt was reduced to 5% of GDP in 2003 under Costello.

    To believe that Labor would do something like that is just insane.

    Name me one Labor govt in the last 35 years that has ever reduced debt either State or Federal?

    Tom R is a fraud and a man who would rather have us living in caves than Abbott in power.

  210. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:09 pm

    “And, as AO highlighted, without fixing the budget deficit at all. Unlike Labor, who had it tracking back down. “”

    ROFLMAO

    Ya know for comedy genius you top Seinfeld and Friends

  211. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:13 pm

    So, do you deny that Labor had the deficit tracking back down when they lost power Walrus?

  212. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:22 pm

    Keating discovered that repairing a budget deficit is incredibly difficult given all the interest groups that the ALP tries to accommodate. Towards the end every reasonable attempt he made at reform was stymied by narrow interests.

    The structure of the ALP does not lend itself to difficult fiscal or industrial/workplace reform decisions.

    The notion of “trending down” on the deficit is almost laughable given the pathetic forecasting and fiscal politicisation by Swan.

  213. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:28 pm

    Yes……………because if you go past the Forward Estimates you will find a whole lot of Fiscal Pain in the form of even more completely unfunded promises like $88 Billion for the States completely unfunded

    And lets not forget the off Budget NBN

  214. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:29 pm

    Some of us dwell in the real world TomR.

    You seem to share a world with Wayne Swan…………..wherever the fuck that is

  215. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:40 pm

    wherever the fuck that is

    I call it the world where Swan was named The Worlds Greatest Treasurer 😉

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-21/swan-named-best-treasurer/2908654

    And where facts and figures hold sway 😉

  216. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:41 pm

    ‘CHINA has flagged it intends to finalise a free-trade agreement with Australia before the end of the year after nine years of negotiation in an announcement that has buoyed Australian negotiators.

    ‘Joe Hockey and Trade Minister Andrew Robb met with Xu Shaoshi, the chairman of China’s top economic planning agency, the National Development and Review Commission, yesterday in Beijing who reaffirmed the nation’s commitment to signing a deal in the next few months.’

    Murdoch and Maher / Oz

  217. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:46 pm

    ‘Huo Jianguo, president of the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, a Ministry of Commerce think tank, said China’s new role as a net investor will help ease trade frictions.

    “The rapid increase in overseas investment by Chinese enterprises is very likely to transform the trade landscape, because profits from the overseas market will lessen the country’s reliance on exports, reducing trade frictions and pressure from swelling foreign exchange reserves,” Huo said.

    China Daily

  218. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:47 pm

    The structure of the ALP does not lend itself to difficult fiscal or industrial/workplace reform decisions.

    Yet they still deliver. Wonders of wonders hey 😉

    According to the Review Panel, the period since the FW Act commenced operation has seen favourable outcomes in relation to wages growth, industrial disputation, employment growth and work flexibility.

    http://www.corrs.com.au/publications/corrs-in-brief/fair-work-act-review-report/

    As for fiscal, how many advanced economies didn’t have recessions during the GFC again?

  219. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:47 pm

    You still have not answered the question about unfunded promises

  220. June 25, 2014 1:55 pm

    What like the PPL…..??

  221. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:56 pm

    We await China’s correction of the oz’s story in anticipation 😆

  222. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 1:58 pm

    Separate to the free trade agreement we have this fast track gem.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-25/australia-china-investment-cooperation-framework/5548664

    Infrastructureinfrastructureinfrastructure

  223. Rusted-on Barracker permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:00 pm

    “I call it the world where Swan was named The Worlds Greatest Treasurer”

    Maybe Euromoney, who judged that award, believed Wayne when he declared (what was it, 1,000 times?) that he had brought the budget back to surplus.

  224. Rusted-on Barracker permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:01 pm

    If there was any confusion as to whether Teh Kook was an independent financial analyst, there’s your proof. Gillard’s once-adviser is another Labor apologist.

  225. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:01 pm

    “”What like the PPL…..??””

    A drip in a bucket compared to State’s grants and the NDIS which is already blowing out under the ALPs trial scheme still ongoing.

    The PPL is funded via the levy on business and the Current Budget.

    Unless you’d like to argue why the Aust Public Service should get a better PPL that the non APS pregnant woman ???????

    Personally I’d fuck both schemes off

  226. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:23 pm

    “how come the people who care so much about the inheritance of the next generation are not concerned about the enormous debt burden left to them by our non-action on climate change? This amounts to much more of a financial burden than current debt!”

    Apart from not making sense that statement is, like so much of what passes for leftist “thought”, based on an entirely false premise.

  227. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:24 pm

    Unless you’d like to argue why the Aust Public Service should get a better PPL that the non APS pregnant woman

    Because one got a better workplace agreement.

    You still have not answered the question about unfunded promises

    I didn’t see a question, just a statement

    there’s your proof

    You might need to be bit more specific there tosy.

  228. June 25, 2014 2:26 pm

    I see Squeal is still the “Dementia Dolt” of the blog.. repeating the same thing over and over again, living in the past.. How about he discusses how his current hero Abbott is going…

    * Hockey’s doubling of the deficit (something he and most economic imbeciles) are obsessed with

    * The increase of the debt ceiling to 500 billion from 17% to 22% under the Fibs

    * The 40 Billion dollar hole in his idea that is destined for the legislative scrapheap

    * The litany of broken election promises that rolee in week in week out

    * The reality that the federal government is in Government

    * The irrefutable truth that Abbott is saying and doing the very things he promised. pledged o uphold and castigated his opponents for in his power lust to become PM.

    I tell you what defines hating their country, a meglomaniac that gets elected on rhetorical lies promising everything and delivering nothing more than hatred and social engineering to administer ideology. A man incapable of governing for the majority that so hates the people that elected him that he would turn his back on them to impose an undisclosed radical religious neocon ideology that would unravel the very social fabric of society.

    Wake the fuck up Squeal, you incident bore. Its 2014 fucktard.

  229. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:28 pm

    Apart from not making sense that statement is, like so much of what passes for leftist “thought”, based on an entirely false premise.

    lol, you claim it didn’t make sense, but tried to dispute it anyway. Talk about “based on an entirely false premise” ROFL

  230. June 25, 2014 2:34 pm

    “Wake the fuck up Squeal, you incident bore. Its 2014 fucktard.”

    Did you mean insolent?

    I think you meant insolent.

    But then incident kind of works too I guess…

  231. TB Queensland permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:34 pm

    Robber Barons at play … again …

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/seeney-should-face-cmc-probe-palmer-party/story-e6frfku9-1226966302765

    And AGAIN?!

    As it stands, the outcomes are decided before we are even forced to vote and if we stubbornly happen to vote for the ‘wrong’ team [as decided by big business], well their will be mayhem created and money poured into overthrowing the govt eg gillard.

    Rupert Murdoch has been officially informed by Scotland Yard that detectives want to interview him as a suspect as part of their inquiry into allegations of crime at his British newspapers.

    What a fitting end to a Robber Baron’s career … I wish, I wish …

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

    It is a burden on the next generation who will have to pay it off.

    And which generation do you think paid off WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq I&2 and Afghanistan plus all the middle class welfare that Howard and Costello introduced … and the infrastructure that has been built between … supposedly for generations to come … but is slowly being sold off friends of the pollies …

    Those roads, bridges, power stations, ports etc were paid for from my taxes … they belong to the people not ignorant politicians who couldn’t make ice in winter or sell an ice cream in
    summer …

    Any sell off should be vis referendum not some loaded government “Survey Monkey” questionnaire …

    The REAL problem people have with the Phony Budget is that it targets the wrong people, those that can least defend or even fend for themselves … its that simple … its mean-spirited, cruel, simple-minded, dispassionate, ideologically driven targeting of the weak, infirm, needy, young and the old …

    And defended by the rich, comfortable, greedy, uncaring and privileged minority …

    Unless you’d like to argue why the Aust Public Service should get a better PPL that the non APS pregnant woman ???????

