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Border Force descends on Melbourne to ensure civilians are “Behaving Appropriately”

August 28, 2015

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Disclaimer: The following article is not satire…

The Government’s Border Force patrol will descend on Melbourne streets this weekend to harass and question anyone they choose who looks suspiciously “unAustralian.”

In an unprecedented move, the Government has given Border Farce officers the right to detain and question any individual without grounds, and request details of their Visa arrangements.

According to Don Smith (his real name) Australian Border Force regional commander for Victoria and Tasmania, officers will be stationed at various locations around the city and will speak “with any individual we cross paths with.”

“You need to be aware of the conditions of your visa; if you commit visa fraud you should know it’s only a matter of time before you’re caught out,” says Mr Smith.

According to Mr Smith, officers will work with, “a diverse team of transport and enforcement agencies to target crime in the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) as part of Operation Fortitude”.

“Tonight and tomorrow evening [Friday and Saturday] Metro Trains, Yarra Trams, the Sheriff’s Office, Taxi Services Commission and the ABF will join Victoria Police as part of the inter-agency operation,” he said.

“With a particular focus on people travelling to, from and around the CBD, the group of agencies will work together to support the best interests of Melburnians, targeting everything from anti-social behaviour to outstanding warrants.”

Victorian Police released a statement saying the public transport system would “be at its safest … as a diverse team of transport and enforcement agencies take to the streets as a part of Operation Fortitude”.

“There is a lot of truth to the saying that there is strength in numbers,” Transit and Public Safety Command acting superintendent Campbell Mill said.

“From a policing perspective we will have Protective Services Officers, Passive Alert Detection Dogs, police, booze buses and automated number plate recognition vehicles deployed this Friday and Saturday night.

“While we are all separate organisations, we all have something in common – a responsibility to keep our community safe.

“In order to do that, we need to ensure that people are behaving appropriately.”

“Behaving appropriately…?”  WTF is that……??

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  1. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 28, 2015 1:48 pm

    Well, it’s about time!

    And not just that. I don’t understand airport security. I was recently at the Melbourne Airport and observed a particularly shady looking character.

    But who do you think the security people decided to check!!?? Do I look like a terrorist?

    The security people really need to figure out how to more effectively harass shady types and leave people like me alone, to spend more time drinking and eating in the club longue.

  2. August 28, 2015 2:03 pm

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  3. August 28, 2015 2:29 pm

    Things are going exceptionally well..

    Border Force have just cancelled their media conference…

    Crowds of protesters are blocking traffic at Flinders Street station…

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  4. Tom R permalink
    August 28, 2015 2:47 pm

    Border Force have just cancelled their media conference…

    Crowds of protesters are blocking traffic at Flinders Street station…

    lol, they couldn’t ‘Force’ their way through?

  5. August 28, 2015 2:52 pm

    Apparently Vic police have announced that “Operation Fortitude” has been cancelled.

    Well done Tony… That was a remarkable accomplishment….!

  6. Tom R permalink
    August 28, 2015 2:53 pm

    I think he meant to say “their’ report was wrong, not ‘reports’ 😉

    Which gives you complete confidence about them ‘selecting’ victims suspects

    And this is all too accurate 😦

  7. Tom R permalink
    August 28, 2015 2:58 pm

    Apparently Vic police have announced that “Operation Fortitude” has been cancelled.

    Operation “Run Away”? #borderfarce

    “That rabbits dynamite!”

  8. Tom R permalink
    August 28, 2015 3:04 pm

    Cape York school P and C says Tony Abbott’s claims on remote schools ‘unfair’

    http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2015/s4301735.htm

    He’s being quite nice to use the word ‘unfair’ instead of “bullshit”

  9. TB Queensland permalink
    August 28, 2015 3:14 pm

    “In order to do that, we need to ensure that people are behaving appropriately.”

    “Behaving appropriately…?” WTF is that……??

    Seems Daesh has arrived in Melbourne … do they all have Australian passports?

    Does Tony Abbott still have British Citizenship?

    Is this a global PLOT!

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    August 28, 2015 3:15 pm

    But who do you think the security people decided to check!!?? Do I look like a terrorist?

    well going by your gravatar ….. ?

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    August 28, 2015 3:16 pm

    What will the pols say NEXT week?

  12. Tom R permalink
    August 28, 2015 3:18 pm

    Seems Daesh has arrived in Melbourne … do they all have Australian passports?

    Does Tony Abbott still have British Citizenship?

    The way things are going, he’s gonna need it lol

  13. August 28, 2015 3:28 pm

    Bolt`s squirting seems to have paid-off.

    So boltsville has gained many more (taxpayer-funded) idiots, wasn`t one enough.?

    Watch-out that ””Operation-Fortitude””#guffaw doesn`t develop mission creep too, and end-up being `operation-fortress`. #teabags

  14. August 28, 2015 3:34 pm

    PREDICTION the most common words heard by farce-plod today in boltsville is, `fcuk-off-dcik-head`

  15. Walrus permalink
    August 28, 2015 3:36 pm

    “Well done Tony… That was a remarkable accomplishment….!”

