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Shane Warne Foundation Closes amidst Consumer Affairs Investigation

January 29, 2016


Shane Warne’s controversial charity the self-dubbed “Shane Warne Foundation” has issued a shock announcement that it will close down.

The surprise announcement comes as a Victorian consumer watchdog is mid-way through an investigation into the charity following claims of financial impropriety.

The charity, started by former Australian cricketer Shane Warne, is facing allegations that hundreds of thousands of dollars in public donations had been squandered on lavish cocktail parties and functions instead of being allocated to helping children in need.

Consumer Affairs Victoria ordered an audit into the organisation, which claims its aim its aim is to help ill and underprivileged children.

The consumer watchdog requested the audit after the foundation failed to lodge key financial documents by a deadline towards the end of 2015.

“CAV subsequently made a number of requests for the required financial information however what was provided was not sufficient,” a spokesman said.

“Because of this on 24 December 2015 the director of CAV … issued a formal request with TSWF for an independent auditor’s report on its fundraising activities for the past three-and-a-half years.”

The charity issued a cryptic statement today announcing that it will be shut down without offering any reason for the decision.



In response to recent, unwarranted speculation about The Shane Warne Foundation and its distribution of funds, we confirm we have distributed $3.67M to date with an additional and final substantial cheque to be distributed on March 18, 2016. At that time, we hope to have distributed over $4M dollars. All accounts have been fully audited by KPMG, and our final accounts will also be audited for the March 18th cheque presentation.

When The Shane Warne Foundation (TSWF) officially launched back in 2004, it had one very clear vision: to give back, make a difference and to enrich the lives of seriously ill , underprivileged children and teenagers in Australia.

As TSWF grew, everyone involved was proud to see that dream become reality.

Our founding board members – Lloyd Williams, James Packer, the late John Ilhan and the late David Coe, along with our Chairman Shane Warne – were passionate about the cause and worked hard to do their best to highlight the plight of so many children and teenagers in need.

In 2016, that passion to improve the lives of children, teenagers and their families, who need emotional support, medical intervention and hope for a healthier, happier future, remains.

The Shane Warne Foundation would like to say a public ‘thank you’ to Shane Warne, James Packer, Lloyd Williams, David Coe and John Ilhan for launching the dream, and later, Lee Amaitis – and to our most recent Board of Directors, including Glenn Robbins, Andrew Bassat, Ann Peacock, David Evans and Eddie McGuire, for helping that dream live on with commitment, dedication, passion, pride and also their donation of time.

That core dream continues in the hearts and minds of everyone involved – something that will never die.

Today, as The Shane Warne Foundation officially announces it is ceasing operations and has begun the process of closing the Foundation, we will celebrate so many incredible achievements.

To all our ambassadors – Campbell Brown, Aaron Hamill, Stephen Curry, Anthony Lehmann, John Worsfold, Brendon Goddard, Yasmin Kassim, Brodie Harper, Lance Franklin, Fifi Box, Dermott Brereton, Michael Clarke, Nick Riewoldt and Karl Stefanovic – patrons, event partners, supporters and past board members, including Rob Sitch, Garry Lyon and Ray Martin, we say ‘thank you’. We could not have done it without you – all of you.

By working diligently and tirelessly to raise much-needed funds, we are proud to have actively supported more than 125 deserving charities and individuals. From money raised to build special wheelchairs, to providing funds for training guide dogs, sending sick Australian children overseas for specialist medical treatment, funding skin treatments for children with horrific burns and helping children find the medical support they need to walk again – TSWF has left an amazing legacy, and one which we are all very proud of.

To our beneficiaries – another heartfelt ‘thank you’. You are the reason we were driven to achieve so much. We will donate our final cheque on March 18, which will mean we have donated over $4 million much-needed dollars – and knowing we have helped so many young lives change for the better is an amazing reward that will never be forgotten.

In finishing, it has been an absolute honour and privilege to be able to give back to children, and make a difference to their lives. Yes, the Foundation is closing, but all of us will continue to make a difference to children in need.

There will be no further comment from TSWF Board Members or Chairman.




91 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2016 3:47 pm

    Just hearing the words `shane-warne` makes my eyes glaze over, so l have no idea of what makes `tswf` controversial. Shutting down after `cav` demands to see the accounts is bizarre when they should be able to hand-over the accounts and `kpmg` audits.

  2. Tom R permalink
    January 29, 2016 3:50 pm


    “We’re just getting a facelift”

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 29, 2016 3:52 pm

    A tragedy.

    Who will now pay for Liz Hurley’s visits to Australia?