    No they shouldn’t … but then you earn far more than the bloke that fixes your car(s) because you wouldn’t have a clue … life in a capitalist society is funny like that … accept it …

    The PPL is a stupid idea and anyone with an ounce of understanding of reverse welfare would get that … paying the rich at the expense of the poor … how stupid … and once again ideologically driven …

    Just a little clue … knights and dames anyone?

  232. June 25, 2014 2:35 pm

    Big news in Tassie:

    Tim Ellis, Tasmania’s Director of Public Prosecutions, found guilty of causing death by negligent driving..

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-25/dpp-tim-ellis-guilty-negligent-driving-causing-death/5548138

  233. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:35 pm

    ** chuckle **

  234. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:37 pm
  235. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:40 pm

    Chinese Brain Drain Causing Concern

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2014-06/25/content_17613325.htm

  236. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:48 pm

    “lol, you claim it didn’t make sense, but tried to dispute it anyway. Talk about “based on an entirely false premise” ROFL”

    I made two points – that the statement didn’t make sense and that it is based on a false premise.

    Those points are not inconsistent.

  237. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:49 pm

    A man who once defended 457 visas says he has now lost his job to workers from the program. His story this morning on #Faine

  238. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 2:55 pm

    Those points are not inconsistent.

    Except, you said it didn’t make sense, but you managed to work out what the “premise” was?

    So, did it make sense or not? It obviously made some sense.

  239. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 25, 2014 3:01 pm

    Silly rant TB and nothing to do with the point I was making to Tom R.

    The question is government waste. Labor did that in spades with its useless schemes. And it did it by borrowing money that isn’t “ours”.

    Spending on useful infrastructure rather than overpriced school halls, useless desal plants and unicorn farms is beneficial. Selling off existing infrastructure is fine if the funds are invested in useful infrastructure.

  240. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 3:02 pm

    “………No they shouldn’t … but then you earn far more than the bloke that fixes your car(s) because you wouldn’t have a clue …””

    What does your repeated envy and repeated sheer hatred of anyone you perceive as wealthier than you have to do with the actual argument you fucking fool ?

    And for once spare us the boredom of having read about your conscription years or your work experience.

    Build a fucking bridge and either get over it or jump the fuck off one.

  241. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 3:04 pm

    “”Silly rant TB and nothing to do with the point I was making “”

    As is usual with him SB

  242. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 25, 2014 3:06 pm

    “So, did it make sense or not? It obviously made some sense.”

    If an argument is based on a false premise, chances are it doesn’t make sense. In fact the false premise may be the reason it doesn’t make sense. It may have made sense to you, but that is hardly surprising.

  243. Rusted-on Barracker permalink
    June 25, 2014 3:07 pm

    😯

  244. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 25, 2014 3:09 pm

    “I call it the world where Swan was named The Worlds Greatest Treasurer “

    They most probably were amazed at our low govt debt and thought Swan had something to do with it.

    I am accused of living the past. All Labor supporters is have to do is admit that if Labor was in power from 1996-2007 govt debt would never have gone from 18% of GDP to zero. In fact it was less than zero.

  245. June 25, 2014 3:39 pm

    “I am accused of living the past.”

    Amongst other things.

  246. June 25, 2014 3:42 pm

    l don`t know if this frightbat realizes,

    https://theconversation.com/be-very-worried-tim-blair-we-are-all-frightbats-now-28148

    but driving `clicks` to Limited-News aint exactly punishing them.

    l suppose the other nine frightbats all did blogposts elsewhere, with lots`a links to Limited-News too.

  247. June 25, 2014 4:52 pm

    ”””””””””””””Ellis’s car crashed head-on into another car being driven by Natalia Pearn, 27, on the Midland Highway in March last year.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-25/dpp-tim-ellis-guilty-negligent-driving-causing-death/5548138
    ””””””””””””’

    ””””She died in the crash.””””’

    ””””He had pleaded not guilty to the charge.””””

    # lt must be fully fcuking horrible for the families that have to sit in court and listen to these half-wits obfuscate why they shouldn`t be responsible for killing theif loved-one`s. #Teabag-Justice

  248. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 4:58 pm

    “”He remains on Full Pay””

    WTF !

  249. June 25, 2014 4:59 pm

    ”””””””””””””A man who once defended 457 visas says he has now lost his job to workers from the program.”””””””””””””’

    the `irony`, oh how it burns tom_r, l`ve had similar experiences over the years myself, ex-managers/supervisors, nearly in tears, as they re-tell me how they were promised `their` job was `safe` and would still have a job `after` they sacked their own work-force #dills

  250. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 5:11 pm

    Labor did that in spades with its useless schemes.

    Only if you believe the murdoch lies. If you read the reports and witness how the rest of the world view the schemes, you would realise it was money well spent.

    It may have made sense to you

    I understood it completely, which I am sure you did too 😉

  251. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 5:18 pm

    “…..you would realise it was money well spent.”

    If you view killing 4 young men and burning down a few dozen houses and spending hundreds of millions in rectification work as money well spent then you make some salient points I must say

  252. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 5:21 pm

    Or did Murdoch just make up the killing of 4 men and the fires did he ?

    And of course Garrett made up the admission that rectification work was later needed I suppose.

    Seriously you and your Murdoch obsession…………………….you seriously need help

  253. TB Queensland permalink
    June 25, 2014 5:35 pm

    Tim Ellis, Tasmania’s Director of Public Prosecutions, found guilty of causing death by negligent driving..

    That’s a terribly sad story for both sides, sreb …

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

    Rant: Chapter II

    Silly rant TB and nothing to do with the point I was making to Tom R.

    And nothing to do with your ranting at TomR … its not all about you, ya know …

    My comments were initially “general” and then in reply to, Sir Walter …

    Silly rant? Silly “reply” …

    As for this Spending on useful infrastructure rather than overpriced school halls, useless desal plants and unicorn farms is beneficial

    Ignoring your usual flight of fantasy (sic) at the end …

    … the school halls in public primary schools around my area are extremely useful and appreciated … the waste was in fact in giving rich private schools the same value … especially the local catik schools …

    While desal plants are currently in mothballs … you just might drink your words sometime in the future … this is still the driest continent on Earth … your Liberal mind is showing – short term thinking …

    … one of the best investments we made was a stainless steel 5000 litre water tank … we don’t drink chemicals anymore …

    The question is government waste. Labor did that in spades with its useless schemes. And it did it by borrowing money that isn’t “ours”.

    I. We now have a Liberal Government – that has doubled the budget.

    2. With the benefit of hindsight Labor did waste money immediately following the beginning of the GFC (it continues today) but no government had to deal with such a global catastrophe before, especially having been in the wilderness fro 12 years and only just taking the reins …

    3. “… borrowing money that isn’t “ours” … and you call my comment silly?

    4. There is a gross misunderstanding or, deliberate obfuscation, here, about debt … a capitalist society and economy operates on debt – borrowings and interest – to function … the trick is to delineate between “good” debt and “bad” debt” … people do it all the time in their normal lives …

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

    What does your repeated envy and repeated sheer hatred of anyone you perceive as wealthier than you have to do with the actual argument you fucking fool ?

    LOL! Sheer guilt reaction! I have no problem with wealthy people and I can assure you hate is not something I do … but I do have a problem with the … rich, comfortable, greedy, uncaring and privileged minority … who are quite happy to make money from our society and enjoy the benefits of living in a society but who are unwilling to share in it …

    You have no idea how poor or wealthy I am … but I have enough … but I recognise that many people don’t … and …

    … some have more than enough …

    … for a government to target (and that’s what it is) the weak, infirm, needy, young and the old to pay for their warplanes (and other silly schemes) is simply cruel … and to try and defend it is — what? Insensitive, cruel, uncaring, mean, selfish … scrooge …

    I see you and sb target the player again … not the REAL issue … a budget that makes the poor weaker and the rich stronger … 17th century history …

  254. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 25, 2014 5:45 pm

    “If you read the reports and witness how the rest of the world view the schemes, you would realise it was money well spent.