    Seems you forgot Daniel Andrews. It is HIS police force that agreed to it

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    August 28, 2015 3:51 pm

    Seems you forgot Daniel Andrews. It is HIS police force that agreed to it

    Indeed … but he is a Mexican … 😉

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    August 28, 2015 3:58 pm

    So it’s been done covertly before … shades of

    The Community and Public Sector Union, which acts on behalf of border staff, said their members were concerned about their safety if the operation was to go ahead.
    “We have been contacted by Border Force members deeply concerned about the way their work has been politicised raising safety concerns about the public reaction,” CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood said in a statement.
    “While Border Force staff have been involved in these types of operations before, they have never been publicised in this way.
    “They were deeply concerned at the suggestion they would be stopping all people on the street, which is not how their work has been done in the past.”

    http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/huge-police-operation-in-melbourne-cbd/story-e6frfku9-1227502346329

    Is The Australian Enabling Act being written right now?

  18. Walrus permalink
    August 28, 2015 4:14 pm

    “They were deeply concerned at the suggestion they would be stopping all people on the street, which is not how their work has been done in the past.”

    I think that might mean like the periodic blitz they conduct on taxi drivers at the rank at Sydney Airport every so often.

    This whole thing appears to be the wet dream of a couple of lazy public servant fuckers.

    Even our dumbest fuck of a Federal or State politician of either side would never have dreamt this crap up.

  19. Tom R permalink
    August 28, 2015 4:15 pm

    which is not how their work has been done in the past.

    So, just HOW was their work done in hte past? They have extensive access, probably to the computer I am typing on. Do they now share this with anyone they do “these types of operations” with now?

    Well, we knew they would.

  20. Walrus permalink
    August 28, 2015 4:15 pm

    “…..the most common words heard by farce-plod today in boltsville is, `fcuk-off-dcik-head`.”

    So then you came over here…………………:)

  21. Tom R permalink
    August 28, 2015 4:26 pm

    Seems you forgot Daniel Andrews. It is HIS police force that agreed to it

    Seems everyones running for cover lol

  22. August 28, 2015 4:45 pm

    It’s all the Press Release’s fault….

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  23. August 28, 2015 5:01 pm

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  24. TB Queensland permalink
    August 28, 2015 5:09 pm

    Here’s some good news … we’ve been (well The Minister has) plotting the amortisation of our solar system … 4.5Kw 22 panels … cost – $6800 in Jan 2013 … as of today we owe $1600 … and we have not paid a power bill yet …

  25. Walrus permalink
    August 28, 2015 5:14 pm

    What sort of a fucking name is “Roman Quaedvlieg” ?

    Why would smeone with a name like that be sent out to do a fucking press conference ?

    Has he even got a Visa ?

  26. August 28, 2015 5:29 pm

    22 panels sounds impressive teebz, how many batteries/powerwall do you need for that many.?

  27. Tom R permalink
    August 28, 2015 7:09 pm

    Seems border farce is a s full of shit as abbott is

    Another day, another Tony Abbott farce. This time the PM has used a vibrant Cape York school to praise an educational model pushed by Noel Pearson… which has never been used in the school. The real people behind the success are livid. – See more at: https://newmatilda.com/2015/08/28/tony-abbott-hails-noel-pearsons-impact-cape-york-school-which-pearson-has-nothing-do#sthash.aSeFs1xF.dpuf

  28. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 28, 2015 7:51 pm

    Love how the farce officer blamed some ‘low level’ person [who shall remain anonymous] for the whole thing. Probably signed by dutton’s own hand!

    My dad always said…give some people a uniform and they immediately puff up their chests and start looking for someone to bash or jail.

    I half expect that they had the guard dogs ready to run through the streets attacking all and sundry in an orgy of jackbooted fascist control.

    WTF have we come to? Paramilitary forces on the streets! This has to be the shittiest govt policy decision ever!

  29. August 28, 2015 7:59 pm

    “”My dad always said…give some people a uniform and they immediately puff up their chests and start looking for someone to bash or jail.””

    Indeed!

  30. August 28, 2015 8:02 pm

    A””Liberal texts me: “We are cleaning up our self-inflicted fuck-ups much faster now. Normally that would have taken a week! High five!”

    , James Massola (@jamesmassola) August 28, 2015”””

    #l thought boltsville was under teabag-lite control, massola must be in jonestown.? or am l missing something armchair.? what he on about.?

  31. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 28, 2015 9:03 pm

    Was listening to commenters on the radio on the way home.

    Apparently there is a save Abbott plan if the Canning byelection doesn’t go well. Joe Hockey will get the blame and be sacrificed, he’ll get another ministry in a re-shuffle and Morrison made treasurer so he’ll be johnny-on-the-spot ready as natural successor to Abbott. The plan is to keep their big threat, Turnbull out.

  32. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 28, 2015 9:05 pm

    This isn’t going too well either.

    Can Hastie be a candidate if he’s not enrolled yet or hasn’t live in the area for the required period?

  33. August 28, 2015 9:16 pm

    So Teabags .. The (#1971) Stanford prison experiment (SPE) was a study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. .. It was funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research and was of interest to both the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as an investigation into the causes of conflict between military guards and prisoners.