  4. January 29, 2016 4:11 pm

    HA,,,,Shane Warne,,,, ,,,,,,Eddie McGuire,,,,, ,,,,,,Karl Stefanovic,,,,, they only needed to include blib to have the `perfect` train-wreck #yaay.boltsville

  5. TB Queensland permalink
    January 29, 2016 4:38 pm

    Robber Barons at Play … just another tax haven for the rich …

    Nothing is new …


    ► Negative Gearing welfare

    ► Trust Fund welfare (refer to an example above)

    ► Super Tax Breaks for the rich welfare

    ► Multi-national Tax dodge welfare

    ► Present pollie’s expenses welfare

    ► Post pollie’s expenses welfare

  6. Tom R permalink
    January 29, 2016 6:33 pm

    Who will now pay for Liz Hurley’s visits to Australia?

    bronnie bishop will get onto that now 😉

  7. armchair opinionator permalink
    January 29, 2016 7:02 pm

    tax dodge

  8. January 30, 2016 4:19 pm



    Today the `team` mourn the 30 year anniversary of the `Stooten-Disaster` which claimed the careers of seven canberra-noughts.

    The Latham Inquiry found, a reality leak into the left ego booster, due to a faulty o-ring, caused the catastrophic explosion 73 seconds into the campaign launch from Moonee Ponds in 2016.

    As the campaign tore apart, it created smoke trails that were visible across the nation. Remanants of the campaign were found as far a field as Geelong and South Yarra. There was no hope of recovering the careers of campaign leader blib stooten and his six fellow canberra-noughts.

    Forever. We will remember them.

  9. Splatterbottom permalink
    January 31, 2016 3:37 pm

    Sporting and other celebrities are now regularly advised by advisor-spivs to set up a charity . The charity raises money from a gullible public, pays the celebrity for use of their likeness and image, plus expenses of appearing at events, plus advisors fees to the genius accountant who set the thing up plus employs a mate and gets FBT exemptions for the employees. If there is anything left, there may be a small face-saving contribution to a good cause.The public is ripped off directly through contributions and again through the tax system.

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    January 31, 2016 4:37 pm

    Wot, sb, said!

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    January 31, 2016 4:37 pm

    Oh, and its all LEGAL …

  12. Tom R permalink
    January 31, 2016 6:38 pm

    Oh, and its all LEGAL …

    Apparently, so are all of malcaymans investments 😉

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    January 31, 2016 7:40 pm

    McFarlane rejoins the Libs on Tuesday! LOL!

    Imagine if a Labor MP tried to join the Greens and then turned up at the Caucus … the Libs would have a fkn fit!

    LOL! 😀

  14. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 1, 2016 8:58 am

    …Oh, and its all LEGAL …

    That’s what is the problem, allowing all these enterprises to have tax free status in the first place. Shane warne can just donate any amount of his money to the already existing charities. The churches have had it all covered for too long, using a tax free status to enhance their coffers.

    Stop all of it.

    Noel Pearson and the myth of the radical centre

    …If the radical centre is where all the sensible people with their sensible solutions are why has Pearson made absolutely no progress in the last ten years in setting up this political Shangri-La?

    One of the answers is that the distinction between left and right in Australia is blurred. The Australian Labor Party is in the process of moving from being a CAPITALIST workers’ party to a capitalist party. To call it left-wing is a long stretch…

    … In Australia there is no and will be no radical centre. There is no demand from ordinary Australians for a group of politicians who will compromise to make capitalism run adequately, in other words politicians who sell out. We don’t need a radical centre in Australia today. We need a radical left…

    Briggs, Pearce and power

    …In Plato’s Republic, Socrates takes issue with the man who “although he is incapable of governing himself undertakes to govern others,” and argues that self-governance should be a pre-condition for the governance of others. This recommendation makes complete sense to me: If you can’t control yourself, what business have you exercising control of any kind over another?…

    …Honestly. Women aren’t stress relievers for powerful men who aren’t coping with their lives. Sex can be, but only with people who want to have it with you. Leave the dogs alone.

    PS: Nobody can know how hard it has been to leave Chris Kenny out of this post…

  15. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 1, 2016 9:04 am

  16. TB Queensland permalink
    February 1, 2016 12:26 pm

    We know who the real leaners are … and whose doing any real lifting …

    Talking to my neighbour … asked how work was … he’s a chemist at a pharm manufacturer …

    He’ says: Have you heard about the Pigeon Pyramid

    Me: Do you mean like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs?