    I got insulation put into my roof since it was free. One guy came around to have a look. I had to lend him a ladder since he forgot to bring his own. They came back the following week and did the job within an hour. The insulation said “Made in the USA”

    They then charged the full rebate. It most probably would have cost half what the taxpayer was charged. Total waste of money. Same goes for the school halls.

  255. June 25, 2014 5:47 pm

    “I have enough … but I recognise that many people don’t ”

    And that’s what separates the so-called “lefties” from the RWNJs…

  256. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 5:51 pm

    “….pay for their warplanes “”

    “Their”…………………FFS its a well established bipartisan project and you know it.

    Whether they are duds or not has yet to be determined and is a separate question.

    But for someone who keeps telling us about the uniform they once wore you sure seem to be anti Defence spending………………then again you do support that bunch of union fuckwits that makes up basically 100% of the ALP MPs these days

  257. June 25, 2014 5:53 pm

    ””””””””””’While desal plants are currently in mothballs … you just might drink your words sometime in the future … this is still the driest continent on Earth”””””””””””’

    the east-coast circle-jerk by east-coast imbeciles over desal-plants, shows just how demented the politically vocal (at both state and federal levels) has become,

    the desal topic, in the driest continent, has also magnificently displayed what a hopeless bunch of imbeciles the east-coast media is too

  258. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 5:56 pm

    “………and the rich stronger …”

    Really………….with a Deficit Levy………………….how so…………….what specific measures in this Budget make all the rich stronger (and I mean ALL of them) not a tiny number of pregnant women/families?

  259. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 25, 2014 6:09 pm

    “But for someone who keeps telling us about the uniform they once wore you sure seem to be anti Defence spending……

    Only for the airforce it seems. The Navy just got a new helicopter carrier and has lots of stuff in the pipeline.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Navy#Future

    It seems that lefties do not like planes but have no trouble with boats. For some reason the bipartisan purchase of F35’s sends lefties into a frenzy.

  260. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 6:16 pm

    Drones are becoming popular.

    ‘The Chief of the Air Force says he would like Australia to buy armed Reaper drones – the kind used by the US to kill insurgents in Afghanistan and its neighbourhood – as soon as five years from now.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/air-force-wants-to-buy-deadly-reaper-drones-20140509-zr7oy.html#ixzz35dXXSsdZ

  261. June 25, 2014 6:23 pm

    Funny how there’s no reports at news.com.au or any other News Corp publication for that matter that there’s anything about the judgement in the phone hacking scandal.

  262. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 6:23 pm

    If you view killing 4 young men and burning down a few dozen houses

    Which just proves how solid your drip feed from murdochs cesspool is doesn’t it?

    How did tabots witch hunt into that go? What did they “unearth”?

  263. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2014 6:26 pm

    about the judgement in the phone hacking scandal.

    Are you surprised, considering where brooks might be heading next?

    No amount of failure is enough in the corporate world to warrant sacking it seems. Which makes the soundcloud above about 457 visas so ironic.

    He got sacked cos they found someone cheaper, she’ll get a promotion after she oversaw the collapse of an entire newspaper.

    Yea, we’re all fighting under the same rules, aren’t we? 😯

  264. June 25, 2014 6:27 pm

    strange reb, they should be`chortling` big, as rebekah got off

  265. TB Queensland permalink
    June 25, 2014 6:27 pm

    Their”…………………FFS its a well established bipartisan project and you know it.

    Yep, and as you know I think its a stupid buy … BUT there was no need to spend $12 billion – let me repeat that – $12 billion on the additional 58, Fucked 35s, right now!

    Whether they are duds or not has yet to be determined and is a separate question.

    I guess our pilots will pay the ultimate price to find that out … were they asked?

    But for someone who keeps telling us about the uniform they once wore you sure seem to be anti Defence spending

    Nup … that’s your interpretation …

    … I’m against Attack spending … and Dopey spending …because my “family” (past and present) wore uniforms! Attacking “me” again not the ISSUE …

    For some reason the bipartisan purchase of F35′s sends lefties into a frenzy.

    Well, not true if its “bipartisan” as you keep sayin’ … maybe the informed people object to the F35s …

    with a Deficit Levy FFS! How pathetic … three years of what 1.5%

  266. June 25, 2014 6:35 pm

    ”””the bipartisan purchase of F35′s”””

    don`t lose any sleep over the flying-trash-cans kneel,

    it is too late, mr-rabbit has already sucked `and` swallowed, so we are stuck with them, look on the bright side kneel, at least we can conquer fiji now

  267. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 25, 2014 6:43 pm

    OK but why do people pick on the air-force?? The Navy has lots of stuff in the pipeline. See my link above. But the F35 is bipartisian.

    http://billshorten.com.au/abc-radio-national-with-alison-carabine

    CARABINE: But since Labor’s last white paper the budget has deteriorated, the 58 stealth fighters will cost nearly $12.5 billion. Can we still afford such a big outlay or should the government maybe looking at cutting back its order from the Pentagon?

    SHORTEN: Well these are very long term purchases, the acquisitions are over a very long period of time, so these defence purchases are necessary for our forward security plans over a number of decades, it’s pretty long term investment.”

  268. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 6:44 pm

    How much did big Clive pay big Al to stand on the same platform?

  269. June 25, 2014 7:09 pm

    ””””but have no trouble with boats.””””

    and if we did kneel, you would be screaming `class`war-fare and anti-Liberal,

    where else in Australia can a young Liberal (such as yourself kneel) go, to be employed full-time with other like-minded Liberal-voters during the day, and at night experiment in the fine arts of rape, sodomy and group sex. You know damn well kneel, the teabags would scream blue-murder if we took that off them.

  270. June 25, 2014 7:41 pm

    ha-ha, Clive is stopping mr-rabbit from closing the `renewable` agency, and put forward an `ets` proposal, not exactly rolling-over for mr-rabbit, is he teabags.?

    #Go-Clive

  271. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 7:47 pm

    Double D Double D Double Double D

  272. June 25, 2014 7:57 pm

    “… the school halls in public primary schools around my area are extremely useful and appreciated … the waste was in fact in giving rich private schools the same value … especially the local catik schools …”

    Strongly agree.

  273. June 25, 2014 8:02 pm

    Arsehats like Neil, and to a lesser extent other partisan critics (who are conspicuous by their silence on the issue), misrepresent (wilfully, no doubt) the salient point about the F-35 moneypit.

    That being, they are not extending the same burdens of efficiency (and screeching) which they applied to things like the NBN, under the rationale of ‘wasting taxpayers dollars’. Smells like ideological virulence.

    Only yesterday, a JSF caught fire on takeoff. (what would jesus do?!)

  274. egg permalink
    June 25, 2014 8:13 pm

    Military acquisitions are bipartisan, drones are better value than aircraft of dubious quality.

  275. June 25, 2014 9:36 pm

    Arguments over the efficiency of spending taxpayers money appear to be pungently partisan however.

  276. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:16 pm

    Still waiting for how the Budget is going to make the Rich richer apart from a very few pregnant apparently rich women.

    Waiting……….?

  277. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:18 pm

    “Arguments over the efficiency of spending taxpayers money appear to be pungently partisan however.”

    Toilet it’s bipartisan.

    TB is crapping on like it’s not.

  278. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:19 pm

    “News Corp publication for that matter that there’s anything about the judgement in the phone hacking scandal.”

    Obviously you don’t look very hard

  279. June 25, 2014 10:23 pm

    our business partners and future opponents in war, don`t have the budget for missiles `just` to fire at our trash-cans,

    so our suppliers happily solved this problem for us by having the trash-cans self-incinerate at the end the runway

  280. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:24 pm

    “I guess our pilots will pay the ultimate price to find that out … were they asked?”

    Probably not since it’s bipartisan. So other than your going off on another tangent why don’t you tell me how the Rich are getting richer from this Budget

    I’m waiting !