    Still expect us to believe .. acts of prisoner torture and abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were publicized in March 2004

    Were entirely the `idea` of a few hill-billy`s from virginia, even tho teh-usa federal govt had the info since 1971. #teabags

  34. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 28, 2015 11:30 pm

  35. TB Queensland permalink
    August 29, 2015 9:42 am

    Last night was a close call for sreb and ToM!

    If they have had covert ops in the past that would explain ToSY’s absence – I guess!

  36. August 29, 2015 10:20 am

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  37. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 29, 2015 11:12 am

    THAT’S VANDALISM!!!

    I’m calling 1800 123 400

  38. TB Queensland permalink
    August 29, 2015 11:20 am

    Peter Dutton will be on Q&A next week to explain … LOL!

    Once a Dopey Dickwit© always a Dopey Dickwit© but a Dutton Dopey Dickwit© must be really dopey!

    Why do people vote for these ……………. Dickwits©?

  39. TB Queensland permalink
    August 29, 2015 11:21 am

    I’m calling 1800 123 400

    Why am I not surprised … make sure to tell them you saw a guy with a CFMEU shirt writing it … UNIONS! BOO!

    😉

  40. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 29, 2015 11:23 am

    Why do people vote for these ……………. Dickwits©?

  41. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 29, 2015 12:13 pm

    Well i finally got connected to the NBN. Took 4 or 5 trips by the NBN guys because they could not get a signal or something. If it takes so much time for one household it will take a long time for everyone in Australia to be connected.

    It costs a little more for no better service. The only good thing is that it is wi-fi. So i don’t need a cable to connect to the modem.

    But they had to drill a hole through a wall to connect the modem to the box on the outside of the house.

  42. August 29, 2015 12:32 pm

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  43. TB Queensland permalink
    August 29, 2015 12:38 pm

    Well i finally got connected to the NBN … It costs a little more for no better service. The only good thing is that it is wi-fi. So i don’t need a cable to connect to the modem.

    As Sir Walter would say … ROFLMAO!

    Vodafone?

  44. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 29, 2015 2:08 pm

    As Sir Walter would say … ROFLMAO!

    Not sure what is so funny but if everybody has to go through what i did to connect to the NBN it will never be finished. Some time ago NBN came and put a box on the outside of my place. Then they came and put a box on the inside which the modem is connected to. What was annoying was they had to put a hole through the wall to connect the two boxes.

    But when they put the box on the inside it did not work. They came back several times over several months until they finally got it to work.

    The only good thing is that it connects to the modem using wi-fi so no cables.

  45. TB Queensland permalink
    August 29, 2015 3:32 pm

    This makes for sobering reading…

    Makes for getting pissed I reckon! 😉 (Any excuse)

    sreb, that actually tells us what we’ve been saying for some years now!

    After I let The Minister read that link … we’ll have a serious discussion about our investments … we obviously have way to much loitering in fiat money … gold is looking better all the time … and I mean GOLD as in bars of …

    (BTW have you seen the TV series – Falling Skies?)

  46. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 29, 2015 3:59 pm

    …Peter Dutton will be on Q&A next week to explain … LOL!
    Once a Dopey Dickwit© always a Dopey Dickwit© but a Dutton Dopey Dickwit© must be really dopey!…

    Dutton won’t want to claim and defend the border farce surely?

    I think he’ll have a lovely spread in the women’s weekly, that seems to be the new redemption method. His whole family dressed in white [libs like white] and both husband and wife extolling the virtues of each other because we misunderstand him, we don’t know the wonderful, true, giving & decent person that he really is! Plus some references to religion & church, possible charity work.

  47. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 29, 2015 4:11 pm

    From Rebs link

    The eminent economist Ross Garnaut pointed out that the Abbott government’s projected return to budget surplus was based on unrealistic assumptions about productivity growth.

    He drew on the productivity estimates of Janine Dixon from the Centre for Policy Studies, who found that the more plausible rate of growth was half that assumed by the Treasury.

    “A weak budget,” pointed out Garnaut, “makes us vulnerable to external shocks. The problem is more urgent and severe” than the country realised.

    There is indeed a budget emergency but Labor/Greens do not worry.

  48. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 29, 2015 4:16 pm

    …#l thought boltsville was under teabag-lite control, massola must be in jonestown.? or am l missing something armchair.? what he on about.?…

    He’s just saying that it has become the hallmark of [the frequent] lib stuff-ups to let it fester for a week or two while dithering and hiding from the media, before finally being forced to come out with a statement or clean up action to get it off the front pages eg bronny bishop. Perhaps they need plenty of time to get the spin, action plan and talking points from credlin.

    “…I see fearmongering…”

    😆

  49. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 29, 2015 4:27 pm

    yes tim, I agree!

  50. August 29, 2015 4:40 pm

    “BTW have you seen the TV series – Falling Skies?”

    Can’t say I have TB, is it any good?

  51. TB Queensland permalink
    August 29, 2015 5:08 pm

    Can’t say I have TB, is it any good?