    Him: Nah …

    I wait: ………

    Him: … the chief eagle sits on top of this pyramid of pigeon perches – the bosses – then the supervisors – and the workers right on the bottom … the eagle shits on everybody and the pigeons shit on everyone on the perch below them … and when the pigeons looks up … all they see is arseholes … the further down the perch the more arseholes there are above you … and the more shit you have on put you …

  17. February 1, 2016 6:44 pm

    Yeah armchair, l saw poor ol`noel on press-club (toolman now hosts, yuck, but not as yuck as swanny interviews) and he`s got the `vague-speak` down pat. Hard to follow from time to time. Take his term `radical-center`, surely something that is `central` is not radical. He`s bang-on about both teams being teabags, but omitted greenz are really the `micro` left-team. He should have made sports-fans and corralled teabag-media aware that central would mean looking after workers, business, minorities, sick, and environment in a `fair`, `sensible` and even-handed manner, not just pandering to those that can rent the loudest crowd.

  18. February 1, 2016 7:32 pm

    vanstone has had a pretty good rant on telly today about rabbit being egged-on by the zombie faction to stay in parliament with hopes of returning as prime meddler

  19. TB Queensland permalink
    February 1, 2016 9:59 pm

    “Noel” is a Fuckwit© High Order!

  20. TB Queensland permalink
    February 1, 2016 10:01 pm

    … with hopes of returning as prime meddler

    Yes Please! Oh wait … he’s still here …

  21. February 2, 2016 12:46 am

    If’n there’s a downside to Wang’s cunning, essential proposed legislation intended to hold the Duopoly to account for troughsnouting, boysclubbing, favour grifting, information occluding, Superpower Simpering, constituent betraying & political entitlement entrenching behaviour…I sure as shit can’t see it.

  22. February 2, 2016 12:48 am

    Watch both Majors rape it into obscurity.

    The only time you ever see the cunts cooperate…when their strangleholds are threatened with righteously indignant proposals from the General Population.

    Zack De La Rocha had the right idea. So does Noam.

  23. Veni, Visy, Vici permalink
    February 2, 2016 2:53 am

    Pratt Holdings P/L $200,000

  24. Courting Independence permalink
    February 2, 2016 5:04 am

    KATE CARNELL: Look what this role is is to advocate on behalf of small business and family enterprises , and that’s businesses with under 100 employees.

    So it’s small to medium businesses, to act as kind of a one stop shop into the Federal Government to ensure that businesses know where to go for whatever they want and need.

    To provide an alternative dispute resolution service and also referral service so that businesses don’t get caught up in courts unnecessarily.

    Small business is a broad church: new Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell

  25. February 2, 2016 7:29 am

    agree dunny, guardian also says greenz have `icac` proposal as well as wang`s, now we will see `bipartisan-bullshit` galore as both teams unite to oppose small-players trying to do correct thing by sports-fans .. did anybody else see the ex-pup dude on telly complaining about `secret` royal-comm findings, and the public being denied seeing the findings .. even tho public `paid` for them?

  26. February 2, 2016 7:40 am

    Kate carnel is another hired shit-mouth (troll) that boardrooms hide behind, HER OWN organisation is meant to be the `one-stop-shop` to help business.

    Got a point tinfoil`osy?

  27. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2016 10:13 am

    ‘This book is the best guide you’ll find to the literal non-sense that usually passes for economic debate in this country. Richard Denniss takes you to where the economic bodies have been buried.’ -Ross Gittins

    Tony Abbott’s ‘private dinner’ with Barack Obama actually a lunch attended by dozens

    …The impromptu meeting was reported in News Corp papers as the pair having “met privately”, suggesting Mr Abbott was still being actively courted and received by the Obama administration in what would be a source of frustration for his successor Malcolm Turnbull.

    Instead the meeting took place at a larger gathering believed to have been attended by about 50 Washington powerbrokers…

  28. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2016 10:42 am

  29. TB Queensland permalink
    February 2, 2016 11:05 am

    What chance do we have … really!

    A year on and Mr Abbott was nowhere to be seen as MPs gathered at the Wesley Uniting Church, just down the hill from Parliament House, on Tuesday.

    Instead his successor Malcolm Turnbull strode in with wife Lucy, as did Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Chloe.

    The ecumenical service began with a rendition of the national anthem, followed by a greeting from Liberal MP Louise Markus.

    Mr Turnbull delivered an upbeat reading from Philippians: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

    From Mr Shorten, a reading from Matthew: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened”.

    The prime minister thanked members of the various denominations as he left the church

    I’m reading Fromelles and Pozières: In the Trenches of Hell, by Peter Fitzsimons at the moment … and some of the Generals remind me very much of the present government … they want to make their “mark” with “their men” .,.. and “cost” in blood and lives just doesn’t matter … they have their careers to think of … fuck the troops … they can do it – you wait and see …

    Liberal governments see the average people of Australia as a resource (not people and families) … their standard of living is irrelevant … the “cost” to the “troops” is irrelevant as long as they make their “mark” and improve the lot of the “upper crust” … ya know …

    … the upper crust who don’t get shot at by higher prices, higher GST and attacks on their wages and penalty rates, pensions, education costs and medication and medical costs …

    If you want jam with your bread, soldier, we will dock your six shillings a week by a shilling … you can have hot water but the tea will cost sixpence a packet!