    Summer is Coming

  281. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:30 pm

    As I said you don’t look very hard as it’s been headlong all day and still is

    http://mobile.news.com.au/world/jurors-dismissed-after-failing-to-reach-verdict-on-extra-charges-for-andy-coulson/story-fndir2ev-1226966945930

  282. Walrus permalink
    June 25, 2014 10:56 pm

    Clive Palmer on Lateline

    Only Queensland can provide such morons.

    He is looking like such an idiot I think we might start to see PUP supporters heading back to the LNP

    What an idiot and it looks more and more what a thief

  283. egg permalink
    June 26, 2014 7:51 am

    So he intends to support the government’s effort to abolish the tax on a harmless trace gas, while at the same time providing the monk with other DD triggers. He’s a bloody trouble maker.

    Milne is a bigger idiot than Clive.

  284. Tom R permalink
    June 26, 2014 8:33 am

    He’s a bloody trouble maker.

    somehow I don’t feel sorry for mr no.

    Milne is a bigger idiot than Clive.

    Hard to dispute that. The greens now have the meme(?) solidly set for them. They always settle for 100% of nothing instead of 50% of something.

    When the ETS is scrapped, it will be around their neck.

  285. Tom R permalink
    June 26, 2014 8:33 am

    Meanwhile

  286. egg permalink
    June 26, 2014 8:33 am

    ‘The Northern Territory is a lot like North Carolina, Queensland like Western Norway and the Australian Capital Territory like New Hampshire. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation has unveiled a massive wellbeing matching machine able to match living standards throughout the world in eight categories, including safety, health, income and access to services.

    ‘Australia’s clear cut winner is the Australian Capital Territory, scoring 10 out of 10 for income, 9.6 for jobs and 9.5 for the environment.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/oecd-data-shows-act-as-best-place-to-live-20140625-3atnw.html#ixzz35h1VTAsc

  287. egg permalink
    June 26, 2014 8:37 am

    ‘When the ETS is scrapped, it will be around their neck.’

    Yeah, but I still have faith the Greens will morph into something useful after this political debacle.

  288. egg permalink
    June 26, 2014 9:19 am

    ‘The Italian defender whose shoulder he sank his teeth into probably still doesn’t see the funny side.

    ‘But Luis Suarez’s extraordinary attack on Giorgio Chiellini was yesterday the inspiration for dozens of joke images and videos on the internet.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2669916/The-world-bites-Suarez-parodied-Jaws-Dracula-Hannibal-jokes-viral.html#ixzz35hDDkKwX
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  289. Tom R permalink
    June 26, 2014 10:44 am

    Is this the equivalent of palmer’s “action” on AGW.

    I think Gore has been sold a pup 😦

  290. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 26, 2014 10:47 am

    Clive Palmer and Al Gore, they’re made for each other. Both self-important, opportunistic bulls**t artists.

    (But what was Gore thinking??)

  291. Tom R permalink
    June 26, 2014 10:51 am

    But what was Gore thinking?

    That palmer wasn’t bullshitting. Gullible old fart.

  292. Walrus permalink
    June 26, 2014 10:52 am

    “But what was Gore thinking?”

    I dunno but he looked mighty uncomfortable to me.

  293. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 26, 2014 10:58 am

    “Drones are becoming popular.”

    Damning with faint praise, Gordo. Tom R has always been popular in these parts.

  294. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 26, 2014 11:01 am

    Now here is a non-political event we can all get behind.

  295. TB Queensland permalink
    June 26, 2014 11:41 am

    GO CLIVEY!

    Make ’em squirm … LOL!

  296. egg permalink
    June 26, 2014 11:53 am

    ‘THE federal government has warned the rollout of Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek and the WestConnex motorway project are under threat after Labor and the Greens blocked its infrastructure bill in the Senate.

    ‘The opposition and the minor party refused to support the new bill unless the government agreed to 29 amendments, including mandatory assessments of all projects for their impact on climate change.

    ‘The government claimed its new infrastructure bill would allow fast-tracking of road projects for Western Sydney by allowing the government to make decisions on infrastructure without being impeded by bureaucracy.’

    Benson / Daily Terror

  297. TB Queensland permalink
    June 26, 2014 12:05 pm

    Still waiting for how the Budget is going to make the Rich richer …

    You’ll figure it out eventually … egg. might explain it to you …

  298. TB Queensland permalink
    June 26, 2014 12:08 pm

    The opposition and the minor party refused to support the new bill unless the government agreed to 29 amendments, including mandatory assessments of all projects for their impact on climate change.

    Good to see Opposition doing its job instead of, simply inventing three word slogans and calling the PM a LIAR!

    Thanks, egg …

  299. Tom R permalink
    June 26, 2014 12:15 pm

    No real surprise here

    Warren Mundine has confirmed what many First Nations leaders and community members suspected all along – he doesn’t represent anyone but the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

    http://www.nit.com.au/news/3609-new-3-june-25.html

  300. Walrus permalink
    June 26, 2014 12:35 pm

    “The opposition and the minor party refused to support the new bill unless the government agreed to 29 amendments, including mandatory assessments of all projects for their impact on climate change. ”

    That’s excellent news on delaying the Western Motorways and Airport Projects

    There go the rest of the ALP federal seats in Western Sydney. Not to mention the State ones next March

  301. egg permalink
    June 26, 2014 2:07 pm

    ‘That’s excellent news on delaying the Western Motorways and Airport Projects’

    Yes, it would be cheaper to relocate the people out of the city than build unnecessary expensive infrastructure.

  302. egg permalink
    June 26, 2014 3:29 pm

    ‘There go the rest of the ALP federal seats in Western Sydney. Not to mention the State ones next March’

    True, the Left Alliance is anti-progress and will pay a heavy price at the booths if they don’t wake up.

  303. egg permalink
    June 27, 2014 8:13 am

    ‘So deep is the scepticism about the Prime Minister in some quarters that many are naturally drawn to the enemy of their enemy. Glossing over the facts, they feel that Palmer must be fighting the good fight against Abbott.’

    Crowe / Oz

  304. June 27, 2014 12:00 pm

    A racist, a misogynist and a bigot enter a bar and the Bartender asks “What are you having today Mr Abbott?”

  305. June 27, 2014 12:59 pm

    A Toohey`s Light Shandy, Thanks.

  306. egg permalink
    June 27, 2014 1:44 pm

    ‘New rules, tougher fines and greater enforcement of existing regulations could be among the results of a parliamentary inquiry into foreign purchases in the domestic real estate market.

    ‘Parliament’s Economics Committee is investigating complaints that property price hikes in major Australian cities may be fuelled by an influx of foreign buyers.’

    McGrath / ABC

  307. egg permalink
    June 27, 2014 2:09 pm

    Canada Closes Door and Ups the Ante

    ‘Tens of thousands of Chinese millionaires in the queue will have their applications scrapped and their application fees returned..

    ‘The surprise announcement was made in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s budget, which was delivered to parliament in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon local time.

    ‘…the scheme spun out of control when Canada’s Hong Kong consulate was overwhelmed by a massive influx of applications from mainland millionaires…

    “For decades, [the scheme] has significantly undervalued Canadian permanent residence, providing a pathway to Canadian citizenship in exchange for a guaranteed loan that is significantly less than our peer countries require”…

    ‘All told, 59,000 investor applicants and 7,000 entrepreneurs will have their applications returned, the budget papers said. Seventy per cent of the backlog, as of last January, was Chinese, suggesting more than 46,000 mainlanders will be affected by yesterday’s announcements.’

    South China Morning Post

  308. egg permalink
    June 27, 2014 2:41 pm

    When the Chinese get wind of this, there’ll be an economic revolution in the apple isle.

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/06/15/korean-village-planned-hobart-suburbs

  309. egg permalink
    June 27, 2014 9:34 pm

    ‘Researchers have revealed a newfound alien planet might be able to support life – and say it is just 16 light years away.

    ‘Called Gliese 832c, it is a ‘super-Earth’ at least five times as massive as our planet.