    Very, we got hooked S01E01 … now at S05E10!

    Interested?

  52. TB Queensland permalink
    August 29, 2015 5:21 pm

    I started reading this but then it just got too depressing…

    Andrew Hastie, recalled one particularly happy memory of his childhood.

    “I was born in regional Victoria in a town called Wangaratta,” he said. “My father started a church there from scratch and I travelled with him in the early years around the vast parish… I have sweet memories of those times.”

    jesus fkn crist … I am so sick of the manipulation .. as if we are a bunch of dumb c***ts who have no idea of what goes on in the world!

    Fkn sick of the patronising BS from Abbott & his Cronies! And the further I read the sickness became … eventually I had stop to preserve my keyboard … !

    Note: I did get passed the reference to Bernardi …

  53. August 29, 2015 6:01 pm

    “Interested?”

    Is it the science fiction alien abduction thing?

    I should be able to pick it up cheap on the next trip to Penang…

  54. Tom R permalink
    August 29, 2015 6:14 pm

    Why do people vote for these ……………. Dickwits©?

    Because some Dickwits© are not as big as Dickwits© as others

    He sounds a bit like Hawkie, if you were to put it through the lolstralian context parser that is 😉

  55. Tom R permalink
    August 29, 2015 6:18 pm

    I’ll vouch for Falling Skies, for what it is worth, not really “abduction” as such. Basically, the Aliens have landed, and we, ‘teh’ humans. are kaput …….. almost

    I don’t think we have watched S5 yet though TB. We had got a bit burnt out by it all, but will get back into it in time. Plenty of other thing to keep one occupied 😉

  56. Tom R permalink
    August 29, 2015 6:21 pm

    And speaking of knocking holes in nils wall

    This is the satellite Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull never wanted, but is now busy spruiking as a “game-changer” for the potentially hundreds of thousands of rural and remote Australians who can’t get a decent internet connection to save themselves.
    …………….
    Labor’s current communications spokesperson Jason Clare recently described Turnbull’s backflip on the nbn satellite plan as “worthy of [Romanian gymnast] Nadia Comaneci”, and says Australians are “very lucky” contracts were signed before Labor lost power.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/the-satellite-malcolm-turnbull-never-wanted-prepares-for-liftoff-20150825-gj7t3j.html#ixzz3kBqswEPe
    Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook

    ol talcums as full of shit as yabot is. And that’s pretty choka

  57. TB Queensland permalink
    August 29, 2015 6:22 pm

    I should be able to pick it up cheap on the next trip to Penang…

    The mind boggles … 😮

  58. TB Queensland permalink
    August 29, 2015 6:23 pm

    And speaking of knocking holes in nils wall

    That’s so the Wi-Fi could go through, TR … 😉

  59. Tom R permalink
    August 29, 2015 6:31 pm

    That’s so the Wi-Fi could go through

    It’s a good thing he didn’t go with Satellite, else he’d need a hole in the roof

  60. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 29, 2015 10:01 pm

    Is anyone surprised?
    http://johnquiggin.com/2015/08/25/is-anyone-surprised/
    “…In 2009, looking at political nepotism in general, I said,

    People like Belinda Neal and Martin Ferguson would never have made it into Parliament on their own merits, and would probably have been on the other side if not for their family ties

    In between, I noted Ferguson’s support for John Howard’s climate do-nothingism as an argument against the hereditary principle in politics.

    My record as a political prognosticator is notoriously mixed, but I got this one right…”

  61. August 29, 2015 11:24 pm

    they””need plenty of time to get the spin, action plan and talking points from credlin””#and pretend it`s mr-rabbits idea:-)

    #it was strange that vic-plod was involved, l could easily see premier garden-gnome telling nsw-plod to go with it, as he as already `arse-rented` to mr-rabbits GST-increase, l wonder what boltsville-admin thought they would get for pushing mr-rabbits barrow on `border-farce`

  62. August 29, 2015 11:46 pm

    sat-paper”””how many job applicants in Australia would feel the need to stress their piety in the interview?

    This is not a religious country. In the census, more people now identify as `no-religion` than identify with any faith except Catholicism. Among those of Hastie’s age .. he is 32 .. the biggest category is `no-religion`. About a third of people identify this way, and their number is growing fast.”””

    #don`t be depressed reb, the west-coast public don`t like `religion` spilling-over or getting in the way of other things, including politics. They see it as `backward` and point to the banana-state as an example, when folks compare the the two states. (particulalrly `Johs` bananaland)

    #hastie won`t win canning

  63. August 30, 2015 1:07 am

    sat-paper”””the government seems to be out of step with social expectations .. on the environment, on same-sex marriage, on euthanasia .. it is because Abbott is governing not for the electorate that installed him as prime minister but for the far-right numbers that installed him as party leader”””

    #this is nothing we didn`t know pre-election tho, despite teabag-media efforts to resist informing voters

  64. August 30, 2015 1:26 am

    Judi Moylan, another 20-year veteran of the Liberal Party, from 1993 to 2013, is quite sure she would not.

    ””Actually, I was surprised I lasted so long,”” she says.