    What is a real worry is that Australia seems to be a country populated with sheeple at the moment … all they see is a smiley face and cultured voice, someone who actually looks like a Prime Meddler should and so you should vote for him – shouldn’t you … not realising the smiley face hides a bunch of policies that will throw them into the firing line while all their Robber Baron mates watch from the hills with a cup of tea and a couple of biscuits (free of course) … jolly wot?

  30. TB Queensland permalink
    February 2, 2016 11:18 am

    How long are we all supposed to live?

    Have you noticed all the celebrities who have died recently? In their 60’s … 70’s?

    How many die who are not celebrities and aren’t reported?

    What did Jhockey reckon 110? (tell ’em their dreamin’)!

    From memory it’s currently 84 for shielas and 82 for blokes.

  31. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2016 11:22 am

    Eric Abetz’s comments on same-sex marriage expose deep confusion about the relationship between politicians and voters. Are MPs there to do the bidding of the electorate, or follow their own whims? Chris Berg writes.

    Is Abetz right about the same-sex marriage plebiscite?

    …But why should the “personal views” of politicians have any weight in political decision making? What is so special about political consciences?

    I can think of few professions that I would trust less to follow their consciences than politics – surely the only industry where megalomania, narcissism and confrontation is not just tolerated but is actually a positive. And the idea that political consciences need to be protected is precious beyond belief, given that the practice of politics involves trading off personal beliefs for electoral gain…

  32. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 2, 2016 11:53 am

    Liberal governments see the average people of Australia as a resource (not people and families) … their standard of living is irrelevant … t

    I thought you said you don’t tell lies TB. Well you just told one.

    The economic numbers under the Howard/Costello govt were the best for a generation. Anybody who wanted a job could get one. As soon as Labor got in unemployment exploded.

  33. Tom R permalink
    February 2, 2016 11:57 am

    As soon as Labor got in unemployment exploded.

    Too be fair, it seems that Labor held off until the GFC emerged in all it’s its glory before they “trashed” the economy 😉

  34. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2016 12:12 pm

  35. TB Queensland permalink
    February 2, 2016 12:20 pm

    Too be fair, it seems that Labor held off until the GFC emerged in all it’s its glory before they “trashed” the economy 😉

    Chuckle, yep, its all in the timing!

    No wonder Kneel’s, NBN keeps stopping … with all the shite that clogs it up …

    I’m still trying to figure out how anyone can vote for a bill based upon a “secret” report based on a flawed Royal Commission conducted by a compromised judge who wrote a biased RC report and who allegedly can’t work a computer in 2016 …

    Ludicrous stuff … parliament belongs to the people … therefore the RC is owned by the people – oh wait, we aren’t a Republic are we … its owned by a royal family farting about in a country half a world away …

    What a farce this country and its politics have become … lies, deceit, secrecy, manipulation, payments, cliques and slip sliding around the law … sounds like a medieval catlick connivance …

  36. TB Queensland permalink
    February 2, 2016 12:25 pm

    Reading thos tweets, KL, it seems obvious now that what we have been saying is TRUE … Milkum Turncoat is just a face for the people … The Mad Abbott’s policies are alive and well …

    The Emperor has no clothes!

    NOTHING HAS CHANGED except the public face …

    The Australian people are being hoodwinked good and proper … when the penny drops (if it ever does) … the Liberals deserve a bloodbath at the next election … !

  37. Tom R permalink
    February 2, 2016 12:39 pm

    So Turnbull & Pyne ‘ gag ‘ marriage equality, ETS, and republic

    That’s the headline Labor would have been trying for.

    Somehow, I think the headline will be more of “Labor plays petty politics with important issues” or some such.

    Chuckle, yep, its all in the timing!

    They are so inept that they cunningly hid their ineptness to coincide with the unravelling of the “free markets” ineptness.

    Noice 🙂

  38. February 2, 2016 1:11 pm

    Talkbull will continue to get the easy ride teebz, the team created it, harks back to kevin07 knifing, then compounded having blib over albo. The public won`t listen to blib, they haven`t for the last 2-years and won`t for the next. Great news for greenz and xeno tho.

    l will also predict the team won`t learn a damn thing from losing up-coming election, instead of ditching blib out of the moonee ponds seat, the team will keep blib as leader. The team is also making the same mistake in another boltsville seat that was on reportland last night, good chance for greenz there too.

  39. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2016 1:12 pm

  40. Tom R permalink
    February 2, 2016 1:14 pm

    Petty Politics 101


    Highlighting a weather-Vain (?)