    ‘The researchers say it might be the closest in terms of conditions ever found – and may even have Earth-like temperatures, albeit with large seasonal shifts.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2670085/The-alien-planet-support-life-just-stones-throw-Earth.html#ixzz35q2NxQdQ
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  310. Tony permalink
    June 28, 2014 8:30 pm

    “Americans this year are expected to eat an average of 5.6 pounds of butter, according to U.S. government data—nearly 22.5 sticks for every man, woman and child. That translates to 892,000 total tons of butter consumed nationwide, an amount not seen since World War II.

    “Butter’s shifting fortunes also reflect the vicissitudes of thinking on healthy eating that rattle the national diet. Families for decades opted for vegetable spreads because of concerns about butter’s high concentration of saturated fat, only to be told more recently that the trans fats traditionally contained in margarine are just as unhealthy. Many Americans also have altered their thinking on how important reducing all fat is for controlling weight.”

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/butter-makes-comeback-as-margarine-loses-favor-1403745263?mod=e2tw

  311. Very Drill permalink
    June 28, 2014 8:39 pm

    “[T]he fact that Americans are afforded mineral rights is a key factor in what has been, so far, an inimitable formula for shale success. Many in the U.S. take it for granted that they have ownership of more than just the surface of their property, but in other countries, these mineral rights default to governments. That’s made it difficult for drilling companies to make headway, because landowners don’t have the same incentive to sign off on disruptive drilling. In the U.S., individuals are compensated by these companies for the risks they assume. Compare that with the UK, where a lack of mineral rights has led to local protests so vociferous that they’ve managed to block drilling altogether.

    “A wide variety of factors—from favorable geology to deep capital markets to mineral rights for property owners—helped the shale boom take off in the U.S., and have made this energy revolution devilishly tricky to replicate abroad.”

    http://www.the-american-interest.com/blog/2014/06/26/on-display-in-colorado-americas-unique-advantage-in-the-shale-boom/

  312. TB Queensland permalink
    June 29, 2014 11:06 am

    More damning testimony against the QLD LNP club for the boys …

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/lnp-abuses-position-of-power-fitzgerald/story-e6frfku9-1226970815887

    Strangely, I wondered aloud when the gerrymandering would begin …

  313. egg permalink
    June 29, 2014 11:06 am

    ‘The Prime Minister had better get used to demeaning himself in such a way: meeting a man who viciously attacked his loyal chief of staff just weeks ago.’

    Onselen / Oz

  314. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 29, 2014 11:35 am

    “No real surprise here

    It never ceases to amaze me how the ALP turn on their own stalwarts when they don’t just fall into line with whatever the ALP demands of them.

    Gillard used her “captains choice” to give a seat to an inarticulate, inexperienced former athlete, rather than recognise Mundine, who had devoted his live to the ALP and indigenous people.

  315. June 29, 2014 11:54 am

    Tom…hardly.. Mundine was happy with Nova’s choice, who is doing a fantastic job. Mundine has other fish to fry and the decision to get a female indigenous senator into the parliament should be applauded as a great achievement that has proved a good choice..

  316. egg permalink
    June 29, 2014 1:20 pm

    ‘Cold fusion, otherwise known as Low Energy Nuclear Reactions or LENR is fringe science — but it continues to progress stealthily into the mainstream. The developments over the last few months have been in business rather than science, with focus shifting towards commercialising a technology claimed to be able to generate unlimited energy from cheap, desktop-sized reactors.’

    Wired

  317. Neil of Sydney permalink
    June 29, 2014 2:45 pm

    “More damning testimony against the QLD LNP club for the boys …

    This Fitzgerald guy just seems like a partisan deadbeat. He gets very excited when he sees Liberal party corruption but seems to fall asleep when there is ALP corruption.

    Fitzgerald is obviously an ALP voter.

  318. June 29, 2014 9:40 pm

    ^^^^^^^ more wingnut wankery in a general sweeping unsupported opinion toss off by squeal… What does he put on a blue shirt, grab a jar of vasso, a pair of tweezers and some pepper then whip his daks off and type his next bore 🙄

  319. egg permalink
    June 29, 2014 9:45 pm

    A Carney Act

  320. egg permalink
    June 29, 2014 9:56 pm

    ‘China’s roll-out of high-speed rail is set to usher in one of the most profound changes to travel patterns in human history. For those astonished by the pace of Chinese development over the past two decades, the coming decade will see even faster change, as most of the country becomes integrated through convenient rail travel.

    ‘China is not the first to embrace rail. But what Europe and Japan accomplished over 40 years, China has effectively quadrupled in little more than a decade.

    ‘What are the implications for Australia and the United States – large countries dominated by cars, trucks and planes, which could benefit from high-speed rail but have so far viewed it as too expensive?

    ‘China’s experience could potentially democratise the technology, making it more viable to build high-speed rail links in eastern Australia or across North America.’

    Chris hale / The Conversation

  321. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 29, 2014 10:23 pm

    Well Ricky, I’m not fond of people taking a cheap shot at Mundine. Particularly when it is ignorant too.

    There are many ALP types who think Mundine should have sacrificed his principles for the benefit of the ALP. He put years into the party, and should reasonably expected better treatment from them.

    But Gillard was entirely happy to parachute in a former athlete, with absolutely no involvement in the ALP.

  322. egg permalink
    June 30, 2014 7:33 am

    ‘THE nation’s $100 billion welfare system faces the most radical overhaul in a generation after the long-awaited McClure report called for thousands of people to be thrown off the Disability Support Pension if they have a capac­ity to work, new rules to boost incentives to find a job, and a huge cut in the number of social security payments.

    ‘The interim report, prepared by welfare expert Patrick McClure for the government, calls for four new payments — a tiered working-age payment, a disability support pension, an age pension and a child payment — to replace Newstart, Youth Allow­ance and other benefits in a system that has grown to 20 different income payments and 55 available supplements.’

    Karvelas and Morton / Oz

  323. Tom R permalink
    June 30, 2014 8:09 am

    Did they mention any other “facts” in their story egg?

    http://twitpic.com/e760we

  324. Tom R permalink
    June 30, 2014 8:13 am

    There are many ALP types who think Mundine should have sacrificed his principles for the benefit of the ALP.

    Better than sacrificing them for the likes of tabot, who has done nothing but rip front line services away from Aboriginals since being handed the reigns.

    Speaking of ignorant cheap shots, can you describe your unfounded attacks on Nova Peris as anything other than “inarticulate” or ” inexperienced ” ❓ Stoopid maybe? 🙂

  325. egg permalink
    June 30, 2014 8:16 am

    Can’t get behind the paywall, but the Guardian should have the other facts.

  326. Tom R permalink
    June 30, 2014 8:31 am

    Funny, the one I saw wasn’t behind a pay wall. Their “graphic” also focused on other “facts” that were a little less damaging to their “argument”

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/reform-puts-work-before-welfare/story-fn59niix-1226971452726?nk=2d58f79182e848c0c220bb60641c97a0

    What is most interesting is how much a friend tabot was to those on disability support, and his clamoring for trying to take credit for Labors NDIS. That looks pretty pathetic and opportunistic now, doesn’t it?

    The best friend the disabled ever had I’m guessing.

  327. egg permalink
    June 30, 2014 8:48 am

    The link you put up still has me behind a paywall.

    Without knowing what’s on the monk’s mind, he did seem reluctant to go the NDIS route in the beginning, but now they figure they will just take people off it.

  328. Tom R permalink
    June 30, 2014 9:12 am

    Must be the google trick working for me on the gg

    But, as for tabot and the NDIS, he was unequivocal

    Too many Australians, people with disability and carers alike, have been left behind. They deserve so much better.

    That is why our support for the NDIS is unequivocal.

    https://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2013/08/20/tony-abbott-coalitions-policy-australians-disability-and-carers

  329. June 30, 2014 9:18 am

    Well Ricky, I’m not fond of people taking a cheap shot at Mundine. Particularly when it is ignorant too.