    ””It was far more liberal when I came in, but as time went by it came to be more and more dominated by right-wingers. It hadn`t moved to where it is now, where it is starting to look like the American Tea Party.””

    ””I think, unfortunately, the party will pay dearly for its extreme views in many quarters at the next election.””

    #sat-paper #even ex-teabags are starting to notice how looney-looney mr-rabbit`s teabags are, and don`t seem to be doubting voters will punish their looney-ness

  65. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 30, 2015 3:55 pm

    What does this mean?

    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/border-farce-and-hot-air-fills-the-leadership-vacuum-20150828-gja8cj

    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this column incorrectly asserted that the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, was involved in the decision to launch a planned Border Force operation in Melbourne. Fairfax Media accepts unreservedly that Mr Abbott was not involved in this decision, and also accepts that Mr Abbott had no foreknowledge of the Border Force plan to stop and speak to people about their visa status.

  66. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 30, 2015 4:17 pm

    What does this mean?

    It means abbott has threatened to sue fairfax 😆

    Pretty sensitive aren’t they? Yet when labor are in govt or opposition it appears the papers can defame & malign however they like.

    Shorten really got caught out with his me tooism on border farce [desparate not to be wedged] and was left looking like the hypocrite that he is. I wouldn’t count on him for anything.

  67. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 30, 2015 4:36 pm

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    August 30, 2015 4:40 pm

  69. TB Queensland permalink
    August 30, 2015 5:31 pm

    Re newmatilda, KL, dumb and dumber … did the Greens have an opinion before the gaffe?

  70. August 30, 2015 6:31 pm

    the greenz were probably the one`s having their `papers` inspected `by` the border-farce, under the united teabag and teabag-lite operation, remember your pauline

  71. TB Queensland permalink
    August 30, 2015 6:42 pm

    I love these news.com.au stories … it demonstrates the unhinging of Rupe’s political machine …

    TONY Abbott should sack Joe Hockey as Treasurer for Christmas.

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/why-tony-abbott-should-sack-joe-hockey-as-treasurer-for-christmas/story-fnu2pwk8-1227504731679

    Trouble is, nobody thinks he has the savagery to do it and use a looming reshuffle to install Scott Morrison in the job. Or Malcolm Turnbull, the only Liberal who would deliver instant economic credibility.

    “Savagery”? Tony Abbott is a coward … Abbott and the Libs “think” he’s a savage beast … but in truth he is a bully and a coward … who is very quickly coming unstuck …

    Does he still have a British passport?

  72. August 30, 2015 6:43 pm

    matilda”””What to know what Bill Shorten thinks? Find out what Tony Abbott thinks. That`s what Bill Shorten thinks. Michael Brull explains.

    You would think that the Australian Border Force affair would have been the kind of gift any opposition would pray for. Instead, it`s turned out to be a grimly funny illustration of the ideals .. or rather the lack of them .. that animate Bill Shorten.””#ha-ha-teabag.lite

    #now the team-cheerer will have to spend `all` next week flooding us with links that try to demonstrate blib is so very, very different:-)

    #the canberra press pack must be relieved that this `gotcha` just fell into their lap, gift from blib, instead of `actually` having to work for it

  73. August 30, 2015 6:50 pm

    RossC .. Posted Sunday, August 30, 2015 – 13:06

    A couple of points:

    1: poor bill is so gutless, he cant even call out an obvious atrocity spontaneously. He has to go away and think about it (or, more likely, workshop it with his masters). Pissweak. Grow a pair Bill, or piss off and give someone with more ticker a go.

    (2). This whole situation was not an accident. And Abbott is in this up to his eyeballs – you wait : it will all come out eventually, as the intermediate levels all scramble to cover their arses. Note that Abbott was not forthright in his condemnation of operation fortitude. His careful wording, that people will never be stopped in the street RANDOMLY, indicates an intent to stop people in the street strategically. This was just a little test run. Surprised no journalists tackled Abbott on this key aspect. Actually, thats not surprising .. the media pack are pissweak as well.

    #first comment on matilda

    #sorry team-cheerer, l agree with @ross.c 50000%

  74. TB Queensland permalink
    August 30, 2015 6:51 pm

    Does this mean that Abbott can argue that he should make Captain’s picks?

    Does this mean that the country is out of control?

    Does this mean that the government is lying?

    Does this mean that the government is incompetent?

    Does this mean that Dopey Dutton is a Dickwit©

    Does this mean that the adults are in charge?

    Does this mean that the economic managers are running the country?

    Does this mean we’re the laughing stock of the civilised and uncivilised (eg ISIL) world?

    Does this mean that electors in Canning are unhinged if they elect another adult from the Liberal Party?

    Does this mean we can all sleep safely in our beds tonight – without a GUN?

  75. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 30, 2015 8:06 pm

    Re newmatilda, KL, dumb and dumber … did the Greens have an opinion before the gaffe?

    On the day I thought that andrew wilkie was the pollie who condemned it the loudest, along with sarah hanson-young and david lleyonhelm. It was before I went to work, I saw shorten on TV basically in lockstep with the border force plan and thought WTF, he’s sounding a lot like he’s agreeing with it all!

    hah, i knew it!