    1.11am 01:11
    The Labor motion against Turnbull

    1. That the House notes that:

    a. On 22 February 2010, on Q&A, the now prime minister said: “My view is the market-based mechanism, the emissions trading scheme, is the most cost effective”;

    b. On 3 June 2010, on Sunrise, the now prime minister said: “The Coalition does not have the best climate change policy, in my view”;

    c. On 8 February 2010, during a speech to the house of representatives, the now Prime Minister said: “Having the government pick projects for subsidy is a recipe for fiscal recklessness on a grand scale”;

    d. On 15 September 2015, on the PM program, the now prime minister said about marriage equality: “I certainly think we should have a free vote and I’ve been very public about that”; and

    e. On 7 November 1999, on Meet the Press, the now prime minister said about a republic: “It needs a prime minister and a leader of the opposition working together to promote a Yes vote”; and

    2. That the house affirms that:

    a. An emissions trading scheme is the most cost effective way to combat climate change;

    b. The Coalition does not have the best climate change policy;

    c. Having the government pick projects for subsidy is a recipe for fiscal recklessness on a grand scale;

    d. The parliament should have a free vote on marriage equality; and

    e. A republic needs a prime minister and a leader of the opposition working together to promote a Yes vote.

  41. Neil of Sydney permalink
    February 2, 2016 1:22 pm

    The Coalition does not have the best climate change policy;

    The Chief Scientist thinks it is OK.

    I know it’s been condemned by a lot of people but if you look at the return-per-dollar investment, a lot of what’s been achieved through the direct action plan is as economically effective as any other scheme it’s ever come up with, including regulation or carbon pricing,” Dr Finkel told the ABC.

    “The end result though is for $20 or $30 spent, do you get a tonne of carbon dioxide emissions removed from our emissions accounting? The direct action plan can do that.”

  42. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2016 1:26 pm

  43. February 2, 2016 1:29 pm

    blib,,,,,,Malcolm Turnbull just voted against everything Malcolm Turnbull used to believe in: marriage equality, a republic and climate action.,,,,,,

    #yet blib can`t improve his poll numbers, this election is going to sting like hell for blib

  44. February 2, 2016 1:37 pm

    bandt,,,,,,,,If gov was serious, we’d have a national ICAC anti-corruption watchdog overseeing everyone, not some political witch-hunt into unions alone,,,,,,,

    #totally lost on the big-teams tho, and l bet bandt would make sure watch-dog had teeth too

  45. Tom R permalink
    February 2, 2016 1:39 pm

    I heard about the “private” meeting yabot apparently had. It was just ltdnews spouting bullshit, it was a gala event for spivs, one of whom invited yabot.

    murdoch pump priming his chosen candidate

  46. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2016 1:50 pm

    Haha, here we go again, buckle your seatbelts!

    Malcolm Turnbull’s talking points for Coalition colleagues ahead of Parliament’s return leaked to media

  47. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2016 2:11 pm

  48. February 2, 2016 2:13 pm

    Finally there is something toolman is useful for, receiving leaked zombie-talk points

  49. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2016 2:14 pm

    got my photos mixed up

    Jamie needs a clean up, both physical and mental!

  50. TB Queensland permalink
    February 2, 2016 3:19 pm

    Briggs trying hide? Or going over to the Dark Side — oh, wait … he’s on the Dark Side already … Islam calls?

  51. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 2, 2016 3:31 pm

    It looks like 57 gender options may not be enough to explore the full gamut of our diversity:

    A Norwegian woman is claiming that she is actually a cat trapped in a woman’s body — and that the fact that she has a human body is a “genetic defect.”

    At the very least all public toilets should henceforth include a litter tray to accommodate diversity and to fight discrimination.

  52. February 2, 2016 3:38 pm

    So now you have a problem with furries?

    (you need to go back to your cave and find your power animal)

  53. February 2, 2016 4:14 pm



    ,,,,,,,,Mr Cruz, a conservative Texas senator, won with 28 per cent of the vote compared to 24 per cent for businessman Mr Trump, according to MSNBC.

    Marco Rubio, a Florida senator, came in third place with 23 per cent, making him easily the leader among establishment candidates.

    “What a bit of history we are seeing,” Mr Cruz told his fired-up supporters.

    Republican strategist Ron Bonjean said there was “now blood in the water for Donald Trump”.

    “Ted Cruz proved he could successfully beat back Trump attacks because he had a great ground game and identified well with evangelical voters,” Mr Bonjean said.,,,,,,,,

    When asked for a comment in canberra about `the-ronald`s result, blib stooten said “24-per-cent is a big number isn`t it, l wish l could muster numbers that big, or bigger. Unfortunately Moonee Ponds doesn`t have a reputation of producing great leaders, and l think this having an effect on the electorate.”