    Not me Tom…. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for him. He and I have one thing in common, the modern ALP is not the ALP of old as we are both supported the Hawke Keating approach of conciliatory wage negotiation through accord and economic reform, something the fiberals have and could never do. Its a great shame he left the ALP. Abbott, as the penultimate opportunist has used him for political advantage… Australia’s past on Aboriginal issues has been deplorable however it is the ALP that has the runs on the board in terms of real ground starting with one word after Keatings work on native title. Lets just hope that Warrens work with the fiberals is not like everything else they are doing, ideological fart bubbles, and Warrens work is constructive. intervention and more self determination is what is needed. Time will tell. Maybe Phoney Toney can discuss his ideas in reflection on his week long sleepover in indigenous communities… or that may just well be another broken record promise platitude like his appointment as minister for labia lip service.

  330. egg permalink
    June 30, 2014 9:19 am

    Funny, he seemed reluctant at the time, maybe it was just me reading between the lines. Anyway, time to purge the perceived malingerers.

  331. June 30, 2014 9:23 am

    Thats “less” intervention and more self determination…. time to change my keyboard batteries.. 😦

  332. Tom R permalink
    June 30, 2014 9:34 am

    Funny, he seemed reluctant at the time

    In eggs world perhaps. Nice try at rewriting history though.

    Face it, tabot lied his arse of to the electorate, which some warned at the time he was doing. but murdor told us it was all cool.

  333. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 30, 2014 9:37 am

    Mundine –
    • Former ALP National President
    • Devoted his career to leading indigenous organisations
    • A record of articulating independent and intelligent policies
    • Deserved a parliamentary seat for all the above reasons

    …but hacks (including Gillard) used their “choices” to advance their own careers, or those of inarticulate former athletes.
    ——————–
    I agree Ricky, I was a member of the ALP during 3 decades! I started to think it had lost its way when all the little interest groups stymied Keating’s final term. He continued with his reform efforts and was blocked by internal interests, Howard won because Keating couldn’t get internal ALP traction with his agenda.

    As an example, look at his original agenda for waterfront reform, and how that was hijacked, leaving the way open for Howard and Reith.

  334. Tom R permalink
    June 30, 2014 9:49 am

    FORMER ALP national president Warren Mundine has described Julia Gillard’s shock endorsement of Nova Peris to stand for the Senate in the Northern Territory as a “great moment”.

    http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/mundine-praises-gillard-peris-move/1728212/

    yomm remains inarticulate. 😦

  335. June 30, 2014 10:02 am

    Tom you are speaking my language comrade. I’m a reformist and see Bill Shorten’s (even though he is a fundamentally good man and good politician with a huge social conscience) tenure as a slap in he face to the rank and file membership. Albo represents new blood and a fresh approach, he has come from nothing and has been broke an attribute that informs a PM’s thinking when governing for real people. Penny Wong would be the best qualified for the job, she is a fierce intellect and great negotiator who is pragmatic, but sadly Australia is not ready for a Gay, asian female PM. Tanya is another great choice but she would be crucified.

    Dont get me started on Arbib.. he and me were arch enemies and it was him that tried to get me expelled before the Admin Committee and failed. I would say without a doubt the most detested sports minister in Aussie history now a hack for Packer. He is a crim and knee deep in corrupt dealings with Obied, purchased a Maroubra unit off moses his next door neighbor.

  336. egg permalink
    June 30, 2014 10:53 am

    ‘Face it, tabot lied his arse of to the electorate,’

    I wasn’t denying it, the monk has previous.

  337. Tom R permalink
    June 30, 2014 10:55 am

    I wasn’t denying it

    No, you “re-framing” it. Still a spade.

  338. egg permalink
    June 30, 2014 10:58 am

    Its called spin.

  339. Tom R permalink
    June 30, 2014 11:09 am

    I’ll call it what it was.

    Bullshit!

  340. egg permalink
    June 30, 2014 11:37 am

    That’s noice TR, I’ll take your word for that, hate media is not my portfolio.

  341. Tom R permalink
    June 30, 2014 11:40 am

    I’ll take your word for that

    Here I was thinking you’d be taking tabots word for that?

    Just again in case you missed it.

    That is why our support for the NDIS is unequivocal.

  342. egg permalink
    June 30, 2014 11:45 am

    He lies like a pig in mud, but its no concern of mine. This is interesting, the Canadians gave up waiting for Obama and have decided to sell their oil to China.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/06/27/Goodbye-Keystone-XL-Hello-Enbridge-Northern-Gateway

  343. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 30, 2014 11:57 am

    Of course Mundie was a loyal party man and would always publically support decisions. The point is that (on the basis of his intelligence and achievements alone) he should have been given a seat.

    Is there another former National President who was so self sacrificing? How didn’t use the position to promote their own career or book or consultancy?

    The ALP let him down big time, but the snipers now criticise him for continuing his commitment to indigenous policy and advancement with the incumbent government.

    What a crock.

  344. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 30, 2014 11:58 am

    “Who didn’t…”

    (I’d hate to provide factual evidence of being inarticulate)

  345. Tom R permalink
    June 30, 2014 12:05 pm

    on the basis of his intelligence and achievements alone

    He is publicly supporting the “best friend” of the Aborigine. Any kind of “intelligence ” could only be attributed by somebody “inarticulate”

  346. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 30, 2014 4:25 pm

    Nova Peris is nothing more than a blob of snot on Gillard’s bony finger – such is the Capatain’s pick.

    Still it is no worse than most of the ALP chancers who have made it to this retirement home for conniving Unionland hacks (or in Ludwig’s case, their sons).

  347. egg permalink
    June 30, 2014 6:20 pm

    ‘Last week China announced that it was planning to send a rover to Mars by 2020 and bring back samples from the Red Planet just 10 years later. Ouyang Ziyuan, the Chinese scientist who oversaw the country’s successful Moon rover mission in December last year, said that this would be just the first step in the country’s plans to explore the solar system – with further plans involving sending probes to the Sun.’

    The Independent

  348. June 30, 2014 6:48 pm

    Nova Peris is nothing more than a blob of snot on Gillard’s bony finger

    She speaks so highly of you too splatter 🙄

  349. Tom R permalink
    June 30, 2014 7:01 pm

    She speaks so highly of you too splatter

    Inarticulately though allegedly 😉

  350. June 30, 2014 7:57 pm

    Guess nobody is buying chocolate covered tony…

    One consumer denoted… it was sold as nuts on the outside with a hard exterior and a soft centre. I took a bite and it was just another bitter nutty turd dipped in chocolate. It was nothing like it was advertised, it made me violently ill and I want my money back….

    The latest MORGAN POLL…spells ” annihilation for the lyin”
    If a Federal Election were held today the ALP would win in a landslide (57.5%, up 2%) cf. L-NP (42.5%, down 2%) on a two-party preferred basis according to today’s multi-mode Morgan Poll conducted the last two weekends – June 21/22 & 28/29, 2014.

    http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/5659-federal-voting-intention-june-30-2014-201406300634

  351. June 30, 2014 10:56 pm

    Behold one of the foulest scericks of toxic pond scum ever to enter federal politics. An arrogant, cocky bully boy head kicker attack dog who claims god is on his side. History will judge this man with the contemptuous disdain he has earnt through his heartless, vindictive disregard for humanity.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/scott-morrisons-foul-bet-on-torture-20140625-zsll1.html

  352. Tom R permalink
    July 1, 2014 8:36 am

    The gubbermint exhibits their “unequivocal” support for the NDIS, and uphold their commitment to make no changes to the pension.

    Mentally ill people could be targeted as one of the groups to become ineligible for the disability support pension (DSP), the head of a government review of the welfare system has suggested.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/30/mentally-ill-people-could-lose-disability-support-pension-in-welfare-overhaul

  353. Tom R permalink
    July 1, 2014 9:05 am

    A good article by one of the few remaining good writers I alluded to in the other thread about privatization.