  76. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 30, 2015 8:21 pm

  77. Neil of Sydney permalink
    August 30, 2015 8:39 pm

    Does this mean that electors in Canning are unhinged if they elect another adult from the Liberal Party?

    The Liberal Party did not lock up 2,000 kids. The ALP did.
    The Liberal Party did not trash the budget. The ALP did.
    The Liberal Party did not explode the unemployment rate. The ALP did.
    The Liberal Party did not destroy the car industry. The ALP did.
    The Liberal Party did not trash our borders. The ALP did.

    And the above will be repeated if they get back in again.

  78. August 30, 2015 8:58 pm

    yep, l heard the same ao, blib was parroting in lock-step, wilkie was ranting and raving against border-farce mentioning the `stasi` would be proud, so would `pinochet`, l missed the others you mentioned.

  79. August 30, 2015 9:50 pm

    l wonder if the dutton zombie checked the `visa` of this cnut >> Roman Quaedvlieg

    http://t.co/95lMVRRaYx

  80. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 30, 2015 11:13 pm

    Men of Letters

    Words matter – but don’t shoot the press officer
    https://sallybaxter.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/words-matter-but-dont-shoot-the-press-officer/

    …This was an operational matter. Are we seriously to believe that an agency, famous for not commenting on those things, puts out a low level press release without getting the explicit okay of the man in charge of the government policy of not commenting on operational matters?…

    Craig Emerson

    Border Force issues a threatening media release. Abbott, Dutton, Commissioner & State Commander – who’s quoted in it – deny any knowledge of it. A totally unaccountable paramilitary organisation created by the Abbott Government. This is bloody scary.

    Brendan Lloyd
    Dutton’s office twice ignored the media release sent direct to him! Are we having good and/or adult government yet?!

  81. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 31, 2015 8:17 am

    There’s another politician that seems to have had a similar mental breakdown, Troy Buswell. I hope John Brogden has found peace of mind now.

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/abbott-forced-to-apologise-for-jokes-on-brogden/2005/09/04/1125772409387.html

    Don’t forget the Abbott animal gave Brogden a couple of kicks when he was down, joking about policy being as “dead as the former leader’s political prospects” the very next day after the shocking news of his attempted suicide was reported. When Abbott was forced to apologise, it was his usual denial and insincere non-apology, he then lied about it, saying at a lib function soon after, that he has never made an inappropriate joke.

    Makes me think that Abbott has always been the complete narcissist, no concern or empathy for anyone but himself. Never, ever taking responsibility for his own actions.

  82. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 31, 2015 8:29 am

    The Flailing, Failing Radical Right And The Strangling Of Our Social Democracy – See more at: https://newmatilda.com/2015/08/31/flailing-failing-radical-right-and-strangling-our-social-democracy#sthash.Z6bbrp8z.dpuf

    …Despite the saturation hype, neoliberal economic performance has never matched the post-war social-democratic numbers: GDP growth 5.2 per cent, inflation 3.3 per cent and unemployment a puny 1.3 per cent…

    …Neoliberalism is extremist, and its imposition is radical…

    …The imposition of neoliberalism has substantially changed our society, for the worse. Its radical social engineering has had its own code of political correctness, enforced by media attack dogs who descend on anyone who advocates compassion, collective action or common decency…

    …Primary votes for the major parties are in long-term decline. People are desperate for something better.

    Neither major party is likely to oblige. Labor has been taken over by unprincipled careerists and the Liberals by extreme ideologues and social reactionaries. Each has thoroughly betrayed its origins.

    Australia is poised for major shifts in political culture. The impetus must come from the grass roots, as is already happening…

  83. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 31, 2015 11:05 am

    Primary votes for the major parties are in long-term decline. People are desperate for something better.

    Exactly. No one wants a party of dull, time serving hacks that are selected by their tainted owners to look after their narrow and often unethical interests, ie the ALP.

  84. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 31, 2015 11:07 am

    And just as unappealing is the party of the blue rinse set, tax accountants and property developers.

  85. TB Queensland permalink
    August 31, 2015 11:08 am

    Another Monday another fuck up!

    From the Keystone Kops in Melbourne to the Bumbling Blockheads in Canberra …

    Australia’s $55m plan to resettle refugees from Nauru to Cambodia appears finished, with just four refugees moved to the south-east Asian country at a cost of more than $13m per refugee.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/31/cambodia-has-no-plans-to-take-more-nauru-refugees-in-55m-australia-deal

    This government is so obsessed with “fixing the budget” yet it is absofknlutely incompetent at everything and costs money at every looney ideological turn of the key …

    Like kindergarten kiddies trying to take over the world …

  86. TB Queensland permalink
    August 31, 2015 11:12 am

    Exactly. No one wants a party of dull, time serving hacks that are selected by their tainted owners to look after their narrow and often unethical interests, ie the ALP.