  54. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 2, 2016 4:44 pm

    Evangelicals have always been influential in the Iowa caucus. Huckabee and Santorum have both won there in the past.

    Also, I am proud to stand up for my furry friends although personally I get by with something in tight sheer fabric and a roll around in warm steaming trough. Nothing showy like the Todd Carney bubbler trick, mind you. I have standards.

  55. February 2, 2016 6:17 pm

    cheerers of a team do seem a little depressed over what is offered,


  56. TB Queensland permalink
    February 2, 2016 8:23 pm

    … something in tight sheer fabric and a roll around in warm steaming trough.

    A big sausage in a jacuzzi? o_O

  57. TB Queensland permalink
    February 2, 2016 9:17 pm

    Elected to represent the people? … what a classic case of Uber Kapitalism Krap!

    A Liberal MP admits he had concerns about the government’s plans to ban excessive credit card surcharges, saying politicians shouldn’t interfere with a free market economy.

    Craig Kelly believes all pricing decisions should be up to businesses, pointing to the “socialist utopia of Venezuela” which has run out of toilet paper due to government regulation.

    “At first blush I had some difficulty in supporting it, and at second blush I also had some difficulty in supporting it,” Mr Kelly told parliament on Monday, before adding he was now convinced it could be justified.


    Do they all live under the same rock?

  58. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 2, 2016 11:58 pm

    Iowa proved Bernie Sanders can win – and that Hillary Clinton is beatable

    ….When Sanders finally spoke on Monday night, he drove home the message behind their virtual tie. “What Iowa has begun tonight is a political revolution”, he said, as the crowd erupted in screams. “When young people and working people and seniors begin to stand up and say loudly and clearly enough is enough … that the government of our great country belongs to all of us and not just billionaires, when that happens, we will transform this country.”

    It was textbook Bernie: inspirational, focused on class inequality and mad as hell. And every time he got fired up about a moral point – like his assertion that healthcare is a right not a privilege – the crowd returned his fire with shouts and calls of “Bernie!..

    Where’s our bernie sanders, where’s our jeremy corbyn? Where’s our political revolution, perhaps it’s a slow burner?

  59. February 3, 2016 12:41 am

    Big fright for Establishment Democrats from Sanders, I’d say.

    The Repugnant loons are hilarious. A triumvirate of absolute arsehats. I hope Trump ‘goes rogue’ and sucks the air out of their bizarre campaign for POTUS.
    The religious nutjobs on offer are arguably far worse than populist-belligerent Trump.

  60. February 3, 2016 12:43 am

    A Sanders candidacy is the contemporary US Establishment Politician’s worst nightmare. That said, I can’t see him getting up…and I fucking HATE political dynastyCorp.s.

  61. February 3, 2016 12:44 am

    Follow Ariadne’s Thread…

  62. February 3, 2016 3:56 am

    if you like music, this set is worth the time.

  63. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 3, 2016 8:53 am

    Hillary Clinton wins Iowa by winning 6 out of 6 coin tosses to break the dead heat between her and bernie sanders. Some say that is quite a mathematical feat!

    Hillary Clinton declared winner of Iowa caucuses by razor-thin margin

  64. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 3, 2016 8:55 am

    I think Trump is dangerous. His loud mouth ego is likely to blunder into huge trouble.

    Hilary would be ok. Bill can do all the international diplomacy. It’s the safe option.

  65. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 3, 2016 9:28 am

    The Republicans are hoping Sanders wins the nomination. They could do with another Michael Dukakis.

    The rapist’s wife should be in jail. But in the US if you are rich enough you can even get away with murder, as Ted Kennedy proved. Still, even if she has to serve time for compromising national security with her server shenanigans, she can take comfort from the fact that Nelson Mandela wasn’t elected president until after he had served 27 years in prison.

  66. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 3, 2016 9:33 am

    ToM, what is it with Melbourne and masturbators?

    A middle aged man has been masturbating while harassing young women in a Melbourne shopping centre.


    A thief in Melbourne’s inner east has been caught on camera targeting women’s underwear left to dry on clotheshorses and using them to masturbate, police say.

  67. TB Queensland permalink
    February 3, 2016 9:39 am

    Yeah, ToM? Chuckle … 🙂

  68. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 3, 2016 10:53 am

    Hilary would be ok. Bill can do all the international diplomacy. It’s the safe option

    Who wants safe? We need decidedly unsafe, we need fear in the boardrooms of the loathed, we need a people’s revolution to take them down!

  69. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    February 3, 2016 3:05 pm

    When it’s the most powerful country in the world with lots money and army stuff available, I prefer safe options.

  70. February 3, 2016 6:59 pm

    l`m enjoying a couple of aspects of lunacy at the moment,

    The first, like dunny, l`m enjoying the repug circus too, l noticed the-ronald`s hair-piece is still more popular than blib, and the other two repug candidates seem really `slimey` compared to the-ronald.