    They know that whether or not the private owner succeeds in raising prices, it will seek to improve its profitability by moving in on union perks and rorts. They know even Coalition-government owners give them an easier ride than a private owner would.
    So voters would be mugs to believe Labor and its union mates have consumers’ best interests at heart.
    Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean Coalition privatisers can be trusted to do their best by customers. The temptation facing all privatising governments is to seek to maximise the price they get for the asset they’re selling.
    If you can’t see why that would be a problem, you’re helping demonstrate why privatisations so often fail to deliver their promised benefits.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/privatisation-debate-fails-public-good-20140629-3b21k.html#ixzz36AO4FYlm

  354. Walrus permalink
    July 1, 2014 9:14 am

    “If a Federal Election were held today the ALP would win in a landslide ………………….”

    But there wont be…………………………………LOL

    Time………………..Time……………………….Time……………………………..and two more Budgets

  355. egg permalink
    July 1, 2014 9:20 am

    ‘A BRISBANE media agency involved in Clive Palmer’s federal election campaign received $2.167 million in Chinese government cash allegedly siphoned from an account controlled by the businessman at the time of his record-spending bid to enter parliament.

    ‘The Australian can reveal that new documents show the agency, Media Circus Network, received the payment with cheque No 2073 drawn on a National Australia Bank account called “Port Palmer Operations’’, just five days before the September 7 election.’

    Thomas / Oz

  356. Neil of Sydney permalink
    July 1, 2014 9:25 am

    “If a Federal Election were held today the ALP would win in a landslide”

    Beats me what Australians see in the ALP. Shorten is much more popular than Abbott but what has he done??

    I think it shows that Australians do not like the pain required to get the budget back into surplus. Only a Coalition govt could run a string of surplus budgets because ALP supporters would never let the ALP run surplus budgets. ALP supporters want money spent on themselves and this that and whatever.

  357. Tom R permalink
    July 1, 2014 9:29 am

    Time………………..Time……………………….Time……………………………..and two more Budgets

    yep, it’s a long time for people to get over their outrage, and get bought out in the last budget. And tabot doesn’t have a rudd fken with his own party all the way along.

    Like I said before, Labor will be lucky to win the next election, and it will take the libs to lose it, rather than anything Labor does, which is just ignored by our inept media outlets. Not even a byline anymore.

  358. egg permalink
    July 1, 2014 9:46 am

    ‘Shorten is much more popular than Abbott but what has he done??’

    Nothing, that’s why he is popular.

  359. Walrus permalink
    July 1, 2014 9:50 am

    “Like I said before, Labor will be lucky to win the next election, and it will take the libs to lose it,………..””

    Good…………Dog………………………..we agree ?????????????????????

  360. Tom R permalink
    July 1, 2014 9:54 am

    Nothing, that’s why he is popular.

    I DISAGREE!

    I would guess it is because he is sticking up for those getting kicked by gutless bullies. Not that too many get to hear press conferences or twitter feeds from Labor these days.

  361. Neil the Repetitive permalink
    July 1, 2014 10:06 am

    “I would guess it is because he is sticking up for those getting kicked by gutless bullies.

    I guess you are right. The ALP tries to make out they are the good guys protecting people. It wins them a lot of votes. But it also shows Labor could never do the hard things needed to get the budget back into surplus.

    Govt debt was at 18% of GDP in 1996 and increasing rapidly. We did not get our AAA rating back which we lost in the 1980’s until Howard/Costello got govt debt down to 5% of GDP in 2003. Something the ALP could never do.

  362. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 1, 2014 10:07 am

    Time………………..Time……………………….Time……………………………..and two more Budgets

    What on earth makes you think this bunch of sclerotic economic incompetents will get any better?

    Tom R, you don’t really believe Gittins has a brain do you?

    Also, the correct tweet would be that the ALP is upset because Abbott is trying to end rorting of the disability system. Rorts are sacred in unionland.

  363. Tom R permalink
    July 1, 2014 10:14 am

    end rorting of the disability system

    ROFL

    Unlike the FBT on cars hey?

    But, now you raise it, do you have a link that exposes this rorting of the disability system?

    Just to recap

    http://twitpic.com/e760we

  364. Walrus permalink
    July 1, 2014 10:32 am

    “”…………….do you have a link that exposes this rorting of the disability system?””

    Try this on for size………..

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/pm-tightens-welfare-noose-over-fears-australian-taxpayers-may-be-funding-jihadist-training/story-fni0cx12-1226961935520

  365. Tom R permalink
    July 1, 2014 10:35 am

    Try this on for size………..

    So, one, in 2005 😯

  366. Walrus permalink
    July 1, 2014 10:38 am

    If the DSP is going to be used for people of a parlous mental state then its wide open to manipulation.

    Physical disabilities are one thing but Mental creates all sorts of opportunities for rorting. Not saying some people are not permanently mentally scarred by things that have happened to them or by simple genetics but most could be helped one would think back to work.

    Anyway the best way to sort out the DSP is to come down like a tonne of bricks on the Doctors that hand out bogus/bullshit certificates and threaten to deregister them

  367. Walrus permalink
    July 1, 2014 10:41 am

    “So, one, in 2005 “”

    No………………further down

    “………….A spokesman for Mr Abbott said: “The government is ­urgently looking at what more can be done to ensure (terrorist group members) anywhere in the world are not receiving welfare payments courtesy of the Australian taxpayer.The spokesman could not rule out payments were being paid into Australian bank accounts and sent overseas by family members.””

  368. Tom R permalink
    July 1, 2014 10:48 am

    That is not confirming rorting, that is confirming that it could be happening.

    It could not either. Really wally, you need to get better than that. Fear is not confirmation, just for future reference 😉

  369. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 1, 2014 11:12 am

    Shorten’s response is “La-la-la-la don’t look and don’t put any protections in place that might prejudice rorting.”

    I’ve certainly seen at close quarters the way the system is rorted. Suffice to say the rorters have extreme antipathy to Abbott and are big Labor supporters.

  370. Tom R permalink
    July 1, 2014 11:15 am

    Shorten’s response is nothing like you pretend it is.

  371. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 1, 2014 11:22 am

    That is exactly what it means.

    Sadly, that is the way politics is played today – everything is calculated to score political points. Neither reason nor reasonableness comes into it. Both sides are guilty. Was political discourse always thus?

  372. Tom R permalink
    July 1, 2014 11:40 am

    That is exactly what it means.

    Then I can only assume you don’t listen

    Mr Shorten says Labor supports the principle of simplification but says the Government is “sinking the boot into people with disabilities”.

    “I can’t stand by and allow the demonisation of people with disabilities,” he said.

    “In my experience most people with permanent impairments in this country … would gladly give away their disability in turn for the opportunity to be able to have a job, but they can’t.

    “What the Government needs to do is rather than just attack people, they need to understand the reasons why people with disabilities are treated as second-class citizens in Australia.”

    Mr Shorten says “most people with disabilities” would love to have a job but face transport issues, an education system which “does not always give them the best start in life” as well as discrimination.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-30/labor-accuse-government-of-demonising-disabled/5560066

  373. Walrus permalink
    July 1, 2014 11:49 am

    Why does the Left and its supporters always resort to violence ?

    http://www.news.com.au/national/socialist-alternative-withdraws-violent-tony-abbott-cover/story-fncynjr2-1226973484347

  374. Tom R permalink
    July 1, 2014 12:06 pm

    always ?? 😯

    One user said: “Oh … not cool. I’m no fan of the LNP — policies, parties, associates or leader — but this seems unnecessarily violent.”

    Another said: “dreadful picture. DO NOT CONDONE violence to anyone. Even Abbott. You LOST me off this page and as a supporter.”

    Like all of those “righties” doing the same with the base-ball bats or chaff-bag moments I suppose 😉

  375. July 1, 2014 12:18 pm

    Beats me what Australians see in the ALP. Shorten is much more popular than Abbott but what has he done??

    Coast….. Abbott is such a foul vindictive lying megalomanic.

    I know all you Fiberal voters feel dirty, having been used and duped by the heavy grifters. I sympathise that you cringe when he utters moranic stupidity from Texas to Jakarta.