    I think you meant …

    Exactly. No one wants a party of dull, time serving hacks that are selected by their tainted owners to look after their narrow and often unethical interests, eg the ALP and the Liberal National Parties’ Coalition …

    BTW you owe me an apology or at least an – oh, yes, TB you were right about the meaning of “censure” …

  87. August 31, 2015 11:16 am

    “”BTW you owe me an apology or at least an – oh, yes, TB you were right about the meaning of “censure” …””

    Yeah! Where is that apology?

  88. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 31, 2015 11:17 am

    “Neither major party is likely to oblige. Labor has been taken over by unprincipled careerists and the Liberals by extreme ideologues and social reactionaries. Each has thoroughly betrayed its origins.

    Australia is poised for major shifts in political culture. The impetus must come from the grass roots” … but unfortunately it is more likely to come from the extreme leftist like Socialist Alliance or Occupy or that retirement home for pathetic old commos, the Greens. Any way you look at it, the extreme left is as barking mad as it ever was!

  89. August 31, 2015 11:19 am

    Peter Dutton says he was sick over the weekend and so couldn’t respond to any media enquiries…

    Says that people making fun of Border Farce is “”an absolute disgrace””

    🙂

  90. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 31, 2015 11:20 am

    Send him victorious,
    Happy and censorious,
    Long to reign over us,
    God save TB.

  91. August 31, 2015 11:29 am

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  92. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 31, 2015 12:10 pm

    So TB, you were waiting for reb to conmemn or denounce you? He, along with most sensible contributors, does that routinely.

  93. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 31, 2015 2:10 pm

    Dyson Heydon said the applications from the unions must be dismissed and tabled a document giving his reasons.

  94. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 31, 2015 2:18 pm

  95. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 31, 2015 2:44 pm

  96. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 31, 2015 2:49 pm

  97. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 31, 2015 2:55 pm

  98. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 31, 2015 2:56 pm

  99. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 31, 2015 3:01 pm

    Joan Evatt would say that wouldn’t she…
    —————
    I think he has comprehensively addressed the application in his 67 page decision. I’d be surprised if there is even a remote chance of a successful appeal, and no doubt unions will understand this. I think further application is to the Federal Court.

    They’re more likely to continue their character assassination and political grandstanding.

    The hacks/thugs don’t like change.

  100. Walrus permalink
    August 31, 2015 3:36 pm

    “The best outcome for the ALP was for Dyson Heydon to stay. Both the RC and Heydon are now too tarnished to be treated seriously.”

    LOL

    That will be dependent on the strength of the evidence and considering the amount of Union sqealing going on its just possible it will be very very strong.

  101. Tom R permalink
    August 31, 2015 4:20 pm

    I think he has comprehensively addressed the application in his 67 page decision.

    He took 67 pages to say “I don’t read emails”?

    At least dutton got straight to the point

    Funny, if I get caught speeding, I don’t get to say “I don’t read road signs officeslur”

    Then again, I don’t get to decide my own guilt or not 😉

  102. TB Queensland permalink
    August 31, 2015 4:51 pm

    So TB, you were waiting for reb to conmemn or denounce you? He, along with most sensible contributors, does that routinely.

    Your short term memory is legend around here too, ToM …

    You obviously (or conveniently) forget shooting yourself in the foot with a Grammar Gestapo “correction” of my – “censure” – with your – “censor” … on the – This Is A Post – thread …

    I think you meant … condemn …

  103. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 31, 2015 4:52 pm

  104. TB Queensland permalink
    August 31, 2015 4:57 pm

    Re Haydon … it borders on one farce after another …

    67 fkn pages!!

    Every schoolkid writes rambling essays when they don’t really know what to say … and can’t put together a coherent argument …

    What a massive E Fail!

  105. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 31, 2015 5:06 pm

    Catallaxy states the bleeding obvious:

    So here is the story: Tasmanian Labor Senator, Lisa Singh, has been dropped to an unwinnable spot on the ticket because AMWU official, John Short, requires a retirement job in the Senate and the unions dominate the voting.

    All that guff about Emily’s List and having half of all Labor parliamentarians women within a decade – and Bill Shorten has a chance to step up to the plate and he trips over. This is what happens when you are running a wholly owned subsidiary of the trade union movement – the trade union bosses call the shots and you just suck it up.

  106. Tom R permalink
    August 31, 2015 5:09 pm

    This is what happens when you are running a wholly owned subsidiary of the trade union movement

    jeez, they want it both ways, don’t they

  107. TB Queensland permalink
    August 31, 2015 5:11 pm

    “My understanding at all times has been that the dinner was not to be a fundraiser,” Justice Heydon said in his published reasons.

    So he’s not only backward (no computer), has comprehension issues (he overlooked), but incompetent …

    … and ignorant (in the true sense of the word) he doesn’t think that a fair minded person would draw any adverse conclusions from his attendance – let alone as the star speaker – at a Liberal function … whether its a fundraiser or NOT … when he is residing over an RC solely designed to bring the ALP into disrepute via the unions … ?

    … imagine the shrill dismissal from The Mad Monk had Heydon agreed to speak at a union or ALP function …?

    And video evidence points directly at a bias against the ALP …

    Hypocrites all …!

  108. Splatterbottom permalink
    August 31, 2015 5:41 pm

    I’m still reading the reasons, TB. But he makes a good case that the event was not intended to be a fundraiser.