    The second, the jonestown feminista are getting worked-up over the dude named Doosh wanting to come out from teh-usa to speech-make in Hyde Park. The jonestown feminista are conveniently over-looking that Aust recently sent a pair of douches to washington to hate-speech make for dog-club cranks.

  71. February 3, 2016 7:06 pm

    Suck it up princess. You blow your bugle for everything the-ronald stands for.

  72. TB Queensland permalink
    February 3, 2016 7:53 pm

    The jonestown feminista are conveniently over-looking that Aust recently sent a pair of douches to washington to hate-speech make for dog-club cranks.

    Not quite the same, I’m afraid, tbagz … and in any case BOTH (all three) are wrong!

  73. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 3, 2016 10:28 pm

    When it’s the most powerful country in the world with lots money and army stuff available, I prefer safe options.

    When you say that, I hear “I prefer the status quo.”

    …Morrison’s communication skills and consistency have continued to deteriorate. We have money we have no money. We have budget emergency no we don’t nothing to see here. We care but we cannot waste money on no essentials like social security education and health. We don’t need more money just to need to cut spending oops we need more money so we can spend more money on those who least need it. We need a GST rise because if our rich were richer they would trickle down to the great unwashed but no you don’t need more money for health or education or things that governments in the past have provided. We need tax cuts for voters because we have a spending problem, sorry revenue problem, sorry consistency problem.
    Is this government going to prove itself to be more wasteful in its budgets that the last Howard-Costello government and do more damage than three decades of R-G-R would have done just in the interests of getting another three year term before the ALP can get its house in order?
    Is this the new benchmark?
    Date and time
    February 03, 2016, 4:34PM…

  74. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 3, 2016 11:24 pm

  75. February 4, 2016 12:42 am

    “I think Trump is dangerous.”

    Trump is a populist arsehat.

    If you think he’s dangerous (and I agree…if I thought he was serious about half the shit he speaks) check out the documentary evidence of the statements from the likes of (religious nutjob, inextremis if taken at his word) Cruz et al. Seriously, these tnucs should NEVER be near the keys to the nuclear arsenal (if they mean what they say).

  76. February 4, 2016 12:48 am


    Cambodia aside…this man has an almost life long history of trying to hold his own, overpowered side to account. Think about that for a second. If no one does that, ‘we’ think we’re always ‘righteous’ & run roughshod over our confected enemies (within & without ‘our’ State) until we fall like Rome.

    Anyone see the articles about the JSF Epic Fail in the last day or so? We are pouring shitloads of ‘capital’ into that warpig.

    It’s easy to find fault in ‘Them’. The true value is in examining, analytically, the faults in ‘us’: and acting to rectify them.

    federal ICAC NOW .

  77. armchair opinionator permalink
    February 4, 2016 6:56 am

    Yes, federal ICAC now.
    And it’s pretty obvious that the political parties have gamed full preferential voting for themselves. Perhaps we need a new system, the optional preferential or the hare – Clark (tassie) model or something completely different.
    We are not being served, the public is being duped by the duopoly.

  78. February 4, 2016 8:27 am


  79. Tom R permalink
    February 4, 2016 9:19 am

    Apparently, the High Court case yesterday only passed because of amendments made in Parliament last year (?), with the vote of both the libs AND the labs.

    Where were the crocodile tears this time?

    As piss poor as Labors position on this, at least they haven’t shown the sheer bastardy of the libs ……… yet.

    And the media need to take their fair share of the blame on this also. I can’t speak for bongo himself, as I don’t recall his position previously, but, as a whole, they have played the hate card all too closely to the libs preference.

    And the greens don’t get off scott free either, sitting in their ivory tower divorced from the reality of the situation. Quite happy to cut deals to let corporations continue hiding their millions, but pure as the driven snow when it comes to trying to form a regional solution, which is NEVER going to be as pure as that imaginary snow I sometimes think they are snorting.

  80. Tom R permalink
    February 4, 2016 9:22 am

    Undermine Medicare…bung GST up to 15%…wreck yer TAFE…all in a day’s work for an LNP govt.

    He forgot Gonski, amongst many others.

  81. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 4, 2016 9:44 am

    “It’s easy to find fault in ‘Them’. The true value is in examining, analytically, the faults in ‘us’: and acting to rectify them.”

    This narcissist nutjob makes his fortune criticising everyone but himself. I have never known anyone so unwilling to concede any mistake whatsoever on his own part , whether his association with virulent anti-semites or his opposition to the US intervention in the Balkans or his carrying water for Pol Pot.