    I empathise that he is mercilessly a waging class warfare extremist jihad against the old, poor, sick, disabled, science, academia, the environment, minorities of race and the politically persecuted in the expressed execution of his undisclosed extremist ideology.

    I feel for you as he breaks all his promises he said he would never would, blaming others while he reminisces about the old days that’s just a fantasy he constructed because he feels you have forgotten the truth; all the while telling you he has changed.

    I am just mortified for you as you realise finally, he has confirmed by his actions the unmitigated fact Tony is an out of control meglomaniac religious power hungry loon confirmed by making himself the minister for women’s affairs.

    Please be assured we are here for you as you realise that true liberalism has been hijacked by the teabag wingnuts of the neocon religious extremist right claiming a mandate after a litany of undisclosed lies.

    Be assured that unlike these people who led you all astray as you were caught up in the fever of nationalistic vilification hatred of fellow Australians we will not persecute you. Just accept your mistake and move on for the greater good. Lets again work together and chalk it up to a bad mistake from a poor choice. We all make them, as nobody is perfect. We can all learn from the evil of this man and let future generations know of his malicious deeds to never let it happen again. Nobody is the suppository of all wisdom.

    You are not alone

  376. Tom R permalink
    July 1, 2014 12:19 pm

    And it is not just the gubamint demonising, their cheer squad is on the case too

    “Headlines like this one talking about people with disabilities as rorters, bludgers, slackers, slouchers, that kind of language that we have seen over the past couple of months, reduces and trashes and destroys the brand of people with disabilities to employers. I say right here, we are not rorters, we are not slackers,” he said.

    “… This media demonisation of people with disabilities is unhelpful and counterintuitive and it has to stop.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/29/support-agencies-say-coalition-is-rushing-its-overhaul-of-welfare-system?CMP=soc_568

  377. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 2, 2014 11:28 am

    “Stoljar takes Berger through his work that year – 2011. TWU Super paid $93,000 of his $186,000 salary. Berger agrees that he only did 2.5 days work for TWU Super, handing out literature. Agrees that he was paid $93,000 by TWU Super for 2.5 days work.”

    I’m pretty sure Tom R will be leading the charge on this one with …….. silence ….. followed by “look over there” and commentary about how the RC is a politcal stunt.

  378. Tom R permalink
    July 2, 2014 12:36 pm

    silence ….. followed by “look over there”

    I’ll go with ….. context 😉

    The Transport Workers Union says the inquiry into trade union governance and corruption has misrepresented facts about a superannuation scheme the union operates.

    http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2014/s4037298.htm

    It’s a witch hunt, designed to get snippets of claims like the above out.

    I hope Tony Sheldon takes abetz to the cleaners.

  379. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 2, 2014 12:48 pm

    “It’s a witch hunt”

    Yep. You are about as credible on this as you were on Thomson. Rusted-on trolls are like that. Just keep on singing ‘Unionland Uber Alles’.

    TWU gets $93k of members’ super for having a bloke hand out junk mail for 2.5 days. I bet Sinodinos is jealous.

  380. Tom R permalink
    July 2, 2014 1:03 pm

    TWU gets $93k of members’ super for having a bloke hand out junk mail for 2.5 days.

    Says half the story. I wonder if we will ever get to hear the other half?

    So, do you think Tony Sheldon should take abetz to the cleaners?

  381. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 2, 2014 1:11 pm

    What is the other half? I’m sure the TWU will enlighten us. In fact they can tell us that anytime they like. But I can’t hear them.

    Abetz has hastily acknowledged his mistake and offered to pay Sheldon’s costs. I doubt Sheldon would get much more from a court. I don’t like public figures making shitloads from defo laws – like Abbott and Costello did.

    In Sheldon’s case it may be that by the time the RC is over he won’t have much of a reputation to lose.

  382. Tom R permalink
    July 2, 2014 1:17 pm

    What is the other half?

    Good question.

    I’m sure the TWU will enlighten us.

    Yes, because they have all the time in the world, given the present gubamint is using our precious reserves to attack it’s political opponents and tie their time up in courts instead of protecting workers like they have been.

    Abetz has hastily acknowledged

    You mean once he realised he didn’t have a leg to stand on, months after making the claim, and halfway through a court case 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    In Sheldon’s case it may be that by the time the RC is over he won’t have much of a reputation to lose.

    mud, mud and more mud, it’s all they have, and they use it with gay abandon. Which is why abetz should suffer for his comments. You know he will try it on again, and again, and again.

  383. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 2, 2014 6:43 pm

    The final of a bogan competition! I don’t think they’d make the cut if some of the bogans on other sites had participated.

    http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/bogan-hunters-reveals-seven-finalists-in-its-search-for-australias-greatest-bogan/story-fn8yvfst-1226975283085

    When is there going to be a TV series all about “people like us”? You know, nice types, that are intelligent, entertaining and articulate.

  384. July 2, 2014 6:47 pm

    From ToM’s link:

    “The Apple Isle is certainly punching well above its weight.”

    How surprisement. 😯

  385. Mappa Tassie permalink
    July 2, 2014 7:21 pm

    So, Tasmania’s full of bogans. Who woulda thunk it?

  386. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 2, 2014 7:32 pm

    Tasmanian nation building…

  387. egg permalink
    July 2, 2014 7:47 pm

    Van Dieman’s Bogan Land

  388. Meta permalink
    July 3, 2014 2:27 am

    (Let me be perfectly clear, el g, I agree absolutely and unreservedly with the new-old notion of the normal normativities of politicians taking advice from experts. Therefore, with respect to the policy ethos formerly formally known as DisabilityCare, the very best independent welfare-related and macro-medical advice available to the average citizen, and to long-time dilettante-politician Kevin Andrews, is bound to issue from a twice-or-thrice-hand-picked expert in episodic redesigns of EmploymentChoices and DisabilityChoices schemas; and that singular public service is bound only to be improved further by the rather large sums of public moneys involved and by the implied redistributions of those public moneys, to be better managed under a four-pillar prescription ostensibly encapsulated by a generously-applied gelatinous-coating of afore-focus on jobs, pro-visionally co-incidental job-network service providers, alleged-rorts-preventions, and, um, temporary mental illness, in the pre-re-re-review phase immediately post the latest and greatest interim McClure Review. Or, something like that.)

  389. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 3, 2014 10:14 pm

    Does this qualify as surfing?

  390. July 3, 2014 10:34 pm

    Of course not

    It’s all too predictable.

    Nature is not predictable and some knobhead dropping in is not predictable.

    And where are the Great Whites ?

  391. July 3, 2014 10:36 pm

    Indonesian election next week by the way

  392. July 3, 2014 10:36 pm

    Next Wednesday by the way

  393. July 3, 2014 10:56 pm

    maybe lndo will show Aust and Thai how to elect a `worthwhile` leader

  394. Chien Noir permalink
    July 4, 2014 10:43 pm

    ‘We must be lying to ourselves: There is no way this album should not be #1. If my fellow PFM writers could go to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’s memory-erasure clinic and wipe out everything related to this record and band– the radio overplay, the Spinal Tap jokes, Robert Plant asking, “Does anybody remember laughter?”– and hear IV again for the first time, it would be at the very top of this list. Because when the riff from “Black Dog” hits you for the first time, you come face to face with God. Nothing is bigger than Led Zeppelin IV. It tears your skin and grinds away your doubt and self-hatred, freeing the rage and lust and anger of cockblocked adolescence. Listening to this album is like fucking the Grand Canyon.

    ‘Some people call “When the Levee Breaks” the album’s true epic, because it sounds like the blues while “Stairway to Heaven” sounds like druids. But that was the fucking point. Zeppelin understood that you spend your days under the weight of shit, so they show you the way out with a moronized stewpot of myth, Tolkien and California daydreaming, a place where you can pray for greatness from battles you’ll never fight. Zeppelin spanned it all, because they knew sometimes you wield the Hammer of the Gods and sometimes you just get the shaft.’

    http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/5932-top-100-albums-of-the-1970s/10/

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