    However, he did know it was a Liberal party event and he should have declined the invitation when he received it.

    “And video evidence points directly at a bias against the ALP … “

    Not really. Which is why the ACTU & CFMEU have not included actual bias in their application.

  109. Tom R permalink
    August 31, 2015 6:03 pm

    Not really. Which is why the ACTU & CFMEU have not included actual bias in their application.

    No, the reason they didn’t include it is because they only needed to show the apprehension of bias. Even heydon couldn’t see that.

    But he makes a good case that the event was not intended to be a fundraiser.

    What, that, because he is a busy man, running a royal witch hunt commission, he’s not to be expected to read emails, and comprehend them?

    It appears that, from the outset, he had two choices, he was either biased, or incompetent. Looks like he’s gone with dutton incompetent

  110. Tom R permalink
    August 31, 2015 6:04 pm

    Nothing but pain for #turc in the future?

  111. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 31, 2015 6:15 pm

    Thanks for posting that Tom R, I had a look, and VIncent’s reply nailed it (IMO)

  112. Tom R permalink
    August 31, 2015 6:39 pm

    vinnie got his thesaurus out. Or were you dicktating?

  113. August 31, 2015 6:51 pm

    Well that was money well spent…

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  114. TB Queensland permalink
    August 31, 2015 7:00 pm

    Was Heydon actually on Commission work when he was invited?

    Anyway WGAF … this is just another (very big) nail in this government’s coffin …

  115. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 31, 2015 7:38 pm

  116. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    August 31, 2015 7:46 pm

    Let’s watch the unions whinge. They hate it when their corruption and ethics are subjected to public scrutiny.

  117. August 31, 2015 8:02 pm

    Let’s watch the unions LIBS whinge. They hate it when their corruption and ethics are subjected to public scrutiny.

  118. Tom R permalink
    August 31, 2015 8:34 pm

    Was Heydon actually on Commission work when he was invited?

  119. armchair opinionator permalink
    August 31, 2015 10:49 pm

    Honestly, is that the best he can do? Treating people with contempt. Apparently when you are sick you are in the middle of a media blackout. Must have been a real quick recovery from illness that had laid him so low too. Anyone else buying that trash?
    I can just picture dutton with the covers pulled up over his head, hiding from the media boogeyman!

  120. Tom R permalink
    September 1, 2015 7:43 am

    Anyone else buying that trash?

    I don’t think anyone is buying any of this trash any more

    • yabot can’t read documents
    • brandis can’t read documents
    • dutton can’t read documents
    • heydon can’t read documents

    And that is this grubmints sole excuse for everything

    I pissed myself when I heard who the latest boogeyman in duttons closet, none other than the CFMEU

    He also spoke to Sky News, saying the “confected demonstration … wasn’t mums and dads who were outraged … it was conducted by the CFMEU … they were there conducting another demonstration and they moved up the road to join the national socialist alliance, another level-headed outfit.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/aug/31/border-force-launches-internal-review-in-wake-of-badly-worded-press-release

    Even yomm, our resident Union hater, wouldn’t go that far. Would he?

    And poor ol heydon, who doesn’t understand emails (but seems to ignore that his little helper printed them all out for him, so still no excuse.

    Funny, he was badgering Shorten about his inability to recall emails, emails that Shorten pointed out were sent AFTER he had left the Union, which precipitated the “evasive” and “credibility as a witness” outburst.

    Also, much of the 3turc has centered about email trails, and the fact that some people were included in the cc section, and as such, this seemed to imply that they should have treated the emails as if they were sent intimately to them. How can a judge, who declares in his own defense he knows nothing about emails, make judgements that revolve so heavily around emails and their trails?

    Sorry, my boss(es) very specifically state that if we want them to read the emails, don’t cc, but put them in the send field. They don’t read cc. It is only as a reference in the future should it be needed.

    But, after a quick look through heydons 67 pages that can be encapsulated as “I didn’t read it”, it seems to me that he looks like a bad actor being evasive without any credibility.

  121. Tom R permalink
    September 1, 2015 7:50 am

    lol, duttons wandered right off the plantation, and straight into yabots hidey-hole

    Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has accused Fairfax and the ABC of trying to topple Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Coalition Government.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-01/fairfax-abc-trying-to-bring-government-down-dutton-says/6739158

    Just whose side are they on? They should be on murdors perhaps?

    Cos Oz Needs Tony!

  122. TB Queensland permalink
    September 1, 2015 9:53 am

    And poor ol heydon, who doesn’t understand emails …

    If he can’t use emails then he doesn’t understand how the “reasonable person in the 21st Century can believe he is not just apprehended to have bias … but actually does …

    According to polls Heydon has just insulted 75% of Australians!

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

    Honestly, is that the best he can do? Treating people with contempt.

    Dopey Dick Dutton thinks coming out fighting after forgetting and feigning is the best defence … all he’s doing is making himself look like an arrogant twat!

    Credlin’s fingerprints are all over this shite!

    Still the longer they “hang on” the more people will realise that they have to go – for a long time …

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