    His technique is simple – go way, way out on a leftist limb by selectively marshalling often questionable sources, ignoring anything which contradicts the chosen narrative, carefully parsing plausible deniability of the most extreme statements into the narrative (being a linguist helps). This enables him to extract massive cash from an army of arse-lickers ever so desperate to believe the latest leftist doggerel, which cash he deposits in tax shelter trusts.

    Chomsky is just another hypocritical multi-millionaire one-percenter grown fat and rich on the gullibility of feeble-minded wannabe revolutionaries. I am surprised that you give this charlatan the time of day.

  82. Splatterbottom permalink
    February 4, 2016 10:12 am

    ““It’s easy to find fault in ‘Them’. The true value is in examining, analytically, the faults in ‘us’: and acting to rectify them.””

    Quite the contrary. Everywhere you look leftists are parading their moral superiority, wanking away at their twitter accounts, posturing and posing and mugging for applause from the gallery with their vain and inane comments.

    In academia and among the intelligentsia it is impossible to find fault in “them” without risking your career and reputation. Likewise it is virtually impossible to say anything positive about Western civilisation. Siding with the savages and barbarians will get you fame and fortune as a transgressive thinker talking truth to power.

    In fact those calling out leftist stupidity for what it is are the people talking truth to power. The mongrel leftist academics involved in the Duke Lacrosse case have gone from strength to strength in their academic careers. They will never pay any price for trying to destroy the lives of their students, which they did for purely ideological reasons.

    Or just look at the destruction of one of our greatest historians, Geoffrey Blainey, by a cabal led by Marxist turd Stuart McIntyre. Or look at the enduring reputations of Stalin supporters like Frank Hardy or Jesse Street. Pro-Soviet fuckwit Lee Rhiannon is still a Greens Senator when she should be leading a life characterised by ignominious derision every time she opens her mouth. Or look at that posturing fool Julian Burnside who wants little children to do his dirty work and spit on Scott Morrison. All of them taking the easy road of moral smugness and are generally unable to see anything good in their own society or anything evil in some of the worst ideologies the world has ever seen.

  83. Tom R permalink
    February 4, 2016 10:52 am

    Another lefty ” parading their moral superiority”

  84. TB Queensland permalink
    February 4, 2016 11:25 am

    Recognising overseas gay marriages could force Australia to recognise child marriages too, a Liberal senator has warned parliament.

    “If we start making changes against our sovereign law in the interests of one group then why not the other groups,” David Fawcett said on Thursday.

    “If we’re going to be consistent… then we need to start recognising things like child marriage, which I think clearly Australians would reject.”

    Dontcha luv right wing Tory “reasoning” … parading their moral stupidity … who votes for these … er, lost for words …

  85. TB Queensland permalink
    February 4, 2016 11:33 am

    Under the Turnbull government proposal, obtained by Fairfax Media, TAFE fees would be deregulated and TAFEs would receive the same levels of funding as private colleges in a bid to increase competition in the sector.

    Read more:
    Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook

    The stupidity of this argument is that any private RTO’s worth their salt don’t need funding nor do they ask for it … its the shonky unprofessional so called “institutes” and “colleges” that syphon off funding that is much better spent by STATE regulated TAFE …

    Many private RTOs contract to TAFE for particular areas of expertise … (guess how I know)

    Learning is not a commodity to be bartered and traded … it is the future of this nation … not everything in society is a profit making venture!

    The “market economy” has fkd so many things lets leave learning alone … and certainly protect it from the leeches and leaners claiming to be helping learners when in fact they are running rip off scams!

  86. February 4, 2016 10:06 pm



    ,,,,,,the greens don’t get off scott free either, sitting in their ivory tower divorced from the reality of the situation. Quite happy to cut deals to let corporations continue hiding their millions, but pure as the driven snow when it comes to trying to form a regional solution, which is NEVER going to be as pure as that imaginary snow I sometimes think they are snorting,,,,,,,

    The greenz are `100% Teabag Free`.

    Unlike teabag-lite which contains `3%-Less-Zombie`, and yet again unite and `me-too` with the teabags for off-shore gulags. Just because the not-so-brights in Moonee Ponds think the 3% difference is meaningful, they could also be silly enough to believe that when two teams of teabags unite to do something, it must be all the greenz fault. This type of simpleton-teabag-nonlogic is has already infected Moonee Ponds, let`s hope it doesn`t spread to to canoe-town.

  87. February 4, 2016 10:18 pm

    tweet,,,,,joolya is with us,,,,,#guffaw

    #yeah that`s a real fcuking selling point aint it? #the real joolya, fake joolya, the unmarried, atheist woman that wouldn`t green-light gay-marriage when she had the power to, but now says she supports it, the team is still not learning, they keep recalling past ghosts to haunt their prospects #are they for fcuking real?

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